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Volume L, Issue 3 » October 20, 2011 » Thousand Oaks High School » 2323 N. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 » Circulation 2,432 »

Luo inducted into US Army Marching Band Senior Daniel Luo becomes the second Lancer member of the AllAmerican Marching Band, just one year after the last. Kelly Wisneski News Editor

Army paraphernalia decorated the PAC for the second year in a row when Daniel Luo joined the ranks of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Luo, drum major of the Lancer Marching Band, was recognized for this achievement at an assembly Monday, Oct. 10, and will be playing tenor saxophone in the highly selective band. Master of Ceremonies Rudy Aguilar opened with several introductory statements, which were followed by Principal Lou Lichtl’s short speech. “This usually happens one in every 10 years at most high schools, and we’ve had the honor of receiving it two years in a row,” Lichtl said, referring to alumnus Tim Yao’s appointment as drum major of the AllAmerican Marching Band last year. Luo mentioned Yao in his acceptance speech when he recalled a piece of advice Yao gave him at the beginning of the application process. “He told me ‘You should never give up on an opportunity [just] because you don’t think you’ll make it,” Luo said to the gathering in the PAC. This piece of advice encouraged Luo to apply for a position in the All-American Marching Band, despite doubts in himself. The application process starts junior year with band directors nominating their students on the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) website. The nominee must then submit three video tapes—one of the applicant marching, another of him or her performing a musical performance of the NAfME’S choice and the last one of him or her performing a piece of their own choice. The NAfME then selects 125 students to perform in the Marching Band, 24 of whom are color guard members. As one of these students, Luo will receive an all-expense paid trip to play at the halftime show of

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the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7, 2012 in Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. Along with Lichtl, sergeants and captains from the Army, District Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Baarstad, Director of Secondary Education Dr. Jeff Davis and TOHS Band Director Marty Martone attended the assembly. Martone addressed Luo directly when he described

the reasoning behind his nomination—a mixture of Luo’s natural talent and attitude toward his peers. “When you entered this school three years ago, you entered with a spark,” Martone said. Mendoza also offered his approval of Luo’s work ethic and attitude during his short speech. “Daniel is an Army-strong soldier,” Mendoza said. “We are proud to have him on our team.”

A leadership legacy— Senior Daniel Luo speaks to the audience in the PAC on Monday after accepting his membership into the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

National Merit Semifinalists announced News Editor

Five students qualified as National Merit Semifinalists: seniors Alex Chen, Kevin Ho, Phoebe Hung, Daniel Luo and Darwin Wu. “I felt excited to be a National Merit Semifinalist,” Hung said. “It will be beneficial on my college application and resume.”

The road to

National Merit


In order to qualify in California, semifinalists had to score above 221 on their 2010 PSAT. As semifinalists, they applied for National Merit Scholarships, which are awarded if they are later named as finalists. Scholarships fall into three categories: $2500 Scholarships, college-sponsored Merit Scholarships, and corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships. In total, these scholarships are supported by approximately 440 inde-

Semifinalists announced

Finalists announced

pendent sponsors. The finalists are among the top one-third of 50,000 high scorers. The remaining two-thirds are named as commendees; among them are 15 Lancers. “I am happy I got commended especially because I didn’t expect it,” commendee senior Alex Lee said. For the list of commended scholars go to www.

$2500 scholarships mailed

College-sponsored offers mailed

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newswire Seniors attend lecture on laws The Senior Assembly, which took place Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the gym during second and third periods, aimed to educate seniors about their conduct standards for the year and life after high school. Dean of Activities Coreen Pefley discussed the direct impact of breaking the senior contract terms and the rules at the homecoming dance, while Deputy Tony Tutino spoke generally about the consequences of 18-year-olds breaking the law and the ever-growing problem of cyber-bullying. Teachers Tasha Beaudoin and Krister Swanson concluded the assembly with a short speech about options that are available to students after graduation. —Alex Bradbury

Red Ribbon replaces drugs with hugs Red Ribbon Week, which will be the last week of October this year, will emphasize the dangers of texting while driving. Those who sign a pledge will receive a ring that will serve as a reminder to drive safely. PTSA also held a slogan contest earlier in September and selected senior Matt Rion’s slogan “hugs not drugs” as the winner, which will be distributed on bracelets to students. —Joyce Tan



ASB stages campus Wonderland JOyce Tan Copy Editor

The “Alice in Lancerland” rally on Monday Oct. 10 kicked off the week’s homecoming festivities. It ended with a 37-13 victory over the Agoura Chargers and the annual dance on Saturday. The week was also accompanied by daily activities on the quad, a teacher breakfast on Wednesday and a Style Alliance Fashion Club show. At the game, the halftime parade included club displays, fireworks and performances by dance team, band and color guard. ASB displayed their class floats, each of which represented their grade level’s themes. Freshmen represented the Cheshire Cat, a change from “into the Rabbit Hole.” Mass media classes, specifically TO Today, made their first appearance in the homecoming parade. “It was amazing. Everybody was excited and happy to be there,” TO Today member senior Daniel Duprat said. “For once it felt like all of the Mass Media classes came together as one.” Grand Marshals office receptionist Kathleen Paskey and history and yearbook teacher Robert Haar also appeared during the parade, along with each grade level’s homecoming court. At the dance on Saturday, seniors Sam Cooley and Emily Cable were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. For more on homecoming

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Leaps and bounds—Freshman Haley Fick competes in a potato sack relay race during the Homecoming Rally Oct. 10, leading to a freshmen victory over the sophomores.

Conejo bands fill stadium

Changes to calendar affect testing This year, students may find benefits to starting the school year a week early. The 2011–2012 school year kicked off on Aug. 24, one week before last year’s start on Aug. 31, due to budget cuts and possible furlough days. This in turn shifts the year’s events by a week, including STAR and AP testing. STAR tests are proctored when students have covered 85 percent of the curriculum. Now the tests will come one week before AP tests, unlike last year, when they occurred during the same week. “Summer vacation will start earlier!” Assistant Principal of Instruction DeDe Dryer said. —Jessica Ashcraft

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Club conducts drive Earlier this month Project Concern collected supplies for its annual school supply drive. Bags, distributed to every classroom, allowed second periods to donate supplies to benefit students unable to afford to them. Along with the usual paper and pens, there was a significant increase in the amount of backpacks and binders received. “Bags were collected from every second period class and at one point members of project concern had to bring stuff back on a cart,” club adviser English teacher Eileen Moore said. The class with the most donations will receive a doughnut party hosted by Project Concern. So far, the front office and Science teacher Nikki Malhotra’s second period class are in the lead. —Ethan Lyons

ASB to host annual blood drive ASB will host the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday Oct. 26 in the gym. Any student 16 years of age or older can sign up to donate blood in the activities office with a parent signature. The blood collected will aid Conejo Valley hospitals and another drive will be held on Feb. 2, 2012. “I’m extremely excited for this event,” ASB Vice President senior Daniel Gober said. “It’s been very successful the past years and I am looking to carry that on.” —Jessica Ashcraft

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Standing Tall—Flutist freshman Evan Rank leads his line while preparing to step off to the next count during the band’s performance of “Work, Life, Balance.”

New class hosts UCLA grads

STeven Golditch News Editor

When UCLA graduate students Krista Yamada, Courtney Thomas and Sharona Sokolow visited Dr. Nikki Malholtra’s scientific research class, they showed students how the techniques and principles they are learning in class apply to jobs in the real world. “I thought it was a bit overwhelming,” senior Nina Sobers said, “[but] they were really encouraging [and told] us to not give up.” All three of the students are working toward their Ph.D at UCLA. Yamada is studying for her Ph.D. in molecular toxicology. After receiving her B.S. in chemistry, she decided she wanted to both study science and apply her knowledge in a way that betters society. She explained to the class her lab studies and the use and biology of boron.

The annual Sounds of Conejo competition, a meeting of musicians from around Ventura County, took place in the stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1. The competition featured high school marching bands from Buena, Camarillo, Royal, Newbury Park, Westlake and Thousand Oaks. The national anthem, performed by members of the TOHS brass quintet, started the event at 7:30 p.m. The quintet included trumpet players seniors Everett Kelly and Spencer Barrett; French horn/drum major junior Tommy Militello; tuba player junior Sandy Babich and trombone player junior Alex Cauchon. “It was a nerve-racking experience,” Babich said. “I was proud to represent the band at this event.” Tickets were $5 at the gate. Snacks and drinks were available for purchase and all proceeds went to the Lancer Marching Band. After all bands performed individually, they combined for a performance of America the Beautiful, Let’s Groove by Earth Wind and Fire, and Celebration by Kool & the Gang. 700 musicians performed during the last piece. “It was joyous celebrating band in such an informal setting,” Drum Captain senior Austin Kilgore said. The night ended with the ceremonial breaking of the ranks, where all students got together and celebrated by forming a train and dancing to music. “They provided valuable insight into what it meant to be a scientist,” junior Adam Protter said. Sokolow is a second-year doctoral student in Environmental Science and Engineering. She received her Master’s in Environmental Health Sciences from UCLA and her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UC Santa Barbara. Between her undergraduate degree and grad school, she worked as a health policy advisor to a congressman on Capitol Hill, which helped facilitate her interest in environmental health and policy. Thomas is completing her graduate studies in chemistry. Her current research involves finding more efficient ways to deliver cancer medicine to patients. “I am excited about students who are interested in science,” Thomas said. “I knew I was good at chemistry but not until college did I figure out what I wanted to do with it.”



Students attend West Point assembly in PAC Military representatives inform attendees about admission requirements.

