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‘Sexting’ among teens increasing By EUGENE KWON Mirada Staff

For some teens, it’s not enough to send Valentine cards and candy. Instead, teens have turned to sexting to show their affection. Sexting means messaging a sexually explicit message or image via mobile device, and many experts see this as a growing problem. According to the nationwide survey conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and, 22 percent of teenage girls-and 11 of teen girls ages 13-16 years old—say they “have electronically sent, or posted online, nude or semi-nude images of themselves.” Approximately 39 percent of teens

Before pressing send, teens should consider five tips: # Do not assume anything sent or posted is going to remain private. # Anything sent or posted in cyberspace will never truly go away. # Do not give into pressure to do something that causes discomfort. # Consider the recipient’s reaction. # Nothing is truly anonymous. From

report they have sexted or sent sexual messages while 48 percent say they have received such messages. Although many teens see sexting as harmless, the practice could carry severe social and legal repercussions. Young people who have sent nude photos of themselves to their significant other have discovered that the supposedly private photo in many cases was shared. And recently, teens

have been arrested in Pennsylvania and elsewhere for possession of child pornography because of the pictures of teens under the age of 18 on their phones. “Children who choose to engage in such activities have clearly revealed their inability to consider the potential consequences of their actions,” said a senior boy who asked not to be named. In the Pennsylvania case, six Pennsylvania high school students were arrested last month on child pornography charges after three teenage girls aged 14 to 15 allegedly took nude or semi-nude photos of themselves and shared them with male classmates aged 16 to 17 via their cell phones. In Ohio, the parents of a girl who killed herself after her boyfriend shared a nude photo she sent him are suing the boy and several other high school classmates who shared and harassed her about the image. Most students interviewed said they were unaware of legal consequences. “I knew sexting can be embarrassing if exposed, but I had know idea you could get in trouble with the law,” a junior girl said. Despite the legal and social consequences, the Cosmogirl survey shows the practice of sharing racy images is widespread. “One-third (33 percent) of teen boys and onequarter (25 percent) of teen girls say they have had nude/semi-nude images—originally meant to be private—shared with them,” the survey reported. “Teenagers are early adopters of technology—from the latest social networking sites to the hottest new cell phones,” Susan Schulz, Special Projects Editor, Hearst Magazines, said in a statement. “While this tech savvy can be seen as a positive, our study reveals there’s also a negative side. Teenagers should be aware of the real consequences to this type of behavior.”

This Issue STEM promotes equality in workplace

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Bands jazzed about festival win

photos by RIVA BALLIS/Mirada Staff

Above: Senior Zach Giberson performs a solo alongside fellow saxophonist, junior Graham Smith. The band won the evening concert, playing “Rhythm & Blues.” Below: Junior Victor San Pedro plays a guitar solo.

By RIVA BALLIS Mirada Staff

After two years, the AM Jazz Band has reclaimed the title of sweepstakes winners at the Folsom Jazz Festival. AM placed first in one of the top divisions and was one of the four high school bands to make it into the Folsom night concert, which they won as well. Musicians awarded for their performance in the festival included: seniors Derek Sup on the vibraphones, Zach Giberson on the alto saxophone, Zach Darf on the tenor saxophone, and juniors Victor San Pedro on the guitar and David Williams on the piano. "AM is a group that is exceptionally dedicated and works really well together," band director Joshua Murray said. "When the senior class leaves, the band leaves as well." Each year a different group of seniors makes AM Jazz Band unique. But no matter who is leading,

AM is always among the best bands in California Murray said. In the evening concert, the bands were given two minutes to sightread a piece of music they had never seen before and then three minutes to discuss with the rest of their band and the director. While many bands simply listened to their director, AM took a more interactive approach. "AM was the only band where the students collaborated while the other bands' directors just talked to them," junior trombone player Sean Shelton said. The band has many strong leaders and are easily able to work well with each other. "We were all talking and have really good section leaders," San Pedro said. In the short three minutes that the band was given, they were able to interact with each other and Murray in order to play a song together with two solos executed by Giberson and San

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Meet the team of the issue: Varsity boys basketball

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Pedro. The signature comraderie between the band members and director gives the band an advantage over others. The success of the festival reflects the harmony created within the band.

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King goes from small town to scuba By JESSE BARTELS Mirada Staff

A polished English teacher to her kids at school, Stephanie King is also the loving mother of two children at home. “We go to Fairy Tale town, the zoo, Incredible John’s Pizza, Chuck E Cheese, the Railroad Museum, parks, bike rides, the mall, and all things kids,” King said. However, her time isn’t solely taken up with her daughters, Ava and Farah. “When I have free time to myself, I like to go to the gym, swim, shop, eat out, especially at Indian, Italian, or Mexican food restaurants, go to the movies or a comedy club, read, or take a trip to Calistoga or San Francisco,” King said. “I also love to scuba dive, especially in warm water places in the Caribbean.” King grew up in Hanford, about three hours south from here. “I grew up in a small town of about 40,000 people,” King said. “I couldn’t wait to escape it. We only had one high school and there wasn’t much to

do.” However, she didn’t always plan to be an English teacher. In her freshman year of college she actually planned to be an anthropology major. “My freshman composition professor convinced me to go into writing since he liked my essays so much,” King said. In her time at Rio, she’s found that she most enjoys teaching seniors. “They are my favorite age group, and their curriculum is also the best, in my opinion, anyway.” Her love for the English language also leaks over into her everyday life. “I hate how McDonalds has turned personal pronoun ‘I’ into ‘i.’ I am a neat freak,” she said. However, despite her credentials, King doesn’t only read college-level literature. “I love the ‘True Blood’ series,” she said. “I’ve read them all and can’t wait ‘til the next one comes out. I’m not usually into sci-fi, but I love the vampire books that have become so popular.”

UCs to enact first wait-list By MOLLY INGRAM Editor-in- Chief


English teacher Stephanie King works diligently at her desk in room C-9. In college, she majored in anthropology and never thought she’d be an English teacher. She got into writing after her composition professor liked her essays. When she’s not teaching or spending time with her family, she likes to try new restaurants and read science fiction.

For the first time ever, the University of California will be using a new wait-listing procedure for Fall 2010 applicants. According to The Daily Californian, the purpose of the proposed waiting list would be to give the UC system more flexibility during the admissions process. Instead of offering students admission, placing them on a waiting list will reduce the chance of a high yield rate, which will possibly help solve the problem of over-enrollment. The number of fall freshman applicants to the nine UCs increased by 5.8 percent this year, according to The California Aggie. Susan Wilbur, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of California, states that the new wait-list strategy is optional. Compared to the overall UC applicant increase, UC Davis received a larger number of applicants, with a 6.3 percent applicant increase. Therefore, UCD has chosen to participate in the new wait-list procedure. Wait-listed students will be notified in March, and will find out after May 1 whether or not they are admitted.

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Haiti benefit concert to bring donations and much more By ALLI HENDERSON Mirada Staff

After hearing about the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, senior Nathan Swedlow was particularly struck, and compelled to take action. “I heard about the earthquake almost immediately after it happened,” Swedlow said, “and I felt that it would be important for something to be done.” So, he came up with a unique and fun way to donate money and raise awareness: a benefit concert. “My friend put together a concert to benefit Ghana last year,” Swedlow said. “It was a lot of fun, so I thought I’d do the same for Haiti.” Live music, food and fun is free,

but all donations are strongly encouraged and appreciated. “The recommended amount is $5,” Swedlow said. “We’d love to have as many people as possible come, regardless if they can donate or not.” Due to conflicts with the boys basketball playoffs schedule, the date of the concert is still undecided. However, it will be held on or around Feb. 26 on the outdoor stage from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. “So far Verbalistic, The Happy Medium, and Dead Scott have confirmed,” Swedlow said, “but there should be more to come!” “(It will) benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti,” Swedlow said. “So spread the word!”

Illustration by EUGENE KWON/Mirada Staff

Texting and walking make a dangerous combination By DAYNA ISAACS Miirada Staff

Texting and driving: dangerous Texting and walking: also dangerous? Today’s society demands that we multitask, often requiring an electronic device at hand, such as a cell phone or an iPod. Talking on the phone or texting while driving is a growing problem, but distracted walking has additionally become an issue. All it takes for a serious injury is a pedestrian with an electronic device, unable to see an obstacle like a crack in the sidewalk, or even a parked or moving car. Chatting on a cell phone, texting, using a new iPhone app and more take a toll on one’s awareness of surroundings. “I definitely have tripped and run into things while I was on my phone,” junior Kendall Chidlaw said. “One embarrassing thing I remember is when I tripped over a curb while I

was texting.” A study from Washington State University states that over 1,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms in 2008 from hazards caused while using electronic devices. Half as many were sent to hospitals in 2007, and this number had doubled from 2006. These accidents are most dangerous on crowded streets downtown. However, it can be just as harmful at home. “Talking on the phone has made me run into walls and fall,” junior Barbara Kalustian said. “I remember I slipped on a magazine on my living room floor and fell on the ground while I was talking to my friend.” Nevertheless, some students claim that hazards from electronic devices have never been an issue for them. “That’s never happened to me,” freshman David Bennett said. “I always pay attention when I’m on my phone and I’m aware.” But whether it be on a crowded sidewalk or in a house, some pedes-

trians with an electronic device still might not notice an object directly in front of them. A study at Western Washington University was conducted by psychology professor Ira Hyman to test how many students at the school are aware of their surroundings. The study involved a student dressed as a clown riding a unicycle around a central square on campus. The students were asked if they saw the clown, and only half of the students walking alone said yes. More had seen it walking in pairs. However, only a fourth of the students talking on a cell phone said they noticed the clown on the unicycle. Today’s generation of iPhones, iPods and cell phones with Facebook access makes multitasking seem essential. Combined with walking, these devices can lead to danger. But the rates for injuries will only worsen as technology continues to improve.


