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November 2010 • Vol. 34 No. 2

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Freshman athletes make an impact on Aztec sports

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’06 Corona grad apprehended as tech thief BY SARAH DINELL Editor in Chief

The thief responsible for stealing computers, laptops, and other electronics worth an estimated $80,000 from Corona has finally been caught. Police arrested Jeffrey Locher, a 22-year-old 2006 Corona graduate on Sept. 18 after he was caught attempting to steal a computer. The robberies first began in May 2010.Through the surveillance cameras, Corona staff saw that a masked man was entering Corona in the early morning hours and taking an item each time, usually a computer. When the thefts continued throughout the summer and into the school year, the administration knew they had a major problem. “We could see him on the video cameras,” campus detective Jon Evans said. “We saw that he had his own key.” The staff made a plan; one member would watch the video cameras all night on the weekends. Andy Meyer, the head of the Media Department, volunteered even though his getting paid overtime wasn’t for sure guaranteed. Meyer started watching the cameras on the weekends beginning on Aug. 21. He was watching for about a month before he saw Locher attempt another break-in at 3:50 in the morning. “I noticed a person enter a couple of buildings, and I called Tempe Police,” Meyer said. “They responded within a few minutes and caught (Locher) trying to leave campus with a computer.” Locher was arrested near Corona and later booked into the Tempe City Jail where he was charged with third degree burglary and second degree criminal trespassing. The police are investigating further into other robberies he may have commited. Corona will be prosecuting for the thefts, but mainly the administration is just glad Locher has been apprehended. “I’m glad the guy’s been caught, and also that we got his keys (to the school),” Evans said. “I feel a bit relieved that, hopefully, a lot of the theft of equipment for our school should stop,” Meyer said. “The loss of all this equipment only hurts the students and programs we have here at CdS.®

2006 Corona graduate Jeffery Locher, shown here in his senior yearbook portrait, was apprehended Sept.18 while attempting to steal a computer. He had somehow obtained a key. The first robbery occurred in May. Locher stole an estimate $80,000 worth of electronic equipment from the Corona campus. He was charged with third degree burglary and second degree criminal trespassing. Below: Image stills taken of Locher from the surveillance video.

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The hop is on: Airworx vs. Jumpstreet


While both popular inflatable trampoline jumping locations boast similar features such as trampolines and dodge ball, Corona students seem to prefer Airworx. Airworx is only a short walk away from the Corona campus.

and there aren’t as many little kids there,” sophomore AC Contreras said. People’s opinions vary among what these places Trampolines have become a popular trend for have to offer. Airworx the newer of the two, features teenagers and kids. Two of the most hopping locations a slam-dunk court, dodge ball arenas and slam-ball. are Airworx and Jumpstreet. To jump at Airworx costs $8 on weekdays and $10 Jumpstreet has a dodge ball arena, aerobics classes Friday-Sunday per person for the first hour, then $7 and 13,000 square feet of trampolines. It costs $10 for for each additional hour. the first hour, then $6 for each extra hour. “I prefer Airworx because it is cleaner and closer to “I like Jumpstreet better because it’s for bigger kids, BY ERIN MALONEY Staff Writer

AztecTown to include Marcos

where I live,” sophomore Jessica Burke said. For most Corona students, Airworx was the preferred choice because it is so close.Corona students also agreed that Airworx is the more enjoyable. “Airworx is more fun to jump at and they have better music,” sophomore James Alex said. Anyone who is looking to burn calories, hang with friends and jump away a week of stress, then either Airworx or Jump Street will fit the bill.®

Web site assists with applying to college BY SARAH DINELL & JACOB CORDAS Editor in Chief & Staff Writer

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AztecTown is held yearly in Prescott to increase awareness and accpetance throughout the Corona campus and all aspects of life. This will be the first year Marcos di Niza students will also attend. BY ASADA NJUGUNA Staff Writer

On Nov. 10th students will be embarking on a trip to the annual diversity camp, AztecTown. However this year, Marcos de Niza delegates will be joining Corona at Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott, Arizona. This change is a shocker to participants of AztecTown both old and new. Amy Marlar participant of last year’s Aztec Town said “I think that that [Marcos joining] is a very good idea because it builds a bridge between the two schools”. “I think it will be cool since I’ll get to meet new people from a different school” Rosaura Hernandez a new AztecTown participant said. AztecTown will not be Marcos’ first time

at a diversity camp but it will be their first with Corona. Roughly 55 Corona students will be attending and Marcos will be bringing 10-15 students making the total 65-70 students this year. The camp runs from Nov. 10th – 13th. “It will be an overall better experience since there’ll be a more diversity.” Rosaura Hernandez said. This will not be the first time a sister school will be joining Corona; Desert Vista joined Corona three years ago. Calvin Terrell, who recently spoke at Corona, and Jan O’Malley, science teacher and unity club leader, both direct AztecTown and are happy Marcos is joining. “We are thrilled to have a sister school going with us.” O’Malley said.®

