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QUESTIONMAN How would you ask someone to prom?
“I would go straight up to her and ask her.” Mr. Mountain , Teacher
“Slide down a banner from the B building with flowers.” Jordan Wong, Class of 2011
“Skydive and ask, hopefully with Lightweight Pro.”
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Monday, February 28, 2011
Mateo meets Manhattan Jeremy Venook Opinion Editor
Decked out in customized orange and black scarves, over 100 Bearcats and parents took New York by storm with Ms. Tribuzi from Feb. 15 to Feb. 20 for the dance department’s biennial trip to Manhattan. In less than five days, 77 students from the Intermediate and Advanced Dance classes experienced just about everything New York City had to offer: a day devoted to dance classes of all conceivable styles at professional studios, master classes with cast members from Broadway musicals, and four of the most high-profile shows in town, plus tours of historical destinations like Ellis Island, Carnegie Hall, and the Apollo Theater. On Wednesday, we warded off jet lag with the explosive off-Broadway show Stomp, a percussive piece that has long been a staple on the fringe of the theater district. The next day, drum solos still ringing in our ears, we fanned out for classes at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center for tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, modern—you name it, somebody took a class in it. We saw what can only be described as a spectacular flop in the catastrophic Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. Friday was Memphis day as we first learned a routine from and later saw for ourselves last year’s Tony winner for Best Musical; we even got an onstage shout out from a departing cast member. Saturday saw students learning routines from two recently closed shows, West Side Story and Promises, Promises, and getting schooled in the basics of Stomp. That night, we split up again to see either the glamorous La Cage Aux Folles or the ghastly The Addams Family Musical, then met cast members including Harvey Fierstein, the 4-time Tony winner who wrote and starred in La Cage. Sunday included a trip to Ground Zero and a stroll across the Brooklyn
Chrissy Domingo and Alexis Quinney pose in front of the New York skyline.
Students Celebrate Diversity
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Dylan Babbs, Class of 2013
“Get fireworks to spell her name out in the sky.”
Christian Solorio, Class of 2014
Mateo’s immense diversity was celebrated during International Week which was jam-packed with our favorite foreign foods and outfits that transported students to a different country every day. Amidst all the festivities, students got the chance to donate to the Ashoka Penny Fundraiser which provides small business owners in impoverished countries with the investment they need. The sophomores won the class competition for raising money, which actually means that they had the least amount of negative points in the convoluted contest. The Junior class came in last. Overall we raised over $300 for Ashoka. “It is a time where we get to enjoy and savor
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Cami Mauricio and Tiara Fretty dance for the Poly Club during International Week.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Catfight: do “tiger mom” tactics work? Strict parenting is in Style--and effective Jean Fan Staff Writer
Give More compliments, Get better results Ann Zeng Guest Writer
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Since Amy Chua—more famously known as “Tiger Mom”—published her controversial parenting For the record, Amy Chua is good at teaching. book in January, it has been the talk of millions of American parents, many of whom have written She’s good at pushing people to the limit and breaking their own little barriers to go beyond what articles attacking her and her parenting techniques. they thought they could do. To them I say: give it a chance. She’s just bad at teaching children. What can I say? The ideology of many American parents seems to be to give your kids space, to let them flourish Her teaching methods chronicled in Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother can be a little strict, that’s and develop unique talents, and to constantly reassure them that they are special in their own way, lest undeniable. Calling her older daughter “garbage” in public is kind of a demoralizer. Forcing her they rebel and become drug-using alcohol-drinking younger daughter to play piano for hours on end hippies. Relative to that approach, Chua’s means to without bathroom breaks and meals makes you want raise smart and successful children is comparable to to smash the piano in half rather than sit there and torture. But no one can challenge the fact that Louisa actually play. and Sophia, her daughters, have turned into extremely However, even if we have difficulty grappling with capable women. Sophia, her elder daughter, has the idea, she is a mother. She does this because she performed in the prestigious Carnegie Hall, and has has high hopes for her children and she wants them had perfect grades to boot. to be the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the American parents feel intimidated by the superiority bee’s knees – but do her children know that? of Chua’s daughters. They look at their own children As an elementary schooler, it seems very unlikely and wonder, “Have I brought up the failures Chua that Sophia would understand that by “garbage,” her is talking about?” So, out of jealousy, they attack mother meant that she could do so much better, and Chua’s methods with sharp, pointy words, labeling she wasn’t doing it yet. That by “garbage,” her mother it “cruel” and “harsh.” But Chua never claims her meant disappointment and a hope that next time, technique is perfect; she herself even admits that Sophia would excel instead of embarrass. Even as a there are things she wishes she could take back—the teenager, it’s hard to hear such a comment that way. most well-known of which is calling her daughter Lulu as well – Mother Chua only wanted her to “garbage.” However, her strictness and her belief never give up on her piano and teach her that even that her daughters can accomplish anything if they Jean Fan, sophomore, and Ann Zeng, senior, fight over Amy Chua’s new book if she thinks she can’t do it, she definitely had the work hard enough bolstered their confidence and potential to succeed. encouraged them to reach for the sky. This ideology is much better that that of their American Amy Chua’s mindset is geared too much towards adults to bring up her children well. She assumes counterparts, who are scared to push their children too hard and who skirt around important topics that her children understand exactly what she’s doing, but 7-year-olds, 9-year-olds, even 13-year-olds that need to be confronted. find it hard to see the positive side of being equated with unwanted junk on the side of the street. Of course, there are many effective parenting techniques; Chua’s approach is just one of many. She’s walking on a tightrope here; the right kind of strictness will build her children’s confidence Her daughters have flourished under her guidance, but that does not mean her methods can work and independence, but too much harshness and it just seems more like cruel complaints full of hatred for everyone, nor should they. than any sort of affection. Each child has their own needs and their own temperament; each child is unique. And each child Even if we forget about self esteem here – she “assumes strength, not fragility” in her children, so should be treated differently: firmly, but with a certain degree of respect. self esteem is just a moot point for her – her children would probably associate her criticisms with their There is a fine line between being harsh and being helpful. activities, and they would grow to dislike said activities. Imagine someone always telling you you’re Chua is extreme in her ways, but other parents may be too lax in theirs. A balance needs to be coloring outside the lines or singing off pitch in a crass manner; you’d probably just stop altogether achieved—strictness is in style, but only in moderation. to avoid hearing what you don’t like. So why does she think it will help her children? At the very least, her book should get you thinking: the American education system has fallen By now, Lulu and Sophia are all grown up. Who knows, maybe even now they’re having trouble so behind in recent years—twenty-fifth in math to China’s first place in the international education accepting the idea that their mother appreciates them, if she does at all. They could look at the ever rankings of PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment—that this stricter way of child- ferocious Mother Chua and see her as the shadow that makes all their accomplishments seem minisraising should be considered, if not fully implemented into American culture. cule. Motherly motivation? Better luck next time (plus a few more compliments, of course).
Speaking for the King through cinema Jeremy Venook Opinion Editor
The other day I finally got a chance to watch what many critics are calling one of last year’s best movies, The King’s Speech. I recognized immediately what all the fuss was about—I thought it was a superb movie, and all of the actors gave performances that are definitely some of the best I’ve seen in a while. But as captivated as I was by such a fantastic movie, by the time I got home from the theater, there was one question running through my mind: how faithful was it to real life? Thanks to the power of Google, the answer was not very difficult to find: in a word, fairly. There are a few minor quibbles historians have made with
some of the plot points, but the script apparently hews extremely close to the real-life story of King George VI. By the time you read this, the Oscars will have been awarded, with Best Picture probably having gone to either The King’s Speech or another “true story” which has been hailed as our generation’s Citizen Kane—David Fincher’s “tell-all” about the founding of Facebook, The Social Network. When I saw that film, my Google results were remarkably different: nobody is quite sure what to believe, and those involved have understandably kept mum about the events. This was about what I had expected, what with the movie’s Rashomon-style narrative and its focus on a secretive group on the cutting edge of Internet culture.
