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Club Raises Over $1,000 Through “Mr. Dolphin” By Annie Bubinski Sports Editor

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On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Make-a-Wish Club held its second annual Mr. Dolphin male pageant at the Dana Point Community Center. The club collected over $1,000 from the event, which it plans to use to help grant a child’s wish. The pageant featured 11 upperclassman boys, three of whom competed last year as well. Senior Teddy Soulopulos took the crown, followed by runners-up Zach Perea and Geoff Kaufman, both seniors. Soulopulos said, “I really didn’t expect to win. I hadn’t planned on participating, but now I’m glad I did.” The remaining contestants were seniors Tyler Hartung, Garret Jancich, Trevor Scott, Trevor McCloud, Salil Dudani, Kenny Murphy and Michael Paul and junior Tanner Vroom. “It’s a relatively simple fundraiser, which creates a substantial amount of money,” commented Make-a-Wish representative senior Vivian Dang. Seniors Sachin Medhekar and Bradley Johnson hosted the event and wrote the script for the evening. Medhekar said, “I really

enjoyed working with the guys and helping out Make-a-Wish.” Judges Robert Benningsdorf, Sarah Willett and history teacher Leo Compean critiqued the boys on their casual wear, swim attire, formal dress, individual talents and creative responses during the question portion. Each conWHVWDQW FRXOG HDUQ ÀYH SRLQWV for each section, resulting in a maximum 25-point total. After a humorous introduction, the contestants walked onto the stage and posed for the judges, photographers and audience members. Each contestant then modeled his beach attire in the swimwear portion. Apparel ranged from board shorts and tank tops to vintage swimsuits and full wetsuits. After the swimsuit competition, the boys displayed their unique formal attire. Perea modeled a crisp white suit with a black shirt and pink bow tie to Enrique Iglesias. Jancich, compared to a “Carebear,” sported a rainbow sweater, complete with earmuffs and a scarf. Hartung donned a fantastic purple plaid suit. Soulopulos, who wore a revealing buttondown, noted, “My shirt ZDV RQO\ RQ IRU WKH ODVW ÀYH minutes of the pageant.” Following the for-

mal wear, the talent portion of the show began. Many of the contestants incorporated their musical skills into their performances. Soulopulos presented a solo he had rehearsed on the bass guitar, winning over the judges. Kaufman creatively incorporated an attentiongrabbing rap into a contrastingly quiet and shy sing-along to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” He declared, “I was really surprised the audience reacted the way they did to my talent. I thought it might be too obscure for the audience.” “I think the competition was judged mostly on talent,” said McCloud, whose talent was chugging a full bottle of water in 17 seconds. Make-a-Wish president Katherine Chastain commented, “We were more organized than last year and knew what to expect.” This year’s Mr. Dolphin pageant raised enough money to pay for half of a wish. “Once the Glow Dance happens, we will be able to grant more wishes,” explained Chastain. Last year’s Mr. Dolphin competition, which was held at the same venue, produced around $750 and contributed to funding a child’s wish.

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Plans for Performing Arts Theater in Peril Absent from the school board’s November meeting agenda was the construction of a new theater at Dana, discussed since 2008. By Salil Dudani Copy Editor

Due to opposition from the City of Dana Point, a lack of district funds and limited fundraising on the part of the South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA), plans for the $12 million construction of a 470-seat theater at the current location of the tennis courts have come to a halt. Environmental reports must be submitted by December for the district to receive the $3 million grant offered by the state. On October 12, the board decided to table the approval of the reports until November 9, on which date the item did not appear on the agenda. “We didn’t believe there was anything that the board could do to change the circumstances,” said Superintendent Joe Farley. SOCSA Artistic Director Ray Woods said the district’s own funds for the project have “evaporated.” At the meeting, the trustees authorized an additional $28,961 to cover unforseen

costs of the gym renovations. This brings the project’s total cost to $647,961. Second-term ASU President senior Jeremy Lin gave the school board his yearly report. Lin praised Dana’s

sports teams and academics, then commended the Red Cross Club, THE PAPER and the student government for recent achievements. When next year’s ASU President addresses the board,

three of the seven faces will be different. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, trustees Larry Christensen, Ken Lopez-Maddox and Mike Winsten were voted out in favor of challengers Lynn Hatton, Gary

Pritchard and John Alpay, respectively. Christensen will have served his four-year term, but Maddox and Winsten were recalled two years into theirs. Trustees Anna Bryson

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NO FUNDS: Depicted above is the $12 million SOCSA theater. The $3 million grant from the state may never arrive.

and Jack Brick were also up for re-election. Bryson defeated 18 year old Dana alumnus Saam Alikhani, and Brick defeated Martha McNicholas. Brick was the only trustee to vote against imposing a contract on the teachers before last year’s strike. Said English teacher Virginia Reischl, “I am pleased with the [elections’] outcome because I feel it will be more balanced. I see Jack Brick as being equable in the fact that he votes his conscience as opposed to a particular agenda.” Bryson praised the three outgoing trustees’ determination to trim the budget on Novemer 9 and then asked the crowd to give them a standing ovation, standing up herself. Of the approximately 60 in attendance, about 20 stood. Also on the ballot was Measure H, a proposition to have trustees elected by their respective regions within the district and not by the district as a whole. Proponents said it would OHDG WR PRUH UHVSRQVLYH RIÀcials and less costly elections. Opponents viewed it as a political ploy by the teachers union. Measure H passed.

