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Volume LXXXVIV Issue 3-December 18, 2014

By Sophia Ketring
Staff Writer
It has been a long time in the
making, but finally the company DecoBike is installing bikes
in different parts of San Diego.
This means that now people
can start utilizing this new,
more eco-friendly form of
public transportation. They no
longer have to use transportation that emits waste into the
atmosphere, like buses. They
can pick the option that does
not harm the environment as
well as helps one’s own health.
The intent of the bikes is to
help those who don’t have the
most ideal options for transportation such as tourists or
people who do not own other forms of transportation,
such as a car. In addition, the
bikes are supposed to promote
a green option for transportation. The bikes are parked
at solar powered stations to
further promote eco-friendly
The delay for installing the
bikes is due to disagreements
of where the bikes should be
installed. So far, DecoBike
has installed some of the bike
stations in downtown San Diego. About 50 stations are supposed to go up in downtown
in the years to come. Another
180 stations are supposed to
be set up all throughout San
Diego. The DecoBikes website
provides a map of where bikes
are to be installed in San Diego. It shows that a handful of
stations are to be installed in
the Mission Bay area as well
as near Liberty Station. The
costs for renting a bike are $5
for half an hour and $12 for
two hours. Helmets are not
provided though it is suggested that you bring your own.
One can return a bike that they
have rented to any of the stations that are located throughout the city. The bikes are not
the best alternative for traveling long distances because the
bikes are stationed relatively
close to each other. A map of
the bike stations is suggested
when planning trips.
Overall, the DecoBike stations are perfect for people
who want to get out and experience a glimpse of San Diego
while being active.

“Black Lives Matter”
By Vivi Bonomie
Staff Writer
The night of August 9, 2014
in the city of Ferguson, Missouri 18-year-old Michael Brown
went to a local mart to buy a
pack of cigarillos with a friend.
As he walked down the street,
he was stopped by local police
officer Darren Wilson. Wilson
and Brown got into an altercation, which led to the firing of
12 rounds by Officer Wilson and
the death of Michael Brown.
Speculation and rumor have
built the foundation for the case
of a white police officer that
shot and killed a black teenager. The largest controversy lies
with the fact that the truth will
probably never be known: did
Michael Brown attack Darren
Wilson? Did he steal, not buy,
the pack of cigarettes from the
store he was in? Did he look
suspicious while walking down
the middle of the street? Was
he under the influence of marijuana? Did he try to take Wilson’s gun? There are too many
unanswerable questions in this
case for the public to receive the
truthful answers to all of these
questions because at the end of
the day, it’s the word of a police

officer against the word of a
man who can no longer defend himself.
The nationwide controversy
of this particular case erupted on November 24 when
Officer Darren Wilson was
not indicted in court. This
sparked outrage in many who
believed him guilty of murder
and caused confusion and led

“This image has
started a trend
among protesters
who march with
their hands raised
while chanting,
‘Hands up, don’t
some to protest.
Missouri law states that a
person can use deadly force
when they have a reasonable belief that deadly force
should be used. In this case,
“reasonable belief ” is defined
as “grounds that could lead a
reasonable person in the same
situation to the same belief.”
After it was proven that
Brown was not as close to

the car as police had originally stated, it became confusing
to the public not only the fact
that the police had made such
a large error, but also the fact
that a trained police officer
found an unarmed man half
a football field’s distance away
threatening enough to kill. The
debate about his hand positioning has lead to a symbolic
statement of its own; Brown’s
autopsy has shown that he was
in fact shot in his arms while
they were raised as well as on
his chest and through his head.
This image has started a trend
among protesters who march
with their hands raised while
chanting, “Hands up, don’t
This spectacle has brought
an onset of protests all over the
world in major cities like New
York, London, Los Angeles,
and even San Diego. People are
outraged at the increasing accounts of police brutality and
the constant lack of response
by the court. These protests
have been sparked by the event
at Ferguson and have been further fueled by the recent death
of 43-year-old Eric Garner.


The 60s are Back


Holiday Traditions from
around the world


Winter Sports Intro


Free the Nipple

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WASC is on Its Way

By Kieran Bauman
Staff Writer
Unknown to most students,
there is another review on its
way to La Jolla High School.
WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
is an organization whose prime
goal is to assess schools. A negative assessment can lead to universities not accepting a high
school’s diplomas as being valid.
This coming spring, the
WASC review team will be visiting LJHS and making trips
to every classroom. They will
be checking for multiple things
that they found lacking in their
last visit to the school. Principal
Dr. Chuck Podhorsky has been
working to make sure the team’s
expectations are fulfilled. “They
will be following up on anything recommended from last
year,” Podhorsky said.
This can be a real danger. Although no school in the SDUSD
has ever lost its accreditation
because of a WASC review,
there have been cases in North-

ern California of schools not
But Dr. Podhorsky said, “I
am feeling good [about the
assessment]. I went through
academic initiatives with the
chairman, and he was impressed with the work we
were doing here.”
Many of the changes happening to LJHS this past year
have been in preparation for
the upcoming WASC review.
Some of these include the
implementation of Common
Core into the curriculum,
helping English Language
Learning students, helping
out-of-area students, and
re-visiting requirements for
AP and Honors courses.
“For out-of-area students,
we want all students to be
supported. We have had two
parent teacher meetings with
families to try to help this issue.”
This seems to be a growing

theme with WASC: student
equality. Some examples of
this are also seen in the changes towards ESL students.
“There are a percentage of
students here that have English as a second language. We
have implemented two new
courses to improve this,” says
Dr. Podhorsky.
AP and Honors courses have
had their requirements updated as well, in order to make the
courses more accessible to students. “There are three things
that need to be in sync in order for success: the student,
the teacher, and the parent. We
want to know when someone
struggles so that we can help
them.” When asked about what
his thoughts are on the changes he is making in accordance
with WASC, Dr. Podhorsky
replied that he is “doing it not
just for WASC, but because it’s
the right thing to do.”

Hey Vikes,
I hope you all had a great
Thanksgiving break. This
month we are doing the holiday food drive so be sure to
bring in cans to your 2nd period class. The winner of the
food drive will get a class pizza party and the 2nd and 3rd
place classes will have a donut
party. Also ASB Commissioner applications are going
to be in January so be sure to
come by the ASB to get more
information if you’re interested! Also thanks to everyone
who signed up for Powder
Puff which will be held January 9th. I hope you all have a
great Winter Break and Happy
Zoe Rashid
ASB President



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Ana Gimber
Sophia Ketring
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Yenitzia Lopez
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The 60’s Are Back
By Lucy Fitzmaurice
Staff Writer
The age of rebellion and
flower power is back. Young
teens and adults are fighting
for their beliefs and are trying to make a difference in the
world. The 60’s were the days
when pop-culture, individual freedom, music, clothing
and sexuality reigned. In this
era, our thoughts and beliefs
revolve around topics such as
gay rights, world peace, feminism, and the next line up of
The new hippie generation
is now a time of expression
and not caring about what
your parents have to say. The
mentality now is doing what
you want and what is best for
you. We all believe in learning
from our mistakes and experimenting, but unfortunately
we express this in the modern
term of “yolo.” Our free spirits
prance around in saggy jeans,
lulu lemons and LF dresses,
trying to think outside the box
and be creative.

We’re born into a democratic state of mind, proving our
ways to the Grand Old Party. Our ideas come from the
heart and the depths of our
bottomless and adventurous
souls, discovering new things
similar to those who roamed
the 60’s.
Music is reaching new heights
and ways to reach maximum
inspiration and depict real
and powerful emotion. Artists
are creating new methods of
(singing, rap, alternative, pop,
and dubstep). Coachella is the
new Woodstock Festival, with
hippies and free spirits flocking to the desert drenched in
flowers and lace.
Today, our troops are fighting a war in Afghanistan and
Iraq, just as the men in the
60’s fought for their country
in Vietnam. War is inevitable, but people are fighting
for peace more and more religiously. The controversy of
keeping our troops over seas
still remains unsolved. War
today is as it was in the 60’s:
long and tiring.

