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Friday | Sept. 28, 2012 | Issue I

Newbury Park High School | 456 N. Reino RD., Newbury Park, CA 91320

Office staff welcomes new administration Cassie Stephenson and Sam Meyer

Prowler Entertainment Editor and Staff Writer

NP Athletic Club closes its doors Kishen Majithia

This year, the office welcomes new changes to administration, appointing Karla DiDomizio as Assistant Principal of Instruction and Allison Kennedy as Dean of Students in July, as well as Coreen Pefley, the new Dean of Attendance, in August. Previously the Dean of Student Activities, DiDomizio has worked at Newbury Park since 2005 in both counseling and administration. “I was a counselor here for four years, then I went into administration,” she said. “I’ve had the background of the actual scheduling.” As Assistant Principal of Instruction, DiDomizio has the opportunity to employ this experience, as she oversees counseling, testing, curriculum and scheduling. Her favorite parts of the job involve scheduling, working with the staff, and problem solving. Now the Dean of Students, Kennedy works with Associated Student Government, dance, band, and drama and oversees all extra-curricular activities involved with the school, with the exception of sports. Compared to her past position, Kennedy said she now has a “more positive interaction with students” in her current position and that her role is “to make sure students have a well-rounded high school experience.” In addition to the initial task of “learning everybody and everything”, she has many goals for this year: “I want to help engage more students in becoming active on campus, and I’d like to improve communications so that more students are aware of what their opportunities are,” she said. Kennedy taught at Lang Ranch Elementary School in Thousand Oaks for twelve years before coming to Newbury Park. “I wanted to make a difference,” she said. “I felt that as a teacher I had a gift for reaching students, and I decided to try administration because I thought I could have a bigger impact.” Continue reading at pantherprowler.org

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Change of plans - Jessica Faragher, senior, is on her way to work out at the Newbury Park Athletic Club when she discovers a sign posted on the door, which informs her, bankruptcy has forced it to close.

The Newbury Park Athletic Club (NPAC), which was located on Reino Rd., has officially closed down and will not be reopening. Ernie Salazar, the owner of the gym, was evicted on August 14 of this year. Salazar sent out numerous emails explaining that the club would reopen after some “restructuring” and “financial organization.” However, shortly afterwards, he sent a final email confirming that the club was permanently closed. In the email, he thanked all the members and staff of the club. Jason Klein, Athletic Coordinator, recognized the importance that the gym held before it was closed down. He was not a member himself, but he knew of many people who were. “It affects some of the students here because the gym provided a lot of convenience because it was so close to the school. It made staying in shape convenient,” he said. “Now it forces them to look for another place to get exercise. Yes, we lost something close to home, but we also have a decent facility here on campus itself.” Karen Randall, Athletic Secretary, on the other hand, was a member for two years and felt the full impact of the closed down gym. “It’s sad that a local business wasn’t able to maintain its place. I really enjoyed the gym. The instructors, the equipment, everything was just great,” she said. “I think its convenience was its best feature. I could go there right after work.” Travis Doderlein, senior, is a former member of the gym. The closing of the gym affected him directly. “I was angry at first, but after a while I realized that these things happen and you just have to get past them. Still, it affected me in a pretty big way. Now I have to go to the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), which is way smaller than the Newbury Park Athletic Club. Also, the NPAC was closer and more convenient because I could just go there right after school. But I’ll go anywhere; as long as I get to work out.” Continue reading on page 2

Students approached by predator in Trader Joe’s parking lot Anita Angyopsn-Miu and Kylie Everitt Prowler Photographer and Staff Writer

Christopher Allen Burton was arrested on Aug. 31 on accounts of child annoyance. He approached many young girls and offered them money, saying that he either worked for a local newspaper and needed their photographs, or asking to take a video. Child annoyance has many levels of severity. Although child annoyance cases are rare in our area, the police and Marty Luna, detective for the case, take it very seriously. Luna believes that “it [is] very serious no one should be driving up to my, or any, kids offering them large amounts of money” Rachel Ranucci and Carly Crandall, seniors, were

confronted by Burton in the CVS parking lot after they had finished track practice on the evening of Aug. 30. They were interrupted mid-conversation as he pulled up beside them and asked if they would like the opportunity to make fast, easy cash through his involvement in the television and movie industry. Both girls continually denied his offer before he finally said “your loss” and left them alone. They confirmed his description; blonde hair, slightly bald, middle aged man who drove a black pickup truck. Crandall said she knew he was not affiliated with the photoshoot he claimed to be directing and hiring models for, due to his “shaggy” appearance and her gut feeling telling her “he could not be trusted”. Ranucci was just thankful they were together instead of

alone that day. “If Carly hadn’t needed a ride that day, I would have been walking on the street by myself with no one else around and who knows what could have happened if that was the case.” “It has been a major wake up call that stuff like this happens in small cities like our own. I’m thankful that he was caught,” Ranucci commented of Burton’s released court date, “and now I know to be more careful. When our parents told us not to talk to strangers, they really meant it!” Some safety tips Luna suggested were to walk with confidence if alone, look around, buddy system, and in the case that something does happen report it right away, not a couple of days later.

Inside this issue: Page 9 This Teen Life

Page 5 Train4Autism Pages 6-7 Same Sex Parents

Page 11 Football


2 News

The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

NP Atheltic Club closes its doors (continued from page 1)... Another student who was affected by the closing of the Newbury Park Athletic Club is senior, Tyler Macdonald. “It is disappointing that it closed because it was such an easily accessible gym. And it was a good gym too, because it was right next to the school. Now I have to go to the YMCA which is small and doesn’t carry the best equipment,” Macdonald said. As a result of the situation, Gold’s Gym is honoring memberships from the Newbury Park Athletic Club for a limited time. For the same rate, former members of the club are permitted to use the Gold’s Gym facilities. Carol Carter, a trainer at the Newbury Park Physical Therapy Center, was surprised by the closing of the Newbury Park Athletic Club, but she also explains how it benefits the physical therapy center. People who were members of the Newbury Park Athletic Club now go to the physical therapy center to exercise. “It’s really beneficial for them to come here, so that they don’t have to drive over to Gold’s Gym,” Carter said. “It’s just the beginning; things will grow for us. Yes it’s surprising, but it’s really just the beginning of something great and positive.”

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Tropical daze : This past July, the 4th annual Tropical Daze Summer Music Festival held in Thousand Oaks showcased Caribbean style entertainment and music. Interact Club participated in the event, along with other companies and organizations. The festival is put on in collabration with the Conejo Recreation & Park District, the city of Thousand Oaks and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce.

