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Eye of the Lobo The Award-Winning Newspaper of

La Joya Community High School Avondale, AZ

Volume VIII, Issue i

September 2010

Budget cuts affect all of La Joya By Taylor Adelman Each school year, many things change from the past year. However, this school year saw more changes at La Joya than any year before. On March 9, the Tolleson Union High School District faced one of its biggest setbacks. Residents of the district voted against a budget override. The result was a $6.4 million cut from the district budget. To offset these loses, budget cuts were made in many areas. La Joya now currently has “less teachers, less instructional aids, fewer sports, less hours for support, and the teacher’s pay was frozen,” Principal Cheryl Ingram said. The staff members who were let go include teachers John Allen, Catherine Cochran, Patrick Fewell, Aaron Whetzel, and assistant

Larger class sizes have become a frequent sight around campus this year. Photo by Nancy Cloud

principal Bob Estrada. Also, social worker Kristi Ickes is now only working at La Joya part time In addition to employees

within the district, the student body is also feeling the effects of the cuts. The district governing board has approved new guidelines

which now includes larger class sizes. The JAG program was also cut, and it is now only an afterschool club. In

addition, there are fewer counselors and fewer hours offered for school services. Sports are also facing the effects of the budget cuts with the removal of tennis, golf, and cross country. Despite these changes, the district is trying to maintain stability and offer the same services to parents and students. “We have reduced support staff, but we haven’t reduced the services. As a whole we are trying to be more efficient and more effective,” Ingram said. Many students are trying to stay positive with this outcome, but the disappointment is felt by many of them. “I feel it’s unfair to students because it’s almost like we’re being deprived opportunities. This year I wanted to try out for cross country; however, it was one of the sports cut,” junior Roxanna Pitones said.

SB 1070 stirs controversy around nation By Roxanna Pitones This summer, one of the most controversial laws this nation has seen in decades was passed here in Arizona. Signed into law on April 23, Arizona Senate Bill 1070 made it a misdemeanor crime for a person to enter the state from a foreign country without the proper documentation. The law also made it illegal to house, employ, and transport illegal immigrants. The bill resulted in several major protests around the state and nation due to the fact that it allowed law enforcement to verify a person’s legal status if they suspected the person was here illegally, causing many to believe the new law would inevitably lead to racial profiling. Since it’s passing, the bill has been served with seven different lawsuits; some of them from individuals, civil rights groups, and even from the U.S. Department of Justice,

which argued that implementing the will review the decision beginning new law would block the federal the first week of November. government from enforcing its own Because of the new law, the immigration laws. country’s image of Arizona has On July 28, a day before the law changed. While some praise Arizona was supposed to go into effect, for taking a stance in protecting its U.S. District border and Judge Susan enforcing “Fear sells. Science Bolton ruled it federal law, shows that people makes unlawful for local others have authorities to less decisions off of altogether use “reasonable boycotted reason, and more off of suspicion” as the state in fear.” grounds for an effort to questioning express their someone over -Teacher Joseph Schuch disagreement their legal status. with the law. The law is now T h e s e temporarily halted from going into boycotts are already starting to effect because of her ruling. affect the state’s economy. City Lawyers working with Arizona leaders in places like Los Angeles Governor Jan Brewer have appealed and Boston have said they do not the decision made by Bolton and want anything to do with Arizona. wish to reinstate the law to its Similarly, musicians like Kanye original form. Three judges from the West, Cypress Hill, and bands like Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco Rage Against the Machine now

refuse to perform here. History teacher Nate Lucca believes that the Supreme Court will eventually uphold the decision made by Bolton. He also said that even though the law has divided our state politically, it has not affected our day-to-day activities. For world history teacher Joseph Schuch, there is an underlying motive for SB 1070. He believes politicians are using fear to sell their ideas to the public and ultimately win votes because it is an election year. “Fear sells. Science shows that people makes less decisions off of reason, and more off of fear,” he said. Schuch planned on visiting the Grand Canyon this summer, but decided to travel to California instead and opted to buy his backto-school clothes in Ohio as well. He said he wants to give Arizona as little tax money as possible.


