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Spartan Haters gonna hate

Food and toy drive is a hit!

Volume XXI, Issue 3


Colleges Sign Athletes

December 17, 2010

Winter Formal Dance Reminisces Vintage Hollywood


By Katherine Propper Managing Editor Lights. Camera. Avalon. Begin the new year in a glamorous way reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden age. On January 8, attend LCHS’s Winter Formal Dance at the retro Avalon Club in Hollywood to dance the night away and enjoy time away from the “Bubble”. Since last year’s Winter Formal Dance was such a success, ASB was determined again to provide a chance of fun in a trendy location like the Avalon—luckily it’s there again and this time, Y&G delegates won’t be missing out. “I’m so excited for this dance. Last year’s Winter Formal was fun, but this year’s will be even better,” remarked Senior Class President Cami Lopez. Off-campus dances always beat out dances in the North Gym, and Winter Formal also costs way less than Prom. Not only is this dance hyped to be the best dance of the year, but the theme and location clearly seem to exceed Homecoming’s. You won’t want to miss this dance. “Winter Formal is going to be an incredible night in Hollywood at a notorious club, the Avalon! It’s going to be awesome so everyone should go,” said Junior Class President Sierra Katow.

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Photo by Erica Moore Senior Matt Cannata guards the ball.

Boys’ Varsity Soccer Rolls Through Their Season By Terese Rutkowski Editor-in-Chief Boys’ Varsity Soccer has been kicking around their opponents this season. Since their season began after Thanksgiving break, they have played a five games. On Tuesday, November 30, the Spartans played Mountain View High School. Led by team captains, Danny Thompson and Arash Mahboubi, the Boys’ Varsity soccer team beat Mountain View High School (2-1). Two goals were scored by Senior

Matt Cannata and one goal by Armand Bagramyan. Cannata scored the only goal of the first half and Bagramyan scored during the second half. Though the season began shortly after Thanksgiving Break, some players see this victory as the team’s first step in the right direction. “We played pretty solid, probably our best game this year. We were a little slow at times, but I was glad we managed to finish better this time and score some goals. We are still on the rise so I’m looking forward to being able to crush some teams,” said Senior Randy Gartside.

On December 9, Muir’s Mighty Mustangs weren’t so mighty. The Spartans beat the Mustangs (3-0). Two goals were scored by Senior Matt Cannata and one goal by Junior Garrett Apel. Cannata scored the only goal of the first half and scored again during the second half. “It felt good to win. The student support was overwhelming which helped us succeed,” said Garrett Apel of the game. Wednesday, December 15th, the Spartans beat Ayala (3-0). Matt Canatta scored once and Cameron Meeker scored twice.

Orchestra, band, and choir perform at elementary schools

By Ailin Kim

Spartan Staff

On Friday, December 10th, the 9-12 Orchestra, 9-12 Band, and the Chamber Singers toured around the

LCHS musicians went to PCY, LCE and PCR to perform .

three elementary schools (Paradise Canyon, Palm Crest, and La Cañada) to perform a special holiday concert. The purpose was not only to spread the holiday spirit but to also showcase the high school music program to incoming 7th graders. To open the Holiday Tour, the Chamber Singers sang a series of upbeat Christmas carols: “Up on the Housetop”, “Joy to the World”, and “Carol of the Bells” (traditional and jazz versions). Brenna Miles and Meg Sanborn then performed a fantastic duet of “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with the rest of the choir sitting in the audience, echoing the lines with the children. The choir regrouped for “Winter Wonderland” and marched out the door while singing “Merry Christmas to You All”. The audience was left joyful and enthusiastic. The orchestra then carried on the show with a Photo by Ailin Kim long sequence of pieces, several of which included Handel’s Concert Grosso VI

and Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance. The band joined in to play Anderson’s beloved Christmas Festival, during which the children sang along “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells”. “The Holiday tour was fun and successful in that we got to enjoy a day spreading the holiday joy to the kids!” said Jessie Cho, the 9-12 Orchestra concertmaster. Laura McClelland, the student co-president of the 7-12 Choir, was also enthusiastic about the tour. She said, “Going around singing for the kids was so rewarding. Seeing a smile spread across a child’s face during a song is not only insanely adorable, but it’s touching to know that what we do can affect someone in a positive way! I just hope that by watching us ‘big kids’ having fun while singing will make the children want to join choir someday, so they can have the life-changing experiences that singing has to offer.” This year’s Holiday Music Tour was unique in that all three branches of the Music Department joined to perform for the elementary schools. In the past, only the 912 Orchestra and a few band members participated in the event. The elementary school children thoroughly enjoyed the change of pace. Mr. Stone, the Director of the Music Department, said, “The holiday tour was awesome! It was really a recruiting tool for the Music Department. Mr. Brookey [Choral Director] and I wanted to show the children that they can both sing and play an instrument.” The Music Department hopes to continue this holiday tradition for years to come.


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Holiday food drive is a hit By Ailin Kim Spartan Staff From the end of November until Thursday, December 9th, PTSA and ASB joined in an effort to collect unwrapped toys and canned foods to help the needy families. Each classroom was provided with a brown bag in which generous students donated goods. This year, the Holiday Food Drive gathered two truckloads of cans and toys. “The purpose of the Holiday Food Drive is to serve 50 to 60 families in our area who are in need of canned foods and toys,” said Erick Lankey, the PTSA Student President. The Food Drive has been an annual event for many years, and this time, PTSA strove to break the record. They have successfully collected as many cans as last year. On December 9th, PTSA loaded the goods on the sheriff’s trucks. The sheriffs in turn distributed the

goods to those local families who requested cans and/or toys. “The Holiday Food Drive was great! The teachers were extremely supportive, and the students were generous to donate so many cans,” said Patrick Moore, ASB President. “We are lucky to have such a generous community of parents, students, and teachers that support all our events.”

Photo by Ailin Kim The PTSA and the Sheriff’s department collected boxes of toys and canned food for this year’s food drive.

Yosemite trip is coming up By Jennifer Kim Spartan Staff Every year, from February 20-25, students have embarked on the Yosemite Field Trip. This coming year, LCHS students have an awesome opportunity to experience nature in its beautiful and breathtaking forms. Teachers Mr. Traeger, Mr. Powers, Mr. Zimmerman, Mrs. Compeau, and Mrs. Wheeler will be taking 45 kids on the trip. Students will take the truly rare opportunity of experiencing the pristine beauty of Yosemite, the country’s third oldest park and also actively learn educational and moral lessons. To provide some idea of how the park looks, Yosemite has innumerable lakes, meadows, forests and granite summits with endless unspoiled alpine scenery. At the center is Yosemite Valley, a half-mile deep depression carved by glaciers during the last ice age, which now has soaring 3,000 foot high domes and many powerful waterfalls, including three of the world’s highest. Visitors can gaze up from the Valley floor to appreciate the enormity of it all. This coming year, LCHS students have an awesome opportunity to experience nature in its beautiful and breathtaking forms. Yosemite National Park is a 1,200-square-mile area that has been preserved in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Established in 1890, 120 years

ago, Yosemite is the third oldest park in the country. One can view and experience the different points of interest ranging from the El Capitan, the biggest granite rock in the world at 4,000 feet high to the giant sequoias, the largest living things on the planet. But beautiful scenery and environment isn’t all students get to experience. Among the many valuable themes students will actively learn, the Yosemite program will highlight lessons in natural history, ecology, geology, and natural science. Specifically, students can expect a well structured program and a mix of lessons on ecology and Native American history as well. “The Yosemite Field Trip is a local trip that gives insight into global issues. It can be spiritual, insightful, or philosophical, depending on how students.” shared Mr. Traeger. During the field trip, students gain many important memories and engage in times of self-reflection through journaling. In addition, committed Yosemite instructors teach moral teambuilding, cooperation, and appreciation of nature with fun exercises, games, and activities. Because the field trip takes place in February, students will experience freezing temperatures and a great deal of snow, but it’s nice to have a change in weather from warm La Canada. Unfortunately, students have to miss class while they are away. But in the end, many have expressed that the Yosemite Field Trip was definitely worth the weather, price and make-up work.

Photo By Mr. Traeger Yosemite boasts some of the most magnificent views in the country.

