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Volume XLIX, Issue 3 + November 5, 2010 + Thousand Oaks High School + 2323 N. Moorpark Rd. + Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 +

Girls’ golf conquers Marmonte League Ian Doherty Staff Writer

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Perfect swing—Sophomore Sophia Chen looks on after a stroke at Soule Park Golf Course at CIF Northern Division Team Divisional championships. Chen was named MVP of the Marmonte League and qualified for CIFSouthern Section Northern Individual Regionals.

It is what every team dreams of—a perfect record. For coach Rod Stillwell and his girls’ golf team, that dream has come true. The league champions reached the milestone by going 16-0 overall and 14-0 in league play, capping the season off with a 269-216 win against Moorpark. “[It’s a] great feeling [that] every player and coach aspires to have,” Stillwell said. The team members are ecstatic about the achievement as well. “It makes you feel important to be a part of history,” sophomore Sarena Doyle said. In past years, the team has sent one or two girls to the CIF Individual Regional Tournament, but this year it sent five. Sophomores Sophia Chen and Sarena Doyle, juniors Esther Cho and Stacy Mann and senior Brenna Callero were among 100 golfers competing at Las Posas Country Club this past Monday, Nov. 1. Of the five girls, Chen alone moved on to the Southern Section Individual Finals next Monday, Nov. 8, at La Purisima GC in Lompoc. She carded a 78, finishing in a tie for 11th place six shots off the pace. Cho and Mann both shot 87, just two strokes away from the top 45 and ties who advanced to the finals. The previous Wednesday, Oct. 27, the girls’ team had a strong showing in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Divisional Tournament at Soule Park in Ojai. Thousand Oaks finished in fifth place out of 24 teams. A fourth place finish would have moved them on to the Southern Section Team Finals. The team finished a mere four strokes behind fourth place Notre Dame. //cont. on page 14 » Girls’ golf

School impresses visiting WASC committee Staff Writer

Men in suits and green lanyards joined students in the back of the classroom over the course of Oct. 24– 27. As part of the accreditation process, these men, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges committee, were in charge of intently analyzing the school. They sat in on classes and evaluated the educational and activity processes of TOHS. The committee held the general consensus that the school was a beneficial environment for students. “Students are really fortunate to attend this school,” committee member Dr. Graham Gurney said. The committee, composed of teachers, former and current administrators, held discussions with both parents and students as well as with focus groups of staff members. The first part of the WASC visit took place Oct. 24 in the PAC, consisting of a presentation with talks from alumni, a viewing of TOday excerpts and a performance by Ballet Folklórico, after which the accrediting committee met with a parent group. Parents expressed their gratitude for being a part of the school community and laid various praises upon it. The fact that many current students were the children of alumni spoke volumes towards the feelings of the community toward the school. Two student meetings gave the committee a sense of the campus from the students’ perspective. The first meeting involved a choice student committee, composed of participants in last year’s committees and ASB members. Participants held a discussion in which students answered questions about the school.

The second meeting, conducted ad hoc, involved random students the committee pulled during passing period, achieving the goal of getting the opinions of ordinary attendants. Just as in previous meetings, the committee recognized great admiration for the high school, noticing great pride and camaraderie among the students. “It’s very rare to find someone to argue that there’s nothing for them,” committee member Chris Bradshaw said. Bradshaw was partly in charge of student interactions and was present at both student meetings. Another aspect of the campus the committee was impressed with was the caring teachers and administrators and the opportunities available to students. It recognized the different classes, clubs and sports for students and noted the eagerness with which students put these opportunities to use. “Kids are involved [and] excited to participate in clubs and sports,” Dan Gold, another committee member, said. Visitors also noticed features of the school that weren’t outlined in the submitted report, including the science labs’ technology and the large involvement of Link Crew in student life. These unsaid assets added to the overall positive impressions of the campus. The visit culminated Wednesday, when the committee presented its observations on strengths and weaknesses of the school. Improvements the committee recommended include providing equal opportunities to all students despite their learning level. Accreditation results will be released in January.




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Feedback—Junior Sam Kennedy (left) talks to committee member Dan Gold of Taft High School (front) as senior Ellie Coulter (right) listens in on the conversation on Oct. 25 at the WASC student committee meeting. Committee members Chris Bradshaw and Gold talked to students from last school year’s student report committees and ASB members to get a student’s perspective of TOHS.

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Triannual school drive draws blood Rafael Ancheta News Editor

“You are making a difference—there aren’t that many chances to really make a huge difference in high school,” ASB vice president Jovanna Bubar said. “Giving blood and saving a life is a huge deal.” Despite scheduling problems and limited time to publicize after homecoming, this October’s ASB-hosted blood drive became one of the most successful to date, bringing in 111 units of blood. “I didn’t really expect it to be the biggest blood drive,” Bubar said. “There was a limited amount of sign-up space.” It seems, however, that the most prominent attraction to donating blood came from a genuine interest in saving lives and through word of mouth spread by previous donors. With the characteristic nerves accompanying needles and blood, students sucked up their fear in order to benefit society. “It helps students feel like they’re giving back to the community, being a part of something bigger than themselves,” Bubar said. Only 3 to 4 percent of California donates blood, with students making up a large portion of the donors. The Red Cross needs at least two thousand units a day, yet finds it hard to meet its quota. “It’s a constant need. Cancer patients, trauma victims,” Red Cross contact Mike McAdam said. Students donate 30 to 40 percent of the two to three thousand units of blood donated a day. “We want them as regular donors in the future,” registered nurse Jessica Farrell said. “Blood’s the easiest thing to give.” Due to this constant demand, ASB will host a total of three blood drives instead of the usual two throughout this year. Students unable to donate blood at the October blood drive will be able to attend follow-up blood drives in December and April. These will take place in the boys’ and girls’ activities rooms, where a larger number of students can attend and donate blood. Sign-ups will take place near the end of November.


} Upcoming College Visits College visit signups are available with Joan Sparks in the College and Career Center in D-2, at least a day before the scheduled presentation. Teacher permission is required for absence from class.

Friday, Nov. 5 Concordia University (period 4)

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Wednesday, Nov. 10 Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (period 4)

Naviance system succeeds despite delayed start

Monday, Nov. 22 Mount St. Mary’s (period 3)

Alex Chen

Tuesday, Nov. 23 Naval Academy special guest TOHS alumnus Logan Hershman (period 5)

To be announced... Moorpark College Cal State University Northridge

Students serve in mid-terms On the front lines of the election process, seniors served their community by manning voting stations in the mid-term elections. To prepare for the elections seniors took a course to prepare them for service. “[The students] were highly complimented by the staff,” economics teacher Susan Bryant said. “A kid was telling an adult what to do.” Through their efforts on election day, the seniors emerged with a respect for the voting process. “People think voting is really hard and its complicated to get registered,” senior and election worker Lesli Calan said. “But it’s really not.” Yet even as the voting season ended, the students involved came back with a wide breadth of knowledge. “I was absolutely amazed at their level of understanding and their comfort level in their vocabulary,” Bryant said. “It was very impressive.” Photos are available on —Rafael Ancheta

Student Senate brings ASB closer to the students As the school quarter came to a close, on Oct. 28, representatives from fifth period classes met in the cafeteria to discuss ASB-run activities. This Student Senate held a forum that created constructive criticism for the future. “I think there was more feedback and it was more positive [than last year],” ASB president Lindsay Demint said. “People were willing to give suggestions rather than complain.” During the event, ASB covered many issues in a pro/con discussion, among them homecoming, STAR cards, the Green Hole and the upcoming winter rally. Overall student attendance remained similar to last year’s, and the meeting provided a unique learning experience for both the student body and ASB. “We really appreciate teachers letting students leave,” Demint said. “Their participation is really valued.” Meetings will be held the last Thursday of every month with Student Senate representatives. Photos are available on —Rafael Ancheta

News Editor

The digital revolution has affected more than just teens. In the last four years, high schools administrations across the district have gradually implemented Naviance, an online service permitting students and schools to manage information and preparation for college in one place. TOHS recently joined those ranks, beginning implementation last spring and rolling out the system this school year. This year, Naviance opened up online submission for college application forms, called eDocs, for schools nationwide. The service, the first facet implemented at the school, has proved useful for staff members. New technology, however, does not come without its problems. In-service training for teachers for the system occurred the week of Oct. 18, which left some students floundering without teacher or counselor support for early-action and early-decision applications, which were due early November. “We didn’t know how to use the system, and the counselors didn’t know until recently,” senior Grant King said. King applied early-action to Stanford, for which the deadline was Nov. 1. “They needed to start training [counselors and teachers] at the beginning of the school year.” Although the current senior class had access to registered accounts starting in spring, many students knew about neither their accounts nor the system at the time, which necessitated reintroduction to the service this school year. The transition has been relatively quick for teachers who have been using a pen-and-paper system for their entire careers, but many still remained relatively uninformed about the system before in-service training. Even after training, problems have cropped up. Counselors have still had to troubleshoot issues with the system that may be due to technological difficulties on Naviance’s end or to lack of familiarity with the system. “It’s still a new system,” chemistry teacher Tim Hoag said. “We’re all still figuring out how to make it work.” Counselor Mike Kelly, who ran the implementation process, reports that many technological issues may stem from the fact that this is the first year Naviance has allowed schools to manage sending applications forms electronically, as well as the first year the school has used it. Server problems and slowdown on Naviance’s end may be causing issues and glitches across the country for schools who are using electronic submission. “This is a first time for all schools,” Kelly said. “The system is incredibly slow.” Streamlining form submission for staff » Nevertheless, besides isolated incidents, progress on using the Naviance system has been fairly successful. “The teachers that have been using it have been [saying], ‘Wow, this is cool!’” Kelly said. He touts a record of numerous successful application form submission confirmations from colleges through eDocs. Previously, once college application season came rolling around, counselors and teachers were responsible for large loads of paperwork. “Ten envelopes, ten transcripts, ten stamps for the envelopes—[and then you had] to send them all out,” Kelly said. Now, he and the rest of the faculty can deliver tran-

