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WELCOME NEW PRINCIPAL LIZARRAGA

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Kaitlyn Narvaza (12) showcases her talented artwork and reveals why art is listed as one of her favorite hobbies. PAGE 13 Alana Ocano

Welcome to campus our newest principal, Maria Lizarraga. After an educational career with numerous positions, she has finally settled down for one of her most prominent roles here at Eastlake High School. The day-to-day job of a principal, as Lizar30 years. She first began teaching at Eastlake, in raga describes, consists of meetings with everyone subjects such as English Learning Development, MEAGAN NOLAN from parents to teachers to the district, supervisSpanish, Art, and English, before becoming the atEditor-in-Chief ing, doing walk-throughs in classrooms, and readtendance coordinator and then assistant principal. She’s a visible figure as she makes her way Most recently, Lizarraga was the principal of Mont- ing reports and analyzing data in order to devise down the length of the pavement. A walkie talkie gomery Middle School. The post of EHS principal ways to help students. “And a lot of phone calls,” Lizarraga added, in hand and a smile straying to her lips, Ms. Maria is essentially a return back to what Lizarraga views laughing. Esther Lizarraga is the new principal in town. as her home. Lizarraga, who enjoys yoga, walking, travel, In January 2011, former EHS principal Dr. “Like they say, once a Titan, always a Titan,” cooking, art, and music in her free time, is happy Mary Lawlor retired halfway through the 2010- said Lizarraga. 2011 school year. Lizarraga was soon chosen to asAs principal, Lizarraga has two main goals and honored to be at Eastlake. She views the school sume the open position and was appointed by the in mind: to reach a 900 API score, and to meet the spirit students exhibit as one of the things she most Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) 3-year WASC accreditation and be on track for a loves about Eastlake, along with the emphasis stuSuperintendent, Jesus M. Gandara. 6-year accreditation. With the collaboration of stu- dents place on academics. As Lizarraga undertakes her “I was very excited, especially since I was dents, teachers, and school staff, Lizarraga believes new role, she strives to create an atcoming back home and this is where I started my it’s possible. of warmth at Eastlake. career,” she said of her reaction. “I know we’ll do that [reach 900]. We’ll be mosphere “ I want students to know my door is alLizarraga has had an illustrious career as the first school in the district to, you’ll see,” Lizar- ways open to everyone,” she said. an educator, and has lived in San Diego for over raga said.

Boys and Girls’ State

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Alana Ocano

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What exactly would it be like for teenagers to run their very own government? Perhaps the idea has not been thought out by many, but topscoring high school students in the state of California have an opportunity to unmask the answer only during the summer after their junior year. The American Legion Boys’ State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls’ State are responsible for of-

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New policies not new CELESTE MONTAÑO

ALANA OCANO

Meet Mr. Merzbacher, local librarian here at EHS and Mrs. Merzbacher, Anatomy and Physiology teacher.

fering an exclusive taste of what it’s like to participate in a self-run government. According to the Boys and Girls State website, the program is designed to teach “how government works while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for your rights as a citizen.” Boys State takes place in Sacramento while Girls’ State resides in Claremont. Only one boy and girl from each school is selected to at-

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Since the beginning of this semester, the administration has been reinforcing policies that had formerly been allowed to go lax. The dress code, PDA, and rules about selling food among those most felt by students. Principal Maria Esther Lizarraga recently appeared in the morning bulletin in order to remind students of the policies and debunk some exaggerated myths, such as the rumor circulating that uniforms will be introduced. She’s also emphasized that the new rules are not new at all. “They’re policies that have always been here,” she explained. “We’re just enforcing them.” And sure enough, these rules are all laid out in the student planner, which everyone has been urged to consult.

“This is a school institution,” said Lizarraga, “but we’re still seeing underwear and short shorts, which is not appropriate… Late arrivals are also a problem. We have about 200 tardies every morning.” Despite these problems, controversy has surfaced. “I felt that a great injustice was being committed when my girl scout cookies were confiscated for the day,” said Chelsea Chapman (12). As someone who has been selling girl scout cookies at schools for seven years, Chapman was taken aback after her cookies were confiscated. “I’m selling to help the local animal shelter,” she explained. The cookies were returned at the end of the day, but are part of a wider effort of the administration to halt the selling of non-ASB approved foods.

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All-star soccer player Sarah Sedillo (12) shares her experiences about her favorite sport. PAGE 15

Ninth-grade World Geography teacher and AVID coordinator Luis Lopez is named the 2011 Teacher of the Year.


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London calling... for the remakes to stop

CELESTE MONTAÑO Opinion Editor

The Office, Three’s Company, American Idol. What do all these shows have in common? They were British first. Adapting UK television for American screens is nothing new, but the trend seems to have grown in recent years. This January alone, three shows originally created in Britain premiered on American screens: Shameless, Skins, and Being Human. But why are these adaptations necessary in the first place? If they were popular and good enough to catch the attention of American producers, why not just air the originals? The excuse is usually that they are attempting to make characters more “relatable” for audiences in the U.S., what with the possible intrusion of accents and foreign colloquialisms. However, American programs such as Glee and Gossip Girl are shown in Britain and other countries regularly, while a British show hasn’t had a prime time slot for years. Other nations

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don’t feel put off by our dialect and strange slang. If they can accept our quirks, why can’t we accept theirs? Let’s be honest. There is only one driving force behind these remakes: money. Whereas television companies would probably have to pay for the rights to air a British show in the U.S., that is not the case if the show is American-made. They have to invest in actors and writers, but they ultimately reap millions for themselves if the show is successful. To be fair, plenty of these adaptations have thrived, and at times have become more popular than the British versions. For example, The Office only ran for two seasons in the UK, while the American remake has lasted seven seasons and is ongoing. Regardless of success, such numerous adaptations are a sign of only one thing. It is no longer enough for American creators to make countless films based on novels; now, the intellectual property of foreign countries has become the newest crutch for those lacking in originality and creativity.

Benches: Bland vs. bold ANDREA GOMES Staff Writer

Last semester, nutrition break and lunchtime became scenes of chaos as different groups of seniors practically stampeded over each other and even ditched class to claim the eight benches on the senior lawn. Word of these “Bench Wars” even managed to reach the Assistant Principals, who closed off the lawn for a week just so the madness would die down. Now that every group has found territory to claim, there’s another issue. Seniors strongly feel that each group should be allowed to dec-

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orate their own respective benches as they please. Why, you ask? Why shouldn’t we? Every senior clique has their own inside jokes, their own sense of style, and their own common interests. We should be able to express those things artistically. This, of course, means no explicit drawings, pictures, or insiders. There is a limit to freedom of expression, especially at school. Nevertheless, decorating benches is another way of bringing students together and making memories. Every person would be able to add their own uniqueness to the bench, which makes every person feel

like a significant part of their group. Seniors should be able to come to school over the weekend and decorate the benches however they want. And at the end of the year, paint them over so that the next senior classes have the same opportunities. This freedom of expression also showcases the creativity of the seniors and who they represent as a class. Each bench would represent different personalities, nationalities, beliefs, opinions, and values. Although it may seem like a risk letting seniors decorate the benches, they would turn out to be amazing like the memories that will go along with them. So, why not?

AP: Advanced Placement for the Complacent MIGUEL PIMENTEL Op-Ed Columnist

As the teacher reminds us that we’re not quite done with lecture notes, groans surface amid the chatter that hasn’t stopped since the beginning of the period. Am I really sitting in an AP class? AP classes are no longer a haven for students that are genuinely motivated, but instead a hangout for people expecting an extra point on their GPA without the hard work. In fact, they even expect free time to socialize as they wish. Not surprisingly, this comes at a great cost: classes are too noisy, students are disrespectful, and the AP pass rates of perfectly competent teachers are unusually low. Not to mention that classes become unnecessarily slow for students that actually want to learn. It’s about time we rethink who’s allowed into AP classes. By no means should students be segregat-

ed, with the overachievers separated from the average. There isn’t even a need for academic placement tests or a specific GPA cutoff. After all, to be successful in an AP class, you only need either of two things: talent or effort. A teacher recommendation should work just fine in attesting to these qualities in a student. Don’t have an A in your English class? No problem.Your previous teacher can always explain your efforts and work ethic. Have you done the corrections on your rough drafts? Is your homework completed on time? If you answered yes, then any AP teacher would be happy to take you, and I would be more than glad to sit next to you. However, if you answered no, I can’t help but wonder why it is that you are interested in AP classes in the first place. Much more thought should be given to the way students are enrolled in AP classes. Those with no motivation or true interest need to be weeded out for the sake of those who are willing to try. For the time being, all those unmotivated students need to learn to keep their mouths shut when the teacher is speaking. How old are you, again?

