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Rio Americano • Sacramento, Calif. • Volume 47, Issue 6 • March 6, 2009
State crisis hits SJUSD
District faces $12.3M in cuts Kate Finegold Mirada Staff Expect changes. This time, it isn’t President Obama asking us to change, but the state legislature demanding it. The new state budget cuts $11.6 billion from education to help eliminate the $42 billion deﬁcit. This isn’t the inspira‑ tional, eloquent kind of change that Obama speaks of. There can be no happy end‑ ing for our state, which is al‑ ready well below the national average on per‑pupil spending. The San Juan Teachers Associa‑ tion ranks the state as 47th in per‑pupil spending, while the National Education Association lists it as 29th based on diﬀerent factors. The San Juan Uniﬁed School District is expected to make $12.3 million in cuts this year and $6 million next year. As the reality of less funding sets in, the district is thinking of pink—pink slips, that is. The school board last week approved sending possible layoﬀ notices to certiﬁed em‑ ployees (primarily teachers and counselors) in 398 full time equivalent positions and classi‑ ﬁed employees (such as custodi‑ ans, secretaries and food service workers) in 205 full‑time equiv‑ alent positions. The notices will be mailed March 15 in prepara‑ tion for possible layoﬀs.
Please see > BUDGET, page 3
Michael Storm and Andrea Ott spin around the dance floor at Midtown Stomp. With Gala fast approaching, some students plan to dance their own way at Stomp. Read more about these teenage swingers on page 14.
UC to change admission policy Molly Ingram Mirada Staff
The University of California Board of Regents has approved sweeping new eligibility rules for students planning to apply to the nine campuses. UC President Mark Yudolf said in a statement that with the updated eligibility require‑
ments, the admissions process will be more diverse and fair. The board stated that from now on, SAT subject tests will not be required for applicants. Also, only the state’s top 9 percent of high school gradu‑ ates will be guaranteed entry
Please see > UC, page 6
New eligibility rules for UC applicants:
SAT subject tests are no longer required State’s top 9 percent high school graduates will be guaranteed entry to a UC Juniors who have completed at least 11 UC prep courses, hold a 3.0 GPA or higher and have taken the SAT or ACT will be fully considered.
Theater professional brings talent home spent teaching English and Radio & Television. But a@er her mother, BeCy Miller, re‑ tired she took over the Drama & Reader’s Theater depart‑ ment. “I’ve always loved direct‑ ing, and teaching theater lets me be a director, but I also make money at the same time,” Miller said. Because of her experiences in Southern California, Miller is able to give guidance to her students who want to go into the ﬁeld of professional act‑ ing.
Danny Ford Mirada Staff From “Tinsel‑town” to “Sac‑town,” Jesse Miller has been following her dreams all her life. Once a Rio student in Drama & Reader’s Theater classes, writing scenes for her grades, she now assigns scenes and gives the grades. “As a student, I was really shy. Theater was a way that I could express myself. It was an outlet,” Miller said. As her mother was the Drama & Reader’s Theater teacher at that time, taking those classes seemed the obvious choice. And, in the long run, it proved to be the right one. A@er graduating, she earned her degrees from California State University of Northridge. “I got a B.A. in theater, a B.A. in screen‑writ‑ ing, another B.A. in English Literature, and a M.F.A. in theater,” Miller said. She lat‑ er moved on from CSU North‑ ridge to Cal Arts. Once Miller was done being student, she entered into the world of acting and worked in ﬁlm and radio. “I interviewed bands for the BBC radio, I VJ‑ed in L.A., and I worked on the shows ‘Doctor
She also brings a diﬀerent style of teaching to her classes. While her mother typically em‑ phasized traditional teaching methods of drama, Miller tends WILLIE ROBINSON-SMITH/Mirada Staff to expand student’s acting re‑ Drama teacher Jesse Miller reviews a script with freshman Erin Johnson, sophomore Harold Dennis and sources through new workshop freshman Zydia Saunders in her second period drama class. Miller often has students write their own activities and other creative scripts, but does not hesitate to work with them, giving tips on how to get into the head of a character. techniques. They help make her students feel more comfortable Quinn Medicine Woman’ and I want to be directing,” she pied her spare time by writing in front of their peers and also ‘Life Goes On’,” Miller said. said. more and more plays. A@er show them other kinds of acting Miller didn’t just set out to She also found her calling “Onionheads” she wrote such styles.
be in front of the camera, she had her sights set on puCing together stage productions of her own and took classes at the Lee Strasburg Theater in L.A. to help her with directing techniques. “I’ve always loved being a director. If I’m not acting,
in writing. When she was a student in Cal Arts she wrote her ﬁrst published full‑length play “Onionheads” which won such awards as the Ken‑ nedy Center Best New Play of 2000 and the Michael Kanin Writing Award. Since then, she has occu‑
plays as the 2008 Reader’s The‑ ater production “Oysterboy” and also “Tar and Feathers,” which has yet to be published. A@er leaving her mark in Hollywood, Miller moved back up to Sacramento three years ago and started teach‑ ing at Rio. Her ﬁrst year was
For now Miller is playing the role of teacher, but there is no telling what is going to happen in the future. “I’d re‑ ally like to go into ﬁlm‑mak‑ ing. I’d like to write, act, and direct my own ﬁlm. I really want to bring theater to ﬁlm.”
Making noise for student musician Students can apply for Jack Sheldon Rio-only scholarships Mirada Staff Erik Vanderhey‑ dt deﬁnitely stands out. The 5’9 senior usually wears t‑ shirts with logos of Nightwish, Dimmu Borgir and Ensiferum. But that’s not what gets him noticed. Wondering himself why he should be featured in the pa‑ per, Vanderheydt oﬀered, “Be‑ cause I’m awesome?” The actual reason why is his exceptional musical ability. He sings and has been recognized for his talented and piano and drums playing. Vanderheydt plays in two bands, Scarlet Sun and Red Wire Army. “In Scarlet Sun I compose the music and I’m also the key‑ boardist in Red Wire Army” he
Erik Van Derheydt, 12 said. “Lately, I’ve been playing shows with RWA every other week.” Looking to his future, Van‑ derheydt said, “I’d like to write ﬁlm scores… hopefully be in a
successful band.” One of the many reasons why Vanderheydt wishes to pursue a career in music is that one of his songs, despite it not being one of his favorites, was played on Sacramento’s local radio stations. “It was one of my worst songs” he says, despite the honor of it having been played on “Local Licks”. The song was “God of Winter” and it’s com‑ pletely instrumental. “I think they said my url for my solo project on the radio; if they didn’t it’s myspace.com/ solomusicianerikv and Red Wire Army[‘s] is Myspace. com/redwirearmy.” An amazing pianist, drum‑ mer and vocalist Erik Vander‑ heydt is certainly a musician to check out.
For students still looking for scholarships, there are a some that are exclusive to Rio Americano students: Bryan Potts and PTSA. The Bryan Potts scholarship is provided by the Potts family and they provide a scholarship to a Rio student every year. Students who apply for this scholarship don’t have to have all A’s. The family is looking for a student who
has the qualities of their son, who died in a drunk driving accident 20 years go. The scholarship is worth up to $5,000 and the requirements are a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a demonstration of financial need. The deadline is April 13. The PTSA scholarship also requires a minimum of 2.5 GPA and its deadline is March 31.
Academic Decathalon finishes strong at regionals Jenifer Carter Mirada Staff At this year’s Academic Decathlon, the Rio team placed ﬁ@h, the highest it has placed in twenty years.Teams compete in ten rigorous tests of knowledge based on a central theme‑ this year’s was Latin America. Teams were tested on music, art, literature, history, math, economics, evolutionary biology, gave two speeches, participated in an interview and competed in the super quiz, a game show style event. Teams are composed of three people who are chosen based on their GPA. Although Rio’s Acadeca team didn’t study the hardest, they were the best speakers in the competition with the highest scores in the interview portion of the event. “It’s such an achievement to know how much you’ve studied,” senior Megan Alcalay said. “It’s just a
Seniors Kate Wilkins, Megan Alcalay, Michelle Silverstein, and David Ly pose with their fellow teammates at the Academic Decathlon. Silverstein, Wilkins and Ly had Rio’s three highest scores and all brought home medals.
Photos Courtesy of Kate
rewarding experience to take tests all day and feel you’ve done well.” Senior Michelle Silverstein had the highest individual score, followed by seniors Kate Wilkins and David Ly.
Budget: Cuts take toll on education From < STATE , page 1 As of last week, 15,495 pink slips have been issued to teachers across California. In addition, 9,000 layoﬀ notices were sent to bus drivers, cus‑ todians, food service workers and other school employees. “The layoﬀ notices are massive,” William Taylor, history teacher and the lead union representative at Rio, said. “The district is reacting instead of being proactive.” As a way of protesting the eminent layoﬀ notices, the California Teachers Associa‑ tion, a 340,000‑member con‑ tingent of the National Educa‑ tion Association, is planning “Pink Friday” events. The ﬁrst protest day is planned for March 13. The district’s proposed solution of sending layoﬀ no‑ tices is diminishing the sup‑ port new teachers need to be successful in their jobs, Taylor said. Every teacher, regard‑ less of their experience, feels that the number of pink slips is “excessive,” he said.
It is also suspected that class sizes will increase and that the maximum number of students per teacher in high school and middle school, now 165, will grow to 178 or more. The district may also con‑ sider eliminating the 20‑to‑ 1 class size in K‑3, closing schools and adding furlough days that would shorten the school year, Taylor said. “Less teachers but more stu‑ dents,” Taylor said. “That’s a reality.”
“It is unfortunate that the budget is balanced at the classroom level,” Seanne Moulton, mother of sopho‑ more Kenny Moulton, said. A reasonable compromise that the district c would be to implement a retirement incen‑ tive, said Steve Duditch, pres‑ ident of the San Juan Teachers Association. “If we can ﬁnd a way to do this, we can keep people new to the career,” Duditch said. However, it is diﬃcult to devise a resolution to our money problem right
Budget Cuts $11.6B cut from the education budget. Widespread layoff notices to bus drivers, custodians, food service workers and other school employees, including teachers. Possible increases in class size, closing of schools and addition of furlough days.
now, since this is only the “ﬁrst blush before the end of the year, when the ﬁnal num‑ bers are known,” Duditch said. The federal stimulus bill, which allocates $76 bil‑ lion to maintaining govern‑ ment services, could lessen the impact of the reductions that will soon be made in our K‑12 system. “Hopefully, the federal stimulus will allow us to keep important services that help our students to be successful,” Duditch said. Also, there is the possibil‑ ity that surplus money could save our district from having to make grievous changes right now. Last year, SJUSD had $70 million in reserves, “which made us preCy com‑ fortable,” Taylor said. Taylor realizes that “everyone has to sacriﬁce in some way” but hopes that change is “done in a way that makes sense.” Final budget recommen‑ dations will be delivered by district staﬀ to the Board of Education for approval at the March 10 board meeting.
Rename the “Round Up” There’s nothing that worsens the bit‑ ter taste of discipline like believing you were about to be rewarded. And there is nothing that puts such a happy thought in your mind than being invited by a cheerfully neon green slip of paper to something so alliteratively innocent sounding as the “Raider Round Up.” For those of you that have never been raider‑rounded up, it is a sick and twist‑ ed process by which the administration lures you with bright colors and carefree monikers to the crowded library where you sit for half an hour wondering what heinous crime you have been discovered of commiCing. I understand the need for collecting such a mass of detention‑dodgers and chronic cuCers, but calling it the “Raider Round Up” crosses a line. It is a ﬂam‑ boyant use of alliteration and a slight reference to exciting cowboy stuﬀ. Everyone loves alliteration. Out of all the literary devices taught to us, it is the one people actually reference and notice out loud in everyday occurrences. PuCing such a universal smile gen‑ erator in the title of this pass ﬁlls the re‑ cipient with various sorts of misguided daydreams about what glorious adven‑ tures this “round up” could lead them on. It is o@en not until the doomed de‑ linquent reaches the luckless library that he or she reads the boCom of the pass to see “failure to report to the library will result in suspension.” And by then it is far too late. There is no need for such deception. These passes ought to reek with bureau‑ cratic eﬃciency and lost souls. They ought to be printed on pitch black paper with blood red font, oozing oﬀ the pass, at the very least. I would even be satis‑ ﬁed with any shade of the three classic carbon copies. Oh, how rank they are with oﬃciality. But, something has to be done about that terrible name. The “Raider Round Up” serves no other purpose that I can discern than to break the hearts of chil‑ dren. I suggest anything more business‑ like. For example, the “Rio Americano Group Interrogation,” or the “Admin‑ istrative Commission to Discuss Your Trouble making Behavior,” or even “Get Yourself to the Library Right Now Be‑ cause You, Sir, Are in BIG Trouble.” Any one of these would make very clear the purpose of the student’s prompt passage to the library, without making them wonder what it was for. It seems no one would prefer the abominable “Raider Round Up” unless they were some sadistic fan of crying youths. But then again, this is the administra‑ tion we’re talking about.
Loretto ladies look for new schools Molly Ingram Mirada Staff
For those who have not been informed, LoreCo High School, an all‑girls private Catholic col‑ lege prepatory school, will be closing at the end of this school year. Therefore, on Feb. 24, cer‑ tain LoreCo students who opted to consider a public educa‑ tion for next year toured our campus. The tours were led by students selected by the coun‑ selors. On the visitation day tours, the prospective transfers got a chance to familiarize themselves with the school campus, as well as observe certain classes in ses‑ sion. Junior Elliot BartleC, who served as a tour guide, said “there were only three LoreCo girls” on his tour. Since LoreCo will close a@er this year, Rio may receive some former students. Although St. Francis and Christian Brothers have agreed to accommodate some current LoreCo students, spots at these Sacramento Catholic schools are limited. Even though LoreCo will be closing, BartleC doubts that Rio
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Junior Alison Burns leads a troop of Loretto students by senior lawn last Tuesday during the visitation for prospective Loretto transfers. The private school students will be spread out all over Sacramento after this year’s graduation, some making their home at Rio.
will be aﬀected drastically. “Considering there aren’t many (LoreCo girls) that want to go here, I don’t think the cam‑ pus will change at all,” BartleC said. However, Rio students aren’t the only ones who have been
talking about LoreCo’s decision to close. Students at St. Francis High School, LoreCo’s “sister school,” realize that their school is going to feel the impact, too. “More students will be at‑ tending St. Francis now, mean‑ ing the class sizes will be larger,
and the students will have less one‑on‑one relationships with the teachers as we do now,” St. Francis senior Caelie Fish said. Fish chose to aCend St. Fran‑ cis rather than LoreCo because a lot of her friends were planning on going there as well.
