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Volume L, Issue 8 » April 12, 2012 » Thousand Oaks High School » 2323 N. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 »

PAC hosts Major talent Flappers joined classical musicians, Depression-era soup lines ran into a 60’s poetry reading, hippies wandered into modern day Times Square and students transformed into filmmakers on Monday and Wednesday night in the PAC STEVEN GOLDITCH News Editor


IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO—Juniors Annalea Fusci and Hogan Fulton perform a skit Monday night, April 9, during the second act of the Performing Arts and Writers Majors Showcase. Celine Elliot wrote the skit, entitled “It Takes Two to Tango.”

Walking out of their 5th period classrooms at the beginning of this week, students found themselves stepping on reminders littering the halls. The chalk letters spelled out the details for this year’s Art Majors Showcase, “Journey,” in which students display their work through dance, song, writing and film. This year the Majors Showcase was divided up into two different nights: Monday, April 9 for the Writing and Performance Majors and Wednesday and April 11 for Visual and Film Production Majors, both of which took place at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC. Decided by the film production board, the theme “Journey” originates from the 1989 movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which centers on teenagers who time travel in a phone booth. Emcees seniors Jessica Rubenstein and Matt Steck traveled to decades in the 20th century and to the present-day in their own time travel phone booth, mirrored by Writing and Performance Majors student performances and images projected on the screen. For example, an image of soup lines during the Great Depression accompanied junior Celine Elliott’s 1920’s-era skit “Got Money?” This event fullfilled part of the program-wide requirements for all Arts Production Majors students. Performing Arts and Writing Majors advisor Marty Crawford coordinated the first night. “I am pleased with the amount of people that attended the event,” Crawford said. “I was impressed by the fact that people who are not in the Majors program helped out so much during the performance.” Production advisor Nancy Schroeder and Visual Arts advisor Crysta Bliss directed the second part of the event, a student film festival. Students from the Visual and Film Production Majors previewed the films featuring similar themes. The night, hosted by senior Jamie Sutcliffe, featured nine films. “A lot of hours of editing were put in to achieve the final project,” Film Production Major senior Austin Kilgore said. “This film was quite stressful to make but the reward in the end was incredible. I’m proud of what we accomplished.” Students sold concessions during intermission to benefit the literary magazine, a publication centered around student poetry, prose and artwork. “It was two nights of pure entertainment,” Bliss said. “The showcase was a good way to represent the school’s talent as a whole.”

Students show Latino culture JESSICA ASHCRAFT Staff Writer

Balloons, tissue paper and flags of Latin-American countries decorated the PAC as the crowd gathered in anticipation. On Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m., the Ballet Folklórico Club hosted the first Latin American Talent Show, which included break dancing, singing and acting. “We had something similar at my alma mater and I wanted to bring it here,” Spanish teacher and Latino Connection club advisor Veronica Bass said. “I wanted to show culture and as many Latin rhythms as possible.” The main star of the night was the Ballet Folklórico Club, who performed their traditional Latin American dances that emphasize local folk culture. As the event’s host, the club will use the proceeds for costumes and contribute to Latino Connection’s scholarship fund for graduating seniors. //cont. on pg. 3 » Latin American


SWINGING TO THE RHYTHM—Senior Fatima Hernandez swishes her skirt to the Latin beat during one of several Ballet Folklorico acts at the Latin American Talent Show on Thursday, April 5. As the event’s host, the club will use the proceeds for costumes and as well as contribute to Latino Connection’s scholarship fund.

Seniors work to defend last year’s Powderpuff win News Editor

The long-standing junior-senior rivalry will play out in Lancer Stadium at the annual Powderpuff game this Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 with a SAC card and $7 without and can be purchased at the game. “It’s going to be a big game for sure,” defense coach senior Daniel Gober said. “We’re looking very good, but we can’t get cocky—we have to keep our cool.” Last year’s upset by the juniors challanges this year’s senior class to uphold their defending champions title. “We do have big shoes to stand in, [but] we’re not

thinking ‘This is nothing. We don’t have to do anything,’” offensive lineman senior Bethany Pile said. “We’re definitely in it to win it.” Although Pile admits the juniors’ speed is a factor, Gober feels arduous practice leaves the senior girls prepared on the defensive end. “I tell [the girls] to stick to them like glue, and to watch their hips,” he said. “It’s like Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’—wherever their hips go is where they’re going to go.” Despite the seniors’ typical loss of half of last year’s junior team, they retained the majority of their starters. Pile feels their experience provides an advantage over

this year’s junior team. “It’s a new, different team that we’re playing, but we’ve played [the game] before. We know what our strengths and weaknesses are, and we’ve been able to tweak those,” Pile said. “I know the juniors have more speed, but we know what to expect.” The junior girls, however, are not so intimidated. Linebacker junior Lindsay Neuner cites their versatile quarterback and fast receivers as advantages over the seniors, along with a less-quantifiable trait. “As a whole, we don’t like the other team, and we’ve bonded based on that,” she said. “All I can say is: we’re going to bring it.”






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newswire Dancers prepare for upcoming concert Members of all six dance classes will perform in the annual Spring Dance Concert, “Body Language,” from April 26 to 28. Performances will take place in the gym on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from any dance member for $10. Each dance will center around a theme word, expressed through the dancers’ body language. The senior piece, for example, will center around the theme “Evolve.” Dance instructor JaLeen Murphy rotates the line-up of dances each night to keep the length of every performance under three hours. “They’re honing in on the skills that they’ve learned all year, and that’s magical,” dance coach JaLeen Murphy said. “That’s really a joy for me to watch.” —Kelly Wisneski

Drive raises funds for measles shots The annual Measles Drive took place from March 26–30. The American Red Cross Club hosts the annual drive to provide measles shots for kids in Africa. Each shot costs $1, so this year the club was able to provide 255 kids with a measles shot. The money was collected by passing around envelopes in 5th-period classes. “I really enjoy this fundraiser because it is directly going to help kids in Africa,” club president senior Sona Patel said. Unfortunately, a part of the drive’s funds are currently missing, but members of the club are working on recovering them. —Steven Golditch

Club fashion show to benefit charity A ticket to the Style Alliance Fashion Club’s third annual fashion show, “City Lights,” will buy students a night of music, fashion, food and art. The event takes place on Friday, April 20 in the school’s cafeteria. At the event, volunteer models will walk the runway to the tune of performances by seniors Josh Andersen, Megan Davis, Amy Dugan and possibly by alumnus Mitchell Royal. A live DJ will be in attendance at the event. “It is going to be a great night because it is pairing fashion with charity,” president senior Megan Davis said. Tickets to the event are $10. Guests can purchase discount tickets if they bring canned food items to donate to MANNA charity or donate old dance prom wear including dresses, shoes and suits. The night starts off with modeling of formal wear then a transition to more avant-garde clothing. Friar tuxes and Miss Congeniality donated the formal wear to be used in the second half of the show. The majority of the proceeds from the event are going to a charity for Muscular Dystrophy. —Steven Golditch

Spring Fling to be held in TOHS gym The lights will be off on Saturday night in the gym for the annual Spring Fling dance. The dance will take place this Saturday, April 14 from 8–11 p.m. In year’s past, students from the three district high schools participated in the dance, but only Westlake and Thousand Oaks are participating this year, as Newbury Park’s lack of funds prevent them from attending. “We have spent more on the dance this year, but it is still within our budget,” ASB president senior Kelly Madden said. Tickets are available at the door for $20. —Steven Golditch

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balancing act—Senior David Lagunas balances on a bench prop during dance team’s novelty piece last weekend during the USA Nationals competition. The dance, set to “Married Life” by Michael Giacchino and choreographed by Alexia Liavas, earned the team a fourth place in the first round.

Dance qualifies for Nationals joyce tan Copy Editor

Cheers and screams concentrated in one region of the performing arena as dancers took their starting positions at the season-culminating United Spirit Association (USA) Nationals. “We all walked off the stage feeling like we couldn’t have done any more, and at that point, that’s all that was in our hands,” dance team co-captain senior David Lagunas said. “The rest was up to the judges.” At Anaheim on March 29–31, the small hip-hop piece placed second in their division as a finalist in Championships. Their novelty, coed hip-hop, small lyrical and small dance entries made it to the first round but their score did not qualify them for finals. “The tough thing was knowing that we worked so much harder this year than last year, and not making it to the final stage was tough on the dancers,” dance team member sophomore Erin Callahan said. “Sometimes we forget that even getting to Nationals is an achievement and honor in itself, so just making it that far was a true blessing.”

Choreographed by Beau Fournier from Fanny Pak, Amelia Burkhardt and Alexia Liavas, the small hip-hop piece consisted of only 10 students who went through a selective set of hip-hop auditions. “Since we have seniors on the team and we realized that it’s one of their last times competing, we had to put ourselves out there and leave it all on the dance floor,” small hip-hop team member sophomore Erika Kodera said. “After we finished, we were all bawling. It was a good feeling, and I’m very passionate about that.” In the weekends prior to the competition, the team participated in local Regionals to qualify. “We worked for months and shed blood, sweat and tears trying to prepare to compete at a national level,” Callahan said. “It felt amazing to leave all of our hard work out on that floor.” As a soloist, Lagunas placed fifth as Super Dancer. “I was full of nerves but didn’t let them get to me,” Lagunas said. “I walked on the stage proud of my journey as a dance team member and walked off extremely content with that being the way I ended my competition season.”

dance awards Finals Championships* »Small Hip-hop 2nd place

First Round »Novelty 4th place »Coed Hip-hop 5th place A dance must score *within the top 25% of their category in First Round to advance to Finals Championships.

Latinos connect Choir travels to San Fran through dance Lancer choir program competes at annual music festival up north to showcase their singing talents


Within a matter of hours, the cafeteria transformed into a streamer-adorned dance floor. On Friday, March 30, from 7:30–11:00 p.m., Latino Connection hosted its annual dance in the gym. Tickets were $12 the first week of sales and then $15 the week of the dance. Proceeds from the night will go towards future events as well as a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. Students from Newbury Park and Westlake also joined in the festivities of the semi-formal dance. “I thought the dress code was perfect—not too fancy but not too dressed down either,” senior Daniela Castillo said. “I loved dressing up because I do not really get the chance to.” During the dance, the court was announced: three king and queens, and three prince and princesses. Each pair came from a different school. “I was not expecting it at all,” TOHS queen Castillo said. “I was nominated against my best friends so whoever won did not really matter.” The dance is also an opportunity to unite students from the district who share common interests. “This is the one time where all of our friends can get together and party,” senior Tiffany Barcena said. After math teacher and wrestling coach Manny Valdez retired, Spanish teachers Veronica Bass and Julio Gonzalez took over the club. “It’s been a lot of learning,” Bass said, “and a lot of hard work.”

