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Tuesday, November 30, 2010- Volume XXXIII, Issue 2
Court shuts down illegal music downloading site By Makayla Peters Staff Writer
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PROTECTING THE CAGE: Senior Garrett Danner, goalie, and junior Joey Fuentes prepare for the oncoming shot from Mater Dei in the CIF championship on Nov. 20. Mater Dei won the championship, 11-10, with a controversial goal at the buzzer.
Water polo loses CIF championship after controversial goal
Though the boys were denied league, all-state, all-American and By John Heffel & Frankie Liam Gaughan with five seconds left, a total of twenty other goals in the game, all with the same significance another CIF championship, there is junior Olympic players each year. who released his shot at the buzzer. It Sakamoto Sports Editor & Editor-in-Chief
With shaved heads and high hopes, boys’ water polo headed into the CIF championship for the third year in a row on Nov. 20. Despite facing an early 8-3 deficit against Mater Dei, they mounted a comeback in the second half, tying the game, 10-10, until the final seconds. After an ET shot was blocked, Mater Dei outletted the ball to senior
was unclear whether the ball was released in time, but after meeting and discussing, the officials awarded Mater Dei the goal and championship. Video evidence would prove if the shot was released in time, but CIF rules prohibit the officials to use it. The team was heartbroken, but they don’t blame the loss on the one goal. “It may have been the last goal, but it wasn’t the only goal,” sophomore Joey Colton said. “There were
as that one, if not more.” ET had played Mater Dei three times with an 11-10 score, ET winning one, so coach Don Stoll expected them to play hard going in to finals. “The season’s been awesome,” Stoll said after semi-finals. “You can’t blame anybody with a three-loss season.” The boys narrowly beat Loyola in semi-finals, 11-10, on Nov.17, though they led by five goals almost halfway into the third quarter.
no denying ET as one of the most dominant water polo programs in the state. “We do have to put a lot of our time and really be dedicated to have the successful program we have today,” senior Ernesto Valle said. The boys appeared in four out of the last five CIF championships, winning twice, and took the championship seven times while winning league 17 times. Stoll’s program cranks out all-
Over the summer the boys participate in a three-week “hell week” of intense conditioning and drills with swimming and running with clothes and shoes on. During the year, the boys lift or practice from 6:15 a.m. to 7:40 and have afternoon practice for two hours. This work ethic with another talented group of players puts next year’s team in a good position to take another crack at the CIF championship.
The popular peer-to-peer music sharing site, LimeWire, was shut down last month after a four-year legal battle. Thirteen major music labels, including EMI, Sony, and Warner sued the site. Founded by Mark Gorton in 2000, the site is now restricted from the searching and sharing of copyrighted music. Users who bought the Pro edition for $8.50 to cut down on spam and viruses will not be receiving their money back for their purchase either. Created in 2006, the Pro edition had turbo speeds and was the fastest filesharing program. Sophomore Michelle Montgomery thought that LimeWire should not have shut down and that downloading music is “totally fine.” “I think that it should be free because people put it on YouTube and stuff so obviously it’s gonna get stolen,” Montgomery said. ”And artists should know making music, it’s gonna get stolen.” However, the music is copyrighted to protect the artist’s work, so some students believe that ending this site was the right choice. “I think that it shutting down helps the artists make a profit they deserve for their songs,” junior Annissa Juarez said. Students have diverse opinions about whether or not LimeWire should have been shut down, but many agree that the artist should have had a say. “LimeWire should be legal, but with the permission of the artist,” junior Britney Collins said. Other students believe that the artists shouldn’t mind. “If I was an artist I wouldn’t really care because I would make music for people to hear, not to make money,” sophomore Alex Trick said. There will be a trial in January to investigate the damages.
Admin no longer stamps IDs for off-campus lunch privileges
By Valeria Angel Staff Writer
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HELPING OUT: Senior Kinley Ryan, junior Cole Becker and sophomore Samuel Clark load the truck at the canned food drive on Nov 19. ET beat all of the high schools in the district donating over 76,000 cans.
