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December 15,  2011 Dear  Reader,     I’m  glad  you’ve  gotten  this  far  in  your  reading  of  this  issue.  It  means  your  attention  span  is  still  long   enough  to  last  you  through  that  test  you  have  tomorrow  and  that  paper  that’s  due  tomorrow—oh,  and  the  presenta\QWVaW]PI^M\WW1SVW_#1SVW_1\¼[XZWJIJTaM`\ZMUMTaLQNÅK]T\\W[MM\PMTQOP\I\\PMMVLWN \PM\]VVMTJ]\\Z][\ me,  it’s  there.  In  fact,  there’s  more  than  one  light.  There  are  various  lights,  and  they’re  called  Christmas  lights.     In  this  issue,  we  exhausted  all  the  possible  ways  to  portray  the  holiday  spirit,  whether  it  was  through  the  artiKTM[\PMXQK\]ZM[WZ\PMLZI_QVO[0W_M^MZ\PQ[Q[[]MQ[V¼\WVTaNWZ\PMWZVIUMV\IÅKQWVILW1N aW]¼ZMI[KZWWOM_M TMN\[WUMXIOM[VW\PQVOTILMVWV_PQKPaW]KIVZMÆMK\aW]ZKWV\MUX\NWZ\PQ[[MI[WV)VLM^MV\PW]OP\PQ[Q[\PM holiday  issue,  we  still  managed  to  sneak  in  a  few  bats  amidst  the  wreaths  and  mistletoes.  In  fact,  we  managed  to  hide   UWZM\PIVÅ^MJI\[    Now,  as  the  new  year  approaches,  El  Batidor  is  catching  on  to  the  trend  and  molding  a  New  Year’s  resolution.   Currently  in  the  Bat  Cave,  we’re  working  on  bringing  you  bigger  and  better  things.  This  means  larger  prizes,  denser   issues,  blind  dates,  real-time  news,  and  a  possible  foray  into  broadcast  digital  media.  But  those  are  all  things  of  2012.  )Va_IaMVW]OPIJW]\\PMN]\]ZM)[\PQ[aMIZKWUM[\WIVMVL1_IV\\W\PIVSIVaWVM_PWPI[PMTXMLIVa square  inch  of  the  four  issues  I  have  produced.  Thank  you,  seriously.  This  isn’t  a  one-man  job.  It’s  a  26-student-1teacher-285-readers  job.                         Happy  Holidays,

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senateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spiel, part iii

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Student  Body  President,  Tim  Annick  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12

Adam  Werksman  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12

 The  world  is  an  ever-­changing  place.  Today,  technology  makes  infor-­ mation  available  just  about  everywhere,  and  whether  you  are  in  Times  Square  in   1HZ<RUN&LW\RULQWKHPLGGOHRI6XE6DKDUDQ$IULFD\RXFDQXVXDOO\ÂżQGRXW the  latest  in  news  and  politics.  For  some  of  us,  though,  attending  Cate  makes  it   harder  to  read  the  paper  or  check  the  online  news  sites  every  morning,  so  here   is  an  update  on  the  happenings  of  the  world  for  the  past  couple  of  weeks.  The   ODWHVWLQSROLWLFVLVWKDW+HUPDQ&DLQKDVRIÂżFLDOO\VXVSHQGHGKLVFDPSDLJQIRU the  GOP  presidential  nomination  due  to  the  alleged  affairs  he  has  had.  He  has   \HWWRHQGRUVHDQ\RIWKHUHPDLQLQJFDQGLGDWHV7KHÂżUVW*23SUHVLGHQWLDOSUL-­ PDU\LVLQWKHÂżUVWZHHNRI-DQXDU\DQGDWWKHPRPHQWYDULRXVSROOVKDYH either  Mitt  Romney  or  Newt  Gingrich  on  top  of  the  ratings,  but  it  is  unclear  if   there  is  a  true  frontrunner  for  the  nomination.  On  Capitol  Hill,  there  are  many   so-­called  â&#x20AC;&#x153;battlesâ&#x20AC;?  going  on,  but  one  of  the  biggest  is  over  whether  to  extend  a   SD\UROOWD[FXWIRUPLGGOHFODVV$PHULFDQVDQRWKHULVRQKRZWREHVWÂż[XQHP-­ ployment.  Aside  from  politics,  there  have  been  some  interesting  news  stories   making   front   pages   around   the   country.   One   of   them   is   that   NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Kepler   program  has  discovered  a  planet  that  scientists  say  has  the  right  conditions  for   water,  and  the  initial  analysis  says  that  it  is  likely  that  water  exists.  One  of  the   EHVWELWVRIQHZVWRFRPHRXWUHFHQWO\WKRXJKLVWKDWE\'HFHPEHU all  U.S.  troops  will  be  withdrawn  from  Iraq  and  on  their  way  home.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occupy   Wall  Streetâ&#x20AC;?  and  other  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occupyâ&#x20AC;?  protests  have  petered  out  and  there  are  now   very  few  cities  that  have  any  protests;Íž  the  movement  is  dying  out.  While  this   is  not  every  bit  of  important  news  that  has  come  up  recently,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  good  start,   and  hopefully  some  of  you  who  read  this  may  be  encouraged  to  look  deeper   into   these   stories-­-­or   even   to   start   visiting   the   library   to   read   the   newspaper.

 BIG  THINGS  ARE  COMING.  Soon,  both  genders  will  actually  be  al-­ lowed  in  the  same  roomâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;granted  that  the  door  is  open  90°,  the  overhead  light   LVRQDQGWKUHHIHHWDUHRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;RRUDWDOOWLPHV,QWHUGRUPKDVEHHQRIÂżFLDOO\ passed  and  sent  on  to  the  faculty.   Big  things  have  also  already  comeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to  your  FirstClass  desktop.  If  you   habitually  shun  FirstClass,  are  completely  colorblind,  or  simply  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  notice  it,   your  house  now  has  its  own  folder  on  your  Desktop.  The  house  folders  are  for   arranging   house   activities,  the   inevitable  house   apparel,   and   making   as   many   new  best  friends  as  your  phone  can  hold.  Just  please  remember  that  the  folder  is   not  a  chat  room.   In  other  news,  Senate  is  alive  and  well.  If  you  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  believe  us,  stop  by   a  meeting!

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Monica  Wang How  long  is  your  journey?   0LQHÂśVLVDORQJPLOHVWR&KLQDZKLFKLVDERXWKRXUVORQJ What  is  the  most  annoying  part  about  traveling?   )RUPHWKHPRVWDQQR\LQJSDUWLVMHWODJDQGWKHORQJĂ&#x20AC;LJKW%RWKDUHH[KDXVWLQJ and  it  takes  some  intensive  sleeping  to  recover  from  both.  The  lack  of  space  to   stretch  my  legs  on  the  plane  is  so  annoying  too! :KDWLVWKHÂżUVWWKLQJ\RXGRZKHQ\RXJHWKRPH" Normally,  I  am  so  exhausted  that  I  will  stumble  off  the  plane  and  not  remember   what  happens  next.  But  besides  gathering  my  luggage  and  surviving  customs,  the   ÂżUVWWKLQJ,GRLVLPPHGLDWHO\VHDUFKRXW$87+(17,&&+,1(6()22'

Rachel  Pak  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14

 6RPHVWXGHQWVKDYHWRVXIIHUÂżYHKRXUORQJSODQHULGHVLQRUGHUWRJHW back  to  a  loving  hearth  and  relaxation  for  the  holiday  season.  More  â&#x20AC;&#x153;localâ&#x20AC;?  stu-­ dents  risk  numbing  boredom  after  long  drives  in  the  car.  And  then  there  are  the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;local-­erâ&#x20AC;?  people  (you  know  who  you  are)  who  take  the  customary,  dangerously   humdrum  car  ride  back  home.  However,  there  are  the  special  few  who  go  through   ridiculous  journeys  just  to  get  back  home  for  the  holidays:  our  international  stu-­ dents.  Many  of  them  have  racked  up  enough  points  and  mileage  to  get  themselves   ÂżUVWFODVVWUHDWPHQWDQGVRPHKDYHWRJULWWKHLUWHHWKDQGWHOOWKHPVHOYHVWRODVWD OLWWOHELWORQJHULQHFRQRP\(O%DWKDVVSRNHQWR6KDQLVH'MXKDUL Âś 0RQLFD Nick  Burns :DQJ Âś DQG1LFN%XUQV Âś WRJHWWLSVVWRULHVDQGWKHGHWDLOVDERXWWKHLU How  long  is  your  journey?   KRXU RUOLWWOHXQGHUDQKRXU RG\VVH\VKRPHIRUWKHKROLGD\V *RRJOH 0DSV FODLPV WKDW LW LV DQ DVWRQLVKLQJ  PLOHV7KLV WHUULI\LQJO\ LP-­ PHQVHMRXUQH\FDQWDNHWZHQW\ÂżYHPLQXWHVRUDVPXFKDVIRUW\LIWKHWUDIÂżFLV Shanise  Djuhari really  bad. How  long  is  your  journey? How  do  you  entertain  yourself? ,KDYHDULGLFXORXVKRXUĂ&#x20AC;LJKWWR6LQJDSRUHZLWKDWUDQVLWLQ-DSDQIRUDQKRXU , NHHS P\VHOI HQWHUWDLQHG E\ WDONLQJ ZLWK P\ GDG EULHĂ&#x20AC;\ FRQWHPSODWLQJ OLIHÂśV DQGDKDOI$IWHUWKDW,KDYHWRVLWWLJKWIRUDÂżQDOKRXUDQGDKDOIIURP6LQJDSRUH greatest  mysteries  (Who  are  we,  where  are  we  going  and  where  are  all  the  ball-­ WR-DNDUWD,QDOOWKDWĂ&#x20AC;LJKWLVPLOHV point  pens  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  lost  over  the  years?),  eating  donuts,  or  listening  to  NPR. How  do  you  keep  yourself  entertained  on  the  plane?   :KDWLVWKHÂżUVWWKLQJ\RXGRZKHQ\RXUHWXUQKRPH" I  just  catch  up  on  movies  and  sleep. 7KHÂżUVWWKLQJ,GRZKHQ,JHWKRPHLVHDWQDWXUDOO\6LQFH,NQRZ,ZRQÂśWEHKDY-­ :KDWLVWKHÂżUVWWKLQJ\RXGRZKHQ\RXJHWKRPH" ing  school,  I  might  pick  up  a  good  book  or  write  to  ease  myself  into  the  holiday   First  I  must  shower,  and  then  I  go  out  to  eat  some  local  food. season.

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El  Bat:+RZORQJGRHVLWXVXDOO\WDNH\RXWR¿QLVKDQHQWLUHFRQWHVW"'R\RX think  most  of  the  questions  are  covered  in  the  math  courses  here?

Monica  Wang  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14

Jaemin:  The  time  varies  for  me.  Sometimes  the  contests  are  pretty  easy,  and  I   WDNHOHVVWKDQÂżIWHHQPLQXWHVWRÂżQLVKWKHPDQGFKHFNRYHUP\ZRUN%XWWKHUH are  times  when  they  turn  out  to  be  very  hard,  and  I  might  take  as  long  as  the  whole   WKLUW\PLQXWHVWRÂżQLVKWKHTXHVWLRQV,QVWHDGRIVROYLQJDOOWKHTXHVWLRQVDOJH-­ EUDLFDOO\,ÂżQGSOXJJLQJHYHU\WKLQJLQWRP\FDOFXODWRUDQHDVLHUDQGPXFKPRUH useful   methodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the   calculator   can   give   me   the   answer   right   away.   When   that   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  work,  then  I  try  approaching  the  problems  with  algebra.  Yes,  I  believe  as   ORQJDV\RXÂśYHÂżQLVKHG$OJHEUD,,KHUH\RXVKRXOGEHDEOHWRDQVZHUPRVWRIWKH Cal  Math  League  questions. El  Bat:  Have  you  been  doing  extra  practices  outside  of  class  to  prepare  for  Cal   Math  League?  How  important  is  Cal  Math  League  to  you? Jaemin:   Nope,   I   think   the   math   classes   here   are   more   than   enough   to   prepare   us.  Even  though  my  parents  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  really  care  much  about  the  Cal  Math  League,   it  is  very  important  to  me.  People  tell  me  that  my  achievements  this  year  do  not   matter  much  because  they  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  show  up  on  college  apps  anyway,  but  this  is  my   last  year  here,  and  my  scores  will  remain  on  the  Cate  wall  forever.  When  I  look   back  to  my  experience  at  Cate  in  the  future,  I  will  regret  it  if  I  did  not  put  enough   effort  into  Cal  Math  League.  I  value  being  a  Cal  Math  League  champion  here,   and  this  is  my  last  chance  to  achieve  my  goal  of  36.  Hopefully  it  will  come  true   by  the  time  I  graduate!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;E  to  the  x, Dy/dx, E  to  the  x  dy. Tangent,  secant,  cosine,  sine,  VTXDUHURRWRI Solve  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em,  solve  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em,  solve  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em  Cate!â&#x20AC;?

El  Bat:  The  next  Cal  Math  League  is  coming  up  soon-­-­on  January  6th.  Do  you   have  anything  to  say  to  the  Cate  community  through  El  Bat?