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Burritos fuel school sports Noah Rubino Staff Writer

Kelly Wisneski News Editor

“If you’re looking for a party school, there’s one a couple miles south of here that you might be interested in,” Major Andrew Dermanoski said. Dermanoski reiterated warnings such as these throughout his speech at the West Point Academy Information Night in the PAC Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The night consisted of Dermanoski providing information about the Academy with an accompanying slideshow, after which he answered questions. A large portion of the presentation focused on eligibility for and admission into West Point Academy. The ISI Leadership Academy also had a table set up in the lobby and representatives present to answer any of the attendees’ questions. One purpose of the academy is to prepare its members for the Cadet Fitness Assessment, a universal assessment for admission into military academies such as West Point. Executive Officer and senior Patrick Dalton joined the ISI Leadership Academy three years ago after a recommendation from his counselor. “I didn’t really know what it was about when I started, but I know a lot more about it now,” Dalton said. “It’s about helping the community too.”

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Teaching about the troops—Major Andrew Dermanoski speaks to the audience in the PAC about the rigorous course load for each grade level at West Point.

When running laps or visiting a football game, students may notice one colorful advertisement that appears more often than any other—Taco Bell. Brent Flynn, the franchisee in charge of many local branches, has supported the school for some time, the most recent example being the addition of two food items to the restaurants’ unofficial menus: the Lancer Taco and the Lancer Burrito. The food items came about when Flynn invited the football captains to create their own menu items. The end result was a ground beef, steak or cheese burrito filled with nacho cheese, beans, rice, guacamole and red chips—which is $1.69 or $2.49, depending on its contents—and the Lancer Taco, a normal taco with guacamole, which goes for $1.19. Naturally, Flynn was impressed with the taco designers’ creations. “Once they’re done with football, they have a career in food innovation,” he said jokingly. Taco Bell has also decided to support TOHS in other ways. During home football games this year, Flynn has offered $1 raffle tickets for a $50 prize, which goes up to $500 if the winner can make a 30 yard field goal. So far, they have sold around 40-50 tickets per game. Flynn started sponsoring the school two years ago. “When we were told the football team needed a big corporate sponsor,” Flynn’s son sophomore Dalton Flynn said, “we jumped on the opportunity.”

Scouts scavenge across multiple counties Kelly Wisneski News Editor

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earning badges—Sophomore Katerina Vaughn blindfolds Noelle Maser for a Sunday school game at the Christian Church of Thousand Oaks as a part of the “Attend a Religious Service” requirement of the scavenger hunt.

They collected sardine peelers and Mr. Potato Head with just his mustache, recreated Iwo Jima and hunted down bocce ball-playing strangers. The three members of TOHS Girl Scout Troop 60253, sophomores Sheryl Barbera, Katerina Vaughn and Johanna Rinamin spent this past weekend at a scavenger hunt where they captured photos and collected oddball items. At 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 on the organization’s website, teams (officially called “patrols”) were provided with two scavenging lists—one outlining items to collect, such as “nose hair trimmer” and the other listing items of which to take pictures. Patrols had the weekend to collect the items and take snap shots, all of which had to be catalogued and tagged for check-in at 1 p.m. on Sunday. One item the girls from Troop 60253 decided to complete was “Build a six-person human pyramid.” While at Rocketfizz, they ran into seniors Dane Griffin, Landon Poling and Sean Downey and juniors Tom McNutt, Andrew Vanboy and Mike Manos. The football players volunteered to construct the pyramid and received four free sodas in return. The group however, agreed that the most entertaining item collected was a rubber whale for the descrip-

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tion “Ugliest thing in the 99 cents store.” “It’s pretty ugly,” patrol leader Deborah Vaughn said. “How it’s attached to the [packing] makes it gross.” The patrol also spent a portion of their weekend making homemade peanut butter to be judged as a part of the hunt. “I do think we will be one of the top scorers, as the judges mentioned it being one of their favorites,” Vaughn said. “and they didn’t even know I was with our troop.”

Lists and LabeLs— Deborah Vaughn, mother of sophomore Katerina Vaughn, discusses with sophomore Sheryl Barbera how to label the items collected for the scavenger hunt. “Gathering the stuff, that’s the easiest part,” Deborah Vaughn said.

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New grade program needed Teachers putting student’s grades online is not technologically complicated. Actually, the basic idea is painfully simple, and beneficial to students. Technology is capable of allowing students to view their grades online, which helps them keep up with assignments and stay updated with their grades. “Whatever access you can give to students and parents to follow their progress is worthwhile,” U.S. history and yearbook teacher Robert Haar said. Apart from parents also gaining more access to grades (to the horror of some students) nothing but benefits arise from grades being posted online for student viewing purposes. “The more up-to-date you are, the better decision you can make on whether or not to stay in [a] class,” Haar said. Along with determining what classes to take, other advantages are also created, meaning that students being able to view grades

online is ultimately swer, a completely Should student beneficial to them. new program would grades be available to One may think of be ideal. If the isZangle at this point. students online, not sues making it difZangle was created necessarily Zangle? ficult for teachers and put in place for to make the grades editorial board submission of grades, available online were VOTES with many teachers addressed, we reach using it to post some the ultimate goal of 8 yes assignments and making it manda6 no grades throughout tory for all teachers the school year. Tryto post grades online 2 abstain ing to add to this parfor students. tial success of Zangle, The rules wouldn’t however, is where the brick be too strict (allowing time wall stands. for essays and such to be graded) The program is notoriously un- but teachers should be able to rid friendly to teachers. Issues such of stone age grade books (paper as the ever occurring “not graded” and pen) in favor of electronic assignments, bringing the grades ones. This would create an added down for entire classes (generat- benefit—no more opportunities ing many angry parent calls to for teachers to lose grades—once teachers) or the recent problem they’re in, they’re in. while submitting progress report The technology of grades grades. This resulted in some in- online for students is half implecorrect progress report grades for mented already, so let’s utilize it some students. Not the right pro- to its full potential for the bengram for the job, if you ask me. efit of students (especially high Seeing as Zangle isn’t the an- school) in the education system.

Hits and Misses:

What’s Up and What’s Down with The Lancer Hit: Steven Seagal hired to guard

U.S.-Mexico border. Coming soon to a bargain DVD bin near you.

Miss: Dr Pepper Ten. It’s not for

women, or anyone else for that matter...because it’s gross.

Hit: Another Hannah Montana star

getting busted. Looks like that show needs to be on HBO.

Miss: Lady Gaga giving the world

the finger at Bill Clinton’s birthday concert. We prefer Marilyn Monroe and JFK.

Hit: 100-year-old Indian man run-

ning a marathon. Way to go dad, you can’t even play softball anymore.

Miss: Soulja Boy busted for “felony

amounts” of marijuana. Also found in the car: 60 Del Taco wrappers.

Hit: Facebook and its changes that prevent people from pursuing their quests in becoming professional stalkers.

Occupy addresses nation’s frustrations The world is speaking up, and they’re shouting. Occupy Wall Street is spreading across the nation faster than a swine flu scare. What started as a group of New Yorkers setting up a few tents in Zuccotti Park to protest the government has progressed into an international riot. The problem (or brilliant ideology) of Occupy Wall Street is that the reason for the protest’s existence is a general dissatisfaction of the way America is run. There are so many factors to the nation’s unhappiness that it’s difficult to classify one universal issue that the people can fight against. One thing that is apparent, however, is that the people do see a number of problems that need to be fixed. Essentially, America’s citizens feel that the imbalance of money is adversely affecting about 99% of the general population (hence the name). Income equality, buying politic, and the general action of tax cuts for the rich has the middle class fuming. This inequality is recognized by the government, but the right steps are not being taken to fix it. The Republican party just walked away from a bill that would have potentially solved a large fraction of the nation’s financial issues. This bill would have raised the taxes for the corporations and individuals that make over $2 million a year. This refusal puts them hopelessly out of step with the rest of America, and since they were the ones who requested such a bill, this makes the Republican party a group of perfect Indian givers. In contrast, the Democratic party is in support of the movement. Seeing as Obama is a Democrat, it could be highly beneficial to Occupy Wall Street to have someone as powerful as the President on their side. This fight affects today’s generation of teens more

anything, because our futures are the ones most directly impacted. What’s the point of spending thousands of dollars on a college education, then not having a secure position in an unstable job market in the years to follow? This turns fear into reality as we watch our parents struggle in this economical nightmare. This isn’t just college students fighting for their rights to a respectable paycheck. Adults, some with families, are camping out to protest the government’s faulty money-managing ways. Ideas are being joined together in a multitude of fashions: has created their own live Occupy Wall Street blog. The Occupied Wall Street Journal, a newspaper produced by New Yorkers themselves, is printed regularly to keep protesters updated on current events. There is even a Facebook group, titled #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, with almost 20,000 members to date. This abundance of information is enabling the nation to unite in the war against Wall Street. Occupy Wall Street has even spread to other nations. People in countries such as England and Denmark are uniting to express their anger and demand for change through protests similar to those born in the U.S. It seems that the iconic vision of America’s success is slowly being lost in a sea of greed. What was once known as the promised land is crumbling from the inside out, and reaching a middle ground may not happen soon. This historic event is the stuff of textbooks, the things we learn about on documentaries. We as students are living in a very groundbreaking time: the advances and progression we have seen in our lives already have set our generation up for breakthroughs that can improve the lives of Americans for years to come. Occupy Wall Street could be the beginning of a reformation for equality that will not be disappearing soon.

computer to download music, it is transferred through the air. It’s already ridiculously easy to use a cable to transfer music, apps and everything else one can’t live without between devices. Some people, however, may only own one Apple product. If you’re like me, you have way too many Apple products, so purchasing the iCloud might make sense. Since the majority of my time and energy is spent staring at the screens of my Macbook Pro and iPhone 3G, it wouldn’t be terrible to get up and move to the other room and check on my updating iTouch. It could burn those three calories that the iCloud wouldn’t allow otherwise. The ironic thing is, installation of the iCloud requires updating the device to the iOS5 format using a USB cable. The iCloud can’t just be downloaded; there is

the physical action of connecting devices to obtain this “hard drive in the sky” (as the Apple website refers to it as). Once it’s downloaded though, the only finger that needs to be lifted is the one used to play Angry Birds. While this can be viewed as another revolutionary technological breakthrough, I see it as another enabler to America’s laziness. Now, we don’t even have to get up off the couch to look at our desktop monitor to see if our songs and apps are done downloading. At the rate our technology is evolving, the human race is a few universal devices away from becoming sedentary couch potatoes. The iCloud is just another example of Apple making a product that may be flashy and cool, but isn’t really an innovation. At the end of the day, it’s just another feature we’re going to take for granted.

