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cherry pancakes waffles coffee vanilla peach mango raspberry pineapple strawberry watermelon cotton candy menthol classic tobacco mint tea mixed berry apple pie licorice blackberry bubble gum buttered popcorn champagne cinnamon bun gingerbread



% of students have smoked



issue 1

ED/OP 5-7



NEWS 3&4


EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Joyce Tan Kelly Wisneski NEWS Edwin Chikukwa Shay Suban

CASE IN POINT “In a perfect world, people would come together to try to eradicate oppression and prejudice. Instead, it’s a badge of pride, flaunted for all to see.”

ED/OP Casey Sigelakis ENTERTAINMENT Sara Wilson CENTER Jessica Ashcraft Kendell Snow FEATURES Ali Koplan Amber Sutherland



Despite the growing emphasis on the foods that are fast and fatty, there are still some local restaurants that give you delish bites with fewer calories

CENTER 10&11

DANNY BROWN “Lyrically, it’s the same Danny Brown. And I don’t count that as a bad thing. Brown is so in his own lane that anything other than that would disappoint me. However, he has matured since 2011.”

RAGE AGAINST THE WAGE The raising of minimum wage will affect students with and without part-time jobs in multiple ways



TEACHER FEATURE Brother Fries: How Chinese and Geometry teacher Jason Loose became an overseas super star with a bottle of fries and a water bottle


BALLET FOLKLORICO Ballet Folklorico club is spreading cultural awareness by expanding it’s presence in the community SPORTS 16-19



AMMO FOR ARGUMENT With everyone up in arms over gun control, could banning bullets be the solution? ENTERTAINMENT 8&9


FOOD FIGHT The district is no longer allowing the ASB to sell food in the student store in an attempt to increase revenue for the cafeteria

SPORTS Dane Swanson COPY K.D. Mireles WEBSITE Ethan Lyons Ben Mueller-Leclerc

STAFF ADVERTISING MANAGER Ali Koplan PHOTOGRAPHERS Ethan Lyons Ben Mueller-Leclerc Nikita Sarmiento WRITERS Jonathan Brough Andrew Chau Kalie Clear Joyce Huchin Samantha Kallen Clarissa Kano Brian Lee Allison Medley Kenzy Peach Scott Price Jessi Soporito Sierra Waters ADVISER Tasha Beaudoin

The Lancer is the official school publication of Thousand Oaks High School, created and produced by students in Advanced Journalism. The Lancer reserves the right to refuse advertising deemed inappropriate for high school publication.


GOING FOR THE FOURPEAT How long can they keep it up? Girl’s volleyball has won 44 straight league games and counting. Will the Lancers finish undeafeated once again this season?

Guest editorials and “Letters to the Editor” are welcome, but must be signed and are subject to editing for length, libel, obscenity and grammar. The Lancer is a member of the Journalism Education Association (JEA), National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and NSPA AllAmerican Hall of Fame.


october 2, 2013

E-cigarettes invade campus During the five years of their existence, e-cigarettes’ popularity has risen dramatically, especially in the underage bracket, leaving governments and schools struggling to establish legal regulations and punishments EDWIN CHIKUKWA

News Editor

The number of minors using E-cigarettes nationwide has doubled since last year, leaving one to question: what is this phenomenon of e-cigs? E-cigs, devices used to consume a liquid based nicotine in vapor form, were first manufactured in 2007 to help tobacco smokers quit or avoid the negative effects of tobacco while smoking nicotine. However, since 2007 many countries have gone on to ban their use because little is known about the effects of nicotine to the body. In the United States, the problem now is not only the unknown effects of nicotine, but also that these devices are finding their way into the hands of minors who have no clinical use for them. “It just makes me feel less stressed out,” Blake Sans* said. “It’s like smoking a cigarette without all the harmful effects of a cigarette.” In spite of the nicotine used in e-cigs, Sans feels that it will not cause harm to his body. “You can get different levels of nicotine in the liquid that you put in your vape [e-cig] 0-24 [mg],” Sans said. “I usually get like 0-6 [mg]

so I get the lowest amount possible so it doesn’t really affect me that much.” Another student has different reasons for smoking. “I say more than anything it’s so that you can look cool doing smoke tricks like blowing O’s,”

“I just go in and buy them. They don’t card me at all.” —senior Blake Sans*

fact that the district is still waiting for direction from the state. “If it has a cartridge on it, that will be handled with a two-day suspension, and the non-cartridge ones with a one-day suspension,” Katz said. The school policy could change once the district establishes guidelines for e-cigarettes. “The state is working on enacting some bills to counter the e-cig phenomenon that’s going on around,” Katz said, “and the district is waiting for legislation to follow those rules.” With all of these rules in place, how then do minors access them? “I just go in and buy them,” Sans said. “They don’t card me at all.” Hendrix said his underage friends also have no issue accessing the e-cigs. Legally, this is because e-cigs do not contain tobacco and are therefore not under tobacco laws; licensed sellers do not have to card their buyers. This law, however, does not change how some sellers feel about minors using them. “I don’t think anyone under the age of 18 should be using e-cigs,” Justin

Sam Hendrix* said. “It’s a social thing.” Hendrix believes that most of his friends do not smoke to get a thrill, but do enjoy the variety of flavors offered. “You can get the flavors without nicotine,” he said. “All my friends have fruit flavors; it’s just for the aesthetics.” Thhough the FDA, the state, and school administration, beg to differ. “People in general don’t think there is anything wrong with it because it’s flavored nicotine,” Dean of Attendance Brad Katz said, “but nicotine is still a drug that they are putting into their bodies.” This position has caused the school to take measures against students caught with OF AN e-cigarettes, despite the


FLAVOR CARTRIDGE Filled with e-liquid (flavoring, nicotine and propylene glycol), the cartridge comes in different flavors , including cherry, mixed berry and “classic tobacco.” The amount of nicotine the cartidge holds varies from 0 to 24 mg, though many times the nicotine levels are mislabeled. Each cartridge provides about as many puffs as a pack of tobacco cigarettes. ATOMIZER The heating element serves to vaporize the liquid in the mouthpiece so that it can be inhaled. In a University of Athens study, a majority of participants experienced an immediate resistance to respiratory airflow for ten minutes. LITHIUM BATTERY A fully-charged battery will last anywhere between 4 to 5 hours, or about 250 puffs. A faulty e-cig battery caused the entire device to explode in a Florida man’s mouth, taking out some of his front teeth and a chunk of his tongue.

Soporito, a local E-cigarette vendor, said. “When it comes down to it, the parents shouldn’t allow their children to purchase these products online and any store that sells them shouldn’t sell them to minors.” One of the main concerns with e-cigs is that they will lead those who smoke them to smoke real cigarettes. A survey taken by FOX News showed that 76.3 percent of minors who smoked e-cigs tried real cigarettes in the space of one month. Both Sans and Hendrix, however, do not anticipate going down that path. “I don’t think I’ll even smoke actual cigarettes,” Sans said. “I know people who do and I think it’s disgusting.” *Names changed to protect anonymity. For more on e-cigarettes, see Ed/Op, page 6



students polled:

» 65% know someone who has smoked an e-cigarette » 60% think e-cigarettes are healthier or less harmful than regular cigarettes » 37% think it’s okay to smoke e-cigarettes


According to The Economist, sales of e-cigs will reach $1 billion by the end of 2013, and has doubled every year since 2008.

What is the impact of e-cigarettes on our campus? “It’s not gonna help anything, since nicotine is still addicting.” —sophomore Justin Thai

» 27% have smoked them before According to the American Lung Association, there are ten identified carcinogens and toxins in e-cig vapor



The FDA officials will announce a process for new rules regarding e-cig use in October 2013.

