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Homecoming Happenings The who, what, when, where, and why of this year’s Happily Ever After Homecoming. --Page 9

The Results Are In: MVHS Exceeds 2008 State Testing Expectations By Ian Massey editor-in-chief Last school year teachers implored their students for weeks to showcase their intelligence on the annual California Standards Tests (CST’s). Phrases were tossed around to instill the importance of maintaining Murrieta Valley High School’s standing as a distinguished school. The phrases included: “Show us what you know, go for 7-7-0,” and “We have room to grow, go for 7-7-0.” Well, students responded positively by scoring a 780, shattering the previous year’s total of 764. Eleventh Grade Assistant Principal Robert McGonigal commented that the importance of state testing is “to hold students and schools to a high expectation for learning.” The CST’s are an integral part of measuring the school’s API score, which is “an important accountability measure.” Many students have found state testing to be boring and unimportant; however, the CST’s can be extremely beneficial. McGonigal explains that, “students who demonstrate high achievement will be recommended for higher classes” and an extra incentive is that “some teachers raise the final grades of students who score at the Advanced level on the state tests.” When students perform well, it not only benefits them, but it helps the school as well. Students who score well improve Murrieta Valley High School’s “reputation with colleges and the community,” McGonigal commented. Senior ASB Commissioner of Academics Darryl Valdez explained that, “state testing helps our school’s prestige, which will help me when I apply to colleges.” The CST’s consist of 15 different subject areas. “We improved in 12: English [9-11], history [10-11], Geometry, Algebra II, Summative Math (Advanced), Biology, Earth Science, Physics, and Life Science [10] all showed some improvement,” explained McGonigal. On average, last year’s sophomores scored the See TESTING Page 12

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Mon. October 20, 2008

Election Coverage A look at the upcoming presidential election and views of future voters. -- Pages 10-11

Building Champions while Pursuing Championships Nighthawks Strive to Overcome Adversity Following Troubled Off-season By Ian Massey editor-in-chief

credit to the other side of the ball. “The defense made it possible for us to win the game. It was great to see the team rally back to win,”

than a minute left on the clock, they connected on a touchdown pass and an extra point sealed The Nighthawk varsity their victory. football season is at its The following midst. The team had week the Nighthawks started the 2008 season traveled to Hemet with a 3-2 record as of High School and Oct. 16, after opening saddled up another Sept. 5 with a 25-13 25-13 win. This game win at Fallbrook High was followed by a 42School. 21 loss to undefeated The game Mission Viejo High featured a wacky School, who came into play that resulted in the contest ranked 6th a Fallbrook defensive in the state. It was the p l a y e r p i c k i n g o ff first meeting between senior quarterback Lyle the two teams since Negron and running 1999. the ball nearly 90 yards Despite the in the wrong direction loss, the Nighthawks for a safety. Negron were proud of their was unable to play in performance. “We the second half after saw what we were suffering a back injury capable of in the and previously untested Photo by CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHY second half of the junior quarterback The Nighthawks take the field for the Oct. 10 Homecoming game to take on La Mission Viejo game Nathan Matlock led Quinta High School. The varsity team scored 21 points in the first quarter and and we are looking the team to a second routed LQHS, 35-7. to build off of that,” half comeback. he humbly stated. but RVHS broke the hearts of the Matlock stated. However, Matlock gave After a week two bye, Nighthawk faithful when with less See FOOTBALL Page 19

High School Musical Sweeps the Nation By Aaron Levin staff writer Unless you have been in a coma for the past two years, you have at least heard of the phenomenon that is High School

Musical. The first HSM aired on Disney Channel on Jan. 20, 2006 and quickly became the most viewed Disney Channel Original Movie of its time. According to



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Murrieta Valley High School’s, that year HSM won an Emmy and its soundtrack was the number one album in America. In case you have chosen not to partake in the viewing of these movies, they star Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens as two very different high school juniors. Troy (Efron) is the captain of the basketball team and one of the most popular guys in school. Gabriella (Hudgens), on the other hand, is the new girl in school who is a science and math wiz. So when both of them try out for the spring musical and begin to spend time together the student body’s loyalties are torn in half. The school was used to jocks spending time with jocks and mathletes with mathletes. Despite their friends trying to tear them apart, Troy and Gabriella go through with the musical and end up uniting the school. Disney released High See MUSICAL Page 5

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get people to stop reading them.” --Ray Bradbury

the Nighthawks lost their home opener against Rancho Verde High School, 13-12. The Nighthawks led for a majority of the game,

How to Save a Life Junior David Silva and his first aid kit become one boy’s hero By Laura Vogel co-nest editor

spill. And so, breaking his daily routine, junior David Silva quickly jumped off that long board and rolled over to where the boy had fallen. He introduced himself before pulling the first aid kit out of his backpack and quickly “cleaned his wounds and patched him up.”

October 3, 7 AM. He was riding his long board to school, just like he always does. There was nothing particularly special about that Friday morning. The sun was rising and the day was awakening. But this time, Speaking in an something impressively was different. professional, There were cars medical way, stopped and a Silva explained crowd up ahead that there was on Nighthawk a “laceration W a y , a n d Photo by FELISHA MILES around the eye people looked Junior David Silva shows off next to the tear his first aid kit which helped concerned. duct.” He put He wanted to him patch up a boy face and antibiotics on know what had prevented plastic surgery. the wound to happened. protect it from infection. A young boy named Okay, a first aid kit? Logan on his way to Murrieta Really? Well, yeah. “I trained Elementary School was riding a unicycle and had taken a nasty See SILVA Page 4



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October 20, 2008

Staff Editorial

The Torch of Tradition Dims Homecoming has been a long-standing American tradition in high schools across the nation. It’s the time of the year when the air begins to chill and students get back into the cyclical rhythm of high school days. It’s marked by over-the-top displays of school spirit commonly accompanied by dancing cheerleaders at the classic pep rally, followed by the ceremonial welcoming back of alumnus--all leading up to the climactic football game where the team heroically triumphs over their cross town rivals. Finally the tradition ends in the crowning of the King and Queen, whose only obligation to their court is to dance the night away. And in a flash it’s gone, stored away among the other traditions until the next year. But this one cherished ritual of football, school colors, pep rallies and crowns is slowly disappearing each year. Students are no longer taking pride in all that was once wholesome about this week of tradition. Sadly, Nighthawks are especially guilty of this crime of apathy. Beginning with spirit week, the obvious decline in school sprit can be seen. It’s fair to say that the majority of students don’t participate. In all fairness, dressing up can be hard to do with the obscure themes for each day, and it’s practically impossible to attempt to do so without spending at least some cash. Many of those who do dress up are obligated to do so because they are part of the ASB. And in some cases, these days are seen as a get-out-of-jail-free card to break dress code and wear short-shorts cleverly disguised with fishnet tights. No longer is it socially acceptable for students to show their school sprit. For students who dare to venture outside of their comfort zone, being over the top can make them feel ridiculously overdressed. The pep rally, a once main staple of the Homecoming activities, has also fallen victim to this lack of enthusiasm. The first rally of the year provided a false hope that maybe this year would be different. Students seemed enthusiastic and involved; participating. Unlike that first pep rally, however, many students said they only enjoyed two aspects of the Homecoming rally: missing class and watching Dance Team. The pessimism among students leaves no room for appreciation of the effort and many man-hours ASB undoubtedly puts into preparing for this event. The only thing that seems to be going half right is the big game. The football team works hard to get the crowd pumped-winning Homecoming is a heavy burden on their shoulders. The attendance seems to be great. The stands are packed; the Red Zone is blaring unusually loud; and even alumni are returning for the night. Unfortunately, this seems to be the only legitimate part of this dimming tradition. This leaves one thing—the dance. Girls spend weeks finding the perfect dress with the matching shoes. Boys search for weeks to find the perfect date. Altogether this celebration would be the great way to wrap up the week if it wasn’t for the abuse of this night. Every year, dresses get shorter and lower, the dancing gets closer and the need to outdo the last year rises. This leaves the administration to use desperate measures. They lock us up to prevent students from leaving—calling parents when they do. They monitor our every motion to ensure that drugs and alcohol don’t surface. They even go to the extreme of telling us what angles and body positions are acceptable for dancing. The disturbing lengths they go through to ensure none of this happens seem extreme; nonetheless, we will hear on Monday everything that the few rebels managed to get away with. This only See TRADITION Page 19

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The Plus Side of High Gas Prices By Barrett Adams staff writer Studies are proving that there are numerous benefits to the high gas prices that have most Americans cringing at the gas pump. Millions of Americans’ minds are beclouded with economic discomfort hugely brought upon them by the high gas prices that are plaguing our nation. But there is a silver lining to this uncomfortable situation. A study which was co-sponsored by the University of Alabama and Harvard Medical School led researchers to believe that higher gas prices result in fewer accidents due to the differing driving habits occurring during times of economic struggle. Professor Michael Morrissey of the University of Alabama, and David Grabowski of Harvard Medical School concluded that, “When gas prices are cheap, Americans drive faster, purchase bigger vehicles, and drive more, all elements that contribute to traffic fatalities.” They continued, “When gas prices increase, we drive less frequently, switch to smaller vehicles, and drive closer to the speed limit in order to maximize fuel efficiency,” according to an article on http://www. Researchers found that for each 10 percent increase in gas prices, fatal accidents decreased by 2.3 percent, and 6 percent in teenage drivers between ages 15 to 17 years old. Higher gas prices mean few people on the roads, and less traffic. As a result, less time and fuel is wasted while people sit in traffic. Safer roads aren’t the only benefit to high gas prices. Weight loss and rising gas prices go hand in hand with each

other. Research published in The European Journal of Public Health revealed that countries with higher gas prices have lower rates of obesity as people find other means of transportation. Research done by Charles Courtemanch of Washington University showed that, “For every dollar increase in the average real price of gas,


overweight and obesity levels in the United States would decline by 16 percent after seven years.” Bicycle sales in the United States have jumped from $5.3 billion in 2002 to an all time high of $6 billion by 2007. With Americans driving less, we can expect to see better air quality, as there is less pollution. The benefits of high gas prices are no different locally than nationally. Students here at Murrieta Valley High School are finding the ways high gas prices benefit them. Senior Kristen Woodward, who has been driving a year explained that, “While gas prices are high, I’ll do all my errands in one trip in order to save gas, which also saves me time.” Senior Tony Russell, who hadn’t previously thought

about how gas prices might be positively affecting his life style stated, “I carpool with friends more, and I’ll walk places rather than drive if it’s an option.” Science teacher and Earth Club coordinator, Stephen Chitraroff stated that he rides his bike to school rather than driving in order to save gas, and he has some recommendations for students who are looking for ways to get more miles to their gallon. “Keep your car empty, the heavier your car is, the more gas it will use. A clean and waxed car means less air friction, and driving with windows closed makes the car more aerodynamic, which in the long run will save gas,” Chitaroff advises. Perhaps the most important of all benefits to high gas prices is innovation. High gas prices are leading America to be less dependent on foreign oil. America is spreading its wings to embrace other sources of energy, which we may have never done if we weren’t provoked by Americans’ discomfort with high gas prices. Global production of bio fuels tripled from 2000 to 2007. Engineers and scientists are also looking into solar energy and wind power for alternatives to gas. While it is undeniably true that high gas prices are uncomfortable, they are bringing America an unmistakable opportunity to grow to be more independent. It has become alarmingly easy for Americans to grow hostile at the enormous amounts of money being spent on oil while failing to recognize the numerous benefits high gas prices have offered, and continue to offer America. Gas prices may be burning holes in our wallets, but they are offering us benefits that money simply can’t buy.

The Dilemma of Dress Code Rears its Ugly Head By Emily Raese staff writer Everyday at 7:15 AM a plethora of young minds can be seen flocking towards the academic mecca of Murrieta Valley High School. Among the nation’s future generation of high-powered lawyers, doctors, and sanitation officers can be seen the lowest of low: the dress code violators. What with their dedication to the betterment of mankind and loyalty to their school, you would think they could follow the dress code exactly every day! But NO! Instead, when the wash must be done, they do not wear pants in scorching heat in accordance to the dress code, but instead risk the wearing of

shorts centimeters shorter than the code allows. For shame. I happen to be one of these delinquents. My record was at one time clear of any such smudges as a dress code violation, Saturday school, or on campus detention. But now, with college in my future, I must worry about these unsightly details on my transcript, haunting me as I send off my records to the most distinguished “hoightytoighty” establishments of America, where my application will be severely considered next to other pupils who have not a single blemish on the entirety of their high school careers. You may say, “But Emily, they warned you about wearing those shorts!” And, I must agree with you. However, the subjectivity of the high school

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dress code leaves m e to w onder, “Was I unjustly treated”? The day the tragedy occurred (no, make that the travesty), I happened to be completely out of Bermuda shorts. Anyone who knows me will tell you, I never violate dress

code. I am not a risky kind of person. However, it was exactly 105 degrees Fahrenheit. What was I supposed to do? Wear jeans and swelter or risk the unlikelihood of being caught and given a dress code violation?

