Page 1

Volume 43, Issue 2


El Camino Real Charter High School

September 19, 2012

No more senior burns...

Immigration Stories

One night play: 8

Get the scoop on the ban on burns.

Students illustrate the diversity at ECR.

Drama explores both arguments for Proposition 8.

-page 3


-page 3

ECR continues welcoming traditions By CLARE RAMIREZ Not even high temperatures could repress the school spirit on dent body gathered to watch and participate in the annual Welcome Back Parade on Friday, Sept.. 7. Chemistry teacher Jake Lin acted as the event’s master of ceremonies, introducing (and in a few cases, making fun of) each club, athletic team and student organization that walked in the parade. Entertainment came in the form of performances by marching band, cheer, dance guard and the hip-hop dance team. “The event was chaotic and fun,” Lin said. “It was an honor to help out Student Council, and I’m glad I had the opportunity.” Upon entering the track, the boys soccer team gave a spontaneous tribute to their late teammate, Pancho Rodriguez. Junior Omar Silva, who was wearing a T-shirt in Rodriguez’s memory, sat on the shoulders of one of his soccer teammates. The rest of the players then huddled around him as they all chanted, “Na na na na, na na na na, heeeey, Pancho’s here,” a scene inspired by the movie Remember the Titans. “I was the only one wearing the Pancho shirt,” Silva said. “I felt so honored that they wanted to carry me up in honor of Pancho.”

As is Conquistador tradition, the parade ended with the juniors and seniors running onto the track and displaying their class pride. Even the sophomores were able to rack up quite a number of students considerably higher than that of past years. Senior Events Coordinator Nicholas Robinson said that organizing the parade was stressful, as it was an event that the entire school does and must attend. inson planned a school event, but he drew some experience from helping plan productions for the drama department. “There were a few glitches them,” he said. “It wasn’t perfect, but the whole outcome was fun and very rewarding.” Robinson also felt that the level of school spirit on the track was “overwhelming,” as this year contained the largest number of student participants compared to previous parades. “In all my years at Elco, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to walk with the seniors,” senior Erin Epstein said. “I have never shown more pride at a school event.” Yet some also noticed that the school spirit in the stands was very low compared to the spirit “It’s sad because it’s like that every single year,” senior Andrew Thai said. “They should come up with ways to get the audience to

Thespians march in the parade supporting the No Hate movement and their play 8, a reenactment of the federal trial that led to the court’s rejection of Proposition 8 written by Academy Milk. be more spirited.” Thai also pointed out that this apathetic attitude applies mainly to underclassmen, but when they

become seniors, their whole attitude changes. “That’s probably the reason why the parade is such a cher-

ished Elco tradition,” he said. “There’s nothing more entertaining than the rivalry between the juniors and seniors.”

ECR grad is delegate to Democratic Convention By GOLNAZ GUIVATCHIAN

Ty Halen, former ECR grad prepares for the beginning of at the Democratic Convention. “Nothing can compare with the patriotism, companionship, and memories something like this can instill in your heart,” said Halen. It was by far one of the most educational and humbling experiences I’ve had and I have to sincerely thank all the friends and volunteers who made this convention possible.”

Your brain on news!

What you need to know to seem smart.

Snow boarder, Shaun White goes astray in Nashville: “The Olympic snow boarder apologized on Tuesday for his misbehavior while “overcelebrating” on a night that ended in a brawl.” (CNN)

2012 Heat Wave breaks records: 2012 were the hottest that were ever recorded, as reported by the National Climatic Data Center.” (CNN)

Former Coexist club president and 2010 ECR graduate Ty Halen now has a career in politics. “I have put my blood, sweat and tears into my career,” Halen told El Camino’s journalism classes. He now leads CSUN’s Young Democrats Club, works for Congressman Brad Sherman, and was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He is one of the eight people from the Los Angeles district chosen to go to this year’s Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. He said he hopes to talk to some of his favorite politicians, such as California senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. “Being as well known and young as I am, I get an initial jump start on my career,” Halen said. “I want to eventually run for

Twenty-year-old Halen, a third year political science major at CSUN, has been getting involved with lesbian gay bisexual transgender issues ever since Prop 8 in 2008. “Politicians were not doing their jobs so I had to do it for them,” Halen said. Also active in environmental issues, the Occupy Movement, and education, Halen said he works hard, not for the fame or fortune, but to do what’s right. “Doing the easy thing is usually the wrong thing,” Halen said. “When it comes to stepping up for what’s right, we are trying to do the right thing even though it is the harder thing.” During the governor elections in California, he created the largest anti-Meg Whitman Facebook page with 4,000 followers. “I do this to make a difference,” Halen said. “That is the biggest factor for me.”

DID YOU KNOW? About 70 percent of this year’s college seniors will graduate without having secured a job . Harper’s Index

Nearly 80 percent of obese Americans say they respond to weight discrimination by eating more. Harper’s Index








19 SAT Writing


Workshop by Eureka 3:30-4:30 Library

No School

Air Force Academy 9 a.m.




KEY PDD: Professional Development Day GT: Grieb Theater AH: Anderson Hall

USC 8 a.m.


