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Volume XLVIII, Issue 8 March 25, 2010 Thousand Oaks High School 2323 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 www.tohsthelancer.org
Girls Clash in Lancer Stadium Seniors win traditional Powder-puff game 27-0
Tough on the Turf— (Left) After a powerful backfield block, senior Katie Deamer and junior Lindsay Latham untangle themselves and try to get back in the play. (Left Middle) The junior defense lines up before the ball is snapped. Though the defenders let up 27 points in the first half, they held the seniors to zero points after halftime. (Right Middle) Senior coach Sam Donohue confers with Michelle Cruz during a timeout. Cruz played running back and scored seven points for the seniors. (Right) Senior Alyson Birgel leads her team onto the field after pre-game warm ups. The seniors’ high energy transferred onto the field, and they scored in the first two minutes of the game.
“It was a lot more focused this year because last year we were the underdogs, and this time we knew we had to do it.” —Senior coach Sam Donohue
Strategic Domination— (Left) Senior Esther Chung looks toward her coach for direction during a timeout. (Middle) Less than ten yards away, the senior offense eyes the goal line, trying to build up their lead. (Right) Seniors Pam Aikman and Allison Van Voy converge to catch an incoming pass.
“The practices were a ton of fun and it brought the senior girls closer together. Winning was just the icing on the cake.” —Senior Jenni Jacobs
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Fierce Competition— (Left) Ready to snap the ball, junior center Rebecca Sylvers lines up across from senior Morganne Jones. (Left Middle) Making her way downfield, senior Michelle Cruz sprints towards the endzone with senior Lydia French and junior Shannon Palka in pursuit. “Michelle is incredible,” senior linebacker Esther Chung said. (Right Middle) Senior linemen Danielle Phillips, Heather Delman and Katie Deamer prepare to keep the junior defense out of their backfield. (Right) After the game, senior Alyson Birgel celebrates with senior Louisa Lenander. Many members of the senior team viewed the game’s success as a redemption to last year’s lost.
“When I was in the moment, it was just so intense that I didn’t even think to like it. I just knew what I had to do and what had to get done” —Junior Shannon Palka
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Disaster Drill Day Covers Emergency Agenda The threat of a disaster occurring in southern California has haunted local residents for years. To take immediate action about the possibility of a major disaster, principal Lou Lichtl and an administrative committee implemented a major evacuation drill. The drill took place during third period on March 18, lasting approximately 40 minutes. Over the course of the event, students participated in a simulated earthquake drill, lockdown and fire drill. Teachers were selected to be in special committees according to their specialties. Some of the teams included a search and rescue team as well as a team to provide medical aid. Because the drill took such a long amount of time, it did not just affect one period; it shortened all periods throughout the day. “The schedule change was defi-
Rock 4 Change comes to T.O. Teen Center Tony Ferrari Staff Writer by
Rock 4 Change, on March 20, is a teen center event organized to raise money for both the Invisible Children and Amnesty International Foundations. Local bands When Daylight Dies, Blackout 101, The Bogarts and On the Draw, all put on quite the show for the TOTC concert-goers. However, the focus of this punk/rock benefit show shifted from the nonprofit organizations to the dedicated antics of the bands very quickly. According to Bogarts lead singer Alex Johnson, the event went slightly off schedule and their initial forty minute set was cut to a twenty minute set. “After fifteen minutes onstage we were told we only had one song left, but that didn’t stop us,” Johnson said. The band proceeded to complete their ‘last song’ and began another song, their original “K.K.B.” In response to their continuation, their microphones were shut off, but by no means did The Bogarts end there. “Our microphones were off, but we just kept playing anyway... so I started screaming the words into the crowd, and the crowd would scream them right back,” Johnson said. “It was awesome.”
nitely a major benefit of the drill,” Sophomore Michael Yuan said. While most people enjoyed the schedule change because of the shorter class periods, others noted a major problem. “The drill needed to be more realistic so that people would take it more seriously,” Yuan said. Although all students ultimately followed drill procedures, not everyone was completely enthusiastic about the prospect. “The drill was really unnecessary,” Sophomore Kevin Lu said. If nothing else, the disaster drill refreshed students’ memory regarding the correct procedure to follow in case of an emergency. Staff Facilitation— Several stations are predesignated with staff coordinators in the event of an actual disaster during school. This map displays the location of these emergency sites.
2. SITE SECURITY Service Road by G Wing Led by Sean Howard
1. STUDENT SUPERVISION Practice Field Led by Jerry Morris
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3. FIRST AID Tennis Courts Led by Valerie Stillwell
4. SEARCH & RESCUE Basketball Courts Led by Jason Klinger
Leading to Safety— During the March 18 fire drill, senior Kathryn Irwin carries the emergency sign for her third period classroom.
Knowledge Bowl Takes Second Place In Competition Megan Marlow Staff Writer by
TOHS hosted the last Knowledge Bowl competition March, Wed. 17. In a three way tie, ten questions were asked to break the tie. The tie breaker placed Thousand Oaks in second while Ventura came in first. Out of the dozens of applicants who try out for Knowledge Bowl, only 12 people are selected from TOHS. They practice every Friday at lunch in Coach Tim Hoag’s room, going over random trivia, and preparing to challenge the other high schools in Ventura County. “There’s usually very challenging and random trivia where we extend
our knowledge to gain points,” Junior Joel Trushinski said. There are many topics including sports, Latin, and biology. “I put the players in a particular match that best matches up to the competition,” Hoag said. In the challenge, each team must pick four of their top team members from different categories to compete. “This is nothing more than team jeopardy, with a toss up question first followed up with a bonus question,” Hoag said. As a competition, the knowledge bowl has benefits for its participants. According to Hoag, it looks “great on a student’s resume and letter of recommendation.”
With a Grain of Salt— In an upset victory, Ventura High School took first place in the Knowledge Bowl Competition this year. TOHS won in overall points, but lost in a tie-breaking match on the topic of history. Coach Tim Hoag looks forward to next year’s quest for redemption.
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Committee Fights Tardiness Cheer CeleIn an attempt to curb a growing amount of tardies from students, Dean of Attendance Mary Ziegler is calling on her peers for help. Starting the week of March 29, Ziegler will convene the new Tardy Committee, a group of staff members committed to finding a solution to what Ziegler sees as an increasingly prevalent problem. “The tardies this year are hor-
rendous,” Ziegler said. “It seems like they’re only getting worse.” Specifically, the tardies for 4th, 6th, and 7th period are most numerous. Ziegler attributes this to the break before 4th period, lunch before 6th, and many students with 7th periods having friends who do not. The committee, led by Ziegler, will be made up of one teacher from each department. Although she has no specific agenda in mind, Ziegler hopes that through discussion, the committee can make progress. - Matt Lopez
brates St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day weekend took off on Saturday, March 13, in Ventura. Hundreds of people lined up and down Main Street to enjoy the festive and green St. Patrick’s Day parade. This annual parade is sponsored by local businesses, community groups and families from around Ventura County, each representing themselves with a float to display in front of a panel of judges. The Thousand Oaks High School Competition Cheer Team, advised by Coach Kelly Mills, performed for the
St. Patrick’s Day fans, performing a combination of stunts and jumps to pump up the crowd. The team won a cash prize and first place in its category for the second year in a row. The prize money went into the cheerleader’s scholarship funds. The girls will also be competing at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, March 27, in the Medium Varsity All-Girl division against 27 teams. Junior Amelie Wagner, who broke her fibula on March 10, will be there to support her team. “I’m bummed out that I can’t compete with the team but I hope they do really well because the team has worked incredibly hard this year.” Wagner said. - Megan Vigliarolo
Choir Takes it to the Next Octave For a night of music and dance, on March 19 the PAC housed the Choir concert from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This was one of the three annual choir concerts that the choir department puts on. The show is a mix of all of the different levels of Choir including Chamber Choir, Show Choir and some entertainers from the drama and theater department. “The show [was] composed of all of the music that we learned in the middle of the year and
more,” Choir Director Gary Fritzen said. Show Choir also performed a tap number called “Anything Goes.” “I think it [was] very cool to see the tap number,” sophomore choir member Jessica Tadesse said. “It included not only the Show Choir but also the drama department, and the tap dancing looked very intense.” - Olivia Sundstrom
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Green Spirit Extends to Main Street—The Competition Cheer Team performed at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ventura on March 13, winning first place for the second year in a row.
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Band Rating Takes Place in PAC
Forty bands are participating in the Band Festival March 24 and 25. Olivia Sundstrom Staff Writer by
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Signing for Exposure— Seniors Brett Fenderson and Kelsea Koops and freshmen Dani Engel-Ruck and Jaclyn Koger of the American Sign Language Club represented themselves with a table, food and posters on the Quad during Multicultural Day on March 10.
An Introduction to World Culture Samir Malholtra Staff Writer by
Different ethnicities, foods and nations from around the globe were represented by clubs on the quad. On March 10 students from various cultural clubs gathered on the quad in separate booths including the Japanese, French, American Sign Language, Chinese Culture, Spanish and World Village Clubs. The event was the first of its kind on
campus. Throngs of students looked over different booths, sampling different cultures—especially their foods. “The event was fantastic. I loved the way all the cultures of the world had their place,” sophomore and member of the Chinese Culture Club Michael Yuan said. In preparation for the event, club members prepared posters, brochures and food that represented their distinct cultures and interests. “I like the idea of it, just as a way of
sharing the different cultures of the students, and such. The free food was also nice,” sophomore Karen Jiang said. The French Club passed out croissants, one of many traditional French Breakfast foods. The Chinese Culture Club handed out traditional homemade Chinese food brought in by members. “The purpose of Multicultural day was to expose the students to the different cultures and the different clubs we have on campus,” Joyce Tsai, sopho-
more and member of the World Village Club, said. The World Village Club was largely responsible for the whole event. “Specifically, our club decided to do two things: represent the United Nations [and] raise money for Chile and Haiti,” Tsai said. To reward those who donated to the cause, Chinese Culture Club handed out fortune cookies and candy. For more photos of this event and others, visit www.tohsthelancer.org
The Band Festival takes place in the TOHS PAC on March 24 and 25 and will house the rating competition for bands from schools in our district as well as bands from other districts. “It’s pretty big. We only have one festival each year and we try to make the best of it,” junior Alex Co said. The festival is an annual event and most bands use it as preparation for further competitions. The ratings are for middle school through high school bands. “I think the Band Festival is a cool way for your band to see how well they are doing and comparing their progress with other schools,” sophomore Lizzy Mazeika said. The Festival is hosted in the PAC every year.