“They’ve helped someone I know smoke less real cigarettes.” —junior Jose Gonzalez

“Do it on your own time, not in the middle of class or in the bathroom.” —senior Janett Angel


issue 2


News Editor

Hot Pockets and Easy Mac will no longer be available for sale in the student store due to a new district policy. After a meeting between the school principals and the Director of Child Nutrition, the district has outlawed selling food at the student stores. “The cafeteria wasn’t gaining any money,” senior class Vice President Natalee Dueber said. “The food wasn’t very good [at the cafeteria], so the students started going to the student store for food.” The district believes that food sales have shifted away from the cafeteria to the student store due to the different types of food offered in the latter. “The cafeterias in the district have gone in the hole

The school district has banned student stores from selling food in an attempt to shift food sales back towards » school cafeterias, but others are proposing alternatives


half a million dollars,” student store manager Nancy McKinney said. “[The district] feels like they can stop our sales and [as a result] increase theirs.” A portion of the revenue goes toward ASB and other student organizations such as the sports, band and club programs, while another part is allocated towards the student store and its staff. “Basically they’re taking away from us $25,000 a year,” McKinney said. The student store is not permitted to sell food during nutrition break and lunch, but only during the small window of time before and after school. Colina Middle School has also been affected as of two Fridays ago. “ASB members are quite upset because they feel that their choices are being taken away from them,” ASB adviser

Toni Young said. ASB’s student leaders have been discussing possible solutions to make up for lost funds, which include hosting fundraisers and encouraging students to purchase merchandise from the student store. “Our President, Laura Sylvers, wanted to go and give a presentation as to why this whole thing shouldn’t happen,” Dueber said, “but for now, we’re going to try to up the revenue to counteract the funds we’re losing.” This issue will be discussed during the site council meeting that will be held this month. “We’re going to see a decrease in profit, but we need to have more conversations with the students, the administration and the district,” Young said, “so maybe we can find a way that all sides can benefit.”

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Arndt inducted into All-American ANDREW CHAU SIERRA WATERS



FOLLOW THE LEADER—Tubist senior James Arndt conducts the band members in a field rehearsal.

Staff Writer Staff Writer

Every year, the U.S. Army hosts an All-American Bowl with the best high school athletes from around the country. However, they don’t stop at only football players; they also recruit musicians from around the country to create their halftime band. Recently, senior tubist James Arndt was one of 125 musicians across the nation accepted into this band, which is going to perform at the halftime show of the game at San Antonio’s Alamodome on Jan. 4, 2014. “I’m really looking forward to working with other really talented people, and creating such a great end product,” Arndt said. Arndt has been preparing to try out for this position since he was a freshman, when he saw Tim Yao (a TOHS alum) get accepted into the band. Arndt tried out for the band this summer and learned of his acceptance in August.

“I was shocked. I didn’t get an email from anyone after they said that they had sent out emails, so I assumed I hadn’t gotten in,” Arndt said. “I emailed a contact to confirm, and she responded saying that I got in.” After he was accepted, Arndt was told to keep the news a secret, and he was only able to tell a few people, such as his family, a few friends, and his band teacher. Only when his position was announced on the intercom, was it made public. An assembly was also held on Sept. 25 in the PAC to formally recognize Arndt’s position in the All-American band. “I was really surprised and proud when my name was read aloud on the intercom,” Arndt said. “Lots of people try out for the band, and it’s very competitive.” He is eager and excited to play at the bowl this winter break. He is confident in his musical abilities. “I’m not nervous at all,” Arndt said. “I’m sure everyone there will be good natured, and I’m not worried about doing better or worse than them.”



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Preparing for college

API hits historic high

Walking for a cause

Hosted at Westlake High School, this year’s College Night, held on Sept. 25, highlighted a variety of programs in which students and parents were able to familiarize themselves with college-related topics. “You can go to different sessions, all of them being on different topics,” Link Crew volunteer and senior Colin Akahoshi said. Each session lasted about half an hour and featured various speakers and college representatives, who focused on how to find the right school, apply for financial aid and write an effective college essay. College Night was established with hopes to encourage students to work hard in high school so that they can attend their dream college in the future. —Ali Koplan

For the fourth consecutive year in a row, TOHS’ Academic Performance Index (API) has increased. Since 2009, the school’s API score has steadily improved with each year, gaining 28 points over the span of four years. This year the score jumped eight points to 852, the highest score in Lancer history. A measure of academic performance and the growth of schools, the API is a statewide scoring system used by California that is based on the previous year’s STAR testing results. The system assigns scores ranging from 200 to 1000, with at least an 800 as the statewide goal for all schools, and establishes targets for different student groups to encourage improvement. —Andrew Chau

On Saturday, Sept. 28, Conejo Valley’s Walk for Healthy School was held at the Conejo Creek North Park. In years prior the walk took place at Community Park next to TOHS, but the venue changed this year in order to show that the event focused on all schools in the district. Bracelets in green, blue, yellow and tie-die were prizes at the 5th annual Walk for Healthy Schools, but the greater reward was good health and an awareness of better food choices for all students. “The walk was the most successful one we’ve had so far,” president of the Conejo Schools Foundation Mike Soules said. “This is a program that’s going to keep growing; it brought the community together.” —Joyce Huchin


october 2, 2013

Shock and awe

For nearly two years, protests have raged in Syria over the release of political prisoners and the violent crackdown from the government. The US and UN have debated on whether to directly stop the civil war.

Super Syrial Ed/Op Editor

Secretary of State John Kerry, who stumbled into an answer on Syria.

Bashar al-Assad, the current Syrian leader heading the crackdown.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president is a thorn in the US’s side concerning Syria.


Important Events: PHOTO » THESUN.CO.UK


MARCH 2011—The first protests start in Syria’s capital, Damascus. Protesters are fired on.

April 2012—The UN tries to start peace talks between the Syrian government and rebels.

AUGUST 2012—The UN general assembly ruled to formally accuse Syria of war crimes.



Over the last two years, America has amped itself up in preparation for its 487th war in “Some Sandy Place Thousands of Miles Away” versus “Shadowy Enemy.” The Place is Syria and the Shadowy Enemy is Syria’s government. Bashar al-Assad, the current president of Syria, violently cracked down on protesters in late 2011. Since then, hushed whispers about a possible occupation of Syria have turned into complete rabble which then transformed into confusion about the matter. The situation is a bit more complicated than just barging in and shooting some people. By deposing the current Syrian government, we could indirectly help the big bad bogeyman: Al Qaeda. Essentially it’s a lose-lose situation with a bunch of casualties on either end of the spectrum. To tangle things up even more, the al-Assad regime has chemical weapons. Chemical weapons that could be used on the rebel army. Enter problem-solver John Kerry. In a September 9 press conference about the crisis in Syria, a member of the press asked what could be done to get the chemical weapons out of al-Assad’s hands. Kerry half-jokingly states they could just hand them over to the United Nations. Fortunately, sarcasm doesn’t translate that well into Arabic. Al-Assad along with Vladimir Putin, Russian president, Syrian government supporter and shirtless Abercrombie model, agreed to the deal. And now it seems with the process of ridding Syria of chemical weapons being described as efficient by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, there isn’t much to talk about. Right? Wrong. While the dust hopefully settles in Syria, things aren’t all quiet on the Western front. First off, why do chemical weapons escalate a situation so much so quickly? Aren’t they basically the same as guns and bombs and tanks? Well, not necessarily. We collectively soil ourselves over chemical and biological weapons for the same reason we do over nuclear weapons. These things aren’t just remote hole-poking devices. They have lasting consequences not just immediately, but decades down the line. The Geneva Convention expressly bans the use of these weapons precisely because of these reasons. They’re too devastating for war. On the other hand, should we play Team America: World Police? Economically we can’t, though morally there’s a bigger gray area. Either side of the extreme—helping everyone and helping no one—doesn’t serve to solve any sort of problem we have. As of now, we only help people in the countries that are most useful to us. As dirty as that makes my conscience, it’s the only available option that seems somewhat sane. We don’t have the manpower to help solve every crisis, nor are we apathetic enough to do nothing. The only thing we can hope for is a smooth transition of power in Syria and a permanent worldwide ban on chemical weapons.



