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Tardy and Cell Phone Policies Challenge Student Discipline Maddy Swanson News Editor

We have all heard and contributed to the buzz about the new tardy and cell phone policies at Chaparral, but what exactly are the reasons, guidelines, and consequences of these seemingly “unfair” changes? The new tardy policy has been enacted, where any student late is to face the consequences starting with warnings for the first two offenses, and detention and parental contact for the third and fourth. After the fourth, the consequences become much more severe including Saturday school, privileges being taken away (including parking permits, and work permits), a parent shadow during the school day, dropping the class with an “F,” a “U” in citizenship, and/or a conference with the student, parents, and administration.

However, these restrictions become more creditable when one counts the 26,000 first period tardies of the last school year, a number that averages 140 tardy students per day. With this year’s new policy, the numbers have successfully been decreasing rapidly each day. Another question posed by numerous students is the irony in keeping students out of class in order to have them fill out forms and wait to be

escorted back to their classroom. This new process is used to minimize the amount of disruptions by allowing all the late students of a particular class to enter all at the same time, while only keeping students out of class for 15 minutes as opposed to 57 in OCR. This policy is to “help the teachers do their job with as limited interruptions as possible, and help the students learn life skills involving punctuality,” says Dan Kenley, principal of Chaparral High School. Even more controversial is the brand new no-cell phone policy: a drastic change from no cell phones in class to no cell phones period, leaving students frustrated. From 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM, cell phones (as well as any other electronic devices) are not to be seen, heard, or used, including those students with late start and early release. Consequences include the device being confiscated at the first offense, then a parent is required to pick up the device on the second, and a referral is given to the student on the third. When asked why, a Chaparral campus supervisor explained “the restrictions on electronic devices is to help prevent theft and keep the focus on school only.” The specific limitations on lunch, break, and passing period are to prevent students from attempting to push the rules into class time. Many districts nation wide are limiting cell phone use for factors in addition to campus (see “Policy” page 2)

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The Problem Awaiting Future College Freshmen Kylie Kuhn News Editor

Did you know that college is less expensive after two years of community college? Colleges are becoming very difficult to get into. For instance, USC is making some of their incoming freshmen wait until January to begin classes. These students are forced to wait because space is very limited and colleges are assuming that by January all the dropouts will be gone which will free up space. Another reason is because many of those who believe they are ready for college have not completed their prerequisites such as their general math, language arts, social science, and science classes. Also colleges such as USC and American Berkeley are trying to create more diversity in schools. These educational establishments still need tuition paying students to fill classes and dorms. Colleges are claiming there is only little difference between fall and new enrollees and graduation rates are similar. Other colleges are encouraging kids to consider using the extra time to go to a community college in the fall. Incoming freshmen believe that starting half way through the year is a blessing in disguise because it gives them “a better sense of what they want to study and why.” Sometimes though, not all want to continue to think about college. Many would much rather spend the next couple of free months avoiding the thought college all together. “There is always a group of students ev-

The candidates of 2008 have finally chosen their vice presidents and it’s time to take a good look at who may be going into office. As the people of this great nation, we need to know who they are and what they represent. As such, we should know what they plan to bring to the table. However, McCain’s choice in Alask Governor, Sarah Palin, seems somewhat outrageous. We find ourselves questioning whether she has what it takes to run our country without it plummeting into the ground. Candidate John McCain has chosen Sarah Palin to be his vice president, who is known to be a respected leader and genuine governor of Alaska.

Not to mention, she is also a mother of five children from the ages of four months to nineteen-years-old, with a husband twenty years of age. She has two boys, Track and Trig, and three girls,Bristol, Willow and Piper, and one child who is seventeen and pregnant, along with a Down syndrome child of four months. Even though she admits being imperfect, she is seen to be a saint in conservaative’s eyes. She grew up in a small town in Wasilla, Alaska, with her parents whom worked as teachers in an elementary school. As one very important figure, she doesn’t consider herself to be superior but more prepared than Obama, a former commu-

nity organizer. At the Republican Convention, she presented John McCain as someone who is willing to fight for our country, as well as herself. She claims McCain to be one “who uses his career to promote change while others use change to promote their careers.” Palin cast their competitor, Obama, as contemptible due to decisions that may jeopardize our government and people. Palin warns that he wants to make our government bigger and raise taxes, thus weakening America. Palin wanders aloud how he can promise so much yet not raise taxes. She questions his decisions and whether they (see “Palin” page 2)

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ery year we could not accept due to space constraints in the fall but just could not turn away.” Timothy Brunold, USC’s undergraduate admissions director told the Los Angeles Times.

Street Scene Features Many students have expre ssed their disappointment when they were told they could not move in that Wednesday with the other freshmen. Universities and state colleges believe that community college will help students meet the admission requirements if they had not met them yet. The college admission’s office also believes that students should take their freshmen and sophomore years at a junior college, then, they will have a much better chance to get into a university or state college. If college hopefuls would go to a community college and get the first half of their 120 needed credits to obtain a bachelors degree, it would show the university that a student could do their work and maintain a satisfactory grade point average. For future college hopefuls (see “College” page 2)

Sarah Palin, the new Vice President? Taylor Grabowski Staff Writer

What’s Inside

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Jordan Laliotis

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Puma Football: Back on the Prowl OP/ED

NEWS EDITORS: Maddy Swanson Kylie Kuhn STAFF WRITERS: Deen Hilton Taylor Grabowski

The new school policies: Are they needed?


(“Policy” continued) interruption. A research center from Harvard Medical School that focuses on media and its health, reports that on average, More Than 1.5 TRILLION the 60% of teenagers who own barrels of oil have been proa cell phone spend more hours duced since Edwin Drake talking on the phone than they drilled the world’s first oil spend on their homework. well in 1859. The world will Although cell phones provide demand the same amount many positive aspects such in the next 25 years alone. as safety and convenience, Less than half of that will they are also reported to bring be for the world gas tank, what physical problems (increased I’m talking about is not only chance of brain tumors, eye the transportation of goods, strain, and lack of sleep) products from factory to stores and issues regarding mental where you can buy and use. health (bullying, dependence, What’s really important is and lack of direct socializa- the petroleum used in the maktion). All of these reasons are ing of the products itself and, acknowledged by the district to more importantly, the petronegatively effect student behav- leum needed for the technologior if restrictions aren’t made. ical breakthroughs that made Thus remains the major ques- these products a possibility. tion: how are those who choose What is called “ The Black to abide by these rules sup- Gold” is not merely the gas posed to contact parents with that you get in a gas station. everyday dilemmas and emer- Oil and Petro chemicals are gencies? Mr. Kenley has con- found in virtually every prodfirmed that “office phones are uct that you buy, use, own. always available to any student It’s in your home, office, cars, who needs to reach aLauren parent, Stark toys, even our food that we and that any ChaparralSports admin- Editor eat. We cannot live without it. istrator is more than willing How expensive will gas get to help any student in crisis.” in the next twenty years? AcNow a few weeks into the cording to Sam Hilton, CEO year, these new polices are of Hilton Capital Inc (a tradstarting to produce the desired ing corporation); “Gas will exeffects of more punctual and ceed $5 per gallon before the focused students. All things start of 2009”. Gas is becomconsidered, what is the simplest ing more expensive simply way to make your high school because of its limited availyear easiest on your record? ability and the excessive use Turn off the phone, and get to of it throughout the world, esschool on time: it is possible. pecially in the United States.

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(Palin continued are responsible or just negligent. Even though her son and her nephew are both being deployed to Iraq under the Army infantry, she still supports McCain in his decision to keep troops in Iraq. As a strong supporter of McCain, she states he has fought for us time and time again only to make our place better than found. Now you may be wondering what they have to offer to the United States. As of January 2009 McCain and Palin will be laying down more pipelines, installing more nuclear plants, create jobs with clean coal, and move towards independence on other resources. Palin asserts that America needs dependable energy sources. As governor of Alaska, she has even made some improvements for the state, such as getting their state budget under control by vetoing extrava-

gant spending and suspending the state fuel tax. In all she

has tried her best to keep her state under good terms and did what’s best for her people. That should make us put more thought into what good she can bring to our country. Overall, she may be what this country needs to improve and innovate. With all she has done she is willing to campaign through this election and fight through this struggle for McCain with support. Now we are capable of weighing out the best person for the United States Campaign Election of 2008.

Deen Hilton Staff Writer

Amar Muhtaseb, a junior at Chaparral high school commented that; “In most European countries gas prices are more than $7 or $8 a gallon, so it’s not too bad here”. Sure, the prices in European countries are a lot higher but they have been utilizing other forms of transportations for years, like buses, walking, and different forms of motorcycles/scooters. Economics are a major part of gas prices, because of the law of supply and demand. The Demand is increasing dramatic ally, and the supply is also in-

creasing but at slower speed, so that will result in higher prices. If China and India catch on, and utilize the same amount of oil as the U.S. does, we will run out of oil very quickly, so we have to act now, and find alternate forms of energy. Gas prices also have a lot to do with politics and power. Many people ask, why is gas so cheap in the U.S.? Well primarily, our government has always fought to keep gases at a low price, and the fight has been strong, but now we have some big players coming into the game. China and India are big factors, because the demand and price of crude oil has significantly increased. Secondly, an average American utilizes three times more gas or petroleum than a European, so the price has to be lower, because it is a more substantial factor in the American way of life. Gas prices will keep rising, and we have to adjust to the prices accordingly. Gas plays a big factor in the American way of life, and until we find alternate forms of energy we need to conserve some gas for the future. Different governments play different roles with gas prices, but hopefully the U.S. government will perform and slow down the increase of gas prices.