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What struck me was the response I saw in other venues: the number of people I heard vowing that they would shut down their Facebook profiles rather than support such unapologetic anti-social jerks was impressive. On the one hand, I could see their point; the portraits of Facebook’s founders made them out to be some of the very last people I would trust with all of my personal information. On the other hand, though, I couldn’t help but think of a quote from one of my favorite websites, Cracked.com, in an article about movies saved by the artistic license: “try ‘fixing’ some of those historical inaccuracies and you’ll quickly realize what Hollywood screenwriters have known for years: History is lame” (their words, Vikash Morar News Editor
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not mine—I find the subject quite fascinating). I had trouble believing that Zuckerberg is as much of a robot as the movie presented, a notion that was confirmed in interviews I read about the less glamorous parts of Facebook’s founding. Rose and Jack were not on the Titanic, and, if so, they most certainly did not look like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Going back even further, Shakespeare did not have sufficient evidence to assert that Richard III’s titular monarch killed his way onto the throne. None of this is intended as disapproval of films that play fast and loose with the historical facts—movies that hewed exactly to real life would not be nearly as exciting. In fact, I’m saying
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the exact opposite: taking an artistic license with history is a welcome part of the business that has led to many of cinema’s great moments, including such nit-picks as the phrasing of “Houston, we have a problem.” Instead, the problem arises with the reception of such movies, when the director’s take on events somehow morphs into incontrovertible fact and the events onscreen are taken as gospel. Just as we’ve learned to maintain a healthy skepticism about what we’re told by the talking heads on the nightly news, to remember that 24 does not depict real procedures for covert operatives, we need to remember that real life is rarely depicted accurately in film. After all, that’s what history class is for. Andrea Caceres Jean Fan
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Monday, February 28, 2011
California skools, they’re undeniable
Fine, fresh, broke, they got it on lock. East coast represent, now put your money down. Woh oh oh- what?? Morgan Babbs Editor-in-Chief
California is beyond lucky, and as Katy Perry said, you can travel the world, but nothing comes close to the golden coast: sandy beaches, snowy mountains, hot surfers, “California gurls,” and the University of California system. Yet the amount of international and out of state students that now flock to UCs make us wonder if our popularity is a curse or a blessing. Brace yourselves, seniors, this year, the UC system received a record amount of applicants—an 11% increase in out of state applicants, amounting to a total of 142, 235 applicants, a 6.1% increase from last year. This is a question of whether, in your opinion, you believe that California students are, if qualified, entitled to UCs. Nowadays, it’s a known fact that out of state students are given admission priority if they’re equal with an in state student mostly because they pay a higher tuition and thus give more money to the UC system. Nonresident undergraduates pay more than $34,000 per year, compared to the resident tuition of $11,124. Senior Daphna Torbati comments that this increased competitiveness of the system “defeats the point of the University of California because the goal should be to educate California students to improve our state for the future.” “By now, the UCs are like private schools…they’re that competitive,” adds senior Elise Lim, who has applied to both UCs and private schools. Initially, I was extremely annoyed at the fact that UC aimed to accept more out of state students. I felt that I deserved priority when it comes to schools in my home state; but it’s impossible for me to deny that I had a fairly biased opinion. Mrs. Furgiele gave reason to the
UC system’s decision, looking at the that UCs plunge into opportunities to bright side of it. “Unfortunately for accept the higher-paying out of state California residents, standards have students. risen for kids to be accepted into UCs, “This is unfair for California students so students need to really be eligible because we’re forced to look out of for UC requirements and anticipate a state for more options that, in turn, more selective process. But think of are unfortunately more expensive. It it this way: Don’t you want to go to a shows that UCs just want money from campus that’s diverse in population? out of state and international kids,” I think that these new proclamations comments senior Allison Khoe. will diversify the UC selection proAnd here’s the most frightening cess.” aspect of all: University of California Well, do I? In theory, yes, but I do just President Mark Yudof estimates that really want to get into a top UC, too. 20,000 to 30,000 qualified students Mrs. Furgiele made another very good will be turned away because the system point. Each year, San Mateo High won’t have money to educate them. School sends several kids to public Yes, you read that correctly- qualified schools in Arizona, Washington, students. If you’re rejected from the and MichiUC of your gan, among choice, University of California others. Do d o n ’t b e they think discourPresident Mark Yudof that we’re aged. Colestimates that 20,000 stealing lege adtheir unimissions to 30,000 qualified versity? are such a students will be turned Hownumbers ever soothgame to away because the sysing it is to begin with, look at the tem won’t have money but even bright side more so to educate them. of things, I now with still can’t this change help but rein the UC system. member that the UC system seems to The beginning starts at the end of be doing this for money, rather than to March. When students receive their specifically diversify themselves. University of California admission Our new governor Jerry Brown’s decisions, we’ll know for sure how proposed state general fund budget this year’s frightening prospects truly will return the UC system to their have turned out. 1998 funding levels when the system This decision made by the revenueonly enrolled 161,400 students, 73,600 hungry University of California has fewer than today’s enrollment of already proven to be highly contro235,000 students. That doesn’t seem versial. Do we blame the state, which like a very logical game plan. Can we hasn’t supplied enough funds to the still call the UCs a public university system? Or do we blame the Universystem when the government only sity of California, for neglecting their pays less than 14% of UC’s budget? own California students of their right It should come as no surprise, then, to an education?
Welcome to another issue of “What Really Grinds My Gears!” Back by popular demand, I interviewed more people about what really grinds their gears and brought you the top four. Enjoy the anger!
When Microsoft Word says there is a grammatical error when there isn’t
Don’t get me wrong, Word is a great application. I don’t know how I could type anything without it. That being said, it isn’t perfect. There are some things about Word that drive me insane (don’t even get me started with Clippy). One of the biggest gripes that I have with the application is when a phrase is underlined but not grammatically incorrect and the line keeps disappearing and reappearing. No matter how many times the line disappears and reappears, I can never be completely sure that the phrase is correct. I end up right clicking the phrase again and again, only to see the line disappear before my eyes.
When people tell me to be quiet in a bookstore
Yes, libraries are there for people to read books, and one should be quiet to respect them. This is completely understandable. However, a bookstore, no matter how similar to a library, is not a library. People have to buy the book, so they should not be reading it in the library. I hate being told time after time by the owner of the bookstore to be quiet to respect others, even though those people should not be reading the books in the bookstore in the first place.
When people leave unopened milk cartons after lunch
Every so often, I see someone’s random milk carton left on a bench or the staircase, ready for the stepping. Should I take it? Did you leave it as a peace offering to the seagulls? Is it poisoned? What is the meaning of this? First, if you’re not going to drink the milk, don’t take it. It’s a waste of food and materials. Second, why leave it where someone’s going to trip over it? Is this the newest fad in practical jokes—leave cartons of milk around so people have a soggy step? If you take the carton of milk and suddenly realize that you’re not going to drink it, throw it away in trash cans reserved for such a purpose, or, better yet, give it to a friend.
Senior Rudy Saldana hates it when people shout in his ear. Senior Armaan Talwaar is annoyed by people who change the station in the middle of a song. Junior Patrick Tai detests people that stop to hug
What do you think of UC’s new admissions policies?
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“It makes sense to admit out-of-state students, but it is a little unfair because out-of-state residents are benefiting from the educational system that California taxes have been paying for.”
“I think it is expected with all the money issues, but it seems kind of biased towards out-of-state students.” Bryant Chow, Class of 2011
Malú Alegria, Class of 2011
“I support having more opportunity for in-state students than out-ofstate because it keeps my education cheaper and the economy stronger, especially considering that it is far from cheap to live in California.” Sara Vidovic, Class of 2011
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“I support whatever it is that allows more opportunity for in-state students.” Mr. Nels Johnson, Teacher
Monday, February 28, 2011
Suicide: sometimes lightly taken In light of recent events, a student at SMHS has come forth to give details about his or her experience with depression and suicide Anonymous Guest Writer
I loved every moment of my freshman year, SMHS, and all the new friends I had made. In the next year, however, everything would crumble in what seemed like an instant. I felt ignored by all my friends, and blamed myself for it. I felt stressed from my first AP class. I felt growing pains after meeting the most immature adult I had ever met in my life. I felt so isolated that I wanted to commit suicide. Everything caved in, and I could not handle it; I was living a nightmare I couldn’t wake up from. Life was not worth living if I felt alone in everything I did or if I was going to constantly run into unbearably crude people when I grew up. “Only pain will kill the pain,” I told myself. For nearly six months I put on a happy face for everyone to mask what I felt inside. I was convinced at first that this was only a phase that would eventually pass, but as time went on all the feelings just lingered. When anyone asked me how I was, I would reply with “fine,” but internally I called myself a liar. I started to grow less social and even hesitant to talk to those I knew well, fearing that the conversation would result in the person thinking that I was boring. I wanted to skip my end-of-season team party and seeing the musical to avoid confrontation with anybody. I hated lunch. When the seagulls came, all my friends scattered and later ate in different places each day, forcing me to frustratingly hunt them down; they could care less about where I was. I perceived everyone else as having great, reliable friends, except for me. I began to see only the worst in people, believing that everyone was selfish and it didn’t matter if anyone was hurt. My life was taken over by these thoughts, which were difficult to suppress. They distracted me at home, in
class and during tests. When I studied I would sometimes need to put the book down because I couldn’t concentrate. If it really got to me I would be on the verge of tears at any time or place. Friendship got in my face everywhere I turned, and Facebook made things worse. Seeing postings of pictures of gatherings or of what my friends were doing without me made me miserable inside as I felt that I was unneeded, easily counted out, or that I was someone’s second choice, or the “back-up friend.” Doubting the true value of myself, I wondered if anybody would care if I just disappeared. No. I always thought there would be one thing that would push me off the edge to kill myself, whether it was what someone said or did to me. I wrote suicide notes in my head, asking that my death be kept a secret to see if anyone noticed that I was dead. What frightened me the most was how I could picture myself sitting in a car breathing in gas or eyeing the knife drawer wondering “What if?” Seeking help was the only way I could start to recover, but I knew that it would never change my current situation or how people in my life acted toward me. Not only that, but I wondered about who I would go to and if that person would understand, realizing that I had no one to confide in like I used to and discouraging me more into loneliness. Up until eight days before my AP Euro exam, however, I thought the problem on my mind would interfere persistently with studying for the test. That morning I decided I was going to stop pretending and tell someone… Less than a week after I admitted what had been going on to a teacher, I logged on to Facebook to find grim statuses left by friends in Palo Alto.