“Plus, I am very social and I like bigger schools where I can meet a lot of people,” Fish said. LoreCo junior Mallory Blay‑ lock has already been accepted into St. Francis and is consider‑ ing her options for next year. In a news release, Sister Rosemary Lynch of LoreCo High School announced that the 10‑acre campus has been put up for sale at $10.3 million. The Il‑ linois‑based institute, which owns LoreCo, hopes that by sell‑ ing the school they will be able to pay oﬀ the school’s debt of $5 million. Despite the various public high schools Sacramento has to oﬀer, Blaylock chose to apply to St. Francis instead because of the classes they oﬀer involving computers and arts. She plans to be a graphic designer, which was one of the reasons why St. Francis appealed to her the most. Yet, not all LoreCo girls have decided to stick to an all‑girls school. “Other girls at my school are all over the map in terms of new schools for next year,” Blaylock said. “Although we may scaCer, I know that in all of our hearts, we will always be LoreCo Li‑ ons!”
Cannabis may be new cash crop for California Tate Rountree Mirada Staff In order to solve the state’s budget crisis, legislators are con‑ sidering legalizing, and heavily taxing marĳuana. Students have mixed views on the proposal. If Assembly Bill 390 passes, marĳuana would be legalized in California. It could be sold and taxed to adults 21 and older. San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said that his bill could generate big bucks for a cash‑starved state while freeing law enforcement agencies to fo‑ cus on worse crimes. Although medical use of marĳuana is already legal in California this bill would take it one giant step further by per‑ miCing recreational use. If AB 390 is passed it would prohibit pot near schools, ban smoking it in public places, and ban growing it in public view. The state would charge re‑ tailers $50 per ounce. The bill would put a huge tax on mari‑
A new bill proposed by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano calls to end budget crisis by legalizing and taxing marijuana. juana sales, as the state would charge wholesalers $5,000 ini‑ tially and $2,500 annually for the right to sell marĳuana. Some revenues would fund drug education programs state wide. The federal government al‑ ready outlaws cannabis, which means California would have to lobby for a policy change before the state could sell weed freely. In case the federal ban is never li@ed, bill 390 would for‑ bid state and local oﬃcers from assisting federal agencies in en‑ forcing cannabis laws. Also it would instruct the state and local police oﬃcers to not make arrests for selling, transporting, processing, or us‑ ing the drug. In 2007 in California alone 16,124 felony and 57,995 misde‑ meanor arrests have been due to marĳuana, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Students had mixed feelings on the bill. “I believe weed should be legal cause it is a natural form of relaxation and meditation,” sophomore Blake Thomas said. “But instead of asking why it should be legal, you should ask yourself why it shouldn’t be legal. Alcohol and cigareCes, both legal, cause more deaths in a year than weed. If they are legal why not weed? Many great men and women in his‑ tory have smoked cannabis as well as many leading men and women in our economy. The le‑ galization of marĳuana will also lower crime rates and boost our economy. So ask yourself why not?” Others took a diﬀerent stance. “I think the government is stupid because they are going against all their past laws, and also because they are only legal‑
izing it for money,” said sopho‑ more Victoria Grajeda. Although the bill would only legalize pot for those 21 and old‑ er, some students worried that it would increase use among high school students. A state sponsored survey in 2007 of California kids found that marĳuana has been used at least once by 9 percent of 7th graders, 25 percent of freshmen, and 42 percent of 11th graders. Junior Abe Leibovitz thinks the bill would make the prob‑ lem worse. “It would not make sense to legalize marĳuana, (and) it would have a negative eﬀect on Rio Americano’s campus,” Lei‑ bovitz said. “Kids would show up to class high. Sure, marĳuana is not as serious as some other (drugs), but it doesn’t have a positive eﬀect on you. People would be interested in smoking at break rather than geCing to
class. (Also) in the paper it said if marĳuana was legalized, they would take some of the funds that go to the government and (use) them for ways to help kids not do drugs. Smoking does not make you a bad person by any means, but the fact of the maCer is, it’s not a good thing to do.” Assembly bill 390 could roughly produce around $1.3 billion per year from cannabis sales about $990 million from the fee on retailers and $349 million sales taxes from state estimates. If AB 390 is put into act peo‑ ple that want to grow cannabis must purchase a license through the state, almost like geCing a hunting license or ﬁshing li‑ cense. Although supporters say the bill will raise tax revenues and help law enforcement, AB 390 is not supported by everyone in the state. It is not supported by the California Narcotics Associa‑ tion, California Police Associa‑ tion, and California Peace Oﬃ‑ cers Association.
Dr. Suess must not have been a senior “You’re oﬀ to Great Places! Today is your day! The mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!” My parents submiCed this Dr. Seuss quotation as part of my Dia‑ pers to Diploma page. (Or at least it’s something like this quote; they wouldn’t tell me so I had to peak at the yearbook copy lying around.) They loved reading me Dr. Seuss when I was young, but, confession: I was always a liCle scared of the stories. Don’t laugh; what’s with all those shadowy mazes and jagged hills in a children’s book? Anyway, now the line is an in‑ spirational send‑oﬀ for the liCle girl who ﬁnally has places to go. But the truth is, lately I’ve felt more scared than ever about ﬂying the coup. Apartments and jobs and loans to be repaid and, always a liCle forget‑ table, the actual academic work in college... A@er years of craning my head to see the bright snowy peak of the mountain, I am ﬁnally beginning the long trek up, and ﬁnding the path rockier than anticipated. My senior year ended up rather more challenging than I expected. And it didn’t help that I ended up as the hare in the race, burning myself out with hard work for three years and then ending up with spring se‑ nioritis in the winter. As a result, I’m counting on accep‑ tances from state public universities, which don’t look at senior grades in admission. But I just had to gradu‑ ate high school in the year with the most graduates applying to college ever and the worst economy in at least half a century. Thanks so much, Mom and Dad. With both the UCs and CSU’s cut‑ ting thousands of admission spots and the new state budget asking for $5 billion less for education, I have more than enough to feel scared about concerning my chances of col‑ lege admissions and scholarships. Therefore, for myself and the thousands of other California high school seniors who have the same reasons to be scared, even if they don’t stress about it as much as I do and end up needing to write news‑ paper columns just to vent, I strongly disagree with any plans to cut any education budgets. I deserve all the chances I can get so I can ﬁnd my way to those places I’m meant to go.
Hard times provide boon to military recruiters Alex McFall Mirada Staff Military recruiters have been frequenting the campus, searching for an increasing number of soon‑to‑be gradu‑ ates who are considering en‑ listment. And in an unstable economy, the guarantee of em‑ ployment and a $20,000 sign‑ ing bonus carries considerable weight. Each year, the military signs over 300,000 new recruits so it can maintain a 2.2 million force of seamen, soldiers, air‑ men and Marines. Recruiters are also answering more ques‑ tions and receiving greater en‑ thusiasm from potential can‑ didates. Army Staﬀ Sgt.. Belshes, one of Rio’s usual recruiters, gives reason for the increase in ap‑ plicants. “We help kids in a lot of ar‑ eas,” Belshes said. “At the [re‑ cruitment] table we just oﬀer general information, but the Army has over 150 oﬃcial jobs, so it really depends on what works for the individual.” A customizable work ex‑ perience and a stable source of income seem to be what lure many new recruits to the armed forces, Belshes added. In addition to a $20,000 sign‑on bonus and a $680 monthly payment, if a recruit spends 90 days on active duty, he/she will get 40 percent of
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Army recruiters talk to students on campus earlier this month. The economic downturn along with educational benefits and other perks have made the military an attractive job option.
his/her college tuition paid. If the term is three years, tuition will be paid in full. Beyond the bonuses and the guarantee of constant em‑ ployment, the military oﬀers medical coverage, housing, special pay for certain skills, vocational training, oppor‑ tunities to lead, experienced mentors, travel and education‑ al beneﬁts. And anyone who
completes three years of active duty will receive four years of paid tuition at any public col‑ lege. A candidate can apply the tuition beneﬁt to private uni‑ versities as well, and unused educational beneﬁts can be transferred to other areas. And the diverse opportuni‑ ties, it seems, are what draw students‑‑ students like Tom
Patriquin, a junior who recent‑ ly enlisted in the program. “It’s a great experience, and I think the military will deﬁ‑ nitely change me for the bet‑ ter,” Patriquin said. “And it’s a perfect thing to do if you want to test the limits of your abili‑ ties.”
Please see > MILITARY, page 6
Dropping attendance costs school dollars Alex McFall Mirada Staff The school district has en‑ acted an evolving aCendance policy designed to increase at‑ tendance and possibly district revenue. The campaign’s goal is to improve the district’s at‑ tendance rate by at least 1 per‑ cent, which would mean more than $2.4 million in additional funding for schools. According to the district’s website, approximately 90 per‑ cent of general purpose rev‑ enue is taken from student at‑ tendance, which has remained relatively constant at around 95 percent. In the average day, $78,500 is lost district‑wide due to student absences, and
Rio loses up to $45 for every student that is not in his/her seat. To counter these absences, the district program, Every Day Counts, will aCempt to create, “increased student, family and staﬀ awareness about aCend‑ ing school every day,” accord‑ ing to the district’s website. “Consistent school aCendance is one of the most reliable pre‑ dictors of student success and everyone has a role to play in helping ensure students are in class each day.” Vice Principle Vanessa Adolphson, who also acts as aCendance adviser for Rio, believes that the program, coupled with earlier interven‑ tion, is the key to regular at‑ tendance.
“We like to promote inter‑ vention, and ﬁnd out right away what’s presenting the problem,” she said. “The sooner we can ﬁx the prob‑ lems, the sooner we can get students in their seats.” Adolphson also recom‑ mends that any student with questions should schedule an aCendance meeting with their counselor to address any hardships, such as transporta‑ tion. “Some kids aren’t [in at‑ tendance] simply because they can’t get a ride, and there is no reason we shouldn’t be able to help” she said. What holds the most im‑ port for students is learning what is missed in an average school day. When a student misses
school, that student misses out on essential class time and learning. According to the U.S. Department of Education, students fall behind by more than two days in learning when they miss just one day of class. Absent students also take away less from the lesson since they lack valuable class‑ room discussion and sharing. An extra $2,430,688 and a higher percentage of educated students seems a valuable in‑ centive. Rio could easily ap‑ ply its funding to purchasing new textbooks, renovating outdated systems, and beCer‑ ing the school’s appearance. For Rio students, a small time spent in a classroom seat could go a long way.
Military: representatives UC: Eligibility met with mixed emotions system to expand From < HARD, page 5
However, not all students want to be contacted. “In a school environment students should be learn‑ ing, not being bombarded by the pressures of joining the army,” junior Tara Du‑ val said. “If a student at a high school wishes to join the armed forces, chances are they know what they are doing, and can ﬁnd a way to enlist without the pressure of the military branches com‑ ing to the school. It interferes with learning.” Still, federal legislation requires high schools to give military recruiters the same access to the campus as they provide to other persons or groups who advise students about occupational or educa‑ tional options. If a school does not have any on‑campus recruiting by
employers or colleges, then it is not required to have on‑ campus military recruiting. If a school allows on‑cam‑ pus recruiting, it must allow recruiting by the military. Section 9528 of the No Child Le@ Behind Act expands upon this premise. The 2002 legislation re‑ quires schools to give stu‑ dents’ personal information, including phone numbers and addresses, to the mili‑ tary. In addition, the law also states that schools must in‑ form students and parents of an opt‑out clause. This clause allows stu‑ dents to ﬁll out a form they can turn in to their school administration if they do not want their information shared. The form can be found at www.aclu‑sc.org/ pages/mrops/ But this clause is not all‑
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encompassing. The Department of De‑ fense keeps a list of pro‑ spective recruits in the Joint Advertising and Marketing Research & Studies (JAMRS) database. And this informa‑ tion could come from a vari‑ ety of sources, so opting out at the school level is not suf‑ ﬁcient to ensure that a name will not be in JAMRS. However, the Department of Defense recently agreed to honor requests to move names into a “suppression ﬁle” that will not be avail‑ able to recruiters. “It’s wrong that they are targeting kids under 18 to go into the military,” junior Mahyar Kamalinafar said. “[Recruiters] target youth by puCing up stands in schools and basically making propa‑ ganda out of the war. They say army strong, I say men‑ tally weak.”
From < UC, page 1 into the UC system, whereas last year 12.5 percent gained entrance. However, the top 9 percent of each graduating high school class will be automatically accepted into one of the campuses, as opposed to the top 5 percent of last year. Although more students may get accepted into the UC system, it may not necessarily be into the campus of their choice, because more eligible students means more competition for the desired campuses. “I think that changing the as‑ sured entry levels is unfair,” junior John BuCerﬁeld said. “It rewards students who go to smaller or less prestigious high schools.” With the new changes, juniors who have completed at least 11 UC prep courses, hold a 3.0 GPA or higher and have taken the SAT or ACT will be fully considered.
“Students who are more quali‑ ﬁed but aCend a competitive high school campus would be penal‑ ized,” BuCerﬁeld said. “The UC system should guarantee their excellent education to California’s best regardless of where they went to high school.” Because of Proposition 209, which was approved in 1996 and ended admissions based on race and gender, it is illegal for the UC system to admit students based on ethnicity. However, Yudolf said that the new changes will increase diversity. “I feel the changes the to the UC admissions criteria would expand opportunities of qualiﬁed and deserving candidates who might otherwise be overlooked,” senior Ruthie Oliver said. However, BuCerﬁeld feels the complete opposite. “The system should stay the same,” he said.
AP tests approaching Tate Rountree & Ben Egan Mirada Staff The cost of taking an AP examination has risen $6 to a total of $90 this year. Yet counselors and teachers are encouraging students to take the test because passing may equal thousands of dollars in savings from the cost of college. The increased cost is aCributed to a price hike by the College Board and the necessity to collect state sales tax, which
the district has not collected in the past, counselor and school AP coordinator Heather Jenson said. However taking and passing the examination may save students money in their future time in college. Colleges and universities that oﬀer credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP scores create opportunities for students to double major or even study abroad without puCing at risk graduation in four years. Students who take the AP
English Literature course and examination in high school, such as our school’s program, have a 62 percent higher four‑ year graduation rate. Overall, students who aCend for only four‑years will save thousands of dollars in tuition money when compared to those students who are required to spend more time earning credits. On average an additional year of public school in California for students costs over $7,000 in tuition; and out of state is normally upwards of $18,000.
