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TIDE Feb. 8, 2013 // Vol. XCIII // Edition 9 Redondo Beach, CA // Redondo Union High School


Students review local art gallery 608 North.


Crafted, in the Port of Los Angeles, houses many artists’ wares.



Boy’s basketball rejoices after winning CIF championships.

Bullets riddle Dillard’s house, car Police mistakenly fire on truck police thought to contain Christopher Dorner, the object of a statewide manhunt “I had no idea what was going on

because I hadn’t seen the news that morning. Dillard hadn’t told me anything on the phone, so once I got there and looked around, I just thought to myself, ‘This is serious.’ Her husband’s car looked like swiss cheese.


1. Shots fired. 1. Teacher Linda Dillard’s husband’s, Dave Dillard, car was hit multiple times by LAPD shots. “I don’ t know if anyone was shooting at the police. It was amazing how so many shots were fired at one time. [After] it was sort of done,” Mrs. Dillard said. 2. Despite the damage to their property , Mrs. Dillard was grateful that no one was hurt. “My neighbor who walks every morning at five a.m. and moves our newspaper to our doormat happened to be taking a shower this morning. She said when she heard the shots she dropped to the ground,” Mrs. Dillard said. Photos courtesy of Dave Dillard.

by Ilana LaGraff, Hana Ghanim, Navikka Dasz, Mannal Haddad and Andrew Czuzak

Chemistry teacher Linda Dillard awoke at 5:10 a.m. yesterday morning to the sound of gunshots being fired outside her house. Dillard’s house was caught in a flurry as LAPD officers opened fire on a blue pickup truck they thought ex-police officer Christopher Dorner was affiliated with. “I shouldn’t have peeked out my windows, but I did, and there were the cops in my driveway, shooting. [After that,] we just heard a lot of police orders, but the shooting was over,” Dillard said. Dorner, who was fired from the police force in 2008 for making false statements about his training officer, put up an online manifesto in which he threatened to wage “unconventional and asymmetric warfare” against the LAPD, according to the LA Times. He is suspected in the murder of three people: one police officer, the daughter


of a police officer, and her fiance. LAPD officers were in Dillard’s neighborhood to protect an officer named in the manifesto for his hand in getting Dorner fired from the police force. However, the vehicle the LAPD officers shot at did not belong to Dorner. The truck belonged to two women delivering newspapers. According to the Daily Breeze, one was shot in the hand, the other in the back, but they are not in critical condition. About an hour after the shooting, the police informed Dillard and her husband that they would be unable to drive their cars to work as they were now a part of the crime scene. As a result, college and career counselor Shannon Rodriguez drove her to school. “It was unusual for me. Teachers don’t usually call each other so early in the morning, so immediately I thought something was wrong,” Rodriguez said. “She tells me her car has been pummelled

2. by bullets and that she can’t leave her house without an escort, and I’m thinking, ‘I don’t believe this; things like this don’t happen.’” When Rodriguez arrived at Dillard’s neighborhood, she was unable to get near the house because it was surrounded by police cruisers and news channel vans. “I had no idea what was going on because I hadn’t seen the news that morning. Dillard hadn’t told me anything on the phone, so once I got there and looked around, I just thought to myself, ‘This is serious.’ Her husband’s car looked like swiss cheese,” she said. Dillard said her husband heard about 100 rounds fired, some of which hit their property. “Our cars, our garage door, and our house were hit,” Dillard said. “My husband’s car windows were hit and there were several bullets in the car. My car only had one bullet in it.” Dillard feels “fortunate” that she was safe

in her bedroom, located in the back of her house, at the time of the shooting. “I was planning to wake up early [yesterday] morning around 5 o’clock a.m. and go for a walk. In the end, I decided against it,” she said. According to Los Angeles Times, Christopher Dorner is a black, 33-year-old male who is 6 feet tall and 270 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. At the time of the shooting, he was thought to be driving a 2005 blue or black Nissan Titan and switching between the license plates 8D83987 and 7X09131. However, a burning truck was found near Big Bear Lake that matched the description of Dorner’s vehicle. Police now have Big Bear, Running Springs, Arrowbear, and Twin Peaks under lockdown and believe Dorner is hiding in the San Bernardino area. Police have warned the general public to stay alert and call 911 immediately if he is spotted.

RUHS honored for AP access by Edwin Chavez

by Yasmeen El-Hasan


Team effort. The Academic Decathlon team completed the second part of their competition this week on Feb. 3. According to senior Amanda Caceres, the team must place in the top 10 to reach the state competition. The team feels confident they will place in the top five. “I feel like we placed in the top five because last year we got fifth in the Super Quiz and second overall. This year we got sixth on the Super Quiz and I think we’ll be going to state,” Caceres said.


All the world’s a stage. From left to right, senior Jana Lipowski, junior Johnny Echevaria, sophomore Phoebe Reneau, senior Trevor Biggs, and junior Ashley Blackman all performed in the Laramie Project. Senior Jacob Harris, another performer, said, “I thought it went pretty well overall. The one thing that we could have worked on was our transitions. If everyone arrives a second or two late, the play gets longer and longer and people begin to lose interest and fall asleep.”

Warm Bodies

Students interested in computer science and programming will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge next year in a new AP Computer Science course, taught by math teacher Bill Dargen. “Students can investigate the field of computer science, find out what it takes to create computer programs, and see if it feels like a potential career path,” Dargen said. It is a full-year course that will cover the basics of computer systems and programming in the language of Java. A lot of online software is created through Java, so students will connect their learnings in the classroom with daily encounters on the internet. “Java employs the modern style of objectoriented programming and is constantly evolving to meet new challenges. It is an integral part of commerce on the internet,” Dargen said. “Even if I do not write programs for a living, I find that everything I do on a computer is easier and more logical because I understand how a programmer thinks.” The class is part of the school’s effort to improve their offerings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It aims to make to make students more competitive in the job market and for college. “Computers and related technology are part of nearly every field of work. Any knowledge one has above and beyond the average person is a competitive advantage in the world of work,” Dargen said. According to junior Will Tait, who plans to take the class next year, the school is

making a “great” choice by implementing the new course. “Everything is going to become computerized in the future. Understanding the core of how computers work will help us anticipate how advancing technology will continue to affect industry, privacy, security, and every other part of our lives even more than they already do,” Tait said. In addition, Tait believes that the class will not only be educational, but enjoyable as well. “Since this AP Computer class will be taught in Java, which is used in countless gaming and business apps, the curriculum will have a very practical usage,” Tate said. “Plus, I think that taking a class that counts for math and AP credit, and that is centered around something I’m interested in, will be tons of fun.” To take the class, a student must have earned at least a B in Algebra 2. Dargen believes that the requirements will affirm that the class is to be taken seriously by students. “Because [AP Computer Science] is a college level class, it requires a certain level of maturity and intellectual sophistication [that College Prepatory classes may not],” Dargen said. Dargen believes that this class is a “creative endeavor” for both him and his students. “I am super excited to teach it because it requires me to learn new things, which I love. Some students get very excited about the ability to bring their own ideas to life and they extend their learning beyond the classroom requirements,” Dargen said.


Laramie Project

RUHS to introduce AP Computer Science to develop student skills and knowledge

week in

Academic Decathlon

Open access to AP classes at RUHS has proved itself a risk worth taking. RUHS was placed on the College Board’s Third Annual AP District Honor Roll in recognition of increased scores and enrollment in AP Courses. “[We] never [want] to be a school that limits its students,” Brandt said. “[These scores are] the result of hard work, talent, skill, and support.” Besides being placed on the AP District Honor Roll, RUHS has also consistently outperformed national and California standards in enrollment and achieved passing scores for five straight years. However, those results and placement on the Honor Roll have not been easy. The students who transfer to AP classes have a difficult time adjusting, according to AP Literature teacher Leila Williams. “Students who jump from a CP class to an AP class will be in an uphill battle,” Williams said.

In addition, the teachers have had to work harder as well to develop a curriculum for all of the students. “I take what I get, whether a student has weaknesses or needs to learn more, I deal with it by changing my curriculum to go with what I am given that given year,” Williams said. “I view that as my job every year…I’ve taught for 15 years and I haven’t taught the same curriculum ever.” The system of open access to AP classes shows that the school wants to encourage high achievement according to Brandt. With the expectation that students with high grades and test scores will be in AP classes, the open enrollment has been used to target students that are not obvious standouts. Due to its past success with open AP access, RUHS will continue to open it to its students. “If people are discouraging rather than encouraging, they’re never going to take those risks that lead [to these scores],” William said.