scripts, letters and other requisite forms with the check of a box and the click of a mouse. The mail-in system of applications was also fraught with the delay of snail mail and the uncertainty that came with it. Counselors and teachers can now check the status of their submissions through the same web interface they use to submit them. “It allows me to do a lot more recommendation letters online,” calculus teacher SuGen Shin-Grano said. “Instead of having to send letters individually to schools, it lets me check off where they want to go.” Though some found the transition jarring at first, reviews have generally been positive. “Now that I’m over the shock of getting started right away, I like it,” counselor Elizabeth Dee said. Following in their footsteps » Neighboring schools Westlake and Newbury Park also began using Naviance’s electronic submission feature this school year, after three and two years using Naviance for other purposes, respectively. At Westlake, which purchased Naviance four years ago, results have been remarkable for the faculty. “I was a little scared, I’m an old guy,” Westlake counselor John Lisowski said, “but it saves me hours and hours and hours in the end. Probably a good 50 hours just for sorting, that kind of stuff.” Newbury Park, which purchased Naviance three years ago, has seen similar benefits. “It’s going very well,” Newbury Park Assistant Principal Josh Eby said. “We have gotten good feedback from students, parents, and counselors.” Naviance, however, provides resources for college planning and information for students, not just a method of electronic form submission for counselors and teachers. “It’s an incredible tool for students,” Lisowski said. “Trying to search for colleges, trying to search for careers, [there are] all sorts of cool websites you get connected to through Naviance.” Naviance will provide a wealth of information for students planning for college, from specific colleges to career matching and will aid college planning. After the first year of use, admission statistics for the school will also be available to specific colleges, allowing students to calculate their chances of admission. At Newbury Park, for instance, students are required to complete information sheets through Naviance before discussing college plans with a counselor. At Westlake, access to Naviance is open to both juniors and seniors, while all except freshmen at Newbury Park are registered. As of now, only the senior class at TOHS has access, although Kelly reports that juniors are registered, too, but are not aware of it. “We want to register [all the classes],” Kelly said. “It’s not going to be used by freshmen and sophomores to any great degree, but for the ones who want to get up and go, it’ll be there.” Kelly hopes to have the current junior class up and running by next spring. Until then, the system will only be available to those whose application season looms close. “We’re thrilled with it,” Kelly said. “It’s a big deal. It’s a big time-saver for students, teachers and counselors too.” FOR MORE ON THE SENIOR EXPERIENCE WITH NAVIANCE

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The Thousand Oaks String Orchestra will be hosting its fall concert, titled “A Little Night Music,” on Nov. 16 in the PAC. The program has nearly doubled in size in its second year of infancy—member count, at 15 last year, jumped to 28 members this year. “It’s good growth,” conductor Anna Sobrino said, pleased with starting participation compared to that of Westlake’s string program more than a decade ago. Westlake’s orchestra remained small in its first few years, its numbers below 10 members for a time. Sobrino has plans for expansion of the orchestra, possibly splitting it into multiple groups. “We’re still in the process of getting more people involved,” cellist sophomore Cole Syverson said. “It’s only our second year.” Currently, funding is scarce for a second class, so the orchestra remains a single group open to anybody willing to join, no audition needed. Sobrino hopes that when funding materializes, she will be able to divide the program into two or more separate groups, one group audition-only and one available to any who are interested. Improvement has not been limited to level of participation—the level of experience in the program has improved as well. “Overall I think we’ve improved as far as experience,” Syverson said. “I think we’re happy with how far we’ve grown.” The orchestra members encompass a broad spectrum of experience, comprising an overall beginner -level but individually varied membership. “We’re a very diverse group,” Sobrino said. “We

have some incredibly talented string players and some who are willing to take on the challenge of learning a string instrument.” The string program is actually comprised of quite a few students at a beginner level, playing a stringed instrument for the first time. “Beginning string players are taking on a huge challenge,” Sobrino said, “but if they are willing to put in hard work [and] practice, they can be very successful.” A case in point, principal bassist senior Tim Swanson started playing during the summer of 2009. Swanson only had musical experience with the electric bass and guitar, never a bowed string instrument. “I didn’t know any instruments that I could play as part of a group,” Swanson said, “and I wanted to be a part of that.” Soon, he picked up the bass and joined strings in 2009. “Since it was my first year playing last year, it really helped me to establish myself,” Swanson said. “It really helped that I got to play the bass every day.” Though the orchestra includes plenty of beginners, standards run high. “The expectations have gone up,” concertmaster sophomore Michele Da Silva said, “so the beginners are rising to the challenge.” The orchestra will be performing Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 4 and Saint-Saen’s “Danse Macabre,” which will feature Da Silva as a soloist. Tickets will be available from orchestra members starting the week of Nov. 8 and at the door. “I’m never prepared,” Sobrino said, laughing. “I’ve never been completely prepared for a concert.”

At least one third of the acts were performed by students outside the choir department. There was a broad range of music from original works such as “Afterthoughts” by sophomore Parker Navarro to musical impersonations such as Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” performed by junior Courtney Bartlett. “We got this idea of doing Solo Night from the benefit concert we performed over the summer. At the benefit concert, students could get up and perform to what they wanted,” Fritzen said. “It proved so successful and we had so much fun that we wanted to give it another go.”

The students that performed enjoyed the energy and encouragement they received from the students from the audience. “I loved the audience and I enjoyed their reactions,” choir student senior Rick Perry said. “They made it so much more of an experience for me,” . Solo Night proved to be so successful that it may become a recurring event. “Overall we all found Solo Night was a very positive experience for all the performers as well as the audience and we would like to do it again in the near future,” Fritzen said.

Alex Chen News Editor


A Little Night Music—Concertmaster sophomore Michele Da Silva leads the Thousand Oaks High School Orchestra in Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 4 during a rehearsal.

Solo Night attracts musical talent

OLIVIA sundstrom Staff Writer

Students got the opportunity to raise their voices in front of their peers on Oct. 7 at the choir-organized Solo Night. At the event, students outside of the choral department, as well as choir members, had the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and share each other’s passion for singing. “We wanted this event to be a chance for those who are not in choir to sing in front of an audience,” choir director Gary Fritzen said.

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Every. 15. Minutes. You may have seen the shirts. You may have heard the announcements proclaiming a new victim. You may have nudged past a grotesquely face-painted student in the hallways. However, you probably never actually took part in it. Every 15 Minutes. Let’s admit it, all the numbers and statistics we hear about drunk driving generally just stroll through our minds and then leave without much impact. The program, which used to make the problem of teen car accidents come to life for upperclassmen every two years, is not going to be a part of our campus this year. Planning for the event takes place way in advance and parents mostly drive the preparations. Unfortunately, it is simply not happening this year; the parents behind it decided to not assemble it, primarily due to the high expenses. At this point it is too late to make it happen for current juniors and seniors. “We can’t just snap our fingers and make it happen. It takes a lot

of preparation,” Dean of Students Coreen Pefley said. It has impacted past participants greatly. It shakes teen drivers, making them finally realize the responsibility and danger of cruising down the street. It makes parents’ cautionary pleas realistic; no matter how much they hear the nagging—“yes Mom, I’ll go slowly and call you the second I get there”—most teens have the misconception of being invincible and of having an indestructible car with a force field as a perk. Sorry, as much as we wish, none of us is Batman and we do not drive Batmobiles. Unless someone has had a direct experience with a tragedy concerning a car accident, students don’t fully comprehend the concept. Sure, we hear about it all the time, but it doesn’t affect us in any way so why care, right? We think, it’s not going to happen to me, it’s just a news story, it’s not real. These usual teen thoughts need to be dissipated, before they themselves are the news story.

Every 15 Minutes gives students the chance to wake up from these ignorant stupors. Better to learn by a fake production than by the real deal. The facts are that in 2008 there were over 3,000 car accidents with 63 casualties in Ventura County alone. Every 15 Minutes is a giant step forward in resolving this crisis, but as of now, the school is taking a step back. We understand the hard work and cost of a production of this magnitude, but the effort is worth it. This shouldn’t be something that is discarded lightly; on the contrary, it should be treasured. Unfortunately, the only way for this year’s upperclassmen to get a sense of the experience of Every 15 Minutes is hearing about it from past students. We can only hope that it is reinstated as quickly as possible. For now, we suppose, the constant pleas to be careful are just going to continue to fly by teenagers, like the wind as they speed down the road with the windows rolled down.

Hits and Misses:

What’s Up and What’s Down with The Lancer Hit: Emma Watson and the Deathly Hollows

Miss: Halloween on a Sunday. Not that we trick or treat anymore anyway! Well...maybe just a few houses...

Hit: Meg Whitman’s failed attempt to buy California.

Miss: Jackass 3D. When we said we wanted more depth, we didn’t mean another dimension.

Hit: The WASC inspectors have

finally left! Now we can take those ESLR posters down.

Miss: The Brett Favre scandal. If a

world-famous professional QB has to try so hard to get girls, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Hit: The Lakers’ bench. This year, it’s deeper than the far end of the swimming pool.