Suspension Questioned at School Board Meeting By Salil Dudani Copy Editor

During oral communications of the November 9 school board meeting, when anyone from the audience may address the board on any topic, two of the six speakers independently criticized the district’s practice of suspension. One was senior Casey Rhatigan, who had served an Alternative to Suspension (ATS) from November 1-3. After being advised that it was a better alternative to suspension, Rhatigan spent three days DWWKHGLVWULFWRIÀFHLQ6DQ-XDQ Capistrano. He argued that suspension sets students further

back in schoolwork and lowers their motivation. “Most of the kids [who are suspended] are already struggling with drugs, alcohol, violence, family, social problems, you name it, not to mention struggling academically. I personally fail to see the reasoning behind taking these kids out of school,” Rhatigan told the board. “If anything, I feel additional schooling should be given, such as study halls or Saturday Schools,” he continued. ASU President senior Jeremy Lin was visibly supportive of Rhatigan, who is ASU’s Commissioner of Health, Education and Welfare. When asked if he was speaking on behalf of ASU or on behalf of himself, Rhatigan

responded, “Neither. I was speaking on behalf of all students. It’s a problem that’s been overlooked long enough.” Community member Wallace Hart focused on the emotional effects of ATS on those punished. “They make these kids feel like they’re not part of the community, and then their drugs and their alchohol is their only thing to turn to,” he said. Hart said his son, who was involved in drug use, died in jail three months ago. “Part of the reason was the alternative suspension school, how they just didn’t care.” Hart also discussed his own experience volunteering at ATS for two weeks. He told the suspended students they weren’t “bad kids” but were

“actually good kids who made bad decisions” until his dismissal. “One of the children took it the wrong way, and [I was] dismissed like I was nothing,” Hart claimed. “No compassion, no compassion. And that’s one of the problems with alternate suspension school.” As Hart stepped away from the podium, school board President Anna Bryson told him, “You have the deepest sympathies of this board.” Assistant Principal Cindie Steinert said she agrees with suspension, saying it can deter students from future troublemaking. “Most students want to be in school getting their education [as opposed to being suspended],” she said. When asked if it con-

cerned her that many suspended students are struggling academically, Steinert said, “I can’t respond to the fact that many of them are struggling academically. I’m not sure if that’s true.” Steinert said ATS is “run as an intervention” and added, “All of our discipline is intervention: to hopefully prevent students from making mistakes again.” An ATS day is about as long as a school day. Students work freely but must report on what they have done every hour. There are two 15-minute breaks per day. Students at ATS are given questions to answer about whatever incident led them there and are required to write DQ HVVD\7KHUH DUH DOVR FRQÀ-

dential group therapy sessions. Seventy Dana students have been suspended this school year as of November 17. Sophomore Ross Greer said he likes the idea of ATS. “It’s probably good for kids to UHÁHFWRQZKDWWKH\GLGZURQJ rather than just hanging out at home,” he said. “I think it’s better discipline than Saturday School or detention. They just sit there and do nothing; it’s not much of a punishment.” When asked if he would be concerned if he heard there was a lack of compassion at ATS, Greer responded, “Slightly. There needs to be compassion so they can understand what they did wrong. I’m not too concerned, though, because I don’t get into that kind of trouble.”

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From November 5-7, WKH LQGHSHQGHQW VWXGHQW Ă&#x20AC;OP ´(OHFWLRQ 'D\Âľ ZDV Ă&#x20AC;OPHG DW the school. Produced by Dana Hills alumnus Kevin Slee and directed by Zach Wechter, WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP ZDV VKRW HQWLUHO\ RQ the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus, featuring scenes in history teacher Mike Hulseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classroom, the Porthole and the mall. After considering countless public and private schools across Orange County, Wechter and Slee, both of who are PDMRULQJ LQ Ă&#x20AC;OP SURGXFWLRQ at Chapman University in Orange, selected Dana Hills DV WKH ORFDWLRQ IRU Ă&#x20AC;OPLQJ In regard to the choice WR Ă&#x20AC;OP DW WKH VFKRRO :HFKter said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kevin [Slee] really recommended it. We checked out the campus, and he gave me a tour. The indoor mall was especially perfect for the climax of the movie because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a locker scene.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the quintessential American high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; like something out of a Disney movie. We looked at tons of high schools, but none of the other schools had the right cinematic quality,â&#x20AC;? added Slee, who graduated from Dana in 2008. Grinning, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, I was little biased though. As a Dana Hills graduate, it was really cool to take a Ă&#x20AC;OP EDFN WR P\ KLJK VFKRROÂľ Slee and Wechter were