University of San 20 Francisco 9 a.m. Pomona College 1 p.m. Screening of “Admissions” per. 5/6 Science Department Event: L.A. County Fair


26 UC Riverside 9 a.m.

September 19, 2012





Tufts University 10:30 a.m.

No School




Marching Band Competition Pasedena Rose Bowl

29 Syracuse 10:30 a.m.

Catalyst SAT Bootcamp 8 a.m.

LVMWD Community Meeting AH




Seniors make a splash at picnic By ISABELLA CHAVEZ

KKM/King’s Courier

Seniors splashed at the senior picnic on Sept. 11, at Camp Keystone in Vasa Park. They ate unlimited chicken, hot dogs, salad, fruit, chips, ice cream and more. dents dispersed to swim, participate in a water balloon toss, take Instagram pix, socialize with each other, and slip on the water and foam slides. At 1:30, eight buses disgorged nearly 300 students clad in bathing suits and ready for fun. that everybody was breathalyzed. broke out as well, creating scandalous and crazy results. with my friend Summer Gilson and out of nowhere, all these girls made it a huge battle. It was fun but I got many cuts and bruises,” said senior Melissa Duronslet. Not only were there many wet activities; seniors Connor McClellan, Jack Matzkin and Justin Talhelm were DJ’ing on the side. The Welcome Back Parade ushered in a series of senior events which excite many who are thrilled to have made it this far.

Pictured above: Seniors Stevie Manios, Karina Ramirez, Maya Bovshow, Jessica Nakhla, and Michael Rousso celebrate their seniority at Camp Keystone in Vasa Park at senior picnic. Pictured right: Foreign exchange student from Foerde, Norway, Anna Hjelle, jumps on the foamy water slide at senior picnic. Hjelle said that senior activities at ECR are very different from the events in Norway because here they are spread out, while in Norway they are clustered together for 17 days. Hjelle said. “We drink for 17 days until our independence day, because drinking in Norway is legal at age 18.” She moved here a month ago and will stay for the entire school year. “I wanted to meet new people and discover a new culture,” Hjelle said.

a senior. The senior events truly make it a year like no other,” senior Kristina Arnold said. The next event for seniors will be Halloween Roller Skating Night, where senior polls will be announced. All grades are welcome.

Welcoming our new teachers: Get to know a few of the 13 new teachers on campus

Rosie Montague Biology

Meredith Adams History

“I throw a genetics baby shower every year,” said Montague, recalling what she said was a memorable experience from

“Studying abroad is one of the things I wish I had done,” said Adams who studyear abroad. After visiting a friend who studied in Bologna, Italy, Adams had a chance to see all the activities she missed out on. “I wish I had done that.”

Nora Murphy/King’s Courier

Jennifer Rosenthal History “I teach by relating everything to something kids do or something in their life,” said Rosenthal. She makes one of her most unique analogies with her tenth grade class. “We went over the whole Alice in Wonderland story,” she said, “and I showed them pictures because the Queen of Hearts is basically the queen of England.”

put up our babies and have fun that day. Then I surprised my class and told them, ‘Guess what? I’m pregnant.” Montague’s class returned the favor by throwing her a surprise baby shower. “That was really sweet.”

Kathy Her History Though she is a teacher, Ms. Her plans on venturing to other careers in the future. “I’ve always kind of been entrepreneurial,” she said. She wants to own a business but has other areas of interest as well, including real-estate and farming. “I’m going to need two lives.”

September 19, 2012

Life skills teacher hosts student Socratic Seminar By KATHERINE ALAS Life skills teacher Regina Goad hosted her annual Socratic Seminar between freshmen and upperclassmen on Friday, Aug. 31. Goad began these seminars with a plan of introducing new students to the school and making them feel more comfortable. In past years, Goad has brought in some seniors to talk to the freshmen, but this year she included other grades and brought them in to the younger kids as well, instead of just the seniors. From listening to their peers’ stories, the freshmen could evaluate the consequences and make their own decisions about how to tackle high school. “I thought, how could I show the younger kids the effects of certain behaviors. That’s when I thought, ‘Hey, what if I bring the older kids back?’” said Goad. Some of the feedback from the ninth graders was that this seminar really did help.


From the seminar, they now know what to expect in the future. “The Socratic seminar helped because the upperclassmen talked to us. It was wasn’t scripted, and they told us how high school was and how to prevent bad things from happening,” said ninth grader Melody Niv. “[The seminar] more or less helped me to see what not to do. I respect the people who were there because they came out and spoke to us on what they have done and what has happened to them,” said freshman Bryan Montasseri. thing I have done. Sometimes it is good for us as seniors to remember and go reflect on our younger years,” senior Sidnie Thomas said. “Seeing these ninth graders reminded me of when I was there, how I felt, and how I thought; a lot has changed since then.” Goad says she will keep hosting these seminars and believes that they really do help the ninth graders.


