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Westlake High School


NOVEMBER 21, 2008

Maki Touched Lives of Students, Colleagues CONRAD WILTON STAFF WRITER


Nearly a thousand family members, friends, and students came together to celebrate the life and legacy of WHS math teacher Mike Maki on Oct. 28 at Calvary Community Church. The entire WHS community was still in shock at the news that Maki had died from complications from injuries he had suffered after a bicycling accident. In an emotional outpouring of appreciation, friends and students spoke about Maki’s generosity, compassion, and understanding that had touched so many lives. Principal Ron Lipari, Maki’s friend, and roommate Sam Nainoa, along with several staff members, delivered eulogies that acknowledged the 42-year-old’s love for the outdoors, his many valuable contributions to his students and to the school. Math Department Chair Carmella Ettaro spoke on behalf of the many friends and colleagues he had made in his eight years at WHS. “Mr. Maki was my colleague. We ate lunch together and were good friends,” said Ettaro.

Maki began teaching at WHS in 2000 as an Algebra teacher. This year Maki was teaching two Pre-Algebra classes and three Algebra I classes. The small size of Maki’s Algebra I classes “allowed him to really connect with the kids. He really liked them [the students] and his classes were more personal because of it,” said Ettaro. Ettaro included in her eulogy Maki’s “highly competitive personality, his ridiculous happiness, and his enjoyment of the simple things of life.” Maki possessed a love for athletics and mountain biking. He was a member of the basketball team during his stay at Righetti High School. The seemingly innocent morning of Oct. 10 was the last day Maki would ride his bike to school. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy, a car struck Maki from the rear at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Hillcrest Drive and sent him flying into the back of a pick-up truck where he eventually fell to the asphalt. Maki received treatment at the site and was transported to the Los Robles Medical Center. Maki’s father, Frederick E. Maki, said his son suffered serious injuries but was expected to make a full recovery. Almost two weeks after the accident, Maki died and left


WHS shocked. Social Science Department Chair Michael Lynch, a friend of Maki, said “his signature attribute was that he was a calm, mellow guy and always positive.” Maki and Lynch golfed and biked together. “He was just a great guy,” said Lynch. Maki received his teaching credential from San Diego State University. He had recently supervised the PTSA and student community service at WHS. Moving on is difficult for math teacher Lisa Ryder. “It is hard to just continue. I ate lunch with him every day and played poker with him for years. To come here and not have him here reminds me everyday what I have lost,” said Ryder. Maki began his tenure at WHS the same year as Ryder. “Maki was a very content person who was really kind. He just drew you to him and always made you feel better. He was that type of a guy,” said Ryder. After the announcement of that Maki had passed away, WHS students came in droves to sign the memorial board outside the library. Kevin Commons, ‘10, was one of the mourners bidding his last farewell to his teacher. “My favorite attribute that he [Maki] had was a coolheadedness about things. No matter what, Maki never lost his cool,” said Commons. Ironically, according to Ryder, the students who were unsuccessful in Maki’s class loved him the most. Math teacher Eric Shackelford, who knew Maki for close to nine years said that what made Maki so special was “his considerate, reasonable, and witty nature.”

FOREVER IN OUR MEMORIES: A shrine for Mike Maki has been constructed on Hillcrest Road, the site of the accident.

Aca Deca Has Promising First Scrimmage KATELYN SMITH FEATURE EDITOR

Establishing itself as an early frontrunner, the Academic Decathlon team came in 2nd at its first scrimmage after beating Oxnard at every event except the Super Quiz. This scrimmage, which was held Nov. 15, gives WHS “a good chance of going to state,” said Karen Tsai ‘10, a member of the current Aca Deca team. In the program, students study social science, math, art, music, and economics. Aca Deca accepts students from grades 10-12. Freshmen must wait a year before applying for the class because they must

be more knowledgeable in certain subjects, like math, which ranges from Algebra I to Calculus. Westlake’s Aca Deca coach, English teacher Joseph Nigro, helps ensure strong performances in literature and language, especially. Each year, the U.S. Academic Decathlon selects a theme from which all the tested subjects derive. The 2008-2009 theme is Latin America. This theme appears in the study of Latin music, the study of Darwin and the Galapagos Islands, and the novel Bless Me Ultima. Two main competitions lie ahead: The first competition on Jan. 10 and the second on Feb. 7.

If they make it to State, they will be competing from Mar. 13-16. In order to gain the maximum amount of knowledge, the class is broken down into three divisions: Honors, Scholastic, and Varsity. These division are based on the students’ GPA from the previous two school years. Ironically, often “some of the students in the lowest level turn out to be the smartest,” said Tsai. According to Tsai, competition day is long, with many multiple choice tests, interviews, speeches, and impromptu speeches. This year’s team “works really hard” and “we all help each other in studying, preparing, etc,” said Tsai.

See Center for a tribute to Mike Maki



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November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW

Bard’s Filmmaking the Reel Deal

IN BRIEF WHS Regiment Qualifies for Championships


The WHS Regiment will be ending its 2008 season in Concord, CA this weekend at the Western Band Association (WBA) Championships, after receiving high music last weekend at the WBA Trabuco Hills competition. They plan to compete Saturday for a spot in the finals performance Sunday. This will be the last of their five competitions under the show “Journey: Trials and Tribulations.” PHOTO BY MAX AVRUCH

ASG To Hold Blood Drive ASG will hold a Blood Drive on Dec. 2 at WHS in the Mezzanine from 6:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Anyone older than 16 can participate. A donor permit, available in English classes or the library, must be signed by a parent or guardian. For more information, visit

Choir Heralds Season With “Forever Christmas” WHS Choir Department has been preparing for its upcoming choir show, “Forever Christmas.” Over the Nov 8-11 weekend, vocal ensemble went to Idyllwild to rehearse and prepare. The seasonal show will be held on three consecutive nights, Dec. 4, 5, and 6 in the Theater, starting at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale in 21N and will also be sold at the door before each show. For more information visit the choir website at

Kelsey To Sponsor Spring Break Tour

Azevedo Recognized for Teacher of the Month Honors MAX AVRUCH NEWS EDITOR

Social Science teacher James Azevedo, received the title of Teacher of the Month for October. The entire WHS staff gathered into the Theater on Oct. 29, to honor the AP European History and Psychology teacher. Members from the Chamber of Commerce and the community came to congratulate Azevedo and present him with different awards as well as gift certificates. “He’s a friendly, motivating kind guy who shows a lot of integrity,” said Principal Ronald Lipari. “He’s great with students and he’s just a good guy.” Lipari knew about the award ahead of time and was “very excited” about the announcement. Three other teachers from the District had been nominated, and Azevedo was chosen. Along with the title, Azevedo received CPK and Ben & Jerry’s gift certificates, a State Farm Insurance savings bond, a plaque, and a bundt cake from Nothing


WELCOME TO AMERICA: French students step off the bus, after traveling all day, to meet their host families.

French Students Leave with American Tastes


“Welcome to America!” was the enthusiastic echo heard as tired French students walked off the bus and into the WHS parking lot late on Oct. 21. For most of

these students, it was their first time visiting California. “Everything is amazing,” remarked Adele Beaumais. “It is different from our school in certain points though.” WHS students were noted for being welcoming, friendly, and very easy to

Bundt Cakes. “I feel really pleased about it all. It’s a nice gesture and really neat, but it’s hard to touch on all teachers. I mean, it’s subjective and it’s a nice perk or award to give,” said Azevedo. Azevedo said that he felt really surprised at winning the award, for he already had won this award when he taught the fourth grade. In addition to the gifts given to Azevedo, he obtained a “neat sweatshirt from CIU and recognition from state legislatures and a congress person.” “Having all the teachers from all the departments showing their nice feelings to me is just neat,” said Azevedo. In addition to this countywide competition from the Chamber of Commerce, ASG gave Lisa Ryder Teacher of the Month for September. Lipari said there will be two more Teacher of the Month events from the Chamber of Commerce this coming year, one on Feb. 25 and the other date has yet to be determined.

talk to. The visitors were excited to see WHS campus and classrooms, commenting that the classrooms in France do not have all of the color posters and personality of ours, and that our students are much more entertaining in class. “American kids are more funny!” one student said. While going to school was nothing new to the French students, Homecoming was a party they had never seen before. “It’s very American, this Homecoming,” said Emmanuelle Moreau while posing for pictures before the dance. Most of the students stayed close together on the dance floor, but a few of the boys decided to embrace the idea of Homecoming and traveled all around the gym searching for dance partners. To the students, Homecoming attire “was a little scary.” When asked her favorite part of homecoming, Beaumais replied “dance of course! But seeing all these girls in mini dresses was so funny.” WHS students introduced their new friends to all of the current trends, taking them to places like Pinkberry and shopping at the mall for Homecoming dresses, where students picked up on some of Westlake’s clothing style, buying Vans shoes and other popular accessories. One of the students was “picked-up” at the mall by an employee. Full of empty Starbuck’s cups and the hopes of someday returning to Westlake, the visitors said “au revoir” to their hosts on Halloween


English teacher Lynn Kelsey is looking for students who are interested in taking a trip to London and Paris over spring break. For more information contact her in 42M. (This trip is not CVUSD sponsored.)

A JAZZY ACHIEVEMENT: Azevedo holds up the plaque honoring him as Teacher of the Month. He poses with two members from the community.

“I was born to entertain people, and that’s just what I love to do,” director, editor, and producer Max Bard ’09 said. “I live for getting a rise out of the audience.” This summer proved to be a vital one for Bard, getting him even closer to his goal of stardom as a director. From the day the 2007-2008 school year ended until the beginning of August, Bard spent the entire duration at USC’s annual film camp for up-and-coming inspiring directors and producers. Each of the 150 invitees was required to put together a movie to present on a specific subject which was to be judged and graded by the end of the camp. “It was a college class that had invitees ages 16-38 years old,” Bard explained, “and when they picked my movie as number one, I was ecstatic.” Despite having over 50 videos currently on Youtube, seen by a combined total of over 200,000 people, Bard says he wasn’t quite at ease about the showing of his video as one would expect. “Without a doubt I was nervous at first, but then I realized that this is what the pros do, and that’s what I want to be.” Most famous for his rally videos and more than 50 Youtube movies, Bard’s passion for the filmmaking runs in the family. “My mom, [Donna Bard] is a famous hairstylist and has worked on hundreds of big-name actors, and huge films,” Bard explained. “I’ve been able to see the sets where she works and how directing a movie is really done.” But just learning from the pros isn’t the only thing Bard is able to take away from the experience he admits.

THE MAN BEHIND THE ACT: Senior Max Bard plans his next film project.

“My mom has tons of contacts with famous people who are always willing to watch my videos and critique them first hand. It works out great, getting advice from professionals.” About any future videos, Bard refrains from divulging too much information too soon; as he knows first hand, with a schedule as busy as his own, plans change rapidly. However, he plans to begin work on a webisode entitled Brohan. “Brohan is the next in line, which will be a mini webisode on Youtube,” Bard explained, “It’s basically Superbad meets Knocked Up, and they find Sarah Marshall. It’s going to be good. Check for it on” “We are looking to get some good actors; Jonathan Lipnicky (Stuart Little, Jerry Maguire) really wants to be in one of my videos. I’ve never worked with him before but we have been friends since we were young through basketball,” said Bard. Post-high school plans are still up in the air for Bard, but he has his eyes set on one school in particular. “USC for sure. It’s hard to get into, but I’m hoping.” As for the future of Bard Productions, he sums it up very simply: “If you ever need some entertainment in your life, or if you’re just procrastinating on homework, go to Easy as that.”



November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW

Celebrity Trials Put Societal Values in Question Are celebrities “proven” not guilty because of their status, or are they being charged more harshly to serve as an example?