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Budget cuts not hurting La Joya much By Jasmine Garcia It’s the beginning of another school year and at first glance it might seem as though nothing has changed. But beneath the schools surface, there have been a few changes done at La Joya. Due to major budget cuts last year, the school had to fire many people, reduce certain programs, and cut a few sports. In my opinion, this is not a complete tragedy. I know it affects many areas, but if things had to be cut in order to continue the proper function of the school, then let them be cut. There is really nothing any of us could have done to prevent

it from happening. Being unemployed in today’s economy is not something staff members wanted, but it was necessary to save the district money. What really was the point of having two people working in the nurse’s office or two people working in the media center? There was none, other than the fact that our school had a lot of students. But that is not an issue any longer. After the opening of Sierra Linda, our student population has decreased, so why not cut down on the amount of teachers as well? Yes, the classes might have become a bit bigger and not everybody is happy about this, but it was necessary. As for clubs, they have

never been mandatory. students who had wanted to They are for students to participate in those sports. have something to do after They saw these sports as school, something to keep a way of releasing stress, them preoccupied and out of bonding with their friends, trouble. Losing a few clubs and participating in school. is not such a devastating But a sport is not the only thing because there are way you can do this. There still many are plenty The budget cuts of other c l u b s b e i n g have affected all, but ways such offered. as taking There are there is no reason to up a hobby plenty of or joining a be angry clubs still club. available The cuts for all of us to join; you just that were made have made have to find the one you some students angry. Me? like. No. I believe that school The loss of sports, such officials tried their best to as golf, tennis, and cross keep the activities that the country, is also something majority of the student body that happened due to budget appreciated. It’s not like the cuts. This was a blow to some school had a choice. Would

you have rather them cut all sports, clubs, or just a few and try to get them back later in the year? I understand why students would be upset, and I am sorry for the loss of many programs and activities the student body really enjoyed. Nothing can really replace them, and I know students will feel beaten by this. But the truth is something new will come along and it will be as though nothing had been cut in the first place. The budget cuts have affected all, but there is no reason to be angry; just try to appreciate that the school had the foresight to keep most things that you might enjoy.

legally. The bill went into effect in July, but U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked key parts of the bill. This including the section that required law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of people they suspected were in the country illegally. Much of the criticism and controversy surrounding it is because many think it is racially profiling Hispanics. I do agree with most of the bill, but not every single word of it. In particular, I do not agree with stopping

someone for simply the way they look. That is profiling without a doubt in my mind. That is why right now, the government is trying to make it less racial in that way. The federal government has done little to address the problem of illegal immigration. They do not realize how much of an issue it is for Arizonans. The issue is that you will have some illegal immigrants come into the United States and commit crimes. A lot of the time

it seems to involve drug smuggling. Also, the lack of border patrol officers fosters human smuggling, kidnapping, and murder. This is a problem because these criminals are dangerous to the citizens of this country. Also, we have to spend our tax money on law enforcement trying to catch these people. I understand the process of entering the country legally can be very long and strenuous, but it is the law, a law that many individuals actually do chose to follow. Obviously, singling

someone out because of the way they look is wrong. No one can consider profiling justifiable. However, all people should be able to have a means to show they are in the country legally. Before this bill, all people were required to show they were here legally by whatever documentation needed. Arizona is just trying to find a way to solve this illegal immigration problem. I believe this bill is just a starting point. The flaws can be worked out. It will just take time.

purpose for IDs is to Everybody on campus has provide a safe environment them, including teachers, but for the students so teachers and other school staff know not everyone likes them. They are school IDs, and who’s supposed to be on the ID policy here at La Joya campus and who is not. I think that as long as continues to change. we carry our IDs in our About three years ago, then there IDs weren’t required to be backpacks shouldn’t be a problem, worn at all. Students only had to have their ID carried especially since that’s how in their backpack or purse. the rule used to be before The following year, the ID Sierra Linda. It should have policy was changed when been changed back right La Joya was sharing its after they left. Students can campus with Sierra Linda just pull out their ID’s if a and the IDs had to be worn security guard or teacher above the waist on a lanyard stops us. The lanyards are a or on a clip. nuisance. They get in the This year, IDs must be worn on a lanyard around way with your clothing or your neck. The clips are get caught onto objects. no longer available. The With the clips, it was much

easier because they’re small and now having to wear a lanyard all the time is irritating. Also, teachers are so focused on making sure that students are wearing their IDs that it wastes class time. Then students who do not have their ID with them have to go and spend $5 for a new one. Continuously having to buy a new ID all the time is a waste of money. Students should be able to leave them in their backpacks and not have to worry about them. Students already dislike the ID policy and with more rules being added, they despise it even more. This might cause a rebellion with some students.

