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Launer’s replacement announced Silver Creek High School teacher to be Student Activities Director By Elena Pinsker Technology Editor
Kindel Launer resigned as the Associated Student Body advisor and will be replaced by Silver Creek High School Japanese teacher Matthew Hall. Launer served two years as Palo Alto High School’s ASB advisor, but will return next year as part of Paly’s English department. Hall has a record as a Japanese teacher, and sent a group of his students to win the national Japan Bowl. He will leave that position to be a part of the Paly community next year. Hall will begin his job with a new ASB staff. “I hope the new director is willing to try new things,” Uma Veerapan, ASB president, said. “The purpose of ASB is to promote activities that engage the entire student body, so in order to do that, we need to be willing to instigate new events and activities,” Veerappan says she is looking forward to working with the new advisor. Hall will enter the ASB scene along with a new group of students, who will make changes and new decisions together. “I think that having a new teacher advisor will bring the students involved in ASB closer,” Veerappan said. “Everyone will have to work together in order to ensure success. I am anxious to meet the new teacher advisor to see what [his] thoughts are for next year.” Hall just finished his last year at Silver Creek High School, and will be leaving the Thunderously Hip Japanese Program at Silver Creek to join the Paly administration next year. He is excited to work with the new staff at Paly and the students, who are all ready to accept a new ASB advisor.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Uma Veerappan to be 2011-2012 ASB President By Ben Krasnow Features Editor
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Silver Creek High School teacher Matt Hall will be taking Launer’s place as ASB Student Advisor. After finishing his last year at the school Japanese Program, he will join the Paly administration.
DeSean Jackson visits campus, delivers speech By Charlie Dulik Staff Writer
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Back row: Troy D. Byrd, EstherWojcicki, DeSean Jackson, Donovan Warren and Ray Luv; Front row: Leila Steinberg and Byron Jackson
Five hundred students welcomed professional football player and twotime Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson who visited Palo Alto High School on Friday, May 20, along with his brother Byron, NFL player from the Pittsburg Steelers Donovan Warren, local rapper Ray Luv and educator and non-profit founder Leila Steinberg to discuss the importance of staying in school and working hard to achieve one’s dreams. Jackson and the other guests came on behalf of the Alternative Intervention Models (AIM), an organization created by Steinberg that helps youth in urban environments be provided with a better education. Steinberg added that AIM brings artists, musicians and athletes to tell the stories of their youth and how they worked hard to become successful. The group had been invited after Jackson’s
manager attended journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki’s talk at Entertainment Gathering in Monterey. The program that got Jackson involved had worked with such famous people as Steve Wozniack. The event opened with Ray Luv performing an original rap about working hard in school and introducing the speakers. The group of speakers had recently visited McClymonds High School in Oakland, and while speaking of their 70 percent dropout rate, Steinberg reminded students that not all schools provide as exceptional an education as Paly. “We don’t educate everybody equally,” Steinberg said. “We have two educational systems, one for those in poverty and one for those in privilege, and I made it my life’s work to make a difference to those that started out [in the former].” Steinberg, who managed artist Tupac Shakur, went on to speak about
The elections for the Associated Student Body president, vice-president and treasurer for the 2011-2012 school year were held on the Quad during lunch last week. The new ASB president is Uma Veerappan, the Vice-President is Maddie Kuppe and the treasurer is Kevin Wang. Veerappan has had years of experience serving in ASB, serving as sophomore class president two years ago and ASB vice-president this year. Veerappan’s goals for the year include better communication. “My main goals are to improve ASB’s transparency and increase communication with the student body,” Veerappan said. Veerappan feels that students do not fully understand what ASB does and what it stands for, and because of this she wishes to clarify what ASB does for the student body. Veerappan cited how the ASB budget works as a specific example. ASB is currently working on a five-year budget plan that is mostly finalized but will not be put into action until next year. Veerappan also said that ASB’s new advisor in the fall will be involved in the budget process. The budget is also a topic of controversy after a story in The Campanile showed that ASB had huge budget excesses of over $200,000. Veerappan said that she wants decrease prom spending and spend more on other social events such as ice cream socials. “I think that there is a difference between an expensive and fancy prom and a fun prom,” Veerappan said. “We should aim for having a fun prom.” Another issue Veerappan wants to address is the 4th period representative system. Currently, each 4th period class has 10 minutes for representatives to discuss what they have learned. Veerappan feels that teachers ignore what this time is supposed to be used for, and teach instead. Veerappan believes that using this time for its intended purpose will also help to increase ASB’s transparency. One issue that has been controversial among students is parking permit prices. Veerappan said that the prices are high because they make up for budget deficiencies in other areas. “The reason that parking permits is so high is because not enough people buy ASB cards,” Veerappan said. “If more students buy ASB cards then the parking permit prices will go down.” Veerappan wants to make the ASB cards more popular by offering increased benefits with the purchase of the card. For example, the price of prom with an ASB card may be $15 to $20 off instead of this year’s $10 off. Kuppe also has experience serving in ASB, as junior class president this past year and as the sophomore class vice president. Kuppe wants to make ASB run more smoothly this upcoming year. “My personal goal is to make everything more organized,” Kuppe said. Kuppe is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ASB this upcoming year and making sure that each person follows through with their responsibilities. This includes everything from clubs to ASB elections.
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Korean War veteran Early semester plan starts in 2012 to receive ‘11 diploma Finals will take place before winter break By Hannah Totte Editor in Chief
As the Class of 2011 receives its diplomas on June 9, families and friends will congratulate the young graduates on the prospects of their bright futures. One graduate this year, however, will look back to his past instead. Korean War Veteran Eugene Finely Bradford will graduate with the seniors this June, receiving the diploma that he was unable to attain in 1953, his should-havebeen graduation date, because of his service in the Marine Corps. This year, Bradford’s sister, Cynthia Baxter, contacted the District Office and inquired into whether or not Bradford could graduate along with Palo Alto High School’s current seniors in June. “I am so thrilled because I never thought of it,” Baxter said. “We were driving on El Camino
and I was just about ready to turn into Churchill, and we were sitting there waiting for the light, and [Bradford] says ‘You know, one thing that I’ve wanted more than anything else, I’ve wanted to get a diploma from Paly High.’ And I turned in, and I talked to the woman that was in charge, and she was interested in the story.” Paly administrators called Bradford and arranged a meeting. After requesting necessary paperwork to confirm Bradford’s identity, the school coordinated with Bradford, arranging for him to receive his diploma at the end of this year. “They told me that I was the oldest man to ever graduate from Paly,” Bradford said. During his second year at Paly in 1952, Bradford decided to join the military, forgoing his
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By Layla Memar News Editor
The Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Board of Education approved a new academic calendar for the 2012-2013 school year on May 10 that would place final exams before winter break, and require school to begin on Aug. 16 and end on May 30. This calendar shift was made in an effort to reduce student stress revolving around finals, with the assumption that having finals before winter break will allow for a relaxing, stressfree holiday for students. “I think that there has been interest in this community on this topic for quite a while,” PAUSD Superintendent Kevin Skelly said. Other schools in the area, such as Los Altos High School, hold finals before winter break, and their decision to
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make the switch has had an influence on the Palo Alto school system. “[Other schools have] found that it’s been helpful for students in terms of giving them a break, and there’s some closure that goes with that,” Skelly said. A concern Skelly and many others had was that teachers were not in full compliance with the policy of not assigning homework over winter break. Survey data suggested that a majority of students were being given work to do to over break. “There was a worry that kids still felt pressure even if they didn’t have that to do work,” Skelly said. Skelly hopes that ending the semester before winter break will allow students to have a real break without constantly having to worry about
Five historic battles were reenacted in Roaring Camp Railroad in Felton over Memorial Day weekend. Two hundred volunteers participated in the annual event.
schoolwork. Some members of the Palo Alto community, however, are not in favor of the calendar change. “When I was involved in the process there were a couple issues [that] I saw,” Palo Alto High School economics teacher Debbie Whitson said. “First was the issue of putting finals week in December, which is already a busy time of year, rather than leaving it in January.” Skelly, though, contests that placing final exams before winter break in an already busy month of December is not something that other schools in the area have not been able to work through. While having finals before winter break could be considered cramming too many things in at once, some think
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UNDER THE SEA
Tidepooling provides a creative way to explore underwater sea creatures. PAGE B11
MATH GENIUSES Local students work together on their mathematical theories outside of class. PAGE B8
SENIORS BARE ALL Seniors traditionally streaking through quad should not be severely punished. PAGE A6
A2 • June 3, 2011
San Jose Giants game supports Sports Boosters
Castilleja replaces certain AP classes with new curriculum Castilleja High School announced plans to replace its three Advanced Placement science classes — AP Biology, AP Physics and AP Chemistry — with homegrown curriculums for the 2012 school year. According to head of Castilleja, Nanci Kauffman, AP classes, especially in the field of science, encourage memorizing and cramming for tests instead of actually learning the material. “We need a style of learning that is more widely effective,” Kauffman said in a May 18 interview with the Palo Alto Daily Post. In the Palo Alto School District, 69 percent of juniors and seniors took at least one AP test last year. However, some schools have dropped the classes and replaced them with similar, nonAP test classes. One educator called this national dropping of AP classes a “quiet revolution,” and a recent Huffington Post article said that although only a handful of schools have dropped AP classes thus far, “there is no doubt that many more will follow.” Castilleja junior Suparna Jasuja supports the decision and thinks that an independent curriculum will encourage students to “actively [learn] the subject.” “I think it is a great idea,” Jasuja said. “It will allow teachers to have more freedom to teach what they think will be the most interesting and useful for students. Hopefully, [students] will also be able to give more input about what they want to learn about.” The largest concern that comes with not offering AP classes is whether it will hurt students’ chances of being accepted into major universities. However, a recent Castilleja survey of over 600 universities found that 82 percent of schools said “students’ chances [of admission] would not be hurt” if they did not take AP courses. Similar studies have found that it is not the exact classes that students take, but instead the vigor of the course and how prepared the classes make students for their post-high school careers that colleges really look for. “Our admission process allows and indeed encourages the flexibility of a high school to design the most appropriate [curriculum] for its students,” Associate Dean of Admission at Stanford University Christina Wire said in a 2008 interview with the Wall Street Journal. Whether or not that curriculum includes Advanced Placement classes is completely up to the school. —Brian Benton
Senior girls victorious in final Powderpuff football game The girls’ powderpuff teams took over the quad the week of May 23 for their annual showdown. The seniors were triumphant this year with a win on Thurs. May 26 over the juniors. The winning offense was led by senior Ali Kershner, who made two of the team’s five touchdowns and also grabbed a key interception. Near the end of the game, the seniors showed dominance on the field by making big plays on both defense and offense. Senior Gracie Marshall made many key stops on defense and senior Sydney Davis added to the scoreboard with a total of two more touchdowns. Senior Helen Butler contributed one of the five touchdowns that helped them win the game. They then went on to finals where they defeated their rivals 21-14. In the finals on Thursday, Kershner was once again a strong force on offense when she scored two of her team’s three touchdowns, both on passes from senior quarterback Trina Ohms. Butler also put points on the board with a long pass from Ohms. After many long throws, the juniors managed to get points during the second half of the game with a long throw by quarterback Keyanna Campbell to Emilee Osagiede. Kimmy Whitson also scored on a pass from Campbell for the juniors’ second touchdown of the game. The whistle blew with only one minute left in lunch, leaving the seniors with a 21-14 victory over the juniors. —Josie Butler
City Council installs new bike boulevard around Palo Alto Palo Alto’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan is being improved by City Council and a draft is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. The plan’s aim is to improve biking all over Palo Alto by adding more bike signs and bike lanes. The plan should, according to City Council, make biking safer while encouraging more people to bike on designated streets. The plan also aims to increase the number of bikers on the street. More specifically, it will include improvements to Castilleja Avenue, Park Boulevard and Wilkie Way, which are set to be the city’s new “bike boulevards.” Bikers are encouraged to use these improved streets. “I’d like us to be more bold and aggressive,” city councilman Greg Scharff said. “I’d like to be a first-class bicycle city where everyone calls us instead of calling Portland.” Sid Espinosa hopes to increase the number of student bikers and proclaimed 2011 the “Year of the Bike” in Palo Alto. This plan would build upon that idea. “I’m particularly interested, when [the draft] comes back, in having something that really connects to all members of this community,” Espinosa said. Paul Goldstein, a member of the Palo Alto Bicycle Advisory Committee, agreed that the new plan would be beneficial. He told Palo Alto Online, “We’re on to something good now. Let’s just try to make it better.” —Ashley Swendseid
UpcomingEvents June 5: Baccalaureate Paly seniors listen to a guest speaker at a formal graduation ceremony.
June 6: Senior Class Picnic Seniors gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for a fun day.
June 8: Graduation Ceremony The seniors of the class of 2011 head off to college and leave Paly behind them.
June 9: Last Day of School Summer vacation begins, bringing almost three months of school-free fun.
Students sell donated tickets at discounted prices, benefit sports program By Jacob Zenger
off with the national anthem sung by junior Lindsay Black, one of Paly’s varsity basketball players. The first pitches were thrown by three championship team captains: Marty Brill, a member of the 1963 Giants team, varsity football captain Christoph Bono and varsity volleyball captain Melanie Wade. Other activities included a tug of war, musical chairs, a golf chip shot into a small pool and an air guitar contest. Track coach Jason Fung’s young sons also raced the mascot around the bases. The tickets were made available for Paly students because Paly alumni Dick Beahrs and Marty Brill, part-owners of the San Jose Giants baseball team, donated 2,500 tickets to the Paly Sports Booster program. Beahrs and Brill gave the tickets to Paly with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the school’s Sports Boosters’ account. The tickets were sold by Paly students for a discounted
On Monday, May 16, Palo Alto High School students traveled to the San Jose Giants’ field to support the successful seasons of Palo Alto High School’s athletics and to watch the San Jose Giants game. After an 18-inning game, the San Jose Giants won 10-9 against the Stockton Ports. San Jose took an early lead, only to see Stockton tie it up and send the game into extra innings. In the 11th inning, Stockton took the lead, but with two strikes, two outs and the bases empty, the San Jose player hit a home run to keep the game going. In the 13th inning the Ports took the lead in the top half, but San Jose battled back to tie it again. In the top of the 18th, Stockton broke loose and scored three runs, but the San Jose Giants rallied and scored four runs for a walk-off win. The entire night was geared toward Paly athletics, starting
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Football coach Earl Hansen and senior Christoph Bono stand with Palo Alto High School alumni Dick Beahrs and Marty Brill, the game ticket donors. price, and were free to all Paly athletes. The sales supported the Paly sports program while also attempting to draw a bigger student crowd to the games. Unfortunately, the crowd was not as big as expected, as not all of the donated tickets were
sold. Karen Barich was put in charge of the event, organized it all and distributed the tickets to everyone. “It’s not about the money,” Barich said. “It’s really about getting everybody there to have a great time.”
Sadly, not as many people as was hoped actually came to the game, and some seats were left unoccupied. Only around 200 tickets were sold, compared to the 2,500 that were donated to the school.
Philosophy Talk gives students college advice By Annabel Snow Editor in Chief
On Friday, May 20, a philosophical talk was held at Palo Alto High School in the Haymarket Theater, where hosts Ken Taylor and John Perry “deconstructed the college rat race” in a two-hour discussion. The event, called “Philosophy Talk”, began at 7 p.m., and was a live radio show in which different speakers discussed the truth behind the college admission process while allowing students in the audience to ask questions after the first hour. Taylor began the show by discussing the increasing difficulty of getting into a college or university in today’s competitive environment. “Getting into the college of your choice has become more daunting and difficult than ever before,” Taylor said. Agreeing with Taylor, Perry looked at the upside of living in California, where there are other options such as junior colleges. He noted that these options are useful for students who may not be able to get into the college of their dreams directly after high school. Perry glorified this option, mentioning that the admission process is a “vicious cycle.” He added that not only do students feel the pressure to get into a great college, but this pressure begins as early as elementary school for many adolescents. Transitioning into the idea that students should
not feel that the only way they can be even use] illegal substances,” Marino happy is if they get into the college of said. their dreams, an inspirational video Marino also brought up a similar was played for the audience. In the idea that the video displayed, saying video, several college students stated that students think the only way to be the college they had hoped to get into, happy is to go to a school they are set on, but instead were rejected from. Each but in reality they can make the most out student then talked about the college of any experience they are faced with. or university they ended up attending As a counselor herself, Marino recominstead, and explained that even after mended that after seeing signs of stress they got rejected, they found themselves such as physical sensations and lack of content and aware that they still had a eating or sleeping, one should contembright future ahead of them. plate using a resource such as a counAfter this selor, teacher or brief video was “Getting into the college of your one’s own parshown, marAccomchoice has become more daunt- ents. riage and famplished author ily therapist ing and difficult than ever beof novel CreL i s a Ma r i n o fore.” ating a Class: took the stage College AdmisKen Taylor sions and the and shared her opinion about Philosophy Talk host Education of the the negative Elite, Mitchell aspects of the Stevens took admission process. Marino claimed the floor and stated that one of the that students are expected to do too larger issues with applying to colleges much, from writing outstanding col- is the rising expenses. lege essays to having multiple extraWhile some may not recognize the curricular activities and good grades. trouble others face with paying for a colAccording to her, this leads to students lege or university, it has become a large feeling overwhelmed, becoming sleep factor in choosing schools for several deprived and even opting out of the students, according to Stevens. Jared process entirely due to excessive stress. Swezey-Gleason, a junior at Paly, asked a “When you’re so amped up all question regarding how he should avoid week, when the weekend comes around stress despite the pressure of having a [students want to] drink and party [and tight money situation.
In response, Perry brought back the idea that California has excellent options such as state colleges as well as junior colleges, which can provide students with a good education no matter what. Stevens, who disagreed with Perry, suggested that Swezey-Gleason should instead find a place where he is at the “top of the applicant pool”. Perry concluded that it is a good idea to not just look for big labels, and to make decisions based on passions and interests. Stevens also assured students that college will always be available for them, and that there is no pressure to go right away. Swezey-Gleason later asked another question, regarding whether he could get into a school based on unique qualities instead of just high scores and grades. Stevens, Perry and Taylor all agreed that he could get into a college mostly based on uniqueness. Stevens then announced that Stanford University is even considering limiting the number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses they will accept from students and beginning to focus on other aspects of a person’s application more. Taylor also added that while it is important to be different, one should not do extra things that do not give them joy solely in order to get into a college. As Taylor stated throughout the Philosophy Talk, “Do not get a criminal record and you’ll be fine.”
Art Show at Lucie Stern displays student work By Alex Lin Photography Editor
Lucie Stern Community Center hosted Palo Alto’s first ever art show on Sunday, May 22. Any art, including drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics, sculptures, glassblowing, printmaking, cartoons, sketches and digital art, were welcomed and were put on display for others to view. Food and entertainment such as live music were provided for Palo Alto High School’s artists and their peers to enjoy. President of the Paly Art Club, sophomore Julia Lee, and vice President sophomore Elisa Rerolle organized the show and worked to make sure that Paly students’ art was displayed. The club
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Paly’s first art show, held at the Lucie Stern Community Center, supported the students’ talent with assorted display mediums. was originally supporting an organization called Drawbridge that provides art programs for homeless children. This show was an opportunity for Paly students to express themselves in an artistic way, and different
methods of artwork were shown created by a variety of student artists. The art was displayed in different ways in the show. Photography was posted on the cream-colored walls of Lucie Stern, which made the photos
stand out. Sculptures and paintings were also placed on tables vertically and horizontally for easy viewing. Different types of art were displayed for all to view, but the number of submissions had to be
Palo Alto High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) has recently been focusing heavily on planning upcoming senior events. The senior class president, Jack Smale, says he and his other fellow Senior ASB members have been putting most of their time into planning for Baccalaureate, the senior picnic, graduation and the graduation party. Baccalaureate will be on Sunday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m. in Stanford’s Memorial Auditorium. However, graduating seniors must arrive by 12:30 p.m. to get lined up and organized for the ceremony. ASB has yet to announce who the main speaker at the event will be. The senior class picnic will be held on Monday, June 6, when seniors will travel to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Tickets for the event cover transportation, lunch and entrance into the boardwalk, including unlimited rides. A signed permission slip is necessary for all seniors intending to attend this event. The graduation ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:00 p.m. ASB has been working closely with the seniors who will be speaking at graduation in order to prepare their speeches and to get them ready for the commencement ceremony. After the graduation ceremony, the Paly graduates will be taken to the celebrate on the U.S.S. Hornet in Alameda. On the boat there will be dancing, food, games and other activities. Similar to the senior picnic, all seniors planning to attend must have a signed permission slip. —Riki Rattner
controlled. Only a few students attended, as elderly people made up most of the crowd. Junior Alex Carter attended the art show and had positive things to say about the talent of the young student artists. “I thought the show was great,” Carter said. “It may have been somewhat poorly attended, but the art that they got together for the show was awesome. Pretty much all of the art was done at a really high level.” Allen Lee was a prime participating artist in the show and helped out with organizing the event . Lee described his favorite pieces to compose. “I love portraits,” Lee said. “I just feel that portraits portray emotions most accurately and re-
ally [speak] to the viewer through expressions of feeling and mood. They are able to express emotions in a way such that the viewer feels connected and thus understands the meaning behind the piece.” Carter says he enjoyed Lee’s piece, which conveyed a message and a story that helped his artwork appeal to many of the viewers at the art show. “It’s hard to say which one was the best, but I was particularly a fan of Allen Lee’s painting Soul,” Carter said. “It was totally deep.” While sports and theater are a pivotal part of Paly’s culture, student art express another, quieter side of the Paly student body.