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What happened to Haiti? CANDACE ANDERSON Staff Writer

In January, 2010, it seemed the entire world was concerned for Haiti. The small country was devastated by a massive earthquake that killed an estimated 316,000 people and destroyed the lives of countless. But all that happened last year. It is now 2011, and the world has moved on. We were given quite a scare, but now that it is over, everyone who was not directly involved has returned to their daily lives. They have already done their part to help, shouldn’t that be enough? Perhaps

it is time to resume business as usual. If that is the case then there is nothing to fear, for the world has done just that. When tragedy strikes, even the most cold-hearted of scrooges are compelled to sympathize. People watch the news, shake their heads and can’t help but feel relieved that they are not in such a position. Some send their condolences through kind thoughts and such, which is the extent of their concern. Many others, however, are moved enough to donate or participate in a charity event. And the larger the incident, the longer people are obligated to care. But once all the information has been doled out, it becomes old news. The news moves on. The rest of the world moves on as well.

After being ripped apart by a catastrophe, what does it take to rebuild a life? How long does it take? Can all the mangled pieces even be found? Maybe the victims know the answer. Maybe they don’t. Maybe they will never find out without assistance. But soon, the assistance stops coming, because the kind souls who had so generously offered helping hands at first quickly grow tired and turn their heads. After providing minimal aid, they rid their minds of the disaster. However, those living in despair do not have this option. They do the best they can on their own, but they are so deeply wounded that there is an extent to what they can do. That is when they need the most help.

Newscasters should Shape the future, don’t forge it keep it simple MEAGAN NOLAN Editor-in-Chief

It’s a familiar scenario for the much-abused senior: a seemingly benign college or scholarship application launches a surprise nuclear missile attack of an essay question. “What do you hope to contribute to mankind?” one scholarship prompt harps, threatening to implode. “What is one failure you’ve had and how have you grown because of it?” College C drones. Time for the sweat and the fight to hold back tears. How’s the average student, who—let’s be honest, hasn’t a clue at age 17 about their purpose in life— supposed to write a five hundred word, sincere, cross-my-heart-andhope-to-die essay about their future contributions to mankind? It’s plain unreasonable. Unless this student possesses powers of indubitable foresight, all things said will be a hopeful prediction, at best. The war between applicants has turned into a battle of who’s

MIGUEL PIMENTEL Sports Editor

Last month, after a few reports of mass animal deaths around the world, media sources, especially those online, began repeatedly circulating similar stories. They turned these naturally occurring phenomena into an apocalyptic omen, spreading the opinions of the superstitious rather than scientific community. This story, like many others, should have long been explained, dismissed, and replaced with real news. The mass animal deaths remained popular for a while. As of February, a Google map is constantly being updated with new reports of similar occurrences all over the world. The public’s fascination with mass animal deaths, mostly involving birds and fish, is understandable, given the apocalyptic paranoia that will only grow in the public’s minds as December 21, 2012 approaches. However, a lack of scientific voices addressing these occurrences has allowed some people to take advantage of the uninformed and stoke fear. Granted, people are free to interpret

worldly events as they wish – they will draw their own conclusions and decide whether natural disasters or peculiarities bear any divine message of upcoming destruction. However, when the media fails to report the facts on these happenings, they legitimize ludicrous claims, suggesting that there is no better source to provide an explanation. The spotlight and precious airtime should be given only to those with reasonable and true explanations, not to phonies whose main purpose is to attract attention, even if they attract more viewers. Sadly, this recent disregard for hard facts is consistent with the media’s hunger for ratings for ratings above truth. Every day, news stories are reported from the most scandalous angles for the sake of keeping people’s attention. However, now that the world will be interpreting rare natural phenomena to the advent of 2012, it is important that the media provide the facts and explanations behind these events, rather than instigate crazy and silly confusion. If the media continues this, they will soon create a public panic like the one caused by the radio broadcast of The War of theWorlds.

the best fortune teller, not who’s the most accomplished. Translation: said student can spin lies till doomsday. When scholarship and college applications pose these vapid prompts, they’re not asking for wellwritten and thoughtful essays; they’re asking for trite, insincere essays that more closely resemble a Ms. America pageant winner’s platform than the true exposition of typical high school student. But to be fair, most colleges essay topics are so broad that applicants can maneuver and pirouette their way towards the essay that they intended to write before that bothersome prompt got in the way. Of course, there are the odd horrors that jump out from the depths of the essaybushes and take a student by surprise: those thorny, obtuse ones that pose questions like: “If you could carve anything in a rock, what would it be?” or “How would you describe yourself as a human being?” These are to be avoided at all costs. However, it’s really scholarships that are the worst offenders, guilty of life-crimes against teenag-

ers’ wellbeing. They focus too much on the future rather than solid accomplishments, yearn to be preened at, and are known to cause headaches. These might just be the gripes of seniors tired of writing essays, but is it too much to ask for better prompts? If scholarships and colleges are so keen to find out the true heart and soul and teeth of the applicant, why don’t they let them loose to write or create with freedom? Perhaps a prompt with a blank paper—open to anything as student should choose to say—would elicit a response other than the hackneyed “I plan to go to college because of…the beauty of learning; my parents inspired me; I want to save the kittens of the world.” Just maybe. At the very least, it’d be an interesting change. As it stands, the standard college or scholarship essay question is a bit like asking for students to be dishonest. It’s a bit like scholarships and colleges don’t want to put more thought into the essay question than the student who agonizes over the essay for hours.


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Graduation: Get your act together! TREVOR MCCOY

Op-Ed Columnist Last semester, Eastlake High School announced that the class of 2011’s graduation venue had been changed to Cricket Amphitheater. This was all fine and dandy until just recently, when they changed the venue back to the stadium at Southwestern College. Now, this doesn’t seem like a big change, but along with the location, they’ve also changed the date. Some people might say that telling us in January is enough of an advance notice when graduation is set for June, but that’s not always the case. They should’ve held off announcing any graduation information until they knew all of the facts for sure. My aunt has already booked her nonrefundable ticket, but since our graduation date has been moved back, now she’ll be leaving and flying back to Indiana the day before I walk the stage. Anyone doing their

planning for graduation a good six months in advance should be guaranteed a spot in the crowd, but now that the date has been changed, anyone with family who’s plans have been messed up will have to buy new tickets, which is difficult and expensive these days. Another example of overturned plans since these changes were made is a friend of mine whose parents booked a place for her graduation party. But since the date changed, her party now starts a few hours before our graduation begins.The date can probably be changed and the problem solved, but the fact that anything has to be done is irritating. Students and their families are paying the price because our school is fickle. It’s not just the change in date however, it’s also the venue. If you’ve ever been to an Eastlake graduation at Southwestern, you know how crowded it is. People are practically sitting on each other. Cricket, on the other hand, has better parking and more seating, and by switching graduation back to Southwestern, we’ve lost those luxuries. In the end, there’s nothing we can do to remedy this, but in all honesty, by switching back to Southwestern, we are not only losing the better venue, but we are losing our chance at a better graduation.

No magic in giving back

Eastlake gets ripped off ALANA OCANO News Editor

RACHEL SATHER Staff Writer

The Salvation Army is an organization known for it thrift store chain that accepts donations benefiting those in need. However, one store in Canada is limiting donations pertaining to the Harry Potter series, due to the its use of witchcraft. It’s not surprising that the Salvation Army, a Christian organization, is bashing the series. Harry Potter’s material has been controversial ever since the series first became popular. It has been the subject of debates, protests, and even book burnings in several church groups that deem Harry Potter anti-Christian, due to the use of sorcery and witchcraft throughout the series.

What these groups fail to realize is that the Harry Potter series in no way promotes anti-Christian sentiments. In fact, the famous adventures of the boy wizard promote the value of friendship and bravery, as well as the triumph of good over evil. However, groups such as the Salvation Army completely overlook the book’s important themes, and focus on the fact that the stories contain sorcery. If these religious organizations seek to emphasize Christian morals, they should start with the charity and tolerance that comes with these values, rather than condemn a harmless children’s book. The Salvation Army is notorious for its homophobic views and opposition to secular government. While this Canadian branch is banning any Harry Potter toys or books, they continue accepting do-

nations of things such as toy M-16s. What’s worse, the organization is supporting these local chapters’ decisions, since as a Christian organization, they are free to condemn books involving “witchcraft.” So Harry Potter is dangerous for children, but warfare-related toys are not? Violence is acceptable in modern day society, even while it’s legitimately detrimental to the welfare of impressionable children, unlike a story about the adventures of young wizards. If purchasing a Harry Potter toy is supposedly supporting witchcraft, how is promoting warfare any better? But through condemning anything that threatens their points of view, the only thing they are promoting is close-mindedness, which is more dangerous than a harmless book series.

Ask any Eastlake High School student to share the place one can purchase those vivid titan blue hoodies, “Boot Bonita” t-shirts and the student will most likely mutter an “easy enough”, automatically lift their arm, and point someone to the school’s ASB. Nearly everyone knows that purchases showcasing school pride are possible through Eastlake High’s nifty ASB location and online website. However, many students have began noticing that it’s not the only place to offer Titan gear – or what appears to be Titan gear. Take casual grocery stroll to our community’s local WalMart or Walgreens, and one may find themselves encountering validating items displaying Eastlake High’s embedded logo apparel as original gear that supposedly not only benefits the high school through advertisement, but school fundraising as well. Not exactly.

