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Teachers union settles on a new contract By Maggie Robak Staff Writer The Manhattan Beach Unified Teachers Association came to an agreement with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board on teacher contracts on Sept. 15. Every year, the contract is opened for specific items to be changed, usually minor alterations. However, this year the entire contract and its terms had expired and, therefore, could be revised or altered completely. One of the biggest changes was modifying the average class size ratio of K-5 classes. The ratio was raised from 29:1 to 31:1. The class size average for grades 6-12 will remain at 29:1. “We would have preferred not to change elementary class size because we feel kids do better in smaller classes. We hope to negotiate that again when the economy gets better,” MBUTA President Rachel Thomas said. In addition to this change, teachers at Mira Costa who chaperone students on an extended trip will be paid for the days they are out of school. At the elementary schools, teachers whose class is attending a program outside of class, with another credentialed teacher, can use the time as a prep period instead of with their class. See ‘Contracts’ on page 3


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October 15, 2010 1401 Artesia Blvd. Vol. LXI Issue 2

ASB holds “Manhattan”-themed Homecoming

Seniors Jason Boxer and Anastasia Moore are chosen as Homecoming King and Queen By Shelby Adair Staff Writer Student Government held this year’s “Manhattan in Manhattan”themed Homecoming Dance Oct. 9, the day after Homecoming. The King and Queen were announced during halftime at the varsity football game on Oct. 8. Seniors Jason Boxer and Anastasia Moore were chosen as Homecoming King and Queen after seniors voted from six princes and six princesses. “It was great to win. The whole week was a lot of fun, especially hanging out with a lot of people who I wouldn’t normally hang out with,” Boxer said. “Now I know that I can call them up anytime. It felt really cool, and I felt really well-liked.” The other princes on court were seniors Ryan Ascencio, Aiden Daye, Julian Monk, J.R. Oshima, and Shane Sisson. The princesses were Sierra Bloodgood, Samantha Curry, Mackenzie Green, Savannah Pio, and Sydney Pratt. The week before the Homecoming game was filled with many festive activities. Students participated in spirit days like “Flannel Funday Monday” and “Green and Gold Day.” The Homecoming Court, however, had different costume days like “Disney characters,” “professions” and “holidays.” Each member of the court corresponded in costume to its partner’s costume. “This is all very exciting because I’ve wanted to be on Homecoming Court since freshman year. It has been a very memo-

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A CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: Seniors Jason Boxer and Anastasia Moore took home the titles of Homecoming King and Queen last Friday at the football game, after being nominated and elected by the senior class. rable experience,” Pratt said. The Homecoming dance, which took place in Fisher Gym from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., was decorated to look like New York City. “The theme this year is very unique because it shows the striking differences between New York and our beach town,” Student Government member senior Allie Wisialowski said. Student Government was in charge of organizing and decorating the gym for the dance, along

with running the dance and supervising the attendees. They began preparations that morning. “We worked all Saturday starting at 7 to whenever we were done. But it was a satisfying turnout. It was gnarly, so we were stoked,” sophomore Student Government member Dylan Shambaugh said. Student Government adorned the gym with a variety of decorations for the “Manhattan in Manhattan” theme. The large gym was styled like New York City and the

small gym was styled in a beach theme, like Manhattan Beach. “The theme was awesome and a great idea,” Student Activities Director Lisa Claypoole said. Many students said that they enjoyed the dance and looked forward to events that took place during Spirit Week. “Homecoming was sentimental for us because it’s our senior year, but whether a senior or not, it’s a good time for students and staff,” senior Tristan Köster said.

Baseball boosters express doubt of redesign By Joani Gillam Staff Writer

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FIELD OF DREAMS: In the original, MBAF-proposed design, the baseball field would be moved to make way for three multipurpose fields.

Supporters of the Mira Costa baseball and softball programs expressed concern at a Manhattan Beach Athletic Foundation meeting on Oct. 6 that the proposed redesign of athletic facilities will reduce the number of fields on which to practice. In the tentative plan, in response to BB, the six tennis courts facing Artesia will be removed to make way for a new parking lot This will be a replacement for the parking lot that will be lost with the construction of the new math and science building. As a result, new tennis courts will be built on parts of the existing softball and baseball fields, as well

as tentatively on the new parking lot. “It is a domino effect. The bottom line is, after the construction, the three baseball fields and two softball fields will be reduced to one a piece,” baseball coach Cassidy Olsen said. “We use them all now, so the question is, where will the other, non-varsity teams practice?” Baseball and softball supporters and booster clubs worry that their needs won’t be met, and that the elimination of the fields will result in a loss of athletes. “I believe that the current plan for Costa athletics will eliminate the frosh-soph softball program all together. They won’t have a place to practice,” Mira Costa softball representative Bill von

Behren said. The MBAF currently proposes adding three general fields to the campus. Each could be used by the baseball program, but would also be available to other sports programs. “The intention of this plan was to provide open multi-sport fields that everyone could use, with minimal damage to the baseball program. We wanted to make lemonade out of lemons, and build facilities that provide the most flexibility,” MBAF President Gary Wayland said. The $67.5 million bond Measure BB, approved in 2008, funds the construction of various Mira Costa campus facilities, excludSee ‘Baseball’ on page 3



to PSAT Test: The test starts promptly at 8 a.m. All students should bring their Mira Costa ID, number 2 pencils, test receipt, and calculator.

In-N-Out Spring Honor Roll Lunch: Mira Costa students who received a minimum 3.5 GPA last semester will receive a complimentary burger, chips, and drink.

Club Day: Mira Costa clubs will be selling food and drink in the new quad at lunch. Among the items sold will be In-N-Out, Coffe Bean Ice Blendids and Taco Bell.

Prism Concert: Hear the Mira Costa vocal ensemble, wind ensemble and symphony orchestra all in one concert. The performances start at 7 p.m. in the auditorium and is free.

Red Ribbon Week: Monday: PACE members will be distributing Red Ribbon Week wristbands and lollipops at lunch. Homeroom classrooms can begin decorating their doors. Tuesday: A DJ will be playing music at lunch. Wednesday: Students can get Drug Free tattoos from PACE members at lunch. PACE will begin judging for the door contest. Thursday: PACE members will finish judging Homeroom doors. Friday: Door contest winners will be announced. All students will attend an assembly to hear three young speakers tell their stories of substance abuse.

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COURT IS IN SESSION: Homecoming court members (from left) Anastasia Moore, Ryan Ascencio, Shane Sisson, Mackenzie Green, and Samantha Curry charge across Bill Cooper Field, exciting the crowd for the Homecoming pep rally on Oct. 8.

Community Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting: The meeting will take place at City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Halloween Costume Contest: Judging will take place in the quad at lunch. 8th Grade Green and Gold Dance: Eighth graders from MBMS are invited to a Mira Costa dance from 5-6:45 p.m. in the cafeteria. After-Game Dance: All Mira Costa students are invited to a dance after the football game against Peninsula from 9-11 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Overheard “Spirit days take everday monotony and add a touch of fun. I was like, today, I am going to go out in some Spongebob Squarepants pajamas.”

Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Races: Come to the Manhattan Beach pier from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bring a decorated pumpkin on wheels to race, or come just to watch and enjoy the festivities.

Pier-to-Pier Friendship Walk: This walk starts at 9:30 a.m. and benefits local education foundations as well as the Friendship Circle Club. To register and donate go to www.pier2pierwalk. com

“Moonlight and Magnolias” Opening Night: This comedy set in 1939 about the making of “Gone With The Wind” will run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 7 at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse. Tickets are $35-$40 and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (310) 372-4477. Hermosa Beach City Council: Meeting at City Hall, 7 p.m.

Mira Costa Night: Students interested in enrolling at Mira Costa can talk to different Mira Costa organizations and students to learn about all of Costa’s offerings at 7 p.m. in the MBMS gym.

Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting: The meeting will take place at City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

On The Web now has video! Our updated article on Superintendent Dr. Mike Matthews now includes video. Also, view our daily photos and follow all Mustang fall sports with up-to-date sports briefs.

-Vice Principal Jaime Mancilla on the importance of spirit days.

SPORTS Football plays away at West at 7 Girls Tennis ends its Bay League p.m. season with a home mach against Palos Verdes at 3 p.m.


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Boys Water Polo competes away against rival Redondo at 3 p.m.

Girls Volleyball faces off against Redondo to end its Bay League season at 7 p.m.

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Boys Water Polo Oct. 18: Mustangs play Los Alamitos at home, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21: Costa competes against Palos Verdes at home, 3 p.m. Oct. 28: Mustangs face off against West at home, 3 p.m. Nov. 2: Costa plays Peninsula at home, 5 p.m.

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weakening the warriors: Senior captain Ella Rosenfeld spikes the ball past West’s blockers on Oct. 12 in Costa’s three-game sweep against West. Despite barely winning the first game 2520, Costa finished the match easily, winning the second and third games, 25-13 and 25-16, respectively. Rosenfeld’s 10 kills helped bring the Mustangs a win and a 2-0 Bay League record.

Girls Volleyball Oct. 22: Costa faces Palos Verdes at home in Fisher Gym, 7 p.m. Oct. 26: Mustangs play Laguna at home, 6 p.m. Oct. 28: Costa competes against West at home, 5:15 p.m. Oct. 29-30: The Mustangs compete in a tournament in Santa Barbara. Nov. 2: The Mustangs play at Peninsula, 4:15 p.m.

Nov. 4: Costa plays its final Bay League game against Redondo at home, 7 p.m. Girls Tennis Oct. 15: Costa travels to Palm Desert for a match, 3 p.m. Oct. 26: Costa plays West at home, 3 p.m. Oct. 28: Costa competes at Peninsula, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1: Costa ends Bay League season at home against Redondo, 3 p.m. Football Oct. 22: Mustangs play at Palos Verdes, 7 p.m. Oct. 29: Costa plays Peninsula at home, 7 p.m. Cross Country Nov. 4: Both teams compete in the Bay League Finals at Peninsula, 1:30 p.m.


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Marching Band wins five awards in competition By Krista Roberts Staff Writer The Mira Costa Marching Band took home five awards, at the South Bay Invitational Field Tournament for its show “Coastal Waters” on Oct. 2. The Marching Band won three first-place awards for music, general effect, and best overall. “Clearly, every band member's hard work paid off at the field tournament and as a drum major, I am extremely proud of the band's accomplishments,” drum major and senior Zeena Bhakta said. “This taste of success has only further invigorated the band to perform even better in upcoming competitions.” The band also won two firstplace awards in its division for percussion and color guard. “Color guard has a majority of newcomers this year. The fact that we are performing so well despite having so many first-year team members is really encouraging,” said color guard captain and junior Satkartar Khalsa. The Marching Band’s show is titled “Coastal Waters.” The performance features the movements Sunset, Shoreline Bonfire, Celestial Reflections and Sunrise, all

variations on a tropical theme. “Sunset shows the changing color of the water as it reflects the sun; Shoreline Bonfire is just after the sun sets and has some tribal-type music and dancing,” assistant drum major and senior Amy Boone said. “Celestial Reflections focuses on the stars and their reflections in the water, as well as Sunrise.” Ten marching bands participated in the competition, including those from Redondo Union High School, El Segundo High School, and Granada Hills Senior High School. Later this fall, the Marching Band will compete at competitions in Chino, Moorpark and Baldwin Park. “We’ve lost to some of these high schools in other competitions last year, so it was great see how much we have improved since then,” sophomore Lauren Schnuckel said. This year, Marching Band director Joel Carlson decided to take a more aggressive, organized approach to practice in order to maximize the band’s benefits. They met three times a week, for a total of six hours, in order to practice for future competitions. “We worked to create a rehearsal environment where everyone from freshmen to seniors knows

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AT LEAST THERE ARE NO GUNS AT THIS FAIR: Mira Costa and Redondo Union High School students visited the College Fair, held in the Redondo gym on Oct. 6. Colleges from around the nation came to show students about their schools and the application process for their universities. Read the full story at the routine inside and out. We hold everyone responsible to perform their best, regardless of their age,” said Carlson. “It puts a lot of pressure on our freshmen, but ultimately when we are performing, nobody will know who is a freshman and who is a senior.” With their new rehearsal pro-

‘Contracts’ continued from page one Teachers who are forced to switch classrooms or grade levels during the school year get two days’ worth of extra pay as compensation for the time they spend moving rooms or coming up with new curriculum for their students. “The changes were mostly minor. Most of them were internal changes affecting the teachers,” Thomas said. The teachers voted on this new contract the day before school started. After it was passed, the contract was ratified by the MBUSD School Board. The teachers voted anonymously then signed a document confirming they had voted. Once the votes were cast, they were sent to the South Bay United Teachers office. They were then tallied and the contract was passed. Though it took some time for the district

and union to settle, they are satisfied that they settled on good terms. “We were pleased that we were able to come to terms with our teachers and were able to keep our school year at 180 days. Many districts around us have cut the school year by five days,” MBUSD Board President Ida Vanderpoorte said. Overall, the negotiation went well and the contract was passed by the majority of the teachers. The district and teachers were able to come to an agreement they were both happy with. “Anytime we shake hands and come to an agreement is great with our union. We didn’t have to add any furlough days or make cuts to teachers and classified pay. I think we are all happy with the way things turned out,” MBUSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Matthews said.

