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Volume 111, Issue 5
October 23, 2009
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Float scheme changes ASB executives travel to San Benito High Austin Chase
“[We plan on] putting things we saw into our rallies,” said Roth. “We’ve got lots of new ideas Recently, ASB President on how to make our rallies Colin Roth, Vice President better and more exciting,” said Kevin Hendricks, and Austin Hendricks. Shilts went down to San Benito “Their parade ideas were High School in Hollister, fantastic; I think we should use California for a leadership some,” said Shilts. exchange. The three student government “San Benito asked us at a members said they were treated leadership conference over with overall kindness. the summer,” said Roth and “I liked walking in the Hendricks. parade,” said Roth. “It is a good idea for us to see “I enjoyed being an escort other people’s for the Homecoming Homecoming in order to It’s a good idea for us princess,” said improve ours,” Hendricks. to see other people’s said Cindy “I enjoyed Homecoming in order Haase, student fighting for gover n ment my life in a to improve ours.” advisor. game of ‘steal - Cindy Haase R o t h , the bacon,’ Hendricks, which I won at and Shilts the rally,” said were in search of new ideas Shilts. for our homecoming and also Student government now an understanding of different has many new ideas on how high schools and their ways. to enhance homecoming. San Benito High had many They also plan to continue the differences. exchange. “They have two rallies “[We plan to continue it] for because they have such a big many years to come. Our goal is school,” said Roth. to have our children attend the “They have a closed campus exchange,” said Roth. so everyone is around during Shilts came along on the trip lunch,” said Hendricks. so that he can continue to use “Their cheerleaders did back the info learned next year when flips, ‘California Rolls’ to be Roth and Hendricks have both specific,” said Austin. graduated. Anybody could go down and In order for this to be an see that San Benito High school exchange, students from San does things differently, but Benito must come up here. not everyone will utilize these During Holiday Classic week, ideas the same way. Roth and their student leaders will be Hendricks have plans to put this coming here as they do not have knowledge to use. a Holiday Classic tournament. Staff Writer
Alana Hinkston, Lyndsey Hubbell, and other sophomores work on constructing their float.
Homecoming float sizes shrink in order to help protect turf football field from damage Xarayna Sekscenski Staff Writer
For the first time in over 70 years, large flat bed trucks will not be part of the homecoming parade. This year they will be replaced by Yamaha Rhino ATVs pulling smaller trailers. “This year the flat bed trucks were not available because it’s harvest time and they are busy this time of year,” said Cindy Haase, student government teacher. The Yamaha Rhino ATVs will be used for oncoming years. With the new turf football field, it was difficult last year to have the trucks on the field. Some of the staff thought driving on the field would be detrimental to its condition. This is Haase’s tenth year coordinating the activities of float construction and she is hoping for a good outcome. Class President Kim Stone is in charge of attendance, donations and construction. The classes have worked hard on the floats with the time they’ve
had to prepare the floats. Construction was held from 3: 30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the school farm. The time schedule created a good working environment for the students although some were not able participate regularly in the construction of the floats, according to Haase. “When the construction is done, it is the enormous feeling of satisfaction and joy. I am excited to see how this year’s floats turn out with all of the changes,” said Haase. The floats are designed of plywood, pipes, and other available supplies. The advisors of the floats are Chris Sinclair, Steve Piffero, and Markus Vossi. “The Homecoming floats this year are an experiment. It’s the first time the high school will be showcasing the floats on a four by seven foot trailer,” said Vossi. According to Vossi, the students have had more time this year to finish products but have had less students contributing. “I think the floats this year will be visually pleasing,” said Vossi.
Students enter work in Tehama County Art Walk Robert Ramsey Staff Writer
The annual Tehama County Art Walk is back and students from Red Bluff High, other Tehama County Schools, and members of the community will be displaying artwork at businesses and galleries around Red Bluff in the first weekend of November. Students from previous years have had a significant impact on the Art Walk “The last few years the Red Bluff High display has been very impressive,” said art teacher Wes Hendricks. Erynn Rebol, a graduate of the class of 2009, displayed multiple pieces of art in last
year’s Art Walk. “I think it’s a great way for artists to show off their work while also helping bring people into local businesses,” said Rebol. This event is not for just art students. “If you have any art, bring it to Room 95 if you would like to have it featured,” said Hendricks. All entries must be turned into the art department by Nov. 3. The Art Walk is known as being a way for students to get their art pieces out in the public eye. Many pieces have been sold in the past, some bringing in hefty sums of money.