So, I did what any unassuming teen would do; I went with the shorts that were a mere inch or so above the limit that the dress code allows. The dress code states that a student may not wear shorts that are shorter than four inches above the knee and may not wear low cut tops that expose cleavage or most of the back. Faculty and security guards, however, do not carry around rulers in their back pockets. So, I of course thought I was safe as long as I kept my head down and avoided open areas in plain view of security guards. However, suddenly, I was jerked out of the crowd by the shoulder on my way to the most important class period of See DRESS CODE Page 3


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Less Raving More Ranting Maverick Economics By Jay Levy Assistant Editor My friends, the entire country is talking about the economy and how terrible everything is. How our children and our children’s children are going to be paying off the debts of major investment banks who created the mess that our grandchildren will be forced to mop up. But what isn’t being talked about, and I think it’s a dang shame, is how amazing it was that our Congress reached across party lines, and worked together to decide to spend taxpayer money. They finally passed a bailout bill that can and will solve our country’s economic troubles. And it won’t take much work; the only thing that we as citizens have to do is pay it off. Now don’t fret, soonto-be taxpayers, it’s only going to be around $700 billion, give or (less than likely) take, $100 billion. But it’s worth it. Believe me. Most of the money that we’ll be giving to the government will go to save the economy, and the rest will go to pad the bank accounts of already wealthy CEOs of “dying” companies that contributed to this crisis. However, some Americans want to find the causes of this economic meltdown in America. Some will point the finger at extensive deregulation during Bush’s administration for

the past eight years. Others will say that it was the companies that were buying and selling mortgages at different rates in order to, in the end, make a serious profit. Some venture to blame banks who gave out easy credit to any and all. Despite the fact that Governor Sarah Palin, John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate, has already told us that it is not important to know the cause of a problem to help find a way to solve it, I’ll humor these Americans. Let’s look at these supposed causes. Deregulation, which is being blamed for many of our economic woes, is usually favored by Republicans. Supporters of deregulation find ways to limit the government’s influence and oversight in the economy. Deregulation can’t really be the cause, however. I mean, major corporations, large banks, and Wall Street investors should have no restrictions placed on them. The government shouldn’t limit their hunger for obtaining as much wealth and power as they’d like. This is America; the land of the free. Government should give these businesses as much freedom as they can. If they need taxpayer’s money to bail out their dying companies due to their own irresponsible practices, so be it! But I digress. The media also places blame on investment banks that

bought and sold mortgages to eventually make a profit. Now, you can’t blame these banks for trying to make a buck off the American people and their mortgages. These banks expected the market to remain stable and grow. And, based on their predictions, they bought and sold their bottoms off! But lucky for them, after their failed predictions, the taxpayers are the ones who have to pay for the accidental failure. Credit should be given where credit is due, and honestly, I’d have to give credit to these people who bought homes that they simply could not afford. That’s ballsy. So, I’m glad they were given credit for their daring moves. However, some will moan and complain that it was this easy credit that contributed to the economic crisis. Personally, I think they’re just jealous. The complainers are just angry cause while they stayed in a house that they could safely afford, others were buying bigger and better houses on credit. Shame on you. My friends, now is the time to praise Congress for reaching across the aisles and doing the job that they should have been doing in the first place. It’s quite an achievement. For everyone else, buckle down and start saving your change. Congress’s plan might be successful, even if we all go broke making it happen.

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the day, AP English. Ironic, no? Plucked out of the masses by the head honcho herself, Principal Jefferson, I was both irritated and nervous; this one was famous for showing no mercy. Quickly I decided that the best thing to do would be to try to negotiate. I explained the laundry situation and that I was late for my AP English class, and could I please complete my essay and come back for punishment later. Predictably, she was not swayed by my “good student” excuse, and sent me on my way to the office for the dullest two-hour wait of my life. I would have been The Talon Murrieta Valley High School 42200 Nighthawk Way Murrieta, CA 92562 (951)698-1408 ext. 5627 The Talon opinion pages are an open forum for the exchange of comment and criticism, and is open to everyone. The Talon reserves the right to edit letters for length, clarity and factual accuracy, but will not attempt to alter meaning or intent. Letters to the editor should be

content with my fate had not our little chat been interrupted by a rather obscene display of flesh passing directly beside me in the crowd. As Jefferson rattled out the terms of my punishment, a group of girls clad in platform sandals, mini skirts, and rather suggestive scraps of cloth that were supposed to represent shirts waltzed by, oblivious to my plight. I’ll admit, I rather rudely pointed them out to Ms. Jefferson with a raised eyebrow and a, “What about them?” Her answer: “I’m dealing with you at the moment.” This left me winded. These girls apparently e-mailed to Mrs. Karen Winn at or delivered to Rm. 627, and will be published at the discretion of the staff. They must include the writer’s name and grade. The Talon editorial represents the opinion of our staff, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the MVHS administration, its staff or the MVUSD administration and the school board. All other opinion pieces represent the views of the writer. Advertisements for products and services

didn’t seem interested in much to do with academics, other than the boys with books that they’d happen to pass throughout the school day. Yet, here I was on my way to an AP class cradling a binder that made War and Peace look like a harlequin romance novel and I was the one who was stopped. Every day one of my friends is stopped for a dress code violation. They are all 4.0 earning students. What this painful daily incident does to our psyches I can hardly begin to explain. We are the outrageously paranoid academics of the high school which appear do not imply endorsement by either The Talon or the MVUSD. The Talon is produced by: Adviser: Karen Winn Editor-in-Chief: Ian Massey Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief: Jay Levy Nest Editors: Colleen Klinefelter Laura Vogel Opinions Editor: Daniel Balogh

October 20, 2008


Candidates Please No One A satirical look at the 2008 presidential candidates By Justice Flores and Emily Raese sports editor and staff writer With the nation in chaos as the presidential elections come to a close, the Talon staff considered taking a page out of Republican candidate John McCain’s book by postponing the writing of this story to save our nation from the current economic crisis. However, just as McCain was gracious enough to return to his campaign trail after voting on the economic bail out bill, we felt it was our duty to follow his lead and inform you of the evils of Decision 2008… both Democrat and Republican. In short, we decided to be a couple of mavericks. John McCain: Inspired by the integrity and activism of McCain’s campaign, we thought we’d extol the virtues of this truly independent thinker and detail the reasons why this maverick is the only hope for our collapsing nation. At the age of 72, McCain is in his prime. This silver-haired sage is ready to take his place as President, a position he has waited to fill for, literally, his entire life. Armed with his AARP card and his history of strong morals, McCain is a strong choice for President. He’s also an esteemed war hero and…well, a patriot. There’s a myriad of benefits that come from having lived since the Great Depression. In his 72 years on Earth he has managed to accumulate enough bitterness to effectively channel his negative energy into an incessant attack on Democratic opponent Barack Obama. With the base of his campaign trail focused on undermining the efforts and credentials of Obama, we can safely assume that McCain can criticize ANYONE who attempts to mess with the maverick. And, in case you didn’t realize, McCain was a respected war hero 40 years ago. And he’s a patriot. What a guy! Despite McCain’s elder years, he’s been able to keep up on foreign affairs. He claims that Germany and France are America’s enemies. Well, maybe in World War II… but hey, give the guy a break, it could have been a mere senior moment. And hey! He could absolutely be right because… after all… he’s a patriot… a war hero… and most importantly, a maverick. See CANDIDATES Page 19 society; told every day by counselors and authority figures that the smallest insignificant mess up can obliterate any chance of acceptance into college. We’re the annoying ones in English who get excited when essays are assigned. We’re the students who rarely really pay attention to what we’re wearing …or even care. Sitting in the office awaiting our fates, we honor roll delinquents are glared at by office personnel and fellow students unaware of our reasons for being there. How we want to stand up and shout, “Last semester I completed 50 community service hours for National Honor Society!” and clear our names from shame as we sit under such unforgiving scrutiny. I am not one to say that justice should be limited to a specific class of individuals, but I’m seeing a pattern. It’s almost as if the dress code police of the Arts and Entertainment Editor: Heather White Sports Editor: Justice Flores Co-Creative Corner Editors: Ian Goodale Jai Levin Photo Editor: Felisha Miles Circulation Editor: Jake Steele Lead Photographer: Chantale Stamp Graphics Editor: David Leonard Staff Writers:

campus pick the weak ones of the pack to pick off first and use as examples. What I really would like to see, I guess, is some kind of consistency. When asked about the school policy on dress code, Assistant Principal Mike Fages said that, “Students are brought into the office due to a reaction to the extreme,” however, he sees kids brought in every day that “range from those that barely violate dress code to those that are simply outrageous.” Even he admits that a standard should be set and stuck with and that what this school needs is “consistent enforcement.” So please, all I’m asking is, could it be possible to ignore the modest frazzled students who obviously forgot to do a load of laundry for once, and maybe focus on those who expose more flesh every day than the average hooker displays on street corners? Barrett Adams Andrea Ettinghausen Aaron Levin Nial McCarthy Ricardo Moreno Emily Raese Jillian Ray Bryan Thomas Aaron Weiner



October 20, 2008

The Talon

New Staff Gets Their Wings

A look at new faces in the classroom

Brandon Baily

Murrieta Valley High School has welcomed Spanish teacher Brandon Baily in his first year on campus. Unlike most, Baily is tri-lingual, and he has come to MVHS after teaching at Barstow High School for 10 years. He was originally a German teacher, but he is teaching Spanish because MVHS already has a teacher for that department. Baily graduated from UC Santa Barbara and received a dual masters in German and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa. While he was in college, Baily said that he wanted to become a diplomat, so he went to teach in Brazil for three years. “I had such a great time teaching children in Brazil that I decided that I wanted to become a teacher.” Outside of school, Baily enjoys playing the piano and spending time with his wife of two years. He does not have any children, but he has other aspirations. “I have always wanted to win Ben Stein’s money,” he says, “and I love soccer.”

Tim Holder

If you walk into room 840, the photography class, you may notice that several things have changed from years past. Artwork decks out the once empty walls, and there’s a new photo teacher behind the desk. Mr. Tim Holder has taken over the MVHS photo program with the departure of former teacher Bruce Erickson who moved to Africa with his family. A graduate from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in fine arts and graphic design and a masters in education from Azusa Pacific, Holder has

a higher motive for teaching than his salary: inspiring his students. He moved from Rancho Verde High School, and actually specializes in graphic design. After rummaging through the boxes in his room, he showed me some of his greatest works, which were featured in magazines, catalogs, and banners for Kawasaki Motors and Advanstar. He’s been married to his wife, Wendy, who is also a teacher, for 10 years and has two children, Dustin, 6, and Jacob, 3. When he’s not at school, he likes to paint and design art “Oh, and take long walks on the beach.” He listens to various types of music, “the good stuff,” he says. “I’d be a rock star or song writer for the thrill and rush of it,” he says. But for the time being, Holder hopes to teach his students to be ambitious and to follow their dreams. “I never took ’No’ for an answer. That just made me want to work at it twice as much, and my students shouldn’t take it either,” Holder concludes.

three years. Bancroft is currently teaching Body Composition, PE 9 and he is coaching the varsity football team. Bancroft says that he knew he always wanted to be a teacher and he especially dreamed of coaching football. Moving from head coach at Canyon Springs to varsity coach at Murrieta Valley High School, his dream was reached. As a coach, Bancroft wants his players to know he strives to be fair and consistent. He enjoys his job and feels “helping kids and being part of the learning process is fun.” He also said, “I enjoy coaching because it gives me the opportunity to allow myself to use my experiences on the team to help them become better men.”

Chuck Swearingen

librarian for 30 years. She chose this career path for only the best reason: “I love to read.” Rightmire worked as a librarian at E. Hale Curran Elementary School before she took the job here. Outside of school, Rightmire is happily married and has proudly raised three sons. With a smile on her face, she describes her family life as “fun.” This summer she is going on a 5week road tour with her husband to southern and midwestern states to take pictures of gravesites of relatives. She has been looking When the Hollywood into the ancestry of her family and Writer’s Strike hit last year, the finds it fascinating. What students might entire film industry was affected not know about Rightmire is that by a major setback in creating she used to be an avid surfer. new shows and filming current Seriously! Students who need help television shows. Searching for with an AR book or with learning a more stable job, new theatre how to surf should feel free to see technician Jeremy Vermillion Rightmire in the library. jjoined oi tthe M MVHS he sstaff. f H He ne tsaid s . V a a e f id H d S

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Richard Bancroft

From Redlands to Idaho to Moreno Valley, varsity football coach Rich Bancroft finally settled in Murrieta this year. Bancroft went to the University of Redlands and received his BA in history, continuing his learning career at National University to obtain his teaching credential. He also was only two classes away from getting his masters in education and he plans take those two classes when football season is over. Outside of teaching, Bancroft is quite adventurous. Spending time outdoors fishing and hunting is something he very much enjoys. He also loves spending time with his 5-monthold son and his “beautiful” wife. Bancroft says that he loves his wife very much and seriously said that he, “will never get divorced.” Bancroft has been teaching for a total of seven years. His first teaching experience started in Idaho, where he taught middle school history for one year. Then, moving down the country to Moreno Valley, he taught special education for

justice that Swearingen said, “I perform best with the gifts and abilities I have been given.”