Brains. Warm Bodies, a romantic comedy with zombies, topped the box office this week. Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, the story follows R, a zombie who regains his humanity after meeting and falling in love with Julie. Soon more and more zombies regain their humanity. However, the pair’s love is put in jeapordy as they are caught between agressive human forces and the zombies who still have not recovered their minds. To read the full review by Jewell Black, visit


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Should 16 the U.S. try to be more selfsufficient? What we think Foreign-made goods and products might seem like a cheap alternative, but our depence on foreign countries comes at a hidden cost. Becoming more self-sufficient would strengthen our economy as well as leave us in a more secure position for the future. The iconic image of the red, white, and blue of the American flag flapping in the wind has been stirring feelings of patriotism in proud Americans for decades. However, according to recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, over 90 percent of the country’s American flags are imported. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of these imported flags come from none other than China, the largest communist country in the world. From American flags to fossil fuels and food, an immense amount of goods are imported into the United States each year. This lack of American self-sufficiency not only inhibits American economic growth, it also places America in a very vulnerable po-



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sition for the future. The current international economy is one of interconnectedness, and international trade will always be a hallmark of the U.S. economy. There is no sensible reason, however, for the U.S. to be as reliant on foreign countries as it currently is. The American manufacturing sector is in crisis, largely thanks to the fact that the market is flooded with cheap international goods. If American consumers were to make an effort to avoid imports, the manufacturing sector would have an opportunity to expand, providing jobs along the way. It is an economic reality that consumers will be reluctant to pay more for a domestic product when a cheaper foreign alternative is available. The cost of international production is rising, however, and industry leaders such as Apple are realizing that it makes economic sense to shift at least a portion of their production back to America ( An item beng produced in America no longer means it’s necessarily more expensive. In addition to the financial reasoning, promoting “Made in America” products is more socially conscious and safety orientated. The working conditions in foreign countries can be abominable, as the prevalence of suicide in Chinese factories suggests ( Furthermore, it is impossible to ensure that imported goods are up to American safety standards. Over the past decade, everything from imported cars with defective brakes to children’s toys coated with lead

RUHS student vote Against In favor



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paint have been recalled. Human lives are at stake, so promoting American manufacturing makes sense on every level. The need for self-sufficiency, however, is even more pronounced when it comes to the topic of energy. The appeal of American independence from fossil fuels is so apparent that it actually has bipartisan support. On the campaign trail both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama would frequently point out that our dependency on oil imported from the Middle East leaves us in an extremely vulnerable position. Investment in home-grown biofuels, natural gas, and off-shore drilling in projects such as the Keystone pipeline have all been celebrated as possible solutions to the problem, but to truly have an impact we must cure our oil addiction. Whether it is through pursuing sustainable energy sources or by reducing our energy consumption, becoming more independent from fossil fuels is a key component to making America selfsufficient. From energy to manufacturing, America’s dependence on foreign goods is putting the country behind. The U.S. is currently facing many difficulties, both in national finances and beyond and while becoming self-sufficient will not instantly solve all of our problems, attempting to foster the production of domestic goods is an excellent first step toward improving both our economy and society as a whole. At the very least, maybe the production of American flags could be moved to the country that they are intended to glorify.

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The current immigration system is flawed and in desperate need of reform.

Savannah Stern

It is estimated that there are currently around 11 million illegal immigrants residing all over the United States, many have settled and started families, adding complication to resolving their status. One of the priorities of President Obama’s second term is to fix the current problems in the immigration system. Last week, he put his proposed policies on the table for Congress and the American people to decide on. He has taken a four-pronged approach to the problems. The first prong addresses the failures in enforcing our immigration policies at the borders. There has been an increase of troops and border agents defending the American borders since the Sept. 11 attack, but there is still work to be done to stop the illegal trafficking of contraband across the border. The President has proposed additional funding to enforcement agencies as well as new methods of identification for citizens, including a non-counterfeitable Social Security card. This change alone reduces the influx of illegal immigrants as well as gives them the extra opportunities to become legal through the use of new technologies. This sort of improvement will not only reduce the influx of illegal aliens that could bring criminal activity into the country, but also gives them a chance to become legalized. The second aspect will fix the problems with enforcement of immigration laws amongst employers. The President is proposing a mandatory computerized database for all employers in the United States to use

for verifying a new employee’s availability to work in the United States. This, along with greater penalties for those that violate the laws, make up the second part of his proposal. Another part of the president’s proposed plan is to create a policy that will encourage those who come to this country for their education to stay. With more legal and better trained citizens getting the jobs in America, the quality of goods would most likely be improved. Prong three includes incentives for students, with an emphasis in the STEM disciplines to stay in the U.S. after they complete their degrees so that they can start companies in the U.S. Prong four will humanely address the plight of the 11 million illegal aliens already in the United States. With the proposal that all current illegal immigrants should register, pay taxes, and stay within the law in return for being given a path towards citizenship. This change, as well as the DREAM Act, which would allow illegal children a temporary citizenship and the chance to apply for full citizenship if they complete two years in the military or in a four-year college, will resolve the legal and moral issues brought about when children of illegal immigrant parents are born as citizens. With an improved immigration system comes a more diverse nation of people that can fully embrace American culture and the American Dream.

RUHS ethnic

Multiracial 2% American Indian 4%

also discourage many immigrants from coming out of hiding as well. They will have to wait even longer for their green cards and pay the taxes they haven’t paid since they arrived in the country, which could put them in debt. The concept of “earned citizenship” may encourage an increase in illegal immigration as well. The process of waiting for a green card, passing background checks, and learning English could be seen as far more difficult than crossing the border and finding a job that pays less but still allows someone to pay the bills. Instead of reforming border security and spending the money to increase security, Obama should put money towards other important issues in the country such as the national debt. According to the White House’s fact sheet on Obama’s proposal, border security today is stronger than it has ever been and Obama doubled the number of border patrol agents back in 2004. If security is so strong and there are so many agents, then why is reform necessary? Isabel Garcia, co-chair of Derechos Humanos, stated immigration is the lowest it has been in 40 years. Security is strong and immigration is low, so Obama should be looking at enforcing immigration laws rather than reforming them. Overall, Obama’s immigration reform proposal is costly and may encourage further illegal immigration. Instead of reforming the immigration laws and building up security, Obama should focus on enforcing the laws already in place.

Out of 104 students polled...

breakdown Pacific Islander 1%

There are 11 million in the country today. They could be neighbors or friends, and they perform the jobs many Americans scoff at. They are illegal immigrants. The issue surrounding them and their entrance into the country is whether or not to reform the laws that are supposed to keep them out. President Obama’s immigration reform proposal has four different parts: continue to strengthen border security, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers, hold undocumented workers accountable before they can earn citizenship, and streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers and employers. While Obama’s proposal sounds good in theory, carrying out such a plan would cost a large amount of money. In the last year alone, immigration reform costs totaled about $18 billion, according to With Obama’s plans of introducing more security measures, such as new technology to increase border security, comes more money out of taxpayers’ pockets. The cost is just one issue with Obama’s proposal. Obama’s proposal calls for holding undocumented workers accountable before they can earn citizenship. This includes immigrants paying a penalty of moving to the end of the line for a visa, learning English, passing backgound checks, and having to pay taxes. The path to “earned citizenship” may

Current immigration laws do not need to be changed; they just need to be better enforced.

Hispanic 24% Caucasian 47% African American 9% Asian 13%

88% were born in the United States. 5 HIGH TIDE. . OPINION

Redondo’s hidden gem is revealed. 1. A guest takes in John T. Cantu’s peice called “Figures.” 2. Robert Mackie’s “Geek Machine,” crafted with the cloisonné technique was featured in Music Connection’s Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists. 3. A close-up of Cantu’s “Figures.” 4. A view of the bright and open downstairs space of the gallery that also features the gift shop. 5. Cantu’s peice, “Untitled,” is made with two canvases.



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Photos by Savannah Stern and Vitoria Magno

Redondo Beach art gallery, 608 North, features local artists Featured local artists Cecila Gamet

Bob Mackie

George Marlowe

Linzi Lynn

Mansour M. Tehrani

John T. Cantu



by Karissa Taylor

People do not usually think of Redondo Beach as a haven for artists and galleries. While there may be some truth behind this, the gallery 608 North is Redondo’s hidden gem. Located at 608 North Francesca, this gallery offers an abundance of art ranging from photography to paintings to sculptures. The fact that local artists are featured gives the gallery a nice intimate touch. One artist, Robert Mackie, particularly stood out because his work is made from a medium I have never heard of. One piece Mackie created called “Geek Machine” was finely crafted using a technique called cloisonné, an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects. The “Geek Machine” was constructed using copper wire to make geometric shapes which would later be filled with a cloisonné enamel called resin. Then, Mackie added a unique

touch of computer chips. The clash between an ancient technique and a modern technology surprisingly made the piece successful in its own unique expression. Interested in art myself, it was refreshing to see work other than paintings. Another artist that caught my attention was John T. Cantu. Cantu had a variety of paintings featured. Some work was crafted with meticulous details and others were sketched out as cartoons. One of his pieces titled “Figures” features several small cartoons of wellknown people, such as Picasso, adding a unique quirkiness to some of the more elegant pieces displayed in the gallery. Not all the artists, however, impressed me as much as Mackie or Cantu. Artist Kat Anderson offered multiple abstract paintings begging for attention. To me, Anderson seemed to try to immitate famous artist Jackson Pollack. Her attempt at these

immitations were merely a mediocre forgery. I especially did not appreciate these paintings since, to me, they did not show any expression or emotion. Although I did not care for Anderson’s pieces, her abstract work added variety to the different media and styles offered in the gallery. Although 608 North is not well known at the moment, the gallery deserves attention, as it was curated well and looks professional. The biggest problem for 608 North is its location. Most people cannot see it from the street. It’s a shame that so many people miss out on the gallery’s personable experience just because of its location. Everything about the gallery is personable, from the local artists to the approachable owners of the gallery who are friendly and informative. Being able to talk easily with the owners makes the experience at 608 North all the more memorable. Another perk that the

gallery offers is a unique gift shop. Everything in the gallery can be purchased, but the gift shop provides hardto-find trinkets at a reasonable price. People can buy historical pictures of Redondo, custom-made handbags and postcards, as well as handcrafted skateboard decks. My favorite part of the gift shop is that the owners make custom-designed shirts. Anyone can submit a design to the owners, and they will make a shirt for them. In addition, the owners said that they would be eager to see work from RUHS students and could potentially feature some of their art in 608 North. Unfortunately due to expenses, the gallery is not hosting any upcoming events. For free admission, however, I highly suggest visiting the 608 North gallery to enjoy local artists. Overall, the gallery offers a relaxed experience and provides a good alternative to a museum.





by Haris Khan and Angela Kim

What do you think of this year’s Battle of the Bands performances?



