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Glen A. Wilson High School

Volume 41

Number 5

Hacienda Heights, California 91745

September 12, 2008

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Wilson to offer advice about college admissions By ALEX CHAO

Back to School Night

STAFF WRITER

Even with all the academic demands of high school, students also have to devote time to their future. To help students prepare for college, Wilson will be hosting a College Information Night Series. The event will be divided into three sessions: the first week devoted to explaining independent, private, or general colleges, the second on Universities of California and the third on Cal States. During the first session, the counselors Michelle Mabrie and Patricia Tsuneyoshi will discuss the letter of recommendation, applications for out-of-state colleges and the common application. “Each college requires a different personal statement topic depending on the college’s criteria in order to know more about each student,” said Tsuneyoshi. Counselors will instruct on how to properly complete a letter of recommendation. Students will learn which parts the counselor or teacher fills out and which sections the students have to complete themselves. The second meeting will focus on the differences between the UC and the independent college applications. This meeting will try to clear any confusion or presuppositions concerning the college application. “The goals of this event are to inform as many seniors interested and to get them to come prepared and ready with questions to ask,” said Tsuneyoshi. This session will also discuss how to get admission officers to recognize the students and increase the chances of acceptance. In the third session, Tsuneyoshi and Mabrie will talk about the Cal State application. “Unless a student is absolutely sure he or she will be accepted by at least one UC school, other than Merced, the student should apply to a back-up Cal State school,” said Tsuneyoshi. The deadline for UC and Cal State applications is November 30. The due date for applications for independent colleges differs between schools.

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ATTENTION, CLASS - English teacher Alyssa Roberts explains the class rules and procedures to the parents of her 4th period class as they listen on during Back to School Night last Thursday. PHOTO/JENNIFER CHOW

With deadlines getting closer, students say they appreciate the seminars. “I think this event is a good idea for people who are not yet prepared for college,” said senior Ricky Yao. The three sessions are set for September 16, September 23 and September 30, respectively, at 7:00 p.m. in the Den. Any student or parent in need of guidance on subjects regarding college preparation is welcome to attend this event.

Traditional dance canceled in favor of upcoming events By MELANNIE POLIDANO STAFF WRITER

Link Crew members sign in before sitting down for their first meeting of the school year in the media center, Wednesday. PHOTO/VIRGINIA TANG

Those looking forward to the fun of school may be disappointed. The Back to School Dance, long established as the first dance of the year, has been canceled. Associated Student Body (ASB) which usually organizes the dance, was unable to do so this year. “We were wasting too many resources planning the dance and we felt that more focus should be placed on more necessary matters,” said assistant principal of activities Jamie Millan. ASB has concentrated their efforts on approaching events Rachel’s Challenge and Homecoming dance. “The labor for the previous Back to School dances was intense and the turnout had not been what we expected,” said Millan. Renaissance and Link Crew were given the opportunity to host the dance, but neither took on the project. “Link Crew doesn’t have the money to do it,” said Link Crew adviser Christina Singhi.

Renaissance also ran into issues. “The problem with Renaissance hosting the dance is that I’m about go on a maternity leave. In addition, we were busy handing out new agendas to students,” said Renaissance adviser Marisa Walter. As a substitute, ASB plans to host more lunch dances. “Mainly underclassmen go to the Back to School Dance, so we intend to have more lunchtime dances that are more cost efficient for freshmen and sophomores, and they aren’t as late as regular school dances,” said ASB adviser Liz Orth. Several students say they feel upset at losing the chance to attend a traditional dance held at Wilson every year.. “I think that students need to be more involved in school, and going to the dances is apart of being involved,” said sophomore Marwa Berouti. Some upperclassmen say they feel the same way. “We’re missing the chance to show freshmen what a high school dance is all about, and the new school year should always start with a bang,” said senior Veronica Paz.