Power Players:

SEPTEMBER 2013—Russia and the UN agree on a resolution for Syria’s chemical weapons.

“ How much do you know“about what is going on in“Syria? “I don’t really know what’s going on in Syria. There’s something about chemical weapons.” —Junior Tanner Cereghino

The government has chemical weapons and are using them on the people. The US is thinking of going in and stopping what’s happening.” —Senior Elizabeth Martinez

I don’t know anything about Syria. I guess there’s another riot going on.” —Freshman Brendan Romero


issue 2

The smoking gun: e-cigs Should e-cigs be treated the same as regular cigarettes? EDITORIAL BOARD







“The chemicals used in electronic cigarettes have not been fully disclosed.” —World Health Organization

Smokin’ all sorts of vapors up in here. Get turnt up. It’s been brought to our attention by the Concerned Citizens Brigade that people light up and smoke electronic cigarettes at the parking lots near campus. That’s hardcore. E-cigarettes essentially work as a vaporizer, delivering that sweet, sweet nicotine directly to your brains flavor receptors. Or something like that. E-cigs vaporize your choice of a wonderful assortment of flavors. Do you want just nicotine to satisfy those cravings? They have that option. “What about more exotic flavors?” an inquiring addict might ask. Well fret not, hypothetical nicotine connoisseur, e-cigs come in a variety of more flavorful options. From mango to coconut to traditional tobacco for the more mature smoker, e-cigs have something for everyone. From the casual smoker to the breathingthrough-a-tube. More to the point though, tobacco products and other such drugs or drug paraphernalia are not allowed on campus. If someone’s got the shakes for an e-cig, they can do so off

campus. If you can’t smoke on campus, you can’t e-cigarette either. It’s as simple as that. We’ve got no problem with people over 18 smoking e-cigarettes. If someone is adult enough to make that decision for themselves, there’s no reason to stop them from buying one. Smoke away, responsible adults. However, that smoke shouldn’t come near school. In addition to being against school policy, it’s disrespectful to those that don’t want to breathe in the vapor. Not smoking on or near campus seems like an easy enough rule to follow. We don’t want to sound like a preachy after-school program. Smoking is legal and we have no right to tell someone they can’t inhale deep, long drags of that oh-so-smooth e-cigarette. The jury is still out on exactly how harmful electronic cigarettes are. What we do know is ingesting anything as potent and addictive as nicotine isn’t a good choice for your body. E-cigarettes should be treated the same way as regular cigarettes. They’re not fully understood from a medical standpoint and should not be brought in or around school. Think of the children.


Theft Auto V’s release. I <3 felonies. H T Grand Bud Selig retiring as baseball M SS commissioner. There should be an asterisk next to his tenure.

iOS 7 hits the market. Now we have 9 different filters H T to take a selfie in. A man in Florida tried to pay his water bills M SS with cocaine. Hopefully the police sniff out the culprit.

The Breaking Bad series finale. Now I need a new H T addiction. So many possibilities. The government shutdown. Can’t we just M SS plug it back in?


october 2, 2013




Stupidity, but real bad


GUN CONTROL—After the shooting in D.C., along with the past shootings in Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado, news outlets have focused more on violence in the media rather than gun control legislation.


In light of the recent mass shooting tragedies, America should ponder a complete revamp of our current system of gun laws and firearm regulation.

for an

argument KENZY PEACH

Staff Writer

As a 17-year-old having never held nor owned a gun, I can order almost any type and amount of ammo through any number of firearm sales sites. Considering my inability to safely operate a gun, this is terrifying. It seems that there is a script to follow when a mass shooting happens. This clearly played out in the recent tragedy in a Washington D.C. naval yard. Wielding the gun this time was ex-navy reservist Aaron Alexis. Like any textbook shooter, Alexis suffered from severe mental delusions. He believed he was acting under the control of “ultra-low frequency” waves. The occurrence of another shooting is a win for anti-gun law advocates, unfortunately no one can claim victory in these situations. Really, one must ask: how many more deaths will occur before something is changed? How many more massacres have to happen until the

Gun Legislation »Assault Weapons Ban: Ending in 2004, a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms.

»Obama’s Plan:

Obama proposed a sweeping change in gun control laws, including universal background checks and bans on assault weapons.

current laws concerning gun control are considered inadequate? How long will it be until our government attempts to enact any kind of meaningful, long-term and lasting change? When broken down, the question should not be “should we ban or keep guns?” Instead, people should explore ways to make America safer. The only realistic conclusion at this point comes in the form of a compromise. Letting things continue the way they have been is completely unreasonable. Here’s a thought: instead of regulating guns, let’s regulate the object that makes them capable of killing—their ammo. Currently, there are no preventative measures to keep ammunition out of the hands of people that would otherwise be prohibited from owning a gun. During a two month study on the patterns of ammo sales in Los Angeles, found that people prohibited from purchasing firearms bought 3 percent of total ammunition sales. This amounts to around 10,000 bullets. Regulating ammo sales seems small, but it goes a long way toward stopping the overall problem. With this middle ground, gun-enthusiasts can rest easy, all while keeping ammo away from people like Aaron Alexis.

On your marks, get set… Oppression! has a wonderful privilege tournament in the style of an NCAA bracket. This specific example is tongue-in-cheek, but I have the sinking feeling in the pit of my privileged stomach that this isn’t entirely localized to Gawker. Sure enough, there are entire Tumblr blogs dedicated to the struggles of the oppressed. From the trans-ethnic—those who feel they should be another race—to the Third Gendered. It’s no secret that some groups of people inherently have an easier time getting through life than others. I count my lucky stars every night that I’m a white guy in America. Woo-hoo! I essentially carry an E-Z pass to get through the tolls of racism and sexism. I’m Jewish though, so that’s a tally mark on the “oppressed minority” side of the chalkboard. What’s my prize? Do I get a cookie? Can I spin the big wheel on “The Price is Right?” Do I get a float in the Macy’s Day Parade? I’m not completely ignorant to the hardships other people have to face on a daily basis and I try to be sensitive to that fact. On the other hand, too much sensitivity ends up looking like a parody of a Very Special Episode of Barney featuring a whole assortment of underrepresented folks. Anyway, back to the survey. The questions started off easy. “Who has less privilege? White or Mixed Race?” Easy enough. Towards the end of the survey though, things get a little zany. I’m not entirely sure what “privilege” means in the context of allergies. “Who has less privilege? Nut allergy or Hay fever, but real bad?” Who wins in the match-up between “AIDS/Cancer victim or the deaf?” I have a sneaking suspicion that none of the groups mentioned would like to win. It’s not only laughable to compare who has it worst of all, it’s insensitive to those afflicted with these ailments. My heart goes out to you, “hay fever but real bad” sufferers. All jokes aside, it seems like the people participating in these tournaments get their kicks from picking and choosing who has it worse. Everyone is so caught up with complaining about how bad their broken record “my parents just don’t understand me” life is that they can’t step back and see that this is literally one of the most ridiculous competitions in the known Universe. Oppression shouldn’t be something that someone wishes to obtain in order to earn brownie points with the other narcissistic sociopaths. In a perfect world people would come together to try to eradicate oppression and prejudice. Instead, it’s a badge of pride, flaunted for all to see. Or a better analogy is Pokémon cards. You’re a gay trans-ethnic birth defect sufferer? Well I have hay fever, but real bad. Gotta catch ‘em all. Oppression! The definition of privilege is so dramatically bent out of shape that I can’t wrap my head around the concept that some of these people try to convey. Do they really care who comes out victorious in the battle between those with shellfish or latex allergies? Or is this all a joke? Are these the sick ramblings of people with a huge superiority complex? Just remember, when someone wins the championship at the Privilege Tournament, everyone loses. —Casey Sigelakis


issue 2


It’s a heck of a lot easier to reach for greasy fast food for lunch than to pursue a health-centered meal. Taco Bell is cheap. McDonalds is delicious. And eating non-processed, low-fat food sometimes is about as appetizing as taking to dirt with a spoon. Fortunately, we at The Lancer did some digging and sampling and tasting and now present to you just a few of the best healthier options this area has to offer. Enjoy and reap the fruitful benefits.