Arizona State University representative Tony Aguilar passes our papers to students in the Penthouse during second period on Friday, Sept. 14. ASU is only one of the many colleges that are speaking to students about information regarding their schools. Other schools include University of Southern California, and University of California Santa Barbara. For more information and

CLUB CORNER: Remote Area Medical

Drama performs “8” By JOSH DAHLERBRUCH Contributing Writer After a month of anticipation, the crowd rushed in to El Camino high school performance of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s “8,” a play tion 8 in California. Hundreds of people attended the performance, including Black, the executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Adam Umhoefer, and a witness during the trials, Ilan Meyer. “Out of all of the performances I’ve seen, this one was the most moving,” Black said after mentioning that the performance brought him to tears. It wasn’t just Black was impressed with the performance. So was Umhoefer. “I think this was the best performance I’ve seen of “8” because we want young gay and lesbians to have an easier and

Members of RAM discuss their current eyeglass drive while senior Brenden Polak gives an example of what they are looking to collect. The club is accepting any used eyeglasses to donate to RAM California, which will then distribute the glasses to people who need they, but cannot afford them. Meetings are held Thursdays at Nutrition in C-18.

By SARAH STIGERS Young Hearts Mended, Happy Feet and Project Green are just some of the many student-run community service clubs at El Camino. Though some are more popular than others, one of the lesser known clubs is Remote Area Medical, or RAM. “The club allows students to see how fortunate we are,” said senior Hallie Drapkin, the club’s new co-president. “It helps us see what really goes on in the world around us that we don’t know about.” The mission of RAM is to airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people

in remote areas of the United States and the world,” according to Medical professionals can also donate their services to the organization for use at conventions. high school club to represent Remote Area Medical, Caliclub since last year, but was relatively unknown to the student population. “Leeron Tzalka and I were inspired to start RAM after watching a video on the organization in Highberg’s AP Econ. class,” co-founder and ECR alumna Caitlin Matekel said. “We felt strongly about providing help for people within the US in order to make our country strong enough to help others, and although we were not as successful as we had planned I am glad that we got the club

started so that the future generations could continue it.” The club will undergo changes in leadership and will make a more conscious effort to promote the club to the student body so that they will see viding to the community. RAM’s current fundraiser is a used eyeglass drive. Students and staff can donate their used reading glasses to Connie Highberg’s room, C-18. The donated pairs will be donated directly to RAM California. Every penny helps, and all donations will be used to fund RAM and the RAM California Branch. organization, visit or attend club meetings in C-18, every Thursday at nutrition.

happier time growing up, and to see high school kids putting on this production is so amazing,” Umhoefer said. Parents commended their children for addressing a key issue in today’s society as well. “I was really happy when I heard about the production because it is something people need to know more about, but I didn’t realize it went as far as it had,” parent Marianne Robinson said. “It’s not easy [for gays]. It’s easier now than when I was a kid, so it’s nice that it is more open now…I just wonder how many people were gay back then.” Aside from trying to put on a quality, moving production, drama teacher Sue Freitag claims that “8” is more than their average performance. She wants to use it as an educational opportunity because it is important to expose high school students to a large civil rights issue of our time. [See 8 the Play, page 8]

Lip sync bans burns By MADISON SPIEGEL Senior Lip Sync’s trademark tradition of senior burns has recently been revoked due to the extremity of last year’s slams. The class of 2013 has become vocal on the issue, expressing their frustration on the circumstance and hoping for any kind of compromise to regain the ritual. Administration and the student body have different views on the subject, two in particular, Assistant Principal Dean Bennett and Lip Sync coordinator Nicholas Robinson. “When I found out Senior Lip Sync was no longer allowed to have burns, I was extremely upset and disappointed,” Robinson said. Although administration is miss the burns, Robinson disagrees. ministration to let us have burns;” said Robinson, “so, as of now we will be having burns.” Even though nothing is concrete, some of last year’s seniors

agree that the burns are the highlight of the event. “They were taken away because there were complaints on the level of the burns,” said Robinson. “Also, there was added dialogue in the show that was not scripted that the administration did not approve of.” In an interview for, Bennett said, “ I have had parents and students coming the extremity of the burns.” In years past, Student Council enforced the policy that requires hosts of the event to get a signed consent form from any student named in the burns. But many people believe the waivers aren’t enough. They believe students sign the forms for fear of seeming uncool. “They sign the consent form because no one really thinks about how heart wrenching the information may be,” Robinson said.. “I cannot wait to start planning,” added Robinson. “The event will still be a blast even with the new restrictions. It’s Lip Sync after all.”




September 19, 2012





King’s Courier




















Should sports teams be allowed to pray before games?