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Columbine victim’s message to reach Cats By CAROL CIRIACO STAFF WRITER

On April 20, 1999, two students from Columbine HS in Colorado, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, went on a rampage, killing 12 students and one teacher, injuring 23 others, and then committing suicide. The first victim during the Columbine shooting was Rachel Scott, a seventeenyear-old who was a devout Christian. Today, her father, Darrell Scott, leads a group around the country to spread Rachel’s message of kindness through a program known as “Rachel’s Challenge.” Because the presentation has never been held at Wilson, some students say they are interested in this event. “I want to know exactly what happened at Columbine,” says junior Katerina Bobluk. “I am really looking forward to going to this assembly because I want to hear Rachel’s story.” Other interested students include sophomore Tyler Dorsey, who believes that the presentation will help her be more grateful for what she has. The assembly’s main goal is to express Rachel’s message: one small act of kindness can start a chain reaction that may possibly change the world. The

production will include influential video footage not only of Rachel’s life, but also of the Columbine shooting. “It’s clear that it is not a normal assembly,” says sophomore Chris Yu. “It’s one that will teach people to take time out of their day to talk to that kid who sits alone all the time. It’s a small step, but it can make the world a better place.” The administration says another one of the goals of the presentation is to inspire people to change the way that they treat others. “Ultimately, we hope to change our school culture and change how we treat each other,” says Assistant Principal Ms. Milan. “This program will not only address the relationships between students, but also between students and adults and between adults themselves. It will concentrate on the changes that have to happen in our community.” This program will take place in the school gym on Monday September 16. For that day, there will be a modified schedule: juniors will attend the assembly first period, seniors second period and sophomores third period. After third period there will be a shortened lunch, followed by a fourth period presentation for the freshmen. A second meeting for the community will be held in the gym on Tuesday, September 16, at 6:00 p.m.

Teachers depart due to lack of students By MELODY WANG STAFF WRITER

Freshmen may not be able to learn under the instruction of two teachers after the district removed their positions. The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District assigns teachers based on the number of students on campus. After the student population dropped due to various reasons, teachers Matt Doyle and Monte Tucker were forced to depart. Both only had an average of 17 students per class. “We knew there was a possibility of Doyle leaving. We were more surprised for Tucker because the number of students that dropped was more significant than we thought,” said assistant principal Ben Webster. There were several students from each grade who left the school but the freshmen impacted the enrollment rate the most. A total of 1810 students from all grades were enrolled near the end

of August. As of now, it has Choir practice decreased to 1763. The administration said both Doyle and Tucker knew their jobs were based on student enrollment. “Mr. Doyle was told upfront that he would not be teaching for more than a week. For Mr. Tucker, we knew it was a possibility he might have to leave, but we were hoping to keep him enrolled,” said Webster. Both teachers are now working for the district as substitute teachers and are trying to receive as many substitute positions as they RAISE YOUR VOICE - Choir director Claudia Turner instructs members to sing can. Doyle still remains on PHOTO/FION LING louder during a rehearsal, yesterday during 2nd period. campus as a football coach. Teachers Willie Allen Students from other grades have “I feel kind of sad because Mr. and Yan Zheng have picked up their classes and now both have six Tucker was a great teacher. Moving also expressed their discontent. “Relying on student enrollment is a periods instead of the normal five for to another class kind of had to make me start all over again from the bad way for the school to decide. The teachers. Some freshmen say they are beginning,” said freshman Sunny teachers have no control. It’s unfair,” said sophomore Mitchell Tsai. Ho. dissatisfied with the change.

District policies hinder Prowler progess Band rehearsal

KEEP THE BEAT - Junior Joshua Scrivens and senior Corbin Murakami practice stick tricks on Wednesday, in preparation for tonight’s football game. PHOTO/IRENE CHOU

By YUHUA WANG STAFF WRITER

After years of service, an old friend of Wilson’s yearbook staff has finally been “dismissed”. In previous years, yearbook staff members saved their work onto an external hard drive located in their classroom. “The server had been very convenient, allowing any data that was uploaded to be accessible from computers connected to the district server,” said advisor Daniel Mackey. This year the staff has to upload and save their files onto the district’s Blackboard server, due to new district policies that prevent external hard drives and servers from connecting to the district server.

“Currently the Blackboard server is incompatible with some of the documents we upload such as Adobe Indesign and Photoshop files. The district is aware of our problem and is trying to come up with a solution, but so far the issues have yet to be fixed,” said Mackey. In response to this year’s changes, three-hour training sessions were held for incoming staff members. These courses were designed to improve the student’s knowledge and experience of the equipment and process involved in completing the Prowler. Mackey says the staff has already begun to fall behind schedule. “The new server continues to fall below expectations

as we struggle to meet strict deadlines,” said Mackey. Editors have also expressed their frustrations with the new server. “Right now we are having difficulty uploading certain files and pictures. Many people will have to work extra hours during lunch or after school just to meet their deadlines,” said co-editor-in-chief Jessica Park (12). Co-editor-in-chief Francis Poon (12) agreed. He comments that staff members were beginning to feel anxious as their work has been continually stalled by the server’s shortcomings. “I guarantee that we will be able to finish the Prowler before our publisher’s deadline, said Mackey.


