Freshmen got Class, p. 8
Talk the Talk, p. 16
Indiana University, p. 18
Warped Tour, p. 21
Boys Swimming, p. 28
The circuiT Cypress
Vol. 8, No. 1
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The Bay receives “B” ranking for 2008-09 year By Rebecca Schechner News Editor
After six straight years of receiving “A” ratings from the Florida Department of Education, Cypress Bay was awarded its first “B” rating since its opening in 2002. “Everybody was quite disappointed,” Principal Scott Neely said. “I’ve had A’s for 12 years in a row at elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, and this is the first year I haven’t had an A.” The school was originally given an A rating for the 2008-09 school year, Principal Neely said. However, the rating was changed after the state determined that one of the Bay’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) groups did not make the progress it should have. An AYP group is a subgroup within a school that is made up of 100 similar students. “When I got the score I was like, ‘we’re the best!’ and a couple of weeks later I was like, ‘what are you talking about we’re a B?’ It was the AYP group,” Mr. Neely said. “We have such a big school that we have all these subgroups. It hurts us that we’re such a big school. The AYP is the baby that catches you.” Changes made to the calculating process last year made the requirements for an A rating stricter. Still, with a score significantly higher than the county’s required 525 for an A, Mr. Neely said the B rating was “absolutely” not expected.
The game plan: Above: Coach Joseph Courcelle reviews plays with Lightning players, including, from left, Alex Tucci and David McKnight at the season opener against Boyd Anderson on Sept. 4. Left: Junior Christian Floirendo lines up before the snap at the second home game against Plantation on Sept. 11.
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Broward County schools cut overall funding by 4 percent BY AMY EVANS AND ZACH ZAFFOS
As a freshman at the Bay last year, Marina Rutenberg had no problems riding the bus to and from school everyday. However, this year she has found the bus situation much less comfortable and much more crowded. “Last year, there were tons of empty seats on the bus and this year, I have to sit three to a seat. Even if I get to the bus early, I still have to squeeze into a seat with other kids. It seems as though the bus just keeps getting more and more crowded,” said Rutenberg, now a sophomore. The bus problems are due to a shortage in the number of buses provided to schools this year in Broward County, which has been decreased due to budget cuts throughout the state stemming from the current economic recession, Mr. Neely said. “The overall world economy collapsing, mortgages, foreclosures, anything tax based [has caused the budget cuts],” Principal Scott Neely said. “Tallahassee gets less money and so do schools.” The School Board decided prior to the 2009-10 school year that each individual school would need to cut overall funding by 4 percent. However, every school was given the right to choose where to cut that 4 percent, said Central Area Advisory chair Laurie LevinBudget cuts, page 5
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Lightning split first two games Varsity team starts off year with 1-1 record, after replacing key seniors BY JOSH LEWIN Sports Editor
Even with the loss of 42 seniors, including team leaders Austin Gamble and Jason Douglas, the Lightning struck quickly with a thunderous 20-15 win over Boyd Anderson, followed by a low scoring 14-0 loss against Plantation. Head coach Mark Guandolo is still confident that the team will have a strong season despite the 1-1 start.
“It’s going to be a process. We’re playing the toughest five teams in the county. But we are getting better as time progresses,” Coach G said. “We didn’t handle the win well. We let it get to our heads and we need to re-focus.” With such big player losses this off-season many of the Lightning faithful began to question whether or not they would be able to replicate last year’s success (10-2).
“As an aspiring future sports agent and huge Lightning fan, I just don’t see the same talent, heart, or fight that was apparent on the field last season,” said senior Justin Levine. But Coach Gunadolo reassures all the doubters that the team is coping with the losses as best it can. “We’re going to fight back,” Coach G said. “It’s a long season and plenty of guys will be stepping up.” Cypress Bay v. Boyd Anderson W(20-15) The Lightning proved that they have the ability to win games when they
marched all over Boyd Anderson during the season opener held at the Bay. “During the game both our offense and defense stepped up and rose to the challenge. We can grow from that experience,” quarterback Zach Green said. With about half the time remaining in the fourth quarter and the chances of a win dwindling away, the Lightning offense trailed the Cobras with the ball deep in their own territory. But they stayed focused with their eyes on the prize, said Varsity football, page 29
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Krystal Acosta, Maria Arenas, Gretha Arrage, Setareh Baig, Kurt Bauer, Adam Birnbaum, Nicole Birbnbaum, Jenny Cooper, Melodi Erdogan, Amy Evans, Michelle Faucher, Lindsay Galitz, Estefania Garcia-Correa, Michael Goldwyn, Brittany Glassey, Ratasha Iribarren, Priscilla Ivasco, Nicole Jaeger, Connor Kane, Danielle Kase, Mehlor Leonor, Alexia Marchetti, Nicole Martins, Alyson Maso, Erik Poh, Carlos Sanchez, Emily Scanlon, Steven Silberman, Erin Swasey, Adam Weiss, Taylor Wilkens, Brooke Wilson The Circuit is the student newspaper of Cypress Bay High School. The opinions expressed in the paper are not necessarily those of the adviser, administration, or advertisers. The publication of advertisements in The Circuit does not imply endorsement. Letters to the editor are encouraged as part of The Circuit’s mission as a public forum. Submissions should not exceed 300 words; they should be dropped off in room 409 or mailed to the school at the attention of adviser Rhonda Weiss. The author will have the final say in phrasing of the letter, but letters are subject to editing for length, clarity, punctuation and grammar. Anonymous letters will not be printed and the writer’s identity will be confirmed prior to the publication. Any material deemed libelous, obscene, disruptive, or unlawful to minors will not be published. TO CONTACT US: CALL (754) 323- 0350, Ext. 3060 OR EMAIL email@example.com OR VISIT cypressbaycircuit.com
APs for freshmen are beneficial Prior to the 2009-10 school year, Advanced Placement (AP) classes were reserved for sophomores, juniors and seniors. This year, however, freshmen are now eligible to partake in the ourses once denied them. With the schedule options available for freshmen at Cypress Bay, not only is the updated system more impartial, but it also allows students of all ages to take difficult course loads, creating a challenge for freshmen to meet. This policy promotes a level academic environment despite age, making the plan advantageous to future generations at the Bay. In the past, freshman were forced to plan around their ineligibility to take AP courses. With this new opportunity, freshmen are acclimated to taking AP courses, thus being prepared for the future and being able to spread the courses out over four years. Challenging AP courses will obligate freshman to advance mentally into a high school setting. AP Human Geography, which is the main class for freshman enrollment, is an accurate test of students’ abilities. Though the opportunity is available, admission into these classes isn’t a simple sign-off. Students must be recommended by middle school teachers and show a consistent record of academic excellence. This ensures those not prepared to take an AP aren’t thrust into a strenuous class. Certain freshmen are qualified for AP courses and will use this chance to better their academic career. BOTTOM LINE: Allowing freshmen to take AP courses provides preparation for future years
In his national address during school on Sept. 8, President Barack Obama eloquently imparted his notion of the essentiality of education to the nation’s students.The uproar before the speech was extraneous in hindsight. The controversy was that those opposed claimed Mr. Obama was attempting to force his political agenda on school children and threatening to undermine parents’ morals. But President Obama and his committee were telling the truth when they assured the public that the content of the speech as well as the questionnaire that was supposed to be handed out after the speech was not to indoctrinate students but to enlighten them. The questionnaire seemed more of a learning activity, or feedback, than a means of political impressment. George H.W. Bush endured a similar episode in 1991 when he addressed the nation’s students. And before him, Ronald Reagan had spoken to school children about education as well. In the case of Mr. Obama’s speech, some parents across the country chose to remove their children from class or from school for the duration of the speech for fear of brainwashing. The speech lasted no more than half an hour and, even if its content might have brainwashed students, this could have been overturned by the moral value of parents; that is to say, parents could have discussed the matter with their children in the comfort of their home. The speech’s text as well as the quesstionaire was even available online beforehand. Left to the discretion of schools, the broadcasting of the address occurred while school was in session at noon. On a national level the viewing of the speech was not at all mandatory. After the lesson plans were pulled and immediately after the speech aired, the previous complaints stopped, showing that the paranoia before the President spoke was unnecessary. The content of the speech, which, in general, emphasized the importance of education and highlighted the need for personal challenge and acceptance, was admirable. And as America now faces a difficult period of high unemployment and low self-esteem, it was also timely. President Obama presented his speech to students in a convenient atmosphere, that is, while students were in school. BOTTOM LINE: President Obama’s address to students was not a forced indoctrination, but an uplifting statement
Letters to the Editor Lack of supplies hurts students I’ve noticed recently the lack of paper, pens and every other supply known to our school world missing from most of my classes. I was handed a syllabus at the beginning of this year saying that I need all these supplies that I would expect my teacher to be able to just give me when I ask. I bought all of them, but what about students that can’t get them or can’t afford them? It’s not fair to them. Then there’s this paper crisis we’ve all been affected by. Why should I waste my paper printing out 20 pages of what my homework is, just to waste another 20 actually doing my homework? Parents are unhappy, and students are unhappy with the lack of anything useful to use for school. The other day I had to use a purple pen to take notes in my math class, all because nobody could spare me a pen. Woe is me! However much fun it is to take notes in brightly colored pens, the lack of supplies and of things necessary for school, could cause students’ learning in class to diminish.
Despite budget cuts, school supplies should be a first priority. Teachers should have more than one pack of paper per month to be able to give students homework. All in all, we need to be able to learn without begging other people for paper or pens. This needs to stop. - ALEX sugarman, sophomore
New AP is a good addition I am a student in the new class added this year, Advanced Placement Human Geography. I am very happy that this class has been added to the currciulum at Cypress this year. However, I wish that it would have been available to me when I was a freshman, instead of just now when I am already a senior. If an AP class had been avaliable to me when I was a freshman, I definitely would have taken it so I could increase my GPA early in high school and better prepare myself for a difficult coarse load in the future. It porbably would have allowed me to take more elec-
tives in my later years of school or now as a senior. I think that its very beneficial for students of all ages to be able to take this class and it makes for a much more interesting dynamic to have many ages in the same class. It’s a fun, hands-on class, while still being AP and i’m thankful to the administration for allowing it to be added. - tracey weisman, senior
Students should attend JV games We are both JV football cheerleaders. We have noticed that a lot of people are missing out on the experience of watching us cheer at our games. We think that more people should come out and support the JV football team and their cheerleaders because they haven’t felt the lightning JV pride. So come out to our next game. -raquel schwartzman and galimi, freshmen
We need to put the “A” back in the Bay
Celebrities need to improve act
The office of the presidency used to be the most revered position in the country, venerated and respected by all citizens whether they agreed with his policies or not. However, last week during President Obama’s critical health care speech, a member of Congress, Republican Joe Wilson from South Carolina, shouted “You lie” in the middle of his address. Though Congress passed a resolution of disapproval against him for this breach of respect, this carries no penalty other than being cited. Meanwhile, the damage could not be undone: the public watched as the Commander-in-Chief’s speech was desecrated by a shoddy lawmaker’s rude reaction. Though chivalry died with King Arthur, lately it has seemed as if those in positions of power or fame have simply used their authority to abuse others. The now-infamous Kanye incident at the Video Music Awards exemplifies this. Was there a purpose for him to make a spectacle of himself while destroying fellow musician
Taylor Swift’s moment? Whether a country music or rap fan, one cannot justify Kanye’s actions. The rap star has been known for his uncouth exploits in the past, similarly egotistical stunts done only to satisfy his own pride. However, he somehow still manages to produce platinum CDs and get on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. If anything, this latest performance has gotten him more press. The media needs to stop rewarding disrespectful celebrities by giving them attention and publicity. Furthermore, prominent people have developed a “devil-may-care” attitude in regard to their actions. They feel free to do whatever they please, because they will not have to experience consequences, since their spotlight blocks out punishment. Chris Brown’s physical abuse of Rihanna was negated when she spoke out in his defense, and public opinion returned to his favor. Even when public figures are chastised, they do not apologize for their actions and don’t seem to
care. Famous tennis player Serena Williams cursed and railed at a lines judge after an unfavorable call during a game at the U.S. Open, and was subsequently given a point penalty, causing her to lose the match. While she was penalized for her actions, the scene was absolutely inappropriate. Williams was soon defending herself against accusation of threatening to kill the judge, all while showing very little remorse. Celebrities don’t realize they are being emulated, as the world watches when a musician as famous as Kanye or an athlete of the caliber of Serena Williams does something like this. And in a more disturbing turn of events, discour-
tesy has clearly begun to turn into violence. As the rich and famous become more hostile, so do the masses. Teenagers, especially, are very vulnerable to violence, as shown by the tragic recent stabbing at Coral Gables High in Miami. Though celebrities who display inappropriate behavior are few and far between, they unfortunately garner more attention than those promoting better causes. Those who seek the spotlight should use it well. We need a return to Renaissance manners. Perhaps the next time the elected leader of the country speaks, he can be heard without interruption.
Letters to the Editor Need more Spirit needs seats at lunch to improve Recently at lunch, I’ve had a tough time finding seating inside the cafeteria. This has been a major concern of mine since the first day of freshmen year. The only other place to sit is outside, and when it’s 95 degrees, sitting outside isn’t always an option. The lack of chairs has also been an issue as well. Many people, including myself, have wandered around the cafeteria for over five minutes just looking for a chair. And finding an open table was hard enough. Although there may not be many spots to put more tables and chairs in the cafeteria, putting an overhang outside would be a good investment, creating a cool and comfortable spot for students to eat outside. Plus, the overhang may have its aesthetic advantages as well. -
Something that concerns me in this school is definitely the lack of school spirit and joy for our school. Every time there’s spirit week, no one wears school colors or wacky fun stuff. During lunches there’s no fun activities. Also, the football games don’t have enough exciting things like dance team performances. It would be real cool if they had these types of things. My friends and I would all enjoy this. - Melissa Fils, junior
There is no spirit here at Cypress Bay. You could even see it on the Aftershock. No spirit whatsoever. Not even the cheerleaders have spirit. I went to a junior varsity game last week against Plantation and honestly,
along with five other friends, we were the only ones pumped. We had spirit, and we got the cheerleaders a little bit but overall there was no school spirit. But besides that, Cypress is an awesome school and I love it. - andres fernandez,
SGA should listen to opinions I went to my first SGA meeting and I was angered and annoyed. To me, I felt like our opinions didn’t really matter. My favorite SGA officer was Dani Rodriguez because she exhibited a personality of kindness and generosity. I also didn’t like how we voted on projects that were already started. SGA makes my voice seem nonexistent. They need reforms. -
sebastian r amirez, ju-
For 12 consecutive years, schools run by the Bay’s principal Scott Neely have been honored with an “A” grade. However, the Bay received its first “B” grade for the 2008-09 school year, since its opening in 2002, seven years ago. The Bay has a reputation of being the best. From academics to athletics to extracurricular activities, the Bay excels in multiple areas. Last year was no exception; unfortunately, the Florida Department of Education felt differently. In order to receive an “A” grade, a school must earn at least 525 points. The Bay earned an astounding 597 points. The Bay’s scores increased in mathematics. They went up in English. They went up in science, reading and writing. The Bay had the highest scores for standardized tests in the county. It had the highest scores on Advanced Placement exams in the nation. So, why didn’t the Bay receive an “A”? Required as a part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measures schools’ performance, dividing the student population into subgroups. The subgroups include the following categories: ethnicity/race, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, who have IEPs (Individual Education Plan) and English language learners. One subgroup at the Bay did not make the necessary improvements. The Bay has seven subgroups, an abnormally large number. Each subgroup must contain 100 students, Mr. Neely said. “It hurts us that we have such a big group,” Mr. Neely said, confirming that size does in fact heighten the difficulty of getting an “A.” And let’s not overlook the fact that one student can be in multiple subgroups, increasing the opportunity to have many subgroups. For example, an English language
learner, who happens to be Caucasian and also receives free lunch would be counted in three categories. Furthermore, while about 2,400 students took the exams at Cypress Bay, only eight of these students’ scores dropped, unfortunately costing the Bay the important “A” grade. This grading process is discriminatory and overall is an unfair way to track a school’s performance. Identifying and classifying students in groups because of their differences shouldn’t be part of a public school’s policy. Since the Bay was not given the desired “A” grade, the school does not receive any of the funding an “A” school would be given. Fortunately, some percentage of the money from all the previous years was placed into a savings account. Mr. Neely said this money is going to be used for the positive purpose of after-school tutorials. Yet, this saved money does not compensate for the school’s now tarnished reputation. So how can we earn back the almost-impossible-to-obtain “A” grade, despite this discriminatory policy? Seniors are able to and should volunteer to assist at the tutorials. Additionally, juniors should take the science FCAT seriously, understanding that the results do have an effect on the entire school. The same goes for freshman and sophomores taking the FCAT, and for juniors and seniors re-taking the FCAT. The Bay will be eligible to get an additional 10 points for juniors and seniors passing the FCAT. The Bay’s students had worked hard the whole year and they deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements. Therefore, students should not be discouraged by the “B” grade. Instead, let’s work hard once again this year and continue to make Mr. Neely proud.
