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What Does Free Public Education Really Mean? ACLU sues state of California, claiming that numerous schools, including Dana Hills, charge students illegal fees.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our student government is supposed to be a democracy, but democracy goes beyond the act of voting; democracy is government answerable to the people it serves.â&#x20AC;?

- Jeremy Lin, ASU President

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Hindsight Is Always 20/20 Take it from the pros. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t text in class. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trip on the stairs. And most importantly, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drop the hall pass in the toilet.

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ASU President Lin Delivers State of the School Address By Lexi Cotcamp Editor-in-Chief

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Student Senate Meeting Highlights October 1, 2010

 Dissolution of Legislative Council  Approval of Constitutional Amendments  Approval of the ASU Budget  Creation of the Committee on Finance  Selection of the Next Intramural


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Does Dana Hills Charge Students Illegal Fees? Yes, claims a civil rights organization suing the state government. By Salil Dudani Copy Editor

The American Civil LibHUWLHV8QLRQ $&/8 Ă&#x20AC;OHGVXLW Thursday, Sept. 9 against the State of California and Governor Schwarzenegger, alleging that public schools in over 50 districts are requiring students to pay fees violating their right to free education. The ACLU investigation named Dana Hills as one such offender, along with two other high schools in &DSLVWUDQR8QLĂ&#x20AC;HG6FKRRO'LVtrict (CUSD). Novels, workbooks, AP review books, AP exams, school-issued PE uniforms and Ă&#x20AC;QHDUWVPDWHULDOVDUHH[DPSOHV of materials California schools illegally require students to buy, according to the ACLU. Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Constitution guarantees a state-provided â&#x20AC;&#x153;system of common schools,â&#x20AC;? and California Education Code 35186 states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There should EH VXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW WH[WERRNV DQG LQstructional materials. For there WR EH VXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW WH[WERRNV DQG instructional materials, each pupil, including English learners, must have a textbook or instructional materials, or both, to use in class and to take home.â&#x20AC;? If the ACLU wins in court, the state will have to set up a system monitoring schools and enforcing their compliance with the laws governing education-related fees.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe if the ACLU wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so concerned with the cost of study guides and concentrated more on things like the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jail expenditures, things would get done.â&#x20AC;?

-Andrew Sy, 12 THE PAPER invited the California Department of Education to respond to the ACLUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allegations. Spokes-

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Have you ever felt you would lose points in a class if you did not obtaint outside materials for that class (things like an AP exam, novel, workbook, review book or PE uniform)? Survey based on 100 students. woman Maria Lopez was unwilling to comment, saying it would be inappropriate since the Department was not speFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\QDPHGLQWKHODZVXLW Sparked by parent complaints, the investigation was based on simple searches of high schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; websites. ACLU staff attorney David Sapp said the investigation was â&#x20AC;&#x153;essentially a random sample,â&#x20AC;? estimating it did not cover â&#x20AC;&#x153;anywhere near halfâ&#x20AC;? of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public high schools. On dhhs.net, the AP Government summer homework â&#x20AC;&#x153;require(d) students to purchase two books over the summer and subscribe to a news magazine for the entire school year,â&#x20AC;? according to the ACLUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interpretation of the

online document. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure how accurate the ACLUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s examples in this lawsuit are,â&#x20AC;? said CUSD spokesman Marcus Walton. Second-year AP Government teacher Michael Wigglesworth said he and colleague Danielle Wallace inherited the summer homework document from predecessor Martha McIntosh, who retired last year. Wigglesworth said the assignment was unclear and needed to be updated. It identiĂ&#x20AC;HG´+DUGEDOOÂľE\&KULV0DWthews, and Barronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AP Government review book as â&#x20AC;&#x153;books to purchase.â&#x20AC;? The assignment also told students, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Subscribe to a national (news) magazine for the school year.â&#x20AC;? The word â&#x20AC;&#x153;subscribeâ&#x20AC;? was in bold.

Wigglesworth said the change that will be made is â&#x20AC;&#x153;just inserting the word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;recommendedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? in order to â&#x20AC;&#x153;ensure thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no confusion regarding the class requirements.â&#x20AC;? It will not alter how he runs his classroom because there has never been a penalty for any lack of materials, regardless of the summer assignment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hardballâ&#x20AC;? can be borrowed from an AP Government teacher, another student or a library. If students arrive on WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWGD\RIVFKRRODQGVD\ they do not own the book, they are handed a copy and given a penalty-free extension on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hardballâ&#x20AC;? book report, Wigglesworth said. Magazine subscriptions are entirely unnecessary since

the class now accesses news online instead. Whether students own the Barronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review book is never monitored for points, nor is there any classwork or homework requiring it. Wigglesworth said that the many students who visited his classroom before summer began were told they did not need to purchase anything. However, there was no mass meeting where students were told this collectively. THE PAPER distributed surveys to all teachers regarding their policies on the obtainment of outside materials, both in print and electronic form. Of the approximately 105 teachers, 18 responded. Nine said yes and nine said no to the question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are students in your class ever required to obtain outside materials that may cost them money?â&#x20AC;? In the nine survey responses that said no, the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;suggested,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;recommendedâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;encouragedâ&#x20AC;? often appeared instead of â&#x20AC;&#x153;required.â&#x20AC;? All nine of those who UHVSRQGHG \HV VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;HG WKDW the materials are given for free when students say they cannot afford them. In addition, all nine said they have extras of the required supplies for students who cannot acquire them. When asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When stating the required materials to the class, do you generally add to the announcement that a student may approach you if he RUVKHKDVĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWLHV regarding the requirement?,â&#x20AC;? DOOQLQHUHVSRQGHGLQWKHDIĂ&#x20AC;Umative. Wrote social studies teacher Robin Mairs, whose history students are asked to have certain types of notebooks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have purchased materials myself and received donations for materials that students could not afford to buy. I have even helped get required materials for younger siblings in other schools if I know there LVDĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOKDUGVKLSLQDVWXdentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s household.â&#x20AC;? School librarian Dede Bett said the library always has

Spanish or French workbooks for those who did not purchase them. The same is true for any other book students may need, Bett added. But support for those unable to pay â&#x20AC;&#x153;does not make an illegal fee legal,â&#x20AC;? said Sapp.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the books Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve bought in high school have been over $10, which is pretty ridiculous since I never read them again.â&#x20AC;?

-Jana Dawson, 12 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if there is a process for a student or family to go through to essentially get out of paying, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t solve the problem,â&#x20AC;? he continued, citing the 1984 California Supreme Court case Hartzell v. Connell, which ruled that WKHVWDWHFRQVWLWXWLRQ´Ă&#x20AC;[HVWKH SUHFLVH H[WHQW RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO burden which may be imposed on the right to an educationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; none.â&#x20AC;? Sapp said the current lawsuit focuses only on academic classes taken for credit, even though the ruling from Hartzell v. Connell applies to all school-sponsored activities. He pointed out that school programs have the right to request donations but cannot make them mandatory. For SOCSA participants, visual arts asks for $350; dance, theater and vocal music ask for $450; and band asks for anything from $200 to over $800. Athletic costs vary wildly between sports and change from year to year. Students involved in SOCSA or sports who do not donate are encouraged to volunteer to help fundraise for their organization. If they do not, however, they are never turned away from the program. Sapp said the ACLU will evaluate school districtsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; UHVSRQVHVWRLWVĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJVEHIRUH deciding whether more lawsuits are in order.

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Senate Votes to Add Student Section By Lexi Cotcamp Editor-in-Chief