Multiple injuries hurt cheer’s success

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trip agenda Thursday, March 29 7 a.m. Leave for San Francisco 2 p.m. Winchester Mystery House 4 p.m. Check into hotel

Friday, March 30 10:30 a.m. Cable Car Museum 12 p.m. Chinatown lunch 3 p.m. Ghirardelli Square 6 p.m. Dinner at Pier 39 7:10 p.m. Jazz Choir performance

Saturday, March 31 10:30 a.m. Concert Choir performance 11:30 a.m. Show Choir performance

Sunday, March 32 12 p.m. Monterey Bay Aquarium 10 p.m. Arrive at TOHS parking lot

kelly wisneski News Editor

Though the reality didn’t live up to the rumors, several injuries inhibited the cheer team’s performances at the USA Nationals competition from March 30 to April 1. Cheer captain junior Katy Yeakey was among the injured, as she incured a concussion and subsequent anxiety attack in the warm-up room at competition. “I felt like I was being pulled into two spots,” cheer coach Kelly Mills said. “I didn’t want to walk away from her having the attack, but at the same time, [the

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The choir program brought their voices to the Bay Bridge in San Francisco for the annual Heritage Music Festival choir competition from March 29 to April 1. A day before its departure, the choir program hosted the traditional March Madness Concert on March 28, which focused on and highlighted the talents of each level of choir and featured their individual competition pieces. The show prepared them for what was to come in San Francisco. “March Madness allowed us to get a feel for what it’s going to be like performing those pieces in front of an audience, especially with the judges,” concert choir performer junior Elley Berg said. “It’s a good chance for us to work out any kinks right before we leave for competition.” Concert and jazz choir received bronze in their respective divisions and show choir placed with silver. “It’s an affordability thing if students can’t go,” Berg said. “Most people want to go because we work so hard in preparation.” This year, concert choir helped show choir’s pieces by performing smaller motions on the rises as backup in the background. Each division competed with a medley of three songs. “While singing, it’s important for us to all stay in unison,” show choir participant freshman Aydan Pena said. “We want to sound like one big voice.” team] had to warm up, and they needed guidance.” Yeakey returned to support her teammates two days later on Sunday, April 1, when they placed 7th in Crowdleading and received the Sportmanship award out of the over 100 teams at competition. Two other minor injuries also affected the team’s mentality during the event. “I was focused on trying to encourage everyone else to push through everything that was happening,” cheer member senior Justin Harbison said. “We needed to focus on what we needed to accomplish more than what was going on at that time.”



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Latin American dance and culture ignite PAC //cont. from pg. 1 » Students The night saw multiple styles of the dance showcased, including contemporary and Tex-Mex dances. “I wish I had more time to make more dances with different styles,” assistant choreographer senior Fatima Hernandez said, “but I did not have time to practice it all.” TOHS was not the only school showcasing their ballet folklórico talents—a Conejo Elementary school group was a crowd favorite, with girls ranging from age 5 to 10 performing. Performer and alumnus Evan Craft, another crowd favorite, sang two covers and one original song. “I wrote my first songs while attending [TOHS] and found my passion for Spanish,” Craft said. “I am very thankful to have been a part [of the show]. Although I was born a gringo, I am Latino at heart.” Craft sold his new album, Giants, during intermission where churros and horchata were also on sale. “I love the album and my next project is going to fo-

cus more on Spanish than English,” Craft said. “People were very receptive to the songs and some were even moved enough to buy an album.” The show’s participants, however, were not strictly limited to Spanish-speakers. Junior Courtney Bartlett, for example, sang a Spanish version of “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. “I was a little nervous because of my accent and the fact that I didn’t understand half of what I was singing,” Bartlett said. Moorpark High School also made an appearance with three different singing and dancing acts. Other acts included a humorous skit based off the Latin American comedy, “El chavo del ocho,” by students from Bass’ Spanish for Spanish Speakers class. The night concluded with Zumba instructor Del Herrera inviting audience members onstage to dance. “I enjoyed the Zumba, but it was very tiring,” freshman Meghan Owen said. “It was a lot of fun though, and my friends and I loved it!”

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dancing to the beat—Zumba instructor Del Herrera teaches audience members movements from the Latin-inspired fitness program that features aerobic elements.

Twelve scientists advance to state level science fair Students advancing to state* *placed 1st and 2nd at county

Lyndsey Marsh 1st Nina Sobers & Jade Chaves 1st Samir Malholtra 1st Adam Protter 1st Noah Fields 2nd Cole Bracken & Logan Hicks 2nd Brittany Salyers 2nd Rebecca Drake & Elizabeth Mazeika 2nd Stephanie Baum 2nd

Speakers inform audience at TEDx

Noah Rubino Staff Writer

It would seem that having a friend take a scalpel to your face in the name of science wouldn’t be first on the to-do list. Such is the plight of senior Logan Hicks, who valiantly sacrificed his acne for an experiment in this year’s science fair, earning him and his partner, senior Cole Bracken second place in the Senior Human Biology division of the Ventura County Science Fair behind senior Samir Malhotra. “We isolated the bacteria from Logan’s face with a scalpel—really harmless, actually—incubated it, and let it grow,” Bracken said of his project, an experiment designed to test the effect of several essential oils on the acne-causing bacteria.

noah rubino Staff Writer

For the third year in a row, TEDxConejo packed the Civic Arts Plaza, informing and inspiring everyone in attendance. The sold-out event, which occurred on March 31, is an independently-run TED event designed around knowledgable presenters conversations. This year, TOHS’ own School-to-Career Coordinator, Jane Carlson, was a speaker, discussing her hobby

Bracken, Hicks and Malhotra will all advance to the state science fair at the USC Science Center on May 1 along with seniors Nina Sobers, Jade Chaves, Rebecca Drake, Elizabeth Mazeika, Lyndsey Marsh and Stephanie Baum, and juniors Adam Protter, Noah Fields and Brittany Salyers. In order to advance to the state level, students had to place either first or second in their categories. “After all the hard work, it was nice to know that your efforts have been honored out of so many amazing entries,” senior Lauren Parris said, who received an honorable mention in Human Behavioral Sciences. Because students will present the same basic experiment at the state fair as they presented at the county level, they can choose whether or not to conduct ad-

ditional research. Notably, this was the school’s first competition to feature students from Dr. Malhotra’s Scientific Research class, which helped students with their projects. The class provided HPLC machines that proved crucial to several students’ success. “The heightened level of the projects made it much more nerve-racking,” Bracken said. “It’s funny; you’d think it’d be the opposite.” Not that the new class did all the work—quite the opposite, in fact. “All of the projects were each students’ own kind of creation,” Bracken said. “The Scientific Research class basically gave us the tools and the road map, but we were actually driving the car.”

of using websites such as to explore the links between family trees. “We are much more connected and related than we even know—most people don’t know the names of our great-grandparents,” Carlson said. Carlson wasn’t the only notable speaker at the event. There were several student speakers from local high schools, such as La Reina student Gabriella Bringardello, founder of Mi Casa de Angeles, a charity currently

building a school in an impoverished area of Peru. “It really inspired us,” senior Cole Bracken said. “I think she did a great thing over there.” The event encouraged participants to discuss the various speakers with their fellow attendees. “I sat with some people I never knew and I learned all about technical engineering and stuff like that,” sophomore and attendee Esteban Pineda said. “[TEDx] was a fun experience in general.”

Siblings rank among engineering elite After months of dedication, two siblings advance to the Final Round of the Westpoint Bridge Design Contest in West Point, New York as they endeavor to create the most cost-effective truss bridge Jessica Ashcraft Staff Writer

On a regular day in I-4, two siblings created an award-winning bridge design. Senior Jaclyn Belleville and sophomore Michael Belleville placed fifth in West Point Bridge Design’s Semi-Final Round on Friday, March 30, making them one of six teams nation-wide advancing to the Final Round of competition on May 3. The contest aims to provide middle school and high school students an opportunity to learn about engineering in a hands-on and realistic environment. The computer program tasks students with designing the most cost-effective bridge capable of supporting a given weight. If an animated car travels across their bridge without it falling, the design is successful. The brother and sister team, nicknamed Jackal, competed against 6,000 teams in a qualifying round, the top 40 of which advanced to the Semi-Final Round. During this three-hour round, the semi-finalists were given a new design project to complete and submit to judging. Each team around the country could compete in a location of their choosing with the mandatory supervision of a teacher or contest volunteer. The Bellevilles chose I-4 due to its computer availability, with journalism adviser and English teacher Jo Zimmerman monitoring their submission. Their final bridge design cost just $3,000 more than the first place team. As a team in the Final Round, the pair will travel with a parent or guardian to West Point, New York, to compete. “Hopefully we will not get 6th place during Finals though,” Michael said. During the Final Round, each team will be provided with a computer workstation to develop a new bridge design within a specified two-hour period. 1st place and 2nd place teams receive $10,000 and $5,000 in scholarship funds, respectively. All finalists are awarded with laptops. “It’ll help me with college expenses,” Jaclyn said. “I’m really excited and I think it will be a great experience.”

Qualifying round

6,000teams Semi-final Round


6teams 1st place


in scholarship funds

2nd place


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Eligibility »Students age 13 through 12th grade »Students enrolled in middle schools and high schools in the U.S. or currently legally homeschooled in the U.S. »U.S. citizens

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Students in serious need of aid College. Easy to apply to, almost impossible to afford. Leaving high school and entering the world of increased independence (and gratuitous amounts of ramen noodles) is the most anticipated rite of passage in the book. In this economy though, tuition has shot up so high that attending a university for four (or more) years is becoming out of reach for many high school graduates. As much as Pell Grants, Cal Grants, and Grandma’s retirement fund try to help, the tens of thousands of dollars it takes are an increasingly unrealistic requirement for most students As students, we need to demand help. California has practically no money to work with and more likely as not won’t for a while. Meanwhile, the debt college students in America are facing is a serious impediment to future economic growth, too—one that could set the stage for another financial crisis. We are the future of this country. It should be a priority to make sure this generation receives

that they can start their first day of the best education possible so that we Should students have the necessary skills to continue school with optimism, instead of a demand more making progress for society. Othersense of impending doom. Even the assistance from smallest of scholarships could make a wise, this can be viewed as very poor the government for difference in the long run. planning on the government’s part. financial aid? If prices continue to rise at this rate, In retrospect, money isn’t the biggest factor when it comes to a lifetime college may be affordable only for editorial board those who make an income that rivals that of an ideal career. People shouldn’t be VOTES forced to get a high-paying job that of high-profile celebrities. they don’t want if their dream career At this point, the amount of money 10 for is something that pays less—unless some people are borrowing from the against 2 they won’t be able to pay back their government can be upwards of a quarter million dollars. That’s not a loan; that’s loans with their dream job. 3 abstain It’s scary to think about the future as a mortgage. not being set in stone, but at the same time, Although the mention of higher taxes may send everyone running the other direction, at this it shouldn’t dissuade people from applying to their point, it’s one of the few solutions. The efforts put first-choice schools. The worst thing any school into our education system won’t be immediately can say is “no.” Education should always be one of the governapparent; it may take decades to take effect, but the longer it’s put off, the worse the situation will get. ment’s top priorities. It may sound cliché, but stuIn the meantime, students looking to get into dents are the future, and without an education, the the college of their dreams should try to obtain as whole of society will suffer. many financial aid options as possible, to ensure