Jaemin:  Yes!  Okay,  so  you  must  know  that  I  really  really  really  like  donuts!  But   I  never  get  them  for  some  reason,  and  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  understand  why.  All  I  want  to  say   is,   SH/Pars/Bothin,   and   especially   Walker,   please   take   and   win   this   upcoming   &DO0DWK/HDJXHVR,FDQJHWVRPHGRQXWV7KH\DUHP\ÂżUVWSULRULW\ (O%DW   With  this  amazing  school  cheer  led  by  T.  Smith  and  other  math  enthu-­ everybody  donate  your  spare  donuts  to  Jaemin)!  Also,  I  want  to  encourage  more   VLDVWV&DO0DWK/HDJXHRIÂżFLDOO\EHJLQV)RUPHGLQE\6WHYHQ5&RQUDG people  to  participate  in  the  Cal  Math  League.  We  all  have  a  free  period,  so  why   and  Daniel  Flegler,  both  math  teachers,  the  Cal  Math  Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;basically,  a  series   not  spend  our  time  solving  math  problems  and  earning  house/dorm  points  instead   of  math  competitions  consisting  of  six  questions  to  be  done  within  half  an  hourâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; of  wasting  our  time?   ZDVEURXJKWWRWKH&DWHFRPPXQLW\E\0U*ULIÂżQLQWKHHDUO\V,QLWLDOO\ only  a  few  students  knew  about  and  participated  in  the  contests.  Today,  however,   Like  Jaemin,  T.  Smith  hopes  that  more  people  will  partake  in  the  Cal  Math  League   the  situation  is  a  little  different.  As  T.  Smith  puts  it,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;More  than  two-­thirds  of  the   competitions.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;One  of  the  most  important  objectives  for  me  is  to  generate  enthu-­ student  body  took  the  second  Cal  Math  League  contest  this  year,  and  I  am  really   siasm  for  mathematics  in  the  Cate  community,â&#x20AC;?  says  T.  Smith.  Well  then,  there   happy  about  that!â&#x20AC;?  The  Cal  Math  League  has  been  included  as  one  of  the  various   you  have  it.  Whether  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  doing  it  for  your  house/dorm,  personal  satisfaction,   house  competitions  this  year,  where  each  person  receives  one  point  for  participat-­ or  T.  Smith,  it  is  evident  that  the  Cal  Math  League  trend  is  catching  on.  See  you   ing  and  one  point  for  every  right  answer.  (Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  forget,  you  earn  points  for  your   DOOLQWKHWKHDWHURQ-DQXDU\WKDQGJRRGOXFNWRHYHU\RQHWDNLQJFRQWHVW dorm,  too!)  For  the  last  Cal  Math  League,  Thayer  and  the  Day  Students  were  the   champions  of  the  house  and  dorm  competitions,  respectively.  Students  from  hun-­ dreds  of  schools  in  California  take  the  six  contests  each  year,  and  Cate  has  been   ranked  as  one  of  the  cumulative  high  scoring  schools  in  the  state.  Students  Jaemin   &KHXQDQG7KDQ/LHP+X\QK7UDQDUHUDQNHGÂżUVWLQWKHVWDWHLQGLYLGXDOVWKLV yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so,  big  applause  to  them!  Jaemin  managed  to  achieve  an  overall  score  of   35  last  year  (out  of  36  possible  points).  He  is  currently  taking  AP  Statistics  with  T.   6PLWKDQGDGLUHFWHGVWXGLHVLQQXPEHUWKHRU\ZLWK0U*ULIÂżQ(O%DWFRQGXFWHG an  interview  with  all-­star  champion  Jaemin  Cheun: El  Bat:  Tell  us  about  your  experience  being  the  all-­star  Cal  Math  League  master.   Do  the  contests  add  to  your  stress  level,  and  to  what  extent?   Jaemin:  Being  a  Cal  Math  League  champion  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  an  easy  job.  On  the  Fridays   WKDW&DO0DWK/HDJXHFRPSHWLWLRQVDUHXVXDOO\KHOG,ÂżQGP\VHOIVKDNLQJQHU-­ vously  before  the  contests  are  handed  out.  I  remember  spending  a  lot  of  time  on   FRQWHVWODVW\HDUDQG,ZDVGLVDSSRLQWHGWKDW,ORVWDSRLQWWKDWWLPH7KLV\HDU Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  set  my  goal  to  reach  a  full  score  of  36.  Of  course,  accomplishing  this  target   will  be  a  very  hard  process,  and  I  worry  constantly  that  I  might  accidentally  slip   up.  This  is  my  last  year  here,  and  I  want  to  leave  no  regrets.

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home for the holidays...eventually Sydney  Read  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  that  time  of  year  againâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;time  for  the  holidays,  a  break  from  school,   and  the  chance  to  relax  and  spend  some  time  at  home.    For  many  Cate  students,   WKRXJKJHWWLQJKRPHLVQÂśWH[DFWO\DZLQWHUZRQGHUODQG,QVWHDGLWÂśVÂżOOHGZLWK planning,  printing,  packing,  taking  the  train,  a  car,  a  plane  (or  all  three).  Then   there  are  the  hours  just  spent  waiting;Íž  sitting  in  a  lumpy,   suspiciously  stained,   rigid  seat,  gazing  up  at  a  fuzzy  screen,  wishing  the  ETD  would  come  just  a  little   bit  sooner.    It  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.       Every  time  I  travel,  I  am  grateful  to  be  reminded  that  the  biggest  problem   ,DPOLNHO\WRHQFRXQWHURQP\WUHNKRPHIRUZLQWHUEUHDNLVDELWRIWUDIÂżFVRPH-­ ZKHUHRQWKHRUVRPLOHVEHWZHHQ&DWHDQGP\KRXVH0RVW&DWHVWXGHQWV though,  have  many  more  opportunities  for  error  while  traveling.    These  mishaps   may  be  the  result  of  personal  (ahem)  misunderstandings,  like  that  one  time  Reid   -HIIULHVPLVVHGKLVĂ&#x20AC;LJKWRQKLVZD\EDFNWRVFKRROZKLOHKHZDVVLWWLQJDWWKH gate.       And  then  there  are  the  times  where  everything  seems  to  conspire  against   you.    Last  winter  break,  Megan  Cunnane  was  headed  back  to  her  home  in  Tanza-­ QLDDQGZDVERRNHGIRUĂ&#x20AC;LJKWVIURP/$;WR'HWURLW'HWURLWWR$PVWHUGDPDQG $PVWHUGDPWR'DUHV6DODDP6KHDUULYHGLQ'HWURLWRQO\WRMRLQÂłDERXWDQ-­ gry  people  trying  to  get  on  a  plane  that  would  bring  them  to  a  full,  closed  airport.â&#x20AC;?   %HFDXVHRIWHUULEOHZHDWKHUQRĂ&#x20AC;LJKWVZHUHJRLQJWR$PVWHUGDP7KH\GLGQÂśW ERWKHUWRPHQWLRQWKLVWRKHUEHIRUHVKHĂ&#x20AC;HZWR'HWURLW6REDFNVKHZHQWWR /$;ZKHUHVKHKDGWRSD\IRUDKRWHOURRPWKHQUHWXUQWR6DQWD%DUEDUDWRVWD\ with  her  grandmother.    Her  luggage  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  make  it.    She  ended  up  at  her  grand-­ motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  house  without  clothes  for  almost  a  week.    Finally,  she  was  able  to  get  on   DĂ&#x20AC;LJKWJREDFNWR'HWURLW ZKHUHWKHJX\FKHFNLQJERDUGLQJSDVVHVUHPHPEHUHG her),  and  get  home.    Her  whole  family  vacation  was  canceled  because  she  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   arrive  in  time,  but  she  did  make  it  homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with  her  luggageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;eventually.  If  that  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  enough  to  make  you  never  want  to  travel  again,  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  worry.    Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   got   some   more   stories   for   you.     Last   year,   Pom   Bunsermvichaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   family   came   to  visit  her  at  school,  and  they  were  all  going  to  go  college  tripping  on  the  east   FRDVW7KH\OHIWWKH+ROLGD\,QQLQ&DUSDW$0LQRUGHUWRJHWWR/$;E\ They  were  about  to  check  in  when  Pomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  dad  looked  up  from  his  phone  and  said   WKDWKHKDGIRUJRWWHQWRERRNKHUDVHDW)RUWKHQH[WKRXUWKH\WULHGWRÂżQGD Ă&#x20AC;LJKWIURP/$WR%DOWLPRUHPRYLQJÂłIURPWHUPLQDOWRWHUPLQDOWRWHUPLQDO´DQG receiving  instructions  to  go  here,  then  there,  then  back  here,  then  over  there,  and   so  on.    She  did,  however,  manage  to  get  a  ticket  for  that  day,  but  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  was  a  lot  of   unnecessary  moneyâ&#x20AC;Śbecause  only  in  the  movies  do  people  do  crazy  things  like   that.â&#x20AC;?    Everything  was  settled,  and  she  was  boarding  her  plane  when  she  got  a  call   IURPKHUGDG+HUIDPLO\ÂśVĂ&#x20AC;LJKWZDVRYHUERRNHGDQGWKH\ZHUHIRUFHGWRZDLW IRUÂżYHKRXUVEHIRUHWKH\FRXOGERRNDQRWKHUĂ&#x20AC;LJKW6RWKHUHZDV3RPDORQHLQ %DOWLPRUHDW306KHJRWDFDEFKHFNHGLQWRWKHKRWHORUGHUHGVRPH&KLQHVH food,  and  waited.    Her  parents  and  sister  arrived  in  Baltimore  at  one  in  the  morn-­ ing  and  spent  two  hours  at  the  car  rental  agency,  but  they  all  did  arrive  at  the  same   place.    Eventually.   $QGÂżQDOO\ODVWVXPPHURQH$OH[LV+LOOZDVRQKHUZD\KRPHIURPDQ2XWZDUG %RXQGSURJUDP+HUWULSOHDGHUVKDGWROGKHUQRWWRVFKHGXOHDĂ&#x20AC;LJKWXQWLODIWHU EHFDXVHWKH\ZHUHQÂśWVXUHH[DFWO\ZKDWWLPHWKH\ÂśGJHWLQVRVKHERRNHGDĂ&#x20AC;LJKW for  6  PM.    As  it  turns  out,  she  got  dropped  off  at  the  Grand  Junction  airport  at   $0$IWHUORLWHULQJDURXQGEX\LQJPDJD]LQHVSOD\LQJJDPHVRQKHUSKRQH calling  friends,  and  basking  in  her-­-­letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  say  outdoorsy-­-­smell  (she  was  fresh  off   the  course  and  hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  had  the  chance  to  shower  or  change  clothes)  she  found  out   WKDWKHUĂ&#x20AC;LJKWZDVGHOD\HG%XPPHU7KDWZRXOGPDNHIRUDWLJKWFRQQHFWLRQLQ Denver.    At  least  it  was  only  delayed  by  an  hour.    That  hour  went  by,  and  it  turned   RXWWKDWWKHĂ&#x20AC;LJKWZDVVWLOOGHOD\HG$IWHUQLQHKRXUVLQWKHÂłWZRURRPDLUSRUW´ she  had  nowhere  else  to  explore.  The  only  restaurant  was  Subway.    It  closed  at   (YHQWKHYHQGLQJPDFKLQHZDVFORVHG  /DWHUVKHIRXQGRXWWKDWWKHĂ&#x20AC;LJKWZDVÂżQDOO\JRLQJWRERDUGDQGVKH was  so  relieved,  she  could  have  hugged  everyone  else  at  the  gate,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;even  the  old   lady  with  a  face  mask  a  couple  seats  over.â&#x20AC;?    Her  spirits  were  then  as  high  as  the   planeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;she   was   one   step   closer   to   home.     Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   when   she   landed   and   found   RXWKHUFRQQHFWLQJĂ&#x20AC;LJKWZDVFDQFHOHG+HUFRROFRPSRVXUHZDVVOLSSLQJDZD\ slowly  but  surely,  until  she  met  yet  another  customer  service  employee.    It  took  

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just  a  few  sentences  from  the  crusty  old   woman-­-­who   closely   resembled   Roz   from  Monsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Inc-­-­to  bring  our  fellow   Catie  to  tears.    No,  she  would  not  be  go-­ ing  home  that  night.    No,  she  would  not   be  getting  a  shower  that  night.      No,  she   would  not  be  getting  a  hotel  room  that  night.    Roz  made  that  very  clear.    So,  our   friend  was  reduced  to  reading  some  more  magazines,  calling  some  more  friends,   and  completing  the  Denver  Airport  Scavenger  Hunt  (yes,  there  is  such  a  thing.)     7KHQH[WPRUQLQJVKHJRWRQĂ&#x20AC;LJKWÂŤWR3KRHQL[7KDWÂśVWKHRSSRVLWHGLUHFWLRQ from  her  Seattle  home.    She  did  make  it  home  though.    Eventually.   So,  adventurers,  if  you  are  traveling  this  holiday  season,  good  luck.    If   you  do  run  into  any  bumps,  ditches,  or  Rozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  on  the  way,  just  remember:  you  will   get  there.    Eventually.

college counseling at cate Francesca  Keller-­Sarmientoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13

 (O%DWWDONHGWR0UV*ULIÂżQRQHRIWZRJUHDWFROOHJHFRXQVHORUVLQ Cate,  and  she  answered  a  couple  of  questions  about  college  counseling  and  the   application  process.   How  does  college  counseling  help  a  student?  Cate  has  two  full-­time  experienced  college  counselors  -­-­  that  should  say  some-­ thing  about  how  important  this  particular  role  is  in  terms  of  helping  students   with  the  college  process.    I  think  we  help  in  almost  every  way  imaginable,  actu-­ ally.    We  know  Cate  well,  know  colleges  well,  and  know  the  process  inside  and   out.      We  get  to  know  each  of  our  counselees  incredibly  well,  so  we  help  you  not   only  choose  where  to  apply  but  also  how  best  to  talk  about  yourself  in  both  your   application  and  your  essays.  We  help  you  choose  faculty  to  write  recommenda-­ tions,  we  make  sure  you  sign  up  to  take  the  SAT  on  time,  we  help  you  choose   subject  tests  to  take,  and  we  basically  help  you  manage  all  the  nuts  and  bolts   RIWKHSURFHVV:HKRVWEHWZHHQDQGFROOHJHUHSUHVHQWDWLYHVHDFKIDOOVR that  they  can  meet  you  and  get  to  know  Cate.    And  we  advocate  for  you  in  the   admissions  process.      And  that  is  just  a  practical  list!   When  does  college  counseling  generally  start  in  a  studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  career?   -XQLRUVÂżOORXWDQH[WHQVLYHFROOHJHTXHVWLRQQDLUHRYHUZLQWHUEUHDNDQGWKDWLV what  we  use  to  start  our  conversations  with  you  in  January.  So  college  counsel-­ ing  starts  mid-­way  through  junior  year.   :KDWDUHWKHÂżUVWVWHSVRIWKHSURFHVVWRÂżQGWKHÂłULJKW´VFKRRO" 7KHUHLVQRULJKWFROOHJH²WKHUHDUHPDQ\6RWKHÂżUVWVWHSLQWKHSURFHVV RIÂżJXULQJRXWZKHUHWRDSSO\WRLVWKLQNDERXWZKDW\RXDUHORRNLQJIRULQD college  (small  or  large,  urban  or  rural,  east  or  west,  major  interest  and  other   IDFWRUV 7KHQRQFHZHÂżJXUHRXWZKDWW\SHRISODFHVHHPVWREHDJRRGÂżWZH VWDUWEUDLQVWRUPLQJSRVVLELOLWLHVZKLFKWKHQIDFWRULQ\RXUTXDOLÂżFDWLRQVDVDQ applicant.    We  do  this  together,  and  by  the  time  juniors  head  home  for  summer,   they  have  an  initial  list  of  colleges  to  research  and  visit. How  often  do  you  meet  with  each  student?     As  many  times  as  needed  -­-­  we  are  here  all  day  every  day,  so  are  able  to  meet   any  time.    In  the  fall  we  are  very  busy  with  the  seniors,  of  course,  but  for  juniors   WKHUHZLOOEHDWOHDVWWZRRIÂżFLDOVFKHGXOHGRQHRQRQHPHHWLQJVZLWK\RXUFRO-­ lege  counselor,  usually  one  before  spring  break  and  one  after.    There  will  also   be  college  classes  inserted  into  your  second  semester  schedule;Íž  the  junior  class   ZLOOEHVSOLWXSLQWRJURXSVRIDERXWDQGZHZLOOPHHWLQWKHFROOHJHFHQWHU during  a  scheduled  block  throughout  the  spring. When  is  the  ideal  time  to  visit  a  college?    Any  time  you  are  near  one,  actually.    It  is  a  good  idea  to  spread  these  visits  out,   so  if  you  were  in  New  York  or  Boston  or  Washington  -­-­  anywhere  really  -­-­  you  


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could  try  to  visit  a  college  or  two  just  to  begin  to  get  an  idea  of  what  a  small   school  is  like,  what  a  large  school  is  like,  and  how  admissions  works  at  each   place.    Spring  break  is  a  popular  time  for  juniors  to  do  college  trips,  but  you   have  to  be  careful  in  your  planning  because  lots  of  colleges  are  also  on  spring   break  and  may  be  closed.  And  even  if  they  arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,  it  is  not  a  good  idea  to  see   an  empty  campus.    Summer  is  also  a  good  time  to  visit  colleges.    Even  though   college  is  not  in  session,  there  are  summer  courses  [and]  research  projects  on   FDPSXVDQGDGPLVVLRQVRIÂżFHVDUHRSHQDQGUHDG\IRUYLVLWRUV6WXGHQWWRXU JXLGHVZRUNDOOVXPPHUVRLWLVGHÂżQLWHO\DJRRGWLPHVLQFH\RXKDYHPRUH time  -­-­  to  visit  several  campuses.  

