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Glen A. Wilson High School

Volume 41

Number 15

Hacienda Heights, California 91745

December 5, 2008


NHS ‘sparks’ goodwill through toy drive By YUHUA WANG STAFF WRITER

This Christmas, Santa Claus isn’t the only one delivering gifts to kids. With the holidays just around the corner, National Honor Society (NHS) members will be holding the Spark of Love Toy Drive. This annual event collects toys and sporting goods that are then distributed to economically disadvantaged families all over Southern California. The Los Angeles Fire Department first thought of the idea for this drive in 1976. Spark of Love eventually expanded to a regional toy drive among all the fire departments in Southern California. At the conclusion of the Toy Drive, all contributions will be delivered by NHS to the local fire department. Fire station crews will then deliver gifts in person to recipients identified in advance by child service and community organizations. “With the economy doing poorly right now, many families can’t afford

toys for their children, so this is a good opportunity to donate to a good cause and help the less fortunate,” explained NHS adviser

dollars. Students can also collaborate to purchase a more expensive gift. The goal for this year’s Toy Drive will be around 40 to 50 toys.

Choir rehearsal

FA LA LA LA LA - Choir director Claudia Turner conducts her class, yesterday, in preparation for the upcoming collaboration with band and PHOTO/FION LING dance.

Nick Nakamura. Gifts should be new, unwrapped and cost between five to ten

NHS members who participate will also earn community service hours based on the quality of their toy

First food fundraiser limited by government law

or sporting good, although students not in NHS and teachers are also encouraged to participate. Some members say they are eager to help in the drive. “I’m going to donate because seeing the happiness brought by Operation Christmas Child [NHS’s last project] inspired me to do more,” said member sophomore Chloe Shih. Non-members on campus also say they think the Toy Drive is a good opportunity to help the poor. “I think it’s great to have the Toy Drive because even though we are very lucky to have so much, we shouldn’t forget that many others are less fortunate, especially during the holiday season,” said freshman John Wang. Participants can deliver their gifts to Mr. Nakamura in room D-8. All gifts must be brought in before Tuesday, Dec. 16. Students who cannot meet this deadline must make arrangements with NHS ahead of time if they still wish to make a contribution to the Toy Drive.

the INSIDE story


Want a spam musubi, a slice of pizza and a coke? Next Wednesday, students will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of food for lunch, as various organizations host the first food fundraiser of the year. “Food day brings the student body together and it’s similar to a food fair,” said Associated Student Body adviser Liz Orth. In order for any club, organization or sport team to fundraise in the event, they must go through a process to qualify them to sell food to the student body. “They need to fill out a nutritional value paper, meet the health standards and their club minutes need to be organized and turned in,” said Orth. Food to be sold must have no more than 400 calories, 35% calories from fat, 10% calories from saturated fat, 35% sugar by weight and four grams of fat per 100 calories. This is due to Senate Bill 12, a state law which took effect on July 1, 2007, restricting unhealthy food from being sold on school campuses. Students say they are afraid of the impact the restrictions will bring. “I think it will still be successful, but not as successful as it was in past years because the law restricts the variety of food choices,” said senior Melysa Quan. SB 12 also limits the number of food days that can be held within the school year. “I wish we could do more food days, but by law, we can only have four this year,” said Orth. Some students say they look forward to selling food to raise money. “We have a really good relationship with Flame Broiler, so we decided to sell it again this year. Plus, last year was really successful,” said Renaissance co-president senior Dianuh Kim. Others say they are just looking forward to eating the food sold. “There is always a lot of variety so I don’t have to limit myself to one choice,” said sophomore Jean Kim. The fundraiser is set to be held Dec. 10 at lunch by the new lunch shelter.

Substitute teacher D.H. Covey has filled in for drama adviser Meghann Kraft in lieu of her maternity leave. teaching the advanced drama class several facets of pre-production, including PHOTO/MICHELLE GOR makeup storyboarding. EDITORIAL | As we


strive for a pleasant life, we shouldn’t forget our compassion for other human beings. pg 3

Hyped teen vampire movie disappoints fans hungry for more romance. pg 6



December 5, 2008


Annual holiday concert benefits charity By JACOB EWALD STAFF WRITER

HEAR IT RING - A member of the front ensemble, junior Samantha Hong plays the mallet on PHOTO/IRENE CHOU the field during the band rehearsal for the Winter Concert, Tuesday.

