by Cody Williams
Redondo Beach, CA // Redondo Union High School Nov. 18, 2011 // Vol. LMXXIV // Section 11 Hightideonline.org
Whether a crowded food court or wide open sea, students find unique jobs to earn an extra buck.
He hears the waves crashing on the ocean miles away. He looks out in front of him taking in the sight of the rippling clear water. He pulls the oars in one swift motion moving the gondola forward. This is not Venice, Italy though. This beautiful place exists right in our backyard — the South Bay — and junior Matt Rico gets to take in this sight every weekend as he paddles around Redondo Harbor. Being a gondolier is a one of a kind job. There is only one gondola in the entire south bay and Rico rows it. Rico believes his job working on a gondola is very unique. “I think this is one of the most interesting jobs there is out there,” he said. Rico, who works on a gondola on the weekends tours couples around the harbor. On top of his job to journey from harbor to harbor he must act and play the part of a genuine Italian. “At the halfway point I have to make a full turn near a restaurant.” He said “There are usually people at the restaurant so my boss makes me row up to them and say, “buongiòrno!” and “ciao bella!” to stay in character.”
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Sisters Alexandra and Christina Oliver pursue an acting career.
Students express their personality through their clothes.
Football starts off CIF season against St. Bonaventure tonight.
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Saturday school given for unexcused tardies and absences Students will soon be faced with a notification to attend a four hour Saturday detention by Kayla Maanum
Seven o’clock on a Saturday morning is typically a time when students ignore their alarm clocks and sleep in, spend time with friends and family, or maybe start their day in the Bingo room for two to four hours of Saturday school. Students with five or more tardies or unexcused absences in one quarter will receive a notification to attend Saturday school. Principal Nicole Wesley believes this notification should not be regarded as a punishment, but a chance for students to reflect on their habits. “We don’t want [Saturday school] to be a negative, punitive consequence. It’s really
a time for reflection. That’s the culture [the staff wants] to create,” Wesley said. Interim Assistant Principal Rich Grimes also thinks the new rule will benefit students as an alternative for punishment. “We’re trying to establish a positive culture where instruction and good behavior is at the top of the list rather than punishment,” Grimes said. “However, we do want to hold students accountable for being negligent to coming to school or cutting [class] during the day.” According to Grimes, coming to school on time or making sure an absence is cleared is not only the student’s responsibility, but the parent’s as well. “Parents have been relatively negligent to calling [the office to clear an absence] this year. I wouldn’t say a large percentage, but a small minority aren’t calling in,” he said. Though Wesley knows being late once or
twice is understandable, she doesn’t believe in making it a habit. “When somebody comes in late, no matter how hard a teacher tries to stay on task, it’s disruptive. It breaks the [students’] concentrations,” Wesley said. Saturday school is now enforced and is scheduled for one to three Saturdays per month. Those who are required to attend will spend two or four hours, starting at 7:00 a.m., in the Bingo room. Students can bring homework, a reading book, and a snack. Students are able to access assignments on the computers in the Bingo room to complete their work. Because of this, Grimes and Wesley agree Saturday school is a better alternative to suspension. “We think it is important to have some program in place as an alternative to suspension as a way to encourage students to come
to school on time,” Wesley said. If a student does not serve the Saturday school required or an alternative after school two-hour Friday school, he or she may face an in-house suspension, meaning a student spends an entire day in the office’s conference room doing work without being able to socialize with peers. Overall, Wesley believes since the start of the enforcement of Saturday school this year, there has been an “improvement”, as there has been increase of phone calls to clear absences to the attendance office and less tardies. She stresses the importance of these improvements. “A student will be more successful when they’re here and on time. Our ultimate goal is for [students] to receive an excellent education here and have the ability to be competitive and successful in the global world,” Wesley said.
NEWS // NOV. 18, 2011
Controversy over drug sniffing dogs continues by Craig Ives and Andrew Czuzak
The school board’s 3-to-2 vote to allow drug-sniffing dogs on campus raised controversy among teachers, parents, and students. The approved program aims to reduce drug use on school by letting K-9 units sniff the air around lockers and in common areas at school. The recommendation to use drug-sniffing dogs came from the Drug and Alcohol Community Task Force, which was created to find ways to reduce drug abuse. “We don’t think dogs will end drug use, but it’s part of our overall program against drug use,” said Frank DeSena, who is head of the task force. Math teacher Tim Baumgartner agrees that although the drug-sniffing dogs will not solve all the problems, it will help push drugs off campus. In addition, Baumgartner believes that although some will complain about an invasion of privacy, providing a safe and clean learning environment is much more important. “It’s going to be a good thing,” Baumgartner said. “We can’t cure the world’s problems, but we can make the campus a safer place.” History teacher Philip Comito approves the use of drug-sniffing dogs as well. Like
Baumgartner, Comito believes that the privacy of the students must be sacrificed so that students and teachers are safe. Furthermore, Comito feels that drugs do not have a place in any school setting. “I am one hundred percent confident that this will deter students from bringing drugs on campus,” Comito said. The use of drug-sniffing dogs as a deterrent is not new; several high schools in the area, such as Mira Costa and the Torrance high schools, use drug-sniffing dogs. The approval of the program by School Board Vice-President Anita Avrick and Board Member Laura Emdee partially stemmed from the other school districts’ past successes with drug-sniffing dogs. According to Ben Dale, principal of Mira Costa, there have been no complaints over their drug-sniffing dogs and students at Mira Costa “overwhelmingly” say the dogs are a deterrent. Besides the influence of surrounding schools, Emdee, Avrick, and board president Jane Diehl approved the plan partially because of widespread parental support in Redondo’s school district. “I didn’t have a single parent tell me not to do it,” Avrick said. According to Emdee, “even parents of kids with drugs were not opposed.” Todd Loewenstein, presiding officer of
the school board, acknowledges that parents favor reducing drug usage, but believes that there are better ways to find drugs on campus. In addition, Loewenstein questions whether the program should be approved just because parents support the program. “We don’t decide things based on if they’re popular; we decide based on what’s right and what’s effective,” he said. In addition, Loewenstein cites the program as a violation of the Fourth Amendment and its protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Besides its disregard for constitutional rights, Loewenstein believes that the program will not be effective. “Let’s not delude ourselves…kids are going to find ways around this. It’s not going to be effective,” Loewenstein said. The effectiveness of the dogs will be decided when the issue is brought back before the board in a year. “The program will continue to be evaluated so we can make intelligent decisions,” Diehl said. Until that decision, “There are consequences...if you break the rules,” Avrick said. “It’s just a matter of making rules and following them.” Loewenstein agrees that there should be a penalty, but believes that it should be
centered on those caught using drugs. “I don’t want to lump kids into the same category,” he said. “We keep looking for a solution and not what the root of the problem is.” As an alternative, Loewenstein supports a stiffer penalty if drug users are caught. That way, he believes, drug users will “think about the repercussions” before they bring drugs on campus. “We need to be providing more opportunities for kids,” Loewenstein said. DeSena agrees with Loewenstein on the need for methods besides the use of drug-sniffing dogs. DeSena cited several programs for the prevention of drug use including a middle school program called Project Heart, the Safe Space agreement, and voluntary drug testing. “Our goal is to do a series of things that give students reasons not to use drugs,” said DeSena. The school board is also open to suggestions from students about the drug policy or any other school board policy. “If there’s any issue the kids want to know about, they should come and talk to the board,” Avrick said. However, according to Avrick, the bottom line for the drug policy is: “If you want to be treated like adults, you have to act like adults.”
Assistant Principal Amy Golden will be leaving RUHS today.
Goodbye by Jason Rochlin
Assistant Principal Amy Golden, who has been an integral part of the RUHS administration team for two and a half years, is leaving RUHS. “I think that the students have probably made a bigger impact [on me],” Golden said. Despite her feelings about leaving RUHS, Golden still keeps an upbeat attitude about the future. “Everyone’s replaceable and someone will come in and sit in this chair who I know will do a fantastic job and carry on some of the things I’ve started and make them even better,” Golden said. Golden’s last day on campus is today. She has taken a job as an assistant principal at Beverly Hills High School. “[I just want to say] thank you so much for the opportunity and the chance to be part of your world for a little while. I really appreciate it. I will come back around,” she said. 3.
REDONDO’S ARCHIVES 3.