Funding cut across county, improvements not expected budget cuts from page 1
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Roll out: The number of buses provided to schools this year in Broward County has been decreased due to budget cuts. Students now travel to and from school in crowded buses.
Drop in rating unexpected, additional funding not received B rating from page 1
“We have the highest scores with a 597, the highest AP scores in the nation, and we don’t get it? What a joke,” he said. “We went up in everything—math, English, science, writing and reading. One of our subgroups didn’t make the progress that the state said they needed, and that took the whole school down. It’s really asinine.” The majority of the Bay’s faculty was greatly upset by the loss of the school’s A rating, Mr. Neely said. “It’s really incredible because you get to a point where you can’t move up, and we did it anyway,” he said. “So when we got the B, I said ‘you’ve got to be kidding me.’ We had to go back and find out where it transpired, and we found that one subgroup. So we’re going right into there and working with them.” To help improve the subgroup’s scores, Cypress Bay faculty “took a look at where our strengths and weaknesses are,” Mr. Neely said. “All of the teachers are on board,” Mr.
Neely said. “Everyone is very receptive and everyone understands the new criteria and what’s needed to make the break from a B to an A.” As a result of the drop in rating, the Bay will not receive the additional funding it received as a reward for being an A school. “A lot of that money was used for tutorials and Saturday schools—things that would help us improve,” Mr. Neely said. “Fortunately, each year when we got our A’s, our teachers were always very supportive and they always took money from that year and put it in a bank account in case some year we never were an A.” Mr. Neely said he has full confidence that with some improvements and hard work, the Bay will regain it’s A this school year. “We’ve got to look at it, fix it, and go on because our students aren’t going to allow this to continue,” Mr. Neely said. “With new knowledge – we call it the new beginning– we can shoot for the A. We’ve got the best of everything going.” Cypress Bay 2008-09 statisitcs: Improved in: * Math * English * Science * Writing * Reading Received: * Highest AP scores in the nation * A score of 597 out of 525
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son, a Cypress Bay parent. Money given to each school is based on enrollment, so the Bay, as the largest school in the county, normally receives more funding money than most schools. The Bay administration made the choice to cut funding for extracurricular activities, as opposed to academic classes. “All of the cuts were non instructional, which was mostly electives and sports,” assistant principal Haleh Darbar said. “Taking time from the students is the last thing we would cut.” Athletics was one of the targeted areas of the department cuts. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) decided to cut varsity sports by 20 percent and junior varsity sports by 40 percent. All sports at the Bay were affected except for football, but none were cut completely, said Ms. Levinson. Electives and athletics are “getting hit” because they decided that it would not take priority over instructional classes, Mrs. Darbar said. “When your budget is cut by 4 percent, you have to take away from something,” she said. The School Board also made cuts that were mandated across Broward County. Advanced Placement (AP) funding was cut by the Florida legislature in the 2008 session and every school had to cut back AP classes this year as a result, said Ms.
Levinson. Cypress Bay, however, is making an effort to ensure that it continues to offer the current AP classes, as well as continuing to grow in its number for the future. “If anything, AP classes are growing,” Mrs. Darbar said. “AP classes are going to be included in our school’s grade so it is a priority.” Another major cut at the Bay was in school supplies allotted to teachers. Paper, especially, was limited to save money. To make do, many teachers have been posting homework online or asking students to bring in a ream of paper as part of their supply list. “I have to rely on students to bring in paper and I can’t give students as many worksheets to take home. It changed my teaching technique,” AP Psychology teacher David Geller said. “I believe that there is money in the budget [for more paper] but that it is being used in other areas such as athletics and extracurricular activities.” If the economic situation does not improve, more cuts will have to be made next year, possibly reducing the number of classes at the Bay, Mr. Neely said. “We have quite a way to go before it gets better. Next year will probably be tougher than this,” Mr. Neely said. “Hopefully, as the year progresses, the crowded bus situation will improve,” Rutenberg said.
THE CIRCUIT smooth move: Senior Alma Ricart researches colleges in the new BRACE office, located in the cafeteria.
Photo by Alyson Maso
BRACE office relocated to cafeteria By Alyson Maso and Michelle Faucher
The BRACE office, where students go for information and advice on scholarships and college applications, has been moved from the guidance office to the cafeteria. Though the office’s previous location is now being used as a conference room and a secure place to keep testing materials, the main reason for the move was
to make BRACE (Broward Advisors for Continuing Education) more accessible to students, said guidance director Patricia Van der Kwast. Nathan Hanes, a senior, is pleased that the BRACE office is now located in the cafeteria. Hanes was one of the first students that discovered the new location. “It might make it easier because it’s just there in the lunchroom,” Hanes said. “I don’t have to go out of my way.”
Policy requires absences be excused within 48 hours By Kimberly Railey
The districtwide attendance policy was strengthened this year, requiring a student’s absence to be excused within 48 hours. After 48 hours, an unexcused absence will automatically be given. “The intent of it is to make sure students are at school and can learn,” said Marianela Estripeaut, who is in charge of attendance at the Bay. Though students were always told their absence must be excused within this time frame, the policy was not strictly enforced at the Bay, Ms. Estripeaut said. This year, an absence will immediately be locked into the computer as unexcused after two days. “Attendance has always been a big issue,” she said. Ms. Estripeaut said the new policy was created to promote achievement.
Students’ graduation is “dependent on them passing standardized tests,” she said. “If they’re not at school, they can’t learn. That’s the bottom line.” While last year’s attendance numbers were “very good,” parents sometimes forgot to excuse their child’s absence and students forgot to remind them, Ms. Estripeaut said. She recommends that parents call in advance if they’re aware of a day a student will miss school. “We don’t want to penalize students if they are legitimately absent,” she said. Despite the new change the attendance policy brings, other aspects of it remain the same. Students are still unable to make up work if their absence is unexcused, and students may receive a letter from the county if they miss five or more consecutive school days.
“If they’re not at school, they can’t learn. That’s the bottom line.” –Marianela Estripeaut, curriculum specialist
Although BRACE is now in a new location, it is still the same size and is following all the same procedures as before. Parents of students may call the office in order to make appointments with adviser Barbara DiAlberto. In addition, students can go into the office and register for an appointment with Mrs. DiAlberto. “If a student wants me, they will find me,” Mrs. DiAlberto said. Mrs. DiAlberto said that one of the
issues with changing the location of BRACE is that not many students are aware of the change. “Communication is my biggest problem,” Mrs. DiAlberto said. “I think the kids are just too caught up with what’s going on in school.” Mrs. DiAlberto said that currently there is not a lot of traffic in the BRACE office, but it is expected to pick up as the year progresses.
School Web site up and running Adware removed over summer BY NICOLE BIRNBAUM
Over summer break, the Bay’s Web site – cypressbayhigh.com – was hacked into and infected with the virus, Adware, causing people to be unable to access it. “Someone hacked into the server and changed the passwords,” technology specialist Joyce Weingartner said. Ms. Weingartner said the Adware, which was recently removed, was not dangerous to students’ computers. The person responsible for infecting the Web site has not been identified. The Adware “tracked how people were searching, but it was not dangerous or harmful,” Ms. Weingartner said. A notification saying “this site may
harm your computer” may still appear when searching for the school Web site through Google, but it should be ignored, Ms. Weingartner said. It is Google’s responsibility to remove the disclaimer. “That’s all Google,” she said. “Google needs to clear that.” New precautions, like changing the site’s passwords, have been taken to prevent something similar from happening again. The Web site is also undergoing a complete reconstruction as a result of the infection. “We’re redoing it to make it easier for students to access and easier to control any problems that may arise in the future,” Ms. Weingartner said.
Two Senior Class officers resign, new treasurer selected By Claire Aronson and Kimberly R ailey
The Senior Class officers recently
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Sitting, waiting, wishing
Students lined up in the media center to have their schedules corrected during the first week of school. The line was out the door on many days as students waited to be seen by their guidance counselors during lunch. This year, schedules were not made available on Virtual Counselor before school started. Upon seeing their schedules on the first day of school, many students found that they were missing classes, enrolled in the wrong classes or had the same class scheduled more than once a day.
appointed Zach Stermer as treasurer, following the resignation of Josh Orlan. Saif Hamideh also stepped down from his secretary position, but his replacement has yet to be named as of The Circuit’s Sept. 16 deadline, Senior Class adviser Robert Hosier said. “I’m very optimistic,” Mr. Hosier said. “The people that are involved are very passionate.” Vice president Alex Cohen said the class officers have adapted well to the new changes. “We are managing, and we are working efficiently,” Cohen said. Under the SGA Constitution, there are “no clear parameters” for the procedure to follow after a class officer resigns, so the officers were left to appoint two new students, Mr. Hosier said. While Stermer was a “natural” to fill the treasurer spot, officers haven’t reached a decision on Hamideh’s replacement. Mr. Hosier said that Stermer has been an active member of the Senior Class and was present at senior activities, such as painting days, held over the summer. “He’s been around,” Mr. Hosier said. “He’s been vocal. He’s helped. Other people have said they want to be involved to be an officer, but we never see them. Zach just jumped in and got dirty.” Stermer said he is optimistic about his new position and believes he can adjust to it with little difficulty. “I had to catch up because I don’t necessarily know how to do everything,” he said. “It shouldn’t be that
hard, though, because of the people I have around me.” Mr. Hosier said that being a Senior Class officer can be difficult and “pressure-filled.” “You can be class officer freshman, sophomore and junior year. If you take all three of those years combined, it may equal senior year,” he said. Hamideh said that he couldn’t always meet the commitment he was expected to give. “I was expected to put it above everything else,” Hamideh said. “I was expected to put it sometimes above my family. I was expected to put it above my schoolwork. I was expected to put it above everything else and when it came down to that, I couldn’t even do it anymore.” Hamideh said he also felt he was mistreated by the officers. “I am active in a lot of other clubs, and I have a lot of other leadership positions, and I am always respected,” he said. “This is the first place where I felt that I wasn’t respected.” Cohen said the officers were just trying to ensure that projects ran smoothly. “We were simply directing them towards what they need to be doing in order to get tasks done,” she said. After his resignation, Hamideh said he still stands by his decision. “It was in the best interest of myself, the Senior Class, and everyone else around me that I resign,” he said. “I am still going to be an active Senior Class member, and I am still going to represent the class because that is what I was elected to do. But I am just going to do it in my own way. There are no hard feelings between me and Hosier.”
Assistant principals added to Bay’s adminstrative team “I just want to be in a position where I can make students succeed and help them .” –Haleh Dunbar, assistant principal By Alexia Marchet ti
After four years of being an assistant principal at Dillard High School, Haleh Darbar is now an assistant principal at the Bay. She oversees the Reading, Language Arts and Foreign Language departments. “Cypress Bay and Dillard are completely different,” Ms. Darbar said. “The curriculum is way more advanced [here] and the students move at a faster pace.” Ms. Darbar said her main responsibility is to
ensure that the curriculum departments she is in charge of are aligned with the district mandates. “At Dillard, I was a part of creating the master schedule,” Ms. Darbar said. As an assistant principal, Ms. Darbar said she hopes to work with the Bay’s faculty to earn back the “A” rating that the school lost last year. “The school missed the cutoff for the A because of eight reading students,” Ms. Darbar said. “I really hope I can change that and get us
back where we need to be. I am going to try to make a difference.” Ultimately, Ms. Darbar, who is originally from Iran but has lived in the United States for 20 years, said she would like to become principal of a high school or middle school. She would like to lead a middle school because there is ”a lot of growth to be made.” “I want to be in a position where I can make students succeed and help them with academic decisions,” Ms. Darbar said.
“I hope to continue becoming an asset to the students and the community as a whole.” –Carlos Rodriguez, assistant principal By Emily scanlon
Originally from Colombia, but from Miami at heart, Carlos Rodriguez is the latest addition to the administrative team at the Bay. He will now serve as the supervisor of the ESOL, ESE and Fine Arts departments. “My job is to make sure that we are in compliance with state and local standards,” Mr. Rodriguez said. Having previously worked at Western High School for two years, also in an administra-
tive position, he is accustomed to the way the school system in Broward County operates. Mr. Rodriguez has been a high school administrator for the past 13 years before his arrival at the Bay. “I want to be an administrator because I’m really interested in the quality of education,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “Educated people are the cornerstone of democracy.” Mr. Rodriguez’s goal is to leave his mark at the Bay and to do what he can to make a contri-
bution to the school. “I hope to continue becoming an asset to the students and the community as a whole,” he said. Mr. Rodriguez said other faculty members and administration have gone out of their way to make him feel more at home and adapted to his new position. “There’s much more of everything here at Cypress. Everything is done on a bigger scale,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “The kids, however, are the same: high-quality students.”
Freshmen eligible for AP courses By gretha arrage and steven silberman
As of the 2009-10 school year, freshmen are now allowed to take Advanced Placement courses at Cypress Bay. AP Human Geography is the main class that has opened up to freshmen, along with all other upper classmen, but freshmen are allowed to take any AP they prefer as long as they fulfill the prerequisites, said Mari-
“Every year it seems as though freshmen are smarter and they can handle more.” –Tim Coluzzi, assistant principal anela Estripeaut, curriculum specialist. Assistant Principal Tim Coluzzi said that only seven freshmen signed up
to take the class AP Human Geography because only those seven received recommendations from middle school teachers which administration had requested. “Every year it seems as though freshmen are smarter and they can handle more,” Mr. Coluzzi said. Mrs. Estripeaut said that previously freshmen weren’t permitted to take AP courses because transporting freshmen from the old annex to the main campus was too difficult. Now, since everyone is together, freshmen can select from a wider assortment of classes. Principal Scott Neely “has a strong philosophy of encouraging upper-level classes,” Mrs. Estripeaut said. Tim Petraitis, AP American History and Human Geography teacher, said that he has been trying to get the Human Geography class available for students at Cypress for some time. Since at other schools this class is usually the only AP class freshmen are allowed to take, if they can keep up with the work, they’ll do fine. “I have great faith in my freshmen,” Mr. Pe-
PHOTO BY CONNOR KANE
Estudiando: Freshman Alessandra Proietti sits in her AP Spanish for Spanish Speakers class. She is one of the freshmen at the Bay taking AP classes for the first time. traitis said. Freshman Alessandra Proietti is taking an AP course. She took a placement test and was permitted to take AP Spanish for Spanish speakers. She said that she’s had no trouble in the class because Spanish is her native language. “It’s just like any other class,” Proietti said. “I’m
not scared of the upper classmen.” Robin Amparo, AP English Language and Composition teacher, said that she thinks the freshmen will do just fine with the right curriculum and a strong teacher; she said she doesn’t think that your grade defines your ability to do well in a class.
“I don’t think the idea of being a freshman has anything to do with an AP class,” Mrs. Amparo said. Even though the teachers have hope for the incoming students, a lot of the upper-classmen said they don’t agree with freshmen taking AP courses. Junior Luciano Todeschini said he doesn’t
think freshmen will be able to have upper-level discussions with the upper classmen because they don’t have enough experience. “I don’t think freshmen should take AP classes because they’re not mature enough. They probably won’t take it seriously,” Todeschini said.
