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Volume LI, Issue 8 » April 26, 2013 » 2323 N. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 » » Circulation 2,500

Scientists dominate The Lancer science department took home nearly half of the awards from the annual Ventura County Science Fair earlier this month SHAY SUBAN Copy Editor

Crushing the competition in Ventura County’s 59th annual Science Fair was an exciting accomplishment for the students who participated. TOHS made a strong showing this year at the Fairgrounds April 9–11, both in participation and in ranking, with its students making up over 40 percent of the total placings. Initally founded as a science club by Scientific Research teacher Dr. Nikki Malhotra in 2002, the program quickly expanded into one that focused primarily on participating in the science fair. “My part is to keep them on task, make sure they meet all the deadlines, mentor them on different projects and make sure they get all the supplies that are needed for the experiments,” Malhotra said. “I give them feedback when they’re stuck on something, and I make sure they cross that hurdle and move on.” At the beginning of second semester and after learning about the scientific techniques, the students made a topic choice and started their experimental procedures and series of trials. “I’ve been in the lab so late that I’ve been locked into the school and had to jump the fence to get out,” senior Adam Protter said. Protter placed first in the biochemistry division at the county level for the fifth consecutive year and received an honorable mention at the state competition. He also qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest science fair at a pre-college level. “I’ve participated in the science fair for as long as I can remember,” Protter said. “I’ve done science every


CHEMICAL BONDS—Seniors Josh Mytych, Adam Protter, Cory Hard and Michael Rincon and juniors Austin Jones, Ian Jones, Corey Davis, Kyle Marik and Sean Laput express their thanks toward Dr. Nikki Malhotra after the culmination of the 59th Ventura County Science Fair.

year since first grade, so it has been a tradition.” Senior Josh Mytych tied with Protter for first in the biochemistry division at the county level, but unlike his peer, this was Mytych’s first time participating in the science fair. “What you put in is what you’re going to get out of it,” Mytych said. “I spent around 150–200 hours in the lab. It takes a lot of time and commitment to do well.”

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18 places, first and second place advanced to state First Place Adam Protter–Biochemistry Josh Mytych–Biochemistry

Science Fair Winners Daniel Lee–Chemistry Michelle Magnusson–Human Biology Ian and Austin Jones—Microbiology Second Place Noah Fields–Human Behavioral and Social Sciences

Sean Laput–Biochemistry Brittany Salyers–Botany Corey Davis–Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences Bradley King–Engineering Michael Rincon and Cory Hard– Microbiology


WEAR BLUE FOR DREW—(left) Senior Monica Chen kneels down to include her own message of personal encouragement in support of senior Drew Perez’s battle with cancer. (above) An ocean of students in blue gather on the quad on April 10 with a signed poster to show their care for their fellow Lancer.

A smile to remember



Students came together to show their love on Wednesday, April 10 to wear blue for “Love Drew Day” in honor of senior Drew Perez. Perez’s struggle with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) ended the same day that he passed away in his home with his family and close friends. The following day, the school provided grief counseling to help students deal with the tragedy. Perez, a longtime Thousand Oaks resident, has brought smiles and laughter to his friends since elementary school. “I’ve known Drew since kindergarten, and I can’t

even count all the fun times from our Aspen [Elementary] days,” senior Olivia Copti said. Copti and Perez remained friends throughout middle and high school. She recalls one memory in particular, at Conejo Valley Days. “I remember just how fun it was to hang out with him, relaxing and talking, running from ride to ride and eating Hawaiian Ice,” she said. A friend to everyone he met, Perez left a legacy in memories. Senior Makenna Freauf especially remembers Perez from the ninth grade theater class that they had together. “He always knew how to put a smile on my face,” whether it be in a joking manner or otherwise,” Freauf

said. “His personality was never-ending brightness.” Perez’s optimism was infectious: It also affected senior Jenna Syverson in the same theater class their freshman year. “I didn’t know anyone [in the class], but with Drew’s infinite smile and warm personality, we quickly became friends,” she said. “When I think of that class, I’m reminded of the ridiculous inside jokes that are forever etched in my mind.” Perez’s passing has left a hole in the school’s community that will take a long time to be filled. “He was one of those people you wanted to surround yourself with,” senior Michelle Magnusson said. “He inspired you to be a better version of yourself.”

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The dance department showcases its annual spring concert to the theme of “Let’s go to the movies,” featuring the “happy feet” of all the dance classes.

Baz Luhrman transports viewers back to the Roaring ‘20s in the newest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Leonardo Dicaprio rocks.

Rarely do underclassmen make an impact in high school sports as freshmen, but this year John Glenn and Keilea Wysocki are bucking the trend.


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GREEN CAUSE—Link Crew leader sophomore Jocey Sanchez shares coloring spirit with a preschooler.

Link Crew spreads the green message EDWIN CHIKUKWA News Editor


A GATSBY REVIVAL—Performers of dance team’s competition piece reach up to junior Gabe Montes in their portrayal of the upcoming film adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” to Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” in Saturday’s night show.

Dance performs through movies JESSICA ASHCRAFT Center Editor

A variety of movies, from “The Hobbit” to “Snow White and the Huntsman” to “Transformers,” came to life through dance in the department’s annual spring concert, held April 18–20. Sponsored by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, the concert lent itself to the theme of “Let’s Go to the Movies.” “I loved this year’s theme; it was cool that we could really put a story to each dance,” dance team member sophomore Andrew Allan said. “Hopefully the audience understood and loved it just as much as I did.” The concert featured dances that had a movie associated with each one. Some pieces had songs directly from movies or songs that simply related to them. “We incorporated our competition pieces and with each story, we tried to portray a movie that matched,”

newswire Three seniors named as 2013 Star Scholars Seniors Jason Gardiner, Jingyi Li and Katherine Reaves were among the 85 top-performing Ventura County high school students in contention for the 2013 Julius Gius Star Scholarship. Selected as representatives of their school on the basis of GPA, school activities and community service, the three were honored as Star Scholars at an award banquet on April 16. —Joyce Tan

Girl Up club helps at local girl power gala A new club on campus, Girl Up, volunteered at the Girls in Power Gala, which was held at the Goebel Senior Center on April 12. The gala included a presentation by several inspirational speakers, a fashion show and a silent auction, all of which attempted to empower young women. Girl Up members hosted a booth that handed out temporary tattoos and candy to bring awareness to the club. They also volunteered as waiters to serve the diners their meals. —Jessica Ashcraft


POWER INK—Girl Up Club President, junior Kaitlin Hung applies a temporary tattoo to an attendee at the gala held at the Senior Center.

Allan said. “All of [the pieces] were phenomenal and fit perfectly into the show.” As is the tradition, the concert included a senior piece. It proved to be bittersweet to the performers as this would be their last concert on campus. “This program has created such an amazing, comfortable atmosphere for me and it was definitely weird performing at Spring Concert for the last time,” dance team member senior Brooklyn Falkenberg said. “I’m still trying to come to terms with it.” In the end, the dance program hopes that the audience enjoyed the concert and that it will continue to inspire people to dance. “There is no way that I could do that,” audience member junior Jake Brondyke said, regarding the male hip-hop piece. “It looked tough, but they made it look really easy.”