Holiday cheer has never sounded so good. The Wilson Concert Band is holding its 42nd annual Winter Concert, which will also feature the choir and dance team. This concert is a non-competition event that is intended to display Wilson’s talents. The performance will be mostly holidaythemed in the spirit of Christmas. All three organizations have been preparing for the event since Thanksgiving by practicing their routines. “Our dance is really cute, and this is my first year as a dolly [a position in the dance performance]. I am very excited to see how it turns out,” said dance team member sophomore Victoria Lin. The concert will cost $2 for admission, and proceeds will benefit the band. However, instead of paying admission, students and their families have the option of donating one can of food. These canned goods will be given to charity to help feed the less fortunate during the holiday season. “We decided to let people bring in cans because every time we can help out the needy, it is great,” said band director Jonathan Chang. Some students say they are glad that they will take part in the Winter Concert. “I’m excited to participate in this wonderful experience where you can feel the spirit of Christmas in the music,” said band member freshman Brian Song. The Winter Concert is set for Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.

Cat scan: in not too distant high schools... By ALEX CHAO STAFF WRITER

Wilson is already full of exciting news, but a student only needs to look to other schools to find even more. According to High Life staff writer Chelsea Knights, six seniors from Long Beach Polytechnic HS were selected from a group of 1,789 students as winners of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards. Two judges–one high school and one college English teacher– narrowed the nominees to 525 finalists. Students who participated in this contest had to respond to a quote from Einstein with an essay. The winners received congratulations letters, postcards that can be included in college applications, certificates of honor and had their names posted on the NCTE website. While some students express their thoughts throuh writing, others convey their emotions through a more physical activity. Students from Schurr HS are able to participate in dance sessions headed by Joseph Vidalña, a well-tenured salsa professional. Every Monday and Wednesday after-school, Vidalña brings the music and culture of salsa dancing to the campus, reported the Spartan Scroll’s assistant entertainment editor Jesse Han. Vidalña said he had grown tired of the bland music being played at school events. Motivated to see young people find a passion in the salsa dance and share the culture with future generations, Vidalña decided to open his salsa classes to the school. Dancers are not the only ones who express their creativity. According to High Life staff writer Nick Graffis, sophomore Cheyenne Williams and freshman Christian Reyes from Long Beach Polytechnic HS won the “Design Your Own Nike” contest held on Oct. 8–10.

The program gave students a chance to design their own Nike shoe. Those who participated worked on a virtual shoe through the Nike ID website on the school computers. As prizes, Reyes and Williams were given a free pair of their own designed shoes and have their shoes available on Nike ID. Although students at Long Beach Polytechnic HS had an easygoing experience customizing sneakers, other schools were impacted with more serious matters. Diamond Bar HS had an alleged sex offender trespass on campus, reported The Bull’s Eye assistant news editor Iris Li. An unarmed adult male entered school grounds and was discovered in the girl’s restroom by the campus’s main lunch area. The school was forced to undergo a lockdown to secure every part of the campus. All the gates, doors, rooms and buildings were locked so nobody could come into the campus until the situation was resolved. Unfortunately, Diamond Bar HS was not the only school to experience trouble. On Wednesday, Sept. 2, pepper spray fumes permeated throughout Monrovia HS’s four main buildings, stated Wildcat graphics editor Margaret Johnson. Twenty minutes before the school started, someone opened a can of pepper spray that quickly spread throughout the ventilation system. Students and teachers left their classrooms coughing and wheezing because of the fumes. At one point, there were 14 emergency vehicles and two news helicopters in the vicinity. Luckily, nobody at Monrovia HS was physically hurt during this incident, unlike another attack involving a fellow peer. Senior Davien Graham was the target of a violent shooting that occurred last winter not far from his home at Calvary Grace Church, wrote Wildcat feature editor Malaz Abdul. After getting off work, Graham faced an unknown attacker that pointed a revolver toward him. He