Unfortunately, not a single portion of the money made from selling “Eastlake High School” items goes to our high school. The profit solely benefits the store that sells Eastlake products, but not the school itself. The fact that Walgreens and Wal-Mart sell school-spirited magnets, apparel, chapstick, pens and foam fingers to encourage clients to appreciate the community’s high school reveals one positive factor from the selling of the items. Stores that obtain a profit from gear advertising another place without providing a portion of it to that place it “proudly” represents only highlights another objective: money. Stores expressing school support should also be able to benefit the school financially as well. While demonstrating support to our community, these stores are being selfish in that all the money made from the selling of these products provide the stores with full credit. If money were provided to our high school, the school would receive more of the credit it deserves.


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The mythical teenager

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The Mythical Teenager (MT), who inhabits the Mythical High School (MHS), is as familiar to you as the Disney Princesses or your own friends or the lines running in a particular indentation across your palm.You’ve known about the MT and the MHS since you can remember. Even before then, since you can’t recall when you first met this particularly unpleasant brand of stereotyping. Somehow, somewhere back in time, without quite realizing it or noticing the slow, ominous trickle of it, you’ve managed to familiarize yourself with MHS and MT, despite living a life quite the contrary to anything you’ve ever been force-fed from a flickering screen. You’ll recognize the MT and MHS at first image: Brawny, brainless jocks. The scrawny nerd stuffed in a trash can or peeling locker, depending on the brainless jock’s frame of mind that day. Ditzy cheerleaders with blonde hair, fragile nails, and cruelty in their snide remarks. The Rebel/Goth/Loner sulking in a corner, ostracized. Lastly, the Tour Guide, the unlikely (usually somehow superficially misfit) main character that will serve as the vehicle you can relate to for the hour-long time frame of the movie or show you’re presently watching. These are the standard, no-variation-necessary-thankyou-all-the-same tropes that perpetuate Hollywood movies and television. Slide in a DVD of a teen film or flip on a show, and you’ll become reacquainted with the annoying symptoms of a raging epidemic in the manner of seconds. In a way, it makes sense. Script writers and directors are more likely to be middleaged, their high school experiences a faded and faintly rosy memory in comparison t t o teenagers

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who a r e actually living the life. It’s easy enough to rely on what’s already there— what’s common and routine—than it is to actually attempt to portray something with a threedimensional, true-to-life aura. But it’s a bit frightening the extent to which high school on the screen is a static entity that falls under the MHS umbrella. And it becomes a tangible problem when real-life teens come to expect that the MHS and MT will be true to their own experiences.

It’s easy to see why the MHS exists. High school 20 years ago was probably an entirely different game than it is now, and high school in another area of the country—in a rural town with population 500, or in a city like New York—is different than the suburban southern California environment that houses Eastlake. Each high school has its own vibe and character and traditions and unique students. Yet, Hollywood’s typified MHS is the only representation teenagers get in the media—and it’s a fallacious one at that. As far as Eastlake goes, we stray from the formula by quite a bit. There’s the obvious things that blow freshman’s minds once they set foot on campus, like the fact lockers are nonexistent, the cafeteria is as desolate as a ghost town with a tumbleweed blowing through, and letterman jackets are so rare it’s like seeing a shooting star when they make an appearance. There’s the fact that Queen Bees are a bit hard to locate in a 2,600 strong student body, bullies don’t knock kids out of line and steal their lunch money, and no one owns the girls bathroom, as it’s hard seeing anyone voluntarily wanting to spend an extended amount of time in there. Then, there’s the little things. How we interact, as a more cohesive and fluid entity. There’s less drama, less cattiness, more openness. There’s not the sort of segregation we see on MHS, or stupidity we see in the typical MT. We can actually be seen doing our homework—sometimes. And these are all things Eastlake should be proud of.

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Dancing: it’s a guy thing EMILY TSOU Staff Writer

It’s likely you’ve heard of Poreotix and Jabbawockeez, dance groups that debuted recently and took the hip hop world by storm. A new whirlwind of talent, however, has formed amongst the students of EHS: Eastlake All Male. Created in 2009, EAM is Eastlake High’s hip hop team, consisting of talented dance veterans and rising stars. The team practices an average of six hours a week when on regular schedule. How-

ever, daily practice with longer hours occurs in preparation for competitions and performances. A regular day consists of stretching thoroughly to avoid muscle cramps, conditioning for better stamina, and learning new choreography from veteran members and occasionally a professional choreographer. During their three years of existence, EAM has attended several competitions and performances. As rookies, the team placed 4th in Bragging Rights, 3rd in Artofficial, and 3rd in World of Dance San Diego, along with winning the “Best Costume” award. This is an amazing record, considering some members have not had any formal training in hip hop, and are

spurred only by a passion for dance. In 2011, EAM will appear in multiple performances: Dance for a Cure (February 25), Will Dance for Love (March 18), Montgomery Culture Night (April 29), and the annual hip hop competition Bragging Rights (March 26). “We have rivalries with other schools and I guess you can say we sometimes try to defend what we won last year,” said EAM Captain Aaron Mondares (12) about the competitions. Eastlake All Male is always looking for fresh faces and new talents to add to the team. For those interested in joining, workshops are held throughout second semester to give potential new members

a taste of what being a part of EAM is like. Auditions are normally held before the end of the school year, but the team allows everyone who is serious about joining to train with EAM during practice. With hard work and dedication, a person could become part of the growing sensation that is All Male. The goal of the team is to grow as dancers, Mondares said. “We all have a strong passion for dance and we all strive to get better. Oh, and also to have fun while we work.” Although still a relatively young team, EAM is making great strides as they attempt to satisfy their never ending thirst for improvement and follow their inspirational phrase, “Stay humble, stay hungry.”

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The spotlight is on the Spotlight Ladies ANDREA GOMES Business Manager

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Don’t let the glitter and dresses fool you. Eastlake’s Spotlight Ladies are a triple threat: singers, dancers, and actresses. They are the total package, and with competition season coming up, these girls are ready to show their audience and competitors a thing or two. This year, they are led by senior Genevieve Sy, who has been in Spotlight Ladies since sophomore year. Her favorite part about being part of Spotlight? “The strive to be better and the drive to perform well,” she said. New changes this year include red and gold costumes as well as a new stage set. With these changes and a new group of girls, the Spotlight Ladies are ready for a new competition season of accomplishments and memories. The season starts off with the “For Ladies Only” competition in our very own Ruth Chapman Theatre. Throughout this season they will go up to the Los Angeles to compete against all the Southern California women’s show choirs, in areas that include Burrows, Hart, and Los Alamitos. They also have an annual tour where they travel to Seattle to compete in the local festivals. Their strong bond and passion to perform is apparent. When asked about her team, Sy stated, “Our tight bond is what helps us get through the year whether we win or lose. I love my SL1 love girls.” They might be bubbly and graceful, but they sure do pack a punch.


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Kaitlyn Narvaza: art brings joy for her EMILY TSOU Staff Writer

Some kids spent their childhood glued to the television. Some rode their bikes around the block for hours without rest. When Eastlake High senior Kaitlyn Narvaza was four, she began an important chapter in her life: drawing. After watching the popular anime, “Sailor Moon,” Narvaza was inspired to draw anime, beginning with rough doodles and then progressing to fully colored and inked pictures. Although she did not take any formal art classes until her fourth year of high school, Narvaza’s pictures often elicit praise and admiration from her classmates and teachers, and she has a natural talent in art. Currently, Narvaza attends an art course in Eastlake High School, balancing multiple hours spent on one art project with other class work and outside activities. Placing her schoolwork above anything else, the senior’s priorities are different than other artists. Most of Narvaza’s drawings are completed during the weekends when her schedule is less hectic and hours more flexible. Despite endless hours of sketching and doodling, she has no plans in attending an art school as of yet. “[Drawing] is more of a hobby,” Narvaza explained. “I know it’ll always be a hobby of mine, even in the future.” Although she is not planning to pursue a career in art, Narvaza still enjoys drawing anime and sharing her work with others in her free time. Popular subjects of the senior’s drawings include animes and mangas she has watched recently,such as Kimi ni Todoke and FushigiYugi.Narvaza’s inspirations, however, are her older sister and an uncle who is an artist. Her sister encourages her hobby while her uncle offers pointers and advice regarding drawing techniques. Much of her art, Narvaza said, is also derived from her general cheerfulness. Her hobby is not only a source of relaxation, but a way to “make people happy or express happy feelings.” Narvaza’s favorite piece reflects the nature of her aesthetic; meaningful to her because it is the first picture she put time and thought into, the vibrant colors emitting feelings of playfulness. “It was like the picture would come alive and walk off the paper,” Narvaza said. An important effect of drawing anime on her life is the rare connection Narvaza has with others who share the same interests, which often leads to close ties and friendships. Narvaza said of her art, “I was given the chance to connect to people like me.”