New “Q” grading system : Teachers are no longer able to use Zangle for grading as a new system, “Q”, has taken its place. The company was supposedly bankrupt the past three years and now is known as “Q”. The new system has been causing many delays in grades, as teachers continue to adjust to it.

Side gates : The side gates surrounding areas of the school campus are now being closed due to incidents involving students from other schools arriving and bullying the students who attend Newbury Park High School. The side gates will not be reopened until the issue is resolved. Sara Anderson / Prowler


Opinion 3 The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

Editorial: Dress Code As we have jumped back into school over the last few weeks, we have dealt with getting up early, staying up late to do homework, and having unusually hot days at school. But there is one thing that is not on our minds until it is too late: dress code violations. One of the most violated dress code rules is not sagging pants or short shorts, but almost surprisingly the strapless top; and although sometimes dress codes feel like restrictions, it is enforced for reasons which are mostly all beneficial to the student body. When dress code rules are broken, standard orders of consequences are followed. For the first few violations, detentions are handed out. If there is another infraction, a Saturday school could be assigned, and, if there is an issue after that point, a suspension. The basic dress code rules include bans on any sort of gang symbols, drugs, or alcohol on clothing. Shorts that are ridiculously short can earn a warning, as can the new styles of shirts that include strapless, sheer, and open tops that do not have an undershirt or a tank top underneath. These are among the top violations this school year, according to principal Athol Wong. There are a lot of people who think tops such as these are alright, and a lot of people (mostly adults in the administration) who think they are not okay. However, the school must draw the line somewhere. The next step after the strapless top could be bikinis or even more completely school-inappropriate clothes. The school still gives a lot of leeway to students, allowing spaghetti straps and even a very

small amount of bare midriff, but they cannot let the dress code escape them. We could always have a dress code like La Reina, and give everybody a uniform. Though that level of strictness has not been reached yet, some standards are necessary. It may seem like administration has been cracking down harder and giving more warnings out than previous years. We have the heat to blame for that. Usually by the time the school year rolls around, the weather is cool enough that students come to school in jeans and a sweatshirt, making dress code less of an issue. This year, the weather has been hot enough that shorts and tees are okay to wear without freezing to death. Aside from that, dress code is always reinforced by administration for several reasons. First of all, there is the issue of some clothing items being a distraction in the classroom. By removing them from the equation, the classroom as a whole can become more focused. Everyone should be comfortable enough to focus and learn at school. Second, school is an extension of the community, and by having a strong dress code, everyone is made aware of community standards. Thirdly, modesty. School should be a place to learn—it can be fun, but its main purpose is to teach. A lack of modesty leads to an environment less conducive to learning. So save the strapless top for the weekend, and save yourself the trouble.

Yea, Nay, Impartial

How the Editors Voted on this editorial:

“Yea”:

10 editors agreed with the editorial

“Nay”: 4 editors disagreed with the editorial

“Impartial”: had no opinion

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Defining the Dress Code Newbury Park High School’s discipline policy states: Clothing must: -Have Straps. -Cover the midriff. -Not display drugs, alchohol, or tobacco. - No bare chests allowed. -No chains or low riding pants. -No face paint, even at sporting -events. -Footwear is required.

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2016 draws false conclusions Nadia Lynn

Prowler Copy Editor

I can’t even put into words how appalled I was upon first seeing the previews for “2016: Obama’s America”. I’m pretty sure the exact expression on my face was one that resembled a cartoon character like Tom the cat with his mouth hung open after Jerry once again tricked him into doing something stupid. So once I picked up my mouth from the floor, I thought about what I could do about it. Nothing. I couldn’t do jack to keep half of America from regarding this loosely plotted movie as absolute truth. Ok, so maybe I could protest, but who’s really going to listen to that? If someone’s already brainwashed enough to regard a mudslinging movie as valid truth, I doubt they’re going to pay any mind to some liberal teenager standing outside a theater with signs and shouts. So instead of trying to convince other people to move outside of their single-minded opinions, I decided to move outside of mine. Let’s get educated! I borrowed my anti-liberal friend (so that I could learn

about the opposing view first hand) and headed for Muvico. “Two tickets to Obama’s America, please,” I told the bored teenage boy behind the ticket counter. He gave me a strange look, probably because here I was, Thursday night and I was going to see a political movie. Crazy teen life, I know. Yet armed with my notebook and the critical mouth of my friend, I marched into the theater to find out what this was all about. Well, I’m not going to annoy y’all with a play-by-play of fallacies in the film’s logic (although trust me, if you want to hear one, bring it up with me and I will be more than thrilled to share), but I will point out that the main argument made in the movie is that President Barack Obama is “anti-colonial” which is apparently why he wants to reduce the nuclear arms and is so bent on staying out of foreign affairs. Which is quite honestly, hilarious. Hahaha seriously? Would you like to know how they came to this conclusion? Apparently Obama’s father, whom he only met twice (which they even pointed out in the movie!) wrote an essay about why colonialism was to blame for the poor conditions in Kenya. Oh and that’s it. That’s enough evidence to claim that his son is against the American dream. Um ok… that is possibly the most loosely drawn conclusion I have ever heard!

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4 Opinion

The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

Stop with the whiny phrases

Asthma is easier if you have the right mentality Dana Foley

Prowler Staff Writer

Picture this. You’re in gym class and your teacher has lined up your class for a run. You feel confident enough and decide that you are capable of doing this. As your teacher gives you the signal, you sprint down the track. You seem to be keeping up and are pacing yourself fairly well. Just as you think ‘I can do this!’ the spawn of Satan himself attacks your windpipes and you are now unable to breathe. Yet you are determined enough to keep on running, you poor soul. As your gym teacher decides to make it worse and yell ‘Keep up!’ you feel like just giving up right there and embracing your inhaler like never before. Speaking of that inhaler, where the heck is it? At this point you are making dying animal noises and you watch hopelessly as everyone finishes ahead of you. What happened to teamwork? If you’ve ever felt this way before, I can tell you you’re not alone. Asthma has been around since the

beginning of civilization, but it’s not until recently that we have attempted to do something about it. But is that enough? When you go to the doctor in hopes of being cured, the first thing the doctor will do is have you go through a series of unnecessary tests. The most ridiculous one I remember was a tube I had to blow into that would extinguish virtual birthday candles. “Blow hard and fast!” the doctor says, trying to

“With asthma comes great responsibility.” motivate me. Once I blew into the tube, I felt even more of a failure when I couldn’t even blow them all out. Soon enough the doctor will confirm what you knew in the first place. You have asthma. They then will write up a fancy note that gives you permission for an inhaler.