Gay rights, feminism, weed,
and GMOs in our foods are all
new things people are standing
up for. Gay marriage has now
taken over as the new movement. People are putting their
time and hearts into fighting
for what they believe is right,
such as promoting the legalization and destigmatization of
marijuana use one election and
state at a time. Men and women
are taking a stand on what they
believe by pouring their hearts
and souls into their actions.
Lastly, individuality is blossoming. The journey of personal freedom, purifying one’s
soul, and finding inner happiness is a goal for many. Spirituality has grown as well. The
definition is changing and
evolving everyday. Freedom of
speech and press are also more
stressed in these days. Individuality is also represented by being selfish in the way of finding
oneself. Listening to the inner
voice while on the path of righteousness is key now, just as it
was a few decades back.

Escape the Drama
It Is Not Worth Your Time

By Andrea Albanez
Staff Writer
It happens to everyone when
they enter high school. It is
impossible to miss, once you
become a freshman, and it is
hard to forget once you graduate. This, ladies and gentlemen,
is social drama. It is the one
thing in high school that takes
over our lives that isn’t worth
our time.
Being a junior,
I can think of the
many stories, conflicts, problems, and
issues that many
people create from
other people’s opinions. This is a result
of having nothing
better to do.
We make social
drama and use it
to fuel our sense of
confidence and make us feel
better about ourselves. The
amount of social drama that
is built up over the course of a
high school year is insane and
only serves as a way to feel that
our life is better then someone
else’s life.
Many people that are consumed by social drama don’t
realize how much it can affect
someone. One word, remark,
or rumor about someone can
completely change the way

they think about others, their
life, and themselves.
The amount of time spent
looking up someone’s Instagram or Facebook to find a
flaw about their life is time
wasted. One single remark or
rumor could change someone’s mood in less than a minute.
Even after students graduate,
high school drama can have

An example of this can be
seen in the movie The Breakfast
Club. It is based around five
students who are in detention
on a Saturday because of their
bad actions.
The five of them, all with
completely different characteristics and personalities, but all
the same on the inside, battle
with social issues and problems
they face at home and school.
None of them could
escape the issues they
were dealing with but
were relieved to discover that they were
sharing the same
hardships with their
fellow students. This
movie gives a clear
example of how much
negativity can arise
through social drama
and self-image.
It is fair to say now
that we all know that
starting rumors or bringing
up hurtful and bad comments
about someone is not okay. It is
up to us to avoid saying damaging remarks to others and
stop spreading drama that isn’t
For the people who like to
start rumors or bring up social
drama, know that anything you
say, do, or bring up, can affect
people around you permanently, even if it is meant to be funny.

“One simple remark
or rumor could
change someone’s
mood in less than a
a long lasting effect on others. In some cases, students
graduate early to escape the
immature high school drama
they are going through. Others won’t even return to their
high school reunion because
of the sad and painful times
they faced. While some people may think what they said
about another person won’t
matter later on, when it could
actually drastically change
how someone views life.

December 18, 2014

By Ana Gimber
Staff Writer

La Jolla High School has
some school spirit, but it could
use more. The lack of participation is showcased in spirit
weeks and events. The problem is that many students go
to school events, games, and
wear red and black just for extra credit or to get out of class.
Not many students go to
sports’ games and cheer on
the teams. Sophomore Preston
Weber responded to the lack of
spirit in our school by saying,
“Not a lot of students come to
the tennis games, sadly. This
year I’m sure we would love
the support.” The sad truth is
that most of the time the visitor school has more spectators
than we do.
There is also a small turn out
at after school events and some
major sports games because of
the cost. Big events like Blast
Off and Homecoming are only
$7, but people still find a way
to spend that money on a few
bags of chips instead.
The main times we display
school spirit is at Blast Off,
Homecoming Game, pep rallies, and football games against
our rivals like Bishops and Cathedral. Even these events still
don’t have full attendance rates
and could use a lot more fans.
Vikings need to keep the
spirit up. When talking to
ASB President and senior Zoe
Rashid about Spirit Week, she
said, “It’s easy to blow it off because it’s optional.” She also
added, “They have to want to
get involved.”
Many students say they want
pep rallies and find them to be
quite enjoyable, but most of
the time it’s just because they
want to get out of class. Also,
a flaw in the pep rallies is that
the winter and spring athletes
are never recognized like the
fall athletes.
“It would be nicer if we
would be able to have a pep
rally in spring and winter so
we could recognize all the
teams,” Webber noted. One alternative would be to have pep
rallies but not recognize the
sports teams because we don’t
have pep rallies for winter and
spring. Some other schools
have night rallies to boost
school spirit, with multiple
games played by the students.
This way no one would miss
class, it would be free, and no
sports team would feel excluded. Another idea to increase
participation in Spirit Week is
to have competitions for most
spirit between grades. Our
school spirit may be low, there
is no reason we can’t change


December 18, 2014


By Saba Faridi
It is not very difficult to be
a good teacher. There are just
a few easy steps to make your
students love you!
First off, it is important to
have a certain attitude towards
your students. Always be serious in a way that makes the
students scared to come talk to
you. Stay mad for unimportant reasons and never be sympathetic towards the students.
Also, make sure you bring all
personal problems into the
classroom, and take your emotions out on the kids.
Make sure you do various
things like yelling, talking
very fast (or very slow), and
making fun of the students.
In addition, keep a good eye
on everyone and accuse them
of various things they may or
may not have done. If you ever

have trouble expressing the way
you feel, just use cuss words,
they usually get the job done.
Now we get to the class policies. Never accept late work under any circumstance and make
sure there are very strict consequences for things like being
tardy or missing a day.
It is important to give lots
of homework without caring
about the fact that the students
also have 5 other classes to worry about. In addition, don’t worry about actually teaching the
subject, they can always learn
it themselves. Basically, you
should be satisfied with the fact
that colleges and other teachers
judge the student on the grades
and not the teacher.
The next step involves the assessments. When giving tests,
make sure the material on it has
nothing to do with the material
the kids learned. The tests need
to be long and filled with free re-

sponse questions, with a very
limited amount of time. Also,
it is important to give the
students pop quizzes (right
before the semester ends) on
things you know they are not
familiar with, just to add a
little spice to the class. Now
moving on to the midterm
and finals.
Not only must you give a
test with a lot of questions,
but make sure to include details from things they learned
very early on in the year.
These test most importantly
need to be a very big portion
of their grades. Because all
that matters is that you judge
them based on the tests they
The most vital and last step
for being a good teacher is to
tell the students how much
you hate your job and the fact
that you are not getting paid
enough for this.

By Sara Espinosa
Opinions Editor
Late November saw the release of the teaser trailer of
the seventh episode of the Star
Wars franchise; and with it, a
new racial controversy. In the
trailer, the Black British actor
John Boyega is seen on-screen
with a Stormtrooper outfit. In
the Star Wars series, however,
Stormtroopers are supposed
to be clones of an ultimate creator of debated race.
This scene caused upheaval
in social media. Racial comments against Boyega from
Star Wars fans invaded the internet simply because he was a
black man filmed with a uniform. Although it is not even
clear why Boyega is wearing
a Stormtrooper outfit, a race
based argument has already
been raised. This is just an example of how people quickly
jump to conclusions based on
Racial issues have always
dominated our country. One
would think that after all those
years of fighting and protesting, civil rights could finally be
practiced without a negative
outcome. But obviously this is
still not the case.
The Ferguson riots in Ferguson, Missouri, are a perfect example of what happens when
differences are not solved.

