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SOCSA’s Moon Over Buffalo Entices Viewers Eight Actors’ Repertory students bring laughs with their latest production, Moon Over Buffalo.

Read about the show,

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ENTERTAINMENT

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“Iron Man 2” Entertains with Action, Comedy and More Robert Downey Jr. returns as Iron Man along with a new villian, Ivan Vanko, in the enthralling sequel.

Check out Tyler’s review,

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OPINION

Scandals Make Headlines While News Goes Unnoticed Trivial athletic and hollywood gossip sadly replaces important news headlines.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

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SPRING

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on the green, on the court, on the track, on the diamond and in the pool. The 2009-2010 sports season was a banner year for the Dolphins as teams re-wrote the record books. See sports pages 16-20 for in depth Spring sports coverage. photos by Steve Brouwer, Kathleen Briggs, and Katie Albright and courtesy of Tom Faris

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NEW SUPERINTENDENT HIRED BY CUSD By Salil Dudani Copy Editor

With the temporary contract of current superintendent Dr. Roberta “Bobbi” Mahler set to expire after the 2009-2010 school year, the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) school board has decided on her successor: Dr. Joseph M. Farley, current superintendent of Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD). The culmination of a months-long process, the selection was made Mon., May 3 behind closed doors and approved Tues., May 11 at the first school board meeting held since the conclusion of CUSD’s labor dispute. The trustees voted unanimously to place Farley on a four-year contract through the 2013-2014 school year at the end of the May 11 board meeting (with the exception of President Anna Bryson, who was

not present), making him the seventh CUSD superintendent in the past four years. The contract will take effect July 1. “I am so proud of our choice of a great educational leader who will make certain that policies are followed, and re-create a true education environment where young children grow into their intellects and the focus is on preparing them for life,” President Bryson said in a news release issued by CUSD May 11. The news release cited extensively Farley’s experience in AUHSD, where he has been Superintendent for five years and, according to CUSD, “is credited with resolving significant instructional, fiscal and public relations issues.” “There was a need for decisive leadership in Anaheim when Dr. Farley became…superintendent…There had been three superintendents during the preceding three years, public confidence in the system was at an all-time low and a $257 million construction project was

in the red. A few weeks after he started, the Orange County Grand Jury announced its intent to investigate the district’s bond funding and oversight of bond-funded construction. “After his first year on the job, the leadership team he assembled was being described as turn-around experts, and the Grand Jury cited their work as a model for other school systems to emulate,” the news release read. CUSD says Farley came highly recommended from his colleagues, and among those who have gone on the record supporting him are AUHSD school board members and Orange County Superintendent of Schools William H. Habermehl. And state-level union leader George Woods also had high praise for Farley, who will inherit a district in which relations have at times been tense between labor unions and district leadership. Woods called him him a “marvelous” and “visionary” superintendent

who “literally transformed” AUHSD. According to the AUHSD board, Farley maintained a positive relationship with the employees’ organizations in the Anaheim school district; an AUHSD news release stated, “Dr. Farley and the employee associations aired concerns and problem-solved informally…The result has been a collaborative working relationship that has served the district extremely well, even as it faces the prospect of layoffs and program reductions.” Addressing a superintendent’s task of garnering trust, Farley told the OC Register, “Capistrano is a very well-educated and sophisticated region. The reality is that if citizens do not understand the underlying concepts and reasons for the things they see coming from -the school board, they are going to come up with their own. “In Anaheim Union, I... met with constituents to-[See Superintendent Pg. 2]

Joseph Farley

ASU Election Results Make School

History: Lin Elected for Second Term By Taylor Steinbeck Intern

The results are in. The 2010-2011 school year will begin with current sophomore Allie Gersten as ASU Vice President and current junior Jeremy Lin as returning President. Lin will be the first student ever at Dana Hills to serve as president for two consecutive years. Election campaigning began on Mon., Apr. 19 with giant posters through`out the mall, promotional clothing items and accessories and meet and greets during lunch. Explained Gersten, “I ran along with Dilan Shah, and (before campaigning) we got

together and brainstormed all the things we wanted to change at school.” The main goals outlined in Gersten and Shah’s campaign were to improve the student senate and reinforce the student’s voice by tightening the communication between the student body and ASU. Lasting from Mon., Apr. 19 until Fri., Apr. 30, the campaign spotlighted multiple students running for the prestigious positions of President and Vice President. Candidates for Vice President included juniors Salil Dudani and Mike Stoeffler and sophomore Elijah Thomas and Gersten. Meanwhile, junior Alex Sloan, Shah and Lin competed to secure the student body’s votes for the elected position of ASU President. Campaigning gave the

candidates a way to express their goals, and each candidate approached the task of gaining student votes through different methods. Some pursued a more laid-back campaign, while others tooks a more aggressive approach. Sloan, more in favor of the former technique, voiced, “You did not see people walking around with t-shirts that had my name on it or pins on their backpacks or anything, but maybe it hurt me in the end.” While he did not win the election for ASU President, Sloan confessed, “I honestly wouldn’t do anything different in the elections. I’m really happy with the position I am in now.” On the opposite side of the spectrum, Shah and Gersten actively campaigned to make

themselves, and their cause, known. Said Shah, “We made posters, t-shirts and wrist bands to get the word out.” While both Shah and Gersten demonstrated earnest efforts, only Gersten was elected. “Allie was successful in her bid, and while losing never feels good, I went into this election campaign knowing that I was doing so to be in a position to serve the student body,” said Shah. “It is not always about having a big title,” continued Shah, “It is about how I can make a positive difference.” Though his campaign was similar in theory to Shah’s campaign, Lin addressed the issues in a more subtle manner. After winning the presidential election, Lin admitted,

“Compared to other candidates, I didn’t campaign very much. There were only two big posters in the mall and small flyers around the school.” Lin accredited his success to the improvements that he has made as ASU President this year and to his overall experience. He commented, “[I think] kids recognized that ASU has been better this year. I want to thank students for trusting my ability.” Elected alongside Lin, Gersten graciously accepted her new role, attributing her victory to the support of the student body. “Thank you to supporters who think I can do a good job. I’ll work as hard as I can to make school better and give a voice to students,” remarked Gersten.

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Joining Lin and Gersten as elected ASU officers are Senior President Mia McKown, Senior Secretary/Treasurer Richard J. Bushnell, Junior President Amanda Anderson, Junior Secretary/Treasurer Dylan Castagno, Sophomore President C.J. Angle and Sophomore Secretary/Treasurer Sarah Martino. Commented Sloan, “After this experience, I would advise other students to just ‘go for it.’ Honestly, nobody should be afraid to put themselves out there [and] be willing to make mistakes and learn from them.” Shah added, “At the end of the day, if you believe in something strongly you should follow your convictions. Whether you win or whether you lose, you will miss a great deal if you do not try.”

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Anna Bryson, President Ken Lopez-Maddox, Vice President Jack R. Brick, Clerk Ellen Addonizio Larry Christensen Sue Palazzo Mike Winsten Bobbie Mahler, Interim Superintendent


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Anaheim’s Farley Appointed as CUSD Superintendent [continued from Pg. 2]

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Dancing the night away, local teens raise money for the Make-A-Wish club.

Glow Dance Lights Up By Lauren Black Feature Editor

The Glow Dance took place on the evening of Sat., May 15 and from 7 to 11 p.m. Held at the San Juan Capistrano Community gym, it was the third annual dance put on by the Make-A-Wish club. The event brought in over $12,000, and the net proceeds benefit the Orange County and Inland Empire Chapter of the Make-A-Wish organization. Make-A-Wish works to make dreams come true for children whose lives are threatened by various illnesses. This impressive dollar figure was due to the awesome turn out, as the venue filled to its maximum capacity very quickly. Entering the dance was

extremely organized this year, and having sold pre-sale tickets earlier in the week. The location was extremely convenient this year because of all the available parking. Despite the efforts to keep the gym cool, like leaving multiple doors open and utilizing air vents, the room remained ridiculously hot, as was expected. Sophomore Sam Wilber said, “It was hot, literally and figuratively.” “Overheating in the gym was probably our biggest problem,” admitted the President of the Make-A-Wish club, senior Tanya Lien. “With so many kids dancing, it got hot very quickly.” A tight security force managed to keep the event under control. As Lien put it, “Security was intense this year, but they helped prevent fights and keep kids safe. They had to be strict to guarantee a safe, fun

environment for the students.” Junior Matt Angioli was featured as a DJ for a portion of the night, yet the majorityof the music was provided by DJ Demeyez. Technical difficulties did occur that caused the music to stop several times throughout the night. However, “The excitement of the crowd made up for a glaring lack of music,” commented Senior Henry Camarillo. There were “mixed reviews” of the event and Lien ensured that “they will take the opinions into consideration for the future.” Lien continued, “The event could not have gone smoother. Enough students showed up and all our hard work really paid off!” Junior Chris Laurel affirmed that, “It’s one of the best non-formal dances of the year, and it was better than last year.”

--help people understand why we were having to make the cuts we did. We had forums and all sorts of communication. Just this school year alone, we had 45 forums across this district. We didn’t have the hundreds of angry parents showing up to our board meetings.” Some teachers, however, are not yet willing to trust the superintendent-to-be. “I am wary of any new person coming in just because in the last four years we have had so many superintendents. I am waiting to see actions rather than words,” said history teacher Mary Anne Fenstermaker. “If he cares about this district, he’ll stick around for longer [than previous superintendents].” Students seem to be

largely ignorant of Farley’s selection; when asked what they knew about it, all of the interviewed students had the same response: “Nothing.” One of them, sophomore Michael Doan, said simply, “Word never got around.” Another, sophomore Liam Parsickian, offered the explanation, “I think maybe the board doesn’t make its decisions very public. They don’t seem to reach out to the students and [the rest of] the community.” Parsickian said he cares about who the new supernintendent is because “it affects everybody.” However, Parsickian admitted that he will not look for any more information about the new superintendent and that he never learned the current superintendent’s name.

Student Advisor to the Board Saam Alikhani, a senior at Dana, was positive about the role Farley could play. “I’m really hopeful about the future of the district due to Farley’s past educational experience,” he said. “I am encouraged by his studies overseas,” Alikhani added. Farley attended the University of Spain (in Valencia) and majored in Spanish and journalism from La Verne College. He holds educational degrees from San Diego State University and Point Loma College and obtained his doctorate from Northern Arizona University. At CUSD, Farley’s annual salary will be $275,000, greater than his current salary. -Salil Dudani Copy Editor

Mother Son Casino Night By Matt McCreadie Sports Editor

On Sat., May 8 in the Mall, the annual Mother-Son Casino Night was held from 7-10 p.m.. At $25 per ticket, several hundred sons and mothers showed up for the night of gaming. The school raised between $6500 and $7000 all of which will go towards the Technology fund as a part of the Dolphin Force Foundation.

Each guest was allotted a baggie of plastic coins. However, additional coins were available for purchase. Two rows of baskets filled with donations from local restaurants, clothing stores, and mixed goods were available for auction. Most of the raffle baskets were aimed at the mothers, containing items such as hair products and spa coupons. Professional card dealers were hired. Multiple poker, black jack, roulette and craps tables were set up and occupied for the duration of the event. “The craps tables were

sweet,” said freshman Mitch Robelotto. “Bet big, win big. It was a really fun night out, especially hanging out with my mom and friends.” Each guest was given a coupon for a complimentary dessert and soda. An array of snacks were scattered amongst the tables on the outskirts of the casino floor. In order to cherish the night for years to come a photo booth was set-up free of charge. Mothers and sons took photographs at the beginning of the night and picked up the printed picture as they left.


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Project Outreach Reaches Global Finals H

oning their improvisational skills and preparing a final presentation, the Project Outreach team readies to compete at the Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee.

By Gillian Slee Opinion Editor

From Wed., May 26 to Sat., May 29, the Project Outreach team will compete in the “Band Together” Project Outreach Challenge. Team members include

senior Michael Lindeborg, sophomore Ryan Lindeborg and sophomore Gillian Slee, as well as SMCHS senior Connor Restadius. The team competed at the state competition in San Jose, California, on Sat., April 10. In their challenge the students received the first-place rank of “Outstanding,” qualifying them to advance to the

Global Finals tournament. On Sat., Feb. 27 the team traveled to San Juan Hills High School to perform at the regional tournament. The team received the rank of “Outstanding” as well as the Spirit of DI Award for outstanding spirit, teamwork, volunteerism and sportsmanship. The team, self named “Sí Se Puede,” addressed the areas of the “arts” and “education” by adopting two Destination Imagination teams at Kinoshita Elementary School, where many underprivileged students attend school. The students became

team managers for their elementary protégés, and the children named themselves the “Bonsai Comets” and “The Super Sassy Scholars.” Third, fourth and fifth graders met with the high school team on Wednesdays and Fridays for two hours of practice. Senior Michael Lindeborg described his experience. “Coaching underprivileged elementary school kids is one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had in my entire life.” On Sat., Feb. 27 the Bonsai Comets and Super

Sassy Scholars competed at the regional tournament. The Bonsai Comets took second place in the main challenge; however, the Super Sassy Scholars ranked fourth due to lower rankings in their instant challenge. The Bonsai Comets ranked fourth place overall, and the Super Sassy Scholars took fifth place. Michael Lindeborg continued his praise, saying, “I found I learned more from them than they did from me.” Along with their main challenge, both the elementary and high school teams had to prepare for an “Instant Chal-

lenge” that was revealed to them on the day of the competition. The challenge can be building, theatrical and/or communications based. The task and results are to be kept secret until after the closing ceremonies of Global finals. The team awaits the final competition of the year eagerly with aspirations of receiving the “Outstanding” rank once more. In the next year they plan on continuing to call other DI teams throughout the nation to adopt or sponsor teams at underprivileged schools to spread their own experiences.