Musical Mayhem. 1. Senior Sioux bass player Erin South plays a solo at the end of the performance. 2. Senior vocalist Brian Fierros whips his hair to the rhythm. 3. A close-up of Sioux’s guitars from Monday’s performance.

“[Sioux’s] musicianship was superb. The guitar work was excellent. The rhythm backed it all up brilliantly.” Joseph Levine, 12

Photos by Jenny Oetzell and Justin Lee


tudents gathered in the cool shade of the Noble Plaza to witness the array of ukuleles, drums, and even harmonicas reverberate throughout campus. This week, four bands performed during lunch in the Battle of the Bands: Sioux on Monday, Secondary on Tuesday, Samarium on Wednesday and The Catch on Thursday. Today, Censored Blonde, the last band, will perform if it isn’t raining during lunch. The three judges, assistant principal Adam Genovese, counselor Kelley Goo and junior Keagan Linnett are to announce and award the winner today at lunch. The winning band will receive a $100 gift card to Sam Ash, courtesy of ASB. According to junior Rachel Hernandez, who was in charge of this year’s Battle of the Bands, this was a great opportunity for students to express who they are and present their musical genius outside of class. Though the Battle of the Bands has been a tradition on campus, it was different from last year thanks to the performers’ more diverse genres.

Photo by Jenny Oetzell


Samarium is a Heavy Metal band. Their love for metal is the element that unites them. Several of their songs express their mantra, “living life to the fullest” and the mystery of death, according to senior Daniel Torres. The current band members include senior rhythm guitarist Daniel Torres, junior drummer Alex Hurtado, senior vocalist Brian Fierros, and senior lead guitarist Raul Cordero. Torres hopes to get their music out to friends and future fans at this year’s Battle of the Bands.

This all-girl ukulele band, though new, has already raised $1,200 to pay for a trip to the Honduras by singing at the pier. The band, influenced by artists including Jack Johnson and Colbie Caillat, has over 600 likes on its Facebook page. Current members include junior Michaella Costa and non-RUHS students Chanelle Catuogno and Mariah Aquilina. “We tend to perform cheesy love songs because they’re just fun and easy to play, but we also sing songs about God and friendship,” Costa said.





The catch

“I liked [Sioux’s] music because it was upbeat and fun. I kept tapping my toe while listening.” Ruby Pacheo,10

“Honestly, metal is not my type of music, but I respect [Secondary].” Adam Shofani, 12 “I couldn’t really understand some of the stuff [Samarium was] saying, but the guitar solos were really cool.” Louis Richard, 11 “[The Catch] is my friends’ band, so I’ve watched them grow, and they came together nicely today.” Jessica Horoschak, 11



Their music is Rockabilly or a mix of AllAmerican styles, including Jazz, Blues, and Swing. Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, and Frank Zappa are just a few of the artists that inspire Shenanigans. Senior guitarist and vocalist Ron Blanchet, senior harmonica player Andrew Madden, drummer Aaron Graybill, and bass player and alumnus Jason Tarango feel performing music is their calling. “Personally, I love performing; it’s the best natural high that I could get out of life,” Blanchet said.

Sioux is an Alternative and Indie Rock band that writes its own songs and is influenced by the bands Interpol and Grizzly Bear. One of their favorites is about “feeling trapped and chained in a relationship,” according to junior Paolo Ragusa. Their songs deal with ending a long term relationship and trying to fill that lost relationship’s void. Sioux is made up of lead singer and guitarist alumnus Jordan Nicholson, junior guitarist Kevin Hwang, junior drummer Paolo Ragusa and senior bass player Erin South.

Photo by Justin Lee

Secondary started as a Pop-Punk band and later decided to experiment with Heavy Metal. Secondary attempts to express “independence” and “powering forward” in reaction to hardships in their songs. They see their songs as middle ground between happiness and anger. Sophomore Joe Perlot started the band with a friend in Jan. 2012. Later in May 2012, junior drummer Dylan Cutler and sophomore guitarist Megan Perez joined. Secondary hopes to improve their talents at the Battle of the Bands.

“I’d like to see [Samarium] at a venue where we could dance and get more rowdy. At school, it’s boring because of the regulations.” Kyle Cobabe, 12 “[Samarium] was kind of weird. I am not really into that kind of rock music.”

Devin Magallanes, 10 compiled by Haris Khan and Anglela Kim


What causes deafness? by Shelby Salerno

What sounds are the worst for the ears? Here are some of the sounds that are damaging to the ears from loudest to softest. They are measured in decibels, which is a measure of sound pressure per level. So what should you do if you experience loud noises like these? The biggest thing is to rest your ears. After being exposed to a large amount of stimulus (such as blaring music or machinery), the little hairs in the ear need a good hour or so to relax and to regain strength. Invest in noise-cancelling headphones so that when you are listening to music in a busy environment, the outside noise does not cause extra strain or cause you to turn up the volume on your iPod. Keep your ears safe.

Rock concert 120 decibels

Nuclear blast 278 decibels

Drum set 110 decibels

Automobile 50 decibels

Rustling of leaves 10 decibels

Ordinary conversation 60 decibels Lawn Mower 100 decibels Gun blast 50-170 decibels Jet engine 140 decibels

Illustration by Cooper Lovano and Joseph Bieschke


Swimmer’s ear: What it is and how to prevent it Lindquist suffers from chronic ear infections by Natalie Hardiman

Waterlogged ears is a problem that comes with swimming, but this irritation can turn into a major problem for swimmers and even prevent them from training. Otitis Externa, or swimmer’s ear, is an infection in the outer ear canal caused by water trapped in the ear for a prolonged period of time, attracting bacteria and, occasionally, fungi. As the bacteria grows, it causes extemded pain and can affect the person’s hearing. Swim coach Mark Rubke has seen cases

of swimmer’s ear over the years, but believes that it is not a pressing issue. “[Swimmer’s ear] is not widespread by any means, but very often there is only a single individual with it. Sometimes, there are seasons where swimmer’s ear never shows up at all,” he said. Swimmer’s ear did show up in the past water polo season, however. “It was a horrible pain, like being pierced by a needle,” freshman Spencer MaloneWhite said. In effort to prevent this pain, swimmers sometimes use earplugs while swimming or, in Malone-White’s case, use ear drops after practice to clear up any trapped water. “I think swimmers have had mixed experiences with [ear plugs and ear drops]. Some people have good results, but others still get swimmer’s ear,” he said. If the ear does become infected, swimmers, often take pain pills or doctor-prescribed medication. In severe cases of swim-


Caution: Wet. 1. Senior Nick Johnson wears HEAROS ear plugs to prevent Swimmer’s ear. 2. “I’m wearing them more often so I can prevent Swimmer’s Ear, because if you get it then it hurts your swim career,” Johnson said.



mer’s ear, the athlete might have to stop training until the infection clears up. “I think it’s the doctor’s opinion if the swimmer can continue to train,” Rubke said, “I do not know if it is dangerous to keep swimming, but whatever the doctor decides for the student that is generally what we follow.” Malone-White was one of the students who had to stop training, but only for a week. “I felt frustrated, because I wanted to play and help our team win,” Malone-White said. Malone-White followed his doctor’s orders to stay out of the pool, but according to Rubke, sometimes swimmers just assume that their ear pain is due to swimmer’s ear without ever getting it checked. “If swimmers have ear pain, I think it is really important that they do not dismiss it,” Rubke said. “They should get it looked at to make sure they are not having some sort of allergic reaction or that something is not lodged in the ear because it may not be swimmer’s ear.” Symptoms of swimmer’s ear include the ear leaking pus, turning red, becoming swollen, and itchiness, but for Malone-White, this infection did not bother him a lot. “I was mad about having to stop playing [water polo] because it’s fun to play. It was my first year and I wanted to get experience, but swimmer’s ear was not awful, only uncomfortable,” Malone-White said.

Rumors about the ear and whether or not they’re true.

compiled by Shelby Salerno

FACT: Loud noises affect your hear-

FACT: Ear buds/earplugs cause

ing ability.


Exposure to a loud noise (such as an instrument, concerts, airplanes) over a relatively constant and long period of time will negatively affect a person’s hearing especially if he/she does not wear earplugs in the clamorous environment. But the quiet and cautious humans are not off the hook. Being exposed to loud noises in short bursts over a long period of time can also cause hearing loss.

Has anyone ever thought about where his or her ear buds have been? Well, they drag across dirt, sit on grease, fall into multiple hands, roll in bacteria, and then sit snug in someone’s earwax. So yes, despite the lack of stories heard about people getting infections, ear buds can cause infections in the ear if the ear and/or the bud is unclean. This is because viruses and bacteria can enter the ear and then infect the area.

FACT: Headphones cause deafness at FACT: Ringing in your ear is a sign

an early age.

of deafness.

Society today has been listening to their music through headphones, not realizing that the volume in which they crank up their tunes matches that of a rock concert. When people are exposed to rock concerts enough, hearing loss is eminent. Therefore, ear buds have caused a decrease in hearing in young people, when in past years it had occurred mostly in people over the age of forty.