After investigating more, I learned that a boy had stepped in front of a train. It was a disturbing coincidence: someone had taken the alternative to my decision and went through with what I imagined, but didn’t have the will of doing. Gunn High School would see three more suicides and one who attempted within the next several months after my confession. A community was left in shock by tragedies that happened so close together. I thought about what was going through their minds, what caused them to end the lives so abruptly, and what help could have done for them. Unfortunately, I can only wonder. When I hear others talk about what happens when someone has these thoughts, they say, with a chuckle, you have to go to special counseling. I want people to understand that help is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of, not if your life is on the line. I have taken all AP classes and am involved in sports and music, yet I endured for almost a year from the unexpected. In my situation, suicide was the ultimate form of giving up. I found how emotionally courageous I could be after standing up to something as daunting as this. Talking to someone didn’t cure me; it instilled in me a stronger will to move forward and hold on. I continued to tell myself that there are things in my life that are worth experiencing, like living my senior year or going to college, and there are people who care. No one should ever have to choose between hiding a secret like mine and telling someone for being too uncomfortable; all should listen, and all should be willing to help. We may never know what lending an ear to a person or having a welcoming attitude can lead to, but it may just save someone’s life.
Help is available If you or someone you know is feeling depressed or suicidal, don’t ignore these dangerous feelings. Get help. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. As our anonymous author testifies, life will get better. The first thing to do is tell a trusted adult. At home, this might be a parent or other relative. At school, you could tell a teacher, go to your counselor, or stop by the office of our School Safety Advocate, Ms. DeGuzman, in the Student Services wing, room A136. If you are worried about a friend, drop a note in the Anonymous Tip Box in the main office. Don’t let strange or worrisome behavior go unremarked. Let someone know. No harm can come from offering a helping hand. The box is just to the right of the door as you enter the main office, clearly marked.
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Information, referrals, and live anonymous chatting with teen counselors. Diana De Guzman is our School Safety Advocate. Anyone may visit her if they feel unsafe. Her office is located in the Student Services wing, room A136.
SUICIDE IS A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO A TEMPORARY PROBLEM
Have a beard? Get in the machine. Jeremy Venook Opinion Editor
Ah, airport security. Is there now, or honestly, has there ever been an institution so thoroughly indicative of the way we live as that meddlesome mess of minutiae we have to do before we can take a long-distance trip? To me, the gradual growth of airport security is, more than anything, representative of what it means to live in a “post-9/11 world.” After all, we’ve only really begun with these bizarrely specific crackdowns, each intended to thwart whatever the last attempt was, in the last decade. Somebody hid a bomb in a shoe, and was luckily stopped before he could light his device; now, every traveler must shuffle through security in socks to avoid having another “shoe bomber.” Shampoo bottles
were filled with chemicals that, when mixed, would have proved volatile enough to bring down the plane; now, nobody is allowed more than three ounces of a particular liquid. Just last week, I was struck by a sign specifically forbidding ink on planes after the most recent attack utilized a modified printer cartridge. I’m amazed we’re still allowed to wear underwear to the airport after the “underwear bomber” two Christmases ago. But just as we have accepted these security measures, there’s never been any doubt that there is a line in the sand. As you’ve probably already figured out, I’m speaking, of course, about those contentious devices that threatened to hold up holiday flights way, way back in 2010: the full body scanner. When you think about—and
I mean really think about it—it seems like a little bit of an arbitrary place to draw the line. Consider: we’ll tolerate ditching our shoes at the door and leaving our liquids at home, but the measure that could potentially render these irritants obsolete is too penetrating. The qualms aren’t without reason, of course; any level of radiation, no matter how minimal, is rightfully a scary notion to most Americans, and the prospect of a scanner that can map every crevice of my body certainly gave me pause as a bit Orwellian. The thing that most caught my attention—and those of you in the JetBlue plane on the New York trip have likely already heard me expounding on this quandary—is that an airport is a place dedicated to making traveling absurdly
long distances unbelievably easy; and yet, you can barely walk ten feet in the terminal without some inconvenience completely unique to the airport. I realize, of course, that this stands largely as a testament to just how difficult it can truly be securing some value of the word “safe” for such a complicated system of travel. There’s obviously not one simple way to ensure that nothing potentially harmful is taken onto a plane, nor is there any metric to deduce whom exactly is a terrorist. Honestly, it sort of makes sense in a way that, in order to cope with such unconventional danger, we need unconventional strategies that prevent their last attack and attempt to preempt the next one. I definitely had a point at the beginning of this article, but it was lost some-
where along the way as I considered the various implications of life as seem through the airport window. It’s a bizarre combination of convenience and obfuscation as you pass through the terminal, one that show how every advance seems to be tempered as we figure out how to best utilize it. It’s a question begging to be asked about what we consider safe, and whether specific rules made in reaction to the latest crisis will ever be able to properly protect us. And most of all, it summarizes that quintessential debate in a world that has for years been described by the most memorable man-made calamity in recent history: in this “post-9/11 world,” it’s nearly impossible to ignore the trade-offs we face as we consider safety and speed, caution and convenience.
Monday, February 28, 2011
What is your favorite piece of art?
“My art is music, and my favorite artist is Andre Nickatina.” Trey Aviles. Class of 2014
“The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da “It’s a picture of Andy Warhol, called Scars.” Vinci” Jeremy Pascual, Class of 2013
Tim Nipaulau Class of 2012
“The cover of The Numeber of the “I like sketches of the human Beast by Iron Maiden.” body!” Blake Wilke, Class of 2011
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In case you haven’t been to San Francisco lately... Talia Gurevich Staff Writer
San Francisco is a classic example of America’s melting pot of culture. Through food, art, music, and architecture one can see the different nations blending together. Architecture in San Francisco is as diverse as its people, ranging from art deco apartments to the Victorians to the Painted Ladies. I wish I could write about all the different styles, but I think I’ll narrow it down to four: 1. Greco-Roman was also a major style back in the late 19th century. People liked the idea that they were like the Romans, that they had the same culture as they did. Great examples are the Sutro Baths and the Palace of Fine Arts (pictured here). The Sutro Baths was a privately owned swimming pool complex, styled after the old bathhouses found in ancient Rome. The Baths were ve r y popular, but declined after the Great Depression, and finally burned down in 1966. The ruins can still be visited today.
2. The Victorians can be found all over the districts in San Francisco: in Pacific Heights, the outer Mission and the Haight. The remarkable and unique style of architecture was influenced by England during Queen Victoria’s reign. Most of the Victorians were built between 1850 to 1915. Although they were influenced by England, one can see examples of different countries mixed in: French turrets, Turkish towers, and Italian moldings. Most of these houses are of fairly conservative colors, mostly earth tones, except for the “Painted Ladies” (pictured at right) which feature bright hues.
3. Art Deco is a very popular design that is associated with the 30’s and 40’s in San Francisco. Most of the Art Deco buildings are apartment buildings, skyscrapers, and the streamlined schools that were built during the Great Depression. Art Deco style uses geometric shapes, hard lines, and minimal color. It was thought to be the modern style of that time, and many famous architects flourished. Famous examples of Art Deco in the Bay Area are the Castro Theater, The San Francisco Exchange Tower, and the Paramount Theater in Oakland.
4. The Mission District is where one can find the old Spanish styles of architecture, some buildings have been there since Father Junipero Serra traveled El Camino Real and established missions all throughout California. Mission San Francisco de Asis, next door to the Mission Dolores basilica, is the oldest building in San Francisco.