Singles Prom Contracts on Sale By Salil Dudani Copy Editor

photo by Emily Roulund

National Merit Scholarship receivers, (from left) Lauren Shapiro, Brian Tolles and Elizabeth Chaddock were chosen out a group of finalists “based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.” Each received a $2,500 scholarship for their college of choice.

Students will be allowed to purchase Prom contracts as individuals rather than couples this year for the first time in school history, ASU decided in a meeting fourth period yesterday. Singles contracts will cost $75 with an ASU card and $90 without—exactly half of the couples contracts’ prices. In addition, the $25 late fee for Dana-Dana contracts was stricken; they will now be sold at the original price. Guest contracts sales, which were closed May 21, were reopened, but a $25 late fee will now apply, and guests will be restricted to high school students in our school district (so

that the administration can quickly identify them). The purpose of these changes in policy was to boost sales. As of yesterday, only 500 students had bought Prom contracts; 900 students are necessary for ASU to make back the money spent. Contracts will be sold until 900 sales are reached, as opposed to the original end date of today. ASU President Jeremy Lin said ASU “will hopefully break even by the end of next week” admitting this is an “optimistic outlook.” And while the extension to singles is historic in itself, the way ASU made the change was historic as well. For the first time, ASU used its Constitutional right of the Executive Order, an emergency policy issued by the ASU President that bypasses the Constitutional process that would otherwise

be necessary. “If we had done things the Constitutional way, we would have had to formally propose an Amendment [to the Constitution] to Legislative Council, who would have then had to vote. It would have taken way too long considering the financial situation we’re in,” explained Commissioner of Student Relations junior Alex Sloan. “So Jeremy [Lin] issued Executive Order 01, which extended the couples contracts, and Executive Order 02, which allowed for single contracts.” Both Executive Orders will expire June 6. The Constitution was formally amended in 2007 when Homecoming and Winter Formal were opened to singles. This “First Amendment” was passed with Legislative Council’s approval.


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CARE Fills Closets

By Annie Bubinski & Madeline Hutton Staff Writer & Journalism Student Throughout the month, the Capistano Unified School District Foundation held a Closets for Capo fundraiser in schools throughout Capistrano Unified School District. Students donated multiple trash bags full of their families’ unneeded clothes, shoes, backpacks and handbags.

“It was the largest single donation this company has ever picked up. They brought the largest truck they had and still could not take everything in one trip.” -Linda Wright, Executive Director of the CARE Foundation After students put their items in the boxes outside of Dana’s attendence office, they were given to the CUSD Executive Director of the Contributing Academic Resources to Education (CARE) Foundation, Linda Wright. On Apr. 29, the items were sold to a company that collects used clothing. The sale of these donated goods go to CUSD students and

families. Some of the proceeds went to CUSD families in need, who received gift cards to grocery stores. Another portion was incorporated into a fund for all schools in the district. The money raised will help buy CUSD various school supplies, including computers. Freshman Rachel Grable supported CARE’s efforts by donating old clothing to Closets for Capo. During the drive, Grable and her family dropped off a large bag containing a variety of items, including jackets, boots, and shoes. Grable commented, “I enjoyed donating and it felt good to help others.” Wright explained that the CARE Foundation’s first clothing drive was “a huge success.” She elaborated, “It was the largest single donation this company has ever picked up. They brought the largest truck they had and still could not take everything in one trip.” There were over 1,200 large trash bags and an estimated total of 18,000 items collected. Because there were so many clothes, shoes, backpacks and handbags collected, students were asked to help organize the bags before the truck picked them up. In about six weeks, the CARE Foundation will receive a check for some of the proceeds collected. The Closets for Capo Organization started on campus in February and has been a huge success. Freshman Kimberly Fredenburg, who started the club, said, “ A big thank you to all who donated items!”

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In his attempt to straighten up Brian Albert from a drunken fall, Brandon Truman in turn topples over Albert and sends them into an akward tangle.

Actors Shine in the Moonlight By Serene Jneid Staff Writer

SOCSA Actors’ Repertory students presented a new slapstick comedy. “Moon Over Buffalo” took place in the Porthole on May 20-22. The cast was small and only consisted of eight actors, but they all worked together to give the show the energy of a larger cast. Greenspan said, “The cast is warm and friendly, and we all feel like a single unit. And it was awesome working with talented people who really know how to develop a character.” Throughout the play the

characters go through a series of miscommunications and confusion. A famous movie director calls the theater, scouting actors to be in his film. He plans to see one of the company’s shows to evaluate the actors. However, Charlotte does not believe her husband, George, when he tells her about the phone call. Since she just learned that the girl that George (Albert) had an affair with is pregnant, Charlotte (Price) threatens to leave with Richard, and George (Albert) goes to a bar to wash away his despair. Charlotte’s half-deaf mother mistakes Roz’s fiancé (Guidas) for the famous director. When George returns to the theater in a drunken state,

he decides he would like to perform a different show than the one planned. Luckily for the company the movie director’s flight was delayed, so he did not witness the onstage catastrophe. Truman said before the show opened, “I expected the play to get a lot of laughs. I had a feeling this was one of the best comedies we have had at this school.” “The show was a lot of fun! Thursday night Solona got a cue wrong and didn’t have time to change so she ran out in only a leotard. Then a door on the set kept falling off, but everyone on stage played it off well, and it made the show that much funnier,” said senior Natalie Testa. “Things like that

remind me why I love acting so much. It keeps everyone on their toes.” Tanya Lien added, “The first night was rough with mishaps, but the actors knew that the show must go on! This was an experience that I will never forget!” The cast did an outstanding job. Brandon Truman, Gage Greenspan and Natalie Testa were hysterical and could not have played their parts better. The rest of the cast also did well. However Michelle Guidas and Jeremy Knappe delivered performances that were not as impressive as previous roles they have played. Overall, director Pattie Sexton put together a delightful show.


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Joanna Smith Invited to Elite Tennis Team By Sara Gold Copy Editor Junior Joanna Smith was named a High School AllAmerican tennis player for the 2009-2010 school year. Smith was one of only 40 female high school tennis players in the nation to be invited to the High School Tennis All-American Team. “Knowing that they only pick the top 40 boys and 40 girls in the country, I’m pretty stoked that I was selected,” Smith commented. She started playing tennis at the age of six and began competing in satellite tournaments at age eight. In addition to training and competing outside of school, Smith has been a key singles player on the varsity team since her freshman year. “The Dana team is really fun because I love playing tennis, and all the girls are so supportive,” said Smith. “The team’s encouragement during my matches helps me play better.” The National High School All-American Foundation also recognized Coach Mark Spearman for his contributions to the Dana Hills varsity tennis team. “Coach Spearman is definitely a huge part of the Dana Hills program and has greatly helped me as a player,” said Smith. “In addition to motivating all the girls, he has helped

me improve my strokes and is an important part of my high school tennis.” Smith is currently ranked 17 in Southern California (girls 18 and under division) and contributed to first-place girls tennis CIF victories in both 2007 and 2008. She additionally won the Los Cabelleros Tournament in Fountain Valley and placed third in the ESME Pearson Memorial Tournament.

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“Tennis takes so much dedication and motivation, which correlates with school and everything that requires perseverance and hard work,” Smith explained. “I’ve learned through tennis that when I apply myself, results will follow.” Smith plans to play tennis in college and throughout her life; she hopes to earn a tennis scholarship to a California university. photo courtesy of Marilyn La Jeunesse

Lounging in Doheny Park, blues fans gather at the Doheny Blues Festival.

Soulful Tunes Found at Dana Blues Festival

By Marilyn La Jeunesse Staff Writer

photo courtesy of Joanna Smith

Competing in a match on Dana’s home courts, Joanna Smith prepares to hit a backhand return.

On Sat. May 22 and Sun. May 23, thousands of avid blues enthusiasts formed a snake-like line outside Doheny Beach in Dana Point, awaiting entrance into the thriteenth annual Doheny Blues Festival. Over 20 bands performed on three large stages, entertaining the colorfully attired, vivacious audience throughout the weekend. The headliners of the festival were the Black Crowes and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Joining these legendary artists were the young Jackie Greene,

the talented Taj Mahal and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The Blues Festival was produced by Omega Events, a California corporation that provides live entertainment events on the West Coast. Omega Events provided a calm environment where soothing melodies and the familiar smell of barbeque filled the air. Along with three main stages, Omega Events created a Kidz EcoFest for the children attending the festival. Here, the children could listen to music on their own private stage, get creative with arts and crafts or play on the numerous inflatable slides and obstacle courses. Along

with the Kidz EcoFest, Omega Events offered an international food court and an assortment of vendors. Sophomore Wynter Shetley-Newbourg, an attendee at the festival, stated that the Blues Festival “was an awesome place to hang out with friends and family.” “My favorite part about was when the Black Crowes performed. It was an amazing show!” Shetley-Newbourg exclaimed. Senior Conner Reischl, also an attendee at the festival, stated that his favorite part of the festival was “watching Crosby, Stills and Nash.” He plans to attend next year’s festival.


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Instrumentalists Set to Perform By Stephanie Cheng News Editor

photo courtesy of Tammie Wingen

Recognized for her exceptional teaching and leadership in the HMO Academy, Tammie Wingen was presented with an award at the Orange County Department of Education.

The annual spring instrumental concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Thurs., June 3, featuring performances from the SOCSA string and concert orchestras, two student quartets, and senior soloists. Admission for the concert is $5 per person, and tickets will be sold at the door that night. All groups will perform under the direction of orchestra teacher Sonja Hammad. The concert opens with a student quartet, including juniors Claire Hirashiki and Edith Yuan, sophomore Ellen Cho

and freshman Briana Gibbs from the string orchestra, and will be followed by the string orchestra’s rendition of “Allegretto” from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and selections from Menken’s Beauty and the Beast. Another student quartet, made up of seniors Katie Perkins, Sloan Hill-Lindsay and Meagan Vigus and junior Jonathan Nagano from the concert orchestra, will follow. The SOCSA concert orchestra, combined with members from the wind ensemble and concert band, will perform Brahms’s “Hungarian Dance” and “Amadeus!” from Mozart’s Symphony No. 25. The spring concert will largely feature a selection of pieces spotlighting the talented senior instrumentalists, includ-

Be the Change Aims to Win Pepsi Grant By Matt McCreadie Sports Editor

The Be the Change Club (BTCC), technically a subset of the Dolphin Force Foundation, was established last year by junior Club President Kaitlyn Waturbury. The club’s mission is to give back to the school through volunteer work, service and fundraisers. “We don’t do the work merely for service hours,” said Waturbury, “rather we do it because students need to be involved, making the difference we would all hope to one day

see at our high school.” Last year BTCC was responsible for raising over $1500 in spare change; all of which went towards the Save the Gym Campaign. This year, the club is aiming even higher by applying for a $200,000 grant from Pepsi. “This year our goal is Technology and we have helped contribute to the purchase of computer labs for Dana Hills,” said Waturbury. “We did not make it into the May voting for the Pepsi grant, but we will re-apply again next month. It’s really hard because Pepsi Refresh website gives everyone less than ten seconds to submit their

application only one day every month.” Much like the highly publicized Hurley Walk the Walk grant, if our school is selected for review, students must vote for the video produced by Dana Hills in order to potentially receive the grant. The video is already posted on YouTube. The video, shot in front of the school, shows headshots of club members explaining why our school deserves the grant, and what steps the students have taken to better our school. “Our submission showed that our students truely cared about the situation,” said junior member Ben Tearle. Treasurer Dan Rajeckas

said, “I’ve hand recycled thousands of soda cans and bottles. We’re one of the hardest working clubs on campus, if not the hardest working.” Club members have been spotted volunteering at the Mother-Son Casino Night, Taste of Dana Fundraiser, and various other school functions. “We deserve the grant because this is a club that all the profit goes straight to the school to benefit our education,” said Vice President Michael Yoka. Junior club member and video participant Dylan Nickan said, “I’m really excited for the great things that could potentially come from this.”

ing oboist Michael Lindeborg, cellists Eric Cho, Lanessa Williams and Vigus, violist HillLindsay and violinists Perkins, Nabil Yazdi and Kilian Shambaugh. Highlight pieces will include Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major and Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe. “All of the soloists have done a great job this year--the concert’s really going to showcase that,” said Yazdi. “It’s going to be a really great, unique concert. It showcases the really talented seniors that are at this school and gives them the incredible opportunity to perform with a full orchestra. I think it will be pretty inspiring to the audience as well. I encourage people to come hear the musicians,” agreed Hammad.

Retractions/Clarifications In the April 30th edition of THE PAPER the following information was incorrectly reported

n In the front page story, “CUSD Strike: The Action, The Response, the Resolution,” Mike Weinell was incorrectly titled a CUEA Site Representative and English teacher. Mike Weinell is a CUEA Site Representative and Special Education teacher. n In the extended caption on page 2, Mr. Sims was quoted regarding the teachers’ strike. The teacher quoted was a substitute teacher hired by the district who crossed the picket line during the strike and should not be confused with veteran Dana Hills High School history teacher Andy Sims.

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Survey: What’s the soundtrack to your life? Why?

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Random Kid Spotlight: Junior Matt Angioli

An aspiring DJ, Matt Angioli enjoys mixing music.

