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Newbury Park High School | Friday OCt. 15, 2010 | issue two | 456 N. Reino RD. Newbury Park, CA 91320

Administration makes plans for randomized drug testing Justine Sizemore

Prowler Staff Writer

partnership with families.” “From the people I’ve spoken to in the community, most adults think it’s a good idea,” Caulfield said. “Most students don’t have a problem [with drugs], so they won’t have a problem with being tested.” Although one of the main reasons the new drug test program is being considered is parental requests for a stricter drug policy, the administration understands that there may be some resistance. “It’s a fine line between rights and protection,” Ted Warfield, yearbook adviser, said. “I think there’s a significant portion of our school that is strongly antidrug, but [tests are] also perceived as an advancement on personal rights. Warfield hopes that these tests will be seen in a protective meausre rather than a punishment. “I’m sure there will be a minority that won’t want to participate, but you get that with anything,” Mike Purnell, School Resource Officer Deputy Sheriff, said. Some teachers are also concerned about the matter of privacy in relation to the

School administration met in the cafeteria on Oct. 6 to discuss the potential random drug testing of students within the next year. “We have talked about the possibility of having a non-punitive random drug test program,” Athol Wong, principal, said. Drug tests, which will most likely involve testing one’s urine, would be unannounced, with a timeline unknown even to the school administration. Testing would be carried out by a third party company, unrelated to the school. For this reason, Wong said these tests “could be done in the middle of a class,” although she does not think there will be interferences if a student is taking a test or giving a presentation. The constant threat of being caught is meant to discourage students from taking drugs. However, an exact policy for this new program has not yet been established. “It’s in the early stages. Sam Morgan / Prowler There’s lots of talk and there’s lots of controversy,” Lorena A student is handed a standard drug test consisting of a urine sample cup and a screening device in the form of a test card, which Caulfield, health and sports is dipped into the urine to detect traces of the most common substances that are abused, such as cocaine and marijuana. medicine teacher, said. Nonetheless, the school administration does have a general be offered on a completely voluntary basis. However, students drug testing process. idea of how it plans to deal with an individual drug problem. could be required to get such slips signed in order to participate “The parents in this community do utilize drug testing on Parents will be informed, but no detentions, suspensions, or in sports teams, to travel with activities while representing the their own children,” Hodson-Burt said. “So, there are some expulsions will be given unless the student is in posession of school, or to purchase parking permits. privacy issues here that belong in the family.” drugs or under the influence. The expense for this program will be $10-30 per test. These teachers fear that if students struggling with a drug “If [the students] are caught with drugs on campus, I can “We have applied for a grant [of ] $7,000, which would addiction are exposed before their peers, the situation will be understand that being punitive,” Marc Lion, English teacher, fund at least the first year,” Wong said. “[However,] we won’t worsened rather than improved. said. “[However,] if a student tests positive, it is not necessarily know for about a month if the grant will be awarded to us, and However, administrators believe options could be the school’s responsibility to punish. It is the school’s we applied contingent upon school board approval.” established that would keep results private between the responsibility to inform [and] let the parents do what they The fact that all tests are to be conducted randomly has led principal and the family. want.” to conflicting opinions among the faculty. “[Drug abuse] is a personal problem, but when magnified The only consequence Wong said students could potentially “As long as it is randomized, I think it is fair,” Lion said. On it becomes a social problem,” Lion said. Wong said that in the face is exclusion from any school-sponsored sports or the other hand, International Baccalaureate English teacher time she has been principal, at least one student has been lost extracurricular activites. Conversely, Nick Colangelo, School Christine Hodson-Burt fears the randomness of tests may to drug or alcohol abuse each year. to Career Coordinator, is not in complete agreement with the prove to be an obstacle. Data collected every two years by the Conejo Valley administration in this area. “I’m concerned students who are not using drugs may be Unified School District confirms that drugs are an increasingly “As long as [the program is] non-punitive and confidential, stigmatized just by having been [randomly] tested,” she said. prominent problem in local high schools. In addition, [and] used as a means to provide education, such as meditation Implementation of a program would likely begin with suspensions for being under the influence and for possessing and stress management, I will support it,” he said. “[A student surveys, followed by the development of an exact policy and illegal paraphernalia have increased. who tests positive] should be offered resources – experienced testing procedures that would have to be approved by the Board The administration hopes that this new program will serve mentors or counselors – to help balance his or her life in a of Education. It is suspected that the process will probably take as a motivator for students to make wise, healthy life choices. healthier manner.” a year to complete. “When someone is living a life of love and meaning,” Permission slips will be made available to parents who The administration hopes to receive both parental and Colangelo said, “the desire to escape or experiment with drugs want their children included for possible testing and would student support, as Wong wants the new program to work “in and alcohol diminishes significantly.”

News 2 The Prowler • Oct. 15, 2010

News in Brief • Noticias en Breve Norma Hutchinson

Prowler Sports Editor

Interact Club collects used cell phones for HopeLine HopeLine, the schoolwide collection of cellular phones, was introduced by Interact Club and sponsored by Verizon. Cellular devices and parts were collected in any state, and the proceeds were donated to support victims of domestic violence.

Students borrow dresses at the school-wide dress swap

Llamada de esperanza, la recolección escolar de teléfonos celulares, fue oganizada por el club de Interact y patrocinado por Verizon. Teléfonos celulares y sus partes fueron recolectadas en cualquier estado, y estas ganancias fueron luego donadas a victimas de violencia doméstica.

