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Swine flu vaccines given to Bay students with parental consent BY STEVEN SILBERMAN

As part of a program in Broward County, six nurses hired by the Broward County Health Department came to Cypress Bay and administered approximately 1,000 free vaccines for H1N1, also known as swine flu, to students whose parents signed a consent form requesting it. The workers, stationed in the media center, gave out about 15 to 20 injections each per hour, assistant principal Jeff Nelson said. Assistant Principal Haleh Darbar said she thought the vaccination process was very successful. “We didn’t have anybody that had a reaction or was hurt,” she said. Through the third day of shot dispensing, nearly 900 people, including students, staff, and other adult citizens of Weston were vaccinated at the Bay, Mr. Nelson said. Curriculum specialist Marianela Estripeaut, who helped verify that students had their required paperwork and identification before getting vaccinated, said that the Bay “had a good turnout.” One of those who took advantage of the free shot was sophomore Samantha Leonard. “I wasn’t worried about getting it,” Leonard said. “I have faith in the ability of our doctors who created the vaccine.” While Leonard was not apprehensive when she received her shot, there were students who were driven away from the vaccine for their own reasons. “I’ve heard that the injections cause side effects,” freshman David Park said. “I don’t want the risk of getting a disorder.” Cypress Bay’s experience with the vaccinations

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Swine flu, p. 12

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Going bananas: Freshman Fipi Maceda is caught monkeying around in the courtyard during homecoming week’s “Dress Like an Animal Day,” themed after the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo. The week began on Oct. 26 with “Pajama Day,” inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book I Am Not Going to Get Up Today, and ended with “A Night in Seussland.” Homecoming photos, p. 4

Teacher, employee honored with Bay award, now eligible to receive county level recognition BY MELHOR LEONOR

Photo by daniela moreno

No swining allowed: Nurse Kerry Mitchell, one of six nurses hired by the Broward County Health Department, administers the H1N1 vaccine to a student.

Kurt Doster and Tammy Chapman were selected for the 2009-10 school year as Cypress Bay’s Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year, respectively, and now their names will be sent on to the county level categories. Mr. Doster, who has taught TV Production at the Bay for the past two years, said he feels honored to receive the award. “It was pretty exciting,” Mr. Doster said. ”It was a great honor.” In addition to being the recipient of the Teacher of

the Year award, Mr. Doster also received the Adviser of the Year award from the Florida Scholastic Press Association at the district competition at Deerfield Beach High on Oct. 3. “I would say I feel overwhelmed,” Mr. Doster said. “You don’t expect to win awards like that after teaching for only two years.” Tammy Chapman, who is in charge of payroll and benefits at the Bay, was also honored for all her work. “I do a lot of research for those that are not sure Awards, p. 12


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Editor-in-Chief: Emily Miller Managing Editor: Holly Beilin Copy Editor:Kimberly Railey News Editor: Rebecca Schechner Features Editor: Stefanie Cainto Sports Editor: Josh Lewin Arts & Ent. Editor: Jake Pflum Clubs Editor: Claire Aronson Layout Editor: Leah Sjoberg Ad Manager: Tyler Workman

Artwork by kurt bauer

Rank, online-class system needs change

Ad Designer: Marina Lopes

The culmination of Cypress Bay’s recent Homecoming Spirit Week was Principal Scott Neely’s flashy arrival via helicopter in front of over 4,000 cheering Lightning students and supporters. But wind from the helicopter rotors wasn’t the only force whipping up the excited spectators. The five full school days packed with inventive activities including themed dress-up days, hall decorating, and a float parade created a positive aura that will continue to benefit the Bay for months to come. A significantly larger number of people seemed to be involved in this year’s Homecoming Spirit Week than ever before, and this was due in part to the creativity and work put in by the Student Government Association. The new addition of a class hallway decorating competition was an eye-opener. There were also creative dressup days wrapped around the Dr. Seuss theme that really proved to be a great way of expressing school spirit. From exotic animals to colored face paint representing one’s class, homecoming week was designed very well. In fact, it was better than ever. A week of events like this can have a huge effect on strengthening the school. Getting many people from all the diverse groups within the school to participate in a common cause promotes a sense of unity within the Cypress Bay community. The school’s environment goes a long way in helping students in the way they view attending school. When people enjoy their time at school, they are more likely to attend and put in effort on a more regular basis. This in turn will make students at the Bay want to become more involved in extra-curricular clubs, which only boosts their academic future. And even safety is improved when school spirit is up because when students feel part of something, they are less inclined to get involved in violence.

As competitiveness to be higher in the class ranking and get into a good college has exponentially increased, students have Business Manager: Shari Isaacs turned to resources such as Florida Virtual School [FLVS] and Photography Editor: Daniela Moreno dual enrollment at community colleges to put them one step ahead. Instead of serving as an opportunity for students to take Photography Editor: Blair Stokes classes necessary for graduation, online and college classes have become a way for students to boost their GPA, which deGraphic Designer: Zach Zaffos feats the purpose of the extra classes. Online classes should be Webmaster: Rebecca Sadek strictly for graduation requirements and class ranking should be based on the eight classes a student takes every year, not Adviser: Rhonda Weiss counting additional classes taken outside of school. Class ranking has become one big competition and instead of recognizing those who excel in the school classroom on a BOTTOM LINE: SGA deserves praise for coordinatSTAFF WRITERS daily basis, it “recognizes” those who take additional AP class- ing an improved Spirit Week. Everyone at the Bay, stuKrystal Acosta, Maria Arenas, es online plus classes at colleges over the summer. The problem dents and administration, enjoys the benefits of a positive Gretha Arrage, Setareh Baig, Kurt with this system is that well-rounded students are at a disadvanenvironment. Bauer, Adam Birnbaum, Nicole tage, as they tend to spend their time playing an active role in Birnbaum, Jenny Cooper, Melodi the community either through clubs or service learning. Online classes are meant to be taken for necessities such Erdogan, Amy Evans, Michelle Congratulations to Teacher Faucher, Lindsay Galitz, Estefania as physical education or computers, classes that are graduaGarcia-Correa, Michael Goldwyn, tion requirements but which students dislike taking in school. of the Year Kurt Doster Brittany Glassey, Ratasha They should not be used to boost class rank. In this collegedriven age, class rank should not be a punitive measure that Iribarren, Priscilla Ivasco, Nicole and Employee of the Year hurts those well-rounded students who want to succeed acaJaeger, Connor Kane, Danielle demically and in other areas. Tammy Chapman Kase, Mehlor Leonor, Alexia Marchetti, Nicole Martins, Alyson BOTTOM LINE: Students should take online class strictMaso, Erik Poh, Carlos Sanchez, ly for graduation requirements and not to raise their GPA. Emily Scanlon, Steven Silberman, Adam Weiss, Taylor Wilkens, Brooke Wilson the purchase of marijuana. The main rea- to show how poor the enforcement of The Circuit is the student newspaper son marijuana is viewed as an illegal drug the marijuana prohibition is. If history of Cypress Bay High School. The is because of health issues. Research has shows us anything, it is that prohibition opinions expressed in the paper are proven that pot is actually not one of the does not work. The 18th Amendment not necessarily those of the adviser, major health concerns of today. Coffee made alcohol illegal, and during this administration, or advertisers. Every year our government spends is viewed as a more harmful drug than period a violent black market for alcoThe publication of advertisements $150 billion on enforcing the crimi- marijuana! It is both more addictive and hol flourished. We face a very similar in The Circuit does not imply nalization of marijuana. With the cur- harmful to your body than smoking weed. problem today with the marijuana prorent state of our economy, why do we How can we allow cigarettes to be legal hibition with the Mexican Drug War. endorsement. still continue to put so much energy when there is overwhelming evidence of Bloody battles are fought everyday over Letters to the editor are encouraged in cracking down on this sometimes- the harmful side-effects of tobacco? Ev- smuggling territories. The government as part of The Circuit’s mission as a helpful substance? From a purely eco- ery year about half a million people die spends so much money and effort trypublic forum. Submissions should nomical standpoint, legalizing the use from cigarette related deaths. Unlike all ing protect our borders from the drug not exceed 300 words; they should be of marijuana would only have a positive other drugs, it is actually impossible to wars. But rather than fighting the probdropped off in room 409 or mailed to effect. For example, according to the overdose from smoking weed. The in- lems individually, wouldn’t legalizing the school at the attention of adviser documentary The Union by Brett Har- take of marijuana required to receive a marijuana instantly stop all black marRhonda Weiss. The author will have vey, marijuana has brought in over $1.4 “high” is also considerably smaller than ket activity and fighting? We don’t see billion of revenue from taxation alone the intake of alcohol required to become people killing each other over a packet the final say in phrasing of the letter, to the state of California, where it is al- drunk. There is a much higher chance of of cigarettes. but letters are subject to editing lowed to be grown for limited use. Just someone committing a violent act under The solution is simple, and the benefor length, clarity, punctuation and think of the improvements the state of fits are overwhelming. Legalizing marin influence of alcohol than pot. grammar. Anonymous letters will not Florida would be able to make to its edijuana would allow our government to On top of the myths about the harmbe printed and the writer’s identity will ucation system, which is already one of ful effects of smoking pot, there are also spend less time and money trying to be confirmed prior to the publication. the worst in the U.S, if Marijuana were many beneficial uses of the drug. AIDS contain a recreational, almost harmless Any material deemed libelous, to become legalized and taxed. Unem- and anorexia patients can use the drug drug and more time focusing on elimiobscene, disruptive, or unlawful to ployment is through the roof, and le- to help them gain weight. It helps can- nating harder drugs. Amsterdam is a minors will not be published. galizing marijuana would create a new cer patients get rid of the nausea that is perfect example of this. Cannabis is lemarket with thousands of new jobs. a side effect of chemotherapy. There are gal there, yet they have some of the lowTO CONTACT US: Not only would the government thousands of people who have legitimate est drug and crime rates in the world. CALL (754) 323- 0350, Ext. 3060 make billions of dollars from the taxa- heath issues that marijuana can treat. Even if you never plan on smoking marOR EMAIL tion of pot, but they would also be able It is estimated that over four million ijuana, think of how the legalization of editor@cypressbaycircuit.com to regulate the industry, setting health Americans smoke weed regularly, and marijuana could benefit your life. OR VISIT cypressbaycircuit.com standards and putting an age limit on even more use it recreationally. This goes -- joey parlo, senior

Marijuana should be legal

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One student’s intolerant act is one too many

“Hey waitress, I’ll give you a run for your money!” art by kurt bauer

Food for thought: Waiters deser ve equal respect     The customer is always right. I don’t have to tell myself this every time I am just seconds away from pulling a stunt reminiscent of the movie Waiting because, after 13 long months working in the food industry, it’s just been engraved into any waiter or waitresses’ overworked, underpaid and exhausted being. And, please, take no offense to this if I’ve ever served you, but no, you are not always right. In fact, oftentimes the customers are actually quite wrong, but people have absolutely no clue about just how wrong they are until they’ve worked a 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift at a mere $7 an hour. Basically, a server’s job really bites, and most people that annoy us have no clue they’re doing so. For example, I can’t count the number of times a person, or even worse a whole group, has come in at 7:59 p.m., a single minute before we close up, and ordered enough food to feed the Duggar family for a week – even though the closing time has been clearly posted. Every single restaurant employee, from the waiters to the chef, looks forward to closing time like a little kid looks forward to Christmas, or maybe Chanukah if he works at a bagel shop. Coming in and ordering food that requires preparation delays the whole closing process for all employees, and then sitting and eating in for an hour just adds insult to injury.

On that note, why do so many people find the need to treat a restaurant worse than their actual home? I have cleaned up after myself every single day at home, and I’ve never had to vacuum excessive spilled food from underneath my dinning room table. Meanwhile, the amount of food I’ve swept from beneath restaurant booths while working in a little over a year probably is equivalent to all the rice in China. If you do not like your food, why not just push it to the side of your plate, instead of dumping it onto the floor?

Be tipsy  

But by far the most insulting thing a customer can do is treat an employee like their own personal slave. Keep in mind that we are your servers, NOT your servants. Most employees are paid simply to place, prepare and serve your food order, not, as I’ve previously been asked, to personally salt your food or to watch your dog outside while you eat a full course meal. And please, don’t forget to leave us a small tip. Remember, TIPS actually stands for “To Insure Proper/Prompt Service.” There is nothing worse than breaking my back to please a group of customers who rack up over a $100 tab, and not getting a single dime for my efforts. Most service workers make the majority of their money off of tips; so don’t be stingy if you think your waiter deserves a couple bucks.

During the week of midterm exams, an incident occurred at the Bay that I found quite surprising and even disturbing. A student was caught on cameras ripping down Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) posters advocating equal rights for homosexuals and throwing them into the garbage. Throughout my high school career, I have never seen or heard of someone displaying such a blatant lack of respect towards a specific group of students. Last time I checked, Cypress Bay was supposed to be a “zero tolerance” school, which means that hurtful language or actions of any kind on the part of one student toward another are unacceptable. I’m sure that many will be greatly upset by the lack of tolerance this student has demonstrated. Our school prides itself on its diverse as well as tolerant student body. Each decision we make and each action we take reflects on the Bay, and this student has put our whole student body in a bad light. Being as diverse as we are, the beliefs we hold are obviously not going to align 100 percent of the time. However, the civic values we hold should remain strong. Tolerance is a value that is taught to students from the moment they en-

ter elementary school. It is preached to us to the point where we believe we don’t need to hear it said anymore, but apparently it has registered with some more than others. We study historical figures that championed tolerance, and we hear constantly about horrible acts of prejudice in the news and are warned against exhibiting such behavior. Still, prejudice exists in schools across the country. Despite this fact, I never considered the thought that it could exist at the Bay. Assistant Principal Jeff Nelson said that the student who was caught tearing down the GSA posters was dealt with appropriately. Regardless of how we may feel about another person, or a group of people, and their lifestyle decisions, it is imperative that respect is shown at all times. While it takes an extraordinary person to appreciate and value diversity, tolerance is something that can and should be demonstrated by all people. Success in today’s multiculutural and diverse society depends on being able to appreciate, understand and work with others. Demonstrating these traits can literally make a world of difference.

Letters to the Editor Workload should Attendance low at hockey games be lightened As a student in honors, AP, dual enrollment, and online classes, I do not think it’s fair that the school system forces students who want to have a good GPA and high class rank to lose sleep and harm their health for school. I am also an officer for three clubs and a member of other and in my experience sometimes I have had to give up extracurricular activities that I enjoy for academics. This isn’t a good thing, since all colleges want to see well-rounded people, not just ones who are only good in their classes or are valedictorians. I don’t expect that the system will change this year or even anytime I’m in high school but administrators and teachers should consider how the huge workload we are given affects students. This could deter students from being active in school, which would be unfortunate. -- Kir a helman, junior

As football season comes to an end, it’s time that students start looking at other sports to watch. An exciting sport at Cypress that many people don’t know about is roller hockey. The season started last week and we are currently undefeated. However, we could use more support from the students. These games are fast-paced and exciting and we want you out there cheering us on as we achieve our goal of winning the championship. -- josh orlan, senior I attended the roller hockey game for the first time last week. The game was neck-and-neck and they won in the last 10 seconds, making it interesting to watch. It was an exciting game, but there are not enough fans; I was one of only a few students in the bleachers. If more people would come to these games, they could become really fun. -- casey rosen, senior

Go see the Lightning roller hockey team play at Spring Valley Park in Pembroke Pines


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Homecoming week 2009 By holly beilin

managing editor

Over 500 students attended the homecoming dance on Oct. 30 at the Fort Lauderdale Airport Hilton, making it a night to remember. The theme for this year’s homecoming was Dr. Suess, and every day during homecoming week reflected this theme. Monday was “Pajama Day” themed after the Suess book I Am Not going to Get Up Today. Tuesday was “Twin Day” themed after the characters Thing 1 and Thing 2, so students paired up and dressed like twins. “Dress Like an Animal Day” themed af-

ter If I Ran the Zoo was on Wednesday with students dressed like penguins and gorillas roaming campus. Color War on Thursday revealed students decked out in paint, shirts, and ribbons in their class’s color. To end the week, Friday was “Crazy Socks” day. The pep rally was held Thursday during fourth hour, and displayed the vibrant and creative color war costumes. All students were allowed to leave their fourth hour for the rally with an excused absence, making this the most attended pep rally in Bay history. Spirit peaked when the Bay’s fearless leader, Principal Scott Neely, descended from the sky in a helicopter. SGA organized games between the classes such as a tug-of-war and re-

lay race, and a float parade was held for the first time. Floats were designed by clubs who chose to participate, and a panel of judges picked multiple winners. The homecoming game against J.P. Taravella was held Thursday night. Although the Bay lost, morale was high and students cheered the Lightning on until the last buzzer. The homecoming King and Queen were crowned, John Masarik and Stephanie Cantafio. The finale of the week was the dance on Friday. Decorated with a Suess theme, the dance also provided dinner for students attending. At the end of the event, party buses and limousines pulled away full of students satisfied with a great homecoming week.