AP test dates Wk. 1 Mon, May 4
Tue, May 5
Comp Sci A /AB Calculus AB Spanish LanCalculus BC guage
US Gov & Politics
Wed, May 6
Thur, May 7 Fri, May 8 English Lit & US History Comp German Lang
Comp Gov & Politics Statistics 12 Noon French Language
Chinese Lang & Culture
French Lit Japanese
Wk. 2 Mon, May 11
Tue, May 12
Wed, May 13
Thur, May 14 Fri, May 15
Eng Lang and Comp Macroecon Chemisty Human Geo Environ Science Italian World History Spanish Lit
Biology Music Theory
12 Physics B Noon Physics C: Mech 2 p.m. Physics C: Elec-
tricity and Magnetism
Euro History Studio Art
Latin Literature Latin: Vergil
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Kimberly Hicks: the story of a survior of three cancers Sarah Vaira & Alex Kleemann Mirada Staff
In the summer of 1996, just before her sophomore year of high school, Kimberly Hicks was an average teenage girl, consumed by average teenage issues. She recalls seeing commercials for the St. Jude’s Children Hospital, but not giving a second thought to how she would feel if she were in that position. However, such thoughts did not continue for long. She began complaining of bone aches at the beginning of her freshman year at Casa Roble High School. However, she considered these pains normal, as many teenagers experience growing pains at some point in their life. But the pains persisted and worsened until ﬁnally Hicks was hospitalized from the excruciating pain that prevented her from even walking. A@er Hicks’ ﬁrst MRI, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that was growing inside her bones and cracking them. “This is going to be the worst year of your life,” Hicks’ pediatric oncologist said on that fateful August day. “You have an 80 percent chance of dying and we are going to amputate your leg.” Fortunately, during the time of Hick’s diagnosis, a UC Davis doctor was testing out an alternative to amputation. Shortly a@er she was diagnosed, she went through with the surgery, which removed the aﬀected bone and inserted a titanium rod, aCached from her lower femur down to her ankle. Currently her titanium bone is working well. The massive surgery was only the beginning; Hicks was soon put into extensive chemotherapy. Hicks describes goal chemotherapy (chemical therapy) as “killing everything, all rapidly growing cells, except you, causing you to lose your hair, and making
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Above: Cancer survivors present a slideshow while talking to an audience full of high school girls, discussing their life stories. Below left: Senior Fareeha Nawaz introduces the guest speakers. Nawaz put the event together for her senior Civitas project.
you miserably sick.” She recalls throwing up around 13 times a day every day for a three‑month period. Of her few happy memories during this period of her life, Hicks remembers the day she spent with her idol, Celine Dion, through the Make A Wish Foundation. Hicks gained a lot from the experience. In fact, she even managed to graduate high school on time. The greatest lesson she learned was to “never judge someone because you never know what they are going through.” To emphasize this point, she explained a vivid memory in which she recalls going to a much‑awaited choral concert during Christmas time—she wore a hat over her wig to make it look more real— where a woman behind her whispered
about how rude she was for not taking oﬀ her hat during the show. Right before her sophomore year at UC Davis, Hicks was diagnosed again with that same cancer, this time in her lungs. This time, however, she decided to stay in school while she received chemotherapy. A few years later, a@er she graduated, Hicks was diagnosed with cancer in her kidney. One doctor even told her to cut her losses and prepare for death because the chemotherapy was obviously not doing its job. The cancer in her kidney, however, ended up being entirely diﬀerent, and much milder than the previous. With the removal of her kidney, she did not even have to go through chemo. Hicks is now 27 years old, and has been cancer free for ﬁve years. Kim has gone back to UC Davis to get her pre‑med degree to become a pediatric oncologist.
How to prevent & detect cancer Breast Cancer: Starting at the age of 20, women should peform breast self-exams. If breasts feel or look abnormal, talk to a health care provider immediately. When a woman reaches the age of 40, she should have yearly mammograms to check for breast cancer. Cervical Cancer: All sexually active women, or those at the age of 21, should be tested for cervical cancer with the Pap test every one to two years, depending on if the regular test is used or the liquid Pap test. Ovarian Cancer: All women are at risk for ovarian cancer. Unlike cervical cancer, it cannot be detected by the pap test. Those who have a personal or family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer are more likely to acquire ovarian cancer. Symptoms include pelvic or stomach pains, vague but persistent indigestion, and unexplained weight gain or weight loss that persist for at least two weeks. If symptoms remain for more than two weeks, ask a doctor for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, CA-125 blood test, and transvaginal ultrasound.
Seminar promotes awareness for girls The success of Fareeha Nawaz’s senior Civitas project, which was a breast, ovarian and cervical cancer awareness conference, has spurred talk among students. “You’re in for something big; this will change your lives,” Nawaz said. Nawaz put together this confer‑ ence to raise awareness, encourage early detection and provide informa‑ tion about women’s cancer on a more personal level. A range of women who have bat‑ tled diﬀerent types of cancer at dif‑ ferent points in their life spoke at the conference. Anne Hart opened the conference, provided information and gave an overview of women’s cancer and the precautions young woman need to take to keeping themselves healthy. She was followed by Beverly Saldivar, a breast cancer survivor, and Mari Ueda, an ovarian cancer survivor. No maCer how diverse the speak‑ ers were, they all preached the same message: be aware of your body and early detection is key. “Early detection of [ovarian can‑ cer] can mean the diﬀerence between life and death,” Ueda said. All speakers encouraged routine checkups and screenings at home and at the doctor’s oﬃce. “Be advocates for your own health care, your own body,” Ueda said. However, the ﬁnal speaker sparked a particular interest in the crowd. Kimberly Hicks was diagnosed with cancer while she was in high school and connected with the audience. “I really liked Kim Hicks; hearing about her experience, how she dealt with cancer while her friends dealt with high school was very emotion‑ al,” sophomore Sarah Brown said. Fareeha Nawaz choose to address the topic of women’s cancer a@er in‑ terning at the American Cancer Soci‑ ety her junior year. She thought the stories of cancer survivors were so inspirational and the knowledge of the disease so important, she wanted to share what she learned during her internship with the rest of the student body. Her project was praised among students. “It was amazing,” sophomore Heaven Edwards said.“I love the aCi‑ tude these women portrayed to us as a young audience, it was a message of hope, life, and inspiration.” ‑Sarah Vaira & Alex Kleemann
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Students rely on Cal grant funds despite decrease Carly McCune Mirada Staff Many people forget that once the economy went down, so did many of the beCer things that the economy was supporting. One of those pro‑ grams is Cal Grants, which many students de‑ pend on. However, the money might be running out. Many students rely on the money coming through Cal Grants to get an education at col‑ lege. Will these students have to ﬁnd other means when the well starts to run dry? Though the future is very unclear, Yvonne Stewart‑Buchen, from the California Student Aid Commission, still urges students to apply for Cal Grants. According to the Sacramento Bee, Cal Grant funding is not only going downhill, but it seems to be in trouble of surviving. Just a few months ago, it wasn’t even a stable maCer of whether the schools would be geCing the money in time to dole out to students in the spring. But luckily it pulled through just in time. Although such a scare isn’t boding well for what is expected to happen for the following se‑ mesters to come. Many are unsure if the money can make such a miraculous turn around and be‑ come a stable and working funding system. Students should have some sort of back up plan set just in case anything potentially goes awry. “As there are other scholarships they may qualify for and federal aid, students should ﬁll out the FAFSA and the Cal Grant GPA veriﬁca‑ tion form,” Stewart‑Buchen said. “Once they
do, their ﬁnancial aid counselor or administra‑ tor will help them maximize their ﬁnancial aid potential.” California eventually has to fork out another $13 million to give to the colleges in Cal Grant money funding alone, but the governor’s budget proposal calls for $87 million in funding cuts. And this is only for the 2009‑2010 school year. What could happen further on in later years when even more students will be relying on the money from Cal Grants? “We can not predict what the sate of the econ‑ omy will be next year. We can say that thus far, the Entitlement Cal Grant program is still avail‑ able to students who qualify,” Stewart‑Buchen said. Cal Grants are guaranteed for students with a 2.0 GPA and meets the ﬁnancial need require‑ ments and the deadline for California students is March 2. Stewart‑Buchen notes that there is a diﬀerence between Cal Grant Entitlement Awards and the Competitive awards, in which high school seniors and recent graduates cannot apply for. “These awards aren’t guaranteed and only a limited number are available each year‑half are set aside for students who apply by the March 2 deadline, and the other half are for California Community College students who meet the Sept. 2 application deadline,” Stewart‑Buchen said concerning Competitive Awards. The Cal Grant funding is in a rocky situation, but students should still apply even though the funding is a liCle shaky. It’s an easy way for stu‑ dents to pay for a higher education and establish a foundation for a beCer future.
10 NOTES OF ADVICE FOR CAL GRANT STUDENTS
1. Cal Grants are free money--you don’t have pay back. 2. You must fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid 9FAFSA0. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov get a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and fill out the FAFSA online or visit your local Cash for College workshop. You can find a workshop near you at www.calgrants.org 3. You must file a verified GPA 4. The deadline to apply for a Cal Grant is March 2. 5. Cal Grants are good at all UCs, CSUs, community colleges and most private, career and technical schools in California. 6. You must meet financial need requirements to qualify. 7. You must be a California resident. 8. Must have at least a 2.0 GPA and graduate from high school. 9. A Cal Grant is guaranteed if you meet all requirements. 10. Cal Grants are up to $9,700 of free cash annually for college.
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Senior Kristen Garrett happily serves up a delicious strawberry Hagen’s freeze.
Freezing up the competition Kristen Garrett, 12 What’s your favorite part of doing your job? Free freeze! Are there any other beneﬁts to your job? Working with cool people. What does your job entail? Because I’ve worked there for so long I can do a lot. Like cooking and serving and clean‑ ing and helping people. Do you go out of your way to help customers? There are special ed. people that come in a lot, and I help them order. Do you like your job? Yes, it’s really easy and laid back, not stressful.
Would You Rather: Eat a bar of soap or drink a bo.le of dishwashing liquid?
If it was good, scented soap I’d probably eat the bar. Live in Antarctica or Death Valley? Death Valley. End hunger or hatred? I think if everybody got a cookie or a freeze then there would be no hatred. Have sand in your pants or water in your ear? Water in my ear, sand in the pants is uncom‑ fortable and endless. Get free chocolate for one year or free potatoes forever? Free potatoes probably, you can do a lot with them. This is really diﬃcult because I really like mashed potatoes, but I really like chocolate, too. Be a tree or live in a tree? It’d be tight to have a tree house.
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4540 American River Dr. Sacramento, CA 95864 (916) 971‑8921 ext. 80 my.hsj.org/ca/sacramento/rio firstname.lastname@example.org Editors‑in‑Chief Willie Robinson‑Smith Hannah Shapiro Molly Glasgow Jenifer Carter News Editors Tyler Allen Kate Finegold Molly Ingram Opinion Editors Carly McCune Alexis Shen Features Editors Jack Sheldon Christian Oldham Sports Editor Alex Reinnoldt Alex Kleemann Photo Editor Alexander McFall Photographers Caroline Fong Willie Robinson‑Smith Graphic Artist Emily Kim Sarah Vaira Online Editor Alex Kleemann Staﬀ Writers Caroline Fong Jessie Shapiro Katherine Casey Sarah Vaira Savannah Sterpe‑Mackey Tate Rountree Danny Ford Ben Egan Business Manager Molly Ingram Adviser Michael Mahoney email@example.com The Mirada is the independent voice of the students and a forum for diverse ideas published by Rio Americano’s newspaper class. The Mirada welcomes story ideas, comics, leCers to the editor and opinion pieces. Submit ar‑ ticles and leCers to the box in A3 or the main oﬃce. Unsigned edi‑ torials represent the views of the Mirada editorial board. Opinion articles and leCers to the editor are the views of the in‑ dividual writer and not necessar‑ ily the views of the Mirada or Rio Americano High School. We welcome advertising, but reserve the right to refuse any ad.
The avian attack!
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n uncanny, yet ex‑ tremely common event can be seen everyday at lunchtime in the quad. Students are scream‑ ing, running and holding various objects over their heads to protect themselves from our massive seagull problem. Binders are held over their heads while they make their way from their trash laden lunch table to their next class. The wild, ﬂying animals can be found bomb diving the students until they are uncomfortable to the point of tears. These birds are probably thankful that the students are too lazy to actually walk three steps forward to get to the nearest trash receptacle. They love the fact that stu‑ dents just drop their food and wrappers nonchalant‑ ly on the ground and then walk away. The birds prob‑ ably love the students more than we know. Unfortunately for the birds, the love is not mu‑ tual. Everyone gets a liCle anxiety when they see 20 birds or so ﬂying about in the air with Wednesday’s spicy chicken sandwich re‑ mains in their beaks. Some
OUR VIEW students think the solution is to throw more uneaten food towards the birds to make them ﬂy away. Then a@er they blindly make a huge mistake, (because, re‑ ally, what bird is going to be scared of food?) a handful of other birds come swoop‑ ing in to grab some of that uneaten lunch. The best extermination technique seems to be the easiest one. Why not just move a couple feet towards the nearest trash can? It’s not as though the school hasn’t provided more than enough trash cans. It seems like there is one around every corner and about three or so in ev‑ ery direction of each lunch table. A whole slew of cans are just waiting to be ﬁlled around every corner and at the end of each hall way. They are practically beg‑ ging to be ﬁlled with gar‑ bage from the students. All the tools are there for these bird‑phobics; the trash cans, the uneaten food and used wrappers. It gets even simpler; the trash can be thrown away on the way
to the next class because there has to be at least ﬁve trash cans on the way there, anyway. For some reason though, students are plagued with this mysterious lazy leg syn‑ drome and their legs are un‑ able to move until the sound of the bell rings. Oddly, the symptoms include: locked legs, whiny conversations ﬁlled with exaggerations of how far away the trash can is, a strong urge to blatantly liCer and an overwhelming new fear of birds. Although throwing away all of the trash from lunch and break does not guar‑ antee a full extermination of the birds, it would prob‑ ably make a big diﬀerence in how many heads get pooped on during their run to ﬁ@h period. GeCing rid of the trash not only would help with the bird problem, but would also help those stu‑ dents who are just uCerly disgusted in having to walk through a surprisingly mas‑ sive amount of lunch bits to get to class. How gross is that to be walking and then
ﬁnd out you have le@over salad on your shoe or to see a smashed tater tot hanging oﬀ your shoelace? Is anyone else slightly gagging at the image of that? And contrary to popular belief, although the school has employed a janitor, it is not so he can be cleaning up a@er hundreds of kids. He’s not a maid or the students’ mother, so let’s not throw trash on the ground just be‑ cause we think someone is employed to baby us. The school could look more like a high school and less like a local dumping ground if the students could pick up their trash like any normal person would do. It’s obviously a strain to do so, but the beneﬁts seem to outweigh the downside of actually moving one’s legs. It will be a tough journey, moving one leg at a time while holding wrappers and crumbs, but there is a lot of faith in the students to be able to be trusted with such a dangerous mission. If the students could just start cleaning up their mess‑ es like adults, we could be rid of the birds that seem to scare the crap out of every‑ one.