Letters to U.S. Soldiers in Iraq By Jennifer Kim Spartan Staff

U.S. troops have been in Iraq since 2001, a nine year span of time. Currently, 50,000 soldiers are stationed to keep peace in dangerous neighborhoods, assuming the responsibility of the Iraqi Army until Iraq establishes its own army. Although the soldiers are assigned non military combat positions, they are still in constant danger. Until a full withdrawal expected to occur by the end of 2011 (agreed in a bilateral security pact), soldiers will remain in Iraq and continue to face the unexpected dangers of devastating bombings. C l e a r l y, t h e harsh realities in Iraq deteriorate the hopes of U.S. soldiers who miss their beloved families and friends back home. And their elongated time there only fuels their desires to return to their own country where frequent bombings and shootings are not part of everyday life. Our soldiers risk their lives to keep momentary peace in a foreign country they have no attachment to because they are heroes. Stephen Oh sympathized with the exhausted U.S. soldiers in Iraq and felt the need to uplift their spirits through an Eagle Scout project. His idea was to encourage students to participate in “Letters to Soldiers,” a program hosted by Operation Gratitude. This is intended to encourage our troops in Iraq to persevere by sending

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them a barrage of warm, heartfelt, and appreciative letters. In order to carry out the plan, Stephan has been persuading his fellow Boy Scout members and school peers to take just 10 minutes of their time to write a letter to a heroic soldier who is representing the U.S. in Iraq. In order to reach students, Stephan is using Facebook and PA announcements. This special event will take place on the last Wednesday of November during STEP and students who desire to write the letters should talk to Mrs. Hayes. Stephan Oh shared, “Letters to Soldiers is about getting people to write meaningful letters to soldiers in Iraq who are in need of love and support. I hope these letters boost the troops’ morale.” This brilliant idea didn’t just pop into Stephan’s head. Actually, he wants to join the military overseas in his future. In this way, Stephan sympathized with the U.S. soldiers in Iraq. He explained, “If I were in their positions, I would want to Photo from Google receive letters of support and appreciation too. When I join the army later, I would love if people wrote to me and the other soldiers and encouraged us.” Thanks to motivated students like Stephan Oh, students have the opportunity of writing and encouraging our troops in Iraq. Even little letters carry hope and gratitude to the soldiers. One soldier wrote to Operation Gratitude, expressing, “Time spent away from loved ones and friends is much easier to manage knowing people are thankful for what we do.” Even if we cannot support the troops overseas by being there physically, we can still show our appreciation throughwords.

“A Christmas Carol” Wows Audiences By Michael Belcher Spartan Staff The La Canada Playhouse proudly presented the heart-warming classic “A Christmas Carol” four times from December 5-13. The show was brilliantly preformed by the entire cast, and truly captured the spirit of the holiday season. The play is based off of Charles Dickens’s timeless story of a bitter old banker haunted by three ghosts just before Christmas. The action of the play takes place in London on December 24, 1843. In keeping with tradition, Senior Jacob Walters, who played Scrooge last year, recited a Charles Dickens quote just before opening curtain. Narrators Laura Green and Ben Whitefield strongly delivered the exposition of the story and then opened the show with a witty “Once Upon Time” moment. Sophomore Cameron Christopher took the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge and was spectacular. He is the fourth Scrooge in school history and only the second lower classman to play the role. “The rest of the cast was so wonderful and dedicated. Not to mention it is an honor to be part of such an amazing line of Scrooges,” explained the young star. Mr. Christopher is no stranger to large roles; as he starred in last year’s theater one production of the “The Crucible.” He is future in the theater department is indeed bright. Mateus Defaria and Isaac Kim both put on excellent performances as the Charity Solicitors. These parts are integral to the plot, and were acted out perfectly. Sophomore Austin Kenwood was stunning as Scrooge’s charming nephew Fred. He was a continual source of humor through the show and did not flub a single line. Like Christopher, the funnyman is no stranger to performing arts; as he has been on the Comedy Sportz team since he was a freshman. Doug Koerber played Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s spirited employee. He was juxtaposed by a moody wife, Martha, played Danielle Miller. The pair gave shockingly believable and equally brilliant performances. Sonja Cwik and Jungmin

Lee were cast as the Cratchit sisters. The two actresses had excellent chemistry together, and demonstrated the warm, loving qualities of the family quite well. Tiny Tim, a role usually played by Mr. Eick’s son Hayden, was instead played by Ethan Christopher. The 10year old is Cameron’s youngest brother, and was happy to be part of the show. Perhaps the most shocking moment of the night came when the ghostly Marley (Noah Bernstein) appeared in Scrooge’s room seemingly out of thin air. In addition to his startling entrance, the sophomore delivered his lines beautifully. Hannah Gunter looked stunning as the Ghost of Christmas Past and the young starlet shinned in a role which many would consider the female lead. Sophomore Harold Cast took on the dual-role of The Ghost of Christmas Present and Future and was fantastic as both. The rest of the ensemble was excellent as well. Maddy Fisher and Garret Schluntlicker both had witty remarks, while the cockney grave robbers were chillingly good. Scrooge’s past family, including Sarah Price as Fan, was also exceptional. However such a wonderful show would never be possible without the tireless efforts of Theater teacher Justin Eick. Mr. Eick, who strives to make his shows as professional as possible, served as the sound, light, technical, and executive director of the show. The set was professionally designed and the stage was judiciously managed by Senior Reed Graham. H o w e v e r, M r. E i c k a t t r i b u t e s t h e show’s wildly successful perform a n c e s t o t h e a c t o r s t h e m s e l v e s . “This year’s production is without a doubt the finest piece of ensemble work we’ve seen in a long time, and it’s all thanks to the students.” Explained the teacher. A Christmas Carol was yet another fantastic play put on by the Theater Department this year. I implore all students, and teachers for that matter, to see as many plays as you can this year, they are defiantly worth seeing.

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December 17, 2010


City Council Elections Are Heating Up

Thanksgiving Day Run By Terese Rutkowski Editor-in-Chief

By Kevork Kurdoghlian Online Editor After the madness of the national midterm elections, the City of La Cañada Flintridge can now focus on issues closer to home with the upcoming city council elections. The election is set for March 8, 2011. There will be three seats up for grabs, those of Councilwomen Laura Olhasso, Mayor Don Voss, and Councilman Greg Brown. Greg Brown will be retiring from the council and has already endorsed planning commissioner Michael Davitt for his vacant seat. The challengers in the race are former Planning Commissioner James K. Hill, anti-sewers activist Robert Richter, Schools’ Booster Charlie Kamar, and Planning Commissioner Michael Davitt. Each of these candidates has their own respective issues on which they are focusing on. Commissioner Davitt’s focus is improving the city’s fiscal security and ensuring “responsible growth” policies. Mayor Voss’s top issue is the possible extension of the 710 freeway. He is also concerned about the affect of the state budget and state services on La Cañada Flintridge residents, but believes that “Our [city’s] financial condition is very strong”. James K. Hill believes that the council should be listening to the concerns of La Cañada Flintridge residents and paying more attention to tree removal disputes and building permits. Councilwomen Olhasso looks back at her job done and finds that the Council has been very responsive to issues concerning tree and building approval. She also promises to protect residents from over enthusiastic state and county regulations regarding sewers. Robert Richter ran an unsuccessful campaign two years ago for the City Council. His primary issue going into the campaign two years ago was the handling of the installation process of the sewers and it is this year as well. Even with three months before the election, the race for the three City Council seats is becoming an interesting one.

PAVA Club cleans up LCHS By Liwon Lim Spartan Staff The Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA) club has recently been cleaning and picking up trash around LCHS. Once a month on Friday, PAVA club members assemble in front of the cafeteria with black trash bags and plastic gloves, prepared to pick up trash. Headed by Aiden Park, a junior, the PAVA club members split into groups, cleaning up the campus for two hours after school. The most recent cleanup took place after school on November 19, the day before Thanksgiving Break. These dedicated students offered their time before their long break in order to help make the school a cleaner environment. “ PAVA C l u b i s u n i q u e compared to other volunteering clubs in the sense that it only focuses on preserving our own school environment and is willing to work with other clubs. For instance, we are currently working with Key Club on their Project Gum,” said Aiden. The PAVA club’s main objective is to preserve the environment, while encouraging positive relationships between local communities. Its members are awarded with not only volunteer hours, but they also realize the troublesome consequences of indifferent littering and learn not to do it themselves. PAVA club, in the end, hopes for a promising future regarding its effort to preserve the environment and at the same time creating stronger bonds with different Pacific American communities.


Photo By Melissa Mills Above: Racers line up for the Thanksgiving Day Run. Below: Runners compete in the race.