Whether it was an injustice or
not, why is it that we use violence to manage problems regarding race?
Another example are the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles,
California, in 1992. Rodney
King, an African American civilian, was beaten to a pulp by
four police officers, the majority
of them being white, after a car
The police officers, as well as
Darren Wilson from Ferguson,
were acquitted by the court. It
seems to me that race is not always the reason of social unrest,
but an excuse, and that the media seems to specialize in featuring cases involving people of
different races to incite a sense
of racism within the population.
The St. Louis Rams infuriated the St. Louis Police Officers
Association when four football players before a game performed the “hands up, don’t
shoot” gesture of solidarity regarding the Ferguson Riots.
The Association immediately demanded an apology. Why
should these men be disciplined
from executing their freedom of
speech right? It is not a matter
of race; it is a matter of justice
and fairness.
Even more recently, Daniel
Pantaleo, a white police officer
in New York, was not convicted
after the death by a chokehold
of Eric Garner, an unarmed

African American man. The
media is already linking this
episode with Ferguson, Missouri.
Did racism influence Michael Brown to be shot? Did
it influence Pantaleo to keep
Garner in an illegal chokehold? Only they know the
answer. What I do know,
however, is that decisions influenced on race need to stop.
It is not worth to cause upheaval over a person’s skin
color. After all, we are all human beings living in the same
world. Isn’t it time to stop the
bickering? Disregarding race,
a murder is a murder. Bill de
Blasio, the current New York
Mayor said, “This is a fundamental issue for every American who cares about justice.”
If we want to start functioning as a cohesive country,
racism cannot exist between
people. Men and women,
boys and girls, all deserve
rights to live a safe and happy
life. But with conflicts, such
as the Ferguson incident, they
are preventing and or prohibiting people access to this
kind of desirable life.
The only way to prevent
these terrible incidences from
happening is to stop the racism and leave people with
peace. Race has been the
cause of many conflicts, it’s
time to end this battle.



Fraternities Become
By Vivi Bonomie
Staff Writer


Rape occurring on college
campuses has finally received
the attention it deserves. More
universities have found themselves in situations where
sexual violation has reached
alarmingly high levels. It is no
secret that fraternities have
developed a reputation for the
sexual harassment of females
at their infamously wild parties.
While many different options
are being considered in order
to prevent these awful situations on campuses all over the
country, Wesleyan University
in Connecticut has come up
with a very unique solution to
prevent rape in these male-oriented houses: co-ed fraternities.
The university was forced
to look at their options after
several cases of sexual harassment on campus. One fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, was given
the shocking nickname of the
“rape factory”, while Psi Upsilon is embroiled in a sexual
assault lawsuit. The university’s administration shocked
many students when President Michael Roth made the
announcement that in the
next three years all fraternities
would have to become co-ed.
My initial response to this
so-called solution was to think
how contradicting it is to try

and prevent women from getting raped by placing them
under the same roof as those
who have been notoriously accused of rape for generations.
However, while this solution
does in fact seem ridiculous,
the university’s argument is
the idea that mixing males and
females will create an environment that is gender-equal.
The expectation is that when
the young men of these fraternities are forced to live with
young women, they will begin
to see them as equals instead
of sexual accolades. By living
in the same house, they will
begin to realize that women
are not much different from
them, a goal that has so far,
been apparently difficult to
reach. While rape cases have
been treated in many different
ways and with many different
“solutions,” it seems to me that
this idea of co-ed fraternities
could actually work.
Even though I believe that
teaching men not to rape is a
more long-lasting and obvious solution, forcing them to
realize that women are in the
same position as them, might
finally make them understand
that rape is a bad thing. It is
hard to tell what the outcome
of this experiment will be, but
we can only hope that it will be
successful and help influence
other universities while protecting more females from entitled frat boys along the way.

Hats On,Hats Off
By Yenitzia Lopez
Staff Writer
At La Jolla High School,
there are several rules involving the dress code that many
students either don’t seem to
comprehend or simply do not
like. One of those many rules
includes the use of hats, hoods,
or headgear in classrooms
and/or around campus, with
the exception of hallways. “No
hats, hoods, or headgear inside any building,” is stated in
the 2014-2015 La Jolla High
School Student Handbook.
Why is it that teachers feel
the need to make students
take off hats while engaging
in classroom activities? Some
teachers may claim that wearing a hat inside of the classroom is “disrespectful” or even
I believe that this rule is both
unfair and unreasonable. What
is so “distracting” about a hat
that I am only allowed to wear
one in the hallways (passing

period) or in the quad?
For some women, the use of
wearing either a hat or beanie
inside the classroom might be
used as a fashion statement, to
hide a terrible haircut, or simply a dreadful hair day.
For men, the use of a hat
could be taken as showing off
favorite sports teams or just
the fact that a person is really
into collecting hats.
How is it that a beanie is said
to be “distracting” someone,
but the flower-crown on the
head of the girl sitting next to
me isn’t considered distracting?
Saying that the hat I am wearing is distracting, is similar to
saying that the rings on my
fingers are distracting. Being
distracted in a class environment is inevitable. If I want to
wear a beanie to keep my head
warm, especially now in the
winter time, I should be able to
do that without a teacher telling me to take it off because it
is “distracting.”



By Andrea Albanez
Staff Writer


December 18, 2014

LJHS Students’ Holiday Tradtions from
Around the World

As the countdown to December began, we were already in
the prime of the holiday season. American holiday traditions usually involve hanging
up festive lights, decorating a
Douglas Fir Christmas tree,
singing traditional Christmas
carols, and waiting for Santa
to come down the chimney.
While many people throughout the month of December
celebrate this holiday, others
celebrate other holidays based
off of their religious practices
and culture.
A prominent religious and

social holiday that many people celebrate is Christmas.
While most view Christmas
as the day of opening presents,
being with family, and watching Christmas movies, the
Christian denominations view
Christmas as the day when Jesus was born. All Christian denominations, including Christians, Catholics, Protestants,
Lutherans, Mormons, and so
on, celebrate Christmas in this
way, in addition to the American spin on their holiday.
Junior Gavin Heap, a Mormon, says that “lots of people
don’t know this, but Mormons
are Christian, so we do the
standard Christmas tree, pres-

ents, Christmas carols, and
family time together.”
Another big holiday during
December is Hanukkah, a holiday celebrated by people who
are Jewish.
Kelila Krantz, a senior, explained how her family practices the holiday. “We celebrate
it for eight days. We light the
Menorah, eat latkes, which are
potato pancakes, play a game
called Dreidel, and spend time
with family.”
Others may also wonder
about the Muslim religion and
what they celebrate. Salma
Hassane, a senior, explained
how the lunar calendar affects
the religious holidays they cel-

ebrate. “Muslim holidays go
by the lunar calendar, so our
holidays change every year.
They move up eleven days, so
sometimes they are during the
winter and sometimes they are
during the summer. So this
year, we don’t have any holidays in December.”
A holiday that is usually
brushed from the spotlight but
still important in this season is
Chinese New Year. A later holiday during the winter season,
also because Chinese months
follow the lunar calendar, the
festivities usually start on January 31st and go on for fifteen
Junior Michelle Lee says that

when her family celebrates the
holiday, “We have a big family
dinner and adults give kids red
envelopes” for good luck in the
New Year. Inside of these red
envelopes is “usually a decent
amount of money. It depends
on who gives it to you. Grandparents give a lot.” It is a festive
holiday like our New Year’s to
celebrate the coming of a new
This demonstrates the variety
of holidays that are celebrated
throughout the month of December. People’s religions and
their cultural traditions affect
the various holidays they celebrate during the winter holiday season.

New Surf Company Created by LJHS Alum Welcoming New Staff
By Joseph Carroll
Staff Writer
Recently, a former student
from La Jolla High School
created a new surf brand and
company called MAKO.
Casey Richmond, who graduated several years ago, is one
of four partners of the company, along with three other
friends from Brigham Young
Richmond and the other partners of the company
grew up surfing, where they
also had the chance to work at
surf shops and learn about the
many different surf industries.
The company was created earlier in November, and just released their first line of clothing several weeks ago.
MAKO currently sells
T-shirts, crew neck sweat-

shirts, hats, and long sleeve
henley thermal shirts, all of
which are perfect for gifts and
presents during the holidays
and any occasion.
MAKO items are being sold
at Mitch’s Surf Shop in La Jolla
and their website,

Photo Courtesy of Joseph Carroll Within just two
days of releasing their first
line of clothing, the complete

inventory of sweatshirts was
sold out.
As the company continues
to grow, they plan to come
out with a lot more items and
products. MAKO also is going
to sponsor surfers and photographers in the near future.
Richmond states,
“No matter how big we
get we want to feature
up and coming surfers and photographers.”
One of the students involved with MAKO is La
Jolla High student Kyle
Jetter. MAKO has featured
his photos on their blog, as
well as their Instagram.
Jetter remarks, “I’m super stoked to be helping
out MAKO and to be taking pictures for them because
it’s a sick brand and was made
from someone from La Jolla.”