The shrill ringing that one hears in his or her ears does not, in fact, always mean that the person is suffering from hearing loss. It is called Tinnitus, and in brief occurrences, the sound is relatively harmless. But if the ringing occurs for a long period of time, see a doctor because hearing loss is most likely occurring because the little hairs in the ear are probably being permanently damaged.

by Kayla Nicholls

An unbearable pain overwhelms her and her hearing is slowly lost. Another chronic ear infection has begun. Freshman Danielle Lindquist has had chronic ear infections since she was young. “I had them really badly when I was three and four, but I still get them occasionally. A more recent one was in seventh grade,” Lindquist said. The worst ear infection she has had was while on vacation in Hawaii. “One I remember was in Hawaii, and I came down with a really bad ear infection. I had this pain in my ear all the time. It was really dry- scaly almost,” said Lindquist. “Disgusting but true.” After almost three days of complaining, she was taken to the doctors office. “They would always say it was a really terrible ear infection and gave me ear drops, antibiotics or a combination of both. It would clear up in two weeks,” Lindquist said. According to Lindquist, shortly after getting her ears healed, the infections would always come back. “I would always get them, start sobbing, go to the doctors and heal them. It was like a cycle, they kept coming back,” Lindquist said. In addition to ear infections, colds and fevers often accompanied the pain. “I usually had a cold or a fever that made me really sick. It was a really dry ear too, and sometimes I couldn’t even hear out of it,” Lindquist said. Her mother, Janet Lindquist, says that her ear infections were reoccurring. “After she got sick, she would always get an ear infection. [My ear would get] really severe and we always had to take her to the doctor,” Janet said. The infections were in both ears. “They like to switch off. I had double ear infections as a baby, where I couldn’t hear out of either ear,” Lindquist said. The “severity” of her ear infections was noticeable at the doctor’s office. “They used to pull out huge globs of mucus,” Janet said. Eventually the doctors wanted to put tubes in her ears. “When I was three years old, the doctors wanted to put tubes in my ears to prevent infections. They wanted to put a three year old under for actual surgery,” Lindquist said. “We didn’t do it, but that was how bad my ear infections were.” As Lindquist has grown older, her ear infections have lessened. “Luckily she grew out of them,” Janet said. “But when she was younger, they were very severe, and they were reoccurring.”


Making it in America

the road to 4. Have lived in the state where the citizenship Form N-400 is

by Cameron Paulson


aiting rooms, paper work, and countless days of missing school, senior Somtoya Arinze knows these all too well as her struggle for citizenship continues. After living in the US for the past 17 years, Arinze’s frustration about her lack of citizenship grows. “I’ve been dealing with citizenship since I can remember,” Arinze said. “It’s always been annoying but now it’s effecting me for college.” Like many other seniors, Arinze is applying to college, but her application process is much more difficult. “Because I’m not legally a citizen, I have to apply as an international student, which is a lot more expensive.” Arinze said. “I also can’t apply for financial aid from the state.” Arinze’s citizenship burden stemmed from her previous but brief life in Nigeria. “I was born in Nigeria,”

Arinze said. “I moved here when I was one because my parents wanted to live the ‘American Dream’ and wanted what was best for me.” Over the years, Arinze’s confusion with government and it’s laws seems never ending. “Recently my residency has been taken away, and even though I had it for awhile for some reason it’s gone,” Arinze said. “I’m not exactly legal, but I’m not illegal. I’m in a downloading stage that seems like it won’t finish.” In Nigerian culture, a strong emphasis is put on children succeeding. “My parents have always wanted me to do the best I can, but [lack of ] citizenship can potentially hold me back.,” Arinze said. “Even though it’s a burden for my parents and myself, I’ve learned to deal with it.” Throughout her life, Arinze recounts that lack of citizenship has gotten in the way of important activities. “Going on a foreign exchange trip is always a hassle because [I’m] questioned for hours,” Arinze said. “Even school is difficult because I miss so much going to appointments [to gain citizenship.]” Despite her troubles, college and career counselor Shannon Rodriguez believes that Arinze will succeed in life no matter what struggles may impede her. “There is no doubt that [Somtoya’s] future is bright because she’ll have it no other way. [Somtoya] is a problem-solver and will not quit until she meets her goals,” Rodriguez

Uniting nations Senior Zoe Ezzes paints rocks to bring hope to Darfur. first person by Zoe Ezzes

There is only one place where ladybugs, seahawks, and frogs can all be found together. Darfur Rocks, the RUHS club that I started at the beginning of the school year, paints all of these designs and more in order to raise money for Darfur. I may have only started the club this year, but Darfur Rocks has existed since 2006. When I was in sixth grade, my mother told me that I should get more involved in community service, and I listened. She suggested a few different charities and organizations that I could work for, and the Jewish World Watch’s Solar Cooker Project to help victims of the Darfur genocide resonated the most with me. Once I had a cause, all I needed to do was come up with a way to raise money and awareness for it. I had heard about some students painting rocks and selling them to help a charity before. I thought it was a creative way to help out and decided to try it out, painting rocks and selling them for $1 each. So I created Darfur Rocks. While the project’s name


1. Be at least 18 years old

submitted for at least three months

able to read, 2. Have had a 5. Be write and speak valid Green Card for at least five years

3. Have maintained continuous residence in the United States for at least five years


6. Be a person

of good moral character and willing to abide by the principles of the U.S. Constitution

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knowledge of the fundamentals of U.S. history and government


said. “She simply doesn’t quit. I think that is her most admirable quality.” Not only does Arinze take refuge in Ms. R, but she does so in her church as well. “Going to church is somewhat of a support system,” Arinze said. “I go and pray and even though it isn’t getting me citizenship, it’s comforting.” Arinze’s hopes for the future are nothing but high, despite difficulty with citizenship. “I plan on going to college and getting a good career and hopefully, after I’m 18, citi-

is mostly self-explanatory, I liked the positive connotation of the title, implying that Darfur rocks and is deserving of help and attention. Also, someone’s “rock” is a dependable person in times of hardship, and I hoped that the rocks for Darfur, through the money raised from the project, would help to provide a similar sense of security, by helping to keep women safe. The concept behind the Solar Cooker Project is simple: keeping Darfurian women safe at home with solar cookers instead of out searching for firewood where the Janjaweed militia could attack them. My project is similarly simple and effective, with a creative, artsy flair. To get started all I had to do was pick up some rocks at gardening stores and some paints and sharpies from Joann’s. I was not sure what designs people would like, so I started out doing a bunch of different designs and seeing which sold the best. The ladybugs were the most popular by far, and they have come to be the face of Darfur Rocks. Once the sales had picked up momentum and the rocks were being sold at three different locations, I started to get locally recognized. Darfur Rocks made it into the newspaper and got formally recognized by the Jewish World Watch. A photographer interested in my story decided to help me get Darfur Rocks online and took photos and set up a website for my project. I even got my own cable TV show called Kids LA that featured kids helping out the community, and I was the


zenship will come,” she said. According to Rodriguez, Somtoya’s personality and character will carry her throughout the difficult times and move on to better days. “[Somtoya] faces challenges with creative solutions, and, even though at times she gets discouraged, she always manages to find the silver lining in a dark cloud,” Rodriguez said. “I’m also impressed with [Somtoya’s] honesty. She’s real and one of the most authentic people I know.”

host. Through awareness of the project, I simultaneously raised awareness for the cause. Once people saw what I was doing to help, they wanted to help too. People saw how simple the project was and realized how little it takes to make a difference. It is always important to care, and every contribution, no matter how small, counts. There is a story about a young boy throwing beached sea stars back into the ocean to save their lives. When a man told the boy that his efforts were futile as there were thousands of sea stars and the boy could not possibly make a difference, the boy replied that he had made a difference for those stars that he had thrown. I raised over $7,000 for the Solar Cooker Project during middle school operating on my own, and the club I have created at Redondo has already raised over $60 in just a few weeks. Maintaining a solar cooker for one year for one family costs $40, so that means Darfur Rocks has helped over 170 families. Maybe in the large scheme of things, donating that many solar cookers may seem small. And it is true that there may be too many sea stars for the project to throw back into the water. But to those 170 families receiving the cookers, it means the world. That is why I continue to paint rocks after so many years, and that is why I care. That is why the members of the Darfur Rocks club stay committed. If our


by the numbers

Becoming An American

Senior Somtoya Arinze works hard to make a name for herself and become a citizen.

There were 39.9 million foreignborn people in the United States in 2010.

44 percent

were naturalized citizens.

24 percent

were legal permanent residents.

29 percent

were unauthorized migrants.

3 percent were temporary legal residents 2.6 trillion dollars lost over ten years if all undocumented immagrants were deported

Back to step one. 1. Senior Somtoya Arinze does her best to balance school, working towards her citizenship, and preparing for college. 2. While things can get tough, Arinze still strives to do her best in school and keep focused. 3. According to college counselor Shannon Rodriguez, Arinze is destined for success.

2. community were suffering, we would want the world to know and to do its best to intervene and help. We must then do for others what we would want them to do for us.

by Susan Nieves

At first, he was told to wait six months. Six months later, a letter came stating to wait 90 days. Ninety days after that, another letter came stating to wait 45 more days. For senior Florian Pal, the road to citizenship has been long and drawn-out that has come with difficulties. Living in the United States without citizenship has limited Pal’s opportunities. Before becoming a citizen, he was denied access to basic prvileges like a driver’s license and the ability to apply for FAFSA, just to name a few. Pal’s friend, senior Chris Valcarcel, also faced the same difficulties when he moved to the United States. “It sucks not to have the same privileges as everyone else,” Valcarcel said. “It feels like you’re depending on other people to do things for you. You’re a lot more free when you’re a citizen.” When Pal moved from Austria, he was expecting to exercise some of these freedoms.


