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Occupy Diego InsideSan Iliad ByHow Ethan PETA: far is too far?


BOMB THREATENS POWAY The quiet of the PSAT is interrupted by an act of terrorism

Thousands of protesters have been marching 5 the streets of downtown RACHEL PHAM News Editor San Diego since Oct 7 in a AP art student movement known as “Occupy Last Friday, Long Beach Police Department arrested a suspect responsible is Poway’s own San Diego.” for the false bomb threat against Poway High School that precipitated a lockPicasso The 8movement was inspired by “Occupy Wall Staff members Street,” a march in New York played hard City that is mostly protesting in high school too the fact that the wealthiest taxpayers in the 11 United States (the top one percent) own Events forty percent of the nation’s Fall Play wealth. Meanwhile, the other Nov. 3-6 ninety-nine percent only own Start sixty percent of theLate remaining Nov. 7 the nation’s wealth. Day Holiday Veterans’ Nov. 11 However, protesters Thanksgiving Break such as Poway High senior Megan Peranteau are fighting Nov. 21-25 for other causes. Peranteau Titan said that she hasTalk applied for numerous jobs indo many How you feel the school fields, and has never even the been granted anhandled interview. bomb threat on “It’s become more aboutday? who the PSAT you know rather than how well you can Why do thewould job,” said Stupidly. Peranteau. they keep us in a school when there’s A photographer a bomb threat?” and participant in Kylie Occupy San9 Ceballos Diego, Robert Martin, said No one found out that he did not think that what was going on “anyone was expecting the until after school.” Occupy movement to be Zach Salafia 10 immediately successful,” andI thought that it “took weeks for they were mainstream even playing itmedia safe,tobut begin minimal coverage of it did get annoying thewaiting Wall Street protest.” in class.” Sam Ozenbaugh 11 The movement The students has spread, and is being handled it well; after carried on in dozens of cities some initial shock worldwide, some even in everybody settled Europe and Asia. down.” Luke Castor 12 JacobIndex Basinger, a Poway High sophomore, said News..........................1-3 that he mostly agrees with the Editorial................4-5 protesters, but not the protest. “It may be wrong, but the top Feature.....................6-8 one percent has to split that forty percent of the nation’s Entertainment........9 wealth, leaving them with not as much money as people Sports...................10-12 might think,” says Basinger.


Iliad In aWebsite speech President Barack Obama gave on Oct 16Poway at the Martin Luther King High’s Voice Jr. Memorial, Obama stated that he bels owayt King himself would have marched in the Occupy movement.

a form of terrorism… [These false reports] make the public officials run in circles,” Fisher said. At the time of the lockdown, it was unknown whether the bomb truly resided somewhere on campus. Students and staff remained locked in their respective rooms, as campus officials and local police cooperated and dealt with down earlier this month on Oct. 12. the situation. A helicopter flew overhead, and police cars crowded the perimUnder search warrants, internet-service providers cooperated with Long eters of the campus as protocol. Specially trained search dogs were brought Beach officials to locate the suspect who allegedly reported false threats not on campus to sniff out any possible armaments hidden within lockers. only to PHS, but also to various schools throughout the Long Beach County. “People’s safety comes first. It’s an absolute,” Fisher said. Though details “We believe him to be the person responsible for the Poway High bomb of the bomb threat were not disclosed during the lockdown, students also threat,” said Juvenile Detective Chris Johnson wondered if the lockdown was something to take We, as a sheriff department, seriously. of the San Diego Sheriff Department. Accordtake every report of a ing to Johnson, the suspect taken into custody History teacher Jordan McKee proctored the bomb or of any threat to is a minor, but “will be prosecuted to the fullest PSAT in place of a colleague and was met with children very seriously.” extent under the law,” if proven guilty, due to anxious students in the time of crisis. “Kids were //Chris Johnson the severity of the situation. frustrated and annoyed. Most of the time was spent False reports to officials are considered miscalming them down and reassuring them that things demeanor crimes, but if the offender hides behind the identity of another to were going to be fine,” McKee said. make such reports, the crime is considered a felony. PHS mom, Cindy Murray, explained that the initial contact parents received “We, as a sheriff department, take every report of a bomb or of any threat from the school “never communicated that it was a bomb threat,” but that to children seriously,” said Johnson. measures were being taken to investigate a school threat. The authorities’ reaction to the report demonstrated how seriously the By the time Murray personally became aware of the lockdown, details from threat was being taken, as PHS promptly went into lockdown promptly after texts from her daughter allowed her to assume “that things were already in being notified by the Poway Sheriff Department of a possible bomb situated place and sheriffs were taking this very seriously.” somewhere on campus. As students, parents and staff commended the administration’s ability to The lockdown induced a series of precautionary measures to ensure cam- stay composed under such circumstances, Principal Fisher expressed how he pus security. was “pleased with the way the student body, staff, and sheriffs responded” to According to Principal Scott Fisher, the Sheriff Department had received the bomb threat and lockdown. other false alarm threats in various locations throughout Poway, among them As the threat turned out to be a hoax, no one was hurt and Poway High being the PHS bomb threat. School reopened the following day. Further news in regarding the suspect has “The captain of the Poway Sheriff Department believes the threats to be yet to be disclosed.

Civil Disobedience: A protestor is approached by the

police in downtown San Diego (above). Occupy San Diego participants march for their cause (right). ~Courtesy of Robert Martin

Occupy Wall Street hits San Diego The interest group expands its protests to west ETHAN DECKER Copy Editor

Thousands of protesters have been marching the streets of downtown San Diego since Oct. 7 in a movement known as “Occupy San Diego.” The movement was inspired by “Occupy Wall Street,” a march in New York City that is mostly protesting the fact that the wealthiest taxpayers in the United States (the top one percent) own forty percent of the nation’s wealth. Meanwhile, the other ninety-nine percent only own the remaining sixty percent of the nation’s wealth. However, protesters such as Poway High senior Megan Peranteau are fighting for other causes. Peranteau said that she has applied for numerous jobs in many fields and has never even been granted an interview. “It’s become more about who you know rather than how well you can do the job,” said Peranteau.

A photographer and participant in Occupy San Diego, Robert Martin, said that he did not think that “anyone was expecting the Occupy movement to be immediately successful,” and that it “took weeks for mainstream media to even begin minimal coverage of the Wall Street protest.” The movement has spread, and is being carried on in dozens of cities worldwide, some even in Europe and Asia. Celebrities such as Michael Moore and Kanye West have joined the Occupy movement. Jacob Basinger, a Poway High sophomore, said that he mostly agrees with the protesters, but not the protest. “It may be wrong, but the top one percent has to split that forty percent of the nation’s wealth, leaving them with not as much money as people might think,” Basinger said. In a speech President Barack Obama gave on Oct. 16 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Obama stated that he believes that King himself

would have marched in the Occupy movement. Occupy Wall Street, the most known of the Occupy protests, has become notorious from the brutality from the New York Police Department (NYPD). The NYPD has been pictured and video taped pepper spraying, beating and mass arresting protesters. Some victims of NYPD brutality have been treated this way for photographing or filming police violence. Fortunately, protesters in San Diego have yet to experience police brutality. Arrests have been made, but there are not as many as at Occupy Wall Street. One participant of Occupy San Diego, Curt Benedetto, said that “liaisons to the San Diego police have worked closely with them to ensure peace.” Recently, the number of protesters at Occupy San Diego has dwindled down to a few hundred or less and it continues to be peaceful.


Oct. 28, 2011

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City Council votes on Valle Verde stop sign

A Decisive Meeting: Proponents for the installment of the stop sign attended the meeting holding signs like the one pictured right, to get their point across. Council members voted in their favor. NORAH CUNNINGHAM// The Iliad NORAH CUNNINGHAM Feature Editor

A sea of red stop signs flooded the City Council Chambers on Oct. 18, as advocates for a stop sign on the corner of Valle Verde and Solera Way voiced their opinions. Wearing signs around their necks that read, “Please keep me safe! Stop!” the community resurrected the decades-old issue after the Poway parent Sharoltte Kingston was hit and killed on Valle Verde. Beginning with the staff report and recommendation, the attendees of the meeting

were given a summary of a recent traffic study the stop sign to be unnecessary. that concluded the potential four-way stop According to Poway Resident and frequent sign would increase driver visibility around Valle Verde traveler Steve Ness, “The the corner of Valle I don’t understand why people installation of an Verde, therefore don’t want a stop sign. They all way stop would creating a safer don’t want me, my brothers u n n e c e s s a r i l y environment for impede traffic flow, and friends to be safe.” both pedestrians increase congestion, //AYDEN FAIRLY and drivers. increase fuel With this recommendation and the opinions consumption, increase pollution, and increase of the people, the City Council unanimously traffic noise.” voted for the installation of the stop sign. Proponents of the stop sign defended their With an extra 14-second delay and little foot position by discrediting the opponents and traffic around the area, some citizens thought pleading for their children’s safety.