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Students Perform Culture and Craft Megan Marlow Staff Writer by
Senior Ryan Cook opened this year’s talent show with his drum skills. The blast of sound didn’t last long, however, because the microphones failed during a few of the opening acts. “The cordless mic that we had used all day wasn’t working and at the time we weren’t sure what it was due to,” Senior ASB president Melanie Price said. “When Katherine Reaves took the stage we had to switch out her mic and when we thought the problem was fixed the same thing happened to Brooke Bowers.” Those who wanted to got a second chance at the mic near the end of the
show and were able to have their entire songs heard. “We did everything we could to make sure nothing like that would happen, but we also did our best to fix things last minute,” Price said. Even with the sound mishap, M.C.’s Corey Crandall, Bobby Mullaney and Austin DeBiekes were able to ease the crowd with their comedic acts to introduce the next performer. At the very end, senior Aubrey Caswell played the piano and sang an original, “Ready For Goodbye,” dedicated to the seniors who are leaving home. Caswell won first place, earning a Jamba Juice card and a round of applause. Second place went to dance partners and seniors Samantha Pierce and Lucas Bertini. Finally, third place
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A Round of Applause— Aubrey Caswell receives first place from M.C. Bobby Mullaney at the Talent Show, which took place March 12 in the PAC. Other acts included Ballet Folklórico and dancer Ruchi Thukral. To see other photos from the show, visit www.tohsthelancer.com. was a tie between sophomore Sam Cooley and senior Ruchi Thukral. One of the things that made these talents so unique was the infusion of culture brought to the stage. TOHS
Ballet Folklórico, a part of the Latino Connection Club, danced to “El Rascapetate” with bare feet and flowing skirts. Thukral’s performance was a dance to the song Fireflies, but with
a twist; she included Indian folk and classical art forms into her dance routine as well.
Students Go Pre-med Megan Marlow Staff Writer by
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Learning From the Pros— 25 students from TOHS, Newbury, and Westlake High Schools took a trip to the Los Robles Hospital to learn about careers in medicine directly from doctors working at the hospital.
Students are usually not allowed admittance into the Los Robles Hospital because of the possibility of spreading the H1N1 virus. The coordinator of School-to-Career, Jane Carlson, however, managed to arrange a field trip there, which took place March 10. Twenty-five students from three schools, TOHS, Newbury and Westlake, participated in this event. “It’s a good opportunity for learning about any kind of career, not just sticking in needles,” staff member of School to Career Julie Lange said. “The students also learned about hospital management and the role the
computers now play in patient accuracy.” Professionals from different fields in the hospital, including cardiology, the ER and the laboratory spoke to them. Students also learned about Gamma Knife, a technology that uses gamma rays to remove brain tumors. “It’s always fun to learn something new,” sophomore James Sutcliffe said. “It wasn’t in my profession that I wanted to major in, but I thought it was a good experience.” Sutcliffe, along with two other students, participated in a skit in which they had to act out different symptoms, such as breathing problems, nausea, and broken limbs. The others in the group were supposed to act as nurses and pick the
patient who would need immediate attention first. This simulated a triage and what it would be like to work in the ER. “I had to enact [as] if someone had constant vomiting,” Sutcliffe said. “I had fun with it.” Los Robles Hospital is in the process of establishing a level two trauma center, meaning that when it comes to getting people immediate attention they will rank second in the area. Students learned about the new technology and about certain professions in the hospital. Some students were able to pick up volunteer applications as well. The school plans on organizing another trip to Los Robles Hospital in the future.
The Lancer March 25, 2010
Technology is a Crippling Crutch When we originally set out to write the Staff Editorial for this issue of The Lancer, we were deadset on putting together an article about the arbitrary and oppressive nature of the recently updated district web-blocking system. After typing out a paragraph or two of whining, however, we experienced a revelation: far more concerning than any other aspect of this situation is our absolute dependence on instant gratification and technology in general. We were entirely ready and willing to write three hundred words or more on why the district shouldn’t bar us from gaming, view-
ing and social networking websites that we really only have to wait a few hours to visit at home. Isn’t that alarmingly pathetic? The situation seems to be a reflection of our generation’s attitude. Dubbed the “Information Age,” the current technology infused era has introduced the world to great advances in crucial areas such as medicine and communications. Technology allows us to produce The Lancer itself, after all. Alongside these positive technological advances, however, the last decade has
also spawned a massive population of young people who rely completely on the convenience and indulgence of modern technology. The relationship between man and machine appears to have quickly become an un-
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healthy and abusive one. Widespread access to instant gratification has not only hurt our patience as a generation, it has also hurt our social and communicative skills. Online interaction has replaced actual social contact in many scenarios, eliminating the immediate need for (and thus the motivation to develop) skills that will more than likely prove essential in less comfortable adult world. Technology’s good decidedly outweighs its evil, but that shouldn’t validate it as the padded crutch that it has become for us.
Texas Gives History a Dangerous Slant Matt Lopez Staff Writer by
Winston Smith, there’s a job in Texas with your name on it. In a strikingly Orwellian move, the Texas State Board of Education has approved a new set of standards for its social studies curriculum and textbooks that will put a less-than-subtle conservative spin on history. If these standards receive final approval in May—and it is almost certain that they will—students will begin graduating high school with a decidedly different view of the world than those who graduated in years before them. While the new Texas standards don’t exactly constitute a rewriting of history, they come shockingly close. Some of the changes are subtle: the United States will be referred to as a “constitutional,” rather than a “democratic” republic, while “capitalism,” which Board member Ken Mercer believes carries a negative connotation, will be referred to as “the free enterprise system.” The Board also rejected amendments encouraging the study of the late Senator Edward Kennedy and new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotamayor, yet did not hesitate to approve amendments that would increase focus on President Ronald Reagan and conservative organizations such as the National Rifle Association and the Moral Majority. By changing words and shifting focus, the Board members are presenting a technically accurate but blatantly unbalanced perspective of history. While it is understandable that some would want students to learn more about conservative-leaning subjects in history, to omit a liberal-leaning subject in its place is an egregious attempt for political gain. Such omissions make up much of the more shocking changes to the curriculum. The Board rejected amendments to identify hip-hop as a significant cultural movement, and to
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recognize that Texans of Hispanic descent died alongside American heroes Jim Bowie and Davie Crockett at the Alamo. In light of these decisions, it is fitting that they also approved an amendment striking down a requirement that sociology students examine racism in American society. The Board rejected an amendment that students “examine the reasons
the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion over all others.” In essence, the Board voted to omit the teaching of the freedom of religion from school curriculum. Board member Cynthia Dunbar made no attempt to conceal her motive for this vote, arguing that the
Founding Fathers were adamant supporters and promoters of religions, and did not wish for there to be a separation of church and state. It is easy to refute Dunbar’s statements by simply reading the works of Thomas Jefferson. “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared... a wall of separation between Church and State,” Jefferson said in 1802. In the future, however, this refutation will be more difficult for students, who, as a result of another amendment, will no longer study Jefferson’s writings and their influence on Enlightenment philosophy. The Board found it much more appropriate for students to begin studying the writings of John Calvin, whose ideas of predestination and moral strictness certainly do not fit with the American ideals of logic and reason that are commonly associated with the Enlightenment. In light of the uproar over President Obama’s national address to students just over six months ago, it is sickeningly ironic that those who once decried the President for attempted indoctrination are now doing just that. History knows no political ideology, and should not be treated as a means to influence public opinion. It is frightening to see how much power a fifteen member group can have over something so large as an entire state’s curriculum. It is even more frightening to consider the notion that, because Texas is the second-largest textbook market in the nation, changes to Texas textbooks may carry over to textbooks in other states as well. In establishing these new standards, the Texas State Board of Education has ignited a nationwide epidemic of ignorance. In the near future of a hugely populated state, millions of students will be taught a warped, politically motivated version of history, and they won’t even know it.
The Lancer Editors-in-Chief Ben Longawa Sean McMinn Chief of Staff Ben Moon News Maya Fried Dakota Jones Opinion Trevor Crown Giselle Quezada Features Rafael Ancheta Entertainment Rebecca Sylvers Caitlin Wire Center Erin Barber Matt Young Sports Brian Kim Michael Kunisaki Advertising Manager Elyse Nuttall Financial Manager Nikole Swift Class Manager Emma Bellucci Photographers Sara Knobel Megan Vigliarolo Copy Adam Buchsbaum Jacob Markus Website Editor Radu Puchiu
Writers Emily Arndt Lindsay Baffo Katie Butler J.J. Davis Rachel Davis Tony Ferarri Alex Johnson Edwin Kim Louisa Lenander Matt Lopez Samir Malholtra Megan Marlow Ben Reich Rachel Riedel Daniel Schechter Olivia Sundstrom Jacob Wissusik
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Only Voters Can Fix California’s System
Dylan Ackerman Guest Writer by
For the second year in a row, our school has seen firsthand the repercussions of our state government’s financial debacle. California’s budget issues have crippled almost every state funded program, and education has been particularly hard hit. With this November’s election, however, the people of California have a very important opportunity to help fix many of our state’s problems. Currently, Thousand Oaks is represented in Sacramento by the Republican legislative couple Tony and Audra Strickland in the State Senate and State Assembly, respectively. Both were elected in 2008 running as “proven tax fighters” and have since voted against every measure involving even slight increases in taxes.
This strategy, however, will not fix California’s economic woes. No one enjoys paying taxes, and no legislator goes into Sacramento with the intention of taking their constituents’ money. Still, a blanket and unbiased attitude against all taxes will create more problems that most Californians seek to avoid. Our state government is running out of money, but cutting spending will only get us so far. The University of California has increased tuition, school districts are firing teachers, our governor is taking a salary of $1 a year, and legislators have cut anything they can. The list of programs our state can cut further is almost blank, and our problems are far from being fixed. Our politicians need to move on from the notion that taxes must be avoided at all costs to public programs. Yet the leading Gubernatorial
candidates for the Republican Party repeat the same sentiments echoed by the Stricklands. In a recent commercial, Meg Whitman attacked fellow Republican candidate Steve Poizner for attempting to weaken Proposition 13 and raise property taxes. Unfortunately, these comments demonstrate more negative characteristics of Whitman they do of Poizner. Whitman’s remarks point to an inability to compromise on issues essential to California’s financial future. Our state does not need a governor who refuses compromise even to raise state revenue. Meg Whitman’s attitude echoes the same sentiments held by current Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, sentiments that caused and elongated our state’s financial crisis. Altogether, California voters should be disappointed by the various candidates running this November.
