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Dana Hills High School

VOLUME 38, NUMBER 8

INSIDE TODAY NEWS

Student Body Expresses Frustration with CUSD Board

THE PAPER

TEACHERS’ UNION CONSIDERS STRIKE “Adults are always telling us to compromise. Now it’s our turn to give them a piece of their own advice” LIZZIE STRUPAT, FORMER STUDENT

Get the facts,

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“Strike or no strike, we will not back down”

MIKE WINSTEN, CUSD TRUSTEE

CENTERSPREAD

THE PAPER examines eight faiths that are predominantly practiced in Orange County.

Explore centerspread,

Keeping the crowd under control, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department kept watch over rallying teachers, parents, students, and supporters at the Tues., Apr. 13 board meeting.

“The teachers have offered a reasonable amount of their salary and the school board has ignored them. I believe the board won’t start listening until they are forced to.” -ALISSA WILSEY, SENIOR

photos by Emily Roulund & Emily Cullen

Lining up to cast their votes for a strike, teachers gather at the Capistrano Unified Education Association’s office in order to come to a conclusion regarding the ongoing contract debacle.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Date Night Lives up to Expectations Tina Fey and Steve Carell add to their impressive resumes with another laughuntil-you-cry comedy.

Considered an ally of the current school board, local politician Tony Beall remains composed as he is confronted by a protester at the CUSD office on Mar. 31. He is bitterly yelling, “Did I buy you that coat?,” referring to an allegedly corrupt financial settlement between Beall and CUSD.

Check out Steph’s review,

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On Apr.1, students protested on campus to voice their support for teachers in the ongoing contract negotiations.

Take a Leap of Faith

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Proudly protesting for their cause, district teachers support further negotiations at the CUEA building.

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he teachers’ union, the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA), held a strike vote yesterday after school that will continue this afternoon. CUEA is dissatisfied with the final contract Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) unilaterally imposed Wed., Mar. 31, which includes permanent pay cuts. Teachers gathered in the parking lot of the CUEA office in Aliso Viejo from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. yesterday to participate in the vote, which will continue from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the same place today. CUEA leadership will decide whether to call a strike—and if so, when— after the votes are counted; a majority in favor of strike does not guarantee a strike. The strike vote was originally to be held at Coast Hills Community Church, but the church revoked its invitation to CUEA to use its facilities on Wed., Apr. 14 for unknown reasons. CUEA President Vicki Soderberg insinuated that the school board may have had a role in disrupting the union’s vote meeting but acknowledged that there is no proof of this. The strike vote comes just over two weeks after the Board of Trustees decided to impose a contract on the teachers’ union with a 6-1 vote, Jack Brick being the lone dissenter. The contract includes a mixture of temporary and permanent cuts resulting in a 10.1 percent pay reduction for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years combined. On Tues., Apr. 13, there was a board meeting at the CUSD office in San Juan Capistrano. The boardroom was once again filled to its capacity of approximately 300 inside, and several hundred more—many of them teachers—stood outside with picket signs. There was also more media coverage than normal; reporters from KFI Radio and Fox 11 were present. In addition, an unprecedented number of students seemed to attend, which was reflected in how many spoke during the public comment section (which was extended to one hour); of the 23 speakers, seven were students, six of whom are in high school and one of whom is in middle school. Lindsay Cherubim, a seventh grader at Don Juan Avila Middle School, addressed the board pointedly, “Going to school is my job and my responsibility, but it is your responsibility to make sure my school is open and has good teachers, a safe environment and books for me to use…By fighting with all the teachers, you put my job—that is, my education—in danger. “I’ve got a pretty small voice, but I think I get the pic[See District-Union, Page 2]


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NEWS

THE PAPER DANA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL

Student Strikes Hit Dana in Response to District BySalil Dudani Copy Editor

Dana Hills has participated in the recent surge of student activism seen in high schools across Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) with two attempts at “student strikes,” the most recent being a parent-organized, district-wide no-show on Tues., Apr. 13 and the first being an intended walkout on Thurs., Apr. 1. April 13 was planned by dissatisfied parents from Carl Hankey K-8 School in Mission Viejo who felt the school board trustees “imposed their will” as if they ran “a dictatorship” when they voted to unilaterally impose a final contract with the teachers’ union on Mar. 31. These parents believed “the board [would] have no choice but to listen” and change their final offer if enough children were removed from school. “This united stand we parents are planning on the 13th is our only true hope at this point to prevent a strike!” read their widely distributed email which reached most Dana teachers over spring break. Many Dana students were told of the plans Mon., Apr. 12, the first day back to school after break. The next day, there were approximately 400 absences at Dana, equating to

about 15 percent of the student body. On an average day, over 100 students are absent—about 5 percent. This year, up to Apr. 12, the absence rate throughout CUSD was 4 percent; the absence rate on Apr. 13 was almost 13 percent in high schools and close to 20 percent in elementary and middle schools. Exactly how much this will cost the school district is unknown, but since Average Daily Attendance (ADA)—the bulk of state funding which normally rewards a school with around $42 per student present per day—is not calculated past Mar. 19, the financial impact is not expected to be highly significant. Not all Dana students who skipped school did so for political reasons; many simply seized the opportunity for an already “justified” holiday. None who talked to THE PAPER, however, was willing to go on the record admitting that. Several teachers accommodated for the event. Kurt Speidel, for example, told his students that there would a make-up test for anyone who missed school and that his normal dock in participation points would not apply to absences Apr. 13.There have been rumors that others actively encouraged their students to stay home. One teacher at the center of such rumors is physics teacher Nate Ritscher. Ritscher declined to comment on these rumors regarding what he said to his

students about the no-show, but he told THE PAPER, “It’s important that everybody do everything they possibly can to bring attention to the [teachers’] situation and ultimately try to get a [contract] resolution that means there’s no strike or severe disruption to school. That’d be the real travesty.” Ritscher said he kept his own children home from their schools on Tuesday. Teachers seemed to have less sympathy for the demonstrations of Apr. 1, the Thursday before spring break. On Wed., Mar. 31, text messages were circulated calling for a student walkout to “stand up for teachers” the next day. The plan was to collectively leave the campus Thursday between first period and tutorial. The administration, however, had been tipped off. On the grass strip between the seniors’ and teachers’ parking lots, the approximately 150 students who had charged outside with yells were stopped by administrators in blue. What ensued was something of a standoff. The students did not continue to push forward off campus with the administrators present, who were doing little more than standing around the students. Had the students progressed, they would have been met by the police offers waiting outside the campus on Acapulco. After a few minutes Assistant Principal Cyndie Steinert offered the students a chance to return to tutorial

without punishment, and approximately half of them accepted. The rest remained on the grass. Toward the end of tutorial, however, the fire alarm was pulled. It was pulled more than a dozen times that day. At the sound of the alarm, the few dozen demonstrators still outside sprinted inside, throwing objects like bottles and cans as they went. Tutorial was just ending, and students had begun pouring out of their classrooms and into the Mall. The students rushing in charged into the Mall and began shouting in an attempt to incite the crowd already present. Simultaneously, kids were running through the hallways, banging on lockers and yelling remarks irrelevant to CUSD (e.g., “White power!”). Within these 14 minutes before the start of third period, students continued to flock to the Mall in increasingly great numbers. Before long, adminstrators were ushering students off the balcony for security reasons, as they do at lunch. A student showed the crowd a teachers’ union sign that read “No teachers, No education!” until Principal Rob Nye confiscated the sign. The few seconds of cheering before Nye took the sign and the booing that followed were all that the throng of students had done so far. Even so, more students continued coming, until an estimated 2,000 students were present, which is about

2/3 of the student body. Some minutes later English teacher Jeff Guarino, who was on the balcony, peered down at the students and held a peace sign along with other hand motions which he claims were meant to beckon the crowd to stay calm. But the result was that the charged environment exploded. “The kids started screaming and cheering like wild, hundreds and hundreds of them. Some of them were on the tables, and most of them were returning the peace sign to Guarino. The noise was overwhelming. It honestly hurt my ears. Even if it was pointless to the teachers’ cause, it was a very powerful moment,” recalled junior Sahand Nayebaziz. As the crowd grew increasingly excited, Guarino did not lower his peace sign. There were chants of “Hell no, we won’t go!” and “10 percent makes a dent!” As the bell signaled the start of third period, adminstrators began prompting students back to class. Guarino was also asked to leave the balcony. Several rumors circulated about Guarino’s involvement, such as that he helped organize the protest and that he was arrested. He said both are untrue. Nonetheless, Guarino is under investigation because of the reports that he “inspired, led or requested” studets to protest. He denied those allegations, saying he had “no idea” that the protest would occur. Most students cooperat-

ed with the administration and were not disciplined, but there were a few who continued running around campus after class began. They received truancies. In addition, off-campus violations were given to those caught trying to leave campus. A few others were detained by police for J-walking. Prompted by another text message, students congregated at the softball fields at lunch. In a situation similar to that of tutorial, they remained largely motionless. Trent Mason, a junior who participated in the protest, said that “having a good time” rather than promoting the teachers’ cause was the primary reason he took part. “I thought it’d be fun because all the students were together. We were forming against the school instead of the school being against us, and for once we were winning,” he said. Mason said he supports the teachers and believes they have been wronged, but admitted, “I don’t know if I’d actually be willing to go on strike just for them.” CUSD Trustee Mike Winsten board reacted by saying, “There are kids who will use any opportunity to ditch school or act out, and it’s unfortunate that they would seek to exploit this terrible, emotional situation for their own purposes.” In a recent survey of 360 students, 86 percent of students said they were dissatisfied with the school board.

involved. “Shame on you all for bringing down the reputation of our proud district,” he said. “Shame on you, the parents, for using your children as tools in an effort to show your power… Shame on you, teachers, for making the students suffer and choose between a side…Lastly, shame on you, members of the board, for your scheming which brought us to this point. “If the goal of each faction here—for that is what

you’ve become—is to help the students, then what is this? Who stands for the students here? Because I do not see them.” A recurring element in teachers’ speeches was complaint over the school board’s conduct since the fact-finding report was released in midMarch. Many were upset that the board did not follow the recommendations made in the report (detailed on pg. 3 of the Mar. 22 edition of THE PAPER), which had lighter sal-

ary cuts with expiration dates compensated for with class size increases of two students. Teachers were also disgruntled by what they see as the board’s unwillingness to bargain since fact-finding. The board claimed to have offered to return to the negotiating table twice, only to be rejected by CUEA; the union insists this is not the truth. On Wed., Apr. 14, however, the board issued an open letter to CUEA inviting them

for “further discussions [that] would enable both parties to reach agreement on remaining contract provisions for the 2009-2010 school year.” That day, CUEA President Soderberg dismissed this move as misleading, claiming that “the permanent pay cuts, work year reductions, and health care hard caps [will] remain in place” regardless of the board’s invitation. The overall mood of the Apr. 13 meeting was con-

siderably less belligerent than that of the board meeting held on Wed., Mar. 31. Teachers shouted down speakers they disagreed with and the trustees who voted in favor of imposing the contract Just seconds after the contract was imposed, many teachers in the boardroom began bellowing in unison, “Strike! Strike! Strike!”

Union-District Dispute Continues [continued from Pg 1] ture: It’s your way or the highway. I have to tell you, it’s really hard to make friends that way,” she ended, earning herself a standing ovation. The other students who chose to speak were also generally critical of the school board and in favor of the teachers, with one exception. Cody Norm, a student at San Juan Hills High School, expressed disappointment with all adults

-Salil Dudani Copy Editor

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Harry Potter Casts a Spell on Mall Dance

By Gillian Slee Sports Editor The witches and wizards of Dana Hills will hop on the Hogwarts Express tonight, Fri., Apr. 16, to attend ASU’s Harry Potter Dance in the mall. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts until 10:00 p.m. Tickets cost $5 with an ASU card and $8 without. ASU’s freshman class took charge of planning and organizing the dance with the support of other ASU members. ASU selected the theme for this mall dance based on the overwhelming desire of the student body to have a Harry Potter themed dance.