Editorial

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Students stand up for ‘controversial’ club Volume 41

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EDITORS NEWS Carey Leung Brandie Wong

FEATURE ART/ SONIA TELLIS

School clubs were created to allow students to explore different interests. A North Orange County high school recently deprived students of this opportunity by banning a certain club. Last week, a Federal Court judge ruled that Esperanza High School (Anaheim, CA) officials could not ban the establishment of a Bible Club. A group of students was prohibited from starting a Christian organization by the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District, on the basis that the club would not pertain to the school’s curriculum. Also, there may have been a concern that members of a Bible Club may organize debates about topics such as human sexuality and the value of human life. According to the judge, the Equal Access Act and First Amendment dictate that the district must allow the Bible organization at Esperanza High School. Irrelevance to academics is not a justifiable reason to restrict a club; only if it were profane or a threat to the school should a club be banned. It is important that educators permit students to express ideas other than scholastic material. Students should be allowed to follow whatever interests they desire, including religion, without worrying about resistance from the district. The school’s policy that clubs must have academic content has existed on campuses for many year, yet administrators seem to be content allowing several other current clubs that have no connection to the high school’s curriculum. But somehow, the district was able to distinguish a relationship between these clubs’ theme and academics. Students who wanted to form a Bible Club argued that Red Cross, a club with no scholastic substance but with altruistic causes, was permitted. In defense, the Superintendent claimed that Red Cross Club was related to the school’s health curriculum. The district was willing to search for ties between a community service club and the school curriculum because they deemed it “appropriate.” There is no doubt that if they wanted to be fair to all clubs, they would have managed to find some sort of connection between academics and the Bible organization. Because the club appeared to be controversial and difficult to deal with, Esperanza High School and the district claimed it was unrelated to education. School administrators must sometimes be willing to take in some controversial ideas and not turn their back on anything that seems even slightly problematic. The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights establishes freedom of religion, as well as other forms of expression. No educator should be able to suppress student’s ideas of religion, or anything else. Academic relevance of clubs is an ambiguous criterion that has allowed Esperanza HS administration to filter out organizations that may engage in discussions of potentially controversial topics. Officials should not regard controversy as a source of chaos. When controlled, debates over contested issues can enhance the learning process. An excessive fear of controversies will prevent educators from fulfilling their responsibilities—fostering creativity and unique thoughts among students.

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Sabrina Dea Allison Ko

SPORTS Charles Tsuei Chris Chiang

EDITORIAL Stephanie Chang

PERSPECTIVES Renee Tang

ENTERTAINMENT Howard Li

VISUALS Jennifer Chow Michelle Gor Sonia Tellis

An open forum, Paw Prints encourages the written opinion of its readers in the form of signed letters to the editor or longer commentaries on topical subjects. While we recognize the individuality of all forms of expression we reserve the right to edit and / or censor that which we feel necessary in accordance with California Education Code 48907 and standards of good taste. All communications must be signed. It should also be understood that the views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinion of individual Paw Prints staff members or the policy of Glen A. Wilson.

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Perspectives

Headless cloning: the gateway to immortality By JACOB EWALD STAFF WRITER

A headless body once struck fear in people's heart, but now, it can provide hearts for those in need. Radical scientists experimenting with cloning have come up with a new idea. Instead of the conventional cloning of a human, they want to attempt to clone something more beneficial: a headless human. By suppressing a certain gene during the developmental stage of cloning, the head does not grow. Because the clone never gains a head, it never gains consciousness, making it perfectly legal to use its organs for transplants. Also, having an exact replication of your body would mean the new organs would be a perfect blood match. Without a head, the clone cannot sustain life on its own. It must be incubated until the time is right for the organs to be removed. At a glance headless cloning seems like a good idea. Many

argue that clone transplants defy nature. For example, Lewis Wolpert, a professor of Biology at University College in London, finds headless cloning “personally distasteful” but necessary. This is much more than just distasteful. It’s scary. The clones would not have heads! They would be like headless horsemen out of horror movies, barely alive to do their master’s bidding. In this case, they are born to sacrifice their organs. Why is it that humans have an insatiable need to play God? We desperately strive to evade the inevitable end. T h i s doesn’t change

the fact that these organs would save lives, but the biggest reason we need these organs is because many of us abused our first set through acts like smoking or drinking. Plus, only the rich would have the money to clone themselves. Middle-class people like ourselves need to put our efforts

into causes like helping the hungry, poor, or less fortunate. Although human cloning will be fighting a valid problem, it would not be fighting it in the right way. A more important dilemma is what would happen if scientists really did succeed in these new, uncharted areas of science. ART/vanessa ho