[Continued from Pg. 1] Following Linâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State of the School Address, senior Student Senate Leader Salil Dudani took the stage and FDOOHG WKH VFKRRO¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW HYHU Student Senate meeting to order. 0RYLQJ WR WKH 6HQDWH¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVWWUXHRUGHURIEXVLQHVV'Xdani addressed the possibility of adding a student section to the football stadium. The secWLRQ ZLOO VSDQ  URZV DQG Ă&#x20AC;W approximately 600 students. Senators were informed of this issue when elected, approximately a week before the meeting, and were asked to acquire feedback from their reVSHFWLYHVHFRQGSHULRGFODVVHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Football Booster Club has requested that the administration create a student section of the football stadium to incite more student interaction with the band and Pep Squad and promote more student spirit at home games,â&#x20AC;? said Dudani. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Principal] Dr. [Robert] Nye has left the decision to the students,â&#x20AC;? he concluded, before RSHQLQJWKHĂ RRUWRGLVFXVVLRQ Beginning the discussion, senior Senator Sachin 0HGKDNHUVDLG´,KDGDQRYHUwhelming number of people in my class who supported this measure.â&#x20AC;? $FWLYLWLHV 'LUHFWRU .HQ Nedler chimed in, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Football

games belong to you as stuGHQWV 7KH YHU\ H[LVWHQFH RI any sport is because you allow it to exist.â&#x20AC;? Nedler continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your game, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reaVRQZH¡UHOHDYLQJLWWR\RXÂľ Originally, the booster club asked that security guards usher students to the designated sections. +RZHYHU WKH DGPLQLVtration did not want students to â&#x20AC;&#x153;feel pressured to sit somewhere because of a security guard.â&#x20AC;? :KLOH VHYHUDO VHQDWRUV IDYRUHG WKH LGHD RI D VWXGHQW section, the meeting was not without questions and skepticism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students in my class actually opposed this decision, EHFDXVH WKH\ EHOLHYHG WKDW LW would force too much separation into groups,â&#x20AC;? said senior Senator Claire Hirashiki. With the end of tutorial rapidly approaching, Dudani VWHSSHG LQ WR FRQGXFW D YRWH JLYLQJ VHQDWRUV WKH RSWLRQ WR create the student section on the left, in the middle or not at all. )RXU VHQDWRUV YRWHG WR make the section on the left, while the remaining senators YRWHGWRFUHDWHDVHFWLRQLQWKH center. $OOVHQDWRUVSUHVHQWYRWed for some form of a student VHFWLRQ )ROORZLQJ WKLV YRWH 'XGDQL DVNHG ´'R ZH KDYH D motion to tell the administration to create a student section in the center?â&#x20AC;? 7KH6HQDWHDSSURYHGWKH

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PORTHOLE POLITICS: Student senators prepare to vote on the addition of a student section to the center of the football stadium. The next Student Senate meeting was held today during tutorial in the Porthole Theater. motion, and Nye, who was informed of the Senateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision the following day, agreed to contact the district and request that they paint and label the center section. 3ULRUWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW6WXGHQW Senate meeting, ASU members

also elected to add a student section to the football stadium. +RZHYHU  WKH\ XQDQLPRXVO\YRWHGWRDGGWKHVHFWLRQ to the left side of the bleachers rather than to the center. The Senateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abiliLW\ WR RYHUUXOH $68¡V GHFL-

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dria Anderson, Stephanie Cheng, Salil Dudani and Sachin Medhekar. To achieve a semiTonight, Octo- Ă&#x20AC;QDOLVW SRVLWLRQ VWXGHQWV EHU  $68 ZLOO KRVW LWV must display an outstanding annual welcome back academic record throughout dance, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Jam.â&#x20AC;? their high school career, be The theme is not recommended by the princito be confused with the pal and earn admirable SAT reality television show, scores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Shore.â&#x20AC;? Rather, 6HPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVWVDUHDOVR students are encouraged required to complete an apto wear a sports jersey plication process, which infor their favorite team. cludes writing an essay and $68 ZLOO WUDQV- providing information about IRUP WKH PDOO WR UHĂ HFW their extracurricular activithe sports-enthused ties. theme. Students can -Olivia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien enjoy the dance in the mall from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 Â&#x201E;Speidel Returns to ZLWKRXW DQ $68 FDUG Substitute for Degen DQG  ZLWK DQ $68 On Monday, Sept. card. All students have 20, retired math teacher the opportunity to save Speidel returned $5 by donating two age- Kurt appropriate books for to Dana to substitute for students at the K-5 el- math teacher Marc Degen. Degen, who is curementary school level. -Gillian Slee rently on a leave of absense, plans to return next week. Speidel plans to Â&#x201E;National Merit go back into retirement Semi-Finalists An- once Degen returns. On Wednesday, Oct. nounced Twenty National 6, Speidel will travel to Merit Scholarship Semi- Wisconsin to spend time Ă&#x20AC;QDOLVWV LQ &86' KLJK with relatives and attend schools were announced. WZR 8QLYHUVLW\ RI :LVOf the 20, four of consin Badgers games. Although Speidel those selected are from Dana Hills: Alexan- had no intentions of teach-

ing again, he is substituting as a favor to Degen and his past students. -Annie Bubinski

Â&#x201E;Be the Change Club Applies for $250,000 Grant The Be the Change Club has successfully entered a contest for the Pepsi Refresh grant of $250,000. The winner of the competition, similar to the Hurley Walk the Walk competition, will be decided through online voting. Voting opens today and ends October 31. For more information on where to go to vote, go to dolphinforce.com. -Jake Rosen

bands is planned for this year. All proceeds will be donated to the SOCSA Foundation in order to support the construction of a new theater. Tickets are available for purchase in Ray :RRGV¡V RIĂ&#x20AC;FH URRP 101) during school hours and will also be sold at the door for $5. -Serene Jneid

Â&#x201E;LRG Markets Dana Hills Products

This fall, Activities Director Ken Nedler discovered on a trip to Wal-Mart that there was a section of Dana Hills merchandise being sold by the Licensing Resource Group, also known as LRG, not to be Â&#x201E;Students Bands to confused with the popu+ROG%HQHĂ&#x20AC;W&RQFHUW lar skating company. All Dana Hills merOn Saturday, Oct. 9, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;SOCSA Rocks the chandise was then pulled +RXVHÂľ EHQHĂ&#x20AC;W FRQFHUW ZLOO from the shelves, and be held at 6 p.m. in the Port- all further production hole Theater. This event is a of merchandise was SOCSA fundraiser featuring stopped. &XUUHQWO\ &86' three student bands: Bring $OO0\)ULHQGV7KH:DIĂ H administrators are trying 6WRPSHUV DQG 8JO\ 3DLQW to license, trademark and Since last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s copyright the symbols of 62&6$ %HQHĂ&#x20AC;W &RQFHUW all schools in the district successfully raised over to avoid similar inci$2,000, another perfor- dents in the future. -Marilyn La Jeunesse mance including even more

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New Handicap Access Installed policies, practices, and procedures; effective commuBy Gillian Slee nication with people with News Editor hearing, vision, or speech disabilities; and other access In order to comply requirements.â&#x20AC;? Funding for all of the with the American Disability Act (ADA) regulations, schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent updates is the school underwent light paid for by the district. Assistant Principal construction during the summer in various areas Cyndie Steinert said that no of the campus to improve further improvements were planned for this year. handicap access. Some administraHandicap-accessible showers with seats were in- tors believe that the recent stalled in the locker room, improvements are a mere bathroom stall space was in- beginning. Activities Direccreased, a ramp with hand- tor Kenneth Nedler said the rails was placed to make the recent improvements are a gym wheelchair-accessible, â&#x20AC;&#x153;start, but not complete.â&#x20AC;? He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to more handicap parking spaces were added to the have elevators and reduce senior parking lot and an the slopes of our ramps. elevator was installed in the Handicapped people cannot gym to facilitate the lower- access our stadium or the ing of wheelchairs onto the upstairs.â&#x20AC;? Other students and J\PĂ RRU ADA regulations pro- staff remain supportive. vide that an existing school Freshman Boyce Anderson may be exempt from ADA said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was unaware [of the compliance because of ear- PRGLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQV@ EXW , WKLQN lier construction. Dana was that it is a good thing.â&#x20AC;? Expressing the teachcompleted in 1973, before ersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; perspective, Mike WeiADA passed in 1990. However, under ADA nell said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Title III: Public Accom- happening. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very impormodations, a school â&#x20AC;&#x153;must tant that the physical needs FRPSO\ ZLWK VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F UH- of our special education stuquirements related to ar- dents be met.â&#x20AC;? Construction on the chitectural standards for new and altered buildings; J\PLVVHWWREHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGLQ UHDVRQDEOH PRGLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQV WR early October.


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SOCIALIZATION:!Over 200 seniors attended ASUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senior Social in the mall on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 22. Activities included musical chairs, limbo, dancing and a giant game of Twister. Pizza, ice cream and soda were served to all attendees. Senior $VKWRQ*HEHOHZRQWKHUDIĂ HIRUDIUHHELGWRWKH+RPHFRPLQJGDQFHWKHWRSSUL]HRI the night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really loved all of the temporary tattoos that they had for us to use,â&#x20AC;? senior Ellen Lomonico said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was also cracking up watching people try to win the giant musical chairs and Twister game. It was a lot of fun.â&#x20AC;? Senior Class President Mia McKown believed that the ASU-planned event was a success based on the large turn-out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In SODQQLQJIRUWKH6HQLRU6RFLDOLWZDVGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRFKRRVHDFWLYLWLHVWKDWZRXOGDSSHDVH everyone,â&#x20AC;? McKown commented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimately, I think every senior who attended found a way to get involved and have fun.â&#x20AC;?

