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PonyExpress Volume 45, Number 6 • San Marin High • Novato, California • April 25, 2013

Celebrity Names Without Fame pg. 5

Blind Date at the Beach pg. 10

D’s and F’s Overwhelm SM by Julia Raven

Photo by Niko Walas

Besides hurtare to do more after ing students’ chances of school and peer tutoring, success in high school as well as talk to the stuand college, the rising dents mid way through number of D and F their semesters and try to grades on report cards is find out why they are goalso hurting San Marin’s ing downhill. During his reputation. Whether this press conference, Prinincrease in bad grades cipal Littlefield stated has come from students that, “It was surprising getting lazy about their to see that most of the schoolwork, having too F’s were from students many other commitin ninth grade. This may ments in sports, or getbe because they are havting overwhelmed by the ing trouble adapting to classes they have, this is a the new coursework and growing problem for San need some extra help to Marin as the number of get the good grades they D’s and F’s has jumped should have.” Senior in the last year and someAaron Kesler said that thing has to be done in he hasn’t noticed anyorder to get these strugthing big at San Marin gling students back on that could be causing Mr. Williams struggles with student apathy in the classroom. track. these sudden drops in grades Principal Adam Littlefield said that he was shocked by and when asked what the school should do to stop these bad the increasing number of failing grades and that, “last semes- grades, he said, “I would say that the staff should try to make ter, there were 318 F’s in total.” He then pointed out that while them take school more seriously. Not that they aren't trying, many students work hard and get good grades, some students but I'd bet that a lack of self discipline is a major cause of the get multiple D’s and F’s on their report cards making the num- grade decreases.” ber soar for the rest of the school. Whatever the solution the administration and teachers Principal Littlefield is now looking at ways to stop create, it’s clear that it will need to be implemented soon. Getthese students from giving up on a class by catching them early ting into college is hard enough for students with high GPAs as their grades start to go downhill. Some of the ideas he and and teachers don’t want to see students’ poor grades hurt their the rest of the staff have about getting students back on track chances at getting into a good school.

Labrada Walks for Charity

by Natalie Dybeck

Photo by Peter Bellack

Three miles, 4,800 meters, or 15,840 feet. However you choose to think of it, three miles is a far distance to walk, especially if you don’t have full use of your legs. Junior Edgar Labrada decided he was up to the challenge and created a walk-a-thon of three miles to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Monday, April 22nd, Labrada, who is normally confined to a wheelchair, walked three miles on the San Marin track, raising about $1,400 for the Make-A- Wish Foundation. Labrada has been training for his walka-thon for a few months. He said, “I See “LABRADA” on pg. 2...

Musical Fridays Beat Lunch Boredom by Katherine Minkiewicz

From left: Jason Dove, Julia Fager, Jonathan Fritz, and Michael Angeles perform in their band The Experience.

Photo by Katherine Minkiewicz

Every day at lunch you normally see a mass exodus of students rushing out of the parking lot to get lunch. However, that’s now about to change, as Friday lunch is now the time for musical Fridays, a time for school bands such as the Interdemensional Herbivores to showcase their music and talent on the quad. It’s also an attempt to get kids to stay on campus more, instead of going off every day. Principal Littlefield is interested in making the student body a closer-knit community, and this is how he wants to do it. Long-term substitute and initiator of this event, Mr. Kelly, echoes these thoughts as well. When asked about considering a closed campus, Mr. Littlefield said, “That would be really hard administration-wise. It would be hard also, because we would have to put a fence all around campus, and I just can’t see doing that to our school.” So it’s clear that Mr. Littlefield doesn’t see a closed campus in the future, but he does imagine a full campus, with fun activities like poetry slams and entertainment for

students to enjoy. What he hopes to achieve is, “the best possible school experience for our students. Opportunities like these are a great way to help improve the school community.” Even though there is an array of clubs on campus during lunch, people also just want to be outside, especially with all the nice spring weather. These mini lunchtime concerts are a perfect antidote for that, and drummer Aaron Kesler said, “ as a whole I think it was a fun experience. The best part was seeing people’s reactions, whether it was because there was a band in the middle of campus or because they didn’t know I could drum.” Junior Michelle Nielsen also agrees that this was a fun idea saying, “I enjoy the mini concerts at lunch; they unite my friends and many other students. The band choices are really good too.” So instead of bolting off when the lunch bell rings, try sticking around on Fridays. Sit outside, soak up some sun, and enjoy a free concert, courtesy of San Marin’s finest Jazz band and concert band members.


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Whiting Wins Intern Award

by Niko Walas

The County of Marin’s Board of Supervisors is presenting the first ever Intern of the Year Award to senior Casey Whiting. He interned at the Marin County Public Defender’s office in the spring of 2012 and fall of 2013. Whiting completed a variety of tasks during his internship including organizing binders of legal material, labeling trial training binders, removing dated material from the attorney’s library, and filing and creating legal files. He also participated in the High School Internship program by watching legal processings and debriefing attorneys on what he observed.

Marin County Public Defender, Jose Valera, speaks very highly of Whiting, “Working with Casey is easy. He is inquisitive, respectful, and modest. I enjoy how willing he is to learn new things and the positive work ethic he brings to his internship. He understood that legal work has to be detailed and precise and he accepted that challenge. He always tackles his assignments with a good positive energy; he asks good questions; and he always makes sure he has done the type of work that is expected of him.” Whiting himself felt that he got the most out of his internship, “It was a good learning experience; it gets you ready for a

real job where if it isn’t done right or on time it can affect someone else. Overall, I gained a lot of responsibility.” Valera says, “Casey earned the award because he made the most of his internship. He always showed up for work, finished assignments given to him and was always genuinely grateful to those who mentored him . Casey has worked for us close to two years; that's about twice as long as other high school interns have worked for us. There have been other great high school interns in our office but there was something special about the dedication that Casey showed that stands out.”

Around the World in Seven Days Students spend spring break in Mexico and Europe Photos compiled by Natalie Dybeck

Photos by Connor Flechsig, Morgan Friedman, Katherine Gonzalez, and Sebastian Swetland “LABRADA” continued...

keep walking around the track to prepare.” Three miles is Edgar’s new record; his previous record was two miles, and he hopes to continue setting new goals for himself. Labrada chose to raise money for the non-profit Make-A-Wish Foundation because as he said, “It helps good kids.” Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The organization has become a worldwide phenomenon, helping more than 250,000 children since it was founded, and continuing to be “an organization that grants a child’s wish every 40 minutes.” The money Labrada has raised with the support of San Marin students and staff will go towards making another terminally ill child’s wish come true. Labrada’s Spanish teacher, Maestra Smith, helped him gain sponsors for his walk-a-thon. She said, “Edgar goes about things so wholeheartedly and with such a positive outlook. The way he has set and fulfilled goals for himself is incredibly inspirational. All my classes rallied to help Edgar meet this big new walking goal.” Labrada’s efforts on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation are a great accomplishment; the fact that Labrada, normally wheelchair bound, walked three miles around the track, is even greater.

CSF Provides Tutors by Nidhi Mamidi

One of San Marin’s largest clubs, the California Scholarship Federation (CSF), has made many changes to increase student involvement on campus this year. College counselor Mrs. Cunnie, who took over as the new club advisor after Ms. Mass-Baldwin left San Marin, has decided to focus more of the club’s attention on San Marin itself. Mrs. Cunnie has incorporated a mandatory tutoring participation as part of the club membership. Members of all grades except freshmen now need to tutor for a minimum of six weeks during the school year. Club members sign up for the session that works with their personal schedules and according to co-president Ruthe Huang, “separating the sessions works really well because we have a yearlong supply of tutors, but at the same time there aren’t so many that there are more tutors than students who need help.” Many students are glad to have this program, whether they need help with homework or just an extra push in understanding their class material. Senior CSF member Shannon Casey said she has seen a “positive effect and willingness to learn.” This addition to the club has greatly increased after school tutoring participation, and students who need the extra help are sure to benefit as well.