If people actually found a way to sustain life indefinitely, the human population would dramatically increase. The only foreseeable solution at that point would be to stop reproduction, but how could anyone be selfish enough to delay countless generations of new life for the sake of holding on to theirs? And if scientists made an error in their research by overlooking an important concept and produced inadequate clones for organ transplantations, the entire project could fail and a vast amount of money would be wasted. Cloned organs may end up being weaker than suspected and could fail earlier, leading to the cause of deaths of many people. Now imagine if scientists made a bigger mistake in a different “playing God” environment. The consequences could be much more severe. Just like the headless horseman, if we tamper with human cloning, it may come back to haunt us.

Councils put "spy kids" back in business By HANNY KISHAWI STAFF WRITER

Some children may be taking the game I-Spy too literally. In the U.K., children between the ages of 8-11 are trained by councils to spy, capture pictures and report even the slightest act of unruly behavior or “envirocrimes.” Councils, such as the Harlow Council in Essex, recruited children initially for minor investigatory errands such as surveillance. Using children to take on a task they can not handle is absolutely ridiculous. With technology so advanced in the 21st century, it becomes quite obvious that the councils are simply forging a shortcut in their investigative priorities. The “environmental crimes” kids are asked to report varies from failed recyclables, vandalism, graffiti, dog fouling, fly-tipping and abandoned vehicles. Although councils train these kids, they are still at risk of getting caught. And since “secret agent” kids are not monitored during their duty, any possible threats the kids face will pass unnoticed. Even with this knowledge, the agency still persists in finding ways to satisfy t h e children’s risky task.

Councils have the audacity to reward kids between the ages 8-11 who report back with evidence of anyone in their neighborhood violating community rules and regulations. In some cases, their rewards would reach up to £500. Motivating minors who put themselves in danger to “tattletale” for cash is a disgusting way to slip in a steam of public reinforcements. While being a “secret agent” might sound appealing to an innocent child, paying them money at such a young age may lead to disastrous consequences; they might begin a deep infatuation for money. In addition to the absurdity of recent snoopings, the novel technique of surveillance also puts kids out of an ordinary childhood. If children persist in making money through the snooping operation, how shall they absorb the carefree life of an ordinary child? And with over 5000 youngsters requested by the “covert human intelligence

sources” to report any misconduct in the neighborhood, information from the kids are prone to be faulty. Council snoopers reported a mother who dropped a piece of sausage while feeding her daughter. The mother was later fined £75 but refused to pay. In a civilized society the community would normally engage with the police. But instead, U.K. environmental minimalist will be looking down at an 8 year old sucking his thumb. Councils claim that this operation provides kids with an opportunity to build up character and learn about citizenship. However, it seems they are just looking for an excuse to slack off and put the lives of little children at risk. Recruiting the youth to perform tasks is considered indirect child labor. “Tattletaling” on a dropped sausage is not exactly a task that children have in mind when presented with the word “secret agent.” They think of saving the world and using cool gadgets. Let’s kept it that way.

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Student designers express creative passions By ALICE WEN STAFF WRITER

While many Wilson students focus on academic, athletic and extracurricular activities, others engage in creative ones, experimenting in fields such as fashion, media and architecture. Some say they hope to pursue their interests in college or the workforce. Senior Ricky Linn, who designs graphic tees that depict comical life situations, plans to major in advertising or graphic design. “I had always been drawing, but I never took it seriously until this year,” said Linn. While some students may be interested in wearing original t-shirt designs, others sport customized shoes. DeuceShuce!, a shoe line launched by senior Dianuh Kim, features her original artwork on white high-tops, slip-ons and sneakers. Kim says she plans to major in fashion design and minor in fashion merchandising. When asked about what inspired her creations, Kim explained, “Blank canvases really bored me, so I decided to draw.” For such designers, offering their work for sale is an option, but success is a gamble. Kim’s line has gained wider attention through word of mouth after she began charging and selling her work. Linn however, found too much trouble in making profits out of his hobby. “The costs involved were too much and too complicated so I had to give up the idea,” he said. Media design has also become a popular expression of creativity among those experienced with computers. Senior Arjun Prakash, who specializes in motion graphics and visual effects, says that he hopes to major in film. His work, under the label Dark World Productions, uses programs such as Adobe After Effects, 3-D Studio Max and Final Cut Studio to mix such effects as compositing a n d inserting 3 - D animations into live action scenes.