Status No Excuse To Disregard Laws NIKKI FAY OPINION EDITOR

Why do celebrities have so much freedom? Why are they able to avoid harsh sentences for crimes when normal citizens have to pay the price for their actions? There is one simple reason—us. We elevate our celebrities to such an extreme status that our law enforcement cannot prosecute them. It is almost impossible to find a jury that will collectively vote them guilty in a trial. But our society’s fascination with pop culture contributes to this problem with justice. What would we do without Paris Hilton’s latest fashion trends or Nicole Richie’s latest designs? Our younger crowds need these figures to keep themselves entertained, even if it means letting them off for serious crimes that they should be prosecuted for. “People idolize celebrities and make them more than what they actually are,” said Nathan Ruff ‘09. “They aren’t gods or idols, and they should receive the same punishment as everyone else.” Take the latest celebrity trial regarding Britney Spears. In Aug. 2007, Spears hit a parked car and was photographed leaving the scene without notifying the owner. When the case was taken to trial, it deadlocked 10-2 in Spears’ favor. Gary Mov, 45, one of two jurors who believed Spears to be guilty, told Telegraph that people have “a natural propensity to identify with celebrities and I feel some of the jurors inserted their personal feelings.” Not only did Spears commit the crime of a “hit and run,” according to the Los Angeles Times, Spears had no California license but was carrying one from her home town of Louisiana. Though she was in California, she argued that she considered the Southern state her permanent residence. Prosecutors argued against her, stating that her address was listed in the city of Los Angeles, so her Louisiana license was not sufficient. “It just goes to show how difficult it is to convict any celebrity of a crime here in Los Angeles,” said Deputy City Attorney Michael Amerian to the Times. “For whatever reason, jurors are reluctant to do

that and I think history shows that.” Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence. There have been countless celebrities let off for their illegal activities. Mel Gibson, for example, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor DUI charge and was sentenced to three years probation. While this may sound harsh, most pulled over for driving under the influence are sentenced to as long as six

Fame No Reason For Harsh Punishment KAYLI MILETICH FEATURE EDITOR

After Michael Jackson was acquitted on all counts during his trial, the media criticized the law for giving celebrities less severe punishments than the rest of society. Recently, however, some courts have given high profile stars harsher sentences. As the paparazzi and tabloid industry

GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY: Celebrity trials question the fairness of our judicial system.

months in jail, often getting their licenses suspended for up to a year or more. Celebrities should receive the same sentences as average citizens do in order to teach society that no one is above the law. “ Just because someone is the singer of their favorite pop song or star of their favorite TV show, people think that they should have more leeway,” said Ruff, “but they should really get the same punishment as you and me.”

play a more prominent role in society each year, celebrities in the spotlight are not receiving the “get out of jail free card” that they used to. In 2007, Nick Bollea, Hulk Hogan’s son, was arrested for reckless driving charges. The 17-year-old crashed his car on Aug. 26, leaving one of his friends on permanent life support. The judge sentenced Bollea to eight months in jail, 500 hours of community service, three years of license suspension,

Change Needed For Club Approval KATELYN SMITH FEATURE EDITOR

Leadership and responsibility are just two of the many character traits that students gain when they initiate a new club. Would anyone have a just reason for not wanting to cultivate these qualities in the youthful and impressionable minds of students? When individuals are motivated enough by their curiosity in a subject to create a club, they should be rewarded, not crossed off a list. Though a large number of clubs already exists, there are interests deserving of clubs that are not currently available for students. WHS is a diverse campus, and the clubs that it supports should reflect that variety. So who is to blame for this lack of club diversity? The administration? ASG? The student body? Who has the right to say a club is not worth the school’s recognition when it has all the requirements: a club advisor, twenty members, a community service project idea, and a willing bunch of students ready to take control and gain leadership? Should clubs need to be reviewed for more than just their appropriateness? In many instances, a club with one

specific interest may be approved, whereas another that deals with the same task but has multiple interests may be rejected. Today, WHS supports more than 60 clubs, yet many students’ interests are still overlooked. “Many people have interests, but they are simply interest groups, not club material,” said Dean of Activities James Marshall. The issue at hand is not solely about a single club being denied, but the necessity of consistency in club approval. A possible change in the process of securing club approval could include an interview, which would add information that is not able to be communicated in the three lines given on the current application. Marshall agreed with the idea of an interview process after a club’s rejection. “I have only inherited this process, and I trust the system that is currently in place, but I will make changes as I go,” he said. The main reason for a club’s denial today is that many students are unaware of similar clubs that fit their interests and simply try to create a new club. Their ideas could be combined with an existing club. Marshall did acknowledge that “a motivation to start clubs is that students

want the title of president on their college resumes.” The list of clubs has been growing exponentially in recent years. Could there be a correlation between this increased number and the fact that colleges are looking for more community service and leadership roles in their prospective students? Marshall disagrees, however, that clubs are denied because too many people turn in forms to create new clubs. He “puts his trust in the ASG students and knows that they will be as unbiased as possible.” ASG looks for a “balance” in approving new clubs. If a proposed club can be grouped together with another, the would-be founders are encouraged to join the existing club. If a person feels his or her club is unjustly denied, he or she can appeal ASG’s decision. Marshall hopes that in years to come he “can change the appeal process and formalize it. The process of approving clubs needs to be reevaluated, and in the future, hopefully the ASG will work more closely with the students who hope to start a new club. Until then, students should join clubs that interest them and try to run for office within that club.

and five years probation. “I’m sick of celebrities getting special treatment in the eyes of the law. They need to be made examples of so that the youth in this country does not repeat their mistakes,” said Melanie McCorkle ‘09. While many people spend a single night in jail and face a few months of license suspension for charges of reckless driving, the son of the famous wrestler was slammed with a much harsher punishment. Another celebrity that currently faces a tough sentence is the platinum rapper T.I., a.k.a. Clifford Harris Jr., for charges of the illegal possession of three guns. “Since celebrities are role models, their actions lead to greater consequences,” said Matt Dushkes ‘10. In this case, they did. The court ordered T.I. to serve 1,000 hours of community service and sentenced him a minimum of one year in jail. Another celebrity who has previously been in trouble with the law is Paris Hilton. In May 2007, Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation. The heiress’s license was suspended after getting a DUI. “I was walking in there assuming I was just going to get community service,” Hilton said of her jail sentence. “That’s what my lawyer said at the time. So when he sentenced me to that much time in jail it was shocking because that doesn’t happen, ever,” said Hilton. While many teenagers and younger children idolize celebrities, sentencing them to harsher punishments that normal citizens are not subject to is an unfair use of their fame. Using celebrities as an outlet to show tougher law enforcement should not be allowed. THE WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL


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November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW

ROBERT’S REALITY: Thanksgiving Edition



Thanksgiving is a misused holiday. Every year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving gloriously and gluttonously with the traditional pastimes: shopping, football and food. After tossing the pigskin and sitting down to inhale two gallons of mashed potatoes, the family sits around the table sufficiently stuffed. They may discuss football games or tomorrow’s sales. But what is the point? What significance can we glean from this annual event? Usually around dessert time someone brings up the essential question – what are we thankful for? Though it rears its head every year, the question catches everyone off guard. What am I thankful for? Responses are usually brief and muttered softly. Some default to the typical answers: health, wealth, and family. But how many of them actually think it through? How many of us take the time to ponder the things and people we appreciate? How many of us actually pause, and, in our minds or out loud, give thanks during Thanksgiving? Often, people are far too caught up with their gripes and grievances to realize what they are grateful for. They are more conscious of what they are ungrateful for. Some have let the small things build up and stress consume their lives—they failed a test, a kind smile in the hallway goes unacknowledged. It is important to recognize what is going wrong in the world or in our lives so we are better able to fix it. It is equally important to give thanks when thanks are due. Sometimes what’s going wrong may be that we feel unappreciated, and telling or showing that certain person how much they mean to you could make all the difference. Why can’t we acknowledge what we are thankful for? Perhaps people feel insecure admitting it. Perhaps it is not macho to say, “Thanks for being so compassionate, bro.” It can feel awkward to voice these feelings, however true they may be. But the reality is, no matter how hard one tries, no man is an island. Whether we realize it or not, we are all indebted to each other for countless good deeds everyday. As the story goes, the first Pilgrims to America held a special day to give thanks for perseverance through their trials and tribulations. Back then these troubles (starvation, hypothermia, disease) were much more severe than ours now and made the lucky Pilgrims a lot more thankful. But with all our comforts and conveniences shouldn’t we be giving a lot of thanks too? Regardless of how clichéd it may sound, do not take things for granted. Too many of us do. A Thanksgiving dinner with a happy family is not ordinary or guaranteed for everyone, nor is health or wealth. So when you give thanks for those things, realize how much you truly mean it. Realize how lucky you are if you have a warm meal. Realize how wonderful it is if you have a family to be with. Because there are those without. Thanksgiving does not have to be a religious affair, and there is nothing corny about giving thanks. In recent times, here at school, events have shown us just how fleeting life can be. Do not let this Thanksgiving pass by without truly celebrating the holiday.

PARDON ME: The first turkey was pardoned in 1947 by President Harry Truman, with turkey donations from the National Turkey Federation.

A Charitable Holiday


Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with family, close friends, huge feasts, and most of all, celebrations. It is a time to be thankful for all of the blessings in our lives and all the people who support us. What better way to show appreciation than by giving back and donating time to make this holiday enjoyable for everyone? Here are some ways to express thanks during this time of giving. MANNA food drive is providing many families in need with Thanksgiving dinners and a place to create new memories with their loved ones. Without the generosity of volunteers and an abundance of donations, these families would not have the means to indulge in festivities. MANNA encourages people to donate groceries such as potatoes, green

beans, turkeys, pies and prepared meals. Adopting a family develops a more personal relationship between the donators and those they are helping, by receiving photos of one another and a list of favorite foods. Donating food and time is an easy way to show appreciation and make this holiday everyone can celebrate. If interested, contact the local MANNA Food Bank in Thousand Oaks, by calling (805) 497- 4959. Another way to show support is to express thanks to our troops fighting for our country. Loneliness arises during the holiday season for soldiers and loved ones waiting for them to come home. To fill this void, “Operation Red Stocking” makes bags filled with goods to send to the soldiers. Last year, a mother arrived to help out, while her son was fighting in Iraq. The main organizer of the event, Roxanne Brown, described the experience as “very emotional.” Sending in videos, pictures,

and letters cost close to nothing and is also a way to help the soldiers feel as if they are close to home, and puts a smile on countless faces. To get involved in “Operation Red Stocking,” please contact the PTSA. Giving does not only mean helping people who are less fortunate. Simply cooking a meal for neighbors or inviting them to a gathering, shows appreciation for people’s presence in your life. Taking time to visit a relative or a friend or expressing thanks creates memories that cannot be substituted with a greeting card or a phone call. Making people feel happier and appreciated makes the world a better place. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our good fortune, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to reach out to others in our lives. Simple acts of kindness can cause a huge chain reaction and impact others greatly. ADVERTISEMENT

Thanksgiving Fun Facts 1) Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead. 2) Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago. 3) About 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. 4) Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey. 5) The Guinness Book of Records states that the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey is 39.09 kg (86 lbs), at the annual “heaviest turkey” competition held in London, England on Dec. 12, 1989.

6) The ‘wishbone’ of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day. 7) The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days. 8) Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, campaigned to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1827 and succeeded. 9) A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 5055 mph in a matter of seconds. 10) About 13.7 pounds is the amount of turkey consumed by the typical American per year—no doubt a good bit of it at Thanksgiving time. Per capital turkey consumption was virtually the same as in 1990 (13.8 pounds), but 68 percent higher than in 1980 (8.1 pounds). Compiled by Katie Roughan

Benefit Concert and Magic Show for Adopt-A-Family When: November 22, 2008 6:30-8:30 p.m. Where: St. Jude’s Catholic Church 32032 West Lindero Cyn Rd. Westlake Village, 91361

Donate items for kids, teens & adults! Nachos, Chips & Salsa provided Featuring: Local Latin band “Ritmo Montuno” and Local magician Peter Morse

Strings for All Seasons



November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW

Blake Orchestrates a New Year STELLA FANG STAFF WRITER

Winter Orchestra Concert: Wednesday, Dec.10

at 7:00 pm in the WHS Theatre


Music has been a part of Elizabeth Blake’s life from an early age. She has been playing the violin since age three and has wanted to become a professional musician ever since elementary school. Today, her dream has come true. She now plays with multiple orchestras, including the California Philharmonic, which performs at Disney Hall, and the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. Blake also teaches and conducts the WHS Orchestra. She looks forward every day to working with each of her students, claiming it to be “a fun and satisfying musical experience.” Blake may realize how much she enjoys the orchestra, but others comment on how they enjoy her as a teacher. “Ms. Blake is a master of her art. She brings a lifetime of experience and knowledge that emanates on all of us which makes it a joy to be one of her students,” said Patrick Nutter ’11. Blake is impressed with the growth in size and quality of the orchestra this year, and she said that the orchestra’s strength is their ability to focus on detail and practice and apply the skills they learn from rehearsals to improve their overall talent. However, Blake still holds high expectations for all her students and hopes all orchestras continue to improve in their, “use of bows to create dynamics and phrases that are clear and defined.” Blake looks for technical ability in a student and believes that leadership skills, alongside experience with complicated pieces and solos, are vital for a musician to have. Blake expects to hold at least a couple of concerts at WHS, including one on Dec. 10. The concert will feature entertaining baroque pieces and traditional holiday music from the Chamber, Concert, String, and Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the year, the orchestra will also be participating in multiple festivals and possibly a cruise in the spring. “I’d like to see each class giving performances that they and I are happy with, and having some fun with good music along the way,” said Blake when asked about her goals the upcoming year. Although she already seems busy, Blake occupies what little free time she has with even more music. After a busy morning of conducting the WHS Orchestra, Blake heads over Los Cerritos Middle School where she is also the teacher and conductor of their orchestra. In addition, she teaches private lessons for certain students during the week days. Just as she wished, music is the center of her life now. “Music has shaped my personality and thought processes, so I can’t really separate myself from it by now,” said Blake. “I’ve never wanted to do anything else- it’s not what I do, it’s actually who I am.”