This time of year seniors typically start applying to colleges. However, some have no idea what they want to major in, where they want to attend or even how to begin the application process. That’s where Brian Elston comes in. Elston, a ‘04 Corona graduate, is the founder and CEO of The College Revolution, a website where seniors applying to colleges can receive help with the application process, as well as figuring out what they want to do with their life. “I’m like a full-time guidance counselor,” Elston said. “I look for scholarships, set up campus tours and set up internships (for students).” After graduating from Corona, Elston majored in Spanish and marketing at ASU. Once he graduated from ASU, he was hired by a corporation but was immediately dissatisfied with the job. Elston left his job at age 24 and decided to start The College Revolution. The program works fairly simply and Elston and his wife both serve as guidance counselors for the students and their families. “A parent calls me, I meet with the parents and kids, and talk about their goals, ” Elston said. He has helped students at Valley Christian High School, which is where his wife teaches English to sophomores. Elston gets the child’s GPA and SAT scores and see if they are eligible for any national awards and scholarships. He also gives them personality tests to find out what courses will work best for the student. “(I like) knowing I help steer people in the right direction and avoid making wrong decisions, “ Elston said. There are nine different packages ranging from $225 to $1,600. While it seems expensive, Elston spends up to 50 hours with the students helping them get a better college experience. If you are interested in contacting The College Revolution you can visit their website at, or call them at 480-235-0209, or email them at®

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Interesting new clubs on campus BY CHANEL ALVIS Opinions Editor

Looking for something to beef up your resume or want to get involved in your school? There are several new clubs this year: Fallen Heroes, Mock Trial and Wizard-Muggle Alliance club are just a few.

Mock Trial

Anyone aspiring to be a lawyer should join this club. In the club students learn how to be lawyers as they act out fake trails. “(Mock trial) is a very enlightening experience because you get to learn about the legal system,” Sumeet Patwardhan, a sophomore and the founder of Mock Trial, said. Students have to This club is dedicated to deceased American soldiers including police officers, work together as a team firefighters and the military. to win the cases. “I started this club because I felt like Corona didn’t have a lot of support for “It’s a great team American soldiers,” Alexis Doll, sophmore and founder of Fallen Heroes, said. working experience,” There will be guest speakers such as a friend of Pat Tillman’s, a nurse from VietDakota Whitney, a freshnam and an officer who was shot in the line of duty. man in the club, said. This club offers opportunities for volunteering and helping out the community. The Mock Trial club Fallen Heroes meets every Tuesday after school in room E240. Talk to Erin has state and national Thompson, the teacher sponsor, or Alexis Doll if you have any questions. competitions. They meet every other Tuesday after school in room E273. For more information visit Lisa Adams, Students in the Mock Trial club take part in meeting activities and work on preparing their cases for their trials. Mock Trial meets the sponsor, in room This club is dedicated to the ultimate Harry Potter fanatics. Not only do mem- every other Tuesday in E273. E273.® bers read and talk about the books, they play Harry Potter themed games and watch the movies as well. Club members will also be sorted into houses; GryffinFor more information on other clubs at dor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherine, just like the story. It’s a great opportunity to meet other Harry Potter fans and have fun. All are welcome whether you’re Corona, visit more of a muggle or a wizard. Meetings are every Wednesday after school in room later this month. E283. Contact Kori Mandelbaum, the sponsor for more information.

Fallen Heroes

Wizard-Muggle Alliance

Aztec alum part of Lingerie Football League

able to do just that. One of those people is Jihyun Kang also known as G-N Kang. The year 2000 wasn’t only the start Four years in high school can determine the rest of your life. It just takes of the new century but the start of the guts to follow through with your Kang’s career. She decided to go to University of dreams. In previous years at CdS there Arizona and become a Wildcat. have been some people who have been BY LILLY BERKLEY Staff Writer

“Wildcats baby! I was an Alpha Phi sorority sister for two years and ended up graduating in three years,” Kang said. Being at U of A helped her establish what she wanted to do for her career. She decided to major in Media Arts, because she was very interested in entertainment industry. “I always wanted to get involved in entertainment so when I chose my major (Media Arts), I knew that I would have flexibility to get into radio, print, TV, or film,” Kang said. Having that under her belt, she decided to intern at the radio show Johnjay and Rich in the morning. After three years of working with them, she decided to take a chance, and move to New York City, and then to Philadelphia where she is living now. After eight years of being a cohost on radio shows she decided to try something new, and transition into TV. She has a couple things in bloom locally on TV. In 2009 she decided to take a spot on the Lingerie Football League. Lingerie Football is 7-on-7 girls playing

football. She plays on the Philadelphia Passion, playing center. She had great experiences playing for the Philadelphia Passions but decided against trying out again this year, due to scheduling issues. “My favorite memory is playing our last game in Chicago. There were over 7,000 fans. Even though we lost the game, it was so exciting playing football in a huge stadium,” Kang said. Kang has met many faces in her journey, fame through football, and co-hosting. Some include Mark Wahlberg, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Paris Hilton, and Oprah Winfrey. Kang’s career has been a wonderful experience ever since she graduated from Corona. She hopes every high school student is able to accomplish their goals like she was able too. “Treat internships as if they were your permanent gig. Throughout my career, I’ve met hundreds of interns and I only remember a handful of names. Good news is, most of those names are now on the radio! It’s all about working hard, standing out, and making a good impression,” Kang said.®

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What’s in your lunch?