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Korean Patriotism and Paranoia A recipe for war, disaster, and the end of the world as we know it by Liam Hoefer and Garrett Sutherland Five feet eight inches- this is the average height of a man in South Korea. Five feet five inches is the average height of a man in North Korea. This height discrepancy isn’t genetic or ancestral, as may be the case with two different neighboring countries; instead it is a direct result of malnourishment wrought under the oppressive familial regime of Kim Jong-un and his father before him and his father before him. Through ruthless propaganda, strict military control, and ambiguous international affiliation, North Korea has become the most contentious nation of the twenty-first century, and with its third nuclear test taking place last December, the United Nations has also deemed it the most dangerous, placing

South Korean tank prepares for possible threats from a volatile North Korea.

austere economic sanctions on the already severely impoverished nation in February. Following the enactment of these international limitations on North Korea, the unstable dictatorship began to renounce the non-aggression pacts agreed upon in the armistice 60 years prior and began to accost South Korean and American forces with the threat of a preemptive nuclear strike. Jeffrey Lewis, an expert on East Asian politics at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, declared North Korea’s aggression towards the U.S. as “a pretty direct threat,” and although, “they say a lot of these kinds of things ... this is not normal.” San Marin students, with varying levels of knowledge on the fast-brewing tensions, are of conflicting opinions. The vast majority of students are understandably detached from the situation. After all, the fanatical nation lacks the technological capability to initiate attack with any portion of the US beyond Alaska. Senior Paul Shin, who has family living in South Korea, exemplifies this attitude. Both he and his family are of the mind that North Korea’s threats are merely a cry for attention; “… it’s another bluff,” Shin said. The ever-threatening and, recently, imminently harmful, North Korea was established as a product of the Second World War; when Japan surrendered to the allied nations in 1945, it was begrudgingly forced to relinquish their hold of the network of territories

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South Korean soldiers wait for instruction during a military exercise in Seoul. acquired under the practices of imperialism, including Korea. Divvied between the United States and the Soviet Union at the 38th parallel, Korea consequently became the two distinct nations of modern day. In the North, the communistic ideologies championed by the Soviets grew in influence, while in the South, the western ideals of democracy and capitalism were instilled. Following several years of fighting, an armistice was reached between the factions in 1950. Over the last half century, North Korea has manifested into a totalitarian regime helmed by the Kim dynasty. The Kim’s have stumbled into the forefront of the world stage for their zealous abhorrence,

and subsequent threats, towards many nations, especially the U.S. and South Korea. Until recently, however, North Korea’s hostilities toward the U.S. and South Korea had been received dismissively by the United Nations, but as tensions have escalated, so too have the preoccupations of the affiliation of world powers for peace. Still, by all measurable accounts, the North Korean military is a few years off from being able to enact nuclear warfare, but they have the audacity to declare it, a fact that Lewis attributes to notions of patriotism and paranoia. Nonetheless, it’s an action which should, and probably will, elicit continued response from world powers.

A Second Glance Into Another World

Students prepare for annual Global Glimpse trip to Nicaragua

by Natalie Dybeck

For twenty-one days, five San Marin students will be headed to Nicaragua to get a new glimpse into a different world. Five juniors, Lauren Bollinger, Ivan Chavez, Lauren O’Brien, Taylor Wheaton, and Heather Stickle, will be participating in Global Glimpse’s summer programs. Global Glimpse at San Marin was started by Mr. Busselman two years ago. Each of them will be traveling to Nicaragua and experiencing the culture and lifestyle of the natives. Bollinger, O’Brien, Chavez, and Wheaton will all be going to Leon, Nicaragua and Stickle will be going to Matagalpa. “I’m going on this trip to give back and help people that are less fortunate than we are. I also want to see more places and cultures than our little bubble of suburbia can allow,” said O’Brien. On their trip, these five juniors will visit workers at a local dump to understand their lifestyles and the challenges of poverty. This experience will allow students to understand how their lives are similar and different from

Photo by Camille Pflugradt

Clockwise from top right: Lauren O’Brien, Ivan Chavez, Taylor Wheaton, Heather Stickle, and Lauren Bollinger the lives of others. They will also go to better understanding of the complexity, a local Coca Cola factory to learn how a challenges, and needs of the community. global business operates in a developing In groups, the students will design and country. Near the end of their trip, execute their service project to help the after visiting organizations, schools, and town they will be staying in. “I am most meeting people, the students will have a looking forward to really just doing what

I can do to make a positive impression on people’s lives as well as the community as a whole,” said Wheaton. Chavez added, “This trip means everything to me. Being given the chance to travel to a foreign country and taking part to better our world; it’s just exciting! I'm most looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing a new culture.” Students will also gain new leadership skills, help children in Nicaragua learn English, and become more involved in the global community. “It will be cool to see how a lot of the world lives. I love service opportunities like this and improving leadership skills will be great.” said Stickle. Bollinger also expressed her excitement for the trip, saying, “I look forward to making connections with the Nicaraguan community and my fellow volunteers; it is these connections we build with other people that dispel our trivial differences and reassure us of our common humanity. Only by doing so can we attain the purpose of the program and become a global community.”

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Too Much Technology: Google glass gone too far? by Sumaiya Mubarack

From owning a PC to wearing headphones in public, technology has always had a rocky introduction to society before becoming completely indispensable. Chained to our smartphones and glued to our tablets, society will now take on a new innovation that is both fascinating and frightening the public: Google Glass. Google Glass, touted as providing an “augmented reality” for users, essentially is a wearable, interactive search engine mounted to the top right corner of glasses frames. The apparatus also includes a battery, microphone, GPS, embedded camera, and a futuristic bone induction sound system. It is operated using natural voice commands that will allow users to take pictures, record video, share media, and use Google applications like Maps and Hangout, all from the perspective of the user. By saying “OK, Glass,” and providing a command, Google Glass provides a hands-free way for users to access information nearly effortlessly. Over time, Glass can accumulate data about interests and habits and actually anticipate users’ searches and needs, even based on their location and the time of day. The technology is being developed by Google X Lab, which is also working on developing driverless

Illustration by Angela Ding

cars. They will be putting consumer versions of Glass priced at around $750 for sale by the end of 2013, and will officially launch the product by the beginning of 2014, at around $1500. Initially, interest piqued when Glass was first demonstrated in the summer of 2012, but now criticism of the product is mounting. The motives of an ultimately profit- seeking corporation gathering so much data from Glass users is questionable, though Google did say they have no plans to insert advertising through the use of the device. Beyond that, the organization “Stop

t h e Cyborgs” was created in the hopes of banning the technology, and it cites several reasons for its opposition. It claims that Glass can eliminate privacy altogether, in that you can’t tell if you’re being photographed or recorded through Glass, whereas a smartphone needs to be openly held up to do so. Additionally, the information about the wearer collected by the device can potentially be shared with others, and there is the issue of one’s virtual reality and personality becoming

indiscernible from those in real life. Sophomore Olivia Murillo reflects on this concern, saying, “Google Glass is an intriguing idea. I think that technology has greatly changed the modern age and I hope that it will continue to, but my only concern is that humans will rely on it for everything.” Safety concerns also arise, ranging from distraction while driving to potential eyestrain. Glass can potentially interfere with driving capability, especially among younger users who are less experienced. Google, however, claims that Glass can enhance the driving experience by providing voice commands for turn-by-turn navigation. Since the issue is so similar to texting and driving laws, the Google Glass may be subject to similar legislation in the future. It’s clear that Google Glass will need to answer many questions and address new challenges in the coming months. Change can be a daunting prospect, and the question is whether a “new normal” will shape itself around this new idea, or it will simply be a fad item that drifts out of peoples’ minds fleetingly after the launch date. One can only wait and see.

