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SPORTS & ARTS Conference realignment boosts chances for league titles

do you have what it takes?


MC teams have moved from the predominantly Division I Palomar League to the mainly D-II Valley League in a conference realignment based off of enrollment rather than location, which should increase competitive balance. Here’s what the league change means for each sport: Boys water polo finished 3-5 in league play last year, but contending with RB will improve the team’s chances in getting a better seed in the playoff tournament. Boys cross country enters as the favorite to win the league over Valley Center and is in a position to win a section title after falling short by a point last year. Girls cross country, who did win a CIF title last year, should be able to top Ramona for a league title. A more experienced field hockey team should show improvement this year, but could have a tough time getting past defending league champion Valley Center. The football team will face, as head coach Darren Spence said, “The green monster in football known as Oceanside,” the defending D-II state champion. Valley Center is the D-IV section champion, and the team will still face RB in what is a very competitive schedule. Girls golf, led by three returning CIF qualifiers, moves to an easier league which San Pasqual dominated in 2007. The first-time CIF champion girls tennis team should be glad that Torrey Pines is no longer in their league, but easily capturing a league title might make them less tested for post season play. Girls volleyball lost to WV in CIF semifinals a year ago. Ramona, Oceanside and Orange Glen also made the playoffs meaning anything could happen this year. Boys basketball could not make it out of the first round of the playoffs last season. Oceanside could prove a formidable foe in what will be a very balanced league. Girls basketball shot past Ramona and WV on route to a CIF three-peat. Four-peat seems possible. Boys soccer will have to sprint past not only WV and Oceanside if they want a league title, but Orange Glen too, who is coming off a 10-1-1 league season. Girls soccer will be chasing WV, who entered the playoff tournament as the top seed, and went on to live up to that ranking by winning a CIF banner. It appears as though the girls water polo team, which went undefeated a year ago, will have to battle it out with Valley Center for a league title. The D-II CIF champion wrestling squad should secure a league championship with wrestling powerhouse Poway not in the league. After finishing in the Palomar League cellar in 2008, the baseball team may have just as much trouble gaining on their new opponents. Boys golf will see a big improvement with an older group moving out of a very strong league. The lacrosse teams should fare well in an easier league, but since only one section title is awarded CIF banners appear out of reach. Boys tennis, which lost a strong corps of seniors, will match up against teams of more equal caliber. Boys volleyball edged out WV and then Scripps Ranch to win a section title last year. After graduating several players, it will be interesting to see their quest for a repeat. Gymnastics will aim to upset Torrey Pines to bring back the lone section CIF title in 2009. Despite the loss of ace Jessica McDermott, softball should bring home league and CIF titles. > SEE “LEAGUE CHANGE,” PAGE B2


September 12, 2008

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New athletic director warmly welcomed onto MC campus LAUREN HALL STAFF WRITER

Matt Coffelt | Photo Editor

Ruben Ramos (12) poses for a photo illustration of varsity football tryouts. The team had to endure “hell week” in order to make the team. They also attended two-a-day practices. During their tryout week, they were required to lift, run, and condition in the heat.

Athletes emerge from “hell week,” endure rigorous tryouts KEVIN LAGE Entertainment editor

Girls Volleyball

Do you have what it takes? Are you willing to push yourself beyond your limits in a grueling tryout week? Tryout week or “Hell Week” as it is not-so-affectionately called is a necessary evil for all athletes that wish to compete at the varsity level. It is generally the hardest training period of the season and the time when the coach considers the players for cuts. The following are the experiences that some varsity level teams went through during their tryout weeks.

Boys Water Polo

“Our typical tryouts were filled with lots of basic drills so that we could evaluate the players,” Coach Bri Beal said. “We had them come to two different sessions. The morning sessions were drills and the afternoon sessions were more full out playing. Workouts were usually at the end of the second practice and would consist of running, plyometrics, and overall fitness training. We also had all athletes stretch both morning and afternoon sessions. The toughest thing that we have our athletes do is hold themselves accountable. They have to turn in grades every week and must maintain a 2.5 or higher to play. The fitness and practice are tough both physically and mentally but having something to be accountable for outside the gym makes it tough.”

“Starting the week before school started until the end of the first week of school, we had two-a-days,” junior Trevor Webb said. “The The hardest part of tryouts morning practice was usually a dry land workout was being out in the hot sun Girls Tennis consisting of a two mile run, stadiums, and then After their historic CIF victory last year the about 30 minutes of ab workouts and pushups. running and conditioning.” team came into this season working hard and try Then we got in the pool for speed training by ing to get ready for another great season. The girls swimming laps on fast intervals. In the after- tennis team’s tryout week consisted of mostly - Stefan Derry (12) noon workouts, we started with more ab workdrills, with some conditioning. Each day they ran outs and dry land strength training. When we got one mile, and ran stadiums and other conditionin the pool we would do an endurance workout ing workouts. They mostly ran tennis drills to imby doing long sets. We would also do leg training prove their skills. While there were no cuts and the by working with weighted balls. We would always finish up with about 20 ranking were mostly known beforehand, athletes could challenge higher minutes of sprints.” ranked players for their rank on the team.

Cross Country

“Obviously a typical day for cross country varies by experience and age of the athlete,” Coach Nathan Boyer said. “The incoming freshmen face adjusted workouts compared with the varsity level returnees. The first week included a hill circuit, a tempo workout, a long run of up to 70 minutes and various road runs with length and intensity appropriate to age and experience. The hill circuit was the single ‘toughest’ workout, although the idea is not to destroy them. I want them to run well every day.”


As one of the largest and hardest working teams on campus, the boys football team had a grueling tryout week with two-a-day practices. “The hardest part of tryouts was being out in the hot sun running and conditioning,” senior Stefan Derry said. “During tryouts we lifted, practiced our plays and did conditioning.” So what do you think? Do you have what it takes to make the team? Are you willing to push yourself beyond your limits? Well you’re going to have to try if you want to make the team.

Tips & Tricks:

how to make the team

What the coaches are looking for:

How to prepare for tryouts:

- enthusiasm - being “coachable” - willingness to do whatever the coaches ask - positive attitude - desire - the want to be on the team - commitment to excellence - using 100% effort - encouraging teammates - motivation to improve - knowing they can always do better - timeliness - respect towards the coach - self-confidence - believe in yourself - overall skills - existing capabilities * According to various MC coaches


- start practicing - train with friends at least a month before tryouts - talk to the coach if you can - they’ll more likely remember who you are when tryouts roll around - begin a training schedule - to build stamina and get in shape [run/jog/swim] - lift weights - it will help build muscle strength - get a sense of what to expect - talk to athletes who were previously on the team - don’t think negatively - be mentally ready by believing in yourself - get a good amount of sleep the night before - wake up early for a healthy breakfast - be on time to tryouts - better yet, be early compiled by nicole bustamante | staff writer

Friendly students, a helpful staff, and a great school environment were all of the qualities that Athletic Director Randy Wright looked forward to on his first day working at MC. Wright came with lots of prior experience as the coach of a 13 time CIF finalist and nine time CIF section champion basketball team. “Walking into the arena, whether it’s for first time or the tenth time, every time is special,” Wright said. Not only was there the reward of winning, but to Wright it was worth so much more. “To be a part of the process is great, and for many kids it was their first time that they had made it that far,” he said. “In coaching, you want to get to the highest level, and seeing the kids get their desires is great.” For him, it’s all about the kids and what they learn from it. Wright was athletic and involved in sports and his school even in his years in high school. “I’m a basketball guy. But I was in football, basketball, and baseball my freshman year,” Wright said. “But before my sophomore year I got my appendix taken out, so I stuck to basketball.” His most recent years before coming to MC were spent at a college preparatory school, Capistrano Valley Christian High School. There he was the athletic director and a varsity coach. He has been in California for 20 years. Some of his previous years, however, were spent at Santa Fe Christian School, a newly opened high school. For Wright, being in this position was a unique experience because there was a smaller population at the new school, and Wright wanted to spend more time with people. Later on, Wright was named division five coach of the year in 2006 for his achievements as the basketball coach at Santa Fe Christian. “It was a little bit different there because it was a start up school so there weren’t as many kids,” Wright said. “I wanted to be with the kids.” Some of Wright’s best relationships with students came from him teaching P.E. “It was a great experience,” Wright said. “I enjoyed the people I worked with.” Coaching was also a good way to create close relationships with the students. “I loved coaching because I love spending time with kids,” Wright said. Wright coached basketball, some cross country, and a little bit of golf, but he loves and enjoys all sports. As their coach and role model, seeing his athletes compete and improve is very rewarding to him. Now Wright is at the top of his game. As athletic director, he brings an enthusiasm and a passion for what he does. “To be back in a school environment is great, and I’ve heard good things about Mt. Carmel,” Wright said. It is yet to be determined if he will be able to take a coaching position. He is hoping to be able to take part in coaching again at MC and would like to be more involved with the students. “Being the athletic director, you focus on the total program rather then just your own individual sport like you would as a coach,” Wright said. “I like being able to spend the one on one time with kids.” Wright has now stepped up on the ladder, and things have been looking up for him as he starts off the new year. “It’s been very rewarding for me so far,” Wright said. He looks forward to meeting new people and sharing more moments in the months to come.

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Coach Carter is determined to improve on and off the field, teaching the team how to be good athletes and good people.

