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Students find alternative ways to text in class, avoid ‘bag and tag’ Aditi Pai Staff Writer

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It is common for students to text during class. Many students say that they text in order to cure boredom. According to a survey in which 278 students were polled, 33% of MC students text message every day during class. The administration has recognized the problem and has tried to crack down on the rules by enforcing the “bag and tag” rule. As a result, students have been experimenting with alternative methods to text during class, including hiding phones in purses and backpacks. Students are also mastering the art of texting without looking at their phone.

Adults, students use texting to bridge gap Angela Kim staff writer

them instantly, yet gives them time to think about it before answering. Whereas in email, it takes them a Emails don’t work. Phone calls while to even get the question, which become phone tag. So how does one in turn takes a while for them to rereach a teenager these days? By tex- spond.” ting. Although McEachron agrees that Increasingly, MC teachers, par- text messages are convenient, he still ents, and coaches find that text mes- prefers to talk in person. sages reach kids the fastest. “I really don’t like texting, I’d Sophomore Christine Kim feels rather talk to the person in person,” lucky to have a mom who frequently he said. “I don’t even like email, I’d messages her. rather phone someone. For me, tex“[My mom] ting is slower than a usually texts me to conversation. Texsee what I’m doing, ting is quite convewhat time I need to nient, but it’s just be picked up,” she not natural.” said. “If I have a of students polled text their Similarly, math test, she’ll say ‘good parents at least once a week. teacher Melinda luck’.” Watson hasn’t tried Kim believes text messaging bethat her mom is cause it doesn’t feel well versed in the *279 students polled natural. art of texting be“It’s not natucause of her prior ral at all. I wanna technological experience. talk,” she said. “Emailing is great, but “…My mom is a more Ameri- sometimes…people read an email and canized, new pop culture Asian if you’re short and to the point, they mom,” she said. “She programs gov- think that you’re cold or you don’t ernment computers. She even has a care. They don’t hear the tone of your Facebook.” voice; they don’t hear your heart.” Even math teacher Joe Watson does believe in technolMcEachron understands the impact ogy, but also feels that the new genof texting in the new generation. Af- eration is more reclusive. ter several failed email attempts to his “I think [technology], in general, recreational girls soccer team, he de- it’s great,” she said. “Unfortunately, I cided to text instead. think we’re starting to see a genera“I needed a way to communi- tion of people who cannot commucate with the girls,” McEachron said. nicate face-to-face. One downside of “Email kind of worked, but evidently technology is you don’t ever have to these days, they don’t read their email face a person. That has me a little bit very often. But they do respond right worried.” away to text messages.” Although a “texting gap” is eviMcEachron now forwards texts dent between the adult and youth and finds this method very useful. generations, the distance seems to be “[Texting] gets the question to getting smaller and smaller.


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An MC student’s eyes stay glued to the teacher. Her hand furtively reaches under the desk where she conveniently put her MV2. Just a flip of the screen and her fingers move at the speed of light, quickly describing just how much she wants to be at the beach right now, rather than in class. Mission accomplished, she then gives her attention back to the teacher at the front of the room, awaiting her next text. This scene is replayed in many MC classrooms on a regular basis. Invented in 1989, texting has slowly grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Nearly everyone owns a cell phone, and those who do usually text. Although text messaging provides convenience and efficiency, MC’s administration sees it as a classroom distraction. Over the years, teachers have attempted to crack down on texting. Cell phones are no longer safe at MC. Still, many students rally against administrators and teachers. They have mastered the art of texting without looking at the keys and found many creative hiding places for a phone in use. The two most popular are under the desk and in a backpack. Senior Mackenzie Farmer texts

almost continuously during class. “I get bored in class and a lot of the lessons you can get without listening,” Farmer said. “I would rather be talking to people.” This same boredom is a main reason for students texting in class. Although doing so is risky especially when your phone gets confiscated, people are still driven to doing it mainly because of boredom. When some students believe they can learn as much from a textbook then a teacher, students use this opportunity to converse with friends instead of listening. As a result of Farmer’s unlimited texting plan, she uses her phone a lot more than others and texts in class a lot more than out of class. “I usually send about 7 to 8,000 texts a month,” Farmer said. “I usually text people who aren’t in that class with me and are equally as bored as I am.” Farmer, as well as other students, are smart about when they text. They are aware of those select teachers, the ones who are infamous for their texting sixth sense. One of the many is AP Government teacher Kris Hizal. “I am too scared to text in AP Gov,” Farmer said. “He really likes bag and tag and I don’t think I could go without my phone for that long.”

What are the laws and rules for teens? School rules - students can call or text before school, during break and lunch, and after school - students cannot text during passing periods or in the hallways during class

State laws - Minors cannot text while driving Consequence: $20 fine for first offense, $50 for subsequent offenses

-Those over 18 can text while driving until january 1, 2009

Consequence: cell phones will be ‘bagged and tagged’, taken to the Administrative secretary and will only be released to parents

consequence: $20 fine for first offense, $50 for subsequent offenses

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New law bans texting while driving Vincent Pham Staff Writer Just months after California banned all drivers from talking on a cell phone while driving, the state has finally decided to “put the brakes” on texting while driving. The law, which prohibits all drivers, regardless of age, from texting while on the road, is set to take effect in January. Minors are already prohibited from texting and talking on the phone. It comes after much controversy as to why texting was excluded from the cell phone law passed by the state this past July. Ironically, texting would be considered by many as “more dangerous” than talking on a phone. This is because one’s attention is completely off the road when texting. In a research conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, 37% of teenagers thought that text messaging was the biggest distraction while driving, compared to 14% who thought talking on the phone was the biggest disturbance. Senior Brian Ie believes the law is justifiable and provides an increase in driver safety. “It’s never a good thing when a driver’s focus diverge from the road,”

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Ie said. “This law has good intent and should cut down the number of traffic accidents.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill that bans drivers from sending, writing, and reading text messages while on the road. This law was implemented in the wake of the horrific train accident in Chatsworth, California that killed 25 people. Allegations were made stating that the engineer of one of those trains was texting at the time of the accident. However, the penalty for breaking these laws is relatively minor. The fine for the first offense is a mere $20, and the second offense is $50. Ie is among many people who feel that the texting laws should be stiffened in order to get its message across to drivers. “The small penalty is like the equivalent of just a few gallons of gas,” Ie said. “I hit a no turn on red daniel than | photographer and the fine was ten-fold that of the An 18-year-old student texts while driving. Starting Jan. 1, 2009, this new texting law.” will no longer be legal. The legislation was passed after a deadly train Junior Joseph Videna also be- crash last month that occurred while the engineer was texting. lieves the fine will not do enough to click in the minds of drivers. put away even if a law was imple“It’s absolutely irresponsible that “Some people spend more mon- mented.” lawmakers didn’t take all accounts ey texting than on the fine itself,” English teacher Peggy Elder is into the cell phone ban,” Elder said. Videna said. “Plus, texting is more among many that are furious that this “You can’t take lightly something that of a social trend so it can never be law was not passed earlier. puts people’s lives at risk.”


