Rancho Bernardo High School
Thursday, June 3, 2010
THE SILVER This issue of the Silver Spur is dedicated in loving memory of Larry Gagnon and BreAnna Erickson.
Vol. 22 No. 6
RB High says goodbye to its retirees
The printing of this issue was made possible by Elite Educational Institute.
Upcoming Events: •June 2-3 - Senior finals •June 4&7 - Finals •June 4 - Senior breakfast •June 7 - Senior picnic •June 8 - Last day of school, Graduation
What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
Photo courtesy of Vicki Wilson.
Kelsey Takamori, 12th “My advice to freshmen would be don’t get caught up in the small things, and enjoy high school while getting good grades.”
Chris Sumida, 12th “High school goes by fast. Enjoy your friends. Enjoy the experience.”
Thirteen Broncos will be retiring this year; this includes 12 teachers and 2 custodial technicians. The teachers include Bill Bokesch, Becky Carter, Tom Cole, Linda Englund, Larry Foster, Marianne Girdner, Kay Masonbrink, Sharon McGlocklin, Gregg Peterson, Terry Rowan, Phyllis Watkins and Vicki Wilson. The custodial technicians are Keith Boman and supervisor Wayne Cooper. Bokesch teaches Algebra and Honors Algebra 3-4, and he has been teaching at RB High for 19 years. He plans on being a docent on the U.S.S. Midway, as well as helping out at Balboa Park and Habitat for Humanity. He will remember RB High’s graduation the most, especially congratulating his past students. Carter teaches Fashion History and Design and Child Development and Psycholgy,
and has been teaching at RB High for 19 years. Upon retirement, she plans to travel extensively, spend more time with family and friends, take classes that she has wanted to take and get the golden retriever puppy that she has been wanting. She leaves RB High with the legacy of leading her students to place first, second and third. Watkins is an original Bronco who has been teaching at RB High for 20 years and was a part of the excitement of opening a new school in 1991; she teaches Computer Information Systems and Work Experience and Internships. She plans on spending more time with her husband, family and grandchildren, and also on doing a lot of walking, bicycling and traveling. Foster taught at Poway High for over 23 years before coming to RB High, and he has been teaching Pre-Calculus here for six years. His most memorable moment was when he helped supervise a special prom for the combined Best Buddies clubs of Poway High, RB High and Westview. He will continue to teach at Mesa College, at
which he has been an evening instructor for 25 years, and he plans to repeat his walk of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Rowan has been at RB High for 10 years, and both of his sons graduated from here. He teaches Honors Humanities and American Literature. His favorite teaching moments are when he sees students think out loud. He will continue to write several books, tend to his grandchildren and travel. Peterson teaches U.S. History and Civics, and he has been here for 19 years. His most memorable moment is the Pearl Harbor Day, when he had 60 WWII veterans for 60 students. He currently has no plans, but may work for an elected official, teach at a community college or go to a Greek island to relax. Dr. Englund is another original Bronco, who is greatly respected among her AP English Literature students. She will miss the special moments discussing literature, especially when students connect with something that may have been written a long time ago. She hopes to continue teach-
Marketing club DECA ventures nation-wide Parker Conley
Trey White, 12th “If there’s one thing you wouldn’t want to do, don’t procrastinate. Make sure all your teachers like you.”
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ing part-time for high school and college; she also wants to get involved with community theater, do some writing, traveling and reading something other than literary analysis essays. Band Director Tom Cole is another original Bronco. He says that he will truly miss conducting and seeing his students perform. He doesn’t have big plans, but is going to do more judging at band festivals, and band review and field show tournaments. Wilson teaches Computer Information Systems and CIS Advanced, and she is the DECA advisor. She has been here for 18 years and was honored this year as the Teacher-of-the-Year. Immediately after school is out, her husband and she are going on a road trip up the coast and will end up in Monterey to watch the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. She hopes to enjoy more of what San Diego has to offer. One thing she will not miss is waking up at 5:30 a.m. The consensus among the retiring teachers is that they will miss the staff and the students at RB High.
RB High’s DECA, or Distributive Education Clubs of America, has had a standout year, succeeding in several competitions and conferences and getting two students to become state officers. Many students at RB High have no idea what DECA is or its purpose. DECA is essentially an association of marketing students, with 2,400 members who participate in California and 170,000 nation-wide. The organization is international with several participating countries, including Canada, Mexico, Korea, Germany, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. DECA strives to give students preparation for careers in the marketing, management, and entrepreneurship sectors. At state conferences and competitions, you have the chance to meet people from other schools. In January at a DECA Career Development Conference, RB High students did incredibly well. Of the 18 students from RB High, 17 were recognized for some level of accomplishment. Some winners include Yifan Huang who won in a Technical Sales event, Kendall Ross who got first place in Restaurant & Food Service Management,
DECA officers at a lunch meeting.
Photo courtesy of Christine Kim.
and a Math Marketing event. Two students at RB High, Angeline Dy and Geena Dai have both become state officers, out of only six. There is a lot of hard work and responsibility that goes into being a state officer. Also, the Quiz Bowl team placed third. “There is a huge election process where you have a booth and give a speech,” Dy said. DECA’s recent competition, held in Louisville, Kentucky, featured students from all across the country. Nine students from RB High were in the top ten of their respective events, which ranged from Apparel and Accessories Marketing to Automotive Services Marketing. From this group, Angeline Dy, Ling Zeng, Kyungna Kim, Geena Dai and Andrew Murrow qualified to compete at the International competition. “Our DECA chapter did amazing this school year! At our first mini competition, almost everyone got awards and ribbons so that was exciting for our freshmen,” said senior Christine Kim. “At district competition, again, nearly everyone from our chapter got awards, and many got placed in overall.” Although their advisor Vicki Wilson is retiring, DECA is hoping to have continued success for many years to come.
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Vicki Wilson is named RB High’s Teacher of the Year Brent Goldberg Business manager
This year, RB High’s Teacher of the Year is Vicki Wilson of the Business Department. Wilson works hard to ensure that all of her students understand the material and are successful in her class. She spends hours of time outside of school in order to give students the help they need. “I am very honored,” Wilson said regarding the award, “to be selected among all of our outstanding staff members.” This year, Wilson is teaching Small Business Management, Computer Information Systems, as well as Computer Information Systems Advanced. The advanced class is comparable to Introduction to Computers, which she taught last year. Wilson has also taught the Financial Accounting class last year, which was part of the Regional Occupational Program and gave students valuable career training. Wilson is actively involved in business education. She is the advisor for DECA, which is a club that involves students in multiple areas of business such as finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Under Wilson’s advisement, DECA has
won much recognition. They competed against seven other Southern California high school chapters and brought home several awards. The awards were in business events including role plays, sales presentations and written projects with interviews. Students also received high scores on a variety of marketing and economic knowledge tests. 17 DECA students were recognized for some level for achievement. Wilson’s main goals are to prepare marketing education students to take their proper places in the business world and to develop leadership characteristics. Wilson strives to make the subject material more relatable to students and to get them involved in the classroom. She applies the lessons to real-world events and ensures that students posses a complete understanding of the class. This is very important towards the understanding of business, and students have found this to be very beneficial. Wilson is retiring after 34 years of teaching, 18 of those years have been here at RB High. She has enjoyed teaching to the fullest, and truly cares about her students. Her continued dedication to business education has truly made an impact on her students, and she is very deserving of this honorable award.
Photo by Carrie Chen
Taylor Lautner to attend RB High next year Kiana Said
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Taylor Lautner’s enrollment at RB High next semester was supposed to be kept a secret, but was recently revealed to the RB High administration. Lautner’s managers want him to enroll in a high school to gain experience and knowledge on high school life for his upcoming movie, “Adbduction.” They are hoping that with his experience here at RB High, he will be able to portray more accurately high school experience on the big screen. Many might wonder how he is supposed to experience a “normal” high school life when the Twilight saga has become so popular amongst teens across America. “We are hoping that the students at RB
High, particularly girls, will be respectful of Taylor’s experimentation for his upcoming movie, and will be able to act as normal as they can,” Megan Sizbee, Lautner’s manager said. “We were deciding whether to enroll him at RB High or Palos Verde High in Los Angeles, but we chose RB High because it was farther away from the paparazzi.” Currently Lautner is scheduled to attend RB High for only the first semester of the next school year, 2010-2011. He will be enrolled in senior classes: Physics, World Literature, College Algebra, Football P.E., Advanced Placement Government and Politics and Drama. According to counselors he has every opportunity of trying out for a sports team or joining a club. Sizbee stated that Lautner is looking forward to an actual high school experience.
Lautner attended Valencia High School for his freshman year, but soon after the filming of “Twilight” began, he had to begin home schooling. “The more involved he is in the school, the more we are hoping he can learn from the experience and be able to better relate to his role for the movie and the different problems teens go through,” Sizbee said. “I honestly can’t believe that out of all the high schools in California, they are deciding to have him attend RB High,” senior Jin Lee said. “I predict they are going to need security guards to keep him safe.” We urge next year’s class to keep calm about this news, even though it has been spreading quickly, because in the end it is just a senior prank by the seniors of the Silver Spur.
An inside look into Grad Nite
Arizona’s immigration law sparks controversy
As the end of the year approaches, the senior class is anxiously awaiting Grad Nite. Every year after the graduation ceremony, hundreds of seniors flock to the gym to have an amazing time with the friends they’ve spent the past four years with, some of whom they will most likely never see again. These RB High grads will remain all night long and into the morning, entertained with a multitude of activities, in a safe environment. This year’s Grad Nite is themed “Into the Sunset,” and it will be something the class of 2010 will never forget. There will be free food all night long, the chance to win prizes ranging from big items like bikes and sewing machines to gift cards to local businesses. Poker will be one of many games offered, with lessons for those who might not know how to play Texas Hold ‘Em. Other games include, carnival games, video games, badminton, rock climbing, human foosball, and new to this year’s Grad Nite will be an obstacle course. Also, there will be a dance area, DJ, crazy hair salons, crafts and a cartoon artist. Financial issues have caused the funding for Grad Nite to be a little tight, but Grad Nite Chair Susan Fong is confident that this year’s event will be just as much fun as the previous year’s classes. To ensure that the event is a success, Fong has had to prioritize funding, making sure the entertainment
Parker Conley area is properly funded before moving on to food and lastly, the prizes. On the other hand, the budget has been lowered for the prizes, food, and construction. “We have asked that parents donate gift cards, water, and soda to make up for the lower than expected money donations,” Fong said. “To save money, they are recycling and reusing old material, but not to worry because Fong said that the Grad Nite entrance will still be “breathtaking,” and “you won’t be able to miss it.” She has also suggested that seniors buy their tickets in the large quad starting May 11 in order to help out with financial troubles. Another helpful idea would be to ask your parent to help out either before, during, or after Grad Nite. “I’m excited for Grad Nite,” said senior Lorena Cuan. “I’m sure all the events will be fun and I’m looking forward to the activities and hanging out with my friends. Grad Nite is just going to be the last huge party for our graduating class.” It is guaranteed that this year’s Grad Nite will be a night to remember. To all who are unsure, Susan Fong said to ask anyone who had been to Grad Nite in the past. “My Grad Nite experience was great,” said RB High alumnus Jessica Chung. “It was a lot of fun and I felt like the organizing people did a great job of putting it all together. I remember having a rock climbing wall, human foosball, and Rock Band.”