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Mt. Carmel SUN

September 12, 2008

Tennis works hard on, off court; serves up wins VINCENT PHAM STAFF WRITER

As the afternoon heat beats down upon them, the team jogs multiple laps, pushes through seemingly endless stadium runs, and does high-knees and sprint exercises. And yes, this is before a racket is even picked up or a ball is hit on the court. For the girls varsity tennis team, conditioning like this could is what they’ll need to “ace” the opposition this year. Coming off a CIF-championship season, the girls are poised for another winning season and understand that commitment and teamwork are the key ingredients for success. Junior Sabastiani Leon Chao realizes the importance of having good team chemistry. “Our team’s greatest strength is our support for one another,” Leon Chao said. “We always cheer for our teammates whether they are winning or not and maintain a positive attitude.” Leon Chao has begun the season with an astounding 8-1 singles record. She, along with sophomore teammate Bella Genkina, are ranked on the top 100 singles players in their age group ANA ALVAREZ | PHOTOGRAPHER in Southern California according to Sabastiani Leon-Chao (11) smashes a hard serve at a recent match. Leon Chao has started the the United States Tennis Association. season with an impressive 8-1 singles record. She and Bella Genika (10) are ranked in the top 100 The intense heat and humid singles players of their age group for Southern California, according to the United States Tennis conditions force many players to Association. treat their water bottles as their best >> LEAGUE


Boys swimming should remain strong coming off a league title while the girls team, despite the loss of some veterans, should win another league championship. Track and field will benefit from perennial favorite RB staying in the Palomar League. A maturing team figures to enjoy more success in the Valley League. The North County Conference: Teams in italics did not change leagues Avocado: Escondido, Fallbrook, La Costa Canyon, Mission Hills, San Pasqual and Torrey Pines Palomar: Carlsbad, El Camino, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Buena Vista Valley: MC, Oceanside, Orange Glen, Ramona, San Marcos, Valley Center and Westview

friend during games and practices. booster to carry over to this season. “The hot weather can take a toll “Playing crucial games last year made on players,” senior Pooja Parashar us more mentally tough,” Hara said. “We said. “But it’s just a small sacrifice now know what it takes if we want to get we have to make for the team.” back to that championship level of play.” The team points out that head The team will play their inaugural coach Jim Valenzuela and assistant coach season in the Valley League. Leon Chao Jim Wrage should be credited for a big believes the team’s recent CIF triumph will part of their success. Senior Lisa Zeng put added pressure on them this season. agrees that having good coaches is just “Last year, we had nothing to lose,” as important as having good players. Leon Chao said. “But this year, we have “The coach to fight to reclaim gives lots of the title as other advice throughout teams will try to the course of hunt us down Our team’s greatest our practices,” and beat us.” strength is our support for Zeng said. “He According to tells us what we one another.” Leon Chao, the need to fix, and team should have how to improve no trouble making - Pooja Parashar (12) our game.” the transition. The team “Last year, has lost some key players since last year. we were in the Palomar League which Despite that, they remain certain that they was loaded with talent,” Leon Chao can still be competitive in all their matches. said. “With our skills and experience, “I don’t think losing some players we should have no problem getting will affect our team,” Parashar said. the Valley League title this year.” “I am confident that our players can The team won their first match of step up this year and help us win.” the season against RB on Tuesday. They The team bolstered its roster this will play against Oceanside on Sept. 18. year with freshman Lamella Belgica, As for their ultimate goal, Parashar who starts off the year playing singles. knows exactly what every player expects. Senior Yurika Hara believes that the “We’re going for it all,” she said. team’s championship run last season “Another CIF banner in the MC gym provided players with a confidence wouldn’t look too bad, now would it?”

MC football aims for family bond, trust CATHY MCDERMOTT SPORTS EDITOR “One team. One family. Say no more.” These seven short words define what MC’s football team stands for. Being a team means more than just huddling together on the field, sharing the sidelines, or traveling in an overcrowded bus. Being a team is being a family. Although the team displayed a remarkable performance during the Carlsbad scrimmage, creaming the opponent, they suffered a minor setback during their trip to Heritage. They will be facing off with Madison at home tonight at 7 p.m.. Even with their first game as a loss, 21-14, this year’s team has shown undeniable athletic ability. Before going into the game, the players were filled with confidence for the upcoming season. “We [were] predicted to lose the game, which I think is disrespectful,” senior Nathan Ross said. “This team [had] no idea what North County [San Diego] football is like, and we

plan[ned] on showing them.” With that said, the team journeyed up to Northern California for a taste of what they’re in for this season. Many expected the team to fly by the competition because of the recent league change to a “lower ranked” league, but that’s not the case at all. “The league that we’re in is still going to be tough,” head coach Darren Spence said. “We’re playing the defending state champions. We’re still going to compete for every down and fight for every play in every game.” Even with the stiff competition, this head strong team refuses to back down. They still fully intend on taking the season all the way. “This year and last year our team has been good enough to win CIF, but last year the team sort of got lazy,” senior Shayne Khalil said. “We all saw what happened last year, and are not about to let our senior year pass by without going to the Q [Qualcomm Stadium]. “For a lot of the [senior] players, it could be our last year playing football,

and we have to take advantage of the opportunity we have. During junior, sophomore, and freshman year you can always think “okay I have another year,” but when you’re a senior and time flies, it leaves you thinking about how high school is almost out, so I have to do as much as I can. You want to know you did all that you could do.” The team will continuously struggle to overcome the many obstacles they will face this year, with new opponents to battle it out with but one of the main focuses of the team will remain the building of their team as a whole. “You have to [trust your teammates],” senior Reggie Noble said. “Football is a game of trust. You need trust in your teammates in order to work as a team.” Even if the team doesn’t make it to the “Q,” the ability to end the season with something meaningful to hold on to is much more significant. “It’s more about the idea of bonding [other than winning CIF],” Spence said. “Becoming a team, while learning about some valuable life lessons, is important.”


Marcus Strauss (12) confronts an opponent at the recent Carlsbad scrimmage where MC crushed the competition. The football team will be facing off with Madison tonight at 7 p.m. in MC’s stadium.

Sundevil Spotlight

Fixsen joins field with youth, experience Beal inspires, brings new ideas to volleyball court

KATIE FIXSEN SHAYON SAID STAFF WRITER She walked up with an optimistic, young attitude that would make someone believe she was one of the players. She smiled and greeted, but she didn’t act like a coach, more like a friend. Coach Katie Fixsen is the new field hockey coach and she may be new to the school but not to the game. Fixsen got introduced to field hockey mainly by good fortune. “I wanted to play a sport my freshman year in order to get in shape for soccer so I started thinking of fall sports that I could play and field hockey was the only sport that seemed interesting,” she said, “It turned out to be the start of my career.” Fixsen has experience in the game, but because she just graduated last year from college, she also has a fresh memory of what it was like to play on a team. “I know what these girls are going

through; I did the same not too long ago.” She said, “Me being young helps me relate to them in a much easier way.” Because of the difficulty of the games mechanics, Fixsen also considers her age a big advantage in understanding an efficient way of playing and teaching the game to the team. “I think that the game has changed, and because I’ve been around it recently, I know the basis of it.” Fixsen said, “And since I know the basis of it I can teach them the knowledge of it too.” Fixsen had played field hockey all throughout high school and for the University of the Pacific. She has also coached a national field hockey team that made it to the Regional Rumble, a large competition between the top field hockey teams in the nation. As a new coach to this school, Fixsen also brought her whole new set of training to get the team into shape. “Everything you’ve been taught, ignore.” She said to her players. “It’s about knowing the game; that’s how you get in shape.” Fixsen works for her team, and only the team, giving her the advantage of being able to focus on the team. With a sarcastic tone in her voice, Fixsen spoke as if anyone she spoke with was her friend. “It’s great how I can understand what they go through,” She said. “Soon we might become friends.”

QUICK HITS If you had $100 to spend on anything, what would it most likely be? Going to a fun dinner with friends or buying a new pair of jeans. If you could have any store as your wardrobe, what store would it be? The whole Macy’s store, because there is a little bit of everything. What is your weirdest food combination? I don’t really have any weird food combinations. What was your stereotype in high school? I was an athlete. What is one fashion trend that you think should die out? Crocs, especially the ones with the jewels. Who is your celebrity crush? Brian Greenberg (he was Jake from One Tree Hill and from the movie Prime). Would you rather lick peanut butter off a hobo’s foot or be locked in a cage with a hungry tiger? Why? Hungry Tiger; feet gross me out. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? Why was it the worst? Teaching at an all sports camp for children 5-12. I decided at age eight my future children might have to go to boarding school! If you could be a Disney princess, who would you be? The Little Mermaid, because she is a princess on land and in the water!

BRI BEAL SARA SHANTZ STAFF WRITER Bri Beal, the new head girls volleyball coach is more than qualified for the job. With her unique way of coaching and inspiring the team, she is preparing the girls for a successful season. With her unique coaching style and way of inspiring the team, she is preparing the girls for a successful season. She graduated from MC in 2003 and from there she went to Mesa Community College. In her sophomore year her volleyball team made it to the state finals and lost to Golden West College. That year Beal was an AllAmerican player, an All-Southern California player, made the all tournament team, was the conference MVP, and was the female athlete of the year. After that, she got a full ride scholarship to Idaho State University

and played there for two years. There they weren’t successful as a team necessarily but as a studentathlete, she made the dean’s list three out of four semesters and broke the single-season dig record her senior year. Currently, Beal is getting her master’s degree so she can teach either P.E. or English, hopefully, she says, at MC. She got married in June and is now going to have a baby. Beal has high expectations for the team this upcoming season. “My main goals for the team this season are for everyone to improve on and off the court, both as a team and as individual players, and to win league. In a way, this year is a new beginning for the team. After losing three coaches and five seniors last year, the team is left with many obstacles to overcome. “Having a new coach, new drills, new expectations, and also being kind of a young team are going to be our biggest obstacles for the season,” Beal said. According to Beal, the team also has strengths in their strong defensive players, outside hitters, and setters. To Beal, it’s not just about how her players are as athletes, but as people too. “My main job as a high school volleyball coach is not just to coach volleyball, but to teach the girls how to be good people on and off the court,” Beal said.