This year IDs are not being stamped because of budget cuts. All juniors and seniors are permitted to go off campus during lunch. Last year, all upperclassmen needed at least a 2.0 GPA to leave for lunch. According to Monique Yessian, assistant principal of discipline and supervision, administration changed this requirement because they felt that if it is only a small amount of students who aren’t able to meet the requirements, then it isn’t worth the time or the money to get IDs stamped. “We ran a query, and of the 1300 students, only about 80 students were not able to leave at lunch because of their GPA,” Yessian said. “For most seniors, their day ends at 5th period and for some juniors as
well.” The administration has decided not to enforce the stamping of ID cards, but it has raised the GPA requirement to purchase a parking permit to 2.5 for juniors and 2.0 for seniors. In the past, a 2.0 was required. Approximately 501 parking permits have been sold, but some students were denied a permit due to low grades. “We decided that starting next year it’ll be a 2.5 for everyone; we didn’t think it was fair for this year’s seniors, because they were used to that 2.0,” secretary Mary Ann Husava said. “We are trying to make it more of a privilege since we are not stamping IDs, we raised the bar.” If they don’t maintain the required GPA, their permits will be taken away. Without the task of
stamping IDs, the administration has less to do. “It’s made it a little bit easier on the staff,” Yessian said. Students only need to prove that they are upperclassmen in order to leave the school grounds at lunch. “Stamping IDs is a waste of time,” senior Anys Khorvash said. Other students disagree. “I think they should raise the GPA required because our school, in general, would get better grades,” junior Alex Wolfe said. “If it’s a privilege, you should have to earn it. It’s promoting you don’t have to work for anything.” Although the stamping of IDs has been stopped for this year, it is a probationary year. It may stay as a permanent change, but the administration evaluates it at the end of the school year.
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CHECK POINT: Senior Daniel Jackson flashes his ID to exit for lunch. All upperclassmen are qualified for this privilege .
Furlough days make their rounds over the Thanksgiving holiday By Kaylee Johnston News Editor
As nine days disappear into furlough days, ET faces the impact they bring: less time for teaching test information. “The extra furlough days mean that it is difficult to get the same amount done,” Regina Deeter, German teacher, said. “It is especially
bad for IB and AP tests, as they are in May and a lot of the furlough days were put at the beginning of the school year and first semester.” Teachers, such as Debbie Fletcher, are giving more homework. “I know the students, parents and teachers do their best to make up days,” Scott Wilcox, director of district personnel services, said. Although students are given
more work, they receive less lectures and assistance, Fletcher said. Wilcox agreed the biggest concern is “the loss of instruction.” They are also “a huge imposition on teachers financially,” Fletcher said. The district is facing a $26 million deficit that could reach a $33 million deficit depending on the changes in California’s budget.
“I think it’s not fair to take money away from teachers, but it’s probably necessary for the budget deficit,” sophomore Arielle Spencer said. Drama students had less time to rehearse this year, junior Robert Sahagun said, so they took extra time after school and on Saturdays. “I kind of like furlough days because it’s time off from school and
good family time,” junior Matthew Albertson said. “I do think it crams a bit more homework, tests and information, though.” Although this year is only 175 days, it still meets the State’s requirement. Some teachers believe that, although it is helping to regain money, their cons greatly conquer their pros.
“Furlough days are never worth it,” Fletcher said. “It’s not fair, but life isn’t.”
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Alumnae come back to teach
By Taylor Villescas A&E Editor
With a new school year comes new teachers on campus, but not all of these newbies are strangers to El Toro. Four former students have returned to relive the glory days of high school, and are adjusting to being in the front of the class.
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LIVING DEAD: Sophomore Adrianna Cadenas paints a man’s face at the Dia de los Muertos event on Nov. 6 in Santa Ana. Some ET students who are not in the club volunteered for this activity.
Spanish Club paints faces for community By Ivana Orozco Design Editor
The Spanish Club arrived to the Dia de los Muertos event on Nov. 6 at Santa Ana to have some fun and share their culture with their community, but ended up serving the community by painting faces for free. As a pre-Hispanic or indigenous tradition that was practiced by the Native Indians in Latin America, people who celebrate El Dia de los Muertos paint their faces completely as skulls to represent death. Usually parents paint their children’s faces like the Catrina, a legendary dead lady who brings the dead to the real world. However, many children did not have their faces painted as they were pasing by viewing the altars. The professional face-painters were charging $15 for half -face and $30 for full -face paintings. “In this economic crisis, many
parents are not able to spend that kind of money to have their children’s faces painted,” senior Jose Bernal, president of the Spanish Club, said. Since they already had paint for the club members, they decided to paint faces for free and most of the attendees came over and had their children’s faces painted. “I was nervous at first because I have only painted small face paintings and not full face but at the end, the outcome was rewarding,” junior Valeria Angel, vice president of the Spanish Club, said. “ I felt good when the child and the family members smiled and said I did a good job.” After two hours of kneeling down and getting their hands dirty with paint, the club members were touched by the smiles of the children and of some adults as well, according to Angel. In many cultures, death is considered a terrible omen and people do not feel open to discuss
it. However, the Hispanic culture celebrates El Dia de los Muertos to commemorate a loved one who passed away. “Not only do we want to remember our ancestors and celebrate, but we wanted to embrace our unique culture and traditions that makes us who we are,” Bernal said. Last year only 2,000 people attended the event but this year it increased to 8,000 attendees and about 100 of them were ET students. With the help of volunteers and members, the group created an ofrenda (altar) that is composed of plates of traditional cuisine, cempazuchitl (marigolds), pan de muerto (bread of the dead), essences, pictures, papel picado (cut-out paper), calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls) and handicrafts such as handmade pottery. “I didn’t do this event because of the community service, but I did it because I am proud of my heritage,” Angel said.