At the School Board meeting on May 10, superintendent Kevin Skelly and the Board discussed staff and student success in great detail and gave consent to many of the proposals. Skelly discussed the success of Henry M. Gunn High School’s newspaper, The Oracle, at the Peninsula Press Club High School Journalism Competition. Under the direction of Gunn’s Journalism teacher Christy Blackburn, the Oracle won many prizes. Also mentioned during the meeting were Palo Alto High School and Gunn’s continuing athletic successes. Skelly made a point to mention that within the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, Palo Alto schools typically fall within the first half of the league. Next, the Board introduced new incoming staff members. Two of three new staff members gave short speeches to introduce themselves. According to Skelly, the Board is “delighted” to have these new educators on its staff. After Skelly’s report on staff and student success, the focus of the discussion shifted to the Student Board Representative’s report. Pierre Bourbonnais represented Paly at the Board meeting. Bourbonnais shared that the Viking Advisor, Ms. Austin, was chosen by California Journalistic Coalition as Journalism Educator of the year. He also talked about the upcoming events such as ASB elections, Field Day and the many senior activities. The Board authorized a project budget of $800,000 for Palo Alto High School and the solicitation of bids for the replacement of the boilers and associated piping at the school’s Haymarket Theater and tower administration buildings. —Riki Rattner
June 3, 2011 • A3
Yogurtland opens downtown after Red Mango closure
Newest frozen yogurt vendor in Palo Alto comes to University Avenue By Lauren Wong
[were] not going to be making enough money because Yogurtland [was] On May 19, downtown Palo Alto coming in. We bought the lot from this welcomed Yogurtland, the fourth guy who owned the property, and they frozen yogurt vendor on University said that we weren’t making enough money, so they’re evoking us.” Avenue. Before its close, the Palo Alto Yogurtland has been attempting to establish itself in Palo Alto since Red Mango was the franchise’s only 2009, according to Palo Alto Yogurt- remaining location in Northern California, in comparison to Yogurtland’s land manager Chris Jang. “We’ve been trying to get out to 14 already existing Northern Califorthe Palo Alto community [during] nia locations. “We franchised our very first Yothe last two years,” Jang said. “It was a matter of finding the right location gurtland four years ago in Cupertino,” and working out the lease, but we’re Jang said. “What sets us apart from all going to be happier finally being able these other competitors is the fact that we are a corpoto open our doors rate franchise. on University.” “We are our own vendor, There’s curThe grand rently over 140 opening of Yo- and all of our yogurt is Yogur tlands gurtland on 494 made by Yogurtland corworldwide. University Ave. We [went] ine c l i p s e d t h e porate. A lot of the flavors ternational closing of nearby you see here you won’t see not too long competitor Red elsewhere” ago. [We] just Mango on May Chris Jang o p e n e d 1 5 20. Red Mango had been in Palo Manager i n M e x i c o, a couple in Alto since 2008. Guam, [and “ T h e [ Re d Mango] store on University [closed] are] about to open up some in Japan.” Even with the elimination of Red because we weren’t making that much money during the winter,” junior Judy Mango, Yogurtland faces competition Saunders, who worked at Red Mango from Pinkberry, Fraiche and L’Amour. from February to its close in May, said. Jang believes that it may take some “We [knew] that Yogurtland opening time for many Palo Alto residents to would affect our business a lot, so we warm up to Yogurtland, a relatively
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Yogurtland manager Chris Jang opened a new store in downtown Palo Alto. Yogurtland faces fierce competition from three other frozen yogurt vendors, Pinkberry, Fraiche and L’Amour. new chain in comparison to the other local yogurt vehicles. “I’m a little shocked that the older generations out in Palo Alto don’t really know about Yogurtland, whereas it caters to a younger demographic,” Jang said. “I believe that it’s going to
take some time to build awareness just because of the fact that there’s a lot of competitors in the area.” However, many of the Palo Alto residents have shown large amounts of support for Yogurtland’s location within its first two weeks of business.
“I actually used to drive to Cupertino for Yogurtland at least once a week, so the new location is a lifesaver for me,” junior Sarah Miller said. Paly class of 2010 graduate Claire Guo favors Yogurtland over the other frozen yogurt vendors in the area not
only for its taste, but also for its wide variety . “Yogurtland is definitely the cheapest [frozen yogurt store] I’ve been to, and it has a wider variety of flavors and toppings than most of the other Palo Alto [frozen yogurt] stores,” Guo said. One explanation for the wide assortment of flavors, including Strawberry Cheesecake, Pistachio, Red Velvet Cupcake Batter, Taro, Guava Pineapple Tart, Toasted Coconut, Key Lime Bar Tart, Chocolate Mint Cookies, and Blueberry Tart are that Yogurtland manufacture its own yogurt and flavors. “We make all of our own yogurt,” Jang said. “We are our own vendor, and all of our yogurt is made by Yogurtland corporate. A lot of the flavors you see here you won’t see elsewhere. At the same time, we patent some of these flavors as well.” Similar to L’Amour’s style, Yogurtland offers self-serve and bases prices on item weight. Yogurtland’s base price is 33 cents per ounce. “[Yogurtland] is cheaper, but most importantly, has a plethora of topping choices that includes many candy options,” Miller said. “At Yogurtland my bowl is one third yogurt, two thirds candy, but I can afford it because Yogurtland is so much cheaper. There is absolutely no way to beat Yogurtland.”
MedLion provides affordable medical services to uninsured patients Mountain View office gives members unlimited basic procedures for monthly fees By Elena Pinkser Technology Editor
A new medical office offering health care to patients without health insurance opened in Mountain View on May 4. Run by Dr. M. Samir Qamar and his wife, Hisana Qamar, the office provides care without interference from outside medical insurance companies. The headquarters are located in Monterey, and the newest office opened
next to El Camino Hospital on Grant Road. For three monthly fees paid to MedLion, the name given to Qamar’s program, patients are given access to an unlimited number of visits to the medical office. Members must pay an initial fee of $50 per group enrolling. For example, should a patient enroll alone, the cost is $50 and should a group of ten people enroll at the same time, the fee is still $50. Each patient
then individually pays $49 each month as a membership fee. The final fee is an extra $10 per visit. This cost, even with multiple visits a year, adds to an amount much less than the cost of a monthly or yearly insurance plan. While the program does not include every type of medical visit, it is financially beneficial for those not seeking major procedures. According to MedLion, the office’s goal is to create a means for affordable access to basic medical care for as many of their patients as possible because they believe every individual should have decent healthcare. In a May 2011 interview with the Mountain View Voice, Qamar said that after opening his first office in 2009 in Monterey, he began making a profit in just seven months. According to Qamar, without the added step of dealing with insurance companies, he has saved around 35 percent of his income — money that would normally be spent on people hired to communicate with insurance companies. “A lot of the costs that doctors undertake are due to insurance companies’ regulation,” Qamar said To the Mountain View Voice. “There is a lot of staff that is hired just for the insurance side of things. If the gym had to chase you down after every visit it would be quite taxing for them.” MedLion accepts most patients over the age of six in an effort to make medical
care available to all ages. Patients are only turned away if there is no adequate space. According to Qamar, MedLion was created because insurance companies refuse insurance to patients with pre-existing medical conditions. To ensure that the wait for an appointment is minimal, patients are seen by appointment only. Few “walk-in” slots are kept open, however, should any members have any severe conditions that need immediate treatment. “Both offices are well-decorated and exude warmth, rather than a sterile environment,” Qamar said. “At MedLion, we believe healing starts in the waiting room.” Appointments are short, lasting up to 30 minutes each, and the wait for an appointment is usually 15 minutes. Each doctor will only accept a set number of patients to ensure care can be provided in a timely manner. According to MedLion, each boardcertified MedLion doctor is trained to identify and treat numerous medical conditions. In addition to treating diseases, MedLion also puts a big emphasis on prevention and making efforts to keep their patients from getting sick. While MedLion doctors do not provide surgery procedures or hospital stays, they do offer references to specialists who charge MedLion patients a discounted rate. The
same applies for any service that cannot be performed at a MedLion location. Long procedures, such as special testing or surgical operations, are not performed at the MedLion offices. “[Despite] our doctors [being] trained, sometimes care is beyond the scope of family medicine, and referrals are made to specialists,” Qamar said. “Surgeries, specialized testing, and ultra-complicated cases are referred out. We send our patients to quality specialists who offer special discounts to our MedLion patients.” The process of cancelling a membership is simple, as the MedLion website states there are no penalties for cancelling, but it is more costly to re-enter the program. The fees are less beneficial than the first time, because the fees are $85 per person to re-enter. There are no other restrictions to patients re-applying to the MedLion program. “Becoming a MedLion member is easy. Interested parties simply call our main office and request a registration packet.” Qamar said, The phone number is available at www.accessprimarycare.com/ medlion.html. “We decided to start MedLion because we felt many Americans were not getting economic health care,” Qamar said. “What was originally created to help our local community has grown into a national following.”
New 2012 schedule moves finals DeSean Jackson speaks at Paly SCHEDULE, Continued from A1
the benefits of this switch outweigh the disadvantages. “I think that besides the fact that our summer before senior year will be shorter, it will be so much nicer to be second semester seniors going into winter break,” sophomore Simone Buteau said. Though many support the idea of having a stress-free winter break, the consequences of having one cause some concerns. One problem people have with the new calendar is that school starts too early in August, disrupting summer traditions. Whitson agrees that starting school earlier is not favorable among the Palo Alto Community. Prior to when the final decision
regarding the calendar change was made, Whitson took initiative and proposed an alternative calendar, which she saw as a sort of compromise. “[The proposed alternative calendar would] start at the regular time, having finals before winter break— which to me was a compromise, but at least you got that later start—and having kind of a stand-alone unit in January before the end of the semester,-” Whitson said. Whitson’s idea gained support mainly in the Social Studies and English departments, which saw the stand-alone time in January as an opportunity for creative projects or simulations. The math department, however, had some concerns regarding Whitson’s proposed plan.
“[The math department’s] concern was that if their students took finals in December and then still had more math to do to finish up the semester that they would lose some of their intensity and incentive to work hard and that would kind of be a lost period of time,” Whitson said. Skelly also sees some potential problems with Whitson’s proposal of the stand-alone unit. He worries that having an additional unit after finals would add an even greater sense of worry over break, for students who don’t think they did well on their finals will feel the need to work extra hard for the remaining few weeks of the semester in order to raise their grade. “I think in the end the board decided that [Whitson’s plan] didn’t do some of the things they valued,” Skelly said.
Veteran to graduate with class of 2011 VETERAN, Continued from A1
“I did graduate from San Jose City College, I do have an AA degree, [but I] still am not a Paly graduate,” high school degree to serve the United States in Bradford said. “When the school department said I could battle overseas. In the early 1950s, Paly was a three-year graduate with the Class of 2011, that was a dream come school, and Bradford would have graduated the next year. true. I was very happy over that.” “In 1952, they were really needing people for the In 1950, during their time at Paly, both Baxter and service,” Bradford said. “They were drafting into the MaBradford shared spirit for their high school, raving about rine Corps, which they hadn’t done the athletic program that is espefor many many years. So I joined the cially relevant with all of its modern “When the school depart- day successes, including two state Marine Corps in 1952.” Although his patriotic ambitions ment said I could graduchampionships and four CCS titles. prevented him from obtaining his Naturally athletic, Bradford played high school diploma along with his ate with the Class of 2011, different sports. peers, Brandford’s actions in the war that was a dream come “I was very involved with helped the United States succeed in true.” sports,” Bradford said. So when I the war. went to Korea, I could do anything Eugene Bradford they wanted me to, I was very strong, “I was [involved in] communications for the infantry, I was Korean War Veteran see.When you have that wire on your responsible for the sound power; in back, plus your M1 rifle, plus your other words, the phone line,” Bradammunition, you’re very weighed ford said. “It was constantly getting repaired, because down.” incoming [attacks] would blow it up and everything.” Being able to return to Paly and receive his diBraford came back from the battle paralyzed from ploma has allowed Bradford to fulfill a lifelong dream. the waist down. After being discharged from the service “You can’t imagine how [delighted], how happy I in 1955, Bradford returned to the United States, but was am, because all my life I was so disappointed that I did unaware of his ability to gain his Paly diploma. not graduate from Paly,” Bradford said.
JACKSON, Continued from A1 experiences working with the famous rap artist. She described how his life influenced her own life and even shared a story about how during high school, Shakur predicted exactly what he would have accomplished in ten years. She used this story to prove her point that “between the ages of 14 and 17, we make a decision about where we will be [later in life].” Steinberg urged students to take control of their lives and realize their dreams while still in their youth. She told students that whatever they dedicate themselves to while still in school can determine the course of their lives, and to carefully consider their plans for the future. “It is at this age that you make the decision, and then you live exactly what you expected for yourself.” Steinberg said. “But it only takes one second to change your thinking.” After Steinberg finished, a panel consisting of Jackson, his brother Byron and Warren was introduced. Jackson mainly reemphasized Steinberg’s points while telling students to work hard in school and dedicate themselves to what they do. “You can think of a hurdle, everybody is familiar with the hurdle, either you’re going to jump over the hurdle or you’re going to take the easy way and go under the hurdle,” Jackson said. He used anecdotes from his childhood as well as examples from his sports career to relate to the students. “I can sit here and say I was in your guys’ seats no less than seven years ago,” Jackson said. “Stay positive and stay motivated.” Jackson mentioned talking to prison inmates their message to students to stay on the right side of the law.
Jackson and his brother went “I made the Pro Bowl twice in on to share the five principles that a row, congratulations to myself,” their father created and taught them. Jackson said. They both agreed that the principles The brothers also discussed their have have defined their lives. Jackson athletic company, Sports Rhythms, even admitted to having some of the which is holding a summer football principles, which he called “rocks,” camp inVacaville, CA from June 10-12. tattooed on his torso. Warren, a three-year starter at the The five principles are desire, University of Michigan and current dream, vision, power and belief. cornerback for the Pittsburgh SteelWhen the two brothers asked for an ers, then spoke briefly and reminded audience member to repeat the prin- student athletes that there is more to ciples, sophomore Alan Lamarque life than just sports. was called up and with a little help “It important that you focus on from Byron, was able to recite them. your grades and always remember Jackson that spor ts brought up and things a m o t i va - “Either you’re going to jump are not altional quote over the hurdle or you’re goways gonna from a Cal be there so ing to take the easy way and go professor to you always further his under the hurdle.” need to stay point about on DeSean Jackson focused the five printhe books,” NFL Wide Receiver Warren said. ciples. “Dream Steinberg w i t h yo u r wrapped up eyes open” Harry Edwards, a Cal the speaking by asking for donations Berkely professor said. for a fund that would help underByron also talked about his privileged children in East Palo Alto experiences playing in the National to attend the Jackson brothers’ Sports Football League for the Kansas City Rhythms summer camps and to have Chiefs and about how he followed his a unforgettable time doing something passion fo film. they enjoy. To further drive home their point, The panel then had a question the Jackson brothers showed a trailer and answer session, with almost every for Byron’s documentary about De- question directed towards Jackson. Sean’s life. It incorporated both the Many student athletes took the five principles and overall themes time to ask Jackson about his high of hard work and dedication from school sports life as well as about his their speeches.Jackson informed the career in general. crowd that the documentary will be The event finished with more in theaters hopefully by fall while musical performances, which once Byron talked about his experiences again emphasized the main theme filming “1000+ hours” of DeSean’s of the need of young people to work childhood. Jackson is now thankful hard, stay in school, and chase their that his brother was able to capture dreams. his growth on camera. Afterwards, Jackson was availHe went on to discuss how much able to the public for pictures and hard work can end up paying off in autographs outside of the Student the long run. Center.
A4 • Friday, June 3, 2011
Teachers should incorporate creative teaching techniques Students could benefit from distinctive teaching styles, activities With the 2010-2011 school year coming to a close, the staff of The Campanile believes it appropriate to address an academic trend that has transitioned into a frustrating standard. For many students, classes which heavily emphasize lectures and traditional testing instead of class discussions and alternative projects tend to be tedious and degrading. By subconsciously encouraging competition from within the classroom, these methods cause a loss of student morale and willingness to learn. At Palo Alto High School, teachers should look to vary their lesson plans from year to year, covering the necessary curriculum by encouraging creative thinking and original analysis. Many teachers at Paly structure entire units and lessons around an upcoming test. This tends to encourage students to learn for a grade rather than for their own interest and, at times, leads to pure memorization and cheating. By using alternative teaching methods, teachers can cultivate a love of learning that extends beyond a single test or essay in their students. Encouraging original thought and analysis is more stimulating than only teaching from a textbook. Many students whose intelligence and creativity are not exhibited by standard tests and essay writing struggle with the school system. However, teachers who implement alternative methods to convey material will earn more positive responses from students.
One method some teachers use is called “Jigsaw.” Teachers assign several groups of students to learn one particular aspect of a concept, and then students teach the other groups their concepts. By the end of the activity, students have not only actively partaken in their own education, but they have also learned leadership and teamwork skills. The freedom given to students is invaluable, since this style of learning more realistically simulates society. Another method teachers use involves “clickers” which are devices that are used to mimic multiple choice testing during class time. Instead of taking individual tests, questions are put onto a PowerPoint, and each student uses their clicker to choose a multiple choice option. After everyone has voted, a bar graph displaying class voting results is shown on the screen. This interactive method makes testing practice more game-like and enjoyable for students who are used to being constantly thrown into high-pressure test taking situations. Although The Campanile recognizes the difficulty of packing large amounts of information in a limited time frame—especially in Advanced Placement classes— teachers should incorporate activities that better harness student creativity. By instilling more trust into their students, students will take responsibility for their own actions and learning, facilitating the friendlier relationship between teacher and student.
ASB should focus on transparency for 2011-2012
Letters to the Editors Streak week should continue as senior tradition Although streak week is traditionally “dead week” (the week before finals), practice runs started a week early this year. The highlights so far include some seniors dropping their cocks as they ran through the quad — literally. Three live chickens scampered around on the Powder Puff field after they were hurled into the quad by some less-than-fully clothed individuals. Some seniors also showed off their patriotism by streaking with American flags as capes. Last year 52 naked people pranced through the quad showing off their school spirit and class pride. Needless to say this year’s senior class has a lot to live up to. If expectations are not met the hype around the famous streak will start to decline. As we all know Paly’s administration is less than supportive of the student body — when it’s naked that is. This year they have completely cracked down on streak week. At lunch and brunch time many of the bathrooms have been locked, creating an uproar within student body. The administration is dampening Paly’s school spirit as well preventing clothed students from using the bathrooms.Even with the crackdowns the senior class needs to find a way to break the system, and continue the naked tradition. There is nothing better than seeing a group of naked people high-tailing through the quad to get the students pumped. Streaking is as much a part of Paly as our amazing athletics are, by taking streak away the administration is taking away our school swagger.
—Walker Mees, sophomore Kyle Stewart, sophomore
Yearbook funds misused I picked up my yearbook after school on Tuesday and I totally didn’t realize that my $85 was going to a boring, plain-white yearbook. I also didn’t real
ize that my $85 was going to plane tickets to JFK for 6 freshmen (and hotel rooms, and Broadway shows). I find it completely inappropriate that the yearbook decided to use money that all of us, the students, spent on our YEARBOOKS to send 6 freshmen on an ALLEXPENSES-PAID trip to New York. I could understand if maybe they had told us that the money was going to fund the New York trip. (Actually, I probably couldn’t even understand then.) It really annoys me that my parents had to cough up a check for $170 for two yearbooks, and some of that wasn’t even used to pay for the yearbooks at all! They should have (a) been up front about the REAL cost of the yearbooks or (b) given everyone refunds on part of their payment. But hey, if every student at Paly wants to donate $5 to the “send Emma to New York” fund, just let me know! Or maybe I’ll head over to room 101 to have them set it up for me. —Emma DiFilippo, senior
Field Day unsuccessful Field Day always has a ton of hype around it and a lot of people get really excited by the thought of it. Unfortunately, it seems like Field Day is always a let down. I don’t know what the school budget is but I think that more activities would help Field Day be more enjoyable. The bouncy houses/games are fun but it takes forever to actually get to go on them due to cutting in line and the fact that their are 4-5 structures for the whole student body. If its possible, adding more of the houses or obstacle course would make field day more fun. What if we let the houses run during the school day so students could use them during a prep? I understand that its expensive to do so but from what I’ve heard about ASB, they could take a little out of their exsesive pizza budget for the benefit of the rest of the student body. —Isabel Obrien, junior
In May 9’s cover story on the 2011-2012 school year calendar changes, it was incorrectly stated that tutorial will take place between second and fourth periods on Tuesdays. While advisory has been switched with tutorial to take place on Tuesdays, it will be at the end of the day after sixth period, not after second. We would also like to apologize failing to credit Josefin Kenrick for his first place photo in our Photo Contest. We extend our congratulations to Josefin Kenrick and aplogize for the errors.