5.  How  do  you  think  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  doing  academically? Freshmen:  6.00 6RSKRPRUHV -XQLRUV 6HQLRUV 7KLVZDVDERXWWKHVDPHJLYHRUWDNHSRLQWV )LQLVKVWURQJMXQLRUVÂżQLVKVWURQJ 6.  How  are  your  sports? )UHVKPHQ 6RSKRPRUHV -XQLRUV 6HQLRUV A  pretty  temperate  average  across  the  board.

When  should  a  student  start  working  on  the  applications?   We  strongly  encourage  every  Cate  student  to  complete  a  draft  of  the  common   application  and  all  supporting  essays  over  the  summer.    We  will  talk  about  that   in  both  our  college  classes  and  individual  meetings.  

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 Senior  Stephanie  Flores  said  that  college  counseling  â&#x20AC;&#x153;helped  me  realize   WKDWDOWKRXJKDSSO\LQJWRFROOHJHPD\VHHPOLNHDELJVFDU\PRQVWHUDWÂżUVWLWÂśV nothing  we  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  tackle;Íž  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  doable  with  time  management!â&#x20AC;?     In  conclusion,  college  counseling  is  a  great  help  to  students  when  start-­ ing  to  choose  a  college  and  while  in  the  (much  dreaded)  application  process.

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 As  our  advisory  journals  tell  us,  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  almost  halfway  through  the  year.   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   hard   to   believe,  but   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   already  been   through   white   glove   twice!  Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   GHÂżQLWHO\ QRW ORRNLQJIRUZDUGWRLWIRUDWKLUGWLPHEXWHYHU\RQHÂśVH[FLWHGDERXW winter  break.  Deep  down,  past  all  the  cookies,  no-­longer-­standing  pine  trees  (oh,   Commencement  Lawn),  and  holiday  cheer,  how  is  everyone  feeling  up  here  on   the   Mesa?   Has   homework   been   piled   on   with   the   end   of   the   semester   quickly   approaching?  Are  people  feeling  stressed  out  of  their  wits?  Once  again,  I  polled   &DWHVWXGHQWVWRÂżQGRXW 7KHUHZHUHTXHVWLRQVDQGVWXGHQWVZHUHDVNHGWRUDWHWKHLUUHVSRQVHVRQ DVFDOHRIWRZLWKEHLQJORZDQGEHLQJKLJK +RZÂśV\RXUVWUHVVOHYHOFRPSDUHGWRWKHEHJLQQLQJRIWKH\HDU" Freshmen:  5.65 6RSKRPRUHV -XQLRUV 6HQLRUV Surprisingly,  since  last  time,  we  had  a  bit  of  a  numbers  drop!   %XWQRWE\PXFK2QDYHUDJHWKHVWUHVVOHYHOZHQWGRZQE\SRLQWV Well,  the  end  of  semester  is  soon... +RZÂśV\RXUPRRGVRIDU" )UHVKPHQ 6RSKRPRUHV -XQLRUV 6HQLRUV And  the  stress  of  the  end  of  semester  is  affecting  everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  mood.   There  was  a  prominent  drop  of  about  0.9  points  for  everyone  except  the  sopho-­ more  class.  Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  a  little  happier,  while  the  rest  of  us  are  a  bit  more  miserable. 3.  How  is  your  homework  load? )UHVKPHQ 6RSKRPRUHV -XQLRUV 6HQLRUV 7KHDPRXQWRIKRPHZRUNIRUDOOFODVVHVZHQWGRZQE\DQDYHUDJHRISRLQWV Something  tells  me  everyone  rated  low. +RZGR\RXOLNH\RXUFODVVHV" )UHVKPHQ 6RSKRPRUHV -XQLRUV 6HQLRUV 8QIRUWXQDWHO\WKHUDWLQJZHQWGRZQRQWKLVRQHWRRE\DERXWSRLQWV  Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  good  thing  about  the  semester  ending:  new  classes.

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+RZÂśV\RXUVRFLDOOLIH" )UHVKPHQ 6RSKRPRUHV -XQLRUV 6HQLRUV Freshmen,  sophomores,  and  seniors  say  they  have  less  of  a  social  life  now  than   the  beginning  of  the  year.   9.  How  much  free  time  do  you  have? )UHVKPHQ 6RSKRPRUHV -XQLRUV 6HQLRUV Sophomores,  juniors,  and  seniors,  way  to  stay  on  top  of  time  management!   The  average  for  them  went  up  about  0.6! 7KHODVWRIWKHTXHVWLRQVZHUHFODVVVSHFLÂżF Freshmen:  How  was  Bee  Camp  for  you? 7KHDQVZHUIRUWKLVRQHDYHUDJHGDWZLWKRIWKHFODVVVD\LQJRI WKHFODVVUDWLQJLWDDQGWKHRWKHUVFDWWHUHGDFURVVWKHERDUG6XUSULVLQJO\ UDWHG%HH&DPSD+RSHIXOO\WKHQH[WDOOFODVVDFWLYLW\ZLOOEHDEHWWHU experience  for  everyone! Sophomores:  Is  your  class  very  close? 7KHDYHUDJHIRUWKLVRQHZDVZLWKDVXUSULVLQJVD\LQJ,WORRNVOLNH the  sophomore  class  could  use  some  good  bonding  time.  Come  on  guys,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;step   outside  of  your  comfort  zoneâ&#x20AC;?  and  get  to  know  someone  new! Juniors:  How  was  junior  retreat  for  you? $JUHDWDYHUDJHRIVRLWORRNVOLNHWKHMXQLRUFODVVUHDOO\KDGDJRRGWLPH RISHRSOHUDWHGLWRUPRUHDQGJDYHLWDRUPRUH$OOLQDOOVRXQGV like  a  really  great  weekend! Seniors:  How  are  college  apps? 7KLVZDVRQDVFDOHRIÂł1RW(YHQ&ORVH´WRÂł'RQH´7KHDYHUDJHZDVEXW RIWKHFODVVJDYHWKLVTXHVWLRQD+RSHIXOO\HYHU\RQHZLOOEHRYHUWKHVWUHVV of  college  apps  soon...just  think  of  how  great  it  will  be  once  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  all  done! Once  again,  there  you  have  it.  Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  getting  through  the  year,  crawling  through   for  some  while  speeding  through  for  others.  Just  think,  winter  break  is  just  around   the  corner  and  after  that,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  spring  break,  the  home  stretch,  and  phew  -­-­  another   year  over!    Until  then,  keep  working  hard  and  having  fun.


Features ciao tutti! viaggo al nord Antonia  Behrman  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12  

 In   November,   I   traveled   with   my   school   to   QRUWKHUQ,WDO\ZKHUHZHYLVLWHGÂżYHZRQGHUIXOFLWLHV Verona,  Venice,  Bologna,  Ravenna,  and  Padua.  SYA   Italy  goes  on  multiple  trips  like  this  every  year  (our   next  one  is  in  February  to  Sicily  and  maybe  Greece).   Since  we  go  as  a  school,  it  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  vacation  and  we  have   projects  to  do,  but  we  still  have  lots  of  time  every  day   to  explore  the  cities  independently  and  have  tons  of   fun.  Our  viaggo  al  nord  was  truly  amazing  and  I  had   the  chance  to  see  so  many  new  places  and  so  much   beautiful  history.     The  academic  assignment  I  had  for  the  trip   was  a  semester  project  for  my  Medieval  and  Modern   History  of  Italy  class.  We  worked  in  groups  of  three,   and  before  the  trip  each  group  picked  a  city  and  com-­ pleted  a  research  paper  on  the  entire  history  of  its  city   from  its  founding  to  the  present  day.  We  also  planned   sights   to   see,   as   each   group   had   to   tour   the   rest   of   SYA  around  its  assigned  city,  organize  multiple  inter-­ active  activities  to  do  once  there,  and  come  up  with   a  theatrical  component.  My  city  was  Verona,  la  cittĂ    dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amore.     For  the  theatrical  component  of  our  project,   we-­-­of  course-­-­decided  to  do  the  balcony  scene  from   Romeo  and  Juliet.  We  had  the  incredible  opportunity   to   perform   the   scene   from   Julietâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   actual   (well   leg-­ endary)  balcony,  and  I  played  Juliet.  It  is  against  the   rules  of  la  casa  di  Giulietta  to  perform  scenes  from   the  balcony,  but  my  history  teacher  (an  Italian  who   speaks  little  English)  told  me  that  as  long  as  I  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  

ask  beforehand   and   just   went   up   to   the   balcony   it   should  be  okay.  He  told  me  to  do  the  scene  for  as  long   as  I  could  before  they  kicked  me  off.  So,  after  lunch   when  the  school  reconvened,  my  group  members  and   I  hurried  off  early  to  la  casa  di  Giulietta.  I  bought  a   ticket  and  ran  upstairs  to  the  balcony,  and  once  every-­ one  arrived  we  began  the  scene.  Since  we  were  tech-­ nically   breaking   a   ton   of   rules,   I   was   not   surprised   when,   about   halfway   through   the   scene,   I   heard   a   loud   clapping   noise   behind   me.   I   turned   around   to   ÂżQGWKHVFDULHVWZRPHQ,KDGHYHUVHHQLQP\HQWLUH life.  She  started  yelling  in  rapid  Italian  that  I  was  not   allowed  to  be  performing,  so  I  grabbed  my  bag  and   bolted  inside  and  down  the  stairs.  Even  though  our   scene  was  cut  short,  it  was  such  an  amazing  experi-­ ence  to  have  been  able  to  perform  Shakespeare  from   Julietâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  balcony.     For   one   of   our   group   activities,   since   we   were   in   la   cittĂ    dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amore,   we   had   the   rest   of   the   class  write  courtly  love  poems.  Courtly  love  poems   originated   in   the   Italian   Peninsula   with   the   Sicilian   School,  created  by  Frederick  II.  His  court,  the  Magna   &XULD ZURWH WKHVH SRHPV EHWZHHQ  DQG  DQGFUHDWHGWKHÂżUVW,WDOLDQOLWHUDU\VWDQGDUG7KH6L-­ cilian  School  later  moved  to  Tuscany,  and  it  became   the  vernacular  basis  for  the  modern  Italian  language.   In  medieval  times,  knights  did  not  write  courtly  love   poems  for  women  they  were  actually  involved  with.   Knights  wrote  these  poems  for  women  they  merely   admired  from  afar,  as  the  women  were  simply  their   inspiration  and  they  never  had  any  relationship  with   them.  The  woman  who  received  these  poems  never   replied  when   the   man   read   them  to   her,   as   she   was   supposed  to  stand  there  and  be  the  perfect  object  of   affection.  These   courtly   love   poems   were   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;pur-­ est  formâ&#x20AC;?  of  love,  as  there  was  no  physical  interac-­ tion.  For  example,  Dante  Alighieri  wrote  poems  for   Beatrice,   the   woman   whom   he   had   loved   since   she   was  nine.  We  had  the  class  write  courtly  love  poems   XQGHUWKHFRQGLWLRQVWKDWWKH\ZHUHLQ,WDOLDQÂżWWKH rhyme  scheme  of  Dante,  and  were  dedicated  to  some-­ one  at  SYA.  So  later  on,  when  the  students  read  the   poems,  each  person  who  wrote  a  poem  kneeled  and   read  it  to  the  person  whom  it  was  for,  exactly  as  had   happened  in  medieval  times.     Verona  was,  of  course,  not  the  only  city  we   visited,  so  here  is  a  little  bit  more  about  the  rest  of   our   trip:   The   other   two   cities   I   liked   the   best   were   Venice   and   Bologna.  While   in  Venice,   I   visited   the   Biennale,   a   famous   modern   art   museum.   Countries   from   all   over   the   world   have   their   own   building,   where  they  have  exhibitions  that  are  on  display  for  a   year  and  a  half.  It  is  sort  of  like  the  Olympics,  but  for   art.  We  had  the  chance  to  see  the  Biennale  during  this   roundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  last  few  weeks  before  closing  down  to  put  up   the   next   exhibitions.   Bologna   is   a   very   intellectual   city,  and  my  history  teacher  keeps  reminding  us  that   LWLVWKH+DUYDUGRI,WDO\7KHÂżUVWXQLYHUVLW\RIWKH western   world   was   the   University   of   Bologna,   cre-­ DWHGLQ%HVLGHVWKHXQLYHUVLW\%RORJQDLVZHOO

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known  for  its  renaissance  and  medieval  art,  such  as   La  Fontana  del  Nettuno  and  the  Towers  of  Bologna.   Ravenna,  another  city  we  visited,  is  best  known  for   its  Byzantine  art.  The  city  is  well  known  as  a  capital   of  Byzantine  art  thanks  to  its  involvement  in  both  the   Eastern   and   Western   Roman   Empires.   It   is   thought   to  have  even  better  mosaics  than  Istanbul,  because  it   was  never  sacked  by  invading  cultures,  and  therefore   the   cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   art   is   in   great   condition.   Ravenna   is   also   home   to   Dante   Alighieriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   grave.   The   last   city   we   visited  was  Padua.  Padua  is  a  very  modern  Northern   Italian  city  that  is  home  to  one  of  the  biggest  Renais-­ sance  churches  in  the  world,  Il  Santo,  or  the  Basilica   of  S.  Anthony.     Our  viaggo  al  nord  was  an  absolutely  won-­ derful  cultural  experience  that  I  will  never  forget,  and   I  hope  you  guys  enjoyed  hearing  a  little  bit  about  it!   Arrivederci  ragazzi  e  un  bacio  a  tutti!