day, and still fruit, juice, and salad are becoming such a daily ritual, our bod- chow down on broccoli pieces and apple hardly purchased. Can’t blame the stu- ies are becoming accustomed to it. That slices to be healthy. There are many deOnce every five seconds a child dent, though. Why would you pick the fact right there is a recipe for licious things somewhere in expensive, plas- disaster. that are good the world dies of tic-covered fruit It’s not my place to sit for you. I The amount of profit the starvation, yet in over the cheap here and tell you you’re eatguarantee cafeteria makes for every America alone one Percent of high school students fragrant pizza? ing poorly, and it’s having a if you look container of fries sold. in three people are that reported eating fruits and Beats me. The horrible effect on your body, hard enough, obese. It becomes vegetables five or more times cafeteria needs whether you visually see it you’ll find clearer everyday daily according to a study from c heaper, or not. (Remember, something. And remember, it’s all about CDC. that American socihealthier, skinny people can be balance. There is nothing wrong with ety is way off track f r e s h e r, unhealthy, and vice pizza, in moderation. in our sense of nutrition, and at this more appetizing options availversa!) All I can do is I believe it’s time we take responThe number of menu options in rate, long-term health problems are in- able. But the fact of the matter present you with the sibility for our actions, and pay attenevitable. is, the cafeteria is a business. the CdS cafeteria. facts, one of which tion to what we’re feeding our bodies. Who’s responsible for the nation- And junk food sells. is that by buying Your body helps you perform in sports, wide predicament? On one hand, our On your third hand, aren’t you the processed foods, you might as well be do better in school, and even make you eating habits start young. Our parents one to blame? High school prepares throwing your money in the garbage, look good in that homecoming dress. So taught us how to made decisions about students for the real world, the world which is also treat it well in return. what we eat, and without your mom and dad to guide where that Let’s make a yet at Corona you through everything, so making a food belongs. change,Corona. everyday we’re good food choice should be a piece If you’re The number of salads and fresh Starting with us, we choosing greasy Calories in one of cake (or celery) by now. You’re u n s at i s f i e d fruit versus the number of fries can move toward pizza and salt- container of fries. the one consuming the food, pay- with the few a healthier future. sold at Corona in one day. drenched French ing for it, and putting up with the healthy opSome facts have been fries over what our body really wants sluggish or fat feeling you get later. Al- tions available in the cafeteria, I recom- provided to get you thinking. and needs. though, maybe that feeling is starting to mend bringing your lunch, and you’ll and On the other hand, the cafeteria has feel natural. Eating processed, high-fat, save money doing that too. are great websites to visit for more ina whopping 35 options for lunch every unhealthy foods (and drinking soda!) is Let’s be clear, you don’t have to formation. BY PRESLIE HIRSCH Life & Times Editor




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Football players make cupcakes with Aztykes BY GRADY DOUGLAS Staff Writer

A lot of hype has been going on over Corona’s day care program, the Aztykes. Aztykes is offered for kids ages 3-5. Corona’s Advanced Child Development class runs the program. Child development teacher Mary Gaston, coaches the child development students, while teachers Bonnie Goodman and Judy Garbosky supervise as the students work with the Aztykes. The Child Development students get their grades based on lesson planning and interacting with the Aztykes. “We aren’t the teachers,” Garbosky said. “We just supervise as the Child development students run the whole class.

Each week has a specific theme and a special guest or event relating to the theme. During sports week, the varsity football players made cupcakes with the Aztykes and the cheerleaders helped them decorate pom-poms. “I like my friends,” Aztyke Ivan Nowicki said, “We play fun games too.” A popular game with the Aztykes is called Doggy Doggy. The class hides a felt bone and the “doggy” has to guess who hid it. “It was fun when the cheerleaders made pom-poms with me,” another Aztyke, Maddiline Duplississ said. “I also liked taking pictures with the football players.” But making a lesson plan isn’t as hard as it sounds according to sophomore Amber Powell. “Each week we look through parenting books to find fun games and crafts. We have a lot fun in child development,” Powell said.


Vasrity football players decorate cupcakes and have the Aztykes try on their helmets. Players clockwise from top left: Ahmed Soussi, Brandon Land, Todd Peate, CJ Anderson, Rashad Armstrong. September 2010 • Vol. 34 No. 1

Corona del Sol • Tempe, AZ


Market week is coming BY AUDREY WHEELESS Staff Writer

8schools 1decision See story on page 8

Correction The Sunrise neglected to give credit to Erin Blevins for the front page photo illustration and Tatum Hartwig for page design in our September issue.

Market Week is an opportunity for Entrepreneurship students to sell various items to the CdS student body during both 4th and 5th lunch. “It challenges students to brainstorm an idea with their group and see that the idea is profitable,” Entrepreneurship teacher Derrick Carter said. “It gives them a chance to see if their ideas would work.” Students have to put together business plans, contracts, advertisement stradegies, and more all to simulate running an actual business. Also to simulate that of a real business, students invest their own personal money, meaning they keep the profits at the end of the assignment. Students are only allowed to begin their businuss with an investment of $20 per person, to keep it fair to all students involved. Some of the major changes from last year’s Market

Week are that none of the groups will be allowed to sell food or drinks. Carter changed this because groups who sold food outran the groups trying to be creative with other ideas. As a result, everyone will be forced to be more creative and come up with their own strategies. “We’re selling tie dye T-shirts and friendship bracelets,” senior Sarah Rueckle said. “I’m excited because I get money, hopefully we get more than we spend.” “My biggest fear is no one will buy our products,” Rueckle continued. Carter is expecting students to face some challenges. “I’m hoping they will make a lot of mistakes, meaning that you learn the most from mistakes,” Carter said. “They will pick the wrong people for groups, planning procedures, etc. They will learn pricing strategies and how to compete with other groups.” Market Week is set to take place the three days before Thanksgiving break, November 22nd-24th. 

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Cheap, easy beauty tricks for everyday use

Baby Powder for Greasy Hair


1. Hair looking greasy and you’re out of time to shower before school? Just add some baby powder. Baby powder absorbs moisture and grease from hair. Simply put a small amount in your hands and then apply it to the roots of your hair. Focus on the roots, but make sure powder is distributed evenly by turning your head upside down and rubbing in the powder. Make sure all the powder is rubbed in or else little piles of white dust may remain that look like dandruff.