New advisor, students in ASB should work to improve relations with student body With the recent announcement of Matt Hall as next year’s Associated Student Body (ASB) advisor and Uma Veerappan as president, The Campanile would like the see more communication and transparency between the Palo Alto High School student government and its students for the 2011-2012 school year. This year, we noticed a disconnect between ASB and the student body, which led to struggles within the ASB. We are confident however that these new faces will bring a positive change to ASB and Paly as a whole. “I think it’s important to increase ASB transparency and make sure that students know exactly what ASB is up to and know what we are spending money on,” Veerappan said in a May 27 article for the Paly Voice. “One of my primary goals is to make sure ASB has an active role in student life.” We hope that an increase in openness not only leads to an increase in effectiveness and timeliness of ASB decisions, but also an increase in student support of decisions made this year. For example, many students were disappointed with the outcome of the Rejection Wall discussion, mainly because of its name change to “Colleges Missing Out Wall.” A simple discussion between ASB and a select group of the student body, or even just a clear explanation of why the name change was entirely necessary could have led to a more successful wall and content student body. In the upcoming year, a large point of discussion will
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be regarding how to improve dances, prom in particular. During the recent Paly Voice Presidential Debate, Veerappan announced that she would like to survey students to clarify exactly what students would like to see changed in future dances. While The Campanile strongly supports Veerappan’s desire to please students when it comes to dance, we also encourage her and ASB as a whole to take risks and use the fact that they were elected as a reason to make big changes. In regards to Prom, we encourageVeerappan to follow up on her idea of having more forms of entertainment at next year’s event, as it was one of the largest complaints brought up regarding this year’s prom. We also encourage an increase in discussion between ASB and Paly’s administration, as we think this would lead to more effectiveness and timeliness when it comes to initiating ideas and changes. This year, ASB was very successful in its planning of Spirit Week and many other school activies, but there is always room to improve and we strongly believe that an increase in communication and transparency, as well as more fearlessness and ability to make changes could lead to a more successful ASB. During the recent Voice debate, Veerappan said that she is “the type of person who really likes to see change.” The Campanile is more than hopeful that this will prove true in the upcoming year.
Teachers should update grades on a regular basis Despite new grading system, many teachers remain lazy about updating students’ grades It may seem that with the instatement of Infinite Campus at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, updating grades would no longer be a chore for teachers. However, even with the implication of the new grading system, some teachers still fail to update their grades regularly, leaving many students in the dark. Although many teachers have complained about the new grading system, The Campanile staff believes that teachers should feel obliged to update their grades so students are always up to date on their performance in each class. Some teachers complain that the software is hard to use, or that the fonts are too small to read on their computer screens. However, for the sake of both convenience and sensibility, teachers should update grades as soon as they have their material graded. When teachers do not enter scores regularly into the gradebook, student levels of anxiety and stress increase greatly because students are unable to constantly check their performance in their classes. Furthermore, updating grades on a regular basis keeps stress levels down for teachers as well. If teachers constantly update their grades as material is graded, they are saving themselves time in the end, as they will not have a tremendous amount of grades to enter into the gradebook at the end of each quarter. Additionally, by constantly updating grades, it lessens the probability of teachers losing old homework assignments and being unable to give out grades because
of it. Also, teachers especially need to enter assignments and tests in the grade book that are worth a large percentage of students’ grades. Constantly checking Infinite Campus only to see that one’s grade has not been updated in one to two months creates unnecessary anxiety. Many students already feel the crunch of APs and other rigorous courses, and being unable to check one’s grade in a class where a test can determine whether one gets an A or a B is crucial. Some students may think they are in the clear in terms of grades when really, they have borderline grades. Students are entitled to know how they are doing in their classes, and teachers should not restrict them from this privilege simply because they are too lazy to enter a test or a homework into the gradebook. From a student’s perspective, The Campanile believes that teachers should always keep their grades up to date. By doing so, student stress levels will be relieved, and students will not need to worry constantly about the ambiguous state of their grades. In addition to students being able to check how they are doing in their classes on a regular, day-to-day basis, it is important for students to know what their grades are going into semester finals. This knowledge will ultimately help in studying for finals as well because grades act as a meter for how well students need to perform on their semester finals in order to attain their desired grade.
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June 3, 2011 • A5
English teachers need to deviate from five-paragraph essay Traditional essay format caters only to standardized testing, no practical usage Ellen Austin’s Advanced Placement English class ended the year with an intensive ten page capstone research paper. Although the sixth period class comprised of around thirty Palo Alto High School seniors, ingraceharris cluding over a dozen publication editors in my opinion and producers, few of the students had any experience writing a full length essay. In fact, until junior or senior year, the primary form of writing taught in Paly English classes is the infamous five-paragraph essay. This consists of an introduction and thesis statement, which briefly describe the three arguments, three supporting paragraphs and a conclusion which restates the thesis, usually only around three or four pages in length. While this may be an adequate way to get across a simple idea, a five-paragraph essay is useless in almost every situation. In fact, one of the only useful scenarios for such a simplistic and uniform piece of writing is on a standardized test. Spending two or three years teaching Paly students to write these types of essays is yet another example of teaching to the test and is a waste of the teacher’s time as well as the students’. The Paly community prides itself on sending students to some of the best universities in the world and preparing all seniors for college and life after high school. However, if graduating seniors have no experience in writing the kinds of papers that will be expected of them in college, then Paly is not properly providing students with the skills to move on to the next level of their education. Most universities require an English general education course, which means that almost all Paly students who choose to attend
an institution for higher learning after they graduate will need to learn how to write a more substantial paper. “In the last couple of years, when I’ve had students return from college, I’ve asked them how we’ve prepared them at Paly,” Austin said. “In general, they’ve said that Paly has prepared them well. But, when I go further and ask specifically what we could have done better, they say that in college they have to write much longer papers and they say that’s really the first time they’ve had to write papers of that length with college-level sourcing. Even though the prospect of writing a ten page paper may not be exciting for many students, it is better to learn these skills now than to wait until one’s first college writing assignment. Length is not the only factor in writing a significant paper. If teachers focused more on research and establishing solid arguments, the quality of student writing would increase drastically. Five-paragraph essays, which almost all students write during their freshmen, sophomore and sometimes even juniors years, are useless outside of the realm of the classroom. These papers are usually weak, simplistic and even shallow. Teaching students to write exclusively five paragraph essays inevitably leads to a jolting realization, whether it be as an upperclassman in high school or in college, that this is not an acceptable way to communicate an idea. “The problem is there seems to be this disconnect between teachers leading up to junior year and teachers after,” senior and AP English student, Katie Maser said. “ We’ve been taught that the five paragraph essay is the cornerstone of writing for us and then you get to junior year and your teachers say ‘why are you writing a five-paragraph essay’ and there’s just nothing you can do because that’s what you’ve been taught your whole life.” While it is necessary to increase the difficulty and complexity of writing assignments over the course of a student’s education, these
The five-paragraph essays, taught so often in underclassman English classes, cater towards standardized tests. These papers limit the creativity of their authors and fail to prepare students for life after high school. initial papers should be treated as what they are: simple responses, not essays. Teachers should be demonstrating more elaborate papers each year and always encouraging progress, instead of giving three or four page limits as many Paly English teachers do. Forming an argument so that it fits neatly into a five-paragraph essay restricts expression and creativity. When teachers assign papers such as these, classes essentially generate thirty of the same pieces of writing. It is no surprise that some educators dread grading essays. This uniformity is certainly not helpful when teaching kids how to write effectively, so one has to ask, when is it better to produce an undifferentiated essay? The answer is obvious, when a paper needs to be graded or evaluated quickly and easily. Although this seems to apply to high school classes, one would
have difficulty finding an English teacher who enjoys reading the same essay over and over again. The situation most suited for these standardized papers is standardized testing. Teaching five-paragraph essays really only prepares students to write quick, stripped down responses, perfect for the essay portion of the SAT or any other standardized writing exam. Unfortunately, standardized test writing is inherently bad. Few high school students, most of whom who are just learning how to write well, can produce a successful essay in one hour. In fact, there is no reason why students should be able to write fully evolved papers in such a short time period. “What college writing experts know is that to improve writing, students need time to plan, reflect, and revise, something timed essays don’t allow,” Anne Trubek said in an article in Good Magazine. “Further, students must
feel connected to the topics they write about; writing for the sole purpose of demonstrating competency rarely produces strong prose.” Even if a response can score an 11 on the SAT, it is not necessarily a good piece of writing. When students are focused on fitting into a pre-approved format, not only does this form of writing ensure that students are unprepared for more complex writing assignments in their futures, it serves as a blatant example of teaching to the test. Unlike adding random and irrelevant units to a curriculum in order to prepare students for an upcoming STAR test or AP Exam, teaching five-paragraph essays can impair students’ writing for years. Over the course of one’s high school career there is plenty of time to learn valuable writing techniques. Teachers must begin using this time well and decrease the prevalence of useless five-paragraph essays.
Departments should attempt to create consistent courses, assignments Students would benefit from uniform lesson plans, projects, test from same level classes Most students at Palo Alto High School can attest to the frustration of being uncertain about which teacher they will receive for a certain class. It is no secret that teachers have trouble being completely cohesive in classes that are supposedly the same. This problem seems to arise in many subjects in all departments. While acknowlmeghanbyrd edging that no two teachers can teach the same course identically, in my opinion there are steps that the department heads and the administration could take in order to ensure conformity. To start, each class should run on the same calendar, no matter who is teaching it. For example, all physics classes should start with one unit, then have the unit test and continue on to the next unit at the same rate. While sharing materials may present a challenge, most classes are not taught by more than two teachers per period. It is a fair request to ask the department to fund two sets of materials so that classes can be coherent. Also, making identical units would enable students to help each other on assignments. While one may not have friends with the same teacher, if the teachers were covering the same material and assigning the same homework, the students would be able to collaborate and help each other. This enables students to have a richer learning experience, which is what the administration and teachers should be striving for. Second, all tests and labs for each class should be uniform. This ensures that a certain class does not receive an unfair advantage or disadvantage when being evaluated on the material. Furthermore, since the material and labs would be the same, it would ensure that each class would be more uniform. This includes lectures, PowerPoint presentations, notes and homework assignments. In most physics classes, students spend agonizing hours completing the notorious Rube Goldberg project. This assignment consists of building a mechanism that will perform a task after the student drops or rolls a golf ball to start the motion. The Rube Goldberg is the biggest project that physics students complete all year, and although it requires significant time and energy, students learn to be creative and work with a group in order to complete the
task at hand, skills students should develop through the course of high school. However, one physics teacher exempts his class from the Rube Goldberg project. This is unfair not only to the students in other classes because of the amount of hours of work they put in and the tremendous effort it requires, but also to the students in his class because of the valuable learning experience they are missing out on. Creating a calendar that is applicable to every physics class would assure students that whichever teacher they may get, the knowledge they obtain and the experiences they have will be the same. “I switched physics teachers at the semester,” junior Sarah Miller said. “My first physics teacher went a whole unit ahead [with one] that the second physics teacher
never taught. So, it’s not only that some teachers are harder — some teachers do completely different units. It’s not fair to be testing students when one teacher is going almost twice as fast because they’re doing more units.” It is frustrating for students to learn that maintaining an A for one teacher is considerably easier than maintaining a B for another that teaches the “same class.” “In English [courses] a lot of teachers interpret the honors level accolation differently,” Miller said. “Some teachers take that really seriously and make it a ton harder and making students write an essay a week, and then others they more disregard the ‘H.’” Miller points out that having consistency in classes not only matters for the students’ learning experience, but also for their grade point averages.
“[Honors English classes] are as easy in some cases as the non-honors level, and that’s not very fair because some kids are getting a GPA boost for an honors level class when they’re doing less work [than] even the kids in the non-honors.” Implementing a system that would make classes more uniform would also relieve pressure from the guidance office, as many parents and students alike complain about certain teachers teaching a class harder than other teachers. Taking action to ensure coherence and uniformity among same-lane courses would be a prudent step to making school more fair for all students. “It’s really obvious as a student that math teachers work together and that you get the same tests, the same exact assignments [as other classes in the same lane], so it’s really fair,” Miller said. The teachers in the math department are successful due to their frequent meetings and collaboration in designing assignment calendars that are given to every class in the same lane. “If there are three teachers teaching the same class and one teacher decides that the calendar is too stressful they’ll take an assignment off, but all three teachers have to take the assignment off,” Miller said. “You have the checks and balances of all three teachers. I feel more comfortable that my teachers are making the right decisions in math because they’re forced to have the input of the other teachers. It feels more fair.” In order to begin to address this problem, department Instructional Supervisors should mediate meetings with each teachers who teach the same classes at least every other week. They should also meet before school starts to finalize a calendar of units, assignments, and lectures that they will all follow. As the math department has already shown, a uniform calendar, as well as consistent homework and tests assures students that they are all being treated equally, and that whichever teacher they get will not have an effect on the grade they receive. In order to ensure fair and successful education at Paly, it should be a top priority of the administration and of teachers to assure consistency in courses. This would relieve students who are worried about getting the “harder” teacher for a certain class, and make sure that a system of checks and balances is put into place. Students deserve a consistent education.
What is your opinion of the streakers?
Compiled by Grace Harris, Noa Dagan, Rachel Mewes and Marc Havlik
“The administration is annoying for trying to stop it.”
“I wasn’t expecting it, especially the ones with the chickens.”
“Horrified, and I have two chickens in my office.”
“It’s a good way to get a laugh, especially when we’re all studying for finals.”
“It’s a tradition and I like it. I think they’re really fun.”
Emma Levine Sporer sophomore
Callie Walker freshman
Phil Winston principal
EJ Floreal sophomore
Riccardo Monti senior
A6• June 3, 2011
Harmless high school tradition unifies student body
Administrative actions against streakers cause unnecessary safety issues As the school year comes to a close, a buzz of excitement emanates from the student body and all four grade levels flock to the quad in hopes of catching a glimpse of one of their senior classmates sprinting across the school in his or her birthday suit. There is only one explanation — it’s streaking season. A long-standing Palo Alto rachel High School tradition, Streak mewes Week unites students and gives in my opinion seniors a chance to leave their final mark on high school before graduation. Although the administration has an obvious legal obligation to stop naked students from causing a disturbance on campus, streaking is a harmless form of expression and many of the preventative measures employed this year were unnecessarily extreme. For the seniors who choose to streak, the experience is an exhilarating end to their high school careers. A Paly senior who, due to her wish to remain anonymous, will go by the name Jane, enjoyed her experience. “It was really liberating and I had a lot of fun, it looked like people were enjoying it,” Jane said. “It’s a fun, harmless tradition that unites the senior class and it’s cathartic for those that choose to partake in it.” Streak Week not only provides a means for graduating seniors to say farewell to Paly, but it is a bonding experience for the rest of the school as well. Sophomore Tia Rabinovitz feels that streakers are a positive addition to the end of the school year. “I think streaking is a really good tradition because at the end of the year I think it’s fun for everyone just to kind of be able to release their stress, and I think it also brings the school together because everyone waits in the quad and cheers,” Rabinovitz said. A number of students either participating in or observing the streaking tradition think of it as an amusing diversion from the average school day, but this year, members of the administration have chosen to take the harmless activity too seriously, which has resulted in more harm to the students than if the streakers had been left alone. Principal Phil Winston explained that his purpose in preventing seniors from participating in the tradition is to keep Paly students safe. “We have people stationed all around the school,” Winston said. “We’re around and very visible and we hope to deter people from[streaking].We’re not here to bust people or to catch people. We’re here to maintain a good environment, I just want students to have a good time, to be safe.” This statement makes the preventative efforts of the administration seem professional and with the students’ best interests in mind, but the actual response of the administration has not reflected these goals as clearly.
Seniors sprint naked across the quad while their peers encourage them onward. Streaking is a harmless tradition which has been stigmatized and condemned by the administration. Jane and her fellow streaker Allison, who also chose to remain anonymous as well, found the beginning of their streaking experience to be thrilling. However, once the administration and campus supervisors began chasing them, things turned sour. “While running through the quad I could tell it was one of those moments I would remember for the rest of my life, but after that it turned into one of the most terrifying experiences I’ve ever had,” Allison said. The streakers were running towards the back parking lot when they found their way blocked by multiple people in golf carts. The group was unable to get to their getaway car and ended up darting around campus, naked, with administrators and supervisors riding next to them and shouting threats to the effect of, “You’re getting tired,” and “You might as well stop now or we’ll call the police.” “It is clear that on a bike or a cart you can travel at a faster speed than you can on foot, so obviously they can catch up to you,” Allison said. “But the fact that you are not wearing clothes means they can’t physically stop you, so they just kind of go the same speed as you and yell at you, kind of heckling.” Although the administration aims to keep students safe, being pursued can have a traumatizing effect on the streakers, especially when they are in the vulnerable position of being naked and fatigued. Allison was forced to hide out, terrified, from the administration in
an undisclosed location on campus so as to protect both herself and her future. “I had to hide naked on Paly campus for almost an hour,” Allison said. “I felt hunted.” If the administration intends to avoid a disturbance on campus, keeping the streakers exposed for longer by obstructing their getaway does just the opposite. “We were just trying to get to the car and put on our clothes and go back to school, but they stood in the way of us doing that and instead forced us to be naked for an hour, running around,” Jane said. It is understandable that the school feels that it is its duty to pursue the streakers, but taunting them and keeping them running for a long time extends past the school’s responsibility and does more harm than good. Two other Paly streakers were running so hard and for so long that they were driven to physical illness. Another anonymous senior, Jim, was pursued onto the bike path behind campus, where he almost fainted from exhaustion. “It was the hardest run of my life, actually, and I ended up almost passing out afterwards because I was sprinting for so far and so long and I didn’t think I was going to make it to the car,” Jim said. “They were just going to wait for us to run out of steam, and we almost did.” Although the administration is expected to at least attempt to catch the streakers, driving students to the point of collapse does nothing to protect the campus and hurts the streakers in the process.
Senior Kristina Guzman chose to streak and ended up being suspended because of it. She was chased off the Paly campus and ended up running across Churchill Avenue and hiding behind a house, where she was caught and taken back to the Tower Building. “I had someone on a bike, on foot and [in] a golf cart chasing after me,” Guzman said. “I had never felt that vulnerable when I was hiding from them because you literally have no clothes, no cell phone, you have nothing. Just you, your naked body and how fast you can run.” The fact that three people continued to pursue Guzman off of Paly campus and onto someone else’s property was not only too extreme of a response, but also dangerous. How does chasing an exposed teenage girl across a crowded street exhibit more concern for student safety than just letting her get into a car and get dressed? The administrative efforts to impede streaking have not only negatively affected the seniors who chose to partake, but they have also caused issues for the rest of the student body. On Thursday, May 26, all of the bathrooms on Paly campus were closed during brunch and lunch as a preventative measure. However, in the process of keeping students from stripping down in the stalls, the administration also prevented the rest of the school from using the bathrooms. Some teachers strongly discourage using the restroom during class, so for many students, breaks are the only times to relieve themselves. “I had to pee really [badly],” sophomore Meha Bakshi said. “I couldn’t go because of [the bathrooms being locked].” It can be argued that restricting 1,900 students from taking care of their bodily functions is more harmful overall than allowing small groups of students to run across the quad naked. If the reason for implementing all of these preventative measures is to deter seniors from streaking, the frenzied attempts to catch students after the fact only glamorize the act. Following a streaking incident, campus supervisors began to pull suspected students out of class questions them about their involvement. However, once students are fully clothed, there is no politically correct way to prove that they participated, so the practice of interrogating students is ineffective. “If the administration is worried about glamorizing the entire streaking experience, then they shouldn’t be pulling people out of class to interrogate them and make a huge deal of it in that way,” Allison said. Streaking gives seniors an exciting experience to remember their high school years by and also bonds the student body. Although the administration cannot be expected to completely ignore the spectacle, it is important to remember that naked people sprinting across the quad is essentially harmless and that there is no need to take extreme measures to prevent it. “I understand the administration feeling that if they don’t do anything, it could get out of control and I almost agree with that, but at the same time, they should put things in perspective,” Allison said.