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STEM blossoms across the nation By ABBIE JENNINGS Mirada Staff

Who doesn’t remember the riveting image of Rosie the Riveter? She broke through gender barriers and showed that women and men could do the same work equally well. But that was back in the 20th century. Now, in the 21st, although women make up at least 50 percent of college graduates, they are not even 50 percent of science, technology, engineering and math professionals. This strange phenomenon is drawing national attention. This May, STEM, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Coalition, will sponsor National STEM Week. The coalition promotes legislation that helps underrepresented groups, like women, join the work force that men already dominate in the STEM fields. Because many more men have taken charge in the STEM arena than women, there is also a significant pay gap between the two groups. Rich Templeton, CEO of Texas Instruments expressed his strong support for STEM Week and National Lab Day in a press release for President Obama’s stance on these efforts. “Science and engineering hold the key to economic growth and to solving the challenges facing our country in areas like energy, health care and national security,” Templeton said. “The President’s STEM initiative is an important step forward in addressing these challenges.” One planned event is National Lab Day. National Lab Day is a nationwide effort to unite STEM professionals, volunteers and teachers to work on education projects focused

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Freshmen Michael Johnson and Alyssa Morales complete a biology lab using a light microscope.

around hands-on experiences for students. In fact, according to AP Chemistry teacher, Philip Montbriand, there are some differences in the way that boys and girls learn. Girls do very well with hands-on learning, like labs. Montbriand knows this from his research for his Masters thesis. But Montbriand does not think that girls

need to be segregated from boys to give them the best opportunity to learn all types of science. “I think it is beneficial (for girls and boys) to have to learn together because they are going to have to work together.” Montbriand also adds that girls need encouragement to consider science as a career, starting in elementary school, not just in the soft sci-

ences, like biology, but in the hard sciences, like physics and chemistry. “As (females) go into science, generally they have been paid less and they don’t get as many opportunities, especially in physics and chemistry,” Montbriand said. “Chemistry in the past has been an ‘old boys club’, and so the people that are professors, now, are mostly males, and it’s mostly males that they have coddled to take their position. (Therefore), it is intimidating, as a female, to take an upper division chemistry class.” This accounts for the fact that in college, “there are many fewer females in the harder sciences, as you go up the ladder,” according to Montbriand. AP Calculus teacher, John Baker, agrees, and thinks that women are just as capable as men of unlocking the mysteries of the universe. As an example of what can be lost, he notes an 18th century female, Italian mathematician, who is virtually unknown because she was excluded from the mainstream. But Baker is hopeful that women will gain more equality in the STEM fields, starting at school. “If we educate our students now, and treat them equally in the classroom, then, hopefully, they will educate their children in that same way.” As Montbriand and Baker emphasize, engouraging women in the STEM fields is not just about not being discriminatory. Like a vein of gold, that is left in the ground, never of any value, women’s scientific apptitudes, if not nurtured, will be lost forever. No one should throw away half of the nation’s talent. We might have had two Mozarts, instead of one.

Aca Deca takes sixth in ‘Revolution’ competition By DANIELLE ARBIOS Mirada Staff

If you ever need to know anything about the French Revolution, just ask the Academic Decathlon team. The team placed 6th at their competition at Inderkum High School on Saturday. “I think the competition went well,” Yankauer said. “We placed 5th last year, our highest standing in a number of years, and we hoped to be in the top 10 of about 25 schools this year.” Not only did the team place 6th, members of the squad were awarded for individual events at Tuesday’s award ceremony; Alex Yankauer was awarded a gold medal for the essay, a bronze medal for the interview, and a leadership award; Lalita Gupta a silver medal in both literature and chemistry section and was the top scorer on the team; Hye Jin Kim won bronze in the interview and silver in the math; and Sarah Vaira won bronze in the interview. Each year the competition focuses on one main subject. Last year it was Latin America; this year it was the French Revolution. The Aca Deca team, consisting of senior Leah Chen, juniors Alex Yankauer, Sarah Vaira, Zach Smith,

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Junior Alex Yankauer wins a gold medal for his essay about Thomas Paine. He is standing next to other decathletes

Michael Ofek, Hye Jin Kim, Kavita, Lalita, Sachin Gupta and sophomore Noah Lightman, had been preparing for this competition since October. They were coached by teachers Christyn Thomas and Nicole Brashear. “We met every Wednesday at lunch as well as every Friday after school,” junior Alex Yankauer said. “But we had more frequent practices

since about a month ago.” The competition spanned a day long, filled with exam taking and speech giving, with 10 events total, hence the “deca.” There were seven written exams on subjects relating to the French Revolution involving math, science, history, economics, music, literature, and art. There were two speeches: a practiced

four minute long speech on any topic dents from each team at the three levand a two minute impromptu speech els. However, only the top two scores with one minute to plan. The 10th out of the three students counted toevent was an interview in which a wards the team’s final score. “The levels all had the same tests,” panel of judges asked each competitor Ofek said. “It’s interesting to compare questions. “I really liked the economics por- how C average students compare with A average students and how smart tion,” junior Zach Smith said. Lastly, there was a separate event, people can be when they apply themthe Super Quiz, in the gymnasium for selves.” The team hopes that next year will all teams to compete and all fans to bring them another good round of watch. “The Super Quiz was exciting and competition. “We’re looking forward to next challenging,” Smith said. To prepare for the rigorous compe- year since we’re only losing one pertition, the team received packets with son and have brought on an almost information on each of the topics; for entirely new team this year,” Yankauer example, there were songs about the said. French Revolution, French Revolution paintings for art, and language and literature related to the French Revolution. Most of the questions came from the packets. Individual Awards “The packets were very comprehensive in some parts, yet Alex Yankauer - Gold Medal Essay, Bronze Medal Interview, brief in others,” junior Michael Team Leadership Award Ofek said. “For example, in the Sarah Vaira - Bronze Medal Interview chemistry packet, the concepts Lalita Gupta - Silver Medal Chemistry, were mentioned but not gone Silver Medal Literature, in depth.” Team Top Scorer Also, the teams broke up at Hye Jin Kim - Silver Medal Math, Bronze Medal Interview competition by GPA level. Varsity was a 3.0 unweighted GPA, scholastic was 3.0 to 3.75, and honors was 3.75 and above, with three stu-


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Cancer forum to inform girls By DANIELLE ARBIOS Mirada Staff

Senior Priyanka Dadlani, a Civitas student and intern with the American Cancer Society (ACS), will be holding a forum about cancer for all female students at Rio on Mar. 3 for her Civitas senior project. The forum will run from 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and again from 1 to 2 p.m. in the library. The purpose of the forum is “to spread cancer awareness among young ladies, to emphasize the importance of getting routine checkups, and to include information about the dangers that face young women today,” Dadlani said. “Statistics show that high school graduates are more likely to take preventative measures versus those who do not graduate,” Dadlani said. “I believe it will be beneficial to educate people early in life about taking the necessary measures.” There will be three different speakers at the event: Oncologist Delphine Ong, and two cancer survivors, Beverly Saldivar and Kimberly Hicks. “Dr. Ong is going to focus on the importance of getting routine checkups,” Dadlani said. “She will also

talk about the (different cancers that young women face) such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, etc.” Salvidar and Hicks have not only faced these threats, but have overcome them. Salvidar currently works at the ACS and “will share her knowledge and personal experiences.” Hicks is a three time cancer survivor, diagnosed at ages 15, 19, and 22. “I feel (Hicks) will be a great speaker in the sense that she was diagnosed at an early age and, hopefully, can get the message across to the young women.” Linda Reed, English teacher and Civitas Advisor, thinks this is a great opportunity. “I think the forum is a really good spin-off senior project for students who did their Internship hours at the American Cancer Society over the summer,” Reed said. Dadlani feels that every girl should attend this event. “I believe every young woman should be given the opportunity to attend this forum and should take advantage of that,” Dadlani said. “They will learn and have a great experience. Cancer is real and it can be avoided, at an early, curable stage.”

French Cuisine JARETT HARTMAN/Mirada Staff

Sophomore Ian Hayward-Balash prepares his group’s Beef Bourginon for the rest of his first period French 2 class. Mr. Hodgins keeps a cautious eye on his student.

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4540 American River Dr. Sacramento, CA 95864 (916) 971-8921 ext. 80 Editors-in-Chief Alex Reinnoldt Molly Ingram Alex McFall Alexis Shen News Editors Sarah Vaira Abigail Jennings Opinion Editors Jessie Shapiro Alex Chan Sports Editors Alex Kleemann Jessica Obert Features Editors Christian Oldham Tate Rountree Photo Editor Alex McFall Staff Writers Suzanna Akins Danielle Arbios Riva Ballis Jesse Bartels Dylan Cartier Gina Garibaldi Jarett Hartman Thomas Hemington Alli Henderson Dayna Isaacs Eugene Kwon Scott MacDonald Elise Marsh Tandena Nelson Summer ParkerPerry Rohith Sachdeva Rebecca Sanford Andrew Spittler Rachel Tochterman Business Manager Molly Ingram Adviser Michael Mahoney The Mirada is the independent voice of the students and a forum for diverse ideas published by Rio Americano’s newspaper class. The Mirada welcomes story ideas, comics, letters to the editor and opinion pieces. Submit articles and letters to the box in A3 or the main office. Unsigned editorials represent the views of the Mirada editorial board. Opinion articles and letters to the editor are the views of the individual writer and not necessarily the views of the Mirada or Rio Americano High School. We welcome advertising, but reserve the right to refuse any ad.


Protests take a step in the wrong direction Once upon a time, we lived in a world divided. For a country that claims all men are created equal, America was seriously torn on the issue of racial and religious equality. Unfortunately, this “once upon a time” story is far from over, as far as the Westboro Baptist Church is concerned. The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is based in Topeka, Kansas and condemns various groups of people, most prominently homosexuals and African Americans. Its members were set to demonstrate at McClatchy High School last weekend on Feb. 6 and the next day at the synagogue that many Rio students attend. However, due to weather conditions in the WBC’s native Kansas, they were forced to canceled their appearance. The church has gained notoriety through its members’ protests across the country. They are self-described picketers who display controversial signs at the funerals of hate crime victims and U.S. soldiers. Journalists and news reporters have dubbed them anti-gay and anti-Semitic although the WBC claims they are simply preaching the word of God. They even operate a website titled, expressing their pathetic attempts at justifying their actions.