OPINION: HUMAN RIGHTS
Monday, February 28, 2011
PAST AND PRESENT
Egypt Unplugged, Anatomy of a Revolution in Protestors’ Rage the Tech Age Unleashed Victoria Xiao
one saying that police vehicles and Talia Gurevich Mubarak’s National Democratic Party Staff Writer headquarters were set on fire during a On Thursday, January 27, Egypt was demonstration. plunged back into the Stone Age. With Instead of pushing his people, Presiall electronic forms of communication dent Mubarak should’ve respected gone, they were forced to turn back to their rights to free speech and their the old-school method of distributing right to hold demonstrations. The messages through pamphlets. Egypt’s people of Egypt should be able to former President Hosni Mubarak tried actively participate in any decisions to crush the protests against him by that might impact their lives and to cutting off their lines of communica- have more choices. However, since tion entirely. But what gave him the Mubarak remained obstinately silent, right to take away basic human rights the people moved past their original from an entire country? desire for reform. Instead they just In today’s Internet-driven society, wanted Mubarak out of office, and the idea that we they got their would no longer wish. be able to access President our Facebook acMubarak recounts, Tumblr, The people moved past their signed from his and Twitter is un- original desire for reform. presidency after thinkable. HowInstead they just wanted two weeks of ever, the truth is, it fighting, only to could just as easily Mubarak out of office, and leave Egypt a happen here, if we they got their wish.” smoldering ruin had that type of of what it once government, bewas. Some think cause our Internet that now is the is run by a limited number of Internet time for a leader to step forward and service providers (ISPs), and those ties guide Egypt into a new era of peace. could easily be severed. Even though But I don’t share this optimism. Egypt it is unthinkable here, it became a real- is raw and vulnerable, susceptible to ity in Egypt, and in this blackout they any anyone willing to take the reigns communicated through old-fashioned of their government, and turn it from a means. The only Internet service pro- dictatorship-in-practice (after 30 years vider that was left was called Noor of emergency military rule, one might Group, and they only had access to as well consider it a military dictator8% of the market. ship) into a dictatorship. But the people of Egypt, with the Another small victory for the proteshelp of a group called “We Rebuild”, tors, however, is that the Internet has were able to communicate with land- been restored in Egypt. line phones, fax machines, and even Unfortunately, the protesters have ham radio. Some people even man- also been angry for so long that this aged to connect to modems in other ending hasn’t satisfied them in the countries, including an activist group least. Now they’re directing their in Sweden who had been documenting anger towards Israel, even though the events in Egypt on a Wikipage that Egypt and Israel have been at peace for is still online. decades. There has also been anger diNot only was the Internet gone, all rected towards the U.S., demonstrated texting and instant-messaging services many times when American journalists were gone as well. However, by im- have been assaulted repeatedly when posing these restrictions, Mubarak was they attempted to cover protests. effectively encouraging the protesters Egypt’s new beginning isn’t glorito fight back harder than before. By ous; it is troublesome for the countries taking away their rights, he had raised near it and to countries that have the stakes. After the Internet was taken close ties to them. Hopefully, some away, they had less to lose; thus they semblance of a new, more stable order were fighting even more. Reports will arise from the ruins, one that will came in as conditions got worse, respect the rights of the citizens.
Every day, San Mateo High School students log hundreds of hours on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social networking sites. We post statuses on the prosaic yet mildly entertaining: mountains of English homework, a mean cold keeping us down for a few days, or prestiging in Call of Duty: Black Ops for the fifteenth time. However, in Egypt half the world over, those very same sites have the ability to incite crowds into mass protest. Many factors led to the Egyptian Revolution of 2011; one of these was the creating of a Facebook page titled “We are all Khaled Said”, referring to an Egyptian man killed by police in 2010. Soon after its creation, it had become a hub of the protest movement in Egypt. The fact that the Egyptian government shut down the Internet on January 27 is a good indicator of how big a role that social media played in the Revolution. Had the government not felt threatened by these sites and their potential to start protests and rebellion, they would not have shut down the Internet. If the Internet were not so efficient at connecting people (especially people with the same sentiments about important stuff, like politics), then the Egyptian government would not have shut down the Internet. Apparently the Egyptian government is not the only one paranoid about the polarizing potential of the Internet. The Chinese government has blocked searches for “Egypt” in on the popular site Sina.com, perhaps for fear that the news of the Egyptian Revolution could rouse the Chinese people to rebellion as well. In his book Anatomy of a Revolution, Crane Brinton, a twentieth-century historian, outlined the general course of events that a revolution follows: first the fall of the old regime, then moderate rule, proceeding to rule by radicals, and finally a conservative reaction. However, sometimes revolutions will skip one or two steps in the process. This course of events can be found in England’s Glorious Revolution (1648-49), the French Revolution (1789-99), the American Revolution (c.1774-c.1791), and the 1917 Russian Revolution. The current Egyptian Revolution is also adhering to this revolutionary timeline quite closely. Of course, each revolution has its own nuances and characteristics; even Brinton acknowledged in his book, “We must not expect our revolutions to be identical.” Nevertheless, the Egyptian Revolution does resemble the French
“We are all Khaled Said” was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.
Revolution. For instance, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI stepped down due to mass protests. Similarly, after 18 days of demonstrations, Mubarak stepped down as president. His son, who previously was expected to succeed Mubarak, also stepped down from his position. Additionally, during the French Revolution, one of the protesters’ main issues with the old regime was that the legislative body was unfair, so they lobbied for a new constitution. Similarly, after years of military emergency rule in Egypt, the constitution has been suspended while a committee—yet to be appointed—will propose changes to it. The public should be able to vote on the revised constitution. Perhaps the distinguishing characteristic of the Egyptian Revolution is the role of the Internet, which enables split-second mass communication. The very definition of the Internet—many different computers connected by one network—shows its potential to reach entire crowds of people in seconds. For instance, if one were to post, “Ugh… feeling a bit sick,” on Facebook, within seconds their friends will probably have replied with things like “OMG stomach flu?!?!” and “aww, hope you get better”. During the French, American, and Glorious Revolutions, the speediest method of mass communication would be pamphlets and newspapers. For instance, Jean-Paul Marat was a radical journalist during the French Revolution, who published in his newspaper L’ami du Peuple (Friend of the People) inflammatory articles inciting people to revolt and rebellion. In a way, “We are all Khaled Said” could be considered the Friend of the People of the Egyptian Revolution, for its wall is populated with succinct updates about the happenings in Egypt.
Although it is not quite as radical as the words of Marat, who once called for the execution of Louis XVI, its posts are decidedly full of revolutionary spirit: “Mubarak’s son, Gamal, was asked about our Facebook pages and youth movements like the April 6 movement, Kefaya, etc. He answered by laughing and making fun of the ‘Facebook kids’…. I wonder if he regrets that now?” was posted on its wall on February 15. “In the long run, though, social media can only be bad news for authoritarian regimes. ‘The free flow of information is the oxygen of democracy,’ and there’s no disputing that the Internet, smartphones, and social media have radically increased and accelerated that flow,” said Walter Isaacson of Foreign Policy, as paraphrased in The Week, a weekly magazine. One of the caveats of having such fast-paced communication over the Internet is that events happen so much faster. As a result, it would appear that within the space of a few weeks, the Egyptian Revolution is nearing its end: the old regime has been deposed, and a new one is waiting in the wings. The current revolution has been much quicker than, say, the French Revolution, which spanned ten years. Nevertheless, the new constitution has not been finalized yet, the Egyptian military is ruling in the interim, and those so-called “Facebook kids” have a powerful card in their hands, for the Internet has been restored in Egypt. As none of us are omniscient when it comes to the future, the revolution could still have life in it yet—in fact, revolutionary fever has even spread to Libya. Perhaps it has only reached the moderate phase of revolution, and the worst—the radical phase—is yet to come. Nothing is certain in this time of fast-paced change.
Monday, February 28, 2011
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
Should Countries Invade to Assist Rebellion? Vikash Morar News Editor
The revolts in Egypt can be considered the antithesis of the Congress of Vienna. In 1815, Napoleon had just been thrown out of power and Europe was trying to figure out how to create a successful system of governments. There were many conservatives and liberals debating over how each country should be run. The conservatives ultimately won the debate and created a system with many principles. One of these principles was the principle of intervention, which stated that countries could invade other countries to
suppress rebellions. Presently, we live in a world that is not entirely conservative and these revolts are perfect examples of this. Instead of having a problem of countries invading to suppress rebellions, the Egyptian government is having a problem of countries invading to assist the rebellion. Egypt blocked all of the Internet access in Egypt because they didn’t want the rebels revealing what was happening inside of the country. More importantly, however, the Egyptian government didn’t want the rebels to plot attacks with outside countries using the Internet.