As an aspiring artist, it is good to build a repertoire of pieces which have been displayed in public and become accustomed to the idea of displaying pieces, says Hendricks. Current art student, Gina Cosentino, sophomore, has been taking art lessons for ten years and is entering a painting in the Art Walk this year. “I wanted to prove to myself everything I have learned over the years,” said Cosentino. Cosentino would like to encourage everyone to become involved in the Art Walk in order to help find what type of art fits you. Even if it means just attending some of the businesses during the walk, opening yourself to the different
varieties of art presented will help you to understand the artists more fully. In past years, businesses have placed animals in front of their entrances in order to attract customers. In 2007, the business Heartfelt had alpacas in front, which attracted the attention of many passerby. The 2009 Tehama County Art Walk will be taking place from Nov. 6-7 in various businesses around downtown Red Bluff.
Entries must be brought to Wes Hendricks in room 95 before Nov. 3. For more info, email email@example.com.
Gina Cosentino displays her painting that will be entered in the Art Walk.
Recycle the Warmth
Austrian Student Concert
“The Heart of the Matter”
The Red Bluff Daily News is sponsoring an event to recyle winter clothing. There will be a free meals and goodies. • Clothing types: Coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, etc. • Where: Bethel Church, 325 Luther Rd., Red Bluff • When: Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Austrian exchange students will be performing a concert in the PAC on Monday Oct. 26, during fifth and sixth periods. Austrian students will be performing traditional musical acts. Students must get permission from their teachers to attend this concert.
Girls Inc. is offering a skill-building approach for mothers or female care givers and their daughters to strengthen their bonds through shared listening and creative expression. The goal is to help mothers and girls learn to take advantage of their talents, interests, future goals, and potential for healthy relationships. • When: Every Wednesday, beginning Oct. 21 through Dec. 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. • Where: Teen Center at Caldwell Park, Redding, CA • Cost: $80 per mother/daughter pair
Call (530) 527-2151 for more information.
October 23, 2009
to have a school and city so dedicated to tradition. Many schools have cut sports programs all together, leaving no homecoming, or decided not to waste money on superfluous things like dances or parades. Red Bluff, however, is willing to give us police escorts on Main Street to allow our floats to parade around town and large majority of the city comes out to support the football game. Red Bluff is very stuck in its ways. Of course, times are changing and
he week full of dress up days, queen auctions, float constructions, and rallies that we call homecoming is, surprisingly, not for the current students of Red Bluff High, but for the alumni. This is the week that the school uses to honor past students and invite them to come and be part of things such as the parade and the football game. Of course, the week is fun for students and teachers alike, but, with the budget crisis, Red Bluff is lucky
Supporting a great cause causes even greater smiles Having people come together for Breast Cancer not only makes everyone who sees the ribbons smile, but also help cancer patients pull through
The other day I was walking through the hallways and I noticed something that put a smile I could not hold back on my face. All around me, teachers, students, and people around town were wearing pink in support of breast cancer. This month is breast cancer awareness month and to be honest I thought that, like so many other national months, it would go unnoticed and students couldn’t care less about what is going on. It was such an incredibly great surprise to walk down the halls and see little pink ribbons on the shirts of almost everyone I saw. I could not stop smiling I was so moved. I can almost guarantee that every person at the school and every person in Red Bluff has been affected by cancer in oneway or another. Everyone feels some kind of pain because of the disease. To watch the majority of a school, my school, wearing the color that supports the fight against cancer gave me one of the most amazing feelings I have ever felt. I lost my sister, Amber Hoffman, to cancer when I was really young. I don’t remember her very well but everyone that
I know that knew her says that she was one of those special people that you know was put on the earth to make it a better place. She was fifteen when she passed away. I don’t think I will ever get over the fact that I will never know her. My family was torn apart after her death, no one was really the same after she left us. I have s e e n f irst hand what it does to a f a m i ly and it’s one of the most heart breaking things I have ever seen in my life. That was twelve years ago and my mom still cries every night for the daughter she lost. I wish I could take away her pain, but I know that I will never be able to. I really can’t for the life of me understand why a girl like her, so young and so meaningful to everyone can just be gone like that. I never will. I know that wearing little pink ribbons is not going to
miraculously cure cancer; it may seem like it doesn’t even do anything. I know for a fact though how much it helps. It gives hope to the many strong people all over the world that they can beat it. For me, seeing so many people making an effort to show that they actually care about this makes me feel like even though my sister may be gone, she will not be forgotten. I sort of feel like I know her a little more now, like I am connected to her. I just want to say how proud I am to be at a school and in a community where people care so much about this. That breast cancer awareness month is actually noticed makes me feel so great about the people I live with. I mean it when I say you make a huge difference in so many peoples lives, including mine. So thank you; it means a lot.