JEN SMITH Ed/Op Editor

Apple’s iCloud latest in line of irrelevant innovation

JEN SMITH Ed/Op Editor

Apple’s newest product feature, the iCloud, could be the most magical thing that has ever happened to modern technology. Or not. The iCloud is essentially a feature that can be downloaded onto any Apple product that allows one to drop one gadget and pick up another and continue what the user was just doing. If a student is typing an English paper on an iPad, he or she can set it down in one room and resume typing it on a PC in the kitchen. The upload is immediate, and one can do it from anywhere, as long as one has Internet access, that is. The concept of the iCloud is useful. Instead of having to plug the iPod Touch for example, into the



Bake sale misleads Brown LUCAS GIGENA Staff Writer

Racism, no matter how much we as a nation would like to deny it, has unfortunately always played a large role in American society and politics. Even today, after many had declared it to be “dead,” racism has been shown to be quite prevalent in the collective American conscience, although its definition and particulars have changed over time. This is (at least partly) why a recently proposed bill, titled SB 185, created the beginnings of controversy when it was brought up for consideration by current California Governor Jerry Brown. This bill would allow public California universities the ability to consider race, ethnicity, gender, and national and geographic origin in the consideration of future applicants for admission. It would, essentially, provide a similar program to the always controversial affirmative action, which provides opportunities for education to deserving students of “less-privileged” backgrounds, students who conquered seemingly insurmountable odds to learn, and who also make their “more fortunate” college classmates feel rightfully guilty. Well, it would have, at least. On Oct. 9 Governor Brown vetoed the bill, stating that its passing would have led to the filing of “more costly and confusing lawsuits” by those who found its considerations unfair, as he acknowledged efforts of several protest groups which lashed out against the bill after its proposal. One such group, the College Republicans at the University of California at Berkeley, garnered national attention with its efforts to protest the bill. This oxymoron of a group held a so-called “satirical” bake sale in late September, with baked goods priced accordingly to the purchasers race, with progressively larger discounts for Asian, Black, Latino, and Native American students, respectively (female students also received a blanket 25 cent discount), while “white” students paid the highest price, with no discount. These prices were

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ing system that prevents lock ups, reducing stopping distances in most cases) to all new cars. This warrants an increase in speed limit, along with the reality that all new cars sold in the U.S. today are safe travelling at up to 80 mph. In 2008, Purdue University released a study that showed an increase in Indiana speed limits in rural areas from 65 to 70 mph did not produce a rise in accidents. We have the equipment and the speed limit wouldn’t cause more accidents, so why not the speed limit now? All the 65 and 70 mph speed limits are accomplishing now is keeping the Highway Patrol busy writing tickets, although you’ll usually have to stray over by 10mph to evoke any action from the cops. When drivers don’t ever drive the posted 65 and the technology is there, the speed limits needs to be re-evaluated, seeing as speed limits are based on what speeds people drive anyway. The 80 mph that Britain will potentially adopt would be suitable, especially along the larger stretches of freeway, but even a 5 or 10 mph increase would be reasonable. We’re ready for an increased speed limit. You’d be hard pressed to find somebody driving the posted 65 mph now, constituting an upped speed limit, then we can drive (safely) at an increased speed.

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Sammy Hagar would agree. The British government is considering a plan that would raise speed limits on motorways from 70 to 80 mph. The idea was introduced by Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond and there is a good chance that the law will be in effect in 2013. The reason Hammond cites for the increase of speed is to boost the economy by getting people places in a shorter amount of time. This alone does not justify the move, in my mind, but the fact that apparently, 50 percent of drivers in Britain break the 70 mph speed limit does create the need for a change. In the U.S., the speed limit on freeways (motorways being the U.K.’s equivalent) is 65 mph. If the Brits are going to be legally doing 80 regularly, then it’s time for a change across the pond as well. There are many places in the U.S. where the speed limit is over the 65 or 70 mph we’re accustomed to here in Southern California, such as an 80 mph speed limit (in Texas, naturally). For us here in SoCal, however, we’re endlessly barraged with 65 mph signs. Since most of the speed limits have been implemented, there have been major advancements in automotive technology, mainly among which is the mandatory fitting of ABS (a brak-

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» We misspelled an instance of Sarena Doyle’s name in Sports on page 13. » We misspelled two tennis players’ names in Sports on page 13. Their names are Kristina and Rosey Eisenbrand, not Eisenberg. » We misspelled an instance of Madison Quintanar’s name in Sports on page 14.

Other Bill SB 185 Info

The Legislation... »Requires the CSU and authorizes the UC to consider a variety of relevant factors in undergraduate and graduate admissions decisions, so long as no preference is given, including: Race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin and household income. »Authorizes consideration of these factors to take place when a university, campus, college, school or program is attempting to obtain education benefit through the recruitment of a multifactored, diverse, student body.

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Usually, when someone enjoys doing something, one wants to continue doing it until he or she becomes either proficient at or exhausted by it. This, at least in the scenario that I’ve suddenly created, appears to be basic human nature; we don’t continue to do things that frustrate us, especially not for fun. This doesn’t seem to apply to writing, however. While it is, or can be, one of the most basic methods of expressing ideas and emotions, there’s much more to writing than simply putting words on paper, or nowadays on a computer screen. While I’m not saying that I’m any kind of writer, wearing knit sweaters and stroking my greying beard while sweating over a creaking, ancient typewriter, I will say that the process of writing can be an excruciating one. At least for me, this process involves staring at screens with tired eyes for longer than I’d care to admit, endlessly kicking around ideas like a toddler with a ball in soccer practice, and thinking far too hard in the shower (where the best ideas come about), among other things. But I enjoy it, and I can’t begin to explain why. Most believe that there are two kinds of people: those that enjoy mathematics, and those that enjoy, well, everything else (they never specified). I’ve always been the second type, as I can’t see how someone could better enjoy struggling with indecipherable combinations of letters and numbers to derive the same answer as everyone else, rather than writing something they’re proud of, something that no one else has written, at least not in the way they have. Well, maybe that’s why: through writing we can express feelings and thoughts in ways that the strings of numbers and symbols in a problem never can, as a poem or story can carry ideas that an equation can’t even begin to calculate. Recently someone told me that they enjoyed something I wrote, because they could “really hear my voice” saying the things that I had written, which I took as one of the best compliments I’ve received (and I’m incredibly vain). This is probably because that was exactly what I, and probably most people who have put words to paper, tried to do; express my own ideas in my own voice, while hopefully not sounding too full of myself, as I probably am now. Maybe it is this possible arrogance, though, that continues to drive me to write. I am young, and what does the stereotypical young person like to do more than proclaim how unique their often cookie-cutter thoughts and beliefs are? Still, I hope not, because there is something unattractive, at least to me, about being the loudest person in the room. So, there it is. It can be impossible to decide why we can enjoy writing, with its pains and successes, but it appears to be very easy to realize why we still come back to it. -Lucas Gigena


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meant to satirize the scholarships and grants many students of races and ethnicities that are generally underrepresented in universities often receive. However, what the College Republicans neglected to consider was that satire, at least effective satire, derives its humor from pointing out an idea’s flaws and commenting on its absurdities, while not simply transferring them to another medium and expecting more than a few uncomfortable chuckles. Posters that proclaim that “If you don’t come, you’re a racist!,” aren’t usually seen as humorous, especially not in the context of the protest of serious, controversial ideas. This bake sale didn’t satirize possible variances in the price of an education, it simply applied the same principles of a small part of the proposed bill to the prices of cupcakes and pastries, while also blowing them out of proportion to the point where they appeared ridiculous. The fact is, while an applicant’s race was an important part of the proposed bill’s considerations, it wasn’t the only factor mentioned. The student’s origin, meaning the place where they lived most of their life, would also have been considered. This would allow those who felt that they would be disadvantaged by the bill, often “white” students of varied economic backgrounds, to receive similar benefits to students of the previously mentioned underrepresented minorities. Put simply, the bill would have allowed all deserving students, regardless of their race, the ability to pursue a higher education, a privilege which has become harder to attain for most people, across the nation. Frankly, bill SB 185 could have provided opportunities for students of varied racial and economic backgrounds, but its true purpose was distracted from by protest groups such as the Berkeley College Republicans. Groups like the Republicans mainly focused on the most politically-charged section of the bill, which dealt with race.

