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John W. North High School


1550 Third St. Riverside, CA, 92507

District student leaders attend annual meeting

Friday, March 30, 2012

Volume XXVII Issue 7

Lady Huskies make history Senior Akilah Martin, co-captain of the varsity girls basketball team and other members of the Lady Huskies interviewed with ABC 7 News on March 20. After defeating Santa Ana Foothill High School in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Regional championship on March 17, the team prepared to travel to Sacramento to play Archbishop Mitty on March 23. This is the first time girls basketball has moved on to the state championships. While it is unfortunate that our Lady Huskies lost to the Lady Monarchs, it is still a huge honor that they progressed so far in competition. See page D1 for more information.

Voice of the Huskies

Students sing in Vaccinate a Village concert for relief

Roberto Gutierrez

Selena Howard





tudent leaders from RUSD’s high schools gathered on March 22 at Ramona High School for the eighth annual Leadership Exchange. North’s United Student League (USL) met with the student governments from Martin Luther King High School, Arlington High School, Riverside Polytechnic High School and Ramona High School to exchange ideas on school leadership and to promote unity within the district schools. Each year, the event is held at a different high school to increase the connection between student leaders and their schools. Last year, the Leadership Exchange was hosted by North. Unlike this year’s conference, the 2011 exchange included representatives from the Class of 2014. “Because the hosts alternate every year, it makes each year’s [experience] different,” said Perez. Ramona’s gym was decorated with spirited posters and balloons to create a friendly environment for the Leadership Exchange. After a breakfast and a dance performance provided by Ramona, student presidents welcomed the visitors and initiated the conference. Each school’s student president was expected to conduct a five to ten minute presentation explaining how the student government connects the student body to the school directly. Arlington’s presentation focused on making connections through student involvement, King on Homecoming Day, Poly on school dances and Ramona on pep rallies. USL President Kevin Perez’s speech revolved around North’s athletic achievements. North girls basketball success and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) triumph of the boys baseball from 2011 were recognized as happenings that increased school pride. Perez said, “I really do appreciate the fact that all five high schools from RUSD take the time and effort in uniting student leaders. It gives us an opportunity to make personal connections within our own community. It’s nice making new friends and personally connecting with people who have the same [leadership] position as you.” Additionally each high school had to conduct a unity activity. North decided to have all participants dance to the Cha-Cha Slide. “I felt like this year we interacted more because each school had to come up with their own unity activity,” said Perez. In the afternoon, students rotated through 13 breakout sessions in which leaders presented information regarding the involvement of their student government at school and in the community. Sessions focused on sports, student recognition, community involvement, fund raising, communication and other topics that pertained to what a student government is capable of doing. USL officer Alejandra Garcia said, “These sessions were really helpful. It’s interesting to see what other

[See Exchange, page A2]


Huskies save lives at blood drive Roberto Gutierrez STAFF WRITER


he United Student League (USL) collaborated with LifeStream to host the 20th annual spring blood drive in North’s gym on March 16. LifeStream is a non-profit organization founded in 1951 that holds blood drives daily at local businesses, churches, government agencies, high

schools and colleges. The collected blood is distributed to 43 different medical facilities in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange County and Los Angeles. Additionally, LifeStream operates five donor centers throughout Southern California. Students who wanted to donate blood registered with a USL officer a week before the actual blood drive. In order to donate, a student had to be at least 15 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Freshman Becky Ramirez said, “I wish I could donate blood but I’m not old enough. It would be a great way to help someone out.” In total, 226 students signed up to donate blood and 163 units of blood were collected. Students were encouraged to eat a nutrient-rich breakfast and drink plenty of water before participating in the multiple steps that were required to donate blood. First students registered with a LifeStream receptionist to ensure that

the student was legally allowed to make a donation. Then potential donors went through a semi-physical during which a LifeStream registered nurse checked each individual’s blood pressure, body iron, body temperature and pulse rate. Sophomore Gabby Jorin said, “I really wanted to donate but my veins were too small. I hope I qualify [next year].”

ver 400 people die of measles every day. Most victims are children. The American Red Cross organization at North held its third annual Red Cross Relief Concert on March 23, sponsored by community service club Interact to raise money to vaccinate approximately three villages where measles is a threat to everyday lives. The Vaccinate a Village effort at North is a part of the American Red Cross Measles Initiative which has helped save lives and reduced measlesrelated deaths since 2001 one vaccination at a time. Every five hundred dollars raised vaccinates one village. “I emailed the Red Cross representative from the Riverside school district and she said Red Cross is currently sponsoring the Vaccinate a Village project so we went with it,” said Red Cross president Kayla Missman. “It was a perfect cause considering no [actual] crisis had occurred as did the last years of the annual concert.” The Vaccinate a Village Relief Concert showcased twenty acts by North students. Classical piano pieces, original material and covers of hit songs created the diverse lineup. “It’s always amazing that our students who are not necessarily well known let their talent come out,” said Red Cross advisor Ann Camacho. “All of it is a showcase of the amazing talent on this campus.” The show began with an introduction explaining the existence and effects of measles by junior Jake Phillips. The information shocked many students in the audience. “I had no idea measles still existed. It’s terrible that it’s pretty much gone here [in the United States] but still exists in other countries. But I think it’s great that the disease is preventable with a vaccine that costs less than a dollar,” said sophomore Shaira Erum after hearing Phillips’ speech. The concert opened with North Chambers Singers singing “Be My Guest” welcoming the audience and setting a cheerful mood for the rest of the show. The Chamber Singers were followed by numerous acts including performances of classics like “Make You Feel My Love” and familiar radio tunes like “Chasing Pavements.” The first act ended with sophomore Selena Howard’s original piece “Hero.” During intermission, Red Cross sponsored a snack table to raise money for the cause. Even the snack sales were a collaboration of many students and staff members who donated food and beverages to sell. The second act opened with freshman Yani Mai’s “Souvenirs D’Enfance” followed by “Bound To You” sung by junior Kristen Corona. The hosts of the show, seniors Amanda Egbu and Sierra Williams kept a light mood with jokes in between performances throughout the entire concert. Sophomore Melody Goldsmith said, “The MCs were really funny. There was a lot of talent up there.”

[See Donate, page A3]

[See Unite, page A4]


Middle Earth


High Low

High Low

Tattoos have become a trending

All students has their own stories. Follow the footsteps of Jill and Johnny North in their symbolic journey to conquer a mountain, an action representative of the many hardships that some students face in everyday life.

Take a look at literature teacher Ann Camacho’s publication “Bookmarked,” a compliation of student essays offering insights into the authors’ lives.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

A pair of crashes impacts campus

revealed that the vehicle involved in the crash belonged to the student’s faSTAFF WRITER ther. Reparation payments and insurance coverage are currently being n March 19, a minor incident in- discussed. Aside from facing insurance volving a North student and his consequences the student has also recar occurred near North’s back parking ceived severe disciplinary conselot and the tennis courts. The senior quences. had crashed his car into the tennis Junior Yingjie Du said, “We’re not courts upon waving to a friend outside too worried about something like this of the window while driving. happening again because it doesn’t In the brief moment that he waved generally happen. In the future, hopeat his friend, his vehicle collided into fully people will be more careful when they’re driving. The tennis coach Nick accident did not afMateljan’s car. fect our boys tennis Because the student was drivIn the future, hopefully season so we’ll just ing at top speed, keep playing like people will be more we always have. he was unable to careful when they’re We just really hope stop the car. The student behind the nothing happens driving.” wheel continued again anytime to swerve to avoid Junior Yingjie Du soon.” Although further collision details of the inciuntil the vehicle finally crashed into the dent are still unclear, a further investitennis courts. The student driver was gation of the events will be conducted. left unharmed, developing only a In other instances, car accidents can minor whiplash. Fortunately, no one be more detrimental. On March 26, else was hurt during the incident. junior Stacee Estrada was hit by a car However, the newly-renovated ten- on her way to school in the morning. nis courts were not as lucky. A dent was She is now receiving medical care at created on the side of the tennis fence Riverside Community Hospital. which was fixed the following day. Estrada’s Calculus teacher Katia Freshman Timothy Lee said, “I didn’t Dumancic said, “I hope she recovers see the accident myself but it was re- soon. No one deserves anything like ally surprising when I heard about it. this. I hope this can serve as an examNo one was expecting that to happen.” ple to drivers because it could have After the crash, Mateljan and the been worse. Students should be enstudent exchanged insurance numbers. couraged to incooperate safety measThe Office of Disciplinary Action ures when they’re driving.”

Selena Howard


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On March 21 during lunch, the United Student League (USL) hosted a pep rally in the gym for the girls varsity basketball team. Students and faculty members were invited to attend the event to celebrate the team’s success and to wish the girls luck on their California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) game. Performances were provided by band, pep squad and dance team. In the picture above, the Blue Star Regiment performs their competition routine to encourage the team. The girls headed off to Sacramento the following day for the state championship game against Archbishop Mitty High School.

Husky leaders exchange ideas [Continued from Leadership Exchange, page A1]

schools do for certain events compared to what North does. It allows us to exchange creative ideas for the future.”

Prior to the Leadership Exchange, USL officers were informed of the predetermined session topics. They were fully prepared to discuss these ideas with other schools once the Leadership Exchange started. Director of Records Janet Santibanez said, “I felt like I finally found a group of people that un-

derstood me. I mean, it’s not easy fundraising for the school and I found it very interesting that other schools faced the same hardships. I felt comfortable, as if I knew the other students previously because we had common [school leadership experiences].” After the day was over, as a repre-

Amanda Valdez / The North Star

USL officers join other student leaders in the final group hug before the end of the Leadership Exchange. This was one of the many bonding activities for the student participants.

sentative in the fundraising session, Santibanez acknowledged several alternative ways of fundraising that could be more successful to North’s USL in the future. Dances such as Homecoming, Midwinter and Prom were each the topic of a specialized session because dances are typically the most enjoyable but most challenging events for students to plan. Schools shared themes, ticket prices, locations, attendees and ways of publicizing. “Hopefully next year, we’ll be able to plan dances more smoothly because of everything we learned [at the Leadership Exchange] this year,” said Garcia. As the Exchange came to an end, the students participated in a final unity activity. Each received a jersey-shaped poster with their last name as a memory of the 2012 conference. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan representative Adela Sosa said, “The event was overall great. It was nice to be able to meet all the other [student governments] across the RUSD district. I liked it since we were getting new ideas on how we can improve ... things at North. [The Leadership Exchange] will have an impact on North because when we create events, it will bring us all together and give us more school spirit.” Santibanez said, “I learned that we all have similar issues within our student body but we just have to keep pushing to strive and make each one of our schools the best they can possibly be. We are leaders so we have to shape the path towards a successful school year.”

After months of hard work and preparation, North’s Speech and Debate and Mock Trial teams fulfill high expectations. Roberto Gutierrez




April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11 April 12 April 14 April 16-20 April 16 April 17 April 19 April 23-27 April 25 April 26 April 27 April 28 April 30-May 4

Spring Recess (school not in session) Registration Deadline for May 5 SAT Good Friday Easter Fourth Quarter Begins ICC Meeting @ Rm. 156 Third Quarter Report Cards Mailed Faculty Meeting (3:00 p.m.) House of Advisory @ Rm. 323 ACT Testing California Standards Test (Grades 9-11) Board of Education Meeting (5:30 p.m.) School Site Council @ Rm. 157 PTSA Meeting @ Rm. 156 California Standards Tests (Grades 9-11) Drill Team Auditions Administrative Professionals’ Day Spring Musical (7:00 p.m.) Spring Musical (7:30 p.m.) Prom Color Guard Auditions

MAY May 2-22 May 7-18 May 3

May 4 May 5 May 7 May 8-9 May 10 May 13 May 16 May 17

APRIL April 19-26 April 19 April 20 April 26

Spring Musical (7:00 p.m.) Registration Deadline for June 9 ACT Spring Musical (7:30 p.m.) Spring Musical (1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Board of Education Meeting (5:30 p.m.) California High School Exit Exam ELA and Math Make-Up (10th and 12th grade) BSR Spring Concert @ University Heights Middle School Mother’s Day Our Proud Huskies Luncheon Faculty Meeting (3:00 p.m.) PTSA @ Rm. 156 (6:30 p.m.)

GRADUATION CALENDAR Senior Class Meetings Senior Exhibition Advisement Commencement Announcement Delivery Senior Exhibition

MAY International Baccalaureate (IB) Testing Advanced Placement (AP) Testing House of Advisory @ Rm. 323

Emily Chen / The North Star

A student’s car crashed into the side of the tennis courts during the boys tennis practice after school.

Academic seasons come to an end

Husky Calendar April 2-6 April 6

May 24 May 29 May 31

Senior Awards Night Cap and Gown Distribution Baccalaureate

Speech and Debate


hroughout the year, the Speech and Debate team has competed in various regional competitions. At one of the two competitions at Claremont High School, debate pair juniors Jasmine Almaguer and Caitlin Redak took home first place. The most recent event, the Optimist Oratorical Speech competition was held on March 15 at North. Freshman Tatiana Su, the only speaker from North’s debate team to place said, “I did not expect [to place] when I was preparing for the competition. Now I’m really glad I did.” The team meets on every Wednesday to prepare for upcoming events. “It’s important [to be in the Speech and Debate team] because after high school you are going to have to give speeches in classes and in job interviews,” said sophomore Mauricio Hernandez. The majority of speech and debate topics relate to recent global happenings so competitors have the ability to

obtain a wide spectrum of knowledge proximately 30 high schools particiwhich would then benefit them in fu- pated in this year’s Mock Trial competure competitions. “Public speaking is tition and finalists were determined the least natural thing we can do and through process of elimination. Prior to the season, team members yet [it is] the thing that we have to do were appointed throughout our enspecific positions tire adult lives. The according to the ability to publicly The ability to ... speak assigned case. speak in front of a group sets public in front of a group sets Coaches Ryan Buschell and speakers apart. The public speakers apart.” Cherilynne Holmajority of individlowell prepared uals are afraid to get for the competiup there and even Coach Rob Roy McCandless tions by familiargive that speech so izing the team the ability to learn public speaking makes you that much with the laws, court rules and other better,” said the Speech and Debate necessary information to execute an accurate court case. coach RobRoy McCandless. Hollowell said, “[Mock Trial] is Although the team did not move on to compete in state finals, McCandless about following the standards, the and his speakers are looking forward to process and skill. It is a performance as much as it is knowledge.” next year’s season. After a loss to Centennial during the first round, followed by triumphs over Mock Trial Roosevelt and Palm Desert, the team After five months of preparation, lost to Murrieta on Feb. 25 ending their the Mock Trial team competed four Mock Trial season for this school year. Mock Trial will strive to surpass times throughout Feb. 8 to Feb. 25 at the Riverside Hall of Justice court- this year’s ranking and make it as a fihouse in Downtown Riverside. Ap- nalist in 2013.


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Students donate blood to save lives [Continued from Blood Drive, page A1]

The last step was the screening process where individuals answered an in-depth health, travel and medicine

history questionnaire. This examination determined whether or not if the student was qualified to make a blood donation. Once the donors satisfied the requirements, they were called to lie

down on special beds. Each person gave one pint of blood which was separated into a transfusion dose of red blood cells and platelets and plasma. Students would be able to recover this blood in one day with proper ali-

mentation and fluid intake. “I think it’s awesome [that students donate blood] because it is a good way [for] them to give back to the community,” said registered nurse Desiree Salgado.

Top Left: Senior Pablo Esteva saves three lives with his donation. Bottom Left: Senior Kevin Perez and junior Juan Andrade sign senior Robert Lattimer in for his appointment. Right: Seniors Lindsay Jacketti and Joseph Mendoza are surely each other’s types.

Emily Chen / The North Star

Emily Chen / The North Star

Emily Chen / The North Star

USL and LifeStream provided students who completed the blood donation with a wide variety of healthy snacks and beverages. They were recommended to remain seated on mats surrounded with air fans for at least fifteen minutes to prevent dizziness and nausea. Many students were nervous prior to donating blood for the first time. “I was kind of [scared] at first but I feel good since it is for a good cause. I need blood but other people need it more,” said sophomore Tiara Malaki. North staff members also participated in this year’s blood drive. Office assistant Joanne Muller said, “[Donating blood] saves lives. It was simple. It was easy to do. Anyone can do it and it makes me feel good that I give back. [I would] absolutely donate blood anytime.” Altogether, Huskies saved 489 lives. “Blood drives really do help out the community. Every pint of blood can help up to three patients so every time a person walks in they are helping three people when they leave,” said registered nurse Valerie Gilmore. While nurses and staff from LifeStream took charge of the blood donation process, USL officers made sure the event ran smoothly. Officers created motivational posters, checked students in and out and accompanied donors during the donation process. “USL did a very nice job. This is one of the smoothest blood drives we have ever had,” said Director of Activities Becky Porter. Though USL did not reach the expected number of donors, the blood drive was still a successful one. Junior Mitra Motamedi said, “The blood drive is always great because it’s amazing how there are kids, even at our young age, who are willing to donate blood for people who are in need.”

Parents graduate from the Institute for Quality Education Roberto Gutierrez STAFF WRITER


n March 27, North held its first parent graduation for the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE). From Jan. 31 to March 27, 82 North parents participated in PIQE sessions every Tuesday to learn about their children’s education system including aspects such as graduation requirements and educational opportunities beyond high school. Executive Director of the Riverside PIQE said, “PIQE is important because once parents go into the program, they go through the process of raising the level of concern. In PIQE we give relevant information. Now there is not only the school and the students involved but three components. If parents, teachers and students work together at once any student can succeed in life.” Parents of English learners were the focus of this year’s PIQE. Both morning and evening sessions were pro-

vided to allow flexibility in parents’ schedules. Child care was also offered to parents who needed assistance with their younger children as they attended PIQE. Principal Trevor Painton began the graduation by thanking Vice-Principal Richard Davis along with all the staff and students who made PIQE possible. Student Activities Director Becky Porter and librarian Pamela Holden were acknowledged for their contributions to PIQE as well. Because the majority of the graduates spoke Spanish, PIQE assistant Gaby Cisneros translated the speakers’ words. North’s Ballet Folklorico Los Zapatistas performed a traditional Mexican dance for the graduating parents. Dancer Michelle Quintero said, “Performing here for these parents who have worked so much just so that their students could become better students is a privilege for us. Our dance served as a treat for all the work they have done.” Four graduating parents delivered messages describing their experiences

with this program. Painton said, “[In PIQE] we talked about grade point averages, what failing grades are, the impact SATs have, make up grades and college entrance requirements. PIQE creates a mindset that college is available for everybody.” Senior Tatiana Armeta encouraged parents to become involved in their children’s education based on her own personal experience. After living in Mexico for seven years, when Armeta arrived at North, she was discouraged from taking classes that were not meant for English Learners. Yet Armeta decided to take honors courses to prove those who questioned her abilities wrong. She has now received admissions from various prestigious colleges. Towards the end of the ceremony, parents received diplomas and medals of completion. Painton hopes that PIQE will be held every year. Superintendent Richard Miller will consider spreading PIQE to the rest of the high schools in the Riverside Unified School District.