Ethnicity is something to embrace, not disgrace Life is full of wonder, love, and different people. They come in all shapes and sizes, and ethnicities. I am proud to be part Spaniard and Hispanic; they are similar but also different. Whether you’re Asian, AfricanAmerican, or Hispanic, we need to realize that you are what you ancestors carried within them I’m sitting in class one day, and I overhear someone say, “I do not speak Mexican.” The person who said just happened to be a part of the Latino race. Since then I’ve done nothing but think about the comment. It was so shameful to hear someone who was part of my own ethnicity, put it down so harshly. What also made it worse was when the teacher corrected them, yet they continued to argue about how they aren’t Mexican, and how they couldn’t
stand being called that. The person then turned to her friend and said, “Why does everybody ask me that question? I’m not even Mexican, I just look like it.” The funny part was that I saw this same person later on that day outside of school, the same person who claimed they were not Mexican, with their mother and speaking Spanish to her. I guess I just don’t understand how someone could possibly put down their race or heritage. Although we all are of a different race, being so is what makes us unique individuals. We need to realize that just because we’re of a different race, it doesn’t make anyone else more or less superior to ourselves. Being any race is not something that should be put down. Like I’ve said before,
it’s something to proud of, not something to be embarrassed about. Being part of the Latino heritage doesn’t mean I eat beans and rice everyday, or dress up in cowboy boots and a flashy top. It just means that I am proud of where I come from as well as my past relatives. I don’t fit the so called “Mexican look,” but I’m part of the heritage, and proud of it. I embrace it with everything I have, and am not ashamed to admit it. So why should you be?
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everyone needs to be open to change, but Red Bluff High has had many of the same traditions for over 18 years. These traditions include the holiday classic tournament, homecoming week, Mr. Spartan, Top Academic Seniors, and spirit court. It’s not just RBH that has these traditions, but the whole city. Mr. Spartan sells out every year, there’s always a crowd at the holiday classic, and the Top Academic Seniors are displayed on the wall of the office. The school works hard to do its part
in the city traditions as well: the band plays in the parades, CSF members are encouraged to volunteer for city functions, and students enter art work in local shows. Red Bluff and the high school have a perfect symbiotic relationship that shows the students and citizens alike the importance of teamwork. One could never find another city or school with more spunk and tradition. So count your blessings, students, we’re lucky we have a homecoming week.
Breathe, people are staring at you Last week I heard someone yelling at a little kid because she did not listen to what her mother told her to do. The command was simply to go get her brother, but it was very clear that her brother was with her dad. The little girl went over and told her brother to go over to their mom and her dad said, “In a minute you can go.” Her mother yelled at the girl. For the rest of the night I watched the mother make rude and angry comments to her kids. Anger is a feeling everyone has experienced, whether it’s stubbing your toe on the coffee table or having your sibling break your iPod. Anger comes naturally to people, but sometimes you find people who are slow to anger. In many relationships, as they come to an end, there is a time
when the people involved are not as patient with each other as they once were. They become less attractive to each other and find all sorts of things to complain about. Anger is merely a feeling we need. But I have heard, “It’s better to feel something then nothing at all.” The feeling you get when someone is mad at you is not very pleasant. When you yell at someone it makes not only the person you are yelling at but also the people around you uncomfortable, I know it does to me. Nowadays it is very easy to get mad at someone or something, like traffic, road rage, inappropriate comments, being interrupted when speaking, and poor listeners. I do not mind yelling but I don’t think such a strong emotion
should be shared with everyone in public. I do not find it to appealing to hear a grown adult yell at a six-year-old kid. I can understand losing your temper but if you really had that big of a problem then go outside or somewhere else where there is not such a crowd. I think public and disclosed anger should be evened out. By that I mean that there is a time and place for everything and if it is not that big of a deal, let it go. Make your personal problems not public and do it at home.