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October 24, 2008

Choir performs cultural songs, invites middle school to join concert KATELYN CUTTS NEWS EDITOR


Forrest Ehbrecht (12) begins his solo during the song, “O Sifuni Mungu” at the choir concert on Oct. 16. The songs varied from serious, to different languages, and even one funny song entitled “Animal Crackers.” Choir students began practicing at the beginning of the school year. Black Mountain choir students joined the choir during the Disney song, “When You Believe.”

From the beginning of the school year, MC choir has been preparing for their choir concert. On Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the PAC, the choir performed their annual festive concert. According to senior Molly Morris, the choir teacher, Marti Martinez, gave them their music on the first day of school and began practicing right away. Although there was no real theme to the concert, the songs were more festive and less mainstream or pop. The concert featured a lot of different songs that showcased various cultures. “We sang a wide variety of songs, all in a bunch of languages, like Spanish, Latin, Swahili, and English,” Morris said. “Most of them are poised, beautifully crafted songs that are sung seriously.” A notable exception was one song that lightened the mood of the performance. “‘Animal Crackers’ is comedic, and we use choreography and strange props for the song,” Morris said. For senior Holly Stuzman, “Animal Crackers” was her favorite. “It was my favorite song because it was so funny and it sounded really good,” she said. “It was probably our best song of the night.” Morris enjoyed the more serious and difficult of the songs. “‘Antiphona de Morte’ is sung in all Latin and is our hardest song,” she said. “The rhythms are insane and the notes

clash constantly, so you never know if you’re right. I love it because it is so difficult and sounds amazing when it’s done right.” Along with the MC choir, seventh and eighth grade students from Black Mountain were invited to sing at the performance. They sang “When You Believe,” the famous Disney song. Morris really enjoyed singing with the middle school students. “My sister is in their choir, so I loved it,” she said. “It gives them the chance to see what it will be like in high school and what it will take to be in the choir.” For Stuzman, it brought back memories because she was in the Black Mountain choir with Morris throughout middle school. Stuzman’s favorite part of the night was being with the choir and practicing their pieces. “I enjoyed singing with all of my lovely friends and trying out the material on an audience,” she said. For Morris, the concert was a chance to showcase a different side of music outside of the mass media. “I enjoy most of all the fact that our choral pieces are all different than what people hear on the radio or on television,” she said. “We work hard at something difficult and out of the ordinary and then shout it to people who have no idea what is coming.” On Oct. 16 the PAC was transformed into a festive, entertaining theater. The annual performance enlightened MC students and showcased different cultures and styles.

Dyko performs for German students

Fast, experienced hip-hop dancers form first All Male Dance Troupe; performing at WV game



By the time that most of you read this article, it will have been too late for most to have experienced the German techno-pop group, Dyko, live. Third period today, MC hosted Dyko in the PAC which many students learning German were allowed to go see free of charge. The Goethe Institute, a global German program, requested that Dyko could play here and MC accepted. Gabrielle Zois, the German teacher who helped make this possible, explains this concert as a means to get students interested in learning a foreign language. “There’s something about mixing music and language that makes [learning a language] easier for students,” Zois said. “It’s a good change to the everyday classroom routine.” Zois’ hope for Dyko to inspire has succeeded with at least one student. Freshman Kyle Kenny is eager to see a band that can help make learning entertaining. “I think that it’s cool that they can incorporate the German language into song without using complicated words,”

Kenny said. “It’s all words you can use in everyday life, just with a beat.” This beat comes from the minds of John Barrie Dyke and Christofer Jost, who use their music to reflect upon their fascination with German culture. Sophomore Cerena Gonzales is in her second year of learning German and supports the fascination with culture that Dyko’s members have. “It’s good for students to go because it’s good for them to experience other cultures,” Gonzales said. Though most people have missed the “cultural experience” brought by Dyko, according to Zois, learning a language is a good first step in learning a culture. However, this is the first and last time that Zois will help organize an event like this. Because of multiple problems she faced organizing it and working with the school and the Goethe Institute to make this happen, she says that she felt continuously stressed out until she was sure that it was going to happen. So while Dyko’s concert may have been a onetime event, the opportunity to learn the culture is, according to Zois, always available at our school.

Stomp, pop, kick, push. Dance instructor KJ Gonzalez leads MC’s official “All Male Dance Troupe” with a series of pops, grooves, and footwork. This is MC’s first All Male Dance crew and will be representing the PUSD district at pep rallies, football games, and dance competitions. Most of the members have participated in Fil-Am’s Samahan, Airbands, Class Competition, and even crews outside of school. Their prior experience with hip hop explains the fast pace at which the boys are learning choreography. “It was pretty intense,” sophomore Joe Vu said. “[It] was my first time actually going that quick. I was surprised I was even able to keep up… once we were done, it was a really great experience… [I had] no regrets.” The intensity of practice mirrors the passion of all the dancers to start dancing in the first place. “[Dance] is just fun,” Vu said. “It’s a great way to just connect with people. We’re gonna be stuck together for

the whole year, so it’s basically like a band of brothers.” Junior Neil Delapena’s feeling of dance matches the definition of dance verbatim. “[I dance to] express my feelings through movement.,” Delapena said. For senior Erwin Ingua, dancing is just an alternative to school sports that ended up as an unexpected talent. “I didn’t know what else I could do,” he said. “Because I wasn’t into sports, so I danced. And I liked it.” Ingua’s unexpected talent landed him in Flipside, a dance crew outside of MC, for a year so far. Most Troupe members hope to see dance in the future. “[I don’t see dance] as a career, but maybe as a lifestyle,” Vu said. “It’ll be stuck with me as I go along through life. It’s what keeps me sane.” Delapena plans to try out for Culture Shock. Ingua plans to stay connected with Flipside. In the end, the actual practice of dancing drives the Troupe members most. Instructor Gonzalez stresses that dance is not memorization of the choreography, but actual dancing.



Kurt Songco (11) works on choreography with the All Male Dance Troupe. They are practicing in the dance room to prepare for their performance at the Westview game on Nov. 14. “We’re not just doing choreo, we’re dancing this,” he said. “Grooving is not something you do, it’s something you do while moving. There’s no way to groove, you just do it.” Getting a feeling of the beat is just as important as the moves. “Before, I could never

dance, but I tried it one time, and I decided I wanted to keep trying again.” said Vu. “..You have to feel what the music is trying to tell you.” The Troupe’s first performance is at the Westview-MC game. The Troupe hopes to start a tradition of dance one performance at a time.

Six choir students receive High School Honor Choir distinction MELISSA ROADMAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF All six of MC’s choir members who auditioned were selected to sing in this year’s High School Honor Choir. They include sophomore Rachael Anduze, juniors Shane O’Halloran, Brian Stoops, Linda Wang, Linli Lang, and senior Forrest Ehbrecht. Choir students from across San Diego County tried out for the regional honor choir at Poway High School on Oct. 4. Over 600 students auditioned for only 200 spots. “Honor choir is a big deal to choir kids because you have to audition to be chosen out of 600 people in our region,” senior Forrest Ehbrecht said. “If you are accepted then you are given music.” After being accepted, students found out which choir they would be a member of. “You get put into one of three choirs, men, which I’m in, women’s, or mixed,” Ehbrecht said. As members of the High School Honor Choir, the 200 participants will be part of a performing choir.