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Chloe  King  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14

 Break  out  the  dusty  green  and  red  lights  and  festive,  smelly  wreaths,  because  the  Christmas  holiday  is  almost  here!  Not  too  fast,  thoughâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we  still  have  a   while  to  go,  and  the  weeks  from  Thanksgiving  to  Christmas  seem  to  stretch  on  without  end.  So,  in  the  spirit  of  tiding  you  and  your  hungry  belly  over  until  then,  here   are  some  fun  holiday  ideas  you  can  try  with  average,  everyday  Cate  food.    7KHUHDUHRYHUGLIIHUHQWWKLQJV\RXFDQGRZLWKFKLFNHQKRZHYHURXUVFKRROVHHPVWRXWLOL]HDERXWIRXURIWKHP7RVSLFHXSWKHHYHU\GD\FKLFNHQ cutlet  a  bit,  try  using  the  salad  bar  as  a  cooking  station.  Bring  over  some  cut  up  chicken  breasts  and  begin  to  make  a  very  exotic-­sounding  Moroccan  chicken  salad   (with  carrots).  Obviously,  measuring  cups  are  not  readily  available  to  Cate  students,  so  just  make  do  with  the  guess-­and-­check  method.  Throw  on  some  spinach,  some   wheatgrass  (that  stuff  that  seems  to  grow  in  the  dining  hall  with  dangerous  looking  scissors  next  to  it),  some  cut-­up  carrots  (preferably  peeled  into  strips,  but  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   okay),  some  olive  oil,  and  some  salt  and  pepper!  With  that,  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  ready  to  have  a  delicious,  holiday-­esque  salad.    1H[WWRFKLFNHQWKHPRVWSRSXODUIRRGLWHPRQWKH&DWHVWXGHQWÂśVPHQXLVWRDVW)RUWKHKXQGUHGVRISHRSOHWKDWĂ&#x20AC;RRGWKHWRDVWURRPHYHU\GD\DQHZWKLQJ WRWU\PLJKWEHFLQQDPRQ,WÂśVDIXQZD\WRVSLFHXS\RXUIRRGIRUWKHKROLGD\VDQGFDQJHW\RXWKLQNLQJDKHDGWRWKRVHZDUPGD\VE\WKHÂżUHZLWKDVZHHWWUHDWWKDW most  likely  includes  the  spice.  Try  a  little  on  buttered  toast,  or  maybe  add  some  to  your  hot  chocolate.  In  any  case,  this  spice  calls  to  Christmastime  like  Santa  calls   to  Rudolph.     If  all  else  fails,  just  play  on  your  artistic  creativity  and  get  some  colorful  foods  to  decorate  your  plate  with.  Steal  some  red  and  green  M&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  and  decorate   a  bland  dish.  Shape  rice  krispies  treat  into  a  jolly  snowman.  If  that  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  spark  your  holiday  creativity  enough,  grab  some  holiday  cookie  dough  from  Albertsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   and  bake  at  a  faculty  home!  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  sure  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  be  glad  to  spread  some  holiday  treats  and  cheer.

limerence Ethan  Baretto  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14

During  the  month  of  NaNoWriMo,  Sophomore  Ethan  Barretto  wrote  a  50,000  wprd   ÂżFWLRQDOVWRU\+HUHÂśVDVQLSSHWRIÂł/LPHUHQFH´     From  a  distance,  it  looked  completely  and  utterly  wrong.  Peering  out  the   car  window,  through  the  dense  fog,  she  was  only  able  to  make  out  its  outline-­-­a  tall,   IDWF\OLQGHUWKDWSRLQWHGXSDWOHDVWÂżYHVWRULHVDQGFXWRIIDEUXSWO\DWWKHWRS,WZDV monolithic,  a  great  shadow  against  the  grey  sky  and  the  dark  ocean.  Bigger  than   sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  remembered.   The  light  that  shone  through  the  fog  was  very  weak,  and  was  only  strong   enough  to  show  the  shapes  of  things.  Yet  the  lighthouse  stood  out.  Hana  squinted   KHUH\HV(YHU\WKLQJDERXWLWVHHPHGRII$JDLQVWWKHĂ&#x20AC;DWJUD\H[SDQVHRIODQGDQG water  that  surrounded  it,  it  was  like  a  scratch,  a  blemish,  something  too  obvious  to   be  covered  up.  It  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  how  sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  remembered  it  at  all,  and  that  was  a  bit  unset-­ tling. 6KHWULHGQRWWRSD\LWDQ\DWWHQWLRQIRUWKHPRPHQWGUXPPLQJKHUÂżQJHUVDJDLQVW the  steering  wheel.  More  than  anything,  she  needed  to  stop,  stretch  her  legs,  go  to   the  bathroom,  take  a  nap,  and  eat  for  several  hours.  Food  was  her  priority.  She  hoped   Nana  had  already  started  cooking  dinner,  though  there  was  always  the  possibility   that   sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   forgotten   about   Hanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   arrival   entirely.   She   eyed   the   lighthouse   again,   and  it  was  growing  nearer  and  nearer.  It  made  her  feel  bad,  thinking  of  Nana  living   there  on  her  own  for  two  years  with  no  family  to  visit  her.  Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  always  been  a  very   capable  woman,  and  running  a  bed  and  breakfast  must  mean  interacting  with  quite   a  lot  of  people...  Mom  had  told  her  that  lately  Nana  was  getting  worse  than  before.   She  was  tired  really  early,  she  was  forgetful...  For  a  woman  as  capable  and  intel-­ ligent  as  Nana,  age  just  seemed  unnatural,  like  some  item  of  off-­putting  clothing.  It   wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  her.  In  a  sense,  Hana  knew  that  she  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  living  with  Nana  for  the  next  few   months  just  so  sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  have  a  summer  job-­-­her  mother  had  sent  her  up  here  so  sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   be  reassured  that  Nana  was  still  safe  on  her  own.  Hana  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  any  problem  with   that-­-­she  loved  her  grandmother,  even  though  she  hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  visited  for  two  years.  And   the  lighthouse  really  was  a  beautiful  place,  or  at  least  she  remembered  it  to  be.  Up   until  she  was  ten,  when  she  had  lived  closer,  she  had  come  up  here  every  summer   and  had  beachside  adventures  each  day,  and  Nana  would  make  mini  pies  at  night   DQGWKH\ÂśGHDWWKHPVLWWLQJFURVVOHJJHGRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;RRUZKLOHOLVWHQLQJWRWKHUDGLR She  had  fond  memories  of  that  place.  Being  back  really  would  be  a  shocker,  and  she   could  see  the  lighthouse  now;Íž  it  was  practically  within  walking  distance.   Soon,  she  spotted  a  familiar  turnoff  on  the  right  side  of  the  road.  She  could   smell  the  ocean  already,  she  could  almost  hear  it,  taste  it.  She  gently  turned  off  the   road.  Taking  a  deep  breath,  she  stepped  on  the  brakes  and  the  car  slid  to  a  halt.  The   dust  around  the  car  settled,  and  Hana  looked  out  the  window  at  the  dark,  foggy  air.   She  sighed.  Bracing  herself  for  the  cold,  she  put  her  hand  on  the  door  handle.

holiday games Michael  Revord  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14

 For   those   of   you   with   iOS   devices,   the   App   Store   opens  a  huge  market  of  games  and  apps.  Many  people  have   far  distances  to  travel  this  break,  so  here  are  a  few  holiday   games  to  keep  you  busy! Angry  Birds  Seasons  $0.99 A  classic  take  on  the  original  iPhone  hit  Angry  Birds,  Angry   Birds  Seasons  has  a  new  winter  holiday  update  loaded  with   new  levels  that  will  keep  you  busy  for  hours.  For  anyone  who   hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  played  Angry  Birds,  the  game  is  simple:  launch  little   birds  at  pigs  to  destroy  them.  It  may  seem  childish  and  stupid,   but  it  can  be  dangerously  addicting.  I  highly  recommend  this   app  for  anyone  looking  for  a  distraction. Cut  the  Rope:  Holiday  Gift  Free This  game  came  out  last  year  around  this  time  of  year.  Cut   the  Rope  is  another  classic  iPhone  game  and  the  developers   decided  to  give  us  a  free  holiday  version.  The  objective  in  this   game  is  to  use  gravity  to  cut  the  ropes  in  certain  ways  so  that   this  little  green  character  can  get  his  candy.  Another  childish   game  that  is  great  for  all  ages.  For  a  free  app,  this  is  one  of   my  all  time  favorites. Doodle  Jump  Christmas  Special  $0.99 Another  holiday  version  of  an  iPhone  classic,  Doodle  Jump   Christmas   Special   is   a   great   arcade   game.   The   objective   is   simply  to  get  higher  and  higher  by  tilting  the  iPhone  and  land-­ ing  on  platforms.  There  are  Christmas  monsters  and  various   snowy  obstacles  in  the  way  of  reaching  the  never  ending  top.

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Entertainment mixtapes

Eclipse  by  TYR Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  only  four  tracks,  but:  Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  get  enough  wobble  bass  to  break  a  few  windows. Ryan  Ferris  Kim  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12 Get  this  so  you  can  say:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  knew  TYR  before  he  blew  up!â&#x20AC;? Greetings  loyal  readers,  and  welcome  to  another  long  and  pointless  article  about   Also:  Support  your  local  talent.  Grant  put  some  serious  work  into  this  thing. music!  For  those  of  you  who  are  new,  this  is  the  section  of  El  Bat  where  I  write   long  and  pointless  articles  about  music.  Sometimes,  I  write  pointlessly  long  ar-­ On  the  twelfth  day  of  Christmas,  my  true  love  gave  to  me, ticles  about  music.  And  occasionally,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  longingly  point  at  less-­than-­long  pointy   PXVLFUHFRPPHQGDWLRQVIRUIUHHPXVLFGXULQJWKHKROLGD\V long  music  sometimes  article.  By  the  way,  FREE  MUSIC. So  technically,  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  to  buy  anyone  a  Secret  Santa  gift! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  right,  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  talking  about  free  music.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;But  Ryan,â&#x20AC;?  you  say,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  it  det-­ rimental  to  the  music  industry  if  I  download  free  music  off  the  Internet?  Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  it   illegal?â&#x20AC;?  Well,  curious  reader,  that  is  usually  the  case.  And  yes,  buying  music  is   whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  best  for  the  future  of  the  music  industry.  But  then  again,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  holiday   season,  which  means  family,  friends,  and  of  course,  free  stuff. ,VFRXUHGWKH,QWHUQHWVHDUFKLQJIRUWKHEHVWPXVLF,FRXOGÂżQGWKDWLV ZLWKWKH FRQVHQWRIWKHDUWLVW IUHH7KLV,V:KDW,&DPH8S:LWK A  few  notes: 0RVWRIWKHVHPL[WDSHVEHORQJLQWKHÂłKLSKRS´DQGÂłHOHFWURQLF´JHQUHV6RPH donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  even  have  any  lyrics.  Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  be  scared. )RUWKHPRVWSDUW,WULHGWRÂżQGWKLQJVWKDWPRVWSHRSOHKDYHQÂśWKHDUGRI VRUU\ Mac  Miller  fans)  and  things  that  were  released  relatively  recently. Susan  Kim  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13 3.  I  kept  the  descriptions  ambiguous  for  a  reason.  A  little  mystery  never  hurt  any-­ oneâ&#x20AC;Śand  besides,  my  writing  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  do  anything  any  justice.   The  sun  is  shining  brightly,  small  children  are  smiling  and  laughing  and   -XVW*RRJOHWKHQDPHRIWKHDOEXPÂŤGRZQORDGOLQNVVKRXOGQÂśWEHKDUGWRÂżQG generally   running   amok,   and   Cate   School   stands   silently   atop   the   mesa,   look-­ 5.  For  the  easily  offended,  I  put  a  happy  little  star  *  next  to  the  mixtapes  with   ing  over  the  local  citizens  of  Carpinteria.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  winter-­-­in  Southern  California,  of   explicit  lyrics.   course. 6.  Oh,  and  again,  this  stuff  is  free.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  like  getting  a  free  sample  at  Costco:  even     But  where  are  the  students  of  Cate  School?  Well,  honestly,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  not  too   if  that  I-­Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-­Believe-­Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-­From-­Kirkland  organic  meatloaf  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  taste  amazing,   VXUH:LWKVWXGHQWVWRNHHSWUDFNRILWÂśVLPSRVVLEOHWRUHPHPEHUH[DFWO\ you  still  appreciate  how  amazingly,  incredibly,  undeniably  free  it  is.  Free. who  is  doing  what  and  where  they  are.  You  might  be  thinking:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surely  such  a  di-­ verse  group  of  people  from  different  cities  and  backgrounds  must  have  some  uni-­ *Brooklyn.Chicago.London.  by  Urban  Noize fying  feature!â&#x20AC;?  Or  not.  People  these  days  have  no  real  sense  of  imaginationâ&#x20AC;Ś  but   Sounds  like:  Jay-­Z,  Kanye,  and  Adele.  Together.   someone  was  curious  enough  to  ask  El  Bat  about  what  â&#x20AC;&#x153;regularâ&#x20AC;?  Cate  students   Will  suit  people  who:  Secretly  wish  for  crunchier  drums  behind  Adeleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  beautiful   do  during  vacations.  Are  they  the  same  people?  Do  they  have  friends  waiting  for   vocals. them  back  home?  Where  do  they  even  go?  What  do  they  do  for  entertainment?â&#x20AC;?   (TXDWLRQIRU(QMR\PHQW.DQ\HÂśVGUXPV$GHOHÂśVKRRNVYHUVHVIURP7KH&RO-­ Embarrassingly,  though  these  questions  (especially  the  last)  were  quite  relevant   lege  Dropout  and  The  Blueprint  =  J to  the  Entertainment  section,  I  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  a  good,  interesting  answer  for  myself   or  even  a  generic  blanket  answerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially  since  all  I  do  during  each  and  every   A  Mutated  Christmas  by  Corporal  Blossom vacation  is  sit  down  in  front  of  my  computer  and  rot,  just  like  I  do  anywhere.  (Ex-­ Get  this  if  you:  Love  Christmas  but  wish  it  wereâ&#x20AC;Śodder. cept  at  school,  of  course.)  So  here,  readers,  are  some  of  your  very  own  answers. This  probably  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  be:  The  holiday  shopping  music  at  Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.  Unfortunately.   -­  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  suppose  mainly  gloating  over  the  misfortunes  of  other  people.  Main-­ ly  crowing  over  the  miseries  of  others.  It  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  always  work,  but  it  never  com-­ *Sh*t  Computer  by  Kids  &  Explosions pletely  failsâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Genre:  Twitchy-­Song-­Reconstruction There   were   some   other,   unprintable   sentiments.   Clearly,   this   student   meant   to   This  guy  took  the  time  to:  Slice  out  individual  words  from  songs  and  piece  them   say  that  he/she  also  spends  his/her  time  on  the  computer,  e-­stalking  Christopher   together  to  form  new  songsâ&#x20AC;Śa  new  standard  for  sampling. Hitchens  (go  Google  him  if  you  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  know  him).  Glad  to  know  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  not  the  only   If  Girl  Talk  and  Super  Mash  Bros  made  love,  had  an  epileptic  baby,  and  sat  it  in   one  idling  her  time  away  on  the  Intertubes. front  of  the  worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  biggest  strobe  light,  it  would  sound  like:  This  album. -­â&#x20AC;&#x153;Away  from  Cate,  I  make  sure  to  keep  my  towel  with  me  at  all  times.  Away  from   Cate,  I  run  from  S.E.P.s.  My  best  friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  name  is  Marvin.  Away  from  Cate,  I  get   High  Life  by  Vanilla  (Thanks,  Jesse  Gavin) to  read.â&#x20AC;? Do  you  know:  J  Dilla?  Or  Madlib?  Or  Pete  Rock?  No?  Yes?  Cause  this  is  kinda   An  avid  reader,  and  a  space  hitchhiker  as  well!  This  student  probably  travels  light   like  them. years  away  to  take  other  galaxies  by  storm,  returning  to  our  own  little  Galactic   Either  way:  These  are  some  soulful  beats.   Sector  ZZ9  Plural  Z  Alpha  merely  to  study  us  Earthlings  here  at  Cate.  And  eat   If  you  are  an  aspiring  rap  freestyler  and  are  in  need  of  some  instrumentals:  This   fro-­yo  every  other  day,  of  course. isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  a  bad  place  to  start. -­â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  wear  ragged  sweatshirts,  usually  layered  because  it  is  frigidly  cold  out,  along   with  my  plaid  rain  boots,  and  I  muck  out  chicken  sheds  and  drink  a  lot  of  coffee.   *House  of  Balloons  by  The  Weeknd $QGKRQHVWO\,RQO\KDQJRXWZLWKOLNHSHRSOHDQGZHMXVWZDONDURXQGWRZQ 6RXQGVOLNH$QDQJXLVKÂżOOHG'UDNHVLQJLQJLQDQHFKR\URRP$QGLWÂśVFROG eating   sugary   things   and   laugh[ing]   at   the   interpretive   art   centers.   I   also   listen   And  his  girlfriend  broke  up  with  him.  And  he  got  a  haircut  that  he  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  really   to  a  lot  of  dubstep,  watch  a  lot  of  reality  TV  (Project  Runway/Top  Chef  are  the   like. BEST),  and  write  a  lot  about  how  boring  my  life  is.â&#x20AC;? Listen  if:  Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  sad,  but  still  want  to  feel  like  a  man. -­â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  look  nicer  outside  of  Cate.â&#x20AC;? -­â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Put]  simply,  I  rage.â&#x20AC;? *Exmilitary  by  Death  Grips Sounds  like:  The  RZA  (from  Wu-­Tang)  if  he  forgot  how  to  rap  and  could  only   The  previous  three  are  pretty  self-­explanatory  due  to  their  details/lack  thereof.  I   yell  and  smash  things  with  a  hammer. KRSH\RXHQMR\HGDSHHNLQWRWKHYDFDWLRQOLYHVRIDWWKHYHU\OHDVWÂżYHRIWKH I  dare  you  to:  Go  to  sleep  with  this  in  your  earphones.   students  here  at  Cate.

