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La Cañada High School

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Volume XXII Issue 3

La Cañada Students Give the Gift of Life Burglars Caught The First Blood Drive of the Year is Successful By Hannah Stewart Spartan Staff


he first blood drive of the year at La Cañada High School took place on Thursday, November 10. All of the blood collected during the drive will be donated to Huntington Hospital. The final

count for all the pints of blood collected was 70 pints. That’s 70 pints of blood collected for a good cause. This daylong event turned the cafeteria into a temporary clinic, with friendly nurses shuffling around and reassuring nervous students. The ASB coordinator for this event was Alexandra Vavoulis, who explained that the blood-drive happens twice a year, and all the blood is used to help those who need it at the hospital. The recipients are in need of blood transfusions in the case of surgery or blood replacements. Jackee Baca’-Jeary, the hospital’s coordinator for such events, informed me

By Paulina Galoostian Photography Editor

that all of the blood drives took place in the communities surrounding the Huntington Hospital, and that “La Cañada High has always been fantastic” when it comes to donating blood and coordinating the events. Our school is among the most organized and helpful schools that she works with. The reward for donating a pint of blood is Baskin Robbins ice cream, and the knowledge that you may have potentially saved a life. This knowledge led senior Karen Wong to donate blood. “I just want to give back.” She said. The next drive promises to be just as fruitful.

On November 3, three men were arrested for burglarizing La Cañada High School. The men stole about $25,000 worth of electronics on October 31. Two of the suspects were Erik Howell, 20, and David Pinnell, 21, who live in Glendale, CA. Joshua Oleas, 21, turned himself into the Crescenta Valley station on November 8. He was later released on $20,000 bail. Ms. Tanya Wilson, who is in charge of security for LCHS, reported the suspects after investigating the crime. She said, “I looked at the tape and recognized some of the guys from the football games and other school activities.” Sargent Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriffs Station and his crew searched both homes and recovered the stolen items from Pinnell’s home in Reseda. The recovered items included two NEC computer projectors, one Hewlett Packard laptop computer, 13 Mac laptop computers and money for a class field trip. Ms. Wilson said, “I am glad everything was recovered. A lot of the computers wouldn’t be replaced because the school has very little money. The robbers had a key to the school. To help prevent future problems the school will be rekeying.” The accused had their court hearing on Monday, November 14. According to the Valley Sun, Howell and Pinnell entered plea deals admitting felony burglary, and were sentenced to 180 days in Los Angeles Court Jail. After their release, they are to stay away from La Cañada High School and will be on probation for three years. Sargent Harley said that there are more suspects involved in the burglary and investigators will seek them out. The school’s security cameras were a major help in the investigation. Mr. Dover said, “One thing we’ve invested in is cameras, which have helped discover the suspects. This was a horrible crime against the school, teachers, students, and parents.”

Good Weather Permitted for Great Homecoming Parade

Photo by Michael Bishop

Photo by Michael Bishop The Songies livened the crowd on Foothill Blvd.

The football team went immediately to practice after the parade.

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Smells Like a Yes! Tips on How to Ask a Girl to a Dance By C.C. Monroe Opinion Editor


Queen Cox

Princess George

sking a member of the opposite sex to a school dance is an endeavor that no man should have to bear. The amount of time, energy, stress and money that is put into this process stimulates the local La Cañada economy by itself. Young men must put their dignity on the line in order to secure a date so they can pay for a young woman’s dinner and transportation. This has been a time-honored tradition in this small town since its inception. When I asked a friend from out of town how

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men asked out their dates at his school, he replied, “Uhhh, we just ask them. What do you do?” If only he knew of the blood, sweat and tears… Fear not! For all of those men out there who are intimidated by the thought of rejection and are lacking in the creative category, here are some ideas. Using a young woman’s lavatory in order to ask her on a date is always a good idea. To pull this one off, you need only a roll of toilet paper and a Baby Ruth bar. Write “If you have to go, go with me” on the toilet paper with a Sharpie and head over to the lucky lady’s house while she is out and about. Awkwardly say “Hi” to her parents and tell them that you will be asking their little princess out to a night of allyou-can-eat pasta and “appropriate” dancing. After laying forth your innocent intentions, find your future love’s bathroom, unwrap the candy bar, and drop it in the John. Lay the toilet paper gently across the seat and BAM! You got yourself a date! Warning: this technique is only for pros with at least three dances under their belt. If you are new to this modern adaptation of courtly love then you might want to try one of these. Dress up as a bear, hide under her bed, then surprise your future date and shout “It would be “beary” awesome if you went to (insert name of the respective dance) with me!” It works like a

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charm, if she doesn’t call the cops. If you are very health-conscious or your date could lose a few pounds, instead of throwing candy all over her room or car, maybe throw some carrots and celery. A possible catch phrase for such a nutritious proposal could be,

Photo by Katie Robbins Coleman Monroe knows how to ask Ashley Clark to a dance.

“I would DIET if you didn’t go with me!” Kids these days don’t believe in long-term relationships (‘tis a shame). However, if you have found that special someone who you want to spend the rest of your high school life with, do something that will last. Instead of buying a pricey pack of multicolored paint pens to write on your lover’s car, reach into your pocket and pull out your car keys, unless they are laser engraved where in that case just use your house keys. A heartwarming message inscribed in a women’s driver’s-side door is much more memorable than some read letters that will be washed off the next day. Hear, hear to true love! So gentlemen, with this new knowledge go off into the world knowing that with a little creativity and confidence you can snag the girl of your dreams. Now all you have to worry about is your suit, your acne condition, your table manners, your terrible dance moves and, if you’re lucky, your smooching skills, which, if you are reading this, are probably slacking. May God be with you. P.S. For all of you young ladies who will be replying to these young men, no “Yes” reply is complete, or even meaningful, without copious amounts of food. The Spartan is not recommending that anyone actually try any of these suggestions. This article is intended as a joke.




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November 17, 2011

LCHS Red Cross Club AttendsYouth Corps Day

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n Sunday, October 30th, five volunteers from the La Cañada High School Red Cross Club attended the first Youth Corps Day of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Region. This event kicked off the club’s new season. “Our club has a history of not doing much,” said Gregory Chin, senior co-president of Red Cross Club. “So we wanted to really promote this event to show that this club has been revived and we are serious about promoting the Red Cross.”

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Photo by Ailin Kim The SGPV and Arcadia Executive Boards collaborated for months to plan their first regional event.

Photo by Ailin Kim Photo by Ailin Kim Andrew Kim signs a banner for our veterans.

Youth Corps Day was a six-hour event at the Pasadena Chapter Mansion. Executive Board members from both the San Gabriel Pomona Valley and Arcadia Chapters coordinated a series of events that taught volunteers the history of the Red Cross and their responsibilities of the youth corps. The activities were both fun and serious. To start off the morning, Ashley Siapno, a senior from San Dimas High School and current Community Outreach officer of the SGPV West

Photo by Ailin Kim Christine Noh makes a holiday card for SAF.

Chapter E-Board, performed a rap about the Red Cross. This opening act then led into the more serious Youth Services presentation about the founders of the Red Cross, their seven principles, and the role of the organization in the world. The two E-Boards spent the entire afternoon teaching the volunteers about the five lines of services of the American Red Cross. They prepared a workshop for each service, and volunteers had an opportunity to learn about all five lines of services in a nutshell. The workshops were a great hit among students. “My favorite workshop was Health and Safety. The other workshops were great too, but I liked how this class taught us CPR, something we can use in the real world,” said freshman Kelly Bae. Another workshop in Youth Corps Day was International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The former director of International Services, Tobi Hajjar, began each rotating group by asking the audience to list things young adults today cannot live without. Mrs. Hajjar then made a jarring comparison between our “necessities” (cell phones and Facebook) with the scant provisions war refugees. The great discrepancy evoked a silent reflection among the volunteers and had many leave the workshop with a greater appreciation of their lives. The remaining workshops included Disaster Services, Blood Services, and Services to the Armed Forces (SAF). The presenters of Disaster Services reiterated the proper way to take cover during an earthquake and how to prepare for any natural disaster. In the Blood Services activity, volunteers learned how to set up a blood drive and were assigned a blood type and number of pints they could donate. Then they tried to rescue a hypothetical victim as a team by combining the correct type and amount of blood. Finally, the Services to the Armed Forces workshop was an arts and crafts time where all volunteers made holiday cards for troops and signed a big banner

to be sent to the veterans in the Fisher House. At the end of the day, the volunteers competed each other in team jeopardy. They vied for first place using what they learned from the presentation earlier that day. Two of the teams—selfnamed Team Pi and Team Trololol—especially dominated the game. Unfortunately, none of the La Cañada students were part of these groups.