Preserving Redondo’s history. 1. The 1971 edition of The Pilot shows the bird sculpture that towers above campus. The sculpture was erected that same year. 2. The archives are currently boxed up in Room 101. They will soon be moved to the old administration building, which will house the archives in a fireproof room. 3. Because of rations during World War II, The Pilot was not published in 1943 and 1944; instead, a log of major events was published. 4. The archives of The High Tide go all the way back to the 1910s.
4. PHOTOS BYJULIE D’EATH
FEATURES // NOV. 18, 2011
students in search for stardom pursue carreers in modeling and acting
Sibling’s search for stardom by Katie Hill
They wait in line in anticipation as they quickly go over their lines with each other one more time. They watch the other girls in front of them go in one by one until they’re next in line. A man comes out and calls their names; finally it’s their turn to go in. This is just another normal day of auditions. Junior Alexandra Oliver, and her sister, sophomore, Christina Oliver have been acting professionally since 2008, when they came to Los Angeles. “We wanted to get the real Los Angeles experience,” Christina said. They have been cast in commercials for Sunny D, Airhead, and a music video for band N.E.R.D., among many other things.
“It’s great,” Christina said “You’re exposed to this whole different world [the world of show business] and you get to meet the most interesting people.” According to the girls, acting is not always as easy as it seems. To shoot a minute long commercial, it can take up to seven hours. “The directors like to do a lot of retakes to make sure every scene comes out just right,” said Christina. Both don’t expect it to become a permanent career for either of them in the future. But they do plan on using many of the skills they have learned from it. “Acting gives you a sense of independence, the experience has definitely made me more of a mature person,” Alexandra said
PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEXANDRA AND CHRISTINA OLIVER
Dancing Queens Sisters Alexandra and Christina Oliver dance for an advertisement.
Webb pursues modeling career by Anthony Leong
Many times, when we imagine a model, a gorgeous woman with perfect features comes to mind. Our instant reactions can be misleading. Senior Chris Webb got into modeling because of his friend Anabelle Reed. Reed founded a company called Rouge, and needed a model for her jewelry line. Webb accepted her offer. “I’ve only done modeling a couple times,” he said. “The ones I did for the jewelry were really fun because of the scenery.” Webb feels that the artistic aspect of modeling is part of the enjoyment. “You get to take really artistic pictures, like out of the ordinary [pictures],” he said. Modeling began in 1852 with Marie Vernet Worth, who served as a model for her husband, Charles Frederick Worth, a fashion
designer. However, modeling didn’t become the apparently glamorous profession it is today until the 1930s with Lisa Fonssagrives, the first “supermodel” (wikipedia). Although Webb feels that the job is simple and enjoyable, he sees it as more of a shortterm way to make some cash. “It’s easy and it’s fun to do, but I don’t think I’d pursue a career in it. Recently, Webb did an ad for a new toy, “like a Nerf gun,” he claims. He spoke about some of the challenges involved with the process. “They made me hold up this plastic gun for like an hour straight,” he said. According to Webb, modeling is not as difficult as it is made to seem. “They try and make modeling seem like it’s a hard thing to do, but it’s not,” he said.
1. Beach Boy. 1. Webb poses for a photoshoot. 2. Webb perches atop a wooden post at the beach. 3. Webb walks across the rocks at the beach.
2. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRIS WEBB
FEATURES // NOV. 18, 2011
Eccentric Instruments Zoerner passionate about banjo by Shivanni Ghandi
His left hand rapidly switches position and slides up and down the neck, his right hand strums strings to a metal song - on his banjo. Sophomore Mason Zoerner plays four instruments: guitar, banjo, bass, and piano. “Music is my outlet to express everything,” he said. “I have an appreciation and respect for all music that expresses some kind of emotion. Classical, punk, grunge, rock, anything.” Zoerner’s banjo is tuned like a guitar so he can play them both the same way, he also writes his own music. “If I’m feeling something pretty strong, I’ll be able to write something that kind of relates to how I’m feeling,” he said. He has played with lots of bands even though he isn’t a formal member of any. He and his friends often get together on the weekends and just play. “I like playing with different people because it pushes me to do better and helps me learn,” he said. Zoerner would love to learn how to play
different instruments, because he believes that each one is unique. “[Music is] my talent, so that’s what I want to pursue,” he said. One of Zoerner’s inspirations and favorite guitarists is Buckethead, who plays many instruments, including the guitar, ukulele, and mandolin. “I really like him, not only because he’s a really talented shredder, but because he can write some of the most emotional songs I’ve ever heard on guitar,” he said. “He has a song dedicated to his aunt, and you can just feel his guitar crying.” Zoerner would love to learn how to play different instruments, because he believes that each one is unique. “I’d like to get better at the instruments I know now before I expand to learning other ones,” he said. “But I think it’s really cool to be a multi-instrumentalist.” His passion for playing music began two years ago while he was still in middle school. He would play Guitar Hero all the time and got to the point where he could play almost every song on “expert.” “One day when I was playing, I was like
PHOTO BY SOPHIA RITCHIE
Country Rock Zoerner has a six string banjo which allows him to play songs one would normally play on a guitar.
‘Wait. I could be doing this on a real guitar.’ And it all started from there,” he said. Zoerner’s parents are supportive and admire his talent because neither of them play any instruments. “They’re pretty impressed with what I can do on guitar,” he said. “But usually they just tell me to shut my door, because I like to play loud.” According to Zoerner, music is something
Finnell plays unique instrument by Madison Mitchell
While senior, Lucas Finnell plays his ocarina, his friends’ look on in amusement. “I picked the ocarina because its very iconic to people who recognize it. It is small and portable, and I like the sound of [it],” Finnell said. Even though the ocarina may sound unfamiliar to some, it has been around for thousands of years. It is a small handheld wind instrument that makes a sound like a flute. “I got interested in the ocarina from the Legend of Zelda series, like a lot of other people,” Finnell said. “It’s interesting because it is very dif-
ficult to play such a unique instrument,” Finnel’s friend, senior Tyson Lopez said. Finnell self taught himself how to play the ocarina when he asked for it as birthday gift in August. He is currently teaching himself and is learning songs from famous video games. “I don’t take lessons because there isn’t a right or wrong way to play the instrument and not many people own them,” Finnell said. Finnell’s musical talents go beyond the ocarina. He has played many other instruments in the past as well. “I used to be in a band with my older brother,” Finnell said. While playing many well-known instru-
Schwarze masters the didgeridoo by Cedric Hyon
PHOTO BY SOPHIA RITCHIE
Legend of Lucas. Finnell finds his friends’ iinterest in his ocarina very flattering.
ments, Finnell’s ocarina has gotten him exclusive attention that he did not expect. “I didn’t think anyone was really interested in my silly little ocarina,” Finnell said.
Eskilson finds a lot of joy in playing the jaw harp by Hannah Son
The jaw harp can be traced all the way to 4th century B.C. However, for avid musician, sophomore Christopher Eskilson, it has only been one year since his discovery of the jaw harp. Eskilson plays electric bass, upright bass, guitar, piano, and the the drums.
“I love music and play many instruments, so I am always looking for new things to play and experiment with,” said Eskilson. After visiting a folk music store last year, Eskilson was introduced to the jaw harp. “I’ve always had a love for the bizarre and odd, so I was drawn to the uncommon device,” Eskilson said. For Eskilson, the jaw harp is an instru-
he is really good at, so as long as it is a part of his future, he does not care what he ends up doing. “If I’m in a band somehow, it’s hard to make it, but if that works out then great. If I’m a music teacher or write music for movies or something, then great,” he said. “[Music is] my talent, so that’s what I want to pursue.”
ment that may look simple but is difficult to master, “I find [the jaw harp] really fun and I am always trying to expand my abilities with it,” said Eskilson. Eskilson is constantly surrounded by music. “ I always look up new harp techniques to use for crazy sounds,” said Eskilson.
On an average Saturday morning, he looks into the closet to find a long wooden pipe. He takes it out, dusts it off and hums out the first note with a heavy stream of air. A didgeridoo is an Australian instrument. They are usually constructed out of wood. They’re long hollowed tubes in various shapes, sizes, and paint styles. Senior Justin Schwarze brings his to school frequently. “I found it in my parents closet and decided to take it out and play it,” Schwarze said. Schwarze has been playing the didgeridoo on-and-off for about 5 years and has learned many different tricks to playing it. “It’s like pedal tones for brass. All the different sound frequencies are done with the position of the tongue in your mouth. You can make clicking noises with the back of your throat. You can scream into it, you can hum. It’s a very vocal instrument,” Schwarze said. For Schwarze, the didgeridoo is one of the most interesting instruments he’s played
OPINION // NOV. 18, 2011
Redondo “Do you think new grants providing iPads to students will be beneficial to our school? “Only after or during tests because students would get distracted.”