Sara Wilson, Entertainment Editor




»The highly regarded Malibu smoothie and juice eatery opened shop at The Lakes back in May. »Everything they sell and put into their innovative drinks is certified organic with no additives. That means you get a pure, clean, and refreshing product.

»Hawaiian Style Bowl: organic acai sorbet topped with strawberries, bananas, coconut, granola and hemp seeds. »Wolverine: a smoothie blended with dates, bananas, maca powder, bee pollen, cacao beans, almond butter, coconut butter and almond milk.

»A 16-ounce Banana Berry smoothie from Jamba Juice is crammed with 59 grams of sugar and 67 carbs, and is loaded with artificial sugar and corn syrup. »Organic foods have more than 50% the antioxidants than other options, as well as more vitamins.




»Zpizza is better tasting as well as being better for you. They offer a fast and casual dining experience with a healthy twist. »They have an extensive selection of vegan and gluten free ingredients and pizza components, such as caramelized onions and roasted eggplant.

»Berkeley Vegan: vegan cheese, bell peppers, button mushrooms, tomatoes, veggie burger, red onions, zucchini »Bacon Bleu Pizza: spicerubbed chicken, and smokey bacon atop creamy garlic sauce and mozzarella, garnished with fresh scallions

»Just one slice of Domino’s California Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza sets you back 480 calories, compared to just 180 calories in a slice of the Berkeley Vegan »Zpizza is the largest gourmet pizza franchise that solely uses fresh, organic ingredients at a fast-food type of pace.



»This hole in the wall offers fresh, efficient and authentic service. Though tiny, it packs great taste. »It offers Chinese Fusion cuisine, which is basically Chinese food, just tastier. Its ridiculously expansive menu features an entire side of vegan-friendly options.

»Orange Peel Mock Chicken: a tofu-based chicken substitute garnished in a zesty sweet and sour sauce »Thai Style Veggies Peanut Chow Fun: a blend of noodles, broccoli, bell peppers and crushed peanuts smothered in a creamy peanut sauce

»Places like Panda Express claim to be “healthy” by not adding MSG to their entrees, but in reality, one serving of their chow mein packs 490 calories. »Consuming tofu and soy based products helps lower cholesterol, strengthen bones and even reduce the risk of cancer.



“I like ‘Crying Clown’ by the Wytches. It’s kind of underground, and I don’t listen to ninety percent of popular music. They have good singing voices. I really like folk punk songs because it’s pretty different—it’s what I grew up listening to. I discovered MADISON ROBNETT them through their artwork freshman company called Hoodrats. ”

Thai Style Veggies Peanut Chow Fun $13.95







Orange Peel Mock Chicken



Honey Walnut Shrimp $14.95

“I was classically trained on the violin since I was 7, so I grew up with classical music. I listen to Bach and Mozart and Tchaikobsky. It’s important for me to listen to them so I can hear better when I play in orchestra, plus it’s MIHOKO KUBO junior educational.

“I grew up during the popular metal years, so Van Halen. I’ve never been a big music guy to be honest—I haven’t been asked a music question in a couple decades. I remember my stepbrother going to a Van Halen concert and bringing me back a black MR. KLINGER assistant principal tee shirt.”


october 2, 2013

SASSMASTER: Just simmer down and play nice, everybody.



Popped a molly now I’m sweatin’.Detroit based rapper Danny Brown released his first full-length release in over two years. “Old”, the follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed “XXX” continues the raunchy-but-introspective reputation Brown has built over the years. Danny Brown certainly does bring his A-game with this album. On “XXX”, Brown spent the first side of the album rapping almost completely about drug use and overly-sexualized topics, while the second half consisted of his internal demons. On “Old”, he flips the script with the struggle coming first, followed immediately by drug use and partying. The subdued first half, full of melancholy monologues (Boiling water on the stove, Ramen noodles for dinner) counteracts the overthe-top second (Like Lieutenant Dan I’m rollin’). Lyrically, it’s the same Danny Brown. And I don’t count that as a bad thing. Brown is so in his own lane that any-

Mini-series brings big suspense SAM KALLEN

Ed/Op Editor

Staff Writer

The show is realistic—it accurately captures people’s responses to the death and the events following. The way the police and the press handle the case is very convincing, as is how the family tries to cope, not sugar-coated at all. Everything is presented in a way that makes the characters and experiences more real. They’re relatable, like actual people, not just fictional characters. Even the side characters are well-developed, thanks to the excellent casting. The thing that really got me hooked on “Broadchurch” was the plot. This show embodies the phrase “the plot thickens.” Each episode packs suspense, and naturally they all end in cliffhangers. As the search for the killer continues, people’s pasts and motives are revealed, and secrets that have been long-kept are being uncovered for better or for worse. The downside is that this show is a mini-series, and only has eight episodes. The last one aired on Wednesday Sept. 23, and the conclusion was eye-opening, to say the least. I long ago abandoned hope of realizing who the killer was before the end, but nevertheless, I am horrified, impressed and slightly unsatisfied. Though the killer was caught, there wasn’t really a sense of closure to the whole thing, and the ending left a lot of room for a sequel. It was not exactly a happy ending. But all in all, I did enjoy “Broadchurch” and am sad to see it go.


They’re not your average mysterydrama series.

» ”Hannibal”

This NBC hit chronicles Will Graham’s pursuit of psychiatrist-turned-serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. This adaptation of Thomas Harris’s classic novels comes from the creators of “Pushing Daisies” and “Heroes.” The kicker is when Graham actually starts working alongside Hannibal, who only the audience knows is the actual killer.

» “The Killing”

“The Killing,” on AMC, combines a police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign after the discovery of seventeen-year old Rosie Larsen’s body in the trunk of a submerged car. While Season Two culminated in the discovery of the killer, the third season kicks off soon.




GRAVITY October 4

Two astronauts frantically try to return to Earth after space debris destroys their shuttle.

CARRIE October 18

A sheltered girl unleashes her newfound telekinetic powers after she’s pushed to the brink.


If you haven’t heard yet, BBC America’s new miniseries “Broadchurch” is a hit both here and in the UK. Quickly gaining popularity, the series has earned critical acclaim, and even won “Best New Drama” in the TV Choice Awards 2013. The show takes place in Broadchurch, U.K., where life was peaceful and predictable— until the body of an eleven-year-old boy was found on the beach. Further investigation brought more and more questions, until it started to seem that even the most unlikely people had secrets. The two officers investigating the case are DI Alec Hardy, played by David Tennant (the tenth doctor on “Doctor Who”), and DS Ellie Miller, played by Olivia Colman. The show also had gorgeous cinematography. The way it’s filmed perfectly matches the tone of the show, with poignant shots that give a feeling of mystery and unease to the quaint town. The soundtrack is also fitting—quiet and unobtrusive, but at the same time eerily beautiful.

thing other than that would disappoint me. However, he has toned it down and matured since 2011. There are fewer lines comparing people’s naughty bits to Tropical Fruit Skittles or Cool Ranch Doritos. In terms of production, the album really stands out. Danny raps over even more unorthodox beats than his last outing. The production sounds like a funhouse in Amityville, but I like it. It’s not all rainbows and Ecstasy in Danny Brown Town though. The album has its hiccups. Not many, but a few noticeable ones. The entire song “Wonderbread” seems to only serve to mar what could have been an amazing first couple of tracks on the album. It’s goofy beat combined with Danny’s warbling delivery combine to make easily the worst cut from the album. In addition to this, “Old’s” hooks leave a lot to be desired. From the annoyingly repetitive PHOTO »HYPETRAK.COM “Dip I dip you dip I dip I dip you dip” from the appropriately titled “Dip” to the hook on “Kush Coma,” a sing-song chant of “Kush coma, I am in a kush coma.” Despite these potholes, “Old” is still my current favorite rap album in a year inundated with great ones. It’s sometimes difficult to predict where he is going to go next with what he raps about. Patrick Star said it best though. The inner machinations of Danny Brown’s mind are an enigma. “Old” was released September 30 for free streaming on Spotify and has a October 8 release date nationwide.