‘Baseball’ continued from page one Therefore, the MBAF is privately funding the redesign of the athletic facilities with a budget of $1 million, which it will raise independently. “It is MBAF’s job with the million dollars to come up with the best solution possible. We want to find an option that everyone will be able to compromise with,” Wayland said. Demolition of the tennis courts begins next summer, so the MBAF would like to submit the athletic blueprints to MBUSD as soon as possible. In order to address the needs of all of Mira Costa’s entire athletic program, Wayland is creating a “steering” committee to discuss the plans. This committee will consist of eight to 14 representatives from various athletic programs including the baseball, softball and youth athletic programs. This committee will meet on a regular basis to ensure

that the most accommodating plan possible will be submitted to the school board in December. “The most positive thing regarding the next steps for the plan is the committee. It’ll get everyone’s opinions involved, which is something we’ve been wanting,” Manhattan Beach Little League Executive Board member Jeff Proctor said. The proposed plan for Mira Costa athletic construction is not final. Alternative ideas may still be taken into consideration. Suggestions include reducing the number of tennis courts or building tennis courts on top of the new parking lot. “The goal is to look for an option to utilize space for each sport and for them to all have a home on campus. We want to make sure that each and every student athlete will enjoy participating in Costa athletics after the construction,” Wayland said.

cess, which includes singing at practice with the help of choir director Michael Hayden, the Marching Band hopes to continue their recent success in future competitions. “The Marching Band has changed its rehearsal technique this past year, and it has paid off

tremendously. These are the highest awards we have won since any of us have been here, including Mr. Carlson,” Boone said. “Although the awards themselves are not what we are striving for, it is great to have a physical representation of the progress this band has made.”



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Local organization carries firearms to exercise rights at fair By Diane Lee Staff Writer The South Bay Open Carry Movement, after a heated debate with Hometown Fair officials, attended this year’s Hometown fair to exercise its Second Amendment rights. The South Bay Open Carry movement, founded by Hermosa Beach resident Harley Green, hoped to raise awareness of its right to carry guns for protection. The Hometown Fair Committee asked the group not to bring any weapons to the fair, and gave Green of a map that detailed gunfree zones of the fairgrounds. This map indicated that almost two thirds of the Hometown Fair was inaccessible to open-carriers due to a church building nearby that is considered a facility of American Martyrs School, thus violating the Gun-Free School Act that states no weapons are allowed within 1,000 feet of an educational building. “It’s very clear that the police department was manipulating the Gun-Free School Zone Act to keep us from being at the fair,” Green said. Green responded by declaring that the group would sue fair officials for limiting its rights, as it believed the board was not legal in extending the boundaries of the gun free zone.

The fair board then lifted the bans on weapons to avoid a costly legal battle and allowed the organization to attend the fair. “They have been very difficult to work with and things were just getting so distracted that we decided to ask people not to bring weapons, but we are not going to have them arrested if they do,” Hometown Fair Board President Maggie Movius said. Green held a meeting with several police officers in August to inform the Manhattan Beach Police Department of the group’s intention to enter the fair with weapons and their rights to do so. “When you have an uneducated police force about open carrying, conflict arises.” Green said. “So before we do events, I meet with the police departments to explain what we are doing, so it’s all clear, we’re on the same page. If they have any concerns, they let me know then, and I can address them with my group.” The officers told Green that he needed to ask the Hometown Fair board for permission to carry unloaded weapons. Green then had another meeting with the fair board in September. “We have an excellent relationship with the city and the police, and our fair is safe. [The fair] has a 38-year history of safety, and we neither thought necessary nor welcomed their presence at our

fair,” Movius said. Although fair officials were worried about the outcome, most police were content with the ending results, as no arrests were made or violent actions taken. “The day seemed to go fine. There were no arrests, and I’m not aware of any conflicts. They were respectful and they were able to demonstrate their rights to open carry,” MBPD Officer

Stephanie Martin said. “I also had many people come up and ask me about the open carrying folks.” Green said that he was pleased with the way the weekend turned out and that he will definitely come back next year. He also said many citizens at the fair came up to ask him questions about their organization and motives. He explained that some were rude and disrespectful to him,

while others were curious and asked about the movement. “You need to put aside your prejudice and emotional feelings against it and do a little bit of personal research first.” Green said. “Look at the statistics of what happened when cities adopted gun-control policies. Crime rates rocketed. Research the Second Amendment and see what it says. Read the Constitution.”

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FIREARMS AND FUNNEL CAKE: The South Bay Open Carry Movement visited the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair, which took place on Oct. 2 and 3, after threatening to sue the city and fair if it was not able to attend.


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Proposition 19 smokes out the state budget deficit By Emma Rosenbaum Sports Editor

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The proposed legalization of Marijuana through Proposition 19 would bring in an estimated $8.7 billion of revenue for California during the fiscal crisis.

The economy is in its worst state since the Great Depression, and California’s $19.9 billion budget deficit has grown to be the largest nationwide. Without trying everything possible to get out of the economic hole that California has dug itself into, debts will continue to grow indefinitely. Marijuana should not be seen as one of California’s problems. Legalizing it would greatly alleviate California’s budget crisis. Proposition 19, which will be on the statewide ballot on Nov. 2, offers the legalization of marijuana as one solution. It legalizes marijuana but also places restrictions upon how much can be sold as well as who can sell and buy it. It also proposes a tax on all cannabis products, which would be

Fortune gives Whitman unfair advantage By Alex White Contributing Writer Is $140 million enough to win a gubernatorial election? Meg Whitman hopes so. As of Oct. 5, she has spent at least $140 million, $119 million out of her own pocket, to fund her campaign to be California’s governor. This leaves her competitor, Jerry Brown, at a severe and unfair disadvantage. Allowing Whitman to freely spend her own fortune, which has no bearing on political capability, changes the focus of the election from policy to flashy advertisements and cripples our democracy. This spending has had a considerable effect on the race. Whitman’s popularity has been on a steady rise in points since late June, shortly after winning her primary. It is a travesty to see people deciding to vote for Whitman, not because of her platform, but because of what is conveyed about Brown through ads. Whitman, who was CEO of Ebay for 10 years, is currently

worth $1.3 billion, according to Forbes, and she has spent much of this vast fortune on advertising in both her primary and general elections. Jerry Brown, California’s governor from 1975-83, has spent just $10.7 million on his campaign. Whitman’s funding goes to many different places, but Politico says that over $60 million of this has gone to the Federal Election Commission, a company that buys radio and television advertising spots. Californians have seen and heard these ads for months, and they seemed to have worked. Whitman won her primary by 37 percent, in no small part because of her controversial attack ads. The two most recent governors of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis, each outspent their opponents in their respective elections. This system where ads can sway swing voters and sometimes steal an election corrupts the purpose of democracy. Whitman is buying votes to get herself elected. Californians should be casting their

votes based on their opinions and facts about the candidates, not libel and empty promises. Before Whitman ran for governor, she ran a major corporation, making billions of dollars, while Brown has spent most of his career dedicated to public office. The current system punishes Brown for not having his own personal wealth. Allowing Whitman to spend a fortune on her campaign without limit is unfair. Some may say that Whitman is just taking advantage of what she has, but in reality she is using an advantage that has nothing to do with her political capabilities. The billions she earned before she ran for governor should have no bearing on the election. Whitman’s actions affirm the need for a campaign spending cap. The cap would even the playing field and force voters to focus on policy and not advertisements. Hopefully, Whitman’s recordsetting spending will not sway voters, but instead they will take the time to evaluate the candidates based on their positions.

collected by local governments. Collecting taxes on cannabis products creates revenue for the state. Currently, the state wastes taxpayers money and law enforcement resources prosecuting marijuana-related offenses instead of more severe crimes. According to the Cato Institute, legalizing marijuana would bring in $8.7 billion annually via taxes, saved legal fees and fines. These savings would cut California’s budget deficit nearly in half, increasing the amount of money that could be spent on reforming California’s education and health care systems in California. According to The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, there are 65,000 to 85,000 people incarcerated in this country for marijuana-related crimes. The legalization of marijuana would alleviate the stress

on California’s prison system. The opposition to Prop 19 claims that the gaps in the proposition will have serious unintended effects on public safety and workplaces. If anything, bringing marijuana under government -control will bring down chances of marijuana-related crime. In the 1930s, when the prohibition of alcohol was repealed in the U.S., organized crime went down significantly because there was no longer a need for it. The same can be predicted for marijuana. The effects of the Great Depression radiated throughout America and the rest of the world until the late 1940s. America has suffered greatly through economic hardships since 2008. It is irresponsible to not make every attempt at salvaging the situation, and Proposition 19 presents an opportunity to do so.

Stahdard DSniatioh Top ten Halloween costumes 10. Mr. Fauver’s DBQ prompts 9. The Truckstop frontman 8. Dress up as Ron Burgundy; make sure you ask Julian Monk where he got his suit. 7. Lame Kiffin, complete with a genuine Pop Warner playbook 6. Snooki 5. Chrisine O’Donnell; break out the witch costume. 4. Bring back “Star Wars” costumes; Party City, prepare for a meteoric rise in demand of Jar-Jar Binks and Yoda costumes in adult large. 3. Cover yourself in lunch meat and call yourself Lady Gaga. 2. Be some sort of scantily dressed animal/insect/plant and call the lack of clothing ironic. 1. Try to measure up to Jason Boxer’s impeccable Wall-E costume; we dare you. - Kyle Allen, Eric Zheng, and Casey Zirbel/ Opinion Editors

The social status quo must evolve in light of bullying suicides By Justin Tam Staff Writer Intolerance and bigotry take many different forms, whether in laws restricting human rights or the abuse of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, in order to pester a certain demographic. In a recent case, social networks were used as vehicles for callousness and harassment, resulting in the death of Tyler Clementi, a gay student at Rutgers University. This begs the question: when will action be taken to stop acts like this from occurring in the future? Clementi, who was reportedly not open about his sexuality, had his privacy invaded by his roommate, Dhuran Ravi, and another

Rutgers freshman, Molly Wei. They secretly recorded Clementi’s sexual encounters with another man and posted a link to the video on their Twitter accounts. Three days after the incident, Clementi posted a Facebook status saying, “Jumping off the GW [George Washington] bridge sorry” and his body was found in the Hudson River a week later. Backlash regarding the incident was immediate. Condemnation of Ravi and Wei’s acts came from all over the country, with critics citing anti-gay sentiments, the rise of cyberbullying and the increasing intolerance of the American youth over social networks. Garden State Equality (GSE), a New Jersey statewide gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender

(LGBT) group, called for schools to better educate students regarding bullying and for Ravi and Wei to receive the highest possible punishment for their acts. “We are sickened that anyone in our society, such as the students allegedly responsible for

pending charges of bias. Besides these charges, the pair may also be expelled from Rutgers for violating the code of conduct which prohibits cyber-bullying, harassment and recording someone without consent in a setting of presumed privacy, according to DirecThe hope is that, in the future, tolerance tor of Student will become the status quo in a progres- Content Anne Newman. sive America. On the surmaking the surreptitious video, face, the problem seems to be the might consider destroying others’ result of lax education regarding lives as a sport,” GSE chair Ste- cyber-bullying and tolerance. In ven Goldstein said in an interview recent years, cyber-bullying has with the Princeton Packet. risen dramatically, often because Ravi and Wei are currently of intolerance toward a person’s charged with two counts of inva- sexuality or mannerisms. sion of privacy, each with a maxiIn the three weeks between mum sentence of five years, and Clementi’s suicide and when he

was found, four other boys, some open about their sexuality, others not, committed suicide due to bullying. This rise of intolerance is driven by the message sent to America’s teens by the continued efforts of intolerant organizations as well as laws and regulations put in place by the government. Policies such as the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the lack of recognition of same-sex marriage in all but eight states fuel intolerance toward gays and others. The hope is that, in the future, tolerance will become the status quo in a progressive America and that incidents such as the tragic deaths of Clementi and four other young men will never happen again.