Does the ‘crime’ fit the punishment? Megan Alcalay Guest Writer
f you are a senior with an open sixth period, you know that in order to leave the parking lot a@er school, you need an “open period” sticker on the back of your ID card. But what happens when you don’t have your ID card? Say you for‑ got it at home? Detention. I ﬁnd this policy to be slight‑ ly more than ridiculous. Every‑ one forgets something once in a while and a detention is a preCy harsh punishment for a simple mistake. Just the other day, a friend of mine, lets call her Esme, went through this frustrating ordeal. Esme is a responsible AP class‑ taking student who has open ﬁ@h and sixth periods. She went nearly an entire semester with‑ out one mishap. She always had her ID card with her, until just the other day when she acciden‑ tally le@ it at home. On this day, Esme had to go to work a@er lunch. However, because she did not have her ID card, she knew she could not
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leave school. She did what any mature and responsible student would do in her situation and went to the Counseling Oﬃce to get a print out of her sched‑ ule. A@er receiving a copy of the schedule, Esme was ready to go on her way. But hold on. “I need to give you a deten‑
tion,” a counseling oﬃce staﬀ member says to Esme. Deten‑ tion? What? “Because you don’t have your ID card.” Esme, rather than geCing an‑ gry at this blasphemy, ignores the absurd reasoning and in‑ stead goes to the ACendance Of‑
ﬁce to try out another option. In‑ stead of conceding to defeat and taking the detention, she tries to get an early dismissal by calling her dad at work. However, once Esme explains the situation to the aCendance clerk, she gets a surprising response. “Because you have open ﬁ@h and sixth
period, you aren’t technically at school, so I can’t write you an ED.” What?! Alternate Universe: Esme tells the lady in the Counseling Oﬃce her problem, the lady calls over to the Main Oﬃce, the Main Oﬃce radios the parking lot monitor Esme’s name and appearance, Esme leaves, prob‑ lem solved. Reality: This doesn’t happen. I understand that the policy is to ensure that kids without open periods can’t leave, but couldn’t the monitor just have a list of names of the ﬁ@y kids with open periods? If it is picture identiﬁcation that is needed, here’s an idea: print out black and white cop‑ ies of the ID cards to give to the monitor so that the students do not have to suﬀer for minute mistakes that could easily hap‑ pen. There is no reason that Esme was not able to leave. There is no reason that her dad had to in‑ terrupt his workday in order to bring his daughter her ID card. Surely, crime deserves pun‑ ishment, but how can you ar‑ gue that forgeCing an ID card is a crime that deserves a deten‑ tion?
New National Guard policies are unlawful Scott Buchanan Guest Writer Since its inception in 1903, the United States National Guard has come to represent one of the fundamental principles of America. The duty for Ameri‑ can militias, which are separate from the federal government, is to protect their country. In the present day, the state National Guard is divided up into units stationed in each of the 50 states and U.S. territories. When the National Guard is called into action in a time of cri‑ sis, they may only start deploy‑ ing soldiers when the governor of that state deems it necessary. This is the way it is supposed to work. However, with ma‑ jor ﬂuctuations that have been made over the last few years, all of that is now a thing of the past. In 2006 something called the John Warner Defense Authori‑ zation Act was passed. This act changed the federal law so that the governor of a state was no longer the sole commander in chief of their state’s National Guard during emergencies
within the state. It gave the president full con‑ trol of all state’s National Guard units without the governor’s consent. A year later the Nation‑ al Defense Authorization Act of 2008 was put forth because of some complaints about the John Warner Act. Well, it didn’t really do much to make things beCer. In fact, it made things even worse! Although it repealed part of a section of the John Warner De‑ fense Authorization Act, it still enabled the president to call the National Guard of the United States for active federal military service during Congressionally sanctioned “national emergency or war.” Not only that, it placed the National Guard Bureau directly under the Department of De‑ fense as a joint activity. It made a non‑federal organization fed‑ eral. This is a total violation of the law! But that is not even half of it. A memo that was supported by Gates listed many drastic changes to the politics of the National Guard. Some of the most disturbing changes are the assimilations
of the National Guard and Re‑ serves into the regular US Army, under control and management of the Department of Defense. It also says that the Department of Defense will handle any big de‑ cisions if a time of crisis occurs. But why would the Nation‑ al Guard have to morph with the U.S. Army? It’s not like the Army is going to be patrolling the streets of America or any‑ thing. Well, in fact, they already are. According to the Dec. 1, 2008 edition of the Washington Post, the Army expects to have at least 20,000 troops inside the US by the year 2011. Their purpose would be to “help state and lo‑ cal oﬃcials respond to a nuclear terrorist or domestic catastro‑ phe.” If you are thinking that hav‑ ing troops patrolling inside the U.S. for no immediate reason is against some sort of federal law, then you would be right. It is called the Posse Comitatus Act, and it was established 130 years ago. It makes it so that the mili‑ tary cannot act as a law enforce‑ ment power. Many people think that this plan, which is already in action,
It made a non‑federal organization federal. This is a total violation of the law! But that is not even half of it.
is a violation of the Posse Comi‑ tatus Act. They would be absolutely correct. The ﬁrst homeland brigade has already been deployed. On Oct. 1, 2008, the army deployed a 4,700‑man unit based in Geor‑ gia. If funding continues, two ad‑ ditional teams will join nearly 80 smaller National Guard and reserve units made up of about 6,000 troops in supporting local and state oﬃcials nationwide. All would be trained to respond to a domestic, chemical, bio‑ logical, radiological, nuclear or high‑yield explosive aCack. There is something else that the Army and National Guard are training for in the US. They are being trained to become “crowd control.” According to an Army Times Sept. 8, 2008 article, along with the threat of
a terrorist nuclear aCack, the Army would also prepare their soldiers for “civil unrest.” This report was echoed by a recent report of the Army War College’s Strategic Institute. It said that if there were some sort of economical collapse, and mass food riots protesting against the government were to spring up, the Army would have the authority to use their power to subdue the people. And be‑ lieve me, if the Army ever had to do something like that, the troops would stay on the streets for good. Now we know that many things the National Guard hope to do are hardly patriotic, or even constitutional. It just shows that unless we can look deeper into the world enveloping us, we will not know the underly‑ ing, and sometimes, ugly truth.
Compared to Edward, real love bites Kate Wilkins Guest Writer
dward Cullen. At this simple name I stumble over words, smile like a ﬁendish liCle girl and lay my hand over my palpitating heart. If you uCer those four sylla‑ bles, my head snaps in your di‑ rection so fast that I give myself mild whiplash. I start jabbering about “Twilight,” ask you how many times you’ve seen the movie, exclaim how Edward in Ray‑bans is the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen and curse Stephanie Meyer for creating such a impossible fantasy. I won’t let you get a word in edge‑ wise. Why would you want to? I’ll tell you what to think. My peers know how I feel about Edward, the impossibly perfect male vampire in the “Twilight” series and movie. Whenever I start to talk about him (a daily occurrence), there is always a mix of wistful sighs from my girlfriends and some disgusted retches from my male acquaintances. More retches than sighs, so maybe I need more supportive friends. I am a “twihard,” but more speciﬁcally, an Edward Cullen lover. Most people wonder why I am so... obsessed with a ﬁction‑ al character. They wonder why I would drag a life‑size cutout of Edward around school. Why I would own four Twilight shirts
and wear at least two a week. But it’s simple really... why on earth would I not obsess over Edward Cullen? First of all, he’s the perfect man. He is caring, sensitive, in‑ telligent, protective, wiCy, hon‑ est and...amazingly good look‑ ing. I don’t like to judge books by their covers, but in this case, the cover is an extremely nice addition to the book’s content. Edward is also alluring and dangerous, a true “bad boy,” though less due to his personal‑ ity and more due to his lust for blood. Girls seem to go for the rebel, and in this case, it’s no dif‑ ferent. I mostly obsess over Edward because he is so uCerly unaCain‑ able. He is not only in a book, but he is a vampire. The book isn’t real and vampires aren’t real. I can safely pour out my teenage angsty‑lust onto a dou‑ bly‑fake character. He truly is the safest person to idolize. At least I’m obsessed with a ﬁc‑ tional character and not a real person. You can get away with obsessing over someone who doesn’t exist, while obsessing over someone who does exist might get you a restraining or‑ der. There is also the fact that Ed‑ ward is a dream I can manipu‑ late. I can make Edward my own because he isn’t here to dis‑ appoint me. I’m willing to bet that any girl who saw “Twilight” substituted themselves into the
role of Edward’s girlfriend at least once. And I am preCy sure they were happy with that im‑ age. Edward isn’t real, so he’s easier to fantasize about; and he never gets on your nerves‑ how convenient. Nothing will come of my fantasies about Edward, so I might as well make the most of it. I might as well be an obsessive creeper as long as I’m having fun. Although, my “creeper” ten‑ dencies do pour onto the very real Robert PaCinson. He played Edward in the movie, and I am in love with him too. He is the closest thing to Edward Cul‑ len that will ever exist. Even if he refuses to take showers and sports a mangy head of dirty hair in reality, he is the man that pops into my head when I think the word Edward. Although, his tousled mane somehow makes him more alluring, so if he ever wanted to go out to lunch or something, I probably wouldn’t say no. I am obsessed with the sym‑ bol and the symbolizer. With Edward Cullen and Robert Pat‑ tinson. At the end of each Twi‑ light viewing (I’ve only seen it four times), I loudly cried, “I hate my life,” because I was so devastated with Edward’s non‑ existence and Robert living far away. So people, stop crushing my dreams. I am not hurting anyone, except myself. Let me obsess over my characters and go ﬁnd yourself something to
Courtesy of Kate Wilkins
Senior Kate Wilkins stands next to the love of her life, fictional charactor Edward Cullen, from the “Twilight” series by Stephenie Meyer.
obsess over. Without an impos‑ sible dream there is no point in life. And did I mention that Ed‑
ward Cullen/ Robert PaCinson is really, really ridiculously good‑looking?
Speedos have equal rights here, too John Butterfield Guest Writer Football jerseys, basketball shorts and baseball socks are all uniforms, and as such, they are allowed at school with no restriction. However, as soon as a swimmer or water polo player dons his uniform, the situation becomes a ﬁasco. In fact, the administration has made swimming uniforms into a disciplinary nightmare. Speedo discrimination is a serious problem and simply unfair. First of all, a Speedo covers every necessary part of the male body; thighs are not a private area. No law prohibits wearing a Speedo in public. Speedos are a common uniform used in many sports around the
world. Swimmers, divers and water polo players wear Speedos when competing. Cheerleaders wear Speedo‑like spandex under their skirts, and wrestlers wear Speedo‑like material in a singlet that covers only slightly more skin than a speedo. Speedos are not an atrocity that the public is unable to handle. They are simply a uniform. Water polo players have to wear a Speedo to prevent the other team from grabbing their suit, very similar to grabbing a jersey in football. Wearing their Speedos and their running shoes, the swim team jogs around another sporting event held on campus to show support and team spirit in an event called a Speedo run. Speedo runs have occurred
at numerous events, and they have even become a tradition of the powderpuﬀ football game. The administration claims that a Speedo run is disruptive to the event that is occurring. However, the swim team and water polo players have taken this into consideration in recent years and waited until half‑time or between games to do a Speedo run. When this has occurred, the Speedo runs are entertaining and the crowd enjoys them. While a swim team Speedo run may be momentarily distracting, a cheerleader’s outﬁt is designed to be distracting. Not only are the cheerleaders are allowed to wear them to school, but they also preform in front of the school at rallies and games. The song team even preforms
in skin‑tight pants made of similar material as Speedos. The administration has taken punishment to a whole new level. A detention for disrupting a school event, if that was what happened, would be understandable. However, the administration has proclaimed that any Speedo run, even one done non‑disruptively, will earn the participants a three‑day home suspension. This punishment is completely ludicrous. Suspensions remain on a student’s permanent record and can jeopardize college hopes. Punishments should ﬁt the crime. Vaporizing the prospect of college and three days at home for a Speedo run is an egregious abuse of power.
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Speedo runs are not worthy of such punishment. The administration should remove the punishment that they have put in place for Speedo runs. This activity should carry no punishment. If the administration is unwilling to follow that course, the punishment should at least be reduced to a detention. They should also carry no repercussions for coaches or staﬀ who do not prevent Speedo runs. Speedo runs are just a way of expressing team spirit and support for other sports. The administration has a provincial view of how a student body should appear. They need to consider diﬀerent and creative forms of team spirit.
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SHE SAID: “In first period I put five cookies that said ‘GALA?’ and had a balloon tied to them. I didn’t put my name or anything so he had no idea who it was. Then, at lunch, I got the keys to Steven’s car from his mom and decorated his car. I filled it with huge red balloons and covered the outside windows with paint. When he came out from school I popped out from behind it.”-Michelle Uyekawa, 11 HE SAID: “I was really surprised and kind of confused about who was asking me. When I found out it was Michelle, I was really excited. It was all really cool, there were balloons, cookies, everything.” -Steven Scordakis, 11
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comfort is key. Make sure that your dress is not too rest tight, but not too loose at the same time. You want to be fun when you are dancing, and not have to worry about When making last minute adjustments, safety pins and f will undoubtedly come in handy! BOYS: You might not think that your outfit matters, but y nitely feels otherwise! Try to match your tie with her dres are going with the ‘Opposites Attract’ theme! If you can how to tie a tie, check out this great how-to video on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT6ywGW7 And remember: good attitudes and smiles are always accessories! Centerspread designed by Jessie Shapiro, Sarah Vaira, Katherine Casey and Caroline Fong. Pictures by Caroline Fong.
Road to GALA “I’m not going to GALA because I want to do something more fun. Instead I’m going shopping in San Francisco.” -Katie Smith, 10 “I’m not going to GALA because I feel like it is going to be lame. So I’m going to the movies with other friends who don’t want to go.” -Danny Lynch, 9
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Surviving the Dance -When leaving your house, don’t forget: ID card, ticket, money, and of course the essentials! (After dinner breathmints, lip gloss, corsage/boutonierre, and phone) -At pictures, don’t be embarrassed if your parents get carried away, you’ll be thankful later when you can remember every moment! -At dinner, avoid breath stinkers: garlic, fish, etc. -At the actual dance, just try your best to have a good time. Even if the music is bad, keep on smiling and laugh it off.