(“college” continued) who cannot afford college, financial aid is available. Anyone who is interested in scholarships should apply in October or November of their senior year. Financial aid is available because universities are interested in creating a diverse learning environment, being sure that those who are offered aid will be serious about learning and wont go and just to forget about the schoolwork. USC made almost 700 offers for students willing to wait until January to begin with financial aid. Some students will wait as long as they need to get into a school, even if that does mean waiting until January. Lindsey Mathias from Winter Park who got accepted to USC said, “It is kind of bittersweet. I really want to go to USC. I don ’t want to wait. But if that is what

it takes, that’s what I will do.” Hundreds of college bound kids and their parents will end disappointed this school year. Some parents are worried that late acceptance will end up leading to secondclass citizenship on campus or eventually leading to a reputation known as a group with “ weaker credentials” It is true; colleges are not as easy to be accepted now. Universities are now expecting GPA’s to be higher, majors to already be decided, and it is also creating financial aid much more difficult to get. Colleges are raising the bar, which will help us all in the long run. Later on, we may thank them when we are all working at our high paying jobs living beach side, living the life of luxury. Now, we may think this is a pain in our butt’s but later on it will be a different story.

Countries like China and India are catching on, and they are trying to become developed (see “Oil” page 2) (“Oil” continued) countries, which mean they need more oil, so expect prices to shoot up within the next five years. Prices have reached a threshold level and most likely they will never fall below $3 a gallon in the United States.

Seven Years Later... Kylie Kuhn News Editor

September 11 was a series of suicide attacks caused by four commercial airplanes. The hijackers purposely drove two of the four airplanes into the Twin Towers. The third airplane was crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth was flown into a field in Pennsylvania by passengers and flight attendants

attempting to take control of the plane that was headed towards Washington D.C. The United States had not felt so vulnerable since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. “Our nation is being tested in a way we have not been tested since the start of the cold war,” said factsheet.com.

However, America feels safer than it was seven years ago but we are still susceptible. With that recognition, cultural role models became more wholesome, no more Brittany Spears or Paris Hilton. Children especially are looking up to the right people now days. September 11 caused an overwhelming number of deaths,

almost 3,000 from almost 90 countries. Due to the suicide bombers, there were 2,974 fatalities not including the 19 hijackers. There were 246 civilians on each plane, which in the end equaled out to almost 2,603. There were no known survivors and still today there (see “Years” page 3)

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(“Years” continued) a list of 24 that remain missing yet are presumed dead. Another surprising statistic is that medical examiners stated those of the people who ended up dieing of lung disease was due to all of the dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center. Almost all the deceased were citizens except 55 of the military workers who were at the Pentagon when it was struck. NIST claimed that during the attacks there were almost 17,400 people inside the World Trade Center by 8:45 a.m. Yet according the Commissioner report, the impact killed 1,366 people. Almost 600 people died instantly or became trapped and ended up dying there and 200 people “jumped to their death” where they landed on streets and rooftops hundreds of feet below. Weeks after this unfortunate event the city was only able to associate remains for about 1,600 people and there was about 10,000 unidentified bone fragments and tissue that could not be matched to anyone on the list of the dead.

It is a fact: America is much safer now then it was when these terrible attacks first happened. For one thing, we have learned very much about our enemy. According to factsheet.com “We have learned

that our enemies are evil and kill without mercy, but not without purpose. Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement we have broken up terrorist cells” Due to these cold-hearted people we have brought suffering and death into our homes. This war is NOT over and it will not end until our enemy surrenders. If America does not end the war on terror now then the new generation will be forced to deal with this problem after technology has advanced and there are more nuclear weapons. We now have bought gas masks, burn our mail,

and now even flight attendants are afraid to fly. Now in Iowa, what used to be one of the safest states, people are locking their doors and taking the keys out of their cars. Yet now the one thing stores are running out of because everyone “needs” is a flag. The world is becoming a scary place because of one day seven years ago. Now, people have much different role models then they did back then. Sure the everyday teenager is still going to look up to that certain A list celebrity of heart-throb but the thought of a role model has changed completely. Today more and more kids have real role models. Last summer, after leaving Shea Stadium for a Mets game a young boy walked up to a local police officer and asked him to sign his glove. When the officer asked him why he did not want a players autograph the young boy replied “Because you help save the world!” Parents are glad that these are becoming the new role models because it helps law enforcement feel like they are doing their

jobs, serving and protecting. So as the anniversary of September 11, 2001 rapidly approaches, we remember the one day that changed the life of millions of Americans. There will be ceremonies held for remembrance and also for closure for those of us who lost someone in the attack of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Our country worked through all the problems that were thrown our way. We dealt with the rising death rate and the thousands of bones and fragments of bones that had no owner. We became a safer place to live. After these attacks, no one was ever sure if they would be able to find any way to live here without living in fear. But two good things did come of this unfortunate event; kids begun to realize whom the real role models should be. They stopped fantasizing over the latest teen gossip and realized that there are so many more important things in life. The second good thing is that now America is coming together as one country. This is how it should have been long ago, but better now then never.

There’s No Place Like Home Deen Hilton Staff Writer

A home is the usual residence of a person, family, or household. Many Americans are losing their homes because of the dreadful economy of the U.S. It has not been this stumpy since the early 1990’s. As many as 1.5 Million Americans will lose their homes within the next six months, and another 100,000 Americans will lose their jobs, because many mortgage companies are going out of business. Fewer people are qualifying to buy houses, so that will only add to the shocking yet factual situation. So far it’s a recession, but if it the economy continues to plummet, it will become a very appalling recession or possibly a colossal depression. Rose Smith, a Temecula res-

The time has come for seniors to grasp their last chance to impress colleges. One aspect of college admissions is the mandatory testing: the SAT and the ACT. While many colleges accept either standardized tests, students are facing the decision of whether the ACT or SAT will give them the results they desire. The SAT is a standardized aptitude test composed of reading comprehension and mathematic questions as well as a mandatory writing section. It is approximately 4 hours long: ten sections starting with a 25 minutes essay, five 25 minute sections, two 20 minute sections, and one 10 minute section, all of

ident said, “ Three years ago, It was very easy to get a loan to buy a new house, but after I lost my home it was nearly impossible to get another loan to purchase another house to shelter my family, so now I will have to rent an apartment until the economy picks up again.” No one is benefiting from this dilemma. Banks are losing their money and Americans are losing their homes. In fact, over 200 banks have bankrupt since the start of this economic downfall, and it seems like many more banks are on the same track. George Sanchez, a local resident in Temecula, Ca described his loss, and his bank’s loss as well; “I could not pay the mortgage bill of $5,650 a month, so my family had to leave the home. We

owed $664,000 on the house, and eventually the bank auctioned the house for a surprising low price of $218,000. I

spent approximately $400,000 on the house, and the bank lost about $425,000, so approximately $825,000 went down the drains.” Some specialists project that the economy will pick up, and home foreclosures will fall, as the new president takes office. Hopefully America picks the

SAT vs. ACT Maddy Swanson News Editor

which alternate in subject. SAT tests are administered 7 times a year, and costs $45 per test. The ACT is considered more of an “achievement” test because it tests material learned in school: English mathematics, and science. There is an optional writing test available at additional costs. The ACT is approximately the same time length as the SAT, and costs $31, and $46 with writing. While many students remain unsure, Chaparral councelor Debbie Searl suggests that students should “look at themselves to see what test is a better fit for their strengths.”

Because the ACT contains testing on scientific concepts and has an optional writing segment, students such as Chaparral Senior Kelsey

Miller prefer the ACT because they find it “more condusive to their major and therefore received a better score.” The decision breaking aspect of each test is the the

right president for this miracle to happen, because most specialists believe the real estate business will not return to a stable level until the year 2012. Unemployment rates and prices of consumer goods like bread and gas are rising and the dollar value is plummeting, so it doesn’t look too good for the real estate business’s, the homeowners, and the banks in the U.S. The unemployment rate climbed from about 5.6% to 6.1% in less than one month, so more Americans will lose their homes and their belongings in the near future. Let’s hope that the economy will pick up again, so Americans can return to their normal lives, without having to worry about home and job losses.

ACT focuses on literal concepts taught in school; the same topics we were tested on. The SAT is explained on its website, www.collegeboard. com, to test “critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college.” As for preparing for which ever tests suits your interest, if not both, Debbie Searl reminds students that Collegeboard and the ACT website (www.actstudent.org) have practice tests available online and the “best way to prepare is to keep reading and taking rigorous courses.” For those in need of extra help, test preparation classes are available through local businesses and colleges.

Presidential Tax Plans for 20082009 Taylor Grabowski Staff Writer

As we all know the 2008 election is rolling around the corner soon and even though a majority of us can’t vote, it’s still important to know what might be taking place in our

future. One important issue that we should pay attention to is the changes in our taxes. The two candidates, Obama and McCain, have very different plans for how our taxes are set up, which was presented during the second week of August 2008 in Orange County, CA. As students some may think taxes don’t apply or affect them but taxes affect your gas prices, your paycheck, and if you’re still getting money from your parents, it affects them, too. When the candidates were asked to define the word “rich”, McCain had said “$5 million per year” and Obama stated that rich could be defined with “an income of $250,000 per year.” These definitions also play into their tax plans. McCain’s tax plans sways favor towards the wealthy, in which their taxes would decrease. Obama wants to decrease tax rates for lower and middle-class citizens. In fact, he claims that if your income is ‘less than $250,000 per year’ your taxes will not go up. McCain feels it would be better for the economy to make the Bush cuts in 2001 and 2003 permanent, which will cut the current rates of the highest tax brackets down to 25%. McCain’s competition wants to return to the ‘Clinton era’ with the highest tax brackets which come to 36%-39.6%. But along with these changes, he excuses seniors from an income tax and allow tax breaks for a higher education credit for students. With all these tax cuts, the Tax Policy Center claims these changes will cause a large amount of debt to our economy, with Obama adding $3.6 trillion to the next 10 years and McCain adding $5 trillion to the next ten years. Even so, both candidates promised to balance taxes with budget cuts, cutting corporate taxes and decreasing estate taxes. Now with these changes laid out, it may help you understand how taxes affect everyone. Also for those who can vote, choose wisely.