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Thousand Oaks High School’s tradition of military service marches on with three alumni and a senior with his eyes set on West Point. ARMED AND READY— At left, alumnus Corporal Daniel Fudge (right), Lance Corporal Travis Surls (middle) and Sergeant McGuiness (left) are at an infantry squad leaders’ training course in Hawaii. The three Marines in their camouflage take a break while on patrol to eat, rest and wait for orders. Lance Cpl. Surls is on security in the prone position, wielding a squad automatic weapon (SAW). Below, Cpl. Fudge stands in his dress uniform at a tour of the White House. Fudge was previously stationed as a guard at Camp David, the president’s country retreat near Thurmont, Maryland. He was unable to provide more details on this position.

brothers in arms JASON GARDINER Features Editor

Patriotism is a family tradition with the Fudges. Kevin Fudge is in Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Brigham Young University, Corporal Daniel Fudge is a Marine and Leland will be joining the Army through Officer Candidate School (OCS). These three brothers, all alumni, have come a long way since first deciding to join the ranks. “There was never a specific moment when I decided to make the military part of my life,” Kevin said. He put a lot of thought and research into his decision and into the Air Force specifically. By completing the ROTC program, Kevin will begin his service as an officer, as opposed to a member of the enlisted corps. In his position in ROTC, he directs the training program for a group of cadets. “The AFROTC program has changed me in more ways than one. Most importantly, however, it has helped me to grow and develop as a leader,” he said. Daniel has taken a different path. During his junior year in high school, when his peers were starting to think about college, he decided that the university route was not for him. After researching the Army, Navy and

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Marines, he joined the enlisted infantry ranks of the Marines and is now a squad leader at Camp Pendleton in southern California. “[The Marines] really couldn’t guarantee me anything,” he said. Even so, the Marines turned out to be the best fit for him. “I guess you could say [the Marines] pretty much adapt and overcome,” he explained. “They get less but are expected to do more.” As a squad leader, Daniel leads twelve other Marines, training them in infantry tactics and handling administrative duties—or, as he puts it, “taking care of my guys.” His service has helped him to learn to work with different types of people, a valuable skill in any area. His ultimate goal is to join the K-9 unit of the police. Leland is joining the army as a way of giving back. “I felt it my duty to give back to the country that’s given me so much,” he said. Kevin is sure that each of his brothers has made the right decision, though they have taken a different roads in their service. “[They] made this decision on their own and are happy with it, so I can’t help but be happy for them.”


branches of

» army organizes large scale land-based military operations; the largest branch of the armed forces

» air force overcome any threats by foreign nations that imperil the peace and security of the United States using aerial warfare

» navy maintain, train and equip forces to wage war, deter aggression and maintain freedom of the seas.

» marines coordinates attack/defense operations with the Army, Navy and Air Force; seizure of bases and other land operations

» coast guard defends our maritime borders from drug cartels; executes nautical search and rescue missions; patrols the oceans for major icebergs Source »

to military academies

on the road to west point

the military acad1 Select emy you would like to




attend. (Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, Army) Meet the eligibility requirements: at least 17, unmarried and without dependents.

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a preliminary 3 Submit application, which can be found online or can be mailed to you. for nomination. 4 Apply Every applicant must obtain an official nomination from either U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators or the Vice President. college admis5 Take sions tests, either the SAT or ACT. both a medi6 Complete cal examination as well as a physical assessment. academy will make 7 The a decision once it has received all parts of your application.

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FLYING COLORS—Senior Tyler Chaney holds a flag proudly, sporting his Army sweatshirt. Chaney is determined to train with the best at West Point.

Senior Tyler Chaney has been formally accepted into one of America’s most selective and prestigious military academies: West Point. “The camaraderie among the cadets is second to none, and the environment is incredible,” Chaney said. “It prepares you for [being] an officer in the army.” It has been his dream to go into the military since his freshman year. Initially, he was considering other military academies, but he eventually decided upon West Point. “After I visited, I fell in love with the place,” Chaney said. “[It] is absolutely incredible. When I first went there, it was like stepping into a time machine. It was a history lesson right before [my] eyes.” In preparation for the academy, Chaney has been training both physically and academically. “[There is] lots of physical work, and [academics have] to be top notch,” Chaney said. He enjoys the hard work, however. “It takes a special type of person to like this stuff,” he said. Originally he had planned to go to the United States Air Force Academy, but after spending some time at West Point over the summer, he had a change of heart. “I fell in love with the school, and the army began to

seem like a good fit for me,” Chaney said. “I felt that United States Military Academy [West Point] would be better [for me], should I get in.” He has officially received his letter of insurance, meaning he has a spot saved for him in the class of 2016. Even though he has this letter, he still hasn’t signed and plans on officially becoming a future student in December. “My main goal is being an officer,” Chaney said. “I want to lead, [and] as an officer I’ll get that chance on a daily basis.” He aspires to be an officer in either aviation or combat engineering. “You have to enjoy your job, and for me they seem like something I’d be interested in and would enjoy doing,” Chaney said. His parents have been very supportive of his dreams throughout the process. “My parents being 100 percent behind me through the process really helped me,” Chaney said. “They kept me motivated to complete the application, making sure I didn’t slack off at all.” Even though he now has a guarantee of going to college, he still has to work hard to ensure that his letter isn’t revoked. “My outlook on school cannot change,” Chaney said. “I still have to maintain a high academic standard because that is what is expected at [West Point].”





How do you feel about Steve Jobs’ death?

-Michael Davis


“I feel that he was a great man who advanced technology by creating the first personal computer. He was a success story. He was poor and able to work himself to the top twice.” -Gerardo Hernandez


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Artist finds new perspective

“It was a bit of a shock for me. Honestly, up until rather recently, I had no clue he was sick with cancer. It was a sad passing because he was so innovative and monumental in the development of modern technology.”

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Staff Writer

Every Lancer has a STORY senior Daniel Gonzales with permission » Daniel GONZALES

PICTURE PERFECT—Senior Daniel Gonzales prepares to snap a picture with his Nikon D40.

Esseff brings back classic ride CASSIE NUNES Staff Writer

Senior Summer Esseff parks her pink and white car “Gretta,” a 1956 Chevy Bel Air, every morning, wiping her windows clean of dew before setting off to class. Esseff follows faithfully in the steps of her family. “My mom [has] had a ‘57 Bel Air since she was 16. My brother, Shane, has a ‘69 Nova,” she said. While surfing the web, Esseff discovered Gretta. It was being auctioned off in Merced. She picked the car in part for its five-person seating capacity. “I saw it online. I went to volleyball camp and when I came home it was sitting in the garage,” she said. “I didn’t think I’d actually get it.” The car’s paint and engine are original, but Esseff has added a few modifications, including seat belts, an iPod adapter, a radio and tinted windows. Under the hood is the original 307 cubic inch motor. Gretta’s transmission, 350 turbo, and gas gauge, however, are starting to break down. Despite her car’s faults, she refuses to trade it in for a newer car. “You can get a new car anywhere,” Esseff said, “but that one, you can’t.”

Finding new ways to look at something is never an easy task. For senior and aspiring photographer Daniel Gonzales, it is a labor of love. “I love photography because it lets you explore your creative side and discover things about yourself that you didn’t know about,” Gonzales said. Gonzales discovered his interest in photography in his junior year while taking Photography CP. During the class he not only discovered his love for the subject, but he also learned many skills that he now uses in his personal style. “Usually I take my photos focusing on depth of field. It’s when something’s the main focus and the rest of the subject is blurred out into the background. I think it makes the photo not only more aesthetically pleasing, but I like to take pictures of things that normally are overlooked and make people focus on an object in a different way,” Gonzales said. He finds his inspiration

in everyday objects, turning a new eye to them. Besides photography, Gonzales enjoys spending time with friends and working on becoming more fluent in Spanish. He is also working on his applications to colleges such as Channel Islands and Northridge. “Right now it’s definitely a tossup over what I want to pursue a career in, but photography seems to be a main focus for me at the moment,” he said. In the meantime Gonzales is set on making the most of his senior year, as well as expanding his photography portfolio for college and future career opportunities. “This year has been great, I’m looking forward to less of a work load, furthering my skills in photography and getting better, meeting new people and just overall enjoying my last year of high school.” “Every Lancer Has a Story is a recurring feature on a randomly selected student.”

Cool Car on


Ethan Lyons » The Lancer

PRETTY IN PINK—Senior Summer Esseff stands proudly at the hood of her 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air. She received it as an unexpected gift from her mother and brother while she was away at a volleyball camp. Esseff retains the car’s classic look with some modern-day alterations.

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The Structure of ASB

ASB is divided into ten commissions, and each with a different responsibility


• plans Hello Day • organizes teacher breakfasts • in charge of STAR cards • manages volunteer work, like blood drives


• Vice-President: Daniel Gober » assists president, plans blood drives,

• manages Lancer Lately • shows upcoming events



• Secretary: Lissa Zingerman

• controls music at every school event • handles school’s sound equipment

• Sergeant of Arms: Jamie Sutcliffe


• organize Powderpuff • gives candy to varsity team players

• manages commissions

Center Editor

Contrary to popular belief, high school ASB is more than just a social class. ASB plans the school’s events, runs its fundraisers and manages the budget all while keeping up school spirit amongst the students. While this may sound like a heavy workload, no one takes as much joy in setting the day’s events than senior class president Kelly Madden. Madden’s ASB career began all the way back in the seventh grade at Los Cerritos Middle School, where, although it was not as serious as high school ASB, it left her inspired to join again upon coming to TOHS. “In high school, coming from Los Cerritos, I really didn’t know a lot of people because a majority of my friends went to Westlake,” Madden said. “I thought it would be a great way to meet people and an instant way to automatically get involved with school.” Being involved in school can mean several things: being involved in the games, dances, rallies, or it can mean simply having a good deal of school spirit. For members of ASB, being involved means all of the above—which can prove to be very nerve-wracking, but rewarding, none the less. “As a member of ASB, you are what we call a ‘leader of the school.’ It is your job to set examples and spread

Publicity Issues Nola Adedigba Center Editor

overlooks commissions

• Treasurer: Landon Poling » keeps track of the budget, handles payments and check requests

issues with your friends and others of what is wrong and right,” she said. “You are required to always give 110%, share new ideas, voice your opinion and, of course, attend all events.” Having so many responsibilities can prove to be quite hectic, but the senior class president takes joy in even the busiest of school days. “As stressful as the day of events are, I think those are my favorite because you are running around like crazy trying to finish everything by the time of the event,” she said. “During and once it’s over, it is such a sigh of relief and feeling of accomplishment.” It is this feeling of relief she gets that drives her to continue doing ASB year after year and brought her to learn many teamwork skills. “Over the years, I have learned that you can only do so much. Once your work is done, you can not freak out when something that is out of your control goes wrong,” Madden said. “Also, [I learned] to work really well with others because ASB is not a “one-man” class, and it is impossible to do everything on your own.” Of course, ASB is more than just a class to Madden. “I truly do love our class this year and we have been trying to work on bonding and leadership activities so we don’t just know the names of these kids we spend so much time with,” she said. “I think ASB is like a little family.”