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“A wolf howl.” -Ian Blackwelder, 12

“‘We’re Going to be Friends’ by Jack Johnson because it’s short and sweet, just like me.” - Sara Vandegrift, 9

“‘Jai Ho’ because it gets me in touch with my ethnic background.” - Sachin Medhekar, 11

“‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber. I want to be his baby.” - Carys Greer, 11

t’s well-known that Dana Hills is home to plenty of different kinds of student bands, but junior Matt Angioli plays an entirely different genre of music. “I tried listening to all of the rock or even rap music that my friends were listening to in middle school and stuff, but I could just never get into it,” Angioli explained. “I used to listen to all the mainstream music like rap and rock, but it never stuck.” He continued, “Trance and any other electronic dance music seem like the only music genres that I have enjoyed listening to and following for a long time.” Angioli said that when Dana Hills alumnus Garrett Samuelian, otherwise known as DJ Insomniac, showed him the podcast that he put together, he finally found a type of music that he could identify with. “Ever since he showed me his podcast in eighth grade, I’ve been in love with trance, house and electro music,” Angioli stated. He then began attending raves with his friends, which only added to how much he enjoyed the sounds of trance and electro music. Some of the raves he has attended in the past year include “Love Groove,” “Monster Massive” and the largest electro fair in the United States, “Electric Daisy Carnival.” “Raves have a reputation of being wild parties full of

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responses from the crowd, who seemed to enjoy his electro heavy style of DJing Tachibana continued, “He seemed to be the only DJ who was able to smoothly transition between songs well. It’s too bad that the music cut out on him a few times.” Angioli also said that being a DJ is something that he

would like to continue doing in the future. “DJs are always pretty high in demand, and it’s a skill that not everyone has,” Angioli continued. “I think it would be a pretty good way for me to make money in college and the future after that.” - Tyler Hartung Entertainment Editor

AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY

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“‘Hips Don’t Lie’ by Shakira because my hips just don’t lie.” - Jake Jones, 10

photo courtesy of Matt Angioli

Grooving up Make-A-Wish’s annual Glow Dance, Matt Angioli demonstrates his DJing talents by operating the machines that control the music.

THE LIFE OF JACKIE SMITH: By Sara Gold Copy Editor

“‘Fifteen’ by Taylor Swift because it explains my whole life.” - Craig Stuart, 11

drugs, but really they are only as bad as the person that goes to them,” Angioli said. “Anyone can stay sober.” Angioli then began to follow in Samuelian’s footsteps and started to mix and put together his own tracks with turntables and digital DJ computer programs in his free time. He explained, “Whenever I find music of the same genre that I like and think would flow together, I mix it on my computer. Usually the mixes are at least half an hour long and cover a wide variety of different music types.” Angioli’s favorite DJs and biggest influences are Armin van Buren and Markus Schulz. It appears Angioli’s DJing skills have been attracting attention, as he was chosen to be one of the DJs at MakeA-Wish’s annual Glow Dance this year. Despite a few technical difficulties that caused the entire sound system to momentarily shut down, Angioli believed that the Glow Dance went well. Junior Ryan Tachibana agreed, saying that, “I thought that Matt did the best job compared to all of the other DJs at the Glow Dance.” “I’ve done a few parties and stuff like that, but this was definitely the biggest thing that I’ve done so far,” Angioli added. “It turned out to be a lot of fun.” Angioli’s set at the Glow Dance was met with positive

eet Jackie Smith: Dana Hills’ best-kept secret. She is a weekly volunteer in the special education program -- even though she herself is disabled! Smith has cerebral palsy, which is the cause of her severe speech impediment and confinement to a wheelchair. But despite these disadvantages, Smith has volunteered her time to help special needs students for the past 22 years. A specially accommodated Access Bus transports Smith to campus every week, where she assists students with reading, math, computers and art. “I just love being around the kids,” Smith commented. “I truly enjoy motivating them to go further; they may have a disability, but they have lots of brains in there.” Smith was inspired to help other individuals with special needs when she attended a workshop as an adult in 1978. At the workshop, Smith met a

young girl who also had cerebral palsy. “I motivated her to walk and talk,” Smith recalled. “I remember the girl’s mother came up to me and said, ‘Boy, you’re a good teacher.’” Born in Indiana, Smith was the second oldest of seven children in her family. She attended regular school and transitioned into mainstream classes after the eighth grade. In courses that required a significant amount of note-taking, Smith had an assistant who helped her record information. She especially enjoyed taking psychology and history, and Smith graduated in the top third of her class. Smith moved to Northern California at age 28 and then lived in Kansas for five years. She later returned to California to live with her mother in Laguna Niguel and attended a small special needs support group in Santa Ana. “The group taught me how to get out and do things,” commented Smith. “Before the group, I didn’t know I was worth anything, but they motivated me to go to college.” Smith attended Saddleback College from 1988-1993

but was shy four credits of receiving an AA degree. Despite the fact that her motor impediment made it difficult for her to accurately fill out Scantron tests, Smith earned an overall college GPA of 3.6. “Jackie is an amazing person who is exceptional to talk to,” commented independent facilitator Karen Pedroza, who assists with special ed instruction. “She has a loving heart and is extremely wise. Everyone can learn a lot from her.” In addition to taking rigorous college courses, Smith began volunteering at Dana Hills in 1988 in order to replace Lucille Rubistelli, who now works in adult education. Outside volunteering, Smith uses the Access Bus to visit friends; she also enjoys traveling to the mall, movie theater and library. Smith has a passion for reading, especially books on Christian faith, and her favorite author is Karen Kingsbury. She is a member of Foothill Family Church in Lake Forest, which she attends regularly. Smith even occasionally enjoys bowling, and she loves

watching football and basketball -- her favorite sports team is the Lakers. She currently resides independently in a Laguna Hills apartment; a housekeeper visits only once a month to cook and clean. “Jackie inspires others to lead an independent life to the fullest,” said Pedroza. “She inspires people to face any challenges head-on with a joyful attitude. Her determination exceeds that of almost everyone in everyday life.” Smith unwaveringly dedicates her time each week to encourage students with disabilities to persevere and reach their full potential. According to Smith, it is most gratifying for her to encounter her former students and see how much they have grown. “It’s really great to see what they can do,” said Smith. “I’ve really learned from working with these kids that you’re brighter than you think.” By overcoming her severe disabilities to teach similarly disabled students, Smith has been a constant reminder of what they can achieve if they put their mind to it.


THE PAPER THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

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Reza Abedi Completes Life Memoir

By Jake Rosen Entertainment Editor

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fter years of struggling to find sufficient time to write, Spanish teacher Reza Abedi has finally finished the book chronicling his epic journey from defecting from his native Iran during the Iranian Revolution to graduating from California State University, Fullerton with his teaching degree, and everything in between. The book, tentatively titled “Iranian Roots, American Wings,” was written by physical education teacher Lance Orloff’s wife, Kristin Orloff. “I always wanted to do it, but I never I had time,” com-

mented Abedi. “We finally sat down last summer and started it.” Only students fortunate enough to have Abedi as a teacher or coach have heard the legendary story. It begins in Abedi’s teenage years, rebelling against the monarchical Iranian government. In 1982 Abedi and three friends left for Venezuela for an international wrestling tournament where they managed to flee from the guards at the event. “I left because I wanted to go to school and the [Iranian] regime was so bad. Wrestling gave me the best opportunity to leave without spending too much money,” added Abedi. Abedi then moved to Spain and lived there for two

and a half years where he became fluent in Spanish. His next mission was to aid his father and sisters in escaping from Turkey, after they left from Iran. After doing so, he moved to San Jose, CA for six months, where he received political asylum, and finally Fullerton, CA, where he received his teaching degree. Though he was asked to compile his story into a book by friends, students, and teammates, he ultimately did so because he wanted to pass his life story on to his kids. Though finished, the book will not be released until a publisher picks it up. Go to www.iranianrootsamericanwings.blogspot.com to read excerpts from the book.

An escapee from the Iranian Revolution of 1982, Spanish teacher Reza Abedi has just completed his book, titled “Iranian Roots, American Wings.”

Lin will accomplish next year due to his re-election on Mon., May 3. Running for a second term wasn’t always on Lin’s agenda. “I felt obligated to run again because there was so much I wasn’t able to accomplish my junior year,” Lin said. He added that he was “greatly encouraged” by fellow ASU members and the student body. Therefore, Lin is ready for his new term and has an ambitious list of aspirations prepared. “I want to see to it that

ASU is a stronger institution than when I entered it,” Lin explained. Developing the Legislative Council into an indispensable Student Senate is a top priority on Lin’s agenda for next year. He envisions the Student Senate to be the legislative branch in relation to ASU, which would be the executive branch. This toned down system of checks and balances will give the Student Senate the power that Lin wants it to have. He also wants to instate a Student Senate Leader

and enforce formal elections in each fourth period for class representatives. Lin believes that these measures will create a strong sense of democracy in the student body. “I want the student body to feel like they have a voice and can communicate with the student government,” Lin said. Lin believes that running mate in the presidential election, Salil Dudani, will be vital in creating this sense of democracy and hopes that Dudani will take the position of Student Senate Leader next year.

photo courtesy of Reza Abedi

Jeremy Lin Wins Historic Re-Election

By Aralyn Beaumont News Editor

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n the year 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to serve a third presidential term; breaking the twoterm tradition held by every president before him; it is now 2010, and upon ASU President, Jeremy Lin’s re-election, broke a similar mold. Never before in school history has a junior been ASU president, let alone serve for two consecutive years, a feat

Another change Lin has on his agenda is the dynamic of ASU’s entry policy. At the moment, students can only apply for ASU positions that are enumerated in the Constitution; such positions are the Comissioners of Athletics, Records, Activities, Communications, and others. But next year Lin wants to open the applications to all ASU positions; even those which aren’t listed in the Constitution. He is also looking to restructure the Health, Education and Welfare department, shrinking it from four people

to two. “I want kids to know that they can expect changes, and I’m hoping they will feel a change in the way their school operates,” Lin explained. In talking to Lin, it is evident that he is truly passionate about his presidential role, and that he has the ability and charisma to accomplish anything he puts on his plate. “This was something I wanted to see through,” Lin stated about his role in ASU, seemingly unfazed about the tall order he has in front of him.


THE PAPER THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

42 ND STREET THEATER GENRE: musical DIRECTOR: brittany longdon STARRING: jane papageorge, geoff kaufman “42nd Street” presents a show within a show: director Julian Marsh (Geoff Kaufman) is in the process of producing the musical “Pretty Lady,” starring Dorothy Brock (Julie Wickstrom). Although the show is almost cancelled when Brock breaks her ankle, chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (Jane Papageorge) replaces Brock and saves the show. SOCSA’s production of “42nd Street” was also at risk of being cancelled - due to the teachers’ strike. However, the show thankfully went on as planned, and both cast and audience members agreed that “42nd Street” was one of the best SOCSA musicals in years. “This was the most fun show I’ve ever been in,” commented ensemble member Brooke Lewis, who has performed in numerous plays both in and outside of SOCSA. The vibrancy of “42nd Street” can be attributed to clever line delivery, creative use of sets and props and utterly amazing tap dance numbers. “42nd Street” highlighted the unbelievable talents of students in all areas of performing expertise: singing, acting and dancing. This musical welcomed a new face to the Porthole stage – freshman Brad Cusack in the role of Billy Lawlor, the leading tenor of “Pretty Lady.” Cusack exemplifies emerging talent in the SOCSA program, and his impressive vocal range amazed audiences. Wickstrom also delivered an outstanding vocal performance in the role of the prima donna performer Dorothy Brock. In addition to her genuine acting, the depth and clarity of Wickstrom’s singing voice allowed her to brilliantly embrace Brock’s jazzy style. Another stunning performance was given by Papageorge, who portrayed the triple-threat chorus girl Peggy Sawyer. Papageorge demonstrated her fantastic abilities as a highly trained dancer, executing fast-paced, intricate tap steps with ease and precision. Among the many impressive tap numbers in the show, the opening number, “You’re in the Money” and the finale were especially well delivered by the entire dance ensemble. Kaufman gave a noteworthy performance as Julian Marsh, the director of “Pretty Lady.” He established command of the stage from his first entrance and boldly embodied the hot-tempered nature of his character through deliberate blocking and firm diction. Kaufman later showcased his rich baritone voice in the second act, singing solos in “Lullaby of Broadway” and the title song, “42nd Street.” “Being in ‘42nd Street’ was like nothing else I’ve done in SOCSA,” Kaufman commented. “It was more challenging, more rewarding and more nerve-racking than any responsibility I’ve had on the stage. Aside from having a great time learning the role, I think I’ve grown through the experience.” -Sara Gold Copy Editor

Thank You Peter Frampton

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GENRE: rock TITLE: thank you, mr. churchill ARTIST: peter frampton Peter Frampton released his fourteenth studio album, Thank You Mr. Churchill on Apr. 27. Some of you are probably thinking, “Peter Frampton still sings?” Others of you probably thought he was dead, and even more probably have no idea who this guy is. Well, he is old. He’s so old that he was my mom’s favorite musician when she was a kid. She even used to wear her beloved Frampton Comes Alive! tour T-shirt practically every day. Back in the day, Frampton was a teen heartthrob. Basically, he was the 1970s version of the Jonas Brothers or Justin Bieber, except better. Despite Frampton’s advanced age, he can still produce an impressive album. Thank You Mr. Churchill is a severe departure from his 2006 entirely instrumental album Fingerprints, which won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2007. The new relsease also features a considerably harder breed of rock than his 70s pop/rock classics, such as “Baby I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” This album clearly demonstrates Frampton’s talent with a guitar as well as his versatility. The title track “Thank You Mr. Churchill,” which sets the tone for the album, is about his dad getting to come home from fighting in World War II. The most upbeat song in the collection is “Invisible Man,” a tribute to the greats of Motown. Both Funk Town and the drummer from Pearl Jam, Matt Cameron, collaborated with Frampton on this particular song. Frampton also collaborates with his own son, Julian, on the track “Road to the Sun.” On “Vaudeville Nanna and The Banjolele,” Frampton slows things down as he reminisces about learning to play his first instrument, the banjolele. “Suite Liberte” is a soothing two-part instrumental that is evocative of the instrumentals of Fingerprints. The songs “I Want it Back” and “Restraint” are dominated by their heavy riffs and arena-ish rock style. Although Thank you Mr. Churchill is vastly different from the likes of Frampton Comes Alive!, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who loves classic hard rock similar to that of the The Rolling Stones. Overall, I am sincerely impressed that Frampton is not only still producing music, but that he is very much alive. -Gina Scott Sports Editor