With this mighty inhaler in hand you think to yourself ‘Finally! I have conquered you, asthma!’ but then you are presented with the same frustration and humiliation. But on the bright side, you were saved from an asthma attack and possibly a trip to the hospital! Congratulations! With asthma comes great responsibility. When you suffer like I do, you can’t use asthma as an excuse for everything. (Possibly fitness activities, yes, but others, no). When I first found out I had asthma, I thought it would be a perfect way to mask my laziness. My mom would tell me ‘Dana, could you do the dishes?’ I would then reply ‘I have asthma.’ Of course she would roll her eyes and insist I do it anyway. I’m here to tell you now to cut out the excuses and try. Even with asthma, you can accomplish just as much in life as an athlete can. So when the champion holds up that sports trophy, you hold up your inhaler just as proudly, because trying your absolute best has just as many rewards.

School calendar causes confusion Liam Brown

Prowler Copy Editor

Ah, school. I admit, it’s kind of nice to be able to get back to my daily routine. Of course, all of the fun activities NPHS puts on just makes things even better. I love the way everything happens in an orderly fashion and without any weird schedule changes or anything that... oh, you all know I’m just laying it on thick so let’s get to it; homecoming is Sept. 29?! Seriously? Sept. 29? I mean, I’m not that crazy about homecoming, but I just feel like students should really be given more notice before we all go out and buy outfits we’re probably only going to wear once, then ruin them by dancing in a crowded room full of sweaty people. I always thought homecoming was an event in, I don’t know, the fall?! Or at least in the middle of fall and not immediately after. Why push it forward

like this, ASG? It seems like you really want to get it over with or something. Am I the only one who thinks it’s strange that homecoming tickets were announced the first week of school? The same thing goes with Prom, which I also probably won’t be going to, but shows up on April 13 this year. April Fools!--oh wait. Again, why so early? Checking some of the calendars of the other schools in the Conejo district, I noticed that Westlake has their prom on June 8. I don’t know about you, but if I worked in a suit or dress shop, I’d be a little confused that there was a sudden surge in prom sales two months before the rest. Some might dismiss this article as simply the musings of a whiny teen better suited for something like an angsty Facebook post. They’re probably right, but I just have to wonder about these strange schedule changes. Then again, I guess it’s just one of those things

that makes this school...interesting. I don’t hate NPHS, I just think it has its interesting quirks. Like the library being closed for a week and a half to do something that (to me, at least) should really only take a week, or, of course, the mysterious flat-screen televisions in the cafeteria, which I’ve only seen looping a PowerPoint presentation. Ah, yes, the TVs. No offense, administration, but I think I’ve found this school’s official punchline. The good news out of all this wackiness is that we have a lot of great holidays to look forward to, my favorite being Christmas. I can’t wait to finally get into the spirit of the holiday. Hey, just out of curiosity, when does winter break start? December 24th?

Administration unfairly limits students’ off campus priviledges Justine Sizemore

Prowler News Editor

New school year begins, chaos ensues. The first week of school always follows relatively the same pattern. Everyone makes their way from one new room to the next, hoping Mr. So-andso will be a good teacher. Crowds of freshmen eagerly rush off to class at the ten minute bell to be sure they will not be marked tardy. And of course, mobs of students try to finagle their way into the barricaded office to fix their messed up schedules and get their off campus passes. However, I was surprised to discover how difficult the latter proved to be for a number of students. I always viewed the OCP as a sort of ‘rite of passage’ that came along with being an upperclassman, provided of course that you did not slack off too much in class or get a bunch of referrals and truancies. It seems to me, with over

2,500 kids on campus, the staff would want to free up some space in the quad during lunch. So I never imagined what a battle students with high GPAs and perfect attendance would have to go through to claim this simple privilege. Why? Just because of their S.T.A.R. scores. According to the student handbook, a student must achieve at least proficient in every category of the test to earn an OCP. This not only strikes me as unfair, but also a highly unreasonable expectation. I understand that administration wants to motivate students to take the S.T.A.R. more seriously because high scores make our school look better. However, from what I have seen, the majority of students prevented from receiving an off campus pass simply scored basic in math and proficient or advanced in everything else... I myself struggled a bit on that portion of the test, not because I am bad at

math or I did not take the test seriously, but because I took Algebra II first semester and had forgotten most of the formulas by the time the S.T.A.R. rolled around months later. I suspect this was the case for much of the student body. So I suggest, if the school really wants to improve our scores as a whole, they try providing optional review sessions prior to the test. Something as simple as a teacher sacrificing one or two lunch periods the week prior to the S.T.A.R. to provide a recap on science, math, or history could make a huge difference. Students who have not seen the necessary subject matter in a long time will benefit more from refreshed memories than the threat of consequences. It only seems fair that they be provided with the chance to succeed before they start having privileges restricted for their “failure.”

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Nevnit Gill

Prowler Staff Writer

Is it just me or have “I’m tired,” “I’m hungry” and “I’m cold” become conversational starters? Whenever there is some sort of awkward silence we always end up mentioning one of these ungraceful phrases. I honestly think saying this is just mean to the people who live in China. Those are the people who should get to say they’re tired hungry, and cold. Those people live on the freaking streets while we complain in 72 degree weather that we’re about to die and didn’t get any sleep.         If any of you pay attention to what you’re actually saying, you’ll probably hear these phrases at least once or twice a class period. Complaining as if you’re a Russian prisoner escapee is not the best way to replace an awkward silence. Would it not be easier to say “How are you” vs. “I’m so freaking tired because I stayed up until midnight learning rocket science”?         Now, why do we do this? Perhaps all of our subconsciouses are speaking to one another with a secret code embedded into these overused phrases … or we just can’t think of anything to say. Either way it makes you sound five times more awkward than you did before, and the person you were talking to probably had an amused reaction because of this.         The worst part about these wretched phrases is the fact that they actually start conversations. I want to just walk up to one of these people and just explode on them. What could possibly make you want to discuss how many hours of sleep Suzy McDonald got? I thought you teenagers would have more interesting things to talk about, but instead you people have entire conversations about that delicious sandwich you’re looking forward to in the back of your class via sticky notes. What. The. Flipping. Fishies. Why not talk about that awesome song “Gangnam Style,” or how Suzy’s friend Smelly is secretly dating her boyfriend? But no, you people will have entire conversations on the goose bumps Suzy gets in math class because the teacher turns the AC down too low. I honestly don’t get this. I must say, it can be pretty amusing to hear some girl whine about how she’s cold after deciding to wear shorts on a rainy day, but we really do overuse these phrases. Really.