ALl illustrations » Rachel Riedel » The Lancer

» manages publicity and decoration, writes down everything at cabinet meetings » handles peace and order, helps advisors and runs commissions

Becoming ASB President Rachel Riedel

Estimate: How many posters does ASB make in a month? a. 30 b. 27 c. 100 d. 59

- ASB president senior Kelly Madden

» overlooks everything in ASB, keeps track of everything going on



Around what time does ASB begin planning on homecoming? a. towards the end of the last school year b. a month before c. the beginning of the school year d. two months before

• President: Kelly Madden

• blowing up balloons • setting up decorations around the school • pass out ASB birthday balloons on campus • updates the school with upcoming events

How long does it take for ASB to bulid a homecoming float? a. one day b. a full week c. a month d. 5 hours

answers: 1c,2b,3a,4c


Academics and relations

How many members are in ASB ? a. 62 b. 33 c. 42 d. 78

“As a member of ASB, you are what we call a ‘leader of the school.’ It is your job to set examples and spread issues with your friends and others of what is wrong and right. You are required to always give 110%, share new ideas, voice your opinion and, of course, attend all events.”


• selling cotton candy and spirit items at football games • in charge of bagel sales

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How well do you know ASB?



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“I think ASB works very hard. I have a lot of work just from being a normal student, and they have to put in all this extra work. it’s amazing.” -Kasidit Puengpanich (11)

“ They are extremely helpful, especially to our freshmen. They put a fun-filled theme to our school, that helps the freshmen feel more welcome.” -Alex Morris (12)

We see the posters on the wall publicizing football games, spirit days, the end results of homecoming, the talent show and Powderpuff. But what we don’t notice is the effort behind the scenes. ASB is not only responsible for the events listed above, but they also prepare budgets and pay bills pertaining to our school, approve clubs and get the school involved with events. Among all these, their biggest challenge is advertising information to other students. “Students have a hard time knowing what’s going on around school and getting kids involved in school activities is even harder,” ASB president, senior Kelly Madden said. Because they have to do so much work in a small amount of time, ASB feels pressured. “There are times when the expectations are too

“I think ASB students are overachievers. You have to be pretty smart to balance everything.” -Taylor McNeal (10)

Countdown to rally day 31 days ‘til

REACT: What are your thoughts on ASB... “Hardworking but, I think that sometimes, they don’t work hard enough to publicize info around the school.”

high when there is a lot of a thing to do. It’s hard to balance everything,” ASB member junior Kate Harding said. But despite their efforts, ASB isn’t able to live up to their expectations. Most students still don’t know what’s going on in our school. “The students in my class are always talking when the announcements are coming on , I feel like ASB may need to find new ways to spread news, because I don’t really know what’s going on,” junior Amanda Paredes said. To solve the dilemma, ASB decided to add a new commission, media, to the original nine. The media commission are in charge of filming a video called Lancer Lately, much like TO Today, in order to show upcoming events. Because TO Today is familiar to the students on campus, ASB hopes that students will pay more attention and be more aware of the coming events.

“They help me know what’s going on around the school with the posters they make. ” -Paris Rhodes (10)

• • • •

Choose theme Brainstorm potential rally activities Assign each class subcategory of theme Delegate certain tasks among the committees

24 days ‘til • •

Make posters/fliers to advertise rally Begin formulating ideas for the script

17 days ‘til • • • •

Continue writing the script Prepare/shoot videos to be shown in rally Schedule performances Begin making decorations for class sides

10 days ‘til •

-Sima Benson (10)

• •

Finalize script and get it approved by an advisor Order costumes and balloons Order work order forms for maintenance help the day of the rally

rally day 6:30- Arrive at school -Balloon assembly line (certain people blow them up, others tie them, and the rest put them on a string) 8:30- Begin to decorate the gym -Tape posters -Blow up the screen -Assemble balloons -Set up speakers and other sound equipment 9:30- Run through the entire rally in order to make sure there are no glitches 10:49-11:33- Rally 11:33 to end of day- Clean up (pop balloons, throw away posters, etc)

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» in the past

» in the present



Features Editor

Features Editor

Homecoming is approaching its 50th anniversary at TOHS, and a lot has changed throughout the years. Fashions, rallies, the dance and the traditions surrounding this busy week have evolved into the grand event it is now. “I think the biggest difference [between the past and present is] you guys have so much more. You have food and drinks. And it seems so much more fun and casual now,” English teacher and alumni Melissa Glusac said. As a sophomore in 1990, she attended homecoming and saw numerous differences between homecoming now and homecoming then. “When I was growing up, the dances were a big deal. You had to bring a date; you couldn’t go alone or with friends,” Glusac said. “It was like prom. The dresses were big. Lots of bright colors and big frills.” Many things have improved throughout the 49 years of homecoming. Student involvement is the one thing that has improved most of all. “We used to put on a show,” ASB advisor Toni Young said. “Now it’s all about the students. We had everyone to be apart of it and showcase their talents.” Dean of Activities Coreen Pefley commented further on the matter. “Back then, it was a parade. The bigger the better; the more money the better,” she said. Through hiring professional dancers and acts, homecoming became one of the more expensive events of the year. Though the price has lowered, the spirit and excitement remains the same.

(Top) The Lancer legend » with permission » (Bottom) john routh » the lancer

FLOATING ON AIR—(At top) students pose on their homecoming float in 1969. (At bottom) Senior homecoming princes (from right) Sam Cooley, Kyle Frazee, Pierce Hening, and Tony Buenrostro.

how to become homecoming

Curiouser and curiouser


Floats are eight feet by six feet by six feet. Each class decorates its own float, and is required to follow the theme.


Nominees are selected at the school’s exit gates


Royalty is elected by computerized ballots at the dance



Homecoming queen was senior Emily Cable; senior Sam Cooley was king.


Students fell down the rabbit hole at this year’s homecoming, immersing themselves in Lancerland. Homecoming has been taking place at TOHS for 49 years and the week-long event was a huge success. Students of each grade enjoyed many traditions, such as the homecoming rally, electing the king and queen and the dance itself. “Traditionally, homecoming is when past alumni come back [to visit the school],” ASB advisor Toni Young said. “We tend to make the halftime show a big deal to celebrate this. I think participation in the show from mass media and the dancers really made it great.” Approximately 900 students attended the dance this year, 30 of whom were subject to the first random breathalyzer test ever given at homecoming. “It went over really well,” Dean of Activities Coreen Pefley said. “It was very random. No one seemed mad. They all accepted it respectfully.” After voting, the computers automatically tallied the votes and senior Emily Cable and senior Sam Cooley were crowned king and queen during the dance. The student body is now fully involved in homecoming, putting on their own shows, rather than hiring performers. Young believes this improves homecoming considerably. “Now the most important thing is to include as many students and faculty as possible. Now it fortifies the Lancer family.”


The king and queen are announced and crowned during the dance

illustrations » Junior melanie brand » with permission

A very important date

The class themes were Cheshire Cat for freshmen, Alice for sophomores, Queen of Hearts for juniors and the Mad Hatter for seniors.



Over 900 students attended the homecoming dance, which is approximately the same number as last year’s dance.

Whether dressing up or getting down, homecoming is one of the most exciting annual events of the school year. Each year, ASB selects a theme and builds homecoming around it. This year, the theme ASB chose was Alice in Lancerland. “[It was] a lot like the Disney version [of the movie],” ASB advisor Danielle Oliveri said. The theme was very colorful and bright, much like the movie, as if entering a dream. Nominations for king and queen were held in the student parking lot, where students used their IDs to nominate fellow students. The actual voting took place at the dance itself, where the nominees were listed on computerized ballots. Lancers celebrated the first rally of the year on the Monday of homecoming week, and the theme was

quickly apparent. “[The rally and homecoming were] all Alice in Lancerland,” says Oliveri. “We start thinking about the theme during the end of the previous year. The process takes a lot of time. By the beginning of the year, we already know the theme. The class officers come up with the ideas, and the class voted. [We had] three or four ideas on which the students voted,” she said. “[The theme was chosen because] kids liked it more so then the rest [of the ideas].” ASB is only a part of the process for homecoming. Receptionist Kathleen Paskey and social science teacher Robert Haar were named as Grand Marshals. “The halftime show [was] bigger than normal [this year],” said Paskey. “Homecoming was really spirited and had a lot of student involvement. That’s what made it the best homecoming,” ASB advisor Toni Young said.



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IT’S JESS!—The four roommates (from left); Coach (Damon Wayans Jr), Jess (Zooey Deschanel), Nick (Jake Johnson) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) make the perfect team, battling tough obstacles like seductive exes and finding proper rebounds.

Who’s that

The Season So Far — Episode 1—

girl? “Pilot” Jess moves in with the guys after a devastating break up and tries to find a rebound.

What do you get when you mix a zany school teacher with three of the manliest men? One of the best shows on television. And more Zooey Deschanel.