did not know the shooter. The man fired twelve rounds, leaving Graham paralyzed from the waist down. As a result, Graham was limited in all his normal day activities such as participating in sports, eating solid food and socializing with friends. He left the hospital in March and returned to school recently. Graham still has to remain in a wheel chair and is only capable of moving his foot, but is making a slow recovery. The culprit responsible for this crime is currently being held at trial, but could be released due to a lack of evidence. In other news, one school had a unique experience in its reading department. The Huntington Big Read Program, an initiative designed to restore reading to American culture, provided El Rancho HS with a presentation by actor Micahel Oakes, reported El Rodeo staff writer Matt Crocitto. A combination of 17 teachers and about 1000 students who were studying Jack London’s Call of the Wild attended two assemblies to witness Michael Oakes perform as Jack London, the protagonist. Oakes, a professional union actor who normally performs in an educational live theatre group, brought a new perspective on London’s classic story. Just as El Rancho went beyond the norm by bringing in Michael Oakes to assist in the reading department, a school district surpassed standard expectations. Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) was named the top school district in America by the Broad Foundation, reported High Life staff writer Chelsea Knigths. The Broad Foundation, an L.A. based private foundation, honors urban school districts that demonstrate student achievement and improvement. The data used included state test scores, the SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement exam results. The district was selected as one of the finalists for the 2008 Broad Prize, winning $250,000 in scholarship money.


December 5, 2008


Black Friday casualities taint human integrity Volume 41


Number 15

Glen A. Wilson High School 16455 E. Wedgeworth Drive Hacienda Heights, CA 91745 Double Eagle Printing

Alyssa Roberts Adviser

Billy Lin Charles Tsuei ART/ SONIA TELLIS

For some Americans, the gratification of celebrating Thanksgiving gives way to a much more anticipated tradition: Black Friday shopping. On this day of irresistible bargains and sales, crowds of shoppers line up in front of stores hours or days before, clutching catalogs and waiting for doors to open. It seems that some bargain hunters follow the “shop until you drop” motto to the extreme—with life-threatening effects. At a Wal-Mart store in Valley Stream, New York, 34-year-old attendant Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death by a horde of shoppers flooding into the shop. Many had camped outside for the entire night. The unruly crowd of 2000 shoppers slammed fists and shoulders against the sliding doors, shattering them. When asked to evacuate in order to save the injured employee, some protested that they had been waiting all night and proceeded with shopping. What tantalizing bargains compelled the Wal-Mart shoppers to disregard a human life? The behavior of the crowd was animalistic. Damour was crushed to death under the weight of hundreds of trampling feet, and four others were injured—all for $2 DVD’s and $400 flat-panel televisions. Some credit the shoppers’ agitation to the declining economic conditions. As more Americans adopt a “buy now or lose out” mindset, individuals need to recognize that what the Wal-Mart shoppers killed over were luxuries—electronics and gadgets. If individuals simply fight over extravagances, what will happen if in the future people need to struggle over necessities such as food or clothing? The Wal-Mart shoppers’ desperation seemed to be shared by Black Friday shoppers everywhere. From shootings to brawls across the nation, it seems that Americans have regressed to primal methods of struggling with others for desires. Society’s insecurities will be compounded by individuals consumed by aggression and fear. If an economic decline means we may have to start sacrificing our livelihood, we should not allow ourselves to lose our integrity and morality as well.


EDITORS NEWS Carey Leung Brandie Wong

FEATURE Sabrina Dea Allison Ko

SPORTS Charles Tsuei Chris Chiang

EDITORIAL Stephanie Chang



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.

STAFF Laurie Allred Alex Chao Irene Chou Carol Ciriaco Jacob Ewald Stanley Ho Vanessa Ho Jeriel Huang Lubina Kim Hanny Kishawi Jon Jon Lew Fion Ling

Elina Oliferovskiy Melannie Polidano Peter Suh Victoria Sun Virginia Tang Harrison Toy Paulla Vangcharoen Melody Wang Yuhua Wang Alice Wen Michael Zubia

word on the

STREET Paw Prints asks: What was your most outrageous experience during Black Friday? COMPILED BY HANNY KISHAWI & FION LING

SOPHIA GONZALES (11) - Someone pushed me at a jewlery store and I landed on a ring that cut my knee.

JENNIFER GUTIERREZ (12) - At Target, I popped someone in the back of his knee with my shopping cart. I just left him there.

ANKUSHHINGORANI(12) - I finally bought Guitar Hero World Tour. I had to carry the box all around the mall, and people looked at me weirdly.

TONYA LEI (12) When I was near Gamestop, I looked to my left and saw Tony Tran from Kaba Modern!

CHERYL LAM (10) - I woke up at 2:30 a.m to buy a surfboard for 250 dollars at Westfield Mall.