ENTERTAINMENT

----- MOTION PICTURE -- GENRE: action/comedy matthew vaughn -- DIRECTOR: STARRING: aaron johnson, christopher mintzchloe grace moretz, nicolas cage, -- plasse, mark strong --------------------------------- MOTION PICTURE -- GENRE: documentary perrin & cluzaud -- DIRECTOR: NARRATOR: pierce brosnan -----------

KICK-aSS

With super-hero movies dominating the cinematic scene during the past year or so (i.e. “Iron Man 2” released a few weeks ago), it seems as if the stereotypical comic book nerd is finally taking his revenge on the world. “Kick-Ass,” the latest release from British director Matthew Vaughn, seems to be the ultimate example of this, as we follow the stories of real-life comic book nerds and their transformation into crime-fighting action heroes. Take the title character, Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson), for example. His alter-ego teenage self, Dave Lizewski, is nothing but a typical high school geek from New York, who literally does nothing outside of reading comic books and playing video games. The idea of a girl in this loser’s life is laughable, unless you count all of the time he spends staring at the chest of his English teacher. However, he begins to make a change in his life by donning a green wet suit and fighting crime on the New York streets at night. Here’s the kicker: He has absolutely no superpower whatsoever. When his reputation begins to expand via Internet videos, the head of a drug operation takes notice and decides that Kick-Ass needs to go. The head of the drug cartel sends his son (better known as McLovin in Superbad, Christopher MintzPlasse) as another pseudo super-hero to befriend Kick-Ass but then betray him and turn him over to his father. At the same time, these new age super-heroes are inspiring others to put on a mask and fight crime as well, as seen in father-daughter duo of Hit Girl and Big Daddy (Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage). Watching a 13 year old girl bash in the head of evil-doers as her father proudly watches, while doing some head-bashing of his own, is far funnier than it sounds. Moretz and Cage actually provide a good amount of the comic relief in the film and leave the audience asking that they have more time on-screen. “Kick-Ass” also does something that I thought no movie could ever do in the history of all movies: Put Nicolas Cage in a role where he is actually bearable and doesn’t make me want to hurt him. Take a look at any of his last movies (“National Treasures 1 and 2,” ‘Knowing”), and you will know exactly what I mean. Between all of his heavy breathing and beyond stupid dialogue lines, Cage has built himself a reputation that no actor wants. But in “Kick-Ass,” Cage’s character is one of the favorites of the movie, hopefully something that he can build upon for his future roles. The violent nature and vulgarity of the movie have been surprising to audiences so far, but if you look at who the writer is, it will make sense. Mark Millar, the mastermind behind the original comic books that the movie is based on, also wrote “Wanted,” another movie that was extremely violent and gory. But don’t let this turn you off from seeing the film. The violence is portrayed in a hilarious way; with ridiculous kills and dirty dialogue happening left and right. You’re sure to be laughing at things that you never thought were funny before. In a flurry of lame movies that have kicked off 2010 so far, here comes a movie that is actually super and truly “kicks-ass.” - Tyler Hartung Entertainment Editor

OCEaNS

Embellishing upon Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s rhyme, Disney’s newest nature flick delivers far more than just one fish, or even two fish, a red fish, or a blue fish. “Oceans” grants our age-old sea the opportunity to speak for itself through the breathtaking and misunderstood creatures that dwell in its depths. Developed by French directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, “Oceans” explores the exotic and the strange, the innocent and the beautiful, through top-notch cinematography and thought provoking narration provided by the husky voiced actor Pierce Brosnan. In April 2009, Disneynature studios released the wildly successful documentary “Earth,” which chronicled plants and animals across the globe reacting to the changing seasons throughout the course of a year. Earth Day 2010, the company’s second film, “Oceans,” was finally distributed to big screens across the United States and France after four years of non-stop filming. Though maintaining a positive theme throughout the documentary, the filmmakers didn’t shy away from portraying the dangers human influence has inflicted on our oceans, fishing nets and littering, being the two main concerns. Without nagging or scolding, “Oceans” deposited a lump in every audience members’ throat, revealing its message clearly through the sad reality of a sea lion swimming next to a very lost shopping cart and a turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net meant to trap tuna. Despite the cruel truth of the inhumane hunting of our ocean’s creatures, the film stays loyal to its innocent G rating and focuses rather on the beauty we’d be missing if humankind’s bad habits were to continue. From migrating families of humpback whales to lackadaisical sea lions, and from countless numbers of battling crustaceans to mesmerizing blanket octopuses, “Oceans” seizes the audience and plunges them into the blue revealing another side to the sea we all peer down into from above when we sail, surf, snorkel, and swim upon its surface. -Taylor Steinbeck Intern

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iron man 2

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Sequels to highly successful and entertaining blockbusters are always a toss-up. Film makers are inevitably dealt the question: How do you top the original? While “Iron Man 2” doesn’t amaze to the same extent as “Iron Man” did when it was released, it comes extremely close. Much like the original, “Iron Man 2” entertains audiences with its action-packed scenes, well-executed effects, and dynamic main character, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) The film is intriguing throughout as Stark battles not only his new enemy Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke,) but also the government. Along with the action, audiences get a glimpse into the romance between Pepper Pots, (Gwyneth Paltrow,) and Stark. The only shortcoming in “Iron Man 2” in comparison to “Iron Man” is the development of the not-as-creative plot. In need of some editing, the film contains sequences that are not necessary to the storyline and leave you under whelmed. In “Iron Man 2,” Stark discovers that the palladium in the arc reactor keeping his heart beating has begun to poison his body, slowly killing him. Stark looks into his father’s past and the legend he left behind, which helps him discover a new element to keep himself alive. Although the film flounders a bit with regards to the plot, it rights itself when the action kicks in. Sequences between Iron Man and Vanko’s army are particularly intense and take the action to a large-scale. Along with the action, “Iron Man 2” remains compelling due to Downey Jr.’s brilliant acting. Between Starks’ narcissism and sexual innuendo, we like the guy and ultimately want him to win. As a sequel, “Iron Man 2” is almost as good as the original. It definitely had the potential to top “Iron Man” and would have if the storyline was more innovative. However as a separate film without comparison to the original, “Iron Man 2” is exciting to watch, well executed and worth your money. -Pia Bhathal & Rachel McGrath Editor-in-Chief & Journalism Student

“a Dream Come True” On Apr. 15 and 16, country music singer Taylor Swift dazzled Los Angeles with an unforgettable performance. The sound of thousands of girls singing clips of Swift’s songs echoed throughout the Staples Center as they waited in eager anticipation for the concert to begin. Gloriana, an up-and-coming country band, opened for the singer with the group’s hits, such as “Wild at Heart.” Season five American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler followed, singing songs from her two albums, like “Red High Heels,” that reflect heavily on her Southern upbringing. Unfortunately, Pickler woefully explained that she was unable to wear her famous red heels due to injury. Still, her performance was as upbeat and lively as always. Fans went wild when Swift, clad in a marching band uniform, appeared on stage to the guitar strains of crowd favorite “You Belong With Me.” She executed a costume change in front of the audience with impressive speed, trading her geeky uniform for a sleek, sparkly black dress. In fact, the entire concert was filled with numerous on-stage costume changes as Swift went from one sparkly, beaded dress to another. She paraded around the stage and engaged the audience with heartfelt speeches and personal anecdotes, causing more than a fear tears to be shed by the throngs of teenage girls (and their mothers) in attendance. “Taylor is just as amazing of a performer as she is a singer. I will never forget that night,” said freshman Claire Cawein. As she sang “Love Story,” her energy was so infectious that every teenage girl in the audience was belting the words out along with her. At one point during “Forever and Always,” a song based on her breakup with teen heartthrob Joe Jonas, Swift brought two young girls up to the front of the crowd and held their hands as she sang about heartbreak and betrayal. She performed song after song with unbridled enthusiasm and throughout the whole concert adopted the persona of not just a singer, but an entertainer. Sophomore Haley Smith exclaimed, “The concert was so amazing! The whole thing was so fastmoving and theatrical that it was more like a show than a concert. She was always on her feet moving, and she did a bunch of on-stage costume changes.” Perhaps her success can be accredited to her ability to bring out in all of us the little girl who dreams about being a princess. Maybe it’s her gorgeous crown of curly has us all mesmerized. Either way, Swift has become one of this generation’s most prominent music icons. She has truly left her mark on country music. -Sam Lepore Staff Writer


THE PAPER THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

42 ND STREET THEATER GENRE: musical DIRECTOR: brittany longdon STARRING: jane papageorge, geoff kaufman “42nd Street” presents a show within a show: director Julian Marsh (Geoff Kaufman) is in the process of producing the musical “Pretty Lady,” starring Dorothy Brock (Julie Wickstrom). Although the show is almost cancelled when Brock breaks her ankle, chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (Jane Papageorge) replaces Brock and saves the show. SOCSA’s production of “42nd Street” was also at risk of being cancelled - due to the teachers’ strike. However, the show thankfully went on as planned, and both cast and audience members agreed that “42nd Street” was one of the best SOCSA musicals in years. “This was the most fun show I’ve ever been in,” commented ensemble member Brooke Lewis, who has performed in numerous plays both in and outside of SOCSA. The vibrancy of “42nd Street” can be attributed to clever line delivery, creative use of sets and props and utterly amazing tap dance numbers. “42nd Street” highlighted the unbelievable talents of students in all areas of performing expertise: singing, acting and dancing. This musical welcomed a new face to the Porthole stage – freshman Brad Cusack in the role of Billy Lawlor, the leading tenor of “Pretty Lady.” Cusack exemplifies emerging talent in the SOCSA program, and his impressive vocal range amazed audiences. Wickstrom also delivered an outstanding vocal performance in the role of the prima donna performer Dorothy Brock. In addition to her genuine acting, the depth and clarity of Wickstrom’s singing voice allowed her to brilliantly embrace Brock’s jazzy style. Another stunning performance was given by Papageorge, who portrayed the triple-threat chorus girl Peggy Sawyer. Papageorge demonstrated her fantastic abilities as a highly trained dancer, executing fast-paced, intricate tap steps with ease and precision. Among the many impressive tap numbers in the show, the opening number, “You’re in the Money” and the finale were especially well delivered by the entire dance ensemble. Kaufman gave a noteworthy performance as Julian Marsh, the director of “Pretty Lady.” He established command of the stage from his first entrance and boldly embodied the hot-tempered nature of his character through deliberate blocking and firm diction. Kaufman later showcased his rich baritone voice in the second act, singing solos in “Lullaby of Broadway” and the title song, “42nd Street.” “Being in ‘42nd Street’ was like nothing else I’ve done in SOCSA,” Kaufman commented. “It was more challenging, more rewarding and more nerve-racking than any responsibility I’ve had on the stage. Aside from having a great time learning the role, I think I’ve grown through the experience.” -Sara Gold Copy Editor

Thank You Peter Frampton

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GENRE: rock TITLE: thank you, mr. churchill ARTIST: peter frampton Peter Frampton released his fourteenth studio album, Thank You Mr. Churchill on Apr. 27. Some of you are probably thinking, “Peter Frampton still sings?” Others of you probably thought he was dead, and even more probably have no idea who this guy is. Well, he is old. He’s so old that he was my mom’s favorite musician when she was a kid. She even used to wear her beloved Frampton Comes Alive! tour T-shirt practically every day. Back in the day, Frampton was a teen heartthrob. Basically, he was the 1970s version of the Jonas Brothers or Justin Bieber, except better. Despite Frampton’s advanced age, he can still produce an impressive album. Thank You Mr. Churchill is a severe departure from his 2006 entirely instrumental album Fingerprints, which won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2007. The new relsease also features a considerably harder breed of rock than his 70s pop/rock classics, such as “Baby I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” This album clearly demonstrates Frampton’s talent with a guitar as well as his versatility. The title track “Thank You Mr. Churchill,” which sets the tone for the album, is about his dad getting to come home from fighting in World War II. The most upbeat song in the collection is “Invisible Man,” a tribute to the greats of Motown. Both Funk Town and the drummer from Pearl Jam, Matt Cameron, collaborated with Frampton on this particular song. Frampton also collaborates with his own son, Julian, on the track “Road to the Sun.” On “Vaudeville Nanna and The Banjolele,” Frampton slows things down as he reminisces about learning to play his first instrument, the banjolele. “Suite Liberte” is a soothing two-part instrumental that is evocative of the instrumentals of Fingerprints. The songs “I Want it Back” and “Restraint” are dominated by their heavy riffs and arena-ish rock style. Although Thank you Mr. Churchill is vastly different from the likes of Frampton Comes Alive!, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who loves classic hard rock similar to that of the The Rolling Stones. Overall, I am sincerely impressed that Frampton is not only still producing music, but that he is very much alive. -Gina Scott Sports Editor

