Rancho Bernardo High School
Friday, April 30, 2010
Vol. 22 No. 5
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Should the district get rid of school buses?
Photo by Robert Bojar
This photo of RB High’s student parking lot was taken on the morning of Thursday, April 15. STAR spots 48-65 were empty on this regular school day. These new STAR parking assignments were announced through a lottery system over the announcements starting in April. There are currently three designated rows of STAR parking spots.
How STAR test results affect students Brent Goldberg Business manager
Stacy Luu, 9th “It’s unfair because a lot of people use the buses to get to school; now they won’t be able to get here as easily anymore. Students shouldn’t have to worry about how they will get to school.”
Have you ever noticed that some of the spaces in the student parking lot have stars on them? These first few rows are reserved for students who have earned certain star privileges and win the random drawing that has been taking place over the last month. To be on the star list, you must qualify through your score on the STAR test, which is taken in April. Scoring at the Proficient or Advanced level is one way to become eligible, but improving your score from the previous year will also allow you access to star privileges. Many students are against these special
Discounts will be available for uniforms, spirit wear and sporting equipment
“I think it’s pointless. Every bus is about 36 more cars that will be put on the road. They shouldn’t cancel them just because of the budget cuts. We need them.” CONTACT THE SILVER SPUR: SEND EMAILS TO: email@example.com
This year, a new schedule has been put in place for the STAR test. The purpose of this is to reduce the stress of testing, and to consequently improve scores. From April 19 until May 6, most of the days will consist of two hour lab periods. By dividing the test up over this period of time, it is possible that the test will be more manageable for students. Subjects that students test in include English, math, science, and social science. This test will affect you in many ways, so make sure to take the test seriously! By doing so, you will increase your chances of getting into your top college, while ensuring that RB High gets as much funding as possible.
Nike to sponsor RB High for next 3 years Geoff Bogan
Samuel Partington, 10th
parking privileges, especially since many of these spots are empty right now. The reasons for providing these incentives are clear. By scoring high on the STAR test, our school receives a higher Academic Performance Index (API) score. Millions of dollars in federal funding is allocated through these scores, with more funding going to schools with higher scores. Students see the direct benefits as well. When applying to colleges, attending a school with a higher API score will increase your chances of being admitted. As colleges become more and more selective, this is beneficial because you will be considered over students with similar grades at schools with a lower score.
Yesterday, April 29, the varsity Academic League won the San Diego County Championships, the highest competition for their division, with a final score of 99-77. The freshmen and junior varsity teams made it to the North County Academic League Championships last week, and the varsity and junior varsity teams came away with a win. The varsity team has won this championship three years in a row. We hear about the Academic League on the announcements all the time. But what is it? If you ask most people here at RB High, they would tell you that they don’t really know. Academic League, often abbreviated as AL, is a team that competes in jeopardy-style games in two teams of five. During the competitions the teams are asked questions that cover a variety of subjects, including complicated topics such as United States government, to basic stuff like pronouns. The game begins with a tip-off question. The captains of each team are asked a question, and the first captain to answer correctly wins the tip-off. “It’s a knowledge-based competition where students are given buzzers to answer questions. Every correct answer gets 3 points,” Melody Huang, freshman, said. “We were undefeated until we played Westview. That was five wins.” Huang likes that Academic League is competitive. “It’s not very time-consuming, and you get to learn new things as well as meet new people.” Huang also said that AL teaches teamwork, and that it’s a teameffort to win. “For competitions we play schools in our league, such as Mt. Carmel, Ramona, and San Pasqual,” freshman Joanna Cheng said. “Sometimes we go another school, or we will play here.” “You don’t have to be a nerd to join,” senior Sumukh Sathnur said. He is one of the coaches for the freshman team. “I enjoy coaching them because they are fun to be around. The freshmen are very energetic and motivated.” Sathnur was pushed to join by his friends who were already on the team, but came to like it because of the team spirit and the fact that everyone worked well together. Congratulations to the Academic League for your amazing wins!
Some would say that Nike is, without a doubt, one of the most highly renounced sporting brands in the world. Needless to say, Peggy Brose, RB High’s athletic director, was extremely excited when RB High was chosen to receive a Nike sponsor ship for our school’s athletic programs due to out standing achievements in both academics and athletics, as many of our sports teams have been nationally ranked and have numerous CIF Championship wins. “We were interested from the very beginning,” said Brose. “Before entering into this agreement, Coach Carpenter, Mr. Robinson and I had several meetings with Nike representatives to ensure that the partnership would be beneficial to both parties.”
But what exactly does this sponsorship entail? RB High will receive a substantial discount on all uniforms, spirit wear and miscellaneous sporting equipment for all sports, all of which are Nike. Even cheerleaders will be able to buy things such as spirit wear, bags, shoes etc. “In tough economic times, this partnership allows RB High to purchase high quality
uniforms and equipment at a significant discount which in turn allows us to stretch our dollars even further,” said Brose. High quality to say the least. Due to the
excessive wealth at Nike, almost everything they make can be considered “topnotch” as far as sports apparel and equipment goes.