Protestors returned to the streets on November 6, a day after a police crackdown. Occupy Atlanta is an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement that started in New York in September as a call to action against unequal distribution of wealth. In Atlanta, about 80 people converged at the city’s Centennial Olympic Park for a peaceful gathering, according to police. Peace was maintained until a police officer on a motorcycle allegedly accelerated into a protestor. A spokesman for Atlanta police did not respond to a request for comment on claims that the officer accelerated into the crowd. The movement has spread nationwide and beyond, with major cities continuing with protests despite encounters with the law. Source: CNN.COM

White House Demonstration Thousands of protestors gathered in front of the White House on November 6 to urge President Barack Obama reject a proposed oil pipeline that would stretch between Canada and Texas. This 1,700-mile behemoth has caused enough commotion to attract protestors from Nebraska, Maine, and even Florida. The $13 billion project worries residents of all states for various environmental reasons. The pipeline would transport toxic crude oil from under Canada’s Boreal forest to refineries in Texas. It is inevitable for the pipeline to stretch across various rivers and streams in the states it goes through and leaks or spills of any kind could have significant impacts on wildlife. While the pipeline may create several thousand jobs, the risk of such a large scale operation may far outweigh the benefits. The final decision is up to the State Department, but President Obama may step in. Source: CNN.COM

Photo by Ailin Kim Kelly Bae begins to learn hands-only CPR. Overall, the day was a success. Volunteers were able to build their network and leave the event with a greater understanding of their role in such a renowned international organization. Junior Andrew Kim said, “Although there were only four of us, Youth Corps day was a great first experience. I hope to continue being involved with the Red Cross.”

European Union Cracks Despite New Bailout The European Union on October 26 was able to reach an agreement on a new bailout package of $1.4 trillion in hopes of maintaining the regional economy. The $1.4 trillion plan would supply $150 billion to banks that supply debt holders and $140 billion would go to the Greek government in hopes of keeping the country solvent. The plan includes a 50% reduction of Greek bond prices and prospects of attracting foreign investments from less wealthy countries like China and Brazil. European countries across the economic union have implemented budget cuts, leading to public protests and job cuts. With data predicting a future recession, manufacturing and services have fallen in performance. Regional tensions have arisen from the budget conflict. Northern countries like Germany demand more austerity measures in southern, debt-stricken countries like Greece and Italy. Although such austerity measures would only hurt the weakening economies, northern countries are more concerned with national credit stability without possibility of repayment. Even though efforts are underway to keep the Union together, tensions between different national interests and regional solidarity are threatening the stability of the organization. Source: Los Angeles Times

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Rebels Win Freedom in Libya The Libyan Civil War ended in a victory for the anti-Gaddafi rebels. For several months, rebels motivated by the “Arab Spring” revolutions, took the eastern parts of the country, taking the city Benghazi. As the rebels moved west, Gaddafi’s followers slowly began to flee from the capital. On October 20, Gaddafi was captured and killed by a group of rebels in the city of Surt. NATO airstrikes played a major role in his capture by cornering Gaddafi in the coastal city. The circumstances of the dictator’s death remain uncertain. Losing the shackles of dictatorship, the Libyan people have established a provisionary government called the Transitional National Council. Libyans are optimistic about achieving a better form of government. Although the nation will need to address tribal and regional divisions, it is blessed with vast oil wealth and a small population. Source: Los Angeles Times

Turkey Quakes Under 7.2 Earthquake

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On October 23, 2011, eastern Turkey was struck by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Following the initial shock, over 100 aftershocks rocked the area for ten hours, some reaching magnitudes of 6.0. The quake could be felt in the neighboring countries of Iran and Armenia. The cities of Van and Ercis were the most devastated, a death toll reaching 279 in Van and 80 in Ercis. 1300 total people were injured. In total, 1025 buildings, most of which were residential living spaces, lay in ruins. Mud-brick houses in the countryside were also affected, but the exact extent of the damage is still unclear. Along with 1275 aid teams from Turkish 38 provinces, neighboring nations of Greece and Israel sent rescue teams. Source: Los Angeles Times


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Natalie Schultz won first place.

Kara Lankey won second place for her photo.


Charlotte and Julia Swart came in third place.

Red Ribbon Week Raises Awareness By Kate Battaglia Spartan Staff


s students arrived on campus on the morning of October 24th, they were greeted by red ribbons decorating the campus. From October 24th to the 28th, La Cañada celebrated Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program. On Monday morning, a PA announcement introduced the students to this annual campaign. Posters advertised the different activities each day, and banners encouraged students to be drug free. To kickoff Red Ribbon Week, the classic

red wristbands were handed in Monday, which coincided with the announcement. The second day featured speaker Daniel Puder, a WWE wrestler who wrote the book, “My Life, My Power,” and led multiple assemblies on drug abuse for the student body. On Wednesday, Tanya Wilson presented a display case of “cool stuff” with drug paraphernalia. While on Thursday, Deputy Matejka led a simulation of drunk driving through the use of “drunk” goggles. These goggles demonstrated the impaired vision of a drunken person by clouding their eyesight. The activities concluded on Friday as the ribbons came down, and students took off their wristbands.

Some classes even participated in this event. Every year, the ROP photography class is assigned to take a picture focused on the problem of drugs and alcohol, and combine it with a catchy slogan that emphasizes the importance of staying drug free. Junior Kimmie Cotter commented, “I like that students get to try and communicate to other teenagers through an artistic point of view, and because it is something that connects to different people.” Even though the ribbons will be taken down and the projects will be turned in, the message that this week conveys extends further throughout the year.

Art Students Recognized

Christina Vavoulis won fouth place.

By Jinny Choi Spartan Staff La Canada High school’s fine arts department is launching a new program that would involve more active student participations. The art teachers, Mr. Kauffman, Mr. Lee, and Mr. Diconti have collaborated to make a nifty website featuring their students’ works in hopes of strengthening the students’ appreciation for arts. Student artworks can be viewed on Starting this year, they began presenting “Artists of the Month” awards to students with talent and passion. “These artists are those who display good work ethic and creative ideas while managing their time well in a productive manner,” remarked Mr. Lee, the ceramics teacher. The teachers have agreed to recognize a few student artists every month. The students will be chosen from each class accordingly from

Justin Michel

Andrew Nazarian

The Great Shakeout By Gemma Sokol Spartan Staff

Taylor Hall-Smith

John Lee

For the month of October, sophomores Justin Michel and Andrew Nazarian were selected for media arts. Senior John Lee from Mr.

Kauffman’s Independent Project and senior Taylor Hall-Smith from Mr. Lee’s beginning ceramics class were also chosen. These students were recognized for their abilities to stay on task and produce creative art pieces.

the teachers.

Spartans Celebrate Rio de Homecoming with Assembly

Photo by Paulina Galoostian

On Thursday October 20th, schools all over California participated in the Great Shakeout. The Great Shakeout emphasizes the importance of earthquake preparedness and organized emergency planning in schools. “[The Great Shakeout] was crazy! I was a little scared at the beginning, but it ended up being super helpful,” Stephanie Bathke, senior, added when asked how the Shakeout went. Students and teachers across the board are always excited for the Great Shakeout as it is a very necessary safety precaution Californians should practice as earthquakes are a common occurrence. Although block day was cut short, teachers said they were still able to teach everything they had planned to teach on that day, but some student’s did not fully agree. “I think my third period teacher did the best he could to teach in the time he had, but there was still a lot we couldn’t do, like write our in-class essay,” David Alvarez, senior, mentioned. Even with all the commotion and the shorter block third, the Great Shakeout was a great success and will continue to be for years to come.

Assemblies Commissioners Coleman Monroe, Meg Sanborn and Connor Smith knew how to keep the crowd entarained at the Homecoming Assembly. By Jinny Choi Spartan Staff As the band blew away at their horns and pipes, the students of La Cañada bustled into the gym, anticipating the spectacular performances that would soon absorb their attentions. Students scampered to find their seats while whispers and babbles filled the gym. The crowd burst into applause as our assembly commissioners strode into view. After a quick introduction, the Varsity Football Team arrived, announcing the homecoming football game held on the same day. The pep squad soon scurried to the floor and displayed their incredible moves. Their performance was followed by the elegant moves of ballerina Kelsey Kane-Ritsch, and the audience clapped in appreciation. Next came the introduction of the stunning homecoming princesses: Juniors Annie Monroe, Kelsey George and seniors Grace Fraser, Lauren Cox, and Megan Sanborn. Each princess walked into the center beaming with joy as the

crowd supported their fellow classmates. That very night, senior Lauren Cox was announced Homecoming Queen. The assembly wrapped up with its usual

senior class video and chant, and the Chamber Singers stunned the audience yet again with their beautiful voices as they sang the LCHS “Alma Mater”.

The minute the students were dismissed they exploded out of the packed gym, chatting excitedly about the homecoming game and dance.

Photo by Paulina Galoostian The Homecoming princesses and their fathers were the highlight of the Homecoming Football game halftime show.



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Segregating the Melting Pot: Bullies and the Bullied By Tammy Hsu Spartan Staff Bullies: the dreaded monsters that lurk behind their victims, throw slurs at their targets, and harass innocent people because of the way they dress, the way they look, or simply, the way they are. Because of the recent emphasis on bullying in schools, school administrators have been actively searching for a solution. One in particular that they have considered is the creation of “safe schools” that welcome kids who have been bullied and allow them to learn in a bully-free-zone.