Gay-Straight Alliance works for acceptance RACHEL SATHER Staff Writer

In today’s society, awareness and acceptance of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) is becoming more prominent. Organizations such as The Trevor Project, Queer Nation, and gaystraight alliances (GSAs) in high schools and colleges across the country provide a safe haven for teens and young adults questioning their sexuality. Eastlake High’s own GSA seeks to create a comfortable environment for students of any sexuality, and also to have fun while doing so. Eastlake High School’s GSA, run by President Althea Solis (12) and Vice President Efren Avila (12), promotes LGBT awareness with events such as ice skating trips, Valentine’s grams, and an annual Unity Conference dance. In addition, activities such as the Day of Silence and the Suicide Awareness Walk make an impact on both the school and the community. These activities are made possible by the community networking done by members of GSA, and advisor Ms. Hoffman. The most amazing thing about the field trips is that it manages to attract groups outside of the club. This

creates an accepting and judgementfree environment within the student body, while at the same time creating quality connections through the club. Avila stressed that everyone in the club is extremely friendly and there to help. “We allow all types of orientation,” he said. “Ladies, gentlemen, or whatever you’d like to identify yourself with. We are here to help as a support system for everyone.” Solis has been an active member of the club since her sophomore year when there was only about three regular attendants of the weekly meetings. The club has now expanded greatly, and has a large group of regular members attending the weekly meetings. “The club has a strong family kind of feeling,” said Solis. “Everybody’s friends with everybody. It’s great.” It is never too late to join GSA. Meetings are every Wednesday at lunch in the counseling center, and for more information, check the ehsgaystraightalliance Facebook page, which is always open to any inquiries one may have about the club. The GSA members collectively make the club an accepting and welcoming environment. As stated by Avila, “the door is open to everyone.”

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Recipe Corner: Three cheese mac and cheese TREVOR MCCOY Culinary Expert

ingredient list -1 large egg -1 12-ounce can evaporated whole milk -A small pinch of cayenne pepper -A small pinch of freshly grated nutmeg -Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper -1 1/3 cups grated Muenster cheese -4 deli-thin slices -1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese -1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese -4 cups of medium pasta shells -1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets (enough for 4 cups)

First off, put the egg, evaporated milk, cayenne, nutmeg, and salt and black pepper into a bowl and whisk. Then toss the grated cheeses in a separate bowl. Next, put a large pot with salted water on the stove and set it to boil. Add the cauliflower to the pot and cook until it’s almost falling apart. This should take about 7 minutes. Then move the cauliflower to another bowl using a slotted spoon, but don’t dump the water out. Add the pasta to the water and cook until it is firm; this should only take about 10 minutes. Drain all but 1/4 cup of the cooking water and set that aside. After that, you should preheat the broiler.

Then, combine the egg mixture and the grated cheeses in the empty pot and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheeses melt and the sauce begins to thicken. Remove it from the heat and add the cauliflower. Then you need to puree the combination in a blender until it is smooth. Put the mixture back into the pot, and stir in some of the leftover pasta water until it is creamy. Finally, toss the pasta in the sauce; season with salt and black pepper. Put it all into a shallow casserole dish, and top with the Muenster slices. Lastly, broil until it’s golden brown, (it should take about 5 minutes).


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NEWS EVENTS BY PAOLA RUANO 1990: the World Wide Web was created along with the first web page. 1991: Saddam Hussein announced the removal of Iraq troops from Kuwait, effectively ending the Persian Gulf War. 1992: George H. W. Bush fell violently ill at a state dinner and vomited into the lap of the Prime Minister of Japan, Kiichi Miyazawa. 1993, the North American Free Trade Agreement is signed into law by President Bill Clinton. 1994: OJ Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. 1995: the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is bombed, killing 168 people. 1996: Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed, and chauffeur Henri Paul were killed in a car crash in Paris, France. 1997: Dolly the sheep was the first mammal to be cloned. 1998: Bill Clinton was caught in a sex scandal with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, and was later impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice by the U.S. House of Representatives, but acquitted by the U.S. Senate. 1999, the world’s six billionth person was born in Bosnia.

TOP TELEVISION BY CELESTE MONTANO ALL THAT FRIENDS (1994-2000): An SNL-style variety show aimed at younger viewers, it started the career of various actors still linked to Nickelodeon today. FRIENDS (1994-2004): One of the most popular sitcoms to date, this show details the lives of six friends and ignited Jennifer Aniston’s career… as well as that of her hair. SISTER, SISTER (1994-1999): Tia and Tamera Mowry were twins that got separated at birth and, upon finding each other, get caught up in a number of comical and touching situations. SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH (19962003): Audiences were endlessly entertained as they watched the sixteen-year-old witch attempt to lead a normal life, despite the inherent strangeness of living with a wise-cracking cat and two magical, doting aunts. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1997-2003): A show that developed an instant cult following, it focused on a teenage girl who moonlights as a slayer of supernatural creatures—and not the sparkly kind. POKEMON (1997-2005): This show about a ten-yearFULL HOUSE (1987-1995): This hit series about a group old’s journey to become a pokemon master was especially of friends raising three young girls jump-started the careers popular with the youngsters, and continues to be an obsession of the Olsen twins and unleashed John Stamos upon the for many. world. SEINFELD(1989-1998): Considered one of the greatest THAT 70’s SHOW (1998-2006): Set in the 70’s, this sitsitcoms of all time, this comedy was officially described as com focused on a group of friends and their mishaps while also the show about nothing and told the story of a struggling co- providing much of its cast, including Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, with some of their more memorable roles. median in Manhattan. THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEl-AIR (1990-1996):This THE AMANDA SHOW (1999-2002): Known for its ranmuch-loved sitcom about a smart-aleck teen sent to live in a domness and parodies, this All That spinoff launched Amanda’s wealthy neighborhood with his aunt and uncle brought Will career and was a childhood favorite for many. NICKELODEON : In 1990, Nickelodeon Studios was Smith, along with his iconic rapping theme song, to fame. SAILOR MOON (1992-1997): One of the most well- opened and promptly developed various weekly animated seknown anime series in America, it portrays the adventures of ries. With the widespread success of Doug (1991-1994, 19961999) and Rugrats (1991-2004), the way for many other five magical girls striving to maintain peace. Barney & Friends (1992-2009): Especially known for its Nicktoons, among them Hey Arnold! (1994-2006), CatDog catchy theme song, this show about a purple dinosaur contin- (1998-2004), The Wild Thornberrys (1998-2004) was paved. Cartoon Network: Despite the number of sitcoms that thrived ues to be a childhood favorite. during this time, kids’ afternoons were spent flipping between BOY MEETS WORLD (1993-2000): Hilarious and poicartoons. Especially popular was Cartoon Network, the only gnant at the same time, this series told the story of Cory Matchannel that broadcasted cartoons 24/7, and produced bethews and his friends as they became young adults. loved shows such as Dexter’s Laboratory (1996-2003), Johnny POWER RANGERS (1993-1995): This show, featuring Bravo (1997-2004), The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2001), and a group of teenagers combating evil, remains a memorable Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999-2002). source of inspiration for kids of this decade.

FASHION BY JULIA PEREIRA OVERALLS: one strap or two straps. Refer to the Fugees. DISNEY T-SHIRTS: for the kids, but not limited to. Usually featuring The Lion King, Mickey, or Winnie the Pooh. FLANNEL SHIRTS: usually padded. Popularized by drug addicts and parents alike. DENIM SHIRTS : worn mostly by

women 80’s hip-hop fashion goes mainstream: gold jewelry, bomber jackets, track suits and baggy carpenter jeans. THE RACHEL HAIRCUT: refer to Jennifer Aniston in Friends. HIPPIE INFLUENCE: florals, flare jeans, and vests NEON COLORS: ski jackets, jeans, and anything else you can wear. BUTTERFLY CLIPS: popular among raver girls

SCRUNCHIES girls would collect them and often develop a massive collection of colors. SOLID COLOR garments that have no color compatibility or similarity. Think burgundy skirt with a light blue tank top. DOC MARTENS In step with the rise in of popularity of Grunge Culture.


