March 2010 Volume 4.5
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LA Baptist Gives Back Jackie Urenda ‘11
LAB students and staff gave blood in support of the Red Cross Blood Drive.
ith medical tables and technicians filling the library, students gave their time and blood to the American Red Cross. Those who gave became part of the 3% of Americans who give blood, when 38% of Americans are eligible to donate. The blood given by LAB students and staff was transported to a lab in Pomona, where many other donations arrived. Red Cross contacted LAB three years ago to participate in this event,
and every year the number of students who donate increases. Last year, there were around eighty students who donated blood, and this year LAB raised the bar and had ninety-one students in this program. The Red Cross’ updated standards mandate that students m e e t height a n d weight r e quirements in order to avoid negative repercussions like fainting. This new restriction helped students to avoid falling ill, creating a successful drive and saving two hundred lives in the process.
and convenient to do,” said Cynthia. She goes every fifty-six days to a shopping center in the Granada Hills Pavilion to donate blood. “Every time you give blood, you are helping someone,” said Cynthia.
The Red Cross has been one of the largest organizations to respond to the earthquake disaster in Haiti. Over 80 million dollars have been given to help the survivors. Packaging and sending food, donating over one million liters of water a day, and handing out shelter items are other ways the Red Cross offers assistance and support for those in need. Along with these items, the Red Cross ships blood to survivors in need and has responded to the Chilean earthquake by pledging $50,000 for relief.
“Every time s o m e o n e gives blood, three lives are saved.”
Senior Cynthia Villalta not only gave at the LAB blood drive, but she also gives blood on a regular basis. “It’s easy
Why Donate Blood? Hannah Devaney ‘11
LAB high school students give blood for a good cause.
very year when the American Red Cross comes to LAB the question “why donate blood?” goes through students’ minds. Every minute of every day someone needs blood. Right now, Red Cross workers say that only three out of every one hundred people in the country volunteer to give blood. Will you be one
Photos courtesy of Gabe Ikeda ‘10.
of the three next year when the American Red Cross comes to LAB? Some people donate because a friend asked them to, some because a family member needs blood, and some because they believe it is the right thing to do. No matter what your motive may be, the time to act is now. The necessity for blood is at its peak. Every time you give blood you save three lives. When you donate you will be someone’s hero. Your donation may go to a newborn, a child, a mother or a father, a brother, or a sister, giving them an-
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other chance at life. The American Red Cross saves millions of lives every year so they regularly plead with
“American Red Cross saves millions of lives every year.” the public to give blood. It is an easy process with a reward that words cannot explain. Consider participating in next year’s drive and decide now to give to those in need.
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Student Life Page 2
Kelly Wilkinson ‘10 ith Facebook, cell phones, and television occupying most teenagers’ time, helping those in need usually comes last on the list of things to do. Disasters, such as Haiti and Chile, ask for help from everyone, no matter what their age. A survey was taken asking 17 and 18-year-olds what their views on community service were. Though some said they did not participate, they still thought it was important that teens help any way they could. While 19% of students do not participate in community service, 81% of them do. When asked if they thought it was important to give their time, 82% saw community service as a way to help the less fortunate or that it was something God called them to do. “It allows me to give back to the community and to be a living testimony,” replied senior Nick Collins on the importance of
no matter where he or she serves. Victoria Mattoon serves at her grandmother’s church and helps since many of the members are elderly and unable to do what she is capable of. Other volunteering opportunities can be found at Children’s Hunger Fund, the Red Cross, or a local food bank. Donate a Saturday to giving your time to the less fortunate and walk away with a rewarding feeling. On the subject of more teenagers participating in community service, over 84% of students said they would like to see more of their peers lending a helping hand. It does not take much to reach the goal of more teens volunteering their time, and everyone can be a part of that, no matter what age they are.
Community Service Through the Eyes of a Teen
giving one’s time. Senior Lauren Wahba commented, “I have been blessed, so I need to help people less fortunate than me.” For the majority of seniors, it was about serving others and glorifying God. One student said, “If I don’t give my time, then who will?” showing how everyone’s time is important in a time of need. W h e n asked why they give their time, students were unselfish in their replies. Answers were as simple as “because I want to,” and “I want to help oth- Photo courtesy of Google Images. ers in their physia great amount of talent, cal and spiritual needs,” he or she simply needs to as said by senior Mark have a desire to help those Ketenjian. To volunteer, less fortunate than themone does not have to have selves. Senior Hayley Won
shared, “I want to do something for other people, even though there are not many things I can do.” A giving heart is all that is needed.
Blessings to Mrs. Hisayasu
Jackie Urenda ‘11 rs. Hisayasu interrupted her homeroom class to speak about her last year at LAB. She has decided to retire, making this the final year of biology with Mrs. Hisayasu. She explained, “I want to be home with my husband who has been retired for a year, and it’s time that I join him too.” Mrs. H has been teaching at LAB for six years. She is known as “a great teacher, devoted to her students, and a driven woman,” according to Emily Cuevas. She is also a strong Christian who has shared her faith with the students throughout her years of teaching.
While teaching, she talks about how God made all this possible, which has helped strengthen her students’ faith tremendously. Mrs. Hisayasu expressed her feelings, saying, “I will miss A goodbye hug for Mrs. Hisayasu the students.” ber “her students.” These A l l the memories she made memories consist of “a here at LAB will not be series of student-teacher forgotten. There is not moments, with a series of one memory she will re- individual students” that member in particular, but can never be forgotten in instead she will remem- her mind.
A d d i t i o n a l l y, her tearful lectures show a fearlessly passionate heart for teaching and for her students. Every day, she prepares herself for making her biology class as interesting and exciting as possible. This dedication has been apparent to her students throughout the years. She is a part of the LAB family, and even with her departure, she will always be considered a member of the family. Her stay at LAB has been an extraordinary adventure and has brought new views to the faculty and students of LAB.
The Truth Behind Girls’ Purses Miranda Jarrett ‘11 Hannah Devaney ‘11
ave you ever wondered what exactly is inside a girl’s purse? Why are some purses so large, while others are so small? For junior Jenny Olsen, the larger the better. With a total of 54 items in her monstrous Target bag, TKW decided to ask her some questions to uncover the truth behind girls’ purses. Does your purse give you backaches? No, but it hurts Jenny Olsen shows off her purse. my shoulder, so I have to switch arms Do you need a purse throughout the day. that large? Why?
Um, yes, of course! I have no idea what to take out to make it smaller.
How often do you change purses?
Everybody around is always sick.
What is the least important item in your purse? A little pad of paper...when am I ever going to use that?
About once every three months because the handles break off.
What is the most random thing in your purse?
Do you like carrying a purse around? Why?
Where do buy your
Yes, because I like being prepared for every occasion. What is the most important item in your purse? Hand sanitiz-
Gauze. you purses?
Charlotte Russe or Target. From Jenny’s answers, it is evident that there is more to a girl’s purse than meets the eye. Girls use their purses for carrying necessities as well as holding their other belongings.
Where students volunteer their time ranged from church organizations to volunteering at hospitals. A person’s time is valuable
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Christians in Secular Society Eric Davis ‘10
Lindsay Payne ‘10
Secular influence is impossible to avoid while living in a secular world but how much, if any, can a Christian allow in his or her life before it is too much?