“Her skirt is so ugly.” “What a wannabe hipster.” “Her face looks like a greasy pepperoni pizza.” I’ve come to a conclusion about the underlying personality of the high-school age group. We are a malicious, spiteful group of people who find solace and satisfaction with the descent of other’s successes. In laypeople’s terms, teenagers are mean. Girls are gossipy and boys are quick to judge. We, as a group, are in general not very compassionate or kind. I don’t want to discredit the entire assembly as a whole—there are a few select purely good people. More than a few, actually. I’ve merely come to accept the observation that our first instinct, above all else, is to criticize someone on his or her shortcomings—to single out their imperfection and make a mockery of it. Which freaking sucks. It’s not our fault, really. Our culture wires us to hone in on inadequacies. However, why are teenagers so hasty to judge? The other day, for example, I was in the bathroom when I noticed a scribbling on the stall door that combined a girl’s name with a series of expletives. I happen to know that mentioned girl, and happen to place her in that elite category of genuinely decent people. So what action, I wondered, did this girl take to get her name so carelessly slandered? Did what she do really merit this? Probably not. Thought I’m completely guilty of gossip and malice, I think it’s about time we reevaluate the driving force behind our opinions. I think it’s time to forge relationships based on similarities other than the fact that you both hate the same person, and even to stop hating those people all together. Aren’t we all just trying to survive this weird thing called adolescence? Why can’t we all just get along and love on each other like we used to? (From a far off corner: “She doesn’t even go here!”) I’m not trying to come across like one of those cliché anti-bullying videos from the fifth grade, rather I’m attempting to assert that if we made a collective effort to see past people’s flaws, we may find our school environment more worthwhile. If we lifted up rather than dissuaded each other, if we made kindness a habit, Thousand Oaks High School would become that much more rad. —Sara Wilson


Danny Brown, the hipster response to Lil Wayne and 2Chainz finally comes out with his third album. Old promises plenty of unprintable lyrics and good times.





Rage against the wage

Senior Lukas Richmond Q: Where do you work? LR: Shave-It. Q: How long have you been working there? LR: Four months. Q: What was your reason for applying? LR: To earn money and my cousin works there. Q: What expenses does the money you earn go to? LR: Food and personal wants. Q: Do you think minimum wage should be raised? LR: I’m Mormon and will be on my mission next year, so I won’t get the increase for two years and when I get back prices will probably have gotten higher so it won’t benefit me.

As the nation falls deeper into economic despair, the California Assembly has voted to raise minimum wage, affecting teenagers in more ways than one KENDELL SNOW

Center Editor

The teenage employment rates have come close to record lows, with only 32 percent of teens employed versus 50 percent in 1999. This change could be attributed to a number of possible factors in today’s society, including less available jobs, teens taking part in more extracurricular activities or the popular idea amongst adults that the teens of the current generation are becoming more entitled and therefore more lazy. However, the California State Senate recently passed a bill that might encourage students to adventure deeper into the world of employment and aims to aid those already employed. This bill requires that by July of 2014, the minimum wage in all California establishments be raised to $9 per hour and by January of 2016 the minimum wage be raised to $10 per hour. This increase would make California’s pay rates the highest in the United States. Other states have followed suit and are increasing minimum wage as well. For example, Washington, which currently holds the highest pay rate at $9.19 an hour, plans on increasing their minimum wage by 13 cents. These changes in pay are said to be a product of the inflation in the U.S. economy. In the United States, the federal minimum wage sits at just $7.25 an hour, but the government is leaning towards increasing raising the wage as well. “Let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on,” President Barack Obama said in a speech he delivered in February regarding the increase in minimum wage. This, of course, is not the first time minimum wage has been raised. The minimum pay is raised every three to four years as needed to keep up with rising inflation in the economy. The most recent federal wage increase was in 2009 when it was raised by 70 cents, while the most recent Cailfornia wage increase was in 2008 when it increased by 50 cents. This change in pay, however, is not welcome amongst many TOHS students who are already employed.

Q: How do you feel about the raising of minimum wage? AC: It doesn’t affect me but I think it’s still important. While I don’t think it should be increased too much, I’m fine with a smaller raise to match rising inflation. Q: Why did you never apply for a job? AC: My mom was never like ‘You’re 16 you have to start making your own money,’ it was more like ‘focus on school.’ Q: Will you apply for a job during high school? AC: If it were a cool job or if I really felt like I needed money, but I’m more likely to continue doing school and worry about work later. Q: What are the pros of not having a job? AC: I don’t have to worry about scheduling around work and losing money to taxes.


Unemployed vs. Employed


Senior Alicia Carducci

Senior Emily Abrams

Junior Alex Safian

»Minimum wage earners make up 2.9% of all workers (out of 75.3 million workers in America) »Workers under 25 make up 50% of all minimum wage earners »Among employed teenagers, 21% earn minimum wage STATISTICS » U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

Q: Where do you work? AS: Pieology. Q: How much money do you make per week? AS: Since students are only allowed to work 20 hours a week during the school year, I typically make around $110 with taxes taken out. Q: Do you have expenses that you pay for? AS: I have to pay for my lunches and when I go out with my friends. Q: What was your interview process like? AS: My three friends and I got interviewed at the same time and were all hired on the spot. Q: Do you get along with your coworkers? AS: We all get along so well. We make jokes and are basically a family.

Q: Where do you work? EA: La Petite Party; a mobile children’s birthday party event company and Make Meaning; an art studio, located in the Oaks Mall. Q: What was your reason for applying? EA: I applied because I really wanted my foot in the door with job experience. I had just turned 16 and after 47 applications and 9 interviews at various places, La Petite Party told me I had a position with them. It helped me manage my time and truly see the value of money. Q: Do you think minimum wage should be raised? EA: I don’t think minimum wage should be raised. It just means consumer goods at grocery stores are going to rise. However, I do think there should be a mandated evaluation period every six months of employment to see if that employee is due for a raise.

Senior Janett Angel Q: Where do you work? JA: I work part time at Bandits Grill and Bar as a hostess and get paid minimum wage. Q: Why did you decide to apply for a job? JA: I started working just so I could make my own money and get some experience before college. Q: What was the interview process like? JA: There were two interviews and one happened right when I came back with the completed application; the second happened a week later. Q: Do you enjoy your employment? JA: I love where I work. I’m surrouned with such awesome people and my managers are the best.


issue 2



JOEY HUNN “It’s important to leave behind a legacy and to be the best Green Hole leaders. We’ve have to motivate the future Green Hole leaders to be the best.”

