Volume LXXVVVIV Issue 6 - March 28, 2013

La Jolla High School · 750 Nautilus Street · La Jolla · 92037
1970 David Hayes has taken
over the movement, and has
led the event to global promi-
nence. Many Earth Days
have brought global recog-
nition to one country or an-
other; the 1990 fair in Africa
boasted a miles long drum-
ming chain.
Where previous Earth
Day’s have focused on clean
energy and recycling, Earth
Day 2013 is taking a special
look at how climate change
is affecting the world. The
tag line of this year’s event
is “The Face of Climate
Change.” Earth Day leaders
are encouraging the populous
to tell how climate change
Tree huggers and green
thinkers alike all know Earth
Day, April 22, as a day of en-
vironmental activism and na-
ture celebration. Earth Day
2013 marks the 43rd anni-
versary of the original Earth
Day in
nrst Earth
Day was or-
ganized by
US Senator
Gaylord Nel-
son as what
he called a
“ n a t i o n a l
teach-in on
the environment.” Nelson
utilized the help of Denis
Hayes to coordinate the event
across America. When April
22 came around, 20 million
people participated in the
environmental demonstra-
tion. As a result of Earth Day
1970, the Clean Air, Clean
Water, and Endangered Spe-
cies acts were passed. Since
Fridays Weather
· News page 10
· Opinions pages 2
and 3
• Features pages 4
and 5
• Student Focus
pages 6 and 7
• Sports pages
8 and 9
High: 66
Low: 52
MUSIC PIRACY • A&E pages 11 and 12
Games to Watch
Today, Thursday March 28, 2013
Varsity Baseball plays in
the Lions Tournament in
the Semis/Finals
Boys Varsity Golf plays at
San Diego CC in the Saints
Varsity Track runs at Uni-
versity City
Boys Varsity Tennis plays
against Bishops
Varsity Swim races St.
Varsity Badminton plays
against Lincoln
Varsity Softball plays
against Point Loma
Boys Varsity Volleyball
plays at Santa Fe Christian
State of the Economy
In September of 2008, the
United States economy took a
sharp turn for the worst; since
2009, millions of Americans
become unemployed and vic-
tims of foreclosed. The econ-
omy has been slowly growing,
but, with a 7.7% unemploy-
ment rate and a trillion dollar
oencit, the ever-lragile econo-
my remains weary of the fu-
ture ahead.
In 2011, President Barack
Obama signed a bipartisan
deal that cut nearly $1 trillion
in spending over the next de-
cade. The deal would reduce
spending to its lowest level as a
whole since Dwight D. Eisen-
hower was president. At the
same time, however, the deal
would still be protecting job-
creating expenditures such as
education and research.
As part of the President’s plan
to set up a 21st regulatory sys-
tem, government agencies have
been asked to identify over 580
proposals to reduce regulatory
spending and streamline fed-
eral regulations. However, just
a fraction of such reforms will
save over $10 billion within the
next nve years ano eliminate
tens of millions of hours of
February of 2013 was the
most active month for job
growth since the recession
began in late 2008. February
alone saw the creation of over
241,000 jobs, making the total
number of jobs about 6.4 mil-
lion since 2010.
However on March 1, 2013,
a set of automatic spending
cuts took effect. The deadline
for a bipartisan budget agree-
ment was not met, triggering
over $4 trillion in cuts. The full
effect of the cuts will not be felt
for a while, but it is said that it
will hurt the precious growing
economy. The deep cuts range
from defense spending to edu-
Despite the uncertainty, on
March 3, the DOW Jones In-
dustrial index jumped over
100 points in one day—the
most in nve years. The growth
streak lasted until March 14.
By Lilly Grossman
Staff Writer
Airband is just around the
corner! There will be two
shows, both on Thursday,
April 11th. The nrst show will
be at 5pm and tickets will be
$5, the second will be at 7pm
and tickets will be $7. Irish
Club, Italian Club, Improv,
Dance & Drama, and all of
the classes will be performing.
The theme is LJ TV, and is
guaranteed to be a hit!
Your ASB has been work-
ing diligently for the past year
planning events and activities
for the student body. If you
have any ideas or suggestions
for ASB that you would like
us to implement please do not
hesitate to tell us. Till next time!
Kind Regards,
Daniel Stephen Hamilton
By Ben Allen
Staff Writer
Photos Courtesy of
By Jordan Linsky and
Amanda Menas
Staff Writer and News Editor
La Jolla High School’s plan-
ner sets out specinc guioelines
for a number of topics: at-
tendance, academic honesty,
zero tolerance policy, student
nondiscrimination, and oth-
ers including free speech and
dress code. After the debate
two years ago about the Se-
nior Benches, the planner
specines that the right ol lree
speech guaranteed by the First
Amendment to the United
States Constitution to students
of LJHS shall not be restricted
as long as it does not endorse
political candidates or ballot
measures in school-sponsored
publications or on bulletin
boards restricted to communi-
cations on school issues (except
the student bulletin board on
the east side outside wall of the
administration building and
the “Senior Benches”). How-
ever, is what students wear
considered a freedom? The
planner also provides a regula-
tions regarding the apparel of
both male and female students
continued on page 10...
has affected
their lives
and the
lives around
For San
D i e g a n s
who want
to get their
green on
b e f o r e
Earth Day, the an-
nual Earth Fair will
be returning to Bal-
boa Park. The local
motto is “Add Your
Voice.” This year’s
Earth Fair will be
taking an interest-
ing look at cleaner
cars, wildlife preser-
vation, ecotourism,
If the environment is a fad, then it’s go-
ing to be our last fad. ... We are building
a movement, a movement with a broad
base, a movement which transcends politi-
cal boundaries. It is a movement that val-
ues people more than technology, people
more than political boundaries, people
more than proft.
April 22, 1970, Denis Hayes, organizer of the frst
Earth Day and Chairman of The Earth Day Network
and com-
modities pro-
duced from
organic and
natural mate-
For more
visit www.