On April 23 Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed an extremely controversial bill. This new immigration law is considered to be the toughest and stringent in the United States. Its main goal is to crack down on illegal immigrants present in the state by allowing law enforcement to identify and deport them. Immigration is a divisive topic that can ignite people’s tempers from both ends of the political spectrum. Protests erupted immediately in Arizona followed by similar protests in a multitude of states and cities around the
country. Thousands of protester’s and counter protestors filled the streets of downtown. President Obama criticized the new law, saying that it will, “undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.” Many are overjoyed that a bill as overdue as this has finally passed and are hoping other states follow suit. Governor Brewer of Arizona, giving a speech a few miles away from the capitol plaza where protests were occurring, said that the new law “represents another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused
to fix.” Those against the bill are furious at the consequences of this legislation. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund released a statement saying that the repercussions of such a law will spur “a spiral of pervasive fear, community distrust, increased crime and costly litigation” An interesting thing to note is that Congress won’t be taking up this hot issue any time soon, considering that it is an election year and no politician is willing to put his career on the line until the election season has passed. We will just have to see what action is taken at the federal level, but one thing is guaranteed, there will be public backlash.
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Revolutionary mime group “Steam Powered Giraffe” Kayla Moncayo Features Editor
With a theatre class at Grossmont College and shared love for entertainment, the rest is history for San Diego’s own unique Pantomime group, the Steam Powered Giraffe. The Steam Powered Giraffe is made up of four characters, all four robots from the 1800s. There is The Spine (Christopher Bennett), Rabbit (David Bennett), Upgrade (Erin Burke), and The John (John Sprague). To call this group rare is an understatement. Theatre Mime class taught by Jerry Hager (aka “Kazoo from Sea Port Village) inspired the robots to entertain. All four began brainstorming for ways to amuse people through their unique art form. The group began performing in January 2008, creating its own skits, songs, and materials, though some skits come from the group improvising and keeping what
they came up with on the spot. “Each of us contributes something in one way or another,” said the group. “The skits that you see in the songs and in between songs are the product of all of us just having fun.” Dedication and sacrifice to the art of pantomime and the group is key to these robots. The robots occasionally go out together, but mainly center their time together around the Steam Powered Giraffe group. They send out their own CD shipments, practice their materials, come up with new ideas, and rehearse frequently. “It’s a lot of hard work for a little progress,” said the group, “but exciting to see how things progress. What we do doesn’t pay the bills, but we can hope that one day it will.” The group began performing in order to entertain others, each member taking his/ her own satisfaction out of the enjoyment on-lookers receive when watching them, just as all artists do. These robots work hard to give the audience a good time and
a good show. “We get to see so many smiles during a performance and lots of laughter,” said the group. “It is a beautiful sight to see people enjoying themselves. Laughter is a powerful medicine.” You can catch the Steam Powered Giraffe in action every Saturday at Balboa Park between one and four in front of the Botanical Garden’s Pond, as well as places listed on their exclusive website www. steampoweredgiraffe.com. The Steam Powered Giraffe warns, “[We] hope you brought an extra pair of pants.”
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A review of RB High’s prom “Don’t Fight the Moonlight” Overview of RB High’s choir: “Broadway “Every prom has had its share of Revue” drama, just as this Kayla Moncayo
This year’s prom included smoke machines, romantic lights, beautiful scenery, carriage rides, salsa dancing lessons, blaring music, chocolate fondue and an innumerable amount of memories. The success of prom as a whole is undeniable, but individually the success rate varies. ASB did a phenomenal job in organizing every detail of prom. The outdoor location was absolutely beautiful, with a rose garden and intimate sitting rooms created by beautiful transparent curtains surrounding plush couches. Yet, despite the absolute sensation of prom, there was still some
individual chaos that may have ruined prom for some individuals. Every prom has had its share of drama, just as this year’s prom did. Walking around the stunning scenery, the general ambiance was positive, with seniors enjoying their last prom and juniors experiencing their first. But as the night continued and the music blared on it was obvious that a few were not enjoying themselves as much as most, which is typical for any high school event. Benches surrounded most of the area, and
quickly they filled up with sullen couples. Girls were just beginning to get agitated with their dates for one reason or another, either a dance where the girl found herself alone or an unintentional sentence that ruined the girl’s night completely made obvious by the crossed arms and annoyed expressions. Soon enough, one could see a girl or two crying, hunched over an over- priced, over-pressed dresses, smearing the carefully drawn eyeliner. There is almost nothing more amusing than a high school couple in a fight, especially a fight in a public forum, prom
year’s prom did.”
arguments being no exception. Couples could be seen on benches with hushed but passionate voices, undeniably fighting about insignificant problems that determined the entire outcome of their entire night. The moment someone came by the couple would hurriedly sit up, smooth their hands over their expensive but wrinkled outfits, and smile as if they were the happiest couple in the world. This routine was typically amongst unhappy couples. Prom as a whole was an absolute success, with the majority of those who attended enjoying themselves beyond measure. But at every high school function, there is always an arguing couple, a crying girl, and wasted make up.
A Closer look at a new local band: “Leviathan” Tavis Lam Staff Writer
In the summer of 2008, a local San Diego band was born; it was named Leviathan. The band gets its name from author Paul Auster’s novel Leviathan. “Leviathan is a word for anything that is big or huge,” said lead guitarist Richard Dotson. “We all liked it.” Dotson is a sophomore at Oceanside High School. His role in the band is lead guitarist and singer. He had begun teaching himself to play the guitar in fifth-grade when he received his first electric guitar for Christmas. In seventh-grade, Dotson met a drummer name Mark, who was already in a band. Dotson’s friend Cory also started playing the guitar, so Dotson invited him and Mark over to become part of his band. Cory and Mark are currently sophomores attending Westview High School. Leviathan plays anything from punk to blues and even progressive rock. Dotson and his friend Cory writes the music for their band. “We write our songs separately. Cory
usually writes these really short songs and I would write long song,” said Dotson. “They balance each other out.” “We would write about anything depending on what the song sounds like,” said Dotson. “My favorite song is ‘The Wombat Aquarium’.” The band practices and records its music at Mark’s house every other week. Although they have enough songs to compile into an album, they have not yet planned to release their songs or find a record company. “Our music is not really being released,” said Dotson, “but we have enough songs.” When the members of Leviathan meet, they would do a lot of improvisation. “We’ll just take a song, extend it a bit, and make it up as we go,” said Dotson. I like it; it makes things interesting.” Leviathan was formed with the purpose of having fun and being able to have their music heard and recognized. Although they haven’t released any songs, they still continue to grow closer to the band. Not only has Leviathan provided a common hobby for the band members to enjoy, but it helped increase their bonds with one another. “Being in a band gives us something
to do. Sometimes we do really well, but sometimes we do really badly,” said Dotson. “The band is great! We are really good for each other.”
Stay updated about this band, for they might soon release their songs into the public.
Photo by Tavis Lam
Recently, RB High’s choir got together for its second performance of the semester, and put on a show for our school and community called Broadway Revue, showcasing a multitude of famous songs from Broadway. The songs included hits such as “One Short Day” from the musical Wicked, “21 Guns” by Green Day, “Mamma Mia”, and “Gaston” from “Beauty and The Beast”. Other pieces that the choir sung were “If I Were A Rich Man”, “Ommi God You Guys”, “Façade” from Jekyll & Hyde, “Broadway Baby”, “It Takes Two” and “Bright Side of Life”. The crowd seemed to enjoy Bright Side of Life, a song from the musical Spamalot. This piece was acted out by the choir in a corny and cheesy way, with people pretending to die in an over dramatized fashion and line dancing by an all-male group. Peter Oh and Wesley Tan were the featured soloists during this hilarious song. During the song “Gaston”, there was a lot of movement and it was very dramatic. It featured Trey White as Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast”. The show in general was good, with choir members dressing up in costumes, acting out parts which kept the audience engaged and interested the entire time. Overall, the reception from the audience was great. The Performing Arts Center was packed and people seemed to enjoy themselves for the entire duration of the show. Lisa Freidrichs did a great job directing the choir, along with help from a pianist, drummer, bass player and choreographer. The choir did an amazing job and it was definitely a time to remember.
What’s with the modern song remixing craze? Old favorites get altered by new pop artists
Parker Conley Staff Writer
Everyone has heard their favorite song altered in some way, either by a DJ or another popular artist in order to give the song a different feel. Some find that remixes destroy the tune, stripping it of its original feel and purpose. Remixes are created for a variety of reasons. They include giving the song a second chance to gain mainstream attention, to improve the song’s sound quality, or to suit a specific music genre such as techno or dance. Remixing music has thrived as long as the technology to create it has been around. Musicians are able to rearrange songs and create an alternative listening experience. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, however, remixing became popular due to the invention of
magnetic tape and multi-track recording. What we are accustomed to today, that is, modern remixing, finds its roots in the Jamaican dance culture of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The genres of reggae, dub, and ska were taken by local mixers and broken down; they edited them and put it all back together to create something similar to the original but with its own distinct taste and style. Sound engineers and producers who were popularized due to their success remixing songs include King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry. In contemporary dance music, remixes have become commonplace. Switching up a song with a more danceable beat, adding scratches, other electronic sounds and repeating verses can be found in almost any club. Ever since the 1990’s when the personal computer became a common household
item, remixing has been on the rise by those who do it on the side as a hobby. These “underground remixers” create unofficial music in their free time. With the availability of music-making and music-editing software, “mash-up’s”, two or more songs blended together, has become extremely widespread in the music world. Senior, Oscar Wu, thinks that “remixes give you a new and different take on a song you’ve heard before.” He believes that remixes “should remain in the music world and will most likely become even better as technology advances.” Artists who are contributing more and more remixes are doing a great service to those who enjoy music. By giving a new take on a song, providing a more danceable beat, or switching up the lyrics, remixes will continue to give us a different take on the songs we love.