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Online textbooks now available to students By Rebecca Schechner News Editor

For the first time, online textbooks are available to students at no cost. Social studies, reading, science and world languages textbooks can now be accessed through the Broward Enterprise Educational Portal at www.beep. browardschools.com. “The first reason we have made textbooks available online is for budget reasons,” curriculum specialist Marianela Estripeaut she said. “If we don’t have resources at some point for two textbooks for each student, online textbooks are going to come in handy.” Ms. Estripeaut said that the Bay hopes to eliminate some of the costs of textbooks by having students use the BEEP Web site. The second reason textbooks are being put online is to keep pace with advances in technology. “Students are becoming more technologically savvy, and as the years go on I’m sure online books will become more popular,” she said. Online textbooks should appeal to students because they are

portable and easily accessible, Ms. Estripeaut said. “If students are not at home, or have two homes, or forget their books, they can have access 24/7 to their textbooks online,” she said. Even so, senior Elizabeth Rodriguez said she prefers using hard copies of textbooks because they are more reliable than online versions. “You never have to worry about a hard copy getting a virus or crashing,” Rodriguez said. “Also, if you have problems with your computer or your Internet service, you won’t have access to your book.” However, sophomore Kelly Budke said she likes that online textbooks are available to students. “I like the idea because you can have access to your books wherever you are as long as you have a computer,” she said. To view textbooks online, students will need their Virtual Counselor username and password. Additional online textbooks will become available with upcoming textbook purchases by the school district.

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Recording Histor y

Sophomores Adam Weiss and Alexia Marchetti interview Rachel Pierre-Louis on Nov. 10 as part of a nationwide effort to record the history of veterans. Pierre-Louis served in the army in Kuwait and Iraq. The office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and public relations specialist Shari Bush organized the program, while students from The Circuit’s staff interviewed the veterans. CBTV recorded the footage which will be sent to the National Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to be kept on record for historical purposes.

Debate team members place at national competition BY ADAM WEISS

SGA to hold inaugural Oscar awards BY ADAM WEISS

SGA will hold the first annual Lightning Oscars award ceremony on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. “It’s definitely going to either match Bay Babes or be better,” said sophomore Kayla Kervin, who is the chair of the event. “I feel confident that it will be done in the years to come.” The event will include award recipients, three performances and other surprises, event chair Dani Rodriguez said. Auditions for performers were held in the cafeteria on Nov. 12. A red carpet and back-drop were purchased and factored into the 500 dollar decorations budget in order to “imitate the real life Oscars,” Rodriguez said. “We’re going all out,” she said. “I’m very excited.” SGA held nominations for the Oscars

on Nov. 9 on ballots distributed in first hour classes. Once nominations are tallied, students are scheduled to vote for the top 10 nominees in each category on Nov. 16 on computers in the cafeteria. “It will be as if you’re sitting, watching the real Academy Awards,” Kervin said. SGA wanted to plan an event for the first semester of the school year that would rival the popularity of Bay Babes in the spring, Kervin said “Separated at Birth,” “Barbie and Ken,” “Miss Congeniality,” “Facebook Fanatic,” “Mr. and Ms. GPA” and “Future Ruler of the World” are among the categories up for voting. “I’m excited to see who won each award and to get a good laugh,” sophomore Melissa Oliver said. “I’ve never heard of anything like this. It’s unique.”

Nineteen members of the Bay’s Debate and Forensics Honor Society attended the Blue Key Debate Tournament at the University of Florida from Oct. 28 to Nov.2. Juniors Daniel Wetcher and Lindsey Zionts placed fourth in the Duo Interpretation competition, with other participants having varied success in different categories. “Considering this was a lot of kids’ first national competition, they held their composure pretty well,” said Adam Musgrave, debate adviser. Over 100 schools from all over the country participated in the tournament, which was held by the UF Honor Society Speaker’s Bureau, Mr. Musgrave said. The Bay’s members competed in competitions such as Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation and Congress. Those who moved up in their competitions were: Mia Simon, Daniel Levinson, Amanda Frank, Robbie Steirn and Joshua Tillinger. “I was very happy I went,” said president Amanda Frank, a senior. “It was a great experience. We all did really well considering how hard competition is.” Mr. Musgrave said he is proud of all of

“I was very happy I went. It was a great experience. We all did really well considering how hard competition is. “ –Amanda Frank, president of Debate and Forensics Honor Society the students who participated. “I think we did about as well as I expected,” Mr. Musgrave said. “I obviously would have been happier if we got first place.” The competitors have learned from this tournament and are using the experience to improve for future events, Mr. Musgrave said. “I’m really proud of them for coming out,” he said. “We compete against the best schools in the country. So to place against these schools that have been doing it for over 30 years is an honor.”


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Freshmen involved in education study BY ADAM WEISS

The U.S. Dept. of Education selected the Bay to participate in a nationwide high school longitudinal study that began on Oct. 27 with the purpose of analyzing students’ progress in math and science. Twenty-five freshmen were randomly chosen to participate in the 90minute session including a personal questionnaire and computerized math test. “They trace the progress of the students through high school and eventually to college and the work force,” mathematics and science curriculum specialist Marianela

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Estripeaut said. The data collected will not represent individual names and scores, rather general statistics, Mrs. Estripeaut said. “They’re hoping the statistics they will be running will tell them the students’ motivations, achievements, course selection, academic and post-secondary educational decisions,” Mrs. Estripeaut said. Students chosen had the choice of opting out of participating if they wanted to, she said. The participants will be contacted again in two years for an optional follow-up, Mrs. Estripeaut said.

SGA to participate in beach cleanup by RATASHA IRIBARREN

Fifty students will participate in the countywide Broward Beach Clean Up on Nov. 21. “I think that we could have had more participants,” SGA sponsor Danielle Sheffield said. “We had a lot of sign ups, but only about half turned the permission slip in” by the deadline. No additional attendees can be added onto the roster at the last minute since bus transportation has already been coordinated, she said. Senior Daniela Rodriguez, SGA event coordi-

nator, said the event will take place at John U. Lloyd State Park in Fort Lauderdale and those who signed up will receive all the details at a Nov. 19 meeting. “The event should run between two to three hours, and students can receive up to six service hours,” Rodriguez said. “SGA partakes in the Broward Beach Clean Up annually, and all SGA members usually go.” Ms. Sheffield said she hopes that the event will achieve spotless beaches. “We hope the kids have fun while helping out, and they earn service hours which is really nice,” she said.

“We hope the kids have fun while helping out.” –Danielle Sheffield, SGA sponsor

Photo By Daniela Moreno

College Craze PRIDE hosted its annual college fair on Nov. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria. Representatives from 42 colleges were present, including UM, UF, Cornell University, Columbia University and Penn State. Each university had a booth, and students were able to find out information about each school’s admission requirements. PRIDE sponsor Claudina Fernandez said the event was successful and drew a large crowd.

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Snake tradition slithers on

Junior Alejandro Erminy holds Tahoe, a snake that math teacher Lori Windloss brought to class on Oct. 14 in order to educate students about the reptile and to teach them about facing their fears. Mrs. Windloss has brought the snake to school every semester since the Bay opened, and it has become a tradition in her class. “Fears come from not knowing,” Mrs. Windloss said.


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Student creates driving campaign BY STEFANIE CAINTO Features Editor

After being involved in two car crashes, junior Matthew Evans created a campaign called Kids Against Reckless and Distracted Driving (KARDD), which will be launching this month. The campaign will be sponsored by Rick Case and AT&T. “We’re going to basically raise awareness for the consequences of reckless and distracted driving everyMatt where we can reach teens,” Evans said. “I decided to gear it towards teens only, because one: 5,000 teens die every year in a collision. And, two: I can appeal to teens much better than other age groups.” The campign’s goal is to lower crash rates. “I had contacted the sheriff’s office and they gave me a list of statistics of last year’s crash rates in Weston per month, so I’m going to compare it to this year’s after the campaign is done,” Evans said. In April 2008, Evans

was hit by a motorcyclist who was traveling at 115 miles per hour. The second accident occurred during his sophomore year. On his way home from school, his car was hit and thrown into the car in front of him. “The statistic is that 20 percent of drivers have a crash their first year of driving, and the fact that I had two was just ridiculous,” Evans said. “All new drivers have the sense of individualism Evans and immortality when behind the wheel, and when hearing about or seeing crashes, they usually dismiss the fact that it can never happen to them. Experiencing two opened my eyes.” Although the campaign is geared toward teens, it will also have a presence in many other places throughout Broward County. “We’re going to be plastering posters everywhere you go, not just in school but also in restaurants,” Evans said.

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The Spanish Club held a Dress To Represent event on Oct.12 in celebration of Spanish Heritage Month. Students who dressed in clothing from their native country received service hours. Spanish teacher Virginia Chavero (right) shows off her traditional Latin American garment to senior Andrea Edde.

Cypress Bay now accepts credit cards By Nicole Birnbaum and alexia marchetti

The Bay began accepting credit cards on Nov. 3 as a form of payment for activities including field trips and student obligations. “We are doing it as a pilot with DECA to try it first,” bookkeeper Barbara

Fierro said. All but one high school in Broward County is using this program. Students can log onto the Web site w w w.estore.browardschools.com to pay for their desired activities by creating an account using their Student ID number, bookkeeper Joan Martin said. As of now, students at

Cypress Bay can pay for two trips: the DECA New York Experience and Grad Bash, Ms. Martin said. Ms. Fierro said DECA is piloting the credit card program because they are a large club. DECA sponsor Robert Hosier welcomes new payment method. “I think it will be beneficial and be a major con-

venience for students and parents,” he said. Ms. Martin said students will still be able to pay using cash or a check if they choose not to pay with a credit card. After determining the success of the trial program, the Bay will decide in January if more activities will accept credit cards.

Partners in Education program gains additional platinum sponsor BY ALEXIA MARCHET TI AND ALYSON MASO

This year the Bay’s

Partners in Education program gained an additional platinum sponsor, Dr. Jerry Fishman. “Platinum” is the highest level of partnership. This means that in gratitude for being a donor, the business will receive upgraded banners and advertisements in school publications. Dr. Jerry Fishman signed up after program coordinator Shari Bush approached him about the partnership. “I strongly believe in education, and I want to give back to the community,” Dr. Fishman said. “I want to give kids the opportunity to fulfill what they want to accomplish.”

The main goal of the Partners in Education program is to build a strong relationship between the sponsors and the school, Mrs. Bush said. “It’s important for these sponsors to be active members in our school so they can see where the money they donate really goes to,” Mrs. Bush said. “Kids shouldn’t have to suffer due to their financial restraints. This is why we value our partners so much.” The Bay’s two other platinum partners are the City of Weston and Rick Case. Reimer and Rosenthal LLP, Emerald Assets and Castle Pines Capital are three other new partners who have taken on the silver level of partnership. “Our firm wants to

support the local community,” said partner Alex Rosenthal of the Reimer and Rosenthal firm. “Most of the workers in our firm live in the Weston area, and we are trying to provide as much support to the school as possible, as well as provide more funding for school activities.” The money donated by the sponsors is applied to a variety of different activities, Mrs. Bush said. If a student doesn’t have the funds to go on a field trip or participate in a school function, the money donated by a partner in education can cover the expense. “It’s essential that we all work together as a community,” Mrs. Bush said. “We are looking for true business sponsors that will support the school.”

Partners of the Bay Platinum level: -City of Weston -Dr. Jerry Fishman -Rick Case Silver level: -Castle Pines Capital -Emerald Assets -Reimer and Rosenthal, LLP


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HOSA member Melissa Sanchez, a senior, takes junior Carl Feliciano’s blood pressure during HOSA week. The annual event was held from Nov. 2-6 and the club offered activities during all lunches. (See story at bottom.)

Sweat suits sold ASL is selling Cypress Bay sweat suits every day during all lunches in the courtyard until they are sold out. The sweat suits are athletic grey with a yellow lighting bolt and blue writing. Prices for a set of both sweat pants and a sweatshirt are $35, or they are sold separately for $20 each. All proceeds are going to the ASL club to help lower the cost for their annual silent dinner. The ASL club meets the first Tuesday of each month after school in room 434. -NICOLE JAEGER

Car wash The Sophomore Class is holding a car wash at the Publix in Town Center on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Service hours will be rewarded for participating. Listen to the announcements for information. -ADAM BIRNBAUM

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Clubs use Facebook to communicate with members BY CLAIRE ARONSON AND ADAM WEISS

When senior Grant Ho wants to rapidly inform the members of Mu Alpha Theta of an important message, he logs on to the club’s Facebook group page to post the message. “The Facebook group has helped our officers quickly distribute information to a large number of members,” said Ho, the club’s president. “It serves as a useful indicator of the interest of our members and provides one of many ways our members can obtain club information if they miss a meeting.” Many of the Bay’s clubs have turned to this social networking site as a medium to share information and get feed-GRETHA ARRAGE back from members. “Without a doubt, more clubs are creating Facebook groups,” Ho said. “Since the vast majority of high school students Members of Mu Alpha Theta as well frequently log onto Facebook, many club as non-members participated in Fall Interschool from Nov. 3-10, in which high schools submit the answers to a series of math questions in a statewide competition. The answers chosen from the ones submitted were sent to Tampa where they By Gretha Arrage and jenny were checked for correctness. Awards cooper will be given out at the state convention Health Occupation Students of in mid-April to the top five teams of the America held their annual HOSA week competition. from Nov. 2-6, where the club members -ALYSON MASO held activities during all lunches, ranging from wheel chair races and blood pressure screenings to water balloon tosses using bedpans. HOSA also sold lollipops for 50 cents National Honor Society will be starting its annual Little Angels project on and puzzle pieces for Autism Speaks for Nov. 16. Teachers and their students can $1, in addition to donating breakfast to choose to “adopt” a child in need, and the Fire Department of Weston. Club adviser Carol Warnock said collect holiday gifts for him or her. Donations can be made until Nov. 20. After that the purpose of HOSA week was to the project’s conclusion, NHS members promote careers, show appreciation for will bring the items to be donated to the the community and health care profesSalvation Army, where they will package sionals and provide community service for those who participated. and sort them. There were three chairs to this proj-REBECCA SCHECHNER ect: senior Sahar Jafar, junior Katherine Salazar and senior Maria Fernanda Pabon. Jafar, the secretary of the club, said Between 20 and 30 students have been they wanted to make “sure every day of meeting every Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the week is filled with games or semiVista Park to play Ultimate Frisbee even nars.” though they have not yet found a teacher The other two chairs for this project to officially sponsor them as a club. were in charge of advertising the week Anyone who would like to play can with banners and to fulfill other necesjoin them on the park’s soccer fields, ju- sary tasks. nior Sean May said. “My job was the games and to get For more information, students can people excited about HOSA week and attend practices and talk to current mem- to make sure everything ran smoothly,” bers. Pabon said. First Priority holds Mission Week every couple of Tuesdays where one of the members brings in a “word,” which is read and discussed, said Daniela Jimenez, a leader of First Priority. Leaders were elected on Nov 3.: Michael Lima, junior, for A lunch, Gabriel Perez, sophomore, for B lunch, and Daniela Jimenez, junior, for D lunch. First Priority holds its meetings Tuesdays during all lunches (Lunch A: room 855, lunch B: room 357, lunch C: room 449, and lunch D: room 413.) Members can join throughout the school year.

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communication officers view Facebook as a resourceful, convenient way to keep their members informed on the club’s latest updates and information.” English Honor Society uses its Facebook group as a way to bring members together and promote the organization. “It makes it easy to get the word out there about your club for possible members in the future,” said president Elizabeth Rodriguez, a senior. “It’s also good for club morale because you can post pictures and write comments and it brings people together.” Facebook provides an alternative to creating a traditional Web site domain. “It is complicated to make a Web site but anyone can make a Facebook group,” Rodriguez said. But not all organizations are joining the trend. National Honor Society (NHS) continues to use emails and a Web site. “I didn’t see the benefits that Face-

book could offer me,” NHS adviser Eric Adzima said. “I am perfectly happy with the way I’ve been doing things. I never felt the need to switch over.” Facebook groups limit the design element of a page that a Web site provides and is restricted to only “personal information and bumper stickers,” Mr. Adzima said. “I think Facebook pages are limited in the respect of setting up graphics and layout,” he said. “The flexibility that a Web site offers me is better than Facebook. This is a scholarly club with an intellectually academic pursuit.” However, Ho of Mu Alpha Theta said he thinks that Facebook is sufficient for many clubs’ uses. “The group provides a convenient source of information to members who do join the group and it helps us determine whether a member is showing a legitimate effort to obtain information and actively participate in our club,” he said.

Club holds annual Students to paint Members to mural at school HOSA week attend competition

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By Michelle Faucher

National Art Honor Society (NAHS) students have begun a mural project at New River Middle School that will be completed sometime in December. The idea came from former Bay assistant principal and current New River principal Priscilla Ribeiro, who asked Cypress Bay students to help add artwork to the middle school, NAHS sponsor Elizabeth Jenkins said. “I am having the National Art Honor Society kids participate because it is a meaningful and fun service project,” Ms. Jenkins said. Senior Tatiana Blanch, the project coordinator, is responsible for getting members to participate and for planning the murals. “Adding artwork will help students appreciate their school more and make them look forward to going,” Blanch said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the smiles on the little kids’ faces.” The murals consist of water-themed drawings such as coral reefs and fish since New River Middle is a marine science magnet school. NAHS students will also be painting a mural for the Broward County Fair illustrating the “classic county fair” theme. The Fair will be held from Nov. 20-29 at the Pompano Citi Centre. NAHS meets every Monday after school in room 160.