A quick look at the power of the tongue as explained through the book of James.
he term “secular” describes anything that is not of God. We live in a secular world and it is impossible to be completely detached from secular influence. It is sometimes even necessary to take part in secular things in order to be more effective witnesses to non-Christians. We are in control of some of the secular temptations that can influence us, like listening to secular music or going to a secular movie. Some influences, however, are out of control, like accidentally seeing a half-naked woman on the front of a magazine at a store or mistakenly overhearing an acquaintance at school talking trash about the popular redhead in your English class. Taking part in secular activities, weather voluntary or involuntary, is not in itself sinful, but the truth is that it will always influence you whether you like it or not. Understanding this, it is vital to realize that too much secular influence can tempt us to sin, and we need to be constantly examining our hearts to see if the influences we are exposing ourselves to are not beneficial. 90 LAB high school students from every grade level recently took a poll regarding secular influence in their lives. The poll did not account for secular influences that are out of their control, but it did ask about activities like listening to secular music, watching secular
Popular music can be harmful to the Christian ears...how much is too much? Photo courtesy of Google Images. movies, watching secular television, and reading secular books. On average, a LAB high school student chooses to watch approximately nine hours of television a week, listen to about thirteen hours of secular music a week, and collectively indulge in about 38 hours of secular activities a week. That equates to roughly five hours a day. The test to examine whether or not we are over-indulging is secular influences is if the influence is distracting us from our purpose in life of loving God and others. Everything we do in life should be in light of our purpose in order to show God’s love. It is possible for secular activities to help us in our purpose as Christians. Watching television for example is a great way to relax and rest, and God designed us to rest in order to function properly. There is nothing wrong with taking an hour every Monday evening to unwind and watch Jack Bauer take on all the bad guys if your purpose for resting is to operate the next morning at top performance and therefore love God more. It becomes sinful when it becomes solely about Jack Bauer and not sim-
Did you know?
Mr. Littlefield dreamt of killing a snake on his trip to Africa. On his last day there, he spotted a Green Mamba! Luckily for the snake, but unfortunately for Mr. Littlefield, he did not have a weapon with him.
ply resting. Going to see a secular movie can be a beneficial time of fellowship with friends, or it can be all about the movie and distract you from loving others. God has called us to minister to the lost, and to do this we must be at least a little seasoned in worldly things. Having knowledge of secular things will help us be better witnesses of Christ. If we all lived in a closed-off Christian bubble and never got out to experience the world, very few people would ever come to Christianity because we wouldn’t be able to relate to the unsaved. Having common interests and experiences with secularists, like being a fan of star wars or attending hardcore shows, can make starting and keeping a friendship easier. Receiving the saving love of Jesus Christ is more likely to occur in a friendship because the unsaved person will trust a friend more than someone they do not even know.
We are all unique individuals and our tolerance for secular influence will probably vary. There are also different kinds of secular influences and some can affect you more than others. For example, overhearing someone curse may distract you from God much more than a half hour of “SportsCenter,” but for someone else, “SportsCenter” might be the most distracting thing they could do. Five and a half hours a day is a sizeable chunk of time. It may be a good idea to cut some of that time down and replace it with spending time in the presence of God. The amount of secular influence you can handle is an issue between you and God. Just remember that if it ever distracts you from loving God or people more, it is too much. Everything that we choose to do should be to further our purpose of loving God and people more.
t is hard to imagine that the tongue is not only physically the strongest organ in the body, but can also be the most damaging tool the body possesses. Every day our tongues are at work conversing with friends, asking questions, and communicating our thoughts. With the amount of time spent using our tongues, how much is actually used to glorify God and His creation? In James 3:9-10 it says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.” To praise God with the same tongue that we use to tear down our friends and disrespect our parents is not right. God wants us to uplift each other and spread His love amongst each other so that we can glorify Him together as a body. Imagine you are scrubbing your toilet with a toothbrush. Disgusting! It is filthy, it is horrid, and
it does not glorify your interests. The same day, your best friend comes over to spend the night and he/she forgets their toothbrush at home so you offer to lend them one of your own. Would you grab the new, packaged one that hasn’t been contaminated, or would you offer the one that you previously used to scrub the toilet? You would offer the new one. You wouldn’t help your friend with the same item that you scrubbed your toilet with. In the same way, when we expose our sinful tongues, we are disappointing and disgusting God. As we praise and worship Him, we are using the same tongues that we use for gossip, judgment, and cursing. We are handing Him our mucky toothbrushes. We are using contaminated, filthy tongues to praise a God who is beautiful and sovereign. Obviously, to live this out is a challenge! There is not a person in the world that has not cursed, disobeyed, or judged someone. Thankfully, God has given us the ability to pray to Him so that we do not have to go about these challenges alone. Next time you are in the midst of these challenges, pray that the Holy Spirit would remind you of this verse so that you have the satisfaction of worshiping our Holy God with a clean, pure tongue to the extent that He deserves!
“With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who have been made in God’s likeness.” James 3:910
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Middle School Girls Soccer Wins Championship Naomi Ogaldez ‘10
Soccer Team’s season comes to a victorious end.
fter only a handful of practices, the Lady Knights had the opportunity to participate in the playoff games, which led to the league championship game. This team of sixteen talented ladies, each full of devotion and a commitment to do what it takes to win, has created a bond that has extended beyond school. They have learned to be the bigger man when it comes to showing how strong they are, and to keep their cool, even when the other team is not playing fairly. They have learned to communicate with one another and work with each other’s method of playing the game. Leading them to an almost undefeated season were Caitlin Murphy and Jaelle Engel, who
scored most of the points in their victorious season.
The team is made up of sixth through eighth grade girls, some who have played for as many as nine
years, and others who are playing for their very first time. As a result, many of the experienced players have helped their teammates learn
new drills and techniques which have led to great improvement. Even though
some of the players got injured during the season,
they still came back on board when they had fully recovered. With eleven girls playing
o n the field, and the rest of
the team cheering for them on the sidelines, the girls encountered some challenging games. A highlight game was against Grace Community, which the girls won 5-0. With cleats flying off play-
ers’ f e e t during the game, Caitlin Murphy, Jaelle Engel, and Sarah Marshall kicked penalty shots that enabled them to score.
There are always factors that are a huge help in encouraging the team to want to win. When asked what her inspiration and motivation to play soccer is, Caitlin Murphy said, “One of my inspirations and motivation for soccer are my parents. They help to motivate me to keep on playing, especially when the game is intense and there is a lot of competition happening. They are there for me in the sidelines, cheering me on to do my very best.” The girls ended their season by playing a home game against Laurel Hall for the championship game on February 25, 2010. They won the game 2-0, and the team captured the VCAL Division I Girls Soccer Championship. Assisting Jaelle Engel’s winning goals were Brooke Fessler, Kalyn Lattimer, and Caitlin Murphy. An outstanding defense by many of the players and goal keeper Rebecca Ramos kept the Eagles scoreless for the entire game. They end their season 7-0-1.