Painting for a

cause. 1. Senior Zoe Ezzes is happy that she can help so many people by doing something so simple. 2. The rocks are painted simply but the sales have helped many families in Darfur.

Citizenship at last for Pal


He quickly learned, however, that he would not be able to enjoy the same privileges as a citizen. “The first time I came here I was [excited] about getting my license because in Europe you can’t get it until you’re 18,” Pal said. “I [later] found out that I couldn’t get it. I had to wait.” Pal became naturalized over a month ago. Since then, he has received a social security number and has had the opportunity to work. He currently has an internship at Northrop Grumman. “He’s a really smart guy,” Valcarcel said. “I like to see to see my friend succeed and he [has] reached that stage.” Despite the lengthy process, Pal feels lucky to have had the opportunity to become a citizen. “My grandparents live in Chicago and it took them 9 years to get their citizenship,” he said. “For me, it took one year and that [seemed like] a really long time.”


Dream come true. Pal enjoys the benifits of becoming a citizen, like being able to intern at Northrop Grumman.



AT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES by Kolbie Brightwell and Shawn Mallen



What you can find there...


What Crafted is... Walking through the doors, booths of handmade jewelry, artwork, furniture, clothing and homemade food from vendors fill the floor of the old ship warehouse. Crafters greet people with smiles as they approach the booths. Crafted is a World War II-era waterside warehouse dedicated to vendors who sell their handcrafted merchandise. Located at 110 East 22nd street in San Pedro, Crafted offers demonstrations and live music along with free parking and free admittance. The vendors display their products within an open booth of varying size and must create their own signs and advertisements to draw in buyers. “It’s a beautiful historical warehouse built in the 1920’s, with it’s existing hardwood interior walls and large loafed ceilings. Each booth is designed and layout differently, as well as they’re product,” vendor Lindsay Zuelich, said. Vendors can collaborate and combine their booths. Meredith Harbuck from Meriebabie, Zuelich from Wood Brain combined their booths and each work shifts. Harbuck sells leather handbags and Zuelich sells accessories, paintings, planters and other novelties made of wood. “It’s a relaxed craft marketplace where shoppers and vendors can come for art, crafts, and food,” Harbuck said. Crafted is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round. “There is so much to see and do at Crafted,” Zuelich said. “Whether it’s to enjoy live music, eat at one of the gourmet food trucks, or browse many of the creative and talented artists’ market stalls, there is something to do and enjoy for all ages.”


Vivid colors melt together and shine around the gleaming pieces of art in a way that immediately draws attention. Artist Keith Schafer is the owner of Krazykorner, a booth at Crafted. He creates glass artwork and displays his pieces at the venue. “[My artwork] catches a lot of people’s eyes and I think it’s awesome that people appreciate what I do,” Schafer said. Schafer always had a passion for art, but he wasn’t able to pursue it as a career because he was working in warehouses. “[I was] sick of working day in and day out at these warehouses where I worked a 12 hour shift,” Schafer said. “In a way, I’m sort of glad that happened because I got a chance to make art full time,” Schafer had been creating art on the side ever since he got out of college, but he never did it as an occupation. On Jan. 4, he decided to put his art out for sale at Crafted in hopes of making a career out of what he loves to do. “[Opening a booth] is a huge experience for me because I’ve put my art out there before, but I’ve never tried to sell anything until now,” he said. “This is kind of like a test run for me to open a small business so that I don’t have to go back to a warehouse job,” So far Schafer’s booth has had success. Many people enjoy the “good-to-look-at color” in his glass art. Although he appreciates positive feedback, Schafer likes constructive criticism more because it makes him a better artist. “I actually tend to learn more when people think negatively of my art than positively,” Schafer said. “Sometimes when you are pursuing something, you need some [constructive criticism] to improve.” Schafer makes a variety of glass artwork, from vividly colored abstract art to surreal monsters and skeletons. He draws inspiration for his artwork from tiki culture and various types of monsters. He incorporates the bright colors of hot rod cars into all of his works. Schafer’s favorite part of glass fusing is the creative potential that it holds. “[Glass fusing] is a strange medium because it’s kind of

Crafted. 1. Last weekend a Beatles coverband performed for the Beatles themed weekend at Crafted. 2. Visitors watch live music while they eat lunch. 3. A baby sculpture made of kids toys. 4. Shafer’s KrazyKorner booth. 5. A close up of a KrazyKorner plate.


like an alchemy, in a way,” he said. “You’re applying science and art and combining them into something entirely new,” Schafer’s alchemy begins with a special kind of glass he gets from Portland, Ore. He then chooses bright colors of glass for the piece and breaks them apart. After, he pieces the glass shards together, similar to a mosaic, until he has a design that satisfies him. He then fires the glass to fuse the pieces of together. Lastly, Schaffer molds the warm fused glass into its final shape. Schafer makes all of his art at his work desk in his “studio” bedroom and in his garage. “I’ll just be sitting at my desk cutting away glass, and then it just happens,” he said. “It’s almost accidental. Sometimes, I’ll be brainstorming ideas and other times I’ll have a dream and wake up and say, ‘Hey, that’d be a cool thing to make.’” Schafer dedicates most of his time to his art. He stays up late fine-tuning his work. When he can’t be at his booth, his mother helps run it. Schafer’s mother, Olga Schafer, has always seen Schafer’s passion for art since he was young. She is proud of what he has accomplished so far and supports his drive to make great artwork. “I am proud of him because he has pursued his dream. He’s persistent with his work. ” Mrs. Schafer said. “His accomplishments are wonderful so far.” She enjoys the “vibrant” colors of his artwork and thinks what he does is “amazingly” creative. According to Mrs. Schafer, her son’s art is very original and unlike what other artists do. “He uses very bright colors, which I enjoy a lot. My favorite kind of art that he does is glasswork,” Mrs. Schafer said. According to Schafer, he makes enough to pay the rent for his booth and buy new supplies while making a profit. Eventually, he plans to expand his art, but for now Crafted is his focus. “Making art and making a living off of it is a dream come true,” Schafer said.


by Katie Hill


Recently there has been a trend boom known as “D.I.Y.” or “Do It Yourself”. The trend consists of taking items you may normally go through strenuous lengths to find or pay large amounts of money to buy, and making them instead. It has been gaining popularity for the last couple years but the recent surge of people to join the D.I.Y. bandwagon can be credited to the social network Pinterest.


Here is a small craft project taken from a Crafted vendor’s Pinterest. This wall decoration is a perfect way to add your own personal touch to any room.

What you need...

Scrabble tiles, scissors, string, and super glue.


Step 1: Gather the letter tiles necessary to spell your

desired word. Arrange them to make sure they fit. Begin to super glue the tiles down.

Step 2: Finish arranging and gluing down the tiles. Cut some string to your desired length and attach it with super glue.

Step 3: Cut away any excess string and you’re fin-

ished. Pick a place on your wall and hang with a push pin.

Jenn Doung begins to raise money to Pursuing her passion Junior help fund her short film. by Stella Gianoukakis

She sat on her bed as she watched short films on her laptop, storylines and camera shots already forming in her head. It had always been on her mind, but suddenly it all came together and Junior Jenn Duong decided to produce a short film of her own. Her film, “Heavy”, is estimated to be six minutes long and portrays a day in the life

of four struggling artists: an author, a painter, a dancer, and a musician. “This film is about something that actually happens every day. It’s a love story between a person and their passion,” Duong said. “What the people go through in the film are actual struggles that I have seen people go through and even experienced myself.” Duong hopes to enhance the realism in her film through embodying the universal feelings and experiences that result from certain emotions. “The goal of the movie is to visually paint human emotions, everything from self doubt to joy and frustration,” Duong said. “It should show how self-perseverance can triumph over conformity. If you tell people you want to major in something that isn’t academically-based, they may give strange looks. However, if you are really passionate about what you do, you will overcome conformity.” According to Duong, she wants to cast actors for her short film that do more than just play a part or a role. “I’m looking for actors to create the characters and bring themselves into the film. I don’t want to see an actor on screen. I want to see a person. I want it to be someone people can relate to even if they aren’t artistic,” Duong said. “I want raw, pure emotion.” She would like to bring the story to life so that people can connect with the struggles as well as the triumphs.

“I want this film to be real. I want everyone to find some way to relate to that whether it is the frustration or the joy that they get out of what they do,” Duong said. Besides inspiring people, Duong believes that this project will be the first step in fulfilling her dreams. “Growing up, I always knew that going into film and acting is what I wanted to do with my life. This is what I love,” Duong said. Duong’s friend, alumna ‘12 Christie Goodman, does and always has, supported her dreams. “As long as I have known her she has always loved acting and directing. I will definitely be helping her if she needs anything. Even though I am in college, I will always lend a helping hand to one of my best friends,” Goodman said. Goodman is also very excited for the production. “I think it is really artistic. I am ecstatic to see how she will go about making this movie. I know it will be nothing less than fantastic,” Goodman said. According to Duong however, people were not always supportive. “People told me that I was wasting my time and that the industry is very tough to get into. I would ask myself if I should be doing this. Then, I realized that was where a lot of the inspiration comes from because people do not understand the struggles that [artists] go through,” Duong said.