For those who may consider it ironic to find someone who is uneasy around blood and needles to be serving on the frontlines of an L.A. riot scene, meet Corporal Chuck Swearingen-- a blend of tough big city and quiet small town cop. Swearingen actually served as MVHS’s Resource Officer from 2001 to 2003. Swearingen left MVHS in order to return to patrol work and attain the position of corporal within the Murrieta Valley Police Department. After a few years of patrolling the streets, Swearingen says he is happy and excited to return again to the MVHS campus. Swearingen has been a police officer for over 22 years. He says that throughout his career, the shooting, fire looting, and violence of the L.A. riots of 1992 made the deepest impact on him. While still in high school himself, Swearing stated, it seemed as though all of his friends held clear ideas about what they wanted to pursue after graduating, when he had no idea what to do. Attracted by the ability to serve his country and the honor that could come with it by protecting its citizens, Swearingen decided that joining the police force would be a good fir for him. After standing to protect his fellow citizens, whether in L.A. or Murrieta Valley, Swearingen says that he enjoys everyday at MVHS. Swearingen states that he likes “working on community oriented policing,” and “absolutely loves working in juvenile justice.” It is in juvenile

t he ha that decided de to t go into i o theatre t nttc he i ode a t dr tech because “it seemed like an interesting opportunity for a good, m more ssteady job, j t with w or ob,good e ai e t dy h Continued benefitts.” s be .”ne fi Vermillion ha Ve has r aattended m tfromt sPage ie 1 l ndel i on Mt. San M S Jacinto J C College, aa t and a .nche ol onnditi last nt l e o ge year in lifeguard plans to transfer to a university. training. Mrs. Erickson told us Vermillion has been in the to carry it all the time just in production end of theatre for case something happens.” He has six to seven years, doing sound only been carrying it since the reinforcement, as well as filming second semester of last year, and movies and commercials. something did happen. Silva was Outside of school and thrown into a situation where his production, he is interested in training was put to good use. music. He plays guitar and drums After dressing the boy’s during his free time. He is also wounds, he helped call the boy’s interested in football, and has been mother and stayed with the since high school, but he entered student until she arrived. She the filming industry instead. took her son to the emergency Vermillion wants the theatre to be room, as the cut on the bridge the best thing on campus, and is of his nose was pretty bad. dedicated to making it so. Drama The doctor said that Silva had teacher Shilind Wheaton is very applied first aid with the utmost happy to have him on the staff competence, and was thoroughly and said “I don’t know how I ever impressed. In fact, Silva had lived without him. I wish we had prevented the need for stitches or six more!” possible plastic surgery, because he correctly cleaned the gash right away. Upon hearing him speak so eloquently about Logan’s condition and the antibiotics he had applied to the abrasions, I assumed this kid wanted to be a doctor in the future. He surprised me with hesitation and the tiniest of shrugs and said, “Possibly?” He is actually very interested in the military, and he said that he would love to attend the Coast Guard Academy. Clearly, this Watching her gladly young man was destined to help help a student find an AR people and save lives. book, one can see that Judi Silva is a normal boy Rightmire is just right for her who acted decisively when he new job as Library Technician saw someone was hurt and needed at Murrieta Valley High School. help. He spoke of the situation as Rightmire animatedly tells the though it was nothing, as though boy about a book he may be it was what anybody would interested in. Reading the back have done. “It’s always good description, she concludes with to be prepared instead of being an exclamation of, “. . . violent a chicken with its head cut off death! There you go we have it running around in circles.” So all.” let me ask you this: where’s your Rightmire has been a head?

Judi Rightmire


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October 20, 2008


Nighthawk Alumni Erin Olson Returns To Teach By Emily Raese staff writer

After being a long term substitute teacher for English teacher Stacy Swenck, former Nighthawk Erin Olson returned to her high school alma mater

District, Olson was drawn to helping others, beginning in her sophomore year at MVHS, when she began working with the daughter of MVHS teachers Jack and Karen Jones, Jessica. Working with special needs kids has always been a large part of her life. She

Photo by CHANTALE STAMP Special education teacher Erin Olson works with student Julia Rochford. Olson is a Nighthawk alumni and this is her first year teaching here at MVHS.

this semester to be involved in the new special education program on campus. Olson attended Point Loma Nazarene University, where she earned a liberal studies degree, and she is currently earning her special education credential at Point Loma. It was not always her plan to return to Murrieta, but Olson says that it “is a good place to be… the school feels like home.” Inspired by her mother’s work with children as a speech therapist in the Murrieta School


is especially proud of the fact that this year MVHS has this new program for special needs students with autism, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome and blindness. In addition to Olson, the students are assisted by four classroom aides. Tama Koke, previously of the RSP program at MVHS, is now involved in the new program. Michelle Taylor was originally involved in the program at Vista Murrieta High School before coming to MVHS. Laura Austreng was involved in an SH program at Thompson

Middle School. Justine Lucero develop life skills as well as independent contributors to the was part of transportation before the Adult Transition Program, work force. “Our first step was crossing over into her current or ATP, a program that allows recycling, but who knows what position as classroom aide. They handicapped adults to enter the we’ll be doing next,” she states. Overall the student all supervise classroom activities work force through personalized and student outings. O l s o n describes the average school day in her program as “different,” and the innovative ideas that she is introducing to the class are exactly that. “Overall it is our desire to have the students accepted by our campus, and they attend regular classes such as aerobics, swim, computers, ceramics DIS aides Laura Austreng, teacher Erin Olson, Michelle Taylor, Tama Koke and drawing.” As and Justine Lucerco. response to the program is a a former Nighthawk herself, training. she wants to see the students The students go through p o s i t i v e o n e . S o m e w e r e welcomed to our campus and have a process within the high school previously enrolled in county them feel as if they are a part of program that sets them up for programs. According to Olson, the “Nighthawk family.” the next steps in ATP. First, they “Our program is more personal. In addition, some days work around campus recycling or The students truly thrive here.” Ultimately, Olson wants after lunch the students of Olson’s working as teacher assistants in her students to know that she class fan out across the campus the office. Second, they are taken cares about them all. She wants and collect the trash that is left on outings to businesses around them to feel completely at home lying around school grounds. This the community. because, as she says, “This class trash is then recycled, and the The program focuses is their second home.” money earned goes directly back on getting them into society, Her future goals include into the program, teaching them beginning with the classroom and becoming a principal and seeing responsibility. campus, and ultimately ending this program become successful Within the classroom, in ATP, which will give them on this campus. students are taught basic skills the skills they’ll need to become such as cooking, doing laundry, recycling, and preparing for the work force. Olson stresses the need of the “workability” aspect of the classroom. This part of the program allows students to

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School Musical 2 during the summer of 2007. This movie brought in 17.3 million viewers for its premiere, beating its predecessor by nearly 10 million viewers, making it the highest rated Disney Channel Original Movie in history. The release of the sequel has caused The High School Musical franchise to explode bigger than anyone had ever anticipated. Tickets for High School Musical 3, entitled Senior Year, have been on sale for three weeks leading up to the Oct. 24 premiere. Senior Dylan Bohanan explained that he has had this date marked on his calendar for months. He went on to say “I really love these movies.” Since the first movie was released in 2006, High School Musical, paraphernalia has been slowly emerging to the point where it seems that no matter where you turn HSM is there. Posters advertising the release of the third movie are everywhere, not just the movie theatres. There is also an HSM themed parade at Disneyland’s California Adventure now, the only Disney Channel Original

Movie ever to accomplish this feat as well. Kellogg’s has recently released a High School Musical Breakfast Cereal. There is a line of HSM dolls and bed sheets. Nintendo has a High School Musical: Sing It! video game, and the list seems to grow daily. “I have a pen that sings” Bohannon says, “I sometimes use it in my classes but my teachers get kind of annoyed.” Unfortunately for the actors of the series, only a few have truly branched out farther than franchise. Corbin Bleu starred in his own Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In. Ashley Tisdale is a main character in the popular Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of Zach and Cody. Hudgens has her own record deal and just released her second album entitled Identified. However, Efron has experienced the most notable success. He starred in the movie Hairspray and has been cast in starring roles in 17 Again, Me and Orson Wells, and a remake of Footloose. “The whole reason I saw Hairspray was for Zac Efron. I plan on seeing his other movies when they come out for the same reason,” said senior Jazmin

Covarrubias. Each of the actors have stated in a number of magazines— including Entertainment Weekly and Pop star- that they believe High School Musical is responsible for their careers and have stated that they will continue to star in them if Disney continues to make them. That may be longer than they all anticipated, seeing as The Company has just recently signed the contract to make High School Musical 4, which will tie the Halloween Town series for the most sequels for a Disney Channel Original Movie. The High School Musical saga is taking over the charts and the minds of young people everywhere. For those who do not care for these movies, hold on tight, because there is no end in sight.


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Enterprising Students Practice Their Entrepreneurship New Virtual Enterprise class teaches how to run a business By Niall McCarthy staff writer The Virtual Enterprise program is not new. It was established in 1996 in New York, and expanded to California in 1998. It is now a program that is in classes internationally. Although this is an older program, it is new to the Murrieta Valley campus. In this class, students run a mock business, and sell whatever product the class decides on. They try to advertise their program on the Virtual Enterprise network, where classes from all across the United States trade and buy products from each other. Computers and Careers teacher Joel Levin started Virtual Enterprise here at MVHS this year. “It sounded like a very exciting program, and a great opportunity for students,” said Levin. “It is one of the few classes that gives students real world experience in learning about the business world, and also teaches how to do personal finances.” Each student in the class has his or her own job that they

He also has to do a lot of work on the class’s business plan. Along with many other students in the class, Rasmussen states, “I joined the class to gain business experience.” Junior Advertising Assistant Trey Barnes and other classmates have learned a lot but, “we still have fun.” Fundraising is also a large part of the class. Senior Jessica Avalos is heavily involved as one of the fundraising directors in the Public Relations department. In this job, “I have to help get everything ready for trade fairs and raise the money to help us go to trade fairs.” They planned a garage sale on Virtual Enterprise seniors, CEO Brett Rasmussen and class October 18th, and also plan to member Kevin Kravitz plan a marketing strategy. have a booth selling waters at the Halloween Boonanza held Senior Brett Rasmussen was had to interview for. These jobs by the drama club. named the CEO, and he now range from human resources Aside from trading with oversees the whole class to make to marketing, to being a CEO other companies over the Virtual sure everyone is doing their jobs. (Chief Executive Officer) of the company. Those who applied for upper management positions actually had to interview at the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce with members of the chamber.

Changing Times: Mrs. Hess’ tale From speaking Spanish to talking politics

What’s new in the library? A look at the books to read in a nook By Laura Vogel co-nest editor Remember that building right beside the Hawk Rock? Here’s a hint: it has a lot of books in it. The Murrieta Valley High School library has so much more to offer than books, however. According to librarian Susan Cline, it’s unfortunate that so few students realize the opportunity that is slipping right through their fingers. Here are a couple of bullet points to inform and explain the latest in the library and what it can do for each student: • Books checked out can now be renewed via email. This library has definitely entered the 21st century. • There is tutoring every day after school in the library from Monday to Thursday, 2:45 – 3:45 pm. • On the school website under Library is the comprehensive reading list for all the AR books. Students can now access the list of AR quizzes by title, author, reading range or number of points. And now here are some great reads recommended by the library. Many of these books are new and have just come in:

Enterprise Network, the class will also be attending trade fairs, where the students will try to sell their product to other virtual businesses while also competing to see which business is the best. The products they are selling this year are all related to surfing and skateboarding, focusing mostly on apparel and accessories. The class will be attending the Bakersfield trade fair, but there are other trade fairs as far away as New York and South Carolina. Levin hopes that the class will be able to attend a few of these trade fairs in the future, and be able to represent the school favorably. The class has high aspirations for the school’s first year of Virtual Enterprise. Some of their main goals are to be named the best business at a trade fair, and they hope to advance to the national competition in New York.

Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught: Jamie is a senior in high school who struggles with her weight. She writes a column in the paper every week with her thoughts and fears and complaints. Throughout the hilarious novel, Jamie tackles many events and in the end grows from it.

Airman by Eoin Colfer: The story of a pilot who is thrown into prison. In order to escape the prison ad save his family, Conor must built the flying contraption he has always dreamed of building.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: Junior is a young cartoonist living on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Junior moves to an all-white high school and attempts to break away from the life he once thought he was destined to live.

The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson: Cameryn wishes to be a forensic pathologist and becomes an assistant to her father, who is the county coroner. The sleepy town of Silverton, Colorado hadn’t seen a murder in years... until one of Cameryn’s friends is the fourth victim of a serial killer.

By Jake Steele circulation manager By the time that they reach upperclassman status, most students know who teaches what subjects. In normal conversation, sometimes subjects might not even be mentioned. If a student says “I have to do my Pardue work this weekend” many juniors and seniors will know that means AP Biology or CP Biology. After years of going to MVHS, many seniors can predict what teachers they will have based upon the classes they have registered for. But some students were surprised to see that they had teacher Diana Hess next to AP Government or Modern World History on their schedules. “I was expecting to get Chavez,” senior Darryl Valdez said, “he has been teaching [AP Government] for years, and I just assumed that I would have him.” It was a surprise to some. Seniors who had Hess before for a foreign language all of a sudden had a completely different subject with their old foreign language teacher. It is unusual for teachers to change the subjects that they teach. But after years of teaching foreign language at this school for several years, Hess decided to obtain her master’s degree and get a degree in social science. While at UCLA, Hess originally wanted to be a political science major, but she changed her focus to a degree in linguistics after studying Chinese, political science of the Far East, and history of the Far East. Marriage, children, and a hectic life interrupted her degree plans, but she still worked hard to

receive her MA in social science at CSUSB. Hess has a passion in her classes usually reserved by chocoholics for chocolate cake. Teacher Todd Tatro said that “during department meetings she is very enthusiastic. She is also very dedicated to her subject.” During classtime she overflows with excitement. “She is very passionate when she is doing a lecture. And she always asks us about our current events,” said senior Kevin Kravitz.

Former Spanish teacher Diana Hess says she enjoys the challenge of her new classes, including AP Government.

Discussions in her class are always encouraged (except, of course, during quizzes), and she wants her students to always be caught up to date with what is happening in the world. Hess said that she would like to “incite some excitement” in her students. Her excitement for the course is also translated in a different way not seen by her students. In addition to reading the government book that her AP students use, she has also read two other textbooks on the subject

matter. To prepare to teach the course, she went to a two seminars over the summer. One of these seminars, the AP Institute for Government, has helped her to understand what her AP students need to know by May. She also went to an AVID conference, which has helped her in both her AP Government class and Modern World History class. Because this is her first time teaching AP Government, she often seeks the advice of those who have been teaching the course for a number of years. This means consultations from time to time with teacher Steve Chavez, AP Government expert here on campus, talking to Peter Pew, an AP Government adviser for teachers seeking help, and Mr. Tremble, an AP Government teacher from Rancho Verde High School. Hess has joined an AP network where she can write for help and for any questions that she has. “When you love something this much, it is just natural to work hard,’ said Hess. To better prepare her AP students for the exam in May, she uses free response questions that have appeared in past exams, and all of the tests are AP style questions. “I want to prepare my students as much as possible,” said Hess. Seeing her excitement and commitment in the classroom, and to the course when nobody is watching, shows a teacher that is totally capable of taking on the new challenge. Hopefully one day in a few years, “Hess” will also be synonymous with AP Government at the Murrieta Valley campus.