Club sports allow athletes more recruiting opportunities Students only playing school sports missing out on bonding experience
The raging battle between club sports and school sports programs is constantly debated by athletes throughout the Bay Area. Both programs are popular, but the advantages of club sports greatly outweigh those of school mayssen sports. labidi Many factors of in my opinion club sports overshadow those of schoolsponsored athletic programs. For many, the main reason for joining a club team is to attain a more competitive level within the sport. As one grows older, the competitiveness of each sport begins to increase. The highest level of competitiveness occurs during the college recruiting period. For most sports, club programs give athletes a way to be directly contacted by a college coach through tournaments and other large events. On the other hand, when it comes to school sports, unless athletes are playing on a highly successful team the chance of being recruited is not very high. Therefore, the recruiting process generally takes place within club programs rather than interscholastic sport programs. For athletes participating on a selective traveling team, the time spent together bonding on and off the field generally increases the intensity within the team and creates a strong connection between the members. Club sport seasons usually run for a full year, while school sport seasons generally run for two to three months, not including possible involvement in Central Coast Section (CCS). The comparative lack of time an athlete spends with his or her school team generally leads to miscommunication and a lack of connection on the field. According to sophomore varsity soccer player Brooke Alexander, the lack of chemistry on a school team is evident and makes playing much less fun. “Club soccer is much more enjoyable because it is with a closer group of friends who
have been playing with each other for longer,” Alexander said. “Whereas with high school soccer, we had less of a bond throughout the team and it showed on the field.” For school sports, although the athletes spend time together at school, the time they spend together on the field is not as comfortable due to the fact that participants come from a wide range of club teams. Another positive component of participating in club sports is that it teaches athletes important collaboration skills and allows athletes to develop time management strategies. Balancing one’s academic and social lives with club sports is a positive challenge a crucial skill to possess. Another positive aspect of club sports is that they enhance the experience of playing that sport. “Club baseball is more fun than school baseball because it is not every day and you travel a lot more,” senior Jeff Cohen said. “It seems like travel baseball teams, in my past experiences, have better chemistry than high school teams because you can choose [which] team you play on.” With the ability to choose which club team one wants to play on, an athlete can choose to participate on a team with friends, old teammates or classmates, making the atmosphere more enjoyable.With school sports, on the other hand, the coaches generally do not consider who participates on which club team, which leads to a lack of chemistry. Nevertheless, school sport programs give athletes the ability to experience a sport within a different team and atmosphere. In some high school sports, such as football and baseball, opportunities for recruitment are more prevalent, but other sports do not necessarily allow athletes these chances. Although athletes involved in particular school sports tend to receive more recruitment, when one is seeking general competitiveness, the best option is participation in a club program. In club sports, athletes generally tend to build a connection not only with the athletes but also with their coaches. Junior Shannon Scheel’s NorCal Water Polo Club swim coach
The Stanford Water Polo Club practices in Paly’s pool. The club benefits from many aspects of club sports like the flexible practice locations, dedicated coaches, consistent members and many recruitment opportunities. Chris Dorst has been on two Olympic teams, which has enhanced her experience with club water polo. “Overall, he has more time and is more organized [than a school sports coach],”Scheel said. “He makes the schedule for the practices and basically runs the whole club. Therefore [he] is able to dedicate so much of his time towards our team and making it better.” The abundance of time spent with a team enhances club coaches’ dedication and knowledge of their specific players and their skills.
Junior Lily Seedman has participated on both club and Paly soccer and believes her connection with her coach on club sports has greatly increased throughout the years, unlike her connections with Paly coaches. “The fact that our team has had the same coach for so many years has really helped the team chemistry and has created a balanced connection within the whole team,” Seedman said. “Club coaches are generally more engaged and committed to their team.” Club sport coaches dedicate multiple seasons to the same team, but high school
coaches only work one season at a time. Additionally, school team members are constantly changing. A cohesive team requires consistent team members who get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses to aid the teams performance. In all, club sport programs generally allow athletes to be scouted by college coaches hoping to recruit, as well as create a strong connection within the whole team, primarily improving the physical play as well as the emotional aspect of the sport.
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Freshmen girls pursue addition of field hockey team Paly athletics encouraged to add more sports to department By Charlotte Barry Staff Writer
Looking for a sport that includes a mixture of lacrosse stick skills, soccer conditioning and collaborative teamwork? The popular East Coast sport known as field hockey has spread to the West Coast, specifically to Palo Alto High School. Freshmen Emily Semba and Audrey DeBruine have been actively trying to create a field hockey team for girls. The season would start in fall 2011. The idea started when Semba’s parents asked the Paly sports department if they would consider adding to the current athletic program. Semba’s parents have also been talking to some of the Stanford club coaches and spreading the word in the Paly community. Semba decided to make the possible team public by creating a Facebook page and talking to David Starr Jordan Middle School Physical Education teachers. “I posted a sign up sheet and asked the P.E. teachers to talk to their current eighth grade classes about it,” Semba said. According to the Facebook event, there are over 75 girls interested in joining. Over 60 of these girls have put their emails on the email spreadsheet, therefore showing there commitment to the development of field hockey at Paly. “We have to keep pressing the school Sports Boosters, administration and athletic directors to get this going,” DeBruine said. “Seeing the success of the Facebook page, you can see that people are interested in the sport and we can count on this group of girls who would like to join the team.” Stanford junior Leigh Kaulbach, a former member of the Stanford Field Hockey team, is the current coach of the Stanford Lightning Club. She said that she is very interested in coaching field hockey at Paly next year. Kaulbach believes that creating a team at Paly will be a great way for girls who have
A group of female field hockey players engage in an intense game. The sport is currently being proposed as a new addition to Paly’s diverse athletic program. been playing on club teams to experience being part of a school team and compete with other schools in the Bay Area. “There are a bunch of girls who are already dedicated field hockey players outside of school,” Kaulbach said. “They would be the strong backbone of the new team with their dedication, enthusiasm and understanding of the game.” Within the Bay Area, there are many school teams, both private and public, that have already started field hockey teams. According to DeBruine, Saint Francis High School, Archbishop Mitty High School, Presentation High School and Los Altos High School, among others, have teams. “Paly would benefit from a team because at Paly, we have an amazing athletic department,” DeBruine said. “We pride ourselves on our great athletics as a public school, and all the top private schools around here as well as a ton of public schools have really good programs.” Other traditional East Coast sports such as crew and lacrosse have come to the Bay Area as
Softball struggles in first round of CCS, loses 5-3 By Annabel Snow Editor in Chief
Although the girls’ varsity softball team endured an up-and-down season, the team improved as a whole and finished the season strong in their league. “We didn’t play very well in the beginning because we were having problems mentally, but by the end of the season we picked up our intensity and pulled it all together,” right fielder Emily Swanson said. After winning three out of four of their last league games, the girls ended up qualifying for Central Coast Section (CCS). Although they did not expect to make it to CCS, the girls were pleased that their hard work paid off. Unfortunately, the team lost in the first round of the tournament against Saint Theresa, the fourth ranked team in CCS. Despite the disappointment of not making it very far in the tournament, the girls had largely anticipated this outcome. “Going into CCS, we had a pretty solid feeling that we weren’t going to qualify at all based off our league record and how our overall record ended up,” Gracie Marshall said. The girls feel that their defense improved throughout the season, and that they were successful due to experienced players and talented new freshmen who joined at the beginning of the season. “We got extremely lucky with the freshmen who came in for us,” Marshall said. “[Freshman] Julia Saal helped us out tremendously on the mound and [freshmen] Hannah Bundy was our fore hitter; she was definitely a valuable player on the team.”
Central Coast Section Round 1: @ Santa Teresa May 12, L 5-3 vs. Homestead
well. DeBruine and Semba both agree that field hockey is not as well-known on the West Coast as it could be. “Not many people in Palo Alto have ever been exposed to the sport, so it is exciting that we might be able to bring it here,” DeBruine said. “Across the street, we have Stanford’s women field hockey team which is nationally ranked. But no one knows of it.” Taylor Nisi, a sophomore at Paly, moved to California from Greenwich, Connectiut at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. She was astonished when people would ask her what the concept of field hockey was. “The best [question I got from someone] is when they asked if it was water polo with a stick,” Nisi said. Kaulbach points out that many top Division I colleges in California play high-level field hockey and that the sport is not too new to this coast. “Stanford, Berkeley and University of California, Davis all have strong Division I college teams that are major national contenders, and many of the
girls on those teams are from the Bay Area,” Kaulbach said. Kaulbach believes that within several years, field hockey will be viewed as a prominent sport. “I hope it does spread and become just as strong a sport [as] baseball or soccer in this area, and I think there is a lot of potential for that to happen,” Kaulbach said. Field hockey is similar to other popular field sports such as lacrosse or soccer. The sport involves a set amount of teammates, measured field boundaries and requires athletes to wear shin guards, a mouth guard and cleats. “[Field] hockey is a great trainer for lacrosse because it roughly uses the same field positioning and the hand eye coordination lacrosse requires,” DeBruine said. If one is a big soccer or basketball fan, learning field hockey tactics and positions will come naturally to him or her. “It also has a lot in common with ice hockey because it is the most similar stick sport and utilizes a lot of the same strategy,”
Kaulbach said. “However, there are no offsides in field hockey.” Unlike some sports where players must have already acquired skills to succeed, field hockey is a sport that athletes can join as beginners in high school. “Field hockey is one of those sports that you can really pick up and be good at,” Nisi said. “Although you always want to perfect your skills, you use so many different muscles in this sport that it will help strengthen you for a variety of sports.” For athletes interested in field hockey, a demonstration with Stanford athletes, coaches and other players will take place today. Extra sticks and balls will be provided to run a few drills where Paly students can watch the sport in action. Over the summer, the Stanford field hockey team is hosting a clinic to teach teens field hockey in order to learn new skills. “I know from experience that Stanford has a great fiveday summer camp that is both fun and very educational,” Kaulbach said. “The campers gain a lot of experience with skills and game play.” DeBruine, Semba and many other girls show interest and dedication to the sport, and the Paly athletic and administrative departments are considering implementing it. “Field hockey would add another sport to the fall season for people to play if they want to stay in shape for other sports during different seasons,” Semba said. “It is also a great opportunity for students to try something new and different.” DeBruine is pushing for the new sport at Paly because she believes that it will be a great addition to the variety of sports already existing in Paly’s athletic department. “This sport is not just a bunch of girls running around in skirts,” DeBruine said. “You need strength, stamina, and endurance to play this game.”
Skill, initiative best assets for recruitment By Charlie Dulik Staff Writer
Anyone who has seen the 1993 movie “Rudy” can definitively say how difficult it is to be able to play college sports. In the movie, Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger, a blue-collar teen whose dream is to play college football for Notre Dame, works and begs tirelessly for a spot on the legendary Fighting Irish football team. However, not all young athletes have to take such a difficult path in order to college sports. Many young athletes take part in the recruiting process, and thus have their path to college paved by an athletic scholarship. There are over seven million high school-level student athletes in the United States, according to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. For most sports, less than 10 percent of high school athletes go on to compete at the next level, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For football alone, about one in 50 high school players go on to play Division One sports at a university, according to varsityedge.com. The recruiting process is a difficult and often trying process, most of the time beginning with the player contacting coaches from schools they would like to go to unless the player is nationally recognized. Junior Nicky Hu, who is ranked 38th in the nation in 16 to 18-year-olds’ tennis, is currently being recruited. “Coaches don’t really have a way to contact you ,so you’re always the one that has to contact them, or else they have to find some way through your parents or something, it’s all really complicated,” Hu said. “I got pretty lucky and somehow a lot of coaches had my mom’s email [address], so most coaches actually contacted me.” Hu is a five star recruit on tennisrecruiting.net, a prestigious tennis scouting site. To put that in perspective, the next best player on the varsity team is a two-star recruit on the site. Nationally lauded players like Hu have the luxury of being sought after during the recruiting process, whereas most players have to try and grab the attention of coaches by contacting them themselves.
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In February, six Paly seniors officially committed to their schools during College Signing Day after being recruited through athletics. Another option players have is to play directly in front of coaches at camps, showcases or combines. Players who interest coaches can pick up the coaches email addresses, while the coaches’ can obtain contact information for promising players. However, due to scandals surrounding illegal recruiting, it is becoming increasingly important for students to contact coaches and not vice versa. “It’s important to reach out to the coaches of schools you like the most, to show your interest and see if they like you, because it’s hard for them to contact you as NCAA regulations tighten up,” junior and national volleyball recruit Maddie Kuppe said. One aspect of the recruiting process that differs for all sports is the importance of playing in high school. For sports like tennis, high school tennis does not matter at all because only a player’s national and possibly sectional ranking interests high-level coaches. Although college coaches do not look at high school statistics, they do look at more major tennis events. “Coaches go to the top national tournaments and they see you there,” Hu said. National tournaments are also important in sports such as volleyball,
where players who otherwise would have a hard time getting recognized can catch the attention of colleges who otherwise would have a hard time getting recognized. “I just had to play a lot and do everything I could to ensure that I’d be on the court at our national qualifiers, because there are always hundreds of scouts at each of [the qualifiers],” Kuppe said. An option for players who are not looking for a rigorous college athletic life is to consider playing at the Division Three level. However, Division Three schools do not offer athletic scholarships, so players must impress schools with not only their athletic skill, but also their grades. If a coach likes a player, and the player is a good academic fit for the school, the coach can vouch for a player during the admissions process at the school. Players can also receive academic scholarships as student athletes. The college athletics recruiting process can be difficult at times with the logistics of grabbing coaches’ attention and keeping it, but in the end, a good high school athlete can be noticed. And although it is difficult for most “Rudys” to find their Notre Dames, the ones who assert themselves in the recruiting process will be able to do so.
Friday, June 3, 2011
SportsBriefs Gymnastics team concludes debut with impressive record As the season comes to a close, Palo Alto High School’s newly formed gymnastics team is finishing their season successfully. With varsity gymnast junior Sophie Jorasch tying for fifth place and fellow junior Sarah Miller placing 20th in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, the team placed surprisingly well for their first season. Jorasch finished the meet with a total score of 36.250 points and qualified for all of the events in the Central Coast Section (CCS) meet. Miller also qualified for the meet with a score of 32.900 points. Miller came in 31st on the beam, the only event she competed in at the meet. While the two varsity gymnasts excelled, their junior varsity teammates also did well with freshman Michelle Yin placing 16th. Yin was followed by freshman Shiri Arnon and sophomore Julia Rubinov, in 39th and 45th place, respectively. The season has been a learning experience for many of the members, most of whom were new to gymnastics but had some background in cheerleading. According to sophomore gymnast Caroline Kim, the team has acquired the skills of a level six gymnast, which refers to the levels one through ten by which gymnasts are rated. “Even though we didn’t get first place every time, you could definitely see that we all had improved so much in such a short amount of time,” Kim said. After completing the team’s first season, they intend to continue their success into next year by improving their skills so they can be more competitive next season. “Hopefully [the improvement] will continue through the rest of the year to get ready for next season,” Jorasch said. The team has improved significantly from the beginning of the season, especially the junior varsity competitors, most of whom had little prior experience in gymnastics. There was also a strong sense of team bonding, with everyone ready to assist each other in learning new moves. “As a team, we worked really well together at practices and were not hesitant to help one another,” Kim said. Now that the season has come to a close, both varsity and junior varsity gymnasts are hoping to continue to improve for next year’s season. Another goal is to recruit potential gymnasts and give their team a bit of popularity, since it is largely unknown at Paly. “I know that a lot of people didn’t even know Paly had a gymnastics team” Kim said. There are already several new people who have expressed interest in the team, so the team hopes that more will too. “I hope that we place in more events and get more people to join so we can improve,” Yin said.
—Rachel Wilson Staff Writer
Varsity tennis exits CCS playoffs after early defeat The Palo Alto High School varsity boys’ tennis team ended their 2011 season in a 6-1 loss to Serra High School in the first round of the Central Coast Section playoffs. The only winning match was a game of doubles with senior Andy Hammer and sophomore Mason Haverstock. The team started the season feeling the loss of eight seniors the year before. Due to the loss of old players and the group of new ones, the team was required to practice vigorously. Freshman Austin Leung proved a great asset to the team and played a large role in rebuilding the team as the number one singles player. The team did well in matches against Mountain View High School, Los Gatos High School, Leigh High School and Carlmont High School despite brief practice time between matches. Seniors Scott Monismith, Andy Hammer, Chirag Krishna and Lucas Fodor graduate this year, once again causing the team to lose some of its strongest players. Krishna noted earlier in the year the difficulty of the league the Vikings were placed in, and the team’s goal was to win as many matches as possible and qualify for CCS playoffs. Individual players intended to improve throughout the season, and were happy with the progress made. “I can rely on my forehand.” Leung said. “I just want to improve this season and get better.” Head coach Andy Harader was pleased with his team’s performance in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League matches despite losses, especially since in the beginning of the season many players felt that without the strong senior presence the team would not be as successful. The Vikings finished with a 13-10 record.
—Electra Colevas Staff Writer
Golf team ends season with disappointment at CCS The Palo Alto High School golf team ended their season with an overall record of 7-3-1. The Vikings were able to pull off one final win in their meet against Fremont. After their last win the Vikings went into the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) with great momentum. They tied Henry M. Gunn High School for second, but because of SCVAL rules were put into third place. The team performed very well but came short of first place. However, they did qualify for CCS. “Several people played really well, but those bad strokes put us back so instead of taking first we took second,” varsity coach Doyle Knight said. The team this year has included very strong athletes compared to teams in other years and has a good group of strong golfers. “I think we have more depth in the terms of the way we have played and the teams we have played,” Knight said. “All of our bottom players this year were still good. Annie Chen and Mathias Schmutz were very good and finished in the top six.” Many of the team’s strongest players are underclassmen, so the Vikings expect to remain strong next year as well. “Next year we will be getting eight of our players back,” Knight said. “I think after our loss we want to do better, and they really want to do better and their hearts are into it so I don’t have to push them.”
—Jacob Zenger Staff Writer
Social media enables athletes to broadcast opinions
June 3, 2011• A9
Twitter helps express personal beliefs, makes social activism possible By Michael Augustine Sports Editor
While high-level sports have always had a heavy influence on society, the power that individual athletes have is rapidly increasing. Athletes of today are able to get their ideas out to the masses through technology. Many people listen to athletes because sports are a large part of society. However, many of the ideas expressed by athletes are unrelated to their sports. These ideas are broadcasted through technology such as social media and online videos. In the short time that social media has been a prominent aspect of society, it has made a large impact. Not only has it started revolutions, increased communication capabilities and allowed high school students to spy on their peers’ prom photos, but it has also given everyone the chance to voice their opinions. Athletes constantly receive attention. Traditionally, this attention has been focused on their on-field performances interspersed with the occasional off-field incident involving the police. In the era of social media, the scope of promotion– five percent of their tweets were attention that athletes receive is drastically of this nature, according to IJSC. widening. Athletes are constantly featured The varied reasons why athletes tweet in the news for controversial comments they shows that they want to voice different have made through social media. opinions to a large crowd that always listens. Twitter is one device athletes use which Athletes cherish the power of technology, specauses controversy but also promotes popu- cifically social media. For example, 28 percent larity. of the surveyed tweets addressed off-field An athlete with a large group “following” topics. These off-field tweets range from an him or her on athlete’s favorite Twitter can infood to his or stantly inform “In terms of sports, social media has not her opinion on people of his or made players into distractions for their current events. her ideas. Athletes teams, but instead, it has allowed playAthletes have repeateduse Twitter for ers who are already distractions to their ly posted ideas, many reasons. teams reach a wider audience.” beliefs or emoThe Internations that they tional Journal have regretted of Sport ComconAaron Zelinger posting munication’s cerning both junior on and off-field (IJSC) report categorized topics. 1,962 tweets “A controfrom professional athletes into six general versial comment will always be brought into themes: interactivity, diversion, information the spotlight by the media, and most of the sharing, content, promotional and fanship. time this spotlight is unwanted,” junior John The report indicated that 34 percent of Dickerson said. “Negative unwanted media the sample tweets interacted with followers, attention is a bad distraction for athletes, and 28 percent of posts were diversion tweets that using things like Twitter and Facebook help were unrelated to sports and 15 percent of bring bad attention to teams.” tweets discussed an athlete’s specific team. For example, on May 2, after the death of Professional athletes put less emphasis on Osama bin Laden, Pittsburgh Steelers running
back Rashard Mendenhall used Twitter to voice his opinion on the situation. His ideas were heavily scrutinized, mainly because they were different from those of much of the nation. “What kind of person celebrates death?” Mendenhall said. “It’s amazing how people can hate a man they have never even heard speak.” Mendenhall stated in his clarification that he did not attempt to cause controversy, but due to the massive audience of social media, he attracted more attention than was intended. Mendenhall’s tweets caused his number of followers to go from 13,631 to 36,914 in one day, according to News One. Mendenhall’s comments were discussed not solely due to their controversial meaning, but also because as an athlete, Mendenhall has power. Whether or not social media is to blame for the attention athletes stir up in the media is debatable. “In terms of sports, social media has not made players into distractions for their teams, but instead, it has allowed players who are already distractions to their teams reach a wider audience,” junior Aaron Zelinger said. Chad Ochocinco may be considered a distraction to his team, but that would be the case whether or not he had a Twitter. In 2009, both the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) imposed rules regarding when athletes can use
social media or other forms of communication for personal use. These rules prevent players from tweeting or communicating before games until after postgame interview obligations. “If athletes choose to tweet everything they do, so be it,” Sneider said. “But bringing [social media] into the locker room and onto the field, like when Ochocinco tweets at halftime, is unacceptable–it’s selfish and disrespectful to your team.” Athletes are also using online videos to express their beliefs. Both Sean Avery, a left wing on the New York Rangers, and Brendan Ayanbadejo, a linebacker on the Baltimore Ravens, have expressed their views supporting same-sex marriage. Avery, one of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) most hated players due to his on- and off-field antics, published a video supporting New York’s right to complete marriage equality. He joined the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to back efforts to support homosexuals in New York and in the NHL. “I’ll stand beside [any NHL player] in the dressing room while he tells his teammates he is gay,” Yahoo reported Avery as saying. “Maybe if Sean Avery is there, they would have less of a problem with it.” Avery’s comment attracted sharp criticism from NHL agent Todd Reynolds. Reynolds labeled Avery’s support of same-sex marriage as “misguided,” and the act of equal marriage as “wrong.” Ayanbadejo created a video supporting the civil rights organization Equality Maryland by declaring his thoughts in favor of homosexuals having the right to marry. “Gay and lesbian couples want to marry for similar reasons as we all do: love and commitment,” Ayanbadejo said, as reported by Out Sports. “It’s time to allow them the opportunity to build a family through marriage. It’s a matter of fairness.” Both the support and criticism that each of these athletes has attracted displays the impact that social media has. It allows athletes, more notable for their on-field achievements, to draw attention to their off-field, personal beliefs. Online communication makes athlete empowerment possible. Due to the attention society gives professional sports, social media posts from athletes will potentially act as distractions until they are either widely accepted or completely prohibited. While these messages frequently cause controversy, many athletes use the internet to express themselves.
marchavlik in my opinion
As the final minutes tick by during the state championship game, I stand in the sidelines looking through my 400mm lens watching the Vikings defend against the Huskies. With the intensity of each passing play and a close view of the gladiatorial players lining in formation, I feel like I am part of the game with so much energy and anticipation emanating from the players and the fans in the stands. It is almost impossible for me to keep my eyes focused through the eyepiece in the final minutes of the suspenseful game. Photojournalism has always fascinated me. As a photojournalist, I try to tell a story solely using pictures. Sports photography is one of the most frustrating yet most rewarding types of photography. There is so much potential every time I snap a photo, but because each moment is so spontaneous and unpredictable, I need to anticipate each play if I want to be able to capture the golden moments. A trained eye can follow plays while looking closely through the lens, looking at the big picture, while the other eye is zoomed in detail, ready to take a photo. A photographer is only as good as his or her camera. If you have a camera with an extremely fast shutter speed, you can capture split-second moments. These images are sharp and clear while portraying a deeper message. On a rainy day you can snap a shot of a player’s face breaking through the wall of water droplets as he or she sprints across the field. These shots provide new, profound perspectives for others to look at and interpret for themselves what was truly taking place.