Students construct houses with Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity, an event organized by Interact Club, took place Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students helped dig trenches in order to place pipes connected to the house in addition to putting up a dry wall. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit nationwide organization which helps house thousands of families each year.

Hábitat para la Humanidad, un evento organizado por el club de Interact, se llevó a cabo el 2 de octubre desde las 8 a.m. hasta las 2 p.m. Los estudiantes ayudaron con la excavación necesaria para colocar las tuberías de una casa y a construir una pared seca. Hábitat para la Humanidad es una organización sin fines de lucro a nivel nacional que ayuda a miles de familias cada año a encontrar un hogar.

After school on Oct. 5, students were able to visit the faculty cafeteria in order to select and borrow a homecoming dress. Kelly Mason and Chris Okun, both parents and members of the Parent Faculty Association (PFA), were in charge of the event. Donations are being accepted after homecoming in order to put this same event in place again for prom dresses later on in the year. El 5 de octubre después de la escuela, estudiantes tuvieron la oportunidad de visitar la cafetería de los maestros con el fin de seleccionar y pedir prestado un vestido para el baile de “homecoming”. Kelly Mason y Chris Okun, ambas miembras de la Asociación de Padres de Familia (APF), estuvieron a cargo del evento. Donaciones estan siendo aceptadas hasta después del baile con el fin de organizar este evento de nuevo más adelante en el año para el baile de “prom”.

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Kaleigh Sherman, senior, tries on homecoming dresses in the faculty cafeteria.

Changes in counseling affect underclassmen Kavya Singampalli

Prowler Enterntainment Editor

The counseling department and administration have reallocated underclassmen to counselors strictly based on last names, causing some students to be assigned to a new counselor. “We needed to reallocate students to balance the caseload,” Kris Swavely, counselor, said. However, these changes were only applied to the freshman and sophomore classes as to maintain the relationships upperclassmen have built up with their counselor. “We don’t want to lose the relationship we have established,” Swavely said. “It is very difficult, if not impossible, to write letters of recommendation without knowing the student.” Natalie Dolbin, sophomore, believes changing counselors will be difficult. “After a year you have created, even in the smallest of ways, a relationship with your counselor and it can be frustrating to start over with another one,” she said. The counselors are also dividing up the Special Education and 504 students based on the alphabet to allow all the

counselors to become familiar with the different aspects the job entails. The new counseling assignments for underclassmen are Richard Intlekofer for students with last names starting with A-C, Chuck Severns for students D-He, Lesley Drossin for students Hi-Mc, Jose Ireta for students Me-Sa, and Kris Swavely for students Sc-Z. Previously, Drossin was responsible for all 504 students and Swavely was responsible for all students with special needs, regardless of their last names. Ireta, being bilingual, will still be assisting the English Language Learners. Kaleigh Sherman, senior, believes that reallocating students will make scheduling less hectic, since some counselors were busier than others during scheduling. “But I’m glad that seniors keep their counselors, because we’ve had ours for so long that we basically know them by now, and our class isn’t as big as some of the newer classes so it doesn’t matter as much,” she said. “It’s hard,” Swavely said regarding the changes. “Change is always hard but it is ultimately for the best. It just takes time for people to adjust.”

Opinion 3 The Prowler • Oct. 15, 2010


Checking for drugs on campus The administration staff at our school feel the need to start performing random drug checks.

In an effort to alleviate the school’s drug problem, administrators have been taking steps toward introducing a new program to the school’s drug control system: random inschool drug testing. As many would probably guess, this has not sat very well with the student body. Not only is there the controversy that the drug tests may illegally infringe upon students’ privacy (opponents of school drug testing claim that the testing counts as unreasonable “search and seizure,” which violates the Fourth Amendment), but there is also the possibility that the system itself will do more harm than good. Without a doubt, on-campus drug testing will thoroughly interrupt the educational process. Students will be pulled out in the middle of class, and when this happens, commotion will inevitably follow. Why are we so sure? It’s nearly fact that the majority of highschoolers score quite poorly on the maturity scale. So if a group of students see a fellow classmate being escorted out of class by a somber-looking drug test administrator, they will automatically drop anything remotely academic and begin to gossip with each other, thinking up all kinds of crazy situations. And then, from there, rumors will spread and, ultimately, the student’s reputation will suffer, regardless if his test came out positive or not. Issues with drugs are meant to be dealt with mainly at home; by incorporating random drug tests during class, the school is essentially stepping into parents’ territory. By having these tests on campus, the school will be bringing students’ private affairs along too. And, really, high school is the last place teenagers need to have their business broadcasted around. There is another crucial aspect of on-campus drug testing to consider. Students aren’t going to let themselves be incriminated; those who have a reason to not want to get tested won’t be sitting around twiddling their thumbs while they wait for an administrator to come get them. Plainly put, these students are going to opt out and skip school entirely. The fact of the matter is that random in-school drug testing won’t teach kids to stop doing drugs – it will only teach them to cut their classes and to stay as far away from school as humanly possible. Randomly drug testing students is simply not the way to go.