“It would be awesome. It helps lesson plans and keeps students interested.” —Jacob
“Yes, because you don’t have to lug around books.”
“Yes, because they help students concentrate.” —Breann Wessel
“It helps students to learn and also helps teachers to teach.” —Daniel Nunes
10th Compiled by Claire Tsius Photos by Taylor Brightwell
Is Saturday school for truant students a good way to raise lost revenue or an overall bad idea?
Constant truancies can negatively impact the quality of one’s education. Missing class means a student misses information, and make-up work is often not enough to truly inform students. This year’s administration has reenacted Saturday school in order to instill punctual habits in students. The more we are here the more we learn. This is simple. Studies on education have by Isaiah Madison proven that 180 days of instruction is the most beneficial to students. No more, no less. This is one of the reasons why the school takes tardies and truant absences so seriously. One or two absences are acceptable being that they are either for an illness, a court appearance, or a religious purpose; all of these can be cleared by the attendance office. Many absences are not for any of these reasons but for negligence by the student; these absences also fail to be cleared. Saturday school is a proper punishment for these students not only does it motivate kids to be in class and on time but it also grants students time to study what they have missed in a quiet, focused environment. When a student is late he or she not only disrupts their education but also disrupts the education of others and the focus of the teacher. One can not help but to wonder why a student is late and in doing this they can lose focus on what is being taught. If one is constantly late they start to lose the drive to be punctual. They realize that they can be late without consequence. They become tardy and absent more often and their grades drop further. It is a downward spiral that is hard to bounce back from. The school is just doing its job in trying to prevent this bad habit. The school also loses money when one chooses to be absent or tardy and fails to clear it. In our poor economic state, the $36 dollars that our school does not receive significantly affects education for all of us, which justifies further why students who are constantly absent need punishment. Saturday school is a way to punish these delinquent students and earn the money back. The timing of Saturday school is also ironically beneficial to the attendees, in my opinion it is at possibly the least disruptive time of the day, the morning. School starts at seven and lasts until eleven. A painless four hour of which would probably just be spent sleeping in, something of which constantly tardy students should be receiving enough of. Saturday school suits all of the needs that we have dealing with tardies and absences. We can only hope that these students in need will learn from their experience. If not, there is always next Saturday.
Administration has come up with an idea to combat disciplinary infractions, unexcused absences, and tardies. Saturday school, which will be conducted on 15 Saturdays this year, hopes to put an end to these troublesome issues. Classes will last anywhere between two to four hours and will be taught and supervised by RUHS credentialed teachers. The by Dan Furmansky question is will this Saturday school idea be successful and why the need for such an aggressive administrative decision? This year, there has been a greater focus on graduation rates. Principal Wesley has passed the motion to implement Saturday school in order to keep students on track for graduation and hold them accountable for their actions. It’s interesting that the administration has focused on attendance issues over academic issues. Students who have received excessive tardies or unexcused absences will be obligated to attend school on Saturday and by doing so the school will recover the money it has lost on absent students. Honestly this seems like an attempt to make up lost money rather than impact the lives, study habits, and attendance of the students involved. Interim Assistant Principal Rich Grimes speculates that “there is a cost to pay the assigned Saturday School teachers but since funding can be recouped based on ADA make-up, we can and should earn more money than we spend by the end of the school year on this program.” ADA stands for Average Daily Attendance. Every day a student is absent the district loses money. Students who are truant all day for five days or more will have to serve Saturday school. Truancy and attendance laws around the country are getting stricter and now parents may even have to suffer for the absences of their children. It is also worth considering if attending Saturday school will make up for a student’s absences or if it will solely benefit the funding of the school. For example, if a student is truant a certain number of days he may be fined or summoned to court. That being said, would Saturday school erase a truant or not? Behavioral infractions may also be reason enough to be asked to attend Saturday School. This seems like a glorified and unnecessary detention. Something that can easily be solved in a couple school days is now being moved to the weekend. This results in a lose-lose scenario for both students and teachers that would rather not be in school on a Saturday morning. This idea is a bold move by the administration and we can only wait and see if it pays off for the school and the district as a whole.
OPINION // NOV. 18, 2011
Occupy Wall St. is an important movement. Expressing dissatisfaction with our government will evoke change.
For Your Thoughts
by Benjamin McLaughlin
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Our generation is obsessed with fame Te n m o r e likes and a handful of friend requests. Six new followers and four more re-tweets. A hundred more views every hour and reposts galore. Thanks to today’s technology, fame has never been easier to achieve or more highly valued. From young girls singing into glittery microphones to boys dreaming of scoring the winning touchdown at the Super Bowl, kids have always wanted to become famous. However, the dream of stardom is no longer restricted to the fanciful musings of children. Teenagers don’t want to just be successful or happy anymore; we just want our names to be known by everyone. In a Pew Research Center poll, 51% of 18- to 21-year-olds surveyed said being famous is Generation Y’s priority (http:// www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-0109-gen-y-cover_x.htm). Even seemingly innocent status updates reflect an unreasonable fixation with fame. We just like to think that everyone cares about our daily activities. To be fair, the recent online escapades of Rebecca Black and the Bed Intruder (“Hide your kids! Hide your wife!”) do prove that celebrity is accessible to even the least noteworthy among us. But does that really justify our obsession with becoming famous? For the first time, anyone can become a
star. Whether it is by typing away on a blog or by making musical mash-up videos, it is certainly possible to win celebrity and earn millions by posting interesting, surprising, or simply stupidly amusing content on the World Wide Web. However, we can’t all be famous. The internet success stories are still rare exceptions, which leaves the rest of us sitting alone in mundane commonality. Even more importantly, why should fame be valued at all? The constant reports of celebrity train wrecks make it obvious that popularity is no guarantee of happiness. If anyone can be a celebrity, it is ridiculous for fame to be held in such high esteem. Nonetheless, people still flock to the internet with dreams of being celebrated as brilliant, witty, or talented. A larger audience—say two billion people—might be just the thing that the unnoticed need to be recognized. While that seems promising in theory, the reality is that trying to win internet stardom is not only futile, but is an unhealthy obsession. It doesn’t help that social networking sites have transformed popularity from an abstract concept into a measurable fact. It is all too easy to tie our feelings of self-worth to the small numbers at the edge of our screen. Despite the insanity, our obsession with fame is only going to increase as we become even more connected. In the words of Youtube cofounder Chad Hurley, “Everyone, in the back of his mind, wants to be a star.”
“ Teenagers don’t want to just be successful or happy anymore. We just want to be known by everyone.
Seniors (like me) are going through a crucial phase in their lives right now: applying to colleges. What happens in the coming months will affect the rest of our lives. So, naturally, many seniors want to make sure that their applications are the best they can be. This has led to a lot of stress and last-minute cramming. Students can’t help but question, is the school doing enough to help us? To put it frankly, yes. For the most part, we do not know what we are doing while filling out college apps. Most of the stuff is straightforward, we are just scared out of our minds. If we do one little thing wrong, it could be the reason we do not get in to the college of our choice. Thus, we fear our mistakes and move forward cautiously, often confusing ourselves in the process. What if I did this wrong? What if I did that wrong? These questions frustrate college-bound seniors to no end. However, all of these questions could be answered by a quick trip to the hero of all seniors, Karen Morris in the College and Career Center. She is there to offer aid to any student seeking help. If you have any questions, Morris will answer them. She sends out an email every week that students often put in their email’s junk folder. She holds informational meetings every Wednesday. With 552 seniors in our class, Morris reports an average of 15 students that attend her meetings. “We try to give students as much information as we can,” Morris said. “I don’t know what other ways we can reach out to them.” On top of this, many teachers offer to read personal statements and answer any college questions. Teachers are here to help, but if you don’t ask them, they wont know you need it. Instead of whining about the stress you’re under and blaming a lack of resources, ask for help. Our high school has programs specifically implemented to assist you. Help is available, seniors just have to show the initiative and ask for it. Proactive students can expect acceptance letters in the spring. For those students who refused to take advantage of opportunities, you will have no one to blame but yourself.