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Boys’ baseball wins CCS in triumph over San Benito
SportsBriefs Boys’ swimming places second in CCS finals All the hours of hard practice paid off when Palo Alto High School’s boys’ swimming ended their near-perfect record with a second place finish in the Central Coast Section (CCS) tournament. The boys’ goal was to place in the top three at CCS, as well as to defeat powerhouse Bellarmine College Preparatory. The Vikings came in with a score of 192 against Bellarmine’s win of 355.5 points. The top three teams at CCS were Bellarmine with a score of 355.5, Paly with a score of 192 and Los Gatos High School with a score of 161.5. The Vikings had a near perfect season record of 8-1, with the one loss against Monta Vista High School. The boys defeated the rest of their opponents with close scores, consistently working up to their goal to place in the top three at CCS. Senior swimmers made their last stand with a fantastic end to their high school swimming career, achieving their CCS goal and hopefully paving the path for the future swimmers . “We’ve got one of the most talented teams I’ve had in Palo Alto,” Coach Danny Dye said. The team also beat out some of their top competitors beside Bellarmine. “This year, the schools that are our main competition at CCS are: Sacred Heart [Preparatory], Valley Christian High School, Monta Vista and Bellarmine,” junior Youngkuk Lee said. Sacred Heart ended their season with a fourth place finish, Monta Vista with a ninth place finish, Valley Christian with an eighth place finish and Bellarmine with a first place finish. Freshman William Lee, junior Byron Sanborn, senior DJ Fotsch and senior Arseniy Kotov started off CCS with a fourth place finish in the 200 yard Medley Relay, giving the Vikings a solid 30 point start. Sanborn also came in third in both the 200 yard Individual Medley as well as the 100 yard breaststroke. Freshman swimmers Lee and Andrew Liang contributed much to the boys’ season overall, with top placings in both the relays as well as the individual events. Lee also swam in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay at sixth place. Liang came in third at the 50 yard Freestyle event, as well as fifth in the 100 yard Butterfly event. Bellarmine consistently kept up with their swimmers, allowing them to cinch their 28th CCS championship in a row. Despite not beating Bellarmine, and the team performed its best in both individual and relay events. The Vikings hope to continue this kind of progress even after this season to attain their ultimate goal of winning the CCS title. —Tanvi Varma
Business and Ad Manager
Boys’ lacrosse defeated during league playoffs After a crushing loss against the Mountain View High School Spartans in the last game of the regular season, the Palo Alto High School boys lacrosse team prepared for its playoff march. The team’s unfortunate 13-2 loss inspired the boys as they headed toward Burlingame High School in the playoffs. “One problem we’ve faced is just staying disciplined,” sophomore midfielder Skylar Anderson said. “We have a fun group of guys on the team and staying focused has proved difficult at times. We definitely have the talent on the team to win games, we just need to put that talent to use. As a team we need to settle the ball and run our offense, if we can do that I’m confident we can score goals and win games. In addition I think were ready for the post season, we’ve worked all year for this and now its time to defend our title as champions.” The lacrosse team had a strong showing against Burlingame with a 14-6 victory. The team dominated the first half, scoring eight goals compared to the Panthers’ two goals. This victory knocked out the Panthers who finished with a 7-11 record. “We have been all over the map at what we have been good at and what we have been bad at,” Varsity head coach Craig Conover said. “I think our greatest strength has been our defense. We have been pretty solid, we had a little bit of a slow start against Burlingame the first time we played them, but we finally found our groove and got back into it. Our biggest weakness has been stick skills. I know we have very strong stick skills but they haven’t been coming out until the second half.” The boys advanced in post-league play against Sacred Heart Preparatory, a team the Vikings had never played before, and pulled out a decisive victory. The Vikings played a hard first half and completely shut out Sacred Heart in the second half with a final score of 12-3. The Vikings’ faced the Mountain View High School Spartans in what would be a heart-wrenching game. The team played hard but was ultimately defeated by an opponent the team had struggled with all year. The Vikings were shutout in the second quarter, but kept pace with Mountain view for the rest of the game, leading Paly to a 8-11 loss.
—Sam Blake Staff Writer
Girls’ swimming wins second place at CCS
Coming in with an undefeated record and high expectations for this year’s Central Coast Section (CCS) round, the Palo Alto High School girls’ swim team ended their successful season with a somewhat disappointing second place trophy. The girls’ were hoping to finish off their strong dual meet season with a first place title at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) meet held on May 20-21. The girls began the meet ahead of the Archbishop Mitty Monarchs by 10 points however a questionable call on an early start by Sarah Liang in the 200 yard medley race caused a disqualification. This team consisted of juniors Laura Cui and Margaret Wenzlau and seniors Sabrina Lee and Sarah Liang. “It was almost unreal, hearing that I had been [disqualified] after starting off the meet so well,” said Liang. “I ended up feeling pretty rotten for most of the meet but my friends and coach, Danny Dye, helped me right back up.” Furthermore, Liang does not believe this call was made correctly. “I believe the official made a bad call, given that I’ve been in this business for a decade now and have never been disqualified before, with touch pads and sensors on the blocks to actually calculate my reaction time, rather than a human’s judgment call (which can sometimes be inaccurate),” said Liang. Despite an upsetting beginning, junior Jasmine Tosky prevailed with two key wins in both the 100 yard butterfly and the 200 yard freestyle. With an unbelievably quick time 51.92 achieved on Friday in the 100 yard butterfly, Tosky broke the national high school record, originally held by Stanford swimmer and Olympic athlete, Misty Hyman. Margaret Wenzlau placed sixth in the 100 yard butterfly, while placing seventh in the 200 yard individual medley. Furthermore, Sarah Liang took second place in the 100 yard breaststroke while Sabrina Lee took fourth place in the 100 yard backstroke. “However, the team swam well despite the rough start,” Liang said. “They stepped it up to the best of their abilities and I found it all so admirable,Without their support, I would not have been nearly as resilient following the disqualification. I’m thankful to have been a part of this incredibly talented group of girls.”
June 3, 2011• A10
—Mayssen Labidi Sports Editor
Monte Vista, Homestead, Mitty defeated on way to championship By Jillian Chacon Staff Writer
The Palo Alto High School varsity baseball team won two out of three games against Wilcox High School, earning the league championship title. In the first game of the series, Wilcox defeated Palo Alto at home with a final score of 10-8. “We haven’t beat them yet and we finally played up to our potential of hitting the ball around the yard and letting them hit [the ball] and get themselves out, which is exactly what we did today,” senior pitcher Graham Marchant said. After losing their first game in a best-out-ofthree series against Wilcox, the Vikings redeemed themselves. “We had confidence the whole game and we knew we had to come prepared for them, because last game they came all the way back on us,” junior center fielder B.J. Boyd said. During the top of the first inning, Wilcox scored their first and last run. It was not until the bottom of the second inning when Palo Alto scored two runs and took the lead. With junior infielder Jack Witte on first, junior third-baseman John Dickerson hit a home run. At the end of the second inning, Palo Alto was leading 2-1. In the bottom of the third inning, with senior first baseman T.J. Braff on second base, senior infielder and pitcher Drake Swezey hit the ball to left field, bringing Braff home. Then, with Swezey on third base, Dickerson hit, bringing the score up to 4-1. During the fourth inning, the Viking defense brought three fast outs and were ready to hit again. In the bottom of the fourth inning, five runs were scored. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Swezey hit a home run making the final game score 10-1. According to Boyd, the team did a couple of things differently during their second game against Wilcox than their first game in the series, which proved to be successful. “We had great defense today and we kept our composure on the swing,” Boyd said. In the first round of Central Coast Section (CCS) against Monte Vista High School, the Vikings started off strong. During the bottom of the first inning, with Boyd on second base, senior Christoph Bono hit a grounder down the third base line, allowing for Boyd to score the team’s first run. Later in the inning, two more runs were scored by seniors Bono and Glazier. “We came out strong after the first inning, we scored three runs in the first inning,” Boyd said.
Varsity baseball wins CCS finals after defeating three top schools and winning a series of three games against Wilcox, bringing home the schools’ first CCS championship. “I think that we had a chance to beat them then, so we just pounded them.” The second inning was also successful for the Vikings. With senior outfielder Cory Tenanes on third, Boyd hit to outfield bringing Tenanes home and making the score 4-0. Bono stepped to the plate and Boyd stole to third base. Bono hit a grounder past second base allowing for Boyd to make it home. The score was now 5-0. The inning was not over yet, Bono scored the sixth run. It was not until the bottom of the fourth inning that Palo Alto scored more runs. Both Bono and Boyd scored one more run each, bringing up the score 8-0. Going into the fifth inning, Monte Vista finally put two runs on the score board. “Our defense was rough, we made two errors which [were] too many,” Glazier said. Although in the top of the fifth inning the Vikings’ gave up two runs to Monte Vista, the game was not over yet. In the bottom of the sixth inning, senior designated runner Jeff Cohen was on second base when junior outfielder Justin Grey hit a home run. The final score of the game was 10-2. Because Palo Alto defeated Monte Vista they went on to play against Homestead high school at PAL field in San Jose. Once again, Palo Alto were the winners, defeating Homestead 9-2.
After defeating Homestead, the Vikings’ won again against Archbishop Mitty Highschool, 5-2. “We had great defense today and we kept our composure in the swing,” Boyd said. In CCS finals, after a two hour rain delay, Palo Alto beat San Benito, 5-4, for their first CCS championship ever. “It felt really good to have all of our hard work rewarded and to win our first CCS baseball championship ever,” Braff said.
Baseball Scores @ Wilcox May 13, W 5-3 vs. Monte Vista May 18, W 10-2 vs. Homestead May 21, W 5-2 vs. Archbishop Mitty May 25, W 5-2 vs. San Benito May 28, W 5-4
Track advances to states after placements in CCS finals By Wesley Xiao Staff Writer
The Central Coast Section finals for track occurred on Friday, May 27. Palo Alto High School had three Paly runners and two relay teams advance to the finals. The girls’ 4 by 400 and boys’ 4 by 100 teams competed. Senior Grant Sauer will compete in the 110 meter high hurdles, senior Maurice Williams in the 100 meter race and sophomore Victor Du in the high jump. The Palo Alto High School boys’ track team shined in their last two team meets as they took first in both the De Anza League Finals and the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) Finals. The girls’ team placed fifth and ninth in the Leagues and SCVALs, respectively. After SCVALs, athletes advance based on their own individual performances. During Leagues on May 5, Paly’s boys’ short distance team once again showed its strength by taking first place in every event. Williams and junior Tremaine Kirkman took first place and third place, respectively, in the 100 meter race. Also a proficient jumper, Williams has placed in the top three in triple jump for leagues and SCVALs, with lengths of 43-05.50 and 42-05.00. He also placed second in both SCVALs and CCS Semi-Finals in the long jump with lengths of 22-01.00 and 21-10.00, respectively. Sauer took second place in the 110 meter high hurdles with a new personal record of 14.78. Du placed first in high jump and third in the long and triple jumps with scores of 6-02.00, 21-03.00 and 4201.25, respectively. Du also jumped 6-02.00 in the high jump during
Seniors Maurice Williams and Grant Sauer, sophomore Victor Du, the boys’ 4 by 100, and the girls’ 4 by 400 qualified for CCS . SCVALs but tied for first place with junior David Scarver from Fremont High School. His first place finish in SCVALs qualified him for the CCS semifinals, where he placed seventh with 6-02.00. As expected, the boys’ 4 by 100 relay team also took first place in leagues with a time of 43.06. The team had slowly improved its time, achieving a first place finish with 42.91 in SCVALs and a third place finish with 42.85 in the CCS Semi-Finals. The girls’ 4 by 400 relay team also performed well with a second place finish at SCVALs with a time of 4:06.28. They also placed fourth in the CCS Semi-Finals with a time of 4:04.54 qualifying them for a CCS Finals position.
“We struggled a bit trying to pull together a strong group for distance and hurdlers, but overall we didn’t do too badly,” junior team captain Lydia Guo said. “Our 4 by 400 relay team will be racing at CCS finals this Friday, which shows that we do have some talent.” Sophomore EJ Floreal took first place in the 200 and 400 meter with times of 22.19 and 50.11 respectively. “The plan in the 400 was to coast next to the leader until the last 100 then I’d out sprint everyone and it worked out to perfection,” Floreal said. Junior Nikolai Solgaard placed second in the 800 meter for both leagues and SCVAL’s with times of 2:00.54 and 2:00.81 respectively, and
while pleased with his performances he did not expect to move past CCS semifinals. “I was a little disappointed in not going under 2:00, I ran 2:00.8, but my place and just the overall race pleased me,” Solgaard said. “As for CCS, hopefully it will be under 2:00 but it will take an exceptional and pretty lucky race for me to make it to the finals.” Solgaard did not make it to the CCS Finals despite a new personal record of 1:59.04 in the CCS semifinals. He expects to run both cross country and track next year. In SCVALs, the short distance team swept the 100 meter dash with Williams, senior Miles Anderson and Kirkman taking first, second and third respectively. Anderson set a new personal record of 11.06, and attributes this to his hard work at practice. “I feel that I ran one of my best races at SCVALs. I ran my personal record of 11.06 and only [was] beaten by Maurice,” Anderson said. “At CCS our 4 by 100 team should place in the top three since we are ranked third in CCS. If we get in the top three that means we get to go to state.”
De Anza League Final May 5 Boys: 1st, 136 Girls: 5th, 47 SCVAL Finals May 13 Boys: 1st, 90 Girls: 9th, 20
Saint Francis beats Palo Alto girls’ lacrosse in SCVAL finals By Hannah Park Business and Ad Manager
The Palo Alto High School girls’ varsity lacrosse team ended their season Saturday, May 14, losing to Saint Francis High School 13-8 in their final Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) championship game. The Saint Francis Lancers were the only in-league team to defeat the girls during the whole season. “In the last game [against Saint Francis] we definitely weren’t playing our best lacrosse,” junior Emy Kelty said. “They had an amazing goalie and it was a really even game. It could have gone either way, we just didn’t put away our chances. We were
[a] better team than the rest of the teams in our league. Once we started playing our game we kept on winning, and in the end it didn’t go our way but we played well.” While keeping up a 11-2 league record, the teams’ effort and persistence was evident in their continuous wins over the course of the season. “[Our team was able to maintain our winning streak due to] team bonding and really focused practice,” senior Gayle Schumacher said.“When we came to practice, we had fun and we got to talk, but everyone was really dedicated, they worked really hard and they would stay after practice to practice their shots or work on their stick skills
and that’s what really made us successful, that kind of dedication.” Head Coach Jamie Nesbit watched the girls improve every day and rebuild their team after the loss of eleven seniors the previous season. The loss of several teammates affected the team early on in the season. The girls discovered younger talent in the underclassmen and learned to play with each other, improving team chemistry and collaborative teamwork on the field. “I was really happy with our league season we won [11-2] in the end and so that [was] really cool,” Kelty said. “I wish we had won the championship game at the
end, but overall it was a really good league season. Out of league we struggled, but we lost eleven seniors so it [was] expected.” In addition to the underclassmen filling the cleats of their predecessors, the junior varsity coach replaced the former head coach. Having experience with both junior varsity and varsity girls’ lacrosse teams, Nesbitt immediately picked the team up where it left off. Though falling short of their long-term goal to win the SCVAL championship, many of their goals were achieved, according to Nesbitt. The girls acquired various skills not only in playing, but in everyday life.
“I hope the girls learned a lot about what it means to work hard toward a common purpose,” Nesbitt said. “Teamwork is something that is so important, not only in sports, but in life as well. I know it sounds cliche, but learning how to work with other people you may have not known before to overcome obstacles is what is important in the long run. I learned a lot from my girls this year about what kind of coach I want to become. It is something I love doing, but I now have a better idea of what the team needs from me to be successful.” The team hopes to improve for next years regular season and SCVAL’s.
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Friday. June 3, 2011
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Don’t Park Here
nadavgavrielov in my opinion
YEAH, UH HUH, YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS. When I was a freshman, I wiped out on my bike in front of the entire junior varsity football team, something that I thought only happened in bad high school movies. You may be wondering why Nadav is bothering to tell you this story. You may also be wondering why he is speaking in the third person. Because I feel like it. After being an Editor in Chief of this newspaper for an entire year, isn’t it fair that I get to open with any story I choose and speak in whatever perspective I want, regardless of whether or not it is related to the rest of what I am writing and regardless of whether or not it makes sense? Yes, it is. I have spent a while now pondering what my final story for the Campanile should be. Should it be another investigative story? Perhaps a restaurant review? Maybe I should just focus on my memoir... I spent a huge amount of time this year investigating Paly Associated Student Body funds. It all started when I was annoyed by the high price of parking permits. I pondered why we had to pay $100 for permits when other schools in the area charge much less. You could do a lot of things with $100. Marc Havlik says you could buy a young chick for a mere $2.50 each (he’s not sure about a full grown chicken... he’ll get back to us on that one). How many chicks can Mr. Winston’s office hold? Rachel Stober says that she would spend the $100 on buying my love. Aww, Stobes! Campus celebrity George Brown says that if he had $100 to spend on anything, he would update his wardrobe for college and maybe get some clothes for all those naked seniors. Lets get to the point. Our story begins on a chilly November evening when I spoke to a man by the name of Assistant Principal Jerry Berkson (he’s the one who gets stuff done around here). After talking to him, the auditor and members of ASB, I realized that nobody really knew why parking permits were so expensive and that nobody has thought of changing the policy since it was first instated. I subsequently figured that I would be able to work with ASB and Berkson to change this policy and lower the price once and for all. I even boasted to my friends that I was very close to getting the price of parking permits lowered for the upcoming school year. Man, should I have waited. I had no idea what I was in for... getting stuff done around these parts is difficult. It’s not that you can’t ever get anything done here, it’s just that what you do get done is probably not what you originally intended. My quest to lower the price of parking permits resulted in several changes at Paly. I guess that’s great. I got some stuff changed here. My investigation led to the discovery of upwards of $200,000 in the ASB reserve account. ASB started a new budgeting process called zero-based budgeting which focuses on spending excess cash in a responsible manner. Additionally, the administration agreed to paint ‘staff’ onto staff parking spots in the Churchill lot and remove conflicting signs indicating staff and student parking spots in the same spaces so that students would stop getting ticketed (what a concept)! Six months, four articles and many conversations with Berkson later, June of my senior year has arrived and the price of parking permits will remain at $100 next year. The parking lot hasn’t even been renamed the Nadav Gavrielov Parking Lot. So why am I even bothering to tell you this extremely interesting story? Two reasons. First, follow your dreams bla bla bla. Second, so that you guys will continue to fight to lower the price of parking permits at Paly. Though it may take a lot of work and several generations of Paly students, we can get this changed. If enough people bother ASB and Mr. Berkson about this matter, it can happen. And so, ask not what your parking permit can do for you — ask what you can do for your parking permit. Ok that last part doesn’t really make sense but I think you got the point. Peace out Paly.