Arts & Entertainment Platinum Press Night Rally Nicole Leitner A & E Editor

The rhythmic drum beats stimulates the soul, the synchronized choreography artfully demands attention, the mere glimpse of team uniforms instantly engages viewers in a whirlwind of past memories…passionate victories and encouraging losses. The first sense of unity thrives within every being, and school spirit arouses itself yet again. The highest attended rally of the year stormed the CHS stadium September 11th, a date of remembrance, rebirth, and celebration of the future. Many sports and entertainment teams showcased their rising talents and broadcasted their mounting enthusiasm for the season ahead. Among the many teams who demonstrated their passion of their activity at the rally were the varsity football team, the varsity volleyball team, the boys water

polo team, tennis, the Tahitian Troupe, and the Boys and Girls Advanced Dance Team. Powerful spirit drives our school teams to forget about those aching muscles, to ignore the throbbing exhaustion nagging at their minds, and to finally be prepared to win that next game, to master a new skill, or to perform in front of Chaparral’s 3 thousand students. Regarding the Night Rally, dance coach Mrs. Brooks comments how “the first rally is always exciting because

we can show off the talent of our new dance team”. This correlates to all our other teams in the school as well, who revel in the exceptional opportunity to reveal their talent (or simply pump up the crowd with their fun routines) amongst the swelling spirit of the crowd. The Night Rally demonstrates the fact that whichever team on the field, on the stage, or even on the luminous gymnasium floor, thrives from the spirit and support of the crowd. The rally it-

Blown Tire Suspected in Musician’s Crash

Adam Goldstein) was burned on his hands and part of his head. The doctor says both men are still in critical but stable condition. The Lear jet hurtled off the end of a runway at Columbia Metropolitan Airport just before midnight Friday and crashed through antennas and a fence. It came to rest on an embankment across a five-lane highway and was engulfed in flames, said Debbie Hersman, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. Two other passengers Chris Baker, 29, of Studio City, California, and Charles Still, 25, of Los Angeles - died, as did pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim Hills, California, and co-pilot James Bland, 52, of Carlsbad, California, according to the county coroner. Baker was an assistant to Barker

self establishes this intimate bond to be embraced and relished for the rest of the year. As ASB director Mrs. Hill firmly stated: “Do not miss it”. For those unfortunate ones out there who were unable to attend, do not fret too much. There will be plenty of upcoming events to captivate your rising school spirit. To further sweeten this memorable experience, there was also free Chick-Fil-A, beverages, and ice cream available during the rally to coincide with the free entertainment on the field below. Entertainment at Chaparral is not often free; however, the spirit of school events ceases to change. Every sports game, performance, and rally thrives with excitement and stunning amounts of school spirit. Whether you attended the first rally or not, expect a whirlwind of exhilaration throughout the events to come, as Chaparral never fails to amaze you with its strong teams and powerful connections with the ones cheering them on. The thrill

Rising Television Hits Adrian Farias Arts and Entertaiment Staff Writer “Snapped” (Sundays at 10/9c p.m. on Oxygen) What drives women to kill? Oxygen’s hit crime series Snapped in its 6th season, profiles the fascinating cases of women accused of murder. Did they really do it? If they did, why? Whether the motivation was revenge against a cheating husband, the promise of a hefty insurance payoff or putting an end to years of abuse, the reasons are as varied as the women themselves. From socialites to secretaries, female killers share one thing in common: at some point, they all Snapped. “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency” (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Oxygen) The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency returns once again! The fourth season returned on August 26, Dickinson finds herself working with a new business partner and realized

Adrian Farras A & E staff writer The medical director of the burn hospital where former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM are being treated says both men are expected to make full recoveries. The musicians were critically injured in a South Carolina plane crash that killed four people late Friday. Dr. Fred Mullins said Sunday morning that both men are being treated for second- and third-degree burns at a Georgia hospital. Mullins says recovery from such burns can take as long as a year but notes the men had no other injuries and hat Barker was burned on his torso, and DJ AM (whose real name is

and still was a security guard for the musician. A publicist described the men as close friends of their employers. A blown tired is suspected to be the cause of this accident.

Break a Leg Once Again Andrew Ruiz A&E Editor With the fall season finally starting Chaparrals mind is set once again on the competitve atmosphere of Puma football, however, lest we forget the performing arts department. With another class of seniors off enjoying their creative freedom, Chaparrals high school structure begins yet another year of anticipation filled shows.

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Section Editors Nicole Leitner & Andrew Ruiz Staff Writers Susanna Yang Taylor McGowen Megan Johnson Adrian Farias Holly Howard Hayley Miller Senior Performing Class? Susanna Yang A & E Staff Writer Most people may know about the drama class with past plays like “All Shook Up,” “The Outsiders,” and “Jake’s Women,” but fewer may know about the performing arts English class. It is a class only for seniors and an alternative to AP English12 and regular English 12. Michelle Loza, teacher of the English performing class, states, “It’s not an easy A class, like other English classes, we analyze literature, but the only difference is that we perform it also.” The class is like any English class. The students have their fair share of essays, analyzing, and writing involved in the class. On top of that the students have to perform an interpretation of what they have learned. It is more of a hands-on visual style of learning in contrast to just reading a book and discussing it. One thing that sets the performing class apart from the drama class is that there is a direct application to the seniors. Other seniors may see whatever they have been learning, on the stage when the performing arts class performs it. Therefore when the class shows their preview of these “educational and entertaining” performances Mrs. Loza hopes to invite more senior classes to watch. Mrs. Loza comments, “So far, I’m amazed at the variety of talent we have. We’re already like one happy family.” Alex Navarro, CHS Senior stated, “One thing they asked me when I joined the class was whether I have a special talent or not. If I can play an instrument, sing or dance so they can make use of it in the play,”. There are no auditions or requirements to join this class other than the fact that one must be a senior. The students are required to attend the performance for the grade. Hamlet will be playing

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continue Oxygen.... Oxygen Continued..... that to create the agency she always wanted, she had to shake things up a bit. As the world’s first supermodel, with so much to offer as a teacher and mentor, Janice decided it’s best for her and the models to live under one roof 24/7. Let the games begin!

“Raising the Bar” (Mondays at10 p.m. on TNT) Raising the Bar, a powerful new legal drama from Emmy winning producer Steven Bochco. The gripping series starts Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue), Gloria

Break a Leg Continued.... Raphael Loza, head of the performing arts and Drama department, has announced that three plays , including the Senior directed play have already been spotted to recreate this year. The first script in the lineup is the quirky comedy, Charly’s, Aunt written by Brandon Thomas . The play circulates around two lovelorn teenagers who must be with their lovely girlfriends. However, problems arise as the parents of the two damsels resist the companionship of the couples. With a theme of cross-dressing, British Angst, and love-conquering all, no matter how farfetched the plot can get, Charly’s Aunt looks to be a highly entertaining opening show. Following the opening Charly’s Aunt, Loza hopes to open a Shakespeare Act. No definite play has been confirmed as of the last interview with Loza, however, a few have been rumored. Concluding the year is the annual Senior Directed play which will be decided as it approaches. Simultaneously with the staged plays, the Improv team has begun there new season. The Improv team hopes to have atleast one show a month with new unscripted blunders sure to entertain as they have every year before. Jared May, Senior, and first year Improv member says, “it went really well it shall’st be fun this forecoming year,” in reference to the first show the teams performed together. Improv captains this year are Ryan Holfield (A squad) and the great Zack Schultz (B Squad). The drama department is heade by such leaders as Mallory Stephan and Ryan Holfield. Casting is decided my Mr. Loza after audition. The Auditions include a monologue and a portion of the script to be made. After a judgment based upon stage presence and delivery casting will be displayed upon the drama room door. “This year looks to be a great year, all is going well and we have a great bunch of kids.”

Back to The Streets! Street Scene 2008 Andrew Ruiz A & E Editor

humorous performance. The set lasted from 10:45 pm until midnight playing songs of old, opening with the infamous Loser, as well as newer classics, closing with the anthem like E-Pro off the Guerro

TDC Tapping Dads Taylor McGowen A&E Staff Writer Every year, the fathers and daughters of Temecula Dance Company get together to put on a performance at the studio’s annual recital, but this year the dads have a very special performance that most people don’t get the chance to experience. The World Famous Tapping Dads auditioned for the biggest talent show ever, America’s Got Talent, among millions of others and danced their way into the show’s Top 40, where the deciding power is turned over to America and each contestant’s fate is held in their hands. Lani Morel, owner and director of TDC, comments on the dads’ chances of making the Top 40,” We were confident that the Tapping Dads were a unique group that would appeal to the hearts of America.” Even though the dads have

the support of their families and the studio behind

them, getting into the Top 40 required a lot of hard work. The dads have had to adjust their schedules to fit in all

with multiple side performances on January 9th and 10th. The other play will be on May 1st and 2nd. The class will not charge

for their performance but will accept donations. When the shows finally begin be sure to check out what this years seniors have accomplished.