“Other benefits include dealing with only one vendor instead of each sport
working with their own, greater continuity in logos used on athletic apparel, discounts on non-Nike equipment items such as baseballs, hurdles, basketballs, two area representatives that have been assigned to our school and who will be on campus on a regular basis,” stated Brose. Just a few of the many benefits to say the least. In addition, RB High will be able to set up an on-line store where all team spirit wear can be purchased and sent to the buyer accordingly, relieving the coaches of this job. “This is definitely going to be a win-win situation,” Brose said. “Nike is a well-known and established athletic company, and we are pleased and proud that they have chosen to partner with RB High.” This deal with Nike is extremely beneficial RB High, past and present students are to thank for this great opportunity for excelling in both athletics and academics. So keep up the good work Broncos!
2 THE SILVER SPUR - APRIL 30, 2010 OPINIONS Information you need Percentage of Tea Party angry with students who to know about applying current government receive financial aid: for financial aid Parker Conley
Brent Goldberg Business Manager
This is the time of year when many seniors have already decided what college to attend in the fall, and they now need to plan how to pay for it. With tuition rates for both private and public universities increasing, and an economic downturn affecting many families, finding scholarships becomes very important. There are many ways to acquire a scholarship. Some are need based, while others are merit based. In order to receive a need based scholarship, the FAFSA must be filed. This will qualify you to receive a federal award. Financial need is calculated by examining the amount a family is expected to contribute, as well as the cost of attendance to a specific college. Scholarships that are merit-based are awarded through 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 contest, 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. Scholarships from private institutions can sometimes lower your financial aid package from the government. Often times, loans, which must eventually be paid back, are given out as opposed to federal aid. Federal work study programs are sometimes offered to students. In order to receive money this way, a student must find an on campus job. There are many opportunities for scholarships and financial aid out there. In order to truly capitalize on all of these possible sources of money, you must actively research them and keep in touch with your university of choice. Remember, when you receive a financial package, the amount you receive is negotiable. All colleges, both private and public, offer funding to numerous applicants, and are very wiling to accommodate students’ financial needs.
Statistics courtesy of College Board
Tax day has passed, but the mounting populist anger isn’t showing signs of letting up. Americans are furious at the heavy amount of taxes being collected and the ever-intrusive nature of our government. This common anger has united citizens to group together, forming what is known as the Tea Party movement. Beginning last year in protest against an extremely unpopular stimulus package, the Tea Party movement has grown to become a major force in the political arena. Its name is a reference to the Boston Tea Party of 1773 in which American colonists protested against taxation without representation. The acronym “Taxed Enough Already” is also a prevalent theme. The Tea Party is essentially a collection of people who are anti-tax, anti-bailout, and favor constitutionally limited government. Tea Party supporters are also dedicated to the task of rooting out moderate Republicans in favor of very conservative candidates. Their success has been clearly evident in the recent upset election of Scott Brown, becoming the first Republican to take a
Do you think UCSD is a racist school?
Are cell phone laws ineffective? Michael Rupic Opinions Editor
Just because a law is passed, it doesn’t mean that everyone is going to abide by it. According to the California DMV, as of Jan. 1, 2008 “drivers are required to use hands-free equipment while talking on their cellular phones.” You can’t use speakerphone or hold your phone in any other kind of way while operating a vehicle. The only exception to using your phone while driving is in the case of an emergency, when you need to call for police, fire, or medical help. And as of Jan. 1, 2009, “a law against driving while reading, writing, or sending a text message, e-mail, or instant message” went into effect. These laws were designed to lower the risk of accidents that are related to the driver being distracted. If you are communicating with someone else on a cellular phone, you are preoccupied with the conversation and are not completely focused on driving, but if you are completely focused on the road, you are less likely to get into an accident. Even though the laws were passed over a year ago, drivers still continue to use their cell phones while operating a vehicle. While waiting at a stoplight, you can look around at the other drivers and you will observe many of them calling, texting, or e-mailing.
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RANCHO BERNARDO HIGH ADVISOR
Liz Steigerwald EDITORS -IN-CHIEF
FEATURES EDITORS Carrie Chen
Kiana Said BUSINESS Jin Lee MANAGER NEWS EDITOR Brent Goldberg Kiana Said STAFF WRITERS Jin Lee Sarah Cho OPINIONS Breanna Willis EDITOR Tavis Lam Kayla Moncayo Parker Conley Michael Rupic PHOTO EDITOR SPORTS Robert Bojar 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.
If you are caught by a police officer or other authority figure, there are fines. The first offense is a $20 fine and any subsequent offense is a $50 fine. However, these fines may be doubled or tripled in some cases. Overall, these laws are not being enforced well. That may be due to the simple fact that there are more drivers than police officers on the road, so not everyone who is violating the law can be caught. The laws also seem to be ineffective. According to a study featured in the Los Angeles Times, the ban hasn’t reduced the number of crashes in our state. The same article also stated that talking on the phone while driving is a factor in less than 1 percent of accidents in our country. Some argue that the law doesn’t lower the chances of getting into an accident because you can still be engaged in a conversation with someone even if you are not holding you cell phone. The California DMV also believes that “there are various other distractions to a driver, like food, other passengers, etc. that all increase the likelihood of being involved in a serious crash.” There is no way to guarantee that a driver will not get into an accident, but there are certain precautions that can be taken to lower the risk. Following these laws is a significant precaution and should be regarded seriously by all drivers. Failure to abide by these laws can result in life changing events.