“Obamacare” constitutional LUCAS GIGENA Staff Writer

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which calls for a radical reform of the American healthcare system and is often referred to under the moniker of “Obamacare,” has recently reached the Supreme Court, where it has ignited quite a debate over its constitutionality. Specifically, discussions have centered around its individual mandate, which would require individuals to purchase health insurance or face a fine equal in cost to the premium on a basic healthcare plan. Opponents believe that this requirement would be an unconstitutional abuse of government power, as it would call for all United States citizens to purchase something, which they fear would set a precedent for other government mandated expenditures. The fact of the matter is, however, that Obamacare is preceded by many other programs that require citizens to purchase or buy into a variety of goods or services, from automobile licenses and permits to programs as vital as Medicare, which provides government sponsored healthcare to the elderly. The individual mandate stands well within reason— healthcare is a unique market. Everyone, by necessity, participates in it, and health insurance is more often than not the only form of payment for this essential service. The slope isn’t as slippery as many think. In fact, it’s not slippery at all. Furthermore, the Constitution itself provides for these sort of programs in the necessary and proper clause. All of these services benefit the common good

and demonstrate how government sponsored or mandated programs are not the evil plot of “big government,” as the Affordable Care Act has been painted on some media outlets as of late. Related to this is the belief that the Affordable Care Act is an attempt by the Obama administration to “increase the size of the government,” which is a more sinister way of saying that they wish to increase government involvement in the lives of the people. However, the government would not control the healthcare industry under the Affordable Care Act but rather provide it with the regulation that it rejects but desperately needs. While paranoia runs rampant on the right about a single-payer system, the Act would truly allow for fair competition between the insurance companies, as their customer base would grow due to plans becoming cheaper and thus more accessible. Insurance companies would also benefit from an increase in preventative care as people utilize their insurance to visit their doctors for checkups, which would allow them to diagnose potentially deadly diseases in their early stages, possibly avoiding life-threatening and expensive (which is surely more important to the insurer) procedures. Essentially, the Affordable Care Act is good for the health of the average American. It allows for people to afford and utilize the healthcare they truly need, whether it’s preventative and cautious or necessary for the treatment of a dangerous condition, which could potentially otherwise go untreated, due to the current state of the American healthcare industry.

Hits and Misses:

What’s Up and What’s Down with The Lancer Hit: Canada eliminates the penny from their currency. They could use the leftover copper to make a commemorative statue in the shape of a Zamboni.

Miss: The Moorpark College presentation. I really didn’t need an hour explanation of how to apply.

Hit: The Dodgers’ new owners. Frank McCourt, get your

parking lot attending, financial managing and most importantly, your ex-wife away from Dodger Stadium. Forever.

Miss: Burger King’s new menu. My way would consist of new spokespersons. Kim Kardashian or Kate Upton, perhaps.

Hit: Jason Russell’s recent drunk escapade. We think he’s crazy, and that’s the naked truth.

Miss: Morgan Freeman to marry his ex-step-granddaughter. Ah, c’mon. Hit: Peruvian miners rescued after six days. Even though it wasn’t three months, it still wasn’t minor.

Pull your pants down for the police Alex Chen Editor-in-Chief

Any students arrested for jaywalking across Moorpark may soon be asked by police to get naked. The Supreme Court ruled on April 2 that jails have an unlimited blanket authority to strip-search any and all arrested individuals, who may have to disrobe, expose their genitals, squat and cough in front of an officer—even for minor offenses. Petitioner Albert Florence, for instance, was strip-searched twice after arrest for not paying a fine (which later turned out to have already been paid). Such strip-searches, argues Justice Anthony Kennedy, protect the general jail population and officers from weapons or drugs smuggled in body cavities. “People detained for minor offenses can turn out to be the most devious and dangerous criminals,” Kennedy writes in the Court’s opinion. He cites both Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, as well as Ziad Al-Jarrah, a terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks, who were both arrested on minor offenses soon after or before their larger crimes. Implicit here is the assumption that every American arrested for not wearing a seatbelt deserves a strip-search. She could be the Oklahoma City bomber, right?

Let’s ignore any standards or limits, such as only searching detainees who have a criminal record or who appear to be under the influence. Let’s disregard the operative word in the Fourth Amendment, which is unreasonable. Perish the thought that police officers could actually use judgment and reason instead of degrading every admitted individual. This is the sad legacy of 9/11, more than a decade later—a fog of paranoia so pervasive it has seeped into the country’s highest court of law. “Security” now trumps the Constitution, though evidence suggests that a reasonable standard of suspicion can weed out smugglers without humiliating all detainees (including those who are menstruating or lactating). Out of 23,000 inmates admitted to a New York jail over four years in a 2003 study by the New York Federal District Court, all of whom underwent strip-searches, only five attempted to smuggle contraband,and four would still have been strip-searched based on reasonable suspicion. Only one out of 23,000 would have escaped detection. Not bad, given the number of (relative) innocents spared from stripping for the sheriff. There is light, though, at the end of the tunnel. Jails may be able to make you strip now, but maybe—just maybe—TSA won’t also try to see people naked in the interest of “security.” Oh, wait.

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Laws must change after a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman, who was then allowed to walk free. On Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Martin was not armed barring a hoodie, a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. Zimmerman roamed free for nearly two months before public outcry led to a charge. Although it is unfortunate that it took a death to expose the law Zimmerman used in his defense—the Stand Your Ground law—we now know that it is unacceptable in the United States. When police arrived on the scene of the shooting, Zimmerman was handcuffed and taken to the police station as a customary procedure. All along, he claimed self–defense, and after only a short time in custody, was released. That’s right, he killed an unarmed 17-year-old boy and was initially only questioned and investigated for a few hours. This is due to the now-infamous Stand Your Ground law. Adopted in Florida in 2005 and spreading to more than 30 other states in some form, the Florida law permits an individual to use deadly force if “he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself.” The law needs to be changed. If it is not withdrawn completely, the law needs a revision to make sure it doesn’t so easily impede justice by providing shooters with an easy defense. On April 11 Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder and turned himself in. Widespread public outcry, including rallies and even a congressman, Bobby Rush of Illinois, wearing a hoodie on the House floor, pushed for justice for Trayvon Martin. It shouldn’t have come down to this, however, because somebody with Zimmerman’s questionable past should not be allowed to walk free only a few hours after killing an

unarmed boy—that is an outrage. Zimmerman was not only a vigilante armed with a gun (he made what some consider an excessive amount of calls to 911 during his reign as a neighborhood watchman, constantly reporting suspicious characters in his gated community, many of whom were black males) but, according to CNN, also had previous violent tendencies—against police officers. In 2005 Zimmerman was arrested for “assault on an officer,” and although it was later reduced to “resisting an officer without violence,” it’s no trivial charge when you kill an unarmed teenager. Later that year he and his fiance both filed for “domestic violence protection.” Because of the charges one could easily consider possible mental stability issues which seem to have grounds when listening to Zimmerman’s behavior on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. He sounds angry on the phone, as if he has a grudge against the supposedly suspicious Martin wearing a hoodie and was seemingly out to get him even against police orders, saying with animosity, “these [unintelligible] they always get away.” Zimmerman’s lawyers claim he said “[explicit] punks.” When Zimmerman tells the dispatcher he is following Martin, he is clearly told not to because police will arrive soon. As we now know, Zimmerman followed anyway, resulting in the close-combat altercation during which the teenager was shot and left dead face-down in the grass. But yet, because he claimed self–defense, his violent tendencies and defiance of a 911 dispatcher were not considered and the vigilante was freed by the Sanford police department without charge. We must change the Stand Your Ground laws. We must guarantee that killers do not avoid justice and ensure that vigilantes can’t walk free after the murder of any more 17 year–olds.

“Pink Slime” never a big deal ALEX BRADBURY Editor-in-Chief


by the numbers


The percentage of LFTB that is beef. It’s not filler or an additive, just beef.


The number of cows that would have to be slaughtered if we were to completely stop the use of LFTB.

»0 percent The chance that LFTB contains more bacteria than other ground beef.


The number of people who have already lost their jobs due to the controversy created by media carelessness and ignorance.

Think of blue skies, summer sun, the beach. When this year’s senior picnic was announced, my mind immediately began dreaming of the litany of things I wish I could do on senior picnic day on the Monday of graduation week. First, I will call in, or rather have my lovely mother call in my absence due to a convenient illness, doctor/dentist appointment and funeral, all of which are to take place on the brilliant day. Upon finding this out, some freshmen will probably collect some coins in a jar for me or something like that because of my obviously tragic situation. I get my best friend along with my very attractive girlfriend out of school (this will inevitably actually be another friend, as having a Sloan as my girlfriend is just as likely to occur as this fantasy, but we all ponder about living out our dreams). Anyway, we’ll then proceed to have a day off— Thousand Oaks style. And no, I don’t mean going to the Oaks and hanging out with some 12-year-olds or going bowling in Simi. The beach. Perfect. I’ll be cruising down the highway with my friends, top (not) down and not in a Ferrari—because I’m driving my mom’s ‘97 Toyota Camry. Well, at least it’s a stick and my mom does keep it in an unlocked glass room. No, actually I’m lying about the former but she does keep the garage unlocked. Nonetheless, we’ll at least roll the windows down and cruise down Kanan to the downtown Chicago of So Cal. When we get there, we’ll run wild and free and reminisce our high school careers. I must apologize for Grouplove being the soundtrack but it’s very fitting (considering living out dreams, cruising down the highway and running wild and free). After that it gets a bit clouded in my mind but I think I twist and shout in a parade, stare at a painting, eat at a fancy restaurant, catch a foul ball and drive home in reverse. Just before any sort of bad luck befalls Mr. Lichtl, however, I snap out of my chronic case of senioresque day dreaming (one of the symptoms of senioritis, evidently) and it’s time to decide whether or not to attend senior picnic. Finding out that attendance will not be taken for seniors on the day of, however, I realize that although it’s one guaranteed way of preventing senior ditch day, it takes all the excitement and rebellion out of my dream. Therefore, it will most likely forever be left to my imagination because I definitely wouldn’t want to do anything on any day between now and then to get myself kicked out of graduation ceremonies—or else my mom might not give me the marvelous Camry, and that would be a crying shame. If you didn’t understand this story, you should take the day to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. You’re still here? It’s over. -Nick Laumann

EDITORS ////////////////////////////////


writers (cont.)


Megan Bowser Ian Doherty

Alex Bradbury Alex Chen


Cortni Kaufman Dustin Kowell Lee McPherson Cassie Nunes Alexandra Randall Noah Rubino Dillon Whinery

managing editor N E W S PA P E R


It’s in your favorite restaurant. It’s in your home. And if you’re reading this and food is nearby, it may even be right in front of you. It’s lean finely textured beef (LFTB), better known as pink slime, and it’s, well, really not that big of a deal. Last month, there was a national uproar over an ABC News report that revealed over 70 percent of ground beef sold in supermarkets contained the dreaded product, in addition to numerous fast-food chains (including McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King). So chances are, all meat-eaters have consumed pink slime at one point. But what exactly is so bad about LFTB? Other than the incredibly unappealing moniker, not much. The USDA declared LFTB to be 100 percent safe, and there have been no studies proving otherwise. The USDA also considers it to be 100 percent beef and not an additive or filler. This is hardly the first food product to be made from perhaps not perfect ingredients (hot dogs anyone?), but the American people and news sources alike seem to have really jumped on the bandwagon. Look, pink slime is gross, but so are many other meat products. Again, hot dogs, people.