December 5, 2008

Pregnancy: an issue not to be toyed with By MELODY WANG STAFF WRITER

“I’m going to have a baby!” The phrase brings up an image of a pregnant woman with her husband by her side. But people these days can hear it from unmarried women, transvestites and even men. The current era apparently allows for unusual methods of insemination The traditional path to pregnancy is for a man and a woman to undergo sexual intercourse, and if all goes well (or badly), a little bundle of joy (or terror) will join them nine months later. But what if a couple is unable to conceive children? In this day and age, anybody can go to sperm banks or find an egg donor. Some odd inventions exist, such as the “At Home Self-insemination Kit.” The device allows people to bypass the traditional way nature intended for reproduction. The woman can receive sperm from a sperm bank and then impregnate herself with the sperm using the kit’s instruments. Modern technology allows people to tinker with life. In the past few years, cases of unusual pregnancies and births have risen. A 56-year-old woman carried and gave birth to her own grandchildren after

her daughter underwent hysterectomy, a process that removes part or all of the uterus. The daughter’s eggs were fertilized and then transferred into her mother’s womb. Another famous pregnancy was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show. Thomas Beattie, a transvestite, explained to the world his pregnancy and his marriage. Beattie went through surgery in order to become a man but kept all his female reproductive organs in order to one day conceive his own child. The public was surprised at a grandmother giving birth to her own grandchildren, but a transvestite having a baby showed that a person’s gender could be manipulated to fit one’s wishes. But the most mind-boggling pregnancy case would be that of Lee Mingwei, who was born a man. He is an artist who wishes to experience the same process of birthing that his mother and sister both went through. A team of doctors agreed to do the experiment and monitor him 24 hours a day. He underwent ectopic surgery and is now successfully pregnant. Male ectopic surgery is a process in which a man has an embryo and placenta implanted onto membranes

in his abdomen. The fetus then absorbs nutrients as it would in a female. After full term, the baby would be labor induced through caesarean section. Nature intended for things to go as it planned. Why would people go against it just to achieve the seemingly impossible? Women are born women and men are born men. If people can change their genders at will, what is being male or female in the long run? However, due to medical advances, the impossible has become a reality.

There are many social, moral and religious arguments against these occurrences. Supporters counter by saying that change is inevitable in this new century. But even if social, morality, and religion are disregarded, people should respect the way nature intended things to be. People can change themselves to fit their ideals such as dying their hair, getting tattoos or piercing body parts. But birth is a special and sacred issue that humans should not toy with at all. ART/ VANESSA HO

Racism promoted by the “change” of Obama By ALICE WEN STAFF WRITER

2009: the year for change. At least, it is supposed to be. November 4 marked a turning point in history—the ushering in of the first Black president of the United States. It was easy to find others elated at this victory in the open-minded state of California. The triumph supposedly marked a break through racial barriers present since past centuries. Too bad the rest of America disagree. In the weeks following the election, hundreds of crimes involving racism have been reported, ranging from vandalism to assault. On election night, an AfricanAmerican church in Springfield, Massachusetts was burned down. In Staten Island, New York, African-American Muslim teenager Ali Kamara was beaten by four white men with baseball bats who repeatedly yelled, “Obama!” A nine-year old boy from Snellville, Georgia was reported to have said to his classmate: “I hope Obama gets assassinated.” The various acts of bigotry and anger against innocent citizens were all to retaliate against the results of the election.

These individuals and those who believe that the president-elect is a communist and terrorist are blinded by their depraved views toward Blacks and people of other races. The recent events reflect racist a n d

terrorist issues of the past. The burning down of the Massachusetts Black church reminds Americans of the 1963 Ku Klux Klan

bombing of an Alabama church that killed four girls. Obama’s win is supposed to demonstrate the amount of change and progress America has made in tolerating ethnic diversity, but it appears to be the opposite. We are seeing the return of an age that encouraged the meaningless hate of races. Some attempt to justify this obstinacy and irrationality. William Ferris, director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina, said the election is “the most profound change in the field of race this country has experienced since the Civil War.” He went on to explain that people are merely afraid that the country our forefathers have built has been ruined. I don’t find this excuse a “justification.” The thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments were made to promote unity, rid America of segregation and lead the country towards morality. It is clear that the fight for racism is far from over. We need to come together to condemn the perpetrators who return to violence in their fear. We cannot simply identify African-Americans with only the faces of gangs, just as we cannot let these radical extremists define the opinions of all America. We should all make our way towards a colorblind society. Only with this can America progress to the “change we can believe in.” ART/ RENEE TANG