“[Honor Choir] is a whole bunch of people who are musically talented and we get together,” Anduze said. “It’s just another choir that’s outside of school.” The members of the Honor Choir practice as a group periodically, but are required to practice on their own. “We have all regionals this Saturday in Riverside and everyone comes together to practice,” Ehbrecht said. “Individually it varies. I got the music [Monday] and I plan on practicing everyday.” They work up to their performance in November. “In the end of November, we all perform in Santa Monica with everyone who was chosen,” Ehbrecht said. During the audition process, the students were asked to sing an Italian Aria, which is a song usually sung solo, as in an opera, with accompaniment. Choir director Marti Martinez helped the students choose which Aria to sing. “Ms. Martinez had a book for Arias and we all chose the same one,” Stoops said. They chose to sing “Gia’il Sole dal Gange.”

In order to prepare for the auditions, Martinez went over the Aria with them and the choir practiced during class. During the audition process, all the students trying out from MC sang as a group. “All of us tried out for the same key,” Linda Wang said. “[The girls] tried out for the alto part and the guys sang tenor and bass. Lindli sang soprano so she had a different key. We sang the first half of the song then they tested our range individually.” Each participant was then asked to sing individually and was judged based on a rubric. “There was a guy on the piano and another lady on a chair that were the judges,” Anduze said. “They had a rubric. It was basically the order of the rubric. He would say ‘sing a major triad’ and he would give us a note and we had to sing it. We [didn’t] really get help.” According to Wang and Anduze, the judges evaluated their range, chromatic scale, major and minor triads and sight singing. “I am so very proud of them,” Martinez said in an email to teachers. “They will represent MC very well.”




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October 24, 2008

Malta inducted into Sports Official Hall of Fame SARA SHANTZ STAFF WRITER


PE teacher Patsy Malta showcases an award she received from the Sports Official Hall of Fame at the Hall of Champions. She officiates for college level volleyball and travels almost every weekend throughout states like California, Colorado, and Utah. Malta also coaches volleyball and has four CIF titles with the boys, including last year.

Creative Writing Club begins collecting for first anthology DENNIS SUN STAFF WRITER A newly formed Creative Writing Club has started to compile an anthology for MC. An anthology is a collection of writing and art. The “Shine” MC Anthology will accept artwork, photography, and literary works from students throughout the year in order to get them published. MC Anthology’s Editor, junior Alexandra Terzian, has been trying to start a club for quite some time. “For the past few years I’ve been at MC, I’ve been trying to start a creative writing club,” Terzian said. “Recently, Ms. Shimer approached me and asked if I would be willing to do this anthology. Her brother works for a publishing company that is trying to get schools all over the state and country to do anthologies.” The idea of the MC Anthology came from San Dieguito Academy’s anthology, which is called Archetype. Archetype was started because a student wanted to create a book. The project never got started, and the founder committed suicide later that year. The students and teachers who knew him wanted to create the book in his memory, so they compiled an anthology of works of students throughout the school. Ever since

then, every year San Dieguito creates an anthology. According to Terzian, “Shine”, though not started by such a dramatic event, has the same purpose as Archetype. “The purpose of the anthology is to collect work of MC students and publish them,” Terzian said. Despite similarities, Terzian believes the Anthology will be different from the Literary Magazine. “It’s different from Lit Mag because it’s more kinds of literature and art, and it’s more of a book than a magazine,” Terzian said. The students who are on the staff of “Shine” will be in charge of creating and managing the appearance, but any student can submit art or writing. Anyone can join the MC Anthology staff as well. Anthology will be accepting submissions starting now and continuing throughout the year until around late April, when published copies will start coming out. Submissions should be sent to room U3, Ms. Shimer’s room. Terzian believes that submitting to the Anthology is a great opportunity. “Submitting to the MC Anthology would be good because, not only could you become a real, published author, but it also looks great on college applications,” Terzian said.

Her smile stretched on for miles across her face. Excitement filled her voice as she described one of the defining moments in her life. PE teacher Patsy Malta was recently inducted into the Sports Official Hall of Fame at the Hall of Champions. “It was really fun and I really enjoyed it,” Malta said. It’s definitely one of those nights I will never forget. Malta has been officiating division 1 college volleyball for 25 years. During that time she has officiated in four final 4 matches., that is what made her stand out from her other candidates. The ceremony was held at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Malta was inducted with one of the greats. “The coolest thing about the ceremony was being inducted with Michael Carey,” Malta said. “He is an NFL official who worked last year’s super bowl. It was so cool to go in with someone that is that important.” Malta’s former club coach got her into officiating. “When I played volleyball years ago, my club coach was an official and she said that I should get into officiating,” Malta said. “It is a good way to make money when you are going to college and also keeps you involved with the sport.” Officiating takes up a lot of Malta’s spare time. Last year, officiating caused her to miss a few of her freshman volleyball games here and there. “I am usually gone every weekend. If I work on school

nights that are usually local like SDSU or USD. I usually travel every weekend. This year I have gone to CAL, BYU, Stanford, UCLA, Colorado, and others.” Malta is not coaching girls’ volleyball this year. It was difficult for Malta to step down as freshman coach after coaching for so long. “It was hard, Malta said. I had been doing for 12 years and it was tough to step down but I needed to do it because of getting my clad certificate.” Malta has high expectations for this season. “Well we are going to be young. I graduated 7 seniors so it will be tough. I think we will be good in the new league. It just depends on how we gel as a team. I do expect us to be good.” Last year the boys won CIF and according to Malta, they have a good chance of repeating that this year. Malta plans to focus on building strong team chemistry and work on consistently. According to Malta, this will make them successful. “If the cards fall right, the team gets along and no injuries I think we could repeat,” Malta said. Malta expects their biggest competition in league to be Valley Center and Ramona. In CIF she expects their biggest competition to be Scripps Ranch and Ramona. Last year wasn’t Malta’s first year winning CIF; she also won titles in 1996, 2003, and 2004. Being inducted into the Sports Official Hall of Fame was one of the defining moments in Malta’s life. It is truly something to smile about.