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SB 1070 leaves many with questions By Adam Johnson

If you ask anyone around the country what comes to mind when they think of Arizona, you get a common reply. Senate Bill 1070, otherwise known as SB 1070, has become a nationwide debate topic on immigration. SB 1070 is Arizona’s illegal immigration law. An easy way to sum the bill up is to say that it requires people to now carry some sort of identification to show that they are in the country

Eye of the Lobo Newspaper Staff Freddy Luna Adam Johnson Sierra Ramirez Paula Herrera Jose Guzman Max Robinson Roxanna Pitones Taylor Adelman Jasmine Garcia Martiqua Mares MarKeysha Ellis Obed Cardin Ana Peralta Victor Russell Antonio Koszut Nancy Cloud Greg Zemeida

Editor-in-Chief Asst. News Editor Feature Editor Asst. Feature Editor Sports Editor Asst. Sports Editor Entertainment Editor Asst. Ent. Editor Opinion Editor Asst. Opinion Editor People Editor Asst. People Editor Photography Editor Photographer Photographer Photographer Adviser

ID policy should change By Sierra Ramirez


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New chemistry teacher also writes novels By Sierra Ramirez If you take any chemistry courses, than you know the identity of La Joya’s newest science teacher. He is chemistry teacher Kenneth Zeigler. He transferred here from University High this past school year. Zeigler has been a teacher for 32 years. He previously taught at Eastern Arizona College. There he was also an astronomer, and he discovered asteroids and also named stars. Zeigler enjoys teaching, which is why he’s been doing it for so many years. He said the best part of teaching is knowing that he’s made a difference in someone’s life. “It doesn’t come until years later when you find out what your past students have accomplished and

“He’s a good teacher because he explains everything thoroughly. He really knows a lot about chemistry,” she said. Sadly, this will be Zeigler’s last year teaching. “I’m beyond the retirement age and my memory isn’t like it used to be,” he said. After he retires, Zeigler wishes to become a full-time writer. He enjoys writing about his past experiences. Some of his published books include, “The War in Heaven,” “Heaven and Hell,” “Waters of Ulan,” and “AB Series.” He will soon be having a book signing for his newest Teacher Kenneth Zeigler has published four books. Photo by Nancy Cloud book, “Rise of the Beast.” most teachers don’t teach he was going to be a good students,” Smith said. long enough to find out,” he teacher, especially since his Junior Alexa Avalos It will take place on Nov. said. first rule was to always be described Zeigler as an 21 at Borders on 99th Ave. Junior Brady Smith’s first nice, she said. experienced teacher who and McDowell Road from impression of Zeigler was “He shows patience was quite ready to teach to 1-3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit La Joya’s clubs. a good one. He looked like and kindness towards his his students.

Student author recently publishes first book By Ana Peralta Did you know that one of your fellow students is a published author? That’s right. Senior Patricia Amaro had her book, “The Doleful Passing of Lilies,” recently published. Amaro has been writing since she was about eight years old. She even has two other unpublished books. One she wrote when she was eight and the other she wrote when she was 12. What inspired her to write “The Doleful Passing of Lilies” was the boredom she faced in tenth grade. The book itself is about two small town girls who grow up together and, as time passes by, one kills herself. “I relied more on writing to pass the time,” she said. Amaro also thought her book could help others, so she emailed a lot of people and spent a lot of her free time on Google until she met a Chicago publicist online who helped her piece everything together.

“The Doleful Passing of Lilies” can be bought online at Amazon and Borders. If enough copies are sold, it may one day be available in stores around the country. Senior Shayna Stevens thinks Amaro’s work is very admirable. “There’s not many people our age that can achieve having a book published,” she said. Stevens read the first chapter of Amaro’s book and thought she had a very interesting and unusual plot “that challenges a normal outlook in life.” Senior Kelsey Wilson said Amaro is very creative. “The way she uses sentence structures and words really intrigue you,” Wilson said. Amaro believes high expectations come along with having a book published, but other than that, she mentioned that nothing’s really different in her life. She said a good portion of the sales that she makes from her book will go to a charity, which has yet to be chosen.

Math teacher returns after taking year off By Roxanna Pitones

Among the many new teachers at La Joya this year, there is one in particular who may seem more familiar than the rest. After taking the 20092010 school year off from teaching, advanced Algebra II and AP Calculus teacher Liza Lawson is excited to be back at La Joya again. Many students might remember Lawson from when she taught regular and advanced Algebra I. Last year, however, she decided to take a job with “Teach For America,” an organization designed to recruit, train, and support people that wouldn’t normally become teachers. She initially took the job because she missed doing math, and even though she loved being in class with her students she was “burnt out” and wanted to have more time to herself. During her time away, Lawson worked as a data analyst, and although it sounded appealing at first, she soon realized that a desk job was not for her. “I was not passionate about what I was doing,” she said. After volunteering in Mr. Hartman’s class one day, Lawson remembers seeing all of her old students and

she says it broke her heart. She then spoke to Principal Cheryl Ingram about possibly teaching again, and it was then that she found out about a job opening in the math department here at La Joya. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Lawson was not always as enthusiastic about math as she is nowadays. She admits that she is “horrible” at arithmetic and didn’t start to get interested in mathematics until her junior year of high school when she took pre-calculus. “I realized I was a logical thinker and in college I learned that mathematics is more than arithmetic,” Lawson added. Lawson said one of the many advantages of studying math is that it makes people less prejudiced. She describes math as being about truth and not about making generalizations or assumptions. Like many students trying to balance school and extracurricular activities, she says that one of the most difficult aspects of getting back into teaching is being able to manage her time. But despite all the hard work that she puts into her job, she does not plan to stop teaching any time soon. She would eventually like to