A CONCERTED EFFORT (Clockwise from top left)- Elizabeth Blake conducts the String Orchestra, Drew Dahms ´12 and Derek Andrezejewski ´10 concentrate on hard cello pieces, Blake directs with a smile, Andrezejewski plays on his cello, Miko Shudo ´09 and on far right Iris Han ´10 lead their violin section, and Vanessa Pan ´11 and Alvin Sun ´09 practice pieces for the upcoming concert on Dec. 10.

Concertmistresses Leading in Harmo ny IRIS YAN SPORTS EDITOR

Albert Einstein once said, “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy.” For this year’s two Chamber Orchestra’s concertmistresses, they certainly see the truths in this statement. Ten-year-violinist, Miko Shudo ’09, and eight-year-violinist, Iris Han ’10, both consider the art of violin playing as invaluable. Shudo has loved music for as long as she can remember. “I always wanted to play the violin ever since I was really little, and I had this little toy Hello Kitty violin where I would touch the wire so that the different melodies played, synthesizing the sound of the violin.” The roots of Shudo’s musical background come from her mother’s consistent playing of classical music. “When I was a little baby, my mom always played classical music for me. The only channel I was interested in watching was the classical music channel and my favorite music group was The Three Tenors.” Shudo plans to take her musicianship, for she sings as well, to a greater level by

majoring in Music Education in college. “I really hope to major in the field because I really like helping people in general while simultaneously teaching something that I love.” Similar to many aspiring musicians, Shudo holds the ideal dream of touring with a band or recording in a studio. Currently, she is taking violin lessons from Elizabeth Blake, director of all four orchestras. “She teaches me very valuable things essential for any musician,” said Shudo. As for Blake’s teaching the orchestras as a whole, Shudo adds, “Ms.. Blake is really good, because she is a professional violinist so it is definitely her expertise”. Shudo understands the great responsibility that a concertmistress or any music leader must bear—“You have to be positive, always try your best and spread that positive atmosphere to the entire group.” To Shudo, sight-reading on the spot is difficult, and by being in the concertmistress spot, she acknowledges that she must constantly be alert, which improves her ability to sight read. “Reading music on a daily basis automatically makes you a better reader, and especially since

I am placed in a leadership position, I am learning quicker. It makes me an allaround better performer for both musical mediums of violin and singing.” As for Han, she believes that orchestra provides a great place for not only group experience but individual betterment. “We can cooperate with each other and make a pure and harmonic sound together, and by achieving that state of perfection, I can improve myself by balancing with others and listening for imperfections,” she said. Han highlights that her selfimprovement has been tremendous so far. “I used to hate being the leader in anything, but as co-concertmistress, I have learned the qualities necessary to be a leader,” said Han. As a 3rd year WHS orchestra player, Han said, “Mrs. Blake always concentrates on the details of music for every orchestra, so she always chooses challenging repertoire so that each individual can improve enormously for every concert.” Though Han does not plan on majoring in any type of music field, she wishes to continue music in college through participating with the college orchestra.



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seniors go green Students think of creative ways to earn cash and put their talents to use.


Rauli Capri ‘09 works at Jersey Mike’s and makes $8 an hour plus tips. He took the job because it was the only available work over summer. “I really hate it when people tell me to make it Mike’s Way and then ask, without the onions, without the tomato, and without the oil and vinegar,“ said Capri.




Natalie Iscovich ‘09 teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop to kids ages three to seven, known as the “Twinkle Toes” group at a dance studio. Along with her $12.50 an hour, “the best part of my job is that I gets to work with kids,” said Iscovich.

Marissa Arlt ‘09 makes $12 an hour picking up kids from school, helping them with their homework, and babysitting every day after school. “It’s easy money and it’s nice to make $12 for driving around because I wouldn’t be doing anything else anyway,” said Arlt.

David Pichardo ‘09 works as a tutoring manager through AST Tutoring. He not only makes $23 an hour, but also gets $3 per hour that any of his tutors work. He loves that he gets to “work when I want, whenever I want.”

High School Musical Needed Moore Krevitt Radiates Behind a Flash

College and Career Center: What’s Inside? Although it sits right next to the quad and student store, WHS’s College and Career Center receives few visitors, and many students are not aware of the services the center offers. While it particularly caters to junior and senior students, the College and Career Center has vast opportunities that students do not always take advantage of. Inside, students can find general information on colleges and sign-up for college visits. Admissions representatives visit throughout the fall to discuss the application procedure with students and applications for community college and other small schools can be found. Any student looking for a job needs to visit the center to obtain a work permit. In addition, a job board is posted and regularly updated by businesses that call the school in search of students interested in part-time work. Businesses advertising include restaurants and clothing stores, but also requests positions such as babysitting

and receptionists. There are also career assesment tests available so students can see what type of career fits their personality. For those who know what type of career interests them, the college and career center provides job shadowing and Teachfor-a-Day, which takes place on Nov. 21. Students will travel to a local elementary school and get first-hand experience about what it feels like to be a teacher. Students can sign up for volunteer opportunities with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Civic Arts Plaza and receive information on pursuing a military career after high school. Additionally, tutor lists are available for all students. The center lists students from WHS who have been approved by their teachers to teach specific subjects. To view information online, the college and career center has a MySpace page,, that lists events, bulletins, and college tips. All articles written by Dena Gallucci



The voice of senior Haeley Moore has traveled outside the walls of the WHS theater. Through her agent who has connections with Disney, Moore got the opportunity to work on the soundtrack for High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

“My favorite part about recording is meeting all the new people and getting to know the songs before everyone else,” said Moore. Moore also sang for All-American Rejects on the track “Move Along,” and for P.O.D. on the track “Youth of the Nation,” in addition to the soundtrack for the movie Polar Express. She said she really enjoyed meeting Tyson Ritter, the lead singer for All-American Rejects. During Season Two of American Idol, Moore sang for the Christmas special alongside Tamyra Gray, Kelly Clarkson, and Ruben Studdard. Moore, who gets paid for her singing, usually works with the same group of people compiled of students from schools all over Los Angeles area. Although she did not meet the cast for this film, Moore’s voice can be heard on “I Want It All,” “We’re All in This Together,” “High School Musical,” and “A Night to Remember,” her personal favorite. At school, Moore is part of A Class Act and Vocal Ensemble. She hopes to pursue her musical interests at Pepperdine University.

PICTURE PERFECT: Tori Scoville and Fefe LaRue model for one of Krevitt’s photoshoots.

What started as a hobby is evolving into a profession for Zak Krevitt ‘09.

Krevitt, who enjoys taking pictures of people and creating photoshoots that tell a story, is currently working on his own project called Radiant Jungle. “Radiant Jungle is a combination of pictures of people as well as band promotional photography and my own photoshoots,” said Krevitt. Using teens as his models, Krevitt has worked with several WHS students and alumni including Matt Goldberg, Fefe LaRue ‘10, Jenna Maranga, Jimmy Moore ‘09, Brenda O’Sullivan ’09, and Tori Scoville ‘09. “Zak is as professional as any photographer I’ve worked with,” said LaRue, who is currently signed with Elite Model Management. “I like to take pictures of people at shows because they are uninhibited and having a lot of fun,” said Krevitt. Krevitt hopes to continue his photography at UC Santa Cruz or University of Colorado at Boulder and major in visual communications. To view his photos, visit his MySpace at

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A Young Boy’s Attitude Shines Through Struggle DASHIELL YOUNG-SAVER STAFF WRITER


A WAY WITH WORDS: Han waits for author Dave Eggers to sign her copy of the featured book.



Based on a true story, What Is the What allows the reader to see through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng. In the beginning, Deng is a seven-year-old boy living in the village Marial Bai, Sudan, when war between the rebel uprising and controlling government is brought upon his land. His village is burned, and he loses his family and friends. This New York Times bestseller tells of Deng’s perilous journey with a group of other “Lost Boys” through deserts, forests, and camps in search of a home and feeling of belonging. The boys experience hunger, escape gunfire and explosions, and hide from beasts such as lions in order to keep marching barefoot through long, hot days. Deng’s interactions with the boys who have lost everything display their perseverance and hope as a group. The story is brilliantly told by the author David Eggers from Atlanta, where Deng eventually ends up. As the story begins, Deng is in the process of being robbed and, while tied on the floor watching burglars take his belongings, he flashes back to the harsh times he had in Africa. Deng thinks to himself and addresses the robbers by names such as “TV boy” (for the younger robber was watching TV) and tells them, in his mind, about his experiences in Africa. In America, he struggles just as he did back in Africa. Deng has a charismatic quality about him that is inspiring to the other “Lost Boys” during the hard times they face. His attitude, combined with the horrors the others and he face, makes each turn of the page filled with excitement, danger, inspiration, and even humor. The dialogue and thoughts of Deng

and the other Africans are written in a way that an African would talk and think in English, a quality that gives the novel an authentic feel. The book has a theme of homecoming throughout—a feeling of needing a place to belong. From the time Deng is displaced from his home to the time he spends in Atlanta, he is treated as an outcast. His perseverance to find a home is immense for he has spent the majority of his life searching for one, and still cannot find one. What Is the What is an inspirational read rather than a horrific one. The way the seven-year-old can survive independently through tough times teaches readers to face their problems instead of hiding from them.

A STORY OF SURVIVAL: Valentino Achak Deng, the main character in What Is the What, explains his experience in Sudan’s struggle as a young boy.

Esther Han ‘12, wrote a winning essay for Thousand Oaks Reads. “When I found out the theme, the first thing that I thought of was my trip here,” said Han, who wrote her essay on her move from Korea to America and her struggle to settle in. The essay contest’s theme was about leaving home as well as finding a new home, and was based on What Is the What, a novelized autobiography by Dave Eggers. Han’s essay, along with many others, was judged by a panel of librarians and various citizens. One of the judges, Margaret Douglas, a librarian and a member of the One City, One Book committee at the Thousand Oaks Library said every essay was unique in its own way because each writer had to find a topic important to his or her life to write on. “Esther wrote her essay with a strong

voice. You could hear the story read to you from an individual. The course of the story was a circle. She came here not knowing the English alphabet when she first arrived and concluded by telling us that she could now write an entire essay,” says Douglas. Essays were written on topics such as finding oneself, as well as having an African immigrant incorporate his heritage into the life of an American home. To ensure that the essays would be judged fairly, they were photocopied so that no names or distinctive writing and pictures were visible. Winners in each of the three categories—high school, young adult, and adult—read their essays to over 800 people at the Civic Arts Plaza on Oct. 11. Dave Eggers came as a guest to congratulate each winner with a certificate and a signed copy of What Is the What. “I was so surprised when I found out I won. It was the last thing I expected. Why? Because I only did it for extra credit in my English class,” said Han.

