May 2, 2011
Ranging from tribal to lions to last names, teachers share their meaningful tattoos LEAH SARNOFF SKYLAR SLOTTER
When one pictures a high school teacher, what comes to mind? A collared shirt? Steam-pressed slacks? Maybe even a tie or a pair of intellectual-looking rimless glasses... and a tattoo? Although it may not seem to fit into the mold of a classic high school teacher, it seems that Poway High is awash with faculty members who have one of the most permanent and rebellious forms of body art. Although it is hard to believe, teachers were once defiant teenagers too. Take it from PHS biology teacher, Ryan Mocock. At age 18, Mocock decided to take advantage of his new adult status and get two ink masterpieces. On his chest is his last name and on his back is the lion of Juda, the emperor of Ethiopia. Mocock also claims that he has a third tattoo, his favorite, which reads “I love biology.” Although he does not like to show them off, he assured Poway High, “They’re not that big—I like to keep it real.” While Mocock regrets making these tattoos a permanent part of his body, there are other staff members on campus who love and value theirs. Wellness Coordinator Traci Barker-Ball and German teacher Marion von Ehrenstein-Smith both decided to set their vows of matrimony in stone—or flesh. “We’re branded instead of having rings,” Barker-Ball said. She and her husband have matching tattoos of a moon.
Although they chose this symbol because it was the only one they could agree upon, Barker-Ball explained that she and her husband chose to get tattoos over rings because she could not lose it, like she had twice before, and it was convenient for her husband who was an athlete. Another reason for their decision was because they felt like wearing rings in front of their gay and lesbian friends was unfair, since they cannot marry under California law. Ehrenstein-Smith and her husband both received tattoos in honor of their marriage as well, basing them off a three-headed dragon design on her husband’s drum set. Like Barker-Ball, Ehrenstein-Smith decided to have a permanent symbol of her marriage due to practicality. Other tattoo-bearing faculty members have great respect and appreciation for what the art engraved on their skin means to them on a personal level. Math teacher, Charles Jackson has a tattoo of the mathematical number PHI (1.618…), on his back left shoulder. As a Geometry and Pre-Calculus teacher, PHI does hold a special place in Jackson’s heart, as many of his students who have been present for his PHI lecture can confirm; however, Jackson settled on the Greek sign while in grad school, because it represents the brotherhood he shared with the members of the fraternity he started at UCLA, Delta Sigma Phi and his religious faith. “Many of my fraternity brothers got tattoos as we graduated that represented our bond as well as a unique
part of us,” Jackson said. A r n o Chrispeels is another of the tattoo-clad teachers at Poway High. He has two tattoos: one is of a turtle on his shoulder and the other is a Hawaiian-style armband, both of which were done by his wife’s cousin in Hawaii. His armband was done as a wedding present and its interwoven characters represent things that have personal meaning to Chrispeels, such as his love of the ocean and the town his wife is from in Hawaii. Unlike Mocock, Chrispeels does not regret his tattoos at all and in fact claims that he is planning one for the future. He expresses his respect for tattoos with purpose and meaning to each individual and supports anyone who is considering making one a lasting part of themselves. “A tattoo is a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling. I would encourage anyone who is going to get a tattoo to think about what they want, draw it out and put it in a drawer. If it still speaks to you in six months, then go for it,” Chrispeels said.
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The opening of the Poway In-N-Out on April 21 triggered a stream of teens and young adults to launch an ultra-competitive job war, representative of the lack of jobs during the economic downturn. However, competitive the job market for the beloved In-N-Out was, stress for teens in search of jobs is always apparent. Managers of businesses have reported that with the stagnant economy, they are started to hire less overall, meaning even less jobs are available for teens. Adults are searching frantically for jobs in occupations usually dominated with juveniles; thus with summer just around the corner and gas prices constantly climbing, it is ever more important for teens to know how to better their chances in getting a job. “The first impression is the most important factor, whether we are hiring a teen or someone that is 40 years old,” manager of Albertsons in Poway, Billy Shields, said. Employers often look for an applicant to be well dressed, poised and friendly. Teens looking for jobs need to put their best foot forward by showing an employer that they are as professional as an educated adult.
Beyond the first impression many employers note that “flexibility, work ethic and initiation” are of utmost importance, as the manager of BJ’s in Escondido said. “A first impression can stick in the back of your head but can be something that can be overlooked,” ESS Coordinator of Painted Rock Elementary, Eleanor Cullen, said. Yet, even someone who seems to posses all traits employers seek can be overlooked every once in a while. Honors student Anna Kernus has been trying to get hired for four months and has applied to many local businesses ranging from Golden Spoon to the Remington Club. “I know of plenty of people who get jobs just because they are older or have connections, not because they are more qualified,” Kernus said. Although job selection may seem random, by making a good impression and being persistent teens will have a better chance at competing in a harsh job market. “I want someone who will knock on my office door and ask me if there are any openings, not someone who just makes a phone call,” Sheilds said. Teens are given an equal opportunity to all jobs in San Diego, but it is up to the individual to harness the skills needed to impress an employer.