WKHQ UHTXLUHG WR Ă&#x20AC;OO RXW H[WHQsive paperwork with the district and state due to the fact that the school, a public institution, falls under the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jurisdiction. Additionally, Slee and Wechter had to ensure that the school or district FRXOG QRW EH LGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HG LQ the movie or associated with the production as a whole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took a lot of paperwork and persistence to meet all of the demands. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just ask [Principal Dr. Robert] Nye or Mr. [Ken] Nedler,â&#x20AC;? said Slee. Said Wechter of working with the administration, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were so thankful for the cooperation and enthuVLDVP 7KH ODGLHV LQ RIĂ&#x20AC;FH were so nice and helpful, and there was just a great sense of community at the school.â&#x20AC;? Designated a â&#x20AC;&#x153;political thriller with a touch RI Ă&#x20AC;OP QRLUÂľ WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP VWDUV Chapman students Lexi Sakowitz and Jordan Jacinto as Leah Reitman and Michael Fabrizio, respectively. Chronicling the disaster and drama that is caused by a high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student JRYHUQPHQW HOHFWLRQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP playfully depicts the issues of morality, integrity and responsibility by portraying a casual event that is taken too far. 6DLG 6OHH ´>7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP@ is basically about the scandal, blackmail and lies that occur when a high school ASUtype election is taken too seriously by its participants.â&#x20AC;? Though no high school students were cast in leading roles, numerous extras, in-

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TAKE THREE: With coffee in hand, alumnus Kevin Slee helps to supervise the crew in a scene for the independent stuGHQWĂ&#x20AC;OP´(OHFWLRQ'D\Âľ7KHĂ&#x20AC;OPZLOOSUHPLHUHDW&KDSPDQ8QLYHUVLW\LQ2UDQJHRQ'HFHPEHU cluding several Dana students, were included in the movie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a ton of extras, which was fairly imSUHVVLYH IRU D VWXGHQW Ă&#x20AC;OPÂľ remarked Slee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the extras that came every day were even a given a line.â&#x20AC;? Ari Stidham, an actor primarily known for his

leading role in ABC Familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huge,â&#x20AC;? also had a camHR DSSHDUDQFH LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ari and I actually went to the same high school. :KHQ , Ă&#x20AC;UVW PHW KLP >6WLGham], he begged to be in one of my movies. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just hysterical and a really nice JX\ , ZURWH WKH SDUW VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;-

cally for him,â&#x20AC;? said Wechter. Slee agreed, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not usually that easy, so it really HOHYDWHG XV DV D VWXGHQW Ă&#x20AC;OPÂľ In addition to his own experiences in high school, Wechter cited the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brick,â&#x20AC;? ZKLFKZDVĂ&#x20AC;OPHGLQ6DQ&OHPHQWHDVLQVSLUDWLRQIRUKLVĂ&#x20AC;OP â&#x20AC;&#x153;I watched it [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brickâ&#x20AC;?]

in high school and learned about the extraordinary events that younger kids are handling. It just kind of hit me that this movie would be a good idea,â&#x20AC;? commented Wechter. Slee and Wechterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Election Dayâ&#x20AC;? will premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at Chapman University.


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Blue Ribbon Week Promotes Anti-Bullying By Madeline Diamond Sports Editor

In honor of the districtwide Blue Ribbon Week from November 15-19, PTSA and ASU decorated the school with blue ribbons, distributed antibullying pledges and invited a professional psychologist to speak. “The goal is to reinforce that school is a safe and secure environment where all students are treated equally,” said PTSA President Gayle Paride. Paride, as well as ASU Director of Health, Education and Welfare Casey Rhatigan, led the event. Blue Ribbon Week, also known as Anti-Bullying Week, focuses on emphasizing kindness and compassion at school.

Blue Ribbon Week began last year in Orange County school districts and was reprised this year at Dana Hills as well as at several other local schools. To promote Blue Ribbon Week, Newport Beach psychologist Jerry Weichman, an adolescent specialist, spoke on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Porthole. This was a student/ parent night that focused on social drama in high school. Weichman said, “I hope that students gain insight into the current problems, their detrimental effects and what to do if they themselves or someone they know is bullied.” Along with the blue ribbons and inspirational signs, which were displayed thoughout the school, ASU ordered 3,100 blue wristbands that were distributed to students. Each day, an inspiration-

al quote was read during the morning announcements. In addition, “Stand Up Against Bullying” and “Dana is Committed to Being BullyFree” pledges for students and teachers were distributed and signed. Rhatigan described the new focus of this year’s Blue Ribbon Week. “This year we’re making gay sensitivity a much bigger part because of the recent surge in gay suicides,” he said. The Gay-Straight Alliance also participated in Blue Ribbon Week for this purpose. “The GSA is going to put together an essay, art and cinema contest,” said Rhatigan. Ultimately, the goal of Blue Ribbon Week was to prevent bullying proactively, as a recent study shows that 77 percent of students claim to have been bullied.