As a student, Eleanor Carmichael was very involved in MUN and was the Editor-in-Chief of The BullETin. Later she decided to become a teacher and history teacher Judy Fike, who retired last year, recommended Carmichael to take one of the open teacher positions in the history department. Carmichael is becoming more acquainted to campus life as a teacher. She now works on curriculum with her former teachers, such as newspaper adviser Debra Schaefer. “I never thought that we’d be planning English together,” Schaefer said. Carmichael currently teaches English 2 and English 4I along with an honors MUN class for juniors. For her first year, she has two main goals to accomplish. First, her English classes are writing a collaborative 50,00-word novel for National Novel Writing Month. Charmichael’s other goal is that of any first year teacher: “To survive!”
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Lindsay Chappell was your average high-schooler when she attended El Toro, except that she had always enjoyed history. This had nev-
er materialized into something until her junior year of college at USCB, when she visited Italy as a foreign exchange student. After visiting Florence, a city steeped in history and knowledge, Chappell realized she wanted to be a history teacher. “It’s a fun way to learn and interact with kids,” said Chappell. “It’s fullfilling.” She returned to UCSB and earned her BA in political science and then earned her teaching credential at UCI. Chappell has since taught at Serrano for two years and Laguna Hills High School for two years. She’s excited to be back on campus again, though. “The energetic vibe of the school, along with an energetic staff makes it fun to return as a teacher,” Chappell said. Chappell teaches World History and MUN for sophomores. Throughout her first year, she hopes to get to know her students better, stay involved as a teacher and learn as much as she can.
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Ever since she was little, Stephanie Churchwell always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her high school experience cemented that idea. As a student, Churchwell was involved in CSF, the German Club and played varsity softball. After graduating in 2004, she attended Northwestern University on a scholarship for a year, and then finished her teaching degree at UCI. Churchwell has frequented the campus since graduation, working as a substitute teacher and coaching for the girls’ varsity softball team. However, adjusting to being a colleague among former teachers can be tough. “The weirdest part is calling them by their first names,” Churchwell said.
This year she hopes to stay involved in school activities and win a contest that is being held between a few teachers in the 500 building. The teacher who can mark up the most cell phone violations per semester gets a dinner bought by the rest of the teachers. The competition is getting intense, according to Churchwell, but she is determined to come out on top. “I will win this competition,” Churchwell said.
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When El Toro needed a teacher to handle the Tech Tools and Fundamentals of Art classes, Maria Nadal, class of ‘82, gladly answered the call. Her positive experience volunteering as an aide in the classroom during high school helped stimulate her love of teaching, and set her on the path to become a teacher. For college she remained local, attending Cal State Fullerton. Before settling in here, Nadal taught mostly at the middle school and elementary level and enjoyed her experiences at each school. “Picking a favorite one is like picking a favorite child,” Nadal said. But she is very excited to get involved on campus and teach older kids. Nadal has noticed that things have changed a lot since she graduated. “I remember we’d have basketball games with the players on donkeys,” Nadal said. “I remember when drum core alumni would come in and perform at our assemblies. They’d blow us away.” She can’t wait to get to know her students and make learning fun for them. “It’s a whole different culture in high school,” Nadal said. “Everyone here is so cool.”