Amigos Adventure Across the Americas by Natalie Dybeck

This summer three San Marin thousands of dollars. Amigos is an a project of their choice. I will also be Amigos enables students to have unique students will be immersed in a different international, non-profit organization working with the children and educating experience that many people will never culture while participating in Amigos de that has been in operation for 48 years them on important topics relating to the have otherwise. The program teaches las Américas. Junior Mackenzie Morris, and has sent more than 25,000 Amigos environment. On top of that, I will be students multi-cultural understanding, senior Laura Darken, and junior Avery volunteers (high school and college organizing fundraisers in community to and allows students to make a difference Abel have been preparing for their students) to develop leadership skills and help pay for materials to complete the in the world. “This program is showing summer trip since October. Photo by Yugo Takamara me that the world is bigger Each girl will be going to a than Novato and that there different country in Latin are still so many places to see America. Darken, who and people to share stories participated in Amigos last with all over the world. It summer, will be venturing really changes the way you see to Coclé, Panama for six people in the best possible weeks, Morris to Oaxaca, way,” said Darken “I am so Mexico for eight weeks, and stoked for my summer...I Abel to Santiago, Dominic feel like it is an extremely Republic for seven weeks. unique opportunity! Amigos “We have weekly Amigos has already made me grow training meetings for two as a person, and that makes hours on Tuesdays, and me extremely happy.” said monthly retreats. At the Morris. Abel expressed meetings we talk about enthusiasm for her trip, tons of stuff to prepare she said, “I am excited to us… like safety, cultural improve my Spanish because sensitivity, the difference my goal is to become fluent, between help and support,” to live in a brand new culture, said Morris. During the and to see how other people (From left) Laura Darken, Avery Abel, and Mackenzie Morris display Latin American flags. training sessions, Darken in the world live besides has been able to facilitate many of Americans. I am really nervous, but increase multi-cultural understanding project,” said Darken. Morris’s project the meetings and share her experiences through training and community service will be focusing on youth and community I know it will open my mind so much from her last trip with all of the other in Latin America. health. “I can’t wait to support my and make me a better person. volunteers to help better prepare them Morris, Darken, and Abel have Darken, Morris, and Abel will community!” exclaims Morris. Abel for the summer. all be helping the community they are said, “ I am going to create a project been preparing since October for their The girls also had to help raise staying with throughout their trip. “I based around what the community summer trip were they will be immersed funds in order to participate in the will be living with a host family and needs. I also am going to be teaching in a different culture while participating Amigos program and through product collaborating with the members of kids about service learning and children’s in Amigos de las Américas. sales and a letter writing campaign raised the community to plan and carry out rights, every day for a few hours.”

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A Name Without Fame: Meet SM’s Own Celebs Photos by Niko Walas and Camille Pflugradt

by Angela Ding and Paige Taul

Morgan Friedman, Freshman Celebrity: Morgan Freeman, Actor “I totally look up to Morgan Freeman. I especially like Morgan Freeman’s voice. I’ve seen every one of his movies, my favorite is Batman Begins.”

Bruce Lee, Sophomore Celebrity: Bruce Lee, Martial Artist

“I tend to have a quick temper, but much like the legendary Bruce Lee I practice Wing-Chun to help funnel that aggression.”

Jack Johnson, Sophomore Celebrity: Jack Johnson, Singer/Songwriter “I don’t really admire Jack Johnson [the musician] or even really listen to his music. If anything I look up to the boxer Jack Johnson...especially cause he fought for civil rights.””

Marilyn Monroy, Senior Celebrity: Marilyn Monroe, Actress

“I enjoy the attention people give me when they find out I have a similar name as Marilyn Monroe.”

Seven Days Without a Cell by Camille Pflugradt

Everyday technology consumes our lives. For me, I depend on my iPhone for everything. It’s my alarm clock, it’s my calendar for my work schedules, it where I write my homework assignments, , it’s my iPod, it’s my everything. I use it almost all day every day and I even have started to carry my charger around. Because I am so dependent on it I decided it would be interesting to give it up for a week. So, starting on Sunday February 3rd at 12:00 a.m., I shut off my iPhone and started my seven days without my cell.

Day 5:

I woke up and when I checked the time I realized I had slept in a lot later. I usually get woken up early in the morning by texts or notifications from my phone. After that I had to use my house phone to call my friends. After a long hike I went home, did my homework without any help from texting people with questions I had, and went to bed. I didn’t check my Instagram, my Facebook, etc. Instead I decided to open up one of the SAT books that had been collecting dust on my bedside table. The next morning I woke up in a panic not having my phone alarm so I sprang up and was relieved that it was only 6:30. Then I made a note to self to get an alarm clock.

Day 7:

Day 1:

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This morning was the same. Wake up, turn off my old alarm clock, and get ready for school. This day in precalculus I didn’t have my calculator. Usually I just use my calculator on my phone but the whole time I was about ten steps behind everyone else trying to figure out how to do the equations without one. Later that day my house phone rang and it was my work calling to remind me I had a shift in fifteen minutes. Having no idea because my work schedule is on my phone calendar I sprung up and rushed to work.

Finally it had arrived. After a week of writing homework assignments on binder paper and my hands, and waking up to the blurry sound of the radio, not being able to text, no Instagram, using my house phone for everything, I was getting my phone back. Not having my iPhone made almost everything more difficult it seemed. But I also realized that throughout the week I was a lot more productive and focused without all the Teen counts down the days until the reunion with her cell phone. distractions it brings. I practically counted down the hours and when the clock struck twelve I turned my phone on.

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Society Under Fire: A review of Fahrenheit 451 by Chloe Cheng

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 was a pleasure to read because many themes in the novel are relevant to our society. The main theme of the novel is how electronic mass media is replacing reading and critical thinking. Fahrenheit is categorized as science fiction, but it connects to our current world more than sci-fi typically does. Fahrenheit 451 is centered around Guy Montag, a man who burns books for a living because books are forbidden. He loves his job until he meets a girl who hasn’t fallen for their government’s propaganda and has a mind of her own. Montag then turns on his government. Fahrenheit 451 explodes with truths about life and the way we live. The central theme of the novel is how mass media is overtaking thought. The visual and the sensory are becoming more important than reflection and analysis; this theme of decreasing levels of thought and increasing attraction to the visual is extremely applicable to our world. In both Bradbury’s world and our world, the mass media is simple because if something is to have mass, then it must be able to reach the whole population, and not everyone in the population can handle complexity. On Facebook, people post statuses asking why life can’t be simple; on Instagram, teens tell their stories through pictures because either words no longer suffice or teens don’t know how to use words to express themselves anymore. Well truth is, life isn’t simple and can never be because complexity is what makes us human. Truth is, words will always be better at expressing thoughts than pictures; even pictures need captions. Sophomore Christine Coll said, “Life should never be simple. I don’t think people would find it to be as interesting or would even think there’s a point in it if it was so easy to figure out.” In this world of mass media, we are becoming a culture obsessed with simplicity and the visual. But the greatest books, the greatest ideas, and the greatest people have been and are complex. In addition to simplicity, our media and the media referred to in Fahrenheit are concise, which leads to shorter attention spans and impatience. Newspapers are brief, tabloids and digests exist, books are cut shorter and condensed, classics that took a lifetime to write are transformed into one-hour movies. We cannot handle

long novels, we cannot handle long movies, we cannot handle long newspaper articles, and we cannot handle sitting still. School must be shortened, and mental activity must be decreased in exchange for sports and entertainment. Nowadays, schools turn out more athletes than critics or creators. Life is immediate. There is no time to think. The TV dominates the mass media in Bradbury’s society and our society. When one watches the TV, there is no time to think because the TV moves at such a fast rate that our brains click off and we let the TV push its ideas onto us. We let the TV bombard us with sensation, which substitutes for thinking. People cannot think analytically when they are being shot with information. And that is why reading is critical. Books can be closed at any time if one wants to reflect on its contents; books can be refuted with logic and reason. The main problem in Bradbury’s society and our society is that the value of reading is depreciating in the public’s eyes. In Fahrenheit, the public stops reading because it wants to and not because the government forces them to; this holds frightening similarity to our current society where mass media is starting to replace book reading. In addition, it is not the government but the minorities in Fahrenheit that start demanding censorship, and the same thing is happening in our world. Authors must not upset anyone when they write; authors must not upset the Catholics, the Muslims, the Mormons, the Norwegians, the Americans, the cat lovers, or the teachers. However, if every minority censored the parts of books they found offensive, there would be nothing left, which is what happens in Fahrenheit and what might happen in our world. Bradbury fears this because “reading is at the center of our lives. The library is our brain. Without the library, you have no civilization.” It is thought that differentiates humans from other animals, and it is reading that encourages thought. Bradbury wrote that some people want to grow on flowers and perfection but that it is those who grow on rain and soil who flourish. So seek the depths, dig in, and root beneath the surface. Think about reading Fahrenheit 451.