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October 20, 2008


Future Chefs mix it up in new Food and Beverage class By Laura Vogel co-nest editor Wo l f g a n g P u c k i s famous for his cooking abilities. Fashioning aesthetically pleasing plates for those attending the Academy Awards, he’s basically a celebrity in the world of cuisine. Emeril Lagasse may jog the memory. If not, here’s a hint: “BAM!” These men and many others (including women like Rachel Ray) have been successful in becoming world-class food experts. Becoming a cook or chef not only seems to be fun – to make food for a living, and make money from it! – but it also “involves much more than cooking!” states Foods teacher Marguerite Smith of Murrieta Valley High School. So much work, in fact, that a new class here at MVHS has been created to facilitate students looking to go into the food industry: Food and Beverage Production. The district wants more

classes in the high schools to Beverage Production, a food how to determine recipe costs, as be established involving Career career is greatly emphasized. This well as how to mass-produce and Technical Education, market food. which means that they “I also want want more classes that my students to be will prepare students aware of other career in specific career opportunities that areas. Interim Assistant involve working with Superintendent Guy food,” commented Romero and teacher Sean Smith. McCarthy originally had A Riverside the idea for the class. County Environmental With Smith already Health Specialist (a being the Foods teacher, fancy word for health she was perfect for the inspector) came into the job. class to talk about his She had been career. A guest speaker “playing with the from Starbucks who has idea” for three or four been working for the years,” and this year company for 11 years she took the big leap. Foods teacher Marguerite Smith ponders recipes as well as employees In order to prepare for that her Food and Beverage students could came in to share their the class, Smith spent produce and market to staff on campus. Recent e x p e r i e n c e s . T h e a week at J ohns on food items made available for purchase included students got to sample two different types of muffins. and Wales University, coffee and cookies. a culinary school in Comprised of Denver, Colorado. She also took differs greatly from the Foods only 18 students, one may see classes at the Prado restaurant and Nutrition class, which is the the class creating their own salad in Balboa Park in San Diego. prerequisite for students to enter dressings and taste-testing them Smith explains that in Food and the new class. Students learn

September seniors of the month By Justice Flores sports editor

Matthew Diamond

The male September senior of the month is Matthew Ross Diamond, ranked number one in his class. He has a cumulative GPA of 4.6, having taken 14 Advanced Placement classes throughout his high school career. He has also taken classes outside of high school, beginning in seventht grade with a Psychology 101 class at Mount San Jacinto College. He has also taken S o c i o l o g y, E n v i r o n m e n t a l Geology, Geology of National Parks, Logical Thinking, and is taking Calculus III/Analytic Geometry currently. He also attended Harvard last summer, taking an astrobiology course,

and he is currently in the midst of taking an online course with the Gemological Institute of America. Diamond excels outside of the classroom as well, as president of the Young Knights organization and captain of the Science Olympiad team at Murrieta Valley High School. He also is a member of the National Honor Society and the Chess Club. Diamond is looking to attend Cal Tech, MIT, or HarveyMudd after high school, and his future goals include “exploring the world through scientific research” and eventually becoming a professor. He has been driven with his desire to “strive towards knowledge and excellence,” and is sure to succeed outside of high school.

Natalie Weinstein The female September senior of the month is Natalie Weinstein, who has a cumulative GPA of 3.98 and has taken five AP classes. Her current senior schedule involves Dance II, ASB, AP Statistics, AP English, and AP Government. She has taken three years of dance and four years of ASB, and is the current ASB President. She has also been involved in CSF throughout high

school, has been in Invisible Children for three years and is involved in English horseback riding outside of school. She also

September senior of the month Natalie Weinstein with friend, senior Lacey Croom at the Welcome Back Pep Rally.

is involved in a youth group at her church in her spare time. She hopes to attend UCLA or UC Irvine, and wants to travel to Africa in the future. While in Africa she wants to “help teach children learn English and help out the current situation in Uganda.” She claims that her mom is her inspiration, saying that “she is a strong individual who encourages me to reach my goals.” Her motto to “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams” has elevated her to the prestigious award of Senior of the Month.

with salad greens. It is then their responsibility to create the perfect combination so the taste buds are properly satisfied. Students develop their own recipes, and recently they made their own taco salad. Senior Lacey Ledbetter, a current student in the class, said, “[Food and Beverage Production] is a lot more fun than Foods I. We’re given a lot more slack and we get to do a lot more than in Foods I. There’s a lot more freedom in the classroom.” This isn’t surprising, seeing as most of the students are seeking a foodrelated career. This class means business. Smith has a lot of ideas to make the class become a bigger contributor to MVHS. She wants future students to provide onsite catering for school events and activities. It would give the students great experience and provide us with some delicious morsels to munch on. This class sounds like a win-win situation for hungry students on campus.

Senior Wings

The Murrieta Valley High School administration recognizes achieving students through the Senior Wings program every month. The criteria for a nomination include the student having made significant progress in his or her classes. Students must display a positive attitude every day, or be a hard worker in class, or achieve above and beyond expectations. T h e S e n i o r Wi n g recipients for September were: Alexis Blood, Ashton Oliver,

Brendan Orta, Nicole Eads, Madison Larson, Raechel Payne, Sam Martinez, Dakota Duerr, Alexandra Meyer, Dylan Baliani, Khurtis Henry, Jacob Hewitt, Christen Bassett, Arianna Mocalis, Marc Velarde, Gina Clark, Fatmeh Arekat, Kevin Kurator, Megan Lane, Jhonnatan Morales, Kayla Weaver, Kaitlin Gebbie, Laura Choate, Katherine Henry, Marco Cota, Sara Connors, Aaron Sanchez, Korrie McDermott, Megan Schauers, Noel Spangrud, Cody Braaksma, Steven Lee, Josh Aispuro and Spencer Erickson.

Senior Corner Ads for Grads: The Yearbook Company has issued the order forms for senior yearbook ads. The forms are available online at the MVHS website under school information, senior news, or from Karen Winn in room 627. Discounts are available until Nov. 9, but ads can be purchased until Dec. 2. Completed forms are to be returned to the Yearbook Company headquarters by mail or online, not to the yearbook staff at Murrieta Valley. For more information see www. Community Service Hours & Graduation Requirements: Forty hours of community service MUST be completed for graduation. For help finding volunteer opportunities, see Joan Bagwell in the College Career Center in the library. Make an appointment to see a senior counselor Gary Brittain (A-K) or Melanie Kayrell (L-Z)

to ensure that you are not credit deficient, and that you are on the track to graduate on time. For those who will potentially graduate with over a 4.0 total GPA, see your counselor about the possibility of graduating in a red robe. Important Dates: October 25: ACT testing date October 27: College Financial Planning- PAC October 31: 12-week progress report November: Complete preapplication worksheet for FAFSA online ( November 1: SAT testing date November 1: UC applications open November 5: SAT registration for December 6 testing day due November 7: ACT registration for December 13 testing day due *See Mrs. Bagwell in the College Career Center for dates on upcoming college information presentations*


October 20, 2008


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Vegetarians Unite! A meat-free alternative to chicken

By Bryan Thomas staff writer With the fear of global warming and current economic worries, Americans have begun to put a high demand on cheap, environmentally friendly ways of living, and one way of making such a lifestyle change is the adoption of the vegan diet. Vegans abstain from the consumption of meat, eggs, dairy or any other animal products. A 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) concluded that animal agriculture contributes more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than all cars, trucks, planes and ships worldwide combined. Researchers at the University of Chicago have determined that simply becoming

a vegetarian is more effective in reducing global warming than driving a hybrid car. A properly planned vegan diet has also been known to lower the risk of many potentially fatal illnesses such as colon and prostate cancer, heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure, according to a study from Oxford University. Yet probably the least known fact is that vegan food can be really tasty. One potential problem, though, is that the vegan diet can be very expensive. Upscale health food stores sell organically grown products at prices that don’t fit in the everyday budget. A better option might be buying imperishable products, such as canned or dried foods, at a cheap local store or supermarket like

Winco. You may want to shop around to find the best prices that work for you. The key is remembering that almost any meal can be made vegan. Replacing the cheese and sour cream on nachos with veggies like avocado, salsa, and beans can make a healthy, tasty snack. Many grocery stores now offer modern soy, wheat, and other faux-meat substitutes that taste great with any family recipe. A cheap and easy favorite for first time vegans is Lemon Chik’n. To make this recipe you’ll need to make sure you have these items: • • •

1 medium-sized skillet 1 paper or plastic bag 1 bag Morningstar Farms Meal Starters chik’n strips (made from soy protein)

Lemon Chik’n

In a paper or plastic bag combine flour, parsley, salt

and pepper. Add chik’n strips and shake until well coated. In the skillet, melt the margarine with the lemon juice over medium-high heat. After the butter melts, add the chik’n and cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve on its own or with your favorite veggies, rice, potatoes, etc. Enjoy!

influences can c o m e t o g e t h e r. T h e y wanted the younger generation to get involved in art and to motivate them to become more creative. “Kids just do not know how or if they can succeed through art,” said Nystrom. The shows that are put on at Versus are supposed to show aspiring artists that there is a way for a living to be made out of their creativity. MVHS senior Drew Cullen is one such artist who has had some of his drawings displayed on the Versus walls before. “Versus is a place that can broaden horizons,” said Cullen, “and those who love art can go there and feel at home.” The owners try to stray from labels when describing

their store. They want their small shop to show not just one culture, but the many subcultures that make up bigger cities. “We try to show many different subcultures here. We have everything from the tattoo and graffiti cultures to what city-hipsters would like,” said Nystrom. Nystrom and Sullivan have managed to bring something to this valley that was previously very difficult to find. The two have managed to bring a little part of the city to this suburb. Versus is a great place to go to see a different side of the world. It is a place where the original and creative can have a home. And it is a place where new styles and different cultures can be seen. Versus is open from noon to 8 PM Monday through Thursday, and noon to 9 PM from Friday through Sunday.

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¼ cup flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. parsley flakes ¼ tsp. pepper ¼ cup Nucoa margarine (½ of a stick) ¼ cup lemon juice

Places to Go: Versus By Jake Steele circulation manager

Mike Sullivan and Graham Nystrom grew up in this little valley that we call home. While they were growing up here, they were the creative type and they were the artists who wished that they were in a bigger city that could actually help support them. There was never a store for Nystrom or Sullivan where they could feel at home. There was never any local venue where art could be exhibited, or where they could look at what others had created. Later in life, the two started to work at Active. But Nystrom and Sullivan quickly became disillusioned by how “corporate” the store had become, and the pair decided to make their own marks in the world. About three years ago, the two opened a store, Versus,

that was exactly what they wanted when they were younger, a place that supports artists in the area. Versus, on Jefferson Ave. in Temecula, is independently owned and supports sller and artist owned brands. “We wanted to keep money within the hands of the people trying to start their own business,” said Nystrom. Nystrom and Sullivan even created their own brand: “Us Versus Them.” “The brand is not just a name on a shirt. It was not made to capitalize on trends and markets and make money. The brand was made to make art and to provide a snapshot of a group of subcultures,” said Nystrom. Nystrom and Sullivan also created the store to bring a different and more unknown culture to those in this valley. Versus tries to put on shows at least once every two months. These shows feature both local and well established artists with

musical accompaniment from bands that have originated in the Southern California area. Versus also has an annual tattoo show. At this show, paintings from tattoo artists are put on display. It is another way to show the public that art can be different for many different people. “These shows that we hold are good for both the artists and the younger generation in the area,” said Nystrom. Even though the blossoming artists from our region can have their art displayed through community events, the art can be censored due to local city ordinances. However, Nystom noted that these artists should not be worried about whom they will offend. Nystrom and Sullivan wanted to give the community the type of place that they always wanted, a place where people from different backgrounds with different

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Once upon a time....

there was a spirit week and a homecoming and a game and a dance.....and they all lived happily ever after Homecoming 2008 took place the week of Oct. 6-11, kicked off with a spirit week which included neon color day, mix and match s h o e d a y, wacky hair and crazy spirit day. The week culminated with the Friday night game, where Homecoming queen Ashleigh Albrecht was announced with a storybook theme. Saturday night’s dance capped off the week.

Along with dance platforms, a chocolate fountain and a planned balloon drop, several students enjoyed playing Guitar Hero in the gym where the dance was held. “It was really fun, I had a blast,” said sophomore Missy Kyzer, with sophomore friends Ashley Erickson and Melissa Hall.

Homecoming court members and their escorts, which included parents and even siblings, made their entrance through a “storybook” castle. Homecoming court top row: Dale Howard, Aaron Levin, Khurtis Henry, Ashleigh Albrecht,Dylan Baliani, Dylan Bohanan, Jared Green, Jacob Hartman. Front row: Sarah Christensen, Marisa Bartley, Kayla Rodriguez, Cassidy Lopez, Taylor Sepulveda, Casey Loving.

Senior Armond Allen was all smiles in his black velvet suit at the Homecoming dance.

Grand Marshals, English teacher Julie Inouye and custodian Richard Dircks, who is retiring at the end of this year, circled the track as part of the festivities.

This group of sophomores showed off their sophistrication in black dresses.