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Gym Completion Delayed Until October By Olivia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien News Editor

The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovations of the gym that were expected to be completed by the start of this year have yet to be Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping for early 2FWREHUÂľ 3ULQFLSDO 'U 5REHUW 1\HVDLG According to Nye, the plans were revised due to isVXHV ZLWK XQHYHQ Ă RRULQJ DQG WKHDJHRIWKHJ\PLWVHOI The delays have affected sports teams, such as basketball DQGYROOH\EDOOLPPHQVHO\ Senior Taylor Arizobal, a member of the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; varsity volleyball team, expressed her RSLQLRQRQWKHVXEMHFW â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gym is affecting the team in a big way,â&#x20AC;? said $UL]REDO´:HKDYHEHHQSUDFticing at different high schools,

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are worried that the Homecoming dance wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be held in the gym this year.â&#x20AC;? -Dylan Castagno, 11 Along with the sports teams, ASU has been having issues with its pre-planned HYHQWVDVZHOO Junior Class Secretary/ Treasurer Dylan Castagno ex-

plained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are worried that the Homecoming dance wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t EH KHOG LQ WKH J\P WKLV \HDU Also, we have had to change the location of some of the pep UDOOLHVÂľ Not only does the restoration of the gym affect major events, but it also has been causing confusion amongst the VWXGHQWERG\ 2Q WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW GD\ RI school, some students had difĂ&#x20AC;FXOW\ORFDWLQJWKHSODFHZKHUH schedules were being distribXWHG ,Q SUHYLRXV \HDUV WKH schedules were given out in WKH J\P 7KLV \HDU¡V ORFDWLRQ however, was altered due to the J\P¡VFRQVWUXFWLRQ Said junior Jackie Grade, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really confusLQJ WU\LQJ WR Ă&#x20AC;QG ZKHUH WKH schedules were being given RXW,NQRZ,ZDVQRWWKHRQO\ RQHKDYLQJWURXEOHĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJWKHLU location, because I overheard a lot of people asking where to Ă&#x20AC;QGWKHPÂľ

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The gymnasium has been out of commission since the beginning of summer, forcing multiple athletic teams to practice elsewhere.

Implementation of New Zero Period Policy By Salil Dudani Copy Editor

Starting this year, the guidance department is only offering a zero period to students with schedules impacted by co-curricular programs (such as SOCSA, the yearbook, HMO, ASU) or participation in DVSRUW7KHSROLF\FKDQJHZDV agreed upon late last school \HDU

Eighteen full zero period classes exist now as opposed to WKHODVW\HDU6LQFHWKHFXUrent average full class has 36 students, this means about 360 fewer students currently have zero periods, bolstering the enUROOPHQWRIDIWHUQRRQ Ă&#x20AC;IWKDQG sixth periods) classes, which in the past have been disproporWLRQDWHO\VPDOO Assistant Principal Tim Hornig, who originally proposed the idea, views it as a return to the original intent of zero periodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to accommodate

those students whose activities â&#x20AC;&#x153;make demands on the stanGDUGDFDGHPLFVFKHGXOHÂľ â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the recent past we have seen the zero period opportunity being taken advanWDJH RIÂľ +RUQLJ VDLG ´7KH joke has been to call us the 'DQD+LOOVPRUQLQJVFKRROÂľ According to Hornig, only after this substantial cut in zero period enrollment are we in line with other high schools in the district, which have consistently had fewer students in ]HURSHULRGXQWLOQRZ

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juniors and seniors, adminstration keeps no records of student requests and cannot say IRUVXUH Hornig said, however, that while he has received many parent phone calls, he has found that once he explains the VLWXDWLRQSHRSOHOLVWHQ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those things where you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep everyone happy all the time,â&#x20AC;? Hornig VDLG â&#x20AC;&#x153;All you can do is make sure you have good reasons for GRLQJLWÂľ


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Activities Clerk Assumes Duties By Annie Bubinski Sports Editor

Sara Cassidy has begun her new position this year as Activities Clerk, replacing Yolanda Villareal at the activiWLHV RIĂ&#x20AC;FH ZLQGRZ  &DVVLG\¡V new job focuses on managing activities ranging from registration to sporting events and GDQFHV Friendly and approachable, Cassidy remarks that she is busy â&#x20AC;&#x153;nonstop from SeptemEHU WR -XQHÂľ  &DVVLG\ SODQV on working at Dana until she UHWLUHV In 2003, Cassidy began ZRUNLQJIRU&DSLVWUDQR8QLĂ&#x20AC;HG School District as a substitute DLGHLQVSHFLDOHGXFDWLRQ6KH then worked in the front ofĂ&#x20AC;FH RI *HRUJH :KLWH (OHPHQWDU\6FKRROIRUWKUHH\HDUV)RU the past three years, Cassidy worked at Dana in the athletic RIĂ&#x20AC;FH Cassidy originally held a job as a paralegal, or legal assistant, working mostly with DYLDWLRQODZVXLWV The new activities clerk, after receiving her education at Oregon State University, studied to become a paralegal at Southern Methodist University LQ'DOODV7H[DV Cassidy said she loves the new environment and explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids here are

amazing, and the staff is inFUHGLEO\VXSSRUWLYHDQGSDWLHQW I am constantly impressed by their accomplishments, whether academically, athletically or LQWKHFRPPXQLW\Âľ Her new position required a few online training sessions, but the majority of her acclamation to the job has been OHDUQDV\RXJR+RZHYHUVKH is adjusting well to the stressful position that requires processing information for almost VWXGHQWV Cassidy decided to enter the school environment after VKH KDG FKLOGUHQ  6KH HQMR\V being able to follow the progress of students from elemenWDU\VFKRROWR'DQD She commented that her work schedule conveniently gives her the same days off as KHUFKLOGUHQ Cassidy noted many noticeable differences in the present school environment from when she was in high VFKRRO0RVWRIWKHVHFKDQJHV are in technology; in the past, students did not have access to computers, cell phones or fax PDFKLQHV Cassidy said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All our UHVHDUFKZDVGRQHZLWKERRNV There was no Internet and no Âś*RRJOLQJ¡¾ Outside of school, Cassidy enjoys working with charities and recently donated WR 'RFWRUV:LWKRXW %RUGHUV WR help Haiti after its devastating HDUWKTXDNH

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EAGER EDUCATORS: (back) Chris Brady, Todd Rusinkovich (front) Abir Hussein, Ashly Ogden and Sarah Willett are the six new additions to the Dolphin faculty this year. Not Pictured: Joe Wood.

Diverse Teachers Join Faculty By Madeline Diamond Sports Editor

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Fenstermaker, Students Visit Historic Sights in the Old World

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosa- he would be Chuck Norris. He already has an awesome beard.â&#x20AC;? - Thomas Gravitt, 10

and Heidelberg in Germany. We left from Frankfurt, Germany,â&#x20AC;? said Fenstermaker, who chose this tour because â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was the most extensive tour available (that was affordable) to relate to our huge AP Euro curriculum.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to run a trip to Europe every year for current and former AP European History students and their friends and families. Sometimes we have enough people to go, and sometimes we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Fenstermaker, who has been teaching AP European History at Dana for seven years

and World History for over 20 years, believes that traveling abroad is a rewarding experience and that students should take any opportunity to see the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students come back with a much greater appreciation for culture and mankind,â&#x20AC;? Fenstermaker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is ideal for students who love history, art and music, but there is so much for everyone on a tour like thisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it actually causes you to have new interests in life!â&#x20AC;? The travelers had a â&#x20AC;&#x153;brilliantâ&#x20AC;? Italian tour guide

courtesy of their company, ACIS Travel, which Fenstermaker hires to ensure that the trip runs smoothly each year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything you do with ACIS is a highlight as far as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concerned; they do such a great job. For me, being with students who are seeing Europe, XVXDOO\IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLVWKH biggest highlight,â&#x20AC;? said Fenstermaker. Because the group was small, the travelers got to merge with and meet students and teachers from San Diego and Illinois. Fenstermakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last trip to Europe was in 2008. She took seven former AP European History students on a 21-day trip. She anticipates leaving for another European excursion on July 12, 2011 with more students and their friends and family. The tour will visit the same places and is meant for â&#x20AC;&#x153;students who are now taking or have taken AP European History, but it is open to any student whom I can trust to behave properly overseas!â&#x20AC;? Anyone interested can contact Fenstermaker via e-mail or in room 925. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowledge of the world and travel is truly my passion,â&#x20AC;? said Fenstermaker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New experiences and that knowledge to me is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;life candy,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; which can sometimes be sour but is much more often very sweet!â&#x20AC;?

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or most, senior year is a time to look forward to from the beginning of high school. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time when four years of working your way XSWKHVRFLDOODGGHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\SD\ off; your time to rule the school has come. But what if you moved to a new school for senior year?