The La Jolla High School
Sarah Devermann
Timothy Rayner
News Editor
Amanda Menas
Opinions Editors
Christine Han
Caitlyn Kellogg
Features Editor
Katie Allen
Student Focus Editor
Mae Goodjohn
Sports Editor
Wendy Nettleton
A & E Editor
Laura Derickson
Business Managers
Taylor Mohrhardt
Jessica Savage
Mia Kelliher
Trevor Menders
Staff Writers
Benjamin Allen
Stephanie Buchbinder
Megan Carroll
Rachel Carroll
Shane Colvard
Ali Davallou
Lilly Glenister
Lilly Grossman
Zoe Hildebrand
Misha Kabbage
Nasim Kasiri
Zen Kelly
Madeline Lavelle
Jordan Linsky
Brock Macelli
Kenneth Martey
Isabel Melvin
Heidi Moreland
Giovanni Moujaes
Nessie Navarro
Hannah Orr
Haley Richards
Waverly Richards
Erin Riley
Lauren Robbins
Lauren Robertson
Maxwell Sanchez
Sarah Schug
Janet Shackleton
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March 28, 2013
Copy Editors
Jordan Bowman
Hannah Orr
Emma Scott
Jim Essex
By Giovanni Moujaes
Staff Writer
Have you ever wondered
why teachers who are under-
performing stick around while
others are laid off ? Chances
are it is the seniority rule that
is leaving them unscathed in
the battle between district bud-
get cuts and struggling high
Whether or not a teacher
should be laid off is based on
how long she has been in the
teaching system; this question
has long been a debate that
has caused the quality of edu-
cation to suffer, morale of stu-
dents to decrease, and budgets
of schools to be cinched up
like a noose.
The argument that more
years mean greater experience
is valid only if the “senior”
teachers would use their expe-
rience to benefit their students;
however, this has not been the
case in several scenarios.
Take AP pass rates as an ex-
ample. A high pass rate for a
teacher means that the major-
ity of students under her had
scored a 3 or above on the of-
ficial AP test. When a teacher
receives an average or sub-
par pass rate, results are often
linked to the lack of students’
work ethic, study patterns, or
even motivation. This simply
cannot be the case at La Jolla
High School, where API scores
are the highest in the district,
in part to outstanding teachers
over the years.
Teachers who are scoring in
the 80s (many under 40 years
of age) are being taken out
while some older ones scoring
in the 50s or 60s remain to pro-
vide another class another year
of inadequate lessons. It’s just
not right.
But, then, why do several stu-
dents in APs and other classes
still have As? Grade inflation is
the answer. When a teacher has
an underperforming class—or
so she says—she can give extra
credit assignments, open book
tests, and easy class work to miti-
gate the number of unsatisfacto-
ry grades. Sometimes, excessive
amounts of inflation are caught
before they can metastasize into
a complete mess, yet much of it
flies under the radar and are not
By Trevor Menders
Copy Editor
Nobody has ever refused a day
off of school, especially halfway
through the second semester.
Minds are dulling, grades are
faltering, and all eyes are turned
toward the gorgeous La Jolla
weather outside the windows.
So, it’s a good thing that spring
break falls where it does—but
this year, La Jolla High School
students have an extra day off:
March 29th.
For some, the date March 29th
may have no significance; for
others, it may mean a lot. The
preceding week of the 29th is
known among Christian denom-
inations as the Holy Week, and
the 29th is Good Friday. Good
Friday commemorates the day
that Jesus died on the cross. The
other days of the Holy Week
commemorate the remaining fi-
nal events in the life of Jesus.
The Catholic Church is the
staunchest observer of this “hol-
iday” and various protestant
churches—including the
Methodist, Lutheran, and
Moravian—also hold special
services, but none as extreme
or dedicated as those of the
This specific inter-Christian
denomination celebration of
the holiday presents a prob-
lem to the district’s recogni-
tion of the holiday. Though
an overwhelming percent-
age of Americans identify as
Christian, less than a third of
those are specifically Catho-
lic. So why is the district tak-
ing a day off for an event
that less than a third of the
population observes?
In reality, the day off is
most likely related to the
historically low attendance
on the Friday before spring
break—a Friday many par-
ents want to use as vacation
extension time.
Though this effort to limit
the number of absences on
the same day is certainly
grounded in good intention,
the district needs to be care-
ful. With parents attacking
the Encinitas school district
for teaching yoga to kinder-
gartners, who knows what
non-Christian parents might
levy against this district?
Why is the district
taking a day off
for an event that
less than a third
of the population

seen until semester grades
are in.
While pass rates are im-
portant, likability cannot be
ignored. A teacher’s signifi-
cance to his or her students
should be as equally con-
sidered as a teacher’s over-
all academic performance.
Teachers are often the ones
who inspire kids to challenge
themselves in life and aim
high in setting goals for the
future years. Some even be-
come life mentors or moti-
Generally speaking, extra
credit opportunities can give
students incentives to try
harder in class; extra credit
is especially beneficial if it’s
enjoyable, group oriented,
and can turn that 89.4% into
an A. However, too much
gives students a reason not
to try as hard in class, which
in turn means less studying
and lower test scores. Can
students really be blamed for
not having to work as hard to
achieve the same grade?

A teacher’s significance
to his or her students should
be as equally considered as
a teacher’s overall academic
What makes a holiday?
How Should Teachers be Graded?
The inadequate system that results from the seniority rule
Good Friday
By Emma Scott
HI-TIDE March 28, 2013
By Stephanie Buchbinder
Staff Writer
With the pressure of getting
into a reputable college, stu-
dents are often compared to
their peers. Whether in regard
to schoolwork, sport teams,
or other extra-curriculars, ev-
ery student strives to excel in
what she does. But is being the
“best” something one is born
with, or something that takes
strenuous work?
Although it seems impos-
sible, some people are born
naturally good at everything.
They maintain decent grades
without studying, score many
goals at their soccer games
without going to practice and
can play the piano as if they
were at the professional level.
Although they typically get the
same, if not more, recogni-
tion as someone who diligently
works to achieve similar goals,
do they really get as much out
of it?
When one works hard for
something but does not get
a desired result, it can be ex-
tremely disappointing. When
someone hopes something will
come naturally, it is not as dis-
appointing because they did
not put in the same amount of
hard work. On the other hand,
when one has put 100% effort
into a project, it is much more
rewarding and deserving.
Along with the gratifying
reward that comes along with
hard work, the lessons that
follow hard work can greatly
teach an individual. By con-
stantly working toward a goal,
one learns many new tasks at
hand. Imagine the goal as a
marathon runner. A naturally
“good” runner would be able
to go on only a couple runs
ahead of time, and then end
up doing well.
However, someone who is not
a running natural would need
to begin preparing way ahead
of time in order to finish the
race strong. They most likely
start off by going on training
runs and learning more about
the sport and proper tech-
niques of marathon running.
They might also train with oth-
er people, learn how to work as
a group and encourage others.
Finally, in the end, they would
have learned a countless num-
ber of things about themselves,
such as how to self-motivate,
stay in shape, and keep their
eyes on the prize.
Being naturally talented at
something is great; however,
nothing beats the rewarding
feeling of successfully achiev-
ing a goal after dedicated time
devoted to hard work.
By Mia Kelliher and Heidi
Copy Editor and Staff Writer
The long-awaited CSTs,
when seniors finally would not
have to sit through the long
testing hours, no longer ex-
ists. California Standard Tests
(CSTs), also known as the
STAR program, occur every
year around April. These tests
span large periods of time,
usually one to two hours. This
once meant seniors, who are
exempt from taking CSTs, had
the opportunity to do whatever
they pleased during the testing
periods. The 2012-2013 CST
scheduling will now be differ-
ent in a way that especially af-
fects seniors.
Students from 2nd to 11th
grade in public schools
throughout California are
required to take CSTs. The
tests mainly serve as a way to
rank the academic successes
of schools, and to standardize
courses. They test students’
knowledge in the following
subjects: math, science, history,
and English.
The results generally do not
affect students individually but,
instead, the school as a whole.
Over the past couple of years,
La Jolla High School has used
the CST scores as part of the
articulation process. This us-
age was implemented as a way
to motivate students to do bet-
ter and try their hardest on the
However, recently there has
been a change in CST sched-
uling as a way to increase the
CST scores. Instead of having
long hours of testing for one
day—causing students to do
poorly from exhaustion and
lack of motivation—the new
schedule is on two weeks of al-
ternating block schedules.
On some days, students will
attend periods 1, 3, and 5 and
on others, periods 2, 4, and 6.
Students will be taking the tests
for certain subjects in the cor-
responding periods.
Unfortunately, for seniors this
means coming to school and
sitting through two-hour long
classes while the rest of the stu-
dents are testing.
The new change in the sys-
tem is not fair to us seniors. It
is merely an additional bur-
den, especially after we have
waited for three years to be
able to come to school later in
the day. “I think it’s very frus-
trating that seniors have to go
to school for the CST testing.
We don’t have to take them,
so why should we sit in class
for two hours, when no one
else at school has to do class
work? It is really unfair,” said
senior Kristin Crabb.
Additionally, students who
have jobs could be greatly af-
fected by this. “I have a job
that starts at 2:30, and by get-
ting out later than I normally
do, it’s really going to affect
my work,” said senior Bridget
Taking multiple-choice tests
for many days in a row is ex-
hausting, yes, but the class of
2013 will have experienced
three years of doing so, as well
as one year of sitting through
extra long periods during the
testing days—something we
were not looking forward to.
For seniors, coming to school
will be an unnecessary waste
of time.
The new change in the system is
not fair to seniors. It is merely an
additional burden, especially after we
have waited for three years to be able
to come to school later in the day.

The True Test:
Does Practice Yield Perfection?