NINETIES TOP FILMS BY CELESTE MONTANO

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BY PAOLA RUANO SLINKY: popular rainbow toys that used the power of gravity to bounce up and down, and climb down stairs. SLAP BRACELETS: with a variety of colorful designs, slap bracelets were not only fun to put on but also fun to slap your friends with. CANDY: Ring Pop, Push Pop, Pixie Stix, Warheads, Fun Dip. These sugar-filled, teeth-rotting candies were traded and bartered among many playgrounds across America. STICK-ON EARRINGS: wildly popular with moms, stick-on earrings were the alternative for girls who couldn’t get their ears pierced. BEANIE BABIES with an abundance of different animals to buy, Beanie Babies became a huge collecting craze in the 1990’s. FURBY loved for their unique bug-eyed, big eared appearance, Furbys interacted with their owners by talking, singing, dancing, and much more. GAME BOY with the creations of

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990): This touching story about a sensitive young man with scissors instead of hands marked Burton’s first collaboration with Johnny Depp. PRETTY WOMAN (1990): In one of the highest-grossing films of the decade, Julia Roberts earned widespread popularity portraying a lovable prostitute. JUMANJI (1993): Starring Robin Williams and a young Kristen Dunst, this film told the story of a board game where stakes became all-too real. JURRASIC PARK (1993): This sci-fi thriller focused on an island where dinosaurs had been cloned back to life, but it’s most notable for revolutionizing the use of CGI in films. FORREST GUMP (1994): In this quotable, highly praised film,Tom Hanks plays a simple-minded man who witnesses various historical events throughout his life. THE LITTLE RASCALS (1994): This movie about a group of young kids and their many adventures has since become a beloved classic. CLUELESS (1995): A comedy about the privileged but superficial lives of a group of high school students, it became an unexpected hit and made its young actors household names. MATILDA(1996): This movie delighted children with its story of a remarkable young girl who overcomes the challenges posed by her parents and evil school principal. ANASTASIA (1997): Filled with musical numbers and beautiful animation, this story of Anastasia Romanov discovering her identity

with help from two conmen is a classic. TITANIC (1997): This epic film told the tragic story aboard of the Titanic; extremely successful and widely praised, it was arguably the defining movie of the decade. THE MASK OF ZORRO (1998): Antonio Banderas stars alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones as the legendary outlaw’s protégé in a movie complete with swordfights and explosions. THE PARENT TRAP (1998): Lindsey Lohan gives one of the best performances of her career in this children’s classic about long-lost twins who try to reunite their parents. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998): In this intense and critically-appraised war film, a group of U.S. soldiers look for Private Ryan after the invasion of Normandy in WWII. THE SIXTH SENSE (1999): A thriller about a boy who sees the dead, this film was nominated for various awards and is famous for Haley Joel Osment’s line, “I see dead people.” 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999): A teen romantic comedy that made Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger famous, it is a quotable and modern retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”  DISNEY RENAISSANCE: Starting with The Little Mermaid (1989),Walt Disney Animation Studios saw the beginning of a second golden age.With spunkier characters, stories based on classics, and incorporated musical numbers, Disney produced films that continue to be childhood staples. Among these are Beauty & the Beast (1992), Aladdin (1992), andThe Lion King (1994).

MUSIC FROM a predominant evolution in mainstream rap and hip hop, the emergence of poppy boy bands, the increased attention on underground tunes, and a significant change in alternative rock, the nineties provided a groundbreaking transformation that shaped much of today’s modern music. The nineties unleashed a powerful wave of hip-hop to the music world, one that brought along several big names into the industry and with those names unique styles that had fans go frantic over. Rappers included MARKY MARK LL COOL J MC HAMMER Who were notorious not only for their lyrics, but also for their outrageous performances. ]Pop was also a major music genre in the nineties as new leading lady vocalists had their own share of pop success. MARIAH CAREY BRITNEY SPEARS CHRISTINA AGUILARA Besides these ladies, there were men. Or more specifically, boys in heart pounding, girl-crazy boy bands that emerged with shameful highlighted hair and corny and annoyingly catchy lyrics. ‘N SYNC BACKSTREET BOYS

popularcharacters such as Donkey Kong and Super Mario, Game Boys were seen in the hands of every young child in the nineties. HOT WHEELS Hot wheels were miniature cars that went about 8 in. with every push. ANIME CARDS Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh, each having their own special ability, anime playing cards were used between kids to fight against each other. Unfortunately, no one actually knew how to play. TAMAGOTCHI a small pet on a key chain, Tamagotchis could be fed, bathed, and loved. Unfortunately, Tamagotchis died no matter what you did. LIGHT-UP SHOES sneakers that lit up when put in contact with the ground. They were not very useful when trying to sneak up on people, though. EASY BAKE OVEN a small oven used to make mediocre pastries that everyone pretended they loved. SOCK’EM BOPPERS: Large cushions attached to the hands, Sock’em Boppers were used to fight without actually getting hurt.

BY JOEL ACEDO

BOYZ II MEN. Along with hip-hop, rock was also made mainstream and audiences grew to appreciate the new grunge style of alternative music. Devoted grunge listeners became entranced with bands such as NIRVANA SMASHING PUMPKINS Breakthrough for punk rock, with the success of bands like BLINK-182 GREEN DAY Ska punk or reggae rock emerged with bands like NO DOUBT SUBLIME Cool Britannia charm was brought to the states and introduced the nineties to unique, unsurpassed British alternative rock by bands such as RADIOHEAD OASIS Whatever the music genre- whether it was rock, pop, or hip-hop- they all became evident successes in the nineties and helped motivate and inspire the music that this decade listens to today.


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Editor Joel Acedo

Blue Valentine

February 23, 2010

SKINS US: a controversial debut

CELESTE MONTAÑO Opinion Editor

http://www.hollywoodchicago.com

JOEL ACEDO

Entertainment Editor Beautifully delicate and simple, Blue Valentine tells of a couple having complicated marital problems, flashing back and forth from moments in their romantic past. Dean (Ryan Gosling), a high school dropout, and Cindy (Michelle Williams), a medical student, coincidently meet and become lovingly devoted to one another from the very beginning, rushing into an explicit relationship that evidently, slowly develops into a bitter and troubled marriage. Director Derek Cianfrance does an astonishing job at portraying the very intimate and personal lives of the two, making his audience almost feel ashamed to watch as if they

were intruding on the couple’s private matters. His shaky, artistic way of directing and his frequent intrusive close-up shots make the film’s plot difficult to watch. The relationship so torn apart between the two characters is very heartfelt and depressing, but nonetheless beautiful and true; realistic and believable down to the very core. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams both accomplish overwhelmingly good performances and the two were nominated for best actor and best actress in this year’s Golden Globes. Gosling and Williams improvised a great amount of the script, adding their own sense of realism to the plot and making it more sympathetic to watch. Apparently, it is noticeable to audiences who already know of the ad-libbing, but to those who have no idea, it is practi-

cally unnoticeable, as they tear up mature crowds and fulfill their roles in a disintegrating relationship. As if Ryan Gosling’s and Michelle William’s ground-breaking work was not wonderful enough, there is one element in particular that stands out in the film and adds to the emotion-filled drama; that being the score. Written and performed by the Brooklyn-based band, Grizzly Bear, the music adds to the motion picture a depth of intimacy and passion, a layer that very well compliments the atmosphere of the plot. Recommended to anyone longing for a film filled with fictional emotion so realistic it could be transformed into nonfiction , Blue Valentine is a great way to start off the 2011movie year and is made worthwhile with an exceptionally talented cast.

For both teenagers and parents alike, it has been nearly impossible to avoid hearing about the premiere of MTV’s show Skins and the controversy surrounding it. But for all the hype, outrage, and uncertainty, little attention has been given to the show’s more important aspects. A remake of an equally controversial UK drama, this American adaptation starts out nearly identically to the British version before deviating into different storylines. Because of this and the fact that most of the cast is composed of inexperienced actors, there is a sense that Skins is still coming into its element, and that there are better things to come. For now, the acting on Skins is not terrible, but hardly amazing. James Newman (Tony) delivers his lines awkwardly and seems more like a creep than the coveted big man on campus he’s supposed to be. Sofia Black D’Elia (Tea) does a better job of portraying her tough-as-nails character but comes up short during softer scenes. Meanwhile, Jesse Carere (Chris) was great in earning the audience’s sympathy during his the episode that dealt with his storyline, but does almost too good a job of portraying the more immature side of the average teenage boy. He and Ron Mustafaa (Abbud) are usually in the background, reminiscent of irritating little brothers one just wants to slap upside the head. The cast is not completely to blame for its mediocrity, however. Taking cues from a British show has its consequences, as shown in dialog that is sometimes awkward and not always something American teenagers would say. Finally, the biggest question: yes, Skins is racy, edgy, inappropriate, and definitely not a show one would recommend to a younger sibling. But rarely does it feature content that the teens of today haven’t already seen. For the most part, MTV is making the show seem more dangerous than it actually is to gain a larger audience. And in order to keep their viewers interested, the writers incorporate unnecessary innuendos and ineffective swearing. (Why include it if it’s going to be beeped out? Might as well not say it at all.) The trouble with this isn’t so much the bad influence it may or may not have on viewers, but that it eventually reaches overkill and intentions become annoyingly transparent. In many ways, Skins is just like any other MTV show, complete with uninspired acting and provocative content. However, this series does has the potential prove it has a heart beneath all the sex and drugs.

