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Volume LI, Issue 7 » March 20, 2013 » 2323 N. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 » » Circulation 2,500


OFF THE SHOT—Thousand Oaks senior Adam Espinoza (right) blocks Westlake junior Robert Newt’s (left) shot in the gym at the annual Give Back Game, taking part in the four-hour event that donated all its profits to Manna, The Thousand Oaks club team defeated Westlake 65–50 during their 20-minute interval.

Community dribbles for charity JOYCE TAN News Editor

Several basketball team members played against Westlake last Saturday not for a league title, but for charity. Four other games of hoops also benefited charity in the annual Give Back Game. Held on March 16 in the gym and hosted by Key Club, the event presented five intervals of basketball games by pitting various teams against one another, including TOHS vs. Westlake, with sophomores Myles Hudson-Bamberg and Daniel Tavares announcing the games. “The attendees love coming to watch their team,” event coordinator Cristy Warner said. “The players want to be there. It’s for fun and it’s nice to win, but they all remember why they are there—to give back.” As the fourth annual Give Back Game, the event donated its

profits back to the local Manna to help put food on the shelves. “With an increase in demand for services and a downturn in the economy, more help is needed in funding so Manna can continue to provide for the hundreds of students and families each year,” Warner said. “Last year over 200 high school students received help.” The Give Back Game garnered a total of $3856 for Manna, combining sponsorships, admission and raffle tickets with prizes from 18 businesses, food sales and Kemp Ford’s $1 per Facebook “like” campaign, and surpassed Warner’s original goal of doubling last year’s amount. “I think it’s an awesome opportunity and a great way to help such an important cause,” junior Mary Jarjour said. “Sometimes it’s hard to help groups that are far away, but Manna is a group that’s close to where we live.”

Key Club reached out to the Give Back Game by running the raffles, hosting bake sales, selling tickets and promoting the event on campus as well as through Facebook. “I hope this event opens the eyes of our students and our community to how much one group of people can make a difference,” Key Club president senior Emily Kass said. “They can help people living in their own community by supporting a fun, charitable event.” Performances by the LCMS Jazz Band and the TOHS choir and a free throw contest hosted by Westlake’s Associated Student Government also accompanied the games during halftime. “I hope to impact the community by raising awareness of how very fortunate we all are. Sometimes other people just need a little extra help,” Warner said. “By volunteering and giving back, we can make a difference.”

Annual performance awards student talent ALEXANDRA RANDALL

Copy Editor


AN ARTISTIC INTRODUCTION—Emcees seniors Corey Bond and Ian Walters introduce sophomore Sarah Harber’s performance of “Beautiful Disaster” by transitioning with a play on words.

Against the backdrop of a Hollywood mural, performers revealed a sample of the school’s talent. Composed of 23 acts ranging from violin solos to yo-yo routines, the Oscar-themed annual talent show took place on March 8 with seniors Corey Bond and Ian Walters emceeing the night. “The show was probably the best it has been,” performer senior Dakota Pierce said. “The competition was the hardest that I have seen in the last few years. I thought that the contestants altogether put together an amazing show.” Judges included teachers Jo Zimmerman, Robert Haar and Rosette Calasin, who determined the winners on a rubric that included skill, stage presence and audience participation. //cont. on pg. 3 » Talent Show

Talent Show Winners » First place

Seniors Katherine Reaves and Ariana Persico Piece: “For Good” originally from Wicked, vocals and original choreography Prize: $150 » Second place

Seniors Dakota Pierce and Austin Celaya Piece: “Walk on Water” Original composition, piano duet Prize: $100 » Third place

Freshman Cassiel McEvoy Piece: “Souvenirs D’Amérique” Originally by Henri Vieuxtemps, violin Prize: $50

INSIDE ed/op » 5 Google’s reach is spreading beyond the internet and now the Google X Lab is bringing us Google Glass, computers and driverless cars

features » 7 Sophomore Samuel Ralston, a current baseball player and surfer, aspires to join the TOHS football team and eventually join the Navy

entertainment » 12 Rockstar Games has postponed the release of Grand Theft Auto V, much to the chagrin of gamers and car thieves alike. People are grand theft angry


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Students tour UCSB campus jessica ashcraft News Editor

Crisp wind hit the AP Biology students’ faces as they stepped onto the UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) Campus after a two-hour bus ride. “This trip related to bio because we study life and different species of marine animals,” junior Tori Heninger said. “At UCSB we learned about these organisms’ adaptations to environments and the way they survive day-to-day.” On Friday, March 8, AP Biology visited UCSB’s Research Experience and Education Facility (REEF) to learn about marine life and conservation in an interactive manner. “The trip was excellent It was fantastic because it provided me with a hands-on experito see real life versions ence, which I was then able to relate back to all of everything of the things we learned I read in textin class,” junior Andrew books. Mahler said. “It was fantastic to see the real life –junior versions of everything that Andrew Mahler I read about in the textbooks. It was wonderful to see thriving ecosystems.” The students separated into three rotations, which included a discussion about the ocean’s resources held on a beach bluff, an in-depth look at oceanic conservation in a classroom and interactions in the REEF, where students could touch and hold various oceanic organisms, including sea stars and various mollusks. “Overall, I had a wonderful time getting to actually see the organisms in person. My favorite part of the trip was when I got to hold a sea star, an abalone and a sea cucumber,” junior Amanda Hsu said. “It was an experience that I hope to never forget.” After the educational activities, the students had the opportunity to eat lunch at the University Center and to explore the campus. “I loved UCSB’s campus. It was right on the beach and had great views of the ocean from all over the campus,” Hsu said. “After the trip I am now definitely considering UCSB for my future.”

Poor STAR scores to suspend fall 2013 off-campus privileges

PHOTOS » jessica ashcraft » THE LANCER

marine madness— (above) From left to right, a UCSB senior, junior Alison Neveu and senior Ethan Germann discuss the habitats and behaviors of sea stars. In the REEF, students had the opportunity to touch various marine organisms such as sea urchins and abalones. (left) A UCSB sophomore guide explains to the same group that virtually every career in the country stems from the ocean’s resources.

Edwin Chikukwa

Staff Writer

To the administration, changes to STAR testing is a way to get higher API scores, but to the students this will mean an increased effort. Used by the state to determine where students place in regards to California’s state standards, STAR Testing usually takes place early May, but has shifted to late April this year. Starting next year, students who receive a proficient or above will receive their off-campus passes, but those who do not improve from a lower level will get their pass privileges revoked. “At the other high schools [Newbury Park and West-

lake], instead of giving rewards, the administration has been telling students that if they don’t pass the test they will not get an off-campus pass for the first quarter of first semester,” Assistant Principal DeDe Dryer said. Although TOHS freshmen and sophomores typically do well, results have shown that the juniors receive lower scores in comparison to other schools in the district. Due to these results TOHS will adopt the new offcampus pass method effective April 2013. for more on

STAR Testing

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Theater abuzz with spring musical alexandra randall Copy Editor

As spring approaches, so does this year’s musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which revolves around a spelling bee and follows six contestants and three adjudicators through the contest’s progression. The musical opens on May 8 and will continue for the two following weekends. “It’s hilarious and character-driven. It’s got this sarcastic, dry and witty humor that is very modern,” senior Julie Greiner, spelling bee contestant Olive Ostrovsky, said. “It’s out of the box. It’s completely different than anything we’ve done before in a very, very good way that high school students will love.” Because “Spelling Bee” is so different from previous musicals put on by the theater department, performers are excited about what it has to offer. “The music is fantastic and comedic moments are woven into every single second of the show,” senior Michael Seltzer, spelling bee contestant William Barfee, said. “It will have you keeling over in laughter. It also has a good balance of kid quirkiness and adult-related issues sprinkled throughout the show. It also gives the audience a chance to really marinate in the setting. Almost all the characters have a story line and the audience gets to savor every character fully.” Because the music department underwent changes and the support of additional directors and choreographers was undetermined, Donia chose a musical that involved minimal assistance, making a small cast necessary. Due to these circumstances, participation was

newswire New classes added to school curriculum A series of new classes has been added to the list of available courses for the upcoming school year. Chinese 1, AP Chinese Language and Culture, Foods, Advanced Computer Graphics, Scientific Research Honors and AP Physics C were new additions to the course request forms. “The purpose behind [getting the] AP Physics [class] is to encourage more students to take higher-level science-technology classes,” Assistant Principal DeDe Dryer said. “Many jobs in the future will require science, technology, and engineering backgrounds, and we want to help more students be prepared at the highest level.” —Joyce Tan

Spring spirit rally to move outside of gym

ethan lyons » THE LANCER

rehearsing bees—Cast members of the theater department’s spring musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” rehearse after school on March 15.

limited to only nine students, most of whom are seniors. “Having a smaller cast unfortunately limited the amount of freshmen and sophomores that I could consider to be in the play,” director Joe Donia said. “It’s not something that I wanted to happen because you always want to build talent, but it was just a necessity.” Despite the smaller cast size, the cast still thinks that the musical will be a quality show. “Audiences can expect a wonderful time where people walk in a nerd and come out a star,” Donia said. “There’s nothing enlightening about it, it’s just pure entertainment.”