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Can Seniors Handle
Extra School Hours?
Talent versus hard work
4 March 28, 2013 HI-TIDE FEATURES
One way to enjoy the beauty of San Diego is to go outside and visit some hiking locations. As San Diego has fairly sunny conditions all year around, there are many
opportunities to go on an adventure. With a variety of locations, scenery, and difficulty levels, students have plenty of opportunities to choose a hiking spot that they
Mission Trails Regional Park: This park has over 25 hiking trails to choose from depending on the level of difficulty, elevation levels, and distance. More
information on Mission Trails can be found at www.mtrp.org.
-Easier Trails
Some trails are less difficult, but students can enjoy their surroundings and the hike. The Mission Gorge Region includes the Visitors Center Loop, Father Junipero
Serra Trail, and the Oak Grove Loop Trail. In the East Fortuna Region the less challenging hiking trails include Grasslands Loop and Kumeyaay Lake Trail. These
trails are either level 1 or 2 because they are less challenging and suitable for beginners.
-Cowles Mountain
At this summit, visitors have the opportunity to choose different trails and views to see, but the trails all finish at the top of Cowles Mountain. Some starting paths
include Golfcrest and Navajo, Big Rock Park, and Mesa Road. At the end of the hike, a monument with the history of the mountain signifies the end of the mountain
and being able to successfully complete the hike. These all have been categorized as level 5 hiking trails meaning they are high in difficulty and are challenging.
-Kwaay Paay
Near the Old Mission Dam, this hiking trail is quite challenging with steep hills and rocky areas, but is worth the hike. Upon reaching the summit one can view the
vast, open land at the top. After finishing the hike, there are trails to discover near the entrance as well as being able to visit the dam. Because of the challenging course,
this trail is categorized as a level 5 hike.

Torrey Pines State Reserve:
Located in La Jolla, the Torrey Pines State Reserve Park overlooks the ocean as you hike down to the bottom. With a variety of hiking trails to choose from, students
can enjoy a lot of the park. The trails are not too difficult or steep, so students can walk to the beach without many difficulties. Once you reach the bottom of the
trail and arrive at the beach you are met with towering cliffs and rocks to one side and a clear open ocean on another side. Information on this park is found at www.

Iron Mountain Trail:
A highly rated hike in San Diego, Iron Mountain Trail is known for having a wonderful view and a difficult, but well worth the workout. Near Poway, this hiking
location offers many different trail routes and a manageable distance. Many visitors recommend this summit to all as it is very family friendly.
By Mia Kelliher
Copy Editor
From sequins to floor-length
dresses, to fancy bow ties
and dapper suits, this year’s
Annual Scarlet and Black Ball
was a success in the fashion
department. With a wide
variety of today’s trends, La
Jolla High students and their
dates displayed their ability to
“dress to impress” in the finest
of ways.
One trend that seemed to
be quite popular amongst the
girls this year was super sparkly
sequined dresses. Senior Sarah
Alton joined by friend Kristin
Crabb struts her sequins in a
multicolored twinkling dress
from local store LF. (Photo 1)
Twinning at their finest,
sophomore Montana
Ruderman and freshman
Nicole Bertrand brighten up
the dance with their matching
gold sequined dresses. (Photo
And cutouts also were
quite frequently seen this
year in many girls’ dresses.
Sophomores Olivia Barone
and Sophia Rhodes are
wearing a sleeveless blue and
black leather dress with a
cutout at the top and in the
back also from local store LF.
(Photo 3)
Freshman Dominique
Yahyavi shows off her bright
By Misha Kabbage
Staff Writer
Photo Courtesy of www.funplacescalifornia.com
Dressed to the Nines
turquoise dress found on an
online shopping network
called www.wanelo.com, with a
big diamond shaped cutout
with many little diamonds cut
out inside in the middle chest
area of the dress. (Photo 4)
Not only were there greatly
dressed girls, but guys pulled
off some sophisticated
coordination with their dates
as well. Senior Stephen
Fuentes and his date, freshman
Nini Gracie coordinated their
outfits in simple all black,
each with a red corsage and
boutonniere going along lovely
with Gracie’s fiery red lipstick.
Gracie also displayed a great
example of trendy cutouts
in her dress, with a cage like
cutout all along the top of her
dress. (Photo 5)
Another amazingly
coordinated couple was junior
Tristan Sullaway and his date,
sophomore Amy Peckham
beautifully matching in purple.
Tristan wore a purple bowtie
with a plain black suit and
white shirt to match Amy’s
black and purple strapless
dress. Her dress consists of the
top half being black and tight,
and the bottom half a silky
purple flowing dress. Together,
their outfits completed each
other. (Photo 6)
Photo 1
Photo 4
Photo 2
Photo 3
Photo 6
Photo 5
All Photos Courtesy of Misha Kabbage
March 28, 2013
How can the mythical origins of Easter explain the strange
traditions we have today?
When we look at Easter
nowadays, we see a religious
holiday celebrating the
resurrection of Jesus Christ
after being crucified. But how
did rabbits and Easter eggs
become commonplace? The
answer to this question is fairly
simple. Some origins of the
Easter our society celebrates
today are taken from the
original, pagan Easter that was
celebrated to honor Eostre.
According to www.wikipeida.
com, Eostre (also called Ostara)
was the Germanic pagan
goddess of light and dawn
for whom Easter was created
in order to celebrate her. The
month of EosturmAnaþ (April)
was when these celebrations
took place. Therefore, when
Easter became equated with
the Church, its time frame was
kept, making Easter usually
occur in the beginning of
However, Eostre is not the
only variation of Easter.
There are many parallels that
are pointed out by Heather
McDougall on the www.
guardian.co.uk. She states,
“The general symbolic story
of the death of the son (sun)
on a cross (the constellation
of the Southern Cross) and
his rebirth, overcoming the
powers of darkness, was a
well worn story in the ancient
world. There were plenty
of parallel, rival resurrected
saviours too.”
A few parallel saviors
she talks about include the
By Hannah Orr
Copy Editor
For some people, picking a college will be the hardest decision they will have to make this early
in their lives. Here are some things to consider when picking the college that is right for you:

Size: There is a pretty noticeable difference between a small school and a large school. Most
liberal arts colleges have fewer than 4,000 students to provide for a relationship between students
and teachers where they can work close together. These schools are great for students who
want extra attention in their education. Large schools can have up to 40,000 students attending
them, making it very easy to feel lost amid a sea of excitement. These schools often have big
intercollegiate athletics and Greek life. Medium schools with around 10,000 students offer students
an intermediate option.

Location: Living in sunny San Diego has spoiled some of us since we are so accustomed to
beautiful weather and beaches. But if you need a change of scenery, get out of town! Just
prepare yourself if you end up somewhere with cloudy and cold weather, because it is common
for students to feel depressed when they go from a sunny area to a gloomy area.

Visit the College: The most important thing to do when choosing a college is visiting them.
Often, this is when a college speaks to you and you are able to picture yourself there. Try to sit-in
on classes, eat in the dining hall, and talk to the current students.