Emily Chen / The North Star

Students perform a traditional Mexican dance for graduating parents.


Aragon first to attend the State Honor Choir



rom March 22 to 24, senior Josh Aragon was in Pasadena, California as he represented Huskies in the State Honor Choir. “Music-wise, the experience was life-changing. For one, you get to work with world class conductors and experts, people with doctorates in music … it taught [me to do] more than just sing the notes but to put expression [because it] makes people actually want to listen to your music,” said Aragon. He first expressed his interest in music by joining various choirs including the North Chamber Singers two years ago. According to Yvonne Flagg, choir director and teacher here at North, this is the first time we have had a State Honor Choir qualifier. “I am so excited and so pleased for him. It is a great honor to do what he’s doing. He is very talented and this experience will stretch his abilities even more,” said Flagg. It all began when the director of Arlington High School’s choir recommended that Flagg encourage some of her singers to audition for the Southern California Vocal Association (SVCA) Regional Honor Choir. Aragon started his journey when he auditioned for the SVCA at Arlington. He was notified that he made it into the SCVA Regional Honor Choir a few days later. The vocalists who qualify for SCVA are considered to be among the top student choir singers in the Southern California region. Aragon traveled to Santa Monica in Oct. 2011 to meet all other SCVA members. He sang in the SCVA mixed choir and was ranked and judged by professionals based his performance. It was these same professionals who chose which individuals got to move on to the next level. Furthermore, Aragon received special music training that enhanced his ability to master and interpret music which, of course, contributed to his chances for State Honor Choir. Shortly after, Aragon received a letter that prompted him to try out for the State Honor Choir in Pasadena. As soon as he got there, he was taken to a room where he was tested on the accuracy of his pitch and the overall presentation of his voice. Aragon was given a total of six opportunities to prove that he has mastered music. He was one of the few singers who passed this inspection on his third try guaranteeing his spot on the State Honor Choir. Aragon said, “[State Honor Choir teaches] the different ways music can affect people’s lives. Overall the companionship you have with all the other choir people you meet is an experience that you will never forget.” Aragon joined the men’s chorus which was mentored by the choir director of the University of Georgia. He was then trained in every aspect of singing, even in facial expressions, to become not only an improved interpreter but also an entertaining one. On March 24, Aragon sang in his final State Honor Choir concert. He said, “I dare say it was one of the best experiences I have had in my life even though it was a lot of work. The effort that we pushed through was phenomenal. I met some life-long friends there. It was fantastic.” When Aragon graduates, he hopes to double major or minor in music composition. It is hoped other singers will make it to State Honor Choir in the coming years.

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News in Brief Graduation Changes On March 5 the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Board of Education approved the last proposal to the high school graduation requirement changes for the Class of 2016. The proposal was presented to the Board on Feb. 6 and consisted of transferring 20 credits from the 70 credit elective requirement to the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) or a foreign language leaving 50 required credits from electives. The VAPA and foreign language section will require 30 credits in comparison to the 10 credits required before. Students will also be able to acquire the 30 credits from Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. Twenty of the thirty credits are to come from the same area. Literature teacher Tracy Alberry said, “The changes are better for the students because it helps them become involved in one program.” Previously, the Board of Education had decided to increase the amount of required credits to graduate from 215 to 220 in order to stimulate education progression in the district. Other districts’ graduation requirements were taken into consideration when setting the new amount for RUSD. Alberry said, “I think the required changes will help better prepare students for college and the classes required in college.” The Board of Education has approved all of the proposals in hopes of improving and extending the grasp of the educational opportunities offered in RUSD.

Plaza For Sale The city’s most popular shopping center, the Riverside Plaza (Plaza), has been put up for sale by Westminster Funds, its owner for the past 20 years, on Feb. 15. The stores, restaurants and entrainment centers are to remain open because only the ownership of the Plaza is for sale. Forever 21, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Trader Joe’s along with 47 other stores and restaurants have made the Plaza a favorite shopping attraction in Riverside. Along with the restaurants and stores, the Regal Cinemas is another key to the success of the Plaza as a whole. “The Plaza is one of my favorite places to hang out because they have everything. After watching a movie, my friends and I can go eat and shop,” said sophomore Tania Martinez. The Plaza is expected to attract much interest in potential buyers. Although it appears for sale, the Riverside Plaza does not have a defined price at the moment. Martinez said, “I am so glad the stores and movie theater will stay open after the plaza is sold. It is one of the few places that I enjoy in Riverside, since there isn’t much to do here.” Thankfully, residents of Riverside, including North students, will still be able to shop and eat at the Plaza without disruptions throughout the sales process.

Huskies Place in NHD The 29th annual Riverside County History Day Competition was held by the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) on March 17 at Ramona High School. Hundreds of students from 11 school districts in Riverside County participated in the event. National History Day (NHD) is an academic competition first established in 1974 for sixth to 12th graders. Its purpose is to educate students in the field of historical research. This year, the NHD theme was Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History. Four North students advanced from the district competition in January to the county competition. Two of the four entries placed in their category and will be competing in the state competition on April 27-29. Freshman Alexandra Itkis placed first in Individual Exhibit with a project on the Russian Revolution. “I had family living there during the time [of the Revolution]. I just want to learn more about my heritage,” said Itkis. Freshman Alison Baird placed second in the same category. Her project chronicles the Saint Domingue Slave Revolution. This year’s state competition will be held at the Riverside Mission Inn. History teacher Scott Zyber said, “I hope that [Baird and Itkis] will take more from the competition than their medals. I hope that they will learn how to conduct research and use the skills [NHD] has given them in the future.”


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Campus unites to end measles in villages [Continued from Concert, page A1] The concert concluded with “Danny Boy” sung by Chamber Singers. “Overall, it was a great show,” said Goldsmith. North’s Red Cross invested many hours and a lot of hard work in organizing the Vaccinate a Village Concert. “It takes about two months,” said Camacho. “We start thinking about a goal and then we start getting the word out.” Auditions were held a month before the actual concert. Missman said, “During the auditions, people would walk in and honestly we weren’t expecting very much. When they actually started singing, we were in awe. We didn’t expect them to be so good. There’s a lot of hidden talent in so many students here.” The concert would not have been possible without the help of theatre teacher Michelle Grotness and choir teacher Yvonne Flagg. “It really was a group effort,” said Camacho. Grotness and her theatre staff provided technical assistance for the concert while Flagg provided the club with the choir room for auditions and rehearsals. Missman said, “It was crazy! But we actually had a really good team and our workers were really good. So it pays off in the end although it’s really, really nerve-wracking.” Although the concert was competing against sport events that afternoon, it was still a success garnering over 200 attendees. In the end, North’s Red Cross raised approximately $1,000 dollars in just ticket sales alone. The club earned enough profit to vaccinate two villages.

Emily Chen / The North Star

Emily Chen / The North Star

Emily Chen / The North Star

Top Left: Seniors Cesar Casteneda and Elizabeth Alba serenade the crowd with a Spanish tune “Last Kiss.” Bottom Left: Freshman Kathy Chen and junior D’onna Plummer team up to perform Adele’s hit “Chasing Pavements.” Right: Sophomore Selena Howard ends Act One with a performance of her original song “Hero.” Camacho said, “The students of the Red Cross should take pride in their concert.” For the past three years, the annual relief concert has welcomed and

brought students together to unite and contribute to a common cause. In 2010, the concert raised money to help Haiti after the devastating 7.0 earthquake. The following year, the “World Relief


Concert” was renamed the “Japan Relief Concert” as all profits went towards the reparation of Japan after the 9.0 earthquake followed by the destructive tsunami that struck the nation.

The concert truly showed that despite the time conflicts and the variation in causes, North students continue to show support for not only each other but greater issues in the world.

School evaluated by WASC Literature teacher June Biernitzky is in charge of Curriculum, STAFF WRITER Literature teacher Michelle Davidson of Instruction, Counselor Joyce s a part of North’s accredita- Green of Vision and Purpose, Histion process for the Western tory teacher Cherilynne Hollowell Association of Schools and Col- of School Culture and Counselor Lattimer of leges (WASC), over 40 Huskies Allison met after school on March 8 in five Assessment/Accountability. Teachers may also receive spestudent committee focus groups – Vision and Purpose, Curriculum, cific tasks as required, which adds Instruction, Assessment/Account- to their involvement. Additionally, parents will be reability and School Culture. These students were previ- ceiving a survey later this year askously invited and introduced to this ing for their views on North. Golds process by Student Activities Direc- said, “The WASC accreditation ortor Becky Porter and Theatre ganization wants everyone inteacher Michelle Grotness on Feb. volved ... that means parents, 23. In their focus groups, these stu- teachers, other staff and students. It dent leaders engaged in specific is supposed to be everybody comdiscussions corresponding to their ing together and looking at the school, so that topics which all of our voices dealt with the are heard.” current state of It’s an overall view of UltiNorth and possible improveour school ... they are mately, North’s overall image ments for the not judging us.” will be prefuture. sented in an inWA S C formational participant Literature teacher Arlene Golds report taking the Juan Andrade shape of a book. said, “My group is Vision and Purpose and Golds is mainly responsible for acduring our meeting we collaborated cumulating the facts and composon revising the school’s mission ing this report. Each focus group will produce statement and will continue to work on what we think the vision and its section of the report based on its purpose of John W. North High discoveries and discussions. After School is, or [what] should be in the Golds compiles the information, she will send her product to another meetings to come.” WASC gives North its ac- teacher in WASC for revision. This process was launched a creditation for a number of years determined by how well the school year ago and will continue until the report is finished. She has already fulfills its duties. Previously, North earned a written the first two chapters. In the six year accreditation with a mid- end, the report will exceed 200 point visit in 2006. However, the pages. In March 2013, a WASC comgoal for 2013 is to receive a six year accreditation without the midpoint mittee will arrive on campus for a week and review the documents follow-up. “Certainly, you want to go and reports. This committee will through this process and have the meet with the students, teachers and accreditation because it does make parents involved in the examination us look like a more serious, impor- preparation process. They will also tant school in terms of applying to visit classrooms to make sure makes a difference,” ers are fulfilling their responsibilisaid WASC coordinator Arlene ties in teaching the appropriate curriculum. WASC will conclude Golds. All aspects are inspected in- their observations and make recomcluding the curriculum efficiency, mendations for North. Most importantly, WASC will discipline practices, teaching process and even the physical ap- then decide if North deserves a six year accreditation without the midpearance. “It’s an overall view of our point check-up. “It is a school wide school but they are not judging us,” responsibility [to get accreditation]. said Golds. “They are analyzing Every teacher has a role, every staff whether or not we understand our member has a role and every stuown problems and if we know our dent [does too],” said Golds. Huskies will continue this own strengths and weaknesses.” Teachers and staff contribute process until WASC members arto this operation by directing the rive at North for their visit next year. student groups.

Roberto Gutierrez


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Juniors Charlotte McMinn and Benjamin Scott answer the questions of incoming freshmen. Roberto Gutierrez & Selena Howard

own personal interests. Each of the booths was designed by members to attract students and encourage them to STAFF WRITERS become future members of the organization. “The booths allowed us to usky Pride Day was a spirited demonstrate what kind of [activities] a day for the Class of 2016 as they student could be involved in,” said were introduced to North, their future sophomore Matthew Jung. “I rememhigh school. On March 6, the United ber when I came to Husky Pride Day Student League (USL) held the annual as an eighth grader and signed up for Husky Pride Day giving incoming tennis. I ended up playing it.” freshmen an opportunity to see the difThis day was also beneficial to ferent activities that North has to offer. sport teams giving them a chance to reThat evening, USL hosted Husky Pride cruit new members for the upcoming Night giving parents and guardians the summer practices. Emily Hughes from same experience. Gage said, During the day, “There are so hundreds of eighth many different graders from Central, I’m excited to come to clubs! I can’t Chemawa, Earhart, imagine how high school. There’s so awesome Gage, Miller, Sierra it many choices here.” and University Heights must be to Middle School got a come here next glimpse of the various year.” clubs, programs, or- Eighth Grader Jason Roberts While the ganizations and sports first group of they can participate in when they get to students was in the gym, a second high school. “I’m excited to come to group was directed to the theater where high school,” said Jason Roberts from they were introduced to principal University Heights. “There’s so many Trevor Painton, along with Student Acmore choices here. I [want] to join tivities Director Becky Porter and USL band and baseball.” officers. Prior to the event, USL and volunEighth graders also watched a preteers set up and decorated tables at their view of the spring musical “Guys and designated areas inside the gym. Every Dolls” and performances by members organization was presented by an infor- of choir and the dance team. mation booth worked by at least two of In the evening the gym was filled its current members. The incoming with Husky pride as parents and stufreshmen browsed these booths and dents were greeted by the Blue Star signed up for clubs depending on their Regiment’s songs and the Pep Squad’s


cheers. The Squad presented a special choreographed dance followed by a brief presentation of North’s history and academic programs given by Painton. For the first time, booths run by club members were left on display for parents during this night. Parents were then dismissed to various classrooms with their appointed counselors in which parents were introduced to both the International Baccalaureate Program and the AVID (Advancements via Individual Determination) Program. These sessions provided counselors and program directors the opportunity to explain what each program entails and what will be expected of the students if they choose to be in either of these programs. Furthermore, parents were familiarized with the University of California High School Graduation Requirements and what to expect as their teenager transitions into high school. Husky Pride Day and Night not only introduced North’s educational aspect to the Class of 2016 but the social aspect as well. Hughes said, “North is so diverse. It seems like a great place to learn and it just seems like such a great opportunity.” Over the past few years Husky Pride Day and Night has succeeded in giving incoming freshmen the opportunity to scope out North’s benefits. Oscar Dablia from University Heights said, “I am super excited about coming to North. My three brothers came here and they loved it and I [know] I will too.”







WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINES In February, the United States Pentagon announced that it intends to open up 14,000 combat positions for women in the military, though one-fifth of active duty positions will remain off limits. Women have long been allowed to serve in the armed forces but usually as intelligence and medical officers. Since this is now up for change, it is important to examine the benefits and consequences that this decision may have for our society.


The time has come for the United States to push gender equality to the front, both literally and figuratively. The armed forces have been behind the times.

Noah Myers-Gilpin STAFF WRITER


he Pentagon has decided to make an advance towards the integration of women on the front lines of combat. They have now made it possible for women to do more “dangerous” jobs closer to the front though some positions are still offlimits. By allowing women to become permanently assigned to battalions, they are able to be involved as radio operators, medics, tank mechanics and other critical jobs. However, many military women have already been doing these jobs because previously women were allowed to be temporary units in the 800 unit battalions. Along with that, women have been, in effect, breaking these rules, often staying in the battalion once they have been assigned. Many critics have claimed that the Pentagon had not taken a step into the future but merely a step into the present, that is, making many female soldiers’ jobs just as they were before but now with official sanction. Women should be allowed to work on the front lines in combat positions. Just because you are a medic or intelligence officer does not prevent you from being attacked. By placing women on the front lines in positions of combat, those in charge are better off equipping soldiers already there. In reality, over 140 women who were supposedly “protected” by not being allowed to join the troops on the fronts, have been killed in the line of duty. It is evident that women have already lost their lives fighting and that keeping them off the front is not necessarily keeping them out of “harm’s way.” Gender is no indicator of honor or patriotism. Women have long proven themselves equal in every other part of American society, why not in combat? An argument can be made for women being more levelheaded in some situations. Women are not driven by testos-

terone meaning that adrenaline would affect them less than it would a man. “Keeping it cool” on the front is of great importance because you need to be able to keep your head and make intelligent decisions in dangerous situations. From an international perspective, the United States is a little behind the curve, as many other advanced western countries have no barriers stopping their women from serving on the front lines. It wasn’t until 1989 during the invasion of Panama that a woman commanded American soldiers in battle. In the history of the world, women have long been present at the front lines in war. Since the American Revolution women have disguised themselves as men to serve in the army. By sanctioning fuller integration of women into the U.S. armed forces, in both war and peacetime, we are better providing for our soldiers. There is much to be said for knowing that your country and your government appreciate and support your service to them. Surely, that is something

all our troops have earned. The gender segregation in military responsibilities is a huge infringement on the rights of women. If people wish to serve their country, their means of service should not be limited by their gender, race or creed. It is somewhat embarrassing to think that America still has difficulty in protecting its minorities in many arenas, including that of the armed forces, when we are supposed to have the best army on the planet. At any rate, is there a real and legitimate reason why women cannot serve on the front lines? As of yet, there have not been studies or experiments conducted proving that women are incapable of serving in combat units. If there is no scientific, legitimate reason, then there must be a bias in the Pentagon. Perhaps even a bias against progress in general, not only on the front of gender equality. If naysayers claim that it would not be practical, then at least the logic of numbers should speak to them. There are situations when there aren’t enough men to be had. By ignoring this important minority of trained and future soldiers, we are not utilizing our resources as a nation. It is senseless to deny troops access to the front simply on the basis of gender. More troops are more troops which means more fire-power and the odds in our favor on the battlefield. Still, for our country, it is better to be decades late than n e v e r progress at all.


This is an issue of practicality and safety, not one of gender equality. The matter is that moving women to the front lines has more points against it than for it.

Cesar Rivas



or many years now women have been allowed to serve in the US military, serving their country with honor and pride. Traditionally though, this has been in the intelligence or the medical corps, away from the front lines and out of immediate danger. This is now subject to change. The Pentagon recommended that Congress allow women to serve in capacities closer to the front lines. Despite being a well-intentioned step toward equality, this is not necessarily a good thing. Not because women are inherently less capable but because it may negatively affect women’s families, as well as practical concerns regarding changing military procedure. Women deserve every right to serve in the front lines but the government needs to care more for its citizens and allowing women to serve in the front lines isn’t the way. The United States might be ready for this change but the rest of the world isn’t. True, there are many militaries in the world that admit women. On paper, that is. Only a handful allow women to serve in combat positions. Countries such as Japan and Switzerland have no rules barring women from the front lines but haven’t been in war in recent history. This issue has to be looked at from an international perspective, not just the American point of view. With women on the front lines they will have to fight against terrorists and soldiers of other nations that may not have the same perspective on gender equality. The ugly truth is that women are vulnerable to a particular crime on the front lines, that of rape after

capture. Another possible problem would be that the presence of women could be damaging to a unit’s espirit de corps or unit cohesion. There are real psychological concerns about men shifting their attention to protect their female comrades rather than concentrating on their missions. It should also be noted that from a purely practical standpoint, Islamic militants rarely ever surrender to female officers. On the other hand, women are usually better able to communicate with civilian women and children than men and have provided useful intelligence while on the front. Though this is present on the front lines, these women are there for intel-

The bad thing about [women in the military] is that you’re taking a mother away from her kids.”