Marching Band prepares for tournament of bands; largest in San Diego County MELISSA ROADMAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

effect, visual, music, and auxiliary (color guard). Bands and color guards are ranked in each of these categories and The Marching Sundevils begin awards are given. The biggest honor preparation tonight for tomorrow’s is the Sweepstakes Award for the per32nd annual Mt. Carmel Tournament formance with the highest cumulative of the Bands. score for the four categories. The parade competition will beThis tournament offers a chance gin at 11:30 a.m. and for bands to perwill proceed down form in front Paseo Montalban. The of the members TOURNAMENT OF THE field show competifrom the TournaBANDS tion begins with small ment of Roses. WHEN? bands at 1:30 p.m. During the PARADE SHOW: 11:30 A.M. This tournament parade comFIELD SHOW: 1:30 P.M. is one of the most impetition, these portant tournaments in members will WHERE? the season because of be seated along PARADE SHOW: PASEO MONTALBAN its size. Paseo Montalban FIELD SHOW: SUNDEVIL STADIUM “It’s the biggest evaluating bands tournament in San and determining Diego,” senior April who will play in Purdy said. “It’s all day. Half-way the Rose Parade. through the season is the Mt. Carmel Many volunteers help to pull off Tournament. At the end of the season such a large-scale event. is Arcadia. Ours is a big mark. Bands “There’s not even enough people comes from all over and it starts really with the kids in band, their parents, early in the morning.” kids in orchestra, and their parents, There are 26 bands lined up to and the kids in color guard and their attend, including one from Chandler, parents,” Purdy said. “We need more Arizona. than that many people to make it “It’s an honor for people to come run.” to our school because we’re widely In order to assist the band, ASB recognized,” junior drum major Mon- is requiring members to volunteer, acica Riturban said. cording to Purdy. During the tournament, judges Volunteers choose their activity. will evaluate four categories: general According to senior Jennifer Ander-

Ultimate Frisbee Club hopes to expand competition; looks for more membership MACKENZIE LANCE COPY EDITOR

“Break the clique barrier and combine everybody to have a great time playing a great game of ultimate Frisbee in equality in the “It’s called Ultimate club! How can you United States of America.” not want to join?” junior David Vasko said. During club meetings, the members Vasko, the official “throwmaster” and discuss the latest ultimate news, as well as “helper” of the Ultimate Frisbee Club helped gear, and planning the week’s activities. start the new club with some friends from the “A good Frisbee costs about $13,” Wood cross country team. said. “It should be between 150 and 200 grams “Right now, we’re trying to advertise our so it’s pretty solid.” awesomeness and Every Sunday, ulitmateness,” the gang grabs junior Jacob Wood their disks and Playing Ultimate is a way to hang out heads to MC to said, of the club’s goal of gaining new and interact with all types of people, while play a few rounds members. of Ultimate. also getting in a workout.” The Ultimate “We play to Club was started win,” Vasko said. this year and “We play against the - David Vasko (11) currently has less same school, but than 20 members. we have different Juniors Jared teams within the Servantez, Wood club.” and senior Eric For now, the Monsour are the Triumvirs, the Ultimate Club Ultimate Club will make due with their Monday equivalent of a president. Their cross country lunch meetings and Sunday competitions. coach Nathan Boyer is the advisor. “It’s just a really good time,” Vasko said. The sport, which many members of the “Playing Ultimate is a way to hang out and club already played together, was officially interact with all types of people, while also established in 1968 at Lafayette College. getting in a workout.” Now many colleges have official This workout includes running, throwing, teams and there are European and World catching, and quick reactions. Championships. The field is divided into two halves, much Now, the MC crew hopes to share the like capture the flag. Unlike capture the flag, in sport with the school. Ultimate, players have to pass the Frisbee by “We want to enhance the level of fitness throwing. and physique of MC students,” Vasko said. Ultimate is extremely popular in Europe,


David Vasko (11) and Jared Servantez (11) compete to catch the frisbee during the first Ultimate Frisbee game. The club is looking for more participants beyond the cross country team. especially the United Kingdom. Now, with high school club teams on the rise, the sport’s popularity is set to increase within the States.


John Yuan (11) plays his flute during a football game. The Marching Band will be performing in the Tournament of the Bands tomorrow. son and Purdy, the jobs include setting up chairs before the tournament, buying supplies at Costco, working the concession stand, helping bands figure out where to go, and cleaning up after the tournament ends. As host, not only does the band run the event, but they do not compete, but have the honor of performing last. According to Anderson, her favorite part of the tournament is during their end performance. “My favorite part is performing

last because all the night bands are there watching you,” she said. “Everyone is really loud cheering because we’re the host.” Purdy’s favorite part of the tournament is seeing other bands’ performances. “[I love] going up and watching the bands when you have free time, which isn’t very often at the tournament, especially the small bands with like 30 kids in it,” Purdy said. “It’s so weird to see a band with 30 kids in it and look at ours which has 175.”


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Obama’s campaign supports tax incentives that will help keep jobs in the United States. He has a $75 billion plan for the economy that will provide a $500 tax rebate to families and a $250 Social Security supplement to seniors. He will also provide monetary aid to states hardest hit by the housing crisis. Obama would do more to hold Congress accountable for their spending.

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In the words of Obama: “I am not opposed to all wars; I am opposed to dumb wars.” Obama opposed the war in Iraq from its beginning. He is opposed to the present troop increase in Iraq and believes that more US resources should be concentrated in Afghanistan. Barack Obama would engage in direct talks with Iran; however, he refuses to take the option of military force off the table.


Affordable, accessible, and high-quality health care is one of Barack Obama’s priorities. As he stated in a debate, he believes health care is a right. Obama would mandate that all children be covered in his plan. He plans to create a system in which both businesses and individuals can purchase affordable health care mirroring that of federal employees.

Obama is pro-choice, supporting a woman’s right to an abortion as protected by the Constitution. He personally believes in homosexual equality and supports same sex unions. However, he would allow the issue of same-sex unions to be decided on the state level. Obama has a history of supporting gun control; however, he supports the basic right to bear arms.



Obama strongly believes that No Child Left Behind has failed Americans. He would reform the program providing the funding necessary to help schools implement the program. He supports a comprehensive “Zero to Five” plan emphasizing readiness to enter kindergarten for young children. Obama opposes school vouchers.

Global warming is a critical issue in the eyes of Barack Obama. He believes that it will bring devastating consequences if not stopped. Obama supports giving incentives to companies that cut greenhouse gasses. He also believes in capping emissions.


If passed, $9.95 billion in bonds would be issued to help fund a $40 billion project to build a high-speed train system that would run between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Commuters could make the trip in approximately two hours and 40 minutes. Although the system would remove 12 billion pounds of CO2 emissions and reduce traffic, it would also run through over 140 wildlife parks.


This proposition would make it illegal to confine certain farm animals in cages in which they can’t sit down, stand up, turn around, or extend their limbs. According to a study conducted by UC Davis, the cost of eggs would increase by 25% and business could be lost to Mexico, where they are allegedly more likely to be infected with salmonella. However, chickens would no longer have live out their lives in “battery cages.” Currently, six to eight hens are stuffed in individual cages.



This would require parent notification 48 hours before a minor has an abortion except in the case of abusive parents. In those instances, an alternative family member would be informed. Proponents argue that this law would decrease the number of sexual predators that escape punishment. Others claim that teens would turn to selfinduced abortions or consider suicide rather than go to their parents.


Like any well adjusted republican candidate, he is in favor of support for small business and lower taxes. As far as the economic crisis is concerned, McCain stands firm in lowering corporate taxes in order to stimulate business and in turn, the economy. He supports suspension of gas taxes between Memorial day and Labor day in order to lower prices at the tank.



As a former POW, McCain has a unique perspective on the war in Iraq. Even so, he supports keeping an American presence until the Iraqi Government is strong enough to run and defend against terrorism on its own. With regard to border security, he advocates making undocumented aliens follow the path to becoming citizens or having the deported.