Vampire Weekend Performing at Street Scene 9-19-08

After last years contradictory move to Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista (Headliners MUSE & The Killers) the two-day music festival moved back to the Streets of San Diego. On September 19th and 20th thousands of spectators lined up to witness nearly 40 different artists, of any genre from hip-hop to folk rock to alternative rock, perform. Just as it was originally presented in 1984, Street Scene returned with 4 stages (the Fulana, Fulano, Casbah and Zarabanda) setup along the streets of the Gas Lamp district. The 8 hour a day, twodays, block party rocked nonstop with performers. TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, and MGMT lined up backto-back on one day leading up to the Hip-Hop-Alternative Rock sounds of day one Headliner Beck’s energetic,

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album. Beck also presented songs off his newest album Modern Guilt recently hitting stores. Weary guests left the streets of downtown bumbling in excitement and fatigue only to arrive again the next day for another party-induced day of love and music. Day two offered an outstanding line-up of Canadian twins Tegan & Sara, self proclaimed indie-punk rockers Cold War Kids, and Swedish ecstatic The Hives only to conclude with the synth-based 80s band Devo. the hours of hard work and practice it takes to be in the competition. Morel states, “ Their schedule has been grueling. The dads all work full time, in addition to rehearsing they’re tapping 20 hours per week and spending time with their children.” The dads, their families, and the studio are hoping that all this hard work pays off and results in winning the whole competition. “We feel that they will have a good shot at winning the entire competition. They have been rehearsing several hours per week and America will fall in love with our wonderful Tapping Dads,” Morel states. Although the competition has not concluded yet, the overall experience of participating on the show will be one neither the dads nor their families will ever forget. The greatest moment for the Dads so far would most definitely be advancing into the voting round. “The dads were ecstatic when they could call their daughters to let them know that they had made it into the Top 40. Their daughters were extremely proud of them,” tells Morel. Making the Top 40 may be the greatest moment so far, but

known most for their yellow jumpsuits and red electric hats (which were not missing at the late night performance) Devo replaced the grungy rock sound of the Black Crowes who had cancelled after a sudden illness. With Devo’s 80s chant “Whip It”, Tegan and Sara’s delightful stage presence and the mixture of Indie and Classic rock that the Eagles of Death Metal presented day two of the festival closed the 24 year old festival in fun and classy style. participating on the show will be one neither the dads nor their families will ever fortthe Top 40. Their daughters were extremely proud of them,” tells Mottwhole competition. Since May, the Dads have been putting in approximately 2 hours a day, 5-6 days a week iu hopes that America would embrace their talent and advance them into the finals. Unfortunatley, the Tapping Dads were voted off recently, however they will never forget their experience on the show.

Midnight Sun Haley Miller A&E Staff Writer

Over and over, teens have fallen in love with the Twilight Saga. Millions have been drawn to this dark tale of romance and horror. The books have been purchased, t-shirts worn, and the movie is eagerly awaited. For some it is an obsession, for others it is simply a book; enjoyable, but a book nonetheless. But for most, Twilight is a riveting tale that keeps us on the edge of our seats screaming for more. Midnight Sun, the next book in the series is written through Edward’s perspective. Through Midnight Sun we are able to see through Edward’s eyes. It enables the first impressions of Bella, Edwards love interest. Midnight Suns alternative perspective has bee long awaited. Unfortunately, the brilliant and talented author Stephenie Meyer has been betrayed. A partial draft of her fifth book has been illegally posted on the internet. Meyer has put Midnight Sun on hold, and may possibly not even finish the story. Outraged fans have let loose their voices at the illegal release of Midnight Sun, and are shocked at the possibility of the series ending now. Senior at Chaparral, Megan Johnson, stated, “It’s a letdown for all of the faithful readers that look forward to Edward’s out look of the story.” Will there be a Midnight Sun? Will Stephenie Meyer be able to overcome the illegal release of her beloved series conclusion? For the faithful fans they must only waited and see.


September 2008

FEATURES

“About Shmidt”

Courntney Brooks Features Editor Over summer all of us have more personal. The co-editors browsed through our yearbooks Sophie Calzada and Samantha and reminisced about the mem- Dillena plan make this year one ories they hold. One of the best of the best. parts of the beginning of school The environment of yearbook is seeing those friends again, is pulsing with excitement, and and along with that is meeting the stress can be overwhelmnew people. This year, along ing. Chanel Medel commented with the swarms of incoming on the solution to that problem, freshmen, Chaparral has gained food. Mrs. Shmidt’s yearbook a new faculty member who will class is never hungry, a tradibe teaching the class that allows tion that has stuck with the class Chaparral’s students to forever despite the new teacher. Mrs. Shmidt and her yearremember their high school friends. Mrs. Shmidt will be book students have also crethe new yearbook teacher and ated a year book club. She she foresees a wonderful year supervises the club that meets Wednesday’s at lunch. This ahead. She is an experienced teach- club was designed for passioner of seven years and is looking ate students who couldn’t fit forward to joining the Puma yearbook into their schedule, family and working alongside but still want to help create this the dedicated students to “cre- piece of Chaparral’s history. Mrs. Shmidt plans to let her ate a memory book.” She spent a year at a San students express themselves as Diego high school as their they are responsible for the proyearbook advisor and several duction of the yearbook while years at Great Oak as an Eng- she supervises. She claims that lish teacher. She is thrilled to it’s the students who get the real be here at Chaparral and has an “pulse of the campus” and she is honored to be involved in the array of new ideas. Among her plans for this year, class providing a “snapshot of she wants to broaden coverage the year” for all the students to of students in the yearbook, ide- cherish. ally incorporating three pictures of everyone into it. With new software, the yearbook students can expand their creativity and make the yearbook better than ever. The students in her class are all still adjusting to the new changes, and the senior editors in chief, Chanel Medel and Lisset Valencia, are waiting to see how the year will unfold. They plan to cover more senior events and make the yearbook

A Brush with Club Rush Jamie Lakenau Features Editor

“SAVE THE ANIMALS” and “HIDE AND SEEK!” are a couple of examples of the enthusiastic chants heard from student-run clubs searching for members. The festivities were Club Rush which took place August 28th and 29th in the quad during lunch. Students had the opportunity to view which clubs the campus has to offer this year. “There’s something for everybody” Ms. Hill, the ASB director, commented. And much to her word, tables were set up for a wide variety of clubs including Fight Against Discrimination which “puts on plays for middle schools to spread the message of equality” as the president Casey Price noted on the club F.A.D. Zack Schulz, a senior at CHS whom truly believes in equality put in his word about F.A.D. as “when you get a group of people with the same voice, there’s just no stopping us” before joining back up with the colorfully shirted crew working their table. Different students have different reasoning for joining clubs. Andrew Culbertsen commented on joining “student venture, because I’m Christian” as well as “music club, because I like music”. The music club, as the treasurer Fellipe Rengel puts it, is “a fun club where we listen to music”. As students filed in from their usual congregation spots scattered around the campus,

Directing the Platinum Sound; Again Jamie Lakenau Features Editor

Although Mr. Caster, the CHS band director was not here for the ‘07/’08 school year-this year is not his debut here on campus. He taught the Chaparral’s Platinum Sound beginning in the ‘04/’05 school year, moving down to southern California from a little town in Oregon. He continued to teach at CHS for three years until last year, during which time a different band teacher took his place. But band students which were here to see the difference in the band department really missed his talent working with the band. As Matt Grace, a trumpet player in the Platinum Sound commented, “A certain level of experience and maturity” was missing from the band during the last school year. But the reasons for his leave was not planned nor hoped for. Caster explains, “I left due to the fact that my wife was having open heart surgery to replace a valve and part of a major artery. I did not feel I could keep up with the schedule at CHS while my wife recovered. I t was an easy decision for me because I always put my family first”. Many students were unaware what the band has gone through, and since such a leave is so unexpected, the band felt remorse with Mr. Caster’s ab-

sence. When this years drum major Kevin Torrez, who is in charge of leading the band and basically being the assistant director, was asked about what was missing from the band last year, he replied, “the right leadership, the puns, and the mustache”. Many students felt a lot more than just great guidance left, and missed Caster on a personal level. Seeing such respect toward the director, it is understood why the last year’s band lacked the quality they’re used to. So Caster’s return to CHS was welcomed with open arms. He explains, “I came back this year because my wife is fully recovered and Mr. Barr resigned his position with the district. I am currently working in the mornings at BVMS and periods 5 & 6 at CHS. I am very happy to be back working with students I respect and enjoy.” The section leader for the trumpets, Sara Rittenhouse expressed her opinion of this years band compared to last year, “it is going a lot smoother and is more fun”. The students are not the only ones happy for his re-admittance as band director of the platinum sound, Caster speaks highly of the band, and that he enjoys working with them just

as much, “The students and parents of the Platinum Sound have made it a very personally rewarding teaching assignment. I have been able to achieve more with this school and students than with most other groups I have worked with.” So even though the band has gone through a rough transition, this year they are back on track with the director they respect and enjoy to work with, and ready for a great season ahead of them.

they searched for clubs to join that would “give us something to do” as senior Jessica Varela commented. Upon entering into the quad area and into the mass of eager students ready to sign up for probably more clubs than they could handle, it was apparent why such a huge crowd was drawn for the event. As Garreth Broad the unofficial ASB “engineer” claimed, “it’s the best way to see everything to offer at CHS”. Students with all sorts of different interests found a club that could satisfy their thirst for involvement at school. This involvement benefits students directly. Ms. Hill was enthusiastic to note that being a member of clubs can offer community service opportunities, and that it looks good on college, as well as job applications. Maybe this was the draw, or maybe it was “so they’re not in the hot heat” as student Andrew Culbertsen stated; but one thing is for sure: a surpluse of clubs were advertised during Club Rush and this event proved successful in finding members to join them. So in case you missed the festivities-don’t forget to go out there and get involved in a club that suits your best interests.