Websites such as Facebook could connect the rebels to everyone in the world, which would create the potential threat of the rebels getting assistance from the rest of the world. The Internet would also connect the rebels with each other so they could create a more well-planned, intricate, dangerous attack. In 1815, the principle of intervention was meant to prevent the governments from being isolated, so they could maintain power. However, in present day, the opposite is true. Egypt is creating isolation so that the rebels cannot obtain power and take over. The Congress of Vienna established
the principle of legitimacy as well. This principle stated that all of the monarchs in Europe were monarchs because they were meant to be. However, this principle is being questioned in the Egypt with these revolts. The former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, had been ruling Egypt for 30 years. This reign definitely represented legitimacy because if he wasn’t able to be a successful monarch, he would’ve been dethroned earlier. However, the rebels are rejecting another principle of the Congress of Vienna because they refused to accept their monarch as true and legitimate. The rebels felt that even though he
had been ruling for 30 years, he was not right for Egypt and should be removed from office. In the Congress of Vienna, monarchies were established based on legitimacy, but currently, the Mubarak’s reign has destroyed with no regard for legitimacy. In the end, 30 years of Mubarak’s rule was just too long for the people of Egypt. Thus it can be concluded that the revolution in Egypt is the absolute opposite of the Congress of Vienna in 1815.
Protestors on the streets of Cairo, Tunis, and Tehran are united not only by a thirst for freedom and self-rule, but by a new awareness—brought about by new technology— of their ‘common humanity.’ Online, ‘the individual can be heard.’ And in a few keystrokes, ‘ ‘I’ easily grows to ‘we.’ “ -Jose Antonio Vargas of HuffingtonPost.com, as paraphrased in The Week
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The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were not on par with its usually culturally relevant acknowledgements this year, as many unknown artists stole the show from the popular stars. Christina Aguilera opened the show with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, accompanied by Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Martina McBride, and Yolanda Adams. Singing a compilation of Aretha’s hit songs from throughout her 50-year career, this five-diva performance packed a powerful punch vocally. Other than Christina’s nonchalant trip on stage, the act was well done and set the bar high for the performances to come. As usual, Lady GaGa will be remembered most this year for her extravagant red carpet entrance carried inside an egg- shaped pod, which was mainly done to stress the message of her newest song, “Born This Way.” The song conveys an inspiring message about self-acceptance and selfempowerment. GaGa was expected to give another jaw dropping spectacle, however she let many of them down with a simply mediocre performance compared to her usual crazy acts. After multiple awards, and performances from Katy Perry, Cee-Lo Green, Mick Jagger, Mumford & Sons, Lady Antebellum, and many more, the night came to a close on an unexpected note, as album of the year was awarded to indie-rock band Arcade Fire for their latest album The Suburbs. This alternative Canadian band beat out many popular artists such as Lady GaGa, Eminem, Katy Perry, and Lady Antebellum. After they were awarded, they closed the show with their song “Ready To Start.” However, the show was really stolen by Lady Antebellum, as they left with 5 Grammy Awards, including record of the year and song of the year. Other major awards included best new artist (Esperanza Spalding), best electronic/ dance album (La Roux), and best rock album (Muse.)
The kick-off episode to part two of season four, “The Kids Are Not All Right”, mostly brought to light the now tied-up ends of Lily’s screw-ups. Shocking, I know. Lily? Screw up? Those terms hardly seem reconcilable. Lily has always been my least favorite character - I find her to be a vapid idiot, hardly anything close to what a good parent is. It cracked me up throughout the seasons when she would advise Rufus on how to handle Jenny, as if Lily had so much success raising Serena through her wild-girl times. Right. And while we’re at it, can she put down that glass of wine!? I find it hysterical that Lily always complains to be so stressed out because her life is so hard, yet at the beginning of every scene she is relaxing on the couch in her penthouse wearing her grandma glasses and either drinking tea or wine. Dair: I’m convinced that some make out sessions may have taken place in those dark movie theaters that Dan and Blair casually attended over break. I can only imagine an upcoming brawl between Blair and Serena if Serena finds out. In “While You Weren’t Sleeping,” Dan and Blair had viewers on edge, hoping for a kiss to close their classic-movie-viewing-on a laptop session in the loft. On another note, I’m irritated by Raina Thorpe. I don’t find the actress to be particularly appealing or believable. However, based on her and Chuck’s recent breakup and her “day of firsts” spent with Nate, I think that we may see a Nate-Raina pair up in the future. At the beginning of Season Four, Pt. II, I thought Gossip Girl was losing it’s fire. However, the possibility of “Dair,” and the weird moves Ben keeps making with Damien are the only things that keep the series strong. But, even if the storyline started lagging, I’d still watch it for the fashion.
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New SMHS Improv Team forms Karen Chee Staff Writer
Friday, January 28, 2010
Thursday, February 10 was, according to freshman Charlie Kruse, “a revolutionary day in improv at San Mateo.” And really, it was. As the person who worked to create the improv team at our school, I may be a little bit biased on how wonderful this is. But, as someone who ran the auditions and watched how students enthusiastically turned into various animals and outrageous characters, I can’t help but say how great it is to see people having so much fun doing what they love. Improv, short for “Improvisational Theatre,” is a form of theatre where the actors, called improvisers, perform spontaneously on stage without a script. The television show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” is an example; their games and sketches were not
planned, but rather created on the spot based on suggestions from the audience. With twenty-three people auditioning but a maximum of only ten spots available, not everyone could make the team. I had two lovely improvisers from Hillsdale’s esteemed H.I.T. Squad (“Hillsdale Improvisational Theatre Squad”), to help me play games and watch to see how people performed on stage. The three of us, with Mr. Friedman supervising, looked for people who could think on their feet, weren’t afraid to commit and look silly, and were capable of saying, “Yes, and…” to whatever happened on stage. Although everyone was amazing, there were some who, like in any crowd, managed to stand out. These particular people were chosen because they weren’t afraid to jump into a
scene, they built upon each others’ decisions, and, let’s face it, they have nice hair. The final team is of nine players: Felipe Afanador, Karen Chee, Elana Kalish, Charlie Kruse, Zach Lorenzini, Jenn McDonough, Amin Nilchian, Ben Visini, and Russell Zych. Upon hearing the news, freshman Russell Zych said, “I’m really excited. It’s definitely gonna be a lot of fun.” Jenn McDonough, sophomore, agrees, “I love improv and it’s so great that this is happening. Hopefully people will like our work!” The improv team will meet and rehearse biweekly, in hopes of competing against Hillsdale and Aragon’s improv teams next year, and put on shows for the school. What will the shows be like? Honestly, we have no idea. All we can guarantee is that we’re making it all up!
La Esquina SANMATEOHI
Lunes, 28 de frebrero, 2011
El día de San Valentín se guarda en su corazón
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Brigitte Bolanos y Angie Flores bailando al ritmo del merengue.
La Semana Internacional deja mucho ritmo y sabor Victoria Aguilar Editora de La Esquina Latina ¡La semana Internacional fue en éxito! Celebramos la variedad de culturas que tenemos aquí en San Mateo High School. Se realizaron muchas actividades divertidas todos los días durante el almuerzo. Una de las actividades que les gustó mucho a los estudiantes fue Show de Moda donde estudiantes estrenaron los vestidos culturales de su correspondido país. Los estudiantes también participaron en un juego donde un estudiante de cada grado tuvo que adivinar la comida típica que se le daba a probar. Claro, nosotros los estudiantes hispanos no nos quedamos atrás. El jueves durante el almuerzo, se vendieron muchas pupusas y otros platillos típicos de Centro América, Norte América, Asia y del Medio Oriente. Se notó que varios estudiantes que ni siquiera eran latinos estaban muy emocionados para comer su par de pupusas con curtido y salsa. “Todos los platillos típicos de nuestra América Latina estaban ¡deliciosos!”
nos comentó Maribel Cano. El último día de la Semana Internacional, La Raza Unida nos representó muy bien con su baile de salsa, merengue y cumbia. Estos géneros de música incluyeron la canción de Elvis Crespo, Bésame, también La Vaca de Mala Fe, entre otras. No solamente bailaron, sino también invitaron a un instructor de salsa que paso por paso enseñó a todos los estudiantes que bajaron al quad, a moverse fenomenalmente. Entre estos estudiantes estaban unos que nunca habían bailado salsa pero rápidamente encontraron una pareja y se reunieron en el quad ya listos para moverse. Al principio los pasos eran fáciles pero poco a poco aumentaron de nivel. “Me divertí bailando salsa aunque algunos pasos estaban un poco confusos. ¡Me gustaría hacerlo otra vez!” dijo Francesca Reyes Johnson. Somos muy afortunados de poder celebrar varias de las muchas culturas en nuestra escuela. Apreciemos la variedad de gente, comida y lenguas alrededor de nosotros.
“La señora Torres, porque a ella le importan los demás, y a mí también.”
Katherine Gonzales Envitada de La Esquina Latina
Victor Delgado Envitado de La Esquina Latina
El día de San Valentín es un día muy especial para muchos de nosotros. Nos hace recordar que el amor y las buenas amistades si existen. También creo que no es necesario estar con un novio o una novia para pasarlo bien. El día de San Valentín es un día en que puedes expresar cuánto quieres a una persona. No necesariamente dándoles regalos; puede ser dedicándole un poema o cantándoles una canción de amor. Durante el día de San Valentín recibí un regalo de la persona menos esperada. ¡Fue un día del amor! Un día para decir: “Lo mejor de mi vida eres tu.”