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SPREADING THE WORD: Psychologist Jerry Weichman speaks to students about the dangers of bullying in the Porthole Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Students to Travel to Central America By Taylor Steinbeck Feature Editor

During Thanksgiving break from November 20-28, students will participate in a trip to Central America to experience international health care ÀUVWKDQG WKURXJK LQWHUDFWLRQ with local doctors on a medical base. Available in both the

countries of Belize and Costa Rica, the trip can be seen as a rare occurrence, since most International Health Programs only offer such programs to medical students at universities. While airline ticket expenses are not included, those participating are expected to pay $1,485, which will covertwo meals per day, housing, transportation, program charges and staff and physician fees. Sponsored by the Health

Ministry, College, and University Teaching Hospital, the trip was organized by juniors Ryan Lindeobrg and Gillian Slee, the Problem Solving Club presidents. After participating on the trip to Central America last summer, Lindeborg decided, along with the club, to reach out to third-world countries. Said Lindeborg, “When I went over the summer, I didn’t have any previous trainLQJ:HKDGDTXDOLÀHGGRFWRU

give an hour and a half course on critical medicine, and we had worksheets that we used to question patients with. The most learning was in the form of hands-on interacting.” Although the Problem Solving Club primarily recruited the Health and Medical Occupations Academy (HMO) students, no previous medical education was necessary to qualify for the trip. “The experience will be extremely valuable because

the students will be able to perform medical procedures they wouldn’t be able to here,” praised Health Science and Anatomy teacher Tammie Wingen. Wingen added, “I think the HMO students should especially go because they are WKHPRVWTXDOLÀHGµ The trip will allow students to organize public health clinics for local schools and orphanages. Students will gain understanding of the culture in

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lasting tranquility while hitting top-spin forehand, and no joy is greater than conquering an opponent,â&#x20AC;? Vander Hayden swooned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best way to describe how I feel when I play is the song â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dancing in the 0RRQOLJKW¡E\7RSORDGHU,Ă&#x20AC;UVW heard this song being played while watching superb table tennis players rally. Ever since then, this song has been truly motivational for me.â&#x20AC;? Along with the necessary motor skills, Vander

Hayden has acquired a custom ping pong paddle that he made himself from various materials he collected. His paddle is a labor of love, and it has to be replaced every two months. Vander Hayden hopes that his motivation and ardor for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest pasttime will bring him success later in his life. He hopes to win a gold medal someday at the Olympics, so he can call himself a true ping pong Olympian. "#Marilyn La Jeunesse

Spotlight on Lighting Crew By Alfonso Ordaz News Editor

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projects. Junior Megan Levine added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Air Guitar alone, we have to stay late at school every day for two weeks.â&#x20AC;? Senior Alex Anderson explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homecoming is great, but Air Guitar is best because we get to plan the whole show in regards to the lighting.â&#x20AC;? Due to the use of professional equipment (the same used on â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idolâ&#x20AC;?), the results of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts have notably improved. However, because of the time commitment Lighting and Sound entails, it is extremely common for team members to leave school at midnight or even later. 3ULQ] H[SODLQHG ´7KH students do it all; I just assist them.â&#x20AC;? Although Lighting and Sound takes a serious toll on the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sleep schedules, their social lives are â&#x20AC;&#x153;undoubtedly enhanced.â&#x20AC;? ´:H¡UH GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ EXV\ and whatnot, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth the time and effort,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met a lot of new friends.â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re mainly busy during events, but other than that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too bad.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creeping around the VFKRRO LV GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ D ERQXVÂľ said senior Wendy Hu, jokingly. Having an initial interest is not enough, however, to assure a spot on the team.

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,WVWDUWHGZKHQ,ZDVĂ&#x20AC;YH,OLVWHQHG to the stories my nine year-old brother read aloud, and, hooked, I moved onward. I arranged the jumbled letters into words and applied IRUP\Ă&#x20AC;UVWOLEUDU\FDUG)URP´&LQGHUHOODÂľWR´+DUU\ 3RWWHUÂľ´7KH'LDU\RI$QQH)UDQNÂľWR´.LWH5XQQHUÂľ I read and read and read. My parents let me choose the novels I wished. Never was a book removed from my palms, unless it was way past my bedtime. We read, we discussed, we disagreed. We did not condemn, discourage or burn. Still, what if someone else decided which books I could or could not read? The idea of banning a book is arrogant, political and shortsighted. Novels in the current Dana Hills FXUULFXOXPLQFOXGH´Âľ´7KH$GYHQWXUHVRI+XFNOHEHUU\)LQQÂľ´,.QRZ:K\WKH&DJHG%LUG6LQJVÂľ ´7KH &DWFKHU LQ WKH 5\HÂľ DQG ´7R .LOO D 0RFNLQJELUG¾³HDFKRIWKHVHWLWOHVZDVSUHYLRXVO\RQDEDQQHG book list. Some parents remove books from their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KDQGVDVVHUWLQJWKDWWKHLU´VHQVLWLYHÂľFKLOGLV´MXVWQRW UHDG\Âľ7KH\DFWXDOO\WKLQNLIWKHLUFKLOGUHDGVDIDQtasy book, he/she will believe that witchcraft exists DQGWKDWLWLVSRVVLEOHWRZDYHDZDQGDQGVD\´UHSDURÂľ WRĂ&#x20AC;[DEURNHQJODVV7KHVHSDUHQWVDUHQRWSURWHFWing their youth but merely preserving ignorance and naivetĂŠ. Still, it remains the parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision as to what their child may or may not read. Religious, moral or political beliefs are key in determining their reading guidelines for children at home. However, it is absurd for a parent to launch a crusade against the assignment of a novel in a classroom.