Middle School Dance Team Returns to LAB
Naomi Ogaldez ‘10
Mrs.Chevalier leads dancers.
he first middle school dance team in a long time has started off with great success and their commitment has been evident at many of the boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, and boys’ flag football games. In order for a girl to join the team, she had to be interviewed and show up to the first practice. Some of the girls did not know each other at first, but they were soon connected through the team. When asked why
she joined the dance team, Brenna Rivera said, “I have never been in a dance team before or in a dance studio before, but I wanted to try something new and I like dancing, so I joined. So far, I have loved it.” Consisting of six talented girls, Mrs. Chevalier has had the opportunity to coach them. Their practices are held from 3:004:30 PM every Wednesday and Friday after school. They have prepared three dance routines to the songs “Walking on Sunshine,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and “Black and White.” The routines are usually approximately three minutes long and feature props depending on the
song. The girls all collaborate together to make the dances presentable. They collaborate and come up with many ideas to help coordinate the dances. The team’s sole purpose is to have fun. They performed in one of the first pep rallies, which was the kick-off of many of the middle school sports. They also have had the opportunity to perform approximately nine times in front of an LAB sports audience. They ended their season by cheering on the boys’ basketball B team, which defeated the Santa Clarita Cardinals and beat the VCAL Division III B team Championship game 39-34.
Left to Right: Karissa Scamardo, Rachel Ranieri, Summer Chevalier, Brenna Rivera, and Daniela Jimenez
The Basketball Jones
Get Fit for Spring Break
Combining both humor and insight, “The Basketball Jones” is a great download for NBA enthusiasts.
With the warm weather approaching, it is time to get in shape for Spring Break.
Jeffrey Hershey ‘10
he brainchild of J.E Skeets, editor of Yahoo’s NBA blog, “The Basketball Jones” features the opinions of J.E and Tas Melas in a standard
Photo Courtesy of Google Images. twenty minute talk show format. Each show consists of segments dedicated to the on-and-off court happenings, separated by short musical breaks. Weekly features host highlights of NBA players, coaches, or executives guilty of com-
mitting a gaffe, and another show, “Crossfire,” in which the hosts take opposing views on a number of topics and argue over them in a “lightning round” format. The show champions the “fan perspective” of sports reporting pioneered by ESPN’s Bill Simmons. It also pays special attention to the NBA “blogosphere,” a collection of bloggers who maintain web pages about their local teams. Many of these bloggers appear on the show as experts on their particular team. Located on iTunes, this daily download is free!
Ashley Miner ‘11
lthough some people already have a fixed workout routine, for those who do not, it can be difficult to find one that works. A great place for everyone to start, however, is with their diet. When trying to achieve a healthy body, one has to make sure
what they put in their body is healthy. Although many people find difficulty in cutting certain foods out of their diet, one of the easiest ways to approach a healthier diet is through portion control. Keep in mind that the purpose of eating is not to get full, but to feed and energize the body.
tine should increase. Finding a balance in which parts of the body are being worked can be difficult, but is very important. The most important thing to remember, however, is to be consistent. Without consistency, the work put into getting the body in shape will be close to pointless.
When beginning the physical aspect of getting in shape it is important to keep in mind what one’s body may or may not be used to. One must make sure to enter the workout plan slowly and steadily to assure the best results. As the body strengthens, the difficulty of the rou-
Although finding a new routine can be tedious and require a large amount of self discipline, the results, both long term and short term, will be well worth it. Not only will you get a healthier body today, but with consistency you can have a healthier body in the future as well.
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LAB’s First Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament Racquel Daza ‘10
pete against Robert Mata and won. Robert Mata stated, “He was cheating! He could read my mind or something.” The final round consisted of three middle school students, Mr. Shanks having dropped out to avoid conflict. Andrew Katz, Grace Giganti and Joseph Kim battled it out in an intense round. Grace Giganti lost and claimed 3rd place. The two boys then set off in a fierce competition. Their hands swiftly moved from rock, paper, and scissors. After an entertaining game, Joseph Kim claimed 1st place in a close match with Andrew Katz. Overall, it was a fun and interesting new activity. It amused the spectators and left them at the edge of their seats. Vanessa Karjack stated, “It was loud but fun to participate in, and it was oddly intense.” Joseph Kim was overjoyed with his victory. He explained that his strategy to winning was “playing the game with my sister and some luck.”
Middle school students participate in a fun and competitive activity.
hrilled and anxious middle school students gathered around Mr. Richmond, awaiting the new fun activity that was in store for them. The students participated in an old-fashioned tournament of Rock, Paper, Scissors. In explaining his choice of game, Mr. Richmond stated, “It’s different and unique. Anyone can play.” Most middle school students participated— Mr. Shanks even joined in for a round or two. The beginning of the tournaments started off with a practice round. After a few practice runs, a few ground rules were set to avoid cheating, and Mr. Richmond urged everyone to be involved. The first round determined who would move on to the following round. Each round broke the number of contestants in half. Near the end of the tournament, Mr. Shanks joined in to com-
From left to right: Andrew Katz, Joseph Kim, Grace Giganti. Top three contestants of the tournament.
Softball Team Finishes Off a Challenging Season Naomi Ogaldez ‘10
The girls’ middle school softball team ends their season with a grand slam.
he devoted softball girls had the opportunity to play in the league championships on Wednesday afternoon. The girls showed their talent, winning the playoff game by a landslide victory while still enjoying themselves on the field during every game. These ladies try to get the most out of their practices by giving their best effort to prepare themselves for each game. They have practices every Monday,
Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:15-5:00 PM. It is easy to see their passion and intensity when these 16 girls are out in the field. They get their game faces on with great excitement! When asked why she likes playing this intriguing game, Jackie Stone, a key player, who has played for six years, said, “I love playing softball because it is very fun and competitive.”
Leading them through this tremendous season were coaches Mica and Kyle
Brown and Joe Varon, as well as team captains Gabby Vitello and Kimber-
ly Brown. Each of them kept up the motivation
and determination to win.
On February 24, 2010, they played Life House Lutheran of Northridge in a game
that would determine who would hold the title of Division I VCAL
League Champions, with the whole team contributing, they succeded in a winning victory of 6-2. A combination of strong pitching from Kristine Varon, an important two run single in the third inning by Kimberly Brown, and a game winning run by Elexa Hernandez, the Knights dominated the game. Summer Pohl, Kristine Varon, Emani Macias, and Elexa Hernandez were the point scorers for the team.
Middle Schoolers Learn of an Intolerant History Ivana Miro ‘11
The eighth grade class experiences The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California.
he eighth grade class the life of Anne Frank. has been studying The Museum of Tolerance, World War II and
among other things, is a museum about the racism and prejudice that went on during WWII against the Jews. The museum looks at the Holocaust as one of the most extreme eras of mankind’s unfairness and brutality. This
museum has even expanded to other locations such as Jerusalem and New York City. The original isthe one located in Los Angeles which was opened in 1993. The facility re-
ing of World War II. There are testimonies on “Holocaust Survivor Cards” that visitors get (with children’s faces on them) and at the end of the museum, the visitor finds out whether the child ac-
“It wasn’t fair that they were put down because of a religion they were born into.” - Summer Chevalier
Eighth graders during lunch break at the Museum of Tolerance.
ceives about 350,000 visitors annually. The most talked about section in the museum is “The Holocaust Section” which is divided into different time periods dur-
tually survived or not. The eighth grade students were all impacted by their visit to the museum. Another section in the museum is called
the Tolerance Center which discusses the issues of prejudice in everyday life and there is also a collection of documents and temporary exhibits as well as a section called Finding our Families, Finding Ourselves. Summer Chevalier shared her thoughts and feelings about the Holocaust by saying, “It wasn’t fair that they were put down because of a religion they were born into.” Zach Stone also said that his experience at the museum was a lot of fun and very interesting.”