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Author Beth Fantaskey visits RB High to promote new book Tavis Lam Staff Writer
Science fiction author Beth Fantaskey, author of Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and Jekel Loves Hyde, visited RB High last month to speak about her recently published books. Fantaskey started off as a journalist twenty-five years ago. However, her first book, Jessica’s Guide, was not published until last year. Both of Fantaskey’s books focus on the theme of empowerment. “It’s about girls learning to take charge of their lives and to get more power,” said Fantaskey. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is a vampire book about a high school student Jessica Packwood who is an adopted child originally born in Romania before she was taken to America. Jessica encounters an exchange student from Romania named
Lucius Veldescu who constantly stares at her and whispers her birth name Antanasia. Jessica is freaked out when Lucius shows up at their farm for dinner. He claims he is a vampire prince and that Jessica is a vampire princess and that they must marry to prevent a war between their clans. Jessica’s parents present a scroll which proves the prophecy to be true. Seeing Lucius as dangerous, Jessica determines to overpower and take over her own life instead of having it controlled for her. As a result, Lucius goes for another girl; Jessica does the same, but then realizes how much she wants to be part of Lucius’ life. Fantaskey is currently working on a sequel with the working title Jessica Rules the Dark Side. There have been many comparisons made to Twilight because both novels are about teenage girls meeting vampires who take them into their world and put their lives in danger. “[Jessica’s Guide] is a witty interpretation
of twilight,” said senior Shannon Kilgore. “It’s for people who like vampire stories.” Jekel Loves Hyde is the second book Fantaskey wrote. She says she the title of the book doesn’t mean anything significant, but is simply a title that came up in her mind one day. This book, however, is not a vampire book but is about Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde, descendents of the original Jekyll and Hyde. Jill and Tristen are ordinary high school students who recreate experiments from a locked box, containing Dr. Jekyll’s very own experiments, in attempt of winning a chemistry scholarship. Initially falling in love from the day they met, Jill and Tristen also encounter relationship problems. Beth Fanatskey is an imaginative author who writes from the perspective of teenagers. “I didn’t get the idea from one place,” said Fantaskey. “I just wanted to write a novel. The idea came to me during a long car ride.” Fantaskey claims that it is because she
acts like a teenager herself. She says that everyone in her home acts like teens, including her two, young children. Fantaskey is a very talented and determined author who produces wonderful books for people to enjoy. “I hope she stays with her original intentions and not let fans overwhelm her thought process,” said Kilgore. “We need more intelligent writers.” Photo by Tavis Lam
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Movie Review: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
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Banksy is an infamous street artist who ironically remains anonymous in true identity. His art has become extremely in demand and his following has become cult-like in alternative trends. It may be said now that it is fashionable to be a Banksy fan. This documentary, “Exit Through The Gift Shop”, co-produced by Banksy is a hit among Banksy fans and street art enthusiasts, and perhaps street artists themselves. “Exit Through The Gift Shop” has gained much appreciation from artists and audience. Because of this, it may come to popular movie theaters, as it only showed in select theaters like the Landmark Theater in Hillcrest. The plot itself does not follow Banksy himself, but it is about a Frenchman named Thierry Guetta. Guetta constantly filmed everything in his life. And when he met his street artist cousin, “Space Invader”, Guetta became captivated by the honesty and bluntness of street art. Then, Guetta was in the middle of the street art scene. His goal
became to meet and document Banksy, the pinnacle of street artists. This proves to be difficult because Banksy is very meticulate about his read identity. The twist in the tale comes when Banksy turns into the filmmaker, while Guetta decides to become an artist, under the name Mr. Brainwash. This documentary not only portrays the new life of street art, and offers a controversial view on the modern art world. Banksy states that this society is not democratic and content orientated, but very elite and bourgeoisie. Banksy acts out against this elite group through risky vandalism and daring galleries. The footage of these are proudly presented in the documentary, and are also spread around the internet on sites like YouTube. They are easily found on YouTube and a search of “Banksy” is strongly recommended. In summation, “Exit Through The Gift Shop” is a hilarious documentary poking fun at Guetta’s disasters and French per-
sonality and the art world itself. It contains both critical commentary on society’s views of art and hilarious excerpts of these vandals. This movie is entertaining to any mature audience. Photo by Google
The Mecca of Nerdom: A look at the infamous “Dungeons and Dragons” role-playing game Celeste Conowitch
Photo by Google Now we’ve all heard rumors about this game; we have these mental impressions that everyone who plays Dungeons and Dragons lives in his mother’s basement and is socially awkward and has really bad acne. However, these impressions aren’t always true. Dungeons and Dragons came out in 1974 and has been growing in popularity ever since. But what is Dungeons and Dragons? For
those of you who can’t quite penetrate this strange nerd mystery; Dungeons and Dragons is a game, but it doesn’t use a board or cards. All you need to play are dice and imagination. There is usually a core group of people (about four to six) who meet once a week to play sessions of the game. One of the player’s is someone called “The Dungeon Master” (DM) this person is responsible for using verbal descriptions to create a world, fantastical monsters and adventures. Everyone else is a player character (PC), and they interact with the world the DM has created as the character they’ve created. Basically, the game is a combination of acting and story-telling. The worlds are often put in a medieval setting but with occurrences of strange creatures and magic. In the game, you create a character that can be a fighter, cleric (like a priest), wizard, rogue, or one of many other options available. When you play the game, you get to act like your character and try to solve whatever problems the DM comes up with in the world. Dungeons and Dragons has evolved several times since it’s original creation; different editions of the game have been published in an effort to add more options and adventures to the game. Every version has a core set of rules contained in a book
called “The Player’s Handbook,” these contain lists of items, monsters, and character options. The game itself has been growing in popularity and is now played by kids and adults
stitutions considered Dungeons and Dragons heretical because it deals with fantasy concepts like magic and many players create wizard characters. The same people who condemn Harry Potter books also have raged an ongoing battle against the game.
Photo by Google alike, and enjoyed by people of both genders. Chances are that at least one person you know has or currently is playing Dungeons and Dragons. This isn’t to say that the game hasn’t had its problems; for many years, religious in-
Artist Spotlight: Robert Bojar
Whatever the case, Dungeons and Dragons has had a profound impact on pop culture. Countless fantasy books have been inspired by the game, as well as two fulllength films “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God.” The game has forever earned
You may have noticed upon reading The Silver Spur many of the magnificent photos that are used to compliment the articles. Most of these photos are taken by senior, and photo editor Robert Bojar. Bojar became interested in photography through his curiosity of the humanities and the arts as well as its accessibility. In 2008, Bojar purchased his first film camera, which is when he fell in love with photography. “Film is different,” stated Bojar. “It feels real.” Bojar also noted that in using film for two months he learned more about photography than he did in three years of using a digital camera. When asked about his means of inspiration, Bojar said “things that don’t inspire me.” “When I look at something that doesn’t inspire me, the things that inspire me become stronger.” People and fog are his main inspiration. “When you can’t see the sun but it’s still light out,” Bojar said. “People’s faces show the most.” Throug practice and experience in his art Bojar said he has gained a sense of not really caring what his photos look like. “When I don’t care what photos look like they become honest,” said Bojar. “I’m not trying to make my photos something they aren’t, but I know what I want.” By simply looking throughout The Silver Spur you can see many basic photos that he has taken. However if you would like to really see his work you can check his website out at www.theraindropsoneveryone.com. Photos taken by Robert Bojar
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Life in the theater Review of RB High’s in-class play: “I’ll Cry If I Want To” Kayla Moncayo Opinions Editor
On May 26 and 27 the drama 7/8 class performed an in-class play entitled, “I’ll Cry If I Want To…” This piece of drama was written by senior Emily Yavitch in the style of a modern-day crime show. The plot follows a group of friends who spend the weekend in an old Victorian house to celebrate one of the gang’s birthdays. For her party, the main character decides to host a “Murder Mystery Party,” a game involving dressing up and taking on personas from the 1920’s. Everything is going well until suddenly it isn’t a game anymore…one of the friends is found murdered. The party investigation shortly turns into a full-fledged crime scene, with forensic scientists and investigative detectives taking on the case. This action-packed drama was written, produced, and acted in by the students. The play was entirely directed by senior Celeste Conowitch, with subtle guidance from drama teacher Terri Roglestad.
The students were effectively able to utilize minimal sets, for the stage was set with a series of rotating platforms that would turn to indicate different scenery. A combination of jazzy music and 1920’s costumes really gave the sense of the party atmosphere. A unique combination of lights set scenes occurring at crime scenes, interrogation rooms, and even creepy dark hallways. This play had a unique feel compared to other RB inclass productions because it was largely designed after murder-mystery plots, particularly the crime drama “NCIS.” However, the script made many allusions to great literary works of the genre like the novels of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The play effectively captured the audience with its suspense and the gradual discovery of the true murder plot. The climax actually occurs with the lead cop tackling
the murderer and cuffing him. Certainly this production was a successful demonstration of the talent and ingenuity of RB High’s drama students.
All photos courtesy of Kiana Said
What to do with a What it really takes to threatre degree become an actor or actress Michael Rupic Opinions Editor
Careers in drama are diverse and filled with opportunity. If you are already involved in drama or think you may want to explore the different fields of the performing arts, than you should consider enrolling in a drama course or even working towards earning a degree in drama. According to Terri Rogelstad, the drama teacher at RB High, there are many aspects of drama, each with its own degree: technical, costume, performance, dramaturgy, and directing. Technical students learn about the atmosphere of the theatre, dealing with lighting, sound, design, etc. Students involved with costumes are responsible for creating all the outfits worn by the actors. Performance students are actors or actresses who, through their emotions and expressions, bring the characters to life. Dramaturgy students bring the whole production from words in a script to life. Directors oversee and critique all aspects of the production and make sure that the audience will enjoy and appreciate all of the hard work that takes place in order to perfect a performance. Students in Rogelstad’s class gain experience in all aspects of theatre and discover which one they prefer. Her class offers a lot of hands-on work where students are immersed in building, acting, designing, producing, and directing. According to Rogelstad, an ideal drama student is “one who is persistent, has a very strong work-ethic, gets along with other people, [and] is willing to accept
criticism.” She later stated that you don’t have to possess natural talent, but you have to be willing to work hard. Rogelstad stated that there are various schools that offer drama programs, such as some junior colleges; locally SDSU, UCSD, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, and UCSB; out of state NYU, Yale, and Boston College, to name a few. After graduation, there are careers available in almost any of the aspects of drama, but some may be more difficult than others to find. “I believe there are a lot of options, you just have to be willing to look for them, and be willing to start at the bottom,” Rogelstad said. Local or
Tavis Lam Staff Writer
You have seen actors and actresses on television and in local plays, but have you ever thought about what they go through before taking on their roles? Many people often dream about becoming a famous actor or actress. It takes more than pure talent to reach this goal. There are many things that have to be prepared even before finding a job, although some people might get lucky and be
community theatres offer jobs for technical designers and directors. Some of them are paid pretty well if they are experienced and professional. As far as careers in acting go, Rogelstad believes that actors can be successful if they have consistent performances or are well known. “It is hard to get paid as an actor until you have some pretty extensive experience,” she said. “There are careers to be had in theatre, TV, and film, but they are not easy to get into,” Rogelstad said. “You have to be able to take rejection, and you have to be consistent and want it more than anything.”
selected for a role in a television show. Either way, strong passion and dedication for acting is needed to succeed and reach those goals. “I think it’s all about social networking and about who you know and your previous roles in acting,” said cheerleader and dancer Samantha Mullett. Actors and actresses will often take classes to improve their acting skills. Acting schools can be found almost anywhere. Joining the Drama Department at school or enrolling in an acting school can help. Schools can teach students the basic foundations they need to excel in acting schools and in their potential jobs. Schools also offer stage tech classes which prepare students with the making of sets and with the sound room; it also allows them to know the theatre better. Directing and writing plays can also be exercised in school classes. What would also help is to be actively involved in different aspects of theatre, not just acting. Directing, writing, dancing, singing, and stage tech are also good ways to get involved in a career in theatre. There is no better way than to break through the limit of what one can achieve. Mastering one aspect of theatre will definitely help one with the other aspects. “Never think ‘I’m done now!’” said Dillon Thomas. “There is always more to learn and improve. Perform whatever you have well and never give up.” People tend to get upset when they receive a small role in theatre. This pessimistic thought should be scratched out. Many famous actors started out with small roles; they did not suddenly become famous.