Really give thought to which political party best suits you As kids develop into adults they come up with more of a view on the world. Sometimes it’s their own view and sometimes it’s what they’ve simply been brought up to believe. Some kids even begin to look at what they were raised to believe and begin to question or disagree with it in some ways. As they, and this includes myself, get closer to being able to vote, many also start to consider political parties to be more important to them as they’ll soon have to pick one. I’ve noticed, though, that as a country we seem to be stuck on this, political partisanship that is. Party lines are very strongly drawn these days and people seem to want to label each other more. Democrat or Republican seems to be a big deal to many kids now. The problem is that it’s
becoming an issue all the way across the board. It’s becoming a deal that ends relationships and makes people lose their jobs and friends. People now tend to let political affiliation bleed into aspects of life that it really shouldn’t affect. I suppose this is more of a ‘wake up and think about it’ issue than it is something I can really help. But I do think that this could be a better place if we did away with political parties. Or at least promoted the idea of numerous, smaller parties instead of two enormous ones that simply sit on separate sides of the aisle and try to see who can yell louder. We’re currently facing an overbearing majority of Democrats in Congress that wants to railroad over
the Republicans’ ideas, and Republicans that have flat out stated that they hope Obama and his whole administration fails completely. This isn’t just childish, this is outright stupid. Everyone claims they want to fix the country’s problems and all they’ve managed to do is waste months screaming about nothing. At some point something’s going to have to give, one group or another is going to have to rise or fall or change something.
Letter to The Editor Student calls for school to be more assertive towards bathroom assault Dear Editor, attentuion so I went to Mr. how safe is our campus if people I would like to start out by saying I have no hard feelings against Mr. Barriga; he was a wonderful teacher and an even better assistant principal, but an incident has recently occurred that has made me double look at out surveillance and safety on our campus. A freshman on our campus has been assaulted in the bathroom two days in a row by the same girl both times. It was brought to my
Barriga’s office to see why nothing was done about the situation. He had told me there was nothing he can do because the girl didn’t give him a good enough description of the girl who had done it. I thought we put the surveillance cameras up for a reason; to protect the student body and to catch people not following the rules. With this information, I started to ask myself, “Honestly,
can get way with this sort of stuff?” I just wanted to open eveyone’s eyes to show to the student body, teachers, and parents what occurs on our campus, which is supposed to be a safe environment. Let me state this one more time; I’m not mad at Mr. Barriga in any way- I just don’t feel stuff like this should be unsolvable. Thank you for your time. -Ashley Gridley
SPARTAN THUMBS • Bathroom assaults • Austrians arriving • Smaller Homecoming floats • Homecoming
Editorial Policy: Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the district, staff, or student body. We welcome signed letters to the editor. Names will be withheld by request. We also reserve the right to edit submission based on length and/or clarity.
• Lack of school spirit These thumbs are from “The Bluffer” staff. Watch for The Bluffer coming to visit your class!
October 23, 2009
Wild Things appeals to mature audience Maturity level for film reaches beyond what was expected of younger viewers Tyler Hansen A&E Co-Editor
Young Max runs away from home one night after a day of being picked on by his sister’s friends, and getting in a verbal fight with his mom. Max escapes what he considers this mad world by isolating himself into the woods and nearby creek. He finds an abandoned boat floating at the shoreline, hops inside, and begins his journey into a world where everything you want to happen, happens. As a kid, I read the book in which this film is based on and I asked myself, “How could someone possibly make a film based on a short, short story, or even one that doesn’t have much of a story at all?!” The book was a lot of illustrations and little words, so I was very anxious to see what director Spike Jonze was going to do with it. The film had a very distinct style in filming, almost like a hand held camera, but not as shaky and difficult to watch. But it was enough to give the movie a realistic feel. After Max
dark and somewhat depressing in many ways. The maturity level in this film is far beyond what any child is capable of understanding. From the struggles of this little boy, and even the wild things, to the lesson that is being strained upon the whole time, this movie was really made for teenagers, or even adults. But that doesn’t mean kids can’t enjoy the movie, because it does have a lot of fun scenes and some comical lines throughout. To me, this film was an instant classic; direction, cinematography, acting, etc. were all absolutely incredible, and this movie will go down in history as one of the most adventurous movies of the decade, at least. http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk
Max (right) travels through the deserted part of his imaginary world with new friend, Carol (left) escapes his troubled life, one surprised to see that they were screen. turned it into a film filled with where his father is missing, his very realistic looking creatures As for the story, like I said, adventure, imagination and a sister is not much of a sister and rather than actors in cheesy I didn’t know what to expect, life lesson that those who watch his mom seems to not appreciate costumes. It’s amazing the which was weird because I it, will never forget. his presence, he travels into his things we can do in filming really had no expectations of Now, although this film is own little world. these days; you can create good or bad. rated PG, and looks like it’s a This is where the “wild something that doesn’t exist, Well, Spike took this happy, fun movie for kids, it things” are. I was pleasantly and bring it to life on the big acclaimed child’s book and actually happens to be very
Ludo hidden in the closet Tyler Hansen A&E Co-Editor
Last year, a band returned upon the scene with their new released album, only problem; no one noticed how awesome they were. Ludo has been in the music industry since 2004, when they released their debut album ‘Ludo’. The band, it seems, has never really been appreciated or noticed by the public, but by those who have an ear for music. In 2008 the band released their third album ‘You’re Awful, I Love You’ and made it to the top of the charts with their hit single ‘Love Me Dead’. Unfortunately, the song faded quickly and the band was lost and forgotten. However,
Ludo happens to be one of my top five favorite artists of all time. Their unique and fun sound really makes listening to them not only enjoyable, but entertaining. And that’s what music is supposed to do. Andrew Volpe is the lead singer/guitarist for the band, and his hilarious nerdy looks and ‘haven’t yet hit puberty’ style vocals are a riot! His lyrics are full of a variety of different emotions; love, hate, stalker creepiness, and many others. The song ‘Love Me Dead’ is one the most fun songs to listen to, with the story of a guy with girl troubles; how he loves her sometimes, then contradicts him self saying she’s ugly and nasty. It’s hilarious.