3D movies fall flat with fans JJ dAVIS Staff Writer

Avatar, James Cameron’s follow up smash hit, blew minds and busted blocks. It had a touching story, a resounding message, and revolutionary technical effects. So, the American culture machine took this to mean: 3D wins the box office! Mere technology, however, has been proven time and again not to fare in exactly the same fashion. Movies like Piranha 3D and Clash of the Titans both tried and failed with their use of the technology in that they used it as a crutch instead of as an accessory, and as a result, spent more money on their production than they should have. It’s even suffered some cultural backlash— though performing well at box offices, many complain of distractions from the plot. Comedian Aziz Anzari was quoted, only half-joking, “Sure, I love 3D. Full disclosure, though, I also love headaches”. Even with many setbacks, though, 3D movies have still raked in over 33 percent of box office revenue since Avatar was released last December. As recent as three years ago, 3D movies were a novelty found primarily in amusement parks, but it’s now hard to find any theatre that does not play three dimensional movies. Basically, 3D movies make so much more money than a regular movie due to the fact that each ticket is about $3 more than a normal movie. $3 dollars tacked onto millions of movie tickets can amount to billions of dollars. The difference between Avatar and The Titanic in total money grossed ($2.2 billion to $1.24

Naviance: burden and blessing at a most inconvenient time


My first experience with Naviance Succeed, a web program designed to help students with the college process, was both brief and painless. At least, during the beginning. When the school started using the program, I was only a junior attempting to finish a night’s homework assignment: log onto Naviance with the code provided by my English teacher, answer a few questions about myself, my general interests, thoughts on potential careers, and call it a night. Since I was an upperclassmen (three years in the running), I assumed that beyond that little assignment, I would never have to deal with Naviance again. And for the longest time, I didn’t. Throughout the rest of junior year, the word became just another memory.

billion) is based solely on the fact that the recent 3D technology costs more to see than the old fashioned 2D movies. This trend is simply another example of moneyhungry companies exploiting something that many consider, and still uphold as an art form. Much like the music labels sold auto-tune to death, the MGMs of the world are bringing an innocent, and possibly beneficial effect, 3D technology, to its knees. But it’s a vicious cycle. The movie industry is hurting the 3D trend, and the 3D trend is, in turn, hurting the movie industry. When movies like Saw and Piranha’s sole selling points are blood and limbs thrown at you in “eye-popping” 3D, what sort of credence does that lend to the art form? And, when the 3D trend increasingly regarded as gimmicky by the public, is attached to such films, who can respect it as a viable addition to the visual arts? Wasting the technology that could add to an amazing movie experience wastes both the providers’ and the consumers’ money. It boils down to a question of style over substance. Style’s success may be extravagant at first, but it is superficial and passing. Style and substance must work in conjunction, to create something that attracts the audience, and forms a lasting bond as well. So consumers, if you seek more than cheap thrills, examine the plot before attending a 3D movie. Encourage filmmakers to follow Cameron’s example, as other popular summer hits did— including Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon. These are proof that, if used as a mean rather than an end, 3D effects can contribute greatly to the movie-going experience. Nobody was ever informed about what we would do with the website. Many of us figured that it was only a helpful way to start thinking about our futures, but nothing more. So, when senior year came along, and I discovered the school was using Naviance to send letters of recommendation and the required school profile to our respective colleges, I started to panic. This information was only news to me, after I had logged onto my Common Application account, not through our school. As if it wasn’t already hard enough to write college essays, scramble to find letters of recommendation, and figure out just how to tackle the confusing process, the lack of information was overwhelming. It added to the stress levels of an already stressful situation. First, I had to figure out how Naviance worked with

the Common App, which required extra time to talk to different staff members. Not to mention that up until the deadline, I found myself running through the hallways, trying to get all of my teachers who were equally confused, to successfully upload and send their letters of recommendation. Although I did have the strong support and cooperation of counselors and teachers, throughout the ordeal, it was scary to be the guinea pig during such a crucial part of senior year. I hope, by next year, the program will be running more smoothly, and without any of the chaos it has presented this year. Despite its rush, Naviance is taking a modern and relevant approach to the college application process. It was just unfortunate that we were the trial run, completely unaware of it until the very last minute.

{ Ed/Op Rewriting Redistricting Tyler Kimball Guest Writer

Although you wouldn’t know it from all the talk on this campus, on Nov. 2 California actually voted on nine propositions other than the Marijuana Legalization Initiative. Yes, it is usually easier to get the people interested in pot than in politics, but while the media rambled about the financial benefits of taxing cannabis, Props 20 and 27 forever changed the future of California voting. Now, I’m writing this a full nine days before election day, and I’m no prophet, so I can’t tell you which of these two measures passed. What I can tell you is that there’s no way both will. These propositions both come as a result of the Voters FIRST Act of 2008, which aimed to eliminate gerrymandering by placing the power of drawing state legislature districts boundaries into the hands of a 14 member commission composed of five Republicans, five Democrats, and four citizens of neither party. Before this act passed, redistricting was in the hands of elected officials, who have a direct conflict of interest with the people. They could draw boundary lines to include or exclude areas of California in their districts to give their party an advantage, thereby increasing their chances at re-election. For example, a Democrat may draw a boundary to group a small conservative community with a large liberal one, ensuring the votes of those conservatives are swallowed by the larger liberal community for the next election and beyond. This form of corruption, commonly known as gerrymandering, is a major reason that in each California election 99% of incumbents are re-elected. With the passing of the Voters FIRST Act in 2008, however, a neutral commission of citizens now determines the boundaries of state legislative districts.

Prop 20 proposes to extend the reach of this commission to include congressional districts; Prop 27 wishes to eliminate the commission altogether. Essentially, Prop 20 would do away with gerrymandering in California permanently, on a state and national level. By taking the power of redistricting away from our elected officials, we will increase the representation of our vote while removing a portion of the perhaps undeserved security incumbents now enjoy. Prop 27 supporters claim that the new commission adds to the already complex state bureaucracy and removing it is the fiscally responsible thing to do in these tough economic times. However, they can only tell us that there will be a “likely decrease in state redistricting costs totaling several million dollars every ten years.” Wait, what was that? Several million dollars every TEN years? In my opinion, the true representation of the people’s vote is worth a couple million dollars per decade, and apparently, a lot of people agree with me: 37 major newpapers, 25 law enforcement groups, and an assortment of associations including everything from to the Old Women’s League support Prop 20 and oppose Prop 27. Those on the other side of this argument are limited to various members of the California Democratic Party and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. How curious it is that the party currently in power would seek to retain redistricting rights. Once again, I can’t be sure of which Prop will be the victor; I can only hope that the people seized their chance at reform in the voter’s box. Pot may be the attention grabber of this election, but it’s not often that the common man gets a chance to increase the power of his voice in government.

Tea Party triumphs daniel Schechter Opinion Editor

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The political forces at play, at least in recent elections, are purely reactionary. And the notion that the political sphere is comprised of two parties earnestly debating policy points with honest, legitimate intentions, is, now more than ever, clearly nonsense. People are upset. And they were upset two years ago, and two years before that. Somehow, everything has come full circle. On Nov. 2, 2010, Republicans made the biggest gain in the House since the Democrats’ 75 seat pick-up in 1948. Even more impressive, Tea Party loyalists gained 5 seats in the Senate. Surprisingly, in polls taken on voters from Nov. 2nd, most Americans still blamed George W. Bush and Wall Street, not Obama, for the economic crisis. So, by the logic of the public’s voting, the Republicans ruined the economy, and the Democrats aren’t fixing it fast enough, (though the debt has actually been reduced by 13% since 2009). Thus, the only appropriate course of action is to elect manifestations of more extreme forms of the ideals that got the nation into this problem in the first place. Why? Because the “Taxed Enough Already” Party runs on “fixing the economy”! How?

They plan to cut spending! They plan to cut taxes! And, they’re going to balance the budget! Somehow, they always forget to mention exactly what money they plan to use to accomplish this. Tea Party loyalists elected on Tuesday—Rand Paul in Kentucky and Mario Rubio of Florida rode the wave of this public fervor, on the backs of working class America—the very backs they will end up breaking. Their claims are so vague, contradictory, and substance-less, that they aim to incite public support, while dissuading any actual thought. In a CBS interview, Rand Paul discussed “balancing the budget” (for the 15th time) through various (vague) measures. He mentioned Tea Party buzz words like “free-market system” and the beneficial effects of “small businesses” on the economy. The free market has never been a friend to the small businessman, and it’s never been there for the working, lower-middle class. Less defensible than the misguided anger of the right, however, is the lack of passion on the liberal side. Voters are afraid to say anything more complimentary than that Obama hasn’t failed to keep his promises YET. Only 11% of the voters Tuesday were under 30, a key voting block for the left. Caught between blind rage and dispassionate malaise, this country is at a crossroads. And we will never get anywhere if we keep changing lanes.

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Dan Decides: Dubstep Is Dope

Popular Props Prop 19: Failed. Perhaps the most controversial and well known, Prop 19 failed to legalize the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana for adults over 21. Prop 20: Passed. Concerning the drawing of congressional districts, this proposition was successful in transferring this power from the incumbents to an impartial committee. Good call, Kimball. Prop 23: Failed. This proposition flopped, leaving the many recently implemented environmental laws intact. But now the oil companies from Texas won’t be able to “provide jobs”! Prop 27: Failed. The monied interests and career politicians, through this proposition, have been struck down at last! Or at least for the time being.

When it drops, you’re gonna feel it. Hearing it is secondary; knowing it is a given. This is Dubstep— it’s the newest musical trend. And it’s the connective stretch of an important cultural full circle— one a long time coming. It gets its name in part from the Jamaican islands wherein it originated. But erase from your mind immediately any notion of sun-drenched steel drums and syncopated guitars— this is music that could as easily be, and often is, made by pasty English teenagers in their basements. The “dub” in dubstep could just as easily refer to its unique, though (within the genre) consistent rhythm. Characterized by half-time drums and synths that “wobble” in double-time, the mood it creates is one of suspense, and alternately, resolution. So, why is Dubstep so great? You wait in line for a Wilco, Radiohead, whatever concert. You pass the time outside of a renowned venue— so world-famous you practically feel lucky to stand in line, to lean against its lauded walls. Eventually you file inside, and sit in a stadium seat. A comfortable stadium seat. Maybe it has a cup-holder. You wait through a half hour of silence, and then 45 minutes of opening bands (much worse than silence). After maybe another 20 minutes of watching anonymous roadies move cables around, the drummer comes on. The rest of the band saunters up, and if you’re lucky, the singer/songwriter of the group deigns to grace you with his presence. Songs are played, absently, and you look around. Hipsters with their arms crossed, smoking cigarettes, nod their heads appreciatively, maybe tapping their feet. Where is the passion? Rock ‘n’ roll, originally, had a message and a beat, and that’s all that it needed. The intellectualization of our culture, which has taught our youth to drench themselves in irony and distance themselves from any real emotion, has reached its breaking point. But the reactionary effect is finally starting to take hold. Because now you can go to an old community center or an empty park. The music will be blasting as you roll up, and you might only have $10 in your wallet. You feel like you’re privy to some cultural secret—you exchange giddy, knowing glances with other attendees that file past. You’ll walk inside, maybe grab a water, and you’ll start to dance. Because everybody will be dancing, packed tightly, as much by choice as by circumstance. You will make some friends, whether you can hear or not, and you will appreciate the beauty, whether you can see or not. It represents a return to the primal. Music was made to dance to, and once in a while, it’s something to shout about. The technology may be as sophisticated as ever, but what it induces, and what it in itself creates, is nothing more than base human emotion. It’s back to basics, the beat and the volume. And when the bass drops, you’re gonna feel it.