Enrollment uncapping draws students to the Bay School population expected to rise in coming years BY EMILY MILLER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Senior Giancarlo Martini moved to Weston about a year ago. Despite the fact that Martini lives in The Ridges, located across the street from the Bay, he was forced to enroll at Western High School last year. “I couldn’t come here because of the capping,” Martini said. But now, because the Bay’s enrollment is uncapped, Martini chose to transfer. “I just wanted to see what it was like here,” Martini said. “I heard a lot of good stuff, and my house is close.” After two years, the Bay’s enrollment for the 2009-10 school year is uncapped. The vote to uncap enrollment “was a vote by the school board,” Principal Scott Neely said. “They capped our school until situations bettered themselves because of the boundary changes, and now the cap has been taken off, so all of the kids who move into our community can come to the Bay.” Intern Principal Tim Coluzzi said although seniors can choose to return to the Bay, the school board ultimately decides which students can register. “Years ago schools would
determine if they want a student to come here. Now, [the school board] has taken that away from all of the schools, which is a good thing because we can’t play favorites,” Mr. Coluzzi said. Last year was “a rough year,” Mr. Coluzzi said. The school board “opened West Broward, and then they had to come up with boundaries and one of the boundaries was Griffin Road,” Mr. Coluzzi said. “Everyone south of Griffin Road had to go to the new school and it actually left us with 1,500 students less than we had the year before, but with the lifting of the cap, now we’re up to 3,978.” Even with the uncapping, the Bay’s enrollment is “about the same” as last year, Mr. Coluzzi said. “Last year we started with 4,000,” Mr. Coluzzi said. “I am sure we are going to be over 4,000 students by the time I have to fill out all of the paperwork about how many students are going here, which is usually in October.” The Bay “had a great deal of influence” on people’s decision to move to Weston, Mr. Coluzzi said. “We have somewhere around 1,050 incoming freshmen, and it is because they lifted the cap and people are starting now to move
back to Weston,” Mr. Coluzzi said. “They didn’t want to move to Weston if their kids couldn’t come to Cypress Bay.” Senior Alejandro Lozano said compared to last year, it feels the same; however, he said the school is “empty compared to what it was” his freshman year. “I am in band and my freshman year we had over 200 members, and now we have less than 200,” Lozano said. “We have been cut in all areas. We have been reduced everywhere.” Mr. Neely said the Bay is still the largest school in the county. “If we reach maximum capacity, we’d all have to sit together and come up with another solution,” Mr. Neely said. Mr. Coluzzi said that we are “getting there,” in reference to the maximum capacity. “That’s the reason why we had the annex,” Mr. Coluzzi said. “We had 13-1,400 freshmen and not enough room for everybody here, but now that
they took 1,500 away from us, we have room for everybody. At a certain point they might end up doing something, but we are getting pretty close to [the maximum capacity] already.” Lozano said it is good that people are still registering and enrollment numbers are increasing. “Personally, I thrive in large environments,” Lozano said. “We need more people back. I would love to graduate with my friends that were here before the reduction.” Mr. Neely said that students are coming in from other states and even other countries. “We just had a girl register from Dubai,” Mr. Neely said. “People are jealous” of the diversity and size of the population at the Bay, Mr. Neely said. “No other school has the ‘aloha spirit’ of the Bay,” Mr. Neely said. “It’s a good, competitive environment and a great mix of personalities. My philosophy, how I run the school, how
the teachers run the classes, the caliber of teachers and the maturity of the students give it a college campus feel.” Lozano said he loves the college atmosphere at the Bay.
“Personally, I thrive in large environments.” –Alejandro Lozano, senior It is really good for college prep,” Lozano said. “The staff does a great job at giving us tools to succeed.” Martini said transferring to the Bay “was an easy decision.” “It’s a lot better, a lot cleaner and the people are nice,” Martini said. “The biggest differences are probably the size of the school and the people.”
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What is your opinion of Pres. Obama’s speech? “He didn’t impose any policies. His speech was inspirational, but you could see that he had to dumb it down.” -Kevin Levy, senior “My mom tells me to do good every day in school, and I don’t need Obama telling me that.” -Joseph Cedeno, senior photo by erin swasey
“It introduced a standard of mediocrity.” -Britt Rothal, junior
PACK IT UP: NHS sponsor Eric Adzima places backpacks donated from NHS members into collection bins. All donations will be sent to children in Colombia.
School supply drive held By Rebecca Schechner
“It’s the same speech my mother gives me every time I do bad in school. It was somewhat inspirational.” -Chance Ardoin, junior “It was dumb. It made failure look like a good thing.” -Nikki Neibloom, junior
Obama gives speech Broward mandated address stirs controversy BY HOLLY BEILIN AND ADAM WEISS
Students across Broward County and the country tuned in to President Barack Obama’s speech addressing the importance of education on Sept. 8. Although in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties watching the speech was optional, it was mandatory in Broward County. In an email to all Broward County teachers, Superintendent James Notter said, “We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students focus and begin the school year strong.” Some students and parents reacted negatively to Mr. Notter’s mandate on the speech, which was broadcast from Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. “I thought it was very inspirational, but I don’t think it needed to interrupt classes,” junior Lindsay Rothfield said. “It should have been played at home where people can choose whether they wanted to watch it or not. Politics should not be incorporated into school no matter what it’s about.”
Students could not be excused from class if they did not want to watch the speech, an issue for some who took offense to not being allowed to opt out. “There was nothing wrong with the content of the speech,” Rothfield said. “But the fact that students were mandated to watch it brought a socialistic feel to the classroom.” However,others thought requiring students to watch the speech was appropriate and acceptable. “I feel like the speech was inspiring for students and the president did an excellent job of reviving their spirits,” English teacher Allison Waxman said. “I hope students and the country respond to his call to give back. I think people need to respect the office of the president. Republican presidents have
addressed students in the past in a more propagandist way.” Senior Alyson Samach said she enjoyed President Obama’s remarks and that, although everyone should have the right to choose whether or not to watch, it was not controversial. “Kids really are the future and need to be educated to the best of our country’s ability,” Samach said. “Don’t just completely ignore what the leader of your country has to say because there’s a chance that it’s going to affect you and it’s going to be important.” Mrs. Waxman was pleased with the speech, and still feels the topic was important to students. “Obama spoke about dreams and learning which has nothing to do with politics,” Mrs. Waxman said. “How can you be against wanting kids to learn?”
“I hope students and the country respond to his call to call give back.” –Allison Waxman, English teacher
National Honor Society began its annual school supply drive on Sept. 8. Supplies including pencils, crayons and backpacks will be collected until Sept. 23 and donated to children in need in Bogota, Colombia. “We’ve had a phenome-
nal response,” NHS president Natalia Duarte said. Duarte said the club chose to donate the supplies to Colombia because “not only are supplies very expensive there, but they just don’t have the resources to get them.” The school supply drive was part of the club’s effort to get students involved in Literacy
Awareness Month. NHS also had clips shown on the morning announcements to promote literacy. “People need to be aware of how big of an issue literacy is in the United States and the rest of the world,” said executive officer Nicole Bejany, who co-chaired the project.
Briefs: Popcorn sold to fund field trips HELP will be selling popcorn on Oct. 5 after school in front of the media center. The money raised will help fund the club’s monthly field trips to the Dillard Park Daycare Center, co-president Nicole Bejany said. The money will also be used to purchase holiday gifts for the children at the daycare center. The next meeting will take place on Oct. 13 in room 418. New members are always welcome. -KIMBERLY RAILEY
New focus on anti-bullying Human Relations Council will have an emphasis on promoting anti-bullying after its merge with the Abolish Bullying club this year. The new officers are co-presidents Juan Ortega and Lauren Chaleff, vice presidents Yale Moreno, Tatiana Sanchez, Lissette Laverde and treasurer Reynaldo Carajal. The next meeting is Oct. 14 in room 858 after school to discuss Anti-Bullying week which will be in November. New members are always welcome. -CLAIRE ARONSON
Shirts sold to benefit class The Sophomore Class t-shirt sale will continue through Oct. 5. The Facebook-themed shirts will be sold during all lunches for $10. Listen to announcements for the next class meeting. -ADAM BIRNBAUM
Red Ribbon Week DFYIt/SADD will hold activities for Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 17 to 25. The club will put red ribbon decorations around the school, make announcements on CBTV with facts on how drugs can affect the body and mind, and hang up in the cafeteria signed pledges against drugs. “I know how important it is for students to be exposed to fun, drug-free activities that are still educational, entertaining, and fun,” adviser Kimberly Patterson said. A recruitment drive was held on Sept. 15 during all lunches in the courtyard with a DJ, ultimate Frisbee and snow cones. All members are required to get a minimum of 10 service hours through the club by the end of the year and if interested in joining, students can get applications in room 350. The next meeting is Oct. 6 after school. -NICOLE MARTINS
Literar y Coffee House to be held The Literary Club plans to hold their annual Coffee House on Nov. 13. Students will be able to share their literary work, hear live music performed by teachers and students and write poetry on tablecloths and walls. The club also will be finishing their project “Voices of the Heart,” which is a recording of students reading literature that will be sent to blind people at the Lighthouse for the Blind. Meetings will be on Thursdays after school in room 457. -MELODI ERDOGAN
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just say no: A representative from the national Drug Free Youth in Town(DFYIt) sits at a membership table during a recruitment drive on Sept. 15 during all lunches. The club tries to increase membership and teach students about the effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Submissions taken for contest
Event to pair buddies
English Honor Society is holding their annual short story contest which is open to all students. This year’s topic is “The Search for the Scariest Short Story.” The quote that must be used in the story to win is: “The metamorphosis was inevitable.” The top three stories will win $100, $75 and $50. The deadline is Nov. 4, and the story must be dropped off in club sponsor Cecilia Fonseca’s box. The next EHS meeting will be Oct. 19 after school in the media center. For more information, see Mrs. Fonseca in room 853.
Best Buddies will have an alohathemed match party on Oct. 1 after school in room 403. This event will introduce the club members to their buddies. The newly-elected officers are Amanda Frank, president; Alexandra Thomas, vice president; Amanda Engel and Andrea Gardener, treasurers; and Sejal Shah and Yari Deborah, historians. The club will host Halloween costume party on Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Meetings are held every other Wednesday in room 403 after school unless otherwise specified. New members are always welcome and first time dues of $20 are required.
Broward County cuts supplements to save money With the exception of 13 clubs, sponsors are no longer compensated BY CLAIRE ARONSON CLUBS EDITOR
The Broward County school district has cut pay supplements for teachers who sponsor clubs for the 2009-10 school year in an effort to save money. “Across the board in the county, they did surveys and they saw where they could save the most money because of the budget cuts and this is one of the places they could do it,” athletic director William Caruso said. “Even if each individual doesn’t sound like a lot of money – I don’t believe any of them are over $700 – but you start talking bulk numbers and that’s where they get their savings from.” In previous years, the county had provided the schools with a list of available supplements for teachers for clubs and activities and left the use of them up to the principal’s discretion. This year there are 13 supplements that are required by contract to be used and the other supplements got deleted from the budget by the county, Mr. Caruso said. “In the past, Mr. Neely had the discretion to say ‘I want this, I want this,’ and as generous as he is, he made sure they were all used up,” he said. “Now, unfortunately, he can’t do that. It is not
even up to him.” Cypress Bay didn’t decide on what supplements to keep because it was a countywide change. “It was something on the county level that had nothing to do with Mr. Neely,” Mr. Caruso said. “When the budgets came back in, all these things were deleted automatically. They were gone.” The clubs that were still given supplements were the larger organizations, Mr. Caruso said. “They left in the big ones that deal with biggest number of kids,” he said. “I think that’s how they did it. They didn’t give it to clubs like English Honor Society and French Honor Society, you know the smaller honor societies, but the National Honor Society supplement is still there.” Despite the loss in funding, Mr. Caruso doesn’t think that this cut will affect the clubs at Cypress Bay. “I think the types of people that we have running the clubs are going to do it whether they get it or not,” he said. “I don’t understand why they would take away from teachers. That should be the last thing that gets cut. Teachers are the soldiers of the battlefield and are the ones in the trenches doing all the dirty work.”
English Honor Society sponsor Cecilia Fonseca said that the supplement doesn’t affect her decision to continue to be a sponsor. “When you spread this [the supplement] throughout the paychecks of an entire year, you don’t even notice if it is there or if it isn’t,” she said. “The money is a recognition of a sponsor’s effort, but it doesn’t play into someone’s decision to sponsor a club or not. I have been the Cypress Bay EHS sponsor since its onset, and it wouldn’t feel right to give up on it and the students just because I am not getting paid. That wasn’t the reason I sponsored the club to begin with.” The new policy also has restrictions on the number of new clubs that can be formed. “Mr. Neely doesn’t want me to turn you away but at the same time, he wants
me to find something that we have existing so that under one umbrella maybe have four or five different groups,” Mr. Caruso said. If the club sponsor doesn’t want to continue anymore, Mr. Caruso said that he would try to find someone else to cover it. “It doesn’t matter if you have five kids or 100 kids in it, if someone is interested you want to try and keep it going for them,” he said. “Everybody has their niche. You don’t want to cut something out. If there are five kids in it, that may be their niche. Mr. Neely’s philosophy is that he wants the four years here to be the best four years that you can have. Consequently, he has everybody like myself and [assistant principal] Mr. Nelson find a way to make it happen.”
Briefs: Camara Obscura Photography Club started a project this year called Photo of the Month. September’s theme is Pinwheels for Peace. “We wanted to create a giant Camara Obscura, which is a large pin-hole camera where people can see how a camera works,” adviser Elizabeth Jenkins said.
Members to discuss quotes
Philosophy Club’s newly elected officers are president Daniel Matamoros, vice president Andres Rueda, treasurer Jose Elkouri, Secretary Kevin Levy and webmaster Sam Park, all of whom are se-ESTEFANIA GARCI-CORREA niors. The next meeting will be Sept. 30, after school in room 811. New members are always welcome to join the club and parSocial Studies Honor Society’s new ticipate in discussions about the quote seofficers are president Daniella Rondon, lected each meeting. -KURT BAUER vice president Alida Miranda, secretary Stefanie Cainto, treasurer Grant Ho and historian Julia Iglesias. The next meeting is Oct. 14 in room 349 to discuss November’s projects.
Club becomes honor society Debate Club will now be called the Debate and Forensics Honor Society, president Amanda Frank said. Since it is an honor society, members will receive a cord at graduation. The club will be participating in local competitions as well as national ones at Harvard and Yale this year, she said. - ADAM WEISS
Members to give grants to charities
SHAPE members are working this month on their mission statements to decide which areas of need they are going to focus on during this year. The purpose of the club is to give grants to local volunteer and charitable organizations that apply for them. Meetings are every other Wednesday after school in portable 27 with Mrs. Garcimonde. New members are always welcome. - ALEXIA MARCHETTI
Sheffield appointed new student government adviser
photo by melhor lenor
FOR SALE: Sophomore Adriane Sanchez and Junior Jen Schneider sell spirit shirts to fundraise for SGA during all lunches. By Emily Scanlon
Unpacking bright blue spirit shirts was the first of many jobs to come for Danielle Sheffield, the new adviser for the Student Government Association. Last year, when Ana Garcimonde retired, Ms. Sheffield took her place. “I love her; she’s so nice and funny,” said sophomore Catherine Martelly, one of 33 students on SGA’s executive board. “But she really knows when she needs to buckle down and be serious. I think she’s a great teacher.” Ms. Sheffield said she is “beyond excited” about her new position. “I want to stay involved as long as I can. I was very involved when I was in high school and it was a dream to run SGA as an adult,” Ms. Sheffield said. As SGA’s new adviser, Ms. Sheffield plans to bring some changes to the Bay. “Our major goal is to increase school spirit. Students are excited to be here, but don’t always show their spirit,” Ms. Sheffield said.
In an effort toward boosting students’ school spirit, the SGA executive board created new spirit shirts. “I find that the biggest problem is the lack of dress-up. We created these shirts to act as a uniform for spirit days,” Ms. Sheffield said. Spirit Days will be held every Friday up until homecoming. They give students a chance to dress in school colors and show their support of Cypress Bay. “It will get people more involved. It will give a sense of pride to the Cypress Bay student body,” said junior Jenny Cooper, also a member of the executive board. As adviser, Ms. Sheffield will be working with the board to ensure that SGA is operating efficiently. Ms. Sheffield said that she and the board have been working “really well together.” Another event coming from SGA is the homecoming pep rally, which is taking place on Thursday, Oct. 29, during school.