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Students fear being absent from school Maia Laabs

Prowler Sports Editor

Embedded within almost every instance of absence is the irony of the underlying culprit. Each rotation of this vicious cycle begins with the necessary evil known as homework that most teachers, especially in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes, enjoy inflicting upon their students. If you can identify with those of us most dedicated or most intent on getting into a good college, you understand the concept of being eaten alive by homework. You stay up all night working and studying, probably skipping meals to save time, which compromises your immune system. Then, when that season rolls around, you’re the most susceptible to every virus that decides to infect the student population of Newbury Park High. Because you’re in these rigorous classes, the class time that you’re missing is like missing an episode of Glee; you don’t understand anything until you’ve caught up, and now you have even less time to find out if so-and-so and so-and-so got together before someone else ruins it for you. Now you’re really behind, because life doesn’t stop and teachers don’t slow down due to the fact that someone gets sick. When you are sick, (and I mean seriously sick, not just the phony cough that we all used at age seven), there’s little you can do to help being absent. Teachers don’t want your contagious body infecting them and the rest of the class any more than you want to be in there suffering and trying to keep your congested head attentive through the 90-minute lesson. And yet, when you walk in the next day and try explaining to them that you were absent and need the make-up work, they give you that exasperated expression followed by a frustrated sigh that just screams, “you so weren’t sick,” and tell you to ask a classmate.

So in addition to the hours you’ll spend making up the work while waiting for your immune system to recover, your teachers now have a lower opinion of you and your study habits. If that’s not bad enough, you’ll then have to ask them to sacrifice one of their precious lunch periods or an hour of sleep in the morning to fit in you and your rescheduled test. Let me know how that blows over. There are, of course, other legitimate reasons for being absent. Family issues, for instance, are acceptable in several cases. It’s not your fault that your great grandmother is in the hospital dying of cancer and that this might be the last time you’ll ever see her. And appointments – well, what can you do? Lots of places just so inconveniently close around 2:30 p.m. so you can’t make it there after the bell rings. The most irritating reasons for absences are field trips and sports away games, because the school approves and sponsors them. Even so, you will once again receive that “Off with your head!” glare when you politely ask a teacher to autograph your blue slip, or a grudging “good luck” that will haunt you throughout your game. It just serves as a reminder that no involved student goes unpunished. Inexcusable reasons for being absent are the obvious – playing hooky. With the make up work at stake, there is little fun you can have on any given weekday that can’t be saved for a Saturday afternoon. Another common excuse I hear so often is “I’m tired.” Well, we all are. Welcome to life. Suck it up. In any case, absences are essentially inevitable. Missing school sucks even more now that the fun of faking a cold so you can stay in your pajamas, watch cartoons, and eat Lucky Charms all day is in the past. Now, you can either be miserable at home trying to finish your work or drag your disease-ridden corpse to school and do the same.

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Moshing is a danger to your health and those around you Beth Ellis

Prowler Features Editor

The abnormalities of human nature usually keep me curious for about a solid minute, and then I simply lose interest and move on with my life. However, folks, today is different. Today I am baffled; my mind is being boggled at the occurrence of such things called ‘mosh pits.’ I am willing to admit that I thought a ‘mosh pit’ was a rather HUGE group of people jumping and pushing each other while listening to a band, that they so incessantly love, at a concert. Little did I know I was completely and utterly wrong! You may call me naïve, but I am not one of those weak souls to be swayed by such meaningless words. For those of you who pretend to know, but in fact are second-guessing yourselves at this exact moment, I will explain.

Here is my direct definition: mosh pit - noun: a group of about 5-10 psychotic people (usually boys) who throw their arms wildly around themselves to try and look “cool,” but end up looking mental instead. Here I shall pose my question: What in the heck is the point of this? Readers, I will tell you the point…THERE IS NONE! The only things accomplished by “moshing” are bloody noses and broken limbs. I mean come on people, do these crazies think they are dancing? Is this the new trend? To slow, soft music, you dance in a lyrical fashion, to rap music you go all out in hip hop, and now at concerts your way of “dancing” is moshing? If so, these moshers seriously need to find the coordination book for dummies before one of them kills themselves. Can we say accidental suicide? Could it possibly be that they are doing this because these people

are so angry at the world for their messed up lives that this is the only logical way to exert all their energy? Nah, it’s probably all the booze and drugs making them loopy. I did learn two important lessons firsthand. First, never use drugs and drink heavily or else you might turn into a less green version of the Hulk. Second, I’m glad we have the ‘no moshing’ rule for homecoming. If I saw a mosh pit erupt, I would just stand there and shake my head with disdain at the stupidity surrounding me. Not only would it be the most unintelligible act, but also completely outdated since I am almost positive the Egyptians on the Nile did not “mosh.” But even though it is stupid, dangerous, and done by future institutionalized members, moshing is almost crazy enough to try one day. Maybe I’ll put it on my bucket list … just maybe.

Segregation will not stop fights Nadia Lynn

Prowler News Editor

Ah, a Friday night football game, the climax of my week. But the game against Thousand Oaks disappointed me, after I was escorted from the TO side simply because my friend was sporting a Newbury Park Panthers tee. Four seemingly innocent girls walk to ‘the wrong side of the tracks.’ Scary, right? We were venturing into Lancer territory. We just wanted to see what the difference was, and maybe even flirt with a few guys, no harm done! Yet exploration farther than the Snack Shack was guiltlessly taken from us by a bunch of intimidating security guards wearing bright blue shirts, each with the unmistakable word “Security” written in big, white letters on the back. They spotted the similarly unmistakable words “Newbury Park Panthers” on my friend’s shirt, and moments later, the “Security”shirted people were ushering the “Newbury Park Panther”-shirted girls back to where they came from. Remember those years when the school encouraged bonds with other