Now take that a step further, and move to an entirely new state where you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know a single person. Meet Emmie Gelatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of many new students to enter the halls of Dana Hills but one of the few to come from El Paso, Texas. Because her father is a member of the Army, Gelat and her family were stationed in Mission Viejo this past summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad is a sergeant major in the Army, and we get transferred to a new city every

year or so,â&#x20AC;? Gelat said. After jumping around most of the major cities in Texas, such as Houston, Dallas and El Paso, Gelat moved to California. But the move wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t by chance; Gelat was set on making California her new home state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It came time for our next transfer, and California had a few different cities on the list. We took a family vote on it, but my vote trumped all this time, so California won,â&#x20AC;? she said. Although Gelat is prob-

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Gonzalez would be bookman. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have your book, he can make you disappear.â&#x20AC;? -Spencer Martin, 9

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SOUTHERN BELLE: Texas transfer, senior Emmie Gelat, auditioned for SOCSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Womenâ&#x20AC;? and received a principal role.

ably more accustomed to moving than most, she admitted it FDQVWLOOEHDGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWUDQVLWLRQ for her. Gelat said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always moved, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty used to it by now. The fact that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a senior now is making things a little bit harder, but everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so nice here, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited to be here.â&#x20AC;? When asked what she will miss the most about Texas, Gelat exclaimed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much colder here! California is supposed to have such great weather, so I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that it could get this cold here.â&#x20AC;? Despite the fact that she is new, Gelat has already begun to make her mark on Dana Hills. On the second day of school, she auditioned for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Women,â&#x20AC;? SOCSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fall musical; she was cast as Beth, one of the main female roles in the production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Auditioning at a new school can be intimidating, because I have to prove myself to everyone over and over again,â&#x20AC;? VKH VDLG ´%XW ,¡P GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ glad that I auditioned.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in theater productions at my old schools too, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m stoked that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Little Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because of how talented the rest of the cast is,â&#x20AC;? Gelat added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a great show.â&#x20AC;? :KLOH*HODWLVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ making the most of her new life here in California, there is one thing that she still misses about 7H[DV ´, FDQ¡W VHHP WR Ă&#x20AC;QG D good BBQ place around here. I MXVW ZDQW WR Ă&#x20AC;QG D QLFH VWHDNhouse or something,â&#x20AC;? Gelat said with a smile.


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n the beginning, kindergarteners learn the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ABC Song.â&#x20AC;? Now, as students enter high school, they belt the words to iTunesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Chartsâ&#x20AC;? songs. Yet, what if singing went beyond the shower or the car? What if it inspired an album? Junior Malaika â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zuriâ&#x20AC;? Raphael has done just that. A recent transfer from a small high school in Michigan, Raphael self-published KLV Ă&#x20AC;UVW DOEXP HQWLWOHG ´*HQesis,â&#x20AC;? in August of this year. ´, Ă&#x20AC;JXUHG WKDW WKLV was just the start to a bright future,â&#x20AC;? said Raphael, who, inspired by new beginQLQJV FKRVH ´*HQHVLVÂľ IRU WKH WLWOH RI KLV Ă&#x20AC;UVW DOEXP From a young age, Raphael loved to play music. He explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really believe that a lot of stories and lessons can be taught through music.â&#x20AC;? Recalling fond memories of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piano playing, he reminisced, â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I tried] to sit down and play, thinking that I was just as good as him. I have always loved playing music. When I write my own music, I can express my thoughts and feelings through it.â&#x20AC;? Writing music, however, is not Raphaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only goal. In the future, he hopes to create and manage his own record label. By developing an

album at this stage in his life, Raphael hopes that he will gain valuable experience for the fuWXUH 7KH GHEXW RI ´*HQHVLVÂľ is just one more step towards achieving his career goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really wanted to try and create an album by myself,â&#x20AC;? Raphael explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I KDYH GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ JDLQHG D VHQVH of the challanges that young artists face in the music industry.â&#x20AC;? Despite his independence in creating, composing, designing and recording the album, Raphael is appreciative of the help he has received along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I simply could not have done it [created the album] without my parents,â&#x20AC;? he said candidly. ´*HQHVLVÂľ FRQVLVWing of a blend of rock and

all the instruments at the same time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just not that good!â&#x20AC;? However, Raphael expressed an interest in collaborating with others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My next step is to Ă&#x20AC;QG VRPH PXVLFLDQV IRU D EDQGÂľ KH FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHG Band or no band, Raphael has already begun working on his second album, which he expects to be released in approximately one year. In the mean time, he

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=XUL5DSKDHO Christian contemporary music, is comprised of 10 tracks. Raphaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite song on the album is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Say Yesâ&#x20AC;? because it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;really catchy.â&#x20AC;? Written for his girlfriend, who also doubles as

ONLY THE BEGINNING: A recent transfer from a small town in Michigan, Malaika ´=XULÂľ5DSKDHOSRVHVZLWKKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHOISURGXFHGDOEXPHQWLWOHG´*HQHVLVÂľ his muse, the song discusses emotional subjectsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;pain and hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;for the budding artist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told her [the girl] that I would wait however long it took for her to be ready for a relationship,â&#x20AC;? Raphael said softly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted her to know

that I would always be there for her and treat her how all girls should be treated.â&#x20AC;? For Raphael, patience is key. As a solo artist, Raphael does not have a band or supporting musicians. When asked if he has

plans for future concerts or events, Raphael sheepishly admitted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sadly, no. One of the hardest things about having a self-produced album is the lack of other musicians.â&#x20AC;? He continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As much as I would like to play

hopes to focus on acclimating to the West Coast. 5DSKDHO UHĂ HFWHG ´,W¡V taking me some time to get used to Dana, but I am used to moving a lot. I am hoping that it will just take a little bit of time to get adjusted.â&#x20AC;? Still, he admitted that he misses one thing about Michigan above all elseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his girlfriend. *ULQQLQJ KH FRPPHQWHG ´, Ă HZ EDFN WR 0LFKLJDQ this last weekend to take her to Homecoming just to come back the next day. They say people do crazy things for love!â&#x20AC;?


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Having never seen the original 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy $ZDUG ZLQQLQJĂ&#x20AC;OP ´:DOO Streetâ&#x20AC;? nor having much familiarity with the real Wall Street in New York, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious that a 16 year old girl wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly the target audience director Oliver Stone was scoping out for his sequel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.â&#x20AC;? Despite this, I was VXUSULVHGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGP\VHOIGHHSO\ captivated by every moment, waiting eagerly to discover who would have the upper hand LQDOOWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOPLQGJDPHV E\WKHĂ&#x20AC;OP¡VHQG 7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP EHJLQQLQJ  years after the original plot ended off, depicts ego-obsessed villain Gordan Gekko's (Michael Douglas) release from eight years in prison due to his greed-driven escapades LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW Ă&#x20AC;OP (YHQ WKRXJK

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overall vibe captured the speed of contemporary Wall Street while maintaining a similar WKHPHWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWĂ&#x20AC;OP In spite of never having PDGHDVHTXHOWRRQHRIKLVĂ&#x20AC;OPV before, director Oliver Stone disproves the low expectations attached to most sequels as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall Street: Money Never Sleepsâ&#x20AC;? stands very well as a Ă&#x20AC;OPE\LWVHOI A clear standout in the movie, Douglas, as Gekko, easily stole every scene in which his character was present. With a subtle, smug smirk upon his face and dialogue so interlaced with disregard for others and love only for himself and money, Gekko, made â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall Streetâ&#x20AC;? that much more enjoyable. Representatives of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;? LaBeouf and Mulligan held their own; Mulligan, who last year seized an Academy Award nomination for her role in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Education,â&#x20AC;? remained poised, despite of her little screen time. LaBeouf appeared mature and attentionworthy opposite such an

established and respected actor as Douglas. He proved he has the potential of becoming the new DiCaprio; his acting skills are above what he demonstrated in the man-fest that was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transformersâ&#x20AC;? and, heaven forbid, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transformers 2.â&#x20AC;? Gekko and Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catchphrase throughout the course of the movie, â&#x20AC;&#x153;greed is good,â&#x20AC;? leaves the audience wondering to what degree we would all give into greed when enticed by inordinate amounts of money. $OWKRXJK Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLQJ is above the heads of most teenagers, beyond that concerning driving a car or shopping at the mall, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall Street: Money Never Sleepsâ&#x20AC;? is about more than just stocks and bonds. ,W¡V D Ă&#x20AC;OP GHSLFWLQJ the competitiveness within us all and how it can drive us to VHOĂ&#x20AC;VKQHVV LI ZH DOORZ RWKHUV to manipulate us by our wants. In some cases greed is good, for one is motivated to achieve success by needs and desires.