December 5, 2008


Wildcats take pastimes to ‘extreme’ level By MELANNIE POLIDANO STAFF WRITER

Wilson is home to many sports, but some students and faculty have taken athletic activities to a new level. An extreme sport is defined as any recreational activity that involves high risks, aggression or spectacular stunts. Some students and faculty say they enjoy engaging in these risky and out-of-theordinary sports during their leisure time. Senior Kyle Kitagawa says he joined Boy Scouts for community service, but eventually discovered new hobbies: hiking, rockclimbing and white water rafting, which involves strong currents, dips and several rocks to satisfy people’s desire for the thrill of danger. “The adrenaline g e t s you. You have to be physically strong to overcome rocks and rapids,” s a i d Kitagawa.

respect for water,” said Van Gorden. Others find BMX, also known as bicycle motocross, to be an exciting activity. “I started BMX in the first or second grade. I do it for the fun and thrill; you get a different perspective from nine feet in the air,” said senior Eugene Chang. Some students find more amusement in the dangers of jumping off from high altitudes, such as bungee jumping or cliff diving. “I go with my church m i s s i o n g r o u p s e v e r y y e a r. It’s s c a r y, b u t s t i l l f u n a n d e x h i l a r a t i n g ,” s a i d s e n i o r E r i c Va u g h t . “ W h i l e I ’m going through the air I get t h i s f re e f a l l i n g f e e l i n g , a n d i t j u s t g e t s m e p u m p e d .” To some, cliff diving may be a once in a lifetime experience. However, Vaught says h e

“Most people prefer speed, but it’s only fun on a flat surface. That’s why I prefer bumps on a dune in the desert,” said Emily Luna. As thrilling as bike riding may be, there are dangers and risks involved. “One time my bike was recently repaired and I didn’t want to ruin it. Instead of following my dad going up this hill, I tried to go around the hill. I went ten miles out into the wrong direction and got lost for two hours,” said Josh Luna. But the thrill of the mountains doesn’t have to involve dr y dirt and terrain. Snowy mountains in the winter allow others, such as counselor Nancy Valenzuela, to engage in the extreme sports of snowboarding and skiing. “It’s a lot of trial and error,” said Va l e n z u e l a . “You have to use a l o t




Schabarum Park

Known for its intense, 18-station fitness trail, this nearby park also provides visitors the opportunity to participate in activities such as hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Huntington Beach

Besides tanning and building sand castles, surfing and sailing are two enjoyable activities at this popular local beach.

Although t h e s e outdoor hobbies may be exciting, Kitagawa says people should be alert for any danger and ensure their safety by following regulations. “Once, I was at the front of the raft. Just as we hit a rapid I pulled on my safety rope too hard and fell out,” said Kitagawa. Psychology teacher Claudia Van Gorden also participates in such outdoor activities. “[White water rafting] really is a rush, but you have to pay a lot of attention to what’s going on around you,” said Van Gorden. Besides rafting, Van Gorden says she also enjoys surfing along the waves. “You commune with the sea and you just build this great

h a s b e e n practicing this hobby for years. Others feel that it is much more fun to climb up a cliff than to jump off of one. Bouldering is much like rockclimbing, except it excludes the protective equipment. “I like the challenge; you only have your shoes, and it’s you against rock,” said English substitute Jason Fukao. Some people prefer to put the pedal to the metal, such as siblings junior Josh Luna and sophomore Emily Luna, who say they enjoy taking out their dirt bikes and ATVs for rides.

of hip motion and you need to control your movement, because your feet are literally connected to the board.” According to many, snowboarding, like most extreme sports, involves dangerous risks. “There was this one time when I was snowboarding at night with my husband and he made a wrong turn. We ended up on this really advanced and steep slope, and it felt like I was falling off a building. I had to switch over to my other side and claw my way down,” explained Valenzuela. However, despite the high chances of encountering danger in these extreme sports, students and faculty say the risky idea of thrill itself makes such hobbies even more exhilarating. GRAPHIC/JENNIFER CHOW

Mountain High

Located 64 miles from Hacienda Heights, Mountain High’s lifts and trails are worth the long drive, with challenging features made particularly for snowboarders.