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Editors: Courtney Brooks Jamie Lakenau Staff Writers: Reta Bidi Jordan Laliotis Rosie Ruan Victoria Tibbetts

Twiggy the water skiing squirrel

Peer Leaders

Reta Bidi Staff Writer Peer Leader is a organization school and after school in the in which students sacrifice their library, or at lunch in the career own precious time to make sure center. others succeed. Peer Leaders As advisor Mr. Zides said, have many other things to make “Peer Leaders are great and a difference in the school to helpful students and try to build make it a better place. bridge the gap between students Plus forms are among the ac- in our school.” tivities they do to fight against And as Junior Elia Kaleh discrimination and racism and said, “Peer Leaders program get to know other people from is for others to communicate, different backgrounds to make loved by others, and to get to them one. know people from different As president senior Jenni- backgrounds.” fer Guerra said, “Peer Leader Every Monday Peer Leadis amazing program and just ers were their shirts for others like Gandhi said we are making to recognize them if they have the difference we want in this any question to ask them. world.” Based on efforts, advisor Freshman Orientation is an- Mrs. Hill said “Peer Leaders are other event they organize for the phenomenally important and new freshman coming to Chap- they are the heart of Chaparral arral. They welcome them, take High School.” them a tour around school, and And as advisor Mrs. Dayus do activities with them. said, “Peer Leaders will connect As junior Elizabeth Flores all students to the Chaparral said, “the purpose of having High School Students and culpeer leaders is to persuade stu- ture, in addition, they will work dents about school, diversity, to to make students feel a sense make them realize that school is of belonging by leading their the best place to sacrifice your peers towards campus involvegoals.” ment and academic success. Tutoring and mentoring stu- I sincerely hope that all Chapdents is another thing they do, arral students go at any time to it’s for tutoring anyone who get help from Peer Leaders to needs help in school, before be successful in their Classes.


September 2008

FEATURES

A Brand New Nickel For those of you that have been around Chaparral High for the past couple of years, you’ve probably ran into, or at least saw, Mr. Park, our old choir director. He was impossible to miss; a big man at six feet, two inches tall, and he had even longer hair. Although he will be sorely missed, we have a new director who hopes to bring our music program to heights that have not been seen before. Upon meeting Mr. Stan Nickel, my hopes were immediately higher than I expected them to be. But the change of appearance was a little tricky to get used to. Mr. Park, a tall guy with longer hair than ninety percent of the girls at our school. Mr. Nickel, five feet, ten inches tall, and no hair whatsoever. But after talking with Mr. Nickel, it would be learned that his ambitions are much greater than the amount of hair he has on his head. “I’ve been around music since I was born. My dad was the choir director at our church and my mom and my sisters were all in the choir, so I have musical roots, you could say. I started singing when I was three. It was a solo at our church, and I remember people telling me that during the song, I started readjusting my belt in front of everyone right in the middle of my solo. But I was three; I could get away with anything. I started picking up the guitar

Jordan Laliotis Editor In Chief and the piano a bit later. I was always a good boy in school. I made an honors choir when I was in junior high, which was pretty big for me. Throughout high school I also played sports. I was a starter for our basketball team and I made Second Team AllLeague my senior year. I was also on varsity tennis for three years. But then when I started going to college at Fresno Pacific I started to really focus on opera singing. I then transferred to Fresno State. But back then, all they had were classes. I had really no idea how to get my career started. I didn’t know anyone who had an agent, I didn’t know where to go, it’s as simple as that. You would go to classes, finish up, and then leave. They didn’t help you after that. But I would do some plays for schools, but I knew that I needed something else. Life started getting in the way, and you can’t drag a family all over the place from one performance to another. So three years after Fresno State, I went to Indiana University, and then finished at Cal State Fullerton. I’ve been teaching for 25 years now, and I actually started when I was 19. I had my teaching credentials, and the job kind of fell into my lap. My teaching career started in Nova Scotia, Canada, and then I came back down into California where I taught in Laguna Beach and at Capo Valley in Mission Viejo.

I spent 16 years at Capo, where I taught choir, guitar, and I directed the orchestra. We did at least one big musical each year, which I directed. We did Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden, Fiddler on the Roof, Footloose, Chorus Line, Grease, and Anything Goes. We did a lot of big things. I’ve also taken my choirs to perform at Carnegie Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, and the Sacramento Capitol Building Rotunda. Here at Chaparral I hope to reintroduce a show choir and a jazz choir. Because I know TVHS, Margarita, and Day Middle School all have a very successful show choir program. And I’ve always been an advocate for jazz choir. I’ve also been discussing with Mr. Loza about setting up a musical of some sort hopefully this year.” Mr. Nickel is also a big Lakers fan, but an even bigger Tiger Woods fan. “I enjoy golf a lot. I love getting up in the early mornings when the fog is still settled on the ground. But on TV, if Tiger isn’t playing, I’m not watching.” Mr. Nickel currently lives in Aguanga, California. He also enjoys the occasional karaoke performance.

IPhone 3G: Twice as Fast, Only Half the Price Rosie Ruan Staff Writer

There has been a lot of buzz lately over Apple’s latest product, the newest IPhone, IPhone 3G. This summer’s hottest new smart phone has a sleek new design and it comes in either black or white. The price you may ask. It is said to be set at $199, a big price difference form the last IPhone. Like every new phone out there, the IPhone is no exception when it comes to its cool new features. This new product now comes with 3G speed. With it, the IPhone has access to the internet and email. You can also surf the web, and get directions while you are on a phone call. CHS teacher Mrs. Baron thinks the new IPhone is “amazing”. When asked about what she liked the best about it she said, “I like being able to quickly check my sports scores.” She also replied, “I love that I do not have to carry my palm pilot or a separate organizer, it has it all.” Sounds convenient doesn’t it? Other cool features include a Global Positioning System (GPS). The GPS technology takes information from earth orbiting satellites to give people directions and to find locations. It gives an estimated time and distance based on signals and traffic. You can also follow your progress along a highlighted route with the GPS live tracking system. The smart sensors are one

Driven to Paint: Seniors Decorate Spots Victoria Tibbetts Features Staff Writer

On most Saturday mornings, the parking lot of Chaparral High School is virtually empty. But on August 30, there was a decent scattering of seniors, most on their hands and knees, hard at work claiming parking spots as their own.

These preferred parking spaces were raffled off to seniors on August 21, but several new spots were added this year to accommodate all those who entered. The seniors were not only allowed to choose a spot, but to personalize it in their own unique way, by painting a their space with the artwork of their choice. An amazing variety of colors and designs could be seen in the students’ artwork. Some students wanted to make their artwork meaningful by send-

ing a message or making a statement. Chaparral senior Krystina Hasty used letter stamps to paint a poem she had written herself, entitled simply “Life”, onto her parking spot. “I think it applies to my senior year, to everyone’s senior year…it’s about life, and having adventures,” she said. Others wanted to celebrate personal interests or hobbies with their paintings. A common theme was sports teams. Senior Grant Moore decided to paint the logo of his favorite football team, the San Diego Chargers, on his spot. “I looked on the Internet for designs, and I found their old school one and wanted to use it,” he said. The seniors also came well equipped for their task. Among the supplies the students brought with them were, of course, paints for decorating, but also an assortment of brushes and drop cloths to catch spilled paint. Many had sunscreen, water, and even tent awnings to help them beat the heat as they worked. Some even brought family and friends along to share in the experience. Snacks, cold drinks, and

music were provided for the painters by ASB. One of the members, Jonathan Buehler, said they had arrived at 6 a.m. to help set everything up. “They [the seniors] have been coming and going pretty much since we started,” he said. The chosen seniors paid an additional $30 on top of the $7.00 required for a parking permit to purchase these special spots. The painting began at 7 a.m., an early hour for a Saturday morning, and lasted up until 2 p.m.

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of the many other cool features the IPhone 3G has to offer. It has different types of smart sensors which can pick up cues from the environment to adjust your screen accordingly. One of the smart sensors works to maximize your battery. Mrs. Baron said, “With this I don’t have to charge my phone as often.” How this works is that the phone only utilizes your battery when you are actually using the phone. It also has light sensors that automatically brighten your screen when you enter a dark room or walk into the sunlight. There are also proximity sensors which shut down your screen when you are on a phone call so that you do not accidentally go into stuff while you are talking on the phone.

The IPhone now has better less complicated texting. It has a chat view style and an intelligent multi-touch keyboard that predicts and suggests words as you type. The text message will also appear on the phone like an ongoing chat, so that you can pick up on conversations where you left off. Mrs. Baron said, “The ongoing chat feature is really neat, it makes it easier to check my texts from people.” The IPhone 3G is only available in Apple retail stores and AT&T stores located across the United States. The IPhone includes a two- year technical support warranty and for $69 people can purchase the Apple Protection Plan. This plan includes repair coverage for the IPhone, battery, bluetooth headset, and the included accessories. So if you can go buy this new smart phone and talk in style, but just remember: NO PHONES DURING SCHOOL HOURS!!


Sports

The Platinum Press

September Edition

Sports Editor: Dre Taylor

Staff Writers: Rachel Johnson Jordan Laliotis Hayley Henderson

Volleyball Update Rachel Johnson Staff Writer Chaparral’s freshman and JV volleyball teams are on fire this season with the freshman team winning all four games played and JV winning three out of four games. Chaparral freshman volleyball player, Autumn Welch, agrees that her team is doing great this season. Welch stated, “I think that we did really well and that everyone did their best.” Welch admits that there is always room for improvement though. She said one thing the freshman team could improve on is communication on the court. Welch said, “We can improve on talking; sometimes during games we do not talk to the other players.” Luckily, there are no communication problems when it comes to socializing with each other. Welch said, “Everyone gets along with each other. It really does help us win our games.” Welch has a positive attitude when it comes to how far she believes Chaparral is capable of going this season: “We are going to do great if we keep working on all of our skills.” Don’t forget to show your support for Autumn Welch and her teammates and come to the games. The next home game is on October sixth against Murrieta Valley. Freshman and JV both play at 3:15p.m and varsity plays at 4:00p.m.