On the Democratic side, former governor Jerry Brown offers real experience and already has the complete support of his party. Of the leading Republican candidates, only Steve Poizner has any real political experience, while Meg Whitman claims her tenure with Ebay gives her sufficient experience to run an entire state government. Ironically, both Poizner and Whitman are using millions of dollars of their own money in vicious ad campaigns to proclaim that the other is fiscally irresponsible. Without contest from any other Democrat, Jerry Brown has been able to save his resources until after this June’s primary election simply watching the Republicans pull each other apart. In a sense, the former governor gets to bide his time while the other candidates waste money and time.
The current situation should leave the California electorate severely disappointed in our political options. This November is the most important election for our state in years, and some how the people running for office once again fail to represent the best our state has to offer. California cannot afford to allow our financial situation to deteriorate further, and to do so we must utilize the most powerful tool for change endowed to us by our democracy: our ability to vote. California is the largest state in the U.S.A., the agricultural center of our nation, the fourth largest economy in the entire world. The financial situation of our state affects more than just the teachers receiving pink slips or students paying more for school. Unless Californians act, the situation will get worse. Fortunately we can do something this November.
convictions, who are HIV-positive, or who engage in sexual acts with those under 18; introducing extradition for those engaging in same-sex sexual relations outside Uganda, and penalizing individuals, companies, media organizations, or [non-government organizations] who support LGBT rights.” Right now, homosexuality is considered unlawful because it is “against the order of nature,” and punishable by life imprisonment. Citizens are seldom charged because the laws require proof of homosexual relations, but the concept of the law is appalling. The new act plans to bypass this
requirement by requiring anyone aware of a homosexual offense to report it within 24 hours. Not reporting these “crimes” makes a person liable to serve a maximum of 3
years in prison or pay a fine of up to 250 Ugandan shillings. Since 2007, Starbucks has doubled the amount of coffee beans it purchases from Uganda, a country that has violated human rights for decades. Starbucks is buying millions of dollars worth of coffee beans from Ugandan growers, supporting the Ugandan economy. The company has power to pressure decisions in Ugandan legislation. Many American Starbucks customers have voiced their concern about Uganda’s AntiHomosexuality Act. Starbucks has done nothing. With what seems like unlimited resources and connections to legislation in the African country, Starbucks has re-
mained inactive. When asked about the controversy, Starbucks said nothing. The company, which has otherwise always been pretty humane with their treatment of all employees and support of various national policies, is proving itself shameful and cowardly in its lack of action on the subject. I’m urging you to urge Starbucks to urge Uganda to cease and desist the passing of this act. Write to the company, bring your business elsewhere. Starbucks is a company with international power, and we as local patrons can affect the future course of action of this industrial giant. From 9,000 miles away, we can help prevent this cruel and inhumane act from creating more damage and killing more innocent people.
Ever since November, the concerned mother noticed the word “loser” written on the margin of an assignment returned from Roland. When the woman complained to the school for the first time, the principal assured her that Roland would stop using the modern slang, a way he felt he related to the students. Soon enough, he was back to his old ways. Recently, Clement read “minus 20% for being a loser” on yet another paper her daughter brought back home. On top of this, Clement also describes that Roland threw her daughter’s pencil box in the hallway, which disrupted another class, and got the sixth grader in trouble. Unfortunately, Clement stands alone. Other parents reassure that Roland’s the kind of guy who jokes around with his students; he’s a
“cool” teacher. Nevertheless, this entire drama has lead to further bullying and harassment for the young girl and her mother. Now, it’s understandable to see a mother lose some sleep over her daughter being called a loser, but this entire situation could have gone in another direction, if the cool teacher stopped trying to be a kid, and if the mother just lightened up a bit. Although the actions Roland proceeded to take were unacceptable, and the writing does look harsh when taken the wrong way, this is an interesting spin on the ol’ “Good Job.” Call me a bully if you want, but there’s a problem in this country’s educational mentality: kids are raised to believe that they will dominate everything they set their minds to. Everywhere, kids win awards
Uganda Situation Demands Starbucks Action Louisa Lenander Staff Writer by
A friend of mine is a barista at a locally owned coffee shop and has always had an open disdain for the chain. I’d always figured her problem lay with the monopoly that Starbucks holds on the coffee business, until she informed me of the despicable actions (or lack thereof) Starbucks has committed in the past few months. In 2009, David Bahati, a member of Ugandan Parliament and Christian political organization the Family, proposed the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act. If enacted, this act could “broaden the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda, including introducing the death penalty for people with previous
Teaching Tactics Go Too Far Giselle Quezada Opinion Editor by
Patty Clement, a resident of Buncombe County, North Carolina, has some words to say about her daughter’s sixth grade teacher Rex Roland. It may sound like the archetypal parent vs. teacher scenario, but Clement has reason to believe that Roland, a twelve-year resident at Enka Middle School, is bullying her daughter.
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because the other kids are winning awards. Trophies ooze out of thin air. I know it’s supposed to make us feel like we all have a place, but this can be utterly misleading. Although Clements’s daughter is only in the sixth grade, an “A for effort” won’t prepare her for dealing with failure when she has a paying job, or when she lives on her own in the adult world, but neither will the idea that she is a loser. Roland should have stopped when Clement asked. Even though the other parents think he’s a progressive, if a complaint is made about him being inappropriate, then he should have simply altered his commentary. Instead of making little kids feel horrible about themselves, or giving them false ideas, Roland should just give helpful, sound advice.
We, the editorial board of The Lancer, made a fact-checking error in the process of writing the Staff Editorial of our March 4 edition. We mistakenly stated that campus security officers have authority to check students’ cellular and electronic devices for questionable content. In actuality, only school administrators have the right to carry out such searches.
Hits & Misses: What’s Up and What’s Down With The Lancer Hit: The annual TOHS junior vs. senior Powder-puff football game. It always gets
Hit: Joe Biden’s mouth, for always being one step ahead of Joe Biden’s brain.
Miss: Alice in Wonderland. If we wanted to see Johnny Depp play the role of
Miss: That guy who knows nothing about college basketball and wins your bracket.
Hit: The music video for California Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie.” We
Hit: Formspring. We’ve been waiting for SO long to tell you that one thing about your
Miss: Diet sodas. Because soft drinks without sugar are like high-intensity action-
Miss: Wind. It chaps our lips. And if it weren’t such close friends with Earth and Fire,
violent, and it never gets old.
“deranged man,” we’d see... any other Johnny Depp movie.
don’t even mind the fact that we still can’t Dougie. thriller-dramas without Matt Damon.
“I don’t know bro, Northern Iowa’s jerseys just looked better to me.”
hair. Now we can.
we wouldn’t tolerate it.
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cool car on campus Senior Nicole Haydt’s ‘94 Dodge Caravan Lindsay Baffo Staff Writer by
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Eye Catching— With blocks of bright red, blue, purple and yellow and a personalized a license plate, Senior Nicole Haydt’s car is one of the most distinguishable and recognizable cars on campus. To see the pictures in color, please visit www.tohsthelancer.org
Just before first period classes commence, a long line of cars forms in the center aisle of Avenida de los Flores. It’s an average looking line: two-door sedans, a pick-up truck here and there. Yet, there is always the elephant in the room. And the car I’m talking about makes an elephant look like a mouse.
Behind the wheel is senior Nicole Haydt, the proud owner of a 1994 Dodge Caravan. A former blue model, Haydt decided to give it some color. It’s similar to the floors in a disco, multi-colored and eye-catching. The van is painted with squares and rectangles of light reds, yellows, and blues, and frankly, she’s quite found of her ride. The van, Haydt expressed, has been the butt of many jokes. The car used to have the nickname “rustbucket,” but now gets anything from “ice cream truck” and “hippie van” to “the Partridge Family Bus.” The van has been in her family for years—since 1993, to be exact. “When we lived in Texas, it was our first family car and my dad was so proud of it,” Haydt said. The car has been through experiences both good and bad: the soda stains, the muddy footprints, family vacations and trips to the grocery store. “The car became mine on my sixteenth birthday when I got my license,” Haydt said. “Of course then the car was half rust, a quarter blue paint and a quarter ‘no longer paint, but not yet rusty.’ It didn’t quite compare with the brand new cars a lot of my friends were getting, but I was happy to have anything.” Driving the old family van, however, has its downsides. “The car has a lot of problems. The windshield wipers, air conditioning,
radio and car alarm don’t work at all,” she said. Regardless, she still loves the car she drives. “I love driving my car, except if I have to make a U-turn,” Haydt said. “The turning radius is horrible, so even if I’m at the outer edge of the lane, there have been times where I’ve had to put the car in reverse to make the full turn.” Seeing that the car has been in her family for so long, there has been an obvious attachment. The car practically represents her. “[The van] shows how completely indecisive I am,” Haydt said. “When I was thinking how I wanted to paint the car, I was only going for one, maybe two colors. I didn’t want to choose a color and then be bored with it a month later. So I decided on seven, and I still love my car.” The unique color scheme adds a quirky, personal touch to the car, but it has other benefits as well. “If I forget where I parked in a crowded parking lot, it’s always the first car I see,” Haydt said, laughing. Despite her strong attachment to the car, Haydt does plan to get a new car after she enters college. Still, Haydy is proud to have had the card passed down to her. “I think it’s just important to make the best of what you have. As long as the car is safe, gets me from point A to point B, and is paintable, I’m happy.”