of the budgets in California,” said parent liaison Rafael Lopez, who works with many of Poway High’s A new door opened for immigrant families. “The governor undocumented immigrant students signed it because he believed it on Oct. 8 when Governor Jerry would be in the best interest for Brown signed section AB 131 of California.” the California Development, Relief People supporting the Act have and Education for Alien Minors argued that giving undocumented (DREAM) Act which would students the chance to receive allow all students in California higher education will increase their schools, including undocumented chances to obtain more highly immigrants, to apply for state skilled jobs. funded scholarships and financial Proponents of the Act expect aid. these students will be removed The bill, which resembles the from the lower economic class federal DREAM Act that failed to in the future and become skilled be enacted workers not Their status is so in the insecure that it is hard r e d u c e d Senate last for them to commit.” to work year, was in menial //Rafael Lopez proposed jobs, and by State Senator Gil Cedillo. The be able to contribute to taxes which DREAM Act was proposed as an they and their families are unable to opportunity for students brought pay with their current status. into the country under the age of The effort given in academics, 16 without proper documentation within the undocumented group to have access to financial aid and of students, could also rise. Many scholarships for California schools students have despaired from if they are in good academic working hard in school due to the standing. fear that they will not receive the Although the bill was signed chance to attend any kind of higher to benefit the state of California, education in the future. there are citizens who oppose “It’s hard to motivate students. this bill. Many have argued that Their status is so insecure that it is the money given as financial aid hard for them to commit. Students and scholarships to these students have been here for most of their comes from the taxpayers’ money lives. They don’t know any other and it would be unfair to grant country.” them this money if the immigrants Whether this will benefit the do not contribute to taxes. Others state or not is still debatable. The have also argued that the passing DREAM Act is subjected to change of the DREAM Act would not as it will come into effect in the year be in the state’s best interest at the of 2013. current time. “Laws are very complicated. “People are opposed to it because Some of these things don’t have the

Susan Cooper, a 10-year resident of Poway directed her statements directly towards the opponents. “Do they cross the street regularly as a pedestrian or are they using the street to pass through? They should not have a say in the safety of my children,” Cooper said. The proposed all way stop sign was supported by the Sheriff ’s office, fire department, and school board as a way to secure the safety of Poway citizens and drivers. The intersection where the stop sign will be located is the pathway from the neighborhood to the public bus stop. In the city council meeting, Ashley Campillo read a letter in support of the stop sign, written by Poway High senior Barry Cunningham, who walks rather than drives because of a disability. “I will never be able to drive a car. I am asking you to remember all of us with special needs,” wrote Cunningham. The location of the stop sign is also approximately half of a mile away from Chaparral Elementary School, and will be used as a safe way for students to walk to their school from the Valle Verde neighborhood. Eight-year-old Chaparral student, Ayden Fairly, publicly spoke at the City Council meeting to express his confusion on the subject. “I don’t understand why people don’t want a stop sign. They don’t want me, my brothers and friends to be safe,” Fairly said. The safety of all Poway citizens including adults, children and citizens with special needs was considered in making the decision to install the stop signs. The stop signs are to be installed at the earliest opportunity.

Marching bands compete in PIFT

Poway hosts Invitational Field Tournament

Musical Marching: Band President Brian Hellemn and Pit Section Leader Deedee Culp (above). Mount Carmel drum majors smile upon accepting awards (right). The Emerald Brigade and drum line perform their routine (below). DELANIE HARRINGTON // The Iliad

The Poway Invitational Field Tournament held at PHS on Oct. 12 brought together many school marching bands to perform in front of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). Mt. Carmel High School championed all others, earning a score of 89.00. Bands were critiqued on there performance in various categories including music and marching. Poway High’s Emerald Brigade performed but did not compete in the tournament. For more on this topic, see

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US News and World Titans give at fall ASB Blood Drive Report recognizes PHS LAURA FITZGERALD Staff Writer

While some may think that saving a life is much to ask, an individual can save a life by simply donating blood. Approximately 60 Poway High students saved lives on Oct. 26 by participating in the blood drive on campus. ASB conducts a blood drive through the San Diego Blood Bank once every semester. Among those who gave blood were seniors Nathan Borchert and Joe Fromm. “I donated blood to help somebody in need of blood. I’ve always wanted to do it,” Borchert said. For many students, the blood drive held on campus is the first opportunity to be a blood donor. “It’s not that bad, I felt a little light-headed but probably just because of the nerves,” senior Joe Fromm com-

mented after donating blood. According to nurse Sylvia Fernandez, students who are 16 years of age are required to seek doctor’s approval before donating, while 17 and 18-year-olds need only parent permission. Students who are 17 years of age are required to have parental consent before signing up for the drive. Donors also need to be healthy to participate. According to the San Diego Blood Bank pamphlet for blood donors, participants must be over 110 pounds, refrain from certain types of medication or have any symptoms indicating that he or she is not completely healthy. The San Diego Blood Bank puts on blood drives at schools all over San Diego County to give students the chance to donate blood in a convinient manor. Students who did not have the opportunity to donate this semester will be able to sign up for the spring blood

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Poway High School has recently been awarded a Silver Medal for academic performance by US News and World Report. The school placed 201 out of 600 other silver medalist schools across America, qualifying for the silver medal for the third time in the last four years. The only other high school in San Diego County to join PHS to receive the honor is La Jolla High School. “I would say this recognition is the result of the great work that our teachers and students are doing on a daily basis,” Principal Scott Fisher said. “Very few schools in the San Diego County have been recognized and I’m very proud of them .” US News and World Report recognized Poway High School as one of the “best high schools in the nation.” “It is a great achievement and shows we have great teachers and students,” librarian Jan Hurley said US News and World Report looked at nearly 22,000 other public high schools, and then evaluated those schools on their participation on standardized tests for math, reading and science, and student scores on advanced placement exams. PHS is now among the top 101- 600 other Silver Medal schools nationwide. “Poway High School is a great school to represent, and all the teachers here helped the school to win this reward. I am proud to say I go to school here,” senior Andrew Aguirre said. US News and World Report felt Poway High School’s hardworking students and staff deserved recognition.

Poway play, Noises Off opens Thursday ELIZABETH GALLAGHER Feature Editor

Donating Blood: Senior Edwin Sanchez Bello gives blood during fifth period Oct. 26. Students had to opportunity to donate blood to the San Diego Blood Bank. LONDON DETRICK // The Iliad

Titans fights drugs

Poway High participates in Red Ribbon Week

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fourth period teachers were asked to hand out wristbands on Monday that say “substance free is the way to be.” The kids still wearing the bracelet on Friday are given Red Ribbon week came clean this week with awareness licorice at the senior quad as a reward. events to draw attention to drug and alcohol abuse. Teachers are also asked to decorate their classroom Even though marijuana has been shown to tamper doors in the theme of, “We have better things to do than with short term memory, students still believe it is not drugs” as well as represent the six pillars of character: a problem. trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, In addition to drugs, and citizenship. alcohol is creeping its On Thursday the Anytime you do awareness activities way into teenagers’ judging started for the there might be some people who lives. don’t take it seriously but the people best decorated door. According to ImTwo winning classwe are trying to reach need it.” paired Driving Facts rooms will be chosen //Traci Barker-Ball - Motor Vehicle Safety at the end of the week - Injury Center Cento win a pizza party. ters for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 people in Winners will be selected for having the best representhe United States die every day from driving under the tation of each theme. influence. One other contest this week was the banner signing in To lower this statistics Poway High School is among the quad. many schools that dedicate a week to alert the students By signing the banner that was out in the quad on of the consequence of drug and alcohol use. Tuesday students joined a raffle to win a t-shirt that says “I think a lot of kids use it as an escape,” said peer “naturally high” or a drug free bracelet. counselor advisor Traci Barker-Ball “Anytime you do awareness activities there might be Poway High tackles the issues of drugs every day but some people who don’t take it seriously, but the people dedicates the week of Oct. 24 to 28 to alert the students we are trying to reach need it,” Barker-Ball said. to the consequences of drug use. For this drug-free week, Red Ribbon Week has been a part of Poway High for

This year, the Poway High drama department is mixing it up. Instead of doing the usual dramatic Shakespearian play, they will be performing Noises Off, a modern farce full of love triangles and comedic drama. “We usually choose Shakespeare because those plays accommodate a larger cast and they also follow the state curriculum, but this year we went with a contemporary comedy to mix things up,” said drama director Rollin Swan, who has directed over 40 plays at PHS. The play tells the story of a group of B actors who are touring England performing Nothing On. With only two weeks to perform, they don’t remember their lines and tensions are running high. “My character, who plays Flavia in Nothing On, is the caretaker of her husband. He is wildly successful and she keeps him grounded,” lead Anna Brown said of her character Belinda. As the play progresses, the actors do not resolve their issues, which is apparent when they take the stage. The disorder results in more drama and slapstick comedy, a far cry from Shakespeare. One thing that has not changed this year is the cast’s close relationship. “One of my favorite parts about acting is getting to know people and becoming one big family. It’s also great to see people from past shows,” lead Jordan Castro said. Noises Off will run in the PAC November 3, 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. and Nov 6 at 2 p.m.. “I think that the audience will really enjoy Noises Off. It’s wild, crazy, play-