schools? They would create extracurricular activities that required bonding with other people, just so that we’d make new friends and be “a friend to all.” All those times they told us, “Try sitting with someone new,” or “be kind to everyone,” I mean, they would even spend time making sure we weren’t in a group with our friends under the pretense of having us make new friends. What happened to those staffs? The ones that encouraged camaraderie with other schools? Now, when I am finally complying, I get escorted out of the very place that we were urged to go to before. It’s like having a rug pulled out from under your feet – they tempt you onto it with their constant prodding and persuading, but the minute you put your foot on that little carpet, the whole thing is tugged out from underneath you, leaving you broken and tangled in a mess of your own confusion. My confusion only increased when I saw a cute high school couple, each from opposite schools. So sweet, just holding hands and walking on the pathway towards the green-hole. The girl, wearing a bright

yellow t-shirt, and the guy wearing a green one, didn’t even see the security guards who would instantly be on their case in a few short steps. Of course, I understand the school staff ’s fear of a fight breaking out, and if any of them saw the brutality of the many comments written on Facebook pages like, “Thousand Oaks vs. Pooberry” and “Thousand Jokes vs. Newbury,” the game probably would have been canceled in an instant as an effort to recreate a companionship between the schools. But do they really think that four sophomore girls are just begging to pick a fight with one of the TO kids? Yet once we were beaten back to the larger NP crowd, guess who we ran into? Some green-hole kids sitting in our stands cheering for their team! I mean really? We can’t even get close to their stands, yet here they are hogging up the limited space we have in ours. But that’s the thing; it’s not them that really bother me. It’s just the unfairness of TO being allowed on our side while us NP students are unable to even walk toward their nearly deserted stands.

The English novels we read shouldn’t be older then we are Rachel Cross

Prowler Staff Writer

English classes should assign more current and relatable novels for students to read for the class. Students in English classes now are reading books such as Of Mice and Men, published in 1973 and Lord of the Flies, published in 1954. Books that were published so many years ago are harder for students of our generation to relate to. The books we are told to read are a drag for most students, even those who enjoy reading. The way they are written is different from the way we speak today: and because of this, there is

a huge difference in lifestyles from the mid 1900s to today. When I go to a book store, I pick out the books that I’m interested in reading. Then, because I want to read the book, I enjoy reading it. With books that I am assigned to read, I’m usually not interested because the topics are hard for me to relate to, and it no longer becomes a joy for me to read the book. Not only does this take the fun out of reading, but it also makes it harder to do well on the class work and tests for the book. Although the books are classics, there are still current books that are very popular. Just simply having more current books to chose from

and maybe having a vote in the class for which book to read could make reading assigned books more enjoyable. We would still be able to learn the same factors of reading and writing with new books. All books have the material we learn about such as theme, plot, imagery, and symbolism. Having more current books could also get more students to start reading if they don’t already. It could allow students to become more active in their English classes when it comes to book work and discussions. Reading would be more pleasurable for students if having more current books assigned was an option.

Why are we the only ones who have to take tests to assess our skills and knowledge? Emily Jones

Prowler Features Editor It’s 9 p.m. on a Sunday night. I am in the midst of doing my homework when a sudden realization comes to mind: I have a test tomorrow. I think to myself, “One test. Okay, that’s manageable.” I continue with my homework, moving from World War I to water potential. “Wait, I am pretty sure I have a test on this stuff this week. Oh, and I doubt making flashcards that say ‘calzoncillos’ was assigned solely to take up time between school and soccer practice.” So, wait…how many tests this week? My last question before I head off toward that menacing pile of books is this: When do teachers take tests? As a student, I am dependent upon my teachers’ knowledge. What they say is what I believe because that is how most students have been brought up. Even when I am a little skeptical of what a teacher is saying, I have to trust their word because I don’t want to get number 27 wrong on the test next week. Due to this blind trust that we students place in our teachers, I believe that teachers should be regularly tested on their subject of education to determine if they are consistently able to teach the subject properly. I am not, by any means, attempting to provoke a rebellion against the teaching staff at NPHS. Teachers are extremely crucial because they supply the future citizens of the world with important skills, and this exact point is the reason why I believe teachers should be tested on their subject(s) halfway through each school year, as well as at the end of each year. It’s equivalent to the justification that universities give for wanting students to take tests throughout high school and earn a grade in each class; no one wants the upcoming citizens of our world to be less knowledgeable than the current citizens of our world. Steve Johnson, U.S. and 20th Century World History teacher, enlightened me about the reality of this situation. Teachers are no longer required to fill out forms to update their teaching credentials via mail. The office that collected these documents to reinstate a teacher’s credentials was eliminated due to the state of California’s budget cuts. In order to save money, the process of validating one’s teaching credentials in now done online. Before a teacher is allowed to teach a subject they are required to show proof of teaching credentials or take an examination in their subject of teaching to prove they are well-equipped. Yet, if they pass this test or show teaching credentials, they will never be required to be tested in this subject again. I feel that documentation of the hours spent teaching and learning about one’s subject does not fully encompass the strength of a person’s knowledge. I recognize that if there is no money to be spent on the current form of renewing teaching credentials that there is probably no money to be spent on giving tests to all teachers. In order to compensate for this I say, once again, embrace the modern age of technology. Just put it online and the teachers can be tested through the computer rather than wasting money to mail test papers. Yes, I know many teachers may feel offended by this, but there is no harm if you know the material, right? I know that a majority of teachers don’t need to be tested, but I am also positive some do. Overall, if students are being tested on what teachers are telling them, teachers should be tested too.