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Features 5 The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

Big Buddies - Natalie Moore and Taylor Driscoll, seniors and members of FUSE, help freshmen adjust to high school.

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so rough, and students usually have difficulty with it. Compared to middle school, high school is a “completely new environment,” as Justin Tan mentioned. “FUSE is a great way to help freshmen start out high school.” FUSE has made a plan to help every freshman at Newbury Park High School by assigning one member of the group to six freshmen. This way, all the freshmen could have someone to turn to for help in case anything was needed. “We really want to help them,” Anna said. In fact the, co-presidents of the group also encouragedother students to join FUSE, as it is a program for juniors and seniors who want to help freshmen. Throughout the process of creating and starting up FUSE, Anna and Justin have made many friends, and they suggest joining to next year’s juniors and seniors. They described the club as a family. “There really aren’t any cons about being in FUSE,” Justin added. “It’s mostly positive.”

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FUSE (Freshman United School Experience) has recently become a common name among nervous ninth graders. Whether they were discovered by these newcomers through their school tour project, locker distribution, or schedule pick-up, many freshmen would call this a good idea. Although, after speaking with several freshmen, it appears that not everyone has encountered FUSE and their function. In fact, Gabbi Bessette, a freshman here at Newbury jokingly mentioned that they “failed miserably” at opening her jammed locker. Justin Tan, senior and one of the co-presidents of FUSE, mentioned that the next project will be to hold a social mingle meant for freshmen to get to know each other. FUSE is supposed to be a chance for the freshmen to get help, to get the “inside scoop” on high school, and so far it has “been successful,” Marla Barker stated. “It’s a great chance to make friends,” explained Anna Lindberg, junior and co-president of FUSE, who is working towards her Girl Scout gold award with this project. “Justin had all the people, and I had the idea, so we just collaborated.” FUSE is meant to help freshmen with the transition between middle school and high school because it is

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Prowler Staff Writer

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Room C8 Every other Thursday

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Every week on Wednesday night, families with children who have autism meet at Peppertree Park to run, interact, and simply relate.

Dana Foley

Prowler Staff Writer

Autistic families find themselves ‘training for autism’ by taking part in the community through an organization called Train4Autism on Wednesday nights located at Peppertree Park. Every Wednesday night, families with children who have autism take part in a nonprofit organization community event located at Peppertree Park called ‘Train for Autism’. At this weekly event, you can find children and teens with autism running throughout the park track, training for a 5K that was held on September 23rd at Hacienda Oaks Estates. “Train for Autism is to raise awareness,” says Cynthia Conway, occupational therapist. “It lets children with autism enjoy what regular kids enjoy, and lets them be involved in the community just like everyone else”. At each meeting, an average of 12 families attend. “Not only are the parents and children ‘Involved in this event, but so is the community’” says Conway. Alan Baker, a 20 year old member with autism, recently participated in the Love Run in Westlake Village and placed fifth in his division. He completed the 5K in 23 minutes, 31 seconds. In the upcoming 5K run to be held on September 23rd, Baker represented his team

by dressing in an acorn costume. Others followed him dressed as the character, Scrat, from the movie “Ice Age”. The group provides a friendly environment. “Kyle’s a funny guy, sneaky boy,” says Hunter Doll, age 9, about his fellow runner and friend, Kyle McNulty, 15. Although bothered by the shaded area of the park, Dull and several members of the group are determined and pace themselves well. In addition to the teens and kids, there are many parents and adults that participate as well, including Gary Monte, 53, and Dan McNulty, 49. “Parents can interact and relate,” Conway said. “It’s hard for families because [autistic children] look so typical. People in the community don’t understand and can’t relate. They don’t interact the same and people think they don’t want to make friends. They do, but in a different approach.” The age ranges of the organization span from elementary students to teens in high school. For younger kids, it’s an easy way to settle down and get ready for homework when they get home. For teenagers, it is a way for them to have fun with their friends and relate. Thanks to the Train4Autism organization, children who have autism are able to participate in the community and experience a feeling of belonging. Although faced with the challenges of autism, these children have learned through dedication and effort anything is possible.

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Training for a cause - Hunter Doll, age nine, is ‘training for autism’ at Peppertree Park, in preparation for running in a 5K race that took place on September 23rd.


6 Same Sex Parents

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The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

A feminine touch - Kaiti Brooks and her mom’s Taragh Brooks and Cyndi Davis through the years. They describe their home as having “female energy,” which, according to them, makes it a much more laid-back environment where everything is open and emotions can be shared

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Taragh Brooks and Cyndi Davis could not be more different, but of the few things they have in common their gender and love for their daughter, Kaiti, are significant. Kaiti Brooks is a senior at NPHS, actively involved in theatre, yearbook and DATA on campus. She goes to school, she goes home, she hangs out with friends. She lives the same life that is expected from any high school student, so what difference does it make if she has two moms? “I don’t feel different until someone points it out to me,” Davis said, Taragh nods in agreement from the opposite end of the couch. They go on to explain how they view parenting differently than others may, they want to be open and available for Kaiti and often ask if she wants to hear “the ‘parental answer’ or the truth.” “I feel closer to you two,” Kaiti chimed in. She thinks that having open, non-judgemental parents has created an

atmosphere where she can be open and honest with her parents, as opposed to other teens who may feel cut-off and misunderstood. “For the most part I think the only problem is that maybe I’m a little too honest with them,” Kaiti remarked. With the accusations in the news lately claiming that same sex parents would raise corrupted gay children, Davis replies, “Being gay, you don’t raise your kids to be gay. She’s not trained to like girls.” Kaiti agrees, saying that she’s “not forced to be gay and not forced to be straight,” which is a very tolerant view she’s lucky to have. “We may be gay, but to her we’re both her parents,” Taragh added. However, Kaiti is also fortunate to have her father in the picture. She spends a large portion of every summer with him, which Taragh jokingly refers to as “straight camp.” Initially, her dad was not supposed to be involved in raising Kaiti. He was merely a close friend of Taragh’s, and

based on her decision not to have an anonymous donor, she planned a baby with him. She had originally dreamed of the baby in another relationship, but even when the relationship ended, she decided to continue on with the plan she had carried for five years. “I put all my eggs in one basket for Kate,” Taragh said. “Everything (I’ve) done was specifically for Kate.” Davis didn’t become involved until Kaiti was seven, when she and Taragh went on a impromptu “14-hour first date.” After only a few dates, Kaiti claimed she had seen a shooting star and said with the enthusiastic spark of a child, “I wished the two of you would stay together forever.” Davis said that that was the moment that she fully became invested in Kaiti’s life. “The fact that I didn’t have anything to do with her birth and she still wanted me there, it was really a great feeling,” she said.