Though La Cañada is not currently considering such a solution, some other school districts across the country have been experimenting with this model. Though those victimized are prone to stay away from their judgmental culprits, isn’t it going too far to create separate schools for bullied kids? In the October 13th issue of Time magazine, Kayla Webley criticized the idea of isolating kids who have been bullied. Webley mentioned that overprotective parents are not actually protecting their children, but rather hindering their ability to cope with their own problems. Sure, kids who are bullied want to feel safe and be in an environment free of prejudice, but the fact of the matter is that you cannot always

run away from people. The best way to deal with the issue at hand is to tackle the problem headon. Mr. Williams, LCHS’s AP Psychology teacher stated, “A lot of kids need to learn to fight their battles. [But this] doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get support and shouldn’t get backed up by the school.” If kids are separated from the natural environment, they will not be able to learn how to cope with people in the future. In the short term, staying away from bullies may make a kid feel safe and protected, but what happens when he or she enters the “real world”, where bullies are not separated from the bullied? How will the kid know how to deal with problems if he or she

has not learned how to in school? Kids who are bullied are likely to be cheated out of invaluable life lessons when they are segregated from those who are bullying them. “Short term, it [separation from bullies] might be simple, it might feel good at the moment, but the reality of it is bullying isn’t just about the kid being bullied. If there’s a kid bullying, there’s a problem that needs to be addressed there as well,” commented Mr. Williams. Bullies should have clear consequences. Students should be able to develop their self esteem in schools and should have a certain comfort level to address their own problems. Rather than simply separating victims from their bullies, schools need to be active in understanding bully-

LCHS Students Rank the Best Holidays of the Year Kevork’s Weather Forecast Christmas beats out other holidays by a landslide. By Kevork Kurdoghlian Editor-in-Chief


y teeth wouldn’t stop chattering, my leg wouldn’t stop jumping and my concentration wouldn’t stop freezing. This happened on Tuesday. However, on Wednesday I was sweating pools of water; I could hardly keep my eyes open and this time my concentration evaporated. I always check the weather before I get dressed in the morning, but a La Cañada weather report can’t prepare me for the uncertain temperatures in my classrooms. And the variations aren’t just from day to day. No sir! The temperature varies from class to class and from room to room. These random variations almost have me thinking that the person who controls the temperature in each building has beef with certain teachers. Regardless of teacher, why can’t the school keep every room at a nice and cool 77 degrees Fahrenheit? I’m not the first to ask this question. Several teachers and students have brought up this point as well. One senior, Bryce Lourie, said of his Statistics class, “It’s like a meat locker in here.” Mrs. Hayes, the AP Statistics teacher, commented that the thermostat in her room only “laughed at her,” because it does not actually allow for independent control of room temperature. After hearing complaints from numerous other students and teachers, I thought it was about time to get to the bottom of this. The temperature is a major component of the learning environment. It can dictate a student’s participation in class, ultimately affecting his or her grade. Personally, I have trouble raising my hand to answer a question, when my hands are busy trying to keep my body warm. Inversely, in an 84 degree Fahrenheit classroom, I have trouble keeping my eyes open, thus hindering my ability to participate in another respect. So next time it’s freezing in a teacher’s classroom, don’t think the teacher is trying to torture you. Go down to the office and file a complaint, so that one day you and I can be in a learning environment that doesn’t require us to defrost our frozen fingers after class.

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By Hannah Stewart Spartan Staff As the Christmas Jingles echo eerily through empty supermarket halls and visions of sugarplums dance through our heads, the question inevitably comes to mind, “Which is the best holiday?” Immediately, many shout, “Why Christmas of course!” But some other surprising days comes to the minds of others. I took a survey of La Cañada students to help answer this burning question. For example, someone voted for Flag Day. Now I didn’t even know when that is. (It’s June 14). The reason behind this curious selection is that it happens to be this person’s birthday. Many people voted for their own birthdays. I don’t think that counts because it’s not an official holiday, but hey, whatever floats your boat. 71% of students voted for Christmas as their favorite day of the year. It makes sense, you get presents, lots of food, and you get to spend quality time with your least favorite relatives. It’s a win-win all around. Thanksgiving came in second, claiming 14% of the total votes, and Halloween came in just a few votes behind, with 5%. The minority votes, which constituted 10%, were holidays like Saint Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter and New Years. Apparently, the majority of La Cañada students don’t like the color green, aren’t grateful for their boyfriend or girlfriend, don’t like creepy adult-sized Easter bunny costumes, and they don’t appreciate the fact that they have lived to see the dawn of a (hopefully) glorious new year. Hanukkah made up one percent of the minority votes. Surprisingly enough there are no staunch patriots on our campus that think of Fourth of July as their favorite holiday. Maybe it’s because there aren’t any presents doled out, not including small flags that are liable to break at any time. In my opinion Thanksgiving is undoubtedly the best of them all. Think about it. Its celebrated by all Americans, not just people of a certain faith or race, you get to eat as much as you want (coming from a girl, that is say-

ing something), and there is no need to go out and buy a bunch of stuff for people. Its not based on consumerism like so many other holidays. Yes, there is the connection to how we stole all of America from the Native Americans, brutalized them and subjected them to

humiliation and pain, but Thanksgiving is not a celebration of that. To me what it is all about it being grateful for what you have, and if you aren’t capable of that, then you seriously need to rethink your life. Happy Holidays La Cañada!

Coke and Pepsi Are Not Twins By Esther Kim Spartan Staff Let us say you are at a restaurant. You are currently in the middle of finishing off high-quality sirloin steak that was grilled to perfection, truly a mouth-watering delicacy. Or if you are vegetarian, let us just say it is a salad. Either way, you notice a slight problem. Your mouth seems a bit dry. You call over the waiter for a drink and after quickly glancing over the drink options; you conclude that you would be content with a Pepsi. The waiter goes off and soon returns with a glass cup in one hand and a can of Coke in the other. When you correct the waiter that you had specifically asked for a Pepsi, the waiter just replies apathetically, “What’s the difference?” Both Pepsi and Coke; contain vanilla, rare oils, carbonated water, kola nut extracts, and high-fructose corn syrup. Also, both drinks do appear to be the same drink; you cannot differentiate them just by simply looking at the glass. The two may seem quite identical, however, Coke and Pepsi are not the same drink. It is high time you corrected any ignorant waiters with a lesson between the two. Coca-Cola was invented by Dr. John Pemberton in 1886. John Pemberton manufactured Coke as a cocaine containing medicine. But later in 1930, all cocaine content was completely removed. Several times, The Coca-Cola Company changed hands, and after Prohibition, Coke was

sold to the Woodruff family for $25 million. When comparing the carbonation levels of Pepsi and Coke, Coke has a higher fizzy effect. While both drinks contain similar ingredients, Coke maintains a secret ingredient: the mysterious “7X.” The formula for the soft drink (including 7X) is secured in a bank vault in Atlanta, and employees who know the secret formula must sign nondisclosure agreements before they get to peek at the recipe. Pepsi was invented by Caleb Bradham in 1898. In 1893, pharmacist Caleb Bradham began experimenting with different types of drink mixtures in New Bern, N.C. He then created a concoction in 1898 known as “Brad’s Drink”, which became an overnight success. Bradham began selling his “Exhilarating, Invigorating, Digestion Aiding” syrup by the gallon. His goal for “Brad’s Drink” was to create a digestive drink, which was to boost energy level too. Its name, Pepsi Cola, comes from the enzyme pepsin, which is a digestive enzyme. Later in the 1940s, Pepsi, as the drink came to be known, adopted a red, white, and blue logo to support America’s war effort. Compared to Coke, Pepsi is sweeter because it contains artificial sweeteners. And there you have it, a quick lesson between the differences of Coke and Pepsi. Even with Siamese twin-like appearances on the outside, the two drinks exist due to different background stories along with some other simple distinguishing features.

Second Class Software for a First Class Machine By Mark Kilaghbian Spartan Staff The Best of Both Worlds... or Not. Apple computers are, in essence, the pinnacle of computing technology. A slick design and a nice keyboard can’t be to blame for their $1000+ price tag. Windows computers can offer similar cosmetic features for half the price.Why pay double? Windows computers fall short where it counts, on the inside. Macintosh computers come preloaded with Apple’s one of a kind software. Mac OS is a user oriented Windows slaying operating system. Mac OS makes Mac computers more versatile and simpler to use than even the most advanced Window’s software. Mac software uses simple applications with step by step walkthroughs to appeal to even novice computer users. The organized layout of Mac documents in “Finder” puts the Window’s “Start” tab to shame. Windows computers often assume user proficiency, which makes even remedial tasks extremely difficult for new users. It seems that La Canada High School

doesn’t understand this. If you’ve ever seen a Mac cart around the school, you know the school has over 100 Mac books in circulation, all

Photo from The Mac Vs. PC argument had at one time reached the airwaves.

pre-loaded with windows software. The school takes expensive computers and loads them with

cheap windows software. This bypasses the standard Mac software which comes with every computer. Slow windows software is quickly forcing these Macs into retirement. It’s a large investment down the drain. As these powerful machines become obsolete, the school should consider a more economical replacement, whether that be Macs with Mac OS or PCs with Windows software. As more and more students switch to Mac computers at home, a familiar OS would increase efficiency in the classrooms. Clean Mac OS would save valuable class time simply because the computers wouldn’t be slow and difficult to work with. Mac computers are famous for their immunity to viruses. I have been the victim of frozen, infected Windows computers countless times. This often results in dedicating more time to fixing the laptop than working on my project. The school is, in a sense, “shooting itself in the foot” by taming the powerful Mac software. Teachers hate it. Students hate it. Classrooms don’t need it. Windows software should be kept on cheap Windows computers and Mac OS should be unleashed, so it can be used to its full potential.