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About 48 AOIT students and BPA members will be participating in a twoday BPA competition beginning on Nov. 23. Students who come in first, second or third will advance to the state competition. “There are a variety of competitions,” BPA/AOIT adviser Sandra B. Wilder said. “I let kids choose what they want to do.” Participants can select competitions from four categories: Financial Services, Administrative Support, Information Technology and Management/Marketing/Human Resources. Ms. Wilder said on Nov. 23, participants must travel to McNicol Middle in Hollywood to be judged on their presentations and written tests. Cypress students will then take the written test held at the Bay on Nov. 24. The test, which will last half a day, will be administered during school in the morning and is arranged in a rotating schedule so students can avoid missing a lot of class time, Ms. Wilder said. Ms. Wilder also said many universities offer scholarships to BPA members, especially females interested in a career in information technology. “There are a lot of scholarships out there for females,” Ms. Wilder said. “They need to go online and look at that.”


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Club’s record scores them an invitation to sing at state and national performances

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full of glee: GLEE Club practices in the auditorium on Nov. 12. The club, which changed their name from Show Choir this year, holds rehersals every Thursday. BY PRISCILLA IVASCO

Based on their record of receiving superior ratings at competitions, Chorus has received the honor of being invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in the spring with 20 other choirs from Florida. This honor is in addition to invitations to participate in All-State, Honors Choir and the Candlelight Performance at Disney

World in December. For the first time, Cypress Bay’s chorus decided to enter and audition for the national Honors Choir. Eight students volunteered to audition and sophomore Gavin Buzzard and freshman Mark Soree were chosen to join around 300 students statewide. “It was a really good experience to make it, and it’s my first time in chorus so I was pret-

ty amazed that I was chosen,” Soree said. The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Florida is made up of chorus teachers from all over Florida. With their mother organization on the national level, the ACDA holds a statewide audition for students interested in being in the Honor Choir. The selected students performed the Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Seminole

State College in Lake Mary, Fla. on Nov. 7. “They had to prepare a brief audition with warm-up exercise and sing a 15 measure song,” chorus director Brad Franks said. “Then, they make a CD and mail it to the officers, and they listen to the recording. If they like what they hear, you’re in.” Due to money issues and the short amount of time to prepare field trip forms and their performances, Soree and Buzzard will not be able to participate, Mr. Franks said. “At first it was sort of like a shock,” Soree said. “I was upset because I worked hard for it. I understand and we have lots of other things to participate in like the Candlelight Performance” at Disney World on Dec. 21 and 22. They held a candle sale, selling about 200 candles and raising a couple thousand dollars, which will be used for hotel and bus expenses, Mr. Franks said. The second round of the AllState auditions was held on Oct. 27 for the 200 students who passed the first round. Students who make it past this round will go on to perform in Tampa. “Now the kids are doing the singing test to their own music and the teachers will be evaluating on how well they do their music and the vocal,” Mr. Franks said. The GLEE Club, originally known as Show Choir, is now

done with auditions with a total of 23 members. They have rehearsals every Thursday after school. “Not all of them are in our chorus class. Some of them that have decided to audition are from drama or just the general population of the school. And we had our fist rehearsal and it went very well so I was really excited that the talent pool is high and we are going to have a great group,” Mr. Franks said. Chorus held their first concert on Oct. 15 and performed with Falcon Cove chorus students. “It was very successful,” vice president Carolina Silva said. “We finally got to hear the middle school choir perform.” During the concert, chorus introduced this year’s officers. The elected officers are: Kelsey Pena, president; Carolina Silva, vice president; Emily Louden, secretary; Christina Duffy, treasurer; Christina Nissen and Anabella Morabito, librarians; Jonathan Yepez, publicist; and Karian Vargas and Samantha Eyley, uniform managers. They also presented their new teacher student intern from Florida State University, Gentle Hamilton, who will be here until Dec.13. Due to a lack of funding, Chorus encourages students to attend and participate in all functions to help them raise money so members can participate in events, Pena said.

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Cut to the chase Maria-Camila Murcia, Zack Sanders, David Gonzalez and Stephanie Cardona dissect a sheep brain on Nov. 5 in Nori Suarez’s Anatomy and Physiology class. Students gained knowledge from seeing what they learned about in class firsthand. Mrs. Suarez assisted the groups and explained the functions of the different parts of the brain to the students.

Club to hold International Fest

Toy drive held to benefit children

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PRIDE will host their annual International Fest on Nov. 18 during all lunches. Participating clubs and classes will feature a poster or play to demonstrate the culture they are representing. The purpose of the event is to promote Multicultural Week, club president Zoe Sandoval said. This year, Spanish Club will represent Spain and chair a soccer tournament where students can take part in soccer matches. In addition, the club will hold an activity called La Tomatina, in which water balloons will be tossed. Following the International Fest, PRIDE will host the Cypress’ Got Talent Diversity Show on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. “It’s a really high quality show,” club adviser Claudia Estrada said. Sixteen student acts will be featured, ranging from musical to dance performances.

HELP will hold a Santa’s Elves Drive until Dec. 3, in which a class or student will purchase an underprivileged child a gift for the holidays. The club will deliver the presents to the 76 children at the Dillard Park Daycare Center on Dec. 3, copresident Nicole Bejany said. “We are going to wrap all the gifts, and someone will dress as Santa and give it to them,” she said. “The kids are going to be elated, and they are looking forward to it.” Bejany said the children wrote the present they’d like to receive on a wish list. This year marked the first time that Bay classes could participate in the toy drive, although NHS is also holding a similar drive. “We’re getting excited about the event, and a lot of club members want to sponsor several children themselves,” she said. Students who wish to sponsor a child can go to room 418 for more information.


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CDC expects vaccines to be best tool in fighting flu

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mirrors a trend throughout the United States as communities prepare for what is expected to be a pandemic. A recordbreaking number of people are at risk of becoming infected by the H1N1 virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The swine flu is more of an issue than the seasonal flu because most people lack immunity from it. “The seasonal flu impacts a different demographic,” said Gretchen Michael, communications director for the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a phone interview with The Circuit. “This is impacting young people.” Ms. Michael, who attends weekly meetings at the White House to discuss public health across the nation, recommends that American citizens, especially young people, keep a close eye on their health. She said if any students or workers ever feel feverish or flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fatigue, sore throat, diarrhea, or vomiting, which come approximately four to five days after con-

tracting the virus, they should stay home and rest until they have had no symptoms for 24 hours. She said this can help prevent the spread of the swine flu and protect people from catching it. The CDC expects vaccines to be the best tool to fight H1N1. Ms. Michael said the H1N1 vaccine is not intended to replace the seasonal flu vaccine; it is intended to be used alongside seasonal flu vaccine because H1N1 is a monovalent, or single, virus. “When a vaccine becomes available, people should get it,” Ms. Michael said. “I think from what polls I have seen, people are eager to receive a vaccine and are concerned about it.” Swine flu has already affected 55,781 people in the United States since mid-October, including 1,005 deaths. Vaccines are highly recommended by the CDC, especially for people ages 6 months to 24 years, pregnant women, and people with conditions that weaken the immune system such as cancer or diabetes. Eventually everyone ages 25-64 will have the option to get the shot once there are enough vaccines to go around. “They are planning on having about

200 million vaccines,” said Dr. Andrew Russell, the chairman of the department of family practice at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston. Dr. Russell, who sees about 120 patients each day, said vaccination is vital since people “die of things related to the swine flu” and because “the issue with the swine flu is it doesn’t have a seasonal disposition.” He said it is virtually impossible to get influenza from a vaccine because doctors create vaccines by using inactive, or killed, viruses. He recommends the vaccination rather than the Flu Mist, a nasal spray recommended for people ages 249, because the spray is composed of live bacteria that can cause symptoms of the flu, whereas it is virtually impossible to contract influenza from the injected form of the vaccine. Dr. Russell added that if people opt not to get vaccinated, hygiene is the next best precaution. “Most important would be the frequent hand-washing,” he said. The health department expects the swine flu to become more of a problem in the near future. Sleepaway camps in the United States were particularly affected by the pandemic during the summer.

Adam Zionts, a freshman at the Bay who attended Camp Blue Star located in Hendersonville, N.C., said he thinks the camp did a very good job dealing with the threat of the flu this summer. “They prevented swine flu and flu outbreaks and halted its progress,” he said. “If one person in a cabin was showing symptoms of flu or swine flu, they would test the entire cabin for swine flu and regular flu.” Sophomore Brian Miller, who goes to Camp Pontiac in Copake, N.Y., was sick with H1N1 with a 103 fever. He was put on TamiFlu, a medicine used in influenza prevention and treatment, which helps fight swine flu and influenza by weakening symptoms. “I got sick and was in the infirmary for four days,” Miller said. “It was terrible because I was kept inside the entire time.” As fall moves toward winter, health officials all over the world encourage healthy habits and for people to get immediate medical assistance if experiencing symptoms of H1N1. “I think there is potential for it to be an even bigger problem,” Dr. Russell said. “The problem with this thing is it’s worldwide now.”

Cypress Bay acknowledges teacher, employee for their time, ef forts on campus Awards from page 1

how or who to speak with about benefits or payroll,” Ms. Chapman said. “I am honored and humbly acknowledge how lucky I am to work with people that appreciate not only what I do, but who I am. Mr. Neely provides a place for all of us to be ourselves and shine on. This award makes me want to work harder and give back more.”

Curriculum specialist Marianela Estripeaut said she is proud of this year’s representatives. “Mrs. Chapman is always helpful and kind. She’s the epitome of what the Bay is about,” Ms. Estripeaut said. “And Mr. Doster is a phenomenal educator and a joy to be around. He is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.”


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Bay drivers ‘brake’ flow of traf fic BY ZACH ZAFFOS GR APHIC DESIGNER

When the clock hits 2:41 p.m. on a school day afternoon, the mad rush to the parking lot begins. Students rush to their cars to drive home and beat the traffic. Whether the accidents that occur in the student parking lot are due to reckless or inexperienced driving, the Bay parking lot has posed safety problems. “The problem is that everyone is in a hurry,” assistant principal and head of security Jeff Nelson said. “They want to get out of here and don’t want to wait. Since it’s a big school with a lot of cars, accidents can happen.” However, Mr. Nelson said

that the amount of reported accidents throughout the school year “can be counted on one finger,” and that the majority of accidents that have occurred over the years have been mostly “fender-bender” type accidents. The large student population at the Bay could be the cause of the accidents in the parking lot, Mr. Nelson said. There are almost 400 student drivers with purchased spots in the student parking lot, said athletic director Bill Caruso. Junior Carlos Guevara agrees with Mr. Nelson that everyone is in a hurry to leave after school is over. “I think people in the parking lot drive very impatiently,” Guevara said. “Sometimes

people think that they can just cut everyone off.” Guevara said that the cause of the Cypress Bay parking lot being dangerous is the fact that many student drivers feel a sense of invincibility. Due to this fear of the parking lot, students have requested teacher parking lot passes. With only a limited group of students eligible to park at in the teacher lot, and not as many teenage drivers in a rush to leave, junior Alan Percal said it is a safer place to park. Percal is permitted to park in the teacher lot because he is the captain of the cross-country team. This perk is extended to all team captains. “Parking in the teacher parking lot this year has been

a much faster way to get out of school, as well as less overly aggressive student drivers,” Percal said. “It is much more efficient than when I parked in the student lot last year.” In addition to team captains, students in dual enrollment, WISE, HOSA, and certain other extra curricular activities are extended the rights to teacher spots, said Mr. Caruso. While Percal was offered the spot, junior Jenna Gorlick wanted to see if she could request a spot. She can attest to the fear of the student lot, and took the initiative to request a teacher-parking pass in order to secure her car’s safety from the student drivers at the Bay. Gorlick was able to get her request granted because of ex-

tenuating circumstances with her job after school. “I was afraid of my car being hit and the crazy drivers in the student parking lot,” Gorlick said. “I hear that accidents happen all the time, and I feel a lot safer parking in the teacher lot.” She added that when these new drivers get their license and car, they usually don’t understand the ramifications of their reckless driving. She has first-hand experience with this. In October, she was rear-ended by a Cypress Bay driver on the way to school. “It was a really surprising to get hit, and I feel like the person who hit me was unaware of her surroundings,” Gorlick said.

Student faces choice to ser ve in Israeli Defense Force “I have dual citizenship, which means that I’m a citizen of Israel, and I have to join the army.” – Liat Batat, senior By Emily Scanlon

For Liat Batat, along with making the usual senior-year decision about choosing what college to attend, she has also got a less typical decision to make: whether to return to Israel to serve in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) after she turns 18. “I have dual citizenship, which means that I’m a citizen of Israel, and I have to join the army,” Batat said. Service in the IDF is mandatory for

citizens of Israel – men and women, beginning when they are 18. Because she is also an American citizen, Batat has the choice of serving, but if she chooses not to, her visitation rights will be affected. “I’m not allowed into the country for some time,” Batat said. “ This means I won’t be able to see my family.” Batat said she was surprised to find out she was a citizen in both the United States and Israel. She “didn’t know what to think” when she was first told this past summer.

Batat’s family is not new to the IDF. Her entire father’s side of the family, along with her father, has served. “I was in the IDF for three years,” said Eli Batat, Liat’s father. “I was at a basic training base as a corporal and then a sergeant. I got to train new soldiers.” While Liat’s parents have both expressed safety concerns towards her possible service, her dad also thinks it would be a great experience. “When Liat decides to go, I will be worried for her as much as I am everyday,” Mr. Batat said. “I hope she will have a good experience and come home safe and happy.” Someone who knows first hand what Liat will be experiencing is Cypress Bay security specialist Larry Silverman, who lived in Israel for 30 years and served in the IDF for 27. “I was home [in Israel] on the holiday of Yom Kippur when the war broke out

in 1973,” Mr. Silverman said. “Within an hour of being notified, my wife had prepared the bomb shelter for children, and I was in base. An hour later, I was in combat in Syria. My whole time there was an amazing experience.” Combat duty is not the only function for those willing to serve. Sophomore Madison Hyman is also a dual citizen and has thought about the IDF. Hyman said she is considering joining the IDF because overall it would be a good experience. “Going into the Israeli army isn’t as dramatic as it seems,” Hyman said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean combat, but can also mean preparing artillery or even being a tour guide.” Silverman agrees with Hyman about the variety of positions in the IDF. “Only 10 percent of the army is actually soldiers,” Silverman said. “That means everyone can serve.”


FEATURES 14 Strict parenting elicits mixed opinions NOVEMBER 2009

BY MICHAEL GOLDWYN

Sophomore Armando Dacal has to call his parents every two hours when he goes out. He is prohibited from doing a lot of activities with his friends, such as going to the beach or going to parties, and his parents need to know where he is at all times, even when he is just up the block. “Whenever my son leaves, I need to know exactly where he’s going and until what time,” said Yolanda Dacal, Armando’s mother. “It’s for his safety.” Mrs. Dacal said she is strict, but only to a certain extent. “I let him do what he wants, but there is a limit,” Mrs. Dacal said. “My rules are for his well-being, not to prohibit him from doing what he wants to do.” Armando disagrees with the way his parents treat him. “I have good grades, and I make the right choices, but I don’t understand why they have to be so strict,” Armando said. Mrs. Dacal believes that her son has mixed feelings about the way she and her husband treat him. “Sometimes, he might feel restricted because we don’t let him do some things he would like to do, but in the long run, we’re just doing our jobs as parents,” Mrs. Dacal said. Behavioral specialist Marianela Estripeaut said a strict parent is a parent with rules and consequences. “Strict parenting can be good if the rules are reasonable and the consequences match the infraction,” Ms. Estripeaut said. “But it can be bad if the parents are overly strict.” Junior Jaime Rodriguez is in favor of the strict parenting approach. His par-

ents, for example, ground him if he does not keep his grade point average up to par. “I think as long as they give tough love, but don’t forget the love, it’s great,” he said. For junior Alana Siceloff, the strictness of her parents depends upon her performance in school. “As long as I have good grades, I can do anything I want,” she said, noting that she has no curfew if she is doing well in school. Senior Sarah Fletcher said her dad is “very strict.” “I think strict parenting works, because if I get a bad grade I’m afraid to tell my parents,” Fletcher said. Chris Fletcher, Sarah’s dad, said he approaches his daughter in a calm manner, but still sends the message not to earn bad grades. “I talk to her about how she can fix them and what she can do to get better grades,” he said. “I usually take her cell phone away until I see an improvement.” Armando said the way his parents treat him would affect the manner in which he plans to discipline his own children. “It doesn’t make me have more respect for them because I get [mad] that they don’t let me do stuff,” he said. “I won’t be as strict with my kids because I feel it is unnecessary.” Psychology teacher Shana Yuman said that there are three different kinds of parenting: authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. “Authoritative parents are parents that make rules and guidelines for the kid to abide by, but follow up with explanations

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why they made those restrictions,” Ms. Yuman said. “Authoritarian parents are parents that are really, really strict and do not follow up with an explanation. Permissive parents are parents that let the child do whatever.” Parents don’t always consciously choose to be certain way. “A lot of times, parents don’t know what to do, so they do what they think is right,” Ms. Yuman said. Sophomore Eddy Brandt said his parents give him a lot of freedom, but are strict when they need be. “My parents give me a lot of freedom because they trust me and know that I will make the right decisions,” Brandt said. Brandt agrees with the freedoms he is given from his parents. “I believe the freedoms that my par-

ents give me inspire me to work hard in school and repay them for their kindness,” he said. “My parents are authoritative, and I completely agree with how they treat me.” Ms. Yuman believes authoritative parenting is the way to go. “Authoritative parents are more concerned about the well-being of their children, and tend to be warmer parents,” she said. Valentina Brandt, Eddy’s mother, said she is very lenient with her son but still lays down the law. “I believe the way I parent positively affects Eddy because he has to follow his own judgment for decisions, which is ultimately what he needs in life. If I never give him freedom, he will not be able to make his own judgment,” Mrs. Brandt said.