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Only knowing a father figure Rachel Cross

Prowler Editor-in-Chief

For Justin Formanek, senior, having a father figure is all he’s known, after being adopted by his gay dad. He has known about his father’s sexual orientation from the beginning when his dad had a partner. “I never had much of a female figure as a parent, that might have made a difference [in my childhood],” Formanek said. Although Formanek has never had a mother, he’s been accustom to living with just his father. He’s actively been involved with both the drama department and the digital arts and technology academy (D.A.T.A.) on campus. Friends that know of Formanek’s father and his sexuality have been very accepting.

“I try not to announce [that my dad is gay] because it’s his orientation,” Formanek said. In fact, Formanek has had more of an issue breaking the news to his friend’s parents than his friends themselves. Teens today have been exposed to homosexuality at an earlier age and many are more open to the idea than their parents. Formanek, however, has been fortunate enough to be accepted by his friends. “I sometimes feel like he doesn’t know what I’m going through but he’s always there for me,” Formanek said. Formanic and his father do have differences, but they share a relationship just like every other father and son. “He’s the only parent figure I’ve known and I love him to death,” Formanek said.

Becoming a family

Kylie Everitt

Emily Hoerr

Prowler Staff Writer

Having same sex parents may seem strange to the majority of students at Newbury Park High School, but to Emily Hoerr, junior, it is all she has ever known. At age two, Hoerr’s life took a turn when her mom and dad divorced and her dad enrolled in a rehabilitation program for his alcoholism. Shortly after her parents separation, Hoerr’s mom became romantically involved with another woman. The woman moved in within the year. Due to her young age at the time, Hoerr did not think much of the drastic change occurring in her life. As she matured, she realized her lifestyle was diverse, but she was accepting of it. “I couldn’t see how it would change anything really,” quoted Hoerr, as she reflects on living in a home with homosexual parents. The woman and her mother are still together today, along with all of the kids from both sides. “The house is always full,” Hoerr said of the crowded house with her many siblings.

Hoerr has been open to the adjustment and for the most part has not felt much discrimination. However, a few specific instances have shown the signs of resistance towards the idea. When she was hoping to become a girl scout in the second grade, the association rejected her because of her same sex parents. Now Hoerr has a natural inclination to “hate” the organization for their single-mindedness. For the most part she does not even think about differences she may grow up with and is shocked when it seems to pose such an issue to others. When she invited an elementary school friend over one day, her friend declined; “My dad said I can’t because of your mom,” she said. Hoerr had never encountered nor even expected such a response because to her, it all seemed normal. “I never thought of my family to be different at all until that moment,” she said. Despite these experiences, they did not alter Hoerr’s view of her mother, but rather enhanced her values of toleration towards others.

“We may be gay, but to her we’re “We really put everything into this ... all my eggs are in one basket”

both her parents.”

Parents “He’s the only parent figure that I have... I love him to death.”


Features 8 The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

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Chad Davis, senior, and William Mulligan, Algebra 2, test their trivia skills.

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Drew Andros and Kylie Everitt

Prowler News Editor and Staff Writer

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Wht is the capital of Austria?

What was Juliet’s last name in Romeo and Juliet?

Mulligan: Montague or Capulet. I will go with Montague Davis: Capulet

Kick: Versailles Ostovich: Sydney Vienna is correct. Way to go Mulligan! You are slowly catching up to Davis with a smoking 3-2.

So close Mulligan, yet so far. Good thing you are a math teacher! The correct answer is Capulet. Davis leads with a dazzling 1-0.

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What country is known as “The Boot”?

What is known as the “most exciting two minutes in sports”? Mulligan: Hockey Shootout Davis: Kentucky Derby Hockey shootout? Where did you come up with that one? The correct answer is the Kentucky Derby. Davis leads 2-0

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Finally! Something we can agree on. Each of you get a point, bringing the score to 4-3.

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What is the only bird that can provide leather?

Who was America’s first pin-up girl icon?

Mulligan: Ostrich Davis: Ostrich Wow, where did you learn that? I’m impressed. The competititon heats up as both of you fight for the lead. The score is 5-4, with Davis in first and Mulligan following closely behind.

Mulligan: Marilyn Monroe Davis: Marilyn Monroe

I am pretty impressed, gold stars for both of you. Mulligan stays in the game 3-1.

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Who invented the Dynamite? Mulligan: Napoleon Davis: I don’t know

Good try Mulligan. I give you credit for guessing. Alfred nobel invented dynamite. The score screeches to a halt with Davis in the lead 3-1

Patrick Rewers

Prowler Sports Editor

In the absence of predecessor Michael Ollins, the school district has decided to fill the position of drama teacher. Starting this year, Billy Woody will take the place of directing the school plays and teaching drama one and two as well as tech theater classes. “I was working for Los Angeles Unified School District at Birmingham High School as a teacher teaching their computer graphics and design classes. I am a rather new teacher, as this is only my third year teaching, so I was only two years into the district there, and they had massive layoffs, and I was caught in that shuffle.” Woody said. When Ollins left the school district, the open position resulted in the loss of a spring play, and direction of the drama department fell under substitute teachers with the assistance of other teachers who were willing to lend a hand. The

Mulligan: Italy Davis: Italy

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Final Score: Davis win!

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What is the largest living organ of the human body?