OUR VIEW While the WBC does not participate in protests involving physical violence, they seem to operate through a First Amendment loophole. Because the Bill of Rights allows Americans to assemble peacefully, the WBC has every right to spread their beliefs in a civil manner. Yes, the WBC may be protected under the First Amendment, but does that mean what they are doing is morally right? Not at all. The WBC is advocating for something that our country settled years ago with the civil rights movement. America has long since progressed since the times of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. In general, we are a country where our people live with freedom and equality. We no longer segregate facilities based on race, gender, or sexuality. We were once a nation that enslaved those of African heritage; now, we have an African-American man representing our nation as President. We are a nation that is constantly changing, constantly searching for new ways to make our country a better place to live. Part of being an American is feeling part of a country that strives to accept you

for who you are. But this is not what the WBC believes. Their beliefs discriminate against historically inferior groups of people. Just as Adolf Hitler once claimed that Jewish people were the source of Germany’s problems, the WBC traces America’s woes to the actions of homosexuals. They have even gone as far as comparing homosexuals to the likes of embezzlers, rapists, and murderers. The WBC is prejudiced enough to call all Catholics “pedophile rapists” and Jews “the real Nazis.” In a monthly flyer, they had the nerve to call the Qur’an a “300-paged work of Satanic fiction.” We believe that this hate movement is out of line. These accusations demonstrate no evidence to prove that homosexuals, Jews, or any of the groups they condemn are guilty of any sort of crime. No counterprotest nor a lawsuit seems to stop the WBC from spreading hatred and discrimination across the country. Their absence last Friday only goes to show how it took the forces of nature to keep a group like the WBC out of Sacramento. We should not have to rely on Mother Nature to stop hatred from plaguing our communities.

What do you think? Darci Naftulin, 9 “Everyone’s entitled to their own beliefs and people should be allowed to live their own lives.”

Henry Lunetta, 9 “I don’t have a problem with them having their own opinions; however, I don’t think its cool of them to protest like that. Their protesting is hurtful to many people.”

Alix Powell, 11 “No one wants to judge themselves, so they shouldn’t be judging other people.”

Nathan Swedlow, 12

“I don’t understand how so much hate can be so deeply rooted in people.”


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Students suffer shortage of shelter By JESSICA OBERT Mirada Staff

The winter months mean wind and rain, which on this campus combine to produce that dreaded atmospheric condition of the soggy, sulking student. When walking to and from class, students are forced to battle the weather. By the end of a stormy day, students are drenched from head to toe. They have dashed through rain, waded through puddles, and even negotiated random tree limbs blocking pathways. Throughout the day, if you happen to be staring out the window, you can enjoy the show of people, their hall passes raised above their head, fighting against the wind, and failing miserably in the process. So, lucky us, attending a school where all the rooms open to the outside, we get to experience all the wonders nature has to offer, even if the weather is particularly terrible that day. If it is stormy, we are stormy. If it is pleasant, we are pleasant. We are one with nature. Something to look forward to when trying to learn. Or not. Even though we live in Northern California, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is nice all the time, something most out-of-staters don’t seem to understand. Unlike Southern California, we don’t have sunshine all the time, and the weather doesn’t stay above 60 degrees. So why is it that we are forced to have an outside school? We are in school generally nine months out of the 12, and out of those nine months, six are spent with weather that would rather be endured indoors. Since our weather isn’t like Arizona or southern California, it seems like it would make sense to have it indoors like the rest of the country. It would be a more comfortable learning environment and not as distracting. Nobody looks forward to piling oneself with layers upon layers of

clothes, intended to keep us dry and protect us from the weather, to have our efforts to keep warm be negated. If you look at other schools in the San Juan District, at least El Camino has indoor hallways, and Bella Vista, more shelter from the weather. Another issue is that since we aren’t an indoor school, we don’t have a large cafeteria where the student body sits for lunch. Instead, we are spread across the campus, which, don’t get me wrong, isn’t so bad in the months of September and May. However, when it’s pouring rain outside, some students don’t have anywhere to go to sit at lunch. Instead they are seen piling into a couple of classrooms in search of shelter or trying for cover under the overhanging. Being an outdoor school, getting sick is more probable since we are constantly subjected to the cold, wet, winter weather. We need something to protect from the elements of nature because students cannot afford to get sick and miss school. Don’t get me wrong, I am not expecting California and the school district to rebuild schools to be indoors, especially not Rio, but the reasoning behind building outdoor schools in Northern California where it is not sunny all the time, does not make logical sense; instead it seems like a cheap way out of building a wellequipped indoor school. To make it worse, the only way to get from one half of the campus to the other, forces students to leave the semi-dry shelter of the halls to get to their next class. Even though schools are having to deal with budget cuts, we should at least consider building some sort of shelter to provide a dry pathway for students making their way across the open campus, something to protect from the uncomfortable weather, something to make the day less dreadful. Or, I suppose we could just go back to huddling under the eaves and inside the small classrooms. Good thing our roofs were recently replaced.

Choose to be kind because you care



A reason to be fond of your folks By GINA GARIBALDI Mirada Staff

As teenagers, it’s law to give a little attitude here and there. To siblings, teachers, and to “the parentals.” However, since birth, we as sons and daughters have looked up to our parents for advice and as role models. As kids we would relish in the fact that we had the perfect parents who gave us all the attention in the world. But as time wore on, things changed. High school happened. Now there are the friends, dances and movie nights: distractions to our home life. “More important” things

to do than sit home with the ’rents. We can all agree parents have strayed far from our minds. Now we have a social life, and those two people we once loved more than anything are pushed to the back burner. Obviously our parents have noticed a change, some of us hear it in their often complaints, but they continue to deal with our attitudes and plethora of wants. Do we appreciate them as much as we should? Do we take notice of all the little things they do for us without com-


plaint? No we don’t. Compared to how much we complain about the small things--not getting the shoes we want, or how tragic it is to miss a party--our parents deserve a break. Or some kind of prize. You know you love your parents for helping you grow into the person you want to become, so why don’t we take time out of the day to say so. Thank you for giving me rides, thank you for dealing with my bad moods, thank you for always being there.

“I snap at my mom sometimes but I’m almost certain she knows that I still love her and appreciate everything she does for me,” said junior Bailey Marker. Well let’s be certain. It’s time to forget about our selfish wants and needs and give our parents the appreciation they have well deserved. Aside from the cheesy sayings, let’s honestly try and give the folks a break. Even though we may not spend all the time in the world with them like we used to, let’s at least tell them once in a while how much we care.

very day should be Valentine’s day. Or rather, Valentine’s day should be like every other day. What’s so special about this one particular day, and why is it associated with love? All that’s really known about St. Valentine is that he was a martyred Italian saint, and even that description doesn’t really seem to explain the iconic pink hearts and red roses that pop up in every department store as soon as Christmas is over. According to the U.S. Greeting Card Association, Valentine’s Day is the second-largest card-giving day of the year, with about one billion valentines sent worldwide each year. Yet, people shouldn’t feel obligated to give anyone a card or candy, or whatever else is associated with this Hallmark Holiday; they should express their feelings because they want to, not because they think they have to. A flower will last until it wilts, and a box of chocolates will last only until they’ve all been eaten. But the time you spend with the person you care about is all that truly matters; memories last as long as you want them to. Instead of worrying about finding the perfect valentine, or getting enough of those little conversation hearts to last until Easter candy arrives, have fun while you can. In the long run, it doesn’t matter what you do, but who you do it with. By simply being with someone you care about, it shouldn’t matter whether you received a card or not. Just because someone decided to declare this one day of the year to be a day where you express your love to someone, who says it has to last for only one day? Random acts of kindness are always appreciated, and in fact, would be even more appreciated on an unexpected day. Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a reminder for you to show your feelings; you should always show those you care about how important they are to you, in whatever way you feel is best. So don’t wait around for a specific holiday to remind you to be nice; perform acts of kindness because you care, and more importantly, because you can.


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Hugging has therapeutic benefits, study says By ANEIL DHILLON Guest Writer

As Valentine’s Day approaches, let us take the time to pay tribute to our rather neglected friend the hug. Typically, this is the time of year when the kiss steals the show. And when we take into account just how heartwarming a kiss is, it’s hard to complain. But consider this: there are very few things you can say with a kiss and even fewer people to whom you can say those things. A hug, on the other hand, is as universal in message and application as it is powerful. Hugs can give comfort, convey love, affirm understanding, and even provide healing. If you’ve never had a hug which made you feel at home, which rendered language obsolete and returned you to a childlike, but oh so timeless, worry-free state some might call “hakuna matata,” then do yourself a favor, put this newspaper down, and give someone a hug. It doesn’t matter who you hug, just make it a good one. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time to get objective. According to the studies conducted at Harvard University, Duke University, and the University of Maryland, the act of hugging stimulates the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that induces feelings of enjoyment and provides neurological reinforcement for one to perform at capacity. In layman’s terms, hugging makes you feel good and helps you focus. That’s why I always make a point to

JARRETT HARTMAN/Mirada Staff Left: Senior Jared Yokoi hugs sophomore Gina Lee, demonstrating a classic style of hug. Right: Three friends share a brotherly hug.

hug someone whenever there’s a break during standardized testing. Juniors, this applies to the SAT. These findings led to the idea of touch therapy: the concept that hugs and massages have therapeutic benefits. Deeper research into the field has uncovered some incredible findings. For the premature infants who might be reading this article, tell Mom





More news, more comedy

I love when there are articles that have a lot of quotes from people around school. I think there should be more articles like that, especially ones that have to deal with issues and stuff that everyone is having to deal with. There could also be some more comical aspects in the newspaper. I love the Raider Quizzes! They always make me laugh when I read all the answers. I really liked the questions about Mr. Ginter. Overall, great job!

-Kevin Barlow, 11

to periodically massage you because it leads to, on average, a 47% weight gain coupled with an increase in alertness, habituation, orientation, motor ability, and overall health. Also, congratulations on being able to read already. At your age, most infants haven’t even been born yet. And for the rest of us, touch therapy has been proven to enhance attentiveness, alleviate depressive

symptoms, reduce pain, and improve immune function. You might enjoy your perpetual battle with sleep during math class, but if we hugged each other more, we might actually be able to focus on our algebra after the song team performs at the rallies. Studies have also shown touch therapy to reduce stress hormones. And I think you will agree when

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A Lil’ Disappointing

I think the recent article about Lil Wayne written by Scott MacDonald was quite distasteful due to the fact that exactly one year ago, Aaron Kim, graduating class of 2009, wrote an article on the exact same topic. Also, the fact that he used words most students would have to use a dictionary to know the meaning of seems to be a personal insult to the fans of Lil Wayne that he indirectly insulted. Another thing I’d like to point out is that people like his music because of his clever punchlines and metaphors that many mainstream artists do not write. Some people do not have time to go look for the newest underground artists like Atmosphere, and I mean why would they? They listen to Lil Wayne for fun and not critical analysis, so why not just listen to him?

-Morgan Lambert, 10

Don’t forget about freshmen!

