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Cheerleaders to “Bring It On” at Nationals National competition in March will put Miramonte cheer team to the test
by Katherine Doyle
“We’re doing super cool stunts that we’ve never shown anyone before,” said senior Maddy Karol, a member of the Miramonte Cheer team. She’s talking about the routine the team is working on for their NCA National competition fast approaching on March 20 in Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park. Miramonte Cheer has never participated in any competitions, let alone Nationals, until this year, and the girls owe these new competitive opportunities to their coach, Rebecca George. “She realizes how much we’re capable of,” said senior cheer captain Laura Weston. “She’s really supportive, but pushes us to do our best.” In fact, Nationals is nothing new for George, also known to the girls as “Big G”: the last cheer team she coached took first at nationals, and the Miramonte squad looks forward
to fulfilling her expectations. “We’re hoping she can do the same with us,” said Weston. To advance to the National stage, the team either had to qualify during a four-day summer camp in Davis or enter a regional competition. They received their bid for Nationals during the camp, out of about 20 participating teams. The instructors e v a l u a t e d Photos: C. Golden the teams’ Miramonte cheerleaders fire up the crowd with enthusiasm at the Homecoming game, but performances their choreographed routine will take them to Nationals. throughout the Miramonte. week to determine A lot of teams qualify from across the country, but, if they would contend yet again on the big stage. The team is excited for the challenge ahead, but it’s a luckily, teams are broken up into divisions of high school size and whether or not they are coed. Ultimately, the long haul. “We have the lowest priority [for the gym] because team’s expectations for performance and results will be we’re not a sport, so we can get kicked out at anytime,” high. “We have a lot more stunts, two dance sections, and a said Karol. Without the practice space, the team is hard pressed to cheer,” said Weston. “Our routine is 2 ½ minutes long, and perform their routines, so they resort to grueling five-hour there’s lots of sound effects.” There’s only one other difference between Nationals Sunday practices to make up for the lost time. Because they have never competed at Nationals, and the typical Miramonte rally: “We have to wear our hair on the top of our heads. It’s the girls expect bias from the judges because the have evaluated other teams but don’t know what to expect from really scary,” said Karol.
Bill Allows for Privatization of Water by Sophia Bollag
In a bond proposal that attempts to provide solutions to numerous water-related issues in California, there is a clause which would potentially allow private investors to “own, govern, manage and operate a surface storage project,” such as a reservoir. Californians will vote on the bond in November 2010 and if it passes, private investors would be able to profit from the sale of water, which could cause the price of water to increase. According to The San Francisco Chronicle “lawmakers barely Photo: L. Sterling/MCT Campus discussed the provision Water winds through a canyon at Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park in Capay while considering the Valley, California. bond, and water experts… said they knew little about to gain control over a public resource, such as water. it or why it was a necessary part of the [bond].” According to a statement issued by the Food and Water The bond proposal, the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter, “Around Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010, claims it would the U.S. and abroad, private utility companies routinely “provide funding for California’s aging water take over struggling public water systems, only to jack infrastructure and for projects and programs to address up rates while service suffers.” the ecosystem and water supply issues in California.” Opponents of the bill point out other flaws with its “This bond provides that new surface water reservoirs provisions. “This bond contains $1 billion to clean up built under this program may be operated by a Joint groundwater,” said Clary. “However, that groundwater Powers Authority, which would be a nongovernmental cleanup isn’t tied to a reduction in water supplies entity,” said Jennifer Clary from the California branch taken from elsewhere, for instance from the Delta. A of Clean Water Watch, a nonprofit organization. key reason for the catastrophic species decline in the The San Francisco Chronicle reported that supporters Delta is poor water quality due to polluted discharges of the provision argue that allowing private investors to upstream and the high rate of pumping out of the Delta. help fund the creation and upkeep of surface storage This bond does nothing to change the practices that projects would make these projects easier to finance. have led to the degradation of the Delta.” Those who oppose the privatization of water, This provision creates controversy over who controls however, argue that it is dangerous to allow a private the price and distribution of a public resource and adds investor, whose primary concern is personal profit, to California’s long list of water-related problems.
Caldecott Tunnel Project Underway by Caroline Golden On Friday Jan. 22, the official groundbreaking for construction of a fourth bore to the Caldecott Tunnel occurred. About 250 people gathered for the occasion, and Caltrans officials made speeches and ceremoniously shoveled dirt. Frozen funds from transportation infrastructure bonds nearly jeopardized construction. Despite the unpromising current budget crisis of the state, federal stimulus funds have secured the project, and the construction is underway, approximated to take four years to complete. The construction is estimated to require $420 million, with around $270 million allocated for the actual boring of the tunnel. On the border of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the Caldecott Tunnel serves as a major commuter route for State Route 24 traffic with 160,000 motorists daily. “This project will reduce local traffic congestion while creating nearly 6,000 jobs for California – and is a solid investment in the future of the Bay Area’s transportation infrastructure,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Department of Transportation, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, and the Alameda Congestion Management Agency are cooperating on this project. The fourth bore will be constructed north of the existing three tunnel bores and will eliminate the daily reversal of traffic direction for the center tunnel, designating the northernmost bore in addition to the new bore to permanently stand for westbound traffic and the two southernmost bores for eastbound traffic. In addition, the current maintenance building will be torn down and workers will construct a new two-story building for tunnel operations and maintenance. Not only will this new building reduce local traffic congestion and create thousands of jobs but will improve safety for the travelling public as well as Caltrans maintenance workers. The new tunnel bore will be 3,389 feet long and 41.25 feet wide. Several cross-passages will connect the new bore to the existing bores as emergency exits.