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Applications offer chances to reflect By Leo Shaw Editor-in-Chief The college application process often turns exciting, discouraging, nerve-wracking and downright mystifying. As arduous as it is, though, the frenzy of picking schools, writing essays, and doing paperwork before the year ends is a great opportunity to reflect on past achievements and look forward to a clean slate. To be totally honest, today is the deadline I set for myself to submit my Early Decision application, and I am exhausted. On the other hand, it means that I will have time to start the UC application early, and I now have my main Common Application writing section done. So the first moral of the story is time management, and the thing to do is start early. Given that it is October already, it is pretty late in the game to be doing that. In my short experience with the application process, though, the best cure for procrastination is to get excited about where that application is going. The more of a school’s website and publications I read

and the more research I do, the more I want to be there and the more motivated I am to work toward that. The college application process and the whole idea of moving beyond high school are daunting, but also present the opportunity to consider the direction one wants to go professionally as well as personally. As much as senior year is a time for stepping

In my short experience with the best cure for procrastination is to it is the application is going. back from the maelstrom of activities and classes that consume the first three years of high school, it is also a time to make critical decisions about the future. At the same time, it is impossible to consider future careers, potential majors and other efforts further down the road without some introspection on the journey thus far. The more that I think about where I want to go, the more it forces me to reflect on who I have become over the last three years and how high school has shaped me.

The severity of senioritis varies across campus on a case-by-case basis, but as much as the most eager senior wants to leave Mira Costa, it is impossible not to think about how we have changed during our tenures as Mustangs. In addition to an API score among the best in the state, seniors have a lot to be thankful for. Costa is a place defined by the communiapplication process the ties that it get excited about where consists of. From the arts and academic classes to sports and extracurriculars, the stories of our high school careers are told in the experiences we have had in these activities, ones that have hopefully oriented us to what it is we will make of the rest of our lives. So as seniors trudge through the process of neglecting their academic studies during the day and frantically working on applications by night, we need to remember that we still have a few precious months left to burn as brightly as we can. And juniors: where are you applying again?

Staff editorial

Evaluation system needs adjustment In recent months, the evaluation of teachers has been recognized as an area of issue in the nationwide effort to reform America’s education system. In the last two years, The Los Angeles Times has published a series of articles describing some of the difficulties school districts face with upholding the quality of teaching. The most recent installment in this series discussed modifying the Los Angeles Unified School District’s current system of evaluating teachers to include a “value-added” approach. “Value added” merely means considering a teacher’s improvement from one year to the next based on how well his or her students performed on standardized tests, such as STAR tests. This aspect provides valuable information, but it does not address many of the important facts of good teaching, such as student response, classroom presence, command of the material, etc. Given that a teacher is the most critical part of a child’s education and the district cannot afford to pay for ineffective teaching, an effective evaluation is necessary. Especially in this fiscal crisis, having teachers that are competent, committed and reliable is essential to providing the best education possible. As of now, teachers in the MBUSD are evaluated one of two ways: a “360” evaluation that includes input from students and parents and an administrator evaluation in which an administrator sits in on a teacher’s class for a class period. These methods cannot give a fully accurate picture of a teacher’s performance on their own. The 360 evaluation, once considered to be an avant-garde solution to the evaluation problem, actually neglects adequate administrator and department chair

input, two necessary factors in a comprehensive evaluation. On the other hand, the administrator evaluation is an incomplete assessment which relies solely on an observation made during a single class period of

recommended for dismissal if the teacher is proven to be a detriment to his or her students’ learning. However, in practice the process is not as simple as it appears and rarely results in the dismissal of a teacher. Many opponents to teachers unions favor a more punitive approach, which is both counterproductive and naive. According to a study done by LA Weekly, the average cost of firing a teacher in LAUSD is $500,000. Although MBUSD is certainly not comparable in many areas, it is obvious that the district doesn’t have the resources to threaten job status. Thus, a more constructive and holistic approach to the evaluation process is the best way to improve the quality of teaching in the district. For an evaluation to be effective, it must include student, peer, parent, department chair and administrator input, as well as standardized testing scores (such as STAR and AP) and grades on department finals. Considering such a wide range of information will provide a complete picture of teacher performance and give concrete focus to areas of improvement. The respective weight of these components should also differ between the elementary and the secondary level. For instance, a student’s input should progressively outweigh the parent’s as the student advances through the education system. A revised evaluation system Keely Murphy/ La Vista would allow an administraobservations, greatly narrowing the scope tor and teacher to devise a more accurate of assessment. improvement plan at the conclusion of the According to the MBUTA, a tenured evaluation. teacher can either be approved or recomThis holistic approach to the evaluation mended for reevaluation in two years at the process would do a better job of improving conclusion of an evaluation. In theory, if the quality of teaching in the district than a teacher has repeatedly not improved, he the current system, while working within or she works with an administrator on an the realities of our district’s budget and improvement plan and could ultimately be tenure system.


October 15, 2010

La Vista



Is the Homecoming voting system adequate? Pro:

ASB does Homecoming just right

By Eric Zheng Opinion Editor Homecoming is an annual tradition which takes place at Costa and high schools across the nation. It is centered around a dance and the naming of a Homecoming King and Queen. Homecoming requires little change in its process, including that of forming the Homecoming Court. Currently at Costa, participants in the Homecoming Court are nominated by clubs or student groups and then elected by the student body. The nominees then participate in a week of school-sponsored activities in hopes of winning the honor of Homecoming King or Queen. The current Homecoming system is the most suitable for Costa. Having clubs and groups nominate participants ensures that nominees are active students who meet the expected standards of the homecoming court. As a result, the Homecoming court is unique, as it models the diverse interests of the senior class. Giving clubs and groups the power to nominate participants rather than individual students also prevents the entire process from become a popularity contest on a mass scale. Allowing only upperclassmen to vote in the elections ensures that the Homecoming Court is nominated and decided upon by its peers. It also prevents popularity from becoming a central issue with underclassmen who are not familiar with the students of the court. The court should represent the most active students who are both admired and respected by their peers, rather than merely popular. On another note, a leading goal of the Homecoming week festivities is to promote school spirit and student

involvement. Drawing the Homecoming Court nominees from clubs promotes student involvement in extracurriculars such as clubs. However, other systems do have their advantages, but none are more appropriate than ASB’s current policy. Having students nominate participants allows more students to be involved in the Court, but results in a large court that is subject to popularity, and not the merits of its nominees. The existing policy creates a Homecoming Court that includes active students, represents the majority of the senior class and promotes participation in extracurriculars. Changing the Homecoming nomination system would be like reinventing the wheel and obtaining an inferior product. Costa’s current policy is best suited to produce the Homecoming King and Queen.


Homecoming needs big changes

By Krista Roberts Staff Writer With such a talented and accomplished senior class, it is difficult to elect only 12 to the 2011 Homecoming Court. As part of Mira Costa tradition, a system of student voting has been used to select which students will be on court. In theory, this procedure chooses students based on their contributions to the school and community. However, the process only allows students to vote, excluding the opinions of teachers and administrators and eliminating perspectives teachers may have of their students in the classroom. To select Homecoming court, a list of nominees is first presented to ASB. Clubs and selected electives each hold a supervised election to nominate one boy and one

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girl; clubs with over 60 people are allowed four nominees total. A list of nominees is created, and all seniors and juniors vote for up to six boys and six girls. The Homecoming Court should represent the very best of the senior class, with nominees well-respected among the teachers as well as the students. Teachers are often well informed of students’ extracurricular activities and sports, and, therefore, could contribute valid opinions to the nomination process. Selection of the court should not be like that of the Student of the Year, with too much teacher consideration and emphasis on grades. However, if every teacher was given a ballot like the rest of the upperclassmen, it would ensure the selection of 12 students that are not only respected by their peers but also their instructors. Teachers can either simply be included in the overall vote, or the election process could be divided up. Teachers could select two of the nominees, while the students select the remaining 10. Either way, teachers would have a voice without changing the purpose of the court. In addition, only upperclassmen are allowed to vote. Instead of receiving 12 votes like the upperclassmen, underclassmen could vote for six of the nominees. The court members are meant to be leaders and examples for underclassmen; therefore, they should have a voice. With a Homecoming Court chosen by both students and teachers, a well-rounded group of students would be chosen to represent each senior class. These nominees would reflect the views of the entire student body and the faculty, instead of just those of juniors and seniors.

Roving Reporter

Does the Homecoming election process need change?

Photos by Leland Lesnever/ La Vista

“I like it because it gives people who are involved in the school a chance to be recognized instead of simply being a popularity contest.”

“Let the student body vote.”

“I think that it goes pretty well.”

“The election process doesn’t matter to me.”

“Yes, it should be more fair. They should show the video before the elections.”

Katie Warshaw Junior

Dan Debevec Teacher

Page Olson Sophomore

Matt Beuder Freshman

Alexandra Guggisberg Junior



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Team L.A. Club members give to the team they love By Logan Schlossberg and Erica Schnieder Staff Writers Every Tuesday at lunch in room 5, it’s all about purple and gold. Team L.A. Club on campus, led by senior presidents Ryan Siegelman and Brendan Sofen, works to raise money for the Lakers Youth Foundation. The club comes together to talk about its pride for all-things related to L.A. sports, as well as giving back to their community. Team L.A. has entirely new leadership this year, with Siegelman and Sofen acting as co-presidents and senior Chance Keenan and junior Alec Weaver sharing the duties of vice-president. “Ryan Siegelman and I learned many lessons from Brett Nielson,

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KOBE CLUB: Team L.A. Club’s passion for the Lakers has inspired its members to make plans donate to the Lakers Youth Foundation later this year. our former president. Next year, Alec Weaver is going to run Team L.A. and further our teaching

of loving our local Los Angeles sports,” Sofen said. Team L.A. is also a club dedi-

cated to following and supporting the Los Angeles Lakers. Meetings consist of debriefings on recent Lakers news, including games, scores, team standing, and game schedules. Members also share their opinions on these subjects and when possible, attend games. “Last year, we got free tickets from the Lakers for our generous donations to The Los Angeles Lakers Foundation and attended multiple Laker games,” Siegelman said. The goals of this non-profit community organization include using basketball to encourage education and promote selfconfidence among young people in Los Angeles. The foundation specifically finances after-school programs for underprivileged youth. “We hope to raise money by

conducting car washes, Club Day proceeds and maybe even small events to reach out to those in need,” club secretary and senior Kendra Carlo said. “Specifically, we’re trying to raise money for the Lakers Youth Foundation, which was very appreciative of our donations in the previous years of this clubs.” Those interested in learning more about the upcoming Laker events and other Team L.A. related activities, as well as donating to the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation should visit room 5 at lunch on Tuesdays. “Team L.A. is not just a club. It’s a place where we can come together with a common interest: the fact that we bleed purple and gold,” Weaver said. “I am glad to be part of a club that represents the greatest city in the world. I love L.A.”

Thiftis makes memorable debut at the Hometown Fair By Katie McGregor Staff Writer Some of the South Bay’s most talented musicians, including the Mira Costa student band Thiftis, duked it out with riffs and chords at the Manhattan Beach Old Hometown Fair’s annual Battle of the Bands on Oct. 2. Thiftis is a pop-punk band that features seniors Andy Hershey on lead guitar and vocals, Max Wohlmuth on rhythm guitar, Joey Nichols on bass and Colin Olson on drums. Their sound is heavily influenced by bands such as Thrice, Blink-182 and Alkaline Trio. “It was definitely fun playing at the Hometown Fair,” Wohlmuth said. “We had been practicing a lot during the two weeks before it and the practices were pretty serious. Playing was a lot more fun than the practice, and it was really cool to hear our final result.” Thiftis competed against five different bands and artists from around the South Bay and Los Angeles area. Although they did not win at the Battle of the Bands, the band views the experience as a valuable learning opportunity.