San Valentín es un día de amor, respeto y felicidad, donde cada uno demuestra el gran amor hasía las otras personas. Todos sabemos que la amistad y el amor no solo se demuestra en este día, pero a veces no tenemos la capacidad o el animo de mostrarles a nuestros amigos que los queremos y lo importante que son para nosotros. Yo creo que por eso existe este dia. para tener la oportunidad de abrazar a ese amigo que queremos mucho. En mi punto de vista este día es especial y sobre todo lleno de amor. La amistad no tiene precio ni fin. Vivamos en una armonía y solidaridad y sobre todo en paz.
Yo pienso que el día de San Valentín es un día muy especial para todos. Muchas parejas salen a comer, se regalan flores, chocolates, globos y osos de peluche. Para mucha gente es un día muy alegre pero para otros puede ser triste porque no tienen parejas, aunque terminan divirtiéndose con sus amigos o amigas. A mi en el día de San Valentín me dieron muchas flores. Mis amigos me regalaron chocolates. Ese día fue adorable e inolvidable. Espero que tanto para mi y todos ustedes lo fuese sido. Espero que se la hayan pasado muy bien a lado de la persona que mas aman.
!Cha Cha Cha Cuba tiene mucho sabor! Victoria Aguilar Editora de La Esquina Latina
Por la extravagante razón que somos latinos deberíamos explorar la cultura y la comida de otros países hispanos. Por eso, fui a un restaurante llamado “Cha Cha Cha Cuba” en el centro de San Mateo, en la calle B. Déjame decirles que nunca había probado la comida Cubana; la verdad es que estaba muy rica. El restaurante se mira un poco pequeño desde afuera, pero en realidad tiene dos pisos y es muy espacioso. No tomó mucho tiempo para que nos dieran asientos, aunque sí estaba bastante lleno. Al caminar por el restaurante, no
me tardé a notar las pinturas culturales que decoraban muy bien el restaurante. Todos los detalles pequeños de las pinturas tomaron mi atención y no podía parar de observar. Habían opciones muy deliciosas y curiosas en el menú. Desde Ropa Vieja y Calamares Fritos a Arroz con Frijoles. Yo ordene los Calamares Fritos con una orden de tortillas. Para tomar ordenamos una limonada fresca y recien hecha. El servicio fue execelente. No se tardaron para tomar nuestra orden ni para entregarnos nuestra deliciosa comida. Cuando terminamos, retiraron
los platos y nos ofrecieron postre. Para mi, lo mejor del restaurante, aparte de la comida, fue la música salsa que rodeaba el restaurante. “Cha Cha Cha Cuba” sí describe el estado de ánimo del ambiente. En pounto de vista, la musica relajaba y dejaba disfrutar más el restaurante y la comida. La música daba ese sonido y sentimiento cultural de Cuba. Les recomiendo que visiten “Cha Cha Cha Cuba.” La experiencia de concocer la comida y cultura de otros paises hispanos es muy divertida y interesante. Les sorprenderán las costumbres y el sabor de los demás.
¿A cual maestro/a crees que te pareces mas? 11
“La señora Abrams porque ella puede ser muy graciosa pero también seria igual a mi.“
“El señor Teague, porque tenemos mucho en comun.”
Kenia Salazar Envitada de La Esquina Latina
“La señora Tribuzi porque bailar es su pasión y tiene un bueno sentido del humor pero al mismo tiempo puede ser seria, y así soy yo.”
“La señora Furguiele porque nosotras dos somos bajitas, latinas y consejeras. Las dos también somos Capricornio y vivimos en San Francisco.”
Prom proposals getting competitive Joey Wong Staff Writer
me on the shoulder and asked me.” “Be safe. Have the time of your life and if you don’t dance, dance that night,” Mr. Norman adds. Prom has turned much more creative and important since our teachers went. Mr. Teague shares some of his Prom tips from his own experiences, “Always get the wrist corsage, that’s what I learned at Prom, trying to pin the corsage in front of your date’s
Come to the quad tomorrow to find out the theme of Prom!
Photos courtesy of GREGOR ORBINO
Prom. It’s that time of the year again. This year, Prom is March 19 and will be held at the Regacy Ballroom in San Francisco. Prom’s theme will be announced during the Fashion Show on March 1 at the quad when ticket sales start as well. Buy your prom tickets early because the first week it costs $70, second week $75, and the last week it costs $80. However if you have a PAL sticker, you can purchase your tickets anytime for $70. For the first time, the Prom committee launched “Prom Proposal” which is the cutest way of asking someone to Prom competition. After asking some-
one to Prom, you write down your way of asking and turn it in. The Prom committee will judge and the winning couple will get two free tickets. Prom Proposal winners will also be announced during the Fashion Show. Every year that goes b y, P r o m becomes a bigger deal. Mr. Norman shares his Prom story, “I didn’t actually have to do the asking because I wasn’t originally going to go. A girl in my English class tapped
Health Week Dance Preparing for takeover Vikash Morar News Editor
Every year, seniors are allowed to take over the school. This event is a very fun day for seniors, who get a day off from their classes so they can run one of their own. However, other students are forced to listen to the seniors and their lesson plans. How fun is STD for the rest of the school? Well, many people are very supportive of STD and think it’s a fun day of relaxation for everyone else. Instead of going through the usual routine of the teacher teaching the entire class, students can participate in review games run by the seniors. If students are friends with the seniors, then they can have fun seeing one of their friends controlling the en-
tire class. If not, students can even take the opportunity to become friends with the seniors before they graduate. One student, John Blake said that, “I’m looking forward to Senior Takeover Day. It prepares the seniors for teaching, while relieving everyone’s stress.” Many students agree with John, but some others are not as hopeful. Some students feel that Senior Takeover Day is a waste of a valuable day of potential education. These students feel that these senior-run review sessions are simply a waste of time. Another student, Aaron Millstein, says, “Senior Takeover Day is not successful because it is a waste of time in a ‘beneficial’ way. All it does is teach seniors how to be teachers.”
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Bridge before departing back for the Bay Area. For many, seeing Memphis was the highlight of the trip, especially when cast members, including one who has worked with Ms. Tribuzi in the past, answered questions and offered their advice to the aspiring artists in the audience. For others, the myriad dance classes taken throughout the week stood out; Ashmere Prasad, a senior, was particularly excited about her first ever ballet class, and said, “Taking the class with a professional teacher made the experience much more exciting because I felt just as advanced as any other person in the room,” adding that, “Ms. Tribuzi has really prepared me over the years, and I would love to take another ballet class any day.” Even Spider-Man was a great experience for many dancers—senior Natalia Garcia bought memorabilia that she figures she can “sell to pay for college when the show closes and it becomes a novelty item,” and Lauren Mayer, a chaperone and mother of senior David Visini, commented that we “should be proud to have seen what will probably be the biggest financial failure in
Broadway history.” Along with the theater experiences, we also got the chance to see firsthand many of the city’s historic landmarks. One of our first stops upon arrival was the legendary Apollo Theater, where we learned about the history of the New York theater scene through the eyes of a guide who had watched over it for nearly half of a century. The archivist at Carnegie Hall led special group tours in which he talked about how the city and the world evolved around the iconic building and the role the arts played in shaping the nation. Students visited the city’s museums and cultural hotpots in our free time, making the trip an educational experience beyond our many dance classes. In the end, the five-day trip was an unforgettable experience for all involved, filled with memorable classes, people, and places. As junior Natalia Osipchuk said, “the trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The people we met were all so inspiring, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to dance alongside some of them. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity, and I would never give it up.”
Still, it’s fun to see what the seniors come up with and how they parody their favorite teachers. Some students support it and some students don’t like it, but regardless, Senior Takeover Day is still an important tradition at SMHS.
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our diversity while having fun. By participating, I get to be a part of a rich community and teach others about my culture,” said freshman, Felipe Afanador. International week started off with a fashion show, in which all grades dressed up to represent the traditional clothing of their ethnicity. There was also a huge world map on which students got the chance to mark where they are from that lasted for the whole week. The second and third day consisted of ethnic dances performed by the Polynesian club and the Filipino club. Day four was probably the most popular of all the International Week days in which ethnic foods from different countries were sold. Among the most popular were Quickly and Chow mein, both of which were sold out in the first fifteen minutes of lunch. Friday, the final day of the week, consisted of a dance performance and salsa dance lessons open to the whole school in the quad. The week was planned by Leadership’s ELD Commissioners, Adriana Fernandez and Peter Hu.
father is just awkward,” he says. “The dude’s job for Prom is to be as smooth as you can, your model should be James Bond. You should iron your money, go to the bank before Prom. Don’t stop in middle of Prom to go to the ATM machine. Scout out the road in advance, she’ll think you’re cool,” Mr. Teague advises. Mr. Teague’s final words are “And ladies, always keep some mad money.” “Get excited and you should all go!” Rachael Monasch and Allison Khoe, members of the Prom Committee, said. Don’t forget to come out to the quad March 1 to see the Prom theme!