Vegan Vendetta
Owners begin forcing vegan diets on their own animals
By Vivi Bonomie
Staff Writer
While veganism and vegetarianism have become rapidly
growing trends among those
seeking a healthier lifestyle,
one would think that this diet
would not apply to one’s pets
at home.
In July of 2013, a small orange kitten named Roger was
brought in to Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne,
Australia, after being forced
by its owners to adopt a vegan
As printed in the Herald Sun,
Dr. Leanne Pinfold, the cat’s
veterinarian stated, “It was
extremely weak and collapsed
when it came in. It was almost
non-responsive.” She said that

the cat’s diet of potatoes, rice
milk, and pasta had made him
critically ill. Roger spent three
days in the hospital where he
was injected with IV fluids,
placed on a heating pad, and
fed immense amounts of meat.
Thankfully, he was able to recover fully and was immediately put up for adoption.
This incident has forced
veterinarians to warn people against “forcing ideologies” upon their unsuspecting
pets. As they are carnivorous
animals, cats require a meatbased diet in order to maintain their health, and while the
values and decisions that come
along with being vegan may
be important to an individual
person, it is cruel to force these
beliefs onto their pets.

This case was recently
brought back to light as apparently more people have decided that being vegan cannot
remain an individual journey,
but that their cats must be
dragged along with them.
If has any
say in the matter, the risk of
a dead cat is better than the
risk that comes with a cat that
eats meat like it’s supposed to
do. We live in a time where
people are respected for their
decisions to eliminate animal
byproducts from their diet.
What some people fail to realize, however, is that this decision is not one they should
make for their pets who are
obviously unable to object
and, therefore, suffer from the
lack of meat in their diet.

By Misha Kabbage
Business Manager

everyone to stop by and get to
know her.
La Jolla High has never had
As the seasons are changing, anything more than counseling
so is our staff here at La Jolla available to students who also
High School. La Jolla High has needed psychological attengenerally had the same staff tion, so this year we are proud
and faculty for quite a while to welcome Dr. Joan Rich, our
now. Within the past year, that very own school psychologist
has been changing.
and therapist.
At one point during the last
Dr. Rich has been a developtwo years, we had almost no mental school psychologist for
counselors. Now, we have four forty years, and spent the last
wonderful counselors at our year traveling in Europe with
service at any time. This year, her husband. She loves workLa Jolla High welcomed Ms. ing with kids and enjoys the
Karoczkai, also known as Ms. short amount of time she has
K, who is currently our newest spent with La Jolla High students so far.
She explains
Ms. K has
that things are
been coundifferent here
than her priabout
or experiencyears, engages. “Here, I
ing with kids
am folded into
the counseling
primary and
family, wheresecondary
as previously I
school levels.
worked much
She worked
more with speat
Clairecial education,
mont High
Photo Courtesy of Misha Kabbage
and not so
School for
much with stuthe majority
of her career, but revealed that dents in general education.
“I am more available to the
La Jolla High has been her favorite work environment thus general education students
which has been very interestfar.
Ms. K says that what she re- ing.” If you’re ever in need of
ally enoys about La Jolla High someone to simply talk to, ex“is that there are so many clubs press any issues or struggles to,
and there is such a strong net- contact Dr. Rich in the counwork of people involved in ex- seling office.
Dr. Rich and Ms. Karoczkai
tracurriculars. I am really impressed by the variety of talents have already enriched our
and hobbies students have, and counseling department imI love the team of people I work mensely, so if you haven’t met
either of them yet, stop by the
Ms. K is an application reader office and say hello.
Every student is encouraged
for UCSD, which enables her
to give seniors lots of insight to approaching and seeking
and help on what they should help from those in the counbe including in their applica- seling office, whether it be
tions. She loves connecting for academic related topics or
with students and encourages therapeutic services.


December 18, 2014



Is a Gap Year an Option for You?

By Sophia Dorfsman
Staff Writer

Some people see taking a gap
year as never being an option,
while others dream of it. A gap
year can be filled with studying
abroad, interning, working, or
just figuring life out.
Lexe McCally, a senior planning on taking a gap year,
makes a good point that “society is so conditioned to have
such a structure.” We are all
pushed into this system where
we are expected to go to high
school, college, and then grad
school, consecutively.
Not that that system is wrong
for everyone, but by no means
is it necessarily right for everyone. There are numerous other
options and alternative routes
that are great options.
“Taking a gap year has been
a thought that has been lingering in my mind for a while. I
decided when the work load
and the pressure was getting to

be too extensive and I thought
it would be good to learn some
things outside of the classroom
for a bit… because there are
things that you can’t learn from
a book. I finalized my decision
at the beginning of this school
year,” says McCally.
Interested in agriculture, the
environment, and design, but
not exactly sure what she wants
to pursue, McCally has her heart
set on working with WWOOF
(World Wide Opportunities on
Organic Farms), for the year
following her graduation.
This organization offers a
chance for citizens around the
world to go live with a host who
owns an organic farm, where
you can help out on the farm
as well. When one becomes a
member, you pay a fee that is at
most $72, which allows access
to a database of many farms in
the country that they have chosen to farm in. Arrangements,
like how long one will stay with
a host and farm with them, are

planned directly with the
The time period a volunteer works on a farm can
range from three days to six
months. In most of the countries, you must be eighteen

Photo Courtesy of Sophia Dorsman

years or older to participate,
and there is no age limit, as
long as that individual is able
to work. There are some exceptions, however, if you are
under eighteen, but the host
is responsible for anything
that happens to you and most

hosts do not want that responsibility.
While many would question
if a new adult could handle
themselves in a foreign country, McCally knows what she
is doing and is mature enough
to go on her own. Her parents
and friends are very supportive of what she has chosen to
do, as long as she has a plan,
which is to start off in New
Zealand and work her way to
Australia, India, and then Europe, farming in each country
she visits. This will be her first
time out of the United States.
What comes with getting out
of the country is immersing
herself in new and different
culture, “I chose WWOOF because I think it’s a great way to
fully experience another country because you are meeting
the locals, putting your hands
in the dirt there, and seeing
different ways of life. Whereas, when most people travel,
they buy a key chain with their

name on it from, say, Paris,
and are just seeing the very
surface of what goes on in the
McCally plans on going to a
state school when she touches down in the United States
again because it is affordable.
This means she will apply for
college next fall. After talking
to the college admission officers of the schools she was
interested in, McCally realized
that they prefer that students
apply the year before they attend college, because “an acceptance is only valid for so
long,” McCally says.
There are other options, and
Lexe is a perfect example of
one of those. If you are set on
going straight to college, one
you’ve adored for a long time
now, by all means, follow your
heart. But if you aren’t quite
sure what you want to do the
rest of your life, experience the
world a little bit to figure it all

San Diego Bay’s Parade of Lights
By Camille Furby
Features Editor

The Frap House
By Jillian Kopp
Staff Writer
A new frappuccino house,
The Frap House, opened on
7846 Herschel Avenue this
past month. With sixteen different flavors, including dessert fraps, coffee fraps, tea
fraps, and fruit fraps, one is
sure to find a frappuccino to
their liking.
The small store also serves
beverages such as Izze Sparkling Juice, Fiji Natural Water,
Zico Pure Coconut Water, Naked Juice, Pellegrino Sparkling
Water, espresso, hot chocolate,
and tea.
There is a display of basic
treats, but they are limited because they want to stay true
to the idea of a frappuccino
house, and not a bakery.
The Frap House, the first of
its kind, opened on November
2, 2014. To pick the flavors to
serve, one of the managers,
Laura Goldstein, and her part-

ner pick flavors that they decide
taste good, put them all on the
shelves, and then reorder the
most popular flavors.
Their most popular flavors
are the Frosted Latte, which
patrons say tastes like coffee,
the Cookies and Cream, and
the Vanilla Chai. Their flavors
include Chocolate Decadence,
Red Velvet, White Chocolate
Symphony, Cookies and Cream.
When interviewed, Goldstein
noted that it is fun to work
there, because they have music
playing at all times. The employees are teenagers and young
adults. They are currently opening position for the upcoming
break, and for the spring, when
things start to get busy.
Their goal in creating the house
was to make a hang out spot for
teenagers. They encourage high
school students to come and enjoy a $4.99 frappuccino while
hanging out with friends. The
Starbucks just down the road
has yet to comment.