Alpine Training Services

Individuals interested in training for rock climbing, kayaking, mountaineering and more can visit for more info. IMAGES/GOOGLE.COM


December 5, 2008


Latest teen craze enters ‘Twilight’ zone Resident fangirl duo Mel2: their verdict on the film Vantage point An outsider’s perspective By MELODY WANG & MELANNIE POLIDANO STAFF WRITERS


A person does not usually fall in love with his meal like how this vampire fell for a girl. Summit Entertainment’s Twilight is based on a novel by Stephanie Meyers about the romance between a human named Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and a vampire named Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). As their relationship deepens, Bella finds herself stuck in a clash between vampires: one side that wants her blood and another that wishes to save her. Fans are drawn to the dangerous romance between a predator and his prey. How many girls would turn down a passionate, beastly vampire boyfriend? Since the book’s publication in 2005, Twilight’s romantic yet supernatural feel gained a massive fan base of vampireloving teenagers, plus the occasional middle-aged fans. So when news hit the public that a movie would be created for Meyer’s hit series, CLOSER - Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) join in fans expected to be dazzled by passionate embrace in Summit Entertainment’s Twilight. PHOTO/BELLAANDEDWARD.COM gorgeous vampires seducing Though we were disappointed with normal humans like themselves—their in love; romance was the magic of the literary fantasies coming to life on the book. And why did most fans watch the many parts of the movie, we loved movie? Probably for the same reason. the cast to no ends. Each actor and silver screen. We waited eagerly for the moment actress fulfilled their role by accurately Companies such as Hot Topic took advantage of the sudden boom that Bella would confess her love for portraying their characters, particularly in Twilight fans and dedicated half of the monster she had fallen for, or at Ashley Greene who played an incredible their store to display all sorts of vampire least hint at her girlish crush. But we Alice Cullen. Stewart also showed were denied anything similar to that. extreme skill when she writhed on the merchandise. Everything was so rushed and floor as vampire venom seared within Everywhere you go, Twilight would follow you in some way, shape or form. choppy that before we knew it, Edward her blood. Despite the lack of chemistry Look at our own campus and you can was driving her to school, jumping find students wearing Twilight t-shirts, on her truck and entangling her in between Stewart and Pattinson, there was a strong bond between Stewart bags and bracelets quoting the novel. dangerous vampire business. The main conflict in the movie and Burke, who played Bella’s father, The Twilight craze has even inspired one company to create trading cards wasn’t the deadly romance between Charlie. The sensitive divorced-father-takingfor the movie. All the signs pointed to Bella and Edward. Instead, it was about rescuing Bella from another danger: allin-daughter situation was beautifully high ratings and new obsessions for the out war between the Cullens and three portrayed, complete with uneasy looks upcoming movie. As passionate “Twilighters,” we blood-thirsty vampires who wanted and awkward gestures of affection. The rushed to the theatres, buying overpriced her blood. Smoldering romance was audience easily followed the budding relationship between father and movie tickets (10 precious dollars!) to reduced to ash. It seemed like the movie focused daughter. witness the fantastic romance that had A few moments of witty comedy been playing in our heads since we first too much on the rogue vampires who wanted to gnaw her head off, rather made up for the lack of romance. In read the book. Unfortunately, with all the hype, the than what entranced the millions of one scene, Charlie nonchalantly invites movie turned out to be an epic failure. fans in the first place: her love with Edward into his home—with a loaded shotgun. A surprisingly short time span (120 Edward. While we wanted to linger in the But despite the bits of comedy, great minutes) and little passion between the two main characters led to the film’s relationship that was supposed to casting and engaging fight scenes, we develop between Bella and Edward, we still desperately wish that an extended regrettable flop. Much to our disdain, the biggest felt rushed towards the climax of the DVD will fill in the missing romance disappointment of the Twilight movie film: a daring escape from the evil man- between Bella and Edward, romance that should have been in the movie. was that as great as Stewart and eating vampires. We stumbled into the hasty plot With Twilight’s failure to live up to Pattinson can act, they had absolutely developments much like how Bella the hype, chances of redeeming the no chemistry. None whatsoever. Why did we watch the movie? We stumbled into Edward’s car: blinking, faith of its dejected fans with the sequel, New Moon, look grim. wanted to see Bella and Edward fall dazed and completely confused.

