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Volume 61, Issue 3

Thursday December 20, 2012

The award winning student newspaper of Lake Oswego High School

‘Cantastrophe’ takes LOHS by storm

BY ZOË WONG Cheer, joy and goodwill carved their way through rain and snow to LOHS as the “Can-tastrophe: Can you survive the end of the world?” began. The “can-tastrophe” is sponsored by the Canned Food Drive committee, which is a portion of ASB. The committee members include juniors Shane Johnson and Jamie Zimmerman, sophomores CC Brown and Samantha Shin and freshman, Kohl Nicoll. This year’s annual canned food drive kicked off with an all-school assembly on Dec. 10. Johnson pumped up the crowd with a powerful speech about hunger and its effects. “Hunger is a very serious issue,” Johnson said. “It is one that far too many people struggle with on a daily basis – even people here in our own community.” Students have been asked to bring in at least nine cans of food to school or at least three dollars in donations, all of which will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank. As incentives, students from each

class have volunteered to auction themselves off as “dates” in exchange for cans. The highest bids will win an all expense paid date with the volunteers that they bid on. As if that isn’t motivation enough, teachers have boldly offered to do crazy things as the school reaches specific goals. English teacher Julie Davis will dye her hair blue with a total of 3,000 cans. “I agreed to dye my hair Laker blue because I wanted to help inspire kids to donate cans. Hunger is a real issue that impacts kids across Oregon and here in Lake Oswego,” Davis said. “My hairdresser is worried (and so am I) about how exactly to get my hair Laker blue, but I will follow through on my promise if Lakers come through and donate 3,000 cans.” If LOHS reaches 5,000 cans, history teacher Andrew Duden will dye his hair any color that ASB chooses and will keep it that color for the remainder of the school year. Math teacher Dan Kumprey has volunteered to carve a math fractal into his hair when LOHS reaches 7,000 cans. To top all of that off, Vice Principal Jason Wold will be the star of the halftime show at the civil war basketball game when

LOSD opts to cut rank starting with the class of 2014 BY SARAH RICHARDSON

The Lake Oswego School Board unanimously voted to discontinue class rank for the 20132014 school year. John Wendland, Board Chair, proceeded to instruct Administration to prepare a program to institute a weighted grade point system for next school year at the Dec. 10 board meeting. While the decision will not come into effect until after the Class of 2013 graduates, the Lakeridge High School valedictorian for 2013 lobbied to maintain class rank. She argued that reporting one’s class rank is a choice that each student has a right to make. She added that students will actually be at a disadvantage when they

are unable to reveal that they are ranked number one. Administration has yet to spread word of the decision and determine how they will proceed in the elimination process.

“Class rank only benefits the top 10 percent of students . . . It’s pretty devisive because they are ranking people based on arbitrary weights they’ve given classes.”

L O H S Counselor Cindy Reese s a i d , “Colleges do ask for rank on their applications, so I do not k n o w what the implications will be yet. If we don’t report rank I suppose t h e y would -Matthew Fischer p r o c e e d to ask ‘Are they in the top 10 percent? 15 percent?’ I really just don’t know yet.” Even though the impact on college applications is unknown, there are many theories

as to how the discontinuation of class rank will alter students’ attitudes. “One implication is students won’t feel as much pressure to fit in as many honors and AP classes as they can squeeze into their schedules,” Reese said, “It will reduce the constant feeling of competition.” Senior Libby Johnson said, “None of my colleges were Common App schools so none of their applications asked for it.” She added that while the rankings are visible on the official transcripts sent to colleges, “I don’t think that they take rank into consideration very much.” Senior Matthew Fischer is in support of the School Board’s elimination of class rank. “Class rank only benefits the top ten percent of students and may hurt the rest or doesn’t have any effect,” Fischer said, “Plus it’s pretty divisive because they are ranking people based on arbitrary weights they’ve given classes.” Junior Tess Robinson disagreed, “I think class rank itsa good thing. It sets a good perspective for where you fit in with the rest of your class.” At this point the implications for eliminating class rank are unknown, but without a doubt there will be a change within LOHS.

LOHS reaches the final goal of 10,000 cans. Wold has promised to practice with the cheerleaders prior to his halftime debut if the goal is reached. As of Friday, Dec. 14, LOHS had brought in a total of 602 cans and almost 1,000 dollars. This equates to around 3,367 cans total and means that Davis will be sporting Laker blue hair in the near future. Results of the auction “dates” were announced on Friday, Dec. 14. There were 17 different “dates” auctioned off, and approximately 1,000 dollars was raised from the auction alone. This proved to be a successful fundraiser that brought in a lot of awareness and money. Due to low participation in past years, LOHS will be competing against other schools in the Three Rivers League as opposed to competing just within the school. This approach should prove to be more successful and result in increased participation. Zimmerman said, “This years’ goal is to have a much more successful food drive, through reaching out directly to the students and to the community.” Collecting a total of 12,000 cans in their Fall 2012 drive, West Linn High School is one

of the main competitors for the canned food drive contest within the TRL. The new committee is also trying out collection days at Albertsons on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. This will draw in more support from the community and ultimately elevate the success of the drive. Though LOHS students have shown apathy during past canned food drives, the “Can-tastrophe” of 2012 should do great. “In past years the canned food drive has always been dismal and our students have shown inability to bring three cans of food to school,” said Zimmerman. “But this year it should be much more successful and more engaging. Though the new Canned Food drive committee has garnered support with different events, the change that LOHS can make remains as their main focus. “While planning the food drive, we focused on creating a sense of enthusiasm among the student body,” said Johnson. “We wanted everyone to understand that if we come together and show that we care, we can make a real difference in others’ lives.”

Robots take over the halls BY GABRIEL SANDLER Walking into Lakeridge’s main foyer, the odds of finding a bunch of high school students building robots seems slim. But upon approaching the F-Wing of the school, anyone can find a surprising, scientific, and competitive commotion. Here, a giant square robot drives around and around in circles, occasionally stopping in front of a basketball, which seconds later shoots towards a hoop. About ten feet behind it, two students work separate controllers, eyes intent on a computer monitor. The Lake Monsters, an interhigh school team, is responsible for building this basketball bot. The team is part of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition. As Lakeridge senior and team captain Stevie Hillier put it, “we’re building robots for competition.” The expectations for these robots are both extremely high and extremely complex. “You want to make it agile and precise,” explained LOHS senior Ankit Agarwal. To accomplish this, there are several teams within the team guaranteeing that everything will come together in a technologically perfect vehicle. “It’s never really built,” explained Lakeridge sophomore Nick Abbott. “We’re always making changes, last year we were making changes at the competition.” Down in Lakeridge’s engineering room, the Lake Monster’s workshop, the complicated team dynamic is illustrated. Opening the door, one can

listen to a medley of loud classical music, drills and buzzing conversation. For a comparatively small space, there is no lack of activity. The mechanical team is responsible for building the frame and hardware for the robot. For the mechanics’ use there are shelves and shelves of different metal bits, wheels, and countless pieces most do not have the vocabulary to describe. Abott showed explained the function of the team mill, which is a huge microscope-looking drill that can carve out designs originally modeled on the computer, allowing for near perfect dimensional accuracy. The electrical team works closely with the mechanics, and is responsible for wiring up the motors and electrical board. From things as simple as a mechanical arm to the complexity of shooting nerf darts 50 feet away, there are hundreds of interconnected pieces delicately collaborating. The programming team drives the finished product, and creates the program responsible for the 15 KYRA BAILEY / LAKE VIEWS seconds of autonomous control the robot gets at the beginning of the competition. After that, it becomes a real life video game against everyone else in the room. While less involved in building the robot, the marketing team has one of the most daunting jobs. The budget for a typical robot is $35,000. Marketers need to be able to find sponsors, explain the engineering and even create computer modeling to show the ultimate objective. Stacy Lee is the volunteer coach of the Lake Monsters, and has been volunteering for six years. “Our goal here is to run our program similar to a business…we’re teaching our students about business…and the robot is the way to do that…it’s really a creative space.”



Vandals set up camp at LOHS


The PAS Garden and tennis court area have experienced significant vandalism.


The PAS garden has become an integral part of Lake Oswego High School. Down by the tennis courts, this student-lead project has been responsible for both adding aesthetic value to the area as well as adding a compost initiative to the school. As of now, the PAS students have planted their winter crops, which including fava beans to help replenish the nitrogen and garlic which will sprout in the springs. According to teacher supervisor Andrew Duden, the compost bin is “bursting at the seams.” A grant recently received approval to incorporate a new water system, and a grant is pending to add benches and an arbor overseeing the tennis courts below. Additional, the students hope to begin adding small

raised beds for strawberries. For all the good growing in the PAS Lake Garden, vandalism has added a slight damper to the success. “We went down there a few days ago…Someday ripped the door, I can’t imagine the weather did it, ripped the door off of our shed, and it’s broken now” said social studies and PAS teacher Andrew Duden. Additionally, brand new sawhorses were stolen, joining the list of missing items which includes a wheelbarrow stolen last summer, “We got two of them, and those were taken,” Duden said. “This is a totally student lead project,” explained Duden, “whenever we lose something it’s a lot of work to get it back.” This is not the first time the area by the tennis courts has been vandalized. Attempts have been made

to break into the concessions booth, as well as the tennis shed. “Two years ago, in the fall, we had a shed, just one of those plastic hardware store ones, and someone completely demolished it,” explained girls head tennis coach, Susan Branam. Among the things stolen were thousands of dollars worth of tennis balls, training equipment, rackets, cleaning equipment, first aid kits and more. The school purchased a replacement shed that was meant to be much higher quality, but someone also broke into that. Fortunately, it was during the off season so little was taken. Beyond theft, Branam described how in the woods between the tennis shed and Country Club Road, a homeless man had set up an elaborate shelter using the walls of the demolished tennis shed. “There’s so many people going in and out of there on the weekends, and they see locked doors and they get curious or something,” Duden explained, “it’s good that people are aware this is happening…I don’t think there’s anything they can do.” Branam attributes the vandalism to exposure and lack of surveillance. “That area is in a place where people think they can get away with things.” Branam noted, “we’ve had to spread out our facilities…there could be better lighting though...our school should have better overall security.”