“Thiftis brought good energy to the stage. All of their songs were catchy, and the vocal harmonies were great,” senior Joe McMahon said. The first-place winner was Goodfellas, a “country folk” band from Manhattan Beach. The second-place prize went to Ayline, a pop singer from Redondo Beach,

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ROCK ON: Wohlmuth (left) and Hershey perform at the Old Hometown Fair Battle of the Bands on Oct. 2.

and Taylor Collins, a blues rock band from Torrance. The other competitors included PLEJ, a rock and pop band from Redondo Beach, and Oak Street Blues of Pasadena. “The band got a great reception from the audience. They played a very energetic set despite the fact that they had never played an event or show of that size,” McMahon said. Thiftis played a 10-minute set of three songs, two of their own, called “Marxxx” and “Shift,” and a cover of “In Exile” by Thrice. Overall, they were happy with their reception from the audience, although the band would have loved to win the competition. “All in all, it was fun because that was the first time all of us played together in a real show,” Nichols said. “We had a good time, regardless of the judging process.” The band is a relatively new band at Mira Costa that was started by Hershey, Wohlmuth, and Olson during their junior year. Nichols joined the band in January to round out their line up. Soon after, they decided on the name Thiftis. Thiftis has yet to record any of

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PUNK ROCK: Seniors Max Wohlmuth (left),Andy Hershey, Colin Olson and Joey Nichols have recently joined forces to start the punk-rock band Thiftis. their songs, and The Battle of the Bands was their first major show. “Thiftis was great at Battle of the Bands,” senior Kerianne Grant said. “I definitely want to see them perform again.” The band plans to record and is looking forward to being able to play other shows. Nichols and Hershey are responsible for writing the music, but every member of the band works together to produce the final product. The band wants its sound to be

unique, and members hope their music will not be compared to bands in the same pop-punk genre that are considered unoriginal. “We are planning on recording when we get around to it. With school, we are pretty busy but we’ll find time,” Wohlmuth said. “Hopefully, people will like the kind of music we play and word about Thiftis will get around. Honestly, I’m happy with where we are now and progressing will just make it that much better.”

‘The Dining Room’ is bound to serve a theatrical feast By Ava Klein Staff Writer The Mira Costa Drama Department’s fall show is sure to be a topic of conversation at dinner tables across the South Bay. The fall play, “The Dining Room,” which is directed by Costa drama teacher Carol Matthews and director Luke Yankee, will open on Nov. 5. Yankee and Matthews held auditions during the week of Sept. 20. In order to audition, students prepared a one-minute dramatic or comedic monologue to perform in front of Yankee and Matthews. The next day the directors

held call-backs in which they invited a select number of students to perform a second time. At callbacks, students were given scenes from the play to perform so the directors could see more of their acting abilities. “I was absolutely thrilled when I made the cast of the fall play,” sophomore Sawyer Fuller said. “It was a really hard show to get into because of the competitive auditioning process, and I am just thrilled that I will get to be a part of this production.” Despite the loss of many talented performers in last year’s graduating class, Drama Thespian Club president and senior Kris-

tin O’Brien is optimistic about performed in New York, writCosta’s future plays and budding ten and directed by A.R. Gurney talent. in January 1981. The play is set “We miss entirely in the performing “I hope the fall and future dining room with the peo- plays bring new opportuni- of a wealthy, ple who graduties for students to showcase elitist New ated last year,” England famO’Brien said. their talent and creativity ily, with some “It’s definitely whether it be onstage or be- satirical, funny the people that and touching hind the scenes.” make the exscenes. perience. The The dining Kristin O’Brien Drama Departtable repreDrama Club President ment continues sents a touchto be full of talstone for all ented people dedicated to making families. One of the most memoeach production successful.” rable scenes occurs when a young The Dining Room was first college student interviews his

aunt about how people would eat in such a dining room. The Mira Costa Drama Department is very excited to begin the rehearsals for the first play of the school year. Although it will require many long hours of rehearsal, they are ready to put in the work. “I’m really excited to see where our department will go in the future. We have really enthusiastic underclassmen, which is extremely exciting,” O’Brien said. “I hope the fall and future plays bring new opportunities for students to showcase their talent and creativity whether it be onstage or behind the scenes.”


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Mira Costa clubs make a difference in the lives of others

Costa clubs like Baby Help, Big Hearts Club and Habitat for Humanity are not publicized as much as other clubs, but that does not stop them from enriching the lives of the needy on both a local and global scale. Because there are so many clubs at Costa, many of them go unnoticed. However, many of these clubs work with outside organizations to provide money, supplies and service to people in need of assistance. Baby Help Club, Big Hearts Club and Habitat for Humanity all provide volunteering opportunities but are not as well-known. They offer students community service hours as well as a chance to help those that are less fortunate. Baby Help Club, which meets in room 36 on Thursdays at lunch, aids an orphanage in Peru called Casa de Milagros, or House of Miracles. Over the past two years the club has raised money to support the children and hopes to continue this aid. The club is connected with a non-profit group that aids children in countries around the world and currently helps children in Haiti get materials for their schools and orphanages. “I am trying to create a nonprofit organization out of this club called For Children, so I can continue it when I go to college,” club president and senior Natalie

Baby Help Club brainstorms ways to raise money to help out an orphanage in Peru during a weekly Thursday meeting on Oct. 7 in room 36. They are planning on holding a drive to send computers to the orphans soon. Insler said. During Spring Break, a few members of the club will visit the orphanage to check on its progress. Furthermore, from Oct. 12 to Dec. 1, the club will be having a fund raiser in order to send computers to the orphanage. Inspired by a young girl in the Dominican Republic, Big Hearts Club has developed into a non-

profit organization to aid people with heart conditions and provide other community service opportunities. Its meetings are held in room 36 on Tuesdays at lunch. “The club started out because we wanted to help a girl with an enlarged heart and her family. They didn’t have enough money to pay for her operations or medication,” club president and senior

Sierra Bloodgood said. The club raises money through fund raisers and benefits. In addition, the club makes weekly trips to Skid Row to benefit the those living in poverty. The club hopes to spread the Big Hearts organization to other countries and places in the U.S. Habitat for Humanity Club meets in room 20 on Tuesdays at

lunch. They coordinate with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Los Angeles area to build homes for families in need. The organization provides families who have lost their homes or are living in very poor conditions with a new functioning house. “A house is something that many of us take for granted. We do not appreciate coming home to a clean and safe house when there are many people who don’t have that luxury,” club president and senior Roxy Lyter said. Last year, the club members visited Lynwood, California to build groups of 10-track homes for families who had recently lost their homes. The club plans to visit more cities in need in the upcoming year. Through Baby Help Club, Habitat for Humanity, Big Hearts Club and similar service clubs, Mira Costa students are provided with the opportunity to get involved in the community and make a difference in the lives of others. “Ultimately, I will always support clubs with a philanthropic or charitable purpose. Clubs like this make Costa great,” student activities director Lisa Claypoole said.

Roving Reporter: What What kind of clubs are at Mira Costa?* makes your club unique? “Instead of simply supplying large groups of people, we target the individual and build long-lasting relationships.”

Charitable/Service 43% Common Interest 29% School Spirit 4% Arts and Entertainment 8% Academic 7% Other 6%

Sierra Bloodgood Senior Big Hearts Club President

“We are focused on a specific orphanage in Peru which allows us to develop a consistent and meaningful relationship with the people there.” Natalie Insler Senior Baby Help Club President

* total of 90 clubs

How many clubs are Costa students in?* 5 4

“Instead of simply fundraising or donating money, we donate our time, which not only helps the organization, but gives us a sense of pride and fulfillment.” Audrey McKenzie Senior Habitat for Humanity

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* poll of 100 students Compiled by Joani Gillam, Maggie Robak, Lisa Duckers/ Staff Writers Photos by Leland Lesnever

Colleges visiting the College and Career Center

College-bound Costa Compiled by Katie Barger, Alec Lautanen, and Connor Wright/ Theme editors Photos Kendall Busby/ La vista

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Consider what extracurriculars you enjoy most and how they will effect your college admissions.

Your journey to college starts here:

Athletic Schools

“The process involves talking to coaches. I also sent my scores into Columbia University, and I’m now verbally committed there.

Top Schools Football: Michigan State University Women’s Soccer: University of North Carolina Men’s Soccer: University of Akron Women’s Swimming: University of Georgia Men’s Swimming: University of Arizona Men’s Baseball: Louisiana State University Women’s Softball: University of Alabama Men’s Basketball: University of North Carolina Women’s Basketball: University of Connecticut Men’s Tennis: University of Virginia Women’s Tennis: Baylor University Men’s Volleyball: Stanford University Women’s Volleyball: University of Florida

“A couple of years

ago I did a summer art program at NYU. I also did an art program offered through UCLA.”

1. Are you better at:

The road to college is filled with applications, tests, essays and stress, but with careful planning and preparation, this road can lead to a first-choice school and an invaluable education. Although the process seems daunting initially, it can be completed with the right mindset and steps. According to the College Board, the three most important things to remember are to be organized, openminded and flexible. Making a mad rush to complete brag sheets and applications at the last minute can only result in frustration. This can also lead to poor-quality applications. “Take the time to deal with deadlines, scholarships, supplementary aid and letters of recommendation. Keeping yourself organized

and on time with each step will relieve the majority of the stress,” College and Career Center Counselor Gail Currey said. When considering what extracurriculars to participate in, The Princeton Review reccomends that a strong dedication to a few programs is better than having little participation in a large number of activities. Choosing extracurriculars that are related to specific majors are also beneficiary. Also, students having a leadership role in their extracurriculars stand out to admissions departments. At the beginning of the search for a college, it is important to consider which school is the right match. Universities offer many opportunities to students, and the possibilities for education are limitless.

According to the College Board, students should try sitting in on a class or looking at a student newspaper to get to know the school. Many college programs are also offered to high school students to participate in throughout the school year and during the summer. “Our students are admitted to wonderful schools and looking back, they have all chosen the college that was right for them. The cohesion between student and school is what is most important,” Currey said. When submitting college applications, there are some key tips for success. Huntington Learning Center states that it is imperative to write an application essay in time to have it properly revised by parents and even teachers. If necessary, financial aid paperwork should

also be completed as soon as possible. Kaplan advises applying to at least one “safe school,” a college you know you will be accepted into. The last tip for a successful admission is to avoid senioritis after applying. Many, if not all, schools take first-semester senior grades into account to see if students are truly ready for college-level work. Once the college application process is completed, congratulate yourself. The previously gigantic task has been finished. “Applying to college is the difficult battle of telling a school you love them and hoping they say ‘I love you’ back,” senior Sam Henneberry said. “It takes a lot to do it, and the fear of rejection is always present, but in the end it will be worth it.”

7. Do you have an effusive vocabulary A. Memorizing facts and figures replete with copious verbiage? A. What does that mean? B. Figuring new things out as you go B. Yes

2. Do you want to apply to colleges in the Midwest?

3. Do you plan to apply for all the scholarships you can get?

Register for and take the PLAN or PSAT to prepare for the SAT and ACT.

“This past summer I took the 12-week Producing Music with Logic Course on the Berklee College of Music’s online school.”

Top 5 Schools 1) The Juilliard School 2) Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University 3) Berklee College of Music 4) The New England Conservatory 5) Eastman School of Music

Art schools

Top 5 schools 1) The California Institute of the Arts 2) The Art Institute of Chicago 3) Pratt Institute 4) The Rhode Island School of Design 5) Yale Art School

A. Yes B. No If you answered mostly B’s, You should probably take the SAT. Your writing is good, science isn’t your strongest point, and you’re better at algebra and geometry rather than trigonometry. A. Problems just like the kind we worked on this week in class B. A random code-breaking cipher Courtesy of like the one in the newspaper

6. If you got to pick what showed up on your next math test, it’d be:

- UCLA offers high school students to study stem cell research in one of its summer programs. Get more info at

Length: Three hours, 25 minutes (includes optional 30-minute Writing Test)

Sections: Four required sections and one optional section

Subjects: English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing (optional)

Reading: Four passages, 10 questions per passage

Science: Analysis, knowledge, problem solving

Math: Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry

Essay: Optional (final section)

Scoring: Composite score of 1-36 based on average of 4 sec tions; score 0-12 for optional essay.

Penalties: No penalties for incorrect answers

Sending scores: Student decides which scores are sent

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Getting to the facts

“I’ve been taking all AP science classes and studying hard to do well in all my classes. I’ve also been trying to volunteer at hospitals in the area.”

What can you do to get a head start?

- Rhode Island School of Design offers a variety of engaging educational programs ranging from Continuing Education (RISD|CE) classes to hands-on activities, performances, videos and special gallery guests. Find out more about the programs at

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- Berklee has various programs including music production, song writing, and stage performance. Get more info at

Top 5 Schools 1) Washington University at Saint Louis 2) University of California at Los Angeles 3) John Hopkins University 4) Harvard University 5) Stanford University

- Volunteer at your local hospital. Many volunteer departments also provide letters of recommendation. Hospitals include Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Little Company of Mary, and Torrence Memorial.