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The Custodian Capers
Nolan Scott ‘10 wake up to an alarm cell phone ringing in my ears. It is 5:30 AM. “Why am I doing this again?” was the first thought that went through my mind. After I was done feeling sorry for myself, I got ready, made some coffee, and headed out the door a few minutes past six. I arrived at LAB at 6:30 AM on the dot. As I was pulling the keys out of the ignition of my car I looked down to find out it was 45 degrees outside. I grabbed my hot coffee and stepped out into the icy air. I saw a custodian off in the distance walking into the gym, so I proceeded to follow him. There, I introduced myself and found out his name was Jaime. It’s actually kind of funny that I learned his name after being at the school for almost six years. I explained to him what Chae and I were doing, and we got right to work. We first took all the bars off the gym doors and unlocked the deadbolts to the classrooms. Right off the bat I realized I had been missing out not knowing Jaime during my time at LAB. I never would have expected such a warm, comical personality from him. I’ve seen him almost every day for years, and I had subconsciously decided what he was like without ever speaking to him. Over the next few hours before school began, Jaime and I went around the school picking up trash from the previous day while talking about his experience at LAB and the different tasks the custodians perform on a daily and early basis. We continued working until about 7:30, which was when most students began to arrive. We then met up with Chae and Jose in front of the boys’ bathroom by the basketball courts, where Chae and I began preparing the steps to be sandblasted with the school’s power washer. Once school started we began sandblasting the steps. Jose explained that sandblasting would take the top
Jonathan Chae ‘10 After being born and raised in Mexico, Jose moved to America some 20 years ago. Since then, he has worked at LAB as the maintenance man for 18 years. He has a wife and three children: two sons, ages 22 and 20, and a daughter, 10. Jose is currently working and performing his duties with a badly bruised finger. While closing the gates to the student parking lot, Jose smashed his finger between the gates. The only other serious injury he suffered from was a badly sprained ankle he got when he fell off a ladder. Jose is a hard worker who efficiently and diligently finishes his tasks and keeps the campus running smoothly.
layer off of the step, exposing a rough surface to increase grip on the steps. This took the first two periods of the day, and after that we took our morning break. After we returned from our break and finished off our breakfast, Chae and I were split up again. Chae was sent with Jose and I was
“It was a great eye opening experience I won’t forget and made me respect what the custodians do for us every day.” sent with Lupe. Lupe and I worked for the next three periods till lunch trimming the bushes on the Woodley side of the school. While I was working I had plenty of people ask me in hushed tones, “What did you do?” or “Is this forced labor punishment?” Anyway, after a few hours we broke for lunch. Chae and I immediately headed over to the senior patio and laid down on the benches for a little down time. Thirty minutes went by like nothing and we were back at it. We hit the final stretch at about 1:00 PM. After finding Jose we were directed to the gym to set up for basketball. Out of all the things the custodians do on a regular basis, setting up and tearing down the gym for chapel, practices, events, rainy days, etc., is by far the hardest. After finishing our work in the gym we were done for the day and headed home. It was a great eye opening experience I won’t forget and made me respect what the custodians do for us every day.
Jonathan Chae ‘10 Brian Berkefeld, after graduating from El Camino High and CSUN, started off as a teacher at a small school. Mr. Berkefeld initially came to LAB as an assistant football coach under Coach Perkins two years ago. However, when his school shut down and his teaching job was terminated, Mr. Berkefeld received a job on the custodial crew here at LAB, thanks to Mr. Tippet. This year, Mr. Berkefeld continued to coach football under Coach Henderson and began to work as a custodian and a coach for the boys’ varsity basketball team. Mr. Berkefeld is also married, as of November 2008, and he hopes to return to teaching. 5:30 Alarm goes off. Wake up, get ready.
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6:35 First task is to go around and take the bars off of the gym doors and unlock the classrooms.
6:30 Arrive on time with my coffee. 45 degrees outside. I can see my breath.
6:45 Custodians sweep all the sidewalks of leaves and trash. They also pick up all the trash around campus before school.
6:43 Jose puts up the flag. Fog clings to the football field. Berkefeld is watering the grass. Chae arrives 15 minutes late.
6:56 Routinely check lockers, to see if they are rigged. “These kids think they’re smart but they don’t fool me.”
6:51 The custodians actually pick up a lot of the slack for the city in front of the school by cleaning the sidewalks and trimming the trees.
7:07 They keep up the Mission Hills baseball field for the baseball program which is off campus, on top of all the work at school.
7:00 Hands start to lose feeling because of the cold. All the custodians have to wear gloves.
7:15 Kid arrive. Lu sweeping
7:08 It takes Jaime from 7AM 1PM to cut the grass at the field every week. That’s 6 hours on lawnmower.
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A Day On The “Job”
Jonathan Chae ‘10 s a maintenance worker, Jose does a myriad of jobs around campus. The first thing I did when I met with Jose was walk around campus, unlocking the deadbolts on all the doors. He has to do this because he and the janitors are the only ones with keys to the bolts. Afterwards, we went into the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms to make sure all of the sinks and toilets were working correctly. We then went upstairs to the boiler room, which is near the language rooms. That room houses a gigantic water heater that controls the temperatures of the rooms. Jose checks every morning to make sure that the flame does not go out. If it does, temperatures in the rooms drop. Jose and I then walked around campus, closing the student parking lot gate and the rest of the gates around campus. Afterwards, we collected all the cones at the student drop-off zone on Woodley. About halfway into first period, Nolan, Jose, Jaime, and I prepared to sand blast the steps that lead from the blacktop to the gym. After Jose and I pushed the pressure cleaner to the job site, we measured the steps and made marks with duct tape. After putting fuel into the power washer, Jose and Jaime took turns spraying the high pressure sandand-water combination at the stairs. After two periods of spraying, all the dirt and grit was removed, exposing a strip of tread. After we finished the job, Jose and I received a notice that one of the sinks in the bathroom was not working, so we went in, found the malfunctioning sink, and began to work on it. Jose unscrewed the gearbox below the sink and replaced the batteries. Then, Jose and Jaime let Nolan and me take our nutrition break. When we got back to work, we joined Coach Berkefeld on his trash circuit. We started on the blacktop near Mr. Hogan’s room and circled around the whole campus, picking up trash off the ground. Once Jose got off his break, I
joined him in his search for a table that was missing a bolt. We checked all the tables near the softball field, and when we finally found it, Jose promptly put the bolt back in and tightened it, and we went on to our next task. We grabbed a ladder, sponges, an orange cleaning agent, and a bucket of water and walked over to the blacktop once again. We set the ladder up against the book shed because there was some graffiti we had to wash off. Jose let me try, but after I scrubbed off two letters, my arm was tired, so I got down. Jose finished washing the rest of the graffiti off without complaint or rest. The last job I did with Jose was to check the air conditioning filters. We climbed up to the roof above the gym (yes, there is a pool!), shut the power off to all of the air conditioning units, opened them up, pulled the filters out, and changed the ones that needed changing. We then climbed back down, and Jose pulled out his arc welder to fix a broken chair. At 12:30, I got my normal lunch break, and afterwards, I helped Nolan finish up raking the bush clippings. After helping Jose deliver a box of papers to the Office of School Development, I joined Nolan and Jaime in the gym. There, we cleaned up all the trash off the floors and bleachers, pushed all the bleachers back in, disassembled the platform, rolled up the mats, and set up the basketball court. This was by far the hardest part of the day. I used to be like any other LAB student, unappreciative and oblivious of the janitors’ work, but after this eye-opening experience, I am so much more thankful for the work and time these guys put into making our campus look nice and clean. These guys deserve more respect than they are given. From now on, I know that I will think twice before throwing my trash on the floor, and everyone else should too.