FEATURES // NOV. 18, 2011
Getting Personal Looking closer at the senior personal statements
– Brandon Kim
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– Jordan Nicholson
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Colescott embraces individual style by Allegra Peelor
It’s 7:45 a.m. and junior Ryan Colescott is going to be late for school. In a rush, he pulls on his favorite off-white sweater, a pair of “not too skinny” cuffed jeans, and a pair of loafers. “I would really describe my style as eclectic,” he said. Colescott’s friend, junior Fumie Reyes, describes Colescott’s style as a “neutral-colored swag.” “Some people when they have ‘swag’ they wear jewelry and accessories, but he’s more natural and simple,” she said. Until recently, Colescott did not think about putting an effort into showing his eclectic style. “In the past I would just basically put matching stuff together. Now I put clothes together that don’t really match but still kind of go together,” he said. “When you put on something different, that’s something to admire.” According to Colescott, much of his inspiration comes from unconventional places. “I don’t ever really look at fash-
ion magazines or anything because a lot of that stuff is really editorial and you wouldn’t wear it on a regular basis,” he said. “I get a lot of ideas from movies that I watch.” Much of Colescott’s inspiration comes from James Dean and the fifties era. However, Colescott also draws inspiration from stores like Urban Outfitters and Asos.com. “The models always have the best stuff put together, but the clothes are always so expensive and
unattainable,” he said. Colescott found a solution when one of his friends introduced him to the concept of shopping at thrift stores as a cheap way to buy inexpensive vintage clothes. “I’ve been interested in [fashion] since freshman year, but I could never think of thrift stores. I was like, ‘Oh, gross,’” he said. However, Colescott changed his mind and learned to love buying clothes at thrift stores.
Jandzinski maintains individuality through fashion
by Navea Dasz
Senior Izzy Guarrasi’s sense of fashion is expressed not through the unique clothes she wears, but through her distinctive 5. shoes. “I wear heels everywhere, a l l the
lace dresses with either a leather or jean jacket. “I don’t like to dress normally. I like to clash,” Jandzinski said. According to Jandzinski, she is able to dress more freely in Redondo Beach because in Oregon she had to bundle up for the cold weather. “[Dressing for school] is actually kind of odd because in Oregon it is colder, so it’s funny because I’m wearing my summer clothes right now [in autumn],” Jandzinski said. Jandzinski’s mother, April Fisher, recalls being afraid of kids
“Your style is kind of chosen for you. No one else has it because it’s vintage.” According to Colescott, many of his peers admire his style. “There are people that compliment me on my shoes or my watch. I’ve been told that I have ‘major swag,’” he said. “Sometimes when I just throw something on when I’m in a rush people will give me the most compliments.” According to Reyes, Colescott’s style varies but is usually “cute.” “It’s not over-the-top,” she said. “He has a very natural style.” According to Colescott, some of his peers don’t understand his style or think he puts too much effort into it, but he doesn’t let their comments get to him. “I don’t really care,” he said. “I think it’s boring and easy to put on a white t-shirt and basketball shorts. Everybody will have a different opinion of what they think looks good.”
Guarrasi expresses her style with heels
by Claire Tisius
Senior Chelsea Jandzinski walks down main hall wearing her everyday outfit topped off with her signature skull sunglasses as students stare at her in astonishment. “I like the attention. I think that’s where I get my inspiration to dress abnormally,” Jandzinski said. Aside from her choice of clothing, Jandzinski sees her tattoo as an important aspect of her style. She had always admired her parents’ tattoos and wanted on of her own since she was six. She self-designed her tattoo to make it unique to her personality. “I wanted something that stood for peace, that was bright, and all that stuff. I like things that have meanings, and I wanted to show my love for peace,” Jandzinski said. Jandzinski draws inspiration from The Beatles, Twiggy, Marilyn Monroe, and Jimmy Hendrix, especially during the 1960’s. “[The Beatles] don’t necessarily inspire my style of clothing, but they definitely inspire the essence of my style,” said Jandzinski. Jandzinski’s favorite types of clothing include zebra print and
“You always think of thrift stores as dirty and gross but after two washes the clothes don’t smell at all and [are] good to wear,” he said. Not only does Colescott like how inexpensive the clothes are, but also the fun of knowing what he buys is one-of-a-kind. “You’re only limited to what they have in a thrift store, unlike in a retail store where they have so many of the same shirt,” he said.
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teasing her daughter for her individuality. “I just wanted her to be able to express herself with her individuality, especially when kids are very judgmental,” said Fisher. But that did not stop Jandzinski from being herself “I got a lot of attention, which was my main purpose, and it was accomplished,” said Jandzinski.
Dare to dazzle. 1. Jandzinskie wears her skull sunglasses, a selfmade t-shirt, and her sgnature rainbow iPod ear-buds. She has her self-designed peace sign and sun tattooed on her right shoulder blade. 2. Colescott shows off his style by wearing a sweater over a collared shirt. 3. Guarrasi embraces her unique look by wearing a black studded leather jacket, studded bracelet, and rose ring. She also wears black skinny jeans and platform high-heels to finish off her look.
time. I like to wear heels because they make you look leaner and taller, and make me feel a lot more confident,” she said. According to Guarrasi, heels can make an outfit look more put together. “My mom definitely got me into high fashion and shoes. She owns so many amazing pairs, and that’s always been an inspiration to me,” Guarrasi said. Julie Mason, Guarrasi’s mother, shares her daughter’s interest in heels and fashion. “I have always been interested in fashion, shoes especially. Shoes make an outfit–the higher, the better,” Mason said. The brand of her most worn heels is Jeffrey Campbell, and can be bought online, but Guarrasi gets hers from different stores around the city, because “sometimes [the stores will] have limited editions or specific styles that are one of a kind.” Although she wears the same key pieces most of the time, she changes up her outfit with different clothing to make it look different. “It doesn’t matter where you shop or what piece of clothing you buy, because you can alter it to your own style and that’s what makes it you,” she said. Ultimately Guarrasi loves to express her unique sense of fashion. “I like doing different things and looking different, not like everybody else,” she said. “I don’t really care what people see so I don’t really try to be like a certain somebody. I don’t really try to dress like anybody else but myself.”
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NOV. 18, 2011
Valencia learns responsibility by Vivian Lam
The atmosphere around her is very relaxed and mellow. She has a perfect view of the sparkling blue ocean and the tall palm trees. As she stares out of the window, a delicious smell of the Mexican food cooking in the kitchen fills her nose as the reggae music combined with the chatter of customers plays in the background. Senior Ashley Valencia works as a hostess and busser at El Gringo and earns around $300 each month. She gives a fraction of her pay check to her mother, Marina Mora, for utility bills. “It’s annoying [to hand over my money],” Valencia said. “But I know I‘m doing it for us.” According to Mora, she wants to teach Valencia how to manage a household and budget her money. “I want her to have an idea of what [the world] is like,” Mora said. “As a young adult I expect her to help with the household.” When Mora first began having Valencia pay some of the utility bills, Valencia was upset about having to hand over her money. “I was like ‘It’s my money. I’m not going to do it [help with the utility bills]. I’m the
daughter and you‘re the mother,’” Valencia said. Even though Valencia is sometimes annoyed that she has to give some of her money away, she is happy that she is learning something from it. According to Valencia, Mora had “jumped into the world too fast.” Mora gave birth to Valencia during her senior year of high school. “It’s not all fun and games, we have responsibilities to maintain and with those responsibilities comes struggles. My mom wants me to be the best I can be and that’s why she had me start pitching in the money,” Valencia said. “It is not because she can’t afford it but because she wants her daughter to realize that I’ll need to do this on top of other bills sometime soon.” According to Mora, her family had her contribute money to her family when she was in high school and she wanted to do the same in order to teach Valencia. “I hope that [contributing to the household] helps her become a better adult,” Mora said. According to Valencia, she knows that learning these responsibilities from her mother will benefit her. “I’m working for my life,” she said.