I was never a Twilight fan. A teen romance about a girl and her vampire boyfriend just seemed too cheap, too trashy. Still, seeing how popular the series had become among my peers, I had to admit that I was mildly interested. Who could forget that one brave student who came to school on Halloween dressed as a Twilight hardcover? Surely, anything that could compel freshmen girls to walk around campus in black boxes labeled “Twilight, Stephanie Meyer” had to be worth looking into. I did my research: the frantic preorders of the final installment Breaking Dawn, thousands of fanfictions from young writers across the nation, a soundtrack soaring to the top of the charts (even before the movie’s release!) and girls changing their names to Mrs. Edward Cullen. Bigger than iPods or frozen yogurt, this was the next, new, teen-culture craze. But what makes this series so appealing to young readers? The answer came when a girl in my physics class brought her copy of Twilight to school. With sumptuous emphasis on all the right words, she read, out-loud, the sensual details of her favorite passages—all of Bella and Edward’s most intimate moments. Girls giggled; boys cringed. Richard Corliss of Time said it best: “...just as J.K. Rowling cannily fed tween readers’ innocent lust for adventure, so Meyer smites their slightly older sisters with the adventure of innocent lust.” Stephanie Meyer had crafted a meticulously detailed, exotic but relatable world of blood-thirsty vampires and passionate, forbidden love—and invitation for girls to vicariously experience the delicious tension of having a boyfriend who must constantly resist the urge to drink their blood. Of course, while some mothers would disagree, there isn’t anything so wrong or shocking with exploiting the raging hormones of young, pubescent girls. It’s just fascinating how young girls’ conception of the perfect guy has shifted from tall, dark and handsome to pale, brooding and blood sucking. Perhaps the only way for Meyer to liberate the unspoken desires of teenage girls was to also tear down all other conventions of feminine fiction. While looking into the Freudian undertones of a teen romance novel seems a bit much, one thing’s for certain: fairies and princesses are a thing of a past.



December 5, 2008


Girls soccer defeats Heralds to start season By CHRIS CHIANG SPORTS EDITOR

There’s no better way to begin the season than with a win and the girls soccer team did just that as they cruised past Whittier Christian, 3-1. “This should really help us out because we started out on a positive note,” said Katerina Bobluk (11). “It will be good for our self-esteem because we know we can win games.”

Coach Adam Clark agrees as well, noting that winning the first game of the season “gives us a good sense of direction.” Although the score indicated that the Cats had an easy game, their win was far from a breeze. “Whittier Christian came out extremely aggressive and they played rough,” said Bobluk. “But we gave it right back to them and played strong until the end.”

Overall, the team said that they played a good game. “We played excellent and possessed the ball well,” said Clark. Monday the girls participated in a scrimmage match against South Hills, losing 2-1. Despite the defeat, the girls said they performed well as a team. “I heard that we lost 6-0 last year so I know we really improved,” said Ashley Ramirez (9).

Tightening the screws

SAY CHEESE! - Victor Villa (11) holds Ghalee Seirafi (12) on the ground with a headlock Wednesday. The wrestling team will PHOTO/IRENE CHOU begin competing in the El Dorado tournement today and their first league match is in January.

According to the Cats, they began slowly before finally picking up the pace. “We started off a bit shaky, but we were playing with only two centers when we should have been playing with three,” explained Vanessa Plascencia (12). “We played better later on and started connecting our shot.” Although the scrimmage was not included in their record, the girls say that it was important for their progress since it allowed them to pinpoint their weaknesses. “We just need to be prepared for each game and step it up,” said Plascencia. “Once we get used to playing with each other I think we will be okay.” However, the team did not exhibit this much confidence initially. “We were a little worried because we lost a few players, such as our center midfielder,” said Plascencia. “But after Monday’s performance, we should be alright this season.” The girls say that their key players this year include Plascencia and juniors Marissa Valdez and Karisa Garcia. “Soccer is a team sport, so everyone is a key player. We need every person to do well if we want to win,” said Plascencia. The Cats will participate in the Don Lugo Tournament Saturday before facing Bishop Amat next Tuesday. “I know that they are a good team, but I think we have a decent chance of beating them,” said Bobluk.