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Sugar-free gum can cause blow to health BY BLAIR STOKES PHOTO EDITOR

“If you stop chewing the gum, you stop the problem. The side effects aren’t long term if you stop. But you’ll keep getting them if you keep taking it in.” – Dr. Andrew Edelstein, Weston pediatric gastroenterologist

Smacking on sugar-free gum can be hazardous rather than healthy, depending on the amount chewed. Although the gum contains fewer calories as opposed to traditional gum, side effects from a sugar substitute called sorbitol can actually be a stomach irritant through digestive dysfunction. “Sorbitol doesn’t get absorbed in the large intestines, fermenting to make gases, causing discomfort,” Weston pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Edelstein said. In a 2008 study conducted by German doctors and published in The British Medical Journal, it was concluded that when chewed in large quantities, gum with the ingredient sorbitol is linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, excess gas and even severe weight loss. The severity of these symptoms depends on the amount of gum chewed. “I chewed sugar-free gum every other day,” junior Kim Grove said. “It caused me some digestive issues, like a burning feeling in my stomach.” Sorbitol, also an ingredient in laxatives and amateur rocket fuel, is a sugar substitute used to lower the calories in gum. It breaks down in the body slower than regular sugar, which provides its low calorie content. However, the fact that it metabolizes slower also causes sorbitol to linger in the stomach, leading to stomach problems,

nutritionist and dietician Deborah Anne Klein said. “Some patients of mine experienced some gastrointestinal distress such as bloating, cramping and increased flatulence,” said Klein, who suggests chewers find a healthier alternative to popular sugar-free gums such as Orbit, 5 Gum and Eclipse. Instead, she would rather they satisfy their oral fixations with foods such as papaya nectar and even chocolate chips. Also, regular gum with sugar, not a sugar substitute, will also help dispel side effects. Despite the health issues caused, treatment is simple if the sufferer is willing to give up the gum. Dr. Edelstein recommends that avid gum chewers simply “take the gum out.” “If you stop chewing the gum, you stop the problem,” he said. “The side effects aren’t long term if you stop. But you’ll keep getting them if you keep taking it in.” However this information hasn’t discouraged some from chewing sugar-free gum. “Now that I know what sugar-free gum can do, I’ll be more considerate and chew a little less,” junior Sahib Singh said. “But I’ll still be chewing it.” As for Grove, firsthand familiarity with the side effects has forced her to spit out the cause of her sticky situation. “I definitely won’t be chewing it anymore because it hurt me physically,” Grove said.

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Teachers show another side on teen tours Over the summer, some teachers spend their time with a second job that allows them to be mentors, rather than advisers BY ADAM BIRNBAUM AND NICOLE BIRNBAUM

As the bell rings on the last day of school, students sprint out the doors to start their summer. They forget about work, grades, the classroom environment and their teachers. However, do teachers forget about them? Many teachers chose to spend their summers full of relaxation, but others decide to continue spending time with kids on trips known as teen tours. “I chose to go on a teen tour because I enjoy working with kids,” said former Cypress Bay teacher Cassandra Salley, who has traveled on teen tours to California, Vegas and Arizona. “It was a good way for me to see the country and make a little extra cash.” Because some teen tours range in

length from as little as three weeks to as long as the whole summer, teachers are able to do other activities, in addition to being a tour counselor. “I went on a tour for three weeks, so I still had a lot of the summer to do things for myself,” Ms. Salley said. “I like being busy.” Lisa Stasiowski, an English teacher at Cypress Bay High, said she has also been on a teen tour as a counselor. She has built different types of relationships with children as a counselor than she does as a teacher. Ms. Stasiowski said that she is still the authority figure on trips, but students see her as more approachable because she is with them every minute of the day. Ms. Salley agrees that being in a teen tour environment allows teachers to relate to kids in a different way than being

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in a classroom. “I’m the same person, but the teen tour kids get to see a different side of me,” Ms. Salley said. “When on the teen tour, I see them all day, everyday…so they get to know me better.” Heather Merriman, a teacher at Sunny Isles Elementary School, who has traveled on teen tours to parts of Canada and the northwestern part of the United States, said being a teacher helps when she’s on the trip because she has experience dealing with teens. “It helps because if a student does get out of line, you know how to help them and how to treat them,” Ms. Merriman said. “You learn how to work with all different types of attitudes and backgrounds as a teacher.” Ira Solomon, director of the Weston branch of West Coast Connection Teen Tours, said being a teacher helps someone get hired because the classroom experience and the ability to manage teenagers are valuable qualities to have. Mr. Solomon said that when hiring counselors, his company looks for like-

able, energetic and laid-back counselors. “I think it helped because I have the summers off, but I don’t think they [the teen tour company] would hire any teacher,” Ms. Salley said. “They want fun and energetic people.” Ms. Salley, Ms. Stasiowski and Ms. Merriman said they are laid back on teen tours compared to at school where they are stricter. “On a teen tour, the children are there to have fun and be free,” Ms. Merriman said. “We don’t need to worry about teaching them.” Ms. Stasiowski, who traveled to California, the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon, said she forms bonds with the kids and enjoys the activities on the trips. Ms. Salley said her favorite part of being a counselor is building relationships where the kids can come to her for advice and doing things she would never do on her own. “It’s a great experience,” Ms. Salley said. “And it is something I won’t be able to do when I have a family, so I am enjoying it now.”

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Cooper Union from a Trouble with transcripts worries seniors student’s perspective university received 30,000 ap- ceived them unlike those sent to By Michelle Faucher

Andy Okuneff has been attending Cooper Union in Manhattan, NY for the last three years. He is in the engineering school at Cooper Union, and is getting a free education. He says he chose to go to Cooper because it is a full- scholarship college and the graduating class sizes are small, his in particular is 120 students. The Circuit’s Jenny Cooper spoke to Andy Okuneff about his college experience. What makes Cooper Union a unique school? For one it is free. Also, it has three different schools: art, architecture and engineering. Students are generally required to take one humanities course per semester, but the vast majority of work is very major focused. Any complaints about CU? A lack of money makes budgeting by the school a necessity and many engineering teachers are underpaid and some seem apathetic about what they are teaching. Student life through the college is not a priority, but in both respects you get what you paid for. Also, the workload is incredibly demanding and difficult. What is the surrounding area like? St. Marks Street between Second and Third Avenue, which is a block north of both buildings, is famous as an eclectic city though it is starting to become more commercialized. The East Village is steadily becoming an expensive area to live in, but there is a lot of nightlife for a diverse group of people. What would you say to someone who is teetering between Cooper and another college? If you put in the time, Cooper will get you a good job and you will be prepared for the real world. You also won’t have any student loans. But if you do come to Cooper, you are sacrificing what a traditional college experience might be able to give you. If spending a lot of time with a diverse group of college students is a priority for you, don’t come here. What is the application process like? Engineering application was pretty standard, but art and architecture applicants need to complete a home test before they are even considered. And admission rates for all schools are very low. What is an experience that only Cooper Union could have offered you? The first semester of freshmen year, I took a course in digital logic design and was able to create a completely digital version of Candyland by the end of the semester. I really liked the hands-on learning employed by the course.

Senior Nick Vargas sent his transcripts to four universities in the first week of October. After what seemed to him three long weeks, two of the universities still didn’t indicate online that they had received his transcripts. “I’m checking online everyday, and they still haven’t gotten them,” he said. “Some schools have gotten them and some haven’t. It’s really strange.” To place a transcript order, students must go to guidance and fill out a form once they have applied to the schools. Instead of students mailing a hard copy in themselves, registrar Janice Jaap can send the transcripts to the specific universities. “They might as well let me send them,” Ms. Jaap said. The transcripts go to general campus mail when the university first receives them. From there, they go to the admissions office where they are opened and sorted into undergraduate, graduate, transfers or freshman categories. Once the head of the specific department receives the transcripts, the students’ application file is pulled up for verification, FSU admissions officer Wendy Weldon said. Ms. Weldon said this is why it sometimes takes several weeks for the process to be completed. Transcripts should be received in about two weeks; however, this process can take much longer around deadlines, she said. “We get thousands and thousands and thousands of them, and it really slows it down,” Ms. Weldon said, adding that the

plications this past year alone. Ms. Weldon also recommends that students check their status online. If the transcripts haven’t been received, students should call the university. The university will do research to see what exactly happened. “I know it’s stressful. It’s stressful for all involved,” Ms. Weldon said. “It’s stressful for them [the students] to see if we got it and it’s stressful for us to sort through it.” In the case of Vargas, he sent his transcripts to American University, Drexel University, the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida. The two that acknowledged receipt were Drexel University and UF, leaving Vargas uncertain about his transcript status at American University and UCF. After two weeks of no news, he went to back to Ms. Jaap who explained that many schools hadn’t received them and the transcripts were resent. Senior Ilyssa Rosenzweig had similar problems with her transcript status at UCF and FSU. Rosenzweig sent her transcripts in late September and by mid-October they still weren’t received. Eventually, UCF re-

FSU. “It was really stressful because it was the day before the FSU deadline,” Rosenzweig said. Rosenzweig said her mother called BRACE adviser Barbara DiAlberto and was told there had been a glitch in sending from Broward schools. She also contacted FSU’s admissions office, and they said the transcripts hadn’t been received. Rosenzweig said she then sent them again. Unlike other students, senior Jackie Landsmann didn’t find the experience stressful when FSU didn’t receive her transcripts. “I wasn’t worried at all. It wasn’t my dream school,” Landsmann said. After several weeks of waiting, the transcripts were received. Vargas said the uncertainty of transcripts being received is nerve-wracking. “Trying to balance school work, after school activities, and college applications is stressful enough and having to worry about my transcripts getting in on time is even more stressful,” Vargas said.

“Trying to balance school work, after school activities, and college applications is stressful enough and having to worry about my transcripts getting in on time is even more stressful.” – Nick Vargas, senior


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While studying for standardized tests and filling out college applications, senior Joey Herman could not help but think that some students his age were not preparing to graduate but instead, were training for war. Growing up in a world as we are now, and over the past year, it’s really hard to not notice everything that’s going on overseas with all of the people fighting for us,” Herman said. Last year, Herman’s sister worked with wounded soldiers in Colorado and shared her experiences with him. Herman said the timing was really incredible because he was trying to find a way to get involved and her being an inspiration “just kind of happened.” “She’d tell me about it, and her work really inspired me to find a way to get involved,“ Herman said. “It acted as my catalyst to get involved in a cause.” Herman’s passion drove him to create the Thanks4-Giving Foundation. Joey Herman’s “The objective of my foundation is to organization provides create a tangible link bracelets, shown above, between civilians and to soldiers in Iraq for soldiers overseas so encouragement and to as to let them know show appreciation. we appreciate what they’re doing and want to thank them for their bravery and courage,” Herman said. The Thanks-4-Giving Foundation became 501C3 accredited last January, meaning it is a tax-exempt non-profit by the state of Florida and can collect money legally. The following February, the foundation began selling bracelets. “We created camouflage, rubber bracelets that have Thanks-4-Giving and courage written on them,” Herman said. “For $5, the purchaser can get a bracelet to wear personally and another one is sent overseas to a soldier with a note of personal thanks written by the purchaser.” The foundation has sold about 700 bracelets thus far, with the goal of having every member of the armed forces wear a bracelet, Herman said. “Our proceeds are going to the USO, which is the organization that provides for the entertainment and the mental well-being of the soldiers overseas, and the Wounded Warrior project, which is an organization that rehabilitates injured soldiers from the war,” Herman said. Herman said he is currently corresponding with the USO about sending the first shipment of bracelets and personalized notes by this Thanksgiving. “What better time to let our heroes and protectors

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know that we appreciate what their doing?” Herman said. “We are so grateful for what they are doing, and on Thanksgiving we are supposed to be giving thanks for what we have. Thanks to them we have the freedoms that we do.” Herman said he will “absolutely continue working” on the foundation after graduation. “I’m very passionate about making this my dream of getting the word out and expressing the entire country’s thanks to our soldiers,” Herman said. “In college, I’m going to keep on working. It’s not like I have an office or anything, so I can work on the road.” Herman’s parents and siblings are very helpful in making this foundation a reality, he said. “My family helps me every step of the way,” Herman said. “When I’m at school, they’re writing emails for me, they are helping me package these bracelets and they are helping me send them.” Minette Herman, Joey’s mother, said she is “extremely proud and very touched” that her son dedicates his time and efforts to such a profound cause. “He is very enthusiastic about getting everyone to give thanks to people who are doing a job that is very dangerous and selfless,” Ms. Herman said. “As a parent, it breaks my heart to watch the news and see the young faces. I’m just very proud and excited too because this is something that has brought great deal of enthusiasm to Joey Herman the whole family.” Ms. Herman said the whole family is involved in the foundation. “I have several roles,” Ms. Herman said. “Because Joey is a minor, he needed an adult to sponsor, so I am the director, strictly in title. I am also his cheerleader.” Although he has the assistance and support of his family and the USO, Herman said he is “looking for anyone who wishes to help.” Those interested can visit the foundation’s Web site www.thanks-4-giving.org, which offers more information about it and allows supporters to purchase bracelets online. Additional details can be found on the USO Facebook page. “I’ve received endearing e-mails from people who have family overseas,” Herman said. “They saw the post on the USO Facebook page and felt the need to say how much they appreciate what I’m doing. It makes it all worth it.” Herman encourages people to visit his Web site and support his cause. “Feel free to buy one at www.thanks-4-giving.org,” Herman said. “Thanksgiving is only the first of multiple shipments. There’s no deadline to buy bracelets, just as soon as possible.”

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The refrain of November is “What are you thankful for?” Unfortunately, most simply sit around their Thanksgiving table gorging on turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie, and choosing to ignore those who aren’t in such a fortunate situation. At this moment, there are thousands of American troops deployed around the world, who deserve our appreciation and thanks.

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“Serve your country well. Stay true to what you believe in. Never lose sight of the ultimate goal of the American people.” -Armando Amador, junior

While many students are accustomed to seeing their parents on a regular basis, freshman Jake Ehrlich knows not to take for granted the times he is able to catch up with his mother. Cypress Bay English teacher Celeste Ehrlich-Reyes, a member of the army reserves, is currently serving in Africa after being deployed in March 2009. “It’s just hard because I don’t have that extra parent,” said Ehrlich who lives with his eight-year old sister and father. “She motivates me to do my schoolwork.” Ehlrich said he talks on the phone with his mother almost every day but that it is still difficult to adapt to her absence, adding that he is left with increased responsibility at home until she returns in May of 2010.  “Now, I’m the one to tell my sister to do her homework,” he said. Sophomore Marissa Langlois has had to adjust to her father being in the Coast Guard. He is now stationed in Miami. “We move a lot,” Langlois said. “We’ve lived in Alaska, Oregon, Miami and Alabama. “It was hard at first, but I’m used to it now.”

hard,” McAdams said. Although it is difficult having a sibling commit to the military, she said she is proud of his decision. “The hardest part is having him gone and knowing that one day he might be flying planes over wars and putting his life in jeopardy,” McAdams said. “But it is amazing what he is doing, and it is definitely what he wants to do with his life. He’s really happy there.” The pride that some relatives have regarding fighting in the military can inspire some to consider enlisting. Junior Christina Floreindo said that his father’s career in the National Guard may prompt him to take a similar path. Though McAdams said she doesn’t think she’d be able to handle serving in the military, she said she understands those Photo submitted by Julianne McAdams Julianne McAdams poses with her brother, who do. Daniel, who attends the Air Force Academy “Anyone would be tempted because of the thought of being While some students have had relatives in the military for a part of something so much bigger than yourself, and knowyears, others like freshman Julianne McAdams have a rela- ing how respected you would be,” she said. “The people that tive who is now training to serve. Her brother is currently en- join all know why they’re doing it and know what to expect.” rolled in the Air Force Academy and will be deployed upon Ehlrich, whose mother also served in Iraq from 2004-2005, graduation. said he is excited for his mother to come home and retire after “My older brother being in the military affects my life the 20 years of service. same as it would to anyone with a sibling off at college, ex“It will be better because then she cept I talk to him a lot less, and what he’s doing is extremely won’t have to leave again,” he said.