Every year, the boating community of
San Diego holds an event known as the
Parade of Lights. Held on two consecutive
Sundays in December, almost 80,000 spectators come to the San Diego Bay to watch
eighty boats fully decorated for the holiday
The parade begins at Shelter Island, then
travels to the Embarcadero, Seaport Village,
and eventually ends at the Ferry Landing in
Coronado. This year, the theme is Children
Stories, and begins at 5:30pm at Shelter Island and ends around 8:00pm when the
boats make their final stop in Coronado.

Photos Courtesy by Shane Lynch

December Recipe of the Month

By Sophia Dorfsman and
Lauren Robbins
Staff Writers
Here are some recipes to help
you celebrate the upcoming
Sweet Curry Brown Sugar
-2 to 3 tablespoons coconut
-1/2 cup popping corn
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
-2 tablespoons brown sugar
-1 heaping teaspoon curry
-pinch of cayenne
1. Put the oil in a large, deep
pan with a lid. Turn the heat
up to medium, add 2 kernels
of corn, and cover.
2. When the kernels pop, remove the lid and pour in the
remaining popcorn kernels.

Cover and shake the pot, holding the lid on.
3. Cook over medium heat,
shaking the pot occasionally,
until the popping sound stops
after about 5 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, melt the butter
and stir the brown sugar into
it (this helps the brown sugar stick to the popcorn). Pour
the popcorn into a large bowl,
drizzle on the melted butter
and sprinkle in the curry powder, cayenne, and a good shake
of salt.
(Courtesy of Love and Lemons)
Peppermint Bark
-2 (12 ounce) packages milk
chocolate chips
-2 (12 ounce) packages white
chocolate chips
-2 teaspoons peppermint extract
-8 peppermint candy canes,
crushed, divided

1. Line a 12x18 inch jelly roll
pan with aluminum foil.
2. Melt the milk chocolate in
a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 5 minutes. Don’t
overheat or the chocolate will
scorch. Stir in the peppermint
extract. Spread the chocolate
evenly in the prepared pan;
chill until set, about 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, melt the white
chocolate in a microwave-safe
glass or ceramic bowl in
30-second intervals, stirring
after each melting, for 1 to 5
minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of the
crushed candy canes. Spread
the white chocolate mixture
evenly over the milk chocolate. Sprinkle the remaining
candy cane pieces evenly over
the white chocolate layer. Chill
until set, about 1 hour. Break
into small pieces to serve.
(Courtesy of




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Winter Sports Intro
By Lauren Robbins
Staff Writer
Now that all the fall sports
have come to an end, it’s time
to focus on the prospective seasons of La Jolla High School’s
winter sport teams. The winter
athletic teams include: mens’
and womens’ basketball, mens’
and womens’ soccer, womens’
water polo, and wrestling. The
overall goal of each team is
of course to win
CIF, which is no
mean feat, but
these teams definitely have the
talent and passion that it takes
to go all the way.
Each team has
lost a significant
amount of talented seniors so
this season is all
about working
together towards
Led by captains senior Ladd
Castellano and sophomore
Reed Farley, the mens’ basketball team has had a great start
to their season with a winning
record of 2-1. Senior Johannes
Osypka says that one of the
team’s best moments this early
on in the season was “winning
in Calexico against Vincent
Memorial High School.” Their
other win consisted of a 70-22

game against Eastlake, which
was also a solid victory. Unfortunately, the team suffered
a 68-78 loss against El Cajon,
but senior Zach Duffy remains
optimistic. He states, “[the]
goals for this year are to keep
improving, keep a winning
record and to beat our rivals
like Cathedral and Bishops
when the time comes.” With
goals like those comes dedication and motivation, which

well. They have gained fresh- for the entire season but inman that are more than eager stead goals for each individual
to improve. Since most of the game.” With a tactic like that it
team hasn’t played together seems promising that our varbefore, senior captain Sarah sity womens’ soccer team will
Tajran said that “it was a tough bring home many wins.
beginning, but we’ve already
The mens’ varsity soccer
gotten so much better” and team, lead by senior captains
that “every girl on the team has Caesar Hernandez and Alexei
a unique and optimistic per- Sebald, started off their season
sonality,” which will help lead in the Coronado invitational
them to success. One of their tournament, which consisted
team goals this season is to de- of three games. Even though
feat OLP, who
varsity basketball program
hasn’t beat in
the past three
years. It won’t
be easy but if
they continue
to work well together then it is
definitely possiPhoto Courtesy of Creekstar Allan ble.
Photo Courtesy of Creekstar Allan
The womens’
these boys certainly have. varsity soccer team looks as if the team lost two of the three
Tough games in mind, senior they are going to have a strong games, Will Curtis, a senior,
Daniel Hemming mentions, season lead by their captains: says that the team is working
“we are all playing pretty well Senior Lillian Raffeto, junior to, “improve our skills as a
with each other since most of Phoebe Riley, and sophomore team and prove to all the fans
us have played together since Olivia Riley. In their first game that we are the best team in So
middle school,” and hopefully of the season our lady Vikings Cal.” During one of the games
with this team chemistry they came out on top with a 1-0 win in the tournament, against
can bring home wins against against West Hills, the winning Mount Miguel, Lucas Keeling
both Cathedral and Bishops.
goal scored by sophomore scored three of the four goals
Switching gears just slightly, Emma Delgado. When asked that led our men’s varsity socthe womens’ basketball team about the team goals, junior cer team in a 4-2 win.
looks as if they are going to Trisha Turner, mentions, “We The wrestling team is led by
have a promising season as don’t necessarily have goals junior captains Jake Harvey


By Creekstar Allen
Staff Writer
So far this season, the Chargers have a record of eight
wins and six losses, earning
them 3rd place in the AFC
West Division. Their Head
Coach Mike McCoy, Offensive
Coordinator Frank Reich, and
Defensive Coordinator John
Pagano work their hardest to
help this team become the best
they can be. In 2012 their record was seven wins to nine
losses, which they beat in 2013
earning a nine-win and seven-loss record.
In 2013 they qualified for
the playoffs for the first time
since 2009 but lost to the
Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round with a score of
17-24. Rivers was named the
“NFL Comeback Player of the
Year” and Keenan Allen broke
multiple wide receiver rookie
2013 was an impressive year
for the Chargers and they are
doing everything in their power to achieve greater this year.
This year the Chargers top

rusher is Branden Oliver, with
371 rushing yards, followed
by Donald Brown, with 149
rushing yards. The top receivers this year are Keenan Allen
with 47 receptions followed
by Antonio Gates with 35 receptions. Top defender is Eric
Weddle followed by Donald
Butler. Defense successful with
Eric Weddle as the Charger’s
#1 defender with 64 combines
tackles and Donald Butler
in second with 57 combined
In an exciting turn of events, 5
previously injured players, are
all coming back in Week 11 for
the fight against the Oakland
Raiders. According to USA
Today, “Running back Ryan
Mathews was on the practice
field for the second time in as
many weeks on Wednesday,
and linebackers Manti Te’o and
Melvin Ingram practiced for
the first time. Safety Eric Weddle had to assure America that
they are happy to have their
teammates back but they are
not relying on them for a win.
This past season, they had an

impressive eight wins, some
of which were against their
biggest rivals, including the
Seattle Seahawks. The battle
against the Seattle Seahawks
in week 2 of the season was a
pleasant surprise and a much
needed win for the Chargers.
NFL Rush recaps the game
in one sentence as, “San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates led his team with
3 touchdown receptions in
their 30-21 victory over the
defending Super Bowl champions.” Seattle was down only
six points at the half. With 12
minutes left on the clock, Ryan
Matthews gets pulled for the
remainder of the game with
a knee injury. According to, with 18
seconds remaining in the final
quarter, “The Chargers come
out and take a knee and then
put through a field goal.” Additionally, the Chargers beat the
Baltimore Ravens in week 13,
where they redeemed themselves and pulled through with
a win in the last few seconds of
the game.