They also had to go through many auditions and interviews. When acting, it is very important that the actors and actresses had lots of practice with improvisation. Mastering improvisation can help when an actor or actress forgets or messes up a line. This also reveals the actor’s potential and how far his or her imagination can carry them. There are organizations on the internet constantly accepting auditions. Job opportunities can also be found through agents. Prospective actors need to fill out a résumé and send it, along with a headshot, to an agent. Afterward, an interview is held with the agent and a monologue must be presented. This is where the on-hand monologue comes to play. When agents are satisfied in actors and actresses’ acting skills, they consider searching for job opportunities for them. However, a percentage of the money the actors and actresses make is given to the agent. Jobs for acting cannot always be assured. In the world of acting, auditioning for parts is like going to war where only one will be victorious. This is why a dedicated actor must abide their persistency in finding jobs. When one does not succeed at first, it does not give them a legitimate reason to quit. Patience is a factor that actors and actresses must gain. Patience is needed anywhere from finding a job to waiting off set for their take. “If you are dedicated and talented, you’ll be able to go mostly anywhere,” said Thomas, “Just make sure you are fully prepared.”
Where are the stars of our childhood? Kiana Said Editor-in -Chief
The familiar faces you saw on the TV screen in the 90’s are not as familiar anymore. These stars dominated the TV scene, but as our generation moved forward, they quickly disappeared. If the names Corey, Topanga, Mr. Feeny and Shawn ring a bell in your head, then you probably remember watching “Boy Meets World.” The show’s seven solid seasons from 1993-2000 has left a lasting mark. Ten years after the show ended, many Americans still tune in for re-runs. The enjoyment of watching teenagers Corey
(Ben Savage), Shawn (Rider Strong) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) grow up on the TV screen and deal with typical teen issues kept viewers attached. But soon after the show ended in 2000, it seemed as if the stars had left the stage of young fame for good. Savage went on to Stanford University and graduated in 2004 with a major in Political Science. In 2006, it was rumored that Savage was dead after a My Space user made up a story that he died in a car accident. Savage is still alive and doing well. Strong also continued his educational career and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English; he then completed his Masters of Fine Arts
Degree in 2009 at Bennington College in Vermont. Strong made an appearance on the big screen in the horror film “Cabin Fever,” but aside from that Strong is hoping to seek more work in directing. Fishel continued show-biz in a low key way and is a correspondent for the Tyra Show and a spokesperson for Nutrisystem. Another sitcom, “Full House,” was very popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s. While Mary Kate and Ashley Olson (Michelle) continued working in the show-biz industry, Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and D.J. (Candice Cameron) took separate paths. Since the show, she has stayed out of the spotlight. Sweetin got married and divorced twice,
both divorces were due to her addiction to methamphetamines. Recently, Sweetin has been working on a book talking about her battle with drugs. Jonathan Taylor Thomas entered teen fame when he began working on the show “Home Improvement,” one of the most watched TV shows in the 90’s. Taylor’s fame propelled him into other films, such as as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and the voice of Simba in “The Lion King.” Although Taylor has been on various sitcoms after leaving “Home Improvement, his fame has declined, and today Thomas is just trying to stay out of the lime-light and live a more private life. It wasn’t that long ago that we were
watching Lizzie McGuire (Hillary Duff) grow up on the Disney channel, along with co-stars Miranda (Lalaine Paras) and Gordo (Adam Lambert). Duff’s stardom continued into a music and acting career, but the show ending had the opposite effect on Paras and Lamberg. Lamberg stayed out of the limelight and went on to study at University of California Berkley. Paras was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamines in 2007. Although these actors are not as popular on the TV screen as they were in the 90’s or ten years ago, they have moved on from teen stardom and are trying to live normal lives.
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Is continuing a high school relationship in college worth it?
YES? Celeste Conowitch Entertainment Editor
As seniors get closer and closer to graduation, many issues are becoming prevalent. One of them being the matter of whether or not to continue the relationships in high school. There is no easy answer as to whether or not you should, but there are some positive points to argue. Going to college involves a huge life change; the world of high school disappears, and you have to take on a whole new set of responsibilities, managing time, working, and providing for yourself. With so many changes going on, it can be reassuring to have a couple things that are stable, a relationship for example being one of them. People would go crazy if everything in their lives got turned upside down in one go. Having a stable and strong emotional relationship with someone can provide the emotional stability that is necessary to effectively deal with the life-change of college. There will also be someone there to talk to if things get too crazy, someone who understands and knows how to comfort you. Having a good relationship
established before college also allows you to focus on the new aspects of college life. It will be much easier to focus on academics and involvement in school activities if you aren’t plunged into the world of college dating which can be a hectic and emotionally draining transition, especially when everything else in your life is changing. Not worrying about relationships allows you to build a social network more easily because you can be involved to the fullest ability. Going to college can also serve as a true test to a relationship. Often continuing college relationships have an element of distance to them, and therefore this trial allows your trust and emotional investment in the other person to strengthen. Being apart physically gives the chance for emotional commitment to strengthen. Going to different schools also breathes new life into a long-term relationship. Certainly the wide array of diverse experiences in college will give you both new topics to talk about. One thing is certain; everyone’s decisions will be different because circumstances are affected by so many factors. Distance, commitment, and lifestyle are all things that have to be taken into account when deciding whether or continue a relationship past high school. Life is not black or white.
“College is where you meet a lot of people and form life-long relationships. You can even get married after college. ” -Rachel Tang, 11 “The experience in college is not just about working and studying. You should also be able to have fun.” -Peter Hong, 9 “Having a relationship is a way to learn what you like in another person and to help you manage your social life with school life.” -Andrew Murrow, 12 “College is where you can meet some of the best people, but you should not let a relationship interfere with your studies.” -Taryn Kilgore, 9
NO? Jin Lee Editor in Chief
Leaving high school and entering the college setting is one of the biggest steps many young people take before really entering adulthood. Before leaving for college, many couples have to decide whether or not to continue their high school relationship. Continuing a relationship with a high school sweetheart is probably not a good idea because the individuals will eventually go their separate ways, and chances are the two will slowly grow apart. It is highly unlikely that both they will both attend the same college, as everyone has different aspirations and priorities, and different goals for the future. The couple will probably experience anxiety when the guy or the girl does not call as often, see pictures on Facebook with the other gender or cut off communication altogether. Growing apart from each other is inevitable; even good friends tend to grow apart, and couples are not an exception. In college, you will make new friends and possibly meet someone whom you will connect with more than your high school sweetheart, as you and your
significant other change and new interests develop. College is a chance for people to start off fresh and try new things, and if you continue the relationship with a high school sweetheart, you are probably going to feel held back. If you break off the relationship before starting college, you will lessen the eventual burden on your heart. College is about discovering the unknown, and you probably don’t want to be weighed down by someone who is far away. This does not mean you should become promiscuous and go out on dates every weekend just because you are not tied to someone. Dating new people would not hurt you, but it could widen your scope and help you meet new people. You don’t want to go into college with a closed mind, but rather be open to change. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. With a larger campus in college, you will quickly forget about your high school sweetheart since you will be busy getting settled into your new life. Your high school boyfriend and girlfriend will be the least of your worries. It is better to end the relationship before going off to college than breaking up over Facebook or over the phone because breaking up is inevitable. If the two of you are meant to be, you will be together later on. Continuing the high school relationship isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is better to begin with a clean slate in college.
The stress and craziness of a Silver Academic versus Spur newspaper deadline revealed athletic scholarships Kayla Moncayo Opinions Editor
Late night paper jams, last-minute articles, missing photos, and the ever present clock ticking away are all contributors to the chaos of The Silver Spur deadline, which only scratch the surface of what the journalism team fondly refers to as “The Beast.” Few people realize what really goes into creating a newspaper, especially the nitty-gritty details that most are not privy to know. The public mainly sees the field work and the finished product, but what they don’t know are the elements behind the pages. “Deadline” is a dreaded night. It is inevitable that every editor will be in room 902 after school, and the Editors in Chief, Kiana Said and Jin Lee, will still be there way past the last editor in order to finalize and send the pages to the Pomerado Publishing Company before midnight. The Silver Spur’s Editor’s in Chief are the best any staff could ask for, and the team as a whole appreciates everything they do for the paper and the staff members individually.
Being an edtor consists of designing and putting together an entire page; this includes designing where all the pictures, lines, words, and articles will be, as well as the exact font type and number everything will be, and where an advertisement goes that you’ve managed to squeeze on the page because the business manager added it last minute and made you feel so guilty that there is no way to leave it out. The Spur appreciates all of their advertisers contributions that enable the Spur to be printed and given to students. Sound easy? Think again! Deadline day is long and stressful. The longest known deadline recorded in Silver Spur history was in 2009. The deadline started at four on a Friday night and ended at two Saturday morning. Most editors were not harmed in the process, though it has been debated. During deadline, editors witness a different side to their fellow staff members. Glasses come off, frown lines appear, and an overall grumpiness claims most everyone. The constant pressure to try and make the pages perfect is almost crushing, but there is one major fear that grips each editor
just as much as time: money. It seems that recently going into deadline, editors do not know if there will be enough money to pay for the issue that they are laboring over. The late night stress could be for nothing. All editors wait to hear from the business manager at the end of the day, or even the next day, to know if their work will be published for the students. Despite the terrors of deadline, editors come together. They form a family with the sticky glue of sarcasm and hunger, laughs and late-night gossip over bright computer screens. The pizza and burrito bonds are near unbreakable, and the chaos at the last hour shows each editor the stamina and drive of their team. At the end of the day, we are all able to depend on each other to get the job done. The Silver Spur’s deadline is one that is dreaded until the day arrives. “The Beast” creeps up on every editor viciously, and when the night comes, there is no caging it. But the end result is generally the same: editors are proud of the finished product and are generally proud to show the school their hard work.