Cast » Roman Curiel » Annalea Fusci » Julie Greiner » Alex Karukas » Malissa Marlow » Terry Moran » Kenzy Peach » Dylan Rummel » Michael Seltzer

For the first time in over two decades a rally will be held outside in the stadium. Although the spring rally is usually themed “Somewhere in Time” due to the theme shifting to the 50th anniversary Homecoming, this rally will instead be class colors themed. ASB came up with the idea to have the rally outside. “We wanted to do an outside rally before but no one was brave enough to do it,” Sergeant at Arms junior Laura Sylvers said, “so if the outside rally is super successful we will continue to do this in the future.” Because of a lawsuit two years ago, TOHS will not hold a Powderpuff game this year or in future years. As a way to still spur competition between the junior and senior classes, ASB plans to have class participation in the rally. —Jessica Ashcraft for more on


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sydney barshay » with permission

Body lines—(above) The cheer team performs its competition piece, composed of stunts, tumbling and dance segments, at the Anaheim Convention Center as three of its members arch their backs into the scorpion form. (right) Junior Rayanna Raftery rehearses the hitch move.

Cheer breaks new records joyce tan News Editor

The cheer team didn’t have to worry about being pinched last Sunday—they were representing the school in their green uniforms competing at Nationals. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center March 15–17, the team performed its competition and crowdleading routines against other schools from around the country and placed fourth in crowdleading—the highest the team has ever placed in this division. “I’ve never been to a high school competition that big before,” cheer member sophomore Emma Merritt said, “but watching the different routines motivated me to want to do better.” Every competition, however, is equally as apprehensive as the first, even for the four-year cheer members.

Conejo Valley walks to “crop” hunger

“I know what to expect, but every time I compete I’m just as nervous as I was the very first time,” senior Sydney Barshay said. “It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve done the routine or if I know we could stick every stunt.” While the crowdleading routine mimics a game situation in which there’s more freedom to rally the crowd with chants and jumps, the competition routine is more strict and straightforward. Both routines, however, must follow a set of guidelines to prevent injuries. “I try to make sure I stay up to date on the new techniques and changing stunts,” Cheer Coach Kelly Abrams said. “The most important thing is to follow progressions with the kids, and not skip ahead to a skill they are not prepared to perform.” Between performance times, the team practiced its

sydney barshay » with permission

Competing on a national stage is nerve-racking, but I love the thrill of it. Just knowing how many people will be there watching is exciting.

–senior Sydney Barshay

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger. Kiwanis club and Key Club liaison Sherrill Hyink organized the Conejo Valley walk. Walkers could choose between a four or six mile trail or a 20-minute campus stroll. “Going into the walk, I didn’t think I would be tired because I’m an athlete. However, by the end, my legs were pretty tired and my feet hurt,” Key Club member junior Alison Neveu said. “I was definitely humbled by


News Editor

Under sunny skies, members of the Conejo Valley and TOHS Key Club gathered at the CLU Sports Complex to begin the 35th annual Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty (CROP) Hunger Walk. “Sometimes we have to realize that there are people outside of this suburban town that don’t have anything to eat,” Key Club member junior Daria Micovic said, “so doing something as small as donating or walking in the CROP walk can help us feel worldly.”

routines during rehearsals to polish its final routines. “Everyone is running around trying to find a place to practice,” Barshay said. “The schedules are so strict that one minute will delay the whole competition.” Despite the hectic environment, the team members still find excitement in performing on a national level. “Competing on a national stage is nerve-racking, but I love the thrill of it,” Barshay said. “Just knowing how many people will be there watching is exciting.” Even though the team’s competition routine didn’t place in the large intermediate varsity division, Abrams stresses team work over winning. “I want them to perform a routine they can be proud of and walk off the floor knowing they did everything they could,” Abrams said. “I want them to support each other because that is the only way to be successful.” participating in the event, and it made me appreciate how lucky we all are to live in such a prosperous area.” Seventy-five percent of the $38,000 earned through the CROP Hunger Walk goes to help alleviate hunger and suffering in places around the world while the other 25 percent goes to Manna, Meals on Wheels and Lutheran Social Services Community Care Center. “Inspiring youth to step up to a world and community cause is one of my goals,” Hyink said, “for they are going to head the driving efforts to help the needy in our world and our community in the future.”


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SPRING RALLY In the stadium Class colors: (9) red (10) blue (11) white (12) green



SPRING BREAK Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 2





LATINO CONNECTION DANCE 7:00–11:00 p.m In the cafeteria






BLOOD DRIVE Hosted by ASB To sign up, contact an ASB member to get paper work


FIRST DAY OF PROM TICKET SALES $65 with a SAC One day only

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JAZZ BAND CONCERT 7:00 p.m. in the PAC

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Students showcase talents //cont. from pg. 1 » Annual performance “It felt really awesome and definitely unexpected to win,” senior Ariana Persico said. Persico received first place for her duet with senior Katherine Reaves. “I’m really grateful for the experience that I got to share with one of my closest friends.” Although the event was a competition, the main purpose was to present talents. “While winning second place was a real honor, I think that any one of the people in the show could have easily gotten it too,” Pierce said. “The contestants were super talented.” ASB Talent Show co-directors junior Laura Sylvers and sophomore Allie Boyajian started planning the show a month in advance by first

auditioning nearly 50 acts. “There were so many aspects of the show that had to be taken care of that hardly occurred to me when I took the position of a director,” Sylvers said, “like sending out applications, scheduling auditions, choosing acts, writing a script and about 100 other things.” But all that work brought the rewards they had hoped for. “There were several moments along the way where I was very doubtful of the quality of the end result, but the incredible talent carried us,” Sylvers said. “The most memorable parts were the audience’s reception, the positive energy from the performers and the feeling of satisfaction that everything was actually going right.”


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District tackles Powderpuff Letter Editor It’s the ugly stepchild of sporting events, or at least it’s treated like one. Originally a Homecoming Week activity, Powderpuff has since been moved to a spring-season afterthought. And this year, it’s not even on the school calendar. A lawsuit originating from the Powderpuff game two years ago caused the district’s insurance company to rethink covering the “high-risk” activity. The district has not officially canceled the event, nor have they approved it. Because of the lack of response, ASB has not been able to organize the event, and now it is too late to start organizing with the stadium reserved for Friday, April 5, the week after break. The cancellation is beyond disappointing. It’s been a tradition at this school for longer than most can remember, and many look forward to the junior-senior competition starting even before entering high school. Thankfully, ASB is looking to provide the us with an alternate activity. Capture the Flag is a possibility; along with competitive relay races or Junior-Senior Olympics, which would be a competition involving different sporting events. It would be difficult to organize an activity other than Capture the Flag in time for April 5, and even more difficult to book the stadium for a later date. Props to ASB for keeping the competition alive.

Should there be an alternative competition instead of Powderpuff ? EDITORIAL BOARD







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the ASB juniors Laura Sylvers, Q&A with Jeanett Jaimerena and Janett Angel and seniors Gabriella LaPorta and Karlie Barry

TheLancer: What have you guys done as far as brainstorming alternatives? LaPorta: We’re trying to do an alternative because the safety concerns are messing everything up. We’re talking to Mr. Lichtl about Capture the Flag, because then no one needs any practice time, plus then we could still hold it on April 5. Sylvers: I talked to Corey Bond the other day, and since we got such a great response about the outdoor rally with the Junior-Senior competitions, we were thinking about putting together some sort of Junior-Senior Olympics right at the end of the year. Whether we’d be able to schedule a day for that, I don’t know. LaPorta: If anything happens on April 5, it will most likely be Capture the Flag. Jaimerena: I know we’ve gotten a great response from the Junior class. Sylvers: Oh, they wanna go! They wanna take the seniors down! TheLancer: Mrs. Young was also talking about getting inflatables involved, maybe water. Are you thinking anything along those lines? Sylvers: People are definitely down for anything, they just want to see some sort of competition, not necessarily Powderpuff. So that’s just our goal. TheLancer: Are you still looking to do a junior girl versus senior girl competition? Sylvers: Yeah, because with the rally, it’s going to be mostly boys competing. Barry: We should probably keep the tradition up. I think we should try to create own rules too, like make it like football where we can only put a certain amount of people in at a time. That way it’s not just 100 people running back and forth. If we get creative with it, I think we can do a lot. Angel: It’s upsetting that we don’t have Powderpuff this year, but I feel like this is a blessing in disguise. Now, we can create our own tradition.

DRONE STRIKES—Unmanned Predator drones carry out attacks on people suspected of terrorist activities. One criticism is that they are carried out without a proper trial.