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Clockwise starting at far left: Midtown Stomp hosts a mass of swing dancers. Mariana Calderon, 12, and Briana Ezray, 11, dance together. El Camino junior Mac Russ and junior Emily Norgaard do the Charlston. Senior Michael Storm spins Calderon into a dip. Junior Ken Carter leads his partner in a dip. WILLIE ROBINSON-SMITH/Mirada Staff
Join the swinging fun at Midtown Stomp Molly Glasgow Mirada Staff Those hooligan whippersnappers are at it again, except this time they’re swing dancing. On a given Friday night at Midtown Stomp, you can usually ﬁnd a group of stu‑ dents swing dancing their hearts out on the ﬂoor of the 6000 square foot ballroom at 28 and K. For the past year, seniors Mariana Calde‑ ron, Jackie Rose and Jason Blanks have danced, and recruited fellow classmates along the way. Swing dancing is no longer something you just had to learn to get through P.E. class, but it is now an exciting and fun way to spend an evening. “Some people might think that it is lame to swing dance, but once you learn the ba‑ sics it is preCy awesome,” Blanks said. “Ba‑ sically you get to do crazy spin moves, act like a fool, and every now and then throw a girl up in the air and hope you catch her.” Swing dance is an amusing alternative to most orthodox teenage means of dance. “Last year, a group of us decided we’d really rather not go to GALA for GALA,” Calderon said. “We wanted to do some‑ thing new. So we went swing dancing, stepped on each other’s feet, fell over, and had a blast. Now’s it’s tradition.” Over the year, new comers like juniors Briana Ezray and Sean Shelton have joined the swing dancing brigade and enjoyed ev‑ ery minute of it. “It’s a lot of fun,” Ezray said. “You get to
hang out with your friends and just dance. The style has always been fun, especially once you learn the higher level moves.” The swing dancing at Midtown Stomp is open to the public, but students have been geCing groups together through word of mouth and even Facebook invites. Everyone is welcome to join in. “Give it a shot,” Shelton said. You don’t need any prior training, but a bit of preparation is crucial. “Bring comfortable shoes,” Rose said.
A different kind of Lady Marmalade Molly Ingram Mirada Staff For four nights only, a ﬁlm‑ adapted musical will bedazzle the BeCy Miller LiCle Theater. This year’s spring play is based oﬀ of Baz Luhrmann’s hit movie “Moulin Rouge,” star‑ ring Nicole Kidman. Seniors Kate Spare and Cashel BarneC will star in the roles of Satine, the courtesan, and Christian, the young bohemian writer. Play director and drama teacher Jesse Miller decided to direct “Moulin Rouge” this year because she felt it would pro‑ vide her with “more of a chal‑ lenge.” “I was considering a few comedies, but decided ‘Moulin Rouge’ suited my returning vet‑ eran actors,” Miller said. However, unlike the some‑ what risque movie, the stage version appeals to a wider audi‑ ence range, and replaces overly sexual acting with innocent fun. Also, the seCing has been modi‑ ﬁed to suit the LiCle Theater. “The locations are condensed, the cast is smaller, and the story is emphasized a bit more,” Mill‑ er said. Overall, about 45 students auditioned for the play, and 14 were cast. In order to appease the school administrators, Miller and the cast have replaced Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” song, which is in the original movie, with Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.” Senior cast member Kaity Dunlap, who has been in every spring play since her sopho‑ more year, simply can’t decide on her favorite part of “Moulin Rouge.” “It’s a tie between the ‘I Kissed a Girl’ scene and the tan‑ go,” Dunlap said. “All the guys are singing (“I Kissed a Girl”), except for Cashel.” The Tango scene, which is performed to the original soundtrack song, is not your typical musical act. The dancing is far more athletic and impres‑ sive. Dunlap’s passionate danc‑ ing matches the song perfectly, and she truly shines as an ac‑ complished dancer during this scene. Fellow senior cast mate Eric Barger also enjoys the “I Kissed a Girl” scene, where the charac‑
Above: Senior Kate Spare (center) leads (from left) sophomore Kelly Rodgers, senior Dana Hachigian, junior Hanna Spano and senior Kaity Dunlap in Lady Marmalade. The play runs from March 25 to 28 at 7:30 p.m. Left: The Moulin Rouge cast rehearses another musical dance number. Below: Junior Brendan Cabe does an Irish jig while sophomore Kelly Rogers looks on.
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ter of Zidler, along with Chris‑ tian’s bohemian friends, try to convince the Duke that Satine is in love with him. “I love manhandling the Duke’s teddy bear,” Barger said. “I call him Lucky.” The Duke’s teddy bear can be seen during the song, as well as throughout the rest of the play. Much like last year’s musical “Edward Scissorhands,” “Mou‑ lin Rouge” adds modern‑day
songs into the script, which re‑ late perfectly to the play. That, along with cute and sometimes hilarious choreogra‑ phy, make even an overplayed Katy Perry song enjoyable to watch. Opening night is March 25 at 7:30 pm, and the show will run until March 28. Tickets cost $6 for students, and $7 for general admission.
Cast List 1) Kate Spare- Satine 2) Cashel BarnettChristian 3) Katie Kilbourn- Suzette 4) Kaity Dunlap- Nini 5) Tyler Allen- Argentinian 6) Willie Robinson-SmithZidler 7) Eric Barger- Warner
8) Dana Hachigian- Marie 9) Hanna Spano- Green Fairy 10) Jenna Scoggins- Fifi 11) Ben Egan- Doctor 12) Brendan CabeToulouse 13) Danny Ford- Duke 14) Kelly Rodgers- Sadie
Blink-182 reunites with plan for tour Molly Ingram Mirada Staff A@er four gruesome years of waiting and wishing for a mir‑ acle, my prayers were surpris‑ ingly and luckily answered at the 51st annual Grammy’s. No, I’m not talking about the fact that Taylor Swi@ didn’t win a Grammy, although some things seem to work out for the beCer. I’m talking about the greatest band to grace the world since the Beatles, the band that’s been around since I was born: blink‑ 182. That’s right, they’re back. Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, the infamous rock trio known for their tongue‑ in‑cheek lyrics and catchy beats, announced the Grammy award winner for the best rock album of the year, along with an even more exciting announcement of their decision to reunite. “We used to play music to‑ gether,” Barker said, “and we decided we’re going to play mu‑ sic together again.” The band broke up in 2005 due to tension among band members when DeLonge want‑ ed to take a half‑year hiatus from touring to spend time with his family, despite the scheduled
world tour. Although it pained me to see my favorite band break up, I knew I’d always have their pre‑ vious albums to listen to. When DeLonge formed his new band, Angels and Air‑ waves, I supported his diﬀerent style and bought his new CDs like any faithful fan would. Such was the case when Hoppus and Barker formed +44, which I also faithfully followed. Yet, part of me couldn’t help but miss
the three band members together. Some‑ thing felt incomplete. Yet, unlike other dismem‑ bered bands, the era of blink‑ 182 would continue to live on in the hearts of die‑hard fans, as well as at every school dance, where the DJ always played “All the Small Things.” It never ceased to amaze me how a 10‑year‑old song could never get old. Whether the boys of blink‑
182 were liked or not, they would never be forgoCen. And now they don’t have to be, now that they’ve returned to revolutionize music in America, and in the world. The signature smiley face logo has been resurrected, only this time it contains six arrows, to represent their upcoming sixth studio album, whose re‑ lease date is still unknown. Also, blink‑182 announced on their oﬃcial website that they
will be touring the world this summer, and are coming back bigger and beCer than before. “(We’re) picking up where we le@ oﬀ and then some,” Hop‑ pus said. I guess the years I spent lis‑ tening to blink‑182’s songs, hid‑ den bonus tracks included, will come in handy at their summer world tour this year, which I fully intend to aCend, scream‑ ing my lungs out.
A local band to check out: Gentlemen at Arms Danny Ford Mirada Staff For ﬁve days a week, mean‑ ingful lyrics and tasty guitar licks shoot out of the Sacra‑ mento Rehearsal Studio on WaC and Fruitridge with the force of Mighty Seabiscuit. The creators of these sounds are local band Gentlemen at Arms. With the quote “Let It Happen” in mind, they bust‑out all original songs in hopes to please any Rock n Roll lover. The band consists of Rio seniors Andrew Black (lead guitar/back‑up vocal) and Ben Salman (drums), El Camino se‑ nior Drew Scoggins (lead vocal/ rhythm guitar) and Mira Loma senior Robert Soohoo (bass). “All the bands that we lis‑ ten to are the ones that we most sound like, “Scoggins said. “We want to sound like our idols.” With the members of the band having the same musical interests, starting Gentleman at Arms with each other was a cakewalk. “Ben who’s a loner, met up with Andrew who’s a loner and
Courtesy of Drew Scoggins From left to right: Mira Loma senior Robert Soohoo, El Camino senior Drew Scoggins, and Rio seniors Ben Salman and Andrew Black perform in their band Gentlemen at Arms. Find them at their myspace page and at their upcoming concerts at Rio and The Boardwalk.
they started playing music, “So‑ hoo said. “Then the two found me, another loner, and then we found Drew, who’s a loner. We are just a group of loners who like playing music.” The group of “loners” sat down and started writing lyr‑ ics and compositions for all original songs under the band
name Hungarian Royalty. Their ﬁrst song was titled “December Night.” “‘December Night’ was hor‑ rible,” Salman said. “It was full of easy chord progressions and bad lyrics. We didn‘t really know what we were doing at the time.” This critical moment in the
young band members lives proved to be to extreme and they disbanded for a short a while. They started forming other bands, such as The Eklek‑ tics. “We just got tired of each other for a while,” Black said. “We went on Craig’s List trying to ﬁnd new band members, but in the end, we just ended geCing the band back together.” So, under the new name Smi‑ ley Bomb the band was back to writing songs. “It was a very magical night when we ﬁnally established the true name of our band,” Salman said. “I was looking through the dictionary in the credit index and found a picture of a gentle‑ man at arms. This guy looked totally awesome, so I told every‑ one we had to be called that.” Under their new and cur‑ rent name, Gentleman at Arms, things started taking oﬀ for them. Now having played at Rio and Club Retro, they are very optimistic about their future. With eight songs recorded now, including “Face Paint” and “9 to 5,” they are working
on more of a newer sound. “Before I used to write songs about stuﬀ that was happen‑ ing around me like girls and school,” Scoggins said. “But I’m now looking outside of that for new inspiration. Our song ’9 to 5’ is about not wanting to sit behind a desk for ﬁve days a week.” “Our music is also becoming more aggressive,” Black said. ”Overall, our music is more in‑ tricate and I think people will really like it even more. It may also be because we are dead sexy.” Yet, to please people more, you need the crowd of people to please. That is why Gentle‑ men at Arms created a Myspace page with four of their recorded songs. “With our Myspace page I think we will reach out to even more of a crowd,” Salman said.
Upcoming shows Rio TBA The boardwalk TBA El Camino TBA
‘Shopaholic’ sells humor without following book Carly McCune Mirada Staff The story is simple enough: A woman with a moderate income and an insatiable need to wear high fashion clothing. So why is the movie almost nothing like the book? The movie, “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” based upon Sophie Kinsella’s best selling novel by the same title, stars Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood. Fisher plays the character well, except for the fact that she is missing the shopaholic’s characteristic accent. The movie should do well since the book was such a hit. All the ﬁlmmakers had to do was follow the storyline in the novel, but they didn’t and it wasn’t a very good product that came out of their half baked work. Yes, the movie was cute at times, especially when Bloomwood is dancing a crazy
MOVIE REVIEW salsa‑mambo thing on the dance ﬂoor, ﬁlled with tasteful slapstick humor, which is hard to come by in movies these days. But the movie fell short in its plot, which jumped around a bit. Audience members who did
read the book and realized quite a bit of the movie either wasn’t in the book or was twisted in some fashion or was put out of chronological order. Take the scene where Bloomwood sells her clothing in an auction to raise money to pay oﬀ her debt. Readers of only the ﬁrst Shopaholic book (there are ﬁve in the series) will be very confused because Bloomwood doesn’t sell her clothes until book two. There were so many plot details that were skewed or made up and all sorts of weird things were placed incorrectly in the movie. Such as Luke Brandon being a magazine editor instead of running his own company and being Bloomwood’s boss. What is that? None of that happened even in the book! At least it is fairly obvious that there won’t be a sequel due to the horribly exectued plot and the clash between novel and movie.
A lot of the movie goers went to see the movie because they knew what was going to happen. They read the book and wanted to see each plot detail put into action by actors, not to see a director or script writer make some changes to surprise the audience. This is preCy comparable to what happened with the Twilight movie. Audience members were either saddened or outraged by the scenes that were so plainly wriCen in the book and then changed as a surprise in the movie. Hollywood, listen, abundant change from book to screen is unnecessary and disliked. If they wanted a surprise, they would go watch some horror movie, not a movie based on a book. If the movie were to be judged by a viewer who hadn’t read the book, the movie would probably receive a B on the grading scale. The movie was
a liCle predictable in the big picture of the plot, but there were many liCle things that were very unexpected, such as the manikins in the window beckoning Bloomwood to spend money she doesn’t have on the latest fashions. There were a few times where the music during the romantic scenes of the movie were very cheesy and almost too consuming to the sense of the ears that the eyes could barely focus on what was in front of them. Cheesy music can get a liCle distracting, especially during already cheesy scenes. Overall, however, it was very cute. The movie held its own as a cute romantic comedy worth seeing once. If anything, there is a long list of things that could have been beCer, but once the viewer learns to be a liCle less nit picky about details and cheesy music, it is an enjoyable ﬁnd.
Sexism weakens the cheer Four thumbs down spirit of new movie ’Fired Up’ for this bummer Kate Finegold & Alexis Shen Mirada Staff Two high school football players, Shawn and Nick, they decide to ditch football camp and instead aCend cheer camp. A@er learning a few cheer stunts, they prove themselves to their school’s squad, the Tigers. The Tigers take a bus ride down to a cheer camp in the Bay Area, where they plan to do beCer in the competition than they did last year; that is, beCer than last place. But Shawn and Nick aren’t exactly there to win; instead, they’re there to hook up with girls. Their ulterior motive leads to a ﬁlm that is rather derogatory towards women. The movie portrays women as inferior beings as men simply play games with them. When the squad arrives at the cheer camp, Nick and Shawn ogle all the cheerleaders. Their arrival at cheer camp is marked by footage of the cheerleaders stretching. They are, of course, dressed in the bare minimum. Shawn and Nick’s strategy
MOVIE REVIEW for geCing girls develops at cheer camp. It is easy to pull oﬀ, too. Get to know a few facts about a girl and use them to seduce her. Surprisingly (or maybe it isn’t a surprise), many cheerleaders fall for Shawn and Nick’s trick because they are the only straight guys at the camp. It is obvious that the majority of these actresses play senseless girls with no mind or self‑respect. Is this what young girls are supposed to aspire to be? Are girls expected to believe that they are simply dispensable to the whims of guys?