ENTERTAINMENT

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KICK-aSS

With super-hero movies dominating the cinematic scene during the past year or so (i.e. “Iron Man 2” released a few weeks ago), it seems as if the stereotypical comic book nerd is finally taking his revenge on the world. “Kick-Ass,” the latest release from British director Matthew Vaughn, seems to be the ultimate example of this, as we follow the stories of real-life comic book nerds and their transformation into crime-fighting action heroes. Take the title character, Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson), for example. His alter-ego teenage self, Dave Lizewski, is nothing but a typical high school geek from New York, who literally does nothing outside of reading comic books and playing video games. The idea of a girl in this loser’s life is laughable, unless you count all of the time he spends staring at the chest of his English teacher. However, he begins to make a change in his life by donning a green wet suit and fighting crime on the New York streets at night. Here’s the kicker: He has absolutely no superpower whatsoever. When his reputation begins to expand via Internet videos, the head of a drug operation takes notice and decides that Kick-Ass needs to go. The head of the drug cartel sends his son (better known as McLovin in Superbad, Christopher MintzPlasse) as another pseudo super-hero to befriend Kick-Ass but then betray him and turn him over to his father. At the same time, these new age super-heroes are inspiring others to put on a mask and fight crime as well, as seen in father-daughter duo of Hit Girl and Big Daddy (Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage). Watching a 13 year old girl bash in the head of evil-doers as her father proudly watches, while doing some head-bashing of his own, is far funnier than it sounds. Moretz and Cage actually provide a good amount of the comic relief in the film and leave the audience asking that they have more time on-screen. “Kick-Ass” also does something that I thought no movie could ever do in the history of all movies: Put Nicolas Cage in a role where he is actually bearable and doesn’t make me want to hurt him. Take a look at any of his last movies (“National Treasures 1 and 2,” ‘Knowing”), and you will know exactly what I mean. Between all of his heavy breathing and beyond stupid dialogue lines, Cage has built himself a reputation that no actor wants. But in “Kick-Ass,” Cage’s character is one of the favorites of the movie, hopefully something that he can build upon for his future roles. The violent nature and vulgarity of the movie have been surprising to audiences so far, but if you look at who the writer is, it will make sense. Mark Millar, the mastermind behind the original comic books that the movie is based on, also wrote “Wanted,” another movie that was extremely violent and gory. But don’t let this turn you off from seeing the film. The violence is portrayed in a hilarious way; with ridiculous kills and dirty dialogue happening left and right. You’re sure to be laughing at things that you never thought were funny before. In a flurry of lame movies that have kicked off 2010 so far, here comes a movie that is actually super and truly “kicks-ass.” - Tyler Hartung Entertainment Editor

OCEaNS

Embellishing upon Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s rhyme, Disney’s newest nature flick delivers far more than just one fish, or even two fish, a red fish, or a blue fish. “Oceans” grants our age-old sea the opportunity to speak for itself through the breathtaking and misunderstood creatures that dwell in its depths. Developed by French directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, “Oceans” explores the exotic and the strange, the innocent and the beautiful, through top-notch cinematography and thought provoking narration provided by the husky voiced actor Pierce Brosnan. In April 2009, Disneynature studios released the wildly successful documentary “Earth,” which chronicled plants and animals across the globe reacting to the changing seasons throughout the course of a year. Earth Day 2010, the company’s second film, “Oceans,” was finally distributed to big screens across the United States and France after four years of non-stop filming. Though maintaining a positive theme throughout the documentary, the filmmakers didn’t shy away from portraying the dangers human influence has inflicted on our oceans, fishing nets and littering, being the two main concerns. Without nagging or scolding, “Oceans” deposited a lump in every audience members’ throat, revealing its message clearly through the sad reality of a sea lion swimming next to a very lost shopping cart and a turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net meant to trap tuna. Despite the cruel truth of the inhumane hunting of our ocean’s creatures, the film stays loyal to its innocent G rating and focuses rather on the beauty we’d be missing if humankind’s bad habits were to continue. From migrating families of humpback whales to lackadaisical sea lions, and from countless numbers of battling crustaceans to mesmerizing blanket octopuses, “Oceans” seizes the audience and plunges them into the blue revealing another side to the sea we all peer down into from above when we sail, surf, snorkel, and swim upon its surface. -Taylor Steinbeck Intern

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iron man 2

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Sequels to highly successful and entertaining blockbusters are always a toss-up. Film makers are inevitably dealt the question: How do you top the original? While “Iron Man 2” doesn’t amaze to the same extent as “Iron Man” did when it was released, it comes extremely close. Much like the original, “Iron Man 2” entertains audiences with its action-packed scenes, well-executed effects, and dynamic main character, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) The film is intriguing throughout as Stark battles not only his new enemy Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke,) but also the government. Along with the action, audiences get a glimpse into the romance between Pepper Pots, (Gwyneth Paltrow,) and Stark. The only shortcoming in “Iron Man 2” in comparison to “Iron Man” is the development of the not-as-creative plot. In need of some editing, the film contains sequences that are not necessary to the storyline and leave you under whelmed. In “Iron Man 2,” Stark discovers that the palladium in the arc reactor keeping his heart beating has begun to poison his body, slowly killing him. Stark looks into his father’s past and the legend he left behind, which helps him discover a new element to keep himself alive. Although the film flounders a bit with regards to the plot, it rights itself when the action kicks in. Sequences between Iron Man and Vanko’s army are particularly intense and take the action to a large-scale. Along with the action, “Iron Man 2” remains compelling due to Downey Jr.’s brilliant acting. Between Starks’ narcissism and sexual innuendo, we like the guy and ultimately want him to win. As a sequel, “Iron Man 2” is almost as good as the original. It definitely had the potential to top “Iron Man” and would have if the storyline was more innovative. However as a separate film without comparison to the original, “Iron Man 2” is exciting to watch, well executed and worth your money. -Pia Bhathal & Rachel McGrath Editor-in-Chief & Journalism Student

“a Dream Come True” On Apr. 15 and 16, country music singer Taylor Swift dazzled Los Angeles with an unforgettable performance. The sound of thousands of girls singing clips of Swift’s songs echoed throughout the Staples Center as they waited in eager anticipation for the concert to begin. Gloriana, an up-and-coming country band, opened for the singer with the group’s hits, such as “Wild at Heart.” Season five American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler followed, singing songs from her two albums, like “Red High Heels,” that reflect heavily on her Southern upbringing. Unfortunately, Pickler woefully explained that she was unable to wear her famous red heels due to injury. Still, her performance was as upbeat and lively as always. Fans went wild when Swift, clad in a marching band uniform, appeared on stage to the guitar strains of crowd favorite “You Belong With Me.” She executed a costume change in front of the audience with impressive speed, trading her geeky uniform for a sleek, sparkly black dress. In fact, the entire concert was filled with numerous on-stage costume changes as Swift went from one sparkly, beaded dress to another. She paraded around the stage and engaged the audience with heartfelt speeches and personal anecdotes, causing more than a fear tears to be shed by the throngs of teenage girls (and their mothers) in attendance. “Taylor is just as amazing of a performer as she is a singer. I will never forget that night,” said freshman Claire Cawein. As she sang “Love Story,” her energy was so infectious that every teenage girl in the audience was belting the words out along with her. At one point during “Forever and Always,” a song based on her breakup with teen heartthrob Joe Jonas, Swift brought two young girls up to the front of the crowd and held their hands as she sang about heartbreak and betrayal. She performed song after song with unbridled enthusiasm and throughout the whole concert adopted the persona of not just a singer, but an entertainer. Sophomore Haley Smith exclaimed, “The concert was so amazing! The whole thing was so fastmoving and theatrical that it was more like a show than a concert. She was always on her feet moving, and she did a bunch of on-stage costume changes.” Perhaps her success can be accredited to her ability to bring out in all of us the little girl who dreams about being a princess. Maybe it’s her gorgeous crown of curly has us all mesmerized. Either way, Swift has become one of this generation’s most prominent music icons. She has truly left her mark on country music. -Sam Lepore Staff Writer


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COACHELLA: WHERE SUN WAVES MEET SOUND WAVES

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losing Fri., Apr. 16, JayZ took the stage with the presence of a prophet, commanding the audience’s attention and applause. Backed by a ten-member band, the rap artist filled the stage with his adoring fans and New York cityscape display. Jay-Z played classics such as “Ninety-Nine Problems,” “Empire State of Mind,” “Hard Knock Life,” and surprised the audience with a duet of “Forever Young” with his wife, Beyonce. Jay-Z asked the crowd to “throw up them diamonds” to his alter ego, HOVA, which the audience did upon request. Senior Mckenzie Tremblay even screamed, “Anything for you, Jay-Z!” That night, Vampire Weekend, the Jonas Brothers of the indie world (minus the chastity rings), filled the Outdoor Theatre with classic hits off their new album, including “Cousins,” “Horchata” and “Giving Up the Gun.” I was consumed by the surging crowd that was enthralled by the band’s quirky tunes and

animated stage presence. Much rough and tumble dancing ensued, and dance circles were not in short supply either. Matt & Kim, a pop duet from Brooklyn, New York, filled the Mojave tent with bubbly melodies and exuberant side conversations. Singles such as “Daylight,” “Yea Yeah” and “Good ‘Ol Fashion Nightmare” kept the crowd that was overflowing out the sides of the tent dancing throughout the set. An animated fan even jumped onto the stage naked, which could not have been more appropriate considering the vulgarity of the banter between the band and the crowd. -Aly Vander Hayden GMT, the neo-psychedelic indie band out of Brooklyn, really lit things up at the Outdoor Theatre on the evening of Sat., Apr. 17. The band pumped tunes off their new album, “Congratulations,” and finished with “Brian Eno,” but neglected to play “Kids.” The ten-person traveling hippie band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performed in the Outdoor Theatre late Saturday afternoon. As soon as the group walked on, front man Alex Ebert dropped a microphone stand on a photographer’s face; feeling guilty, he gave the man his shirt and jacket as compensation. The band put the crowd of hipsters in a “40 Day Dream” with their

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Drinking Horchata, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig. peace and patchouli vibe. Love filled the air while they played other popular songs, like “Up From Below” and “Om Nashi Me” and ended to their set fittinglyly with their hit single, “Home.” Just as the sun was setting over the Coachella Valley on Sun., Apr. 18, Phoenix took the Outdoor Theatre by storm. Phoenix opened with “Lisztomania” and then explained the lack of lights was due to the lighting technician being grounded by volcanic ash. Singer Thomas Mars then declared that “tonight is about the music.” The crowd went nuts, and the band played “Conso-

lation Prizes.” Just as the sun had finished setting, the band played “Love Like a Sunset.” The French band could not have closed my weekend better, ending with an extended version of “1901.” -Ben Lim

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anadian foursome Tokyo Police Club brought their fresh and invigorating style of alternative rock to the Coachella Stage the afternoon of Sun., Apr. 18. After sitting through 45 minutes of the White Rabbits’ incredibly boring set, I managed to snag a spot right in front of the stage. After opening their set with a new song,

the band ripped into fan favorite “Nature of the Experiment” off the group’s first EP. The group’s excellent new single, “Breakneck Speed,” was also incorporated into the set list. The band members seemed a bit overwhelmed by the fact that they were playing on the main Coachella Stage. “We still set up our gear very close to each other because it’s weird having this much room,” singer and bassist Dave Monks told the crowd. After thoroughly enjoying MGMT’s trippy set on the Outdoor Theatre, I pushed my way to the front in order to be up close and personal with The Dead Weather. The Dead Weather pummeled the audience’s ears (in a good way) with their heavy blues rock, with tracks like “Treat Me Like Your Mother” and“Die By the Drop”. The highlight of the night was when Jack White stepped out from behind the drums to play a shredding guitar solo and joined Allison Mosshart on vocals for “Will There Be Enough Water?” -Tyler Hartung an Diego up-and-comers The Soft Pack played a blend of songs from both their first album their new album from new label Kemado Records on the afternoon of Sun., Apr. 18. Though much of the audience was made up of loyal

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fans, the majority of it was made up those who had only heard “Answer to Yourself,” the most popular song off their newest album. Guitarist Matty McLoughlin played with both anger and enthusiasm, while singer Matt Lamkin seemed slightly disconnected for some of the set, though that may be his normal attitude. Drummer Brian Hill also proved to be somewhat of a rarity by playing the whole set standing up. By far the most entertaining and all-around awesome set of the weekend in my opinion was King Khan and the Shrines.The nine-member band complete with horn section and percussionist was led by Little Richard-esque King Khan, who came out in a gold sequinned shirt and Indian headress. Throughout the set, the group stressed self-reliance and King Khan’s love of fat woman. They even persuaded the audience to burn dollar bills during “Welfare Bread.” Midway through, they brought out five characters from the Nickelodeon show “Yo Gabba Gabba” for their song “Land of the Freak.” Many members of the band crowd-surfed multiple times throughout the show, bringing horns and all into the crowd. For the last song, King Khan came out in only short-shorts and a cape, and proceeded to end the set with a drawn-out wave of noise. -Jake Rosen


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‘Letters to Juliet’: Too Cheesy to Handle By Stephanie Cheng & Lexi Cotcamp News Editors