Freshman Rep. Ellie Plouff said, “We hope to live up to the expectations of the Harry Potter fans who wanted the dance to be the prom theme.” Students may elect to dress in their favorite “house” color or uniform, be it Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw; however, costumes are optional. Attendees in costume will enter the “wizards” and “witches” entrances. Senior Damai VegaraHegi expressed his enthusiasm stating, “This dance is gonna be wicked. I can already feel my scar burning.” The mall will be transformed into a Hogwarts inspired setting. The four walls of the mall will be decorated

with different house colors and banners. Dry ice and fog machines will set a mysterious, Hogwarts-like atmosphere for the night. Furthermore, lights will twinkle across the mall ceiling, resembling the floating candles in the Great Hall. There are many other decorations in store, which include likenesses of the Great Hall and Hogsmeade. Some food will be available. It will include some of the Harry Potter delicacies, like chocolate frogs and Bertie Bots, as well as beverages, such as polyjuice potion. Whether new to the Harry Potter world or not, this dance is sure to cast a spell on students tonight.

photo courtesy of Cindy Salway

Named as “Honorary Rotarian,” Dr. Rob Nye is awarded for his outstanding leadership and dedication in aiding the local community on March 10, 2010. The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to bestow Dr. Nye with this prestigous title; it is also honored to sponsor the Dana Hills High School Interact Program. The club encourages people to join them at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

Battles of Sexes Reaches Impasse, the War Rages On By Sam Lepore News Editor To prepare for today’s Battle of the Sexes pep rally, this week has been filled with heated competitions between the boys and girls. ASU hosted games in the mall during lunch to promote the rally and to get students pumped. These events included a family-feud style gameshow and a frenzied game of musical chairs. While student participants showed off their

skills, neither gender was able to take the lead against the other. Today’s pep rally featured a variety of events to determine which is the superior gender. Kicking off the pep rally was a Volkswagen car race, a test of physical prowess in which teams of the opposite sex carried cardboard cars as fast as they could around the track. The Dance Team, which did a hip-hop dance with varsity wrestling. and the SOSCA Dance Team performed next. SOSCA dancers did a mock dance off, dressed as

opposing Dana Hills and San Clemente students, to the tune of Space Jam. Dana students, as always, ended victorious. Promoting this evening’s Harry Potter dance in the Mall at 7:30 p.m. was an all-out wizard’s duel between senior

“The worst part about being a male cheerleader is the chafing.” -Stephen Morris Senior Jesse Sharps of Slytherin and senior Tori Foley of

Gryffindor. Some intense trash talking (in which the slanderous term “mudblood” was thrown around) was followed by a duel, wands and spells included. The follow-up act was a test of our students’ maternal and paternal instincts. At the end zone of the football field, each team (girls versus boys) had three people and three babies. They speedily worked to diaper the babies, strap them into sleds and pull them. Once they reached the middle of the field, they needed to feed and burp the babies and search for a

binky inside a pot of oatmeal. Next, the boys’ and girls’ captains of the spring sports teams played a heated match of tug-of-war over a pool of water. The Battle of the Sexes was concluded by the much anticipated male cheerleaders, who worked tirelessly to make this year’s routine more provocative than ever. While they enjoy what they do immensely, senior male cheerleader Stephen Morris said, “The worst part about being a male cheerleader is the chafing.” Preparations for their act,

according to Morris, included “watching Bring it On, Bring it On 2, Step Up and Slumdog Millionare.” One aspect of the Battle of the Sexes pep rally that will be missed is the use of inflatables in the routines. Due to injury caused by inflatables last year at another school, the district banned them. Because inflatables have always been such a major part of pep rallies, senior Seena Foroutan, a member of ASU, said, “We had to come up with completely new games and do a lot more preparations. It was a lot more work this year.”


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RIF Notices Hit Teachers By Aralyn Beaumont News Editor

photo courtesy of Jenifer Gross

On their annual trip, 40 SOCSA Choir students gather together in front of Le Invalides Hospital in Paris, France.

SOCSA Choir Tours Europe By Serene Jneid Intern From Apr. 4 through Apr. 12, SOCSA choir students were given the opportunity to perform in Barcelona, Spain, and Paris, France. Expectations for the trip were high. Geoff Kaufman, a junior in SOCSA’s mixed vocal jazz group, Blue Lanterns, commented, “I am so happy that I’m getting the opportunity of going on this trip. I get to go to two of the most beautiful locations in the world and experience the sites with all of my choir friends. Oh, and the French ladies!”

On Mon., Apr. 5, the students landed in Barcelona. They started their trip with a bus tour. On Tues., Apr. 6, Coach Xavier Baulies held a morning clinic for the students. After touring the city including La Sagrada Familia, the students attended an evening concert. On Wed., Apr. 7, they spent more time in the city and were given free time to shop and enjoy the culture. That evening the students performed in the Church of Pi. Sarah Grimes, a freshman in the women’s choir said, “It was a wonderful experience; it seemed like the audience really enjoyed it, and the acoustics were amazing!”

Thurs., Apr. 8, the students arrived in Paris. Their tour guide took them to see some of Paris’ famous architecture. On Fri., Apr. 9, they performed a 30-minute recital inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Olivia O’Brien, a sophomore in SOCSA vocal production, said, “It was a surreal experience singing in NotreDame. It’s something I will absolutely never forget.” Then the choirs enjoyed a short tour of the Louvre. Later, half of the students went to hear Mozart’s Requiem, and the other half went to see the musical “Zorro.” On Sat., Apr. 10, the students performed at Disneyland Paris. After they finished their

performance. Students had the option of either staying in the park or going out to explore the city of Paris. On Sun., Apr. 11, the madrigal choir participated in the service at the American Church of Paris. At the end of the service the women’s madrigals preformed. After their performances the students had a guided tour of Versailles Palace. On Mon., Apr. 12, the students boarded their plane and headed home. Samantha Bentson, a senior in SOCSA madrigals, and president of the SOCSA choir commented, “This was a wonderful experience that we will never forget!”

At the Mar. 9 Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) board meeting, the trustees authorized serving Reduction in Force (RIF) notices, also known as “pink slips,” to 322 of CUSD’s approximately 2,200 teachers. Twenty-nine of these teachers are from Dana, which is disproportionately higher compared to other schools in the district. The reason for this large number is because Dana has a copious amount of young teachers. Permanent teachers can be RIFed and the most recently hired teachers are the first to receive pink slips. Teachers are further categorized according to points aquired, and then a lottery takes place to determine the order in which they receive their job back. The teachers’ union, Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA), represents the teachers in RIF hearings and ensures that the district adheres to the point system when deciding which teachers will be laid off. The excessive amount of RIF notices is due to a recent report by the CUSD fact-finder that proposes increasing class sizes by two students which necessitates fewer teachers. Yet, the district RIFed many more teachers than they needed to,

which has created much turmoil around the school. “It was a mean spirited negotiations ploy by CUSD to intimidate teachers,” Special Education teacher and union representative Mike Weinell stated. Teachers with pink slips feel a mixture of emotions, from fear of losing their jobs to frustration with the school board’s antics. “There is nothing more frustrating and more demoralizing than knowing that you may lose your job even though people who don’t work hard or care about education still have their jobs,” said English teacher Tim Sampson, who has been given his third RIF notice. However, some teachers like Gegorgett Kightlinger have a more positive outlook. “As a teacher, I wish this wasn’t something we had to stress about, but it is on all our minds,” commented Kightlinger. “I’m more hopeful after going through this process without losing my job last year.” It isn’t only teachers with RIF notices who are frustrated by the school board’s latest tactics. Non-RIF, seasoned teachers are seeing retirement as an appealing option due to the dramatics with the school board. The RIF notices can be recalled, and it is unclear how many teachers will actually be laid off. Last year a total of 229 teachers were laid off, saving CUSD approximately $20 million.


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Action Committee Informs Student Body

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n light of recent issues surrounding the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) and the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA), also known as the teachers’ union, Student Adviser to the CUSD Board of Trustees senior Saam Alikhani has created the DHHS Student Information and Action Committee in order to inform the student body of facts about current district and union proceeedings.

ByPia Bhathal Editor-in-Chief

Alikhani explained that he decided to form the committee after he learned about Aliso Niguel High School’s student group supporting teachers. Alikhani saw the leader of the group speak at a board meeting and believed he was “really one sided, radical.” Seeing firsthand how students at Aliso Niguel High School were becoming involved with district and union negotiations, Alikhani was spurred to start a similar, but more impartial, committee at Dana Hills that would provide

students with the opportunity to make their own decisions regarding CUSD and CUEA matters based on facts rather than circulating rumors. “The committee is not pro-teachers or pro-board. It is solely to get the facts out there,” explained Alikhani. Following the Board of Trustee’s 6-1 vote on Wed., Mar. 31 in favor of permanent paycuts and the student walkout that occured the next day, students of the committee met to discuss the proposal. Alikhani reviewed the cuts that teachers would receive if the CUEA accepted the proposal. He also informed students that teachers would be voting to strike on Thurs., Apr. 15. If the teachers do decide to

strike, Alikhani said that there would be approximately one substitute teacher in charge of 150 students. He commented, “It won’t really be teaching, but it will be more like babysitting.” The first meeting was held on Tues., Mar. 23 in the ASU room at lunch, where Alikhani spoke about the

much-anticipated fact-finding report and CUSD and CUEA’s respective proposals with regard to teacher contract negotiations. Approximately 35 stu-

dents out of the roughly 300 members of the committee on Facebook attended the meeting. During the meeting, students asked several questions about the possibility of teachers striking if the board does not propose a negotiation that the CUEA deems acceptable. Said Alikhani, “Mostly all the kids knew that they might strike, but I let them know that if there was a strike, they have a choice to reevaluate the situation and then decide if they are coming to school.” At the end of the meeting, Alikhani urged students to actively participate in current district and union issues by passing information along to fellow students as well as their parents and personally assessing the situation if a strike does occur. “This is an issue that will plague us for the next couple of years,” stated Alikhani. “Students and parents have a big involvement and should exercise their power. Especially students who have so much collective power but don’t utilize it.”

Teaching the student body about the current situation in the district, Saam Alikhani reviews the board’s proposal that was presented on Mar. 31 at the board meeting.

were admitted and $4367 was raised in total. Students gave props to the facility and the laid-back supervision. However, the community center was not as pleased. There were major concerns because too many students had been admitted; many had become too rowdy and violent and damaged the center. Since police found alcohol out-

side the event and later inside, the dance was shut down half an hour early. Said junior Jamie Slattery, secretary of Laguna Hills’ Big Brothers Big Sister, “I believe it was a successful night, disregarding the event at the end that caused the dance to come to an early end.” She added, “There was a lot of alcohol brought into the dance, and it caused a lot

of problems: holes in the wall, there were multiple fights, and there was actually a big fight against a daughter and her father.” But senior Lindsay Hart, who left before the dance got shut down, explained, “It was really fun, there was good music and everyone was there to have a good time. It was basically a smaller Glow Dance with a different theme.”

“The committee is not pro-teachers or pro-board. It is solely to get the facts out there” -Saam Alikhani Student Adviser to the CUSD Board of Trustees

photo by Emily Roulund

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Jungle Dance By Lauren Black News Editor From 7 to about 9:30 p.m. on Fri., Mar. 26, a gathering of students dressed in their finest jungle attire stormed the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo for the first ever Welcome to the Jungle Dance.

Organized by Laguna Hills High School students, proceeds benefited the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County. Along the lines of events like the Glow Dance and last year’s White is Bright Dance, all high school students willing to cough up $10 (or $8 for presale tickets) were welcome. Despite warnings of a 300 person limit, over 400 students

Slattery further remarked, “We would like to make this an annual event and have like three or four a year! But after this alcohol situation, it might be hard to convince the organization to let us hold another one.” Perhaps students will learn their lesson and next year another dance can be held that is both fun and safe for everyone.


