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December 16, 2010
Heren AlanisIman Hassaine
It is that time of the yearagain; the winter holidaysare just around the corner.In the past, holidays were atime when extended familygathered together to enjoynice meals, exchange smallgifts, and create unforget-table memories. However,these days no one can escapethe massive marketing com-panies’ attempts to entice thepublic into buying expensivepresents to delight the eyesand minds of young children.This blatant commercial-ization raises the issue thatthe winter holidays are in-creasingly becoming morematerialistic. Do the power-
ful inﬂuences created by ad
- vertisements in all its mediaforms betray the true holidayspirit of family cohesiveness?“Unfortunately, the media,which many people look tofor social norms, portraysthe winter holidays as a timeto consume a ridiculousamount of products. Theadvertising industry takesadvantage of adults, know-ing they shop and indulgemore at this time,” freshmanAdam Hersko-Ronatas said.Freshman Phillip Ryanagrees that the holidayshave become too material-istic, “Yes, I do think thatthe holidays are overly ad- vertised just to allow forlarge companies to make a
proﬁt out of gift giving. The
whole mega budget of com-panies is kind of stupid.”According to the onlinedictionary allwords.com, the
deﬁnition of materialistic
is “being overly concernedLa Jolla High School prides it-self on being a nationally rankedschool full of many intelligentand diligent students. About90 percent of LJHS gradu-ates go off to college each year.As witnessed in the big gym, we have excelled in ath-letics for the past 85 years.Being nestled in the heartof La Jolla and close to thebeautiful ocean, La Jolla is ina prime location for an excel-lent learning environment.However, we have amassedquite a reputation among other schools in San Diego.And, sadly it is not as peachyas the school’s website implies.Most of San Diego sees usas the 90210 of San DiegoCounty: snobby, rich kids whodrive SUVs. We are seen ashot bimbos and drug deal-ers. After all, we are La Jol-la’s only public high school.“Pretty much everyone inSan Diego thinks we’re reallyrich and snobby,” senior John-ny Savage said. “As far as drugsgo, we’re mainly a marijuana-based school. But most of ourdrug users aren’t ‘druggies,’ soto speak. They tend to gravi-tate towards ‘smart’ drugs, likeoverdosing on [medication].”People may say a lot of things, but in order to trulyunderstand how the rest of the public views us, one mustpay a visit to urbandictionary.com, a website where any-
one can give their deﬁnition
of anything and everything,whether it be a guide to mod-ern American vernacular, ora popular opinion; hence the
slogan, “Deﬁne Your World.”
Surprisingly, there was onlyone entry for La Jolla High.The entry begins, “La Jol-la High School is the publichigh school for the La JollaCommunity in San Diego.The school itself is fall-
ing apart, but the ﬁeld,
pool and a few other choiceplaces are pretty nice.”It continues, “The students are alittle snobby and there is a tenden-cy towards lots and lots of drugs.”Clearly one cannot talk about LJHS without men-tioning the drug problem.But the entry ends on a morepositive note, “However, ithas status as being the secondbest high school in San Diego.Tons of graduates go to collegeand universities...real close toUCSD and the beach!” Well, atleast we have that going for us.Though La Jolla High gen-erally gets positive reviews,the popular view is that of a
school ﬁlled with stuck-up rich
kids and surfers. And may-be a bag of marijuana, too.But, hey--at leastwe’re not Bishop’s.
Ho, ho, ho! Looks like La Jolla Students are going to be recieving quite the assortment of gifts this year.
La Jolla High Stereotypes Reinforced
There is no escaping what www.Urbandictionary.com has to say about our school
By Tim Rayner
What ever happened totraditionand holiday joy?
By Emily Kuo
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Just a Thought...
By Jasmine Mobasseri
The promotion of safe sexis something that should notbe frowned upon here at La Jolla High. Instead of avoid-ing the obvious fact that afair handful of our studentsare engaging in sexual activ-ity, we should embrace theopportunity to enlighten andeducate our student body.Let’s face the fact; the sexualeducation process at LJHS hasbeen anything but promising.The ninth grade “life skills”course, yes, you know theone; the one with awkwardand unrealistic drug deals andsexual harassment scenarios,is far from an adequate wayof educating high school stu-dents about sex. I am nottrying to say that I think thetopic of sex should be paradedaround the school, and I amnot trying to say I think thatcondoms should be releasedfrom the ceiling of our schooldances-I am trying to saythat our school and our community need to wake up andrealize that students may behaving sex, and the previousmethods of sex educationare outdated and foolish.When students have to endure“life skills” and awkward schoolplays about sex, they begin tosee the entire topic as a joke.Something needs to bedone, because if I have tosit through another musi-cal about eggs and sperm,or watch another 90’s videowith badly dressed and badlytrained actors, I may burstinto tears. It’s just a thought.
The Studentsare a little snob-by and thereis a tendency towards lots of drugs.
About 90 per-cent of LJHSgraduates go off to college each year.
“Am I glad to get that straightened out. Now, I can go home and explain it to my dad.”
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