Puma Football Team back on the Prowl

AL Playoffs

Dre Taylor Sports Editor

The Chaparral High School football team is back and hard at work. Head Coach Tommy Leach said, “I’ve never seen a team work as hard as we have from spring until now.” For the past couple of seasons, Chaparral High School has gone to the CIF finals and Semifinals, prompting expectations of all who attend Chaparral to be very high for the Pumas, including their coach. “(I) Expect this team to play up to it’s potential.This year I have the best team that I have had at Chaparral.” But Coach Leach knows that getting far in the playoffs also requires a bit of luck: “The last two years, we have been very lucky in the playoffs. A lot of luck is required to make the runs we have made; however, with a more talented team this year, we should still be able to go deep into the playoffs.” When asked what would be considered a successful season for the Pumas, coach Leach responded, “Our ultimate goal is winning a CIF title, and winning league.” Both could prove to be tall tasks for the Pumas who face a pretty tough schedule as usual, with even bigger names this year. They have games with some of the toughest teams in California, including their opening game of the season against Corona Centennial who knocked the Pumas out of the playoffs last year in the semifinals. Coach Leach and the team agree that this will be the toughest non-league opponent on paper for the Pumas this year. As far as league is concerned, the Pumas believe that Murrieta Valley is going to be a tough team to beat. If the Pumas are going to be successful this year, they are going to have to do it without last year’s All-Valley quarterback, Tyler Hansen. Many students on campus feared that once the team had lost Hansen, it would be difficult for them to continue playing at a high level. “You can’t replace Tyler,” says Coach Leach. “He was a very special player who led by example.” This year the Pumas have two quarterbacks who are ready and willing to get their shot at leading the team and will be most likely rotating in and out of the starting quarterback position. One of those quarterbacks and Game one starter was Chaparral sophomore, Antoine Arnold. Arnold’s

coach actually feels that he is “athletically better than Tyler Hansen” and that the mental aspect will come with experience. In Fact, Arnold is so athletically equipped that he also plays wide receiver, and on the nights that he is not starting at quarterback, will more than likely start in one of the wide receiver slots. When Arnold is playing receiver, starting at quarterback will be Chaparral Junior, Mitch Glassman. Glassman is also a very athletic and a very mobile quarterback. Both quarterbacks haven’t had much difficulty adjusting to the offense and Coach Leach said that practices have looked “very strong.” It is very apparent that Coach Leach thinks very highly of his 2008-2009 Puma football team and everyone appears motivated to do their best, from the players to the coaching staff. Coach Leach can use one word to describe his team and he simply said the same word that he writes up on the board every day at practice: “one”. He went on to say that “we are one team, with no individuals and one team goal.” Make sure to support your Pumas this fall on their quest to be the best. One team with one goal equals one exciting Puma football season that you don’t want to miss!

Jordan Laliotis Editor-In-Chief For years, the AL has been regarded as the power league in baseball. For the past couple of seasons, nearly every team has shared a spot a top their respective divisions: The A’s, the Rangers, and the Angels in the West; the Red Sox, the Yankees, and the Rays (apparently all they needed was to get rid of the devil. Countless seasons of pointless baseball as the Devil Rays, and the season that they change their names to just the Rays, they make the playoffs) in the East; and the Tigers, the White Sox, the Indians, and the Twins have all been at the top of the AL North. But this year has only added more diversity to the AL. Except for the Mariners. They need a bit more than diversity. Starting at the top are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of the West Coast of the United States of America. Sporting baseball’s

best record, this seems to be (knock on wood) the Angel’s year. There pitching is as strong as ever; Ervin Santana is having one of his good years despite having an up-and-down career, Joe Saunders is having a career year, Jerod Weaver remains solid, and John Lackey, on top of his 12-4 record, has finally proven that he can beat Boston. And any Angels fan knows the pain that the Red Sox bring to Lackey. Scot Shields has been untouchable, and Francisco Rodriguez is having the best year a closer could possibly have. But the main roadblock that has prevented the Angels from post season success has, and still will be, their hitting. Former MVP Vladimir Guerrero seems to disappear once those bright lights of October shine. But the recent additions of Torii Hunter and Mark Teixeira hope to aid Guerrero once the team opens up the post season at home. Trailing them for the AL’s best record is the

one world ranking after Ending The Year With A Bang ber losing to Rafael Nadal who

Dre Taylor Sports Editor

Whether it was the sight of Serena Williams jumping up and down like a six-year-old child, or Roger Federer falling to his knees in glory, the U.S Open could not have had a more story book ending. In both the men’s and women’s game, you couldn’t help but to be happy for the both of the individuals who took home the trophies. Serena Williams was having a very good season by most players’ standards coming into the U.S Open. She had won three titles, an Olympic Gold Medal in doubles, and just missed another Wimbledon title losing to her sister Venus Williams in the finals. By most of Serena’s fans’ standards, she was not having a Serena standard year. Senior Ashlyn Garner says, “I had been somewhat disappointed with Serena up to this point in the year. I’m

glad to see that all of her hard work paid off.” Serena Williams hasn’t had a Serena-standard year since 2003. Between 19992003, Serena Williams won six grand slam titles, including four, and went back to being number one in the world. For Roger Federer on the other hand, it’s been quite a different story over the past five years. He has been ranked number one in the world since February 2, 2004, and had won 12 grand slam finals before this one. Earlier this summer, he lost his num-

had not won a grand slam in five years. He was in a slump by many peoples’ standards and there appeared to be a changing of the guard taking place; however, Federer came into the U.S Open and showed everyone why he is second alltime in grand slam titles. By winning the U.S Open, Federer won his 13th grand slam title and is now only one behind tennis great Pete Sampras for most Grand Slam wins all time. Federer had a tough road through the U.S Open draw, but dominated the Final against Young rising Star Andy Murray and solidified that he was still a threat no matter his ranking. Both Federer and Serena Williams are ending a great tennis season on a great note. With only one major tournament left, (ATP and WTA championships) they are both hoping to continue this end of the year surge and have it carry over to next season.


Sports

September Edition

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Reunion Tours Are Never As Good... Jordan Laliotis Editor-In-Chief When the words “reunion tour” are thrown into a conversation, two thoughts should enter your mind: one being “Hey! I missed them! I’m so glad they’re coming back!” and then number two is the realization that reunions can go one of two ways. These come backs can either be an amazing story, full of heart wrenching tales of bravery and perseverance, or they can be a nail bomb just waiting to explode and tear apart everything around it. In most cases, it’s the ladder. It was announced a few weeks ago that Lance Armstrong, 7-time Tour De France champion, was coming back for another go around Paris after a year off. Now, when this news was posted, there were probably

a few sports comebacks that came to the minds of fans that just make them cringe and send chills down their spines. The first, and one of the saddest, is MJ. The one, the only, Michael Jordan. The most recognizable and dominant basketball player in the 90’s, and possibly of all time, retired as a Bull, for the second time, in January of 1999, and bought part ownership of the Washington Wizards. But the undeniable itch to play found Jordan again, and he came back with the team that he partially owned. Michael only played two years for the Wizards, and averaged a career low 20 points per game in his final season. But it was noticeably a different Michael; an older, slower, Michael. Joe Montana, on the

NL Playoff Race

In the National League, the playoff race is really tight and is expected to go down to the very last day of the season. In the National League West Division, as of September 23, 2008, the Los Angeles Dodgers held a two game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The two teams have taken turns leading the division the entire season. The same situation has taken Place in the National League East Division. The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets went back and forth last year in the division and ended the season in a historic way when the New York Mets blew a seven game Lead over the Phillies with only seventeen games left to go. Both teams have managed to find

Hayley Henderson Staff Writer Baseball playoffs! 162 games are played just to lead up to the baseball playoffs. Believe it or not, most baseball players are not thinking about contracts right now, nor are they thinking about the new toys that they are going to buy with all of the money they make. No, one the minds of most baseball players is the goal of getting their teams into the playoffs. The baseball playoffs may begin in October, however, most fans watch just as eagerly in September to see how their team is doing and to weigh in on their teams chances of making it into the playoffs, known to many fans as the “Fall Classic”.

other hand, had quite an odd circumstance. The legendary quarterback played for the San Francisco 49ers for thirteen seasons, where he went 100-39 as a starter in the regular season. But due to nagging injuries and his back up, fellow hall of famer Steve Young, Montana moved on to play with the Kansas City Chiefs for two seasons. Montana’s situation is one of the few cases where these types of players have success. One of the most tragic cases is that of Broadway Joe Namath. Namath played for the New York Jets for twelve seasons, leading his team to countless winning seasons and a Super Bowl in 1968. But in the downswing of his career, he signed with St. Louis Rams in 1977 and

played only four games. In his last three seasons, Namath went 6-19 as a starter. But there’s always that modern classic of our time; Brett Favre. After 16 seasons as a Green Bay Packer, Favre retired. But during the previous off season, Favre stated that he still wanted to play, after the Packers moved on. After countless conflicting reports, Favre was traded to the New York Jets, but not after Favre lost a lot of respect for his actions. So when Lance steps back on his bike, the world will be watching. The Tour De France is not the kind of thing that you can do without any training. But while this is an engaging story and you can’t help but root for the guy, he later announced that his entire

themselves in another exciting pennant race this season, battling for a division crown and a spot in the playoffs. As of September 23, 2008, the Phillies had a two and a half game lead over the Mets. The Mets are still in a great position to make the playoffs. They lead the National League Wild Card by one game over the Milwaukee Brewers and by three and a half games over the Houston Astros. Both of the Brewers and the Astros only chance of making the playoffs is the wild card because the Chicago Cubs have managed to clinch their division. With so many teams fighting to keep their season alive, this last week of baseball is going to be very interesting and exciting to watch.