“ Seeing the gym full with people and excited to watch us dance is all we ask for. It’s so exciting for us. —Junior Tatiana Miranda

While singing his Earth Day rendition of “BINGO,” Link Crew leader sophomore Kyle Van Landingham delivered an important message about recycling to his attentive preschool audience. On April 22, Link Crew hosted its sixth annual Earth Day Extravaganza in front of a young audience that packed the Thousand Oaks Children’s Library. This event qualifies Link Crew for a grant which helps support the club’s other activities on campus. “I have two young daughters so I focused on selecting stories and songs that they enjoy,” club adviser Ashley Cooper said. “I was confident that our talented and compassionate Link Crew leaders would be a great asset to the children of our community.” The “Going Green” activities included Earth Day remixes of popular children songs, story time and a puppet show that featured the importance of recycling. “I was in front of a bunch of kids,” Van Landingham said. “That’s nerve-racking, but once I got up there, I was pretty comfortable.” After the show, the event culminated with the children working on their coloring and recycling robots project and a handprint mural which was hung in the library to celebrate their participation. “The toughest part was finding the time to organize the event in my already hectic schedule,” Cooper said, “but the smiles on the children’s faces made the efforts well worth it.”

Club celebrates Latino talent EDWIN CHIKUKWA News Editor

Freshman Jeff Ange went from spectator to performer at the Latino Talent Show, dancing to Zumba along with dozens of other participants from the audience. Hosted by Ballet Folklorico, the night’s Latin American Talent Show drew a large crowd on April 12. “Performers could sing, dance or act to a number,” Ballet Folklorico club adviser Veronica Bass said, “as long as the song or act was from Latin America or by a Spanish artist.” Besides audience participation in the Zumba act, the show had many unexpected surprises and the crowd noted these attempts at variety. “I really liked the style of dancing that was going on,” Ange said, “and how they would incorporate different dances that I’ve never seen.” The acts ranged from a mesmerizing belly dance to a merengue performance, but they were not the only

parts of the show that were Spanish-oriented. “I wanted the show to be a cultural experience, so we used the Spanish language,” Bass said. “I hoped that the introductions would be completely bilingual so that everybody in the audience would understand, but it didn’t happen this year.” This being the second year of the show, TWIRLING Bass desires to make the event a tradition. TALENT— “My dancers and students really enAlumna Emily joyed organizing and performing in the Hops performs show, so we decided to have it again,” Bass a belly dancsaid. “We actually hope that it will be an annual show. ing piece in I’m already looking forward to it.” the PAC. By the end of the night, her goal of making the talent show a cultural experience had been accomplished. “It was fun and entertaining,” Ange said. “How a lot of different countries do all of these dances together is pretty amazing to me.” BEN MUELLER-LECLERC » THE LANCER

Senior dedicates letter to McGinnis

GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE— Senior Noah Fields, English teacher Felix McGinnis and Barnes & Noble representative Pam Eilerson attend the local ceremony to recognize Fields’ winning submission. His entry will be entered into the regional competition where, from a pool of five winners, a teacher will be named the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” Both the winning teacher and his or her school will also receive $5,000.

JOYCE TAN Editor-in-Chief

In 350 words, senior Noah Fields dedicated a letter to English teacher Felix McGinnis. And he won. Open to middle and high schoolers, Barnes and Noble’s “My Favorite Teacher” contest encouraged students to submit an original essay, poem or thank-you letter sharing a teacher’s impact on his or her life. Fields’ submission won the local contest and highlighted McGinnis’ influence on his academic career. “After I first heard about the competition, I felt I had to write a letter for Mr. McGinnis because he has made a tremendous difference in my life,” Fields said. “The passion he brings to academic discussion is a joy; he’s very enlightening and he’s inspired me in many ways.” Recognized at the local bookstore on April 21, Fields’ entry will move on to the regional competition. “Words aren’t enough homage, but I feel like teachers aren’t acknowledged enough for the amazing work they do,” Fields said. “My letter was my small token of appreciation for his prodigious gift to me.”



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AP blackout should get out AP tests approach swiftly, like the four horsemen of the scholastic apocalypse. And with the stamping of hooves and gnashing of teeth comes AP blackout. For the next two weeks, most school functions such as field trips and extracurricular activities are postponed or cancelled. No one, regardless of level—from AP to standard—is allowed to enjoy their soirées or shindigs. AP testing affects such a small portion of our school relative to everyone else that there is no reason to forbid everyone’s plans. For instance, Special Kids Day, an event where young special needs kids and high school volunteers can enjoy Conejo Valley Days one-on-one, has been cancelled because of the blackout. The complete shutdown of school functions, especially voluntary

Should CP and ones such as Special and sets the wrong precStandard students Kids Day, unnecessarily edent for the future. be exempt from AP restricts students. The blackout problackout weeks? vides no chance for stuThe students that want dents who don’t have to to participate in the EDITORIAL BOARD worry about AP tests to event should be able to 11 yes participate in an activwithout any hassle. no ity that they have looked However, the Jazz 00 forward to. Band’s trip to Reno is 01 abstain No benefit comes from still happening. the blackout. The adminIf we want to keep this unjust war on student activities, istration should think about the the administration should at least consequences if they wish to continue their jihad on fun. maintain consistency. Besides, kids should, in theory, Non-AP students are, in effect, punished for something complete- utilize as much time as possible studying for the AP tests. They ly out of their control. Those who choose to participate should not cram for such an imin these events should get the op- portant and impactful exam. No one’s saying that all of our portunity. A complete lockdown of all school functions doesn’t solve activities should be scheduled for the weeks preceding the blackout, any problems. It creates them. It inconveniences those that are but there should definitely not be a not part of the small AP minority complete veto of them.




NORTH KOREA: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK—Once again, the hermit government has rattled its sabres using its nuclear weapons. Kim Jong Un’s government threatened Japan and neighboring South Korea. Through these threats, the young and unpredictable new leader attempts to receive aid for his people and solidify power in his own regime. While these threats might be ridiculous and overblown, there is a possibility that North Korea could mount an attack. However, they lack the power to do any lasting damage. For more on North Korea, visit