Toothpaste on Zits

2. Any toothpaste can be a quick remedy for zits. Dab a small amount of basic mint toothpaste over the zit, just enough to cover it, and leave it on for fifteen minutes. Then wipe it off with a damp, warm washcloth. This is known to reduce redness and shrink zits. Lilly Berkley

3. Need to iron a wrinkle out quickly but don’t actually have time to find an iron? Simple solution: use your hair flat iron. Always wipe down the plates first with a damp towel to guarantee there will be no product residue left that may stain clothes. Make sure that, when ironing, the clothing is not actually on the body; otherwise expect some burns.

Spoons to Treat Puffy Eyes

4. You know those mornings after pulling an all-nighter studying for your big physics test and you’re left with puffy, tired eyes? Well, there is a quick solution to that. Leave two metal spoons in the refrigerator the night before and then the next morning take the spoons and place the backside of them against your eyes. It works just like an ice pack on a swollen sprained ankle by reducing the swelling.

Flat Irons as Curling Irons

5. If you’re looking for a new quick and simple hairstyle, you can easily transform your flat iron into a curling iron. Take a section of your hair and clamp the iron near the base of your hair. Then twist the iron and, while still twisted, pull the iron to the tips of your hair. And voilà! You’ve made a perfect loose curl. ®

Seismometer picks up earthquake The project exists to find the exact location of the epicenter. The epicenter is the point Corona del Sol can detect earthquakes where the earthquake originated. Having multiple seismic stations around around the world from a machine called a seismometer. The seismometer belongs to Tony the world helps the researchers to see which Occhiuzzi, a teacher in the school’s science seismometers have the most readings. They take the information from the top three department. Even though Arizona doesn’t experience seismometers and triangulate where the earthquakes personally, the machine records epicenter is. “The seismic stations would record the other earthquakes. The information from the seismometer is recorded and posted on events so each station could see what the other the Incorporated Research Institute from stations read. The closer the station is to the event, the bigger the register on the station will Seismology (IRIS) web site. “The (seismometer) records every be,” Occhiuzzi said. The seismic station was set up last year in earthquake happening almost every minute Occhiuzzi’s room. and second on the Corona was able earth,” Occhiuzzi to read the massive said. earthquake from The seismometer Baja California, was given to Mexico,that Occhiuzzi as a occurred on grant from U of A April 11, 2010. through a program The station was headed by Dr. online through Michelle Hallthe summer Wallace, a U of A where it picked geosciences adjunct up earthquakes lecturer. The Grady Douglas in the Philippines program is part of The seismometer in Mr. Occhiuzzi’s room can record and in various a two-year project earthquakes all over the world, even at Corona. parts of Southern called The National California. The Princeton Earth Physics Project, funded by the National Science readings from the seismometer are available to Foundation. The program was available to all students in Occhiuzzi’s room. “Sometimes Channel 3 or ASU will come teachers around the state who wanted to learn down to ask about our readings to see if their how to use and read seismometers. The project was designed to develop seismic information matches up with ours,” Occhiuzzi stations around the country. There are five said. As an earth science teacher, Occhiuzzi uses seismometers located in Arizona alone. the seismometer to teach his students about “If anyone wants to read our station they can. Some guy in Boston can read an earthquake on earthquakes and volcanoes. The seismometer our station. Corona has one of 49 stations in the can give students a real life experience and a greater understanding about earthquakes.® United States,” Occhiuzzi said. BY CHANEL ALVIS & MARANDA FELLOWS Opinions Editor & Staff Writer

Flat Irons to Unwrinkle Clothes

Katy Perry review BY BREE PURDY Managing Editor

Katy Perry’s song “California Gurls,” whether you enjoy it or not, was the song of summer 2010. The single dominated the radio, topped charts and conquered iTunes. Hearing it was completely inevitable and it was constantly intoxicating both speakers and minds with its simple, catchy chorus. But now summer is over and California and its “Gurls” are becoming more of a distant memory as Perry’s sophomore album, Teenage Dreams, is released. The album is laden with electropop, chorus-driven anthems, synthesizers, bubblegum lyrics of “teenage dreams” and dance beats often reminiscent to that of Daft Punk and Kerli. It is obvious Perry has matured lyrically, musically, vocally and emotionally quite a lot since kissing girls and “liking it” on her 2008 debut, One of the Boys. Her lyrics have developed in to something much more sardonic, eye rolling and dripping with sexuality and innuendos. Her voice seems to have fully developed though, giving her quite the astounding vocal range, found on songs such as “Fireworks.” The album content could not be more diverse though. Themes range from intoxicated Friday nights spent skinny-dipping and staggering around L.A (“Last Friday Night- TGIF”), her relationship with husband Russell Brand (“Peacock” and “Hummingbird Heartbeat”), a caustic bash on Catholicism- completely abolishing any shred of her previous Christian girl image (“Who Am I Living For?”), a yearning for a love more “cinematic and dramatic with the perfect ending” (“Not like the Movies”) to a goth-pop ballad toward a pill-popping ex-love who finds his love in hotel mini-bars (“Circle the Drain”). The topics of a few songs are a tad too raunchy for me to even allude to in a high school publication, but exactly that may be a crucial aspect of Perry’s popularity and appeal as she intertwines both bubblegum lyrics and beats with apparent sexuality. The album is essentially cotton candy-- simple and sweet, yet not composed of much substance. It is tasty, but fails to leave the listener truly full upon completion. Perry never fully establishes her own identity through the fourteen tracks. Simply through her music, she is still just as faceless as when she first emerged as the new pretty pin-up girl on the music scene. Similar to her singles though, the songs will not vacate your mind as the music stops. The catchy choruses will infiltrate it for days. While the album itself may not be very notable, don’t expect to hear the end of Perry any time soon.®