On Thanksgiving Day, Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada was closed for the annual Thanksgiving Day Run, a fundraiser for the non-profit La Cañada Community Center and a food drive for the Los Angeles Food Bank. Over 2000 residents of La Cañada and the surrounding communities participated in the race. The event was run by the volunteers of the Youth Outreach and Events Committee. “I was surprised by the magnitude of the event. So many members of our community came out to run for the cause and even Foothill was closed off,” said YOEC (Youth Outreach and Events Committee) President Katherine Propper.

Scouting for Food By Jennifer Kim Spartan Staff

Photo By Melissa Mills

Spartans play with clay By Haley Herkert Backpage Editor Clay | klā | 1.    a fine-grained material consisting mainly of hydrated aluminum silicates that occurs         naturally in soil and sedimentary rock. 2 .     a c l a y - l i k e substance used for modeling 3.    the physical body of a human being, particularly the matter of which it is composed A vast majority of our High School population’s knowledge of ceramics doesn’t go past the point of play-doh, but the students in Mr. Lee (newlywed, congrats!) and Mr. Kaufmann’s ceramics classes are well versed in the language of kaolin. Ceramics is one of the most ancient industries on the planet. Once humans discovered that clay could be dug up and formed into objects by first mixing with water and then firing, the industry was born. As early as 24,000 BC, animal and human figurines were made from clay and other materials, than fired in kilns

partially dug into the ground. Almost 10,000 years later, as settled communities were established, tiles were manufactured in Mesopotamia and India. The first use of functional pottery vessels for storing water and food is thought to be around 9,000 or 10,000 BC. Clay bricks were also made around the same time. Glass was believed to be discovered in Egypt around 8,000 BC, when overheating of kilns produced a colored glaze on the pottery. Experts estimate that it was not until 1,500 BC that glass was produced independently of ceramics and fashioned into separate items. Nowadays the art of ceramics is alive and well at our school. The caliber of artistry shown by the students of advanced ceramics is un-paralled. Third year ceramics Photo By Joe Lee student Jonathan Bushman remarked “Mr. Lee has done a great job revitalizing the ceramics program. Our advanced class puts out some amazing art, and even the beginning classes’ work is looking better than past years.” Senior Melissa Alfonso is a beginning ceramics student who says “Ceramics is a great class, I’ve learned so much. Mr. Lee is great at teaching and I’m so happy Photo By Joe Lee I took this class”. Some of the students’ work can be seen at home.lcusd. net/lchs/ceramics/. As a former advanced ceramics student I recommend the class to all underclassmen.

As we approach the winter holidays, spirits of good will and giving are stirred in the hearts of people who care for and help the less fortunate. In this particular case among many others, Sophomore Alden Geller is hoping to feed people who cannot afford to shop for groceries. For his Eagle Scout Project, Alden aimed to help out the SOVA ( “eat and be satisfied” in Hebrew) Community Food and Resource Program. The charity event started on November 1st and came to an end on November 19th. Students, parents, and teachers who wished to help were able to leave their food donations in Miss Davidson’s office. Donators were asked to shop for daily necessities such as cooking oil, dry pasta, cereal, packaged food and cereal. In addition to food, people were asked to donate toiletries, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and diapers. “Because everyone needs food, I decided to help gather food and daily necessities for people who need it,” explained Alden. He publicized the charity event by posting flyers, placing collection boxes in classrooms, and telling his friends about it. Before the start of the charity event, Alden wished to have reached his goal of having four full barrels of food and daily necessities. By the end, Alden collected more food that he expected. “I’m really happy that I could gather so much food for people who can’t afford it. The great amount of food donated was truly unexpected,” expressed Alden. For Alden, this project has been one of many as he has been working with SOVA, a non-sectarian organization dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty in our community, for five months. Interestingly, Alden came to know about SOVA through Boy Scouts. In addition to distributing free groceries for more than 8,000 people each month at three storefront food pantry locations, SOVA offers supportive services at each pantry’s resource center, providing access to job counselors and other onsite services as well as information about other resources. In short, SOVA provides groceries, personal hygiene items, and supportive services to individuals with low income throughout greater Los Angeles.

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Haters gonna hate By Carly Moore When I think of bullying, I think of a huge kid picking on an adolescent with glasses in a cafeteria. The ‘bully’ would trip the ‘nerd’, and say something like “Watch where you are going four-eyes!” then proceed to take his lunch money and exit with a cackle. Well, LCHS students, we all know better than that. Maybe that was bullying in the 1950’s but today, in the 21st century, we know different. We know if you have a computer, an Internet signal, and keyboard, revenge and other endless opportunities are at your fingertips. Why not get back at that girl who was flirting it up with your boyfriend on Saturday night? “U R ugly.” Or that friend that talks behind your back? “You’re so two faced its ridiculous. And fat, lose some weight and maybe then guys will start to like you.” Well, something has to be done about that freshman who made the soccer team instead of you… “U are pathetic. Everyone hates you, and frankly you disgust me and the rest of the school.” Oh and how good will it feel to get back at your ex, that broke your heart. “You are the biggest jerk, and the biggest tool, I have ever met. Your not attractive, at all, and to be frank why don’t you just dig yourself into a hole and never come out? <3”


You might think I am overreacting but just go on Look at your friends’ profiles. Go on and look at that kid’s page who you know isn’t well liked, and tell me what you see. Well haters gonna hate, right? No harm, no foul. So, if everyone is doing it, why not post something a little mean, just to let that person get a heads up that you and your friends, don’t like the way they have been acting lately. Check the anonymous box. No big deal. Send. Ah. Close the window, call a friend, kick back and watch a movie. Little do you know the person on the end of your bullying- and that’s what it’s calledbullying, sees that they have a question and open it. Try and picture that person’s face, at the receiving end of the line. Try to picture their first reaction, before they post a comeback, before they can try and figure out who wrote it, or ask their friends if any of it true. How great do you feel now? Now, that you know how you have hurt someone as much as you did, for a stupid reason. Bet you thought you were never capable of causing that much horrible impact on a

person. All anonymous. All bravery aside. Meet Alexis Pilkington, 17, senior from Long Island, soccer star. She logged on to formspring and after getting endless cruel comments, she took her life. Phoebe Prince, 15, just a freshman, was new girl at her high school. She made a formspring account. Not only was she cyber bullied on this site, but also physically bullied at school. Phoebe hung herself in her closet. She was dead when her twelve year old sister found her. She came to the school in September, died in January. There are six teenagers being tried for her death.

Ironic Stereotyping Corporations have bad stereoptyping habits By Erica Moore Photo Editor In a generation when a commercial can categorize a gender under a single flaw, consumers need to begin to question how advertisements are really selling their product. A modern advertising method has subtly emerged through almost every product on the market and has proved to be one of the most effective of our generation. Companies have incorporated forms of “ironic” stereotyping into their commercials, billboards, and general product campaigns. The irony in most advertisements is presented in the form of retro stereotyping, or the mockery of past racist, sexist and other biased views. Due to our generation’s realization of prejudices as ill-judged generalizations, we find humor in exaggerating previous attitudes. Take for example the new Twix candy bar commercials. The commercials typically start off with an average looking man accompanied by an attractive woman. In less than five seconds, the man is revealed to be a complete jerk prompted by his wandering eye away from his wife or a call from his mistress while with his girlfriend. The man then is stuck in a situation that he is too slow to get out of without more time to think. He takes a bit of a Twix bar, pauses time, comes up with a less than believable excuse and slips out of the situation free and clear.

They didn’t physically kill her, they mentally killed her. All of the 6 teens are pleading not guilty. I don’t hate formspring. There are pros and cons of the site. You can discover a person that’s been crushing on you since grade school, or be told you are pretty. However one mean comment can out rule any positive feedback. It’s the way the teenage mind works. You can build self-confidence based on all those all nice comments, but get one that can simply say, “You are annoying. Sorry.” And all that pride can come crashing down and you are left defeated. Formspring is one of the largest networking sites that practices bullying most frequently. People argue that if one gets a formspring account one has to be prepared to get remarks such as these. It’s true to a certain extent, but how horrible are we, to say if you create an account on this site, be prepared to get smashed by us, your fellow peers. Have we really sunken so low? That when given the opportunity to mentally abuse a fellow classmate, we take it so often that it becomes a pattern, something that ‘comes along with the package deal’? I guess we have. I wish I could say, be the change. Stop cyber bullying once and for all, by just not doing it. Nevertheless, it continues, fingers race across keyboards, words are exchanged, and tears are shed. I hope this article can just create more awareness to teens’ actions. It shouldn’t have to come to a death like Phoebe’s or Alexis where people realize what they are saying online is wrong. There is a piece of advice for the victims. Don’t care what people say about you. It may be easier said then done, but this can be accomplished in due time. To the bullies, present and future, think before you act. Just picture that person’s first reaction when they read what you are thinking about writing. Picture that- then type.