Nolan Scott ‘10 Jaime has been with LAB for 28 years, which is the longest of any of the custodians. He started working at LAB in 1982 during his senior year. He worked from July to the end of the year, making about $5000. He bought his first car for $7000 that year, and his car payments and insurance totaled around $500 monthly. That left him with roughly $540 for the rest of the month. After giving his mom $500 to help out with living expenses, he only had $40 left over for himself monthly. Today he attends a Catholic church close to his home every Sunday and once a month on Friday. Jaime takes great pride in his work, especially his tree trimming and shaping, and has a contagious, optimistic spirit that never seems to falter.
Nolan Scott ‘10 Lupe is Jose and Jaime’s uncle. He lives in Panorama City and has been working here for 17 years. He does not talk quite as much as Jose or Jaime. He is probably the quietest of the custodians, and he is also the oldest.
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7:52 Students arrive in big numbers, and we take a rest until school starts so we can have space to move around.
7:40 Jose and Jaime bring out the power blaster to sandblast concrete steps for more traction.
8:22 Chae and I mark off the stairs six inches from the front so Jose can sandblast the steps.
8:00 School has started. Berkefeld locks up the gates by the basketball courts, and Jose locks up the rest of the gates to protect students.
10:32 Done taking out the trash. Now the rest of the crew is done with breakfast, and we go get our new orders.
10:06 We take our break. The janitors are still eating breakfast in their office. We help Berkefeld pick up the trash after nutrition.
1:07 Every day after lunch the custodians pick up the trash we leave lying around. They collect eight or nine cans of trash daily.
10:33 Chae leaves with Jose; now I’m with Lupe. We are going to trim the bushes reaching out into the walkway by the classrooms.
4:08 Help Jaime set up for practice. Setting up the gym is probably the hardest thing they do on a regular basis.
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How the “Great Recession” Affects Immigration Cory Minderhout ‘10 t was around noon on an overcast Saturday afternoon in Van Nuys, California. Stagnant pools of rainwater collected in depressions in the blacktop, and darkened storm clouds ominously loomed in the distance. A group of unemployed painters stood restless and idle in front of an empty Dunn-Edwards paint store parking lot, hoping desperately that someone would stop by to hire them, as they anxiously watched a steady stream of cars whisk by on the adjacent Sepulveda Blvd.
Many of these work-seekers have immigrated to the United States from other countries, and according to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington D.C., they “have been hit somewhat harder by the current recession than have native-born Americans. Immigrants (legal and illegal) now have significantly higher unemployment than natives.” The report also went on to mention that “this represents a change from the recent past, when native-born Americans typically had higher unemployment rates.” One such painter, who declined to give his name for this interview, said that he had immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. Our “John Doe” was a middle-aged man who carried a portly physique and wore a
faded, paint-stained T-shirt and a simple, well-worn white hat. He bemoaned in fluid English that work has been scarce and that he “barely has enough food” for his wife and children.
Inter-American Dialogue, a nonprofit organization that works on “policy analysis, exchange, and communica-
many (approximately 24%) are faced with reduced work schedules; 16% report working fewer hours than before and 8 % report that,
while many face bleak employment prospects in the states, some are afraid to return to Mexico because of the surge in drug-related
“John Doe” tried to make light of the situation by joking that he “doesn’t even have a penny in his pocket” and pointing out that he does not have enough money for beer. His primary concern, however, was how the economy is affecting his family. His jesting quickly faded to darting eyes and an anxious tone as he expressed worry about making rent and putting food on the table.
similation and migration.” Data shows that these trends could possibly affect the community surrounding Los Angeles Baptist. According to the LA Times, 45.7% of North Hills residents are foreign-born, and the city was given an ethnical diversity rating of “highly diverse” in comparison to the 114 other neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
“...Doesn’t even have a penny in his pocket.” “John Doe”
The report by the Center for I m m i g r a t i o n An ominous view of an unemployment office. Photo courtesy of Google Images. Studies also cited that Cali- tion on issues in Western as independent workers, violence. The LA Times fornia is among the highest Hemisphere affairs,” said they are finding less work.” column said that “for generations, immigrants have ranking states for decline in in a study that “for approxiimmigration employment. mately 12% of surveyed A recent editorial by the LA dreamed of going back to In addition, a recent report migrants, the greatest diffi- Times argued that Mexican Mexico to enjoy the fruits done by the Department of culty of the crisis has been immigrants have been es- of their U.S. labors. Today, Homeland Security stated losing their job or having pecially entrapped in an fear of violence is keepthat the number of illegal had someone in their fam- international quagmire due ing more people focused immigrants in California ily lose their job. Of those to the economic down- on their futures north of has dropped by 250,000. who remain employed, turn. The editorial said that the border and changing longtime patterns of as-
When “Doe” was asked about what he would do if the current economic situation continued, he shrugged and said, “I’ll just have to wait.” The group of workless painters, about ten or so deep, huddled tightly around “Doe” as he told his story. He speculated that if these circumstances continued he might need to find another job, but when asked about what line of work he might pursue he gave a disheartened shrug and said, “I don’t know.”