Somewhere: a movie review ALANA OCAÑO News Editor

Words such as “bland”, “dull”, or “anti-climactic” are common to describe the majority of director Sofia Coppola’s films. It becomes almost easy to agree with these adjectives once one is to endure the long recordings of the same subject which seem to last an eternity. In addition, the small amount of dialogue within the movie only presents the question of whether it strengthens her films’ “emptiness” or perfectly represents what is frequently referred to as a “bore”. Evidently, Coppola’s stylistic preferences are acknowledged by most, but only understood by few. In the midst of loose reviews, in all of Coppola’s films, most notably, “Somewhere”, exist a type of unusual substance: The viewer has to give more thought to the meaning of the director’s signature slow and quiet scenes, rather than keep up with elements that build the plot. I’ll stop myself here before spoiling the tools one should come prepared with to watch a Coppola film. Now, as for the movie… In Coppola’s latest release “Somewhere”, successful Hollywood actor Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) lifts intact the common LA lifestyle notions: he’s the clear target of dangling women desiring attention, an

attendee to the usual LA house parties, and a tooling subject that drives around a Ferrari. Living in West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont Hotel just after finishing a movie, entertainment in his life is loosely sought. Marco’s boredom is apparent when considering nude women and parties as his only form of amusement. It’s not until a sudden change challenging Marco to trade dragged interests to a reality revealing more than what he’s chosen for himself peel away a layer of his passivity: His eleven-year-old daughter, Cleo (Elle Fanning). Although highly privileged for an actor, the emptiness that is noted throughout is completely overturned after Marco’s ex-wife drops off Cleo. When taking care of Cleo, he is confronted by factors that have partaken in her life but that Marco has missed out on entirely. Thus, he lends himself to spend time with her by watching her ice skate, eating together, relaxing by the pool, taking a short trip to Las Vegas, and even allowing Cleo to accompany him to an awards ceremony in Italy. After spawning a relationship with his daughter, Marco takes a step back to evaluate the lifestyle choices he’s resorted to. He finds himself walking in a life that has relentlessly been lived day by day and agrees to make a change for himself after his daughter’s departure to camp.

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Issue 3

Wavves and Best Coast take on the world

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JENNA ARCE Focus Editor

On January 15th, 2011, notorious power couple of the lo-fi SoCal chillwave music scene Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast and hometown hero Nathan Williams of Wavves kicked off their co-headlined “Summer is Forever” tour at Soma San Diego, supported by L. A./Montreal based duo No Joy, with a wave of good vibes and an energy that enthralled the crowd. No Joy opened the show and overtook the audience with their distinctive grungy shoegaze sound, omitting vocals nearly drowned out by the loud thrash of guitars and the steady beats playing overhead that was reminiscent of a sweet and morbidly unforgettable dream. Guitarist Laura Lloyd’s face was often obscured from view due to her own long curtain of blonde hair as she shook from every hard strike of the guitar and vocalist/ instrumentalist Jasmine White-Gluz sang breathily into the microphone, the lyrics nearly undecipherable yet melting seamlessly into their loud, My Bloody Valentine-esque sound. They held a cool and casually commanding presence while on stage before closing their set with a slew of psychedelic sounds and leaving to present the most anticipated acts of

the night. Best Coast was warmly greeted by the audience as Cosentino, multiinstrumentalist Bob Bruno, and drummer Ali Koehler took over the stage. The frontwoman interacted with the crowd graciously, proclaiming her love for them and constantly bringing up her boyfriend’s band Wavves, perhaps the most anticipated of the three bands, and treated the fans by playfully substituting the name of her fan-favorite cat, Snacks, during one of the lines in “Goodbye” (“I wish my cat could talk”). Best Coast brought the easy garage band, sun-soaked tunes and premiered some new content as well as surprising the crowd with a sugary sweet and twangy cover of Loretta Lynn’s “Fist City.” Cosentino, known for her affinity for cartoon character Garfield, was handed goods featuring the orange lasagna loving cat by devoted fans and thrilled the crowd with the closing songs. Wavves completely dominated the night from the second they began playing. The San Diego based band had the hometown advantage, with frontman Williams’ own father watching from the crowd and a sense of pride and togetherness seeming to resonate. The bratty, rebellious low-fidelity sound shook the room

as several concert goers pushed and shoved and thrashed to the haze omitted from the speakers. Williams, who didn’t “believe in encores, because [he thinks] they’re stupid” delivered an astounding 17-song set to a highly eager crowd, complete with plenty of new material, fan favorites, and a cover of the Black Flag song “Nervous Breakdown”. The energy was high with hardly a still moment as Williams fearlessly threw himself into the crowd several times and was later joined by a group of people onstage who sang and danced to popular closing songs, “So Bored” and “Post Acid”. It was certainly forgettable that the concert actually took place in winter, as the warm, summer sound blasted through the speakers and the number of beach balls that bobbed around seemed to rival the realities of the idea. The members of San Diego embraced the boys of Wavves as their own and everyone in attendance was only there to offer their support and love. Our hometown hero graced the city with his presence, a brief home visit and show of love before heading off to start a lengthy tour. He certainly did us proud and reminded every person in that audience that yes, summer really is forever.

Editor Joel Acedo

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The Edge’s Oscar Picks Best Picture (Drama) Black Swan The Social Network True Grit Blue Valentine Inception Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse The King’s Speech Best Actor in a Leading Role Colin Firth, The King’s Speech James Franco, 127 Hours Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine Javier Bardem, Buitiful Best Actress in a Leading Role Natalie Portman, Black Swan Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Andrew Garfield, The Social Network Rupert Grint, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech Christian Bale, The Fighter Best Actress in a Supporting Role Mila Kunis, Black Swan Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech Amy Adams, The Fighter Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit Best Comedy/Musical Easy A Kick Ass Due Date Youth In Revolt Get Him to the Greek Best Animated Motion Picture Tangled How to Train Your Dragon Toy Story 3 Best Costume Design Black Swan Alice in Wonderland Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1


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eastlake edge 12 Eastlake Cheer brings home top awards Editor Miguel Pimentel

ANDREA GOMES Staff Writer

Last weekend, our cheerleaders won districts for the third time in a row after competing against Otay Ranch and Bonita. This year, the varsity cheerleaders are led by senior captains Rebecca Sanvictores and Bria Grant, who have both been in the program for three years. Eastlake’s cheerleaders have accomplished much over these last couple of years, but this season is sure to be even more successful. Other than winning districts, the teams have won other significant awards as well. More recently, they won first place at regionals in Temecula. Their highest achievement took place in Palm Springs on February 6th and 7th at Duel in the Desert; they won Spirit Sports National Champions and Grand Champion, beating San Diego’s best – Granite Hills. Varsity member Kiara Guerrero couldn’t be happier.

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“I felt happy, excited and proud of my team because we worked so hard. We wanted this really bad. I’m definitely going to miss this team, we’ve become a family. We’ve had our struggles like any other team but we’ve pushed through them and that’s what makes this win that much better. I love my team and I could not have asked for a better cheer family,” said Guerrero. The team is coached by Casey Popp, who took over the team and helped them win competitions in 2009, 2010, and this year. The season got off to a great start and there are more events still to come.They will compete in Pasadena’s Aloha Competition on March 6th as well as at Knott’s Berry Farm on March 19th. These girls have accomplished so much, and their athleticism is something to be noted. Many people do not realize the hard work and hours these ladies have put into cheer, but it definitely shows. This team is a force to be reckoned with.

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Spotlight: Gabriel Nelson, a wrestler with a future ADRIAN GOMEZ Staff Writer

Wrestlers. An elite group of athletes who have trained their bodies to endure brutal punishment. Gabriel Nelson (12) is part of that elite group. He is one of three captains on the Eastlake High School wrestling team and has wrestled since he was in middle school. Nelson started wrestling when he was in eighth grade. He was

inspired by his father. “My dad wrestled, so I decided to wrestle,” said Nelson. It seemed an easy choice for Nelson to follow in his father’s footsteps. He has since tallied numerous victories in his wrestling career and hopes to earn more victories as the years go by. Nelson said that he hopes to attain a scholarship for wrestling to wrestle at the college level. So far, Nelson seems to have what it takes, holding a 19-8 varsity

wrestling record this season. He also placed fourth in CIF last season, which is no easy task. This year he feels like bringing home the gold. “Hopefully I can win CIF and then go to State,” said Nelson. Of course, there are a lot of obstacles along the road to CIF, but Nelson is a force to be reckoned with and it doesn’t seem like anything can stand in his way. When asked about his favorite part about wrestling, Nelson gave an answer that was short, sweet, and to

the point: “winning.” Not surprisingly, his least favorite part is losing. But Nelson does not only care about winning and losing; he also cares about the team. He said that some of his most memorable moments in wrestling include placing fourth in CIF, but he also noted the time when many of his teammates placed in Masters, a wrestling invitational where the top eight wrestlers from each CIF section are invited to wrestle. Nelson likes to see his teammates succeed and has proven himself deserving of the

title of captain, not only through his wrestling prowess, but also through his leadership. Wrestler, leader, and athlete – three words that can be used to describe Gabriel Nelson. We can also add intelligent to that list. Nelson does his job both on the mats and in the classroom. Last year he received recognition from the Union Tribune for being a scholar-athlete. As a well -rounded individual and fantastic wrestler, it seems clear that Nelson’s future in wrestling is promising.