The Lancer March 25, 2010
Every Lancer Has a Story:
Junior Ali McCranie
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Ali McCranie is saving the world, one youth volunteer program at a time. She’s a prominent member of Link Crew. She volunteers at the Westminster Free Clinic. She’s been a Girl Scout for 12 years and counting, and she’s currently working on attaining the gold award—the most prestigious, sought after accomplishment in girl scouts. Her wry, perhaps even sardonic wit is infectious as much as it is charming, and maybe it is what helps her cope—it could be her sense of humor that keeps her from understanding over-involvement as a concept. It could be what keeps her light and refreshing, when most others would feel weighed down by pure, unfiltered responsibility. And, who knows, it may be a selfsustaining cycle. Maybe her focus and determination, instead of tiring her, make her all the more focused and determined. A practice makes perfect type of thing. She appears more alert than most. Her thoughts, in verbal form, come out structured and articulate. There is always a beginning, middle, and end, and more often than not, a punch-line. “When I first signed up, I was like sure, whatever, this will look good on my application,” she said. “But then, as it went along, you know, corny as
it sounds, I started to get more out of it.” She is speaking, specifically, about her volunteer job at the Westminster Free Clinic—a “sometimes boring, sometimes depressing, but generally fulfilling” thing she does in her spare time. These words however, could be applied to so many other facets of her life. McCranie is an overachiever with a heart—she may get into these programs for the college credits, but then, she can’t help but feel a fondness toward them, and a sense of doing right. In Link Crew, she mentors young, naïve freshman, not only in school, but in life. As a peer minister at her local Catholic Church, she does the same. And, she takes a little time for herself, dancing in the program at Golds Gym. I forgot to mention, she takes 4 AP classes. “Sure it’s a lot of work, but I do think it’s worth it.” However, with all of these peripheral engagements and responsibilities, there is a main focus- a tangible goal, the Girl Scout’s Gold Award, for which she is, and has been striving. Those with the Gold Award are the top of the top. They are the ones who have traveled farthest along founder Juliet Low’s footsteps and the ones most likely to go even farther. The prerequisites are 30 hours of
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A Renaissance Woman— Ali McCranie is the best of both worlds. With smarts, wit, charm, and spirit McCranie uses her natural talents with tremendous drive. As a member of Link Crew, Girl Scouts, and a volunteer at Westminster Free Clinic she, finds comfort in supporting the well being of others. leadership experience (ASB), 40 hours of career exploration (“endless boring hours of job shadowing”), and 60 hours of planning. Basically, the only step left is actualization—and the actual reality of Ali’s grand master plan for the gold award is, to say the least, fitting. She hopes to make some time and some space in nearby low-income
housing projects, in order to, as she explains, “set up workshops”. “Maybe a dance station for the little girls. Maybe a Basketball section for the boys. You know what I mean? I just want to try and give them some opportunities they might have not otherwise had.” Although it is still an idea in progress, her verbal sketch vaguely de-
scribes benevolent people, perhaps other girl scouts, teaching and helping socially and economically disadvantaged children. While the idea isn’t revolutionary, it is something that can be, and knowing Ali (as we both now do) probably will be achieved. It is a step in the right direction, for it is things like these steps that can save the world.
Features 9 Nicotine: New Ways to Hook The Lancer March 25, 2010
Getting Around New Regulations =
Shannon Hanke Contributing Writer
Massel , a tobacco not banned by the 2009 Act, is a sweet shredded tobacco, flavored with either fruit, molasses, or honey used in a device called a hookah, a historic instrument from the Middle East. Using the hookah for 45 minutes is equal to chain-smoking 15 cigarettes according to Julia Shrader-Lauinger of California Youth Advocacy Network. The hookah has also been linked to an increase in hepatitis and herpes infections due to the sharing of hookahs and less than complete sanitation of rental hookahs. “It is like sharing your drink with 15 of your best friends,” said Shrader-Lauinger. A hookah, also known as a water pipe, consists of about five essential parts. The bowl, usually made from clay, holds the tobacco and coal. The hose is used to cool down the smoke and a mouthpiece covers the end of the hose. The body is hollow, and attached is the water jar. Now, in the United States alone, there are over three hundred hookah bars. Nearly one-third of them are located in California.
Products harmful to one’s health are being formed daily, as the tobacco industry are inventing new products, from historically cultural traditions to electronic cigarettes. The Teens Kick Ash conference, held in Camarillo on Feb. 18, focused on this new merchandise. Teens from Ventura County high schools filed into the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center building, all receiving a reporter’s notepad and an information packet. These packets supplied background on the speakers, Julia Shrader-Lauinger and Amelia Silbert-Geiger, from the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN). Shrader-Lauinger and SilberGeiger informed the teen journalists of the dangers. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (2009) bans flavored cigarettes, products with chocolate, vanilla, and other flavorings that lure children and teenagers into smoking. There, however, are exceptions such as massel and menthol cigarettes. Students left with new information regarding the tobacco industry and its new products.
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Tobacco Tales— The 12 Annual Teens Kick Ash Student Press Conference invited Ventura County high schools to attend in order to share some of the new and disturbing details about how the tobacco industry gets around new regulations on the sale of cigarettes. th
of Deception Little Cigars
Little cigars are a newer form of an older tobacco product. They resemble a cigarette but, have some differences. Instead of being wrapped in cigarette paper, they are wrapped in a paper made of tobacco leaves. Little cigars are as attractive as little cigarettes because of their size. This product is for tobacco users who want a sweet, mild flavored tobacco. They also come in a wide variety of flavors; the most common is mint. Little cigars are not covered under the Food and Drug Association (FDA) ban; they are technically not a cigarette because of the different wrapping used. The health issues of this product are the same as any cigar. It causes oral, lung, and bladder cancers. It also causes heart disease and tooth and gum disease.
“Fixing” Nicotine Nicotine, is a main addiction factor in cigarettes. Once in a person’s bloodstream, the nicotine goes straight into the brain within ten seconds. Symptoms such as vomiting and nausea, headaches, difficulty breathing, stomach pains, and seizures can be caused from having too much nicotine known as nicotine poisoning. Nicotine isn’t only a threat for the brain. It’s a threat to the liver, kidney, your skin, lungs, the lining of your nose the gums, and blood pressure. Illnesses and diseases from nicotine include cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and stroke. The addiction, in which is the biggest problem with nicotine is how easily one’s become dependent on smoking or chewing tobacco. http:// health.howstuffworks.com
Recently, tobacco companies have come out with a smokeless, dissolvable tobacco. You can buy this product in packages similar to mint strips, mints, and gum. It is newest in Ohio, Indiana, and Oregon. Dissolvable tobacco is still in the process of determining negative health effects. Some argue that since it is a smokeless product its not as harmful. A few known risks are: a possible nicotine overdose, multiple types of oral cancers, and other unknown effects.
E-Cigarettes are a electronically fabricated cigarette that releases a dose of nicotine. Attracting younger generations, tobacco companies have created modern types of merchandise. These “fake” cigarettes electronically produce vaporized nicotine and deliver it to the body. They look like normal cigarettes and people use the same habitual hand-to-mouth movement, but the product is currently not regulated by the FDA and no medical studies have been completed on its health effects.
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Snuff is a finely grounded chewing tobacco that can be sniffed through your nasal cavity. Although this product is advertised as a “safer product,” it contains more nicotine causing the increased chance of heart disease, head and neck cancers, and snuff can even cause even cause your chin and jaw to rot off. Snus is the spitless chewing tobacco.
The Lancer March 25, 2010
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After several recent events involving TOHS students that called for administrative intervention, the validity of the right to privacy has been questioned and compromised.
WHERE IS THE LINE? ----------------------> Privacy: A Privilege or a Right? Erin Barber Center Editor by
When senior Daniel Miller carelessly posted a status update, he didn’t fathom that the ramifications of his very threatening and shocking public statement would be so severe. He shared his side of the story with Erin Barber, Center Editor, in an exclusive Lancer interview.
Q:What are the event(s) that led to your suspension?
After posting the controversial comment at 7:30am, I got about 23 comments from friends and family, some joking about it, others warning me of going overboard. The seriousness and impacting consequences of my actions didn’t enter my conscience until 1:30am the next day when three armed and widely awake police officers busted into my house, not letting me put pants on through my groginesss without standing there watching, believing that I had weapons in my room. After an hour and a half of lecturing, questioning and above all judgment through the law’s eyes, the three officers left with a copy of the Facebook page and a better understanding of my football career. I fell back asleep only to be woken up by my mom saying the school called and said I didn’t need to come to school since I’d been suspended.
Q:What actions did the administration take in this controversy? Do you think these actions were fair?
The administration took immediate actions calling me and my mom into Mrs. Peffley’s office along with the school psychiatrist, and the on-school resource officer. After the threat assessment, I was allowed back on campus only under strict conditions which included 10 hours of community service and checking in every morning as well as calling Mr. Klinger or Lichtl any time I come on campus. With three months left, all I want to do is graduate and let this Facebook faux pas be forgotten about. This whole ordeal can’t be called unfair because nowadays schools can’t be lenient with threats no matter how unrealistic they are, because if something did end up happening and they had the chance to look into it and didn’t, they would regret it. If I wanted anyone reading this to learn anything from this, it would be that maybe Facebook isn’t only for friends and family but the public eye to judge you: so don’t say anything on there you wouldn’t say in person, no matter how tired and in a crappy mood you are at 7:30 in the morning.
Technology is advancing farther and farther into the future, providing that genius little thing called high speed internet. It can be accessed almost anywhere with the help of web capable cell phones and portable laptops. Our population that has the luxury of unlimited knowledge at their fingertips is truly addicted. Google alone gets over 320 million searches per day by Americans. With this fairly new access to incomprehensibly infinite information comes the decomposition and breakdown of individual privacy. Privacy is breached and defiled everyday with hackers stealing personal, vital credit card information, addresses, contact info and whole identities. Bosses check employee’s and potential employee’s online records and social networking accounts for traces of past or present activity that might lead to some defamation of their companies. With these offensive occurrences, so arise the questions: Is privacy a right? And when
The Lancer Legend does investigation become too intrusive? Where is the line? These very questions resonated loud and clear in regards to three separate accounts of administration involvement in students’ Facebook communication. All three occurrences took place after school hours, off of school campus and property, on personal computers. Principal Lou Lichtl remains set on his views of student privacy and his justification of administrative actions in regards to Facebook controversies. He also offers advice to the entire TOHS population in regards to being careful on public networking sites. “When anything happens on or outside school campus that disrupts school and ends up impacting the instructional program, it becomes incumbent on us to intervene,” he said. This fine ‘line’ that protects students’ privacy seems to be ever changing. In order to establish that the boundaries of this ‘line’ have indeed been violated, he and fellow administrators run several checks in order to determine whether their in-
tervention is absolutely necessary. “When issues of this nature are reported we check to see if they’re relevant and the severity (of the issue), if they violate tenants of the education code and decide whether they’re important enough to pursue. Sometimes what students do impacts our community,” he said. Lichtl’s reflection and understanding of the disciplinary actions taken by the administration is genuine. Each student’s punishment was appropriate for their respective wrongdoings and while Lichtl is steadfast in upholding the honorable reputation of our school, he connected with the student(s) behind the misdeeds. “I don’t think we second guess how we handled that. I don’t think I’d handle it any differently,” he said. “Students at this age, it’s easy to get your emotions fired up. But we’ve moved on.” While opinions on this universal issue of privacy continue to remain at a divide, the definition of the extent of internet privacy is unclear and the line is still blurred. Litchtl provides
some comfort to students and reassures that at least in the public high school sector we do not belong to a 1984 Big Brother society. “I don’t monitor any accounts. I don’t really have the time and I’m not here to police school and community. Our job is to provide a great education,” he said. Continued intrusion of privacy beyond high school in college, in employment and in almost every other endeavor of life that involves personal evaluation is seemingly inevitable. Though unlikely, we can hope that the right to privacy becomes solidified in the future, but students must remember to take more caution with what they’re blogging or commenting or posting. “Feeling immune from what they can communicate, students express their feelings in bad judgment. Whatever you write on Facebook there’s a permanent record so I’d tell students to be careful,” Licthl said. “Students feel immune when they’re at keyboards. It’s harder to get away from that with online communications.”