Sophomore Justiene Noh

ligence and relief work, not combat. Sophomore Justiene Noh plans to enter the Marines or Coast Guard after she graduates. Noh viewed this change in policy positively and said that it “proves that we can be just as good as guys.” Her sole reservation was the impact on families. “The bad thing about it is that you’re taking a mother away from her kids.” It’s obvious that children need parents especially the care that has traditionally been provided by the mother, that of constant emotional support for instance. It’s no coincidence that most preschool teachers are women. The things that happen in war are catastrophic. Soldiers in general deserve better care — cliche as it may be,

war is terrible. Many may argue that women have earned their right to be on the front lines and that it would prove that they are equal to men and that woman are capable of handling the dangers and catastrophes of war. Still, the fact remains that women on average are generally weaker, scoring lower on endurance tests and with lower bone density, making them more prone to breaks. Additionally, a number of studies have shown that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is twice as common in women as in men. It is a hard truth that twice as many women as men experience depression. There are many health issues, both physical and mental that are specific to women that the military may not be well-equipped to handle. For example, having women in combat necessitates the military employing extra medical staff such as gynecologists. Women do have every right to be on the front lines but the role of government is to protect its citizens. Allowing a measure that would create more casualties is unethical. By allowing women to fight on the front lines we could be giving the enemy an advantage to harm our citizens. A woman on the front lines doesn’t prove that women are equal to men. In this day and age, no proof should still be considered necessary. Nevertheless, the fact remains that taking this step, however well-intentioned, is not the right thing to do in this climate when the United States is still involved in conflict. Perhaps in better times when the world’s militaries are better prepared, our government will continue to move forward on the front of gender equality and will do so without placing anyone, male or female, in undue danger.

200 Huskies were selected at random to share their views on female participation in the armed forces. Do you think women should be allowed to participate in the armed forces?

56% Yes

31% Unsure

13% no

Do you think women should be allowed on the front lines?

32% Yes

47% Unsure

20% no




FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Wake up and smell the Aeroshot Cesar Rivas STAFF WRITER


here might not be a bus stop at every corner but there sure is a Starbucks. Caffeine is everywhere, from regular coffee to energy drinks and as time goes by it keeps evolving, the latest evolution being AeroShot, created by a Harvard professor. Basically, the product requires you to stick a little tube in your mouth and tug. That’s one cup of coffee minus the calories. According to its website, “AeroShot is a revolutionary new way to get your energy. It delivers a unique blend of caffeine and B vitamins in a fine powder that you draw into your mouth and swallow. So you get a quick boost of energy that starts working right away. The energy of the future is here.” It all sounds im-

pressive but the truth is that this “energy of the future” can damage your health and it might not be the future we need. Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to Breathable Foods, the makers of AeroShot caffeine inhalers, for “false or misleading statements” in the promotional material for its controversial new product. Their biggest argument was that the caffeine inhalers deliver “breathable energy” but are “intended to be ingested by swallowing.” The fact of the matter is that it’s actually impossible to swallow and inhale at the same time. AeroShot advertises that it provides 100 milligrams of caffeine in one “shot,” the same amount as in a large cup of coffee. There have already been cases where individuals have died after consuming more than the daily recommendations such as two Monster Energy drinks in a 24 hour period. Being able to inhale the same amount in a few seconds with just a single three dollar product is inviting a posthumous Guinness World Record award. The appealing flavor does nothing to stop consuming more and overdosing. Gastroenterologists make it clear that the population needs to be aware of how much they consume. Drinking ten gallons of coffee is much harder to do than downing ten tubes of

AeroShots. It’s easy to imagine the worst case scenario, that of a child mistaking it for medication, like inhalers for asthmatics. It is scientifically proven that too much caffeine is bad, even lethal. Like every other thing that is taken excessively, it’s possible to become addicted to this product. Misuse is always present and the consequences can be severe. If the inhaler is combined with alcohol it can cause problems and a lot of people will do just that for the thrill of it. When someone drinks coffee the human body consumes the caffeine little by little but with this new product it will consume it all at once. This can be dangerous since too much caffeine in the body can be harmful. This new inhaler isn’t regulated much because it can’t really cause harm, however, this can lead to problems since it will be available to many, including those who will misuse it, turning it harmful. It’s easy to be careless about the negative effects of something so convenient. A limit needs to be placed on how far these new inhalable products can go. AeroShots are making their way to California and into the lunchboxes of students of the North student body. Students are bound to achieve their own thrifty and life-risking highs once AeroShot makes it into convenience stores.

Pledging little allegiance to the flag Alice Koga & Salam Elchami OPINION EDITOR & STAFF WRITER


t’s not something most people spend too much time thinking about, those words we’re supposed to say every day before the announcements. Learning it from rote since kindergarten kind of dampens the patriotic spirit. In fact, some of us even learn it with the wrong words, habitually saying, “I pledge of allegiance ... ” To those of you who have actually read the First Amendment, the words “under God” in the pledge can seem a little jarring — we’re supposed to have a firm separation between church and state. The original pledge didn’t have “under God.” The words were inserted in 1954 by Eisenhower’s administration when the infamous “in God we trust” was put on our money. Depending on your point of view this may actually be important. There are those, largely non-religious, who demand the phrase’s removal. The flip side of this are those who claim that the United States is a Christian nation. True, about 80 percent of the country is monotheistic, largely Christian. The problem, they claim, is that the Pledge of Allegiance is said at most official government meetings, sporting events and in classrooms — the last being the most worrisome. The irony of this issue is that those most vocal about it aren’t the students whose rights are supposedly being violated. Even if you agree that the phrase is offensive to the non-religious or polytheistic, it’s fairly obvious that in the classroom, the words lose their potency. A lot of teachers simply require that you stand but you are not

generally obligated to say it which also allows students some freedom of speech. It’s not so much that the pledge qualifies as “in-classroom religious teachings” as some may argue. Rather, the Pledge of Allegiance contains a phrase that can be considered something explicitly religious sanctioned by the government. Perhaps more than anything, to those who have never actually read the Bill of Rights or passed a US history class, the pledge gives them vague evidence that the US is a Christian or at least monotheistic nation. It’s one of those issues that probably doesn’t matter in the long run but is distressing to the observant. Like a lot of American political controversies, it is a matter of splitting hairs. This isn’t to say that those who advocate the phrase’s removal are in the wrong, just that there are probably better things to worry about such as environmental issues or the state of public education’s budget. There are those who claim that because most of America is at least religious, such a phrase shouldn’t be offensive and that this is in fact a good example of American democracy. This is simply untrue as American democracy is checked by ensuring the rights of the individual, even those who do not share the beliefs of the majority. The words themselves aren’t that big of a deal, rather they promote a particular misconception about the United States. When thought through, it’s almost a ridiculous issue. At any rate, it’s too much of a bother to enforce a new pledge, as the first one doesn’t actually mean that much to a great many people, especially recited blindly in the classroom every day.

100 Huskies were selected at random to share their views on the Pledge of Allegiance.

Whether the Pledge of Allegiance should say “under God” has been a heated controversy for several years. Huskies have their own thoughts regarding whether or not these words are acceptable and should be allowed. “I really do not mind that ‘under God’ is in the Pledge of Allegiance. I actually like it because it gives it more meaning and I think that it is actually comforting that we have a protector for our entire country.”

Do you say the Pledge of Allegiance every day at school?

No 58

Yes 42

Do you think students should be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day?

No 76

Yes 24

Do you think saying the Pledge of Allegiance every day is important?

No 54

Yes 46

— Freshman Dalia Jimenez “It doesn’t bother me that ‘under God’ is a part of the Pledge of Allegiance because it basically represents that the United States is not on top. There is something greater and that is God.”







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“I don’t mind that the pledge says ‘under God.’ I believe that everyone has something they believe in so whether it says ‘under God’ shouldn’t be an issue. The pledge also says, ‘for which it stands’ which is a notion created with the purpose of having freedom of religion and speech.” — Junior Andrew Gomez

— Senior Brenda Diaz

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— Sophomore Fernando Ritzinger

“I personally do not mind that ‘under God’ is mentioned in the Pledge of Allegiance but for other people, I think that they should have the right to say it or not.”

100 Huskies were selected at random to share their preferences regarding energy supplements.

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My Two ¢ents: We hear about political corruption all the time: bribery, scandals, embezzling. It’s easy to become jaded with the political arena. With the upcoming elections, many of North’s seniors will be old enough to vote and therefore able to truly participate in the democratic process. We asked if students feel the need to participate.


Student views on a current controversy

I think it’s important to partake in this year’s election. By not doing so, I feel like people are making choices for me that are important to my future. Inaction is just as important as action. I’d rather be an active participant than an idle pawn in the game of life.

lanned Parenthood is under attack once again. Representative Mike Pence, former Chairman of the House Republican Conference, is the chief advocate of a plan to remove funding from Title X, most particularly the 25 percent that goes to Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest private provider of abortions. Every year, Planned Parenthood carries out nearly one million lifesaving screenings for cervical cancer and 830,000 breast examinations. Its health centers also provide contraception to nearly 2.5 million patients and nearly four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. This organization has long proved to be a decent source of sexual health education, the promotion of women’s health and numerous clinics to provide vital medical tests and referrals. In an age when sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and teen pregnancies are such prominent and prevailing issues, this is even more important as health class and sex ed are no longer requirements for graduating from high school.


— Jodie Burton

This column rotates among The North Star’s opinion staff to give a platform for our views.

I believe that we need to participate in the election considering the path that the government is going down. It is a good way for the younger generation to get involved.

I think it is really important for me to vote this year. I can vote in this election and I want my vote to make a difference. — Garrette Biggers

— Christina Garcia

In the House Appropriations Committee’s federal year 2011 (FY11) Continuing Resolution, they proposed to completely eliminate the Title X family planning program which has provided millions of American women with lifesaving healthcare since Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1970. Thankfully, as with all controversial issues, neither side is defenseless. One hundred members of Congress signed a letter showing widespread support for Planned Parenthood. It declared, “We are writing to strongly oppose efforts designed to undermine women’s access to basic, preventive health care and the women’s health providers they rely on in their communities. In particular, we are deeply concerned about the impact that H.R. 217, the ‘Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,’ [Rep. Pence’s companion, standalone bill] would have on American women and their families. H.R. 217 is aimed

squarely at Planned Parenthood health centers.” As always, there are those who try to claim that certain programs are undemocratic. They argue that Planned Parenthood should not receive federal funding, as some voters disagree with abortions and the medical tests pro-

vided by Planned Parenthood. It is, after all, taxpayers’ money. By the same token, many people dislike the exorbitant budget spent on national defense on their own moral grounds — yet they are often ignored. Gutting Title X would deny five million American women preventive

care, including annual exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, contraceptive services and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The possible casualties are not simply limited to the organization itself. Pence’s initiative will also take funds from Medicaid and other forms of social security. In doing so, the Pence amendment also reverses long-standing patient protection in Medicaid law that ensures that Medicaid patients can access family planning services with any willing provider. 1.4 million Medicaid patients are served by Planned Parenthood. That 1.4 million or 48 percent of Planned Parenthood’s patients use Medicaid for their healthcare coverage and as a direct result of the Pence amendment, they would lose access to their healthcare provider. Pence’s proposal is an unprecedented, ideological attack on a specific

healthcare provider that will result in more women losing access to the very basic healthcare they need. More than 90 percent of the care Planned Parenthood health centers offer is preventive yet Rep. Pence is steadfast in wanting to cripple Planned Parenthood. When health insurance is expensive and health care tenuous at best in the United States, it is immoral to depose an organization that clearly alleviates some of our country’s health problems, particularly in the area of women’s health. Medical professionals agree that the best treatment is prevention and being informed about sex and its related health issues is part of that, no matter how some people may wish to ignore such “unclean” or “immoral” topics. Even if you disagree with abortion, it is an undeniable fact that people, including hormonal teens, will have sex. It’s an inevitable fact of life. We need to do our best to ensure fewer people have to suffer debilitating and lethal illnesses, much of which is preventable and Planned Parenthood does just that.

Prom should be open to alumni Plastic bags are out Alice Koga OPINION EDITOR


t’s pretty commonplace to date someone older or younger than yourself, even in high school. Many Huskies date students one or more grade levels higher or lower. Though reasonable to place limitations on who we can take to our dances for safety reasons, it is simply silly to stop Huskies who are dating graduates from bringing their dates. Many couples are made of partners of different ages. Why, when both of them attended a dance one year as junior and senior, should they be unable to attend when they are senior and graduate? Talk about a way to ruin your night. High school only happens once and you only get two chances to attend prom, once as a junior and once as a senior. As a

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I do not plan on voting because I do not favor any of the candidates that are running for the presidency this year.

Editorial: Save Planned Parenthood for women, health and sex ed P


school, our policy allows for students to bring dates from different schools — as long as they’re still in high school. It seems easy enough. You fill out a form and have your off-campus date get his or her parent’s permission and you’re good to go. Why can’t we have something similar for dates who are just one or two years out of high school? Biologically, there is little difference between a 19-year-old and an 18-year-old. Perhaps the worry is that by allowing overage students (never mind the fact many seniors are 18 and older), it will become easier for Huskies at prom to get their hands on illicit substances. This is ridiculous. If students are already that irresponsible, there’s little we can do to deter them from such behavior. Senior Halle Potter has been working on a petition to the United Student League to change this rule. So far, her

petition has gathered over 300 signatures. “My boyfriend doesn’t go to this school anymore,” said Potter. “Everyone tells me I should go to prom ... I’m one of those people who wouldn’t enjoy it without a date so I’ll probably not go and that’s one more experience that I won’t have.” At the very least, a policy change is in order, especially for Husky alumni who have recently graduated. True, it would be sketchy at best to have a 20something adult for a date to prom but an absolute age limit could be imposed rather than an ill-fitting standard of “high school students only.” This way, the school does not have to be concerned about irresponsible adults or those who could be fairly accused of statutory rape. This policy is unfair to those couples who wanted to have their dream prom together but cannot simply because one of the two has graduated.



fter years of rumors about a fee on plastic bags and the introduction of eco-friendly, reusable bags, the inevitable has come to pass in 2012. California finally charges for the use of plastic bags that are harmful to our environment. There is little reason for consumers to complain. When stores provided them with the opportunity to keep their precious bags by recycling them with bins in the stores, the population generally did not cooperate, bringing in only 120,000 plastic bags, the second most common trash in landfills and on beaches. This figure is only five percent of plastic bags. Worldwide, only one percent of plastic bags are recycled. The fee on plastic bags is projected to cut the number of bags in half due to the fact that the Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties have not jumped on the bandwagon yet. Plastic bags, although mass produced, cost more than paper bags made out of recycled material because they have a longer life and are nonbiodegradable. Every year, 12 million barrels of petroleum are used to make the plastic bags we use in a year. Whatever benefit plastic bags have is a curse to other lifeforms and indirectly to ourselves. As a part of this planet, we are always eventually affected by changes in the precarious balance of ecosystems. The estimated yearly cost for retailers is $4 billion. Basic economics reveals that when a store pays less for supplies, it can offer better prices to customers. The only reason consumers dislike a surcharge is because they formerly

received bags free. There is strict legislation on the requirements that a reusable bag needs to meet. They need to be able to carry at least 22 pounds over a 175 feet radius and have a volume of 15 liters. They must be machine washable or be able to be disinfected and free from lead, cadmium or toxic levels of other heavy metals. These requirements are not a waste. In fact, durable bags come in handy as opposed to plastic bags that break with the least strain. Consumers proved that they are willing to cut the usage of plastic bags cold-turkey when all IKEA locations charged five cents for them. Imagine: If California raised the stakes by increasing the price among a wider group of stores, the state would be one of the first to abolish the usage of detrimental plastic bags. Now stores in Santa Clara County, Los Angeles County, Marin County and Long Beach all charge ten cents for paper bags made from recycled material. There is no problem with this. Paper bags were used in years preceding 1977 and if a ten cent surcharge will wean consumers off plastic bags then so be it. Excise taxes on plastic bags can prevent their usage. If Californians can see world issues from outside their wallets, they should understand. Even if they do not believe in the harm plastic bags do to the environment, they can at least consider the revenue that will be generated for the state from this charge. Riverside must join in the campaign to stamp out plastic bags that could end up in the ocean. The city has some of the worst air quality in California and it can make up for it by keeping citizens away from plastic bags.


o my grandfather died last month. To be honest, I’m not really sure how to feel about it. A little sad, sometimes annoyed but mostly I feel relieved. You see, for the past dozen years or so, he had been slowly withering away to the point where I questioned his cognizance. I think there is something infinitely sad about living to the point of being a shell and I wonder if voluntary euthanasia would be kinder. We put down our pets when they face incurable disease and that is considered well within the realm of humane behavior. I found it strange that in granddad’s obituary, it said that he “passed away peacefully.” My grandfather was not euthanized. In the long days and final hours, he spent them in semi-consciousness, gasping for breath and twitching due to Parkinson’s. Being slowly deprived of breath until you literally die is not my idea of “going peacefully.” I’m one of those people who hope that death comes suddenly and painlessly, ending in an instant — like accidentally falling off a very, very tall building. I hope you understand that I am half-joking when I say that. Frankly, death is a funny thing. According to Chinese tradition, at the viewing (after Granddad had been given a postmortem makeover), coins and pearls are supposed to be placed in his hands. In that somber moment when my mom and her brothers were supposed to do this, they had to wrestle and struggle to get the old man’s hand open. That’s right, they couldn’t go through with the somberness of the occasion due to what I suppose can only be called “technical difficulties” ... or slapstick. Perhaps it counts as an instant of black humor, which usually deals with making light of serious subjects. You know, death, famine, disease, suicide, depression, racism, corruption, violence — all the fun stuff. One of my favorite routines is by the late George Carlin, where he talks about frustrated suicide. He makes fun of people’s difficulties in committing suicide, usually due to mundane obstacles, such as your kid’s recital and doctor appointments. I wonder if nothing is sacred but the possibility that’s true doesn’t alarm me. It might be more entertaining actually. There’s such a thing as comedic sociopathy. Maybe it’s not just death that’s funny but rather it’s anything that gets taken so seriously sometimes — even when that’s not always possible. People tripping at graduations, misspellings on signs and days when it’s borderline tragicomedy that the world just seems out to get you. I’ve been told many times in my childhood that I am too sarcastic, cynical even. Looking back (especially at the viewing when I was stuffing my fist in my face to keep from laughing) maybe snarking is a kind of defense mechanism. They say that comedians draw upon their own suffering for inspiration. I can’t say I’m surprised. The least you can do in a crappy world is laugh at it. I’m not saying that everyone should go and laugh at the dead (well, maybe I am — what kind of life is worth living without a joke?) as there really are dead serious (pun unintended) moments that deserve a measure of somber pathos. Still, I have to wonder if at times, there’s a bit too much of that and not enough chuckles and wry observations. I think that aside from the snide remarks exchanged by my feuding relatives, there wasn’t much in the way of entertainment. The eulogies were, at best, diplomatic. As people told me they were sorry for my loss, I usually replied facetiously that I didn’t like him much anyway. In the face of tragedy, be it boredom, disease or any other disaster, what can people do but laugh? And is that really so terrible?




FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Republican candidates:

T H E G O O D , THE BAD & THE WEIRD Politics can be disillusioning at worst and confusing at best. In this upcoming election, many seniors will be able to vote. It’s a big responsibility when politics and multiple politicians are difficult to keep up with already. So in preparation, we have assembled here the relevant facts to let you know just what your options are within the Republican party. Unless you want to vote for Barack Obama. It’s up to you.

Compiled by opinion staff Caricatures by Alice Koga

Mitt Romney

the good Romney is a mainstream and moderate Republican. As such, he appeals to a different demographic than many other Republican candidates and reels in many young people who are sitting on the fence about the election. Having beat out others in many of the primaries, Romney is believed by many experts to be the next Republican Party nomination. In 2003, he was elected governor of Massachusetts.

the bad In 1994 Romney ran for the US Senate in Massachusetts but was defeated by Edward Kennedy. Many of his opponents claim that he flip-flops on key issues such as abortion and healthcare reform though his views on other topics are basically those of traditional Republicans. As a moderate he may lose appeal within the conservative base of Republicans. Additionally, he is Mormon, which is unusual among political candidates of any party.

the weird In 2002 Romney helped rescue Salt Lake City’s Olympic Games from financial woes. Apparently he announced the start of his campaign at a New Hampshire farm. In his 1994 Senate campaign he advocated getting rid of the Department of Agriculture but in 2007 a spokesman said that he believed “agriculture is key to our economy and families.” There are a few other issues that bring the same kind of reaction from Romney like stem cell research.

Rick Santorum

the good Santorum has unexpectedly reached and maintained a firm hold on second place in the race for various states’ primaries. Rooted in the Grand Old Party’s (GOP) Tea Party base, he appeals to the most conservative of Republican voters. Santorum is also vehemently against pornography and has expressed misgivings about the death penalty. While in Congress, he has supported efforts to combat HIV and AIDS as well as funding autism research.

the bad Santorum is strongly against same-sex marriage and birth control, which alienates a lot of American moderate voters, including young people. In 2001 he was unsuccessful in attaching an ammendment to the No Child Left Behind Act that promoted the teaching of intelligent design and questioning the academic standing of evolution on public schools. There were 96 scientific and educational organizations which demanded that the ammendment be removed and it was. Santorum has also spoken out against higher education. In an interview with Glenn Beck he said, “I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely … The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country ... 62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it.” He did not provide a source for that figure.

the weird After bowing out of the race for a seat in Pennsylvania’s senate, Santorum went back to working as a lawyer and became a contributor to the conservative Fox News cable network. Santorum has fathered eight children with his wife Karen. Like Romney, he is a religious minority in the political arena as a practicing Catholic. In 2005 he published a book called It Takes a Family, which was a response to Hilary Clinton’s It Takes a Village. His book claimed that liberal social policies have devastated family structure. It received mixed reviews.

the good Although against same-sex marriage. Paul has no qualms with gays in the military and voted for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in December of 2010, saying that behavior, if disruptive should be dealt with, be it heterosexual or homosexual. He is also generally supportive of embriotic stem cell research, though like his opinion on federal regultion of contraceptives he believes both are in the realm of medicine and should be outside of federal jurisdiction.

Ron Paul

the bad Paul opposes all federal aid and scholarships for higher education and in the 1980s and 1990s he sought to abolish all public education, replacing it with private schools. He has also gone on record saying that climate change is not a threat to human civilization. He opposes the federal law that requires hospitals to treat all those who seek medical care in the emergency room regardless of their ability to pay. In 2008 he ran for the Republican Party presidential nomination but won no state primaries, losing out to John McCain.

the weird Paul’s nickname is “Dr. No” because he claimed that he would never vote for anything not expressly authorized by the Constitution, which results in his votes being cast as the sole “no” on many issues. He has a medical degree and from the 1960s to 1980s he delivered more than 4,000 babies as an obstetrician-gynecologist. During this time, he refused to accept Medicaid and Medicare and lowered fees for patients who could not pay.

the good In 1995, Time named Gingrich “Man of the Year” for ending the 40-year Democratic hold on the House of Representatives. In the 1970s, he taught history and geography at the University of West Georgia. He favors rigorous math and science courses as well as competition between schools and between teachers. He is a green conservative, having co-sponsored the reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act, though has recently expressed skepticism about human activity affecting climate change.

the bad During Gingrich’s tenure as Speaker of the House, 84 ethics charges were filed against him. All but one charge were dropped, for which he was fined $300 thousand, the first time in US history that a Speaker had been disciplined for ethics charges. He used to be pro-life with the exception of cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life was at risk. After being criticized for this in 1998, he has since changed to opposing federal funding for abortions in all cases.

the weird Gingrich was raised as a Lutheran, then became a Southern Baptist in graduate school. In 2009, he converted to Catholicism, the faith of his third wife. Although he is against same-sex marriage, his half-sister Candace Gingrich is a lesbian and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) rights advocate. He has been a prolific reviewer of military history and spy novels on He has authored and coauthored 18 non-fiction books since 1982 and is listed as a contributor to the Fox News Channel. Apparently he has also co-written alternate history novels, the most recent of which is Valley Forge: George Washington and The Crucible of Victory which came out in 2010.

Newt Gingrich





All inked up


2012 1.

Not only are we students preparing for life outside of North’s walls, we are young adults who are trying to establish our own identities. Through clothing, style and hobbies, we aim to set ourselves apart from the rest of the world. Tattoos are more than just designs inked permanantly into the skin. They are symbols representing a part of who we are on the inside. We explored a variety of tattoos found among our student body and documented each of their individual stories.





1. Senior Leon Smith “I got it for my mom. I chose a heart because I love her and this is how I show it. I wanted to be different from everybody so I got the wings. It means a lot because my mom had me and I will always respect her.”

always have strength and the Roman numerals stand for [the date of when my grandpa passed away] so he’ll always be with me.”

got it to show lineage and grandpa is soon to pass heritage. It’s a family thing.” and with me going away to college, it’s kind of like 5. Senior Dominic Gathrite I’ll always have them with “[I got my tattoo] to sym- me. California is where bolize my family’s unity my life all came together.” 4. Junior Kyle Helmle with my brother’s, 3. Junior Sheena Edquid “My tattoo is of a tribal grandpa’s, mom’s, dad’s 6. Senior Rachael Hermann “The word strength on the shark. [The design] is tradi- and my own birthstone “It’s a tree so it represents [Since] my growth and life. But if you infinity sign means that I’ll tional to get in my family. I colors.

2. Freshman Wykeya Pope “I got my tattoo to remind me to always have faith in myself because I can sometimes be insecure about myself.”

INSIDE Bloody Dreams................B2 Horoscopes......................B2 TOMS..............................B3 Teacher’s Tale..................B4 Jon E. Quest.....................B4


Bookmarked.....................B5 Hunger Games................B6 Apps..................................B6 Memes..............................B7 Heat Festival....................B8

look closely it’s clear at the bottom and it starts to get blurier at the top. That’s because ... you don’t really have hard decisions [to make] when you’re young but when you’re older decisions become harder to make.”

The Teacher’s Tale

Alumna Cartoonist

Heat Festival

Get to know the story of the teacher on North’s campus who has gone from taming wild animals to educating students.

Meet the former North student who went from drawing in art class to cartooning for Warner Bros.

Learn about the annual Heat Festival that was held on the University of California, Riverside campus.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

FROM DREAM TO REALITY Gabriela Kreszchuk

By: Telepath Emily Chen & the Great Seer Amanda Valdez Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18 When we were younger we were afraid to favor our stuffed animals because we thought they would get jealous and kill us in our sleep. Don’t laugh at us, we’re just trying to warn you. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20 Hello, we love you, won’t you tell us your name? We’re just kidding, we’re psychic so of course we know your name. You really didn’t think we were for reals huh? Don’t be such a skeptic. When you’re older you’ll fall in love with a fortune teller. Aries March 21-April 19 You may be thinking, “Is this it?” Well we’re here to tell you it’s not. Keep trying and never give up! Your hard work will pay off in the future and you’ll get into the Guinness Book of World Records for most persistant person in the world. Taurus April 20-May 20 You’re going to find the one and believe it or not you’re going to win their heart by winning a debate contest. They find intelligence attractive and every word you said about the ozone layer will make them want to go up to you and propose on the spot. Gemini May 21-June 21 We understand that all you want to do is eat Oreos and talk on Facebook all night but don’t forget to handle all of your other responsibilities. Believe it or not school really is most important. Cancer June 22-July 22 They love you like a love song. We’re not sure what that means but we don’t think anyone but Selena Gomez knows. Come to think of it she told Oprah she didn’t either. Oh well, just keep hitting repeat and maybe it’ll start making sense. Leo July 23-Aug. 22 Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after. If you know either a Jack or a Jill you should really tell them not to leave the house today. This has nothing to do with your future but come on, be a good person and help out your friends. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Spring break is coming up which probably means late nights talking on the phone. Take our advice and stuff a towel under the door if you don’t want your parents to hear you. Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 23 You’re going to have a lot of homework to do next Wednesday and you’ll end up going to bed extremely late. But if you don’t pay attention you’re going to go to bed with toothpaste and eraser shavings all over your hair. That’s pretty icky.



or most teenagers in high school the majority of their worries revolve around school and their social lives. For junior Selena Kramer however her stress comes from ensuring she meets deadlines for her new novel and ensuring they include proper character development. For two years Kramer has been working on the first book in her 21 book series titled The Bloody Dreams Series: Stephenie Book1. She plans on writing three books for seven different characters from the story each with their own story line. Her book focuses around Stephenie who seems to be a perfectly normal girl but when a new guy comes to town, problems start to occur. The problems seem to be related to three newcomers showing up and mistaking Stephenie for someone else. The real question is whether or not they are right. Similar to many other authors’ inspirations, the idea for the series came from a dream but Kramer’s personal interests turned it into something more. “The idea for my book came from a dream I had but the inspiration came from my love of horror movies and that secret wish that a lot of people have for the supernatural being real,” she said. Being a teenage novelist in high school has been a good experience for Kramer. “It’s not a feeling of achievement or accomplishment but more like [I’ve] reached something so many people said I wouldn’t and for a while even [I couldn’t] believe it.” According to Kramer she first got

Courtesy of Selena Kramer

The cover art for Selena Kramer’s first novel which is titled, The Bloody Dreams Series: Stephenie Book1. into writing after being a straight A student but falling behind in reading. She needed a way to let out frustration as well as a way to practice her spelling and grammar skills by writing short stories that eventually turned into a complete book. Writing a book while going to school isn’t as hard as people think it is. Her day usually consists of going to school, doing her homework and hope-

fully writing at least five to 10 pages in her journal. Her writing process is not as simple as sitting down and having the ideas flow out of her for pages and pages though. Kramer usually begins writing a story only after getting an idea for it. “It can be as simple as a line or phrase [or] something as intricate as a string of events,” she said. She then plans out every chapter

along with the background of each character. She imagines the scene and writes down every detail that comes to her mind until she has no more thoughts to write down. She also draws on her own life experiences and uses them to get a different perspective on things. Her dreams help to enhance her characters and create small details. What seems to be the hardest part of writing for her is making it perfect in her mind so that she can stop writing. Though the writing process was not very hard, the publishing process was fairly difficult. Thanks to researching online Kramer discovered the process she would need to go through. In order to continue she would have to find a publisher, an agent and a freelance editor. The editing of her manuscript would depend on her editor. The problem was that being a 16-year-old writer who has never been published is not what most publishers want. An editor would take her manuscript only for a fee. Instead she chose to self-publish. As a soon-to-be published writer Kramer has some thoughts as to what others should do if they are trying to become authors. “Being an author does not mean being published. Know that not everyone is going to like your book. Someone will hate it and if not then you did something wrong.” Kramer is also in the middle of planning another book that is not related to her Bloody Dreams series. It is an idea she has been thinking about for a while, though after she finishes planning she will continue with her original series. Her book The Bloody Dreams Series: Stephenie Book1 is expected to come out in July of this year.

I think my dog ate it We’ve all had those times when we just don’t feel like doing our homework and all morning we’re wracking our brains for a good excuse. A few teachers shared some of the best excuses they’ve heard over the years about why their students didn’t do their homework.

Scorpio Oct. 24-Nov. 21 You, yes you. You’re our favorite. You always look incredible and you smell fantastic. Not like that other Scorpio, they always give us mean looks. It hurts our feelings. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Your dad is going to forbid you from marrying your fiance because he’ll confess that they’re your sibling. Your mom will tell you it’s okay though because your father isn’t your father. You’ll live through quite the scandal but at least you’ll get married. Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19 This won’t be easy and we’re sorry for telling you this but you should get over that certain person. You don’t realize this because you’re head over heels in love but they secretly steal locks of your hair and take pictures of you when you’re not looking. We’ll be perfectly honest, we get a lot of our visions while we’re listening to strange music. So if it seems like your horoscope reminds you of a song you’ve heard, it’s probably no coincidence. That doesn’t, however, affect the validity of our visions.

“My brother chewed my homework up; he stuck it all in his mouth and chewed it up.” Science teacher, Rolland Fezzey

“My mom doesn’t think it’s good enough yet so she’s not letting me turn it in.” English teacher, Arlene Golds

Minimum wage memoir: As if high school isn’t enough, senior Jessica Brown discusses working two jobs while balancing student council and cheerleading. The North Star: Where do you work? Jessica Brown: At Shiekh Shoes in the Moreno Valley Mall and Romano’s Family Italian Restaurants & Chicago Pizzerias in Canyon Crest.

NS: Why did you want a second job? JB: So I could go out and have money to spend. The job at Shiekh doesn’t pay as much as Ramono’s does. There I get tips plus a paycheck. For Shiekh, I just get a paycheck.

NS: How long have you had these jobs? JB: [For Shiekh since] last June. Almost a year. For Romano’s, since October.

NS: Tell us about some of the things you’re involved in at school. You’re the cheer captain? JB: I’m the only Pep Commissioner, which is like the head captain. I have two co-captains as well but I’m the head captain and [I represent the team for the] United Student League (USL) too.

NS: What do you do at Shiekh? JB: I’m a cashier and a salesperson so I sell shoes, put shoes back and send shoes out to different stores. Amanda Valdez / The North Star

NS: What about your job at Romano’s? JB: I seat people, get drinks for people, answer phones, etc. I’m like a hostess or waitress. NS: What job do you like more? JB: Shiekh. They play loud music and it’s really fun. NS: Why don’t you like Romano’s as much? JB: I don’t like doing things for people — people are mean. If you seat them at the wrong table they’ll get mad and tell your boss on you … If you do to-go [orders] wrong or if you put their order in wrong and it’s the not the right food, they’ll tell your manager that it’s your fault. Everything you do is your fault but Shiekh is [cool]. We listen to music, dance and just get people their shoes. Amanda Valdez / The North Star

NS: For what does that make you responsible? JB: The dances, pep rallies, assemblies, class competitions, what outfits we’re going to wear, hair up or hair down, if we need our poms or not and deciding which girls will do the cheers. NS: What do you spend your money on? JB: Bills! Lots and lots of bills. NS: How do you have bills already? JB: I’m 18 so my parents help me a little but I pay for my car and my phone. Anything I want I have to go and get, including clothes. NS: How long do you plan to maintain this kind of schedule? JB: Until I graduate and get a real job. NS: How long have you had a job? JB: I’ve been working since I was 15.

NS: Why so early? JB: I’ve been saving [money] since I was 15 so when I graduate [I won’t] be struggling to pay for things on my own ... I’ve worked at a lot of places [like] Daisy Fresh Dry Cleaners, Daisy Fresh Foreclosed Homes, I baby sat, worked for Aramsco Company for a little bit, Shiekh and then Romano’s. NS: It’s not hard for you to find a job? JB: No because I’m very bubbly ... After I apply I’ll call them and keep calling them and bugging them until they say, “Okay, you’re hired.” That’s how I get [work]. I don’t stop until I get the job. NS: What have you learned because of this? JB: That I’m very independent. NS: Do you like that? JB: It’s hard but I learned that to get what you want in life you have to work because no one is going to be nice to you. No one is going to be by your side and help you with everything you need. NS: How do you manage going to school, having two jobs and being in charge of the cheer squad? JB: It’s very hard but I do my homework between classes [and] I figure out dances for cheer at lunch. I usually work after school until about nine [and that’s when I] go home and go to bed. Then I wake up and do it all over.