CASE IN POINT Rozay raps rape Rap game sexual assault accusations! Rapper Rick Ross made headlines recently by talking about rape in one of his verses. Featured on the song “U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko, Ross rapped “Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” What makes an already precarious and touchy situation worse for Ross is the fact that he is sponsored by Reebok and rapped about “[dying] over these Reeboks” just a line earlier. The company, after over a week of protest from women’s rights group UltraViolet, dumped Rozay over the lyric, costing him an estimated $5 million in endorsement money. Ross tweeted that he felt “betrayed” over the company letting him go. This audacious comment goes along well with his tweet stating that people misinterpreted the lyric. It’s OK guys. It’s not his fault; it’s yours. To make the situation worse for Reebok and BIG RO$$, the shoe company didn’t drop him right away. Nothing says “THUG LYFE” like a former correctional officer wearing some pumps. Rozay should know better than to rap about something so offensive when in a public position with a sponsorship from a major company. The fat lady didn’t sing, but the fat man rapped himself out of a lucrative sponsorship deal. I shouldn’t have to tell anyone that rape is bad. Anyone with one working brain cell knows that. Unfortunately what Ross has in obesity and faux-gangster imagery he lacks in common sense and decency. But the lyric isn’t the only issue here. No matter how vile it is, Rozay has the right to say whatever he wants on a track. Art is art no matter how much we don’t want it to be. The problem is the hypocrisy of going after this one rapper with even more force than in the past. This is done simply because he is in the spotlight with an endorsement deal at a time when rap is more commercially viable. Rape in rap isn’t a new phenomenon, though. Eminem, Action Bronson, Biggie Smalls, Big L and countless others all have lyrics about rape. The precedent that we don’t condone these lyrics should have been set long ago when it first started. Hopefully now that Rozay has fallen off, others will be more aware of what they present to the public, for fear it will damage their reputation. But if we don’t wish to hear these kinds of lyrics in the future, we have to “Bring Da Ruckus” and demand that everyone should have equal punishment. But why is this rapper punished to a harsher degree than all of the others? It seems superficial and ineffective to fault one artist above others that do the same thing, sometimes in an even worse and more direct fashion. And many of them are still hailed as innovators, game-changers or lyrical demigods. Biggie Smalls is still beloved even all these years after his death. Tyler, the Creator is huge and rape and murder is half of his shtick. There is no reason to condemn one artist for what he says and give others a free pass. It truly is hard out here for a pimp. —Casey Sigelakis



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Trotting Every Lancer away with has a STORY prizes AMBER SUTHERLAND

Features Editor

Winning two iPhone 5s, two laptops, $1,000 and a trip to New York from the TV show “The Price is Right” is just one of the highlights of Shannon Hanke’s senior year. Hanke and her mother starred on the show on April 2 for a Mother’s Day special in Los Angeles. Out of hundreds of people who were waiting in line outside, only a few were chosen to go on as actual contestants. “They interviewed 15 people at a time and they just happened to really like us,” Hanke said. The show enjoyed Hanke and her mother so much that they were the first contestants on the show that day. “It was the most exciting experience,” Hanke said. “My mom and I were completely in awe, and we couldn’t help but scream My mom the entire time. Hugging and Drew Carey totally made I were commy day.” pletely in awe, Besides winning on the “The Price is Right,” and we couldn’t Hanke has been horsehelp but scream back riding ever since she the entire time. was nine. Hugging Drew “I’ve been around Carey totally horses since I was born,” made my Hanke said. day. Currently, she has two dogs, two cats, a bunny –senior and a turtle. The abunShannon Hanke dance of these pets are a result of her mother growing up on a ranch, which Hanke and her family continue to visit for family reunions. “It’s like all 100 of my redneck cousins out there,” she said. In addition to horseback riding, Hanke has been playing flute since she was in the fourth grade and continues perfoming in the band today. Her mother influ-

senior Shannon Hanke

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enced her decision to participate in the music program, because she played the same instrument in high school. “It’s nice to be able to create music,” she said. “[It’s a] great atmosphere.” Music is not a major part of her future, however, as Hanke plans to attend West Texas A&M University, where she intends to study pre-veterinary and sociology. “It’s such a bittersweet feeling,” Hanke said. “I don’t know anyone out there, but I know I’ll make so many new friends.” Despite her leaving for college in five months, at the moment, Hanke feels she has had a great senior year. “Everyone looks forward to their senior year, thinking it’s going to be absolutely amazing, and that’s exactly what it’s been,” Hanke said. “I couldn’t have dreamt it better.” “Every Lancer Has a Story” is a recurring feature on a randomly selected student.

RIDING TO VICTORY— (above) Senior Shannon Hanke (top) on the set of “The Price is Right” with her mom below her. (below) Hanke rides a horse during one of her lessons. In her horseback riding lessons, Hanke practices dressage and jumping on a horse.

Flowing with the future kendell snow Center Editor

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CONSTRUCTING A MASTERPEICE—Senior Jonah Polkes works on the water feature that is located in a friend’s backyard. Building the water feature has given him insight into what a career in landscape arcietcture requires.

At the age of 13, senior Jonah Polkes discovered his passion for architecture through the construction of water features. “I’ve always loved water features and building them. I built a real one in my room, modeling the Tuolumne River in Yosemite,” Polkes said. “That started my passion for them.” Since then, his love for architectural design and construction has only grown. In March, Polkes began the construction of a full-scale water feature for his friend, senior Fabian Damm. “When I was over at his house, his parents mentioned always wanting to redo their backyard. I jumped on the opportunity,” Polkes said. “I wanted to create something special for them that can leave my mark, and that they can enjoy everyday.” Polkes was also able to merge this project with the Architecture 2 course he is taking at TOHS. “I wanted to do something more proactive,” Polkes said. “I proposed my idea to the teacher and we came up with a deal.”

Polkes presented all of the work he was doing on the water feature to the class and also did in-depth research on the variables that affect the feature’s construction such as weather, climate and materials, at the request of his teacher. The feature will be built mostly of rocks and Polkes plans for it to be roughly 20 feet long when it is finished. This opportunity has given him the insight and experience as to what a career in landscape architecture would be like and all of the planning that must go into the construction of a professional water feature. “I went to City Hall myself and spoke to them about regulations and permits for construction,” Polkes said. “There are so many factors I never thought of like weather and style.” Polkes plans to finish the water feature by early May and after high school he will further his architectural career in the Landscape Architecture program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “It is a rigorous five-year program ranked in the top 10 nationally,” Polkes said. “I would like to specialize in water features at this point, but I [don’t] know where college will take me.”

Painting with a Ph.D: A new doctor on campus Ali koplan Features Editor


After being part of the Lancer family for 12 years and experiencing many adventures finding her profession, art teacher Victoria Sonstegard earned her Ph.D. in Art History at Warnborough College U.K. In her final year at CSUN, Sonstegard knew she wanted to teach art because of her art history Professor Dr. Brigitta Wohl. “[Art is] a creative way to spend your days and it makes you look at the world around you differently,” Sonstegard said. “An artist has to perceive or look beyond the surface to get to a deeper meaning in order to communicate his or ehr vision to others. Art is a process, not a formula.”

Before becoming a teacher, Sonstegard was a graphic artist and worked on TV shows such as “Angry Beavers” on Nickelodeon. She originally thought musical theatre would be her career choice, but she found herself more attracted to the art end of the business after moving to Los Angeles. “[I] thought it would be fun to work in animation or in character design and building. Who wouldn’t like to paint the dinosaur models in Jurassic Park?” she said. Attending Warnborough College was a unique experience, which she enjoyed because she had to do more research and independent writing. To get her Doctorate, it took two years of studying 600 pages of an art history textbook. “[The college] expected you to work hard and get

your degree so you could apply it to your life immediately,” Sonstegard said. “I loved the freedom to work whenever I wanted to...even in the middle of the night.” Sonstegard couldn’t have reached this achievement without the support of those closest to her. “You cannot undertake something of this magnitude that takes over your life,” she said, “without love and support by those closest to you.”