The argument that pink slime is not safe because it looks gross is absolutely flawed. Do people really think that the USDA would let an unsafe product be approved, and that now they know better than the USDA because they have seen a couple stories and pictures about it? Why should we switch to more expensive beef? If we stopped using LFTB, an additional 1.5 million cows would need to be slaughtered to make up for it, and in this tough economy the added health benefits would be negligible. In fact, LFTB actually yields less fat than other beef products because the fat is melted out before the beef is added to the rest of the beef. The brunt of the blame should be placed on the various media outlets who have carelessly focused solely on the unappealing aspects of LFTB without highlighting the fact that it is very cost-efficient and as safe as any other piece of meat. The bottom line is that LFTB, despite the gross nickname, has been around for many years, and has caused no noticeable health problems in anyone. Switching it out for, well really no reason at all, would cost the consumer more and not add much of any benefit, certainly not one that would outweigh the added monetary cost. Yes it’s gross, but, honestly, hot dogs, guys. Come on.

Pink Slime:

A day off, Ferris Bueller style

Samir Malhotra

Joyce Tan



Henry Chou Eric Hatland

Steven Golditch Kelly Wisneski



advertising manager

Nick Laumann Jen Smith

Olivia Sundstrom

center Nola Adedigba Rachel Riedel

features Maddi Reali Jason Gardiner

entertainment Taran Moriates Ali Wire

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adviser Jo Zimmerman Thousand Oaks High School 2323 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks, California 91360 Phone: (805) 778-0947 Fax: (805) 374-1165 Circulation 2,428

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photographers Ethan Lyons John Routh Michael Spencer

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Smith’s career starting early PAIGE CURSON Staff Writer

Taylor Smith » with permission

ACTION—Junior Taylor Smith smiles for the camera at the premiere of The Hunger Games on March 12. Smith played a boy in a propaganda film from District 13.

Millions of people left the theaters without watching the credits of The Hunger Games. Had they waited a few minutes longer, they would have seen junior Taylor Smith’s name scrolling across the screen. Smith auditioned along with about 1000 other teenagers for a part in the movie. He submitted a tape of himself performing a scene and was called a couple months later by Gary Ross, the screenplay writer, who told him he was to play a tribute of District 13. “I was so unbelievably happy,” Smith said. Unfortunately, the scene he was in was cut from the final production. He will, however, be given an opportunity to audition for Catching Fire, the second installment in the trilogy. Even though his scene was cut, he hasn’t given up on his dream of becoming an actor. He had no such dream until three and a half years ago, when his younger sister Lexie signed up for lessons with Pamela Shae, the casting director for movies such as Neowolf and The Ghostmaker. “[Lexie] signed up for lessons and then she said she didn’t want to go when it came time to go. So I said ‘I’ll check it out and I’ll go.’ When I went the first night I fell in love with it,” Smith said. Through that stroke of serendipity, Smith has honed his acting skills, learning how to improvise and practicing audition techniques. “I really love expressing myself through different characters. When you do a scene really well, you get that butterfly feeling in your stomach and it just feels really good,” Smith said. “I also like it when the people I’m acting in front of feel something too and it means I’m doing my job right.” Shae has also become an very influential person in Smith’s budding acting career, helping him whenever he has an audition or taping. “She’s always there for me. She’s super supportive and is backing me 100 percent and it feels good to have someone in the industry doing that,” Smith said. “She knows everything there is to know and every time I have a question she always has an answer.” Along with Shae, Smith’s mother has also given him her full support, driving him to auditions before he got his license and staying with him on sets.

I really love expressing myself through different characters. When you do a scene really well, you get that butterfly feeling in your stomach. -junior Taylor Smith

“She has been helping me out and letting me know this is worthwhile,” Smith said. He has auditioned for many parts at different studios, including Universal, Nickelodeon and NBC. Although The Hunger Games is the first movie in which he has acted, he feels that even when he does not get the part, these auditions are beneficial to him. “I’m constantly learning different things, and it helps a lot when you go on an audition because they provide different scenarios and they require you to make choices about character emotions,” he said. Smith prefers acting on screen over acting on stage because of the different challenges it presents. “In screen acting, you can express so much more emotion,” he said. But, in the competitive arena of getting auditions (and he has had many), let alone landing a part, Smith knows there will always be disappointments. “It’s discouraging for a split second but immediately afterwards you’re wanting to go for another audition,” Smith said. “Just because you didn’t get the part doesn’t mean you’re not a good actor, you just weren’t right for the part.” He is continuing to work on his long-term goal, having just been called back for an audition. Smith was unable to disclose the title of this movie. “I want to make this my career, to be an actor,” Smith said. “This is what I love and what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life.”

For more on The Hunger Games »see entertainment pg. 11


{ Every Lancer has a STORY sophomore Jacob Rosenfeld

jacob rosenfeld » with permission

DEEP BREATHS—Sophomore Jacob Rosenfeld swims with the ball at a water polo game during the 2011 season. Over the season, Rosenfeld had 58 goals, 25 assists and 42 steals. He has a family background in aquatic sports—both his parents swam and played water polo, and his mother won the NCAA 200 meter freestyle two years in a row. Rosenfeld now swims the 200 freestyle as well.

At home in the pool CORTNI KAUFMAN Staff Writer

Spending most of his time in the water has done nothing to dampen the thrill of the game in sophomore Jacob Rosenfeld’s eyes. Rosenfeld has been swimming competitively since he was 12 years old, and swimming for fun even longer. Having been exposed to aquatic sports since a young age, Rosenfeld has never felt any fear of swimming or being in the water.

“I have been swimming since I first got into the water, and I have loved it just as long,” Rosenfeld said. He decided to give water polo a chance when he was in seventh grade, and he has been playing consistently since then. Since beginning to play for the school, he has had a substantial amount of time in the pool and hopes for more to come. “I had a good amount of playing time my freshman year. I love the water, and it keeps me in shape,” Rosen-

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I have been swimming since I first got into the water, and I have loved it just as long. -sophomore Jacob Rosenfeld

feld said. Since both of his parents have had water polo and swimming experience, it seems that his passion for the sports and the water run in his family. Rosenfeld also enjoys spending his time wakeboarding, wakesurfing and snowboarding. “[My activities] keep me out of trouble,” Rosenfeld said. “I like being active.” While participating in aquatic sports, he manages to stay up do date with schoolwork as well. Along with his studies, Rosenfeld keeps up with the other swimmers. He holds the fastest recorded speed in school history for both the 200- and 500-meter freestyle events. During his freshman year, he placed second in both the 200-meter freestyle and the 4x100 relay. When he isn’t focusing on his studies, he is fixated on improving his strength and speed. “Swimming is very hard work, and if you don’t stay in shape it gets even harder,” Rosenfeld said. “If I’m not working with the school, I am keeping in shape by swimming in my free time.” Over spring break, he broke his right wrist in three places in a snowboarding accident at Mammoth; he launched himself too quickly off a jump and landed painfully on his wrist. Rosenfeld may need to have surgery on his wrist, but his main concern lies with his inability to indulge in his love for aquatic sports. Rosenfeld still attends swim meets to support his teammates, however, and is anxiously awaiting his return to his beloved sports. “Once [I am] back, [I will] make sure that I am as strong and quick as before,” Rosenfeld said. “I can’t let an accident slow me down.” “Every Lancer Has a Story” is a recurring feature on a randomly selected student.

Cool Car on


MADDI REALI Features Editor

Moving to a new school in the middle of the year is the stuff of classic high school movies. The new students are often met with curiosity; for junior Michael Crowe, this is certainly the case. Some students regard Crowe, towering above most students at 6 feet 4 inches, with uncertainty, especially when they notice that there is absolutely no hair on his head, face, or arms. “A lot of people see me and think, ‘Oh, you shave your head,’” he said. But this is not the case. Crowe has Alopecia Universalis Totalis, which is a condition which leads to a loss of hair all over his body. Since he arrived from Penn High School in Indiana during the second semester, Crowe has been faced with the sudden pressure to find his place in an unfamiliar high school. “At first I didn’t want to [move here], so I lived with my dad,” he said. “But then I realized I had nothing going for me there, so I moved here. Everyone’s been really nice.” Having manifested Alopecia since he was in third grade, Crowe has had to deal with it off and on for many years. “I lost [my hair] in third grade, got it back in fourth, lost it again, et cetera,” he said. “It started growing back this year a few days after my birthday. I always wished for my hair to grow back on my birthday, so it’s funny that it did.” Despite his differences from his classmates, Crowe has fit in perfectly and enjoys the friendly atmosphere. There have been no negative reactions to his condition from anyone. While in school, Crowe enjoys playing on the football team. His teammates and coach have been inspirational and bring out the best in him. “The conditioning coach [Jeff McCann] is really good and he works us hard. He doesn’t scream down our throats every day. All the guys on the team are nice guys—very accepting,” he said. Condition aside, Crowe is very comfortable at TOHS, despite the initial uncertainty. “I got some weird reactions,” he said, “but I guess that’s just life.”

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ethan lyons » the lancer

RELAXED AND REFURBISHED—Junior Carolyn Ruffino reclines against her 1966 Ford F100 pickup. The truck has a number of issues that make it inconvenient to drive, but they do not faze Ruffino. “It really is a good, sturdy car,” she said. Her friends often tell her the car matches her personality.

Car’s perks outweigh risks JASON GARDINER Features Editor

It may not be the most comfortable or the most economic, but junior Carolyn Ruffino would not trade her 1966 Ford F-100 pickup truck for a newer car if she had the choice. “I wanted a unique car,” Ruffino said. She got just that—along with poor gas mileage, rough driving and no air conditioning. However, despite these deficiencies, Ruffino knew the truck, bright red with white scallops, was exactly what she wanted when she saw it while looking for a car with her father. After a year and a half of shopping around, she discovered the truck at the end of the last school year. She had been looking specifically for older cars, especially trucks. As she discovered, the 1966 truck—equipped with a V8 engine—is also quite durable. Neither the paint job nor the stereo system is the one

with which the car was manufactured. The stereo system, though not the most advanced, is much better than the original. She was first attracted to the car because of its looks, especially the age and paint job. “I thought that classic cars [were] really cool and different,” she said. Ruffino’s father, though not a die-hard classic car fan, did not object to his daughter’s choice. And in retrospect, the Ford truck has proved to be an excellent choice for Ruffino, whose friends agree that something about the car fits her personality. “I kinda do my own thing and I stand out,” she said. “I have an adventurous, wild side.” For Ruffino, all of the inconveniences of owning and maintaining a classic car are worth it to complement who she is. “It’s either that or a normal car,” she said. The choice isn’t a hard one for Ruffino.

fast facts:

1966 Ford pickup

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150 or 170 HP straight-six or 172 HP V8 engine twin I-beam independent front suspension 1966 advertised price: $1,951 3-speed manual transmission with 4-speed and automatic options first F-100 to be manufactured with both twoand four-wheel drive

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Across the district, schools are becoming more eco-friendly, but few are as dedicated as TOHS. We reduce electricity where we can, install water meters on all of our hoses and recycle even though we get nothing in return—we are.... The district saves $1.5 million annually through the Energy Conservation Program.

It takes 20 recycled bottles to earn one dollar.


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An eco-friendly campus RACHEL RIEDEL Center Editor

We are the only school in the district that does eco-friendly car washes.

Green is more than just a school color; it’s a lifestyle. At a glance, students don’t always notice what their high school does to be eco-friendly, but the school has more than one way of being good to the environment. Whether it’s by recycling, reserving water or saving electricity, TOHS does what it can to give back.

eco-friendly habits »


We cut back 30% of all used energy since the program started in 2007.