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The stress of AP classes

I’m a partial AP student; half my school day is spent in AP classes and the other half is spent in, what my fellow students might refer to, as “normal” classes. Every day I spend BY JACOB CORDAS about 15 minutes working Staff Writer on my “normal” homework and about an hour-and-a-half on my AP. Every day I attempt to wake up at 5:15 to make it to my AP Zero hour class. And with all this I have one thing to say: It is stressful. This year started with a summer assignment where all junior AP English students had to read The Overachievers, a book dedicated to the stress of the overachieving culture. This should’ve warned me of the stress that was about to come but it didn’t. The homework did. Last year, in my “normal” classes, I had just worksheets to fill out, 10 minutes top. This year I have thought provoking work that took up just a little bit more time. I would be breaking down arguments or filling out massive history projects. Until now I had been able to float my way through class, never getting the best grades but never getting the worst, but now I actually have to try and it is killing me. I spend hour upon hour doing the work and am suddenly having far more issues getting up in the morning and more issues staying up late. With all this stress in my life, I started to wonder how my fellow students were reacting to this, and what I noticed shocked me. Whenever AP students are described, they sound

like perfect hard-working machines; they aren’t. Because of all the stress they feel as though they have no other option but to turn to copying and cheating turning those two things into the most prevalent things in those few classrooms. Few people are actually able to do all the work so they just “borrow” the answers either from a friend, an acquaintance or a website. People are having issues waking up, like I do, and there were people who require three or four alarms hidden around their room just to wake them up after a late night of homework. This isn’t healthy, but on test days it gets worse. Students are cheating even more because they lack any time to study or they have forgotten to because of some other test that day. It almost seems like the teachers schedule the tests on the same day on purpose and it was destroying us. Now I love the structure of AP classes, the freedom to learn in your own way and the ontopic discussions, but the stress of it is obscene. We need to figure out a way to make AP classes actually manageable without eroding the rest of the students lives, but it almost seems impossible. This is a severe problem and I’m not entirely sure what can fix it, but these will help: cut zero Chanel Alvis hour and make it an th 8 hour instead, have the AP teachers attempt to coordinate test dates so we won’t be buried in tests every day and pay more attention to the students while testing so as to prevent cheating. These may not exactly fix the problem, but it is on the right path. But, to truly be able to fix it, we must be willing to talk about it. Have teachers, parents and students discuss this and maybe, soon, this stress will be far more manageable.®

Sunrise Staff 1001 E. Knox Road • Tempe, AZ • 85284 Editor in Chief | Sarah Dinell Online Editor in Chief| Stephen Kuluris Managing Editors | Tatum Hartwig & Bree Purdy Staffers Taylor Beese, Lilly Berkley, Alex Bernal, Jacob Opinions Editor Chanel Alvis Cordas, Stephanie Dayton, Grady Douglas, Kiwi Faludi, Life & Times Editor Preslie Hirsch Maranda Fellows, Erin Maloney, Will Morgan, Asada Sports Editor Nathan Samuels Njuguna, Audrey Wheeless Photo Editors Erin Blevins & Kathryn Valentine Cartoonists Chanel Alvis ,Alyssa Gerwig Graphics Editor Laci Ahlquist Adviser Kris Urban Front page: photo and design by Tatum Hartwig, edited by Laci Ahlquist The Sunrise is an open forum for student expression and welcomes letters on all matters. The staff reserves the right to edit as required. All materials submitted for publication must be signed. Views and opinions contained herein are those of the author and not considered to be the opinions of the Sunrise staff, the adviser, the Corona del Sol administration or the the Tempe Union High School District. Unsigned editorials reflect the views of the editorial board. Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service.

Be open to the supernatural BY STEPHEN KULURIS Online Editor in Chief

I’m not sure about you, but I have never called the Ghostbusters. If someone asked me, “Who you gonna call?” I’d probably just tell them Zach Galifianakis because it’s fun to say. I recently read an article about ghosts haunting a library, and it got me thinking about what I actually believe when it comes to ghosts. I’d say a majority of people are nonbelievers on this topic, but I have encountered a lot of full believers too. As for myself, however, I’d call my views somewhere in the middle. When I was younger, I never believed in ghosts, and I would never believe others’ ghost stories either. But my character has become more accepting of all views.Therefore, I am not opposed to the idea of ghosts, but I am still not a believer. The general view toward people who totally believe in ghosts seems to be one of ridicule. I feel like, at one point, I was that person who pokes fun at others when they tell their stories. I am a person who relies on proof to form my ideas, and because I have not personally experienced ghost activity, this creates my thought that ghosts don’t exist. But after a debate with a friend of mine, my eyes were opened, and I reconsidered my beliefs about ghosts and ghost activity. In this conversation, I was told that if I don’t believe in something, then it will be harder for me to have an experience that would change my thoughts. This is because if I do encounter ghost activity, I will quickly rush to a logical explanation. Even if I am open to the idea of ghosts without believing in them completely, I may never be able to change my views. I started thinking, after realizing that I had a closed mind to the subject, about how many times ghosts may have been around. I think about how many times things have fallen off a table randomly or doors have shut with no wind around and I always went to the rational explanation. But maybe it was the supernatural and I refused to allow it to enter my mind. However, now that I am aware of my closed-minded view, I will try and expand my views to incorporate the supernatural as an explanation. It does really interest me and hopefully by being a believer, I will eventually get my ghost encounter. So I hope next time someone says “Who you gonna call?” I can say Ghostbusters.®