Parental Control in Calabasas Controversy Erin Barber Center Editor by
A behind the scenes standoff gave the boys Varsity basketball game against the Calabasas Coyotes its ultimate sense of competition and aggression. A pre-game events page was created on Facebook by some of the Green Hole leaders to get our fans to rally behind our team.
This page’s innocence was lost when a couple Calabasas fans found the page and posted antagonizing comments. In response, four Green Hole members replied with bitter, racist attacks about Calabasas High School’s large Jewish population. The privacy of the page was invaded when a Calabasas parent found the link and proceeded to report the boys; TOHS
administration eventually learned of the inappropriate remarks. Brian Woodruff was the first to comment in response to the Coyote supporters. While he realizes the wrongness of his comment, he expects that on a social networking site like Facebook adults should not interfere and cross the ‘line’ unless there is a real threat of danger.
“I was the first person to talk about the whole Jewish thing. I said something stupid but it wasn’t that bad, Woodruff said. “I don’t think parents or administration should work on Facebook. When it comes to the point of somebody threatening somebody or the planning of a fight [then], kids need adults or administration to defend us.”
Woodruff feels that Facebook loses its solidarity when unnecessary interference and monitoring impairs students’ ability to converse freely online. Although he was punished he regrets his actions in regards to this Facebook incident. “Facebook is the kind of place where people think they can go and complain about their lives or say any-
thing,” Woodruff said. “I didn’t mean to come off racist.” Woodruff urges a word of caution to his peers, so that they will not regret anything they type. “What you say isn’t between you and your friends. Don’t be stupid like me and speak your mind on Facebook because it’s not completely private and it can bite you in the butt.”
Single Comment Sparks Possible Legal Repercussions Matt Young Center Editor by
Senior Mock Trial member Harrison Scheer had a breach in his Facebook privacy when he commented on a wall post that he
thought the results of a recent Mock Trial Competition were unfair jokingly suggesting a scandal. “I expressed my frustration with the scoring system, because...I thought we scored better than they did,” he said.
Soon after the wall post, Mock Trial advisor Mary Budny was contacted by a Ventura County Mock Trial representative because someone from Oxnard High School saw the post and was offended by it. This person
contacted the Oxnard coach and soon various TOHS administration members were informed until news of the incident reached Budny. There were implications that Academic or potentially legal repercus-
sions would be held against Scheer. After hearing Budny and Scheer explain the situation, Lichtl assured Scheer that as principal of TOHS, it was his responsibility for any academic repercussions against Scheer.
Since that meeting there have been no actions involving the incident, however, it still serves as a jarring reminder that the line between privacy and public knowledge blurred.
The Lancer March 25, 2010
Video Game Club Grows Larger
By Rachel Riedel Staff Writer Beep. Beep. Beep. The sounds of Nintendo DSs sound off as you enter the room. A Nintendo 64 wakes from its long sleep every Monday and Friday Despite some of its troubles with participating guests in previous years, this year the club is blooming. The guest count has risen to a whole new level, and there is a greater sense of activity than is found in most other clubs. The club offers two meetings each week, as well as a different video game at each meeting and occasional parties. Parties, however, are only achieved when all club members who desire to participate have turned in their money. Club leaders work hard to get the members to turn in their money because all of the members enjoy the party. The leaders are very dedicated to their club. “They run everything and coordinate things, and without them we would have nothing,” said Jessyca Tabor, junior and member of Video Game Club. Even some people who are not that involved in video games come to the club just for the atmosphere and the crowd.
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Gathering Around Games— The Video Game Club gathers one Friday to share their common interest. With a close knit group of die-hard followers, the club has a regular following, and even the occasional party. “People come because they enjoy being with friends,” Tabor said. “The best part is playing video games with my peers.” Members of the club create a fun and competitive atmosphere on which the club thrives, at which point the club can get a bit noisy. “We’re really loud; it’s a lot of fun.” Sara Glover, senior and president of
the Video Game club said. Glover is one of the most active presidents to have led the club, so far. Her efforts to bring people to the gatherings have paid off, and the members can tell. “If they [club presidents] are really lazy, then they don’t get a lot of members,” Glover said. “The amount of members is really high this year, it’s
really surprising.” All of her efforts have paid off this year, as the club is still growing and flourishing vastly. Just seeing and listening to the level of people in Video Game club would make any club president proud. “We’re really loud,” she said. “But what’s the fun of a quiet video game club?”
Students Compete in Beauty Pageant Daniel Schechter Staff Writer by
On Friday, March 12, girls walked on the center stage. Two local beauty pageants were held, and as was to be expected, TOHS made a strong showing in both. Junior Amber Devolites, near the top of her age bracket, performed in the Miss Teen Ventura County competition, while Senior Kelli Scarangello made her debut in Miss Ventura County, competing against some 29 year-olds. Held concurrently, little differed from the two competitions. Both contained four categories—Formal Wear, a “Fun Fashion” round, a fitness wear stage, and a round of questions about the girls’ charity. The event was mostly charity based, with the contestants gaining
awareness for their causes. Scarangello’s platform is The Hospice of Conejo, which cares for and aids the terminally ill. She’s volunteered once a week for the past three years with a related “bereavement group,” where she helps children who are losing or have lost a loved one “talk and relate with each other while going through such a difficult time”. Devolites’ charity, aids in local hospitals adopting local, unwanted babies with no signs of abuse. According to her, the organization has “saved over 350 babies’ lives”. Displaying the charm and beauty that the women of TOHS are known for, both girls earned recognition in their respective competitions. Devolites won the top ticket sales award, while Scarangello won the popular vote for Miss Ventura County.
Exceeds Expectations by Ariana
Persico Contributing Writer It was the first time in three years Thousand Oaks had a male dance team that sent male soloists into competition. Junior Trevor Olsen, who has only been dancing competitively for two years. He was among several boys who were in competition against to female soloists from our school and others including Newbury Park’s Sophomore Josh Ditto. After a nerve-wracking wait day to find out his placing, Olsen not only placed in his competition category of Junior A, but he won first place over twenty girls. “ I was expecting to get last place, first place was the farthest thing from my mind,” said Olsen.
It was a fairy tale moment when he ran up to receive his medal and then he ran to his mom in the audience and almost tackled her out of pure excitement. They were both crying tears of joy and shock. After the shock of the moment wore off, both school teams sprinted to join in the tears and a group hug. A few seconds later the twenty teams that were competing, and all of the audience members stood up for a standing ovation. For the rest of the night Olsen could be seen looking at his medal with a smile on his face and glimmering tears in his eyes. He thought about the countless hours he spent practicing. “I worked really hard and I guess it paid off in the end,” said Olsen.
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Pageant Contestants— Contestants showcase their talent on March 12 competing in categories like formal wear and fitness wear, in addition to an interview about charitable volunteering.
It could only be described as a “Hollywood” moment. “ I told him I was very proud of him,” said sophomore David Lagunas. “His hard work paid off.” It was a proud moment for the dance team, especially for the boys because of the connotation of dance as a feminine sport.
The boys dance team was started three years ago and has blossomed into a small but devoted, 12 person team. This team is one of the few all male teams among the competing high schools and has become increasingly competitive.
The team is praised for having unique concepts and ideas with distinctive choreography. The team carried out the dances with full faith in their talent and ability to communicate the dance not only to the judges but to the spectators watching them. There are great hopes for the team as they continue to grow and expand not only into a bigger team but to further improve their already incredible talent. “This year has been the best it has ever been for the all male team,” said dance team captain senior Steven Galeas.
Buenos Aires is the perfect setting to tell a Latin love story. With this in mind, Chanel’s Spring/Summer Latin Lover ready-to-wear collection is centered around this rich Latin culture. Chanel’s shoot in Argentina directly correlated to this South American Nation. In the various photos, the clothes are artwork clearly portraying Latin culture through the glimpses of the landscape in the background. Glancing across the many photos from this shoot, I feel a breeze of summer air on my face as I am transported to this dreamlike place that seems a memory, but is really only a dream. The clothing depicts a latin style through every little detail of the garment. The pieces throughout the collection are bold and intertwined with gold embroidery. Structured jackets, and hats that mimic something of a bull fighter portray more of the fiery side of the collection, and light but structured dresses of a white and black material show the more simplistic side of the collection. All of the pieces embody a very sophisticated and alluring nature, with the beautiful detailing and lace hemming. Although the lifestyle seems simple and at ease, there is a subtle complexity. The clothing in this collection is more than just fabric and threads, but it is a creation of a culture of a world of which many know little. The clothing of the collection shows many different styles. In some has strong edges and is strong and is others there is a feeling of elegance and grace. Through the various photos that are shown and the models within them, the real component that creates an amazing photo is the clothes themselves they look tailored perfectly and the clothes, though French made, completely embodies a Latin feeling. It is an exploration of time and discovery, into a land of fabric, from the needle to the thread it is reborn from the masterpieces portraying this culture.
Junior Trevor Olsen
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Fashion Legacy— Chanel works at a photo shoot showcasing a Latin based styling such as the simple black dress and hat above.
The Lancer March 25, 2010
Book Tales by Sarah Burns TOHS Librarian
The Hunger Games, the first book in a three-part series by Suzanne Collins, revolves around a disturbing premise. The United States of America has collapsed, and a new country called Panem has sprung from the ruins. The country is divided into a rich, tyrannical Capitol and twelve poor districts after a series of disasters and one brutal civil war. District 12 is the home of our heroine, Katniss Everdeen. It is not an easy life for Katniss and the other impoverished citizens of District 12. Most of the men work long hours in the mines, and the women try to make every scrap of food go as far as possible. Every year, the districts send two contestants to participate in an event called The Hunger Games. The winner receives a beautiful house of his or her own and more food and material belongings than anyone could ever need… but the losers die in the “kill or be killed” competition. Katniss finds herself an unwilling participant in this year’s Hunger Games. She has to use all her intellect to survive, but at what cost? Is life worth living if you must give up your humanity? Is a contest worth winning if you don’t recognize yourself when it’s over? This book is a brilliant opener to the trilogy, and readers won’t be able to put it down. The Hunger Games is fast paced and full of action, adventure, romance and plenty of humor. How can a science fiction novel contain all of that? Stop by the Lancer Library to check it out–and see for yourself. If you enjoy The Hunger Games, read Catching Fire next—it’s out and there are copies in the library. Book three, Mockingjay, is out Aug. 24, 2010. It will be in the Lancer Library the day after its release.