Along with that they have songs like ‘Go Getter-Greg’ which have that creepy guy vibe, to songs like ‘Topeka’ which happens to be one of my favorites because of the powerful and emotional outlook on life the singer has. The music itself is just really fun. They even have a guy playing the moog and keyboard to give the songs an electronic funky sound. As for the rest of the band, their musical talents and backing vocals really make this band top notch. If you have heard of these guys, you should know what was said here is true, if not, I strongly suggest you check them out because they are sure to impress. Widely unknown, the band Ludo has been hidden away from the public, appealing to few with an ear for music. Hilarious vocals and fun sound makes them one of a kind.
‘Where the Wild Things Are’ brings cinematic genius to the screen along with great direction and acting. Dark, depressing aspects make film much more for older audiences rather than young.
‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ a great read Nick Hays Staff Writer
Meet Mr. Arthur Dent, your average, unassuming Englishman who finds himself flung far out of his element and off his planet. Which is a good thing, considering it gets destroyed. Arthur awakes one morning to find that his home, that is his house, is going to be demolished in the name of progress and that his life is going to drastically change if he lets this happen. At the same time his good friend Ford Prefect, who is not actually English (or even human for that matter), discovers that the Earth itself is also going to be demolished in the name of progress. As a stranded galactic hitchhiker, Ford finds this to be somewhat normal, but still deeply concerning and “jumps ship” with Arthur in tow. Thus begins an adventurous
tale of unimaginable happenings and improbable coincidences. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a tale of a book within a book. Throughout the novel itself you’ll find hilarious excerpts from the actual guide, which tells the average intergalactic hitchhiker everything he needs to know about surviving the perils of the galaxy. Douglas Adams delivers this tale in a distinctly British manner that is jam packed with details and side stories that end up playing much more significant roles than you’d imagine. Adams’ protagonists are uniquely tailored to the universe in which they live, from the two-headed, three-armed, happy-go-lucky Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox to Marvin the manic depressive robot, Adams finds a way to team them up and make them all deeper than the first glance.
Though they join together accidentally, and their quest is discovered by accident more than anything else, they dive headlong into their mission to discover the answer to “Life, the Universe, and Everything.” Actually, they find the answer, it’s the question that proves difficult to grasp. With a far-reaching story that spans over five books and a short story, the Hitchhiker’s Guide is a must-read book that pulls you into a world that could only come from someone’s twisted imagination.
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October 23, 2009
partan ound off
Whatʼs your favorite dance and why?
“Random dancing because itʼs fun.”
Austrian exchange students come to Red Bluff Madi Cumpton Staff Writer
Every year, RBHS families host students from Austria in the Austrian Exchange program. A group of kids from a music school in Graz, the Austrians come and stay with select families for three weeks. Tessa Kadletz, 16 year old Austrian honorary Homecoming Queen, is enjoying her time here in America. Her favorite thing she has done so far is going through the haunted barn and corn maze at Hawes Farm. “It was scary, but fun,” said Kadletz. Her least favorite thing has been just sitting around in the library for 3-4 hours. So far, she has gone to Hawes Farm, Shasta Dam, Chico, Redding, Anderson, and the Salmon Festival. One thing she says is similar to her hometown is the cinema (movie theater). There are a lot of things that are different, such as: the laws for smoking and
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Some of the many Austrian exchange students with their friends between and during class time. drinking there are 16 years old, and the schooling system. “I never was in America before. I wanted to learn about
RBHS biggest fan keeping up the spirit for thirty years Justin Gallagher (10)
“The hustle because my mom can do it.”
Ali Jordon (11)
“The lawn mower because itʼs an amazing move and I can get anyone with it.”