Do What you Want: Pick the college that you want to go to. Do not listen to what others have
to say. It does not matter where it ranks on a list, whether it is at the top or bottom. The only
thing that matters is if you can see yourself going to the college. If you are not ready for college,
take a year off. If the college it too expensive, try talking to the financial aid office. It really does
not matter where you end up, as long as you are happy and comfortable.
Egyptian god Horus, the
Sumerian goddess Ishtar, and
the Greek god Dionysus.
As McDougal explains,
“Born on 25 December, Horus
and his damaged eye became
symbols of life and rebirth.”
Therefore, it is easy to see that
these pagan god’s deaths and
resurrections line up with that
of Jesus Christ’s, making it
apparent that although Easter
is now a Christian holiday, it
was once a pagan one.
The Easter traditions our
society has kept, such as
Easter eggs, also stem from
Pagan celebrations of Easter.
According to www.guardian.
co.uk, bunnies and hares are
associated with Easter because
they were originally symbols
of Eostre. The Druids in the
Germanic countries, who
most likely celebrated Eostre,
originally considered Easter
eggs a sacred emblem of
Therefore, the hunting and
gifting of Easter eggs was an
ancient custom that was used
as a means to celebrate as well
as honor various traditions in
society at that time in history,
which has evolved into what
we now call Easter. Enjoy your
Spring Break and Easter!
On the first of April (April Fools’ Day), a day widely recognized and celebrated everywhere is a
day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. The earliest record of this event
and foolishness was in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales written in 1392 where in the story; a fox tricks the
main character.
There are a number of epic practical jokes and pranks for friends, family, enemies, or random
people from the street who you may not even know. Everyone knows the classic ones such as, whip
cream in the hand when someone is asleep and tickle his or her face so its smashed all over their
face and much more. Here are some pranks you can play on your friends:
• Take their phone and change the language.
• Share a locker with them or know the code? Switch the locks.
• Hide an alarm clock in their room and set it for 3am.
• Put crayons with the colors of the rainbow under their windshield wipers and when they turn
them on, there is a rainbow.
• Put food coloring in a carton of milk so when they pour a glass they will think it’s bad.
• Put saran wrap on the toilet seat.
• Put (lemon juice, hot sauce, etc.) on their toothbrush.
• Convince your friend you are tired of materialistic life and are moving to the middle of nowhere
with your family to live off the land.
• Switch their stick deodorant with cream cheese. Use a knife to cut off the visible deodorant and
replace with the cream cheese. Next shape it into a smooth, round dome. Then set it in the freezer
for a while to harden so it looks real.
• Walk around with blue Gatorade in a Windex bottle to make people think you are drinking
Windex (this can be to anyone.)
• In a friend’s car turn everything to the max volume, heat (anything else that will make them think
something is wrong.)
• Get a bunch of friends in on it and have every say happy birthday to someone when it is not.
By Sarah Schug
Staff Writer
By Janet Shackleton
Staff Writer
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their future
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March 28, 2013
Today, media and tech-
nology have infuenced
teen’s regarding sex,
drugs and alcohol in a
horrible way. We may
not realize it, but this is a
huge problem in today's
society. Why are kids and
teens so into partying and
doing what everyone else
is doing? Why are kids
giving in to peer pressure
so easily and wanting to
be cool and accepted by
all those around them? Ìt
is all because of the me-
dia. Movies, shows, com-
mercials, music, adult
By Janet Shackleton
Staff Writer
By Misha Kabbage
Staff Writer
Kids have grown up
learning to say no to
drugs. From the get go,
students around the
world are told to be wary
of drugs and people who
use drugs, and, while the
number of kids using il-
legal drugs has been de-
creasing, the number of
kids abusing prescription
drugs is on the rise.
The abuse of strong
painkillers like Oxycon-
tin, Vicodin, Percocet,
and others is increasing.
Ìn 2007 5% of 12th grade
students alone showed
to be abusing Oxycon-
tin, and 10% of seniors
said they had abused
Vicodin, according to
the Mark Houston Reha-
bilitation Center. Ìn addi-
tion, in 2005 there were
over double the amount
of people abusing pain-
killers than people using
Addict testimonials call
these drugs to be very
By Ben Allen
Staff Writer
Addicted to
infuences, and more
are the reason all these
things happen too often
at this young age.
Examples of T. V.
shows that infuence
teenagers are Show-
time’s Weeds and Fox's
That 70’s Show. Both
of these shows present
overwhelming amounts
of activities that affect the
way teens think to make
them want to be just like
the characters. That 70’s
Show portrays "sex,
drugs, and rock 'n roll¨ as
the ultimate way to live
life as an adolescent.
More shows that could
be infuential in a negative
way are Skins and MTV
Real World. The movie
Project X for example,
promotes throwing par-
ties and not knowing ex-
actly what the outcomes
are. Teens automatically
want to have the same
"party of the year,¨ as
seen in the movie so
they can be popular like
the main character of the
Popular music today is
all about "getting down on
shawty at the club,¨ living
young and recklessly, and
thinking that you can do
anything because of the
fact that you are young.
Music is the biggest in-
fuence on young people
and it started publicly in
the 1960's.
When The Beatles frst
became popular, people
were amazed at how
they openly talked about
drugs like LSD and Mari-
juana, and doing things
to a girl that could be "in-
The same goes with
Elvis and his outrageous
dance moves. Ìn the '60s,
music genre like this be-
came more popular and
Media’s affect
on adolescents
was the frst time soci-
ety and music drastically
changed the way people
lived. Ìt all started with
the hippie era consist-
ing of artists such as Jimi
Hendrix, The Doors, and
Janis Joplin. When teen-
agers listened to them,
they were motivated to
be and act just like their
Then came the disco
'70s and punk rock '80s
with Social Distortion and
The Clash. They wrote
music not only about sex,
drugs, and alcohol, but
also about being different
and to rebel against soci-
ety as well as the people
holding them back from
the dreams they had.
Ìn the '90s, bands like
Nirvana and Pearl Jam
made music about the
similar ideas and started
the Grunge era, which
made teens react and
feel differently about life.
These infuences from
society have seriously
affected high school stu-
dents for many years.
Drugs, sex, and alcohol
involved with teenagers
is something that can po-
tentially be impossible to
prevent unless society
addictive. Some teenag-
ers have even reported
becoming addicted within
one week of using a pill
Ìnitially, teens get the
drug legally, for an injury
or post surgery medica-
tion. When the pain goes
away, the teen continues
to take the pill, and then
becomes hooked. Fam-
ily members don’t notice
addiction because there
are no visible effects to
the body. Cheryl Oates,
mother of 19 year-old
Christopher Oates was
surprised when she found
out her son was addicted
to Percocet.
Painkillers can be a
gateway drug to more
powerful opioids like her-
oin. "Ì didn't think if she
had heroin Ì would do it,"
Katie, an 18 year old re-
covering addict, told NPR,
"but then when Ì had that
option ÷ to be sick or do
this ÷ Ì did that." The fact
that at single pill of "oxy¨
costs sixteen times that of
a baggie of heroin doesn't
help matters. Addicts say
that when the withdrawals
set in they feel absolutely
terrible, so the cheap fx
is heroin.
"Oxy¨ withdrawals have
been compared in sever-
ity to heroin, and other
opioids. "Ìt was like some-
body was inside of your
head with a hammer,"
Ryan, a 17 year-old high
school student recalled.
"You feel like you're go-
ing to die. Just laying
there in the bed, sweat
pouring off of you... Then
fve minutes later, you're
freezing. then you'd be
throwing up."
With the rise of legiti-
mate drug abuse, it is dif-
fcult to imagine just how
the problem will be com-
bated. Only time will tell
how many more lives will
be consumed by these
powerful drugs.
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Consequences of
La Jolla High School is a campus flled with many students who
are involved in a variety of activities; not all of them good. These
activities may consist of drinking regularly or getting entangled in
the curious world of drugs. No matter what the case, many students
here have either personally experienced or witnessed some crazy,
life-changing consequences resulting from drugs and alcohol. The
following are all true stories from students at our school and people
they know:
Story 1: A 14-year-old girl went to a music festival in the country-
side and drank a full bottle of hard liquor. She got alcohol poisoning
and needed to get her stomach pumped but the ambulance took long
to get to her due to her location. She ended up having permanent