Sarah Cho Staff Writer
Cartoon by Maranda Li
Coveted STAR parking spaces wasted on sophomores who don’t drive Upper classmen fined for taking unused spots due to crowded parking lot Carrie Chen Features Editor
You may have recently heard students’ names being called during the morning announcements. These students have won access to a STAR spot in the student parking lot, a privilege that is reserved for students who have either done well or shown improvement on last year’s STAR test. According to Principal Paul Robinson, students who have scored either advanced or proficient on the recent STAR test can potentially be awarded such a spot in the parking lot. Also, students who have moved up a scoring bracket from one year to the next are eligible as well. These students’ names are shuffled and put into a drawing, and the winning students earn a specifically numbered STAR spot in the student parking lot. The administration typically looks for juniors and seniors, because they are qualified to be in the student parking lot. However, many times, sophomores
Massachusetts senate seat since 1972. The New York Times, who performed a recent study on the demographics of the movement, found that the 18-percent who backed the Tea Party are well-educated and wealthier than the average American. The three biggest concerns consist of the recent health care reform, a feeling of lack of representation in government, and heavy government spending. In an article in The New York Times, Elwin Thrasher, a 66-year-old Florida resident, vented his anger toward wasteful spending saying: “The only way they will stop the spending is to have a revolt on their hands. I’m sick and tired of them wasting money and doing what our founders never intended to be done with the federal government,” said Thrasher. The tax-day protests this year were just as big, if not bigger, than last year’s turnout. All over the country people were revealing their anger, coming en masse in front of city halls and government buildings. Huge rallies gathered thousands of people into stadiums in Arizona, Missouri and Texas. Anger is brewing in America, and many people are taking action. When it comes down to it, Americans are fed up with a down economy and a life that is not getting easier.
are called and given this privilege. Sometimes these sophomores cannot drive, and have not yet gotten their license, which complicates matters. Melody Bellora, a sophomore, recently earned a STAR spot. “I just turned fifteen a few months ago,” said Bellora. “I don’t have a permit or a license.” According to Robinson, some students who fall into this category informed the administration, and the spot was given to someone else who qualified. However, some students who cannot use the spot have not given them away, leaving an empty space in the parking lot that cannot be used by other students. “I parked in an unused STAR spot all year,” said Derron Pocci, a senior. “Then they gave me a ticket marked for $35, but they changed it to $40.” It is unfathomable to many upperclassmen that parking in an unused parking space is a punishment. “It [ticked] me off,” said Pocci. Out of the 660 parking spots in the
parking lot, 90 are STAR spots. When deserving students who can use the spot earn this privilege, no one is bitter. When deserving students who cannot drive hoard the reward and tantalize those who need a parking space, many are unhappy. Parking spots are to be used. That is their purpose and function. Why leave a space open, and give a spot-searcher that false satisfaction as he foolishly believes that the endless circling of the lot has come to an end? When that poor upperclassman pulls in, only to find the unmarred, big, white star mocking him, the impact of such a blow may drive him to the brink of madness. It might as well be capital punishment. To those who have earned a STAR spot but cannot use it, do a bit of soulsearching and meditation, and think about the hundreds of upperclassmen your empty STAR spot taunts everyday. For those of you who have earned a spot but cannot use it and have given it away, we salute you.
In early February, a ghetto-themed party called the Compton Cookout was organized to mock Black History Month. The invitation stated that guys and girls should dress up in a stereotypical attire. This created an uproar amongst the UCSD students, especially among the community of black students. What made the black students even more furious was that the student-run TV program in the school’s TV station defended this party and used racially offensive language. Black students at UCSD make up twopercent of the student population. Outraged and feeling unsafe, the students met with the school administrators. They asked for thirty two things that would make campus-life a little easier for minorities, which included a creation of a safe place for black students. Students at RB High were asked to respond to whether or not UCSD is a racist school, and some students had insightful ideas. “I don’t think you can and should group one whole school into the racist category,” said junior Laura Mooney. “I believe this would be somewhat hypocritical because it stoops you down to the hosts’ level: stereotyping a school that is so diverse into one solitary, negative thing.” Mooney knew about the Compton Cookout, and she said that she didn’t particularly hear other people saying that UCSD is a racist school, but more of an ignorant one. She said that the discrimination still going on these days is horrible and inhumane, but mentioned that it’s just inherent in human nature. She said that if it exists within one person, it will set off a chain reaction and she doesn’t see discrimination going away anytime soon. “I don’t think UCSD is a racist school,” said senior Kathleen Au. “Whoever hosted the party probably is, but not the school.” According to Au, the discrimination in our society is pathetic because Americans have gone through a lot to rid society of its prejudice and racism. Her opinion is that we have to learn from it.