Mulligan: small intestine Davis: Liver Looks like we are going to end on a sour note. The correct answer is skin. Better luck next time, Mulligan

Introducing open position allowed Woody to make a transition between school districts. “I am … in the process of getting my master’s degree at CSU Channel Islands, and one of my instructors happens to be the gentleman in charge of K-12 for Conejo Valley, Dr. Davis. He and I became pretty close in the class and when he found out about the theater (position) opening up here, he emailed me, asking me to contact the principal, Athol Wong. That is pretty much how I ended up here.” Woody said. With almost forty students, this year’s tech theater class boasts the largest size yet to operate and manage the stage. Under Woody, new students such as Gil Torten, sophomore, have joined the class. “When I first

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heard about tech (theater) from my brother, I was excited and I really wanted to check it out. So I did, and I joined this year. It was really fun and they really accepted me into their group. It’s a really friendly atmosphere, and it is fun to learn about sets and lighting.” Torten said. Woody plans to take on a new organization of the classes, including attempting to create a second tech theater class aimed toward advanced students to be held during first period. Also, like his students, he faces large changes of his own. “Outside of school, computer graphics is a big thing. I’ve been doing that for about 18 years, in the film industry, doing post production work. That’s been my main career. But now I’m a father of three kids. I get very busy mostly with the family,” Woody said. Despite the filled class size of 38 students, Woody still plans to keep them busy with focused responsibilities and theater maintenance. Patrick

Wala, junior, who is the lighting operator and designer of the class, has a fixed schedule from start to finish during the plays. “My responsibilities as the lighting designer are to read through the script, meet with the directors and other designers, and to come up with a practical lighting design for productions. My job from a lighting stand point begins from the day the script is handed to me until closing night,” Wala said. With a new play beginning and preparations starting, good leadership will be a crucial element to a successful performance. The rest of the year for the drama department relies on how well students take to the new teacher. “I think Woody is a very practical, and down to earth, and I believe that this department will thrive with Woody as its new leader,” Wala said.


Entertainment 9 The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

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Popular rock venue comes to Newbury Park Melody Forsell

Prowler Staff Writer

Patrick Rewers / Prowler

Rock Nation, located in the Trader Joes shopping center across the street from NPHS, just had their grand opening on Saturday, August 11 and gives those interested in music a place to learn. They also host a variety of events from open mic nights to themed performances and charity events. John Rusco, owner of Rock Nation, said “I have had extensive experience touring with bands and I wanted to give back”. His goal is to “make kids develop their own sound and become the best musicians they can be”. Music lessons at Rock Nation teach music theory, how to read sheet music, and help the student develop their own individual style. “This gives kids an edge in the music industry”, according to Rusco. Rock Nation also puts an emphasis on the foundations of rock and roll and teaches students mostly classic rock styles. The students’ performances even feature themes such as “ACDC” or “Led Zeppelin” where they perform songs solely by those artists. “We start by forming the kids into bands and then teach them the songs they want to learn and have them perform on stage at various Jen Spencer / With Permission Rocking and rolling - Rock Nation students Trevor Smith, Joey Goldstein, Dylan Thinnes venues like the House of Blues and the Canyon Club,” says Rusco. and Timmy Weilage practice for the organization’s first open mic night. Matt Hardy, senior, played with his band at the

first open mic night. His band is a punk, hardcore band that has been together for about two and a half years. According to Hardy, “Rock Nation has helped us get our name out because they are really open to new bands and they are good about spreading the word”. Charity events such as the “Rock Nation Foundation” raise money for various organizations and even feature artists such as Slash, Elton John’s band, and George Harrison’s son who performed with the kids. Jen Spencer, an employee, describes her take on Rock Nation. “The passion for live music, the incredible staff, and what we give back to the community makes it a truly unique environment”. With experience like this a student’s music career does not end at Rock Nation. Some of the students who have learned music from Rock Nation go on to sign contracts with Disney or RCA and even open up for bands such as the Jonas Brothers. But Rusco says that “the most gratifying experience is just seeing the joy on a student’s face (and on their parents’ faces) when they learn something new and when they perform. Some students start from the beginning with no music experience whatsoever and seeing them perform on stage for the first time is very rewarding.” Rock Nation will host another open mic night on Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Student Survey What’s your favorite way to procrastinate? Melody Forsell

Prowler Staff Writer

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We asked a few NPHS students for their favorite way to procrastinate -- most of which involve the internet Internet Browser

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Procrastination is trending worldwide.

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“I either watch cartoons and MTV, sleep, or go on Facebook and Instagram and stalk people. If you go to NP, you’ve probably been stalked by me.” Likes: 3500

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“I usually go on Tumblr, watch the Discovery Channel, or go on Instagram and stalk people. I am a genuine stalker.” 1000 notes Sara Anderson / Prowler


10 Entertainment The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

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so she decided to host the show via YouTube. Athol Wong,

Prowler Photographer and DPS Editor

principal, said that the show was even blocked from the public access channel because the overall theme would not

Earlier this month, Jaclyn Lee, senior, launched

go over well in the “conservative community”.

her web show “This Teen Life”, which received

Helene Graner, senior, said, “I think a lot of people

over 450 hits from 26 different states within the

don’t know what other people have gone through. I

first day.

think this show is going to help other people emotionally

The show covers a wide variety of central issues

recover.”

that teens face ranging from college admissions,

Graner appears on the show to speak about her past

self-harm, and dealing with the pressure to be

sexual and verbal abuse, but she admits that speaking out

perfect.

hasn’t always been easy. “It was something that I was at

In the beginning, “This Teen Life” was

first really ashamed of, but I realized if I kept it inside, I

intended to be a radio show for which Lee wrote

wouldn’t be able to share it and help others who might be

up an eight page business proposal that she sent

going through the same thing.”

out to potential sponsors. Unfortunately, Lee was

Lee said she first got the idea to start the show in her

rejected from a number of mediums that she had

junior year. “As I was going throughout high school I got

tried to reach out to because they thought it was

to know a lot of kids and their struggles. The main thing is

too much of a touchy subject to air or sponsor,

… if they all knew that everyone was going through similar

The main thing is … if they all knew that everyone was going through similar things... they wouldn’t feel as isolated.

things, maybe, they wouldn’t feel as isolated.” To raise awareness for her show, which has already garnered over 1000 hits on YouTube, Lee said she uses Facebook. “Now I understand how Justin Bieber got viral,” Lee said. Ultimately, Lee wants to help her peers. “I just want to reach that one kid who is struggling, to go to the site and see they don’t have to go through this alone.”

” Liam’s Review Corner Sara Anderson/ Prowler

Jaclyn Lee, This Teen Life (left)- Lee hosts the show, which focuses on teens and issues in their lives. Episodes can be found at www.thisteenlife.com.