November 17, 2011

Police Brutality Competition By Paul Kim Features Editor


couple of weeks ago, people started to occupy Wall Street in an attempt to economically strike at the upper class. These angry citizens picketed and yelled in order to express their different opinions about the quality of life in America. The protest seemed to be a healthy expression of Americans’ rights, the fundamental rights given to them by the Constitution. However, many of the people were belligerent to authoritative figures, and when the police retaliated, the people condemned it as a travesty against the Constitution. Most people forget the role of the police; they are empowered by the government to maintain peace in society. In Wall Street, the police carried out their roles as parts of the society and they were unrightfully criticized for it. The protesters’ unrestricted liberty, foolishly given out by the federal government has made them think that they were above the law. These protesters thought that they were fighting for the common good when in the end, it was their selfishness and ignorance that prevailed. Under such extreme circumstances like these, persons of authority are not only nervous but fearful. Although they have various weapons of self-protection at their disposal, the police cannot overcome a mob. What good is one nightstick or one can of pepper spray against a mob of volatile protesters? Protesters, unaware of the mood of police officers, often bring violence and then condemn police retaliation. Although police brutality seems to be a violation of the Constitution, people must understand that some rights of the people must be sacrificed for the common good. If there was an absence of the police, one can be sure that this democracy would eventually turn America into an anarchical state. Because of the long tradition of freedom and unrestrained liberty in America, we often forget that these generous liberties are not always given to them. When violence and opinions amalgamate, the police are empowered to preserve the peace and integrity of the society from these feverous fanatics. If these belligerent and idealistically blinded protesters cannot grasp this idea, they do not know how pragmatic ruling systems work.

Best Song from the Top Ten Greatest Rock n’ Roll Artists By Sam Frederich Copy Editor

Picking out the “best” song from your favorite musical artist is seldom an easy task. While it’s true that great bands are often


defined by a single tune – Aerosmith had “Dream On”, Don Mclean had “American Pie”, Chuck Berry had “Johnny B. Goode” – many more artists have such an incredible and varied body of music that choosing the zenith of their work is almost impossible.

The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

“Comfortably Numb”

“Numb” is beautiful, atmospheric, trippy, and unique. In short, it’s everything that was great about the premier space rock band. Having one of the greatest guitar solos of all time doesn’t hurt either.

Bob Dylan

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“Smells Like Teen Spirit” Yeah, this wasn’t a hard decision to make. Kurt Cobain wrote a number of stunning songs after he hit it big with “Spirit,” but none of them had the impact or raw power of this angsty anthem. It’s a song that put the final nail in the coffin of 80’s rock, and took the 90’s in a very different musical direction.

“Blowin’ in the Wind” I’ll say it now and I’ll stand by it: “Blowin’ in the Wind” is a far better track than “Like a Rolling Stone”. It’s a song that defined an era, capturing the sentiments of a generation of rebels and showing music’s great bard at his most prophetic. It’s a song that’s wistful and rebellious, reflective and visionary, but above all, unforgettable. “Gimme Shelter”


“With or Without You”





U2 has been recording songs for over three decades, but they’ve never quite recaptured the magic of this 1987 epic. Bono’s trademark “Oooh’s’ and the Edge’s minimalist guitar riffs are at their very best here, and the song’s dramatic breakdown, with Bono repeating “And you give yourself away,” remains one of my favorite musical moments.

The Rolling Stones


This was a tough call, but between “Satisfaction,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “Gimme Shelter,” I finally chose the latter. With its slowly building guitars, manic energy, and apocalyptic (yet ultimately hopeful) lyrics, it’s truly one for the ages.

The Beatles

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“Rhapsody” is the kind of song that only Queen was crazy enough to pull off. Let’s face it, few other groups could have made a song that was so overblown and touched on so many different genres and actually succeed. But thank God they did, because “Rhapsody” is an unforgettable musical experience even when Wayne and Garth aren’t head-banging to it.

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“All Along the Watchtower”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”


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Jimi Hendrix The best track that the Hendrix ever recorded, and possibly the greatest song cover in history, “Watchtower” combines Bob Dylan’s poetic lyrics with Jimi’s electrifying guitar improvisations to create a piece of Rock n’ Roll perfection.

Pink Floyd

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Whatever the case, in this article I’ll list, in no particular order, the ten greatest rock n’ roll bands and the best song each group ever recorded. And if you don’t agree with me, well…my house is ripe for TP-ing.

Yeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!! Kicking off with an unforgettable, synth-driven opening and climaxing with the 60’s most iconic scream, this epic, face-melting track is one of guitar rock’s finest moments.

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Led Zeppelin



“Hey Jude”

I really can’t pick “Stairway to Heaven” the “best” song by the Beatles. No “Stairway to Heaven” is easily other group in hismy favorite song. Starting off as tory has recorded a beautiful soft-rock ballad, transuch a diverse and sitioning into a more traditional incredible array of piece in the middle, and finishmusic, and exceling with an exhilarating hard lent arguments rock climax, “Stairway” touches can be made for on every facet of the rock genre literally dozens of during its eight-minute span. It’s their songs. But a song that represents everything my personal faI love about rock n’ roll and vorite has always music in general. Though it’s a been, and always bit long, after listening to it a few will be, “Hey Jude.” With its warm, amiable charm and endlessly times you’ll realize that there isn’t hummable, wordless finale, it marks the Beatles at the top of their a single note out of place. game, before drugs and Yoko Ono took their toll. It may not be the Beatles’ most daring or original song, but it’s the one that I always find myself coming back to.


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November 17, 2011

By Andrew Kim Spartan Staff


n October 25, three advanced art classes visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to take a rare, close look into the vision of filmmaker Tim Burton. With sketchbooks in hand Advanced Art I, II and Art Portfolio students observed the various pieces in Burton’s exhibition. The students were lucky enough to see the exhibit before it closed its doors Halloween night. The exhibit featured artwork in various media, from traditional drawings and paintings, to less orthodox media like movie costumes and animations. The art represented the breadth of the artist’s creative life, starting from his adolescent years to the present. Students had been excited about the exhibition at the LACMA, and it exceeded expectations. “The whole exhibit was amazing, really creative and inspirational,” said Minji Huh, a junior in Art Portfolio. “I really liked his movie The Nightmare before Christmas, and I was really interested in getting to see his art.” Mr. Kauffman, teacher of the three advanced art classes, planned the field trip to Burton’s exhibit “to inspire the students to be original, to be free thinkers,

non-conformists, and to take risks.” Since Burton is such a current artistic force, Kauffman believes that students will easily relate to Burton and find the experience “very relevant” to their artistic development. “Most museums focus on artists who are mostly not alive anymore. To see someone who is current is a good opportunity for students,” Kauffman explained. Kelly Han, a junior in Advanced Art II, also agrees with Kauffman’s statement. “It was probably the best art exhibition I’ve ever been to. I’ve always looked up to Tim Burton, and I felt that I knew him more personally through looking at the art so close up. It’s amazing how so many ideas and works manifested from one mind,” Han said. After the trip, the students were assigned a sketch in the style of Tim Burton along with a written response to a quotation from Tim Burton. But what students will remember most from the experience is the daring to expand their artistic visions. Zyril Buan, a junior in Advanced Art I, said, “I thought he was just an artist enjoying his work, and by enjoying his work, he could find his own style. It’s inspiring to see what following your interests can lead to. Art can be expressed in different ways, and I find that inspirational.”

It was probably the best art exhibition I’ve ever been to.