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UNIQUE: Sidewalks, Matt and Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent release, lacks the mainstream quality that enticed so many previous fans but continues to satisfy those who enjoy the artistic feel the album provides.

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With an ever-growing iTunes wish list, I was wary of spending almost half of my precious $15 iTunes gift card on an album that I would possibly never listen to again. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a fan of Matt and Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music; I just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if Sidewalks would be as â&#x20AC;&#x153;grandâ&#x20AC;? as their previous work. $V WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW QRWHV RI the opening track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Block after Block,â&#x20AC;? emanated from my computer, my heart sank slightly; I worried once more that my iTunes gift card had been wasted on a contrived, â&#x20AC;&#x153;alternativeâ&#x20AC;? album. The track featured lead singer Matt Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s borderline whiny voice mixed with a calculated hip-hop beat. The

song had potential, but its clichĂŠ melody and unimaginative lyrics made for an unwise opener. The following track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;AM/FM Sound,â&#x20AC;? sounded alPRVW LGHQWLFDO WR WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW HPphasizing the noticeable lack of creativity in this album. With a chorus of catchy â&#x20AC;&#x153;eh-ohâ&#x20AC;?s, this song is similar to several other infectious songs on the radio with a lackluster chorus. ´&DPHUDVÂľ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW single off Sidewalks, redeemed the album with its use of unconventional devices such as glass bottles for percussion. Plus, its subtle downtown-Brooklyn LQĂ XHQFH UHFRYHUHG VRPH RI Matt and Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trademark sound, the quality that enticed PHRQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWDOEXPEXWZDV absent in the previous songs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Coming Fromâ&#x20AC;? is another stand out track. The subtle strings layered with synthesized riffs seemed to be straight out of a Vampire Weekend number.

Unlike previous tracks, the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nostalgic lyrics prevailed over the overwhelming instrumentation. This coming-of-age story is universal, one of the most important aspects of music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northeast,â&#x20AC;? void of all synthesizers (at least for WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WZR PLQXWHV  VHWV WKH stage for a sincere description of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown: Brooklyn. Johnson evidently attempted to convey more feeling in his voice but fell short. However, the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bridge managed to express the emotion that Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance lacked, suggesting the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential to create high-quality music. Nevertheless, the beautiful simplicity of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northeastâ&#x20AC;? ends all too soon, as listeners are plunged into more synthesized beats that could come straight out of a Super Mario Brothers game. The tunes are catchy but only remind me

that I should have purchased the few noteworthy tracks instead of the entire album. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;QDO VRQJ ´,FH Melts,â&#x20AC;? was an agreeable conclusion to an otherwise nondescript album, mainly because of its similarity to Matt and Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older albumsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the ones that caught my interest in the Ă&#x20AC;UVWSODFHÂłEXWWKHVRQJHQGHG as abruptly as the album beJDQ OHDYLQJ PH XQVDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HG Sidewalks may grow RQ \RX DIWHU WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW OLVten or two, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clearly missing the peppy, optimistic beats of Grand that put Matt and Kim on the charts. Although I do not endorse pirating music, your best option is to borrow the album from a friend or buy a used copy on Amazon. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not worth the asking price for 10 average tracks. Or take a line from Matt and Kim: â&#x20AC;&#x153;leave good for greatâ&#x20AC;? and listen to something else.

I did not go into the theater for the 9:50 p.m. showing of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Morning Gloryâ&#x20AC;? with extremely high hopes. When I walked in the dark theater and only saw three girls near the front, , Ă&#x20AC;JXUHG , ZDV JRLQJ WR have trouble staying awake. From the size of the audience, I assumed that, clearly, this movie was not the blockbuster hit that billboards and the sides of buses had been promising. And then, the movie started. Rachel McAdams plays Becky Fullerâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;the spastic, energetic, young producer who spends more time on her Blackberry than with real people. She has a routine and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good at what she does. So good in fact, that the entire staff of New Jerseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local morning news program anticipates her promotion. However, when %HFN\LQVWHDGJHWVĂ&#x20AC;UHGGXHWR the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget cuts, she Ă&#x20AC;QGVKHUVHOILQFKDUJHRI1HZ Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dysfunctional morning news show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daybreak.â&#x20AC;? Incompetent employees, diva anchors and seemingly impossible tasks are thrown at the young hopeful, while a romantic storyline develops on the side between Becky and a witty, charming FRZRUNHU 3DWULFN :LOVRQ  At this point, I am having â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Devil Wears Pradaâ&#x20AC;? Ă DVKEDFNV:H¡YHJRWWKHFXWH ambitious woman whom the audience is rooting for, the boyfriend who takes a backseat to the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career and the seasoned actors (Diane

