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Vol. XC, No. 10 http://voice.paly.net Monday, June 2, 2008


Staffers bid
Paly goodbye
Teachers and staff will be
leaving Paly at the end of
McEvoy still finding her place at Paly
the year. PAGE A2


Execute the
death penalty
Death sentences should be
abolished due to inhumane,
fiscal reasons. PAGE A5


Climbing to
new heights
A look at Dr. Jacqueline
McEvoy’s first year as
Courtesy of Galen Jones

principal of Palo Alto Senior

Rock climbing provides Paly
students with an adrenaline
rush. PAGE A11
High School

Catching ollies
on film
Paly students create a film
showcasing teenage skate-
boarders PAGE B1

The dangers of
cell phones
Persistent exposure to cell
phones can cause health
problems. PAGE B9 From top left, clockwise: McEvoy during Spirit Week; Students put up posters in support of re-enactments; A janitor cleans up vandalism; Boys’ Varsity basketball
team, which forfeited games due to a CCS bylaw violation; Boys’ Varsity football team, one team discussed in The Viking’s hazing article; Bell schedules proposals voted
A&E on by staff; San Francisco City Hall, during which prom attendees were suspended for drinking; Vice Principal Jerry Berkson demonstrates the use of a breathalyzer.

Find fresh froyo Throughout year, McEvoy has worked to strengthen communication
at Red Mango By Rebecca Allen and Danielle Kim — is very rusty,” McEvoy said. “I used what I school, and then after a few years start making Miscommunication in the community
Senior Staff Writers thought was the process [with the bell schedule], big changes.” After McEvoy met with history teacher
It’s been a busy year for Principal Jacque- but it didn’t work. We need a representative In response to student complaints, McEvoy Mike McGovern and History Department I.S.
line McEvoy. system on both the staff and student levels.” said, “Our goal is not to offend anybody; we don’t Eric Bloom to discuss McGovern’s student-led
Elizabeth Petit/The Campanile

Over the past nine months, Palo Alto High Through this article, The Campanile hopes want to embarrass students, so we will work on re-enactments, many suggested a lack of mu-
School has revisited or revised the dance, atten- to illuminate how the McEvoy, students and training chaperones how to tell students that their tual respect. While McEvoy said she addressed
dance and standardized testing policies, and the staff miscommunication has may have caused dancing is too sexually suggestive. Our goal is safety concerns, McGovern alleged that McEvoy
bell schedule. Controversy over re-enactments, problems at Paly. to enforce the rules.” threatened to cut the program because she felt
the basketball team’s forfeits before the Central True to her words, McEvoy began more he was using it to “promote my own religious
Frozen yogurt parlor Red Coast Section Championships, athlete hazing, McEvoy-student relationship stressed stringent enforcement of attendance policies, or personal biases.”
Mango offers fresh, healthy and vandalism have rocked the campus. On Aug. 28, McEvoy began her first year and held students to an adjusted dance policy The controversy was met with massive sup-
dessert. PAGE B12 Some of this would have occurred regard- as principal of Paly, replacing four-year prin- and new STAR testing policies within the first port for McGovern. Students hung up flyers in
less of McEvoy, and transitions are always a cipal Scott Laurence. McEvoy’s leadership three months. A number of students and staff protest, created chants during Spirit Week and
ONLINE little rough. But according to some staff and style was made immediately apparent during said they did not understand the reason behind joined a Facebook group that grew to more than
students, the constant waves of conflict and and after the annual Welcome Back Dance, all these changes. 400 members. After, McEvoy continued to claim
change suggest larger problems. which took place the first Friday of the school “Paly is one of the best schools in the na- that the controversy was manufactured.
View senior Certainly, McEvoy’s distinct leadership year. tion,” Abid said. “We don’t need drastic reform “This is an example of how something
The week following the dance, McEvoy measures. Granted, there are things to fix, but can be blown way out of proportion,” McEvoy
map online style has had an impact on the school. As far
back as August, when McEvoy implemented a banned back-to-front dancing and required that changes should occur over time, be evaluated
Check out the map format- new dance policy, and as recently as April, when students bend no lower than 45 degrees. Students at many levels, and made with students’ input.” See MCEVOY, Page A3
ted on Google Maps: she made an “executive decision” regarding the then complained of
http://voice.paly.net/view_story. bell schedule, even McEvoy has suggested that rude treatment at the
she is willing to act on her own judgments if dance by volunteers NEWS ANALYSIS
she feels as though it would be hard to make a and administrator,
Dedicated to
the class of ‘08
decision otherwise.
McEvoy said these decisions are always
based upon community input and with the inten-
including McEvoy,
due to students’ style
of dance. Soon af-
McEvoy’s previous experience
tion to do “what is in the interest of students.”
But McEvoy herself has suggested that Paly
was not prepared for her more authoritative
ter, Student Council
requested a meeting
with McEvoy to dis-
explains current circumstance
Julia Benton/The Campanile