PHOTO BY NICOLE MARTINS
Working It Out
AMT students, led by teacher Cindy Lutwin, participate in boot camp to get in shape for their December musical Kiss Me Kate. The class held the work outs in the gym during fourth hour.
Students to submit photos
MAO to hold math tutoring
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The yearbook is introducing a new Web site, www. hjeshare.com, which will allows students to submit their photographs. With this new site, the yearbook staff is hoping to receive more photographs from students than they have in the previous years. They are asking for photos of students at the beach or at lunch. Students can also submit pictures of couples or baby pictures of themselves. All are due by Oct. 1. Students must provide the names and grades of all the people in the photographs and all must be students at the Bay. For more information, go to room 404.
Mu Alpha Theta will begin math tutoring after school in rooms 420 and 421 on Sept. 30. Club members will also take their first Rocket City test of the year, which is an international math competition. This event will take place on Oct. 6. In addition, the club will be selling candy Oct. 15- Nov. 19. The candy profits will help pay for competitions such as states and nationals, and also cover some of the costs for transportation to competitions. The next meeting will be held Oct. 15 after school in the auditorium.
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Briefs: New Model UN officers
Hispanic Heritage Month
Model UN’s newly elected officers are president Estefania Garcia-Correa, vice president of conference Mary Macia, vice president of fundraising Staci Raudt, vice president of communication Evan Schlossaman, secretary Daniel Stambury and historian Eduardo Yespira. The next meeting is Oct. 8 after school in room 851. For more information, see adviser Barbara Ehrlich.
Spanish Club is preparing for Hispanic Heritage Month which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. “It’s to create awareness and celebrate the Hispanic heritage and our traditions and customs,” adviser Virginia Chavero said. All students are welcome to participate in the celebration by dressing in typical attire from a Spanish country on Oct. 12 and can receive up to eight service hours for dressing up. Students can get PHOTO BY DANIELA MORENO forms in guidance and go see Ms. Chavero in room 410 to have them filled out. Spanish Club will also be having a Colorful Heritage: Spanish Club’s historian Alicia Garcia and chocolate fundraiser in October to spon- president Joanna Berkowitz prepare a sign for Hispanic Heritage month. sor the Spanish Language Competition in February. “Every year Cypress Bay does really well in the Spanish competition,” Mrs. Chavero said. The next meeting is Sept. 23 in room 410. New members are welcome to attend. BY EMILY MILLER ties and state, regional and national com-MICHELLE FAUCHER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF petitions. Members, as well as students in the AOIT and BPA are merging into AOIT classes, will be competing in a reone organization for the 2009-10 school gional competition in November. year. “It is co-curricular, so all students in “In order to be in AOIT, you have to my class will be participating in it,” Ms. Spanish Honor Society members will be a member of BPA, so it falls under the Wilder said. “It is mandated by the state be tutoring Falcon Cove students in Span- same umbrella,” said Sandra B. Wilder, that we have to teach it, so why not pay ish on Wednesdays after school starting the AOIT/BPA adviser. “This organi- the dues and participate? You are already zation exposes students to the business in October. doing all of the work.” The club is currently accepting new world, so it’s a win-win situation for stuIn addition, AOIT students are asked members who have maintained an un- dents.” to create community service projects. Ms. Wilder taught technology classes weighted GPA of 3.5, have taken at least There is no rubric and the students are four Spanish classes, and are willing to in the past, but this is her first year as the in charge of grading their peers because club adviser for both AOIT and BPA. pay $15 dues to join. it forces students to “think outside of the “It just kind of fell into my lap be“This year the Spanish Honor Society box,” Ms. Wilder said. is striving to leave a lasting mark in both cause we are down to two teachers right “I want to see them out there helping the CBHS community and the Weston now, she said. “But I am more than joy- people in need,” she said. “Sometimes community at large,” said president Dan- ous to do it.” you do things for self-gratification, just AOIT/BPA is also selling one GB iel Mrdjenovich, a senior. from the heart.” See Mrs. Batton in room 412 for an jump drives for $5 in room 360. The Meetings are held everyday after jump drives are labeled with Cypress application. school in room 360. For more informaBay and will be sold until May. Proceeds -ERIK POH tion on AOIT/BPA visit Ms. Wilder in will go toward funding the club’s activiroom 360.
Tr youts for fashion show PRIDE will hold tryouts in the auditorium after school on Sept. 30 for their annual iExpress Fashion Show to be held on Feb. 6. All students can try out to be a model, club adviser Claudina Fernandez said. In addition, the club will hold their first talent show informational meeting on Sept. 29. The talent show, called Cypress’ Got Talent, will take place Nov. 18. The next general meeting will be on Oct. 8 in the auditorium. New members are always welcome. -KIMBERLY RAILEY
Members elect new officers Friends of Gilda’s newly elected officers are vice president Kelly Gallagher, publicity officer Claire Aronson, events officer Joshua Pincus, treasurer Kimberly Railey and secretary Samantha Railey. For more information, see adviser Shari Bush in the media center. New members are always welcome. -ALEXIA MARCHETTI
LightS, Camera, Action: Junior Sahib Singh records a shot for CBTV using the new equipment. Having the only TV Production program of its kind, CBTV was given the high-tech materials by the Broward County School district. photo by daniela moreno
Business clubs merge, plan for upcoming competitions
Middle school tutoring to begin
CBTV receives new production equipment BY CLAIRE ARONSON CLUBS EDITOR
TV Production has received new equipment paid for by Broward County School district because CBTV is now a Career and Technical Education class, CBTV adviser Kurt Doster said. “We have certain equipment that is a requirement for me to teach this type of class,” he said. “It is technically considered a new program in Broward County. TV Production at every other school is a journalism class and falls under the English department. Ours doesn’t do that. Ours is different. We are the only school in the county that has this program.” CBTV got new computers and a couple cameras last year to get the program started. The class has received all new microphones, including clip-on microphones, plus tripods and teleprompters so far this year. The school is still working out deals to get more equipment, Mr. Doster said. CBTV student Jemma Almond said she is already seeing the improvement in the shows. “The tripods help keep our shots steadier which brings a better and more
professional quality of video,” she said. “The microphones bring a better quality of sound to our videos. With all the changes, new team, hard work, and new equipment, we can already see a better quality in our show and in the work that we produce.” The new equipment gives the opportunity for more people to practice which will help at competitions and reduce mistakes, Mr. Doster said. The equipment gives everybody more access so there is a better chance they are going to get at it, he said, explaining, “It will give more people the chance to practice which will keep them from making mistakes.” Almond, a senior, said she is excited for this year and to work with the new equipment. “I am really pumped up about this year, and I am happy that we got new equipment so that we can learn how to improve our videos,” she said. “The equipment really makes a huge difference. I am just sad it’s my last year here with CBTV and that from nothing it’s been built up to such a great club and a wonderful opportunity to all of us.”
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Video chatting tightens communication BY SETAREH BAIG
Junior Kristine Perez spends hours daily talking face to face with friends who live in different parts of the country. No, she does not teleport to distant places, but she does do something that some may have been considered science fiction not too long ago. “It used to be posting a comment on someone’s MySpace,” Perez said, “but people have come a long way since then. Now, I keep in contact with most of my peers through video chatting.” With growing technological advances, video conferencing services such as Skype, Yahoo Messenger, MSN, and iChat are being used by more and more people to keep in touch. “It’s cool because you can chat face to face everyday with people from different areas that you normally don’t get to see often,” said Perez, who uses Skype. Perez talks to friends who moved far away, and to family members in Puerto Rico. “It has really helped tighten my relationships within my family,” she
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going beyond pictures: Skype is used to connect people all over the world as a free means of communication, but seniors Jesssi Fowler and Olga Torres are using it to video chat from across the room. eral social benefits, video tact with people near or choices. said. “I video chat through conferencing can also aid Junior Natalia Villa- far,” Villafane said. “I fane also keeps friendships don’t need to spend time Facebook,” she said. “I’m those with disabilities. strong via video confer- explaining a new outfit or always leaving people vid- American Sign Language encing after three friends anything visual. I can just eos on their walls, but I use (ASL) teacher Paola BarAIM to video chat with erra said it’s a great admoved to Mississippi, Or- show them.” Sophomore Samantha friends who don’t have a vantage for those who are lando, and Miami. deaf because their options “Webcamming really Eyley has her own favor- Facebook.” In addition to the gen- to get in touch with people helped me keep in con- ite video communications
through technology are limited. “It’s very beneficial to the deaf because since they can’t use the telephone, it has enhanced their communication so much more than texting or using the TTY, which is a telecommunication device for the deaf,” she said. Using this form of communication allows the deaf to naturally express their feelings and thoughts instead of translating to English, which is a language less familiar to them. It doesn’t require an array of English vocabulary that deaf people aren’t familiar with to express thoughts, Mrs. Barerra said. “Video conferencing allows you to see feelings of sadness, happiness, and any emotion that is lost with texting or writing,” she said. She also added that video conferencing helps tighten relationships within communities and people. Eyley agrees. “Web-chatting over the Internet has definitely widened communication among people and their peers, and it’s not going away any time soon,” she said.
Social networking trend no longer limited to youth As parents create Facebook accounts, students are forced to decide whether or not to accept their friend requests BY ADAM WEISS
When freshman Lili Lowell signs on to Facebook, her mother, Olgui Lowell, often appears on her newsfeed. “It’s a good way for us to communicate, and it builds trust between us because it shows her that she can trust me,” Lili said. “I don’t have anything to hide from her on my profile.” Many adults and parents are joining the trend of logging on to the Facebook community, sometimes to connect with old friends or to monitor their children’s pages. “Facebook started out for college students and adults all picked it up,” said Dr. Abbey ShepardSmith, a clinical psychologist who deals with children, adults, families and couples. “It has become important for adults for
keeping in touch with people from their past.” Mrs. Lowell said she is not focused on stalking her daughter’s Facebook, but will sporadically check up on it. She prefers to use Facebook for staying connected to people from her childhood and college years that live in different places. “I like to stay in touch with my high school and college friends because I grew up in Colombia and went to Georgetown so it’s a great way to keep in touch with people all over the world,” Mrs. Lowell said. Senior Kelly Gallagher recently got a Facebook on the same day as her mother, Claire Gallagher. Kelly denied her mom’s friend request. “There are some things that I talk to my friends about on Facebook,” Kel-
ly said. “Not bad things, just separate things that I would not talk to my mom about.” Ms. Gallagher said that she understands her daughter’s reasoning and is not concerned with the content on her Facebook page. “I am not offended by this because there are some things that are meant to be kept among friends,” Ms. Gallagher said. “When there is important stuff to talk about, then we do it in person.” Dr. Shepard-Smith, whose office is located in Hollywood, said that parents and students have the right to decide whether or not to be friends on Facebook in each individual situation; however, everything that is posted is out in cyber space for people to see. “Facebook is a pub-
lic domain, so there’s no reason for anything to be there that either one shouldn’t see,” Dr. Shepard-Smith said. “If somebody shouldn’t be seeing it, then it shouldn’t be up on Facebook.” Sophomore Alex Sugarman and his mother Gail Sugarman are not friends on Facebook because they agree that it is too invasive on each other’s personal lives and conversations. “We came to a mutual agreement that we don’t need to be Facebook friends because we respect each other’s privacy,” Alex said. However, Dr. ShepardSmith said students and parents should be mindful of what they post on Facebook. Facebook “may provide people with access to information that one or the other doesn’t want the other to have, but then they shouldn’t be putting it out in the public domain,” she said. Mrs. Sugarman said she uses Facebook to re-
connect with old friends, organize parties and reunions, play games and stay entertained, but she closed off her Facebook to people under 17 because sometimes she says things that are not appropriate. “Not everything about Facebook is positive, because sometimes the messages get interpreted the wrong way,” she said. “Words have many meanings and you hope the person you’re talking to understands your specific meaning.” Both students and adults must be cautious of what they put on Facebook
and who has access to it, Dr. Shepard-Smith said. “Sometimes people aren’t aware of the ramifications of what to post, how it can be used by others, and how it can come back to haunt you,” she said. Ms. Gallagher is aware of the precautions that need to be taken when posting on Facebook, but trusts her daughter to be responsible. “I believe she knows what should and should not be posted on her page,” she said. “I do not have any intentions of monitoring her Facebook activity.”
“Facebook started out for college students and adults all picked it up. It has become important for adults for keeping in touch with people from their past.” –Dr. Abbey Shepard-Smith, clinical psychologist
15 Excessive cell phone may hurt your elbow THE CIRCUIT
Doctors say prolonged mobile phone use leads to Cubital Tunnel Syndrome BY EMILY MILLER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
With 3.3 billion cell phone service contracts active worldwide, cell phone elbow is one of the latest medical concerns. “It’s a pinched nerve at the elbow just like carpal tunnel is a pinched nerve at the wrist,” said Melanie Garcia, occupational therapist for Aventura Orthopedic Care Center in Aventura. “When you are repeatedly flexing the elbow it aggravates the nerve.” Known as cubital tunnel syndrome, cell phone elbow is the second most common nerve compression syndrome in the upper body, following carpal tunnel syndrome, Ms. Garcia said. Although she hasn’t seen an increase in her office, Ms. Garcia said cubital tunnel syndrome nationally “is on the rise.” The syndrome, often occurring after prolonged cell phone use, is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve when the elbow is bent, said Dr. Gary Schwartz, an orthopedist for Memorial Healthcare System. Dr. Schwartz, who specializes in hand surgery, said the ulnar nerve, which begins in the neck and ends in the fingers, is “the nerve that goes around the elbow that people call the funny bone.” Cubital tunnel syndrome “has been around for years,” but recently, cell phones have become a new cause of nerve compression syndromes in the upper extremities, Dr. Schwartz said.
Repetitive activity may cause syndrome When a person holds a cell phone to the ear, “the nerve is being pinched,” Dr. Schwartz said. “Nerves are very sensitive to pressure.” Several factors contribute to the development of cubital tunnel syndrome, and although cell phone use is not the main cause, it is becoming more common, Dr. Schwartz said. “Any activity where your elbow is bent can cause cubital tunnel syndrome,” Dr. Schwartz said. “When you use your cell phone, your elbow is bent. You can’t talk on the phone if your elbow is straight.” Kim Bowdren, occupational therapist and certified hand therapist for Select Therapy in Plantation, said it “usually is repetitive activity, not static,” that causes cubital tunnel syndrome. There are conditions that may increase susceptibility, Dr. Schwartz said. People who suf-
fer from diabetes, thyroid issues, seizures and alcoholism are at a higher risk. Sleeping in the same position every night, spending an excessive amount of time in an armchair, typing on the computer and working in certain occupations are triggers, too.
Symptoms felt in fingers, hand, elbow Symptoms vary depending on the severity and duration of a case. “Early on, it is numbness and tingling in the ring and little finger and numbness in the hand on the side of the little finger,” Dr. Schwartz said. “In long-standing cases, muscle weakness may occur and you can lose coordination. You may drop objects.” Dr. Schwartz said patients often complain of a “shock that goes down the hand,” similar to the sensation felt when the funny bone is bumped. Cramping in the ring and little finger and tenderness near the elbow are other symptoms patients may experience, according to Hand Health Resources, a website that provides ideas and tools necessary to prevent hand and arm pain or to help patients recover from an injury. “When people begin to have these symptoms, and it starts to interfere with their daily activities, they should go see a physician,” Dr. Schwartz said. “Early diagnosis is the best, like with all conditions.” If cases are chronic and medical assistance is not sought, symptoms may worsen, Ms. Garcia said. “The risk of letting it go untreated is that you will get clawing of the hand, which causes limited function of the hand,” she said. “You are causing more trauma to the nerve.”
Early diagnosis decreases need for surgery Because symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome may resemble symptoms of other conditions, patients are advised to seek a medical diagnosis. “First of all, we take a history to see what symptoms the patient is having,” said Dr. Schwartz, adding that the process includes charting the medical history, a nerve study and a physical examination. “The physical examination is extremely important,” he said. “There are questions we now ask more frequently because of cell phones.”
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His line of questioning includes: -Do you use a cell phone? -Which hand do you use a cell phone with? -How frequently do you use a cell phone? Additionally, two diagnostic procedures for cubital tunnel syndrome are the nerve conduction test and electromyogram. The nerve conduction test detects compression or constriction by determining how fast a signal travels down the nerve. Electromyograms test the forearm muscles and evaluate nerve and muscle function. “You want to get this evaluated soon,” Dr. Schwartz said. “It is important to catch it early because there are non-operative measures that can be taken.”