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DEJA VU: Michael Douglas plays Gordon Gekko for the second time with co-star Shia LaBeouf.

Halo Reaches New Heights By Alfonso Ordaz Sports Editor

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BOOK â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;EM DANNOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: The cast members of CBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hawaii Five-0â&#x20AC;? put a fresh spin on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic.

Fall TV Pilots Take Flight By Gina Scott News Editor

As the color of the leaves change and the new school year begins, so does the onslaught of new television shows. This year is no different. Several new shows will try to establish a fan base by replacing those shows that we have recently ORVW DQG Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJ WKHLU ZD\ LQWR your hearts and TiVos. Here is a look at a few of the most promising new shows of 2010-2011. ABC- â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Ordinary Familyâ&#x20AC;? A family that seems rather unhappy and disconnected takes a vacation to Africa and returns anything but ordinary. After their plane crashes into the Amazon River,

the four members of the family Ă&#x20AC;QGVWKDWWKH\KDYHREWDLQHGVXperpowers. Despite their newly discovered powers, they try to continue life as usual, all the while attempting to become closer as a family. NBC- â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Eventâ&#x20AC;? You have probably seen one of the many commercials for the new NBC show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Event,â&#x20AC;? which urges you to ask the question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is the event?â&#x20AC;? This show clearly asSLUHV WR Ă&#x20AC;OO WKH YRLG WKDW WKH end of the mystically intriguing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lostâ&#x20AC;? series has left behind. Although nobody yet knows what â&#x20AC;&#x153;the eventâ&#x20AC;? is yet, viewers do know that the show follows Sean Walker, played by -DVRQ5LWWHURQDTXHVWWRĂ&#x20AC;QG his missing girlfriend. In the process, Walker stumbles upon a mysterious cover-up by the

U.S. Government. Fox- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lone Starâ&#x20AC;? James Wolf plays the main character, Bob Allen, in Foxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lone Star.â&#x20AC;? Allen is an impressively successful con man who wishes to reform his deceitful ways and settle down. There is just one problem--he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t choose which life to settle into. Allen has to balance his multiple lives while attempting to deceive and manipulate his way in the Texas oil industry. CBS- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hawaii Five-0â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hawaii Five-0â&#x20AC;? is a remake of the classic cop drama of the same name from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Although most high school students have never seen the original show, a vast majority has probably heard its iconic theme song. The show,

a continuation of the original, follows the creation of an elite police unit in Hawaii.The unit is led by Alex Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Loughlin, a former Navy SEAL, who is played by Steve McGarrett. Though you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect the remake to be as good as the original, it may be worth the watch. CW- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nikitaâ&#x20AC;? Maggie Q stars as an escaped former assassin in the CW show that bares her characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, Nikita. In the show 1LNLWD VXFFHVVIXOO\ Ă HHV IURP the rogue government agency, which forced her to become a mercenary. She then vows to take down the agency, which recruits attractive, young convicts to work for them. If you are in the mood for watching a show about unnaturally attracWLYH DVVDVVLQV WKHQ GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ check out the thrilling â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nikita.â&#x20AC;?

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LOOKING UP: Lead singer Hayley Williams commands the stage while performing Paramoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Misery Businessâ&#x20AC;? off its platinum record â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riot!â&#x20AC;?

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Southern Californian Paramore fans had been anticipating September 18 since the 2010 Honda Civic Tour dates were announced. The line-up, consisting of Paramore, Tegan & Sara and special guests New Found Glory and Kadawatha, promised to please. New Found Glory opened its set with Miley Cyrusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Party in the USA,â&#x20AC;? enticing hipsters and emos alike to start dancing. The band invited a smile from even the surliest of listeners with several one-liners and hilarious dance moves. The performers dismissed all haters and persuaded the converts to put their hands in the air, at least

for the sake of exercise. During WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO VRQJ YRFDOLVW -RUGDQ Pundik declared, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s burn some calories, San Diego!â&#x20AC;? The crowd agreed as they began an impromptu mosh circle. While co-headliners Tegan & Sara kept the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention, their set was much milder than New Found Gloryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crowd-rousing music. Nonetheless, the songs were full of their classic witty banter and twin telepathy. The duo offered acoustic versions of some of their most popular songs, dedicating each one to Paramore for inviting them on tour. Their act sometimes lacked the intense energy of the other bands, but Tegan and Saraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweet delivery left the audience smiling. Finally, Paramore stormed the stage, captivating the crowd with one sensational performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Igno-

rance,â&#x20AC;? which was complete with swinging light bulbs and an exceptional graphic display. Lead vocalist Hayley Williams addressed those who were still seated in the arena, proclaiming, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I could, I would burn those seats.â&#x20AC;? In a matter of seconds, the audience was on its feet, and Williams smiled and proudly exclaimed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are at a Paramore concertâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; you do not sit.â&#x20AC;? Afterwards, the band began a cozy acoustic set around a comfy red couch, playing fan favorites such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where the Lines Overlapâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Misguided Ghosts.â&#x20AC;? Paramore ended the show with an encore of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Misery Business,â&#x20AC;? departing in a cloud of orange confetti and satisfaction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best tour of the summer?â&#x20AC;? offered Williams. She was met by a roar of assent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause if you disDJUHH,ZLOOĂ&#x20AC;JKW\RXRQWKDWÂľ

When rock sensation The Killers agreed to take a short hiatus this year, front man Brandon Flowers took the opportunity to add some of his personal lyrics to music and launch a brief solo career. The opportunity presented itself with the release of Flamingo on September 14. Flowers had high expectations to meet, announcing his decision to branch out from the already mega-successful, internationally chart-topping band that he started in the early 2000s. The Killersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s albums have a distinct sound, fusing alternative and indie rock with their personal 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspiration, and Flamingo has not strayed far from these roots. Nevertheless, Flowersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo album has allowed for some experimentation; this led to the addition of more synthpop, regardless of whether all listeners would approve. Despite the release of his solo album, Flowers and his bandmates stressed the fact that the Killers will still remain together and pick up right where they left off. No one has any intentions of breaking off permanently; in fact, all the members contributed to Flamingo by providing musical back-up. Unsurprisingly, the album is set in Flowersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown, the glitzy Las Vegas, Nevada. The opening track,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas,â&#x20AC;? makes this conclusion glaringly obvious. The concept certainly adds some personality to the record, with the help of gambling metaphors that mix surprisingly well with FlowHUV¡VKHDY\UHOLJLRXVLQĂ XHQFHV (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give us your dreamers, your harlots and your sins/ Las Vegas/Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nobody tell you the house will always win?â&#x20AC;?). At times, both references push the limits and may seem a bit exagerrated to some listeners, but for the most part this blend of ideas is satisfying. Some of the strongest songs on the album include the VLQJOH ´&URVVĂ&#x20AC;UHÂľ DQG WUDFNV â&#x20AC;&#x153;Was it Something I Said?,â&#x20AC;? ´+DUG (QRXJKÂľ DQG ´-LOWHG Lovers & Broken Hearts.â&#x20AC;? ´&URVVĂ&#x20AC;UHÂľ UHOHDVHG RQ -XQHZDVDVPDUWFKRLFHIRU the single, as it smoothly highlights Flowersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing and lyrical ability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Was it Something I Said?â&#x20AC;? has a cheerful, animated tune that adds an interesting contrast to the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exceptionally sad story. In the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only GXHW)ORZHUVDQG-HQQ\/HZLV combine impeccably in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard Enoughâ&#x20AC;? to play lovers who are struggling to let go of their bitter memories of each other. ´-LOWHG/RYHUV %URNHQ Hearts,â&#x20AC;? my personal favorite, is one of the most upbeat songs of Flamingo that again features the gambling/Las Vegas theme as a comparison to an unfair and unfaithful relationship. Slower songs featured on Flamingo, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing With Fire,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Floorâ&#x20AC;? and

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Only the Young,â&#x20AC;? are distinctly different from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Was it Something I Said?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magdalena,â&#x20AC;? which pick up the tempo with a similar style but upbeat rhythm. The deluxe version of WKH DOEXP RIIHUV Ă&#x20AC;YH ERQXV tracks, giving Flowers more free reign that he uses to his EHQHĂ&#x20AC;W Most notable is Flowersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consent to embrace slight FRXQWU\ LQĂ XHQFHV DV IHDWXUHG in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Clock Was Tickin,â&#x20AC;? an old-school piece thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rather endearing. It recounts the entire life of a devoted couple as the pair learns how much dispair exists in the world. Other extras include â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Came Here to Get Over You,â&#x20AC;? a rebellious little number that LVDGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHGHDOPDNHUIRUWKH deluxe version, chocked-full of attitude and cruel intentions. ´-DFNVRQYLOOHÂľ ZKLFK has a cool synthetic vibe, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right Behind You,â&#x20AC;? a satisfying moment for the indietrained ear and â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Floor Âľ Ă&#x20AC;QLVK WKH DOEXP RQ D strong note. If you are expecting The Killers 2.0, this effort may not be exactly what you were expecting. Flowersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound is much softer than his previous work, and it may deceive Killersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fans. However, it is not a complete disappointment. Flowers pulls off a great deal on his own with Flamingo, and although it may not be obvious upon the Ă&#x20AC;UVWOLVWHQLWLVDFURZGSOHDVing album that is sure to grow on you.