“Electronic mass media is replacing reading and critical thinking.”

Rude Fans Offend Players Cheering section turns mean by Julia Raven It’s the night of a big game and the students are already lining up outside the door to watch and support their team. As the cheering section fills to the top, the players from both teams run out and are either greeted by cheers or booing. I can’t say much about the other teams crowd, but as soon as the players come out our side is filled with loud insults and people making fun of the team, either in appearance or their ability to play. While I love a big cheering section and feels that it shows great school spirit to go out a support your team, I think that students cross a line from being supportive to being rude and unjustly mean once they stop supporting their own team and start yelling offensive things at the players of another. It is a lot of fun when all of the students yell things like, “I believe that we will win” but it’s not fun anymore when the students yell things like “You wear short shorts” to the tallest player of another team or even start yelling that a specific player has acne on their back. Even though it’s all in fun overall and the students are just trying to have a good time and distract the other team, it does affect how the community sees San Marin

and it doesn’t only hurt the players on the other team, but the family and friends who came to watch them. Marin Catholic senior and basketball player Patrick Conroy said, “San Marin had a pretty decent section this year especially against us. I don’t think it really crosses the line when they yell at the players because the players are more focused on the game than the fans. But when they start to say offensive stuff to the players it’s a bit too far.” When asked if a bad cheering section makes a bad name for a school, Conroy said, “Yeah, I think that when they say offensive things it gives them a bad reputation. Especially since the parents and the other school hear all the bad things said.” San Marin senior and basketball player Noah Everly said, “I think that it’s all part of the game. No matter what you do or how you play, someone in the stands is always going to rip on you.” But he also states that the parents do often get angry when they hear the comments, “Like all moms, my mom is super protective and thinks it’s mean that students yell rude things at players.” The main reason I think that this is a bad characteristic for a school

is because we are hypocrites. If another school starts to yell offensive things at our players insulting their appearances or other qualities, our fans get incredibly annoyed and I hear people say things such as, “Don’t they know that their parents are watching?” We tend to think certain things the other students do are crossing the line, but we love to do them ourselves. Conroy said, “The students should do more cheers that pump up their players instead of trying to degrade the players of other teams.” I agree because people get so wrapped up in the other teams that they don’t even realize they haven’t cheered for their own team until half way through a quarter. Just remember when going to a game, in the end, it is just a game. It’s fun and when it’s over we all get to go home and don’t even have to think about it anymore but the player who was insulted is going to feel bad about themselves and feel bitter at our school even if they end up winning. Since it is just a game overall, show good sportsmanship and respect the other team, if not, then don’t be so shocked and annoyed when they do the same things to us.

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Make Friends Not Foes: Violence is never the answer by Garbo Gan

Illustration by Garbo Gan

Hatred may destroy us. A few weeks ago, there were a handful of fights want to see become of our planet? Perhaps, we might in school, most of them over very petty things. I saw just find ourselves in the midst of it soon enough. many of us hurry towards the huddle, with excitement The escalating “diplomatic” tension between written over our faces. A friend next to me remarks, North Korea and South Korea has recently been of “it’s the American form of entertainment.” note to many, and it is quite possible that our generation Why do the bystanders cheer? Is it because it will not make it through without a major war in our is fun to watch? If it were bulldog fighting as a blood lifetime. We could be having breakfast at the table sport, we might have condemned it, but how different one morning when a detonated nuclear bomb in San is it watching people tear at each other? Is that what we Francisco wipes us off the face of earth.

Flipped Instruction with a Flipped Opinion by Katherine Minkiewicz

Usually when you enter a classroom you sit down, take out a notebook and get ready to absorb the lesson that will ensue. However, for some classes this is beginning to change. A flipped classroom, or flipped instruction is a new teaching method that is starting to gain popularity. Instead of listening to a lesson in class you listen to that lesson at home, on the computer and take notes to prepare you for the next day, which would consist of doing class work about that topic you saw the night before or taking a quiz on the material. For example if you were in, lets say a math class, and asked to watch a 30-minute video on the quadratic formula, it might just bore you to sleep. And lets say that after watching this video you have to take an online assessment to confirm that you really watched it, well now you have to watch that video over again because you fell asleep. Watching a video on YouTube, also threatens you with distractions. When you’re on YouTube watching a video there is a list of videos on the right hand side that might peak your interest, so instead of watching the Pythagorean theorem video, you watch two hours worth of videos on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Now its twelve o’ clock at night and you still have to sit through that Pythagorean

video and take the quiz on it. Exasperated, you finally start to watch the video, you take notes, but still some questions arise. So now discouraged and tired, you just take the quiz and fill in random answers, hoping some light will be shed on the topic in the morning. While this scenario allows students to do their homework in class, and do the lessons at night, they’re still left with a lot of work to do at home. While watching a video on the Declaration of Independence could be informative, it can’t give you the full lesson experience you would get with your teacher, where you can ask questions, have class discussions, and get help directly from the teacher on the topic of the day. Even though some kids would rather watch a video in the comforts of their home than listen to a lecture, I still believe that good oldfashioned lectures are more beneficial. I always enjoy lectures, even if it is on punnett squares, the Pythagorean theorem or the Battle of Waterloo. There’s just something about hearing a teacher rattle on about the topic they love. Lessons and lectures also can be very entertaining; from various life stories of teachers, or even a rap about Charles Darwin can be oh so satisfying, and intellectually rewarding.

If there were a major war, we could just blame the government. As much as the world may seem to be out of our control, each one of us makes up “the people”. We pick individuals from our society to represent us on the international scale. Will our generation grow up to pick good people from our pool who are suitable for the job? Consider the incidents in another light. When it gets dark tonight, step out under the sky. Chances are, we will see stars. From where we stand, from Earth, they are grains of glitter against a deep mauve cloth. The distance is unthinkable. Some are bigger than the sun. Some of them which appear to shine so bright may have already died, while the light we see are waves that have traveled years to reach our eyes. From our point of view, we are the center of the universe. But in the face of the universe, we are but specks of dust. With that in mind, we could say that nothing we do is inherently significant. We don’t have the capability to fully understand the workings of the universe or the reason we came to exist. However, we give our lives meaning. The human species has come far doing good things with technology, improving food yield, providing potable water, and researching miracle cures for oncedeadly diseases. Yet, we are also prey to the grasps of human weaknesses, of selfishness, jealousy, and vice, which may all tear apart the world we’ve built up over the course of civilization. The world needs peacemakers, not haters. We could be at the verge of war, each of us unaware, yet contributing to the general atmosphere that dissipates hate and violence, instead of love and kindness.