HERE WE GO T.O.—(above) (above) The Green Hole leaders at the Nordoff vs. Thousand Oaks game on Sept. 27 rally the crowd to cheer on the TOHS team in order to raise spirits. (below) Gavin Shearer, Robbie Swan, Andy Ragusin and Cole Mastsuura (from left to right) prepare to run with flags down the football field. PHOTOS » NIKITA SARMIENTO »THE LANCER


Features Editor

“Green and white, green and white!” The stadium echoes with cheers from the Green Hole led by Andy Ragusin, Cole Kissick, Cameron Moore, Kevin Nunnely, Cole Mastsuura, Robbie Swan and Joey Hunn. Established in 2003, the Green Hole aims to promote school spirit and cheer on the teams. “It’s such a great positive atmosphere opposed to other schools where you have to force on spirit,” Matsuura said. “The energy is just so unreal.” All students are welcome to join the Green Hole at sporting events such as football and basketball. The current leaders hope to branch out the cheering section to other sporting events as well. “We’re trying to cheer for volleyball, water polo and maybe lacrosse this year,” Ragusin said. Those in the Green Hole can scream their heads off while participating in cheers led by the leaders, who have equal responsibility when it comes to rallying an audience. “I have ‘Daylight Come,’ ‘We’re Gonna Win This Game Tonight’ and ‘Everywhere We Go,’ ” Nunnely said. “I [also] have the rollercoaster at half time.” Despite how outgoing the leaders may seem, it can be hard to believe that they were nervous the first time. “I’m not going to lie; I was really nervous leading the first Green Hole game,” Moore said. “I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea if the kids were going to cheer or be into it at all, but once I got into it I got so

ANDY RAGUSIN “You are living up to the standard of the Green Hole leaders of past years. Everyone always loves them and thinks that they’re great, and you just don’t want to let anybody down.”

ROBBIE SWAN “I’ve always looked forward to doing it. I always thought it would be a great experience. I think that it’s very cool that we can get a lot of kids going.”

pumped up.” Most people in the Green Hole are completely submerged in the game with the leaders adding to their excitement and energy. “It gets me pumped up for the game,” Green Hole member senior Michael Morgan said. “It makes T.O. a family.” As leaders, some feel that their energy inspires the whole Green Hole to keep cheering and stay excited no matter what the score is. “The Green Hole has, over the last decade, set the

tone in Ventura County for the way that student fan groups should support and behave at athletic events,” Principal Lou Lichtl said. “It is evident that it has promoted fan participation at TOHS in a fun, exciting and positive manner.” For many, the Green Hole is a force that affects the majority of people with their participation and influence on the game. “I want to leave behind my suit, kebabs and my love,” Ragusin said. “That’s it.”



“You make so many more friends. Like the seven of us have become really close and we all do stuff together and it’s been so much fun.”

“I wanted to be a Green Hole leader since day one of freshman year. I even started a freshman Green Hole , it was callled the Green Dot because it was tiny, but it was a lot of fun and like that was just something I always wanted to do— to be a Green Hole leader.”

COLE MATSUURA “I really was down to be a leader first because of all the vibes in the student section. They are so great— everyone is so pumped and spirited and it’s such a great positive atmosphere opposed to other schools where you have to force spirit.”

KEVIN NUNNELY “I’m kind of the hype man— I get angry out there. At half time, my job is to basically is rip a stuffed mascot’s head off and just deface it.”


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Dancing Heritage Ballet Folklorico has expanded its presence throughout the Conejo Valley with performances at the Latin American Talent Show and Moorpark Heritage Day Assembly. They spin and dance across stages while learning about the Hispanic Heritage AMBER SUTHERLAND

Features Editor

Within math and Spanish teacher Veronica Bass’ classroom, the normal work area is transformed into a dance studio as Ballet Folklorico dancers practice their routines that are performed anywhere from four to six times a year. The classroom desks are all pushed to the sides of the room when the members prepare to learn the dances presented by their teacher. “My favorite part of the performances is that we get to show off our heritage and what we have practiced,” senior Ana Ayala, president of Ballet Folklorico, said. Most recently, Ballet Folklorico had a performance on Sept. 13 at Moorpark High School where they demonstrated their cultural roots through their dances. “I had four different costumes that I would have

to change into,” junior Fatima Rivas said. “I loved the costumes; they are so beautiful.” Some club members, when they first became involved, were drawn in by the costumes that the members wear for their performances. “Fatima and I were sitting in Spanish class [with] Mrs. Bass first period and we saw these people come in with long, beautiful skirts,” senior Stephanie Ramirez said about how she got involved with the club. “We wanted to join after that.” As the president and a four-year member, Ayala feels this club has greatly impacted her life. “[Ballet Folkorico] taught me more leadership skills and more communications skill,” Ayala said. “I am more confident when speaking in front of a large group —senior of people.” Ana Ayala The club and its performances have allowed club members to feel more comfortable with themselves and develop more confidence. Ballet Folklorico continues to expand and welcome new members. “I think people should join to experience something new,” Ayala said, “and something more traditional to embrace Hispanic heritage.”

“People should join to experience something new, something more traditional to embrace Hispanic heritage.”


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Teacher Feature

Brother Fries

He was only helping an old woman on the streets of Nanjing, China. The next day he becomes an internet sensation, known as “Brother Fries,” and now he is teaching math and chinese in his first year on campus

Loose said. “I am somebody very foreign and very obviously different, and that is very novel and interesting After a simple act of giving a homeless woman on to the kids.” Because of his background, Loose believed that esthe street french fries, “Brother Fries” became a sensation across China’s social networking website, Weibo. tablishing a positive student-teacher relationship was In less than 24 hours, the account jumped to having easy because they were so enthralled in where he came from. 9,000 followers despite only having 17 posts. In China, the kids are more familiar with strict ‘Brother Fries,’ otherwise known as TOHS Geometry and Chinese teacher Jason Loose, was captured teachers who would often use corporal punishment as a providing food and water to an older woman sitting method of establishing authority in a classroom. “As an American, I’m not used to doing that, and on the street. The anonymous passerby who took the photo uploaded it onto Weibo, which has been forward- that’s not how I would run a classroom,” he said. “The ed thousands of times, influencing Chinese viewers to fact that the kids are used to that sort of environment definitely made teachquestion their own hospitaling over there very ity. different.” “It was very surprising Loose also noto get so much attention for ticed the societal and that,” Loose said. “It was cultural differences definitely an interesting exregarding how the perience.” students approach edAs Loose was walking ucation. down a street in Nanjing, “[The kids] are China he had repeatedly —Chinese and Geometry teacher Jason Loose used to kill-and-drill passed this old woman who for everything versus was ignored and he thought she might be feeling lonely. He felt like he needed here in the U.S., where we challenge kids to think more to help her so he asked her if she wanted to share his creatively,” he said. “Students there don’t expect that because their teachers don’t ask them to do that.” French fries. While teaching in China, Loose incorporated the “It definitely taught me a lot about Chinese society and how foreigners are perceived and how disadvan- American system into his English class by adjusting the class environment and appearing welcoming. taged people are seen,” Loose said. “I tried to teach in an American style. It didn’t really The Chinese came up with the name ‘Brother Fries.’ “I guess I laugh about it now, but at the time it was work well at first because the students are so used to very weird. The viral fame had more to do with cur- the teacher being a harsh disciplinarian,” Loose said, rent Chinese culture and my foreignness than with the “so when they had a teacher that wasn’t going to be that act itself,” said Loose. “I’m not all that fond of fries, way, they immediately went crazy.” His experience of teaching over the period of three either.” Over the span of three years, Loose has made two summers cemented his decision to pursue teaching as trips back to China, both times on a teaching assign- a career. “You hear the expression 15 minutes of fame and ment. While living in Nanjing he taught English to elementary school students in a rural province in a day that’s sort of what happened.” camp setting. “Teaching automatically becomes a lot more exciting for the students there because I’m an American,” AMBER SUTHERLAND

Features Editor

“You hear the expression 15 minutes of fame and that’s sort of what happened.”


TEACHING COMPASSION— (above) Teacher Jason Loose shows American hospitality to a homeless women. While sharing French fries, he asked questions about her life and family situation. Loose feels that the main reason the photo became well known across the web was because he is not Chinese. (right) On his second trip to China, became a volunteer English teacher to a group of fourth grade level students.