Other staff on campus with Ph.D.s: Dr. Arkle, Dr. Dee, Dr. Malhotra and Dr. Swanson


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Straight out of high school The age for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to go on a mission recently changed from 19 to 18, allowing some students to go. Before arriving at their destination, missionaries do not know who their companions are and will have limited contact with family ALL STORIES BY


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Nathan DeBeikes Birmingham, England Nathan DeBeikes leaves for Birmingham, England on July 25. “It’s a huge opportunity for service,” DeBeikes said. He would be happy going anywhere, but he thinks that England is an exciting destination. After the mission, DeBeikes hopes he will have more direction in his life. “I think I will have a lot of growth,” he said. DeBeikes plans on playing football at BYU when he returns from his trip. He has played since third grade and is on the team at TOHS.

Cebu, Philippines

For the next two years, senior Jacob Snyder plans on spending his mission in Cebu, Philippines. “I’m really excited to share the gospel I have,” Snyder said. Before Snyder can spread the word of his church, he must go to the Mission Training Center (MTC) where he will learn how to teach people his religion. Snyder is looking forward to going to BYU and law school after his mission trip, but at the moment, he is focused on his mission.

Nick Baker


Tokyo, Japan

Nick Baker will be on his mission in Tokyo, Japan, over 5,000 miles away. “You leave all personal affairs behind and just go there to serve,” he said. He hopes to bring people to Christ and teach them about God. After his mission, he plans to attend BYU because a large percentage of the student body are LDS members like him. While he is away, Baker will miss surfing. “I love surfing. Every wave is different,” Baker said, “you never know what you’re going to get.”


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Even though John Allawos has not been informed of the location of his mission, he is still excited for the experiences awaiting him on the trip. “[I expect to feel] better than I’ve ever felt before, and have a lot more knowledge,” Allawos said. Allawos hopes to go somewhere out of the United States, despite having short notice on his eligibility to attend a mission trip. His goal for the mission trip is to teach people about his faith and the joy of his religion.




Throughout his freshman year, senior Roman Curiel developed a love for theatre. “I enjoy [theatre] because it is so wonderful,” Curiel said. “It’s the same reason why an artist paints. Everything about it fits and I feel good when I do it.” Although Curiel knows what he is majoring in, he has chosen to go on the mission before starting his college education at BYU, where he will study theatre and engineering. “I think I am ready now,” Curiel said. “I don’t want to be in the middle of my education and then leave for two years.”




A healing bubble School is expected to be a safe bubble for students—a place to learn in a protected environment. Recently, however, the support system on campus has been diminishing and has left child abuse victims with fewer resources for healing

Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña officially declared April 25 Parental Alienation Awareness Day for the city

26% of students know someone who suffers from child abuse

Spreading awareness The first step to eliminating child abuse is to highlight the issue. Child abuse occurs more often than is known and needs to be discussed more openly KENDELL SNOW Center Editor

Although it is not an issue many choose to make public, child abuse is a problem that affects many children, some even on our own campus. The month of April is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month and numerous organizations have hosted events in an attempt to raise awareness for the troubles of children living in hostile family situations. One such example is the Bubbles of Love Event held across the world on Thursday, April 25. Although the month of April targets child abuse as a whole, the Bubbles of Love event, in association with the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization, specifically focuses on educating the community on the dangers of parental alienation and making sure that children are given the chance to have both parents in their life after a divorce. Although child abuse is most commonly thought of as physical mistreatment or verbal attacks, it can come in other harmful forms, such as child manipulation. This form of abuse most often occurs after a divorce or separation in which one parent will make the child think badly of the other parent in hopes of getting the child to side with them, even after the other parent has done nothing wrong. “The parent may be spiteful and use the child as a weapon to get back at the other parent for whatever they feel they need to get revenge,” Bubbles of Love event planner Liza Alvarado said. “The child is left in a bind and is made to choose a side, which is with the hostile parent.” This form of mistreatment is not widely recognized and can often go undetected or appear normal after a divorce. However, the effect on the child can be drastic.

73% think there should be a stronger support system on campus

24% feel that child abuse is a prominent problem for students on campus

“Not many people know about it and the more we educate people who work with children, we will be better able to recognize the signs and help stop this mental abuse,” Alvarado said. “Parental alienation is detrimental to a child’s mental health.” As part of the event, people were encouraged to blow soap bubbles for at least 10 minutes to show their support. The bubbles symbolize the love that children need from both of their parents as they grow up. The organization aims to fix the issue through revision of the family court system. “I would like to see a change in the court system when it comes to a parent wanting sole custody of their children, when there is no evidence of abuse or neglect from the other parent,” Alvarado said. Recently, April 25 was officially proclaimed Parental Alienation Awareness Day by Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña for the city of Thousand Oaks. “The more families are aware of it, the better for the children whose lives would be improved as a result,” Bill-de la Peña said. Although the Bubbles of Love event is held to raise awareness for a specific form of child abuse, there are many other events and programs offered in the community to help those suffering and raise awareness for the issue. Children who are suffering from mistreatment are urged to speak out about their situation and get help. The school counselors specialize in these situations and offer counseling to help teens who are battling abuse in their home life. “All children deserve to give and receive love [from] both parents,” Alvarado said. “All those involved with children and families need to be aware of this ongoing problem affecting innocent children everyday.”

How to help child abuse victims

1. Be non-judgemental, believe his or her story. 2. Listen carefully, make him or her feel heard. 3. Validate the victim’s feelings.

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Places to get help

Seeking support JESSICA ASHCRAFT Center Editor

BUBBLES OF LOVE—Sophomore Becca Llewellyn blows bubbles to raise awareness for parental alienation as part of “Bubbles of Love Day” on April 25. JESSICA ASHCRAFT » THE LANCER

To most, Thousand Oaks seems to be a perfectly safe and sheltered town, but underneath the quiet atmosphere and friendly neighborhoods lurks the underlying problem of parental abuse. Not many realize how big of an issue it truly is for students. Fortunately, there are many places for victims to get help in the community. One such place used to be here at TOHS, in the form of peer counseling. Counselor Dr. Elizabeth Dee was in charge of the program for over 10 years, but due to budget cuts, she had to take on a heavier caseload and therefore passed the torch on to someone else. With the new changes, however, attendance declined drastically and eventually the program was terminated altogether. Although peer counseling is no longer available on campus, help is still offered. Most counselors are willing to provide support at any time. Such is the case with Dee. “Coming into my door, I get all sorts of cases,” Dee said. “And they’re not necessarily my counselees, but I definitely would never tell them to get out.” For those suffering, Dee advises that the first step to the healing process is to get a good therapist and from there, possibly a psychiatrist. “If they have reactions, like panic attacks or anxiety attacks, sometimes they need medication combined with therapy,” Dee said. “If the symptoms are so great, like insomnia and all of these other things that come with abuse, then they need a medical doctor or a psychiatrist to prescribe some medication at the same time.” Moreover, Dee states that for the victims, the best way to heal is to simply talk. “The medication alone is not going to help,” Dee said. “They need to process and relieve the trauma; they have to learn tools on how to deal with it and its repercussions.” This was especially the case with alumna Rachel Riedel, who graduated from TOHS last year. Riedel’s parents divorced when she was just 10 months old, leaving her with a mentally and emotionally abusive mother who manipulated her to hate her own father.