.HDWRQ DQG +DUULVRQ )RUG  playing characters that we pity even though they are holding our main character back. Hurdels must be overcome and the team has to work together. However, somewhere in the midst of this familiar formula, I found myself actually enjoying the movie. An older couple walked into the theater 15 minutes into the movie and sat directly behind me in what was almost an empty theater. They talked during scenes, they were loud and the woman had one of the most obnoxious laughs I have ever heard. But she was right. This movie was funny. Was it riveting? No. Did I cry? No. Did I predict the ending before the Ă&#x20AC;UVW VFHQH ZDV RYHU" <HV %XW , VWLOO OLNHG WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP The audience falls in love with McAdams, who gave a solid performance, proving that not only can she master almost any genre, she can believably portray any character. She was sweet and likeable from the start, and the cast surrounding her was strong. The credits began to roll after the fairy-tale ending, and I was okay with that. Not every movie has to be a mental workout, a hard-hitting love story or a 3D spectacle; sometimes, a simple romantic comedy is a fun way to spend the night. When the movie ended at 11:25 p.m., I was alone with the loud couple one row back. I stood up, ready to leave, and the woman looked at me and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a good movie! I liked that movie! Did you like that movie?â&#x20AC;? I was pleasantly surprised with my answer.

Swift Always â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gets the Last Wordâ&#x20AC;? !"#$%&'()#!*%+, !"#$%&'()*+ You should probably know that I kind of love Taylor Swift. Therefore, it might seem slightly biased to say her new album, Speak Now, is pure genius. But since the album was released as number one on iTunes and the majority of songs swept the top 10 listings that very day, it is hard to argue otherwise. Since the extraordinary success of her sophomore album, Fearless, the lanky blonde charmer has been catapulted to mega-stardom. We all know that Swift likes to write about boys, and as expected, most of the songs pertain to men who have affected her. She refused to beat around the bush, openly calling one subject by his name and making a few others obvious. Leading up to the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut, Swift released four singles that raised the bar for what listeners should expect. First came â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mine,â&#x20AC;? an energetic classic full of hope for ironing out the problems of a relationship. The message of Speak Now is to speak up before your opportunity passes. Written for a friend, she imagines what it would be like to actually heed the preacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

advice to â&#x20AC;&#x153;speak now or forever hold your peace.â&#x20AC;? Next, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meanâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back to Decemberâ&#x20AC;? became available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meanâ&#x20AC;? is certainly the most country track on the album, as the other songs begin to edge even closer to the pop realm, but it is also a biting and cheeky retort to the bullies and critics of the world (â&#x20AC;&#x153;All you are is mean/ and a liar/ and SDWKHWLF DQG DORQH LQ OLIHÂľ

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back to Decemberâ&#x20AC;? is just the oppositeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ă&#x20AC;UVW DSRORJ\ VRQJ :KHUHDV most of her previous work has served as a metaphorical slap in the face for the morethan-deserving heart-breakers, this track, written to Taylor Lautner, is quite unlike any message she has sent before. The songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarkably remorseful mood allows her to admit her responsibility for ruining the relationship and her unrealistic desire to have a second chance. $IWHULWVRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOUHOHDVH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparks Flyâ&#x20AC;? immediately became a favorite pick. It is a song about the boy who, according to everyone else, is not a good guy, but Swift is nonetheless â&#x20AC;&#x153;captivated by you baby OLNH D Ă&#x20AC;UHZRUNV VKRZÂľ  7KH song is easy to relate to, and it is one of my personal favorites. To keep up with the gossip, Swift has also included three songs that have pointedly clear purposes.

In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innocent,â&#x20AC;? she accepts Kanye Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apology for his interruption of her at the Video Music Awards, understanding he chose the wrong moment to â&#x20AC;&#x153;speak now.â&#x20AC;? ´'HDU -RKQÂľ FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPV the rumors that Swift was romantically involved with the ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; man John Mayer. She dedicates almost seven miserable, yet powerful, minutes to her regret for their relationship. Mayer should be impressed with her comments, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s you and your sick need to give love then take it awayâ&#x20AC;? and the climatic ´,¡P VKLQLQJ OLNH Ă&#x20AC;UHZRUNV over your sad, empty town.â&#x20AC;? Perhaps Speak Nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best track is the explosive, vicious â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better than Revengeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message to Camilla Belle, who stole Joe Jonas from her in 2008. Swift responds to the Jonas Brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Much Better,â&#x20AC;? which was written about Belle, challenging her to â&#x20AC;&#x153;show me how much better you are.â&#x20AC;? She also does not hesitate to call her â&#x20AC;&#x153;an actress better known for things sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done on the mattress,â&#x20AC;? among other clever insults. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Story of Usâ&#x20AC;? is another shining, upbeat track about the awkwardness of avoiding an ex, turning what was once a relationship into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tragedy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enchantedâ&#x20AC;? is the ul-