The Verdict: Paranormal Activity 3 By Sam Frederich Copy Editor I’ll get this out of the way: I didn’t find the original Paranormal Activity to be scary at all. Sure, the idea of a Blair Witch-style approach to the ghost story was a frightening concept, but the movie ultimately boiled down to a pair of dull actors watching doors close inexplicably and listening to their house creak. All told, I appreciated the film as a piece of lowbudget storytelling, but as a horror film, it fell short. So when I heard that the movie was getting a second sequel, I was understandably skeptical. After all, how

many more scares could possibly be squeezed out of a concept so ultimately gimmicky? To put it short, more than you’d expect. Paranormal Activity 3 is a worthy sequel and actually improves on the original in many respects. The characters are more likeable, the atmosphere is creepier, the story is better paced, and it’s a hell of a lot scarier. Even if you’re like me and aren’t a fan of the first movie, you should definitely check out number three. The plot of Paranormal Activity 3 is a rehash of the original, but it still works. Taking place in 1988, it follows young Katie and Kristi (the troubled sisters from the past two movies) as they confront a malevolent spirit in their house. As a prequel, it doesn’t cover any new ground, but it does provide some intriguing new information while raising unsettling questions of its own. So while the story won’t win any awards, it serves its purpose by setting up a number of nail-biting horror scenarios. Paranormal Activity 3 follows much the same formula as the first movie in

Coldplay releases another captivating album By Carly Moore Opinion Editor


n October 21st 2011, one of the most famous bands of our generation released a new album. Once a group of college kids at the University College of London, Coldplay, has become a household name over the years. With the help of producer Brian Eno, Coldplay’s newest album, Mylo Xxyloto (pronounced ‘My-low Zy-letoe’) has topped charts across the nation. This track list has drawn many listeners into a world filled with brilliantly colorful, sonic sounds and lyrically gifted melodies. Mylo Xxyloto is not to be ignored, but put on repeat and played. This time around, Coldplay has captured the ears of the younger generation, tweaking their music to a more pop culture genre. ‘Every Teardrop Was A Waterfall’ is forever engraved in my mind because radio stations played it constantly over the summer. With this change in sound, older listeners disapprove of the “mainstream” move, and ask whether or not Coldplay has lost the raw essence that made listeners love them in the first place. One listener reviews, “It sounds like cheap pop” and another “Same old. Same old. Blah.” It is this cult of people comparing this album to older ones, and classics that Coldplay has made in the past to songs that they have made now.

By Flor di Lee Spartan Staff One lasting quality of Immortal Technique that I genuinely respect is his diction. His lyrics are always laden with metaphors, historical allusions, and ironies, never failing to convey an alarming message to his listeners. In a world where hip hop seems to be obsessed with the artist’s material wealth, it is refreshing to see artists like Immortal Technique who strive to strip away the egotistical image of rap music. The tracks in the album convey different messages. When my friend Thomas Han first introduced me to “The Martyr,’ he sent me a Youtube link to “Angels and Demons,” the third track on the album. I thought it was a pretty cool song, much to my taste. What pulled me in the most were the empowering lyrics. In an MTV interview, Immortal Technique spoke about the purpose of the song’s lyrics. “It’s a very powerful and a very violent song. It talks about the reflection of what other parts of the world see and what would happen if there was a violent repression in this country,” he said. Other standout tracks include “Natural Beauty” and “Mark of the Beast.” “Natural Beauty” addresses the ongoing pressure in today’s society of to be “flawless.” Technique lets his listeners know that everyone is capable of being beautiful, regardless of his or her exterior. He claims, If you’re healthy, they make you think you’re a manatee. Look how they invented this Eurocentric insanity. Got your brains washed to the point you’re bleaching your skin, Blind to the truth and can’t see the beauty within. “Mark of the Beast” is another one of my favorites. Featuring Akir and Beast 133, two underground rap artists, this track carries a fast-paced beat and impeccable flow. “Mark of the Beast” mentions the many political conflicts in contemporary society. If history class is boring you to death, listen to Immortal Technique’s album. You’ll definitely learn many historical concepts without falling asleep. Although “The Martyr” is not the best album Immortal Technique has come out with (I strongly prefer “Revolutionary Vol. 2”), I would still recommend downloading it to see if it is to your liking. It’s absolutely free of charge on immortal-technique. So check it out!

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achieving suspense, with a few new twists. Several scenes involving an oscillating camera that slowly pans back and forth across the room provide a great change of pace, and make for some of the movie’s more inventive scares. Outstandingly creepy sound design and better use of the practical effects that made the first movie seem so authentic also add to the tension of such scenes. So while the formula may be familiar, Paranormal Activity 3 still manages to consistently shock and frighten. Fortunately, the material in between the nightly horrors is far more watchable than before, thanks largely to a more likeable cast of characters. While the stars of the first film were endlessly irritating, the third centers around people who we actually grow to care about, and are far less annoying than Katie and Micah. The movie is also a lot more entertaining than its predecessors, with a healthy dose of humor (in the form of 80’s references and a hilarious assistant cameraman) helping to break up the tension during the movie’s darker moments. There are also a number of references to Poltergeist littered

So should we do the same? I can take the song “Trouble,” which came out in 2000 on their album Parachutes, and compare it to ‘Vida la Vida’ which came out in 2008. Both songs have different sounds, and both use different techniques to capture the public’s love. However, the one claim that remains constant is that the songs, in comparison to popular music today, stand out as utterly unique. Coldplay’s most dominant attribute is the fact that they are the black sheep, and with this new album, even with the new pop sound present, they are still able to be better than the rest. With any album release, one must look at the tracklist as a clean slate, because each album is another step in that band’s journey. No album is the same as the one before it. When The Sun asked about the meaning of the title ‘Mylo

throughout the movie – a cute girl who can speak with supernatural beings, a static-y television that switches on on its own, and a lot of flying chairs – which are fun to point out. Paranormal Activity 3 is far from perfect, obviously. Like many other “found footage” horror films, it does strain your suspension of disbelief that people in such perilous situations would continue to carry their cameras around. The film also starts a bit slowly, much like the first film, and you may find yourself a bit bored during the first half hour or so. But believe me, if you stick around, the movie picks up for a hell of a third act. Whereas the first movie could be considered all buildup with no payoff, number three pays off in spades during its climax. After a spooky first hour that builds a feeling of dread, all hell breaks loose in the terrifying finale. I won’t spoil the ending, but I’ll just say that the last fifteen minutes of the film will make you wish that you’d brought an extra pair of underwear. So while Paranormal Activity 3 may not be for everyone, it earns my recommendation with flying colors.

Xxyloto’ the band replied, “Something about it feels quite fresh. The title doesn’t have any other meaning. I think we’re a band with a lot of history now, so it’s nice to come up with something that doesn’t have any history at all.”

64 Hour Film Festival Hosted at Los Angeles County By Gemma Sokol Spartan Staff The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts put on their 3rd annual 64 hour film festival this month. The 64 hour film festival is “a contest in which teams of filmmakers are assigned a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue,” and

are given 64 hours to utilize those elements and create a film. During the 64 hours, participants must “complete all phases of production.” The week following production, the final movies are premiered and the stellar ones are given awards. With a meager $10 admission fee, the audience was packed. The movie genres presented were as follows: sports drama, futuristic dance, foreign language espionage, western, horror, comedy, coming of

age and medieval thriller. The large majority of the awards were given to the western, with their greatest award being ‘Best Movie,’ voted by the audience. In second place, the foreign language espionage was given ‘Best Cinematography,’ from the Judges. It was an incredible weekend, full of film, festivities and hours of hard work. The 64 Hour festival and fundraiser is wonderful experience that will have many great years to come.



November 17, 2011

La Cañada Playhouse Puts on The Happiest Millionaire

Thirst Project Returns for Second Year

By Michael Bishop Photography Editor creates a dramatic yet humorous uproar for everyone involved. With his inability to box, and the absence of direction in his life, Angier Duke experiences a great deal of trouble pleasing Anthony Biddle. However, when he knocks Anthony out with his jujitsu moves, he is welcomed into the family by Anthony and his boxing buddies. The plot thickens when Angier shares his secret dream of moving to Detroit to work on cars with Cordy, but refuses to tell his mother. Angier’s mother plans his entire life for him, and without knowing of this dream, she arranges a honeymoon for the married couple and basically a maps out their lives. This infuriates Cordy, causing her to call off the entire wedding and threaten to never speak to Angier again. Leaving the audience in suspense, the play continues with no contact between Angier and Cordy. Finally, Angier returns to apologize to Cordy, confront his mother about his dreams, and announce that they will be married and live the life they want to live. Cordy happily agrees to Angier’s offer and, well..they live happily ever after. La Cañada’s presentation of The Happiest Millionaire soared above all expectations with clever humor, convincing actors, professional scenery, and an amazing staff that made the play incredible.

Korean Classes host Korean Culture Night By David Rhee Managing Editor Bright clothing, elegant dances, and mouthwatering foods are only a few of the great things that the Korean culture has to offer. La Cañada High School’s Korean teacher, Mrs.Choe and her four Korean classes are coordinating a Korean Culture Night on December 16th in the LCHS auditorium. At the event, a variety of cultural displays ranging from professional taekwondo demonstrations to fan and knife dancing will be hosted by two MCs from the Korean Class in both the Korean and English languages. Senior Michael Choi commented, “The best part of the event is that everyone in the community benefits.” Some may be concerned that the event will be geared mostly towards Koreans. However, the event is more for those unfamiliar with Korean culture than those who are familiar. All in all, everyone is invited to attend.

According to Mrs. Choe, “the goal of this event is to spread awareness and appreciation of the Korean culture. We would love a fun, big attendance and we hope to create a friendly community environment that will inspire Korean-American confidence.” Aside from stunning professional displays, the event will also feature polished performances by La Cañada’s very own high school students. A variety of talents in singing, dancing, piano, and violin will be displayed. Mrs. Choe added, “We are hoping for a successful launch to what can potentially grow to be an annual event.” Tickets will be sold starting at $15 each by the members of the Korean class. Considering the cost of dinner and the accompanying professional displays, the tickets are promised to be worth the price. Sooa Chun, a senior in the Korean class said, “It’s going to be a great opportunity for everyone to learn about Korean culture and to show support for the Korean class.”