I can’t begin to count the number of boxers I have seen in my lifetime. Of course, when a guy’s pants are hanging below his butt, it’s not entirely my fault. Because of this, the whole visible boxers issue is the main concern of our school’s male dress code. The rule was enacted because of the trend’s affiliation with gang membership, prison-related origins, and general inconvenience. These are all completely practical reasons to discourage pant sagging. Funny, then, how the female dress code differs so drastically. Instead of logical explanations for our clothing restrictions, we are given just one reason: it is “distracting” to our peers. Sometimes, they even throw in the word “disrespectful.” To put it simply, they sexualize girls’ legs, shoulders, stomachs, and virtually every other non-sexual part of their body simply by telling us that it is “immodest” to show them. If distraction really is the issue, let me formally apologize on behalf of all of us girls – I’m so sorry that our upper thighs are “distracting” to male students. Those poor guys must have such a hard time concentrating in the presence of a female body. Maybe we should start donning nun-style clothes. I would feel awful if my bare ankles led to someone failing. Fortunately, I have a lot more faith in the guys at our school. Yes, I get that they are teenage boys, but they are not crazy nymphomaniacs; they can handle a little exposed skin. Still, if the male students are as compelled by our non-sexual body parts as our dress code suggests, pinning the fault on female students is unfair. Instead of telling girls to “cover up,” maybe we should teach the boys at our school how to control themselves. The administration needs to have a mindset of respect rather than prevention. Regulating girls’ clothing rather than promoting decency and etiquette in our male population is the sort of thing that leads to victim blaming in situations of sexual harassment and rape. The fault, however, does not lie solely on our male students. Because of dress codes like this throughout their schooling, they’ve been fed the idea that it is not their responsibility to respect women and their bodies. Instead, it is the woman’s responsibility to not provoke them. Try not to gasp in shock here, but what these school dress codes enforce is misogyny. Most disturbing about this extremism is its double standard. For example, last year’s Winter Rally. A bunch of lingerie clad male students provocatively danced to Jingle Bell Rock. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, but I enjoyed it in the exact same way a male student would enjoy a group of females doing it. Yet somehow administration deems one acceptable and the other outrageous. Focus needs to shift away from punishment and shame to teaching boys and girls alike about respect. —junior Kenzy Peach


Francis I becomes the first South American H T pope. New world, new pope. North Korea M SS threatens South Korea with a nuclear strike. Better dead than red.

Drone strikes explode onto scene


Well, I guess Skynet from the Terminator movies had to start somewhere. Controversy exploded in the Senate as Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky with a strong libertarian streak, filibustered John Brennan’s appointment to run the CIA. He wanted to see if the president or Brennan could assassinate Americans on U.S. soil using unmanned drones.. Paul sent a letter asking that to Attorney General Eric Holder. In Holder’s statement he believed if “necessary and appropriate” the president could do just that. He later doubled back on his statement and said “No.” OK. But we’re still carrying out these devastating attacks in foreign countries we’re not even at war with, such as Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. This is done without a formal declaration of war. No Congressional oversight nor check on presidential powers is required. Nearly 1,000 people have been killed in these—around 200 of them children—according to the Bureau of In-

vestigative Journalism. Oh, and four of them were American citizens living abroad. Habeas Corpus? Bye. Trial by jury? See ya later. Sixth Amendment? Nope. This also flies in the face of Executive Order 12333, one which bans the use of assassinations as a policy tool. The government justifies this by saying the assassinations—it’s what they are, after all—are used in self-defense rather than as an offensive action. Sure, the unmanned sky drones raining 1.5-ton Hellfire missiles on the unsuspecting populace below is used entirely in self-defense. I’m not going to spout paranoid Tea Party-sounding rants about how the government wants all of its dissenters dead, but there are serious human rights violations going on. These attacks, for the most part, aren’t used to bring down entire Al-Qaeda cells. They are meant to take out single enemy combatants in the name of self-defense (with collateral damage, of course). Thanks, Obama.

The finding of H T hundreds of dinosaur eggs in Spain. Don’t tell Steven Spielberg.

“A” Table at lunch. M SS Those signs don’t deserve an “A”. Screaming goats. H T Seriously can’t tell the difference between them and Taylor Swift.

Lil Wayne out of his M SS coma. Tha Coma couldn’t keep him down for long.


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Opinions brief





Beverly Stayart doesn’t like being associated with erectile dysfunction. Until recently, Google would return the search “bev stayart” with the correction “bev stayart levitra.” So Bev sued Google. She lost (she had also recently tried the same thing with Yahoo), but the lawsuit made one thing clear: Google is no longer just a search engine. It’s affecting our lives, and Bev’s reputation. Google has transformed how we do business, find information, form relationships, live our lives. Image Search. Gmail. Maps. Earth. Talk. Reader. Analytics. Docs. Calendar. Youtube. Translate. Chrome. And now Google’s reach is spreading beyond internet applications; releasing phones, laptops, desktops, even their own operating system. They launched Google Fiber, an experimental broadband fiber-optic internet network infrastructure in Kansas City. Recently, through the Google X Lab, they’ve released a driverless car (already being tested on the roads in California), and most recently, Google Glass. Google Glass is almost as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster. They’re glasses...or a smartphone? They have a camera, and a speaker and a tiny glass prism that hangs in your peripherals. But wait, they look like a visor. So Glass is an augmented reality visor-smartphone that rests in front of your eyes? Granted, they’re still prototypes. Most products are only available to developers. However, that hasn’t stopped people from talking about the consequences of the product and of Google’s ever-growing grip on the market. It isn’t necessarily negative, though. Perhaps it’s the clean design, the innovative technology, or the Google-obsessed culture, but I don’t mind the Google monopoly. If an inventive company is willing to simplify and unify our lives, welcome it.








A poor wake-up call STAR testing puts for Daylight saving off-campus passes I’m tired of waking up feeling robbed of an hour of in the cross hairs sleep. I’m also sick of hitting the snooze button on my alarm six times to wake myself up. March 10 rears its ugly head and suddenly an hour of sleep seems to evaporate in front of my eyes. Daylight saving time is useless now. In this day and age, we should try progressing past a 100 year old institution that hasn’t benefited us since the Kaiser was still a threat. Each day, Americans—except in Arizona and Hawaii—wake up feeling needlessly groggy. It’s about time we throw out this counterproductive and meaningless waste of an hour. —Casey Sigelakis

Getting off campus is about to get a lot more difficult for students that don’t care about STAR tests. And let’s be honest, most of us don’t. Any student who receives a lower score than the previous year or does not score Proficient or Advanced on the STAR tests will not be able to acquire an offcampus pass next year. Frankly, it’s about time. Sorry, climbing on my elitist AP soapbox yet again. Sure, the STAR tests are one of the biggest jokes of our standardized testing careers, but only because they’re so easy. There’s no excuse for not performing well on these

tests; the standards aren’t even that high. Even if you don’t test well, the new requirements allow you to improve on last year’s score, so it is in no way unfair. Administration has always avoided inflicting these rules on students, but I applaud the change. We’ve hidden behind the excuse that we encourage our students instead of scaring them into success, as Newbury Park and Westlake do. That policy, however, has not been successful in years past. It’s about time we start stepping up. —Kelly Wisneski CORRECTIONS // FEBRUARY ISSUE The subtext above the headline on page 16 incorrectly stated that the girls basketball team was seeded second for CIF-SS. They were seeded ninth.




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Lil B is Based and so am I. Are you? For those that are sadly ignorant of the Based philosophy, please allow me to explain. Lil B, or the BasedGod, is a rapper from Berkeley known for his unrelenting positivity and love of life. He has combined all of his messages on happiness, selflessness and acceptance into his Based philosophy. To be Based is a 24/7 commitment, and one to which I am absolutely dedicated. He has released—no exaggeration—over 1,500 songs. He is so prolific that I couldn’t find an exact number on Google. And most of it is garbage. Free garbage too. Lil B does this all for his fans and the love of music. Active since 2004, Lil B has only grown in popularity. Through savant-esque levels of Internet marketing, his fanbase grew mostly from free mixtapes available through Myspace, Twitter and various torrents. He has over 300,000 likes on Facebook. Sure, lines like “I’m in the suburbs, walking no security / Left hand Cyrus, girls love my jewelry” from his magnum opus “I’m Miley Cyrus” aren’t going to turn heads for their poignancy. He doesn’t have the lyrical depth of Nas, nor the production quality of Kanye West; but none of that matters. Lil B doesn’t care. He has fun. He’s Based. Lil B does what Lil B does because Lil B is Lil B. End of story. That’s not to say there’s no deeper meaning to his lyrics. Lil B clumsily stumbles over the issues of poverty, race relations and sexism to shine a Based light upon them. The things he says, no matter how inarticulate, need to be said. Especially in the midst of controversies over homophobic lyrics, glorification of violence and misogyny. Lil B cuts to the core of rap’s rawest issues with his own unique and unorthodox sabre. He is simultaneously a sharp critic of rap’s ceaseless gang imagery and an irreverent rapper spewing out stream of consciousness bars. And there’s really nothing more Based than that. Thank you, BasedGod. —Casey Sigelakis

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Rewarding experiences

Students on campus display their talents and passions in the form of exclusive awards

Photography for the future Profeta showcases her talent to promote herself in her career ali wire Editor-in-Chief