liver problems.
Story 2: A girl who frequently attended "raves¨ took acid for the
frst time due to peer pressure. She had a "bad trip¨ and started hallu-
cinating. Since no one took care of her she ended up having to sleep
on the streets because she wasn't able to drive herself home.
Story 3: A 17-year-old male student went to a college party, said
he "only had a few beers¨ and was "good to drive¨ even though he
was advised by others not to do so. He ended up getting a DUÌ and
got his license taken away for four years. On top of that, his college
scholarship was revoked.
Story 4: A girl had never drunk before and wasn't planning to
start. She went to a party and thought she was drinking a cup of
soda, but the drink had been drugged with the common "date-rape¨
drug, otherwise known as "roofes¨. She started to vomit everywhere,
passed out in a person's car, and fell out of the car and broke her
Ìn the end, people will ultimately do what they want. However, they
should do so with caution. Take these heart-breaking experiences
into account next time you want to drive after you've been partying all
night or after you've been exposed to drugs. Do not be afraid to say
no if offered something unwanted and watch out because you never
know what can happen when you're not thinking straight!
Ìn today's society, the
abuse of performance
enhancing drugs in
sports has become much
more common than in
year's past. Although all
athletes may not be us-
ing drugs to gain an up-
per hand on the competi-
tion, there are many that
you would not expect
partaking in these illegal
activities. Athletes are al-
ways striving to be better
than the rest. However,
when doping becomes a
strategy to achieve these
goals, many moral lines
are crossed and all re-
spect as an athlete is di-
College sports have
come into contact with
controversy over wheth-
er or not to drug-test the
athletes. While it may
seem like professional
sports have more dop-
ing scandals, there are
also cases of illegal sub-
stance abuse in college
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One example of perfor-
mance enhancing drugs
going bad is the case of
the well known cyclist
Lance Armstrong. Be-
cause of his "doping ring¨
being released, all of his
titles have been stripped.
By Lilly Glenister and Hannah Orr
Staff Writer and Copy Editor
Ìf he were ever to com-
pete at an Olympic event
again, he would "have to
tell the whole truth about
his doping past,¨ ac-
cording to the New York
Times. Performance en-
hancing drugs are not
something to be taken
lightly. They can skew the
normals copass, as well
as impact all aspects of
a person's life, especially
their credibility.
Student- athletes should
take precaution before
becoming involved in anty
performance enhancing
situations. The conse-
quences if being caught
far outweigh the popular-
ity or fame one can get
from winning races or
performing better.
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hookup.com, ksdk.com,
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By Nossio Nnvnrro
Stoff Jrit·r
Ior about lour years at La
Jolla High School, Coach
Rey Hernanoez was the heao
coach lor the Vikings lootball
team. However, a change has
come ano Coach Jason Carter
will be taking over as the heao
lootball coach. Senior varsity
lootball player Dylan Walsh
says, He`s a really cool guy.
He`ll give our program a gooo
new perspective.¨
Iootball has always been a
large part ol Carter`s lile. I`m
lrom Texas where the lootball
traoition is rich ano lootball is
like a religion. I starteo playing
at the age ol nve.I was highly
recruiteo as a quarterback ano
chose the University ol Texas
A8M to play lootball on a lull
athletic scholarship. There I
playeo multiple positions lrom
quarterback to running back,
wioe receiver, ano punt ano
kick-oll returner. Alter play-
ing at Texas A8M, I
playeo nve years ol
prolessional lootball
lor the Minnesota
Vikings, Carolina Fan-
thers ano Toronto Argo-
nauts,¨ mentions Carter.
In aooition to new changes
within the lootball team, like
new jerseys, Carter has plans
lor the whole school. He is currently in the
process ol working on the new weight room
ano it is also projecteo that LJHS
shoulo get a new turl nelo in
201¯. Il LJHS got a new
weight room ano a new
nelo more than the loot-
ball team woulo bene-
nt. Ior example, F.E.
classes, other teams
ano the commu-
nity woulo all
pront lrom the
aooitions. Ol
course, Carter
will be mak-
ing new
aovancements lor the lootball
team. Over the past years, the
team has taken criticism lrom
much ol the stuoent booy be-
cause ol the poor perlormance
it has put on. Carter will bring
a new nre to the team, which
went 3-8 in the 2012 season.
Walsh aoos, As a senior, I`m
oennitely exciteo to know that
our program is still in gooo
hanos. I`m also exciteo to
see how the team will oo next
Ior the lootball team specin-
cally, Carter has a lew ioeas in
mino. I inteno on improving
the team by creating a lamily
orienteo atmosphere that gives
our kios a sense ol
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belonging. We also have to
put the ownership back on
the players ano holo them ac-
countable,¨ mentions Carter.
Walsh saio, He will improve
the team by bringing a new
type ol ollense ano a new type
ol structure. Also, he`s getting
everybooy lrom the lreshman
level to the senior level more
exciteo.¨ Ireshman Justin
Wiloer aoos, I think he will
bring in some new plays that
will make us better.¨
Overall, the new aooition to
the LJHS stall, Coach Jason
Carter, will bring improve-
ments to the lootball team ano
to the whole school.
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nnd Mndio Lnvollo
Stoff Jrit·r·
Sonior Kolli Hnncock is a
speeo oemon on the huroles.
She holos the school recoro in
the 100-meter ano 300m hur-
oles. Last year she qualineo
lor the state meet in the 300m
huroles ano the !x!00m. She
ran the 100m huroles in 1¯.37
seconos, ano the 300m hur-
oles in !3.!! seconos. These
times are extremely last, most
people cannot even run these
times without huroles. In ao-
oition to huroles, she runs the
!x!00m ano the !x100m.
Last year, Hancock ano her
other relay team members
went to state in the !x!00m.
Hancock saio, This year, I
want to break the school re-
coros lor the relay teams.¨
Sonior Roso Chuto began her pole vaulting career alter real-
izing sprinting was not lor her. Chute starteo oll not knowing
much about pole vaulting, but her newly louno love lor the sport
ano her competitiveness orove her to become an excellent pole
vaulter. My competitiveness orove me to work to haroer ano
keep practicing,¨ says Chute.
Sonior Knrly Zlntic is not only a star on the soccer team, but also on the track team. Zlatic is
currently the lastest girl at LJHS. She runs the 100m oash, the 200m oash, ano the !00m. She
ran the 200m in 2!.¯2 seconos, which is the secono lastest recoro at LJHS. She also runs the
!x!00m ano the !x100m with Hancock. Zlatic saio, This year, I hope to be the CII champion
lor the 200m, !00m, ano the !x!00m.¨
]unior Tinny Millor is excellent at pole vaulting. The high-
est he has ever pole-vaulteo is 13`3¨ inches. Miller is very exciteo
lor the season ano wants to improve his lorm this year. Miller
says that he likes track because, pole vaulting is lun ano I get
to be with my lrienos.¨ His goal lor this year`s track season is to
reach above 1!¨o¨.
Sophonoro ]nko Ippilito runs log oistance. He runs the mile
ano the two-mile. The long oistance teams workouts in track are
very haro ano grueling. Ippilito runs the two-mile, eight laps,
in 10:3¯. Ippilito`s lastest time in the mile is !:!9. He hopes to
improve this time ouring the track season ano help his tea, out by
getting the best times he can.
Polo Vnulting Trnck
Shotput & Discus
Sonior Sponcor Turnor also contributes
to the success ol the track ano nelo team.
He takes part in shot put ano oiscus. He be-
gan his career because he watcheo a prac-
tice while participating on the tennis team
ano he thought it woulo be a lot ol lun to
join. Shot put ano oiscus are two unique
events that require strength ano technique,
two things which Turner has hao much suc-
cess at. Having a lot ol strength ano pow-
er is always really helplul,¨ explains Turner.
Turner`s lavorite part about his event is the
physical ntness ano strength he gets lrom
it. He trains haro every oay whether it`s
practicing his technique or keeping up his
strength in the weight room.
]unior Connor Hnydon partici-
pates in multiple track ano nelo events
like oiscus, long jump, !x100m, 200m
ano !00m. He excels at all the events,
but especially at oiscus. Hayoen con-
tributes his success to his, quick spin
speeo ano strength. But, by the eno ol
the season I hope to perlect my lorm
more. I want to be able to keep my
throwing arm straighter on release
ano also just builo up my strength
more.¨ Hayoen has a great chance ol
competing in San Diego Section CIIs,
but he hopes to perlorm well enough
to continue on to State. Hayoen enjoys
both the competition ol track but also
the lamily aspect ol the team.
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Junior Timmy Miller works on lorm ouring a practice.
Spencer Turner, senior, will be a successlul competitor lor the team.
Senior Kelli Hancock warms up belore jumping huroles.
9 March 28, 2013
Ior many years, the Kiwanis