Ask teachers to write your letters of recommendation.

- Immerse yourself in your chosen subject with some of the finest music educators in the country at Jacobs School of Music. Get more info at

Medical Schools

- California Institute of the Arts hosts programs which include courses in animation, theater arts, visual arts, film and video, music, dance and creative writing. Get more info at

8. Are you a science whiz? A. Yes B. No

5. Do you consider writing to be one of your weakest attributes?

- Summer dance intensives and Jazz band seminars are available at Juilliard. Get more info at

Brandon Hafetz Junior

4. Did you get a good grade in trigonometry? If you answered mostly A’s, you should probably take the ACT. You are better at science, writing A. Yes isn’t your strongest point, and you know trigo B. No nometry.

What can you do to get a head start?

Aryn Foland Senior

9. Does your dream school require the ACT? A. Yes B. No

A. Yes B. No

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A. Yes B. No

Start looking into which colleges you would like to attend and start visiting their campuses.

What can you do to get a head start?

Keely Murphy Senior

Which test is for you?

Length: Three hours, 45 minutes

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Sections: Three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing (including essay), one experimental (not scored)

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Subjects: Critical Reading, Math, Writing

Reading: Reading passages with questions pertaining to comprehension and sentence completion

Science: N/A

Math: Arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and algebra II

Essay: Required

Scoring: Aggregate score 600 - 2400 based on total of 3 scores 200- 800 (Reading, Math, Writing); Score of 0-12 for Essay

Penalties: ¼ point deducted for wrong answers

Sending scores: Student decides which scores are sent

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Köster’s compositions provide music to our ears “I wasn’t getting enough in the orchestra. I wasn’t able to express my own melodies and feelings. Playing music just wasn’t I wanted to do my own thing,” enough for senior Tristan Köster. Köster said. As Mira Costa’s up-and-comKöster’s true introduction to ing composer, Köster has writ- composition came when former ten several pieces, one of which orchestral director Chris Schwabe was performed at last year’s Mira informed him of a composition Costa Pops Concert. fellowship at the Walt Disney Köster has been involved with Concert Hall. music almost all of his life, startOut of close to 180 applicants, ing with the piano in second grade Köster was accepted as one of the and the cello in third. top five, but was later cut when Even though he had to give up the number of open spots dropped the piano after five years, he still to four. Despite the cut, the expeplays the cello rience made in Mira Cos“With me, getting started Köster realize ta’s symphony his potential is the hard part. I’ll come orchestra and as a composhas joined the up with a melody somehow. er. I don’t know how; it just multicultural “I thought, happens.” choir this year. hey, why not Along the way, continue with Köster also music and Tristan Köster started playcomposition; Senior ing the guitar, I think this and currently might be my performs in the Mira Costa Jazz niche,” Köster said. band. After he found a desire to “When I started playing in compose, Köster threw himself third grade, all 90 of the students into the art, trying out all types of went to one classroom with one music. Still attempting to find his teacher. She crowded us into own style, he listens to immense a room and taught us to play,” amounts of music and composes Köster said. different varieties of songs. When he first became in“I used to write really slow, volved with composition, Köster somber songs, then I started to was looking for a way to articu- write faster songs, then trippy and late his own musical ideas instead weird songs. I’m writing in every of playing others’ pieces in the style I can think of. Hopefully school ensembles. when I pursue music in college,

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I will find my own voice. Right now, I am just experimenting with everything and trying to be as eclectic as I can possibly be,” Köster said. With aspirations of pursuing composition as a career, Köster hopes to enter a college or conservatory and then go to graduate school for composition and for conducting. “My ultimate goal would be to write for a symphony orchestra or my own ensemble,” Köster said. “That’s not going to happen in the beginning, so I hope to pursue a life of composing in the movie business. Once I build up a repertoire with that, hopefully people will see me and hire me for big gigs.” Köster also took AP music theory last year, which helped him add structure to his compositions. “One thing I appreciated about Tristan was that he has a lot of ideas and he writes them all down, which is what the best composers do,” AP music theory teacher Joel Carlson said. To begin a composition, Köster first finds a melody and then thinks of the routes in which he could take it, creating a structure and path for the theme to follow. “With me, getting started is the hardest part. I’ll come up with a melody somehow. I don’t know how; it just happens. Then I sit alone and figure out what direction I want to go in with this

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THE NEXT MOZART: Senior Tristan Köster’s ability has stood out since he was in elementary school. He is now venturing into the world of composition. song and what I want do with it,” Köster said. In addition to composing, Köster has competed in many competitions and performed in a variety of honor groups for the cello, including the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. “I played in an orchestra with the University of Texas’s conductor; it was really fun,” Köster

said. Köster is currently working on four compositions for his college applications as well as one for Costa’s choirs. “Tristan’s caliber of work is very impressive for someone so young; his pieces show a great deal of commitment and creativity, and they are a joy to play,” senior orchestra member Maura Chen said.


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Luke Yankee brings prestige and expertise to ‘The Dining Room’ By Erin Weldon Staff Writer

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CELLULAR RESPIRATION: Biology teacher Roberto Calderon brought his love for running to Costa’s cross country team this year as its new assistant coach.

Calderon knows the biology of running By Diane Lee Staff Writer Science teachers are sometimes stereotyped as braniacs, not star athletes. Mira Costa biology teacher Roberto Calderon, however, has proved this wrong by accepting the job as the assistant coach for the boys cross country team this year. Calderon joined coach Bob Fish to coach the boys cross country team this season. “One of the coaches had resigned and I got recruited by my former students. Then Fish heard about it and he asked me if I wanted to coach cross country,” Calderon said. Calderon started working with the boys team during summer practices and went to Mammoth with them for their annual summer training. “At first he was not that comfortable around the team, but after

a while we got to know him a lot better and he started to become more comfortable around us as a coach,” senior Jimmy Breen said. Calderon has a strong background in cross country that began when he ran in high school. He also participated in and coached in the Students Run L.A. program, an organization that helps students prepare for the Los Angeles Marathon. He feels that the students and coaches of cross country have been very welcoming. “Parents have been really encouraging, students have been great and Coach Fish has been phenomenal to me,” Calderon said. Overall, Calderon hopes that each team member will become a better runner by the end of the season. “My favorite part about coaching is interacting with kids and running with them. I get to know them on a much more personal level,” Calderon said.

His training has given him the shows feel that inspiration in the necessary background to acting and improvisation is very write scripts for shows including important and essential. Yankee Playwright, director, producer, “Brothers & Sisters” and “Push- has been an inspiration to them actor and screenwriter Luke Yan- ing Daisies.” He has also directed because his vast experience helps kee has a resume that will blow some of the Mira Costa Drama bring the best out of their peranyone’s mind. The Mira Costa Department’s formances and Drama Department is priveleged shows, includ“I love working with the allows them to have Yankee’s insightful direc- ing previous students here at Mira Cos- to improve as tion for the fall play. productions thespians. ta. There is definitely an Yankee is the son of famous such as “Crazy “ Ya n k e e ’s theater and movie actress Eileen for You” and energy and a vitality about experience inHeckart, about whom he has writ- “The Apple working with young actors cludes acting, ten a book, entitled “Just Outside Tree.” that makes me remember directing and the Spotlight: Growing Up with “I really why I wanted to do this in play writing, Eileen Heckart.” like his work which makes the first place. ” Having grown up in the per- ethic because him a wellforming arts business, Yankee he wants to rounded direcLuke Yankee developed an interest for enter- provide as tor,” Safarik tainment at a young age. This in- much informasaid. Fall Play Director terest soon grew into an exciting tion as possible “He expects career. about the industry to students,” a lot from us, which helps us “I think I was about six or Mira Costa drama teacher Carol achieve success, but he also creseven years old when I realized Mathews said. ates a fun and safe environment not every kid sat around watchStudents feel that Yankee pro- where we feel comfortable going ing mommy vides a mo- out of our comfort zone and trying on television. “I love the level of profes- tivation that new things. He really has a vision My mom was sionalism he brings to the enhances the for the show and will do anything considered to actors and to help us do the best we can.” shows. He is strict about re- actresses’ exbe one of the Yankee said he genuinely engreatest char- hearsal attire and learning periences in joys his passion for the performacter actresses lines, but at the same time productions. ing arts and is glad to have a caof her time,” he understands that the cast They feel reer that allows him to pursue his Yankee said. wants a fun and memorable that he is con- interests. “She won sistently able Considering the success of the experience.” an Oscar, an to create an previous plays that he has been Emmy, a Tony exciting at- involved in at Mira Costa, Yankee Kelliane Safarik and she is in m o s p h e r e plans to bring his experience and the Theatre while provid- knowledge from past productions Senior Hall of Fame. ing his per- to the upcoming production of She critiqued formers with “The Dining Room,” Mira Coseverything I did onstage starting direction and inspiration. ta’s fall production. from age 12, as if I were a profes“I love the level of profes“I love working with the stusional.” sionalism he brings to the shows. dents here at Mira Costa. This is Yankee received training at He is strict about rehearsal attire the third play I have worked on at higher institutions including the and learning lines, but at the same this school,” Yankee said. “There Juilliard School of Drama, New time he understands that the cast is definitely an energy and a viYork University, USC School of wants a fun and memorable ex- tality about working with young Cinema and Television, Circle perience,” senior drama student actors that makes me remember in the Square and Northwestern Kellianne Safarik said. why I wanted to do this in the first University. Many of the performers in place.”

Nobody hates Costa’s new rapper Josh “Chris” Martin By Casey Zirbel Opinion Editor While many Costa students are unsure of what they want to do after they graduate from high school, senior Josh “Chris” Martin has already begun his career as a rapper and is determined to make his dreams come true through strong determination and natural talent. Martin has already released several songs, established the groundwork of his own label, “Everybody Records,” and is planning on releasing a mixtape titled “Everybody Hates Chris” in November. Martin has many fans. What makes him different, they say, is his clear commitment and determination. “Talent comes a dime-a-dozen. If I work hard enough, I can get an upper hand over my competitors. My determination is what sets me apart,” Martin said. “I plan my life for music and, honestly, I want to rap until I die.”

Many of the Costa students who know Martin’s music vouch for his obvious talent. Many of his classmates have enjoyed his rhymes at school. During and between classes, he has impressed peers with freestyle raps. “Chris is a really promising rapper and shows a lot of potential in what he does. It’s great to know that Costa has people of so many different skills,” senior Brian Vu said. “He might actually get far with his talent if he puts the effort into it.” Martin’s signature rap rhythm and lyrics rely heavily upon complex wordplay, smooth flow and a rich knowledge of rap’s greatest artists. He has already achieved critical acclaim from multiple hip-hop review sites including and “This kid was such a nice surprise upon first hearing “[Diamond] Supreme” — a fresh dose of rhyming prowess delivered with confidence and a whole lotta attitude,” a review of Martin’s

work on said. It is evident that Martin’s passion for music is much deeper than just a hobby or interest. Music is Martin’s way of expressing what he can’t say with words. He thoroughly enjoys being able to use his art to display his innermost thoughts and inspirations. “My mother and father told me I could not be a rapper. I used to hold things inside, but it’s easier to put things down,” Martin said. “You can talk to a pen and a pad. To me, music is a form of therapy.” Martin is extremely passionate about his music and maintains confidence in his approach to his rap career. Inevitably, he says, he is going to be the only person who has the power to dictate his career. “I made a saying when I was in eighth grade: success is measured by our own aspirations,” Martin said. “Ultimately, I will determine whether I’m successful in life with my rap career.”

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KEEP TALKIN’ RAP: Inspired by his own passion for music and a determination to succeed, senior Josh “Chris” Martin spends his time writing unique rap songs that he hopes will lead to a successful career in the music industry.