“My mother has made it a huge goal to alienate my dad from my life. She would tell me stories about my dad that made me hate him, and on multiple occasions, she would reward me for being dishonest to him,” Riedel said. “I was very young at the time, so I did not see that it was wrong to do these things.” Four years ago, Riedel’s dad sat her down and told her the truth, bringing to light the malicious reasons behind her mom’s actions. “It was really hard for me to grasp, and I initially rejected the idea because I had been raised to think he was a liar,” Riedel said. “As more time went by, however, I watched my mom’s pointed words carefully and I began to reconsider things. By then, I was capable of discerning whom I should believe.” Eventually, Riedel decided to receive therapy to help her move past all the deceit she grew up with. Ultimately, it was with the help of her friends that she truly began to heal. “I was really lucky to have a small group of close friends who were always there to support me,” Riedel said. “They would always tell me I was doing the right thing, which was important for me to hear, and they always had a way of reminding me that it was important to keep smiling.” Despite gaining support from her peers, in retrospect, Riedel wishes she had been able to receive more help at school. “I think it would help students a lot if there was some form of therapy offered on campus. One or two personal counselors could manage all of the students at the school,” Riedel said. “I think it would be a good idea to randomly check up on students and just ask ‘How are you?’A lot of people are too proud or too scared to admit they need help, and a lot of times, those are the people who need help the most.” Dee agrees with Riedel’s statements, personally believing that the future for schools is the addition of therapists and social workers on campus. “This is a natural place to reach victims,” Dee said. “There are more abuse cases that need treatment out there. If we don’t want more tragedies we better take care of this.”

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issue 8 april 26, 2013

THE SECOND INVASION Sometimes it’s best to look across the Atlantic towards a few musicians that bring a distinctly fresh, European vibe to our American earbuds. Not exactly The Beatles, but close. SARA WILSON

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It’s been awhile since Thomas Mars’ sweet croons have flowed into my earbuds with the soft, delicate intensity that makes Phoenix so darn recognizable. And lovely. The band, which hails from Versailles, France, is in the midst of a much welcomed comeback into the music scene, releasing its first full-length album since 2009’s “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.” Titled “Bankrupt!” (Exclamation point absolutely necessary), the album has been a long time in the making, but oh my, was it worth the wait. The quartet’s sound—a signature mix of incomprehensible lyrics, bouncing electronic beats and good ol’ synthrock flavor—has definitely evolved over the past four years. It’s noticeably more diverse and offers an adventure of unexpected rhythmic changes, extended instrumental sections and sinfully catchy hooks. No two songs sound the same, yet the band is conscious to stay true to their tried-and-tested style amidst all the experimentation. “1901” and “Lisztomania,” from “Wolfgang,” were monsters of musical success, but the songs that grace this album have the potential to blow those out of the water. Get ready for Phoenix 2.0.

Good guy Phoenix, who headlined at Coachella in an unexpected collaboration with R. Kelly during the first weekend, didn’t officially release “Bankrupt!” until April 23, but allowed iTunes to stream the tracks for free beforehand. They released the first single, “Entertainment,” in conjunction with its very own, handmade music video earlier this month. The song reminds me of “1901” in some parts, but stays original with a mainly acoustic background and raw-sounding vocals. It’s refreshing to see the band take a step back from pop-polished perfection; it reminds the listener to appreciate a song for the emotions it evokes, rather than its placement on the dance-able scale. Other noteworthy songs—well I mean all of them are noteworthy, really—are “The Real Thing” and “Chloroform.” The former is actually very reminiscent of Passion Pit with all its synth and pounding drums, but yet again Thomas Mars’ vocals make it distinctly Phoenix.

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Star Trek: Into the Darkness May 17

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Pixar’s part two SARA WILSON

Entertainment Editor

There are many splish-splashy animated films out there—movies that aim to please, yet never really dive beneath the surface to deliver heart warming, cherishable stories. Granted, we’ve grown past those years of rushing to the theater to see the likes of most cartoon features. Vampires, action and sex are the name of the game in our current cinematic endeavors. However, I miss that contentment that came along with watching a purely innocent film. I miss the days when Pixar ruled the school of fish. The animated feature powerhouse has produced some of the most beloved stories of our generation— stories like “Toy Story” (all three, actually) and “The Incredibles,” that never get dry or boring, no matter how many times one watches them. Each Pixar film is an honest gem, and delivers such an individual spirit



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Alternative-folk artists are a dime a dozen nowadays. The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, and The Alabama Shakes are all great bands, of course, but at some point I grow tired of the chart-dominating, flannel-wearing musicians with all the banjos and whiny hooks about love lost and internal anger. There’s something utterly bracing about a rockabilly Brit named Jake Bugg, whose debut album was released on April 9. A nice median between Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney (hefty comparisons, I know), Bugg possesses an old soul and it really shows in the self-titled, fourteen-track album. The Nottingham native has the potential to make waves here in the States. He’s already somewhat of a celebrity in England, having topped the official U.K. Album Chart the week of Nov. 3, 2012, even surpassing Mumford and Son’s “Babel.” In the U.S., he entered the Folk Albums Chart at number seven and the Billboard 200 at number 75. He’s already been featured in the hipster-Bible that is Nylon, which

that sets them apart from the rest of the cartoon realm. These aren’t cartoons, but rather masterpieces, both in concept and in animation. Who can help but fall in love and be touched by a racecar that finds his roots, a rat that can make a mean soufflé or an ant that dares to think independently? Pixar’s upcoming release, “Monster’s University,” roars into theaters on June 21. It’s the prequel to “Monsters Inc.,” taking a peek at the lives of everyone’s favorite scarers as party-going, Greek-living college students. The studio has done an exceptional job marketing the movie, creating an entire interactive website for the fictional college. Another sequel in the works is “Finding Dory,” the follow-up to possibly the most quoted animated film of all time, “Finding Nemo.” Announced earlier this month, the movie will be released in November 2015 and follow the escapades of the tang fish Dory (still voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) a few years after the whole Nemo fiasco. My hope for these movies is that they will only add to their franchises, and not detract from them—as so

has helped launch the careers of the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and Ra Ra Riot. He brings a nice mixture of angst, folk and unproduced vocals to each of his tracks—I don’t know if the genre “modern retro” contradicts itself, but that is definitely where he falls. His influences from artists like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan are obvious; he sounds similar, definitely, but incorporates a flair that is distinctly his own. A guitar player and extremely talented vocalist, nineteen-year-old Bugg writes his own songs, which is a welcome rarity. That means that when you listen to him, you actually are listening to him, not some songwriter who’s mechanically producing whatever song would be the most effective audience pleaser. The most standout track on the album is probably “Two Fingers.” It took me awhile to process that two fingers in England is equivalent to flipping the bird, but that’s exactly what the song is about—not giving a dang about what may have happened yesterday, and just continuing on with your life. He sounds like a rockabilly super-stud in “Trouble Town,” and like a sensitive beach-goer in “I’ve Seen It All.” The whole album will definitely become a wellloved, frequently played collection of tracks in my music library. Jake Bugg’s soul and rawness is an invigorating addition to the folk-alternative scene.

The latter takes a little while to build up, but gradually turns into a perfect synchronization of prominent beats and lyrics that swell and float with the tune. It exemplifies the album completely; it’s not exactly consistent and it changes direction a lot, but it ends up wholly satisfying. “Bankrupt!” is the ideal follow-up to the near perfect release from four years ago. I look forward to a summer of committing every lyric, rhythm, and beat to memory. Once again, the Phoenix is rising.