For The Record... In the September 24th issue of The Prowler, Steve Johnson was referred to as Steven on the front page. On page 10 Cori Maass and Katie Guara’s names were misspelled. Claudia Melgar was called Caudia on page 11, and on page 12, Genevieve Ireland was said to have been nominated for the National Women’s team rather than the 2016 Olympic team.

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The Prowler • Oct. 15, 2010

Lend a helping hand

John Dichirico and Kavya Singampalli

Prowler Staff Writer and Prowler Entertainment Editor

Club Day took place on Oct. 8 and featured 15 new student-organized clubs, ranging from Students for Solar Schools to the Jedi Club. The process for starting a club begins with completing a constitution that can be found in the Activities Office. Club proposals then must be approved by Kathy Barker, activities director, as well as a faculty adviser, the Associated Student Government, and Karla Villavicencio, Dean of Students. The clubs must fill out a new constitution each year. Many clubs have started in support of community service organizations. “I think there are more clubs this year that support statewide and nationwide causes,” Barker said. ASG, according to Barker, is the “umbrella” above all the clubs, as it helps the clubs fundraise and supports them financially. Barker suggests advertising, fundraising, external support, and having many members in order to sustain a club. Club Day was a way for various clubs to fundraise for this year and recruit new members.

Right: Nick Sweetman, junior, buys cotton candy from the Fikisha Club on Club Day.

The Fikisha Club was started this year to adopt an orphaned student in Kenya. The club has raised approximately $200 so far to help pay school tuition for the child and send him care packages. “Our club is supporting a non-profit organization [started] in Orange County,” Abby Schneider, president, said. “‘Fikisha’ in Swahili means to enable change, and we want the child to know that there are people who love and support him.” According to Schneider, the Fikisha Club hopes to raise money to send letters and collect meals and school supplies with the “main goal [of ] taking kids off the street.” The club has yet to reach its monetary goal, but it has been actively collecting school supplies for the child. The club gets its money from donations and small fundraisers. The members will also participate in volunteering events to set an example for the children in Africa. “As their Fikisha family, we also want to emphasize that we [volunteer locally] as well,” Schneider said. “It sounded like a really great cause,” Rita Likovich, vice president, said. “[It] feels like I’m making a difference and helping [the] people who can’t do that for themselves.”

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The FHA Hero Club was created to teach students necessary leadership skills, such as speech and teamwork. Since it was founded, the club has grown to include over 172 students. “[FHA] used to [stand for] Future Homemakers of America,” Madison Carr, sophomore, said. Though the acronym is no longer active, the club decided that it did not want to change its original name. “We are the Newbury Park High School chapter,” Carr said. Newbury Park is part of Region Nine, one of the ten regions in California, all of which have annual meetings. Every year representatives from each of the ten regions meet to discuss financial reports, as well as culinary and hospitality ideas. Carr represents Region Nine in these meetings. The representatives also go to various workshops where they learn how to improve efficiency in the home and community. Similar meetings take place within each region in order to exchange ideas. “It’s a career technical organization,” Carr said. “It’s really fun and you get to meet new people.”

Right: Malina Munshi, junior, explains the Greater Contribution Club’s purpose as Eugene Ruddy, junior, signs up.

“Instead of giving people fish, we’re teaching people how to fish,” Malina Munshi, president of Greater Contribution Club, said. The club was started this year in order to provide microloans to women in Africa and allow them to start businesses. Munshi believes this “is an awesome way to give.” She wanted to create the club when she saw a presentation about the lives of women in Africa. “I thought we could really help out,” Munshi said. “We wanted to support the women because the women [in Africa] are the ones who support the families,” Leslie Yeh, vicepresident said. “With the money we give, they can expand their company and not have to live in poverty.” The club raises money to loan to women in Uganda in $50 increments, which they use to start small local businesses, such as selling produce or establishing a hair salon. With the money earned, the women can buy necessary supplies and send their children to school. The main goal of the club for this year is to fundraise and raise as much money as possible. “We want to raise awareness because it’s a small organization and we want to support as many woman as we can,” Yeh said.


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“It’s interesting how people from different cultures view things,” Joel Canacoo, senior, said. “It broadens your scope on the world.” Four years ago, Canacoo and his family moved from Ghana, Africa to Newbury Park in pursuit of new opportunities. “My parents... basically dropped everything and moved here so my brother and I could get a better education and live a better life,” he said. Canacoo is one of several NPHS students whose global perspectives enhance the diversity of the school. Having gone to school in both Ghana and the United States, Canacoo notes the

differences between the two. At his old school in Ghana, teachers moved from class to class, and students were required to maintain the classrooms and sweep the floors before the teachers arrived. “Discipline was also much more harsh than here,” he said. “If the classroom wasn’t clean, we were punished.” One major advantage Canacoo found in the American school system was the implementation of technology into the learning experience. According to him, easy access to computers and other resources enhances the effectiveness of the education he is receiving at NPHS. In regard to diversity, Canacoo said that his

old school was an ethnically homogeneous array, though religious differences were common and widely accepted. Although he does want to initiate small projects that will improve the quality of education in his home country, Canacoo ultimately wishes to stay in America. He plans to attend college in the United States, and is currently feeling the stress of the application process. “Competing to get into the best colleges is really hard,” he said. “I feel like I was just thrown into a deep end, and I had to figure it out myself.” Besides academic hardships to overcome, this international transition was especially difficult because, until just recently, he was unable to

contact his old friends. “It’s kind of hard switching over once you’ve made so many good childhood friends,” Canacoo said. However, the advent of social networking and the introduction of Facebook to Ghana has allowed him to reconnect with old friends over the past year. Like Canacoo, freshman Amy Li moved from Shenzhen, China to the United States for educational reasons. Since first grade, Li has been learning the English language but has only recently experienced full immersion into American culture when she became a Panther at the beginning of this school year. Li especially enjoys the privilege of choosing