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‘I Am Not A Human Being’ satisfies Lil Wayne listeners By Logan Schlossberg Staff Writer With an already chart-topping digital album on Billboard’s Top 100, there is someone in New York’s Ryker’s Island prison with a smile on his face. Lil Wayne did not let his time go to waste these past months while locked up. With his passion and talent, Wayne was able to release “I Am Not A Human Being” on his birthday in September. Lil Wayne completed the material for a 12-track album before serving his final weeks in prison for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. The album, entitled “I Am Not A Human Being,” includes other

well-known artists from his label, Young Money, such as Nicki Minaj, Lil Twist and Drake. It opens with a set party theme as Drake and Lil Wayne do what they do best: drop ridiculously clever flows over beats that are too catchy to forget. Lil Wayne, who always refers to himself as Weezy F Baby or Mr. Carter in each of his albums, imposes his creative vocabulary, unique beat, gripping lyrics, and indelicate humor on his work like never before. In his oddly titled song, “Gonorrhea,” Lil Wayne starts off the track by making a shout-out to “all [his] moon men” before diving into four captivating verses with something of a disappoint-


ing chorus. After his previous album, “Rebirth,” a disastrous and disappointing seventh album with too much rock n’ roll, fans and critics are glad to see a notably better eighth studio-recorded album, possibly Lil Wayne’s best yet. The song “That Ain’t Me” features top 40 artist Jay Sean. Lil Twist makes his appearance in the song “Popular,” a track that repeats a well-known lyric from Lil Wayne’s hit song “Bed Rock.” Also featured is the increasingly popular song “Right Above It,” performed by Lil Wayne and Drake. The beginning of the song makes a grand entrance and sets up a perfect tone for Drake to perfectly open with the first verse.


Wrap-up: Lil Wayne released another successful album in late September that far exceeded the expectations fans were left with following his last album, “Rebirth,” and may even be his greatest album yet.

‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ By Juliana Hoft Staff Writer When life gets out of hand, would it be the smartest thing to check into a mental ward? In the witty movie “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” the lead character does just that, but has second thoughts after being admitted. This movie grabs the viewers’ emotions and is easily relatable for teens. They will identify with this movie because it is about real-life situations that all teens struggle with. The humor in the movie is very clever, while the plotline and story are very charming and heartfelt. Sixteen-year-old Craig (Keir Gilchrist) has been struggling with depression and dreams of killing himself. He begs a doctor to admit him to a mental ward, and as soon as he is admitted he wants to leave because he feels like he doesn’t belong there. In his five-day stay at the facility, Craig meets Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), who is reluctant to share why he is there and puts up a front around other people. Throughout Craig’s stay, Bobby begins to open up to him while becoming his role model. He also meets Noelle (Emma Roberts), who struggles with cutting herself, and manages to help Craig forget about his obsession with his friend’s girlfriend, eventually becoming his new love interest. Galifianakis’s performance is more complex than most of the roles he has done in the past. He plays a troubled father that has tried to kill himself several times and does an incredible job developing his character, incorporating anger and somber maturity very well while remaining humorous. Through Craig’s encounters with other characters he is able to better understand


Don’t mentally check out: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is an emotional but comical take on a teenager’s stay in a mental hospital. his life and recognize the positive aspects of it. When Bobby tells him that he is envious of him, he realizes that his life is not as bad as he once thought and that he is grateful for what he does have. The unique personalities of each of the patients in the ward are one of the movie’s greatest assets. Solomon (Daniel London), a patient that has very sensitive hearing, shows up at the funniest moments to tell people to keep it down when they aren’t even being loud. These situations make the movie all the more enjoyable. The plotline of the film is well constructed. It was adapted from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name, and though the movie is dull at moments, the suspense of the plotline keeps viewers interested. Teenagers in particular should see this movie because it is easy to relate to and very humorous. It is rated PG-13 and is playing in theaters nationwide.


Hip-hoppiin’ to Fame: Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne continues to satisfy fans with his carefully crafted and captivating lyrics and unforgettable style in his highly anticipated album, “I Am Not A Human Being.” In the song “Bill Gates,” Weezy uses his made-up word “Bill Gates” as a reference to how much his flows are worth, and as we all know, they’re worth a lot. Not one of the most popular or most liked, “Bill Gates” is a typical Lil Wayne song about his cash and his swag. Nicki Minaj, featured in countless mixtapes with Lil Wayne, sings in the song “What’s Wrong With Them” and completes the perfect combination of “Weezy and the Brooklyn Barbie,” as the pair are often called. “I Am Not A Human Being” is not only the name of the album, but the name of Lil Wayne’s

song about his anything-but-ordinary life. With a shout out to his bloods, and his record label, Young Money, the song gives an explanation to why Weezy titled his album, “I Am Not A Human Being:” because he is simply better than human beings. The album was originally supposed to be released as an EP instead of as a full-length album. Although one may think 12 songs is a little on the small side for Weezy, the album is a success. It’s not hard to recognize the voice of Lil Wayne, and it’s not hard to say that “I Am Not A Human Being” may be the best album we’ve seen from Mr. Carter.



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Sufjan Stevens takes new direction on ‘The Age of Adz’ By Rose Graner Entertainment Editor Sufjan Stevens’ latest LP, “The Age of Adz,” is a surprising tonal departure from the sounds of his earlier work. Nonetheless, the album as a whole retains the same dreamy, melodic feel that Stevens’ past works held. A Detroit native, Stevens is a notoriously prolific artist; he has released at least one album each year since 2000 and most of his albums contain over 20 tracks. Although his work has become more musically sophisticated over the years, Stevens’ actual sound had changed very little in the nine years since his debut. On “The Age of Adz,” however, Stevens introduces new digitized instrumentals and a previously unheard atmospheric quality to his music. Most of Stevens’ albums have been highly conceptualized, if not necessarily high-concept. Two of


TAKING FLIGHT: Sufjan Stevens explores digital musicianship while retaining his folk sensibilities on his newest album, “The Age of Adz.” his albums, “Michigan” and “Illinois,” were thematically centered on their respective namesake states. He also composed a fivevolume epic of original Christmas songs and the soundtrack to a film he created entitled “The BQE” about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. “The Age of Adz,” admittedly, is not concept-free. It follows

dystopian themes of the world’s end similar to those of the August 2010 release, “The All Delighted People EP,” but plays with them much less literally. Where “The All Delighted People EP” made a point of actually mentioning the apocalypse, “The Age of Adz” only alludes to it in passing. It is worth noting that “The All Delighted People EP” could

Johnson shines at Hollywood Bowl


NO HANDLEBARS: Johnson is notorious for being the ultimate surfer boy with his mellow, soothing music and constantly calm persona. The concert progressed quickly, with minimal talking or interaction with the crowd from Johnson. Besides introducing special guests and his band members, Johnson played continuously. This sparse commentary was perfect for a crowd that was eager to hear music. The crowd’s high energy and remarkable enthusiasm in combination with a setlist comprised of Johnson’s most wellknown tracks made an otherwise basic concert memorable. Opening with “You and Your Heart,” one of the only upbeat, catchy songs from his new album, Johnson had the entire crowd singing and on its feet. From there, Johnson performed classics such as “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing,”

Stevens form, the track “Impossible Soul” runs 25 minutes long and features moments of complete static breakdown and shifts melodies constantly. In fact, Stevens even manages to continue his tradition of writing haunting and epic odes to inanimate objects on “The Age of Adz” with “Vesuvius,” a computerized-yet-folky celebration of the Italian volcano. Most established artists who attempt to integrate computerized tones into their sound come to regard doing so as a mistake. In assuming that computerized noise requires a whole new approach to melody and musicianship, they tend to make mistakes and create stilted, painfully technical works. Stevens has undoubtedly taken a new digital direction on “The Age of Adz,” but he has managed to maintain his artistry and originality while doing so. “The Age of Adz” is available on iTunes and at athsmatickitty. com for purchase.

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Insane Clown Posse is actually insane, and not in a good way

By Allie Campbell Calendar Editor Jack Johnson performed a sold out show at the Hollywood Bowl in support of his new album, “To the Sea,” on Oct. 8. Johnson’s attention to detail brought tremendous energy to a simplistic show, satisfying his optimistic audience. The tastefully minimal set design, along with a well-selected set list, allowed audience members to focus on an incredibly talented band. Zach Gill on keyboard added to classic songs with spontaneous solos and the occasional melodic flourish. Gill, along with the rest of the band, perfectly supported Johnson.

be considered a test-run or a tentative step toward the content on “The Age of Adz.” Although “The All Delighted People EP” was the first Stevens release that established a heavy use of digital instrumentation— computerized beats, for instance“The Age of Adz” explores those instrumentals and production techniques more fully. The album isn’t necessarily more sugary or pop-oriented than any of Stevens’ past works, but its digitized quality certainly does give off a more playful, almost dance-pop vibe. The computerized beat, quick tempo and simple-but-catchy melody of “Too Much” make it as close to an indie version of an Owl City track as anything possibly could be. This isn’t to say Stevens is trying to use “The Age of Adz” to break into the mainstream. He recently stated in an interview that he “no longer has faith in the album” as a format for producing music, for one thing. In classic


LIVE FROM THE BOWL: Johnson played a sold out show at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 8, which included classic hits and new tracks. “Flake” and “Banana Pancakes,” followed by covers including “The Joker” by The Steve Miller Band. Johnson did not exhibit any strong musicianship to distinguish his live performance from his albums. However, Johnson, strongly aided by back-up musicians and superb show management carried out the performance capably. The Hollywood Bowl, though a large venue, was filled with sound and energy from the front to the last section of bleachers. Johnson will continue touring through December, with a number of shows already sold out. Tickets range from $30-$90. Music fans in attendance will certainly get their money’s worth by going to one of Johnson’s shows.


TO THE SEA: “To The Sea,” Johnson’s latest release, was met with critical acclaim and declared a classic by fans.

In the past 25 years, a racist, misogynistic, homophobic, violent and occasionally murderous cult lead by rap group “Insane Clown Posse” has descended upon America. What’s worse is that they wear clown makeup and wear hideous costumes. The Insane Clown Posse schtick is that the “juggalo” family (re: their fans) is also a part of something called “the Dark Carnival.” With each album release, a new idea that the group preaches is introduced through “the Dark Carnival’s” beliefs. What’s really bizzarre about the group is that after devoting 25 years of their lives to preaching seemingly unchristian values, in their latest album, Insane Clown Posse claimed that they were singing about Christianity all along. They supposedly tricked their own ill-minded fans into turning to God, but in reality have only plumbed new depths of ignorance. “Meaning” and “mission” are two words key to the ICP vernacular. Insane Clown Posse is especially popular with individuals from very low-income, isolated areas— the kind of people looking for something

to belong to that will bring meaning and a mission to their lives. Little did these followers know that they were following the messages of God that ICP potrayed. The two founding members of Insane Clown Posse are—surprise, surprise— making lots and lots of money off of their overly-devoted fans, who make a point to support their “family” every way they can. To summarize: ICP is a rap group with threatening lyrics that prey on downtrodden, desperate members of our society with the end goal of profit and turning them to a twisted interpretation of Christianity. And they don’t even bother to be good rappers. Seriously, if we’re going to have to put up with them, the least they can do is not suck. In a way, Insane Clown Posse is admirable in their quest. After years of obscenity and intentional bloodshed, it took some major carnival guts to come out of the Christianity closet. Seriously, though. Avoid association with the juggalo kind. Stay vigilant. Burn your clown wigs.