QUICK HITS If you had $100 to spend on anything, what would it most likely be? I would spend the money on gas and food. If you could have any store as your wardrobe, what store would it be? Nordstrom’s. What’s your weirdest food combination? Waffles with peanut butter and syrup. What was your high school stereotype? I was an athlete. What is one fashion trend that you think should die out? Socks with sandals and crocs. Who is your celebrity crush? Brad Pitt. Would you rather lick peanut butter off a hobo’s foot or be locked in a cage with a hungry tiger? Why? I’d rather be locked in a cage with a hungry tiger. At least I might just die, instead of get a disease and die. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? Why was it the worst? My voluntary job at the football snack bar was the worst job I’ve ever had. It was disorganized and it took two hours before and after each game to set stuff up and take it down. If you could be a Disney princess, who would you be? Cinderella.


Mt. Carmel SUN


September 12, 2008

Cross country sets goal for CIF finals MACKENZIE LANCE COPY EDITOR

A stoplight chirps as its walking symbol transforms from a red hand to a motionless green man. The chirps are soon drowned out b y a stampede of nylon shorts-clad athletes. Even after fifty minuets of continuous action, the herd moves swiftly with strength towards the water fountain, and their most desired destination: CIF finals. “We are hoping to repeat our CIF title, and want it so badly,” junior Kiersten Iwai said. “Thinking of last year’s CIF motivates me to run because I want that title and I don’t want to let down the team.” This training began about two weeks after track season ended. “The training is hard but you get in great shape, and the ties you create with the team are really strong,” senior Cindy Peralta said. “It really teaches you about believing in yourself and pushing yourself to be the best that you can.” After months of intense training and sacrifice, the Sundevils get their first chance to shine at the Bronco Round-Up Invitational tomorrow.



Branden Foster (11) works on his breathing as he sprints to the goal line. The boys cross country team is hungry to get back to the CIF finals after last year’s close loss.

Last year’s CIF champions girls team only lost two seniors and gained a number of new runners. The veteran runners are excited about the new additions and the new training ethic. “We want to win again so we’ve really upped the intensity of the workouts and picked up the speed,” junior Mary Carmen Gonzales said. “Winning one year is no

guarantee of another win so we’re trying hard to make it happen again.” This training includes several types of running workouts as well as weights and core work. It’s the girl’s teamwork that help them survive the training. “Everyone is so friendly and fun, and we always have a good time when we’re together, even when we’re running,” Iwai said. “The people make running worth it.”


After losing the CIF title by just one point, the boys team is looking for redemption. “My motivation is that one point,” junior Jacob Wood said. “We will be stronger than last year because we know from the start that we have a good chance at CIF and have been working very hard for it.” The team is known for its unique bond and sense of humor. “The atmosphere is just great,” senior Vincent Heng said. “We all just joke around all the entire time as every member has their own niche. Also, running keeps us looking fit and fabulous.” Unlike the girls team, that only lost two top runners, the boys team is missing three runners who went to the state meet last year. “Although we have lost a lot of senior leadership, I think the squad this year has more potential to succeed on a more statewide level,” Heng said. “We have in my opinion a very solid lead pack.”


Jacob Wood (11) runs hard as he practices for the upcoming meet this Saturday at Kit Carson Park.

Boys water polo looks positively Girls golf swings into form, strives towards future; anticipating CIF for improvement from last season ADITI PAI STAFF WRITER Senior Patrick Nowak catches the ball in set, his defender reaches over his right arm, knocks the ball loose, Nowak swims away from the defender and just catches it in time to shoot it into the goal. Before the season, the boys’ water polo team focused mostly on conditioning. This training included a three hour practice every day, some morning practices, and Cove Swims on the weekend. “We start by swimming from La Jolla Cove to the shores,” sophomore Danny Ettleson said. “Then we run to the pier, swim around the pier, and run back to the shores, and swim to the cove.” This entire workout is about a two mile swim and a one mile run. All of this work is very different from last


“We are spending a lot more time on conditioning,” varsity water polo coach Anthony Cabrera. “I want us to be a strong 4th quarter team.” With all of the work and time spent together, the team shares a close-knit friendship. “We have a lot of inside jokes,” Ettleson said. “We are all good friends.” Captain of the water polo team, senior Chris Gallardo enjoys the game and spreads his enthusiasm. “I like the intensity of the game,” Gallardo said. “It is fast paced, keeps you active, and never slows down.” They played their first game against Eastlake at the La Jolla Draz Classic, a fundraiser for CIF. They lost 9-3, but made a comeback at the scrimmage later that week winning against the same team 8-4. “We played a lot more as a team,”

New coach enlightens spirit; high expectations for volleyball season MELISSA ROADMAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Senior returning varsity player Andrea Sun went into the first day of tryouts not knowing what to expect. With a new coach, the possibilities for tryouts and the season were endless. The girls varsity volleyball team welcomed a new head coach, Brianna Beal, to lead them this 2008 season. As with every team at the beginning of the season, especially one with a new coach, the volleyball team is practicing new techniques in their pre-season. Beal is beginning a new foundation for the girls’ attitude toward volleyball. “I am trying to teach them that volleyball is a very mental sport and confidence is vital,” Beal said. “I am sure they have been told this before but these are basics I build my philosophy on.” Along with teaching the team her philosophy, the team has been practicing two hours and 15 minutes each day to work on drills and plays that are new to the girls. “They are learning my different styles and different drills they may have or have not yet conducted in practice,” she said. “We have been shaping up all around skills as well as using different line-ups to see what will work best in a game situation.” Sun feels that Beal’s practice drills are strengthening the team. “With the new coach, there’s a

different outlook on the season,” Sun said. “We do a lot more drills that force us to push each other to finish and push ourselves to the limit.” The team is fairly young, with two sophomores, nine juniors and only three seniors; however, Beal believes the young ages will not hinder them, as each team member has experience. “All the young players play club and have prior JV or varsity experience,” Beal said. Sophomore Sierra Moran looks forward to the chemistry the young team will form and hopes it will result in success, if not this year, then in the near future. “[We are] able to work together for a longer time so that we will gain the chemistry we need to win CIF,” she said. Thus far, the team has had two scrimmages, but scores were not kept, and it was used as a learning experience. “Scrimmages really help us see how well we play as a team and how well we are able to adjust to opponents that we don’t know well,” Sun said. “Volleyball is all about figuring out your opponents and reacting so scrimmages show us what we need to work on in terms of learning to do that.” The team felt confident coming out of the scrimmages and is looking forward to their upcoming games. The Sundevils in Spandex kick off their season with a game at RB next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Senior Patrick Nowak said. “We came together a lot more.” The new league has created some drawbacks for the team. “On paper, we appear to be in a water league,” Cabrera said. “Overall the change is bad due to the fact that we have to play in so many shallowdeep pools.” However, in their latest scrimmage on Tuesday against RBV and Serra, the team had played very well. “We need to improve our passing,” Gallardo said. “Once we fix that we can play at the level we should be playing.” Nowak looks positively towards this season in the new league. “We look strong in our new league,” Nowak said. “We plan on going in positive. Hopefully we can be league champs and do something good in CIF.”

KATELYN CUTTS NEWS EDITOR Girls golf has swung into the season already close to achieving one of their main goals. “One of our goals is to score a 220 or lower,” junior Shelby Jones said. The team has already scored a 232 against RB on Sept. 3. Although the team lost, 215-232, the girls scored their lowest score ever. Sophomore Tracey Huynh shot a 39 and senior Katie Scanlan a 43. The team was defeated by RB again the next day. They lost 208-243. Huynh shot a 42, Jones had a 48. Huynh is one of the top scorers in the county, according to The North County Times. She averaged 40 in the first two matches of the season. Jones believes the team lost because of a slight disadvantage; however, she enjoyed the matches.

“We like playing RB because we have more fun during the match,” she said. “RB has more experienced players compared to us which can be a disadvantage.” Coach Jay Van Vark believes the team is small, and he is trying to help them improve as much as possible. “We are analyzing the individual strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “We spend time talking about how to play to their strength on the course and work on the weak part during practice.” According to Van Vark, the team is using practice time to focus on what can get the girls’ individual scores to improve. During practice, the team is working mainly on the short game. Van Vark believes the short game is key to winning games. “We focus a lot on the short game,” he said. “This is the red zone for golf. Anybody can hit a driver a

long ways, but if you can’t get it in the hole, who cares?” With the team working so hard at practice, Van Vark believes the girls will be strong in the new league. “With a new conference, I expect that we will do well,” he said. “I have a very solid returning base of girls and some wonderful new additions. I think we have a competitive shot at the conference title.” The hopes for the team are very high this year, mainly because Van Vark believes the returners have improved during off season and the freshmen are very strong. “With really only one new player, we all are picking up right where we left off last year,” he said. Jones believes the team is strong as well because of the returners improving during off season. The team played El Camino on Tuesday and Thursday.