“It is deplorable that while our students, faculty and staff work to heal the campus, a few misguided individuals tried to divide it. We are feeling real pain, and we will take real action. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is my primary concern.” - Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor of UCSD
THE SILVER SPUR - APRIL 30, 2010
C l u h b g i C o H r ner B R A closer look at some of RB’s High’s clubs...
Generation Forward club
Kayla Moncayo Opinions Editor
RB High’s Generation Forward club is a club that brings high school students together who want to ask questions and discuss topics related to God. Generation Forward has clubs throughout the Poway Unified School District. The club was started by the City Church whose youth group is called Generation Forward. The club is run mainly by RB High students, but supervised by leaders from the City Church who come in during club meetings, which are held at lunch. “It’s a place not about religion but a personal relationship with God,” said senior Michelle
Marquez. “We’re really open to anyone, but we have a strong belief in following Christ.” Generation Forward welcomes people of all religions
who want to know more about God and the Bible. Every Thursday at lunch the club comes together to talk in room 501 and eat free Subway. “People always want to know who God really is,” said senior Sarah Youngren, “no matter who you are or what you believe, God still loves you.” RB High has a few Christian clubs on campus, each meeting in different class rooms and at different times. There are clubs specific to certain groups, such as the Fellowship of the Christian Athletes/ Student Venture, but Generation Forward does not concentrate on one specific group of people. “When the religion stops, the relationship starts,” said Marquez. “God takes you exactly how you are.”
Kiana Said Editor-in-chief
Hip hopping, break dancing and free styling is what they’re known for. You see them practicing every day at lunch in the large quad next to the student store; they are RB High’s B-boy team. The term B-Boy stands for break boy, which means practicing break dancing, which is a form of hip-hop. Unlike many other
Mitzvah Club Celeste Conowitch Entertainment Editor
There are a number of small clubs at RB High, one of them being the “Mitzvah” club, a group that seeks to teach students about Jewish culture. The Mitzvah club keeps its members informed about the current political situation in Israel, while indulging in Jewish foods, and throwing in some lessons on Jewish phrases. Emily Yavitch, senior, is the president, and she explains that the word “mitzvah” means “commandment” or “good deed”.
The club is open to Jews and non-Jews alike. Everyone is welcome to join in this fun club.” - Emily Yavitch
Members of the Mitzvah Club have an opportunity to do community service and other “mitzvahs” in their daily lives. An experienced member of the local Jewish community frequently visits the club, bringing wisdom and food to those interested in a rich cultural heritage. “The Mitzvah Club is a great place to learn about a different culture,” Yavitch said. “The club is open to Jews and nonJews alike. Everyone is welcome join in this fun club.” Certainly, Mitzvah club adds a lot to the diversity of RB High’s club culture. So be sure to check them out!
clubs on campus, the B-Boy club meets everyday, during lunch and then after school until usually 4:30. With speakers, hip-hop music and a dancing mat set, the B-Boys show off their break-dancing moves. Whenever one of the members introduces a new song, they try and incorporate new dance moves along with it as well. “It is fun to see what moves the other dancers bring to the table,” member of the B-Boy club, senior Li’ren Chang said. “We all enjoy improving our skill and learning from each other.” RB High should be proud of the fact that we are the only school in the Poway Unified School District with a B-Boy class. The class is fairly new; it was introduced in the spring semester last year. Every second period the students enrolled in the hip-hop/break-dancing class practice routines for upcoming shows. Junior vice president of the club, Adrian Minas joined who club last year when it was not that popular yet. “I like how I can dance in a comfortable place with people that have same interests and hobbies as I do,” Minas said. “During our class, I am usually teaching a routine for an upcoming performance.” The B-Boy team has performed at mostly all the dance concerts and assemblies, and each time they bring a new routine to the stage. “At our performances, we try and bring out the diversity of the club, and everyone’s skill. We make sure our performances are always group performances and never highlighting one member,” Minas said. If you are looking for some entertainment on a boring lunch day, stop by and watch the B-Boys. Who knows, maybe their moves will inspire you.
Top: Justin Hoang shows off his moves, Bottom: B-boys pose for a group photo.
Swimsuit trends for summer: Are buses going to What suits your style and shape be eliminated for the next school year? Summer is quickly approaching and that means many trips to the beach, especially for Southern Californians. Boys’ swimsuit styles may be basic and consistent, but girls’ swimsuit styles changes year after year. One thing is for sure; no matter how much you may like the way a swimsuit looks in the catalogue or hanger, make sure to pick out the one that complements your body. The biggest swimwear trend for this year is colors, lots of colors. There is a neon comeback from the 1980s to prints with pastel colors. Another trend is graphic prints. Whether it’s a one-piece bikini or coverup, graphic prints are in for 2010. Swimsuits with cutouts are beginning to make headlines for style. Balanced cutouts have been popular in the past, but a lot of the swimwear this season features asymmetry
so that the holes may be on one side of the swimsuit, or multiple on one side. Beware of this trend though; this type of style is for those who are not afraid to go bare. Avoid wearing ones that have cutouts in areas that you’d prefer not to show. Deep V plunge neckline is another style that is going big. They are one-piece swimsuits, but some go below the bustline and even low as the waistline. The one-shoulder strap has been a popular trend for dresses and tops, and this is also true for swimsuits as well. One-shoulder styling is appearing on bikinis and onepiece swimsuits as well as coverups. This next style’s term may be unfamiliar, but the bandeau bikini tops are being featured on runways. This style can be for those who want to show their shoulders. The bandeau bikini tops are a great option for petites who have busts smaller than a B-cup.