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Students have the frozen yogurt fever by Torrey Brugger
Swirling frozen yogurt is the new way to make friends. At Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt, eight Redondo students hold part time jobs. Through working at Penguins, students have grown closer to each other and established friendships that they otherwise may not have made. Senior Nikki Blome enjoys working at Penguins because of the close relationships she has made. “I have so many friends working there and it’s really easy going,” Blome said. The Redondo Penguin’s workers consider themselves a family. “We are always with each other since we get to see and hang out with each other
outside of school,” Blome said. The Penguins workers have a good time keeping each other entertained on the job. “We use the work time to catch up and become closer friends,” Blome said. Senior Dana Paulson, who has worked at Penguins for about seven months, has grown closer to her co-workers as well. “Working at Penguins has definitely brought me closer with everyone. It’s almost like I’m not going to work when I have friends working too,” Paulson said. Through their differences, they have gained new perspectives. Together they have made having a part time job as a student a little more entertaining. “We have a good time putting smiles on peoples’ faces,” Blome said.
on past Jobs
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On top of entertaining his customers and staying in character, being a gondolier requires physical strength. “The most rides that I have done is three and it was really hard. It became more of a workout because I kept having to switch feet depending on which arm was stronger.”he said, “I have to position myself a certain way depending on how the current is pulling the boat.” Rico, who started working on a gondola two and a half months ago received the job after meeting the owner of the gondola . “I met the owner while I was golfing and he needed someone to help out with the gondola” he said, “the last guy that worked there also went to Redondo but left for college.” Gondolas are specifically a place for romantic occasions. Rico, being a gondolier has witnessed many of these romantic occasions. “I really like seeing proposals because I feel happy for the couple being engaged.” Rico said, “They usually tip a little bit more because they are feeling generous.” As a result of being a gondolier, Rico has been inspired to go to Italy and further immerse himself in the Italian culture. “When I go to Italy I will ride on a gondola and compare our skills and critique them.” he said, “They are probably way better than me.”
Gaffney keeps the family legacy alive through work by Cody Williams
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“I worked at this place called Pup N Tacos and it was weird because the manager was always going to the bar and would stay for long periods of time. And there were these two sisters that never had the same shift and they both would talk about the other sister to me but I never told either of them. I learned how to make refried beans using an electric drill and one time a kid threw a half of a chili dog at my face.” -Mr. Greenspan
“I worked at a movie theatre which wasn’t actually weird except for the uniforms because I had to wear a bowtie, but sometimes it would get very slow. I would get so bored that I’d count the fish that covered the carpet.”
Just “jobs”? 1. Senior Ashley Valencia feels that her job at El Gringo as a busser has made her more responsible. 2. Junior Matt Rico enjoys his “unique” job as a gondolier and is excited to visit Italy soon to compare techniques. 3.Junior Sierra Gaffney takes after her great aunt in working at Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick. 4. Senior Nikki Blome works at the local frozen yogurt shop, Penguins, with many of her friends and enjoys the happy work atmosphere there.
“Well, I worked at an AM-PM. I would be wearing a gross ski jacket and have to stand in pretty much a giant freezer. I pumped gas for old people that couldn’t see their gas tank but were driving. I had to cook the delicious gas station food. A kid once spilled a 32 ounce slurpee on me and it went on my shirt and down my pants. I sometimes worked there before school sometimes at like five in the morning.” -Ms. Robinson
“I worked at a meat packing factory. That job sucked. I couldn’t wear gloves so I would always get my fingers cut and they would bleed as I packaged the meat. And minimum wage back then was only like $2.25 an hour.”
Family legacies usually live through things such as fraternities or sororities but for junior Sierra Gaffney, her family legacy is working at Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick. Gaffney has been perfecting the art of corn dog making at Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick at the Del Amo Mall since September of this year and continues to enjoy it. Gaffney is not the only one in her family who has worked at Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick. “My great aunt who was a Redondo Union alumni worked at Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick. My whole family is affiliated with Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick,” Gaffney said. Gaffney’s great aunt passed away recently, so Gaffney is trying to keep the family legacy alive. “My family has pictures of her working and she looks exactly like me. She was doing the same things at work back then that I am doing now,” Gaffney said. Gaffney enjoys the environment in which she works. “It’s cool working in the mall,” Gaffney said. “I am friendly with people from the other shops and form friendships [with them].” Because of these “friendships”, Gaffney is able to get a 15% discount from all the stores in the mall. A discount from the stores is just one of the benefits Gaffney gets from working at Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick. “When I turn 18, I get stocks in Hot-Dog-On-AStick. I can either keep them or sell them back when I am done working there,” she said. But Gaffney will not be done working at Hot-DogOn-A-Stick any time soon. “It would be a great job to keep when I go to college. The hours are great and you can work your way up really fast. Having this job makes my family really proud of me,” Gaffney said.
FEATURES // NOV. 18, 2011
Inside the Public
Librarians describe their experiences working at the Redondo Beach Public Library
Singh shares passion for books
by Navikka Dasz
by Navikka Dasz
Occupying the corner table, a group of teenagers quickly go through hundreds of flashcards; sitting on the couch, a mother reads to her son. For librarian Simi Singh, these sights are common. Former Redondo Alumni, Simi Singh, has been a librarian at the Redondo Beach Main Library for one year now. After graduating from Redondo, Singh decided to get a masters in library science. "I've always loved to read and I love books. I wanted to share that with other people," she said. In the library, Singh works in both the adult's and kid's section. "In the kid's section, I rec-
Kuuskmae encounters many different walks of life
ommend books for the different age groups. I sometimes do story time, which is also really fun. In the adult section, it's mostly answering questions like how to use the computer," she said. Working at the library is not as boring as one would think, according to Singh. "There are a lot of misconceptions that all [librarians] do are sit there, read and shush people. It's actually pretty interesting," Singh said. According to Singh, you meet many "interesting characters" in both sections of the library. "You get to meet people from all walks of life and serve everyone. That's why I love public libraries," she said.
Answering questions on a myriad number of subjects and finding books for a whole spectrum of people are just some of the tasks of Mati Kuuskmae's job as a librarian. Librarian Mati Kuuskmae has been working at the Redondo main library for five years as a reference librarian. "You can get some good advice from reference librarians if you just know how to ask for it," he said, "It's not all on Wikipedia." Kuuskmae previously was an English teacher at a community college and has a masters in both English and Library Sciences. He also worked at the Long Beach Library."[The library] was next to a homeless shelter. I would get people wearing tin-foil hats, claiming
that it stopped the government from listening to their thoughts. Redondo's a paradise in comparison," he said. Libraries are public places, so they attract their share of "weirdoes", according to Kuuskmae. "Most people are normal, but there are those with different personalities," he said. As a librarian, Kuuskmae forms relationships with those who regularly go to the library. "There are people who almost live here. They're here every hour we're open. You form relationships with people and even get on first name basis," he said, "My favorite thing about being a librarian is the interaction with the public."
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FEATURES// NOV. 18, 2011
Graffio meets fiance abroad Gross finds commonalities with fiance by Rachael Orford
Sherie Gross kept her criteria high when she settled down with her fiancé. She was impressed with his intelligence and common foundational beliefs. Gross does not know when she is going to get married but hopes to have a small and intimate wedding like Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi. “I just want the people that I love around me and to throw in a wedding in the midst of that,” Gross said. Gross advises that girls should have at least five “non-negotiables” when it comes to men and to “make sure you’re at least getting those 5 things and the rest of the criteria hopefully will just fall in line.”
by Rachael Orford
Cynthia Graffio and her fiancé lived in Paris the same place and didn’t even know it. Graffio met her Italian fiancé through mutual friends. “We were living together [in Paris] unknowingly,” Graffio said. Graffio and her fiancé share similar points of view and outlooks on life. “We share a lot of common interest,” Graffio said. After knowing each other for several years, Graffio and her fiancé are going to get married this summer on a boat in Newport Beach. Graffio finds it important to have “a lot of patience, a sense of humor, and to know what you want, and what you don’t want,” when it comes to dating.
Knot Teachers reflect on their experiences with love and their excitements about their upcoming marriages
Goo was proposed to christmas day by Rachael Orford
Kelley Goo unwrapped the next chapter of her life on Christmas day. She opened a flash drive full of pictures of her and her boyfriend of eight years, and turned around to a “Merry Christmas” indeed. “It was a long road,” that Goo and her fiancé traveled. They met in Japan at a little party after knowing each other since college, where they connected. Goo is having her dream wedding in the Cerritos Library on November 19th. When it comes to relationships, Goo thinks that you should respect and especially enjoy each other. “Have fun, that’s the main thing,” Goo said.
Henges adjusts to teaching at a new school by Cameron Paulson
New faces. New subject. New teacher. Economics teacher, Michael Henges, is getting settled in as the newest teacher at Redondo. Growing up in the South Bay, Henges has always been familiar with Redondo and some of the teachers. "I went to South High School," Henges said. "What some people might not know, is Mr. Hyduke was my football coach." Through high school Henges never saw himself having another profession. "I can't say there was anything else I'd end up doing," Henges said, "I've always wanted to be a teacher."