Girls field hockey team creates strong bond; looks towards better results for upcoming year KAREN MICHEL STAFF WRITER


Ashley Romano (11) aims for the ball during practice as the girls prepare for the upcoming scrimmage against Fallbrook. With a new coach, Katie Fixsen, the team looks forward to starting off their season fresh and full of energy.

The blistering heat’s ability to force the girls into a shaded area had created a circle of conversations about the latest music, clothes, and movies. As they pulled up their hair, put on their gear, and grabbed one last sip of water, one girl stood up peering over her teammates. “All right guys, let’s get started on our warm-ups,” she said. The girls field hockey team shows their endurance and readiness through their bond as a team. With beginning freshmen to experienced seniors, the team plans on learning off of each other so that they can succeed this year as one team. Katie Fixsen, who is the new head coach of the team, has had a good first impression on the girls and is excited for this year’s season. “I really like how it’s a developing sport,” she said. “The girls are great, and I like the fact how they ask a lot of questions because it shows their willingness to learn.” With the girls’ first scrimmage against Fallbrook High School approaching, they have been preparing themselves not only physically, but also mentally. “Its important to be prepared for the mental part of the game,” Ms. Fixsen said. “The stuff that doesn’t deal with things like direct contact, but to know the things like how and when to hit the ball, after you get those skills down everything in the game comes by

so much easier.” With the girls hoping for a better season this year, they have adapted well with Ms. Fixsen, and are using these new techniques of playing to their advantage. “We have a long time until our first scrimmage against Fallbrook and our new coach is really good at teaching us new things, so we will definitely be prepared by that time,” senior Katerina Musto said. With an unfortunate record of last year’s games, the girls keep themselves motivated with each other’s support. “Even though a lot of the girls on the team are new, everyone is really trying our hardest and you can tell that there is a lot of effort that’s been put into our team,” Musto said. “We are all really close, and we all get along really well.” With the girls’ passion and devotion for the game, they are preparing themselves for a good season. And despite the mixture of different age groups in the team, the girls are using that to their advantage and only making their bond as a team stronger. Although the teams number one priority is to have a perfect season this year and to improve on their playing skills, they still find that having a close relationship with each other is more valuable. “I want us to grow as a team,” Fixsen said. “Eleven brand new players learning how to play the sport, is good enough for me.”



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Artist: Justin Nozuka Album: Holly

Already his music has swept Canada and England, and now his soulful lyrics are emerging on radio stations throughout the United States. Justin Nozuka is a Canadian singer, who is originally from New York. His acoustic vibe sounds completely different from the conventional music that floods teenagers’ ears these days. Justin’s songs hold a refreshing sense of folk music mixed in with classic soul and R&B. He writes all of his own songs, creating astonishing masterpieces. All his lyrics are carefully written to pull at one’s emotions. His songs don’t sing of silly things such as clubs and “sexy ladies,” but rather he touches the souls of many as he provides poignant lyrics of suicide and abuse. His first single aired on American radio was “After Tonight.” Like wildfire, this song has spread through radio, Youtube, and Myspace. The soft husky sound of his voice captivates the hearts of all listeners. He was acclaimed as “an artist you ought to know” by VH1 because of this song. But his most remarkable songs are the ones that have yet to run through mainstream. The secret works of genius can be found on Youtube. His song “No Heaven” speaks of two young brothers and the distress of pain and suicide. The expression on his face and emotion portrayed through his voice cause many to burst in tears. His songs truly reach inside you and make you experience the pain first hand. Justin is certainly someone to look out for. His music is rising fast and taking on the world one guitar strum at a time. Thankfully for San Diego fans, he is performing a show on October 15 at The Roxy in Los Angeles. For more information on Justin visit -CATHERINE MCDERMOTT

E3 sets stage for future years of gaming DENNIS SUN STAFF WRITER Video game fans everywhere tune in once a year to E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo held this year in Los Angeles, California from June 14 to 17. At this invitation-only convention, major video and computer game companies show off the products that will be released in the coming years. This year, the major companies participating in the console wars, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, have unveiled many exceptional and long-awaited games to come out.


At E3, Microsoft revealed a new experience that would completely change home entertainment. Microsoft has partnered with Netflix to bring their customers on-demand TV shows, movies, and games that can be purchased through Xbox LIVE. Major third-party providers such as Universal Studios, NBC, SCI FI channel, and USA network will pitch in to provide most of the TV shows available through Xbox LIVE Primetime. There is also a blockbuster game lineup available, including games like Lips, Rock Band 2, and the much anticipated Final Fantasy XIII. Another innovation to the Xbox system is the development of Xbox LIVE Party. It will allow users to create their own avatar created by Rare, and share videos, pictures, and games with friends around the world. Along with upgrades to Xbox LIVE, Microsoft has also said that it wiIl broaden the horizon of games for players to choose from, including sequels to old titles and more familyfriendly games. Some of the much-anticipated games that will be released include Resident Evil 5, a violent survival horror game, which will be released in 2009, Fable II, a role-playing game, which will be released in October of this year, and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, an action-adventure game.


Sony unveiled a plethora of greatly anticipated games at E3 as well. Many sequel releases of popular first-party software will flank the shelves of the coming holiday season. For the PS3, sequels like God of War 3, a violent actionadventure game which will feature 1080p high definition, and Resistance 2, a sci-fi first person shooter, will be released soon. Along with these sequel releases, there are also some new, innovative games coming out for PS3. One of these games is LittleBigPlanet, a fully customizable puzzle/platformer in spectacular HD that allows you to create highly detailed levels and share them with others. The game has gamers playing as a Sack-Boy or Sack-Girl,

describing the small characters made of burlap bag, which can grab objects and utilize them to reach the end of a level. U n l i ke Nintendo, Sony continues producing games for their older consoles, and such is the case with the PS2. Some games that will be released include Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty, and some previously unannounced games like Fat Princess and Crash Commando. In addition to the video consoles, the PSP will also have plenty of new releases. Resistance: Retribution, a sequel to Resistance: Fall of Man, was announced for PSP, along with Patapon 2, another sequel.


Nintendo, the video game industry’s leader in innovative, child-like games, also had many new releases announced at E3. Some games that have been announced for release include Wii Music, a game that allows players to play a large variety of instruments in a Rock Band-like game and Wii Sports Resort, a sort of expansion pack for the original Wii Sports which came with every Wii console. Also, Nintendo announced the release of Animal Crossing: City Folk, a game that puts the player in a town filled with animals, and has them working and living in a real-time world. Nintendo has also announced a few new accessories for Wii systems, such as Wii Speak, a microphone that can be used to talk to people around the world, which is compatible with City Folk. Another great accessory is the Wii MotionPlus adapter, which helps the Wii sense movements much better, giving a more realistic, real-time feel to the games.

Along with the Wii, the Nintendo DS will also have some debut games, such as Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, and Kirby Superstar Ultra. Cooking Guide will be an interesting release for the DS that is essentially a cookbook at the palm of your hands. It has hundreds of recipes from around the world, with a set time for cooking and even a calorie count! The voice of a chef will guide you through hundreds of step-by-step recipes for any occasion, with videos to show how each step is done. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MELANIE DICKINSON

Beloved TV shows return for new fall season SARAH CARRIGAN STAFF WRITER

Movie: Hamlet 2 Rating: R Starring: Steve Coogan

Set in the arid city of Tucson, Arizona, “where dreams go to die,” Hamlet 2 is somewhat similar to The Producers, in that a horribly offensive play is able to become successful simply because it is so ridiculous. Steve Coogan plays the high school drama teacher (Dana Marschz) in desperate need of producing a hit. If the lisping high school newspaper critic gives him another bad review, his class, already declining in popularity, will be cut altogether. He decides to write a sequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet despite the fact that all the characters in the first one died at the end. Hamlet and the rest travel through time, encountering Albert Einstein, Jesus, and Dick Cheney, among others. Marschz even pens a scene in which Satan and the president of the United States french kiss. Except for two overenthusiastic thespians, his students clearly do not want to be there, and Marschz goes to great lengths to try to instill the importance of drama in them. While talking to them about this, he manages to kick a metal trash can into a girl’s face, but usually the movie’s quirky nature is what makes it so hilarious. With songs titled “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” and “Raped in the Face,” how could it be anything else? Although the movie does have the potential to be extremely offensive to large groups of people, it really is one of the funniest, most unique movies you will see in a long time. -ERICA BYERLEY

As the world sat and watched the closing ceremonies of the Olympics only one question could distract from Jackie Chan singing along to Chinese power-pop. What the heck are we going to watch now?! Luckily, television’s upcoming fall season is jam packed with some old favorites as well as a few new picks.

drug addicted doctor should turn to Fox Tuesdays at 8:00 and stay tuned for the series premier of Fringe, a sci-fi tinted drama starring Dawson’s Creek alum, Joshua Jackson.




Everyone’s favorite accidental secret agent returns to NBC Mondays at 8:00.


Did you hear? The shenanigans and scandals of the hit CW series are back for season 2 Mondays at 8:00. PHOTO COURTESY OF DENOFGEEK.COM

NBC’s The Office has been MC’s most highly anticipated show this fall. Season five will premier on Thursday, Sept. 25.


For all those who need their weekly fix of the caustic,


America’s most famous zip code is back with the BrandonFree remake of the ‘90s teen scene classic, Tuesdays at 8:00 on the CW.


CBS premiers yet another crime drama Tuesday nights at 9:00. Think Psych only sexier and minus the numerous

Amazing websites to waste time on (other than!)