Lancer Library’s Top Ten Checked Out Books
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A Child Called “It” – Dave Pelzer The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne When It Happens – Susane Colasanti Graceling – Kristin Cashore I Heart You, You Haunt Me – Lisa Schroeder Friday Night Lights – H.G. Bissinger Leslie’s Journal – Allan Stratton Perfect Chemistry – Simone Elkeles Shiver – Maggie Steifvater The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Cassie Ryan
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Lost in Wonderland
Alice In Wonderland is still magical as ever, but it seems that Tim Burton’s vision for the classic children’s tale may have missed a few beats here and there. Caitlin Wire Entertainment Editor by
It’s been almost a century and a half since the introduction of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece Alice In Wonderland entered the world. Thanks to Tim Burton’s twisted cinematic vision, it’s back again in 2010, but considerably stranger than most of us probably remember. Alice is easily successful as a visual fantasy land, but will just as easily disappoint those looking for substance—which is frankly something no noteworthy movie is without. In the tale’s latest adaptation Alice is propelled from her childhood in Wonderland to her young adult years, where she is faced with the horrible prospect of an engagement to an extremely sheltered nobleman—and if we know our Alice, we know this isn’t going to work out as planned. Alice (portrayed by Mia Wasilkowska, who actually does a remarkable job of easing her character’s innocence into an older frame) flees her would-be suitor and the restricting confines of high society in pursuit of an all-tooinfamous white rabbit. She stumbles upon its rather large rabbit hole, leans over the edge and falls in. Alice’s descent from here is fast, and unfortunately the quality of the movie descends with her.
Sprinklings of black magic and dark imagery appear in typical Burton fashion, a twist that is to be expected from the man who dreamed up A Nightmare Before Christmas and the big screen adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. But there is also an element to the film that isn’t consistent with his better productions. It lacks the purpose and direction that usually graces the screen even in Burton’s most eccentric works. Each scene has either too much or too little; one second the audience finds itself wishing things would get a little more interesting and the next everything becomes too scattered and fast-paced to comprehend. It’s a rather failed attempted at a J.R.R. Tolkeinesque quest for self-discovery. It’s a mystery how Burton expects viewers to track the incoherent and spastic goings-on in his Wonderland. Johnny Depp adds his own brand of insanity to the role of the Mad Hatter, but his performance sends the movie back in the right direction. Depp has a reputation as an acting chameleon—particularly where strange personas are concerned—but he takes the Hatter to a whole new level. The movie itself isn’t memorable, but Depp’s Hatter definitely will be. The rest of Alice’s surprisingly recognizable lineup
includes Anne Hathaway as the White Queen (who floats around the screen like she was born to play a fairy princess), Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen (deliciously evil
It’s a mystery how Burton expects viewers to track the incoherent and spastic goings-on in his Wonderland.
and fantastically hilarious) and Alan Rickman as the drugabusing blue caterpillar (portrayed perfectly by the syrupy, drawling voice of the British acting legend). The cast, however, (made up not only of those familiar faces but also a considerable amount of regulars from the cast of the Harry Potter series) is forced to carry the weight of the rest of the movie. Stacking the cast list and hoping everyone else buys in won’t make most people overlook Alice’s faults—and there are a considerable amount. For the most part, Alice In Wonderland is an easily forgettable addition to a long list of adaptations of Carroll’s original tale. But for those who still want to enjoy the magic of Wonderland, don’t shy away; Alice In Wonderland is full of it.
She & Him’s Volume Two is simply adorable. When you give Zooey Deschanel a microphone, how could you expect anything but that? For those of you who aren’t aware, the blue-eyed doll from the film (500) Days of Summer can do more than just act. Much more. March 23rd marks the release date for the duo’s sophomore album, Volume Two, and I give it my blessing. Deschanel makes an astounding leap from the cushioned, folksy feel that themed Volume One to a soft indie-rock compilation. If Deschanel had any doubts about making the transformation, all I have to say is, “You done well, kid.” She & Him is an acquired taste. They’re not for those indie rapscallions who listen to Modest Mouse or Grizzly Bear. They give off an eclectic 60’s pop sensation, sun-kissed and spongy, like summer is bursting through the door. Volume Two begins with the heartbreaking ballad “Thieves.” Rather than going for a quicker tempo with a steadier pulse, they took it slow. Fortunately, the song did not taint the overall vibe of the album. “In the Sun,” the pair’s first single from Volume Two, is their attempt at creating a song that sums up the record entirely. In my opinion, the song does an outstanding job. When piano meets guitar, the song gives off the same warmth of the album-defining track “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here,” the climax of She & Him’s Volume One. There is a very special element to She & Him that often goes without recognition. The “Him” to She & Him is guitarist Matthew Ward, a TOHS graduate. The backbone of the group, his mesmerizing guitar licks are the perfect supplement to Deschanel’s voice. Moreover, Volume Two finally lets Ward’s talents go to work. He accompanies Deschanel on vocals several times throughout the album; for example, in the bluesy “Ridin’ In My Car,” a tribute to the rock band NRBQ, as well as “Lingering Still” (one of my personal favorites). Their harmonies are like clockwork; they make the album slide along smoothly. Unlike their debut album, the two do not lose themselves in the middle of the music. Each song had sing-along potential, and by the second chorus I was humming in stride. There is no shortage of “la’s, da’s, oh’s, and ah’s” that trademark She & Him’s songs. I don’t care how corny it seems; it brings back the musical era of sock hops, jukeboxes, soda fountains and poodle skirts. I was overwhelmed with the album’s closer, the pillowy hymn “If You Can’t Sleep.” It’s exactly how it sounds: a sleepy anthem to those in need of a wandering dream. Alongside “In the Sun”, it is one of the album’s highlights. The album is simple and pure pop wrapped in a soulful, blue-eyed package with bow on top. If a Volume Three is ever made, I’d very much like to see how it’s going to top this.
The Lancer March 25, 2010
The Show of a Lifetime Tony Ferrari Staff Writer by
A trip outside of quiet old Thousand Oaks on any occasion is a treat in my opinion. Hey, I’ll even settle for a simple night at Muvico or the Lazy Dog Cafe. But a morning that starts out with a sincere apology from a personal assistant who “forgot to hold an umbrella over your head” is bound to be unlike any other. I was honored with an invitation to play with senior Miles Eberhardt at the “I Heart Haiti Kids” benefit concert at Six Flags Magic Mountain, a night neither of us will forget. The day started with an alarm at 6:30 a.m., followed by a long drive to Valencia through the pouring rain. We finally arrived at the park, and as I walked into the backstage area I couldn’t fathom what was to come. The day was a blur, and also one of the greatest experiences of my life. We knew we would be performing alongside some
well known artists such as Sean Kingston, The New Boys, Romeo, JoJo and many others, and that the concert would be filmed. The event was streamed live on the internet, and an expected 50,000 plus would tune into livestream.com to watch. The overwhelming mix of emotion made the day race by. The bands, dancers, personal assistants and managers all flooded in before 10 a.m., followed by a crew from VH1. The backstage environment was so different from what I knew, from Lil Mama singing along with Miles and me to watching the New Boys do “The Jerk” backstage without having a clue they were the group that created the hit. Yet amongst all the famous faces, TV crews and news reporters, it was nothing more than a bunch of teenage musicians having the time of their lives. The people were friendly and welcoming, and when our time came to go onstage they were thrilled. We were introduced by host
Kyla Pratt and walked onstage feeling confident, excited, and terrified all at once. The three minutes we had onstage were incredible. We played Miles’ upbeat song “Photograph,” and the audience fell in love with it. The last chord we struck was followed by a roar, and suddenly any sense of nervousness we had before we went onstage was gone. It was humbling to see so many amazing people coming together for such a great cause. The event raised money for books to give children in Haiti. It was organized by Romeo and his father, rap legend Master P. Participating in the event was a blessing, and I couldn’t thank the producers or Miles enough for the experience. I’m incredibly happy to have taken part in a night of music dedicated to bettering a damaged nation. It is certainly an experience that will never leave me. Yes, Muvico is great. But jerking with The New Boys? That’s certainly not a typical night for someone who lives in T.O.
Performing With the Stars – Seniors Tony Ferrari and Miles Eberhardt joined celebrity musicians at Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “I Heart Haiti Kids,” a benefit concert that raised money for books for children affected by the tragedy in Haiti. Tony Ferrari // with permission
Lancers Shine in Annual Talent Show by Adam Buchsbaum Copy Editor
Lancer Staff Writer Alex Johnson sat down with frontman Chris Bowman of Blackout 101, an up-and-coming band from Calabasas. The Lancer: Describe the members of Blackout 101. Chris Bowman: Well, we’re all pretty much obnoxious, loud and outgoing guys with a strong love for music and playing in a band. Our drummer Miles [Kottak] is not that loud and obnoxious though, he’s just handsome. TL: Describe the songwriting process of Blackout 101. CB: My songwriting works in different ways at different times. Sometimes I’ll sit down for a week straight and bust out five songs at a time, and then sometimes, I’ll get a shorter-lived burst of creativity and write one song in a day. It’s really hard to sit down and go, “Alright, I wanna write a song.” As cliche as it sounds, it really comes to you. In the future, we’re going to start writing songs together and see what we can come up with. TL: What is your inspiration for writing music? CB: We draw influence
musically from tons of bands, like Green Day, Refused, Arctic Monkeys, Billy Talent, The Bravery, and many many more. Lyrically, the songs come from life experience and frustration. TL: What music do you listen to for fun? CB: We all listen to a wide variety of music, not all that we can exactly cite as main influences. Some of those bands include Vampire Weekend, Say Anything, Matt and Kim, and as lame as it may sound, there’s definitely a John Mayer phase going on right now. TL: Can we expect any new material to come out soon? If so, what should we expect? CB: We’re writing songs and recording demos at this point in time. We’re planning on getting in the studio soon to start recording proper songs, but until then, the best way to hear our new music is by coming to a show.