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The average looking man, a representation of the male gender, is portrayed as a feeble minded scumbag that has no sense of loyalty. The woman, a representation of the female race, is presented as a naive accessory that accidentally catches a man lying. The classic sexist view of the dominant male versus the naive female By Armen Dingizian is blatant in these types of commercials, News Editor though no one seems to challenge them. With retro stereotyping, advertisers can get I hate being late to class. It’s always away with almost anything with a wink and that one day when I’m up until two A.M. a nod. We are able to laugh at the clueless studying and happen to sleep through my girlfriend because we are “in on the joke”; alarm. By the time I wake up, I’m already we know it would never happen to any of us. late, so I throw on some clean clothes, grab As long as we know that they know that we my backpack, skip breakfast, and I’m out the know that it’s just an over the top parody, it’s door. I’m finally on campus at around 7:48 not stereotyping. but first period is inconveniently located on Though companies can label the third floor. There’s really nothing stopping their stereotyping as satirical, the reality me from running straight there, except I have is that there is no irony behind any of it. no clue who might be watching and I don’t In advertisements for a specific gender, want to be the one loser seen sprinting as the opposite gender is typically objectified though his life depended on it just to get to and degraded solely to make the subject class on time. I open the door and before I feel dominant, powerful, and more inclined know what’s going on, it hits me. I must have to buy the product. Consumption is based been the second late person to walk in and on rudimentary pleasure and desired I can already tell the teacher is annoyed. enhancement of the ego which can be filled My classmates’ ever so irresistible need to using a specific label and mutual definition stare straight at the person who just walked of personality traits. The media not only tells in, being me in this case, only exasperates the consumer to buy the product, but who the situation. The best thing I can do at this point is to keep my head down and look they have to be while using the product. Advertisers, companies and apologetic –but it’s too late, his lecture has corporations know their consumers enough already been interrupted and the damage alto generally categorize an entire gender ready done. It’s my second “tardy” this week or race and label it as humor. This edge and I can see my citizenship deteriorating they’ve developed is too effective to let go, before my eyes. I soon find myself cursing at so unfortunately it’s not going anywhere the ridiculous attendance policies. After all, anytime soon. It is easier to appeal to a why does attendance play a primary role in group than a single person and gender is determining my citizenship? Citizenship used to be something the main target. Until advertisers figure out a way to sell without stereotyping, we will be that you needed to work hard for. It was something that was earned through valuable stuck buying products that put us in a box.

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The demise of the English

language Ariel Vaisbort Spartan Staff

My phone buzzes- I have a text. “whts the eng hw. nd hlp dnt gt ittt!”  It took me longer to understand this text than it took me to write the essay in question.  The English language is slowly dying out...making a properly written essay a more precious commodity than gold. With the Internet craze becoming more and more popular, from Facebook to Twitter, proper grammar and spelling has become less of a priority.  The need for speed and efficiency has won against literacy in the list of priorities.   So how does this affect us? Well, I’m sure our English teachers become a little annoyed when they read essays that are word processed but still have grammatical errors and misspellings, or when we have to do an AP essay in class...and the kid next to us can’t write a single sentence without error. If students really care about their grades, will they stop using the passive voice and multiple tenses in an essay? I do not blame our English teachers for this grammatic blunders, I blame us!  As teenagers, our intense need to keep up with the latest trends, gossip, news, etc. has turned us into the poorest English writers. But we are not the only ones to blame for this atrocity.  On a daily basis I see signs and posters that boast “CD’s, DVD’s, and Video’s.”  Can’t spot the error there?  These common misuses make grammar buffs all over cringe.  Clearly, young people are not the only ones who make English errors; it’s also the so-called “educated” adults around us. I think that is pretty sad.   Especially in La Cañada, a community that boasts the second best schools in the state, shouldn’t we at least be able to beat San Marino in English? At this rate, we are not going to stay number two...much less get accepted to those Ivy League schools. contributions to class discussions, appropriate behavior, and managing a reasonable rate of attendance. With the attendance policies many of our teachers enforce at LCHS, earning an “O” in citizenship most nearly means you consistently arrive on time. Most syllabi will read as follows, “More than one tardy per quarter will result in a lowered citizenship grade: 1, O; 2, S; 3, N; 4 or more, U.” Citizenship was originally designed to promote healthy classroom behavior among the student body. However, its purpose has evolved, it is now being used to enforce attendance policies on campus. When asked if attendance played a significant role in determining citizenship, Jason Cheong, a studious junior attending La Cañada High School stated, “Attendance definitely takes up a huge proportion of the citizenship grading system and it’s easy for teachers to base citizenship off attendance because they keep track of it”. Mr Weld, a devoted teacher of 21 years, told The Spartan that, “I look at a student’s attendance first then I look at a student’s behavior.” As an Honors and AP teacher, Mr. Weld doesn’t have many issues with behavior among his students so he makes attendance a significant factor of citizenship. Since LCHS is a public high school, funds are allocated to our school based off attendance. Our school district has forced our citizenship to become motivation for consistent attendance so that the district may collect the proper amount of financial support from the State of California. It’s imperative that as a student body, we attend school as regularly as possible to ensure a better education for all. Attendance is relevant—our district uses funds to provide, supply, and contribute to the student body in substantial ways. However, attendance’s overbearing influence in determining the citizenship of a student is unjustfied. Whenever I’m two minutes late, I shouldn’t have to worry about getting an “S”.

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When the Lord becomes funny Is there a need to curse out God in a high school drama production? By Kevork Kurdoghlian Online Editor


verybody looks forward to a La Cañada Playhouse production. The productions are thoroughly prepared and eloquently performed and they bring joy and laughter to the stressed out minds of LCHS students and a sense of pride to the adults that watch the next generation perform the dramas from their childhood. The one aspect of these productions that can deter from its success is the excess of profanity. I usually like to sit in the front row when I’m in attendance in order to get a better view of the actors and hear them as clearly as possible. During “The Nerd” I couldn’t help but shut my eyes and then plug my ears with my sleeves so that I didn’t have to go through the pain of seeing or listening to one more blatant cursing of the Lord. I was caught between crying tears of laughter and tears of sorrow. I didn’t know whether or not to continue laughing or to throw my shoes at the next actor that cursed. I don’t know how the drama department decides the performance which they act, but they ought to choose one that doesn’t cause inner moral conflict for their audience. I’m a man of faith. Some of the actors on the stage that night were people of faith as well, and I can’t say how they found it within themselves to say the profane phrases they said. Whatever happened to the kind of humor that didn’t require cursing out the Lord in order to make people laugh? I’m pretty sure the play’s title is “The Nerd” not the “The Lord”. There was no need to use up five whole minutes to make a joke about God or mess around with His name for the sake of laughter. La Cañada Playhouse should be more considerate of their audience. I would imagine that with about seven churches in a city as small as ours, the Playhouse could get a better picture of their audience. “It’s a joke” isn’t going to cut it anymore. It’s not a joke when it should rightfully be called sin. I hope the drama department doesn’t think they can go forward with this overuse of profanity in their productions. I will bring an extra pair of shoes with me the next time I have my doubts about the ethics of a La Cañada Playhouse production.

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December 17 2010



Students: An Army of Drones By Katherine Propper Managing Editor As the Pavlovian bell rings, an army of docile drones rises in unison. With their sleepy dazed dispositions, they perform their daily routine of habit—something they’ve been conditioned to do since the kinder years. With certain gesticulations, the youthful automatons begin to recite as they follow their leader. In the direction of their red and white striped idol, the students pledge allegiance to the flag. As a member of this “patriotic” body and an observer of this daily ritual, I’ve witnessed the many ways students are conditioned into meaningless displays of obedience. The Pledge of Allegiance every morning is only one of these demonstrations. Students recite without actually saying something. Rarely do I hear a student who pledges the flag