The Current State of the Toyota Recall Fiasco
Adam Dauer ‘10 ut-of-control acceleration, atypical breaking action, and a myriad of other troubles plagued Toyota, the United States’ largest carmaker in terms of sales. Since news of the largest and costliest recall in automotive history broke out, Toyota, in efforts to retain and reassure its customers, has been working diligently to resolve the quality and general reliability issues of eight of its most popular vehicles sold in the U.S. The first wave of recalls started with the Camry. People complained that accelerator pedals would get stuck because of the floor mats, causing the cars to accelerate uncontrollably. In one case in southern California, a family of four was killed because of this. The recall woe affected seven other vehicles in Toyota’s lineup: the RAV4, Highlander, Matrix, Corolla, Avalon, Tundra, and Sequoia. Approximately 8.5 million vehicles have been recalled in total so far, making this recall the
largest and most expensive in automotive history. Recalls did not stop there. Issues with the third generation Toyota Prius (the 2010 model) also started to
said the brakes would “skip” or lose function entirely for a very short amount of time. Some 400,000 vehicles, including the Lexus
its ultra-popular Corolla. The problem cited was an issue with its power steering system. Since the recalls started, Toyota dealers have
enormous blunder as Toyota’s stock has dropped about 16%. Manufacturing at two Toyota plants in the United States will be halted temporarily.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda testifies before Congress about the recent recalls. Photo courtesy of Google Images. rise. Customers com- HS250h and Toyota Sai, been flooded with worried The National plained that when travel- (sold only in Ja- motorists rushing to get the Highway Traffic Safety ing over bumpy or un- pan) were affected by necessary repairs made. Administration (NHTeven roads at low speeds this particular recall. Many dealers have halt- SA) has received over the brakes would act Even more recalls ed sales of the affected 2,000 complaints, 34 of abnormally, not giv- are plaguing Toyota. It was vehicles as they make which were fatalities, acing the feel and perfor- announced on February 16 the necessary repairs. cording to the LA Times. To mance expected. Some that Toyota would recall Financially, this recall is an prevent future accidents like
this, Toyota says they will implement use of a system to shut off the engine when both accelerator and brake pedals are used, which should stop the sudden acceleration of the vehicle. Also, a sort of “black box” data recorder will be installed on all new vehicles. The Times says Toyota is being given at the most two months to provide the NHTSA with the necessary “paperwork required for its investigation.” Toyota’s president, Akio Toyoda (nephew of the founder of the company), “announced his intent to head the company’s newly created Special Committee for Global Quality, which will coordinate regional quality-control measures with chief quality officers,” says the Times. This and the previously mentioned precautions and vehicle improvements are signs that Toyota wants to restore customer loyalty and trust, a sign they are “moving forward.”
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How to Find the Vehicle That Best Suits You The solution is to use a a compact lithium-ion Adam Dauer ‘10 ou have just fuel that will never run battery to be stored or passed your driv- out, like Hydrogen. The sent to the engine to is Honda’s power the car. What reing test and now solution Clarity Fuel sults from the Hydrogen you have a license. Pent up FCX with excitement, you also Cell Electric Vehicle. and oxygen combination Honda’s FCX process is one of the Clarwant your own vehicle. The question is, which Clarity is truly a revo- ity’s byproducts, water. lution. Powering it is one is the best? First off, consider this fact: the world is indeed running out of oil, and sooner or later an alternative fuel will be needed to power cars. Today’s hybrid technology is only an interim solution. They may be “green,” but in the long run, the spent batteries these vehicles use have to be thrown away in places such as landfills. The mining process for the nickel-hydride battery to power the vehicle is VERY dirty, putting a huge The new Honda FCX Clarity. Photo courtesy of Google Images. amount of pollutants into the world’s most abun- Normal gasoline-powthe air and taking away from dant element, Hydrogen. ered vehicles only use Hydrogen trav- about the “green” label these vehi- The twenty percent cles carry. Also, hybrids run els to what is basically of the energy they make electric generator to run the vehicle, wheresolely on electricity up an to a certain speed, then (Honda’s V-flow Fuel as the Clarity is three switch over to their gas Stack) that combines the times more efficient beand Oxy- cause the fuel transfer engine to continue mov- Hydrogen ing, which requires gen to produce electric- is much more direct gas refined from the ity. This resulting elec- due to fewer compodwindling oil supply. tricity is transferred to
Racquel Daza ‘10 egetarianism is an option that many people should consider. A vegetarian is a person who consumes no meat or fish, and sometimes not any animal products. According to Vegetarian Times, "7.3 million Americans are vegetarians, and Photo courtesy Google 22.8 million follow a Images. vegetarian-inclined diet." one meal is cooked for a Being a vegetarian has whole family and preparmany benefits but there ing a separate meatless are also disadvantages. meal can be quite a hassle. A disadvantage There are many of being vegetarian is a advantages to being a decrease in protein due vegetarian. For one, beto a lack of meat proding a vegetarian helps the ucts. Without protein, environment. Fossil fuel the body lacks energy is conserved when less and the strength to fight meat is being produced, against infections. Howand forests are saved beever, foods such as eggs, cause less land is needed milk, spinach, soybeans, for animals. Being a vegwhole grains, rice, beans, etarian also helps improve corn, oats, nuts, peas, and personal health. Vegetapeanut butter all contain bles do not contain choprotein. Being a vegetarlesterol and have many ian also makes it harder nutrients that are good to pick foods off of a for the body. It has also menu at a restaurant, but been proven that vegetarthere are restaurants that ians are less likely to be are completely vegetarobese. In addition, vegian. Sun Power Natural etarian food is generally Cafe is a vegetarian rescheaper than meat-based taurant located in Studio food and, there are vegeCity and has a variety of table-based substitutes for many vegetarian-friendly every meat product imagfoods. One final disadvaninable. Being a vegetarian tage to being a vegetarian is not for everyone, but is that is often difficult to after examining available eat with a crowd. Family food and where it comes meals are especially diffrom, vegetarianism ficult, as there is usually could be a good choice.
nents in the engine that make the energy loss. The advantage of being Hydrogen powered, as stated earlier, is that because Hydrogen is the most abundant element on the planet, it will never run out. Also, hydro-
make things even more convenient, Honda is at work developing refueling stations that can fit comfortably in homes, so when someone needs to refuel, a supply will be readily available.
gen costs almost the same as gasoline, so it will be wallet friendly. Refueling is just as easy as it is now. All that needs to be remembered is that the pump must be locked in place so the high pressure does not shoot the pumping handle out of the car. To
Continuing the “green” bill, the Clarity’s interior is made of a special bio-fabric. Honda’s bio-fabric reduces carbon dioxide output by thirty percent versus seats made of polyester. This fabric withstands daily wear and tear much better
than polyester. It also conforms to the human body, providing for a much more comfortable seat. The Clarity comes standard with Honda’s satellitelinked navigation system and a very easy to read multi-layer dashboard with 3-D graphics. There are a few slight problems, though. Honda is only giving the FCX Clarity to a few select dealers in southern California. As of now it is not possible to buy one, but they can be leased for $600 a month. Because of the very limited amount of hydrogen refueling stations, one has to live pretty much in the immediate area of the dealer to be able to lease the car in the first place. These are only small issues, however, because the environmental benefits that come from building a vehicle that is made of environmentally friendly materials and runs on an alternative fuel far outweigh the cost. This car is not an interim solution that uses more oil. The FCX Clarity fits seamlessly with the format of today’s cars, and as the technology improves, it will have the potential to be the car of the future.
A Car Accident Survival Guide
Natalie Smith ‘10 ccording to an AAA report, 1 in 3 teenagers are involved in an accident within their first year of driving. This statistic is shown to student drivers, but parents rarely talk to their kids about what to do if they do get in an accident. Being in an accident can be a very scary experience even if it is a simple fender-bender. What do you do if you find yourself in this situation? I was faced with this very question in early September when I was rear-ended on the 5 freeway. Though your first reaction may be shock or panic, it is very important to stay calm. Immediately after the impact, turn your hazard lights on so that other cars around you see that something has happened ahead of them. If you are able to, you need to attempt to pull over to the side of the road and out of the way of traffic. This will ensure the safety of you and the other driver when assessing the damage. Once you are safely on the side of the road, it is okay to exit your vehicle and begin to look at the damage. I was very fortunate because the lady who had hit me remained calm and was very helpful in guiding me through this process. You may want to take pictures
so that you can later show them to your insurance. After you have assessed the damage and made sure that there are no serious injuries, you must exchange names, numbers, and insurances so that you can contact the person in the future. Before leaving the scene of the accident, you must file
an accident report with the police, if the accident is severe enough. Only after you have exchanged all necessary information and filed a report, it is okay to leave the scene. Be very careful when merging again with the flow of traffic on the road. When you get home, it is
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important to make sure that you call you insurance and inform them of the accident. Then they can begin to negotiate with the other person. These steps may seem like common knowledge, but it is a very good thing to be prepared for whatever may come your way.