Winter Sports Captains: How did the season go? Water polo

“Congratulations to Varsity for becoming co-champs in Mesa League and going to CIF.” -Simone Banks (12)

Basketball

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Soccer

“I’m proud of the team we’ve become. As the season’s progressed we’ve really matured as a team and our improvement has shown on the court.” -Adrian Tabula (11)

“Everyone worked hard and everyone tried their best. Hopefully next season we can take league or CIF.” -Christian Maderos (12)

“I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team because a lot of people weren’t expecting much. We were able to prove them wrong.” -Kelsey Reyes (12)

Roller Hockey

“I love my teammates. Thanks for making this a memorable senior season.” -Jordan Hines (12)

Athlete haven opens in Eastlake EMILY TSOU Staff Writer

A new 29,000 square feet complex on the corner of Lane Avenue and Boswell, the Gonzalez Sports Academy is, in short, an athlete’s paradise. Within the multi-purpose facility are four batting cages with pitching machines, three full-sized volleyball courts, a sixty yard indoor track, and many other

utilities to help athletes reach the best shape of their lives. The sports program available at the academy offers training in many sports such as softball, volleyball, track and field, golf, and cycling. For those who do not play sports, but still wish to be physically fit, the institution offers fitness lessons. Lessons in the Gonzalez Sports Academy focus on increasing muscular strength and overall health amongst its clients, working on both physical and internal conditions. Specialized trainers and coaches are hired for

athletes interested in taking their abilities to the next level or for members that merely want to be in the best shape possible. The membership includes access to the Gonzalez Sports Academy’s large gym and its equipment. Members are also given the opportunity to join the Fitness Fusion Boot Camp, which focuses on helping clients relieve stress and lose weight through metabolism increasing workouts. The training in general is designed to improve physical strength, joint stabilization, and flexibility, whether clients

play sports or not. Members can sign up for personal trainers, take lessons in groups, or train individually in the gym, which is open five days a week. Athletes who wish to seriously train can go far with the Gonzalez Sports Academy’s skill acquisition camps that implement drills to help clients improve in specific areas of their sport. The academy is dedicated to providing the world with rising star athletes, in line with their slogan of “Good athletes are born, great athletes are made.”


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Editor Miguel Pimentel

The velocity of a golf ball ADRIAN GOMEZ Staff Writer

courtesy of Juan Pablo Garcia

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Ahoy, Captain Fuentes!

Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and Phil Mickelson are some of the most widely known names in professional golf, but can we add Juan Garcia to that list? Garcia is a physics teacher here at Eastlake High School, but what many do not know is that he is also an avid golfer. In fact, there’s nothing he likes more than taking in a round of golf in his spare time. Garcia started golfing back in his middle school years. He was inspired by his brother and father. “My dad was a professional and my brother played college golf, so it was kind of a family tradition,” he said. It was only natural that Garcia would pursue the sport himself, considering his family legacy. He began golfing on his high school team and has continued ever since. He mentioned that his favorite golfing destination is Balboa, and when asked what his favorite part about the sport is he said, “It takes a lot of concentration, so it doesn’t really let you think about anything else.” Garcia claims that golfing relaxes him and that it allows him to leave his stress behind and focus solely on the game. Although golf can relieve stress, it can also inflict “pain,” as Garcia put it. For someone not so in tune with the sport, not getting things right can be frustrating. “Playing badly, hitting the ball badly, does not feel good. It’s actually painful,” said Garcia. But other than a little pain, golf is a relatively easy going sport, except that it is a little hard on the back at times. Still, it is not so easy that just anybody can be good at it. “You can play it if you’re not very athletic, but you won’t be very good at it,” said Garcia. But don’t be intimidated; even he had a tough time with golf at first. “It was frustrating. It was very difficult to learn. But then I started liking it a lot,” he said.

JOEL ACEDO

Entertainment Editor Little do students know that there are a few interesting teachers with hidden talents that inhabit our campus. As amusing as it is to see a teacher outside of school, it’s even more amusing to learn of the recreational activities that they partake in outside of the classroom. Brandon Fuentes, an AP Government teacher, is one of those individuals, a wizard at the nautical art of sailing. With six years of experience, Fuentes is proud to have a sailing license and, like any other sailor, has a passionate love for the deep blue. He claims that the best part about sailing is definitely being on the ocean. “It’s calm, relaxing, and fun to hang out with friends.” Fuentes said his license didn’t come so easily, however. He had to work at it, as he learned how to tie complicated knots and memorized all the proper terminology of sailing. He also had to purposely tip his boat over and bring it back up – a task not for the faint of heart. The hard work paid off, Fuentes recalls receiving his license as his most memorable sailing moment. Unfortunately, you won’t spot Fuentes in a blue sailor cap, stripes, and a red scarf. Nor will you find him on his own boat named after some romantic experience. However, he has no shortage of fond memories and accomplishments. Fuentes has sailed successfully all the way to and back from Catalina Island, a charming little island just twenty-two miles off the shore of Los Angeles. Dolphins have also joined him alongside his sailing expeditions. And when riding chill waves, Fuentes is a new age man.With no old fashioned telescope or compass, Fuentes instead relies on a trusty GPS when traveling the high seas. For Fuentes, sailing is an extraordinary experience that he would not trade for the world. Despite his lack of wanting to be written about on the Edge, the newspaper staff is undeniably sure that he was only being modest. Sailing is a wonderful activity that he surely cherishes.

Meet the Merzbachers

STAFF COLLABORATION

Alana Ocano

Cycling, hiking, surfing, backpacking, swimming… these are just a few of the activities that Marlene and James Merzbacher enjoy in their time away from cultivating the young minds of high school students. Mrs. Merzbacher, Eastlake’s human anatomy & physiology teacher, particularly enjoys cycling, while Mr. Merzbacher, Eastlake’s librarian, is fond of surfing. Mrs. Merzbacher began cycling during her college days at UC Davis, though it was just a hobby at first. These days, she considers it much more than a hobby, or even a sport— for her, it is a lifestyle. Throughout the years, she has taken part in many cycling races and century rides, but her biggest accomplishment is the Death Ride, which consists of over a hundred miles of riding through mountainous terrain. “Exercise is good for the physical and mental well-being and everyone should keep it throughout their lives.” More specifically, she enjoys cycling because it “allows you to explore different areas… and gives you an overall systemic high. Plus,” she said, “I like endurance athletics.” Meanwhile, Mr. Merzbacher’s biggest passion is surfing, something that has taken him as far as Oaxaca, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, and El Salvador. He discovered the hobby as a youngster and participated in surfing events during the 1960s, but nowadays does not consider it an opportunity for competition. He instead takes a more casual approach to the sport by enjoying the chance to “[be] one with nature.” He also believes that his greatest achievement is simply “riding as many waves as possible.” “It’s always important to practice, whatever you do” he said, simultaneously giving advice to athletes and explaining how he’s managed to succeed in such numerous and varied activities. Mrs. Merzbacher believes that “everyone should find a sport and do it,” something that she and her husband have certainly done. In fact, they have not found just one sport, but many. And throughout the years, nothing—not work, accidents, or even Mrs. Merzbacher’s two brain surgeries— has been able to stop this sporty duo.


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Editor Miguel Pimentel

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February 23, 2011

Nicole Fowler:

Ice Princess

MIGUEL PIMENTEL

courtesy of Nicole Fowler

Sports Editor Piano, guitar, soccer, and swimming – these are some of the many activities most children will try out before finally finding their true passion. But Nicole Fowler (12) was fortunate enough to discover where her talent lies at the young age of three. “I went to a Christmas show on ice with my parents and became obsessed with figure skating,” she said. Within a few weeks, her parents had enrolled her in figure skating lessons, which she continues to this day. The last fifteen years have since involved great dedication and sacrifice. “The worst part is having to get out of my warm bed at 3 a.m. to go skate on a cold ice rink,” said Fowler, “but once I’m skating, there is nothing about it that I don’t like.” Nonetheless, she confesses that every now and then she has breakdowns, but has never seriously considered quitting. “It can be very demanding and I have seen some nasty injuries, but in the end, I really love skating,” she said. She is especially fond of jumping. “I love jumping and watching others do it is fun, too.” Not surprisingly, one of her favorite figure skaters, Ryan Bradley, is well-known for his jumps and back flips. Fowler also admires Mirai Nagasu, the Japanese-American figure skater

currently ranked nineteenth in the world. Since figure skating is not available at a local recreation center or at school, Fowler has had to take the initiative herself. She signs up for competitions and trains with her coach yearround. She recalls last year’s 2011 Southwest Pacific Regional as one of her most memorable moments as a skater. “I skated two really good programs. I was so happy,” she said. Her favorite program to skate is “The Rain Song” by Led Zeppelin. In the past, Fowler depended more on her parents to continue her lessons, but recently she has been able to take care of her hobby herself, except for the expensive lesson fees. “Now I can drive myself to lessons,” she said. However, that doesn’t mean that her parents don’t constantly push her to try her best, especially when they allow her to place figure skating over academics. Fowler plans to pursue a career in figure skating. For the time being, she has to continue practicing as hard as she has for her entire life. “I hope to skate for Disney on Ice one day,” she said. She also wishes luck to her younger siblings, aged seven and nine, who are also aspiring figure skaters.