By Helen Chen
Senior Staff Writer
The fundamental materials needed in any classroom are paper, pencils and desks. At Palo Alto High School, desks vary from smooth, modernized black surface indicative of the science department to aged, wooden surfaces reflective of the desks’ own past. Regardless of these differences, all the desks share one thing in common: they are all canvases for diverse, student-made art. Writing and drawing on desks is a practice that goes as far back, if not further, than the oldest desk itself. It is an outlet for students to channel their boredom and creativity into by leaving their own personal flair on a mundane piece of school equipment. While some of the artwork on Paly desks has been profane, most artists enjoy creating lighthearted and entertaining works. “I normally draw uplifting things such as people under umbrellas on a rainy day or dancing fruit,” Jane, a Paly alumni who wishes to remain anonymous said. “Sometimes faces, side profiles, people in dresses, hideous monsters or animals if I’m really bored. My past project was just drawing a lot of figures under umbrellas on a ton of desks.” Typical desk doodles are simple quick sketches or the artist’s name with a few embellishments. However, some students have begun to take pride in their art and devote large periods of time to it. “I don’t plan out what I’m going to draw so I guess sometimes it could take a multitude
of days to make but not because whatever I’m drawing is really intricate,” Hilary, a senior who wishes to remain anonymous, said. “If I draw a flower one day and feel satisfied with it, the next day I might come in and think, ‘Hm, that flower could really use a dinosaur eating it.’ So then I draw it in. It’s all very spontaneous.” Any student or teacher at Paly is familiar with the experience of sliding into a desk and noticing a small drawing left by the previous person in that seat. A unique aspect of desk art is the possibility for improvement by various students on one piece. Since desks are used by multiple students on any given day, many artists have been pleasantly surprised by the additions of others to their original work. “The best thing about desk art is, without a doubt the add-ons from other periods,” Sam, a senior who wishes to remain anonymous said. “It’s sick when I leave something there and I come back the next day and like three people have made it even sicker.” One such collaboration occurred this past October on a desk in the science department. So many students from different class periods had added their own embellishments to the doodle that it had grown to resemble a mural. “One day I was telling my friend how when I draw dragon heads it looks like a horse, and drew it on the desk to show him. The next day someone had added a body
to it and dubbed it ‘Esteban’, so I guess it started from there,” Hilary said. “For three weeks or so people kept adding on to it until it covered the entire desk; it was truly a masterpiece.” Fiddling students still create various “masterpieces” on the desks despite the pleas from the janitorial staff and teachers to abstain from committing these minor acts of vandalism. “I wish that students would understand that the desks are on loan, and that they should take the responsibility for cleaning things that they will not keep,” Lim said. “The legal perspective is that desks — like books — are on loan, and therefore are California state property. So students should take care of them simply because they do not own [them].” Though students recognize the risk of essentially creating graffiti on the desks, they often do not face punishment at all. “Teachers never notice it — it just looks like you’re taking notes,” Hilary said. “The only other people who would see it are janitors and I’m pretty sure they just find it amusing because they rarely erase the drawings.” Teachers are aware of the issue, but feel less inclined to exert harsh consequences based on how commonly the issue occurs.
“I observe students drawing on desks basically every day,” Lim said. “When I see someone in action, I don’t make a huge deal out of it. Usually I just point out that it shouldn’t be done.” Due to the collaborative nature and anonymity of the art, it is difficult to locate the culprit who started the doodling. The artist is usually punished by the artwork getting erased or smudged. “Drawings aren’t too serious unless I like the outcome,” Jane said. “Then it’s pretty sad when they erase or smear.” Desk artists are usually conscious of not leaving any permanent damage on the desk by refraining from carving or using ink. “I use a mechanical pencil with graphite,” Jane said. “Pen would be permanent, and as much as I’d like to have my drawings last longer, I would be doing permanent damage to desks. If you like desk drawing go for it. Just remember: pencil plus eraser minus anything disgusting, obscene or particularly scarring equals good desk art.”
Friday, June 3, 2011 • B2
Civil War battle reenactments bring American history to life
Union, Confederate Army impersonators participate in annual simulation event By Brian Benton Editor in Chief
Seven score and ten years ago, war broke out between the northern United States of America and the southern Confederate States, pitting brother against brother and friend against friend for five years in what was the deadliest war in United States history. The Northerners were victorious in 1865, but the stories and memories live on for both sides, especially once a year at the Roaring Camp Civil War Reenactment. Here, some 200 history buffs volunteer to don blue or grey wool uniforms and ready their bayonets and rifles, stepping back in time 150 years onto a makeshift grass battlefield. The reenactment, now in its 30th year, takes place each Memorial Day Weekend at Roaring Camp Railroad in Felton, about ten minutes north of Santa Cruz. Five battles were acted out during the weekend, with the winners decided ahead of time by a “coin-toss or game of rock-paper-scissors” between the troops, according to a Union Private. The winner remains unknown to the spectators until the battles end, and although most expect a Union victory, the Confederates have been known to pull out a win from time to time as well. Regiments of soldiers march onto the football field-sized battle zone, shooting their muskets and launching imaginary cannonballs at each other, 1860s-style. The ground shakes with each cannon fire, sending billowing clouds of smoke into the air, soon evaporating into the sea of redwood trees surrounding them. Although no actual bullets or cannonballs are used, the weapons are all real, providing the thirty minute battle with a soundtrack of thunderous booms and bangs. Before and after the battles, the estimated 5,000 visitors were able to visit the troop camps and talk with some of the “soldiers,” explore the 19th century shops or take a photo with a President Abraham Lincoln impersonator. After a while, visitors dressed in modern-day apparel appear out of place while women dressed in elaborate gowns trimmed with lace, kids wearing knickers and high socks and men carrying muskets seem like the norm. When the battle begins, visitors have the choice of watching from the sidelines or riding the narrow gauge steam train to the opposite side of the field for a different view. “I’ve always been interested in the Civil War,” Virginia Artillery Captain Mark Allen Price said .“I loved it as a kid and read a lot about it, and [14 years ago] I watched the first battle of the day and thought ‘Oh, I like this.’ Between battles I found [a recruiter] and joined. I fought in the second battle and haven’t looked back.” Captain Price fights for the Confederacy because “all [his] blood is Southern blood,” and his ancestors fought for the South during the Civil War. “It’s funny,” Price said. “People don’t realize it but we still feel passionate about some of the same things they felt passion-
ate about back then. States’ rights, here we go again!” Other members are less impassioned with the political views and the honoring of ancestry that comes with Civil War reenacting and more so with participating for the camaraderie and good times. “I’m from England actually, but the guy that asked me to join Civil War reenacting was fighting for the South,” a member of the 5th Virginia Regiment said. “I’m a token liberal over here and I get in all sorts of trouble for shootin’ up my politics when I’m out here, but we’re all friends and we all get along. I’m having a ball over here and I wouldn’t want to switch sides.” Battles only take place about once a month, so the reenactors only see each other occasionally. Regiments can choose to attend a scheduled battle and fight alongside their fellow Confederate or Union soldiers, much like how the Civil War was actually fought. Sometimes, though, one side will outnumber the other and to make the battle more realistic, a regiment will need to switch allegiances for the day and fight for the opposing side. “You sort of decide [if you’re going to be Union or Confederate soldier], although sometimes people switch over,” a Union Private said. “I picked the 20th Maine for instance because it’s a family friendly organization.” Fighting alongside that Private was Lieutenant Ellis Spear, a 15-year member of the 20th Maine Regiment. Spear reenacts under the name of his great, great grandfather, who fought in the Civil War as a Union soldier. Spear enjoys the teaching aspect of reenacments and the fact that it’s an activity that his whole family can participate in and enjoy. “I’m a school teacher, so I love history,” Spear said. “Reenacting is great because you get to be an educator, and also because it’s a way for your whole family to get involved.” Some regiments take the desire to educate one step farther and participate at school and military events. “We work with the United States Army and attend their events; we do military funerals; we do parades and we do school presentations where we bring displays and we teach them about the war,” a member of the third United States Artillery said. The love that many of the reenactors have for educating is evident. A simple conversation with a soldier can quickly turn into a history lesson about anything from soldiers’ living conditions to the history of a specific regiment. The reenactors are more than passionate about history and are more than willing to answer any question that comes their way, about the Civil War or any other time period. Just how much does history encompass some of the reenactors lives? “I went to Lexington for my honeymoon!” Price said, smiling from underneath his bushy, 19th-century mustache. For more information on reenacting and future events, please visit http:// acwa.org.
Impersonators at the Roaring Camp Civil War Reenactment participate in a battle during Memorial Day Weekend. The volunteers dress in 1800s attire and act out a clash of North versus South,using real,but unloaded rifles and cannons.
Freshmen music enthusiasts bring lesser-known artists into spotlight Students maintain music blog to recommend unknown rap artists, indie bands By Laura Cui Senior Staff Writer
With mainstream artists flooding the music industry and taking over a majority of Palo Alto High School students’ iPods and CD players, many listeners are finding it difficult to discover fresh new artists. Paly freshman Kian McHugh attempts to solve this problem with his newly launched website, www.filthyslaps.com, where one can find a wide range of artists from Boston rapper Sam Adams to the mashup duo White Panda. A big fan of music his whole life, McHugh (along with Menlo School freshman Ben Taft) launched Filthy Slaps in April. McHugh’s passion for music was a big source of inspiration for his website. “Especially in the past couple of years, I’ve really followed the music industry,” McHugh said. “Ben put up the idea of making a website, so from there we just went with it.” Taft shares the same passion for music, and similarly puts it to great use through his website. “I’ve always loved music,” Taft said. “I would make playlists for myself and friends, burn CDs, and I’ve always loved new music especially. I would often times post some good music on my Facebook, and Kian would always do the same. One day, the idea just sparked of starting a site similar to ones we already loved and used, but with our music, it spontaneously went from there.” Filthy Slaps incorporates blogging with music sharing. Users can browse through the music collections, which are accompanied with brief descriptions by either McHugh or Taft. If users like what they hear, they have the option of downloading the song off the site for free. The site also contains music videos and interviews, some of which McHugh and Taft conduct themselves. From mixtapes and mashups to underground artists, Filthy Slaps brings a fresh taste to music listeners. McHugh is anticipating receiving a lot of public support for his rising site, both from the Paly community and from visitors throughout the music world. “The website has only been up for three weeks and we have around a hundred followers and 50 likes on Facebook,” McHugh said. “We get a couple hundred views on the site each day, so we’re happy with it, but we hope that it will definitely get bigger.”
McHugh does not intend to make a profit off of the website, and his present ambition for Filthy Slaps is simply to share his interest for the art of music. “The main goal is just to spread music and share it with people who might not know where to find music or how to come by these less known artists and just to spread the word about the music industry,” McHugh said. McHugh and Taft look forward to the future of Filthy Slaps. “We have some big ideas for the future such as concerts, but it’s hard to say what we want to achieve so early after we just launched the site,” Taft said.
In addition to his own knowledge of music, McHugh’s inspiration came from similar music-collection blogs like his. “I have a couple of favorite music websites that are pretty well known, like goodmusicallday.com and thekollection.com,” McHugh said. “Those were a couple of the websites that inspired me to make the website because it looked fun to just be able to write up reviews and have so many people see your music.” It may seem difficult to find underground artists, but McHugh not only discovers songs himself, but also assembles the songs from a wide range of sources.
“We get contacted by a lot of artists now,” McHugh said. “Getting emails [from] the artists is one of the big benefits. We even have a couple of artists who ask for interviews and such, so I got to interview the artists Azad Right and Walter Chiarella, which was really cool. A lot of people just send us their music, including fans.” McHugh’s personal favorites include Macklemore, Atmosphere and Mac Miller. Taft speculates about his personal favorites. “Everyone I post on the site is a favorite of mine,” Taft said. “Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller were my two favorite artists when they were just small, upcoming rappers. They hit fame recently, but before then, they were the idols in the upcoming music blogs when I started getting into the scene.” The website’s name is distinct and easily recognizable among users. “[Filthy] is a commonly used term among my friends,” McHugh said. “It just means kind of like cool or dope, so we used that for the first word. And then another term we like to use is ‘this song slaps.’ So by combining these two terms, we came up with filthyslaps.com.” Filthy Slaps has started gathering a fan base at Paly, and the expanding range of music options has generated more attention. “Kian’s starting to get a good variety of music in there with not just rap, but some indie stuff too,” senior Ken Wattana said. “He’s always been into music blogs so I think it’s great that he went out and started one himself. Hopefully he can find some new original artists to promote and break away from the stuff that other blogs are posting. That way he can find a niche and not be like fratmusic or camelback, other popular blogs.” McHugh has already made big progress in managing his website due to the commitment he puts into it. “I try to put at least one or two songs on it every day,” McHugh said. “Sometimes we’ll get a whole bunch or a playlist or a mixtape, so I definitely update it at least once a day.” With a long road ahead of him, McHugh is eager to take on the journey. “I just want to keep going with it,” McHugh said. “I have a lot of time to build on it, so I’m just looking forward to keep progressing with the website.”
FEATURES Warm weather raises concerns about sun safety The Campanile
June 3, 2011 • B3
Skin problems among issues caused by too much exposure to sun By Maddie Berger Spotlight Editor
Spring has finally arrived, bringing an end to cold winter weather. The warm temperatures signal the season of beach trips and lazy days in the sun, so it is important to keep one’s skin safe from harmful ultraviolet rays. Sun damage not only causes wrinkles and sunspots, but also can lead to melanoma, according to WebMD. Skin cancer is currently the most common form of cancer in the United States and according to WebMD, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. While it is always fashionable to get a tan for summer, many people do not realize just how much damage the sun can do, and do not take the proper steps to prevent damaging their skin. It can be hard to tell what the best way to avoid heavy sun damage is with the many myths about sun safety that are out there. There are many signs of sun damage but the most common one is sunburn. While some people burn more easily, everyone’s skin becomes damaged after extended sun exposure. “There is a major myth that if you don’t burn you’re not getting sun damage, and that if you’re getting tan it’s healthy and you’re protecting your skin, but that’s not true,” Ellen Schneider, M.D. said. “Tanning is also damaging to your skin.” Many people believe that getting a base tan will prevent further sun damage. While it may prevent some people from getting burned, sitting out in direct sunlight still exposes one’s skin to ultraviolet light. According to Up to Date Medical Database, the wavelengths of ultraviolet light are known to induce DNA mutagenesis, which means that the DNA mutates. No matter how skin reacts to UV light, the cells are still damaged by ultraviolet light. The common belief that lightskinned people are more susceptible to sun damage than dark skinned people is true. While dark-skinned people can still accumulate sun damage, it is true that lighter skin gets damaged more easily than darker skin.
Sunscreen helps to reduce the amount of sun damage while preventing wrinkles and skin cancer. A fair amount of SPF 15 or higher should be applied regularly during any outdoor activities, as skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, the risk for melanoma is ten times higher for light-skinned people than for those with darker skin. People with fair skin, freckles and light hair have an even higher risk, with red-haired people having the highest risk. However, just because one’s skin is fair does not mean that he or she is sure to develop skin cancer. Other factors, including the amount of ultraviolet light exposure, have a bigger impact on a person’s risk of developing melanoma. Regardless, people of any skin tone should take precautions against sun damage. Another overlooked statistic is that men have a higher rate of developing melanoma than women, which could be because women tend to wear sunscreen more often then men. It is also untrue that wearing sunscreen prevents skin damage.
“Sunscreen doesn’t work very well because it washes off [easily], people don’t put enough on, people don’t re-apply often enough, and it doesn’t mean that you’re not getting any sun,” Schneider said. “[The labels], like SPF 50, mean that you can be in the sun 50 times longer than someone without any sunscreen on, with the same amount of sun getting on your skin.” But almost nobody uses the amount of sunscreen that will actually give them that amount of protection, it’s just that it takes longer to get damaged.” However, sunscreen still helps to reduce the amount of damage over a period of time. The American Academy of Dermatologists recommends that for any outdoor activity, adults should use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher,
and that children should use one with SPF 30 or higher. Also, sunscreen that contains ingredients that physically block UV rays are more effective and less allergenic than those that chemically block UV rays. When buying sunscreen, look for ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are physical blockers of UV rays. In addition, it is true that artificial tanning is worse for skin. There are three types of ultraviolet rays that can damage the skin. UVA and UVB rays make up sunlight, while ultraviolet C rays are blocked by the ozone layer and do not reach the surface of the earth. While both UVA and UVB rays cause sunburns, premature aging and sun damage, UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing more
deadly forms of skin cancer such as melanoma. “A tanning bed is dangerous because it uses UVA light, and it used to not be understood that UVA light also causes sun damage,” Schneider said. “But both UVA and UVB cause sun damage, and if you tan out in the sun you’ll get both UVA and UVB light. If you go to a tanning salon, you get just UVA light, which is [actually] more dangerous.” Overall, the highly concentrated UVA rays in tanning beds make using them much more dangerous than tanning in the sun. Sun exposure also helps the body build Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the body maintain strong bones and teeth, a healthy cardiovascular system and has also been shown to help prevent some cancers and forms of diabetes.
While it is true that exposing one’s skin to sun helps one’s body create Vitamin D, due to the high rate of skin cancer in the United States, many doctors recommend relying on other sources for Vitamin D. “You can’t get Vitamin D very well from food,” Schneider said. “You get Vitamin D from oil and you can take Vitamin D in tablets.” Besides fish oil, Vitamin D can be found in food specially fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk, some cereals and yogurt. “Everyone I test has low Vitamin D levels, so the thought is that your body isn’t able to make Vitamin D from the sun as you get older, but even relatively young people [do not have enough],” Schneider said. “It’s probably more important to protect your skin and then take a supplemental Vitamin D.” Both the daily exposure one receives from being out and a diet that includes these foods are usually enough to prevent serious Vitamin D deficiency. Therefore, it is not necessary to “tan” to obtain a healthy amount of Vitamin D. Skin cancer develops when mutations to DNA accumulate and cells begin to divide unconditionally. “If you damage your cell, than you need to replace your cell,” Schneider said. “If you have a lot of sun damage your cells have to be replaced more frequently, and the more you replace a cell, the more times it has to divide and replicate, and the more times you compel things to do that, then eventually you are more likely to get an error, [or melanoma].” Melanoma occurs when there is excessive cell damage to melanin cells, which produce pigment that colors the skin. However, while melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, the majority of skin cancer cases affect cells at the base of the outer layer of the skin, according to the American Cancer Society. This type of skin cancer occurs in areas more exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears and back of hands. Non-melanoma skin cancer rarely spreads to other parts of the body, while melanoma does.
graduation 2011 By Maddie Berger, Brian Benton, Justin Choi and Nadav Gavrielov
t seems that just yesterday, the Class of 2011 arrived in front of the Haymarket Theater for Freshman Orientation. These past four years have been full of friends, laughs, awkward moments, challenges to overcome and so much more. Through accomplishments in the arts, sports championships, Spirit Weeks, changes in the administration, construction and a host of other events, the Class of 2011 has finally reached the final moments of high school. On top of a fantastic academic school year, the seniors led Paly sports teams in achieving four Central Coast Section Championships in addition to two State Championships. This senior class will never forget the people we met, the flooded campus, the music on the quad, the chickens during Streak Week or the classes we took. Take it easy Paly!
Wish I’had Known
West Coast 54%
East Coast 19% Midwest 10%
Gap Year 2% International 3% The South 3%
best excuse for cutting AP classes post-AP’s • the weather • playing frisbee on the quad • “sports match” • a quickie • Wilner • Sprinkles • I’m a senior • I was waiting for Godot • my doctor says I need more exercise and they were playing frisbee outside... • tanning • free Panda Express • overslept then played Portal 2 • there was a dihydrogen monoxide spill I had to help clean up • forgot to go to class • sorry your class is boring • no excuse • mordor • hangover • 4-20-2011
it all works out in the end • that all the BC calc tests can be found online • how to dance • you don’t get cuts for tutorial • to take ceramics • not to take APES • how to dougie • how Illusions dances work • how much money I would blow on cupcakes this year • to be friends with the administration • not to take AP English • how to use a condom properly • that I’m a lightweight • the Muffin Man • adderall existed • all of the answers • who was teaching the classes before I chose them • Mr. Bungarden • James Franco • who told on me for playing BP in the Paly theater • Elaine Yau • how to get on the roof
Locations of Paly Colleges
most embarrassing moment
I got caught singing in the bathroom when I thought I was alone • ripping my pants three times in a row at Field Day • getting freshman friday-ed • freshman year • being told to stop making out by his mother • buying food from the student center • Ms. Lawrence telling the whole class my test scores in AP chem • bumping into the librarian while buying alcohol • running into a portable with my car • I fell off the bus at prom • drunk texting everyone • I have too many it’s not even funny
Final confessions Marc Havlik
Senior Pet Peeves
getting hit by frisbees • underdressed underclassmen • underclassmen parking in the back parking lot • when people ask to borrow paper...they never give it back • non-seniors on the deck • juniors • junior drivers • tutorial • laughing freshman girls • math class • the lax bros • dumb rips • when freshmen don’t move out of the way • people asking how to get into college • people who ask questions in class just to ask questions • loose sophomores • underclassmen at Prom • fire drills • work after APs • man-
datory tests on cut day
Wish I HaD Wish I Hadn't put friends in front of work • a car • lived a little more • streaked • an A in art • gone to the state football game • gotten to ride in Mary’s cart • sex • taken the ACT instead of the SAT • met him sooner • Ms. Angell for all of my English classes • money • my
license • partied harder
taken seven classes senior year • dated you • gone to JB’s • school • eaten so many Sprinkle’s cupcakes • gotten punknastied so much • waited until the last minute to do my college apps • gone to Illusions • gotten senioritis junior year • had a Myspace • lent Vivian Landa my jeans • asked VDB how old she was • gotten that hickey • taken any class Wixsom teaches • eaten those redvines • gotten caught for egg wars • signed up for theater • smoked ganj • put school over my friends
I will actually miss Paly • I stole a glue stick from Mr. Sabbag • I really wish that Mr. Bungarden had taught us more about moundbuilders • I occasionally quote HSM • I like Mr. Friedland • I spend too much time on facebook • I wish I had relaxed and enjoyed life • should have manned up sooner • as great as an experience Paly has been I can’t wait to get out of this bubble • everything changes Senior year • I was the one who played beer pong in the Paly theater • I never completed my math homework • I’m afraid to go to college • confessions don’t matter, it’s all under the bridge. Later 2011, it’s been real
Where's the party at?