Obscenities poison our music
November 30, 2010
It is the opinion of The BullETin staff that . . . Obscene language should be discouraged through all forms, especially in the media. We planned on creating a page in the newspaper that would display students’ and teachers’ top five favorite songs on their iPods. When we looked up the lyrics to make certain they were appropriate, we discovered that more than half contained inappropriate content. We hear it on the radio, on TV, on campus, everywhere; People have heard those words and references so often that they use no discretion when saying them, but they should. We have been subconsciously influenced by this crude language that it is now fused into our culture. When students listen to profane music, the language used by the singer sets an example for the Swear words are just listener. Students an expression of feeling. carelessly integrate But there are other, more that language into civilized ways of indulg- everyday life and use it inappropriately. ing in one’s emotions. Eventually, the students are not even aware that they are listening to obscene language and become immune to its effects. This does not mean it is all of a sudden acceptable. It is still disrespectful and rude. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides the only limit to the profanity shared with the public. The code prohibits “any obscene, indecent or profane language by means of radio communication.” However, this code only applies to the radio. It does not extend to explicit music through iTunes or CDs. Despite the censored radio music, people tend to purchase the non-censored songs, as evidenced by the popularity bars on iTunes. Just because it can be accessed privately, does not mean that profane music is any more appropriate. For some students, music is an outlet used to vent frustration, anger, sadness and a variety of other emotions. It can be argued that swear words are just an expression of feeling. But there are other, more civilized ways of indulging in one’s emotions. There are plenty of songs out there that encompass anger and such without swearing. Linkin Park offers “Numb”, a heavy rock song about breaking away from somebody who is restraining the singer from being himself. It contains the same aspects of other profane songs except it is clean and not offensive. Students are entitled to their First Amendment rights, but cursing and other profanities are disrespectful and hardly beneficial to society. Therefore, we challenge you listeners to consciously purchase clean songs that reinforce civility in modern media. Do not let your favorite artists get away with vulgarity, and call them out by refusing to buy their contaminated music. There can be no downside to reducing the amount of vulgarities communicated between each other.
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Furlough days cause problems for AP testing By Angela Simon Staff Writer
Every student in an AP class knows what the month of May represents: AP testing. These students dedicate most of their school year to prepping for the AP tests, and their teachers plan all of the lessons around it. Needless to say, it is a big deal. Why, then, are we putting the furlough days at the beginning of the year instead of the end? Even in previous years, AP students had to cram for their tests because of the school year starting so late. With the furlough days it seems unreasonable to expect them to be prepared for the AP tests because they have so little time to study. In fact, most schools shape their entire year around AP testing. This is why they start school in August and begin summer vacation in May. It is so that the AP students have a sufficient amount of time to study for their tests, but also so that they are not stuck doing nothing for the last month of school. However, our district starts school extremely late in the year and begins summer break over a month after AP testing has finished. To make up for the time lost at the beginning of the year, some AP students must regularly attend Saturday and night lectures to cover all of the material. The month after AP testing is typically spent watching movies like Forrest Gump or The Princess Bride. Though some of these movies could be educational, they are really just a way for teachers to take up time at the end of the year.
Although the teachers could have their finals in June instead of May, they believe that it is easier to have the tests all at once so that the students do not have to study all over again. This means that June is basically a waste of time for the students, as far as
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academics go. Because of the dramatically limited amount of time to study for AP tests, it would have been best to add the furlough days to the end of the year instead of the beginning.
Letters to the Editor
Unfair budget cuts
In recent years, Sacramento has taken millions of dollars from the California public school system. When the state takes money from schools, students suffer. Because the state is taking money from schools, schools are forced to take out and overfill classes that their students need to look appealing to colleges. Schools that take out classes are not able to provide the best education to their students. As a student, I am constantly worried about getting accepted into a good college. Nowadays, students feel intense pressure to get a good education and a good career. When the government takes away money from the schools, students have less of a chance to get accepted into good colleges because they look less appealing than other students. In other states, the governments are not taking as much money away from the school system. In those states, the students are getting a better education than we are in California. They are able to take better classes and that means that they look more appealing to colleges than students from California public schools do. If the state did not take money away
from the California public school system, then we would be able to take better classes and look more appealing to colleges. The government should not be taking money away from the educational system. I know this sounds cliché, but the students of today really are the future of tomorrow. In this day in age, everyone is expected to get a good education and a well paying job so that they can support themselves. It is harder to get a well paying job without a college education. It is hard to get a good college education when the public school system in being deprived of millions of dollars from the state government. While other countries are emphasizing education now more than ever, America is taking money away from their students. Colleges expect to see that students are taking a wide range of classes, but this is hard to do when there is less money being given to education. The state government should never even think about taking money from the school system because education is too important for future generations. Since the state is taking money away from schools, a whole generation is being deprived of a good education. The school system desperately needs the money that the government is taking to help
their students succeed.