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Megan Bowser Alex Bradbury

Brian Kim Giselle Quezada Rebecca Sylvers

Jacob Markus

Sophia Chen JJ Davis Ian Doherty Alice Grave Dustin Kowell Taran Moriates Olivia Sundstrom Ali Wire

news Rafael Ancheta Alex Chen

opinion Steven Golditch Daniel Schechter

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Jo Zimmerman

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Rachel Davis

Nola Adedigba Emily Pinsky

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Nikki Swift

Samir Malhotra Rachel Riedel

entertainment Lindsay Baffo Caitlin Wire

class manager Michelle Hwang

photographer Alex Masuoka

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diabetes awareness RACHEL RIEDEL Features Editor

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1 vs Type 2 A hereditary disorder where, the pancreas cannot produce any insulin, which is essential for the body’s cells to absorb glucose. Once a Type 1 consumes sugar, his or her glucose level increases and isn’t able to come down due to a lack of insulin.


Although many students have heard of diabetes, few know what it really means to be diabetic. The new Diabetes Awareness Club hopes to change that. Club president senior Caitlin Wire started the club this year to spread awareness around the campus and raise money to find a cure for diabetes. Wire feels that starting the club and raising money for diabetes is very important because she is a Type 1 diabetic. She feels that many people in this time lack a solid idea of what diabetes is and wants to eliminate that uncertainty. “There are a lot of people—particularly in our generation—that have so many misconceptions about diabetes, and I almost feel like I have an obligation to get people the right information and show them how drastically it can affect them,” Wire said. “There are so many people at TOHS that know so little about the disease. I know, I’ve asked them.” These misconceptions are not limited to schools, they can be found around the world. By joining the club, members can work to disprove these false ideas and reach out to people with diabetes everywhere. “This club is an opportunity to become a part of something bigger than TO, something that affects a very large population of people worldwide,” Wire said. “[Being a member] means that you’ve taken the initiative to join the fight against diabetes. It means you care about something that is steadily becoming a danger-

ously prominent part of people’s lives.” Although the club does not have very many members yet, the members it does have are dedicated enough to bring more attention to their cause. “I am impressed by their initiative and determination to provide this knowledge and service for students who might not otherwise have a resource like this,” club adviser David Sheridan said. Although the club provides support for all of those who want to raise money towards a cure, some students join events on their own. Club vice president junior Cassie Nunes has started her own team at an event started by a group called StepOut. The club did not join the walk for diabetes as a whole, but the club supports the event and is actively trying to get people to join. The walk, which runs through the Universal Studios Backlot, requires participants to gather pledges for each lap they walk. “Count to twenty seconds,” Nunes said. “In that twenty seconds, two people are diagnosed with diabetes. So, you should do it for those people.” Nunes hopes that she and Wire can get more people to join soon, in both the club and the walk. Anyone can join the fight against diabetes through the rest of the Diabetes Awareness Club, regardless of whether he or she is diabetic. “You don’t have to know anything [about diabetes],” Nunes said. “You just come and learn.”



Students gather for cause



The pancreas produces insulin, but not enough to process carbohydrates. Eventually, the pancreas burns out. This disorder cannot be inherited, and is a result of dietary choices.

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RACHEL RIEDEL Features Editor

Some people view diabetes as something small that only a few people have. Little do they know that diabetes affects nearly everyone worldwide. That means that not only are the students of the school affected by the disease, but also teachers and staff alike. Health teacher Tom Lee’s son, Bryan Lee, was raised a Type 2 diabetic. This changed the way the family looked at diabetes entirely. “[It created a] lot of stress—constantly trying to read his eyes and his body and his personality,” Lee said. “Any kind of change could indicate that he’s going into a reaction.” Lee can recall many times when his son would go into an episode when he was not around. In some of these cases, he found that whoever was with him didn’t necessarily understand how serious his son’s condition was. Once, when Bryan was eleven, he and some friends went to 7/11 and bought a snack that caused him to go into a violent episode. Lee, who had been away from

his house, raced home to take care of his son. The fire department helped Bryan after friends dialed 911, but the baby-sitter, a close friend of Lee’s, was not as sympathetic as those who had acted to save him. The baby-sitter felt that Bryan had deserved to endure the reaction and “suffer the punishment,” because he should have known better than to eat the snack in the first place. When Lee heard what his friend had said to his son, he was furious. “It made me mad to leave him with a baby-sitter,” Lee said. “His brothers are his best baby-sitters.” Now, 23 years later, Bryan works for Johnson and Johnson, giving other people with diabetes advice and supplying them with equipment. He also offers 24hour support for anyone who has a problem with his or her pump, needs someone to confide in or needs other medical attention. “When he is helping other people, he tends to help himself more,” Lee said. “He loves it, he loves working with people. It’s the most natural job he could have found.”




1. Prick the tip of your finger.

2. Squeeze until blood is visible on the surface.

3. Place the spot of blood on the testing strip in the meter.

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checked your results, you can give yourself the correct amount of insulin.

Diabetes Quiz

1. Only heavier people have diabetes. True or False?

2. If you have diabetes, you can’t eat sugar. True or False?

3. Some cases of diabetes are due to diet. True or False?

4. People with diabetes need to stay active. True or False?

5. Type 1 diabetes is hereditary. True or False?

6. Diabetics lack insulin. True or False?

1) False; when diabetes is acquired, it depends on exercise and diet—not your weight. 2) False; when sugar is ingested, insulin has to be taken for safety measures, but it can still be eaten. 3) True; Type 2 diabetes can be a acquired by little to no exercise and a poor diet. 4) True; exercise is necessary to keep the body in balance. 5) True; it is hereditary. 6) True; the pancreas of a diabetic cannot produce insulin, which is necessary to absorb glucose.

Raising a son with diabetes

Nunes’ demonstration sends message JEN SMITH

Contributing Writer

In room I-2 on a chilly October day, a student’s blood is being shed. Junior Cassie Nunes pricked her finger to give a live demonstration of the daily events of a diabetic. Nunes is one of the few Type 1 diabetics here on campus. Diabetes is a disorder in which the pancreas is unable to create enough insulin, which attacks the sugars in the bloodstream. She has known about her condition for nine years. She was diagnosed when she was seven and has been with different medical companies that specialize in equipment for diabetics ever since. Equipment supplied by Medtronics to test Nunes’ blood glucose levels is extremely expensive. She gets two insulin vials a month, along with needles and other supplies necessary for testing her blood. “I test about six times a day,” she said. “Sometimes I forget to test because I don’t want to be late for class,” she said. The testing process is necessary to maintain her normal glucose levels. Levels that are too high or too low have the potential to send her to the hospital. In order to prevent such dangerous occurrences, Nunes not only tests her blood, but follows a strict, carbohydrate-conscious diet.

“I have to ask for the nutrition guide whenever I go out to eat,” she said. “I’m not allowed to eat most sugars, but fruit sugars aren’t as bad. I can eat meat and vegetables, since they have no carbs.” As a member of the Diabetes Awareness Club at Thousand Oaks High School, she is currently involved in a fundraiser to raise funds for diabetic research. Through her involvement in various activities, Nunes is contributing to the search for a cure. The motive is to prevent others from experiencing the hardships she endures on a daily basis. The first few months of her diagnosis were the hardest. “I hated it!” she said. “I had to remember all the rules, and learn the measurements and numbers. At 7, I was also deathly afraid of needles. Now, I’m still scared of them, but I just swallow my fear and am brave about it. I’m not ‘deathly’ afraid anymore.” Her family has also learned how to use her multiple tools and equipment, in case of emergency. There has been speculation of the development of an artificial pancreas, which would allow people with diabetes to take blood tests less frequently. “It would be a huge weight off my shoulders [to get an artificial pancreas],” she said. “If it survives on the market, I might be able to get one. If they have an artificial heart, imagine what an artificial pancreas could do.”



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Every Lancer Has a Story:

Senior Rick Perry


Senior Rick Perry loves the rush of performing before a crowd. Perry’s biggest thrill comes from singing. He discovered his passion for music as a child when his father taught him how to play the guitar and his mother introduced him to choir. “I have been singing Rick Perry for as long as I can remember,” he said. “I come from a musical family, so I guess you could say my influence started with my parents.” His interest in music broadened when he joined his middle school band. “[Band] really opened my mind to all types of music, and it got me started. Then I joined choir and everything fell into place,” Perry said.

He is now a third-year choir student. Through choir, he made friends who helped him transition from Quartzhill High School into TOHS. “I really enjoy hanging out with the choir and theater kids. They have been so encouraging and accepting,” he said. “When I first moved to this school they took me under their wing, so to speak, and taught me most of what I know about music today.” In and outside of choir, Perry performed in front of crowds multiple times. He performed in last year’s spring musical, the Solo Night event hosted at TOHS, and all of the other regular choir venues. Last year, Perry and his friend Rick Silva, who accompanied him with guitar and backup vocals, performed at the Relay for Life in Lancaster, before a crowd of 500 people. Perry was originally going to work the sound for the show. The sponsor, however, already had someone working the sound, so Perry and his friend

auditioned to perform instead and got the spot. “It was crazy and, of course, there was stage fright right before I went on, but you just got to take that energy and put it into your performance,” he said. “Overall, it was an amazing experience.” He loves to sing solo as well as with friends. “Performing solo is extremely nerve-racking but I love it. It’s like a roller coaster ride and a complete adrenaline rush,” Perry said. “After you’re done performing, you just want to get out and do it again.” In addition to performing, he is an avid songwriter and has been writing his own songs for the past four years. “I definitely will keep on writing my own music,” he said. “[I] started when I listened to the radio and thought, ‘I could do something like that.’” Besides writing, Perry plays the guitar and is currently learning to play the piano. He wants to keep as many musical opportunities as possible

open to himself. With his boundless passion for music, Perry hopes to change his talent into a career. “I’m taking a year off after graduating to see what the future holds for me before going back to school,” he said, “I’m really passionate about singing and acting and I think the whole feel for it is just amazing.” “Every Lancer Has a Story” is a feature on a randomly selected student.