Although this is Henge's first year teaching economics, he has interest in other subjects as well. "My favorite subject in high school was US History," he said. History inspired Henges to start his career as a teacher. Now almost a month at Redondo, Henges says things are good. "[Redondo] has been great so far," he said. "I like most of [the students], at least 99 percent of them." Senior Nour Kabbani says she is excited for the quarter to come. “I think he's doing a really good job,” she said, “He's a great additon to the Redondo staff.”
Kabbani praises Henges method of teaching, feeling as she already learned a great amount. “He made sure we had a good foundation before starting something new,” Kabbani said, “He builds up our knowledge and is a really good teacher.” While not at school Henges likes to spend his free time with people close to him. "I like to go to to the river with my family and go water skiing," Henges said, "The outdoors and salt water tanks are also some of my hobbies." Still getting settled, Henges is excited for the year to come. "It's good to be here at a great school."
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FEATURES // Nov. 18 2011
Like my status by Matthew Brancolini
Iphones raise the bar
Over 45% of participcants surveyed had an iphone
3D adds depth to technology by Logan Collingwood
Artificial intelligence, quantum computing and zero emission vehicles are all technological advancements that are likely to come in the near future. However, the average consumer is generally interested in what is coming now, not later. For instance in television or video display technology there appears to be an immediate push for traditional two-dimensional screens to feature the third-dimension. The past two years at the Consumer Electronics Show, companies have been previewing different 3-D technologies. From 3-D phones to televisions, this new advancement is destined to be coming whether you like it or not. Unlike the old fashioned version of 3-D where special glasses are required, many of the newest technologies use a system in which 3-D glasses are not required. This is achieved by designing a screen that sends a different image to each eye. However, this process has not been perfected yet, and it generally only works on smaller devices (such as Nin-
tendo’s 3DS), according to LG’s blog on 3-D technology. Sporting Google’s mobile operating system Android, the HTC EVO 3D not only features a 3-D screen, but also a dual camera system that allows it to shoot both 3-D pictures and video. Not only is HTC beginning to roll out its 3-D lineup, LG is also apt to enter the market with its Optimus 3D. Like the EVO 3D, the Optimus 3D is also able to shoot still photography and video in 3-D. Both of these phones do not require special 3-D glasses. It’s quite apparent that the technology companies desire to make 3-D televisions along with phones, with the hope of capturing a new market and appealing to a new demographic. LG, for instance, is currently selling 19 different models of 3-D TVs ranging from 42” to 60”. These technologies do not come without a hefty price, however, and some of these televisions cost up to $3,799.99. At first glance there appears to be a hefty premium charged for the newest technol-
ogy craze. However, according to a study conducted by the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the average price difference between 3-D and 2-D televisions is only $150. Despite this added price, consumers seem to be willing to pay for 3-D technologies in the mobile gaming market. According to a press statement by Nintendo, sales of their 3DS video game system reached almost 235,000 units in August of this year. After the price reduction on Aug. 12, sales increased more than 260% compared to the same period last year. These numbers prove that consumers are interested in 3-D technologies, but the real question is whether or not they are ready for all of their screens to display in the third dimension. While a 3-D gaming device is new and exciting, are consumers ready to be surrounded by 3-D televisions and phones? Large companies seem to be sure of this, as exemplified by their widespread investments in this growing market.
That girl sitting next to you in Algebra does it. Your friends do it too. Even your teachers probably do it. Just about everyone these days uses Facebook to stay connected with their friends and family. Recently, student groups on campus, such as the newspaper, yearbook, and ASB have begun getting students more involved in their school through Facebook. Yearbook Co Editor-In-Chief Kamryn Claridge sees Facebook as a perfect way to actively include all students in the yearbook process. “We wanted to get input from students on story ideas and the content of the yearbook,” Claridge said, “Facebook is a great way to grant students internal access to yearbook affairs.” Yearbook has also used Facebook to get students excited and interested in the upcoming yearbook by posting and tagging pictures of studenst according to Claridge. “We try to get people interested in the yearbook by tagging people in the pictures we post of them,” Claridge said. “We gain about 40 ‘likes’ for every album we post, which is a big success.” Facebook’s popularity makes it an easy and effective way for the newspaper to broaden its audience and keep students up to date with school news, according to newspaper EditorIn-Chief Aly Peet-Lukes. “Once someone ‘likes’ our page, they are immediately sent all of our updates and statuses. This makes the paper more studentfriendly and accessible,” Peet-Lukes said. “It’s also easier to post polls and get feedback from the reader. We will now be able to more accurately represent our audience.” ASB President Nia Vidal believes that Facebook is one of ASB’s most effective ways to spread news and information about upcoming events. “Since 99.9% of the student body is on it, using Facebook allows us to effectively advertise our events and also get the student body’s opinion on certain issues,” Vidal said. “A Facebook event is infinitely more helpful than any poster or announcement we can make.” Since ASB strives to make the student body as happy as possible, Vidal believes that involving them in ASB decisions is a necessity. “Everything ASB does is for the students. When students have channels of communication with ASB, they enjoy the event we put on much more and that’s our goal,” Vidal said. “We want people to have fun with what we do.”
HEALTH // Nov. 18, 2011
Stay healthy this holiday season MRSA
A simple workout can quickly go awry by Alejandro Quevedo
Agonizing crimson bumps oozing with pus and drainage. Muscle aches and fatigue that seep deep into your bones and keep you bedridden for days. Feverish chills that rattle and plague the body until treatment is obtained. These are just a few of the symptoms of MRSA. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and can cause health problems ranging from simple skin infections to more serious infections within the body, in places such as the bloodstream, heart, or lungs. Because an MRSA infection can be potentially life threatening, the school takes an especially hard stance on it each year. Staff members such as Athletic Director Andy Saltsman are trained to prevent its spread. “When we do find out there’s MRSA at school, it’s immediate,” Saltsman said. “We shut down locker rooms and weight rooms that have come in contact with that individual, and get that individual the help he or she needs. It’s important we’re on top of it daily.”
Past outbreaks have taught the school how to more efficiently contain the infection and maintain a healthy environment. “Last year we found a kid in wrestling with MRSA,” Saltsman said, “so we shut down the wrestling room, cleaned the walls, mats, anything that could be touched.” Discussing MRSA and its dangers and precautions with students is a large part of the effort here at school. It has shown that one of the number one ways to prevent the spread of MRSA is to raise student awareness. “We try to give fact sheets to our athletes, we hang posters in the locker rooms to raise awareness, and we have athletic program meetings to talk about the importance of proper hygiene and awareness within locker rooms,” Saltsman said. “It’s controllable when we talk about it.” There are other ways the school helps to prevent the spread of infection other than raising student awareness. Wipes are provided to clean equipment within the weight rooms, the school trains its custodial staff each year in the proper ways to maintain and disinfect locker rooms, and tries to teach the coaches to recognize MRSA and have it isolated before it spreads. RBUSD and the school’s athletic department are looking into purchasing “Sterile Coat” which is a product that will help reduce the chance of infection. This is supposed to help greatly in the struggle against MRSA, because sharing equipment or locker space with an infected person, or using equipment that was not cleaned properly after use is one of the biggest ways to contract MRSA. “It’s just another way to protect our student athletes,” Saltsman said.
What’s the most germ friendly surface?
Signs of MRSA
Diabetes awareness month
The area may look swolen, red, painful, or puss filled and can be painful. Staph infections are often mistaken for spider bites. If the lungs become infeccted you can experience shortness of breath, fever, cough, and chills.
November is diabetes awareness month For more information go to diabetes.org
More than a quarter of all colds are spread by hand contact
PHOTOS BY ERINN MIDDO ANDANDREW HAZELTINE
Kitchen sinks carry the most germs of any surface.