“Bankrupt!,” Phoenix’s fifth studio album.

Beacon “The Ways We Separate” April 30

The Postelles “...And It Shook Me” April 30

Daughter “If You Leave” April 30

She & Him “Volume 3” May 7

Demi Lovato “Demi” May 14

Daft Punk “Random Access Memories” May 21

many tend to do (Shrek, anybody?). I have confidence in Pixar’s ability to enhance these beloved fictional worlds, but they’re still walking on thin ice. There’s a difference between utilizing characters and settings in an endearing way, and just squeezing out a storyline for all the money it’s worth. I’m curious to see Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan commit some college debauchery, but I pray it’s not a forced attempt to let the “Monsters Inc.” legacy live on. Same goes for Dory’s future adventures—I honestly miss that crazy blue fish. But Pixar must maintain some sense of loyalty and authenticity to the original installments, while still producing a story that is witty and original.



issue 8 april 26, 2013

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While many students await the month of May with prom anticipation, the bibliophiles and cinema fans of TOHS are pre-ordering their tickets to the premier of the latest film remake of “The Great Gatsby.” Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s legendary novel, the May 10 release marks the third film adaptation of the American classic. Though yet another movie version of such a beloved novel is definitely risky, director and screenwriter Baz Luhrman is no newcomer to the art of remakes. His 1996 release of “Romeo and Juliet” achieved paramount popularity due to Luhrman’s unique interpretation of the story in his signature style. Also famous for “Moulin Rouge,” Luhrman uses rushed editing and bold colors to create a unique energy throughout his films. One can only hope that “The Great Gatsby” will thrive under this distinct form. However, the flashy shots and general grandeur that fill the various trailers are slightly concerning; they beg the question of whether or not the film will stay loyal to the raw themes of the novel itself. While the cinematic opulence could easily be used as an ironic device, it could also be a simple ploy to attract a wider audience. But with such a reputation on his shoulders, Luhrman does not seem like the type of director to skimp on a rich storyline in exchange for ticket sales. Not to mention, if the film strays too much from the novel’s dark motifs, much of the audience will be disappointed. Slight deviation from the book is possible without steering the direction away entirely—artistic interpretation can still be expressed while keeping with Fitzgerald’s original motivations.

With such an incredible cast, it seems like the movRIP ROARIN’— ie will have a hard time being anything but amazing. (above) from Leonardo DiCaprio may get another shot at an Acadeleft to right: Nick my Award nomination with his role as Jay Gatsby, even Carraway (Maguire), though the movie’s release date was pushed back from Jay Gatsby, Daisy a winter release (prime Oscar season) to a summer one. Buchanan (Mulligan) Along with DiCaprio, ex-Spiderman actor Toby and Tom Buchanan Maguire makes an exciting return after a few years of (Joel Edgerton) being under the Hollywood radar. His character, Nick at one of Gatsby’s Carraway, narrates the novel and plays a central role famed summer in the story, giving Maguire a chance to broaden his soirées. (below) reputation as an actor. His character’s cousin, Daisy Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby Buchanan, is played by Carey Mulligan—a casting de(DiCaprio) share an cision that is by far the most surprising. Known for her intimate moment roles in films such as “Never Let Me Go” and “An Eduwhen they reunite. cation,” Mulligan is often found playing focused, intelThe longligent brunettes, all qualities that awaited seem to directly oppose Daisy Buflick hits chanan. Fortunately, Multheaters ligan is an exceptional May 10. actress and will surely do great things with the role. Aside from all the speculation, the only thing left to do is buy our tickets, break out our feathered headpieces and pocket watches, and prepare to attend the May 10 midnight premier in the utPHOTOS » OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE most style.

On March 22, an unspeakable, heartbreaking tragedy occurred. It came completely unexpected, unapologetic and unwarranted. It spread intense grief among fans all over the world—even my parents. Forgive me, it’s very difficult to type. Here goes. After 12 years, alternative rock band My Chemical Romance came to an end. I’m not gonna lie. I cried. No, sobbed. I was a hysterical mess of mascara and tears. MCR has been a giant part of my life since seventh grade. I can still remember the first time I heard them on the radio, it could be described as a life-changing experience. Maybe that’s a little bit too far, but it was still incredible. But suddenly, it was all taken away from me. I would never feel the anticipation of waiting for a new album or scream up at them at a concert. Just like that, they were gone. It took everyone by surprise, since they had just announced a new album and updated their website. Their explanation was reasonable; it was simply their time. But I desperately wished it was a joke. I began to worry for my sanity. MCR kept me going through extremely difficult times; I could always get lost in the music or appreciate the poetic genius in the lyrics. Knowing there would be no more music to wait for terrified me. I mourned. But now, I’ve taken on a new perspective. While it is a terrible tragedy, I’ve gotten the most out of the situation that I can. I’ve listened to every second of every album, I’ve screamed along with a sweaty crowd while staring into their faces, I’ve even stammered at them as I shook their hands. While they are no longer making music, I can still appreciate what I’ve gotten to experience and what they’ve left behind. And this even applies for my life ahead. While I may be upset over friends leaving or my childhood coming to an end, I will always have the joy from those experiences within reach. And I’ll always have my picture with Gerard Way to remember, too. So, with a heavy-ish heart, I say so long and goodnight to My Chemical Romance. —Ali Wire

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The newest restaurant in the Oaks Mall has food well built, taking a new twist on the classic burger. It’s a phat stack of culinary possibilities. JESSICA SOPORITO Staff Writer

Stacked is food well built, in more ways than one. The Thousand Oaks Mall is now home to yet another restaurant—Stacked. The burger joint opened across from Cheesecake Factory on March 20, taking over the previous location of Buddha’s Belly. Although it’s best for an affordable, filling, family-friendly dinner, this isn’t your average casual eatery. One thing I noticed upon arriving was the restaurant’s exceptional décor. Right as I walked in, my eyes darted towards the sunlight coming in through the huge outside seating patio. TVs hung from the ceiling of the outside patio covering, and they were all over the walls inside. The walls are covered with wood blocks going horizontally and vertically, creating an edgy style and a sophisticated ambiance. And of course, the warehouse-high ceiling makes the establishment nothing but open.


CUSTOM CUISINE— Stacked offers a completely customizeable burger experience for both lunch and dinner, with an array of garnish options.

After a 25-minute wait, my waiter showed me to my seat, and continued with a tutorial on how to use the iPad to place drink, appetizer and meal orders as well as the suggested time intervals at which to send the orders to the kitchen. I dragged the ingredients on and off of my burger until it was flawless, then sent it to the kitchen. Using the iPad to customize your meal makes dinner an interactive, memorable dining experience. I ordered an angus beef patty with ketchup, pickles, Swiss cheese, applewood smoked bacon and onion rings all on a pretzel bun (I felt adventurous). To my amazement, the order, along with three others, was out and on the table within 20 minutes. Unlike every other burger in Thousand Oaks, this one popped with flavor and left me wanting more after each bite. I had to cut it in half because of the massive size, and although I wanted to, I just couldn’t finish it. Not a burger lover? That’s fine. You can construct a salad, macaroni and cheese or a pizza to your style. You don’t even have to customize the burger—Stacked has an array of pre-crafted signature courses. Just want dessert? Don’t forget about their ice cream sandwiches, ice cream sundaes and milkshakes. Variety is the key at Stacked, especially in their condiments: cranberry mayo, jalapeño bacon, golden raisins, fried and hard boiled eggs, blackened salmon and artichoke hearts are just some of the odd and fantastic options to choose from. I am obviously not a very bold eater. By far, Stacked gave me the best burger I’ve ever had, and the most engaging experience of any restaurant I’ve been to.