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a secret â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this album just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that good. I was particularly excited for Weezerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest musical effort. While not one of my favorite bands of all time, the group still gets plenty of play on my iTunes. I have few complaints with Weezerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earliest albums, all of which are chock full of juicy, musical goodness. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest albums have, with the exception of a few tracks, failed to impress me. Still, I always look to the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new albums with optimism.

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HEAD START: Weezerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track record of chart-topping albums led to high expectations for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hurley,â&#x20AC;? but the album disappointed fans.

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GUEST STAR: Jorge Garcia, or Hurley of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost,â&#x20AC;? smiles endearlingly on the cover of Weezerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest record.

Eight albums into the game, the veteran band is starting to lose its touch. The sound Weezer practically trademarked back in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sounds a bit contrived now (especially with the mainstream undertones that showed up a few years ago.) Hurley kicks off with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memories,â&#x20AC;? a pop concession that will surely land Weezer a spot on the charts. The song is as catchy as one can expect of a radio hit, but quite honestly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not clever. After listening

WRWKHVRQJIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPH, swore that I had heard it one hundred times before. Oh wait, I have. Now, if the album were full of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memories,â&#x20AC;? it might be more than a memory a couple months down the road. But unfortunately, the song is the crowning jewel of the album, lackluster as it is. When I opened the album, I thought it would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ruling Meâ&#x20AC;? and everyone else in the rock world. Five tracks

in, all that came to mind was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hang On,â&#x20AC;? is this it? The album just screeches disappointment one track at a time until all I want to do is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run Away.â&#x20AC;? Talk about a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trainwreck.â&#x20AC;? Cheesy puns aside, the album simply lacks the polish of a musical gem. The songs are unoriginal, the instrumentation is nothing special and the band seems to have lost its identity. In a different age, Weezer could have only been categorized as Weezer. Now

WKHJURXSĂ&#x20AC;WVULJKWLQZLWKWKH pop rock bands of the new decade. The album is not terrible. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply middling, average, dull and mediocre. You might have some fun with a few of the songsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; in fact you most certainly willâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the majority of the album fails to keep interest. Maybe our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beverly Hillsâ&#x20AC;? band can come back with something better the next time and earn that chubby smile that adorns their cover.


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Boys’ Water Polo Edges out Competition By Sara Vandegrift Sports Editor

intense concentration during the last quarter was crucial to securing the Dolphins’ victory. This domination was preceded by the Thousand Oaks Conejo Classic Boys’ Water Polo Tournament on September 10-12. The boys battled, or egg-beated, their ZD\ WR YLFWRU\ LQ WKH ÀUVW WZR

games against Buena Vista and Newbury, with 15-2 and 15-4 wins, respectively. Next came El Modena, which was blown out of the water by Dana’s quick passes DQGÁDZOHVVWXUQRYHUVWKHÀQDO score was 10-6. The Dolphins’ most challenging game yet was against the tournament hosts,

Thousand Oaks. The boys began impressively, but the Thousand Oaks Lancers caught up during the last few minutes with their high-precision shots. The game concluded with a stand-off of 7-7. Since the game ended in a tie, referees referred back to both Dana and Thousand Oaks’s previous

game. Because the Dolphins had won their last game by such a high margin, they were declared the winners. 7KH ER\V ÀQLVKHG WKHLU grueling day against Ventura, who had defeated all of its competitors thus far. By this point, the boys remained determined despite their exhaustion.

It is often said that it is best to hit the ground running. The boys’ water polo team seems to have taken this expression to heart, beginning the 2010 season with a 6-1 record. The Dolphins’ most recent success was against San Clemente on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The majority of the game was spent in a near tie, as both teams alternated in scoring. The boys have always been speedy, but the Tritons were WLJKWRQWKHLUWDLOÀQVIRUQHDUO\ the whole game During the last few minutes, the Dolphins pulled through and put the pedal to the PHWDO7KH\ÀQLVKHGDIXOOWZR points ahead of San Clemente, 19-17, and claimed victory. Another of the boys’ recent wins was against Edison. The game dragged on with both teams neck and neck, yet again. “It was a hard-fought game, but, in the end, we had enough strength and teamwork to shut the door on Edison,” said senior Dilan Shah. Finally, the game came to a close with Dana in the lead, 12-11. photo by Quinn Mahony According to the team, the players’ composure and POISED Junior Drake Dunn attempts to score a goal against the Tritons, whom they faced on September 21.

Unfortunately, the boys failed to seize every opportunity and were ultimately held back by Ventura’s solid defense. The JDPH HQGHG ZLWK D ÀQDO VFRUH of 4-10. Despite the loss, Dana placed second in the tournament. “I think that we are a really tight, well-coached team and that we will succeed because of how well the team is bonded and disciplined,” said senior Sam Fitzmaurice. “As a team, our goal is to remain focused and aggressive so we can hopefully make it to CIF.” The boys are looking forward to their next match-up in the Villa Park Tournament, which stretches from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2. After spending much time preparing, the whole team is excited for another chance to bring home the gold. When asked to describe this year’s season so far, senior Trevor Cox summed it up by stating this year’s team is wild and ready. Despite the boys’ success so far, every team needs the support of their fans. The boys’ upcoming games include an away game against Laguna Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 5, a league game at home against El Toro on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and another home game against Canyon High School on Thursday, Oct. 14.


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Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tennis Sets High Goals for Season By Sara Gold Copy Editor

Having emerged last \HDUDV&,) Ă&#x20AC;QDOLVWVWKHJLUOV¡ tennis team is looking forward to another successful season. 7KLV \HDU VHYHQ QHZ players have joined the varsity WHDP IUHVKPHQ $- *RPHU Margo Pletcher and Katie Olson; juniors Kayla Milanowski and Ashley Tayles and seniors Taylor Herges and Lexi Laidlaw. The team is led by capWDLQV -RDQQD 6PLWK 5HEHFFD Winkle and Nicole Kaemerle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pumped up and excited for this season. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all putting in the time DQG HIIRUW WR SUDFWLFH VR ZH KRSH LW ZLOO SD\ RIIÂľ 6PLWK said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s number one goal this season is to make LWWR&,))LQDOVDQGZLQÂľVDLG coach Justin Green. Although the Dolphins beat Campbell Hall last year during the regular season PDWFK&DPSEHOO+DOOQDUURZly defeated the Dolphins in CIF Finals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Campbell Hall will be our biggest match that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve SOD\HG VR IDUÂľ *UHHQ H[plained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In order for our girls WRZLQHYHU\RQHKDVWRVWHSXS and play their best. Both teams KDYHJRRGGHSWKVRZHQHHGWR depend on all of our players to SHUIRUPZHOOÂľ The Dolphins faced off against Campbell Hall on :HGQHVGD\6HSW

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BACKHAND: Freshman A.J. Gomer whacks a backhand return over the net. Gomer and senior Rebecca Winkle played doubles against San Clemente on Tuesday, Sept. 28. In addition, sophomores Jessica Perez and Cassidy Spearman as well as juniors Jacqueline Stewart and Jessica Wilcox started in doubles. The starting singles line-up included senior Joanna Smith, freshman Margo Pletcher and sophomore Rebecca Gold. Overall, the entire Dolphin team took home the win, 11-7. Campbell Hall took KRPHWKHZLQ ´'XULQJ WRGD\¡V PDWFK , ZDV HVSHFLDOO\ SURXG RI 5HEHFFD *ROG DQG $- *RPHU D VRSKRPRUH DQG D IUHVKPDQ who played the best set of the

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Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Golf Begins Promising Fall Season By Madeline Diamond Sports Editor The girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; golf team started the season well with a record that includes six wins and two losses. The girls were successful in winning all three of their non-league matches in DGGLWLRQWRWKUHHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOPDWFKes. The girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; latest match was on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The team beat the La Costa

Canyon Mavericks. The team FRQFOXGHGZLWKDĂ&#x20AC;QDOVFRUHRI 215-229. Sophomore Avery French led the team with a 39; only two above par. Freshman Elizabeth Soewondo also scored well with a 41. On Monday, Sept. 27, the girls were victorious over the Corona Del Mar Sea Kings for the second time this season. After playing the team once earlier in the season, the girls proved their superiority once again.