Despite any negative comments, Duong is determined to finish and perfect her film. “I’m just talking to as many people as possible and doing research on my own. I found someone who is going to compose my musical score so the film will have original music, which is beyond exciting,” Duong said. The production will cost around one thousand dollars. She funded this project by using savings from holidays and selling things such as surfboards and cameras. She also designs and sells graphics and is going to sell crew necks to fundraise as well. Duong has everything planned out for the production. There will be an informational meeting on Feb. 15, an open casting call on March 18, and call backs will be on March 19. Duong hopes to start and finish filming in April, go into closed production in May, and finalize everything by June 8. She will put the finished film on Youtube and Facebook and submit it to film festivals and anywhere else she possibly can. “I believe it will be hard to [create the film] because I’m deciding to do it now, smack in the the middle of junior year. It’s all about communication and pre-production. It’s a little scary to be honest, since it’s the first time I’m doing this. I can only hope that things go as planned.” PHOTO BY ALIDA NEWSON

Movie magic. Junior Jenn Duong is raising funds to help her create and produce her own short film.



Sophomore George Kurisaki enjoys practicing the snare drum everyday.

by Karissa Taylor

He listens to the beat of the drum, each beat captivating him and drawing in his attention and focus. Drums are more than just an instrument to sophomore George Kurisaki. They are a way for him to express himself while having fun. He first joined marching band his freshman year because he loved the sound of the snare drum. “I took up drumming for the school band because I think it’s fun. It interested me because I like the beat of the snare drum. I wanted to play it, so I wanted to do marching band,” he said. After being in band for a while, he learned that marching band was more challenging than he had thought due to his partial hearing loss, so he began practicing more. “I’ve gotten better at drumming by practicing a lot at home. I do warm-ups of diddles and paradiddles,” Kurisaki said. “I think it’s fun when you play the notes right and you’re able to play it faster.” According to Kurisaki, a paradiddle is a complicated sequence of notes using both hands. Kurisaki practices with marching band everyday during zero period, after school on Mondays and Wednesdays, and twice a season on Saturday “rehearse-a-thons,” which last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On top of all the practice marching band does together, he practices everyday for at least one hour. “The key thing to get better at being a drummer is practice. I also practice at home by watching YouTube videos about drumming,” he said. He does not believe that the long hours spent at marching band practices are overbearing, but rather he welcomes the time to help him improve. Although he has not yet decided which college is right for him, Kurisaki hopes that with enough practice, he will be able to play for a college marching band. “My goal in band is becoming a drum captain before I go to college, which I think I can accomplish by


Little drummer boy. Sophomore George Kurisaki practices playing his drum at marching band’s afterschool practice.

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practicing a lot at home and working on getting better,” he said. According to band director Mark Aguero, Kurisaki requires more than just skill to become drum captain, but his determination could help him accomplish his goals. “Drum captain not only requires strong playing, but strong leadership and communication skills as well. People will respect him for his accomplishments, but he will need to earn their personal respect and desire to follow his directions,” Aguero said. Aguero has seen a considerable improvement in Kurisaki’s speed and stick control, which he believes comes from hours of practicing and hard work. “The type of growth that he has shown can only come from hours of work. One cannot ‘fake’ the types of things that he is now able to do. This only comes from devoting the time necessary to perfect the techniques,” Aguero said. He is inspired by Kurisaki’s perseverance in overcoming challenges other people in the band never had to worry about, such as his hearing loss. “George’s perseverance despite his hearing loss is inspiring,” Aguero said. “The things that a musician needs to be able to do are difficult enough, but when coupled with diminished hearing capacity, it becomes significantly more challenging to succeed.” Despite these challenges, Kurisaki enjoys being a part of marching band and considers playing to be his way to show his school spirit and cheer on the school’s sports teams. “I like being in marching band and representing [the school by] playing during football and basketball games,” he said. According to Kurisaki, drums offer more than music and they help him express himself. “I like drumming because you get to show off with your friends and be proud of yourself,” Kurisaki said.

From Bali to Cali Freshman Barron Mainz spent a year in Indonesia. by Kolbie Brightwell

California has approximately 70 times more land area than Bali.

California Bali

There are about ten Californians for every Balinese.

Land Area


163,696 sq. miles

38,041,430 people

2,232 sq. miles

3,891,428 people and


Between surfing from sunrise to sunset and hours of school and homework, freshman Barron Mainz has needed to adjust to life in California after living in Bali, Indonesia for a year. “Everything is different,” Mainz said. “It’s clean here and dirty there. Indonesia is a third-world country. Everything is cheap, very poor, and very dirty, but still the people there are very pleasant to be around. Here in America, it’s the complete opposite.” When Mainz moved to Bali from Santa Barbara, he was introduced to an entirely new economy and lifestyle. In Indonesia, the county as a whole speaks Indonesian, but each island has a different language. The island Mainz lived on speaks Balinese, but Mainz learned how to speak Indonesian as well.

“It took me about two to three months to pick up Indonesian. To learn the language, I went to a school that basically only spoke Indonesian. [However,] I had an English teacher from America and my principal spoke English.” In Indonesia, the quality of education is “poor” and the students are given a limited number of sports to participate in. “The sports were limited to badminton, ping pong, and surfing,” Mainz said. “Here, I can play any sport, and the education is much better.” Part of the reason Mainz and his family moved to Bali was because of America’s declining economy and the limits education places on the jobs they could get. “It’s very expensive here, but what I love about America is that your options of actually becoming something are greater than anywhere else,” he said.

Pitch perfect Senior Jared Foshe worked his way up to play varsity.

by Edwin Chavez

He had two choices: throw in the towel, or wipe the sweat off and keep trying. It was not the end, just a failed attempt. Senior Jared Foshe approached his shortcomings as such his freshman year after he failed to make the frosh/soph baseball team. After attending tryouts, he felt “somewhat confident” about the results and was eager to see the final list. “On the day the roster was posted, I quickly walked over to the field and when I eventually saw the roster, I didn’t see my name. I couldn’t have felt more devastated,” Foshe said. After being dealing with the frustration of rejection, Foshe knew he could not just give up. “I continued to take private lessons weekly, [which is] something I’ve done since seventh grade,” Foshe said. There, he and his baseball PHOTO COURTESY OF JARED FOSHE instructor focused on improving in all areas, including bat- Throwing a curveball. Senior Jared Foshe believes all his hard work has paid off. He is ting, fielding, and pitching. now on the varsity team and finds that his pitching, batting, and fielding have all improved. When the next school year arrived, he focused mainly on third base. “I didn’t pitch during tryouts, because coach had already At the start of his fifth period baseball class, Foshe prac- seen me pitch,” he said. “I did do the infield and outfield ticed with position players, having tried out for pitcher the evaluations though, and there was a diving play I made. It previous year and having not made the cut. A coach, how- got the coach really excited.” ever, recognized Foshe and asked him why he was not with According to Foshe, it was just the boost he needed to the pitchers. make the team. Foshe replied that he was mainly a “third-base man,” but “When I got home the day the roster was posted online, after the coach left, he gave the idea some serious consider- my name was there. That was the moment,” Foshe said. “A ation. couple of teammates even congratulated me because they “Back then, I just didn’t feel [like] I threw hard enough, knew what I went through. They knew I wasn’t with them but I decided to join the pitchers that same day,” he said. last year.” When fall season began his sophomore year, Foshe was He tried out for varsity this year after two years of playchosen to be a pitcher for JV games. He especially remem- ing on JV, and made the team. One of his new teammates, bers a game against Narbonne. senior Kevin Ahir, was especially excited to have Foshe on “I remember [feeling] relieved after pitching a perfect in- the team. ning, and how everyone was really pumped because of it,” “I know he worked really hard in the off-season. His athhe said. leticism, defense, and strength had all improved,” Ahir said. The game ended in a tie, but Foshe left with a newfound “He’s dedicated to winning and he’ll do anything for it.” confidence. Foshe went on to pitch for the JV baseball team that year, “When I was up there, I heard people yelling, but it as well as the next, when he rewarded his coaches’ decision didn’t put pressure on me. It just gave me more focus and by winning the Pitcher of the Year award. concentration,” Foshe said. “Looking back, I feel accomplished,” Foshe said. “I went When spring tryouts came around, he knew it was his from a 5-foot-3-inch freshman who got cut, to a 5-foot-11last opportunity to show the coaches he could play. inch senior on Varsity looking to pitch in college.”

Cotta bikes long distances for fun by Ted Cavus

His whole body aches and sweat drips down his face, but he continues to pedal with a smile on his face and determination on his mind. Freshman Gian Carlo Cotta enjoys long distances biking because of the sense of accomplishment he gets from working so hard and reaching his goal. “There are nice views and nice towns [that are] very calm,” he said. The towns he vistits “vary” in looks and they all “have their own culture” accompanying them. Cotta also accredits biking with helping him to form closer friendships. “We get to know each other other a lot more than we did before because we spend so much time together throughout the entire experience,” Cotta said. Cotta travels with his friend and his friend’s father at least once a year. On average, Cotta travels 30 miles a trip to places like Santa Barbara, Lanada Bay, White’s Bay, San Diego, and the Mexican-American border. “The [first place I ever biked] was Santa Barbara,” he said. “I was nervous because I didn’t want to get hit by a car.” The longest that Cotta has ever biked was 11 days over 50 miles when he went to the Mexican-American Border. “I felt proud that I got that far; it felt nice,” he said. Once, Cotta rode from one side of Washington D.C. to the other side of Washington D.C. “D.C. was harder,” Cotta said. “There are more hills than in [California].” Cotta travels from hotel to hotel to reach his destination. However, he uses various transportation to return home such as trains, cars, and taxis. “You have to have something to do there or else it is very boring,” Cotta said. When Cotta gets home, nothing changes about his routine. “[Nothing changes my schedule]; I get home and run my errands,” he said. Biking has become a part of Cotta’s life, according to his father, Mr. Cotta. “[Biking] is an adventure,” Mr. Cotta said. “Not only is it fun, but it is also a good way to exercise while having such amazing views.”