McCain believes that marriage should be an institution exclusively between a man and a woman. Furthermore, he stands firm that human life begins at conception and that there should be a constitutional amendment banning the practice of abortion. In addition, he will work to make the adoption process in the United States easier.



No Child Left Behind will be built upon and improved to make sure that individual students have access to immediate tutorial programs if they are struggling academically. Also, he believes that students should be able to attend any school they’d like , and that parents should not have to send their children to failing or unsafe institutions.

John McCain believes that America should be less dependent on foreign oil, reforming public transportation and drilling in domestic fields instead as outlined in the Lexington Project. The endeavor also supports investigation into clean alternative sources of energy.


Proposition 10 provides money for research and production of renewable energy technology and provides money to help consumers and others purchase certain alternative fuel vehicles. The focus of the research will be on solar energy. This also provides grants for colleges for training in renewable energy technologies. This should cost the state approximately PROP 8 This proposition is perhaps one of the most $10 billion over a 30 year period. PROP 5 known. It would ban same-sex marriages If passed, this would increase the scope in the state of California. The current law, of rehabilitation programs for nonviolent drug permits same sex couples to be married and PROP 11 offenders. It also shortens parole for people receive that same benefits as heterosexual This proposition will change the authority who sell drugs, but increases it for those who married couples. This proposition would for establishing different political district commit violent felonies. make an amendment to the state and cost boundaries, that changes every 10 years, Opponents claim that it will allow criminals the state no money. However, because it from a group of elected representatives to a to violate probation without being punished. would make an amendment to the state 14 member commission. Although it would cost a lot of money constitution it requires 2/3 of voters for it to This commission would consist of five to fund the programs, it would also relieve be passed. democrats, five republicans, and four people some of the pressure from prisons. committed to neither party.


This would increase spending on criminal justice programs. Opponents claim PROP 3 this would be at the expense of education, This would provide $980 million in business, transportation, and environmental bonds to children’s hospitals. They can protection. It also increases penalties for use this money for construction, furnishing, gang-related crimes, and offenders over the equipment, and renovation. age of 14 could be prosecuted as adults. Taxpayers would be expected to pay $2 Illegal aliens charged with gang-related billion for this over the next 30 years. felonies would no longer be eligible for bail.

This proposition would force California utilities to obtain 50% of their power from renewable energy sources by 2025. And in order to make this goal possible the levels of renewable energy sources would more then quadruple from their current output of 10.9%. This is estimated to cost approximately $2.4 million.



McCain’s health care plan is based on affordability, access, security and quality. He believes that competition between drug companies, insurance companies, and doctors will lead to more affordable health care for American families, and that such families should have access to all forms of health care from which to choose; in other words, no universal health care plan.




Proposition 9 decreases the rights of prisoners, while increasing the rights of the victims. It states that notification is required for the victim along with the opportunity for their input during the phases of the criminal justice process. It creates less parole opportunity for the prisoners. It will not cost the state any money, and will, in fact, cost the state less money when compared to the current system.


Proposition 12 is also known as the veteran’s bond act of 2008. This is because it provides a $900 million bond to provide loans to California veterans. This would, of course, cost $900 million dollars and is planned to be paid off over about a 30 year period.


Three activists stand on a Penasquitos corner waving signs to promote Proposition 8.



Mt. Carmel SUN

October 24, 2008


Glued to a screen

Vandalism shows lack of respect, selfishness in our MC community

Paresh Dave

My apologies to Hochuli: you failed at being sorry Chargers fans unleashed on referee Ed Hochuli when he made an incorrect call that cost the team a victory against the Denver Broncos. Disturbing e-mails poured into Hochuli’s inbox from angry fans demanding his head, or at least, his firing. He attempted to go through each and every individual email and personally apologize to every fan for his critical mistake. That was the wrong choice. Being sorry is important, but people often take it too far. Hochuli lets error affect him. He had poor judgment in trying to answer all those angry fans individually. The brief apology he made through the media should have been sufficient. He should have reviewed what he had done wrong and figured out how he was going to avoid similar mistakes in the future. Going too far in his apology is just another mistake he will have to learn from. Apologizing too much is a sign of weakness. After a mistake, it’s dumb to appear bold and tough as if you had never erred, but it’s key to remain strong and quickly move on. Borrowing from football again, it’s like Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding repeatedly missing playoff field goal after playoff field goal in the first couple years of his career. He didn’t let the miscues stick with him, though. He kept brushing it off and finally this past January he nailed one. Trevor Hoffman, the all-time saves leader in baseball, has had to do the same thing his entire career. He might blow a save one night, but he can’t sulk or be too sorry about it. He has to forget quickly because he can’t let his troubles hover over him as he tries to clinch a save the very next night. Professional athletes and officials perform on a grand stage on which every one of their mistakes is magnified, but even closer to home we all do a poor job of being sorry. Like Hochuli, some of my friends seem to apologize way too much. After every little interruption they make during conversation, they throw in a “sorry.” It’s sweet that they are courteous, but at some point this does make people appear weak and insecure. People should not be afraid to state what they believe in or do what they think is right. Not every blunder necessitates an apologetic remark. My mom likes to say, “Word’s don’t cost anything.” But what if they do? Without approval from her, I went on a date last winter. I kept the fling a secret until one day for whatever reason I let it slip into a conversation as an expression of regret for disobeying her back then by doing something without her permission. For some time, that mea culpa cost me my mom’s trust. It may have been good to shed light on my mistake rather than keeping it trapped inside, but over a month had passed since the unapproved date, and it was highly unlikely my mom would ever find out about it. The best action would have been to ask for permission in the first place. Mistake identified. Won’t do it again. End of story. There was no reason to convey to her my disappointment in myself for committing the mistake. There is such a thing as superfluous apologizing. I’ve done it. And Hochuli’s done it. I’ve pinpointed the misstep. For his career’s sake, I hope he has too.


The summer before last, a beloved MC teacher passed away. In an attempt to remember Profe Valerie Orozco, English teacher Bob Pacilio bought a bench with a plaque honoring her to place just outside of her old classroom in the C building. However, sometime this past summer, the bench was vandalized. Although there were many non-MC students on campus over the summer, our school should still be ashamed. Profe Orozco contributed much to this school, and this small remembrance has been damaged. Vandalism is the malicious destruction of property. It is an unfair and selfish act. Graffiti is something different. Some people call it an art form, and it can be called beautiful and awesome. If it is tasteful and appropriate, graffiti can be called an art. It is when people cross the line from tasteful to offensive and crude that it can be called vandalism. Vandalism is a crime punishable

by state law. Writing profanity and obscene words on a bench at a school may not seem like a large act of vandalism, but destruction of property has become a large problem among

The laws state that vandalism is illegal. But even more than against the law, vandalism is morally wrong and affects people emotionally.”

teens around the country. In some school districts, it is tradition for rival schools to vandalize property the week before a big game. This is a sad excuse to commit a crime. Many teens may feel that vandal-

ism is funny, or a good way to let off some steam. In reality, vandalism is not only hurting the victim, but also the perpetrator. In California it is a misdemeanor if a minor is carrying any materials that would be used with intent to commit an act of vandalism. The court suspends a teen’s driver’s license if they are found guilty of vandalism. If the perpetrator does not yet have their license, the court can suspend their ability to get their license for up to three years. Vandalism resulting in damage of over $400 is a felony for which the offender can be sentenced to state prison for up to three years. The laws state that vandalism is illegal. But even more than against the law, vandalism is morally wrong and affects people emotionally. Pacilio recently bought a new bench in memory of Profe Orozco. It is our responsibility to keep the bench in a good condition. It is not much to ask.