“It’s pretty cool because if you hear someone say something that you haven’t heard before, you can go on urban dictionary and figure out what it means.” – Ryan Jamison (10)

“[It’s] free to search and play music. Make an account and you can make yourself playlists.” – Trey Dempsey (10)

It's kind of an online journal. You can use it just for yourself, or use it kind of like e-mail when you don’t have time to tell your friends everything. It's a lot better than sites like Myspace because you can't search for people you know, you can only find them if they tell you their site,” – Jess Peterson (10)

“You can get any guitar tablature (written out music for songs) you want there for free,” – Clark Krula (12)

“If you like movies, this is the website for you. You can find anything out about movies. You can spend hours on this website just looking at all the movies that are coming out,” – Jacob Snyder (10)

“It’s cool because you can check on your team stats or player stats. It’s the source for everything about football, whether it’s about injuries, great games, or just news. It has a fantasy game where you draft players and play against other people. What your drafted players do in real life affect what happens in your fantasy game – Sean Nguyen (10)

Compiled by Jordan Ugalde | Staff Writer

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The whimsical hit from last fall returns after a writers-strikeinduced hiatus Wednesdays at 8:00 on ABC followed by Private Practice at 9:00


After as stunning season finale where everyone at Seattle Grace got a happy ending, the hit hospital drama returns Thursdays at 9:00 on ABC.


A jaw dropping finale to the Emmy winning comedy’s fourth season, will have viewers glued to their TVs begging for answers Thursday at 9:00 on NBC.


Ladies can wind up the week with CBS’s new romantic hopeful where a 30- something single must dig through all past relationships in search of her future husband.


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Comic Books

Album: Whisper War Artist: The Cab The seeds of a bitter Battle of the Bands rivalry have grown up into one of the most original sounds to grace Fueled by Ramen records since Panic! At the Disco. Alex Deleon and Cash Colligan, former stage adversaries, made a bold move worthy of MTV Films when they combined garage band forces in 2005. Enter: The Cab. Now, just three years later, the group has released a triumphant debut album with Whisper War. In spite of the trend to label sound with the appropriate scene (alternative, ska, post hard core), The Cab presents a unique sound with each new track. Reminiscent of label mates Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy fame, and Panic’s front man Brendan Urie, DeLeon’s lead vocals are the first thing to catch a listener’s ear with its pure, soulful tone. Delve deeper into the music, and one will find unique instrumental arrangements that distinguish each track as distinctive. Kicking off with the unapologetically pop “Bounce!,” Whisper War winds to the soulful single “I’ll Run,” then the heartfelt ballad, “Take My Hand.” And eventually closes with anthem “This City is Contagious.” Every track holds a surprise, but simultaneously stays true to the common thread that truly classifies The Cab’s sound: a love for music. No matter where the road to success takes them, The Cab makes their feelings about the ride clear with “Vegas Skies.” “And if tonight ever makes a difference/ The way that I feel the way that I’ll remember it/ I’ll take this down until the glass remains/ Swallow the words that I was meant to say/ It’s a long drive back to Vegas skies/ So I don’t…” -SARAH CARRIGAN

Movie: The House Bunny Starring: Anna Faris

When Shelley (Anna Faris), a playmate, gets kicked out of the Playboy mansion after her 27 birthday she becomes homeless and is forced to live in her car. That is, until she follows three college girls to a sorority house where she decides to become a housemother. House Bunny is a humorous and cleverly developed film. Shelley ends up in the college’s most unpopular sorority house. The girls in the house aren’t exactly “pretty” so with help from Shelleythey go from drab to fab. In the end the girls learn their lesson and discover looks aren’t everything. Faris did a great job playing the dumb playmate role and really outdid herself. It was enjoyable to watch her try to make herself smarter for the guy she wanted, after she helped her sorority girls become not so smart when it came to their guys. Shelley’s love interest is played by Collin Hanks who meets her while trying to recruit volunteers for his retirement home. Although, unlike Shelley’s usual men at the Playboy mansion, he is not easily won over by her tricks. Katherine McPhee, Rumor Willis, Emma Stone, and the rest of the cast had great chemistry as “sisters” of the house. You could easily tell they had a lot of fun wit their roles. Although it may be a completely predictable movie it is still great fun to watch. If you’re looking for something serious I don’t recommend it, but if you are just looking for a good time at the movies this is for you. Overall this movie is a great laugh and a well-made teen comedy. If you like the first Legally Blonde you will enjoy this movie. -NICOLE BUSTAMANTE



Before there was a Gotham down trot with a full array of villains and supervillains, or a Batman who didn’t kill or use guns, or even that monster of a Batmobile, there was an early 20th century city of typical gangsters opposed by a knight who was not above using a gun. And about five decades before the Tumbler prowled the streets of Gotham, there was a retro convertible that Batman supposedly used to “block bullets.” And before that, there was a National Allied Publications (later called DC) company looking for another Superman-status hit. In 1939, a Zorro-inspired “Bat-Man” deputed in issue #27 of Detective Comics. Although smaller than a magazine and

printed on cheap paper, and an original “Case of the Chemical Syndicate” is worth up to $250,000 today. Almost 70 years ago, it was just another ten-cent soft-cover sold at newsstands alongside headlines reading “Nazi Germany occupies France.” Creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger mirrored the turmoil of early 20th century urban life with the early issues of Bat-Man. This approach was apparently too bloody for America’s impressionable youth. The Comics Code Authority began

regulating comic book violence in the mid1950s, and Batman became infamously cheesy. It was not one of the Dark Knight’s proudest moments. Not until 1964, when sales were falling, writers made dramatic changes to make the character more modern. Fortunately DC did not pursue plan A, which was to “kill Batman off altogether.” In 1986, DC again set out to revamp all of its major characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman, and, of course, Batman. His update became perhaps the most highly regarded issue of Batman. Frank Miller’s “Year One” was a new look

at the more human side of Batman. The reader sees his mistakes and inner-workings as he and Police Commissioner Gordon are seen in their “first year” at work in Gotham. The Joker was introduced in 1940, in the first issue of Batman, a solo spin off series from Detective Comics. He had a face that you couldn’t really take seriously and a simple, mass murderer’s approach to crime. His costume hasn’t changed much in the 70 years he’s been around, but his persona has fortunately become much more intense, dark, and deranged, thanks especially to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of him in the Dark Knight. “The Long Halloween,” “Arkham Asylum,” “The Man Who Laughs,” and “The Killing Joke” are all known to have been evolved into the already loved Dark Knight movie.

Television Shows SHAYON SAID STAFF WRITER Remember when you’d wake up on a Saturday, grab some breakfast, and then turn on the morning Batman cartoons? He was the hero of youth. We all remember running around acting like we were Batman, our little brother or sister was the Joker, and we would attack them with toys that we called weapons.The Batman franchise was the series that we as kids would live by and remember. It was the series that exemplified our generation of cartoons. In the animated series of Batman there was no more vagueness in the characters’ speech. You wouldn’t see Joker be the corny villain by saying, “This isn’t over yet, Batman!” That stuff was gone.

It was more of a here’s what happened and here is what Batman did about it. For instance, Batman would always win, and Joker would always fail, epically. The plot was about of Batman meeting a bad guy and then kicking his butt until eventually there were no more bad guys available to have their butts kicked. Of course, his meetings with the villains didn’t go as smoothly as they sound. For example, in the animated series, Joker was never permanently captured. He got caught, sent to jail, ironically escaped, and then starts harassing Batman all over again, thinking that he will eventually win. One aspect that faded away from the original Batman was the abstract design of the

characters. For instance, in the original storyline The Riddler looks like a normal person dressed in green; however, in The Batman series he looked like a green version of Marilyn Manson. Even one of the more notorious villains, Poison Ivy, looked like a bulimic tree, as opposed to the strong, young look she had in the original storyline. In the story we see the return of all the normal characters, such as Batman, Robin, and The Joker. However, this series, in the last season, also introduced characters from the Justice League such as Superman, The Flash, and Hawkman.

Unfortunately, the series was bad with animations and all of the Justice League looked like mutated animals with super powers, even Superman. Now, it’s true, these spin-off characters may seem to take away from the real storyline of The Batman, but a Batman series wouldn’t survive if it didn’t ever have any twists in it. That’s why they throw in famous superhero accomplices in the last two episodes. If they didn’t then the series would always be Batman beating someone up and winning, over and over again. Regardless, it was pretty cool watching a bunch of other super heroes coming into the episode and showing Batman up. No doubt about it, The Batman was a kids’ sanctuary back in young times. So if you ever feel like revisiting your childhood, then turn on a re-run of the famous animated Batman series.