Vest bikini tops are a bold swimwear fashion trend, but it is great for those who want to wear a two-piece but want more coverage. String embellishments are coming into the scene as well. Designers are using strings as part of the style, but just for decoration. Flowy maxi coverups are in-style this season. The flowing feel of the maxi coverup gives a romantic feel. For petites, buy narrow ones without too much fabric. Going to the beach means needing a bag or a tote to store away your belongings. This year’s trend will be big with bold designs such as big flowers and tribal designs. Big and bold bags will make a statement as well as serve a useful function because people need lots of stuff at the beach. Whether you plan on hanging out at your local beach or going on a trip to a popular summer destination, your swimsuit options are abundant.
Vest bikini top
Carrie Chen Features Editor
Hundreds of students at RB High depend on the buses to bring them to and from school. This reliable transportation system relieves the burden of working parents who do not have the time or the flexible working schedule to pick up their child at 2:30 p.m. every day. However, there is ongoing speculation that bus transportation may be eliminated next year. “There was a proposal made at the district board meeting that all regular education bus transportation be dropped next year,” said Paul Robinson. “By law, we are required to have bus transportation for special education students.” The reason for this proposal is mainly based on the amount of money the district could save. Without a running bus circuit, we could save $2 million, a good chunk of change that could be widely distributed over a vast number of school programs. However, this change would bring some parents much inconvenience. “Especially for freshmen and sophomores, and even juniors who don’t drive,” added Robinson. “And not that many students drive to school.” There are a total of 660 parking spots in the student parking lot. Assuming all spots are filled up, this means that only a quarter of the total number of students at RB High
drive themselves to school. The remaining three-quarters of students are divided between those who take the bus, and those who rely on their parents to take them to and from school. If bus transportation is really to be eliminated next year, many students and their parents would have to find alternative methods of transportation. Carpooling with a neighbor or a close friend could be one alternative. Having the student stay after school, perhaps at the library, until the parent can get off work, is another. But with the budget cuts, who knows what the new library hours will be next year. “My parents would have to drive me to school and that would inconvenience them, because they would have to wait in traffic,” said Jennifer Chalam, sophomore. And it’s not just the students and parents who would be inconvenienced. The bus drivers will be unemployed. However, the district is not planning to eliminate all non-special education buses. “We would still keep enough buses for athletic transportation and field trips,” said Robinson. Using charter buses for field trips will be eliminated, because the cost is more expensive than that of a school bus. With budget cuts hitting the district hard, the board is merely trying to find ways to save as much money as possible. However, changes like eliminating bus transportation affects hundreds: students, parents, and bus drivers.
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THE SILVER SPUR - APRIL 30, 2010
The history of the classic game Jenga Tavis Lam Staff Writer
People have been playing the game Jenga for years, and it seems it has been around for a long time. Jenga was created in 1977 by Leslie Scott, a college dropout. By 1983, Scott had quit her job at Intel and started manufacturing and selling Jenga through the Leslie Scott Associates at the London Toy Fair. This infamous game is categorized as a board game and is currently marketed by Parker Brothers, a division of Hasbro. Jenga
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was remade by Atari into video games in December 2007 for Nintendo Wii and DS. Jenga is a game of physical and mental abilities and puts the players up to a test of manual dexterity. The game begins with 54 wooden blocks stacked with three blocks per layer. Each layer is placed perpendicular to the one below it. Players take turns removing a block from the tower with one hand and placing it at the top, building a taller but unstable tower. The player who knocks down the tower while removing or placing the block loses. “Whenever my friends come over, Jenga is the game we end up playing. Even though this game sounds old and boring, [it] truthfully…brings friends closer [and] instigates bonding and good laughs,” said sophomore Joseph Ho. “We play by having punishments for those who lose, putting pressure on people’s turns.” According to Ho, their punishments often also included drinking or eating “nasty concoctions” mixed with anything they could find in the kitchen. He would record videos of them and upload it onto Facebook. “We are required to have punishments, such as eating ginger, a dish of soy sauce, a whole tangerine with the peel, spoonful of coffee grinds, and vinegar,” said junior Warner Tse, who had played Jenga with Ho. “I love Jenga. It is fun to be daring and take the two bottom [blocks]. Being calm and
focused will help in winning the game.” Focus is the key element needed in Jenga. Players must learn to concentrate and focus on the steady movement of their hand. They must rid their mind of external distractions and control their strength from knocking down the tower. A big part of Jenga is the weight distribution that the blocks create. Certain Jenga blocks tend to take no
role in supporting the overall structure of the tower, thus making it easy for a player to remove it. Because each block is not perfectly the same mass,
weight, and size as the others, it causes an uneven balance on each layer of the tower. It makes sense to either remove the side blocks or the center block of a
layer; but with the uneven distribution, c r a z y things could happen that look merely impossible. Jenga can be played many ways with different rules and ideas whether it’s with a colored die and blocks or with punishments. It allows the players to set their own ideas into the game to make it more challenging and interesting. Jenga is Swahili for “to build,” not only referring to building the tower, but also to the building of friendship between the players. Jenga is a great game to play with family and friends; it sets an atmosphere of laughter and increases the bonding between one another. Be sure to run and grab yourself a set to test your physical and mental dexterity; don’t miss out!