•originally from Ghana, Africa. • “Society plays a huge impact on the way you see things here. Most people see things from a Republican point of view, a democratic point of view, they don’t just see the big picture of how it’s helping everyone.”

her own classes, something that students could not do at her previous school in China. There, school lasted from 7:50 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the classroom teaching style was significantly different. At this school, Li has come to appreciate her new friends, “the blue sky and the stars at night,” as well as all of the various activities and clubs offered on campus. Though she plans to visit China often, she intends to attend college in the United States. “I think different people will diversify our school and make it better,” Li said, adding that she is proud to be a part of such a good school. Senior Tej Patel had a different experience in his move from London, United Kingdom to the United States in 2007, which was initiated by a

parent’s acceptance of a job offering at Amgen. The school he attended in London before moving here was, as he described it, an all-male “uptight private British school,” consisting of 600 students. He values the diversity factor of NPHS because “everyone’s okay with it. In England you had to conform.” Patel’s top desire is to attend pre-medical school at University of California at Los Angeles, though his family wants him to go back to the UK. Similarily, Vitor Faroni moved from South America to the United States because of a job perspective. “My dad got a job offer in the United States

and decided to come here because the job offered a higher salary than his job in Brazil,” the junior said. Although he moved here when he was \ 3 and never attended school in Brazil, Faroni believed that the education there was much more straightforward. “Education in Brazil is a lot less busy work,” he said. ”The students get out at lunch but there are more school days in the year.” Jennifer Suarez, junior, thinks her move from Jalisco, Mexico to Newbury Park was a bittersweet experience. “I miss my friends, my family, mostly everything,” Suarez admitted, “[but] there is a better life here.”

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Prowler Opinion Editor

1. What is Snooki’s real first name? H: Nicole D: Nicole Yes, Snooki’s real name is Nicole. Score is 1-1. 2. Glee just had its 75th song on the billboard top 100 beating which band’s previous record of 71 songs? H: The Beatles D: The Beatles Again you are both correct, The Beatles held the former record. Score is 2-2. 3. How many classrooms are there on campus including the portables? H: 128, no 77 D: Let me think its like 33 in each building....112? Close but there are actually 101 rooms on campus excluding workrooms and athletics. The score remains 2-2.




Emily Dellentash, Associated Student Government president, and Jennifer Halpert, ASG adviser, face off in a grand battle.

4. What song by Queen is considered to be the greatest driving song of all time? H: Bohemian Rhapsody. They are my favorite band, have you seen “Wayne’s World”? D: I don’t know what song he writes. Though Bohemian Rhapsody is a great song, the greatest driving song is actually Don’t Stop Me Now.

7. Who are the founders of Google? H: I don’t actually know that one...I do know the founders of Apple. D: Google, Googler, and Yugo Google. Hmm, nice try, Dellentash. The actual founders of Google are Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Dellentash is trailing 4-3. 8. Who was the last king of England? H: Charles, no, that was her husband... actually, George, always go George. D: Gotta think about it. King William is my favorite name. The point goes to Dellentash; King William III was indeed the last king of England. Score is 4-4. 9. Daniel Tosh is the host of what popular television show on comedy central? H: Tosh.0 D: Tosh.0 Correct, Daniel Tosh hosts Tosh.0 on Comedy Central, leaving the score tied 5-5. Who will get the next question correct to win it all? Oh, the suspense! 10. Entomologists are scientists who study what? H: Butterflies, bugs are a type of butterfly... D: Bears. Halpert takes the final point. Entomologists study bugs... and butterflies are actually a type of bug. Looks like Halpert wins!

5. Which historical figure is celebrated on the fifth of November? H: Guy Fawkes. It’s from V for Vendetta D: Is this some, like, history question? But like, Miley Cyrus is a historical figure... Napoleon! I’ve never seen Miley Cyrus in a history book...Halpert is correct, Guy Fawkes is celebrated on the fifth of November. Halpert is up 3-2.

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6. What day of the week does Halloween fall on this year? H: Sunday. D: Sunday. What’s up? Halloween does fall on a Sunday this year... unfortunately Halpert is still in the lead by one point with a score of 4-3.

Another set of pom-poms shoot into the sky, an extra set of voices raise in unison to chant, and a little bit of sparkle is added to the school as the Special Education girls become part of the cheerleading squad. “We want to help the Special Ed students feel more involved in the school,” Jill Jennings, varsity cheerleader, said. “We want them to take pride in being a Panther just as much as the rest of us.” Kara Vitt and Debbie Hanna, varsity cheerleading representatives, were inspired by a nation-wide program called The Sparkle Effect. “Kara first heard about the idea for the program from a family member back in Iowa,” Hanna said. A high school cheerleading program in Bettendorf, Iowa first initiated The Sparkle Effect when they began integrating Special Education students to the squad. “The girls there created a

program that could be duplicated at other schools,” Hanna said. “We thought this would be beneficial for anyone who wanted to participate, cheerleaders and Special Ed students alike.” A majority of the cheerleaders also show their enthusiasm for The Sparkles Club, hoping it will benefit the Special Education students and the student body as a whole. “I think that The Sparkles [Effect] program will give some Special Education girls skills that will be useful later in life such as leadership and confidence,” Danica O’Malley, varsity cheerleader, said. Currently, the paperwork is being completed for the formation of the Sparkles Club, and seven student applications have been submitted. The administration, Special Education teachers Brenda Sampson and Annie Alvarez, and the Director of Special Education Margaret Saleh have all showed their support towards the program. “I think it’s fabulous that the