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To Baja and Back By Matt McCreadie Sports Editor

Over spring break, from Sat., Apr. 3, to Sun., Apr. 11, Mr. Randy Hudson’s marine ecology class went on its annual trip to Baja California. As has been publicized, the trip was not run through the school this year. Hudson took on the logisics of the trip on his own. By setting up a private company, he earned the rights to proceed with the trip as usual.

He and his students had the experience of a lifetime to study all of the material learned in the classroom out into the real world. The main purpose was to extend the learning from the classroom to a tangible level. Every morning until about noon, the students applied the knowledge they gained throughout the year to the actual environment. Hudson engaged his class in nature walks, broke out into groups, and conducted many other studies. The ever-famous es-

photo courtesy of Natalie Richter

Enjoying another beautiful day in Baja, Sarah Smith, Mr. Richter, Natalie Richter, Eric Cho, Cody Cook, Brandon Fox, Aly Trachtman and Dayna Smith gather on a small boat.

cape is not all studying though. When the kids were not analyzing and naming off seaweed, or collecting samples, the students were basking in the Mexican sunshine and gaining a relationship with the land. The most popular afternoon activities included fishing, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, exploring the sand dunes, and long walks on the beach. They even had campfire sing-a-longs and slept under the stars. As glamorous as this all sounds, precautions were made to ensure the safety of the students. Especially in the political turmoil Mexico is experiencing right now, safety was the number one priority. Thankfully, and without surprise, no major mishaps occurred. Only a few minor scrapes. Despite popular belief, the 7.2 magnitude Easter earthquake originating in Mexicali did not interfere with the trip in any way. Their campsite location was farther from the epicenter than we were here in Dana Point. An interesting phenominon as a result of the Baja trip has occurred. Many students are havig withdrawl symptoms from this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Senior Sam Van de Velde, outdoors activist, said, “I wish I was still there.” Senior Henry Camarillo was also deeply affected by the trip saying that he could “still feel sand” in his toes. Hopefully this positive experience will soothe the brow of the school district and prove that the safety concerns it had for sponsoring the trip are no longer a reason for alarm.

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photo by Emily Roulund

Offering Pazooki and a raffle to win a date, Peter Danskin, Natalie Testa, Lulu Erkeneff, and Diana Fabian of the Surfrider club represent the country Tahiti.

Flavors of the World By Lauren Black News Editor On Fri., Apr. 2, the gym opened its doors to the cultures of the world. From 0 period through lunch, students were welcomed to explore the traditional tastes made possible by the plethora of clubs on campus. ASU’s Director of Clubs, junior Dilan Shah, was in charge of the day. Often one of the biggest fundraisers for the smaller clubs, ASU members felt the day was a success. Each club recieved their respective share of ASU’s ticket sales, based on how many they collected. Surfrider followed up last year with a raffle to win a

date with junior Austin DeVone, The lucky winner was senior Lani Vaill, who exclaimed, “It was easily the greatest moment of my life. I can’t wait to go on our date.” Attendees were entertained by traditional Spanish dancers who performed in the center and even let some students join in. “The food was great, and during lunch the student mosh pit seemed really cool- so many cultures dancing all in one tiny space” noted sophomore AJ Jackson. Due to the student uprising the day before in regards to the CUSD Board and teacher conflicts, rumors had been circulating about starting a food fight during the event. The administration was informed and Dr. Nye released a strict warn-

ing during third period. He cautioned, “Students who choose to participate in disruptive behavior today will receive disciplinary consequences. If you are a senior, you may jeopardize culminating senior activities. If you are a student athlete, you will risk your ability to participate in future athletic events”. The widespread circulation of these rumors prompted the security to keep an especially careful eye out for any commotion. Thankfully, no turmoil ensued and all was well. Sophomore Emma Johnson, who spent the day working at the French club booth, recapped, “It was a great experience and gave everyone a taste of different cultures. Many students worked hard to make it work.”


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Improv Show Lives Up To Expectations By Tyler Hartung Entertainment Editor On Fri., Mar. 26, at 8 o’clock p.m., Dana Hills was treated to a performance by some of the most quick-thinking and witty students on campus. The Improv Team’s annual show, “Life of the Party,” filled the entire Porthole Theater with students and parents who were looking for a laugh. “At one point I had to bend over because I was laughing so hard,” junior Ellen Lomonico commented about “Life of the Party”. “The entire show was hilarious.” Improv Team member junior Geoff Kaufman added, “Great turnout, great jokes, great shirts, great show.” The Improv Team, led by sophomore director Emily Horton, includes seniors Julie Wickstrom and Kyle Norman; juniors Kaufman, Alex Sloan, Emma Werderman and Jessell Kelly; and sophomores Matt Lunn and Allison Leibold. “I’m the only member who was on the team last year, so it was sort of a learning experience for everyone,” Horton said about the team. “I had to step into a leadership role and teach everyone how the games worked.” Norman reflected, “I felt that everyone was really on top of their game at the show. It was a really good run-through, and the audience was great.”

After holding tryouts and assembling the team during the first month of the school year, Horton led the team in practicing various improvisation games. Horton said, “We meet two or three times a week to practice. I know it seems odd to practice improv, but without practice it becomes a bunch of uncontrolled nonsense. Even though it really is nonsense, it’s funny when it has structure.” The show turned out to be a huge success, as the team played games such as “World’s Worst,” “Yearbook” and “Whose Line,” all which incorporated suggestions given by the audience when they walked into the show. Hosted by seniors Jenifer Gross and Jane Papageorge, “Life of the Party” lived up to its title with party decorations strewn across the stage as well a relaxed atmosphere due to the constant interaction between the improvists and spectators. “An improv show is way more laid back than any other show,” Sloan commented. “You usually aren’t in character unless you’re doing a scene. It’s one of the few times where it’s ok to break the ‘fourth wall.’” The fourth wall mentioned by Sloan is the theoretical wall that separates the audience from the performers, preventing any audience interaction. Werderman, who hilariously portrayed a llama for most of the performance, com-

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Trabuco Hills High By Gina Scott News Editor

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Entertaining the crowd, junior Emma Werderman imitates a llama during one of the various skits from the improv show. mented, “We all didn’t think the show would go as well as it did because in the past the show didn’t have great audiences. But this year the audience was great. I think we fed off the energy from the crowd, so we all felt more confident up there during the performance.” Horton added that most of the show was planned at the last minute, so it allowed for more spontaneity in the games. “It ended up giving us more freedom and the opportunity to take the show to a whole new energy level.” She also said, “Since September, when we first chose

the team, I tried to picture what the show would be like. It was the best show that anyone could have imagined, and I would like to thank our adviser Ms. Longdon and everyone who helped make it possible.” Due to the show’s success, Horton declared that another show is being planned in cooperation with the Makea-Wish Club, where all of the income would be given to charity. The show would most likely take place in May after AP tests. “It was so much fun that we just want to do it all over again!” exclaimed Kaufman.

Physical Education teacher Scott Orloff has recently accepted a job as the head football coach of Trabuco Hills High School. “I am very impressed with Trabuco’s facilities and their faculty. I believe it’s a great opportunity for me to get back into high school coaching again,” Orloff commented about his coaching position. For the past 14 years, Orloff has been an employee here at Dana Hills. His over 28 years of football coaching experience made him the prime candidate to replace former Trabuco coach Jason Negro. Orloff’s coaching record includes head football coach at Dana from 1996 to 2001, head coach at Santa Anna Valley College from 1993 to 1995 and also defensive coordinator at Orange Coast College for the past eight years. His expectations for Trabuco’s program are high. “I have the opportunity to lead them into Division One football as we compete against other elite programs,” said Orloff. “We’re going to have some bumps and bruises along the way, but I believe we will be successful.” Orloff is looking forward to creating a family atmosphere and implementing Academic Success and Character Counts programs at Trabuco, which are

similar to the Arizona Accords Character Counts Program he adopted while coaching at Dana in 1999. “I believe in a strong work ethic from the players and coaches as well as the community,” Orloff said about about his coaching philosophy. Orloff will finish off the school year at Dana Hills as a P.E. teacher. In the fall, he will teach P.E. as well as coach at Trabuco. Since being awarded the job, he has been going to Trabuco every day after school to run the football program.

“We are going to have some bumps and bruises along the way, but I believe we will be successful.” -Scott Orloff Physical Education Department Orloff, though excited about his new opportunity at Trabuco, stated, “I will miss the friendships that I’ve built for the past 14 years as well as the fantastic teachers and students here at Dana Hills.” He would also like to thank Principal Dr. Rob Nye and the administrative staff for everything they have done, and he wishes Dana Hills the best of luck in the coming years.

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Survey: If you could be friends with any TV character, who would it be? Why?

SCHWARTZBERG VOTED TEACHER OF THE YEAR By Aralyn Beaumont News Editor

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“Jack Bauer because he would protect me.” - Zach Perea, 11

“Stewy from ‘Family Guy,’ because then we can dominate the world together.” - Diana Fabian, 10

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e is loud, charismatic, genuine, and genius. Encompassing the qualities of a great educator, math teacher Jake Schwartzberg’s Teacher of the Year Award is long overdue. Upon receiving this award from his fellow teachers, Schwartzberg said he felt honored and overwhelmed. “This school is stuffed with great teachers who are deserving of this honor.” Such teachers in Schwartzberg’s esteem are Degen, Hudson, Ritscher, Guarino, Reischl, Compean, Hulse, Widfeldt and about twenty others. “The kids at Dana have access to a really good education,” he recognized. Seventeen years of teaching, 14 of them being outside of the halls of Dana Hills, gave Schwartzberg the ability to truly appreciate being a part of a substantial institution.

“I think I have found a home here at Dana,” he said. “This is where I’ll finish my teaching career.” It took 14 years of traveling through the school system to find a place to settle, but Schwartzberg deems his long journey worth it. He can attribute his disciplinary abilities to Texas, his superb teaching skills to the California coast, and the quest that brought him to Dana to his hometown, Arizona. His odyssey began after six years of teaching in Tuscan, Arizona. “I just wanted to see the world a little bit,” he said, “so I decided to see the world one school at a time.” The first stop was Fort Worth, Texas, where Schwartzberg learned how to teach incredibly ill-prepared students. “These were students who lived well below the poverty line,” Schwartzberg explained. One year of metal detectors, gangs and on-campus police was enough to make Schwartzberg want a breath of fresh ocean air. After teaching for a

year in Torrey Pines, California, Schwartzberg made his way north to spend three years in Manhattan Beach and two years in Mountain View. These California schools were full of affluent and motivated students, giving Schwartzberg the opportunity to teach high level kids. When his dad, who now resides in San Diego with Schwartzberg’s mom, suffered a heart attack, Schwartzberg moved to Dana in order to be closer to his family. And though he holds Dana in extremely high regard, Schwartzberg would change one thing: block schedule. He explained how research indicates that it is not entirely beneficial; when students have the ability to meet their teachers every day they develop a greater retention span; also, up to 20 percent less material is covered because teachers refrain from teaching bell to bell. Schwartzberg holds to his own educational philosophy to make teaching effective regardless of block schedule.

“Charisma and personality are as important as content knowledge,” Schwartzberg stated. Schwartzberg realizes that math teachers have historically been the worst at teaching due to their inability to teach the things that come easiest to them, but he considers himself lucky. “If you demonstrate passion for a subject, it can be contagious,” he explained. Schwartzberg doesn’t rely on being “a little over the top” to be a good teacher, though. “This award has made me work harder; it is almost like I feel like I have to be worthy of that award,” he explained. Schwartzberg’s future is full of class preparations and hard work, but he hopes that the futures of Dana’s seniors are their dreams. “You only have once chance to live your dream; don’t let anyone talk you out of it,” Schwartzberg offered as advice for the student body.

start on their summer tans. There are mixed feelings on exactly what has caused this sudden laziness in the school’s eldest population. Some argue that the flood of college acceptances (and rejections) has been the main cause. Since accepted students are aware that the GPA most colleges require to maintain is probably about a 3.0, many are unwilling to put in any effort above that level. Rejected students have resigned themselves to Saddleback or a smaller university that they were not originally planning to attend; many of these seniors have given up hope because their dreams have already been lost. Not all accepted seniors have the freedom to entirely succumb to senioritis, instead

spending countless hours struggling with the fact that they don’t want to do their work but still have to. For example, senior Natalie Testa feels trapped in her work because she is an AP student on the brink of earning valedictorian honors, and AP testing does not start until May. “It’s hard because I’ve worked so hard for four long years, and I’m almost done, but I’m not. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s really dark in here, and I’ve fallen down, and I lost my glasses, and I’m pretty sure I stepped on them. I feel like I might never make it out!” Testa said of her internal conflict on the subject. Others argue that they are just tired of all the work they’ve done and feel they’ve earned their time to slack off.