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Alliance for Climate Education

It’s getting hot in here K.D. MIRELES

Copy Editor

ACE is a club on a mission: to educate and motivate students to stop climate change. Formally known as Alliance for Climate Change, ACE is a national program that goes to high schools all over the country and encourages student to start clubs of their own. “ACE started at our own campus two years ago after the representatives of the organization put on a presentation about recycling and helping to conserve energy,” club president junior Meg Owen said. “We collect the cans, bottles and paper around the school and turn them into the recycling center at the end of the month.” Owen and several other students were inspired to join after an ACE presentation, similar to the one this year in the PAC. This year’s ACE presentation, led by Rochelle Younan-Montgomery, warned students about the dangers of climate change and what they can do to stop this threat. “Your personal choices at home can make a big difference,” Younan-Montgomery said. “I would start with energy consumption. Unplug your devices at home when you’re not using them. Those cell phone chargers with the little light on them? They actually suck a lot of energy, which is usually from a coal burning power plant.” Younan-Montgomery wants students to know that climate change doesn’t just affect polar bears—it affects everyone. “I think what I want students to take away is think outside of yourself for a moment,” she said. “Think about others your age in other parts of the country and all over the world that don’t have the same opportunities you have. Consider what you can do to help make more choices available to others.” With the recent presentation, Owen hopes to increase the amount of

student awareness about what the club does. “Not many people know about ACE and how much we have helped the school be clean and green,” Owen said. “[We] collect the recycling and raise money for new recycling bins which would not be around if ACE wasn’t around.” The club aspires to do more on campus in order to encourage students to get green. Trash audits will be conducted through the year to see just how many students on campus recycle their products. “If you don’t want to participate in ACE, you could just throw away your plastic bottles, cans, and paper in the blue recycling bins around campus,” Owen said. “It doesn’t take effort at all.” Unfortunately, ACE doesn’t have the man power to do all of these projects on their own. “Last year we had about four to five dedicated students,” Owen said, “but all of them graduated, leaving me with the responsibility to carry on this club.” At the end of the day, ACE simply wants students to care about their environment. “This club does not take much effort, just the determination to make a change,” she said. “If we all just did our part, we would be a more energy efficient school.” ACE meets every other Friday in room E-7. GRAPHIC » CLARISSA KANO


Bennett McKay

McKay vaults into acting ALI KOPLAN

Features Editor

For junior, Bennett McKay, acting has played a role in his life for near a decade. “I tried a theater camp over the summer just for the heck of it to see what I liked,” McKay said. McKay recently participated in Henry IV Part 1 at California Lutheran University with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company. “[It was a] fantastic group, and I don’t know where I would be without them,” McKay said of his experience over the summer. He currently has one of the lead roles, in the school’s upcoming play, Drunkard. “The people are what make [acting] as great as it is. They make the experience what it is.” In addition to acting, McKay is also a huge Beatles fan. “I love the Beatles. If you think Tia Liu likes the Beatles, I got her hooked on them. [The Beatles] are gods. Their music was smoother, quicker, and better than anybody else’s,” McKay said of his favorite band. McKay also pole vaults. Ever since he saw his brother do it in high school he was instantly hooked and has had an interest in the sport ever since. “[Pole vaulting] is something that is challenging, but satisfying. Every competition you don’t [knock down the bar] you feel on top of the world,” he said. His best memory in pole vaulting is when he cleared ten feet for the first time in competition.

“I made it by a hair, but I made it none the less,” McKay said. Ten feet is still McKay’s personal best. “My goal is to be happy with my performance,” McKay said, “The season is too far away for me to be sure what I want to accomplish.” McKay said, “The season is too far away for me to be sure what I want to accomplish.”

“Every Lancer Has A Story” is a recurring feature on a randomly selected student.



Issue 2

Volleyball still undefeated in league Even with a strengthened schedule that brought some losses the girls volleyball team still continues to do only one thing in the Marmonte league—win. The Lancers have one 44 straight league games going into their clash with Westlake Staff Writer

Andrew Chau

The varsity girls’ volleyball team has not been performing as well as they have wished out of league this season. The team is currently 6–6, and although they have continued the league winning streak so far, they are a little disappointed. However, this year’s out of league schedule included teams like Orange Lutheran High School and Santa Margarita High school who both play up a division in CIF from the Lancers. In turn, however, this has encouraged the team, and has made them that much more determined to win their next games and continue the league winning streak from previous years. “The idea of continuing the winning streak can be a little nerveracking at times knowing there is a lot riding on our performance,” freshman Jenny Kent said, “but it mostly provides motivation and encouragement to practice efficiently and perform well in the games.” There is a lot of pressure riding on the team. On their shoulders lies a 44 league game winning streak from previous years and years of victory as Lancer volleyball has been a pinnacle of consistency for the past seven seasons under coach James Park. The team will face this for almost every game for the rest of the season unless the streak should come to a close. Rather than letting this hurt or scare the team, however, the streak motivates the team. “It is encouraging and inspirational, but at the same time, it’s also kind of nerveracking,” junior Danni Ryan said. You always want to keep a streak going, but the thought that you could be the one to ruin what the team has worked so hard for is very stressful.” However, there is always a flip side to every coin. In

this case, the streak makes Thousand Oaks seem almost like an unbeatable team, and every other team is determined to prove that wrong. “We have a large target on our backs and our opponents are determined to beat us,” Kent said. “But, with our hard work in practice, focus on the court, and team chemistry, we are bound for a very successful season.” The other teams are very strong, with Westlake and Agoura expecting to be the two most formidable opponents this year. “The competition this year will be tough. I believe that Agoura and Westlake are our biggest competition, but we cannot take any team lightly,” Kent said. “We will have to play hard and well, no matter who the opponent is in order to be successful.” The team has been practicing very hard in order to prepare for the rest of the league season. The practices are always purposeful, and they work on drills to prepare them against other teams. “Practices are very diligent. We are always moving and doing something productive,” Ryan said. “We work on the little details and fundamentals most teams never go over.” Besides only working and improving on drills however, the team has bonded together very closely this year, and for many, over past years. They all connect and understand each other well, and are unafraid of both giving and receiving constructive criticism. “Our team has so much heart,” sophomore Taylor Fanslow said. “We all love each other like sisters, and it sets us apart from other teams.” The team is currently preparing to play against Westlake on October 1 in a game that will most likely play a large part in deciding both who will win league and also if the win streak will be alive this time next year.


Rejection at the Net—Senior Amanda Lichtl and junior Danni Ryan combine on the blocking of a Calabasas opponent on Sept. 19 in a straight set win for the Lancers at a home game.

Cross country continues to fight Dane Swanson

Ben Mueller- Leclerc » THE LANCER

Work Hard, Run Harder—Juniors Grant Boden and Spencer Flynn run down the back straightaway finishing off a recent practice.