leadership. cuss the policy and By Rebecca Allen and Danielle Kim According to its Web site, Peninsula “is a continuing
“I don’t think that this school was ready for treatment of dance Senior Staff Writers high school … [that] assists those who are behind in credits
or used to one person collecting all the informa- attendees. Principal Jacqueline McEvoy’s difficult first year toward graduation and are at risk of not completing high
tion and making a decision,” McEvoy said in “It shocked me at Palo Alto High could have been predicted based on school.” Thus, McEvoy’s very first administrative job was
April regarding the bell schedule decision. that within a week, her behavior and actions as principal at San Mateo High at a school that probably required a more authoritative
View this edition’s photo McEvoy added that Paly “does not have a there was such a dra- School according to interviews with students and staff at principal.
collage in vivid color: formal decision-making process” among staff matic ev-ent caused San Mateo. McEvoy then served as principal of San Mateo High
http://voice.paly.net/view_story. or students. Both the Ed Council, which is made by Principal McE- McEvoy’s past may offer additional explanation to her School from fall 2001 through spring 2007.
php?id=6857 up of Instructional Supervisors (I.S.) and other voy,” ASB President While this certainly qualifies as experience, the dif-
leadership style. The principal was involved in alternate
staff representatives, and the Associated Student Mohammed Abid ferences between San Mateo and Palo Alto High Schools
INDEX Body’s Student Council, are inefficient when said. “A new prin-
education for six years between 1994 and 2001. She was
cannot be ignored.
first principal at Peninsula High School in the San Mateo
News: A1-A3 Opinion: A4-A6 making make big decisions, she said. cipal should really In demographics, San Mateo has a much larger minority
Union High School District, and then appointed director
Sports: A9-A12 Lifestyles: B1
“The system — the process of continually just
scope out the of alternate education.
Features: B2-B4 Spotlight: B5-B8 See ANALYSIS, Page A3
A&E: B9-B12 sending information out and bringing it back in environment and the
A2 • June 2, 2008 News The Campanile