attain her PhD in statistics and continue to teach high school students or maybe even at the college level. She would also like to work in developing the curriculum for schools to determine what teachers should be teaching. She believes the reason why many students struggle in math is because the U.S. culture makes people fear mathematics because students assume it will be difficult, instead of embracing it and “unlocking our innate mathematical nature.” “My ultimate goal is to inspire people to study mathematics and become math teachers, engineers, scientists, and general good citizens,” Lawson said. Fellow math teacher Stephanie Huckins is excited about having Lawson back at school. She describes her as a very compassionate teacher who goes out of her way to make sure that everyone understands the material. “She’s here first thing in the morning and she’s the last to leave; she’s very dedicated,” Huckins stated. Junior Rosalba Camacho believes Lawson differs from other math teachers in the way she is able to relate to her students.


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‘Alice in Wonderland’ comes to stage By Ana Peralta Buckle your seat belts for a fun-filled performance happening on Nov. 7 and 8 in the Performing Arts Center. Yes, you read it right! Theater is going to be performing “Alice in Wonderland,” remade. Theater teacher Jennifer Rogers confirmed that this year’s play won’t be like the Disney version of “Alice in Wonderland.” It will, however, be “slightly psychedelic with a hair of emo.” The “Alice in Wonderland” book is about a little girl who falls asleep and begins to encounter weird things all around her. The twist, however, is that everything is different; everything takes the form of an animal or a flower or maybe even a Mad Hatter. The play is loosely based on the book, but not really. Rogers took the book and the script of an old friend and edited them even more,

Theater students and theater teacher Jennifer Rogers (second from left) practicing for their upcoming play. “Alice in Wonderland” will be performed on November 7 and 8. Photo by Ana Peralta

twisting them both up together. Assistant Production Manager Michelle Garcia said the crew of the play gets along really well. She also said they’re all very excited to be using the PAC for this year’s first play.

Garcia said the play will be different from the version people read or saw in the movies. “It’s going to be our own original; we’re going to add our own Lobo style to it,” she said. Senior Anizabelle “Belle” Murillo, who will play Alice

JAG class has become a club By Paula Herrera JAG has undergone a lot of changes from last year. Instead of being a class like it was last year, it is now just an afterschool activity called Club JAG and there is no need for an interview process to get in. Previously, JAG was a program in all schools in our district, but as a result of budget cuts, it is now only an afterschool club. The special thing about La Joya’s Club JAG is that it is the only one currently running in the district, according to Remigio Gordillo, Club JAG’s advisor. The club’s goal is for its members is to complete service learning projects and other projects related to that. “We try to complete social activities, fundraising activities, community service activities, and leadership activities,” Gordillo said. All of the activities are up to the members. They propose ideas on what they would like to do, vote on

it, plan ways to make them happen and then make them happen. As a group, they choose at least two projects for each area for the school year. One of the activities JAG organized last year was the out-of-state college fair. Being a member of JAG has several benefits. Members learn how to apply for scholarships and become better people and leaders. “It helped me be more respectful,” said former JAG president Jenny Jimenez. “It teaches you to be more responsible.” She said some of her favorite things about JAG are being able to share your opinions freely and getting to meet new people. Former JAG historian Frankie Marie Diaz likes how JAG helps her prepare for the future and lets her be who she is. It also helped her get rid of her shyness and get over her fear of talking in front of people. “JAG is a place where you can be yourself,” she said.

Those are some of the reasons why Gordillo wanted to continue having JAG be part of the school. It is something the students appreciate and need, he said. He was asked by his students to keep it going and he did not want to let them down. “Sometimes in life you’re fortunate to be part of something that’s bigger than yourself and when you are, you don’t want to let go of that,” Gordillo said. Members agree that he is a huge help for the club because he not only does a great job helping them with their projects, but he also gives advice for other problems and helps them with their strengths and weaknesses. “Mr. Gordillo takes the time to get to know you,” Diaz said. Gordillo says JAG is still prominent and is the “best program in this district.” Club JAG meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Room 1309. It is open to all students at La Joya.

in the play, described the intensity of getting ready for such a huge production. “I have to practice every day after everything else is done. I’m also constantly going over the script. It’s pretty hard, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” she said.

Murillo loves the colors and the little creatures in Alice in Wonderland. She said the bizarre acts help her escape the real world, if just for a few hours. Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the performance for $5.