Why I Hate Censorship By David Belcher Spartan Staff The first amendment of the constitution states that “Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.” The way it should read however is that “Congress can violate the first amendment, if the material it is censoring may be construed as inappropriate.” The reason for this is that constitutional rights seem not to matter much when it comes to protecting our ears from “bad words” or “bad works”. Government agencies and institutions have repeatedly abridged and suppressed materials, writings, or works of arts deemed “edgy” or “inappropriate”. Though censorship certainly seems like an innocuous policy (after all people’s feelings are at stake) there is more to it than just the right to say dirty words. Censorship raises a fundamental question about language itself and the government’s ability to control people’s everyday lives. One of the major components of censorship is the issue of bad words. Many people in favor of censorship argue that bad words are a prime example of material that should be abridged. What exactly are bad

are only 4 hours left along with a break. At 12:03 PM, students smile at the thought of lunch and a mere 2 hours of sitting left. 2:36 PM marks the summit of joy for most students as it marks the end of the school day. It is as though these bells and times have been instilled in the student body. At the sound of a much too common loud buzz, the whole school will even “evacuate” to the football field in another practice or impromptu fire drill. All these bells control and manipulate the movements and the actions of the entire school. Similar to Pavlov’s conditioning experiment, school teaches us to conform to our habits. Students are even graded at their ability to follow this factory-like bell schedule and conditioning program— nominally known as the Citizenship grade. If stuPhoto from Google dents fail to commit to the chimes and bells, they are threatened with not walking sense of anxiety in students as they realize at graduation and not being able to attend a long seven-hour day of sitting awaits them. school activities. The lengths the school The bell at 10:55 AM lets students breathe goes to condition us students is really quite for a while with the knowledge that there a surprise.

with devotion and patriotism. Similar to this showing of compliance, the students of LCHS are conditioned to a variety of bells and sounds. The bell at 7:50 AM triggers a

words though? And what makes them so outrageous, that their mere utterance can get you sent Dr. Luzak’s office? Well the answers are stupid. The reason that bad language is consider improper dates back to the 1300’s, when it was believed that swear words or “curse” words would bring a curse upon whoever said them. Despite the fact that’s a load of bull-hockey, it would appear that many authority figures today are living in fear of 14th century mythology. In that spirit, I propose that next we should all wear garlic around our necks to ward off the black plague. The ridiculousness of the notion of “bad language” can be further be seen by examining the “bad words”. By itself, the word “uck” isn’t bad at all. Put a “d” or a “b” in front of it, and you get a cute critter. Put a “p” in front of it, and you can start a hockey game. However, if you put the letter “f” in front of it, then it’s totally inappropriate. All jokes aside, the fact of the matter is the whole concept of “bad” language is a fallacy. This can be shown by the fact that some “inappropriate” words can be used in different contexts, and be perfectly fine. Perhaps the issue isn’t the sound of the “bad words” that are offensive, but the connotations of the words. This is because all “bad language” if taken in a literal context means something taboo, or disgusting. If you think about though, this doesn’t make much sense either. Take the “F” word for example. In its literal sense, it is sexually charged and lurid, but it can also be an incredibly useful and descriptive modifier. Censorship is an idea that was made popular by such reputable people as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, yet it exists

in America, “the greatest democracy in the world”. Why does this Orwellian policy exist? You might ask. Well, the answer is simple. Censorship exists because some people feel that bad words are adult subject material, much like pornography, and the moral fiber of society would be ruined if adolescents had the audacity to exercise their first amendment rights. As a result of this the Gestapo, I mean FCC was formed. The FCC or Federal Communications Commission is the agency responsible for the containment or the “beeping” of “inappropriate” material in some of your favorite television shows. I’m not completely insensitive though, I understand that in some cases it’s not acceptable to use “vulgarity”. For example, I would never speak to my grandmother or other elderly people the same way I speak to my friends in the locker room. Well that’s not entirely true, this one time I was playing crochet against a senior citizen on vacation and the guy was totally a cheater, so I came close. Also, it would totally not be okay to use edgy language in a formal setting, like at church or in a school newspaper or something….. Oh wait, never mind, on second thought I am completely insensitive. I think people should be able to exercise their freedoms wherever they are. Censorship is a policy that suppresses ideas and thoughts that some people consider to be “inappropriate”. Despite the fact that it violates constitutional rights and the idea of “bad language” is flawed, censorship still exists. “beep” censorship, and “beep” anyone in favor of it.

Sex Education is inadequate in LCUSD By Michael Belcher Spartan Staff My first real experience with sexual education occurred in fifth grade. “As Boys Grow,” otherwise known as “The Movie” is the first sex lesson boys in the district receive. However the film raised more questions than answers and even caused a few squeamish kids to cry. Not even Nurse Ham’s Question-and-Answer session after the movie could quell the steady stream of erection jokes that is still flowing today. Although we didn’t know it at the time, that nine minute movie was the only sex lesson the majority of us would ever receive. When I was a freshman, I took biology with Ms. Wheeler. Contrary to what the course title suggests, the class hardly discussed sexual reproduction at all. Even when we got to the “dirty” chapter at the back of the book, it was more about sex on a cellular level. I wasn’t expecting a clip show from the internet, but a few diagrams would’ve

been nice. But if Sex Ed isn’t taught in biology class, then who are we supposed to learn it from? The crossing guard? Mrs. Chahine? That weird guy with the van? According to Dr. E, the only course at LCHS that “adequately” covers Sex Ed is AP Environmental Science. The unit is consists of 6 power-point presentations (check them out on his website) and is strategically taught after AP testing and before Prom. The lectures are quite candid, and topic range from basic anatomy to full-blown STD’s. “This is not Kansas,” explained Dr. Ewoldsen, “I just give [students] the facts so they can make informed decisions.” However only a small percentage of students will ever take APES; a class that is traditionally for seniors. This means the average student at La Canada will never take a Sex Ed class. We Spartans aren’t learning to use Trojans. Personally, I don’t see a link between sex and

fractions; other than it’s improper for the larger one to be on top. The fact of the matter is students at La Canada don’t receive a quality education when it comes to sex. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to ask any freshman boy about sex. He will respond more like a South Park viewer than an educated high-schooler. It is scary to think students will learn more about sex from internet than biology class. Many critics of Sex Education would argue high school students are not old enough to learn about the birds and the bees. However high school marks the peak of sexual frustration in a person’s life (hopefully). If we don’t learn about sex now, then when? When we are all 35-year old virgins? Or when we are raising a baby at age 16? A short film in 5th grade does not come close to covering Sex Ed. It hardly humps the surface. Sex is an integral part of adult life and the curriculum should reflect that. The fact of the matter is La Canada High school needs a better Sex Ed program; the future depends on it.


December 17, 2010

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December 17, 2010



Teach a Man to Fish... Happily Ever After Club combats poverty through education relief. By David Rhee Opinion Editor A wise man once said, “Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.” Giving education and knowledge, as opposed to giving food or water, has been a recent trend in the world of poverty relief, especially in undeveloped countries such as Africa where crops and water are scarce and poverty is rampant. Providing education has been adopted as one of the best ways to end poverty in the world today for good. The Happily Ever After Club, founded by Junior Angela Kim, hopes to extend this goal of relief through knowledge by providing and sending books to any area in the world with a dearth of knowledge. Just last year, Happily Ever After Club donated over 1,700 books to the African Library Project, started one library in Lesotho, and another in Botswana. Definitely fulfilling its goals,

Happily Ever After Club finished last year with success. This year, the club has already gathered 833 books to donate. Focusing on a more localized goal, the club already has 7 schools in the L.A. school district that are waiting for 2000 to be delivered. Although this seems like quite the task, anyone can help out. Led by President Angela Kim and Vice President Henry Chung, the Happily Ever After Club meets on Mondays at lunch in room 202. Advised by Mrs. Moore, the club boasts a roster of 18 members. Hopeful for growth and fresh faces, the club welcomes newcomers who can help in providing books, organizing events, or simply provide assistance.

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Mrs. Moore, Sonya Cwik, Jordan Therrian, Shae Crosby, Jillian Nybakken, Abby Neat, Eric Cho, Meghan Fuelling, Henry Chung, Sofia Ahn, Eric Kim, Alice Michel, Leora Steinberg, President Angela Kim, Katherine Franklin, Diana Tran are the members of the Happily Ever After Club. However, even if one isn’t able to dedicate time into joining the club, he or she can still help out. A school book drive is taking place, shown by boxes in every English classroom around the campus. Anyone and everyone with a no longer needed or used book is strongly encouraged to drop

by and donate. The book does not specifically have to be educational. Any book in any genre is appreciated and will help in setting up libraries around the world.

Organic vs. Non-Organic Tee shirt time with Is there a real difference?