Dancer pirouettes her way to Boston By Jay Levy asst. to the editor-in-chief

W h e t h e r i t ’s b r e a k dancing, ballroom dancing or interpretive dancing, most students enjoy getting down with friends at school dances or outside of school. Former Murrieta Valley High School student Caleigh Meyer enjoys ballet dancing and it is her love for ballet that has taken her away from her senior year at MVHS and whisked her off to the Boston Ballet in Massachusetts. Meyer, a 16-year-old Murrieta native, has been dancing for 14 years; in other words, Meyer has been dancing for 7/8 of her life. Meyer began dancing with the Temecula City Ballet, where she learned and performed for 10 years. After dancing in Temecula, Meyer began to commute to San Diego everyday (except for Sundays) to attend the So Cal Youth Ballet. These one-hour commutes and long practices made it hard for Meyer to keep up with her schoolwork. At times, this young dancer would be gone all day and not return home until 10:30 at night, when she would then begin her homework. However, she was able to stay focused and she made it through her difficult junior year at MVHS. All 14 years of preparation led to her auditioning for the summer intensive program for the Boston Ballet. She was accepted, and at the end of a

Boston. “It’s like a little townhouse or apartment type thing,” where she will be living alone. “It’s going to be interesting,” Meyer laughs. In order to obtain her high school diploma in the midst of all the ballet, she must do online schooling. When I asked if this would affect her graduation date Meyer replied, “It shouldn’t. I only have to Little ballerina. Senior Caleigh Meyer began take two or her ballet career at a young age, and is now three classes, dancing with the Boston Ballet. I think.” rigorous five week summer program, she was offered a 10 month contract/scholarship to the prestigious academy. At the end

of her 10 month ballet schooling, she will re-audition in hopes of retaining her exclusive spot in the company. Currently, Meyer is attending the Boston Ballet for strictly ballet education. She will have four to five hours of class every day with six hour classes on Saturdays. Also in the future, Meyer will be auditioning for the Nutcracker, which is performed in Boston. She also plans to audition for the spring dance that tours to Russia and other countries. This $6,000 scholarship goes to pay for her housing in

Living on her own in Boston will be a brand new experience for this 16 soon to be 17-yearold Murrieta-ite. “Honestly, what I’ll probably miss most is my bed and my pets….and my mom,” Meyer said, smiling. She will be leaving behind two dogs, a cat, a hamster, her mom, dad and her 24-year-old brother. M e y e r Above and below: Caleigh Meyer aspires to work demonstrates her professionalism full time as a in a recent performance. ballerina. She wants to follow her passion in dance. She hopes to stay in Boston as a dancer for the Boston Ballet Company and attend night schools in order to get a college degree. Following her dancing career, Meyer hopes to become a psychologist. “It has taken a lot of dedication to get where I am,” Meyer states. Fourteen years of hard work and preparation have led Meyer 3000 miles from Murrieta where she can continue to do what she loves: dance.

Election 2008: H

As the presidential election reaches the final stretch, campaigns are running full force. Both candidate the current administration hitting some of its lowest approval ratings, the Iraqi government pressing fo people are hoping for change. Coming Nov. 4, America will be poised with bated breath as the bal

Obama on the issues: Gay and lesbian rights: Obama sponsored legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Obama supports gay and lesbian adoption. He does not support same-sex marriage, but supports civil unions. Obama supports a state’s right to define marriage. Abortion: Obama supports abortion rights. He supports the limiting of late-term abortions. He supports abortions in the case of the mother’s health being at risk. Obama supports reducing the need of abortions. The war in Iraq: Obama opposes the war in Iraq. Obama voted against the war in 2001. Obama supports withdrawing troops in the Middle East. Immigration: In 2006, Obama supported the 700 mile fence along the U.S-Mexican border. Obama supports citizenship for noncriminal illegal immigrants pending they pay a fine, learn English, and are put on the waiting list for green cards. Healthcare: Obama’s $1.6 trillion, ten-year plan to decrease the number of uninsured Americans is to subsidize premiums for low and moderate income households. (The Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan group, evaluated Obama’s plan, and concluded that the uninsured would drop by 18 million within the first year. By 2018 it has been predicted that his plan would reduce the uninsured population by 34 million.)

The Can Barack Obama

Born in 1961, he is 47 years old. He graduated form Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He worked as a civil rights attorney and then, in 1997, started to serve in the Illinois state Senate. In 2000 he lost his chance at a seat in the House of Representatives. He first found major attention when, in 2004, as a major speaker at the Democratic National Convention. In 2005, he became a Senator from Illinois to Congress. He is now the Democratic presidential candidate.

Joe Biden

Born in 1942, he is 66 years-old. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor of arts with a double major in history and political science. He received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and was later admitted to the Delaware Bar. In 1970, he became a member of the New Castle County Council. In 1972, he was elected to the Senate. He is now the Democratic vice-presidential candidate.

Who would/will the

A Political Party By Heather White a&e editor This election ushers in a new era for America--an era of change. With the current economic crisis, the Iraq war, and the lack of universal healthcare, America can’t continue the path it’s on. This election, both sides are promising a much needed change; and both plan to deliver, in some form, a more efficient and less corrupt government than the one the current administration is leaving behind. Nothing signifies this changing of eras more than the nominees themselves. With a Republican female vice presidential nominee and a Democratic African American presidential nominee, this election will surely go down in history as one of America’s firsts. The Black Student Union plans to take part in this monumental event in history. On Nov. 4, members are meeting at 5 PM at Bob’s Murrieta Pizza Company for dinner. After dinner, the group is walking over to City Hall where they will join other people for a tour before watching the election coverage until 9 PM. The price of tickets is $4 with ASB and $6 without, which covers the cost of pizza. Tickets are available for purchase at the bookkeeper’s office. BSU president, senior Courtney Moss is excited to be hosting this election party because “MVHS has never done anything like this before.” Moss also wants to encourage students to become more politically active. “We want to make sure that in the future, we vote and try to bring people from all races together” in the name of democracy, she said.


Rachel Sutherland: “I would vote for McCain because I believe in what he stands for.”

Rebecca Choe: “George Bush hasn’t been doing a good job and Barack Obama is a more promising candidate.”

Marie Rolla: “I ask myself ‘What would a maverick do?’ Vote Obama.”

Kyle Miller: “I’m an independent but if I had to choose I would choose McCain.”

History in the Making

es have already shown their true colors after receiving Wall Street’s 3 AM phone call last month. With or a timeline for America’s departure, and the current housing crisis plaguing Americans, the American llots are counted and Americans find out who will become the next President of the United States.



John McCain

Born in 1936, he is 72 years-old. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and afterwards became a naval aviator. He started his political career in Arizona in 1982, where he was elected to the House of Representatives. He became a senator from Arizona in 1987. In 2000, he lost the Republican presidential nomination to current President, George W. Bush. He is now the Republican presidential candidate.

Sarah Palin

Born in 1964, she is 44 years-old. She received a bachelor of science in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho. In 1988, she became a sports reporter for a station in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1992, Palin landed on the political scene when she became a Wasilla City Council member. In 1996, she became mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. In 2003, she was a chairperson for the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. In 2006, she assumed the position of Governor of Alaska. She is now the Republican vice-presidential candidate.

ese seniors vote for?

McCain on the issues: Gay and lesbian rights: McCain opposes legislation that would ban discrimination based upon sexual orientation and/or gender identity. McCain opposes gay and lesbian adoption. McCain does not support same-sex marriage, but supports civil unions. He supports a state’s right to define marriage. Abortion: McCain opposes abortion rights. He supports a state’s right to decide abortion rights. The war in Iraq: McCain supports the war in Iraq. McCain voted in support of the war in 2001 He supports increasing the number of troops in Iraq. Immigration: McCain supports an increase in the funding of personnel and technology at the borders. He supports a guest worker program granting citizenship pending they pay back taxes they owe, pay a fine, learn English, and pass a citizenship course. Healthcare: McCain’s $1.3 trillion ten-year plan is to replace the current tax exclusion for employers using paid premiums with a refundable income tax credit for up to $5000 for those purchasing health insurance. (The Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan group, evaluated McCain’s plan and concluded the uninsured would drop by 1 million within the first year. By 2013 that number would become 5 million.)

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Briana Seyarto: “McCain because I think he has more realistic economic and foreign policy goals.”

Vince Mendoza: “Probably Barack Obama because I like his plans more than McCain’s.”

Best website briefing on candidates’ platforms: Best website for polling: Best “left-wing” website: Best “right-wing” website: Best “foreign coverage of the election” website:

Cindy Herrera: “Barack Obama because even though it seems that he doesn’t have enough experience, it sounds like he has a plan for the country.”

Alex Thomspon: “I’d vote for Obama because other countries like him more. Having the respect of other countries would ease a lot of tension.”

Candidates’ websites:


October 20, 2008


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Critic’s Corner

Picks of the entertainment world--newly released and recently remembered

Burn After Reading By Ian Massey editor-in-chief Americans needs some ice, because we just got burned. The Coen brothers have caught fire at the box offices once again with their recent release of Burn After Reading. If the Coen Brothers sound familiar, maybe it’s because they have directed classic films throughout their careers. The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Fargo and Raising Arizona are notable films that they have crafted in the past. Their movies often push the envelope and they are known for leaving audiences offended, laughing hysterically or praising their creative plots. Burn After Reading begins with CIA analyst Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) being patronized and eventually demoted due to his drinking problem. Cox returns home and decides to write a memoir of his career in the CIA, which his cheating wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) constantly ridicules him about. Katie Cox’s lover

is Treasury agent Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney). After finishing his memoir, Cox’s wife steals the

disc containing the precious document. However, after a mixup, the disc gets into the wrong hands when two personal trainers at Hardbodies Gym, Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) and Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) discover the private CD in the gym’s locker room. Litzke is down on her luck with numerous

dating sites. When Litzke gets ahold of Cox’s memoir, she sees it as an opportunity to blackmail the analyst in order to pay for her plastic surgery. The story unfolds as Feldheimer and Litzke go to extremes in their pursuit of a blackmail fortune. Pitt’s character is hilarious and is completely unique from his past roles. Feldheimer is an off-thewall personal trainer who wears short shorts and is constantly dancing to his iPod music. Likewise, Clooney is different from his natural serious role, playing a quirky agent who has compulsive behaviors. Burn After Reading is a rare film that employs the lost art of storytelling. It utilizes a mix of subtle comedy with a dramatic story. Certain audiences may not appreciate the subtleties in the film, or certain vulgar events that take place; however, that is why the Coen brothers are known for having loyal fans as well as harsh critics. I appreciate this smart comedy and give Burn After Reading an A-.

Eagle Eye: Solid but stretching By Niall McCarthy staff writer Eagle Eye starts and ends the same way: intense. That is probably the best word to describe this movie. It is action packed from beginning to end, filled with shooting, car chases, and just about anything that gets the adrenaline pumping. E a g l e Eye is about Jerry (Shia LaBeouf) and Rachel (Michelle Monaghan), two strangers who are brought together by a phone call from a woman they have never met. The voice asks them to perform many dangerous and illegal tasks, which eventually leads to Jerry and Rachel as fugitives sought by the FBI. The voice commands through any electronics they have with them, such as cell phones, or security cameras outside of stores. This movie is definitely not for someone who doesn’t have an imagination. The viewer will definitely need to open his/ her mind to accept a lot of what goes on during this film. Many of the action scenes are so ridiculous

that they are unbelievable, but director D.J. Caruso did a nice job of making the action believable without pushing it into the outrageous category, for the most part. Action and science

fiction are balanced perfectly in this film, making the viewer contemplate the danger of today’s technology. It paints a picture of what technology can lead to and how seriously it could change one’s life. In contrast to the praise that most new technologies receive, this movie shows the bad that can come of technological advancements, and almost serves as a warning to be careful how far we take our beloved electronic devices. LaBeouf and Monaghan

give solid and believable performances overall, and really add to the film. Billy Bob Thornton and Michael Chiklis also deliver very interesting performances. Thornton’s character of an FBI Agent was one of the most interesting characters in the movie as he changes greatly throughout the whole film. The movie does fall prey to the typical cheesy lines and overly dramatic scenes that most action movies have, such as when LaBeouf and Monaghan are trapped in a box together, but these hardly distracted from my overall enjoyment. From the car chase near the beginning of the movie, to the chase scene at the end, this one keeps viewers interested, and hoping for more. It is very exciting, and never fails to keep the viewer’s attention. Anyone looking to see a movie with action, good acting, and an interesting storyline should definitely see Eagle Eye. This movie receives a solid B+, missing out on the A just barely because of some of the overly dramatic scenes, and occasional unbelievable scenes in the film.

AR Spotlight Accelerated reading is mandatory in most English classes on campus. This column is dedictated to sifting through those long lists of books and finding the perfect ones to not only to get the reader points, but to keep him/her interested.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Book Level: 7.7 Point Level 14.0 By Heather White a&e editor It’s a story of corruption, beauty and wealth. The novel takes place in London during the nineteenth century. Dorian Gray is a handsome, young aristocrat who takes his place as the muse to a well-known artist Basil Hallward, who wishes to spend his days doing nothing more than painting him. But soon Gray’s world is forever changed when he is introduced to Lord Henry Wotton, who values nothing above his own pleasure. The impressionable Gray finds himself curious to the lifestyle of Wotton. Gray soon finds out that his beauty opens doors to unimaginable pleasures. Obsessed with all experiences,

whether moral or not, Gray begins to become internally ugly while remaining youthful and beautiful externally. As time goes by, it’s clear that there is some supernatural force preventing Gray from aging. The portrait of him painted by Hallward begins to change and Gray’s face becomes that of an ugly old man. Gray becomes fearful of the portrait, and locks it up in the attic and continues on with his life. Gray’s decline in morality leaves the reader questioning what the consequences, if any, will be. This book is captivating from beginning to end. The intricate novel weaves even the smallest hints of seduction, lust and greed into the story seamlessly. From devastating his young and innocent love to his obsession with pleasure to his evil and manipulative demeanor, the transformation of the once charming and naive Gray progresses in such an epic way that you are left hoping that all of Gray’s evil deeds catch up with him. By the end chapter, Wilde has his audience thirsting for every word, and he does not disappoint. Wilde provides the most shocking and climatic ending that quenches the reader’s desire for redemption. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is deserving of a solid A.