and Jack Hathaway. The season started out slow for the
mens’ varsity wrestling team,
but since then has expanded
to about a 20-person team.
Harvey, explained,” The entire
match is 6 minutes long, threetwo minute periods.” He also
added, “ it’s an individual victory; however, the points help
determine the team win.” The
team goals are for everyone to
make it to CIF and to become
better wrestlers.
The womens’ varsity
water polo
team led by
senior captains
Addison Seale
win of the
season so far
was a 15-4 victory against Valhalla which continued their
undefeated season. Junior Lexi
Atwell stated, “We have gotten
really close as a team. We are
lucky because we don’t really have any drama.” She adds,
“We want to beat Bishops and
our other league rivals.” With
all the hard work these young
women put in during early
morning practice, they definitely deserve a victory over

Mo’ne Davis

By Andrea Albanez
Staff Writer

When people think of Little
League baseball, most think
of young boys playing baseball against other young boys.
But this year, the Little League
World Series had a player who
nobody expected to be on the
pitcher’s mound: a girl. Mo’ne
Davis, a 13 year old from South
Philadelphia, was just an honor roll student in the 8th grade
attending Springside Chestnut Hill Academy who loved
to play basketball, soccer, and
Now, most people know her
as a pitcher on the Taney Dragons from Philadelphia, making
history as being the first girl to
pitch a winning game in the
Little League World Series and
making headlines as the girl
who can play baseball just as
well as boys.
Though Mo’ne Davis is actually the fourth girl to play in
the Little League World series,
she has made history because
she is one of the best players in

the entire league this year. She
is the only girl to ever pitch in
the league, having a fastball
of 70 mph, which is equivalent to a 93 mph fastball on a
regular diamond in the major league. In addition to her
wicked curve-ball and fastball,
the way she throws her pitches
with great precision and accuracy makes her a threat on the
mound for batters.
Mo’ne Davis became a phenomenon in this year’s Little
League World Series when she
became the first girl to ever
win a full game in the series.
That day, they played against
Nashville, pitching six innings
and striking out eight batters,
allowing only 2 infield hits.
Even in the fifth inning, when
the opposing team pitcher hit
his 85-pitch limit, Davis had
only made 44 pitches. The team
won the game 4-0 that day, and
from the shutout, Mo’ne Davis
made history as being the first
girl to pitch a shutout in Little
League postseason history.


December 18, 2014
By Vivi Bonomie
Staff Writer



School Sports: Pay to Play?

Over the years the question
has often been asked regarding school sports and why students are encouraged to donate
money if as a public school, everything is supposed to be free.
The truth about La Jolla High
is that the district only has a
limited number of sports that
receive funding. This means
that sports that aren’t funded
need another way to make up
for their lack of money.
To compensate for the money necessary to keep certain
sports alive at La Jolla High,
the Foundation requests donations from the students and
their families. These donations
are then used to pay for necessities regarding each team,

whether it is an assistant coach
or a new goal. This is done in
order to guarantee that the
team won’t have to be cut.
Many students have often
been confused in the past
when their coaches requested that they donate money at
the beginning of the season.
Since La Jolla High is a public
school, it is required that all
school-related activities, including sports, be free, which
is why these donations are
not mandatory. No fees are
legally required, they are only
“suggested”. This may leave
one wondering, what would
happen if players were unable
to donate? Coach Conway,
the Athletic Director at LJHS

said that “it can’t be pay-toplay, you can’t say you have to
pay $50 to be able to do that.
If we can’t raise the money in
donations, then we can’t field
that team or we can’t get new
uniforms.” Conway made it
clear that these donations are
necessary for a team’s success.
If there was no money to fund
the sport, whether donation
based or not, that team would
suffer from the consequences.
As a public school, the district has a responsibility to
provide funding for sports.
However, lack of district funds
means that only certain sports
can be funded. Conway talked about lacrosse, saying that
even though it is a CIF sport,

the district still doesn’t fund it.
The amount of money each
team requests is simply determined by its individual needs.
Water-polo, for example, is a
very expensive sport because
of the cost of pool rental alone,
whereas football doesn’t have
to pay to play on the field. Like
Conway says, “With 27 different sports, [come] 27 different
Sports that aren’t represented
by the district aren’t left completely on their own. The La
Jolla High School Foundation
covers these programs through
various fundraisers and events
throughout the year. Conway says, “Because we field so
many sports, we’re spread real-

ly thin, which is a good thing
because our kids want to get
involved.” The downside, of
course, is that the money has
to be divided more ways. It is
no secret that we also like to
compete with private schools
such as Bishops and Cathedral. Conway says that there
is a difficulty that comes with
comparing ourselves to these
schools because of the “massive budget” that they receive
for their athletic department.
She also shares that the truth
of the matter is that teams that
receive more donations have
a tendency to perform better
than those who struggle to
make enough cash to support
their needs.


Womens’ Basketball
@ Scripps Ranch
6:00 p.m.

Mens’ Basketball
@ Grossmont
1:30 p.m.

vs. Cathedral
3:30 p.m.

Womens’ Waterpolo
vs. GOHS
5:00 p.m.

Womens’ Soccer
@ Rancho Bernardo
5:15 p.m.
Mens’ Soccer
vs. Hoover
5:30 p.m.

Women’s Varsity


Photos Courtesy of Creekstar Allan



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Garner was standing on the
streets of Staten Island, New
York on July 17, 2014 when a
group of police officers began
to question him for selling
cigarettes illegally. Garner was
heard asking the police officers
to leave him alone, stating, “every time you see me, you want
to mess with me. I’m tired of
it. It stops today... I’m minding
my business, officer, I’m mind-

ing my business. Please just
leave me alone. I told you the
last time, please just leave me
alone.” The officer in question,
Daniel Pantaleo, then proceeded to put Garner in a chokehold while two other officers
restrained and handcuffed
him. Garner repeated the now
well-known phrase “I can’t
breathe,” eleven times before
he stopped moving. He was
pronounced dead one hour
later in a hospital and it has


now been concluded by medical examiners that the cause of
death was the choke-hold and
“the compression of his chest
and prone positioning during
physical restraint by police.”
These two cases have
reached the public eye in a
large way, after the video of
Eric Garner’s death was released and became viral, more
protests sprang up and more
people began to take action.
Here in San Diego a couple

December 18,2014
of protests have occurred, one
included a group of people who
decided to block the I-5 freeway in La Jolla on Wednesday
November 26 during morning
rush hour. People complained
that this was not a “safe” or
“convenient” way to protest,
but the protesters held out for
as long as they could.
The importance of the Ferguson case and what many in
the public see as the murders
of both Brown and Garner are

much deeper than a simple
act of police brutality. While
the police force has often been
accused of acting violently,
without reason, and continues
to harass protesters across the
country, the underlying racism
in both of these cases is not
lost on those who were “inconveniently” protesting.
Sadly, it is now 2014 and the
same battle among races is still
being fought.

One-Way Tickets Out of San Diego
San Diego’s homeless are given the opportunity to get out into a better life
By Andrea Albanez
Staff Writer
The homeless population in
San Diego has been increasing
in recent years. Due to the economic downfall or other reasons, many people have been
forced to become homeless
and to live on the streets.
This has been a problem in
San Diego for a long time with
no proposed solution that
could solve this issue.
On October 14th, the Port
of San Diego, a self-supporting public benefit corporation
that manages the San Diego
Bay area, discussed financing
a program of issuing one-way
bus tickets to the homeless

population to move out of the
The proposal for the program
has not been approved yet,
but the idea has already been
implemented into two other
groups’ programs.
The Downtown San Diego
Partnership, a nonprofit group
who would also be involved
with the Port of San Diego,
has a program already called
Work Your Way Home, where
homeless people are given bus
tickets to one of their relatives’
According to Fox 5 News,
“the program requires participants to agree to follow-up
checks after three, six and nine
months… about 300 people

have taken advantage of the
program over the past two
years, with only a few returning to the streets.”
Another program made by

...the programs
will help the
homeless people
find jobs and get
off the streets.
the nonprofit organization,
The Alpha Project, also allows
homeless people to earn a bus
ticket through community service. They have had this pro-

gram since the mid- 1990’s.
Bob McElroy, president of
The Alpha Project, said in an
interview with Fox 5 News,
“Instead of just giving them a
ticket, we have them do community service work and clean
up the community to earn
their bus ticket to get home.”
The idea is supposed to benefit the city and the homeless
population with beautifying
the city and helping them get
home to family.
Many people are in support
of the idea, especially the Port
of San Diego and The Alpha
Project employees, believing
that the programs will help the
homeless people find jobs and
get off the streets.