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Hit the pedal. Freshman Gian Carlo Cotta enjoys biking to nearby cities at least once a year.

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Stepping out onto the field, senior Giovanni Partida tries to clear his mind and focus on the game. He sees himself as a natural leader, and this shows when he plays soccer. “I would consider myself a leader, just like the rest of my teammates, because my main goal is to win, and I will do anything to obtain that goal,” Partida said. According to junior James Tanaka, Partida shows his leadership by pushing his teammates and being very dedicated to the sport. “When he steps on the field he shows 100 percent dedication, and the energy passes around the team and [helps us] work hard,” Tanaka said. Partida has a passion for soccer and hopes to play in college. “There’s a quote I read a while ago, ‘playing soccer with your feet is one thing, but playing soccer with your heart is another,’” Partida said. “It just reminds me why I play soccer: I love the game. It’s what makes me happy.” Partida’s love for the game is obvious every day at practice, according to coach Ignacio Lopez.


“You can see that Gio loves soccer and has a passion for it,” Lopez said. “You can see that it is in his blood because he gives 110 percent every time he plays.” One of Partida’s biggest accomplishments was representing the United States in an international tournament in Italy with Patedores FC two years ago. “I felt excited and nervous at the same time because we were playing against world-class academy teams, like Inter Milan from Italy and Zenit from Russia,” Partida said. Partida found out about Patedores FC through his friend and his coaches. The team won one game, tied one game, and lost two. “Even though we didn’t play as well as we wanted to, it was still a great experience because we were playing with kids who were one step away from signing professional contracts,” Partida said. The game was a life-changing experience for Partida, and he would not mind doing it again. “It was a trip that taught me a lot about life, not just about soccer,” Partida said.


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Speed demon. Senior Giovanni Partida runs the ball in the game against Palos Verdes last month. “Gio is a leader on the soccer field,” coach Ignazio Lopez said.

Surf improves through bonding and “weekend surfs” by Lindsey Pannor


White wash. Senior Ryan Woolner practices a trick earlier in the season.


After a tiring morning surf session, the team heads to Scotty’s for breakfast and a little down time before a hectic school day. According to senior and team captain Ethan Pezzolo, the surf team has made a big effort this season at improving their team through not only surfing as much as possible, but also through working to unify the team. “I would like to think the whole team has bonded, partly because I’m the team captain, but also because a team filled with companionship and camaraderie leads to more wins,” Pezzolo said. One of the surfers who experienced a positive change from the increased comaraderie of the team is sophomore Keianu Diers. “[The team] surfs together outside of school, and

sometimes we’ll go to breakfast in between surf and school,” Diers said. “[As a result,] our teamwork has really improved.” Coach Duncan Avery agrees that the guys on the team have bonded a lot this year, improving their unity during competitions. “Last year there was a little bit more of an age gap. Having good chemistry has had a large part to do with the success of the team this year,” Avery said. Another element to the team’s improvement is surfing together more outside of school. Pezzolo sets up “surf spots” on the weekends where the team can meet so that surfers are encouraged to surf more in their freetime. “Every surfer on the team has improved greatly because we have all been surfing a lot,” Pezzolo said. “Thats just what it takes.”

Ending on a good note The girls’ basketball team beat Palos Verdes on Tuesday despite their lack of energy. Ending their season at second place in Bay League, the team looks forward to playing in the CIF playoffs, which start next week. by Alina Bieschke


SeaHawk domination. 1. Senior Taylor Smith shoots in game against Palos Verdes on Tuesday. 2. Sophomore Tori Lee passes. “We played without energy and intensity but we still won because we are a more skilled team overall,” Lee said. The girls hope to make it far in the CIF playoffs, which start next week.

The Palos Verdes girls’ basketball team was ready to face RUHS with a slight home advantage on Tuesday, but RUHS arrived all too aware of their previous victory, and ended up winning 57-35. “It was a successful win,” sophomore Amiete Nyingifa said. “The fact that it was our second to last game made the team more anxious and ready to win.” The team’s recurring problem of starting slow was caused by a different reason this time. Earlier in the season, RUHS beat Palos Verdes by about 30 points. While the large gap in scores was comforting, it may have caused the team to relax a little too much. “We did lack the energy. [The players] were probably looking ahead and thinking that this game was not going to be as difficult,” coach Marcelo Enriquez said. “In that sense, it was a little more challenging to motivate them.” Junior Natalie Sisto also noticed the team’s idleness at the start of the game. “We went into the game with low focus and energy since we beat them by 30 points last game, but we were still able to play hard and pull out a win as a team,” Sisto said. Sisto also sees this issue coming up in multiple games. “[We need] to start coming out from the beginning with high focus and intensity,” Sisto

said. Although Palos Verdes was an “easy” team to beat this season, it had not always been this way. “We normally do come out successful [against Palos Verdes], but we lost to them last year,” Enriquez said. According to Enriquez, two of Palos Verdes’s seniors moved on to play basketball in college last year; in contrast, there are no seniors on the team this year. Apart from Palos Verdes, RUHS had some strong points in this game to contribute to their victory. “Our defense is doing well,” Enriquez said. “We’re doing much better in that category. I’d also say we’re moving the ball better.” With improvement and fresh wins to back the team, Sisto does not feel nervous about the approaching playoffs after their last game, which is against Leuzinger on Feb. 7. “I’m pumped. I’m excited to see the teams we’re going to play and see what it feels like to be in a CIF playoff game since this is my first year on Varsity,” Sisto said. Coach Enriquez is also excited for the playoffs, which look promising. “We have a good opportunity to do well in the playoffs. We’re coming back from injuries and starting to look healthier as a team,” Enriquez said. Based on the game against Palos Verdes, Sisto knows the team’s communication, a common and constant area for improvement, still needs a lot of work. “Our communication was good enough to win [Tuesday’s] game, but to have success in the upcoming playoff games against harder teams, we definitely need to increase our communication on the court,” she said. “After the next week of practices, we’ll be prepared.”

Boys’ soccer loses to Palos Verdes by Micah Ezzes

A late goal in a close match was all that was needed for the boys’ soccer team to lose to Palos Verdes 1-0 Tuesday. “We fell asleep for fifteen minutes,” senior Colin Jackson said. “When you play good teams, it will only be a matter of time before they score.” Other players agree with Jackson that they had a “mental lapse.” “We stopped pushing out our players from the back, which caused constant pressure from PV,” senior Enzo Mattucci said. The team now may not make it to CIF playoffs. They are fourth in Bay League, meaning that they may not move on unless they get a win against Leuzinger today. “If we beat Leuzinger, we are in CIF,” Mattucci said. “But if we lose, then we still have a good chance of making playoffs, but we will be facing much harder teams.” Jackson is upset that the team did not

work harder to secure themselves a spot in CIF playoffs. He is also upset that the team let it come down to their final game of the season to decide if they will make the playoffs or not. “We are all very disappointed,” Jackson said. “We all know that we could’ve won Bay League, but too many times this season, we beat ourselves. We allowed ourselves to become too cocky and we lost games because of it.” The team now prepares to face Leuzinger again. At their first meeting, Leuzinger came away with a 2-1 victory in overtime. “Before our game against Leuzinger, we need to find our winning attitude again,” Jackson said. “We are just going to have to play as hard as we can and pressure Leuzinger the whole game,” Mattucci said. “It is going to be hard with multiple starters sick but we are still going to try our best.” According to Jackson, if the team does

make it to CIF playoffs, they don’t have time to worry about how they will do in the tournament. “[The team agrees] that we need to take this one game at a time,” he said. “Right now, Leuzinger is the next game.” Mattucci believes the team just needs to get everyone ready to play. “We need everyone to start taking practice seriously,” he said. Despite the recent shortcomings, Mattucci believes that the team still has the potential to do well and make the best of the rest of this season. “We can still go far in CIF as long as we get in the mindset to win,” he said. Jackson agrees that the team can still do well, but believes that the team must first get past its recent losses and look forward to succeed. “We just need to take these next games one at a time, because the only game we are guaranteed is the next game,” Jackson said.


Thief. Junior Dustin Herold runs down the field, trying to steal the ball from Palos Verdes player.


Girls’ soccer wins against Leuzinger 9-0 by Romy Moreno

Just for kicks. Junior Shannon Simon passes ball during game against PV.