Letter to the Editor

Tough teacher treatment As an AP student, I understand that my teachers want to see their students try their hardest and, hopefully, take the AP test. However, a recent incident has left me shocked and appalled at the strategies that teachers use to persuade their students. In one AP class, the teacher asked those who were not taking the AP test to raise their hands. Said teacher then proceeded to point at each individual student and tell them that they were wrong for not taking the test. While I understand that it is disappointing to find out that certain students are not taking the AP test, I feel that targeting students is extremely wrong and offensive. Students have valid and personal reasons for not taking the AP test. Some students simply cannot afford to take the test, and while there are ways to get scholarships and other funding, each student’s situation is unique. Some students know that the college they are going to will not accept AP credit or that their major requires the class to be taken again anyway. I have my own personal reasons for not taking certain AP tests, and I feel that it is my right to make that decision. I know many teachers here at San Marin are very good at positively encouraging students to do their best, but I just wanted to bring this recent event to light to point out that this is not the way to get a message across to students. Individual

targeting is disrespectful, insulting, and, ultimately, counter-productive. Students respect teachers who treat them as conscious intellectuals. As AP tests approach, I just want to remind teachers that yes, we AP students recognize the need to do our best, and I want to thank those teachers that motivate students using more positive methods; we really appreciate your consideration and compassion. Sincerely, Anonymous San Marin Student


In 1951, women made about 64 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Students Protest Segregation at Columbia: 1960 From the Global Nonviolent Action Database

The campaign to desegregate Columbia began February 14-15, 1960, when students at Allen University and Benedict College (two black schools in Columbia) held rallies to protest school and community segregation. These two protests merged into a larger action, which drew several hundred students. Encouraged by the success of this first action, the two schools continued to collaborate on organizing protests, and on March 2 approximately fifty students participated in lunch counter sit-ins at two department stores. The very next day, five hundred students gathered together to protest. Two hundred of them marched to the main business center of the city where all the businesses had closed in preparation for their arrival. Intimidated by this string of successes, white youth drove past Allen University the next night (March 4), and proceeded to burn a cross and throw bricks at one of the school buildings. This prompted retaliation from black students, who violently attacked a white drive-in restaurant and broke car windows. This appears to have been the only violence by black students over the course of the campaign. In reaction to that violence, the Mayor of Columbia announced he would arrest anyone caught protesting and student leaders at Allen and Benedict

temporarily called off protests. On March 5, however, students from Claflin and South Carolina State colleges formed the South Carolina Student Movement Association. The South Carolina Student Movement Association’s stated goal was to collaborate with all South Carolina black schools in order to bring about integration. This group would take a leadership role in much of the student organizing over the next few months. At a storefront sit-in in February of 1961, police arrested twelve students. Thirteen more, who had gathered outside the jail in order to welcome back their fellow organizers, were also taken into custody. Students became more active in organizing over the next few months. At a regional NAACP conference in Greenville, student leaders planned a large-scale action to take place in at the Columbia State House on March 2. At the protest, a student leader explained that the goal of the action was to bring public attention to the problem of segregation. Over 200 student protestors attended and nonviolently sang hymns as they marched in the streets. Students circled the building once before they were ordered to leave, but once they refused to disperse police arrested 187 of them (one source claims 193) on

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Students at Columbia riot. the charge of “disturbing the peace.” Testimony from the police chief overseeing the protest implies students’ singing and stomping may have caused fear of violence among the onlookers, although there were no reports of actual violence. Three days after the protest, whites attacked two black student leaders. One, a Benedict student named Lennie Glover, was seriously injured. The attackers were never caught. The duration of the boycott is unclear, yet despite the strong economic effect it had on local businesses, the area remained segregated.

Boy Scouts of America Anti-gay Policies: 1980 From The Paisano

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Since creation, Boy Scouts of America has implemented policies that prohibit atheists, agnostics and homosexuals from becoming members. Organization leadership believes that by allowing these groups into BSA, the fundamental principles would be broken. BSA has denied membership to or has revoked existing membership of boys who display these traits. The organization strongly believes that these traditional policies are essential in its mission to teach young boys about the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Both state and federal courts have supported these policies. The organization has chosen to deny Original Boy Scouts protest having openly gay members. affiliation with homosexuals as early as 1980. In the California Supreme Court case Curran v. Mount in place for gay members and leaders,” said Stephen L. Diablo Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Timothy Schmidt, a senior prebusiness major and member of Curran, a former Eagle Scout, was disqualified from the the GLBTQ community at UTSA. “The main reason, assistant scoutmaster position after he publicly stated as I understand, for the ban is the scouting code of that he was a homosexual and “publicly expressed his honor that includes the line “keep myself... morally commitment to communicating to others his view as to straight.” the acceptability and morality of homosexuality.” The “If the board capitulates to the bullying BSA stated that this ideology conflicted with its official of homosexual activists, the Boy Scouts’ legacy of position that homosexuality is immoral. producing great leaders will become yet another “I do not agree that the BSA should have a ban casualty of moral compromise,” said Tony Perkins,

president of the Family Research Council, to the New York Times, “The Boy Scouts should stand firm.”
 In an attempt to gain insight, BSA nationally surveyed members about the gay ban, the opening statement of the survey claims that the organization does not allow members “who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.” One survey question asked, “Is it acceptable or unacceptable for a gay adult leader to take adolescent boys on an overnight camping trip?” Another survey question created a scenario of a religious Boy Scout whose troop believes that homosexuality is wrong. It then asked, “Steve, an openly gay youth, applies to be a member in the troop and is denied membership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this troop to deny Steve membership?” Parents filling out the survey could choose one of the following as a response: totally acceptable, somewhat acceptable, neither acceptable or unacceptable, somewhat acceptable or totally unacceptable. While many parents and volunteers said it’s unacceptable, former presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed that allowing gay boys in the Boy Scouts would, “leave the Scouts’ core hollowed out.”

Today, women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.


First Integrated Prom in Georgia: 2013 From New York Daily News

Students at one Georgia high school are still fighting racial segregation. A group of black and white teens at Wilcox County High School in Rochelle have banded together to organize the school’s first-ever integrated prom almost 60 years after the landmark court case “Brown vs. Board of Education” declared separate was inherently unequal. Even though they share the same classroom, historically, there have been two separate proms and homecoming — one for whites and one for blacks. The teens, Stephanie Sinnot and Keela Bloodworth, who are white, and Mareshia Rucker and Quanesha Wallace, who are black, said they have been friends since the fourth grade and want go to prom together, a quintessential end-of-senior-year event. “We are all friends,” said Sinnot. “That’s just kind of not right that we can’t go to prom together.” This year, there will still be two proms - one white and one integrated. Wilcox County High School does not actually sponsor either dance, and the event relies on private donations, fundraising efforts and organization from parents and students. Because the event is privately funded and not held in the high school, organizers can

choose who enters the dance. “I think it’s more of the personal opinions of those involved,” Rochelle City Councilman Wayne McGuinty told WGXA-TV. “I don’t think there is an effort made to keep black kids out of the white prom

If a black person attempted to walk into the white prom, organizers “would probably have the police come out there and escort them off the premises.” and to keep white kids out of the black prom.” McGuinty said when he was a student, there were three dances, a black prom and two white proms because students could not agree if they wanted a live band or a disc jockey. But Bloodworth said if a black person attempted to walk into the white prom, organizers “would probably have the police come out there and escort them off the premises.” Just last year, a

biracial student was turned away from the white prom, according to WGXA-TV. There are hints of change. Last year, instead of electing two homecoming kings and queens, the school decided to elect one. But there still two separate homecoming dances. Wallace was elected homecoming queen. “I felt like there had to be a change,” Wallace told WGXA-TV. “For me to be a black person and the king to be a white person, I felt like why can’t we come together?” Even though she was homecoming queen, Wallace was not invited to the white dance. It’s still an uphill fight even among the student population, as posters for the integrated prom have been torn down from walls. Rucker told WALB-TV she would like the actions of the Class of 2013 to serve as a precedent for future graduating classes and inspire change at the school. “Hopefully, it rubs off,” Rucker said. “I feel like they will carry it on and keep doing the same thing so that we won’t fall back in the ways we were previously.” Another report from the station stated the school offered to host an integrated prom, but would allow private segregated proms to continue. Photos courtesy of Google Images