Janae Sargent Staff Writer
Steve Ross, former RBHS student and graduate, is currently doing his 30th consecutive year of attending every home football game. Ross is part of the Chain Gang, a group of five that runs the first down marker at the games. He decided to be a part of the Chain Gang to follow the tradition in his family. His father was a devoted Chain Gang member and started doing it in the mid-seventies. After his heart attack midseason he could not continue and they needed someone to fill in, and Steve volunteered. “I like doing the Chain Gang because I love being in the mix hearing the coaches and referees talk to the players. It’s the best seat in the house,” said Ross. He goes to most of the away games and tries to go to every Corning game as well. Attending every home game
for thirty years, Ross has seen a lot of good games and has a lot of good memories. “I think my favorite memory was the 91’ championship games. Kenny Hudson was the receiver. I remember it so well because it was such a close game, a tight battle, and Red Bluff was the underdog,” said Ross. He also remembers the 1984 team, saying that they were a very good team and they beat Chico in the championship. Steve’s good friend Brian Medieros also was on the Chain Gang for a long time. He did it for eighteen years until, four years ago, he left to be a referee instead. Ross likes being on the Chain Gang because he enjoys watching the games. “Being in the chain gang is good because I am never stuck sitting at home wishing I would have gone to the game, I am there and I get to help out,” said Ross.
Tournament of the minds tests schools from all over the globe Alex Ickles Staff Writer
Mitchell Drury (12)
“The moon walk because you can do it forward and backwards.”
Pam Disibio (Teacher)
“The spin and swing because itʼs fun.”
John Sheffeild (Teacher)
“Sitting out because Iʼm a bad dancer.”
Tournament of the Minds started four years ago, when counselor, Mr. Ted Polster, was inspired by the Academic Challenge, a show that was on Channel 7. Tournament of the Minds is sponsored by California Scholarship Federation and includes 700 schools nationwide. Red Bluff High School is ranked eleven out of fifteen schools in the Northstate. Polster enjoys the contest because he is a fan of such knowledge. During fourth period, lunch, and fifth period, students meet in the media center and join together in separate groups to battle it out. There are 148, 500 questions. “It’s an exhilarating experience and a great way to show off my knowledge,” said Derek Casey. Many other states and countries are involved also, such as Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and China. The group names that
are participating are derived from pure creativity, including; The Pelvic Thrusting Ukuleles, Ninja Monkeys From Space, Three Inch Tees, and similarly creative names. Bethany Strom from the groups The Epics doesn’t feel too good about her group name, unlike Philip Graves who is on The “A” Team, “It makes us stand out from the crowd,” said Graves. And Derek Casey, senior, from The Communist Party group says, “It adds flavor to the stress of the competition.” On Dec. 2 there will be a Knowledge Master Test with a trophy awarded to whichever team wins. There are 200 questions for some 20 students to answer, with 2 hours for completion. “It’s very beneficial and I learned some stuff I did not know,” said Rachel Park. Part of the fun of the event is how sophomores and freshmen can go up against seniors. “Mr. Polster came to my class and offered play questions, and I answered them all correct,” said Rachel Park.
the country and meet new people,” said Kadletz, when asked why she went on the exchange.
Tsaiju Lee, 18, says Red Bluff is beautiful, but small. Her favorite thing about America is how big everything is: the
school, the food, and the people. So far, she doesn’t dislike anything about America. Some things she says is similar to Austria are the skyscrapers and the freeways. The food is something that is different. She is looking forward to going to a concert and San Francisco. “I always wanted to go to America, from watching the TV and news,” Lee said. Nici Haring, 16, and Patrick Freisinger, 17, says that sometimes Americans eat too much, and the food they eat is fast food, or “fat food” as they called it. “We don’t have that in Austria,” Haring said. Older students who have been on the exchange had told them what it was going to be like, so they knew what to expect: a lot of fast food and friendly people. They would all like to come back to America after the exchange.
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT CSU: Long Beach Public-University-Four Year-Coed Suburban setting Commuter campus Large city (250,000499,999) 1 time degree-seeking freshman- 4606 Total undergrads- 31,564 Percent applicants admitted- 42% st
Sports men: 39 women: 41 mixed: 14
College Spotlight by Madi Cumpton
Financial aid: Scholarships and grants: 55% Loans and jobs: 45% Instate tuition: $3698 Room and board: $10,832 Percent of GPA’s let in: 15% 3.75 and up 23% 3.5-3.74 29% 3.25-3.49 21% 3.0-3.24 12% 2.5-2.99
Football loses to Paradise
October 23, 2009
SPORTSBRIEFS BRIEFS SPORTS Volleyball The team played against Foothill yesterday; results were not available at press time. Their next game will be Tues. Oct. 27 against Pleasant Valley. “My goals were pretty much hustling, playing my heart out, and being the best I could be.”