–Stefanie Roman, junior
School. Practice. Homework. Lack of sleep. School. Practice. Church,. Homework. Lack of sleep. It really does get old after a while. And it’s while I lie in bed at night, in that limbo between consciousness and sleep, that I flashback to the simpler times of 1-hour practices, 30-minute homework assignments, and nights that included more than 4 hours of sleep. Then, my alarm clock yanks me from my drifting thoughts and tosses me back to the endless cycle of school, practice, homework and lack of sleep. Sometimes, and I wonder if it’s just me but, I would love to just pause my life for one day. I would like to just take one day without and creeping notion of a project or assignment that’s due in 24 hours. One day without six techers trying to cram days of lessons into a 50-minute period. One day without teenage drama, grade mix-ups or test anxiety. One day to take a few deep breaths to reassure myself that everything I do now will hopefully help me later. One day. If only.
-Tina Valdes, junior
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Should downloading music be free? Do you think By Dean Nothstein
It was a dark day for music lovers disagree. Today’s upcoming musicians across the world when music down- use this new digital age in music to get loading site LimeWire was shut down famous in the first place. due to “legal issues” last week. But with Before some of today’s biggest so many similar sites available on the artists were anybody, they tried to Internet, the evil empire of the music make a name for themselves and gain industry cannot stop people from en- a fan base by circulating their work for joying music from these websites. free on datpiff.com or Limewire, hopDigital music downloading lib- ing to attract the attention of a record erated the general public from the company. tyranny of the record companies who Soon the buzz surrounding that made us pay an outrageous 15 dollars artist might attract the attention of a for an entire CD. 15 dollars? Why Musicians cannot reap the benefits would people of their Internet success and celebrity want to pay 15 and then turn around and expect peodollars for the entire Enrique ple to pay through the nose for their Iglesias album music. when the only good song on it is “I Like It”? record company and score them a fat Digital music downloading of- record contract. YouTube and other fered a compromise to this, where us- Websites have helped us discover ers could pay just for the songs that Soulja Boy, Drake and (unfortunately) they wanted too listen too. That wasn’t Justin Bieber. too bad, until iTunes decided to raise Without the people who clicked their prices from 99 cents to 1.29 dol- on their YouTube videos and MySpace lars per song to further exploit their pages, record companies would be customers. oblivious to the musicians’ talent, and While 30 cents may seem like they would still be recording music nothing that’s still a 30 % increase videos in their basement. Musicians in their price. And considering how cannot reap the benefits of their Inmuch music people have on their iP- ternet success and celebrity and then ods, it can add up. People’s money turn around and expect people to pay didn’t go as far as it used to, so they through the nose for their music. needed an alternative. The record companies and the Sites like LimeWire allow users music industry ripped everybody off to share (upload and download) the for so long and now that people are music that they want without having finding a way to pay them back they to pay an arm and a leg for it. It also call foul. Sorry Tower Records, but enabled users to download popular re- the dark ages of buying entire albums mixes, dance mixes, and other under- are long gone. The music industry can ground songs that are not available on never go back and now will have to iTunes. adapt to this new world of illegal muWhile many may say “What sic downloading. Limewire may have about the musicians? We’re cheating died, but its spirit lives on. them out of a living,” but I humbly
There are very few things that can lighten a mood more so than music. The more of it, the better. So if it can be downloaded “for free,” that’s supposedly great. But it’s not, it’s illegal. It’s not illegal to inconvenience American citizens, it’s illegal because that music takes time, money, and a good amount of effort to produce, just like any other product. A few months ago, the popular
The Issue v Peer-to-peer music
downloading site, LimeWire, was shut down due to copyright infringement. v Pro: Music downloading sites allow people listen to their favorite music without emptying their wallet. v Con: The sites cheat artists out of the money they deserve to make.
People also argue that because songs are put up on YouTube, where they can be viewed for free, it should be fine to download them for free. However, contrary to popular belief, YouTube is also bound by copyright laws. Videos containing copyrighted music are frequently deleted or muted. It is also argued that sites like YouTube and LimeWire help propel novice musicians into fame. This is true, but once they reach fame, they do not lose the right to their music: they have It’s not illegal to inconvenience copyright laws American citizens, it’s illegal because protecting it. If they that music takes time, money, and a choose to put it up good amount of effort to produce, on the Internet for just like any other product. free on sites such as LimeWire, they have a right to. However copyright laws still apply and music downloading service LimeWire must be enforced. was shut down. It is argued that shutting down Admittedly, part of being a smart LimeWire goes against the First consumer is knowing how to get the Amendment, freedom of speech, the maximum quality for the minimum value. LimeWire was a smart consumer press, so on. Evidently, it’s the same as censoring a newspaper or otherwise choice. However, people do not have restricting the flow of information. It’s the right to that music. Nor do they not even close.LimeWire didn’t sing have a right to complain about losing the lyrics in the songs. It wasn’t expressa service that was, in the first place, ing any opinion, reporting on news, illegal. or distributing any information to the There are so many options for public. obtaining songs, and music is much The artists and bands that promore portable now than it has been in duced those songs are the ones who the past, yet people find it objectionwould have the right to claim unconstiable that when these innovations take tutionality if their songs were censored. money to create, prices are attached. Individual songs can be purchased Rather, an illegal means of distributing these songs was shut down, which is in for no more than $1.29, while CDs no way unconstitutional. with around ten songs could cost upPeople need to just suck it up and ward of $15, added to sales tax as well not complain when they have to pay for as shipping and handling if ordered. music. Artists and bands do the public And frankly, if a person can’t afa great service, and they have a right to ford to pay $1.29 for a song, he or she make money off it. has worse things to worry about than how to fill a $150 iPod.