“One kid said their goat ate their homework. It was true; he even had his dad vouch for him.” History teacher, Marc Gonzalez

“I don’t know where it is but I really thought I did it. They didn’t say they did do it. They said they thought they did.” Math teacher, Candice Reed

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012



Changing the world one shoe at a time


Singletons just don’t u n d er s tan d



Salam Elchami / The North Star



magine a life where you have to overcome difficult challenges every day of your life. Where you have to walk great distances just to find clean water for yourself and for your family and are not able to attend school because you simply can’t afford it. Now imagine how much harder your life would be if you have to complete all of your daily tasks without even a simple pair of shoes. In your own personal life as you walk around school you see several different people wearing colorful and unique shoes with the familiar TOMS label visible on the side. TOMS shoes have started a sort of

revolution in helping children around the world through their One For One Movement. This trend has become popular across the world and is as simple as purchasing a pair of TOMS shoes. Of course a customer has to wonder: How does someone help children by buying a pair of shoes? The TOMS revolution began in 2006 when Blake Mycoskie took a trip to Argentina and found that many children there did not own a single pair of shoes to protect their feet from the outdoors. Inspired to make a difference he went back to America and created a company that would give a pair of shoes to a child in Argentina for every pair of shoes purchased in America. He then returned a year later with 10,000 pairs of shoes for the children. The company establishes shoe-giv-

ing partnerships with humanitarian organizations around the world that help identify communities that are in need of shoes. They then give them shoes that are sized for and are the best for the children that are receiving them. Most of the time the shoes that are given to the children are the black unisex canvas slip-on shoes with a sturdy sole because they are the most versatile. These shoes are the best for children because many school uniforms require black shoes and they are durable enough for children who use them quite rigorously. Junior Juan Andrade said, “I think it’s a good charity. They help children in need [receive] shoes so that they don’t roam around barefoot. It’s something that we don’t appreciate much because we’ve always had shoes. I also

think it’s a good sales tactic. People buy their shoes to look good but also as a way to help someone out.” They are popular among many people for their style and comfort. “They’re cute shoes, have a comfy fit and in my opinion they last long. Also their ‘Buy one give one’ contribution is great,” said sophomore Alondra Leon. Not only are they trendy but they enable shoppers to give back to the less fortunate. Freshman Natalie Sauer said, “Even though they are a little expensive [it’s] okay. I mean to help children … [it’s] such a good feeling.” Since we have had shoes our whole lives we aren’t as aware of the dangers and problems these children encounter if they do not have shoes to wear. There are so many children in developing countries who grow up bare-

foot and even simple tasks put them at risk. Soil-transmitted diseases can penetrate the skin through bare feet which puts people at risk by just stepping barefoot on an unclean surface. Wearing shoes can easily help prevent children from contracting these diseases. Due to uniform requirements, children cannot attend school without shoes in Argentina. Those who have shoes are able to go to school to receive an education which will help them become successful in the future and enable them to better their lives. As remarkable as it sounds, TOMS may be indirectly helping end poverty in developing countries. Everybody is entitled to basic necessities and TOMS are working towards turning that into a reality one pair at a time.

o ahead — ask us if we’re related. Or if we’re identical. If the phenotype doesn’t give it away, then surely a DNA test will. After sharing a room for 16 years (and an additional nine months in the womb) we’ve gotten used to hearing and answering this question, sometimes while rolling our eyes. Along with the questions, stereotypes about twins seem to wiggle their way in too. Most are not true. Some are hilariously true. One of the most difficult things about being a twin is establishing your own identity. Having been raised in the same house in the same room with the same closet that holds the same clothes, it’s a little difficult to establish your own style and identity. The sad truth for twins usually isn’t the burden of finding their own identities but the idea of following a path of non-identical styles, hobbies and personalities and ensuring that as two people, they are in fact living their lives like they are two people. At seven years old, I fell victim to a motorcycle accident that required me to undergo reconstructive facial surgery. The surgery had slightly altered my appearance but heavily impacted our twin relationship. For once we looked different and we weren’t sure how to take that; as a form of rebellion towards these new differences Selena slept on her left side for months in order to mold her face in the exact shape of mine. However this colossal difference seemed nonexistent to everyone else but us. As we grew older people got better at finding our differences. “Serena’s the taller one,” they would say. “Selena’s the one with bigger eyes,” others would point out as if we didn’t already know. Although these remarks would make us uncomfortable nothing else bothered us more than when people assumed our personalities were different because we are twins. The common questions “Who’s the devil and who’s the angel?” and “Who’s the smart one and who’s the dumb one?” strikes a chord with us whenever we’re asked. We’re equal on almost every level; something Singletons (people without a twin) don’t understand. Almost all twins strive to maintain a level of equality with one another. Unfortunately the rest of the world makes that slightly challenging. Our kindergarten name tags were brandished with symbols in order to tell us apart: Selena was a penguin because she wore blue and I was a strawberry because I wore red. Petty ways to tell us apart became the very bane of our existence. We hated it — still do — when people compare us. Even mixing up our names would be better than trying to find ridiculous ways to tell us apart. This is not to say that we want to be the same person—just equal in people’s eyes. To twins the word “identical” doesn’t mean the “same”; it means that we have such a strong bond that without each other we can’t truly find our identities. Singletons are somewhat right when assuming twins share the same hobbies at least. We pretty much can do what the other can but that doesn’t mean that we prefer to. Selena plays the keys on the piano to write songs while I plays the keys of the computer keyboard to write. At the end of the day we both play keys and if a situation opts us to trade places we’ll be successful on both ends. It’s not telepathy. It’s being raised together, sharing many of the same experiences and having the same opportunities. In a way it’s our upbringing that’s made us so similar. Curiosity about twins, considering we’re such a minority, is definitely welcome. Trust us, we’re curious about Singletons too. How can you all survive alone, without anybody to help you do your homework when you’re tired or speak to you in your own language when you’re sad or share your birthday presents with you when you’re happy? Having a twin automatically sets you up with a lifelong best friend, roommate and sometimes sparring partner. And honestly we couldn’t have asked for a better lifetime guarantee.




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The teacher’s tale: out of the wild and into the classroom Gabriela Kreszchuk STAFF WRITER


hen students think about their teachers, most assume that teaching was all they ever wanted to do. They sleep on their desks at night and live at school because they love teaching more than anything else. Or maybe they loved school so much they wanted to do just that for the rest of their lives. Regardless, for Earth Science teacher Thomas Castiglione this is far from the case. Growing up as an only child surrounded by animals led Castiglione into a career that allowed him to do exactly what he loved: training animals. As he was going through high school he took Regional Occupational Program (ROP) classes that trained students to care for animals. Castiglione said, “The teacher and I got along wonderfully and ... she kind of pointed me in directions where there would be careers with animals.” In addition to his high school courses, he received help finding what would help him to pursue what he loved to do. “She also introduced me to a college that’s here in southern California called Moorpark College and they have a two year program in exotic animal training and management,” he said. From there he put all of his efforts towards achieving his goal and two years later he graduated with his degree in exotic animal training and management. Afterwards he applied everywhere he could and worked with every

animal that he could. First, Castiglione started working with and training elephants. “With elephants we did educational outreach programs. We did circuses, events and state fairs. They also did plenty of film work with the elephants.” He’s worked with all types of ani-

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Castiglione and tiger Tsumura relaxing after taking a walk behind the Mirage casino in Las Vegas. mals from lions to great apes and everything in between. His first job was working for Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas on their show at the Mirage. “Following that, I worked for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Grand [Hotel and Casino] with their lions and their lion habitat for a little while. Then

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Scan this QR code to hear jon e. quest’s song, “the light.”

I went with a company that I’m actually still employed with called Birds and Animals Unlimited,” said Castiglione. Through working with the company he has even been able to train many animals for films. One of his more famous animals is the monkey from The

Hangover Part II. Something as simple as bringing his work home with him became his only problem. Soon he had enough animals that he had a small zoo. The problems arose when he no longer had just himself to think about but the safety of his family and small children. “I found it

When we think of who inspires us at school we instantly think of teachers. Fortunately, North is home to not only talented students and rising stars but established professionals and gifted faculty members who impact our lives. Jon Smith, one of the campus aides at North, has made a big name for himself among the student body. After rapping a song at a rally during Multicultural Week last year and preforming during this year’s Midwinter, Smith has been approached by many students facing struggles who say that he is their voice of reason. “I’m very humbled to know that my music influences students in a positive way. They come to talk to me about how they wake up in the morning listening to the CDs I gave them and how it brings light into their lives. It continues to inspire me,” said Smith.

risky to endanger my children with dangerous animals like chimpanzees and other things that like to bite little fingers,” he said. He also wanted to spend more time at home with his family. Because his wife was a high school teacher, he decided that he could do the same seeing as he enjoyed being around people just as much as he enjoyed being around animals. Fortunately, he has not forgotten what he has learned from being an animal trainer and still uses those techniques in the classroom. Castiglione said, “A lot of what we do relies upon positive reinforcement and that could be something as easy as telling the students that they are doing a great job.” When training animals he had to be able to adapt to any situation. The same is true for teaching. But he will always have his stories to tell his students when they’re misbehaving. One of his most memorable encounters involves him being the target of attack during his time with Siegfried and Roy. “I had a full grown lioness stalk me and come up behind me to basically try to attack. Somehow … she started to but instantly stopped. I’m not sure how or why she stopped but she did and I still have all my fingers and toes to show for it.” Throughout his 13 year career as an animal trainer, Castiglione has trained numerous animals. Evidently misbehaved students haven’t proven to be too much for him and he continues to train animals during the holidays and his time away from North.

When it comes to overcoming life struggles, he believes his love for music came from a place of hopelessness. “I’ve been writing [music] since I was seven years old. I had a hard life—growing up in a broken home—so the outlet that I turned to was music,” he said. He created a good foundation for himself when he began spending time in the studio to record his material. It was here that he realized music was a strong passion of his. Smith said, “Slowly but surely my name started getting out there.” Despite having recorded in the same studio as well-respected hip-hop artists such as Tupac Shakir and Redman, Smith was not interested in becoming the same stereotypical rapper. Stylistically he adds a touch of Gospel to his flows and rather than singing verses about gunshots and self-indulgence he aims to send a more positive message. “I try to think about the audience and what they’re going through rather than focus on myself and where I am,” said Smith. “I want to add something positive to every person who hears my music.” With his music being distributed to a fairly large and respectable fan base Smith reaches out not just to North students but to all types of people regardless of age, ethnicity or background. “I really look forward to reaching souls that are just like I was,” said Smith, “and hopefully giving them some light, positivity and [inspiring them] to do well in life.” Some of the themes Smith promotes through his music include acceptance of one another, avoiding violence and never giving up.

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Although it was his day off from training, Castiglione went to Lake Elsinore to see Tai, one of the elephants he worked with daily.




Claudia Barrientos STAFF WRITER


orth is recognized as a place that offers students structure, support and learning fundamentals that can be carried throughout life. Over the years North has been the starting point for current athletes, activists, performers and even artists. Alumna Joanna Ramos is currently a character and background designer at the legendary Warner Brothers film industry for the MAD show on Cartoon Network. Ramos graduated in 2002 but even before then she knew what she wanted to do. After high school Ramos was accepted to the California Institute of Arts. Shortly after graduating in 2006, she found work animating and later designing for television shows and has been in television ever since. However, it wasn’t until a life changing summer school program that Ramos knew what she wanted to do. “I knew that I liked to constantly draw and that I’ve always liked drawing cartoons but it wasn’t until I was accepted into a summer school animation program for high school students, [The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA)], that I knew I had to try to get into the animation industry,” said Ramos. The CSSSA is a rigorous pre-professional program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film for talented high school students. The program provides a supportive environment for students to explore and acquire new techniques for an exciting learning experience. California residents enrolled in grades nine through 12 are eligible to apply to CSSSA but only a limited number are admitted each year. The admission process is highly competitive as just last year fewer than half of all applicants were accepted in each department. These participants are selected on the basis of their talent and creativity in their assignments and teacher recommendations. After completing the four week program students are named California Arts Scholars and receive the California Arts Scholar Medallion. Art teacher Wayne Clack told Ramos about the CSSSA program and encouraged her to apply. For any student paying for school, money can become a stressful obstacle. Ramos, however, had a more carefree attitude about money. Instead




of spending valuable time thinking about the money, she focused on school. “I feel that if you’re going out on a limb to invest in your career you should concentrate on school and not waste that time fretting over student loans. I pretty much ignored the numbers on my student loans in an out-ofsight, out of mind sort of way.” This type of determination only made Ramos more confident. “The scariest it ever got for me was after graduating and before my first gig in animation. I had a few hundred in the bank, not really enough to cover rent which was due soon. I had actually taken a week off of an arbitrary job, my only source of income I took on to make ends meet, so that I could focus on taking a test for an animation studio. In the end, my hard work paid off. My test met the studio’s expectations and I got hired,” said Ramos. While working in television animation it’s easy to be temporarily unemployed when the show you’re working on isn’t selected for another season. “It feels incredibly lucky if you can get another job lined up after the one that just ended. This gets easier the more you’re known but there have been times where I have been unemployed for a few months. If you’re proactive and have a good amount of money saved up to live off of, things seem to always work out favorably. I’ve learned to trust that,” said Ramos. Inspiration can be found in any surrounding either frightful, dangerous, peaceful, private or completely beautiful but the most common way people learn and find inspiration is from the people in their lives. For Ramos, inspiration comes from former and current co-workers who make her feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work alongside them. For drawing characters she finds inspiration in laughter. “If I can get someone to laugh at a drawing I did, I feel like I won the lottery.” High tech computers and simple paper and pencil are equally important for Ramos because “you need to know how to work on a Cintiq or tablet for jobs but when you’re working on paper it feels like it exercises a different thinking process. You have to commit to the lines you’re making and really have a clear picture of what you want to do in your head. On the computer you can guess and test until you have it the way you want it to look which is really nice if you need to bust out a few variations of one idea.” At work Ramos uses Cintiq and Flash Creative Suit 4 (CS4) but “at

home I like using water soluble crayons and pencils with a water brush or a good old sharpie.” The workplace plays a major role in any job. Working with creative people who share common interests makes a job easier and memorable. “I animated on the first season of The Ricky Gervais Show for HBO and Ricky Gervais himself actually popped into the studio to take a look at what we were working on [and he was] super nice. Also Surgio Aragones, a famous MAD magazine artist, will visit every now and then at the show I’m currently working on,” said Ramos. Other memorable moments Ramos shared was working with a boasting boss learning to bake. “We ended up with everyone in the studio competing in a bake-off. I didn’t win and actually he didn’t end up winning either,” said Ramos. No matter how competitive the animation industry is, North alumna Joanna Ramos is an inspiration to anyone who is equally passionate about the arts. From learning about line drawings in art class to drawing and designing for Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc., Joanna Ramos is a North star. Courtesty of Joanna Ramos



ookmarked is a compilation of personal student essays written by former North students. The idea behind the book came from Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Honors American Literature teacher, Ann Camacho, who is also the book’s editor. Most of the writers in the book were part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and AVID programs and every author in the book once sat in Camacho’s Honors American Literature class. From the conception to the day the book will launch on March 30, the entire process took a little over two and a half years. Camacho admits that looking back, the idea of getting a book published seemed pretty crazy.

“I just said, ‘hey that sounds like a good plan,’ when it was a fairly ridiculous plan as stats will tell you only three in 10,000 manuscripts get published,” said Camacho. Yet what maintained her belief was the incredible essays she began to receive and the stories, insight and wisdom within them. Camacho began by sending out invitations to her past and present students to write an essay with their life philosophy anchored to a quote from a piece of literature. The submitted essays were then combed over and tweaked by herself and two student editors, Jessica Trumble and Adam Fletcher. Their essays are also featured in the book. After six months of editing, Camacho wrote a query for publishing companies. The manuscript was picked up by Free Spirit and once the manuscript was in the publishers’ hands, the process was fairly quick. A book con-

tract was offered soon after and signatures needed to be obtained from the 70 authors of the manuscript. The publishing company cut 20 of the original 70 and Camacho said, “It was like a finger was being cut off each time they did but they said it [would] be 50 or none so really my choice was clear.” All the proceeds of the book are going towards a John W. North high school scholarship. “I have no idea how much the book is going to make. So instead of splitting the money 51 ways we decided to do this instead,”

said Camacho. The scholarship will work something like this. A student has to have taken Honors American Literature to apply; this is not restricted only to Camacho’s class. If they meet this prerequisite the student then proceeds to write an essay much like those in the book with their life philosophy tied into a quote from literature. Then that essay and the reason behind applying for the scholarship will be reviewed by a committee. On this committee are all 51 authors of the book including Camacho herself.

For her it was a privilege to be a part of all these kids’ amazing journeys. In the acknowledgments of Bookmarked, Camacho expresses her gratitude to all the writers by saying, “Finally to every student who submitted an essay, whether it appears or not, thank you for your willingness to bear your soul and step up with courage to tell your story. There are no words to tell you the gratitude and admiration I have for you all.” She said, “The stories are amazing, the writing is amazing but these young people are amazing.” In advising students who are beginning to write personal statements she explained that they must find a seed, an inner foundation and build upon that. “It can be anything: literature, a restaurant you love, a stuffed animal but it has to be a seed.” For the most part Camacho didn’t have trouble juggling a school life and a home life but she ad-

mits that sometimes during these past two years there were times of extreme stress. “It has been an incredibly short journey now as I look back. And sometimes it just seems surreal,” said Camacho. She and the students in the book are eagerly anticipating the launch of the book. Camacho would absolutely love to do a second version of the book. “There are still so many stories to tell, so many seeds. I would absolutely love to,” she said. An excerpt from Camacho’s own essay in the book reads, “We read to become better people and we read because we have the power to change lives. Books can tell us who we are and who we aren’t — or at least who we don’t want to be as individuals.” This is one of the life philosophies Camacho lives by and that is the philosophy surrounding Bookmarked.

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Tyler Davis & Falon Opsahl EDITORS-IN-CHIEF


he Hunger Games, one of the most anticipated movies of the year, premiered one week ago today. Based on the first book of the famous trilogy, also titled The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, the film adaptation was co-written and co-produced by Collins herself and directed by Gary Ross. The movie’s opening weekend brought in a record-breaking net profit of approximately $155 million and is now expected by several analysts to bring in a $300 million profit for the independent studio, Lionsgate, that produced the film. Fans throughout the nation lined up at local theaters on the Thursday before the midnight premier in order to be among the first people to see the film adaptation of one of the country’s bestselling novels. For many, the movie exceeded expectations. For others, the outcome was absolutely mind-blowing, already contributing to the acclaim that will predictably earn the film a set of

well-deserved Oscars. The film takes place in a fictional, post-apocalyptic North America where twelve impoverished districts surround a prestigious, dominating Capitol. In punishment for a previous rebellion, there is an annual event called the Hunger Games in which each of the districts must send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to the Capitol to participate in a fight to the death. It is no surprise that the book, beautifully written and perfectly plotted, caused so many to eagerly anticipate the movie. Fortunately, the film stays fairly loyal to the book, diverging from the original plot line only when necessary, usually in order to fill in missing information that is discussed in the book with interior monologue. The individual changes are all done tastefully and only rarely take away from the original meaning of Collins’ novel. However, the film sometimes spends too much time on seemingly unnecessary aspects that take away from the characterization and theme in the original story that made the novel so well-received in the first place. Overall, the movie lived up to all of

100 North students were polled on their favorite smartphone applications.

51% said Facebook 21% said Angry Birds 21% said Temple Run 7% said Pandora

the hype. The casting was nearly perfect with the main character, Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, clearly serving as the starlet every audience member idolizes before they even walk into the theater. In a word, Lawrence was breathtaking. One of the most touching moments of the entire film, if not of all films in recent memory, was the moment of tearful suffering at the death of her companion Rue. Most people in the audience were moved to tears, feeling not only Katniss’ pain but also the sense of friendship, devotion and disillusionment at her fate following Rue’s death. Perhaps the greatest complaint about the film has little to do with the plot or the ability of the film’s star actors. This would be the camerawork. At times, the camerawork was so turbulent, shifting and moving the focus of the lens so quickly that the screen became nothing more than a blurry blob for the eyes of eager audience members. There’s something to be said about this type of camerawork, reflective of the style of documentaries, for it makes the film feel realistic and relatable, something that makes its content more

powerful. However, there were points in the movie where the camerawork absolutely distracted from the heartwrenching, tense or even passionate moments it was relaying to the audience. To be honest, certain scenes made it questionable whether or not the film should have issued a warning for theater-goers who suffer from epilepsy. All in all, the film is definitely something that will satisfy most fans of The Hunger Games trilogy and will bring them back to theaters for the two planned sequels.