Old Movies KEVIN LAGE ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Onomatopoeia. Ask any ten English teachers how they explain that word and nine out of ten will say, Batman words. It’s a good concept for teaching students, but it doesn’t really mix well with an action movie. In the 1966 Batman: The Movie, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) unite again to fight the iconic villains, Joker (Cesar Romero), Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Catwoman (Julie Newmar), and Riddler (Frank Gorshin), in their plot to take over the world. The inferior special effects and all around bad acting and writing make this movie a horrible bore for the technologically advanced teens of

today. Probably the biggest disappointment is the Riddler. In the newer movies the riddles actually made sense, but his best one is “What is yellow and writes?” The answer, a ballpoint banana. Compared to original, the series gets a little better with the 1989 Batman with Michael Keaton (Batman/ Bruce Wayne) and Jack Nicholson (Joker). Keaton does a good job acting tough and the special effects actually look sort of realistic. While

not quite as good as Heath Ledger, Nicholson is way better than Romero. His makeup and smile are genuinely creepy, and he looks like he could actually kill somebody. The producers hired Joel Schumacher to direct the 1995 Batman Forever. Schumacher brought in Val Kilmer (Batman/Bruce Wayne) and Chris O’Donnell (Robin/Dick Grayson) as the caped crusaders of Gotham City. Jim Carey (Riddler/ Edward Nygma), and Tommy Lee Jones (Two Face) plot to get rich by brainwashing the people of world. Batman and Robin fight their hardest to save Bruce Wayne’s

girlfriend Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) who the villain kidnapped. And for all the Robin fans out there, Schumacher kept one “Holy ___, Batman”. The producers must have been happy with Schumacher’s movies because they hired him back in 1997 for Batman and Robin. George Clooney took over Kilmer’s job as the Dark Knight, but O’Donnell stayed on as Robin. This movie is the only one that brings in Batman’s other sidekick (Alicia Silverstone). They fight Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger), and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). The caped crusaders eventually defeat their villainous plans. From creepy Adam West in thin felt suits, to George Clooney in heavy black rubber, the original comic hero has evolved into the world’s coolest billionaire.

New Movies MACKENZIE LANCE COPY EDITOR A tricked out car that can be shot with high power missiles and survive. Unbelievable special effects and incredible stunts. Morgan Freeman playing his normal “older, knowledgeable man here to help” role. A psychotic Heath Ledger and a toned Christian Bale on a motorcycle. What more could you want from the summer’s biggest blockbuster? The Dark Knight, sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins is director Chris Nolan’s vision of a dangerous future where chaos rules and heroes are few and far between. Luckily for Gotham City, millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne has taken up residence downtown since his mansion was burned down in the first film.

This location puts him closer to the police headquarters, and the city’s most dangerous criminal. The Joker, portrayed by Heath Ledger, is not a comic character who uses humor in his crimes. Well, the humor seems to be apparent to him with every murderous laugh. With a face full of make-up covering scars of a ghastly nature, the Joker goes on a murderous rampage, including a deadly bank heist, where his own men kill each other, and kidnappings which will only end when Batman takes off his mask. This is the central conflict of the film, but it is filled with subplots about love and loyalty that would enthrall even the most causal of Batman fans.

This multi-story film is one thing that makes Nolan’s Batman films unique. Batman is faced with real conflicts in The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, and isn’t always seen as the hero. He is, in the words of his butler and closest confidant Alfred, “the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice.” Bruce Wayne in the modern films is not incredibly respected by anyone. During the day he is seen as an obnoxious trust fund baby, who with-

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out his dead parent’s money would be nowhere. And at night, while he’s Batman, he is a pest to the police who want credit for the biggest crime busts. If it weren’t for his friends, Police Commissioner Gordon and Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes, Batman would be seen as a complete menace and would not be tolerated at all. Nolan’s new Batman is a real person. He’s not the perfect, campy superstar presented in the comic books and old TV shows. Bruce Wayne’s internal conflicts are as important as the fights he gets into with villains. The imperfect Batman is the most serious ever. The Dark Knight has elevated the superhero genre from fun adaptations for teens and comic book nerds to a real piece of cinema with respect in the Hollywood community.

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From the End of Heaven


The MC powerhouse promotes healthy living in class and out Sarah Carrigan

So what is it that you do? Marcel Duchamp served as a fixture in the world of fine art during the period before 1940. (He was the guy responsible for the urinal with a sharpie signature.) However, when one approached him with the familiar “What do you do?” question his answer, like his art, was an unorthodox one. “I am a respirateur.” A breather. Duchamp figured that he spent more time breathing than anything else, and had gotten pretty darn good at it too. The world we live in thrives off labels, and what better way to figure out who a person is than by asking what they do. It’s a thinly veiled attempt to clarify social status. Stereotypically speaking, a doctor is affluent and well educated; a mechanic, not so much. In the business world, this question is answered with the exchange of a 3 ½” x 2” piece of card stock that contains information summarizing a person’s existence. Even the government is in on it. Forms for everything from the IRS to the DMV have a blank for “Occupation.” In other words, tell us what you make money doing, so we can determine who you are, and better understand how to deal with you. For the majority of our young lives what we did was defined by the sports or instruments we played. In a broader sense we have been classified as “students.” Now though, as we grow closer to the real world and begin to get jobs of our own, perhaps it is a good time to reevaluate the question in the exact same way Marcel Duchamp did. What is it that you do? I know a gentleman who approached the question in a similar, if not as flippant manner as the famed artist. His reply was simple. “I teach my children.” This method of thinking has inspired me to reconsider my role in the world. I am not only a student, or even a writer. I am a daughter, a napper, a chef. I am a missionary, a playmate, a friend. I am an instigator. I love my family. I dream. I am a citizen. I am a critic of food, art, music, movies, and books. I laugh. I cry. I teach. I learn. If I had a business card summarizing what I do, it would be say only this: SARAH. What I do is be the best Sarah I can be, in all my varied forms. Every decision I make is part of a constant effort to grow and improve the person I am. Whether it’s how I approach school, family, or church, the object is the same. Be better. Be more. In the end, the ways in which people make money won’t amount to anything more than stuff, and like the old adage promises, you can’t take it with you. Everything in life comes down to how you spend time doing the things you love with the people who mean the most. Happiness cannot be gauged by the number of zeros in a pay check. Because making a living and having a life are not the same thing.

KAVERI GYANENDRA FEATURES EDITOR It’s 3 a.m., the stars are shining, and the streets are empty, with not a person in sight. This would be true for nearly every neighborhood in San Diego except for the neighborhood where health teacher Glen Johnson lives. For Johnson, 3 a.m. means the start of another beautiful day. “I wake up at 3 a.m. and run at least six miles,” Johnson said. “People ask me how I do it and I say, how do I not do it? Running is my lifestyle. For 40 years I have run more than six miles daily.” Johnson, who has been teaching at MC since 1976, grew up in Venice Beach, CA, which he dubs the “greatest place on earth to grow up.” “Venice is a multicultural beach area,” Johnson said. “We all grew up color blind; I had friends of all races and we were all welcome into each other’s houses like sons. It was an incredible sense of community.” After graduating from Venice High School, where he played football and ran track, Johnson attended Cal State LA where he pursued his football career. Johnson double majored in PE and philosophy. Johnson dates his healthy lifestyles and physical state back to his high school career. “I’ve worked out my entire life,” he said. “I had good coaches in high school who instilled good health in me.” As the ideal picture for a healthy lifestyle, Johnson says balance, moderation and variety are the keys to mental and physical well being. “I eat lots of whole foods but I have the occasional slice of pizza or cherry pie,” Johnson said. “I don’t live like monk and it is all about moderation.” The balance and moderation in Johnson’s life is continual as throughout his years he has run 13 marathons

and can currently bench press 315 lbs. According to Johnson, every person has the capability to be fit and healthy. “We have the two best doctors,” he said. “Dr. Right Leg and Dr. Left Leg. Move it and have a healthy lifestyle. Eat what your body can use, not wear.” Johnson takes pride in being able to share his hale and hearty lifestyle with Sundevils over the past 32 years. “Our Sundevils lift and energize me,” Johnson said. “There is continuous learning and growing and the school has been getting constantly better over the years.” As for instilling positive values and ethics in students throughout the years, Johnson’s optimistic outlook has been beneficial to everyone around him. “I teach with relentless positivity,” Johnson said. “We as humans are most powerful when positive. It makes for a better place.” Over the three decades spent at the Mount, Johnson hopes that Sundevils graduate with belief in their talents and work ethics. “Being positive and happy and following your heart is all you need to be successful,” Johnson said. “You are all shining stars you can do everything you put your mind to.” As Johnson pulls his teaching career to an end, he hopes during his retired years he will be able to travel the world and experience various cultures. Although he looks forward to the experiences that lay ahead of him, he says he will miss being in the classroom. “Being in the classroom is the essence of education and learning,” Johnson said. “There is so much positivity.” Johnson leaves the current and future Sundevils with the advice of “Work hard, get better.” And as he cleverly states it: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”


Teacher Glen Johnson holds his passion for health close to his heart. It’s a love he’s shared with students for over 30 years.

DON'T BLAME THE INTERNS Students learn valuable life skills while serving in the workplace

Three days a week, Ie dragged himself out of bed at 5 a.m. and drove all the way down to Tijuana to intern at Easton Sports headquarters to learn about engineering. There, he spent time with the many workers, learned how the building ran its affairs, actually applied the math and physics he learned in school to the development of sports equipment, and met with some important engineers. “I want to be an engineer, and interning was pretty useful,” he said. “Internships give on hands on skills—it does what school doesn’t do—not just learning a bunch of theories.” Ie not only learned about real-world physics, but he also learned about his father, one of the engineers at Easton, who helped him obtain an internship at the HQ. “Most of the workers are Mexicans and are poor even though they work so hard,” he said. “I felt proud that my father was driving down three hours a day and give them a job…it really inspired me.” Ie had connections to the company through his father, but usually, getting an internship isn’t so easy. Most people have someone with connections or talk directly to a general manager to obtain an internship. Interning takes a great deal of comitment, time, and responsibility. Interning is no light deal. For this particular field of work, Ie recommends people to intern if they have time and a passion. Ie also found that he couldn’t contribute to the difficult work all the time, but strived to do his best anyway. “[At Easton Sports] you learn about technical stuff… Mostly for just people aspiring for the science field,” he said. “This wasn’t like the usual internship: this was hard work, most of it was too hard for me, but I was still learning.”