So keep watching those games baseball fans because you never know what could happen when it comes to baseball.

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new look Tampa Bay Rays. For being a team that no one saw coming and a team where no one, even in Florida, could name more than five players on the team, the Rays have been the story of the year. Led by starting pitchers James Shields and Scott Kazmir, closer and former Angels great Troy Percival, hard hitter Carlos Pena, and Desperate House-son Evan Longoria, who is up for MVP honors. The Rays have about as much playoff experience as I do, and they are relatively unknown. Among all playoff teams, the Rays

training will be recorded and possibly transfigured into a TV show, which could hurt his fan base. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t follow in the foot steps of his fellow sports icons in his reunion tour. have the lowest home attendance rate, but that is bound to change when they will more than likely play the defending champion Boston Red Sox in the first round. Speaking of the champs, the Red Sox have very quietly been having a very solid year. This year they have been in the shadow of the Rays, and the Sox have also been under the cloud of the whole Manny Ramirez debacle which everyone knows about because he is now sporting Dodgers blue. But aces Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Beckett are having amazing seasons and the youngsters like Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia are leading the team where David Ortiz has been slumping. But the Red Sox are still the Red Sox; they can never be counted out until the series is over. They’re the champs for a reason. The AL Central has been tossing and turning all season. The White Sox have been dominating the top of the standings, but the Twins have kept the race interesting ever since day one. Both teams were not expected to be in the situations that they’re in; any baseball fan would have told you that the Detroit Tigers were going to hack and slash through the entire league. So much for that. But whoever takes their division will end up playing the Angels in the first round. The Twins are currently 5-3 against the AL West champs, while the White Sox are 5-5 against the Angels this season.


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Late Start Sammy Leff Op/Ed- Editor Getting up early for school at 7:30 is not only annoying, it’s unhealthy. Researchers at Cornell and Stanford Universities have discovered starting school this early simply isn’t good for anyone. It’s not that people are lazy; it’s simply natural for teenagers to fall asleep around midnight and wake up around nine. Under the current schedule, teenagers fall asleep at midnight, but school shocks them out of bed by 6. The American Psychological Association reports “an association between sleep depravation and poorer grades.” They said lack of sleep causes more “disciplinary problems, sleepiness in class, and poor concentration.” However, problems outside of school are even worse. Constant drowsiness is a proven link to depression and impaired judgment. A University of Pittsburgh study found “students who sleep less than 8 hours a night were more likely to smoke and drink.” Even worse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says teens are behind the wheel in 50,000, half of the nation’s, sleep-related car crashes. Extracurricular activities and after-school jobs do matter, but they are not worth sacrificing personal health and public safety. So, why not push those activities back an hour later? People argue that the entire day will just happen one hour later. That’s fine, because studies by Stanford and Cornell show that it’s more natural for young people to fall asleep later, and get up later. Saving lives by preventing car crashes and drug use far outweighs time spent reorganizing extracurricular activities. Moving the day back an hour enables young people to function far better and, hopefully, get more sleep since the side-effects of drowsiness are very daunting. According to Stanford University, “not enough sleep can endanger a teenager’s immune system and make them more susceptible to serious illnesses.” According to the APA, this schedule “creates a patter similar to what is seen in patients with narcolepsy.” In order to get the recommended 9 hours and 15 minutes of sleep one needs to fall asleep between 8 and 9. It’s pretty safe to say, that’s not going to happen.

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Christian Bolivar Staff Writer Millions of teens across Europe, and around the world. drink from the ages 14 and up with less than catastrophic consequences. Those teenagers face nothing more dangerous than the normal shenanigans adults find themselves in on a weekly basis, yet organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving “protect our safety” by lobbying for the current drinking age to remain the same. They spend untold amounts of their husbands’ hard earned money on CNN appearances where they have an open floor to throw out statistics from 2005. There is only a handful of countries left that still oppose drinking ages 18 or below, but the U.S. sits high on its self-righteous pedestal firmly believing the majority of the world is wrong. Americans seem to lack the ability to act in moderation, which probably is the root cause of alcohol abuse in the first place. In the majority of European countries, kids learn at an early age that drinking must be done responsibly, not abstained from completely. Parents tend to run from their problems by “just saying no” that start kids on track to experiment with drugs and alcohol in the first place. How convenient we live in a country that blames things like age and alcohol before blaming faulty Dr. Phil parenting tactics. With all the power and socalled innovation we claim to have, you would think that maybe we could attempt to match the culture and responsibility of a fourteen-year-old Austrian kid. But the bottom line is that kids are going to find, buy, and steal alcohol and the more taboo and socially unacceptable we make it the more we will foster the growth of irresponsibility.

Groups in opposition of this law seem to negate the obvious facts that as adults, 18-yearolds can get married, die in wars, vote and buy cigarettes but can’t have beer before shipping out to a country that will let them drink anyway. Of the few arguments available from the MADD side of this issue, only two stand out as the basis of their campaigns, one being that there simply isn’t any proof that lowering the drinking age will bring about responsibility and two being that it will raise the number of alcohol related driving fatalities. As for proof, the reason we don’t have proof is because we have been to afraid to lower the drinking age in the last 23 years; and as for drunk driving, the National Youth Rights Association refers back to a study on teenage driving behaviors done by Thomas S. Dee which concludes that “raising the drinking age had no effect on reducing drunk driving. In fact its possible it created MORE drunk driving.” Few lawmakers take into consideration that kids twenty and below binge drink because an unfair law has forced them too, not because alcoholism is running rampant among America’s youth. Binge drinking and other dangerous activities have caused 120 or so of the nations top university presidents to rally for a drinking age of 18. It is a very difficult call on who to side with, top intellectuals listing the pros of responsible drinking in controlled environments like restaurants and learning that life does not end with your first drink… or opposition groups made predominantly of housewives and/or mothers who still strongly believe that what works in the rest of the world does not necessarily work here in America.

Babies Having Babies RyanWoodworth OP/ED Editor

Unless you’re some kind of deaf and dumb recluse, you have more than likely heard the “scandalous” stories surrounding potential Vice President Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter who is soon to be a mother. The media’s efforts to shed more light than necessary on the matter has almost made the issue a point in the Republican’s political campaign. As if the teen’s pregnancy wasn’t completely irrelevant to the presidency enough, Sarah

Palin has worked numerous excuses and solutions into her speeches, adding to the trend of irresponsible comments and actions. During the Republican Convention a few weeks back, Bristol Palin was seen on stage holding hands with her baby’s daddy who Sarah previously announced Bristol would soon be marrying. Unfortunately for these teens, this sounds like a political attempt to justify Bristol’s actions. Because Republican ideals are based on

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Gay Marriage Sammy Leff OP/ED Editor On November 4th, Californians will vote on a proposed state constitutional ban saying, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Proponents of the proposition argue that four judges simply overturned the will of the people in the recent court case that made gay marriage legal in California They cite a vote held eight years ago in which 61% of Californians voted to define marriage between a man and a woman. However, in an August 27th poll by the Public Policy institute of California, 54% of respondents were against banning gay marriage in the state constitution, while 40% supported it and 6% were undecided. Sadly, somehow this controversial human rights debate only emerges when socially conservative candidates try to stir up votes during an election cycle. These hypocritical politicians, who talk of less government interference in people’s lives, quickly shun their beliefs when given the chance to force their perceived morality down Americans’ throats. Students had a wide range of views on the controversial issue. Chaparral senior Cory Green expressed support for the ban. He said being gay

was a choice, but when asked why someone would choose to be gay in this unequal society, he responded, “That’s a good question. I don’t know.” Chaparral sophomore Carlos Monsoya said, “I wouldn’t care, it wouldn’t bother me (if gays could marry).” However, he expressed discomfort two men kissing in public saying, “There should be a public vote on whether two guys could kiss in the street.” But, in the 21st century, the world’s most diverse society certainly can be more accepting. People must put aside their own skittish feelings and realize that equality enriches society more than conformity. As Chaparral senior Hannah Dixon said, “America stands for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and restrictions on gay rights “don’t reflect American individualism and freedom of expression.” Americans must put aside their backward, uncomfortable feelings when considering gay rights. People must realize that their personal beliefs pale in comparison with the right of gay people to express their love for each other. People who have been in love will say those feeling had a far greater impact on their life than any awkward moment ever will.

the interests of a conventional family, Sarah Palin’s republican image will obviously be hurt by her daughter’s liberal means of excitement, and therefore has brought about a quick and conventional fix by ensuring the baby is born in to wedlock. What as ingenious idea, a solution to teenage pregnancy: teenage marriage. At least Palin’s stance on her grand-motherhood and politics is consistent. At a press conference, Sarah Palin said “the sexed programs will not find my support” and that she backed “abstinence only education.” Well Sarah, kids have sex,

and that’s not going to change. Palin’s own daughter is proof that when kids are sexually uninformed, babies happen. If only Palin had spent more time getting to know her daughter and teaching her the cause and effect of pregnancy, then perhaps this would not be an issue. Lucky for the sexually active teens of America, Palin has not won the Vice Presidency yet. And if one steamy night in Alaska swings enough votes from the Republican Party to further Obama’s lead, then maybe fewer teenage pregnancies are one of the Changes We Can Believe In.