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Editorial Iliad Beach ball controversy Students fight for fun at football games RYAN SULLIVAN Sports Editor

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Foul Play: A collection of students’

beach balls gathered next to the stadium trash can after administrators toss them out. ~Courtesy of Cilia Claudio

Football games are a quintessential social aspect of the high school experience. Some of us are sports fanatics, and some don’t know the difference between a touchdown and touchback; it doesn’t matter. There is nothing like crowding into the student section with our peers, forgetting about all stress and drama, and just cheering on our Titans (who are still undefeated) in unison. Home football games provide an atmosphere all students enjoy, and beach balls undeniably contribute to the excitement. Every time one is launched into the air, the crowd immediately livens up and everyone works together to keep the ball up for as long as possible. It’s just harmless fun that everyone enjoys right? Some of our administrators disagree. They seem to view the beach ball as evil. Once the ball comes down, instead of returning it to students, they use scissors to brutally stab and end the life of the poor beach ball mere seconds after it has taken flight, and proceed to carelessly cast it to the ground to rot for eternity. I was particularly disturbed at the recent home game against Mt. Carmel when I witnessed the murders of such harmless balls whose only crimes were entertaining the crowd of students. At the game’s conclusion, a small graveyard of these innocent

creatures, now deflated and ripped open, lay sadly by the fence; a depressing sight indeed. So what possible reason might administrators have for committing such an atrocity? I found out that there is no rule of any kind against having beach balls at games. Principal Scott Fisher and Assistant Principal Peter McKee both explained that the primary issues are: 1. Parents complaining about the distraction of the student section, and that beach balls add an additional chaotic element; 2. It is not classy and poorly represents our school. To the parents, I graciously say “find another seat!” Students embracing school spirit are essential to motivating our teams, and part of being in high school. High schools and colleges alike encourage students to fully support athletics, and it would be a crime to subdue the chaotic enthusiasm of our student section. Regarding class, I must respectfully disagree. No student body respects their principal like we respect our beloved Mr. Fisher. However, as he admitted in an interview, this view is possibly just a little too old fashioned. Beach balls add a key flavor of excitement to games, and though treated like air-filled balls of death, are truly harmless to our school reputation, and provide great fun.

Senior standouts insanity ROSLYN AKEL BREA YOUNG

Senior standouts: (noun) A popularity contest amongst the students in the senior class in which students campaign for themselves in order to attain the desired senior standout nomination. This whole situation with senior standouts has gotten way out of control. Kids have taken to rallying and using the Internet as a means of campaigning for themselves. Posts such as “Vote for me for best eyes!” began to pop up right

after the nominations started. It was a letdown to see seniors behaving this way. It is sad to see how desperate people are to receive a meaningless standout, which, in retrospect, amounts to nothing. So what if a student wins best eyes/smile/body/hair? It’s not like she even deserved it. After begging half the class to nominate her, I would hope she got it. To those who shamelessly campaigned for themselves, I would like to ask: Would it not mean more if someone actually nominated them on their own accord rather than nominat-

ing them because they begged? How can students use senior standouts as a self confidence boost and delude themselves into thinking that people legitimately nominated them? Not only is the campaigning a problem, but the categories are too. Positive standouts such as “best personality” and “most likely to succeed” are absent from the ballot and replaced with negative standouts such as “most likely to end up on Jerry Springer” and “most likely to not get nominated.”

Halloween costumes has the market gone too far? MEGAN PERANTEAU Photographer

Halloween is a widely celebrated holiday that—once upon a time—allowed individuals of all ages to test their creativity by constructing their own unique and interesting costume. Whether that included some green face paint and the broom from your kitchen, a homemade concoction of fake blood, or even an old white sheet and some scissors, this holiday encouraged ingenuity and imagination. Today, Halloween is a time where money is spent not only on store-bought decorations and candy, but costumes as well. And these markets’ costume ideas are not only becoming less and less creative, but more and more outrageously inappropriate as well. There are numerous costumes in stores that are clearly based on objectifying and sexualizing women. Marketed Halloween costumes made for women target a male audience. Take a look at the costumes made for girls:

Sexy Police Officer, Sexy Firefighter, Sexy Cat, Sexy Fairy, Sexy Witch. Saying “sexy” that many times in one sentence makes me almost as uncomfortable as does the sight of costumes being sold to the female population. Halloween costumes are made to objectify women. Wearing what is essentially cheap, patterned lingerie that’s meant to capture the epitome of a female construction worker is not original. And while it may be that sporting a raunchy, that-isn’t-even-a-top top and a hardly-covers-your-behind skirt and calling it a “Sexy Ghostbuster” is exactly what women want to wear on a cold night in October, it must be made clear that these costumes are blatantly inappropriate, especially for underage girls. All these costume manufacturers are doing is producing for the demand of a sexualized holiday. Halloween is no longer a holiday that inspires American minds. Halloween is now a celebration of how American society has come to romanticize hatred,

Oct. 28, 2011

Iliad Editorial

PETA’s advertising gone WILD


Activist tactics too harsh for society to put up with?

SKYLAR SLOTTER Associate Editor

A severed, jaundiced-looking leg dangles between a set of jaws lined with fine, razor-like teeth. The surrounding water is murky with blood. The jaws are attached to the body of what is unmistakably a great white shark, and the leg is indubitably human. Stained by the discolored water, bold, white letters declare, “Payback is Hell. Go Vegan.” This grotesque scene is not a clip from a new installment in the Jaws series, but actually the design for a billboard that serves as the latest advertising ploy attempted by the infamous PETA. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, more commonly known simply by its acronym, PETA, sounds like an organization with only the best intentions. Who doesn’t want to save innocent animals from suffering unnecessarily? Even those of us who are not vegan or vegetarian can sympathize

with animals that undergo chemical tests to ensure products are safe for human use and consumption. Unfortunately, PETA is associated with scandal and blatantly insensitive advertising throughout the years, giving supporters and even vegans independent of the organization a bad reputation. And recently, PETA has been drawing even more backlash and criticism than ever, which is not surprising given the proposed billboard would be placed near a Florida hospital where 21-year-old shark attack victim C.J.

Wickersham was being treated in late September. Not only is the reasoning inscribed on the billboard flawed—I can assure you there is no study showing that vegans are less likely to be attacked by a shark than omnivores—but it also takes a devastating situation and mocks it before the world. Shockingly, no billboard companies in the area were willing to post the advertisement. This is not PETA’s only questionable method of advertising as of late. On Sept. 20, Fox News reported that PETA had officially

applied for the rights to launch its own pornographic site in an endeavor to broaden its audience and following. According to the organization’s representatives, the site will contain stereotypical pornographic material followed by animal rights messages. PETA decided to create the site in reaction to the success of its “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, which has seen participants such as Khloe Kardashian, Alicia Silverstone, Pamela Anderson and even Jackass’ Steve-O. By pursuing such inconsiderate and offensive means of advertising, PETA is destroying its own credibility as an animal rights organization. Its radical methods of protesting what it views as societal ills drive more conservative and/ or conscientious vegetarians and vegans away from its cause. Just as the Westboro Baptist Church casts a dark shadow over Christianity as a whole, PETA gives the vegans a bad name, whether or not they

Columbus Day: historically inaccurate The man who harmed America more than he helped MEGAN PERANTEAU Photographer

Christopher Columbus Day: a holiday that is not widely celebrated, but exists nonetheless. What is this day celebrating? Our history books tell us that Columbus Day is a celebration of the discovery of American land. We are told that on October 12th of 1492, Christopher Columbus and his expedition of Italian explorers reached the “New World” in an attempt to find a western ocean route to Asia. Contrary to popular belief, Christopher Columbus did not discover America. Columbus and his expedition passed through the Bahamas and landed on the east coast of America. There,

they were greeted and welcomed warmly by a tribe of Native Americans who offered the crew some of their goods. But how did Columbus respond? According to several news and history articles, Christopher Columbus and his crew raped, enslaved and killed the native people of this country. In addition, the Columbus expedition carried over several diseases, which spread among Native tribes. Between two and three million Native Americans were reduced to a mere two hundred due to the actions of Columbus and his crew. Native American men who were left to survive were forced to work in coal mines, while women had to make the choice to kill their families and themselves in a desperate attempt

“A slap to seniors for taking senior standouts too seriously, but vote me best eyes” ~Austin Farrell , 12th