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Fincher’s ‘The Social Network’ proves itself to be a quality film By Zack Gill Staff Writer The idea of “the Facebook movie” raises many questions. Why has David Fincher, director of such brooding and dark films as “Fight Club,” “Se7en,” and “Zodiac,” made a movie about a website? With the release of “The Social Network” on Oct. 1, this question is answered. There hasn’t been a more beautifully shot, capably acted and well-written film this year than “The Social Network.” With an emotional and often witty screenplay from writer Aaron Sorkin and bold choices from director David Fincher, “The Social Network” is the best film of the year. Jesse Eisenberg portrays Mark Zuckerberg who, along with friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), founded the internet networking phenomenon Facebook. The movie chronicles Facebook’s beginning as a website for comparing Harvard co-eds on “hotness” and follows the phenomemon through to its widespread succes and the eventual legal battles over its creation. This created a controversial genesis of Facebook, according to most of the nation. Sorkin makes sure that every element within the film is completely true and relevent to the history of Facebook. The story of the film is framed through two legal battles: one

between estranged friends Zuckerberg and Saverin, and another between Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins (both of whom are portrayed by Armie Hammer), who claim credit for the idea of Facebook. Through legal depositions, the film flashes back to Zuckerberg’s time spent at Harvard and eventual move to Silicon Valley, while portraying all three sides of the story. The film also portrays Napster founder Sean Parker’s (Justin Timberlake) involvement with the site, as well. The film contains three subtle

yet noteworthy performances from Garfield, Timberlake and especially Eisenberg. Garfield’s performance in this film is easily his best performance thus far in his career. Playing the downtrodden, exploited Saverin, Garfield is incredibly patient with his character. When it is finally time for him to explode with anger, Garfield does so realistically and passionately. Timberlake’s portrayal of the notorious playboy founder of Napster is also noteworthy. Timberlake obviously functions well


Friend Finder: Justin Timberlake (left) and Jesse Eisenberg play Sean Parker and Mark Zuckerberg, respectively. Although the media is fixated on Timberlake’s unexpectedly good performance, Eisenberg is excellent as well.


in his role (as anyone familiar with his music career could guess), but as the film draws to a close Parker becomes a much darker character and Timberlake proves to be surprisingly versatile in his ability to communicate that bleakness. However, Jesse Eisenberg is the standout of “The Social Network.” Although often refered to as a wannabe Michael Cera, Eisenberg has already proved himself capable in “Adventureland” and especially “The Squid and the Whale.” Eisenberg truly brings life to Mark Zuckerberg. Although Eisenberg portrays Zuckerberg as a ruthless radical, for all the horrible things Zuckerberg says and does, Eisenberg roots him in reality and occasionally makes him sympathetic. That’s a feat in itself considering that this film is as unflattering to Zuckerberg as it possibly could be. Famous for doing as many as 20 takes of a single shot, Fincher’s perfectionism with “The Social Network” brings stunning results. It’s odd how complex and technical some of the shots are in a film about a website. The scenes set in Harvard are exceptionally well shot. With gorgeous lighting and intricate framing, Fincher brings the campus, and the world of the film, to life. It’s odd enough that Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross have created a score for a film about


Notification: The film chronicles the journey of internet phenomenon Facebook from its controversial beginnings to the present. Facebook. What’s even stranger is that the score is so effective. Reznor and Ross’s sparse electronic compositions compliment the alienation of Zuckerberg and the intense tone of the film. It’s a shame that Fincher takes so long to make his films. With “Zodiac,” and now “The Social Network,” he continues to make some of the best films of the last 10 years. “The Social Network” is rated PG-13 and is playing in theaters nationwide.


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Epicenter Music Festival brings the new of the old By Haile Lidow Staff Writer KROQ’s Epicenter Music Festival in Fontana brought big names to the Auto-Speedway in which it was held. On Sept. 26, the festival went out with a bang with a final lineup of 30 Seconds to Mars, Rise Against, and headliner Blink-182. Triple digit heat did not stop fans from piling into the venue and crowding near the main stage with enthusiasm for the music. Jared Leto, lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, showed equal exuberance in his performance and interaction with the audience. He paused repeatedly between songs and prodded the fans to jump, sing and even crowd-surf. The set ended with the band’s recent hit, “Kings and Queens.” Leto invited dozens of audience members onstage to sing along beside him. Leto’s performance and showmanship was impressive beyond measure, providing entertainment even for audience members unfamiliar with his music. After a tedious 45-minute lapse between bands, Rise Against took



As 9:20 p.m. approached, the much-anticipated headliner Blink-182 dropped the curtains in preparation for their only North American show in 2010. When the monstrous black curtains came back up, exposing the three musicans as they began their song “Dumpweed,” the crowd roared with passion, welcoming them not only with screams and applause but also with an overwhelming knowledge and recital of the lyrics.

The fans maintained their enthusiasm and excitement throughout the 75-minute set, laughing at guitarist DeLonge’s humor and singing along to the classic songs. With a set consisting of songs such as “Feeling This,” “I Miss You,” and “Rock Show,” Mark Hoppus (singer/bassist), Tom DeLonge (singer/guitarist), and Travis Barker (drummer), gave it all they had, passing their energy on to the audience. Although Hoppus botched a couple of notes and DeLonge seemed uneasy at first, the trio soon became immersed in its work and delivered an unforgettable performance. The band reunited in 2009 after a five-year hiatus, performing only a select number of shows. California was lucky enough to have Blink-182 stop in Fontana for an energy-filled set that ended with a hopeful, exciting and surprising revelation: Blink-182 is recording a new album. Epicenter 2010 was filled with excitement, and the announcement of the band’s upcoming album simply topped off an overall incredible lineup.



The Epicenter Music Festival: Rise against (left), Blink-182 (middle) and 30 Seconds to Mars (right) performed to critical acclaim on Sept. 26. While Rise Against stuck to their more classic form, 30 Seconds to Mars introduced their new, more “eccentric” self-image and Blink-182 announced plans to record a new album in 2011. the stage. The jam-packed audience was immediately hit with exceptional music, wiping its memory of the uncomfortable standing arrangements entirely. The crowd toward the front of the stage jumped up and down violently, creating an atmosphere that only hardcore fans could handle. From an exponentially calmer perspective, the band eased through a set including its more well-known songs, such as

“Prayer of the Refugee” and the radio hit “Savior.” Amidst the intensity of Rise Against’s set, front man Tim McIlrath slowed down the show by playing “Swing Life Away,” which presented a peaceful break from the head-banging music. Of course, this period of singa-long tranquility immediately reverting to the band’s more characteristic sound, ending the set with a surge of intensity only Rise Against could provide.

HBO features Springsteen By Zack Rosenfeld News Editor In a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Bruce Springsteen’s famous 1978 album, “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Springsteen shares rare footage of the E Street band recording in a new HBO documentary. “The Promise” is a documentary that gives an incredible inside look into the making of “Darkness on the Edge of Town” and all bonus tracks for the album. After becoming a superstar with the hit “Born to Run,” Springsteen wanted to keep to his roots by not getting caught up in his success. Springteen’s new album keeps the mature sound that he has acquired over the course of his career. The album also features an energetic and edgier style than that of his previous records. “Darkness” features wellknown songs like “Badlands,” “Promised Land,” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town.” The album’s release was a turning point in Springsteen’s career.

E street band: The documentary focuses on the recording of “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”

He did not want to be the onehit-wonder performer of “Born to Run,” and it turned out that “Darkness” fulfilled that need. The film begins with Springsteen parting ways with his manager, Mike Appel. The two split because Appel had sole control of the production of anything Springsteen recorded in the studio. After going to court, Springsteen won control of the production. It displays how the band started recording in hardship. Watching the band recording in the studio 30 years ago is eerie for audiences, as the band was totally unaware of how popular it would soon become. One of the more intriguing parts of the film is being able to see the band record an extra 20 tracks that never appeared on the album. One track in particular, “Because the Night,” Springsteen decided to give over to a young Patti Smith. When she finished recording the song, her career as an artist and her popularity skyrocketed. Throughout the film, Springsteen’s pure artistic talent is evident. His ability as an artist is exemplefied in the track “Darkness on the Edge of Town” due to its catchy melody that is still a ballad that describes his life in New Jersey. Even the credits of the documentary are fascinating. They show the band, in present day, performing “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” while flashing back to the same song live in concert 30 years ago. Whether you’re a fan of classic music, quality films, or Springsteen himself, you will enjoy “The Promise.” The documentary will continue to run on HBO.

No Age continues to grow: Alt-rock quartet No Age grow into their sound on their recently-released sophomore album, “Everything in Between.”

No Age expand fanbase with new LP Dylan Fair Staff Writer Following the success of their debut album “Nouns,” art punk duo No Age takes their next important musical step by releasing am impressive sophomore album entitled “Everything in Between.” This release is more mature and subdued than previous releases. The band only consists of two members, Ryan Randall on guitar and Dean Allen Spunt on drums. Randall primarily focuses on bringing creative rhythms to his music, letting lyrics take a backseat. His strong vocals compliment Spunt’s chaotic drumbeats. It is difficult to accurately pinpoint what genre No Age has chosen to explore on “Everything in Between.” The song “Glitter” is simultaneously loud and melodic. “Common Heat,” on the other hand, is a much more traditional and straightforward rock track. What separates No Age from the rest of the cluttered art-rock scene is their ability to communicate a variety of emotuions. Slow, repetitive ballads like“Life Prowler” exist side-by-side in

their repetoire with chaotic and abstract uptempo songs like “Fever Dreaming.” “Everything in Between” offers something enjoyable for all audiences. While no song on the album is perfect, the variety of tones and moods No Age encompasses keeps the harshest critics interested and entertained. No Age can communicate lots of energy and emotion with sound instead of lyric. For instance, in “Depletion,” emotional screaming and powerful drums make listeners feel exactly the emotions that the lyrics tell of. The tracks on “Everything in Between” aren’t uniformly stellar. “Common Heat,” with its repetitive and monotone drum line, attempts and fails to balance out the more abstract tracks on the album but instead is just forgettable. The instrumental intro, “Dusted,” provides nothing of substance to the album and should have been left out of the final cut. “Everything in Between” has further established No Age as an emerging indie group. While No Age has experienced a small measure of commercial success since

the album “Nouns” came out, it would be easy to assume No Age would move toward a more traditional, established sound. This new album is a promise that No Age is staying true to their original sound, at least for now. Anyone who has listened to No Age in the past will not be disappointed by “Everything in Between.” It is available on iTunes, on vinyl and CD both online and in local music stores. Entertainment editor Rose Graner contributed to this article.


Rhythm and music: No Age frontman Ryan Randall sings and plays guitar on the band’s latest release.


Former Mira Costa student Alex Norocea excels as football kicker at Brown University By Allie Campbell Calendar Editor Mustang alumnus football kicker Alex Norocea has already made a name for himself as a freshman at Brown University. Norocea, the place-kicker from Costa’s 2010 CIF championship team, is now the starting kicker for Brown’s football team. This season, Norocea has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice and Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week once. Norocea also tied the Ivy League record for most field goals in a game, completing five in Brown’s 29-14 victory over Harvard University. “Alex is an extremely hard worker. His success is not surprising,” Costa football coach Don Morrow said. Norocea is eight for 10 in field goals so far and has scored 32 points for the Brown Bears. However, Norocea’s most impressive personal records from his time as a Mustang still stand. At Costa, Norocea completed a 50-yard field goal and scored 88 points in his last season. “It has not been too tough of a transition to move to the east coast; the team is great. Everyone is really supportive of each other and we are a really strong unit,”

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SPORTS BRIEFS Cross Country The Mira Costa cross country team traveled to Columbia Park in Torrance to compete in the 2.8 mile South Bay Cup race on Sept. 29. The boys team finished second overall. Junior Adam Perez finished second in the varsity race with a time of 15:06. Along with Perez, junior Zack Adler finished ninth overall with a time of 15:35. The girls team won the race easily, despite using the meet as a workout. Senior Savannah Pio finished third overall, with a time of 17:44, and senior Aryn Foland finished fourth, right behind Pio with a 17:53 time. Both teams will race again on Oct. 23 when they travel to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California to compete in the Mt. SAC Invitational cross country meet.

Girls Volleyball

Courtesy Alex Norocea

In it for kicks: Costa alumnus Alex Norocea attempts a field goal for Brown. He has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice this year. Norocea said. Norocea’s current goal is to win the Ivy League Championship this year. Brown has already proven it is a strong team with only one loss so far and a 1-0 record in their conference. “Norocea’s success does not surprise me at all. Starting as a freshman in college is very rare, but he has stepped up and undoubtedly will be a solid fouryear starter,” current Costa football kicker and senior Brendan Sofen said. Norocea feels that it is impor-

tant to be a student first and to remember that learning is the most important thing in college. According to Norocea, his experiences as a Costa student have greatly helped him ease into the hard work and determination required in college, for both football and academics. “Hopefully, if I do well and improve over my four years at Brown, I can give the professional level a shot. If it doesn’t work out, I will still have my degree and education to fall back on,” Norocea said.

The Mira Costa girls volleyball team swept West High School at West on Oct. 12 in the Mustangs’ second Bay League game of the season. Mira Costa’s record is 7-5 for the season and 2-0 in Bay League. “We played well. However, I would like to see more energy on the court and more ownership of the game from the girls,” coach Lisa Zimmerman said. Both teams played hard during the first game, which made for a close competition. It looked like it was going to be a close call with West at a score of 20, but the Mustangs pulled through in a three-point run and finished the first game with a score of 25-20. The Mustangs then managed to find their way and take control of the match. They swept the Warriors, finishing the second and third games with scores of 25-13 and 25-16, respectively. Costa served effectively and moved the ball around the court, making very few errors in the process. The top performer of the game was senior outside hitter Emma White, who accumulated 12 kills, five digs, and two aces all while making no errors. Another top contributor was senior middle blocker Ella Rosenfeld, who excelled with 10 kills, one dig, and four blocks. Sophomore Kelsey McIntire and junior Kate Kious also made notable contributions. Today the Mustangs will travel to Torrey Pines High School for a tournament. Costa will be participating in games throughout the day and the tournament will finish on Saturday. Compiled by Danny Kelleher/Sports Editor and Zane Franklin/ Staff Writer

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TEAM RECORDS Overall Sport

Bay League

Wins Losses Ties Wins Losses Ties

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Girls Volleyball







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Girls Golf







These records are as of october 13 and may not be accurate due to time of publication


Deon Morris Football

Andi Zbojniewicz Girls Vollyball

Morris controlled the field in Costa’s Homecoming win against Newport Harbor. He averages 37.8 rushing yards per game.