Boy Scouts Propose Lifting Ban on Gays: 2013 From Yahoo News The Boy Scouts of America on Friday moved to partially lift its long-standing ban on gays, with a decision that would allow openly gay youth members but continue to bar gay adults in one of the largest youth serving organizations in America. If the resolution is approved in a nationwide vote in May, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” Deron Smith, the organization’s spokesman, told Reuters. The report found religious groups linked to the Scouts were concerned with homosexual adult leaders not with youth and concluded “a change in the membership policy specific to youth only would be consistent with the religious beliefs of the BSA’s major chartered organizations.” Gay rights groups want the ban lifted for youth and adults and the proposal immediately drew criticism. “By refusing to consider an end to its ban on gay and lesbian parents, the Boy Scouts have missed an opportunity to exercise leadership and usher the organization back to relevancy,” said Rich Ferraro,

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Vice President of Communications at GLAAD, which promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. While the issue remains divisive, “parents, adults in the Scouting community, and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting,” concluded the study, which surveyed members, parents, religious groups and local councils. “It wasn’t very long ago that these guys stood before the Supreme Court and said that denying gays membership was a fundamental cornerstone belief of their organization,” Boyle added, citing a 2000 Supreme Court ruling that granted the Boy Scouts the right to uphold their membership policy. Though it is unlikely to put the debate to rest, the BSA’s vote in May will conclude months of public and internal debates that divided the youth group’s organizers, polarized its corporate and religious sponsors, and placed the organization at the center of a nationwide debate over gay rights. Chuck Small, a BSA adult leader and the parent of 10- and 12-year-old scouts in South Carolina, welcomed the latest change.

Until 2013, openly gay boys were not allowed to be in Boy Scouts. “It’s a hard and divisive issue, but what it comes down to is that we learn more from people who are different from us than people who are like us,” Small said. “I want my boys to have that opportunity to learn from as many people as possible.”

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Mountain Biking Rides Out of the Shadows by Lauren O’Brien

Usually when people think of a school club, they think of a couple kids camaraderie seen in this close-knit group is visible as there are no team captains. sitting in an empty classroom discussing bake sales or field trips or which movie Also unlike many San Marin sports, there isn’t much of a rivalry with Novato high. to watch next, and but no one really thinks of speeding down the hills throughout The two clubs often practice together. Marin. This is exactly what the San Marin Mountain Bike club does. This club is Even if not very many people have heard of the mountain bike club; they have more like a team as it practices three days a week and competes in the Nor Cal been doing quite well so far. Junior Matt Eurbentraut racing in the varsity class, High School League. It can even be used for letterman athletic points, earning ranked in the top ten in all of the races that the club has participated in so far. just as much credit as a varsity sport. But the people who compete with the In the JV class, sophomore Patrick Murphy has placed in the top five and junior Mountain bike club don’t compete for the school credits, they ride to ride. “Even Ross Harrington has ranked in the top ten. Many of the riders consistently rank Photos courtesy of San Marin Mountain Biking in the top twenty though we practice Tuesday, Thursday, five. “Some of and Saturday, the the fields have talented kids ride 90+ racers. The almost every day,” NorCal league says Junior Ross which the kids Harrington. compete has some The reason of the strongest/ that students fastest high school participate in this XC mountain club is because of bike racers in the their own passion US. It’s extremely for the sport. competitive, so Even though this a top 20 type of group competes finish is quite the for San Marin and accomplishment,” receives varsity says head points, mountain coach Craig biking is not seen Anderson. The as an MCAL sport. team competes But the riders against all of the don’t mind that teams in Marin they can never County who are have one of those in the league, then From left to right: Matt Erbentraut and Patrick Murphy. triangular banners hanging in the gym. “To be honest I don’t care. Biking can be moving up to regional, and then state competitions. In the past the team has been an individual sport. You don’t need a team to do it,” Ross Harrington said. Even quite successful, having ranked thirteenth in the state last year. if the club doesn’t need to ride together, they practice and compete as a team, “We would be in top three schools in northern California if we had girls because of they all enjoy riding with each other. because their scores are worth triple the boys,” said Ross Harrington. There are “Well, the reason why nobody hears about it is because it’s a “club” as currently no girls on the team, but it is technically a coed sport. “We do not have the school calls it and it’s a very tight group. We all know each other and have any girls racing on the team this season, so out of 4 possible scores we are only been close since before high school and I think that’s the reason why nobody allowed 3 scores. If we were to add one solid girl score to the boys scores, it would does it. We are all kind of a family in a sense,” says junior Sebastian Bauer. The place SMHS in the top 3 to 5 out of 30 D2 teams,” said Anderson.

Soccer Slides into Winter by Julia Raven

Cartoon by Angela Ding

Starting in two years, soccer will be a winter sport. Principal Adam Littlefield said, “It would be within the CIF soccer season-of-sport (either Fall or Winter) and align with playoffs for more NCS schools. Girls would have the possibility of an NCS playoff beyond the BCS. The girls’ section championship would be a true championship, not just one between two leagues.” This would allow the players to use the field more often, but it has been met with differing opinions from the players. Freshman and varsity soccer player Manny LaCarruba said, “I understand why they are doing it, but I prefer soccer in the fall.” Paula Lara said, “I’m not okay with it because my club team also plays in the winter and it will be hectic with both boys and girls playing. I also think that it will affect the amount of players on the team because many people will choose club soccer which is more competitive.” The girls’ soccer team has already had trouble getting enough players during their spring season

and the players are worried as they look two years ahead and see their numbers dwindle even more. The boys also realize that their team may lose players, Senior John Ibsen said, “The fall is great for soccer because of the weather. No one really wants to play soccer in the rain so I think that people might stop playing.” Whether or not moving soccer to winter will allow the players to have more time to practice on the field or if it will cause the team numbers to dwindle, both San Marin and the other schools we play voted to move the sport because they felt that it would give the players the best chance to have a great season.


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Spring Sports Gear Up for Success at MCALs by Jackson Grover Girls’ Softball - Record: 9-2

Performance so far: We are playing really strong ball, we’re a young team, but we’ve come together really well. Expectations: We have some pretty good teams in our league, however I think we have a good shot at NCS.

Track and Field - Record: Boys- 3-5 Girls- 1-7 Performance so far: We have good and solid talent, just no depth. Expectations: We are on target for Personal Record for metals at San Marin. We expect a lot of our athletes to place in the top 10 at MCAL’s.

Boys’ Tennis - Record: 0-12

Performance so far: Having 6 boys who have never played on a team was challenging. Our expectation weren’t unrealistic. Expectations: We will be moving on to individual MCAL’s within the coming weeks. Several player have strong opportunites to win events.

Boys’ Baseball - Record: 7-4

game. Recently we beat Drake, who was undefeated up until that point. Expectations: Hope to get to the playoffs but we won’t know how strong our chances are until the end of the regular reason.

Girls’ Soccer - Record: 0- 10 Performance so

far: We’re getting better, due to the low numbers it is making it more difficult than we had hoped. But we’re just out there to have fun. Expectations: Have fun and score more goals.

Boys’ Golf - Record: 8-6

Performance so far: We are playing very well, and are very competitive with every other team in the league. Expectations: Do well in the playoffs, and continue to keep having fun while playing.

Boys’ Volleyball - Record: 6-6

Performance so far: We are playing really well and having a great time. Expectations: Keep playing well and having fun. Hopefully we will make the playoffs.

Performance so far: We are getting better with each

Boys’ Lacrosse - Record: 0-9

Performance so far: The team has performed well despite our record. We are a very young team with many new players. Our team is learning every day and getting better. Expectations: To get better every day. Take one game at a time and learn from it. Keep working hard in practice.