The moment before the team runs out -









September 19, 2012

King’s Courier


Editorial Policy: All editorials on this page are the collective opinion of the King’s Courier editorial board. As with all major daily newspapers, these consensus editorials run without byline. Contributing Editors: Amy Ayala, Brittany Brody, Rachael Cohen, Brit-El Gibson, Golnaz Guivatchian, Maurine Lambert, Ethan Millman, Clare Ramirez, Madison Spiegel, Sarah Stigers, Yasmin Torabi, Imani White

No place for hate; acceptance is key


or a school as diverse and integrated as El Camino, the thought of flagrant racism and religious intolerance is hard to imagine. With such an incredible blend of heritages and ideologies, one would think, especially in 2012, that there would not be issues concerning tolerance. However, hateful ideologies still exist. Religious intolerance is not a light topic, especially when it comes to hate speech. Religious slurs are often thrown around, and although a person may be joking, it is offensive as well as forbidden by the law. These “jokes,” although not intended to hurt anyone seriously, are what makes an environment less accepting and comfortable. Although high school students may think all’s fair in humor, the intolerance doesn’t stop there. Blatant hate towards religious denominations is unfortunately more alive than anyone might

have thought. Soon after the passing of freshman Jessica Silver, an unnamed student who attended Hale posted a derogatory status on Facebook that can be roughly summed up as an irreverent statement towards “another dead Jew.” The post received 75 “likes.” While we do not know how many of those “likes” were from El Camino students, the sentiment is unspeakably atrocious. We have all probably seen inconsiderate comments online, but this comment is of its own class. It is hard to hear something like this, especially so soon after Silver’s passing. This inhumane comment is an upsetting example of how our generation has been, in a sense, desensitized. If blasphemous comments like this can obtain so many “likes” on Facebook, symbolizing the approval of peers, then what can’t be said?


The other appalling aspect is the disrespect towards a human life. A serious event such as the unfortunate death of a young girl is nothing to joke about. The fact that the student who made this comment is not being torn apart by his or her peers is a disappointing reflection of the apathetic nature our generation has adopted. If we truly are a responsible community, as touched upon in the last issue, we cannot let incidents such as this go unnoticed. We must unite as a community against the bigotry and inhumanity that still exists today. Ignoring these problems will not make them go away. To quote the late Edward R. Murrow, a journalist remembered for his integrity: “We will not walk in fear, one of another; we will not be driven into an age of unreason. If we dig deep into our history and our doctrine, we will remember we are not descended from fearful men.”

Editors-in-Chief............................................Clare Ramirez, Sarah Stigers Production Manager...........................................................Christine Yuen News Editors.................................Golnaz Guivatchian, Maurine Lambert Opinion Editors.........................................Rachael Cohen, Yasmin Torabi Features Editors............................................Brittany Brody, Imani White A&E Editors...........................................Brit-El Gibson, Madison Spiegel Sports Editors.................................................Amy Ayala, Ethan Millman Advertising Manager.........................................................Katherine Alas Photographer........................................................................Nora Murphy Pollster/Public Relations..................................................Mariapia Aquije Distribution and Exchange..............................................Isabella Chavez Technology Director..............................................................Justin Hoang Adviser.......................................................................Kimberly Messadieh The King’s Courier is published by the Journalism 2 class of El Camino Real High School. Our address is 5440 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367. The King’s Courier is handdistributed, free of charge, to a student body and faculty of over 3,700. Advertising information is available by emailing us at Suggestions, comments, or letters to the editor may be dropped off during schools hours in room S-6, or placed in Ms. Messadieh’s


Clare Ramirez/King’s Courier

Use your brain before you post


rom Facebook to Twitter to Formspring or any other social media Web site people use, sites like these all have one thing in common. People can say whatever they want, when they want, and no one can stop them. People can talk about their eventful lives, post pictures of what they are about to eat, share their opinions on certain topics, or type in those quotes that make everyone go “awww.” However, what gets posted is at the discretion of the individual and no one can stop him or her from saying what he or she wants. Since we are all guaranteed the right of free speech, basically anything goes. But does that mean it’s okay to tweet something that has the potential to be hurtful, degrading or insulting? No. Speaking our minds has gotten to the point where we are starting to act cold-hearted and disrespectful towards others. Sometimes we believe in

things so passionately that we feel the everyone needs to read our opinions. Not everything a person believes and thinks belongs online for the world to read. Our very own school is a great example of this. El Camino is full of diversity, more so than other schools. There are students from all over the world, and every student has a different opinion, which he or she is completely entitled to. During football games, basketball games or soccer games, we all root for the same team and bond as a student body. Why can’t we do the same when it comes to political, religious and moral beliefs? We have been taught from an early age to respect each other as individuals, to respect each other’s views on subjects, and to respect each other’s backgrounds and cultures. When did this suddenly change? We have become so completely fixated on our own opinions and views that we forget that people

have their own ideas and want their ideas respected, just as you want your peers to be tolerant of your views. It’s easy to broadcast controversial statements from behind your computer screen, but things we say online aren’t always things we’d say to someone faceto-face. Ultimately, opinions can be hurtful and really offensive. More than that, what one says is how that person will be judged; it voices one’s true character. Everyone has the right to speak their mind, but just remember what Mom and Pop used to say, “If you have nothing nice to say then don’t say it all.” Before posting something controversial online, think what is about to be put out there and what it says about you as a person. Everyone wants their opinions respected, so before clicking that mouse, think about what you are saying, so that nothing hurtful violates the respect we should have for each others views and opinions.