Movember was created to create awareness for prostate cancer. More information on the history of Moverb can be found at Movember.com. Cervantes will be taking donations during lunch in freshman circle and giving background information on Movember as well. “[Movember] is raising awareness about prostate cancer. Everyone knows about the fight against breast cancer in October, so there has to be a voice for men too,” Rodrigo Ramos, 12
Teachers have the most germy job in America
PHOTOS BY ERINN MIDDO
Facts compiled from www.ifma.org
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SPORTS // NOV.18, 2011
Not so shy on the court athlete of the issue
Until sophomore Erin Shy has a tennis racket in hand, her introvert personality often overshadows her. by Taylor Brightwell
Normally her softspoken demeanor dominates her entirety but when she sets foot on the tennis court she shines, becoming determined and focused on winning. Sophomore Erin Shy has been playing tennis since she was in the third grade and she’s been on varsity for two years now. Her mother, Chris Shy, put her in tennis lessons at age eight, hoping she would develop a love for the sport. “I grew up in a family playing tennis, so it was always easy to play,” Mrs. Shy said. “I think [Erin’s] affinity for tennis is hereditary, but her talent is from all of her hard work.” Head tennis coach Jessica Seibert placed Erin on varsity her freshmen year because of her tour-
nament experience. “She has put a lot of time on the court from a very young age. She has a junior ranking in Southern California, and we are lucky to get tennis players of her caliber at Redondo,” Seibert said. While Shy is currently ranked 116 in the state (classic.tennisrecruiting. net), fellow teammate, sophomore Jennifer Duong knows she will only accomplish more in her high school career. “She’s number one on varsity. Every JV girl should aspire to be where she is,” Duong said. “Her senior year, Erin will probably still be number one. She’s only a sophomore and she’s already risen to the top of the singles line up. Which is just a great accomplishment.” Shy hopes the lower classmen will take her advice and use it to improve their own techniques.
“I hope that [the lower classmen] can keep a positive outlook. When I’m playing I remain calm. I’m really competitive so I’m hard on myself when I lose, but I try to learn something from every match,” Shy said. Seibert hopes that Shy’s work ethic rubs off on the rest of the team so they can be competitive next season. “I hope Erin keeps improving and is able to get the wins that she strives for. She sets goals for herself and I think that pushes her to improve all the time,” Siebert said, “She is always fair to her teammates and competitors and she is resilient - she never stops fighting and she always stays calm and focused.” According to Duong, Shy’s hardworking nature inspires her to play even harder. “Erin’s a solid player. She thinks through her shots. She is extremely humble and is constantly looking to see what she can improve,” Duong said.
Boys’ water polo SEASON WRAP-UP
According to Seibert, Erin is a great player that earned her way to the top. “Erin is a smart competitor. She is able to change up her shot selection according to her opponents’ playing style,” Seibert said. “She also plays with a certain focused maturity that is rare at the high school level. She goes out and gets the job done and she keeps her cool.” Next season, Shy hopes to improve her record in Bay League. Her current record is 38-22, which is an improvement from last year’s, 24-26. “She’s gone from having a losing record last season to having a winning one. It’s completely inspiring to watch her play,” Duong said. “She fights for every point. Our team would definitely not be where it is without her.” Victory serve. Sophomore Erin Shy swiftly returns the ball to Mira Costa opponent.
PHOTO BY JENNY OETZELL
Despite a majority of losses, the team feels the season was a success overall and that they gained experience imperitive for future victory. PHOTO BY CHRIS NGUYEN
Learning from loss. Senior Spencer Peak seeks to pass the ball in match against Mira Costa. by Camille Duong
The boy’s water polo team ended their season 10-11after losing to Costa 3-11. According to senior Jacob Melendez the season went better than they expected it to. “I believe that we set the tone for the next generation of water polo players,” Melendez said. Coach Mark Rubke is also satisfied with the overall outcome of the season. “The reality is that the Bay League is tough,” Rubke said. “We’re not competitive with the top teams in the league.” Melendez believes that the team was able to gain experience from their victories. “We were able to come out on top to gain more experience from close games that we closed out,” Melendez said.
Corona Del Mar
17-5/19-1 *Bay League opponents
RACING TO THE TOP
SPORTS // NOV. 18, 2011
After success in Bay League Finals and CIF preliminaries, cross country keeps their eyes on the prize.
ST AT E
by Kylie Martin and Sophia Ritchie
The girls’ cross country team were graced with the title of Bay League Champions for the first time ever on Nov.3, at finals. ‘’ Two years ago we were super close,” senior Lyndsay Mull said. “This should have been our third win.” The girls were neck to neck with Palos Verdes, but finished stronger. “ We had been knocked down so many times in league meets that everyone was just fed up and determined to win”, Mull said. The boys on the other hand placed third with 73 points, having a close race with Mira Costa and Peninsula both tied with 69 points. “ We performed the way we did because of the way the course was created,” senior Tyler Caracoza said. “It was weird to ease into at first and difficult, but we did it.”
The boys and girls are both on their way to CIF Finals tomorrow. “Our primary goal is to make it to state,” MaloneWhite said. “We will do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal” This will be the first year since 2008 that the boys’ team has been able to qualify for state. “They are collectively a really talented bunch and if they stay focused and work together, they will have an outcome they like,” Leetch said. The girls are also planning to continue to state. “We are not so much going to focus on time, but on placement and who each of our runners needs to stay with from the girls on the other teams,” Ulizio said. According to Ulizio, Saugus and Simi Valley are their biggest competitors this year, and the girls’ goal is to have the top runners stay right behind Saugus’ number one runner. At prelims, Ulizio believes that the runners pushed each other when they were falling behind. “For CIF Finals, we need each other to stay strong,” Ulizio said.
Last year the boys did not advance to preliminaries, but this year was a different story. “This year we were much more confidant going into prelims as we were certain that we could advance out.” junior Garett Klatte said. “The team is a lot better because we have four returning varsity runners.” According to junior Evan Malone-White, both the boys’ and girls’ teams were in what could be considered the toughest league in the nation. The most recent obstacle at their most important meet was the absence of top runner sophomore Dustin Herold, who was out due to illness “It put a lot more pressure on me with Dustin sick and not running, because I knew he wouldn’t be there to push me along, and everything was all on me as the fifth runner,” senior Alex Guzman said. Guzman ran well under pressure, at his fastest time yet. “Everyone stepped it up and really took care of business,” Leetch said.
1 2 3 CIF PRELIMINARIES
SPORTS // NOV. 18, 2011
Redemption Football heads to the first round in CIF after defeating rival, Mira Costa. by Brandon Folkman
To many, in the beach cities since the beginning of time, a have been rivals. So when a CIF playoff seat also rode on the game, it easily became the most important game of the season for both teams. It was a closely contested game, but when the game clock hit zero, Redondo emerged triumphant with a 21 to 7 victory matching them up against St. Bonaventure High School this Friday. For senior Hunter Bradshaw beating Costa was the highlight of his high school football career. “The feeling was indescribable honestly. There has been no better victory in my life. It was incredible,” said Bradshaw. For senior Brandon Kim the win was something he had dreamed of for years. “Winning with many of my teammates from youth football was surreal. Its something we all dreamed about back in Pop Warner, and our dream came true,” said Kim. The win against Costa will be a big momentum boost for the team as it enters the playoffs according to sophomore Harrison Faecher. “[The Costa game] was a very special night especially for the seniors because it was the first time they had beaten them at the varsity level. The win will definitely give us a boost into the playoffs,” said Faecher. According to Coach Gene Simon, the win will help the Sea
Hawks mentally, they still have there work cut out for them against St. Bonaventure. Simon is excited that his team has beaten Costa, however he would like to see the team play almost flawlessly to win the next game. “[The Costa game] was a step forward for our team, but we need to take another step forward this week to win,” said Simon. According to Simon the team had too many penalties in the last few minutes of the game and needs to be less sloppy to move on in the playoffs. “We’re going to have to finish the game by getting better and better,” said Simon. Kim feels that the team needs improvement, but more than anything the team needs to boost their confidence. “This week we really just need to have the confidence to win and put up a fight in this game. We are definitely the underdogs, but we want to show everyone how good we really are and how physical we can be,” said Kim. Simon agrees that the team’s mentality going into the game will be a major factor. “Our mind set needs to be one of possibilities,” said SiPHOTO BY MATT MARDESICH mon, “We know we have players. We know we have athletes. Therefore we can do well in all aspects of the game. We just First the worst, second the best. Senior Tony Smith celebrates the win against Mira Costa, putting Redondo in need to focus on what’s possible.” second place for Bay League behind Palos Verdes.
Sea Hawks V. Seraphs CIF: ROUND 1
PHOTO BY VITORIA MAGNO
WHERE: Sea Hawk Bowl WHEN: Tonight at 7:30pm
Flock of Sea Hawks. Football went into the MIra Costa game with confidence despite not having beat them since 2007.