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FOCUSED: Freshman Elizabeth Soewondo concentrates on her tee shot.

The girls beat Trabuco Hills High School on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 210-262 at Danaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home course. This was the WHDP¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWOHDJXHZLQ French again led the team with the noteworthy score of 39. Soewondo and senior Kristi Nishihira also contributed by each scoring a 41. Sophomore Catherine Sammon also assisted the team with a 44 and junior Tori Nishihira with a 45. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been trying to shoot a total under 210,â&#x20AC;? said French, who is team captain. After frequently exFHHGLQJWKHLUJRDOWKHJLUOVĂ&#x20AC;nally shot a 210 at their match against Trabuco. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the start of a great season,â&#x20AC;? said sophomore Seka Waterbury. Sammon, who is a second year varsity player, acknowledges that the team still has a long way to go, despite recent victories. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last week was rough, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re improving,â&#x20AC;? said Sammon. The sophomore is determined to lead the team to victory this year. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW 6DQ &OHPHQWH match was hosted at El Niguel on Thursday, Sept. 16. Although the girls played well, the team lost by 19 strokes, ending with a score of 233214. The golf girls have achieved a six and two record despite losing to their rival.  ´7KLV LV P\ Ă&#x20AC;UVW \HDU on varsity,â&#x20AC;? said sophomore Elena Sittler, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we are still improving.â&#x20AC;? The Dolphins competed against their rival again at Bela

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!"#$%&'&(!")!&)'*+',")-!Senior Kelsey Hargreaves and junior Tori Nishihira prepare to putt at the El Niguel Golf Course. Collina Country Club and lost E\ D PDUJLQ  7KH Ă&#x20AC;QDO VFRUH was close at 236-219. â&#x20AC;&#x153;San Clemente is the toughest competition of the year,â&#x20AC;? said Coach Phil Wilburton. Although the team has been very successful, any loss to adversary San Clemente is very disappointing. Dana played at Newport Harborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home course on Wednesday, Sept. 15; the girls managed to win by 35 strokes,

UHVXOWLQJLQDĂ&#x20AC;QDOVFRUHRI 263. The girls previously beat the Sailors at their home course of El Niguel Country Club on Tuesday, Sept. 14. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;QDO VFRUH DW (O 1LJXHO ZDV  OHDGLQJ by an impressive 53-strokes. The Dolphins also defeated their opponents, Newport Harbor, in an away match at the Santa Ana Country Club on Thursday, Sept. 9. This match contributed

to their six win record this season, but did not count as a league match. 7KH  YDUVLW\ WHDP¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW match against the Corona Del Mar Sea Kings was extremely FORVH DV WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO VFRUH ZDV 221-222. Nontheless, it was a welcome victory for the golf girls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a good team, but we need to improve to make the playoffs,â&#x20AC;? said Wilburton, who almost led the varsity team to CIF victory last year.


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Surf Team Tryouts Delayed by Spill By Lauren Black Opinion Editor

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surf team is beginning to shape up, as WU\RXWV Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ WRRN SODFH RQ Thursday, Sept. 23, after having been rescheduled. Previously, the tryouts were set for Tuesday, Sept. 21, but upon arriving at Salt Creek, the eager boys and girls were informed there had been a sewage spill and tryouts would have to be cancelled. The spill, which was connected to a Moulton Niguel Water District pipe leak, was reported on September 19, the night before tryouts. After beLQJQRWLĂ&#x20AC;HGRIWKHVSLOOFRXQW\ KHDOWK RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV DVVHVVHG WKH water quality and deemed it unsanitary. Local beaches, including Salt Creek, were closed until further notice. 7KH RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV FRQWLQued testing the water quality until the California standards for water recreation were met. The stretch of beaches was reopened on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Because Head Coach Marc Degen his currently on a leave of absence, Assistant Coach Tim Sampson supervised the event. Despite the change in plans, Sampson felt the tryouts were an overall success and was pleased with the potential talent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really excited to see the team,â&#x20AC;? Sampson commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we were lucky

there was still some swell left after Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cancellation.â&#x20AC;? Sampson noted many standout performances from freshman Josh Benjoya for shortboard, freshman Nickiah Shetley for bodyboarding and freshman Brock Thomson for longboard. Regarding the change in date, Shetley said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was kind of bummed, because I was really excited for the day of tryouts to come, but then we had to wait longer. But I guess it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter.â&#x20AC;? Nonetheless, Shetley felt that he was able to display some serious bodyboarding skill and was ultimately proud of his performance. These newcomers were welcomed by the returning team members, whose performances continued to impress their coach. Sophomores Lulu Erkeneff and Danielle Wymann in girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shortboard, sophomore Makayla Smith in girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; longboard and senior Peter Danskin in boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; longboard furthermore gave a noteworthy effort. Erkeneff, who came in Ă&#x20AC;UVW LQ KHU KHDW DGPLWWHG WKDW though it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;tough to beat the other girls,â&#x20AC;? she is prepared and eager for the new season to start. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope that we have fun,â&#x20AC;? Erkeneff said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so that we can unify ourselves as a team to beat San Clemente.â&#x20AC;? The rest of the team is also excited for the season to begin, with a few simple goals in mind. As Shetley put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope we get good scores and do well in all contests.â&#x20AC;?

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Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Volleyball Set for Success By Taylor Steinbeck Sports Editor

Beginning with a record of 2-0 in pre-season alone, the volleyball girls aimed high this fall to set and spike their way into winning league. Preparing for their 2010 fall season two weeks before summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, the girls exercised at Biodynamix and practiced endurance drills consisting of weight lifting and speed training, among other workouts. Led this year by head coach Bryce Baum and assistant coaches Brittney Baum, Randy Post and Dan Moore-

house and senior varsity captains Taylor Arizobal and Shellsy Ashen, the Lady Dolphins appeared to have a promising season ahead. The girls proved themselves to be worthy competitors, winning three matches at their game against San Juan Hills, on September 14. That same weekend, the players attended a tournament at University High School in Irvine, placing ninth out of twenty-six teams. The tournament was by no means easy. On behalf of her team, Arizobal commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a long weekend, but we pushed through!â&#x20AC;? September 9 was a major win for the Lady Dolphins; they beat Rosary 16-14 after

Ă&#x20AC;YHJDPHV,QLWLDOO\GRZQ the girls elbowed their way back into the competition. They eventually defeated Rosary WKURXJK Ă DZOHVV VHWV FRPSOHWed by Ashen, successful team passing and twenty-seven kills, along with 10 blocks achieved by Arizobal. Ashen attributed the victory to the many amazing hits, digs, blocks and rallies that everyone made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really hard to keep track,â&#x20AC;? she added. Arizobal admitted that the victory was not only due to the playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; outstanding performances but also due to the atmosphere of the match itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a great support system that night in the stands,â&#x20AC;? said Arizobal. A season highlight, the

Lady Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pre-season win against Mater Dei, a private school acclaimed for its athletLFVZDVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\DVZHHWRQH Arizobal explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of our biggest victories so far this year was beating Mater Dei! The team worked really hard to earn this victory.â&#x20AC;? With pre-season coming to a close and league soon approaching on October 5, the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball team will soon confront the physically challenging competition that is leagueplay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be one easy match, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to bring our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game every time,â&#x20AC;? said Ashen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning league is GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ RXU JRDO WKLV \HDU and even though league is hard, I know we have what it takes.â&#x20AC;?