Coming off of three ties, the girls gave themselves only one option, win, and that’s exactly what they did against Leuzinger in yesterday’s game, 9-0. “The girls did a fantastic job. They all got to play different positions, got plenty of playing time, and every one got to contribute in this win,” coach Shelly Marsden said. According to senior Tonya Gonzalez, it felt good to get this win because she knew they had it in them all along. “The competition was a lot fiercer in the previous games, but we still played hard and it felt great to get the results we were hoping for,” junior Katrina Cohen said. According to Marsden, the team really tried to pass the ball and create a lot of movement on the field in yesterday’s game. “We really tried to improve on finsishing our chances and to leave everything we got on the field especially with CIF coming up,” Cohen said. Gonzalez also thought this game was mainly about positivity. “[The team] focused on just having fun, being competitive, enjoying the game and making sure no one got

hurt since it was our last regular season game,” Gonzalez said. According to some of the girls, this was also an emotional game. “It is kind of sad knowing that we all won’t be together next year since so many of us are leaving, but we are also excited that our season is continuing and we still have games left to play together as a team,” Gonzalez said. However, the girls plan on using this win to their advantage in there upcoming CIF games. “Having this win will definitely motivate us to come out strong and know that we can win each and every game,” Cohen said, Senior Megan Perkins also has similar thoughts towards the upcoming CIF games. “We are looking to have a fully healed and healthy team for our first game in CIF next week,” Perkins said. In the end, Marsden only has the highest hopes for CIF because of the passion the girls have already shown her. “We had a lot of senior leadership and this is a team who genuinely cares for one another,” Shelly said. “We are really hoping to do a great job in representing Redondo in CIF.”

Photos by Chris Nguyen

Dancing to the Top Wrestling sends two of the team to CIF by Beth Shallon

The RUHS Dance Guard started their year off strong last Saturday at Claremont High School, receiving second place with two dances scoring 82.33 and 82.83 and third with two dances scoring 81.67 and 84.00. Coach Sarah Slemmons is optimistic about where the season will go from here. “All of our routines are at a higher level this year than previous years. They really push the dancers to perform at a higher level,” Slemmons said. A couple of the dancers feel that they did well considering it’s so early in the season. Senior Xinxi Li is proud of the scores they received and of how the girls performed. “I would say we all did pretty good. I’m especially proud of my freshman teammates,” Li said. “This is their first indoor competition. It is so different from the outdoor competitions that we do during football season.” Slemmons knew that the girls were behind because they did not start learning their routines until Dec. while most teams they compete against had already begun preparing. “I am really happy that our scores were three to five points higher than where we started last year,” Slemmons said. “We trophied in several school divisions against some pretty tough schools.”


by Cole Stecyk

As the end of the season approaches, the boys’ varsity wrestling team managed to get two wrestlers into CIF, junior Kevin James and senior Izzy Del Real. Del Real, who placed first in his division, believes he will do “great” things in CIF. “I think I will do good if I give it my all,” Del Real said. “As a team, we were not at our prime at the beginning of the season.” Junior Kevin James, who also placed first in his division, believes he did well because of his intense focus during his

Photos by vitoria magno

Standoff. Senior Izzy Del Real placed first in his division and will continue his season along with junior Kevin James into CIF.

match. “At CIF, I think I will do well. My weight is right and my technique is pretty good,” James said. Freshman Justin Williamson, who placed third out of four, prepares for future matches in the next year’s wrestling tournaments. “Next year, I will be older and hopefully stronger,” Williamson said. “I hope that we will have better and stronger wrestlers next year so we can do better in all areas of the basic wrestling fundamentals.” Williamson also describes how he prepares for his matches, considering he is the smallest on the team, 5-foot-2inchess, and weighs 106 pounds. “I get motivated because I know my opponent can break us and that is what really motivates me to win my match and help my team,” Williamson said. Freshman Russell Smith, who placed second out of four, believes he had a good warm up before his match. “Before my match, I listened to music, which really pumped me up,” Smith said. “I think I did pretty good, though, overall considering I got second place.” Freshman Mike Hunt believes that he did well in his match because of his preparation. “After the tournament, I feel as if I did alright. I didn’t do the best, but I didn’t do my personal worst,” Hunt said. James is confident that he will do well in CIF and that all that matters is the amount of faith he puts in himself. “My only enemy at CIF will be my mind, I just have to stay positive and hope for the best,” James said.

Moving The boys’ basketball team beat Palos Verdes on Tuesday 64-45, securing their position in CIF finals. by Jené Price and Caitlin Cochran

Sitting on the bus on the way home, the boys’ basketball team found out they won Bay League to top their night after winning the game against Palos Verdes 64-45. “It feels amazing winning Bay League when last year we were just at the bottom of the League,” senior Chris Henderson said. Coach Reginald Morris is proud of the boys’ achievements throughout the season. “The players have a lot to be proud of when they go out and set a goal and are able to accomplish that goal,” Morris said. “I am proud of what they have accomplished.” Starting off the game in close range, the boys were able to pull ahead in the second half and open up a lead against Palos Verdes. “I thought we focused more in the third quarter, and we focused more defensively in the second half,” Morris said. According to Henderson, the boys added more pressure in the second half and Palos Verdes was unable to handle it. “I think our pressure in the second half got to them, and we started to execute more and that helped us pull ahead and win the


game,” Henderson said. Coach Morris was able to utilize the whole team in the game and get a lot of players playing while keeping the same chemistry. “The toughest part is trying to play everybody. Everyone comes to practice, and everyone is important to the team,” Morris said. “A part of my coaching philosophy is to get everybody in. I want to wear the other team down so we need as many fresh bodies as possible.” According to sophomore Jeremiah Headley, the boys could have gone in the game with a little more expectations from themselves. “We underestimated [Palos Verdes] from the beginning,” Headley said. “We should have come out with more focus.” Coach Morris believes the boys lacked enthusiasm in the beginning of the game. “I don’t think we gave a real sharp effort,” Morris said. “I would like to see a little more focus in the last games that we play.” Even though the team was able to beat



Photos by Mitchell yonemura

They see me dunkin’. 1. The basketball team gets pumped up before their game. 2. Junior Ian Fox shoots against PV. 3. Freshman Leland Green dunks the ball into the hoop.


Palos Verdes by 19 points, senior Derek Biale claims its was not an easy game. “It definitely wasn’t an easy win,” Biale said. “They gave us a good game for the first and we pulled together as a team in the third quarter and put the game away.” Henderson contributed to the team six points and three rebounds. “In the game I was able to help out a lot

on defense,” Henderson said. “I could have finished more on the offensive end, but we got a win, and I was happy about that.” According to Morris, Henderson is an important player on the team. “I think Chris is the glue to our team, he is a good player and does a lot of the dirty work,” Morris said. “He is an invaluable member to our team.”

Girls’ water polo loses 11-2 to Mira Costa by Anna Fauver

Photos by Matt Mardesich

Rejected. Senior Sarah Logan defends the goal from a PV player during a game last Monday. The team beat PV 9-2 and belived they overcame PV’s speed because of their strong half-court defence, according to sophomore Madison East.

The girls’ water polo team fell short of the high standards they set in their match against Mira Costa, losing 11-2 in Wednesday’s away game. After doing so well in their last match against Costa, senior Brida Brando believes that the girls could have done much better. “We played well,” she said. “But not all of the girls were doing their best. We definitely had the potential to do better, especially after almost beating them last time.” Even though Brando thinks that the team did not play terribly, she still thinks that this is one of the worst games that the team played this season. “We have done so much better against Costa,” she said. “Furthermore, we have been practicing for a while and should have grown more and played better by now.” Senior Sarah Logan also believes that the team could have played better. According to her, the offense was the reason they lost. “I think we played okay,” she said. “Our defense was pretty solid today, but it was our shooting and turnovers that cost us the game.” According to Logan, this game reflects how the team played all season in some ways. “The mistakes we made during the game are some of the same mistakes we have been making all year,” she

said. “I know that when we really give it all we got, we can play a lot better.” Brando thinks that although the team struggled, there were some players that stood out this season. “Our goalie, Sarah Logan, played really well as always. She was a great leader for the team,” she said. “Bridgette [Schneider] and Nina played really well, not only in this game but also this season. Dinah [Aiad] played really well this season, too.” Although their record was worse than last year, Logan still believes that the team played better this year. “I think we played better as a team,” she said. “Even though our record doesn’t necessarily show it, I think that we improved a lot from last year.” Even though they did not make it into CIF and did not do as well as last year, Brando still believes that the girls made the most of the season. “We girls are so close, and I think that is what made the season so great, regardless of us making it to CIF or not,” she said. “The friendship we carry out is what counts the most.”

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American and proud. 1. The Pilot 2. Suave lotion 3. Staples brand flash cards 4. Staples brand paper clips 5. Garnier Fructis hair product 6. MAC powder foundation 7. C. O. Bigalow rose salve 8. Roaring Springs paper products 9. Gaebel rulers 10. Sally Hansen nail polish 11. Expo products 12. Swan brand nail polish remover 13. Scotch transparent tape 14. Scholastic stamp ink 15. Juicy Coture perfume 16. Lancome liquid foundation 17. RUHS boys’ lacrosse jacket.

Is it made in America?

These days, most people assume nothing is made in America anymore. Here are some things still made domestically and some that are not.


Patriotic threads. A student wears an american-made shirt by Commune clothing company.


1. Hershey’s chocolate 2. Wiffle ball 3. Wilson footballs 4. Louisville Slugger baseball bat 5. Gibson guitars 6. Slinky 7. Crayola 8. Sharpie 9. Harley Davidson 10. Kitchenaid 11. True Religion 12. Ford 13. Toyota Sienna and Camery 14. Georgia Pacific paper

not USA-made 1. Converse shoes 2. Mattel products 3. Etch a sketch 4. Chuck Taylors All Star 5. Rawlings baseballs 6. Budweiser 7. American Girl Dolls 8. Craftsman Tool brand 9. Levi’s Jeans 10. Alka-Seltzer 11. Gerber Products 12. Coor beer 13. Apple products 14. GI Joes

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High Tide Feb. 8, 2013 Edition  

Vol. XCIII Edition 9

High Tide Feb. 8, 2013 Edition  

Vol. XCIII Edition 9