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Recycling programs are a big portion of what the school does to protect the environment, but participation relies heavily on the students. The recycling programs, started by biology teachers Diane Powell and Ashley Cooper three years ago, organize



Custodians benefit from recycling

to pick up the bottles, cans and paper from classrooms around the campus. The idea started when Cooper visited an inspirational meeting discussing the importance of the environment in schools. “At the time, I was teaching Earth Science to ninth graders, and I spent all day explaining to my students the importance of shrinking our carbon footprint. When I looked around our campus, I noticed that we adults were not practicing what I was preaching each day in my classroom,” Cooper said. “I envisioned that, with a few small changes on campus with how we collected waste, we could make a huge difference in the volume of waste that went to the dump each day.” If students don’t put their recyclable items in a recycling bin, however, their trash won’t get picked up for the right sorting. “In tough fiscal times, we could not allow the recycling program to put any more work on our maintenance or custodial staffs. The recycling programs here at TOHS have to fully reliant on student participation,” Cooper said. “Student involvement depends on the year. The program started out with much enthusiasm but has decreased in years past.” The recyclable materials that don’t end up in their appropriate bins usually end up having to get sorted out by the custodians, who sift through the trash upon collecting it. The trash then goes into the trash bins towards the back of the school where it is picked up and hauled off. Despite all of the school’s good efforts, however, there is no money received in return for the recycling items turned in. “My motives [for starting the program] were strictly environmental—as a teacher, I wanted to show my students that no matter how big the challenge, you can do anything that you put your mind to,” Cooper said. “Making a difference for our Earth today will make a huge improvement for our future.”

benefits of being green »

Not much money is necessarily earned through the school’s attempts to protect the environment; it’s more like the school is saving money—sometimes by saving electricity or also by conserving water. Water saved by the school

comes primarily from the water saved in school car washes. In fall of 2010, the school received numerous calls from local citizens saying that the car washes at the school were wasting water. In response to this, the school purchased on/off nozzles for all of the hoses and biodegradable soaps and ensured that a water meter was installed prior to all car washes in order to regulate water usage. Because of different circumstances, many other schools throughout the district cannot provide for car washes. Their water usage is often higher than the standards set by the city’s water conservation policies, but TOHS car washes remain efficient and eco-friendly, allowing for the popular fund-raising events to continue. “I think [the car washes] are good, and I’m glad we kept them,” Dean of Students Coreen Pefley said. “They’re one of the best fundraisers for our kids.” Aside from the money saved by cutting back on water usage, money is saved district-wide every day by turning off the electricity when it’s not being used. The idea of saving energy started five years ago when former NPHS chemistry teacher Rick Freed joined the district to start the Energy Conservation Program. Freed, now the distric Energy Educator/Manager, works to help schools in the district cut back on how much energy they use. “I collect a lot of data. Every water bill, electric bill, gas bill—I go over,” Freed said. “And, out of the data, I can see where we spend maybe too much money and where we can cut back.” Since he has joined the program, the schools have made progress by installing LED lights in all the parking lots across the district, setting up a power-saving schedule for lights on-campus and making sure that teachers unplug their electronic devices before vacations. On a yearly basis, Freed and the Energy Conservation Program save the district approximately $1.5 million by cutting back on energy and electronic usage. “California schools are so low on money nowadays, so I look forward to saving money for the schools,” Freed said. “Our primary goal is getting students a better education, so the more money we can save, the more we can spend helping the students.”

“Our school tries to be eco-friendly but it’s cool that we do more than recycling. But with the water and things I think we’ve really stepped up. I think our school does what it can for the environment, but there’s always room for improvement.” — senior Becky Drake


Does the school do enough for the environment?

“In general, I think we do enough. The faculty really cares about the environment. I think we should do more stuff with compost because a lot of people throw out uneaten food, which is a waste.” — freshman Karla Mooklar

“I think the school does a lot for the environment already, such as putting recycling bins around the school and sending students to pick up materials in classrooms, but I also think that there should be more opportunities for students to learn about their impact on the environment.” —junior Cameron Gardner

“The school just doesn’t get people to be proactive about it. They buy the recycling bins and everything, but the students never do anything with them.” — junior Kelly Dziuba

“I believe our school administration does a hearty job of supporting the environment, but we as students need to step it up. ” — junior Jaclyn Koger

We may not realize the impact of empty soda bottles absentmindedly scattered about the campus or thrown into the regular versus recycling trash bin, but fortunately, our school custodians take special care to make sure these bottles end up recycled. This allows them to have an impact on the environment as well as gain some extra income

Marco Godinez “Well, you know it’s for a good cause, the environment, and it also provides a little extra income, which is an added benefit for sure,” school custodian Marco Godinez said. In Godinez’s case, this extra money is spent on expenses for his children. “I use this money for my kids so that they are able to participate in sports,” Godinez said. Although he only averages earning an extra $50 monthly, every little bit helps. “It’s a real help when it comes to things like gas

Don Ramirez and things for my kids, but beyond that it’s not that much,” he said. The custodians’ recycling habits began at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, and since then has increased within the custodial staff. “I saw other people doing it and I was like ‘okay that’s a good idea,’” Godinez said. “‘Why not?’” – Alexandra Randall

One of the other participants, school custodian, Don Ramirez, uses his revenue to get supplies for his job. “We do it because it helps us get money for supplies and equipment—you know, small things like gloves that people don’t really think about,” Ramirez said. While he had never engaged in recycling previously, he sees it as a win-win activity now. “We started this year and prior to that I had never recycled in my whole life,” Ramirez said. “At

Kim Rafter home, it doesn’t make sense because there aren’t that many things to recycle,” he said, “but here there are a lot, so the work pays off.” While he appreciates the money that he gets from recycling, he acknowledges that it is just one of the many benefits of recycling. “The really important thing is that things are getting recycled,” Ramirez said. “It will hopefully help the environment and the future of all the students.” – Alexandra Randall

Another of the many recycling custodians, Kim Rafter, has worked here for 15 years. One of the first to start recycling, she can be found collecting bottles every lunch and sixth period. When she began to notice that students were not recycling, she took it upon herself to make sure that the trash got recycled. “I found and still find more bottles in the trash cans than the recycling bin,” Rafter said. Rafter, along with her sister who also works at this school, recycles to support their parents who

have a fixed income. Rafter’s sister takes the bottles to the recycling center three times a week and then they give the money to their parents. “I usually collect 50-75 cans each day and earn $100 a month,” Rafter said. “I know it’s a lot of work for not that much money, but I know it’s for a good cause.” – Alexandra Randall

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COLLEGE corner Moorpark a stepping stone MADDI REALI Features Editor


Oviatt Library at Cal State Northridge


Jansen’s magic fingers CASSIE NUNES Staff Writer


Silence. Her fingers weave through the air, pausing to make a shape. American Sign Language (ASL), senior Sam Jansen’s preferred language, flows from her hands rather than from her mouth. Jansen hopes someday to attend California State University Northridge (CSUN) and to participate in its well-known Deaf

Studies program. First, however, she plans to attend Pierce College in Woodland Hills, a community college that is part of the Los Angeles district and that is also known for its interpreting program. She will spend two years at Pierce before transferring to CSUN, where she hopes to graduate with a degree in Deaf Studies. “I want to be an interpreter, then teach later,” Jansen said. The many steps she must take toward achieving her dream may be daunting, but Jansen believes they are well worth the trouble. “I’ll be at Northridge as long as it takes,” she said. As an interpreter, she could work in the medical or

educational field or work freelance. A highly trained interpreter can earn $30-$40 an hour. After discovering her interest in ASL during her sophomore year, she began attending Deaf Night at Starbucks every month in Northridge, where she participates in the deaf community. It was there that she decided she wanted to have a career working around the people and culture. “Being able to interact with deaf people made me want to interpret,” Jansen said. Until her experience with ASL, Jansen wanted to go to Juilliard and major in music theory. After her experiences at Deaf Night, she was persuaded to immerse herself in the tightly-knit community. “I used to practice piano and clarinet five hours a day, now I spend all my time signing,” she said. Her love of music has not faded, however, and she has been active in the TOHS marching band for the past four years and has been in the Ventura County Honor Band for five years. “[I love it] just not as much [as ASL],” she said. As this year’s Vice President of the ASL Club and a tutor for new signers, Jansen spends quite a bit of time in the ASL room. Jansen hopes that the time she has spent during the last three years will help her in her college years. “I just know I want to be signing all the time.”

Matin planning ahead

Apply to Moorpark College at moorpark college. edu.

Apply for the Honors Program online or via mail.

Submit an official high school transcript to HSS Room 217.

year programs ers »offInterpreter Education Program (IEP) for »requirements IEP: be a CSUN student, complete ASL IV

»recommendations for IEP: completion of Advanced ASL Conversation and ASL/ English Translation SOURCE » CSUN.EDU

» Community college programs Staff Writer




Honors Program


Maintain a high school GPA of 3.25 or higher.


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As the countdown to graduation approaches, many seniors are at the crossroads of deciding where to attend school in the fall. Senior Samir Matin is among those who have decided to spend their next two years at SAMIR MATIN a junior college. “I’ve decided on taking my two years of undergrad at Moorpark because it’s financially easier and I will be able to transfer to a UC like UCLA to finish my major,” Matin said. At Moorpark College, Matin intends to apply for the Honors Program, a multi-discipline program that puts students on the fast track to a four-year university. As a member of the Honors Program, he will have special privileges such as access to the UCI and UCLA libraries. “It will help me get scholarships into the college I want to transfer into,” Matin said. “I need the scholarship money.” He will also be recognized as a Transfer Alliance


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Program graduate, which will give him priority transfer admission consideration at UCLA. Matin has decided to major in computer science at Moorpark and afterward. “I’ve always been really good with it and it comes easy to me. Also, I like being around and work[ing] with new technology,” Matin said. Two years ago Matin took an interest in computer graphics and web design when he entered a banner contest for an Internet company. Currently, Matin is taking a computer graphics class in order to learn some of the general skills and tools of Photoshop and other graphic design programs. “It’s helped me in some ways,” Matin said. “I learned all the basics of Photoshop that I need to know, which have improved my graphics a lot.” Matin plans on furthering his design skills along with working on his undergraduate work, but he still wants to keep it as a hobby and not as a regular job. Instead, he plans to get a job in computer programing. “I really like computer science because it gives me the freedom to create whatever I want, and I’m always learning and working on new things,” Matin said. Matin plans on finishing his senior year strong, continuing to sharpen his skills and enjoying time spent with friends.


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Faced with the transition out of high school, senior Alexa Patterson is looking to community college as a gateway into a future career. Patterson plans to spend two years at Moorpark College taking general classes, as well as a few extra film or theater classes ALEXA to prepare for her later career PATTERSON in the film industry. She knew from a young age that her love of film would lead her to pursue a career in some facet of the industry someday. “I just remember watching movies and knowing that I had to be a part of it,” she said. Her favorite aspect of the film industry stems from her love of the many different emotions that good films can evoke. “Films allow magic to come to life every day and I want to be a part of that magic that leaves people either happy, sad, or questioning, because that means the magic had an effect on them,” Patterson said. While attending Moorpark, she looks forward to continuing her internship in the field of her choice. “Currently I’m interning with a theater company here [called Cabrillo Music Theater],” she said. Not only does she intern, but Patterson has joined the theater production staff at school to help her figure out just which facet of the film industry she will pursue as a career. “As of right now I have actually been involved with theater to see if that might be something I would want to do,” she said. When it comes to attending college, she has always planned on going to Moorpark before moving on to a four-year university. “I’ll definitely either go to USC [University of Southern California] or maybe LMU [Loyola Marymount University] for film,” she said. As Patterson works toward saving enough money to attend her university of choice, she believes Moorpark will offer her everything she needs to ready herself for bigger things.