By Daniel Rhee Spartan Staff Recently, there has been a rumor on to the topic of the difference between organic and non-organic foods. Some scientists have reported that there is a very small difference between the two types of food. Because of this, many people now believe that organic foods are not that much different from the regular foods being produced, and that the organic foods are overpriced. Even though this topic is still debatable, many people do not know much about the subject other than the fact that organic foods are grown naturally without any chemicals, whereas conventional foods are grown with chemicals that will protect the food and speed up the growth of the food. Organic foods, in reality, are much healthier than regular foods. This all begins from their growth. Conventional farmers who produce non-organic foods apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth, and add chemicals to protect their produce from weeds, pesticides, and other diseases. On the other hand, organic farmers apply natural fertilizers, which promote healthy growth in the food itself. Although the produce that organic farmers yield takes longer to grow, the foods are healthier and more expensive compared to the regular farmers. Conventional farmers spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease while also using chemical herbicides to manage weeds. This enables the farmers to grow their produce faster and more

efficiently throughout the year, so they can make more profit than an organic farmer. Therefore, since the farmers are greedy for more profit, they switch from organic farming to regular farming adding chemicals to increase the growth of their plants and increase their profit. Most organic farmers use beneficial insects and birds to increase the growth and also rotate crops. Non-organic food is just a way of cutting corners and producing more crops faster and easier. However, this is not always the best way, especially for the consumer’s health. Organic foods are much healthier than natural foods because of the fact that conventional farmers are using unhealthy methods of growing the crops such as adding pesticides. Organic foods are better because even though conventional farmers say that their Photo from foods are safe, the chemicals used could affect a person in the long run. The long-term effects can greatly impact the consumer’s lives. For instance, foods created by conventional farmers contain chemicals that are harmful to humans. However, these plants contain chemicals that may not be harmful to humans in the short term, but are in the long term. The pesticides that are added to the non-organic crops are added in order to protect the plants and help them grow faster. These pesticides, in the long run, are dangerous because they have the potential to cause cancers and damage nervous systems, so organic foods are safer even though they cost more. Even though organic foods are expensive, they are safer. They are naturally grown and contain the regular nutrients that the foods have. These safe foods are what people should be eating.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! From the Spartan Staff

Weston Doty

By Diego Navarro Business Manager His design has been printed on more than 2,000 shirts; he has completed dozens of designs, and is in the process of completing countless others. When did this all begin? “Well, sophomore year, my cousin was wearing a Threadless tee shirt and I decided to check out the website for myself. I bought some shirts and my cousin encouraged that I submit some of my designs and get them printed,” Weston said. The Senior had one of his designs purchased by the internet t-shirt sales company Threadless. “My design sold out within a month, and Threadless quickly reprinted it. It’s exciting to know that so many people want to buy it,” he added. Threadless is a company that constantly receives designs from artists all over the world and that Weston’s design was accepted is quite an accomplishment. “When Threadless accepts a design, they pay the designer $2000. They then sell the shirt on their website and people all over the world can buy it,” Weston explained. “I was extremely surprised and humbled” Weston said. When asked what he intended to do with his money, Weston said, “buy a new computer and tablet” on which he could work on his designs. Senior Eirene Kim, a close friend to Weston, was asked if she was surprised by his success she replied, “not at all Westie is talented... I took Art Founda-

tions with him and he would always draw the coolest things.” Weston doesn’t reserve his talents for private sector profits as he has also contributed designs to several on-campus groups and clubs, such as this year’s Spartan Spirit Shirt and the AP Spanish Sweater. When asked if he planned to make more shirts in the future , Weston said, “Well, I’m going to school to study graphic design so that may be in my future, I’d love to keep it as a hobby”. Weston has been recently applying to art schools all over the country such as the Savannah College of Art and Design as well the School of Visual Arts in hopes of furthering his already astounding talents at these renowned institutions.

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December 17, 2010


You use Pullman’s compass points the right direction a phone By Ariel Vaisport Spartan Staff

A book that I was originally reluctant to read, “The Golden Compass,” by Phillip Pullman, is the first in a trilogy (“His Dark Materials”) that never grows old. This series gathered dust under my bed for weeks before I decided to read it one day in sheer boredom, and I was incredibly glad I did. Detailing the adventures of a little girl named Lyra, the first book follows her journey to save children from becoming experiments. With the guide of her alethiometer, an instrument which few can decipher, that is powered by Dust, she heads northward.  The study of Dust propels all three novels forward, because this well protected scientific secret forces the movement of all the most coveted treasures. Although this series is written in the past, many parts are things that we in this world do not have.  For example, a demon is a Photo from shape changing form that everyone has, a person’s soul outside of their body, and Lyra’s is named Pan.  This aspect provides an element that, at times, may confuse the reader, but simultaneously makes the story vastly more interesting.   Pullman’s broad imagination makes the series limitless, with the second and third books entitled “The Subtle Knife,” about a knife that can cut through dimensions into other worlds, and “The Amber Spyglass,” about a eyepiece that

can see the formations of Dust. Due to the complexity and detail of all three stories, an incredible mastery must be applied in the writing.  Therefore, Pullman’s understanding and creation of his subject is incredible.  The creativity is brilliant, and each character is fully developed with a spectacularly spontaneous background.  For example, one of Lyra’s closest friends is Lee Scoresby, a Texan hot-air balloon technician who assists throughout the mission.     While each book describes the tale of different protagonists, they all relate to Lyra and Pan’s original stories and journeys. Due to the use of multiple main characters throughout, Pullman creates a series that is intriguing, instead of treacherous.  Eventually, he manages to tie all three stories together, weaving minute details throughout.   And, you don’t even have to read the entire trilogy in order to understand.  Although, I felt that Pullman purposely left many unanswered questions, Google making me want to continue reading and pursue the novels. Of course, if you take any of my advice, I would tell you to read the books before (if) you see the movie.    Phillip Pullman is the English author of many books, including a fictional series about Jesus.  He was named one of the fifty best British authors since 1945 by Time magazine.  He attended Exeter College in Oxford, and is greatly influenced by “Paradise Lost”, by John Milton.

to call? Since when?

By Austin Hong Spartan Staff

You text…a little too much. Don’t lie. You can’t hide it, even if you’re sitting in the back of a classroom with your phone under your desk. Since 1983 the cell phone has developed into a common necessity. The initial purpose for the devices was to reassure safety, by being able to contact emergency services whenever they are needed. Now, in the 21st century, the cell phone has become a social device so that one can be contacted 24/7. Mobile phones were mainly used by businessmen. But, as time went on, cell phones have become the center of many teenagers’ lives. When mobile phones were first accessible to the common people, most teenagers did not even get the privilege of owning cellular devices. But in 2010, according to Nielsenwire, the average teenager owns a mobile phone and uses 646 minutes per month (and that was

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somehow a 14% decrease from last year). But wait, there’s more! In 1992, text messaging was introduced. It was first only used between businessmen because the price was not ideal for common use. Now that the price has become $20 per month for unlimited messaging, teens average 3,339 texts per month (that’s more than six per every hour you’re awake). Although the number is alarming, they are still constantly on the rise. This year’s texting has jumped 8% since last year. 78% of teens recognize the convenience of texting as being easier and faster. But that’s not all! Smartphones are dominating the mobile industry. Checking e-mails, updating Facebook, watching YouTube, and now purchasing applications have been increasing the use of data on mobile devices. The average smartphone owner uses 273 MB per month. Now, the World Wide Web and games are easily accessible in many pockets. What does all this phone usage mean? A lot of time is being wasted: picking up your phone, talking with a friend for an hour, checking Facebook, answering a text message, then receiving another reply in a matter of seconds. So when does the real work get done?