Tennis serves up first victory

Scott Price

Sports Editor

Thousand Oaks cross country has been running at a high standard for a few years now, and last year’s were not up to expectations as the Lancers struggled with a young team to find its confidence and finished right around a .500 winning percentage. Going into this year it was unclear who the go-to runner was going to be. “We don’t know yet,” junior Grant Boden said. “The top five runners are very close in speed.” As for the returning runners Brian Joeger and Grant Boden, both juniors, lead the pack. Joerger comes from a long line of successful Lancers that have delivered as number one runners for their respective teams and are both now running for Loyola Marymount University. Boden does not have the running lineage, but he still definitely fits the bill as he may be the only Lancer runner who can match Joerger stride for stride. There is also some senior leadership on the team with seniors Ben Thomas and Chris Trujillo. For Boden and his teammates there are two goals that exceed the rest in terms of how they will approach this campaign. “My two goals for this year is to help the team finish in the top three

Staff Writer

During any given season in sports, teams will have their ups and downs. It seems that tennis’ series of ups has come to and end, for now. The Lancers are coming off their first win last Thursday at Agoura; however, they have a 1–5 record on the season, following two consecutive undefeated seasons. “Going in, we knew we had a really good chance to beat Agoura but would still have to play our best,” sophomore doubles player Taylor Lovullo said. “It was really windy and our doubles teams were a bit mixed

and to go to state,” Boden said. Overall, sometimes the biggest key to success is just self-belief. “Our team’s biggest key is just having confidence and believing in ourselves,” Boden said, “and remembering why we run which is for each other.” Even with these key principles in place the runners still fell short in their opening meet against Simi Valley and Royal. The Lancers beat Royal handily, but were beaten soundly by Simi. “We expected to beat Royal, but we were really gunning for Simi,” junior Spencer Flynn said. “We just didn’t have the belief and the drive to stay with them like we could have.” After the mixed results, they are looking to regroup this week. As far as the league outlook for the Lancers is concerned it will not be easy as the Lancers are going to have to go through the defending Division II state champions in rival Westlake High School among others. “What it comes down to in racing is belief—belief that we can run with anybody,” Flynn said, “and that even it hurts, we all have a team to run for.” If they stay as one and continue their efforts, expect the boys cross country team to be in contention for a league championship.

up, but we battled it out and finally got our first win. Juniors Katherine Eisenbrand and Danielle Baker lead the team as the only two returning varsity players. “They just shred their competition, and as captains, they are great role models,” Lovullo said. “We definitely suffered a loss of a really talented senior group this year,” Taylor Lovullo said of Division I athletes Melissa Baker (UCSB), Alison Ho (Rice) and Savannah Ware (BYU), “but it only makes us work harder because we have a lot to live up to. We are still learning from our mistakes and that’s going to make us stronger.”

With much against them, the Lancers are not ready to give up or make excuses. “We need to establish good teamwork. It’s important that we can communicate freely and easily,” sophomore Kristin Yamane said. “I’m sure we can be successful.” The Lancers look to get a win tomorrow against rivals Newbury Park. “I know our record is not the best right now, but I believe things are starting to turn around,” Lovullo said. “Everybody has something they can work on, but if we play to our full potential every time, winning won’t be such a big issue.”


october 2, 2013

Seniors commit in early fall Even though the school year is just beginning, some senior athletes have already decided where they want to take their talents a year from now. By doing this they are wisely ending a recruiting process that historically gets more and more hectic as time wears on early in the process by verbally committing to their number one school Sports Editor

Dane SwansON

Even though it is early in the school year, some athletes are already making decisions on where they are going to attend college next year and are being recruited heavily by universities. These seniors were all coveted by other schools than the one they chose, but elected to make their decision early by committing this summer. Offensive lineman Matt Spadaro made his choice this summer as he committed to play football for San Jose State University, a Division I football program that plays in the Western Athletic Conference with the likes of Nevada and Fresno State. San Jose State is hoping that Spadaro and others can help a program that has been very inconsistent, winning 11 games in 2012 but is starting out 1–4 in 2013. In his second year as the starting left tackle for the Lancers, Spadaro is listed as a two-star prospect by Last year he was a part of an offensive line that included four seasoned veteran senior offensive lineman and himself. This year he is expected to anchor the Lancer line that is lacking in experience in every other position with two seniors who just started getting into the action this year and two juniors. It seems every year that the girls volleyball program is sending a player to the Division I ranks and this year is no different as libero Jane Lamp has committed to play volleyball at UCSB next year. “I contacted the coaching staff at UCSB and told them I was interested and I went on an unofficial visit and met the coaches,” Lamp said. “Then they watched my recruiting video and came to some of my games.” Despite being only 5’4” she makes her impact like any good point guard in basketball will do, by setting her team up to score. Lamp is also the captain of this year’s squad and is highly regarded among her teammates. “Jane is a great player,” junior outside hitter Madison Wright said. “If there is a ball that you need somebody to get to you can bet on Jane getting to it and she is without a doubt the hardest working player on the court at all times no matter what.” Lamp will be vital in ensuring that her squad will not be the team to lose their historic 44 game (and counting) league win streak. Finally, senior Nile Chau has given his verbal commitment to Davidson University in North Carolina. Davidson first saw Chau play at an exclusive club soccer tournament in Dallas and then proceeded to recruit him, beating out UCSD, Cal Poly Pomona, Westmont, and Johns Hopkins for Chau’s services as a right defensive back. “I went on a official visit not expecting much, but

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BIG MAN ON CAMPUS—Senior Matt Spadaro looks over for the play call during a recent game. once I got there, it was the experience of a lifetime,” Chau said. “The campus is beautiful and the students were so nice. Chau also appreciated the fact that Davidson is a top tier institution academically as well athletically and provides the balance he was looking for between the classroom and the playing field. He also hopes to play somewhat immediately as the current right back is a senior leaving the position open for next year’s squad. “With the senior starter leaving next year, the chances are that I’m gonna get a chance to play as a freshman,” Chau said. As mentioned earlier, Chau elected to play for the prestigious club team Real SoCal full time following his freshman year in which he started on varsity. Chau’s case is one of many that has sparked controversy throughout youth sports on whether athletes should remain loyal to their high schools and risk injury or just stay strictly with their club teams where they will receive better opportunities and coaching but not the glory of playing for their schools and leading them to championships. Recruiting can be a hassle with over aggressive coaches and the overall stress of being a student athlete, but these Lancers generally made the best of their recruiting experiences.


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Big Time Athletes— Both seniors Jane Lamp (above) and Nile Chau (left) have made their decisions for where they want to go to college next year and they will both get play their sport at their college of choice as well. Lamp has decided to play volleyball at UCSB; she was also considering California Lutheran University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. Chau has decided to play soccer at Davidson College in North Carolina, he was also considering University of California San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona, Westmont College, and St. John’s University.

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Football falls against defending champ Nordoff ENTERING THE ARENA—Senior Nick Julier (81) leads the Lancer football team out of the tunnel onto the field for their game against Nordoff last Friday at TOHS. The Lancers fell short against the Rangers 28–10; the game was tied 7–7 after one quarter before Nordoff pulled away in the second quarter by scoring 14 points to the Lancers’ zero. The team did get a good game out of Julier, however, as he caught 10 passes for 103 yards. The Rangers were last year’s CIF Southwest division champions. The Lancers have a big cross town rivalry game against an undefeated Oaks Christian squad next Friday at Oaks Christian. NIKITA SARMIENTO » THE LANCER


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UPLIFTING COACH—Senior utility Chas Henley, senior driver Jacob Rosenfeld, and juniors 2-meter offense specialist Chris Dilworth lift up coach Cody Pletcher as they celebrate his mother’s birthday after their game against Moorpark on Monday, September 23. “This is his second year of coaching and I think that last year was a warmup year,” said Dilworth. “This year, we’re getting down to business.”

“We need people to come out and watch our games. We all love this sport and this school, and when our fellow classmates want us to succeed as much as we see ourselves succeed; it’s a big boost in morale.” —senior Chas Henley



AGAINST THE TIDE It’s uncommon for a Ventura County team to compete with the water polo powerhouses from Orange County, yet boys water polo took second at their tournament, and they’re looking to continue their undefeated league record at the home game against big rival Agoura today at 3:15 p.m.


POISED TO WIN—Senior Jacob Rosenfeld looks to shoot during last week’s game. The Lancers won 14-6 against the Highlanders, but they anticipate a closer game tonight. “We’re really just studying how they do what they do. This whole week, we’ve just been working on how to counter their speed with our plays. We know what they’re gong to do,” senior utility Chas Henley said.


DRIVING FORWARD—(Above) Sophomore driver Alex Ditto counter-attacks with the ball as he approached the goal during the home game last week against Moorpark. (Left) Sophomore 2-meter defense Sean Madden and junior 2-meter offense Marton Toth shake hands with their opponents after the home victory.


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Issue 2 2013