Book Review: Spark’s The Last Song
Nicholas Sparks is known for writing classic, and yet sometimes mundane, love stories. Just at the glance of Sparks’ name on a book may cause you to brush it off as
just another typical Nicholas Spark’s love story; The Last Song is different from his other books because it combines romance and family. The book is told through different points of view and the chapters are divided by characters’ points of view: Ronnie, Steve, Will and Marcus. The characters take the readers into their thoughts, and this technique exemplifies that there are always going to be different points of view for all circumstances in life. Veronica “Ronnie” Miller, the main character, is a rebellious and hostile teenager who is forced to spend her summer vacation with her dad, Steve Miller, in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Ronnie’s parents are divorced, and she lives with her younger brother and mom in New York City. Steve is a former concert pianist and teacher from The Juilliard School, who is living a quiet life in the beach town of North Carolina,
Book Review: Incarceron
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Incarceron is a vast, encompassing prison. However, instead of steel bars and cell blocks, Incarceron is a world in itself; it is a metal dystopia where nothing is created or wasted, and where the stars and sky are nothing but fairytales. All who live in Incarceron live in a cutthroat world, fighting for food and survival. Even more than that, Incarceron is alive. It observes everything that goes on within its walls, its red eyes watching all the people within constantly. Incarceron is all they’ve ever known. Finn, a seventeen year old who lives inside the prison, does not remember his childhood. The first thing he remembers
s waking up in the prison. This leads some to believe that he is from outside the prison, though most don’t believe that. He discovers a crystal key that has an eagle engraved in it – the same design that is tattooed onto his wrist. Finn and his friends believe the key to be the way out of Incarceron. However, the key turns out to be a communication device. Through it, he is able to see Claudia. Claudia is from outside the prison. She claims that her father is the warden of Incarceron, and that she is doomed to an arranged marriage with the prince of the realm they live in. Claudia is determined to stop the marriage, by whatever means possible. She takes her father’s key in hopes of getting a glimpse of Incarceron and the paradise it has been made out to be. But when Finn tells Claudia that there is nothing about Incarceron that could be considered a paradise, she promises him that she will get him out of the prison, as well as expose her father and the monarchy. According to TheBookSmugglers. com, “Incarceron is an amazing novel from author Catherine Fisher. The book, actually initially published in the UK back in 2007, is part dystopian critique, part science fiction parable, part fantasy. This is not an easy blend to pull together, but Ms. Fisher does it with aplomb.” With its breathtaking descriptions, admirable characters, and exceptional plotting, Incarceron is an amazing book. I loved it, and could not put it down until I turned the very last page. Look out for the sequel coming out December 28, titled Sapphique.
and making a stained glass window for the local church that is being rebuilt. When Ronnie sets foot in Wrightsville Beach, she encounters events that will eventually change her. After she arrives at her father’s house, Ronnie immediately storms off and visits the town’s annual carnival. At the carnival, she meets Blaze and befriends her. After Ronnie’s first encounter with Blaze, trouble begins. Blaze’s emotionally abusive boyfriend, Marcus, becomes interested in Ronnie because she seems different than the other girls and keeps appearing in front of her, even though Blaze is jealous. Because of this, Blaze frames Ronnie for a crime she did not commit. Ronnie also meets Will Blakelee at the carnival when he bumps into her and makes her spill soda onto her shirt. Will also takes an interest in Ronnie for the same reason as Marcus. At first, Ronnie thinks Will is just
Book Review: Midnight Sun
a southern rich kid, but soon finds herself falling for his charms, Will falls for Ronnie for her unique personality. Ronnie and Will eventually end up together when Will decides to transfer to Columbia University in New York, where Ronnie is. The salient relationship this book explores is actually the relationship between Ronnie and Steve. Ronnie starts resenting Steve and gradually starts to appreciate him as the two spend time together and reconnect with each other through music. This novel is ordinary and, yet, captivating because it combines first love and the love between parents and children. Unlike Sparks’ other novels, this novel can reach a wider audience because of the themes of divorce, first love and growing up. It may be true that Sparks’ novels all have the same plot and but this book is definiteley worth reading.