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December 17, 2010


Top 10 Christmas Off the Charts Films of all time ­­­­

By Carly Moore Managing Editor

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1. It’s a Wonderful Life Debatably the best Christmas movie ever made, this film epitomizes the best of director Frank Capra and actor Jimmy Stewart. This black & while classic depicts an angel (looking to earn wings) who shows an honest kind man what the world would be like if he never existed. Thus, this archetypal Christmas film is perfect for the holidays and will kindle your spirits for giving Photo from Google 2. Joyeux Noel Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life This Academy-Award winning film depicts the true story of the World War I Christmas truce of December 24th, 1914. Although this movie is in French and contains many gory battle scenes, the portrayal of enemy soldiers calling an armistice in light of Christmas truly exemplifies a rare demonstration of compassion that embodies the good of humanity. Joyeux Noel is well worth the subtitles and will provide you with a powerful story that is ideal for Christmas time. 3. The Polar Express This animated film really captures the essence of Christmas and childhood. With actor Tom Hanks, this film follows a young boy on Christmas Eve in search for the spirit and meaning of Christmas. As he ventures on a magical trip on the “Polar Express” train this young boy will truly experience the spirit of Christmas. Join the ride and get lost in the magic of Christmas while watching this movie. 4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas This Dr. Seuss classic is a fun and jolly Christmas movie that will lure you into the world of Whoville. Directed by Ron Howard and starring comedian Jim Carrey, this film will display the transformation of a cynical and mean Grinch to a happy and loving Grinch due to the touching acts of the sweet Cindy Lou Who. Not only is this movie amusing, but it will brighten your holiday. 5. Love Actually This British romantic comedy features a talented cast the likes of Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, and Kiera Knightly. As a film that intertwines 10 separate love stories and lives, it is no bore and is unique in its cinematic qualities. This charming chick flick is sure to make you laugh and is great for those who want to watch an unconventional Christmas film. 6. Elf Starring comedian Will Ferrell and actor Zooey Deschanel, Elf is a comedy that is sure to humor you. The story revolves around a huge clumsy elf-raised man named Buddy. Buddy, who causes havoc at the North Pole, journeys to New York in an attempt to find his identity and discover himself. Along the way, Buddy falls in love, finds Santa, and saves Christmas. By watching Elf this Christmas, you’re sure to discover your inner elf. 7. Home Alone Macaulay Culkin--the little blonde kid that started it all. Culkin plays rascal Kevin McCallister and has his wish come true when he wishes his family would disappear. Of course, Kevin’s large family really just accidentally leaves him home alone. While home alone, the precocious Kevin will make you laugh as he fools two bandits and splurges at his house. This film will really make you value your family and your alone time.

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8. Miracle on 34th Street Whether it’s the Natalie Wood or the Mara Wilson version, both films will make you sympathetic for Kris Kringle. As the real Santa decides to be a New York City’s store Santa, he receives criticism for claiming to be the original Santa. Ultimately, the real spirit of kindness will reign supreme amidst greedy businessmen who care only about commercializing Christmas. 9. A Charlie Brown Christmas There is a Peanuts animated special film for just about every holiday and A Charlie Brown Christmas is a must-see. Join Snoopy and the gang for a cute Christmas rendition. Negative Charlie Brown searches for Christmas spirit while all his friends concern themselves with presents, and the school’s play. Ultimately, Charlie Brown has an epiphany while Linus recites the Gospel of Luke during the school’s Nativity play and decides to make the best of Christmas. Charlie Brown decorates a makeshift Christmas tree and is happily surprised when his friends gather to carol and celebrate Christmas. This cartoon will uplift your Christmas spirits and will make you reminisce your childhood. 10. Nightmare Before Christmas This Tim Burton movie has a cult-like following for many reasons. Not only is its dark animation ground breaking, but the integration of Halloween and Christmas is a joy to many. The story of Jack replacing Santa and then, saving Santa, will put anyone in the Christmas mood. This film is especially great for anyone looking for less sap and more gloom.

Look at your music. Look at all the It’s one of the best put together soundtracks songs you have, all the lyrics you’ve memo- I have ever heard. rized. All the band names you have acquired. Ever. How did all those songs get on your iPod? I’ve been listening to it everyday, Did you get the song off the radio? Did your going through all the 19 tracks, playing them friend burn you a CD? Did you hear it on a over and over again until I’ve memorized them commercial while flipping though channels? all and picked my favorites. Well, there is a story behind every The ‘Off the Charts’ music of this song-- a story of how you got it there, how week are the bands on this soundtrack that you found out the stood out to me. name, how, in the I went present, you are out of my usual listening to it. That’s genre of music how you found it when I picked in the first place the band Wolfright? mother. WolfYou were mother is an listening to the Australian rock world around you. band that was I have an formed in 2000. obsession with a In 2005 the band ton of the songs launched their played on the hit TV first album, makshow Gossip Girl. ing number three The show plays on the Austrabands like The Virlian ARIA Albums gins, or Shiny Toy Chart. That year Guns, and at the they moved to end of each epiLA and won the sode I google the ‘Best Hard Rock Photo from Google music and I end up Band’ award of with a great play the year. Over Picture of the band Temper Trap list. the years they The question is how did I end up lov- appeared in films like The Hangover, and ing the songs played in the first place? Well, played at numerous music festivals that when it got a bit boring, I just listened to the gained them popularity. They went 5x platibackground music. By just listening for good num when the released their album Wolfmusic, I found it. mother. Sadly in 2008 the band split and So with this revelation in mind, this transformed. Their spilt didn’t stop them from week I listened. becoming a band that was featured in Rolling Let me tell you, I found some really Stone, or releasing a new critically praised great bands. album Cosmic Egg. If you are going to check Monday night, with not a lot of home- them out listen to their songs White Unicorn work to do, I watched (500) Days of Summer and Vagabond. for the first time. Yes, it was amazing and is I found the band The Temper Trap now one of my favorite movies, but the music last year when their album Conditions came in played throughout the movie was what out. I have been hooked ever since. The band made it even more amazing. It made each was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008. scene that much better, and overall made a Their first album, Conditions, came out in beautiful movie. Personally the soundtrack October 2009, becoming extremely popular to any movie makes a film great. If the music for the atmospheric sounds and pulsing beats. matches the tone of the scene the movie has This band of boys aren’t finished playing into to click. Example: Have you ever watched the lives of teenagers around the globe, bea horror movie on mute, without the creepy cause they plan to release a second album violin music? It just looks stupid. The film lacks soon. I hope you love this band as much as that ‘essence’ that makes it great, and it ends I do, because their songs Down the River, up being kind of bad. So when (500) Days Fade on, and Sweet Disposition are always of Summer was over, and the credits rolled stuck in my head. I went on itunes and bought the soundtrack. Hope you enjoy!

Movie Review: Morning Glory By Ailin Kim Spartan Staff

On its opening day, Wednesday, November 10th, Morning Glory received fairly low ratings from critics around the country. USA Today harshly said, “Morning Glory can’t decide whether to skewer the morning news or wallow in its pap”. The Los Angeles Times praised Rachel McAdams for her performance but noted that the movie “[ran] out of steam”. I hesitated to watch Morning Glory after knowing that it had received a 54% in But let me tell you, Morning Glory was definitely worth $11.75. Starring the beautiful actress Rachel McAdams, Morning Glory is about Becky Fuller, a young and perky news producer, who takes on the mission to rescue a failing New York morning newscast called “Daybreak”. As an avid workaholic, Becky swears her life on the success of the show with plummeting ratings and discordant staff members. She finds that the only way to save the show and her dream career is to shake up the status quo and completely change “Daybreak” from its people to its daily scoops—even if it means bringing back

the hated anchorman Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) and transforming the news reports into comedy pieces. And all at the same time, Becky tries to juggle her new love life and her demanding job. Now, this sounds all too typical, with the usual modern fictional protagonist, an ordinary person stuck in an extraordinary situation. But what made Morning Glory worth writing about was the way it tied in all the great features of a short and sweet film. It brought in great actors, relatable characters, and both humorous and heartbreaking scenes. If Morning Glory were a plain cupcake, its comedy and romance would be the icing and sprinkles that made it more appealing and delicious. Aside from the harsh criticisms, Robert Ebert’s review in the Chicago Sun-Times acclaimed Morning Glory as the best kind of comedy because “it grows from human nature and is about how people do their jobs and live their lives”. Morning Glory did not have the most original plot line, but it did have that heartwarming humor that will captivate of any lover of chick flicks, comedy, and of course, Rachel McAdams.

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Basketball Spotlight: Michael McGlashan By Jay Lim Spartan Staff Number 32 sprints down the court and passes by one Compton player then another. He goes up for the lay up, score! That was last year, although Mikey and the squad lost last year’s CIF game against Compton which ended the season early, he is coming back for another strong performance. He’s been practicing and working out to become a stronger leader this year and hopes to lead the Spartans to another great season. Spartan: What position do you play? Michael: I play a combo guard position. (Point guard and shooting guard) Spartan: W h a t are your expectations going into the season?

Michael: We pretty much return the same team from last year, giving us a lot more experience heading into the season. We have better shooters this year and have been playing extremely well together during preseason. Last year our offense wouldn’t show up every night, making us depend on our defense. This year we bring back the same talented defense, just with more offensive power compliment. Spartan: What are some of your individual achievements? Michael: My personal achievements from last year include La Canada Tournament MVP, Rio Hondo League MVP, and all CIF first team. Spartan: Are you looking to play in college?

Michael: I’m still undecided on what I plan on doing next year. I’m 50/50 on whethMichael: er I want to We explay baspect to ketball in m a k e college, or C I F just go to again college and this year, play for a o n l y club team. to go I plan on farther Senior Michael McGlshan playing out than we my senior did last y ear and year. We made it to the quarterfinals seeing what options I have after the last year against Compton and we are looking to try to make it past that point season and deciding then. this year. We have the skill to go as far If you see Mikey in the hallways, as we want; the only thing that can stop go cheer him on for another great seaus is ourselves. son. The season will be starting soon Spartan: How has the team changed so GOOD LUCK to the Spartan Men’s basketball team and Mikey!! from last year?