Zbojniewicz, who has a total of 162 digs this season, assisted in the Mustangs’ sweep against West Torrance, adding to her count.

Taylor Mahr Girls Tennis

Dana Tuttle Boys Water Polo

Mahr has consistently contributed as the number-two singles player, gaining sets for the Mustangs in Costa’s loss to Peninsula.

Tuttle is the starting goalie and made 10 saves in the Mustangs’ 30-1 win over West on Oct. 12 at Mira Costa.

Kelli Sugimoto Cross Country

Chari Noddings Girls Golf

Sugimoto contributed to Costa’s win in the South Bay Cup race on Sept. 29. She ran a 17:54 on a 5K race in the Laguna Hills meet.

Noddings, the co-captain, helped the Costa golf team defeat the Peninsula Panthers with a combined score of 89.

Compiled by Danny Kelleher, Hanna McGuire, and Emma Rosenbaum/Sports Editors

By Jack Friedman Staff Writer Mira Costa’s young but successful golf team came out swinging on Oct. 12 at Palos Verdes Country Club in its match against Peninsula. With a 215-212 victory, the Mustangs clinched the 2010 Bay League title. They will begin their CIF run with either a 9-1 or 10-0 record, based on the outcome of their game yesterday against Peninsula at the Chester Washington Golf course in El Segundo. However, results were unavailable at the time of publication. “I am very happy for the girls. It was an all-around team effort, and if we keep treating each game like it is our last, I am confident about our chances that we will do well in CIF play,” coach Jim Hands said. Over the years, a Bay League championship has been a rare achievement for the Mustangs. This is Hands’ first time winning the Bay League title since becoming coach. However, the girls did not let the pressure get to them and feel that they delivered in the right moments throughout the season, including their match against Peninsula. “We were especially poised coming into this match. Peninsula has good players, so we expected a fight that would come down to a final putt. Peninsula has a great team, but we were never intimidated. That was our ultimate key to success,” freshman Megan Kim said. Kim led the team, shooting a score of 40. Kim has shot the lowest score on the team throughout the season, sinking key putts on the back nine holes of the golf

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Target Practice: Chari Noddings works to improve her putting to get herself ready for the start of CIF. The girls have proven to be a force to be reckoned with as they have gone undefeated this season. course. Other contributors were co-captains sophomore Raquel Gordon and junior Chari Noddings, who shot a combined score of 89. “I knew it was going to be a close match, but we were confident in our chances to win. I was impressed with the resilience our team showed throughout the match, especially our freshmen and sophomores. They played like confident, veteran golfers,” Noddings said. With the close of the Bay League season, the girls feel that they still have a lot in store as they prepare to make a run at the CIF playoffs. “The season is not at all over. Although a victory was nice, we

must stay focused. Hopefully, our record this year will grant us a favorable standing in CIF. The team could really use some motivation from our Costa fans,” Raquel Gordon said. Along with the team’s run for CIF, fans can count on seeing some of the players represent Costa in CIF individal tournaments. These will take place folowing CIF; spots and schedules have not been decided yet. “Hopefully, we can take advantage of our favorable standings and capitalize on an overall successful season. I am confident in our team’s ability to win and we will continue to work and polish our games before CIF,” Gordon said.

Homecoming: consider our ego inflated

Before we get into the important stuff, a couple orders of business need to be addressed. First, because we’ve never fully heard any pep rally we’ve ever been to, we’re laying down a new law of nature. It’s called Booyah’s Law, and it says that no microphone will ever be fully functional when ASB actually needs to use it. Secondly, we’re going to eat our words for the first and last time right now when we say we misunderestimated the Marching Band’s theme. Bands don’t just win Sweepstakes for nothing, and our Marching Band has some serious talent. Ladies and gentlemen, “Coastal Waters” is wet. Now, on to what we really want to gloat about: the fact that one of our own, Jason Boxer, is Costa’s 2010 Homecoming King. We were going to use this space

to reprint his resume in full because we heard that there is going to be a test on it at the next Club Council meeting, but we figured the speeches at the game were enough to have all of them memorized already. In case you haven’t seen the court’s full Homecoming video, it exists in its full comedic glory online at Did you get that? It’s If you haven’t heard by now, the website is redesigned and it even has a blog! We’d like to see the Mustang Morning News expand programming on the back of its Homecoming video into more feature entertainment. Imagine the possibilities: live “Unplugged” sessions with Truckstop, “Extreme Makeover: Classroom Edition,”

“The Attendance Office,” the list goes on and on. In other news, we’re really excited for Savannah Pio and Shane Sisson to star in “V for Vendetta 2: Teach Me How to Dougie,” coming soon to a theater near you. If we had to guess at the plot, we’d say it has something to do with oppressing England with dancing and gangsta haircuts. Supposedly, Natalie Portman is upping the ante and getting steps this time. In all seriousness, we’d like to congratulate the whole court on an awesome week of spirit, despite the rain. In addition, the guest appearance in the pep rally by Truckstop frontman Ben Dale as the anchor of the faculty relay team brought the festivities to a downright inspirational conclusion. And yes, Ms. Chen, your drill team outfit was cool too.

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Mustangs defeat Newport Harbor Sailors at Homecoming game

Setting the tone for what they expect to achieve throughout the rest of the reason, the Mustangs prevailed with a hard-fought 17-7 victory and gallop into Bay League play with a 2-3 record. By Sandor Kopitz Staff Writer At the Homecoming football game on Oct. 8, the Mira Costa football team beat the Newport Harbor Sailors, 17-6. The defensive brawl handed the Sailors their first loss of the season. “It is the last tune-up before Bay League. We played good defense last week, but we had too many turnovers. The squad hasn’t really put it all together, but hopefully tonight’s the night that they will. It looks to be a good game,” coach Don Morrow said before the game. The players felt that they were working in unison and flowing well as a whole. Both the offensive and defensive line-ups emerged victorious in the contest after gaining experience from their earlier games. The game started slowly. The Sailors started to penetrate deep into Mustang territory. As they entered Costa’s red zone, however, the Mustangs tightened their defense. Senior nose guard J.R. Tavai anchored the defense and had two sacks and eight tackles for losses in the game. The first quarter ended without much action, but the second quarter supplied the previously missing excitement, beginning with

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Ship Wreck: Senior running back and cornerback Deon Morris follows blockers on a run in the Mustangs’ win over the Newport Harbor Sailors. The victory added to the excitement of the Homecoming atmosphere. Tonight at 7 p.m, Costa will start Bay League play when they travel to West Torrance to take on the Warriors. senior Geoff La Pointe intercepting a pass during the first play of the quarter. “I just dropped back in coverage, and their QB threw into my zone,” La Pointe said. The Mustangs used the turnover to their advantage. They drove the ball down the field, and senior kicker Brendan Sofen nailed a 35-yard field goal to put Costa up, 3-0. The half concluded with the

same score. Both teams went into the locker room with high hopes for the second half. After the Homecoming festivities, the second half started slowly as well. Tension grew and the Mustangs moved down the field. Senior running back Deon Morris frequently moved the ball up and down the field. One of Morris’ long runs brought Costa to the three-yard line.

“Our game plan wasn’t to go out and do anything fancy. We just wanted to take it to them,” Morris said. “The offense did much better than it had in previous weeks, and our running game is back. We were able to pull off a win against a tough team.” However, Costa soon fumbled the ball. The Sailors recovered it and then repeated Costa’s error. The Mustangs pounced on it and

brought the ball back into Newport’s territory. Costa quickly struck against the Newport defense. They scored a touchdown with a quarterback sneak executed by senior Dennis Falcone. Sofen’s PAT brought the score to 10-0 with the Mustangs in the lead. Costa’s defense increased the pressure. The team forced a quick punt, which was returned 31 yards by La Pointe, putting an end to the game. “My return would not have been anything without my blockers. It obviously gave us an extra boost to put the game away,” La Pointe said. The punt return led to another Costa touchdown on a run by Morris, putting Costa up 17-0 with a little over 10 minutes left. The Sailors tacked on a late touchdown, but couldn’t make a comeback. After a blocked extra point, the game ended. Costa has its first Bay League game tonight at 7 p.m. at West Torrance. The Mustangs look to go undefeated for the third straight season in Bay League. “As for the Bay League, our team is going to keep working hard to improve. The defense has done a great job, but there are always areas for improvement,” La Pointe said.

Tennis falls to Peninsula High By Ryan Franklin Staff Writer The Mustang girls tennis team suffered a tough home loss on Oct. 12, falling 13-5 to Peninsula High School. The match was the squad’s third Bay League match of the season. The girls were outplayed by a historically challenging Peninsula team and were put to the test in every single set. Sophomore Maegan Manasse led the way for the Mustangs singles players. She won all three of her matches with scores of 6-0, 6-1, and 6-2, continuing her season dominance by improving her personal record to 30-0. “Peninsula was very good and was definitely our toughest competition of the year so far. I feel like we played pretty well despite our loss, and I am pleased with my personal performance. Peninsula is full

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Sweet swing: Sophomore Maegan Manasse hits a forehand against the Peninsula Panthers. She has swept her three sets throughout the season in every match.

of tournament-type players that start the game ready, which makes it a very difficult school defeat, but I think we did well overall,” Manasse said. The girls will travel to Palm Springs today for a two-game tournament. They currently hold an 8-3 season record and a 2-1 Bay League record. After Tuesday’s loss, the girls sit at nineth in Division 1 of all of the Southern California, with Peninsula as their most difficult competitor so far this season. “We are not going to change a thing. We have played well so far this year, and all we have to do is come out and compete,” coach Joe Ciasuli. Together, senior Laura Derian and sophomore Hanna McGuire won two matches for the Mustangs with scores of 6-4 and 6-1. The other doubles tandems played hard but found themselves on the wrong side of the score. Senior Taylor Mahr and sophomore Ava Klein were the other two starting singles players. “Peninsula is an extremely tough and consistent team. They work the ball around the court, which makes it difficult to stay strong in a rally and a match,” junior Erin Murphy said. Alongside meeting the team’s goal of competitng in CIF, Manasse has set a high personal goal for herself this season. “It would be really nice to go undefeated and not lose a single match all year. I’m off to a good start and really hope I can continue my success,” Manasse said. Despite the tough loss, the Mustang players were able to see the positive side of their loss. “I am pleased with our performances even though we didn’t come out on top. Peninsula is a tough high school to play against. I really can’t be upset with this loss,” Ciasuli said.

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Fantastic four: (from left) Seniors Jake Miller, Joe Siltanen, Dana Tuttle, and Julian Monk have formed the central driving force for Costa’s water polo team this season.

Water polo defeats West By Ryan Erickson Staff Writer The Mira Costa boys water polo team showed its Bay League dominance with a prevailing win over West at the Costa pool on Oct. 12 by a score of 30-1. The Mustangs started out fast with three quick goals against West in the first two minutes. The floodgates soon opened when Costa put them in an insurmountable hole that West would not be able to recover from as the score climbed to 10-0 by the eight-minute mark. By the end of the first period, the Mustangs had built up a significant lead over the Warriors at 14-0. “We played well in every facet of the game, and we came after them aggressively. It was an overall good game. I’m extremely happy with the way we played and I look forward to the next game,” coach Jon Reichardt said after the game. The victory improved the Mustangs’ overall record to 11-4 for the season and brought their Bay League record to 2-0,

making them first in their league. The rankings for all the teams in the South Bay came out on Oct. 9, and the Mustangs were ranked second in Division III for high school water polo teams. “We’re really coming together as a team and because of that, our play has improved in the pool. We do have areas that we can make better, but I think that we’re all headed in the right direction,” senior captain Jake Miller said. This is the second year in a row that the Mustangs have been ranked second in all of the South Bay. The team’s next game is on Oct. 18 against rival Los Alamitos, who is ranked number four in Division I. The boys have a history of difficult games against Los Alamitos, as they participate in a tournament there every year. “As the season progresses, we continue to improve everyday,” Miller said. “We hope to carry on this hot streak, and every time we play we just keep gaining more and more confidence. We all have high hopes for this team, and we are very excited as to where we are going.”

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