One of my pet peeves is the discreditation the word “white” gives to my ethnicity. I don’t disapprove of the term for my color, because the alternative being “European-American” is just ridiculous. However, I do dislike how it generalizes my heritage. I may be “white” in appearance, and I proudly bear my French, German, Irish, and Dutch heritage. I may as well be the poster-child for European cooperation. But that’s just the beginning of the list. My ethnicity does not stop at European nations. I am, according to my family, part Cherokee Indian. Yes, I am light-skinned and blue-eyed, but the label “white” disregards my Native American background. I am Cherokee Indian, as told from generation to generation on my mother’s side. However, we lack the official documents to prove to the Indian Nation that we do possess Cherokee blood. I have tried time after time to prove that I really am what I say, but I’m starting to get the feeling that the Cherokee Nation doesn’t want me to prove that I am part of their historic culture. I even have proof that one of my extended family members is buried in a Native-American cemetery, yet that information still isn’t sufficient. What persists to baffle me

is along these lines. I just don’t understand why people in the United States still, in 2012, fight over the authenticity of their races. For instance, the argument asking if the person who is 50 percent of a certain race is inferior compared to the person who is 75 percent seems rather petty. In reality -- with my ethnicity as proof -- most people who live in the United States are not purely one race. Society accepts interracial marriage and as a by-product, we are gifted with people who are beautiful mixes of race and proudly support their background cultures, yet embrace the title “American.” I am not saying that being only one race is a bad thing; it is, in fact, something to be proud of. However, having small racial wars during nutrition isn’t a great way to show your pride. It really is admirable how diverse our country is when you take a look around your classroom and realize how many races are actually present. What is even more inspiring is that we don’t see those people for their race, and label them accordingly, but instead we see them as our peers, and just that. Now I realize why my elementary school required that I sing about our “melting-pot” of a society: not to frame our adorably, youthful ignorance with show tunes, but instead to teach us at a very young age how fortunate we are to live in a country that supports the individuality of culture, yet also promotes the sharing of heritage to advance our society.

-Sarah Stigers

Write to the Courier!

The King’s Courier is your newspaper, and we welcome your feedback. Tell us what you think of our coverage, for better or worse. You may submit articles for us to publish to S-6. Letters become the property of the Courier and may be altered by the staff of the paper for the sake of available space. Please include your name (even if you wish to remain anonymous), period 4 room number, and a contact number.

Contact the editors at:

Arts & Entertainment


Sept. 19, 2012


Find out what your peers think about the latest...


“Railroad Track” By BRIT-EL GIBSON

The latest offering from the Nashville-based, solidly analog recording studio that is Jack White’s Third Man Records is an inviting, snazzy track from debonair New Zealand native ing for a tune that’s as slickedthe vinyl it’s printed on, follow Bells in the beginning of a song can very easily be cliché, but some bells soon fused with thunder crackles and rain lay down a nice base for Moon’s classy, old school yet fresh votame moments, and while some of the lines might sound kind of hits nice, growly notes, like a one-two drum beat supports The Third Man himself plainly had no hand in this

a feel for him, the absence of Señor White as even songwriter or producer is tangible as the difference between creamy song writing, performance and song feels too slow to be “rock” and too lacking in guitar to be “blues,” the label doesn’t mat-

Pictured above is a poster advocating awareness about the production as well as the message that the play portrays. This production was not just another performance for ECR Play Production, but also advocated activism. Pictured left, after the performance, audience and cast members listened admiringly as “8” writer Dustin Lance Black addressed questions from the audience.

At 21, Willy Moon has yet to gain the chivalrous subtlety of gentleman overlord and the got charisma, legitimate talent, “Railroad Track” is out on


Gavin Degraw and Colbie Caillat By MADISON SPIEGEL Gavin Degraw and Colbie

[Continued from page 3, “8” The Play]

can be seen in a more progressive

shared stage at the August 19 concert at the legendary Greek

With any social issue comes controversy, which worried some

I don’t think they understand that they are using the Bible in some ways and not in other ways…it’s

As fans trickled into the openair venue, Degraw and Caillat waited for the summer sun to go down, wanting to create the right Right at dusk, opening act Justin Young began singing his mellow harmonies, welcoming took the stage with an impressive ing with his newest hit “Sweeter,” Degraw’s soulful lyrics and upbeat melodies brought the fans to As the night progressed, Degraw sang many of his popular hits such as “Chariot” and “I Don’t Wanna Be,” recollecting how he got his start singing, and It was not until Caillat came on stage in a white dress that the

crowd got to witness why the pair

anything bad to happen,” actress bringing everybody to their feet

does, it will get more publicity

After Degraw’s name was chanted for several minutes, Caillat took the stage and opened with

Due to the concern, police of-

Caillat sang fan favorites such as “I Do,” “Brighter Than the Sun” and “I Never Told You,” appealing

there were more resources they

she introduced her newest song, “We Both Know,” fans were surprised when Degraw stepped out once again to duet with Caillat in As the concert ended, Degraw ized their overwhelming humilthese artists are different, they came together and gave the audi-

did not affect the actors or the started, I had an overwhelming sense of peace and love,” actress After the production, drama teacher Sue Freitag led a panel discussion with Black, Meyer, topic of religious fundamentalists’ opposition to same-sex marriage, Rabbi Goor said, “Religious text

New Shows Worth Watching

actually, in the Torah, marriage is

tors knew there were varying viewpoints on the issue at hand, they still went through with the a successful performance, Freitag said that there was a lot of pressure to portray real-life characters for the performance, the cast and crew had the opportunity to meet with the actual plantiffs from the “You have to teach people to are gay or straight,” Zarillo told Katami added, “It’s moving to us that a high school is being courageous and standing up for As the discussion continued


The New Normal

Nashville music icon battles against new country star for popularity in music world.