The varsity football team positioned and ready for next play, in the game against the Paradise Bobcats, on Friday, Oct. 16.
Hopes Homecoming brings luck against PV Vanessa Vasquez Staff Writer
It is finally coming to the end for football season. With only three games left, including tonight’s Homecoming game, players on all three teams, can only focus harder and work stronger to finish the season off strongly. Red Bluff High’s JV and varsity teams will be compet-
ing against Pleasant Valley for this year’s Homeoming game on Oct. 23. Many players are excited to play, but know and understand that tonight’s game must be filled with determination, and cannot lack focus. Frosh football players also had a chance to compete for a win, when Pleasant Valley’s Frosh team traveled down to RBHS. Results were not available at press time.
“It’s the first game I get to play since breaking my hand, and I’m excited for it,” said Justin Gallagher, JV tackle. “We need to finish the game strongly and send PV home with a loss.” Last week on Oct. 15 frosh football players traveled to Paradise, with JV and varsity traveling the day after. All three teams came home with losses. The frosh came back with a score of 20-28, the JV came
back with a score or , and varsity ended the night with a score of 7-42. A few varsity members also came back home with brutal injuries, causing them to miss a few games. “During the second half we started to come when Sandow started throwing the ball, and I was able to make two touchdowns,” said Lucas Burns, frosh wide receiver.
Cross Country Cross Country had a meet against Foothill last Wednesday; results were not available at press time. Their next meet will be Wed. Oct. 28, against Shasta. “To get all league and to qualify for state were my goals. I am on the path to achieve my set goals.”
Tennis tries to make Soccer takes record as a ‘lesson learned’ up cancelled matches Vanessa Vasquez Staff Writer
Due to storms, the team has had many matches that were postponed Austin Chase Staff Writer
The tennis team is trying to pull through the rest of the season after a rough road, their record now, 1-7. The team’s last practice was Monday, Oct. 12, the only thing that awaits is three make-up matches after storms postponed them. “Tennis games keep getting rained out, every time we reschedule our last three matches it rains again. Wednesday is our last day to complete our make-up matches,” said Emily Brower. “We had to play a make-up match on Friday, in Paradise, today’s match [October 19] is rained out so we probably won’t
have time to complete the rest of our make-up matches by EAL’s,” said Lynn Varner, head coach. Tuesday, Oct. 6 was the team’s most recent match, against Enterprise. “Enterprise came here, and we beat them 9-5, we are hoping to secure another win against Paradise as it was very close in our last match,” said Emily Brower. “Everyone is playing really well, players have been playing better and more consistently towards the end of this season. There are seven seniors who will graduate, I will miss them,” said Lynn Varner. “I feel good, we have been competitive all year, but lost some matches; we overall had fun,” said Lynn Varner.
Red Bluff High’s soccer team will be traveling to Foothill tonight to compete in what most think, will be a victory. Many are excited for tonight’s game and have the determination to add another win onto their record of 1-9. “We have high hopes, the confidence and the potential to beat them,” said Tyler Harris,
defense, 12. “They were the first team we beat, and we can do it again as long as we work together.” In their previous game against Chico, most agreed that although they came home with a loss, and a score of 6-1, it was one of the few well-played games. Others felt that the team was not putting enough of their team skills into the game that were needed, according to
Harris. “I felt sad that we lost, and even though we got killed in the second half, we played pretty good,” said Cody Yarbrough, midfielder, 11. With only five games, including tonight’s, left, the team can only hope for a few more wins. With team members looking over the season, and seeing the scoreboard, as well as the injuries throughout the
season, they all have different views. Some are disappointed, and some came out with injuries. Others thought of the season as a lesson learned which will hopefully help those going out for the team next year do better. “This season basically taught me to work more with my team mates and communicate better,” said Yarbrough. “It will help for next year.”
Swimmers affected by broken pool heater, practices held in Anderson Chase Corry Staff Writer
The swim team is now preparing for upcoming sections. “I think I will do well in sections but we haven’t been practicing as much which can hurt our times, says first year swimmer, Brad DuFour.
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The pool heater is broken and the swim team is traveling to Anderson for there practices, this way they can have a heated pool. “It’s alright that we are practicing in Anderson because practices are shorter, practices are shorter because we have to drive there and back,” said DuFour.