“A clap to staff for handling the bomb threat effectively” ~ Gene Morris, PHS Security

to escape Columbus and his men. Columbus Day celebrates imperialism, plain and simple. It represents the destruction of cultures, lives, land and the removal and misuse of resources. The observance of this day illustrates the recurring theme of death, devastation, apathy and ignorance in American history. Why is the United States celebrating the acts of this selfish and hateful man? Christopher Columbus invaded a foreign land that he had no right to step foot in. He tortured and killed thousands of people, wiping out a great amount of an entire population. Nowhere in the world do people recognize Hitler Day, so why is Columbus celebrated? This “holiday” deserves to be completely annihilated, as do the practices, beliefs, and

“A slap to security guards who check off campus passes even though you see us every day. Relax.” ~ Conor Flanagan and Florim Musliu, 11th “A clap to Mr. Toretto for being an entertaining teacher” ~ Noah Lyons, 9th “A clap to our undefeated football team” ~Jessica Rodriguez, 10th

Kitch ON Politics

From his long list of uncompleted promises to his fallacious campaigning spirit, President Obama sometimes drives me to mirror the image of my father when he watches the Chargers lose: someone whose veins pulse, and whose fists clench while yelling wholeheartedly at the television set. Pardon me if you beg to differ, but President Obama makes me weary. However, with this being said, I would like to congratulate Mr. President on the humble yet stirring speech given on Oct. 16 at the new Martin Luther King Jr. monument at the National Mall. Although delays from the arbitrary east coast earthquake and the sweeping hurricanes pushed the speech date further into campaign time, Obama did not take the opportunity of a promising audience to preach about his future plans like I harshly expected. Instead, the president took the platform given to him, and from the pulpit sang the praise of Martin Luther King Jr., talked of his contributions, of his legacy and of his lasting impact. The president did what the majority of Americans would hope a leader to do. He did not abuse his power for the selfish reason of reelection. Rather, he provided an admirable commemoration of a long lost hero. In listening to the speech, please realize that while Obama did manipulate the struggles for equality from King’s time to mesh well with the lasting inequality for impoverished Americans in modern society, he merely mentioned his perceived injustice and did not mention his proposed solutions. Obama did not use King’s memorial as a rallying ground. Instead, he talked about the impact the memorial will have on future generations. Obama did not desecrate King’s stage in shouting, “Yes we can!” from his podium. Obama did not take advantage of the largely African American audience to gain back voters who may have given their demographic vote to Herman Cain. Alternatively, Obama took twenty minutes to remind America of the historic impression one man left on a nation. Though I may disagree with Obama on many things, I was shocked to hear the earnest speech delivered on that Sunday morning. Instead of feeling like my usual steroidal hulk—one punch away from having a broken TV—I found myself captivated. The honest acknowledgement of many deceased civil rights heroes and the heartfelt mention of the lasting impression Obama hopes the monument will provide his daughters with was insightful. For one speech, Obama returned to his pre-President compelling self, for his words were impacted by authenticity.


Oct. 28, 2011

Feature Iliad Peer leaders teach freshmen about tolerance curious? read more at

PSAT day gives insight to high school problems CARLY METZ Staff Writer

The “Golden Rule” is a concept taught to children early in life. “Treat others how you want to be treated” may be a simple phrase, but based upon reports of students not being nice to each other, the students in the freshmen class were apparently having some difficulties with this concept. Because the class had some “bullies and mean girls,” as Student Services Coordinator Traci Barker-Ball put it, students should engage in some activities designed to reverse these negative behaviors. So the Oct. 12, PSAT day, was seen as a “golden opportunity,” to work with the freshmen, Barker-Ball said. Put on by Barker-Ball, the counseling department, Brian Fitzgerald, Emily Petterson, link crew and peer counselors, the students participated in several activities in the gym with the hope that the Golden Rule would be reinforced. The freshmen watched a video on bullying and verbal abuse, took surveys regarding bullying, and had discussions. The goal was to have students see things from their peers’ perspectives

and understand the importance of being kind. There were also “privilege activities” where students were asked to step forward or backward based on certain criteria. The goal was to start a discussion about how even though students may come from different backgrounds, they still have the ability to get along and treat each other with respect. Regarding the outcome of the event, Barker-Ball was uncertain. Reactions from the people participating were mixed, and some students were discontent because they felt that they were being asked personal questions. “Some students were neutral about it, like it was ‘better than homework,’” Barker-Ball said. It proved to be beneficial for some students, who “took it seriously and thought about their actions,” she added. “A lot of the freshmen were really responsive and I think everyone had a good time,” senior peer counselor Morgan Neustein said. Despite the fact that there was not a hundred percent positive response, Barker-Ball still feels that the day’s activities went well.

The Golden Rule: Student Services coordinator Traci Barker-Ball facilitates a discussion with freshmen, Peer Counselors, and Link Crew members about the dangers of bullying. The groups of freshmen and seniors rotated between discussing the importance of kindess to participating in team-building activities in the gym. CHASE PADO // The Iliad

High heel appeal

Stilettos are for more than the runway LONDON DETRICK Photo Editor

Yes, they are bad for you. But aren’t all good things in life? Despite the high-heel hang over (the blisters, toe cramping and calluses) and the fact that the option of running from a date is eliminated the moment you slip on some stilettos, high heels are truly miraculous. As Manlo Blahnik once said, “You put on high heels and you change.” Women have to stop fearing risk, height and glamour. Brains will not be lost if you slip on some hot pink, sparkly Jimmy Choo knockoffs. You will not be fake if your feet look like Barbie’s. This problem has existed throughout history. Popular for a short time, high-heels quickly were eliminated from the market during the French revolution when women picked up on the ignorant fear of appearing too wealthy or opulent. Fortunately, the true fashion queens of history implemented them again. In the fashion industry it seems shoes play a major role in overall effect of a photo or on the runway. But they seem to intimidate even some of the greatest fashionistas, and only the bravest wear the best, and only the greatest rock the walk. Mainstream stores are beginning to introduce more pumps and heels and advertising reflects shoes as more of a casual accessory. And why not? If we as women are willing and

open to wearing exquisite pieces of jewelry, there is nothing wrong with assigning shoes as a main focus of outfits. One point that I would like to make clear before I go on: there is no such thing as too tall for heels. At 5’8 I’ve heard it all before: “you don’t need to wear those” of course I don’t. Nobody needs heels. “You are too tall.” So is Tyra Banks and almost every other super model that’s walked the earth. That doesn’t stop them. High heels are not just dedicated to adding height. But they successfully make anyone’s legs look, well, hotter! Shoes are also dependable because they are not like shirts where each varies in distinct fit. Why are heels saved for downtown? Sure, some are more appropriate for different occasions, but eliminating high heels in general from a wardrobe just because some are formal is like eliminating all dresses. Like sundresses, some shoes have a little flair but are still light and fitting for the daytime. And yes, school and work falls under the category of a daytime occasion. Except for maybe five minutes a day walking across campus or the office, most of the day is spent in a desk. Next time you’re in class or at work notice how many people stare at the floor. So why not add a little excitement to their days. Surprise them with your shoes. Shock them with your sparkle!


Oct. 28, 2011

Iliad Feature Creepy:

SANOMA JEAN Feature Editor

Being the youngest one of my friends and cousins, I felt I was the most vulnerable of the group waiting in line for the Haunted Hotel. I did my best to subtly work my way into the middle of everyone, hoping no one would call me out. There was an art to it: make eye contact once, don’t look away too quickly, and use confident body language. If this clown couldn’t see the fear paralyzing my body, he would ignore me and continue on his way. He was close now, and I noticed he wasn’t bothering anyone else. This meant I was safe. His boots clicked louder and closer, drowning out the chatter of downtown San Diego. I sensed him passing me, and I was in the clear. Except, RAAHH!! He grabbed my shoulders with incredible intensity, forcing a glass-breaking high pitched scream from me. If this was any indicator of the rest of my night, I was far from prepared. Being scared is an accepted tradition around Halloween. “I love being scared. Having that adrenaline rush feels great,” senior John Zamora said. With technology as advanced as it is, the typical haunted house has taken on new platforms. San Diego is no exception to the plethora of scary attractions. With Knott’s Scary Farm, to the Haunted Hotel and Trails, to the myths of Questhaven, residents of North County, San Diego has experienced it all.



The Haunted Hotel Knott’s Berry Farm Questhaven The Haunted Hotel, located on Market Street, is the longest running haunted attraction in San Diego. It was also named by Haunt World Magazine as one of the top 13 haunted attractions in America. Needless to say, the entrance line for the Hotel reaches wait times as high as three hours. In the past, the Hotel has scarified popular media such as Alice in Wonderland and the Office. Some of the rooms make appearances annually, such as the Insane Asylum room. The Haunted Hotel is not recommended for people who are pregnant, have heart conditions, or are generally in bad health, but, at the Hotel the characters are not allowed to touch or grab visitors. The man with the chain saw at the end of the Hotel has been a part of the Hotel each year, and his job is to chase people up the stairs and out of the hotel. “I like the chain saw guys at the Haunted Hotel because you never know where they are, and it gets you by surprise when they come out of nowhere,” senior Charles Collins said.