Junior Annie Hwang prefers the stills of graphic design and picture rendering. Her interest started simply from experimenting with Photoshop and creating website layouts. “It’s a lot of fun. In the future, I hope to work for a magazine and design movie posters,” said Hwang. As president of the Do- It- Yourself- Fashion (D.I.Y.F.) Club, senior Arial Chen demonstrates her passion for creativity by crafting and collecting accessories such as cellular phone key chains and magnets. “When I go to Taiwan, I keep an eye out for small crafts and such,” she said. Chen is also taking a more lasting and serious approach toward another interest. “I want to become an architect, so I took a course on it at USC over the summer,” said Chen. Another creative student is senior Justin Choi, who displays his talents through sketches. “I look at things and draw them with improvements. It’s something I like to do now but not in the future,” said Choi. His work consists of designs of shirts, cars, airplanes and modern architecture. Many students may recognize his work as the senior t-shirt designs voted on during business day. According to Choi, family is his number one inspiration. “Creativity runs in the family: my parents are artistic, and so are my brother and sister,” he explained. Whether their forte is designing shirts, shoes or buildings, students have found distinctive ways to express and share their artistic personalities and opinions through their creations.

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WENDY NGUYEN (10) - When I sing I relate to the lyrics. and express myself. Music is universal and the way I express it is versatile.

JASON FUKAO Cooking. It’s not the directions, but whatever comes at the moment. If you love something, it can blossom into a beautiful flower.

STEPHEN HUBERT (10) - I usually like to express my creativity through drawing random pictures on the sides of my homework.

BEN WEBSTER - My creativity is expressed in thinking of things to do. Do I paint? No! I don’t even crochet...anymore.

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Entertainment

Evolution of T.V. shapes ‘New Reality’ By HOWARD LI

ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

When the American audience witnessed the explosion of shows such as Fear Factor and Survivor, critics had dismissed the public’s fascination with reality T.V. as a mere fad. Yet today, reality T.V. remains a major form of entertainment, occupying primetime slots and earning Emmy’s year after year. But even though reality T.V. seems to have established itself as a timeless form of entertainment, why do the reality shows of the past – the casual chatting of preppy couples on The Newlywed Game, the rattling spin of a glittering Wheel of Fortune, the Daily Doubles of Jeopardy rounds – all seem foreign to the new generation of T.V.watchers? Reality T.V. is changing. Since reality T.V.’s humble, midcentury origins, the fickle nature of audience tastes has prompted reality shows to adapt and evolve. As scripted shows like Desperate Housewives and the newly-popular Gossip Girl explore the realm of the dirty and the daring, reality T.V. sought to mirror not only the boldness of their scripted counterparts, but also their storytelling and drama. MTV’s groundbreaking Laguna Beach was an instant success; teens eagerly embraced the reality show’s unique narrative structure and became absorbed into the “real lives” of the affluent teens of Laguna Beach High. When Entertainment Weekly named The Hills, spin-off of Laguna Beach, on its list of “The 100 Best Shows in the Last 25 Years,” it was clear that a new brand of reality T.V. was emerging: a fresher, bolder line of shows for a modern, more daring audience. And thus, we witnessed the birth of the “New Reality.” Incorporating dramatic devices like emotional background music and artistic camera angles, these shows deviate from traditional structures by emphasizing the human element in reality T.V.