Non-operative treatment available Dr. Schwartz said in less severe cases, he encourages patients to modify their daily activities. There are products that can assist in the healing process. “Initially, we will tell patients to get elbow pads,” Dr. Schwartz said. “Sometimes we give patients splints.” Ms. Bowdren said making patients aware of the incorrect way to do things is another approach. “From a therapy standpoint, it is based on what the doctor orders,” Ms. Bowdren said. “If they don’t have surgery there is patient education, teaching people what not to do and positions to avoid.”
Ms. Garcia said these nonoperative methods are considered conservative forms of treatment. “If conservative management doesn’t work, then they might try surgical management,” Ms. Garcia said.
Surgery may be required Although most cases call for a change in behavioral habits, some cases are so severe that they require surgery. “The surgery itself is not dangerous,” Dr. Schwartz said. “The purpose of the surgery is to decrease the compression of the nerve, and sometimes we move the nerve from behind the elbow to in front of the elbow.” Ms. Bowdren said the time spent in recovery “depends on what type of surgery the doctor does.” “Moving the nerve immobilizes the patient for four weeks, and then they have four to eight weeks of therapy,” Ms. Bowdren said. “Every doctor has certain protocol that they follow, so it changes with the surgeon.”
Cases can reoccur or become irreversible Both Dr. Schwartz and Bowdren said cubital tunnel syndrome may reoccur. “It can reoccur because there are four or five areas where that nerve can be pinched,” Dr. Schwartz said. There are other operations
that can be done if the syndrome reoccurs, Dr. Schwartz said. Also, there is a chance of no treatment being available to patients suffering from a longstanding case. “There is something called irreversible nerve compression,” Dr. Schwartz said. “It occurs when patients five years down the line come to see me.”
Prevention is possible There are ways to prevent cubital tunnel syndrome. “What it comes down to is good positioning, good posture and modification, you know kids use their cell phones a lot,” Ms. Bowdren said. Ergonomics, the science of designing the job, equipment and workplace to fit the worker, is also being used to prevent cubital tunnel syndrome, Dr. Schwartz said. Doctors recommend patients switch hands regularly while talking on the phone, according to www.ergoweb.com, which offers information on ergonomics. Alternating hands is “better than using one hand, but using a headset is a better alternative,” Ms. Garcia said. If people begin to show symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome, they should refrain from doing certain daily activities, Ms. Bowdren said. “Avoid having your elbows bent and your arms out to the side, leaning on the elbow, repetitive activities and forceful straightening of the elbow like with throwing a baseball,” she said.
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Body language: learn to read it
COMMUNICATION: The transfer of Information between Interacting beings. whether verbal or physical, Communication is one of the most important elements for having Relationships . how we communicate is at the base of who we are, who we’ve been and who we aspire to become. reception requires exchange, as connection relIEs upon Communication. words and gestures are implicit within us.
Multiple languages thrive at the Bay, provide diversity By Daniela Moreno and Leah Sjoberg
The Bay is f illed with a variety of students from different countries and backgrounds. These varied nationalities result in a plethora of languages being spoken at the Bay. “Spanish is my f irst language but when my family moved to France I learned French,” senior Maria Andreina Araujo said. “Once I moved to here I was forced to take up English.” Not all multilingual students are f luent in English and therefore have diff iculty with some of the assigned work. For this reason, the school does offer extra help to those who are unable to complete the provided work due to language barriers. “ESOL has helped me develop my language and my vocabulary skills. With reading classes, and practicing everyday, ESOL improved my comprehension,” junior Yael Moreno said. Bilingual students have a greater advantage in language course, as many languages originate from the same root because the grammar and vocabulary structure is the same said Madame Williams, French teacher.
“I’m learning French in school, and being f luent in both English and Spanish has made it easier to pick up a third language, “ junior Daniela Chaparro said. Other students are able to learn a new language through school. Language courses offered at Cypress include Latin, French, Spanish, Italian and Sign Language. “The entire Italian course has introduced me to a world beyond my own,” junior Catherine Tobon said. “I’ve been able to learn about a country, its culture and language in the comfort of a classroom environment with the help of teachers willing to help me every step of the way.” In some cases, students have picked up multiple languages by ear. Senior Sabrina Visconti speaks both f luent English and Spanish and has naturally learned Italian because of her grandparents speaking to her. Some students admit to being guilty of speaking about other people in a language that they won’t comprehend. “I do it without noticing,” senior Sabrina Visconti said, who speaks Italian. Social groups are occasionally created based on certain na-
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tionalities and backgrounds. Students may feel at home, or in tune with themselves. The multitude of languages and cultures at Cypress makes it possible for students to f ind people with similar customs or background, junior Camila Zurita said. “Everybody feels more comfortable with people from the same country because they have the same values, background, and interests,” Araujo said. However, Diverse backgrounds yield language barri-
ers, breaking communication. “ When I hang out with my group of friends, and some of them begin to speak another language, I get somewhat annoyed,” junior Anthony Surico said. Having such a multitude of languages can be both benef icial and exclusive to the campus. “ I think people sometimes group themselves by people who speak the same language or share similar cultural backgrounds,” junior Valentina Hernandez said.
Communication is not always verbal. In fact, about half of all communication is nonverbal, AP psychology teacher David Geller said. Body language “is misunderstood many times, but at the same time I believe it is understood better,” Mr. Geller said. However, before making a guess about what people are thinking, observers “must make sure assumptions are proven correct,” said Kevin Hogan, author of Irresistible Attraction, the No. 1 book on www. Amazon.com for teens and sexuality. “The fact is that most people haven’t been trained, so they will pick up on cues unconsciously, and they will guess wrong what the person is thinking,” Mr. Hogan said. “Gestures are very commonly interpreted, but typically, they don’t mean what they are being interpreted as.” For instance, crossing ones arms can be viewed negatively, when in fact, it might be a result of the environment, Mr. Hogan said. “A lot of time women just cross their arms because they are cold,” he said. “Women and other men will perceive [women] as hostile, standoffish, put offish, when actually they just have their hands crossed which means absolutely nothing.” Mr. Hogan said slouching is another example of a body position that has a negative stigma and is often misinterpreted. “Something like slouching is usually a good thing,” Mr. Hogan said. “If someone is slouching, it means that they are comfortable.” As a teacher, Mr. Geller understands that misconceptions can occur when reading body language. “Studies have shown that students who are more interested will sit in front, keep eye contact and shake their heads in agreement; however, if a student comes in late, he may have no choice but to sit in the back, while another student might have weak eyesight,” Mr. Geller said. “There are exceptions.” There are many factors one must consider when viewing the body language of
“If shoulders are pointed away, it’s saying ‘I “Leaning is a liking cue, and it could just be want to leave,’” Mr. Hogan said. buddies or friends or it could be intimate or romantic,” Mr. Hogan said. “People will not lean into each other if they do not like each other.”
“Distance is the primary indicator,” Mr. Hogan said. “If people don’t like each other, they will stand side-by-side versus facing each other.”
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others, such as gender, Mr. Hogan said. “Body language is completely different for men and women,” he said. “Men and women are not alike in any way except that we both breathe oxygen.” Mr. Hogan said men and women respond differently distances between them during conversations. “The woman decides how far two people will stand from each other,” Mr. Hogan said. “What men don’t know is that women will choose a much closer distance than men would ever chose to stand to talk to somebody.” Gender is significant when interpreting body language as well. “Men will stand further away from someone and women will view men as unfeeling, distant, not understanding,”
Mr. Hogan said, “because after all, the unconscious little part of the brain doesn’t really think, it just sort of does stuff.” In addition, gestures have different meanings based on the generation. “Intergenerational body language is huge,” Mr. Hogan said. “Generations absolutely do perceive signals from people of other generations differently because in part we don’t know how to necessarily communicate. Culture also plays a role in verbal communication versus body language, Mr. Geller said. “When you cross your legs toward somebody in America, it shows you are interested in what they are saying,” Mr. Geller said. “But, in the Middle East, you are showing the soles of your shoes, which
In-person works better than electronic messages BY STEFANIE CAINTO FEATURES EDITOR
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“I think different languages is good because it allows us the different cultures and widens our horizons. “ -Lily Escalona, senior
“If someone’s pupils are dilated, it means one of two things: they either like you a lot or they are lying,” Mr. Hogan said. “It’s one of the few things you can’t control.”
is a sign of disrespect.” Another point to take into account is one’s geographical location. “People in the South smile more than people in the North,” Mr. Geller said, “but that doesn’t mean people in the North are not happy to see you.” Mr. Hogan agrees that one’s environment is instrumental when it comes to reading body language. “Across environments our body language changes, and across environments, the way we read other people needs to change too,” Mr. Hogan said. There are several cues one can look for when interpreting body language., including observing the direction in which someone’s feet are pointing. “People’s feet pointing away from the direction of the person they are speaking to indicates that the person wants to leave, and if the feet are moving toward the person they are speaking to then that means the person is comfortable,” Mr. Hogan said. “Most people can pay attention to their stomach, chest and face, but to control where your feet are pointing, which is something nobody ever looks at, is something our brains have not evolved to do yet and never will so our feet give us great cues.” Facial expressions also divulge information about peoples’ feelings. “Facial expressions are certainly important, but most people aren’t good enough to get beyond the regular expressions of disgust, fear, anger, joy, boredom and contempt,” Mr. Hogan said. “You can’t really read what a person is telling you without the whole body.” Body language doesn’t only tell of others’ mindsets, but it also affects an individual’s own life. “People who smile actually do feel happier and report more feelings of contentment and joy, and people whose physiology is military actually report more feelings of confidence and control,” Mr. Hogan said. Body language “is a question of a) what type of message do you want to give off and b) what you are actually giving off.”
A missing “lol” or punctuation mark may mean the difference between a laughing matter and a serious situation. Conversations through texting and the Internet may have revolutionized communication, but there can be new problems as well. “My friends get mad at me all the time for the things I say, and it’s not exactly what I mean,” Senior Karina Carrion said. Carrion has been in a situation where her friends misread what she said because her text messages didn’t accurately communicate her emotions. “I say something about how I don’t want to go out tonight, or something like that. But they interpret it like I say it towards them, that I don’t want to go out with them,” Carrion said. Texting can cause misunderstanding be-
“I think we should have different languages because everyone’s languages expresses their individual cultures and we learn from the different people and it provides diversity.” -Kirstin Nigro, sophomore
cause of the inability to show emotions through the limited number of characters that text messages allow. “The difference between texting and talking to someone face to face is that you can see the expressions in their face and with texting, words can be misinterpreted a lot,” Carrion said. Freshman Diamond Sorell said that a lack of an emoticon, such as a smiley face, can cause people to take a joke seriously. “Sarcasm can usually get misread,” Sorell said. Senior Sejal Shah said that she expresses her sarcasm in person by rolling her eyes, crossing her arms or changing the tone in her voice. “When you are texting, the person might not know that you are trying to be sarcastic because they can’t see your body language,” Shah said. “In instant messaging, I feel like
I’m misunderstood all the time because people can never tell when I’m being sarcastic. Same for Facebook.” Phone conversations don’t have quite the same issues. “I think on the phone you can still tell if someone is being sarcastic because you can hear the tone of their voice,” Shah said. Junior Jesse Mutschler also said that talking on the phone causes less communication problems. “It’s easier to discern the emotional meaning behind their words,” Mutschler said. However, both Shah and Mutschler agree that talking to someone face to face is the best way to communicate. “It’s always harder communicating when you can’t physically see the person,” Mutschler said.
“We should have a uniform language so everyone can understand everybody and we can all communicate.” - Jimmy Cuniga, sophomore
Think before you speak BY NICOLE MARTINS AND MELHOR LEONOR
National campaigns such as ThinkB4YouSpeak.com and R-word.org have a message for teens that use remarks like “That’s so retarded” and “That’s so gay.” Their message to those who use such language is: “Do you realize what you say?” “The word retarded has become a synonym for stupid, when it’s not,” said Amanda Frank, president of Best Buddies, a club dedicated to helping disabled students. The word “gay” has also taken on a different connotation. “Gay” actually means “someone cheery and lighthearted” or “someone who has a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.” The 2007 National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network states that 76 percent of students hear derogatory remarks at school. While a percentage of these are not intended to offend others according to students interviewed at the Bay the remarks can be hurtful to students. “Many don’t even realize that it offends kids among them,” said Dr. Declan Lyons, sponsor of GayStraight Alliance. Several students at the Bay agree that there are alternatives to possibly offensive remarks. “I think there is no need to be offensive, you can just say ‘that’s not cool’,” said freshman German Montero. To end this trend, campaigns, such as R-word.org and ThinkB4youspeak, have been created. R-word.org was created by the Special Olympics Organization to ban the negative use of the word “retarded.” “We are asking people to ban the r-word use in a negative way,” said Frank, who also collaborates with rword.org. ThinkB4YouSpeak.com is a campaign created to raise awareness about the negative effects of slurs that are anti-gay, lesbian or bisexual and transgender. “It’s a discriminating remark, a form of hate speech that’s acceptable as normal conversation,” Dr. Lyons said. “I usually reply by saying ‘that’s so straight.’ It’s best to reply with humor and show how absurd it is.
“I would go with diverse languages because they give us different cultures and it’s interesting for us to learn how each culture speaks.” -Jay Tantivit, senior
Indiana University from a student’s perspective Jamie Greenfield, born and raised in Weston, Fla., is a senior at Indiana University Bloomington. She has a major in Psychology and a minor in Business, which are among the most popular areas of study at IU. Bloomington, Ind., is 45 minutes outside of Indianapolis . The Circuit’s Adam Weiss spoke to her about her college experience. Why did you decide to go to Indiana instead of an in-state school? I decided to go to Indiana because I have grown up in Florida my whole life and was ready for a change. What advantages does Indiana offer? We have a huge student population that is very diverse, which makes it easy to find a group of friends. IU also offers a wide variety of majors that each have a certain degree of prestige. Even though IU is such a large school it is very easy for students to get extra help in their courses.
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Is there anything about the school that you don’t like? Nope, I love everything! What types of activities/ sports/programs do students get involved in? Many students at IU participate in frats and sororities. There are also many on-campus organizations that students are involved in that generally revolve around their majors and interests. Some students also choose to participate in intramural sports. What are Bloomington and the surrounding area like? The campus is beautiful and Bloomington is a great college town. Everything in Bloomington revolves around IU and the surrounding residents are often affiliated with IU. Our downtown area is called Kirkwood just right off of campus with plenty of shops and restaurants By Shari IsAacs and Blair Stokes for students to enjoy.
Although expenses to attend a university are increasing and financial aid options are decreasing, there are several ways to cut college costs by earning college credit in high school. “There’s a lot of benefits to the dual enrollments and to the AP classes but the most is that you are getting ahead, you’re getting ahead and we’re paying for it,” guidance counselor Mirta Sakal said. One of the ways that students are taking advantage of the possibility of free college credits is by enrolling in Advanced Placement courses and dual enrollment, which are paid for by Broward County Schools. “Advanced Placements will help me save money in college, because I am now given the opportunity to pass these classes and the AP tests,” said senior Jazlyn Juda, who has taken five AP classes. “Those are credits I already have towards college and less money I will need
to spend on classes in college.” Kelly Gallagher, who has taken nine AP classes, said that it benefits her so that she can skip the introductory classes such as psychology and mathematics and get to the higher-level courses. Other than the courses at school, other options to cutting costs for college are the College-Level Examination Program [CLEP] tests and going to a community college and earning an Associates Degree before transferring to an upper division university. “At the colleges you can find out about CLEP,” The Bay’s BRACE Adviser Barbara DiAlberto said. “You take a test and if you pass it you can ‘CLEP out ‘of a course.” This test provides students with the chance to earn college credits, save time and money by passing any of 34 examinations. These test run for $72 compared to the $336.18 that students would be paying for a course at Florida Atlantic University.
Males may get edge when it comes to college acceptance
What would you say to someone who is on the fence of going to IU? Coming from someone who was on the fence, you will never know until you come. However, I have never heard of someone here who has been disappointed coming to IU. What was your best experience at IU? Every time I think I have my best experience here something better happens. However, some highlights every year are the little 500 bike race and homecoming week.