A school-wide newspaper is not something I had the priviledge of reading in middle school, therefore as a freshman, it is very exciting to recieve each copy The Mirada. However, although it is us freshmen who are so interested in the paper, I feel that in most issues we are highly unrepresented. Whether it’s quotes in articles, bachelor and bachelorettes, or pictures, the majority of people featured seem to be sophomores, juniors, and seniors. But don’t worry, I still love the paper!

-Brooke Chidlaw, 9

Take my two though

I really enjoyed the profile in the last issue about the on-campus band, Spaghett! However, I would like to inform the Mirada that they are not the only band consisting of Rio students. Although not many other groups are competing in statewide competitions, there certainly are multiple bands that work very hard and love music just as much. It would be a great addition to the features section of the paper to highlight a student band each issue! Other than that, my only other commentis that I highly enjoyed the update on how former Rio student Amobi Okugo is doing on his college soccer team. Another great addition to the paper would be to highlight a Rio alumnae each issue. Many students find it very entertaining to know how college and

I say that as teenagers, we could use a little less stress and a lot less hormones. I’ve been focusing a lot on the recipient of the hug, which begs the question, “What’s in it for he who giveth?” Without going into a discussion of philanthropy, the benefits are the same for all parties present and participating in the hug. The touch therapy and the positive emotional accoutrements that come standard with any well-executed hug work both ways. That said, once you pass the potentially awkward initiation phase of the hug, one can make no distinction between he who hugs and he who is hugged. When it comes to hugs, all of us really are created equal. Just as the Founding Fathers and Thomas Hobbes would have wanted. Hugs cost nothing yet are worth so much to everyone involved. As both frugal teenagers and citizens of a country in recession, it is our societal duty to jump at the opportunity to claim free things. Grand Slam, anyone? So this Valentine’s Day, in between all of the treat exchanging and arrow shooting, make a point to pause, find someone you care about, and give that someone a hug. It could be your friend, neighbor, loved one, or even the family dog, but make sure that you don’t say anything—just let the hug speak for itself. You’ll be surprised at just how much a hug can say.



post-highschool life is for students! Keep up the great work! I hope you consider both of my suggestions!

-Morgan Soriano, 11

More color please!

I really like when the pages of the paper are printed in color, especially the centerspread and front page. If you could print all the issues in color I think more people would pick up a copy. I understand this may be expensive, but I believe that it would be worth it.

-Ansel Mills, 11

The Valentine’s Day Quiz!

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Do you have a significant other?

What kind of relationship are you in?


Favorite place to eat at?

We’re laid back. We just like hanging out.


We are soulmates. We’ll be together forever.


Ruth Chris Steakhouse

Partaaay! Friends make my Friday night fun!

Senior favorites results are in. You win....

What’s your idea of a good Friday night?

Most likely to be a Movie Star

Watching TV

You’re trying to study for a test, but distracted by....

Cutest Couple

Favorite thing in your wallet? My hard-earned cash/credit card.

Out and about Your phone. Friends keep calling and texting you

The TV which is always on in the background.

Romantic Evening

My homecoming picture.

After school, where can people find you?

What’s a better Valentine’s Day gift?



Joking around with my teammates at practice.

Hang out with friends

See a movie

Musical surprises make the day special

By ANDREA OTT Guest Writer

During my sophomore year, my boyfriend at the time and I had a wonderful Valentine’s day. I went to Rio and he went to El Camino, so it was hard to find time to see each other, especially on weekdays. Valentine’s Day was in the middle of the week, so we did not even know if we were going to be able to spend the holiday together.

Fortunately, he made sure that he got out of baseball conditioning early so he could see me. I decided that I would make dinner because it seemed to be the more romantic thing to do, so I cooked a combination of our favorite foods that I knew how to cook considering I am no Wolfgang Puck. I made his favorite pasta salad, tomato basil bisque soup, and my specialty: grilled cheese sandwiches. I was still getting ready when he came to my door. To my surprise, he brought me a bouquet of daisies and a wrapped present. But getting flowers from him was just the start to a very lovely night. He told me to unwrap the present and I jumped up and down screaming when I saw that it was my favorite movie of all time, Gigi. We ate dinner on the floor under a blanket while watching the movie. If you didn’t know, Gigi is a musical from the 1950s, and so knowing me, I danced and sang to every single song. He was so gracious enough to play into my silliness and danced right along side of me. After the movie we exchanged gifts which were both meaningful and funny. I gave him a bottle of cologne from Abercrombie because it was my favorite scent and a shirt that I knew he would look great in. Also, I gave him a trucker’s hat with a funny saying on it. This was an inside joke between us because he gave me a hat that said “Born to Flirt” previous to this occasion. In return, he gave me a teddy bear with his Abercrombie cologne sprayed on it so I could have the scent, because I am the one that loves it so much, and a pair of birthstone earrings. After that we took my one year old dog for a walk around the neighborhood and we just listened to music and laughed about funny things until he had to go home. We had a fun and wonderful Valentine’s day together.

A Valentine’s special voyage


Last Valentines day, my ex-boyfriend decided to surprise me and do something very sweet. The only sweet thing he had ever done for me throughout our whole relationship. While I was in the shower, he put a trail of roses

from my room, out into the foyer, down the stairs, through the hallway and into the front room. At the beginning of the trail he set out a collage of pictures of us and notes that we had previously written to each other. I followed the path of red rose petals, and at the end he was standing there with a purple glass rose. Later that day we got a couples massage and went out to dinner. It was a great Valentines Day ever. Yet I’m sure this year’s will be even better! This year will be way better because I have an amazing boyfriend, one that doesn’t shine laser pens at helicopters and shoot Airsoft BBs at his work while off-duty. I am going to surprise him with a nice dinner and surround his room in foam hearts that say “Be Mine” and “I Love You” on them. After dinner we will go out to a movie. And then fly on my private jet around the world and walk on every beach holding hands, while the sun sets behind us. Then we will come back to Sacramento and eat Cold Stone Creamery ice cream. After we are finished with our Cold Stone, we will snuggle up together under a large quilt with hearts on it and doze off into the night.

Illustrations by Alexis Shen & Eugene Kwon

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Are you afraid of the big bad wolf? By JESSE BARTELS Mirada Staff

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. “Even a man who is pure in heart,/ And says his prayers by night,/ May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms,/ And the autumn moon is bright.” This poem has become an irrevocable part of werewolf lore, but ironically, it isn’t even from folklore! The above poem was conceived in America’s first seminal werewolf film, “The Wolf Man”, from 1941. It starred Lon Chaney Jr. as Larry Talbot, the eponymous wolf-man who returns to Wales to visit his father and ends up becoming part of a curse older than time itself. It’s a classic of horror cinema, and one of the best werewolf films ever made. Now, in 2010, a remake is going to be released, directed by Joe Johnston and starring Benicio del Toro as Talbot. So, just how long have werewolf stories been around, and why are they so popular? Tales of men that could shapeshift into wolves are millennia old, even older than the vampire. They are first known to appear in the writings of the ancient Greeks. Indeed, the word for werewolfism, “lycanthropy”, is derived from Ancient Greek. The story of Lycaon is particularly famous. He was the king of Arcadia who tested Zeus by feeding him a dish of a slaughtered child. In his anger, Zeus transformed Lycaon into a wolf and slaught e r e d his fifty sons.

Werewolves also make an appearance in the famous “Satyricon” by Gaius Petronius, where someone shares a story of a werewolf while at a dinner party. Werewolves are also prominent in many other cultures. The word for “werewolf ” exists in many languages, such as Russian (oboroten), Old Norse (hamrammr) and French (loup-garou). However, the werewolf legend really didn’t take off until the 1700s, in Europe. Much like the Salem Witch Trials, hundreds of men were put to trial and killed for the crime of being werewolves. Many of these

men later turned out to either be innocent or just extremely disturbed serial killers. The biggest werewolf crime, at the time, was the story of the “Beast of Gevaudan”, a purported werewolf who slaughtered dozens of women and children in the Gevaudan area of France from 1764 to 1767. The very first werewolf film was an eighteen-minute silent short from 1913 known simply as “The Werewolf ”. The first film to depict an anthropomorphic werewolf (that is, a werewolf with both wolf and human features) is Universal Picture’s, “Werewolf of London”, in 1935, which was later followed by the aforementioned classic, “The Wolf Man”. What most people don’t realize is that this film is the sole perpetrator of most of the werewolf lore we think of today, such as a weakness to silver. Werewolves have always tended to play second banana to vampires, sometimes even being featured as vampire’s

ser vants in films like Fright Night and Universal’s “Monster Mash” crossover films. However, in recent years werewolves have been receiving more publicity and acclaim. In 1981 “An American Werewolf in London” was released, and it’s special effects won the makeup artist who designed them, Rick Baker, an Academy Award. Now that special effects had reached a point where they weren’t laughable lap-dissolves, there was a small resurgence of werewolf media, but overall, werewolves were still being given the short end of the stick. Why?

I believe that werewolves aren’t as instantly marketable as vampires, mainly for the fact that they have mostly still been kept as horrific monsters, and certainly don’t carry as much sex appeal as their aforementioned horror cousins. No, the appeal in werewolf fiction, I think, is that it speaks to much deeper themes t h a n mere sexual attract ion and rebellion.

Howe v e r , w h i l e s o m e would argue with me, I do think that werewolfism can be seen as a sexual metaphor; specifically, the act of infection and the subsequent transformation. Much like vampires, the act of becoming a werewolf is comparable to the act of losing one’s virginity, and (obviously) leaves one changed. The difference is that werewolves often portray the animalistic, primal sides of sex. The resulting transformation that comes from the infection is often excruciatingly painful, as the body reforms itself into a new shape, comparable to puberty or sexual awakening in an adolescent. But beyond mere sexual themes, I believe that the major appeal in werewolves is that they are, emotionally, very relatable. Ever since “The Wolf Man”, the story of the werewolf has always been about the beast within. Larry Talbot is not a supernatural character, an evil monster, or one of the walking undead. He is, in all respects, a normal guy most of the time. However, when that full moon hits him, he is violently transformed and must later deal with the emotional repercussions that his animal self carried out. Some people have compared Larry Talbot’s story to alcoholism, and it’s easy to see why. A lot of people relate to the themes of animal instinct, of trying to control that primal nature inside of you, whatever that may entail.