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Camera in hand, senior Nicole Profeta uses her artistic abilities to capture a moment and bring herself closer to a career in the photography industry. On Feb. 8, Profeta was awarded first place for her film photograph titled “Practice and Persistence” (a portrait of the back of a ballerina) at the “Expressions of Our Youth” 2013 art show. The competition took place at the Ventura County Government Center, held by the Ventura County Art Council. Seniors in the Ventura County area pursuing art fields in college were eligible to enter the contest, and only six contestants were chosen. Along with the satisfaction of winning, Profeta received $1500 as a reward. This was the first of five art shows that she has won. “It’s weird, because in this one I won first place for my photo, but when I entered it in a few other shows, it didn’t even get in. It depends on their point of view and what they’re looking for,”

Profeta said. When her entries aren’t successful, Profeta does not take it to heart. “When you think about it, you got into an art show with a bunch of other people. And think about how many other contestants entered, and only a few got in. You were one of those people. It’s just a privilege to have your art shown and to have people see it.” Profeta’s success doesn’t stop there, however. Through a recommendation of a fellow photographer, she submitted some of her photographs to the Italian Vogue website. Four out of the nine photos she submitted were approved and posted by Vogue Italia. After graduating, she plans to attend an art school to further her career in photography. She has applied to both CalArts and California College of the Arts, but has yet to hear back from either school. “Once I’m out of college, I’ll probably do portraits for families and stuff, just to pay the bills,” she said. Profeta hopes to work as a fashion photographer for magazines like Vogue and Elle. In the meantime, she tries to promote her work as much as possible by working with her camera. “I do a lot of portraits for families I work for, and I also work as an assistant for Toki Lee Photography,” Profeta said. Profeta is confident in her future as a photographer, and isn’t worried about the competition in the photography industry. “Anyone can be a photographer, but not everyone can be a good photographer. It’s really hard to portray an emotion through pictures,” Profetta said. “I think it’s a really hard career to get into, so you have to be really good at it.”

PHOTOS » Nicole Profeta » With permission

MODEL MAGIC— (above) Profeta’s film photograph titled “Practice and Persistance” showing her sister, sophomore Tatiana Profeta modeling as a ballerina. The photo was a part of the “Expressions of Our Youth” art show. (below) One of the photos featured by Vogue Italia. The photo features sophomore Zuly Lopez.

Karukas competes with play for scholarship opportunity ethan lyons Photographer

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT— Seniors Alex Karukas (center) and Roman Curiel practice the song “Pandemonium” with music teacher Gary Fritzen for their upcoming spring play, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

What started as a song about iPhones written on a whim soon led senior Alex Karukas to being a finalist in the prestigious Show Search competition. Show Search is a national competition consisting of students submitting videotaped original musicals. Six finalists are chosen and get to receive professional mentoring along with having their musical performed on stage. After the musicals are performed the judges choose the top two who then receive scholarships and further mentorting from professionals. Music teacher Gary Fritzen encouraged Karukas to submit a musical that he had previously written during his sophomore year. Karukas, instead, decided to write a whole new musical. This new musical focused on the Occupy Wall Street movement and originated from Karukas’ iPhone song.

“The story of ‘Occupy!’ is the story of a young man, just out of college, trying to find his place in a world of rampant commercialism. It also exists as a farce on not only the Occupy Wall Street movement, but also American society in general. It is intended to be very silly, to poke fun at the ills of society and promote understanding of the absurdity of American pop culture,” Karukas said. Karukas wrote the musical over a period of four months. He first came up with the idea last year, writing songs periodically until September, before writing the complete musical in two weeks. “For this musical, I wrote several songs, keeping a story in mind, and then tied it all together with dialogue at the end,” Karukas said. Karukas’ musical will be performed on March 23rd at the Ramon C. Cortines High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

Higbee scores big at Aca-Deca Cortni KAUFMAN Features Editor

During her first year as a member of Academic Decathlon, senior Emily Higbee earned six awards and a scholarship for coming in first place in a competition. Higbee joined the competitive AcaDeca team in order to challenge herself. She hadn’t known about the program until adviser Mary Budny, who is in charge of the class, came and spoke to one of Higbee’s classes about joining the team. Aca-Deca has a theme that the program is centered around each year and this year’s theme was Russia. “I found the subject matter interesting because I knew literally nothing about Russia and I thought I would broaden my perspective,” Higbee said. “Also to help my public speaking skills because I knew there was going to be a speech and an interview, both which I had no experience in. This would, in turn, prepare me for college because you have to present a lot. I thought it would be an altogether positive experience.” Competing in the lower GPA level competition, Hig-

bee claims she feels a bit guilty for earning as many awards as she did as well as a scholarship while competing in the lowest competition level. “I did score about fourth out of my team, so I did pretty well,” Higbee said. “I think it’s all about how much time you put into actually reading the material.” Outside of Aca-Deca, Higbee plays soccer, draws and reads, but her favorite hobby is hiking. “I love being in nature and and exploring new areas,” she said. Higbee plans to put the scholarship money directly into her college fund. Although she is unsure of which college she may attend, she knows she wants to take several art and science classes, and hopes to major in something that help benefit humanity. Higbee has high hopes of traveling as much as possible throughout her lifetime. “I think it is so interesting learning about different parts of the world,” Higbee said. “It’s one thing to read something from a book, but completely different to live it and experience it for yourself.”

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PRECIOUS MEDALS— Senior Emily Higbee poses with the Academic Decathalon medals from her most recent competition. She finished with one of the highest overall senior scores and thus recieved a scholarship for her score.


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Every Lancer has a STORY sophomore Samuel Ralston Samuel Ralston » with permission

Aiming high and diving low Sophomore Samuel Ralston looks forward to a Navy experience and adventure Cortni KAUFMAN Features Editor

New to the Thousand Oaks area, sophomore Samuel Ralston spends his days on the diamond and at the beach. Currently playing shortstop for the JV baseball team, he has played baseball for nearly nine years. Although he has enjoyed the time he has spent playing, he thinks football is something that shouldn’t be missed out on in high school and plans to experience it in full capacity next fall. Before moving to Thousand Oaks last summer, he lived in both San Clemente and Victorville. “The move from Victorville to TO was very hasty and [because of the haste] a complete mess,” Ralston said, “I do like it here much better than the desert, but it is similar to San Clemente.”

Other than sports that involve a ball, he also loves a sport that involves a board. Whenever he can, he leaves town to head for the beach. “I don’t really care about which beach I go to, as long as I can surf,” he said. He has been surfing for several years and finds that the difficulty and the feeling of freedom surfing represents draw him to it. While sports are a large part of his life, Ralston works hard in school and has high hopes of taking a psychology class to better understand human nature and the reasons humans do certain things. Other than scholastic desires, he also has military aspirations. After high school, Ralston hopes to join the U.S. Navy. “When I talked to my dad about college,” he said, “I told him I wanted to see the world.”

Because of his desire to attend college, Ralston is currently deciding either to immediately join the Navy after high school, or to take two years of community college before joining. “I was thinking about the Marines. But I had a strong influence from my dad, who was very Navy oriented. He said, ‘Why don’t you join the Navy?’ And I thought it was a good idea. I could still travel the world that way.” While many would fear the possible danger the Navy presents, Ralston thinks the experience would be worth the risks. “It’s an adventure,” he said. “Of course it’s worth the danger.”

FROM BALL TO BOAT— Sophomore Samuel Ralston moves to catch the ball in the game against Calabasas, where the JV team won 3–0. Ralston has played baseball for about nine years, and has spent the last year playing shortstop for the JV baseball team. He plans to follow his year of playing baseball with a year of football, and hopes to join the Navy either right after high school or after two years of college.

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

Piloting the future Eddie Rice Staff Writer

A piano-playing airplane pilot who strives for new challenges every day he can, senior Ben Carow has pushed himself to achieve anything to which he BEN CAROW sets his mind. Carow has played the piano since he was two years old. In the beginning of his piano career, he didn’t enjoy playing. Now, he takes pleasure in it every day. “It’s an emotional outlet for me,” Carow said. He now faces a problem in regards to playing because he feels piano is no longer a challenge. “Learning new music isn’t as significant to me as it was when I was first learning it because the process of learning it is where I would get most of my reward,” Carow said. He has also pushed himself to other challenges, such as becoming a pilot. Originally Carow was afraid of heights, but has overcome the fear and now enjoys flying planes in his spare time.

“I used to have a huge fear of heights,” Carow said. “It’s ironic really that I would love flying so much.” Carow’s grandfather, a pilot for many years, was his inspiration. His grandfather pushed him to take piloting classes at the age of sixteen, allowing Carow to earn his pilot’s license within a few months. His grandfather also bought him his first plane. “My grandfather has been of assistance at the Camarillo airport for a very long time,” Carow said. “So when he retired, he bought me a Sesna 172 with his pension. He funded the pilot lessons and classes.” Carow constantly strives to overcome the challenges and struggles life presents to him. “Push forward and kick butt,” Carow said, his mantra when he does what is needed to meet his goal. He believes that giving up prematurely is a way to fail in reaching one’s goals entirely, and that sometimes there aren’t second chances to be taken. He spends his time flying at least once a month, and plans to find a career that both challenges and brings him the happiness flying does.