At Knott’s A Farm there is a well-balanced mixture of mazes, rides and attractions. Each year the maze is based upon a theme, sometimes on a movie, or on commonly feared ideals or people. Senior John Zamora voted Knott’s his favorite haunted attraction. “They have a theme park filled with all sorts of monsters with every intention to make you want to cry in fear. When I went last year they filled the park with fog and actors who lurked around every corner and sneak up behind you. If you appear scared they see that as an opportunity to chase you while making idiotic noises,” Zamora said. Knott’s Scary Farm was founded from Knott’s Berry Farm in 1972 and throughout the years has morphed into one of the scariest of scary attractions near San Diego. Even Zamora is frightened by the monsters lurking in the Knott’s Scary Maze. “Although it may surprise you by my manly demeanor and Herculean muscles, I too have my phobias. I can’t stand aliens or creepy, demented girls,” Zamora said.

Rating: 2/5


cliche vs. creative

NATASHA ORAHA Feature Editor

We see them every year. The pirates, vampires and witches that roam the streets are symbolic of the Halloween spirit. Then there are the other costumes that follow the trends of culture that still manage to be overdone. These are the costumes that are so cliché that they eventually drive people crazy. Included with these are the particularly risqué costume hype. “A lot of people are going to be Snooki or wear Morphsuits,” senior Brittany James guessed. She seems to be correct. According to CNN, 2010’s most popular Halloween costumes were those related to Lady Gaga, Snooki and for men, The Situation. (The guys simply could not resist buying those fake-ab’ed Situation shirts.) Some celebrities, such as Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga, have their own sections on Party City’s website and in stores. These costumes range from $45-$120 and are predicted to, once again, become best sellers this year. Spirit Halloween, the nation’s largest seasonal Halloween retail store, reports high demand for a new trend, especially amongst males. According to an Assistant Manager of Spirit Halloween in Carmel Mountain, “jumpsuits with the face hood” are the most popular. These suits, also known as “Morphsuits” and “The Invisible Man,” were originally only sold online. Now, they come in a variety of colors and patterns, including zebras and mummies. “Most popular for the ladies are the ‘Enchanted Alice’ and ‘Miss Wonderland’ costumes,” Clinton said. “Alice in Wonderland was very popular last year, but the trend seems to continue.” The majority of the population will be investing in these trite getups, so why should you? Why be so… predictable? Try something new and branch out of the norm by

not giving in to the predictable. PHS seniors with years of experience have advice on how to stand out this Halloween without worrying about a neighbor or friend having the same costume. With do-it-yourself (DIY) costumes, creativity is key. “I was grapes last year,” senior Charles Collins said. “I wore purple spandex and purple balloons.” Costumes can even be themed based upon childhood characters. “I was a Flying Purple People Eater Super Hero,” senior Lisa O’Brien said. “I wore a cape, and I had a utility belt with forks and spoons. I’m thinking of being a Pacman ghost this year!” DIY costumes are much cheaper and reflect individuality. Catalogs of predestined costumes diminish your uniqueness. “It’s original, so it’s funny when you walk around and make people laugh,” O’Brien added. If you feel worried about DIY costumes, there are still ways to pull together an unsurpassed disguise. “Accessories, accessories, accessories,” Clinton emphasized. “For example, if someone in your family has an outfit with a long skirt, you can go out and get tons of jewelry and makeup and there you have it. A gypsy costume.” Some are also bothered by the suggestive or otherwise lewd costumes offered at stores, especially for girls. The solution is to get ideas, tone down and go with the DIY method. “I think that there are other ways to be exciting than wearing revealing costumes,” senior Anna Schwab said. “Yeah, it’s not ‘seduct-a-ween,’” senior Neil Dalvie added. The fundamental fact to remember is that there is nothing worse on Halloween than turning the corner and seeing several other people wearing the same, cliché costume. Set yourself apart with a proper and original costume this Halloween.

One of the most influential factors on the scary scale is the degree of reality incorporated into the attraction. Questhaven is 640 acres of religious ground owned by a woman who passed away in 1994. A very real story behind a very real place, Questhaven has been the spooky destination of teens for years around Halloween. The myth has varied throughout the years but the basics are commonly agreed upon. The entrance is on private property, and therefore people are discouraged from breaking and entering. Many firsthand accounts agree that there is a gate leading into Questhaven which is guarded by a man. This man is sometimes said to be armed, but is always cloaked, with a not-sonice demeanor. This forested residential neighborhood located in the hills of Elfin Forest is said to have been the residence of a burned down insane asylum and the place of a satanic church. Keep in mind this area is off-limits, and according to Zamora, “just plain creepy.”

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 5/5

Local Events Be there...If you dare TORI MORIN Sports Editor

Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail in Balboa Park is perhaps the best outdoor setting for a terror-filled experience! The dark spooky trails are located east of Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street in Balboa Park and open until Oct. 31. This haunting event is not for young children or the scaredy cats among us. The only downfall is the haunted price of $17 per person. BOO!

Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel features specially decorated rooms that bring back the spirits of past Hollywood horror films. The Haunted Hotel is located at 424 Market Street (4th & Market) in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. The terror goes until Oct 31. Beware, this event is not for those who can’t take the horror.

Scream Zone

The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fair Grounds features three haunted attractions—the House of Horror, the Haunted Hayride and The Chamber. It is the biggest haunted house attraction in San Diego running form Oct. 1st all the way to the 31st. Having three different attractions makes it easy to spend money, with prices reaching up to $28.

National Comedy Theatre Presentation

The National Comedy Theatre proudly presents their annual SPOOKTACULAR featuring scenes, games, and death-defying sketches including one where a performer’s head is submerged in a bucket of water for the entire scene. The shows will be ONLY on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m in downtown San Diego. Tickets are just $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour

Find out why San Diego is considered the most haunted city in all of the west by taking the Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour Adventure. Located in downtown San Diego, the adventure is the perfect blend of suspenseful tales, rich San Diego history and spooky fun, all for just $35. Have two hours of guided spooky-ness on your journey through San Diego county, but only through Oct. 29, so buy tickets soon! SAVE MONEY! Discount coupons can be picked up at: Ralphs, Northgate Latino Markets, and UltraStar Cinemas.

Oct. 28, 2011


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SANOMA JEAN Feature Editor

Between the social habits of teenagers and the many outlets they are provided, it is almost impossible for high school students to keep their talents and hobbies low key. Yet senior Jenny Lee, with technical skills that could best professionals, keeps her artistic talent under the radar. Despite this year being the first time she has taken a Poway High drawing and painting course, Lee jumped straight into the highest level: AP Studio Art. Skipping levels one through four and Studio is not something art teacher Heidi Hensey usually permits, however, Lee’s skill turned out to be anything but usual. “Her counselor emailed me, saying she has taken art classes outside of school. She had to bring me her portfolio, and I saw that she had mastered the basics and beyond,” Hensey said. The guidelines of AP Studio Art are complex; spread throughout the entire year students are required to produce 12 “concentration,” 12 “breadth” and 5 “quality” pieces. They must choose one subject that has a symbolic meaning as their “concentration” for the first 12 pieces. The “breadth” pieces

entail a range of mediums that show the student’s range of talent. The “quality” pieces must display superb technical skills and control. “Their subject must be broad enough to extend in different ways and perceptions. It usually changes and develops to take on a different meaning than the student intended at first,” Hensey said. Lee’s “concentration” is the human condition, which Hensey interprets as “the different ways humans express their emotions.” Many of Lee’s pieces incorporate the human form, and this is fitting as this past summer she attended a figure drawing class in Kearny Mesa. “I like charcoal best because it looks more bold, and it’s easier to manipulate,” Lee said. “Acrylic is my least favorite. I’m not very good at it, but I’ve only tried it once.” Senior Gustavo Lopez is Lee’s classmate and disagrees with her opinions on her acrylic skills. “I saw her artwork and definitely thought she was the best in the class. Her mediums are really unique, and she’s a master at them,” Lopez said. Lee plans to add esteemed art colleges into her application pool such as Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt. She hopes

Lopez represents Titan gives students voice on PUSD School Board RACHEL PHAM News Editor

High-achieving student, Gustavo Lopez, is not one to sit around and wait for things to happen. Taking action and getting involved appears to be a passion for Lopez as he juggles a multitude of responsibilities, including being president of AVID and MEChA, participating in National Honors Society and Link Crew, and giving a helping hand as a Peer Counselor. But what people may not realize is Lopez’s position as the Student Board Member, representing PUSD students’ voices before the Board of Education. Lopez, who applied last spring for the position, is now currently serving his term that began in August and will continue until June of 2012. Lopez explained that his purpose on the board “is to