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John Dahl, Alex Dahl’s father, poses with military aircraft. BY CLAIRE ARONSON CLUBS EDITOR

After graduation, senior Alex Dahl hopes to attend the Naval Academy and become a Navy Seal. While his decision was a personal one, Dahl is following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father who were both in the military. “It is something I have always wanted to do,” he said.

“You’re doing a good job, and you’re helping our country.” -Nicole Schein, junior

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“A lot of the males in my family were in the military, so I have been influenced by them.” Even though the previous generations of his family served for the United States in the Army and Air Force, Dahl wants to enter the military on a different path. “Alex is proud of the members of his family who have been in the military, and I am sure that has had some influence on him,” said John Dahl, Alex’s father who was

“Thank you for your hard work, dedication, courage and leadership.” – Justin Levine, senior

a fighter pilot in the Air Force for nine years. “My father was in the Army, I was in the Air Force and Alex’s first choice is the Navy. So, even though he has heard our experiences and knows how much we each enjoyed our service, he has charted a different course.” The military carries significant importance to the Dahl family, Mr. Dahl said. “We should all serve this country that allows us to have this very special way of life,” he said. “That is how we repay for the privileges we enjoy. There are many ways to do this, the military just one of them. By serving in the military, you are helping to guarantee our way of life, our countries’ goals. Serving is a sacrifice, but also very rewarding – a way of serving a greater good and belief. It is also a wonderful and satisfying career.” While the military is important the entire year, it is specifically significant during Thanksgiving, Mr. Dahl said. “When we sit down to give thanks for all that we have, we need to especially give thanks to all those who have given their lives in service and to those who are serving and sacrificing now so that we can have all these things to be thankful for, including the big dinner we’re about to chow into.” Alex is excited to carry on his family’s tradition of service and sacrifice. “I am definitely excited because of the honor, pride and loyalty in doing it,” he said.

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¡Viva peru!: (From left) Juan Rodriguez, Drew Hoekenga, and Adam Shemony of Nuggets play their comedic, Spanish music at The Talent Farm on Nov. 7.

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Five surprisingly impressive bands, Agony’s Arrow, Blank Tape, Regions, Burn Your Bridges and Validus opened for the ever-so-comedic Nuggets at the Talent Farm in Pembroke Pines on Nov. 7. Nuggets, a joke band claiming to hail from Lima, Peru, burst onto stage in weird costumes while Jump On It played in the background. Comprised of members of South Florida bands and some of their friends, the seven-piece Nuggets played their strange, discordant music to an enthusiastic crowd who were obviously in on the joke. They sang and spoke completely in Spanish and threw candy at the crowd. Nuggets had the funniest performance of the night. Blank Tape gave an amazing performance. They had great music with meaningful lyrics.

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Instead of screaming, like most of the other bands, lead vocalist/ guitarist Lennon Livesay sang through each song without difficulty, despite his being sick with a cold at the time. Drummer Alan Penton seemed to enjoy performing so much, he looked sad to leave the stage. The crowd still seemed to enjoy Blank Tape just as much, singing lyrics and dancing to the contagious beat and feeding off of the band’s energy. South Florida hardcore band Regions played before Blank Tape. The screaming lyrics and the edgy music might be expected to make a person cringe, but instead it made feet tap and heads nod. The crowd became one with the music and started getting violent and out of control in a downright hilarious way. Vocalist Zachary Leslie held the tune so well that it was hard to believe the performance wasn’t

a recording. Their set was awesome; it got the crowd properly hyped for the upcoming bands. Regions left the crowd craving for more. Although Validus, Burn Your Bridges and Agony’s Arrow all played with great skill, their style of music seemed too similar to distinguish from each other. The talent each member had, whether it was shredding the guitar or reaching the impossible notes, was obvious from the first song played. But they didn’t stand out, and weren’t nearly as entertaining as the other bands. Attending this concert with a serious attitude might ruin the night since there were silly jokes and outrageous behavior from the crowd, but with a little humor and a lot of energy, the concert was highly enjoyable and fully satisfying for someone who wants to experience music.

T h e s e lf - p r o claimed “ blackdeath-metal” band Vir ulentus, which formed five years ago, is making their mark on the local music scene. Influenced by similar death-metal bands, such as Behemoth and Children of Bodom, Virulentus toured Europe in August and September and won ASM (Associated Schools of Music) annual Festival in Miami for four years total. The Circuit’s Setareh Baig got the chance to talk to Virulentus’ vocalist and guitarist Trenton Stone via phone interview from his home in Pembroke Pines. How did the band form? We’ve been through so many different transformations. We’ve lost members, gained new members. Our first incarnation was a cover band called Stone Nights. What are your plans for the future? I’d like to be able to tour consistently and do at least three to six month long tours all over the place: America, Europe, Japan, China – the whole deal. I want to make a living out of it so I don’t have to work at home. What are you currently working on as a band? Well, right now, we just hired a keyboard player. We’re finishing putting together songs and writing more songs. We’re hoping to put out an album pretty soon, hopefully by February. If you weren’t aspiring to be a musician, what other goals would you be pursuing? If I wasn’t going to be a musician, I’d either want to be a professional soccer player or probably do something in computers, like graphic design or something. Pancakes or waffles? Oh, man, that’s a good one! I’ll have to go with pancakes. I don’t know, the syrup on the pancakes…I like it better than with waffles. For tour dates and more check out www. myspace.com/virulentusband

Recover South attempt to recover South Florida’s scene Local Band Review BY AMY EVANS

Recover South brings a new flair to the pop-rock genre with the combination of forceful drumbeats and powerful guitar chords, making their music upbeat. Vocalist and synth player Giuseppe Viola, drummer Dave Hernandez, guitarist and vocalist Sal Fazio, guitarist Santi Mesa and pianist and vocalist Giovanni Fazio have performed in many South

Florida Festivals and have performed along side nationally known artists such as LMFAO and Robbie Rivera. With a sound that is similar to that of Metro Station and Fall Out Boy, the band mixes technological beats with Viola’s lackadaisical but powerful voice to bring together unique songs. Each of their songs brings forth a new emotion, whether it’s their soothing song, Dry Apathy, or their energetic Miss Lovely. Through their lyrics, the band portrays experiences and mishaps such as

going home with a transgender person or Recover South’s lively music and spending the night with an older wom- blend of technical combinations merge an. Although these are not experiences to create a different sound for listeners. that most people encounter, the lyrics For tour dates and more check out www. are catchy because they are different, myspace.com/recoversouth as most band’s lyrics discuss break ups, make ups, and falling in love. Not only does the band tell stories of abnormal occurrences but also of more commonly felt experiences such as regret. In Dry Apathy, Viola sings in sadness about losing hope to change things that have already happened.

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King Rooster

The Facts: Formerly known as the Fat Cats, punk-influenced King Rooster re-

cently won the Talent Farm’s first Battle of the Bands contest, and has been touring Florida with bands such as A Billion Ernies, Setting Sail, Never Have I Ever and the Cash Toll. The band is influenced by bands such as Sublime, Slightly Stoopid and Flaming Tsunamis and takes pride in having a sound of their own, vocalist/guitarist Raian Khan said. King Rooster is a harmonic fusion of punk, ska, reggae and jazz. What’s in the Works: King Rooster is currently working on promoting their newest EP, It’s Oregano I Swear. The band is performing at the Harvest of Hope in March, a fundraising event for migrant farm workers. The band’s members are hoping to play at bigger venues in the future, such as Culture Room and Revolution, and someday expand their Florida tour to the rest of the United States, Khan said. King Rooster hopes to one day perform at Vans Warped Tour. photo submitted by Raian Khan

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SET YOUR GOALS

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Mic check, one two: (From left) John Franceschi, Matt Barnes and Dan Flint of You Me At Six open up the Alternative Press Fall Ball on Oct. 24.

Set Your Goals sets standard BY JAKE PFLUM Arts & entertainment editor

The Culture Room was swarming with teeny-bopper girls dressed head to toe in their favorite pop bands’ t-shirts and frizzy, multicolored hair. The crowd was merely a sideshow to Oct. 24’s main event, Alternative Press magazine’s Fall Ball Tour. Fourteen-year-old female audience members may disagree, but the night would have been a complete waste of 20 bucks if it weren’t for Set Your Goals show stopping set. The lineup was typical of Alternative Press’ yearly tour, which usually consists of whiney, power-pop bands. This year’s lineup was made up of You Me At Six, The Secret Handshake, Mayday Parade

and The Academy Is…, but one band stood out far above the rest. Melodic punk band Set Your Goals was almost a confusing but undoubtedly satisfying addition to the tour, but provided the few guys in the crowd with 30 minutes of pure bro-energy. The band started their set with singer Matt Wilson dancing with a blow-up doll, pretending to be Homecoming King, formal wear and all. After ripping into their first song, Summer Jam, the band ditched their bow ties and tuxedo jackets and delivered a flawless performance. Co-headliners Mayday Parade and The Academy Is… both played well and entranced the crowd with their popular songs. However, The Academy Is… didn’t seem to be putting forth as much

energy as the crowd demanded of them. The rest of the show wasn’t horrible, but no one could compare to the energy, stage performance and musical talent of Set Your Goals. The Secret Handshake, comprised of vocalist Luis Dubuc and two touring musicians, were nearly dreadful to watch. Dubuc sang through an Auto-Tune vocal processor for nearly his entire set to a crowd that seemed to hardly know who he was. The Secret Handshake got the best response from the crowd during their two covers, SkeeLo’s I Wish and Party In The U.S.A., originally by Miley Cyrus. Although the rest of the acts were not completely terrible, none of the bands could live up to the perfection that Set Your Goals had delivered.

New, charming young talent steals hearts Justin Bieber One Time Review by brit tany glassey

Fifteen-year-old Justin Bieber’s single One Time has been all over the radio lately. The song, which has had nearly half a million digital sales, is an adorable, positive, love track. Bieber’s soulful and charming voice fits in perfectly with the lyrics and the music. Bieber’s music is a mix between pop and

R&B similar to pop singer Jesse McCartney’s style back when he was first emerging as singer in Dream Street. One Time is the first song from Bieber. He was discovered on YouTube back in 2007, and has been working hard on his music ever since. With his cute looks and lyrics like “your world is my world and my fight is your fight,” Bieber gives teenage girls around the world a reason to adore him. Bieber’s EP, entitled My World, hits stores Nov. 17, with his debut album also called My World due out early 2010.

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The Sunstreak

Melodic punk sextet from the San Francisco Bay area, Set Your Goals burst onto the music scene five years ago with the release of their first EP, Reset. Their newest record, This Will Be The Death Of Us, displays the band in a way they’ve hardly been seen before. Currently touring nationally on Alternative Press’ Fall Ball Tour, the band plans to continue their heavy touring schedule into next year. While preparing for their show at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 24, vocalist Jordan Brown and guitarist Dan Coddaire sat down with The Circuit’s Jake Pflum. How is the AP Tour going for you guys? Brown: It’s going really good, actually. All of the bands sound different, and it’s the most diverse tour we’ve been a part of. At first we were wondering how the crowds would go over, but it’s been awesome to get out and play for some different people and see our fans come out and be supportive. Did you try to write your new record in a different style than your last, or did it happen naturally? Brown: It was definitely a natural progression. When Mikey [Ambrose, drummer] and I were working on the songs, the band was in a very different place than it ever had been, so the music and the moods of the music were coming out very different. Once we got into the studio and had everyone else’s input on them, it became its own creation from there. What’s an interesting story from tour? Brown: There was once a fight between Matt [Wilson, vocalist] and Zoli [Teglas, Ignite vocalist] and they got into it with some fireworks one night. Matt ended up getting pelted in the forehead with a Roman candle so he had a big Cyclops eye for three weeks of that tour. There’s footage of us retaliating in Las Vegas with a huge arsenal of fireworks and missiles. Coddaire: Every day is a new adventure almost. I’m really into food, so I like writing about the food I eat on tour on my blog. Brown: The most recent being that deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dog. Coddaire: That was a good one.

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The Sunstreak’s debut album Once Upon a Lie is the perfect combination of pop vocals and electro beats on every track. Their sound is unique but commercial enough for it to appeal to the masses. Their first single, Until I Met You, is a perfect representation of The Sunstreak. It displays all the unique traits that the band possesses. The electro-punk sound, sincere vocals and emotional lyrics make the song bound to be a hit. The Sunstreak sounds like a fusion of Every Avenue and Hellogoodbye. Pop vocals and sound combined with synthesizers is what makes The Sunstreak’s music catchy and unique. - Tiffany Vega For tour dates and more check out www. myspace.com/thesunstreak

Do you have any weird or bad habits? Coddaire: We like to mess with each other a lot. We’re not a boring band so we like to keep things interesting, but sometimes that entails maybe one or two people getting picked on.I guess that’s normal for 20-year-old dudes who are together this much out of the year. Brown: We’ll definitely push each other to the limit ‘cause we always want to test it. Coddaire: We’re button pushers.

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Sound of Thunder competes in Bands of America Super Regional

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The Bay band prepares for the sound of thunder: Bands Of America Super Regional Competition. The band performed the BY CONNOR K ANE show, The Elements, which got Cypress Bay’s Sound of them a score of 75.35 placing Thunder Marching Band played them 16th out of 42 bands. “I know we didn’t make fiat the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons, on Oct. 31 nals but being that it was our to compete in Bands of America first year there, I think we did superbly,” said senior Alvaro Super Regional competition.

Lobos, who plays sousaphone. First place went to Tarpon Springs, another Florida high school, with a score of 91.6. “They are on a whole different level. They practice efficiently and it really showed,” said Drum Major Andrea Villalba, a senior. The band started training for this competition in August over the summer and continued with regular rehearsal, even stopping at Lamar County High School in Barnesville Georgia for rehearsal on its way up to the Bands of America competition. “All of our practices definitely paid off,” said Drum Major Shari Isaacs, a senior. “It takes a lot of work to master a show, especially when you know you’re competing against bands of such a great caliber.” The band performed at 11:00 a.m. for its preliminary competition and although the band did not qualify for placement in the final competition, band mem-

bers value the experience. “With this competition Cypress was able to put itself on the map. We were exposed to some of the best bands in the country,” said senior Alejandro Lozano, also a sousaphone player. The Bands of America competition was the last competition in the marching band’s agenda for this year. “We’re very proud of our performances throughout the season,” Isaacs said. “Our performance at BOA especially was our last moment to truly shine and I think we did an excellent job. We couldn’t help but beam with pride as we marched off the field.” Prior to the Oct. 31 competi-

tion, on Oct. 17 and later on Oct. 24, the marching band competed in the Tarpon Springs Outdoor music festival and the Florida Bandmaster’s Association Music Performance Assessment, both local competitions. The band received an overall rating of fifth place in the Tarpon Springs competition, and in the Florida Bandmaster’s Association Music Performance Assessment, they received a straight superior rating, the highest one. After a satisfying marching season, the band now plans to focus on its concert and jazz bands as well as solos and ensembles in order to prepare for upcoming FBA evaluations in the second semester.

“They are on a whole different level. They practice efficiently and it really showed.” - Drum Major Andrea Villalba, senior.