However, issues could arise
from the programs: some or
most of the homeless population are native to the city already, or need more than a bus
ticket to get somewhere where
they are secure and staying
with relatives. This makes
homeless people incapable of
leaving the city to stay with
family, which is a requirement
of the program.
Although the program is still
in the midst of being considered as being an ideal solution
for the homeless population,
it’s a good start into solving a
long time problem in the city
of San Diego.

Street Harassment: Uncalled For
Ten hours of walking in NYC as a woman presents the presence of cat calls
By Vivi Bonomie
Staff Writer
Street harassment has been
an issue plaguing women for
many years. According to a
survey conducted by the organization Stop Street Harassment, 65% of all women
have experienced street harassment at some point in
their lives. While this topic
has been discussed before, it
has been swept under the rug
when compared to the likes
of rape and assault. Nonprofit group Hollaback! has taken
a stand to raise awareness for
this cause by filming volunteer actress Shoshana B. Roberts as she walked down the
streets of New York City. The
GoPro that recorded her journey filmed the 108 times that
she was harassed in only ten
hours. The harassment ranged
from various remarks such as,
“Hey, girl, how ya doin?” to
even more derogatory comments like, “God bless you
mami…damn!” There is a
point in the video where Roberts is followed silently by the

same man for five whole minutes. Roberts is later followed
by another man who tries to
get a response out of her by
provoking her with comments

“The harassment
ranged from various remarks such
as ‘Hey girl, how
ya doin?’ to even
more derogatory
comments like ‘God
bless you mami...
such as, “You don’t speak? If
I give you my number would
you talk to me?” While watching the video, it is astonishing
to witness the extreme levels
of harassment that happen to a
woman simply walking down
the street.
The video has reached global heights, now having over 33

million views on YouTube. It
even sparked the attention of
CNN, who then dedicated a
segment of their news broadcasting to discussing the controversy behind the video. On
this segment, stand-up comedian Amanda Seales and Steve
Santagati, author of best-selling book The MANual, discussed their opinions on this
serious issue.
When the CNN representative asked what both parties
thought of the content of the
video, Seales quickly replied,
“This is not complimentary.
Which is funny because I
think guys think that by letting you know that they would
be interested in sleeping with
you, that is a compliment, and
actually it’s really just objectifying me when I’m trying to
walk in my daily life.” Seales
made a point that many women would agree to and have
argued in the past: that catcalling is not a compliment,
no matter how it is expressed.
Women are often criticized
for not appreciating the fact
that someone is so “generous-

ly” taking time to compliment
their bodies. What these critics do not understand, Seales
argued, is that women do not
walk out of their house hoping
to be called out for their “nice
rack” or “sexy jeans.”
After Seales spoke about
the fact that catcalling is not
a compliment, Santagati responded, “The bottom line
is this, ladies. You would not
care if all these guys were hot.
They would be bolstering your
self-esteem, bolstering your
ego. There’s nothing more that
a woman loves to hear than
how pretty she is.” This com-

“...called out for their
‘nice rack’ or ‘sexy
ment was made directly after
Santagati stated that he was an
expert on the topic because he
knows how men think. While
this may be true, this attribute
is useless when it comes to the
discussion of a topic that is
based 100% on what a woman
is thinking.

The reason this debate sparks
such controversy is that there
is no real definition of what
street harassment is. For some
women, it could be a simple
“How you doing tonight?”
while for others this is simply considered an attempt at
conversation. There is a fine
line between showing interest
and harassing a female that is
walking down the street, and
it can only be determined by
the female herself. The goal
of this project was men need
to stop arguing that women
should take this as a compliment, and instead realize that
when a woman does not like to
be catcalled, then she has the
right to say so, and to get upset
when her wishes aren’t respected. Even if the man believes he
is giving out a compliment,
in the end, the woman is the
one who determines whether
or not it should be considered
street harassment.
Something as mundane as
walking down the street should
not be plagued with remarks
and challenges as degrading as


December 18, 2014

Long Live The Improv

By Shane Lynch
Media Editor
In 1963, Broadway producer
Budd Friedman founded “the
Improvisation” in New York
City, a small club where people
could come watch singers perform in an intimate setting.
Business was good, with performers like Judy Garland and
Liza Minnelli appearing regularly. Budd couldn’t have predicted, though, the widespread
success his club would soon
In 1964, comedian Dave Astor appeared at the club to perform stand-up, receiving a positive response from the crowd.
This inspired Budd to shift the
club’s focus from musical acts
to comedy, and a huge number
of aspiring comics began flocking there in an attempt to gain
fame and recognition. Within
months, the club became the
most important stage for live
comedy on the East Coast, and
The Improv as we know it was
During the 70’s, The Improv
was host to some of the biggest
names in stand-up, though at
this time they were just starting out. The likes of Chevy
Chase, John Belushi and Jerry
Seinfeld all originated here,
while others like Billy Crystal

and Rodney Dangerfield were
regular performers.
Jay Leno recalls driving to
The Improv weekly from Emerson College in Boston, hoping someone would allow him
to have a few minutes on stage.
Jay was so determined to get in
that he would often sleep in the
alley outside waiting for a slot,
an experience he remembers
vividly. “I think the low point
was, I was in the alley, and
there was a guy with a prostitute like eight feet away … and
I thought, 'Really? Is this my
life now?' But just to get on at
the Improv, it was worth it."
In 1975, Budd had a vision
of bringing his club to the west
coast, and founded a second
Improv on Melrose Avenue
in Hollywood. This location
was host to a whole new set of
performers, including Sarah
Silverman, John Stewart, and
Robin Williams, to name a few.
Judd Apatow started doing
stand up here with his roommate Adam Sandler, an experience that became the focus of
his film Funny People in 2009.
"It was a very exciting time."
Apatow recalls, "Jim Carrey
would come to Adam and I at
night to write jokes for him..
We were constantly surrounded by these talented, hilarious,

inspiring people."
During the 1980s, the cable
network "A & E" was created and began airing a weekly
program called "An Evening
at the Improv." The show featured stand-up from the Melrose location with Budd as the
host and became a national
success. Along with Saturday Night Live, the program
sparked a widespread interest in stand-up comedy and
allowed numerous comics to
expand their careers to the
big screen. Films like Caddy
Shack, Animal House, and The
Blues Brothers all featured comedians from The Improv,
while other comics like Jerry Seinfeld and Ray Romano
were able to secure lead roles
in hit sitcoms. Within a few
decades, Budd had changed
the course of comedy in the
US, and allowed many funny
individuals to bring their talent into the limelight.
Today, The Improv is still
considered one of the most
prestigious comedy clubs in
the world, and has been host
to a whole new generation
of stand up comics in recent
years. Daniel Tosh, Aziz Ansari and Dave Chapelle are
just some of the headliners to
come out of the Improv in the

last decade, while new comedians are constantly in rotation.
Though the original New York
club was shut down during the
90s, there are now over 20 locations across the US, making
The Improv the largest and
most famous comedy chain in
the world.
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the original club’s
founding, and to commemorate the occasion, Budd got
together with former Improv
performers to create a documentary about their experiences, entitled “The Improv:
50 Years Behind the Brick
Wall.” The film was released
last December to positive critical reviews, and featured Judd
Apatow, Jimmy Fallon and The
Wayans brothers, among oth-

Photo Courtesy of Wikicommons



ers. In a recent interview, Budd
recounted the experience, stating, “The 50 years have really
gone by…It’s surreal looking
back. I never could have predicted any of this success when
I opened in 1963, it just sort of
happened by some wonderful accident, much like most
of the things I’ve done and
accomplished.” When asked
about the future of stand up
comedy, Budd had this to say:
“I don’t expect to be around,
mind you, but it doesn’t seem
to be anywhere near phasing
out, anytime soon. I’m just
very happy with my life and all
the wonderful people I’ve had
the privilege of meeting over
the years. It’s been a tremendous journey.”