November 2010 • CdS Sunrise

10 • Opinions

Do people deserve second chances? BY TATUM HARTWIG Managing Editor

BY PRESLIE HIRSCH Life & Times Editor

People hurt each other. They lie. They gossip. They stab each other in the back. And no matter how many second, third and even fourth chances you give them, they never seem to change. They will persistently resort back to their bad habits and continue to hurt, lie, gossip and stab you in the back. We may have been taught the ‘Golden Rule’ since we were little, but just think about it, how often do we really treat others the way we want to be treated in return? And vice versa? I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if most of you said not often at all. It happens too often, especially in high school. I have been hurt. I have been lied to. I have been gossiped about.They’re painful situations to be in. It has taken me many years to figure out how to deal with other peoples’ lies and problems. To be honest, I used to let people walk all over me and I’d just continue to let them repeatedly do and say things that left me questioning frienships and their integrity. But do I allow people to do that to me now? No. Why? Because in my eyes, if you do it once then it is a sure thing that you’ll do it again. Human beings are creatures of habit and if one of those habits is lying, cheating, hurting or any combination of the three, then I don’t want you in my life. I don’t want to be continually hurt and brought down because of someone else’s actions. Especially if it is someone whom I thought I could trust, such as a friend or a boyfriend or even a kind acquaintance. It makes the pain even worse to know that my trust was so readily disrespected and I see no point in risking having it happen over and over again. Not only does it cause yourself pain to repeatedly give a hurtful second chance, but it doesn’t help them one bit either. If you continue to let someone get away with lying, cheating, gossiping or anything of the sort, then how are they going to learn to improve themselves? By telling them, “Oh, it’s okay, just don’t do it again, alright?”, they’ll just stand there and nod their head, but you know what? Old habits die hard. Some people are addicted to smoking and others are addicted to lying, and no matter how much they want to change, it isn’t easy and they need someone to give them that push in the right direction. When you refuse to give someone another chance, then they will fully comprehend that their actions were wrong and there are consequences to hurting others. Losing a friend, a boyfriend or a girlfriend is enough to teach someone that their cheating, lying and gossip is not okay. It is not okay to hurt someone, but it is also not okay to let someone hurt you. Although it may be hard to stand up to someone you thought you could trust, it will benefit you both in the long run. They will learn a lesson and you will save yourself a world of hurt. You won't only be helping yourself, but you'll be helping someone else as well.®

I firmly believe in giving people second, third, and yes, call me crazy, maybe even fourth, chances. I can honestly say I have been through it all: cheating, backstabbing and just about every other mistake that comes to mind in relationships and friendships. As long as we’re being honest, they aren’t all from the standpoint that someone did this to me, I, too, am human and make mistakes. And through those unfortunate experiences, and being the one handing out, as well as hoping for and receiving, these chances, I have adopted this philosophy. Reason number one: Follow the golden rule that we’ve heard since kindergarten. Do unto others as you would want done unto you. In the event that you’re in a relationship, and you’re the one who messes up, you would want and believe you deserve a second chance in most cases, right? So give the other person that respect in return. Reason number two: Now this is where it gets tough, but I also believe this one is the rule I look to most.You have to decide if the person is worth your time and effort, because don’t get me wrong, giving out second chances isn’t easy. But, I think one, if not of the most important things you can do in life, is to surround yourself with positive and loving people that make you happy. If this person is someone who meets that description in your life, well then, I would have to say they deserve another shot. Reason number three: We are all human. Obvious statement, I know. But, I think some of us tend to forget that we are all prone to making mistakes at one point or another. Impulsive emotions, actions out of anger and simply not thinking at the time can result in bad choices and thus mistakes in the eyes of your partner. Keep in mind, that doesn’t reflect you as a person. Reason number four: People change, grow and learn from mistakes. There is always the possibility that after someone has made a mistake, they will never make it again. There have been times I have seen how much a mistake hurts someone and that is all that is needed to realize and make the change. Reason number five: Listen to your gut. It doesn’t always have to be a clear cut reason why you give someone a second chance, but emotions speak loudly. Follow them, because there is a good chance you will regret it if you don’t. We’ve all gone through these complicated times and are likely to go through them again in our lifetime whether it be giving or receiving a second chance. Try to remember to follow the golden rule, don’t lose the ones that mean the most to you, don’t forget we’re all human and we all grow and change, and trust your gut.®

Bad actions lead to negative reputation Staff Editorial

Reputations are all around us. Reputations of friends, teachers, co-workers, corporations and countries are all drafted in our minds. Everyone has a reputation, and that reputation becomes accepted as the norm. The problem with reputations is that they can often be built on false material or the few negative aspects of something rather than the abundant positive. This makes the reputation distorted, and sadly this happens way too often. This seems to have happened to Corona somewhere along the way in the past few years. Corona has earned a rather bad reputation among

other valley schools. Students elsewhere have been heard saying, “We’re not like Corona,” or “We don’t party like Corona does.” Why has this become our reputation? Why have we been deemed the “party” school? It appears as though it evolved from the actions of a few individuals who have now created this distorted reputation for all of us. Something major that has brought about this view is the Corona dances. Many students dance appropriately but some kids attending the dances dance in an inappropriately over-the-top manner. This caused security to take action and many students were upset with the way things turned out

and what they were limited to. This type of dancing seems to be a big deal to other schools and the students start thinking Corona is crazy. However, it is only a small number of individuals. First, there are only 1,000 students who attend the dances in a school of 2,400. That’s less than half of the school and from that, there are even fewer who dance inappropriately. But again, the negative stands out and a reputation is built upon it. Corona is full of students with outstanding characters, but those “party” individuals seem to stand out. Hopefully, people can start to see the difference and allow the positive to overtake, so a more realistic reputation of Corona can be revealed.®