Project Real provides great place to hang out By Martiqua Mares Are you bored? Need something to do after school? Then Project Real is the place for you. Project Real is an afterschool program held in Room 1309. It has been at La Joya for three years and runs every weekday from 2:30 - 5 p.m. It is sponsored by the city of Avondale to provide a safe place to hang out with your friends, study, play games, or just have fun. “We’re always trying to encourage students to come and attend,” said Remigio Gordillo, the program’s sponsor. There are many things to do at Project Real. Students can play the Nintendo Wii, challenge their friends to ping-pong or a foos ball game, play some fun board games, battle a friend in a game of war with a deck of cards, or just sit back, relax, and listen to some

music. “We have been very fortunate for no incidents of fights. It has been a safe and fun place to attend,” Gordillio said. Senior Selena Matta said Project Real has allowed her to meet students she has never talked to before she attended the program. “It’s a pretty fun place to go and hang out at. I’ll never forget the program,” she said. Project Real also provides other services to La Joya students. LIVE HOOPS, a non-profit organization, comes by on a regular basis to help students who want to get into a good college and or college-level sports. In addition, JAG has partnered with Project Real. They hold meetings and talk about different JAG events coming up. Project Real welcomes new students to attend, no matter how long they visit.


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NHS goes green with Clothing Closet By Jose Guzman

Going green doesn’t just mean recycling cans or paper, but also clothes. La Joya has a new program called the Clothing Closet and it gives you a way to recycle clothes and help others. All you have to do is take some old clothes to room 1421 and you can select from some of the donated clothing there to take for yourself. Teacher Hope Loveland, who runs the Clothing Closet with NHS, said the program is a great way to promote an earth-friendly idea to students. “It gives us the chance to give, reuse, and be green,” she said. Junior Adam Johnson said

students who have no other means of obtaining clothes can approach a teacher or counselor and ask if they can go in there. “People who are in true need of clothing under certain circumstances should consider the Clothing Closet. It was originally intended for that purpose,” he said. Johnson also said students sometimes need more clothes due to the loss of possessions in a fire or just a bad economic situation. “It helps students get their basic needs without spending much money and at the same time giving back by donating,” said senior Osla Martinez, who is part of the Clothing Closet committee in NHS. Loveland also said that

The Clothing Closet offers different clothes for students in need. Photo By Antonio Koszut

The Clothing Closet is students should not be always open to those in ashamed of asking for help because anyone else could need of trading or getting be going through the same clothes. Anyone can donate or ordeal.

recieve clothes. It has all types of clothes: shoes, dresses, t-shirts, dress shirts, jeans and dress pants. The room is full of it all.

Writing club helps aspiring writers B.T.C. club hopes to By Adam Johnson

If you are a writer and want to hang out with likeminded people, then La Joya has the perfect club for you. The Creative Writing Club returns for a year of new opportunities and challenges. The club, which offers students a chance to display their unique writing talents, is already back in action. English teacher Mark Broeske, the club’s advisor, is optimistic about the upcoming year. His goal for the club is straightforward: he wants his members to have a chance to enhance their potentials. “Creative Writing Club is an afterschool club with the goal of creating a community of writers,” he said. Broeske also indicated there are many benefits for writers who participate in this club. “The students get a chance to work with others and improve their work with constructive criticism,” he stated. The club meets every Monday in Room 1101 right after school. A typical day for the club involves sharing or presenting what each student has been working on. Students are not forced to present their work, but if they do, they will build their

accomplish social justice

By Obed Cardin president of B.T.C., has been Equality, happiness, involved in the club for two and social justice is what a years. He said that he’s back club on campus is planning to enjoy the feeling of being to spread throughout the together with good friends and knowing that he’s made school year. Be The Change (B.T.C.) is a difference in other’s lives. Harris said that in this a club that tackles problems club he really has made dealing with social justice. a contribution to the The group c o m m u n i t y, m e e t s “Recognizing and he hopes e v e r y to continue his week on suffering and commitment Tu e s d a y s pain and wanting Students in the Creative Writing Club sharing their work amongst each afterschool to B.T.C. and other. Other students are welcomed to join the club which is held every in Room to do something to change. Monday. Photo by Vicktor Russel “Making 1514 to about it.” things better confidence and presentation in many aspects, from d i s c u s s -Club Sponsor for everyone” skills. There are also some improving how and what I ways to Alicia Griffin is what club fun and creative projects write,” he said. “be the secretary to work on throughout the Caguioa also encourages c h a n g e ” Jenny Garcia year. Anyone interested anyone interested in joining that they choose to see in the said is what social justice is is encouraged to come in to try it out. world and here at La Joya. anytime and try it out. B.T.C. club sponsor about. She said much of her “Creative Writing Club This year, club members has to be one of the best clubs Alicia Griffin has been inspiration to be part of the are really looking forward on campus. I would really involved with the group for change, is that knowing and to some special events. like to see more students three years and has helped feeling that her peers are In November, poet Sarah take this opportunity to run the program along with supporting her and all have Vap is coming to speak join,” he said. teachers Tramane Marshall a common goal. She said she loves all the different things to them and to about 300 Junior Miranda Guzman and David Meza. other students. In addition, also has many good things “Recognizing suffering that B.T.C. is planning doing teachers and students from to say about the club after and pain and wanting to do this year for social justice. B.T.C. has done many ASU will occasionally be participating in it last year. something about it” is what events in the past to help coming in to help the club “I like that it is a social justice is and what write poetry. community of enthusiastic B.T.C. hopes to accomplish, students to get to know Junior Charles Caguioa and talented writers who she said. Griffin also said everyone better, to stretch is looking forward to his have a passion for what that not only does the club themselves out of their second year with the club. they do. Every member is make a difference, but the comfort zones to meet new He speaks very highly of accepting and enjoyable to students in the club also people. They plan doing events the club because of the way be around. Plus, Broeske is make changes in their lives like Trunk or Treat and Mix it has helped him. a pretty awesome advisor,” as well. “It has benefited me Guzman said. Senior Mack Harris, it Up again this year.