Tavis Lam Staff Writer
There are four main types of scholarships: merit-based, need-based, student-based, and career-based. Meritbased scholarships consist of academic and athletic scholarships; they act as financial aid. Merit scholarships are awarded to students reflecting their academic or athletic achievements. What are the differences between academic and athletic scholarships? Students who receive academic scholarships are either nominated by their high school or by themselves. Academic scholarships are awarded to students who achieve high standards in the academic field. Requirements to receive these kinds of scholarships include getting at least a 3.5 core GPA, a 25 or better on the ACT, a 1200 or higher on the SAT, and being at the top 10 percent of the class However, most of the people who receive academic scholarships have a GPA of over 4.0. Academic scholarships are awarded more frequently than athletic scholarships. The average scholarship
RB High seniors infected with severe senioritis Brent Goldberg Business Manager
Have you ever had an essay to write, bHave you ever had an essay to write, but put it off until the last minute? Would you rather go to the beach, watch TV and play video games instead of doing your math homework? If so, you may have senioritis, a common condition that has no known cure. During senior year, as students decide what colleges to apply to and eventually attend, many start to feel a disconnection with high school in general. School work becomes tedious and unbearable, events start seeming pointless. Many are anxiously
anticipating graduation, and all of the changes that will occur. Senior year comes with many perks for students. From periods off to online classes and parking in the student lot, many cannot imagine how they made it through three years of high school. If seniors use this time to their advantage, they will have a more fulfilling and meaningful year that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Some high schools, in order to accommodate senioritis, have implemented what is called a “Senior Semester.” This allows seniors to spend time outside of school to attend events and seminars that students find particularly interesting. The goal of this is to allow students the opportunity to
gain experience in a possible career instead of mentally checking out of school once graduation is assured. In some instances, senioritis has affected students in many detrimental ways. If a senior’s grades drop substantially, some colleges and universities will reject them even after they have made plans to attend the school in the fall. This reversal of admission has occurred as late as July. Many college acceptance letters come with a warning, stating that “your admission is contingent on your continued successful performance,” showing that colleges are still interested in your senior year grades. Senior grades may also play a key role in determining meritbased financial awards.
Many students decide to take college courses in areas that they are interested in pursuing. These classes can help stimulate academic interests and are very helpful in preparing students for the rigor of courses the following year. Senioritis is apparent not only for high school seniors. Senior college students and even graduate students, before graduating, go through the same process of disregarding school work and looking forward to the future. After working hard for three long years, make sure to finish your senior year strong. You can gain valuable experience for college and for a career while enjoying one of the most exciting years of your life.
awarded is about $12,300 and is renewable for all 4 years of college. Athletic scholarships, like academic scholarships, can be issued by private organizations or a potential college. This type of scholarship is awarded according to the student’s athletic achievements in high school. Unlike academic scholarships, athletic scholarships don’t have certain requirements; it is based on the recognition that the players receive for their excellence. Most athletic scholarships don’t give fullride scholarships. Receiving an athletic scholarship often requires further academic progression and achievement. 2 percent of students who play high school sports attend college on athletic scholarships every year. Athletic scholarships can also be sought for by the student. Students can contact coaches at the colleges to inquire about the scholarships. One can also contact the Admissions Office, for they can sometimes provide more information than the coaches. They are also more available to speak to students than the coaches. Academic scholarships tend to be easier to receive than athletic scholarships. Athletic scholarships also greatly depend on academics. A student must have good grades to be granted an athletic scholarship.
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“To countless nights of McGyvering around and causing mischief.. we did good.”
Michael Quang “My funniest memory of high school was when on dance team the zipper on my sisters tetris bag broke and she started hyperventilating, so we had to cut her out.”
“Strap your pants on because life’s about to get real.”
Margaux Leffas-Lopes “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
“It is better to be lucky than smart”
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
“I believe if you have faith in yourself anything is possible”
“Think positive and good things will happen”
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
“Chase the dream, not the competition.”
Senior-year expenses: • • • • • • • • • • •
Yearbook… 70.00 Disneyland Trip….$90.00 Grad-Night…$85.00 Senior Breakfast and Picknic- $12.00 Cap,Gown and tassel…$60.00 Additonal Graduation tickets…$10.00 each Prom…$60.00 Additional prom expenses…$150.00+ Homecoming…$15.00 One AP test…$92.00 Purchasing Senior Pictures min. package… $100.00 • Graduating…..PRICELESS.
“When in doubt, pinky up.”
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Where is the class of ‘10 going? Staying in sunny San Diego
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OPINIONS THE SILVER SPUR - JUNE 3, 2010 Do summer assignments ruin students’ vacations? Carrie Chen Features Editor
As summer vacation is approaching, many are planning exciting getaways in countries around the world. Many students are preparing to spend their entire summer on the couch and enjoying wasting their time away. But most of all, students are excited to get away from the constant stress of school. However, summer assignments that are to be completed over the summer in order to prepare a student for next year’s class may potentially ruin this “break from school.” These summer assignments are for Honors and AP courses that a student has signed up for. “You’re supposed to enjoy summer and get away from homework,” says Jennifer Chalam, a sophomore. “Having summer assignments and doing more homework just doesn’t make any sense.” Doing summer assignments during summer vacation, may feel like to many students of RB High, a school outside of school. It defeats the purpose of summer. “Last summer, I had to read The Prince and I wrote an essay on it for AP European Civilization,” said Chalam. “I also had to read two books for Honors Humanities,
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The Odyssey and Gods, Heroes, and Men. For AP Biology, I had to read the Honors Chemistry textbook and the AP Bio textbook, write four essays, and do study guides and reading guides.” Not only does this burden of homework put a damper on the excitement of summer vacation, but the effectiveness of this homework is also questionable. Because students are not exactly thrilled to be doing their summer assignments, many will put off the homework until the last few weeks or even days of summer. The quality of work may also be decreased due to the little amount of students’ involvement in their work. Summer assignments are designed to help prepare a student for the class that they are going to take next year. Many times, students question whether the work will actually help them in the future. When asked how much the summer assignments helped in the corresponding class, Chalam replied, “a little.” However, assigning summer homework is and has been a system for a while now, and doesn’t show signs of being terminated. For now, students must grit their teeth and bear with it, and perhaps plan to spread the homework over the entire summer to reduce the potential pain.
Another social networking site pushes limits when public questions are met with harsh answers Carrie Chen Features Editor
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. The latest social networking craze is Formspring, a site designed to allow users to anonymously post questions and comments on an individual’s profile. Although this site was initially intended to be an unthreatening environment for an open discussion among anonymous friends, Formspring has turned into a tool that many teenagers use to bully others. When it first started on November 25, 2009, Formspring spread like wildfire. Many teenagers signed up for a Formspring account, publicizing their profile on their Facebook page, inviting others to ask them questions. “It seemed like one of those catty things that people are drawn to,” said Emily Zhao, sophomore. Many were curious as to what questions people might ask them, and what people might think of them. Soon, nearly everyone’s Facebook newsfeed became crowded with their Formspring account websites. That’s when many started taking advantage of the site’s anonymity and posting inappropriate questions and insulting comments. “I think Formspring is used for either to ask very personal questions,” said Zhao, “or to start drama and call people out.” Many of the comments are very intrusive
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of peoples’ personal lives, bringing up past incidents or confronting the person about current drama. Some people say things to others that they would never dare say to their face. “Many times the questions are innocent,” said Zhao. “But every so often there are rude or sexual-based questions.” Examples include: “do you know how mean you can be sometimes?” or “who do you like?” These are questions targeted directly for a specific person, either to gain information or to make that individual reflect on their behavior, many times with negative consequences. On March 22, 2010, a 17-year-old student at West Islip High School in New York committed suicide due to the several insulting and offensive comments posted on her Formspring page. Many have called Formspring the new forum for cyberbullying. The recent case of Phoebe Prince, a student at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts, was centered around taunting and bullying over social networking sites like Facebook and Formspring. The rude comments posted on Phoebe Prince’s Formspring profile was said to have driven her to her suicide. While Formspring may seem innocent, some of the questions circulated on the site may be inappropriate or may have undesirable repercussions. The next time you are on Formspring, be aware of potential cyberbullying.
An inside look at the John Gardner sentencing: sister of attacked jogger gives insight to her experience at the emotionally intense hearing
Carrie Chen Kiana Said BUSINESS Jin Lee MANAGER Kayla Moncayo NEWS EDITOR Opinions Editor Brent Goldberg Kiana Said STAFF WRITERS Jin Lee Sarah Cho OPINIONS Something as emotional as the John Breanna Willis EDITOR Gardner sentencing is difficult to deTavis Lam Kayla Moncayo scribe, and even harder to comprehend. Parker Conley The sentencing unearthed fresh emotions Michael Rupic PHOTO EDITOR that have impacted many. I write to you SPORTS Robert Bojar not as a first-hand witness to this event, EDITOR Geoffrey Bogan GUEST ARTIST
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Celeste Conowitch
Silver Spur Editorial Policy The opinions expressed in the Silver Spur are not necessarily the opinions of the staff, administration, or the students of Rancho Bernardo High School. They are not necessarily the opinions of the Silver Spur staff as a whole. The Silver Spur is a public forum.
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but as a human being caught in the middle of a major tragedy. My intentions are not to show you the sentencing from my perspective or to help you understand or feel the sorrow the King and Dubois families shared with my family that day. My purpose is to explain the depth of what happened. Maybe the numbness that seems to have hit the community is a mass defense mechanism due to the overwhelming pain, but, in my opinion, numbness hinders the good that can be brought out of this horrible situation. Within the past two years, three girls have been attacked by the same man, two of which lived and thrived in our tight-
knit community. Amber lived in Escondido, only a short ten-minute freeway drive from Rancho Bernardo where Chelsea resided. The local media will convince you that the girls attacked were just that, women functioning in the world just as every other woman does. Yet, the media has left out one intrinsic part. Gardner did not just attack an honor student, equestrian rider and teenager; he attacked women, daughters, sisters, potential wives and mothers. Gardner took from the world unique human beings who would have impacted the world around us positively, which was made apparent at the sentencing. Sitting in that hard seat near the back of the court room, I not only mourned for the parents of these beautiful girls, but also the husbands who could have held them, and the children that should have been brought into this world with much rejoicing on their part. The media will guide you into your numbness, aiding in blinding you to the harsh truth of the murders that hit me in the court room. Take your time in allowing the truth to sink in and to change you
as a person. Experiences and situations such as these are not here to pull you down but to bring you up, which cannot be accomplished if the reality is not internalized. As the blessed sister of the one that got away, I am humbled and changed by the three women who fought for the lives that they should have been given. Give yourselves the favor of sitting quietly and crying over the lives that were lost, and the opportunities snatched. Do not allow yourselves to evade the sorrow of these two murders, and do not allow yourself to read this and come away unchanged. Love conquers all, and this community must show that love. The sentencing closed a chapter of horror and opened a new one. What that chapter is defined as is up to you, the families and the community. We must come together as changed people and participate in changing the world. Life is too precious to waste on insignificant worries that add nothing to the quality of life, something that Chelsea and Amber have taught us.