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Double Overtime Concludes in Defeat an impressive 72 yards. By Jimmy Fallon Sports Editor

Mission Hills The Dolphins jumped RXW TXLFN LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI ZLWK a great defensive play by senior Matt Bedolfe. He returned a 58-yard interception for a touchdown. A second mistake by Mission Hills was equally costly when senior Blair Darr recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. However, Mission Hills established a 14-0 lead in the Ă&#x20AC;UVWTXDUWHU The boys took charge in the second quarter when senior quarterback Trent Mason scampered 27 yards and capped it off with a four yard scoring toss to junior Matt Romano. By halftime, the team had a commanding 28-14 lead. Mason started off the second half with a perfect 38yard scoring toss to senior Chris Kearney that resulted in a 35-14 lead. The Dolphin defense failed to shut down Missionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s determination to put the game away. Mission was relentless, scoring 21 consecutive points in the second half, which sent the game into overtime. Missionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-yard scoring run in the second overtime resulted in the Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heartbreaking loss despite their valiant efforts. 0DVRQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKHQLJKW with 131 yards passing, two for WRXFKGRZQV +LV UXVKLQJ ZDV equally impressive, totaling 67 yards, two for touchdowns. .HDUQH\ Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK seven receptions for a gamehigh 95 yards. He also added another 17 yards rushing. Senior Tyler Shirozono carried the ball eight times for

Edison During the second play of the game, Edison got the ball back at the Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 37 yard line due to an interception. AlWKRXJK(GLVRQPLVVHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG goal, the team put the pressure on. Taking advantage of a Dolphin turnover, the Chargers stole the ball and brought it 23 yards for a touchdown, giving Edison a 7-0 lead. The Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; next possession ended with a sack on fourth down. Edison scored again with a 19yard touchdown, to make the score 14-0 in the second quarter. Another costly Dolphins fumble retrieved by the Chargers resulted in their 31-yard touchdown, giving Edison a 21-0 lead. The boys scored late LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI RQ D \DUG touchdown pass from Mason to Shirozono making the halftime score 21-7. Edisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rhythm was interrupted by a slew of penalties that included pass interference, holding, offsides and a personal foul. Edison put together a scoring drive to open the second half, with an 11-yard touchdown run that gave the Chargers a 27-7 lead. However, the game then changed course. The Dolphins responded to the Chargers with a 86-yard gain, while KearQH\ FXW WKH 'ROSKLQV¡ GHĂ&#x20AC;FLW to 27-14 by way of a two-yard run. The Dolphins kept the momentum throughout the fourth quarter, with Kearney scoring yet again on another two-yard run. The score was 27-21. With only a few minutes left in the game, the Dolphins were aided by Edisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penalty. The Chargers broke up a thirddown pass. Mason threw for 109 yards and rushed for 139 yards on 17 carries. Kearney was able to make 10 passes for

photo by Emily Cullen

CLASH: Battling for the ball in the second game of the season, the Dolphins and Wolverines. The Dolphins gained the XSSHUKDQGLQWKHVHFRQGKDOIRIWKHJDPHVFRULQJFRQVHFXWLYHSRLQWVDQGZLQQLQJZLWKDĂ&#x20AC;QDOVFRUHRI 55 yards. Aliso Niguel While the gameplay was FRPSHWLWLYH GXULQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW quarter, with the score tied at 10, the Dolphins down-shifted in the second quarter, seizing FRQWURO ZLWK D Ă XUU\ RI ELJ plays. A 39-yard run by Mason set up a one yard plunge by Kearney on fourth down, making the score 16-10. Aliso Niguel senior quarterback Andrew Ossola might have had his name changed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh Noâ&#x20AC;? after havLQJ KLV Ă&#x20AC;UVW SDVV LQWHUFHSWHG Mason immediately passed to Kearney in the end zone, increasing the Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead to

23-10. One of the most impressive plays was Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pass to Kearney for a 89-yard touchdown pass, which ampliĂ&#x20AC;HGWKHOHDGWR$WZR yard run by Mason gave the Dolphins a 37-10 advantage at halftime. Mason threw a 91-yard touchdown pass to senior Danny McAndrews and tossed a 19-yard scoring pass to Kearney, completing the Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scoring in the third quarter. Kearney scored two rushing touchdowns on the day. By the second half, there was no doubt as to the winner, as the Dolphins had scored 41 consecutive points. Mason was in

full stride, throwing for a total of 221 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 91 yards and two scores. Dana Hills pummeled Aliso Niguel, ending the game ZLWKDĂ&#x20AC;QDOVFRUHRI6Hnior Keith Montross was also on the highlight reel when he returned a pick 97 yards to the Wolverinesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nine yard line. Corona Santiago Dolphin football opened WKHVHDVRQZLWKDGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWLYH 20 victory over Santiago of Corona. There was little doubt as to the outcome of the game after the opening kickoff. Mason took charge of the offense, run-

ning up 410 yards that included 17-23 passing yards for 257 \DUGV KH DOVR UXVKHG IRU IRXU touchdowns and 153 yards. .HDUQH\KDXOHGLQĂ&#x20AC;YHFDWFKHV for 92 yards. The Dolphins refused to let the clock run out, snatching the ball on the 28 yard line only seven seconds before halftime. Mason sped through the and split two defensive backs to score at the closing gun, ending Coronaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope for a strong defensive play and further sealing the blue and white win. The Dolphin defense was equally impressive, shutting down Coronaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense in the second half and ending the Ă&#x20AC;UVWJDPHYLFWRULRXV

Cross Country Seizes Gold in Aloha State By Natalie Benrubi Sports Editor

To many people, running seems like some strange IRUP RI VHOILQĂ LFWHG SXQLVKment. To the cross country teams, however, running is a lifestyle - short shorts and stripes included. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their ability to work hard, work together and work for one another attributes to their lasting success as a team,â&#x20AC;? said long-time boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Head Coach Tim Butler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the boys continue to do just that, this season will GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\EHZRUWKZKLOHÂľ Having set their standards high, the girls began their season with a rocky start, quite on the contrary to their expectations. Six of the top ten returning girls are currently plagued by injury, forcing the number 8, 9 and 10 girls to step up and run at the varsity level. 'LVVDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HG ZLWK WKH vast number of injuries this early in the season, Head Coach Rex Hall persisted in his belief that the girls would push through. Said Hall, â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The girls] NQRZKRZWRĂ&#x20AC;[LWWKH\NQRZ

what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s [going to] take to get it.â&#x20AC;? Dana Hills Invitational The Dana Hills Invitational resulted in several varVLW\OHWWHUVDQGWKUHHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFH titles. The boys demonstrated their strength on their home course. Senior Ricardo Cam-

puzano stunned audiences with an incredible time of 14:28, winning the senior race. Not far behind was senior Connor Kaddatzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third-place time of 14:46. With juniors Ethan Lawrence, Lance Capel and Conner Garcia placing in the top four of their race, Dana easily captured the junior title. On the mend, the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

side seized second place overall. Senior Paxton Cota ran a WLPHRISODFLQJĂ&#x20AC;IWK Junior Sheridan Gomez, placing third in the junior race, came in at 18:38, followed by â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-shoedâ&#x20AC;? junior A.J. Jackson at 18:19. Among other junior standouts, junior Natasha Gunther placed fourth for the team

with a time of 18:34. Sophomore Brooke Dorsey astonished coaches and teammates alike with a notable time of 18:38. Iolani Invite (girls) The girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team struck gold at the Iolani Invitational LQ 2DKX +DZDLL SODFLQJ Ă&#x20AC;UVW Gomez led the team with a time of 19:36, followed closely by &RWDZKRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGLQ 7KH 'ROSKLQV Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG third and fourth overall. Junior Megan Geyer placed eighth at 20:15. Gunther followed with a time of 20:33. Close behind, VRSKRPRUH $XEUH\ &DUU Ă&#x20AC;Qished in 20:37. Sophomores Paige Canterbury and Christina Debowski ran 20:44 and 21:08, respectively. Overall, the team VFRUHG  SRLQWV QDEELQJ Ă&#x20AC;UVW over Punahouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 74. Kaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;awa Invitational

photo by Emma Werderman

FINAL STRETCH: The junior leads the pack in a group of four different schools includ ing Poly, Trabuco Hills, Great Oak and Bishop Gorman at the Dana Hills Invitational.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope to win another state championship this year and receive an invitation to Nike Nationals,â&#x20AC;? said Butler. Fortunately, the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance on September 11, UHDIĂ&#x20AC;UPHGWKDWWKHLUKLJK goals are, indeed, attainable. The team competed at .D¡D¡DZD 9DOOH\ DQG Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG

Ă&#x20AC;UVWLQWKHFRPSHWLWLRQDJDLQVW various Hawaiian teams. The boys scored 20 points and were OHG E\ /DZUHQFH¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVWSODFH time of 16:30. Senior Trevor Lynn and Campuzano achieved times of 16:39 and 16:31, respectively. Kaddatz received a time of 16:42, with teammate Capel nearby at 16:44. Junior Conner Garcia and senior Matt Brouwer followed closely behind, keeping the pack tight. Laguna Hills Invitational While the boys comSHWHGLQ+DZDLLWKHJLUOVRIĂ&#x20AC;cially began their season at the Laguna Hills Invitational on 6DWXUGD\ 6HSW   RIĂ&#x20AC;cially kicking off their season. The team raced by age group opposed to the typical frosh, sophomore, JV and Varsity routine. *RPH] SODFHG Ă&#x20AC;UVW RQ the team with an impressive time of 18:34,- while Cota Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG DW   &DUU UDQ D time of 19:45 in the sophomore race along with teammates Debowski, 19:52, and Canterbury at 19:54. Despite the lack of runners present in the junior race, *H\HUSXOOHGWKURXJKĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ at 19:57, along with Jackson at 20:02.


The Paper - October 1, 2010