the other side of me

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possibly the best season

Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Â Basketball

Justin  Kim  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Soccer

 As  always,  the  girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  varsity  soccer  squad  is  looking  intense.  As  the  girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   ÂżUVWJDPHGUDZVQHDUWKH\DUHEXV\ÂżQDOL]LQJWKHLUWHDPDQGZRUNLQJRQWKHLU formation.  The  captains  are  stoked  to  have  a  couple  of  strong  returning  young(er)   players,  including  Ellen  Lempres,  Sydney  Read,  Mabel  Sabina,  and  Eliza  Giles.   They  have  shown  growth  and  really  stepped  up  lately  during  practice,  and  the   FDSWDLQVEHOLHYHWKDWWKH\ZLOOWUXO\PDNHDQLPSDFWRQWKHÂżHOGWKLV\HDU   The  girls  are  only  impeded  by  the  fact  that  soccer  season  is  broken  up  by   WZREUHDNV 7KDQNVJLYLQJ &KULVWPDV DQGLWLVGLIÂżFXOWWRVWD\LQVKDSHDQG also  stay  motivated  throughout  the  entire  season  with  these  breaks.  The  challenge   would  then  be  to  try  to  keep  everyone  competitive.   Em   and  Annie   are   super   excited   for   the   season   to   start,   and   hope   that   everyone  will  come  out  to  support  and  to  see  them  win.  The  girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  goals  are  to   remain  the  Condor  League  champs  (as  they  have  been  for  the  past  two  years),  and   also  to  go  far  into  the  CIFs,  because  it  looks  like  they  have  a  prime  team  this  year.   Also,  it  would  be  nice  to  beat  Thatcher  and  Laguna,  for  that  is  always  a  plus.

 The  girls,  led  by  coach  Jay-­Dor,  are  looking  to  make  a  long  run  this  year   DVWKH\SUDFWLFHIRUWKHÂżUVWRIWKHLUJDPHV&DSWDLQ*UDFH'LFNPDQLVORRNLQJWR make  a  difference,  for  there  are  lots  of  seniors  and  much  motivation  to  make  it   DJUHDWVHDVRQWKLV\HDU$OWKRXJKWKH\ZLOOKDYHORWVRIKROHVWRÂżOOWKH\H[SHFW WREHVXSHUEZLWKWKHDGGLWLRQRIRQHQHZSOD\HUÂżUVWFODVVIUHVKPDQIRUZDUG Brittany  Newsome.  Most  of  the  team  is  returning,  which  also  adds  to  the  overall   FKHPLVWU\DQGĂ&#x20AC;RZRILWVJDPHZKLFKKDYHQRWEHHQSUHVHQWXQWLOQRZ  7KH ÂżUVW JRDO WKDW WKH\ H[SHFW WR DFKLHYH LV RI FRXUVH VWRPSLQJ WKH Toads.  They  have  some  â&#x20AC;&#x153;legitâ&#x20AC;?  players,  and  since  the  girls  lost  to  them  last  year,   it  would  be  a  sweet  win  for  the  girls  to  get  the  W  this  year.  In  the  long  term,  these   /DG\UDPVORRNWRPDNHLWLQWRWKHSOD\RIIVDQGPRUHWKDQMXVWWKHÂżUVWURXQG They  also  look  to  working  on  keeping  the  intensity  level  up  throughout  the  entire   game.     Grace  and  the  girls  hope  to  have  a  tight  team  of  players  who  will  push   each  other  and  improve  each  other  over  the  course  of  the  season.

Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Basketball   Along  with  the  NBA  lockout  on  the  verge  of  ending,  we  can  look  forward   Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Water  Polo  7KHJLUOVÂśZDWHUSRORWHDPLVÂżJKWLQJWKHFROGZLQWHUE\VWD\LQJÂżHUFH LQWKHSRROORRNLQJIRUZDUGWRLWVXSDQGFRPLQJVHDVRQÂżOOHGZLWKQHZWDOHQWV 7KH\KDYHWZRQHZĂ&#x20AC;DVKHVRIIUHVKLHV$QQD6DWWHUÂżHOGDQG/\GLD6WHYHQVZKR will  help  the  team  plenty,  while  Caroline  Montgomery  shoots  goals  like  â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  no-­ bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  business.â&#x20AC;?  They  also  have  their  senior  captains,  Lela  â&#x20AC;&#x153;the  Wallâ&#x20AC;?  Puckett   and  Isabella  Thomas.  7KH+2SRORWHDPÂśVELJJHVWFKDOOHQJHZLOOEHÂżJXULQJRXWWKHWHDPÂśV dynamic  in  the  pool,  as  it  lost  a  couple  of  essential  seniors  ast  year.  However,  it   is  off  to  a  great  start  in  practice.   Senior  Captain  Isabella  Thomas  remarked  that  the  team  has  great  chem-­ istry  this  year,  and  offers  anybody  the  opportunity  to  stop  by  the  aquatic  center  on   Joke  Day  Wednesday  and  see  just  how  fantastic  they  are.   With   regard   to   the   goals   of   the   season,   they   referred   to   what   Mr.  All-­ GUHGJHRQFHVDLGÂł,QRIJDPHVLI\RXVFRUHPRUHWKDQWKHRWKHUWHDP\RX will  win.â&#x20AC;?  That  is  the  principal  plan  of  attack.

to  watching  some  great  basketball  on  the  Mesa  with  our  own  basketball  teams.   With  a  strong  core  team  this  year,  the  menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  varsity  basketball  team  is  looking   forward  to  destroying  its  enemies.  The  returning  sophomore  duo  of  John  Basar   and  Max  Vasquez  is  expected  to  make  an  impact,  along  with  the  addition  of  the   athletic   Carlos   Fairbanks.   The   addition   of   Walker   Ross   has   contributed   to   the   overall  size  and  muscle  of  the  team,  but  also  the  intimidation  factor.  The  Baird   Bros  will  again  dominate  in  the  post  with  an  average  height  of  seven  between  the   two.  Thys  Northup  will  also  put  up  some  massive  points,  leading  the  team  once   again  in  every  stat.   The  biggest  challenge  of  the  team  this  year  would  be,  as  Captain  Max   Wankner   put   it,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;the   same   problem   as   last   year:   the   exuberant   female   specta-­ tors  who  chant  Thysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  name  at  an  ear  splitting  level.â&#x20AC;?  Also,  they  look  to  close  out   many  of  their  games  as  they  work  on  never  becoming  complacent  throughout  the   course  of  the  game.   The  central  goal  of  the  basketball  team  is  to  qualify  for  the  playoffs,  as   they  barely  missed  them  last  year.

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Sports Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Soccer   For  the  boys  of  the  soccer  team,  the  highly  anticipated  season  began   with  a  3-­0  win  against  Division  3  team  Santa  Maria.  The  very  strong  returners   (PDDQG-RVKDUHNHHSLQJWKHWHDPVWURQJHYHQWKRXJKWKHUHDUHQHZSOD\HUV RQWKHWHDP+RZHYHUWKHORVVRIVHQLRUVLVWKHOHDVWGLIÂżFXOWFKDOOHQJHDVWKH expectations  from  last  year  and  the  increased  pressure  from  other  teams  prove   to  be  bigger  challenges  for  the  team  this  year.     As  Captain  Avery  Schwarz  puts  it,  the  goal  is  obviously  to  win  the  CIF   championships  once  again  and  then  to  go  on  to  the  Regionals  as  well,  ultimately   winning  that  competition.   Overall,  captain  Schwarz  admits  that  the  team  is  very  young,  but  that  it   has  the  potential  to  become  even  greater  than  last  yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  team.

coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corner: swainison Eliza  Giles  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13   You   think   of   the   varsity   team   of   Ema,   Avery,   Josh,   and   Jeff,   right?   Wrong.  Junior  Varsity  is  the  team  to  watch  this  winter,  and  these  boys  will  once   again  be  led  by  the  dynamic  duo  of  Coach  Denison  and  Coach  Swain.  These   WZREHJDQWKHLUFRDFKLQJFDUHHUWRJHWKHULQWKHHDUO\ÂśVDVERWKYDUVLW\VRF-­ cer  and  lacrosseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  coaching  tandem.  Denison  explained  that  they  later  moved   WRWKHORZHUSURÂżOH-9OHYHOLQWKHVSLULWRIVSRUWVPDQVKLSÂłGXHWRFRPSODLQWV around   the   league   about   their   success.â&#x20AC;?   Swain   offered   that   they   have   simply   been  coaching  together  for  too  many  years.  While  Denison  expressed  how  help-­ ful  it  is  to  him,  as  a  coach,  to  have  played  soccer  growing  up  at  Cate,  in  col-­ lege,  and  throughout  his  adult  life,  Mr.  Swain  compares  himself  to  an  esteemed   Division  III  menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  lacrosse  coach  who  never  played  lacrosse  himself,  saying,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  have  no  helpful  advice.  The  main  challenge  for   me  is   keeping  Denison   in   check.â&#x20AC;?  This  year,  Denison  and  Swain  described  their  team  as  â&#x20AC;&#x153;youngâ&#x20AC;?  and  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ter-­ rible,â&#x20AC;?  respectively.  According  to  them,  the  team  excels  at  â&#x20AC;&#x153;exercise  avoidanceâ&#x20AC;?   DQG ÂłZDWFKLQJ WKH WHDP WKDW VKDUHV WKH ÂżHOG ZLWK XV GXULQJ D JLYHQ SUDFWLFH rather   than   paying   attention   to   what   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   doing.â&#x20AC;?   But   when   necessary,   they   have  a  simple  solution  that  quickly  gets  their  playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  attention.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sprints.  I  love   watching  them  suffer,â&#x20AC;?  says  Swain.  These  effective  methods  they  have  crafted   lead  them  to  feel  unfettered  by  varsityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  immense  success.  When  asked  if  they   feel  overshadowed  by  the  nationally  ranked  team,  the  consensus  was  â&#x20AC;&#x153;No.  We   have  better  coaches.â&#x20AC;?  How  do  you  feel  about  that,  Coaches  Mack  and  Mochel?   This  season,  the  infamous  pair  hopes  to  beat  Thacher,  and  is  most  looking  for-­ ZDUGWR)HEUXDU\

the baseball wall Vanessa  LizĂĄrraga  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12

 Some  call  it  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cate  Baseball  Hall  of  Fame,â&#x20AC;?  and  some  simply  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   :DOO´²ZKLFKHYHULWPD\EHPRVWFDQDJUHHWKDWWKLVDWWUDFWLRQLQWKHÂżWQHVV center  is  in  recognition  of  Cateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  long-­standing  baseball  program.   We  may  be  in  the  midst  of  winter  season,  but  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  never  too  early  to  talk  about   baseball!  And  with  the  Harcourt  Fitness  Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  new  attraction,  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  more   LQFHQWLYH WR WDON DERXW &DWHÂśV EDVHEDOO SURJUDP DQG LWV KLVWRU\ ,Q WKH ÂżWQHVV center,  located  near  the  treadmills,  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  beautiful  display  of  Cate  baseball   history  honoring  standout  players,  CIF  titles,  and  long-­time  baseball  coach  Mr.   Stan  Woodworth.     Current  baseball  coach  Ben  Soto  said,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  started  it  out  as  a  simple  idea   to   honor   great   players   and   Mr.  Woodworth.  And   now   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   glad   that   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   re-­ ality!â&#x20AC;?  In  November,  Coach  Soto  unveiled  the  famous  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baseball  Wall.â&#x20AC;?  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Wallâ&#x20AC;?  holds  some  of  Cateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  most  valued  baseball  players,  some  of  whom  gradu-­ DWHGRQO\ODVW\HDU)RULQVWDQFH-DFNVRQ0DX]HÂľOIHDWXUHGRQÂł7KH:DOO´ ZDVQDPHGWRWKH$OO&,))LUVW7HDPIRU'LYLVLRQEDVHEDOOODVW\HDU.HHSLQ mind  that  he  is  only  one  of  the  many  players  featured  on  the  wall.  Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  lot   to  see  and  learn  from  Coach  Sotoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  masterpiece.  6RZKHQ\RXQH[WÂżQG\RXUVHOILQWKHÂżWQHVVFHQWHUPDNHVXUHWRWDNH DORRNDWWKHÂł&DWH%DVHEDOO+DOORI)DPH´²\RXPD\ÂżQGDIDPLOLDUIDFH:LWK this  new  addition,  there  will  (hopefully)  be  more  appreciation  for  baseball  and   its  players  at  Cate  School.