A billionaire playboy who’s shipwrecked on an island

Gay couple attempt to start a family via an eccentric surrogate and try to adjust to normal life.

Wednesdays 10 p.m. CW

Wednesdays 8 p.m. CW

city of bad guys.

The Mindy Project 666 Park Avenue Ob-Gyn whose private life is a mess of failed relationships and friendships. Tuesdays 9:30 p.m. FOX

Mondays 10 p.m. NBC


A creepy Manhattan apartment that might be tied to Satan where residents move in, cannot move out.

J.J. Abram’s latest concept is set 15 years after the world is sapped of energy.

Sundays 10 p.m. ABC

Mondays 10 p.m. NBC

a good thing for our community because it awakened a sleeping When the plantiffs concluded the session, Freitag began to tear “We should be proud of the mark Following the remark, the class stood for a round of applause for Katami and Zarillo, as In response, actress Stephanie Kleinman said, “This meeting really pumps us up for the play because it makes everything seem over, the student actors knew they had made an impact on the audience and the rest of the comsaid was true: “This is not about situation because it is about hu-

Searching for Sugar Man By ETHAN MILLMAN


and the students felt more inspired, Katami and Zarillo shared

Anyone who appreciates music, a good story or just great movies will love the documentary Searching For Sugar Man The documentary is about the incredible story and mystery of the profound poet and singersongwriter of the ‘70s, Sixto Rodriguez, as well as the search for Unheard of in America, his the record labels he was signed to could understand why he could is reminiscent of American folk anti-Latino racism could have been a factor keeping him from But little did anyone know including Rodriguez himself, that he was perhaps the most treasured and famous music artist in the his-

At the time, South Africa was going through a revolution, and his style of music was exactly the anthem citizens needed for inspiCold Fact to hit the top of South Africa’s music charts alongside The The documentary is strikingly It has great music, an interesting character in Rodriguez, and a mystery that makes people leave the movie theater in complete not help but smile at the great story and lovable character of Rodriguez as well as the great music that was played by him throughThis was by far the best documentary I have ever had the privily encourage anyone who enjoys

September 19, 2012

Arts & Entertainment

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Odd Future


Featured Writer: Breanna Wickerd

Photos Courtesy of

Pictured Above: Odd Future front man, Tyler the Creator, gives notoriously intense energetic performances that draw admiration from punks like guitarist Frank Lero, infamous for giving “150%” during shows. Tyler the Creator is best known for his single “Yonkers” which displays clever use of lyrics accompanied by a rhythmic beat which keeps listeners interested.

By BRIT-EL GIBSON I love music from nearly all genres – rock and its subgenres, blues, country, classical, folk, rap, hip hop – admittedly, not pop or dubstep. I love music mainly for passion, authenticity and insight. It’s not exclusive to any one genre. But to quote Gerard Way, “Ain’t no DJ gonna save my soul, I sold it long ago for rock and roll,” so when I look for new music, my heathen heart is praying to be sated by rocking legends of raw power. Words intimate and insightful, with intense, incendiary riffage, the cry of a wild person. That music stuns me to the point where I cannot speak. When I’m in that moment of connection to the music, I know that it’s my purpose in life, and everything else branches off or merely surrounds it. It changes everything.

that does that hasn’t already been at it for about ten years. And there is such cause for angst and frustration – our shady economy and politics, consumerist/pop culture... So where are the rock bands? I don’t know. I hope I But I was seeking a fresh, authentic voice, and found it. It just wasn’t in rock. I got into Frank Ocean a while ago, and when I heard Odd Future, it caught me totally off guard. Tyler the Creator is biting and clever, from “Yonkers” with lyrics like “Jesus called / he said he’s sick of the disses…” and a dark, insightful track like “Bastard.” Tyler says, “I created O.F. cause I feel we’re more talented than 40-year-old rappers talking about Gucci.” This is what I’m talking about. It has no riffs or basslines, but it’s a voice of sharp criticism and wit that’s just what I want to hear.

Honestly, after listening to the last words of “Bastard” – “I just want my father’s email so I can tell him how much I f**king hate him in detail” – “I’m the son of rage and love, the Jesus of Suburbia”, the opening chords of Green Day’s “Jesus of Suburbia” (and my favorite song of all time) echoed in my head. And when a modern rap song can remind someone in love with punk rock as I am of Green Day, there is something very special going on. Odd Future have an energy bursting with anger and creativity that is held by the greatest punk bands (though they might express it differently), and to note, Frank Iero of punk band My Chemical Romance expressed admiration for Odd Future in an interview, citing their unique energy. Music is about authenticity, and when it’s expressed articulately enough, people put aside labels and come together, and celebrate.