Swimming - Record: Boys- 3-4 Girls- 3-4

Performance so far: Each swimmer has brought their own contributions, making this year’s team one worth watching. Not only are they good swimmers, but they are great individuals. Expectations: We expect to see the efforts from their hard work place them in the top half at MCALs.

Girls’ Lacrosse - Record: 1-6 Performance so far: We are a young team and are rebuilding. We have improved immensely and are developing an incredible team dynamic. Expectaions: Finish out the season strong and continue enjoying the game. Photos courtesy of San Marin Yearbook

From left to right: Dom Balestrieri, Jordan Kulp, Erik Pfiefer and Bryce Calabrese, and DemiRae Bacho

Heard from the Herd: Answers from the Athletes by Rachel DeFilippis

Photos by Niko Walas

1) What is your favorite sports team? 2) What is your TV guilty pleasure? 3) What celebrity would you Facebook stalk? 4) What is your favorite season?

Andrew Ding Tennis

Jesse Andros Softball

Patty Dougherty Swimming

Evan Triantafyllos Soccer

Jessica Arango Track

1) Miami Heat

ASU Sun Devils Softball


Miami Heat


Barcelona Soccer

2) Chopped


Pretty Little Liars

Duck Dynasty

The Big Bang Theory


3) Stephen Curry

Ryan Sheckler

Buster Posey

Brooklyn Decker

Adam Levine

Jennifer Lawrence

4) Summer






Leo Goldin Volleyball


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April 25, 2013 • Page 12

Love is Blind

Two San Marin Students go on a blind date to the beach by Camille Pflugradt and Nicole Zona

Starting off the date junior Jack Hazelton and sophomore Maisy Bennett were both not sure what to expect. Hazelton was excited both for a trip to the beach and to see who his mystery date was but also debating how well a date with a stranger would turn out. Bennett was skeptical as well but went in with the attitude to make the best of this unusual situation. The date was set up for the two to meet at the flag pole in the front of school. When they realized who their date was for the afternoon they were both pleasantly surprised. The two then had about an hour to get to know each other better as Hazelton drove them to Stinson Beach. When they arrived at the beach, they set up their blankets to sit on, set down their football, frisbee, and other beach activities they brought along, and pulled out the potato chips and sodas they brought to snack on. Having a fun day at the beach, they got to know each other better while sticking their toes in the water, passing around a football, and arguing over what genre of music to listen to on Jack's iPod. Hazelton at first offered country but Maisy

Rate the date? Maisy- 9 Jack-9

Second date?

Maisy- "Actually, we already have one planned!" Jack- "Yeah, definitely!"

Favorite part?

Maisy- "Taking pictures and the drive to the beach." Jack- "Playing games and sharing the milkshake."

Photos by Camille Pflugradt

declined saying she preferred hip-hop. Hazelton responded, "That’s my second favorite! " After working up an appetite they walked over to Parkside Snack Bar and got burgers and a vanilla milkshake to share. When sharing the shake Bennett, being from London, joked, "This is so American!" When they were finished they walked back to the beach and began to realize they had a lot more in common than they thought, such as similar senses of humor, interests, and what they like to do for fun like going out and hanging out with friends. They laid on the sand listening to Rebelution on repeat and people watching, laughing and enjoying each others company. The date ended with a walk down the beach where they wrote their names in the sand and found a hammock to lie in and watch the sunset. They laid together as the beach became dark and then packed up and made their way back home. Hazelton dropped off Bennett at her house and walked her to the door. With the attempt of a goodnight kiss the two agreed to save the opportunity for next time. Both pleasantly surprised with how well the blind date turned out and looking forward to what this, at first skeptical experience, will bring them.


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Mr. Swedlow English Department




by Amanda Cardy

Mrs. Fisher Art Department

Left: “Part of the symbols stand for Capricorn and others stand for strong independent woman. The symbols were drawn for me by a woman that I met and spent a lot of time with in Japan. I kept the paper she drew for about 5 or 6 years until I got this tattoo in 2003.”

Above: “I got this tattoo in 2002, it’s a Phoenix. I always identified with the idea of destruction and rebirth.”

Mrs. Blair Front Office

Upcoming Events April

26-Senior Fashion Show


3/4, 6, 10/11, 13-Spring Play 18-Prom 21-Spring Sports Awards 23-Music Spring Showcase

Above: “I got the turtle 13 years ago in Hawaii, the turtle represents the beach where we swam with turtles and the three hearts represent my husband, my daughter, and me. I got the paw print 2 years ago in Santa Cruz and it is a sketch of my dog’s paw print that passed away.”

Off to Oregon: SM drama tours Shakespeare festival

by Niko Walas

Over spring break, San Marin’s Drama class traveled to the Oregon Theater Festival in Ashland. There the class saw three well-known plays while staying in a typical English Bed & Breakfast located in the Downtown area. Drama teacher Ms. K explains the reasons for their trip, “We went to Ashland because I thought it would give us a true theater experience. Staying in a bed and breakfast was like being in Europe and we were surrounded by people who love the theater.” Students and chaperones left early Friday, April 12 and spent five hours driving north. That night, students attended a prologue explaining background information and then watched a performance of August Wilson’s play, Two Trains Running which analyzes racial and social struggles in the Southern US during the 1960’s. They then returned to the Bayberry Inn, owned by two Irish

Photo by Niko Walas

The drama students who made the trip to Ashland, Oregon.

immigrants. The following morning, students got a private tour of the three theaters and backstage, including the popular outdoor Elizabethan theater. In the afternoon, after another prologue, they attended an updated version of Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew, and then Alan Jay Lerner’s musical adaptation of Pygmalion; My Fair Lady. Sunday morning, the class returned home. Overall, the class had a wonderful time. Sophomore Bella Blofield says, “I really liked seeing plays with the professional actors and the backstage tour. It was cool seeing the famous Elizabethan theater, it was my favorite part!” Brad Walchi agrees, “I enjoyed seeing all the plays and the actors. It helped me see how much goes into producing a play and how to be a better actor.”


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April 25, 2013 • Page 14

New Titles Fail to Live Up to Expectations

by Amanda Cardy and Rachel DeFilippis Spring Breakers, a movie with a cast full of familiar faces acting in very unfamiliar roles. The well-known cast includes James Franco, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. Sex, drugs, and partying 24/7, this movie has it all, besides a plot. This movie is rated R and in total lasts an hour and a half, and until the last fifteen minutes there is no story going on. The cast is not the reason that this movie is a failure. All of the actors transform from their ‘normal’ roles into very convincing spring breakers and criminals for this movie. Most people won’t recognize that the character of Alien is played by Franco, he plays the role fashioning corn rows and silver grills covering his teeth, making him hardly recognizable. In addition to Franco, Benson, Gomez, and Hudgens all portray their characters well, but these characters are easier tackle. It seems this way since their whole part in the movie includes them partying, groping eachother and other people, and wearing ski pink ski masks while handling guns. The easiest way to sum up this movie is saying that it is based on four girls who want to stay on spring break forever. Surely a few of the girls get sick of Miami, drugs, and crime and leave. Other characters eventually make their way into the movie, and as soon as a plot finally shows up, ten minutes later the simple story line is put to an end. Beyond the lack of a story in this movie, if you have any issue with nudity, excess alcohol, drugs, guns, or violence then you should really not see this movie. If you still choose to see this movie, it will leave you saying “what just happened?”.