Most would agree that getting a job isn’t as simple as waltzing into a program or company, immediately starting work, and being exceptional at it. The same goes for interning. Maruggi interned at a laboratory program at UCSD that dealt with biology. To get in, she took various college biology classes to familiarize herself with the work she was about to do. “I worked with a doctor…and learned college biology,” she said. “I also grew cells…depending on the kind of biology we were studying.” She grew many different cells in agar plates—like Petri dishes—with cultures and fed them specific diets. She noticed that in lab experiments, one has to be precise and punctual in every way. “[The doctor I worked with] gave us experiments to do and taught us the importance of being very careful,” she said. “Since we were on grant money…it’s a lot of stress they put on your hands…if you mess up one cell, or let one cell die by not feeding them one day, or coming in late it would be a waste.” This particular internship required lab skills and background information. Maruggi also didn’t get paid, like most interns, and high school kids rarely got into this program. She recommends others to have taken AP sciences and be ready for the responsibilities that come with internships. “You have to be responsible. You have to be willing...I remember [the doctor] gave me 50 pages to read in one night with all these super complicated terms. You just have to read them,” she said. “Sure, it’s an open door, but to go in, you have to do everything you’re required to do.” Just like a job, internships require practice and determination.

There’s a certain art to asking questions, even medical questions, if they are phrased carefully and caringly. This is one key aspect of being a physician that senior Roshni Kakaiya learned by interning. Kakaiya interned at Scripps Center for Weight Management under Dr. Fujioka, specializing in bariatrics for women. The patients are morbidly obese women with related health problems like met-abolic diseases and heart disease. Before undergoing bariatric sur-gery, patients would be surveyed for information. “Since I’m a high school intern, I’m not allowed to interact with the patients but I’m allowed to observe,” she said. “I get to see what methods he uses, how he talks to them…then we go back to his office and he thinks aloud…so I get to learn what condition leads to what disease.” Kakaiya not only learned about diseases from obesity, but she learned how a caring doctor phrases his questions. “It’s so amazing [to watch Dr. Fujioka],” she said. “He genuinely cares for his patients…I learned how tactful he is…there’s always a better way to approach a topic…he doesn’t sound like everything’s going to be okay, but like everything’s doable.” Kakaiya is writing, so far, an 1100 page report on the patients she ob-served, but her goal is to become a reliable, “comforting” doctor like Fujioka. “I want to be a general practitioner, but specialize in ad-olescents,” she said. “…Now is the time when adolescents need a doctor who’s stable and be able to talk to him about problems…Having that relationship and trust in a doctor…it’s really important to me.” Internships give more than just straight facts; they give wisdom, too.



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ATV riders live for thrills on hills CORDELL HUNTER STAFF WRITER For some people, the desert is a wasteland. For Sophomore Steven Kase, it’s paradise. Revving his Honda 400 quad bike, he heads for the top of the nearest sand dune. Kicking into top speed, he swerves down the face of the dune, leaving a trail of dust in his wake. Halfway down, his tires catch the hill and Steven crashes spectacularly, his bike flipping upside down. Welcome to the wild, dangerous world of desert biking. Mostly done on quad bikes, also known as ATVs, although there are a few dirt bikers who choose desert biking over Motocross. Desert biking is a recreational sport for the few reckless souls willing to brave the inevitable crashes to get a thrill. However, falls rarely result in injury and it takes an unusually large amount bad luck to get anything more than a bruise. This sophomore is a testament to that fact. “I was going down this massive dune at some beach in northern Washington. I made too sharp of a turn, lost control, and went flying,” he said, “My arm hit a partially buried rock. I heard it crack, then the pain hit and I fainted.” Luckily for most riders, buried rocks are not a common occurrence, though a lookout should always be kept for dangerous objects. More often, injury is caused by hot weather and dehydration. According to sane riders should avoid the late spring and summer months, never ride alone, and your group always bring more than enough water for each of its members. Because most of San Diego County is either in or near the desert, most riders are able to go often and stay within two hours of home. Popular destinations include Joshua Tree State Park, Ocotillo Wells and Glamis Dunes. For those more adventurous, however, out of state areas provide better scenery and fewer crowds than many areas around San Diego County. Sophomore Hayden Cline personally prefers the Superstition Wilderness in Arizona’s desert back country. “Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. It’s really far out in the middle of nowhere so there aren’t very many people out riding when we are,” said Cline. Many of these back country areas differ from the places near home because they are mostly stark barren deserts without much human contact.

On the other hand, local areas offer comforts like food, shelter, water and bathrooms in a trade off for crowds. Sophomore Steven Kase enjoys the bathrooms, but hates the crowds. “Lots and lots of people,” he said. “That’s why I never go until September. Summer fever wears off and the people leave. I off holidays as well, ‘cause the vacationers come back and want to go ATV. Unless my family is goes to Glamis for Thanksgiving or something, I try to stick to weekends.” To be able to go out and ride the dunes, a good bike is necessary. Huge ranges of models are avail-

able form makers like Honda and Suzuki. Prices are generally high with an average price being around $5,000. High end models can cost up to $10,000 and low end models can cost as little as $1,300. “It’s an expensive sport,” said Kase, “but being out on the dunes with some friends or family makes it all worth it.”

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Students spend memorable summer in Europe


It’s finally getting dark outside at 10 p.m. in Paris, France. People are slowly surrounding the Effiel Tower

lit up in blue. Right at ten on the dot, a brilliant display of lights flickers around the tower. For ten straight minutes, the tower continues to shine as spectators stare on in amazement. For MC students, the lit up Effiel


(From left) Saloni Desai (12), Alex Wright (12), Katelyn Cutts (12), Sarah George (12), Thomas Williams (12), Scott Currie, Laura Duensing, Karen Gascar (12), Liana Guidotti (12), Sarah McCutcheon, and Nikki Sherman pose infront of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Tower was only one of their favorite moments that they loved during their summer trip to London, Paris, and Rome in July. “There were obvious ‘oh my God’ sort of moments like being in the sparkling Eiffel Tower and seeing Michelangelo’s Pieta in the Vatican,” senior Sarah George said. “For me the most unbelievable moments include seeing Monet’s Water Lilies. It was one huge work of historical art after another and I can’t believe I saw all of it.” For others like senior Karen Gascar, her favorite memories were spent with the people on the trip. “The gelato countdown where we tried to stuff ourselves with as much gelato as we could handle in one day was so funny,” Gascar said. “We ate five in one day in Rome. Also, hanging out with the girls in the hotel room was fun. We goofed around a lot.” To be allowed to go on the trip, the students had to have taken humanities and or AP Art History. For George, the classes added to the trip substantially and were one of the reasons she chose to go.

“After learning so much in APEC, humanities, and AP Art History, you gain an appreciation for the importance of historical spots and art in Europe,” George said. “So when Mr. Currie invited students to go on this amazing tour I could never say ‘That’s okay, I’ll pass’.” The group consisted of seven seniors, three MC graduates, and English teacher, Scott Currie, and his wife. They signed up through a program called EF Tours which took care of travel arrangements and assigned the group a tour guide names Lindsey from England. Although the group was very small, George found it as a different experience. “Europe with best friends was the best,” she said. “I wanted a fun big class group, but with our small group we got to go where we wanted, which was the best part.” As for Lindsey the tour guide, Gascar thought she helped make the trip very informative and her humor was undeniable. “Our tour guide was really cool,” she said. “She had different colored socks and taught us important Italian

phrases, like ‘he’s a babe.’ We didn’t go everywhere together but when we did, our tour guide made sure we had fun.” The students started off the trip in London were they spent two days seeing major landmarks and exploring on their own. They went on to Paris for two days and ended the trip in Italy, visiting Assisi and Rome. The main point of the trip was to see art and architecture that the students had studied during the school year. Gascar appreciated the fact that she could finally see artwork she had studied. “I walked into the Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Uffizzi Gallery and I knew things,” Gascar said. “I spotted lots of paintings and sculptures and I felt smart for knowing what they were. Seeing things like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Sainte Chappelle and being able to appreciate was really cool.” For the MC students, the trip was an opportunity of a life and they appreciated every moment of the trip. They will look back on it and remember moments like the lit up Effiel Tower forever.

England, Mortland take silver in Junior Olympic competition SARA SHANTZ STAFF WRITER The hit cleared the net and hit the floor before they could even blink. The game is over, and the Epic 16 one team’s dream of taking the Gold Medal is dead. Juniors Nick England and Connor Mortland were a part of that team. Even though they lost in the finals at the 2008 Junior Olympics in Minneapolis, Minnesota, they have no regrets about that match and are proud of their team not only for their success this season but for the way they lost in the finals, in a third game, by two points. England and Mortland agree that the road to taking second place at Junior Olympics and thus becoming the second best boys’ volleyball team in the nation wasn’t an easy one. Their team practiced two to three times a week for two and a half to three hours at a time and had a personal trainer come into their practices to help them run faster and jump higher. England and some of his teammates also followed their coach’s advice to eat healthy. “Eating healthy really helped, you could definitely tell on the fourth day of Junior Olympics which teams were not in shape. They got tired faster and we were able to keep giving 100 percent,” England said.