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Sizzling new TV seasons return this fall By Taylor Adelman Another summer has passed us by. While the weather is cooling down, this year’s TV season is just heating up, with a fall lineup of alumni shows and fresh faces as well. Fox network’s hit show “Glee” is back for its second season, bigger and better than ever, on Sept. 21. Glee has become a popculture phenomenon across the country, providing its uncanny ability to entertain viewers with its infectious covers of hit songs and melodramatic story line. The TV musical has not only been a hit onstage, but offstage as well, producing three billboard topping soundtracks, a sold-out tour, and earning 19 Emmy nominations, based off two episodes which featured music from the pop icon Madonna and Lady Gaga. This season will be no different, featuring an episode with Britney Spears. Her music will not only be gleekified, but producer Ryan Murphy confirms

she will be on the show. New characters will also be appearing in the show, including a rival dynamic vocalist (played by Charice, whose music has been featured on radio Disney) for Rachel Berry (Lea Michelle). Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer) will finally be getting a football playing boyfriend, played by Chord Overstreet. Another hit s how returning this fall which follows the vampire phenomenon that has taken Hollywood and prepubescent teens by storm is “The Vampire Dairies” showing on the CW Network. In the first season of The Vampire Diaries, two vampire brothers, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley from “Fallen”) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somehalder of “Lost”), return to their hometown of Mystic Falls, but both with very different motives. Stefan was curious about Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev, from “Degrassi”), who has a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce, the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers

The cast of glee (from left to right) Mark Salling, Chris Colfer, Diana Agron, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Lea Michelle, and Cory Monteith will appear in the season premiere of Glee on Sept. 21.

knew and loved in 1864. Damon was more interested on releasing Katherine from a tomb where he believed she was trapped by a witch’s spell years ago. The second season premieres Sept. 9 If you enjoy watching shows with a well-blended combination of action, adrenalin and drama, then Hawaii Five-0 is just the show to satisfy you.

Hawaii Five-0 originally aired from 1968 to 1980, but it’s now back with a more modern twist. Hawaii is about an elite task force whose mission is to rid the sun-soaked beaches from crime. The show features Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a naval officer-turned-police officer, who returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s

murder. There is also newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop, Detective Danny Williams (Scott Caan), and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police detective. Chin is also a former protégé of McGarrett’s father, wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol. Hawaii Five-0 is set to premiere Sept. 20 on CBS.

Great new video games come out soon Make reservations for By Vicktor Russell Pow! Pow! Bzzzt Boom! are the sounds every gamer is accustomed to hearing, but the end of this year will make even the most casual of gamers excited. Some of the most anticipated video games will be released this fall, including Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Fallout: New Vegas, and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Halo: Reach, which was arguably the most anticipated game of the year, was released on Sept. 14. It is the sixth game in the Halo series and the fifth first person shooter (FPS) in the series. The game takes place on the planet Reach before the events of Halo 1. The game comes back with amazing graphics and a new campaign. Also, Bungie has upgraded the firefight mode, online matchmaking, and the forge tools and abilities. Call of Duty: Black Ops will be the newest release by Treyarch and will be the seventh in the Call of

your next ‘Date Night’ Carell, Fey deliver worthwhile romantic comedy that’s sure to please everyone

Call of Duty: Black Ops is set to be released on Nov. 9.