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highest, while the juniors came in with the lowest score. MVHS is taking steps to further prepare students for the CST’s. “We continue to refine our curriculum to match the state standards for each course. We use the data from the testing program to properly place our students in the proper classes. We challenge our students to take the most rigorous courses they can handle,” stated McGonigal. McGonigal is pleased with the school’s state testing performance. “I am proud of the efforts that our students and staff put forth to get ready for state testing last year. The hard work

paid off with strong results.”

“We challenge our students to take the most rigorous courses they can handle.” Teachers will continue to work towards preparing students for the 2009 CST’s. “With continued effort we can reach the heights of an 800 API score, which is the state target for all schools. When that day comes it will be awesome,” McGonigal proclaimed.


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Critic’s Corner

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Straight from Japan By Colleen Klinefelter co-nest editor I can easily say that no one does awkward teen angst better than Michael Cera, and in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, he keeps the genre fresh as ever with adorable little twists and quirks that make it stand out against his other films, including Superbad, Juno and Arrested Development. Cera stars as Nick, a depressed guitarist with a Supercuts haircut, and the only straight member of an otherwise completely queer-core and drummerlacking band. Nick’s girlfriend Tris (played by pencil-thin Alexis Dziena) has just broken up with him, and the waking hours he doesn’t spend leaving pathetic messages on her cell phone, he spends making mix CDs for her. Then there’s Norah, played by Kat Dennings, who most of us know as the daughter with the raging hormones in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Norah is the friend you’ve always wanted.

Every time her best friend Caroline (played by Ari Graynor) parties a little too hard and pukes a little too much, Norah is there, turkey sandwich and gum in hand, to take care of her. Norah’s the girl who just can’t seem to

get a boyfriend, despite the fact that she’s pretty, intellectual, and full of wit, and Tris, who just so happens to be Norah’s best frenemy, never lets her forget it. On a chance evening, Nick and Norah cross paths at one of Nick’s gigs. In a desperate attempt to show Tris that she’s not completely alone, Norah lies that she came to the club with Nick. A series of events, including Nick’s friends trying

to keep him and Norah alone together, while endlessly searching for a drunken Caroline and mysterious band called Where’s Fluffy, help Nick and Norah find out that they are undeniably soul mates. Cera and Dennings are a cinematic match made in heaven, and their onscreen chemistry lights up the screen. But the true scene stealer in the film is Graynor, who pulls off the impressionable drunk teen exquisitely, and yet she still manages to come off as adorably endearing. She had me at, “Is that a turkey sandwich?” Nick and Norah is a simple yet amazing story that will make any high school kid feel like he or she can find love, no matter what their flaws are. It’s also got a delicious blend of Band of Horses, Vampire Weekend, Modest Mouse and many other great less-known bands. For that, as well as Cera, Dennings, and Graynor’s performances, this film deserves five stars, two thumbs up, and an A+, just because I can’t give anything above that.

F o r g o t t e n F l i c k:

Benny and Joon By Laura Vogel co-nest editor Two words: Johnny Depp. Upon hearing this name, it is almost guaranteed a man with dreamy brown eyes and cheekbones that could cut cheese pops into any girl’s mind. (Don’t lie boys, you too.) He is known for his brilliant portrayal of a quirky, eccentric pirate who walks to the beat of his own drum. He is known for playing the man who has scissors for hands who never fails to cut at our hearts. These characters of Depp’s are among the most well known and have shaped his reputation for portraying zany, unconventional people. In Benny & Joon (1993), Depp portrays a peculiar young man (surprised?) named Sam who has an affinity for the slapstick comedy of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Keaton and Chaplin showcased their talent in silent movies; Sam’s performances are a part of his everyday life and who he is. Benny Pearl (Aidan Quinn) is a mechanic who lives in the suburbs of Spokane, Washington with his sister Juniper “Joon” Pearl (Mary Stuart Masterson).

Joon suffers from schizophrenia. The movie is gentle with the subject, carefully showing her outbursts and screams of rage and confusion without ever telling the audience what her condition is except to say she is “mentally ill.”

Benny looks forward to his weekly poker games in his otherwise mundane life because he always wins. One night, Joon plays for him and loses. Benny’s friend Mike (Joe Grifasi) has placed into the pot an actual human being. Sam is Mike’s cousin, and Mike has found him to be nothing but a nuisance since

he came to visit. Benny agrees to let him stay... temporarily. When Sam is thrown into the Pearls’ normally routine lives, the siblings’ world is turned upside down. And then sideways. And then back upside down again. Grilled cheese sandwiches are made with hot irons, potatoes are smashed with tennis rackets, and ceilings are cleaned with mops. The themes of love and madness are intertwined in a charming way, and the film keeps the audience rooting for love to overcome insanity. Sold as an offbeat romantic comedy, this film is so much more than that. Johnny Depp stars in one of his most endearing roles. And this was ten years before the line, “Why is all the rum gone?” Sam is a kooky oddball, and Johnny Depp is the only man that could have pulled it off. He does. All of the elements of the movie come together quite pleasantly. The acting is fantastic due to a wonderful script. You can almost hear the film’s quirky personality in the classical score. And the cinematography fits the mood of the film brilliantly. Overall, I strongly recommend you give Benny & Joon a shot. I give it an A.

By Ian Goodale co-creative corner editor

Afrirampo’s 2005 LP release, aptly given the nonsensical title of Kore Ga Mayaku Da, is, at its most poignant, a somewhat hallucinatory gesture of abstract auditory experimentation enforced with the unfiltered power of, ironically, heavily distorted tones generated by electric guitar (played by Oni), further enforced by the (at times) nearly tribal percussive rhythms of the band’s drummer, who refers to herself as Pikachu.

Both of the members of the exclusively female duo contribute vocals to the sonic consolidation of garage-inspired, occasionally melodic, and often forceful music, and the squeals, growls, and various frivolous sounds generated in the young women’s throats only heighten the assaultive resonance of the irrelevant collection of music in question. Perhaps the most

distinctive bit of noise present in the collective joining of chance improvisation and relatively traditional methods of composition is the extended (13:57) “I Did Are.” That song is a display of rough musicality which is, in its characteristic swaying between subtly psychedelic and calm valleys of hypnotic, subdued instrumentation and unabashed displays of strength and atonal spontaneity, it serves as a unifying, arguably monolith for the collection of curt pieces. That rather forgettable collection of considerably short vignettes is punctuated by “Nakimushikemushi Good Bye” and “On Ska to Paar Ya,” which displays the band’s capabilities in regards to the playing music which could perhaps be placed within the psychedelic genre, and “Pekkopa in Brooklyn,” which evidences the group’s experimentation in regards to pseudo-sparse arrangement and execution of comparatively (in regards to much of the album) quiet music. The LP is, then, simultaneously uniquely captivating and possessive of a propensity towards the unmemorably frivolous; a certain variety of musical recording that is capable of both abnormal conceptualization and outmoded, relatively established recitation of familiar aesthetic.


This band does more than just ride with no “Handlebars” By Bryan Thomas staff writer

If you’ve turned on your radio in the last few months, you may have heard a certain song that’s been on the air. The song “Handlebars”, by Flobots, is catchy enough, but take some time before moving on to the next big thing. There’s more to this band than most people might think. The seven-piece group proudly hails from the mile high city of Denver and in May of 2008 released its second fulllength album, Fight With Tools, to much success. “Handlebars” hit number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and the band has since played with some big names such as Public Enemy, Lyrics Born, and Immortal Technique. They even played alongside alternative rockers Rage Against the Machine for a crowd of 9,000 at a protest during the Democratic National Convention in August. Some might be surprised when they first listen to the new album. Instead of hearing a typical pop sound that’s sexy or gangster, there comes the sound of viola, an instrument similar to the violin. “There’s a war going on

for your mind,” starts the lyrics, referencing to the title of track one. Between meshed statements the title is repeated until the song is cut by static and lead emcee Jamie Laurie declares, “We are the insurgents.” It is clear from the beginning of this album that there is no holding back for Laurie, also known as Johnny 5. Intricate and often elegant rhymes beat out the message of a mislead world looking for change, as in songs like “Mayday!!!”, “Same Thing”, and “Stand Up”. There is a reoccurring message of individual power against war and corruption. This is the same for the title track, “Fight With Tools”. “We need heroes, build them… we’re the architects of our last stand,” chants the rousing chorus. The ominous muted picking of the viola leads into the song “Handlebars”. It sounds like a voice through a two-way radio as Johnny 5 speaks. “I can ride my bike with no handlebars, no handlebars, no handlebars…” When the drum kicks in See Flobots Page 16

Creative Corner Young

By Katie Gavitt I wanna go to how it was when we didn’t get buzzed. When we chilled with no pot and didn’t worry about getting caught, when me and mom never fought. When we played hand ball not waitin for the school to call. When we drank Capri sun without the 151. When we thought weed was just a tree not a substance that could ruin me. When cigarettes weren’t tight when we knew wrong from right. When we didn’t take the risk, always thinking of ourselves not how much we’ll be missed. When razor scooters were in no one noticed you were thin or the color of your skin. When we went to the park to play not just to smoke a jay. When you didn’t get judged, push never came to shove, The influence you always stayed above. You rolled balls on the ground, not an ecstasy feeling you found, We thrilled from the merry-go-round. When school was so easy when girls weren’t sleazy. When women were treated right, people didn’t start a fight, when life was actually a delight. When our parents liked us and we didn’t dare to cuss, we road the school bus, the biggest insult was “You’re a wuss!” Hangin out was a hobby your slangin route wasn’t your jobby. When sex was weird, when ex was feared. When your red eyes were cleared, when your sh***y family wasn’t mirrored. When beer tasted bad, and we never got mad. When we drew pictures for dad, he looks at us now and just gets sad. Madi Orgill, 12 When apologies were for cutting in line not committing a crime, or not bein on time. When we went to the zoo, without takin shrooms, we’re in for doom, we’ll have to learn soon. I wanna go back to when we were young When the pain we feel wasn’t stung.

)PSPTDPQF Aquarius Communication will play a big part of your following


month. Keep it fresh and interesting, you’ll feel the need to be adventurous every so often and desirous of a break in the routine.


Close relationships will continue to be a focus for you this month. You may also discover the culmination of “fruits” from a personal project this month. This month will be an excellent time for resolving communication problems.

Cancer Romance is in the air! You will have a fair share of

admirers. It is an excellent month for entertainment, hobbies, and play time. Don’t lose your priorities, but have fun and overcome your inhibitions.

Capricorn This month, you will find youself more willing to take

matters into your own hands. Your desire to go after your wildest dreams is strong.The ball will be in your court, don’t be afraid to act.

Gemini Special attention between yourself and a partner is a main

focus this month. One-to-one meetings will be more attractive than group activies and more casual connections. Smoothing out your close personal relationships will help keep yourself happy.


Your home life might be especially busy and hectic this month. Arguments with, or on behalf of, family members could be part of the conflict, but resolutions will be quick and relatively easy. Your extra energy this month is best channeled into constructive and positive projects.


Don’t forget about your friends, they will be there for you through any blunders this month. October will be a month in which gifts and income boosts are more likely to come your way, but make sure to watch out for impulsive spending! October will hold strong desires for research, investigating, and getting to the bottom of matters. You will be especially perceptive and drawn to all sorts of hidden and mysterious secrets. Your personal stores of energy are running high, take advantage of it!

Sagittarius Don’t let the heat of the moment get you down. Remem-

ber that you can handle it all. Your ability to roll with the punches and avoid the worst of any situation should help out in a big way this month.




Past issues and private matters will be on your mind this month. You’re searching behind the curtain, looking in the past for answers. While this will be a good time to research, avoid being dragged down by issues that have outgrown their worth and purpose. Relationships will be heating up for you this month. You are taking things quite personally, be careful of vivacious and dynamic experiences, full of conflicts and resolutions. Rest and relaxation will be especially important. Private matters and personal finances will represent big themes for your October. Your phone may be constantly ringing this month, with emails and invitations abundant. Don’t delay your errands, try to keep up to date!

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Come with me Featuring the poetry of Just wait and see Love and Perfection A castle with land far and wide Kyle Loiselle A great accomplishment that I pride A castle so great and vast I fell in love so long ago It will take you aghast And it has stayed the same love now You will live like a queen This much I dream I waited to see my love, Night will be as great as the day For when you’re done with fun and play I’m sure it’s the same for them Then I will show you the skies But to see my imperfection And tears will come to your eyes I’ll take you aback with a nice surprise They deserve so much more And give you a shoulder on which to cry I’ll take you in and hold you tight I feel so very lucky Despite all of the wonder To see their smile, is my happiness You will still make one blunder As you decide one day My heart skips a beat That you are to run away But I’ll chase after you and say And makes up for it tenfold As my heart cries out loud and true I long for that hug, “I’ve always loved you Come back! say ‘I do’ The one that presses us together You can stay forever We can stay forever But the joy that I felt We can stay together could not be expressed Just wait and see Come back to me!” when I heard you say the words Then your heart will skip a beat And I’ll sweep you off your feet “You are not perfect, but for me you are.” This time, I’ll have a tear in my eye As I break down and cry But we’ll return to the castle that towers For inside, are great powers We will live life grand On my desk sits an old photo It will be wonderful and of a man in his “glory days” Our hearts will come close and bind but I ask myself Together, in the castle as old as time

Photo poem

Shadow I am but a shadow I came in the morning And go with you everywhere But like a shadow I am easily forgotten Few listen to a shadow They continue to walk on Dragging their shadow behind I am a shadow I am always with you I never leave your side I humble myself at your feet But like a shadow I am constantly stepped on No one cares about a shadow They continue to walk on I am just a shadow I am with you at sunset But you’re too busy watching the sun To watch me walk away.