December 5, 2008


Cats split opening week with close games By CAROL CIRIACO STAFF WRITER

The boys’ soccer team kicked off the season with a win over Whittier Christian HS on Tuesday, but the team did not fare as well in Thursday’s game, losing to Bishop Amat HS 2-1. Their only goal came when Nick Comouche’s (12) own deflected shot was crossed into the goal during the first half of the game, leaving Wilson tied 1-1. Numerous saves by goalie Napoleon Castillo (10) helped the boys hold onto their tie, but despite his efforts, the Lancers scored the fatal goal during the last five minutes of the game, resulting in the team’s first loss of the season. “We did alright,” said Moses Vega (10). “We had some good attempts to score a goal and played as a team rather than as individuals, but we still need to learn how to follow through, especially with our shots.”

HOT PURSUIT - Matt Sanchez (12) dribbles the ball across the field while two Lancers charge after him in yesterday’s game. The Wilson Tournament begins tommorow.PHOTO/P. VANGCHAROEN

Although the Cats failed to put away enough goals on Thursday, they did manage to score multiple times against the Whittier Christian Heralds during Tuesday’s game, winning 2-0.

Gary Quintero (11) scored both goals for the Cats, and was assisted by Comouche and Mirra Valdez (12). Even though Wilson defeated Whittier Christian, some of the Cats say they feel

that the team has plenty to work on. “I think our team did really well,” said Quintero. “We might have won, but we still need to improve. The team has to work on its chemistry.”

Head coach Ricardo Recinos agrees with his players. “It was a really good win,” said Recinos. “Still, the team needs to learn to respect the system and formation that they’re trying to play. They need to learn to play as a team, not as individuals.” With two tournaments and six games left before league play, the team still has time to embrace their coach’s message. “How we do in the season will depend on whether or not the guys see the bigger picture,” said Recinos. “They need to learn how to play in their system in order to do well.” Some players say that they have high hopes for the team in the upcoming season, which will continue until midFebruary. “We are definitely going to do really well this season,” said Vega. “Thursday’s game was definitely our first and last loss.” The Cats will participate in the Wilson Tournament tomorrow.

Basketball finishes first week with .500 record A key change occurred when Cal switched up their defensive strategy. STAFF WRITER “They tried to man-up in the beginning, but they were too slow for After a 60-52 victory in the preseason opener, the boys basketball us,” explained Captain Eric Cheng (12). Though Cal’s zone defense limited team was defeated by Damien 62-37, the Wilson offense to the outside yesterday. Tuesday, Wilson won a decisive perimeter, the Cats were effective in match against Cal High in the first scoring key shots from beyond the arch and pulled into the lead with a 12-5 game of the year. Although the Condors never took run in the second quarter. Wilson finished the game with seven the lead, the first quarter proved to be a close race, leaving the score tied at 15. three-point shots.

“Although there were missed opportunities [to drive to the basket], we were probing their defense and ended up doing a good job offensively,” said Coach Jack Dunbar. The second half was much closer than Wilson anticipated, as the Condors outscored the Cats 16-13 in the third. “We were getting careless with the ball and committed too many fouls,” said Justin Buenviaje (12).

In the fourth, the boys played aggressively, forcing 20 turnovers by the end of the game. “We pushed ourselves more, moving the ball around to get them tired and outrunning them in the second half,” said Cheng. Despite this, aggression also became an issue as players fouled more often. With a little over a minute left in the fourth, a two-on-one scramble for the ball resulted in a key foul on Wilson with the score at 55-51. Nevertheless, the Condors only managed to score one more point and Buenviaje sealed the victory with two free throws with eleven seconds left on the clock. “Overall, we played better than we did during practice. Being such a young and [relatively] inexperienced team, this win gave us confidence,” said Cheng. Wilson was led by Buenviaje and Cheng who combined for 35 points. However, players say that they need to work on free throws and rebounding. “We were at the line a lot and missed too many. If we made those shots it would have affected the score,” said Buenviaje. In addition to not capitalizing at the line, another one of Wilson’s concerns is its size. “It is a big disadvantage that we’re undersized. We need to box out more [in order to get those rebounds],” said Michael Wong (11). The Cats will be participating in the KEEP WATCHING! - Guard Eric Cheng (12) dribes baseline while his teammates and Coach Jack Dunbar watch from the bench. Arroyo Tournament next week. Wilson PHOTO/IRENE CHOU The team will look for their second win on Tuesday as they participate in the Arroyo Tournament. will first face Mark Keppel on Tuesday.



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