Duty games. Black Ops will feature an upgraded multiplayer with new kill streak rewards like the R/C bomb car. Along with the upgraded multiplayer, Treyarch has included a theater mode so you can go back and relive your favorite multiplayer madness. In the line of single player games, Fallout: New Vegas is the most anticipated game of the year. New Vegas is a single player third or first person role playing game (RPG). New Vegas is scheduled to be released on Oct. 19 and will be the fourth game in the series, but not a direct sequel to Fallout 3. Besides

better graphics, a new story line and a new location (Las Vegas) the game also has a new mode, Hardcore mode. It adds weight to ammo and requires you to eat, drink, and sleep to survive just like in real life. Ubisoft’s newest release, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, will be their third game in the Assassin’s Creed series. It is a direct continuation of the story of the assassin Ezio Auditore. But this continuation isn’t new. Ubisoft has turned their single player game into a multiplayer game, adding characters as the harlequin. Brotherhood has a release date of Nov. 16.

By Jasmine Garcia What could be better than a romantic movie about a couple trying their best to spice up their relationship? How about a movie of a couple doing just that, except this time they end up being chased around by cops and robbers. In the movie “Date Night,” the Fosters, played by Steve Carell who also stars on the hit TV show The Office, and Tina Fey who stars on NBCs 30 Rock, decide it’s time to spice up their marriage after hearing that their good friends are getting a divorce and feeling as though they are more roommates than lovers. They plan a romantic outing and hire a babysitter for their two

children while they go to dinner in the city to a restaurant called Claw. Once at the restaurant, they are told that they cannot have dinner without a reservation. The Fosters then decide to pretend to be the absentees of a party for two. Little did they know that the absentees were into something that involved cops and robbers. This misunderstanding of mistaken identity takes the Fosters all over the city of New York. The DVD is filled with extras that the entire family can enjoy. They include an extended version of the film, gag reels, alternate scenes, directors’ commentary, PSAs plus a couple of featurettes. The movie is a comedy that will have you and your friends laughing all night. It is in fact a film to be watched and bought.


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Volleyball’s returning stars looking to win it all this season By Nancy Cloud La Joya’s very own varsity volleyball team has high hopes for this year’s season. Varsity volleyball has much to look forward to this season; there is the Dig Pink game plus the possibility of making the playoffs. The players often talk about how the team will do, what their bond is like, and what students should do if they want to try out. Senior Angel Angulo says their bond is unbelievable. “We have a family kind of bond. We all love eachother and mess around, but in the end we let eachother know what needs to be done,” she said. Senior Ashlee Kneip thinks “we’re a family off the court and on the court.” Kneip believes this year’s team has the “potential to be the best team La Joya has ever seen.” Kneip also thinks their team has lots of talent. “When we’re disciplined,

we’re unstoppable,” she said. Angulo believes they have a great group of girls with a lot of potential. Despite their differences, they all believe they can make it to playoffs. Kneip thinks that as long as they “play our game and stay focused, we can do anything.” Angulo agreed. “I think we can make it if we’re determined and if we work hard,” she said. Junior Gionni Lopez thinks this year’s team is a lot different than last years, “We push and work 10 times harder as a team,” she said. Kneip believes that this year’s team is a lot younger than last years but “we still do greater things than last year.” Angulo also gives advice to girls looking to try out next year, “Show up at tryouts and give it your all. Be open to criticism and show how hard you work,” she said.

The volleyball team will fight hard to win every point this season. Photo by Nancy Cloud

Angulo said that this year’s team is amazing. “We’re going to achieve great things both on and off the court,” she said. Kneip believes that this year’s girls are not only great players, but great people. She also believes coach Emily Tonn helps them reach their full potential.

Kneip hopes to keep improving as she takes up captain role for varsity volleyball By Freddy Luna One of La Joya’s volleyball captains has made great improvement since she began playing seven years ago. Who has gone to great lengths to improve herself? She is senior Ashlee Kneip. She began playing volleyball in sixth grade after she was introduced to it by a friend. “I liked the concept of it,” she said. “I wanted to try something new.” Kneip played volleyball for three years at Santa Maria Middle School and she is entering her fourth year of playing volleyball here at La Joya. “I wasn’t able to serve overhand. My hitting has become better compared to last year and passing has become more consistent,” she said. Kneip, who plays the front and back left side of the varsity team, would love to play volleyball during college, but she doesn’t see it as a possibility. “I would love to play volleyball in college, but I

Lopez believes that this year’s team has the ability to win a lot of their games and possibly make the playoffs. She also thinks that this year’s team is a great team and they have the ability and potential to win, all they need to do is “communicate as a team and not as an individual.”

They also want to encourage each other during and before games. “We all support each other,” Angulo said. The players on the team have high levels of experience and skill at every position and have the right mindset to make the playoffs.