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READY FOR TAKE OFF— Senior Ben Carow’s plane is a Sensa 172 that his grandfather bought for him soon after he received his pilots license. Other than flying on a plane, he has soared through the air with nothing but a parachute and a jumpsuit when he went skydiving at the age of 15.




Same School, Separate Worlds: Should we continue? 19% felt that teachers

Our school separates students based on their academic abilities and efforts. And in doing so, we have divided the student body into categories where students interact only with those in their academic level. We decided to explore the two sides: should we keep it the way it is or change to a more homogenous environment?

do not view CP and AP/Honors students differently



81% felt that teachers view CP and AP/Honors students differently


28% do not hang out

30% hang out

mainly with those in their academic level

mainly with those in their academic level

32% believe that such

68% do not believe

a difference in views is a problem

such a difference in views is a problem

FACE OFF—(left) Junior Alison Cervelli, freshman Hoyt Yeatman, freshman Kenton Harx, junior Jenna Paneiko pose as cold and standoffish AP students. And (right) freshman Christina Benevento, freshman Timmy Stevens, freshman Taylor Cruz, and freshman Greta Clatke act like unapproachable CP students.

*Of 155 students polled

*Of 155 students polled


With registration for the new school year, students take on the pressure of choosing next year’s classes that reflect the grades and classes they are currently taking. Students must either continue the plan or drop certain classes or petition to move up in a higher academic level. “It makes a significant difference to have students separated by academic level,” junior Mayela Morales said. “There’s some students that like to take advantage of the harder courses offered in school, while others go to school because they have to.” Keeping students separated by academic level can help individual students to focus on a level of difficulty suited for their educational ability. Such a separation also allows students, their counselors and teachers alike to determine what classes should be taken. “It is significant [to separate students] because the slower students do not hold back the more apt students and likewise the more advanced students do not get too far ahead,” sophomore Kyle Sparkman said. When students of various levels combine into one class, the more advanced and higher-achieving students tend to slack off or not progress when not challenged to their full potential. “It would be very difficult to move everyone forward,” English teacher Eileen Moore said. “It is often the case that the middle ones get left behind.” Teachers would need to teach and grade their students with different standards if students were not separated by academic level. Progress in courses may be conflicted if the entire class is not ready to push forward. “Different students have different goals. Our interests vary and our talents vary,” Moore said. Often, when students separate by academic level, the skill level gap

“Like the great Dr. Seuss once said, a person’s a person no matter how smart. I am not involved in any academic related discrimination. It has never really occurred to me.” —senior Zach Caldwell

It would be very difficult to move everyone forward. It is often the case that the middle ones get left behind. — teacher Eileen Moore

between education levels grows when students NOLA ADEDIGBA Center Editor group together in one academic level. Every year around this time, students prepare “When there is a huge variation of students to pick their classes for the following year. And in that given subject, the teacher teaches to every year they are given the decision to climb the middle so the high end don’t get the atup to a higher academic level, or remain where tention they want, and the lower students they are. might not be able to succeed,” counselor Even though she sees major differences Mike Kelly said. between the two academic levels, English With a separation of students, students teacher Kelly Abrams believes that freshmen can progress in the course which suits and sophomores should not have an honors them without being overshadowed by level, and that the students should be mixed higher-achieving students in the same together, but by junior year, will be mature class. At the same time, those higherenough to make good decisions about the achieving students can be challenged acclasses they’ll take. cording to their own level. “By then, students will know what path “[We] should leave it as it is because they want to take; heading to college or going you don’t want slower paced students to to the workforce,” Abrams said. be overwhelmed by faster paced classes Abrams also feels that being in certain classand vice versa,” Sparkman said. es and not mixing in with other students creates The current division of levels among stuan underexposed student body. dents allows students to gravitate towards the “There are some people in my Standard Engclasses that interest and suit them. lish class that are surrounded by bad students. And “Teachers definitely teach differently accordthose same people are with them through history, and ing to the academic level of the class,” Morales math,” Abrams said, “They are never exposed to other said. “Everybody is different and we should emstudents, which could become a bad thing.” brace it and having different academic levels does just SOURCE » WWW.TEACH-NOLOGY.COM Abrams teaches both Honors and Standard classes, and that.” thinks that some students are sometimes overlooked because they Separating students by academic level does not necessarily mean one are in a lower level. level is better than the other.

“I don’t think students should view other students in different academic levels differently. I think you should hang out with people because you like them, not because of what classes they are in.” —senior Stephania Hernandez

Merging the levels

Loosening the student body 1. Increases pace: Placing similar students in one classroom or group helps increase the pace of advancement of the study skills of the students at higher levels of ability. 2. Individual attention: teachers can concentrate on teaching the students at the pace of that particular group.

“I personally don’t view them in any different way. I feel as if that is just something meaningless that is just in your transcript” —junior Estrella Carrillo

1. Methods of division: what system can be used to divide students that is fair and equitable? Standardized tests may not accurately reflect the abilities of the students. 2. Teacher expectations: teachers may treat students in the different groups as superior of inferior based on their groupings


Do you view those in other academic levels (AP, Honors, CP, Standard) differently?

“I suppose I do see other levels differently but I feel like this shouldn’t apply to the social realm.” —senior Lauren Westerbeck

How are you going to learn if you don’t have people push you? You’re never going to get better if you’re around people with the same skill level as you.

— senior Amanda Paredes

“If there was even the chance that the student could excel in a higher level class, it’s been taken away,” Abrams said. “I believe that there are lots of CP students that would excel in an honors class if they were pushed.” Senior Amanda Paredes also feels that students would do much better if honors students surrounded the lower level students. “How are you going to learn if you don’t have people push you?” Paredes said, “You’re never going to get better if you’re around people with the same skill level as you.” Paredes believes this separation goes beyond the classroom, to sports. “In softball, I hang out with the same people in my academic level,” Paredes said. Overall, Paredes feels that mixing the levels would be more beneficial for the all students. “People would be treated on the same level, so you won’t be profiled based on your academic level.” Senior Lucia Toledo also believes the separation between students extends outside school as well. She volunteers at the Westminster Clinic, where she can see the separation between the students more clearly. “It’s kind of the unwritten rule, if you’re an AP student you talk to other AP students, and CP students to other CP students.” Toledo said, “It’s kind of sad because we go to the same school, but they [TOHS students] would rather talk to other AP students from the other schools, before they would even speak to us.” Toledo takes both AP and CP classes, and finds major differences between the two. “Like in my AP classes all they talk about is SATs and test scores, but in my CP classes,” Toledo said, “it’s like a complete 180, like they’re in another universe.”

“Yes I do see a difference in academic levels. The levels are different by how fast someone absorbs information.” —senior Eli Aguilar

“Yes. The more advanced classes are more faster paced but they still teach the same basic material.” —sophomore Tanner Dalton

10 FEATURES One step closer

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Seniors begin choosing which college path is most beneficial for them Kendell Snow Features Editor

After the stress of choosing which colleges to apply to and sending in applications it might seem to seniors that battle is over. However, there is still much more work that must be done. When students begin to receive acceptance letters back from colleges, they must research to find which college best suits their academic and financial needs. Many students start by prioritizing their college needs and making pro and con lists for each school. Decisions usually rely heavily on the location and the type of campus life the school has to offer. “I think about what environment I can feel comfortable and grow in, as well as the location, if it’s far away

or close,” senior Casey Kornmaier said. “And ultimately what community I could feel a part of while learning how to be independent.” When comparing colleges, school tours can be helpful and allow students to experience the school’s different environments. “If you’re able to visit a campus that’s where most decisions are made,” college and career specialist Joan Sparks said. “Always try to go while school is in session so you can talk to students or even monitor a class.” While visiting campuses, students can see whether they prefer a city or small town environment as well as if large or small class sizes would be more beneficial to them academically.

Other factors to consider while comparing colleges are tuition prices and the financial aid awards that each school sends with acceptance letters. “Compare your financial aid award letters,” Sparks said. “If the school that you really want to go to isn’t offering quite as much as another school, then contact the financial aid office.” It can be useful to contact the financial aid offices because some schools will consider raising a financial aid offer based off of what another school is offering. For students pondering their college decision the counselors and Sparks in the College and Career Center, room D2 are able to provide insight and tips on the path to the perfect college.

“ I think about what environment I can feel comfortable in and grow in.

–senior Casey Kornmaier

Important factors to consider while deciding on a college » Location Do you prefer living in a big city or a small town? » Campus life Do you plan on joining clubs and programs on campus? » Financial aid Compare the financial aid that different schools are offering to you » Programs Does the school offer specific programs for your intended major?


corner Drawing » Shaini Rodrigo Graphic » Jason Gardiner


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IN GOOD TASTE From classic paintings to classic cars, the museums in the greater Los Angeles area are shedding light on less-appreciated art forms with a whole array of noteworthy exhibits. all stories and photos by

SARA WILSON Entertainment Editor

Stanley Kubrick at LACMA Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), one of the most renowned directors of the twentieth century, was a man not afraid to take risks. In doing so, he reconceived the directing industry. His films, like “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Lolita,” “The Shining” and “A Clockwork Orange,” incorporated special effects, brilliant scripts and limit-pushing camera work to become masterpieces. Even if one is not familiar with Kubrick’s work, this LACMA exhibit will intrigue the viewer with its multimedia layout and its portrayal of his technical mastery. A wide variety of props, screenplays and set designs evoke a new sense of appreciation for the artist. The exhibit will be displayed until June 30, 2013.