By John Heffel
shutting down Limewire was justified? “No, everybody downloads music anyway and it’s easy to find it other places. People should be able to get good music for free.” - Scott Stockton, junior
“Yes, people shouldn’t download music if the artist isn’t getting any money but the music should be cheaper.” - Erica Kallestad, sophomore
“No, people shouldn’t have to pay $2,000 for 2,000 songs. Sites like LimeWire are good for getting a lot of music.” - Andres Vasquez, junior
“No, music is expensive. I think iTunes costs too much.”
- Rachel Duckworth, freshman
“No, by downloading as much free music, we can get as much as we want and music is good for learning, like Beethoven.” - James Cochran, senior
“Yes, it’s illegal and it’s taking money away from
- Devin Walpert, senior
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Well, that’s interesting...
By John Heffel Sports Editor
Dear Procrastination, We need to talk. We’ve had a good run and all, but I think that maybe it’s time that we should see other people. You see, I’m going to college next year and think that this is a good time for us to move on. It’s not you… It’s me. But we’ve had some good times. Remember when we had a month to do that sophomore paper and we managed to finish it the two
days right before the due date? Or that one time we stayed up all night reading “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea” for a test the next day? (Which we got an A on by the way). I loved spending countless hours with you on Facebook, YouTube, and watching ESPN. I’ll never forget all of the essays, poster assignments and projects that we finished last-minute. But for one thing, I’ve just got
a lot of stuff on my plate right now and I really don’t have any time to spend with you. Between writing ten million college application letters, ASB, basketball practice and homework, I just can’t spend hours and hours with you like I used to. I love that you are super laidback and chill and all, but I feel that I need a little more structure and order in my life. If I brought you to college with me next year I’d get
chewed up and spit out. You were a great high school relationship, but I’m looking for a more mature partner as I head off to college. I also have a confession to make: There is somebody else in my life right now. I’ve been hanging out with Success a lot lately, and she seems like a really cool person. The only way I could win over her love is to improve my work habits, which means I can’t really hang out with
you anymore. It might take me a lot more discipline and organization than I’m used to, but I don’t care. I would give anything to be with her. I mean, we can still hang out and stuff, as friends. There’s no way I can completely cut you out of my life. We can text or Facebook every once and a while. We could maybe even watch an entire Star Wars marathon together. I just got Call of Duty Black Ops. I guarantee that
we will end up spending at least some time on that together. There will be times that we will meet, but, sadly, they will be way less frequent than before. This is a painful goodbye, but I think that this will be better for both of us. Best wishes, John Heffel
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“Around the World” was a trip worth taking By Taylor Villescas A&E Editor
One step into the Drama room, and one could feel the nervous energy pulsating. Actors were feverishly memorizing their lines and perfecting their best British accent, while techs frantically run around trying to finish painting a giant wooden newspaper. “It’s like controlled chaos,” said Director Dan Blackley. “But then the magic happens.” And magic’s in the air for Drama’s performance of “Around the World in 80 Days.” The story was about Phileas Fogg, a mysterious and rich Englishman, played by senior Derek Hedbany, who bets that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days. He and his French servant Passepartout, played by senior Danielle Goupille, encountered plenty of adventures, including rescuing an Indian woman from being sacrificed and sailing through a typhoon. All the while a goofy police officer, Detective Fix, played by senior Raymond Montoya, follows the two. He suspects Fogg of being a thief and tries to arrest him on several occasions but almost always fails. The most chaotic aspect of production was building the props. Because the setting in “Around the World” changes so often, the show relied on over 300 props, the most Blackley has ever dealt with in his career at ET. “We’re going around the world,” said sophomore Amanda Koppe. “So, we need a lot of props.” But these weren’t just any normal props. Most of the cast played
the part of a prop, which is called a “farce” in theater terms. This gave the play a sense of life (literally) and added another level of comedy. Highlights included a table-hat and most of the cast forming the bow of a ship. With the huge load of technical work, Blackley explained that the actors and crew had to work together to make everything flow. “One can’t work without the other and they’ve all been really great about that,” he said. During a tough rehearsal filled with problems moving props to and from the stage and forgotten lines, the cast smiled and cracked