However, in some more recent werewolf stories, this self-loathing attitude has been cast aside in favor of a more positive outlook. Some werewolf stories can be said to tap into the same appeal that make things like superhero stories popular: the theme of being unique, of having a strange power that makes you different, more special than your peers. A lot of people like werewolf stories because they relish the idea of looking puny and weak on the outside, but having a deeper, more aggressive power within you. Again, this fits with the idea of transformation as an allegory for puberty. It’s a long, painful haul, but if you can make it, you’ll come out feeling more powerful than you ever have before. And that’s the thing. Power. In most werewolf stories I’ve seen there is always a description of a feeling of utter power upon transformation, and that says a lot about their popularity. You can either give into your power, or resist it and be miserable. Most teenagers are emotionally (sometimes physically) conflicted, and the idea of making up for their scrawny nature by having a more primal power than others seems to be the main attraction. So here’s to you, Wolfman remake. Maybe now werewolf stories will get pulled out of the “second banana” lane and get pushed into the mainstream. Maybe now people will stop thinking of Jacob Black when someone mentions werewolves. I’d rather have that then the mainstream part.

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Recent Records

Mark Lord ‘rules’ over his unique sound Artists help Haiti through charity album

“Discontinue Stardust” Mark Lord Mark Lord is the pseudonym of Christopher Forgues, a DIY musician based out of Providence, RI. In the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, Forgues ventured into a fledgling art scene based around one building in Providence called Fort Thunder. Fort Thunder was a warehouse that brought together artists of all types due to shows put on in the warehouse as well as an artist in residents program. When Forgues joined the Fort Thunder collective, he had graduated from the Art Institute of Boston and the Massachusetts College of Art and had been making a self-published comic under the name Low Tide for several years. He also had a music project he started in 1999 called Kites. Kites featured many sounds not often heard

before due to the fact that Forgues created many of the electronics that made their way into his songs, something he prides himself in. Mark Lord sounds somewhat similar to Kites but has one major difference; it has a beat, something that Forgues rarely ventured into with Kites. “Discontinue Stardust” is the name of the new Mark Lord EP and it means business. I usually find the cassettes Forgues releases are experiments in sound while his CDs and LPs are much more focused, and this release is no exception. The EP is comprised of four songs that range in style. The title track starts with the sound of noisy electronics in reverse soon followed by simple keyboard. It’s slow building and something new for Forgues as his work has almost always been made with an in-your-face attitude. The second song, “Obscene Supremacy,” starts out with a clip from a movie or television show with three women talking about the gross looks of a new band that has come into town. After a minute the song switches over to an odd amalgamation of musique concrete and electronic punk music. The final song on the EP, “Warpath,” is by far the catchiest and most driving song on the whole release. The song features a fast beat with a perfectly fitting circuit bend sound looped into it. After last year’s Mark Lord release, “Standard Man,” I wasn’t sure if Forgues would be able to “wow,” me again but he was able to do it with ease and in a relatively short amount of time. -Christian Oldham

“Hope For Haiti Now” Various Artists This album is a little bit different than most; not only are there various tracks recorded by several big-name artists, but 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Haiti relief effort. Songs range from Christina Aguilera’s rendition of “Lift Me Up” and Taylor Swift’s “Breathless” to the songs “Driven to Tears” and “We Shall Overcome,” performed by Sting and Bruce Springsteen, respectively. However, all songs have one thing in common: they are all meaningful and send an important message. The stand-out track is definitely Justin Timerberlake and Matt Morris’s rendition of “Hallelujah,” which, according to iTunes, is the most popular song on the album by far.

Over the years, there have been many versions of this song; John Buckley’s cover version on guitar is probably the most popular, but Timberlake and Morris’s rendition is beautiful as well. One song on the album was even written specifically for Haiti: “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour).” This song, performed by Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge and Rihanna, sends a message of hope and is one of the most up-beat songs on the album. Just as he did in “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z raps, while Rihanna and Bono use their powerful voices to sing the chorus. Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Keith Urban also teamed up to cover the song “Lean On Me.” The arrangement is great, as is the harmonizing, especially considering their voices are so different. As you can tell, there is a very eclectic group of artists, ranging from country artists and contemporary singers to rock bands and pop singers, who came together to make this album happen. If you are looking for upbeat songs that you can dance to or want to blast on your radio while driving, skip it. But if you are looking for heart-felt songs, and/or want to contribute to the Haitian relief effort, then this album is definitely worth looking at. -Alli Henderson

‘OM Source’ takes listeners ‘far out’ ‘Vampire’ sounds the same with sophomore album

“Heartland Suite” Stellar OM Source Stellar OM Source is the alias for Christelle Gualdi, an eclectic musician and visual artist who was born in the suburbs of Paris and inhabits the Netherlands. As a teenager she began to score soundtracks for art exhibitions and help her father at a radio studio. “Heartlands Suite” is a mini album released by Gualdi that shows a more repetitive and more experimental sound compared to her previous works, which were more tranquil and reminiscent of synthesizers trying to recreate the sounds of a beach. One influence of Gualdi is Ryuichi Sakamoto, keyboardist for the famed Japanese electronic group, Yellow Magic Orchestra. In the song, “Xlandia,” Gualdi creates sounds very reminiscent to

Sakamoto’s performance dance score, “Esperanto,” a difficult feat due to the unique sounds heard on the album. All of Gualdi’s albums have struck me as an odd combination between synthesizer music and free jazz. Musically, Gualdi has no boundaries, she self releases almost all of her music and has made quite a buzz, meaning she’s not afraid to take risks. “Heartland Suite” is comprised of nine songs and is overall 23 minutes long, meaning that most songs are pretty short, but throughout the mini album many songs have similar structure and notes which create a circular feeling to the whole recording. This mini album does not stray from past Stellar OM Source releases due to the fact that Gualdi uses similar keyboards that only have so many sounds, but the composition of these songs is very different compared to past releases such as, “Alliance,” “Crusader,” or, “Ocean Woman.” This mini album explores the idea of repetition and the feeling of déjà vu by having short songs that all connect to one another as though the album were a bridge. That’s the fun part of this release, although many songs may seem familiar at first, they turn out to be completely different as the song progresses, showing Gualdi’s mastery at molding together recurring ideas that in the end give an overarching theme to the entire release. -Christian Oldham

“Contra” Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend is back with their second album, Contra, retaining their trademark alternative/world style with some minor changes. The album begins on a high note with “Horchata”, a happy track with . In the year since their debut, they’ve apparently experimented with their music, putting synths into songs where previously there would have been few to none. “California English” even autotunes frontman Ezra Koenig’s voice, which isn’t an improvement. This is possibly the worst track on the album, with an odd, loopy sound to it that just grates after more than one listen. The autotuning makes Koenig’s voice rapidly change pitches, which is detrimental to the experience.

These changes, however, are not drastic enough to make Vampire Weekend sound like anything other than Vampire Weekend, and fans of their first album will definitely not be disappointed. The few tweaks to their sound they’ve made are, for the most part, good changes, and a natural progression for the band. “Giving up the Gun”, my favorite track off the album, is more contagious than swine flu, and will wedge itself in your brain where it will proceed to repeat for the remainder of the day. This song has a great beat, and awesome lyrics that dually describe setting the past aside and nostalgia for old times. It begins with “Your sword’s grown old and rusty, burnt beneath the rising sun/ It’s locked up like a trophy, forgetting all the things it’s done/ And though it’s been a long time, you’re right back where you started from/ I see it in your eyes, now you’re giving up the gun.” “Cousins”, though it begins with some odd yelping sounds from Koenig, is another great track. It’s fast and upbeat, with an excellent drum line. “White Sky” evokes Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Paul Simon and friends) with its African-style drums and light guitar. Overall, the album is upbeat and fun, much like their previous record. They’re still the same Vampire Weekend, but they’ve matured and gained some new tricks. “Contra” isn’t any better than “Vampire Weekend”, but it’s definitely worth a listen for old Vampire Weekend fans and others who like world/alternative music. -Scott MacDonald


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Senior Kaitlyn Werling views oil paintings by junior Irene Tokas. Her paintings are a part of the student gallery located next to teacher Leslie Cusick’s room. It features art from students of Art I and Digital Art I. The gallery features a rotating display of art styles and projects completed throughout the year.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Art Appreciation

Photo by Jarett Hartman

‘Rome’ leaves viewers unenchanted iPad: the future of Apple By ALEX KLEEMAN Mirada Staff

The only reason someone would ever want to see “When in Rome”: Josh Duhamel. Let’s face it. Heartthrob Josh Duhamel, is the only thing that kept me watching all the way through. As I watched I held on to that tiny sliver of hope that the film would get better, make me laugh, cry, anything! It didn’t. And who doesn’t love Veronica Mars? Bell’s witty, bad girl persona always keeps me entertained. However, as the twenty-something loveless workaholic Beth, she lacks necessary comedy and simple acting skills. I got more and more disappointed as the movie went on. Bell, along with all the other castmembers, lacks good comic timing and personality. I felt as though she was simply reciting lines. The dialogue just didn’t flow, and her facial expressions were even worse. Underacting lines and over-acting reactions makes a really bad combination. The only thing Bell impressed me with was her to ability to run long dis-

MOVIE REVIEW tances at such a high-speed throughout much of the movie. We don’t set very high standards for chick flick comedies in the first place, but this film brought those standards to a new low. The premise of the film is pure fantasy: she steals coins out of the Fontana de Amore and suddenly has five, unwavering

suitors. As a girl, I want films to be make-believe, but realistic enough to dream of it happening to me. But from the beginning of When in Rome, this was not the case. I love fairy tales, but this film went too far down the path of unrealistic. The craziness starts when a drunken Bell picks coins out of the fountain of love at her sisters wedding in Rome and lightning strikes the statue. This leads to her gaining the undying love of five strangers (essentially creepy and unrealistic stockers). By that time the over-accented Italian artist ran into the horse-drawn carriage, the musician pulled out his own heart (nasty), and Danny De Vito gave her a bag of sausages, I had more than enough of the films tactless, witless humor. Duhamel plays a lightning struck, Italian speaking ex-football player who steals Beth’s heart with his first glance. The mix of plots and the strange twists and witless humor make for a very strange ride. If you must see it, I recommend waiting for the video, it won’t be long.