Allie Riiska, a senior graduating with a ticket to UCLA and several academic honors, says that she is now reluctant to go to work, since she only took the job to beef up her college applications. “I’ve done four years of the hardest work of my life,” lamented Riiska, “and now each day I have to go to an actual job. I get distracted by the fact that I’d rather quit and just relax.” Despite the lack of motivation, seniors have to hang in there for two more months. Then they can celebrate their successes and forget their shortcomings. They can lay on the beach without the burden of summer homework. They can finally read a book of their own choosing, for their own enjoyment.

Senioritis Strikes Dana

“Jackie Johnson from Channel 9 news because I would always know the weather.” - Marc Degen, Math teacher

By Stephanie Wright Feature & Entertaiment Editor

I “Dwight Schrute (‘The Office’), so he could teach me about self defense, or Pauly and Snooki (‘Jersey Shore’), so we could fist pump like champs.” - Alfonso Ordaz, 10

“Fez from ‘That 70’s Show,’ because I want to find out where he’s from!” - Kayla White, 10

“Jimmy Neutron, because he could do my math homework.” - Annahita Haghighi, 10

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t appears as though a plague has struck the senior lot. Cars have recently begun to disappear, and students have virtually stopped attending class. Apathy has smote the seniors with the deadliest plague of all: senioritis. First semester of this school year was manageable for seniors, who enjoyed their elevated status as a luxury not afforded outside of campus. However, as second semester commenced, seniors began to feel the magnetic pull of senioritis that would entice them to take a day off, relaxing at home with their favorite TiVoed shows or getting a head


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Here From the Start—Merritt Grimm A long-time member of the faculty and an ever-present figure at school events, Grimm has always been a beloved presence on campus.

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ou may not find his name with the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison or other founding fathers in your American History textbook; yet, nobody would question the fact that Merritt Grimm has been at Dana Hills longer than most people can remember and, certainly, longer than most students have been alive. He’s known to a few as the dedicated, Harbor Houseloving Mock Trial coach, to some as the lovable announcer of football games, to most as the “coolest substitute teacher of all time” and to all as the one and only “Grimmy.” When and where did you graduate from high school? What did you do after high school? I graduated from Baldwin Park High School in the San Gabriel Valley in 1957. I was in the third graduating class. I finally graduated from California State University at Fullerton (CSU Fullerton) in 1964. I studied the best and most rigorous major out there: Speech and Theatre. Compared to past years, kids are becoming more and more focused on what they want early on. As a kid, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up?

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A Viking! Well, there weren’t too many jobs available at the time, so I wanted to be the captain of a Viking ship. It was my lifelong dream to scream “ODIN!!!” when other ships cruised by. Most people aren’t exactly eager to return to high school. Why did you decide to come back? Did you ever think that you would be a teacher? Originally, I wanted to be an actor or work in commercials. Ironically, my agent/director ended up going to Japan. I didn’t really know what to do at that point; it’s hard being an actor. I heard that there was a new opening for drama teacher, but I didn’t think that I’d actually get the job! I needed the money, and I knew that I was too big to be a [racehorse] jockey. How long have you been at Dana Hills? What are your best memories teaching at Dana Hills? Since 1972—I helped start Dana Hills. I retired from teaching in 2005 but continued to coach Mock Trial and started my new career as a substitute teacher. In terms of best memories, I would definitely have to say senior pranks! I’ll also always remember the 9192 football CIF finals, all of the 2009-2010 athletics, teacher entertainment, [Mike] Weinell’s Halloween Gigs and all the SOCSA musicals. How do you spend your free time outside of

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school? I watch my favorite sports (football, basketball and baseball), enjoy the beach with my wife of 35 years, travel and spend time with my kids. I’m also pretty religious. What were your favorite classes in high school? How has high school changed since the days when you helped start Dana ? In order: lunch, and then basketball and then baseball—all highly academic, of course. Students are smarter and more serious now, and teachers have more responsibilities. Parents are more concerned about college. What’s the most hilarious experience that you’ve had at Dana Hills? Former English teacher Kris Evans used to go swimming every day at lunch when we didn’t have block schedule. One day, I “borrowed” her dress while she went swimming and stuck it in English teacher Bill Prestridge’s locker. She [Evans] ended up teaching her fifth period wrapped in two towels. Yep…it was almost the end of the line for ‘ole Grimmy after that one. Then again, that was back in the day when you could get away with almost anything. Who was your most prevalent inspiration as a kid? What event has had the most prominent emotional impact on your life? Undoubtedly, Elvis. The successive deaths

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Showing his true colors, Merritt Grimm revives his acting talent from way back when. Grimm can be found announcing for various sports, laying down the law with Mock Trial or even writing his movie “Pachyderms.” of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy also made me realize that everyone was vulnerable. The fact that somebody as important as the President of the United States could be threatened really reminded me how precious life really is. What’s one thing that you’ve always wanted to do in your life? Is there any-

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thing in particular that most people don’t know about you? I always wanted to play the grape in the Fruit-ofthe-Loom commercial. Come to think of it, I still do! Also, I’m writing a movie called “Pachyderms,” which will be about my elephant-racing days at Cal. State Fullerton. If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that elephants are extremely para-

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noid about their feet. Overall though, it should be a hilarious, but slightly toned-down, version of animal house. What advice would you offer the class of 2010? Persevere. Never give up. Thank your parents. Stay positive, and study hard! After you have done all that, you too can teach at Dana Hills as a substitute teacher.

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BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING By Elizabeth Chaddock Sports Editor

With the recent lawsuits concerning Pennsylvania high schools that spied on students via webcams, one can’t help but notice how invasive schools have become in students’ lives. With tardy sweeps alone, we now feel as if we are being hunted every second of the school day. Many times I have witnessed fellow classmates frantically running from proctors to the safety of their classrooms. Even at lunch, a time generally intended for relaxation, we are constantly being monitored by video cameras. Since when was school supposed to be a hostile place where just trying to go to your locker is considered a crime? Turnitin.com also has this stifling effect. It makes all students feel like they are plagiarizers, and, while plagiarizing is to be frowned upon, I still feel like the school is breathing too closely down our necks. If a

student is tardy, the teacher should take care of it in his/her own way, and, really, it should be the student’s choice whether or not to be late to class. A tardy student will miss out on valuable class time, so it is his/ her loss. The same goes for Turnitin.com. While plagiarizing a paper is unfair to the other students, the cheating student will lack the writing skills developed from writing one’s own paper, which will eventually come back to haunt him/her. Then again, such stringent policies are just our payment for a free education. As John Locke believed, government is based on a social contract; we give up freedoms in exchange for an education and protection from the few wild or delinquent kids at school. But this is not how schools should operate under our modern government. If high school is supposed to prepare us for college and adulthood, perhaps we should be treated more like adults and not like a herd of animals. We should be able to learn the negative consequences of dishonest or irresponsible behaviors without being directly punished by the school.

Society Needs to Accept Those Who Don’t Fit Mold By Marilyn La Jeunesse News Editor

Atheism: One of the most negatively portrayed labels among the people of our generation. Most people consider atheists to be narrowminded, debauched and most of all God-hating. But how can these labels be placed upon all atheists when not all of them are like this? Being an atheist myself, I know first hand all the different opinions felt towards atheists. One of the most common questions asked of me when I tell someone I am atheist is “Why?” I can never give a straight answer. As well-known religious critic Stephen Roberts once said “when you understand why you dismiss all other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” Though people may automatically label me as a “God-hater”, there’s definitely nothing God hating about me. I cannot speak for everyone but most of us, atheists, are religiously tolerant and don’t criticize

God every chance we get. While I may not enjoy people saying, “I’ll pray for you”, I am respectful enough not to retort with a: “okay, pray really hard because I don’t think he’ll hear you.” Besides, I shouldn’t be here defending what I believe. People claim religious tolerance but they press upon me as if atheism isn’t a belief. No it isn’t a religion, but it is a belief that should be respected. Pass the tolerance onto us. We don’t hate on you, so why hate on us? Why should all athiests be stereotyped as Godhaters when only a small number truly are? I’m sick and tired of being called a God-hater and people thinking I have no soul. The religious stereotypes need to stop. It is tiring and hurtful to hear the same thing said over and over again about atheism and it goes for the rest of religions too. You don’t need to know or understand why people believe what they believe; all you need to do is respect them and their beliefs, as they should do to you. In my opinion if God is so accepting, why can you not accept my beliefs? Our country over-came severe racism, so why can’t it do the same for atheism?

Indie Fad Doesn’t Indicate Independence By Matt McCreadie Sports Editor

Using a film camera. Shopping at Urban Outfitters. Quoting “The Catcher in the Rye.” Wearing flannels. Wearing glasses without a prescription. Going on photoshoots. Beanies tilted on the back of your head. Listening to music that contains no melody. Topsiders. Rolled jeans. V-necks. Buttoning that top button of your button-up shirt. Riding a stylishly impractical bicycle. Hikes. Wayfarers. Indie? Independent? Same? Different. None of these things are independent because so many of us do them. But they are “indie.” They are “indie” if the person doing, wearing, saying or having these things has an air of pretentiousness about him/ her. Following a fad is one thing. Pretending to be the fad is another. Pretending to be the fad usually entails some kind of anger arising when one is confronted about his/her style choice. I am a fan of the indie-ness that fills the halls of our high school culture. It’s cool. It’s a

peculiar mix of the 60s hippie generation and the disgruntled, anti-establishment 90s generation (which by the way, we didn’t really grow up in; being two years old when “Smells Like Teen Spirit” came out doesn’t count). It makes me sad to see the 80s moving in. That’s my fad forecast. The 80s are coming in (already here in many ways, in fact). But maybe the return of the 80s is a good thing. Maybe a transition is what we need in order to realize the fleetingness of all of these trends to realize that being “indie” is not self-defining. Maybe the 80s will rid us of the steadfast liberal affectedness that pollutes the very ideals of being “indie.” Just maybe a phase shift will allow us to see this portion of artistic movement for what it really is- expression. Does calling the “indie” thing art in itself make me indie? Does the fact that I am contemplating my own hypocrisy in being indie make me more indie? I don’t know. What I do know is that when this vogue passes and a new one moves in, we will be able to look back and say, “yeah, I thought I was cool,” thereby finally detaching ourselves from the phenomenon. We will be able to objectively view this time period in the most organic way possible. Only then will we truly be indie.

Teachers Are Here, You Should be Too It is the opinion of The Paper that... It’s clear that student protest has erupted in light of recent negotiations, or lack thereof, between the school board and the teachers’ union. It is human nature to support those you believe are being mistreated, but the fact is that students wreaking havoc for a few days is not going to suddenly change the mind of a board that, despite fact-finder recommendations, is still imposing a permanent pay cut. Among the most meaningless protests in the name of supporting the teachers’ cause was the sickout this past Tuesday. Nothing more than an opportunity for students to miss school, the sickout caused up to a 50 percent decrease in attendance at some schools. The majority of the support came from elementary schools. To the students who took the easy way out by missing school and only hindering the quality of their own education, we ask: when teachers are here, why aren’t you? With the possibility of a strike becoming intensified, it is sheer stupidity to skip school in this crucial time of the year, especially while the school is staffed with qualified educators. This may not be the case next week, and if so, then your choice to not attend school at least has reason to it, unlike on Tuesday. And besides, taking into account the issues the board is currently dealing with and the trustees’ unwillingness to propose a temporary pay cut throughout the entire year, missing one day of school is just a drop in the bucket for them. Furthermore, the district stands to lose only a small amount of money due to absences this time of year because funding is predominantly based on the first two thirds of the school year. So don’t think you are harming the district by being absent. You are only harming yourself. By no means are we saying that supporting the teachers is wrong. We are saying that contract negotiations between the board and the teachers’ union are an adult matter, and teachers will have to act for an impact to be made. We are saying take advantage of your educational opportunities. We are saying if teachers are here, you should be too.