A swing & a miss by Diana Luna
Tennis’ placed last in league and for the first time in years, they were unable to qualify for CIF. Sophomore Jenn Duong feels that it was indeed a “bummer” to lose against West. Al-
though the team played their best and feels confident about next year’s results. “Our team is so young [that] we lacked a sense of experience, though once we gain enough experience, we will be that much stronger,” said Duong. The match against West was the key in-
gredient needed to qualify for CIF league, but it resulted in an unexpected loss according to coach Jessica Seibert. “It was a tough loss but we grow and we learn from those losses and we just hope the experience carries on to the next season,” said Seibert. Senior Christie Goodman was saddened by not being able to qualify for CIF for the first time. Goodman sacrificed her position as the number one single to play as the number
one doubles team with junior Lia Quilty. “Of course I felt sad [about not qualifying],” said Goodman, “It was really different playing doubles considering it was my first year doing so.” Seibert feels certain that next year’s team will be stronger and the team will have a tighter bond. “This season was a good learning experience. It really opened the girls’ eyes to the type of competition that’s around,” said Seibert.
The ULTIMATE fight
DRA WIN G
BY K YLIE MAR T
SPORTS // NOV. 18, 2011
Volleyball dedicates their season to breast cancer survivor, Karen Beebe. by Haley Meyers
Looking into the heavy crowd, it’s her beaming smile they look for among all the faces for motivation and it’s her voice they listen for in hope of inspiration. Karen Beebe is the mother of one of the volleyball teams’ former players, Krista Beebe, but continues to be apart of the Redondo family despite facing her third battle with Breast Cancer. The team remembers Beebe’s encouragement to stay strong and most importantly, to stay positive when facing the end of their season after last week’s loss to Dos Pueblos. Instead of dwelling on the close to their season the girls reflect on supporting Ms. Beebe who according to senior Devon Bogart, influenced not only their play, but their lives. “We bought shirts and supported Karen because we wanted to show our love and support for her, especially after all the work and time she had put into our team,” junior Hannah Mosebar said. In an effort to show their support and gratitude, they purchased T-shirts from Krista’s organization “Long Hair, Don’t Care,” raising $200, which contributed to the $20,000 Krista’s organization has already raised in an effort to raise money
PHOTO BY JENNY OETZELL
COURTESY OF KRISTA BEEBE
Support the cause against cancer. 1. In October, American Martyrs set up a “pink day” dedicated to Karen Beebe. Kids came out wearing “Long Hair Don’t Care” shirts with balloons and hand-made cards. 2. Shirts are $15 for the Long Hair Don’t Care Foundation to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Find shirts at http://www.crowdrise.com/longhairdontcare.
for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “Wearing her shirt means a lot because she is fighting which makes us want to fight,” senior Tiffany Morales said. Wearing Ms. Beebe’s shirts became a tradition at the first Oxnard tournament and continued in the matches against rival Mira Costa, where the volleyball program collected all of the proceeds for Breast Cancer. “Karen makes it so we play for a higher reason, than just to win, Mosebar said. Before games the girls gather around in a tight-knit circle, with anxious wide eyes and a serious visage as they listen to head coach, Tommy Chaffins, begin his prayer for Karen Beebe’s “comfort and healing”. They not
only dedicate their season, but every moment of the game to Karen, since according to senior, Ally Barry, Ms. Beebe has taught them to make every moment count. “Karen has influenced our team in so many ways behind the scenes,” coach Tommy Chaffins said. The team was eager to thank Ms. Beebe for her many thoughtful gestures. As Director of the American Martyr’s Catholic School Gymnasium, she would welcome the team to her facility for extra practice time, when Redondo’s gym was unavailable. Ms. Beebe also repeatedly hosted team dinners, parties, and the annual silent auction fundraiser in honor of the girls. “If you are going to commit to volleyball
“This is our second year
compiled by LeAnn Maanum
This Saturday Band and Dance Guard head to SCSBOA championships.
“Im pretty confident be-
ever being able to go to SCSBOA [Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association] championships, so I’m very glad we’ve made it this far. -Chris Bowen
you need to commit to the team. Volleyball is not about one player, it is about the team and one bad attitude can destroy the whole team,” Ms. Beebe said. According to senior Devon Bogart, it is Ms. Beebe’s positive attitude as a strong womanly figure that has changed their attitudes on and off the court. “Her positive attitude gives people motivation that not only helps in volleyball, but helps improve their way of living,” Krista Beebe said. According to Barry, Mosebar, and Bogart the most significant thing that Beebe brought their lives, were smiles. “Just give me a smile and a hug and you’ve made my day,” Karen Beebe said.
cause we won last year and have had a strong season. As long as everyone does their best we will come out successful. -Erin Hardy
PHOTO BY ANDREW HAZELTINE
Just Dance. Sophomore Abby Attig competes in Dance Guard along with Band against West.
SPORTS // NOV. 18, 2011
MORE THAN JUST
PHOTOS BY ANDREW HAZELTINE AND SHANNON BOWMAN
ROTC proves more than camouflage uniforms, shaved heads, perfect buns, and flags. According to cadets, the stress of Drill Instructors, inspections, and competitions makes the course an intense experience.
by Dylan Biggs
Armed and dangerous. 1. Seniors Alex Gomez, Alpha Company 1st Sargent, and Oliver Callaghan, Alpha Company Commander, commanding their company at the Marine Corps. Birthday Celebrartion. 2. Junior Mark English, Junior Jacob Spear, Freshman Dylan Biggs, and Junior Dakota Neal preform color guard. 3. Zero Platune marches onto the field.
Yelling and screaming coming from a red angry face as question after question are asked expecting a perfect answer every time. That is what junior Patrick Williamson has to deal with for every drill competition. The person yelling at him is the “infamous” Marine Corps Drill Instructor. “A DI is someone who is really mad at you for no apparent reason” Williamson said. He describes his first competition was a “terrifying experience”. “I was pretty nervous because I had kept on hearing how terrible
they were” he said, “ it was nerve racking”. Williamson instills that same fear in his team. He tells his team to not look at them directly but that is the only advice he can give them. “There is no real way to prepare for a DI,” Williamson said. He thinks that his team will do good at their first inspection though. He tells his cadets not to get scared even though he has his own fears. When you don’t know if there’s going to be DI’s and you hear them yelling” he said, “it makes your hopes crumble”. he says that the first DI is always the worst. For freshman Klayten Richmond
his first DI is right around the corner. “I’m as prepared as I can be without knowing how bad a drill instructor really is” Richmond said. He and other 1st time Drill team members have been put through mock inspections by their commanders. He and other 1st time Drill team members have been put through mock inspections by their commanders and have participated in the Marine Corps Birthday celebration event. “The birthday was fun but I know it wasn’t anything like a competition but it was still a great event” he said. He knows that the competition will be nothing compared to practice. “The commanders wont even compare because they weren’t yelling at their full potential” Richmond said. While the teams might have physically practiced for a Drill Instructor both Williamson and Richmond know they could never be mentally prepared.
DRIVEN TO SUCCEED SPORTS MOVING ON TO CIF Cross country wins Bay-League by Lexxys Juarez
The cross country girls varsity team won the Bay League race Nov. 3 for the first time in school history. “Because it’s the first time we’ve won, it feels really good,” Co-Captain, senior Rachel Bush said. The team competed against schools Mira Costa and West. “I think we all just wanted it more so we raced harder. We did what we had to do too win and we did it,” Co-Captain, senior Lyndsey Mull said. Although cross country won this race, the next event they have to look forward to is the CIF Southern Section race which will be held this Saturday, Nov. 19. “Overall, I’m just really happy that we won [Bay League],” Bush said.
VOLLEYBALL ENDED SEASON: 0-3 lose to Dos Pueblos
NEXT MEET: Saturday @10:30 CIF Finals: Southern Section Division 2
PHOTO BY JENNY OETZELL
PHOTO BY JENNY OETZELL
“This is our gonna be “We feel confident. our biggest meet so far. State is the next weekend which is even bigger. -Lyndsey Mull
It’s been a great season and it all comes down to this weekend. -Evan Malone-White
FOOTBALL NEXT GAME: Friday @ 7 VS St. Bonaventure
PHOTO BY ANJALI READ
PHOTO BY MATT MARDESICH
“We are now just go- “It feels great. It feels ing to work on getting better during club so we can come out next season with a bang. -Skyler Dykstra
like we are continuing the tradtion of the past years. -Tony Smith
Published on Nov 18, 2011
Published on Nov 18, 2011
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