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Sports the cate study update Vanessa  LizĂĄrraga  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12

 It   is   no   surprise   that   â&#x20AC;&#x153;sudden   cardiac   deathsâ&#x20AC;?  are  becoming  more  and  more  common   in  young  athletes.  More  and  more,  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  news   of   a   teenage   athlete   dying   a   sudden   death   on   WKH ÂżHOG RU WKH FRXUW )RU LQVWDQFH LQ 0DUFK WKHUHZHUHWZRUHSRUWVRIVXGGHQFDUGLDF death  in  teenagers.  First,  Michigan  high  school   basketball   player   Wes   Leonard   collapsed   and   died   after   scoring   the   winning   shot   for   his   team,  as  was  mentioned  in  the  last  issue.  Only   GD\VODWHU0DWWKHZ+DPPHUGRUIHUD\HDU old   from   Larimer   County,   Colorado,   took   a   powerful  hit  to  the  chest  during  a  rugby  game   DQGFROODSVHGRQWKHÂżHOGKHGLHGRQWKHZD\ to  the  hospital.  An  autopsy  revealed  that  Ham-­ merdorferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  death  was  a  result  of  cardiomegaly   and  biventricular  hypertrophy,  which  refers  to   an  enlarged  heart  and  enlarged  ventricles.  Mat-­ thew   Hammerdorfer   is   one   of   the   many   who   die  every  year  as  the  result  of  underlying  heart   conditions.   More  athletes  are  fatally  collapsing  on   basketball   courts,   swimming   pools,   and   play-­ LQJÂżHOGVWKDQRQFHWKRXJKW1HZUHVHDUFKKDV found   that   an   average   of   forty   young   athletes   are   dying   from   heart   disease   in   the   United   States  per  year,  about  one  death  every  nine  days.   Hemmerdorfer   and   Leonardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   (among   many   more)  deaths  have  spurred  debates  on  whether   athletes   should   take   regular   heart-­monitoring   tests.  In  addition,  more  parents  want  schools  to  

KDYHKHDUWGH¿EULOODWRUVDWJDPHV5HFHQWO\ researchers  have   been   searching   for   less   costly   and   effective   ways   to   screen   young   athletes  before  they  start  competing.   At  Cate,  cardiologist  Joseph  P.  Ilven-­ to,  MD,  and  Athletic  Director  Wade  Ransom   continue   working   to   add   to   the   research.   Through   the   use   of   echocardiograms   (heart   ultrasound   tests)   and   electrocardiograms,   Dr.   Ilvento   and   Mr.   Ransom   are   looking   to   detect  subjects  who  may  suffer  a  life-­threat-­ ening   cardiac   event   during   athletic   activ-­ ity  and  identify  those  with  undetected  heart   abnormalities.   Work   began   in   late   October,   ZLWK DERXW ¿IW\ DFWLYH SDUWLFLSDQWV 6LQFH then,   there   have   been   two   installments   for   VFUHHQLQJ HDFK DYHUDJLQJ EHWZHHQ ¿IWHHQ DQGWZHQW\VWXGHQWVHDFK7KH¿UVWZDVKHOG 1RYHPEHUIRUZRPHQ'U,OYHQWRDORQJ-­ side  an  echocardiogram  technician,  screened   DERXW ¿IWHHQ \RXQJ ZRPHQ 7KH VHFRQG VFUHHQLQJ ZDV KHOG 1RYHPEHU  IRU WKH young  men  on  the  Mesa;͞  about  twenty  were   screened.  And,  with  that,  the  Cate  Study  has   FROOHFWHGLWV¿UVWVHWRIXVDEOHGDWD&XUUHQWO\ we  are  awaiting  more  responses  to  continue   screening  students  and  acquire  more  data  for   the  study.  In  the  meantime,  we  will  continue   to  meet  on  Tuesdays  to  discuss  what  comes   next.  

squash: not just a vegetable

weekends  this   season.   The   far-­ thest   they   will   be   traveling   this   year   is   Portland,   Oregon.   This   year,   they   may   be   good   enough   to  travel  to  Connecticut  to  com-­ pete  in  Nationals.   Hopefully,   squash   will   get   more  recognition  this  year  for  its   hard-­earned   success.   With   new   teammates,   traveling,   and   home   games,  this  is  bound  to  be  an  in-­ teresting   season.Just   remember,     Cate:   squash   is   not   just   a   veg-­ etable.

Matthew  Rodman  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

 0DQ\&DWHVWXGHQWVDUHVXUSULVHGWRÂżQGRXWWKDWRQHRIRXUVFKRROÂśVEHVW teams  is  under  the  radar.  Squash  is  known  as  one  of  Cateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  most  exclusive  sports,   and  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  easy  to  see  why.  Cateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  squash  team  wins  the  majority  of  the  games  it   plays,  which  is  no  easy  feat.   Although   squash   is   repeatedly   praised   in   assembly   by   brilliantly   pro-­ duced  videos  and  Mr.  Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  announcements,  not  much  is  said  about  the  team   itself  on  campus.  They  are  very  much  under  the  radar.  Truth  is,  Cate  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  hear   much  about  squash  outside  of  assembly.  One  of  the  senior  captains,  Bowen  Baker   ÂśNLQGO\ÂżOOHGPHLQRQWKHVTXDVKWHDPWKLV\HDU   One  of  the  reasons  why  squash  is  â&#x20AC;&#x153;under  the  radarâ&#x20AC;?  is  because  it  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   compete   against   other   schools   in   the   Condor   League.  There   are   only   a   couple   of  other  schools  in  California  that  have  squash  teams,  so  Cate  usually  competes   against  clubs  from  all  over  the  state  and  even  the  country.  According  to  Baker,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  much  competition  this  year,  but,  as  in  recent  years,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  likely  that   the  team  will  defeat  Berkeley.â&#x20AC;&#x153;   As  a  lot  of  people  know,  Mr.  Eagle  will  not  be  a  full-­time  coach  this  year.   He  coaches  a  day  or  two  each  week,  while  the  senior  captains  (Bowen  Baker,   Jaemin  Cheun,  and  Jemitris  Vezia)  run  the  other  practices.  Mr.  Eagle  will  most   likely  stop  coaching  when  a  new  coach  arrives  in  January.   This  year,  twenty  people  tried  out  for  the  team,  and  only  sixteen  people   made   the   cut.   The   senior   coaches   helped   decide   who   made   it.   What   they   had   ORRNHGIRUZDVDFRPELQDWLRQRIÂżWQHVVDQGJHQHUDOEHJLQQHUUDFNHWVNLOOV7KHUH have  been  new  additions  to  the  team  this  year:  three  freshmenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kate  Schroeder,   Sarah   Park,   and   Robbie   Prestonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and   two   sophomoresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Michael   Revord   and   Sally  Shin.

 In   terms   of   how   Cateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   squash   season   looks   this   year,   Baker  says  that  it  will  be  a  good   one   because   the   returning   play-­ ers  have  experience  and  the  new   players  look  promising.   Squash   is   known   for   its   tendency  to  travel  throughout  the   season,  and  this  year  is  no  differ-­ ent.  The  squash  team  is  expected   to   be   traveling   the   majority   of  

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Sports cate says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;presentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at the cif contests, not once, but four times Eliza  Giles  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13   This  fall,  four  of  our  Rams  teams  went  to  CIF  playoffs.  The  cross  country  boys  made  it  to  the  Southern  Section  Division  5  playoffs,  placing  seventh  in  their   heat  and  missing  the  second  round  by  only  two  spots.  Captain  and  MVP  Bill  Pomerans,  shortly  followed  by  Andrew  Robbins,  Andrew  Sinclair,  and  Jeff  Acheampong,   WKHQ'DQLHO<HRP-HVVH*DYLQDQGFRFDSWDLQ-DVRQ3DFKHFRDOOFDPHLQDWXQGHUPLQXWHV7KHJLUOVÂśWHDPOLNHWKHER\VÂśUDQYHU\IDVWWLPHV093$GULDQ :DOVK'HQDOL7LHWMHQDQG&KDUORWWH%RZOHVOHG/XLVD,OYHQWR*UDFH'LFNPDQ-DVPLQH3D]DQG0HJKDQ.LOOHDWRÂżQLVKWKRYHUDOODQGTXDOLI\IRUWKHÂżQDOV$WWKH ÂżQDOVWKHFDSWDLQVSDYHGWKHZD\DJDLQIRUWKHWHDPWRÂżQLVKWKRYHUDOOQRWTXLWHTXDOLI\LQJWKHPIRUWKHVWDWHPHHWEXWPDNLQJWKHPWKHÂżIWKIDVWHVW&DWHWHDP ever  on  the  Mt.  SAC  course.     The  Cate  Varsity  football  team  traveled  to  Excelsior  Education  Center  to  play  their  CIF  football  game  in  Victorville,  Middle  of  Nowhere.  Our  Rams  were  up   DJDLQVWDYHU\ELJ DERXWSRXQGVRQDYHUDJH DQGWDOHQWHGWHDPEXWZHUHDEOHWRVFRUHSRLQWVWKDWQLJKWPRUHWKDQDQ\RWKHUWHDPKDGVFRUHGDJDLQVW([FHOVLRU ZKRVFRUHGDQGSRLQWVLQWKHLUQH[WWZRJDPHV .\OH0D\ÂżHOGSOD\HGDQRXWVWDQGLQJJDPHWKURZLQJWRXFKGRZQVWZRZHUHVFRUHGE\0D[:DQNQHUWKUHH by  Austin  Gallegos  and  one  by  Edward  Hawkins.  Seniors  Scott  Sinclair,  Ian  Keneally,  Edward  Hawkins,  Willem  Vorster,  Jeremy  Miller,  and  Michael  Warren  led  a   young  team  in  the  last  game  of  the  season.  Although  on  the  scoreboard  they  came  up  short,  Coach  Soto  said,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I]  left  that  night  so  proud  of  my  coaches  and  players   for  the  effort  that  we  played  with.â&#x20AC;?   Although  the  entire  team  did  not  compete,  the  Cate  was  well  represented  in  the  CIF  individual  tennis  contest  by  Madison  Snider  for  singles  and  Lela  Puckett   and  Kate  Dehlendorf  for  doubles.  Madison  came  through  an  injury  with  the  help  of  Shannon  and  was  able  to  use  her  devastating  overhand  serve  for  an  hour-­and-­ DKDOIORQJPDWFKIXOORIÂżHUFHUDOOLHV+HUFRPSHWLWLRQZDVWRXJKWKRXJKDQGVKHORVWDQG.DWHDQG/HODZRUNHGWRJHWKHULQPDQ\FORVHSRLQWVDQGUDQ into  many  deuce  games.  They  ended  up  after  two  sets  with  a  tough  loss,  but  the  teammates  showed  well  for  the  Rams  in  one  of  the  most  prestigious  tennis  regions   geographically  in  the  US.  Well  done,  Rams  in  the  Fall  CIF  contests!

which athlete are you most like?

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Answer  the  questions  and  follow  the  corresponding  arrows.


those â&#x20AC;&#x153;dumbâ&#x20AC;? public school kids Alissa  Jared  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12

 At   Cate,   we   spend   much   of   our   time   thinking,   speaking,   and   breath-­ ing  schoolwork.  As  a  private  school,  we  compete  in  the  top  tier  of  high  schools   around  the  country,  and  often  take  it  for  granted  that  our  classes  demand  much   more  of  us  than  those  of  other  private  schools,  and  certainly  than  those  of  public   schools.  I  was  interested  in  investigating  how  true  that  sentiment  is,  and  how  our   ZRUNORDGFRPSDUHVWRWKRVHRIVWXGHQWVLQVXUURXQGLQJSXEOLFVFKRROVVSHFLÂż-­ cally   Carpinteria   and   Dos   Pueblos.   So   I   surveyed   some   Cate,   Carpinteria,   and   DP  students  to  see  how  they  compared.  Mind  you,  the  public  school  students  I   surveyed  compare  favorably  in  grades  and  ambition  to  the  students  at  Cate,  so  the   comparison  of  their  ability  to  the  ability  of  Cate  students  is  as  valid  as  possible.   First,  letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  break  it  down  in  terms  of  time.  At  Cate,  the  average  time  we   VSHQGRQKRPHZRUNLVDERXWRUKRXUVDGD\:HVLWLQFODVVIRUDQDYHUDJHRI KRXUVDZHHN WKDWLQFOXGHV6DWXUGD\FODVVHV $QGZHDOOVSHQGDWOHDVW hours  in  sports  each  week.  But  then  we  have  all  this  other  stuff  too.  Club  meet-­ ings  might  take  up  about  an  hour  a  week  of  free  time.  Foster  Homes  is  easily  an   hour  or  two  a  week.  Formal  dinners  take  up  an  hour  and  a  half,  and  if  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  a   senior,  leadership  positions  (prefect,  TA,  club  head)  might  suck  up  hours  of  your   time.  So  how  does  that  compare  to  Carpinteria  and  Dos  Pueblos  students?  Well,   the   ones   I   surveyed   spend   an   average  of   just   over   3   hours   on   homework   each   night  between  them,  which  is  probably  about  an  hour  less  than  Cate  students  over   all.  They  take  about  the  same  number  of  classes  as  we  do.  Their  day  lasts  as  long   as  ours-­-­Carp  and  DP  students  get  out  of  school  at  3:00  (and  sports,  for  those  who   play  them,  go  until  5:00).  Keep  in  mind  however,  that  although  we  have  classes   on  Saturdays,  Wednesdays  at  Cate  are  half-­days,  and  we  have  free  periods,  while   Carp  and  DP  students  do  not.  (As  a  matter  of  interest,  the  maximum  amount  of   WLPHZHZLOODOOKDYHVSHQWLQ6DWXUGD\FODVVHVE\WKHHQGRIWKLV\HDULVKRXUV DQGWKDWÂśVLI\RXKDGFODVVHVEHJLQQLQJDWDQGODVWLQJDOOWKHZD\WROXQFKDW ZKLFKYLUWXDOO\QRRQHGRHV $OOLQDOO,IRXQGWKDW&DWHVWXGHQWVLQYHVW