Lopez sits at his student board member desk. He contributes the opinions of students in decision making processes. ~Courtesy of Rachel Roberts

communicate their voice, and my goal is to talk to all of the high schools in the district so that they can be heard.” PUSD Director of Communications, Sharon Raffer, disclosed that in the last September board meeting, Lopez was expected to research what school clubs do with the funds that are raised. President of the Board of Education Penny Ranftle feels the student representative’s reports are the best parts of the monthly meetings. “We like to know what is going and keep a bright perspective,” Ranftle said. She praised Lopez for his hard work and commendable character. “Gustavo is an incredible human being. He is conscientious, hardworking and a genuinely nice person.” Becoming the Student Board Member was no simple feat as Lopez rivaled nine other qualified students from PUSD for the candidacy. Lopez completed an application process replete with requirements that resembles a college application: Lopez wrote multiple essays, provided two letters of recommendations and as a finalist came before the Student Board Member Selection Committee for the decisive interview. Lopez applied for the position in hopes of becoming someone that his peers could look up to. As a Hispanic, he feels a strong need to be a positive role model “because there are not that many Hispanics that I can look up to, so it makes me try harder to be a Hispanic role model. That is the greatest thing I can ask for.” AVID teacher Sherry Lockie feels that Gustavo Lopez has been a continuous inspiration to other students. Lockie praised Lopez for being selfless as he looks past his own personal needs to help others as he shares academic success strategies and scholarship ideas. “He is passionate about making sure that other students catch his enthusiasm,” Lockie said. “He is always looking out for other students and wants to make sure all students have academic and social success while attending a PUSD school.” Lopez’s demonstrations of strong character and academic abilities is what prompted Lockie to nominate Gustavo Lopez for the University Club Lamp of Learning Scholarship last year. As a finalist, Lopez is guaranteed a $1000 scholarship to his college of choice, and is currently in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Lopez proves to be an exemplary student as he excels in his own academics while staying committed to his fellow peers through his involvement on campus and on the Board of Education.

SELF RE-IMAGINED: Artist Jenny Lee uses charcoal to draw herself in boy form. Charcoal is her LONDON DETRICK // The Iliad favorite medium.

Comedic talent

sparks project

Senior’s natural ability to make

others laugh inspires a stand-up act ROSLYN AKEL Staff Writer

She is the girl with the lamb suit. She is the girl with the Spongebob Squarepants costume. She is the girl who can make almost anyone laugh. She is Jessica Jackson. Jackson is no ordinary Poway High student. She has an incredible talent that sets her apart from her peers; she has a natural ability for making people laugh. This year, Jackson has chosen to take her talent to a whole new level by using her comedic talents in her senior project. Jackson’s project consists of two parts. First, she will take classes on how to become a standup comedian. Jackson will take a six week course at The Comedy Palace, an esteemed comedy club in Kearny Mesa. During this course, Jackson will learn how to write jokes, deal with hecklers, how to structure a show, comedy ethics and some rehearsal techniques. After Jackson finishes this intense course, she plans on hosting a standup comedy event to showcase her talents to her peers as well as to any Powegian looking for a good laugh. Jackson will be accompanied by many other comedians in her stand-up act. Poway High senior, Krista Holtzman said, “I’ve always thought that Jessica was a funny and gifted person. I’m really looking forward to seeing her perform.” Jackson adds that all proceeds from ticket sales will go to a charity called Cancer for College. Jackson noted that her favorite part of being a comedian is “making people laugh and making them smile.” Despite Jackson’s natural talents, there are still some challenges to being a comedian. She says that the hardest part is, “finding out what your audience is, and what jokes work or don’t work, and writing your material.” However, these challenges have not hindered Jackson in her quest to become a stand-up comedian. Jackson says that laughter is the best inspiration; it motivates her to take the opportunity to become a stand-up comedian if the chance arises.

Oct. 28, 2011

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Feel good:

Footloose OLD VS NEW

LAUREN KOLLER Editorial Editor

The musical-packed 1984 “All American” classic movie, Footloose has recently been remade. Thanks to director Craig Brewer the new movie attempts to hold the original story line and over-all feel while giving it a modern and uplifting twist. The basic plot of the movie is based upon a high school teen, Ren McCormack, played by upcoming actor Kenny Wormald (originally played by Kevin Bacon) moves to a new town named Beaumont after a family tragedy. Three years before Ren’s arrival, Beaumont had experienced a tragedy in which four seniors, after a long night of partying, had a fatal car accident. After the deaths the town’s reverend moves to ban all dancing, music and parties from Beaumont. Throughout the movie Ren attempts to end the ban of dancing with the reverend’s daughter Ariel and her friend Willard. In comparing the two movies it is hard to state which I preferred more, for each excelled in different areas. The remake starts off with the car accident and the death of the student right off the bat whereas the original just sort of implies it and does not explain much until further on in the film. I appreciated the background given in the remake, for it assisted the audience in understanding the issues going on in Beaumont from the start. Brewer chose to place the remake in current time, allowing audiences to better relate to characters while the original is much more out of date for current viewers. Footloose is all about the music and both movies really attempted to

set the mood of each scene with just the right tune. It is difficult to watch both movies one after the other, for the original’s soundtrack made such an impact on the feel of the movie as well as the music is still widely known after two decades. A strong element in the remake is the cinematography. Technology has obviously advanced several years since the first version and is able to transport movie watchers to the small Southern town whereas the original has a more movie set feel. The new set design was much more enriched as opposed to the flat and dull atmosphere of 1984’s. As for acting, Wormald from the 2011 version did a stand up job in recreating Bacon’s original character. He was able to portray the emotions and did well for his first big movie role. In contrast, Julianne Hough who played Ariel was not a fair match to 1984’s Lori Singer. Singer possessed the naivety and strength that was needed for the role whereas Hough’s racy, highlighted hair and more modern looks lost her original feel to the character. The actor who stole the show for me is Miles Teller, who played the role of Willard, McCormack’s new friend. The original did not hold the charisma that Teller shows. Teller’s dance moves, acting skills, and involvement in the film was much stronger, and he made me fall in love with his dorky, full-of-heart character. Footloose will always be a classic American film and overall I enjoyed the corniness of the remake. My advice is to see for yourself. Watch the original and then spend money on a fun-filled film. Do not expect an award winner, but I do not think you will regret it.

Krazy for Kardashians?


ROSLYN AKEL Saff writer

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple years, you know who the Kardashians are. Love them or hate them, the Kardashian sisters are a force to be reckoned with. Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian are business women who have made a name for themselves out of nothing. It is for this very reason—the reason that most people hate them— that I love the Kardashians. These brunette bombshells not only have their own fashion line, several reality TV shows, and boutiques, but they are also making millions of dollars for marketing the one thing that nobody else can: themselves. They are geniuses, and everybody who tries to discredit their success is just jealous of them. Not only are they successful business women, but they have also redefined the perception of beauty. The Kardashian sisters are proof that being stick skinny is not the only form of beauty, but that being curvy is beautiful too. The reason that I love the Kardashian sisters the most though, is because of their reality TV show, Keeping up with the Kardashians. From the very beginning, the crazy drama was all I could look forward to every Sunday night. From cat fights, to bar fights, to tears, there is never a dull moment with the Kardashians. While there are times when I wish a certain non-Kardashian, named Scott Disick, Koutney’s annoying boyfriend and father of her child, would simply leave the show; even his flagrant arrogance and flamboyant outfits are not enough to derail my love for the Kardashians. While I agree, Keeping up with the Kardashians should not be used when in search of moral guidance, it is a great way to bask in the high-profile life-style. I do not watch it to gain a deeper meaning in life or to find a way to resolve our country’s current economic problems, yet I do enjoy being able to for a half an hour and live vicariously through their screaming fights. I watch Keeping up with the Kardashians because it is a funny, mind- numbing escape. Every Sunday, I can avoid the stresses of daily life and divert my attention to the daily struggles the Kardashian sisters have, whether it is choosing the perfect nail polish color or fighting over a rude comment Scott made. With Kim’s Fairy Tale Wedding having recently aired, and Kourtney & Kim Take New York airing in November, it’s safe to say the Kardashian sisters are here to stay.