November 2010 • CdS Sunrise

Sports • 11

Junior Peat ranked No. 8 in nation

think I was ranked so high because of my technique and footwork, as well as having big time Division I offers.” At 6’6 and 280 lbs, Peat has been a part of the varsity program since the end of Corona del Sol junior Andrus Peat was recently ranked eighth in the country his freshman year when he was pulled up for the play-offs where the Aztecs lost in on Peat was ranked with 11 other high school players from the class of the second round. 2012 as the first set of five star players. “He has tremendous feet, speed and size,” head coach Zane Zamenski said. “I found out by which is a national recruiting service,” Peat said. “I “We’re sure happy to have him at Corona. According to, in what is shaping up to be the best offensive line haul from the West in several years, it’s Peat who’s standing out now as the best offensive lineman in the group. “It feels great to be ranked so high,” Peat said. “I am really blessed and grateful that I am getting this kind of attention.” Currently, Peat plays offensive tackle and defensive end for the Aztecs. He has 15 Division I offers from various schools including Arizona State, University of Arizona, Stanford, Clemson, Oregon State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Miami, Washington, San Diego State, California, Northern Illinois, Duke, and USC. He also was invited to the U.S. Army All-American game and Under Armor AllAmerican game for the class of 2012. “I think it’s a great honor for him,” Zamenski said. “He is following in the steps of his brother, Todd.” Peat’s family is full of success. His brother, Todd Peat Jr., is in the process of selecting a college to attend after being ranked in the top 300 for the class of 2011 on Their father, Todd Peat Sr., played both collegiate and professional football for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals and the Los Angeles Raiders. “My dad has helped me the most throughout my high school career,” Andrus Nathan Fish Junior Andrus Peat hustles off the field after a big play against the Mountain View said. “He played in the NFL for six years and knows more about the game of footToros. Peat was ranked 8th in the nation for the class of 2012. ball then most people.”® BY ALEX BERNAL Staff Writer

Senior leads golfers to state tournament

a prestigious tournament where the top Arizona youth compete. “Dana’s been very focused since she started golfing, which puts her above most golfers,” coach Pat Reed said. Senior Dana Finkelstein has had a phenomenal golf career Finkelstein used to participate in other sports, but because of her small build, at CdS and has been a major contributor to the golf team since she stuck with golf. In addition, she chose to keep playing golf because she thinks freshman year. it’s enjoyable and loves spending time on the golf course. Finkelstein began playing golf in seventh grade and she has “I like playing because it’s fun and relaxing,” Finkelstein said. been playing ever since. Since freshman year she has been a maAfter graduating, Finkelstein plans on playing golf in college. She has already jor asset to thethe CdS golf team. signed a letter of intent from the University of Nevada and Las Vegas. “Dana gives us hope and spirit,” teammate Alex Haun said, UNLV is known for its successful golf program, which has turned out many pro“Without her we wouldn’t do well and we probably wouldn’t qualify for state.” finkelstein fessionals playing on the PGA tour such as Adam Scott, Chris Riley, Chad Campbell, Ryan Moore, and Skip Kendall. She excels each year, winning region in 2009 and is hoping As a note to younger players, Finkelstein advises, “to stick with it. It’ll get better to win state this year. Finkelstein’s dedication to golf has shown the progress she’s with time.”® made in her high school career. This January, Finkelstein won the FBR Junior Open, BY WILL MORGAN Staff Writer

Corona alumni returns to teach, coach “Brynne was an extremely commited athlete.” Moore said, “She never missed practices, games Corona del Sol alumni Brynne Evans, returns back or tournaments.” to Corona as a ceramics teacher and volleyball coach After high school, Evans after graduating with the class of 2003. attended Whittier College in “I received a phone call from Debbie Moore Whittier, California and played (Evans’ high school freshman coach and counselor) two years of Division III collegiate and she told me that Corona was looking for a JV girls Evans volleyball. volleyball coach,” Evans said. “I’m so glad I played in college and Senior year, Evans reached the state championship playing for a Division III school allowed me to focus on in both basketball and volleyball and lost to Mountain academics as well as volleyball.” Evans said, “I would Pointe both times. She had some playing time in recommend to anyone who wants to keep playing; do basketball, but her real calling was volleyball where it!” she was the starting outside hitter. Later, she decided to focus on her academics and BY Alex Bernal Staff Writer

transferred to Arizona State University to finish her degree. “Corona’s lucky to have her.” Moore said, “It’s not easy to find good volleyball coaches.” Evans teaches two classes of Ceramics 1-2 at Corona. She is also the head coach for boys varsity volleyball, head freshman girls volleyball coach, and assistant girls varsity volleyball coach. “Even though coaching doesn’t quite replace the experience of playing, it is nice to stay around the game and know that I am teaching players beginning techniques and advanced strategies of the game,” Evans said. At the end of the regular season, varsity finished 10-7, JV finished 15-2, and freshman finished 12-6.®