Lost Boys of Sudan Strive to Survive AARON DEMSETZ STAFF WRITER

Although it is labeled as “fiction” by the National Book Critics Circle, What Is the What’s plot of a Sudanese refugee is sad, but devastatingly true. Darfur’s conflicts can be felt not only in the region, but also in the entire country it is situated in, Sudan. The calamities in Darfur resulted in devastating famine after their civil war. Tribes began to take violent actions against one another for agricultural motives, and citizens started to blame their government

for various problems. Both the rebelling forces and government may be responsible for taking unnecessarily brutal action. However, when their armies invade numerous villages, innocent civilians are massacred, homes are burned to the ground, and survivors are left in the dust. Today, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) aids child refugees, including the Lost Boys and Lost Girls who have made extensive treks to neighboring countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia, withstanding disease, hunger, and thirst. When their homes are destroyed,


As Nicholas Sparks’ 14th novel, it is no surprise that he has succeeded at writing yet another thrilling love story. The Lucky One is based on the compelling journey of a young marine named Logan Thibault serving his 3rd tour in Iraq. While in Iraq he stumbles upon a picture of a beautiful mysterious woman, and throughout his tour he believes the photo brings him luck and he becomes set on finding her. Upon returning home from Iraq he begins his search by walking from Colorado to North Carolina with his dog and luckily stumbles upon the woman in the picture. After finding her, he gets a job at her grandmother’s veterinary clinic in hopes of getting closer to her. Logan finds that the woman’s name is Elizabeth and she has a son named Ben, who lives with her

grandmother behind the clinic. Working daily, Logan begins to establish a relationship with Elizabeth but it is not long before her ex-husband intervenes. As readers we can only imagine what must be going through Logan’s head as he walked from Colorado to North Carolina in search for a woman he has never met. The suspense in the book is amazing as we anticipate what he will do if he finds this woman and when he does what his reactions will be. As usual for a Nicholas Sparks novel, the reader becomes involved with the characters and cannot put the book down. This is yet another that will not disappoint loyal fans or a first time Sparks reader. The Lucky One, like many of his other novels, is similar in the sense that it is seemingly a love story of two people from different worlds whose lives are incomplete until they find each other.

these children cannot remain in their desecrated villages. Often, they will band together with others who share their fate for food and shelter, forever severed from their deceased families. Still, hope is not fully restored even at the refugee camps; conditions may still be tough, and food scarce. Many women cannot make it to these camps, because they are often taken into slavery, while others become adopted as servants. The remaining survivors are known as the Lost Boys, some of who have made it to America, while others remain in refugee

camps or still astray in the wilderness. Even those that eventually make it to America still have problems with poverty and social acceptance from their communities. One example is Valentino Achak Deng, who made it to America, but was robbed and gagged even in his own home. In spite of the many difficulties, help is on the way. Contributions to the crisis have already been made, as well as donations to start new schools. Slowly, but surely, progress is being made. To make a donation for the cause, or simply to learn more about the problem at hand, please visit

Inheritance Cycle Heats Up FRANK DUAN STAFF WRITER

After writing two best-selling novels, Christopher Paolini has now exceeded the standards he set before in his other books, creating yet another installment of the Inheritance Cycle, Brisingr, filled with courage, bravery, and loyalty. The story begins three days after a devastating battle, where Eldest left off. Many brave warriors were killed in the battle against the tyrant, King Galbatorix. Eragon, a fabled Dragon Rider, is now reunited with his cousin, Roran, and tries to save his lover, Katrina. Eragon must save the world from the evil clutches of Galbatorix. Eragon is bound to his oaths, promises that he may not be able to keep. His loyalties lie with his family, but also with the Varden (a rebel group aiming for jus-

tice), the dwarves, and the elves, but he cannot tell which is most important. The dwarves are in the delicate process of re-electing a king, however, in order to speed matters up, Eragon must intervene. The Varden is having trouble fending off Galbatorix’s soldiers, and are in dire need of Eragon’s help, but he chooses not to help them and goes off on his own adventures. Journeying around the globe, Eragon finds answers, keeps promises, and saves the Empire. When danger is lurking all around, Eragon must make choices— choices that affect the entire Empire. The book itself is filled with drama, sudden action, and pauses allowing the reader to process plot-changing information, making the novel a must-read. With the fate of the Empire on his shoulders, Eragon must rise up to the challenge, and defeat the king.

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Americans are infamous for their infatuation with television, food, clothes, cars; whatever it is, they constantly want something even better than what they already have. It is hard to resist catching the next episode of Lost or following the contestants of American Idol more closely than the presidential candidates. Every few years, a new diet comes out and the focus shifts from cutting out carbs to limiting portion size. The fashion trend begins with skinny legged jeans, but as soon as our closets are full of them, Kate Moss is seen wearing wide leg flares, so we change. No matter what the trend, people become obsessed. Obsession can be positive or negative: it can drive some to success, or it can hinder others, becoming a distraction that is an addiction. Celebrity admirations or crushes often top the list of overindulgent obsessions. Perez Hilton and TMZ only assist to inform the public of the scandals presented by pop culture’s elite. These websites are easily accessible, updated more than once a day, feeding into the fanatical person’s obsession. There is a term for this infatuation called Celebrity Worship Syndrome. Psychologists have studied those overly fascinated with the lives of celebrities

and have separated them into categories: Entertainment-Social, Intense-Personal, and Borderline Pathological. Those who are Entertainment-Social relate to others who enjoy a certain celebrity; Intense-Personal worship aspects of that celebrity, feeling emotionally connected; and BorderlinePathological have uncontrollable fantasies about that celebrity that often include

“When I was making my junior year schedule, my parents were worried about my number of APs. I’m not forced by them to do school work; I just do it on my own.” Dillon Wexler ’10 dating or marriage. Lisa Mayerson ‘11 found herself liking Shia Labeouf after watching Disturbia. “I’m not overly obsessed with him,” said Mayerson. “I just think he’s really good looking.” Through the influx of the tween industry with Disney starlets such as Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron, the Celebrity Worshippers are becoming younger and more intense. Miley fans paid a whopping $250 to attend her Sweet Sixteen.

“My friends and I really like the Jonas Brothers,” said Mayerson. “We’ve gone to their concert and saw them at Dancing With the Stars. Anytime they’re near here we try to go.” Mayerson said she is not preoccupied with her obsession nor does she spend unnecessary time looking up facts about either the Jonas Brothers or Shia Labeouf. She did mention that many of her peers probe too much into these celebrities’ lives and “talk about them 24/7.” There is still a difference between an obsession with a celebrity’s personal life and an obsession with knowledge. However, either way, time and energy is being directed into too narrow a scope that can often lead to negative emotions, overindulgence, and often to mental instability. Occasionally, obsession has its benefits: it often leads to the desired results. While adults, teens, and kids alike are stalking the lives of celebrities, high school students are feeling the pressure of college acceptance rates and pushing themselves to unbelievable limits to achieve admission to college. “School’s my number one priority,” said Dillon Wexler ’10. He puts an exhausting effort into studying for all his classes to get good grades in order to go to a college he finds appealing. “I’m hoping it will pay off. If you work hard now, you’ll get into college. If you get into college, you get a good job, and that

sets you up for life,” said the junior. Wexler typically spends six hours on Mondays and Wednesdays studying and doing homework, while tutoring and volunteering on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He also spends about 10 hours working on the weekends. “It bothers me because it’s so time consuming, but it all depends on the payoff of the future,” said Wexler. For Wexler, and many others who focus all their energy on academics, the pressure from teachers, as well as increased competition for college acceptances, causes the drive to accomplish above and beyond the average performance. “The worst feeling is going into a test unprepared. I like to get myself to the point where I feel completely prepared,” he said. Wexler is taking five APs this year and has not received even an A- since 7th grade. “When I was making my junior year schedule, my parents were worried about my number of APs. I’m not forced by them to do school work; I just do it on my own.” Whether it is struggling to keep an astonishing high school record or yearning to meet an idolized celebrity, our psychological stability is thrown off balance when one thought predominates all others. It might be time for America to remember: “All good things come in moderation.”



“Maki. The Leg

Colleagues Reminisce

I wish there was a way to capture the ease of Maki’s presence in words. The way that just joking with him in the lunch line about $4 rice (aka Pick Up Stix) for a few minutes could lift some of the tension from your shoulders. The way that his relaxed manner could just ease into you. After hanging out with Maki, it was impossible for life to seem to be that same frenetic, frenzied hamster-wheel we so often find ourselves caught in. I think all of us who knew Maki are feeling a deep gratitude in having had the privilege of knowing him. Each of us has the privilege of carrying his vibrant yet serene spirit with us in our hearts today and always. Thank you Maki for touching us all. Kendall Madden is a WHS English instructor Mike was one of the nicest, coolest, and genuine human beings I have ever known. Everyday I would look forward to lunch so I could have a few words with him on basketball and other topics. For the past six years I have tried to hire him on my staff but to no avail. After attending his service on Tuesday, I now know why. He was having too much fun. Why tie yourself down with coaching? Always smiling, always in a good mood. I am so happy and proud that he was my friend. I am equally sad that he is gone. Tom Donahue is the WHS varsity basketball coach He was more than a friend and an educator, he was a teammate. And it was because he had an amazing ability to relate to people. Old enough to have experienced a little bit of life, but still young at heart. To me, he was like a wise but wily older brother – the kind I could go to for serious advice – or just a hilarious story once in a while. This gift shined through in his teaching as well. With a warm smile, a little bit of humor, and a whole lot of heart, he managed to touch all of our lives, and that is why so many of us have gathered to honor his memory. A week ago to this day, I called the hospital and they told me that he was improving. They told me that I could visit him over the weekend. I never had that chance to let him know that I was there for him, or even to say goodbye. But Maki was the most cool-headed person I’ve ever known, and even when he was upset, or as he would say, “vexed,” he was still more calm and optimistic than many of us are at our best. That’s why I stand here today – not to weep, not to be vexed, but for quite the opposite. Maki wouldn’t want us to grieve; he’d want us to smile as we celebrate the joy that he shared with us. For I know that he is doing now what he did to brighten up each of our lives every day – smiling. Joe Nigro is a WHS English instructor Mike was “ridiculously” happy. He was truly content. He emanated a sense of joy which drew us all to him. It never mattered what you talked about or what you did together; being with Maki brought you up, feeling good, loving life. He was kind. He would listen to you, he would understand you, he would offer some of his Maki wisdom. He sincerely cared about people and their lives. I never once heard him gossip or say a bad word about anybody. And I never once heard a student speak badly about him. It wasn’t because he gave all A’s (which he definitely did not) and it wasn’t because he let them get away with anything (he wrote more than his share of detentions and referrals). I think it was because the kids could all tell how much he truly cared. He took his job as a teacher very seriously. But not in the same way a lot of us do. He never worried about the little stuff—he didn’t pay a lot of attention to forms and deadline, emails and committees and extra meetings. But he took his craft as Teacher to heart. He would work and rework lessons until he was satisfied. Even though he taught Algebra I for 10 years he was still working on mastering the perfect lesson, and finding new activities that would reach his kids. He rewrote tests until he felt they weren’t just an assessment toll but also a learning experience. And he would work with any kid who wanted to try. A lot of kids that many of us would write off or give up on would excel with Maki. He called himself a minnow in a pond of big fish. But he wasn’t, he just never took credit for all the work and good that he did. Although his passing has left such a huge hole here, it would make him sad that he left such a hole. He would want us to fill it with the simple things in life. He always knew it was the simple things that mattered: enjoy life, work hard, have fun, make and keep good friends. And just smile. Always smile. Carmella Ettaro and Lisa Ryder are WHS math instructors Every week, the Student Study Team (SST) meets to discuss students who are having problems or may need some interventions to help them be successful. The teachers of those students are asked to complete a form to provide us with information. When one of Mr. Maki’s students was under discussion, not only would he fill out the form with care, but he would actually show up in person at the meeting to help us work out the best way to help that individual. He went above and beyond what was asked of him because he cared so much about his students. This year, he was actually on the SST and we were delighted to have him. He will be sorely missed. Victoria Stanton is the WHS psychologist


Teachers meet at Starbucks after school, a tradition they call Coffee Across the Curriculum.


Maki surrounded by family at a tennis tournament.


gendary Maki.” RIGHT: Maki, known for his optimism, forever smiling. LEFT: Maki golfing with his father, Frederick.