KELLIE MEYER Staff writer

“Famous for being famous,” defines the Kardashian family. Keeping Up With The Kardashians, starring sisters Khourtney, Kim and Khloe, has been a hit reality show since 2007 when it first aired in October and continues to get many viewers today. Back in 2007, these girls were nobodies. “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” has “averaged 4.7 million viewers this year,” according to Entertainment Weekly. Remember when fame was achieved for those who had accomplished something or had a talent? I have yet to discover an accomplishment or talent that any of the three sisters have, unless of course one considers Kourtney’s surprise baby, the “accidental” scandal of Kim’s leaked sex tape, or Khloe’s DUI, an accomplishment. Kourtney was hit with some unexpected news back in 2009; she was pregnant with her on-again off-again boyfriend. It may be a better idea to spend less time dwelling on what to wear and more time concentrating on birth control. Kim’s claim to fame is her beauty, but if we want to be technical, her beauty was not discovered until an “accidentally” leaked sex tape with her ex boyfriend, Ray J. Just six months ago, Kim Kardashian started dating New Jersey Nets forward, Kris Humphries. In my opinion, six months is not a sufficient amount of time to make such a promise. Let’s hope this marriage lasts, because if not, more viewers will be engrossed in the gossip of Kim’s life and make her even more famous. Lastly, we have Khloe, the youngest of the three Kardashians. she “was arrested for a DUI on March 4, 2007,” said CA DUI Guide and Information. Not only did Khloe put herself in danger the night she got behind the wheel, but she put the lives of many innocent people at risk. Expected to pay the price for her actions, just like any other ordinary person would, “Khloe Kardashian Odom violated her probation and was sentenced to 30 days in county jail in July, to which she only served a few hours due to overcrowding in the jails,” said CA DUI Guide and Information. If only everyone could be rewarded after violating probation and driving under the influence. As a society, we must ask ourselves, are we so starved for gossip that we obsess over people like the Kardashians for entertainment? Watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians is not the way to spend the little time we have out of our busy lives. Why do people watch this trash? When will society draw the line and say enough is enough?


Pado ON

Music It’s been three years since Coldplay released Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. This album was essential in launching the band from insignificance to superstardom, seemingly overnight. Although Coldplay’s previous albums were somewhat consistent in artistry, producing hits like “Fix You” and “Politik,” Viva la Vida was their first real success, displaying a whole new level of musicality that superseded any of their previous works. This week, Coldplay delivered once again. The newest album, Mylo Xyloto extends beyond any stereotypes associated with the band. Comparing them to Radiohead or U2, as many critics have done in the past, would be a mistake. In fact, the new music is quite diversified with exciting releases that combine new essences never previously found in Coldplay’s music. The album opens with “Mylo Xyloto,” transitioning into the upbeat hit “Hurts Like Heaven.” These two songs define the new vigor and musicality that Coldplay has developed. This energy flows throughout the remainder of the album. While some essence of the band is recognizable on tunes like “Us Against the World,” which combines their bluegrass roots with a new “futuristic” sound, other tunes are unfamiliar to Coldplay. Many of those songs are refreshing. “A Hopeful Transmission” and “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart,” for example, combine a feeling of mysticism, spacey textures and highenergy pop to create a new maturity in the band’s sound. These songs are less structured and therefore, less limited. The most impressive moment has to be in “Charlie Brown,” which is brought into a new dimension with odd-metered rhythms, creating an abstraction from the mainstream sound. These defined changes bring a feeling of adventure to the album. The band takes risks in blending different styles and sounds, something that has always seemed to be lacking in Coldplay’s past. However, by taking these risks, some of Mylo Xyloto feels incredibly lacking. Despite becoming one of their most popular new releases, “Princess of China,” which features pop star Rihanna, is the worst song on the album. From the countless “la’s” to the 80’s Casio keyboard sounds, this song just doesn’t make sense, especially for Coldplay. Another disappointing track is “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” which, as Poway producer Ben Levinson states, “Sounds like a song written for Lady GaGa that she didn’t want.” Unfortunately, this assertion is quite accurate. From the first line, “I turn the music up,” the song sounds like a club mix, lacking in lyrical quality as well as musicianship. Aside from those few tracks that fall astray from Coldplay’s development, Mylo Xyloto is an overwhelming success. It is very much a concept album, not limited by expectations, but delivering creativity and experimentation. The simplicity of “Up In Flames” contradicts the energy of “Major Minus,” while the sentimentality of “U.F.O.” balances the radio hit “Paradise.” Mylo Xyloto is a unique, refreshing blend of contemporary influences. While the music may seem sporadic, it is an important step in the right direction for the band. The bandmembers are starting to grasp their own sense of style, and with it, becoming the band of our generation. I have no doubts about their ability to set themselves apart as incredible musicians and continue their path of musical innovation and success.


Oct. 28, 2010

Sports Iliad

From freshman to senior: Koning finishes strong

Four year varsity water polo starter finally gets the spotlight as co-team captain SARA PFEIFFER Editorial Editor

John Koning embraces his team in a huddle before the game. A varsity water polo player for four years, Koning finally leads his team as a co-captain during his senior year. The players gather around him, eager to take in any advice he has to offer from his years of experience. His captivating pep talk ultimately motivates the team to victory, and it’s exactly that leadership and ambition that led Koning to his success as a water polo player. Chad Aronen, the coach of the boys’ varsity water polo team, designated Koning captain because of his undeniable leadership capabilities. His duties as captain include leading warm ups, keeping the players on track during practice and inspiring them before big games. Fellow co-captain, senior Macon Hamson, is proud to share leadership with Koning, describing him as “knowing the game better than anyone.” This kind of understanding of the game is what gains Koning respect from the rest of the team. “He always expects the best from everyone on the team and that really pushes the players to give their best,” Hamson said.

As an attacker, John’s responsibility as a player is to score the goals. His junior year, he did just that. Koning scored a total of 100 goals and plans on breaking his impressive personal record this year. Assistant coach of varsity and junior varsity head coach, Andrew Rath, praises Koning for being a “well-rounded player” after watching him play at practices and games. “He dominates anyone who tries to guard him,” Rath said. Koning likes to surround himself with friends on his off days but doesn’t have room for much more. “Water polo pretty much consumes all my time,” Koning said. This effort and commitment does not go unnoticed. His relentless desire to win has not only led his team to countless victories, but has also captured the attention of schools including University of Pacific, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine, Santa Clara and UC San Diego, all hoping to recruit him. Koning, still unsure of where he’ll end up next year, is grateful that he will able to compete for a great school. “Playing water polo has been some of the best times of my life and I’m really excited that I get to continue that for the next four years as well,” Koning said.

Titan Profile

Kathryn Klahn Third Year Varsity Tennis Grade? 11th How long have you been playing tennis? I was born with a tennis racket If you could be any animal? Cougar

Natural Born Talent: Senior John Koning has been on the varsity boys’ water polo team for four years. As a team captain this year, he has lead the team through a successful season and hopes to carry that through CIF. RACHAEL LACKNER // The Iliad

CC Cross Country competes throughout the county

Tennis Quote? We just really like to score Favorite store? Nordstrom, obviously

CARLY METZ Staff Writer

Celebrity husband? Ryan Reynolds What do you do on the weekends? Eat and sleep Position? Number 1 doubles with Gio

senior varsity runner Amanda Shoemaker says. Mt. SAC allowed for the younger runners to get experience on the course. Cross Country competed in multiple meets last weekThe Kit Carson meet, on Oct. 21, provided the opporend. tunity for the junior varsity and lower level varsity runThe Mount SAC invitational, which took place on Oct. ners to participate and get a feel for the upper level races. 22, provided some difficult competition with “the best It also allowed them to gain “experience and get a runners in the state and nation” senior Captain Chris chance to score varsity points and to see how they would Tansey said. do under pressure with some talThe varsity boys’ team ented runners from local schools” placed in their race, with senior captain Chris Tansey said. Tansey receiving 12th place The runners did well at this meet. and senior Eric Hayen placTheir next meet will be on //Eric Hayen ing 18th. Both were impresOct. 28 against Mt. Carmel and sive feats considering their will take place at the Titan home difficult opponents like schools El Rancho and Corona. course, Lake Poway. Overall, at Mount SAC the boys’ team placed 2nd in The end of the season is growing nearer and as CIF the San Diego CIF Division I section. approaches, the team has confidence about how they will All the San Diego teams were comparable skill wise stack up. and the meet was very close. Going to CIF is a given, and both the girls and boys Girls’ varsity ran well too at this meet, placing 7th out teams are anticipating good results. “We are expected to of 17 teams, with freshman Jill Godfrey placing 15th out place really high in CIF,” Shoemaker said. of 110 runners. “The girls have been performing really “Our goal for CIF is to place in the top three,” Hayen well, especially with the help of some new freshmen,” said.

Our goal is to place in the top three.”

Favorite book? Dr. Seuss Favorite superhero? Batman, I want a bat mobile Why do you like the junior lot? Being late to class and getting unnecessary exercise Celebrity look-a-like? Kirsten Dunst Compiled by: Brea Young and Rachael Lackner Picture by: Megan Miller

Come out to support fellow Poway Titans athletes at the last few games of the fall sport season.