It was only a matter of time until the inevitable became evitable, and cheesiness was elevated to the level of ridiculousness. Fear not dedicated chick-flick fans, now you can not only play “Love Story” on repeat, but you can visualize it as well. How many times can the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet be alluded to in a single film? Director Gary Winick succeeds in throwing the allusion into each and every scene

until it becomes a test of how much you can stomach and then a scavenger hunt—how many chick flick clichés can you spot? The movie opens with Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a fact checker who aspires to be a writer, as she travels to Verona for a “pre-honeymoon” with her fiancé, Victor (Gael García Bernal), a soon-to-be New York restaurateur who tries far too hard to be Italian. However, Victor’s preoccupation with business opportunities leaves Sophie disappointed but able to explore Verona on her own. While he jaunts off in search of perfect truffles and cheese, Sophie visits Juliet’s courtyard, where she finds a

group of women who have taken it upon themselves to respond to the letters of the heartbroken or love embittered. Befriending these “Secretaries of Juliet,” Sophie then finds a fifty year-old letter from Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), a woman who fell in love but allowed logic to overrule her emotions, and deterring her from the romance. Upon receiving Sophie’s response to her original letter, Claire arrives in Verona with her cynical, disapproving grandson, Charlie (Christopher Egan). The story unravels as the trio traverses the idyllic Italian countryside in search of Claire’s old flame, Lorenzo (Franco Nero), while Sophie

and Charlie predictably begin to fall for each other. Unfortunately, everything from the fairy tale romance between Sophie and Charlie to the “The End” at the close of the film was extremely predictable. From the beginning of the movie, there was no doubt that Sophie would dump or be dumped by her overly effusive fiancé in favor of the lovably British Charlie. The plot is not clever; instead, it relies on a series of convenient coincidences to move it along. Seriously lacking genuine emotion, the storyline and its shallow attempts at humor lack wit, comedic timing and creativity. Filled with incredibly

cheesy lines, romantic platitudes and, of course, an awful attempt at recreating the famed balcony scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the movie’s ending is an overt display of farfetched resolutions and falls into place far too easily to be believable. The movie was clearly intended to appeal to females and their unfortunate significant others who have been dragged along for the ride. Another romantic comedy fronted by an attractive actress and equally attractive actor, “Letters to Juliet” is cheesy and clichéd but is expectedly so. Though typical in plot, the movie is aesthetically pleasing and “aww” inspiring. While not indispens-

able, Seyfried adequately portrays the stereotypical romantic hopeful and is complimented well by the motherly and similarly hopeful Redgrave; meanwhile, Egan’s acting is mediocre but is enhanced by his decent looks and British accent. Although it is hackneyed in plot, the movie is no more than you would expect—the classic and always-in-demand rom-com chick-flick. While it isn’t a cinematic masterpiece, “Letters to Juliet” is an effective attempt by Hollywood to make Shakespeare more palatable and accessible to the general public. However, clearly, someone forgot to tell them that Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a tragedy.

were not over, as can be clearly seen by Nash’s second track, “Kiss that Grrrl.” With clear nods to Amy Winehouse and predominantly violin instrumentals, “Kiss that Grrl” is at times successful in its execution but more often falls short and borders on raucous noise. The third track of Nash’s album, “Don’t You Want to Share the Guilt?” is, unfortunately, the epitome of an uninspired song that lacks the hook needed to draw in listeners. In fact, after the song reaches its halfway point, Nash seemingly forgets to follow the melody whatsoever and instead dives into a million-mile per hour

blabbering session. “I Just Love You More” continues the album’s downward spiral, attesting to Nash’s education in the electric guitar during a bedridden time in her early career. Nash’s vocals are reminiscent of a deranged ostrich’s shrieks. They were not what you would call enjoyable, instead resembling a strange combination of throatscreeching and spacey, robotic squeals. After the maddening shrieks of “I Just Love You More,” practically any combination of harmony and melody was welcome in my eyes, or, rather, ears. Though still somewhat repetitive in both lyrics

and instrumentals, “Do Wah Doo” was certainly an improvement from the prior song. Then again, it couldn’t really have been much worse than the guttural 3:06 minutes of preceding “noise.” With an oddly Scottish beginning, “Take Me to a Higher Plane” was not a song that I expected. Yet, to Nash’s credit, I was pleasantly surprised by its uncharacteristic and rhythmically unpredictable tempo. The frantic song definitely won’t be the “most played” song on my iPod, but it did undoubtedly gain more of my respect after further listens. Judging by the taunting lyrics, repetitious guitar

chords and random gong-banging, Nash’s “I’ve Got a Secret” should have stayed a secret. Nash takes a cue from today’s mainstream pop stars by repeating the exact same words over and over again. Luckily, if forgetfulness is your thing, Nash won’t hesitate to tell you that she’s “got a secret.” I know— shocker, right? For the fans of incessant parental nagging, this is your song. Sadly, those fans seem to be a minority. Expletive-filled, screaminvoking—these words cannot even begin to describe “Mansion Song.” While the first half of Nash’s album was not thrilling, this tribal voodoo of a song made me wonder if “My Best

Friend is You” was supposed to be a Halloween-themed album. I halfway expected the monster from Frankenstein to creep out of my bedroom closet after only one listen to “Mansion Song.” I never thought it possible to reach the end of a song feeling more confused or frightened than before pushing the “play button.” However, I would like to formally thank Kate Nash for proving this theory wrong. Though songs like “Early Christmas Present” and “Later On” were a step above other less impressive tracks, both were ultimately unmemorable and, at times, just plain bizarre—namely, the essence of the album.

Kate Nash’s Latest Attracts Mixed Reviews By Lexi Cotcamp News Editors Imagine the love child of an edgy Pink and a folksy punk, and you have Kate Nash’s sophomore album “My Best Friend is You.” Nash opens with “Paris,” a catchy but drearily repetitive song filled with lyrics like, “You’ll never listen to me!” Indeed, after the millionth rendition of this phrase, it was quite obvious why nobody wanted to listen to her. Somebody must have told Kate that the days of intentionally horrible spelling


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Decency Left at the Door

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TABLOIDS DISTRACT READERS By Gillian Slee Opinion Editor

Just a few weeks ago, on magazines, newspapers and tabloids, Sandra Bullock’s face covered front pages as victim of the “Oscar Curse.” Supposedly, once a woman wins “Best Actress,” her marriage or long-term relationship, which she often ironically gushes over in her acceptance speech, quickly falls apart within the next year. The dilemma applies to Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Hunt. Another over-publicized event is Tiger Woods’ infidelity. People clung to their TVs as “Mistress #Zillion-and-one” was announced. People debated over the magnitude and method of his wife’s reactions. Sure, tabloid stories are slightly amusing, but why do people care? There are actual important movements, events and people in the world that do not receive due attention. The phrase “if it bleeds, it reads” becomes more prevalent each day. Yet, if we as Americans really want to display ourselves as an idealistic, intelligent society superior to other nations, why are we stooping so low as to rely on strictly entertainment news and not objec-

tive, factual, impactful news? Being in the longest war Americans have ever experienced, some seem to forget that we are actually fighting a war. Nevertheless, people are capable of instantly recalling who just graced the cover of People magazine. Sensational news as a single outlet is the downfall of our society. It has successfully replaced the “hard stuff.” Personally, I am an aficionada of the printed word. I read news stories and, if given the chance between the busy schedule I call life, I will read a paper from front to back. Both hard news and entertainment fall into my literary spectrum. However, as a generation, we should not fall into an age where we are ignorant. In this case, both the media and the constituents are at fault. Individuals who frequently read the newspaper get tired of death, global warming, the economic recession and other dreary dilemmas of the world that affect them. Instead, it is extremely preferable to voyeuristically scrutinize others’ woes. The media wants subscribers and delivers increasing quantities of sensational news. The speculations and wild news have to stop. We need a call to arms for our generation. Sure, keep the entertainment news, it is fun. But, for the sake of our generation, read one legitimate article a day; it will keep the reality of a mindless generation away.

Pep Rallies Fail to Excite By Devin Valenciano Sports Editor

Teachers were swaying precariously on the edge of a strike, students were running rampant through the building in acts of rebellion and the tension was thick enough to flood the halls of school. There was only one cure for such an epidemic: a good, old-fashioned dose of school spirit. Dana, how do you feel? Not the best. Perhaps gathering every student and teacher to watch a halfhearted demonstration of teenage pep wasn’t the panacea we were searching for. For some reason, I just didn’t feel like Battle of the Sexes lived up to its reputation of previous years. Maybe it was because of the ridiculous restrictions placed on inflatable objects. It could have been because of the sound system that never seems to work. Oh wait, I think I’ve got it. It must have been the utter absence of teachers throughout the entire charade. I guess it didn’t really hit me immediately. It wasn’t until after the pep rally that I could identify the cold emptiness that drenched the procession like a bucket of ice water. I was almost led astray by the en-

ergetic dancers and oatmeal antics, but I guess there’s a message to be had here– nothing can replace the teachers. Are we supposed to forget our favorite teachers dueling one another, showing their inflatable fury in front of the entire school? Are we supposed to forget our quiet instructors bursting out of their shells to scramble in desperation through obstacle courses? Are we really supposed to forget the traditional soccer game that made Battle of the Sexes so special? Besides a short burst of unplanned school spirit awakened by the captain of the baseball team, and maybe the completely original wizard duel, the pep rally did almost nothing to raise school spirit. It was, however, one additional piece of evidence pointing out how integral the teachers are to this school. In the midst of such havoc, there is no blame to place for the pep rally. The students involved tried as hard as they could to glue together the pieces of a fragmented school. The teachers could have hardly been expected to join in the merriment, with the ominous shadow of a strike lurking just ahead. We can only hope that from the ashes of this blaze, our school can rise for a stronger showing later on. And next year, when some student wails the question so signature to our pep rallies, we can stand up and scream, “We feel good! Oh, we feel so good. Ahh!”

For those of us who emerge from the rank, sweaty, partially nude darkness of the annual Glow Dance with our clothing and morals intact, we make a sound decision to never again attend this rave-style dance. Making contact intended for adults, behind closed doors and dancing inappropriately in a cave-like gymnasium makes for a long night of “charity work” for students who attend.. In all fairness, the Glow Dance is MakeA-Wish’s biggest event of the year. And the cover charge the Make-A-Wish club collects from each student is enough to make a significant difference in the life of a terminally ill child. However, is the moral integrity of the students of all area high schools an appropriate price to pay for such an event? We don’t believe so. What we do believe is that there are some simple solutions to this growing problem. Get some actual chaperones inside the dance, set and enforce a dress code and ask that affectionate displays be left for a time when there aren’t hundreds of young eyes watching.

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Racy Messages, Not Worth It By Sam Lepore & Catherine Sammon News Editor & Journalism Student

It seems like the days of passing cute or flirty notes to your crush are over, as “sexting” has become a prevalent means of flirting amongst high school and middle school students. Sexting, a term that only adults seem to use, is defined as sending sexually explicit messages or pictures (although pictures seem to be the main form). Most of the time, sexting involves sending a dirty photo of oneself to a girlfriend or boyfriend (or even a crush) with the understanding that the picture is for his/her eyes only. However, sadly, it has become common for the recipient to forward this explicit picture to their friends to brag about themselves or even make fun of the sender. Let’s face the fact that trust isn’t important to people in these situations. In particularly nasty scenar-

ios, the photos end up on Myspace or Facebook, where everyone can see them. Contrary to popular belief, sending pictures of yourself makes you just as liable as those who forward pictures sent by others, meaning that you are equally apt to getting in trouble. And really, why risk the humiliation and drama of your picture going around the entire school? You may trust the person you’re sending pictures to, but the situation could easily spin out of control if the the text was forwarded. Also, those pictures can be used against you after a breakup or a fight. The consequences of sending or posting naked pictures of oneself or other students are extremely harsh and include expulsion, prosecution as a sex offender and, in some extreme cases, several years in prison. In cases where the original sender of the photo is a minor, recipient of the “sext” is considered to be in possession of child pornography. Before you send or forward a “sext” think about the consequences that could result and ask yourself - Is this really worth it?

Senior Events Bring Students Together By Stephanie Wright & Michelle Sison Entertainment Editor & Journalism Student

As summer draws near and another school year comes to an end, several events begin to shake things up for those about to graduate. It is common practice to dream about the privileges associated with senior year, but the special treatment cannot fully be appreciated until it is experienced. And with the aid of ASU and the Dolphin Force Foundation, the end of the year is even better for seniors than imagined. To begin celebrating the beginning of the end, ASU organizes the Senior Dessert. After enjoying the delectable sweets and observing the incredible hypnotist show, I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised. The show was the most amusing entertainment I have seen at school, by far. The best thing was the way it brought us all together. Following the dessert was Star testing and senior day at Knott’s Berry Farm. While the two whole days of testing are absolute agony for underclassman, seniors enjoy the distinct privilege of not coming to school. The day of rest is much needed to prepare for Knott’s. Senior Day is long, hot, exhausting and undoubtedly worth every penny. We were able to spend our time with different groups of friends and people we may not have known before. Even if we didn’t come home with candy, photos or other souvenirs from the park, we all have the memories we made together with

our classmates and teachers. The pinnacle of senior events is the much-awaited Prom, which always promises a night of good times and fond memories. This dance is the one where your parents let you out without a curfew. It’s the one where pictures and dinner have never been more important and transportation has never been more expensive. The efforts put in for Prom are above and beyond those for any dance because this event is undoubtedly the one that means the most. In the following weeks, seniors are rewarded for the excellence they have exhibited throughout their careers. In addition, they receive their final yearbooks where they scribble their last affectionate sentiments for each other and prepare for graduation. We count down our final seconds in school and cry all over each other before finally getting our hands on our caps and gowns. The next day we get together for Senior Brunch and reminisce over our years together while we eat waffles. Then, before we know it, the day has arrived. June 23, for a majority of us, will be the most important day in our lives thus far. After the rehearsal, our families and friends file into the stadium and wait in the hot sun for us to walk. We hear some speeches, shake some hands and then its over. And we’ve never felt more alive. All the amazing memories, delicious food, smiles and tears are owed to ASU, Dolphin Force and the amazing teachers, staff and administrators at Dana Hills. We have them to thank for making the last months of high school the highlight of our lives, and we want them to know that we truly appreciate their efforts.