Senior rebuilds WWII aircrafts SANOMA JEAN Feature Editor
In World War II, Stinson L5 Sentinel aircrafts were utilized in the detection of artillery. Now, for her senior project, Madeline Campbell is joining forces with Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in the restoration of these legendary aircrafts. “More people should learn about this. There are a lot of people I hear that are interested in the air force, but not a lot of people really know about this opportunity,” Campbell said. The San Diego branch of the CAF, otherwise known as Air Group One, was formed in 1981 and dedicated to the preservation of WWII aircrafts. The L5 Sentinel, nicknamed “Betsy,” has a span of approximately 34 feet and weighs 1,550 pounds. The restoration of this aircraft, which Campbell is a part of, is a long-term project and the completion date has yet to be determined. Campbell has personally been working on fabricating parts of the L5 Sentinel. “The wings have been degraded, because they used organic glue back then, which was strong at the time, but of course has been eaten away by microbes,” Campbell said. “Recently, I have been replacing all the parts where that glue was used, mainly these mahogany brackets for the wings.” Colonel Howard Merritt, Maintenance Officer of Air Group One, has worked with Campbell and observed her performance.
“We find her observations of our efforts to be a great help in planning this event. The young lady is a very talented and busy individual,” Merritt said. One task Campbell completed involved calculating the linear amount of the fabricated plywood angle stock required for building a set of wings. Campbell and her father have also attended weekly Wings Over Gillespie Air Show meetings, which have allowed her to “experience the planning and executing of the event and also how business meetings are conducted,” Merritt said. The Wings Over Gillespie Air Show will be hosted June 3-5 at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. “There’s going to be a huge variety of things [at the Air Show.] There will be static displays, aircrafts from WWII and Vietnam and mock battles. The theme is the Battle of Midway,” Campbell said. While Campbell is the youngest individual involved with the CAF, this does not put her at a disadvantage. “There are actually a bunch of ranks. I am a Cadet. I’m the only Cadet in this branch,” Campbell said. Her age, she says, allows her to give a youthful perspective on the projects they are working on in the CAF. “I hope to learn more about the flying community. I have my pilot license, and it’s great; I love it,” Campbell said.
I am not a fashion expert or a trendsetting guru, I am just a girl that stays up at night flipping through Vogues, and watching clips from fashion week on my computer. I have always had an interest in this majestic industry, and it has had a big impact on my life. One important thing that I have learned over the years is fashion is always changing, but it never goes out of style. It’s that time of year again. Prom is here and dress shops are loading up on the spring’s most sparkly and bedazzled dresses. When it comes to prom dresses, it’s when you can really go out of the box and do whatever you like. Here at Poway we seem to have a good amount of people who go for a more red carpet glamour look, which is my recommendation, but we still have an equal amount of people who go for the typical “prom-y” looking dress that makes me want to tear my eyes out of my head. I swear, some stores don’t even care what the dresses look like, they just have a quota of how much awkward satin and rhinestones must be placed on dresses to trick desperate naive girls. The length of your dress should go into as much consideration as the color. Personally, when I think of Prom, I think of long dresses. There is nothing wrong with wearing a shorter dress, but if you are, keep it modest. Homecoming is the time for short and funky, prom should be classy and timeless. A mistake I sometimes see people make is trying to do too many things at once. If huge hair, smokey eye, red lips, bedazzled dress and bedazzled shoe are the look you’re going for, then please don’t let me stop you. But in my taste, I think there should be one main focal point. Example: if you want to do a red lip, do very simple dress like in black or white, with hair loosely curled and simple eye make-up. Or if a smokey eye is your desire, nude lips can really set it off. Besides rain fall and frizzy hair, one of the worst things that can happen to a girl on her prom night is seeing someone in the exact same dress. Here are a few tips on how to avoid that situation. As many of you know, the North County shopping mall is a matter of 5-10 minutes away from Poway High, therefore, buying your prom dress there gives you a way higher risk of purchasing the same dress as another person. A suggestion would be to possibly take a small road trip with some friends or even solo, and venture out into downtown areas or more obscure malls that are so far that they can’t hear the Titan battle cry. And if you are willing to, a drive up to some boutiques in Los Angeles would almost ensure your dress is an original. Another way to avoid this situation is not to shop at such well known stores. Almost every female at PHS knows major stores like Nordstroms, Caché, and Macys, so try to stray from your general shopping routine. What’s on your feet is also very important to complete the look. A simple word of advice: if you have silver beading or rhinestones on your dress, try to stay away from black shoes. If you have a black or dark colored dress that has little to no design, trying out a bright shoe in a noticeable color can make quite the statement. Also, when it comes to comfort level, 6 inch stilettos aren’t exactly walking on clouds, so if you’re looking for comfort, ignore the pain while you take pictures. You can always change right before you hit the dance floor. Hair is just another factor you are going to have to worry about on this magical day. If “prom-y” type hair is trying to be avoided, before you attack your head with hair spray, run your fingers through it a little bit, and, as Willow Smith says, “whip your hair back and forth.” These steps can help loosen up your curls and be used if you seem to resemble Dolly Parton, and ‘Southern Belle’ was not the look you are trying to achieve. All in all, as the fashion guru extraordinaire Coco Chanel, creator of the worldwide brand Chanel, says, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”