It is an audience desire for a raw, more intimate television experience that drives the trend towards the New Reality. We long to know reality stars as not just contestants or cast members, but as characters. Real people. We obsess over their flaws, their weaknesses, their secrets – the vulnerability that New Reality offers its audience. All that, of course, and a story. With an engaging storyline, audiences are able to enjoy a sense of direction, progression and acceleration through the weekly fixes of hour-long episodes that was once exclusively reserved for scripted programming. And though competition-based shows are still bound by the structure and rules of the game, the more popular shows are sure to allow its cast of contestants plenty of exposure time. Bravo’s fashion-designer success, Project Runway, for example, maintains its roundafter-round eliminations and cash prize finale, but still exposes the drama and trauma that the contestants must face. From the feuds and quarrels to emotional breakdowns, we observe how contestants act and react when faced with adversity; we delight in watching them persevere and rise above the others in a dog-eat-dog competition. American Idol, in addition to hitching a ride on the U.S.’s prolific music industry, never fails to let audiences know their favorite contestants from the inside-out. While the show itself may only play minute-long “most embarrassing moment” featurettes, producers have cleverly

taken advantage of media and press to slip their contestants into press interviews, news articles, entertainment blogs and paparazzi photos.

By the show’s finale, we have already decided upon our favorite contestants, and familiarized ourselves with every facet of their personalities. Regrettably, the success of this new generation of reality T.V. is precisely why traditional brands of reality shows are doomed to fail. The classic game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, once a household name in the 90’s, is now nearly forgotten as Top Models and American Idols gradually push it into obscurity. And the many special editions of Fear Factor, ranging from twins to celebrities to Playboy models, have been merely a desperate but futile attempt to slow the steady decline of its ratings. Even Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, though charming, will eventually bore its audiences with its repetitive, game-show format and lack of an engaging cast of personalities. Ultimately, it isn’t the mildlyinteresting trivia questions or the million-dollar cash prizes that fascinate audiences – it’s the cast, the people we know, love or hate more and more with every episode. But of course, the birth of New Reality is only part of a greater trend that the entertainment industry has witnessed since its beginning: the escapism that allows us, if only for a brief hour, to forget about our own lives and immerse ourselves into someone else’s, vicariously living a life more adventurous, glamorous or scandalous than our own. ART/HOWARD LI

Recaps fit popular shows into busy schedules By JERRY CHIU GUEST WRITER

With the start of the school year and SAT’s just around the corner, the recommencement of our academic lives slowly robs us of our precious television-watching time. Our blissful summer hours of relaxing in front of the television screen are officially over. Fortunately, a rising web phenomenon may offer a solution to the busy, overworked student with a fastpaced, school-oriented life: online television recaps.

These recap shows offer viewers a basic gist of their favorite T.V. shows through short five to ten minute videos. Instead of wasting immeasurable hours each day, we are essentially able to “watch” television shows in record time, providing us time to pursue other, more “important” goals like studying for an upcoming biology test. Unlike traditional forms of entertainment, T.V. recaps emerged from the convergence of media and technology. Through interactive web

communities like YouTube, the popularity of television recaps soon grew to epic proportions. What began as Michael Buckley’s “What the Buck?” and Hulu.com’s Family Guy highlights launched T.V. recaps into the professional scene. Frank Nicotero, for example, now runs his web show “PrimeTime in No Time” professionally for Yahoo! Entertainment, proving that T.V. recaps have become a legitimate (and profitable) form of entertainment. To capture audiences, these videos incorporate fast-paced,

satirical, cruel, yet hilarious commentaries. Too many times have I found myself absorbed into the monitor, giggling at every sarcastic remark. Put bluntly, these shows may be nothing more than the work of self-important no-lifes sharing their useless opinions. But quite frankly, despite their flippancy, we love it. But is this what we really need? Can these miniscule representations truly act as a substitute for actual television? With life moving so rapidly, television recaps definitely provide us with the solution we need.

Not only are they quick and to the point, but they are also funny and entertaining, becoming its own unique form of entertainment. Never again will we have to choose between watching the latest episode of 90210 and doing homework. We must admit, however that these five minute clips cannot replace for the actual television experience. Such short clips are insufficient for portraying all the drama and character development of full episodes. But sadly, for some of us, it is all that we can afford.


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Sports

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Low attendence undermines team effort COMMENTARY By HARRISON TOY SPORTS COLUMNIST