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Just Like Music Farid Howard Op/Ed Staff Writer “You are the music, while the music lasts”. –T.S Elliot This year, Chaparral High School strictly prohibits the use of Ipods within school hours of 7:30 to 2:30. Posted at our school’s web site (chspumas. org) in the Student Handbook 2008-2009 harshly states the consequences of Ipod use: 1st time, Ipod is confiscated, student is warned, and it is returned to the parent at the end of the school day between the hours of 2:30-3:15 2nd time, Ipod is confiscated, it is returned to the parent seven days from the day it was confiscated at the end of the school day between the hours of 2:30-3:15 3rd time Ipod is confiscated, it is returned to the parent at the end of the semester at the end of the school day between the hours of 2:30-3:15 unless otherwise OR it is returned when a conference is held with parent and student is suspended 3 days. 4th time, Ipod is confiscated, it is returned to the parent at the end of the semester at the end of the school day between the hours of 2:30-3:15 OR it is returned when a conference is held with parent student is suspended 5 days. The Student Handbook goes on to say that Chaparral believes in a culture of collaboration and innovation. That continuous improvement is The reverberation of the heart’s beating echoes throughout the body …A deep drawn breath circulates within, unable to release, as eyes gaze anxiously upon the transcending drumsticks preceding the thunder of the collision between drumstick and drum…resonating an exhilarating sound. Drumline’s artistic resonance transmits pulses of school spirit through peoples’ souls, uniquely captivating their attention. They are an engaging, talented, and inventive group that obtains an exciting and key position in school performances. The grueling hours of practice strive to achieve a masterful excellence that precisely illuminates their talent while simultaneously thrilling the audience. Intricate details go into creating the final performance including checking that every note is on key and the music flows into one cohesive melody that reflects their spirited attitude. Their passion and deep

vital to student success. Chaparral honors the diversity and unique gifts of each member of our learning community, and understands the importance for all students to feel “connected” to CHS, i.e. in the classroom and through co-curricular activities. What Chaparral doesn’t realize is that banning our music prevents innovation and creativity, and prevents students from using their interests to collaborate with peers. CHS wants its students to connect with the school, contradicting itself as we are now unable to share our unique individualism. In our new age we do not have education in a sense, but inspiration. Music inspires teens to create a new path for their future. With it they are connected to the past, present, and future of a world that is and a world that could be. Many teens at CHS use music as a tool of focus. David Box 18 and Mark Ferlisi 17 are both on the Varsity Football team at CHS. David is the outside linebacker and Mark runs as free safety. I asked David and Mark how they felt about the new policy on ipods; Box stated, “It’s ridiculous because sometimes in class you’re not even doing any work. I’m not bothering anyone so what’s wrong with bumpin’ some tunes?” Mark said, “It’s lame cause I

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training unleashed itself to the school for the first time this year at the September 11th Night Rally. Their distinguished sound and artful performance hints towards the rest of their exciting season and what they will bring to Chaparral. With their variety of outside professional trainers, the Chaparral Drumline brings unique flavors of music repeatedly to their performances. Football games and rallies depend on their enthusiasm to pump up the crowd and heighten school spirit. However, Drumline does much more than merely perform at school functions; they participate in local parades during the winter and many difficult competitions. Like many teams in the school, Drumline is underestimated by many. Chaparral senior and Drum-

like listening to it, helps me relax and stay focus. I still bring mine to school.” David thinks that if a student was warned for being disruptive with her/his ipod then consequences are reasonable. Mark doesn’t think the school has a right to take what his parents buy for him. Taylor Leonard-Ogden 18 and Shayan Sadeghizadeh are on opposing sides of the issue. Taylor listens to her ipod everyday: “If it’s not disturbing anyone, let it be. It helps pass the time and block out distractions.” Shayan completely supports the new rule; not understanding the importance of music to learning: “I’m ecstatic about the new policy, because I hate music. It better work. Personally I think the school has a right to confiscate ipods, what’s mine is theirs.” 12th Grade Economics teacher, Mr. Robinson does not personally own an ipod. He understands that students use them to just relax and listen to music but he admits that the new policy has made life easier, teaching wise. Robinson recognized that “so far it’s been very effective, I haven’t dealt with as many issues as I did my first two years.” Chaparral students are far too strong-minded to just give up their music. We are the future and we are responsible for what we choose to bring to that future. If we are indeed the music while it lasts then I will personally make sure I last as long as possible. Music is life. line section leader Andrew Ruiz said, “People underestimate the true artistic value of Drumline, and just expect us to be there [rallies, games, etc.]” Some Drumline participants do feel that the team is underappreciated and often cast in the shadows of their talent; however this feeling may very well exist within every team on campus. Chaparral Senior and an Advanced Dance Captain Mallory Stephan remarks that “most people don’t appreciate the hard work that Drumline puts in, and they do expect them to be there and entertain us, but it’s the same thing with other teams as well. I’m sure people don’t realize the hours of rehearsal and choreographing the dance team does, but I wouldn’t expect tem too. Unless they are in a similar performance or sports group, how could they know?” In any performance or game, it is difficult sometimes for the viewer to appreciate the hours of practice behind an outstand-

It’s SO Meaty Ryan Woodworth OP/ED Editor Right this minute, hundreds of thousands of Americans are contributing to the 20 billion plus pounds of meat consumed in our nation each year. What is so harmful about this fact is that over 80 percent of these 20 billion pounds are loaded with hormones intended for human consumption with little to no advisory to the consumer. As any representative of the bovine product industry will exclaim, substances such as rBGH, Testosterone, and other hormonal injections implicated on livestock serve the sole purpose of increasing meat production to accommodate to the nations nutritional needs at an affordable rate. Is this a sensible justification for putting the American population of meat eaters and milk drinkers at risk? The numerous petty excuses tossed around by the bovine industry to defend their methods of hormone use are nothing more than that, excuses. The traces of hormones that can be found in bovine meat and products are without doubt detrimental to humans, attacking all who haven’t given up meat or milk for whatever PETA, personal, or GO VEG reasons they have. A controversial point in the meat industry’s case is that the hormones present no health risks to the consumer, due to the fact that the large majority of the population ingests these hormones and have not expressed discontent with the practices. This faulty argument explains only that people are not complaining. And why not? Because they have absolutely no idea what they’re eating and how its hurting them. The fact of the matter is, the prominent hormone which is used to bulk cows up, known as rBGH, has been directly correlated to breast and colon cancer. Samuel Epstein, the chairman of the cancer prevention coalition stated that “rBGH poses an even greater risk to human health than ever considered,” and was found asking the controversial question, “given the cancer risks, and other health concerns, why is rBGH milk still on the maring performance or game, however usually the viewers massively reward an outstanding performance or game with cheers, making the hard work each individual devoted to worth while. Overall, Drumline stands to be a very influential group in

ket?” Well Sam, it’s because the FDA, an institution created to keep our best interests in mind when it comes to food and drugs, just doesn’t quite care enough. The risks of this substance do not stop at cancer. Another effect of this drug can be seen in households and elementary schools across the nation. To the thrill of prepubescent boys everywhere, studies have shown that the consumption of rBGH through milk and meat have caused accelerated puberty in young girls. Eleven year olds are being forced to deal with the commencement of their menstrual cycle, as well as nine year olds experiencing the development of breasts. Both being characteristics which, at one time, would occur in the middle teen years, but have since been advanced do to years of hormone exposure. Because rBGH is used essentially as a steroid in livestock, other effects on humans resemble those of steroid use. Though uncommon through the consumption of bovine products, those who are exposed to the cocktail of drugs induced into each cow, such as rBGH and testosterone, have been known to develop traits of the opposite sex. Females will experience a deepening voice and increase in testosterone, while males will experience a raising of pitch in voice and an extreme deficiency in testosterone. The health risks of traces of hormones in food products prove to be to great to allow another single American to go on ingesting such impurities. The full truth that is packed into your bacon and milkshakes is enough to make you want to quit steer by-products all together. Well, maybe not. Of course the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle is not for everyone, so the simple solution to this nation wide issue would be to fork out the extra money for a shopping spree at whatever high-on-price low-on-flavor organic grocery store you can find, at least until the Government decides to open there eyes to the drug filled syringes that pump up their nation. school spirit on campus. They are highly popular among students, and positively expected to perform. Their unique sound and engaging performance captivates their audience, leaving them aching and yearning for more.


THE BACKPAGE Snapple Facts 138: Hawaii is the only state with one school district 139: Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee 140: Holland is the only country with a national dog 141: The square dance is the official dance of the state of Washington 142: Hawaii is the only US state to never report a temperature of zero degrees Fahrenheit or below 143: “Q” is the only letter in the alphabet not to appearing in the name of any US state 144: Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space 145: Lake Superior is the world’s largest lake 146: The smallest county in America is New York County, better known as Manhattan

This is an actual essay written by a college applicant to NYU in response to this question: 3A. IN ORDER FOR THE ADMISSIONS STAFF OF OUR COLLEGE TO GET TO KNOW YOU, THE APPLICANT, BETTER, WE ASK THAT YOU ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: ARE THERE ANY SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD, OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU HAVE REALIZED, THAT HAVE HELPED TO DEFINE YOU AS A PERSON? I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook ThirtyMinute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I’m bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat 400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me. I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations with the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prize-winning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis. But I have not yet gone to college. (The author was accepted and is now attending NYU.)

147: Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic 148: The tallest man was 8 feet, 11 inches 149: Theodore Roosevelt was the only president who was blind in one eye 150: The first sport to be filmed was boxing in 1894 151: The fastest served ball in tennis was clocked at 154 mph in 1963 152: In 1985, the fastest bicyclist was clocked at 154 mph 153: The speed limit in New York was 8 mph in 1895

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