December 20, 2012

LOHS Mini Mock Trial team brings order to the courtroom at their recent competition BY ZOË WONG Friday, Dec. 14 brought compelling arguments about bomb threats during the annual “Mini-Mock Trial” competition. The trials were held at the Multnomah county courthouse in the evening. LOHS sent a navy and white team to represent both prosecution and defense. In mock trial, students are given roles including witness, opening statement, direct examination, cross examination and closing statement. Within their team, they organize and prepare a structured argument in favor of their side. They work with professional lawyers and other coaches to get feedback and enhance their experience with the judicial system. The goal of mock trial is to learn democracy, civics and active participation in the community. It aids students as they gaing understanding of the law, critical thinking skills, and confidence in laying out and presenting arguments. The fictional case argued on Dec. 14 was a criminal case dealing with a student’s bomb threat to a school. Political Action Seminar teacher, Jef-

ferson Moore, oversees both teams along with coaches Kara Govro, Laura Kosloff, Martha Hicks and Mary Cooper. “In mock trial, we develop a deep love for the law and generate excitement toward the criminal justice system,” said Moore. “Students become better writers and learn how to use logic to frame arguments.” Though the trial was judged, no official verdict was delivered. The trial was a great learning experience for both teams and provided helpful feedback for areas of strengths and weaknesses. “Everyone performed really well and the judges gave us tons of compliments,” said senior member Mikaela VanEaton. “We are all really excited for the regional competition – we have some really great teams.” The regional mock trial competition will take place in early March. Both teams will spend the remainder of the year preparing for the trial. Last year, the navy team barely lost in regionals and the white team made it to state. “[Coaching] mock trial can be frustrating,” said Moore. “They are getting so good that they hardly need my help.”

Oregon zoo delivers new attraction, changes BY DARBY HENNESSEY

Changes are plentiful this holiday season at the Oregon Zoo. From elephants to monkeys to new exhibits, the 124 year-old zoo is experiencing some major changes for the new year. Oregon’s latest addition, baby Asian elephant Lily, is sure to make this year’s holiday season merry and bright. Lily, the 21 day-old daughter of elephant Rose-Tu, was born on Nov. 30 at 2:17 am and caused major excitement for employees and members of the zoo. Lily is Rose-Tu’s second calf, and was introduced to the public last Friday, Dec. 14. The introduction process is slow, requiring the mom and baby to bond first before allowing some quiet, calm public viewing time for zoo visitors.

Technically, Lily is not property of the Oregon Zoo. The zoo has a contract with Has Trunk Will Travel, a California-based company that helps elephants in captivity breed and stay healthy. Some zoo members were concerned about Has Trunk Will Travel taking the baby, but never fear. The zoo and company have made an agreement stating that they have “no intention and have never had any intention of coming to take Rose-Tu’s calf.” Elephant enthusiasts should also rejoice over the new elephant exhibit, Elephant Lands, set to open in early 2015. A $40 million project, this is huge for the zoo and its animals. Ed Quesenberry, father of LOHS senior Paige Quesenberry, is an engineer with the firm Equilibrium Engineers, which is providing all structural engineering on the project. Ed Quesenberry said, “[The new exhibit] will ex-

LOHS band welcomes the holiday season at their festive concert

pand the existing elephant exhibit from about two acres in size to about six acres.” It will feature everything from a new elephant barn to elephant-controlled showers and the bigger size will allow for more room to interact and play, both for elephants and for visitors. Ed Quesenberry said, “Visitors will be able to watch elephants roam, play and interact… it allows visitors to see them in a natural environment.” Considering the size, it’s not surprising that other exhibits will have to change. According to Ed Quesenberry, “Several existing exhibits will be either phased out or moved and the Zoo Train will be moved to another location within the Zoo that works better operationally.” Above all, Ed Quesenberry said the project has been “very exciting and challenging. Due to their size and habits, the elephants pose some very in-

teresting design challenges that we as professionals don’t encounter every day.” Although most recent events at the zoo are great, Oregonians have also suffered a great loss. Coco, a 60-year-old chimpanzee, was euthanized after a difficult decision by zoo veterinarians the same day baby Lily was born. A bittersweet day for the zoo, Coco was the oldest animal at the Oregon Zoo and the second-oldest chimpanzee in all zoos in the United States Coco came to the zoo in 1961 and was a common face for frequent zoo visitors. All in all, the famous Oregon Zoo is going to change a lot in 2013 and beyond. Visitors will be able to visit little Lily over the break, as well as pass by the chimpanzee exhibit that was once Coco’s home. New construction will be popping up soon, and visitors are sure to see some major changes in the coming year.

Lake Views The official student newspaper of Lake Oswego High School

EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Molly Iwasaki, Rosaline Jun, Gabriel Sandler MANAGING EDITOR Kayla Todd


OPINIONS EDITOR Mitchell Passadore A&E EDITOR Sofia Ballinger

WEB MANAGER Courtney Curtis

BY SHANNON ELLIOTT Opening with a bang, the Jazz band began a night of music in front of an audience of family, friends and peers on Dec. 12 at LOHS. The performance was a collaborative effort between the high school Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Jazz and Concert bands joined together to create a night full of music. Starting the night off was the Jazz band performing “Potato Blues” and “Alianza.” “The Jazz band played a lot of cool stuff,” said freshman Linn Rising, a member of the Concert Band. Creating new traditions, this performance was also full of firsts for the LOHS band department. “This concert was the first ever to be broadcast live…there were people all over the world watching,” said Dave Matthys, band teacher and conductor during the

concert. With the holiday season looming around the corner there was certainly no absence of the jolly spirit in the music. Multiple holiday pieces were incorporated in the performance. The Concert Band began their showcase with “A Christmas Scrapbook,” and then later performed “20 Carols in 2 Minutes.” They were followed by the Wind Ensemble, with “A Christmas Festival.” Pieces performed by the Symphonic Band during the concert included “Fire” and “Flight of Valor.” “Our best piece was ‘Flight of Valor’ it was more put together,” said junior member of the Symphonic Band, Alice Maiterth. Throughout the concert various students had the opportunity to perform a solo. “I liked having a solo. It was a chance to work on my individual tone and sound,” said Maiterth.

MEDIA EDITOR Nedim Filipovic

SPORTS EDITOR Claire Hoobler-Curtis PHOTO EDITOR Kyra Bailey

COPY EDITOR Sarah Richardson

REPORTERS Sophie Albanis, Mitch Bernards, Haley Bertelsen, Christian Cerri, Cassandra Cumberland, Hannah DiTullio, Shannon Elliott, Adam Goeken, Allison Kantor, Munnie Kettler, Jack McLean, Jessica Pollard, Paige Quesenberry, Noor Sheikh, Natalie Skowlund, Tyler Thompson, Torrie White, Zoë Wong

ADVISER Stephanie Leben Lake Views is a free press and a forum for student expression. Lake Views is a member of the NW Scholastic Press

December 20, 2012

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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR Things to do over winter break

DIY Holiday Crafts



Host a white elephant gift exchange

Gather a group of family and friends and host your own white elephant gift exchange. Before the exchange occurs, give your guests some guidance as to what type of gift they should bring. Some example categories include under $10, useless, gag gift or ugliest ornament. Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.


See a light display

Grab your winter coat and mittens and take a trip to one of the various light displays around the Portland area. Destinations include taking a trip to Southeast Portland’s famous street Peacock Lane or visiting the beautiful display of over one million lights at Zoolights. If you prefer staying warm in the comfort of your own car, take a trip to the Portland International Raceway which offers a drive-thru light show of over 250 colorful displays and 40 animated scenes.



Spend a day donating your time to those in need. Soup kitchens all over are looking for volunteers to help spread the joy during this holiday season. As one of many possible options, join Preble Street at the Resource Center Soup Kitchen and contribute to serving hot meals to the homeless people of Portland. For more information about Preble Street visit their website at


Host a holiday movie marathon


Watch the Christmas Ship Parade

Prepare some yummy holiday snacks, tell a group of friends to bring over their favorite holiday flick and veg out in front of the TV all day. No holiday movie marathon would be complete without “Elf.” Head down to the Portland water front or Lake Oswego’s very own George Rogers Park to watch the Christmas Ship Parade. The Christmas Ship Parade includes a fleet of boats beautifully decorated with lights. The parade can be seen on the Willamette River from OMSI to the Freemont Bridge on both December 18 and December 20 at 7 p.m. The ships will also be heading to the Lake Oswego area on December 15 and will be arriving to George Rogers Park at about 6:15 pm.

BY DARBY HENNESSEY Holiday costs can be a real pain. From trees to ornaments to gifts to food, the money really starts adding up in December. But luckily in this new day and age, there is a plethora of resources for making your own, do-it-yourself holiday season for a fraction of the manufactured cost. Many blogs, such as Pinterest or Tumblr, feature DIY holiday decorations and gifts, making the holiday season a fun way to get crafty. These are just a few, cute, fun ways to make the holiday season artsy and bright.

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cookies

For when plain cookies aren’t enough, spice up your cookie platter with these adorable, yummy cookies. Any sugar cookie recipe will do, then just add two pretzels and some colorful M&Ms to bring Rudolf to life! These are sure to be a hit with anyone who loves the age-old story and other holiday characters. Just don’t forget the red nose!