The swimmers had to beat a time to be able to stay on the swim team. The reason for this was that they had to cut some of the team because they couldn’t afford to take a bus. They are taking vans. “I didn’t qualify. My times to keep practicing,” said first year swimmer, Egan Meagher. Swimmers that didn’t qualify
there times cant go to practice but are still able to go to swim meets as long as they find there own ride. “So far missing practice hasn’t hurt my times, but it’s only been a week of practice that I have missed so eventually I think it will hurt my times,” said Meagher.
October 23, 2009
So, you think you can dance? These Spartans do
Spartans, the Homecoming dance is upon you and one question must be asked: “Have you been practicing your dancing?” Maybe you’re a little shy when your feet hit the dance floor or maybe you think you’re a “dancing fool” and your friends are too afraid to tell you that you’re far from one. Either way, this might be exactly what you need to be ready for tomorrow night. With all the changing trends and the new dance moves popping up out of nowhere, how are you supposed to keep up? We’ll be going through the most “socially acceptable” dance moves to make sure you don’t embarrass yourself at the Homecoming dance. From “Golden Oldies” to dance moves you may not have heard of, the Bluffer will make sure you know
just what you need to look cool. Some Spartans know just what it means to have the “Music move them.” You can see them during lunch or just between classes in the hallway dancing to what seems like no music. Really, they have music playing in their headphones, according to junior Robert (Bobby) Hooper. “It makes me happy. The music makes me want to do it [dance],” said Hooper. Hooper, junior Brad Guy, senior Andy Sayyaphom, and junior Casey Thomas are among the group of dancers that one can see jerking or crumping at any time of day. There have even been dance battles during lunch including freshmen Michael Nichols, Chris Watson, and Aaron Morgan.
Micah Carey, Freshman
Carly Isaacson, Sophomore
Tim Nelson, Junior
Aaron Mendoza, Junior
Lindsey Bosman, Senior
Doug Williams, Teacher
“Sometimes. It depends on whether it’s for a school dance or just for fun.”
“Yes, it [dancing] takes me away and distracts me from my problems.”
“I enjoy dancing because it’s something that I can let loose too, and it makes me happy.
“It depends on who [I’m dancing with] cause they gotta keep up with the dance moves like me.”
“I like to live by a quote by Andrew Wood, if you want to dance, dance. It’s fun to just go crazy, and doing it while you look good.”
“Have you ever seen the Wedding Singer? Well I’m the wedding dancer.”
Haley Carlson, Freshman
Robert Himberger, Sophomore
Kayla Freund, Junior
Katelyne Shalnutt, Senior
Garrett Brockman, Senior
Lee Shilts, Teacher
“No [I don’t like to dance], because it’s embarrassing. I don’t know how. “
“I like to dance depending on the occasion, and who I’m with, but is a good song is on, then my friends and I will definitely dance.”
“Kind or, I’m not really good at it [dancing]. My 8th grade grad dance, my best friend had me dance with my stalker; it was horrible.”
“I don’t care much for dance, because I have two left feet.”
“It’s a nice escape from anything different and a great celebration for everything good.”
Andy Sayyaphom “dips.”
Bobby Hooper gets caught doing a “Pin Drop.”
Brad Guy demonstrates “The Jerk.”
Austrian Homecoming princess Tessa Kadletz shows off of her moves.
Find out why these Spartans do or don’t enjoy dancing
“Yes, it’s fun. Why wouldn’t it be fun? I used cheer which had dance in it.”
Happening hip-hop Golden oldies Hip-Hop dancing is tough to do. You need to be able to hit hard and move smoothly when necessary. Hip-Hop dancing includes dance styles like breakdance, b-boys, popping and locking. Here, senior Brittany Bickers show off her expertise from her experience on the dance team. Here are some quick steps you can practice before the dance: The Jerk The Stanky leg The Reject Crumping The Soulja Boy The Pin Drop The Dip Popping and Locking Tutting (intricate hand movements) Breakdancing B-Boying Of course, many of these take practice, but if you have a few of these moves in your arsenal, no one could ever say you have two left feet.
As senior Brady Sale demonstrates so well, you don’t have to know a bunch of cool dance moves to be a good dancer. Here he shows his own personal creation: the Oompa Loompa. If you’re too afraid to make up your own moves, like Brady, some good go to moves include: The Sprinkler The Lawn Mower The Shopping Cart The Moonwalk The Cabbage Patch Starting a Conga Line The Dive and Swim The Mashed Potato The Running Man The Q-tip The Robot The best way to make up a dance move? Pick a machine of some kind, replicate it’s motion, and name it after the machine. Spin in circles and call it the Blender if you like, there’s so many possibilities.