Impressionism at The Getty

The Getty Museum is famous for collecting and preserving artwork with both aesthetic and historical significance. Not only that, but the view from its perch just outside of bustling downtown Los Angeles is priceless. Its collection of Impressionist works from the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries inspires awe. It’s not every day that someone can see a Van Gogh, a Monet and a Degas within a few steps of each other. Most notable within the collection are Van Gogh’s “Irises,” Renoir’s “The Rue Monsier With Flags” and Monet’s “Sunrise.” The Getty boasts an expansive gallery preserving and celebrating this revolutionary time in art history.

Walt Disney Treasures at The Reagan Library

D23 Presents Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives is the largest temporary exhibit to be displayed at the Ronald Reagan Library, and pays tribute to the personal and professional relationship between Reagan and Disney. The original props, miniatures and costumes from a range of Disney masterpieces bring back an instant feeling of childhood contentment. Just a few of the many treasures include filming models of the Black Pearl from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the original script from “Steamboat Willie” and Mary Poppin’s original traveling costume (that beautiful purple coat!). It’s definitely worth checking out before it comes to an end on April 30.

EYE CANDY—(above) Edgar Degas’ “Dancer Taking A Bow” (the Prima Ballerina) is at the Getty. (below) Disney figurines are displayed at the Reagan Library.

Peterson Automotive Museum, across Wilshire from LACMA, is a car enthusiast’s heaven, with its expansive collection of cars ranging from the classic to the futuristic.

“Aerodynamics: From Art to Science” features cars in the innovative field of improving driving performance and increasing wind resistance through body style. Noteworthy pieces are the 1928 Martin Aerodynamic and the completely solar power racer, the M-Pulse. On display until May 27, the exhibit showcases the landmarks in the goal for the ultimate aerodynamic vehicle.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, down the street from the Disney Concert Hall, is not for critics with more classical taste. Contemporary art can at times be thought-provoking, but it can also leave one wondering whether or not the “piece” is actually leftover construction work. Perhaps one redeeming quality is the vast variety of mediums the artists use. From video to paper

cutouts, to an old staircase, the artist has no limits on how he or she can portray a theme. My favorites included Marnie Weber’s “Girl Holding Hand With Hamster” (Look it up, please.) and Fran Siegal’s “Overland.”



Peterson Automotive Museum

ART ATTACK— (left, close) A 1955 Ghia Streamline X, “Gilda,” is the striking entrance car to “Aerodynamics: From Art to Science” at the Peterson. (right, far) Pumpkin Chess by Yayoi Kusama is displayed at MoCA. It’s perhaps the oddest, yet coolest chess set ever.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)

HERE’S JOHNNY— Posters adorn downtown streets for Stanley Kubrick’s exhibit at LACMA. This frame is from “The Shining,” (1980) one of Kubrick’s most acclaimed and recognizable films.



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Delayed GTA LEE MCPHERSON Sports Editor

Can’t a criminal get a break? If you have not heard it in the media already, you probably do not enjoy video games and probably aren’t reading this article. For those out of the loop, Rockstar Games has postponed the highly anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto Five from its original release date of this spring to September 17, 2013.

the COOLEST CAT o n c ampu s True life: I’m not sarcastic. Sarcasm, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is the use of irony to mock or convey contempt. Really? Well, we learn something new every day. I am practically the meaning of the words “sarcasm” and “exaggeration.” I can guarantee that if you looked those words up in a dictionary, you’d see a photo of me. The previous statement was an example of exaggeration. If you did actually find those words in your handy-dandy dictionary, you’ll notice that my face isn’t there. In fact, most dictionaries don’t even have pictures in them. With this possibly being my very last column in a normal issue of The Lancer newspaper, I have decided to make a disclaimer for all my previous articles. Not only for clarification, but also to recognize the opinions of the very bright-minded student body who have previously ridiculed my writing. First things first: I do not actually have a problem with everyone in the student body transforming into a hipster over the summer, as I discussed in Issue Two.


Entertainment Editor

Flying monkeys, munchkins and magic—oh my! Sounds like we are heading down the yellow brick road once again. “Oz the Great and Powerful” follows Oz (known to everyone as the Wizard), played by James Franco, as he travels across the land of Oz to meet the wicked witch. Starting in the traditional black and white style, the Wizard’s journey begins at a Kansas carnival, where he is a mediocre midway magician with aspirations to become a great illusionist akin to Houdini. His plans are cut short when the carnival strongman comes after him for seducing his wife, and he flies away in a hot air balloon. The balloon gets swept away in a tornado à la Dorothy, and the Wizard lands in Oz. The audience’s first encounter with this world can be described with one word: rainbows. For the first ten minutes in Oz, no scene lacks the sevencolored phenomenon. The movie shoves its visual effects in the audience’s face, but the CGI really wasn’t that bad. I mean, it’s no “Life of Pi,” but it still exceeded my expectations. The flowers actually looked real, despite none of them actually being a color from nature. The first Oz inhabitant (Ozoinian? Oz-merican?) we meet is Theodora (Mila Kunis), a young witch who immediately falls for the Wizard. The two travel to the Emerald City so the Wizard can take his place as the king of Oz.

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In light of this recent setback for fans, many radical Grand Thefters are upset at Rockstar. I understand where they are coming from—I was also really disappointed. It has been far too long since I jacked a car and purposely drove into a restricted airport, just to be swarmed by SWAT teams and Blackhawk helicopters. After considering Rockstar’s argument, however, I believe they have the interest of the consumer in mind. They want to release a quality product to match the high standards they set for their franchise. All they are asking for is four months, which is reasonable.

Whether or not everyone has suddenly discovered a newfound love for Nirvana (as their shirts seem to scream), it doesn’t disgruntle me at all. I’m still the indie queen, and I’m still better than the entire campus multiplied by seven. Now, Issue Three. I honestly couldn’t care less what you dress like on Halloween, as long as you’re in the appropriate environment and not forcing me to partake in dressing like a streetwalker. Feminists can take either side of the argument—agreeing with me because I am a goddess and should be praised, or disagreeing because women should be able to do whatever they want with their bodies. Personally, I find the first option more appealing, since women shouldn’t degrade themselves for the attention of men. But hey, opinions are just perspectives. (Ignore that; I’m always right.) This leads us to Issue Four: “A Deep-Dish Dream. In this column, I describe my personal dream to become a pizza, and to pursue this life as a career. However, this is just a fantasy. I do not actually wish to be a pizza. It is not humanly possible for me to become a pizza. I’m actually mildly allergic to dairy, so a career in that area would be extremely unhealthy. I am sincerely sorry to any of you whom I have led astray. And as it became time for coats and overcoats, Issue Five rolled in. So, naturally, I discussed the irritating task of holiday shopping. Specifically on how I couldn’t stop buying things for myself. While a majority of my money was put towards buying myself very cute things online, I did manage to purchase gifts for all of my family and friends. Ever heard of Goodwill? No? Perhaps you should listen to a little Macklemore. And last but not least, Issue Six. To be honest, I really have nothing to say in regards to this column, other than Fall Out Boy is freaking awesome and everyone should appreciate them. So, I am deeply sorry to those of you whom I have offended with my sarcasm. That was sarcasm. I’m not sorry. —Ali Wire

Along the way we encounter Finley, a flying-monkey bellhop played by Zach Braff. Before we go any further, I just want to say how happy I am that Braff appears in this movie. He brings his experience in “Scrubs,” albeit not as hilariously, into “Oz.” His scenes legitimately made me laugh, and he is a perfect choice for this role. The three are welcomed into the city with much fanfare because it is prophesied that “a great and powerful wizard” will defeat the wicked witch. All the Emerald City citizens assume that Oz is the prophesied wizard. All that is but Evanora, Theodora’s sister and the caretaker of the Emerald City. Evanora distrusts Oz and immediately charges him with ridding the land of the wicked witch. Any further synopsis would spoil the movie. But know this: The wicked twist is pulled off rather well. I didn’t see it coming and it played out well. “Oz” was a surprise to me, to be honest. Franco is a great actor, so I depended on him to carry this film; but it didn’t even need his saving. It’s funny, engaging, extremely colorful and overall enjoyable. The cast is phenomenal and clicks well together (Braff probably being my favorite). There are throwbacks to the original film, such as Oz scaring away a cowardly lion or the citizens of Oz building an army of scarecrows. “Oz” may not win any awards anytime soon, but it has its merits. It’s a speck of color in the Kansas-like world that is March movie releases.