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Protests Lack Reason By Tyler Hartung Entertainment Editor

It’s no secret that there has been some tension between the CUEA (California Unified Educators Association) and the CUSD (Capistrano Unified School District) Board Members over the recent contract negotiations. Up until now, most of the conflict and debate has remained strictly at the CUSD building and/or at the board meetings. The closest the conflict has ever come to school is the teachers standing out on the corner of Golden Lantern and Acapulco, holding up picket signs so parents dropping off their children at school are made aware of their cause. And rightly so, because it seems the only way that the board will make any concessions to the teachers is with the support of parents who are concerned for their children’s education. Finally the turmoil has managed to bubble over into our everyday school setting, and the response from students is seen as both utterly goalless and a ridiculous excuse to run amok and wreak havoc in the hallways. After the lame attempt to incite a student protest during a student choice tutorial, wherein approximately two hundred students simply stood in front of the school and refused to go to class, the mob then moved to the mall at break where more riot attempts took place. Between banging tables, random group chants and holding of “Recall the Board!” signs, the “protest” ultimately went nowhere and accomplished nothing besides disruption. The first and most obvious problem with these displays of unhappiness are the fact that they are taking place here at school during instructional time. The administration has absolutely nothing to do with any of the problems between the board and the teachers. The administration has an entirely separate union and contract than the teachers do, and administrators are in no way affiliated with the board or its decisions. In fact, administrators are at an even higher risk than teachers of losing their job these days without the permanency that teachers possess. Starting a 3,000 student against five administrators riot not only proves nothing; the administrators literally did not do anything to deserve it. So if you still feel that you need to vocally display your unhappiness with the current situation, why not do it in front of the actual people who are causing the problem? (i.e. the CUSD Offices or at the board meetings). The fact that one hundred students stood in front of the school looking at each other not only did nothing to get the attention of anyone at the district but also reflects poorly upon the teachers, making it seem as if they are supporting these “riots,” which brings me to my next point. The common justification for why these events took place was, “We’re supporting the teachers.” I fail

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to see how getting large groups to run through the halls banging on the walls or attempting to ditch class is “supporting” the teachers’ cause at all. From my standpoint, this display was put on by students who know little about the actual dispute between the board and the teacher’s union. And although I’m sure that the teachers are glad that they have the support of the students they teach I am also sure they would like to see it put to use in a more productive way, such as getting informed about what is actually going on. By no stretch of the imagination am I saying that the student body should not support the teachers. We all know how vital these hard-working educators are to us, and it is extremely unfair what the board is asking of them. Along with our education being reduced to baby-sitting if there is a teachers’ strike, basically all athletics and extracurricular activities would be cancelled as well. For students the school year is being shortened, and class sizes are increasing. Even universities are being affected. Since the UC system is now facing budget cuts as well, this could possibly be the reason you might not have gotten accepted to your top school choice. There is no question that there is a great deal at stake for everyone. But is it too much to ask you to be educated about the subject that you are seemingly so angry about? Instead of deciding not to go to tutorial to show how much you care, go to a board meeting. Not only are they full of the drama and yelling that seems to be fueling these “riots,” additionally they are an eyeopening experience, as you might actually find out about the injustices that are being put into action by the board. If this is too much for you, go to a Student Information Action Committee meeting right here at school or visit the group’s Facebook page. Not only is the group one reliable way to receive the facts about what is going on, but it comes from a first-hand account. The leader, senior Saam Alikhani, is the Student Adviser to the CUSD Board of Trustees. He sits alongside the board members at every meeting and even gets a vote on issues brought to the board’s attention. And if you simply can’t attend these meetings, there is always the world-wide web right at your fingertips. Simply Google the minutes from the board meetings, as they provide important information regarding what is taking place in the negotiation discussions between the CUEA and CUSD. So please, continue supporting the teachers’ fight for what they rightly deserve, but know the facts. Know about the proposed pay cuts. Know about the furlough days. Know about the fact-finding report. Know about the recall bid for members of the board. Know about the real possibility of a teachers’ strike. By knowing the facts and being productive supporters, we can be a part of the solution and not the problem.

Letters to the Editor n SOCSA Articles in The Paper Need More Criticism I frequently read the newspaper and am quite pleased with everything... Except the SOCSA articles. They are always too accepting of the shows. As a reader and a constant viewer of these shows, I would like to read some real critique! Some performances are not up to par. The performers know that, anyone who has seen some of these flailing shows know that. I would like to read an article from a less biased journalist. I would just like to read an article that gently critics SOCSA’s shows. - Ramzi Jneid, 11

n Love Does Not Exist in High School; Stop Trying, Dana Mostly all teens in our high school are out looking for a relationship. Everyone is complaining about how they don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend, or how the boy or girl they like doesn’t like them back, or even how they have been wasting a couple months trying to get the person to like them back. Some high school students just aren’t good in relationships and they end up breaking hearts, and just move on to someone else. We high school students shouldn’t believe in “love.” We abuse the word, and just say we love our boyfriend or girlfriend, even though we have not reached the age to find out what love really means. Finding your true love/soul-mate in high school is very unlikely. So why waste our time looking. Just stay really good friends, and not go through any of the “Love” drama…. For now. - Layla Tamaddon, 11

n Girls’ Bathrooms Need Serious Attention The decrepit state of the restrooms at Dana Hills is alarming. After a few weeks at school, I made the logical decision to never step foot into the those wretched death traps again. Whenever I am unfortunate enough to enter, I am appalled at the conditions. Wet, moldy floors sit beneath copious amounts of trash lining the nasty, stained toilets. I wonder if the grout between the tiles was originally brown. I can almost see the diseases squirming against the walls and sinks. As for the smell, there is no word in the English language that can describe the stench. Frankly, I am suprised a death hasn’t been reported due to the small flood of excrement and toilet water that occupies the history portable restroom. So girls, how about we act like ladies? Or at least be civil human beings. - Mckenzie Tremblay, 12

n Student Protests Pointless

cartoon by Jessy Agle

The majority of the kids who are ditching class are unfamiliar and complet-

ley apathetic to the struggles that the teachers are experiencing. They are skipping school and starting riots for their own interest, which makes our school and teachers look even worse. By ditching, the school is losing money, thus causing a larger impact on our education where less money means less pay for teachers, undiversified classes among other things. Honestly, I would love to run around like a complete idiot and skip school every day with the rest of you, but I wouldn’t blame it on a cause I wouldn’t be remotely educated in. - Carla Reyes, 12

n Lay off the Junk Food Dana Hills Grease and cancer, that’s what we continue to eat. McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s and all other junk out there that is our one way ticket to obesity, heavy cholesterol, and death. For all of you out there just like me, who crave a little junk every once in a blue moon... Then I strongly suggest the best invention California has ever know, in the burger worl at least, In-NOut burger. Healthier, fresh produce and meat, and made the instant you order, unlike the fat that sits in the freezers of other fast food chains. Altough the menu is simple, I never seem to get enough. I, and fellow classmate Kilion Shambaugh go roughly once in every two weeks, some could call it an addiction, but that’s what thing I’m very comfortable being addicted to. So, for all of you out there, making the bloated, sweaty walk out of Burger King, think twice, and think In-N-Out. Where the prices are fair, the service is good, and the food... god-like. - Aaron Edelstein, 12

n I Love You, Mr. Tran I would like to take this space to commend an esteemed, but often overlooked, educator of the arts. The man I speak of, is of course the celestial and omnipresent Mr. Tran! This indomitable and statuesque giant, standing at 5’4” and 3/9 inches, command the respect of his innumerable art students who are known to eagerly await his every direction. His deft hands skillfully guide his the progress of his students’ art work, and his watchful eyes roam the classroom, keeping order. He forges close friendships with his students through his charming sense of humor and understanding temperment, and is easy to get to know by all. In essence, I love Mista Tran! - Alex Bradley, 12 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.


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MGMT’s Album Worthy of ‘Congratulations’ By Tyler Hartung Entertainment Editor

About this time two years ago, a band called MGMT roared out of nowhere onto the music scene with the irresistibly catchy tune titled “Time to Pretend.” With its poppy hooks and honest-yet-ironic lyrics, the 2008 debut Oracular Spectacular also provided the anthem of the summer, “Kids,” won the band a Grammy award and indicated a bright future for the trippy alternative group. MGMT now brings us their sophomore effort, Congratulations, a solid album, but one that strays a little from MGMT’s earlier work. Filled with psychedelic more-thanlikely-drug-influenced rock tunes that are so weird that they demand more than one listen in order for the listener to fully grasp them, this is not the synth-fueled, upbeat dance party album that we have come to expect from MGMT.

The duo from Brooklyn composed of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser kicks off Congratulations with “It’s Working,” an upbeat song full of surf-inspired guitar licks, echoey harpsichord and VanWyngarden singing in a falsetto, “How will I know if it’s working?” Although the musical sound might have taken a different direction on this album, the song writing by VanWyngarden has not. The tongue in cheek lyrics we first saw in “Time to Pretend” and “Kids” are ever present throughout Congratulations. On the first single off the album, “Flash Delirium” (which shoves almost every style of music imaginable into a winning four minute track), VanWyngarden encourages the listener to “Stab your Facebook” and says “Why close one eye and try to/Pledge allegiance to the sun?” He seems to be criticizing the American youth, the one that loves his band so much, for their blind willingness to give into the popular trends, some-

thing MGMT seems utterly unwilling to do. Who else would release a twelve minute song (“Siberian Breaks”) that says, “The empty sky surrounds me but I can’t see at all?” By staying true to their weird roots, MGMT manage to distance themselves from, yet still appeal to, mainstream rock, something only they could do. Some other great songs on the album are the band’s tributes to two large figures in the music industry, both of whom are probably somewhat responsible for MGMT’s existence. “Song for Dan Treacy” and “Brian Eno” are both happy songs that pay homage to two of modern pop music’s leaders, a salute from the new pioneers to the old. “I Found a Whistle” is one of the best tracks. With it’s big sing-along chorus and glittering synth lines provided by Goldwasser, the soft, inspiring tune is one that is sure to be among MGMT’s classics in the future. Although seemingly a little insecure with their growing popularity, MGMT manage

to stay true to their roots on Congratulations. By keeping it as weird as possible, they prove that they are one of the most creative and refreshing bands out there today. Congratulations can be a little overdone at times (“Siberian Breaks” and “Lady Dada’s Nightmare”), and it is definitely an album that needs a few listens to fully appreciate. Nonetheless it is still a worthy effort on the whole that fans new and old should listen to. The relaxed and surf-inspired feel surrounding most of Congratulations is something that MGMT has not yet experimented with. Although it lacks the immediate punch of Oracular Spectacular and might turn off some fans, it is definitely worth getting. By keeping audiences everywhere guessing while writing songs that people will want to listen to, MGMT have sealed their fate as one of the best groups around. MGMT will be the psychedelic band of our generation, and one that will be around for years to come.