Holiday Advent Calendars Make your own advent calendar. Skip the store-bought, cheap-chocolate-filled advent calendars and go for a handmade one! Making it is easy: just fill 24 little bags with whatever toy, candy or treat you like and string them from a colorful ribbon or garland. Each day’s gift becomes more personal and special that way, and whoever is lucky enough to open the bags will be delighted to find what’s inside. Making them a bit in advance would be advisable for this project.

Thumb-Print Holiday Cards Why buy Christmas cards when you can make them? With just a piece of paper, a couple ink pads and a black pen, Christmas lights come to light from your fingertips! Just be ready to get your hands messy with colored ink as you stamp fingerprints on a piece of paper to make a festive string of Christmas lights! This is sure to make any grandparent smile with hand-made joy, and also makes for a good kid project when babysitting younger cousins during the holiday season. The possibilities for DIY holiday crafts are endless. Hopefully these three simple ideas inspire your inner crafter and encourage you to take a trip to Michael’s or another art store to get supplies galore. Or find some materials around the house and get artsy. May your holiday season by glittery, gluey and bright!

Things to Ponder: Winter Edition BY ADAM GOEKEN AND MUNNIE KETTLER The highest snowfall ever recorded in a one year period was 1224 inches on Mount Ranier between Feb. 18, 1971 and Feb. 19, 1972. The most rainfall ever recorded in one year is 1,000 inches in Cherrapunji, India. Snow reflects a high level of ultraviolet radiation and can cause snow blindness (photokeratitis). Sunglasses, goggles and other eye protection help absorb the ultraviolet rays. The “Arctic Blast” of December of 2008 was the most significant snow event in 40 years in Portland, Oregon. It dropped 19 inches of snow and was the snowiest December on record (since 1940 when the city started keeping records). The name Arctic comes from a Greek word meaning “near the bear”. The coldest recorded temperature in the Arctic is around -68 degrees Celcius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit). Every winter around one septillion snowflakes fall from the sky! That is a one with 24 zeros following it. Prospect Creek, Alaska holds the U.S. temperature record for the coldest temperature: minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit. An inch of ice is heavier than wet snow and is hazardous enough to cause power lines and trees to fall down. Ten inches of snow melts down to about an inch of liquid rain. The most extreme temperature difference ever recorded on earth is over 260 degrees Fahrenheit. Why did the weather forecaster move to another country? Because the weather didn’t agree with him. What is a tornado’s favorite game? Twister!

A snowday opens the doors for an endless array of activites and events

District determines whether or not LO schools have snow days

and bake holiday cookies and treats.” With the smell of tasty holiday treats in the air, students cuddle up by the fire with their special someone or friends and watch a movie. Many art students may take this free time away from school to work on some arts and crafts or a project of their own. With leftover time in the snow day, Sophomore Alex O’Keefe said, “I would go on the hunt for a reindeer, and if I found one I would try to ride it.” He then would join his friend Brandon Emmert and make snow angels. For the fashionista at LOHS, there is the mall for some holiday shopping or the small boutiques in downtown LO. Also in downtown LO there is the Lake Oswego Ice Creamery where students can go for a bite to eat after a long day in the snow. The waffle fries are sure to satisfy. With the last few hours of the amazing snow day, cuddle up with a nice warm blanket, tea, and a laptop and enjoy the sudden outburst of Facebook/Instagram photos, Pinterest DIY’s, and snow day Tweets. Hope your snow day is packed full of fun things to do in a winter wonderland!

This standard of determining if there is going to be a school day or not leads to much debate of what is a “snow day”. The policy online states that the things that could cause schools to cancel classes are “severe weather, power outages or other conditions.” “It is challenging for me to know what is going to happen about four and a half hours before our busses role out to pick up kids,” said Korach. “I talk to the surrounding schools to see what they are doing and also dispatch, weather reports and the transport director to see what the conditions will be on the road.” If Korach finds that it is safe for most students to get to school, there will be school. This is for the majority of students though. For students in the hills around LO, such as Mountain Park, the conditions can be much different than the valley. There can be more snow or black ice on the roads due to the fact that it is 5,000 feet above sea level. For this reason, it is also up to the parents if they want their kids to travel in the snow to get to school. If there is snow on the ground don’t assume that there will not be school. Look online on the school weather alert system or check the news which also has updates on school closures. If not beg for parental consent before skipping school and have them call in or you will be marked absent.


As each students wakes up in the morning they notice the hundreds of Facebook posts all saying “No school!” and rush out of bed for the best snow day ever! But what is there to do? There are many fun and exciting things that you can do on a snow day here in Lake Oswego. Students at LOHS agree, sledding is the way to go. Sophomore Kinsey Hansen said, “On a snow day I would love to go sledding or hang out with some friends inside where it’s warm.” A great place to go sledding is the Oswego Lake Country Club golf course or the hills of West Lake. Some even like to invite all of the neighbors over for an ultimate snowball fight. If you think you are too old for snowball fights, you’re wrong. Many also enjoy building snowman with their friends, but don’t forget Frosty’s button nose and two eyes made out of coal! On snow days, Sophomore Sarah Tucker likes to drive up to the mountain and ski all day. For the athletic students who have balance, there is ice-skating and hockey. Some don’t want to spend time on the mountain shredding all day, so they walk to Starbucks and grab a delicious caffeine loaded drink paired with a nice cake pop. After a nice walk or ice skating, Senior Shelby Platt said, “I like to hang out with some friends


Waking up and seeing snow on the ground is many students’ favorite part of winter. The hardest part is when they hear that although there is at least two inches we have to go to school. For schools in New York snow days are very rare because their standard for snow days is extreme as New York is used to the snow thus they would not have a problem getting to school, than it would take extreme conditions for them to have a snow day. In Oregon, unless you live up on the mountains, snow is a rarity. It is more challenging to drive in the snow and know what to do when we are sliding on black ice. This means that when there is snow, there is also a higher chance of getting a snow day. Bill Korach, Superintendent of Lake Oswego School District, said, “We gear the ability for getting the most students to school safely. If it is possible for a majority of students to get to school, then we will have school.”



December 20, 2012

Uncertainty looms ahead Sophie’s


Are phones taking over our lives? BY SOPHIE ALBANIS Sometimes I swear I’m crazy. Sometimes I open up my Twitter app and think, “Why do I care about this?” Sometimes—as great as your guys’ tweets are—I just want to unfollow every last one of you. Sometimes, in occasional moments of fervent hysteria, my shaking thumb hovers over the “Deactivate My Account” button and I am overcome by a rush of rebelliousness. What have I become? Let me first begin by stating that (against my own will) I am an Android user. I have repeatedly been told that sporting the Android insignia is similar to bearing a giant scarlet “A” on my chest à la Hester Prynne. Well, congratulations, iPhone bullies—these attacks on my mobile device’s operating system have worked; I am sufficiently and profoundly ashamed of my cell phone. But when I think about it, I’m not sure why. After all, anyone who has a cell phone has one, theoretically, for the same reason. Most people don’t simply go out to buy a new phone because they want an increased number of games with which they can waste their time, and if they do, they’re most likely greasy, pimpled seventh grade boys. As much as we like to believe that our “busy” and “sophisticated” lives make all the amenities of a Smartphone necessary for our own survival, the purpose of a cell phone has always been and, in my opinion, will continue to be the facilitation of contact between humans. In 1983, the number of individuals on waiting lists to purchase the world’s first commercially-released mobile phone reached the thousands. And—CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?—all the miserable little piece of crap did was CALL PEOPLE. But isn’t that all we really need in a phone? Think of the functions of your cell phone that you use most frequently; for me, they’re texting, Twitter, Gmail, Snapchat, and the alarm clock. Texting, I’ll admit, is quite convenient. But Twitter and Gmail? Couldn’t I just use the Internet to access these websites, like their founders originally intended? Couldn’t I use the normal alarm clock that sits on my bedside table, perpetually neglected and unused? And Snapchat is just pointless. I won’t even try to defend my obsession with Snapchat. The real question is why do we feel the everlasting need to demand the evolution of cell phones? Have we taken it too far? The mobile phone market has become eternally rooted in vanity and validation. People constantly laugh at the design of the world’s first cell phones, calling them “bricks,” but at least their creators had better intentions than using a piece of technology to replace everyday functions of life. What’s worse is the fact that we have become all too aware of our dependence on our cell phones for their miscellaneous and irrelevant uses, yet we continue to purchase cell phones like they’re penny candy. Now back to Twitter. This little app, with all its wonderfully horrible temptations and habit-forming instant gratification, is the worst of them all. Twitter takes everything that cell phones have become to the extreme; it is so easily available, anybody can use it—even your mom. And once your mom starts using it, God forbid, she’ll think people genuinely care about what she’s tweeting—just like you do. I mean, think about it: out of all the people you follow on Twitter, how many have earned your deep respect? How many of them consistently tweet things that genuinely make you think? And what makes you think your tweets have reached that caliber? And for that matter, what makes any of us think our own tweets have any value at all? This is what cell phones have done to us. We all have one to call our own, but we each think we use it in some way that is more unique or profound than those around us. Perhaps you see that as a good thing, that the experience of being a mobile phone owner is different, and therefore special, for each person. But sometimes I wonder if having a cell phone is altogether a positive experience. With my cell phone tucked in my back pocket, I feel a constant obligation to take it out, to see if anybody’s tweeted since the last time I checked Twitter five minutes earlier, to take a picture of something fairly insignificant that, in the long run, probably just doesn’t need to be documented. Sometimes I swear I feel or hear my phone vibrate when, really, nothing happened. But sometimes, if I’m really lucky, I’ll forget for a while that I even have a phone. I’ll actively engage with the people around me instead of engaging in some superficial conversation over text. True, your cell phone may enable you to connect with people at any location on the planet, but the truest of connections occur face-to-face. So, if after you finish reading this column, you pick up your phone because you figure somebody must have attempted to contact you in the approximate seven minutes it took you to read this, take note. Do not allow yourself to be manipulated by a microchip. And don’t forget, whether you’re an Android user or an iPhone user, I still want to unfollow you.