Along with practice, personal training, and eating healthy, many of the players also did other things in their spare time to keep in shape. “I usually go to the gym around two times a week to lift weights,” Mortland said. According to Mortland, teamwork is the most important part of a successful volleyball team. England disagreed. “The most important part of a successful team is being able to play each point without worring about what happened in the previous one,” England said. “The teams at the top are all going to be equally good, so it’s just whoever has the right attitude and can keep coming back point after point.” Their team had great chemistry throughout the whole season. They were like a family and that contributed to their success. “We had great camaraderie, everybody got along and that helped us get more pumped up in games and cheer each other on,” Mortland said. Not only did their team place second at Junior Olympics but Mortland and two of his other teammates made the all-tournament team. Second in the nation may sound like an amazing accomplishment to some, but to the Epic 16 one team, it’s just not good enough. Next year they’re going for the Gold!

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Nick England (11) and Connor Mortland (11) take pride in their Junior Olympic silver medals for volleyball. They both played varsity boys volleyball sophomore year as starters. They played together for three seasons on club and two on high school before Junior Olympics which took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I wear a ring on my finger every single day. You may have noticed the silver peace symbol that seems to live religiously on my right hand. That ring has a deeper meaning than you might know: I am a pacifist. Pacifism is something that is as much a part of my identity as nationality or religion may be for somebody else. It has shaped my mind and soul throughout my life. Modern society tends to classify people into strict spiritual boundaries. This has always seemed strange to me. How can so many people be expected to follow the same path to find a deeper meaning in life? It seems that a small handful of religions are widely accepted as the only way to achieve any sort of morality and happiness. Why should someone compromise their own identity to force ourselves into predetermined categories that don’t truly fit who we are as human beings? I choose to go my own way. I aspire to be something different than most people. Revolutionaries like Gandhi and Jesse Michaels are my heroes. The former, was a well known and internationally lauded spiritual leader who practiced non-violence to promote change in the world. The latter, best known as the singer of the late 1980s East Bay punk band Operation Ivy, was a visionary lyricist who wrote groundbreaking music that still resonates in society today. Michaels’ words have had a huge impact on my life, shaping me as a person. His music has affected change throughout society, inspiring those who listen to think about something deeper. Two very different men, but in a way, quite the same. Both have made a lasting and positive impact on society that will endure long after they are gone. Both with incredible senses of integrity, affecting change in only the most dignified way possible, while remaining unafraid to stir up controversy. The legacies of these men represent my deepest ambitions in life. One of the defining moments of my life happened this summer when finally, after countless years of listening to Operation Ivy and Common Rider on a daily basis, I saw Jesse Michaels perform live. I gladly endured the drive up to Riverside to watch a quick half hour set at a small coffeehouse. It’s funny how sometimes you just know that a moment will change you for the rest of your life. I could physically feel an incredible energy in the room as Michaels, armed with only a guitar and a mic, took the stage to perform music that nobody had ever heard before. Leaving the coffeehouse that night I felt more inspired than I ever had in my life. The purpose that I create for my existence is to change the world for the better. I’ve never exactly been one to follow the crowd. From the time I was very young, I’ve always thought a little differently than the people around me and questioned authority. People have told me they admire the fact that I seem to have it all figured out; I know who I am and I have never compromised that. The truth is, I may not have it all figured out, but I do understand the importance of embracing who you really are. I create my own meaning in life by following my heart, even if it takes me somewhere I never thought I’d go.



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Stereotypes of the American teenager...



“I think that an intellect is a person who works hard for their dreams,” junior Chiara Maruggi said. “It’s not necessarily someone who spends a large amount of time studying, but someone who is determined to reach their goals. They do everything in their power to succeed.” Although the word intellect is usually associated with “nerd” or “geek,” Maruggi feels that it has a much deeper meaning than a smart student. “I am not that smart,” Maruggi said. “I don’t see myself any smarter than the person sitting next to me. It really just depends on how you work. If you really want it, you can get it. Some people are born smart. I wasn’t, I was just raised with education as a main focus. Now that I am grown, I see the importance of it.” Maruggi, who plans on graduating this year as a junior, focuses on a lot more than just her four current AP courses. She volunteers at a hospital, is president of a few school clubs, plays for the golf team, and still she manages to stay on top of her school work. Even though she always keeps her grades up, she doesn’t obsess over them like one would expect. “I don’t constantly worry about my grades, like right now I’m not


thinking about my English grade,” she said. “I worry enough not to let my guard down for my grades to slip. Last year, I worried a lot because it was a vital year for colleges. This year I just have to really worry about first semester.” Being the brain that she is, she’s never received a B in her high school career and has no intentions of slipping any time soon. “I don’t know how I would react,” Maruggi said. “Of course I would feel bad, but I think I’d be more worried about what other people thought about me because of it. It seems like there’s always that crowd that is there to criticize you. I’m not particularly strong with fighting off and ignoring those comments yet. “I don’t get that worked over grades,” she said. “I just suffer internally because I keep thinking about how I could have done better.” Like any “intellect,” Maruggi contains the ingredients for the perfect student. From highlighting all her notes to keeping her backpack neat, she is always organized and prepared to succeed. “I get really frustrated when things are not organized, like my room,” Maruggi said. “Before I leave and when I get back, I make sure everything is in perfect order. I don’t go overboard; I just do what every good student should do.” There is no doubt that Maruggi will be successful in her life. She is already known around school as one of the junior class’s brightest kids.




The girls stop with a gasp and shuffle to the side as the alpha male of MC walks by, nearly blinding bystanders with wide grin, showing off his perfectly aligned pearly white teeth. The girls sigh as he walks by, leaving them in the wake of his fresh layer of Axe, sprayed to cover up the stench of sweat from lifting weights for the past two hours. Although the stereotypical jock image may seem as if it exists only on TV shows and in movies, realistically, jocks flood the hallways of the very familiar MC campus. Senior Shane Khalil sees himself as the typical jock. “My definition of a jock is someone who is not exactly the smartest in the classroom but they know a lot about sports,” Khalil said. “They are good looking, all hang out together and get the girls.” On the contrary, teammate senior Nate Ross sees jocks in a different way. “When I think of a jock I think of a preppy guy who wears buttoned up shirts with a popped collar and Abercrombie jeans,” Ross said. “The type of guy that comes from the middle of the United States…like Wisconsin or somewhere around there.” Although the two seniors have different definitions of what


a jock is, they share a similar outlook on the life as an athlete. “During season, football is constantly on my mind,” Ross said. “There is nothing else to think about and I am always looking forward to the upcoming game.” With lives that revolve around intense practices and crucial games, the boys focus on preparing themselves for every aspect of the season. “During off season, I work out Sunday through Thursday,” Khalil said. “After lifting at either the MC weight room or 24 Hour Fitness, I go home and have a shake with two scoops of protein. Then I eat something like pasta, or any type of carbohydrate or protein food. Staying hydrated is key too. On game days I always have my jug of water while I am at school.” Along with strenuous physical activity, the jocks are faced with various forms of mental cordons. “We have to maintain a 2.0 GPA to play,” a senior athlete said. “Teachers are normally pretty lenient towards us because they know we have a lot going on during the season. My teachers let me sleep during class and go easy on me.” Whether it’s wooing girls with their sweet talk or zipping down the sidelines on the field or court, jocks are stereotypically looked up to on many high school campuses. Although they are viewed as “meat heads,” many fail to see that there is normally more than meets the eye.



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In February of 1985 five teenagers met one Saturday morning in a Chicago suburb for a detention that would define teenage stereotypes forever. A brain, an athlete, a basket case, a criminal, and a princess, The Breakfast Club presented a frank and rarely seen insight into the secret lives of American teenagers. Claire Standish, the princess, was viewed by her peers as a pretty face with a tight hold on daddy’s wallet. But as with everything there’s more to her than meets the eye. “Do you know how popular I am?” she asks. “I am so popular. Everybody loves me so much at this school…I hate it. I hate having to go along with everything my friends say.” Since the ground-breaking film premiered over 20 years ago, Hollywood has continually portrayed the side of teens that their parents don’t know about. From 90210 to Gossip Girl and reality shows like Laguna Beach and the appropriately named documentary American Teenager, film and television display the realness behind a plastic façade. In today’s high schools, Princess Claire’s character is synonymous with prep. One could make the argument the two kinds of preps have evolved over the years: East Coast and West Coast. An East Coast preps comes with the cliché plaid uniform and a Harvard application. West Coast preps on the other hand breathe brand names and bathe in tanning oil. “My friends are so materialistic,” an MC senior said. “They’re all really


into what everybody else is doing even it’s just a TV show or trying to look like L.C. from The Hills. [The obsession with stuff] is because you want to fit in and make a good impression. So yeah I guess I’m kind of a conformist but not 100%.” This preoccupation with image extends to the way preps view their peers. “My group of friends aren’t condescending,” she said. “We go up to people and ask if they want to sit with us. We used to be nerds or punks and whatever so we understand their motives and don’t make fun of anyone that much. “But really, everybody does it where we’ll say, ‘Just look at their outfit’ or something. Everyone says something about other people being a loser or an outcast. “We aren’t mean but we’re not going to go sit over at the loner table or anything.” Hollywood may over exaggerate some aspects of the prep environment, but there’s one thing you can always count on: DRAMA. Admittedly, however, the over-the-top, even scripted drama of MTV isn’t a purely accurate portrayal. “There’s usually some kind of something,” the senior said. “But it’s not usually stuff to confront someone about. You know, like, so and so said this behind my back, or so and so hung out with my ex boyfriend. “I ignore it and I don’t take sides. We’re not catty; it’s just the typical stuff that every girl has to deal with.” Since before we even knew what high school was, preps have been ruling halls in stereotypical ways. Perhaps a second look is needed to see beyond the labels to the people who wear them.


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