A New Perspective on Life By Devin Valenciano Centerspread Editor

Life isn’t crowded hallways or bagged lunches. Life isn’t league finals or a state championship. Life isn’t even parties or late nights with friends. Life is so much more. For several years now, the Discovery Channel has been perfecting its magnum opus - a work of astounding caliber that deserves the recognition of anyone who watches television. The new series, “Life” is a meticulously gathered collection of high-definition clips showing natural wonders that, clichés aside, have to be seen to be believed. “Life” is truly a labor of love. Every episode

is an adventure; every scene is a work of art. With cameras painstakingly placed in the perfect locations, “Life” captures in great detail the unbelievable lifestyles of wild animals. Popular television star Oprah Winfrey narrates each scene, much to the benefit of the show. While I was originally skeptical of her abilities to narrate the series, I was quickly shown how soothing her voice is when paired with scenes of exotic wildlife. Perhaps anyone’s voice would achieve the same effect, but Winfrey is certainly above adequate. The sights will leave you gaping in disbelief. One moment you’ll watch birds running on water to profess their feathery love; the next you’ll see a fly inflate its own head until its eyes are farther from its body than its wings. Accompanying each sight is an artfully chosen mu-

sical piece with the appropriate mood. Combined with the excellent visual quality of the show, this makes for a series with some of the highest production value on television. “Life” feels like a walk through the one of the most diverse zoos on earth, but with fitting music and high definition sight to vastly improve the experience. At the end of each episode, a short clip is shown to provide insight into the difficulties of filming such a show. Watching the cameramen devise complex methods of achieving the perfect camera angles just adds to the mastery of the show. The show has the miraculous capability of creating a peaceful mood during the calm segments, but rapidly transitioning to tense moments of natural violence. Watching hunters chase their prey and

animals fight their own species for food keeps the show exciting. The most amazing part is that the show was not made; it was simply found. There are no actors, laugh tracks or plots. Besides the soothing voice of the narrator, everything in the show was performed unknowingly by wild creatures. And for them, the scenes are no spectacle - they’re simply life. Today’s suburban lifestyle rarely tips its head to nature. Each year people push themselves farther and farther away from wildlife, and that’s why this show is so important. The scenes would not be so astounding had we stayed closer to nature over the last century. Hopefully, people will realize that what you see in “Life” is just a sampling of what’s on the menu.

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Just one of the many creatures featured on Discovery’s new nature biopic “Life”, a Weddell seal is seen emerging out of the surface of the western Antarctic sea.

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Sporting an album cover that matches the psychedelic feel of their album, MGMT’s “Congratulations” brings more of the weird music that made them so popular.

‘Wimpy Kid’ Brings Honesty and Laughs By Marilyn La Jeunesse News Editor

Dragged from my house on a perfectly pleasant Saturday night, I was forced to go see what I thought would be yet another tacky kids movie, no more worthy of winning a Golden Globe or Oscar than “New Moon.” But my hypothesis was so very wrong. Though aimed toward an audience of socially awkward pre-teens, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” was far more than anything I expected to see. Starting off with a perfectly executed older-sibling prank, you immediately feel connected to the poor Greg Heffley, the obvious black sheep of the family. Misunderstood and in need of proving himself, Heffley decides that he is going to make something of himself in the chaotic disarray he calls middle school. His first attempt at fame is miserable. He hopes to make the wrestling team, assuming it will be easy for him, but when he is shown-up by a girl he quickly gives up and restarts his quest to find his niche. After his first failed attempt at making himself the most memorable kid in middle school, he tries out for the school musical “The Wizard of Oz.” Although he discovers he has an angelic singing voice, he does not take the lead role because of unforseen events. All the while, Heffley is being accompanied by a chubby red-headed side-kick, who is completely unaware of his lack of “maturity.” It is apparent that Heffley’s transition into middle school is rough, and his family doesn’t make it any easier for him. His older brother, Ro-

drick, continually plays pranks on him and thinks he owns the world. Heffley’s little brother is allowed to pee in a potty-training toilet at the dinner table. His mother is oblivious to how uncool she is when she says “I love you” in front of the entire school, and his father is a complete goof-ball who is still a child at heart. When everything seems to be going wrong in Heffley’s life, it slowly begins to get better. The ending of the movie was a predictably super-happy ending, but it couldn’t have ended any other way. The movie is a somewhat accurate portrayal of how a sixth grader might view the world, but the dangers of middle school were a little extreme. The “gorillas” shaving by their lockers and a lone, molding piece of cheese giving you the “cheese touch” would most definitely not happen at a realistic middle school, or any school for that matter. The movie is filled with non-stop laughs, and it never makes you lose interest. It has to be one of the funniest movies I have seen in a while. It is full of surprises and adventure. The movie is an adaptation of the series “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney. The book series debuted in 2007 and has sold over 30 million copies. One thing that makes this movie unique is the animation. Randomly during the movie, stick figures appear on the screen to show how Heffley veiws different characters in the movie and unusual events Heffley wishes would happen. This stick figure animation is a major part of the books and it makes the movie better. Altogether, unwillingly going to see “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” was a wonderful and amusing way to spend my Saturday night.


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Aniston, Butler Deliver Lackluster Performances By Matt McCreadie Sports Editor

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Reflecting on the events of a wild night that had not auite ended, the Fosters (Fey and Carrell) take the subway back to beg Holbrook (Wahlberg) for assistance.

COMEDIC DUO EVOKES LAUGHS By Stephanie Wright Feature & Entertainment Editor Dirty cops plus a stolen dinner reservation add up to a hilarious comedic adventure in Shawn Levy’s new comedy “Date Night.” Steve Carrell and Tina Few star as a boring married couple, the Fosters, who get mixed up in a load of trouble. The controversy is really the responsibility of Taste and Whippit (James Franco and

Mila Kunis). The couple stole a flash drive from a prominent New York club owner. Contained on the flash drive is incriminating photographs of the city’s district attorney Frank Crenshaw (William Fichtner). Believed to be the drug addicted couple using the false name Triplehorn, the Fosters are chased all over the city by the bad cops looking for the flashdrive. During the night, the couple is held at gun point, receives assistance from a shirtless former government agent

(Mark Wahlberg), crashes a very expensive Audi, and “dances” for the DA. With an ending that surprises not only the audience, but a main character as well, the movie is definately worth the ten dollars to see in theaters. The performances put in by Carrell and Fey are far more believeable than one might imagine for such an unreal plot. Despite their star quality, Wahlberg truely shines in the film and takes another role in which he saves the day.

very first song. “The Devil’s Tongue,” which was released as an early sneak peak at the album, created much excitement from fans because of its new tone. It reveals the changes in Hunter’s voice and how it has matured since the group’s first album. “Head First In the River” is a huge step away from Envy’s past album, with a more mainstream sound. Not to say that the band is “selling out,” so to speak, but Envy has blended its own unique style with more mainstream influences. This creates a completely new and incredible genre, one that can’t be easily categorized except by referring to it simply as “PostHardcore.” Even with its biblical references, “Puritan Dirt Song” is nothing close to religious. It’s a nod to classic rock but with jagged edges. “Laugh Ourselves to Death” sounds just like the old Envy on the Coast but with a different guitar sound. However, the blaring drums and wailing guitars almost drown out Hunter’s voice. “The Great American T-Shirt Race” and “Southern Comfort” are two more allusions to patriotism in the al-

ready well-saturated album. The fast-paced “Numb” evokes a feeling of nervousness by imitating the sound of a racing human heart. Hunter’s amazing vocals are haunting in “Made of Stone” and “Like I Do;” the former being an acoustic take on what would be a typical Envy ballad. Envy closes “Lowcountry” with the slow, throbbing track “Clean Of You.” With its jazzy style and whispering vocals, it hauntingly fades into static, finishing the album beautifully. “Lowcountry” is anything but predictable, as it stands alone with its unique sound. Every song has a completely different soundscape with varying influences and intentions. From the opening to the intermission, simply entitled, “*,” to the closing song, the album takes on a theatrical flair. While some may say Envy sounds far more similar to Glassjaw than before, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Envy has developed its own sound to create “Lowcountry,” and has only higher to go.

Envy Establishes Original Sound with ‘Lowcountry’ By Claudia Varney Staff Writer Surrounded by much anticipation, the Long Island alternative rock band Envy on the Coast released its second album, “Lowcountry,” on Mar. 30. “Lowcountry,” the followup album to “Lucy Gray,” has already proven itself to be a sharp departure from the band’s original sound. The band posted the album in its entirety on Myspace on Mar 22. Following lead singer Ryan Hunter’s vocal problems, which forced the band to cancel several shows, Envy on the Coast is back better than ever before. The band also parted ways with drummer Dan Gluszak; with the absence of a permanent drummer, Envy on the Coast currently enjoys the company of various temporary performers. The album opens with a loud, an angry nod to mindless patriotism, “Death March, On Two, Ready?.” With lines such as “my God doesn’t believe in America, ha ha” Envy takes an unusual vocal stance in the

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Starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, “The Bounty Hunter” was obviously cast to attract. However, it seems that the physical appeal of the actors was, in fact, the only appeal. The premise (as if it mattered): Milo Boyd (Butler), excop turned bounty hunter, must chase down his ex-wife, Nicole Hurley (Aniston), and bring her to justice for “assaulting a police officer.” He is elated at the idea of bringing her in because of their bitter ending and revels in the thought of sweet revenge. Nicole, a news reporter for a big-time newspaper, is in the process of following a lead on a drug bust story when she runs into Milo. The two commence their lackluster chase through old memories and new problems. When the two finally set aside hard feelings and talk, Milo finds himself tangled in the very drug bust Nicole was investigating, and the two lovers simultaneously rekindle

their old flame. Didn’t see that one coming; did you? Along the way there are car crashes and…um, handcuffs! They use handcuffs a lot…Oh, they act like they hate each other, Milo and Nicole, but they really don’t…They rekindle their love over dinner at the inn where they had their honeymoon while trying to outrun the bad guys… “The Bounty Hunter” is a hash of clichés and irrelevant details that make the movie completely forgettable. The funny thing is that I remember smiling several times throughout the film; I just wish I could remember what I was smiling at. On second thought, I probably wasn’t smiling, but merely smirking at the weightlessness of the storyline. Am I being too critical? Yes, the plot is painfully predictable. And yes, the character development is skipped over like fish at a buffet line, but does that really matter? To me, at least, it does. Although, there is natural chemistry between Butler and Aniston, it still doesn’t make this movie worth the $9.50 admission ticket. As far

as cinematic adventures go, this movie is a letdown. It doesn’t look like Aniston nor Butler will be going to the Oscars for their performances in this movie. However, what this movie is worth is a $2.99 OnDemand charge at 1 a.m. next year when you and your friend find yourselves bored to the point of tears and crave any combination of colory-light pixels to stimulate your brain cells. Also, Jennifer Aniston is always nice to look at, and Gerard Butler will surely please female viewers with his “300” physique. For these reasons, this movie is actually a perfectly adequate first-date movie. You’ll have enough to critique afterward to avoid the always dreaded post-movie, awkward small talk, and the sexual tension might just give you the opportunity to smooch a little. Other than to ease the pain of boredom or to break the ice with someone new, I wouldn’t bother with this one at all. For if you do, I give you fair warning, you will only induce the pain of monotony and predictability. And who needs that? I only wish that I had seen this movie after all of the drama going on in the halls.

While on the Vanger family island, Blomkvist realizes that someone is tracking all of the activity on his computer. This someone is the “girl with the dragon tattoo,” Lisbeth Salander, a tough cookie with a laundry list of baggage who took interest in Blomkvist while he was publicly being sued for libel. Blomkvist recognizes her investigative abilities and invites her to join him in the Vanger investigation. The team effort leads to grisly discoveries regarding the Vanger family and Harriet’s disappearance, making the quaint island begin to feel smaller and smaller. Due to the case’s abundance of minute details, it is very difficult to hypothesize its outcome, a refreshing change in the thriller genre. Also, director Niels Arden Oplev prevents the extensive story line from becoming confusing and tastefully draws the movie to a close. The ending makes use of Oplev’s carefully constructed

character development as each role remains true to his/her individual integrity, even if it keeps the end of the movie from adhering to the emotionally pleasing storybook ending. Don’t get me wrong, the movie was not void of unoriginal material. Of course there is a love story tied in there; with two damaged recluses left to investigate a spine-chilling murder mystery on a cold and picturesque island, there was bound to be some intimacy. I praise the realistic and artful approaches Oplev took with the movie’s cliché attributes. The acting by Michael Nygvist as the intellectual yet insecure middle aged Blomkvist and Noomi Rapace as the movie’s femme fatal, Salander, should also be acknowledged as beyond exceptional. With a runtime of two and half hours, I can confidently say that “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” feels remarkably shorter due to the film’s enthralling nature from beginning to end.