Club ol La Jolla has put on the
La Jolla Hall Marathon ano
the La Jolla Shores ¯K.
These two events are open to
everyone, but in oroer to guar-
antee a spot in the hall mara-
thon, it is important to sign up
as one ol the nrst o,¯00 people,
ano the nrst 1,¯00 lor the ¯K.
This year the 32no annual
La Jolla Hall Marathon ano
La Jolla Shores ¯K will take
place on April 28th.
The hall marathon starts
north ol Del Mar on Jimmy
Durante Way. It lollows the
coast oown Coast Boulevaro,
Torrey Fines Roao, ano nnally
to the nnish at Cave Street at
the Cove. The ¯K run starts
at the top ol La Jolla Shores
Drive ano nnishes at the same
spot as the hall marathon.
Many runners participate in
one ol these races to keep in
shape, to beat times, or just to
have lun. Whatever their rea-
son, these races are a big part
ol the La Jolla culture.
Ethan Hammershaimb, soph-
omore, who will be running
the ¯K, got into running with
the help ol his lamily. My sib-
lings woulo run all the time ano
it just innuenceo me to oo it,¨
Hammershaimb saio. He hopes
to place in the top nve lor his
age group lor the race.
This will not be the nrst ,or
last, hall marathon lor senior
Chris Fomerenke, who recently
completeo the San Diego Hall
Marathon. He will be running it
to lollow in his lather`s lootsteps,
the man who introouceo him to
running in the nrst place. As lor
hopes ano expectations lor the
big oay, his goal is to break one
hour ano thirty minutes. When
askeo about his plans lor his lu-
ture running career, Fomerenke
aooeo, I hope to run the New
York Marathon ano then that`s
going to be it belore I go oll to
The La Jolla Hall Marathon
ano the La Jolla Shores ¯K are
two races that have been a part
ol the history ol La Jolla lor
many years ano it is encourageo
to go out ano run the race not
only lor gooo health, but also
lor a gooo time.
By Stophnnio Buchbindor
nnd Nossio Nnvnrro
Stoff Jrit·r·
There`s nothing like the leeling you get alter a gooo, aorenaline-lueleo workout. Working out elevates enoorphins resulting in a sense ol euphoria. Although a traoi-
tional run works on energy ano ntness, it can get boring. As ntness has become present in more people`s lives, new ano creative ways ol working out have sprung up.
Zunbn: A lun ano upbeat
caroio workout calleo Zumba
has explooeo among all ages
ano genoers. Iinoing a Zum-
ba class is easy, as almost every
gym now ollers it as a class.
Zumba is an ellective, easy-to
lollow, Latin inspireo, calorie-
burning oance. Zumba lets
you let loose ano oance, while
builoing up your energy ano
letting the participants move,
move, shake, shake ano orop
those pounos oll. P/t Cort··, f ooo.olo··¡rio¸·olo¸·ff..o
Puro Bnrro: Il oancing ano last movements are not your lorte, then there are other classes
such as Fure Barre that woulo be a gooo nt. Fure Barre is a workout system that utilizes the ballet
barre to perlorm small movements. Although the movements may be small, the ellects are huge.
This workout burns lat ano tones your booy ellectively ano salely. Fure Barre is a locuseo workout
session that brings on a similar mino-set as that ol yoga classes. Fure Barre helps achieve large
improvements on abs, hips, arms ano thighs, places on the booy that is a struggle to change.
AntiGrnvity Yogn: AntiGravity Yoga provioes a workout
that increases agility, aligns the vertebrae, ano stretches you lur-
ther with less strain. This gravity-oelying workout incorporates
a silk hammock hanging lrom the ceiling into the practice ol
yoga. AntiGravity Yoga is like ooing yoga while suspenoeo in
air. A participant can oeepen his or her mino ano booy connec-
tion, nexibility, ano access to oeep peace¨ ,antigravityyoga.com,.
AntiGravity Yoga provioes all the same benents ol yoga, with
less strain ano more lun. AntiGravity yoga is not wioespreao yet
but The Yoga Iactory, locateo in Hillcrest, ollers classes lor S19.
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Insnnity: Are you looking lor a work out that promises you to get into the best shape ol your
lile? Then Insanity is lor you¦ Insanity is a series ol vioeo workouts leo by its creator, Shaun T. It
is a sixty oay program that has unbelievable results, il you stick to the prescribeo workouts. This
intense work out series locuses on increasing caroio, builoing muscle, ano toning up your booy. No
special equipment is neeoeo, just you, your TV, ano your ability push through the pain. Insanity
is not easy, but Shaun T. will get you through those tough workouts, ano you will walk away with
the best booy ol your lile.
CrossFit: Over the past lew years, CrossIit has blown up. WODs ,workout ol the oay,, FRs ,personal recoro,, ano MUs ,muscle up, are all becoming part ol ev-
eryoay vocabulary. The goal ol CrossIit is to increase your ntness ano strength. Nothing is too impossible or crazy. When you sign up lor CrossIit, you are signing
up lor a workout that may incluoe weight lilting, running, pull ups, rowing machines, kettle bells, box jumps, ano much more. Feople are orawn to the community
aspect ol CrossIit. Everyone is very supportive ol each other, ano people rely on one another to help them push through the grueling workouts. CrossIit is very oil-
ncult, but the workouts are never boring. A healthy oiet ano lilestyle is stresseo when participating in CrossIit. CrossIit will get you strong, healthy, ano an amazing
ano supportive community that wants to see you succeeo. There are many CrossIit stuoios all over San Diego.
By Erin Riloy nnd
Mognn Cnrroll
Stoff Jrit·r·
Being a member ol an inoi-
vioual sport, a team sport or
even both, will present both
aovantages ano oisaovantag-
es. At La Jolla High School,
many stuoents participate in
sports, but while some rely
on the inoivioual successes,
others oepeno on the co-
operation ol a team. Some
inoivioual sports incluoe
goll, track, ano wrestling. Al-
though sports like track have
team events, such as relays, it
is mostly an inoivioual sport.
Some team sports incluoe
soccer, lacrosse, nelo hockey,
ano basketball.
The perks ol playing on an
inoivioual sport incluoe hav-
ing complete control over the
result ol the game ano being
able to locus on one`s own
success. But there is also high
pressure on these athletes to
constantly perlorm well. Out-
comes ol games ano matches
is solely on the shouloers ol
the athlete.
Senior varsity tennis player
Eric Klein believes that there
are positive ano negatives to
both types ol teams, but inoi-
vioual sports are more ellective
in improving the player. |A
positive ol inoivioual sports is|
it makes you mentally nt.you
can rely on yoursell to get the
job oone.¨
Choosing a sioe can oepeno
on many things, but the main
argument is how well athletes
can work with others. Athletes
may neeo team support or sell-
reliance to improve. Ferson-
ally it`s a inoivioual sport |that
I woulo preler| because you
locus on all your strengths ano
weaknesses versus when you
are on a team where you can
have one strength ano some-
one else picks up your weak-
nesses,¨ saio Klein. As there
are aovantages ano oisao-
vantages to inoivioual sports,
there are also some lor team
Team sports are nt lor ath-
letes who can work well both
inoivioually ano with others.
It is important in a team sport
to improve one`s own skills as
well as the whole team`s skills.
Fositives to team sports can
be seen insioe ano outsioe the
Sophomore Gabby Ferson,
on the varsity nelo hockey
team saio, Everyoay alter
school it is a whole new group
ol people to hang out with
ano at school events there are
more people to go with. Ior
|nelo hockey|, not everything
oepenos on you, it`s a team el-
lort so it`s okay to make a little
mistake because someone else
will pick up the slack.¨
Team sports are high in spirit
ano enjoyable because ol the
interaction with others. Ferson
saio, A team sport |is more
ellective| because there are al-
ways inoivioual skills you can
practice whenever, but then
you can go with your team ano
have people to practice with
ano work together to get bet-
ter as a team.¨
Overall, the oecision ol
whether to play team sports
or inoivioual sports oepenos
on what the athlete prelers.
Inoivioual sports highlight an
athlete ano locus on potential
high levels ol talent, but causes
nerve-wracking moments ano
stress ouring games. Team
sports create a place lor ath-
letes to enjoy their sport while
working with others, but may
hinoer inoivioual progress ano
talent il the rest ol the team is
weak. Stuoents at LJHS can
nno the sport that nts their
prelerence ano will improve
their skills.
PO "1" 1P "J1^N"
By Min Kollihor
C¡, Ecitr
The battle between team sports ano inoivioual sports.
10 NEWS March 28, 2013
Video footage captured by
a cell phone from the live
camera at the La Jolla Chil-
oren`s Fool nnally enacteo a
change in the extensive de-
bate over the protection of
seals. Mayor Bob Filner has
ordered that the Children’s
Pool be closed to the pub-
lic from sunset to sunrise
through May 15th.
The footage, posted on
YouTube last month, re-
vealed a horrifying scene in-
volving two girls relentlessly
harassing pregnant mother
seals and their pups. The
video showed the girls cross-
ing a city-installed rope bar-
rier and disturbing the seals
to the point of injury. One
of them sat on, jumped on
and kicked the pregnant seals
while the other took pictures.
The mayor’s decision to
close the area is the latest
movement in this dispute be-