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Dear John: Another Epic Love Story by Sparks Ivana Miro ‘11
connected through letters and phone calls, and he comes back to see her on his leaves. They both look forward to the end of John’s tour so he can come back and start a new life with Savannah, but neither of them anticipated September 11.
it captured the characters better and made the reader appreciate each character more. It is a good idea to read the book before seeing the movie because this will result in a greater appreciation for the story and characters. The book and movie were definitely made for a female audience since love stories usually attract females. This novel is very well written and it trulycaptures the dialogue of the characters. When asked what she thought of the conclusion of this epic love story, junior Hannah Devaney answered, “I hated the conclusion. I was so confused as to whether or not it was a happy ending. Did this dynamic duo end up together? It kills me softly every day that I do not understand the ending.” In the end, the movie did not do the book justice. Many of the details that made the book amazing failed to be presented in the film. People who have not yet seen the movie but have read the book should plan on being somewhat disappointed when entering the theatre.
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks tell the story of a soldier named John who The pressure put on John to comes back to stay with his army brothers his hometown “The movie after being and book were gone for war. good, but there ohn lives with his fa- are differther but finds it very difficult to have a ences between conversation with him the novel and because of his father’s lack of social skills. Everything movie” changes when he meets a
girl named Savannah who is in North Carolina for the summer to build houses for less fortunate families. Both Savannah and John bring out the best in each other and instantly fall in love. Savannah helps John mend his relationship with his father and helps him understand why his father is the way he is. Their love is put on hold when John is called back to active duty . They stay together and
causes him to reenlist for another two years. Savannah says she understands, but John sees a difference in her letters and their phone calls. Then the two words “Dear John” change absolutely everything for him. A movie based on the book came out on February 5. It was as good as the book, but there were differences between the two. The book has more details than the movie, and
Dear John Poster. Photo Courtesy of Google.
Munchies for Menchies Fiesta For Seniors Natasha Rabadi ‘10
Mix up as many flavors and toppings as your heart desires.
ave you ever wondered what it would be like to have everything you want on your frozen yogurt? Come on down to Menchie’s where you can choose from the multiple choices of delicious frozen yogurts and the mouth-watering choices of candy, fruit, and chocolate toppings that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Out of all the ice cream eateries, this is hands down everyone’s favorite place to get a sweet treat because the yogurt is made from live and active cultures and is low in fat and high in calcium. It is a great place to spend time with friends, especially around the fire
pit outside that will keep you warm no matter what the weather may be like. It is a great way to just enjoy some low fat frozen yogurt while spending quality time with friends and family. Menchie’s offers a range of flavors, including cookies n’ cream, cappuccino, and French vanilla.
“Out of all the ice cream eateries, this is hands-down everyone’s favorite place” Each flavor is creamier and sweeter than the next. You can mix in any or all of the forty toppings of your choosing, picking from sprinkles, chocolates, candies, granola, fresh fruit, and hot fudge. They make it so convenient for every-
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one, and if you have a hard time choosing between two flavors, you can simply just mix in both flavors and have double the enjoyment. They even allow you to sample any and all flavors if you have a hard time deciding and this way you get to sample all of your favorite frozen yogurt treats. Menchie’s is as simple as just mixing your frozen yogurt with some toppings, weighing the ice cream, and paying for your desert. At Menchie’s, you pay by weight, not by topping, so you can have as much or as little of everything you want. Come around to the registers to weigh your Menchie’s mix. Make it exactly like you love it. It is quite the treat after a long day at school where you can just sit back and enjoy a delicious ice cream creation of your own.
Natalie Smith ‘10
The senior class gathered in the gym for a Friday night filled with great Mexican food, salsa music, and piñatas.
s the volleyball team cleared the gym, the senior council began to create a true fiesta feel. Red, green, and white streamers were strung from the ceiling to the sides of the walls, and colorful tablecloths were placed over each table. Candles completed the look on the serving and dining tables. As people began to arrive, they were greeted by Senior Class President Aundrea Cruz and ASB Public Relations Officer Eric Davis. Many of the other student council members were dressed in ponchos and sombreros to add to the festivities. Guacamole, chips, and salsa were laid out on each table for the guests when they arrived. After a short period of mingling and enjoying each other’s company, it was time to eat. Senior Class Chaplain Natalie Smith led the student body in a word of prayer and then they were dis-
Traditional Mexican food. Photo Courtesy of Google. missed to dig in! The food seniors would trample was provided by fellow each other in order to classmates Cynthia Villalta get candy, just like little and Evita Gonzalez. Andy kids at a birthday party. Otis said, "The food was As the night came very good and super ap- to a close, the senior propriate for the occasion!" council realized there was Once the crowd a good amount of food seemed to be full to the left over. They could have brim, it was time for piña- just put it in the teachers’ tas! Three colorfully stuffed lounge or sent it home piñatas were hung from the with people, but even after a long night of work they wanted to help others in need. They loaded Senior Council Vice President Nick Collins' truck up with the food and drove it to the Salvation Army where it could be given to people who truly needed it. The fiesta night was not only a basketball hoop in the back successful fundraiser and of the gym. Students were a healthy time of fellowblindfolded, spun around, ship, but it ended in conand handed a bat to attempt tinuing to look for ways to to break it open. When help serve the community. one would break open, the
“The food was very good and super appropriate for the occasion!”
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Fiction Novels Inspire a Magical Theme Park Mary Tamura ‘10
Fans can also visit the famous village, Hogsmeade, where fans can enjoy the infamous Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks restaurant, see the Hogshead Pub, eat enchanted candies like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans from Honeydukes, and visit Olivander’s. All shops and restaurants will be Harry Potter-themed.
soccer-inspired sport. Fans of Fred and George Weasley will be thrilled to find out that there will also be a Zonko’s Joke Shop, which will have Sneakoscopes and other magical items. There will also be a store called Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, which will have Ministry of Magic items like remote control golden snitches. In addition there will be an Owl Post, where guests can send letters with a Hogsmeade insignia. They can also visit the owls that send the letters at the Owlery.
Quidditch players can go to Dervish and Banges, which has everything needed to play the
The park will also feature the Hogwarts Express, and there are bound to be many other
As temperatures rise, an organization brings nature back to the city of Los Angeles.
By mimicking the functions of a forest environment, it is believed that cleaner air, less heat, and less pollution can be achieved. Andy Lipkis posed this question: “In places we can’t plant trees, such as buildings and parking lots, what else can be done to green our city?” Special technology created to protect natural resources has been developed, including the use of permeable pavement as opposed to asphalt, French draining systems to quickly collect ground and surface water, rain barrels to collect and store rainwater to recycle, and cisterns to store water as well.