Student boxer attends La Joya

Aspires to one day become a professional boxer By Max Robinson Although La Joya doesn’t have boxing as a sport, it does have a rising boxer on campus. It’s junior Abel Matta who has been boxing for 11 months. He joined Sonny’s boxing gym in Avondale last year to strengthen himself both physically and mentally. He said he also joined to Captain Ashlee Kneip in a huddle in a game. Photo by Nancy Cloud meet new people and test his “She’s one of our best skills against them. Being a won’t push for it,” she said. Kneip says the hardest part offensive players and is boxer also raised his selfof being a volleyball player always out there giving confidence and makes him is being able to juggle school a hundred percent of her feel stronger physically and effort,” she said. “She’s a as a person, he said. and homework. “I have to do homework role model for our younger Matta said he is inspired during my release time now players.” by his mom and dad, and Senior Angelina Angulo that his family supports him so I’m not up all night doing homework after practice,” agrees that Kneip is one of in his boxing. He is also the key pieces of the team. she said. inspired by professional “She’s an amazing person boxer Manny Pacquiao, Senior Kyla Norman believes Kneip is a vital part on and off the court and because of his speed and of the team, not just on the dedicated on and off the the achievements he has court,” she said. court, but off it to. accomplished in his life.

Matta said he is different than other boxers in his gym. “It’s because I’m one of the oldest and best in the ring,” he said. He hopes to go professional and to be in the welterweight class one day. Matta’s friend, junior Chris Sheaffer, met Matta in eighth grade and has known him for four years. He said his opinion of Matta changed when he heard that he was a boxer. “We somehow found more respect for him,” he said. Another friend, junior Staci Boling, also met Matta in eighth grade. She said “it’s sexy that he is a boxer.” Both Sheaffer and Boling think that Matta is an incredibly skilled boxer and believe he can and will fight professionally.


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Varsity football set for ‘10 season By Martiqua Mares

This year’s varsity football team has high hopes for a great season this year. Varsity football head coach Mike Gunderson has big plans for this year’s team. He had waited a long time to become the head coach. Having the position of assistant coach for eight years made him ready to take on the challenges ahead. Coaching La Joya’s football team has been inspirational for Gunderson. He has great plans for the team. “We are working hardest on effort, technique, focus, attitude, and control,” he said Senior D.J. Hubbard has plans for his future with football.

working on gaining more strength and power in the offense and defense, but a lot has changed. “We have a great offensive and defensive lines, strongest ever,” Gunderson said Junior Jacob Drey, who plays fullback, feels that the team has worked extremely hard and put a lot of time and effort into the team’s success. Defensive lineman Isiah Benally feels that dedication and motivation is the focus for this year’s 2010 varsity football team. This year’s La Joya’s football team hopes to revisit the playoffs this season. Photo by Ana Peralta varsity football team has and behaving like a family they’re having fun and “I feel like we’re getting improved from last year and better and better every day are the team’s strategies, working together by trying made many changes, adding their hardest,” he said. more players with cohesion as a team and our efforts are added Gunderson “It doesn’t matter if they Over the past few years, and team attitude towards high and strong,” he said. Being more than a team, win or lose just as long as La Joya players have been winning.

Hubbard has high expectations for present, future La Joya senior hopes new coach and focused team will lead to playoffs By Nancy Cloud It’s senior year for La Joya football player D.J. Hubbard, and not only does he have big expectations for this season, he has them for his future too. Hubbard’s inspiration in football is his mom. She had encouraged him at a young age to begin playing, and when he did he loved it. “She works so hard to keep me in this sport, to make her proud is the main thing,” he said. From a young age his goals in football grew bigger and bigger. Now it’s La Joya football season time, and his goals are bigger than ever. “I want our team to advance to the playoffs and get a win,” he said. Hubbard’s coach and teammates also predict great things this season. “I expect big things from D.J. He’ll have a good season,” said varsity football head coach Mike Gunderson. Senior Andrew Corral thinks Hubbard’s influence on the team is helpful. “He always makes sure he’s doing the right thing. He helps others when they

need it,” he said. Senior Nick Linarez believes Hubbard’s stongest attibutes are his speed, hardwork and dedication. Hubbard’s excitement before a game begins with the thought that everyone is waiting and watching, and the feeling that everyone is coming out to see him do well. He also hopes to put the team before himself more and believes this year will be different than last year. “We have a new coach. Plus, the team is a lot more positive. Players are more focused on the team than themselves,” he said. Hubbard believes that new players should play for the team and not just to be seen. “It’s a huge commitment. It builds character. You shouldn’t play to get noticed. Play for the team,” he said. Gunderson thinks Hubbard is a good leader. He also believes he is the heart and soul of the team. Hubbard believes that he is “nothing without his line” and that they deserve as much recognition as he gets. Hubbard is ready for what the season brings and hopes it’s a playoff spot.

La Joya’s varsity running back, D.J. Hubbard jukes out an opponent during a game. Photo by Ana Peralta

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