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typical cheerleader wants to engage students with disabilities,” Sampson said. Many cheerleaders are excited for this program. “My personal reaction, along with [that of ] all the girls who are part of this program, [was] so excited to start this! We have really big hopes for this program and are all super committed,” Jennings said. Initially, it was planned that the Sparkle Club squad would perform in a portion of select freshman football games, however, “the startup is taking a little longer than we anticipated, so it is looking more like actual performing will begin during basketball season,” Hanna said. The Club will meet twice a week after school with only a small group of current cheerleaders who wish to volunteer and be involved, leading the practice. “Our goal is to promote more unity within our school between all students,” Kimberly Vo, varsity cheerleader said.

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helping choir get closer to New York, one plate at a time Rachel Cross

Prowler Staff Writer

Spaghetti dinner night, organized by the parent booster club of the Women’s Ensemble and concert choir, took place in the cafeteria on Oct. 8. The proceeds from the event will be used to reduce the cost of attending the 2011 Heritage festival in March. Although the Heritage Festival, which includes a competition between various choirs, occurs every year, this is the first time choir attempted a fundraiser on such a large scale. According to John Sargent, choral music director, there is a high possibility that spaghetti night could become an annual event due to its success. Members of choir agree that the parental booster organization was crucial to the success of the spaghetti dinner night. “The parents got together twice a week over the summer and every week in September to prepare for the fundraiser,” Sargent said. This preparation led to an event that included food, a silent auction, 50- 50 drawing, karaoke, and other entertainment provided by both the concert choir and the Women’s Ensemble. Booster club members prepared the food, wrote letters requesting donations, set up the karaoke station, collected tickets, and packaged the baskets to be auctioned. “We had very exclusive items

[up for auction] and the whole community was invited,” Sargent said. Expectations were high. “I expected [the event] to be a lot of fun, [with] a lot of singing and a lot of laughs,” Zitlaly “Z” Nez, sophomore and member of the concert choir said. Other participants agreed. “[Spaghetti night] was really fun. I got to hang out with friends and eat spaghetti which I love, and the food was really good!” Kaitlyn Brooks, sophomore, said. At the beginning of the evening, a crowd of students, their families and faculty formed a line outside the doors of the cafeteria, waiting for spaghetti, bread, salad and drinks. They were entertained throughout the night by karaoke performances. Once guests had their hands stamped at the door, they were free to view the art pieces for sale as well as the silent auction prizes, which ranged from makeup and lotions to tutoring and music classes. While guests socialized over platters of spaghetti, the members of both choirs and the parent booster club made frequent announcements to remind the guests of the silent auction and other activities that helped to raise money for the trip to New York City. Although Sargent estimates that spaghetti night raised several thousand dollars, the money earned from the tickets, auction, raffle, and baked goods has not been formally totaled.

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When the final bell for second period rings at 8:15 a.m., one senior is still fast asleep. However, Brittany Gandy is not sick or even ditching class. In fact, this is an average school day for her. Gandy is one of a small group of students enrolled in high school classes through the independent study program. These students only come to school a few times a week in order to turn in and receive assignments, take tests, and get assistance with the topics that they are confused about. The rest of their education is based upon their effort. Some students, like Gandy, choose to pursue this option in order to make room in their schedules for potential careers.

“I left for acting, but it was a somewhat tough decision,” Gandy said. “It was a combination of nervousness and excitement, but in the end switching to independent study was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.” Since starting the independent study this year, Gandy has appeared in the Nickelodeon show “iCarly” and has auditioned for other parts while attending acting lessons. According to Gandy, the self-dependent style of learning has both its advantages and drawbacks. “I like how it gives me much more free time, and that I can be in control of when I am going to do my work,” Gandy said, “but at times it is definitely hard to motivate myself.” However, because independent study students do not attend school regularly, it is harder for them to socialize.

“It’s pretty easy to make new friends because of all the acting classes that I am in and it’s somewhat easy to see my close friends from NPHS because we hang out over the weekend,” Gandy said. “But the friends that I am not that close with I don’t get to see as much as I used to when I went to NPHS.” However, in addition to having a more flexible schedule, Gandy said that this set-up also works better for her education. “Learning material can be difficult at times, but I have found myself remembering more information than I did regularly.” “It’s about the same amount of work as going to normal school but it’s less stressful for me since I can manage my time how I would like,” Gandy said. “It was really difficult going to regular school while trying to pursue a career in acting.”

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Cross country coach introduces new strategies

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Rachel Ranucci, sophomore, competes in a cross country meet at Peppertree Park against Simi Valley and Agoura High School.

Rachel Cross

Prowler Staff Writer

The new coach of the girls’ cross country team, Jenny Kenyon, took over during the summer and is already making an impact on the runners. Although it has been several years since Kenyon has coached high school cross country, she has found that it is an effective way to meet new people. She is working to improve not just individual runners, but also the team as a whole. “She knows where we’re at and she knows where we need to be,” Ashley Carver, sophomore, said. There are three different levels in cross country: freshman/sophomore, junior varsity, and varsity. The varsity team consists of the seven fastest girls on the team. During a meet, five of these seven girls will place and the score is determined by adding their placements together. The team with the lowest total score wins. The team prepares for meets by practicing six days a week. They run an average of five to eight miles a day which includes stretching and a two-mile warm up, followed by a twomile cool down.