Performing solo is extremely nerve-racking, but I love it. It’s like a roller coaster ride and a complete adrenaline rush. - Rick Perry

Lancer strives to earn third degree black belt RADU PUCHIU Website Editor

Dodging wild punches and countering fearsome kicks is just another day of practice for junior Sean Quandt and the demonstration team. The Thousand Oaks/Westlake Karate Demonstration Team, or simply Demo Team, is made up of seven honorary, handpicked martial artists. The team performs at every belt RADU PUCHIU » THE LANCER presentation ceremo-

ny and other special occasions. Led by team captain Greg Mills, the team meets every week to perfect their routine. “[Practices] are very stressful, everyone goes on their own, and I have to pull everyone together.” Mills said. The captain of the Demo Team chooses individuals based on their skill and determination. “Not everyone can be in demo team, you have to have the right attitude, and you have to exceed expectations.” Quandt said. Quandt is one of the few to join the Demo Team before becoming a black belt. He joined the team about five months before receiving it. “[I] just got recognized for being a good performer,” Quandt said, “[And] Having the right speed, intensity and focus.” Originally, the team captain was Master Justin Ichikawa. Ichikawa played a major influential role in Quandt’s martial arts career. “He was a prime example of speed, quick-

ness and intensity. He had a lot of fire that he put in [his] performances.” Quandt said. “He was the one whom I tried to imitate the most.” One year later, Ichikawa left for New York and Mills took over the Team. “I didn’t like the way it was run so I started my own performance team,” Mills said, “It was a very smooth transition.” Even with the smooth transition, participants still felt the change of captains. “Master Ichikawa was more flashy performance style, mister Mills is more [concerned with] MMA [Mixed Martial Arts] and fight scenes.” Quandt said. “The emotion is different, and the feeling of the performance is different.” Every year, he has to stop training, as he is part of Cross Country and it is difficult handling both time commitments. “I feel like I’m definitely missing out.” he said. “I wish I could do both.”

Once the cross country season is over, he will resume training for his third degree black belt test again. The rank of black belt is weighted by ranks, or degrees. Quandt is currently a second degree and is hoping to test for his third degree next year. Preparing to become a Third degree black belt involves a great deal of hard work. “I’ll probably focus on it more than other sports. It’ll take a lot of focus,” he said. This amount of practice is necessary to become a Third degree black belt because such a high rank requires a full understanding of the techniques that will be exemplified during the test. “The younger kids can have second degrees and having a third degree really shows how much you’ve practiced,” Quandt said. “It’s almost like a more elite group.” His dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work make him an imperative element of the Thousand Oaks/Westlake Demo Team and a great candidate for a third degree black belt.

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Mr. Lichtl

Q: What can students do to prevent cyberbullying? A: Use good judgment. People have to understand that what they are writing is potentially available for millions of people. Getting on Facebook and telling how much you dislike them is probably not a good judgment.

Q: What are your feelings about cyberbullying, and what it has become today? A: I think that cyberbullying is an important topic. I think students feel very immune when they are sitting behind their keyboards. I think students forget that what they write is recorded forever, and I think we are seeing more and more people’s lives generally being affected by things they write.

Q: What do you think about all the suicides we have been hearing about on the news? A: The situation that is in our country is absolutely tragic, and I would hate to think that it could happen here in Thousand Oaks; but I’m not naive enough to think it couldn’t.


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A long road to happiness David Galinato’s story as told to Rebecca Sylvers

In fifth grade, I weighed 96 pounds. It was great. Then, I got my third kidney. My kidneys were too small and my blood wasn’t clean, so I had to get a transplant. The hormones I had to take made me gain weight and gave me a unibrow and a moustache—not normal features in a ten-year-old. People started calling me fat. That, however, was almost nothing in comparison to the name-calling that ensued when I came out in seventh grade. That’s when people started getting really offensive, boys especially. They complained about doing PE with me. They refused to be my friend, whether out of fear of being seen as gay by association or because of preconceived notions about gay people as a whole. I cried a lot in eighth grade PE. I didn’t want to participate with the boys because they were obnoxious. One day, when we were walking to SSR at the Boys and Girls Club, a boy said something really offensive to me. He apologized later, but only because our teacher made him. I ditched the rest of school that day, and the teacher called my dad. My dad called me and made me go back and talk to her. It seemed apparent I was no longer welcome, no longer one of them. My teacher came and talked to me and offered to put me on the girls’ team, but it didn’t help. After that, the boys just gave me even more of a hard time for not playing with them, even though they didn’t even want me in the first place. From that day on, I tried to get out of PE as much as possible. There were days when I would just stay in the SSR room for the period and show up after PE was over. The administration noticed I was gone, but no one seemed to care that much. They gave me my space. In the long run, I would have rather had them come talk to me, but at the time it was too painful to discuss. I started getting into fights. At first, they were mental, but things kept escalating. There was a peak moment in 8th grade when I almost got into a physical fight. I ran away crying. It’s actually quite funny, looking back. It was so immature for me to react that way. But at the time, it was something I

taking on the

Domino effect

had to do. After that, I said to myself, “You don’t need to take this anymore.” I was at my lowest but determined to get stronger. What could have gotten worse after a fight like that? The bullying was no longer limited to words, and fists actually hurt. Things have been better in high school, but not because the sideways glances and muttered insults are over—far from it. I still would rather walk the halls with a friend than alone. Walking by myself makes it all too easy for people to cough “faggot” under their breath as they walk by. The looks are the worst. But now, instead of crying and getting in fights, I just make people feel as awkward as possible. It’s my way of getting even. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if not for the experience of being bullied. Looking back, it seems I was bullied more for being gay. You can’t help the physical aspects of yourself. You can’t help being gay either, but people don’t seem to embrace that idea quite as readily. It’s a cultural thing. It’s culturally okay to be overweight but not to be gay, so people find it easier to latch onto and attack. There’s always that awkward time once you come out when you don’t really know how people will react to you. That moment was so early in my life in the grand scheme of things. It’s a blessing, to be honest. Most people coming out in high school have a rough time ahead of them. I already had my rough time in middle school and now I’m mostly past it. Now I just get to live my life. Through that process, I’ve found a good number of friends who are very accepting, a circle in which I can be myself. I have a strong support system; if anything does go wrong, these people have my back. It’s been a long road, but now, I feel comfortable in my own skin. I am who I am. I’m going to be true to myself and live my life no matter what other people have to say.

Thousand Oaks responds to bullying incidents Nola Adedigba Emily Pinsky Ali Wire

Center Editors and Staff Writer

We all hear about incidents of bullying on the news, about harassment and suicide across the country, especially recently. But it happens here too. Varsity tennis player sophomore Melissa Baker recently encountered her own experience with cyberbullying. Oct. 26, 2010 Thousand Oaks triumphed over Westlake in a crucial tennis match. The team was ecstatic about defeating its arch-rival and clinching a tie for first place in the Marmonte League. Baker’s spirits quickly fell, however, when she logged onto her Facebook account. Members of Westlake’s team had posted derogatory statements alleging that several calls had been unfair. Baker wrote back, defending her


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team’s integrity. “I knew those people, they were my friends. My point of view of them totally changed,” Baker said. “I hate when people are different on Facebook and [when] texting than they are in person.” Though the altercation lingers, Baker hopes to put it behind her. In another incident, sophomore Colby Van Volkinburg was a victim of harassment via Formspring. is a website that adds a new dimension to cyberbullying— anonymity. “I heard about Formspring from my friend. I thought it was a cool site, there was nothing wrong with it in the beginning.” But soon, Van Volkinburg received some unfriendly messages. “People started saying things that weren’t true about my personal life. They harassed me about liking people I didn’t actually like, and tried to insult me about my looks, along with my religion.” However, she says she isn’t phased by the angry anonymous people behind their computers. “Personally, I wasn’t insulted. But I know people who do get upset when they’re insulted on Formspring. I don’t let people’s opinions bring me down, especially when they don’t say it to my face.” So if the website is so horrible, why even hold an account? “Because at the same time people are trying to bring me down, there are also the nice people who give me compliments and try to lift me up,” Van Volkinburg said. Part of preventing incidents such as these is awareness. Senior Chetan Hebbar believes that bullying should not be tolerated and is appalled by people who put others down to boost their own popularity.

Help! I’m being bullied. Who can I talk to?


Inform an adult or staff member at school, someone you trust.

See a counselor as soon as possible if another trusted adult is not available.

“We can’t just pass off emotional and sometimes physical abuse as a part of a high school experience,” he said. As a member of the school’s Mock Trial team, Hebbar will soon begin working on a case involving cyberbullying. Members are just beginning to prepare their speeches and decide the verdict, but are already looking forward to working with such a relevant topic “I’m really intrigued to do cyberbullying because it’s really up to date,” Hebbar said. The team is also excited about this case because of its inclusion of all sides of the issue. “You get different points of views within the case, so you see the bully’s side as well as the victim’s side,” sophomore Lindsey Schillo said. Link Crew adviser Ashley Cooper and ASB adviser Toni Young intend to start a coalition between students and staff that centers on bullying. Though the group is still in its infancy, its goal is clear—to raise awareness about bullying and lessen its impact. They hope to get many pre-existing campus organizations, including Peer Counseling and Latino Connection, involved in the coalition. “[I would like to use] student leaders as pillars to show that the ‘cool’ kids don’t bully,” Cooper said. Through Link Crew and her experience teaching freshmen, Cooper has seen the effects of bullying on students and felt compelled to do something about it. In her health class, she now incorporates the issue of bullying and all it entails. She emphasizes that, although bullying does still take place in person and at school, much more of it now happens online. “I want my students to understand that their actions and words have lasting effects on their peers.”