New Arizona immigration law sparks heated debate over illegals in the United States Brent Goldberg Business Manager
In April, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law dealing with illegal immigration into the state. It is considered the toughest and most strict law in the nation regarding this issue, and it will be effective starting July 29. Many Americans support the new law, with over 67-percent of people in favor of allowing police to detain anyone unable to verify their legal status. In fact, with the exception of California, most states support Arizona’s efforts because they realize the threat illegal immigration has on the wellbeing of our nation. Arizona has been largely affected by illegal immigration, with over 500,000 illegal aliens residing in the state. This puts a severe strain on law enforcement, schools, hospitals, and prisons. Unlike California, a large number of Arizona residents live near an area with deserts surrounding them. Everyday, they face the threat of being near open, desolate regions where potentially violent illegal immigrants could be. “We’ve been inundated with criminal activity. It’s just -- it’s been outrageous,” Arizona Governor Jan Brewer told Fox News during an interview. Many Americans are unaware of the harm illegal immigration causes. Over the last decade, more than half of the immigrants to this country have come illegally. Educating these immigrants costs millions of dollars, and, because they do not pay taxes, it is an immense burden on those who do. As a result, school programs are cut, teachers are let go, and the quality of education decreases significantly, which negatively impacts the future of our nation. Illegal aliens are also affecting the quality of our healthcare system. Hospital emergency rooms must treat all people seeking their services, and tax payers are left with the bill for the illegal immigrants’ health care. This fact alone is causing many emergency rooms to close their doors. Americans are now being denied health care because there is no money left. What other country would allow law abiding citizens to suffer in order to support those who are there illegally? Crime is another issue that is inevitably brought up with the topic of illegal immigration. Aliens must avoid detection when they are in this country. In order to do so, they often have to steal social security numbers, engage in identity theft, avoid taxes, and even drive without a license. The drug scene in Mexico has become very apparent, where gangs and shootings are affecting everyone, not just those involved. Serious offenses such as murder, sex crimes, and drug use and distribution can easily enter our nation. Illegal immigration deters legal immigration into our nation. If an immigrant can come into this country illegally and avoid paying taxes, what would prevent them from doing so? The illegal immigrant would still enjoy all of the free services this country has to offer, while the legal immigrant loses a large portion of their salary to tax dollars in order to take advantage of the same benefits. We are punishing those who want to do the right thing, and persuading those who have something valuable to add to our country to avoid coming here. No other country gives illegal immigrants such rights. We must take measures to ensure that the citizens of the United States are protected and well cared for. Arizona is doing what is right for the entire nation, and correcting the mistakes of the federal government. We must continue to support Arizona as they fight for our safety and strive to preserve the American dream for all who wish to achieve it legally.
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Which is the better college-living situation? Dorms? Kiana Said Editor-in-Chief
After prospective college students have made their decision on which college they are attending, they have to decide whether they are going to stay in the dorms or live off campus. Freshmen entering college are in for a new experience, and living in the dorms can make the transition from high school to college easier. The dorms can give you the opportunity to expand your network of friends rather then being restricted to only meeting people in your classes. Since college campuses can be big and intimidating, the dorms are an easy opportunity to avoid loneliness and build up your social life. The independence of dorm life can help you gain that confidence. The connections you make in the dorms can carry on to your second year when you are trying to find a roommate to share an apartment with, and our friends in the dorms could potential roommates in the future if you were to live off-campus. When students are starting their first year of college, the stress of not knowing anybody can really affect your experience. Dorm life tends to force you into a more social atmosphere where you meet people
who are in the same situation as you, adjusting to the new environment. Not only can the dorms provide you with the opportunity to build new friendships, but the convenience factor plays a big role. Compared to living off campus and having to think about how you are you going to transport yourself to class, the dorms are very convenient because you can walk to your classes and not worry about transportation or waking up early. Depending on the school, living on campus can also be cheaper. Living in the dorms usually means you have also selected a meal plan, which provides you with meal points at the dorm dining hall and restaurants on campus. Also, you don’t have to worry about gas and water bills when living in the dorms because you pay a flat rate. Most dorms also provide you with high-speed internet access, cable and game rooms. Living off campus can lead to less interaction with the students at your school. Being in the dorms your first year of college not only allows you to become more involved, but makes you more aware of all the events and clubs on campus. The full college experience can be gained from living in the dorms, and feeling like a part of the campus life and the students around you.
Percentage of freshmen collge students living on campus UCSD
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With many seniors going off to college next year, the task of picking the perfect place to live becomes a foreground issue. Many students will choose to live oncampus in the provided dorms, but living off campus is an equally and often more equitable choice. Living in dorms is more expensive then it has ever been, with the cost of monthly rent averaging around $1,000 per month (for the less expensive areas). What many students don’t realize is that a local apartment or room is often hundreds of dollars cheaper. There are often large housing areas near college campuses usually inhabited by students and faculty. Having your own place definitely holds some advantages over living in dorms. A student has more of a say in his or her living environment; you can find an apartment that appeals to your budget and meets all of your requirements; whereas, you might have to deal with not having a kitchen or large windows in a dorm. Having an apartment also allows for more freedom with guests. There are many rules and limitations placed on
College living: rooming with a friend or stranger
students in dorms regarding who and how many people can be in the room, when they can stay over, and even what time quiet rules are enforced. In an apartment, having your family stay over for the weekend isn’t a problem. Similarly, you can have friends over without worrying about getting a knock on the door at midnight because your lights are still on. Having your own place also ensures that you control your environment. Your apartment can be as raucous or as quiet as you want it to be. Also, you won’t be affected by the sleeping schedule of hundreds of other students. Living off-campus also gives students greater access to the cultural surroundings of the campus and surrounding community. Living in the midst of the area gives you easy access to both the city life and the campus life equally, making it easy to enjoy all activities open to a student. Having your own place also makes it easier to own a car. Parking is often expensive and inconvenient for college students, but having an apartment often means having your own residential parking space. Living off-campus doesn’t mean a more detached college experience; it really means one with a lot more options.
Should students bring a car with them to college? Brent Goldberg Business Manager
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Jin Lee Editor-in-Chief
By now seniors have chosen colleges they will be attending in the fall and have sent in their deposits. After this, students have some options on who to room with: a best friend, someone you already know from high school, someone you met online through Facebook groups or uroomsurf. com, or having the college randomly assign you one. All these options have pros and cons, and no matter what you choose, it is likely that you are going to be perplexed with whether or not you made the right decision. It is hard to avoid the roommate horror stories out there printed in magazines and
written on online forums. It seems that many college students recommend not rooming with a best friend or someone you already know from high school. Your best friend in high school was your best friend because you had many things in common, but your living habits might not be compatible. Even though some aspects, such as bad sleeping habits and cleanliness might seem similar when you talk about them, but you will never really know their true habits until you actually live with them. One risk with this is the fact that your friendship might grow apart due to the changes of college life. When you get in an argument, you can easily request for another roommate with a stranger, but your friend might get offended and that could end the friendship. There are also pros to rooming with a
friend. Living with a friend can help you deal with homesickness. Also, it can be much more comfortable than being in a small room with a stranger. Having a friend by your side can help with loneliness as well; college has a diverse student body, and it’s relaxing to know that you have one person who knows and understands you. Friends are also more likely to share their stuff such as clothes, food and computers. Many freshmen are searching for roommates through Facebook and the website designed to help find roommates, uroomsurf.com. You can fill out a questionnaire describing your studying and partying habits, pet peeves, personality, likes and dislikes, dorm preferences and sleeping habits. Also, colleges have created groups on Facebook dedicated to help
students find roommates. Students can post information about themselves, and then students can message them whether they want to be prospective roommates or not. Another option is having the college pair you up randomly with another person. This seems daunting since you have to live with someone who you don’t even know the basic facts about. Your roommate might have a completely different lifestyle than yours, or they might even end up being your best friend. Rooming with a stranger or someone you met online can help you to step out of your comfort zone. Whomever you decide to dorm with, living in a dorm will be a new and challenging experience.
Finances usually determine college choice Brent Goldberg Business Manager
With the economy affecting so many people and many struggling financially, some students often times must alter their college plans. To accommodate a negative financial situation, students have found ways to save money and have less debt when they receive their degree. Many students get scholarships, which are merit-based awards based on a student’s academic, athletic, or artistic abilities. Extracurricular activities are also an important factor in determining this type of scholarship. In most cases, a student is considered for this award through admission to the university. There are other ways to earn scholarships as well. There are academic competitions, such as essay-writing contests, as well
as scholarships for students majoring in a specific field. These local scholarships often get overlooked, but are really helpful towards paying for college. Some students decide to attend a two-year community college, and then transfer to a four-year university. This can save the student thousands of dollars, because the tuition for community colleges is significantly lower than that of a four year university. Many students also choose to hold jobs while they are in college. Some colleges offer positions on campus, making it very convenient for students to earn extra money for books, supplies, and other necessities. Some students receive federal work study awards that are only given if a student receives a job. Many think that private universities are out of reach financially, especially with rising tuition rates. Often times, however, the amount of financial aid awarded can
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offset much of the tuition. Private schools usually have more money to offer students than public schools, so sometimes a private university can be equal to or cheaper than a public school. No options should be overlooked, because private universities can
be very reasonable as well. No matter what your college plans are, financial burdens are not as restrictive as you may think. There are many options when finding money for college, and many ways to make a college education affordable.