By ELISE MARSH Mirada Staff

New on the market is Apple’s latest product, the iPad. A cross between an iPod and a computer, those at Apple Inc. hope this new product will revolutionize technology. This aluminum and glass device has a 9.7 inch screen, is half an inch thick, weighs only a pound and a half pounds, and contains 10 hours of battery life. Despite its small size, the iPad has many capabilities ranging from wireless internet and e-mail access to photo and music abilities. Like many products offered by Apple Inc., the iPad also offers access to hundreds of thousands of apps available from the App Store. Thoughts over this new device are controversial. Some students find this new Apple device to be an unnec-

essary contraption produced to make more money. “I think the iPad is a waste of money,” senior Andrea Ott said. “It’s basically just an enlarged iPhone. I wouldn’t want to carry that around.” Other students believe this product will be a useful furtherance of technology. “It’s revolutionizing portability,” senior Brandon Liu said. “It’s taking the Amazon Kindle one step further. People are misinterpreting the fact that it is trying to replace computers.” Prices for this new technology range from an initial fee ranging from $499 to $829, depending on the number of gigabytes the iPad has. Additionally, Apple says AT&T Inc. will have two wireless plans for the iPad. The first will cost $14.99 a month and provide customers with 250 megabytes for data downloads. The second plan will have unlimited data downloads at a monthly rate of $29.99.

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‘Dear John’ brings tears but strays from novel By DANIELLE ARBIOS Mirada Staff

Whenever you read a book, and then a movie is made out of it, the book usually reigns superior over the movie. This is especially true in the case of “Dear John.” I read the novel “Dear John,” by Nicholas Sparks a few weeks before the movie came out last Friday, and I really loved the book. Naturally, I was really excited to see the movie, too. However, after the very first scene of the movie began, I knew that the whole film would be completely different from the book. The movie opens up with John Tyree, a Special Forces soldier played by Channing Tatum, getting shot in the shoulder while on duty in the Middle East. Anyone who has read the book would know that this never happened.

It then flashes back to Spring Break of 2001, where the story really begins. This, however, is not how the actual book begins, already starting the movie off on a different foot. While on leave from his base in Germany, John is in his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., at the beach surfing. When a girl’s bag falls into the water, John leaps in to grab the purse. This solitary act starts the relationship with the girl who owns the bag, Savannah Curtis, played by Amanda Seyfried. Those two weeks Savannah has for Spring Break and John has on leave, the two are inseparable, and both know that they are in love. However, when those two weeks are up, Savannah has to return to school and John has to go back to Germany to finish up his one year tour. They plan to finish their commitments and reunite to live happily ever

MOVIE REVIEW after, while sending many letters while they’re apart to keep their relationship alive. The chemistry between Tatum and Seyfried is obvious, but there is very

Peaceful vibrations come from ‘Rainbow’ bums, the group eventually parted ways in 2002. Forkner changed gears completely when he moved from Yume Bitsu to his next project [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] (pronounced “Version”). This project was less focused on drums and guitar and more focused on electronic sounds and instruments, while still combining some old elements of Yume Bitsu. The project only lasted one album and once again, Forkner overhauled his sound into something new and unknown. This new project, which still exists today, is known as White

Future albums like “Sky Drips Drifts” reinforced this sound but also tossed in something amazing Forkner hadn’t shown before: his ability to improvise. “Sky Drips Drifts,” always catches my ear because the whole track is over an hour long and features pure rhythON EDGE mic improvisation with only the aid of Forkner’s voice, guitar and several Adam Forkner wears about every other percussion instruments. hat one can metaphorically wear. The White Rainbow sound The man has done pretty much evchanged when Forkner released a erything from recording to producing free online mixtape called “Sumto remixing to mastering to beat makmer Boogie Breezer,” which showing. cased Forkner’s forWhatever it is musiays into electronic cally, Forkner has probably music since the demise of done it and did an incred[[[[VVRSSNN]]]]. ible job at it. Forkner’s sound Born in Santa Cruz, CA changed even further Forkner moved to Portwhen his newest album, land, OR for school. After “New Clouds,” was regraduating from Lewis & leased as Forkner was Clark, a private University, able to show his transiForkner decided that he tion from drone to his loved the area so much that new boogie sound within he would continue living about 10 minutes and there. make it sound good. To this day, Forkner COURTESY OF ADAM FORKNER Forkner’s live shows are a still lives in Portland due Adam Forkner visualizes his music by meditating in grab bag of sounds due to to his strong ties to the front of a spectrum. His music can be categorized his pure talent. multitude of artists in the as healing music due to its peaceful and tranquil When I saw Forkner sound. community. perform in late 2009, it Forkner’s first wellharkened back to his 2007 known project was Yume Bitsu, Japa- Rainbow. album, “Prism of Eternal Now,” which nese for “Dream Beats,” with friend Forkner has often said in inter- was seen as a transitional piece beand collaborator Jason Anderson. views that he is not afraid to try new tween Forkner’s drones and his more Yume Bitsu’s first album was released things under the White Rainbow upbeat material. in 1998 and was more or less catego- name and it really shows over all the Forkner’s future projects include a rized as psychedelic rock and/or space albums he has released. collaboration between himself, Honrock. The group was influenced by 2006 saw the release of “Box,” a ey Owens and Eva Saelens called We such bands as Spacemen 3, My Bloody five CD, one DVD package that had Like Cats, which is a take on reggae Valentine, along with others. over five hours of music recorded be- and dub music; a split with Salt Lake Their sound was slow moving yet tween 2001-2005, a truly monstrous City, UT musician Stag Hare and a 3 kept the listeners interest and had spa- and epic release that really defined the LP by Rob Walmart, the Portland sucious sounding music featuring only White Rainbow sound up until now. pergroup that Forkner is a part of. drums, guitar and once in a while voThe sound White Rainbow was faWhat the future holds for Forkner, cals. mous for was slow-growing washes of only he knows, but for sure it will be After releasing several more al- guitar and other ambient sounds. something interesting and all it’s own.


little time for their characters to fully develop. Within practically ten minutes of movie time, John and Savannah have already fallen in love, giving the viewer little insight to their true characters. In the book, the reader truly gets to see what John and Savannah are like. Throughout the rest of the movie, many other complications prove that the fate that brought these two unexpected lovers together may not be strong enough to keep them together. Other interesting situations involving illness and, strangely enough, coin collecting, play a role in the ultimate fate of John and Savannah. Though the movie remains relatively true to the book, the director, Lasse Hallstrom, does stray from the main plot of the novel, to the disappointment of anyone who has read and loved the book. The acting is not amazing, but it suffices. However, the casting is com-

pletely off. People who have read the book would never imagine Seyfried playing the role of Savannah; her acting and especially her appearance are wrong. In addition to Savannah, many other actors do not seem to be true to the characters in the book. The only characters that are accurate are John and John’s father. On a positive note, the movie is still a heartfelt tear-jerker, and the story is still there, even though there are several parts that have been altered from the novel. It demonstrates the fleeting nature of humans and the vulnerability of long distance relationships. It also stresses the importance of family and the toll that disease can take on all people, even those not sick. Overall, the movie is a sad love story that will bring tears, but falls very short to the novel and to its expectations.

The Raider Quiz 1. What is the most important part of Valentine’s Day? a. This “love” thing I’ve been hearing so much about. b. Exorbitant amounts of chocolate; why have someone who’s “sweet on ya” when you can have ACTUAL sweets!? c. Hearts.....I won’t say what kind....... d. Making sure you buy lots and lots of nice flowers to support the floral industry, who, by the way, have nothing to do with valentines day and in are in no way forcing you to buy flowers. You heard nothing. e. Finally having an excuse to tell someone you like them. 2. What movie do you think will win the Oscar for best picture? a. That “Avatar” with them blue people and their flyin’ dragon-m’bobs. b. “Mi$tah Moneybaggz, The Movie”. It’s the true-life story of one boss’s rise to stardom and boatloads of cash-dollah. c. “Edge of Darkness”....What’s more romantic than Mel Gibson murdering people? d. “When in Rome”, for the superb acting and outstanding script. e. “Twilight”, for obvious reasons. 3. How will you send out your valentines? a. I’m goin’ old school: falcons! Hope my sweetheart has some thick gloves...and food for the hawk. Never, NEVER, let a hawk get hungry. b. One of those sporting event t-shirt cannons. “Happy Valentine’s Day!” <phoomp.....OW!> c. Tape ‘em to bricks, which will then be tossed through the window of my true love. d. Jet-pack letter carriers. e. Ninjas. You won’t even know I gave you a valentine, until it’s too late. 4. Who do you think should replace Oprah? a. Seth Meyers. I already get more out of his “Weekend Update” than from an entire week of Oprah. b. Alison Burns? c. Recyclops. His cold metal heart will warm American audiences. d. Tom Cruise. The show would renamed “Couch Hopping with Tom Cruise”. e. Mexican pop sensation Señor Gaga. -Alex McFall & Scott MacDonald


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Car of the Issue

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bachelor and Bachelorette

Gabe Barajas, 11

Brittany Murphy, 11

What’s your biggest turn off? Yellow teeth and girls who wear sweats.

What would your biggest turn off? How about a guy with bad hygiene.

Biggest turn on? Nice teeth. MASSON PROWSE/Tesoro Staff

Nolan Adams received his 1999 Suzuki Vitari from his sister who got it from their grandfather. He loves to turn the radio up all the way and go dumb while listening to slappers. His Suzuki is 4’3” while he is 6’7”.

Nolan Adams

Suzuki Vitari 1999

How long have you had the car? About three months. But it was my grandpa’s for years. How did you get this car? Does it run in the family? My grandpa never used it so he gave

it to my sister. My sister went to college so I got it.

Zane and I go dumb in the car listening to some slappers.

What’s your favorite part about the driving the car? The radio bumps and since I’m so big I can shake the car easily.

Is it easy getting into it? No I’m 6’ 7” and the car is 4’ 3”.

Any driving experience you’d like to share?

Why do you have a car that’s so small? My parents get a kick out of seeing me try to get in. -Rohith Sachdeva

Table 260: Passable yet costly By JESSICA OBERT Mirada Staff

After its scathing review in the Sacramento Bee, I was curious to see if Table 260, a restaurant claiming to serve “soul food fusion,” was as bad as the reviewers made it sound. According to the Sacbee, “at Table 260 Downtown, there was no soul and, it turns out, hardly any food.” When my friends and I went there, I had to agree with the author of the review. I expected there to be at least a couple people in the restaurant, but Table 260 was completely empty, unless you consider the lone man making home at the bar. The lighting was dim and dark, putting a damper on the evening. At first we thought it was closed due to the dark lighting which made it hard to see that anyone was in the restaurant. After being seated, we got a chance to look at the menu and instantly, I taken by the prices. It was expensive, for one bowl of Jambalaya, it cost $15.95; can we say overpriced? Not only that, a small basket of sweet potato fries cost $6.95. Now, the waitress was nice and friendly, but then again, we were the only ones in the restaurant. Despite the fact that we were alone, it unnecessarily took over 20 minutes to get our food. But, the food, I am not

Where would you take your date to? A Mexican restaurant of course. Blond or brunette? Blondies! What is your best feature? My best feature... I’d say my eyes. They are a light hazel color. It turns girls on.