Dean of Students Martin Nichols outlines the steps to take in different situations

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In the case of cyberbullying, notify an administrator.

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Lidia Villeda



Maddie Elia

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Features Editor

Although some high school students are still deciding tomorrow’s schedule, junior Lidia Villeda already knows which career she wishes to pursue. Villeda has decided to follow a path in nursing. “I want do something that will benefit other people, I want to be a part of making a difference in their life,” Villeda said. Through her volunteer work at the Westminister Free Clinic, she has gained important nursing experience; includLidia VILLEDA ing learning how to take a patient’s vital signs and complete a patient history. “Going into college saying you have a background in nursing and lots of volunteer experience always helps you stand out,” Villeda said. Additionally, her role at the clinic involves extensive communication with doctors about patients’ information. “They’re so knowledgeable in their fields, and they’re taking on the role of a teacher, by explaining certain patients’ symptoms to us,” she said. For her, this volunteer opportunity is just a glimpse of the real nursing world. “Not many people can say they have this kind of work experience,” Villeda said “I’m actually getting to work with patients. I’m building a connection with them and getting to know them.” She is still undecided about which colleges she would consider attending, but she has started narrowing down her choices. “Something that is a major factor is my faith,” Villeda said, “It would be really cool if I could go to a Catholic college, like Loyola Marymount University.” At school, she is an officer in the Health Science Majors Academy, which gives students an opportunity to explore different science careers. She is also a member of the Public Service Majors. In addition Villeda is a part of Link Crew, which helps her gain experience in leadership roles. Outside of school, apart from her volunteer work, she is an active member at her church, St. Paschal Baylon. As a peer minister, she instructs and leads groups of eight to ten students in religious discussions. Along with her activities at school, Villeda hopes her community service will enhance her resumé and bring her closer to the college she wants to attend.

Senior Maddie Elia’s passion for science and lacrosse broadens her possibilities for the years ahead. With these in mind, she applied early decision to University of Rochester. She selected Rochester because of its medium size, academic rigor and strong pre-medical program. Once in college, Elia plans to study political science and Spanish with a focus in pre-med. Elia is attracted to the freedom to choose her classes. Maddie Elia “At Rochester, there is only one required course, then you can take any classes you want,” Elia said. Additionally, Elia is interested by Rochester’s Early Medical Scholars Program, which guarantees admission into medical school for eight students. Not only that, the school has a Division III lacrosse team. Over the summer Elia played on Xteam, a club lacrosse team that gives girls from nontraditional lacrosse areas a chance to demonstrate their talents at a national level. She was one of 45 girls from Xteam who attended a ten-day lacrosse tour on the East Coast. The girls played in two recruiting tournaments at the beginning and end of the week, with two-a-day practices in between. In addition, the players were given nightly assignments to help them articulate how they felt about lacrosse, college, and life. This intense week was designed to show the girls what life was like as a student-athlete. “[Xperience] really helped me realize that I didn’t want to play lacrosse at the Division I level, but at the Division III level so I could maintain a balanced life as a college student,” Elia said. After the Xperience, she had a better understanding of where she wanted to attend college. She realizes that the competition to get into college is tough and that adding a sport into the mix only makes the process that much more stressful. Interestingly, Elia refuses to wear her University of Rochester sweatshirt until she hears back from the school. “I can’t wear it until I get in, because I’ll jinx myself. Right now, it is sitting in my closet, waiting to be worn.”

Following the footsteps of his brother and father, senior JT Lawson plans to serve the community by pursuing a career in law enforcement. His father is a police officer and his brother is currently in the ROTC, or Reserve Officer Training Course, at Fresno State. After high school, Lawson is determined to join the same ROTC program at Fresno State. To get into the program he is applying for the ROTC Scholarship, JT LAWSON that his brother received. The scholarship will provide him with over $65,000, which will cover the cost of tuition and room/board After ROTC, he first plans to join the Military Police, who has a job similar to that of local civilian police officers. Members of the Military Police are responsible for upholding state and federal laws. His time in the Military Police would give Lawson a vast amount of field experience, as well as make him well-qualified candidate for the police academy. “When I come out of ROTC, I’ll be a Second Lieutenant, which is a great way to shape up my life,” Lawson said. His ultimate goal, however, is to become a police officer. “I don’t want to have desk job, I want do something that will involve me in the community,” Lawson said. He is a member of the varsity wrestling team. He has been wrestling for nine years, beginning in fourth grade, when he lived in Fresno. Over his wrestling career, he has acquired 18 medals and a trophy. His wrestling career has left him with many interesting experiences. “I remember when my coach put me in a varsity wrestling tournament freshman year, and I dislocated my jaw. It hurt really bad and I couldn’t feel it, eventually I had a huge headache,” Lawson said. An active member of clubs on campus, junior year he was the president of the Patriot’s Club, as well as the Sergeant at Arms for ASB. If he does not get the ROTC Scholarship, however, he will attend Moorpark College and transfer to Fresno State, where he will have to pay his own tuition.


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Maddie Elia JT Lawson Lidia Villeda Searching for nursing colleges

Applying for ROTC Scholarship for Fresno State

Submitted early decision app.

*Spencer Boone Submitted application to Johns Hopkins.

en route to COLLEGE Mapping their progress *Featured in a previous issue



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Bringing NIGHTMARES to the big screen Public SOURCE » sony pictures

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“here’s Johnny!”—From poltergeists to exorcisms, with a serial killer here and there, horror films have cemented their legacy in pop culture. As new media progresses, these cinematic innovations create a more thrilling adventure than the next. Shown clockwise from above are only a few of the highlights from the horror genre: The Shining (1980), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), The Exorcist (1973), and Psycho (1963).

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1963 Straight from the Messenger Taran Moriates Staff Writer

Don’t be afraid. I understand that the word “book” does not coincide with the words “high school student.” After years of being required to read novels that make students hate humanity, most high schoolers do their best to stay as far away from books as possible (even the ones they need to read; SparkNotes perhaps?). Sometimes, however, a special story comes along that makes you want to rearrange your busy schedule to accomodate it, one that is well worth the time you would otherwise be spending on the internet. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (author of 2006’s bestseller The Book Thief) will make any teen rethink the idea of reading. Zusak’s style flows effortlessly as he weaves together description, character development, motivational and powerful themes and countless laughs in an unthinkable way. The novel starts off with a humorous bank robbery as the reader meets the main character Ed, the epitome of normalcy, and his frugal best mate Marv. After stopping the robbery, Ed receives the first of many mysterious playing cards in his mailbox with addresses scrawled upon it. Thus begins his journey as the messenger.

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Unaware of who is behind his mission, Ed follows the call of the playing cards as he goes around town making a difference in others’ lives whether it be in the most dramatic or simple ways. Eventually, the path leads him to face those closest to him. This novel manages to get the reader completely involved in the story emotionally. It’s warm and inspiring at times, but can turn on the reader in unexpected, and even shocking, ways. The uncomfortable and dark missions that Ed has to sometimes carry out, such as beating up a young boy and dealing with an abusive husband, is offset by the more uplifting messages like filling a lonely priest’s church. The very true and mature theme of the novel is apparent, but Zusak successfully creates a playful and humorous tone at all the right times in order to counterbalance the moments of seriousness. Overall, I Am the Messenger is a wildly entertaining story that contains countless life-changing lessons. From the very first chapter to the last, the reader will laugh, smile, and legitimately feel sorry for the fictional characters. The words flow easily and it’s simple to read, especially after trudging through history books or the endless descriptions in The Grapes of Wrath. So don’t go running from the threat of printed pages; open them and enjoy. One-of-akind—Mark Zusak’s I Am the Messenger follows main character Ed in his journey to deliver messages written on playing cards to people he has never met. It is a unique account of adversity and human experience.

There’s something sinister about fear. It follows you home. It lurks around the corner and sneaks into your room. It hides under your bed and listens to your breathing slow to a calming pace. And it waits until the perfect moment to strike. It’s this moment we all fear the most. So why crawl back to the theaters every year for another chilling encounter? The answer is simple: we cannot live without this fear. The rapid heart rate, dilated pupils, the clammy hands. The adrenaline of nearing death brings us to life. It’s a dark thought, and it’s been scaring us silly for decades. Though Frankenstein and Dracula terrorized moviegoers of the early twentieth century, it wasn’t until the 1960s that production companies began to capitalize on horror films. English filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was one of the first to start collecting the riches. He streamed a series of popular horror films including The Birds in 1963, and the immortal Psycho in 1960. Psycho is deemed by many as the ultimate embodiment of paranoia. The creaking floorboards, the gentle tapping on the windowpane; the idea of being followed showed audiences how vulnerable they actually were. The Shining, the cult classic of 1980, triggers a weak “gore factor,” but reigns in the psychological terror. A film that manages to seep into the cracks in your skull and tickle your brain could easily drive you insane. Not Jack Nicholson insane, but a close second. The Exorcist in 1973 was one of the first films to introduce a new genre of “fearof-demonic-takeover” pictures where a character, possessed by a demon would, through no fault of his or her own, go on killing rampages. It opened up a door to a controversial subject: the uncertainty of religion. The Omen, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose have been subjects of that thought. That’s not to say all horror films are good; I’ve watched many a scary movie that have brought more giggles than gasps. The early 2000s were mostly a bust for the horror genre, and many of the plot lines were thin and unoriginal. An example to refer to is 2006’s Snakes on a Plane. The fact that this movie is even labeled as a horror film is laughable. Unfortunately the list stretches on, from Cloverfield to Piranha 3D. We even fell victim to the Gingerdead Man. Yes, a killer gingerbread man. But I wouldn’t give up on horror films just yet. The recent release of Paranormal Activity 2 has audiences dubbing it as the scariest movie of the past decade, eclipsing its predecesser. It goes to show what an unknown cast and an unsteady camera can do in this industry. The Saw franchise, which came to a close with it its October 2010 release of Saw 3D-The Final Chapter, was in no shortage of terror and gore. Though it initially received low ratings from reviewers, box office profits defied them as it placed ahead of Paranormal Activity 2 on opening weekend. Despite the lack of sleep and the occasional cold sweats, horror films are meant purely to get those nerves ticking and hearts pumping. I can’t help but get a sick pleasure in watching my own nightmares illuminated on the big screen.