VMA’s lack of shock-factor disappoints By MARIAPIA AQUIJE Known for their unexpected surprises, like the infamous Kanye West interruption on Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech back in 2009, this year’s VMAs seemed to lack a “wow” factor. Instead they tried a comical approach, with comedian Kevin Hart hosting and presenters with cheesy scripts. The event kicked off with an extraordinary performance from Video of the Year winner Rihanna. Staying true to her honor, Rihanna did not disappoint and put on a spectacular performance that included sassiness and intimacy. Host Kevin Hart kept the election present in his opening monologue, just like Russell Brand in 2008. Hart arrived with mini bodyguards, while the screens

2012.” However, Hart’s teasing opening monologue left much to be desired.

Video, giving an awkward acceptance speech, but lived up to expectation of having a crazy out-

One Direction, who won in each category they were nominated, beating fellow nominees Frank

Best Hip-Hop video was heartwarming and touching, as he addressed former personal bullying issues. Rihanna won the prestigious “Video of the Year” and lived up to it with her opening performance. The show proceeded with no more real “OMG” moments. There were some laughs, but mostly just standard scripted lines. The true highlights of the night were the performances. P!nk took us back in time with a snippet of “Get This Party Started,” and rocked the stage with new song “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” showing she’s still got it. Frank Ocean gave an unbelievable raw performance of his song “Thinking About You,” which truly showcased Ocean’s vocal abilities. Other performers included Green Day, who kept up an old punk tradition of including the audience on stage while performing, and the talented Alicia Keys, who included Olympian Gold medalist Gabby Douglas while singing. Taylor Swift concluded with “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Conclusively, although performers rocked it, a show that is known for its shock factor felt more tame this year and left some disappointment and subsequently wanting more.

Ocean and The Wanted. The boys shook off nervousness and lived up to their Best New Artist award, giving an incredible performance of single “One Thing” that had even the Fierce Five dancing along. Not bad Chris Brown beat out Justin Bieber for Best Male Video, who surprisingly was not even mentioned throughout the night. Nicki Minaj won for Best Female

“Emily has killed herself. In life, nobody listened to what she had to say. In death, nobody could hear her.” script. I just saw it and I wondered what her story was... What caused her so much Sophomore Breanna Wick- pain. It was just a picture of it, but still I wondered what hapcreative writing, music and pened. What if she made a livarts in general, very true to her ing friend.” Wickerd’s story “Ghost astrological sign, Aquarius, which represents communica- Girl” expands on her intrigue with this character, exploring tion. Wickerd began acting in gothic themes of mortality, yet middle school, was in Festival with the sensitivity of inspiration. “Ghost last year, Girl” exand is curplores the rently in “I saw a picture of a sculp- tale of Improvisation. So ture called Ghost Girl online a a girl to with such couple of weeks ago, and it just whom no one paid a strong started to spark ideas.” b a c k -Breanna Wickerd attention in life, ground as sophomore c o m m i t s a thespian, suicide, occasionand upon al poetry lingering reader and Great Films Club attendee, as an apparition, realizes she Wickerd is now focusing her literally cannot be heard. Wickerd’s tastes range energies towards her screenplay “Ghost Girl”, which will from the macabre creativity of Tim Burton to uniquely ceThe inspiration for the rebral expressions such as “A story, she says, came from a Clockwork Orange”, “Fight sculpture, which is also called Club”, “Silence of the Lambs” and “The Rocky Horror PicGhost Girl. “I saw a picture of a sculp- ture Show.” Wickerd only says of the ture called Ghost Girl online a couple of weeks ago, and project that she hopes that it just started to spark ideas. I it all works out, and doesn’t just started writing, stayed up go to the “abandoned, dead until 11 at night, and I had a graveyard.” By BRIT-EL GIBSON




ier Cour



Wefco Rubber Manufacturing,

for their donation to the ECR Journalism program. Thank you for helping advance the technology of our news publication.



September 19, 2012

Football defeated by Van Nuys High By IMANI WHITE

Standings Boys water polo

The varsity boys football team lost to the Van Nuys Wolves on Friday, September 14, at Van Nuys High School. They lost with

El Camino Real

“Our team is inexperienced,” said co-captain senior Greg Morton. “We took the loss as a lesson learned, of us not staying as one unit, and not keeping our head in the game,” said junior Jarek Welch. “We are looking towards the next game (Harvard Westlake),” said co-captain senior Jaylon James. Destin Cabitbat, a junior linebacker, scored the only touchdown made in the most recent game. “There were too many early mistakes,” said James. This game continues the loss for El Camino, who’s building after losing an unusual number of seniors last year. “They weren’t better than us, but we had a lack of focus. Before the game Coach Williams told us, ‘our game plan is focus’,” Welch explains, “There is a laser and a

Girls Volleyball El Camino Real


“Laser” refers to one strong unit that is tough enough to break Nora Murphy/Kings Courier

El Camino Real

light to make a room bright.” Coach Williams said of the loss,“We are just going to continue to work hard and use the techniques we have been using the past six years to be successful.”