Our Society’s Fashion Icons By Flor Lee and Tamar Bessos Spartan Staff No longer the cute little munchkins on “Fullhouse,” Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have evolved into two fashion fiends. Although both are professional and active in the fashion industry, they greatly differ in terms of style. Although Mary Kate’s style is always changing, it never loses its carefree and effortless look. Most definitely she coined the word “bobo,” meaning “bohemian bourgeois.” She is known for her tendency to layer clothing during the freezing weather of New York City, where she currently resides. For more formal events such as red carpet sightings and runway shows, she sports dark cocktail dresses, opposed to her usual bohemian style. Ashley Olsen’s outfits exude classiness and elegance, dissimilar to her sister’s style. For casual wear, she leans toward more tailored clothes such as oversized blazers, chambray shirts, and fedoras. She featured for Harper’s Bazaar, one of the most popular high-fashion magazines, without her sister by her side. Mary Kate and Ashley worked together to launch various fashion lines. The most recent was Stylemint, a monthly clothing subscription. By paying $29.99 a month and taking a personalized style survey, fans can receive a custom-made t-shirt according to their style. You’ve probably seen Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen on the hit TV show Gossip Girl, strutting through the bustling streets

of New York City alongside her best friend Blair Waldorf. Lively is a fashion icon both on and off screen, setting trends for teenagers and adults around the world. Classy and elegant, Blake’s style perfectly portrays her bubbly and outgoing personality. Lively has mentioned many times that she does not have a stylist--she believes that every person has his or her own personal style that should represent himself or herself. As she frequently receives compliments, Lively always credits her mother for shaping her fashion sense. In March 2011, Blake Lively became the new face of Chanel’s handbag. No doubt Lively will continue to surprise her fans with new and stylish trends. Kate Moss—does that name sound familiar to you? Her name is one of the most famous in the fashion industry, especially in England. Discovered at the age of 14, Moss pursued her career in modeling. She has appeared in advertisements for a number of popular fashion companies such as Calvin Klein and Chanel. Her chic yet classy fashion sense has had a huge impact on the fashion industry, resulting in new and unique styles. In Spring of 2007, clothes designed by Moss, specifically for the Top Shop chain, were accessible to the public in the United Kingdom. Her designs included belts, bags, clothes, and shoes. The line became extremely popular in England, and even attracted new Top Shop customers. It’s apparent that Kate Moss will continue her success as an English model and fashion designer. These fashion icons have influenced many aspects of the fashion industry with their own unique styles.

This year, the La Cañada Thirst Project Club returns, determined to contribute to the community and raise awareness about the importance of water. Water covers roughly 72% of the Earth, but 90% of this water is salty and therefore undrinkable. However, this does not mean that there is little freshwater in the world. The problem is not the quantity of freshwater, rather its accessibility. Such water usually lies 50 feet under the ground, and the only way to access it is through wells, which require modern technology. The Thirst Project is a California based, non-profit organization led by Seth Maxwell. Its goal is simple: to raise money so it can build wells in areas where access to water is

impossible without technology. In La Cañada, the Thirst Project, led by juniors Ryan Lee and Leeho Lim, hopes that people will understand the importance of water and how difficult it is to live without it. They strive to raise money so that their organization can build wells in third world regions such as East Africa. “This year, we have high expectations and hope to raise enough money to help build a well. Through car washes, bake sales, t-shirts, and other fundraisers, we can also raise awareness,” explained junior co-president Ryan Lee. With the support of their school behind them, the co-presidents hope to raise even more money than last year and provide aid for even more people. So if you have a desire to serve the community, the Thirst Project can quench that thirst. The club has got the solution and water is coming to the rescue.

… And The Winner Is… By Sharon Han Spartan Staff The winner of Project Runway’s Season 9 is… Anya Ayoung-Chee! She was my personal favorite this season and her win was well deserved. There was a moment of doubt when Anya unleashed her mini-collection to the judges. Her personal style was omitted from her collection and the judges gave her a harsh critique which led me to believe that she’d be eliminated. However, her collection managed to completely change within the last few days of the competition due to Tim Gunn’s gift of $500 at Mood. Joshua McKinley, Victor Luna, and Kimberly Goldson were the other three contestants that showed at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. All three stayed true to their roots, and their collections were marvelous. Anya’s collection was reminiscent of her homeland, Trinidad. Her relaxed and exotic style appealed to me from the very beginning, and her collection reflected her personality; breezy, easy, and almost resort-like pieces dominated this collection. Although the silhouettes became repetitive, the patterns were all different, but cohesive. From her dresses to her jumpers, there wasn’t a single piece I did not like, and I would jump at the opportunity to wear anything from her collection (although many of the pieces are extremely un-wearable for a city girl). This was a complete 180 from her mini-collection evaluation, and there is not a doubt in my mind that Ms. Anya will continue on to be one of the biggest names in fashion. Victor Luna, one of my other favorites, had a collection that seemed to be separated into two mini-collections. He designed all of his prints, and his first piece was sublime. My jaw dropped the second his first dress walked down the runway−I was convinced that he

was going to be the winner. However, there were many discrepancies within his collection that the judges seemed to have problems with. With his five hundred dollar bonus, he made last minute adjustments that altered his collection negatively. He began to use a sheer black material that caused many of his pieces to look cheap and boring. This lackluster portion of his collection was his inevitable downfall. Joshua McKinley’s collection was no surprise at all. Colorful, playful, larger than life was his theme. Although his collection was a fresh take on modern clothing, many of his pieces reminded me of well constructed Halloween costumes. His collection was extremely refined compared to some of the atrocious disasters he has sent down the runway, which allowed the judges to see that he has an eye for editing. His models were sleeked back and clean, and his show was definitely entertaining. His refined and different collection rewarded him to as the runner-up for this season. Kimberly Goldson’s collection was inspired by her hometown, Brooklyn, and her theme was a modern girl with an urban twist. Her style is very eclectic and structured, and her collection was filled with different shapes and styles. It wasn’t one my personal favorites, but I was impressed with her unique point of view and amazing tailoring. Many of the garments were show-stoppers, however, her styling did not do her collection justice. Although she toned the accessories down from her mini-collection evaluation, many of the pieces that were paired would have been nicer individually. Altogether the fashion show was spectacular. It was extremely interesting because all four of the designers had completely different viewpoints. Anya’s win was well deserved even though Joshua McKinley, enraged at his loss, bashed her sewing skills in his personal interviews.

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a Cañada High School’s performance of “The Happiest Millionaire” directed by Justin Eick, exceeded all expectations of a regular high school play. This play consisted of dramatic and focused actors, great scenery, and humorous dialogue. Anthony Drexel Biddle, played by Sam Whitefield, is a rich yet imposing father who is an avid boxer and very protective over his children. He lives in a large mansion with his family and two servants, Emma Robbins, played by Katie Robbins, and Jane Lawless, played by Emily Schreck. His wife, played by Meg Sanborn, is Mrs. Cordelia Biddle, a caring wife who balances out the absurdity of Anthony. The happy and rich couple are parents to three children, Livingston, Tony, and Cordy Biddle. These unique and entertaining characters were expertly portrayed by Ben Levin, Bryce Lourie, and Laura Woolls, accordingly. While all three children are huge fans of boxing, Aunt Mary Drexel, played by Penelope Aretos, followed by her two minions, Laura and Lucy Drexel, (Madeleine Fraser and Willa Young) barge in to turn Cordy into more of a lady. After being sent to a school for girls, Cordy runs away with her new and rich fiance, Angier Duke, played by Bill Lee. They return home to announce they will be getting married, which

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November 17, 2011

LCHS Students Raise Money to Rebuild Homes in Louisiana By Tamar Bessos Spartan Staff


uring lunch on Club Day, I noticed the determined faces of students, attempting to lure in new club members with assortments of treats. Yet, out of all the clubs, one profoundly stood out from the rest. The St. Bernard Project Club, run by juniors Rebecca Villipando, Tammy Hsu, and LizzyWeinlein, aims to raise money to rebuild homes for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. During Spring Break 2011, the three traveled to New Orleans with a program called Rustic Pathways to help rebuild the homes destroyed by the hurricane. There, they met other students from around the United States who also participated in the project. “It was an awesome organization. Everyone there was so nice,” said Rebecca, the president of the club. “It was for a great cause and we really wanted to help out.” Lizzy, the vice president of the club, stated that she and Tammy worked on rebuilding a different home than Rebecca’s, and that she was also touched by the experience. “On the last day, the person who bought the house came in and we got to talk to her. She told us the story on how she lost her house,”

This LCHS Club is Just For Kids By Tammy Hsu Spartan Staff Last year, Megan and Marc Kaesler co-founded the Just for Kids club, a club that focuses on fundraisers and donations to help homeless kids. The club is based off an organization in downtown LA, Stand Up for Kids, which provides a shelter at night for children with nowhere to sleep. Co-president, Megan Kaesler, started the club because she wanted to help out people and get students involved in the organization. Kids at the center are able to pick up supplies like clothes. “These kids basically have nothing. Since we can provide clothes for them, it is more beneficial for them to have their own possessions,” stated Megan. Last year, because the club did not start during first semester, Megan was not able to accomplish her goals. As their first official year as a club, Megan is hopeful to get more people involved in helping these kids. “I’m hoping that it will be very successful. We want clothing bins whenever we collect clothes and have fun fundraisers,” Megan added. Because the organization serves food to the kids once a month, Megan hopes to have a baking fundraiser to support the kids. Typical meetings are held in Mrs. Pelletier’s room, room 202, every second Monday of the month during lunch. Members discuss possible fundraiser ideas, the month’s goal, and how to achieve these goals. Megan is working diligently to get the club active in the school and help out the less fortunate. “After all, all they have is what they carry on their backs,” commented Megan.