First thing you notice in a guy? It would probably be their height and then eyes.

-Suzanna Akins

-Suzanna Akins

Upcoming Events On Campus

Music & Arts

CSUS Traditional Jazz Festival Saturday, February 13

An Evening for Haiti with: Sister Crayon, What’s Up?, Chelsea Wolfe, Pregnant, and many, many more Friday, February 19 Luigi’s Fun Garden, 6:00 P.M., $10 or donation, all money goes to Doctors Wtihout Borders

Purim Sunday, February 28 Battle of the Sexes Spirit Week Monday-Friday, March 1-5 SUMMER PARKERPERRY/Mirada Staff

going to lie, was decent. Definitely not as bad as the Sacramento Bee made it out to be, but then again, we were the only ones they were cooking for. From the chicken and waffles to the jambalaya and sweet potato fries, the food tasted good overall. The Jambalaya was spicy, warm, though I can see it being overwhelming if that was all you had to eat. The chicken and waffles was a unique dish, and I was surprised to see it on the menu, but when it came it didn’t disappoint, and the sweet potato fries pleased the whole table. Unfortunately, the prices were so

high that I didn’t even have enough money to buy something to drink, though by that time I could make a case that it didn’t even make a difference. When asked if we wanted desert, we did not have an extra $7 to spare. Feeling uncomfortable and underfed, I itched for the bill, constantly finding myself staring at the door. So, if you are like me, sitting at home craving a meal out, pass on Table 260, unless you have money to spare, and a desire for some cheap place like Dairy Queen to overcome the bad taste of overpriced food.

What is your idea of an ideal date? The very first date where your all nervous and you go to something classic like dinner and a movie!

How could a girl impress you? She could do a sexy walk as she passes me in the hall.

President’s Week Break Monday-Friday, February 16-20

Junior Janine Terra eats chicken and waffles at Table 260, a restaurant that’s food is not the greatest and is actually quite expensive.

What’s your favorite pickup line? Are you tired? Cause you’ve been running through my mind all day.

GALA Dance (8-11 P.M.) Friday, March 5 Band Dinner Dance Saturday, March 6 Spring Play Wednesday-Saturday, March 17-20 Mother-Son Night of Fun Friday, March 19 Blood Drive Friday, March 26

Zaimph, Bill Orcutt, Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band, Stellar Om Source, D.M.P.H. Wednesday, February 24 The Hub, 8:30 P.M., $5 Nice Nice, Sister Crayon, TBA Thursday, March 4 The Sol Collective, 8:00 P.M., $7 Twin Crystals, Buk Buk Bigups, TBA Saturday, March 13 The Hub, 8:00 P.M., $5 Hanging Coffins, Elks, TBA Friday, March 19 The Hub, 8:00 P.M., $5

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Casspi’s gift makes Adam “like Mike” After 64-42 win over Casa, boys basketball teammate, Adam Felton, receives autographed shoes from Omri Casspi, King’s rookie star By SARAH VAIRA Mirada Staff

The moment Kings small forward Omri Casspi handed senior Adam Felton a pair of autographed purple and white high top basketball shoes Felton “felt like the kid from ‘Like Mike’.” However, Felton didn’t have to whisper “make me like Mike” for the shoes to work their magic—he already felt like a superstar. “I told him (Casspi) it was a dream come true, and I meant that with all sincerity.” Felton said. Receiving a pair of autographed shoes from the 6’9’’ basketball star at the end of the Raiders 64-42 victory over Casa Roble last week was a top moment for Felton in the middle of what has been almost a perfect season. “It was touching to see Omri give him his autographed shoes, what a cool moment!” junior Blake Bender said. “Even better, was the fact that he wore them the next day.” Felton, who was born with cerebral palsy, a condition which affects motor skills and movement, joined the team this year as he was looking for a more complete high school experience. “The guys treat me like any other teammate,” Felton said. “They’ve welcomed me with open arms.” Although Felton doesn’t play on the court, his position is important. Felton’s role on the team is that of a motivator. “The kids outlook on life is nearly impossible to find in people these days and every time he is around you he manages to make you smile or laugh,” senior Abe Leibovitz said.

“Adam's a really nice kid and the team really appreciates it when he is at the games to support us,” junior Zane Alajou said. “He brings a lot of energy to the team and it wouldn't be the same without him.” Not only does Felton prompt the team with his positive attitude and uplifting cheers, he is basketball savvy and provides the players with helpful insight throughout the game. “Adam helps out the team a lot because he knows so much about the game of basketball,” junior Kevin Barlow said. “He knows a lot more than I do, that’s for sure.” The boys appreciate Adams optimism and critical eye during the game. “When he comes into the locker room he is always positive with us, and always points out things we can improve on,” Bender said. Felton's point of view on the court keeps the guys on their A game, and his presence on the team keeps them working to improve their playing. “He is another voice out there that sees different situations and points them out to us," Leibovitz said. “He helps out a ton.” Considering the teams winning record and anticipated playoff appearance, Felton’s done a great job. Felton has been along side the team through every high and low of the season and can recount specific details from pivotal moments throughout season. “Placing third in the Jack Scott tournament was tough, but I think the guys have really bounced back from that,” Felton said.


Senior Adam Felton, seen here wearing the shoes he got two days earlier from Omri Casspi, receives a souvenir basketball from Kings cheerleader at the school’s Kings rally.

Felton has enjoyed his experience this season being apart of the Raiders basketball program and has nothing but praise for the team. “I think they’ve grown a lot since the beginning of the season,” Felton said. “I’m really proud of the guys and they should be proud of their success.” Like the challenges overcome this season by the team, Felton has had his own share of challenges throughout

to repeat the process. Felton has traveled to Poland 12 times and has spent a year of his life there. This physical therapy has helped Felton tremendously with his condition, and claims he wouldn’t be where he is today without this treatment. “Before I was stuck in a chair, now I can walk in a walker and a little bit on crutches,” Felton said. Not only have his travels to Poland

I don’t let the disability get in the way of what I want to do. Nothing’s been easy, but I’ve come so far.

— Adam Felton

his life. Cerebral palsy cannot be cured but Felton has endured hours of intensive physical therapy to improve his capabilities that have been altered by the disorder. He has even traveled to Poland serveral times for specialized treatment. There he went through physical therapy five hours a day, six days a week, for up to one month at a time. On top of this grueling workout, Felton would also spend two hours each day in an “Adeli Suit,” a device developed by the Russian Space Program designed to correct the patient’s posture and movements. The ultimate goal of the Adeli Suit is to adjust the muscles as closely as possible to how they would have functioned normally. After one month in Poland, Felton would fly home, rest, and then return

helped with his disability, they have also taught him important lessons about getting older, as he often traveled by himself. “It taught me how to grow up because I was away from my family,” Felton said. Now, Felton participates in sports adjusted for his capabilities, like power soccer, waterskiing, snowskiing, and his favorite of which, basketball. Felton says he loves the speed and fluidity of the game, and “the ability to get up off the ground and make something happen.” He enjoys being a part of the Raiders team, going to his brother and sister’s games, and cheering on his favorite NBA team, the Kings. “I’m no band wagon jumper,” Felton said, “I’m not a fair weather fan.” Felton has cheered on the Kings

Courtesy of the Tesoro Staff

through thick and thin and is thrilled to see new talent like Casspi. He expects them to be playoff contenders in the next three to five years. Felton has had the opportunity to meet current and former Kings players like Mike Bibby, Kenny Thomas, Chris Webber, Fransisco Garcia, Beno Udrih, Tyreke Evens, and recently added Casspi to this lineup. Felton is very thankful for his chance to meet professional basketball players from his favorite team. He hopes to be a season ticket holder one day. Regarding the future, Felton will graduate from high school this spring and hopes to attend American River College this fall. After two years at the junior college level, Felton expects he will transfer to another college, although he doesn’t know where yet. Felton’s interests include news, radio and T.V. communication, politics, and of course the NBA. He hopes to pursue a career in one of these areas. This year, Felton is taking a full load of courses like English 4, Spanish 1, Psychology, and International Relations to complete his high school education and push him towards college. “I’ve done everything I can to be successful.” Felton said. While Felton is looking towards a bright future, for now his happy and proud with everything that he has accomplished. “I don’t let the disability get in the way of what I want to do,” Felton said, “Nothing’s been easy, but I’ve come so far.”


Felton poses with Omri Casspi, Rio’s sponsor Felton supports his fellow teamates at the Rio v. Mira Loma in the King Sized Challenge, after receiving a game on Feb. 2. Adam is the boys Varsity basketball team manager and the resident expert on the game. pair of autographed shoes from the player


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Sports injuries becoming a serious issue Congress presents two new bills to deal with high school sports injuries By JESSICA OBERT Mirada Staff

It is given that during any sports season, injuries are expected, and often times, aren’t dealt with correctly, resulting in the worsening of that injury. Mary Hayashi, one of California’s Democrat assembly members presented two new bills to deal with recurring concussions and life-threatening injuries among high school athletes. High school athletes are often times returned to play prematurely, and thus injuring themselves further since they are still developing and it takes longer for injuries to heal. “Too many high school athletes return to play too early after a head injury, placing them at risk for another concussion,” assembly member Hayashi said. “Multiple concussions can result in brain bleeding and swelling, and related health problems such

as sleep disorders, memory loss, and depression.” With the two new bills Hayashi is presenting, she is hoping to eliminate the problems associated with sports related injuries. The first bill will add training for injuries dealing with the neck and head area, as well as require training on how to deal with asthma attacks and heatstroke for all California coaches. Junior Kevin Barlow, who recently hurt his head at a varsity basketball game, finds changing how we deal with sports injuries “really important” and “not that hard to get either.” “I like the coaches getting first aid, [but] I just don’t think I would come back when I wanted with a doctor’s note,” Barlow said. Statistically, the New York Times reported that at least 50 deaths and critical injuries were caused by head injuries since 1997 to both high school and youth football players.