Girls tennis defeated by Van Nuys Senior Julia Freeman shares her view of the team and its dynamics, as well as of Michael The high temperatures of Lannom, the coach of the ECR September mark a slow but sure girls and boys tennis teams. “We are more like a family transition from practice to competition for the ECR girls tennis than a team,” says Freeman. “And we’re led by Coach Lannom, who team. is not only a great coach, but a game on Thursday, September 6 great guy who is fun to talk to.” Tennis captain and senior against Kennedy high school, the team won with a score of 4-3 on Christina Le shares similar sentithe ECR courts. The team’s sec- ments. “I’m very happy with our ond of three pre-season games, however, played on Monday, team this year and know we will have a lot of September memories 10 against and fun in Van Nuys our upcomhigh school ing season, resulted in a says Le. score of 2-5 “Our team displayed “We all and an ECR excellent sportsmanship, as tried our loss. always, and great motivation.” hardest in “ M y our games, game against -Molly Tomer and that is Van Nuys was competsophomore what matters.” itive, but all With in all, a fun the last match,” of the presays sophomore Molly Tomer. “[Although season games on Thursday, Sepwe lost,] our team displayed ex- tember 20 against Eagle Rock cellent sportsmanship, as always, high school, the girls will soon and great motivation.” The girls tennis team, now 2012-13 season. Set for Monday, Septemquired two new players this year, ber 24 against Chatsworth high sophomores Emily Soury and school, the game will launch the Jacqueline Parizher, and wel- team into a busy series of games comed the return of a previous that, as of the tentative present schedule, will put the team at 2 to one, sophomore Mayra Jovic. 3 games a week. By CHRISTINE YUEN

Single winner: Molly Tomer Doubles winner: Alexandria Chavez Emily Nemerovsky



September 19, 2012


Pro sports Sideline


By AMY AYALA and ETHAN MILLMAN NFL Photos courtesy of Nick Garzon

The Arizona Cardinals

(pictured above) Junior Joe Said attempts a goal against Panorama goalie. (right) The varsity boys water polo team huddles together in the pool in their game against Panorama on Wednesday, September 12. The team would win the game 27-3.

Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

Peyton ManDenver

ning Broncos


Pittsburgh SteelAtlanta Falcons.

San Francisco 49er’


Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions


“It was so frustrating each time the score would end up the same but we kept our spirit the whole time,”

Nora Murphey/King’s Courier

The girls volleyball team took on the Poly Parrots, and were prepared after a sumer full of practices, conditioning, and work outs. The team looks to carry that success throughout the season. ECR beat Poly, winning the game 3-0, even though the games stayed neck and neck throughout the whole match.

The Los Sparks (21-10)


The Minnesota Lynx (24-5),

Athlete of the Month: Kimberly Puruncajas Q. How did you start playing volleyball?

Maria Aquije/ King’s Courier

Q. Do you plan on continuing volleyball after high school?

. Q. What are some of your goals?

Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, and Maya Moore.

Kristi Toliver


September 19, 2012

Freshman dominate b’ball


Due to last year’s senior dominated girls basketball team, nearly a dozen freshmen had to


how they would all get along and -

big shoes for this season’s freshmen to Currently, team has only three seniors, two juniors, omores The rest is made

Nora Murphy/King’s Courier

“There was a lot that I hadn’t learned yet, but having a lot of the girls be in the same position as me made it a lot easier and more comfortable.” Mia Moore

wouldn’t get along with

ticing them

with since -

“It is different than other teams



added De Mesa, who usually

“There was a lot that I hadn’t

Though it was doubted, the girls gained team chemistry

me made it a lot easier and more

One of the many freshmen on the team crosses another teammate. The team has had practice every day, training for the season that starts in December. They have also trained all summer with weight conditioning, drills, sharpening skills and going to summer league tournaments.

court would be at a low

“All of the juniors and seniors were welcoming and we all got

Jaylon James “You can’t dwell on the same

By YASMIN TORABI back Jaylon James looks like your -

The rumored teams in basketball teams, one being the winningest team in history, two greatly on their success baseball teams and the other be- with all of the teams in the

Aside from football, James it’s a good way to get my anger



“I just like it [football] because it is a good way to get my anger out”

years and started on the junior his



Along with football, James -



team with one of the greatest soc-




should be bestowed the greatest honor any American city can re-

Also in the rumor mill


interned with an art director at Warner Brothers Entertainment

les, it is just what is needed -


Finally, after nearly 20 years,

he has begun acting only recently, -

James doesn’t let it discourage

Jaguars and Buffalo Bills

makes his own and sings, and


Fresh Prince of Bel Air





Why should one of the largest cities in the world -

The biggest hint is the construction of a football stadium

There is no reason why it could not or should not Illustration by Jody Wegner

King's Courier - Iss. 02 Vol. 43  

El Camino Real Charter High School: King's Courier Issue 02, Volume 43 More at

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you