Steve Jobs rests in peace By Esther Kim Spartan Staff On February 24 th, 1955, Steven ‘Paul’ Jobs was born. At the age of 17, Steve Jobs starts his college life by first enrolling in Reed College, only to end up dropping out after a semester. About two years later, he ends up working for Atari and attends Homebrew Computer Club meetings with an old high school friend, Wozniak. Together, Jobs and Wozniak cre-

Photo from Google said Lizzy. The club’s goal is not to rebuild just one home, but also to ultimately rebuild a whole new neighborhood and revitalize the community. “It completely changes someone’s life,” continued Rebecca. “A lot of people after the hurricane were completely displaced and some

still can’t move back into their homes.” As of now, club members would be involved in fundraisers and with getting the word out about the St. Bernard Project. In the future, if the club raises enough money, Rebecca, Tammy, and Lizzy hope to bring along members with them to New Orleans to rebuild houses.


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Lunch Locations By Gemma Sokol Spartan Staff

La Cañada at lunch is a busy place to be. From restaurants and drive-thrus to cafes and supermarkets there are always good places to grab a quick bite to eat. Ralphs is the central food hub. “[Ralphs is] a great place to get a variety of foods for low prices,” senior Laura Schroeder said, when comparing Ralphs to Chipotle or Panera Bread with their high quality but highly priced foods. “Panera is good but you can get a better and more decently priced sandwich at Subway,” Lauren Cox, 12th grader, explained. A big controversy is Jersey Mikes Subs verses Subway. Subway is good, cheap and fast; however, Jersey Mikes is family run, friendlier and pays great attention to detail when it comes to specific orders. Also, aside from sandwiches, Jersey Mikes offers sides such as soups and chips, and instead of sandwiches, wraps are available too. If students are willing to pay a lot for a tasty sandwich and side, Jersey Mikes is the place to go. On the other hand, Subway is quick and easy on the go, a great lunch spot for the short La Cañada High lunch. “There are a lot of places to go but Chipotle is my favorite!” Preston Taylor, 11th grade, pitched. Everyone has a favorite place to eat and with such a variety of lunch locations in La Cañada, LCHS students will never run out of choices of where to eat at lunch.

Are You Depressed? By Esther Kim Spartan Staff

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Dumbledore’s Army Invades La Cañada High School By Kate Battaglia Spartan Staff When the last Harry Potter movie hit theatres last summer, fans thought that the end had arrived for the era that dominated their childhoods. Thanks to a new club at LCHS, this era is not over. Dumbledore’s Army promises the extension of J.K. Rowling’s world famous series, complete with the Sorting Hat, the four houses, Quidditch, and even Butterbeer. In the first meeting, the sorting is planned to happen in order to set the stage for the rest of the year. Officers of the club have “recently procured a sorting hat,” but they reassure members that it will take preference into account. “I’m really looking forward to throwing Ravenclaw house parties,” DA member, junior, Matt Fung stated excitedly. For future meetings, it will be up to each house to decide how they will use their time. “We are going to have different competitions between the houses,” junior Robert Toms remarked, who is the vice president of Dumbledore’s Army. Of course, the one competition that will be included will be the battle for the House Cup. Robert Toms stated that the officers are also hoping to include teachers to serve as the Heads of each house. So far, Mr. Cartnal and

Ms. Calm are interested in participating. With nearly 100 members on their Facebook page alone, it could be beneficial to have a few more advisors involved. LCHS isn’t the only school with this popular club. “I know for sure there is one at CV,” Toms commented. The officers plan to contact their club, and work with them throughout the year. They even hope to play Quidditch against CV’s team. “We are going to destroy them at Quidditch this year,” Toms promised. Fundraising for this club won’t be done in the normal, muggle ways, but with a magical twist. Treasurer, senior, Willa Young stated, “We are going to sell Butterbeer as a fundraiser.” What does this club plan to purchase? There have been rumors of clothes specifically for Dumbledore’s Army, but this too has a twist. Instead of the normal shirt or jacket used by clubs, members are asking for wizards robes, the respectable choice for all magical beings. For students at La Cañada, this club is a welcomed return to the magical world. Matt Fung expressed, “I’ve always wanted to turn J.K. Rowling’s fantasy into a reality.” In the words of the club’s motto, “We fight in the name of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Do you lend us your allegiance?”

ate “Apple” Computer on April Fool’s Day in a Silicon Valley garage. Apple continues to grow and by 1980, it goes public, raising about $110 million. Shortly after, around two years later, the annual revenue soars to $1 billion. In 1985, Jobs resigns from Apple on account of arguments with John Sculley, and he ends up starting Next Inc., a new computer company, created to make high-end machines for universities. In the same year, Jobs also buys Pixar from George Lucas for $10 million. And while Jobs continues to succeed on his own, Apple shows signs of weakness, struggling with competition, parts’ shortages, and mistakes predicting customer demand. In 1996, Apple plans to buy Next Inc. for $430 million and afterwards, Jobs is appointed as an adviser. About a year later, Jobs becomes CEO and after another year, Apple returns back

to profitability. The first iPod hits the markets in 2001, along with computers with OS X and the well known iTunes software. In 2003, the iTunes Music Store launches with only around 200,000 songs at 99 cents a song, providing a convenient way for many to buy music online legally. Just in the first week, the iTunes Store sells around 1 million songs. In 2005, Apple then goes on to expand the iPod line with the new Nano and an iPod that has the ability to play videos. And after two years, Apple releases the iPhone, a product that consumers first camped around stores to have. In 2010, Apple shortly after releasing the iPad, ends up selling 15 million of their new modern touch-screen tablet computers in only nine months. In 2005, Steve Jobs gives a Commencement Speech at Stanford University. He boldly

Depression is generally involved with a low mood or just a loss of interest. Some symptoms may include disrupted sleep patterns, a loss or increase in appetite, low motivation, and/or negative thoughts. Depression is usually triggered by a situation that just seems overly difficult, just causing stress and frustration. These situations end up causing one to believe that it’s hopeless, triggering depression. However, depression may not always be so easily diagnosed. Sometimes it’s caused due to hormonal and chemical changes that occur in the body. Depression may also be predominant due to past experiences that have not been fully treated and that may continue to resurface at other times in one’s life. Depression may occur at the end of a relationship, a disappointing academic outcome, loss of a loved one, or a major change in one’s life. Based on a new government study that is presenting statistics on certain age groups, it was found that around 1 out of every 25 adolescents in the United States are taking antidepressants. The age range was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have been kids through the ages of 12 to 17. These statistics were results of surveys and depression screenings of about 12,000 adolescents and adults living in the U.S. from 2005 to 2008. The study was done that for adults; around 1 out of 10 take antidepressants. Also it was shown that men take less antidepressants compared to women. Nonetheless, depression is common in that it’s a feeling used to describe sadness, which is natural; however, when the symptoms become more drastic or intense, you should seek help. When people are depressed it is difficult to find happiness in things that were once enjoyable. Just to start off, you should go out and enjoy small activities that may help to raise your mood. Or just engaging with other people is another solution. Reducing isolation and avoidance is key in overcoming depression. Talk to people that you trust and that are willing to support you. proclaimed, “being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” Steve Jobs was an inspiring man who left the world after making an enormous difference in society. Almost everywhere you look, there is an iPod or an iPhone or an iPad, one of Steve Jobs’ magnificent creations. Even after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs was able to hold his head high and stay strong. For his Commencement Speech at Stanford University, Steve Jobs ended with a powerful word of advice! “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” On October 5th, 2011, Steven ‘Paul’ Jobs passed away. His legacy lives on.