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Soccer Spotlight: Jasmine Moh

By Jay Lim

Spartan Staff

Jasmine started soccer at a young age and excelled on the soccer field. When she was a freshman, she played on the varsity soccer team and ever since she has consistently helped the team improve. Now she is the co- captain for the varsity soccer team. The team is preparing for another great season. Spartan: How’s the team doing? Jasmine: Considering the fact that we are a very young team, the soccer team has started off with a great start. It’s only pre season right now and definitely by January we will dominate without question. Spartan: What’s the opposition like this year?? Jasmine: Our opponents throughout the season prove to be very challenging teams, however, they are all the same teams we have always played. There are several competitive teams as well as teams that we can shut out with minimal effort. Spartan: What are your weaknesses and strengths? What do you guys need to improve on? Jasmine: As mentioned before, our team consists of a young group of girls. We have many freshmen girls this year so it is a little difficult to readjust our playing system. Our team however does have wonderful chemistry that shows on and off the field. We all get together and communicate on the field which shows a lot of confidence for

such a young team. Spartan: What are your expectations for this year? Jasmine: For this season I would like to see the team win league and make CIF. Girls soccer has completed this task many times before, and I’m sure that with much effort and consistency we can achieve our goal. Spartan: What position do you play? Jasmine: Throughout my high school career I have m o s t l y played midfield. However, this season due to our loss of a major center def e n d e r, I am playing center defense. It is a big shift because I have never played this position before. With the help of my teammates and coaches, I hope to excel at this position and help our team win. Spartan: Are you thinking about playing in college? Jasmine: Soccer is something I do for fun and it is not my forte in terms of pursuing it in college. I do not plan on playing for a college, but I do see myself joining a recreational league to play on the weekends for fun. Also, I need to find a way to avoid my freshman 15 anyways. Jasmine and her teammates will be starting their season shortly and we are expected them to do well. Hopefully we hear GOALLLLLLLLL!, from our crowd. If you see her or any other Spartan soccer players go cheer them on!

LCHS Seniors Sign College Letters Of Intent By Lizzie Foster Sports Editor On Wednesday, November 17, La Cañada High School seniors Anna Edwards and Lauren O’Leary signed their college letters of intent to Northwestern University and Georgetown University, respectfully, indicating that they agree to attend the college after both were recruited to play softball for the universities. Anna and Lauren both play for the LCHS Varsity softball

team, and are also teammates on a highly respected club softball team. LCHS held a special ceremony on the stairs in front of the North Gym to recognize Anna and Lauren, where their family members, representatives from each college, friends, coaches, and LCHS students were in attendence. Both girls signed their letters among the excited atmosphere while their proud supporters looked on. The special event was a culmination of years of hard work and dedication for both Anna and Lauren, as well as a proud moment for the girls’ longtime supporters, their coaches, and LCHS alike.

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In the World

December 17, 2010

Senate shoots down Brian Mitchell block of “Don’t Ask, convicted in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping Don’t Tell” Republican Senators voted down the seventeen year old ban which disallows openly gay men and women to serve in our armed forces. Sixty votes were required to break the ban but the Democrats could only muster 57 votes and it appears unlikely that the Democrats will be successful in passing repealing the bill any time soon as they have lost 5 seats in the Senate and their majority in the House of Representatives, but despite these obstacles, Democrats remain hopeful of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell before this Congressional session adjourns. This is another blow to President Obama’s influence because he promised at the beginning of the year to overturn this law, but as it currently stands, Republican Senators will not budge until tax cuts and budget plans are addressed.

The DREAM Act Passes in the House The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or the DREAM act, was voted for table consideration by the Senate by a 59-40 vote on December 9, 2010 after passing in the House of Representatives the day before. The DREAM Act is designed to allow illegal immigrants to seek legal status if they were brought to this country before the age of sixteen, have lived in the U.S. for five years, and graduated from high school. This law was tabled because all forty-two Senate Republicans vowed to block any piece of legislation until the Bush era tax cuts are extended and until a government spending bill is passed. Though Republicans currently stand firm against all pieces of legislation, certain GOP members would approve of this bill after the tax cuts are extended and the government’s spending is contained legislatively. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to pass this bill before the year’s end, but as of now this bill has a murky future.

Rival to Wikileaks Wikileaks has faced a lot of trouble in the past couple months, including the imprisonment of its founder Julian Asange and the trouble it faces with the United States State and Justice Departments. Amid all their difficulties Wikileaks couldn’t have imagined another website set to rival them, but that is exactly the next of their problems. On Monday, December 13, 2010 dissidents from Wikileaks who were upset with the behavior of Julian Asange launched their own website, According to an anonymous source at Openleaks, the intent of the website is to be”without a political agenda except from the dissemination of information to the media, the public, non-profit organizations, trade and union organizations and other participating groups.”

Cholera Strikes Disaster-Stricken Haiti Following Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake, the death toll in the country from outbreaks of cholera rose to 724 people. According to Gabriel Timothee, director general of the Haitian Ministry of Health, 11,000 people have been sickened by cholera. Amidst fears of an epidemic, the United Nations appealed to international donors for nearly $164 million in response aid.

North Korea Bombs South Korea

Tuesday, November 23, North Korean forces killed two South Korean soldiers and injured dozens after North Korea fired dozens of shells onto South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island. The attack comes a day after North Korea declared that they would press on with their nuclear program. North Korean forces defend their actions, citing their earlier objections to South Koreans conducting military exercises there.

In 2002, Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped by Brian David Mitchell, who was convicted for multiple crimes on December 10, 2010. The jury found the fifty-seven year old Mitchell guilty of kidnapping and illegal transportation of a minor for the purpose of illegal sex. The defense attorneys had no interest in arguing whether or not Mitchell kidnapped Smart, but they argued for his acquittal due to his claimed insanity. Smart accused him of daily rapes, forceful alcoholism and drug abuse, and forcing her into a polygamous marriage with himself. Brian David Mitchell now awaits his sentencing in May after being convicted by the jury.

Cam Newton wins the Heisman Trophy

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was awarded the Heisman Trophy in New York’s Best Buy Theater in Time Square on December 10, 2010. He was the third Auburn player to receive the Heisman Trophy. Runner up Andrew Luck of Stanford was short 1,184 points to Newton 729 first-place votes. The number one Auburn Tigers will be playing the number two Oregon Ducks for the BCS title in Glendale, Arizona on Monday, January 10, 2011.

Assange put on Interpol’s Most Wanted List

At the request of Swedish authorities investigating alleged sex crimes, Interpol put Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on its most wanted list. Specifically, Interpol posted a “Red Notice,” which is an informal international arrest warrant for member countries of Interpol. Wikileaks is an online organization which releases leaked confidential documents through user submissions. The “Red Notice” comes days after Wikileaks released a new set of confidential documents revealing, among other things, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates stating that Russian democracy has “disappeared.”

Elizabeth Edwards dies at 61 Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential and vice-presidential candidate John Edwards passed away in her North Carolina home on December 7, 2010. For the past six years she was battling breast cancer and only recently her doctors diagnosed that her cancer was “treatable but not curable”. She has been by her husband’s side ever since the beginning of her husband’s political career. Though she knew of his infidelity with the campaign videographer during his 2008 presidential bid, she stood strong in front of the television cameras and went on. His husband, her two daughters, and son remember her. Upon her request she was buried next to her son Wade, who had died of a car accident in 1996. The funeral was held on December 11, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Colored lanterns, oriental fans, and crimson dragons greet you as you walk through the arch that leads to Chinatown. In this little town within Los Angeles that models itself around the greater nation of China, one can get a taste of the vibrant Chinese culture. Outdoor stores selling whimsical and decorative Asian trinkets will catch your attention as you stroll along—a great place to buy jade jewelry, illegal fireworks, and miniature statues of Buddha. In addition to the great unique stores, Chinatown contains some of the best oriental restaurants in the city. Not only is the food inexpensive, but the menus feature unique delicacies like duck and dim sum. This culturally themed village also spotlights Chinese art and design. The calligraphy of the Han Dynasty can be found on many items, and images representative of Imperial China surround the city including statues of the terra cotta soldiers. U l t i m a t e l y, Chinatown is a bright and lively city that is a mustPhoto by Terese Rutkowski visit for all of us Angelinos.

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