And the crowd goes wild! Wait, what crowd? Throughout my high school water polo career, I can faintly remember anyone attending our games. But water polo isn’t the only sport with empty stands. Athletes and coaches all over the school agree that there aren’t enough fans at their games. “I think we need more support across the board, not just wrestling but all sports,” said wrestling coach Nick Nakamura. As I walk to the bathroom after a hard fought game, I notice a volleyball game in progress. Upon entering the gym, I immediately see action. Girls are sprinting around the court, digging and killing, but there’s no one in the seats. To some of the team’s players, it seems like just a scrimmage. Walking out of the gym, I turn to my left and see the girls tennis team playing, but again there is no one sitting on the small bleacher. The girls have been league champions 4 times in the past 5 years under coach Jerelyn Lopez but nobody is there to watch their skillful volleys or support them. “We’ve never really had people come watch us,” said

boys’ tennis coach Harry Gunther. “People should come to see what we do. We’ve been league champs twice in the past three years, and made it to the second and third round of CIF but people don’t even know.” Is this how Wilson should be represented at its home games? Why should our fan base be composed of two parents and a JV team? “Having stands full of people help fire up the team and bring intensity to the game,” said water polo coach Billy Cavezza. Fans are so important for a team’s success. Knowing that they are being supported helps athletes play a better game and motivates them to win. “When you see your friends in the crowd you really want to impress them and not [disappoint],” said volleyball player Karina Pimentel (11). I remember last year, our Los Altos water polo game was the greatest experience I’ve had as a water polo player.

Anticipating our first win against LA in years we had stands packed and even some cheerleaders. The thunderous roar of the crowd pumped me up every time we made a goal. After scoring a shot from across the goal at the end of the third quarter, I heard a humongous “hip-hip-hooray” in the stands and in my heart.

Though we lost, I’ve never had a game more exciting or important than that. There was a lot of pressure to win, but it only pushed me to work harder not only for myself but also for the school. After that day, nothing. It was back to the status quo and nobody attended the remainder of our league games. Every day when I’m at school I can hear my friends talking about the game last night, “Tom Brady, Baron Davis, Manny Ramirez,” but no “JJ Cheng (12) (Water Polo, Basketball, Track), Aleina Dominguez (11) (Soccer), QiuMing Wu (12) (Badminton).”

Millions of people wait to watch their favorite teams on the television and have big parties when they get a victory. Where’s the party for the Wildcats? The school has so many teams that excel and deserve praise and attention, but one small lunchtime rally isn’t enough. A simple “Good job” from some one other than your coach or your parents goes a long way. “When someone tells me ‘You had a great game yesterday,’ it really brings up my confidence and encourages me to do better,” said Cheng. Wilson claimed league championships, and advanced to CIF countless times, imagine what our teams could achieve with your support. Everyone should attend our schools athletic events, see what’s going on and support our teams.

WHERE ARE THE CATS? - Nogales HS students attend a waterpolo scrimmage against the visiting Wilson team, Tuesday. The tennis court’s lone bleacher remain empty despite the PHOTO/VIRGINIA TANG girls JV game taking place at home (top).

Tennis struggle in preseason scrimmage “Though we were playing our best, we were not totally prepared,” said SPORTS EDITOR Tiffany Kim (12). “We’re just getting into the groove of things.” The loss of veteran players greatly Team member Audrey Auyang affected the girls tennis team yesterday (12) agrees that the team was not as they lost 15-3 to South Hills. completely ready for their first game. “For most players, it was their first varsity game,” said Audrey Auyang. “As a result many of the players were nervous.” Aside from inexperience, the girls also attribute their loss to the Huskies’ number one single player, Natalie Johnson (9). Coincidentally Natalie is also the daughter of Mrs. Johnson, who is a Spanish teacher here at Wilson. “She played really BACK AT YOU! - Meagan Zamilpa (9) slices the ball during Wednesday’s scrimmage against the JV PHOTO/VIRGINIA TANG well,” said Chin. team. Girls tennis will play all three matches next week at Wilson. By CHRIS CHIANG

“It was a pretty disappointing game for us,” said Jessica Chin (12), one of the few returning players. The singles lost 7-2 and were led by Meagan Zamilpa (9), who won one out of three matches.

“She’s a very good player and she’s only thirteen.” The doubles did not fare much better than the singles, losing 8-1. Double pairs Janet Hsiao (12) and Emily Chen (12) led the team, winning one of their matches. Despite the loss, some girls say that it was an important match since it helped indicate their strong point and faults. “It was a good game to see where the team was at and what we need to practice more on, such as hitting the ball in the court,” said Chin. Apart from hitting the ball, the girls also say they need to polish other aspects of their game. “We need to improve on our shots and serves as well as our overall play,” said Auyang. The girls’ next opponent will be La Serna, whose new varsity head coach was once the Cat’s JV coach. The match will be at home next Monday. “We should do okay,” said Kim. “Hopefully we will learn from this experience.”


09/12/08