“Around the World” uses over 300 props, the most Blackley has ever dealt with in his career at ET. jokes to keep up morale. One cast member even came on stage dressed as Mario for a good laugh. Though the actors and director became more frustrated with every wrong sound effect, everyone remained professional and worked hard to make their scenes a success for opening night. “Around the World” opened on Nov. 17 and the trip started off a little bumpy. The quick lines full of dates and locations proved to be stressful for many of the actors who were not used to being on stage, and occasionally tested even the more seasoned actors. The use of so many props
proved to be a bit of a hassle, also, as there were a few awkward pauses between scenes and staring at an empty stage disrupted the flow of the play. Sometimes, the occasionally faint sound of a dropped prop or sign would float across the stage. Regardless, the cast pressed on. Hedbany easily portrayed the coolness of Phileas Fogg. His calculating ways were tested by the lovely Aouda, the rescued Indian sacrifice, played by sophomore Chloe Andruss. Watching their relationship blossom into romance was a cute sub-plot for the story. One of the most humorous aspects of the play was the chemistry between Montoya and Goupille when the duo’s characters clashed and joked with each other. Their most memorable moments were when they would each make a side comment directed at the audience, usually about the other character: “I do not trust this man,” Goupille said in a thick French accent. “I suspect that he is a spy.” “Oh no, I believe he suspects me,” Montoya said in a nervous tone. Also, small side jokes were slipped in for those paying attention. Occasionally, a famous figure such as Mulan or Sherlock Holmes would run across the stage and surprise the audience. Even the giant boulder from Indiana Jones made an appearance. By far, however, the use of cast members as scenery and props was the most entertaining aspect of the play. It kept the audience on its toes as they wondered who would be acting as what next. “That part was really funny,” senior Liam Kilpatrick said. “It
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was really creative to use people as props.” Despite a rocky beginning, the show ended on a high note as the characters grew closer together and overcame their obstacles, reminding the audience of the benefits of travel. “We really pulled through at the end,” senior Andrew Guzman, who played Sir Francis, said. Montoya happily agreed. “I believe it went swimmingly,” he said in a British accent, staying true to his character.Montoya happily agreed. “I believe it went swimmingly!” he said in a British accent, staying true to his character.
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(TOP) TRAVELING SHOW: Seniors Derek Hedbany and Danielle Goupille prepare for their trip around the world. They were the leads of the play. (BOTTOM) POKER FACE: Juniors Jordan Lin, Roberto Sahagon and sophomore Melissa Rogers discussed the Phileas Fogg character. Senior Emily Green served as a table in the production, and other students acted as props throughout the play.
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Cross country competes in CIF, State meets By Kaylee Johnston News Editor
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DEFENDING THE TEAM: Senior Ryan Murphy defends against Tustin in CIF round 2. El Toro lost the game, 24-17.
Football loses in the second round of CIF By Samantha Kramer Staff Writer
After revamping their coaching staff, choosing to focus on their strengths and gaining more support from students, football finished with a respectable 6-6 record “We made a lot of changes last year to the football team, and now we have it down,” senior Justin Jackson said. ET ended their CIF run in the second round against Tustin last Friday. They started the game with a 32-yard field goal by senior Wes Harris in the first quarter and sophomore Alec Shoffeitt made a touchdown in the second quarter. In the second half, ET was trailing by six but by the third quarter ET was ahead by one
point after a touchdown by senior Mack Spees. Then Tustin pulled ahead with the winning touchdown in the last quarter to end the game, 17-24 . It was a tough loss, but the team felt it was a successful season. “I am honored to be their coach,” Coach Rob Frith said. They had a tough 24-7 loss to Laguna Hills for the league championship on Nov. 11. “We could have beaten Laguna,” Jackson said. “It’s like, Laguna didn’t beat us, we beat us. We didn’t play like we normally play.” But they were motivated to move forward and advance. “We have improved a lot,” Jackson said.