—Episode 2—

public source » fox

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Entertainment Editor

If I could wake up tomorrow as anyone in the world, it’d be Zooey Deschanel. But, hey, who wouldn’t? The woman is living, breathing perfection. I can remember the first movie I ever saw her in. A Christmas classic: Elf. She was beautiful even then, with her short blonde hair and sarcastic attitude. I fell in love right then and there. Then, there was 500 Days of Summer, which I cannot even begin to describe. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a co-star? Better just name it the most attractive cast in a movie. Ever. Or maybe you were a She & Him fan, listening to her sweet voice croon sappy love songs. She could be working in a mouse circus and I would still love her with the burning passion of a thousand suns. The woman is pure perfection. Long, dark locks of hair. Blue, sparkling eyes. A 50/50 bang-to-face ratio. I haven’t met anyone in my life who hasn’t thought she was attractive. The best compliment I’ve ever received? My hair dresser, telling me I looked like Zooey Deschanel. Maybe I’m just a girl obsessed. Or maybe I’m right, and she is every one’s secret (or not so secret) fantasy. I certainly know that I can’t go a day without making her the topic of conversation with my co-editor and Andrew Jacocks. I wasn’t always like this. Sure, I loved Zooey more than the average individual, but I wouldn’t rant on and

Upcoming Movies

on about how beautiful she is. Because for a while, sadly, she wasn’t doing very much. What could I do? Trace her down and demand she make another romantic comedy film that I could cry and obsess over? Lock her in a studio and make her record a new album? Of course not. So, sadly, our flame died for a bit. New Girl changed that. And maybe even me. The whole summer, I waited in anticipation. Television is pretty big for me, and is Zooey Deschanel. I can tell you now, it was certainly worth the wait. Meet Jess Day. A beautiful, young school teacher who has just gone through a devastating breakup and needs a place to live. Enter Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Nick (Jake Johnson) and Coach (Damon Wayans Jr). Three men looking for a new roommate, and Jess seems to be the perfect candidate. They all move together, taking a blind leap of faith. Of course, she’s completely psycho. She sings to herself and makes her own theme songs. She cries all night and watches Dirty Dancing repeatedly. The guys think they’re going to go insane. But, in the end, they learn to love and respect each other. This show makes my life. It’s not just amusing; but it’s something one can identify with. Or, at least I can. Yeah, I’ve definitely spent hours in sweat pants and a flannel, crying to a romance movie (but, in this case, swap out Dirty Dancing with Mamma Mia). Not only this, but it shows the value of friendship, with a perfect cast.

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Entertainment Editor

The Three Musketeers October 21 Puss in Boots October 28 Immortals November 11 taran moriates » The lancer

Hugo November 23

“Kryptonite” Jess gets her things back from her ex-boyfriend and rebuilds her self-esteem.

—Episode 3—

“Wedding” Jess poses as her roommate Nick’s girlfriend at a wedding his ex is attending. public source » fox

Blink-182 and MCR light up the Bowl

Paranormal Activity 3 October 21

Jack and Jill November 11

Zooey is perfection. She was meant to play this role. I can see a huge reflection of her personality in her character, minus the usual monotone voice. She’s beautiful, she’s talented. I am happy once more. Sadly, after the pilot episode, Wayans left the show. I was quite disappointed; his was one of the better characters. Winston (Lamorne Morris), a former point guard for the Latvian Basketball League, took his place. I wasn’t very impressed with his performance in the second episode, one of the weaker points in the show’s short history, but he redeemed himself after that. The second episode itself wasn’t what I expected, though. When I saw it, my heart sank a bit. It wasn’t what I’d worshipped the week before, what I’d played over and over again on my iPod during algebra. No one was bad; especially not my beautiful Zooey. But it was simply weak. The writing seemed forced, as if there was no time or thought put into it. I figured this was a sad slide downhill for them. But, fortunately, I was wrong. I mean, how could precious Zooey ever make a bad show? Really, what was wrong with me? Before, I only had a few shows that I was really dedicated to. And none of them had anyone like Zooey Deschanel in them, of course. Now I have a lot more excuses to skip my homework. With all sincerity, however, I think this show will be a good change from all the vampire and werewolf shows brooding on the air. Step aside, Glee; the New Girl’s here.

THE ROCK SHOW—Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance played at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 8. It was the final show of their two-month tour together. A Honda Civic designed by Blink-182 was raffled off, as well as a motorcycle designed by My Chemical Romance. The bands are taking a couple months off before they announce any further plans for a future tour.

Oh my god. I met My Chemical Romance. I could go off into a five-page rant about my experience, but I’ll try to sum it up as quickly as possible so I can get on with the point. Basically, I met the band I’ve been obsessed with since seventh grade. It was a complete surprise. I almost cried. I hugged each member. There’s photographic evidence of this event on every social networking site I use. I was speechless. I only managed to mutter a few sentences to my musical saviors at first, but I ended up warming up. I turned to the guitarist, Frank Iero, asking him how he was. “I’m great! I’m so excited to play here, have you seen the venue? It’s amazing. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid. I’m freaking out,” he replied, smiling at me. He was freaking out. This was the best day of my life: Oct. 8. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance and Matt & Kim played at the Hollywood Bowl, on their last night of the Honda Civic Tour. And it was amazing. The last time I saw My Chemical Romance was at the Sunset Strip, so I was pretty excited to see them in a bigger, more beautiful venue. This time was also different because I met them. Did I mention that before?

I might have. The whole performance was incredible. Matt & Kim, a duo from Brooklyn, opened for the two headlining bands. I was only familiar with one of their songs, but I found myself standing up and dancing along to their incredibly cute and catchy style. It wasn’t the band I’d expect to open for the genre of the following artists, but it was a nice change. My Chemical Romance took the stage next. I have never screamed louder in my life. I knew how they sounded live (amazing, should you even have to ask?), but hearing them at the Hollywood Bowl made it sound ten times better. The acoustics were angelic, and the crowd had great energy. Then, there was Blink-182. And nothing was the same. Their energy was fantastic. I’d never heard a crowd so amused and responsive by three guys with tattoos and ripped jeans. A friend of mine warned me that they weren’t too great live, but I beg to differ. It was as if I were jamming out to “All The Small Things” in my room. It was the greatest concert experience of my life. And I’m not kidding. I should do it again.

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Star Wars with dwarves

The perfect “Pitt”ch

noah Rubino

Entertainment Editor

taran moriates

Staff Writer

A simple farm boy of mysterious lineage, Luke Skywalker, discovers that he is a member of a band of heroes the world had presumed dead, the Jedi. After a disaster at home, this boy runs off on a quest with an equally mysterious old man that lives nearby, Obiwan Kenobi. Now, go look at the above paragraph, replace the italicized words with “Eragon,” “Riders” and “Brom” respectively and one has the basic plot for Eragon in a nutshell. The similarities don’t end there, or even with the last page of the first book—both Eldest and The Empire Strikes Back largely deal with our hero receiving training from a Yoda-like figure, for example—but to say more would be spoiling an excellent book series. Despite the fact that it is a combination of the Lord of the Rings’ setting and Star Wars’ plot, the Inheritance Cycle remains an excellent read, thanks to author Christopher Paolini’s impressive writing. The characters may not be as well-developed as other books, but their struggles are nonetheless engrossing. Readers may predict that Eragon will do something equal to blowing up the Death Star by the end, but since there obviously isn’t a massive space station floating around, they’ll want to wait and see what he does to rival this feat. Eragon’s sequel, Eldest, places a different spin on the series. As mentioned above, Eragon’s quest largely mirrors Luke’s, but Luke’s quest is only one of three. Back home, Eragon’s cousin Roran is forced to deal with the Ra’zac from the first book and the new leader of the Varden (aka Rebel Alliance) must deal with all sorts of political complications. The third and penultimate book, Brisingr, continues the series’ level of quality while placing more emphasis on the alternating plotlines. Notably, this book does not have many parallels between it and Return of the Jedi. The most obvious difference between this series and the original Star Wars films is that Inheritance is a cycle. The fourth and final novel, Inheritance, is coming to bookstores on Nov. 8. What little information that has been revealed about this book should serve to intrigue fans, with a large cast of returning characters and a mysterious green dragon on the book’s cover. More important than these mysteries, though, is that Inheritance gives Paolini the chance to deliver a great send-off to the series, which I am confident that he is capable of doing.

Sunday in America means one thing and one thing only—football. The name of the day is almost synonymous with it. There’s nothing like slouching in the depths of a couch, sipping a soda in one hand while shoving messy nachos in your mouth with the other, and enjoying a fourthquarter drive or a “pick six.” Let’s be real, football is the true American pastime. On the other hand, no amount of chips or caffeine, home runs, or diving catches—which never stray too far from the dozens shown on SportsCenter in a single viewing— can get me even remotely interested or raise my pulse at all from a dull thump. In fact, I’d rather do physics homework than watch a game of baseball, which... well, don’t even get me started on physics. Needless to say, I’m not a fan of baseball. It would be logical then to assume that I wouldn’t like a movie about the game. Therefore, I was pretty hesitant to spend $10 to see Moneyball, despite the always promising appearance of Brad Pitt’s face plastered on the posters and the well-respected critics’ glowing reviews. But, I went, and my preconceived notions and reluctant attitude dissipated along with every passing minute of the movie. Moneyball centers around the Oakland Athletics baseball team and, more specifically, its general manager, Billy Beane (Pitt). It is faced with a predictable problem for a professional sports team

in a small market—the A’s are no Yankees—meaning they simply don’t have the funds to sign top players to their roster in a game where money—more or less— buys victories. After an off-season where the organization watched their stars walk out the door to join teams with deeper pockets, Beane is faced with rebuilding his team with the low budget available to him. With the help of a young man with an economics degree from Yale, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane reinvents the system of recruiting players and instead of looking at all the intangibles and consensuses made among other scouts, he simply looks at the stats. Thus begins the team’s unfathomable and heavily criticized 2002 season aimed simply to beat the system. Player with permanent nerve damage in his elbow? Pick him up, he gets on base. Any piece of art, in this case a movie, that makes me reevaluate my life and the way I’m living has an extra perk that throws it into my long list of favorites. I’m not exaggerating, finding a “meaningful” message in honest nothingness just so that I can write about how the movie I’m reviewing changed my life—that “mountaintop” moment. The message at the end of making decisions based on what makes you happy and not on superficial reputations or appearances threw the number one thought burdening seniors’ mind into perspective—college. I feel like I don’t have to say what I’m going to say next; it’s almost turned into a give-in. Brad Pitt is excellent in his capture of Beane. The viewer finds out more about his character through flashbacks that are strewn among the main plot line, creating an intriguing back story while creating an emotional tie to him. Jonah Hill strays away from his accustomed washout, goofball character to a more sophisticated individual, while still delivering a few welcomed laughs at times, of course. To be quite honest, Beane’s total disregard for what other people think he should do and his unorthodox methods makes the viewer feel like as much of a boss as he is, which is always a good feeling. This makes rooting for Beane and the A’s effortless, putting one’s heart into the film. Fact: I don’t like baseball. Moneyball, however, is about more than the game. It’s a great story about following what you believe in and to not let a system encase you. The characters repeat a quote that, as much as I can’t believe I’m admitting it, I couldn’t help but agree with by the credits: “How can you not be romantic about baseball?”