timate crush song thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much more haunting then the actual track titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haunted.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haunted,â&#x20AC;? which fully utilizes the orchestra brought in for the making of the album, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Kissâ&#x20AC;? are both chilling songs that may require a few listens before their appeal is fully understood. Furthermore, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Grow Upâ&#x20AC;? is similar to Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifteen,â&#x20AC;? but instead of entering high school, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movLQJ LQWR KHU Ă&#x20AC;UVW DSDUWPHQW â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Liveâ&#x20AC;? ties the album up with a fairy-tale ending. On the Target Exclusive album, listeners receive three new bonus songs. Although the other tracks are somewhat awkward, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oursâ&#x20AC;? stands out as an adorable promise to overlook rumors others might be spreading. Overall, Swift has indeed matured on her third album. This time, the lyrics are 100 percent her own, tackling more mature and clearly personal topics, as Swift is never one to be shy. She continues to demonstrate her vocal ability, despite some criticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; assertion WKDWVKHFDQ¡WVLQJDVUHĂ HFWHG in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mean.â&#x20AC;? Many of her songs also play with clever metaphors. Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth as an artist is clearly evident in Speak Now. It is this consistent ability to deliver relatable and catchy songs that reminds me why I love her so much.

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OFF THE CHARTS: Taylor Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new album shatters sales records with over 10 million sold world-wide.


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Boys Place Second in League, Advance to CIF By Sara Vandegrift Sports Editor

In a game, every second counts. Every second is an opportunity to get ahead, to pull into the lead, to come home a champion. The last few minutes of a game are the most crucialâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;when the crowd rises to its feet, when the spectators count down the last seconds and when the winners come out on top.

,QWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOJDPHVRIWKLV yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season, the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; water polo team pushed through every match and closed the year as champions. The past few months of hard work concluded with a 2010 league record of 5-3 and an overall rank of second in league. On Friday, Nov. 5, the boys prevailed over Capo Valley. After a weak performance GXULQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIRIWKHJDPH the Dolphins quickly caught up DQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKDQZLQ However, before the boys conquered their last oppo-

nent, they fought in overtime, when minutes are especially critical. After a few minutes of head-to-head competition, MXQLRU 'UDNH 'XQQ Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG RIIWKHJDPHZLWKDĂ&#x20AC;YHPHWHU shotâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;the game-winning goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, we played well. We managed to put them away in sudden-death overtime due to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard work,â&#x20AC;? said Dunn. On Thursday, Nov. 4, the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last league game took place against Mission Viejo. The game appeared to present little challenge for the well-conditioned Dolphins, as

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READY, AIM, SHOOT: Senior Trevor Cook prepares to make a shot at the goal.

they concluded the game with a score of 12-6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really did play a great game, â&#x20AC;&#x153; said senior Sam Fitzmaurice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We pulled away in the end and had a solid victory.â&#x20AC;? On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Dolphins hit a bump in the road: El Toro. Though the game concluded with a 9-11 loss, the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense was top- notch. Despite the level of GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW\ WKH ER\V FRPEDWWHG their opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; audacity with some tenacity of their own and faced the challenge with determination. On Friday, Oct. 29, the

team faced off against Huntington Beach. Huntington started with an aggressive offense, but, towards the end of the game, the Dolphins retaliated with a sturdy defense. Despite the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comeback, the game concluded with a loss, 8-14. The Dolphins were matched up against Laguna Hills on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The ER\V SURYHG WR KDYH QR GLIĂ&#x20AC;culty defeating Laguna Hills, HDUQLQJDĂ&#x20AC;QDOVFRUHRI :LWK WKH RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDO HQG RI the season, the Dolphins expressed some sadness, but were content with their successes.

Naturally, the boys were excited about placing second and were proud of their 5-3 league record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of every single one of my teammates for their hard work this year. We persevered through the thick and thin, and, in the end, we even made CIF,â&#x20AC;? said senior Trevor Scott. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to miss playing water polo, and, more importantly, I will miss hanging out with all the guys in the pool.â&#x20AC;? Senior Dilan Shah concluded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anything, it was bittersweet.â&#x20AC;?

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PEP TALK: Head Coach Matt Rosa gathers his team around him for a halftime meeting.