Advanced dancers Susan Lok, Kayla Rose, Natalia Garcia, Mara Hanmmond, and Natalia Osipchuk danced to “Let’s Get Physical” during lunch for Health Week with their towels in exercise outfits.
SMHS is looking for talent Zach Lorenzini Staff Writer
Do you have a hidden talent that you can no longer hold back? Maybe the San Mateo High School Third Annual Talent Show is for you. Auditions will be held on March 2 and 3 after school in the music and dance building. You can sign up outside of the journalism room, B102, and each person is allowed no more than one act. The show will be held on Thursday, March 31 in the PAC, and all proceeds from ticket purchases go to the Rebuilding Together foundation, a non-profit organization that works towards restoring and conserving communities. Make sure anything you prepare is school appropriate! Audition! If not, come out and support your friends and school chums! ‘Twill be quite the shindig.
Monday, February 28, 2011
DATABRIEFS Why the broadcasts?
Why did so many television stars visit San Mateo and talk on our daily morning broadcast? To tell the student body about how important it is to do the best they can on STAR tests. Four years ago, San Mateo High School was in program improvement, and the teachers thought of Mateo Madness and were taken out of it. Now we are in program improvement once again and the staff doesn’t want that negative label to stick to our school. Mr. Appleman and Mr. Teague came up with the characters and the dialogue with the goal of motivating students.
Middle College Open
It’s the time of year where seniors anxiously await responses from their prospective colleges, but it’s also the time where sophomores and juniors can apply to attend Middle College. Middle College is a program at the College of San Mateo that is a viable option for high school students. It is available to students if they don’t wish to continue their education at high school. Middle College is an educational collaboration between San Mateo Union High School District and the College of San Mateo, and their basic goal is to meet the needs of students who aren’t being properly helped in regular high schools. The deadline for applicants is Tuesday, March 29, and if you’re interested, a Middle College representative will be visiting SMHS on Friday, March 4 at 11 A.M. in the career center.
Pool Repair Soon
The pool is broken. But the heater is not at fault. Ms. Gonzalez, the boiler specialist in the maintenance department of San Mateo High School, said that it’s the circulation system that is causing the problem. Repair was originally scheduled for December. The circulation pump, which is responsible for circulating water through the pool, had been leaking, so it was taken to service. But when they took apart the pump for service, they discovered that it had basically been eaten through and beyond repair. They are ordering a new type of pump that is more suited to the pool we have, so this situation won’t happen again. The circulation pump is six years old now, and ran continuously for pretty much the entire time.
Blood Drive Success
The blood drive in correlation with the Blood Centers of the Pacific was a success this year with 45 units donated. The Community Service Commissioner’s goal was 40 units, each a pint of blood. Seventy people showed up to donate, but twenty-five were turned away due to health reasons. The Blood Centers of the Pacific give the blood to local hospitals such as Mills to help improve the lives of their patients. Community service is essential to feeling good about yourself, and donating blood does count. Not all people are well enough to be donating for various reasons, but volunteering your time does help. A little blood can save one person’s life, so donate next year to make a difference in someone else’s life. Together we can work towards a healthy community. Thanks to senior Jesse Wong and Marissa Savoie, the coordinators.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Solid season leads to CCS birth for Girls Basketball with a third place finish. “We should have played with our hearts and not our minds,” said Kandice Stephens, another junior this year on the Varsity team. Although San Mateo lost, we still need to look on the bright side of
better because we went up a division and got the same results.” As winter sports draw to an end, playAs for the seniors, this was their last ers from each team start celebrating in year to play as San Mateo Bearcats locker rooms, or feeling a bit melanin their entire lives. When they fincholy because they didn’t do so well; ished their last game many goodbut either or, let’s not forget the way byes were said and the players will our girls varsity always miss them. basketball team Stephanie Okimura, played their hearts another senior this out this 2010-2011 year explains,“It season! was a great experiAll and all, the ence playing other girls did pretty teams with my teamwell. With such a mates and I’m defisolid roster there’s nitely going to miss no doubt that they them, it’s been like had a nice record four years since we of 6-4. Our girls started playing with got third in the each other. Those Peninsula - Bay years really went by league only trailfast.” ing to Terra Nova So what are the (10-0) and Mills girls thinking about (7-3). next year? Defi“We did pretty nitely some more Sophomore guard Alana Simon takes the ball to the rack well, and I still games and tougher think we could have done practices than this year. And better as a team. Coming in third place things and learn from our mistakes in maybe they can even pull off a second is nothing to be ashamed of, but we the past. Like Stephens tells us, a team place finish this time around. But even were so close to 2nd its sort of disap- who has the will to pull through and before the season starts the team sees pointing.” says Jane Hafoka, a junior tries their best all the time proves to some flaws, at San Mateo high school who is look- be more successful. “We’re going to be losing Grayce ing forward to their Girls Basketball Compared to last year’s season, next year. Someone’s going to have to season next year. we did considerably better this time step up and take her place,” said HaIn the final game of the season, around. Last year we also got in third, foka when asked about what she thinks against Mills, players on each side and had the same record of 6-4, but at will happen in the next season. played as hard as they could on the that time they were in a lower division. The girls took on Saratoga in their wooden floors of Millbrae, for this As Grayce Ujihara, a senior this year first CCS playoff game February 24. game represented who would come in at San Mateo high school accurately They came out victorious, winning 50 second. With both teams at a record of puts it,“It was almost like last year all to 39. Junior Jane Hafoka led the team 6-3 before the game, a match like this over again, we got in third both years with 16 points. Senior, and league was hard fought. In the end, the score and lost again to the second place team MVP Grayce Ujihara scored 15 points. was 44-54 loss, San Mateo coming out by one game. But I still believe we got Good luck the rest of the way girls!
Perry Liu Staff Writer
Golden State Warriors have eyes set on playoffs Matt Erlick Sports Editor
On July 16, 2010, the tide of the struggling Golden State Warriors franchise was supposed to finally turn towards success. Team owner, Chris Cohan, who had become notorious among Warrior fans, had sold the team for a record, 450 million dollars. The buyers were Boston Celtics minority owner Joe Lacob, and Mandalay Enterprises CEO Peter Guber. Lacob will handle most of the basketball operations, while Guber will handle the entertainment and advertising side of the team. “Peter and I intend to do what we do best -- innovating and building. It is our passion to return the Warriors to greatness.” Don Nelson was also let go as head coach and replaced with top assistant Keith Smart. Warrior fans now had high hopes for the future and the 20102011 season, as the team seemed to now be in good hands, and heading in the right direction. The Golden State Warriors were expected to compete for a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference. Although they have had some rough patches so far, they are still very much in playoff contention. As of February 24, their record stands at 26 and 30, only four games out of the last playoff spot in the conference. Their record at home is impressive at 16 and 11, but they must improve on the road, if they want to make to the playoffs, as they are 6 and 17 away from the Oracle Arena in Oakland. As of late, Golden State has started to catch fire winning 11 out of their last 18 games. This play must continue if they want to stay in the playoff conversation. Leading the way for the Warriors
has been emerging superstar guard, Monta Ellis. Ellis who is in his sixth NBA season, is averaging a team leading 25.3 points per game. Right behind Ellis, is guard Stephen Curry. In his second year out of Davidson, Curry is blossoming into a young star, averaging 19.1 points to go with six assists per game. Aside from the talented backcourt, the off-season additions of forward Dorrell Wright, and former all-star David Lee have been key. Wright is having a breakout year averaging 16. 8 points per game, and Lee is nearly averaging a doubledouble. Although Lee has played well, his production is expected to improve as his injured elbow continues to heal. Although the core players are playing well, the team’s inconsistent play caused the front office to think about making a change at the trade deadline. As the trade deadline came and gone, many fans expected the Warriors to make a trade, in order to shake things up. They traded forward Brandon Wright and center Dan Gadzuric to the New Jersey Nets for a second round pick and forward Troy Murphy (no other trades were completed before press time). Some believed that the talented, but small backcourt tandem of Ellis and Curry will not be successful in the long run. But neither player was moved in a deal. They also have many expiring contracts that will be useful in trade negotiations to sweeten up a deal. With a few months left in the season, the Golden State Warriors must catch fire. Trade or not, they have the pieces to make an exciting playoff run, and bring excitement to NBA fans in the Bay Area.