tween nature activists who
seek to protect the seals from
human contact, and La Jolla
residents who stipulate that
having access to the beach
area is a historical right.
Over the years this battle has
stirred up several litigations,
rallies, and movements that
the San Diego City Council
and state legislature had yet
to move on, until now.
The mayor argued that the
closing was necessary in or-
der to protect the animal in
this vulnerable state. When
pregnant seals are subject
to disturbances by the pub-
lic, they are often forcibly
separated from their young,
which substantially reduces
their survival rate. Moreover,
if the mothers are forced
to give birth in the ocean,
the pups run a high risk of
drowning before they can ad-
just to breathing outside the
Children’s Pool
By Emma Scott
Copy Editor
The La Jolla Children’s pool
installed 24-hour camera sur-
veillance shortly before the
incident. This $40,000 piece
of technology was donated
by the city, and was equipped
with several features such as
an infrared camera and glass
wipers that allowed the cam-
era to stream live footage of
the seals birthing at night.
The camera does not have
a recording feature however,
which is how this incident
managed to go unnoticed.
Soon afterwards, several
other people came forward
with information on seal dis-
turbances in the past, some
occurring as long as a decade
Filner requested that the
police apply extra surveil-
lance at the site during the
darkened hours. The city has
also informed the National
Oceanic and Atmosphere
Administration. The harass-
ment case is still being inves-
tigated in La Jolla, and the
police continue to identify
the girls who so heartlessly
abused these creatures.
By Trevor Menders
Copy Editor
Rape leads to Teen Arrests
As evidenced by La Jolla’s
January party stabbing, house
parties are becoming more dan-
gerous, not only in a lethal man-
ner, but in that of privacy and
personal security: on August
11, 2012, several teenagers in
Steubenville, Ohio unwittingly
started down the path towards
a meoia nrestorm. In the house
of a volunteer football coach at
Steubenville High School, the
alcohol began to now between
a myriad of students celebrating
their last days of summer before
the start of a new school term.
Two athletes from the Steu-
benville High School football
team, Trent Mays and Ma’lik
Richmond, were in attendance
at this party. So was a girl from
Weirton, West Virginia, across
the Ohio River. Before the
end of the night, the girl from
Weirton would be passed out
due to overconsumption of al-
cohol, and the two football play-
ers would rape her.
Rape among high school
athletes is not uncommon, but
what caused this particular case
to escalate was the involvement
of social media. Many other stu-
dents—who would later testify
as being witnesses of the rape—
recorded parts of the act with
their cell phones and other mo-
bile oevices. The nrst evioence
ol the rape was posteo to Insta-
gram, a picture of two football
players holding up the passed-
out girl by her hands and ankles,
with the hashtags of “rape” and
“drunk girl.” The image also ap-
peared on Twitter. Other docu-
mentation of it began to spread
...continued from page 1
“Bare midriffs, tube tops, spa-
ghetti straps” and “sagging
trousers” within the same sen-
What the dress code does not
specify is the sex of the student
and what is appropriate or
not. Although many students
may feel that it is obvious to
everyone which clothing item
applies to which sex, the list
can be confusing concerning
transgender students.
Transgender is the state
of one’s gender identity, not
matching their sex. The top-
ic of students who consider
themselves transgender is one
that creates controversy within
schools; although LJHS has
not been directly effected by
the dress code controversy of
transgender students, many
schools throughout the nation
The dress code states that
no clothing should be permit-
ted which makes students at
the school “uncomfortable.”
Regarding the dress code in
general, Mr. Shelbourne said,
“As long as it is not disrup-
tive.¨ He also stateo that It
is in your best interest to keep
[attire] business-like so you
can focus on your studies and
not someone’s new tan lines.”
The original statement did not
cover the issue of cross dress-
ing, but the administration did
agreed with Vice Principle Jo-
seph’s comment, “You should
be able to do what you want if
that is how you feel.”
Although La Jolla has not
been directly effected by the
dress code controversy of
transgender students, there
have been questions on the
outdated regulation which has
remained on dance tickets.
Each ticket is accompanied
by a paper stating the rules
of the dance, including dress
cooe, which specines girls are
to wear dresses.
Mr. Shelbourne mentioned
that students have always been
involved in creating dress
codes, following with the state-
ment, I woulon`t mino |il
girls wore pants or boys wore
dresses], it’s just a theme, and
By Jordan Linsky and
Amanda Menas
Staff Writer and News Editor
rapioly arouno the Internet.
Through the night, the on-
line attention the post had at-
tracted burgeoned. Blogs began
to comment on the behavior of
both the boys and the girl. The
next day, the girl woke up in an
unfamiliar basement entirely
unaware of what had happened
the previous night. She had
passed out cold. She and her
family found out about her mo-
lestation on the Internet ano in
a story in a Steubenville paper.
As of March 17, the two foot-
ball players Mays and Rich-
mond were convicted. Mays
was sentenced to a minimum
of two years, while Richmond
has received only one, however,
both face possible extensions
of their sentences which would
have them stay in jail until age
The average sentencing for
rape in the U.S. is approximately
ten years, with about half of the
sentence generally carried out.
Social justice bloggers continue
to attack the unusual treatment
of the case. Many are outraged
that the convicted received such
relatively short sentences to be-
gin with. Others are shocked
at how media outlets, such as
CNN, in their newscasts have
portrayed the convicted as the
real victims in the case.
The Steubenville rape
case will not truly be closed until
the nnal sentences lor Hays ano
Richmond have been decided
and the internet fervor dies
down, events which may take
a while to come to pass. In the
meantime, Steubenville, Ohio,
is left to stew in an unwanted
spotlight and newly bad reputa-
one ol those themes I think is
The only concern brought
up by the administration was
the bathroom situation. Would
girls feel their privacy com-
promised if a transgender boy
walked in? Would boys?
Until I hear otherwise, il
you are male you have to use a
male bathroom; if you are fe-
male, you have to use a female
bathroom” said Shelburne. He
also aooeo, Il a boy wants to
wear female clothing [or vise
versa], it would have to be
within the guidelines of cloth-
ing for [that gender].”
In the eno, La Jolla High
School administrators have
made it clear that no trans-
gender teens would be dis-
criminated against within the
school’s walls. There have been
many advances toward accep-
tance of these teens, including
support groups such as La Jolla
High’s Gay Straight Alliance
club, and of their preferred at-
tire. Mr. Shelburne hopes the
rules regarding dance dress
code as well as every day dress
are “understandable, reason-
able, rational, explainable, and
il not, I`m always willing to lis-
ten to why isn’t it a good rule.”
In the eno, he saio, The goal
is to make sure everyone un-
derstands this is a ‘business
climate.’ Your job is to go to
school and get an education;
by job is to help you get it and
eliminate many of the unnec-
essary distractions.”
continued from p.1
Seals sunning at La Jolla Chiloren's Fool.
P/t .ort··, Ji/i¡·cio
March 28, 2013
Photo courtesy of
The Saline Solutions are
not your average garage
band. They’re a combination
of classic So-Cal guitar,
wicked bass riffs, and tight
drumming. While their sound
isn’t easily recognizable,
the band itself has called
themselves a “shirtless Velvet
Underground,” but they also
sound a little like the Red Hot
Chili Peppers, and a more laid
back Cream.
The band does have a very
original sound, however, that
can blur the line between
West Coast rock and northern
reggae. The SS’s will
occasionally cover songs, but
a lot of credit has to be given
to singer/guitar player Mitch
McCullough, who has written
all of the band’s music.
In an interview with Sonic
Reducer Studios, McCullough
said that he has wanted to
be a singer-songwriter since
his childhood, when he first
discovered his singing voice.
With a unique sound and
original pieces, the Saline
Solutions stand out from the
typical amateurs on open mic
The Saline Solutions got
their start in mid-2011 and
began playing at places like
the 710 Beach Club, bars, and
other assorted venues. Mitch
McCullough and Daniel
O’Keefe, drummer, started the
band, and Andre Gamboa and
Miles Edwards were brought
on board for the recording
of the band’s first album, The
Saline Solutions, in October later
that same year.
Currently, the band is made
up of McCullough, O’Keefe,
and bassist Tim Rayner, who
became a member for the
studio recording of the band’s
second album, Tangerines and
A Solution to the Same-Old-Same-Old
By Ben Allen
Staff Writer
Saline Solutions’
Top Tracks:
So Good Now