College admission boards may be putting a new spin on college acceptance. Women may face a more difficult challenge in impressing colleges. With the rate of qualified women applying to college exceeding the number of their male counterparts, the uneven gender ratio may tip the acceptance rate to colleges in favor of male acceptance in order to even out the playing field. Could such a disparity in gender lower the rate of female acceptance? The notion has female applicants, like senior Amanda Melgarejo worried.
“It’s a concern because I understand the bureaucracy of colleges and it’s going to work against me,” she said. Pat Grossman, associate director of admissions at the University of South Florida said that fall 2009 admission statistics show that 13,334 female appliclants versus 10,190 male applicants. Of the 13,334 females who applied 5,857 were admitted. In contrast, of the 10,190 males who applied, 4,072 were admitted. “There is no quota for male to female,” Ms. Grossman said. “All admissions decisions are made based on academic performance in school, strength of
curriculum, test scores, unit requirements, and academic success factors – those things that usually indicate a well-qualified student.” Following a similar ratio pattern as USF, Florida State University’s Office of Institutional Research shows enrollment in fall 2008 consisted of 44 percent males and 56 percent females, creating a 12 percent gender disparity. “Men tend to work immediately out of high school, especially in this downturned economy,” said Janice Finney, FSU director of admission. “So, it’s typical that most schools have more females than males.” These uneven scales of gen-
der are seen at other Florida and national universities, leaving schools with the predicament of restoring balance. The Census Bureau in 2004 noted that 57 percent of college students nationally were female. Though the cause is unclear, the statistics remain. But Ms. Finney said that there’s nothing to worry about. “The gender gap doesn’t necessarily make it harder for women to get into college. Gender plays no part in FSU’s admissions process,” she said. “But if some schools want to shape their freshman classes, it can be a factor. Schools would never admit to gender bias,” she said.
19 Studies show cursing may relieve pain THE CIRCUIT
By Nicole Martins
Photo illustration by Blair Stokes
German student new addition to Lightning family By Erik Poh
For most students, progressing from sophomore to junior year involves learning a new schedule, meeting new teachers and making new friends. However, for junior Laura Boser, a native of Düsseldorf, Germany, the experience was considerably different.
Boser, who moved here because of a re-location in her parents’ professions only one month ago, said she was shocked coming to a school the size of the Bay. Despite the school’s size, Boser said the openness and kind nature of students has made her feel welcome. “Here they are all very friendly, very open,” Boser said. “People kiss when they see each other here. In Germany, people would just shake hands.” Transitioning from a German school to an American school was not a challenge for Boser academically because she was accustomed to the standards of the German school system, but she found a difference in teaching styles, she said.
Boser was also surprised by the lack of people resembling her in Florida, she said. In Germany, everyone is taller and the number of people with blonde hair and blue eyes is much greater. “When I think of America, I think of fast food and large people, and all of them live for their country, all very proud of their country,” Boser said. After graduation, Boser has aspirations of being involved in making commercials for television and moving to Argentina to be with some of her family. A college in Florida or California would suit her best, she said. “My parents are letting me choose what I want to do after school, but I don’t think I will go back to Germany,” Boser said. While Boser is adjusting and keeping herself busy, she said she is eager to pick up her life where she left off in Germany. “I am excited to meet new people and make more friends,” Boser said.
“Here they are all very friendly, very open. People kiss when they see each other here. In Germany, people would just shake hands.” –Laura Boser, junior
From a young age, children are told by their parents to not use profanity. But according to one recent study, cursing can actually be a cure for both pain and anger. “It’s quite a negative thing generally speaking, although our research suggests one of the possible beneficial effects of swearing – it can help you if you hurt yourself,” said Richard Stephens of Britain’s Keele University. Dr. Stephens recently conducted a study to discover the effects of cursing on pain. He was inspired to do this based on a personal experience. “I have found myself swearing when in pain, and so I wanted to better understand my own reaction to pain,” he said in an e-mail interview with The Circuit. His study had participants put their hand in ice-cold water for as long as they could. Those who were allowed to use profanity kept their hands in for an average of 190 seconds. The experiment was repeated a second time, but this time participants were only allowed to use PG-rated, non-curse words; these lasted an average of 140 seconds, showing less pain tolerance. “It seems that by swearing we shock ourselves a little bit, leading to a bodily reaction similar to a stress response known as the fight or flight reaction,” Dr. Stephens said. “At any rate, we showed increased heart rate after swearing. The brain response may be that the emotion brought about by swearing triggers a part
of the brain called the amygdala, an emotional center, to activate descending pain inhibitory systems.” Psychologist Andrea Eulalio de Paula Ferreira of Belo Horizonte, Brazil said the release of pain and anger through cursing happens because people are emotionally reacting to it in a way that convinces them they’re feeling better. “It releases your pain when you stop focusing on the physical aspect and you direct your attention to the emotional aspect,” Dr. Ferreira said. “I see it all the time in my office. When someone tells me about something difficult, I notice the pain being released when they have the freedom to express themselves with profanity.” Dr. Ferreira said that the reason behind the experiment’s results is because humans’ basic form of communication is through verbal language. “Curse words have been created and we’ve adapted to using them when stressed or in pain,” Dr. Ferreira said. Sophomore Brooke Sion said she can see the validity of the results. “I think it’s true,” she said. “It lets out your pain. It lets out your emotions.” Senior Steph Labarge has a different perspective. “I think it just side tracks you,” said Labarge, who thinks the distraction of cursing diverts attention from the pain. So, even though your parents may not agree, next time you hit your foot on the bottom edge of the table, cursing may just be the best cure.
Go to p. 23 for this month’s movie, CD reviews
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FIVE MINUTES WITH
THE READY SET
Age isn’t a problem for Fort Wayne, Ind.’s 19-year-old Jordan Witzigreuter, creator of his solo project, The Ready Set. Playing in bands since he was 14, Witzigreuter began touring at 16 and has not given up on his music career since. The pop band just got off tour with Boys Like Girls and Nevershoutnever!, and plans to put out a new record in the spring. Witzigreuter took the time to talk to The Circuit’s Setareh Baig via phone interview. Turn to pg. 23 for the Stays Four The Same album review. What are some of your future plans? I’m going to be doing a lot of touring. I’m going to put out a new record in the spring, and then probably two more after that. I’m just going to be on the road all the time. What are some of your greatest musical accomplishments? I’ve been doing this for about a year and a half. I booked all of my own tours and did everything myself for the first four tours. I’ve put out one full length and three EPs on my own, and just got off a tour in the summer with Boys Like Girls and Nevershoutnever. I love what I do. It’s the best thing in the world. Since you started touring at such a young age, how did you handle balancing school and life on the road? I had already graduated by the time I started touring. I got out of high school early so it was never really hard or anything since I was already done. I went to college for a semester, and I didn’t like it. I wanted to do this, so I spent all of my free time promoting myself and writing. It ended up the best thing for me to do. How have you progressed in your career since you started at 16? I just kept up with it. I spent all of my time and devoted everything to doing this. I respond to everyone on MySpace and just stay on the road make a bunch of connections. I keep taking everything one day at a time.
REACH FOR THE SKY: Clockwise from left: Every Avenue’s bassist Matt Black, 3OH!3’s vocalist Nathaniel Motte, and Gallows’ vocalist Frank Carter and guitarist Steph Carter. photos by jake pflum
Warped Tour strikes back Despite the hour of rain, the 15th anniversary of the Vans Warped Tour was an appealing day of music to fans of several genres by jake pflum arts & entertainment editor
The annual Vans Warped Tour rolled into the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on July 25. The 15th anniversary of the once punk-rock-exclusive festival was a day full of sweat, rain, fun and really expensive bottles of water. Over 50 bands played throughout the day on the tour’s six stages, and there were definitely some bad and many fantastic performances. Pop-punk princes All Time Low played the main stage of VWT first this year, around 11:45 a.m., but did not let the early set time compromise their performance. The crowd was packed
with screaming teenage girls begging vocalist/guitarist Alex Gaskarth to look at them. The crowd was so amusing that even Gaskarth laughed as he forgot the words to Break Your Little Heart. Electronica-rap duo 3OH!3 were another great performance of the day. Singers Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte ran across the stage dozens of times as they blazed through their set. Surprisingly, no one’s eardrums erupted from the ridiculously loud bass that boomed throughout the park during their songs. UK punks Gallows were by far the most underrated of the day. The band’s vocalist Frank Carter, bassist Stuart Gili-Ross, and guitarist Steph Carter
On a National Note....
What’s the best thing about writing music? I think it’s the best creative outlet for me. It’s all just me. I don’t need to get four other people, I’m just one guy.
The Facts: Fireworks met when guitarists Chris
Mojan and Brett Jones and bassist Kyle O’ Neil befriended each other in high school. They later met vocalist Dave Mackinder and drummer Tymm Rengers through local shows and bands. “We are a pop-punk band, following in the footsteps of Lifetime and New Found Glory,” Rengers said. The band fuses melodic punk with contemplative lyrics.
What are your feelings about Twitter? I love it. I think it’s fun, I post a whole bunch of stuff every day. It’s a good way to communicate with people. I definitely try to @reply people when they talk to me. It’s pretty much the same as MySpace. For tour dates and more check out www. myspace.com/thereadyset
hopped down to the floor for their entire set and played in the crowd, literally. After the fans noticed the ruckus, the once small, probably 200-person crowd, erupted into a 2,000-fan mudfest. Kids were jumping all over each other, dancing in the mosh pit and having a great time. The worst band of the day by far is a tie between metalcore act Attack Attack! and wanna-be rap princesses Millionares. Attack Attack!’s new vocalist, Nick Barham did his best to match up to former screamer Austin Carlile, but fell way short. The band played off tempo and just couldn’t keep up with the other great bands of the day. Millionares were so dull and so obviously lip-syncing, that fans left after their second song. Tons of bands of multiple genres played throughout the nine-hour day, so music lovers of any kind could be pleased. Although the entire day is nearly impossible to sum up, Warped Tour this year was, as always, an unforgettable experience.
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What’s in the Works: Fireworks released their first full-length album, All I Have To Offer Is My Own Confusion last March, and will be touring North America with Hit The Lights this October. The band also has two EPs, We Are Everywhere and Adventure Nostalgia, and Robbery. Confusion is out now on Triple Crown Records. For tour dates and more, visit www.myspace.com/fireworks
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Synth-etic sounds: the latest trend in electronic music BY BLAIR STOKES PHOTO EDITOR
Boldly going where few bands have gone since the ‘80s, more modern artists are wielding synthesizers in addition to the typical guitar-drum-bass arsenal. There’s an increase in eager tinkering with synths, drum machines, Auto-Tune and even videogame chips. Adding impatient beats and a technical flavor, these machines have recently surfaced in albums from art rockers Bloc Party to rapper Kanye West. “Kanye’s electronic feel on the new album creates an awesome vibe for his fans,” sophomore Lauren Goode said. In recent years, many bands and artists have opted for a more industrial approach in recent albums. The former sound Bloc Party established in 2005’s Silent Alarm is entirely different from that 2008’s danceably muddled Intimacy. Even Kanye West has had a similar stylistic change. The clever, collegethemed albums of his past remained in the past when he released 808s & Heartbreak in 2008. West heavily uses the device Auto-Tune which can either be used as an effect or as a transparent process, said producer Guy Roche over a phone interview from Los Angeles. 808s also reveals West’s deeper side by way of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, which mimics an actual drummer. “It takes a lot of skill to maintain tem-
po even though the speed increases. You have to have perfect speed and time,” said junior Jorge Pardo, a drummer, in reference to actual drumming. Where musical skill may lack, tech savvy compensates. The weapon of choice for bands plunging into electro genres is usually the synth, a keyboard on steroids, which is capable of imitating other instruments and emitting numerous sounds. But the synth is common compared to other technologies used. The relatively obscure genre of chiptune recycles classic 8-bit videogame sound chips in order to create a low-tech, yet hyper sound. In addition to more unheard-of gadgets, the music industry is quite familiar with Auto-Tune, which alters pitch in the human voice. Distorting vocals, it can essentially make anyone sound like Beyoncé, whose husband, Jay-Z, just dropped the single D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune). Artists like T-Pain and Britney Spears are serial employers of Auto-Tune. “It’s been a good creative tool and it’s featured on many hit records,” said producer Guy Roche, who has worked with Christina Aguilera and Cher. “The drawback is that 90 percent of artists who use it, abuse it. But if you send out a tape and don’t tune it, [producers] think it’s not contemporary. It’s a vicious cycle.” Music genres also have cycles, although with less of a bite. Spawned from the remnants of ‘80s new wave and postpunk, a number of genres rely on elec-
Magic fingers: Synthesizers are one of many essential instruments of the electronica genre that are making their way into mainstream music. Artists like Kanye West, Bloc Party and Cobra Starship are just a few who regularly employ electronic elements such as Auto-Tune, synthesizers and drum machines to their music.
photo by blair stokes
tronic elements, including dance-punk, electro-rock, chiptune and synthpop. Bands that specialize in these types of music are Does it Offend You, Yeah?, Enter Shikari, Nullsleep and Freezepop, respectively. Better-known artists who put electro to good use in music are psyche-
delic MGMT and flashy Cobra Starship. “This trend can last because festivals like Blip-Fest for chiptune are going strong, gaining more fans. If you turn on the radio you’re bound to hear an electronic sound,” junior Gabby Benavides said.
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Horror flick fails to fill rows Film has big screen issues Movie Review Sorority Row
Movie Review The September Issue
black-hooded, black-gowned murderer is. With constant blood spilling during every other scene and heart stopping susBY PRISCILLA IVASCO pense, Sorority Row caused some highSorority Row, a movie about sorority pitched, horrified screams inside the thegirls running around screaming, has the ater. That wasn’t all that was heard: dursame plot line as the thousands of thrill- ing some of the “serious” acting moments it was hard to keep the ers out there. At first it laughter inside. seemed to be a waste Yes, the previews of time and money to make it seem like sit and watch. Howeva corny and typical er, as the movie conmovie, and most of tinued to roll, the qualthe time it is. But if ity took a slight turn. you are in the mood Starting out as an for something bloody ordinary teen movie that you can make with parties, drinking fun of later, Sorority and the stereotypical Row is your best bet. image of college life, Definitely a movie to Sorority Row starts to be seen once, stashed get better after the first away after it comes 20 minutes. Then it out on video, and later suddenly develops into in a few years be dusta gory thriller that is ed off and seen again. unpredictable at times. Those with a weak and Plot twists come in With permission Summit sensitive stomach should just when the audience Entertainment not watch it. thinks it knows who the
not the frigid editor portrayed in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada. Even though the film’s advertising campaign shows Winotur’s role in the BY MELHOR LEONOR film, the main focus is placed on Vogue’s creative director Grace Coddington. She Vogue, the prominent fashion maga- takes over most of the film, serving as a zine, hits the silver screen in the film The narrator and providing more information September Issue, about the magazine as well showing the inner as Wintour. workings of the proWhile the film won’t satduction of its most isfy those seeking action or important issue and nail-biting suspense, it will the influence that please those with a thing for iconic editor-infashion and the world revolvchief Anna Wintour ing around it. Short appearholds in the fashion ances by designers such as world. Jean Paul Gaultier, Oscar de The documenla Renta and Karl Lagerfeld tary, which pregive the audience the sense miered at the Sunthat they’re watching a peek dance Film Festival of their work. in January and hit Although the film will theaters on Sept. be best enjoyed when on the 11, depicts the maksmall screen, it does accoming of Vogue’s Sepplish one goal: giving audiWith permission Roadside tember issue behind attractions ences an insight into the exWintour’s steer, clusive world of fashion that showing the viewers her true character, many only dream of knowing.