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Radio Disney and Pandora also have apps which make music easily accessible. The Amazon Kindle app eliminates the need for an actual Kindle or book and users can read anywhere they have their phones. It’s no wonder that book stores are going out of business when buying a book no longer involves leaving your living room. There are also the weird but nevertheless useful apps. One such app is the Have2P Restroom Locator. When the urge to go becomes unbearable, using this app the user can quickly find a list of nearby restrooms. The app even lists which restrooms have added amenities and those that are nice and clean. Who knew men could read smaller print than women but women could hear better? Or that the heart of a giraffe is two feet long? An app called Weird Facts provides an ample supply of really weird and mostly useless facts. Close to the Weird Facts app is the Weird Laws application that provides information on really wacky laws. For example, in Long Beach, California it is illegal to curse on a mini golf course. Some apps are just a way to kill time doing something amusing. If anyone has the urge to pop something and



n a world of everchanging revolutions in technology, applications or “apps” have become indispensable. Apps are available for a wide array of technology, from any Apple product to most tablets and smartphones. Some companies have a wider range of apps than others, with the top competing markets being Android’s Android Market and the Apple App Store which recently reached 25 billion downloads. In terms of price, apps can range from several dollars to less than a dollar. However, the Android Market, which was renamed Google Play Store, holds the prize for the most free apps with 67 percent of its total products costing nothing at all. Currently, there seems to be an app for everything from basic entertainment to cooking instructions and immensely popular entertainment apps which include games like Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds and Temple Run.  Companies like Twitter, Facebook, Oovoo and Skype have also developed apps. Apps like these make it possible for people to be socially connected anywhere in the world at any time.

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Scan this QR code to see the trailer for “the hunger games.”

finds no balloons handy, the Pimple Popper might be what they are looking for. The app provides the user with a face with pimples on it that can be popped. This game is disgustingly satisfying. Squeak My Voice is an app that gives the user’s voice a chipmunk quality t h a t makes saying the simp l e s t things an enjoyable task. But in case that isn’t enough the Face Fat app shows people what they might look like with 20 pounds added to their face. Face Fat is hilarious and a good inspiration for when it is really tempting to skip the gym and eat the pint of chocolate ice cream instead.

Apps seem to be the bane and boon of this generation. Without some apps, life would be hard to imagine. Where would anyone be without Facebook on their phone? However, some apps are so intriguing that they make real life seem dull. Temple Run anyone?


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Zahab Qazi STAFF WRITER Being Flynn, an adaptation of Nick Flynn’s memoir, Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City and directed by Paul Weitz, was released on March 2. Nick Flynn, played by Paul Dano, has never had a father who was present in his life. Jonathan Flynn, played by Robert De Niro, is a con man, corrupt to the root and also a self-proclaimed great American writer. Aside from being estranged from his father, Nick has also lost his mother Jody (Juliana Moore) to suicide. So when Jonathan and Nick meet in a homeless shelter which Jonathan has checked into and where Nick works, fate intervenes. Though Nick wants nothing to do with this man who is his father he realizes that this is fate’s way of showing him a path for both himself and his father. Dano and De Niro are incredibly heartwarming as the Flynn men in this tale of father and son. As the movie toggles with the two men’s stories the audience views both men’s perspectives of their lives. Dano does an impeccable job driving the angst of his character home. Nick Flynn is an aspiring writer who struggles with the ghosts of a family. The mother he loved left him and he never knew a father but Nick finds some peace in a relationship with Denise (Olivia Thirby), his coworker. Dano manipulates his emotions beautifully as a man who struggles with addiction and trying to reconnect with his father. De Niro is also wonderfully adaptive to his grisly role as an alcoholic man with big dreams. Jonathan Flynn, a man who never lived to his potential and who left his family and dreams to seek comfort in a bottle of booze. Throughout the movie the man assures people of his great talent as a writer. Despite his failures there is arrogance and an ego in him. Jonathon Flynn says there have been only three great Amer-



he word “meme” may mean nothing to some people but there are others, those who spend most of their time online, who would know exactly what the word means. A meme is a modern day phenomenon where an idea is spread through the Internet from one person to another. Memes can range from picture graphics to videos. The definition of a meme in scientific terms comes from a theory by Richard Dawkins which states that an idea will be thought of by one or more people. When the idea is shared verbally or written it mutates, which is exactly what memes have done: mutated

throughout the Internet. Ranging from the popular “Troll Face” and “Forever Alone” to the new ones that appear every day on social networking sites such as Tumblr and 4Chan. The more popular memes seem to become, the more they seem to appear in places other than the Internet. Sayings such as being “forever alone” and “trolling someone” seem to be rising among many. Being forever alone is derived from the meme which includes a Microsoft Paint drawn cartoon face that is crying. This meme represents loneliness and disappointment in a strangely funny manner. One thing that makes memes so popular is how relatable they are. Everyone at some point has had a moment when they’ve felt alone and therefore been the forever


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ican writers. Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger and himself. The acting of both Dano and De Niro is matched with a great directorial hand. Weitz finds the balance between the two men and it is this balance in the screenplay that makes the movie different from the many movies dealing with life struggles. The events are unpredictable which is what makes the movie so engaging. Despite the movie

being a tug at t h e heartstrings it really isn’t your typical Friday night movie. If you are looking for an intellectually stimulating movie, this is it. Overall it was a great movie about human emotions and the sometimes ugly entanglements behind them. If you like this also try... About a Boy Meet the Parents The King There Will Be Blood

Zahab Qazi STAFF WRITER On April 4 the worldwide phenomenon Titanic will be rereleased in 3D. The movie, directed by James Cameron of Avatar fame, originally came out almost fifteen years ago on Dec. 19, 1997. The resurrection of the movie is to commemorate the fact that on April 15 it will have been 100 years since the unsinkable ship, the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic, met her unimaginable doom. It seems unthinkable that the RMS Titanic could ever be revitalized yet that is what J a m e s Cameron did in this timeless movie. The ship lost forever has been given a new life along with a new story and insight. Titanic is a lot more than just a movie that keeps its audience enthralled. The haunting message that underlies the movie is much deeper. The phenomenon of Titanic can be contributed to how much of a complete film it is. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet display incredible charisma and energy in their characters and the film to this day continues to give the actors great fame. Every ship needs an able captain to sail and James Cameron proves himself that. Cameron’s eye for detail and

painstaking accuracy in the story all made the experience unforgettable and now this entire process has been meticulously converted to 3D. The thrill in the 3D experience is promised to be even more jaw-dropping. Just the history behind the RMS Titanic is enthralling enough to make it an event that history would never be able to forget. Adding that incredibly powerful history to a love story worthy of Romeo and Juliet is a recipe for a box office hit. When originally released, Titanic broke all previous box office records. The movie now stands as one of the highest grossing movies of all time, achieving a worldwide gross of 1.8 billion dollars. This record remained unchallenged for 12 years until broken by another James Cameron directed movie, Avatar. One of the most memorable aspects of Titanic remains the heart-wrenching theme of “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. After the release of the movie the song became a romance staple. Aside from winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song it became the best-selling single of 1998. Titanic remains one of the greatest romantic tragedies of cinema history and the story behind the film remains one of the most shocking, horrendous and ironic twists history has ever seen: an unsinkable ship that sank and a ship of dreams that took with her the lives of her passengers. The movie Titanic captures these lessons. So it is fitting that 100 years after the tragedy of the RMS Titanic it is paid tribute by a movie that beautifully enfolds the true emotions of the incident. Titanic will rise to the surface once more, redone in all its glory, never to be forgotten. If you like this also try... Inception Pearl Harbor Revolutionary Road Romeo and Juliet

taking over the world one troll at a time Dominique De La Rosa


alone guy. Instead of moping around about not having a date, we can look at the humor of the situation through memes. Memes also gives a new meaning to the word “troll.” Before, a troll was simply a small being that was said to be found underneath bridges but in 2012 this is certainly no longer the case. Looking up the word “troll” no longer brings you to the mythological creature but to what is now known as the “Internet Troll.” The Internet Troll represents the sinister side of the Internet and its definition is a person who comments on a certain idea or topic with something ironic and off-topic that mostly creates an argument. The “Troll Face” is another Microsoft Paint drawn face that resembles a taunting

smirk, similar to the face made when pranking someone. But where did all this start? Most memes started from “Rage Comics.” Rage Comics and memes as a whole were said to have started on 4Chan, an online imageboard forum site. Rage Comics include a wide variety of characters such as the class nerd who always reminds the teacher you have homework, stereotyped with the name Melvin. They also include familiar faces such as the emotionless face you make when someone catches you in a lie, known as “Poker Face.” Of course the most popular of these faces and characters is the infamous “Rage Guy.” Rage Guy is the side of everyone when they get flooded with anger. Other memes include “LOLcats,”

which uses humorous cat pictures with text in a broken form of English now known as “LOLspeak.” Then there is “Okay Guy,” who represents all the times people say “okay” when really they wish to decline. Okay Guy is the passive aggressive side of the meme world. Each meme has its own personality. Even though memes started on 4Chan’s Internet forums, that is not where they must begin. Anyone with a clever idea or picture can easily start a new one by posting on any social networking site. It’s certainly not guaranteed to become the next Rage Guy but it might just grab a few reblogs on Tumblr. Memes have even been known to turn people into Internet sensations. Memes often come from noticeable lines from popular television shows and video games. This includes the “I took an arrow to the knee” joke from the popular game, Skyrim. The joke was brought about because the line is said repeatedly throughout the action role-playing game. In a generation filled with the Internet, memes are an important part of cultural exchange because of their popularity. Even advertising companies have turned to memes to sell products because of their popularity. Despite their sometimes offensive material, one thing is for sure: Memes are growing just as fast as the Internet.



ff the southeastern coast of the Asian mainland there exists a cluster of islands known as the Philippines. The Philippines are the second largest group of islands in the world with over 7,000 individual tropical islands. The capital of the Philippines is Manila and that is where sophomore Shaira Erum was born. Erum lived there until she was six years old and is still waiting to be able to go back. Since she has not been able to travel to the Philippines just yet her relatives typically visit her and her family in the US instead. These visits are certainly anything but ordinary for Erum. “They’re usually loud and crave a lot of rice and want to do a lot of sightseeing. They also like taking a lot of pictures,” she said. For Erum’s relatives, certain aspects of the US seem very different. In the Philippines, the streets are narrow and the houses are very close together. There are always children running around on the streets and the traffic is supposedly worse than in Los Angeles as there are no freeways, only highways. “On the streets there are a lot of food vendors but [sometimes a] lot of thieves too,” said Erum. “It’s best to be careful whenever you’re walking down the street.” Typical foods for Filipinos are rice and mangoes for breakfast, spaghetti with hotdogs, roast pig, egg rolls, pansit, which is a type of noodles, and fish. “Pretty much everything is eaten with rice,” said Erum. Filipino cuisines have been influenced by many other cultures including those of the Spanish, French and Chinese. Erum explains that traditional Filipino music is usually about telling a story. In her own words, it “focuses more on Filipino values.” They are sung in Tagalog, the language that the majority of the population speaks. Modern music typically focuses on romance, life struggles and advice. There are variations in music based on the interests of the different regions within the Philippines. It’s a big part of culture to be able to do something associated with music. Erum herself plays a few instruments including the guitar and piano. The “tinikling” is a traditional and very popular dance in the Philippines. It involves two bamboo poles that are about eight feet long. One person holds a pole on each end and makes rhythmic beats by tapping and sliding them on the ground while another person steps in between the poles, corresponding with the beats. Holidays and special events are a big part of almost every culture. In the Philippines, New Year’s Day is more of a family holiday than Christmas. Midnight on New Year’s Eve brings an outburst of firecrackers and gunfire from upwardly aimed firearms. Independence Day, celebrated on June 12, is also an important holiday as it celebrates freedom from Spanish rule. It is honored with fiestas, parades and fireworks. In the Philippines, an 18th birthday is celebrated with a party called a “debu.” “It’s a way of celebrating you becoming an adult,” said Erum. “[It’s similar to] a ‘Sweet 16’ or a quinceañera.” Another unique characteristic of Filipino culture is its emphasis on respect for elders. In Filipino society, the parents are accorded the highest position of honor in the family. For Filipinos, upholding close family ties is very important. Most Filipinos live close to their family for most of their lives even when they are independent adults. “You always greet adults or older people with ‘po’ or ‘opo.’ [The American equivalent would be] saying ‘Mr.’ or ‘Mrs.’ Everyone is treated like family. [Essentially,] you can call anyone your aunt or uncle,” said Erum. For her, being Filipino is very important. “The family traditions are always fun. [I enjoy] how the values are being passed from generation to generation. And the food [is great],” she said. Even though she hasn’t been back to the Philippines in a long time now, technology allows her to remain in touch with her family. “We’re able to Skype, call, email and [just talk all the time],” she said.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Riverside Heat Festival

Nancy Valdovinos / The North Star

Violinist Anna Bulbrook of the band Airborne Toxic Event performs “Sometime Around Midnight” at the University of California, Riverside’s Heat Festival. Nancy Valdovinos STAFF WRITER


he University of California, Riverside’s (UCR) sixth annual Heat Music Festival was on Saturday, March 4 at UCR’s campus. The festival was presented by the UCR Highlander Union which, along with the help of students and staff, made the event possible. The event was not only for the UCR students but it was also open to the public. The festival was the grand finale of UCR’s annual Homecoming celebration and featured both popular and upcoming artists. This year the Airborne Toxic Event, Mac Miller and Major Lazer headlined the event. The event was divided into three areas which were the Highland Stage, the Southland Stage and the Vantage Stage. The festival’s three stages were positioned near the Bell Tower and the Highlander Union Building (HUB). At the Highland Stage DJ Lootz,

Iration, Mac Miller and Airborne Toxic Event appeared. At the Southland Stage Dangerous Stranger, Secret Panda Society, Karmin and Chiddy Bang played. At the Vantage, which was the dance stage, it was Pressure Wave, DJ Fei-Fei and Major Lazer. The event started at 8 p.m. and ended at midnight. Out of control behavior from a crowd is sometimes expected at musical events but it can take away from the actual show. At each of the stages there were huge waves of people gathered extremely close together. Everyone was so packed that there were times when the hosts had to ask everyone to take a few steps back just to make more room. The fate of your life was in the hands of the beat played by the artist on stage. If the song being played was even slightly up-tempo then the whole crowd would erupt into shoving mayhem. At the Highland stage you were safe during bands like Iration since the easy-going reggae music wasn’t going

to start a riot. However as soon as artists such as Mac Miller came on stage, it was a different story. “You would get shoved and stomped on by random people,” said senior Brianna Mendoza, who could attest to the out of control feeling of the concert. “But I had a great time.” In addition to the shoving it also didn’t help if you were anything shorter than six feet tall. “Most of the time I could hardly see anything,” said sophomore Nohemy Quintero. Unless you were tall, on someone’s shoulder or one of the lucky few who were at the front of the crowd, you probably couldn’t get a good view of the performers. There was a wide variety of groups playing music ranging from reggae and alternative rock to techno and rap. The acts were chosen to match the diverse music taste of the campus in order to get as much range as possible. So even if you could only hear what was playing from the stage, it was still possible to enjoy yourself. Most of the performers did a great job of connecting with

the crowd as members of the Airborne Toxic Event started crowd surfing during their set and acts like Chiddy Bang would freestyle to topics given by the people in the crowd. Despite the roughness that came from being in a sea of people, the sound of good music over the cries of thousands singing along made everything about the night worthwhile.

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100 Huskies were asked about their musical preferences. What device do you usually use to listen to your favorite music?





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What is your favorite genre of music?

Hip Hop: 40

Pop: 40

Alternative: 15 The Black Jacks

Vena Sera

Members: Aquinas alumnus Richard Mann and seniors Anthony Duran and Victor Duran

Members: Sophomores Tyler Castleman, Overath Espinoza and Nicholas Ontiveos

The Non-Sequiters

Members: Alumnus Nigel Luster, Poly junior Steven O’Donnell and seniors Sebastian Cisneros, Javier Guerrero and Anthony Duran

R&B: 5






Against All Odds Jill and Johnny North Tackle the Mountain

Truly extraordinary people don’t exist only in works of fiction or in television specials. They walk on the same concrete we do, sit in the same blue plastic chairs and eat the same chicken patties. We may not see any tabloid articles, press crews or halos. Yet, even without these things, these individuals shine. They have overcome incredible obstacles in their past and, against all odds, have succeeded. We are not without these special individuals, our own North stars. As Jill and Johnny North make their way up the mountain, they represent some of our fellow Huskies and the very real obstacles that they must face each and every day.

Compiled by middle earth staff




*Susanna Kim I was born here in America but I moved to Taiwan with my mom when I was two or three years old because my dad was living there. My mom gave birth to my brother in Taiwan. She got pregnant there a few times. One time my mom was pregnant with twins. I’m not sure if she got an abortion or if she had a miscarriage. So then my mom got cancer but I am not positive as to how my mom developed that either. Soon, my mom became sick. She didn’t have a job and we didn’t live with our dad. I know my dad would have given her money to support us but she knew she was getting sick and that she couldn’t take care of my brother and me so she sent me to America to live with my grandma. A few months later she moved here with us as well. My mom passed away when I was eight and my dad stayed in Taiwan. He would call occasionally and send money sometimes but often he would go half a year without calling. In short, he wasn’t really in my life. When I lived with my grandma, it was with my two cousins and my brother and me. When we first moved here, my grandma and my grandpa were still alive as well but then my grandpa passed away just a couple months after I arrived. Then it was just my grandma, myself, my two cousins, my brother and my mom in the house. My mom passed away a few months after that. So it was my grandma, a single old lady who couldn’t speak English and couldn’t drive, taking care of four kids. She always put a lot of emphasis on my education because, as she reminded me, I didn’t have parents like other kids and I needed to set a future for myself because once I grow up, she wouldn’t be able to be there for me forever because she was so old. She knew that I needed to be self-reliant. I think that’s where most of my motivation comes from for trying to get good grades. My grandma was just very protective. She passed away when I was in eighth grade and my only relative in America was my uncle but he made it really clear that he didn’t care about my brother and me and that he wasn’t going to take us in. As luck would have it, my grandma collapsed from an artery burst. When the ambulance came, the neighbors were driving by. My neighbor stopped and stayed with us the entire time at the hospital and she decided to take us in. Ever since, I’ve been living with them. I guess the reason why I work so hard in school and why I try to push myself to the limit is to be the best that I can be in everything I do, because through all of my experience, I’ve learned that I need to be self-reliant and that no one else is going to take care of me. Even with the people that love you the most, sometimes it’s just not within their power to help. They can’t stay with you forever.