What would you give, To change the life you live And start transforming Into something truly strong Something that will prolong Until the day may see That you are a Legacy Time ticks for the day That you will stand and say “I will be a Legacy”

who is this man, I know him not and yet I cannot cast this photo nor take it from its case for he left my mother to die with the sickness she had who is the man, I know him not the cruelty he had to leave me alone in a sad forsaken house untouched by time, I still hear her crying who is this man, I know him not the shrieks of pain in the halls the screams of agony at night the gasps of breath, wheezing at dawn all of these day after day, haunting me who is this man, I know him not beneath the pain, something lives for the photo still sits on my desk, in a sad forsaken house I wish sadly to see him and ask “why, where did you go, why did you leave?” I know this man, he is my father


October 20, 2008


Restaurant Review

MSR: just not the meat For vegetarians, this place is great! But meat eaters beware... By Jay Levy assistant editor La comida de Mexico esta delicioso. Translation (para los gringos): Mexican food is delicious. MSR brings the typical Mexican restaurant appeal with a salsa bar, Mexican Coca-Cola, and food that can be described as authentic. The Talon editorial staff visited MSR recently to try out this hole-in-the-wall eating establishment that is sandwiched between the Corner Pocket bar and the veterinarian in the Cal Oaks Shopping Center. The center is located across from the Cal Oaks Sports Park. Despite its unfortunate location, MSR delivers for vegetarians, but upsets some of our carnivorous editorial staff. The staff had mixed reviews on the quality of the food. Senior staff member Jay Levy, vegetarian enthusiast, enjoyed his vegetarian burrito with rice and beans. “My burrito was chock full of veggies, guacamole, sour cream, and it was darn delicious,” Levy stated when questioned about his meal.

On the meat-eating side, senior Heather White had a carne asada taco. She did not appreciate the quality of the meat….and she was not afraid to say it. Senior Justice Flores seconded that motion. “Take it from someone who knows meat…this just wasn’t good,” asserted Flores.

Senior Ian Massey had no problem with his food, however was somewhat displeased with the service. Massey explains, “They were very friendly but they messed up

my order three times.” Apparently, this Mexican food restaurant also serves French fries. Junior Colleen Klinefelter sampled these. “They seem like they are sweet…” after she mistook sugar for salt and poured it over her fries. “The ones without sugar were good though,” Klinefelter continued. Midway through our meal, some of the complaining carnivores decided to look for the inspection grade, which seemed to evade us because it was not posted on the front window. However, after searching, junior David Leonard came across it; “It’s an A, it’s just hidden by the trash can,” Leonard replied. All in all, MSR receives a C. Though the token vegetarian enjoyed his meatless meal, most of the staff felt that the meat was not up to par. What saved this restaurant from a C- was the fact that it had authentic, bottled Mexican CocaCola. It is a bit more expensive than a refillable fountain drink, but the Coke that’s made with real sugar can’t be beaten….and the bottle lasts forever.

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the lyrics begin, revealing innocent scenarios of any American’s life. Of American pride, cellular phones and childhood games. The lyrics dig deeper and the beat gets harder throughout the song, telling of business, power, money and corruption. By the end of the song Laurie has acknowledged the worst of human oppression. The blaring of the horns falls back to the viola and the emcee leaves one last reminder of innocence, saying, “I can ride my bike with no handlebars, no handlebars, no handlebars…” The next song, “Never Had It”, deals with individual struggle and reminds the listener, “You’re not alone.” Both “Combat” and “The Rhythm Method (Move!)” are two of the more lighthearted songs more typical to hip-hop, giving a nice and catchy reprieve from the political and social matters of the rest of the album. And for those who can’t spell, they’re sure to let them know it’s F-L-O-B-O-T-S. The song “Anne Braden” tells the true story of the white activist from the South who helped to fight racial segregation during the civil rights era. It recounts her confusion as a child, her later attempts for equal rights, and her

pride in being a Southern white woman fighting for change. As a recording of her voice narrates at the end, “You can join the other America. There is another America!” “ We A r e Wi n n i n g ” describes the revolutionary side of simple acts in our lives, and tells us that everyone’s fates depends on our actions and our ability to “fight with tools.” Flobots needed to end this album with a song fitting to the range of its parts. Rise is that song. Marching to the beat of the drum, the song almost requires a full crowd, fists in the air and singing along. Its lyrics are a powerful call to the world saying, “We rise together! After listening to this album, I was amazed that I hadn’t heard of this band sooner. I normally steer clear of the big label bands, but this time I had to make an exception. This group clearly stays true to its principles and this album is a great coming out for them. From start to finish, Fight with Tools flows perfectly together and leaves no doubt that this band means business. I give this effort an A+. This definitely isn’t the last of the Flobots.

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October 20, 2008


Water Polo Counts on Youth and Experience Mott Promoted to Athletic Director Position after Years of Service By Colleen Klinefelter co-nest editor

The Murrieta Valley High School water polo team has started their ninth season with high expectations as usual, according to varsity coach Brian Lynton. “We’re a really strong team so far. Everything we’re working for is helping us build up for the end of league,” he said. The varsity team is “doing well,” according to

of the key strengths of the varsity team are the seniors on the team, especially team captains Dylan Baliani and Matt Puig. Baliani said, “Coach Lynton is great. He makes us work to our full potential. He knows what he’s talking about when he tells you to do something.” The jv team has progressed as well, according to Coach Chris Romero. “I’m pretty pleased with the team right now,” said Romero. “They’ve all im-

Photo courtesy of Yearbook With plenty of practice and hard-work and dedication, MVHS’s water polo teams look to perform well this season and play as well as other teams in seasons past.

Lynton, but their primary weakness is a “lack of experience.” This is due to the fact that the majority of the varsity team is comprised of sophomores. “We have a lot of sophomores this year, but they’re all great players and they’re working really hard.” The team has three sophomore starters this year: Cody Wetherbee, Dylan Vrooman and Jantz Johnson. Wetherbee said, “The team is doing pretty well, and we’re progressing.” Lynton said that some

proved a lot.” Two members who have shown great improvement are James Wienstein and Cameron Rose. “Those two really stand out,” said Romero. Wienstein said the best part of this season is all the friends he’s made. “Morning practices are probably the worst part. No one wants to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to come and lift weights and work out,” he added, but “they are worth it in the long run.”

Girl’s Golf: Undefeated in League By Aaron Weiner staff writer

Murrieta Valley has been known to have great golf teams, but the success of the squad is often overshadowed by the accomplishments of other teams. Led by seniors Taylor Fowler, Ashleigh Albrecht, and captain Gina Clark, the team has experience, but is truly driven by three newcomers, sophomore Kayce Johnson, and freshmen Brittney Chon and Tyler Whittington. Clark claims that she has seen unbelievable improvement in each of these young players, and hopes they can help the team reach the second round of CIF, after a first round loss in 2007. This fall, the girls’ team owns an 8-1 record, and is currently 4-0 in league after defeating rival Great Oak at the Temecula Creek Inn golf course on October 2. Fowler led the way with a team low 39, helping defeat the Wolf Pack for the first time this

season. The two teams meet again on October 21 at the SCGA golf course, as the girls look to continue their unbeaten record in Southwestern league competition. Golf coach and Warm Springs Middle School teacher Brian Brusch provides leadership in a game that is both mental and physical. Clark praised Brusch and his coaching skills, “He is an awesome coach and I would be nowhere in this game without his amazing golf and coaching skills.” Clark, with Albrecht, has been a member of the team for four years, and has not lost a single league match. At 4-0 this season, this goal is still intact, and both are just six matches away from graduating with a perfect 40-0 record in league play. With an unbeaten league record intact and a second round CIF berth within reach, the team is looking to reach goals that have never been achieved by a girls’ golf squad here at MVHS.

says, “Mesa will bring more competition, and our program needs to stay strong to keep our coaches and players to stay competitive.” The Murrieta Valley Outside of school, High School athletic program is Mott enjoys “hanging out with now in the hands of a very fa[his] wife and kids doing family miliar MVHS staff member. This things.” He enjoys listening to year, long-time coach and physimusic and playing golf. Although cal education teacher, Darin Mott, he loves and enjoys his new job, has begun his first year as the new his dream job “would be to play athletic director. or coach for the California anFor those who may not gels who drafted [him] in 1984.” know “Motty,” he began coaching An interesting fact is that he was and teaching at MVHS in 1994. drafted as the 82nd pick in the His first coaching jobs included 1984 draft. He was a pitcher, coaching football and basebut his major league dreams ball in 1988 at El Modena were crushed after a rotator cuff High School in Orange. He injury ended his career. As a rewas also a Substitute Teachsult, Mott is now in education. er when he first started. His Other than being the first teaching job was in new athletic director, Mott 1990 at ELMO, where he holds other coaching jobs at taught Earth Science and MVHS. Mott is the varsity asBiology. When he came to sistant head coach for the golf MVHS, he began coachteam and also works “with the ing jv football and was defensive backs as the varsity appointed the head varsity assistant football coach.” He is baseball coach. From that well known for being the former point forward, his baseball Court Sports teacher because of teams always had winning his skills on the basketball court. records and went on to play Playing on the “center court” is in CIF playoff rounds. Photo by FEILICIA MILES where students had the chance After 14 years on Coach Darin Mott’s success as a coach has MVHS’s staff, and with led to his recent promotion as Athletic Di- to prove themselves to Mott. the resignation of previ- rector. He advocates his love of sports to Now as the athletic director he will look for student athletes to ous director Tony Teets, his athletes. prove themselves and represent Mott has been appointed our school. new athletic director. His job enMott loves what sports The athletic program tails scheduling games, providing can do for students because it at MVHS is now led by a well transportation for teams, balanc- keeps them involved in positive recognized and experienced staff ing budgets, dealing with public events at school and keeps them member. Mott has been known relations, and applying CIF rules. away from the bad influences in for his coaching and teaching, Mott says, “The most enjoyable life. The main reason why Mott but now will be relied upon by thing about the position is that wants to keep the athletic proall athletes on campus as the new everyday brings something new.” gram strong is because of the athletic director. Working with athletes, new high school being built. Mott By Ricardo Moreno staff writer

coaches, and staff is what he really enjoys about the job, but his main goal is “to maintain the strength of the athletic program at MVHS,” Mott says. The job means “a lot to [Mott], because his father was once an athletic director.” He knows his job is important because the director has a huge influence in the athletic program. He loves working with athletes because he “adds support to all the coaches and kids on campus and is also relevant in a community relation standpoint.”

Confidence Fuels Cross Country Runners in Recent Meets By Aaron Levin staff writer

In the Woodbridge Invitational, the girls took fourth place. “This was big for us because many of the teams there were ranked in the top ten in the state,” said varsity coach Steve Chavez. “Some of them were actually from other states and

On Oct. 11, the team went to the Inland Empire Championship. The girl’s varsity team ended up winning second place in the Sweepstakes Race. The boy’s varsity team took first place in the varsity race. Senior Chris Kincade leads the boy’s team. “This was big for us,” says Kincade. “We have gotten off to a slower start than we would have liked to this season, but we have been training hard and we are starting to see the pay off.”

While the majority of the students at Murrieta Valley are watching football or water polo, the cross country program is dominating behind the scenes. The team has already been to six meets, and has performed well in them all. At the Fastback Shootout, the girl’s varsity team set a course record, which is determined by taking the top five times from each team and adding them together. “We have been very Chavez says successful so Photo courtesy of Yearbook that “the team far this season,” Varsity cross country runners unite prior to the Welcome Back says senior cap- Pep Rally. The team has been successful, setting course-records has all been working realtain Kendall and performing well in their meets ly hard since Dye. “We work ranked nationally.” This race is the school year started.” He hopes really hard as a team, but also we the only night race of the season. that the team’s legs will be fresh have a lot of fun because we are Senior Nick Behar explained by late October. “On Oct. 25 we all close.” that, “the cool breeze and sheer have the Mt. SAC Invitational, On the boy’s side senior chaos makes night meets the best which is our biggest invite of the Jordan Burrow says, “Our team kind of race,” adding that, “300 year,” says Chavez, “Our whole ran to see who had the most guts.” people participate in this meet so season is building up to it and I He went on to explain that this is a lot of elbowing goes down on have confidence that we will do a phrase that some of the boys on the course.” well.” the team use as a motto.


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JV football starts off strong, freshmen remain resilient amid controversy By Ricardo Moreno staff writer

The future of the Murrieta Valley High School football program lies in the hands of the freshman and jv football teams, and both teams have very high expectations for their respective seasons. Both football teams have had great success in the past and are looking to continue this tradition. The jv squad is looking very strong this season. Sophomore inside linebacker, Sean Wisdom, says that his teammates, “are really spirited and love winning.” This looks to be true because the team has started off to a strong 3-2 record as of October 13. Wisdom’s personal goals “Are to get stronger as a player and to do the best I can,” but he understands the team is more important

and he wants “to grow stronger as a team.” High standards are definitely expected from the jv football team this year. The freshman football team has started off with a 2-3 record, but easily “could be 3-2,” according to freshman defensive left tackle Carter Rawlings. Some doubtful calls by the officials could have changed the outcome of some of their games. The team feels confident and its goals for this season “are to win league and to finish the season without losing another game,” Rawlings says. Offensive Coordinator Scott May hopes that the team improves from the beginning of the season to the end. May went on to say that the hard work in summer will “progress the team to a level to be competitive in league.” The team has been led

by “Matt Morin and Jack Magpusao,” May says. Morin is the team’s quarterback and Magpusao is the team’s running back. They are expected to continue to star on the offensive side of the football. Like many other sports teams on campus, this year’s freshman football team is looking forward to the Vista Murrieta High School rivalry game. May explains that “playing our cross-town rival brings out the best from both schools, as neither school wants to lose to the other.” Thursday, Nov. 13 is when these two squads will match up. Freshman and jv football are ready to start their league schedule.Their non-league schedule was very difficult, but it “will be good for us,” May states. The Nighthawks hope to continue with their strong seasons and finish on a good note like many other teams of the same levels have done in the past.

some Wall Street. Don’t despair, that’s not the only part of Alaska that she is looking to bring to Washington, she strongly believes that her experience governing ten thousand people has provided her with enough know-how to govern 300 million people. And for those of you who believe that a woman is a poor choice for the position of vice-president, this woman is far from meek…in fact, she’s been known to quash any resistance and opposing opinion that may arise. This includes the librarian of Wasilla, who was fired due to her resistance to Palin’s introduction of a bill that would ban books containing any references to “inappropriate behavior.” Like all candidates, she does have a few flaws, including her apparent inability to express a complete thought or to even write a singleline of one of her own speeches.