As the Mayanpredicted apocalypse approaches, the nature of our demise could take one of many forms BY JACK MCLEAN Everyone knows about the impending doomsday on Dec. 21, 2012. The cause of our imminent deaths is not certain, but there are believers out there with many theories. From alien invasions to massive volcanic eruptions, the possibilities are endless. People have even become desperate enough to create underground bunkers and stock up

on necessary supplies such as nonperishable foods, water purifiers, gas masks—even nuclear anti-radiation pills. TV shows have also sprung up. On National Geographic, you can find the show “Doomsday Preppers”. Here one can watch Midwestern farm-owners boast about their unique survival skills and infallible security while and also learning how to load a .22 rifle. The most widely anticipated disasters include zombie apocalypses, massive meteor showers, widespread flooding, ground-splitting earthquakes and various other natural calamities. While some panic and try to prepare for such a catastrophe, scientists have been hard at work attempting to disprove the end of the world. NASA has concluded that the most potentially threatening outcomes would be either a magnetic polar reversal or giant solar storms. Polar reversals occur approxi-

mately every 3,000 years. However, there are occasional disturbances in this pattern. This means that one of these reversals could happen at any time. If the magnetic fields did reverse, then all of the modern technology we use today would malfunction and cause an entire technical collapse. On the other hand, solar storms are much more frequent—approximately every 11 years. Each time these occur, satellites malfunction temporarily. However, with constant disruptions, there could be permanent damage on these satellites. The result of such a cataclysm would include the suspension of research regarding planetary science and a long-term loss of communication. Sophomore Megan Crist said, “I think the whole myth is totally overblown. I think there was some type of misinterpretation with the Mayan calendar. There is no way the world is going to end for at least an-

other billion years.” Although some students don’t believe the end is near, various other students have plans regarding their survival techniques. Freshmen Briget Myers said, “If a meteor hit the Earth, I would grab supplies to build a shelter, gather food, build a garden to sustain myself and dig a well to supply water.” Although there is no certainty on the way the world will end (if it does), the media seems to believe that zombies will rule the world. “Dawn of the Dead”, “Zombieland”, “The Walking Dead” and multiple other films and TV shows have portrayed the zombie apocalypse. Freshman Linn Rising said, “In the case of a zombie apocalypse, I would find the cast of “The Walking Dead” and follow them around because they know what’s going on.” Whether it’s a severe natural disaster or flesh-eating virus, we will all know the truth of the matter tomorrow on Dec. 21, 2012.

I can survive without a smart phone BY NATALIE SKOWLUND An August 2012 survey by Pew Internet Project about smartphone consumerism found that 66 percent of young adults in the U.S. ages 18-29 own some type of smartphone. So while the majority of young adults are Snapchatting, texting, checking Facebook, or Google searching pictures of baby animals on their smartphones during their free time, what about the other 34 percent? While many smartphone-owners often look at their nonsmartphone-owning counterparts like they are another species, I know the true nature of this minority population. As a proud owner of a fouryear-old, beat up red flip phone, I can attest that we who reject the more complex phones do in fact have a life. Some of us who lack smartphones truly do feel limited. Freshman Rebecca Panwala said, “[Without a smartphone] I can’t go on Facebook or play games like all my friends.” Yet perhaps unexpectedly, Many LOHS students report that they don’t feel restricted by lack of a smartphone, but actually freer. Junior Claire Murphy said, “I don’t feel limited for like basic phone stuff [like] calling and texting. I feel like [one good thing about not having a smartphone is that] maybe I spend less time on my phone because there is so little to do on it!” While smartphone-owners are constantly beckoned to check their Facebook or an Edline grade report because they have portable Internet, those

of us without smartphones can take a breather, be social or work on homework without constantly being glued to a screen. The most commonly cited reason students expressed a desire to upgrade to a smartphone was to access the multiplicity of resources available through smartphone apps and mobile internet. Junior Mike Walsh said, “The convenience of the Internet in your pocket is the [smartphone’s] best attribute. However, smartphones are modern pocket knives. From a metronome to using wolfram alpha for my math homework, there are many powerful tools.” “[I would upgrade to a smartphone] for the Internet access, and so that I could listen to my music on my phone! Having one device that could do everything would be nice,” added Junior Mitra Lebuhn. Although many students do not own a smartphone due to lack of parental consent or the high cost, some students actually choose not to have a smartphone, or even any cell phone at all. Junior Kim Griggs said, “I love my phone; it’s a brick! I’ve dropped it on concrete a minimum of seven times, and not once has it cracked or broken. I can drop my phone whenever, and it’s so small I can fit it into my pocket comfortably.” Junior Andy Alfonso added that one of the best things about being smartphone-free is, “Not getting hooked on it 24/7.” But the reality is that for most teens who do not own a smartphone, the reason behind it is not usually their own decision, but a lack of pa-

rental consent or financial issues. Walsh said, “I would like to have [a Smartphone], but I’m not paying the bill either.” And in the long run, we must recognize the true purpose of cell phones not as portable game machine or Internet portal but as a device that gives people more flexibility in being able to communicate. As Junior Blaine Danielson put it, “[Cell phones] help people be independent, and you can always let your parents know where you are so they don’t worry. [But] I do think we have become too dependent on cell phones. When I’m with friends, I swear, someone always has their phone out, and it drives me absolutely crazy.” Junior Natasha Willow adds, “The importance of having a cell phone is to contact others and keep in touch if you cannot see them, if you have extracurricular activities and need to contact parents, and in case of an emergency.” While smartphones are undoubtedly convenient with their thousands of available apps, wifi, and camera properties, most of us who don’t have one don’t see it as a huge issue. As our smartphone-owning peers are spending their time checking Facebook or listening to Pandora on their smartphone, those of us who reject the smartphone are socializing with real people, rather than Facebook profiles. And to make up for our lack of access to Pandora, we gather together in large groups of merry carolers to spread holiday cheer (ok, that might be an exaggeration…)

Seven things students always need to carry in their backpacks BY SARAH RICHARDSON 1) Tide To Go The greatest device to be invented since Instatap (those neat mini faucets on sinks that automatically dispenses hot water like magic), Tide To Go is literally a blessing in pen form. I cannot count how many times I have spilled on myself and saved that piece of clothing from disaster via my Tide To Go pen. I have also saved other people’s clothes from pathetic coffee/blueberry/pasta sauce deaths. Buy a Tide To Go, make friends. 2) Chap stick Boy or girl, I don’t care dry lips are never cute or comfortable. Be independent and rather than constantly pestering friends, get your own! You’ll be avoiding illness (especially this time of year) and able to use it whenever you want rather than just when your friends are feeling generous. 3) Rubber band and/or hair band Even when bags are stuffed to the rim, there’s always room for a bit of stretchy plastic. This is especially important for girls with long hair. Hair is itchy and sometimes refuses to cooperate with anything; that means bun or pony tail time! Aside from being able to charm girls with your willingness

to help them tame their wily locks, don’t you like to snap each other with them? 4) Headphones I hate to break this to you, but not everyone likes your music. Avoid being that kid in the hall playing One Direction or cuss-filled rap for all to hear. If at all possible I would also recommend a headphone jack so that you can share your music with those people who do actually have your same music taste called friends. 5) Gum and/or mints Bad breath happens. Be prepared! Also it is good to have these ready for when your lab partner has a breath problem as well. There is nothing more distracting to a good education than bad smells and lousy leftover tastes in your mouth. 6) Mini Stapler The most useful of all miniature school supplies! The mini stapler is worth more than its weight in your bag. It is ideal for skipping the mile long lines right before a big paper or even daily math homework is due. Just don’t forget the mini staples! 7) Sharpie I don’t know why, but it seems like Sharpies are constantly being asked for. From doodling to simply labeling your items to avoid theft, Sharpie never fails to provide fun and practical pens.

December 20, 2012

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MTV reveals the crazy truth about being a ‘Teen Mom’

2012 books cash in big BY SOFIA BALLINGER

Lying there in your mom’s purse is the Kindle that contains the forbidden fruit. You know that it is bad for you, but you just have to take a little sneak peek. Yet, the moment your eyes lock with the beautiful title, you are history. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has got you hooked. The best part is that there are three books. But as one of the top grossing trilogies of 2012, you aren’t alone in your addiction. The phenomenon that is the “Fifty Shades of Grey” is quite simple. Ridiculous as it may seem, the trilogy allows for a fantasy to come alive on the page. Not only this, the books have the ability to capture an audience all the way through with suspense and intrigue. Whether you think it is trashy and risqué or wonderfully beautiful, you can’t argue with the stats: they’re the fastest and top selling books of 2012.