Many students decide to bring a car with them to college. There are benefits and consequences of doing so. Most colleges allow students to have a car with them, but not all. Make sure the college you will be attending allows freshmen students to use a car. Sometimes colleges prefer that freshmen stay on campus to increase school involvement and get settled with living in a dorm. After freshmen year, virtually all colleges allow students to have a car. Some students prefer to avoid the hassles involved with bringing a car. By staying on campus, it is usually easier to make friends and become acquainted with college life. There are many changes that take place your first year in college, and a car may only add unnecessary stress. From navigating a new area, or in some cases a new state, to finding parking in a crowded university parking structure, there are many reasons that students choose to leave their cars at home. Financially, a car can cost thousands of dollars per year. This is on top of all of the extra expenses you will accrue over your first year. Many schools charge hundreds of dollars per semester for a parking pass, and there is no guarantee that a parking spot will be available at all times of the day. Maintenance can be costly and can become an additional problem that many college students do not have time or money to deal with. If you decide to avoid bringing a car, there are numerous ways to get around to local attractions and other cities. The most obvious way is to make friends that have cars and can drive you around, but there are alternative options. Many colleges run shuttle services or campus taxies to popular destinations around the campus, especially on weekends. Some even provide bus service to an airport before long holiday breaks. An option available to students on over 100 college campuses is to rent a Zipcar. This is a program where licensed drivers can borrow a car for a few hours, and gas and insurance fees are covered. If you do decide to bring a car with you to college, make sure the insurance costs are covered and the policies are up to date. There are certain cars that are recommended by current college students, based on good value and college appeal. For example, the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, Toyota Yaris, and Ford Focus are a few cars that are popular with students. Using a car your first year in college is a big responsibility. If you think you can handle the extra expenses and liabilities, than you may decide to use a car. Make sure to weigh the pros and cons, and consider all of the other aspects involved in starting college life.
THE SILVER SPUR - JUNE 3, 2010
Some of RB High’s best athletes And what the future has in store for them...
Photos by Robert Bojar
Geoff Bogan Sports Editor
From left(top) to right(bottom): Todd Baek will attend San Diego State University to play golf. Austin Bokmeyer will attend US Military Academy of Westpoint to play lacrosse.
Tanner Clayton will attend University of Southern California to play volleyball.
Laura Winter will attend Notre Dame to play softball.
Reynard Ezra will attend University of Santa Barbra to play soccer.
Lauren Nagle will attend CSU Stanislaus to play softball.
Trevor Williams will attend Arizona State University to play baseball.
Tyler Funk will attend Mesa State to play football.
Lauren Mario will attend Cal State Fullerton to play softball.
Katherine Dutton will attend Loyola Marymont University to play softball.
Nick Grigoriev will attend UC Davis to play soccer.
Riley Webb will attend St. Lawrence University to play soccer.
Cody Ek will attend Post University to play golf.
Bradly Haynal will attend San Diego State University to play baseball.
Tour de Force wins Contest of Champions held in Florida
Collegiate Athlete mock signing
The collegiate athletes mock signing was held in the Multi Purpose Room. Athletic director Peggie Brose announced where each athlete would start attending for the fall semester of the 2010 school year. She congratulated them for their athletic achievments that have led them to their recognition at the collegiate level. These seniors have bright futures ahead of them in their respected sports.
RB baseball ranks 8th in the state Breanna Willis Staff Writer
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Breanna Willis Staff Writer
The Tour de Force dance team has had a very strong presence this year. The team has competed in numerous competitions against thousands of other teams and has won many of them. TDF has competed in (and won) the Contest of Champions in Florida, Best Dance in Anaheim, USA Nationals in Anaheim, and USA Regional in San Pasqual, Glen-
dale, and Westview. “We’re all really excited about the success of the team,” said senior captain Linsie Francy. “We’ve put in a lot of time, hard work and practice. It’s really nice to see all our hard work get rewarded.” She took first place in the Contest of Champions in Florida for Senior Solo. Tour de Force has also won the Spirit of Disney award this year, which is given to the team with the most spirit and
best attitude. In addition, TDF has also won $1000 while competing in Florida. Tour de Force walked away with first place results in the open small, the lyrical x-small and small, and the jazz xsmall and small. The team also came away with many second and third place results. Lauren Williams, also a senior captain, got fourth place in the Senior Solo. “Tour de Force really represents team-
work and bonding,” said Williams. “We spend so much time together on weekends and after school. We’re all kind of like best friends.” The dance team has done great things this year and is sure to continue win more competitions in the future. Congratulations to the Tour de Force team for all of your amazing wins this year. We look forward to hearing more about TDF in the future.
Golf wins fourth place in North County Championships Tavis Lam Staff Writer
The Rancho Bernardo High School boys golf team won 4th in the North County Championships this season. This is a result of their strong teamwork and determination. Their team effort is put into winning as they sup-
port one another, including their coach, Kevin Keller. “We are talented and successful but humble at the same time,” said Keller. “We are always trying to improve.” “Coach Keller is a really cool coach,” said freshman boys varsity golf player Nick Mendiola. “He’s very chill, very easy going, and really understanding.”
Mendiola had first played golf during camp and started picking it up on his own. When asked what he enjoys most about playing golf, he said, “Winning; I like the pressure.” “We talk a lot about competing every time we step on the course and focusing on getting better through competition,” said Keller. Aside from the hard work, the players also
use the quality time to know one another and simply hang out. “I enjoy the quality time spent with friends,” said star athlete Cody Ek. “They are a great group of young men who are fun to be around and represent the school positively,” said Keller. The team has surely gone through a challenging but victorious season.
As their regular season comes to a close, RB Baseball has achieved a lot of success this season. They are entering the playoffs with a winning record of 23-9. Senior Trevor Williams credits his success to their “everyday practices” which include multiple drills of “infield, outfield and a lot of hitting”. This mentality has gotten their entire team to win so many games, time and time again. Also their coaches continually bring them into huddles, getting them focused and ready to play at their highest potential. When asked how he and his team did this season, Branden Berry said that they were as prepared as they possibly could be. As for his favorite game this season, Branden said that the Poway game was great in which they dominated with a 15 to 5 score. He said he felt really proud that they were able to go in and beat a rival. Overall, RB’s baseball team had an extraordinary season and they hope to continue their success into the post-season.
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RB High’s tennis team gains another CIF banner for the gymnasium wall Breanna Willis Staff Writer
Tennis has often been written off as an easy sport that anyone can play; just pick up a racquet and you can play. However, tennis is actually more difficult than it has been given credit for. Although it doesn’t require very much physical strength, tennis requires a lot of mental training. Players need to focus on what they are doing, else they miss a shot, or hit out of bounds. Tennis is one of the more underrated sports. This season the boys varsity tennis team blew everyone out of the water when they won the CIF Championships on May 14. “We haven’t won CIF since 1994, and we beat Torrey Pines this year 10-8,” said junior Ld Doppelt. “Freshmen year we lost and last year we lost in the finals to Torrey Pines 8-10, so we got a nice switch around this year.” Doppelt has been playing tennis since he was ten. “I tried out a lot of sports when I was younger, and my grandma signed me up for a local tennis camp. I tried it out and I just loved it,” said Doppelt. When asked what he wanted others to know about tennis,
“It’s actually a lot harder than people think,” said Doppelt. “I have good friends who play lacrosse and football and stuff, and they think tennis is easy, but it really isn’t. It’s 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. You don’t have your entire team out with you on the court; you’re either by yourself or only have one partner when playing doubles. You have to fight for yourself.” Cameron Bernhardt, captain of the varsity tennis team, first began playing when he was four. “My whole family plays, starting with my grandpa who was the state champion of Wisconsin,” said Bernhardt. “My siblings all play and it’s really a family thing.” Through all the excitement of the big CIF Championship win, Bernhardt wanted everyone to know that tennis is fun and challenging. “It challenges you both mentally and physically, and is so strategic because it is one of the few sports that allows you to play offense and defense at the same time. Also, you can play tennis forever (unlike football, etc.), so the sooner you get started the longer you’ll have to enjoy the sport. Congratulations to RB High’s boys varsity tennis team for the win against Torrey Pines, and also for gaining RB High another CIF banner to hang in our gym.
Cameron Bernhardt takes a hit at his tennis match Photo by Kayla Moncayo
With taller players and an agressive game plan, boys volleyball spikes big points on the scoreboard Breanna Willis Staff Writer
Volleyball has long been a popular recreational sport to play with friends. We play it on the beach, in our backyards, and with our friends. Here at RB High, volleyball is equally as popular. The players have fun while competing in a game that most of us ourselves love to play too. This season the varsity team managed to make it to the quarterfinals of CIF before losing to Otay Ranch. Jacob Inman, a freshman on the novice team, wants people to know that volleyball is a fun sport to compete in. “Volleyball players have the most fun,” said Inman. “No matter what we’re doing. It’s a great sport and everyone should at least give it a try.” He was inspired to being playing after watching his brother compete in games. “I saw how much fun all the players were
having. I tried a few camps over the summer and had a ton of fun,” said Inman. Although this is his first year playing, he plans on continuing competing in volleyball for RB High as well as recreationally. Andrew Moradpour, also a member of the novice team, joined volleyball because of his friends. “A friend said that I should play volleyball because they were short on people for the team,” said Moradpour. “So I tried it out, and it was really fun.” He also wants others to know that volleyball isn’t as easy as it looks. “It’s a lot harder than it seems, and it’s probably the most fun sport I’ve ever played.” “When I was at a freshman basketball practice the volleyball coach came and brought us cookies to try and get us to play volleyball...it worked,” said senior Tanner Clayton, member of the varsity volleyball team. He enjoys that playing volleyball can help him to meet new people and make new friends who share his interest in sports.
Spring Sports Wrap-up Volleyball:
-Makes it to quater finals of CIF
Baseball: Photo by Breanna Willis
Miscellaneous sport: dog mushing
Boys Lacrosse: -Loses in first round of CIF
-Loses in last round of CIF Photo courtesy of Google.com
Celeste Conowitch Entertainment Editor
You’ve probably heard of this sport in pop culture; there have been movies and books published about the combined teams of humans and their dogs. The history of dog sledding goes all the way back to the 10th century when hunters would use sleds pulled by a team of canines to hunt for food and shelter over the snowy landscape. There are two basic elements of the sport: picking your dog team and designing the sled which will carry the rider. Dog sled teams all have specific
positions to fill, and riders pick the most qualified canine candidates. It is essential to pick a lead dog that will establish himself as head of the pack and therefore control the other dogs into following his decisions. Lead dogs are highly bred and trained dogs, often so valuable to the rider that they become a part of home-life, often living with the trainers family. Several other positions are needed in a sledding team, specifically wheel dogs. These dogs are chosen for their immense strength and stamina because they directly pull the sled through the banks of snow. An important aspect is the design of
the sled. The sled carries the rider and supplies for the long journeys. There are several different builds with key specifications that make them more stable, faster, or able to bear weight. Dog mushing is currently the state sport of Alaska, home to the world’s most famous championship. “The Iditarod Sled Dog Race” has been held in the state every year since 1973 and has largely popularized the sport. Trainers from all over the United States and Europe come to compete in either Sprint or Distance races. One of the most famous distance races is the 1,000 mile “Yukon Quest” which carries the team over a large stretch of land through
Canada and Alaska. It is common in Alaska for locals to have one or two dogs just for recreational mushing purposes. Sleds are also designed with wheels to keep the activity available even during the summer months. Between the winter seasons sledding dogs are treated like a sort of royalty. A team is kept in its own kennel with plenty of space, rows of individual dog houses, and a lot of toys and food. Sports like this have certainly contributed to the idea that dogs really are man’s best friend!