‘Tattoo’ Defines Genre By Aralyn Beaumont News Editor While “Shutter Island” took in millions at the box office, it failed at both living up to its hype and quenching my thirst for a well-done thriller. I was not parched for long because “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” hit theaters. The thriller, based on the 2005 novel by Stieg Larsson, takes place in dreary Sweden, a setting that provides the perfect backdrop for the suspenseful and dark murder mystery. Said murder occurred forty years earlier when Harriet Vanger disappeared during a family reunion. The murder was never solved; yet Harriet’s uncle, Henrik, who never gave up on his quest to solve the disappearance of his beloved niece, has a new hunch that someone within the family is responsible. This new lead brings Henrik to hire financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist to investigate.

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Observing the picked lock at their quarters, Lisbeth Salander (Rapace) and partner Michael Nyqvist (Blomkvist) realize that important information has been leaked.


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BOYS’ TENNIS SUCCEEDS IN LEAGUE With several strong wins under their belts, the Boys’ tennis team is looking forward to more success as they strive for another South Coast League championship and CIF title.

By Devin Valenciano Centerspread Editor Now several matches into league, boys’ tennis is currently undefeated on its quest

to victory. At this rate, the team has a very strong chance of winning the CIF title. Not rusty from their week off, the team returned to school with a 12-6 victory against San Clemente on Apr. 13. The match, which was still

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Finding his footing, senior Jim Myers completes a big shot.

a clean victory, was the closest for the boys so far in league, a testament to their dominance this season. Senior starter Kevin Fuhrmann said, “Being an undefeated team is obviously a great feeling. I definitely think we can keep it up.” At a home match on Apr. 1, the boys’ tennis team beat out Tesoro with a score of 15-3. The team was excited to carry on their winning streak through spring break. On Mar. 30, the Mission varsity team arrived on Dana soil, only to be defeated with a stunning final score of 17-1. The largest margin of victory this year, the win was a morale boost for everyone on the team. Senior captain Jim Myers said, “We pretty much knew that we were going to win this one. Mission is usually an easy win, and this year was no surprise.” The tennis team won their third league match on Mar. 25 against Aliso. Finishing with a final score of 13-5, the boys continued the trend of conquest that has characterized their season. On Mar. 23, the team defeated Capistrano Valley with a strong score of 14-4. With a

second match score almost as decisive as their first, the boys were confident of their skill level for the season. Myers commented, “I really think that was the match that we became motivated to win CIF. Every team wants to win league, but we knew we were strong enough to actually do it this year.” To start the season, the team destroyed San Clemente with a 15-3 victory on Mar. 22. The match was a powerful source of motivation that has since driven the players to further success. Two members of the team have yet to be defeated in a league match: Myers and junior Trevor Dell. Fuhrmann and junior Chris Bloom recently had the same honor to their names, but they lost one set on the Apr. 13 match against San Clemente. Fuhrmann said, “I really thought Chris and I were going to keep up our streak for longer than that. I was hoping we would make it to CIF as an undeafeated doubles team.” Myers commented, “I’m really excited that I haven’t lost a set in a league match yet, but I feel even better about the team. We’re doing really well this year.”

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Leaping for the ball, junior Trevor Dell reaches up as he executes a tricky serve to his opponent at a home league match. The general consensus among the players is that there will be relatively few bumps

on victory road for most of the season, at least until the team reaches CIF.


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Girls Softball Starts League, Golf on Par with Winning Swings for the Fences Streak

By Elizabeth Chaddock Sports Editor

The girls softball team has just kicked off league this past week. In the words of coach Mitch La Riva, “We’re healthy, and we expect to compete for first place.” On Thurs. April 15, the team played Capo Valley, but results were not available at press time. On Tues. April 13, the team ventured down to San Clemente to play the Tritons. The Dolphins lost 2-4. Although the girls had ten hits to the Tritons’ four, San Clemente capitalized better on every hit. On April 1 the girls prepared to duke it out with Glendora, who had beat our team in CIF last year. Fortunately for our team, Glendora lost a dominant pitcher since last year, enabling us to excel offensively. Kylie Ordos hit a homerun, bringing the overall victory to 10-0. In fact, homeruns have been a common aspect of the team’s games. Most notably, there have been homeruns from seniors Kylie Ordos, JJ Jorgenson and Natalie Parker, and junior Kaylee Uddberg. Recently there have been two doubles from junior Jenny Hurst as well. JJ has the best batting average (over 500), with junior Jordyn Larkins in second place. In addition to the lady Dolphins’ strong offense, in the

words of La Riva, “We have the best infield that I’ve seen in the southern section this year.” Junior Sandra Bitowft commented, “We did really

well and everybody played, even the underclassmen.” The Northwood Tournament started on March 27, where the girls reigned in two

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Senior Kat Schmitt-Daskalos winds up as she prepares to pitch and help her team gain revenge against Glendora on April 1. Glendora beat the team last season in CIF.

wins. Assistant Coach Skelly commented, “It was a fun day for DHHS Softball.” First off, they took on Valley Christian and conquered them 3-1. Kat Schmitt-Daskalos kept the opposition at bay with her pitching prowess, while Sandra Bitowft hit a double in the fifth inning, helping the team gain enough runs to come out on top. Later that day, the girls inflicted a crushing 6-0 victory against Irvine. Prior to this game, Irvine was ranked second in Division 2, so this vict. Kelsi Ott pitched a two-hitter, after being out due to an injury. Head coach Mitch La Riva said, “Kat’s had the bulk of the pitching responsibilities this season [due to Ott’s injury], and has done really well.” In the game against Irvine, Kylie Ordos led the offense with a homerun, and the team as a whole got 12 hits in the game. On March 23 the girls played Huntington Beach, reigning in a 3-2 victory. Another notable game was against Aliso Niguel on March 16. The game went into International Tie Breaker into the ninth inning. In the words of Skelly, “We managed to win 1-0 without getting a hit ourselves.” Schmitt-Daskalos, who pitched the shut-out, joked, “I did it with my eyes closed.” Junior Jessica Smith is out indefinitely with an injury, so freshman Kara Friesz was brought up from JV.

By Gina Scott News Editor The boys’ golf team is on a roll; they have won their last three games and have suffered only minor losses. Their current record is an impressive 9-6. The boys have “a lot of team chemistry, work well together, and know how to win,” commented Senior Mike Brockington. Last night with a match against Aliso Niguel, but the score was not available at press time. At the challenging La Costa Country Club Golf Course, the Dolphins faced off against last year’s state champs, La Costa Canyon. The course was a Par 72. The two teams battled it out for 36 holes and emerged winners, the final score was 419-422. Both Brockington and La Costa Canyon’s Shawn Hickey both earned six above par, with individual scores of 78. “Although La Costa Canyon’s top guys were out, we were proud of our performance. It was a moral victory,” refleced Brockington on the hard-fought win. Senior Shakun Khanna scored a 35 on a Par 35 course in the team’s first match up

against the Aliso Wolverines on Tues., Apr. 13. Overall the Dolphins came out victorious with a score of 192-195. Before spring break, the Dolphins played the Capo Valley Cougars on Thurs. Apr. 1. The Cougars were decimated by 42 points. The score was 240-198. Brockington got the highest score on the team, one above par. On Wed. Mar 31, the Dolphins faced off against the El Toro Chargers at Monarch Beach Golf Course. The team lost by seven strokes to the formidable Chargers with a final score of 218-211. San Clemente has a similar record to that of the Dolphins and has been their rival for the past few years. On Thurs. Mar. 25, the team defeated their foe San Clemente with a score of 207208. Brockington led the team once again with a score of 35, which is one under par. At Bella Collina Country Club in San Clemente, the Dolphins played the Tritons again on Tues. Mar. 23. This time, they lost to their adversary by a mere five strokes, with the final score of 203-208. At this point in the season, the boys are optimistic. Brockington stated, “I am confindent that our skills and team dynamic will propel us as the season progresses.”


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Boys and Girls Lacrosse Prove Successful

By Andrew English & Aly Vander Hayden Sports & Opinion Editor

Boys On Fri., Mar. 26, the boys lacrosse team narrowly defeated long time rival Capistrano Valley. The boys fought hard and defeated them 9-7. “We played well as a team and we were able to hang in there and pull out a win. It was a great game and the coaches were satisfied,” stated junior returning varsity defenseman Ryan Walker.

After the remarkable victory, the boys faught hard against San Clemente on Tues., Mar. 23. The Tritons defeated the Dolphins 9-4. “We played well against one of the best teams in the league but we were having trouble getting our shots on cage on the offensive end,” stated Walker. On Sat., Mar. 20, after a rough loss to San Clemente, the boys played a tough game but suffered a close defeat to El Dorado, 10-11. “Our offense did not play as well as they could have, and the defense needed improvement,” Walker recalled. On Fri., Mar. 19, the

boys lacrosse team added another excellent win to their season record. With a score of 104, the boys crushed San Juan Hills High School. “We played a great game and we played very well as a defense,” stated Walker.

Girls The girls played against San Clemente yesterday, but the results were not available before press. The lady dolphins lost in a tough battle against the undefeated Tesoro on April 13th with a final score of 6-15. The lacrosse girls lost their game against Mission

Viejo on April 2 ending with a 6-17 score. On Mar. 30 the girls beat Aliso Niguel in an epic game that ended 10-8. For the first time in history, the lady Dolphins were victorious against their greatest adversary. “Halfway through the second half, I was already figuring out how my status for Facebook was going to throw down on Aliso,” joked senior mid-fielder Katie Capps. “I think my tactic of telling the girls ‘that huge goalie has your mother hostage, get her back’ was a good inspiration to score goals.” During a riveting game against Capistrano Valley on

Mar. 26, the girls suffered a close loss with a final score of 10-11. The ladies successfully carried their stamina from the first half to the second half, but Capistrano Valley unfortunately scored during the last minute. “It was incredible game, and even though we lost, it felt like a win for our team as a whole,” said Bonanni. In the girls’ “worst game yet,” they lost to San Clemente 3-12 on Mar. 24. “We just could not get it together for that game,” stated Morosco. “I attribute it to an off day.” The girls traveled down to San Diego to play in the Surf, Sun, Stix Tournament at

Westview High School on Mar. 20. Their first game against home team Westview ended in a 1-9 loss. “We had to wake up at 4:30 a.m. in order to drive down and play our first game at 8 a.m. I think we were just still a little groggy,” explained senior attack-player Taylor Morosco. The ladies’ second game was 5-8 against Carlsbad. Their third game ended the tournament on a strong note with a score of 7-4 against Granite Hills. “Granite Hills was on the same playing level as us talent wise,” said senior midfielder Jordyn Bonanni.

Volleyball Continues Their Season By Emily Cullen Photographer & Staff Writer

photo by Emily Cullen

Spiking the ball, senior Scott Hunter scores a crucial point for the Dolphins at home.

The boys volleyball team had a game yesterday against Mission Viejo. Scores were not available at press time. On Tues. Apr. 13, the team played in a match agains Aliso Niguel. The Dolphins shut out the Wolverines in three short games, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-20. On Fri. Apr. 2nd, beginning their spring break a day early, the team hopped on a plane and headed to Hawaii for a series of scrimmages against the locals. After a weekend of

tough beach training, the Dolphins looked foreward to a set of four scrimmage matches against high school teams from Hawaii. The boys played two matches on Monday, one on Wednesday and concluded with a game on Thursday. The boys left Hawaii with a record of three wins and one loss in their matches. Aside from training and working hard to excel in their matches, the team did have some free time to relax and enjoy their spring break. The boys were able to golf as well as go sailing. “The trip was an experience of a lifetime,” said senior outside-hitter James Drury.