It’s sad to see parents worry more about having custody of their baby than nurturing and taking care of his/her needs. Because of this, the baby is no longer an individual, but rather an object with baggage, and this baggage is responsibility. It just goes to show Between excessive screaming, violent punching that these teen parents are much too young to take and remarkably deep southern accents, have you on the role of a responsible, collected adult. Although ever truly been satisfied watching “Teen Mom”? If these may be harsh generalizations, it’s selfish for your answer is yes, then you must either be a teen any parent to welcome an innocent individual to an parent who can somewhat relate to the foolishness unstable lifestyle that is intentionally publicized to of being an adolescent or you find joy in watching millions. “young adults” endlessly fight. Through my short exThe fact that this show is so highly televised proves perience watching “Teen Mom,” precisely three epithat the baby is living an unordinary lifestyle. I know sodes, I have found the underlying harm this show I’m not a causes on parent yet, the baby. thankIt’s not fully, but a show I do know that porthat being trays the raised with tough life cameras of regretcan only ful teens, complicate but one the simple that demlifestyle onstrates of a baby. how a A baby is lack of no longer m a t u spending rity can unconlead to a ditional life full time with of consethe parquences. INTERNET PHOTO ents, but I hate is instead “ T e e n Above are the newly infamous, teen mothers of MTV”s new hit show “Teen Moms.” o v e r Mom.” I looked to satisfy the needs and wants of the televihave learned nothing from this show other than how sion program. Why do the parents obey the television easily a baby can turn a teenager into a complete program? The answer is simple: money. On average, mess. If you watch this distasteful show, please pay a Teen Mom is making between $60,000-$65,000 per attention to how the baby is treated. season which leaves the family comfortably living in The baby is simply tossed between houses as the middle class. the mom, dad and grandparents fight for custody. A simple misunderstanding may be that I am critiThis leaves the baby helpless, starving for the much cizing all teens that participate in sexual activity, as needed attention the parents should be offering. immature. To clear things up, I am only frustrated It shouldn’t take four seasons for a family to realwith the teens that publicize their depressing lives in ize that the daily problems they face won’t magicalorder to receive an income. Therefore, I have no pity ly disappear. The parents must realize that the baby or sorrow for these young adults; besides, it was their is their responsibility, presenting problems that fault for not listening to “the lecture” in health class. should be dealt with appropriately, not spastically.

“No Easy Day” tells the story of one of the Navy SEALS on the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. The book explains in detail the preparations and training of the 24 member team who risked their lives for the mission. Beyond merely the specifics of this mission, “No Easy Day” discusses the War on Terror and what the government has been doing to fight it. This book has had incredible success since its release date in September of this year, as people have been wanting to know what truly occurred during the monumental event that was Osama Bin Laden’s death. Very different from the trilogies discussed, “No Easy Day” is nonfiction as well as a biographical piece, yet it is still both exciting and educational. Another trilogy that may be more innocent - sexually so to speak- but otherwise more violent, is the “The Hunger Games” series written by Suzanne Collins. With the first film being released this year to accompany the books, fans grew by the thousands. This young adult science fiction novel has been successful in surpassing expectations, as people of all ages and both genders are attracted to this trilogy. Set in a dystopian future, “The Hunger Games” follows Katniss, a young woman who fights against the mistreatment of people in the 12 districts of Panem, the fictional country in which she lives. With the next two movies in the trilogy planning to be released in theaters in the following years, many have bought into everything and anything “The Hunger Games.”

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2012 Confessions

December 20, 2012

In the style of, Lake Views asked our readers to participate in our December issue. Our requests were big, but their responses were bigger. LOHS students anonymously submitted confessions they wanted to get off their chests before the new year (or the end of the world, whichever comes ďŹ rst).

2012 Confessions


December 20, 2012

Lake Views

OPINIONS Fear and Loathing in LO

The Elusive L-Word BY JESSICA POLLARD Freshmen year at LO, all of us are assigned to read (or Sparknote) Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s famous play about two star-crossed adolescent lovers. Some, myself included, will embrace the literature, but remain agitated by both Romeo and Juliet’s juvenile infatuation. Others will fall in love with this tale of, well, falling in love. It is here that a grand chasm develops within the population of our own school: those who believe teenage love to be a façade and those who cling to Shakespeare’s words and seem confident of the fact that love- though hard to come by like a rare Pokémon- does exist. Between the bump and grind of notorious after -game dances and the availability of an ‘it’s complicated’ option for Facebook relationship statuses, it has been quite hard for me to believe that true love is achievable at an adolescent level. I’ve always loved playing the part of a teenage pessimist, toting a coffee cup in hand and reading the daily news just like a “real adult”. This is why it pains me so much to say that after many years of quiet wallflowerlike observations, stacks of chick flick films and a personal encounter with teenage relationships, I’ve come to the conclusion that people never really change in terms of love. If we have the capacity to love at age 25, I believe we’ve been born with that capacity. One of my best friends, LOHS junior Kasey Colton begs to differ. “I think that people can love to their fullest capacity, but as teenagers this capacity is underdeveloped and not love.” In many ways, I could agree that puppy love is melodramatic and fake. That there is nothing authentic about claiming to fall in love with a different floppy-haired 16 year-old heart breaker every week. That saying the “L” word three days into an eighth grade relationship doesn’t mean a thing. I think the main issue concerning teenagers and love is a lack of thought. The concept is just tossed around; the gravity of the word itself has been diminished because everyone says it. I’ve often heard it used as manipulation between friends, just for the sake of getting a stick of gum or to jokingly cushion insults. We often use the word ‘love’ to make others happy, not because it expresses what we feel. Even my grandmother, who fell in love as a teenager and married her high school sweetheart, is quick to tell me that she’s “not sure there’s much to tell,” about the young love she once experienced. I’m not even a hopeless romantic, but something within me refuses to believe that love is achieved through age and maturity. Perhaps the meaning of the abstract noun becomes clearer to us the older we become, but it seems that much like pain, love is relative. It’s whatever we believe it to be. To the six year-old I tutor, who recently professed his love to me, love is when you think someone is the “best one in the whole entire city”. History teacher at LOHS and well-known skeptic Jefferson Moore has slightly more complex thoughts about the matter. “When someone asks me to define love, I think for a second, grab their wrist, spin them around and ask them to define it themselves,” he hyperbolized in a serious tone, “But seriously, it’s a tough one. Love requires both a physical and cognitive attraction. It requires security too, mostly security to be ugly. You don’t feel you have to be attractive around your significant other.” Kasey prefers to leave the thought alone, “I don’t think it’s definable. It’s so different for everyone.” To me, love is when you feel someone else’s pain and happiness as though it’s your own. It’s the capacity to overlook that annoying laugh or unbrushed hair. At a most basic level, I believe it is the effortless ability to recall someone’s favorite brand of cereal. Like sadness and happiness, it is a vital part of life. It can be effortless or it can be blinding and painful, yet it is necessary. We can’t deny ourselves this, as young and foolish as we may be.


Gun control needs reform BY SOPHIE ALBANIS

This summer, when a midnight premiere of “The Dark Night Rises” in Aurora, Colorado was the location of a tragic mass shooting, the entire country listened as witnesses to the attack related the horrifying events. Upon learning that two of the victims were children— a six year-old and a three month-old—an even deeper sense of shock and disgust plagued the nation. But for those of us who were safe from the shooting, comfortably padded up in our cozy homes and oblivious to the unthinkable violence occurring at that very moment, we never would have fathomed that it could happen here. On Tuesday, Dec 11, it did. At Clackamas Town Center, only 12.5 miles from LOHS, a gunman shot and killed two mall-goers, one of whom was an LO alum. Just three days later, at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., six adults and 20 students between the ages of five and ten were victims of a mass shooting. On the same day, a 15 year-old in Memphis, Tenn. shot two police officers; one of them passed away. While the country still mourns the loss of the 20 young lives lost last Friday—and will continue to do so for years—we must not forget that unspeakable violence against any human is tragic in its own right. Additionally, prominent journalists and public figures have requested via Twitter that Americans refrain from politicizing the issue of gun violence in the United States following the victimization of such young people. And while it is true that a political debate is the last thing the victims’ families need after their losses, arguing that we must give the mourners a “grace period” before addressing the issue is only contributing to the

problem. The United States is an unusually violent country; surveys have proved that an abundance of firearms does not equate to an abundance of violence. Take Switzerland, for example, where gun ownership is not a right, but a privilege that must be accompanied by a valid reason for owning one. In addition, Swiss gun owners must return to the gun permit issuer every six months to ensure that their reason is still applicable. Americans, however, have turned guns into a staple of everyday life. We have made hobbies of them, we have begun to rely on them for safety and we have forgotten that the Second Amendment was not actually intended for civilian gun privileges. In fact, we only have the right to bear arms because, at the time, the nation didn’t have a standing army. Now, we do. Now, it is easier to buy a gun than it is to register to vote, to apply for a credit card and even to buy antihistamines. Now, mass shootings are occurring multiple times a week. It is time to reform gun laws in the United States. It should not be an issue of partisanship, pitting Republicans against Democrats. If America is still the country it claims to be, creating stricter gun control laws should be an overwhelmingly popular decision, because—as we saw last Tuesday—violence can happen anywhere.