In Memoriam

October 22, 2008 is a date that will forever be burned in my memory. I remember the day we all heard about the unfortunate death of many WHS students’ favorite teacher, Mr. Mike Maki. The sun was fighting to peek through that day, but it seemed there was a dark cloud over the school. The school day seemed to move slower than most others, each class lingering on the fact that Westlake had truly lost one of my favorite things about it. Maki was a lot more to me than just a teacher. He was also a caring friend. Although I only had him as my teacher for my first year at Westlake, I managed to visit him daily. Every time I had any sort of personal problem, Maki was eager to listen, learn, and help to the best of his ability. His advice was always helpful, and I knew he would be looking out for my best interests. When I was struggling with Algebra II last year, Maki was there every single day ready to help me during his free period. It saddens me that I never got a chance to thank him one last time, but this is my personal tribute to him. I am certain that Mr. Maki was aware of how much his students appreciated him, but I don’t think he even realized the impact he had on all of us. Obviously I knew he meant a lot to me and taught me many things that will definitely stay with me forever, but it wasn’t until his memorial service on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 that it hit me; Mr. Maki was important and loved by so many other people. In the beginning of the service, Reverend Drew Sams asked everyone who felt they were impacted by Michael Maki to please stand up. As I looked around the room, I noticed the unbelievable number of students, teachers, friends and family that stood in his honor. Each person who spoke emphasized Mr. Maki’s selflessness, strong demeanor, and all around “infectious smile.” The stories about Mike Maki brought smiles to all our faces, an occasional chuckle, but most of all, soft whimpers that were unavoidable in such a situation. There was not a dry cheek in the room. The Reverend encouraged us to “ Remember, Celebrate, and Live.” This is a theme I feel Mr. Maki would have felt very important. As hard as it is to embrace this idea when in mourning, it is truly imperative. “Mike Maki was following his bliss,” said his former roommate. Mr. Maki would have wanted us all to learn how essential this is to each of our lives. If there was anyone who appreciated the good things in life, it was him. He knew what he enjoyed, and he went with it. “The bike saved my life,” Mike Maki added one day in a conversation between him and his roommate. Obviously, when I first heard this, the statement seemed ironic. After thinking more about it, I realized how lucky Mr. Maki was. He found something he was passionate about, and I know that he would not have chosen another way to go. He would definitely push the importance of sticking with what makes one happy. Mr. Maki was lucky to discover his love for his bike, and I was lucky enough to get to know such a wonderful person. If I had to take one thing from this tragic event, it would be follow Maki’s example, and follow your bliss. Mr. Maki, you will really be missed. Memoir by Sophie Toporoff ‘09

In recognition of Mr. Maki’s dedication and love for the entire school community, the Westlake High School Scholarship Foundation has established a memorial scholarship in his name. In order to correctly earmark all donations, please indicate Mr. Maki’s name on your donation. Donations can be made to the scholarship fund by either dropping off a donation at the school or by mail.




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Ballet Keeps Luchs on Her Toes

of Luchs’ other inspirations are Mia Michaels and many other dancers from From fouettés “So You Think You to pirouettes to perCan Dance.” forming en pointe, For Luchs, Shannon Luchs ‘09 dance is a form of has it all. artistic expression. Since she was She recognizes how three years old, dance gives “the Luchs has been freedom to express dancing 12 hours yourself through each week. She movement without dances at the Caliwords.” fornia Dance TheLuchs’ dream atre and has been is to be in a ballet a member of a comcompany, but for petition team for now, she will pareight years. ticipate in competiLuchs has tions several times been managing a a year, her annual challenging course dance recital, The schedule with AP Nutcracker, and classes and a job at Cinderella. a dance-wear store Luchs earned next to her dance the coveted role of studio. the mystical Dew “It’s always Drop Fairy in The hard to balance, Nutcracker. but dance has alThe Nutcracker ways been where will be performed my heart and mind on Dec. 20 at 2:00 go,” said Luchs. SHE’S GOT ATTITUDE: Luchs will play the role of the Dew and 7:00 p.m. and Balance applies Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker on Dec. 21. Dec. 21 at 2:00 and to her nutrition as 6:00 p.m. in the Kawell. Luchs makes sure she gets enough nutrition to be a dancer for a long time be- vli Theatre at the Civic Arts daily because “dancers can get cause she always enjoyed watch- Plaza. ing dance performances. The Pacific Festival Balreally extreme with diets.” Her inspiration has always let performance of Cinderella is Luchs not only does ballet and pointe but also participates been her mother, who has been Luchs’ spring dance which will be held on Saturday, May 9 at in jazz, tap, lyrical, contempo- dancing since she was five. Her mother also continued 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. rary, and hip-hop. Tickets are available onLuchs, a classically trained dancing in New York for 13 years ballerina, knew that she wanted and is now a dance teacher. Some line and at the box office. LISA BATTAGLIA FEATURE EDITOR


FACE-OFF: Markowitz hopes to incorporate lacrosse into WHS program.



Matthew Markowitz ‘09 has been playing lacrosse since the beginning of 10th grade. He feels that throughout his two complete seasons, he has grown as an athlete. He began to play lacrosse after finishing a year on the freshman football team and realizing it was not the sport for him. He heard of lacrosse through some friends and learned that it unfortunately was not offered at WHS. His senior year, he decided to make a change by creating the first club lacrosse team WHS has ever offered. After Club Rush, he said there “was a bunch of kids signing up.” Although the club is very active at the moment, the season is yet to start. Lacrosse season begins midFebruary until May, and he said

that practice normally takes two and a half hours. Although Markowitz is still unhappy that WHS cannot have a CIF lacrosse team, he is thrilled that there are enough girls who have decided to sign up to form a girls team. Through the club team, which is not related to WHS, Markowitz plays teams from Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Newbury Park, and Agoura, which is the reigning champion. Markowitz plays defense, where he said there is a “solid three” that “take care of business.” He said that lacrosse is most similar to hockey and soccer; one just needs agility with the lacrosse stick and hand-eye coordination. He is passionate for the sport and hopes to continue playing in college. An even larger goal for him is to see lacrosse “become a sport that our school can offer, not one that kids have to go searching for somewhere to play.”

November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW


The Value of the Can




WHS students may have an overflow of papers stacked in boxes to take to recycling, but what about millions of


The concept of recycling is one that many hold to be an absolute benefit. For years, we have been reminded to recycle and help protect the environment. There is little to debate about how recycling helps the planet. However, one of the options that is often overlooked is reusing. John Tierney, a New York Times columnist, said, “recycling may be the most wasteful activity in modern America.” Although at first it sounds a bit extreme, Tierney makes a valid point. The practice of recycling materials instead of reusing them is senseless. A website devoted to green energy and environmental habits said, “There is concern building that the recycling wave is allowing us to still be rampant consumers, a throwaway society; and recycling some justification for maintaining this mindset.” An example of this is the increasing usage and production of plastic. A waste management website said, “we produce and use 20 times more plastic today than we did 50 years ago.” With more plastic in circulation, consumers are relying on disposable resources to fulfill daily needs. These items should be reused instead of recycled. In addition to not reusing items, many people ignore the costs and compromised quality of recycled materials. According to an environmental website, recycling waste requires significantly more energy consumption and causes a lot of avoidable pollution from factories, and trucks. The Glass Packaging Institute notes that energy costs drop about 2-3% for every 10% of recycled glass instead of plastic. Michael Lynch, Social Science chair, said, “The answer is glass. Glass can be used over and over again and we really

should use more of it.” Through the years, plastic has replaced glass in household items such as bottles, cups, plates, and food storage containers. With an increase in plastic consumption, more factories are being built to not only

RECYCLING IS CARING: Recycling trendsetters Shane Hegeman ‘09 and Molly Norling-Christensen ‘10 do their part in saving the planet.

create the material but to also recycle it. The more plastic in circulation, the more the factories pollute. “Plastic is the enemy. Glass is the greatest renewable source in the world,” said Lynch. Reusing whenever possible is the answer.

cans that are left behind in full trash cans? The recycling bins are located all around campus, yet many ignore their presence. As part of their community service plan for the Anatomy club, the students collected recyclable items to make profit that will buy them equipment and body parts. This past year, however, the Anatomy

class passed on the long-known tradition to Earth club, the only environmental club at WHS. Earth Club puts up boxes in each classroom for recycling of aluminum and glass items. At the end of each week, Earth Club members travel from class to class to collect those valuable items, a perfect and easy way to recycle. Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks alone contain paid recycling stations by each Ralph’s store around. To our convenience, recycling should not take much time or effort since those lines are short of visitors. The charge for one plastic bottle is 5 cents while cans are 10 cents for each, although that value does not mirror the value of reusable items. How hard can it be to keep a big trash can out in the garage, and instead of throwing a can in the trash, put it in recycle? “It’s not a waste of time because it takes the same amount of time. The main problem is the change of colors in trash cans. Confusing blue and black for recycling cans is the only downside to recycling,” said Claudia Lopez ‘09. Recyclable items such as paper are cheaper than regular ones. In the past year, the Waste Management (WM) has saved over a trillion trees by recycling paper. Furthermore, companies such as Coca-Cola and Evian save money by using plastic rather than glass bottles since glass is heavier and is more difficult to transport from one factory to another. Cans are also easier to store for longer periods of time to those who have a 32 pack down in the outside freezer. Although no one could be forced to recycle as it is a personal decision to make. Lopez added “although its not a sacrifice to make since everyone does their part to save the planet.”




Since the very first production of manmade plastic in 1862 by Alexander Parkes to the first mass production of plastic in the 1950s, plastic has made its way into our oceans and our natural habitats. Today, plastic pollution in our seas is a global threat that damages marine ecosystems and harms and kills millions of marine animals. Plastic, as scientists are observing, is threatening our own health as well. In our oceans, there are five subtropical gyre systems—the North Pacific Gyre, South Pacific Gyre, North Atlantic Gyre, South Atlantic Gyre and Indian Ocean Gyre. These swirling vortexes contain sizeable amounts of floating plastic debris and make up 40 percent of the world’s oceans. The most polluted is North Pacific Gyre, with an estimated 150 million tons of plastic. Every year, about 100,000 animals are killed because of plastic bags. Many animals die by ingesting plastic bags, mistaking them for food. The ingested plastic bag remains intact even after the death and decomposition of the animal. Thus, it lies around in the landscape where another victim may ingest it. The actual decomposition of plastic bags takes up to a 1000 years. California spends $25 million annually to landfill discarded plastic bags. In a study carried out by scientists from the United States, including the University of Rochester and the National Center for Environmental Health, scientists found the first evidence that chemicals used in products such as cosmetics, toys, and plastic bags may harm the develop-

ment of newborns, especially the development of male reproductive organs. Through the years, we have devel-

oped artificial material of seemingly efficient and harmless use. However, almost 50 years after the mass production of plas-

tic, nature is clearly rejecting it as it harms more than it helps in every day life.



Inspirationally Yours...

November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW

Take the hottest celeb fashions and add a little of your own originality, and you will be sure to have people talking. Photographed by Zak Krevitt and Styled by Alannah Bradley

Many celebrities do not have much of a fashion sense; they dress plainly or promiscuously. However, there are the select few who take risks with their fashion, and they are the ones whom teens tend to follow because, let’s face it, we all like to stand out with our own style. Gwen Stefani’s edgy sense of style is one that influences many teens of our generation. She is a successful fashion designer with her spunky and different line of clothing, L.A.M.B., which although high in price, can always be found as steals at places like Nordstrom Rack. Her mix of sophisticated and sporty pieces is an element that most fashion lines do not have. “She effortlessly blends prints, patterns, and colors in a look that is totally her own,” said Stefani is one of the few celebrities who actually wears items from her clothing line. The look that she has created for herself is one like no other. Stefani shows us to take risks with fashion and to be brave enough to step outside the norm. Taking risks is part of the fun, so mix things together that you normally would not think would match. Most of all, just have fun with whatever you are wearing. Another uniquely dressed celebrity is Mary-Kate Olsen. She makes her oversized, baggy clothes look exceptionally flattering on her petite body. She makes shorts with tights and cowboy boots look like an every day outfit. “She looks like she just woke up but could go straight to the runway with her unique style sense,” said Karlin Ready ‘09. Olsen is trying not to follow every other celebrity with their overly sexy looks. She is influenced by unique designers like Marc Jacobs, and her style is a combination of boho chic and grunge, with a couple of gothic pieces thrown into the mix. Recently, the Olsen twins released their new high-end clothing line, The Row, which consists of expensive T-shirts and blazers over tights, the color black, and fur, items we see these twins wearing on a daily basis. Mary-Kate is an unusual trendsetter, but girls across America are following her original sense of style. Rachel Bilson is most known for her role as Summer on The OC, but she is now becoming famous for her classically chic fashion. Wearing items that are perfect for her figure, Bilson accents her waist with cute, hip belts and tucks in her shirts so her body looks proportionate. Bilson does not work with a stylist, but instead wears what she wants, when she wants, while other celebrities rely on their stylist to dress well. “I think it’s important to have individuality in your fashion sense – you want to be different from everyone else,” said Bilson in an interview with Bilson worked with DKNY Jeans to create her line, The Edie Rose; some of her pieces include black jeans, fitted jackets, and dresses. The style conveys a rocker-esque type of look and is available right now in stores such as Macy’s. Bilson is a huge fan of vintage and loves to mix in a little designer here and there. Her style is forever changing and evolving, and when she walks down the street she makes heads turn not just because she is famous, but because she is well-dressed and confident in what she is wearing. Whether you are into Mary-Kate’s boho grunge or Rachel’s simple elegance or even Gwen’s edginess, make the look you are going for your own. Play with different pieces; most of all do not be afraid to be different and unique with your style.