“C.R.E.A.M.” by WuTang Clan. It’s pretty funky and got some sick beats. It tells a story that’s interesting and insightful—it’s not just going for shock value. They aren’t rapping for the lowest common denominator, you know? And it’s not whiny indie music, so that’s nice. Wu-Tang 4lyfe.

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“Some Nights” by Fun. It’s upbeat and nice to listen to. I think the lead singer has a really unique voice—it’s a song that you can listen to whenever.

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issue 8 april 26, 2013

Freshmen make impact at varsity level SCOTT PRICE Staff Writer

Freshmen, usually not key players in varsity athletics, are making an impact on baseball and softball this season. First baseman John Glenn and utility player Kealia Wysocki are both producing runs for their teams. Softball also has a young star in Wysocki who is leading the team with an outstanding .435 batting average with 14 runs batted in and four home runs. “There is a lot more pressure,” Wysocki said. “It’s not just playing for the team, but playing for the whole entire school.” Wysocki credits the success of her and her team to teamwork and staying focused on their goals. “Our team chemistry is the best it’s ever been,” Wysocki said. “We have a lot of great girls.” The varsity baseball team is also competitive despite the injury of first baseman senior Zach Portnoy, forcing freshman John Glenn to step into a starting position. Glenn, however, is not short on varsity experience. “He played with us over the summer; he was good enough to play up,” junior Michael Brady said, “but because he was an incoming freshman, and they don’t have a summer league, he played [with varsity].” Glenn has started every game since his March promotion. As the only freshman on the team, he has compiled six RBI’S and has a .281 batting average over eight games. Glenn’s RBI Wednesday night helped the Lancers improved to second place with a 7–4 record in their 2–1 victory at Royal. “I’m excited,” Glenn said, regarding being the only freshman. “It doen’t happen very often.” The Lancers next league game is at Simi Valley on April 30 and are two games back from first place.


Who’s in and who’s out—Marmonte League Releauging sends Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure to private school leagues, leaving public schools to shuffle within county leagues, namely Marmonte LEE MCPHERSON Senior Editor

In a recent meeting held by CIF Northern section schools, changes have been made to the Marmonte League in a proposal drafted by Agoura that includes the removal of private schools: Oaks Christian, from Thousand Oaks and Saint Bonaventure, from Ventura. Both schools were added to the Marmonte for football only in 2010. As a result of the private school’s double departure the Marmonte League will add both Camarillo and Oak Park as full sport members. In order to more easily manage the now large Marmonte League, the ten teams will be split into two, currently untitled groups: Group A– Camarillo, Royal, Simi, Thousand Oaks and Westlake. Group B– Agoura, Calabasas, Moorpark, Newbury Park and Oak Park. “The changes will not take effect until 2014,” athletic director Mary Ziegler said. “Everything next year will stay the same.” From a football standpoint the league will be converted to a 10-team association that will be divided based on a decision set by the involved schools at a later date.



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The divide may result in a five and five format or any variation the schools see fit. However, the decision is set to be merit-based according to the definition set by the association. The association will add two lackluster teams from Camarillo 10–2, whom the Lancers defeated in Camarillo 27–8 last season, as well as a 5–6 Oak Park team that competed in the smaller Tri–Valley league. However, in basketball, both teams are much stronger and should add to the already highlycompetitive Marmonte League. Camarillo not only won the Pacific View league, but also boasted a 24–6 season that was ended ironically by Thousand Oaks in the CIF Southern Section Quarterfinals with a score of 68–51. Oak Park also captured the Tri-Valley League title and advanced to the division three CIF Southern Section semi–finals where they were defeated by Chaminade with a score of 76–59. “With basketball we will definitely be competitive, as always,” Ziegler said. “The hard part will be scheduling nonleague games.”


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THROW IT IN—(right) Freshman John Glenn makes a pick at first base against Newbury Park. Glenn has yet to make an error this season. “I’ve had good and bad days,” he said, “but, overall it’s been a great experience [being on varsity].” (left) Freshman Kealia Wysocki is among the leaders in the county as far as batting average.

We almost forgot what it was like. To be free, what a feeling. split This must be what it is like to get out of prison and win the powerball in the same day. Many Lancers can breath a sigh of relief regarding football season next year as everyone’s favorite school and its ugly stepsister are no longer in the Marmonte League for not only football, but all sports. Oaks Christian and Saint Bonaventure will now receive a taste of their own medicine in the coming few years when they join the Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) in 2014.

Needless to say these two big fish schools are not happy about being taken from their comfortable public school pond and being thrown to the sharks in the CAA, which could include the likes of Serra, Bishop Amat, Chaminade and Harvard-Westlake. It looks like they had better start some serious recruiting now; if they believe they can walk in and start winning in the CAA, they are going to have a bad time. The only catch may be, if recruiting is ramped up, more talent might be extracted by the areas public schools. Thousand Oaks will then have to find some sort of enticement to keep its incoming talent incoming. How that will be accomplished, we have no idea. Possibly upgrades in coaching staffs or improved facilities if budgets can allow. Otherwise, we think Oaks and Bonnie will be

Saving the skull DANE SWANSON Sports Editor

It can happen at any time during a game anything from a simple non-violent fall to a violent jarring collision, but, either way a concussion leaves its mark. A concussion is an injury to the brain when the head sustains serious trauma usually on a blow to the head. The head injury has caused damage to a former Lancer in Vince Klein saw his football career ended by concussions. “It feels as if something is not right or out of place. I encountered symptoms of dizziness, headaches, and some minor confusion,” Newbury Park sophomore Vince Klein said. He will be able to play basketball at Newbury Park, also the main reason he transferred to Newbury Park from Thousand Oaks was because he was having trouble due to his concussions and needed to take advantage of Newbury Park’s block schedule, versus TOHS’ six class schedule, where he takes only three classes a semester. “Fortunately my symptoms are not severe enough to keep me out of all sports,” Klein said. “But, full contact sports such as football and lacrosse are out of the question and Newbury’s block schedule has been great for me.” One of the biggest effects of concussions is what it does to the brain not when the concussion occurs but in the long term. “I was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome (PCS) so I experienced long term effects, to this day I have episodes of fatigue, and I occasionally feel dizzy or have impaired vision and nausea,” Klein said. Fans have seen concussions affect players after football through the cases of various NFL players the most famous of which being the late Junior Seau, a //cont. on pg 11 » Concussion discussion

happier than a vampire in a blood bank, sucking the talent out of the area. For now the evil empire has been beaten back; we have a new hope. Hopefully, they won’t build another death star, although if they blew up Westlake, we would be okay with that. In basketball we have added postseason threats to the mix in Camarillo, along with Oak Park in the other league. With any luck basketball’s consistency will maintain despite the addition and continue to play at a high level. If not, well then we give up, we will have only traded mediocre football to get mediocre basketball, that doesn’t seem like a smart trade-off. Now we are staring down the barrel of what could be counted as a huge win for public schools, on the other hand we may have just shot ourself in the foot.


issue 8 april 26, 2013

Dive team glides into CIF Dive is jumping into competition for the first time in eight years

DIVING RIGHT IN—Junior Alex Turner delivers an inward dive pike at a recent practice on April 19. Turner managed to qualify for CIF by scoring over 300 points.