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Letters to the Editor n RE: Society Needs to Accept Those Who Don’t Fit Mold I’d like to address a couple of comments made in the last issue regarding Christianity. Marilyn La Jeunesse defended atheism against its “negative portrayal” by commenting that they have been given labels and stereotypes that didn’t apply to all atheists… but wait, isn’t that the definition of a stereotype? So this article could have been about stereotypes in general instead of all the hardships atheists face. Why should atheists be free of stereotypes when Christians get the reputation of being Bible-beating, judgmental crazy people? The thing is, experience hate; Christians feel it every day. So don’t worry atheists, you’re not special. And in response to your questions Marilyn, I do respect your beliefs, and in my opinion only God can judge, not me, so you won’t see me passing judgment. Also, after reading the atheism definition in the centerspread, I couldn’t help but comment on the “morals” that Ryan Tachibana claims to follow came from the Bible. That’s where the “golden rule” came from. So although, “no religion made sense to [you] and [you] found it hard to believe the stories in the Bible,” you do follow it. -Jessie Ashton, 12

n Where is My Sandwich, Allie Gersten?

At the expense of offending some friends but also in the spirit of good clean fun, I have one question for our new Vice President Allie Gersten: where is my sandwich? I mean, nothing personal, but Allie promised, and I quote, “If you vote for me, I will make you a sandwich.” On both Apr. 30 and May 3, I voted for Allie (no offense to my running-mate Mike Stoeffler or my dear friend Salil Dudani) in hopes of receiving my turkey sandwich toasted on wheat bread, no mustard, with extra mayo promptly after she took office. Unfortunately this was not the case. Such loyalty as mine should be honored- I am sure that there are many students who are in the same position as I am: hungry and mildly sexist. Of course, my view isn’t completely sexist. It is not my personal belief that women belong in the kitchen, though it is my personal belief that when a respectable and trustworthy woman such as Allie Gersten makes a promise, she must fulfill it. Please pay respect to the generations of women who have slaved over hot stoves and splintering cutting boards in order to give you the freedom that you possess today. And for the love of God, woman, make me a sandwich. -Alex Sloan, 11 LETTERS POLICY

Please submit legibly written, signed letters to room 708 during second, and fifth period or to Mrs. Gilbert’s mailbox in the office, or to dhhspaper@gmail.com. The staff reserves the right to delete or condense letters to meet space requirements or content restrictions. Unsigned letters will not be accepted.

Formspring, Stop Questioning Me By Stephanie Cheng Entertainment Editor

Social networking in all its incarnations has taken the world by storm and easily revolutionized forms of communication. It has proliferated through a vast variety of means, from Facebook to Youtube to Twitter, and everyone, from middle school students to grown adults, have picked up on this steadily increasing and multiplying trend. One of the newest, though certainly not most innovative, crazes is Formspring, a site where, upon setting up a simple profile, you can receive questions from askers, who, in turn, can choose whether or not to reveal their identities. Formspring certainly does offer its fair share of entertainment. It satisfies the egoist in everyone; setting up a profile leads us to the exciting idea that people will care enough to ask us questions—that people are interested enough to ask about our past or our thoughts—while anonymously asking others questions satisfies our curiosity.

Like everything else in life, there too exists a balance on Formspring. One not only answers questions but is inclined to ask them of others too, usually anonymously. And, undeniably, it is a vicious cycle. The narcissism in setting up a profile and alerting others of its existence is countered by the easy security of unidentified questioning. Ironically, though Formspring is predominantly advertised as a vehicle for others to “ask [you] anything,” most individuals who use the site probably spend more time asking questions than answering them, simply because it is not only easier but safer to ask questions, since the shield of anonymity is always available to hide behind. This option of asking questions anonymously, though fun initially, can easily lead to bullying and harassment that is all too prevalent on the Internet. Many individuals, especially teenage girls, who have fallen for the trend that strokes the ego, have failed to be rewarded for their actions, at least not traditionally. Instead, their set up of a Formspring profile and attempts to attract attention to it leads to an influx of lewd comments, questions and demands from conveniently anonymous askers.

Because Formspring openly uses and embraces anonymity as such an integral part of the site, it invites the inevitable bullying that occurs when identification is not only elusive but also voluntary. Harassment via Formspring is harassment without strings and without consequences—a concept much too attractive to pass up for many individuals, regardless of previous tendencies to bully. Perhaps it is just simple curiosity that gets the better of us—the simple curiosity behind wishing to find an answer and the deceptively simple curiosity behind wanting to know what it’s like to be provocative and controversial without the consequences. Formspring certainly does not lack in entertainment and excitement. After all, it does stroke our egos, and with certain questions, raise our self-esteem, but the potential for harmful and disturbing questions detracts from the overall experience. There are enough forms of entertainment and social networking available to satisfy our needs for distraction and communication. Let relentless questioning be relegated to the domain of the ceaseless sleepover games of Truth or Dare; there, at least, the answerer can look the questioner clearly in the eye.


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SUDDEN END TO WINNING SEASON Season in Review Total Wins: 15 Total Losses: 3 Players Who Qualified for CIF Individuals: Singles: Jim Myers, Trevor Dell Doubles: Will McKinney, Matt LaBarre photo by Kevin Fuhrmann

By Devin Valenciano Sports Editor The season ended on Sat., May 22 as junior singles player Trevor Dell and the doubles team of senior Will McKinney and freshman Matt LaBarre lost their third round matches in CIF individuals. Senior team captain Jim Myers missed the first match on Fri., May 21 due to illness and was subsequently disqualified from CIF individuals. Quite contrary to the season of domination that the

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varsity tennis team enjoyed, the boys lost in the first round of CIF on Wed., May 12. They lost to Newport Harbor with a score of 10-8. The team was expecting to win the match, having done so well throughout the entire season. Myers, however, was unable to attend the match, and as a result the boys were unable to perform at their normal level of excellence on the courts. Myers commented, “I had an AP test that day, and I had already missed an AP test for League Finals. I thought the test would be over quickly so I could still play in the match.

The exam lasted until five in the afternoon. That, combined with my bad luck at CIF individuals, really made for a weak end to the season.” On Tues., May 4, the tennis team arrived at the Laguna Niguel Racquet Club with hopes for a league victory. The winning trend of the season remained the same as the boys destroyed their competition on the courts, taking home the title of League Champions on Wed., May 5. Senior Kevin Fuhrmann said, “Our minimum goal was to win league, so we were all happy about that. We really

wanted a CIF title, but there’s always next year for that.” During their last league match on Thurs., Apr. 29, the boys faced tough competition at their away match at Tesoro. The team pulled off one of their closer wins of the season, finishing their match with a set score of 13-5. The boys took a break from league in order to play their yearly match against University on Wed., Apr. 28. University is widely hailed as one of the top teams in the region, and the boys were not surprised to lose 17-1. Myers said, “Our match

against University is always a bit of a joke. I told everyone before the match that we had to take at least one set. Since we did, I’d say we did well enough.” The tennis team played an away match at Mission on Tues., Apr. 27. It was there that the team achieved one of their major goals of the season - winning a perfect match. The team finished the match with a set score of 18-0. On Thurs., Apr. 22, the boys proved that even a teacher strike couldn’t keep them from competing at the yearly championship in Ojai. The tennis

team was successful on the first day, proceeding onto semifinals before losing on Fri., Apr 23. The team took a trip to Aliso on Tues., Apr. 20, only to have their match cut short by the rain. The boys still managed to emerge victorious, winning the necessary 10 games before ending the match with a final score of 10-4. Myers said, “We played really well this season, so it’s a shame that we had to lose so early in CIF. Hopefully the kids next year will be able to finish off on a stronger note. I guess it doesn’t really matter to me my four years are up.”


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Baseball Wins Wild Card, Trounces Two in CIF By Matt McCreadie Sports Editor

Tomorrow at the baseball field at 3:15 pm, the Dolphins will play Moorpark in their 3rd round CIF game. On Tues., May 24, the Dolphins played their second CIF game against Murrietta Valley at home. With the stands filled, the team took the field with Tago on the mound. While

he hit the clock consistently around 94 mph, Tago’s command took a few dips and dives walking four batters in the first four innings. However, the defense worked behind him holding the Nighthawks scoreless through the first five. The Dolphins scored two quick runs in the first, one earned, one pitcher’s choice, and another run in the third off of an RBI double by right fielder Trevor Scott. In the fifth inning, an RBI double scored Scott Ka-

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Junior Eric Hseih hustles down the line during a game on May 7 against Aliso.

plan from first and another single by Tago scored Peter Maris from second. The Nighthawks tried to rally in the seventh scoring two more runs, but the Dolphins held them winning the second round of CIF 6-3. The boys were not expected to win their first round CIF game against Edison; as they won the wild card slot while Edison automatically took the first place spot. However, on Thurs., May 20, the Dolphins came back for an upset 2-1 win. A pitcher’s duel through five, junior Eric Hseih battled the formidable Edison line-up allowing only one run in nine hits. Unfortunately, that one run sent the game into extra innings. In the top of the eigth with runners Scott Kaplan and Peter Maris on first and second, Trevor Scott came up to bat with one out and slammed an RBI double to take the lead. Hsieh then struck out the side to close. In the Wild Card faceoff against Hueneme on Tues., May 18, the Dolphins conquered the competition, 7-1. Peter Tago struck out ten batters and walked none while Vikings pitcher Valdez suffered an ankle injury. The boys finished up the season with 15-12 record. Coaches Tom Faris and Steve Esquibel agreed that batting was the team’s weakest area, but the their hard work and dedication proved their prowess on the field.

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Senior Kylie Ordos prepares to swing away in the CIF game against Atascadero, where the girls battled but eventually came out on top.

Softball Falls to Chino Hills By Elizabeth Chaddock Sports Editor After making it to the second round of CIF, and getting the furthest that girls’ softball has gone in the past eight years, the Lady Dolphins were eliminated from CIF competition on Tues., May 25 by Chino Hills. Senior Jenna Jorgenson commented, “It’s anyones game and everyone has good competition. It just depends on if you show up to play or not.” In the first inning, Jorgenson drove in junior Jenny Hurst to score the first run. Under the pitching of junior Kelsi Ott, the score remained 1-0 until the fifth inning, when the Chino Hills offense was able to

score five runs. Chino’s sixth batter got a hit to start off the inning. The Huskies scored two runs on errors, and were able to score an additional three off a home run. Senior Kat Schmitt-Daskalos came in to pitch for the last two innings, holding Chino Hills’ offense down. In the seventh inning, junior Jordyn Larkins got on base with a single, and was able to score after a series of hits from Hurst and Jorgenson. Both Hurst and Roeder had impressive offensive outings, going 3 for 4 at the plate. Prior to that, the lady Dolphins won their first round CIF game against the Atascadero Greyhounds 2-1, proving that they truly belonged in the CIF competition. As usual, defense was

strong, including a 10 batter strikeout courtesy of Ott and 3 double plays. Jorgenson also impressed by going 2 for 3 at the plate and hitting a home run that scored two runs. The team played their CIF wildcard game on Tues., May 18 against Los Altos, and won 4-2, moving the ladies on to the normal CIF rounds. The girls were losing by one run until the sixth inning when the score was brought to a 2-2 tie. In the last inning, they scored a whopping three runs. Roeder had a great offensive outing, with a triple and a double in the second and fourth innings. Freshman Avery French noted, “We didn’t have the best league play but we played a lot better in the finals.”


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Lacrosse Teams Finish Season Successfully

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n Tues., May 4, the Dolphins played a rough game against CIF finalist, Beckman High School, in Irvine for their first game in the CIF tournament. The boys fought hard and made their head coach, A.J. Leahy, proud of their performance this season.

he girls’ lacrosse team ended its season with a 5-16 overall record. Even though the ladies experienced many losses, the team surprised themselves by defeating their rivals, the Aliso Niguel Wolverines, in two vital league

By Aly Vander Hayden News Editor On their last game of the season, the girls went up against Aliso, the Dolphin’s greatest cross-town rival. The Dolphins beat the Wolverines for the second time this year with a score of 8-7. The game was originally scheduled for Fri., Apr. 23, but because of the strike, it was moved to be their last league game on Mon., May 3. “It was another gratifying win,” said sophomore Lauren La Vine, “The first win was incredible, but this time it was even better because it was our last league and home game.” The girls lost against Tesoro 7-16 on Fri., Apr. 30 after a tough first half followed by an overwhelming second half. “It was our ‘Senior Game,’ so it was a little disappointing to lose,” said senior Taylor Morosco, “but I believe we put up a pretty good fight during the first half.” On Wed., Apr. 28 the lady Dolphins went up against Mission Viejo and suffered a regrettable loss of 1-13, their worst game of the season. “We weren’t communicating at all during the game,” said Therrian, “and it definitely

showed.” The girls lost to Trabuco with a score of 3-17 on Wed., Apr. 21 and against Capistrano Valley 7-12 on Tues., Apr. 20. Through heavy rain and winds, the girls tried to keep up with Capo’s goals but fell behind in the second half. “I really thought we were going to win at one point,” said Morosco, “but when it started pouring near the end, we just seemed to be completely over it.” On Thurs., Apr. 15 the girls also lost against San Clemente 1-9. “Even though we lost a lot of games, we never gave up trying,” stated senior Jordyn Bonnani. “I agree,” said senior Hayley Therrian, “We’ve come very far as a team.” Regardless of these losses, Coach Mike Brooks was satisfyed with how the season ended. “Overall I am pleased with how the season turned out for my first year as head coach of the program. There is always going to be a transition period when there is change. Varsity’s record was not a true reflection of how they could play the game,” said Brooks. “The Varsity girls received many compliments from referees and opposing coaches on their development of play.”

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Driving toward the goal, sophomore Chase Matranga attempts to pass his defender.

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Passing her defender, Taylor Morosco sprints down the field towards the goal.