Community colleges are looking more attractive every year. With tuition costs skyrocketing, more students go to junior colleges before transferring to their “dream schools.” Just last year, 49.9 percent of TOHS students went to a community college. Using these colleges as a stepping stone before transferring, however, is not their only function. Each college has its own special programs students can utilize to go into the work force sooner. Moorpark College is famous for its Exotic Animal Training and Management program (EATM). People from all over the world go to Moorpark specifically to participate in this program. They receive hands-on training with the animals at Moorpark’s zoo to get certificates in subjects like Animal Behavior Management or Wildlife Education. If students choose to get a degree, they can complete lower-level general education courses and receive their associate degree at the same time they receive their certificates. Moorpark isn’t the only community college with specialized programs—Santa Barbara City College, for example, has over 50 certificates. It is scubaaccredited by the Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE), the International Diving Schools Association (IDSA) and other organizations. It is also widely recognized as one of the foremost schools for hospitality training, including hotel management and food services. For some, going to a four-year will never be an option, but joining the work force faster is more viable. Unfortunately, many of these programs are becoming jeopardized by budget cuts, but they still prepare students to become qualified for specialized, higherpaying positions.

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» 49.9% of the class of 2011 attend a community college

» 44% of U.S.

undergraduates attended community college (fall 2008) fall 2008-fall 2010 enrollment has increased 15%



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ENTERTAINMENT » REACT What are your thoughts on the Hunger Games?


“I think they’re rad books, but they’re horribly misinterpreted. The violence in the books is necessary, but the movie just glorifies it.” -Sophomore Kenzy Peach

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Let the Games begin It’s the start of a new phenomenon, a new obsession, a new motivator to show up at the movie theatre at midnight dressed in costume. The Hunger Games was a bestselling series well before it hit the big screen, but it’s box office numbers show that its a huge movie success as well. May the odds be ever in your favor.

“I think it’s a great series that reminds me of Harry Potter. Well-written books that turned into a great movie.” -Senior Dylan McKenna

“I only saw the movie. It was pretty intense how they just kill people for entertainment. ” -Junior Michaela Meichtry

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SARA WILSON Contributing Writer

It seems as though there is a certain recipe for box office success: take an already popular and well loved series of novels, a fresh-faced trio of young actors, a moody soundtrack, and all the hype a production company can muster. Harry Potter, of course, was the pioneer of this method, followed by the unbelievably popular collection of Twilight films. Both franchises not only developed an intensely loyal band of followers, but proved that great stories can be taken from the written page to the big screen with incredible results. The excitement that preceded those movies traversed across all types of people, so that even a disinterested movie goer like myself couldn’t help but feel a tad intrigued about the upcoming release. However, the reign of these two fine cinema powerhouses is coming to an end, creating a gap for a new set of movies to fill. Enter, The Hunger Games. The well known novel about a future, tyrannical world where children fight to the death in a bloody television event is taking shape on movie screens across the world—as anyone who doesn’t live under a rock already knows. The plot stays faithfully similar

to that of Suzanne Collin’s book, although it omits a few (what some might call major) details. I, for one, was disappointed in not seeing protatgonist Katniss’s severe struggle to find water in the wilderness. What took up a fairly large portion of the book describing her life-threatening dehydration was barely mentioned. Details like that made me wary of how the rest of the film would play out, only because I’ve seen beautifully written books be murdered in their film adaptations so many times. However, that wasn’t the case in The Hunger Games. The few deviations from the original story didn’t detract from the film’s overall charm. A large part of its likability was due to the appeal of heroine Katniss Everdeen herself, played by Jennifer Lawrence. She’s dangerously cunning. She’s smart. She’s confident and intensely determined. She’s selfless and doesn’t lose her wits in situations most teenagers couldn’t even imagine facing. She’s absolutely stunning. And she has the hardship of choosing between two equally gorgeous men—Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Frankly, she’s the type of person many high schoolers wish to be. Lawrence propels the movie forward with effortless acting. The role as tough, brave Katniss fits Lawrence perfectly.

Because the novels already have such a large fanbase, the success of the movie was completely predictable. Muvico was overwhelmed with Hunger Games fanatics on opening night, when all fourteen theatres were screening the movie on a constant rotation. I, for one, didn’t attend the festivities (something about masses of angst-ridden teenagers up past their bedtimes didn’t exactly appeal to me), although it wasn’t hard to catch a later showing, considering that the show times were spread out every 20 minutes or so that first weekend. My own copy of the novel barely had time to settle back on my bookshelf when I caught the flick, and I was delighted to witness the story come alive on the big screen. My favorite part? Lenny Kravitz’s surprisingly good performance as Cinna, sparkly gold eyeliner and all. The shaky, documentary-ish, camera work was a little much for me, but I’d rather be a tad nauseous from that than witnessing the almost uncomfortable amount of the film’s gore in crystal clear, focused film. Perhaps The Hunger Games is only the next craze, but this movie really did cause viewers to be hungry— if not starving—for more.

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Modern Age My one true love: The Strokes I’ve resisted long enough. Every issue, as I brainstorm for what I’m going to write about for this column, it’s taken every ounce of my strength to not write about a certain band. But, despite my fantastically toned biceps, I can only stay strong for so long. So I’ve given in. It’s time. The Strokes. I can say with utter certainty that these five New Yorkers have single-handedly changed my life and have shaped my high school years. First of all, Julian Casablancas, the lead singer and role model for the Most Interesting Man in the World himself, is quite possibly the coolest guy on the planet. He’s about as cool as a polar bear’s toenails in the Arctic during the harshest winter they’ve had in the past century. Which, I’m told, is pretty dang cool. Some people may have some lofty lifetime goals such as obtaining a secure job, maintaining a close-knit family or discovering how it’s not butter (I still can’t believe it), but my only goal in life is to simply meet Julian Casablancas. Or at least inherit a small portion of his swag, fashion sense and hairstyles. As pathetic as it sounds, this goal is so big for me that I’ve even spent hours on Youtube watching videos of other people meeting him in an airport and have seen every single one of his interviews well into the wee hours of the night. I blame him for my lack of sleep.

My love for them actually prevents me from experiencing new music and expanding my horizons a lot of the time. Whenever I go to turn on music, which is basically the second I wake up until the second I fall asleep, I always end up putting all The Strokes’ songs on shuffle even though I continuously tell myself to give them a rest. I don’t even want to know what the play count on their songs is on my iTunes because it would just make me feel like an over-obsessed fanboy. Oh, wait... But that’s the charm in them, their youthful and explosive tunes never—ever—get old or boring. The simple rawness and infectious rockstardom that is prevalent throughout their albums and in their actions makes everything you do while listening to them seem that much cooler. If they’re on your car stereo while driving and you make a left hand turn, it feels like the most rad left hand turn ever. If you’re doing laundry, the folds you do are probably so dope that Mary Poppins would be jealous. They’re undeniably my idols. I look towards Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr. for tips and inspiration for playing the guitar. I look towards Nikolai Fraiture for modesty and mystery. I look towards Fabrizio Moretti for suave and humor. And I look towards Julian, of course, for passion and self-reliance. I plan on spending unspeakable amounts of money to be front row during their next North American tour and to deck out my future dorm room in Strokes merchandise. They are synonymous to high school for me. And now, as I’m on the brink of graduating and moving on past the complex teen years that went along so well with The Strokes’ music, I am thankful that I had them there to see me all through it. I’m looking forward to taking them with me to the next steps of my life and allow them to flow alongside my story. And with that, this column comes to a close. It’s been a pleasure. —Taran Moriates


»Sam Elders “I’ve been listening to ‘Hard in the Paint’ by Wocka Flocka Flame. He’s one of the best lyricists in the rap game today and his beats are dope. Also, I think his dreads are pretty sweet.”


»Gioia McGuire “‘Moving On’ by the Used. It’s good to jam out to. I listen to it all the time. I just like the sound with all the guitars and dope rhythm. It makes me feel like the girl version of James Dean.”

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A new face in Avatar


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the shins » public source

taran moriates Entertainment Editor

A few months ago, I was tutoring someone at Starbucks. I was tired, worried about the load of homework waiting for me at home and pretty frustrated while trying to teach how to do simple addition. Then I heard “Australia” by The Shins faintly come on over the speakers in the store and suddenly all of those burdens fizzed away. And that’s always been the draw for me to The Shins. A simplistic, energetic burst of joy that is poppy enough to lift my spirits, but not poppy enough to be considered lame. Their career path has been similar to other bands from the past decade, especially The Strokes, with a great amount of success coming in the early 2000s (when most of us were still jamming to NOW 17 or whatever number they were currently on) and then slowly fading to a five year hiatus due to the members’ uncanny ability to be unhappy and to burn out. But, now James Mercer and company are back with the refocused and reinvigorated Port Of Morrow, seemingly ready for the pressures this time around and poised to make an impact on the music scene once again. Right from the start, the spritely “The Rifle’s Spiral” and leading single “Simple Song” ensures loyal fans the group still has their patented and desired childish

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exuberance, with “childish” not being used with the usual bad connotation, but with admiration and glee. These first two tracks give the album momentum and reinstalls the group’s confidence. The trademarked juxtaposition of Mercer’s voice as he goes from short, quick notes to drawn out drawls within the same breath brings a unique dynamic to most songs and keeps things interesting. This is most prevalent in “Bait And Switch,” which is a homage to classic Shins with a sprawling chorus and airy tone. After these initial bursts of energy and familiarity, the group takes a turn towards a more melancholic and peaceful style for the remainder of the album. “September” finds Mercer alone with his guitar, reflecting over the troubles of his past years and assuring us that everything’s better now as he admits: “I’ve been selfish and full of pride.” The second half is not one that jolts happiness into me like their older hits, but one that instead provides tracks that are perfect for late-night thinking or nostalgia-filled moments. “For A Fool” continues the theme of realizing past mistakes over the dull thumping drums and spaced out strikes of the bottom guitar strings. The album seems to be filled with mixed emotions. It seems as if parts of it are celebrations that the group survived and others are somber reflections of what got them to this point. We celebrate with them and we skulk with them, unsure which one we prefer.