We, teenagers, are the Generation Y BY NATALIE SKOWLUND

While most teenagers beg to feel recognized as individuals, and highly dislike being placed in the same superficial categories as their peers, we all—or most of us—share one indisputable commonality: we are Generation Y. Generation Y is defined as the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, the public and media have already endowed this generation with several negative characteristics including narcissism, entitlement, and egotism. In an L.A. Times article titled “Gen Y’s ego trip takes a bad turn,” by Larry Gordon and Louis Sahagun, Generation Y-ers are mentioned as, “People with an inflated sense of self [who] tend to have less interest in emotionally intimate bonds and can lash out when rejected or insulted.” And if you want further proof of Generation Y’s selfcentered persona, consult Jean Twenge’s 2007 book “Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled -- and More Miserable than Ever Before.” But there is definitely some truth to the negative generalities pinned on Generation Y: on my most recent visit to Facebook, I counted five “selfies”—pictures of one or two people obviously trying to advertise their beauty to the world in a self taken photo—within the first 50 posts. On top of that, five more posts out of the same 50 pertained to some sort of “truth is” state-

ment, a Facebook game where one user rates or judges other users. And of the 40 posts that didn’t fit into either of these categories, 35 detailed the minute details of the FB user’s life. With so many social-networking sites—Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and tons more—teens of Generation Y feel pressured to make every aspect of their lives seem more interesting and glamorous than those of their peers. This competitive spirit generated by social networking has led teens of 2012 to have a heightened self-image for survival in this new culture of “out-doing.” However, unless you are one of the few modern followers of the puritanical view of good vs. evil, you would agree that all humans have flaws, no matter how benign they may seem. This same statement is arguable for Generation Y: while Generation Y has been pinned with almost entirely negative labels, little has been written about the positive aspects of Generation Y. For instance, 49 percent of eligible Generation Y voters voted for Obama in the most recent election, giving a pretty big hint at Generation Y’s tendency towards liberal views. No matter your political views, however, you cannot deny that Generation Y has taken social activism to a new level, fighting for issues from abortion to the environment, that many other demographics don’t have the passion or time to support. Members of Generation Y are also super involved in community

service, a fact supported by the numbers: a Time Magazine article from 2007 reported that over half of young adults in their twenties seek jobs at companies that offer a bounty of volunteer opportunities. Also, over half of Generation Y-ers report that they feel it is their duty to make a positive impact on the world. Furthermore, members of Generation Y are hesitant to endorse companies—through becoming an employee or simply as a consumer—that do not strive for fair trade, environmental consciousness and employment equality. Need further proof? An article in USA Today reported that 83 percent of members of Generation Y “will trust a company more if it is socially and environmentally responsible.” Furthermore, Generation Y strives for diversity and collaboration among all races and ethnicities. Most people of Generation Y long to break out of their sheltered childhoods and mingle with people from different economic and cultural backgrounds. Especially with the technological boom of the 21st Century, we have been exposed via Internet to information about the world outside our hometown that stimulates cross-cultural curiosity. Though we are certainly not the first generation to express interest in international subjects, people of earlier generations had seemingly miniscule access to global information in comparison to the infinite array of information now available literally at the tips of our fingers via Internet.

But most importantly, Generation Y is fervently fighting for the freedom of choice. And the statistics strongly support this notion: while only an estimated 25 percent of the U.S. population is openly gay, 68 percent of voters under the age of 30 voted for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the 2012 election. Contrastingly, less than 50 percent of voters over 50 supported same-sex marriage. In Colorado and Washington, where marijuana was legalized in the 2012 election—and even Oregon, where the bill legalizing marijuana failed to pass— studies found a direct correlation between age and likelihood of voting pro-marijuana legalization: the younger the voter, the more likely he or she is to be pro-legalization. For example, in Colorado, 68 percent of voters ages 30 to 39 voted yes for legalization, while only 38 percent of senior citizens voted yes. The political tides are changing, and the demise of seemingly-ancient societal customs is close at hand. The people of Generation Y are rebelling against the social conformity of past decades in an effort to increase the individual’s right to make his or her own important life decisions. To older generations, we may be deemed the spoiled youngsters. But don’t forget that we are also the generation that beckons in major social changes, changes that have a great potential to improve the prospects of the future for our own generation, as well as generations to come.

Class clowns get to laugh at the class president BY GABRIEL SANDLER Seth Macfarlane, Chris Rock, Daniel Tosh, Seth Green, Steven Colbert, Jon Stewart and people of similar stock. What do they all have in common? They are visionaries. While “comedian” may seem like a more accurate categorization, in reality these people and their peers are breaking down societal barriers that other people would rather argue about. “Laughter is the best medicine.” It is a common expression suggesting that humor and entertainment makes people feel better about themselves. While some comedy is “knock-knock who’s there,” much of adult humor, especially satire, pokes and sometimes gut-punches at very serious issues. Chris Rock, in response to white male voters leaning heavily towards Mitt Romney in the Presidential election, created an entire PrObama commercial explaining why Obama is whiter than Romney. He made fun of Obama going into black neighborhoods to encourage voting, teased the size of Romney’s family and noted that Obama’s parents were so white they needed sunglasses to protect their eyes from each other. The commercial may have been comical in nature, but in fact it was attempting to reach out to different demographics, displaying comedy as a powerful political tool. Season 10 of Seth Macfarlane’s “Family Guy” aired a controversial episode where Lois, the mother of the family, kidnaps a child sick with

cancer because his parents insist on using faith healing to cure him. While the means to express his point are comical and gag filled, Macfarlane uses the show to illustrate a belief that if people are going to put their faith in God for medicine, does it not stand to reason that modern treatment method for disease could be miracles in themselves? Similarly, in the “Family Guy” Christmas special, Macfarlane stabbed at excessive consumerism by turning the North Pole into an industrial wasteland and turning Santa’s elves into an inbred work force, and turning Santa into an overworked and sickly shell of a holiday tradition. Macfarlane’s Santa explains that while he used to make just one toy per child, larger and more complex demands such as iPhones, televisions, cars, better jewelry all contributed to his downfall. Episodes like this demonstrate that even through a cartoon set in comedy, serious social issues and political debates are addressed. “The Onion” is perhaps one of the most obvious examples of comedy having the potential to speak out on legitimate public issues. During the election, Donald Trump released an ultimatum to President Obama, calling him the “least transparent President in history” and declaring that if he released his college transcripts, this would increase his transparency. The next day, “The Onion” released a parody of his announcement titled “Trump Announces He’s a Very Sad Man.” In this mock press release, the reporter had Trump saying he “has nothing to live for other than drawing attention to himself.” This goes beyond making fun of Donald Trump, but actually attacks the validity of his statement by creating an entirely fake one. Comedy, ironically, can be a very serious thing. Comedy can point and laugh at issues and topics that in other situations would elicit somberness or aggressive debate. Thanks to this immunity, comedy can push beyond humor and become an important social and political tool.

December 20, 2012



Despite the controversy, Black Friday remains popular BY TYLER THOMPSON In 2011, a woman in Tampa, Fla. set up a tent in front of an electronics retail store nine days before Black Friday. In 2010, a Wisconsin resident became so tired of the long lines that she threatened to assassinate the other shoppers if they didn’t let her move to the front of the line. Thankfully she didn’t actually have a gun. Each year the national media is flooded with stories and facts like these that suggest that Black Friday is a disastrous, dangerous holiday , but the reality the popular media covers up isthe fact that Black Friday is arguably the most important holiday of the entire year. I hate shopping and most of all I hate shopping at the mall. I despise the crowds, long lines and most of all the stress. So you may be asking yourself, why are you writing pro article about Black Friday? I don’t support the eye popping deals at the stores, I support the fact that Black Friday benefits the economy. Initially, I believed that the word “black” in Black Friday referred to how much of a disaster the entire day was. I was wrong. The word “black” symbolizes that retailers historically moved into the “black” or became profitable for the year on that day. In that case, the name speaks for itself. The Friday after Thanksgiving is an essential time for retailers around the country. I’m not one who believes that a hugely successful Black Friday will stimulate the economy, but I am a firm believer that Black Friday is indicative of the economy’s well being. It is a great indicator of the consumer’s confidence and willingness to spend money and, in a capitalist economy, what is more important than the consumer? This year a record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites the day after Thanksgiving. That number is up 9 percent from the 226 million who shopped on Black Friday last year. Although Black Friday does not make a huge impact on the economy, it has a massive impact on retail stores. A retail store’s entire year is dependent on Black Friday. It dictates how many employees they hire, inventory and many other factors which all connect to profit. Without this profit

dense Friday, companies would find themselves scrambling for ways to make up lost revenue. Not only do Black Friday prices help profits on that specific day, but it also allows new retailers to expose themselves to consumers. It is the gift that keeps giving, which is incredible advertising. So even if you aren’t one to wake up at three in the morning the day after Thanksgiving and dedicate your time to slouching in the horrendous lines, give Black Friday the respect it deserves. In a time period where the well-being of our economy is crucial, the retail holiday is deserving of some respect and praise for its fiscal benefit. The next time you are compelled to make a snide comment about the madness of Black Friday, think twice, our economy is on the line.

BY NOOR SHEIKH Why is it that on the day Americans celebrate what they are thankful for, they trample each other. While some Americans have the good intention of shopping for their friends and family, most end up buying useless items for themselves. People are inconsistent with what they say and what they do. Freshman Lauren Working said, “They are thankful for all the things they have, but the next day they spend all of their money… it’s hypocritical.” Helping stimulate the economy by shopping is not necessarily the most productive way to show thanks. There is too much competition involved with Black Friday, with consumers push-

ing and shoving each other to get to the most valuable sale item. It is questionable whether people value the deals over the actual items. Black Friday is a known marketing scheme to kick off the season of holiday shopping and sales. Every year, the standards of Black Friday change. This year, retailers throughout America opened the night of Thanksgiving. However, many forget that retailers take advantage of these sales and their customers. Many, if not most, stores keep their prices high. Sophomore Ali Stofle said, “They still have the same [Black Friday] deals on the Tuesday right before Black Friday.” If shoppers in the malls on Black Friday (and sometimes the night before) see a 20-30 percent discount on a really expensive item, it will automatically trick them into thinking it is a good deal. In reality, what is marked as having a 20 percent discount is only marked down ten dollars at most. Additionally, these prices will drop more substantially closer to December 25 and often stock is still available during this time. Secondly, while shoppers have good intentions, Black Friday lines are time-consuming and full of aggravated people. The size of Black Friday crowds is one of the biggest complaints from shoppers. Due to the large crowds, lines are often out the door and around the stores. These factors create both a tense and claustrophobic environment. In addition customer service is poor. Junior Ariya Hajari, who shopped at the Washington Square Mall, said, “There was bad customer service…only one cashier was open.” On a similar note, tired, exhausted and frustrated shoppers can become a recipe for disaster. Sometimes, people are injured when the store doors open as they are pushed and shoved by other crazy shoppers for the latest Tickle Me Elmos or the newest technological devices. YouTube videos illustrate this chaos as crowds attack each other aggressively for cell phones at Walmart. One cannot forget the 2008 event where a Walmart employee was killed by a stampede of people. According to an editorial in The Week, two people were shot and wounded in Florida, a Texan man threatened a line-cutter with a gun, a 2 year-old boy was abandoned, a masked gunman was shot and a woman pulled a gun on a cop. It seems that with so many troubles Black Friday is not worth the time, money or effort. While consumers are getting physically hurt, one can say that people working at popular stores during Black Friday, are hurt emotionally. With frustrated customers yelling at them for the correct shoe size or the 36 inch Samsung widescreen TV, workers tend to breakdown. This year, the emotional toll on the workers began on Thanksgiving Day. Not only is this date change extremely absurd, but it has lead to even more catastrophes than previous Black Fridays and has forced store employees to work intensely for two days instead of one.