After an eight-year hiatus, the athletic department is welcoming back dive with competition cheer head coach Kelly Abrams directing the new team in conjunction with head swim coach Thomas Smith. “It started off as a joke between Coach Smith and me in the middle of last year,” Abrams said. Members joined dive for both athletic and aesthetic reasons and heard from varying sources. “It was a joke of some sort that I heard about,” senior Jacob Steagall said. “I thought it would be fun to dive and tan. That’s really the only reason.” However, because the sport lacks hands-on demonstrating, dive coaches don’t have the ability to physically move divers and shift their bodies into position. “In cheerleading, I can flip somebody and in dive I can only tell them what I want them to do,” Abrams said. “And the divers are at a slight disadvantage because I’m a new coach.” With dive competing in the same spring season as swim, the competitors can swim in up to four events, swimming in three and diving in one. If they’re suc-

cessful in their respective competitions, they can earn points for the swim team that go towards CIF. Two members, junior Alex Turner and Steagall, qualified by earning at least 300 points in an 11-dive meet. CIF will take place on May 7 in Riverside. “The hardest part is that all of the schools around here don’t have dive teams,” Abrams said. “When the swim team went up to Santa Barbara for a dual meet, the dive team got to compete and all of the schools around there have a team.” Not new to the sport, Abrams dove in high school and hopes to bring her experience to the pool. “For me, dive was always such a relaxing and fun sport,” Abrams said. “I’m glad to be able to share this with T.O. students.” Abrams and Smith plan to continue coaching the team for years to come with new potential middle school recruits. They hope to not only add more divers to the team, but also to maintain a balance of both girls and boys competing in league. “We have a good time because it’s a hard thing to be super serious about,” Steagall said. “It’s funny and it’s serious. We have a good time.”

Boys golf fights for CIF

their eyes set on a CIF southern section playoff bid as they sit three games out of the fourth place, which is the final automatic playoff bid with two regular season matchups and the League tournament remaining. “It would be great to come back from this rough patch,” Morton said, “and be rewarded with a CIF playoff bid.” However, the Lancers have battled the injury bug a bit this year, losing sophomore Matt Sieger for the season to tendonitis in his right wrist, which forced them to rely on inexperienced junior varsity players. On a positive note, the Lancers still have an indi-

vidual CIF hopeful in senior Dane Walton. Walton has had another successful season this year as the Lancers’ number one golfer. “He has done well in the past [in CIF],” Morton said, “I am confident that he can play well again this year and go far.” Right now, it is a do or die moment for the Lancers, as they cannot afford to slip up again if they want to be a part of the CIF playoff picture come May 5. Their next match is the third part of the league tournament April 30 where Walton and the rest of the Lancers will look to qualify for CIF as a team and as individuals.

IAN DOHERTY Senior Editor


DANE SWANSON Sports Editor

In a round of golf, there is a time when the player finds himself in the rough and that is where boys golf is right now, after dropping five of their last six matches, four of which came in heartbreaking fashion by less than 10 strokes. “Our record really doesn’t show how we have played this season,” junior Sam Morton said. “We have had at least four matches that could have gone our way with a couple more big shots.” As for the rest of their season, the Lancers still have

Girls track struggles with expectations

Concussion discussion Concussions and

Injuries and lack of elite talent derail the Lancers’ hopes for a league title

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DANE SWANSON Sports Editor

Sometimes things are expected of a team that it just cannot fulfill whether it be due to lack of talent or to injury. That was the case this year with girls track as they lost a strong senior class in terms of the percentage of point scoring and did not necessarily have the same amount of talent waiting in the wings to continue the success as in past years.


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But because of their lack of success, morale has taken a tumble as it occasionally does when a team is expected to do something so over their head. Yet they still feel as if they have let their teammates, school and community down by not following through with what was expected of them. “It has been hard to go from winning almost every meet to where we are now,” junior Kori Groenveld said, “but we have started to do better and morale has started to go back up.” The team, however, has seen consistent performance from thrower senior Katherine Reaves and runners seniors Parker Navarro and Genevieve Johnson, who have all stepped up to try and fill the void left by all-CIF and third place state runner alumna Caitlin Turner and other former key performers. “We’ve been able to win medals at some invitationals,” Groenveld said. “Katherine placed second at the Mt. Sac relays and myself and three other runners were invited to run in the Arcadia invitational.” All in all, the Lancers have taken their tough experience this year and will look to be back in contention for a Marmonte League title next season.

the most famous of which being the late Junior Seau, a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers in his heyday, who committed suicide four years into retirement. Concussions are not just limited to football either, as they have been more prevalent in soccer because they are created usually when a player heads the ball incorrectly. This has led to an end in many careers in professional soccer. However, this has become less shocking when a study at Imperial College in London showed that an average soccer header had the same force as a punch to the head from an amateur boxer. The effects have shown in high school sports as athletes have taken extra safety precautions. Although soccer player junior Natalee Dueber has never suffered a concussion, she wears a helmet-like device to prevent head injuries, but as some say—better safe than sorry. The sports community can address concussions head on and is taking steps to do so with new high school concussion safety guidelines. However, if it fails, the athletic world will see what a monster concussions can be if they are let loose on the athletic community unchecked.

their Symptoms » Headache

or a feeling of pressure in the head

» Temporary loss of consciousness » Confusion

or feeling as if in a fog

» Amnesia

surrounding the traumatic event

» Dizziness

or “seeing stars”

»Ringing in the ears » Nausea or vomiting » Slurred speech » Fatigue SOURCE» WWW.MAYOCLINIC.COM


issue 8 april 26, 2013




INTO THE DEEP— (left) Senior Jacob Steagall executes a forward 1 1/2 somersault pike and (below) Junior Kate O’Shea attempts a front dive tuck during the exhibition on April 12. (far left) Coach Kelly Abrams demonstrates a reverse somersault dive to senior Avery Knizek during practice last Friday.


ON DECK—(above) Senior Jacob Steagall and junior Alex Turner high five after discussing what dives to work on during practice on Friday, April 19. The two are advancing to CIF on May 7. (right) Senior Carley Doyle concentrates as her toes grip the edge of the diving board in preparation for her dive during practice last Friday.




The creation of the dive program began as a joke, but now the five-person team is sending two members to CIF and —as the only team in the Conejo Valley—it is drawing additional students to the school.

TWISTING TURNER— Junior Alex Turner, sporting a Westlake speedo, perfects his forward dive 1/2 twist during practice last Friday. He is one of two divers to qualify for CIF, contributing to the success of the team despite only practicing three days a week and competing in two meets. KELLY WISNESKI » THE LANCER

Issue 8 2013  

The Lancer Newspaper, Issue 8 2013