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Midnight Sun is a companion novel of Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. It is written from the perspective of Edward Cullen as Twilight was written through Bella Swan’s point of view. It began as a character exercise but gradually became a book when 12 chapters were illegally leaked on the internet. Because of this, the author decided to postpone the work for the book until the public forgets about it. Midnight Sun contains the same events of that in Twilight but gives a reader’s glimpse of Edward’s feelings and emotions; it was used to help Robert Pattinson, actor of Edward Cullen, to develop his character. Midnight Sun is a story revolving around Edward Cullen, a vampire with mind reading capabilities. A girl named Bella moves back to her home town where Edward is; but unlike everyone else, her mind could not be read. Edward soon saves her life by stopping a car with his bare hands. Trying to keep his secret, Edward refuses to explain the situation to Bella. Soon, Bella finds out from a friend Jacob Black that Edward is a vampire, but one who only drinks animal blood. As time allows, Edward and Bella fall in love, but their relationship is interrupted when a group of nomadic vampires track Bella down, hoping to suck her blood. It’s up to Edward to protect Bella from the vampire coven and save their relationship. “When I read it online I was so excited because I wanted a book in his perspective,” said Kendra Abbott. “I expect it to be just as amazing as Twilight, but maybe more interesting since you’re set to know Edward’s side and how much he loves Bella.” Be sure to get your hands on a copy of the book!
3-D movie craze is becoming popular in American theaters Robert Bojar Photo Editor
3-D movies are nothing new, but they are coming back to popularity, andthe reception to this type of film is mixed. Some think that the technology enhances the experience and the story-telling aspect of the movies, while some think that the use of 3-D technology is overrated. Invented in 1890, “Stereoscopic Cinematography” has been through ups and downs. Before the re-emergence, 3-D movies were very popular in the 1950s in the “Golden Age” of film in American Cinema. After the quick fad, the 3-D film sank into a specialized theatrical niche like high end IMAX driven theatres and Disney Theme parks.
“Avatar” premiered in late 2009, repopularizing the 3-D film industry. This high revenue movie quickly motivated filmmakers into producing 3-D films. Senior Lauren Tomicich exclaimed her excitement for “A Christmas Carol.” “It’s pretty cool. When I saw it, I felt like there was 3-D particular matter snowflakes falling on me,” Tomicich said. But some are bothered by the excessive use of 3-D technology. Mateo Vargas, senior, thinks that this technique is overrated. “I really hope that movies are not made just to display the 3-D effects, but I’m sure that’s happening with the new movies,” Vargas said. “’Avatar’ wasn’t that great. The graphics were very impressive, and the 3-D aspect enhanced them, but we have to admit, the movie itself wasn’t anything new. I wouldn’t pay another twenty dollars
for it.” The re-emergence of the use of 3-D movies may take away from the actual quality of filmmaking. “I feel that filmmakers will assume that they don’t need to make good movies as long as the 3-D thing is entertaining and exciting for the audience,” Vargas said. “It’s just another way for Hollywood to make more money,” senior Noah Resto said. “It costs twenty dollars to see a 3-D movie in IMAX. And that’s just too much. It’s not like the movies are good.” “Avatar’s” box-office success came from the fact that the movie was a “Must see… in 3-D” and thus, more expensive than traditional movie viewing. Regardless of the criticism, 3-D movies are still very popular and fun for many. As Tomicich puts it: “Scrooge’s nose was ridiculously huge… it was awesome!”
THE SILVER SPUR - APRIL 30, 2010
Miscellaneous sport: ultimate frisbee
Ulmiate frisbe in action
Celeste Conowitch Entertainment Editor
Remember those Sunday afternoons playing Frisbee in the park at a family picnic? Well, such leisurely activities have been kicked up quite a few notches in recent years with the development of the world-wide sport, “Ultimate Frisbee.” The sport was officially invented in 1968 when Joel Silver, a then student of Columbia High School proposed
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the invention of a Frisbee club at his school. Rapidly clubs began sprouting up all across America and Europe with many students showing interest in this rising “counterculture” sport. The main appeal of the game is how easy it is to play. There are two teams of seven players who compete on a rectangular field with two end zones. A point is scored when a pass is successfully made to a player in the end zone, much like football. However, this sport involves no contact; all contact that occurs results
in a foul. As an added element of difficulty, players are not allowed to run with the Frisbee and, therefore, rely on the process of passing it to other team members. Another interesting dynamic to the game is its lack of referees. Traditionally, the sport had been selfcontrolled, meaning the responsibility of calling fouls and working out disputes falls on the players. Because the game is controlled in this way, a certain degree of professionalism and poise is expected of the players.