Gwen Stefani

Mary-Kate Olsen

Rachel Bilson

Top left: Hannah Knowles ‘12 in a short-sleeve cashmere sweater, shorts, heels and clutch by L.A.M.B. MIddle right: Brenda O’Sullivan ‘09 in Urban Outfitters leggings, and Nordstrom cloth shorts. Vintage peasant shirt, cardigan, and vest and boots. Necklaces and scarf Forever 21. Ray-Ban sunglasses. Bottom left: Sara Stretton ‘09 in a Forever 21 sweater dress accented with a belt. Nordstrom chained stockings and boots by Steve Madden. Forever 21 hat and bangle, vintage purse. Special thanks to Carina Wolff and to Dan and Sav Houston, makeup artists.

November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW


This Season’s Best


Accessory Photographed and written by Alessandra Catanese

This winter season is all about accessories, but which one is the best to invest in? The winter coat. From Michael Kors to Betsey Johnson, New York Fashion Week for Winter 2009 was filled with creativity and the coat was most prominent. WESTLAKE’S WARMEST: Tiahna Shoemaker ‘10 wearing Urban Outfitters feathered headband, dress and flats, paired with a black Bebe coat; Kyle Holden ‘10 wearing a white AAA t-shirt, Forever 21 black vest, vintage snow coat, Kill City jeans and grey converse; Anabel Englund ‘10 wearing a vintage beanie, Allie B.loo gold dress, black Urban Outfitters tights and gold Target flats; Fefe LaRue ‘10 wearing Glam Vintage Soul green silk dress, Urban Outfitters purple flowered tights, Jessica Simpson heels, paired with a brown Lucky Brand coat; Alex Nio ‘10 wearing vintage fedora, Burberry scarf, Gap peacoat, True Religion jeans, and gray-checkered high top Vans.

The temperature seems to be gradually dropping. Therefore, the winter coat not only will keep people warm, but conveniently will be this season’s greatest accessory. The look many students search for this winter is big, comfortable coats, tights, and boots or heels. Each of these pieces is meant to be worn in deep sea greens and blues. According to Rachel Zoe, a major celebrity stylist, “Eggplant purple is the color of the season.” Feathers are paired with focal-point accessories that make any simple outfit unique. Urban Outfitters now sells feathered headbands, pins, and clips ranging from $10-20. Headbands and clips are the easiest accessories to throw on at the last minute to make even the simplest outfit unique. Taking these new looks from the runway to the real-way can seem difficult and expensive, but if discovered in the right places, they can be accomplished. BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: Tiahna Shoemaker, Kyle Holden, Anabel Englund, Fefe LaRue, and For those students whose wallets may Alex Nio stand in style and ready for the winter season.

Chanel Highlights Men’s Wear in Women’s Clothing, Style SASHA LEWIS STAFF WRITER

As autumn approached this year, men’s wear began a popular transition into women’s wear. Last year fedoras became a popular fashion accessory for women and girls of all ages. Tweed and plaid were hitting stores fast and led to the progression of chic clothing with a hint of men’s wear intertwined. Now, stores like Nordstrom and Club Monaco are enthusiastically selling dress shirts, ties, blazers, and suits that have a slight masculine side to them. Many are excited about this trend, yet most do not know how this fad became acceptable. During the 1920s, a woman, whose name still remains extremely high in the fashion industry, began making clothing that was more casual and masculine to get away from the corseted fashions that were popular prior to the 20s. Coco Chanel was all about keeping a woman feeling luxurious in what she wore, yet comfortable as well. “Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity,” said Chanel. Chanel’s masculine designs was looked upon as rebellious. Women could not accept it at first, nor could men, but as Chanel started getting more popular, many became open to change.

Chanel’s main colors were white, black, and beige, keeping everything classy chic. “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in 1923. She not only upgraded the fabric jersey to be nicer and more usable, but she also helped to design the image of a flapper. Chanel achieved the much-noted image and the acceptance of women wearing clothing inspired by men’s style, and gave us the “little black dress,” costume jewelry, and the first perfume, Chanel No. 5, to be marketed as a brand extension. As seen in many magazines, women’s dress pants, are being designed in a looser style to give the effect that they are slightly baggy, as if they were made to be men’s trousers. To make an outfit more masculine, add a tie or button-down shirt with a blazer as seen in Seventeen and Teen Vogue. As stated in Teen Vogue, a great way to achieve men’s wear with a feminine hint is by pairing a matching blazer and tailored pant set with a gorgeous blouse, a look inspired by a Chris Benz collection. To make an outfit more casual for school or a day out with friends, change the tailored pants to capris and instead of a blazer, switch it to an oversized cardigan, also seen on a model in Teen Vogue.

seem lighter than usual. The coat is the easiest accessory to find while maintaining a low price. Salvation Army is one of the best stores to search for the lowest prices because of the large amounts of clothes given away and recycled each fall. Every Tuesday, the Salvation Army gets a new shipment of clothes, and therefore increases the chance of finding a great bargain piece. The internet is now running greater deals for winter accessories, but only for the more daring of shoppers. Although the perfect piece may be online, it can be a hassle to find the right fit, and when not properly chosen, some pieces are not returnable or exchangeable. On the other hand, many stores offer special discounts for pieces bought online instead of in stores, and have more merchandise readily available that stores may not carry. Websites like and are offering major discounts on popular brands for winter clothing.


In order to lower prices, most clothing companies produce clothing that is of cheaper quality and lacks durability. Most materials that make up popular clothing include cotton, polyester and wool. Cotton, which is a soft-breathing textile, is the most used fiber today. Successful cultivation of cotton requires a long frost-free period, an abundance of sunshine, a moderate rainfall, and the use of heavy soils. In general, these conditions are met in the southern and northern hemispheres. Cotton has been influential on the world’s economy since it was discovered in the 5th century (when there were no machines to recreate a natural production of material) and still remains just as valuable in every day life. After being collected off of cotton plants, cotton fibers undergo chemical balances that make it fit for the production of clothes in masses. The U.S. cotton crop was 73% genetically modified in 2003, while 20% of areas worldwide were planted through genetic modification. This technique’s most degrading property is that although it reduces the cost of naturally produced fibers, it contains the chemical called Gossypol as well as insecticides and pesticides. Gossypol is a substance that makes

the cotton inedible; in most cases, it has been proven to cause low fertility in males and also low blood potassium. Almost 7% of subjects in a known Gossypol exposure experiment reported effects on their digestive system, and about 12% complained about increased fatigue. According to the World Health Organization, 20,000 deaths occur annually from pesticide poisoning (especially in cotton farming) in developing countries. Eco-friendly fibers are very suitable for active lifestyles and athletic activities like yoga. Gaiam is one widely popular brand of organic cotton. It uses organic cotton, bamboo, leather alternatives and soy. Gaiam apparel is designed for people with healthy and active lifestyles and for those who care about the environment and society enough to be conscious of the impact their clothes have on the world. Some best-selling products include shirts, intimacy wear, socks and purses. Many say that organic clothing is too expensive, yet in comparison to stores such as Chanel and Prada that will sell less for more, the price is more reasonable. Shopping online or visiting outlet stores can help save up to 75% on a wide variety of products. Whether one is looking for comfortable work clothes, animal-friendly leather free shoes, or a cozy organic cotton robe, Gaiam has it. More information is available at



November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW

Role Models Is a Laugh Riot SAM WEXLER STAFF WRITER


CAN I HAVE THIS DANCE?: Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens embrace in a memorable scene of HSM 3: Senior Year.

Audience Screams


The first of the trilogy to hit the big screens, High School Musical 3: Senior Year was the final installment of the overwhelming legacy of sporty and good looking Troy (Zac Efron) and intellectual and sultry Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens). Compared to its counterparts, HSM 3 boosted its levels of singing, choreography, and camera work. Along with the returning members, including feisty Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale), flamboyant Ryan (Lucas Grabeel), and bushy-haired Chad (Corbin Bleu), the creators of HSM added in some junior members, prominently the British Tiara Gold (Jemma McKenzie-Brown) and the air-headed Jimmie Zara (Matt Propok) to add a little bit of variety to the plotline. Although HSM 3 fails to discard much of its typical, corny Disney humor, the movie is an easy watch that morphs into a sentimental message by the end, especially relatable to those about to graduate high school. Luckily for viewers growing older, the entire movie has matured along with its characters, weaving in more age appropriate topics ranging from college choices to relationship decisions, ending with an intense kiss. The songs are infested with bubblegum lyrics and tween sounding beats, but the arrangements and dancing have improved far beyond the cheesy moves of 1 and 2. Troy’s solo “Scream“ and Sharpay’s lavish “I Want It All” number prove that HSM makes for good entertainment regardless

of how corny the lines are that they are singing to, with interesting sets, colorful costumes, and more adult dance moves. Traditional to the themes of Disney, HSM 3 brings high school back to its innocent ideals that many more modern teenagers tend to forget. It is hard not to laugh at the ease in which Gabriella gets into Stanford’s honors program, but the likability of the movie derives from this naivety these high-schoolers possess. Putting on a spontaneous musical based on the lives of Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay and others is completely unrealistic, but what would be the fun of High School Musical without a large dose of fantasy mixed with the best parts of reality? Thankfully, the acting has improved and the chemistry between Efron and Hudgens reflects their blossoming relationship on and off set. With age, the actors in HSM have brought a little more believability to the characters they portray. While predominantly a film for young girls who crush on Efron, the theater was filled with girls as young as 3 to teenage boys as old as 15, proving HSM 3’s appeal to those who love the fairy tale world of Disney and those who actually live the high school life somewhat accurately portrayed on the screen. Unfortunately, the High School Musical phenomenon must come to end, but while it is still lasting, it is worth the time to enjoy the carefree romances and pop-sounding dance numbers in the last, and possibly best, movie of the three.

Role Models, the story of two energydrink salesmen forced to join a big-brother-little-brother organization, called Sturdy Wings, will keep the audience laughing the entire film. Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd star as Wheeler and Danny, respectively, two co-workers given the choice of going to jail for 30 days or mentoring two kids for 150 hours. The two, of course, choose the mentorship. As the movie progresses, Danny, a cynic who hates his job and everything around him, connects with his ward Augie, a shy teen with an obsession for a realworld medieval role-playing game called L.A.I.R.E. Danny not only helps him in his quest to become king, but also starts to see that it is his unwarranted bad attitude that leads to the problems in his life. Likewise, Wheeler, a partying, KISSloving womanizer turns out to be the perfect mentor to the foul-mouthed fifth grader, Ronnie, who has never had a “Big Brother” last more than a day with him. Wheeler also finds out from Ronnie that his life can be more than just girls and parties. Scott and Rudd are great together on screen with Rudd’s sarcastic comments countering those happy-go-lucky ones ut-

tered by Scott, but they are funniest when they work off each other’s lines to burn some unsuspecting person. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, forever known as McLovin’ from Superbad, plays Augie. Similar to his role in Superbad, he does a great job playing the awkward nerd who is not the best with girls, and, excluding his L.A.I.R.E. cohorts, does not have many friends. But, unlike McLovin’, who saw himself as a Class A lady’s man, Augie just wants to be able to talk to one girl in L.A.I.R.E., instead of just killing her during battle. The funniest part of the movie, however, is Bobb’e J. Thompson’s rude-mannered, obsessed Ronnie. In all my years of watching films, I have never seen nor heard so many curse-words come from the mouth of a little kid and never thought I would laugh so hard because of it. Along with Ronnie’s incessant cursing, minor incidents of nudity make the film inappropriate for younger viewers. The film’s story has an air of a clichéd Hollywood plot of people helping those in “drastic need.” In the end, the story comes full circle when the people they had helped are the ones that ironically come around to help them. In the end, Role Models offers the viewers an escape, and in a comedy, that is all that really matters.