Whatareyoulistening to? senior

»Ryan Brodsky

“I am currently listening to ‘Time Warp’ from the Rocky Horror Picture Show because it is the 35th anniversary of Rocky. I’ve been doing the time warp since I could walk, probably even before that. It’s a song that can get everyone within a hearing radius up and dancing and just having a good time.”


»Jamie Lutz

“I’ve been listening to ‘Grenade’ by Bruno Mars. I really like the lyrics because they compliment his voice. I enjoy most of Bruno Mars’ songs because they’re catchy but also have some sort of meaning in them, too.”

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HP7: The end of an era We thought this day would never come. The final film production of the Harry Potter series is fast approaching, and with it the end of the most intense fantasy adventure in existence. Caitlin Wire

Entertainment Editor

We are, without a doubt, the luckiest generation on the planet. That’s completely disregarding the invention of accessible Internet, iPods and smartphones in our lifetimes. In fact, technology in its entirety has absolutely nothing to do with why we’re so lucky. Harry Potter is why, ladies and gentlemen. Our generation got to grow up with Harry Potter. Since we were first introduced to 10-year-old Harry (4 Privet Drive, cupboard under the stairs—you know the one), we’ve followed his adventures almost religiously. Frantically racing through each chapter of the books, we became so engrossed in the lives of Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger that our own normal (muggle) lives seemed dismal in comparison. I cried on the night of my 11th birthday, when I realized I had not received my Hogwarts acceptance letter. One by one, author J.K. Rowling released new additions to the series, expanding further and deeper into themes of friendship, love and adversity that are so unifying in our culture. As we got older, we sped through them at a more rapid pace...forfeiting sleep, always craving more. I got the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at the Borders midnight release party, and read steadily from the moment I had it in my hands at 12 am until 1 pm the next day. It felt like a dementor had sapped all energy out of me when I finally finished it. So worth it. Now, the release of the first half of the final chapter in the Harry Potter series is upon us; it’s Harry’s last crusade, his last chance to end his 7 year battle with the infamous Lord Voldemort (the world’s most dangerous dark wizard). On the night of Nov. 18, hundreds of our fellow Potter enthusiasts will congregate outside of movie theaters nationwide, counting down

the seconds until midnight, Nov. 19, the exact moment when the first part of Deathly Hallows will finally arrive on the big screen. I’m having a hard time accepting this is almost the end. There’s still one more movie to go, as they’ve split the seventh installment into two parts (some people have mixed feelings about this; I’m a fan, considering they’ll be less likely to omit important details, and I’ll still have something to look forward to after Nov. 19). Even so, it’s hard to let something like that go. From what I’ve seen of the previews, Deathly Hallows part one looks like a legitimate contender for the position of “Most Epic Harry Potter Movie, Ever.” I get chills every time I watch the trailers, no joke. Nine years ago, stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson stumbled into the Harry Potter franchise, wide-eyed and youthful. Now, they’ve got the experience to give us some of the most magical performances (pun most definitely intended) we’ve seen in most movies of this past decade. So I guess I have one question for you, my fellow Lancers: are you pumped? If not, you really need to sort out your priorities. This is Harry Potter, for goodness’ sake. On that note...I’ll see you all at the theaters Nov. 19. for the best three hours of our lives. Don’t forget to wear your robes.

The chosen one—Daniel Radcliffe stars as Harry Potter in the wildly successful Harry Potter series. The first part of the final film (in theaters Nov. 19) marks the near end of a movie and book series that has grown exponentially since the release of the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in June 1997.

» REACT What are your thoughts on the upcoming Harry Potter movie?

“Excitement. And lust.” -Sophomore Ali Warren

“If they don’t get it right, I’ll be mad. The last one sucked.” -Junior Dylan Iannolo

“I’ve been waiting for this movie since I read The Deathly Hallows.” -Sophomore Taylor Melton


THE SYLVERS SCREEN As I filled out my Stanford application last week, one question stood out. “Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/ or musical artists.” Innocent enough, right? Wrong. When most people read this question, I can only assume they thought something along the lines of “Yay! Easy question!” or “Wow, Stanford really seems to care about my interests.” When I read it, however, my eyes bulged and shifted back and forth, searching for the missing word: television. Where, pray tell, was Stanford’s regard for my interest? Much to my dismay, no amount of eye straining altered the task ahead; this would not be an easy question. But it certainly was an illuminating one. In my family and amongst many of my friends, TV seems like the preeminent form of entertainment. Pay 11 bucks to see a movie that’s been advertised to death and may or may not include anything remotely interesting beyond what can fit in a two-minute trailer? Perish the thought—it’s so rarely worth the investment. Read a book? I, the one applying to an Ivy-caliber college, fell asleep reading Pride and Prejudice three times in one sitting and haven’t successfully finished a book outside of school in upwards of a year. Embarrassing, yes. But true. TV, on the other hand, is virtually free and never sleep-inducing. I love it for its uncertianty and open-endedness, its ability to branch off in an endless array of directions from episode to episode and season to season. I’m partial to long-term relationships. I’d rather get to know the characters as we live concurrent lives, visiting each other weekly for an indefinite number of seasons, than meet them for a one-time, two-hour tryst with only one hope of meeting again—the dreaded sequel. To people who think this way, TV is art. How, then, could Stanford so blatantly ignore it? Outside this bubble of aficionados, TV seems to mean nothing more than American Idol, Monday Night Football, the six o’clock news and Snooki’s hair, proof that TV certainly can sink to depths far beneath categorization as art. Yes, TV gets a bad rap, but it’s not really helping itself by inundating us with vapid reality shows (with a few gems like Top Chef sprinkled in amongst the trash). No one, least of all an admissions officer, wants to hear Jersey Shore in the same breath as Jersey Boys. Ultimately, I found it went against my entire philosophy to exclude TV from any favorites list. I simply couldn’t answer such a question. Instead, I ignored the prompt, went on a twoline rant about the importance of TV and my favorite shows and hit “submit.” Take that, Stanford.



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Volleyball close to perfection Ian Doherty Staff Writer

Our girls’ volleyball team is poised for a remarkable finish. With one game left to play, the Lancers are 13-0 in league and 17-8 overall. Coach James Park feels almost no pressure to remain undefeated for the rest of the season. “[Being undefeated is] always a nice feeling, performing well,” Park said. The only teams Thousand Oaks did not beat in straight sets are Moorpark and Westlake. “As long as we play consistently... I hope we can do it,” Park said. Team chemistry is definitely not an issue. According to junior Rachel Cookus, the team members are helping one another on and off the court. Most of the players have been playing together before the high school team. Some played on the club team, Conejo Crush and middle school. “[Our team chemistry] has been really strong,” Cookus said. It has had an undefeated season before in the 2007 and 2008 seasons when it finished 14-0 in league play

both times. The Lancers are full of strong players who consistently play at a high intensity level. The team has one match left in its pursuit of perfection a match of the season is against the team that poses the greatest challenge: the Royal Highlanders. Despite Royal’s talent, TO won its first matchup in straight sets. “I think for the Royal game we have to step up and play our hearts out,” Cookus said. To get ready for the Royal game, the Lancers are preparing to implement a back row attack. To counter Royal’s strong outside hitters they will play with a rotational and perimeter defense. “It depends on who we’re playing,” junior Hannah Porter said. “[The defense] changes every time.” The Green Hole has supported the team throughout all of it’s games. When the team traveled to Royal the Green Hole followed. If it’s feeling down, the Green Hole is there to boost morale. “[It] always gets us pumped up and ready for our games,” Cookus said. Girls’ volleyball close out the regular season against Royal on Nov. 4.

New trainer assists water polo Sophia Chen Staff Writer

New sports trainer, William McCann, has arrived and helped train the boys’ water polo team to have success this season. McCann focuses on cardio and the ability to generate power quickly. He is also very specific in building workouts to help strengthen all the muscles used in shooting, swimming and defending to create speed. Because of the many muscles used in water polo, there is usually no rest after workouts. “There are no breaks just workout after workout,” Sophomore Luke Irwin said. “We do several different sets at a time like five pull ups, 10 push ups, and 15 squats. He times us on who can do the most sets which makes it harder.” In addition with the overlapping exercises, he also shifts the boys into a weight lifting session. “The kids are completely drained when they leave,” McCann said. McCann also decided that, in order to keep things fresh, no two workouts should ever be the same. “The athletes have no idea what they are going to do when they step into the weight room that day.” Mc-

Cann said. McCann wants the boys to work extremely hard and pushes them to their limits. “If they don’t feel dizzy and want to vomit, they didn’t work hard enough.” McCann said. Even though these workouts may seem deadly, the boys’ water polo players constantly give their best effort to get stronger and push themselves. “It is fun for me to put together workouts for this team because they work extremely hard and never take a day off.” McCann said. The workouts have also been effective for the team. “Out passes became faster and more crisp.” sophomore Chase Daland said. “We swim faster, and our times improved a lot.” Even with all of this conditioning, however, McCann believes that the most important facet of the grueling training is psychological. “Most importantly, work capacity, building sessions helps forge amazing confidence with the athletes.” McCann said. Thanks in part to McCann, the boys carry a 20-6-1 overall record and an 8-3 record in league. They play host to Royal on Nov. 4 in their last league game en route to the playoffs.

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Spike it— Juniors Jen Smith (left), Summer Esseff (middle) and Hannah Porter (right) hit the ball for the undefeated girls’ volleyball team.