The 2010 Talent Show was soon to start, and anticipation colored the air as people traded jokes and comments. Three judges–teachers Felix McGinnis, Dave Nystrom and Ryan Geisler–sat to the side while people scuffled in and out of the PAC. It began with a clever sketch by the three emcees: junior Corey Crandall, senior Bobby Mullaney and senior
Austin DeBeikes. Two dressed in white suits and one in black, they used funny banter to keep the pace of the show. The hilarious trio was like another act in the show. Most of the acts were music-based, with instruments ranging from acoustic guitar to piano. There were some original songs, but most were covers. Senior Vanessa Orr sang a warm, piano-driven cover of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles. Seniors Nastasha
Buran and Emilio Merino sang an intimate cover of “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by The Beatles, with senior Andy Walker on guitar. There were a few dances as well. They all were fluid and clearly went through careful choreography. Each was good in its own right, though seniors Samantha Pierce and Lucas Bertini stole the show with their dance to the song “Superhuman,” which netted them second place. Improv Comedy appeared in the second act. Its witty spontaneity provided a nice break. The performers played an interactive game, rousing the audience from its stupor and making for a rather enjoyable performance. Multiple performers in the show had mic issues. Their voices were not clear and loud enough for the audience. The problems were distracting and detracted from the show. Before the final performance, the emcees acknowledged the issues, and the two performers who were most affected, freshman Katherine
Reaves and junior Brooke Bowers, went onstage again. The mic issues never should have happened, but at least Reaves and Bowers had a chance to go onstage again. Senior Aubrey Caswell went last with an original song entitled “Ready for Goodbye,” which was a meaningful send-off for seniors. Her lyrics were simple yet poignant, and backed by melancholy piano playing. Her performance was stunning and deserved its first place title. Senior Ruchi Thukral and sophomore Sam Cooley tied for third. Thukral danced to “Fireflies” by Owl City, fusing classical forms and Indian folk into an original style. Cooley sang “Transparent,” coupled with an acoustic guitar. It was nice to see a tie for third, as both Thukral and Cooley deserved recognition. The entire show felt relaxed and intimate, perhaps because only one performance had any hard-edge to it, junior Ryan Cook’s drum playing. The show went well, and made for a nice evening.
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A Night To Remember – (Left) Seniors Emilio Merino and Natasha Buran collaborate on a quiet cover of The Beatles’ “You Really Got A Hold On Me.” (Right) Sophomore Sam Cooley strums his acoustic guitar and sings “Transparent,” a performance that earned him third place along with Senior Ruchi Thukral.
The Lancer March 25, 2010
Parenthood Lives Up to High Hopes
All In The Family — Mother Kristina (Monica Potter) and grandmother Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) pay extra attention to Max after his Asperger’s diagnosis on Parenthood, which airs Tuesdays on NBC.
Rebecca Sylvers Entertainment Editor by
My expectations were high—dangerously so. With Jason Katims, the showrunner of the utterly amazing Friday Night Lights, as the creative force behind the new NBC dramedy, the bar was set almost unreachably high and the possibility of a letdown almost certain. Almost. While watching the pilot, I kept waiting and waiting for something cringe-worthy to happen, but it never did. After a pre-season roller coaster ride, Parenthood has finally arrived, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Maura Tierney was originally slated to play Sarah Braverman, one of four siblings struggling with—you guessed it—parenthood, but left the show after filming to pilot to undergo breast cancer treatment. Tierney’s departure pushed Parenthood’s debut from fall to spring and forced a re-shoot of the episode with Lauren Graham in her place. As a die-hard Gilmore Girls boxed-set owner and rerun-watcher, I was delighted to hear of Graham’s return to TV after starring in a slew of mediocre movies I couldn’t even bring myself to watch. It’s hard not to see a little Lorelai Gilmore in Sarah, also a single mom with a daughter and an appreciation for coffee. Contrary to the omnipresent TV spots during the Olympics, Parenthood is not purely co-
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medic. It has a delicate balance of humor and seriousness, which may take viewers expecting just another Modern Family by surprise. Despite its flawed advertising, I have no doubts Parenthood will be able to retain most of the audience that tunes in because there really is something for everyone. Though the Braverman brothers and sisters are the primary focus, every generation gets to tell its story, from Haddie’s (Sarah Ramos) heartbreaking struggle with being her parents’ second priority to the eldest Bravermans struggle with their marriage. The characters are all in different stages of
parenthood, which also helps to broaden the show’s appeal. Veteran parent Zeke (Craig T. Nelson) must learn to let his grown-up children make grownup choices in raising their own kids, while Crosby (Dax Shepard) is just getting to know his newly-discovered son. The heartwarming (if slightly cheesy) part is that, despite their disputes and hardships, they always come through for each other and their kids. Sometime during each episode, the entire family gets together to eat dinner, watch a little league baseball game—or smoke pot in the halls of their children’s elementary school.
Mat Set to Takedown Competition MTV Regains S M M tling scenes, and not just because they reminded Footing With Editor-in-Chief me of my time on the mat as a wrestler. Because this wrestling genre of film is largely untapped, As both a movie critic and a wrestler, I was Beyond the Mat set a precedent for the styling The Buried Life by
rather excited when I heard that there was a screening for Beyond the Mat on March 22 at the Regency Theater in Agoura Hills. Considering wrestling is one of the less popular sports in America, I assumed the screening would be rather empty. I was thinking two dozen, maybe three dozen people would be there. I was definitely wrong. When I pulled into the parking lot, there were about two hundred people waiting in line for the movie, as well as three separate camera crews that filmed the audience’s anticipation, as well as their reactions after the movie. Coming into the theater, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve only seen one other movie about high school wrestling, and so I didn’t really know how they would approach the sport. There are so many intricacies of the sport, I thought it would be nearly impossible to cover them all accurately. As soon as the movie started, I was pleasantly surprised. The film opens at the 2007 state wrestling championships in Bakersfield. Everything from the stadium to the CIF wrestling patches on the main character, Aaron Miller’s, letterman jacket were completely genuine. The opening scene pits Miller vs. a noname wrestler, and Miller manages to pull out a victory despite an injury to his ankle. After that match, Miller’s teammate (and best friend) Bo Sanders wrestles his longtime rival, and the film’s antagonist, Dominic Bradshaw. Bradshaw wins after a blown call by the referee, and Sanders pledges revenge for the upcoming wrestling season. My favorite parts of the movie were the wres-
of action scenes. The sequences are a combination of short, quick first person angles, as well as simulations of “shadow wrestling.” This is Miller’s coach’s comparison of wrestling to chess, as they both involve thinking three steps ahead of your opponent. By not just shooting the wrestling matches as straight shots, the director kept the action much more interesting and allowed the average movie-goer to understand what was going on. The major shortcoming of the movie is a seemingly pointless subplot devoted to Miller’s heritage. As one of the few Vietnamese students in the school, he is constantly trying to identify with his culture. This includes a fight with his mother and, at one point, him cheating on his girlfriend with a Vietnamese girl. This entire subplot seems forced and irrelevant to the rest of the movie. Where the rest of the film was trying to portray Aaron as a hard working, diligent athlete, this made him seem like a whiny, angsty source: catch 22 and annoying brat. I understand that the producers wanted to add a more human element to the film, but his constant complaining about his heritage and his ruined love life turned the audience against him very quickly. Overall, I thought Beyond the Mat was a very solid movie. It’s still in post-production, so it won’t be hitting theaters any time soon — it’s slated for a release date sometime this Fall. But in an exclusive interview, Jonathan Kowalsky (Bradshaw), promised that though the movie is only good now, by the time it hits theaters, “it’s going to be great.”
Lindsay Baffo Staff Writer by
“If you had one day left to live, what would you do?” This is the tagline of The Buried Life and it’s busting my brain. It looks like MTV is coming back—with a vengeance. The past few years have proven how desperately MTV is trying to make money. Since the 1980’s, it has been a cornerstone for American youth, but in the last decade or so its ratings have flatlined. MTV has completely abandoned its music roots and is now focusing on brainwashing young teens with exploitative and unrealistic television. What MTV doesn’t seem to realize is that a reality show that’s entirely scripted isn’t actually real. I can’t keep track of what season of The Real World this is, and I cried myself to sleep when I found out MTV picked up Jersey Shore for a second season. Let me ask you something—where are the good shows? They’re in Canada. I was pleasantly surprised when I came
Katims drew from experience with his own son when developing the show’s best story— Max’s (Max Burkholder) Asperger’s diagnosis—and it shows. The careful attention to detail and accuracy in the depiction of both his disorder and his parents’ (Peter Krause, Monica Potter) means of coping is impressive. Like any real family, the Bravermans often talk over one another. It’s exactly the kind of realistic dialogue delivery I’d expect from the guy who made FNL, tailored to a California family instead of a Texas football team. With TV, the true measures of quality are the minute details, and Parenthood gets them right. across The Buried Life on MTV. It’s a lowbudget documentary about four Canadian 20somethings who travel below the border to the United States (in an R.V. named Penelope dressed head-to-toe in purple) in search of everyday people’s answers to the question: “What do you want to do before you die?” This isn’t a typical reality show. There are no competitions involving jousting in mud piles to win the affection of an outdated rockstar or vying for a job as a personal secretary to an obnoxious celebrity (frankly, I don’t want to work for P. Diddy, and I don’t know anyone who does). One thing’s for sure: The Buried Life is real. Ben, the ringleader; Dave, the practicaljokester; Duncan, the business-manager; and Johnnie, who supplies a healthy amount of ideas, pack their belongings, fill up Penelope and start changing the world. With them they bring a list of 100 things they want to do before they die. Their aspirations, which include playing basketball with Obama, swimming with sharks and going to space, are extraordinary. But what good is a show with no twist? The cast members of The Buried Life aren’t just helping themselves. With each task they accomplish, they help others with their own dreams. I was moved to tears when the four paid for a plane ticket so a woman could have the chance to visit her mother’s gravesite. An ode to friendship, adventure and kindness, The Buried Life is nothing short of inspiring—a far cry from the typical MTV garbage.
Jumping Into Life— The cast of The Buried Life are on a quest to seize the most out of their lives and help other do the same.