November 2010 • CdS Sunrise

12 • Sports

Freshman sensations add to success Chloe Hacker

Ryan Normand


Cross Country

On multiple cross country courses, Aztec runners have stormed by making their way to some impressive finishes. Hidden among these runners is a small five-foot-two freshman Ryan Normand, who has run every varsity race. Normand came from Aprende where he ran to a third-place finish at the conference meet and 34th at state for middle school runners. Coming to Corona cross-country (where the training was abundant) was a new experience as the new freshman on the team. “Ryan’s been able to adapt to our workload very quickly,” senior varsity runner Daniel Wrapp said. However, the team didn’t give him too hard of a time as he began training easily with the top boys. “They are all really nice to me,” Normand said. He became a varsity runner after he ran a 5K in 17:56 in his debut, placing second in the freshman race.His first varsity race was on a hilly three-mile course at the George Young Invitational. Normand ran his way to a 47th place finish and was the first freshman to come in, running a 17:06. Normand puts in a lot of tough training to get to the level he is at. “As long as you train hard, you can run with anyone,” Normand said.

Normand will be back to run for another three years and he is hoping to lead the team to more great finishes in the future. “He could be one of the best runners in the state,” coach Pat Smith said. Boys’ cross country won the city meet this year and ran region on Oct. 29. They will be preparing for their final meet at state on Saturday Nov. 6.®By Stephen Kuluris Clockwise from top: Chloe Hacker (photo courtesy of Kathy Hacker), Olivia Ortiz (Nathan Fish), and Ryan Normand (Stephen Kuluris).

Olivia Ortiz Volleyball

Olivia Ortiz, standing at five footsix, is the only freshman on Corona’s varsity girls’ volleyball team this season. Ortiz didn’t come from a Kyrene middle school (she attended Our Lady Mount of Carmel), like most Corona students, which set her apart at the beginning of August. But she is rapidly growing closer to her teammates and adjusting to the new environment. Ortiz came to Corona largely for its volleyball opportunities. “My mom knew that they (Corona) had good academics and I knew they had a really good volleyball team too, and I knew about Coach (Ben) Maxfield,” Ortiz said. “So, it seemed like a really good fit.” Ortiz serves as the second setter on the team, next to junior Cassie Fish, a three-year 5 foot-10 inch varsity player. “She’s a very good setter to help in practice to back up Guppy (Fish),” Maxfield said. Ortiz has been playing volleyball since she was 5 years old, and has always

played the setter position. “I would like to start jump setting, and work on pushing the ball far and high out,” Ortiz said. All her years in the position have payed off and she has become quite an asset to the team. “Her serving really helps us out and gets the other team out of system,” Sawicki said. Nervousness isn’t a large issue for Ortiz, even during tryouts. “It’s a lot of fun,” Ortiz said. “I get more excited than I do nervous.” Ortiz wasn’t expecting to show up to a new school and make varsity. “I wasn’t going in there trying to make varsity, I just went in there like any other thing and did my best,” Ortiz said. Corona classmates have welcomed Ortiz and her talents with open arms. “I really like the atmosphere at Co-

Corona’s Swim & Dive team has recently gained a rising star in the form of freshman Chloe Hacker. Hacker has so far led the successes of the dive portion of the team with her wins in every dual meet this season, assisting the win in the Mesa Relays and placing second out of 75 divers at the Xavier/Brophy Invitational. Hacker is no newcomer to the world of diving though. She is a member of the Sun Devil Divers, a club team based at Arizona State University, and has worked with the same coach since she started diving. “I started to dive when I was eight years old, so I was in third grade,” Hacker said. “My brother is also a diver and his coach kept asking me if I wanted to try, so one day I finally said yes.” Her love for the sport was eminent from the start but the major appeal came somewhere between the diving platform and the water. “There are so many things I love about the sport but one is the risk factor. The harder the dive and the higher you go, you are taking more and more of a risk,” Hacker said. “I also love how every time you do a dive, it is never the same which makes it interesting. There is always something to improve on which means there’s never a dull moment.” Hacker’s natural talent for diving also helped her quickly rise to an impressive level of skill. She was only nine years old when she qualified for her first nationals competition which was held in Minneapolis, Minn. “I placed top six at regionals out of more than 30 club divers in the Southwest region,” Hacker said. “My brother also competed at the same meet, so it meant a lot to me.” Diving has even taken Hacker beyond U.S. borders to compete internationally. “Ten divers from my club team were invited to compete at an invitational in Mexico and it was amazing,” Hacker said. “They run their meets very differently and they have an incredible facility. They had interpreters for the Americans and we were embraced by the other international divers.” Hacker not only has high hopes for the upcoming AIA state meet but for her future as a diver as well. “I am planning on pursuing diving and college and beyond,” Hacker said. ®By Tatum Hartwig rona, everyone is welcoming and nice,” Ortiz said. And as for the team itself,they admire her leadership and positive attitude. “Olivia always has a great attitude about everything which makes us keep our heads up,” Sawicki said. The team is considered young for a varsity team, as there are only two seniors playing this year. “Our team works really hard. They

are working on keeping their composure in games which is hard because they are young,” Maxfield said. The season is almost concluded, but Ortiz’s optimism and desire stays strong. She is bringing her team closer together and already is becoming a leader. “I just really love volleyball, and I’ve never not wanted to play. So even when I’m tired, I don’t want to stop playing,” Ortiz said.®By Preslie Hirsch

Sunrise November 2010  

The November issue of the Corona del Sol Sunrise.

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