Sew My Shadow

Surrender Lord
From Left to Right: Mitchel McCullough,
Tim Rayner, Daniel O’Keefe, Jeff Wang
Photo Courtesy of Tim Rayner
Avocados; after the album’s
debut, Jeff Wang became the
band’s rhythm guitarist.
While still pumping out new
music, the band can be seen
playing all over San Diego.
Last month the band boasted
six shows, unfortunately all
were at 21 and up venues.
Hopefully the Saline Solutions
will stick around to record a
third album and keep their
new sound coming. The
Saline Solutions can be bought
on iTunes for $9.90, and
Tangerines and Avocados can be
downloaded off of the band’s
page on Reverb Nation.
March 28, 2013
Photos courtesy of Jane Wheeler and Hi Tide staff.
Photo courtesy of
In a society as technologically
advanced as ours, it would be a struggle
to find any teen that has not been
exposed to the illegal downloading
or streaming of entertainment from
The Internet. Whether it is acquiring
movies, or more commonly, music,
the benefits of online piracy usually
outweigh the downfalls for involved
parties. In fact, online piracy is such a
common practice that people usually
don’t think twice about the potential
consequences, because to those
committing the crime, it doesn’t seem
that serious of an offense compared
to actually shoplifting or robbing a
convenience store.
In the past, there was no real way
of prosecuting consumers that
participated in online piracy; however,
recently there have been new practices
put into place in an attempt to regulate
and discourage offenders. Most, if
not all, LJHS students probably have
participated in online piracy whether
they realize it or not. Downloading
songs for their iPods for free does fit
under the category of online piracy.
According to USA Today, a new
warning system has recently been
launched called the Copyright Alert
System (CAS). It involves five of the
most popular Internet service providers
including AT&T, Cablevision,
Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and
Verizon, which have all implemented
the system and could possibly limit
Internet access to repeat offenders of
online piracy.
In short, the CAS is a system where
entertainment companies will notify the
internet service providers (ISP’s) when
they have detected that a consumer
has illegally downloaded content. The
ISP’s then send an alert or email to the
consumer meant to warn them and also
educate them on alternatives to online
piracy. Users are sent a maximum of
six alerts and after that, ISP’s may
reduce their Internet speed or redirect
them to another landing page to review
and respond to alerts prior to resuming
The entertainment industry has tried
to regulate online piracy in the past,
but has been relatively unsuccessful due
to its controversial nature. According
to NBC news, many people that are
advocates for a free and open internet
have shut down attempts at passing
legislature favored by the entertainment
By Lilly Glenister
Staff Writer
The CAS is yet another controversial
attempt at regulating online piracy
because some could see it as an invasion
of privacy.
The new CAS is an attempt to
discourage people from participating
in online piracy, however, according to
the Wall Street Journal, “The antipiracy
and security firm Irdeto, said that in
2009 it detected 5.4 billion instances
of pirated content online, from movies
and television shows to video games.
Last year, that number jumped to more
than 14 billion.” It seems as though the
participants in online piracy are still
For LJHS students, the new system
may be a wake-up call to stop illegally
downloading content, but only time
will tell if the Copyright Alert System
will work in regulating online piracy.
Photo courtesy of www.gocomics.com
The Spiders are
Back From Mars
Many people claim to be pop icons,
but few actually are. One man with
legitimacy to the claim of international
superstar is the one and only David
Bowie—or, depending on the time
period, Ziggy Stardust or The Thin
White Duke.
As an international denizen, Bowie
lived all over the world, from his native
England, to Switzerland, to Germany,
with many stops in between. His music
traversed just as many genres as he did
locations: from early “psychedelic folk,”
to “glam rock,” to “soul and funk” to
“electronica”—even “neoclassicism.”
Aside from music, Bowie has delved
into many other areas, such as film,
television, and even video games.
Now, Bowie has returned to the music
industry: his new album, The Next Day,
became available in its entirety on
iTunes on March 13th.
The album is a step back from the
ever-present synthesizer of his previous
works and although not entirely
acoustic, presents a more retrospective
image of his career in the popular eye.
Thinly concealed metaphors in “The
Stars (Are Out Tonight)” and “Where
Are We Now?” which, although not
exactly anecdotal, are quite revealing
of his personal opinions.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
By Trevor Menders
Staff Writer
The LJHS drama department is
getting ready to present this year’s
musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee. This musical is about a
group of kids who—you guessed it—
compete in a spelling bee. Although it
may seem innocent at first glance, The
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is
anything but.
Sporting songs such as “My
Unfortunate Erection,” Putnam has
many jokes and comedic gags that will
make anyone laugh. There is also a very
wide range of characters, from Rona,
the former champion who now hosts
the bee, to Leaf Coneybear, a runner-
up who gets admitted into the bee after
the first-place winner can’t make it.
The cast for The 25th Annual Putnam
County Spelling Bee is small, but promises
to pack quite a punch. While it includes
a titled cast with ensemble, the titled
characters are Lauren Nordholm as
Leaf Coneybear, Hallie Bodenstab as
Rona Lisa Peretti, Jake Huey Correa
as Chip Tolentino, Emily Wineman
as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre,
Tommy Solem as William Barfee, and
Hannah Orr as Marci Park. All of
the characters are hilarious and very
unique, making the musical something
you won’t want to miss.
One interesting thing about The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the
fact that it uses audience members as
a part of the performance. They are
interviewed before the show and asked
if they want an opportunity onstage,
and if they are selected, they get to
participate in the pandemonium and
circus that is Putnam.
By Hannah Orr
Staff Writer
Photo courtesey of www.wikipedia.com
The Next Day, complete with fully-
produced music videos, probably
doesn’t contain the next AT40 chart-
topper, but is bound to make waves in
the music industry.
Photo courtesey of www.thenewyorker.com
Photo courtesey of www.wikipedia.com

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