Quantum Offers Little Solace for Bond’s Loyal Fans KYLIE BLABER ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

The much anticipated 22nd Bond film, Quantum of Solace, leaves fans with an adrenaline rush, but the story behind the stunts is strung out and weak. Despite its title, it leaves fans feeling like the elegance of James Bond was lost in this footnote to the impressive Casino Royale (2006). This is the first Bond film to play out like a sequel, picking up exactly where the last one left off. Bond, once again impressively played by Daniel Craig, resumes with the loss of his true love, Vesper Lynd. Bond is hellbent on avenging the death of Vesper, and if someone did not see Casino Royale, the back story is lost. Although the action is impressive, there is little story to lean on. The movie jumps from scene to scene, making it seem like Bond is some sort of hunter on the loose. Bond’s superior, M, (Judi Dench), attempts to reign Bond in, but he continues despite her attempts to curtail his killing. This Bond has little personality, and although he still has that icy glare and tough physique, he seems more like a human

killing machine than the gentleman spy we have all come to love. The momentum of this movie is so fast that often particular plot points are left out or something is missed, leaving everyone confused and unimpressed. The bugeyed villain and leader of the previously unheard organization, “Quantum,” Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) is laughable, and slightly creepy with his maniacal, bizarre eyes. The movie is particularly bloody for a 007 film, and Bond and his Bond girl, Camille (Olga Kurylenko), lack chemistry. This is the shortest movie of the franchise, and it definitely shows with the underdeveloped plot and apparent brevity. A highlight of the movie is the traditional emphasis on exotic locations; Quantum was shot in six countries. The forceful action is impressive and the locations are pretty to look at, but it is not enough to compensate for the lack of plot. Overall, Quantum is more of a quick sequel to Casino Royale than anything else; it feels more like a transition film. Hopefully the 23rd Bond movie turns out more impressive then this underachiever.


kidnapping movie, Nobel Son, Dec. 5, is a taut thriller spiked with droll humor. Barkley Michaelson is struggling to finish his Ph.D. thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. But Eli’s past indiscretions begin to collide with the present. When Barkley is kidnapped on the eve of his father accepting the prize, Eli refuses to pay the ransom, beginning a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately, revenge. In The Punisher: War Zone, Dec. 5, Frank Castle, a ruthless vigilante-hero, sets his sights on the overeager mob boss, Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw.

FANBOYS: In theaters Nov. 26


Five new releases, opening in the next few weeks, will offer escape for those looking for alternatives to shopping and studying. Twilight hit theaters last night with a dark and mysterious plot about a girl named Bella Swan, who falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. Yet they both realize that fate will not let them be together. If Christmas movies sound appealing, check out Four Christmases, Nov. 26, which is about a happily unmarried couple, Brad and Kate, who find themselves trapped by fog on Christmas morning. They end up

spending time with their parents, stepparents, siblings and a number of nieces and nephews. While Brad wants to get out as soon as possible, Kate feels the craziness of the family is not so bad. Just when you think Star Wars has ended, Fanboys, coming out Nov. 26, features the fans of this huge phenomena. In this riotous new road movie, a group of friends who are avid Star Wars fans travel west to see the Holy Grail of all Sci-Fi movies, ‘Star Wars: Episode I.’ After an estranged friend, who has traded in his Darth Vader mask for a proper day job, the adventure lays way to some extremely funny situations, including an outrageous brawl with some hard-core Trekkies. If interested in the Nobel Prize or a



November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW

Two Westlake Bands Prepare to Join Other Local Favorites in competition... 12/06/08 7-11 P.M.

Battle of the Bands BY WAYNE HUANG

The Violet Hour

Deerhunter Achieves Royalty with Microcastle JIMMY MOORE EDITOR IN CHIEF

The date is May 31, 2008, and Bradford Cox, vocalist and frontman for the popular art-punk ensemble Deerhunter, is furious. Microcastle, the band’s third full length album, has just been leaked on the internet six months before its release date and is now available to anyone by means of illegal downloading. Fast forward to Aug. 16; Cox, while uploading a free EP to the Deerhunter blog, unintentionally allows public access to an entirely new album, Weird Era Cont., intended to be Microcastle’s surprise bonus disc. As if this is not enough, the bonus disc is in its unmastered state, meaning that he has unwittingly pulled the tarp off of a largely unfinished project. Cox will learn this same day that he has also inadvertently leaked Logos, an unfinished album by his solo project Atlas Sound. He now can do little but watch in horror as thousands of Deerhunter fans flock to illegally download his incomplete masterpieces. In an angry online letter to fans, he wrote, “If you have no respect for my privacy I will no longer be giving music away on this blog… The biggest irony is that those who distribute my demos and unreleased material are stealing from me when I was trying to give away something else for free.” Why is all of the controversy regarding Microcastle significant? The answer is simple: it happens to be one of the best albums of 2008. The album’s graceful opener, “Cover Me Slowly,” is hazy and blissful; as lush layers of effects-laden guitars mingle with Cox’s echoed vocal melodies, the band conjures a sense of serenity and elegance that is a noticeable departure from its usual abrasive, experimental punk music. Equal parts 90s alternative and 60s pop, Microcastle is a much more acces-

sible affair than the band’s previous album, the critically acclaimed Cryptograms. Whereas Cryptograms relied heavily on ambient, droning interludes and massive amounts of reverb, Microcastle oozes with beguiling melodies and catchy hooks while managing to maintain the airy, narcotic charm that brought the band to relative fame. Long prior to its release, Cox said of the new album, “I want things to be a lot shorter, I don’t want there to be as much long-windedness to it.” The album’s centerpiece, the wonderful “Nothing Ever Happened,” is a mesmerizing pop song; the tight drums beats, driving basslines, and wistful guitar riffs that dominate its first half eventually dissolve to reveal what could be the year’s most memorable melody. Weird Era Cont., packaged with Microcastle, provides fans of Deerhunter’s less straightforward work with an entire album more in-line with the band’s earlier material. Full of gauzy, psychedelic swirls and more raw production than its companion disc, Weird Era is buried under the familiar layers of reverb that brought Cryptograms to the tops of many yearend lists in 2007. This delightful, ethereal journey, spanning across both discs, is punctuated by “Cavalry Scars II/Aux Out,” a song that encapsulates and expands upon each element of Deerhunter’s trademark sound. At over ten minutes long, the song begins slowly before spiraling into a vibrant and shimmering climax. After the explosion abruptly stops and the song melts into its ambient closing stages, the listener may be sure that Bradford Cox and Co. have created something magical and career-defining with Microcastle and Weird Era Cont., and have proven Deerhunter to be one of the most important indie bands of the new millennium.

Growing Feathers



ALTERNATIVE FOR THE MASSES: The Violet Hour poses before their first show backstage at Rock City Studios.

As a mob of frenzied fans stormed the stage at the climax of The Violet Hour’s first concert at Rock City Studios in Camarillo, the band’s enormous potential became extraordinarily clear. On Dec. 6, the band will compete against six other local groups in the annual Battle of the Bands competition at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center. The Violet Hour has five original compositions so far (three on Myspace), and is comprised of lead guitarist Michael Topper ‘11, bassist Ryan Brown ‘11, drummer Josh Pearlman ‘11, rhythm guitarist Sawyer Fox ‘11, and vocalist Alex Macat, who attended WHS last year. With intense vocals and blistering progressions, they masterfully combine elements from alternative bands like My Chemical Romance and Brand New. “I’m looking forward to our band’s future,” said Fox of his band’s newfound success. For a band that has played only one official show, The Violet Hour has already gained a loyal fan base and high expectations for success in the competition. The Violet Hour can be found online at

at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center

A GROWING MOVEMENT: Growing Feathers flaunts its talent at a concert in Camarillo.

Rising from the proverbial ashes of Waltz Reprise, Growing Feathers is guaranteed to shake up the local music scene with their unique blend of power and accessible melodies. The band features ex-Waltz members Juan Uribe ‘09, Travis Meador, and Ray Libby, as well as Michael Sadighian ‘09 and Joey Anderson. Each member of Growing Feathers has incredible skill in his respective instrument, and their unique style creates ambience without sacrificing tempo. The resulting effect is a fluid and cohesive sound that many groups have difficulty reaching even after several years and

records together. Their line-up, featuring three vocalists, exceeds expectations for a local band and complements the band’s intense instrumental layering. Despite the band’s relative youth, Growing Feathers is definitely a heavyweight in this year’s Battle of the Bands. Their talent and undeniable chemistry makes for an incredible live experience While the band has yet to record their songs, their performances are still wellattended. With their catchy and melodic sound, Growing Feathers has a bright future. The band may be found online at



November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW

Hagy, Kang Tee-up in Japan Golfers participate in international tournament to represent U.S. Senior ‘Fab Fore’ Bids Farewell to Triumphant Season


Brandon Hagy ‘09 and Danielle Kang ‘10 represented the U.S. at the Honda International Junior Championship at Wild Duck Country Club in Kashima, Japan. Hagy came in 7th out of 90 boys and Kang placed 5th out of 90 girls. Both had the best finishes on their teams. “It was an honor and a privilege to represent our country. There was added pressure. The players were all comparable in skill, but we held it together and played well to come in the top ten,” said Hagy. There were four teams present: U.S., Korea, Japan, and England, as well as numerous individuals from Japan. The boys team did not perform as well as they had hoped by placing 3rd out of four teams; however, the girls played stronger, finishing 2nd out of three girls teams. In addition, the Japanese press, with the help of an interpreter, interviewed the U.S. players. “It was a really exciting experience with all the cameras and sponsor signs,” said Kang, who has had previous international experience by playing in Korea. Although it was a little difficult to communicate with the international players, Hagy and Kang still reached out to them and were able to find common ground. “It’s the same game anywhere you play it. All the golfers play the same way: they’re all out there to win. . .All the players who spoke little English made an effort to speak English. It was really interesting to learn about their cultures,” said Hagy, whose other international experience was

JAPAN HOSTS JUNIOR TOURNAMENT: Danielle Kang ‘10 and Brandon Hagy ‘09 hold their low score honors for the U.S. at the Honda International Junior Championship.

in Mexico. Kang also added that “it was great to meet new people. It was a little difficult to communicate, but we got used to it.” Despite the similarities found among the culturally diverse athletes, there were several differences among the nationalities: the English golfers all go to “golf specific” colleges, and the Koreans were extremely competitive. However, there were no major differences or drastic changes in

fundamentals to separate American golf from international golf. “The players are really respectful to other people and treat the course unlike many American players. Also, there are different golf rules that I had to adjust to,” said Kang. For both Hagy and Kang, their trip to Japan was an incredible experience. They hope to pursue careers in professional golf and to see their newfound friends on the course in the future.

Colby, Seeger Driven for Collegiate Golf


WHS seniors Marshall Colby and Cole Seeger recently committed to pursue collegiate golf. Colby will attend the University of Oregon and Seeger will attend UC Davis. Colby feels that the University of Oregon, located in Eugene, has a positive environment for learning and that he will be able to make the transition from the California suburbs to the college town fairly easily. In addition to the college town aspects of Eugene, Colby chose Oregon over other schools because of the team’s overall talent. “The Oregon team has a very strong schedule, and the tournaments and teams they play are very competitive,” said Colby, who also received an athletic scholarship. Because of Colby’s three second place finishes in the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) tournaments, three top 15 finishes in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), and his top 100 ranking in world, several colleges eagerly recruited Colby. Colby only sent out emails with updates on his progress and transcripts. Several coaches actively watched his progress, and in the end, Oregon was his best choice. To further improve his game, Colby practices his putting daily. “Putting separates the good players from the great players,” said Colby. Colby’s dad first introduced his son to golf. However, Tiger Woods also motivated him because of his mental strength and domination over many other talented golfers. “[Golf] is not only physically challenging but mentally challenging. It presents different obstacles everyday. Not one

LINING UP FOR SUCCESS: Seniors Cole Seeger (left) and Marshall Colby (right) both commit to top golf universities.

round is ever the same,” said Colby. As for Seeger, Davis was the most deriable school. Seeger prefers the smaller size of the city and also likes the proximity to Sacramento, which is only 30 minutes away from the school. Seeger also chose Davis because of its academic and athletic reputation; the school is one of the top 50 universities in the country academically and one of the top 15 in the nation for golf. “[Davis] has great academics and a very strong golf program. I really like the coach and the guys on the team. In the end, the pros outweighed the cons,” said Seeger. Seeger’s recruiting process began in the fall of 2007 when he started emailing several schools. He kept in touch throughout the year with the Davis coach, and he also went on a visit to the school in August 2008 to see the school and to play with the team. Seeger recently won the Marin Coun-

ty Amateur competition and has also performed very well for the WHS varsity golf team, helping the squad win the CIF Sectional tournament. Like Colby, Seeger works on his putting and his chipping; Seeger also takes pride in the way he handles himself on the course. “I’m best at course management. I think my way around the golf course and give myself the best opportunity to shoot the best score,” said Seeger. In addition, Seeger plans to major in a business field, specifically finance, because he feels that he has had a lot of success in mathematics. “I pride myself on hard work and diligence, and I know that it will take me far in life,” said Seeger. Undoubtedly, whatever these two athletes decide to pursue, they will be successful. Oregon and UC Davis will not be disappointed with WHS’s two talented athletes.