Polar Bear Club’s sophomore album Chasing Hamburg, released on Sept. 8, is a loud, fast-paced, and enjoyable listen. The alternative-punk band delivers a track list full of guitar-based melodies as well as poetic and emotional lyrics. Lead vocalist Jimmy Stadt has a different style of singing than most. His voice has a more raspy tone compared to the clean-cut vocals of other singers, like Chris Martin of Coldplay, as in the tracks See The Wind and Light of Local Eyes. Although difficult to get used to at first, Stadt’s voice was a refreshing vacation from over-used poppy vocals. The record’s lead track, See The Wind, is a fist-pumping anthem of gang vocals and rebellious lyrics. Lines like “This year I did away with riding fences/When it comes to doubt and be damned, I’ll take my chances,” encourage listeners to fight conformity and be themselves. On a softer note, the song Drifting Thing has all the elements of a typical love song, with an edge. This song is the standout track when compared to the other faster-paced rhythms. The lyrics describe cutting your ties and falling in love, even at a young age. As Chasing Hamburg progresses, it develops nicely from beginning to end leaving the listener fully satisfied. Even though Polar Bear Club’s songs have similar structure, each song has its own identity. Overall, the CD has a creative sound that brings diversity with its originality and uniqueness to the rock genre. Polar Bear Club let their originality shine though on this record, and are top-contenders for alternative album of the year.
Every Time I Die’s fifth release, New Junk Aesthetic, further exemplifies the band’s ability to fuse Southern rock with hardcore and metal elements. Released on Sept. 15, the album explores a range of tempos, from blazing fast (The Marvelous Slut) to extremely slow, heavy and dark (Roman Holiday). The record’s second track, The Marvelous Slut, rips into a fast paced look at self-loathing. Vocalist Keith Buckley’s repeatedly screams “Why do I give myself away?” and “If death’s coming, it best come quick” while guitarists Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams shred out their signature heavy southern riffs. Buckley’s vocals on this record are nothing short of phenomenal. His voice is an odd-yet-awesome combination of screaming and almost talking. Sometimes the band takes a break from their hardcore roots and full-on rocks, like on Wanderlust. Granted, the song is heavy, but Buckley’s vocals are mostly clean singing. In a music scene cluttered with power chords and corny guitar lines, this record breaks through the mold with riffs that blatantly illustrate Southern hardcore, as seen in the introduction to White Smoke. Sadly, this record is the last one that will be recorded by Mike “Ratboy” Novak, who left the band due to personal conflicts in June. Novak leaves with an album of percussion perfection. His beats are the driving force of every song on the record, and his fills provide the record with subtle but sweet accents. New Junk Aesthetic is the epitome of the band’s genre, and should appeal to fans of metal, rock, hardcore, and music in general. - jake Pflum
- NICOLE JAEGER
When 19-year-old Jordan Witzigreuter was at the age of 16, he had graduated from high school and was writing his own music and touring. Stays Four the Same is the newest EP of Witzigreuter’s DIY solo project, The Ready Set. The three-track album can be easily compared to the sounds of Owl City and The Postal Service. It has a whimsical, upbeat vibe that will have you out of your seat dancing within seconds. The song Stays Four the Same starts out with a melodic piano tune that immediately puts you in a dream-like euphoria throughout the rest of the song. Bubbly lyrics such as “be my lantern, help me shine on through” and “if you don’t feel right, then it’s a wasted night” lift your spirits, even if only for the three minutes and 19 seconds of the song. It is nearly impossible not to sing along with the “la da da da’s” of the melody. “Fall to electrical ears” are lyrics that certainly describe the electronic-sounding Unender. Although not as appealing as the previous harmonies, Unender has proved itself worthy with its synth melodies and poppy beat. Lyrics like “fall to electrocution, I’m your solution” reference the song’s computerized sound. Unender is not one of the more memorable songs on the EP, but its catchy and repetitive lyrics bring it up to par with the rest of the tracks. The Ready Set’s Stays Four the Same is an animated album with cheerful beats and mellifluous tones. Each individual song has a vivacious, youthful aura about it that makes the EP a pleasant listen. Witzigreuter’s euphonious music is sure to melt the hearts of teenage girls across the country. - SETAREH BAig
With the release of their second album Love Drunk, Boys Like Girls brings fans a whole new side to their music. Although the band lost some appeal by incorporating Britney-type computer editing in some tracks, it made up for the loss with catchy songs and soulful tunes – the latter being the highlight of the album. A big surprise comes in the form of Two is Better Than One, an acoustic song featuring Taylor Swift. This unexpected duet showcases perfect harmonization between lead vocalist Martin Johnson and Swift. This song, along with Someone Like You and Go, displays the band’s talent to completely mesmerize listeners with its slower songs, something lacking in their first album, The Great Escape. The use of string instruments, violin and piano in these songs is also a positive addition to the band’s style. Boys Like Girls’ slow tunes are the most memorable of the album. Love Drunk, the album’s title track, was already released as a single prior to the album release and recently hit the charts. Perfect for blasting in the car, it is joined by She’s Got A Boyfriend Now and Chemicals Collide in a race for the song with the catchiest beat. The band retained its ability to make listeners want to get up and dance, although no song in this album surpasses the standard set by The Great Escape. Love Drunk is worth the money. Although most bands seem to drop in quality after gaining popularity, Boys Like Girls does not conform to this expectation. The band strays away from becoming a manufactured pop/rock band and hopefully will continue to do so. - Stefanie Cainto
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 24 Local bands battle it out on stage SEPTEMBER 2009
BY JOSH LEWIN Sports editor
As senior Joey Parlo got off the exit on I-95 on the way to see the Battle of the Bands at Churchill’s Pub in Miami the first thing he noticed was the bars on the school windows and the flock of police cars that sped by, sirens blaring. He clicked his heels three times like Dorothy and said “There is no place like home, there is no place like home,” but when he opened his eyes he didn’t see Weston, instead he was staring straight at the homeless man standing in front of his car. So he veered around the man and continued on his journey to Churchill’s with his windows rolled up and doors locked. The show was an opportunity for amateur bands to perform in front of an audience to gain experience and have a chance to win 20 free studio hours and $500. Even though the range of talent varied from “what are you doing on stage?” to “this sounds like something I would listen to on my iPod”, the crowd was family oriented and was supportive of all bands that performed. “It was a relatively good atmosphere but I did notice that some of the other bands started drama with one another. I feel like everyone really liked us because we were so young and interacted with the crowd well,” said Max Matluck, lead singer of the second place band Kairo. Some of the opening bands over stayed their welcome on stage by per-
forming unprompted encores and the crowd murmured among itself that they “wished they would just leave” and some members of the crowd even covered their ears. But as the night carried on the bands improved and the crowd became more into the performances. The band that elicited the most response from the audience was the winner: Dead Right. This local screamo band excited the crowd with its heavy metal sound and intense screaming vocals. The bass guitar player’s hair got stuck to his guitar during the performance but the band carried on and demonstrated good showmanship as they continued to play. Among the many families that attended this show were the followers of Dead Right who stuck out a bit due to their body tattoos and facial piercings. Overall this band put on an exciting show and got the crowd hyped up, requesting multiple encores. “I think that Dead Right’s music sounded unorganized for my taste, but their followers seemed to really enjoy it and I could definitely sense they were excited,” Matluck said. “It was a little bit problematic though because one of my Mom’s friend was actually hit by someone that was moshing and hurt her knee.” The last band to perform, Kairo, was by far the youngest with band member ages ranging from 13 to 17. Although they came in second this South Florida band played their hearts out, despite having technical difficulties with their bass
sing your heart out: Lead vocalist Max Matluck and bassist Daniel Komforti of Kairo made their way to second place at this year’s Battle of the Bands at Churchill’s Pub in Miami on Sept. 5.
photo submitted by Melissa Klassman
guitar. After the stall, lead singer Matluck energized the crowd by playing a Beatles cover of Come Together followed by several originals including As of Now and Scoot on Over. Keep an eye out for these youngsters in the future.
“We have a lot of venues downtown that we’re going to start playing once we record our EP, and in January we are going to be playing at Talent Farm with some big name bands. It’s really exciting stuff,” Matluck said.
25 Lil Wayne wraps up Bank Atlantic Center
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GET TO KNOW
COOL TO BE YOU
Win ter Park’s Cool To Be You is working on their second album, after recently releasing their first album Live Free or Demo. This punk band, consisting of lead vocalist Dallas Bedle, guitarists, Max Lutz and Griffin Allemeier, drummer Omar “Paco” Rodriguez, and the bassist Harley Salter, is trying to make their mark in the music industry. On his way to work, Dallas took the time to talk The Circuit’s Alexia Marchetti via phone interview.
How did you guys meet? Griffin and I were friends from high school. Griffin and Max were old friends and I met him (Max) through Griffin. We all met Harley randomly. He was in another band as a bass player, and we stole him from the other band. What made you guys want to form a band? We all had some type of musical chemistry. Griffin and Max originally had a band. I attended six months of vocal lessons to be ready to try out for their band. What inspired you to title your band Cool To Be You? We love the band The Descendents, and their newest album is titled Cool to Be You. We really liked the name. Dallas, what is your musical background? I took guitar lessons in seventh grade, then I realized that guitar was not for me. I’ve always had an interest in singing. My mom used to tease me by saying one day I will become a singer. I really enjoy music and I have an ear for rhythm. I eat, sleep, and drink music all day, everyday. What are your accomplishments so far? Recording our demo alone was a big accomplishment. Paco built a computer from scratch for us to record our music on. We did it all on the computer just us. All of our instruments and vocals come straight from us. What do you hope to accomplish in the future? As for the writing songs portion, it is usually Griffin and I with the guitar and the lyrics we come up with. We usually meet with the band twice a week. We have recorded three songs in the past month. For tour dates and more check out www. myspace.com/cooltobeyoufl
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WEEZY BABY: Lil Wayne waves to a soldout crowd at Bank Atlantic Center on Sept. 6. BY ADAM WEISS
Thousands of eager fans decked in Lil Wayne T-shirts and neon Nike shoes piled into the hazy Bank Atlantic Center on Sept. 6 to see the final concert of The America’s Most Wanted Tour. Although rapper Drake could not attend, many popular hiphop artists performed such as Soulja Boy, Young Jeezy, Pleasure P and Nikki Minaj, building up the hype until Lil Wayne came on. Soulja Boy sporadically chimed in throughout his act, while a DJ played a recording of his songs.
The show exceeded all expectations. Lil Wayne has an incredible energy on stage and is even better live. He played many of the most popular songs from his new album The Carter III, such as Lollipop, 3 Peat and Mr. Carter. The crowd rapped along as Lil Wayne sprinted across the stage and jumped from surface to surface during his performances of A Milli and Got Money. Fire bursts and explosions added to the excitement of the concert. Lil Wayne flaunted his versatility as he played the guitar to his rock hit Prom Queen. When he asked the crowd to lift
their lighters, there was no shortage. Fans were so thrilled with the set list that one enthusiastic observer demonstrated her appreciation in a more flashy way, exposing her breasts on screen to thousands of awe-struck onlookers. The show concluded with an emotional Michael Jackson tribute to I’ll Be There and Billie Jean, involving all of the performers and special guests including Jae Millz, Bow Wow, Gudda Gudda and Chanel. The stadium emptied with a throng of euphoric fans pouring out the doors, the smell of marijuana smoke still lingering in the air.
Pop-rock band off to great start with first album release Local CD Review BY NICOLE BIRNBAUM
Every You’s first album, A Change of Scene, is a rock album with a pop twist. What draws the listener in is that the lyrics provide examples of emotional experiences in people’s lives such as relationship troubles. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Burns, bass-
ist/vocalist Mike Shaffer, guitarist Alex It satisfies audiences with a mellow and soothing type of rock. Hernandez and drummer The experiences Danny Butler from Pemportrayed in the lyrbroke Pines brought six ics are easy to relate songs together to make an to. The second track, album that was released on Piece of Mind, has lyrSept. 4 at the Talent Farm. ics like “here’s to the Contrary to stereotypical voice that never left expectations, this rockmy ear,” showing that based album doesn’t have when people give advocalists screaming over vice, it sticks. the guitarists or drummer.
The album not only has great vocals by Burns and Shaffer, but the instrumental breaks also make the songs entertaining. A Change of Scene, the first track, starts off with a 15-second instrumental section that shows it will be worth listening to again. Every You shows a style similar to Boys Like Girls. This local band has very inspirational lyrics and offers an upbeat tune to listen to and put on repeat. For tour dates and more check out myspace.com/everyyou
What’s the Deal: This brand-new pop-rock band from Pembroke Pines
was conceived when four high-school friends’ old bands broke up. Taking their influence from acts like Jimmy Eat World and New Found Glory, Every You bring a fresh new sound to the South Florida music scene. “We were in the studio recording and our friend [Matt Burns, vocalist/guitarist] started doing vocals and it worked,” bassist/vocalist Mike Shaffer said.
What’s in the Works: The band recorded their new EP, A Change of Scene, with producer Paul Leavitt, who has produced records by All Time Low and Senses Fail, and hopes to tour nationally in the future. “We’ve developed a pretty solid fan base and we want to meet new people,” said Shaffer. A Change of Scene is out now. For tour dates and more check out www. myspace.com/everyyou
photo submitted by Mike Shaffer
Turn to p. 31 to see the breakdown of all the gyms in Weston
Freshman balances high-level school work with tennis
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serve this: Ryan Smith practices his service at the courts after leaving early from the Bay. BY ADAM BIRNBAUM AND RATASHA IRIBARREN
Every day freshman Ryan Smith packs up his bag after third period, grabs his tennis gear, and heads out to the courts. “I leave school early, so I can practice tennis for up to four hours a day so I am able to keep up with my competition,” Smith said. According to tennisrecruiting.net, Smith is currently
ranked first place in the state of Florida in the 14 and under age group, and fiftth in the nation in this same age group. He participates in approximately 20 tennis tournaments every year to maintain his ranking. To keep up with his rigorous training, Smith started to play in tennis in place of his P.E. credit in middle school. “I did it [leaving school early] at Falcon Cove, so I just kept doing it,” Smith said. The freshman athlete is con-
tinuing with this routine in high school, but unlike middle school the Bay administration is not allowing tennis to count as his P.E. credit. “Over the summer I took P.E. and health online to fill my P.E. credit, which took away from some of my summer training,” Smith said. Smith plans to use the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) to supplement his shortened school day; for example, he will be taking biology over the summer. The tennis prodigy feels that online courses are the equivalent to taking a class in school. “It hasn’t affected me, I am still getting good grades in school and obtaining all my credits,” Smith said. When Smith leaves school, he and his mom embark on a 20-minute drive to Woodmont Country Club in Tamarac to meet his coach for fitness training, weight lifting, and extra practice. “I think Ryan getting out of school early is great,” said Lori Smith, Ryan’s mother. “It helps him practice tennis more and at the same time keep up with his work.” Smith, who is in all honors classes, believes that leaving school early to train for tennis will not hurt his chances to be admitted into college in three years, but instead open up scholarship opportunities. “If I am ranked high enough and play at a top level, I will continue to be scouted by college recruiters and offered scholarships for tennis,” Smith said. Smith is thankful he can achieve his dreams as an athlete. “Tennis is how I get away from everything,” Smith said. “It’s what I love. With all the tournaments I am still able to balance my schoolwork with tennis.”
Recruiting tactics are unfair to public schools Asking the Bay football team to take on the St. Thomas Raiders – one of the largest recruiting high schools in the nation – at the end of the season is the equivalent of the Detriot Lions winning the superbowl. There’s just no chance. If private schools, who hand out massive scholarships for athletics, are allowed to continue doing this, then there needs to be a divide between public and private schools playing against one another in general competition. The talent gap between St. Thomas, replete with players hand-picked from middle school based on talent, and a public school which must make do with which students happen to fall within its boundaries, is unfair. Traditionally, getting into college required good grades, even for student athletes. But now instead of focusing on academic achievement, athletes tend to be less student and more athlete. It has gotten to the point where middle school athletes are picking their high schools based on how well they feel that school will market their value to college recruiters. The 40-year Old Virgin’s Seth Rogen explains the philosophy best when he attempts to teach Steve Carrel about the art of meeting women: “You have to plant a lot of seeds to see which ones will grow into a plant.” This is the same tenet that most colleges follow. The more recruits a high school has the more potential college All-Americans they can produce. The NCAA rules state that colleges aren’t allowed to contact players before juniors, but they clearly have no problem with high schools recruiting for them. This ridiculous system has been created where private schools give thousands of dollars in scholarships to 14-year-olds and promise that they will have the best chance of getting a scholarship to a D-1 school if they play for their team. In Brwoard, this is epitomized by St.Thomas Aquinas. This system seems like a win: athletes get scholarships to attend private schools; private schools get dominant football teams; and colleges get freshmen athletes pre-trained. But what about the public high schools? What happens to the other athletes in Broward County that get overlooked due to the media’s infatuation with the St.Thomas Raiders? The fact is that an athlete who attends the Bay does not have the same opportunity to attend a D-1 college as one who plays for St. Thomas. And a team that does not recruit athletes does not have an equal opportunity to win games as one that does. In the Lightning’s loss to Plantation, quarterback Zach Green was pressured or sacked on almost every drop-back he took. If the offensive line of the Lightning had trouble fending off the Colonels’ defense, how could they match up against recruited prospects when they take on St. Thomas later this season? Schools should not be allowed to recruit athletes at such a young age or, really, at all. The fact that students are getting scholarships to play football makes the system not only unfair to public schools, but also a mockery of high school athletics.