A book, a briefcase, and a bad movie

Liam Brown

Prowler Copy Editor We all know the saying about how too

writing game: they did some story work on 2010’s “Tron: Legacy”, which was criticized for its script and storytelling. Unfortunately, they haven’t improved. The romance between

case of “The Words,” the problem would be

Cooper and Saldana is sappy and heavy-handed; we don’t

too many subplots.

have to see them together in every scene to know that they’re in love. Irons does well in his role of an old man (seriously,

recent months, with CNN/TIME

he’s literally credited as “The Old Man”) whose story Cooper

journalist Fareed Zakaria and former

steals, but it seems his only job is to stop him in parks and

WIRED editor Jonah Lehrer both

spout poignant aphorisms that only exist for the trailer.

facing punishment for swiping someone else’s work, and “The Words”

Multiple subplots are just one of the problems that plagues an otherwise better movie; we basically hear the

makes another case for thinking twice

old man’s life story in one sitting while Cooper listens on a

before claiming others’ words. The movie

park bench. The story is told in flashbacks, but I’m always

stars Bradley Cooper as Rory Jansen, a

interested in how the listener--with no visual aid--is reacting

struggling writer hoping, as all writers do,

to such a long-winded tale, especially when he said he had to

to make it big. We see him get rejection

leave earlier. There’s also a C story involving Quaid and Wilde

letter after rejection letter, go to a meeting

as another writer and the object of his affection, respectively,

where--surprise--he gets rejected, and sits

that simply does not work, delving into an interesting but

at his computer waiting for the right words

ultimately forgettable discussion of fiction and reality.

to come. One day he stumbles across a

Hidden in Plain Sight - Dora (Zoe Saldana) sees a nice briefcase, but only Rory (Bradley Cooper) sees the novel literally hidden inside in a scene from CBS Films’ “The Words”.

Klugman and Lee Sternthal, but it’s not their first time in the

many cooks can spoil the broth. I guess in the

Plagiarism has been a hot topic in

Jonathan Wenk / With Permission

and Olivia Wilde. The film marks the directing debut of Brian

The movie does score points by not simply being “a

manuscript written by a young man in 1940s

movie about plagiarism”, by virtue of some great scoring

France, and, desperate, takes the work as

from composer Marcelo Zarvos. We can obviously compare

his own. His wife (Zoe Saldana) reads the

this film to 2011’s “Limitless”, which also starred Cooper as

work, loves it, and encourages him to take it

a down-on-his-luck writer. That film gave us a much better

to a publishing house, where it becomes an

idea of what it was like to experience his life, while this movie

instant hit.

only gives us the third-act crushing reality he shares when he

Of course, after all the fame and fortune

realizes what he’s done. (It doesn’t make us hate him, though,

comes harsh reality, and it’s here where the

which is nice.)

movie goes south.

Could “The Words” have been better? Absolutely--it

Despite being made for only $6 million,

feels more like three hours than an hour and a half. It has its

“The Words” boasts an impressive cast, which

moments, though, and it’ll definitely make you think before

also includes Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid,

you copy your seat partner’s English essay.


Sports 11

The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

IB athletes balance school and sports Sravya Singampalli and Sam Meyer

Prowler Ad Manager and Staff Writer

Hand-in-hand with being a full International Baccalaureate (IB) student is immense coursework, sleepless nights, and strenuous curriculum, not to mention all of those beloved extracurricular activities. However, many full IB students have taken their workloads even further by participating in sports on campus. They add to the rigor of their academic lives with hours of practice and exercise every day. According to full IB senior Kione Wong, who is on the girls’ varsity tennis team, homework takes about four hours a day, along with two hours of sports on practice days and four hours on match days. Clubs like Mock Trial, National Honor Society, and Interact also take up her time. Wong says that time management is a must when she has a lot of work to do. “I block out my day into hours that I dedicate for different activities,” Wong said. “And then for homework I divide that further into the time spent on each subject. Usually there’s some time to relax as well, but a full night of sleep is often sacrificed.” Stress plays a large role in Wong’s, along with her peers’,

everyday lives at high school. “It’s definitely a significant part of my life,” Wong said regarding daily stress. “I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t stressed.” Full IB senior Nicole Chernavsky, who is on the girls varsity tennis team, has some advice about dealing with stress brought on by studies. “After (sophomore) year, I looked back and realized that it’s really just your attitude,” said Chernavsky. “I try not to get too stressed about anything even though it’s in my nature because I’ve learned it doesn’t really help too much.” She also does plenty of extracurricular activities, and has a wide range of hobbies, clubs, and volunteering besides tennis and schoolwork. “I truly enjoy every extracurricular I’m involved in,” said Chernavsky. “I feel that nowadays many of my peers are doing things for college, but I do what I do because I like doing it.” When it comes to balancing school, athletics, and extracurricular activities, the International Baccalaureate student has it down. “Basically, (I) just do as much as I can whenever I have a free moment,” said Chernavsky. “My bus-handwriting has definitely improved over the years.” Full IB senior Jahaan Ansari, who is on the soccer and track

Anita Agopyan-Miu

Anita Agopyan-Miu

Kione Wong

Jahaan Ansari

teams, has plenty of motivation towards his future goals. “I want to challenge myself and be the best I can be,” said Ansari. Ansari became involved in many activities in his freshman and sophomore years because he was told that they would “’be good for college.’” “I fell in love with some of the activities and was not quite as excitied about others,” he said. Now I try to only spend my time doing things that I 100% enjoy.” College pressure seems like it’s everywhere these days, and it’s no exception for these busy students. “The biggest role college is playing for me right now is taking the time to fill out college apps,” said Chernavsky, “You could say it’s taking time out of the activities I’m involved with.” Procrastination is also a common issue for most everyone, and it’s hard to resist. “Procrastination is more apparent when I have a lot of time to get things done.” said Ansari, “I find that the busier the days (are) the more productive I am.” Ansari says that often times the few minutes prior to the start of class are the most productive for him. He says his IB motto is “If it’s not due tomorrow, it’s not done today.”