CD Reviews

Georgia-based Cartel’s first release, Chroma, in 2005 showcased the band’s extraordinary talent and set high standards for pop-punk music everywhere. The band’s new album, however, fails to uphold the pop-punk perfection that Cartel once could claim. Mediocrity is a reoccurrence throughout the album. Most songs lack a memorable chorus and have stale lyrics, taking away from any charm they might otherwise have. Most tracks on the album are not worthy of a second listen. A song that perfectly represents the mundane feeling of the album is Only You. With its slow acoustic sound, it is evident that the band attempted a bit of variation within the album, yet the monotonous tone throughout the song gets old rather quickly. No song on this album, no matter how bad, can get as dull as this track. Although most of the songs lack originality and charm, the song Typical gives fans a shred of hope that Cartel’s delightful aura may still be present in their music. With its inviting melody and catchy lyrics, this track makes old fans remember why they fell in love with Cartel. Typical stands out as the bright light on this otherwise lifeless album. With this one exception, it seems as though Cartel has become detached from the meaningful music they once created, making their songs forgettable and bland. As the second flop in a row after their previous album, Cycles proves that Cartel will perhaps be unable to resume the eminence they hoped to regain. -Setareh Baig

Country singer Tim McGraw released his 10th album Southern Voice on Oct. 20, two and half years after his last album Let it Go. The album has recently climbed to the top of the Billboard Country Albums charts with songs such It’s a Business Doing Pleasure With You and the title track, Southern Voice. The album is a great combination of rock and country bringing Tim McGraw back on the scene. McGraw begins his album with a slow modern beat, a combination of slow rock and country in the song Still, which tells of being still and forgetting all. This is good song to listen to while sitting outside and thinking. The album then changes direction with its first single, It’s a Business Doing Pleasure With You. This song turns the tempo around to a head bopping, fun beat. Written by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and singer-songwriter Brett James, It’s a Business Doing Pleasure With You tells the story of a man who falls in love with a gold-digger. Though not a song to dance to at a party, it is a fun song to listen to while in the car or just hanging out. The up beat continues with Southern Voice, which unlike many of McGraw’s songs, does not tell a story; it lists influential and famous people from the South showing McGraw’s pride in the region. Each song in Southern Voice has its own deep meaning connecting each song with the listener. The album is an easy listen that is enjoyable for everyone, not only those who like country. -MARIA ARENAS

Picture yourself walking through a field of daisies on a summer day. The sun is setting and the breeze is pleasing – nothing is disturbing the senses at all. Then imagine the sun crashing into the earth and the ground splitting in half. Envision a commercial airliner full of boiling hot sauce colliding head-on with a freight train full of dynamite and zoo animals. Everything is swirling and popping in a frenzied hurricane of destruction. Now try to imagine the soundtrack to that chaotic scene. It should sound similar to Between the Buried and Me’s latest album The Great Misdirect. The opening track of this album has a foreboding quality yet it is delivered in a soft and reasonable manner. Yet, this record is one for those die-hard hardcore music fans. Each track offers the same pattern of lulling the listener into a false sense of security and then blasting the listeners with walls of sound. For fans of rock music on popular radio, this album would be terrifying. Just when the album seems to be exposing the softer side of a progressive metal band, the second track Obfuscation begins. The name alone suggests a cacophony of guitar squealing and drum smashing. As far as hardcore records go, this one is quintessentially angry and loud. Each song is laden with disorienting genre shifts ranging from jazz to deathmetal. Although the band is not bound to one genre, they don’t transition well. Despite a somewhat impressive composition, the album is a disappointment. -ERIK POH

Weezer, the quirky quartet from Los Angeles, has always dabbled in multiple genres. Most Weezer fans have grown to love the emo-pop sounding Pinkerton and The Blue Album, and the more poppunky Maladroit. But with the release of Raditude, their seventh album Weezer has earned a spot in a whole new category: trash. Can’t Stop Partying, the technosounding track on the album, features Lil Wayne, but sounds like another bad Asher Roth mix. There are few words that can describe how disgusting it is to hear the boys who once made Island in the Sun a hit, sing about their love of girls getting loose. Halfway through the awful song, listeners find themselves hoping for a turn toward satire the way Beverly Hills does. They will be disappointed again when it never comes. There simply is no consistency; Put Me Back Together sounds a lot like a Taylor Swift-style song with soft vocals and prevalent guitar. And what’s with the sitar in Love is the Answer? The song sounds like a Bollywood track. On the Deluxe Edition, the track, Run Over By a Truck, also features a pretty out-there piano intro. The only really decent song off the album is In The Mall, with a strong guitar lead and no horrible guest feature. Although repetitive, the song is fun and you’ll catch yourself singing along by the second verse. If you anticipated this album, you’ll be disheartened. Save your money – spend it on post stamps for your angry letters. -MARINA LOPES


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TV Show Review: Gone Too Far

BY NICOLE JAEGER

MTV’s long-awaited and controversial show Gone Too Far aired on Oct. 12 and stars the late Adam Goldstein, also known as DJ AM. The show is about young people trying to recover from their drug addictions with the help of Goldstein, who was a recovering addict and is rumored to have died from an overdose. Each episode focuses on a teen with a drug problem, and with the help of Goldstein, the family stages an intervention before the teen has gone too far. The series consists of eight episodes, and focuses on the young adult demographic of 20-25 year olds. Periodically during the show, MTV features the Web site Sub-

stanceAbuse.mtv.com, which offers information and as resources to help those who are dealing with substances abuse. The show can be compared to the series Intervention on A&E, which also follows the life of a person dealing with addiction, ultimately culminating in an intervention set up by loved ones. Intervention is a lot more intense than Gone Too Far, but DJ AM makes it more relatable because he seemed to overcome the same obstacles depicted on the show. It was at first unclear whether or not the series would be shown at all due to the circumstances surrounding Goldstein’s death on Aug. 28. Goldstein was found dead in his New York apartment, with autopsy reports claiming that the cause

of death was an accidental overdose. There were concerns that the show may be sending a mixed message since DJ AM was a recovering addict, yet he was placing himself in situations that may prompt substance abuse. After discussions with his family, however, the network decided to air the series as a tribute to his death. The network’s decision was an honorable one, since it is commemorating the last project DJ AM completed before he died and the show has a lot more substance than most of the other shows featured on the MTV network. The show unmasks the real issues that many young people deal with and offers the opportunity for them to rise above their addictions.

If you’ve seen the trailer for The Men Who Stare at Goats, you’ve actually seen all the best parts of the movie. Although the movie is sprinkled with great punch lines and clever plot twists, the film grows stale and predictable after a while, and is not worth your time. Ewan McGregor plays Bob Milton, a young journalist looking for an adventure to prove to his ex-wife that he is adventurous. An incredible number of strange circumstances and coincidences lead Milton to Lyn Cassady (a Jedi warrior played by George Clooney), who’s in a secret sanction of the army that trains soldiers how to fight with their minds. Cassady is the comic lunatic that believes anything his hippie leader tells him. This quality brings the only element of surprise into the movie. The Jedi warriors’ gullibility leads main characters to fight Al Qaeda terrorists, shoot goats in the leg and lace army breakfasts with LSD. Still, the plot grows stale. There are so many tangents to the main story line it’s hard to keep up, and even Cassady’s crazy reasoning grows predictable after the first half. The movie is one frame inside another inside another, beginning with Milton’s interview of one crazy man, to his encounter with Cassady, to Cassady’s story, to the secret sanctions’ story, back to Milton and Cassady’s story and so on. The acting is very mediocre, and definetely not Oscar material. To be honest, the role of Lyn Cassady wasn’t right for George Clooney, and could have been perfected by someone like Brad Pitt. Throughout the movie you’ll find yourself wondering how exactly any of the story could be based on reality, and how much longer until it’s over.

Michael Jackson’s documentary/musical This Is It covers the rehearsals that were supposed to lead up to Jackson’s final concerts, including footage of Jackson’s hit songs like Bad and Thriller. The film shows sides of Jackson that fans have never seen; his love for music, his kindness towards staff and his perfectionist tendencies that made him the King of Pop. Insisting that he had to save his energy and voice, Jackson still delivers an incredible performance effortlessly. Although Jackson was 50 years old, his presence in this film is stronger than any other dancer’s on the stage and his vocals are perfection. Fans of Jackson know that he was an excellent performer, but it is shocking to see how kind he is to staff. For the guitar solo in Black or White, Jackson insists that the lead guitarist should shine, not him. “This is your time to shine, not mine,” he repeats. “We’re all here for you.” During sound checks, when a band member makes a mistake Jackson smiles and says, “It’s okay, that’s why we have rehearsals.” His kindness and positive attitude makes him seem like an actual person, not only a self absorbed pop icon. When the live band practices performing the songs, the audience gets to see why he was such a talented artist. He gets lost in the music, starts dancing and insists on ways to make the song perfect. The film gives an inspiring look at a musical genius at work. This Is It is perfect for fans that want to see Jackson doing what he did best: performing. It’s a moving documentary that truly represents Michael Jackson as forever the King of Pop.

Movie Reviews

Based on the timeless story by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol hit theaters on Nov. 6. Unlike the previous makings of this movie, director Robert Zemeckis’s version is a lot better and much more exciting as it interacts with the audience. The familiar plot line of the Christmas-hating, Ebenezer Scrooge, the pessimistic old man, receives a visit from three ghosts and becomes a new person, takes the audience back to their childhood. The groundbreaking effects give this animated movie a makeover. For any viewer lacking that holiday bliss, this film is sure to bring you to the merry mood of Christmas. Jim Carrey, who takes on the role of more than Scrooge, plays seven other characters in the movie. He plays Scrooge as a young boy, a teenage boy, a young man, a middle-aged man, ghost of Christmas past, present and to come. His capability to portray each individual character with such perfection makes the movie worthwhile. According to Carrey’s interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the detailed animation is produced by the skin-tight spandex that each actor uses in order to capture each movement and bring it to the screen. The fast moving scenes from one setting to the other makes the 96-minute movie seem only like a 30-minute skit. As the movie comes to a close, the beautiful voice of Andrea Bocelli performing the song God Bless Us Everyone fills the theater. Although the movie is rated PG it does tend to have its share of frightening moments, but it is sure to bring a good share of laughs to everyone no matter what age. It is definitely worth paying extra to watch it in 3D. -Priscilla Ivasco

The Fourth Kind, starring Milla Jocovich and Elias Koteas, is a suspensethriller based on disappearances in Nome, Alaska, and it is worth the admission fee of $7 with a student ID. The name comes from the unofficial scale for extraterrestrial interaction, the first level being a UFO sighting, the second evidence, like crop circles, the third contact and the fourth kind, abduction. Jocovich plays psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler who begins videotaping sessions with traumatized patients, leading her to believe that their behavior is caused by something out of this world. The movie, a cross between Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, opens with a Jocovich monologue as herself, not her character, explaining that the movie uses actual footage and the viewer must decide if this is enough evidence to prove that there has been alien activity involved in the disappearances. The death of Dr. Tyler’s husband pushes her to immerse herself in her work. It begins to pick up with a graphic murdersuicide when one of her patients breaks down after a therapy session and kills his family and then himself. The “actual” footage used looks very convincing, but paired with the reenactments it seems less realistic. The actors seem to be too aware that they are acting which makes it hard to stay involved. The constant switching between the actual footage and the reenactments are distracting and at several points they play them side-by-side. How much this movie is enjoyed depends on whether the movie seems convincing, but it is an interesting movie and if alien abduction movies where you never see the alien are your thing, then this is perfect. -Connor Kane

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East meets Weston via sitar strings Sophomore sets goals with his talent for playing middle eastern instrument BY BLAIR STOKES PHOTO EDITOR Echoing mainly in the realm of Indian classical music, the sitar also resounds in sophomore Justin Carter’s music-playing world. The traditional Middle Eastern stringed instrument produces an ambient, resonating sound not often heard in the Western world (except, perhaps, in The Beatles’ experimentation). The instrument’s unique vibrations create its own atmosphere, ideal for meditation, said Carter, who has been playing it since being introduced to the instrument about six months ago by his older brother, who picked it up through jazz. Soothing in its resonance, the sitar often accompanies meditation as a form of sound therapy. Rather than just being trippy, Carter said it “brings the soul higher.” “Its music is very spiritual and meditative. The vibrations bring you to a higher plane of awareness,” he said, explaining that one meditates by playing the sitar while sitting in a yoga position. This is said to align the chakras, the bodily points of energy in Hindu belief. “The position better connects you to the vibrations,” Carter said. However, to achieve the full effects of the instrument, dedication and discipline are necessities. Carter practices for one to two hours a day and every weekend at a music school specializing in Indian classical music, he said. His teacher Bharti Chokshi is pleased that the sitar is getting better known. “I feel proud Westerners are taking up our instrument and playing a performing with it,” she said. Carter has been enveloped in the genres of Western classical and Indian classical. Though, names of sitar players like Vilayat Khan and Nikhil Banerjee set Indian classical a world away from most American teens.

Despite the instrument’s Western rarity, Carter is not the lone Westerner who strums the sitar. He follows the lead of Beatles guitarist, George Harrison, who was taught to play by sitar legend Ravi Shankar. The Beatles made use of the sitar’s lingering riffs in songs such as Tomorrow Never Knows and more faintly in Across the Universe. Carter considers himself a beginner in terms of his sitar playing skills, but he intends to become a full-time student of sitar after high school. “It takes a couple of lifetimes to master,” he said.

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“Its music is very spiritual and meditative. The vibrations bring you to a higher plane of awareness.” - Justin Carter, sophomore

Moral dilemmas meet action

Mythology takes modern twist

Book Review The Hunger Games

Book Review The Lightning Thief

BY NICOLE JAEGER The Hunger Games, written by New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins, is an actionpacked, adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping novel that is a perfect combination of fantasy and adventure. The first installment in a trilogy, this book follows a 16-yearold girl named Katniss Everdeen who lives in a post-apocalyptic version of North America now known as Panem. The country is divided into 12 districts that are harshly restricted from the main district, Capitol, by the government. Each year, the nation holds a national competition called the Hunger Games,

in which one boy and one girl are chosen from each district to compete in a barbaric game the entire country watches via television. The rules are simple: the competitors must fight to the death and only one can emerge victorious. The book is full of moral dilemmas because the teens are forced to kill each other in their fight to stay alive. There is also heartbreak because of the friendships that are at jeopardy due to the games. It is very well written with unexpected twists in the plot that provokes emotion from the reader. The author writes in a way that allows the reader to relate to Katniss and feel like a participant in the games. Collins expertly ends the book in a moment of anticipation leaving readers with lingering questions about what happens next, leading right into the next installment, Catching Fire, which is available now. The final book is due out in the fall of 2010.

BY DANIELLE KASE Imagine you’ve been kicked out of every school you have ever attended and live with an abusive stepfather. You think life can’t possibly get any worse. Then one day you are told you are the son of the sea god Poseidon and that the monsters of Greek mythology want you dead. This is reality for Percy Jackson, the main character of Rick Riordan’s book, The Lightning Thief that is set to become a movie premiering Feb. 10. The Lightning Thief throws a new twist on Greek mythology as the characters that students read about in English class are portrayed in the mod-

ern-day world. It is a fresh new concept that never falters in being interesting. The first chapter pulls the reader into a previously unknown world and the suspense builds with each new page. Percy’s adventure starts with him as a normal 12-year-old boy until one day his math teacher attempts to kill him. As he is forced to run for his life, he discovers Camp Half-Blood. As he gets accustomed to life as a demi-god he befriends many, and life for him starts to settle down. Then without any forewarning, Zeus’s lightning bolt is stolen and the No. 1 suspect is Percy. With his best friend Grover at his side, Percy embarks on a journey to find the missing bolt and clear his name. The Lightning Thief is the first in a five book series that is definitely recommended for fans of mythology and fantasy.


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Bands perform bravely at the Culture Room bY BLAIR STOKES PHOTO EDITOR

Behind the disguise of a light indie genre, The Bravery buries dark meanings within their seemingly upbeat songs, creating musical facades. The band flaunted this skill on Oct. 16 at The Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale with supporting bands Crash Kings and The Dustys. That night, the audience was transformed into The Bravery’s obedient minions, which seemed to be fine with the crowd, judging by the off-key chanting emanating from the crowd. Although the majority of the crowd was swept up in lead vocalist Sam Endicott’s deep, entrancing voice, two minor drunken fights broke out, one at the beginning of The Bravery’s set. Despite the commotion, they continued to play, unaffected by the brief brawls. After The Bravery began their set with the infectious Unconditional, Endicott voiced his version of the set-list as old songs, new songs, and mystery songs. As promised, they played songs from their albums: The Bravery, The Sun and the Moon, and the yet-to-be released Stir the Blood, among other enigmatic tracks, like Red Hands White Knuckles. Throughout the concert, The Bravery hinted at their latest darker inten-

tions. Layering buzzing synths and thorny guitars over the sinister lyrics of newer, more profane songs, the described acts of bondage were nearly as visible as Endicott’s brooding gaze. The preceding band, Crash Kings, only slightly prepared the audience for The Bravery’s intoxicating performance, yet still played an excellent show. Despite driving from Los Angeles in two days to open for The Bravery, the band showed no signs of being tired. Instead, bassist Mike Beliveau’s riffs tickled the throat, making the audience wish they could cough up the lyrics. Singing those lyrics was the pleasantly shrill voice of vocalist and pianist Tony Beliveau (the bassist’s brother) who captured the audience, most notably during the song 1985. The first band of the night may as well have been from 1985 as they suffered an initial disconnect with the crowd. Overcoming disinterest, The Dustys redeemed themselves through their rough folksy sound with a psychedelic tinge, forcing the crowd into a vibing, foot-tapping frenzy. However, in comparison, The Dustys failed to meet the standards set by Crash Kings and The Bravery. Executing a hypnotic show, The photo SUBMITTED BY KENNETH GRAND-PIERRE Bravery succeeded in alluding to their darker new direction, which will be ex- Stirring the blood: Vocalist Sam Endicott of The Bravery perienced in Stir the Blood. performs at the Culture Room on Oct. 16.