“We learned so much about eachother as a team and it was one of the most interesting and memorable trips I have ever had.” On Thurs. Apr. 1, the team had a home game against Capo Valley. The team played a close third game, but were able to defeat the Capo with a score of 25-22. After winning the first game of the match, the boys carried their energy into the second game, overcoming Capo once again, 25-18. Dolphins crushed the Cougars 25-8 in the third game, coming out with the overall win against Capo. The first home game of the season was played on Tues.

Mar. 30 against powerhouse team, San Clemente. The Dolphins suffered from a six-point early in the first game, and were unable to pass the Tritons, losing 25-19. The boys played an excitingly close second game, and defeated San Clemente, 25-21. Unfortunately, they were unable to come out with the win overall, losing the last two games 25-19 and 25-22. “We definitely didn’t play as well as we wanted too, and losing to our number one rival was disappionting,” said junior setter, Riley Murphy. The season is looking good for the Dolphins. “We have a good chance of winning league,” said Drury.


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Swimming Towards Team Victory The boys remain undefeated while the girls beat key competitors in the South Coast League with only three meets left.

By Gillian Slee Sports Editor

Boys

On Tues., Apr. 20, the boys will swim against Aliso Niguel. It will be interesting to see how both teams fare, as Aliso has a current record of 2-1 in the league meets. The season is already nearing its conclusion, with only three league meets left

in the season. On Tues., Apr. 13, the Dolphins competed in a dual meet against a strong competitor, Capo Valley, and lost. Coach Matt Rosa said, “There’s a reason why they’re first–number one–in CIF.” Despite the boys’ loss, Rosa is still confident in the team’s abilities. He stated, “We’re still in line to hopefully take second in league; it’s still an obtainable goal.” Early in their dual home

meet against San Clemente on Tues., Mar. 30, the Dolphins gained a considerable lead and sustained it, the final score being 100-69. Contrasting with Dana’s success, the San Clemente boys lost their first two league meets. Senior varsity swimmer David Gonzalez felt that the meet displayed Dana’s “utter domination.” Holding their own in the previous meet, the Dolphins also triumphed on Wed., Mar. 24; they beat Tesoro with a final score of 101-69, which was another outstanding win for the boys. The season is close to an end and the boys’ prosects are bright.

Girls

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Making waves, a varsity swimmer on the boys’ team thrashes through the water in a backstroke event against Capo on Tuesday.

The next meet for the girls is on Tues., Apr. 20 at home against Aliso Niguel. Close competition is sure to be expected from the Wolverines. The lady Dolphins are off to a balanced beginning for the league season, currently ranking 1-1. The girls swam with hope for a win at the away meet against Capo; unfortunately the Cougars finished

photo by Emily Roulund

Stroke after stroke, varsity swimmer junior Gina Zatica glides through the water at the dual meet against Capo last Tuesday. the meet with a slight lead over the ladies. On Tues., Mar. 30, the lady Dolphins competed against San Clemente and beat the Tritons in the second league meet of the season. The overall score was 102-68. Sophomore varsity swimmer Carrie Pierce transferred to Dana this year from JSerra. She elaborated on the San Clemente meet, saying, “For my first year at Dana and our first league win over San Clemente with

huge standouts like Silken Jones, for us to win by that much is quite impressive. Let’s do it again!” On Sat., Mar. 27, the team returned to the Millikan Relays at Belmont for the finals competition in the 4 by 50 yard backstroke relay. The Dolphin girls included Colleen McNaught, Annahita Haghighi, Carrie Pierce and Emily Carlson. They performed very well, a majority of them setting personal records.

The preliminary meet for the Millikan Relays took place on Thurs., Mar. 25. The girls qualified for finals in only one event but had consistently, fast times in all events. At the first league meet of the season on Wed., Mar. 24, the lady Dolphins lost to Tesoro. The next meet for the girls is on Tues., Apr. 20, at home against Aliso Niguel. Close competition is sure to be expected from the Wolverines.


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Track & Field Continues Undefeated photos by Steve Brouwer

By Lexi Cotcamp Entertainment Editor

nior Cole Guerin, set a school record in the relay with a time of 3:30. Trabuco Hills Invitational

Arcadia Invitational Whoever deemed Arcadia Invitational “Home of National Records” wasn’t kidding. But, then again, as shown by the plethora of records set on Apr. 9-10, the some 3,800 elite track stars weren’t kidding either. Nabbing first place and a National Leading Time for this season, the girls’ shuttle hurdles team, comprised of sophomore Katie Cornella, junior Annie Bubinski, junior Megan Jones, and senior Kimmie Conner. Conner later placed third in the Hepathalon (seven events) Not to be outdone, the boys’ sprint medley relay team, consisting of senior Vince Fusco, senior Blake Cotcamp, junior Devin Harrison, and se-

Steroid use may run rampant through professional sports, but, at the Trabuco Hills Invitational on Apr. 3, the only performance-enhancing drug to be found was the enticement of Spring Break. With an entire week of school-free bliss to look forward to, senior Blake Ahrold, senior Ricardo Campuzano, and junior Connor Kaddatz placed first, second and fifth respectively in the 3200m—no short feat for such a prestigious invitational. After a long-season of cross country nursing an injury, junior Laura Beresford showed improvement as well in the 3200m, decisively capturing second place with a time of 11:09. In the 300m hurdles, ar-

guably the most exciting (or agonizing depending on your perspective) race of the day, senior Vince Fusco ran neck-and-neck with senior Brandon Phillips of Trabuco High School and managed a photo finish, tying with Phillips for first place. San Clemente When fire alarms resounded repeatedly on Apr. 1, appropriately named April Fools in this case, most students were under the impression that it had something to do with the CUSD Board Situation. What they didn’t know was that the alarms had really been set off by the smokin’ marks and times put in at the San Clemente dual meet. Well, at least that’s my theory. While rabble-rousing over the teachers’ strike and a bout of Beyonce’s “Ring the Alarm,” commenced at the school above, went head-to-

head against San Clemente athletes in the Dolphins’ second dual meet of the season. Winning with a score of 85-51, the boys’ victory was bolstered by notable performances from senior Brendan Dilloughery in the shot put (46’8) and junior Trevor McCloud in the triple jump (40’8). Bringing eight frosh/ soph up to varsity for the meet, the girls’ team championed marks such as junior Katie Dibene’s first place triple jump of 35’3 and senior Katie Torrea’s first place discus throw of 93’6. Dave Kurrle (Laguna Hills) Invitational Appearing for the first time this year, the inaugural Dave Kurrle Invitational on Mar. 27 may have been new, but the Dolphins, with their colorful (and somewhat flamboyant) array of knee socks,

were certainly not shy. Winning 14 out of 32 events overall, the team excelled especially in the hurdles; Fusco captured first in both the 110m and the 300m hurdles, while Conner snagged first in the 100m and 300m hurdles. Conner, never busy enough, also captured first and second in the 100m and long jump. Tesoro Competing in their first away meet of the season, the Dolphins continued to gain steam. On the boys’ side, seniors Sam van de Velde, Jesus Molina and Derrick Lloyd swept first through third respectively in the 3200m, while senior Steven Morris’ vault of 12’6 secured first place-both of which added to the 89 to 47 win for the boys. Meanwhile, the girls triumphed over San Clemente with a score of 88-48, benefitting greatly from a first through

fourth sweep in the long jump led by junior Rocio Quiroga and a strong first place time of 11:33 by sophomore Natasha Gunther. California Relays Though “beautiful” Norwalk may not be the number one tourist destination for most, the track team’s success at the California Relays at Cerritos college on Mar. 19 and 20 was deemed “well worth the trip.” Showing their strength in the relays, junior Devin Harrison, senior Cole Guerin, junior Connor Kaddatz and senior Blake Ahrold won the distance medley relay with a time of 10:16 On the girls’ side, senior Kathryn Gullickson, Alvarez, sophomore Kayla White and Beresford won the 4x1600m and set a school record with a time of 21:23. Conner also set a school record in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.47.

Baseball Throws Five Shut Outs By Matt McCreadie Sports Editor The Dolphins played Tesoro on April 14. Tago pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts. In addition, Tago hit an astounding 96 mph on the clock. This superb pitching performance combined with a solid offense resulted in a 32 win. Junior shortstop Peter Maris doubled and senior second baseman Scott Kaplan had two singles. The Dolphins competed in the Anaheim Lions Tournament, a five game series against schools from multiple leagues. The bats came alive on April 7 against Thousand Oaks. The boys in blue rallied nearly every inning scoring 11 runs in 14 hits. And Thousand Oaks was unable to reply. They were shut out completely. Not only were there no runs scored, but also the Lancers looked off-balance from the first pitch. Their defense was hopeless, mainly because every ball hit by a Dana player seemed to find a hole, and it was their pitching that allowed this to happen. Eric Hseih pitched his second complete game against Sonora on April 6. Letting up only two runs, Dana offense out-competed Sonora. Senior Anthony Frias had a sac fly to put the Dolphins over the top. A rather uneventful game, the boys played Chino Hills on April 5. Senior Dan White took the mound in the first later pulled and succeeded by junior Trevor Scott and junior Kenny Murphy. A lack

of fluidity and erratic pitching caused the 3-4 loss of the season. Interestingly, the team has as many shut out games as it does losses under its belt. Valencia fell victim as the fourth shut out on April 3. Junior Steve Connell pitched a complete game. Batters Eric Choi, Peter Tago and Nate Harris all doubled. The result of this was 3 earned runs. Another shut out for the Dolphins, the Dolphins annihilated Tustin on April 3. Scoring a ridiculous 17 runs, the boys were fired up. The caliber of players on this years’ varsity team was showcased at this batting practice. Every Dolphin got on base at least once, and the distant lead gave secondstring players more time on the field and in the line-up. 16 of the 17 runs were scored in the fifth inning. Anthony Frias hit a 3-run homer to start off the rally. He knew as soon as he connected that it was gone and merely stood in the batters box gazing into the sky watching eagerly until the ball hade completely cleared the fence. The beloved Matt Myers pitched well and completed the game. The boys played Mission Viejo High School on April 2. They looked solid to begin, with Scott Kaplan hitting a leadoff home run to right-center field. With Tago on the mound, Mission struggled to connect. But in the sixth inning, the Diablo’s came from behind scoring three runs, making the score 4-2. The Dolphins went three up, three down to end the game. Assistant Coach Esqui commented, “We just gotta get the bats going.” This seems modest coming from a team that has had

several games with runs scored in the double digits. Mar. 31 the Dolphins played Aliso Niguel. Not having played them this year in league, the team could only go off of scouting reports to anticipate the game to come. On this occasion, the Dolphins’ pitching, usually the driving force for their strategy, fell short, letting up four runs. On Mar. 26, the Dolphins massacred the Capo Valley Cougars in a 10-0 shut out. Peter Tago took the mound and dominated the Capo lineup

through all seven innings. The boys rallied in the first and third innings scoring 3 and 6 in each. Most impressive about this was an unbelievable double squeeze play that third base coach, Coach Esqui, called in the third inning. With runners on second and third base, they bunted on the first base side and the Cougar’s pitcher airmailed the throw to first allowing both base runners to score. In years past, Capo Valley has always been regarded as a strong base-

ball program and formidable opponent to Dana. However, it looks like cougars are now an endangered species. On Mar. 24, the Dolphins shut down the infamous San Clemente Tritons bumping them off the top of the standings. Junior Eric Hseih threw seven scoreless innings, and the Dolphin defense prospered as a result. While scoring only one run, it was just enough to get the W. Another revered baseball program, San Clemente now has to face Dana again on April 24, only next time with

the wound of defeat across its back. On Mar. 19, the Dolphins battledTesoro for a dramatic come-from-behind win. Tago kept the Tritons within reach for the first six innings, giving up a respectable 4 runs. In the sixth inning, the bats came out, and the Dolphins scored 3 runs, tying up the game. In the top of the seventh, the boys continued to rally with some more base knocks, taking the lead, 9-4. Eric Hseih came in to close the game and held the hungry Titans for the win.

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Swinging for the fences, center fielder Michael Battaglia keeps the rally going and gets a knock for extra bases at home against Capo Valley, scoring later in the inning.


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