Nicole Chernavsky

Improved football team revs up for a great year Justin Buchanan and Nadia Lynn

Prowler Opinion Editor and DPS Editor

Every year, a high school sports team is reborn again, for better or for worse. It is an odd anomaly specific to high school teams due to the graduation of some players and the addition of others. This year, the varsity football team has come to reclaim the wins that previous years have lost. Itisa“different atmosphere”this year,accordingto senior Ben Okun. “It’s not about individuals this year, it’s about the team.” Austin Demaille, also a senior, points out that despite the loss of 2012 graduates, there are still 15 returning players all with “a lot more experience.” “Last year we were a young team,” he said, “we have a lot more depth now.” Of the four games played in the season thus far, two were won (vs. Buena Vista High School 33-0, and vs. Agoura High School 42-3) and the other two (vs. Thousand Oaks High School 20-17, and vs. Moorpark High School 2827) were lost by tauntingly close margins in overtime. “Losing is never easy,” Okun said of the loss against TOHS. “But it sort of brought us together and gave us some rage to channel into the next game.” The team has a long history of losing to the rival TO team, so a home game pushed into overtime really gave the crowd hope they had never had before. Watching the team play well only to lose at the very last second was devastating for players and audience alike. Yet with the sting of loss still ringing in their ears, the next game vs. AHS was a certain win, killing 42-3 with pride. “We take the age old strategy, one game at a time,” Gary Fabricas, head varsity coach, said. “That’s the way we treat it.” The following game at MHS, the only away game thus far, was all too similar to the way the TO game played out; except to make matters even worse, it was all lost by a single point. But with the homecoming game scheduled for tonight, Friday, Sept. 28, the team hopes to put the “one game at a time” strategy to the test and pull off a third win. “A lot more guys [are] committed to the team,” Okun says. “Committed to winning.”

Touchdown - The Panthers celebrate after scoring.

A near miss (above) Quarterback Ben Okun evades a would-be tackler from Moorpark High School.

Holding Strong - Ben Okun drops back to pass as the Newbury Park offensive line holds tough. The Panthers played a hard fought game but came up short in overtime.

Extreme Reaction - Hayden Exstrom cheers on the team from the sidelines after a touchdown.

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12 Sports The Prowler • Sept. 28, 2012

Panther tunnel

school spirit pays off

Alexa Hanson

Prowler Features Editor

Game Time - As the varsity football game against Agoura is about to begin, the tunnel is prepared for action. Sara Anderson / Prowler

Recently, a new addition has been spotted on campus, in the shape of a panther, sparking interest amongst football players and fans alike. What has become known as the “Panther Tunnel” made its debut this school year when the football team played Buena Vista High School. It continues to make an appearance throughout every home game. “A lot of parents were asking why we didn’t have [a tunnel] for our school as it seemed to be evoking a lot of school spirit [elsewhere],” Lisa Robinson, NPHS parent, said. Last spring, fellow parent Janet Durand approached Robinson and expressed an interest in buying a stadium tunnel, which they would later re-name the Panther Tunnel. Together, along with the help of fellow parents Amy de Maille and Renee Duarte, they were able to come up with a plan. They chose to hold a rummage sale in the school parking lot in order to raise the money needed to buy the tunnel. Initially, the school denied them the right to use the parking lot for their purpose, but Durand was unwilling to give up. She sent out an email to teams and clubs, telling them that she was in need of donations for the rummage sale and describing what their mission was. They set out on a Friday night to hold the sale and were left disappointed. “Friday night was very cold, with (fellow volunteer) Elise Moler, my daughter Paige, and myself (staying) overnight in the parking lot of the

Summer sports practices Preston Hill

Prowler Entertainment Editor

football x-country water polo With the new academic year starting up, students come to school ready for a new year in the classroom. However, at Panther Stadium, the Newbury Park High School football team has been preparing for the new season over the summer. Head varsity coach Gary Fabricius highlighted a key group of players that were focused over the summer. “We had a good group of guys that were not looking for excuses, they got there, they went to the weight room so from that standpoint it was good.” The football team’s training consisted of weightlifting four days a week as well as practices four days a week for an hour and a half each practice. The Panthers competed in four passing tournaments as well as numerous scrimmages with other schools. After much work put in from the Panther football team as well as the coaching staff, Coach Fabricius would argue that this summer was a success. “We introduced what we wanted to our players.”

In the Marmonte League, if you don’t train over the summer, you will be left behind when the season starts. “We trained six days a week for ten weeks for an average of an hour and a half to two hours a day,” said cross-country coach Marty Maciel on his training regimen. Training for cross-country depends on the runner. Typically, those who are new to the sport or younger will run less than those who train on the varsity team. “We were running probably on an average of 45 miles per week.” said Maciel. In such a competitive league, it is hard to measure how successful a summer was because no one knows how the training will take effect in the season. “We are going to find out (of the success of the summer training ),” said Maciel “If you don’t run in the summer then you are not going to be successful in our league.”

Water polo undergoes some of the most unique summer training for the fall season. With practices in both the water and on land, polo players are brought into shape by doing workouts. Sophomore Bryce Wallgard described the polo workouts during Hell Week, which were held for two hours a day, twice a day. When the water polo team was not doing Hell Week workouts, summer practices were two hours a day every day. Along with practice, the Panthers would scrimmage teams to hone in their new found skills. Along with the skills gained in the pool, players would also partake in dry-land practices. “We did all kinds of exercises: from running, to pullups, to swimming.” said Wallgard. Although water polo undergoes a tough summer, the payoff is greater experience in games and the players get into better physical condition. “I would consider (the summer season) a success; we got in great shape.” said Wallgard. Hopefully the Panthers’ work in the summer will pay off when the regular season comes.

school. It was disheartening,” Durand said. Then, the unexpected happened. A set of headlights turned into the parking lot. A girlstepped out of the car and informed them that she was from the girl’s soccer team. “That was all the energy we needed. The message had been sent out,” Durand said. Suddenly, more cars started to arrive. They included people from baseball, track and field, soccer, cheer, football and band. Surprisingly, one family came from the Newbury Park Track Club, who had learned about the need for donations from their friends. Altogether, the rummage sale made $700. “The word community means, “come unite,” and that they did,” Durand said. Overall, it was supported by families who wanted the Panther Tunnel for the entire student body and not primarily for football. The remaining balance for the tunnel was eventually paid off through a series of fundraisers and generous donations. With that out of the way, they were finally capable of placing their order, although their time was running out. “We really wanted it to be here for our first football game,” Robinson said. Thankfully, they were able to do just that. Since then, the Panther Tunnel has served the football team and is there for other sports teams and clubs to utilize as well. It has had a positive impact on the football players, allowing them to huddle up in the tunnel and get pumped up for the game. Then, they run out of the tunnel and onto the field, as they are surrounded by fog. “It’s very exciting. They look like a team coming out of that tunnel and it gets the fans screaming,” Katie Nichols, senior, said.


September 28, 2012