Harry Potter books and movies come to life in Spring 2010.
s the Harry Potter fans travel on this amazing journey to Hogwarts and its surrounding areas, they will see their favorites spots come to life. There will be three rides: The Forbidden Journey, which will take guests inside the Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade to see scenes from the movie; Dragon Challenge, which is themed as the Triwizard Tournament, and a friendlier ride, Flight of the Hippogriff, which is a creature that is a half horse and eagle.
Bringing Trees Back Miranda Jarrett ‘11
ut of every major city in the United States, Los Angeles has the worst air quality (TreePeople.com). With temperatures rising and natural resources diminishing, one organization has made it its goal to bring nature back to city life. The organization is known as Tree People, a group of citizens driven to improve the environment. In the early 1970’s, fifteenyear-old Andy Lipkis became disgusted with the air quality at his camp and sought a way to bring clean air back to the environment. His solution was simple: to plant trees. It is now forty years later, and his vision has evolved into an environmental organization set on making cities “green.” Lipkis says it is his mission to “get people to take personal responsibility for
the urban environment.” His dream is to create an urban jungle and expand the tree canopy over LA.
Photo courtesy of Treepeople.com
Cities cover less than one percent of the planet but contribute to eighty percent of greenhouse gas emissions (TreePeople.com). The dark-colored pavement that surrounds buildings creates “urban heat islands” that attract the harmful heat from the sun. Tree People has set out to create a Functioning Community Forest.
Tree People is a unique group that fights to change the dangerous way of life in a city environment. The organization offers a program where citizens can plant their own trees around the Los Angeles area to encourage the development of a greener community. Something as simple as one tree can make all the difference.
The Harry Potter Theme Park. Photo courtesy of Google Images. adventures inside the park. Universal Orlando Resort versal’s Island Adventure. The theme park will be at and will be a part of Uni-
Hope For Haiti Tour Natalie Smith ‘10
Talented teens propose a helpful idea for needy victims.
s Haiti is swarmed with help from countries all over the world, LAB students aspire to do their part by creating a “Hope for Haiti Tour.” Senior Gabe Ikeda, the brains behind the job, gathered a group of reliable students who feel the call to help this desperate country in need. Some people question why God would allow the earthquake to hit such a poor and spiritually lost country. Gabe responds with the answer “Before the earthquake, Haiti was just a small island no one really cared about. Now, look how many people and Christian organizations are reaching out to them!” The “Hope for Haiti Tour” is a combination of student bands and
acts. “Over ten musical groups, bands, and artists have already joined the effort to help support the people of Haiti.” The bands include Undeserved 521, Broad Awake, Fear I Am, Brazen Photo courtesy of hopeforhaititour.com Acts, and One Accord. Along on accommodating the with them, special artists needs of orphans and workPriya Warner and Lauren ing towards their salvation. Thurston, and comedian Justin Washington would This dedicated like to help Haiti. The team group of students has a dehopes to have opportunities sire to help in the restorato play at churches such tion of Haiti, both physicalas Shepherd of the Hills, ly and spiritually. The Hope Rocky Peak, and Corner- for Haiti Tour 2010 has a stone. The dates have yet to website up and running for be finalized, but the tour is more information. People expected to begin in March. will also be able to pre The team hopes to get donations from attendees and vendor support (Jamba Juice and Chick-Fil-A) will go to World Help Organization and special funds for Haiti. World Help is a Christian organization that focuses
order shirts with their logos on them and see the finalized tour dates when they are announced. For more information, visit www. h o p e f o r h a i t i t o u r. c o m .
Apple Unleashes New Tablet Technology: iPad A.J. Beregszaszi ‘10
The iPad is going to be the future of text books and reading. It will have the capability to download textbooks, reading books, and newspapers for people to view. This advance in technology will help people such as college students to save money when purchasing textbooks for their classes.
Steven Jobs reveals new Apple product like no other.
ast month, Steve Jobs held a conference revealing the new iPad. The new Apple iPad is a bigger version of the iTouch and is going to be the next generation of computers. The iPad has a 6x8 frame, and the highresolution, 9.7-inch LEDbacklit IPS display on it is remarkably crisp and vivid. Due to its use of a display technology called IPS (inplane switching), it has a wide, 178° viewing angle. Therefore, one can hold it almost any way desired and still get a brilliant picture with excellent color and
contrast. The multi-touch screen on the iPad is based on the same revolutionary technology as the iPhone. The technology has been completely reengineered for the larger surface of the iPad, making it extremely precise and responsive. Whether one is zooming in on a map, flicking through photos, or deleting an email, the iPad responds with incredible accuracy. Along with all this technology, the iPad is incredibly light and thin, making it easier to transport. At just 1.5 pounds and 0.5 inches thin, it can
Photo courtesy of Google Images. be taken anywhere. With a slight curve to the back, it is easier to pick up and more comfortable to hold.
The iPad has many more benefits such as its 10-hour battery life and its wireless and 3G connec-
tions. The iPad has a built-in audio system and a custom A4 chip for maximum memory space and efficiency.
The iPad will be released on April 3, 2010. There will be three different versions available for purchase. It is available in 16G, 32G, and 64G and there is the option of Wi-Fi with 3G network.
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March 2010 The Knight Writer
Two Brothers Experience an Irregular Commute Lindsay Payne ‘10
An unexpected, early morning attack startles two LAB students.
or most high school students, driving to and from school is a normal, everyday routine. For two LAB boys, on the other hand, the regular commute to school was far from normal. On February 26 at approximately 7:50 am, two brothers were approaching LAB when a Hispanic passenger emerged from a black Toyota Corolla and intruded upon the boys. Waiting patiently for the light to turn green, Cody
Pictured above: The Lassen and Woodley intersection where the boys were attacked.
and Casey Phillips were facing east on Lassen when the man used a metal object to smash the Phillips’ front passenger window. “At first I didn’t process my window being shattered, but then I realized what was going on when I saw someone swinging what looked like a gun, but turned out to
tacked through the broken window. The man, wearing a black beanie and ski mask, swung the metal object at Casey about three times before Casey was finally able to get Casey, the his legs around and younger of the two kick at the man. Afbrothers, who had ter frantically kicking, been texting a friend Casey finally made just seconds earlier, contact with the man’s was immediately at- face and arms. Fibe a metal object,” explained Cody. To the brothers’ dismay, there were cars in front and behind their vehicle, making it impossible to escape the intruder.
pect in the black Corolla cut everyone off and picked the man up.” The witnesses also managed to get part of the man’s license plate number and a detailed description of the driver and the vehicle. After the man’s escape, Casey was left bleeding out of both legs due to cuts from the remaining shards of glass stuck in the window frame as he was quickly kicking for his surCasey was nally, after a b o u t vival. a 30 second struggle, immediately rushed the man fled on foot to the hospital where north across Lassen he had to get fifteen to a nearby alleyway. stitches in his right leg and six in his left. There were two witnesses to this incident, Mrs. Estes, who was in front of the boys, and a man who was driving four cars back. According to the male witness, “the sus-
Although the two brothers managed to escape, they are both in shock that something so terrible could happen to them.