‘Airbands’ title undermines true meaning, purpose JORDAN UGALDE STAFF WRITER Later this year, many students of all grades will come together to partake in the MC Airbands. However, some people new to our school might be confused about these so-called air bands, since instead of wielding the air guitar and other air instruments, these air bands will perform choreographed dances. Some miscommunication must have occurred here, since air bands have already been defined in pop culture as a group of people who pretend to play instruments like that in a

rock band, while in actuality the only thing they are holding in their hands is air, thus the term, air band. The Emmy nominated T.V. show “Scrubs” had its characters create an air band in its fifth season. In that air band there was an air drummer, air singer, air bassist, and air guitarist. There was nobody who was purely a dancer who performed in their air band. Category Sixx, a band that refers to itself as “the best air band ever,” is composed of the same air instruments as the “Scrubs” air band, and although they do have stage antics where they dance around on stage,

they keep on “playing” their air instruments while they perform. Furthermore, a band whose very name is The Airband, created gamingcontroller like devices that make music based on the movement of their hands and fingers in the air. Though no longer truly playing “air instruments” The Airband is furthering the potential of air bands by allowing its members to create their own music without a real musical instrument. But this innovational air band, like the others, has no dancers. These three citations are in my mind enough evidence to show that the performance put on by MC stu-

dents is misnamed in being called Air Bands. Some may argue that since our school competes with other schools who also call these groups air bands, the term has been redefined in our community to mean a group who dances to a song. But why redefine something that is important in its own right? With the name of air bands defined as dance, anybody aspiring to make school air bands like the one on “Scrubs,” the air band Category Sixx, or The Airband will have to call their activities something other than what pop culture dictates is already theirs.

It is not that I have anything against our schools’ air bands. I believe them to very talented in the art of dance. I am merely objecting to the name by which they call themselves. I realize that it would be a hassle to have all the schools with dancing air bands to change the name of the competition and the club. But if at our school we could simply change air bands to air dance bands, it could clear up any miscommunication that our current air bands can cause. Then our talented performers could be appreciated as dancers by people who do not include dancers in their definition of air bands.

Modern communication disseminates shallow politics, news ANGELA KIM STAFF WRITER Twenty years ago, writer Neil Postman predicted that America’s pre-occupation with television would grow, and lead us to live in a world ruled by triviality and information lacking analysis and exposition. His book, “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” predicted correctly. Our preoccupation with TV and, now, digital communication is definitely affecting the impact of politics, and even daily news. Television has dramatically changed America’s politics. Political commercials are thrown out at the American public, but to do what? They

offer no expositions, but pictures and drama to win votes. This appeals to us simply because it’s entertaining. Some political commercials pump out propaganda. In Republican Senator John McCain’s “Original Mavericks” ad, Alaskan governor Sarah Palin supposedly stopped the “Gravina Island bridge to nowhere,” but in truth, Sarah Palin actually supported this bridge and asked Congress to approve it. Many Americans now look for the most entertaining candidate to vote for in elections, rather than extensively reviewing candidates’ policies and deeds. Comedy writer Tina Fey’s impersonation of Palin didn’t help Americans to take Palin seriously. It only makes her more fun to watch.

Television and the Internet have even put their mark on daily news. Declarative statements now form most “news.” In order to squeeze in as many current events between commercial breaks, news-casters too often compress big events to answer all the “W” questions except for the “why.” News on TV and on news websites usually leave out the background information needed to understand why events happen and their significance. During the recent struggles between Georgia and Russia, digital news failed to report the fact that in the past, Georgia signed a treaty to be independent of Russia’s authority, but was forcefully invaded by Russia and “Sovietized.” The news also failed to

report that this news is important to Americans because Russia’s expansion may lead to another widespread war. Now, American news is crammed with useless gossip about celebrities just for pure entertainment. People Magazine slapped down $14 million for photos of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s twins. Honestly, do we care that much? Truly, the progression of communication significantly affects America. To halt the increasing triviality of this nation, we must understand the sparseness of modern communication. As Postman argues, it is not a matter of turning off TVs or in many cases, turning off PCs. We must learn the dangers of an instantaneous, en-

Letters to the Editor: McCoy disapproves of article regarding commonness of pot among MC athletes

Green clears up approval of marijuana for athletes; coaches don’t condone use of weed

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

I had a concern with the intent and scope of your recent features headline/article “Pot common among MC athletes; few see drastic decline in performance.” I thought the article was a rather broad sensationalist attempt to portray student athletes at Mt. Carmel as regular marijuana users with little solid fact backing that claim. In my estimation, one student using marijuana is one too many. However, this article left me with the impression that most of the over 900 students participating in athletics at MC are pressuring one another to use marijuana. I understand the need for anonymity of sources when writing on a topic such as this, yet in this case I think the anonymity in the article left it less than clear as to the true scope

of this problem as it exists on our campus today. While reading the article, I was also confused as to the relevance of the quotes from professional athletes Rob Dibble and Josh Howard regarding their experiences with marijuana. I don’t understand the context of how those quotes apply to the problem of marijuana use among high school student athletes. To me these quotes seemed rather far afield from the content of the article I applaud your writer for making the effort to provide awareness to our campus community on this issue. In the future I hope this awareness can be sought with greater clarity.

Very Respectfully, Dr. McCoy

I am writing regarding the article, “Pot common among MC athletes; few see drastic decline in performance.” In the article there is a quote from a coach who claimed to know people who had smoked pot and been successful. I was the coach interviewed and after reading the article I am concerned that my message didn’t come across as intended. I was asked if I thought people could smoke pot and still be successful. The exact quote was, “I know a lot of people who have smoked pot and been very successful. Good for them. You can get away with it sometimes, but you are still stacking the odds against you.” What I was referring to is people I knew that smoked pot in college and managed to put it behind them and go on to be successful. The “good for them” was in reference to moving on from that lifestyle. I then clearly state that even though you can get away with it sometimes, you are stacking the

odds against you. What I failed to mention or make clear is that I also know plenty of people who have negatively impacted their lives and limited their options by smoking pot. If you are convicted of even a minor drug offense, it makes it almost impossible to go into law enforcement, teaching, and a variety of other careers. Even if you don’t get caught the damage you do to your brain can negatively affect your thinking, personality, and motivation to the point of eliminating all kinds of options in your personal and professional life. The reason I am writing this is that I don’t want the community thinking MC has a coach or teacher on staff who approves of smoking pot. I certainly don’t and I don’t know of any teacher or coach here who does. Anybody who knows me knows that I don’t even drink alcohol and that smoking pot goes against everything I stand for. Sincerely, Coach Green

tertainment-centered world. “Amusing Ourselves to Death” is truly as relevant in 2008 as it was in 1985.