NEWSBRIEFS Several staff members to leave Paly

Santa Clara County reports Teachers will depart due to maternity, retirement, new job opportunities
dangerous pollution levels Jeff Billing “Mr. Hawkins will leave the most boring topics, such as “This is my teaching home,”
McGovern said. “Of all the
will be leaving at the end of
this year.
Math teacher and Cross a lasting impression on every- vocabulary, interesting.”
Santa Clara County ranked as one of the 25 most polluted Country coach Jeff Billing, who one he has ever taught,” junior —Alan Chen things I’m going to miss, I’m “Posada had a really unique
counties, receiving a “D” grade for high ozone levels, an “F” for has taught at Paly for four years, Vrinda Khanna said. “He was News Editor going to miss the kids.” teaching style,” junior Karin
short-term particle pollution and a “passing grade” for year-round will leave for Connecticut in always eager to help students —Kelly Zhou Zander said. “Nobody could
particle pollution levels, according to an American Lung Associa- the first week of July with his individually and took interest Jeanne Loh Editor in Chief ever replace him.”
tion report. girlfriend next year. in them.” English teacher Jeanne Posada, who started in
“We see improvements in some areas of the state, but the levels “I’m definitely going to —Alan Chen Loh, will be leaving Paly with Chuck Merritt 2006, said that he loves teaching
of ozone and particle pollution in California remain dangerously continue my teaching career,” News Editor her fiance, Robby Ratan, and After 15 years at Paly, As- at Paly, but he wanted to try a
high,” board chair of the American Lung Association of California Billing said. “But, if things do will be moving to Los Angels sistant Principal Chuck Merritt new profession.
Gwendolyn W. Young said in a Palo Alto Online interview. “Im- not go as well as planned, there Darin Ishimatsu next year. will leave to become principal of —Josh Lo
provements do not mean that the problem is solved.” is a slight chance of coming Music Department conduc- “I am getting married in El Carmelo Elementary School Senior Staff Writer
For short-term pollution, which measures the pollution in a 24 back.” tor Darin Ishimatsu, who has July and joining my husband next year.
hour period, Santa Clara ranked 19 out of 25 counties. Billing decided to leave taught at Paly for three years, [Robby Ratan] in Los Angeles, Merritt looks forward to Michelle Steingart
High ozone levels and pollution cause severe issues for children Paly this year because his will leave in June to pursue other where he has several years left working with young children Biology teacher Michelle
and seniors, according to the American Lung Association. girlfriend is attending medical conducting opportunities. at a doctorate program at [Uni- because he sees them as his in- Steingart will be leaving Paly
To promote a healthier environment, the City of Palo Alto is school in Connecticut and a “It was time for Mr. Ishi- versity of Southern California],” spiration to become principal. on maternity leave.
encouraging “green building,” which would require environmen- majority of his extended family matsu to get a full-time gig, but Loh said. “I am looking for a “Learning is more powerful “I am having my second
tally friendly products and designs. lives there. we are going to miss all the extra teaching job, and I’m pretty at a young age,” Merritt said. child in October,” Steingart said.
—Auster Chen “It will be a lot nicer to work and enthusiasm he put into sure that I won’t be able to find Although he is excited for “During my leave, I will miss
Senior Staff Writer have my family close around,” Paly Band,” Music Director Jeff a school as great as Paly. his new position, Merritt is sad interacting with students in the
Billing said. “It’s hard to leave Willner said. Loh said she would love to leave the Paly community. classroom the most.”
Math Department adds new but it feels good to know the David Starr Jordan Middle to return to Paly as soon as her However, he looks forward to —Josh Lo
Senior Staff Writer
time was well spent.” School Band Director David husband finishes his degree. working at El Carmelo.
lane for incoming freshmen —Alan Chen Brigham will replace Ishi- —Josh Lo “El Carmelo is a fantastic
News Editor matsu. Senior Staff Writer school,” Merritt said. “I’m not so Isabel Tagle-Aviles
The Palo Alto High School Math Department will add another Brigham currently teaches much worried about changing as After teaching Spanish 2
lane to the current curriculum next year, Instructional Supervisor Judy Hasselbach beginning, concert, advanced, Mike McGovern I am supporting the great work and 3 at Paly for three years
Radu Toma said. English teacher Judy Has- symphonic and jazz bands at World History teacher Mike going on there.” Isabel Tagle-Aviles has decided
In addition to the current math lanes for freshmen, the depart- selbach is retiring at the end Jordan Middle School. McGovern, who has taught at —Josh Lo to retire from teaching. Tagle-
ment will offer a lane with Algebra 1A/ Geometry. The class was of this month. She has taught Brigham will assist Willner Paly for 23 years, will be taking Senior Staff Writer Aviles has taught Spanish for
added to help students who completed Algebra requirements in for more than 30 years at Paly, next year by teaching first period a leave of absence next year. about 40 years overall.
eighth grade but were not fully ready for the Geometry/ Algebra teaching freshmen and sopho- Concert Band and helping out McGovern, who founded Miriam Motoyama “I love teaching,” Tagle-
2A class. more English classes. with Jazz Band and Jazz Ensem- and runs the re-enactments, said Miriam Motoyama, who Aviles said. “But now it is time
“We were receiving complaints from parents who were won- “Ms. Hasselbach’s teach- ble before and after school. the re-enactment conflict with has taught various biology and for me to play and be a grand-
dering why their kids were going to take Algebra again,” Toma ing style really helped me learn —Becky Byler Principal Jacqueline McEvoy chemistry courses at Paly for mother. I would like to thank the