» Game of Thrones March 31 HBO

The downside of this fall release is that there will be other big games being released around the same time, including “Battlefield 4,” “Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag,” “NBA 2K14” and the hopeful release of the Playstation 4. My wallet hurts enough already. So let’s get real. Even for those upset, who is going to pass up the opportunity to get back on the mean streets of Los Santos again, flying jets and keeping your pimp hand strong? Nobody? I didn’t think so.

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HOT AIR—The Wizard descends into Oz for the first time in his balloon.

izard of Oz

» BioShock: Infinite March 26 Xbox 360, PS3



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»Sara Wilson sophomore

Youth Lagoon just pumps out all those good jams. His music kinda sounds like he recorded it in a wet cave, but that’s a good thing. “Cannons,” off his first album, is probably one of my favorite songs. It’s interesting, surprising and nostalgic in a really relaxing way.

»Eric Hatland


“Anna Karina” by Blue Scholars. The lyrics are extremely catchy and the beat is so low-key and calm. There is nothing better than just sitting down after a long day and listening to it; nothing is better to chill to.


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14 sports Volleyball even at season start

issue 7 march 20, 2013

ian doherty Sports Editor

Ethan lyons » the lancer

aggressive Defense— (left) Junior Chad Essef jumps up to block his Royal opponent’s block. (right) Senior Joseph Mayer sets the ball for junior Reed Loose. The Lancers were unable to beat Royal, the final scores of the sets were 23–25, 25–20, 25–21, 20–25, 8–15. Their next home game is today against Agoura.

Softball begins with win streak

dane swanson Staff Writer

After a rebirth in team spirit, softball is now making their mark. The team started its season off by going 4–1 overall and 1–0 in league. “I expect that this season will be great. Our team is very close, we have very good chemistry and play well together and we are a very talented group and I believe we can do great things this season,” sophomore pitcher Danni Ryan said. The Lancers have started this season with a 32–22 scoring advantage in their first five games, including a 10–0 shutout of Bishop Montgomery High School which ended after four innings due to mercy rule. The offense has been particularly impressive, averaging 6.4 runs per game. Coaches and players alike however, are concerned about their defense. They have allowed 4.4 runs per

game over their first five games and more than 5 runs in two of those outings including a 12 run game allowed against Sonora High School in the Downey Tournament in which they still managed to go 3-1. “We just have some kinks to work on and make better; but, I think our defense will get progressively better as the year goes on,” Ryan said. The team is fairly mixed as far as age goes as they have a solid mix of seniors, juniors, sophomores, and even four freshmen on their varsity squad. In addition there is not one player on the team that has asserted themselves as a leader on this team. Instead, it is a collective effort of every player being a good teammate. “I see myself as a leader, but I also see everyone else on the team as a leader as well because everyone on this team is there to help each other with improving and other problems that arise,” Ryan said.

Boys volleyball is currently 2–2 in league play and 6–4 overall. The team’s two losses are to Royal 23–25, 25–20, 25–21, 20–25, 8–15 and Westlake 25–19, 24– 26, 18–25, 20–25. “We are fully capable of winning every match if we play to our full potential,” senior Zach Hougardy said. The team’s main difficulties lie in their defense, but also in other areas. “Our mistakes are hitting the ball out or in the net, practice passing and our serves,” Hougardy said. As in other sports, the coach will get upset about repetitive mistakes. “Sometimes he tells us how to fix them, other times we just help each other out,” Hougardy said. To start off their out-of-league season; the Lancers went down to San Diego and competed in the “Best of the West” tournament. “There were a lot of really good teams there. The first day was rough,” Hougardy said. There, the team played La Costa Canyon with a score of 15–5, 20–25, Crespi with a score of 25–10, 25–19 and San Clemente with a score 14–25, 18–25 on the first day. The boys were determined and came back on the second day to go undefeated. On the second day, the team played West Ranch with a score of 25–18, 25–20, Oak Park with a score of 25–22, 25–23 and Palisades Charter with a score of 25–20, 25–23. The team plays at Simi Valley Friday.

The Lancers may also have a player in Ryan who is ready to break out and do well. She is being recruited by a few division one universities, including Wisconsin, and was an honorable mention for the LA Daily News’s All-Area team as just a sophomore this year. “From myself, I expect to always try my hardest and compete while doing the best that I can for my team, and to have confidence in myself as a player,” Ryan said Team chemistry can be as big a key as anything else. With the chemistry, plus the bats, the Lancers are looking at a chance to make some noise in the Marmonte league title hunt and maybe even in the CIF playoffs in May. Their next game is tomorrow against Newbury Park and will be played here at home.

Baseball faces struggles early ian doherty Sports Editor

Baseball is currently 1–1 in league play and 5–3–1 overall. The Lancers started their non-league season with the Easton Tournament from Feb. 23–March 5. The team beat Lancaster 17–6 and Burbank 2–1. The boys lost to Chatsworth 0–1 and Hart 0–3, “The tournament was all right. I think we are a better team than we showed,” senior Brison Cronenbold said. The team started their league season playing Calabasas, where they lost the first time 0–1, but beat them a second time 2–1. Thus far they have scored 38 runs this season in just nine games. The most runs that the team scored in an inning was six, against Lancaster. The Lancers have good depth in pitching in junior

Jackson Simonsgaard, who last year as a member of JV pitched a no-hitter. The other is an experienced varsity player, senior Ray Lambert. Simonsgaard pitched in four out of the nine games so far this season. “Our pitching and defense is going to keep us in a lot of games and therefore if we just score a couple of runs, we should be pretty good,” Cronenbold said. Cronenbold thinks that the team will finish in the top three because of the team’s ability to have shutout pitching and a good defense. The boy’s biggest challenge this year will be Agoura. “They have beaten us the last four times and they won league last year,” Cronenbold said. The Lancers play Agoura on April 10 away and April 12 at home.

ethan lyons » the lancer

throw it in—Senior AJ Sheehan throws to first base in practice. The team’s next league game is today against Westlake. The Warriors are currently 2–0 in league, but only 4–4 overall compared to the Lancer record 1–1 in league and 5–3–1 overall records.

sports to the March Madness: treme Lee’s philosophies


The smell is in the air, the crisp courts LEE Mcpherson silent no longer as they are pounded by the stampede of giants, flying across the hardwood in what appears to be absolute madness— March Madness, that is. Many players have worked their entire basketball careers to come to this point and many never make it. The few who have will soon realize the significance of seeding the relief it can give or how it can make a team’s trip to Atlanta short and sweet. There are a few discrepancies that I have with the current bracket situation. For starters, the fact that the conference tournaments wins and losses contribute to NCAA tournament seeding. The bracket should be set before that because now teams like Gonzaga, who dominate their conference but cannot keep pace on a national scale, are seeded higher. Furthermore Gonzaga should not be seeded number one on account of the fact that they lost two out of three games against ranked opponents, their only ranked win being Oklahoma, who was ranked 22nd. And they beat by a mere one point,

69–68. Whereas true one seeds like Duke, Indiana and Louisville have much more impressive accolades in more competitive conferences: the ACC, Big 10 and Big East respectively. Compared to these conferences, the WCC is child’s play. I don’t necessarily disagree with Kansas as a one seed, though—they definitely deserve it over Gonzaga, but not over Duke or Miami. The ‘Canes in my mind would have been natural to replace the Blue Devils in the top four. But alas, quantity of wins has trumped quality, much to my dismay. My early round games to watch include the likely second round match up of Indiana and highly under-rated North Carolina State. The Hoosiers will have to be sure they don’t fall asleep on the tournament sleeper Wolf pack. As well as the potential Kansas–University of North Carolina. After all, the Tar Heels are always toe-tapping at the dance. On a side note, Go Devils!

-Lee McPherson

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issue 7 march 20, 2013

New hands at the helm for lacrosse teams lee mcpherson Sports Editor

Lacrosse season has commenced with a few twists, leading to a 3–2 start with only one league loss at the hands of Westlake. New head coach Mike D’Andraia has been hard at work during the off-season preparing the team for what is generally being considered as a fresh start season. “He has given us the right path and all the tools necessary to be the best team in the league,” senior Zack Auger said. “He is an amazing coach and is changing our program to become the best program in the league through hard work and discipline, which is what all great lacrosse teams need.” D’Andraia made a name for himself as a national champion for Salisbury, a Division III program, in New York, where he also grew up. More recently, he was assistant coaching league rival Agoura. Many of the players have noticed an impact in their work ethic with D’Andraia’s arrival. “[D’Andraia] has really improved how we practice and he motivates us every day to try our hardest,” junior George Pertessis said. It has also been noted by people in the program that the new coach is intent on giving the team every advantage as possible. “He’s really shown us how much he wants this program to succeed. He has been able to give the team access to the weight room, and has made us use the track a lot more this season than we have in the past to get us into shape for this season,” junior Carter Esqueda said. In addition to gaining a new head coach, the program has also acquired an entirely new coaching staff, thanks to coach D’Andraia’s connections in the lacrosse world, including attack coach Dan Padesta, midfield coach Canyon Grove and defense coach Cory Whelan. The team will test their wits against Agoura tonight, hosted by the Chargers.