Port of Morrow

Tracklist 1. The Rifle’s Spiral 2. Simple Song 3. It’s Only Life 4. Bait and Switch 5. September 6. No Way Down 7. Fall of ‘82 8. For A Fool 9. 40 Mark Strasse 10. Port of Morrow

Dance Moms knocks out competition ali wire

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Train California 37 April 17 Jack White Blunderbuss April 24 Pennywise All Or Nothing May 1 Beach House Bloom May 15 Best Coast The Only Place May 15

Fans have been waiting for The Legend Of Korra for a long time. It’s been four years since we saw any new content (excluding the train wreck that was passed off as a movie). We are still a few days away from the official premiere of the first two episodes, but thankfully the creators revealed those episodes online. There is only one thing to say about it: it’s great. I’m sorry, that didn’t get across the fact that it really is amazing. Like really, really amazing. To see a totally new Avatar was a shock at first, but it isn’t a bad thing. Korra reminds me less of Aang and more of Sokka with her sarcasm. Now that I think about it, she is more or less the opposite of Aang. She’s pushy, impatient and has the ability to bend everything but air before any formal training. While she is a little less likable than Aang, I’m sure by the end of the first season fans will be on the edge of their seats waiting for more from her. The Legend of Korra happens 70 years after Aang and his group ended the 100-year war. He and Zuko took it upon themselves to reconstruct the boundaries of the Nations. They took the old Fire Nation colonies and transformed them into a place where benders from all four nations and non-benders could live side-by-side. The worst thing about this series is the fact that only Katara remains alive out of all the people we meet in The Last Airbender. Luckily though, one of Aang’s children, Tenzin, turned out to be an Airbender and is now Korra’s airbender teacher. Just because the characters themselves aren’t there doesn’t mean that their personality from the show is gone. Aang lives on in his son, Toph’s attitude shows up in her daughter and traces of Zuko can bee seen in Mako, one of Korra’s new friends. One thing that wasn’t lost in the transition between Avatars was the show’s humor. There are so many small little jokes that are thrown in. Some even allude to The Last Airbender, like when another one of Aang’s grandchildren ask Katara what happened to Zuko’s mother and is cut off by her sister. Or the addition of a new cabbage man when the episode gets to the phonograph store. They are small additions, but jokes like those remind me of what made the first show great. This time around there is no big war between nations, but instead there is an anti-bender movement growing. A small terrorist group in the Capital city is trying to fight the current bender-centric government in Republic City, but as of the first two episodes, we haven’t seen a whole lot of them. The coolest new addition to the series is the new sport of “pro-bending,” where earth, fire and water benders compete against one another. I don’t think it would be stretching it too far in saying these are some of the coolest battles in the series. The Legend of Korra is amazing. It’s no small feat to be compared to The Last Airbender, and this new series can not only be compared, but it is up there right next to it. From the first two episodes, I can tell the creators have quite a few surprises up their sleeves and I, for one, can’t wait to see what they are.

lifetime » public source

DANCING QUEENS—As young dancers from Abby Lee Dance Company apply 10 more pounds of makeup for their competition, their mothers stand behind them, talking smack about the other girls and stirring up more gossip. The show is less about the girls learning about dance and improving their skills and more about the snobby rich moms talking about a daughter’s new nose job.

I have an unhealthy addiction to horrible reality television shows. I’m not even kidding. I’ll be channel surfing, and despite the topic, I’m hooked on it. I believe that these shows have three categories: celebrities (examples: Ice Loves Coco, Khloe and Lamar), young people doing stupid things (Jersey Shore, The Real World, Survivor) and adults making young people do stupid things, while being equally as stupid. That’s Dance Moms. The show revolves around the Abby Lee Dance Company, led by Abby Lee Miller, who has actually sat in the TOHS girls activity room and watched our dancers. It follows Abby and a group of mothers. Oh, and the dancers. While season one was a big hit, many feared that the next season would be the show’s downfall. What if the girls quit? What if they can’t compete? What if Abby loses weight? Thankfully, they were wrong. The camera crew follows Abby as she stands there (or sits, she’s fond of both) with her hands on her hips and yells at the girls. The camera also pans on the couch where all of the dance moms sit, stirring up all of the day’s gossip. Oh, and the dancers compete. I forgot to

mention that. The show is unbelievably addicting and really makes me thankful for my wonderful and kind choreographers. The way the girls are treated sometimes makes me cringe and wonder even why the moms even have their children stay in the program. But no matter what, I can’t stop watching. I know, I should be appalled or protesting out in the streets (or at least writing this story in Ed/Op), but at the same time...I don’t feel bad. The girls know what they’re in for, and every dancer gets a tough choreographer once in a while. They’re also at an age where they can decide if they want to continue the program. Don’t like it? Quit. Just like Kendall from season 2. However, I’m quite content with the way our dance program is, so I’m hoping no one will read this and think I support the teaching methods. Seriously. Don’t think that. So what can we predict for season 3? A mascara wand fight? The girls caught huffing hairspray? The mothers finally stop trying to relive their lives through their children? Nah, that’s wishing a little too hard. Whatever is in store, though, I’m sure I’ll thoroughly enjoy it. Dance Moms is broadcast on Lifetime at 7 p.m., PST. Don’t miss it. Or you’ll have to sit out for this competition.



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HIT IT–(left) Junior Brad King attempts to return the ball against his Simi Valley opponent. (right) Sophomore Jed McGuigan serves the ball against Simi Valley on April 3 at home. The Lancers were unable to emerge victorious, losing 8–10.

Softball looks for first win

megan bowser Sports Editor

After going 2–3 in the preseason, the girls softball team kicked off league against Westlake on March 16, but the team lost 2–5. “We got ahead of ourselves, but we’ve moved on and now we are ready to face them again on our turf,” sophomore Julianne Rodriguez said.

The Lancers were then shut out by first-place Simi 0–14 and third-place Royal 0–7. Their 2–4 loss to Agoura and four-game losing streak moved the Lancers to seventh place. “It is not the best feeling, but after each game we put the score behind us and just have fun with the game,” Rodriguez said. Although the team is currently 0–4, it still has a

treme Dodgers lack Magic, after all

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Curb your enthusiasm, Dodger fans. On March 28, the headlines were as exciting as the man who was making them: “Magic Johnson buys the Dodgers for $2 billion.” As a Dodger fan, I was excited when I learned of Magic’s supposed purchase of the Dodgers. Finally an owner who knows what it takes to win. The man who won five NBA Championships and who has forged bonds with players from all walks of life—the man who helped lead the NBA into its glory days. Why couldn’t he do the same with the once-great Dodgers? Well he can’t, because he isn’t the owner, and he didn’t buy the team. Sure Johnson bought a stake, (the exact amount will most likely remained undisclosed) but the true financial powerhouse behind the deal was a financial services firm called Guggenheim Partners, led by a man named Mark Walter. “Mark Walter buys Dodgers,” is certainly a less exciting headline. So Magic didn’t buy the Dodgers, but he can still be helpful recruiting free agents right? Sort of. The MLB free agent system is nothing like college football’s, in which coaches have to win players over in ways that don’t involve just paying unseemly amounts of money. Magic could help break a tie if the Dodgers are able to match another team’s offer for a key player, if they can even match the offer, which I have my doubts about. Another suspect part of the deal is the record-shattering price paid for the team, that $2 billion. You don’t need me to tell you that’s a ton of money, and to pay for it the Guggenheim Partners are counting on securing a massive new cable television contract. And guess who will have to pay for that. According to the Los Angeles Times, it will be the people of Los Angeles who will pay higher cable bills to help foot the bill. “People of Los Angeles buy the Dodgers.” If they put that headline there, I don’t doubt that there’d be many confused people in Los Angeles. Maybe hardcore Dodger fans wouldn’t mind paying extra money each month to have a winning team, but what about the not so hardcore ones? Or what about the new legion of people who are Angel fans thanks to the signing of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson? Or the millions who will never even watch a Dodger game and could care less about all of this.?Do you think they’ll be happy about paying more? And, when people are unhappy, they complain and picket and cause a PR nightmare. What good will Magic be then? “Sorry that you’re paying more money, but hey, remember the 80’s?” If people cancel their subscriptions, then where will the money for Guggenheim come from? The Dodgers, despite all of Magic’s charisma, will be once again be bereft of funds to acquire free agents, and once again will be out of contention. –Alex Bradbury

With a 5–3 league and 5–4 overall record the team is hoping to come up with a way to find more momentum in the second half of the season. “[We just need to be] giving maximum effort not only in matches but in practices leading up to them,” junior Chris Lees said. Ever since their first match against Dos Pueblos that they lost 12–6, the Lancers have been inconsistent. The following match resulted in a win against Camarillo with a score of 14–4 followed by a victory over Royal with a score of 14–0. The Lancers then hosted Moorpark, which resulted in a great victory with score of 17–1. Unfortunately, the team hit a rough patch against Calabasas where they lost 4-14 and then tied with Westlake 9–9 but lost an individual game 72–75. “We are disappointed in our recent efforts. We lost a couple of matches when we should have capitalized on it,” Lees said. The Lancers then defeated Agoura and Newbury 14–4 and 15–3 respectively but lost to Simi Valley 8–10. On Tuesday, April 10, the team defeated Royal yet again in a 16–2 blowout match. Players note though that there are two teams to watch for in the league. “Calabasas, we have to come with the mindset that we have the capability of winning and for Westlake we have to thrive under pressure and perform our best,” Lees said. The Lancers are confident though that if they can overcome these two rivals they will be able to flourish in the playoffs. The team’s next match is today against Moorpark at 6 p.m.

positive outlook on the rest of the season. “Our confidence has been lifted a little and I think that everyone believes we can compete aggressively,” junior Randee Fleming said. Due to the rain on Wednesday, April 11, the game against Moorpark was postponed. The team will face off against Newbury Park today. Scores were not available at press time.



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Boys swim tries to reverse record IAN DOHERTY Sports Editor


JUMP IN–Junior Lauren Latham long jumps against Royal on April 5. The girls were victorious in the meet with a final score of 92–43, continuing their undefeated league streak of 3–0. If girls track capture the Marmonte League crown, they will then have achieved their fourth straight title.

Girls track is eyeing the league crown with a perfect 3–0 record thus far, and, if successful, will repeat as Marmonte champs for the fourth year in a row. Boys track, however, is lagging behind due to several crippling injuries. Injuries plague boys prospects of prize

Girls look for fourth straight league title

After high hopes for the season, boys track has been faced with a hurdle: injuries. The team competed in their first league meet on March 29 against Newbury Park and Agoura. The Lancers were able to pull out the win against Agoura with a final score of 112–23. The outcome was less impressive in their loss to Newbury Park as they finished the meet with the final score of 58–78. “Newbury had personal records across the board and they set their sights on the win and they achieved that,” hurdler sophomore Matt Dacanay said. During the meet, discus and shot put thrower senior Brice Reede lost his balance and dislocated his thumb. “Brice is our top thrower and without him, we are generally giving 18 points away unless our other throwers place,” Dacanay said. The team later went on the road to face Royal on April 5. The Lancers went in with the mindset of getting a win, but they were unable to achieve that. The final score of the meet was 33–103. At the start of the meet, during the 110-meter hurdles, senior Dustin Kowell hit a hurdle and suffered a severe bone contusion in his knee. “The team was concerned...we all knew that we were going to have to give everything. We got to still try and win the meet,” sprinter senior Jordan Rudman said. The team’s next league meet is today against Westlake and Moorpark. -Ian Doherty

Girls track is at the pole position for a league championship yet again for the fourth year in a row. The team is currently 3–0 and well on their way to completing an already sterling season. After beating both Newbury Park and Agoura, the Lancers are confident that they will acquire yet another league title, as they have for the past three years in a row. “With only two meets left, we need to stay focused in practice and keep training hard,” sprinter sophomore Teigan Schentrup said. This season the team has come together well, especially considering the large number of new athletes the team has acquired. “There has been a lot of growth on the team...we are very well bonded,” Schentrup said. After its last home meet today against Moorpark and Westlake, the team will head out to Simi Valley on Wednesday, April 18 to take on Calabasas and Marmonte powerhouse Simi for their final league meet. “[If we] keep in our heads that we can beat them we will do fine,” Schentrup said. Following these matches, the Ventura County Championships will take place in Moorpark on Friday, April 27, where the team will face the best track athletes in the county. Girls track runs today at home against Moorpark and Westlake. -Lee McPherson


road to perfection

Girls swim stays afloat in league LEE MCPHERSON




Staff Writer

The girls swim team’s season is rolling now that the team has accumulated a series of wins and a well-earned fourth place in the Rio Mesa Relays. At this event, the Lancers battled 10 other teams from around the Ventura County, including Westlake, Oxnard, Hueneme and others. Next, the team triumphed over Agoura 94–76 and Camarillo 93–77. On the following Friday, the team faced league rival Westlake. In that meet, the Lancers were defeated by the Warriors 51–199. The Ventura County Championships followed. The team did exceptionally well against the 31 other teams from around the Ventura County and placed seventh overall. “Overall it went really well and a lot of people made the finals,” junior Kara Barcza said. Royal, however, put up a great fight in the meet that took place on Wednesday, April 4. The final score ended in a near lock at 87–83. The Lancers, however, pulled through to win the meet. Now the team is preparing for a very important match against Newbury Park and hopes to carry over the momentum from its recent wins. “If there is one meet we can’t lose, it is Newbury,” junior Cassie Raymond said. The Lancers’ next match is at home against Newbury Park on Friday, April 13.