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Unfortunately, the boys weren’t able to pull out a win, with a final score of 3-9. The boys played well against Beckman, but could not keep up. “We wanted this win badly, but unfortunately we weren’t able to pull it off,” stated junior attackman Bradley Johnson. On Mon., May 3, the boys played Mission Viejo High School in a scrimmage. It was not considered a league game, and the team used it to prepare for their first CIF game. The boys lost 5-14, but the team’s morale was unscathed. “We played well but the game wasn’t important to us because of our upcoming game against Beckman,” continued Johnson. On Sat., May 1, the Dana boys pulled off an incredible win against Aliso Niguel high school. The game volleyed back and forth, with both teams fighting for the lead. As the fourth quarter approached, the teams remained tied at 6-6 until the boys pulled through and scored a last minute goal to defeat Aliso Niguel 7-6. “We played hard against

Aliso and we really wanted to get payback on them,” stated junior defenseman Alex Breithaupt. After narrowly defeating Aliso Niguel, the boys walked out to their cars to find them painted on. Drawings of dead dolphins were painted on the windows of many of the athletes’ cars. Along with the insulting drawings of dolphins, the boys also found phrases written along their cars. Fortunately for the boys, the vandals used washable paint - no cars were damaged. “It was a close game and there is a lot of rivalry between our teams, but painting on our cars was over the top,” said Johnson On Tues., Mar. 30, the lacrosse team suffered a close loss to Tesoro, 5-8. According to junior defenseman Nathaniel Browne, “[The boys] did an excellent job keeping the score even for the first half of the game.” Although the team did not make it far into the CIF finals, the boys agreed that they made an excellent improvement and that they are ready to play for the upcoming season. “Everybody grew close throughout the season and we became a stronger team,” stated junior defenseman Alex Breithaupt.


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Golf Tees Off, Wins League By Gina Scott Sports Editor The boys golf team won league for the first time since 2006 and are currently ranked tenth in the county by OC Varsity. “Our league this year was weak and we didn’t think we were really that strong either. We certainly didn’t expect to win league, but it still felt good when all of our hard work paid off,” commented junior Jeremy Lin. Although the team did not advance in the playoffs, Mike Brockington did go on to individual CIF competition and he was named MVP of the South Coast League. On Mon., May 24, Brockington competed in the CIF Southern Section Individuals at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc. He scored 84 on the tricky par 72 course. Unfortunately he did not score the necessary 77 to move on to the Southern California Championship. The Dolphins’ league victory was sealed by their 191205 win over Tesoro on Thurs., May 6 at Coto de Caza Golf Course. The boys won with a score of 191-205. Seniors Shakun Khanna and Brockington both shot one below par. On Wed., May 5, the Dolphins suffered a devastating two-stroke loss to the Mission Viejo Diablos with a score of 201-203. This win for Mission secured them a spot in the playoffs. Despite the disappoint-

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CIF Swim Qualifiers GIRLS

Colleen McNaught(Jr.) Emily Carlson (Soph.) Annahita Haghighi (Soph.) Carrie Pierce (Soph.)

BOYS

John Carney (Sr.) David Gonzalez (Sr.) Jordan Lasher (Sr.) Jonathan Amato (Jr.) Craig Stuart (Jr.) Skyler Campbell (Jr.) Larson Pfeil (Jr.) Drake Dunn (Soph.)

Swim Dives into CIF By Gillian Slee Sports Editor

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Lining up the put, senior Bobby Uchida concentrates on the ball as he prepares to take a difficult shot. ment of the loss, Brockington scored an impressive one below par, better than that of Mission’s best scorer, Ryan Beckies, who earned 2 above par. On Wed., Apr. 28 the Dolphins fell to the Tesoro Titans 198-211. The Dolphins started a winning streak on Thurs., Apr. 15, decimating both Aliso and La Costa Can-

yon in a three team meet, annihilating Capo Valley on Mon., Apr. 19, and vanquishing Mission on Apr. 20. Reflecting upon the season, senior Bobby Uchida stated, “The season was kind of a mixed bag. However, we did have a lot of guys who stepped it up and you can’t argue with a league championship.”

The girls swim team closed the season by reaching their goal: qualifying in one event in CIF. CIF Prelims were held at Belmont Plaza on Wed., May 12. The lady Dolphins qualified to compete in the 200-yard freestyle relay for CIF Division I swimming. The relay team consisted of junior Colleen McNaught and sophomores Emily Carlson, Annahita Haghighi and Carrie Pierce. They performed exceedingly well, earning personal records and a high rank. Unfortunately, the girls did not advance to CIF Finals. At League Finals on Fri., May 7 at Capo Valley, McNaught swam in the 200 free-

style and Carlson swam in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle. The ladies also qualified in ten “consolation heats” by finishing in the top 16 at prelims. League Prelims took place on Tues., May 4, at Capo Valley where all the girls competed and many earned personal records. Several advanced to the Finals. Sophomore Hannah Brown said, “Last year was a tough year, but people are slowly beginning to notice us.” For next year, Coach Cynthia Carlson is shooting for qualifying in two relays and several individual events. Carlson stated, “We achieved our goal of swimming in the CIF meet this season. My sprinters continue to lead the team and this season was faster than last.”

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The boys swim team exits the 2010 season as a con-

tinuing powerhouse in league. On Fri., May 15, the Dolphins competed in CIF Finals and made their goal for the season of taking second in CIF. Senior David Gonzalez said, “The team stepped it up at league and CIF. We had some huge drops in time and everything that needed to get done happened.” The boys competed at Belmont Plaza on Wed., May 12 in the CIF Prelims and advanced to CIF Finals in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, the 400 freestyle relay and 200 Medley Relay. Junior Craig Stuart said, “We had record breaking relay times and personal bests for each individual.” The girls, as well as the boys team, switch to the Sea View League next year. The Sea View League includes Trabuco Hills, Laguna Hills, San Juan Hills and Aliso Niguel. Both teams will retain a Division 1 ranking.


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Track Continues Push to State By Lexi Cotcamp News Editor

CIF SS Finals With summer rapidly approaching, most students dream about spending their sunny weekends laying on a white, sandy beach or going to the movie theaters to see the latest blockbuster. And then there’s the track athletes who dream about journeying to somewhere like Norwalk. Yes, you heard me right: N-O-R-W-A-L-K. On Sat., May 22, southern California’s top athletes, competed in CIF Finals in hopes of continuing to the Masters and State Meets. Despite the strains caused by an already-grueling season, the Dolphins persisted in their efforts to meet season goals. Pushing herself yet again, senior Kimmie Conner excelled in all four of her events, jumping 17’10.25 in the high jump and 5’4 in the high jump. Conner also recorded a time of 14:15 in the 100M hurdles and 43:44 in the 300M hurdles, qualifying for Masters in both events. Head Coach Ryan Crane declared Conner’s showing “the best performance of CIF Prelims.” Conner beamed, “Overall, I was very happy with CIF Finals, especially in hurdles , in which I achieved two personal bests that would qualify me for the State Meet if i can run them again at Masters” For the boys’ team, junior Devin Harrison jumped an astounding 23’6.5--a distance roughly equivalent to the width of a small yacht. Not to mention, the monster jump was still about a half foot off his personal best. Reminding onlookers of the “track” aspect of the sport, senior Blake Ahrold’s time of 9:05 in the 3200M, a personal best and school record, and junior Connor Kaddatz’s 4:16 in the 3200M were also critical to the team’s success. CIF SS Prelims Carrying their momentum to the post season, student athletes who qualified at the South Coast League Finals on Mon., May 7 represented both

the boys’ and girls’ track teams at the CIF Southern Section Prelims on Sat., May 15. Qualifying in multiple events for CIF Finals, the boys’ performance at the prelims was bolstered by a second place (37.97) by senior Vince Fusco in the 300M hurdles, while seniors Cole Guerin and Jesus Molina gave equally strong performances in the 800M, placing fourth (1:54.68) and

tie. Never one to “slack,” Conner also qualified for finals in three other events, setting personal records in the long jump (18’1.75) and 100M hurdles (14.36), the former of which makes her only the second jumper in the county to break the benchmark of 18 feet. “I just focused and tried my best to execute everything I had learned about that event so that I could get my best time,

on Mon., May 7. Notable distance marks included senior Kathryn Gullickson’s first place in the 800M (2:16) and junior Alaina Alvarez and junior Laura Beresford’s one-two punch in the 3200M. Meanwhile, field events proved that they were equally deserving of victory, as junior triple jumper Katie Dibene nabbed a second place in her

that the boys did well; however, looking back at the meet’s marks reveals that boys didn’t just do well but far better. Harrison championed three first places, winning the long jump (22’7), 400M (48.87) and 200M (21.89), while teammate Fusco mirrored first-place success in both the 110M (14.63) hurdles, 300M hurdles (37.95) and high jump (6’4). Junior Nick Ahrold also

lessness in the pole vault, in which he vaulted a personal best of 12’10. To the shock of crowds, Ito then fell from the peak of his vault to the outskirts of the pit, narrowly missing the concrete. Said Ito, “When I hit the ground, I thought: ‘Oh my God--did that just happen?’” He continued, “It was hard to go back [to vaulting], but I still competed the Monday after [the accident].” Mission Viejo

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Running and jumping to victory, seniors Cole Guerin (left) and Jesus Molina (left) cross the finish line in the 800 meter, while freshman Taylor Eljenholm (right) defies gravity in the long jump. fifth (1:54.92), respectively. The girls fared similarly, sending several athletes to CIF Finals and setting multiple personal bests on the day albeit a series of ties. Junior Kelly McCormick started off for the girls, presenting an outstanding performance in the pole vault with a personal best of 10’6, a mark that garnered an eightway tie for second place. In the high jump, Conner once again (starting to notice a pattern yet?) displayed a season of hard work, placing first in yet another eight-way

height, or distance, and moved on the the next one,” commented Conner. South Coast League Finals Even towards the end of the season, the team continued to work towards the title of league champions, competing in South Coast League (SCL) Prelims at San Clemente High School on Fri., May 4. Varsity members who qualified at the preliminaries were then able to compete in SCL Finals shortly thereafter

event with a personal best of 35’3, while high jumpers Conner, freshman Skylar Johnson and sophomore Tori Usgaard once again swept their event. For In ‘n Out, a hamburger is “what it’s all about.” For the Dolphins, however, that’s what track is all about. Crane remarked, “I was definitely satisfied with the outcome of SCL Finals. The hardest part was getting them to qualify. Once we were there, it was much easier.” In attending the meet, it quickly became obvious

jumped a personal best of 6’2 in the high jump, securing second place behind Fusco. Never failing to display impressive results, the distance team’s 1600M runners, with senior Ricardo Campuzano leading the charge, swept first through fifth. On the other end of the field, junior Cody Meddaugh was awarded first and fourth play for his respective throws of 49’5.25 and 132’2.5 in the shot put and discus. Junior Conner Ito also proved both his skill and fear-

In what would essentially be the peak of the regular season for most, the Dolphins then competed on Wed., Apr. 28 in a much-anticipated dual meet against their perennial rival, the Diablos. The girls rebounded from their recent loss to Trabuco with an outstanding showing against Mission and a victory in the meet 81-55. Usgaard, Johnson and Conner once again bolstered the team’s early lead for points in the high jump, breaking the school’s high jump relay record in the process. Living up to the coaches’ expectations, both distance and relays team swept (first, second and third place) their races with notable showing by sophomore Sheridan Gomez in the 1600M (5:10); McCormick also gave a strong performance in the pole vault, achieving first place with a vault of 10’2. Crane commented, “I was stoked for Kelly’s [McCormick] win in the pole vault. She’s really dedicated her entire season to the event even though she had the potential to do other events as well.” The battle against the Diablos was equally, if not more, intense on the boys’ side. B. Ahrold impressed with a time of 4:12 in the mile, the third best time in the county this season. With both teams furiously fighting for the win, the meet came down to the 4x400M relay in which Fusco, Guerin, Molina, and Harrison beat the Diablos in a nerve-racking finish, winning by six tenths of a second--roughly 500 times faster than a blink of an eye. “I think that being under so much pressure would make some people nervous, but it actually pumps me up and helps me to do better,” commented Harrison of the pressure as a 4x400M runner.

Volleyball Wins League After 12 Year Hiatus By Emily Cullen Photographer For the first time in 12 years, the boys volleyball team has achieved the title of “League Champions.” “Every practice we would look up at the walls in the gym and talk about how we don’t have a banner. That became motivation for us to win very early in the season,” stated senior Scott Santore. “We’re stoaked.” Although game day Hawaiian shirts, tournaments and the season for the boy’s volleyball team has come to an end, the boys are very proud of their new title and achievments this season. The team concluded their league season with an excellent record of 8 wins and 2 losses as

well as making to CIF. “Once we beat Tesoro in our last league game, we were amped up and ready to go and get the ball rolling,” said Santore. After winning in the first round of CIF against St. John Bosco, the boys were determined to continue their journey in CIF. The team traveled to Huntington Beach to the Oilers’ home gym for their second CIF game. The dolphins played hard throughout the first game but unfortunately were unable to sustain the Oilers’ force, losing 25-19. Dana came out strong in the beginning of the second game with a 3-point lead on Huntington Beach. As the game progressed, however, the Oilers’ pushed back and ran with the momentum, winning 25-16 in the end.

The third game was a well-played battle as the leading score was tossed back and forth between two excellent opponents. Unfortunately, it ended with a win by the Oilers once again 25-23, bringing the Dolphin’s season to a finish. The stands with Dana fans supporting the Dolphins as they played their first CIF game on our home court vs. St. John Bosco. The team took the match to its fullest potential, finally defeating Bosco in the fifth game. The team accredits much of their success on excellent coaching by Oz Simmons. “He’s like the Phil Jackson of volleyball. He always knows what to say,”said Santore. “He always trusted us to come back when we were down and is very proud of our success,” added Murphy.

photo by Monoica Linzmeier

Going for the spike, James Drury rises above the net and goes for the kill while his teammates prepare for the rebuddle.

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Volume 38, Number 10

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