said. “Now, we give them one quarter for Algebra review and then more,” freshman Janet Liu said. Sports Editor was the “straw that broke the about 17 years, is retiring at the World Language Department for
three quarters for Geometry.” “She was also able to make camel’s back.” end of the school year. the friendship they gave me.”
The lane change would cut down on the number of students poetry interesting.” Emily Lassen “It was a big part of my rea- “We’re really going to miss —Josh Lo
who filed for lane changes at the beginning of the school year, —Alan Chen English teacher Emily Las- son to leave,” McGovern said. her,” freshman Mira Khanna Senior Staff Writer
Toma said. News Editor sen will be leaving Paly at the “It was demoralizing.” said. “She makes her classes re-
—Henry Becker end of this year on maternity McEvoy said that she was ally interesting and entertaining. Disclaimer: This article is
Senior Staff Writer Colin Hawkins leave. unaware that McGovern was We, along with the rest of Paly, in no way a comprehensive
Math teacher Colin Hawk- Even though she plans to leaving Paly and she was “not in will sincerely miss her.” list of names of Paly teach-
Virginia A. Davis appointed ins is leaving at the end of this be back in one year, her students
will still miss her on campus.
a position to speak publicly.”
McGovern also said he
—Alan Chen
News Editor
ers who are leaving this year.
All teachers’ decisions are
year to spend a year in Hawaii
as Assistant Superintendent with his three children because “Ms. Lassen was a really
fun teacher to have,” sophomore
wants to relocate his family to
a healthier environment. How- Arnold Posada
current as of press time and
some teachers have not final-
the year after next, his oldest
The new Palo Alto Unified School District Assistant Super- child will go to kindergarten, Trevor Loveless said. “Her class ever, McGovern leaves with a In hopes of becoming a ized their future plans with the
intendent for educational services will be Virginia “Ginni” A. he recently announced to his was always really laid back, strong love for the students and nurse practitioner, physics and Board of Education and the
Davis. She will begin work on July 1, replacing former Principal classes. and she was even able to make re-enactments. geology teacher Arnold Posada district as of May 29.
and Assistant Superintendent Marilyn Cook, who is retiring after
working with the district for 18 years.
“She [Davis] will have overall responsibility for and super-
vise the directors of elementary education and special education/
Students uninterested in Last Chance Dance
student services,” Scott Bowers, one of the PAUSD Assistant By Michael Hamada President Mohammed Abid, an were hesitant to go to dances One of the main reasons for to influence the entire school,”
Superintendents, said. “In addition, she has responsibility for Editor in Chief average Paly dance usually has before, will now feel safe to implementing the breathalyzing Abid said.
elementary level complaints.” After multiple instances of around 500 attendees. attend these school events,” policy was because chaperones At some Santa Clara Coun-
Previously, Davis was the associate superintendent of Davis intoxicated students at Palo Alto “This has turned into a huge McEvoy said. had felt threatened at previous ty schools, students who are
Joint Unified School District and the assistant superintendent of High School events, Principal mess,” Abid said. “Not only is However, an investigation dances where students had been believed to be under the influ-
the Dixon Unified School District. Davis’ primary role as an as- Jaqueline McEvoy’s executive ASB likely to lose up to $1,000 by The Campanile revealed intoxicated, McEvoy said. ence are given the right to either
sistant superintendent for PAUSD will be to focus on curriculum decision to begin a mandatory from this dance, the administra- that there is not a single other However, as of Thursday, take a breathalyzer test to prove
by working closely with principals of the district’s 17 schools. breathalyzing policy at school tion has failed to communicate public high school in the Santa the ASB had only been able to that they are sober or they are
Davis began her career as a social studies teacher and became dances finally went into effect with the student body. It’s as if Clara County cities of Palo Alto, enlist two chaperones willing to allowed to immediately leave
a department chair before moving into administration as a vice at the Last Chance Dance. McEvoy wants students to get Mountain View, Sunnyvale, monitor the Last Chance Dance the event and not return for the
principal and principal in elementary and middle schools. The Last Chance Dance, in trouble.” Santa Clara or Cupertino that even though it was going to be rest of the night.
—Pauline Slakey hosted by the Associated Stu- According to McEvoy, the breathalyzes all of the students fully breathalyzed. The Paly Last Chance
Senior Staff Writer dent Body, is the final school decision to breathalyze all stu- who attend school dances. “Some parents have even Dance has had the lowest ticket
dance of the 2007-08 school dents at dances has been made In fact, school administra- expressed their anger about the sales of any dance this year.
Diepenbrock leaves Paly year.
As of press time on Thurs-
at multiple schools up and down
the Peninsula.
tors from other high schools
were surprised to hear that
breathalyzing because it shows
a lack of respect and trust by
“McEvoy recently told the
ASB that dances were a privi-
basketball team next year day, May 29, the day before the
dance, the ASB had sold a mere
“While the initial number of
dance attendees may decrease,
Paly had taken such drastic
measures to curb drinking at
the administration and the small
number of students violating the
lege,” Abid said. “And she has
the right to take that privilege
Peter Diepenbrock, who has taught P.E. and coached basketball ten tickets. According to ASB I am hoping that students who school dances. rules should not have been able away whenever she wants.”
at Palo Alto High School for 11 years, will coach basketball at Ca-