The Lancer March 25, 2010
The Lancer March 25, 2010
The Madness Begins
Sophomore Greg Wise Alex Bradbury Contributing Writer by
Thousand Oaks High School has a tradition of producing great athletes that go on to have success not just collegiately, but professionally. A few of the greats- Olympian Marion Jones, MLS player Chance Myers, MLB stars Jack Wilson, Kurt Stillwell and Bryan Corey, NFL Receiver David Anderson and tennis ace Sam Querrey- have all had success in the highest level of the sport they play. Another Lancer may be ready to join these athletes: sophomore Greg Wise. Wise plays for the varsity tennis team, the reigning Marmonte League Champions. Although he is one of the younger players on the team, Wise is already a veteran; he played on the varsity squad as a freshman and returns this year to the fray, but this time as a major player. The sophomore has been playing tennis since he was 6, and in competitive tournaments since the age of 9. He placed first in nine tournaments, but has finished in the top three in 15 more. Wise has played in three matches this season, against Saugas, Dos Pueblos and Valencia. He played singles matches in all three games. “I feel like I have had a great year so far with the exception of the Valencia match,” Wise said. Wise says that the best part of his game is his “big forehand…. I love to rip my forehand.” Wise is humble, doesn’t brag about how good he is and doesn’t say that he is going to be the next great tennis star. He doesn’t even say that he is the best player on his own team. “Oh no, no way. [The best player] is probably Marcos Giron, he’s great,” Wise said. Teammate Garen Alexander begs to differ. “He [Greg] is really good; he’s a great tennis player,” Alexander said. “He’s smart.” Wise’s favorite tennis player and role model is Roger Federer. “I like Roger Federer because of the way he plays the game. The way he moves around the court is so great,” he said.
Sean McMinn // Lancer
Forehand Phenomenon— Sophomore Greg Wise prepares to use his forehand against his opponent in practice. The second-year varsity player looks to be a dominant force on the tennis team this season after strong matches against Saugas and Dos Pueblos. Wise believes that his team can repeat as league champions and possibly repeat as CIF division I champions “We still have a chance to repeat because we
still have five other players returning from the championship team: Marcos Giron, Brendan Josephson, Ben Moon, Michael Kunisaki and Matt Skwaruzynski,” Wise said.
A year of college basketball has come to a close, and the postseason of March Madness has begun. Selection Sunday was March 14 on CBS to decide tournament teams and their seeds in the bracket. The seeds are picked by overall records, and finishing position in their conference tournaments. The bracket is made up of 64 teams with four regions: Midwest, East, West, and South. There is always plenty of excitement as teams wait for the final judgment and see if they made the big dance or not. This year was a huge year for many teams such as Kentucky, Duke, Villanova, and Kansas State. Most people just assume that the top five seeds from each regions will make it to at least the Sweet 16, even the Elite Eight and the Final Four. But many of the low seeds are capable of playing up to speed with these high-powered teams as we have seen in the past years. For example, George Mason in 2006 beat number one-seeded Connecticut to reach their first ever Final Four. Davidson, another underdog, upset high-powered Georgetown and Wisconsin, but then lost in the Elite Eight to Kansas. This March, the Kansas Jayhawks were once again a dominating force in the regular season leading up to the tournament and receiving the number one seed. But in the second round they played a very excited and motivated Northern Iowa team. In the end Northern Iowa defeated the Jayhawks by two points and is considered the biggest upset so far. Other upsets include the elimination of Georgetown, Villanova, Wisconsin, and Maryland which played a wild game against Michigan State. I predict that Kentucky and Syracuse will compete in the championship with powerhouse Kentucky, as the eventual NCAA champion. -Dustin Kowell
The Lancer March 25, 2010
Lacrosse: A New Beginning
Months of meetings and deliberation finally came to fruition for the Thousand Oaks lacrosse team. This season marks a new era of spring sports. This football/ice hockey hybrid, which is now part of our Marmonte League, is relatively unexperienced in the West Coast at the high school level. But Coaches Justin Eaton and John Geruso hope to bring an inkling of that East Coast finesse and renown to Thousand Oaks.
Veteran Players Lead New Team
Body Check: When an offending player has possession of the ball the player guarding him can run from five feet and hit him from the waist up, excluding their head.
Ben Reich Staff Writer by
On the first day of practice, four freshmen stepped on the field unaware that in just four years they would become the foundation and leaders for the newest spring sport on the TOHS campus, lacrosse. It was on that very first day four years ago that seniors Hans Molitor, Dylan McLean, Matt Sitler, and DJ Ellis stepped on the field for the first time together for their club team. Four years later, these four seniors are the leaders of the inaugural CIF lacrosse team at TOHS, and all four take pride in being able to set the program off in the right direction. “It feels pretty good knowing that were paving the road for the rest of the players in years to come,” McLean said. The chance to play at the CIF level , however, was not always a given. Over the course of last year, the T.O. lacrosse booster club worked tirelessly to ensure that lacrosse is CIF-sanctioned in time for the season. “It means a lot to be on the first team because as a part of the club team for three years, our goal was always to become a CIF team and now that we are, it’s cool to get to see all the hard work pay off,” Sitler said. Being the foundation for the new sport, however, puts some pressure on the four. “A lot of pressure does fall on us to be the leaders, and to be the first real team in T.O. his-
Terms of Lacrosse:
Fast Break: When a player snatches the ball and breaks away from the pack leaving the offending midfielders behind.
Mouthguard Shoulder pad Gloves
Cradling: When a player turns his or her wrists and arms in order to protect the ball in the stick pocket.
Scooping: The method in which players pick up ground balls Slash: A violent hit on another player in an area other than the gloves or the stick.
Cross Check: A legal hit on another player with his or her hands spaced out on there stick.
Unnecessary Roughness: Excessive force by a player with any part of their body or equipment.
Brian Kim // Lancer
tory; we want to set the program off on the right foot,” McLean said. For the captains of this team, Molitor and Ellis, this season has extra meaning. Molitor, the team’s most veteran player, just wants to see the sport continue to grow into the future, like football and basketball.
“It’s an honor to be the first captain, but it’s just nice to know that the program is finally here to stay, and I hope it continues to grow over the next few years,” Molitor said. As the inaugural T.O. lacrosse CIF season continues these four seniors will continue to help lead and contribute to a very young team.
The four have also come together as teammates on the field despite some minor differences off of the field. “I’ll definitely remember them, we’ve gotten close over the past four years, we may not be friends off the field but on the field we’re a team, we just want to win,” McLean said.
The Field Face off
Offensive Area Goal The Box The rectangular shaped area around the crease/goal. Defenders seldom press players outside of the box.
Two players kneel in the center of the field around the ball. When the referee whistles, the two fight for the ball while the other players join to try and gain possession.
Usually a three-man group that feeds off midfield passes to score the goals
Defensive Area The Crease
The circular area around the goal that an attacker cannot enter
A midfielder’s zone, usually used in fast break attacks. Two of the three midfielders must remain in this area at the face-off.
Another three-man group positioned on wthe defensive end of the field. The goalie is a reflexive and decisive overseer, and stays inside the crease but can also bring the ball upfield.
Photos by Dakota Jones // Lancer
Information compiled by Megan Bowser and Dillon Whinery
The Lancer March 25, 2010
Winter Four Year Varsity
Alex Tiffin Basketball*
Position: Center Years on varsity: 4 Favorite sports moment: Winning CIF last year Achievements: Junior: 1st team allleague, CIF Player of the Year, senior: Co-MVP of Marmonte League, Co-MVP Ventura County Funniest sports moment: Beating up Kevin Kiani before the Moorpark game last year Favorite athlete: Shaq in his prime
Katie Deamer Basketball
Position: Center midfielder Years on varsity: 4 Favorite sports moment: Winning the CIF title my sophomore year Achievements: 1st team all-league, Offensive Player of the Year, MVP of Marmonte League Funniest sports moment: Probably walking in a dragon suit all day. I had wings haha! Favorite Athlete: Mia Hamm, Cristiano Ronaldo
Position: Guard Years on varsity: 4 Favorite sports moment: Going to the semifinals and barely losing to Brea Olinda Achievements: 1st team Marmonte League, County, CIF Funniest sports moment: We went to someone’s house after a game, and all of our parents including our coach just got wasted. Taylor Valdez and I had to pick them all up and take them home. Favorite athlete: My brother, Jet Bandy
Position: Guard Years on varsity: 4 Favorite sports moment: Making the game winning shot against Newbury Park two years in a row at its gym Achievements: Most Improved, Clutch Shot Award, MVP/Offensive player, School record for free-throw percentage, 1st team all-Marmonte, 1st team all-County Funniest sports moment: I had to wear my Halloween costume, a shiny gold leotard, under my practice jersey because I forgot my sports bra.
Behdod Katebian Wrestling*
Position: 130 lb weight class Years on varsity: 3 Favorite sports moment: Upsetting my state ranked league rival in quadruple overtime at league-finals. Achievements: Marmonte League MVP, 1st Ventura Country Star All Star, 1stteam Tri-County, State Qualifier Funniest sports moment: Josh Bass and I snuck into an opposing team’s hotel room and implanted crickets in their beds.
Brandon Jansen Wrestling*
Alexis Cespedes Soccer*
Camilla Chun Basketball
Position: Point guard Years in varsity: 4 Favorite sports moment: Winning MVP and Best Defensive Player of the Year the same night Achievements: 1st Team All-Marmonte League, 2nd team All-County, most steals in Ventura County Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan Iinteresting fact: I hula dance
Position: Forward Years on varsity: 3 years Favorite sports moment: I was invited to the Division I and Division II All-Star Game for the best players in Southern California. Achievements: 1st team junior and senior year Funniest sports moment: Last year Branden Berenger, our goalie, got hit in the balls, and we had to drag him off the field.
Position: 189 lb weight class Years on varsity: 3 years Favorite sports moment: Practicing with the team Achievements: Rookie of the Year 2007, Most Escapes 2008 & 2009, Perseverance Award 2010, League Champion 2009, State Qualifier Funniest moment: Breakfast with Jared Hatland before the second day of Brea Olinda Tourney
*These sports are extremely difficult to make all fours years on varsity.
Lauren Barnett Water Polo*
Position: Utility, sprinter Years on varsity: 3 years Favorite sports moment: Winning a game against Newbury Park my sophomore year within the last three seconds of the game. Achievements: Team Captain, First Team All-Marmonte League, team MVP, Most Improved Funniest sports moment: “Boo-Ya Grandpa”
Michelle Cruz Soccer
Position: Forward Years on varsity: 4 years Favorite sports moment: Winning CIF my sophomore year Achievements: 1st team Marmonte League, Offensive MVP of League Funniest sports moment: Pretty much all the bus rides Favorite athlete: Michelle Akers Interesting fact: I sneeze a lot.
March 24 Next game vs Agoura
Boys Golf vs
March 25 Next match at Calabasas
March 25 Next match at Moorpark
March 24 Next match at Calabasas
Illustrations by Suzanne Jennett // With Permission
Ventura County Relays
Boys Tennis 14-4
Camarillo Invitational vs
March 26 Next match at Royal
March 26 Next match vs Royal March 19
Track and Field
March 25 Next match at Moorpark
Boys Volleyball 1-3 (OT)
Dos Pueblos Tournament at
March 24 Agoura High School Scores as of March 23
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