Trina’s birthday • John Brunett’s • Paolo’s garage • backhouse • Werry park • baba • AP English with VDB • the ARC • Berman’s garage • find yourself a tent • Larry’s • not Illusions • Stanford frat houses • the band room • Juli Gaeta’s house • Paly quad • wherever I am • unfortunately John Brunett’s house • in a bottle of vodka • auto shop • CU Boulder • camping
Congratulations class of 2011!
Humboldt State University (1) University of California, Davis (12)
Sonoma State (2) University of California, Berkeley (23) Saint Mary’s College (2)
University of the Pacific (1) San Francisco Art Institute (1)
Academy of Art in San Francisco (2)
Cornell College (1) Coe College (1)
Marinello School of Beauty (1) University of San Francisco (2)
California State University, San Francisco () San Francisco State University (4) College of San Mateo (1) Notre Dame De Namur University(1) Stanford University (6) Foothill College (17) De Anza College (2) Pepperdine University (1) Santa Clara University (5) San Jose State University (2) University of California, Santa Cruz (12) California State University, Monterey Bay (2)
Carleton College (3) Grinnell College (1)
University of Washington (3) Seattle University (2) University of Puget Sound (5) Gonzaga University (1)
WA MT ND MN
Willamette University (1) University of Oregon (3)
South Oregon University (1)
University of California, Merced (1)
Cuesta College (1)
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (4) Santa Barbara City College (4) University of California, Santa Barbara (12)
University of Arizona (6)
University of California, Los Angeles (8) Loyola Marymount University (1) University of Southern California (5)
University of Colorado, Boulder (12)
University of Denver (1) Colorado College (1)
Occidental College (2) Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (1) University of California, Riverside (1)
Texas Christian University (1) University of Texas Austin (1) Baylor University (1) Rice University (1)
Whittier College (1) University of La Verne (1) Cal Poly, Pomona (1) Pomona College (2) Chapman University (3) University of California, Irvine (1)
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Rayonna Adams Kelsey Agostini Elizabeth Augilar Gabriel Aguilar Aisha Ahmed Dominic Al Shamari Mary Albertolle Anthony Ambrosio-Meir Kevin Anderson Miles Anderson Alexander Asirvatham Justin Austin Rosario Avelar-Romo B Hiroki Baba Samantha Banks Jesus Barron Elliott Beckstrom Carlo Behtash Amelia Bell Sam Bellows Emily Benatar Liz Berg Adrienne Bergen Noah Berman Teyana Bernard Sarah Berry Nyle Bickford Jordan Bismuth Monjira Biswas Danielle Blonstein Christoph Bono Grace Borchers Iris Borkovsky Pierre Bourbonnais T.J. Braff Ryan Brenner Melanie Brenton George Brown T’erra Brumfield John Brunnett Carolyn Burt Michael Buteau Helen Butler C Susannah Cai Grace Cain Emma Calderon Jonathan Callahan Rachel Capelouto Crissy Carano Patrick Carilli Erik Castaneda Biby Chacon Lucas Chan Allison Chang Saira Chawla Chloe Chen Dennis Chen Erin Chen Helen Chen Joshua Chin Justin Choi Michelle Chung Gadi Cohen
Fresno State Loyola Marymount University Foothill College Undisclosed Undisclosed San Francisco State University Prep School, East Coast University of Cal., Santa Barbara University of Cal., Los Angeles Stanford University Depauw University Undisclosed Undisclosed University of Pacific Waseda University American University Undisclosed University of Colorado, Boulder Cornell University Carleton College New York University Washington University, St. Louis University of Puget Sound University of California, Davis Brandeis University Undisclosed University of Victoria Cal. State University, Monterey Bay Drexel University University of Michigan Case Western Reserve University University of Cal., Los Angeles University of Colorado, Boulder Undisclosed University of California, Berkeley Santa Clara University Franklin & Marshall College South Oregon University Tufts University Undisclosed Ithaca College Santa Barbara City College Academy of Art University Virginia Polytechnic Institute Maryland Institute College of Art Cal Poly, San. Luis Obispo University of Denver University of Arizona Case Western Reserve University Princeton University Cal. State University, Monterey Bay De Anza College Stetson University Georgetown University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Santa Cruz Georgetown University Boston College University of California, Berkeley Boston University Northeastern University University of California, Davis Washington University, St. Louis Brown University
Arizona State University (2)
Jeffrey Cohen Max Cohen Megan Coleman Haley Conner Ricardo Contreras Paolo Cu Unjieng Michael Cullen Lance Cummins Laura Cutkosky Noa Dagan Leigh Dairaghi Jackie Dang Veronica Dao Sydney Davis Caitlin Dazey Perla de Anda Paul de Groot Lexie DeStefano Paige Devine Emma DiFilippo Rebecca Dixon Ashley Dodge Ava Dordi Sidonie Duchene Brandon Dukovic Julia Edholm Emily Efland Loren Enochson Alexander Enriquez David Ervin Camille Ezran Paul Fallon Justin Fang Adam Fisher Arielle Fishman Connor Fitzgerald Alexander Flatley Lucas Fodor Dylan Foster DJ Fotsch Jacqueline Friduss Cory Fung Marie Furter Julia Gaeta Anna Gale Tony Gallegos Alicia Galliano Cory Garcia Nadav Gavrielov Sovi Gegamyan Margot Gerould Anna Glaves William Glazier Alfredo Gonzalez Bill Gray Samuel Greene Grace Greenwood Brittany Gronachon Amanda Groziak Juan Gutierrez Jessica-Nicole Guzman Kristina Guzman Kimberley Hallsted Andrew Hammer
Scripps College (1)
Hendrix College (1)
Claremont McKenna College (2) University of San Diego (1) University of California, San Diego (2)
Miami University Tufts University Claremont McKenna College Claremont McKenna College Undisclosed San Francisco State University University of California, Davis University of Michigan University of Mary Washington Gap year, Vanderbilt University Carleton College University of San Francisco University of British Columbia University of San Diego Undisclosed Foothill College Foothill College University of California, San Diego Texas Christian University University of Cal., Los Angeles Humboldt State University Foothill College University of California, Berkeley Foothill College University of Washington at Seattle Amherst College Yale University College of San Mateo Foothill College Undisclosed University of California, Berkeley Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo University of Michigan University of California, Santa Cruz University of Southern California Denison University University of Arizona Lewis & Clark University University of California, Santa Cruz Marquette University University of Chicago University of California, Riverside University of California, Santa Cruz Foothill College University of Colorado, Boulder Community College in So. California Undisclosed University of California, Santa Cruz George Washington University Undisclosed Yale University University of Michigan Tufts University Foothill College University of Arizona University of California, Berkeley Cornell University Foothill College Barnard College San Jose State University Foothill College Saint Mary’s College of California Whittier College University of Chicago
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FEATURES Young geniuses thrive in new alternative math class
B8 • June 3, 2011
Mathematics “masterclass” encourages students to read between the numbers By Grace Fang Technology Editor
The warm sun shines down on a lazy Saturday afternoon as the cloudless blue sky engulfs Palo Alto in a sweet, relaxing atmosphere. Light illuminates every plant, flower and leaf; the birds sing soft lullabies as if they want you to lay down and fall asleep. People all over the town take time to cherish theses artistic aspects of nature. However, somewhere in Palo Alto, a group of young geniuses appreciate a different type of art, tackling a difficult problems or grasping a challenging mathematical concept. One of these mathematicians is former Palo Alto High School student John Boyle, who has been collaborating with professor Laurens Gunnarsen, as well other mathematically talented youth regularly on Saturdays for almost two years. After taking honors math Analysis under Math Department Supervisor Radu Toma at Paly his freshman year and Advanced Placement (AP) BC Calculus under Dave Deggeller at Gunn High School his sophomore year, Boyle decided to take a different path to continue his study of mathematics. While many high school students enroll in Stanford University math classes after completing the AP BC Calculus course before senior year, Boyle chose not to continue his studies in mathematics at the university. Instead, he chose to collaborate with Gunnarsen, who was trained as a mathematical physicist with a Ph.D. in General Relativity from the University of Chicago, and currently teaches mathematically gifted youth like Boyle. “For the last year or so, I’ve been meeting more or less weekly with a small group of math people and a mathematician,” Boyle said. “Usually we’ll have something to talk about. The students will have a topic or a puzzle, [the] students will have some progress on a puzzle to present, or we’ll talk about and work on a problem together.” Gunnarsen founded the class in Dec. 2009 after teaching in Stanford Math Circles, a prestigious math program designed for students K-12 who are serious in math, and has been coordinating the classes almost every Saturday since. He likes to refer to the informal classes as “masterclasses” which are taught in the same style and structure as art classes are taught. According to Boyle, the masterclass does not have tests, grades or a set curriculum. Instead, it is a casual class with a very open and free environment, which allows students to relax and soak in information. Saratoga High School sophomore Kevin Garbe, currently taking Trigonometry and Precalculus at his school, met Gunnarsen at Stanford Math Circle around two years ago. At the time, Gunnarsen was one of the teachers there. When Gunnerson left to pursue his own ways of teaching, Garbe continued under Gunnarsen’s instruction. According to him, the masterclass focuses on the art of math instead of viewing it as a duty. “Compared to school, the masterclass is more casual and into the derivations and beauties of mathematics rather than following a set curriculum with a set of problems,” Garbe said. Gunnarsen believes that like arts, mathematics can only truly be learned by approaching it using one’s personal instincts instead of an imposed teaching and rote
memory. By creating a learning atmosphere that is relaxing and without boundaries to retain students’ thinking, students learn to think outside the box and approach problems creatively. “Mathematics is an art, and like all arts you can only learn it by doing,” Gunnarsen said. “But it’s crucial to retain your own personal taste and instincts, and a teacher who tries to impose his own on you is doing you no favors.” After some time, Gunnarsen devoted his time to working individually with students. He established close teacher-student connections with each of them, which he feels is beneficial. “I work with kids one-on-one, and I put a lot of energy into building the sort of relationship with my students that encourages them to relax and play, to be wild-minded and uninhibited and adventurous,” Gunnarsen said. “For my purposes, this is absolutely essential to success.” Though Gunnarsen teaches his students a great deal, Gunnarsen has discovered his most preferred and effective way of teaching this particular group of talented youth is allowing them to formulate their own ways of combatting challenging problems. “Now I prefer to convey the things I want my students to understand through the medium of puzzles and games,” Gunnarsen said. “ I want my students to see for themselves what’s lurking behind these devices. I want them to find their own path to the secrets implicit in them, and I rejoice if their approaches differ greatly from the one I had in mind.” Gunnarsen believes that it is crucial for students to be immersed and in love with math for them to feel like their work is important, especially with tedious problems that require patience. He feels obsession for anything can serve as an impetus for his students to strive toward a deeper understanding of the subject while maintaining their enthusiasm and love for their work. “I always strive to teach by tantalizing,” Gunnarsen said. “My most important goal is to cause my students to become obsessed by deep mathematical mysteries, because without obsession, you really haven’t a hope of doing anything really worth doing. Real, serious math is just way too hard and way too exhausting to do out of a mere sense of duty. ” Though these students are taking classes at their schools that are relatively easier compared to the concepts that they explore in the masterclass, the weekly meetings have still helped them better understand the concepts that are taught in their math classes at school. “I’d say that my understanding of any math taught in high school was already pretty high when the masterclass started, so it didn’t have much effect on my high school math class,” Homestead High School senior Alex Mennen said. “Although, there are a few instances where I initially missed something in high school level math that Laurens pointed out.” In addition, the way that the masterclass heavily emphasizes the creative approach to a problem as well as more specific topics that are not taught in school have helped students such as Paly freshman Aaron Slipper with his understanding of certain material covered in his math class.
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“The math I do with Laurens has, to a certain extent, helped me in the Analysis classroom,” Slipper said. “Though [Laurens] stresses the creative side of math far more than he does the problem-solving side, there are some problems that I encounter in Analysis that I am prepared for by concepts or theorems that I have learned under the provocation of Laurens.” Last summer, Gunnarsen and the students invited John Horton Conway and John von Neumann, a distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, to stay with the masterclass for about two weeks. According to Conway, he and Gunnarsen met each other through a series of math camps. “I used to go to these math camps that go on for five weeks,” Conway said. “I would go to one week of each of them, and I met [Gunnarsen] at one of them.” Conway believes that the masterclass provides a great opportunity for mathematically talented youth to meet other students alike, since oftentimes the “math geniuses” are isolated from the rest of their math class at school. “[They] meet other kids, and often in a math class there is one kid that is the best in math in his class with no one to talk to, and at these masterclasses they are able to meet other kids in the same position,” Conway said. Conway taught the summer math camp not only because Professor Gunnarsen asked him to, but also because
he was interested in meeting new young mathematicians. The informal camp was not such a rigid responsibility for him because he mainly talked about what he felt like, according to Conway. “I taught the summer camp because Laurens asked me to, but also because I was interested in talking to young mathematicians,” Conway said. “[The camp] wasn’t so much of a responsibility for me because I mostly just talked about the things I liked.” According to Slipper, masterclass students spent nearly the entire day discussing math with Conway. They listened to whichever topics Conway wanted to discuss, including concepts that are not purely mathematics. In addition, masterclass students shared their own discoveries with him, and Conway would then review and discuss about their approaches. “[We] also showed him our own investigations, and let him comment on our approaches and expositions,” Slipper said. “We learned a great deal from him, and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.” The summer camp that the students participated in with Professor John Conway was the highlight of their masterclass experience, according to Boyle and Slipper. Students explored mathematics at a deeper level of understanding and also formulated their own mathematical theories.
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New Google laptop offers new operating system, cloud-based apps
Chromebook boasts blazing speed, capable software, Google tools, but runs into occasional glitches By Mikey Abrams Editor in Chief
T h e C h r o m e b o o k C R- 4 8 , Google’s brand new laptop, is the revolution the laptop industry has been approaching for the past decade. While the growing trend in laptops is cheaper, smaller devices that are designed to optimize Internet use, Google has decided to bypass transitional models and instead take a giant leap forward with its Chromebook — the device which is exclusively devoted to the Internet. Google’s decision is certainly risky, as the device’s complete reliability on the Internet is amazingly fresh yet also incredibly difficult to implement. The Chromebook’s design fits its purpose — it is more utilitarian than flashy, if only because what is most exciting is on the inside of this computer. That said, the Chromebook certainly can compete with stylish Netbook competitors, with its sleek and bold dark black coloring. The look of the computer is more mature than playful, which is a contrast to Apple’s more playful Macbook competitor. Lifting up the screen reveals a small, somewhat cramped keyboard and matted screen. The screen is 10.5 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall, which is noticeably larger than a Netbook screen but too small to compete with other PCs and the Macbook, which offer much larger, bolder screens. The screen itself is not very bright and lacks vivid coloring, which is typical of most computers this size. In addition, the Chromebook offers a webcam for Skype (although disappointingly not high definition quality) and a clickable trackpad similar to that of the Macbook line. As a whole, although completely functional and certainly sleek, the design is a bit boxy and also a little too reminiscent of an Apple laptop. On the inside, the Chromebook is powered by an Intel Atom processor, which is standard for laptops of this size. Although the computer is somewhat slow when loading websites and switching tabs, the Chromebook is
surprisingly fast at starting up. After and amateur editing and display, putting the computer to sleep by working “in the cloud” is easier than shutting the top, the computer is expected. Chrome OS is the perfect completely functional again within complement to the Internet-savvy just one second after opening it up user who is ready to experiment with again. cloud-computing, as its zippy speed This speed is unparalleled for a and easy interface make surfing the computer in this class, and although web a great experience. it may simply be a product of the Particularly noteworthy is Chromebook not having any saved Google’s Chrome Web Store, which files or desktop, the Chromebook’s allows Chrome OS users to purchase speed is a major advantage. or download web applications for The best part of the Chromebook free. Where Chrome OS truly shines, experience, however, is Chrome however, is in the web apps devoted to OS, G oogle’s cloud computs o f t w a re f o r ing. IncreasChromebook. The Google Chromebook ing amounts U n l i k e a n y release date is June 15 with of apps on the other software, one model built by Samsung Chrome Web Chrome OS Store are deworks in com- and one by Acer. Customvoted to makplete symbiosis ers can expect mid to high ing using the with the Interas the range Netbook prices, in the Internet net. Gone is any primar y site remnant of a $500 to $700 range. of computing desktop, foldmuch easier ers, saved files, and efficient. or even stored applications. After Web applications range from logging onto an account, what pops games like Angry Birds to social media up is simply a website homepage. sites like Facebook.Where Chrome OS Users cannot navigate beyond truly shines, however, is in the web this Internet browser; more tabs apps devoted to cloud computing. can be added and deleted, but the For the regular student, however, Chrome browser is always open. the Chromebook is too much too Because Chrome OS only allows ac- soon. Students and adults alike need cess to Internet, the usage of Google to use applications like Microsoft proprietary sites such as Google Word, and many consumers still value Docs for word processing, Picasa for the security of the ability to save files images and Google Talk for chat is to a desktop. In addition, the inability forced. In addition, saved files such to download attachments to emails or as JPEG images and Microsoft Word even use the computer at all without documents cannot be viewed. Email Internet access are issues consumattachments of these file types are ers need to realize before buying a also inaccessible. Chrome OS computer. Although new users may be Chrome OS also does not offer skeptical about this lack of freedom compatibility with iPods, iPhones or regarding downloading files, for iTunes, and Chrome OS does not ofmost primary and secondary school fer many alternatives that can match students, Chrome OS surprisingly the convenience and comfort of these provides many of the tools users devices. need for work and fun. As Google Beyond these flaws, browsing Docs increasingly becomes a popular the web normally on Chrome OS is tool for students to save work online smooth enough, but Chrome OS’s and websites like Flickr become main benefit in this realm is its immore prevalent for professional peccable speed.
The Chromebook CR-48, built by both Samsung and Acer,will run on the Google Chrome OS. The computer, which will be released on June 15, solely uses the internet and has no desktop. Images also generally take longer to load, while some images cannot load at all. Blogspot, Flickr and New York Times all perform well on Chrome OS, while Paly Voice and vikingsportsmag.com also function properly with the software. Email clients such as Mobile Me and Yahoo! Mail also work perfectly, but some of Google’s own websites disappointingly do not work flawlessly. Google Docs documents had problems correctly loading and viewing documents. In addition, the website took considerably longer to load than on an adjacent Macbook Pro. Gmail, however, works better on Chrome OS than on any other browser, as the Google Chat feature and all the other additions to Gmail were seamlessly integrated.
Chrome OS also offers a few additional perks that Google emphasizes. When users first log on to a Chromebook computer, they log on with their preexisting Google accounts from their Gmail email. After they log on initially, they can then visit any Chromebook and immediately open up their account to all the tabs and files they had left open on their account, ultimately adding to the Chromebook’s emphasis on cloud computing. The Chromebook also boasts a highly durable battery that can last 6 to 8 hours, which makes the computer attractive to travelers or students who wish to bring their computer to school without worrying about charging their computers. Furthermore, in The Campanile’s own tests, the computer
lasted up to a week on a single charge with light daily usage. Although the CR-48 model reviewed in this article will not be released to the public, the Chrome OS software on the model will be installed on two Chromebook models to be released for sale on June 15 on Amazon.com. One Chromebook will be built by Samsung and one will be built by Acer. Both computers offer very similar specifications according to Google, but the Acer computer has a higher definition, albeit slightly smaller, screen than the Samsung computer. Pricing information is yet to be released, but customers can expect mid to high range Netbook prices, in the $500 to $700 range.
Upcoming movies, concerts present diverse summer entertainment options Summer movies big on sequels, 3-D
Local concert scene to heat up in coming months
By Bailey Cassidy
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Senior Staff Writer
As the school year comes to an end and the lazy days of summer approach, one thing that everyone looks forward to is retreating to an air-conditioned movie theater to get a break from hot-outside temperatures. With so many options, it is difficult to decide which movie to buy a ticket for, but here are some films expected to make a big splash this summer.
X-Men: First Class
In the latest installment of the X-Men film series, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) start out as regular men, but eventually discover that they possess superhuman powers and change their names to Professor X and Magneto, respectively. The film is set in 1963, in the midst of the Cuban missile crisis, when Professor X and Magneto were allies, working together with a team of mutants who also have super human powers. In the process, however, conflict developed between Professor X and Magneto, making them brutal enemies. Die-hard X-Men fans will be somewhat disappointed that the film adaptation has changed some aspects of the original comic books, such as the time line and character back stories. However, this film has a strong cast, great director (Matthew Vaughn) and inviting previews, so it is possible that it will be a box office success. X-Men: First Class is rated PG-13 and opens June 3.