Despite the derogatory nature of the movie, it is humorous and entertaining if you can stand the moments of vulgarity. However, if you’re a girl and you don’t think of yourself as a hunk of meat (which we hope is all of you), then it becomes harder to ﬁnd humor in “Fired Up”’s portrayal of cheerleaders as easy, simple to read, mindless dimwits. Nicholas D’agosto and Eric Christian Olsen, the actors who play Shawn and Nick, portray their characters quite well. Watchers view all sides of these characters from idiotic to sentimental. “Fired Up” is jam back with wiCy lines and comebacks that are too ambitious for newcomers D’agosto and Olsen to pull oﬀ. Unfortunately, the rapid pace at which they are spewing slapstick humor makes them annoying and eventually hard to listen to. Although Philip Baker Hall, acting as Coach Brynes at the cheer camp, has only a minor part, his exuberance and seriousness about being a male cheerleader, claiming to have been doing spirit ﬁngers since infancy, is hilarious, and thankfully not derogatory.
Tyler Allen & Molly Glasgow Mirada Staff We give “The International” two thumbs down. Each. So four thumbs down total. That’s a lot of thumbs… down. “The International” strove to be an intelligent thriller for the modern generation, but it lacked any substance or ﬁber within the plot that actually reﬂected undertones of intelli‑ gence. Much like the ﬁrst para‑ graph of this review. The movie was saturated in subpar one‑liners that the writ‑ ers obviously hoped people would be churning around in their minds for days to come, but mostly gave us muﬄed chuckles. It seemed like every other word was one of four leCers. The movie never developed, it merely started, dropping the audience in the middle of a situ‑ ation whose nonsensical eﬀects never seemed to ﬁnd a cause. We are going to assume that the point of all this was to cre‑ ate a confusing yet exciting, edge‑of‑your seat, don’t‑know‑ what’s‑coming‑yet thrill ride. But that just doesn’t work when the disjointed scenes aren’t in‑
MOVIEW REVIEW teresting or exciting, including one horribly boring 10 minute walk‑chase through the streets of India. In this scene, Clive Owens fast walks behind the bad guy and the audience is supposed to be mesmerized by the two’s numerous frustrated looks around. At one point the assassin the good guys have been searching across continents for, is found because one of them saw him walk past in a coﬀee shop. “The International” was re‑ leased at the perfect time for a movie of its scope. Too bad it was awful.
All-American Rejects‘ hope it gives you’ catchy new songs The All‑American Rejects’ fairly new album, “When the World Comes Down,” has a brand new kick and punch . Although the music has a familiar sound to “Move Along,“ The All‑American Rejects prove that they are by no means a one trick pony . The lyrics to many of their new songs are catchy; “Fallin’ Apart” is a great example. They also use the repetition of words, such as in “I Wanna,” to catch the listeners’ ears, and make them sing along to the repetitious words whether they intended to or not. The album has a very upbeat mix of songs. A few of them have more than a liCle bite in the lyrics, such as the words “I hope it gives you hell…” They stay true to their roots of punchy alternative rock style while giving listeners a new wave of wiCy lyrics and a new
Much X’s and O’s for this album Jack Sheldon Mirada Staff
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SIDE A sense of joy when listening to their songs while riding in the car. The songs are ones that will keep listeners singing and dancing no maCer where they are, even if it is embarrassingly in the cereal aisle in the grocery store. It is deﬁnitely worth the buy if you are already an All‑ American fan, and even worth checking out on iTunes if you are new to their contagious rhythm and amazing style.
Have you ever had a bad day or needed some music as brutal as your workouts? Did you want to hear some crazy head slamming music without the heavy palm muting ways of most hardcore guitarists? LeATHERMOUTH is a band to cure your ailments. The rhythm guitarist of the “what‑else‑ya‑got” emo band My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero, used his extra yearlong break to join the hardcore/ screamo/ punk band LeATHERMOUTH. For a while the band’s new addition to their roster was tightly kept under wraps. They didn’t do too well with that plan. Everyone found out; despite the band having worn masks during their ﬁrst tour, and AP magazine stated that “LeEATHERMOUTH have become one of punk rock’s worst‑kept secrets.”
SIDE B Although each song being ﬁlled with torrents of relentless rage, they are also stories. Some songs already give away the general idea of the story with titles such as “This Song Is About Being ACacked By Monsters” and “Catch Me If You Can (Jack the Ripper).” Other songs don’t follow this paCern, such as “Sunset is For Muggings.” “Sunsets” is the song that probably has the most properties of an anthem on the record. The lyrics “This
is for the kids who ain’t got no soul/ never think twice, got nowhere to go” shows that Frank is reaching out for the entire teen audience of LeATHERMOUTH’s listeners. “Body Snatchers Forever”, a song about a dysfunctional, yet hopeful couple. Lyrics from the song such as “Though these veins are borrowed/ this heart only beats for you/ here’s our shot to incite a revolution!/ they don’t deserve to live, we are evolution!/hese veins are borrowed, this shell is borrowed,” demonstrate the story‑like qualities of some of Frank’s lyrics. So, for those who are enjoy hardcore/ screamo punk, the pure fury of LeAHERMOUTH deﬁnitely isn’t a force to disappoint. The album only clocks in at about 20 minutes, but that shouldn’t be a problem; when you listen to this kind of music, you probably aren’t siCing around anyway. If you are siCing around, get up and go get it.
Mini music reviews for your listening pleasure
Extreme Animals are just that; extreme. Their name, tak‑ en from a show that used to be on Animal Planet, sounds like every ferocious animal thrown into an 8‑bit blender and bit‑ crushed into hyperfast beats sampling the strangest sounds. “Let the Music Take You There,” bring the pain and the beat. These two visionaries are actually members of the lo‑ﬁ art collective called Paper Rad, known for their stylized and bright 8‑bit looking cartoons, drawings, and music videos for such artists as Beck, Islands and The Gossip. Although broken and de‑ stroyed this album satisﬁes the needs of speed junkies and hip‑ sters alike. The songs are fast and catchy, they have no real lyr‑ ics aside from the samples used, and they sure are extreme. ‑Christian Oldham
Pregnant’s Daniel Trudeau returns with one of his best albums to date, “Ike Wimin.” The album feels more like an underwater dream as references to water and rivers are made throughout the songs. By far the standout track on this album is “Always Ocean b/u Conch.” Pregnant’s songs are always known for utilizing strange sounds as a beat, and for sure, “Ike Wimin” does not miss out on that one bit. In the 12 minute epic “Hey Valley,” Trudeau uses owl calls to create an abstract beat in which he plucks and twangs his guitar. The beauty of “Ike Wimin” is truly it’s progression from past albums. “Ike Wimin” sounds more professional and beautifully turns from an abstract pop album to ambient soundscapes. It is a great step forward for Pregnant’s sound. ‑‑Christian Oldham
Stag Hare shows his diverse side with the limited release of “Liight Being Traveler.” This CD comes in a hand drawn covers which only adds more to the listening experience. This EP of sorts doesn’t fall short of Biggs’ last album “Black Medicine Music” but only lets listeners see another side to his Stag Hare project. This EP mixes very diﬀerent sounds that somehow come together to create one hell of a group of songs. Biggs experiments with genres such as ragga, as heard in “Allah.” and HEALTH‑esq noise in my favorite song, “Yah She Do.” The other three songs are nothing new from Stag Hare but are still always welcome, as he does have a great sense of rhythm, instrumentation, and overall vibe. ‑Christian Oldham
Daniel Lapotin of Oneohtrix Point Never and guitarist Mark McGuire of Emeralds have collaborated for a truly epic masterpiece. Combined they are Skyramps with their ﬁrst album “Days of Thunder.” The power of looping guitar and analog synthesizer is truly hard to defeat. The power is heard within the ﬁrst few seconds of the opening track “Flight Simulator.” A@er hearing the entirety of the ﬁrst song, I felt as though I had just teleported to an upside down version of a Russian Tron game. The sounds are able to combine and intermingle perfectly. This album is a force to be reckoned with as it reminisces to artists like Vangelis and Tangerine Dream.
The trio known as The Lonely Island are the masterminds be‑ hind SNL favorites “Lazy Sun‑ day” and “I’m On A Boat,” and they’re back with the full‑length album “Incredibad.” Masked as hardcore rap, these hilarious and oqeat songs cover a wide range of subject maCers. The al‑ bum features songs about San‑ tana’s champagne to being just a “Normal Guy,” while songs such as “Like A Boss” and “We Like Sportz” are sure to become the theme songs for manly men everywhere. “Incredibad” also features the lyrical styling of guests such as Jack Black and teaches us that Natalie Portman is a forced to be reckoned with as she makes her rapping debut in “Natalie’s Rap.” If you like their YouTube vid‑ eos , you’ll like this album. ‑Jenifer Carter
COMICS What the hey?! by Emily Kim
HSM is back! The famous Disney franchise has confirmed rumors to continue the popular saga.
Roﬂcopter by Eric Barger
ildcat fans, have you heard? It looks like there’s going to be yet another High School Musical movie. For those of you who actually read the Mirada, you probably already know that I am a big fan of HSM. Yet, a@er hearing the recent Walt Disney Channel announcement that there will deﬁnitely be a High School Musical 4, I am not exactly sure that this will be a movie I will anticipate with great excitement, as opposed to those in the past. According to the New York Times, High School Musical 3 made $250 million dollars at the box oﬃce worldwide. Therefore, I can’t help but wonder if the reason Disney wants to continue with the HSM craze is just another ploy to make money. Although characters from HSM3, such as Coach Bolton, Mrs. Darbus and Jimmy “the rocket man” Zara are rumored to return for the new movie, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens will not be returning to the cast. Also, it is unknown whether Kenny Ortega will direct the next installment. With a new cast, a potential new director and a brand‑new story, what’s the point of even calling the new movie High School Musical? All good things have to come to an end, and now may be the time to stop the HSM saga. Yes, the end of HSM3 was le@ wide open for another movie, but that doesn’t mean one should be made. HSM3 was all about the experiences of senior year, and moving on to the future, which is exactly what Disney should be doing. They should stop while they’re ahead, because any movie that is going to follow the third one will most likely be a disappointment. The characters of Troy and Gabriella made High School Musical what it is today, and now that they aren’t in high school anymore, there simply shouldn’t be any more High School Musicals. I don’t care if there’s going to be a new cast, or a new plot line. Without Troy, Gabriella and the rest of the Wildcats, there is no High School Musical.
Sweet ride of the issue
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Sophomore Black Thomas and his brother, senior Tyler Thomas, lean against Blake’s Jeep Wrangler.
Name: Blake Thomas Grade: 10 Sweet Ride: Jeep Wrangler ‘86
How is your car diﬀerent from other cars? It’s really old, and makes a lot of weird noises, oh and sometimes you can’t turn le@.
What made you get this car? My parents gave it to me. Where did you get it? My brother Tyler, he got it from our grandpa his sophomore year. What’s your favorite thing about it? I don’t have to be safe with it.
What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened to you while driving? Some old guy tried to race me when I pulled up to a stop light, he revved his engine at me. I started laughing so hard I could hardly drive.
Anything else that’s really interesting about your car? Well my brother got hella mud in it, and so we sprayed it out with water last year. But my brother realized there was no way to get the water out, so he drilled big one inch holes in it, and now when I drive on the freeway it’s so loud it sounds like the car will break any second.
Bachelor and Bachelorette
Aneil Dhillon 11
Emily Hsu 10
What do you look for in a girl? Two X chromosomes.
Describe your dream guy. I don’t really have a dream guy, just someone who can make me laugh, and smile with out creeping me out. Describe the perfect date. The perfect date would be with the perfect guy What’s the most embarrass‑ ing moment when talking to a guy? I tried giving the guy I liked a hug and I ended up tripping over a crack in the cement and I hit him in the face. What’s the best pick up line you have heard? If I said you had a nice body would you hold it against me Biggest turn on? When guys remember liCle details and bring it up later.
How could a girl impress you? By punching a bear in the face. Ideal date? October 14 What do you value most in a relationship? The “Ship” part. I’m on a boat! Where would you take a girl for dinner? To Denny’s for a free Grand Slam because Iike to eat din‑ ner between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. And because I’ve had no breakfast.
Video of the month
Christian Oldham 1. Wet Hair ‑ Magnetic Youth Could Want Nothing 2. Peaking Lights ‑ Wedding Song 3. Gang Gang Dance ‑ The Earthquake that Frees Prisoners 4. Oneohtrix Point Never ‑ Dream Commandos 5. Extreme Animals ‑ Booty Melt 6. Eats Tapes ‑ Supreme Master 7. Stag Hare ‑ Mountain So@ Sun Vibe For HER 8. Skyramps ‑ Flight Simulator 9. Kixly ‑ El Binacional Mediterraneo 10. DJ AEIOU ‑ Jean Jacket 11. White Rainbow ‑ Monday Boogies Forward Forever 12. Religious Girls ‑ ESL 13. Inﬁnity Window ‑ Foaming Tusk 14. Ducktails ‑ Acres of Shade
15. Treetops ‑ Melancholy 16. Antique Brothers ‑ Season’s Feast 17. Dania Shapes ‑ Sunset Corp 18. Dan Deacon ‑ Snookered 19. White Rainbow ‑ Major Spillage 20. Bones Thugs ‑N‑ DJ Copy ‑ East 1999 21.Wite Nite ‑ 10:40 PM 22. Rob Walmart ‑ Lionel 23. Wet Hair ‑ Cult Electric Annihilation 24. Pregnant ‑ Always Ocean w/u Conch 25. Mark McGuire ‑ A MaCer of Time 26. Geneva Jacuzzi ‑ Love Caboose 27. Dim Dim ‑ Sheena 28. DASH! ‑ Live at the Hush 29. Pocahaunted ‑ Riddim Queen 30. Gang Gang Dance ‑ Egowar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7yfISlGLNU Watch SNL’s The Lonely Island’s new music video featur‑ ing T‑Pain, “I’m On A Boat.” Andy ﬁnds a coupon in a ceral box for three to go on a boat ride. *Warning: explicit language*
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‘Foul’ finish in boys game vs Bella Vista Molly Ingram Staff Writer What started out as an incredible athletic feat for high school basketball has now turned into a nationwide sensation. As the last minute of the basketball game against Bella Vista quickly dwindled away on the scoreboard, it seemed as though any hope for a Raider victory was somewhat pointless, considering Bella Vista’s 5‑point lead. That is, until the crowd witnessed something shocking and rather unexpected for a basketball game. In the last 12.3 seconds of the game, senior Pierce Burton aggressively fouled Bella Vista player Justin Haley, who had blocked his shot, which ultimately led to an uproar between the two teams. Bella Vista coach David Gonzalez, along with his father Paul Gonzalez and seven players siCing on the bench, jumped up and stepped onto the court. Burton was assessed a technical foul and was benched for the rest of the game. Because of the teams’ inability to remain neutral during a tense situation, Rio received 18 penalty shots, and Bella Vista received eight for the four Raiders who stepped onto the court. Coach Chris Jones selected junior Zach Nathan‑ son to take the free‑throw shots. Nathanson, one of the team’s most distin‑ guished shooters, made 17 of the 18 penalty shots, causing the crowd to scream with enthu‑ siasm. “I was amazed,” junior Emily Child said. “Zach was deﬁnitely MVP of the night!” Even though Nathanson knew the outcome
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Longtime assistant coach promoted, replacing Smith
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Junior Zach Nathanson has made 27 of his total 33 free-throws during the season, not including those made during the disputed BV game.
of the game would be determined by his penalty shots, he still managed to handle the stressful situation. “I went from being really angry because of the whole situation to (being) preCy surprised, so there was no point in which I was nervous,” Nathanson said. “We practice pressure free
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Junior vs senior girls go at it on the football field in Powder Puff game Alexis Shen Staff Writer
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While playing capture the flag during practice, junior Katelyn Werling scores a point for her team.