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What are you listening to? The


Modern Age

»Donald Kent “I listen to ‘Good Life’ by One Republic. I like to live by the lyrics— have fun, be yourself. I like the beat and chorus because it’s really catchy. I usually listen to it as I do homework or while I get ready in the mornings.”


»Keanu Baxter “‘Werewolf’ by CocoRosie because I like the singing. They sound sexy and they’re really pretty. I also really like the song because it’s put together well. I like the ‘animal noise makers’ that they use throughout the song.”

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A more than sarcastic guide to being a hipster. I don’t know what or who to blame anymore. Whether it be a shift in our current music scene, a weird acidity change in our water, or just a sudden desire to be “different,” it seems like our decade is gradually going to be defined by the so-called hipsters. The ’90s had grunge, the 2000s had flashy pop and boy bands, and now the 2010s has people who think that taking a walk in the park with a camera while listening to Animal Collective is the most enlightening experience in this world. This “social era” is filled with such obscurity I’m having a hard time putting my finger on it and defining it. So, the big question: how can you learn the way of the ever-enlightened ones? Acquire that “whatever” attitude? Be THAT cool? Well, I’ve created an outline, or a guide, to help out all you aspiring “hipsters.” Wait, before you read on, go into a dimly-lit room, blast some WU LYF and think about how much our current society sucks. Okay, now you’re ready and on your way. 1. Reject everything that society is telling you. If society is saying you should have a nice, well-kept symmetrical hair cut, do the opposite. Oh, you’re not supposed to wear hiking boots with a dress? Do it. Oh, you’re not supposed to lay in the dirt while writing poetry and grooming your dog with a nearby stick? Exactly. Do it. 2. If someone asks you what you’re listening to, you

should automatically respond with: “You’ve probably never heard of them, it’s this band called [insert witty, ironic band name here].” 3. Showering: optional. 4. Become a vegan: being healthy and taking care of our animal counterparts is so “in.” Nothing is less chill than global warming, animal cruelty, and all that other carbon dioxide crap. 5. You must maintain the perfect lumberjack beard or handlebar mustache. If you are incapable of growing one, make your own. Does Rogaine work on your face too? Try it. So inventive. 6. Only apply to liberal arts colleges. I swear, if you go to some scientific research university and major in the usual biology, engineering or economics, you might as well just hang up your fedora, wear Quiksilver and give up all hopes of ever being a true “free spirit.” 7. Pick where you shop carefully. Pac Sun should have a sign on the front that says “Abandon all hope ye who enter here” for it is equivalent to your first steps into Hipster Hell. 8. The word “mainstream” itself should make you scowl, recoil, or scoff at the mere mention of it. If you do not do so, one can get their “mainstream reflex test” at the next music festival. 9. The Catcher in the Rye is the bible. 10. Go to San Francisco and observe intently. Everyone needs a good role model. 11. Your typical “T-shirt and jeans” day should really be your “tight, cuffed jeans with a cardigan” day. 12. Get thick-rimmed, big glasses. No prescription necessary. Ray Bans work great, but that’s borderline too mainstream, a slippery slope for aspiring hipsters. The rounder the frames, the better. 13. Put your camera on sepia. 14. Don’t care about anything. Nothing phases you. Lastly, please—please—do not follow the guide laid out above, for noncomforming is far too mainstream nowadays anyways. -Taran Moriates



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Volleyball still undefeated Despite heavy losses at the Durango Tournament, girls volleyball has kept its perfect record in league dillon whinery Staff Writer

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spike— Outside hitter junior Kendall Frisoli spikes the volleyball against her Agoura opponent at home. The team triumphed once again over the Chargers in five sets on Oct. 18.

Water polo in the hunt for playoffs

ian Doherty Staff Writer

Boys water polo had high expectations for the games against both Royal and Agoura, but fell short in both games. The team played Royal on Oct. 12, then the day after it played Agoura. To ready themselves against Royal, the team spent time looking at Royal’s film and also worked on more conditioning. “We have focused on both passing and shooting, also a lot of combination drills,” junior CJ Daland said. The Lancers lost to royal 7–11.

Girls volleyball still remains undefeated in league, but they may not match up to teams such as Clovis West, Torrey Pines and Vista Mirrietta High School. During the Durango Tournament which occurred on Sept. 16., the volleyball team suffered three huge losses. Starting off the day with a 25–19 win against Clovis West in the first match the next two were not positive. Clovis West ended both matches 21–25 overall defeating Thousand Oaks at the end of the day “Clovis West was a real heart breaker of a game. We lost in three and could have beaten them, and losing that game everyone felt pretty depressed having to play Torrey Pines next,” junior Kendall Frisoli said. “We were just dead.” In the next game, Torrey Pines, dominated the court ending both matches with a score of 13–25 and 14–25. After the next two games against St. Lucy’s and South Torrance, Thousand Oaks played a close game against Vista Murrietta 25–23,31–33.18–2. “This year we wanted to go undefeated in games as well. That goal was crushed when we lost one to Westlake, but we beat them overall,” Frisoli said Expectations are still high as volleyball practices are non stop and help keep up with individual skills. “What we can work on is continuing to push ourselves through the last games of league and through CIF,” senior Rachel Cookus said. Two nights ago volleyball beat Agoura making their record 9–0. The Lancers play today at Simi Valley at 6pm.

“Royal had one of those games that every shot they took just went their way,” senior Ben Rogers said. The team had a difficult time recovering from playing in a physical match against Royal because the next day they had to play with the same intensity and skill against Agoura. When the team played Agoura, it only lost by four points, 11–15. The Lancers played Calabasas on Oct. 17 and came out with a victory, with a final score of 13-3. It competed in the Villa Park tournament, which

scores » 9/2 @ Westlake 27–25, 25–7, 25–13 » 9/20 vs. Agoura 25–22, 25–16, 25–18 » 9/22 vs. Simi 25–23, 25–18, 25–12 »9/27 @ Newbury Park 25–9, 25–13, 25–20 »10/4 vs. Royal 25–22,25–14, 26–24 »10/6 vs. Moorpark 25–16,25–13,25–20 »10/11 vs. Calabasas 25–10, 25–9, 25–9 »10/13 vs. Westlake 25–17, 25–17, 23–25, 25–19 »10/18 @ Agoura 25–18, 25–13, 24– 26, 23–25, 15–11

drew in high caliber teams from all over the state. Daland thought that Huntington Beach was the best team that him and his team have played against during the tournament season. It has one tournament left, the Canyon tournament, which will take place in Anaheim. Rogers feels that the Canyon tournament will be as challenging or even more challenging than the Villa Park tournament, and it might also have some of the same level teams there.

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Tennis undefeated: five matches remaining Lee Mcpherson Staff Writer

The girls tennis players are well on their way to finishing their year with a perfect season. “It feels great to have beaten everyone else in the league,” senior Becky Drake said. The whole team is buzzing with excitement for what will be their best chance at the CIF championships in years and the defeat of major rival Westlake, who TO beat 12–6 in both matches. Westlake, who this year is second in Marmonte and was seventh in Southern California last year, appeared to fall relatively easy to the first-place Lancers, who finished in fifth place in Southern California last year. The Lancers have much bigger problems than their Marmonte opponents however. “Our biggest competitors for the championship are probably Campbell Hall and Dana Hills,” said Drake. Currently Campbell Hall, last years state champion, is 8–0, while Dana Hills, last year’s runner-up, has a 5–1 record so far this season. Campbell Hall defeated Thousand Oaks in last years CIF southern section quarter final. The team’s confidence isn’t shaken though. “We have a really good chance at [CIF] this year,” Drake said. The Lancers believe that the rest of their season should go smoothly as long as they continue their exceptional gamesmanship. “The key for [the team] is keeping a positive attitude

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and having a game plan,” Drake said. As the Lancers look to finish off the rest of the Marmonte league quickly and advance to playoffs in November, they will find that many teams will work especially hard to ruin their so far perfect streak. “We have a really great team this year with lots of talented players and I believe that this is definitely our year,” Drake said. With only five matches left in the regular season, hopes are running high as the Lancers edge their way to the end of the year. The series of wins has not made the team arrogant or complacent as they continue to practice daily to stay in top condition for the last matches of the season. “It’s important to stay humble even when you seem to be on top, if you aren’t you will fall off the top,” Drake said. No team yet has been able to truly match the Lancers so far this season. Westlake and Newbury Park have been the only teams to even get six out of the 18 possible points per game. Although the Lancers have yet to record a shut out this season they defeated Agoura 17–1. The girls played Agoura on Oct. 18 with the final score being 13–5 in favor of the Lancers. “Our singles players beat Agoura without any problems,” senior Alanna Sublette said. The girls tennis team plays today at Simi Valley at 3 p.m.

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backhand shot—Junior Melissa Baker hits a backhand against her opponent at Agoura. The team triumphed once again over the Chargers 13-5 on Oct. 18.

Connor Reilly has a heart for athletics


Ian Doherty 1. Has hiked up a 13,000 ft. mountain. 2. Shares a birthday with Steve Jobs. 3. Has coached both soccer and lacrosse. 4. Part Native American. 5. Has an evil twin that goes to Newbury Park High School. 6. Used to be able to do the splits. 7. Won a spelling bee in seventh grade. 8. Earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. 9. His lacrosse team is number six in the nation. 10. He is a dog person.