The team gained a lot of support from the pre-game spirit week to rally them on, which included the band and smashing a Hawk piñata at snack. “I feel like we have a lot of support when we win but even when we lose we have a lot of people supporting us still, which is really helpful,” senior Kyle Smith said. According to Frith, the team played on their strengths and worked around their weaknesses. One of their key strengths was running the football. Frith said when it comes to running the football downfield, Jackson, who had the most touches this season, was the go-to man.
“The offensive line has done a great job of getting defensive players out of the way so Nico can run the football,” Frith said. But, like every team, they do have some weaknesses. “There are not a lot of players and for some of them it just comes down to youth and inexperience,” Frith said. The team proved this at the game on Nov. 1 versus Dana Hills, ranked No. 10 in the county. ET won, 23-14, and they won the next three out of four games. “This season helped us to define what El Toro football is going to be as we move forward in our program,” Frith said. “It gave us more of an identity.”
As the season comes to a close, ET has made a 21 percent increase in their times from last year. Hanna Edwards and all varsity boys went to CIF on Nov. 20, Edwards placing 12th and boys placing fourth overall. Placing fourth gave the boys the chance to run in the Div. 1 State Finals on Nov. 27 at Woodward Park. Seniors Spencer Allen, Tim Bergstrom, Jake Schwartz, Ryan Germann, junior Kevin Durham and Forrest Parkinen and sophomore Juan Gonzalez placed fourth in the meet overall. According to coach Dave Johnson, the team worked on conditioning during summer, and are “reaping the rewards with improved times in their races.” This year boys’ varsity knocked off nine seconds overall, and girls’ varsity dropped six seconds. “I think varsity has done pretty well,” junior Elizabeth Burdick said. Durham holds place as the fastest male varsity runner, moving up from his last year’s rank as fourth. Senior runners have made a three percent improvement since last year. Since last year, senior girls have increased their speed by 52 seconds. Edwards is the fastest senior girl, remaining in first place. The fastest senior boy, although not as fast as Edwards, is Kris Frey. Sophomore boys have shown a 13 second improvement from last year, and girls dropped 34 seconds from their time. “We have many talented new freshman runners, such as Amberly Bark, Mc Kenna Yeskin and Alyssa Pook,” Johnson said. Based on their best times this year, the boys’ best meet was on Oct. 10 at Irvine Regional Park for Orange County Championship and the girls’ was on Oct. 6 at Irvine Regional Park as well, for South Coast League.
Senior maintains high hitting record
By Taylor Villescas A&E Editor
Girls’ varsity volleyball trekked up to Thousand Oaks on Nov. 8 to play in their first round of CIF, marking the end of their season and the end to a particularly successful year for senior Channing Jones. Throughout this last season, Jones has consistently been ranked as a top hitter in Southern California by MaxPreps.com. “It’s awesome to know that all of your hard work means something,” Jones said. Channing plays middle blocker. Her ability to block and jump, coupled with her positive attitude, makes her an essential part of the team, according to coach Brian David. Jones has also played on a club team. Last year, she was part of the T-street Volleyball Club. She loved her team who became like sisters to her and the game-play itself was very challenging since her coach, Bryn Kehoe, kept things intense. “I had a coach who was on the US Women’s team,” Jones said. “She pushed us to our limits sometimes, but it’s worth it when it helps you improve.” She maintained a hitting average of 0.519 throughout the season, which means she hits over half of the balls that come her way. “It helps you get better, but it also gives you time to do something you love,” Jones said. Jones is excited to continue on to the college level. So far she is looking into Chico State and Williamette University.
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BLOCK IT: Senior Channing Jones prepares to block the spike against Thousand Oaks on Nov. 15. Jones led the team with a total of 45 blocks throughout the season.
Girls’ tennis competed in league championships By Makayla Peters Staff Writer
Tennis players sophomore Shannon Jones and junior Nadia Shabana were the only doubles team on varsity to make it to the Sea View League championships. In the semi-finals the girls took out the No. 1 seed, Aliso Niguel High School, with scores of 7-5, 6-4. According to coach Karen Amos, they stayed with their
game plan and played a very tough defensive match in the semi-finals. She felt that it was very difficult for them to get to the finals. “Shannon and Nadia played wonderfully in the semi-finals,” Amos said. They made it to the league finals where they defeated a team from Aliso Niguel 6-3, 6-3. “I am extremely proud of their accomplishment,” Amos said. Amos said Jones and Shabana
are successful as a doubles team because their two very different styles complement each other. Shabana plays a very tough defensive game, and she is extremely consistent from the baseline and has an excellent lob. Jones has an aggressive playing style with powerful ground strokes and volleys. The season for the rest of the team ended but Jones and Shabana will continue in the individual CIF tournament on Nov. 19.
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