ASB plans end of school year activities, finishes projects

ñada College next year. He will still teach at Paly in the mornings
as the instructional supervisor for the Physical Education Depart-
ment, but he will no longer coach basketball at Paly.
“One of the best things about coaching at Paly is the type of in-
dividuals that I’ve had the chance to coach,” Diepenbrock said. Students work to plan baccalaureate, graduation, various semester projects
Diepenbrock is proud of the accomplishments that the Paly
boys’ basketball team has achieved, particularly winning the 2006 By Nolan Wong David Kennedy, an editor of the Ad-
State Championship. Opinion Editor vanced Placement U.S. History textbook,
The decision to coach at Cañada was not something he had Palo Alto High School students The American Pageant, is this year’s
planned on doing, but the opportunity presented itself to him, voted for the 2008-09 Associated Student baccalaureate speaker.
Diepenbock said. Diepenbrock looks forward to his new job and Body officers during May 12-15. “When he spoke at the AP U.S. His-
is excited to experience the new opportunities and challenges that Junior Erik Klingbeil was elected tory classes last year, we thought he did
will come with it. for ASB President, beating opposing a great job,” Abid said. “We decided to
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to coach older and candidate Lynn Chang. invite Kennedy to speak at baccalaure-
more mature kids,” Diepenbrock said. “I’ll also have a little more “My personal plans include get- ate because we figured that he’ll give
control over the program than I do at the high school level, and ting more on-campus activities such as an awesome speech at baccalaureate
I’ll get to try some new things, like recruiting.” rallys, more participation and involve- as well.”
—Allison Coleman ment in spirit events and improvements The baccalaureate service will be
Senior Staff Writer in the class representative system and held Jun. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Stanford Me-
outreach through the ASB Web site and morial Auditorium. Seniors are required