bringing down the house Alexis  Hill  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13   Crawford,  Thayer,  Biddle,  Durham.  The  house  system  offers  interschool   competition  while  providing  another  chance  to  meet  â&#x20AC;&#x153;newâ&#x20AC;?  people,  learn  a  little   about  the  old  school,  and  simultaneously  stand  at  the  forefront  of  a  brand  new   Cate  tradition.  For  Harry  Potter  fans,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  one  step  closer  to  Hogwarts.  But  even   ZLWKWKHJODPRURXVWVKLUWVIXQÂżOOHGPDQGDWRU\PHHWLQJVDQGWKHWKULOORI&DO Math   League   announcements,   there   still   remain   those   unconvinced   of   the   mi-­ raculous  morale-­building  power  of  being  in  a  house.  Many  feel  that  parts  of  the   house  system  are  beginning  to  feel  like  a  kind  of  unnatural  pride.  It  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  feel   like   school   spirit   to   incentivize   attendance   at   sports   games   with   house   points.   One  student  called  the  house  system  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Band-­Aid  to  cover  up  a  lack  of  school   spiritâ&#x20AC;Ś  and  school  spirit  should  come  from  students  actually  having  pride  in  the   VFKRRO´+RZHYHUPDQ\VWXGHQWDWKOHWHVFDQDSSUHFLDWHHYHQWKLVDUWLÂżFLDONLQG-­ ness.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cate  students  wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  come  otherwise.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  sad,  but  we  need  the  support,â&#x20AC;?   says  Grace  Dickman.   Others  just  ask  the  question:  whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  point  of  the  whole  thing?  To  cre-­ ate  yet  another  available  leadership  position?  Or  to  mix  grades  within  the  houses   to  force  people  to  branch  out  in  some  Junior  Retreat-­esque  bonding  session?  Be-­

about  the  same  amount  of  time  in  school  and  schoolwork  as  hardworking  Carp   and  DP  students.  +RZHYHUZHVWLOOQHHGWRDGGUHVVWKHGLIÂżFXOW\OHYHORI&DWHFODVVHVDQG homework  versus  those  of  Carp  and  DP.  Of  the  people  I  surveyed  at  Cate,  most   UDWHGWKHLUZRUNORDGDWDGLIÂżFXOW\OHYHORIRXWRI$W&DUSDQG'3WKH GLIÂżFXOW\OHYHOZDVDERXWWKHVDPHDWRXWRI7KDWÂśVKDUGO\VXUSULVLQJVLQFH the  people  from  Carp  and  DP  I  surveyed  were  loaded  up  on  Honors,  AP,  and  IB   classes,  just  like  many  at  Cate.  But  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  an  expectation  at  the  public  schools   the  way  it  is  here.  This  is  where  I  think  the  real  difference  lies.  At  Cate,  if  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   failing,  suffering,  or  struggling  just  a  bit  in  your  classes,  a  teacher  will  almost   certainly  be  hunting  you  down.  If  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  not  putting  in  enough  effort,  the  school   keeps  after  you  until  you  do.  This  is  one  of  the  reasons  tuition  at  Cate  is  so  expen-­ sive;Íž  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  paying  for  higher  expectations  and  constant  individual  attention.  At   Carp  and  DP,  on  the  other  hand,  individual  attention  is  much  lower,  and  expecta-­ tions  for  the  average  student  are  not  anywhere  close  to  those  at  Cate.  In  short,  at   a  public  school,  you  can  get  by  on  the  minimum  of  work  and  your  grades  might   not  suffer  too  much  for  it,  but  at  Cate,  scraping  by  without  putting  in  the  effort  is   a  lot  harder.    6RDUHZHMXVWLÂżHGLQVD\LQJWKDWZHZRUNKDUGHUWKDQSXEOLFVFKRRONLGV" Yesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and  no.  We  certainly  work  a  lot  harder  than  those  kids  who  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  even  show   XSWRFODVVRUGRWKHLUKRPHZRUN2XUFODVVHVDUHGHÂżQLWHO\PRUHGLIÂżFXOWWKDQ the  majority  of  classes  taken  at  DP  and  Carp.  Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  all  true.  But  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  not  sure  we   spend  any  more  time,  or  struggle  with  advanced  material  any  more  than  those   public   school   students   who   are   at   our   level   academically.   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   just   write   off   public  schools  as  less  demanding  because  the  majority  of  their  students  have  no   interest  in  investing  in  their  education,  because  there  are  students  at  these  schools   who  do  take  the  time  to  invest  and  are  just  as  hardworking  and  intelligent  as  any   Cate  student.   cause  obviously  exclusion  and  bullying  are  pressing  issues  at  Cate.  There  hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   yet  been  an  activity  in  which  house  members  have  been  forced  to  really  work  to   get  to  know  each  other,  and  given  the  size  of  the  houses,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  likely  students  will   be  able  to  stay  in  their  relative  friend  groups.  According  to  Ian  Keneally,  senior   and  Thayer  house  head,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;They  are  simply  too  large  and  too  diverse  to  be  able  to   establish  any  meaningful  camaraderie.  That  said,  Thayer  house  for  lyfe.â&#x20AC;?  So  even   the  most  cynical  of  students  can  recognize  that  the  houses  have  been  successful   in   creating   some   kind   atmosphere   of   Cate   pride:   Cate   apparel   can   be   seen   all   over  campus,  Thayer  does  that  annoying  time-­out  sign  thingy,  and  the  Blue  Crew   ÂżQDOO\KDVDUHDVRQWRXQFDSWKHIDFHSDLQWDQGUDFNXSVRPHWHFKQLFDOIRXOV   Student  body  president,  Tim  Annick,  reminds  those  students  who  never   really  embraced  house  spirit  that  yesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the  houses  are  a  forced  pride.  On  the  other   hand,  he  says,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;people  are  slugs,  and  they  arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  going  to  do  anything  unless  you   pour  salt  behind  them.â&#x20AC;?  I  think  we  can  agree  to  disagree  as  to  whether  or  not  this   is  an  effective  method  of  rallying  our  student  body.  Brewer  Ballard  feels  it  a  use-­ less  approach:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  love  my  schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  need  people  to  tell  me  to  love  my   school.â&#x20AC;?  As  for  the  semi-­exclusive  tact  that  Thayer  house  has  taken  in  promoting   their  house,  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  also  a  double-­edged  sword.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes,â&#x20AC;?  admits  Annick,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  in   the  spirit  of  friendly,  non-­exclusive  rivalry,â&#x20AC;?  but  this  early  in  the  life  of  the  Cate   House  system,  all  press  is  good  press.  We  all  know  that  no  new  idea  will  be  per-­ fect  from  the  start,  so  cut  the  houses  some  slack  and  give  honest  feedback  to  your   house  headsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;  spirit  is  contagious,  so  letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  get  excited.  WOOOO  CRAWFORD.   The   most   important   step   in   ensuring   that   things   do   change   for   school   spirit   at   Cate  is  to  continue  to  express  the  gratitude  we  all  have  (some  of  us  in  smaller   quantities  than  others)  for  our  school  and  all  it  gives  us;Íž  whether  that  be  in  house   participation,  dorm  spirit,  or  just  gritting  your  teeth  and  reminding  yourself  that   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  lucky  to  be  here.

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Opinion

are the holidays forced upon us too early? Erika  Noble  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

 According  to  the  general  consensus,  our  Thanksgiving  break  came  and  went  all  too  quickly.  Just   as  we  began  to  settle  into  a  relaxed  state  of  mind  and  as  our  hobbies,  or  lack  thereof,  became  apparent  once   again,  we  were  forced  to  pack  up  and  ship  out.  Back  to  the  Mesa,  to  our  dorm  rooms,  to  our  classes.     However,  among  my  numbered  wanderings  in  sunny  Moreno  Valley,  California  (the  place  I  call   home),  I  stumbled  upon  (I  did  quite  a  bit  of  this  on  the  web  as  wellâ&#x20AC;Ś)  a  strange  occurrence.  Is  it  just  me,  or   were  the  coffee  shops,  retail  stores,  and  movie  selections  just  a  bit  too  wintry?  It  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  even  Thanksgiving,   for  goodnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  sake!  Where  did  the  stuffed  turkeys  and  warm  autumn  colors  sneak  off  to?    That  question   remains  a  mystery.  Instead,  I  found  myself  ordering  gingerbread  lattĂŠs  at  Starbucks  and  purchasing  red  and   green  M&Ms  at  the  grocery  market.  Why  do  industries  attempt  to  overpower  consumers  with  the  holiday   spirit?  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  give  you  one  reason.  The  winter  holidays  sell  better  than  Thanksgiving.  It  sounds  extremely  ap-­ petizing  to  indulge  in  a  peppermint  mocha  on  a  balmy  California  autumn  day,  right?  Or  at  least  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  what   Starbucks  wants  you  to  think.  Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  what  they  need  you  to  think.  Buying  holiday  gifts  and  splurging  on   DOLWWOHH[WUDKHUHDQGWKHUHFDQQRW,UHSHDWFDQQRWEHFRQÂżQHGWR'HFHPEHUDORQH/LYHDOLWWOH([SDQG your  horizons,  hand  over  that  plastic.  But  to  begin  this  supposed  holiday  cheer  more  than  a  month  early  is   ridiculous,  if  I  do  say  so  myself.  Those  cafĂŠs  and  restaurants  argue  that  people  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  rush  at  midnight  on   Black  Friday  to  buy  a  caramel  brĂťlĂŠe  lattĂŠ,  or  least  not  the  majority.    Why  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  they  experience  a  boost  in   sales  as  well?  I  say  tough  luck.  Let  the  public  wait  with  bated  breath  to  grab  its  wintry  beverage  selections.   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  subject  us  to  this  horrendous  holiday  extravaganza  just  yet.  I  like  to  enjoy  the  holidays  when  it  is  the   holidays,  and  not  any  time  sooner,  otherwise  my  poor  ears  die  a  slow  death  as  I  hear  Christmas  carols  for   the  fortieth  time  in  NOVEMBER.  

whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d the weekend go?

Denali  Tietjen  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12

 -XQLRUUHWUHDWLVNQRZQIRUEHLQJDZHHNHQGRIWHDUVRIH[SRVXUHDQGRIERQGLQJ,WÂśVWKHÂżUVWWLPH the  junior  class  is  tested  on  its  ability  to  work  together  and  to  prove  its  trustworthiness.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  weekend  in   which  you  say  things  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  always  wanted  to  say  and  leave  having  talked  to  that  one  person  you  were  al-­ ways  too  scared  to  confront.  But  you  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  just  load  seventy  pubescent  teenagers  onto  a  bus,  throw  them  in   some  cabins,  and  tell  them  to  reveal  all  of  their  secrets.  Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  build  up;Íž  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  process.  Typically,  the  juniors   leave  school  midday  on  Friday  and  arrive  at  camp  in  Malibu  in  the  late  afternoon.  They  play  cards,  some  kids   EULQJODFURVVHVWLFNVDQGRWKHUVWDNHDTXLFNKLNH$IWHUGLQQHUWKH\KDYHWKHLUÂżUVWH[HUFLVHZKLFKLVUHDOO\ just  an  introduction  to  the  weekend,  and  then  break  into  small  groups  and  have  discussion  based  meetings-­-­ WKH\GLVFXVVPRUDOVIHDUVSHWSHHYHVWKHWKLQJV\HDUROGVGRQÂśWW\SLFDOO\WDONDERXWLQWKHFDIHWHULD%\ this  time,  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  a  little  emotional,  and  start  talking  to  classmates  they  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  typically  spend  time  with,  and   WKHQWKH\ÂśUHRIIWREHGWRVSHQGWKHQLJKWLQIXOO\ORDGHGFDELQVWRRELJWRÂżWMXVWRQHFOLTXH,QWKHPRUQLQJ they  do  some  simple  exercises  and  then  have  some  time  for  fun.  During  my  junior  retreat,  Mochel  took  a   group  of  us  into  Malibu  for  some  coffee  and  then  we  walked  the  tide  pools.  That  evening,  things  get  serious,   but  everyone  is  prepared  because  an  atmosphere  of  trust  and  fellowship  has  already  been  built.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  on  that   evening  that  people  open  up,  that  you  look  at  the  person  who  may  have  lived  across  the  hall  from  you  with   newfound  respect  and  understanding.  But  again,  they  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  get  there  just  like  that-­-­itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  process.  So  why  did   WKH\FKDQJHMXQLRUUHWUHDWWKLV\HDU"$QGZDVLWEHQHÂżFLDO"7KLV\HDUÂśVMXQLRUUHWUHDWZDVRQO\KDOIDVORQJ and  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  nearly  as  personal  as  most  years.  Upon  arrival  back  to  the  mesa,  one  student  said,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  disap-­ pointment  that  nothing  has  changed.  We  were  always  relying  on  junior  retreat  to  change  us.â&#x20AC;?  But  is  it  their   fault  that  nothing  changed?  Or  is  it  that  the  retreat  was  structured  in  a  way  that  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  give  them  opportunity   to  open  up  as  much  as  other  classes  typically  do.  This  yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  junior  retreat  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  the  famous  5-­hou-­long   WDONQLJKWSHUKDSVWKHPRVWEHQHÂżFLDODFWLYLW\RIWKHZHHNHQG:DVLWIDLUIRUWKHVFKRROWRFKDQJHWKHUHWUHDW and  will  the  class  behave  differently  as  seniors  without  the  same  experience?  And  will  junior  retreat  go  back   to  its  traditional  ways,  or  will  the  changes  remain?  We  hope  not,  but  only  time  will  tell.  