In the ultimate baCle of athleticism, juniors and seniors face oﬀ in a competition of ﬂag foot‑ ball. This year’s Powder Puﬀ Game will take place on March 12. Both teams practice twice a week, in prepara‑ tion for the big game. “The team is divided up into the oﬀense and defense and then the coaches run plays and oth‑ er drills,” senior Laura Nasseri said. “There’s usually a scrimmage towards the end of prac‑ tice as well.” The girls intend to apply the skills that they learn at practice in the upcoming competition. “Our coaches are really good at explaining all of the plays to us and make it easy to under‑ stand everything,” junior Megan Carr said. “We laugh a lot and have fun geCing mud
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Coach Christian Mahaffey named the new head football coach Alex Reinnoldt Mirada Staff Coach Christian Mahaﬀey has been named the new head football coach, replacing Mike Smith. Mahaﬀey, who played foot‑ ball at Fresno City College and later Sac State, has been in‑ volved in the Raider program as an assistant coach for 13 years, beginning as early as 1991. The interview commiCee, which included Jason Wallace, chose Mahaﬀey from a group of eight candidates that were inter‑ viewed. In reference to the decision to promote Mahaﬀey, Wallace said, “His experience had a lot to do with it and his reputation preceded him.” Not only was his experience a key factor, but also his relation‑ ship with the athletes. In other words, he allows an invaluable continuity in the program. “When changing coaches, you want a smooth transition for the athletes,” Wallace said. “When you believe someone can point the program into the right direction and make a seamless transition, then that’s the way to go.” With his longtime commit‑ ment to the football program, Mahaﬀey was just the man to initiate this smooth change. “I don’t think the transition will be diﬃcult at all,” Smith said. Working with Smith for over
nine years, Mahaﬀey has devel‑ oped a great respect for him as a coach. “It’s an honor following someone like [Smith]. There aren’t a lot of coaches like him anymore,” Mahaﬀey said. “He’s one in a million.” Excited to get to know the junior and sophomore athletes beCer, Mahaﬀey looks forward to spring practices. He plans on keeping a lot of the program the same, with one big diﬀerence from previous years: more stu‑ dent‑body support. “One of the big changes I’d like to see is to get more stu‑ dents involved in our Saturday games,” Mahaﬀey said. “I’d like to see the band get more in‑ volved.” Mahaﬀey hopes to work to‑ wards another successful sea‑ son, but that will not be an easy feat, especially considering the diﬃcult league competition. “In our league, the toughest opponent is everybody, from Del Campo to Bella Vista. We don’t have a week to take oﬀ; everybody is good,” he said. However, Smith is conﬁdent that Mahaﬀey will bring many positive aspects to the team. “He’s going to bring a lot of energy and he’s going to bring a lot of discipline,” Smith said. Wallace too is conﬁdent that Mahaﬀey is the right person for the job and that he will carry on the tradition Smith began. “The kids seem really com‑ fortable; they respect him. Smith has a lot of integrity and [Mahaﬀey] will carry a lot of that over,” Wallace said. “Ma‑ haﬀey is a coach that’s going to develop character. He’s an old school kind of coach. He’s the kind of coach that will turn gan‑ gly high school kids into men.”
Linemen recruited for college football Ben Egan Mirada Staff Seniors Chad Tannenbaum and Pierce Burton have both been recruited to play college football. Each received a scholarship for signing with the foot‑ ball program, Tannenbaum with Sac State and Burton with San Jose State. “Ten,” was all that need be said by Tannenbaum when scaling his excite‑ ment for college. He nearly tipped the top of the meter: Sac State has set Tan‑ nenbaum up for another four years of free schooling; this all in return for Tannenbaum’s involvement in their football program. Tannenbaum stands tall as a 6 foot 4 inch, 310 pound athlete. His ﬁgure, the size of a clan of large freshmen, is supplemented by his leCermen’s jacket and one can hardly imagine if there are pads grand enough to ﬁt his stature. It’s no wonder Sac State contacted him so early and with such a great of‑ fer. All they’re asking in return is that he maintain his weight and remain commiCed. “I applied to University of Washing‑ ton, Cal Berkeley, a lot of state schools, mostly PAC 10 schools,” Tannenbaum said, “but Sac State was the ﬁrst to oﬀer me full ride.” And he took the bait. Tannenbaum, the varsity football team’s oﬀensive guard and defensive nose guard, has security and four more years of football playing time. He is happy with his decision for a few rea‑ sons, and looks forward to working with the team.
Waiting for the next phenom Alex Reinnoldt Mirada Staff
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During the homecoming game, seniors Chad Tannenbaum (#75) and Pierce Burton (#51) communicate with their teammates. Both athletes were recruited for college football programs and will continue to play after graduation.
“[Sac State] is close to home and I re‑ ally like the coaches,” he said. Burton, a 6 foot 7 inch, 250 pound athlete, has also signed with a college for football. He got an oﬀer from Ha‑ waii to play on their oﬀense, and origi‑ nally signed with that school. However, Burton has switched his commitment to the football program to San Jose State recently. Hawaii wanted him to play oﬀen‑ sive tackle, but the requirement of gain‑ ing 50 pounds was daunting and would
take time. Burton felt that he was beCer on the defensive end though, and because he didn’t want to miss out on playing time, he withdrew his commitment from Ha‑ waii and signed on with San Jose State. He will play as a defensive end on the team. Whatever their reasons or experi‑ ence, Tannenbaum and Burton both seem to have their next few years taken care of thanks to their talent and com‑ mitment to football.
PREPS Plus RACHEL PROSSER, 9
TOD HAWLEY, 9
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When did you start swimming? When I was 6 at Rio Del Oro
Why do you like baseball? Um.. because I like to play with balls.
Why did you start swimming and who got you to swim? I starting swimming because I thought it would be fun and my parents convinced me to do it so I would have something to do.
Do you do anything special before games to get you prepared for the game? Play catch, stretch and sing my favorite song
What’s your favorite stroke? The butterfly because it is fun and challenging. Do you plan on swimming all throughout high school? Yes, it’s something I love to do. What’s your biggest accomplishment or favorite memory swimming? Placing 3rd in a 25 fly final at a meet of champs How often do you swim or practice? I swim 5 or 6 days a week. I swim everyday and a few weekends, My favorite event it a 200 medley relay fly leg.
- Savannah Sterpe‑Mackey
Is there a baseball player or athlete that you look up to? Bengie Molina, J.T. Snow When did you start playing baseball? Like 4 or 5 What got you started playing baseball? My Daddy What is your biggest accomplishment during a game? Whenever I get a hit/make a good play. How many days do you play or practice? We average 3 games a week and like 3 days of practice.
- Savannah Sterpe‑Mackey
The word ‘change’ has become such a cliché since the election that I hate to use it in reference to what Rio faces over the next 18 months: a new league, a new football coach a@er 22 years and a new soccer coach a@er 19 years just as a start. Gone will be the rivalries with Del Campo, Bella Vista, and Casa Roble a@er next year. Yet change is inevitable in a school that is based on graduating seniors every year, sometimes the heart and soul of a team’s success goes away with a class graduation. Winning teams o@en have mature, talented seniors leading the way. And while hard work and great programs contribute, true championship success depends on randomness. Teams can have a good group of players that allow them to win more than they lose, but what puts teams over the top is that one, and sometimes two, uniquely gi@ed athlete that demonstrates skills that resemble gi@s from the Greek gods. They are the play‑makers making the last shot so smoothly, the runner who clocks times that are nationally ranked, the high jumper that seems to have springs in her legs. These athletes typically come once every 10 years and if a team has a good group of players, adding these stars to the equation equals a section or NorCal championship as a possibility. These awe‑inspiring athletes are known as “the naturals.” For a high school coach to plan for success, real success, it is not necessarily a strong program but the randomness of an elite athlete showing up at his footsteps ready to run or play. Track coach Gordon Hubble had two such athletes two years ago in sprinter Khianti Gix and high jumper Laura Lilly, both who qualiﬁed for state competition but more importantly brought Rio a section championship and Gordon a coach of the year award. Rio has had similar success with water polo, swimming and baseball, featuring college scholarship athletes in the program with nationally‑ranked swim times and baseball averages. Change cannot be held back, sports programs move forward with new players each year hopefully mimicking the success of those they replace. It is not easy for a coach to lose a good team to graduation, but really good coaches take success in moderation, not geCing too high or low based on those that come out. He has to work with what is given him and in these times of declining enrollment for the district, it makes it even tougher to continue with success. The coach will adapt, the team will do well, but maybe not as well as the prior years, and just maybe an athlete will appear that is so gi@ed he makes the diﬃcult look easy and carry the team on his or her shoulders.
WINTER BV: Awarded victory RESULTS Continued from pg 14 Date
Varsity Boys Basketball Dec. 2 Dec. 4 Dec. 5 Dec. 6 Dec. 9 Dec. 16 Dec. 19 Dec. 20 Dec. 22 Dec. 23 Dec. 27 Dec. 29 Dec. 30 Jan. 6 Jan. 8 Jan. 10 Jan. 15 Jan. 20 Jan. 22 Jan. 27 Jan. 29 Feb. 4 Feb. 6 Feb. 11 Feb. 13 Feb. 18
at Sacramento Cordova (Jack Scott) Center (Jack Scott) Oak Ridge (Jack Scott) Fairfield Rocklin Jesuit Mission Prep (tourney) Laces (MP tourney) Fremont (MP tourney) Pleasant Valley (Trojan) Elk Grove (Trojan) Bella Vista (Trojan) Dixon at Foothill Newark Memorial Mira Loma at Bella Vista at Del Campo El Camino at Casa Roble at Mira Loma Bella Vista Del Campo at El Camino Casa Roble
L 55-69 W 65-60 W 57-55 W 77-67 L 65-73 L 52-87 L 83-97 W 60-53 W 66-49 W 62-46 W 73-67 W 56-53 W 59-57 L 56-57 L 37-63 L 21-63 W 49-36 L 55-78 L 60-64 L 47-64 L 51-54 W 59-48 L 51-56 L 36-38 L 67-76 W 65-48
Varsity Girls Basketball Nov. 24 Nov. 25 Nov. 29 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 8 Dec. 11 Dec. 17 Dec. 18 Jan. 5 Jan. 7 Jan. 9 Jan. 14 Jan. 16 Jan. 21 Jan. 23 Jan. 30 Feb. 3 Feb. 5 Feb. 10 Feb. 12 Feb. 17
at Encina at Victory Christian at Amador River City at Waldorf Vista del Lago Oakmont Tournament Monterey Trail Granite Bay at Rosemont at Mira Loma at Casa Roble at Bella Vista Loretto El Camino Del Campo Mira Loma Casa Roble Bella Vista at Loretto at El Camino at Del Campo
L 51-62 W 53-23 W 39-29 W 53-51 L 41-51 L 41-47 7th place W 73-64 L 51-68 L 44-48 W 42-41 L 43-54 L 29-67 W 67-52 L 40-78 L 34-38 L 35-50 L 43-47 L 34-67 L 42-68 L 39-80 L 37-55
Varsity Wrestling Dec. 6
Mc Nair 11th Place at Stockton Dec. 13 Nighthawk Duals -at Natomas Dec. 26 Marty Manges Invite -at Casa Roble Dec. 27 American River Classic 5th Place Jan. 2 No Guts No Glory 8th Place at Hiram Johnson Jan. 7 Bella Vista T 36-36 Jan. 10 El Camino Invite 8th Place at Sacramento Jan. 17 Mark Fuller Invite -at Lincoln High School Jan. 20 at Casa Roble L 12-80 Jan. 22 Mira Loma W 57-21 Jan. 23-24 Tim Brown Memorial -at Memorial Auditorium Jan. 27 at El Camino L 15-68 Jan. 29 Del Campo W 47-15 Feb. 7 Section Dual -at Rosemont Feb. 14 CAL Championships -at El Camino Feb. 20-21 DIII Sections -at Benecia Feb. 27-28 Masters -at UOP Mar. 6-7 State Championships -at Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield
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throws in practice, and my teammates all came up to me and were joking around so I didn’t feel much pressure.” Before the dispute between Burton and Haley, some Rio crowd members opted to leave the game early because they thought that Bella Vista was going to win the game no maCer what. However, those Raider fans who did stay for the entire duration of the game were extremely happy with the outcome. “We were down by 10 with hardly any time le@, (and) I thought we were gonna lose for sure,” Child said. “This was the most exciting basket‑ ball game I’ve been to all sea‑ son.” However, the Bella Vista Broncos certainly weren’t hap‑ py with Rio’s 68‑62 win. Coach Gonzalez argues that only he, his father and two Bella Vista players stepped onto the court, and that Rio should only have been granted four technical shots, no maCer how many players went onto the court. On Feb. 9, both coach Chris Jones and coach Gonzalez met with CAL commissioner Jim
Waldman, along with the ath‑ letic directors and administra‑ tors from the two schools to discuss the game. Bella Vista felt that the result of the game should have been overturned on account of the belief that the referees gave the Raiders too many technical shots. And they got their way. The ﬁnal score was reverted back to 56‑51, giving Bella Vista the victory. “I was really disappointed when the game was over‑ turned, but the right decision was made,” Nathanson said. “A game should not be decid‑ ed like that and Bella Vista de‑ served to win at that point.” However, even though Bella Vista won the game a@er sev‑ eral complaints, there has been a lot of talk about the game and Nathanson’s performance in particular. Rio’s overturned victory against Bella Vista has caught the aCention of professional newspapers like the Sacramen‑ to Bee, the New York Times and even The Dallas Morning News. Nathanson, who has been referred to as “the kid who made 17 or 18 free throws” by various reporters, has gained internet fame through a You‑
See the foul and subsequent free-throws on YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-wEbwkaatQ Tube video which documents the foul and the penalty shots. The video has been viewed over 38,000 times and contin‑ ues to aCract new viewers each day. Reporter Barry Horn of The Dallas Morning News even claims that Nathanson is good enough to play for NBA teams like the Sacramento Kings and the Mavericks. Even though the Raiders ended up losing the game, they’ve won respect and ad‑ miration from reporters and
sports fans across the country. Despite what both teams believe is the truth about the dispute, Nathanson proved what a valuable asset he is to the team. A@er all, it isn’t every day that a basketball player, let alone a junior, can say that he made 17 free throws in the last 10 seconds of a game. “It’s a somewhat surreal situation,” Nathanson said. “Looking back on it all, the whole experience was fun and exciting, and I will never for‑ get it.”