Boys Lacrosse Coaches

lee mcpherson

Sports Editor

Mike D’Andraia

Dan Padesta Ben mueller-leclerc » the lancer

Canyon Grove

setting an example— (from left to right) New girls lacrosse coach Marissa Utterberg runs a drill with her team during practice as assistant coach Caitlin Kilbourne referees the team’s inter-squad seven-on-seven scrimmage. The Lancers are currently preparing for their highly anticipated match against the undefeated Agoura Chargers.

The coming of a new head coach has marked the advent of a new age for girls lacrosse at Thousand Oaks, which is evident in the team’s current league record of 2–1. The team credits their recent dominant wins against Simi Valley and Royal, whom they beat 12–0 and 14–5 respectively, to their hard work in practice. “Of course [Coach Marissa] had something to do with it. I think we were really well prepared, and that was mostly because of [her],” junior Angelica Bloomquist said. The team’s only league loss so far came at the hands of cross-town rival Westlake, in a nail-biting 12–13 game hosted by the Warriors. “We played awesome. It was a really close game and personally, I think we all pulled through and worked extra hard. I mean yeah, we were all a little disappointed, but we were proud of ourselves. I know we will have them next game,” Bloomquist said. Their team’s new coach, Marissa Utterberg, has been pushing the team to new heights and a new respect for their opponents. “One thing that is important to [Coach] is sportsmanship. We all have to be good athletes with good attitudes,” Bloomquist said. The team now faces against Agoura, who they will face tonight at home. The Chargers are currently 4–0 in the Marmonte league and have defeated all of their opponents by at least seven goals. “It is super encouraging how much coach wants to see the girls program at TOHS take off,” junior Alyssa Welty said. “She really puts in the time and effort to make that possible.”

Golf faces early tests and passes

Winter Sports Wrap-up » Boys Basketball

The Lancers were defeated 48–51 the CIF semifinal game vs. Villa Park. Although the team lost in CIF, it qualified to move on to the State tournament. In the first round the team defeated Gardena 69–59, but lost against Redondo Union 62–58, in overtime, in the second round. » Girls Basketball

The Lancers played a wild card game against Pioneer Valley and came out on top with a score of 51–46. The girls then took on Camarillo High School and lost 37–48, ending their season with an overall record of 20–8. » Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team qualified for playoffs with the second seed and played Alhambra High School and beat them 6–1. Next, the team traveled to Corona Santiago High School, Unfortunately, they were unable to pull out a victory, as they lost 1–2. » Wrestling

The wrestling team had 13 out of 14 wrestlers qualify for CIF. After CIF, only three moved onto CIF Masters, sophomore Rogan Wells and seniors Brian Ward and Josh Cortés. Out of those three, Cortés moved onto the state tournament.

dane swanson Staff Writer

There are times during a season when one shot can be a huge difference. Boys golf had one of those moments playing against Moorpark winning by one stroke 404–405. These are the times that are also good for experience something that they are lacking right now because if you look past seniors Dane Walton and Sean Weire the Lancers then have two combined years of varsity experience. They get those two years from second year varsity players junior Sam Morton and sophomore Matt Sieger, and have two first year varsity players in junior Espen Slattum and senior Jake Ledbetter. This can be seen as a disadvantage because in the last holes of a close match, players rely on experience. “It’s a disadvantage but I feel like we are about as experienced as any other team in the league,” sophomore Matt Sieger said. The team started off with a record of 3–1. “We have started off really well and our goal is to make CIF so we just need to take it one stroke at a time and not get caught looking ahead or get caught dwelling on a bad shot,” Sieger said. Now with their goals of a CIF berth and league championship in reach.

Ben mueller-leclerc » the lancer

go for green—Freshman Ethan Winkler tees off against Simi Valley. The team beat Simi 406–401. Their next league match is tomorrow against Moorpark.

Swim starts season off with solid showing ian doherty Sports Editor

»Boys In boys swim’s first meet of the season, the Rio Mesa Relays on March 1, the team finished second. “The season has been going really well so far. We finished right behind Westlake. It was close,” senior Sean Kale said. The team’s biggest league competition is Westlake, because of their depth and what their swimmers do in the offseason. Westlake was last year’s league champion, and did not graduate many seniors last year. “Westlake has a lot of club swimmers. Our team is getting better and if we don’t

beat Westlake this year, for sure next year because our juniors this year have a lot of really good swimmers,” Kale said. Previous varsity swim head coach, Brian Giles, who now coaches at Newbury Park, has picked up the program there and made it a league contender.,which may pose a threat to the Lancers’ chances to finish atop the league. “Newbury has become a force too, but we can beat them,” Kale said. The teams’ first non-league meet was against Camarillo High School. The Lancers came out victorious 92–78. The Lancers then went on to race against Agoura on March 15. The team’s next non-league meet is the Ventura Championships, a two day meet that will take place today and tomorrow.

Road to the Marmonte League Finals » Westlake March 22 » Newbury Park April 4 » Calabasas April 12 » Santa Barbara April 16 » Royal

April 18

» Moorpark April 24

ian doherty Sports Editor

»Girls After a strong showing at the Rio Mesa Relays, finishing second behind Westlake, girls swim is confident in their chances this year in giving Westlake a run for their money atop the league standings. “They have a lot of fast swimmers and are just a great, fast team in general. We are pretty fast this year and have been winning a lot, but they aren’t going to be easy to beat,” sophomore Jessi Andrews said. Coming off of the Rio Mesa Relays, the team then traveled to Agoura on March 15. After that, the team will take part in the Ventura County Championship meet,

a two day meet that will take place today and tomorrow. The team will then take on swimming powerhouse Westlake on March 22. The coaches have not scheduled any special conditioning for Westlake. “Having Ventura County Championship, which is a two day meet, in the same week, we aren’t really able to do anything special other than shorten the two practices we do have. Kind of a mini taper,” Andrews said. The Lancers don’t see any other clear contenders that could threaten their league standings, except for Royal and Newbury Park. “Teams consistently change. We are confident in beating Moorpark and Calabasas though,” Andrews said. Their next league meet is against Westlake on Friday, March 22.


issue 7 march 20, 2013

Herrera runs L.A. Marathon megan bowser

Website Editor-in-Chief

ethan lyons » the lancer

Boys track races for title dane swanson Staff Writer

In team sports you need a balance of leadership and youthful energy and this year boys track has that balance with a combination of sophomores that are looking to breakout and seniors looking to finish off their careers in style. “The combination has been good because we have some good seniors and a lot of good sophomores as well,” sophomore distance runner Jimmy DeMello said. So far they have had mixed results with rough performance against Redondo Union, which they lost 29-

PRACTICE MAKES... PERFECT—(above left) Senior pitcher Ray Lambert pitches in practice. (middle right) Junior Espen Slattum tees off at Sunset Hills against Simi Valley. The Lancers were triumphant in their efforts, emerging with a win, 406–401. (far right) Senior Zach Hougardy bumps the ball in his match against Royal. (lower right) Freshman Shelby Glasser improves her vaulting technique during track and field practice in Lancer stadium.

85. They placed fourth at the Don Green Invitational out of 20 schools and then they went to the Ventura Invitational where they got some mixed results, having the winning runner in some distance categories but struggling to break the top eight runners in some other areas. “The season is going pretty good, distance is our strength, we have lots of good distance runners,” DeMello said. The Lancers are now set to enter their league season facing plenty of competition especially from Westlake whose runners ran very well winning a Division II state championship.

ethan lyons » the lancer

NEW HEIGHTS— Sophomore Jacob Rothschild practices his pole vaulting during seventh period track and field practice. The Lancer track team is in the process of regrouping after a rough start to this seasons campaign. Their next meet is on March 29 at Agoura against the Newbury and Agoura.

After running in the L.A. Marathon last year, junior Israel Herrera decided to run the 26.2 mile race for a second time. “My main goal was to be able to finish the marathon and just have a great time,” Herrera said. In the 2012 marathon, Herrera ended with a time of 4:19:39, leaving him in 99th place in his age group. After one more year of training he was able to improve his time to 3:38:08; he jumped to the 44th spot. “One of my goals for the 2013 L.A. Marathon was to be able to finish under four hours. Which I was able to accomplish,” he said. With 26.2 miles to run Herra spent a lot of his time preparing for the race both mentally and physically. He feels that the training process was hard but enjoyable. “I learned that a marathon is much harder than what it seems. Also that not anyone can do a marathon,” he said. “For someone to be able to run a marathon, they have to have a lot of mental preparation. Because if you don’t have your mind set to it then you won’t be able to accomplish it. It takes more than mental preparation to run a marathon, however. “[My training] consisted of running very long distances. I would also work out my legs by doing squats,” Herrera said. “My diet also consisted of a running diet, which was to eat carbohydrates, a lot of protein and fiber.” By running the marathon two years in a row Herrera believes he grew as a person, the experience has increased his self confidence and general appreciation of life. “What I have gained from it is the satisfaction of knowing that I was able to push myself and strive through it,” Herrera said. Now Herrera looks forward to his next challenge in the 2014 L.A. Marathon.

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