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how black friday stole christmas Meghan  Killea  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13

  PLOOLRQ VKRSSHUV  ELOOLRQ GROODUV  KRXUV  DP WR  DP 5HWDLOHUV KDG QR SURE-­ lem  ushering   shoppers   through   sliding   doors   this   Black  Friday  as  customers  bustling  to  check  off  their   Christmas   lists   and   eager   to   stimulate   the   economy   danced   in   the   confetti   of   price   cuts,   rollbacks   and   discounts.  Some  might  say  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  season  of  giving.   Caitlin   Cain,   a   junior,   tells   El   Bat   that   her   mother   always   reminds   her,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;This   is   as   merry   as   we   get.â&#x20AC;?   But  where,  in  the  sea  of  consumers  throwing  elbows,   carts,  and  tantrums  to  get  at  the  last  Lego  Soccer  gift   set,   are   there   any   signs   of   merriment?   No   hugs,   no   URV\JORZVQRVPLOHV2QO\ÂżVWÂżJKWVIDFHVĂ&#x20AC;XVKHG with   perspiration,   and   raisin-­like   expressions   from   those  halted  mid-­grab  by  a  swift  pepper  spray  to  the   face.  And,   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   not   enough   that   we   hear   about   these   incidents  on  the  news,  in  the  paper,  and  in  our  townsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   police  blotters.  We  have  a  good  month  chock  full  of   commercials,   pop-­up   ads,   and   junk   mail   just   to   en-­ sure  that  we  â&#x20AC;&#x153;save  the  date.â&#x20AC;?  As  if  we  would  be  ac-­ tively  denying  ourselves  gallons  of  holiday  spirit  by   ignoring  the  pleas  for  us  to  put  aside  spending  quality   time   with   our   families   the   day   after   Thanksgiving.   Says   the   esteemed   Professor   Collins,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;With   all   the   media,  I  get  overwhelmed  with  the  mercenary  part  of   it.  That  makes  it  hard  for  me  enjoy  the  people  who  are   sincere  in  their  religious  views  and  goodwill  towards   men.â&#x20AC;?  Kaitlyn  Gulock  adds,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some  people  turn  the   holiday  spirit  into  ways  to  make  money.â&#x20AC;?  And  simply   glancing  at  the  evidence,  there  is  no  way  to  dispute   that  fact  that  some  people  do  manipulate  the  want  for   joy  around  the  holidays  into  ways  to  put  money  in  the   bank.   Kids   love   holidays   for   the   presents,   corpora-­ tions   love   holidays   for   the   money,   and   spendthrifts   love  holidays  for  the  bargains.  Is  this  really  what  the   season  is  all  about?     Just   playing   Cindy   Lou-­Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   advocate   here,  but  the  concept  of  Christmas  miracles  and  yule-­ tide   cheer   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   been   pulled   out   of   Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   rectum.   With   every   Target   entrance   comes   a   Santa   ringing  his  bell,  either  shivering  or  sweltering  inside   the   red   velvet,   spare   change   jingling   in   the   red   tin   bucket  beside  him.    Soup  kitchens  across  the  country   ÂżQG WKHPVHOYHV WXUQLQJ DZD\ YROXQWHHUV RQ &KULVW-­ mas  Eve,  as  too  many  signed  up  in  advance  to  share   their   holidays   with   those   less   fortunate.   Grandpar-­ ents,   cousins,   and   college   students   alike   travel   far   and  wide  just  to  feel  the  warmth  of  family  during  the   season.  Holidays  are  hard  for  those  who  have  no  one   to  spend  them  with.  I  doubt  this  is  for  a  lack  of  lav-­ ish   gifts   or   shiny   new   toys,   but   because   the   joy   of   holiday   spirit   is   truly   based   on   loveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;love   that   can   only  be  found  in  the  genuine  caring  for  others.  Kai-­ tlyn   remains   optimistic.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some   people   still   havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   lost   sight   of   the   true   meaning   of   the   holidays,â&#x20AC;?   she   says.  Whatever  and  however  you  celebrate  (even  if   you  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t),  I  hope  that  you  are  able  to  tap  into  some   holiday  cheer  this  season,  perhaps  without  decreasing   your  walletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  thickness  by  three  sizes  while  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  at   it.


candy for the eye: holiday edition Jean  Shen  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

These  are  a  few  classic  movies  that  are  always  nice  to  revisit,  and  some  newly   released  ones  that  could  be  really  entertaining  to  see. Home  Alone 7KLVLVGHÂżQLWHO\DQDOOWLPHIDYRULWHLWLVH[FLWLQJ yet  constantly  returning  to  its  Christmas  theme.  The   main  character  is  a  seven-­year-­old  boy  named  Kev-­ in.  He  makes  a  wish  that  â&#x20AC;&#x153;his  family  could  disap-­ SHDU´DIWHUKHLVVHQWWRWKHWKLUGĂ&#x20AC;RRURIWKHKRXVH as  punishment  for  getting  into  an  argument  with  his   older   brother.   His   family   is   planning   to   leave   for   Paris  the  next  day  to  spend  Christmas  there.  Over-­ night,   there   is   a   power   outage   and   all   the   alarm   clocks   are   reset,   causing   the   family   to   oversleep.   This  results  in  chaos  and  Kevin,  sleeping  alone  on   WKHWKLUGĂ&#x20AC;RRULVFRPSOHWHO\IRUJRWWHQXQWLOKLVHQ-­ WLUHIDPLO\LVDOUHDG\RQWKHĂ&#x20AC;LJKWWR3DULV.HYLQLV RYHUMR\HGWRÂżQGWKDWKLVZLVKKDVEHHQJUDQWHGZKHQKHZDNHVXSWRDQHPSW\ house.  Meanwhile,  there  are  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wet  Bandits,â&#x20AC;?  Harry  and  Marv,  who  are  break-­ ing  into  vacant  houses  on  the  block,  and  plan  to  break  into  Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  house  as  well.   How  does  Kevin  deal  with  the  two  robbers?  And  how  does  the  family  drama  play   out?  If  you  are  reading  closely,  you  would  know  that  this  counts  as  one  of  the   hidden  bats. The  Polar  Express Although   more   of   a   childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   movie,   this   one   is   worth  watching  (or  re-­watching).  The  Polar  Express   is   about   a   little   boy   who   is   hoping   for   a   sense   of   belief  in  the  true  spirit  of  Christmas.  On  Christmas   Eve,  the  train  pulls  up  in  front  of  his  house,  and  he   is  invited  to  journey  to  the  North  Pole  to  meet  Santa   Claus.   He   meets   other   children,   and   they   encoun-­ ter   a   variety   of   obstacles   together   on   their   way   to   WKH1RUWK3ROH:KHQWKH\ÂżQDOO\DUULYHWKH\WUDYHO from   section   to   section   of   the   North   Pole.   A   bell   falls  off  of  Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  sleigh,  so  the  boy  picks  it  up  and   shakes   it,   but   cannot   hear   its   sound.   Will   he   ever   ÂżQGKLV&KULVWPDVVSLULW" Immortals   7KLV DFWLRQSDFNHG QHZO\ UHOHDVHG ÂżOP LQFRUSR-­ rates   classical   Greek   myths   into   its   plot.  The   king   of  Crete,  Hyperion,  declares  war  on  Olympus  after   the  gods  fail  to  answer  his  prayers  to  save  his  fam-­ ily  from  illness.  He  starts  searching  for  the  Epirus   Bow,  a  powerful  weapon  created  by  Ares,  the  god   of  war,  which  he  intends  to  use  to  release  the  Titans   from   Mount  Tartarus   in   order   to   destroy   the   gods.   He  attacks  many  villages  in  search  of  the  bow,  and   in   one   village   he   encounters   Theseus,   the   hero   of   WKHÂżOP7KHVHXVZDVWDXJKWFRPEDWE\DQROGPDQ who  was  actually  Zeus  in  disguise.  The  Titans  are   released,  Hyperion  gains  an  army  of  soldiers,  and  a   clash  between  the  two  sides  follows.  

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New  Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Eve 7KLVVWDUVWXGGHGÂżOPRXWWKLVPRQWKFRQVLVWVRID series  of  holiday  vignettes  about  several  romances.   Some  of  the  featured  characters  are  a  man  dying  in   a   hospital,   a   secretary   who   decides   to   address   her   XQIXOÂżOOHG UHVROXWLRQV D EXVLQHVV PDQ WU\LQJ WR reunite  with  a  love  interest  from  the  year  before,  a   woman  due  to  give  birth  on  New  Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Day,  and  a   successful  rock  star.  New  Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Eve  is  supposed  to   be  similar  to  Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Day,  so  if  you  liked  Valen-­ WLQHÂśV 'D\ \RX VKRXOG GHÂżQLWHO\ ZDWFK WKLV PRYLH this  winter!  

the worst christmas present i ever got was... Ashley  Herbert  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but wonder, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What in the world were you thinking!?â&#x20AC;? The worst Christmas present that I ever received was. . . â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kazoo from my Fatherâ&#x20AC;? Grace Dickman â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;A mind puzzle.â&#x20AC;? Mady Snider â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Limited Too gift card worth $7.23 and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size 14 lingerie at age 11.â&#x20AC;? Jennie Egan â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was 11, my cousins had me for a gift exchange, and they got me a Dragon Ball Z PS2 game that they wanted. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even like Dragon Ball Z.â&#x20AC;? Fernando Hurtado â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12 After ten seconds: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wait, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Jewish.â&#x20AC;? Felix Pasarow â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Socks.â&#x20AC;? Sei Singleton â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pink sweater.â&#x20AC;? Spencer Whiteman â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing.â&#x20AC;? Nate Wilson â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas pajamas.â&#x20AC;? James Armstrong â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boxers from my great aunt.â&#x20AC;? Jack Kinney â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lottery tickets.â&#x20AC;? Edgar Martin â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peanut butter candy from my grandparents, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m allergic to peanuts.â&#x20AC;? Lane Bhutani â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pull-up bar and dumbbells.â&#x20AC;? Mira Straathof â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;A snake. I gave it to the park.â&#x20AC;? Isabella Wang â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilight DVD two years in a row and Twilight stationaryâ&#x20AC;? Kaitlyn Gulock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;A box-within-a-box present with nothing inside.â&#x20AC;? Kate Schroeder â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;A really hot pink sweater from my mom; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what she was WKLQNLQJ,KDWHSLQNÂľ$QQD6DWWHUĂ&#x20AC;HOGÂś â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas sweater.â&#x20AC;? Kate Dehlendorf â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Press-on French nails, every year.â&#x20AC;? Ashley Herbert â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13


El Phat breakinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it down with big mama

top 10 holiday songs Edward  Zhu  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 With  the  arrival  of  the  holiday  season,  we  come  to  expect  jolly,  merry,  music   that  can  bring  us  back  to  our  happy  memories  associated  with  presents,  cel-­ ebration,  and  fantasy.  

Dear  Big  Mama,

7KLVLVDOLVWRIWKH723KROLGD\VRQJV LQQRSDUWLFXODURUGHU WRJHW\RX into  the  holiday  spirit.  

School  has  been  really  hard  for  me  lately,  and  with  all   of  these  breaks  that  are  so  close  together,  it  has  been   hard  for  me  to  stay  motivated  and  not  goof  off.  I  want   to  do  well  in  school,  but  it  is  really  hard  to  focus  when   I  know  that  I  am  about  to  go  home  again  for  break.   What  do  I  do?                  

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;All  I  Want  For  Christmas  is  Youâ&#x20AC;?  (Mariah  Carey  not  Justin  Bieberâ&#x20AC;Ś)  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last  Christmasâ&#x20AC;?   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby,  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Cold  Outsideâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Santa  Babyâ&#x20AC;?   â&#x20AC;&#x153;White  Christmasâ&#x20AC;?   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreidel,  dreidelâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jingle  Bell  Rockâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas  in  Santa  Barbaraâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angels  We  Have  Heard  On  Highâ&#x20AC;?

From,    A  Lost  Soul

looking for a date? Kaitlyn  Gulock  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13

Dear  Lost  Soul, Trust  me,  Honey,  I  know  exactly  how  that  feels,  and   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  normal.    With  break  coming  up  so  soon,  everything   is  a  distraction,  so  you  have  to  work  twice  as  hard  to   keep  up  your  grades.  First,  cut  out  some  socializingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; not  all,  but  some.  If  you  arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  able  to  focus,  then  you   will  need  this  extra  time  to  get  into  the  groove  of  do-­ LQJZRUN6HFRQGO\XVHIUHHSHULRGVDQGĂ&#x20AC;H[EORFNVWR complete  work.  If  you  are  anything  like  me,  it  is  most   GLIÂżFXOWWRIRFXVDWQLJKWEHFDXVHLWJHWVGDUNVRHDUO\ and  after  dinner  is  the  best  time  to  socialize.  By  get-­ ting  at  least  some  homework  done  during  the  day  when   there  are  less  people  around,  you  can  relieve  some  of   the   academic   and   social   pressures   in   the   evening   so   that  you  can  still  do  some  of  the  things  you  want  to.   Lastly,  try  not  to  think  about  the  upcoming  break  as  a   time  to  just  get  through  the  stretch,  but  more  of  a  time   to  work  harder  for  this  short  period  of  time  than  you   usually   do.   Making   it   to   break   is   all   about   having   a   strong  mind  to  power  through  this  awkward  period  of   time,  and  Honey,  I  know  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  got  it.  One  more  day   and  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  be  home,  so  give  it  your  all  tomorrow!

      

    

    

 Ladies,  looking  for  a  hot  date?  Itching  for  someone  new  to  stalk  on   weekends?  Well,  look  no  further.   Who   are   these   dashing   young   mystery   men?   They   are   Cateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   most   eligible  bachelors,  our  local  celebrities  upon  the  Mesa.  They  are  none  other   than  our  very  own  Cody  Sugarman  and  Jesse  Gavin.  Want  to  know  what  goes   on  behind  those  glowing  white  abs?

Name:  Cody  Sugarman From:  London Loves:  playing  guitar,  singing  in  the   shower,  and  sleep Reasons   to   love   him:   Gorgeous   Ă&#x20AC;RZLQJ KDLU TXLUN\ %ULWLVK DFFHQW and  irresistible  charm Suggestions  for  wooing  him:  Com-­ pliment  him  on  his  hair How   to   get   his   number:   Orches-­ trate   an   elaborate   assembly   an-­ nouncement   asking   him:   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can   I   have  yo  numbah?â&#x20AC;?  

Love  Always,  

Big  Mama

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Name:  Jesse  Gavin From:  Llama  farm  in  Bozeman,  Mon-­ tana Loves:  Skiing  and  snowboarding,  mu-­ sic,  and  philosophy Reasons  to  love  him:  sick  drumming   skills,   vast   musical   knowledge,   and   sense  of  humor Suggestions   for   wooing   him:   Go   to   his   window   and   recite   the   balcony   scene  from  Romeo  and  Juliet How  to  get  his  number:  Choreograph   a  dance  to  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety  Dance.â&#x20AC;?  


El Phat edward cho and chris oh go “ho, ho, ho!” Ashley Herbert  ’13  and  Kaitlyn  Gulock  ‘13 We  all  know  the  Holidays  can  drive  us  all  a  little  crazy,  but  what  happens  when  we  take  things  way  too  far?  Chris  Oh  and  Edward  Cho  go,  “HO  HO  HO!”

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Winter 2011  

The fourth installment of the 2011-2012 school year. Happy Holidays!