-Many athletes advanced to CIF finals and CIF state
THE SILVER SPUR - JUNE 3, 2010
Social Networking Sites:
Our everyday guilty pleasures.
Geoffrey Bogan Sports Editor
Facebook. It’s something we all have and probably spend to much time on. Facebook was created back in 2004 and easily surpassed rival social networking sites like Myspace. Facebook was originally intended for college students, as you had to have a college email address to sign up. In recent years, with it’s increase in popularity, Facebook has allowed anyone over the age of thirteen with a valid email address to join. Due to this almost everybody, ranging from middle school kids to even grand parents, has a Facebook profile now. The benefits of having a Facebook page are endless. It allows for instant communication,
Carrie Chen with its new instant message application, as well as conversations that can take place over a period of time via picture comments, wall comments, etc. “I use Facebook to talk to my friends almost more than I use my phone,” said junior Louw Scheepers. Facebook also allows you to reconnect with people from your past, which is why it has hit the parent generation so hard. By simply searching a name you can find s o m e o n e ’s profile and look at pictures and find out what has been going on in their lives. Facebook is considered the “king” of all the social networking sites out there, and with good reason. It has everything other sites have and more. Although it can become addicting, Facebook is a good way to connect with friends, family or whoever.
My Life is Average, or more commonly known as MLIA, is and has been a popular site that allows average people to post stories about average events and occurrences that occur throughout their day. The infamous slogan of the website “Life is pretty normal today,” basically captures the essence of the site. The site was co-founded by two UCLA students, Guru Khalsa and Enrico Mills. According to the founders MLIA seeks to “bring to light how much stupid and boring stuff gets posted on the Internet.” All MLIA stories begin with “Today,” and end with “MLIA.” Stories can be submitted to be considered for publishing. These submissions are screened by moderators and others can vote on submissions to help move the process along. MLIA has received more than 2,000,000 stories.
Robert Bojar Photo Editor
Twitter is a social networking site. It is more popular in Europe, but the trend is catching on here. Twitter allows users to “tweet” amongst each other in short text posts up to 140 characters long. These posts can contain a link to other websites or other users. People who “follow” a user will “hear” these “tweets.” “Just think of facebook. Now take away everything but the status updates. That’s Twitter,” said Mateo Vargas, senior. Twitter began in 2006 in a oneday brainstorming session. Jack Dorsey introduced the concept of creating a website based on SMS texting, or as we
Evolution of Jeans
Jeans are the most worn piece of clothing. It seems that no wardrobe is complete without an entire set of jeans, ranging from those worn for comfort at home, to dressier jeans that are ideal for going out to a nice dinner. Jeans have dominated the American style, and they are evolving. Jeans were originally made for hard labor work, but became popular among teens starting in the 1950s. Levi’s jeans started the jean trend in America when the company started selling jeans nationally in the 1950s. In the 1960s and 1970s, the hippie
movement became a symbol of the anti-war movement. Jeans were modified during this time with psychedelic colors, embroidery and cut-offs. Besides adding personal touches to one’s jeans, different types of jeans came into play as well, such as hiphuggers, bell-bottoms, baggies and elephant ears. Beginning in the 1980s, denim debuted as high fashion. This was when the term “designer jeans” was coined. Sergio Valente, Jordache, and Calvin Klein were amongst the first to create slimmer, tight, butt-hugging jeans. The 1990s turned out new fabrics as well as other styles, such as khakis, chinos, combat, carpenters and branded sportswear.
Calvin Klein Straight leg
Hip-hop artists also made baggy jeans cool. This was the time when jeans fell out of “high fashion” but were still in high demand. Jeans’ innovation and personalization began in the 2000s. Skinny jeans were made into a hot trend among women since many celebrities were seen wearing them with heels. Jeans also sported different colors, such as black, white, gray and bright colors like yellow and red. With the popularity of jeans, many manufacturers began to develop their own distinctive style of denim, giving consumers many options to choose from. styles to come. The good thing is that there are enough colors and fits to go around for everyone.
2000’s Skinny Jeans
The site itself has instructions and quotes that reflect its “averageness.” When an individual attempts to submit a story without being signed in, the page says, “Our mediocre server was being inundated with submissions, so until it recovers, only registered users can submit.” The response to
why someone should join is, “No one cares. It would let you comment on submissions, but really, does anyone need or want to read your literary flatulence?” There are several typical stories that can be found on MLIA. “There are always stories about Google vs. Yahoo, and Twilight vs. Harry Potter,” says Jennifer Chalam, a sophomore who goes on MLIA about once a month. “There are always outrageous stories that you don’t believe, like drawing an epic battle on a
commonly call “texting.” The idea was to create a service that allows an individual to communicate with a small group. Much of the appeal of Twitter comes from its accessibility. Because the idea is
based off of the texting concept, Twitter gives the ability to text to the site and have your text be sent to all of your subscribers,
quiz and the teacher gives the person a 100 percent.” Chalam’s favorite story on MLIA is: “Today, in order to send my friend Erika a letter without using a stamp, I put my address as the destination and put hers in the return address. They ‘returned’ it to her because it had no stamp. I feel like I have beat the system. MLIA.” MLIA stories have changed since the site was first started. According to Chalam, when the site first started, the stories were truly average. For example, an older submission reads, “Today, I found a website where people post things they think. But I can’t think of what I can write about. MLIA.” Now, the stories aren’t your typical average every-day stories. Nevertheless, MLIA is a very popular site that helps idle people pass their time reading incidents that happen around the world. It is a place where average people can share their stories everyday.
or “followers.” Because of the character limit, Twitter is known to use the internet version of shorthand. For example, when referencing Twitter itself, a user would use “twttr” in the tweet. For someone who is not adapted to this, a tweet may seem like gibberish or an entirely different language. Twitter is not as popular as Facebook simply because Facebook offers the same services and more. San Antonio-based market research firm Pear Analytics analyzed 2,000 tweets, and the results showed that 41 percent of the tweets were “Pointless babble”. Twitter is known to be the SMS of the internet, and can be accessed with most smart phones or through SMS texting subscriptions through any phone that has texting capabilities.
THE SILVER SPUR - JUNE 3, 2010
Summer beach spots...
Relaxin’ in sunny San Diego for summer vacation
Michael Rupic Opinions Editor
If you want to relax this summer but don’t want to travel far, then consider visiting Coronado Island. There are a variety of beaches to choose from. One of the more popular ones is Silver Strand State Beach. This place offers many recreational activities to visitors, including camping, swimming, surfing, boating, water skiing, volleyball, and picnicking. Fire rings are also available during the summer for cookouts or just hanging out with friends. Another popular beach is Coronado Municipal Beach, which is divided into North Beach, Central Beach, and The Shores. At North Beach, dogs are welcome to enjoy the sand and water as well as their owners. There are also a dozen fire rings nestled up against sand dunes for visitors to enjoy. During summer, it is also one of the best places to surf. If you are looking for a friendly and relaxed environment, you should definitely check out this beach. Central Beach is located in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. This beach is the most crowded and is recommended only for experienced swimmers because there are some areas in the water that are potentially dangerous.
The Shores, south of the Hotel Del, offers a year-round beach break which is ideal for long boarding and body boarding, so if you are looking for calm waters to swim in, you may not want to check out this beach. There are many hotels in the area, but the most well know is The Hotel Del Coronado. This hotel is a five-star resort filled with heritage and that provides visitors the feelings of comfort, relaxation, and sophistication. Guests can expect to enjoy amenities that embody the beach lifestyle, including a spa, an infinity edge pool, and tennis courts. With its red roofs and Victorianstyle architecture, it is difficult
Michael Rupic Opinions Editor
Oceanside, a beach town with attractions for every interest and age, is a great place to visit this summer.
kayaking, sailing, swimming, surfing, and boogie boarding. There is also a campground so that families and friends can spend the night by the ocean and wake up to the sound of waves. If you are looking for a family-friendly
to miss this legendary landmark. You don’t have to go everywhere in the city. Just cruising around a certain neighborhood or town on a bike can be enjoyable. The views from this city are spectacular. The sunsets on the beach, the Coronado Bay Bridge, Downtown San Diego, and Mexico are only some of the places you can see while spending time in Coronado. Coronado, “the crowned city,” has more to offer than its beautiful beaches. With an immaculately landscaped golf course, large parks, restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world, and luxurious hotels, it is almost impossible to not enjoy your stay on the island of Coronado.
There are several beaches can choose from, each own characteristics. Oceanside’s largest and most
visitors with its
beach, Buccaneer Beach is the right beach for you. It is the smallest of all of the beaches, but the large, grassy park
popular beach is Harbor Beach. This beach, along with the bay next to it, offers a variety of activities, including deepsea fishing, whale watching,
across the street makes up for it. During the summer, this beach is for swimmers, body boarders, and waders. Surfers are allowed because of the low tide. There are warning flags everywhere, making this beach one of the safest places for children. Oceanside Boulevard Beach has a bigger beach area than Buccaneer Beach and is closed off to surfers during the summer to allow space for swimming. Other beaches to visit include Wisconsin Street Beach, Tyson Street Beach and Park, Pier View Beach, and Breakwater Way Beach. Besides its diverse beaches, Oceanside offers a variety of other attractions to check out. The Oceanside Pier, built in 1888, is the longest wooden pier on the western United States coastline. Take a stroll along this pier and see some of the best views. A must-see for surf lovers, the California Surf Museum is located in downtown Oceanside. Check out their extensive collection of surfing magazines, boards, photographs, videos, and more. During the summer, the Harbor Days Festival in Oceanside has street vendors, food, and local artists displaying their talents. Many athletic events take place on or near the beaches of Oceanside, like volleyball, soccer, baseball and surfing. Sports fans are sure to find something to watch. Mission San Luis Rey, one of the twenty one missions, is located in Oceanside. Visitors can expect to see the beauty of the mission’s gardens, church, and religious statues. This is the largest mission in California and is appropriately named “King of the Missions.” The Oceanside Museum of Arts is dedicated to displaying the finest regional arts, such as paintings, furniture, sculptures, quilts, and glass. No matter your interests, you are guaranteed to discover something to do in Oceanside, which is only a short car trip away.
A Prom Flashback:
A. Mr. Steigerwald B. Mrs. Lecakes-Jones C. Mrs. Barnett D. Mrs. Ruggieri E. Mr. Swanson
4. Answers: 1D,2A, 3B, 4C, 5E
Match the prom pictures to the RB High teachers!
Published on Mar 30, 2011