Staff Writer

People that know senior Connor Reilly know that he is an outstanding athlete, in both soccer and lacrosse, and as a student. Recently Reilly had an operation to correct an irregular arrhythmia over the summer. Reilly first noticed this when he was in sixth grade. The cardiologist diagnosed him with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). “When I had worked out, my heart would beat at over 240 beats per minute. Sometimes I didn’t know if my heart was going to slow down, ” Reilly said. The condition Reilly had affected how much blood your heart pumps. “I felt really lightheaded, almost like I was going to pass out,” he said. Reilly feels the success of the surgery is a blessing. “The surgery has a 90 percent success rate, but there is still that 10 percent. You don’t really know if the surgery has worked until you work out hard,” he said. After the surgery the doctor told Reilly that there was no major rehabilitation or alteration to his lifestyle. He just told Reilly to take it easy for two weeks to ensure proper healing for the veins. Before the surgery Reilly found it hard to pay attention to sports like soccer and lacrosse. “I had to know what was going on around and during the play at the same time, before I had my heart surgery. It was hard for me to focus on the sports I was

playing because of my heart,” he said. Reilly is an accomplished lacrosse player. He has been a member of the varsity lacrosse team for the past two years, and has also played on numerous top level clubs including, West Coast Starz, a team that consists of players from as far north as Canada and as far east as Texas and LA Lazers. Both club teams showcase the best lacrosse players in the state of California. He is also a part of a local club team, Silverfin. There, Reilly plays on the Elite team, which has some of the best players from local cities in southern California. He has attended several high level lacrosse camps, including Blue Chip and Denver top 205 West, where coaches from top colleges come to recruit. “I definitely want to play lacrosse in college. It’s just a matter as to where I want to play,” he said. He has been in contact with coaches from all three NCAA divisions and clubs. “I have talked to the coaches from Tufts, UCSB, Chapman, Wesleyan and ASU,” he said. Reilly would really like to attend Tufts, but he feels that the recruiting list is filled up. “I wasn’t very active in my sophomore and junior year. I relied on being noticed in tournaments and camps too much,” he said. Reilly is currently scheduling visits to both Whittier and Oberlin College. This will be his third year on varsity lacrosse. Alex chen » The lancer

Volleyball duo in Junior Olympics

Hands in the air— (left) Karis Schneider spikes the volleyball in a match against Agoura on Oct. 18. (right) Jillian Johnson attempts to block a shot in the same game. The Lancers won the game in two sets, (16–4) (9–0). Schneider and Johnson are both in the junior Olympics and are on the club team called Conejo Crush.

dillon whinery Staff Writer

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After years of dedication, seniors Jillian Johnson and Karis Schneider have gone further in their sports than most teens are willing to go. Both have been invited to play in the Junior Olympics, are on varsity volleyball team and are on a local club team. Johnson started playing when she was in seventh grade in a local club then advancing to a team called Conejo Crush. After playing on that team for three years, she then moved to the Santa Monica Beach Club. Expressing her talent at every game and tournament, their team including Johnson and Schneider were invited to play in a tournament for the Junior Olympics team, a huge achievement for both of them. “Being on different teams and having different coaching staff really helped to prepare for Junior Olympics, but our over-all goal was definitely to make it to Junior Olympics,” Johnson said. The Junior Olympics teams competes nationally in a massive tournament yearly against other teams from all around the world. “It was just a fun experience,” Schneider said. Not only are the teams skills advanced, but there are hundreds of girls ages 15–17 on some of the teams, a huge advantage in some cases. “The team did not do so well, but individually we did do well, and I learned how to handle stressful situ-

ations better and how far I can really push myself, and that working together with your teammates is the only way to truly be successful,” Johnson said. With players being able to play against so many different styles of playing, it definitely helps when trying to identify not only strengths but weaknesses. In turn this is one of the key reasons why the Thousand Oaks team is currently undefeated. Players have many different ways to prepare for this kind of a team. Johnson for the past couple years has been involved in Spectrum, which provides private lessons at least three times a week with a coach named Chris Harger. Johnson states that private training and clubs can be found all around and is very recommended for any player no matter what size, age, or skill in order to improve personal goals. Schneider has a different approach to training for a team of this standard. She believes that simple trips to the gym and Yoga are the key to success. Now that Johnson and Schneider are out of club and back in to season, newly achieved skills can be seen on the court at any of the Thousand Oaks volleyball games. “I love their energy on the court, they always can pump me up,” senior Rachel Cookus said. Johnson and Schneider have inspired many players on the Thousand Oaks volleyball team.



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Golf undefeated for second straight season Lee McPherson Staff Writer

Only one word can describe what girls golf has accomplished this year: perfect. After 15 games this season, the girls have done it again, winning all their matches by at least 10 points “It feels great and it is so exciting knowing that our team can defeat all the other teams in the league,” junior Sarena Doyle said. The team will now advance to the league tournament, which occurson Oct. 18 and 20. “We are all prepared for our first 18-hole tournament,” Doyle said. “Tomorrow our mindset is going to be just to do our best and focus on our game and not what our competitors are shooting.” The Lancers are confident though as they make their final preparations for the upcoming match which will define most of the players’ high school careers. Currently, girls golf is on a 32 league-game-winning streak over more than a two-season period. The Lancers, having ensured their seed in the playoffs early in the season, are ecstatic for their big chance at victory and they are positive they will come out on top. “We are all practicing really hard for the match,” junior Sophia Chen said. The match at Los Robles Golf Course against the other seven teams in the Marmonte should prove to be a critical point in the girls’ run for the championships. The main objective of yesterday’s two-day tournament would be to set the tone for the next day in order to take the championship for good. “The team deserves it and [we will win] no sweat,” Chen said. The first round of the tournament ended well for the Lancers as they finished in first leading every team by at least 53 strokes. They will proceed with the tournament today. Focus—Senior Sarah Park lines up her putt on October 13 in a match against Calabasas,in which the Lancers routed the Coyotes 234–295. The Lancers are currently in first place in the league tournament and will resume play today. John Routh » The lancer

10/18: league tournament scores Thousand Oaks—407 Simi Valley—460 Royal—467 Agoura—474 Newbury Park—490 Calabasas—505 Westlake—508 Moorpark—549

Lancers come home with win Dustin kowell Sports Editor

After an easy road victory against the Royal Highlanders 34–14 on Oct. 6, the Lancers (5–1,4–1) came back home to face the Agoura Chargers for this year’s homecoming game on Oct. 14. The Lancers came ready to play—and play they did. “We wanted to come out strong and score quickly. It’s our homecoming game and you want everyone to get on the field. We wanted to show everyone that came out what TO football is all about,” receiver senior Landon Poling said. The team came out quick and explosive on offense, as quarterback junior Clark Abourisk threw a touchdown to Poling for the quick lead in the first quarter. “I just took what the defense gave us, and it ended up them leaving Landon open. Landon had a great game,” Abourisk said. The defense stopped nearly every aspect of Agoura’s offensive game plan, shutting the Chargers out in the first half. Another touchdown pass to senior receiver LJ

Wiley put the Lancers ahead by 27 going into the half. “We played as a unit and were all in sync. So far we have done a great job of making our presence felt,” defensive lineman senior Dane Griffin said. The Lancers were not distracted by the extended halftime show that featured fireworks and the homecoming floats as they kept the momentum going into the third and fourth quarter. The Lancers had a 34-point lead at one point, and they made it a homecoming to remember, winning 37–13. The team currently sits tied for second in Marmonte with Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure. The Lancers have an important showdown this Friday with Oaks Christian Friday, but aren’t preparing any differently than normal. “We take all opponents the same. We just play Lancer football and are really focused on our assignments and game plan,” Abourisk said. The winner has the potential to stand alone in second place if St. Bonaventure loses, and even tie for first if Westlake loses.

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Hand-Off—Quarterback junior Clark Abourisk fakes a hand-off to senior LJ Wiley in the Oct. 14 game against Agoura. The Lancers dominated the game with a 37–13 victory.










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ian doherty

Staff Writer

Boys and girls cross country teams started off their season with an undefeated record, of 4-0, but both lost in a dual meet against Simi Valley and Mooorpark on Oct 13. Simi Valley is the biggest league competition for both teams. “I didn’t think the course was hard, I just thought the heat was the worst thing for all teams,” junior Ethan Germann said. The way that Simi Valley’s boys raced and finished caught the Lancers off guard during the race. Going into the meet, the girls teams knew that they would face a tough challenge from Simi Valley.

The team has the Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) invitational this weekend. They run the invitational every year and usually place near the top of standings. The coaches have been trying to keep the same training regimen. “The coaches are trying to get everybody up the hill as fast as possible but also keeping good form while running up and down the hill,” junior Melissa Culhane said. Culhane feels that the season has been going well and the team has improved since last year. “With this many meets left, we have plenty of time to improve,” Culhane said. The next time the Lancers run against Simi Valley is in league finals, taking place on Nov. 3, 2011.

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smile and wave—(left) Homecoming Grand Marshals social sciences teacher Robert Haar and receptionist Kathleen Paskey lead the halftime festivities at the front of the parade. (above) Senior Ben Rogers, decked out in a Mad Hatter costume and face paint, rides along with the seniors’ homecoming float.

air time—(left) Water polo player senior Dominic Valentino, with the help of his teammates, gets more power behind his throw during a dodgeball match against the girls volleyball team at the rally on Oct. 10. (right) Emcees senior Daniel Gober and Keegan Sauer, as the Lancer and the Cheshire Cat respectively, announce homecoming court nominees on the mic.

Right on time—Senior Tony Buenrostro, as the White Rabbit, takes a final walk down the runway with the other models at the Style Alliance Fashion Club homecoming fashion show on Oct. 13 at lunch.


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In seven days, Lancers cheered on the Cheshire Cat, watched the White Rabbit strut his stuff on the runway and hailed the Hatter at halftime. Homecoming as usual— all the sweeter for a win against Agoura and a satisfying homecoming dance.

Brought down—Linebacker junior Nathan DeBeikes takes down Agoura wide receiver junior Cody Banks at Thousand Oaks’ homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 14, a game the Lancers won with a solid margin at 37–13. DeBeikes had one tackle and one tackle assist in the game and averages 2.5 tackles per game.

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Issue 3 2011  
Issue 3 2011  

Issue 3 2011 from The Lancer at Thousand Oaks High School