This film, set in the summer of 1979, follows a group of friends who notice strange events happening in their hometown after witnessing a mysterious train crash. The friends then begin to investigate the frightening supernatural occurrences in their small town. This movie has attracted much attention because J.J. Abrams, producer of the hit TV show Lost, wrote and directed it. Super 8 is a unique film in that it mixes the genres of mystery, science-fiction and thriller. Based on the film’s very intriguing previews, this melding of genres will likely be favorable for audiences. Super 8 is not yet rated and opens June 10.
In the sequel to Pixar’s summer 2006 animated film Cars, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) races against the fastest cars in the world at the World Grand Prix. His best friend, Tow Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), who has never left their small hometown of Radiator Springs, comes along for the ride and finds himself out of place in the world’s most refined cities, leading to some hilarious moments. This 3-D movie is expected to accelerate to box office success with children and adults alike, and based on its lively previews, will be much more exciting than its predecessor. Cars 2 is rated G and opens June 24.
Summer is rapidly approaching and that means that the Bay Area’s concert calendar is heating up. From grunge rock reunion tours to music festivals, one will be able to find a show to suit his or her fancy in the coming summer months.
Live 105’s BFD (6/5)
Local radio station Live 105’s BFD is one of the most highly anticipated concerts of the summer. With three stages and over 30 bands, BFD has been a favorite for many years and this year promises to keep the good reviews coming. With headliners Linkin Park and Snoop Dogg, there really is something for everyone at this show. New York indie garage rock band The Strokes will be playing to promote their new album Angles. Among other stages, the Bud Light Festival Stage features bands that are not big enough to headline but still have hits and a following, such as Neon Trees and Foster the People. A local bands stage gives concert-goers the opportunity to find new music by lesser known local bands hand selected by the station’s staff and listeners. With less expensive ticket prices than many shows this summer, BFD promises to be one of the biggest draws this summer, especially considering the list of all-star bands set to play.
Kid Cudi (6/19)
Cleveland, Ohio rapper Kid Cudi’s nationwide tour for his new album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, stops off at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in the middle of June, and is a hot ticket for hip-hop fans. Famous for his singles “Pursuit of Happiness” and “Soundtrack 2 My Life” as well as the underground hit “Day’N’Nite,” Cudi’s concert will attract a large range of fans, from underground lovers to mainstream fans. Tickets are in the $40 to $50 range, which is well worth it for fans.
This comedy will take viewers right back to hallways and classrooms reminiscent of those of Palo Alto High School. Cameron Diaz plays a foul-mouthed high school teacher who pursues one of her male colleagues (Justin Timberlake) after being dumped by her boyfriend. This move pits her against one of the school’s most popular teachers and results in dramatic, humorous mishaps throughout. Intended for adult audiences, this comedy will leave viewers laughing. Bad Teacher is rated R and opens June 24.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
In the third Transformers film, the Autobots race against the Decepticons to find a hidden spacecraft on the moon. Accessing the contents of this spacecraft could turn the tide in the Transformers’ final battle. Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, the young man who befriends the Transformers. This film will be in 3-D, which should pair nicely with director Michael Bay’s dynamic visual style. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is rated PG-13 and opens July 1.
Vans Warped Tour (7/2)
Celebrating its 16th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is making a stop at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View on its way around the country this summer. With over 60 bands scheduled to play, it is a unique mix of musical tastes. With main headliners 3OH!3 and A Day to Remember playing along side lesser known artists such as Middle Class Rut and Attack Attack, there is a very eclectic group of performers. Warped Tour has been a jumping off point for many bands in the past and for some bands, it is their last tour playing shorter sets in smaller venues. If one has a favorite band playing on this year’s tour, they can go onto the tour’s website and vote to have that band play a longer set later at night to see them more. Tickets begin at $45.
American Idol Live Tour 2011 (7/13)
When the contestants from one of the most popular shows on network television goes on tour, it is almost guaranteed that the shows will sell out. With the top 11 contestants going on the road, there will a large variety of music styles. From country singer Lauren Alaina to rocker and Santa Cruz native James Durbin there are plenty of options. Nearing the end of its tenth season, Idol hasn’t lost anything in the popularity department and will be going strong into its eleventh season next year.
Seattle grunge rock pioneers Soundgarden are finally reuniting after a 15-year hiatus. Although front man Chris Cornell may be better known for his work in rock super group Audioslave, he first came into the public eye singing songs such as “Black Hole Sun” and “Outshined” with Soundgarden. Soundgarden will be making an appearance on July 21 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco and the show will be an explosion of guitars and rock sounds, with progressive-rock icons The Mars Volta opening. Tickets are already beginning to sell out with the cheapest seats are currently priced at $117.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Harry Potter fans have much anticipated the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final installment of the film series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling, which has contained some of the top-grossing movies of the past decade. Because Rowling’s final Harry Potter novel was so lengthy, it was split into two parts for the movie version. The first of this two-part finale, released in November 2010, culminated with the tragic death of Dobby the elf (voiced by Toby Jones), as well as Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) breaking into professor Dumbledore’s (Michael Gambon) tomb and stealing a powerful wand. Part 2 centers around Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)’s return to Hogwarts in their quest to destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes, hoping that good will be victorious over evil.
From the writers of The Hangover, this comedy tells the tale of family man Dave (Jason Bateman) and his best friend Mitch (Ryan Reynolds), a bachelor. The two discuss how they yearn for the life the other has and end up switching bodies, experiencing the other’s vastly different lifestyle. Although similar in concept to family film Freaky Friday, the content of this movie is most suitable for adult audiences and should have viewers laughing every minute. The Change-Up is not yet rated and opens Aug. 5.
Rihanna and Cee Lo Green (6/30)
Two artists at the top of the pop charts this year are Rihanna and Cee Lo Green, who both have hit records with multiple singles off of each. Rihanna is known for her songs “S&M” and “Rude Boy,” while Cee Lo is known for his smash hit “F*** You,” as well as being the lead singer of band Gnarls Barkley. Taking place at the Oakland Coliseum, the artists are expecting quite a crowd and will most likely receive it. Also featured on the 28 date nationwide tour is rapper J. Cole. With tickets starting in the $50 range, the prices are fairly low for a night of hits.
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Neon Trees will perform at Live 105’s BFD at Shoreline Amphitheater June 5 along with rapper Snoop Dogg.
Outside Lands is one of the biggest and most coveted summer festivals in the nation. With an equal emphasis on music, food and art, Outside Lands creates a special atmosphere not seen at most other concerts. That said, the headliners this year are nothing to be disappointed in either. With British band Muse headlining the first day, indie favorite Arcade Fire the second and 1990s jam classic Phish the third, the quality of music is outstanding. Other featured artists at this year’s show include The Roots, Arctic Monkeys and John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame. With many booths around the show, it is easy enough to find something to do if you don’t like the bands on stage. Set on the scenic Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park, all of the five stages are separated enough that one band’s music does not bleed into another. As of now, the promoters are only selling three day passes but there are rumors of promoters beginning to sell individual day tickets in the future. From punk and grunge to pop and hip hop, there is no excuse to not find a show for any genre this upcoming summer. This is just a sampling of the shows to come and there are many more if one just looks for them.
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June 3, 2011 • B11
Visiting tide pools provides fun alternative for beach lovers
California coastal pools house variety of unusual sea creatures, mammals By Rachel Wilson
chins can be seen in the low intertidal zones, which are almost always covered by water. The ocean shore is split As the weather heats up and hints of summer tantalize up into zones: the high intertidal zone, the mid intertidal Palo Alto High School, many students head to local beach- zone and the low intertidal zone. es for some good time outside in the improving weather. The majority of the tide pools which are visible at a Yet as the sand becomes more crowded, beachgoers may normal low tide are in the intertidal zone. Occasionally, need a lesser known option to fulfill their cravings for during a negative low tide, when the rocks of the low tide beachside fun. A few minutes away from popular beaches, level are exposed. glassy tide pools brimming with colorful sea creatures Nudibranchs, the most colorful animals in the pools, offer an exciting twist to the typical day on the beach. are often under three inches long, making them rather In Half Moon Bay, there are several different tide- difficult to find due to their location in the low intertidal pooling options, but for experienced tide-poolers, Moss zone, which is rarely uncovered. Beach, formally known as the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, is One of the most common species is the Sea Lemon the best choice. Moss Beach is officially a Marine Protected nudibranch, a golden yellow slug that can grow up to ten Area, so picnicking on the beach or collecting shells and inches in length. Sea Lemon nudibranchs can be found rocks is prohibited to protect the ocean life. at Point Reyes, as well as at Moss Beach. To properly enjoy the pools and the wildlife, visitors For a different experience, many people often visit should visit them during low tide, since the pools will be tide pools in the dark. Many more animals, such as occovered in water during higher tides. topi, sunflower stars or nudibranchs During low tide, anemones of come out at night. all shapes and sizes fill the pools, Moss Beach offers an annual joined by hermit crabs, starfish and night tide pooling event, where peosometimes octopi or nudibranchs, ple meet with flashlights and explore 200 Nevada Avenue, tiny carnivorous slug -like animals. the pools with a docent who knows Moss Beach CA 94038 While Moss Beach does not about the different animals. offer any real beach area, it often About thirty miles north of San has a roped-off area for seals, which Francisco, Point Reyes National 1 Drakes Beach Road come onto the beach to breed in the Seashore also has spectacular tide Inverness, CA 94937 spring. The mother harbor seals, pools. The best areas for tide poolwho migrate to the area to raise ing are located at Palomarin Beach, their pups, sometimes cover the Duxbury Reef and Sculptured Swanton Blvd & W Cliff Dr beach. According to the Friends Beach, although tide pools can be Santa Cruz, CA 95067 of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve found elsewhere in the park. website, a ranger counted 55 seal These tide pools are also home pups in May. to diverse species of wildlife, such While this number is inflated in as ochre stars, black turban snails comparison to the normal amount on a typical day, one and clown nudibranchs, all of which inhabit the high and can usually see several mothers and pup pairs either on middle intertidal zones. the beach or in the shallow water adjacent to it. The clown nudibranch is a translucent slug, with Along with the live animals, several types of algae and orange or yellow finger-like spines coming off of its back. coral are also visible in the tide pools, adding a splash of Its bright hues, are used to warn predators of its poisonous color to the scene. Sometimes nudibranchs and sea ur- nature. Along with impressive wildlife found in the tide
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Tide pooling during the summer gives individuals a chance to explore different ocean zones, and find various oceanic wildlife like nudibrachs , golden yellow slugs and sunflower stars. pools, elephant seals breed during the early spring in the Point Reyes Headlands. The population of elephant seals has currently reached approximately 2000, according to the National Parks website. The return of the elephant seals, who had been absent from the beaches for over 150 years, has caused worry among the park rangers, who fear competition for habitat and the potential human acts that could cause great harm to them. They are also taking the environment of the rest of the endangered species which live at the beach and in the surrounding headlands. These seals spend up to 80 percent of their lives in the open sea, migrating all of the way from Mexico to Alaska and Hawaii in search of food, according to the national park web page about Point Reyes. Natural Bridges, a popular beach in Santa Cruz has tide pools to the north of the beach. The rangers offer guided tours of the tide pools throughout the year during low tide and the pools are open to individual exploration
as well. Natural Bridges is a wonderful place to experience tide pooling for the first time. It allows picnicking, swimming and kite-flying, all of which are prohibited at more stringent reserves. When visiting tide pools, there are a few basic rules in place to help protect the wildlife. Picking up animals is generally discouraged, because many times they are replaced in a different pool and subjected to unfamiliar predators, according to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Second, it is important to step carefully. Tide-pooling involves hopping from algae covered rocks coated with urchins and mussels. Slipping off of a rock may not only get one soaked, but it also may hurt the animals that live in the pools. Close-toed shoes with good traction are a safe choice to prevent falls. Tide pooling does not need to be purely educational; it can also be entertaining. For a unique visit to the ocean, try tide pooling as a way to appreciate nature and marvel at the colorful creatures which inhabit the sea.
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B12 • June 3, 2011
Food trucks sell creative, ethnic-inspired dishes Edgewood Eats creates community, offers delicious food options By Clara Chang A&E Editor
It’s Monday night and a mysterious group of people has begun to gather at the abandoned parking lot of Palo Alto’s Edgewood Plaza where an undeniably mouthwatering aroma is filling the air. This mob is a hungry one, anticipating the delicious food trucks that gather there every Monday evening. Edgewood Eats, a community of mobile food trucks that gathers in Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center every Monday, is a fun place to grab a quick, cheap and delicious dinner. About ten different trucks park in the abandoned parking lot at the corner of Embarcadero and West Bayshore Roads every Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.. Hungry diners, deciding which of the many cuisine options to choose, wander the parking lot. Every truck in the lot delivers wonderful variations and spin-offs of different ethnic foods with reasonable lines and cheap prices. Most trucks take cash only, so customers should make sure to bring change. Described as a “mobile dining extravaganza” by its official Facebook page, Edgewood Eats was started last September by a Crescent Park resident who wanted to make better use of the empty parking lot behind the Shell gas station and invited gourmet food vendors to come and sell freshly prepared food, all available for $3 to $10. Diners and community members are even encouraged to bring chairs and picnic blankets to set up in the lot and eat. From Indian wraps and Korean inspired tacos to fresh lobster rolls and butterscotch pudding, there are a variety of choices that are guaranteed to please everyone’s taste buds. Edgewood Eats features dozens of different vendors who rotate each Monday and always offer flavorful dishes for cheap prices. The line-up of trucks for each week can be found on the Edgewood Eats Facebook page. BBQ Kalbi is a highlight among the various trucks, offer-
the bowl is clearly inspired by authentic Japanese rice bowls. Although The Shack Mobile, a truck specializing in seafood, is one of the pricier trucks, the inflated prices are understandable considering its fresh and delicious lobster and crab. The Naked Lobster Roll ($16), a simple roll with lobster, is a bit pricey, but worth the money. Paired with a heap of chips and a side of homemade coleslaw, the toasted bread loaded with fresh lobster and slathered with melted butter is fingerlicking good. The Shack Mobile also is one of the few trucks that accepts credit and debit cards. And of course, there is dessert. Edgewood Eats not only hosts the traditional ice cream truck that holds every kid’s ideal frozen popsicles but they also include trucks such as Kara’s Cupcakes. They also have lesser known trucks like Butterscotch On The Go, which sells butterscotch pudding and other sophisticated desserts. Besides the impressive variety and quality of food Edgewood Eats guarantees, the service is great and vendors are friendly Riki Rattner/Campanile and efficient, ensuring happy customers. Food connoisseurs gather around Sancho’s Taqueria truck to get their lunch. Families “On a sunny day, it’s really and lone diners alike appreciate the tasty, cost effective meals Sancho’s provides. nice out here,” a House of Siam On Wheels vendor said. “People bring lawn chairs and sit and eat ing Korean barbecue and special- bread, called naan, and sweet, The drum sticks have just and socialize.” The feeling of a commuties in the form of burritos, tacos slightly spicy chicken curry the right texture — crispy skin and quesadillas, all with a slightly tucked inside, the Nannwich is contrasts the juicy, tender meat nity coming together for some quality grub Korean twist. a tasty meal. inside, makis a spectacuBBQ Kalbi offers the Kalbi House of Siam on Wheels ing it an ideal lar one — the (beef ), Daejee (spicy pork) offers Thai food. The chicken appetizer. atmosphere and Unagi (eel) tacos, each for pad thai ($8) is sweet and fresh, Mo B ow l at Edgewood around $3, which are absolutely but nothing extraordinary as the i s a t r u c k Edgewood Plaza Eats is always delicious. chicken is a bit dry. where every$3.00- $16.00 lively and Paired with some coleslaw Iz-It Fresh Grill considers thing comes carnival-like, and sweet lychee, a tropical Asian itself a “Hawaiinese” vendor and in a rice bowl especially on fruit, the gourmet tacos have a sells Hawaiian and Chinese fu- with a side of a beautiful, deliciously fragrant and refresh- sion food. The “Icons,” Chinese salad. The curhttp://www.facebook.com/EdgewoodEats sunny day. ing taste that raises the standard style fried chicken drumsticks ry five spice All of the for tacos. (two for $4), which are said to pulled pork vendors are Tikka Bytes, another truck, be made with the truck’s “an- bowl ($8) is sells Indian food and curries. cient Chinese secret recipe”, are mediocre in quality, but very friendly, so if one is looking for The Nannwich ($5) is a wrap mouth-watering. The chicken is generous in quantity, making it a delicious meal in a cheerful environment on a Monday night, with glazed chicken and curry a little bit salty, but it is close to a good meal. inside. With a chewy and lightly perfection after being dipped in Topped off with a sunny- Edgewood Eats is a worthwhile grilled outer tortilla-like Indian sweet and sour sauce. side up egg and shredded pork, dinner destination.
The Next Step Photos by Alex Lin and Riki Rattner As the Senior Class of 2011 say their last goodbyes to the Palo Alto Campus, they begin a new chapter of their lives by representing their pride in attending their desired colleges. Colorful sweatshirts surround the quad. University of California school apparel is popular as well as schools from the east coast.
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Michael Cullen with The Campanile’s own
Noa Dagan and Grace Keller The Campanile: Michael, are you ready? Michael Cullen: I was born ready. TC: What is the origin of “weasel”? MC: Well, weasel started one day just as a way to describe something. Progressively it moved into a lifestyle/stereotype applied to those who weasel. TC: What is weasling? MC: It’s like hornswoggling — something which translates to like tomfoolery or like shenanigans. Weasel is like thievery or like general mischief good or bad. It’s not necessarily a bad term. TC: Tell us a bit about your relationship with Snicklefritz (senior Alex Zarem). MC: Oh gosh, Snicklefritz. Snicklefritz is like a sidekick. No, I’m just kidding. He’s a cool dude. He can talk his own head off sometimes but we forgive him for it. It’s easy to spot him in a crowd, we can say that much for him. TC: What is it like to be the infamous Michael Cullen? MC: Infamous? Are you saying I’m not famous? TC: No, that would be the opposite, you are infamous. MC: Oh, I don’t know it’s cool I guess. A cop pulled me over once and saw my letterman and he knew it was me so that was cool once I guess. But other than that it just means I get tattled on a lot. I got called in for streaking when I didn’t even go. Cullen then turned around to see one of his friends score a goal while playing NHL. MC: WEASEL! You’ve done it! TC: Describe how winning states felt. MC: Oh my goodness. States was actually the greatest day of my life. That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had and the memories will be there forever. It was just amazing. TC: How does it feel to be voted stereotypical senior? MC: I guess if I was trying to win one, if I were to campaign for one persay, that would have probably been the one so I’m stoked. Lightweight. Okay but pretty heavyweight stoked. TC: What are some of your nicknames? MC: Oh there’s Big Mike, that’s just the regular one, Uncle Mike, that’s for the homies, then you got MC Hammer, that’s a David Duran special. Then there’s Dat Boi. Naw just kidding, that’s not one of my nicknames. That’s all I can come up with. Oh and I almost forgot El Nasty Ocho. TC: Tell us about your bromance with Bryan Keohane and Cory Valenti. MC: It’s not a bromance it’s a brotherhood okay? It’s a big difference so back off. TC: So what do you call spooning them? MC: There was never any spooning ever. Scratch that from the record, there was no spooning ever. TC: What did you think of the streakers with the chickens? MC: Those guys were definitely not chicken. Those guys had some balls to do that. That was classic. TC: What will you miss most about Paly? MC: Probably the people. Everyone here I’ve just grown to know. It’s gonna be hard leaving and not seeing the same people next year. That and playing sports for Paly. It’s always fun to do it live for the school. Clom. TC: What’s the story behind clom? MC: It started off with Tyler Hawkins saying it, then Bryan started saying it, then everyone kinda started saying it. It pretty much just means sick. Like alright! Cool! TC: We hear you’re going to be playing for the football team at UC Davis, what are you most looking forward to about being an Aggie? MC: Just continuing to play ball. It’s always been my dream to play in college so I’ve always been working towards that so that’s just really getting out there and being a part of the team. TC: What was your most embarrassing moment while at Paly? MC: Probably either breaking both my wrists freshman year within the span of like two weeks, or can I say hooking up with [name withdrawn]? TC:What’s it like having a dad who works for the PAPD? MC: It’s cool, he’s always on my a** about obeying the rules and s**t, so that sucks. I don’t get any like special things. Like I get stickers sometimes like from officers but like that’s it. TC: Do you ever wear them? MC: No comment. TC: Talk to us about your green shoes. MC: Um, a lot of people don’t know this about me but I’m colorblind. The only color I can see is green. So, when everything else is grey, it’s like that song “I’m blue dabadee dabadie” but it’s like I can only see green. TC: That’s not actually true is it? MC: Is it? No, I guess I don’t know green is my favorite color. If I’m gonna have shoes, they might as well be green. TC: What do you want your legacy at Paly to be? MC: A lot of good memories, a lot of good stories, state championship, and I want to be remembered. TC: As what? MC: I don’t know. A cool guy I guess. Someone who’s fun to hang out with. If you were about to pick someone for your team on the schoolground, you’d be looking and you’d see me. I’d want to be a guy you’d want on your side. TC: Do you have any final words for Paly? MC: It’s been real Paly. It’s been awesome. Thanks for uh, thanks for all — clom.