Spotlight: Sarah Sedillo, soccer star JENNA ARCE Focus Editor

Soccer has proved itself to be an incredibly popular sport at Eastlake High School, with both the boys and girls teams teeming with talent. Great players have graced our high school with their abilities, frequently stand outs both on the field and off. One of these exceptional players is Sarah Sedillo (12), one of the three captains of the girls’ soccer team. Sedillo had an early start at the sport, beginning when she was only about five years old. She has been playing ever since then, and manages to balance both school and the wide array of sports that she participates in. “It’s tough,” said Sedillo, “but I keep up my grades so that I can play.” The co-captain has high hopes for the team this season, citing goals of winning league and CIF as accomplishments she would like to see. Sedillo realizes the need for constructive criticism and need for improvement, making sure to keep this in mind during practices. At the same time, she is confident that her aspirations will become reality. “I feel the season will go pretty well. I have some things to work on and things that I want to accomplish, but I will get it done.” As a senior, it is Sedillo’s last season playing soccer in high school. While she does expect to play at whatever college she attends in the next following months, it is a rather somber revelation. Still, she maintains a strong sense of optimism for the future. “It is kind of sad to know that it is the last season, but it’s also exciting knowing that I have college coming up. I work harder now when I play since it is my last season,” she said. What Sedillo loves best about the sport is obvious. When asked, a look of contemplation crossed her face before she answered with a smile. “I love scoring and the feeling you get when you score,” she said. As for her future, let’s hope Sarah will be experiencing that feeling many times this season and we’ll hear the sweet, victorious yell of “GOAL!”

Alana Ocano


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Editor Alana Ocaño

Luis Lopez: teacher of the year

UC/CSUs Make More Budget Cuts JULIA PEREIRA Staff Writer

With a budget deficit of 24.5 billion for the fiscal year of 2011 to 2012, California governor Jerry Brown plans to cut 1.4 billion out of higher education funds for the new state budget. This cut in spending excludes K-12 but is appearing at a time when most young Californians are seeking higher education. This plan would cut $500 million from the UC systems and the remainder from CSUs and community colleges, resulting in the loss of employees, academic programs, as well as increase class sizes and a raise in tuition. This would be the first time in California’s history that the student population contributes more money than the state. The UC vice president for budget, Patrick Lenz, opposes this proposal because there are too many unknown elements in the state bud-

geting decision that could affect the institutions. It is likely that there will be a raise in tuition and a decrease in the amount of financial aid students receive. Many students oppose these cuts because they depend on financial aid and it may hinder their ability to pay for further education. However, the UC board has two options, to raise tuition or decrease the amount of students they admit. This will affect students in the long run because many will be unable to pursue higher education due to high cost and a reduced admission rates.This makes it harder for students to enter the career field who have a lower education because of the now higher expectations from the future workforce. If fewer people are able to get jobs with a good salary, there will be less money generated into the economy which could ultimately lead California into a deeper deficit.

Alana Ocano

CANDACE ANDERSON

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Staff Writer

tend the leadership camp with all expenses paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post. At Eastlake, the top five ranked students in the class are nominated for Girls State and Boys State, and then undergo an interview process in order to be selected. Hailey Spelman (11), this year’s winner of American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, immediately displayed her anticipation for the program after being asked about her reaction upon discovering that she won. “I was really excited. It’s something that I really wanted and I was completely surprised because it’s something hard to beat out. It provided a good feeling overall,” she said. Spelman explained that Girls State is basically a mock government. “One girl from each high school in California is chosen to form groups of thirty and assemble a city where individuals run for positions such as a mayor,” she said. Besides the already extraordinary opportunity that falls upon the boys and girls partaking in the program’s activities, there lies yet another unforgettable chance recognizing outstanding participation: to become part of Boys or Girls Nation. “Girls Nation follows the same pattern as Girls State, except that it’s at a federal level,” noted Spelman. In other words, becoming a part of Boys or Girls Nation is almost like becoming a state representative competing against other states. When Spelman was asked whether she’d look forward to becoming a part of Girls Nation, she showcased a genuine grin, reflecting an eagerness for a positive experience. “Hopefully I can reach that high. I know that it’ll be hard because most of the girls going will be as ambitious as I am. Either way, the experience will be enjoyable and memorable,” she shared. The Boys State selection process for Eastlake this year is still ongoing.

“It was unexpected,” is what World Geography teacher Luis Lopez said upon learning that he had been voted Eastlake High’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. Each year, teachers across the nation cast their vote as to which educator at their school best fits the criteria for Teacher of the Year. The Council of Chief State School Officers has described the Teacher of theYear as someone who is “exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled.” According to the Titan staff members, Lopez fits the description perfectly. Lopez has taught ninth grade World Geography at Eastlake for four years and is also an Avid Coordina-

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quickly, and the Lizarraga assures students that no one will be punished at first. “We are still advertising, not penalizing… It is a grace period,” she said. She also believes that stricter implementation of these policies will help students by reducing distractions. After all, Lizarraga said, “We want to be number one in every aspect.”

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tor as well. As such, he has had the opportunity to work with multiple teachers. In turn, working so closely with him has allowed the faculty to witness for themselves the extent of his performance and commitment. “The other administrators and I work together to ensure that the students are successful,” Lopez said. Although pleased to receive the honor, Lopez was also very surprised to receive it because there are so many teachers on campus who are all so committed to their roles as educators. “Every teacher deserves the award for their hard work,” he said. “I couldn’t do everything that I do without the support of the people around me. They are some of the hardestworking people I know.”

Lopez felt that a large source of his recognition stemmed from his involvement on campus as a PLC and Avid Coordinator. However, these are only catalysts. More important is what came of this involvement: not just interaction with other teachers, but with the students as well. Although they were not the ones who voted, they are the ones for whom Lopez strives. They are why he does all that he does here. “This is something that I love to do.” He declared. “I couldn’t give anything less than everything I have to the students I work with.” Perhaps, more than anything else, it is this dedication to the advancement of his students that earned Lopez the prestigious title of Teacher of the Year.

Pennies for Pasta fundraiser to launch

RULES continued from page 1 Despite the enforcement of these policies, some students, like Monique Walker (12), are more accepting. “Although I feel that there are other things we could be focusing on, the policies don’t affect everyone,” she said, adding she doesn’t think they’re “that bad.” The administration does understand that not everyone will adjust

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February 23, 2011

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Staff Writer Pennies for Pasta is a fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that will run from February 28th to March 18th in 2011. The society will receive the money that Eastlake collects, and use it to help pay for the medical expenses of people who have been diagnosed with the disease. The money also goes towards scientific research to help find a cure. Eastlake High school has been participating in Pennies for Pasta since 2001, and over the years Eastlake has collectively raised almost ten thousand dollars. This year Eastlake is gunning for a new record. “Our goal is to raise $2,400, which is about one dollar per student,” said Marco Espinosa, the student who is leading the Pennies for Pasta fundraiser this year. “We want to raise more than they did in 2001,” Espinosa explained. Besides being both the year that Eastlake first began participating in this fundraiser, 2011 was also the

year that made the most money, raising $2,344 for the charity. If Eastlake meets its goal of raising $2,400, Principal Lizarraga has vowed to dye her hair Titan blue. And that’s not even the main prize; the second period that raises the most money will win their own pasta party from the Olive Garden, in order to celebrate their teamwork and dedication. While classes that raise $100 will win a bronze pennant to put up on the their wall , classes that raise $200 will win a silver pennant, and classes that raise up to $300 will win a golden pennant. In order for Eastlake to succeed, and reach our goal there are a few things the school has to do. “Donate is the most important thing, but not only that, students have to want to donate,” said Espinosa. Student participation will either make or break this charity. To do their part, all students have to do is put any loose change, or bills they can spare into the box in their second period, or they can even write a check made out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society beginning next Monday.

FEBRUARY 2, 2011

FEBRUARY 11, 2011

Historic North American winter storm that brought more than 24 deaths and more than $1 billion in damages ends.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation incites political unrest throughout the region.

FEBRUARY 6, 2011

Disputed UN World Heritage Site in Cambodia severely damaged during clash with Thai troops.

FEBRUARY 16, 2011 Same-sex marriage bill approved by Maryland Senate for vote. Full passage is expected but not guaranteed.

FEBRUARY 17, 2011 Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell declares that he will not implement the federal health care law passed by Congress after a judge in Florida declared the law unconstitutional. House of Representatives votes to extend the Patriot Act for three more months.


Still, you stood with a tattered teddy bear in arms and a smile like tangled thistle, your fingers moving like moths, and you, cautious of the years that have passed and their fallen memories, only now began to weary of love-locked dreams that always return.

Above, the splinter-trees shivered, gray-blue in the winter day, and lined with memories of better months, the sky slowly melted from a darkened ochre to a polished blue.

Forever ago you were swallowed in such a synchronized, quiet manner, the sky enveloping you in a foam-fraught embrace. One butterfly hand wavering, as you passed through banks swelling with the soft shallows of the river and walked into the quiet orchard rusting in the November sun.

Forever ago by Edmond Plume

Because the time came sooner than expected and few of them feel ready.

But towards the end, the old wish they were young and they clutch to the last bits of childhood they have

The young wish they were old and they look about with jealousy until the day may come when it will be their time

Here, everyone wants to be something else

Here by Sue Deneuynm

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Photo by Alana Ocano

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