Females also suffered much more serious effects from multiple concussions than male athletes, according to the NCAA, 27 percent more, and as shown in a 2009 American Journal of Sports Medicine article. There are three times as many catastrophic head injuries among high school athletes than those in college. These two bills are similar to that of Oregon and Texas, and confront the issue of sports injuries and the unnecessary severity to those injuries due to the impatience to get back on the field, or lack of care. Since these two bills were recently presented, the cost is not yet known exactly. If passed, the AB 1646 and AB 1647 bills will help to make sure high school athletes are completely healed before they go back into play, aiding in the elimination of more serious injuries and making sports safer for all high school athletes.

Saturday will be snowy with a chance of lies, lies, lies report showed that resorts reported 23 percent more snow on weekends than the government weather reports. Also it showed that the resorts that had the most to gain by lying about their snowfall did even more of it. These researchers decided against listing specific resorts, instead choosing to make general statements about the entire skiing industry. In the new age of technology many skiers and boarders are getting their information from each other. A new iPhone application was released this winter that allows riders to report the conditions themselves. “Honestly, it does bother me that ski resorts lie about this. But I love skiing and I go up every chance I get regardless if it’s powder day or a horrible day with no snow,” junior Adam Balaam said.


Ski resorts lie about how much snow they really receive on a daily basis, according to a study released by two professors from Dartmouth College. This study finally supports what many consistent skiers and snowboarders have believed to be true. Professors Eric Zitzewitz and Jon Zinman both teach economics and are big supporters of winter sports. This year the two professors combined their knowledge of economics and their love for snow sports, releasing a study titled “Wintertime for Deceptive Advertising.” The report showed that ski resorts report more snow on the weekends. The professors gathered snowfall totals from ski resorts’ web sites and then compared those numbers with the government weather data. Their

Team of the issue

Abe “Candy Man” Leibovitz:

Zach “Solid as a Rock” Nathanson:

He is a work-out phenom

“I’m always eating candy and cannot be seen without it!” Abe likes Sourpatch watermelons,Fun Dip, and Starbursts to name a few. Who knows, maybe he’s the next Lamar Odom.

Blake “The assassin” Bender:

Nolan Adams is

David “So I have long

arms...I should probably use them” Deloney: In the

beginning of the season he got up in front of the team and explained how he had long arms and should probably use them. The whole team laughed really hard.

Steven “Mono” Katz: He had

mono and was out for a bit, so they call him mono.

He shoots his gun after he shoots a three.

“Coming to a theater near you”:

He does a great impression of the voice of the guy in the movie previews.

Masson “Like.... shoot” Prowse:

He’s just always saying like, like...hmm, just shoot like

Adam “the man with the charm” Felton:

It’s impossible not to love the kid. He’s the man.

Kevin “Teddy Bear/ Hulk” Barlow: He is a gentle giant but can get mean on the court like hulk.


Brycen “Brycicle” Moore: He’s super cool. Andrew “CC” Haugen: Closed captioning by Andrew.

Zane “Zane Train” Alajou: He is a human train.

Varstity Boys Basketball


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Varsity Boys Basketball Overall

Win %












5-3-0 National

5-3-0 State

6-1-0 Section





Varsity Girls Basketball



Win %












5-3-0 National

3-3-0 State

4-3-0 Section





In a varsity boys game against Mira Loma, Senior Zach Nathanson dribbles around a defender while on offense. The boys beat Del Campo Tuesday night to guarantee a tie for league championships.





Varsity Boys Basketball

Jan. 8 Jan. 13 Jan. 15 Jan. 20 Jan. 22 Jan. 27 Feb. 2 Feb. 4 Feb. 9 Feb. 11 Feb. 16

vs. Rosemont @ Mira Loma vs. Bella Vista vs. Del Campo @ El Camino vs. Casa Roble vs. Mira Loma @ Bella Vista @ Del Campo vs. El Camino @ Casa Roble

W 60-50 W 61-45 W 53-42 W 48-47 W 62-50 W 64-42 W 61-45 L 54-57 W 59-45 7:30 7:30

Jan. 6 Jan. 9 Jan. 16 Jan. 21 Jan. 22 Jan 23 Jan. 26 Jan. 28 Jan. 30 Feb. 6 Feb. 13 Feb. 19/20 Feb. 26/27 Mar. 5/6 *Qualifiers

vs. Casa Roble 6:00 pm El Camino Invite 9:00 am Mark Fuller Invite 9:00 am vs. Mira Loma 6:00 pm Tim Brown Memorial 9:00 am Tim Brown Memorial 9:00 am vs. Bella Vista 6:00 pm vs. El Camino 6:00 pm vs. Lou Encalada 9:00 am Section Dual TBA CAL Championships 10 am CAL Div.III Section* 10 am SJS Masters Tourn.* TBA @ UOP State Championships* TBA @ Bakersfield




PREPS of the issue Time

Varsity Girls Basketball Jan. 4 Jan. 7 Jan. 14 Jan. 19 Jan. 21 Jan. 26 Jan. 28 Feb. 3 Feb. 5 Feb. 10 Feb. 12 Feb. 17

vs. Rosemont @ Johnson vs. Mira Loma @ Bella Vista @ Del Campo vs. El Camino @ Casa Roble @ Mira Loma vs. Bella Vista vs. Del Campo @ El Camino vs. Casa Roble

W 48-27 W 67-46 W 71-41 L 38-77 L 27-34 W 63-60 W 59-44 W 58-37 L 49-63 7:15 4:15

Johnathan Lanthier Varsity Wrestling

Sarah Brown

Varsity Basketball

Upcoming Games Softball Feb. 23 @ Laguna Creek Baseball Mar. 2 vs. Vista del Lago Boys Volleyball Mar. 16 @ Ponderosa

3:30 3:30 6:00

1. When did you start wrestling? My brothers and I started wrestling when my older brother Kyle started his freshman year in 2001.

1. How long have you been playing basketball? I have been playing basketball since first grade.

2. What would you say your greatest accomplishment in wrestling is? Last summer I wrestled on team Sacramento and we won the state duals.

2. What is your favorite thing about basketball? My favorite thing about basketball is the friendships you form with you team mates. We all become really close since we practice together basically year around!

3. What is it like having your mom coach the team? It is a little different, but she knows what she is doing, and she keeps the team motivated and organized. 4. Do you have a goal for this season? My goal this year was to qualify for state, however, I tore my shoulder blade mid-season and had to stop wrestling for this season so that I can return next year at full strength. ALEX KLEEMANN/Mirada Staff

Juniors Brycen Moore, David Deloney, Zane Alajou, and Blake Bender wait to tap into the varsity boys basketball game against Mira Loma.

- Summer ParkerPerry

3. Do you plan on continuing to play? I will probably play next year, but I won’t go past that. Basketball is more for fun than it is a serious thing for me. 4. What inspired you to start basketball? I don’t even remember! At my old school it was just something you did. My whole class joined “Little Dribblers” (elementary school basketball) in 1st grade I just decided to keep playing I guess.

- Summer ParkerPerry


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A not so “King Sized” Rally By SUMMER PARKERPERRY Mirada Staff

The room was full of hormonal and excited teenagers, but when the Kings MC and Slamson, the mascot, took the stage, it was them who had the mood swings. From the beginning of the rally, in which students were forced to sit on the floor despite the slight room on the bleachers, to the nearly half hour early finish, the Kings seemed unable to make up their mind as to what they were there to do. They started by telling students that they were going to teach them how to sell tickets, however, it seemed instead they decided to give away free stuff, embarrass the willing teenagers, distract the boys, and increase the girl’s insecurities. Although, it does seem the Kings succeeded in one thing, by exciting the student body. This special Kings rally was held by The Kings in order to gain participation in and promote the King Sized Challenge. The challenge involves Rio students selling tickets to the next Sacramento Kings basketball game and, in return, 10 percent of the proceeds go to the school. The point of the challenge is to increase revenue for both The Kings and Rio Americano. Therefore, a rally was thrown in an effort to gain awareness and excite students. However, some thought that this rally fell short of expectations, mainly due to the fact that it ended twenty minutes early. According to Principal Brian Ginter, “The MC was planning to do another game with teachers, but the person in charge of the Kings had to cut the rally short so they could move on to their next event.” However, the students appeared unimpressed with the “effort” the Kings people made. “I didn’t think it was great,” junior Laila Rashid said. “It ended really early and it seemed like it was kind of sketchy. Though, for what the school could manage, it was fine.” Despite students disappointment of having to return to class, never mind the confusion of exactly which class to return to, the question remains of whether what was left of the rally was entertaining, or at least successful. “I really liked that they had a Kings player there, but I wish it was

longer. It was good, but different than what we were used to, and I prefer our rallies,” junior Alix Powell said. “It was something good to break up the monotony.” This seems to be the overall opinion; that although the rally was cut short, it was appreciated and might have increased the moral towards the project exponentially. “The rally was fun, better than other rallies for me because people were more excited than normal, and the mascot was really funny, though it would’ve been better if it was longer,” Junior Eunjoo Sin said. The beginning of the rally went as it normally does, a scramble to find seats, with a large amount of students left squatting on the floor. After fifteen minutes of such chaos, the rally began. The Kings MC introduced himself and Slamson, the King’s lion mascot. After a show of running around and throwing miniature basketballs into the crowd, they started to explain the King Sized Challenge. However, some students seemed shocked by the lack of information. “I liked it, the only thing I would’ve changed is that they didn’t talk much about the tickets and how to buy them,” junior Victoria Montoya said. “I really liked Omri Casspi.” This seems to be the one thing about the rally people remember. Omri Casspi took the stage near the end or the rally, said a few words that were hardly legible, was given a gift, and left. However, people were most excited to see him, and seem to have a very strong opinion to one side or the other. “He was only up there for a couple seconds and didn’t seem very excited,” Rashid said. The Kings rally was definitely different than what students were used to, though in many cases this was not a bad thing. “Did it help sell tickets?” Ginter said. “I don’t know. But any fund raiser is good.” Despite the fact that the driving force for this rally was money, something that shouldn’t necessarily be a primary lesson for students, it had the potential to help Rio tremendously, and so there was no harm in trying something new, even if it taught us not to repeat this chaos associated with a disorganized rally in the future.



1. Slamson runs around court at the opening of the rally last thursday. 2. Senior Travis Ambrose smiles with delight as Slamson drops a king dancer on his lap. 3. Sophomore Basil Okoroike gets his dance on on the fly during the dance competition at the rally. 4 Sexy Slamson seductively crawls towards the camera.