December 18, 2014

By Shane Lynch
Media Editor
Over the past 60 years, Southern California has steadily garnered a reputation as a musical
hotbed, with famous bands
like The Doors, The Red Hot
Chili Peppers, Sublime, etc. all
originating here and contributing to the world of music at
large. In addition, Surf Rock
and Third Wave Ska both developed in California, while
existing genres like Punk and
Alternative have evolved to incorporate these new influences. Though people often view
Los Angeles as the hub of SoCal’s music scene, there are a
number of prominent and influential bands that have their
origins right here in San Diego. The earliest and perhaps
most famous among them are
The Stone Temple Pilots, who
started recording music in the
early 90s.
Taking heavy influence from
both Nirvana and Pearl Jam,
The Stone Temple Pilots held
the rare distinction of being
one of the only grunge groups
based outside of Seattle, and as

San Diego Bands
a result were able to gain a substantial following among genre
fans at San Diego clubs.
Their debut album, Core,
reached number three on the
Billboard Albums chart in
1992 and allowed them to become one of the most commercially successful bands
of the decade. Following the
death of Kurt Cobain and the
decline of grunge in the mid90s, the Stone Temple Pilots
changed their sound to incorporate elements of classic rock
and bossa nova, and continue
to record music in San Diego
Another prominent San
Diego group that developed
around the time The Stone
Temple Pilots were becoming
famous, though with a focus
on reggae rather than grunge, was Slightly Stoopid, who
originated in Ocean Beach
in 1995 and were inspired by
artists like Buju Banton and
Yellowman. They blended elements of rock, punk, and
dub to create a distinct sound
reminiscent of other California reggae groups such as 311.

When the band members were
still in high school, they were
approached by Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell about
doing some gigs up in Long
Beach and were subsequently
signed to his label, Skunk Records, after being impressed
with their work. This decision
allowed Slightly Stoopid to
gain widespread recognition
and brought them substantial popularity among young
surfers and stoners. The group
continues to tour frequently
at venues like Coachella and
Lollapalooza and plans on releasing new albums in the near
Two additional San Diego
bands are Switchfoot and Blink
182; the former an Alternative Rock group and the latter
a Pop-Punk band. Switchfoot
was founded in 1996 by Christian surfers and focused on
themes of faith and salvation.
The band struggled to find its
direction initially as they were
forced to deal with various record labels who each had different thoughts about whether or not to market them as a

Christian band or as a standard
alternative group. Ultimately,
Switchfoot opted to maintain
their religious identity and
are now very popular among
Christians and non-Christians
Blink 182 emerged in Poway
during the Pop-Punk surge of
the early 90s, taking heavy influence from such groups as
The Ramones, Pennywise, and
Generation X. Their sound
incorporated elements of
skate punk with classic rock
and helped them stand apart
from other popular groups
like Green Day. The hit single
"Dammit" put Blink 182 in the
limelight and allowed them to
move past their underground



roots by appealing to a wider
audience. Though they were on
hiatus during the mid 2000s,
Blink 182 has since gained a
substantial following among
today’s youth and recently returned to the scene with the hit
album Neighbors.
While these are the most well
known bands to originate in
San Diego, many lesser known
groups started here as well, including Delta Spirit, Pinback,
and Wavves, to name a few.
Perhaps not as prolific as Los
Angeles, San Diego has contributed a great deal to Southern California's unique sound
and continues to spawn new
music each year.

Photo Courtesy of Wikicommons
Blink 182 at the Showcase Theater in Corona, July 18, 1995.

December Concert Calendar

December 30Yuna
Fonda Theater

December 31Fitz & The Tantrums
Promenade Square Park

January 23Pierce the Veil and Sleeping
With Sirens
Viejas Arena

December 20French Montana and Jeremih
Club Nokia

December 29Tiesto
Valley View Casino Center

December 31BANKS
The Observatory

January 16Little Hurricaine

January 23The Night Terrors of 1927
The Roxy Theater

December 23Earl Sweatshirt
The Observatory

December 30Iration
The Observatory

December 31Youngblood Hawk
Promenade Square Park

January 18Eric Church
Valley View Casino Center

January 31Silverstein
House of Blues

By Sophia Dorfsman
Staff Writer
Society is built in such a way
that certain actions are unacceptable. We guide our daily
lives by keeping in mind what
is socially tolerable or not, living by “rules”. Most of the time,
we don’t even think about
these “rules”, we just follow
them because we are so adept at unconsciously knowing
what is allowable. A group that
has recently questioned one of
these “rules” is the people behind Free the Nipple. For those
who haven’t heard about it, it’s
exactly what it sounds like.
It was originally a small campaign to advocate for women
to have the same right men do
when it comes to going topless
in public. To get their message
out, Free the Nipple is officially
making a movie, starring Lina
Esco and Lola Kirke that will be
released on January 1st, 2015.
“The issues we’re addressing
are equal rights for men and

Free the Nipple

women, a more balanced system of censorship, and legal
rights for all women to breastfeed in public”, say the activists
on their website. In the film,
the women behind the movement, along with their fellow
supporters, go shirtless in the
streets of New York City, with

“Keep your shirt on
because you’re cold,
because you’re shy,
because you want to
… but don’t keep your
shirt on because it’s
the law!”
First Amendment lawyers
nearby, in order to challenge
the fines posed against women who expose their breasts,
including while breastfeeding.
Some countries look at
breastfeeding as a natural right
to women and allow them to
do it in public, while others

have laws against it being done
publicly. Miley Cyrus, Cara
Delevingne, and Lena Dunham are just a few celebrities
in favor of this protest. One of
the messages in the film, and
one of the already best lines of
the film has to do with how violence is glorified while womens’ bodies are censored. They
ask, “why is my nipple more
obscene than a murder?”
It is illegal in 35 states for
women to be bare-chested in
public, at any time, and the
consequences can be big. The
charges in Louisiana, for example, are $2,500 and up to 3
years in jail. The odd thing is
that women are still being arrested, even though toplessness was legalized (in New
York City) back in 1992. “Our
sexuality has been taken away
from us and is essentially being sold back to us”, says an activist in the movie trailer.
In the large scheme of things,
what’s the big deal? We all

have that body part; women
just have more tissue in that
area. Because today’s society
has over-sexualized women
and their bodies, nipples must
be censored and not exposed
in public or on social media.
Women exposing their nipples is extremely contradictory to social standards, which
goes back to society’s “rules”.
In fact, the over sexualization
has probably led to groups
like Free the Nipple because
the people behind them want
to change the way breasts are
A topless man is perceived far
differently than a topless woman. Chelsea Handler recently
posted a photo on Instagram
comparing herself shirtless on
a horse to Putin shirtless on a
horse. In minutes, her post was
taken down. She kept reposting the picture and complaining about how Instagram kept
taking it down. One of her
captions was, “If a man posts

a photo of his nipples, it’s OK,
but not a woman? Are we in
The real question is, if Free
the Nipple does win their fight,
and women go along with it,
will the over sexualization decrease? Most likely, the answer
is no. And of course, women
will still hesitate to join the
movement because they don’t
want to be victimized by men.
There are other American organizations similar to Free the
Nipple, like GoTopless Inc. and
Topfree Equal Rights Association that are fighting for the
same cause. As one would expect, many countries in Europe
have decriminalized “non-sexual” toplessness. There are still
some organizations abroad like
Les TumulTueuses in France,
who gather individuals for
demonstrations in support of
the laws being changed. This is
a worldwide issue that is being
fought by women around the