Stephanie Meyer’s novel, The Host, finally hit theaters and pushed vampires to the back row. This sci-fi love story tells the tale of a future earth dominated by an alien race and the human resistance involved to protect the few humans left on the planet. Main character Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) is Photos courtesy of Google Images human until she is captured by the aliens, called “souls.” Melanie’s mind is replaced by a soul named Wanderer, but instead of surrendering to Wanderer's control, Melanie continues to fight back and fills Wanderer’s mind with memories of Jared (Max Irons), the boy she loves. Wanderer begins to love Jared’s best friend Ian (Jake Able) and Melanie finds herself torn. Throughout the film, Melanie and Wanderer embark on a journey in which Melanie fights to protect her former life and the people in it, all while being chased by her “Seeker” (Diane Kruger). The film was captivating and high speed towards the beginning, but slowed down towards the middle. Melanie spends most of her time trying to prove her love to Jared and Ian starts to fall for Wanderer’s personality. The actors did a great job accurately portraying the characters in the novel, but the movie excluded exciting twists in the original story and so the film’s plot flat lined. The changes made from the novel to the film only hurt the movie, made it uninteresting and lulled viewers to boredom. Many viewers had low expectations because of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. Film adaptations can ruin the original novel and The Host just couldn’t capture the novel’s unique and futuristic storyline. It wasn't completely horrible but it was a letdown and should’ve been left as the fantastic novel that it is.

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April 25, 2013 • Page 15

Four Fool-Proof Steps to a Five Study Tips For AP Exams by Laura Darken

Illustration by Paige Taul

3. Cram Sleeping with your textbooks under your pillow in hopes of learning through osmosis does not actually work. Trust me, I’ve tried. Instead, put in a solid hour each day devoted to reviewing everything you’ve learned up until now. It may seem overwhelming, but start at the beginning and use AP prep books that go along with your textbooks. Read, highlight, make notes and whatever else you need to remember the information. Nothing can beat a distraction-free study sesh.

After surviving nearly 12 years of public school, it’s safe to say that I’ve been through my fair share of testing, including, but not limited, to those dreaded AP tests. As much as we’d all love to say we’ve been preparing for months and have been running flashcards in our free time, it’s safe to say we’re all a little behind. If you’re reading this and just remembering that your dreaded AP Biology exam is in less than a month, no fear; I have done the research for you (and learned from experience) the best way to prepare to score that 5.

4. Breathe In the midst of all the formulas, dates, and numbers you have swarming around in your head, take a second to just remember that even if you don’t do as well as you’d like on this test, you will not be put on display in the middle of campus for your peers to laugh at. It’s just a test. So when that wonderful day in May arrives, come wellrested, eat your brain foods (almonds anyone?), and give it your all.

1. Prioritize Decide what test you feel most unsure about. If you’re freaking out over AP US History, but feeling pretty confident about AP Language, then spend a good majority of your time reading up on the Great Depression. That doesn’t mean blow off all your other exams, but manage your time so you can study smarter, not harder. 2. Listen This may come as a surprise, but your teachers are standing up in front of the class every day and teaching you what will be on the test and how to study. As fun as split ends are to pick at during lectures,

paying attention once in a while will actually score you some extra knowledge and that “I get it” feeling. Plus the more times you hear or see something, the more likely you are to retain it. So start now.

*Note: I am not responsible for any less than spectacular scores. If you have study tips you’d like to share, message us on Facebook.

Alumni Spills the Hidden Truth About College by Justin Wax, class of 2012

All throughout high school, not a day goes by where your parents, teachers, and Mrs. Cunnie aren't in your face about college. By the end of my senior year, I felt like I could major in college: what college is, how it is, and how to survive it. After just my first semester as a freshman at Sonoma State University, I realized how wrong I was. There was so much about college that I thought I had all figured out. The resources that San Marin provides for students to learn more about college and what it is like helped me beyond belief. Without those resources, I would probably be finishing up my super-senior year right now. It is so completely different looking at college from the outside than looking at it from the inside as an actual college student. Times have changed, and so has the way college works. My point is that there is more information beyond belief that those of you thinking about pursuing a higher education might want to know. College is EXPENSIVE. Most of you don't have to worry about paying for your education, so enjoy that. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the money for a four year university. Those of you who find yourself wondering how you are going to pay tuition for the next four, or five years, take advantage of financial aid. It is FREE MONEY. What kid doesn't love free money? Even if your parents can afford college, fill out a FAFSA application just in case; you never know how much money you can save your parents. Mrs. Cunnie is the queen of financial aid: take advantage of her time and willingness to help you. The help you can receive from the college and career center goes a long, long way. Take advantage of the sources you have now, you won't have half of the sources in college! After receiving your financial aid packet and after your parents write that fat check to the school of your choice, there's even more money to spend: books. At SSU this year alone, I spent over five hundred dollars on books. Not five dollars, five HUNDRED. For BOOKS! A tip on college text books: if you happen to be taking a class with your roommate or a new friend, share the textbook with them. It saves you both tons of money and gives you someone to study with. Another tip: get a job. A few extra bucks will go a long way. The tips alone from my job easily would have paid for my books. College is expensive, but it is not impossible to pay for. The key to your success in college is time management. If time

management is something you have trouble with now, fix it. The average college student takes five classes four days a week. I have a job that I work four nights a week. Three day weekend with the occasional five hour shift = all the time in the world, right? WRONG. My time management skills were pretty weak going into college and it really affected my performance. You need to learn how to balance class time, work (if you chose to have a job, which I highly recommend), homework, midterms, papers, finals, and the three S's (which I will tell you all about later). I'm not saying high school is a piece of cake balancing all of these right now, I'm just informing you that it does get harder to do so. Time management is the key to being a successful college student. If time management is skill you need to work on, don't wait. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take advantage of those sources. You have teachers like Mrs. Taggard who are willing to stay after school to give you extra help, you have a college and career center where you can get any information about college that you could possibly need from Mrs. Cunnie, you have teachers like Mrs. Smith (English) who have been around the block quite a few times and know college like the back of their hands, you have teachers like Mr. Swedlow who teaches classes at SM like a normal college course. These are only some of the sources you have right in front of your face. Take advantage of them! They're teachers, it is their job to answer your questions and to help you. And then there are professors: whose job it is to lecture you for an hour or two and then go sit in their office for the few office hours that they have each week. College professors don't usually care if you go to their class or not, they don't care if you do their homework, and they don't care if you study for their midterms. They'll just fail you. Your high school teachers actually know who you are and care about you. They want you to succeed in high school and in college, so take advantage of them! I wouldn't be at a California State University if it weren't for the sources I took advantage of at San Marin. The final thing that they don't tell you about college are the three S's: Sleep, Studies, and Social life. As a college student, I promise you that you will sacrifice one of the three S's. Which one? Your choice. Learn how to balance these three elements. By conquering the three S's, college will be a breeze.

“The key to your success in college is time management. If time management is something you have trouble with now, fix it.”


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April 25, 2013 Illustration by Adrian Taul and Paige Taul

by Natalie Dybeck




POTTS PRINCECHARMING RAJAH REX SLEEPY SNEEZY SNOWWHITE by Amanda Cardy & Camille Pflugradt TIGGER On average a woman packs 26 excess TINKERBELL URSULA that she will not use for a vacation. WOODY

YAYS & NEIGHS a YAY to The Great Gatsby movie. DiCaprio can even make homework seem attractive. a YAY to Music Fridays. A new reason to eat lunch on campus. a YAY to The Man Who Came to Dinner. I know we’ll be staying for dessert. a YAY to Senior Dare Week. Nothing says school spirt like bringing your pet to school. a YAY to Earth day. A day for the hippies to rejoice. a YAY to Awkward returning. You’re welcome. a YAY to summer coming soon. Less than 40 school days holla. a YAY to Edgar Labrada. Three miles for a fantastic cause, we are all proud of you!

a NEIGH to all the loud construction. Testing will be hard enough without the background noise. a NEIGH to false weather forecasts. Nothings better rainboots in the sun. a NEIGH to upcoming tests. Who will be outside to enjoy the May flowers? a NEIGH to Shaine from Buckwild dying. There’s a pick up truck in heaven for him. a NEIGH to block scheduling. An hour of class is bad enough. a NEIGH to junior and freshman pilot testing. Ain’t nobody got time for dat.


The first product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum. Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people. Cat urine glows under a black light. The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined. Almonds are part of the peach family. A fully ripened cranberry can be bounced like a basketball.

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