Underclassman Corner boys jv water polo Thanks to great team chemistry, the JV boys’ water polo team is in fine shape to make the playoffs. “We work great as a team. We are best friends,” sophomore Nick Baker said. Being best friends has helped the team in a myriad of ways. “It has helped us bond as a team and know each others strengths and weaknesses,” sophomore Alex Simonet said. The team has an overall record of 15-9 and a league record of 7-3. Thousand Oaks is second in Marmonte to the team that has handed them two of their three league losses

this season: Agoura. They last played Agoura on October 21 and lost 3-10. After the Agoura game, Thousand Oaks continued to struggle: losing Westlake on Oct. 28. All hope is not lost though, as they played Calabasas on Nov. 2 and won 14-6. Thousand Oaks closed out the regular season on Nov. 4 against Royal. At press time, the score of the Royal game was unknown. -Alex Bradbury

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A year like no other Best Score: 37 at Sunset Hills Years of experience: 6 Secret: I drink green tea, and have fun while I’m playing. If you are having fun ,it reflects on how you play.

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Alex Bradbury

Sports Editor

Even though the girls went undefeated as a team, the sport of golf is still very much an individual sport. One of the key players on the team is Marmonte league MVP Sophia Chen. At CIF Individuals, Chen was the only Thousand Oaks player to advance to the next stage of competition. Chen is a transfer from Westlake, so this is her first year at Thousand Oaks, but she has had no trouble assimilating. “She fits in very well, everybody was comfortable day one. We played against her last year but it’s totally different playing with her,” coach

Team’s finish in CIF

Best Score: 1 under par at Los Roboles, 34 Years of experience: 4 Secret: I practice every day for 2 -3 hours

Strokes away from advancing

Stacy Mann

Best Score: 32 Years of experience: 8 Secret: A lot of practice

Normal tournament cuts are usually 75 so if I shoot a 78 I won’t make it,” Chen said. Off the course Chen has a variety of other interests including her first love, piano. “I play piano. A lot. I have been playing piano longer than golf,” Chen said. Her skills with the piano helped her pick up golf so quickly. “Piano helped me because it helped me adapt,” Chen said. “If you mess something up in piano, you get thrown out of the competition, and it’s the same kind of thing with golf.” Chen plays next in the CIF Individual Finals on Monday at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc.

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Lancer golfers in CIF Individuals

Rod Stillwell said. Stillwell thinks that Chen is one of the strongest golfers on the team and doesn’t need much coaching. “Sometimes the best coaching is to know when to stay out of the game,” Stilwell said. He employs this philosophy when interacting with Chen. Even though Chen has only been playing for four years, she is very critical of herself. She shot a 78 at CIF Individuals on Nov. 1, and even though this is a good score, especially for a high school sophomore, she wasn’t happy with herself afterwards. “Bad is not being par. I don’t care how hard the course is, shooting above par is bad. High school is a little easier than my other tournaments I play in.

Ester Cho

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By the numbers...

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Brenna Callero

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The girls’ golf team went undefeated in league and won the Marmonte League title.

Sarena Doyle

Best Score: 72 Years of experience: 5 Secret: time and practice

Undefeated girls’ golf team four strokes shy of advancement He is, however, extremely proud of his girls because although they did not win CIF, they remained undefeated throughout the season without any major challenges. Although the team finished 16-0, it had its fair share of injuries. At different points throughout the season, Doyle twisted her ankle and Callero and Chen hurt their backs. Although the team is losing some seniors, Stillwell’s hopes are still high for next season. Next year the team will definitely be hungry for a berth in the team finals that barely eluded them this season.

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This year, to even out the numbers, they joined the Northern Division. When Stillwell received the list of the teams playing in the CIF divisional tournament, he knew the Lancers had their work cut out for them. “[It’s] just one of those decisions that you have to deal with,” Stillwell said. Stillwell was disappointed for the girls because they wanted to keep on playing as a team.

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In a make-up meet last Tuesday against Agoura and Moorpark, boys’ varsity cross country emerged victorious while the girls instead conserved energy for Friday’s Ventura County Championships. Junior Sam Worley finished seventh on the boys’ side (15:51.80), while junior Melanie Joerger finished in the top five for the girls (18:42.14) in the Championships, which took place at Lake Casitas.


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team of champions—(Clockwise from left) Head coach Rod Stilwell, Ester Cho, Victoria Cummings, Stacy Mann, Brenna Callero, Sarena Doyle, Sophia Chen.

The team’s placed third. Marmonte Finals took place yesterday, but results were not available at press time. -Sophia Chen » Marion Jones: Press Pause ESPN Films 30 for 30 premiered a film entitled Marion Jones: Press Pause about TOHS alumnus Marion Jones and the rise and fall of her career in track and field on Nov. 2. John Singleton, the director of the film, documents the triumphs of the world class athlete and the drug scandal that ultimately ripped her Olympic medals away and tarnished her athletic career. As any documentary, however, Singleton focuses in on one key aspect of his subject’s life: why was Jones jailed for six months for drug charges when other athletes were not? ESPN will air the film again Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m. -Alex Bradbury



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Girls’ tennis takes title Dustin Kowell Staff Writer

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tennis triumph—Junior Katy Scheck serves to Westlake on Oct. 26. Scheck and her doubles partner Christina Hemphill were key in the victory.

Westlake has always been a thorn in the Lancers side, but this season brings true meaning to the Thousand OaksWestlake rivalry. Westlake took the first match with an 11-7 victory. The Lancers took the second 13-5. The second meeting for the Lancers was much more than an additional win to their now 12-1 league record. This win in the second half of the season gave Thousand Oaks huge momentum going toward CIF playoffs, and had them tied with the Warriors for first place atop the Marmonte League. Senior Kathryn Stueckle, Sophomore Savannah Ware, sophomore Alison Ho and sophomore Melissa Baker are the top singles players for the first place varsity squad. “I was really happy for us and excited after the match. The match was really close at first but it was well-deserved,” Stueckle said. One reason the team was able to defeat Westlake after the initial loss is its

improved camaraderie. “We have definitely improved from last year because we are stronger as a whole team and have a family bond,” junior Sasha Kasper said. Lancers are 14-2 overall and 12-1 in league, a record sufficient for a two-way tie with rival Westlake. Lancers played Royal on Nov. 4 and won, clinching a tie with Westlake. If TOHS and Westlake finish the regular season in a tie for first, the tiebreaker will be a score differential of both their league matches. Even though an official ruling has yet to be handed down, the Lancers are projected to win. Lancers beat Westlake by eight points while the Warriors won by four points. Because of this margin, the girls may take the league crown. “I think we have a good chance to win league. We are a good team with a lot of fire and a good attitude all year,” Stueckle said. The squad moves on to the first round of the Division 1 CIF playoffs ranked eighth, one place ahead of Westlake.

Football rebounds after tough losses Alex Bradbury Sports Editor

Lancers rebounded after losses to Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure to breeze past Simi Valley 52-21 on Oct. 29. The Oaks Christian loss was close: 26-28, but the St. Bonaventure game was a 0-52 blowout. Lancers missed an extra point early in the Oaks game, which forced them to attempt a two-point conversion with under two minutes left in the game. They missed the attempt and with it a chance to send the game into overtime. Despite the losses, TO still finds itself a contender for the playoffs. A win against Calabasas on Nov. 5 will clinch at least the fifth and last seed in the playoffs. Lancers can potentially earn the fourth seed if they beat Moorpark on Nov. 12 in their last league game.

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scramble—Senior quarterback Avandre Bollar scrambles out of the pocket in TO’s 52-21 win against Simi Valley on Oct 29.

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Football is a hardnosed game that takes class, skill and of course physicality. One way to ruin that: setting new restrictions and rules. The refs make unnecessary calls instead of letting the players play. They need to relax. The NFL creates reDustin Kowell strictions and rules almost every year. The most recent is a new rule that condemns helmetto-helmet hits on quarterbacks and defenseless players. This is a joke. The league is again stepping in and taking away the gladitorial nature of football. People watch football for the excitement of hard hitting, which can’t happen if the league takes away how this game is supposed to be played. There are thousands of hits each week. How is the league going to single out helmet-to-helmet hits and hand out suspensions? At first these rules were made to protect the quarterback and avoid concussions and severe injuries, and while this is an honorable goal, the NFL has taken it too far. Players are taught to hit as hard as they can, and they shouldn’t have to worry about the ref calling roughing the passer. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $75,000 for his hit on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaqoui, which knocked him out with a severe concussion. Another was Patriots corner Brandon Meriweather’s hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap. He was fined $50,000. Meriweather apologized for his action, but Harrison took it the wrong way, threatening to retire from football. James Harrison is one of the best linebackers in the game and losing him over a stupid rule would devastate the reputation of the NFL. The NFL could change drastically after this year if petty rules like this continue to take effect in the toughest sport in the world.

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photo essay

riday night

Although Halloween was a full two days away, nothing could stop students from donning their crazy costumes

The pretty faces of halloween—Senior Maddie Elia’s (below) jack-o-lantern lights up her front porch, even after Halloween’s end. Junior Ben Rogers (right), as a foreign diplomat, brings peace and stability to TOHS. “I worked a face-painting booth at Wildwood Elementary,” Rogers said. “It was ridiculous.”

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alex masuoka » the lancer

Orange You glad they dressed up?—Freshman Rosa Lim (above) milked her outstanding cow costume for what it was worth on Oct. 29th, while senior Mark Hay (right) brings some color to the early holiday festivities in his vivid crayon costume.

Rebecca Sylvers » the lancer

Rebecca Sylvers » the lancer

Dynamic duos—Obama and Mickey Mouse (left) bring hope and happiness to teacher Tim Hoag’s classroom. “The visitor was an inspiration,” Hoag said of the mysterious Mickey. “He reminded us that TOHS is the happiest place on earth.” As ketchup and mustard, senior Ryan Corso Gonzalez and junior Stephen McAffee (above) terrorize passers-by.

Rebecca Sylvers » the lancer

The Lancer Issue 3  

The third Issue of the 2010-11 school year.