Iliad Sports 11 When they were in high school... Oct. 28, 2011

Amberg, Sarah Mount Carmel High School Women’s water polo Continued at Chapman Unviersity Barker-Ball, Traci Artesia High School Softball short-stop and pitcher Coached for 20 years Battle, Megan Granite Hills High School Women’s volleyball middleblocker Women’s water polo whole set Track and field hurdles, sprints, relay and long jump Swimming breast stroke, freestyle and relays Continued track and field at UCSD Belier, Emilee Dana Hills High School Softball catcher and centerfeilder Women’s golf

Crane, Dan Los Alamitos High School Men’s water polo whole set Baseball third basemen Continued water polo at UCSD Duplechain, Darrel “Coach D” Eunice High School Football defensive tackle Continued in the Navy on the base team while stationed in Japan and the Phillipines Fisher, Scott Mira Costa High School Basketball guard and forward Continued as a guard at Rice University

Ginn, Denise Crescenta Valley High School Softball centerfielder and short-stop Continued at Pasadena City College and SDSU

Branstetter, Wayne Hueneme High School Wrestling Continued at Ventura Junior College and Chico State Califano, Peter St. Anthony High School Football right guard and defensive end Cook, Mike Floyd Central High School Men’s golf Track and field discus Cortez, Dean Poway High School Cross country Track and field Continued at USD

Gonzalez, Damian Gonzales High School Football running back and defensive back Continued at San Joaquin Junior College and USD

Graber, John Poway High Men’s tennis Continued at UC Irive and professionally in Germany Gray, Nancy Beverly Hills High School Women’s volleyball outside hitter

Hensey, Heidi University of San Diego High School (Now Cathedral) Women’s basketball forward Track and field sprinter, shotput and discus Hofmaister, Kelly Mount Carmel High School Women’s soccer halfback Continued at CSU San Bernadino

Jackson, Charles Poway High School Men’s volleyball setter Continued at UCLA as a defensive specialist Jones, Marjorie Cathedral Catholic and Patrick Henry High School Women’s volleyball outside hitter Softball first basemen

Hartless, Shawn Dee HIllsdale High School Cross country Track and field Continued at Mesa College and SDSU

ROSLYN AKEL Staff Writer

Senior year is filled with the many things; senior activities, the senior project, and of course, the stress of college applications. However, for some seniors, the stress of applying to colleges has been alleviated. Why? Because these select few have committed early to a college of their choice on sports scholarships. One senior, soccer star Eric Budniewski committed to the University of California Davis over the summer. Budniewski noted that getting committed to UC Davis was similar to the college application process; mutual interest between student and college must be shown. Budniewski, who aspires to become a professional soccer player, noted, “If you’re not going to commit, they’re going to choose other people.” Sean Gallagher, another soccer player says he verbally committed to Chico State two weeks ago because he cannot officially commit until later. Gallagher, a defender says he was initially approached by Chico State and expressed interest in them. Another athlete, senior Ashley Ercolano, committed to the University of California Riverside back in February of 2011. Ercolano, who pitches in softball, says that she

Libby, Terianne Clairemont High School Cross country runner

Little, Aaron Lincoln Way High School Men’s basketball guard Men’s tennis singles and doubles

Sign away, seniors “played in showcases and UC Riverside representatives came and watched her.” Other students are also in the process of committing early to colleges. Cecily Gilson says she was approached by UC Riverside for a potential soccer scholarship but is undecided between whether she would like to pursue track or soccer in college. Also, volleyball player Jack Houghson says he has been contacted by the University of California Los Angeles and was offered a scholarship but has yet to commit. However, he notes that he is “really excited to be committing early and working hard to be on the team.” Star football player, defensive end and outside linebacker Brian Guendling, says that he has not committed to any schools yet, but that he will commit after the football season when he goes on recruiting trips. He has been contacted by Northwestern, Oregon State, Fresno State, and San Diego State, among several other schools. For now though, Guendling says, “My main focus is winning one game at a time now. I’m not worried about where I’m going to college.” He enthusiastically adds that, “As a team we have a lot of heart and talent, and I believe we have the best football team in all of San Diego. We’re going to the Q.”

Petterson, Emily Mount Carmel High School Women’s soccer defender Women’s volleyball setter Sebastian, Susan Royal Oak High School Women’s tennis

Swan, Rollin Chino High School Wrestler Torretto, Alan Crawford High School Football linebacker Wrestler Continued Peterson, Julie football at Poway High School United States Women’s soccer halfback International Softball second baseman University

Kaechele, Robert San Marcos High School Men’s soccer stopper and halfback Continued at SDSU

Morris, Gene Poway High School Men’s soccer forward Football kicker

Meyers, John Hall High School Wrestler Continued at University of Minnesota

Trousdale, Jay Kearny High School Men’s basketball point guard and shooting guard Continued at United States International University Wagenveld, Michael Village Christian High School Cross country Men’s soccer midfield Track and field pole vault Walling. Karen Rancho Bernardo High School Swim team freestyle Whitfield. Lauren Joel Barlow High School Women’s basketball point guard and shooting guard Cross country Track and field runner, long jump Continued at Emerson University

Girls’ Volleyball clawed by the Wolverines

Spiked down hard: Team captain Emily Fett and the rest of her Titan teammates faced a hard loss against Westview on Oct. 25. Their record is now 5-2. To get more information on the game, visit www.powayiliad. com. MEGAN MILLER // The Iliad


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Titans silence Wolverine howl BRENDA MARTINEZ-GONZALEZ Copy Editor

Titan football continued its undefeated streak by conquering the Westview Wolverines during last Friday’s home game on Oct. 21 with a score of 47 to 14. The well-known Titan Terrors were there to support. The game began with what looked like a promising start for Westview, who went into the game with a record of 5-1. While styling a bit of pink with their uniform, Westview managed to be the first to score and ended the first quarter leading seven to three. However, it was all downhill from there

for the black and gold Wolverines. In the second quarter, Dillon McMahon sparked the offense with an electrifying leaping touchdown catch, which was quickly followed by Ryan Moreno scoring a touchdown. The offensive explosion continued as the Titans powered their way to a 47-14 lead. The coaching staff for the Poway varsity football team not only makes the plays run smoothly but supports the players as well. “It’s a four quarter game, so you don’t really start to worry,” Assistant Offensive Coach Sean Brosnan said. “You just keep playing the game with your guns.”

“We all just equally performed well,” running back Ryan Moreno said. “We had a lot of energy and if we continue with that energy will be able to win our next games.” Poway worked together as a team and finished the game with a convincing win, making a big statement about the team’s capabilities. “Our defense is really strong,” Brosnan said. “We played a strong team. They gave us a lot of trouble.” The varsity football team will face off against Ramona tonight, Oct. 28. The Titans are currently ranked first in their division and fourth in the county.

In the end zone: Dillon McMahon leaps over a Wolverine to make a SportsCenter-worthy touchdown ~Courtesy of Corrina Babiash-Clark catch.

Burnout Boomers: youth sports take it too far Sullivan on Sports

Premier league soccer team, Real Madrid, recently signed Leonel Angel Coira of Argentina to a contract. To non-soccer fans (myself included), that would normally mean nothing. But what if I told you he is only seven years old? Coira is the poster boy for a recent global phenomenon: thrusting children into competitive sports at an early age. We are the generation of competitive and travel sports teams. The last ten years have brought a huge change to youth sports, and every competitive athlete would agree that playing “rec” is no longer sufficient to advance one’s athletic career. High school sports these days require that an athlete be immersed in the world of travel teams, showcases and tournaments, to gain

an edge over the competition. What is the result? To put it simply, our generation is full of “burnouts.” Early competitive sports have resulted in overly scheduled children who are physically and emotionally fatigued. Competitive pressures, substantial time commitments, and frequent injuries cause kids to lose their love for their sport. Youth athletics has become more like a job than a hobby. No longer can children play a variety of sports on a seasonal basis. For example, my little sister excels at many sports, but was recently forced to focus on only two. Playing any more would be an impossible commitment to group and individual practice. She’s 11. But her focus is not unreasonable when college softball coaches recruit players in seventh and eighth grade. The competitive culture of youth sports today also seriously handicaps the late bloomer. When children hit adolescence and undergo massive growth spurts (something that still evades me), trying to add or switch sports is nearly impossible. The political culture of athletics revolves around the questions:

Where did you play competitively? Who did you play for? Late bloomers don’t have a prayer unless they have incredible natural talent. Despite the increase in burnouts, competitive youth sports continue in their popularity. Just a few years ago, my former travel baseball team, the California Lookouts, seldom had more than ten to twelve prospective players attend tryouts. Last year, I returned to the organization as a coach to find two teams for each age level (10-18u), with 30-40 prospective players consistently attending tryouts for every team. Today’s athletics have evolved to fit the demand, which at this point, seems limitless. Parents are beginning to get it. They all want their child to earn a scholarship and become the next big thing. As a result, well-meaning parents are willing to do anything to get an edge. But is thrusting young children into the world of competitive sports the answer? Not many Leonel Angel Coiras exist in this world, but we sure have a lot of “would be” superstars burned out by a system that asks too much, too soon.

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