Girls Soccer off to the CCS playoffs
division as well. But if we play hard we have a good chance of winning,” The girls varsity soccer team finished said senior and co-captain of the team their season winning nine games, los- Katleyn Turtletaub. “We just need to ing four, and tying one. Our girls defi- play as hard as we can and we should nitely proved themselves to other local be alright,” said junior Karyn Jacobs. schools in our district as being a threat, The girls had a lot of fun memoas they ended up rable experiences beating big schools out there on the like Aragon and f i e l d t o g e t h e r. Hillsdale, but were They were able to not able to beat our bond as a team and rival, Burlingame. make a team video Captain Page Rothwhich played at the schild and Katleyn winter sports rally. Turtletaub, KatHowever they were leyn being an elite still focused at the player throughout same time on winthe whole league, ning and beating having the most their opponents. goals out of every- Junior Danielle Coyle strikes the “I think makbody in the league, ball with force ing the rally led the team. The video was the girls definitely had a fun time being most memorable experience for me out there on the field working hard throughout the season,” said junior and having it pay off with a successful Karyn Jacobs. “We are working really season. They went to CCS, and came hard in the season. Although the last up short, but fought hard. game of our season was disappointing Even though the girls varsity team we still have CCS to look forward to was not able to beat Burlingame, they and we have more opportunities to be still were able to have fun out there and successful and win more games. play hard, making it to CCS, which is The most memorable moment for me a big accomplishment to all the girls was first getting in the game and getand coaches that are a part of the team. ting my first taste of what playing with We all hope that our girls will play varsity is and how much different it is hard and win CCS. “We’ve got a really playing with girls who are much betgood chance of winning CCS since we ter than you, but still having to go out are in a D3 (division 3) school, but it there and compete knowing that they won’t be easy because there are some are older and stronger than you are,” very skilled and talented teams in our said freshman Hayley Walker.
Bryan Okada Staff Writer
Friday, February 28, 2011
Spring Training is here Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale. The Giants and their fans are excited that their title-defending season is underway!
On February 14, San Francisco Giants’ pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona. The rest of the squad reported on February 19. The mandatory date to report is February 26. Many eyes are on third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who reported to camp in much better shape, and is expected to regain his rookie-year form, and have a great season. San Francisco played their first Spring Tr a i n ing game on February 25, against the
Oakland A’s players were ready for the upcoming season when they reported to Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona. The spring will be especially important for the Athletics, as nine players are coming back from surgery, including closer Andrew Bailey. The A’s opened up the spring season against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona on February 27.
With the hiring of Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, and the rest of the coaching positions filled, the San Francisco 49ers turn
their attention to free agency and the NFL Draft. The Niners will especially look to address needs at quarterback, cornerback, and defensive end. Some potential first-round draft picks are cornerback Prince Amukamura from Nebraska, and defensive end Marcell Darius from Alabama. It is more likely the 49ers will address the need at quarterback later in the draft, or via free agency.
The Raiders have also filled all their coaching vacancies, and new Head Coach Hue Jackson is ready to attack free agency, and the draft. They will need to fill needs at cornerback, and the offensive line. With no picks in the first round, Oakland wont pick until the second round. Cornerback Rashad Carmichael, out of Virginia Tech, and offensive tackle Nate Potter, from Boise State are possible draft selections.
The Golden State Warriyas have caught fire and are playing very well as of late. As of February of 24, their record stands at 26 and 30, including victories in six of their last eight games. Guard Monta Ellis currently ranks sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 25.2 points per game. Promising rookie forward Ekpe Udoh, has seen an increase in playing time, and has taken advantage of it by providing rebounding and defensive prowess off the bench. Guard Stephen Curry represented the Warriors well at NBA All-Star Weekend, by winning the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
Cal/Stanford Basketball As of February 25, the Cal hoops team’s record stands at 15 and 13 overall, and
8 and 8 in the Pac 10. Junior Jorge Gutierrez leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.9 points a game. Stanford’s record stands at 13 and 14 overall, with a 6 and 10 record in conference play. Junior Jeremy Green leads the Cardinal in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game.
The CSM Bulldog baseball team is off to a good start, with a record of 5 and 4. Former Bearcat pitchers Mitch Labbie and Branson Precht are red shirting for the bulldogs this season, and will be valuable arms out of the rotation or bullpen in 2012. The Cañada Colts’ record is 3 and 3, as of February 16. Former Bearcat infielder Marcus Pollard is also red shirting this season, but is in line to start at third base for the Colts in 2012. All three Bearcat alums have been working hard, and look to excel at the collegiate level and beyond!
Packers win Super Bowl XLV Boys’ Tennis ready to hit the court Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Austin Chua Editor-in-Chief
Dewei Zheng Staff Writer
Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews celebrate the victory
The most watched annual sports event in the U.S.A. kicked off on Sunday February 6, in Dallas, Texas. The AFC champions, Pittsburgh Steelers faced the NFC champion Green Bay Packers. This game was highly anticipated. Many people thought that the Steelers had the edge over the Packers because of their previous Super Bowl experience. As Super Bowl XLV started, Green Bay won the coin toss and choose to defend so Pittsburgh received. They couldn’t successfully convert and had to punt. On the Packers side, quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn’t get the team moving so they punted the ball back to Pittsburgh. This sequence went on for the first 3 drives of the game. As the Packers got the ball back for the second, Rodgers started to get into a rhythm. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson found the opening and Rodgers threw a 29-yard touchdown pass. The scoreless start changed and Packers went up during the next drive. Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger got hit on the release and Green Bay safety Nick Collins got his hands on the bad pass and ran it back into the end zone putting the Packers up 14-0. The Steelers got into the red zone, but couldn’t finish it and had
to settle with a field goal. The score was 14-3; with the Steelers needing a momentum change on offense in order to get back in the game. But then as the Steelers defense needed a stop, Aaron Rodgers did what he does best. He threw to Greg Jennings for a 21yard touchdown. The Steelers chance for victory was slowly slipping away from their hands. The score stood at 21-3. They desperately needed a score Rothlisberger hit Hines Ward for an eight-yard touchdown pass. Going into halftime the score was 21-10. Starting off the third quarter, the Packers reclaimed the ball looking to keep their lead, but they couldn’t. They punted back to the Steelers who got a quick score. Rashard Mendenhall got an eight-yard blast into the end zone. The Steelers finally got into the rhythm when previous Super Bowl experience started to kick in. They were on a trial of a comeback; the score was now 2117. Then both teams couldn’t find their rhythm and the score stayed the same going into the fourth quarter. The Steelers needed their defense to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in order to take the lead in this game. But their defense couldn’t do that, Rodgers gunned an eight-yard touchdown pass to Jennings. The score
was now 28-17. As Steelers’ defense couldn’t hold, their offense needed to click and desperately needed a fast score. Rothlisberger threw a perfect pass caught by Mike Wallace for a 25yard touchdown. Coach Mike Tomlin decided to keep the game close and go for a two-point conversion. If they were successful then it would only be a 3 point game. This would be a key point in the game, and the Steelers converted. The score was now 28-25 with 7:34 left on the game clock. The Steelers really needed their defense to be strong and not allow the Packers to score again. They didn’t let the Packers score a touchdown. But they got three points on the board. With 2:07 left on the clock, there was plenty of time for the Steelers to push the football up the field and get a score. The Packers had been playing good defense throughout the night and just needed a little bit more of that, and that’s what they got; Rothlisberger couldn’t move the ball up the field and could not score. The Super Bowl XLV wrapped up with the underdogs taking home the trophy. Rodgers was named the game’s MVP for his outstanding performance and leadership. The Packers had won the game 31 to 25, and took the Lombardi Trophy home to Green Bay.
Rebuilding in 2011 is something the boy’s tennis team will have to do this season to play well to make CCS. The team lost a number of seniors last year, but a promising class of incoming players consisting of mostly freshmen hope to learn the trade of high school tennis under coach John Daquioag. The task of finding players who can rise to the challenge of filling several prominent positions on the ladder may prove to be challenging to Daquioag. In addition to several top doubles positions, seniors have vacated the top two singles positions as well. The Bearcats have historically been a relatively strong team, having talent spread throughout the ladder and beyond, but this year many underclassmen look to challenge for ladder positions. Srinu Bhamidipati, a sophmore in his second year with the team, looks
to make the jump from the frosh-soph team to varsity. Srinu thinks “Tennis is a mind game; I need to get into my opponent’s head.” Srinu is just one of many talented underclassmen that not only look to make the varsity team stronger, but give long term options for the team in the future for Coach Daquioag. Setting his sights on a successful season, for Srinu, it’s about knowing that “winning isn’t about who’s better; it’s about who wants it more”. Eric Tsai, a four-year player, is “terribly excited” for his final season of Bearcat tennis. He thinks his four years of tennis have been enjoyable, filled with hard hits and hard fought wins. Peter Lebo, another four-year player, self-proclaimed captain, thinks the team is looking quite strong this year. “The boys are out for blood this time around and they’ve got their sights set on Burlingame.” Lebo also feels pretty good about his game, telling us “I’m constantly improving, because ‘amazing’ doesn’t always cut it.”