December 20, 2012

Lake Views

SPORTS Getting mad with Mitchell


Laker football falls to Sheldon

Laker football still a point of pride BY MITCHELL PASSADORE


he Lake Oswego Alma Mater reverberated throughout Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday, Dec 9. Students linked arms, swaying back and forth to the gentle beat of the tune. Players hugged; coaches shook hands. While the mood was different, it would appear as though the LOHS football team had just chalked up another win, as has become routine in these last two seasons. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The Laker boys were defeated by a heart-crushing score of 13-6. More than 5000 were in attendance, myself included. The football program has tasted sweet victory these past two seasons, winning all but one game and appearing in back-to-back state title games, winning one of the two battles. But this most recent game had a different feeling. As always, the team entered amidst cheers, boos and a strong musical uproar. Promptly following their entrance, captains Mitch Lomax, Connor Griffin, Austin Faunce and Jack Anderson met at center field for the coin toss. The players shook hands as a sign of respect and the game got underway. But this sign of respect, shared between captains every game, never fizzled out. In fact, as the game went on, it seemed the mutual respect between the two teams only grew. It began as it usually does: players tapping each other on the back of the helmet after a play or slapping one and other on the backside on their way back to the huddle. But as the game progressed and the stakes elevated, the sportsmanship level responded accordingly. So much so that I heard fans complain, saying things like, “They are being too nice, I want to see someone get into a fight.” And they were being too nice, but I can’t complain about that. Linebackers helped running backs to their feet after plastering them to the turf, wide receivers slapped hands with corner backs moments after their potential touch down pass was batted to the ground, offensive linemen fought gravity in their struggle to return their adversary to their feet. It was extremely bizarre to observe as a fan, but it made me proud. With that said, the game was difficult to watch from a football standpoint. The Lakers had several turnovers at extremely inopportune times, our red-zone completion percentage was appalling and Sheldon had no problem marching through our defense and into the end zone when it mattered. But these are mere details in the grand scheme of the legacy left these last two years. This team did something very rare: they made football boring. Let me explain. Opponents were regularly deflated at the end of the first quarter. Several games became an embarrassment for the other team. I never questioned whether not the football team would win. I only questioned by how many points. It became an internal struggle of whether or not to cheer them on Friday nights. What was the point? I knew they were going leave victorious anyway. And they always did. Lake Oswego became the palace of humility, as other teams were reaffirmed that they simply couldn’t play with the Lake Oswego boys. Yes, we did lose one game. But the football team impressed me in another way, aside from the outcome of the game. As coach Steve Corey has said before, and I am paraphrasing, the football team represents the student body as a whole. While I do not completely agree with that, as the average student at LOHS is not a 200-pound male, I do concur that the class showed on the field reflected Lake Oswego. When I reflect on the end of the game, the image of senior quarterback Justen Ruppe lying facedown on the field after being tackled to the ground as he threw the gameending interception sticks with me. I cannot say for sure, but I am confident that his despair was not without company. Last year’s motto, “No Doubt,” carried into this season, meaning the players had no doubt they could repeat. While this is the case, I am here to say I had some doubt. In fact, I had a lot of doubt. After hoisting the trophy last year, we waved goodbye to several key players, among them our star running back, quarterback and wide receiver, of whom accounted for the majority of our scores. I had doubt they could be replaced. But, my doubt was put to rest. I was proven wrong. And while players like Ruppe may feel they have failed, they are whole-heartedly mistaken. They have solidified Lake Oswego as a football school. We are now the school to be reckoned with. They have left a legacy, and they did it in a classy manner. As the clock hit 0:00 it hit me that I had just witnessed my last high school football game from the student section. I also realized that I had just watched the football team lose their first game since their emotional defeat in the 2010 playoffs. But neither of these things really bothered me. I had seen the two greatest teams in Lake Oswego football history and that’s enough for me.

BY CLAIRE HOOBLER-CURTIS As the game clock struck zero there were no shouts of joy from the Lake Oswego side, just a silence that blanketed the fans, players and coaches. The Lakers had just lost to Sheldon, 6-13, in the 6A Oregon Football State Championship game on Dec. 8. This marked the Lakers’ first loss of the 2012 season and their first loss since semi-finals of the 2010 season. The game created a large turnout with fans lining at the gates of JeldWin field as early as 10:30. The atmosphere was electric; the Lake Oswego side was jam-packed with students, families and football fans. The opportunity went to LO but they failed to convert on a 32 yard field goal attempt in the first quarter. The second quarter was filled with more action that included Sheldon making an interception in their end zone, a big sack from Nick Underwood and then another interception from Sheldon that set up a field goal and left Sheldon going into half time with a 3-0 lead. At half time the dance team preformed their pom routine followed by an exciting trombone suicide that ended with the musicians revealing shirts that read ‘BEAT SHELDON’.

During the third quarter, Lake Oswego scored their first, and only, touchdown, but failed to make the point after touchdown (PAT). The next attack was by Sheldon when they had a rushing touchdown and made the PAT and then scored a 26 yard field goal. With 1:36 left on the clock the Lakers had the ball, but threw an interception that led to Sheldon kneeling at the 90 second mark and ensuing victory of the Sheldon Irish. Even though the Lakers lost, coaches, players and fans were very proud and knew that the family they’ve created and the life lessons they’ve learned are the most valuable things they can take away. Offensive coach Chris Hubley said, “We always want to be first… but we are in this for more than football, we also teach life skills.” Senior linebacker Neil Wagner echoed Hubley’s thoughts. Wagner said, “Family is the most important thing; it’s not all about winning. At the end of the day you want to win, but if you’re all together and you’re having fun through the journey that’s the most important part and I would say we accomplished that.” The Lakers had a fantastic season, ending with a 13-1 record, but what is more important is that they have created a family and helped bring the school together.



December 20, 2012


Boys basketball shoots for success BY CLAIRE HOOBLER-CURTIS The Laker boys basketball team has had a perfect start to the season going 3-0, after beating Grant, Lincoln and Westview, and to top off their great start they won the Red Bluff Holiday Classic last weekend, which now brings their record to 6-0. The Red Bluff Holiday Classic is an annual basketball tournament held in Red Bluff, Calif. that had eight teams in attendance from Oregon and California. The tournament tipped off on Friday, Dec. 13 and lasted until Sunday Dec. 16. The Lakers first game was against Enterprise High School. Senior Calvin Hermanson had 31 points and helped lead the Lakers to a 71-60 victory over Enterprise. After winning the first game they advanced to the semifinals where they faced Helix and easily won 68-27. In the final the Lakers played El Camino for the Red Bluff Championship and came out victorious with a score of 60-36. This is their second year in a row that they won the Red Bluff Holiday Classic.

“We want to take it a game at a time, but we have high aspirations to win the Les Schwab tournament and the state championship.” - Colin Caslick The Lakers were proud of their performances and felt that team chemistry was strong, and it only helped that Connor Griffin, Jack Anderson, Chad

Walker and Zack Parker had returned now that football season is over. Senior Colin Caslick said, “With the addition of the football players we got the chemistry back and definitely had the sense of a full team. Before when we were missing the football team player there was a lack of energy and when they came back we got that energy back.” To top off their victory senior Nehemiah Allen won the Red Bluff Dunk contest which is an annual event at the tournament. The dunk contest had nine contestants, including fellow Laker Natan Jurkovitz. The winner is determined by how loud the audience cheers and each contestant has two tries. On the second dunk a winner had still not been chosen so Allen and another contestant went head to head on a third dunk. Allen won with an off the backboard one handed alley-oop on his third turn. Looking back on his performance Allen said, “going into the dunk contest I was pretty nervous because it was my first dunk contest, but after my first dunk I felt comfortable and I felt comfortable from there

on out.” The perfect start, combined with the Red Bluff victory and capped with the dunk contest win have given the Lakers confidence in their team and a feeling that they can continue to build off their positive performance and have a very strong season. Caslick said, “We want to take it a game at a time, but we have high aspirations to win the Les Schwab tournament and the state championship.” Next up for the Lakers is the Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High School. The Les Schwab Invitational is a 16 team tournament that runs from Dec. 26-29. It attracts top tier teams from across Oregon and includes teams from California, Washington and Pennsylvania. Hermanson said, “Archbishop Mitty (from San Jose, Calif.) or Jesuit will probably be our biggest competition in the tournament. I always want to beat Jesuit. We are just excited to play some solid competition and out of state teams.” Go support your Lakers as they take on Sunset at Liberty on Dec. 26 at 8:30 p.m.