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Through these workouts, Kenyon tries to instill values which will aid in the runners’ quest for improvement. “[You] really need determination, discipline, and dedication,” she said. She has also broken up the team into groups ranging from eight to 10 girls in order to maximize the effects of these workouts. These groups are constructed according to the runners’ speed. In Carver’s opinion, the practices have harder, but more meaningful than they used to be, since Kenyon also runs alongside the girls. “[Kenyon] is really nice - she knows everyone’s name,” Carver said. The girls are also focusing on team building. One of Kenyon’s goals was to create a team that everybody wanted to join. “We do a lot of team bonding... she makes us laugh all the time,” Jessica Faragher, sophomore, said. Although the team does a lot of running, she wants people to know that practice is fun, and runners have the opportunity to experience Newbury Park in ways not normally enjoyed by others. “[They’re] really a great team... [The girls] know I care about them and their success,” Kenyon said.

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“This is, no doubt, the best team I’ve ever been on,” Michalla Geer, sophomore, said. “All the girls are hilarious-we’re completely open with each other.” Even with two hour practices up to three times a week, Geer said the girls’ varsity volleyball team could never have reached the level they are at if they missed the several trips that she said “made us an extremely close team… and [gave us] a chance to play higher level teams and to ultimately get a glimpse of what we could become.” The first of the trips took them to Hawaii, where they spent time before school started, from Aug. 3 to 10, playing volleyball and meeting with teams from places such as Alaska, Alabama, and Maui. According to Abby Alami, senior, this experience together and playing at the Queen’s Volleyball Tournament in Anaheim from Aug. 28 to 29 created chemistry between the girls. By the time they went to Las Vegas, which was during a weekend in September, they had already established a bond, and “now it was just improving,” Alami said. According to her, these trips do not just bring the team together emotionally, but the games also help improve their skills. They were inspired on a strategical level to quicken their offense for maximum impact. “Everybody else does a slow, ‘vanilla’ offense, as our coach says,” Geer said. “We like to change it up and make it short and quick.” Putting this method into practice showed “how much damage” they have the potential to do.

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“If you don’t carry a Frisbee in your backpack [in college], you’re a weirdo,” Taylor Kress, senior, said. Although ultimate frisbee is not as popular in high schools as it is in colleges, the sport is gaining popularity throughout the nation as more people begin to play. In fact, all three high schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District have ultimate frisbee clubs. Those who are unfamiliar with the sport may be asking, “What is ultimate frisbee?” “[It is] every sport put together – catching and throwing like football, running like soccer, and pivoting like basketball,” Kohji Sugioka, senior, said. “You can run, jump, and catch.” “[It takes] skill like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” Kress, senior, said. “[It is] a good time.”

The competition at these tournaments causes a reaction in the team members. “You feel like you’re playing a harder team and you need to step up your game as they step up theirs,” Lanarra Ferguson, sophomore, said. From Anaheim to Las Vegas “we, as a team, improved so much…you could just tell from our skills on the court and our confidence.” she said. Though volleyball consumes the majority of their time on these overnight tournaments, the girls manage to fit in other activities. In Hawaii, the girls all went to the beach and hiked because their coaches did not want their “players sitting around…it’s a lot of physical activity,” said Alami. Ferguson said that although the trips “interfere with school,” it is justified because “it has a lot of effect on how we play later on.” However, the time spent away from school and on these tournaments will soon come to a close. According to Alami and Ferguson, going on another trip is unlikely at this time because they are about halfway through the season. But Ferguson said the girls might just have the chance to end the year with one more day together. “We might do something fun like going to Magic Mountain,” she said.

Ultimate frisbee is also an opportunity to socialize. “Anyone can play. We encourage people to play the sport to have fun meeting people and being with friends,” Sugioka said. Sugioka also explained that it may help people achieve what he refers to as “self-actualization” or full personal potential. “You may be the next best ultimate frisbee player but don’t know it yet.” Game tactics can range from basic to advanced. According to Sugioka, beginners often choose the strategy of running around and trying to catch the frisbee. The more advanced tricks of the trade include cutting, stacking, and, what the club members term, “the Hiroshima” or “Hail Mary”. Cutting is rapidly changing direction to become open for the pass. Stacking is spreading out the defense, which sets a runner up to receive a pass. To execute the “Hiroshima” or

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“Hail Mary”, a player runs down the field into the end zone, hopefully faster than defenders, to receive a long pass and score. Ultimate frisbee is a limited-contact sport, meaning that the rules are specifically designed to prevent contact between players, whether intentional or unintentional. “[There is] very little contact, which reduces injuries,” Josh Adler, junior and president of the ultimate frisbee club, said. “There are no major injuries, like spraining or breaking. The worst that could happen is bruising, falling down, or hurting your knee.” However, injuries can occur. “[I was] injured on the face once,” Kress said, “and Kohji almost ran over his girlfriend.” The club plans to compete in a tournament against Thousand Oaks High School. “We’re looking for athletic people who want to beat TO. We need some legit people.”

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Juniors Rumaan Ahmed, Victoria Benson, Joshua Adler, and Kate Pearl, and seniors Aurora Jensen and Taylor Kress practice their passes at Peppertree Park.