Boys golf struggles to recover losses in league

SCOREBOARD * records as of Tuesday, April 10

girls track

After having a lackluster start to the season, the boys swim team has not been able to regain its footing in league competition. The team fell to league powerhouse Westlake on March 16 by a final score of 40–130. The team later went on to host their second league meet of the season against Royal on April 4, and the final score of that meet was 79–88. The Lancers competed in the Ventura County Championships on March 29, in which the team ended up finishing in fifth place. The team feels that they can improve on certain parts of their swimming. “I feel that every team can be improved but I am content on how Coach Smith is training our team and I have been satisfied with our season so far,” junior Sean Kale said. After the team’s rough start at the season, the swimmers feel optimistic in their ability to turn the season into a positive one. “We haven’t had a very good start, but I feel that we are about to turn things around and do much better. I also feel that we do much better in the second half of the season,” Kale said. With three league meets remaining in the regular season, the team has decided to take it slow by focusing on one meet at a time. Along with team success during the middle of the season, individual success has been flourishing. Members of the 200 IM relay team, juniors Chance Bruce, Alec Bertrand and Casey Etchechoury and senior Jake Kavanagh have been eyeing a CIF berth and have been able to come within five seconds of the qualifying time in their first time of that event. The team’s next league meet is at home against Newbury Park tomorrow on April 13.










Baseball.................................................... 1








Boys Golf................................................. 6








Boys Lacrosse........................................ 3








Girls Lacrosse......................................... 1








Softball...................................................... 3








Boys Swimming..................................... 1








Girls Swimming ..................................... 2








Boys Tennis ........................................... 5








Boys Track .............................................. 1








Girls Track............................................... 3








Boys Volleyball...................................... 8








Staff Writer

Heading into the second half of the season, boys golf has hit a speed bump. So far, the team has lost three out of the five matches and has one tie and one win. These losses were against Royal, Moorpark and Westlake. “Moorpark is a really good team and we played at their home course so it was unlikely we would win that one, and at Royal, we should have won, we just had a bad day,” junior Sean Wiere said. “We need to improve even if we are having a bad round from the start. You can not just give up, you have to try your hardest the whole round.” Ending with a tie, the team yet again had a very close match against Calabasas. The match ended with a score of 378–378. According to the players, a tie is very uncommon, and they each have their own opinion of why

they eventually lost the tiebreaker. “We did pretty good with only one bad score, which caused us to lose because their highest score was lower than ours, and I was surprised because we were suppose to win that match but Calabasas had their best scores this year so there is nothing we could do about it,” Wiere said. Along with an amazing tie, senior Jonathan Van Hees made an incredible hole in one against Calabasas at Sunset Hills Golf Course on April 3. Van Hees was stunned when he made the shot; no one in league has ever hit a hole in one on that specific hole. “It’s a once in a lifetime thing; it was so incredible. I was golfing with him when it happened,” Wiere said. “It was the first time I witnessed a hole in one live.” The Lancers’ next match is today against Newbury Park.

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road to the

championship » vs. Moorpark March 7 25–16, 25–13, 25–11 » @ Calabasas March 14 25–17, 25–19, 25–11 » @ Westlake MARCH 16 14–25, 25–23, 25–23, 22–25, 15–12 » VS. Agoura MARCH 28 25–21, 25–13, 25–18 » VS. Simi Valley MARCH 30 25–15, 25–22, 25–20 » @ Royal APRIL 2 25–14, 22–25, 21–25, 25–18, 15–10 » @ NPHS APRIL 4 25–16, 25–15, 23–25, 25–18 » @ Moorpark APRIL 9 25–15, 25–15, 25–19 » VS. ROYAL APRIL 11 » VS. Calabasas APril 18 » Vs. Westlake april 20 » @ AGoura April 25 » @ Simi Valley April 27 » Vs. NPHS April 30

We are on top coming into the second half of the season and we gotta do all that we can to stay there.

-Senior Jason Avina

John Routh » the lancer

Bump It—Senior Jason Avina bumps the ball against Royal on April 2. The Lancers were victorious in that match with a final score of 25–14, 22–25, 21–25, 25–18, 15–10.

Volleyball seeks perfection dillon whinery Staff Writer

Boys volleyball is closing in on the second half of the season, still remaining undefeated in season, with a current record of 7–0. “We are on top coming into the second half of the season and we gotta do all that we can to stay there, we know that we have to beat Westlake again and we know

what to expect against Royal this time so we can come in more prepared and hopefully beat them before it gets to the fifth set,” senior Jason Avina said. The boys had two very close matches against Westlake on March 16 and Royal on April 2. Both matches were back-and-forth between the teams and ended with a fifth set, which jolted them into realizing that they need to be at the top of their game.

Girls lacrosse victorious in first league game

Boys lacrosse seeks resurgence in league

megan bowser

dustin kowell

Sports Editor

Staff Writer

This season for boys lacrosse has been mediocre, to say the least, but there is still plenty of season to make a run for the championship. The Lancers recently lost a few close games to league competitors. “The games have been really close, we are just having trouble executing and finishing when the moments come to us,” sophomore Alex Hernandez said. The Lancers have been putting a lot of goals in the net with stellar games recently by senior Keegan Sauer and junior Andy Crown. Both players have stepped up in clutch situations, but there are still plenty of players poised for solid starts. As for the team play overall, the pressure is on as the run for a CIF run approaches. “Nobody is perfect. Every team needs room for improvement and especially for our guys we need to work more as a team and less as individuals,” captain senior Tucker DeLuca said. “Once that is accomplished, I think we will be able to do some damage.” Game plan is a key to success and for this team, they have certain tactics that could help them power through to being at the top of the 101 Coast Standings. “As far as any lineup changes, we have moved [junior] Brad Sharpshair to midfield and me to attack. But as far as gameplay goes, we aren’t the biggest team so we need to rely on our speed,” DeLuca said. The Lancers played yesterday, April 11, against Oak Park, but the scores were not available at press time.

Baseball struggles in league play

“It made us more confident about our chances to win all of league and that we can still close out a game,” senior Cavan Donohoe said. The team owned the court against both Agoura and Simi High School on March 28 and 30—both matches finished within three sets. “We will be undefeated this year and destroy the rest of the league,” Donohoe said. The first set against Agoura ended fairly close, 25– 21, but the Lancers were too much for the Chargers and the last two sets were a breeze. Simi, on the other hand, began slowly 25–15 and the last two sets gave a scare as they ended 25–22 and 25–20. “They were easy, they are two low-ranked teams,” senior David Meuschke said. Over the past six games the boys have had tremendous success not only with the average teams in league but with powerhouse teams, such as Westlake, that tarnished their perfect season last year. This season, the team has come together and it seems the team will stay strong till the end no matter the team that they play. “[The keys to our success is] our stellar offense and setting with star players Jonah Seif and Jason Avina,” Donohoe said. “We have beat all the teams in the league once and need to keep the trend up, we just gotta stay focused with our goal in mind,” Avina said. The Lancers played yesterday April 11 vs. third place Royal, but the scores were not available at press time. The team will be leaving this weekend to compete in the Santa Barbara tournament.

thrill of the chase—Midfielder junior Brad Sharpshair and midfielder senior Dillon Whinery are in a foot race to scoop up a ground ball against their Calabasas opponent. The Lancer came out triumphant with a final score of 17–4.

At the halfway point of the season the girls lacrosse tem had a league record 0–4. “There was room to improve. It was upsetting, but we could only get better,” freshman Michaela Maki said. The team started the second half of the season victorious beating Newbury Park 9–6, with goals scored by freshman Reina Tuffly and sophomore Savannah Sutherland. “The whole team was very happy and excited that we won, I think we were all a bit surprised that we won,” junior Cami Pena said. With a win under their belts, the team hopes to have success against Birmingham next Monday April 16. This will be the first time that the Lancers face up against the Patriots. “I think we will do great, we have more confidence and a lot of practice,” Maki said. Since the team picked up from spring break the practices have gotten more intense with more conditioning and offensive plays. The team feels that with productive practices that they have accomplished goals they set for the season. “I think that we have reached past our goal which was to improve as much as possible and work together as a team and from there we can only improve,” junior Casey Kornmaier. The Lancers have four games left in the regualr season and according to the team, they want to grow even more in order to prepare for next year’s season.

team would have to turn everything around to be able to compete with the top four teams in league right now and make playoffs. “[We] just need to pull it together and fire on all cylinders at the same time,” Pemberton said. The Lancers were able to win the first league matchup against rival Westlake, but since that victory, the team hasn’t exactly stuck with that winning mentality. “Winning. We just need to focus and get back on the track we were during spring games and start to win more games,” pitcher senior Michael Shaw said. Although the Lancers record isn’t great, it isn’t a totally accurate representation of how they have been

playing as almost every game for the team has been decided by three runs or less. Fielding, hitting, and bringing in runs have been just some of the problems for the Lancers. With the struggles through the first half of the season, the Lancers are looking to turn things around and just play Lancer baseball. “[We] have just been moving people around but we have faith in all of our players to perform,” Pemberton said. With the second half of the season upcoming, the Lancers hope to perform with higher expectations and finish out strong. The Lancers upcoming games are back-to-back against Newbury Park on April 18 and 20.

michael spencer » the lancer

dustin kowell Staff Writer

The season has taken a turn south for the baseball team, as the team has a league record of just 1–5. It opened the season with a decent spring, but as the season has progressed, the Lancers have had some trouble recording wins. The team is still optimistic about its chances to rebound however. “There aren’t really any concerns so far, we just need to have more faith in our ability to play baseball,” outfielder senior Jeff Pemberton said. The Lancers are currently sitting in a tie for last place with Royal with an overall record of 4–13. The

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