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Mt. Carmel SUN


October 24, 2008

On the ballot: Proposition 4 Prohibits abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent or legal guardian.

The courts will waive the notice based on ‘clear and convincing evidence of a minor’s maturity or best interests.’



But of course, what if you’re afraid to tell them because they will get mad and be disappointed in you? It makes me laugh when I notice Well, the fact that a girl is reluctant that teenagers need parental consent in to tell her parents, the very people who order to get a tan from a tanning salon, brought her into this world, doesn’t or get an aspirin from a school nurse, but justify a public policy that keeps parents if they want an abortion, they don’t even in the dark and unaware about a serious need to tell their parents anything. and sometimes dangerous situation that Proposition 4 will require parent their daughter is in. notification of an abortion at least 48 Besides, out of the 50 states, the 34 hours prior to who already have the abortion had notification taking place. laws have shown Now, the declined rates in Parents shouldn’t be demajor idea in prived of the truth, especially teenage abortion, the proposition STDs, and when the truth involves their is “notify.” especially teenage By using pregnant daughters’ future.” pregnancy. the word notify The fact the proposition that parents states that a don’t have to be parent’s consent notified creates a to the abortion isn’t necessary; they only large loophole for crime too. His name have to know that their daughter is going was Robert Estrada. to get one. He raped and impregnated an 11 If you think about it, telling your year old girl. parents about an abortion is close to She got her child aborted, and he having common sense. got away with it because our current law It wouldn’t make sense to say that doesn’t require the notification of an neglecting to tell your parents about abortion to anybody. serious issues would promote teen safety Men like Estrada are everywhere in because talking to your parents is one our country, and they aren’t going to stop of the best ways to find a solution to a what they are doing. problem. So if you want to vote no on this By telling parents we’re really just proposition and let men like Estrada helping them to fulfill their responsibility continue what they are doing, then go of knowing the basis of what’s going on ahead. in their child’s life. However, remember, the blame will Parents shouldn’t be deprived of the be on you for letting them strike again. truth, especially when the truth involves That’s why you have to vote yes their pregnant daughters’ future. on Proposition 4, so that we don’t see The reason they have the title of another Estrada, and so that we don’t parent is because they are there to care have to be left with the regret of letting for their child. him get away.

Should parents be notified if their daughter is planning to have an abortion?


themselves or travel to Mexico or find an alternative on the black market to undergo the abortion in an unsafe environment. The California Teachers, School Supporters claim teens can avoid Counselors, Medical, and Nurses having their parents involved, but how Associations along with Planned many teens really would try to immerse Parenthood all oppose Prop. 4. This themselves in the California judicial system. proposed law is not going to make It’s a lot simpler to cross the border than abortions for minors safer. Instead, it’s it is to go Downtown, file the necessary going to cause teens to gravitate toward paperwork and find a judge willing to dangerous alternatives. And that’s why grant a waiver. Courts are included in the people who deal procedure on the most with purpose. This young adults is yet They may try to abort the proposal — teachers and another trick to counselors — baby themselves or travel to make it harder to don’t support the Mexico or find an alternative obtain abortions. measure.One of If a girl on the black market to underthe reasons teens wants a different get abortions is to go the abortion in an unsafe relative notified hide a pregnancy environment.” (like in the case they are usually that she has not ready for. abusive parents), Most probably then the doctor realize they have made a mistake and see is required to report her parents to the aborting the baby as a way of fixing that police. If the girl was really willing to get error. But how often do teens tell their the police involved, wouldn’t she have parents when they make a mistake? done so by herself earlier? Sure, it is one thing to fake a parent’s Proponents of the amendment like signature on a test that merited an F. No to call Prop. 4 “Sarah’s Law” even though money involved there. It’s another thing said “Sarah” was a married adult in Texas, to pay your own parking ticket and keep who would not have been covered by a parents out of the loop. And it is yet law that concerns minors. another thing to not tell your parents that The strategy is to deceive voters you are pregnant when you need both since putting a face on law helps it pass financial and emotional support from (see Megan’s Law). your parents. However, no matter how There’s a reason this initiative has big the mistake, teens will have a tendency been rejected by state voters twice before. to avoid seeking help from their parents. Like with Prop. 8, law should not dictate Whether spite or fear, the motivation how a family functions. changes in each case. Some teens are just not comfortable The common thread, though, is that with their parents and requiring their resourceful teens will find ways to obtain parents to be notified of an impending abortions without their parents knowing. abortion inadvertently takes away their They may try to abort the baby right to a safe and proper abortion.








*274 students polled

Sundevil Perspective Do you believe parents should be notified of a minor’s planned abortion?



Laura Slusser

“No, that should be solely the teenager’s choice.”




“As a mother, I’d like to know if my daughter was having an abortion so I could help her.”

Martha Martinez

Josh Cuevas

Nathan Ross

“I think it depends if the girl is okay with it. It’s her choice if she wants them to know.”

“Yes, because it is about a child’s life.”

“No, because it is not their business, unless they are keeping it.”

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Halloween is in a week. Goblins, witches and ghosts. Oh my! -Cathy McDermott


Maybe after at least eight needle pricks a day I’d be less scared of shots. Either way it’s still tough, so walk for diabetes Sunday.

“High School Musical Three: Senior Year” is coming out. If only my graduation was that close! -Lauren Hall

-Paresh Dave

The sun is rising later and later. It stinks to wake up in the pitch black. - Vincent Pham

Tier 2 list has been formed. Be sure to pull up any bad grades so you can take advantage of your privileges. -Sean Williams

Campus supervisors are starting to crack down on students for being out of class without a pass. Oh gosh, I just love being babysat! -Sara Shantz

Opinions Democracy & Patriotism is... A8

Mt. Carmel SUN

October 24, 2008

‘Freedom of speech, the right to say and do whatever you choose’

Rachel Martin Opinions Editor

political signs should not be stolen from front lawns. It is our right to express our political opinions, no matter how outraThe upcoming political election has geous they are. While we may not always brought much discussion of the true mean- agree, people have a right to have their ing of patriotism and democracy. Simply opinions respected. looking at the two presidential candidates Many people do not appreciate the demonstrates a vital part of our American rights guaranteed under our Constitution. democracy — diversity. Comparing our society to some others In my mind democracy and patriotism should make us grateful to live in a place are linked through tolerance and participa- where there is freedom of expression. tion in one’s government. Where we can hold rallies protesting politiAmericans have always accepted more cal decisions. than one idea. Men and women, whites Where we can walk down the street and blacks, the and know that young and the we all have old…everyone is equal rights unA true democracy requires freedom of der the law. supposed to be speech. However, the American people equal. In addiThe idea of a should express themselves responsibly tion, voting redemocracy scares sponsibly in the and respectfully.” the people of interests of the many countries community as for many differa whole makes ent reasons. They you patriotic. are disgusted and True patriots offended by our pluralistic society, just as and advocates of the democracy know that we might be offended by their society. They is their responsibility to question the govhave no tolerance of ideas. ernment and not meekly accept what they Recently, Republican John McCain has are told. accused Democrat Barack Obama of not When people accuse others of not being patriotic because he did not flaunt a supporting the troops in Iraq simply beflag pin on his coat or rest his hand on his cause they don’t support the war, they are heart during the National Anthem. misinterpreting the concept. These superficial symbols do not make People against the war in Iraq want our someone patriotic or unpatriotic. And ex- troops home. Why else would they be proploiting these superficial symbols for politi- testing the war? Wasting lives and money cal purposes is just cheap. is government at its worst. Supporting the A true democracy requires freedom of troops and bringing them home is patrispeech. You have the right to say and do- otic. whatever you choose. However, the AmeriOn Nov. 4, Americans everywhere will can people should express themselves re- directly participate in their democracy and sponsibly and respectfully. show their patriotism by voting for their In democratic communities bumper preferred presidential candidate. Without stickers should not be torn off cars, and our democracy we would have no choice.