*Michael Gonzalez

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Last year when school was beginning I was at my uncle’s house with my father. It was only us three. I come from a family who often drinks. My uncle was really drunk and so was my father. My uncle had a gun in his drawer and he wanted more beer. He was drunk and just joking around but he threatened my dad and put the gun on his neck. We told him to stop but he just said, “Don’t worry, it is not loaded or anything.” As my father moved, the gun fired. And it hit me. It went through my shoulder and through my chest and through my other arm. I had been shot. I am very religious so I didn’t panic, I didn’t cry; nothing. There was blood gushing everywhere and it seemed to happen in slow motion. Anyway the first thing I did was get down on my knees and pray. Before this incident, I hadn’t talked to my father for two years. And now he was crying and trying to hug me and blood was everywhere. My uncle started panicking. They wanted to take me to the hospital. But I knew if I went to the hospital they would ask how it happened and we would have to say my uncle had a gun. And I thought about my cousins and they are just little kids. I couldn’t let them live without their father. So I said I wasn’t going to go. My uncle said he didn’t care what was going to happen. He just wanted me to be okay. But I resisted and said I wasn’t going. I went and took a shower and then I wrapped the wound in gauze. We decided to keep it a secret. But then, when I took the gauze off, it was bleeding terribly. So I had to tell my mom. My uncle went to get medicine, the kind doctors had to cure me. And thanks to God I healed. My wound didn’t get infected or anything. But it hurt horribly for a really long time. I couldn’t move my arm or anything. I [feel] blessed that I came out okay. Before all of this I didn’t care about anything. Freshman year I had 1.8 grade point average (GPA). After this I turned my life around. I take all honors classes and get straight A’s now. I had a 4.00 GPA last semester. I use this as a motivating factor. Right before I was shot I felt a push. It pushed me back. I don’t know what the push was but it saved my life.

*All of these Huskies have been given aliases for both their security and their privacy. Each of these first-person accounts was based on an interview conduc



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*Tammy Phillips

*Kristen Spencer

nts were really bad drug addicts and never had any money to me and my sister. We went to live with our aunt and uncle. This en my mom was finishing rehab, as she finally began to overer difficulties with drugs. My mom started living with a friend friend also started getting heavily into drugs. After that, my ent to live in Arkansas and I haven’t heard from her in 16 years. r is the first time I have ever gotten in contact with her. My dad years has been absent too. Just recently, he’s been trying to get o the lives of me and my sister. It’s troubling to me. I don’t call and uncle Mom and Dad, I call them Auntie and Uncle. I don’t mother-daughter relationship like I want in my life. It’s just never o be there. My sister was never a fan of our true parents, espehen my mother was into drugs and not living with us. My sister hought of my aunt and uncle as her parents. I think of them as too but I always wanted to know my true parents. It didn’t affect r as badly and I never made it obvious that I wanted that in my I remained the curious child. I still wanted to know them. Their presence has affected us in little ways, though. My true parents ly heavy into smoking when I was little and so, whenever I am cigarettes, even now I need to walk away. I hate, absolutely hate, or my sister and I, no drugs. Luckily, it never affected my schoollementary school I was a stellar student, in junior high I had A’s and a 4.00 grade point average (GPA). Additionally in hool, I have done pretty well, considering my background.

cted between the student telling the story and a member of The North Star.

I started my life with bad luck. My father died when I was two months old and my drug-addicted mother struggled to take care of me. She had no money and no place to live so she depended on friends and family to help her out. There have been times when my mom would be given money and she’d spend it on a night at a hotel since a roof wasn't always above our head. Some time after, my mom met a new guy and gave birth to my brother two years later. My dad’s mother was reluctant to allow us to live in her house and aid us financially but she did anyway. A little while after that, my mother got out of control with her drugs so my grandma kicked us out. Things between my mom and dad were over and we basically broke all ties with people who could help us. Child Protective Services took my brother and me away and put us into foster care. Life was pretty tough. In my childhood, I’ve been through a total of four foster homes. Every time the agency would take me away from a home, I would burst into tears because of how attached I had become with the family. I thought that my mom would rescue us from the constant moving and that she would be the hero and save us from the pain. I’ve lost all hope and I’ve come to hate my “mom” because I felt that she didn’t care about us. If she did, she would’ve gained custody. After my second-to-last foster home, the agency granted my grandma custody of my brother and me and we lived there for a limited time. Soon afterwards, my grandma’s husband died. She went into a depression and would leave us at home alone every day after school to go “drink her pain away.” With my grandma constantly leaving us at home, our neighbors noticed that we were abandoned in the house. Eventually, Child Protective Services sent us to our last foster home. We arrived there and it didn’t take long for me to realize that I really loved this family. On weekends, my brother and I would have our weekly visits with our grandma. When she told me that she was fighting for custody to have us back, I broke down. I didn’t want to live with her again. I cried into my foster mother’s arms, sobbing to her that I wanted to stay there and that I loved her and the rest of the family too much to go to a house where my brother and I were neglected. It turns out that they loved us too and within months we were adopted. Looking back at my past experiences, I have learned many things. I have learned that people are placed in your life for a reason but that that doesn’t mean that they’ll be there forever. I learned that just because someone gave birth to a child, it doesn’t automatically make them a mother. They have to be there for the child at all times to provide for them, to love them and to never leave their side. Being adopted was the best thing that has ever happened in my life. The family that I live with now saved me from suffering and I’m forever grateful that they did. When it comes to school, I try my absolute best in every aspect of my academic life.

*Cristian Santos Coming from a working class family and parents that are illegal immigrants, life is really hard for me. Even though my mom took good care of me and my siblings, my dad had to work up to 17 hours a day in order to meet the needs of our family. More than half of my life was spent living in various crowded apartments and different schools in Santa Ana, California. My parents were doing their best for me and my family. It wasn’t until middle school that my family was able to buy a modest house in Moreno Valley and a brand new Toyota. Life was looking up. All of this was taken away in November 2011, a week before Thanksgiving Day, when my dad was arrested to be deported outside of our house at around 3 a.m., just when he was about to go to work. I was a freshman at North when that happened. The house and the new car had to be turned in because our main source of income was gone. As for my mom, she has to leave the country by the summer of 2012. I was grateful that my aunt was willing to take me and my siblings into her home. I am currently living in one small room with three of my siblings and my mom. We live off food stamps and borrowed money. My mom tries to look for a better job and if it wasn’t for my aunt, my family would have been homeless. But no matter what, I will do my best in school. Currently my grades are mostly As and Bs and I am also involved in varsity [sports]. In the end, I will continue to do my best, in spite of the circumstances.




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“I work hard at my studies because statistics say that most foster children end up either dropping out of school or living on the streets ... I want to beat all the odds ... and not be a part of those statistics ... I can honestly say that I’m on the right track to beat them.”

“I work hard in school and try to do my best so that I can be independent and build a future for myself.” Susanna Kim

Tammy Phillips “Currently my grades are mostly A’s and B’s and I am also involved in varsity [sports]. In the end, I will continue to do my best, in spite of the circumstances.”

“But now I am here for a reason, I was given a second chance. And now it’s up to me to do something amazing with my life.”

Cristian Santos

Michael Gonzalez

100 Huskies were selected at random to share their own experiences in regards to overcoming hardships. How do you try to overcome the hardships in your life?

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“Just So You Know” gives an in-depth look at a particular topic that directly relates to the North community.

Proposition 8 continues to create divisions in California Caitlin Redak JUST SO YOU KNOW EDITOR


uring the 2008 elections the state of California added an amendment to the constitution stating that “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in Cali-

fornia.” This sparked outrage from some factions and joy from others. Many people cried breaches of civil liberties while others argued it was a preservation of traditional marriage. The topic became an even more heated debate between the two sides as the proponents of Prop 8 ideals took a

more conservative approach and the opponents of Prop 8 were typically more liberal. Along with this many people of faith joined in saying that gay marriage is against the Bible and therefore shouldn’t be allowed. This argument caused outrage as it crosses the “church and state” boundary.

In 2011 Equality California announced plans to attempt to repeal the addition to the Constitution. Later on that year it was stated that they would not try and pursue the case because of inevitably high campaign costs and a very slim chance of winning. Currently more enthusiasm is gath-

ering again as the presidential election nears. Many organizations are campaigning to both keep and remove the amendment against gay marriage in California. A group called the Marriage Equality Movement is petitioning against the law banning gay marriage in the state of California. Here at North there is a community

of students who both support and oppose Prop 8. Many of those who support Prop 8 feel passionately that it clashes with their religious and moral beliefs. Within other groups many students have relationships which could eventually be impacted by repeal of the controversial proposition.




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Repealing back layers of inequality By Anum Arshad There have been many groups over the years that have helped shape the landscape of American politics and government. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community has had many successes but their mission has in no way been completed. They fight for complete equality every day with the law and in society. The first establishment of a gay rights organization was in 1951 when Harry Hay started the Mattachine Society. By 1973 the gay rights movement had succeeded in removing homosexuality from being classified as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. 1980 marked the year that the gay rights movement gained enough traction to be picked up by the Democratic National Convention. They added the following to their platform: “All groups must be protected from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, language, age, sex or sexual orientation.” This gave the movement credibility as a major political party gave it support in the national arena. The term “LGBT” became normalized around the mid-1980s as gay movements broadened to include lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals in a fight for equal rights across the United States. Along with it came pride flags and an upside down triangle as symbols of LGBT pride. The LGBT community made great strides in 2003 when the Supreme Court struck down Texas’s sodomy laws effectively deeming antisodomy laws unconstitutional in 13 states. More recently on May 15, 2008 the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry. But by Nov. 4, 2008 California citizens voted to pass Proposition 8 which aimed to eliminate the rights of same-sex couples who wanted to get married. The case was later appealed and on Aug. 4, 2010 District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional as it violated the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. As of Feb. 7 of this year the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Judge Walker’s assessment that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Another issue that the LGBT community has been focusing on is the removal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which has essentially banned the service of openly gay men and women in the US military. On Dec. 18, 2011 President Obama officially repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Despite this official motion military servicemen and officials have been wary of the actual implementation of the newly repealed policy stating that the military does not have the capacity at the time to deal with the added troubles that this change could bring. Though the LGBT community has had success in removing institutional obstacles to their journey towards equal rights they have yet to touch the minds and hearts of all the American public but it is evident that the community will keep fighting for t h e i r rights.

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“I don’t know I’m kind of ha lf and half. It shouldn’t be allowed be cause of my religion but then I know it’s not right to deny people ... what they want. I don’t discriminate again st gay marriage but I don’t approve of it. I’m not going to be like, ‘Oh I ha te them!’ I’m going to be like, ‘Uh, I don’t agree with what you’re doing but hey, yay for you.’” — Sophomore Stephen C hang

100 Huskies were asked if they approve of gay marriage.

No 30% “I don’t mind seeing gay marriages if they’re doing it for love. But if I were to see a gay couple on the street I’d find it awkward because it’s not natural since what people are used to are opposite sex couples. So in that case I am in the middle for Prop 8 because the whole situation is different for me to stand my guard on.” — Freshman Natalia Alvarado

Yes 70%

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Forward Brittany Crain shoots a three-pointer over Archbishop Mitty forward D’Andree Galipeau in the California Interscholastic Federation state championship game.

Lady Huskies fall short in CIF state title game Usman Siddiqui SPORTS EDITOR


ast Friday, the Lady Huskies made a huge mark in North history by becoming the only girls basketball team to get the chance to travel to Sacramento to play in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state championship game. In order to get to this game, the Lady Huskies defeated Santa Ana Foothill in a game in Ontario at Citizens Bank Arena to win the CIF Southern California Regional championship game by a score of 57-49. Multiple factors played a role in this victory and the Huskies were able to pull it out after the game remained fairly close until the final minutes. “Motivation is why we won. We won because we wanted it more than the other team, it was a dream come true,” said guard Kamille Diaz. The team finished with an overall

record of 4-21 last season but with coach Leonard DeCoud heading them this year, they flipped the script impressively and finished with a 31-6 overall record winning just under 84 percent of their games. The Lady Huskies proved to be great not only on their home court but also on the road as they only lost one game in both categories against Big VIII League opponents. The team also only lost two games in their entire CIF journey which included the CIF Southern Section (CIF-SS) tournament and the CIF state championship. One loss came at the hands of Lynwood High School of Los Angeles in the CIF-SS championship at Anaheim and the other came in their championship game against the Archbishop Mitty Lady Monarchs from San Jose. Though the game did not end the way that the team wanted, the girls’ spirits were high after the 56-54 loss. Coach Leonard DeCoud remained very positive after the game and still felt that his team was successful this season. He

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insisted that he and his team would be back to the CIF tournament next year and would be even more accomplished than they were this season. In order to get to this game the Lady Huskies went through four rounds in the CIF state championship bracket. The first round was an automatic advancement for the team because they reached the CIF-SS championship game. In the second round, North played at home and defeated the Monache Marauders by a score of 7249. In the next round they maintained homecourt advantage and emerged victorious by a score of 71-61 making the best out of the much deserved asset. After this game, the Lady Huskies traveled to Ontario and earned themselves the title of CIF Southern California Regional champions with a big win. The final game stayed very close through its entirety and the teams shot almost the same percentage from the field in the first half. The Lady Huskies shot just 32 percent and the Lady Mon-

archs shot just 31 percent but ended up taking a 22-19 lead going into the halftime break. Coming out of halftime, the story of the game did not change at all and the third quarter finished with the Lady Monarchs leading the Lady Huskies by a score of 36-34. The game was back and forth from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer. However, the scoring in the game was relatively low for three of the four quarters. The scoring in the fourth quarter finished level but much higher than the scoring earlier on in the game. Both teams scored 20 points in the final period of play and the Lady Huskies came up just two points short of forcing overtime. The Lady Huskies trailed almost the whole game and by nine points with just one minute and 40 seconds remaining in the fourth. The team quickly picked it up and kept firing back and cutting the lead slowly. They eventually cut the lead down to four points with 12 seconds left in the game.

Center Priscilla Brooks caught a pass inside and dropped in a running layup to cut the lead to two points with just three seconds left. However, the high school basketball format prevents the clock from stopping after a shot is made and this kept the Lady Huskies from being able to foul the Lady Monarchs and get another chance to tie the game and send it to overtime or win it in regulation. Time expired as the Lady Monarchs chose not to inbound the ball and the game resulted in only the sixth loss of the long season for the Lady Huskies. The players held their heads high even with the loss and had a very positive reflection on the season. “It’s much better to win those kinds of games especially when they are that close. But it is what it is and we are just glad to have made it this far because none of us were expecting it,” said guard Shilo Benic. The Lady Huskies were a very impressive group this season and they at-

tracted much attention from the local media. ABC Channel 7 News made a special trip to North to cover what they described as the Lady Huskies’ “rags to riches” journey to a state championship game. The team also received attention on the radio as 99.1 KGGI station boasted the accomplishments of the team.

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CIF-SS Basketball

Boys Tennis

Learn about another victory for the defending CIF-SS champion baseball team.

Read about the progress that the boys and girls basketball teams made in their CIF tournaments.

Read about how the boys tennis team is doing midway through their season.

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Baseball continues success after winning CIF-SS title great. Everyone is in the game at all their success this season. It is safe to times and there are no individuals so say that the Huskies are on the fast that is what keeps the team together,” track to another CIF championship. Orhe said. “We have a lot more confi- tega said, “[Obviously] we are looking dence this season knowing we’re going for a repeat but for now, we are taking it one game at a time.” to win.” After defeating Anaheim Experanza Franca is one of the seniors that High School by a score of 7-1 in the were a part of those freshmen. Although there are players who CIF-SS championship game last June have been on this team for four years, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, the there are also newcomers. Pitcher Huskies are looking to repeat and bring Robert Ortega may be the new kid on another title to North. With nine returning seniors who althe team but he feels as if he has been ready have rings playing with this team from last year, the for a lifetime. Coming This team is definitely team hopes to add from Martin Luther King High School a lot more close and a even more rings to their hands. (King) was definitely lot more of a family.” O u t a transition for the fielder Justin Ghesenior. orghe in particular Albeit, King had Pitcher Robert Ortega would like to earn an exceptional baseanother ring as he ball team but the mindset of the Huskies was different already has two from his time here at than what Ortega was used to. “This North. He received one from last year’s team is definitely a lot more close and championship and got another for his a lot more of a family. At King, we all performance in the 2011 Riverside Allgot along but we didn’t have the chem- Star football game as he helped bring istry and the ability to clutch up like the Riverside team to victory. Even though they have lost some of this team.” If there is anything the Huskies the players from last year’s champiknow how to do, it is clutch up. In onship team, they have regrouped and other words, the Huskies come up big the new varsity members have done a great job of replacing the outgoing when it counts. In 11 games, the Huskies have players. scored 85 runs. This is greatly in part by the big hitBIG VIII LEAGUE STANDINGS ters on the team. W L T Pct. Senior Gabriel Clarke is the leading Baseball hitter on the team. Incidentally, last No- North 4 0 0 1.000 vember he signed his National Letter Corona 3 0.750 1 0 of Intent to the Oregon State University King 3 0.750 1 0 where he will attend with a full ride Santiago 2 0.500 2 0 scholarship. 2 0.500 2 0 Roosevelt There are many assets to the 2012 Norco 1 0.250 3 0 Huskies. 0 1 Poly 0.250 3 The pitching, the defense, and the 0 0.000 4 0 hitting have all played a great role in Centennial

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Senior Jack Johnson pitches in a league game against the Riverside Polytechnic High School Bears. Emily Roose STAFF WRITER


ast season, our boys baseball team brought home a California International Federation Southern Section (CIF-SS) championship. This was a big deal because the last time the baseball team won a championship was

in 1994 when Major League Baseball player Adam Kennedy was on the team. 2011 proved to be the year for the baseball team when they finished the season with a 27-7 record and a championship ring. This season is looking just as bright. Thus far, the team is undefeated with an overall 110 overall record and a 4-0 record in league. Last week, the Huskies de-

feated the Riverside Polytechnic High School Bears with a score of 8-6 and Roosevelt 4-3. One of the more impressive facts about the team is that they are ranked eighth in the nation by Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. On top of that, the team is ranked number one in the state. This is a first for the team. The team has defied society’s

standards. They have accomplished things that people outside of the North circle would have never expected. In the 2008-2009 baseball season, there were seven freshmen on the varsity team. Now, all seven of those freshmen now make up the team. Shortstop Gabrial Franca describes the field as a great place to be. “The atmosphere is



Marcus Baugh has proven himself a great football player. He has topped charts in the Inland Empire and, as a junior, has already received offers from 12 schools nationwide. The North Star: What schools have given you offers? Marcus Baugh: I’ve gotten offers from University of California Los Angeles, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Ohio State University, University of Miami, University of Florida, University of Nebraska, University of Washington, University of Hawaii, University of Mississippi and the University of California, Berkeley. NS: Do any of these schools interest you? MB: The school that most interests me is Arizona State but I also like Ohio State University and the University of Washington. NS: Do you look forward to playing football in college? MB: Yes, I definitely look forward to playing football in college but I want to win a ring my last year here at North. NS: How many years have you played at North? MB: I’ve played varsity football at North since my freshman year. Usman Siddiqui / The North Star

NS: When did you begin playing football and what did you do to start? MB: I first started playing organized football when I was nine years old. Before I started playing organized I mostly just played backyard football with younger kids in my family. NS: How much time do you put into practicing and staying in shape? MB: To stay in shape and get better I lift weights three times a week and play with a seven on seven team in Los Angeles to work on speed and my route running. NS: What do like most about playing football? MB: I like how hyped football is. Playing in front of big crowds really excites me. I just love the atmosphere it brings. NS: Have you had to make any adjustments to be able to perform better while playing here? MB: I think the coaches did most of the adjusting for me. They put me in the position where I could use my skills at full potential.