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Girls End Season in Second By Taylor Steinbeck Sports Editor

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Ending a successful season tied with Trabuco for second in league, the lady 'ROSKLQV FHOHEUDWHG WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;QDO game by honoring seven seniors, all of whom had played volleyball for every year of high school. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Ă&#x20AC;UVW &,) PDWFK DJDLQVW 1HZport Harbor resulted in a loss, ultimately ending the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; season. After triumphing in a VSHFWDFXODUĂ&#x20AC;UVWJDPHWKHODG\ Dolphins were outmatched in the next three games, leading to the loss of the match. Begining strong, the Dolphins led the match without struggle, playing the best they had the entire season. With a solid defense including key solo blocks executed by senior Shellsy Ashen, the girls ended their season on an honorable note despite the end score of the match. Said senior Hannah %UR]HN ´7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW JDPH ZDV DPD]LQJ ,W ZDV GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ WKH pinnacle of the season; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never played better.â&#x20AC;? The last match of league competition concluded in victory, with the Dolphins winning in three games against Capo. Originally struggling in WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW JDPH WKH JLUOV WXUQHG the match around, coming from behind to win the second game DQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOJDPH â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Capo match was

really important to everyone, especially the seniors since it was Senior Night,â&#x20AC;? said Brozek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a ton of supSRUWWKDWQLJKWDQG,WKLQNWKDW played a big part in why we ZHUHVRĂ&#x20AC;UHGXSWRZLQÂľ Prepared and ecstatic WR SOD\ RQ QHZ J\P Ă RRUV RQ Senior Night, the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance produced several imposing stats, which were some of the best of the season.

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all my friends out on the court, and hearing our friends in the stands and winning was just about all we could ask for.â&#x20AC;? Proud yet emotional regarding the end of the season, WKHJLUOVUHĂ HFWHGWKDWWKH\IHOW extremely proud of their performance this season. Brozek elaborated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked really hard, and all the seniors were crying after the ODVWJDPH,WZDVDIXQVHDVRQÂľ

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IN MOTION: Senior Shellsy Ashen sets the ball as teammate senior Hannah Brozek prepares to spike during their match against the Capistrano Valley Cougars.


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Surf Team Falls Short of Expectations By Lauren Black News Writer

The Dolphins competed against Laguna Beach on Thursday, Nov. 18; results were not available at press time. Because of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous success against Laguna, Head Coach Marc Degen hopes to give some of the newer, less experienced surfers an opportunity to compete. In the upcoming weeks after Thanksgiving break, the team is looking forward to competing against Newport Beach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pretty evenly matched against Newport,â&#x20AC;? said Degen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so we will see if we can rise to the occasion.â&#x20AC;? Assistant Coach Tim Sampson also expressed his FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHLQWKHWHDP¡VDELOLW\ to perform well in upcoming competitions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am anticipating beating both Laguna and Newport,â&#x20AC;? he said.

teams did not manage to come out ahead. Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shortboard came closest, losing narrowly with a 10-11 score. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we were going to compete at a higher level,â&#x20AC;? said Degen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They trounced us. It was not pretty, although the day was beautiful.â&#x20AC;? Senior Peter Danskin of Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Longboard was one of WKHIHZIURP'DQDWRSODFHĂ&#x20AC;UVW in his heat, performing excep-

tionally. Freshman Nickiah Shetley of Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bodyboard and sophomore Scott Weinhardt of Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shortboard were also DEOH WR WDNH Ă&#x20AC;UVW SODFH LQ WKHLU heats for showcasing their outstanding skills. The two have been consistently scoring high in their competitions so far this seasons. Weinhardt commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ended up getting a good

OHIW WKDW SXW PH LQWR Ă&#x20AC;UVW 7KH waves were small, but they were fun that day.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was kind of disappointed,â&#x20AC;? added Shetley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We probably could have beat them, but the waves were small. The competitions are fun, though.â&#x20AC;? Laguna Beach On Thursday, Oct. 28, the team squared off against

/DJXQD%HDFKVHFXULQJLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW victory of the season with a satisfying score of 97-71. Senior Sebastian Perez of Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bodyboard and junior Luke Stirtz of Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shortboard both had impressive perIRUPDQFHV DQG DFKLHYHG Ă&#x20AC;UVW place in their heats. Perez stood out to the judges and the coaches with an outstanding barrel that easily put him ahead of his competi-

Stirtzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts were also recognized by the judges and coaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The waves werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that good, so it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything special, but I think we did well against Laguna, who is a pretty good team,â&#x20AC;? Stirtz commented. Said Degen of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We kind of beat them on all levels.â&#x20AC;? The win was relatively expected against Laguna, as it will be for their second meeting. San Clemente #1

San Clemente #2 The surf team did not take advantage of its second opportunity to compete against rival school San Clemente and again suffered a loss. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the teams met at T-Street, where the Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 65 points was unmatched against San Clementeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 105. Although there were multiple stand out performances, collectively, the individual

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7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWPHHWRIWKHVHDson took place on Tuesday, Oct. 26 against the San Clemente Tritons. Although unable to triumph over their rivals, the Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; score of 75-93 was less painful than their second loss to the Tritons. Despite some exceptional performances, it was not how the team preferred to begin the season. Degen explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was expecting that we would do better. We were much more competitive against San Clemente last year.â&#x20AC;? Senior Sam Orozcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance in Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shortboard was among the top that day. Orozco caught twice as many waves and, with the addition of a well-executed air UHYHUVH KH HDVLO\ FODLPHG Ă&#x20AC;UVW place in his heat. Said Orozco, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did a fun air reverse in my heat. The waves were really good and consistent.â&#x20AC;?


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The Paper - November 19, 2010  

Volume 39, Issue 3

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