photo illustration by Ana Alvarez | Photographer

An MC class takes part in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Many MC students choose to recite the Pledge as a symbol of their patriotism for America. This is one of a variety of ways in which Americans can show their appreciation for the United States.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” -John F. Kennedy

‘Forming an opinion and ‘Doing anything that will put the actions that follow it’ the country in a better position’

‘Willing to stand in protest against the government’

Melanie Dickinson Staff Writer

Kylie baranowski centerspread editor

own solution. An intense patriot would follow every issue, educate others on them, Today, many Americans see pa- take a stance, and be willing to share triotism as unconditional flag-waving. or defend that stance in public. But I think what patriotism should Now, to be fair, this is a caffeinemean is responsibility. high nation in a fast-paced world. Not We have plenty of reasons to everyone can sit still long enough to throw barbecues and set off fire- follow everything, let alone contemworks, and it’s those kinds of things plate them for a sufficient amount of that can help kindle public passion time to form you true opinion. for a nation, but there is also someBut information can be fast and thing to be said for caring enough to there is a fine line between not having learn why you should be proud of the time to, and not caring enough, the US, or to push it forward. to involve oneself in politics. Patriotism cannot mean simple We have power in our democpride. In my opinion, citizens op- racy as individuals. If we choose, we posing the war, can each play for example, can an important be just as patriotic role in US polWe have power in our as those supportitics. We can ing it. democracy as individuals. If we create ripples What deterof change or mines your patrio- choose, we can each play an strengthen tism is how you important role in US politics.” preexisting inchoose to address stitutions, dewhatever issue is pending your thrown our way. own beliefs. Do you defer your democratic This general feeling of responsibilright to government participation ity also needs to be held in the hearts to those wiser, better informed, or and minds of our leaders. just less lazy than you? Do you auThey need to have the nation’s tomatically employ the voice of the best interests, and not their own popmajority as your own? Or do you al- ularity, at heart when helping to delow yourself intellectual backing to termine the roads America will take. help you stand on the side that would And so is the beauty of our most benefit the nation as a whole. country. We have a say in what we It essentially comes down to do, how we react, as well as who our forming an opinion and the action leaders are. So fulfill your democratic that follows it. To truly call yourself responsibility: pick up a voter’s guide patriotic, you need to care enough to and, come Nov. 4, check the box of educate yourself on American activi- the leader you think will do what’s ties, and to act for or against them. right, and not necessarily what’s popAnd if you don’t agree, arrange you ular.

vincent pham staff writer After hours of studying, you’re dead tired. You go to your bed and tuck yourself in for a good night sleep. The next day, you wake up with food on your table. You finish your food and step out the door to a world of opportunity, the opportunity to strive for your goals and maybe even help others along the way. The bed. The food. The opportunity. This is a firm result of patriotism. Patriotism is understanding how fortunate we are to have freedom, and appreciating the struggles that those before us had to endure for us to have a chance to prosper in a fair and just society. People should be sincerely appreciative of being able to dress how they want, do what they want, and speak what they want. Education in America is the gateway to a career, self-confidence, and success. Here, we are not taught to follow or memorize, but to think and innovate. In Egypt, a country where the Muslim religion controls many aspects of social life and is endorsed by law, many Christians have limited rights. Because of this great injustice, many Egyptians fled religious persecution and came to America, for its freedom of religion. It’s no wonder why America has become the most diverse country in the world. Democracy is something that

no one should overlook as well. With the presidential election coming up, Americans will get the chance to vote, and in essence, have a voice in governmental affairs. Everyone who has a chance to vote should vote, because not every nation is even willing to have their citizens play any role in government and policies. It’s sad to see that in recent years, barely over half the general population in America even show up to the polls on election night. Elections are a vital part of being an American because it’s the foundation of our fundamental rights. Many Americans are criticizing government for the economic turmoil. What they fail to realize is that by doing voicing their concern toward government, they are actually following the principles set forth by our founding fathers. It’s the Bill of Rights and freedom of speech that enable them to criticize government in the first place. Only in America can you stand up for what you believe in, and not worry about someone harming you. Being patriotic means doing anything, big or small, that you believe will put the country in a better position. If you have the ability to fix something in our society, then you also have the responsibility to fix that something in our society. You don’t have to be a hero to be a patriot. Having the chance to make your own mark, and lead your own trail, that’s what patriotism is all about.

heard in elections. Patriotism is a lifestyle, not a bragging right. In this country patriotism is all It’s all too easy to slap a ‘Suptoo often measured by whether or port our troops’ sticker on your gasnot one wears a flag pin, rather than guzzling Hummer and somehow the true nature of one’s participation delude yourself that doing so makes in the democratic process. you a patriot. Oftentimes, conforming to the But the fact of the matter is, will of the majority – those in power rather than focusing on empty sym– is seen as patriotic, and dissent is bols of patriotism, one would better seen as contempt for one’s country. serve their country by honoring the Despite this commonly held sacrifices of our troops with actions, view, protest is essential to the sur- for example, helping to end our devival of democracy. pendence on foreign oil with more One needs to only reflect back fuel efficient cars. on the roots of America; we are a Citizens can also keep these saccountry born rifices in mind out of dissent when they cast and revolution. their ballots, votPatriotism means so much ing for measures Who truly loves their more than the symbols that that promote the country more: welfare of veterone who stands Americans have become so ans. idly by and lets fixated on.” Pa t r i o t i s m politicians dismeans so much regard basic more than the rights guaransymbols that teed by the Constitution, or one who Americans have become so fixated is willing to stand in protest against on. the government? Before you judge that kid in The government of America your class who doesn’t stand durwas designed so that both the minor- ing the Pledge of Allegiance, conity and the majority can thrive free sider the fact that he may be a well from oppression. Many of our coun- informed citizen taking a calculated try’s founders hoped to empower ev- stance against their government. ery citizen with a voice in the demoThe witch-hunt mentality to cratic process. root out those who don’t proclaim Voting is an essential part of support for their government is detpatriotism. It is not only a right, but rimental to American progress. Patriotism is truly an American also a responsibility. Citizens have no justification to complain about the virtue. However, contrary to popular blunders of their government if they belief it is nobody’s place to judge neglect their right to have their voice the patriotism of others.

Issue 3  

Issue 3 of 2008-2009 Mt. Carmel SUN

Issue 3  

Issue 3 of 2008-2009 Mt. Carmel SUN