Football series better than ever Video Game Review: Madden ‘10 BY ADAM BIRNBAUM AND STEVEN SILBERMAN

like never before. The graphics, comprised of extremely intricate details, depict all 32 NFL stadiums. The atmosphere at each stadium is detailed, giving gamers the thrill and sensation experienced while watching real football games. For example, at Cleveland Brown Stadium, there is the Dog Pound, a group of fans with dog masks right behind the end zone. Madden ’10 perfectly simulates this environment, showing players leaping into the crowd after a touchdown. Also, players are capable of unlocking old uniforms from past seasons and as far back as the AFL. This game also gives players the ability to select any rookie, use him in the NFL combine and play with him throughout his entire career. Gamers can also customize a player and play with him from his rookie year to his final game. The game play pushes fun and excitement to the next level. Players are now more capable of tackling higher or lower, stripping the football, creating helmet-tohelmet collisions, and changing the play before the snap. Madden ‘10 is the top sports game of this decade, setting the bar high for upcoming football and sport games.

The ability to control play-calling, maneuver intended receivers, clothesline the ball carrier and lead your team to victory has never been better than in the latest version of Madden, Madden ‘10. The most noticeable change in this edition is the new game modes. Madden Moments, which features game situations, allows players to reenact specific games from past seasons. Playing as the Pittsburgh Steelers to score on the potential game-winning drive of Super Bowl XLII with Ben Roethlisberger or assumPHOTO illustration BY BROOKE WILSON ing control of the Buffalo Bills while leading the offense to a winning touchdown are fantastic ways players can relive unforgettable NFL minutes. As players beat the first set of moments from the most recent NFL season, more moments to play are unlocked. Players can enjoy a NFL experience a song, players can pick up a guitar and start shredding as well as change from bass to guitar. There are no scores or rock meter so “failing out” is impossible during party By Brooke Wilson play. Also, if the game seems slightly hard, the difficulty level can be lowered Featuring 85 songs and 83 artists, or raised at any time. Guitar Hero 5, released on Sept. 1, is the The new idea behind Guitar Hero 5 is best addition to its series and includes a that it can be played in the background at brand new guitar controller. parties. If someone hears a song he likes, Although there are no special add-ons he can easily plug the guitar in and play specific to this game’s version, the gui- along. If no one wants to play the song, a tar is still well constructed with a strum new playlist can be created. bar that is easy on the thumbs and just Artists like The Rolling Stones, The feels comfortable. The game is available White Stripes, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi at retailers such as Target and Walmart and Smashing Pumpkins are new addifor $99.99. tions showcased in the game. There is Party Play, a new feature, allows users something for everyone’s rocking out PHOTO illustration BY ADAM BIRNBAUM to be spontaneous. At any point during pleasure – no matter what age.

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game face: Varsity players Brandon Schoenthal, Kyle Jossfolk, and Danny Isidora watch the homecoming game from the sidelines (above), Marcus Mason runs during the game against West Broward (left), Derek Soven punts the ball (below).

Lightning fall short of division champs Varsity Football Overall Record: 5-4 BY JOSH LEWIN

SPORTS EDITOR After stringing together three straight wins the Lightning fell into a two-game losing slump with losses to Taravella (28-14) and Everglades (14-13). These losses locked the team out of the division lead and into second place where it will finish out the remainder of the season. “Not winning the division was a huge disappointment,” Varsity Football Coach Mark Guandolo said. “That is what we have been working for since last May. We practiced five days a week, three hours a day and to come up short is really devastating.” Although the Lightning was unable to win its division, it will still be competing in the state playoffs against Carol City on Nov. 28. Coach Guandolo attributes the team’s difficulties this season to the loss of 42 seniors from last season in combination with injury problems. “We had guys getting hurt all over the place,” Coach Guandolo said.

This season the Lightning suffered key injuries to offensive lineman Joe MacNamara, center Jason Rae, wingback Mario Panunzio, and running backs David McKnight and Danny Epstein. In place of the McKnight-Epstein ground game the team experimented with back-up running back Joey Stanley, linebacker Juan Montoya and kicker Derek Soven. “The guys really stepped up when we needed them to. Joey has done an exceptionally good job and we even got through the kicker in there a little,” Coach Guandolo said. Soven, a senior, said that he has always wanted to try out a different position and that getting step in during the West Broward game was a great opportunity to do so. “It was a lot of fun but really I’m just trying to help out the team in any way I can,” Soven said. Out on the field Soven is notably smaller than most linebackers but he shows no fear. “I always foresee myself as being much larger than I actually am. I’m confident out there,” Soven said.

Cypress Bay v. West Broward W(42-0) The Lightning had its largest victory of the season 42-0 against the West Broward Bobcats on Oct.23. This was the first game in which the Lightning was able to test out its Stanley, Montoya and Soven backfield. “West Broward is still a young, building program and ours is just much farther along. But still, we played a good game,” Coach Guandolo said.

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Bay football to enter rebuliding phase

Around this time of year the weather usually gives us a little break from the otherwise sweltering Florida heat, seniors start finding out what colleges they will be attending and everyone in school is getting psyched up for the football playoffs. All is the same this year – except that nobody seems especially excited for the playoffs because the Lightning has had a pretty uneventful season (5-4). Last year’s team finished 10-2 overall and even managed to reach the second round of the playoffs, so now the question beckons: Was the 2008 season the peak of Cypress Bay football? Or will Coach Mark Guandolo be able to rally the troops and have a bounce-back season? One of the best moves that Cypress Bay football ever made was to bring in one of the most successful high school football coaches around. Coach Guandolo brought leadership, discipline and maybe even a little fear to this football program, and his efforts showed last season. The deal breaker that let the Lightning slip this season is the fundamental element of any sports team – talent. The Lightning of 2008 was decorated with D-1 prospects and natural athletes. Unfortunately, the team lost 42 of those seniors this year due to graduation; some of last year’s team even went on to play college ball at Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech. Cypress Bay has all the elements of a winning football program: a revered head coach, a large student body, a good JV football program to grow and develop players, a supportive fan base and added this season thanks to the football booster club, the team’s new secret weapon – a high-tech atmospheric water generator. But just like every franchise in sports history, every dynasty peaks and then crumbles, only to rebuild slowly and return to a championship team. The Lightning is most likely entering the downward state now.  Our football program is known for being a fundamental, pound-the-ball-up-the-middle team. While this strategy obviously worked effectively in the past, without players to run the ball it didn’t have as much success this season. Midway through the season running backs senior David McKnight and junior Danny Epstein both suffered debilitating injuries and missed numerous games, yet the Lightning barely let quarterback Zac Green air it out. The offense was practically put on ice the last two games, putting up only 14 and 13 points respectively. The junior class has a few strong athletes that will return next season, including the majority of the offensive line, which will enable the Lightning to advance their running game and return to their ground game glory. In the absence of injured McKnight, junior Joey Stanley filled in and did a pretty good job this season. He will only get better through next season, but it won’t be enough. Along with this personnel change, after four years of starting at quarterback Zac Green will be replaced next season by an as-of-yet undetermined underclassman. This inexperience will take some serious molding out of the coaching staff and I just don’t think the team has it in them to pull off any improvements from this season. One day the class of 2009 will be able to come back and watch the Lightning team win a district championship – it just won’t be next year.


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JV football succeeds despite challenges JV Football Overall Record: 5-2 BY STEVEN SILBERMAN Though beginning the season with a JV squad with a minority of players having a full year of experience, the team quickly gelled together and wound up with a winning record for the season, capping it off on Nov. 4 with a 25-6 win against Flanagan High. “We didn’t know what kind of team we had,” JV Head Coach Chris Ulman said. “They became fullblooded Cypress Bay football players.” The ending play of the season – a blocked punt recovered by Flanagan in their own end zone, which resulted in a safety for the Lighting as time expired – allowed Cypress to end their season on an excellent note, Coach Ulman said. “Man, did we play one hell of a football game,” he said.  “The kids wanted to win.” The stingy defense that allowed only 26 points in the Lightning’s last four games propelled the team to win all of them. “The defense means a lot to this team,” cornerback Zach DelGandio said. “We were able to dominate like crazy because we played harder than anyone else. We had a great year. No one was expecting to do what

we did. We started out 1-2, and then we won four in a row.” One of the highlights of the season was a huge victory over rival Western High School in their fourth game. Scoring a touchdown late in the contest, Cypress was able to beat them 6-2. “It was back and forth,” Coach Ulman said. “We couldn’t move past the 50, they couldn’t move past the 40.” Cypress fumbled inside their own end zone after a botched hand-off, making it the third straight game where the Bay’s opponent scored on a safety in this fashion. “It was not a smooth offensive night,” Coach Ulman said. Western took a 2-0 lead, but the Lightning turned things around late in the fourth quarter. A long run and a big pass play helped the Bay offense march down the field for the winning touchdown. “We were killing people,” linebacker John Everson said. “We were knocking them. We had to cover two wide receivers that were 6’4’’.” After suffering a hard hit from running back and defensive back Joey Britton, a Western receiver threw up on the field. “Joey just played it off like another hit,” Everson said. That kind of physicality, along with low scoring, typically occurs in meetings featuring two schools that do photo submitted by tom macdonald not like each other. Cypress and Western are no differ- kicking and screaming: Sophomore ent, Coach Ulman said. Troy Bley warms up his leg before the West “The neighborhood rivalry is alive and well, but we Broward game. got the right to brag another year,” he said.

on track: Junior Alan Percal runs during the FHSAA 4A district meet, where he placed 20th out of 109 runners.

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Boys run personal bests Boys Cross Country

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The boys took on 15 teams, placing fifth at Districts on Nov. 6 at Quiet Waters Park where they qualified for regionals. “As a team we want to stay together and knock off around 20 seconds from our times,” Percal said. Percal placed 20th out of 109 runners, BY NICOLE BIRNBAUM AND with a time of 17:45 followed by Lucci, ALYSON MASO who placed 22nd with a time of 18:04. “It’s been a growing year for the After placing eighth out of 29 teams boys,” Coach Monks said. “It’s going to at the BCAA County Championship and take a lot of work and effort on their part fifth out of 15 teams at districts, the boys to qualify from regionals to states.” cross country team led by senior Joey Lucci, all ran their personal bests by finBCAA County ishing off their season placing 12th at reChampionship gionals. “I’m impressed with the progress The team competed at the BCAA they’ve made,” Coach Joseph Monks Championship meet on Oct. 23 at Mills said. “Alan Percal and Joey Lucci are our Pond Park against 29 teams, placing two great leaders.” eighth overall. Percal said the team has started speed “It was a pretty easy course, so over work because the big races are growing all we did well,” co-captain Joey Lucci closer. said. “We run in packs in the beginning of Out of 200 runners, Percal came in the race so we can make our No. 5 runner 48th with a time of 19:19, Lucci placed run faster,” co-captain Percal said. “Even- 55th with a time of 19:28, and sophomore tually the faster runners break off.” Daniel Aquino placed 56th with a time The goal as always is to make it to of 19:28. states on Nov. 21, Coach Monks said. “Counties has 32 teams, which is a lot “They have been preparing by hav- more than our dual meets, so the compeing a Saturday run at Vista Park to make tition prepared us for what we would be them stronger,” he said. up against at districts,” Percal said.

Final Meet: Regionals

Girls prepare for states Girls place second at districts, fourth at regionals to qualify for higher competition

Girls Cross Country Next Meet: States By Kimberly Railey Copy Editor

After placing fourth at regionals on Nov. 12, the girls cross country team is “ecstatic” with their performance, cocaptain Jennifer Levine said. Now, the team’s main focus is to place well at states on Nov. 21. “We have a really strong group of girls this year, and it has definitely shown,” Levine said. “Hopefully, we can qualify for states and have a great ending to this season.” The girls team has developed a strong work ethic that has contributed to their success, cross country Head Coach Joe Monks said. “The girls have realized all the work they have to do, and they’re not afraid to work hard,” he said. Co-captain Jenny Natareno is also confident in the team’s ability to perform well. “We have been preparing by doing more speed workouts as we get closer to states, raising our mileage and staying focused with the final goal,” Natareno said.

FHSAA 4A District Meet The team competed at the FHSAA District 4A meet on Nov. 5, finishing in second out of 14 teams. Ninety seven runners participated. “Everyone ran so well at districts, and I couldn’t be happier with our second place finish because it shows that all of our hard work is paying off,” said sophomore Jessica MacConnie, who placed 26th with 22:13. Junior Ashley Lesnik came in fifth with a time of 19:48 and sophomore Alexis Dugan came in 10th with a time of 21:02. Junior Therese Germain and sophomore Aliette Barboza took 15th and 16th in a close race, with Germain finishing in 21:18:52 and Barboza finishing in 21:18:86.

BCAA County Championship The Lightning faced off against 23 schools at the BCAA Cross Country Championship on Oct. 23 and placed third overall. Levine said that the meet served as a “great warm-up” for districts. “It was a good practice for success at our district meet,” she said. “We had done a lot of training and we were really determined.” Out of 165 runners, Lesnik placed eighth with 20:58. Barboza finished in 15th with 21:48, followed by Dugan in 25th with 22:23. Germain came in 26th with 22:26.


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Boys swim places sixth at regionals splash: Senior splish Nick Alemann (left) is mentally preparing before competing in the district meet. Alemann (below) is resting after swimming in the 400-meter freestyle relay at regionals.

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Nov. 6 their regional meet where six team members qualified for the state competition (held as The Circuit went to print). The team came in sixth place overall at regionals, while the 400freestyle relay team came in fourth place after being seeded 10th, securing its place at states. Senior Nick Alemann, one of four members of the relay team and one of two team captains, also qualified individually in the 200-freestyle and the 500freestyle. “Regionals went great,” Alemann said. “I got new personal best times in both the 200 and 500, and the 400-free team beat out the 16th spot by 0.11 seconds, which is a snap of the finger.” The four members of the 400-freestyle team – Alemann, Nathan Hirshbein, Yoel Lapscher and Guilherme Villar – all made it to states. Hirshbein

called the 400-freestyle the “Cinderella relay,” because the team was originally seeded 10th and managed to pull off a fourth place finish. “No one expected that relay to make it, and it did,” Hirshbein said. Accompanying the four relay swimmers to states will be two alternates. Although six team members made it to states, the rest of the team remains encouraged said team member Thomas Barron. “We’ve all worked really hard to get to regionals. Even though so few of us will make it to states, we’re all still a supportive team,” Tomas Barron, a member of the swim team said. With his teammates backing him, Alemann said he aspires to make it to finals at states in either the 200-freestyle or 500-freestyle. Coach Laura Vera also has similar hopes “I hope to see Nick place top 10 at states considering it’s his senior year and that he has been working so hard the past four years,” Coach Vera said.

Girls swim season draws to an end Seniors Britney Phelan and Jenna Moody qualify for states, marking end of successful year BY MELHOR LEONOR

With many swimmers qualifying for regionals after a successful districts meet, the girls swimming team ended its season with seniors Britney Phelan and Jenna Moody qualifying for states (taking place as The Circuit went to print). “I’m happy I made it. I think I deserve it because I’ve worked really hard this season,” Phelan said. “I have high expectations for states.” Phelan qualified for the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:07. Moody placed with a time of 2:13,

which qualified her for states in the 200meter medley. “I’m really happy and exited for states,” Moody said. “I have been training hard all year.” While the season ended at regionals for all but two swimmers, the girls swim team had a successful season Phelan said. “We usually have more people make it to states but overall the team did well this season,” said junior Nicole Schein who placed in the top five in regionals but didn’t make it to states.

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New goal posts installed

BY JENNY COOPER

The Football Booster Club spent around $3,000 last month to replace the Cypress Bay’s football goal posts. “We replaced the goal posts because the original were youth goal posts put in by the county when our field was first built,” athletic director Bill Caruso said. “The new posts are the required height for high school, as well as college.” The Football Booster Club purchased the posts out of their bank account. “The goal posts were about $3,000,” said Hana Casey, a member of the Football Booster Club.

In addition to the new goal posts, meetings are being held now between administration and prominent business people in the Weston area to discuss the installation of afro-turf, which is artificial grass within the upcoming years. The business that decides to donate money towards installing asrto- turf will have the field named after them. “We have been trying to negotiate this deal for a while now,” Mr. Caruso said. “We are hoping to have the afro-turf installed within the next couple years. ” Astro- turf would be beneficial in the long run as it would cut costs of maintenance to the grass field said head football coach Marc Guandolo.