Despite his claims that he will be the strongest option for a well-rounded and world-aware president, Obama has never actually visited Afghanistan, and has had little effect on international relations during his stint as a senator.


Continued from Page 3 And as a maverick, he is an independent thinker. For example, he agreed with one of the least liked or effective presidents in the history of the United States in over 90 percent of his votes. Let’s be frank. He might have been the only one to ever agree with George Bush that many times… ever. Instead of selfishly voting against the idiotic whimsies of President Bush, McCain proved himself to be truly unique… sticking by his party… no matter how ridiculous it may have seemed to the entire country. Sarah Palin: Attention all hockey moms, Joe six-packs, and those of you who enjoy hunting your share of Alaskan mammals: we have the perfect candidate for you! Sarah Palin, republican Vice-Presidential candidate, provides much appeal to the everyday American who knows little about what is actually going on. Her unfamiliarity with such affairs as foreign policy, the economy, what the job of a Vice President entails, and how to effectively govern provides much appeal to the common voter who enjoys a candidate who only knows as much as they do. Palin might disagree with these sentiments, citing the proximity of Russia to Alaska (they’re neighbors in case you didn’t know), even though it is really the job of the President and the federal government to confront any threat, rather than the governor of Alaska. Palin looks to channel the spirit of the mavericks to aide Washington, bringing a little bit of “Wasilla Main Street” to Wall Street. Sadly, Wasilla Main Street, is the epitome of all things capitalistic and materialistic. Despite her claim that Wasilla is a town of “small-town values”, Wasilla is a town of ten thousand people and nine malls. So much for a whole-

Barack Obama: Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama advocates “change,” which he looks to bring to the White House. This is quite a brilliant move on his part, seeing as he is promising what every president is guaranteed to do. After all, it is virtually impossible to not change ANYTHING during a presidency, something is sure to change, and Obama is essentially promising the inevitable. Despite calling for change, and vaguely listing the few ideas he has for our nation, Obama rarely goes in depth on what his plan actually is. How exactly are we getting out of Iraq? How is he going to revolutionize healthcare? How best to solve the financial crisis? No one knows what his plans are! Which suggests… that even Obama himself… has no clue. But if Obama has no idea about the future condition of our dear nation, at least his pastor does.

Joe Biden: Say it ain’t so Joe! (Assuming we CAN call you Joe of course…) You just recently TIED in a debate against one of the weakest Vice Presidential candidates in history and you made your love for McCain as apparent as the failures of the Bush administration. Now I don’t know how they do it in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but typically Vice Presidential candidates are supposed to support THEIR ticket, meaning Obama should be endorsed as much as McCain the Maverick. How dare Joe even consider having a sense of class and professionalism in this year’s election, a year where a campaign trail can and should be based solely on derailing the opposing party’s beliefs. However, this man’s future success in the Elections of ’08 should be all but assured given his history. After all, Biden provides experience to Obama’s democratic ticket, a steady knowledge of foreign affairs, and a history of undisciplined, uncontrolled gaffs that get him into trouble. Since the nation has a love affair with unfiltered, illogical straight-talk (after all, look at the support for Palin) Biden should do well in gathering up the votes. The only problem is …that would be hurting his good friend McCain… The point of this critique was not to condemn the nation to failure regardless of which party is elected. It was not made with eternal pessimism in mind, or to pointlessly attack every candidate

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Volleyball excels in league play By Andrea Ettinghausen staff writer

The Nighthawk girls’ varsity volleyball team is off to a great start this season. They had only one loss in pre-season and placed second in the silver bracket in the Newport tournament. In the Nighthawk tournament, varsity finished strong with an overall placing of third. The team opened up league with a win against Chaparral on Oct. 6. On Oct. 8 varsity also had a win against Temecula but lost to Great Oak on Oct. 13. The biggest challenge this season for the team is their last game against Vista Murrieta who have “crazy good European players,” according to the team. Head coach Susan Lillie now has a new assistant coach Anne Romero-Parks. Two years ago Romero assisted Lillie and Romero said, “I’m glad to be back assisting Coach Lillie this year.” The girls on the team feel that the chemistry between them all is great this year, even though varsity took on two new freshmen this season, setter Dana Backlund and hitter Taylor Suchy. Both players are very committed and are excited to be part of the team.


“Volleyball is life and the rest is just details,” said Suchy, quoting one of her favorite volleyball shirts. Captains leading the team are sophomore Emily Cook and senior Marisa Bartley. Coaches leading jv are Barry Tokunaga and Tawney Schleiger. JV is expected to have a very successful season. Preseason record was 3-1 and they placed gold going undefeated in the Nighthawk tournament. So far the team has gone undefeated in league. “The team really came together and they are real tight,” commented Tokunaga. Captions are Chelsea Bo and Arlene Tokunaga. Outside hitter Kayla Peralta explained, “Our individual strengths combine together to form an unbeatable force.” “I bump I bump, I set I set, I spike I spike,” are the words coming in unison from the girls’ freshman court led by captions Haley Bogers and Emily James. Coach Tammy Jung has led the team through an undefeated pre-season but started off league with a loss against Chaparral. The team had two wins against Temecula and Great Oak. They all continue to practice hard and prepare for upcoming games.

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brings on harsher restriction for the years to come—bracelets for freak dancing today, metal detectors for guns tomorrow. The crowning jewel? The symbol of king and queen has perhaps had the greatest fall from grace. No longer are these positions judged by the dedication and spirit of those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to contribute to the school--now, it’s just another contest. As questions of honesty and integrity have surfaced surrounding the voting this year (whether or not they are true is another question), the student body is left asking themselves: “What has this whole tradition become?” The answer is simple. Homecoming week is another dimming torch of tradition. Until the sprit of Homecoming is resurrected, the flame will only grow darker. Everyone knows how to fix it. It’s the small efforts that need to be made. Students need to be willing to dress up insanely all in the name of good fun. They can’t degrade

Students need to be willing to dress up insanely all in the name of good fun. themselves with outfits that are too revealing; but at the same time don’t be afraid to show a little… school spirit. Pep rallies need to be about one thing: the unity of the school. As far as the game: keep showing up--even the graduates. It’s a time to scream uncontrollably and celebrate this time of year. Be respectful of others and don’t be the person responsible for the harsher rules laid down for the next Homecoming dance. And lastly, keep the torch burning bright by maintaining the sanctity and integrity of this timehonored tradition.

in politics. The purpose was to show to everyone that there is NO absolute party, no perfect candidate that a voter should mindlessly choose. There are ridiculous rumors and countless numbers of flaws that go with each candidate,

and it’s the job of the voter to analyze the SUBSTANCE of the parties. Ignore the satire of all the Daily Shows out there, the lies and attack ads of negative campaigning, and focus on what’s most important come Election 2008.

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on La Quinta High School for Western High School, Maranatha is “to build champions while pur- sity and a sense of humor.” their annual Homecoming game. High School, Linfield High suing championships.” It is evi- The transition has not been easy The Nighthawks continued what School, Calvary Chapel Murrieta dent when he implores students to for the team, but the 3-2 record they had started in the second half High School and MVHS, address adults as “sir” and he de- demonstrates that no plug was of the Mission Viejo game. He was placed into a difficult tests the response “yeah.” When pulled on the program. “The boys They put up 21 unanhad a new system to swered points in the first quarlearn, both ter. After only a few seconds offensively ticked off the clock in the secand defenond quarter, they extended the sively,” Irelead to 28-0. The team cruised land stated. to victory in front of a packed crowd, with a 35-7 win. According Much has been said to Matlock, regarding MVHS’s dismissal “almost evof former varsity football eryone has coach Lance Neal last June. bought into After two years at the helm, what Coach Neal was replaced this off-seaIreland beson by longtime assistant footlieves in. ball coach, varsity golf coach Most are and teacher Greg Ireland (also onboard, but known as ‘Coach I’). some have Last season the been slower Nighthawks posted a 6-5 rethan othcord and finished third in the ers, which Southwestern League, before is true for losing a shootout to Redlands most sports East Valley in the first round teams.” of the CIF Southern Section T h e playoffs. Following his disterminology missal, Neal told Photo by JAZMIN COVARRUBIAS and plays on that MVHS was “[pulling] the The Nighthawks took the field on Sept. 19 for their home opener against Rancho offense have plug on the program.” changed. Verde High School. The varsity team lost 13-12, after RVHS hit an extra point with Ireland told nctimes. less than a minute left on the clock. The team com that he felt that taking the implements head-coaching job this year is one situation with many of the play- a student or player is caught utter- a spread offense that is similar to of his “greatest challenges.” This ers demonstrating their support ing “yeah,” Ireland often responds Neal’s offense, but Ireland’s sysis significant considering that Ire- for Neal. When recently asked with “use words when you talk, tem includes more screen passes land has served a as a head-foot- whether the players had bought don’t just make sounds.” and run plays. ball-coach for 18 years and he has into his philosophy, Ireland conMatlock can attest to The Nighthawks have been a golf coach for 17 years. cisely stated, “Yes.” Ireland’s leadership of the team. frequently seen leaders step-up His experience includes Coach I is known for his He called Coach I “a great coach. throughout the season. “We have coaching positions at Azusa Pacif- desire to build young men. His He loves the game and his play- an outstanding group of seniors. ic University, Azusa High School, main objective as the head coach ers. He brings dedication, inten- At one time or another, they have

Girls’ tennis off to a solid start for both jv and varsity By Niall McCarthy staff writer

The Murrieta Valley girls’ varsity tennis team is off to a solid 7-3 (3-0 in league) record this season, in spite of the grueling schedule they have gone through, playing many tough teams early on in the year. The team is lead by senior captains Aly Rivera, Shelby Schmader, and Taylor Raney, who has been the team’s number one singles player since her freshman year. “This season is going really well so far,” stated coach Trent Warren. “We are ranked in the top 10 in our division, we have a chance to win league, and we have four of the best players in our league in senior Taylor Raney \, junior Jamie Raney, and sophomores Kristen Hibbs and Meghan Sheehan-Dizon.” In their third league match of the year, the team beat Great Oak 9-9 (and won 85-74 in games) in an extremely close match. This was a huge achievement for the team, as Great Oak has never lost a Southwestern League match since they joined, and are the reigning league champions. “I’m relieved that we won, since Great Oak has been undefeated for so long,” said senior Shelby Schmader. It meant even

more to her because it is her senior year, and she has a chance to finish off her high school career

last season. One of these players who moved up this season is senior Alexis Abadie. “The players

improve on her play this season, however. Abadie’s favorite part about being on the team, “is just spending time with the girls at matches and practices, and playing my favorite sport.” She also believes that tennis is a good distraction from the grueling world of homework and college applications. The jv team has had a great season as well, playing to an undefeated 9-0 start, (3-0 in league). “They’re a great group of girls, and are playing really well this season,” said Coach Joel Levin. “I feel the team has played great this year, and we are all hoping to go undefeated,” said sophomore singles player Krystal Donaldson. Photo courtesy of Yearbook The team has underCaption goes here in bold, Times, size 9. Do not box it like last year. gone many changes this Make the caption as long as the edge of the pictgure. Do not justify. season, with new players For the lead picture the caption shold be very telling. Remember the moving into new roles. The girls hope to continue undefeated in league. are better, and it’s just fun to play performing well on the court, to The team lost many play- with players who are better than win league, and win all of their ers to graduation last June, and you,” she stated. “It only leads to remaining matches. If they keep these empty positions have been improvement.” improving at their current pace, filled by players who were on jv She feels that she has room to these goals will be attainable.

all stepped up to lead in their own way,” stated Ireland. Matlock explained that the team doesn’t have captains, “but a couple of senior leaders have been Dennis Johnson and Ricky Gonzalez. They both have a great work ethic and a commitment to the team.” This season MVHS has seen the breakout of junior running back A.J. Moore. Through Oct. 14, Moore had accumulated 367 rushing yards, 216 receiving yards. These totals ranked him 3rd in the Southwestern Conference in total yards, trailing only Chaparral’s Jonathon Diaz and Vista Murrieta’s Bradley Randle. In the early part of the season, the Nighthawks have struggled in a certain aspect. “We lack discipline at times,” Matlock commented, “If we can eliminate mistakes, like penalties and turnovers, we can play with the best of them.” The Nighthawks strive for what every team sets their sights on, a CIF Championship. “We would also like to win league and Valley Championships,” Ireland stated. As the Nighthawks embark on the second half of the season, they hope to continue to follow their team motto. Matlock explained, “It’s the acronym TCLB, which stands for trust, commitment, love and belief.” Whether Ireland can lead the team to CIF this season remains to be seen, but one thing that is for sure is that he will continue to “build champions.”

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The Talon - an MVHS news publication. Publication Date: 20 October 2008 Revision Date: 05 November 2008 Revision Version: 3