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November 17, 2011

Football Falls Short Against San Marino, Dominates Blair By Michael Belcher Sports Editor On Thursday November 10th, La Cañada football took on San Marino in a battle for second place in the Rio Hondo League. Unfortunately, the Spartans lost the game 37-13 and with it, their hopes for a CIF berth. La Canada was 3-7 on the season and placed fourth in the Rio Hondo league finals. Junior Quarterback Matt Jones stood out for

the Spartans, busting out a 80-yard touchdown run and a 15-yard touchdown pass on the night. “My [offensive] line was phenomenal,” said Jones, “I couldn’t have done anything this year without them.” The Spartans were still in contention at the half, trailing 16-6. However after senior defensive-back Chase Levra left the game early in the third with an injured knee, San Marino began to pull away. A deep pass on the ensuing drive put the Titans on the goal line. San Marino’s star

Photo by Michael Belcher The Spartans dove to recover the ball from San Marino.

running-back Kwame Do punched it in to give his team a 23-6 lead. Do rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns on the night. “I’m proud of our guys,” said Coach Yoder, “We fought hard, and we’ll do better next year. Despite the average season, the La Cañada’s future is bright. The freshman football team went 7-2-1 on the season. On Friday, November 4 th, La Cañada Football took on Blair in the annual Homecoming game. Despite the chilly weather, a large crowd rooted the Spartans on in their 28-0 win over the Vikings. La Cañada’s offense got off to a slow start, going just 13 yards in their first two possessions. The defense, however, held tough and forced a turnover on downs against a driving Blair team. The Spartans finally scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Senior Franklyn Cervenka with 3:23 left in the first half. Cervenka ran for 96 yards and two touch downs on the night. Although the first half was low on scoring, it was high on penalties. On the last drive of the half, the Spartans had three straight holding calls against them, setting up an exciting 2nd and 65. A Blair player was also ejected for kicking La Cañada linebacker Kyle Herron away from the ball. Two Blair players left the game with concussion-like symptoms. The Spartans took full advantage of their opponent’s 13-man roster in the second half. Junior Andy Paynter ran over a defender to score a touchdown five minutes into the third quarter. Senior Kevin Stoner ran in another from seventeen yards out. Blair requested running clocks after Franklyn Cervenka punched in his

Photo by Michael Belcher Quarterback Matt Jones had a good running game against San Marino and Blair. second touchdown of the night with 10:28 left in the game. After the game, an emotional celebration took place on the field. “It’s bittersweet to win my last home game,” said Senior Kyle Herron, “But my birthday wish came true.” Coach Yoder reminded his seniors, as many held back tears, to “Thank [their] mothers” and “Shake [their] Father’s hands.”

Girls’ Cross Country Stampedes Finals By Campbell Taylor and Michael Belcher Spartan Staff and Sports Editor

Photo by Michael Belcher The Spartan Girls’ Volleyball team was disappointed by Mission Viejo High on November 10th

Spartan Girls’ Volleyball Stunned by Mission Viejo By Michael Belcher Sports Editor On Thursday, November 10 , La Cañada Girls’ Volleyball was upset by Mission Viejo in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs in a thrilling five-game match, 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 26-24, 16-14. “They really surprised us, taking it to five [games],” said Coach Brock Turner, “We fought to the end, but I give the other team credit.” The Spartans seemingly had the match won when they scored five unanswered points to take a 12-8 lead in the last game. That’s when Mission Viejo Coach Gus Culver called his final timeout. “Every game in that match got tighter in the end, no matter who was leading,” said Culver, “I told [the team] this game would tighten up in the end, too.” After the timeout, the Diablos went on a run of their own, taking a 14-13 lead and silencing the home crowd. Junior Katie Pierce tied the game at fourteen with a block, but two quick kills by Mission ended the game 16-14. “We did what we needed to do” said teamcaptain Catherine Horner, “Just not for long enough.” The Diablos came ready to play in the first game, jumping out to an early 12-6 lead. After a timeout, the Spartans pulled within two, thanks to kills from junior Kendall Walbrecht, who had a team-high 20 kills, and junior Micaela Anderson. Despite the effort, the Spartans could never quite th

overcome the deficit, and lost the game 25-23. La Cañada returned to form in the second game, taking an early lead on two spikes from Micaela Anderson. The Spartans saw a 23-17 lead dissolve after Mission went on a late 6-1run. Junior Katie Pierce secured the 25-23 secured the win for the Spartans with an aggressive block. “We weren’t going to let them have it,” Horner said. After going down 1-5 early in third game, the Spartans came back to tie the game at six. The rest of the game was back and forth, with six lead changes and eight more ties. After leveling the score at twenty-four, the Spartans went on a 3-1 run to win the game in extra points, 27-25. “I think the girls felt the wind come out of their sails,” said Culver, “We thought we were going to win that third game and go up 2-1.” A fifth game seemed imminent with the Diablos up 24-18 in the fourth game. However, the Spartans stormed back, scoring 6 unanswered points (four coming from junior Katie Pierce). Unfortunately, the late rally was not enough, as the La Cañada dropped two straight points and the game. The Spartans look to make an even deeper run into the playoffs next year, with ten varsity members returning to the team. After the game, La Canada’s Coach Brock Turner commented on the season. “I am proud of the girls. They had a great year,” said Turner. “It’s too bad it ended so soon.”

“I am proud of the girls. They had a great year,” said Turner. “It’s too bad it ended so soon.”

On Saturday, November 11th, Girls’ Cross Country qualified for CIF finals, placing fourth in their heat. The girls are currently ranked 8th in Division 3. The top six teams at CIF finals make it to state championships. “The girls have a real shot at making it [to state],” said Coach Andy Ligeti, “They are right on the bubble, but they have it in them.” The secret of the team’s success is its even distribution of talent. Only 34 seconds separated the team’s first place runner and the fifth place runner. The gap is the second shortest in all of Division 3. On Thursday, November 3rd, Girls’ Varsity Cross Country took first place at Rio Hondo league finals. The Lady Spartans edged out their rivals, the South Pasadena Tigers, by five points with a final score of 32 to 37. Coach Jennifer Strople could not be reached for a comment. While they didn’t achieve their goal of taking first place, the boy’s team did well, placing third among six teams in the Rio Hondo league.

A few members of the boys’ team did stand out for the Spartans. Senior Brendan Greene ran the course in an impressive time of 15:50, taking third place over. “He lead almost the entire time,” explained Ligeti, “I’m proud of him.” Junior Dylan Bromley shattered his personal record of 18 minutes and 10 seconds, running three miles in 17 minutes and 46 seconds. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team mates.” Bromley explained League Finals were held at Lacey Park in San Marino.

Photo by Michael Belcher The Spartan Girls’ Cross Country team

Colorguard Wins Chaffey Field Tournament By Jennifer Kim Sports Editor LCHS Colorguard is performing with flying colors this year. On October 22, the team won the Chaffey Field Tournament held at Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA. “Our performance was clean, strong, and we had a lot of energy,” shared Senior Shea Gaier, who holds a weapon line position and has been on the team the longest. In this vigorous sport, colorguards use flags, sabres, rifles, batons, swing flags, airblades, and a few other pieces of equipment, as well as a mix of ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary modern dance. Simply put, a colorguard is the visual representation of the music. Junior Kiersten Sheehy, who is a part of the weapon line, described the tournament as “super exciting.” “The best thing about our team is that we’re supportive of each other and are all best friends. And we really want first place,” explained Sheehy. There are two positions in the colorguard: the weaponline and flagline. But everyone spins an object regardless of their position. In

this competition, there were nearly thirty teams separated into two divisions. It isn’t an easy task juggling school work, social life, and a sport at the same time. But the colorguard knows the extreme dedication required in order to perform well. They practice twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for three hours, on Saturdays whenever a competition is approaching, and during 5th period on a daily basis. And it’s a given to practice at home by oneself. They’re always working, but the girls have a lot of fun doing it. We want to make sure to put out our best, be responsible, and learn life skills through the sport,” remarked Coach Swaga Deb. He added, “It’s more than just colorguard. It’s handling everything from homework, family life, etc. and learning to balance them.” Although managing these different tasks is intense work, our Colorguard knows how to have fun and enjoy themselves above all else. It is no surprise that their extreme dedication and devotion has come to fruition in this tournament. For those who are interested in joining colorguard, the colorguard is currently looking for more people to join the team.

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November 17, 2011

Six La Cañada Athletes Sign Letters of Intent By Michael Belcher Sports Editor

On Monday, November 14, six athletes from La Cañada High School signed national letters of intent at a ceremony held in their honor during lunch. Athletics Director Craig Franzen and Softball Coach Mathews each delivered a speech commending the athletes for their hard work and dedication. In addition to the letters, athletes were given cupcakes frosted with their school’s emblem. “This was an exciting and historic moment,” said Assistant Athletics Director Kalb, “I am very proud of our athletes, in all that they do.”




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Photo by Paulina Galoostian Coach Ballard introduced baseball player Mitch Russell at the signing ceremony in front of the gym.

Photo by Paulina Galoostian Mitch Russell, Catherine Horner, Laura Schroeder, Katy Campbell, Sarah Olson and Lauren Cox patiently waited during the ceremony.


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On Thanksgiving of 2007, Americans ate 690 million pounds of turkey, a weight equivalent to that of the entire Singapore population. The author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” helped make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Benjamin Franklin, who proposed the turkey as the official United States’ bird, was not happy when the bald eagle was chosen instead. In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving to a week earlier than usual so the Christmas shopping season would last longer. The world’s largest turkey sits just off Route 10, Frazee, MN, also known as the turkey capital of the world. 6. According to the National Turkey Foundation, when Armstrong and Aldrin sat down to eat their first meal on the moon, their foil food packets contained roasted turkey. 7. The seven Endeavour astronauts and three space station crew members enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, cornbread stuffing, and green beans.

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