NS: What do you feel is your biggest strength? MB: My biggest strength would have to be how versatile I am. I can cause big mismatches with linebackers and safeties. NS: What do you feel is your biggest weakness? MB: My biggest weakness would have to be my laziness. NS: What has been your biggest inspiration for playing football? MB: My biggest inspiration for playing football is my family. They really push me to do my best. NS: What do you think ultimately led to you getting these offers? MB: I think I got a lot of these offers because I’m very athletic. I can be used in many different offenses and different ways. NS: Is there anyone in particular that you try to learn from? MB: I try to [learn from and] play like [tight ends] Anthony Gonzales or Antonio Gates of the NFL.

NS: What was the most encouraging thing your parents or coaches have told you? MB: The most encouraging thing that I have been told is that I have the potential play in the National Football League (NFL). NS: What is your main goal for the future? MB: I want to go to college and get an education. After college I want to play professional football.

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Girls and boys basketball progress in CIF-SS tournaments Emily Roose

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or the first time in several years, both our boys and girls basketball teams made it to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIF-SS) playoffs and also placed first and second in the Big VIII League, respectively. With new coaching staffs and players, the teams left a great impression in their final year in the Big VIII League. In the past few years, the teams had not been as hot as was expected from a school with a long and rich basketball tradition. With Coach Michael Bartee returning to lead the boys team, there were great expectations for the team, something which they lived up to with their recent success. The Huskies came out on top by winning the Big VIII Championship for the 2011-2012 season. As the CIF playoffs came around, the boys’ first opponent was the Simi Valley Pioneers whom the Huskies beat with a 68-44 victory. The next game was against Temecula Valley High School. In this game the Huskies topped the Golden Bears with a final score of 66-44. Finally, after all their victories, the boys met their match as they traveled to Sunny Hills and played the Lancers in what ended up being their last game in CIF. The final score was 75-77. The boys put in their best effort but in the end they were unsuccessful. “After the game I was angry. Just thinking about all the hard work we had that still led to a loss made me upset but it also made me realize that this was the last time I would be on the court with these guys,” said forward Aaron Peck after the loss to Sunny Hills. Although the boys team was not able to go all the way through CIF this year, the girls team stepped up their game. The girls team placed second in

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Forward Akilah Martin sets up the offense against Lynwood guard Jazmine Johnson in the CIF-SS championship game. league behind the Corona Santiago Sharks. As they started their long journey into CIF play their first opponent was the Yucaipa Thunderbirds. North dominated the entire game and came out with a win of 78-32. After this game, guard Simone DeCoud was named Player of the Week by for receiving her first double-double in points and assists, meaning that she scored in double figures in both categories.

The next round was against the Cypress Centurions where North once again showed why they are so highly ranked. The team came out with another blowout win of 74-27. The quarter final game was at the home of the Thousand Oaks Lancers where once again the Huskies walked away with a win of 63-48, a win which took them into the semifinals against the Cougars of Ventura. This victory for the Lady Huskies

brought excitement all around campus after the 65-49 win. The Lady Huskies then traveled to the Anaheim Convention Center for the CIF-SS championship game against the Lynwood Lady Knights of Los Angeles. North trailed almost the entire game until the fourth quarter when they closed the game to a two-point deficit after guard Kamille Diaz and forward Akilah Martin dropped two three-point

shots driving the North crowd crazy with excitement. The Huskies’ dreams fell short as the game ended in a loss of 55-66 to the Lady Knights. This loss was not the end for the girls who took everyone’s doubts and showed them what they are capable of doing. The Lady Huskies played in the CIF State Championship game on March 23, after winning the CIF Southern California Regional Championship.

Boys tennis wins big at REV to close out first half of season

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Freshman Andrew Xu returns a ball as he practices after school for an upcoming game. Tyler Davis EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


n the midst of an unpredictable season for the Big VII League and the Huskies themselves, the boys tennis team made a powerful statement about how they intend to finish it out, decidedly defeating Redlands East Valley (REV) High School on March 26 with

a score of 17-1. From the beginning, the Huskies demonstrated their superiority on the court, taking an immediate lead of 6-0 at the end of the first round before extending this lead to 12-0 by the end of the second round. A few members of the junior varsity (JV) team were rewarded for the varsity team’s success by being subbed in following the dominance of the first round. The JV team continued this

trend, winning all but one match at the conclusion of the match. Because the match against REV was not a league match, several changes were instituted to the varsity lineup prior to the beginning of the match, as a way to try out new combinations at a time when winning was not crucial as in a typical league match. One such change was the inclusion into the varsity lineup of doubles team

Jonathan Jones and Aaron Tagaloa, a team that won all three of their matches throughout the day. Jones believes that the victory will certainly have its benefits for the rest of the season. “[Our win against REV] really gave us a lot of confidence. It showed that we are a good team as a whole when we work together, which will serve us well for the future,” said Jones. This is certainly a sentiment shared by the whole team as the second half of the season approaches with several key league games that have the capability of determining Big VIII League playoff scenarios. Varsity doubles player Joshua Kang believes that the hard work and amount of time spent on the court by the tennis team will pay off in their upcoming matches. “As we practice more and more after school and continue to play more and more teams, I think we will be better prepared for the big matches coming up soon,” said Kang. The tennis team has been anything but unsuccessful throughout the first half of the season. With an overall record of 6-3, it would appear that the team has had a positive first half of the Jesse B.

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season, a statement that would not be incorrect in itself. However, with a young and talented lineup, expectations for the beginning of the season were very high and the Huskies have had a few tough losses where it came to just a few matches separating victor and the loser. Boys tennis coach Nick Mateljan believes that the team suffers from a lack of consistency, something that he feels has improved as of late and that he hopes will continue to do so as the season continues. “We have been gaining consistency which when you have a young team, sometimes that is the case. We are gaining experience and hopefully in the second half of the season, we can gain more consistency and win a few more of those close games,” said Mateljan. However, as the practice and training continues, the Huskies will continue to draw the positives from their successful first half and their decisive victory at REV. “I think it reflects on how good our team is [when it comes down to it] and the potential that we have to do better for the second half of the season,” said varsity doubles player Maximillian Cotterill.


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SPRING BREAK Baseball vs. Santiago 3:15 p.m. Golf @ King 3:15 p.m. Boys Tennis vs. Santiago 3:15 p.m. Coed Track vs. Santiago 3:15 p.m. Coed Swim @ King 3:15 p.m. Softball vs. Santiago

Boys Golf @ Santiago Boys Tennis vs. Redlands 3:15 p.m.

Boys Tennis @ Poly 3:15 p.m.

Golf vs. Norco 3:15 p.m.

Boys Tennis @ Norco 3:15 p.m. Softball @ Norco 3:15 p.m. Baseball @ Norco 7 p.m.

Golf vs. Centennial 3:15 p.m.

Baseball vs. Centennial 3:15 p.m. Boys Tennis vs. Centennial 3:15 p.m. Softball vs. Centennial 3:15 p.m. Coed Swim vs. Centennial 3:15 p.m. Coed Track vs. Centennial 3:15 p.m.

Golf vs. Corona 3:15 p.m. Coed Track vs. King 3:15 p.m. Coed Swim @ King 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. King 3:15 p.m. Boys Tennis vs. King 3:15 p.m. Softball vs. King 3:15 p.m.

Baseball vs. Corona 3:15 p.m. Boys Tennis vs. Corona 3:15 p.m. Softball vs. Corona 4:30 p.m.

Baseball @ Poly 3:15 p.m. Softball @ Poly 3:15 p.m.

Softball @ Canyon Springs 10 a.m. Softball @ Canyon Springs 12 p.m.

After making great progress on both the track and the cross-country teams here at North, senior Mariel Mendoza earned herself a full ride scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley. Mendoza signed her National Letter of Intent to Berkeley two weeks ago. During her four years of running at North, Mendoza has broken many individual records. By the end of her sophomore year, she was named the second fastest sophomore in the state of California as well as the 31st fastest girl in the country. Also in tenth grade, Mendoza became the new holder of the school records for the 3200 and 1600 meter races. In September of 2010, Mendoza was named one of Inland Empire Athletes of the Week as she finished second in the Woodbridge Invitational team race in Irvine just 12 seconds behind the first place runner with a time of 16 minutes and 55 seconds in the three-mile race. This year Mendoza went to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state individuals championship and finished second. Also this year she was invited to the Nike Cross Nationals which is an invitational race where only 50 individual runners and 22 teams in the nation get the chance to go. In this race, she finished 54th out of 200. In the CIF state individual championship race, she finished second behind the winner of the of the Nike Cross Nationals.

Coach Bartee Four years ago, Coach Michael Bartee announced his retirement from the boys basketball program at North. Before his retirement, Bartee had already earned a spot in the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame. In addition, Bartee had won 16 league titles and made it to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section finals a total of seven times. Of those seven times, the team won twice in 1984 and 1993. This year, he came out of retirement to head the team again. During his first season back, Bartee was able to lead the team to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Due to these accomplishments, Bartee earned the recognition of Big VIII League Coach of the Year. With Bartee in control, the team received the number three seed in the playoffs in Division 2AA. The highlight of the season for the boys team was that they won their last four games to earn their first league championship since 2001. Coincidentally, Bartee was also the coach when the team last won first place in league. Bartee has coached 29 varsity seasons and he has 575 wins under his belt. Although the team lost in the third round of playoffs, he will be back next year to lead them to achieve more.

Aaron Peck The boys basketball team’s success this season came in part from the help of senior Aaron Peck, the football team’s star wide receiver and basketball team’s starting power forward who earned the title of Big VIII Player of the Year. Peck signed his National Letter of Intent to Fresno State University to play football earlier this year. This however did not stop Peck from enjoying his senior year on the varsity basketball team. Peck was always a crowd pleaser with his amazing layups as well as everyone’s favorite dunks that always brought the fans to their feet. He led the team to an overall record of 23-6, compared to last season’s record of 19-11. This season Peck averaged 15.2 points per game along with 5.4 rebounds. He was also averaging about 2.1 steals, which helped him land the prestigious award. This season the boys basketball team was named the Big VIII League champions which landed them a spot in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIF-SS) playoffs where they finally fell to Sunny Hills in their third round of the CIF-SS tournament when they lost by a mere 2 points. In this game Peck scored 23 points that helped to keep the boys in the competition. Although the team couldn’t always keep it together, Peck made sure that he was always doing his best with 440 total points this season.




Everything on ESPN is not a sport

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Husky athletes achieve as individuals



here are some things in the sports media like ESPN and the daily paper these days that really just have us scratching our heads wondering what allowed them to take precedence over showing highlights of basketball and tennis events from earlier in the day. There are two in particular that are just total mouth droppers to us and we would like to invite you to read a debate about these “sports.” Enjoy. Start your engines. Time to begin a 500 lap race. Usman: Nascar is probably one of the most strategic activities that receives attention from ESPN. Not only does it require you to be alert at all times but it also requires you to be able to control a car moving at an incredible speed. This takes great tactic and strategy. But there just isn’t enough in the activity to make it a sport. Sabrina: Not only is it one of the most watched sporting events, it is also a game of skill. How many people do you know that can drive a car going 250 mph? It’s utterly amazing the precision and control that these drivers demonstrate. Usman: You are right. The tactic of Nascar racing is impressive. But the idea of a sport is to burn calories and be active. Sitting in a car and pressing a pedal and turning a wheel does not do any of these things. Sabrina: The idea of a sport is to be smart and intuitive. Not solely to burn calories. Nascar racers work under pressure. At any given moment they can lose control of their car but they stay cool, calm and collected just like in any other sport. Usman: I will have to agree with Sabrina. If an activity requires some sort of knowledge outside of just doing something like driving a car it is a sport and in this case, it does contain most, if not all, of the elements of a traditional sport. Keeping cool and calm under pressure in a given situation is very important in sports like basketball and football and Nascar drivers have to do all of these same things. I can’t argue with that. Get those pom poms out. It’s time to cheer. Usman: Alright, next up. Cheerleading. I don’t even know where to start with this. How can this possibly be a sport? What possible competition can cheerleaders compete in? How do you tell apart the good cheerleaders and cheer teams from the bad ones? What makes a cheerleader well-skilled? I mean I was watching TV with my brother the other day and saw this on ESPN and began wondering how it got on the channel and what the judges were doing.

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side from the typical team sports, many athletes take part in individual sports, opportunities to compete where they can do all they need to do on their own without teammates. Senior Daniel Robles is a bicycle rider who competes in various races and invitationals throughout Southern California. He did not start his athletic career with the intention of riding but after he was forced to take a break from soccer, things changed. Robles played soccer his entire life until he hyperextended his knee and had to take a break to recover. This injury resulted in severe damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and the decision to reevaluate his soccer career in the hope that he could preserve the remaining tissue in his knee. After recovering for almost a year, Robles went to see his doctor who told him that biking would be a great way to rebuild his knee strength before returning to the soccer field. “My dad had an old Bianchi hanging up in the garage so I decided to give it a try. I immediately fell in love with riding and I realized that I was actually pretty fast.” said Robles. He began to ride his bike at a biking trail and soon after that he began looking

for riding groups to join and eventually started racing. The first group Robles joined was the Riverside Bicycle Club and he has been competing locally in Ontario. Robles has also been a part of several races recently, including a road race known as “The Devil’s Punchbowl” that was held in Pearblossom. California and the Redlands Bicycle Classic on March 24, a race that has been held since 1985. Robles really enjoys bicycling because he likes the experiences that he has while competing or just riding around for fun. “I love the fact that with cycling I get to go out and discover new places on my own without ... a car. Being able to ride all the way up a mountain is a great [experience],” he said. Another participant in an individual sport is senior Bronson Casarez who is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter associated with the MMA gym Riverside Submission. Casarez started training in MMA at the age of 11 and has been with his mentor Frank Romero ever since. In 2010 he became as the youngest athlete to play at a professional level at just 17 years of age. Casarez fights in the 125-pound weight class, otherwise known as “flyweight” in MMA terms. In order to prepare for his fights, Casarez frequently goes to the gym and trains. He takes his training very seriously and he spends his time away from

school at the gym doing drills. On a typical day, after getting out of school, he immediately heads to practice. His regimen is so strict that he even thinks of it as being like a job. On weekdays he trains from four to nine and on weekends from 12 to two before going back and practicing from six to nine. Because he is a professional fighter, he can be offered a fight at any time, meaning that he wants to be in shape so that he is ready when he is presented with a fight opportunity. Although he is very dedicated to his sport, Casarez’s priority is academics. “I live by the statement ‘the difference between living and living well is in a good education,’” he said. Cazarez hopes to have a career as an MMA fighter but still plans to go to college just in case his plans do not work out. Currently he teaches a class at a gym and while in college he plans to continue with his classes and eventually open up his own studio. Cazarez decided to take a break from MMA after he stretched a ligament while training. Though forced to stay out of action, Cazarez continued to train while injured which resulted in him having to take a longer injury leave. These athletes work on their own and have no team for them to train with. They individually put emphasis on the areas where they feel like they


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Youngest athlete to go pro

Competed in Dare to Race Grand Prix-Series

Youngest holder of a professional belt

Competed in Redlands Bicycle Classic Criterium

Holder of kick boxing belt

Finished eigth in Devil’s Punchbowl

Winner of Gladiator Challenge event

Competed in Summer End Grand Prix

Winner of Extreme Brutal Conduct event

Competed in multiple 1215 mile races

3-0 record as a professional

Competed in multiple races annualy

20-3 overall amatuer record

Will compete in Pearlblossom event this year

need improvement and have to carry through with their workouts and practices on their own time without any help from partners on a team. Cazares enjoys participating in an

individual sport rather than a team sport. “I’d say [that I prefer] an individual sport because [achieving success] is all on yourself as a person and how much you want to win,” he said.

Title IX allows Lady Huskies to succeed

Sabrina: I’d have to agree with you on cheerleading. Without sounding too cynical, there is really nothing that makes cheer a sport. You prance around a little and cheer at the top of your lungs. Now, extreme cheerleading is a different story. When you’re flipping around and actually doing stunts, then it could be considered a sport. In my eyes, though, standing on a box and basically singing is not a sport. I will admit, however, when the football team is down by six with one minute left, it is nice to look to the cheerleaders. Hearing “Go big blue” being yelled throughout a stadium will never get old. Usman: There is simply nothing sporty obout cheerleading, They are entertainers at sports events if anything. When I go to basketball games and the cheerleaders come out I don’t think that their purpose is to be athletes and do anything like the actual atheletes do. It’s as simple as that, Cheerleading just isn’t a sport.


Sabrina Quillen STAFF WRITER


he Civil Rights Act of 1964 was originally written in order to end discrimination based on race, color or

national origin. The act also ignited the women’s rights movement. Title IX is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics though the original order made no mention of sports. When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed and issued executive

orders that made clarifications to the acts, the National Organization for Women (NOW) convinced President Johnson to include women in his executive orders. The main concern women had was equal opportunity in the workplace.

Title IX was originally drafted and proposed by Patsy T. Mink. She focused on the hiring and employment practices of federally financed institutions in the congressional hearing in which she first brought up Title IX. There was very little mention of athletics in this hearing. However, Title IX was passed on June 23, 1972. It stated, “No person in the United State shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...” Over time, Title IX was implemented into sports and it started out with male congress members arguing that revenue-producing sports should be exempt from Title IX rules. With much debate, it was finally concluded that the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) should include “reasonable provisions considering the nature of particular sports.” Title IX has expanded from the workplace, to sports, to organizations such as school-bands and clubs. However, sex specific clubs such as sororities, fraternities, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are exempt from Title IX requirements. The legislation applies to any institution that receives federal funds. This is the sole reason that athletic programs are subject to Title IX; despite the fact that there is very little direct federal funding of school sports.

All universities that receive federal funding are required to perform selfevaluations to ensure that they offer equal opportunities. They then have to write a statement to the Department of Education that proves that the institution is in compliance to the act. There are ten factors which institutions must look over. These factors include but are not limited to whether the selection of sports and levels of competition effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of members of both sexes, equal provision of equipment and supplies, equal scheduling of games and practice time and equal publicity. Title IX is not just some law that doesn’t affect North High School. This year, the graduating class of 2012 has three female athletes who are all receiving full ride scholarships to accredited universities. Brittany Crain, Akilah Martin and Mariel Mendoza are the three athletes who will be competing in Division I sports next year. Crain and Martin have both signed to play basketball at the University of California, Riverside. Mendoza signed to run cross country and track at the University of California, Berkeley. These amazing accomplishments would not have been possible over 40 years ago. Even more intriguing is the fact that all three females happen to be members of minority groups. This proves that Title IX is definitely involved in the futures of these aspiring athletes.


This is our national competition issue. It is also the seventh issue of the 2011-2012 school year.


This is our national competition issue. It is also the seventh issue of the 2011-2012 school year.