SENIORS: Determined to crush the juniors Continued from pg 14 dy while chasing each other down,” junior Katherine Mont‑ gomery said. “It’s so much fun to hear everyone yell when we have a good play.” In spirit of the event, many players enjoy the aggressive nature of the sport. “We get really dirty, slide around in the mud a lot, and there is a good chance that we can get hurt,” Carr said. “Life can’t get any beCer than that.” The thrill of this game al‑ lows for both class bonding and class rivalry. “I like Powder Puﬀ because it’s always fun being com‑ petitive, and it’s fun to play a sport that I wouldn’t normally participate in,” Nasseri said. “And who doesn’t like pushing around the younger girls?” But these younger girls are ready for an intense game and are ready to put up a ﬁght. “I am looking forward to the game the most because that is what it all comes down to,” Carr said. “Everyone will be watching and it’s going to be
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Junior Rachel Vartanian jumps to catch the football during practice. Both classes are highly anticipating the Powder Puff game.
really intense; I have a feeling it’s going to get preCy physical even though it’s ﬂag football, and I’m sure everyone is go‑ ing to enjoy watching all of us tackling each other and falling
in the mud. With extreme eﬀort and tal‑ ent coming from both teams, this highly anticipated game isn’t something to miss. “It’s basically war out there:
most girls end up all bruised, with torn clothes,” Nasseri said. “Everyone goes for the ﬂag, but there’s always a tackle once in a while.” The seniors are ready and determined to win despite a close loss from last year. “The seniors will crush the juniors this year,” Nasseri said. “We’ve been working re‑ ally hard, learning new plays, conditioning, li@ing weights and we’re not going to be de‑ feated.” Though the seniors seem to be conﬁdent, the juniors are conﬁdent as well. “Looking at our team right now, I think that the juniors have a really good chance at beating the seniors,” Carr said. “We have some really fast girls on the team, and we are all preCy much savages.” Both classes are conﬁdent, but there can only be one win‑ ner. “I can’t wait to see the se‑ niors on the ﬁeld,” Montgom‑ ery said. Come ﬁnd out who wins at this year’s Powder Puﬀ game on March 12 from 2‑5.
SPRING RESULTS Date
Varsity Boys Golf Union Mine 3:30 at Cameron Park Feb. 24 Del Oro 3:00 at Turkey Creek Mar. 9 Union Mine 3:00 Mar. 11 Rosemont 3:30 at Cordova Mar. 12 Casa Roble 3:00 Mar. 17 Mira Loma 3:00 at Haggin Oaks Mar. 19 Bella Vista 3:00 at Haggin Oaks Mar. 24 Del Campo 3:00 Mar. 26 El Camino 3:00 Mar. 31 Casa Roble 3:00 at Mather Apr. 2 Mira Loma 3:00 Apr. 14 Bella Vista 3:00 Apr. 16 Del Campo 3:00 at Mather Apr. 20 CAL Tournament 12:30 Apr. 21 El Camino 3:00 at Ancil Hoffman Apr. 27 CAL Tournament 12:30 *Home matches are at Ancil Hoffman.
Varsity Boys Baseball Feb. 27 Mar. 3 Mar. 6 Mar. 10 Mar. 11 Mar. 14 Mar. 16 Mar. 17 Mar. 17 Mar. 23 Mar. 25 Mar. 27 Mar. 30 Apr. 1 Apr. 6-9 Apr. 15 Apr. 17 Apr. 20 Apr. 22 Apr. 24 Apr. 27 Apr. 29 May 1 May 4 May 6
at Folsom Del Oro at Woodcreek Argonaut at River City 4:00 Petaluma McClatchy Inderkum Jesuit at Renfree Field at Bella Vista at El Camino at Casa Roble Mira Loma Del Campo Granite Bay Tourney Bella Vista Bella Vista at Raley Field El Camino at El Camino Casa Roble at Casa Roble at Mira Loma Mira Loma at Del Campo Del Campo at ARC
L 2-6 3:30 3:30 4:00 1:00 4:00 4:00 7:00 3:45 4:00 3:45 3:45 3:45 1:00 4:30 6:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 7:00
Varsity Girls Soccer Feb. 24 Feb. 26 Mar. 4 Mar. 9 Mar. 11 Mar. 16 Mar. 18 Mar. 23 Mar. 25 Apr. 1 Apr. 13 Apr. 15 Apr. 20 Apr. 22 Apr. 27 May 4
at Oakmont 3:30 at Elk Grove T 0-0 Franklin at Mira Loma at Casa Roble at Bella Vista Loretto El Camino Del Campo Mira Loma Casa Roble Bella Vista at Loretto at El Camino at Del Campo League Playoffs
4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 TBA
Varsity Swim and Dive Mar. 5 Mar. 6 Mar. 12 Mar. 19 Mar. 26 Apr. 2 Apr. 16 Apr. 24 Apr. 28 Apr. 29 May 1/2 May 7-9
at Del Campo at Jesuit at El Camino Bella Vista Loretto Casa Roble Mira Loma at Davis at Jesuit CAL Dive Champs* CAL Swim Champs* Section Dive Champs at Oakmont May 14-16 Section Swim Champs at Tokay *CAL Championships at Rusch Park.
3:45 3:45 3:45 3:45 3:45 3:45 3:45 3:45 3:45 All Day All Day All Day All Day
Feb. 23 Mar. 3 Mar. 6 Mar. 10 Mar. 14 Mar. 14
at Cordova at Ponderosa Vanden at Cosumnes Oaks at Mira Loma North Valleys at Mira Loma Mira Loma Casa Roble Bella Vista at Loretto at El Camino at Del Campo at Mira Loma at Casa Roble at Bella Vista Loretto at El Camino Del Campo
Mar. 17 Mar. 19 Mar. 24 Mar. 26 Mar. 31 Apr. 2 Apr. 16 Apr. 21 Apr. 23 Apr. 28 Apr. 30 May 5
4:15 3:30 4:15 4:00 11:00 1:00 4:15 4:15 4:15 4:00 4:15 4:15 4:15 4:15 4:15 4:15 4:15 4:15
Varsity Boys Tennis Feb. 26 Mar. 3 Mar. 6/7 Mar. 16 Mar. 19 Mar. 24 Mar. 26 Mar. 30 Mar. 31 Apr. 2 Apr. 14 Apr. 16 Apr. 21 Apr. 23 Apr. 28
Granite Bay W 5-4 at Gold River Racquet Club Yuba City 3:30 at Gold River Racquet Club Fresno Tournament All Day at Del Oro 3:30 Mira Loma 3:30 at Arden Hills Bella Vista 3:30 Rollingwood at Del Campo 3:30 Oak Ridge 3:30 at Gold River Racquet Club El Camino 3:30 at Arden Hills at Casa Roble 3:30 at Mira Loma 3:30 Bella Vista 3:30 at Arden Hills or Gold River Del Campo 3:30 at Arden Hills at El Camino 3:30 Casa Roble 3:30 at Arden Hills
Varsity Boys Volleyball Mar. 17 Mar. 19 Mar. 24 Mar. 26 Mar. 31 Apr. 2 Apr. 14 Apr. 16 Apr. 21 Apr. 23 Apr. 28 Apr. 30 May 5 May 7
Ponderosa Vista Del Lago at El Camino at Christian Brothers at Union Mine El Dorado at Oak Ridge at Ponderosa at Vista Del Lago El Camino Christian Brothers Union Mine at El Dorado 7:00 Oak Ridge
7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 6:30 6:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00
Track and Field Feb. 28
Clark Massey Invite at Cordova Mar. 7 CAL Invite Mar. 11 Center Meet #1 Mar. 21 Lefebvre Relays at Placer Mar. 28 Bronco Invitational Apr. 1 Center Meet #2 Apr. 17 Del Oro Invite at Del Oro Apr. 21 Center Meet #3 Apr. 24 Distance Carnival May 2 Meet of Champions at Hughes Stadium May 9 Nevada Union Invite at Nevada Union May 14 CAL Finals May 20 Sub-Section Prelims May 22 Sub-Section Finals May 28 Section Prelims at Hughes Stadium May 29 Section Finals at Hughes Stadium Jun. 5 State Trials Buchanan H.S. Jun. 6 State Finals Buchanan H.S. *Home meets at Bella Vista.
Varsity Girls Softball
9:00 am 9:00 am 3:30 9:00 am 9:00 am 3:30 1:00 3:30 5:30 11:00 TBA 3:30 3:30 3:30 3:00 3:00 2:00 2:00
After 19 years in program, soccer coach replaced Girls Soccer With a new coach, the girls soc‑ cer team is experiencing an early sea‑ son change. Longtime coach Danny Cruz, head of the program for 19 years, was replaced by his assistant coach and former player, Jennifer Smiley. ‑ Katherine Casey
Swim and Dive The swim team is preparing for some big meets and big wins this season. They just started practice and had their ﬁrst meet at Del Cam‑ po yesterday. Their second meet will be today against Jesuit. One of their goals is to win the swim 100 ﬂy with a fast time. “The biggest competition this season will be Jesuit,” Tyler Broadland said. ‑ Savannah Sterpe‑Mackey
Boys Baseball The boys varsity baseball team has high hopes for the upcom‑ ing season. This year the team started conditioning early, creating a new aCitude for the team. They completed a total of three months of conditioning.The team had a few scrimmages in November as well, leading up to their ﬁrst game against Folsom on Feb. 27. Varsity lost with a ﬁnal score of two to six. Despite this loss, though, the players are pumped to play Del Oro on Mar. 3. They are hoping to come out with a win. ‑ Tate Rountree
Wrestling On Feb. 19 the wrestling team competed against the six other teams in their league for the CAL Championships to wrap up their season. Four wrestlers from the team have been named all league champi‑ ons: Johnny Lanthier at 103 pounds, Gabe Lanthier at 145 pounds, Rob Chambers‑Valerio 160 pounds, and Gabe Fuentes at 152 pounds. All of them took second place.
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Sophomore Mariah Maxwell dribbles the soccer ball past a teammate during practice in the rain. In addition, Johnny Lanthier and Gabe Fuentes will be competing in the frosh/soph state champion‑ ships on Mar 22. The competition is extremely diﬃcult because there are about 150 wrestlers competing in each weight division. This season the wrestling team will be losing eight seniors and next year there will not be any returning veterans. Coach Kelly Lanthier has goals to win more duals next season even though the team will be young and have no seniors. “I am really proud of them this season. They did very well,” she said. ‑ Caroline Fong
Track and Field As the new spring sports season begins with a bang, track and ﬁeld takes oﬀ with a quick start at the gun. The team has already com‑ peted in their ﬁrst meet, the Clark Massey Invite, which included over 30 diﬀerent competing schools. A phrase that was o@en repeated before each race was, “I’m so ner‑ vous.” However, despite their nerves, the athletes ran well and some teams placed in the top ﬁve. In the Distance Medley, the varsity girls relay team, including
freshman Victoria Bergeron, junior Lauren Mugnaini, and seniors Kate Wilkins and Alisse Baumgarten, placed third out of over 20 other teams. And then in the 4x800 relay, they placed third. ‑ Alex Reinnoldt
Boys Golf With the new season, it is now time for the golf team to gather their clubs and head out onto the green. The boys golf team has partici‑ pated in two matches. Their ﬁrst was against Union Mine, followed by one against Del Oro, a tough loss for the team. Despite the rough start, they are still very optimistic. “We have a new coach who is more concerned with helping us play golf well, so I think we’ll do well this season,” junior Aneil Dhil‑ lon said. The new coach, Rich Drawbert, is very pleased with this year’s team. “The team shows a lot of prom‑ ise. Returning players Jason Bell, Zack Warren, Nills Severson, and Dan Wall have great opportunities to have a great season,” Drawbert said. “Once we get going we’ll really get good.” ‑ Alex Kleemann
Capital Athletic League to change Alex Reinnoldt Mirada Staff As talk of big league changes continues, ri‑ valries such as Bella Vista, Del Campo and Casa Roble may be lost as they move into the more competitive CVC league. Every four years, a commiCee reviews the re‑ sults of the leagues and evaluates whether the competition in each is fair, at least in numbers. For the period of 2010‑2014, a series of chang‑ es across each league makes it one of the biggest transitions in years. El Camino and Mira Loma will stay in the Capital Athletic League (CAL) along with Rio, while new teams joining the league include Cor‑ dova, Whitney and Antelope. Over several meetings, the last of which will take place on Mar. 17 in Stockton, the realign‑
ment commiCee discusses these changes and other proposals to further change the leagues. With such a big change, especially losing half of the current CAL, there are bound to be reper‑ cussions. “I think it will hurt the school ﬁnancially,” Mike Smith said. “Moving the leagues around changes rivalries and a lot of these kids have friends at other schools.” The ﬁnancial concerns are legitimate, as trav‑ el cost and mandatory game aCendance is con‑ sidered. According to Athletic Director Karen Hanks, “there is no money for buses,” so the costly burden of travel is placed on the athletes’ families. Others, like track and cross country coach Gordon Hubble, think that the change will be beneﬁcial. “This will help us. We will be able to run competitively with these new teams,” he said.