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Little hunts big game Student travels around the world to hunt alligators, deer, hogs, turkeys

BY ADAM WEISS

Gliding across the marshes of Lake Okeechobee on an airboat long after the sun has set, sophomore Will Little’s night is just beginning. He flicks on a spotlight and illuminates the dark waters. Hundreds of pairs of glowing red eyes are glistening all around him. The boat jolts forward and the hunt begins. Little, 16, hunts competitively and for recreation around the world, looking for different animals such as hogs, turkeys, deer and the Florida alligator. He has won hunting awards such as Safari Club International’s youth hunter of the year for 2001 and 2006. “I love hunting so much because it’s a lot of fun to get out of the busy lifestyle and connect with nature, friends and family,” he said. Little’s father got Will involved in hunting. As a matter of fact, Mr. Little was unable to be interviewed for this story because he was unreachable on a hunting trip in Wyoming. Little said his favorite animal to hunt is the Florida alligator, which can grow up to 14 feet in length and weigh more than 1,000 pounds. “These alligators have lived on Earth from the times of the dinosaurs, so they are extremely tough and built to kill,” he said. Once he spots the “red-eyed monster,” Little speeds up the airboat because he will lose the alligator if he doesn’t approach it quickly, he said. “You usually run up on alligators really fast because those big, old gators are very smart and usually go underwater before you can get in range of them,” he said. “Alligator hunting is an adrenaline rush like no other.” Due to the large population of alligators in Florida – 1.5 million

and growing, according to Linda Collins of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s alligator management program – each year the state of Florida has a certain number of gator tags for hunters to buy, Little said. Hunters are restricted to a set number of tags, which is the number of alligators they are allowed to hunt. Although this program is “highly managed,” Little said the alligator population is still on the rise. “Keeping this population managed is a must for keeping the duck, fish and bird populations on the rise, too, because the more alligators there are, the more they will eat other wildlife,” Little said. “If there are too many gators then the duck, fish and bird populations would be devastated, but with too few gators those populations would be overpopulated.” Little said that although much controversy surrounds the sport, hunters are actually the “ultimate conservationists.” “The truth is that hunters are the biggest contributors to saving wildlife and its habitat,” he said. “Hunting helps to keep wildlife populations in check and keeps the populations from overrunning themselves.” Little said he does not kill animals without utilizing every part of them. “On all of the animals we harvest, we use everything and don’t waste anything,” Little said. By killing his targets as painlessly as possible, Little said he respects the animals that he hunts. “Before I take an animal, I feel an adrenaline rush because I want to make sure I can kill it as humanely as possible and make

sure it doesn’t feel any pain,” Little said. Little said the most difficult part of hunting is not the actual kill, but the work put into harvesting the animal after it is dead. “I feel excited when I’ve killed an animal, but that’s when the real work begins,” Little said. Especially with alligators, much has to be done to harvest them and use their parts, Little said. “We either skin the gators for their prized meat and hide or we sell the gator to a processor,” he said. “Either way, everything on these alligators is being used and, yes, alligator meat is amazing and, yes, it does taste like chicken.” Each summer, Little and his family travel to places such as South America and Africa to hunt. “I love going to foreign countries to hunt because you get to learn about different cultures, people and animals,” he said. Because they cannot bring the meat of the animals they hunt back to the United States, Little and his family donate it to local villages that are desperate for food, he said. “The meat is as organic as it comes and is very lean,” Little said. After the hunt commences and the harvesting is over, Little feels satisfied with the work he has done and looks forward to the next hunting experience. “I feel good because I did what I came for,” Little said. “Even if I don’t kill anything, I still know there are always bigger ones out there.”


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Third place state finish caps off year STATE TOURNAMENT SCORES ROHAN RAMNATH DAY 1: 78 DAY 2: 70 MICHAEL HEDA DAY 1: 73 DAY 2: 71 Other notable scores: bradley andersen day 1: 79 day 2: 77 shane white day 1: 76 day 2: 75

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saawwing’:The boys golf team poses after competing in the regional golf tournament. practice rounds, before teeing BY ZACH ZAFFOS off for a total of 36 holes of state GR APHIC DESIGNER tournament play within the last The boys golf team finished two days of its trip. third in the state golf tournaHeda led the way for the team ment on Nov. 3 and 4 in its first with scores of 73 and 71, respecappearance in two years. Head tively. Ramnath also chipped in Coach Vincent Grossi attributes with scores of 78 and 70. White this accomplishment to the and Andersen contributed to the team’s camaraderie. don Park and Mike Beddow, the third place finish as well. “It definitely helps when you team never lost sight of reaching “The actual competition have great team chemistry,” states, and was able to improve was amazing,” Ramnath said. Coach Grossi said. “When kids on the loss it suffered in the re- “It was great playing with kids enjoy being around each other, gional tournament last season. from around the state and comthey don’t want to let each other “This is by far the best re- paring our abilities to theirs.” down. They stay focused to do sult we have had in the school’s Ramnath also added that he the best job for the team.” history,” Coach Grossi said. “I is encouraged by the team’s imThe Bay reached the state couldn’t be more happy with the provement throughout the year tournament with the leadership way our team came back after a and believes it can make another of its top five players: senior rough first day at states.” run next season. Shane White, juniors Bradley The team shot an overall “I think we improved a lot Andersen and Rohan Ramnath, score of 596 in the state tour- as the season progressed and a sophomore Michael Perez and nament. The Bay finished 13 lot of the new players got playfreshman Michael Heda. Af- strokes out of first place, falling ing experience,” Ramnath said. ter losing its top two statistical to Lake Mary High School. The “I think next year we have a real scorers from last season, Bran- team played two days worth of shot at winning it all.”

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Incredible Ice to hold High School Hockey Night BY AMY EVANS

In honor and celebration of the Florida Scholastic Hockey League’s 12th season, Incredible Ice in Coral Springs planned a “High School Hockey Night” for Nov. 16 (as The Circuit went to print). “We hope this will generate lots of excitement, as well as increased recognition of high school ice hockey among fans and students at the schools,” said Lu Griffin, manager of varsity hockey for Cypress Bay. Continuing fter the opening, every Monday nine to 10 games will be held on three rinks incorporating 19 high school ice hockey teams. The first game will begin at 6 p.m. and the last at 9:20 p.m. People will have the chance to come out and watch the action and cheer on their school, Ms. Griffin said. “I hope that Cypress Bay

students come out and support their high school hockey team in this fun event,” said sophomore Kevin Masaro, a member of the Bay’s team. Aside from the games played on the ice, other attractions will always be offered such as music, contests and specialized memorabilia sales. The league “is really great because it gives the players an opportunity to compete against other teams while being supported by their own high schools,” Masaro said. Principal Scott Neely was scheduled to perform the first ceremonial puck drop at the opening, and other principals from participating high schools were expected to be there as well. About 20 members of Cypress Bay’s chorus were asked to sing the national anthem.

Ninth place finish at states wraps up undefeated season BY TAYLOR WILKENS

The girls golf team ended their season with a ninth place finish at the state competition on Nov. 2-5 in Ocala after closing out their season undefeated. “The feeling you get when you find out you are going to States is overwhelming,” team captain Lucia Garcia said. “And I was shocked, because it is the first time in the school’s history that the girls golf team made it to States.” The girls who competed in states placed in the following order: Garcia, 83; Lauren Krueger, 94; Sherrell Buckley, 101; Brittany Stolzenberg, 105. “It is exciting going to states,” Coach Mike White said. “We

worked hard all season long, and this truly shows everyone how hard we worked and that hard work really does pay off in the end.” While competing in states, the team had time to practice twice on the course, and the other two days were spent competing on the 36-hole course. “States was very challenging and hard because it was a different course than what we were used to, but we did the best we could,” Garcia said. The girls golf team went 160, finishing off the season undefeated, even against top rival St. Thomas, beating them twice this season. “We wanted to do well this season and it shows with our

Girls Golf Overall Record: 16-0

182 to 183.

Taravella On Oct. 12 the team played Taravella, beating them with a score of 154 to 274. “We did amazing in this game. We always try our hardest and it always shows in our scores,” Garcia said. Garcia shot a 36, Herrera 38, and Kruger 40.

overall record of 16-0,” Garcia said. The girls continued their winning streak while playing the last game of the regular season against Cardinal Gibbons on Oct. 14 at the Coral Ridge Country Club. Western Garcia, posted a score of 38, while teammate Juliana HerreOn Oct. 8, Cypress played ra scored a 41. Lauren Kruger’s against major rival Western and score was a 51 and Buckley beat them 195 to 240. posted a score of 52. “We play hard, and all of our They beat Cardinal Gibbons on the last hole, beating them hard work really shows off when

you beat a team by so many points,” Garcia said. The leaders in the game against Western were Garcia and Herrera 41 each shooting a 41, followed by junior Brittany Stolzenberg with a 56, and Buckley a 57. “I love playing against our biggest rival,” Stolzenberg said. “It always brings such a rush feeling you have to win.”

West Broward/ Douglas Oct. 7 brought another big win for the girls, beating out West Broward 179 to 229, and also beating Douglas who finished with 222. Garcia scored a 37, Herrera 41, and Krueger 49.


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Food allergies pose obstacle to students BY SHARI ISAACS

The term aerobics is often associated with soccer moms sweating uncomfortably in one-size-fits-all attire. But contrary to popular belief, aerobic exercise is a crucial part of any workout regiment. No matter what the reason is for getting in shape, these exercises will shrink the waist and eliminate the fat.

Sitting V: To flatten out those flabby abs lay flat on the ground and elevate the legs and torso about 30 degrees from the ground, while keeping the gluteus maximus in place. Hold this position for a full minute and repeat three times. This exercise is a great way to burn calories, sculpt the abdomen, and learn the alphabet.

“Exploding” Step-Ups: The lower legs are often disregarded in the common workout regiment. These step-up exercises require a surface about a foot higher than ground level; bleachers or a small pedestal would work. Step from the lower ground to the higher one while thrusting with the arms at the height of the motion. This exercise will work the hamstrings, quadriceps, and gluteus muscles. Repeat this motion for 45 seconds, followed by a short pause and then 2 more sets of 45 seconds.

The last peanut butter cookie on the platter may look considerably appetizing. But for students like Eric Helliwell, the cookie will have to pass. To Helliwell, a peanut butter cookie may be the difference between life and death. “When I was 2 years old, my mom fed me peanut butter on toast. I went into anaphylactic shock and [was] rushed to the hospital,” Helliwell said. “We had no clue I was deathly allergic.” Over the years, food allergen awareness has become more prominent, said Julie D.K. McNairn M.D. of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “I believe awareness of food allergies has grown out of necessity,” Dr. McNairn said. “More and more children are diagnosed with food allergies. The reasons for the trend are not entirely clear. I think much of the increase in awareness has come from families of children with food allergies.” Effective January 2006, the FDA began requiring that food companies indicate the food allergens contained in their products near or within the list of ingredients. This means, for example, that if an item, such as butter, contains the protein whey from milk, the word milk must be documented in parentheses right after the word whey, or it can be indicated at the end of the ingredient list set off by the word “contains”. Such requirements have students like Helliwell relieved. “It does make life a lot easier,” Helliwell said. “But you still need to be really, really careful. Every single product, every single ingredient, you never know when a company accidentally didn’t put a warning. Over the years my peanut allergies have become a part of me. Everything I do and eat I’m always checking, so now I’m used to it.” Helliwell isn’t the only student with food allergies, and with all the goodies offered at the Bay it can be difficult to resist a tempting snack. Helliwell said that he sometimes craves a Snickers Bar, but his peanut allergy prevents him from giving in to his craving.

Senior Ryan Yero, who is allergic to nuts, also has to resist temptation. “I have to stay away from anything with nuts. I can’t eat chocolate or Nutella or ice cream,” he said. Food companies are becoming more “allergen conscious,” Helliwell said, some of them brandishing easy-to-see labels on the fronts of their products making sure that consumers will know that their products are free of certain ingredients. Mainstream grocery stores have created sections in their stores dedicated to organic and allergen-conscious foods such as Publix’s GreenWise section. Food companies such as Enjoy Life aim to help those with food allergies enjoy life, as its name suggests, by creating products that leave out the top eight food allergens. “We want to make sure that all people,

no matter if you have celiac disease, food allergies, food intolerance, etc. have the ability to eat good tasting quality products,” Scott Mandell, Enjoy Life’s CEO said. Sophomore Josh Golt has been eating Enjoy Life brand products since he was 2 years old. “My favorite Enjoy Life product is the ‘Sunbutter’ snack bar,” Golt said. “They are made from sunflower seed but it’s made to have the same taste as peanut butter.” There’s hope yet for students like Helliwell who have to be cautious about what they eat. “With great allergies comes great responsibility,” Helliwell said. “Yes it may suck that you can’t have that Moose Tracks Ice Cream, but there’s always something for you to eat otherwise.”


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What is your favorite Coach Grossi quote? Always think about the next shot. The most important shot is the next one. What other team member do you look up to? Rojan because he is really smart and determined. He tutors me in math too.

Have you ever gotten a hole- in- one? In mini golf yes, but not in real golf. It’s extremely hard to get a hole- in- one. What is your favorite shot? Putting is my favorite because you need to analyze the green.

How do you feel about making states this year? What are your future plans for golf? Amazing. Our team played great this I hope I make it big, all the way. I want to year. We defeated our golfing rivals play golf in college, too. Cardinal gibbons, and we have gone undefeated, 16-0. What about mini golf? I love mini golf! It’s just crazy and fun. What’s the best part about playing golf? The team. We’re all good friends and hang out outside of school. I just love the game.

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Michael Perez Sophomore Michael Perez began playing golf when he was 5. Today Perez has many accomplishments, including placing first in the South Florida PGA (Professional Golfers Association). “He’s great at the sport,” boys golf coach Vincent Grossi said. “He has improved his thoughts on the course and keeps a positive and determined attitude.” Perez had a successful states competition, shooting an 82 on the first day, and 74 on the second. “He did a phenomenal job improving his scores greatly from the first day to the second day,” Coach Grossi said.

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Junior Victoria Chediak balances AMT, AP and honors classes and six days of intensive golf practice a week. Chediak, who began golfing at age seven, is one of the premiere golfers on the Cypress Bay golf team. “When I was younger my dad got addicted to golf,” Chediak said. “He wanted to share his knowledge with me.” Chediak said her father is the biggest reason that she plays golf. He attends all her practices but not her games. “My dad makes me nervous, so I don’t let him come to my golf meets,” Chediak said. Next year Chediak will be one out of few seniors on the girl’s golf team. “She’ll be one of the girls that will help get a state championship and she’ll be looked at as a leader,” girls golf coach Micheal White said. After high school, Chediak hopes to play golf in college at University of Florida or New York University during her sophomore year.

Lightning now use IMPACT technology BY LINDSAY GALITZ

After receiving a punishing blow from a Kentucky defender on Sept. 26, Florida Gator Tim Tebow suffered a concussion that temporarily knocked him off the field and into the doctor’s chair. Being a college football superstar, Tebow was monitored closely for two weeks before being allowed to play again. But topnotch treatment is not just for star quarterbacks anymore. New specialty equipment for monitoring concussions has come to the home of the Lightning. Through a partnership between Broward Schools and Nova Southeastern University, Cypress Bay’s football teams have made use of a new concussion computer program, called ImPACT, in order to improve medical safety for the players. They began using the test, which measures the effects of concussions, in the preseason and continued to follow up with it through November. “This is the best thing we can do about concussions,” JV Coach Christopher Ulman said. “The more we train them to get stronger and play harder and harder, the more we need to know what’s going on inside. Every impact sport [athlete] should take it.” While the test has only been used on the football teams so far, any student has the ability to take the baseline test, and some insurance companies may even reimburse the expense, said Russ Duggins, the Bay’s athletic trainer. Student athletes in high-contact sports take a baseline test, usually at the start of a new season. When students are retested at a later date, the scores can be compared to the ones on the baseline. “The test shows how accurate and

fast your brain works,” Mr. Duggins said. “Different factors such as the total number of concussions a player has received as well as how close together the concussions occurred come in to play.” ImPACT, which stands for the Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, is a computerized program developed to screen for the possible neuropsychological effects of concussions on athletes in contact sports. The football coaches “had us take the test and view pictures, words and memorize things and then take the test again at a later time,” said sophomore John Everson, a JV player. “I thought it was really hard. It was definitely a lot to remember.” The students are tested on the measures of memory functions, speed of information processing and reaction time. Depending on the scores, students are either cleared to continue playing sports, or they are recommended to seek medical attention for further testing. Other tests may include MRIs and CAT scans, Mr. Duggins said. Coach Ulman said the test is taken seriously. “Players are not allowed to return until it is okayed by a trainer or doctor,” he said. Concussions range from mild cases that may cause dizziness, disorientation and headaches to more severe cases that may induce memory or brain loss. Mr. Duggins said that the two main causes of concussions in Lightning football players include a direct blow to the head while playing, or “rebounding” which occurs when a player bounces back onto his head. He said this event compares to an egg inside a jar. When the jar is shaken, the

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egg becomes cracked similar to a brain inside the skull. If left untreated, lifelong effects can occur. Players can become more susceptible as adults to progressive dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease, which affects a decline in normal aging. Ann B. Edwards, a South Africanbased professor and co-developer of ImPACT, said that the program can only work if athletes are willing to share information with their coaches by being honest about any medical concerns. “School athletes need to be educated about the hazards of not disclosing all relevant information,” said Dr. Edwards, in a phone interview with The Circuit. “That includes possible severe brain damage or even death if they continue to play a contact sport while their brain has not fully

recovered from a concussion.” Mr. Duggins said three to four football players at Cypress Bay have already been sent to seek further attention. Varsity player Jake Lawing, a sophomore, suffered a concussion and was out for a few weeks of the season. Moving forward, Mr. Duggins said he hopes to expand use of the program. “The goal is to make the test available to every athlete at Cypress Bay,” Mr. Duggins said. Although the test is already used extensively in the United States, it has now been translated into 13 different languages, making it able to be used around the world. The test is also set to be launched in a pediatric version that can test children as young as 5, Dr. Edwards said.


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