As stated by author Steve Courlang, creator of “whatisultimate.com,” “Ultimate stresses sportsmanship and fair play. Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the rules, and the basic joy of play.” The sport is represented in three major tournaments, the “World Games,” an international tournament organized by the World Flying Disc Federation, the “UPA Championship Series,” focusing on American and
Swim Spotlights: Trent Williams & Kat Bowersox Michael Rupic Opinions Editor
One of the many competitive athletes on the varsity swim team here at RB High is sophomore Trent Williams. Williams has been competitively swimming since he was nice years old, for a total of six years. He started in San Diego with a club team called Pacific Swim. Before he became a swimmer, Williams played little league baseball. He said the only reason that he started swimming was because he didn’t Photo by Robert Bojar want to play baseball anymore. He then decided that he wanted to enroll in a summer swim camp and has loved swimming ever since. Swimming is a huge component in Williams’ life, and he is seriously committed to his sport. He practices two and a half hours a day, five days a week. In order to be in top physical shape, Williams lifts weights, runs, and sprints. Before
meets, he practices in the pool swimming both short and long distances. He swims all of the events, but his favorites are the 200 M freestyle, 500 M freestyle and 200 M individual medley, which is an equal combination of all four strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. “There are only 11 guys on the team, so we are real close. We hang out a lot and have awesome parties. All of us are really good friends,” Williams said. To become even closer as a team, the swimmers participate in team-building activities like playing football and frisbee. The coach, Tim Oelgoetz, has been a mentor for Williams since he was 13. “He’s a good coach and has taught me a lot,” Williams said. “He works the team really hard and wants to see us succeed.” Williams has considered some colleges that he would like to attend, the University of Texas, University of Arizona, Auburn University, or one of the Cal State universities. When he is not swimming, Williams enjoys shooting airsoft guns and playing Xbox.
Sarah Cho Staff Writer
Sophomore Kathryn Bowersox is doing an outstanding job so far this season. She has qualified in all eight individual events for the CIF Championships. She competes in the hundredmeter butterfly, fifty-meter, and two-hundred meter, but her best stroke is the hundredmeter butterfly, and her best record is 58.26 seconds. This is faster than where she was last year at this time in the season. “I got into Photo by Robert Bojar swimming because my older sister did swimming, and I wanted to better,” said Bowersox. Bowersox said that the best thing about her team is that they get along really well. They motivate each other, and most importantly, it’s fun to be with them. Her motivation is how she likes to be with her teammates and her determination to win. Her favorite part about
swimming is the swim meets because there are a lot of people cheering, and she likes the race. She loves to swim, and she plans to continue swimming in college as well. “Kat’s strength is her ability to compete. She is a very tough competitor who hates to lose,” said Coach Oelgoetz. “She has this carefree attitude and is always smiling, but when it comes time to compete, watch out!” Coach Oelgoetz’s goal for Bowersox is simply for her to do her best and to race to her potential. He said that he knows she can be a great swimmer, and his job is to teach her what it takes to be a champion and provide her with the necessary skills that she needs in the pool. The team as a whole is also doing an outstanding job. Coach Oelgoetz is very pleased with how the team is doing this season. They are improving nicely and in all aspects. His goal for the team is to win the Palomar League and be in the top three at the CIF.
Boys LAX fights through LCC loss Kiana Said Editor in Chief
The lacrosse team has already begun a strong season with a record of six wins and three losses. Putting last year’s loss against Coronado in the semifinals behind them, the team hopes to fulfill the achievements of the boy’s soccer and basketball team. Senior captains Brandon Buckley and Austin Bokmeyer plan on leading the team by staying positive. Last season, the team finished with a record of 17 wins and four losses; they were second in league and third in CIF. Their four losses were to St. Bishops, St. Margret’s, La Costa Canyon and Coronado. “We hope to defeat the teams that we didn’t beat last year, especially Coronado, and we plan on doing this by having fun while dominating the field,” senior varsity player Maxwell O’Kieffe said. This season, the boy’s lacrosse team aims at playing as a cohesive unit to win championships. “The strength of the team is indi-
vidual talent, but the challenge is to get all working together as a team,” Coach Bruce Seitz said. “It is very important that we encourage the nine new varsity players on the team, so we have a team that has strong communication,” Bokmeyer said. Every season, Coach Seitz maintains a disciplined team in academics, citizenship and athletics, and he will continue to stress these points. They have already started off the season strong by beating San Clemente, St. Bishops, Scripps Ranch, Bishops, Carlsbad and Fallbrook. “Since this is my last year playing high school lacrosse, one of my goals is to achieve a position of leadership and to inspire other players to set goals that they can accomplish from now until the end of the season,” Park said. “Our team has so much potential to win the championships that I hope we play well and have fun while doing it.” Some of the upcoming teams the RB High lacrosse team will be playing are Mt. Carmel, Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon High.
Canadian leagues organized by the Ultimate Player’s Association, and lastly the “European Ultimate Championships,” strictly for European teams organized by the European Flying Disc Federation. There are also a myriad of clubs and teams found at virtually every college in the Western hemisphere. This thriving sport is continuing on the upward trend and will no doubt grow to a well-loved athlete pastime of the American populace. So get out there and find the club closest to you!
Upcoming events Volleyball: -Wed. May 5th RB vs. Poway
-Fri. May 7th RB vs. Westview
-Tues. May 4th RB vs. Westview -Thur. May 6th RB vs. El Camino
-Tues May 4th RB vs. Torrey Pines -Fri. May 7th RB vs. Westview
-Wed. May 5th RB vs. Carlsbad -Fri. May 7th RB vs. El Camino
-Tues. May 4th RB vs. Westview -Tues. May 18th RB vs. Poway Photo of RB High’s LAX team doing a face off in practice
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