WHS girls varsity golf team competed in the Girls Golf Team Northern Divisional CIF tournament at River Ridge Golf Course and placed 4th out of 18 teams in the event. The team shot 437, including 81 from senior Kate Gatena, who stepped up, earning team medalist honors. For the majority of the season, the team depended on seniors Liz Cornelison, Tiffany Uichanco, and junior Charlotte Gibson to help carry the team. However, the team has talent throughout its roster. When the Ventura County Star asked Coach Dave Costley about Gatena’s round, he said, “Kate saved the day. That is the best round she has played for us in the playoffs.” Besides a couple rounds in the 30’s for nine holes, it was her best 18hole-round score. “My short game was really good and helped me shoot a better score,” said Gatena. Other scores include 86 by Uichanco, 89 by Gibson, 90 by Cornelison, 91 by Vivian Shi ‘10, and 95 by Kayla Picciano ‘09. The girls then proceeded to play in the Team Southern Section CIF tournament at Cypress Ridge Golf Course but did not qualify for the Team CIF State tournament. “Even though we didn’t qualify, it was a good way to end our senior year,” said Cornelison. The team has had many accomplishments. The girls were Marmonte League champions and remained undefeated in league and non-league matches. In addition, the team finished 16th in Southern California. “The season was a great success. We certainly played our best, and it was good for the seniors. Even though we didn’t play well at Cypress, it was good to qualify for the next round,” said Gibson. Costley also commented to the Star that, “this team is a better team than the one we had four years ago that advanced. I have felt all season this team was good enough to reach the [divisional] finals.” The girls also feel that they have had a successful season. “We are really proud of our season because it’s the farthest we have gone in four years. We all improved so much over the four years, and playing everyday helped to see how much we’ve grown as players,” said Uichanco. The girls’ season was a successful one, and many of the girls were sad to see the season come to an end. “I’m really going to miss all the girls,” said Uichanco. While the girls’ golf season may be over, their achievements were memorable, and they will certainly continue to improve over the years.

All articles written by Sports Editor Justin Edwards.

November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW

Girls Volleyball Blocked from CIF

Warriors to Face Oxnard for First Playoff Round NIKKI FAY OPINION EDITOR

This season has put WHS Band of Brothers through a rollercoaster of emotions. Between injuries, controversial calls, and a young team, the varsity Warrior football team has had to overcome c o u n t l e s s obstacles to reach 3rd place in league and a secure spot in playoffs. After a devastating loss to Thousand Oaks, the BONDED BY BROTHERHOOD: The Warriors raise their helmets before a game against Royal. Warriors were stripped of their chance for him on the sidelines for the rest of playing quarterback better and placing first in the league. the season and prevent him from I’m looking forward to playoffs Another loss against participating in playoffs. Also, this and I’m going to do what I can to Moorpark left WHS placing 3rd defeat against Moorpark 35-0 left help the team.“ in league and leaving Moorpark many of the players surprised. “For us to go anywhere in Musketeers undefeated in the “Everything that could have playoffs we’re going to have Marmonte League. gone wrong did,” said Conlin. to play as a team and lean on During the WHS game “No one played well and we each other if things go wrong,” against Moorpark, quarterback weren’t mentally ready.” said Conlin, “and if Isham stays Ben Conlin ’09 received another, Conlin’s injury will within the offense and continues more severe, shoulder injury again force the team to call on to play how he has in the past, than the one that he had earlier sophomore Nick Isham ’11 to he’ll help the team do great.” in the season. leave his position as wide receiver This Friday, Nov. 21 the “It’s just really hard when I and be the primary quarterback Warriors will be playing the was going into the season feeling during the playoffs. undefeated Oxnard High School so good and healthy, to have a “I’m not upset about leaving Yellow Jackets at their home setback like this,” said Conlin of wide receiver for quarterback,” field for the first round of CIF his injury. This injury will leave said Isham, “I actually like playoffs.


Skilled opponents were another factor in the struggle. “It was an extremely strong For the girls volleyball team, league this year with teams like this season did not prove to be an Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, easy one. Moorpark, and Simi Valley leadAfter a string of early wins, ing the way with experienced, WHS had high hopes as the team senior-filled squads. It was only entered midseason play. But in- five to eight points per match that juries and tough competition re- separated the second through fifth sulted in setbacks. place teams,” said Rittenhouse. “Our expectations at the beThousand Oaks emerged ginning of the year went some- as the dominant team, winning what unreleague. alized this Ending the experience from season with season be- “The cause of 13-11 replaying Westlake vol- acord, injuries,” WHS said Coach leyball goes beyond the was unable Ernest Ritto make t e n h o u s e , court.” the playoffs noting esfor the first pecially a Coach Ernest Rittenhouse time in over back injua decade. ry to MVP Howteam captain Michelle Ketter ever, the girls did enjoy much ’09, which rendered her unable success at the Frosh/Soph levto play for the last two weeks of el. With a 22-3 record, the team the season. of underclassmen emerged as Before her injury, Ketter had Marmonte League Champions. achieved 30 and 31 kills in games Led by setter Shawna Korshavn against Oak Park and Moorpark, ’12 and outside hitter Megan Sterespectively, a feat rarely ac- phens ’12, the team is composed complished. With Ketter on the almost entirely of freshmen. bench, team strategy changed. “[They] have a big future Casey Levitt ’10, Megan Tut- ahead of them, if they continue to tle ’09, and senior captain Dena work at it. It will be fun to watch Gallucci did what they could to them for the next three years,” fill the gap. Gallucci’s 60 and 50 said Rittenhouse. assists in the game against Oak Rittenhouse expressed his Park and Moorpark were noted pride in his players: “Although by Rittenhouse as some of the I think we would have liked to most outstanding performances have won more games, the expeof the season, along with Tuttle’s rience from playing Westlake vol20 digs against Moorpark. leyball goes beyond the court.” ROBERT DILLON STAFF WRITER



2nd Place Keeps XC Boys in Race

Setbacks Prevent H2O Polo from Advancing to CIF

title JV League Champion. The boys varsity team placed 3rd at League Finals and With a 2nd-place finish on garnered a slot in CIF Southern Saturday, Nov. 15 at the CIF Section Finals after their 2ndSouthern Section Prelims, the place finish at Prelims. Although the girls varsity WHS boys varsity cross-country team is preparing for a successful team, with a 6th-place finish, failed to make it out of League end to the season. “This is championship Finals, junior Molly Norlingseason,” commented head Christensen placed 6th overall coach Joe Snyder, referring to and qualified individually for a the period that began with Mt. spot at the CIF Prelims. However, SAC Invitational on Oct. 25 and she finished 32nd in her heat at Prelims and ended with therefore Marmonte not L e a g u e “The varsity team is very did move on Finals on Nov. 6, united as a whole and we to the next d u r i n g all share a common goal round. “ T h e w h i c h girls are the team to go to State.” r a t h e r faced not Jonathan Miller ’11 young since only backthere are to-back very few chances to prove their worth but also, for the junior and senior girls,” Snyder varsity teams, the chance to secure said. Many athletes have battled illnesses and injuries this year a berth in CIF State Finals. “The boys varsity has the as well. At one home meet versus best shot. If they keep competing as they have been, then there’s a TOHS and Agoura, one WHS and good possibility of moving on,” two TOHS girls were sent to Los Robles Hospital in ambulances Snyder said. As Jonathan Miller, ’11 after the JV girls race and at Mt. put it, “The varsity team is very SAC Invitational. As well, the united as a whole and we all share varsity boys ran without their lead runner, Garret Drogosch a common goal to go to State.” The boys JV team topped ’09. Nonetheless, according to the competition this year, with Snyder, “the five or six boys left 1st-place finishes at both the still ran their fastest team time Mt. SAC and Ventura County ever at an invite.” CIF Southern Section Finals, Championships and a 2nd-place finish at League Finals, where will take place Saturday, Nov. 22 Manny Villagomez ’09 earned the at Mt. SAC. ANNIE GERLACH STAFF WRITER



The varsity boys water polo team encountered n u m e r o u s obstacles this season; the harshest was the midseason loss of all but four of its athletes. With a backbreaking 5-3 loss to Newbury Park, the 4th place team, the Warriors will not be playing in the postseason. The varsity squad SHARK ATTACK: Jaime Sifontes ‘09 attempts a pass during the Newbury Park away game. limped through their remaining going to be hitting the weight we could not afford to squander games, losing both the last two room much harder this off- opportunities like that,” said league contests. WHS final season,” said Irmas. The water Irmas. Surprisingly, WHS record for the season is 4-8 in polo program runs year round continued to stifle the opposition league play and 12-15 overall. because, according to Irmas, one defensively, but a team cannot Coach Todd Irmas’ must constantly improve his skills win if it doesn’t score. explanation was that “we just in order to become competitive. The JV squad had a knockout didn’t have the horses this Although the program did not blow as they lost to Royal “who year.” However, he is pleased perform as well as he would have we were expected to beat,” said with how his team performed liked, Irmas said, “as long as the Irmas. Another setback was the after the return of the varsity players improve, I am a happy Agoura game. “It was close for players. “This incident brought coach.” a couple of quarters but when us together. We played our best The Warriors did improve on we started wasting golden water polo but just didn’t have capitalizing on opportunities and opportunities to score, we began it,” said Irmas. WHS finished not forcing the matter when there to let the game slip away,” said fifth, one spot from playoff was nothing there. However, Irmas. The Warriors finished contention. one of the aspects to blame for sharing second place with the “Next year, we need to the loss against Newbury Park rival Lancers. work on shooting mechanics and was “not getting it done on the The program will lose seven offense in general. We are also power plays. With little offense, players by next year.

November 21, 2008 • THE ARROW



Wonders of Westlake

Great places you never knew existed just right down the street

The Closet

Pizza Salad, the first organic pizza restaurant, serves healthy pizza made with a fresh crust, a choice of sauce, and a large variety of toppings. Pizza Salad also offers customized salads, with a broad selection of cheeses, vegetables, and creative dressings. They only use ingredients that are USDA certified organic and also utilize environmentally friendly containers, cleaning solutions, and hybrid cars.

The Closet is a resale boutique that carries gently-used designer clothes for a lower price. People can bring in their used clothing for cash or for trade. The Closet specializes in used, but good condition, designer jeans that are marked down significantly below the normal sale price. Close to WHS and decorated with feminine pink walls and delicate decor, The Closet is a trendy, convenient place to get cute clothes for less.

Pizza Salad

3065 Thousand Oaks Blvd. (805) 777-7070

Mongolian BBQ, stir-fry-style food, allows people to choose the contents of their meal without having to cook it. Diners are served noodles with their choice of meats, vegetables, and spices, and then an experienced chef fries the mixture for them. Lunch is $6.95 for one trip, and dinner is $9.95 for all you can eat; both include soup, wontons, and a sesame roll.

2691 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (805) 496-1604

Wok ‘N’ South Mongolian BBQ

1665 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (805) 371-7878

Many pass by it daily, but never stop by. The Thousand Oaks Psychic is a local, easy way to get a tarot card or palm reading and spiritual insight. Prices are $35 for a palm reading, $55 for a Tarot, and $95 for a Psychic reading. Psychic readings usually last around 30-45 minutes. Appointments can be made by phone.

2751 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (805) 370-8874

T.O. Psychic