Girls volleyball is in ‘rebuilding’ year By Maria Arenas
The Girls Varsity Volleyball team kicked off their season with a loss to Deerfield Beach High School on Sept. 10 under the leadership of their new head coach Mililani Quinsaat-Suzuki. “It’s very exciting learning about Cypress Bay and Weston, being from Hawaii it’s different,” Coach Quinsaat-Suzuki said. The team lost 18-25,20-25 and 19-25. According to Coach Quinsaat-Suzuki it will be a rebuilding year, due to a young team where there is only one se-
nior and the core is sophomores and freshmen. “It’s better this year,” sophomore Hollie Aleman said. “The new group of girls help us become a family and a team at the same time at the end making it very beneficial.” The team’s current record is 1-3 with losses to Douglas and Taravella with a win of 25-18,1625, 21-25, 25-18 and 15-13 over Coral glades. “It is a gradual improvement,” Coach Quinsaat-Suzuki said. Coach Quinsaat-Suzuki is looking forward to building a
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bumpin’: Senior Lina Loza practices her bumping during a team practice.
long-term program for Cypress Bay volleyball. The new team captains for the 2009-10 fall season will be Bianca Jensen and Gabriela Wagner. “I feel very proud to be captain, and happy to be leading the team to a great future,” Jensen said. “ I push the team hard during practice and also motivate them before we play our games.” According to Wagner, she is looking forward to everybody improving their volleyball game and to winning as many games as possible.
Confident swim team sinks Cooper City BY BLAIR STOKES PHOTO EDITOR
Ready to progress beyond last year’s achievements, the boys swim team is aiming for further success in states with a team in “good shape,” said head coach John Spire. In their first meet on Sept. 9, facing Cooper City and Stranahan, the Bay dominated. Senior Nick Alemann maintained considerable distance between himself and the competition, earning first place in both of his events, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Overall, the boys won both meets by more than 40 points. “We want to score more points and qualify more boys for States,” Coach Spire said. “We were really good last season and we’re really good this season.” Keeping expectations high Coach Spire predicts the team will do well enough at districts to advance to regionals, where he hopes the team will earn a spot in the top three. Senior swimmer Guillherme Villar shares similar expectations.
“The team is pretty strong. We’ll probably win districts and get runner up in regionals,” Villar said. However, the team’s aspirations for this season don’t end at qualifying and placing at competitive meets. Self-improvement and personal records are also on the agendas of team members, such as Villar. “I expect to keep training hard so I can show better results in high school meets,” he said. Overall, the team is already showing improved results despite having a younger roster than previous years. Alemann said the freshmen and sophomores have had “strong performances” so far. Freshmen, such as Brandon Kraut, are promising new additions to team, said Coach Spire. “I’m confident because there’s a certain time in the 100 backstroke I need to make and I’m very close,” Kraut said, in the hopes of qualifying for the state competition. “It would be great because I’m in the youngest grade and I hope I make it.”
MAKING A SPLASH: Senior Nick Alemann dives into the pool during the Cooper City meet.
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Girls golf poised for a successful season BY ZACH ZAFFOS GR APHICS EDITOR
Coming off a 14-3 season, the girls golf team is looking to continue its momentum into this season, and accomplish even more of its goals this year. At the forefront of the team’s season goals is
getting past St. Thomas this year. “My expectations for this season are to beat St. Thomas at districts,” senior Victoria Chediak said. “Last year we had really good players, but I believe that this year we have all the potential to perform at our best.” In its first match, the team got its shot
at St. Thomas; however, it was not able to avoid the adverse weather conditions for the match. “In our first match against St. Thomas at The Preserves, we got through six out of nine holes and then had to stop playing because of bad weather,” Chediak said. “We were killing St. Thomas
but the match did not count.” The team’s second match had a similar outcome; it ended after one hole due to weather conditions. Chediak believes that the team has played “exceedingly well,” in its two matches, and believes they will continue to have success throughout the season.
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Just keep swiming: Although not off to a good start. Girls swimming perserveres for a better season.
Girls swim team looks past loss BY MELHOR LEONOR
While Cypress Bay’s girls swimming team finished up last season in good standing, this year the team is looking forward to a good season. “Everyone is working really hard,” said swimmer Kathy Salazar, who is new to the team this year. The team had their first meet on Sept. 9.
“This isn’t one of the tougher meets. I’m looking forward to a good season,” said Coach John Spire minutes before the meet started. “This week we didn’t do that well, but we tried our best,” said freshman Lillian Bennet. Despite the minor set back, one change will be made, “This season we are going to swim faster,” swimmer Nicole Schein said.
Coach Ulman hopes to inspire team BY STEVEN SILBERMAN
Besides the glory of victory and the sensation of creating big plays, there is another motivational factor that makes the JV football team eager to win. “Here’s the thing,” said sophomore defensive lineman Connor Workman, “if we win two games in a row, we get to shave Coach Ulman’s beard.” With only seven games in the season, the JV squad wants to play its best right away. “The players are deciding who’s playing,” Head Coach Christopher Ulman said. “They all want to take part in the winning tradition that Coach Guandolo has established here.” The Lightning kicked off the season at home on Sept. 9 against the Plantation Colonels. Though the Lightning lost 2017, Coach Ulman said he was satisfied with the team’s performance. “I think they played very good for the first game,” he said. “There were a lot of surprises that I wasn’t expecting. Though we’re young, I see a lot of room for improvement.” Speedster Joey Britton, who is both a running back and a defensive back, scored the Lightning’s two touchdowns in the game. “He played his butt off,” Coach Ulman said. Quarterbacks Ronnie Duval and Derek Victory led the Lightning offense in a rotation throughout the game. “We plan to put the ball in the air a little bit more than last year,” Coach Ulman said. “They bring a spark to the offense.” The coach said he was also impressed with his offensive line, adding that his team has the potential to be very successful.
The football team asks that fans who attend all home games bring canned goods to be donated to local charities.
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JV leans with it: The Cypress Bay JV football team warms up in preparation for its first game
ever against West Broward.
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Green. “When we got the ball all I was thinking was that we needed to get one into the end zone even though a field goal would have won it,” Green said. “Our goal was to come together as a team and do what we do best. And we did.” Sticking to their traditional offense, Green led a textbook, run-heavy drive down the field to score a rushing touchdown with just over 1:30 left in the game. Senior running back David McKnight contributed heavily to the drive by making some crucial first down conversions. “This season we need a lot from Green and McKnight. They both have a lot of experience. And in this game they both showed it,” Coach G. said. To end the Cobra’s hopes at picking up a win, linebacker Tyler Shope inter-
cepted the ball as the final seconds ticked The Colonels’ ground game took adoff the clock. vantage of the Lightning defense, scoring two rushing touchdowns. But the real Cypress Bay v Plantation L(14-0) beating came on offense, when the offensive line couldn’t seem to keep the pocket After the Lightning’s impressive win alive for long, including two key sacks on against Boyd Anderson, the fans were the Lightning’s final drive. hyped up for another victory over Plan“They had a strong defense and it retation. Some seniors even tailgated in the ally showed us that we need to practice rain in preparation for the game. holding our blocks,” Coach G. said. “Our But by the end of the game the crowd biggest mistake was not capitalizing on was so unimpressed by the team’s perfor- our drives. We got down the field a few mance that they shifted chants from “We times but were unable score.” got Spirit” to “Jose-o lay o lay,” cheering With such different performances in on a student throwing rubber footballs their two games (The Circuit headed to from the track into the stands. print Sept. 14) the Lightning has yet to “The game was pretty rough and show what type of season they have in the crowd needed to keep entertained. store. But the team remains hopeful and Chanting for Jose kept us entertained,” pledges to produce exciting games, said Levine said. Coach Guandolo.
Athletes to Watch
After years of intensive training and with the help of his positive attitude, senior Guilherme Villar is working to continue last year’s success utilizing his free style stroke. This athlete qualified for states last year with his 100-meter freestyle and is hoping to make it to the state finals for his senior year. “I started swimming because I was fat and my mom wanted me to get into shape. But I really enjoyed it once I started. It helped to discipline me with my academic career. It helped me learn how to manage my time, keep me busy, and it also brought me closer to my mom,” Villar said. Villar will be attending FSU, although he might focus solely on academics at first and then pursue his swimming dreams. Instead of attending traditional practices with the Cypress Bay High swim team, Villar trains with a group in Davie. “I swim with the Davie Nadadores because they train harder and I can become better conditioned. I also get to practice more hours and train before and after school,” Villar said. Villar feels that his extended practice with the Nadadores will help him to accomplish his future swimming goals.
Q & A with:
Guilerhme Villar What is your favorite stroke? My favorite stroke is freestyle because many people swim freestyle, adding to the competition. The challenge of this stroke is enjoyable. Do you prefer jammers or Speedos? Speedos. Jammers are too tight. How do you prepare yourself mentally for hard practices and meets? I don’t think about it. For meets, just forget about it. It’s all about trying hard and having fun. What swimmer do you admire? César Cielo because he is Brazilian and he was able to win the 50 meter freestyle in the Beijing Olympics when everyone doubted that he could do it. He surpassed everyone’s expectations and I admire him for that.
Kelsey and Lindsey Shultz are sophomore twin sisters that share the same passion - swimming. They started at age 12 in Washington, D.C. and have been swimming competitively ever since. Their workout schedules include swimming from Monday to Saturday, every afternoon, morning training three times a week, and weight training every day. Both sisters dedicate their time to Cypress Bay swimming, as well as their competitive swim team, the Davie Nadadores. “With swimming were always together, we cheer each other on and are very supportive of each other. She’s my sister and my best friend, and we really motivate each other,” Kelsey said.
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Kelsey and lindsey shultz
Kelsey Shultz What are your future goals for swimming? I want to swim in college, preferably University of Florida. It’s a very nice school, and has a good swim program. How do you feel about Michael Phelps? He works really hard and he’s a good swimming role model. Lindsey Shultz Do you feel pride in representing Cypress Bay on the swim team? Yes, very proud. I think everyone is really excited about this season. We’re all going to do well. How do you feel about Michael Phelps? I admire all his dedication he puts into the sport.
Senior spends summer playing rugby BY CONNOR K ANE
This summer senior Lucas Baistrocchi participated in the North Carolina All-Star Challenge, a national rugby tournament. The tournament featured some of the most talented rugby players in the country. The tryouts in Fort Lauderdale were four weeks long and then the tournament was four days long. “To make the team we had conditioning tests, game situations, and tackling drills,” Baistrocchi said. He played as the starting scrum half for the Florida team. The scrum half in rugby most closely resembles the quarterback in football. The team was able to reach the final with wins over Tennessee and Texas, but lost by two tries (touchdowns), worth five points each, to North Carolina. After this experience Baistrocchi is hopeful for his future in rugby.
“I hope I get to play professional rugby, preferably in New Zealand or Europe,” said Baistrocchi, who plans on running everyday, working out at the gym, and studying professional games in order to continue his success. He believes that if he can make the Florida team again next year, he will be invited to go to the USA national team camp. “It would be an honor to play on the team and if I make it will have more opportunities to play professionally,” Baistrocchi said. He has been playing rugby almost all of his life. In his native country of Argentina, rugby is far more popular than it is here in the US. “I have been playing since I was 8 and it is my country’s second favorite sport behind soccer,” Baistrocchi said. Several colleges including Berkeley and Life University in Georgia have already approached Baistrocchi.
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Kickin’ it old school: Lucas Baistrocchi kicks the extra point after a try.
“There are a couple of scholarships available to me and hopefully colleges will take into account my rugby performance,” he said. He currently plays for the Weston Rugby Club, which he helped to create two years ago with coach Joshua Cross, and
he is looking forward to the upcoming season. The tryouts begin in October. Their schedule includes matches against Taravella, Northeast, Jupiter, and North Broward Prep. “After games we eat and hang out with the other team, and
after important tour games we trade jerseys with the opponent,” said Baistrocchi, who is passionate about rugby and his future with the sport. “Rugby is a very demanding sport, and you must be fit to enjoy it, but it is my life, and I plan on playing forever.”
Getting pumped with
One of the most important things to do before exercising is to stretch. And Coach Kate Dwyer never forgets it. In her soccer class, she makes sure everyone gets pumped up and stretched out before the intense training starts. There are some main muscles that everyone should stretch before a workout.
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Fitness 21, open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, showcases its cardio work out machines.
Gyms offer different facilities, prices BY MARINA LOPES
Hamstring stretch: To stretch your hamstrings, you should stand straight and touch your toes. And remember to static stretch, which means holding the stretch instead of bouncing it (ballistic). Two of the best muscles to static stretch are your quadriceps and hamstrings.
Quadriceps stretch: A quad stretch can be easily done by standing on one leg and pulling the other back towards your behind. Repeat the stretch with the other foot. This is a basic stretch that can help with flexibility.
A gym can be a lot like a longterm relationship – you’ll spend a lot of time together, it takes a great deal of dedication, and if it ever ends, it’s usually them, not you. If you’re still gym-single, and looking, knowing the main attributes that make each gym unique and able to fit your personal needs will help you narrow down the many local choices. If commitment is a problem, the best bet is The Gridiron Club, which offers memberships to best fit busy schedules, as well as no-contract options. For many, not having a set contract is more convenient than being tied down to a gym for years. Fitness 21 and the YMCA are both contract gyms, which can be negotiated to eliminate a contract for a higher monthly price. “I don’t like membership contracts, because I never know where I’m going to be a couple months from now,” said Brittany White, a senior at Sagemont Upper School. “If I go to college in a few months I don’t want to be tied down to a membership for a gym I can’t go to anymore.” White is a member of the Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston and did not
sign a contract for her membership, but has an elevated membership price. Meanwhile, Fitness 21 offers a deal for those unsure of where they’ll be in a year. If members move 15 miles away or more from their current home, their membership can be cancelled without fees. Also, the Fitness 21 Cash For Clunkers program allows anyone unhappy with another gym to bring in their membership in September from another health club and get up to three months free. For many busy students, the problem isn’t the commitment; it’s the time together. If you’re looking to workout with the night crawlers, Fitness 21 stays open the latest on weekdays, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both the Gridiron Club and the YMCA are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the same days. “I’m busy with my job during the day, so I prefer to workout later, at night,” said Nathan Murray, who attends Fitness 21. Weekend hours get trickier, as the Y is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, an hour before both competitors. On Sunday it closes at 4 p.m., two hours before Fitness 21 and the Gridiron. “I think it’s important to check with your gym to see what time they’re busiest, or slowest,” Murray said. “I know if I
go to Fitness 21 at 10 a.m. on a Saturday, I’m not going to have any machines to work out on, and I have a bigger chance of picking my machines when I go at noon on a weekday.” The one thing that really sets the YMCA apart from Fitness 21 and The Gridiron Club is the Y’s aquatics program, where one can take swimming or water fitness lessons, and even get certified in scuba diving. Fitness 21 has a variety of shakes for a yummy boost before or after a workout. If you’re really more interested in the group fitness classes, The Gridiron Club offers more than 50 classes weekly, more than any other health club in the area. Some of their more unique classes include Hip Hop Dance, Rock Bottom, and specialized Teen or Kids Fitness. When it comes to finding the right gym, both White and Murray agree, it’s important to experience it first hand. “Some places give you a pass and let you try it out for a week,” White said. “And always ask members for their opinions, the guided tours are biased because employees are paid to tell you all the positives,” Murray said. “They’ll never tell you everything.”