When and why did you first start swimming?

I started swimming when I was five because my older sister swam and I was tired of sitting on the side.

Who’s your biggest inspiration when it comes to your sport?

It would probably be my older sister because she’s pretty driven and she always, kind of, got mad at me if I would slack off or anything. So it kept me on task.

What’s your favorite event to race?

Probably the 200 butterfly which actually isn’t a stroke in high school, so in that case the 100 butterfly in high school.


Butterfly is pretty hard. It’s one of my favorites just because, for me, you’re really flowing in the water.

Do you plan to continue swimming in college?

I might. It depends where I go and how good their swim team is. But I definitely want to do a sport at the very least.

Madison Luick

The Rear End


December 20, 2012

Embrace your Laker Pride Filipin’


through T my

he silence. It was unbearable. It was pain of another level. As the Lake Oswego Football Team committed their fourth and final turnover of the state championship game, the student section was overwhelmed by silence from all sides. Students who, moments before, were slowly ensuring a visit to the Otolaryngologist (throat specialist) had their vocal chords silenced. The pervading silence forced others to take their seats and hold their heads in their arms. We, as a student section, were defeated. Hope was dead. Or so it seemed. “We are the Lakers, couldn’t be prouder. If you can’t hear us, we’ll yell a little louder.” The cheerleaders, one by one, started this chant. At first it was half-assed and pathetic – 20 girls can’t do much on their own. But then it started to pick up throughout the stands. The words “Lakers” and “prouder” broke through the silence, as our Laker Pride kicked in. Eventually everyone, from Gentlemen’s Row to the freshmen, who showed up 15 minutes late and were forced to stand at the very top of the stands, was singing. “We are the Lakers, couldn’t be PROUDER. If you can’t hear us, we’ll yell a little LOUDER.” I don’t know why I just used the phrase Laker Pride. It doesn’t actually exist, but it seems right. That game is just one example of the pride that LOHS students have for their school. I know students that go to other schools, I even attended another school before coming


here and I’ve noticed something. For the most part, the students at LOHS have a love for their school that can’t be reproduced. We are unique in our support and respect for each other. I went to Clackamas High School during my freshman year. I was a typical freshman: nervous, awkward and confused. Back when I was a Cavalier, I attended sporting events and participated in football and track. What sets LOHS apart from a school like Clackamas, aside from our apparent athletic superiority, is that Laker athletes have no fear. I remember the atmosphere at Clackamas when they got stuck playing against LOHS. Regardless of the sport, fear would circulate through the halls. They dreaded playing the Lakers more than the Wizards dread playing, well, anyone. That fear set them up for failure. How are you supposed to win a game if you go into it thinking you’ll lose? You don’t. That’s what is unique about being a Laker. If you have played a sport at LOHS, you know what I mean. We don’t fear playing against anyone. We actually enjoy being matched up against the top teams in the state. This year we were outraged that we wouldn’t be having another “Game Day” against Jesuit, an emotion that simply wouldn’t exist outside of Lake Oswego. Even if you haven’t participated in athletics at LOHS you can experience this fearlessness. I’m sure that the

“Being a Laker is something to be proud of. As cliché as that sounds, it’s true. We have exceptional athletic programs, academics, arts & entertainment and the best high school newspaper in the Northwest.”


- Nedim Filipovic

band, orchestra and choir each have rivalries that they love to take part in. The Mock Trial teams have a passion for competition and are ready to control the courtroom against anyone. Even Lake Views gears up to compete against other schools in the annual Publication Olympics – which we won by a landslide last year…and we are hoping for a repeat. Aside from sports and other competitions, there are so many other reasons to be proud as a Laker. The Administration. Has anyone noticed how much attention we get from our administration? They go beyond their call of duty trying to know everyone on a first name basis. Mr. Plato, Mr. Wold and Mrs. Schubert stand in the main hallway every day before school to welcome the incoming students. They even stand out there during break to give “high-fives” to the seniors with late arrival. That doesn’t really happen at every school, especially at that level of friendship. I’m sure you all know Mr. Wold, our new vice-principal who transferred from Lakeridge. His transition has been incredibly smooth. Everyone here loves him and, most importantly, he understands us as a student body. Be proud to have him on our administrative staff. Trombone Suicide. I don’t know of many other schools in our area that have this spectacular event. Actually, I don’t know of ANY other school that has it. It’s one of the best parts of football games. I give my respect to the members of the trombone suicide team. That stuff is scary and I would get my head knocked off if I even tried it. Political Action Seminar. Apparently no other school in Oregon has a program like PAS. That’s pretty unique on our part. Better yet, it is based on helping others in our community and across the state. The Homecoming Parade. The fact that the parade goes through downtown Lake Oswego is unique in itself. Most other schools don’t have a traditional homecoming parade like we do – Clackamas’ parade goes around their track. Being a Laker is something to be proud of. As cliché as that sounds, it’s true. We have exceptional athletic programs, academics, arts & entertainment and the best high school newspaper in the Northwest.


The football team blamed their loss on the lack of a pep assembly. How can we possibly believe we will win if we don’t repeat it three times as a student body? A MESSAGE TO ALL FRESHMEN GIRLS: There are a finite amount of freshman boys, so start asking soon. To everyone else, winter formal isn’t for another month. ASB videos from now on will be aired in black and white. It had to be done; all of those colors are just too racially insensitive. Winter break starts a mere two days before Christmas Eve. Women everywhere complain they will not have enough alone time with the gifts before they give them away. We are now in direct competition with other TRL schools in this year’s canned food drive. After the football game, the Administration is trying to get us used to losing. The engineering classes have completely abandoned their curriculum in an effort to build a contraption that could safely navigate the fiscal cliff. The downside? It can only carry three people. Applications are available in the main office. Global warming is making its voice heard, since this has been the warmest fall since 1934. Experts say this is just a calm before the storm, as predictions have been made for large snowfall. Unfortunately, if past proves accurate, hundreds of teenage drivers will still be forced to make the trek to the church parking lot as usual. The Portland Trail Blazers are amidst another disappointing season. Owner Paul Allen says this is by design, as a city full of hipsters would not support a good team anyway. Too conformist.

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Who all is in the band?

Noah [Livingston]: Well, it is Royce Reinhart, Whit Anderson, Nick King, Daniel Verburg, Jacob Cho and myself.

How long have you been together?

Whit: We have been collaborating with music together since June. But we started as “Two Night Stand” about a month later in July and started writing originals and other covers.

What is everyone’s role in the band?

Royce: Well we have three rappers- Noah, Nick and Daniel. They typically each take a verse. Whit holds down the drums. [Jacob] Cho sings chorus and plays bass or guitar, and I play guitar, bass and sing choruses in the more alternative songs.

How often do you get together?

Jacob: Whenever we can. Sometimes it’s once a week, sometimes once a day. We may be in a band, but we are also seniors (laughing).

How did you come up with your name?

Daniel: Royce kind of came up with the name. We thought it was witty and catchy!

Do you write all of your own music and if so, what inspires you

Nick: Yes we write all of our own music. I am inspired by the events that happen in my life to go along with the people that I know.

What are your upcoming plans?

Noah: We are currently in the process of recording a song sponsored by the Les Schwab Invitational. We have hopes to record a full length studio album in the future.

What performances have you done as a group?

Noah: We did a concert at Royce’s house, and performed at the homecoming dance. PHOTO BY NATHAN VANDERVEER-HARRIS

Whether out on the field or stuck in the classroom, winning isn’t everything LOHS has a lot to be proud of. The school provides top-notch academics and produces winning teams in every area from speech and debate to competitive dance. The spirit of the school reflects this success and a certain pride in it. This pride is healthy—it creates a sense of community amongst students and teammates while pushing them to work fearlessly and to believe in something bigger than their personal success. However, there is danger in pride as well. As much as it knits the student body together, it has the capacity to tear it apart. In our community, pride that strives not to improve, but to outdo the competition is negative. It leaves students unfulfilled both when they are victorious and when they are defeated. LOHS students are surrounded by competition in their academic, social and athletic lives. Problems and dissatisfaction occur not when students compete and not when they lose, but when they begin to use competition as a measure of success. Competition creates a sliding scale that

measures success not on an individual or a group’s improvement, but on their success relative to that of another group or individual. This leads to inaccurate measure of progress—a competitor either wins consistently and becomes arrogant, or he loses and loses self-respect. The arrogant competitor begins to believe, even if subconsciously, he may be of more value than the loser. In reality, competition provides only a narrow measure of value and each loss or victory holds within it a story far deeper than a set of numbers. In between extreme victors and losing teams are competitors that win some and lose some. They ride a roller coaster of triumph and sorrow that is determined as much by the performance of others as by their own. Within the LOHS student body, teams and individuals compete constantly and many are consistently successful. Then, when they lose, they are devastated. Instead of taking pride in the work they did or in improvements and memories made, they mourn their loss and allow it to hold them back from moving forward.

This sliding scale of success based on competition appears in classrooms, where students work not to understand the material, but to understand it better and score higher than their peers. In classrooms throughout the school, students do the minimum amount possible to get the scores they want, without gaining a lasting understanding of the material. Students will receive a stronger education if they focus first on understanding the material they are being taught, instead of on getting the grades they want, especially when grades are curved to the top student. Though it is pride that draws the LOHS student body together, it is humility and selflessness that will hold students together and lead them to feel satisfied with themselves. Finding satisfaction in work done well and valuing others as a group will allow the student body to be humble in success, building one another up and continuing to improve. -Editorial Board

Issue 3  

Lake Views Issue 3 December 2012

Issue 3  

Lake Views Issue 3 December 2012