Upcoming Events
Facebook,” Klingbeil said. to line up in their caps and gowns half
Vice President Helene Zahoudanis, an hour before the event.
Treasurer Juliet Carnoy and Sports Com- Seniors auditioned to give speeches
missioner Paul Brown all ran unopposed. at graduation on May 29. Graduation
JUNE 6: Seniors’ Last Day Sophomore Gracie Dulik was elected for will be held at 5:45 on Jun. 11 on the
ASB Secretary. Paly quad.
Seniors have their last day of school on the “The elections went well,” current As the year draws to a close, ASB
Friday before finals week. ASB President Mohammed Abid said. officers have also been completing
JUNE 8: Baccalaureate “This election had the highest voter
turnout yet, and fortunately, voter turnout
their mandatory semester projects that
focus improving the school. Products
This year’s guest speaker, Dr. David Kennedy, has been increasing every year.” of these semester projects include a
will speak at the seniors’ baccalaureate. According to the ASB Web site, 570 new microwave in the Student Center
students voted, a 60 percent increase from and the whiffle ball tournament, which
JUNE 9-11: Finals last year’s 350 students. were student suggestions. Other products
The ASB appointed the positions were the new cushioned leather chairs in Julia Benton/ The Campanile
Students in grades 9 -11 will take finals on
of ASB School Board Representative the Academic Resource Center, foosball Students vote for ASB officers for the next school year. This year has had
Monday through Wednesday. Chirag Krishna, Spirit Commissioners tournaments on the quad and the “Kiss a the highest voter turnout with a 60 percent increase from last year.
JUNE 11: Graduation Olivia Diamond and Lucy McComas
and Tech Communications Officer Scott
Senior Goodbye” event.
Klingbeil, Senior Class President Paly administration and District Office to do everything that we can do for the
The Seniors’ graduation ceremony will be held Zhuge. Sahar Raz and Sophomore Class Presi- will cover the costs. school,” Abid said.
at 5:45 p.m. on the Paly quad. ASB has also been planning end- dent Alex Freeman have been working A Facebook group called “What “ASB will have a lot of new faces
of-school year activities, including Field on plans to rebuild and re-outfit the Can ASB Do For You?” was also next year,” Klinbeil said.
JUNE 12: Last Day of School Day, baccalaureate and graduation. senior deck. started in early May to facilitate student Klingbeil added, “Nearly everyone
Field Day was held on May 30 and According to Klingbeil, the renova- requests. in ASB will be essentially new, so we’re
All students finish school on a minimum day featured an extended lunch hour with in- tion will cost approximately $38,000. “We started ‘What Can ASB Do expecting a lot of new semester projects
and start a relaxing summer. flatable obstacle courses and free food. The ASB special projects budget, PTSA, For You?’ because we wanted to be able and a lot of new changes.”
The Campanile News June 2, 2008 • A3

Soccer player scores record sum in scholarships

Athlete Teresa Noyola honored in school ceremony after winning unprecedented number of college scholarships
By Cassie Wedemeyer sional football players Emmitt Smith soccer team to round two of the CIF Her teammates from the MVLA
Business Manager and Peyton Manning. Division II Central Coast Section team, though not Paly students, were
Palo Alto High School senior Noyola is likely to earn a spot on postseason. present to cheer on Noyola.
Teresa Noyola, who currently plays the United States roster for the upcom- Noyola began playing soccer “I think she’s deserving of ev-
for the 20-and-under U.S. Soccer ing 2008 FIFA Under-20 Woman’s when she was seven years old and ery award she’s ever gotten,” Mer-
Federation Youth National Team, World Cup that will be held in Chile continued to play in the local recre- cury team member Julia Cashen said.
was named the 2007-08 Gatorade this November. ational league American Youth Soccer “Aside from being naturally talented,
National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Liz Prassas from The Gatorade Organization (AYSO). She later joined she works hard at every practice and
Year Thursday. Company helped in the selection a competitive team in the California at every game. She’s generally a really
Noyola’s coach and representa- process for the Girls’ soccer Player Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) nice person and even after all of the
tives from The Gatorade Company of the Year. and then moved to a club team on the awards she’s won, she’s still really
and ESPN RISE magazine gathered “Teresa’s special ball-handling Mountain View-Los Altos (MVLA) humble and a superstar.”
in the gym at Paly to present the skill created opportunities on and off Mercury, on which she played for As a skilled soccer player, Noyola
prestigious award. the field,” said Prassas. “Unlike most six years. was recruited by a variety of colleges
Gatorade chooses 51 out of American players, she has the ability “I was invited to my first youth both last year and this year. Stanford
337,000 state winners and only one to play the more Brazilian, South- national team camp when I was 14,” University, University of California
of them is awarded the Girls’ Soccer American style.” Noyola said. “I have progressed at Los Angeles, University of North
Hannah McGovern/The Campanile
Player of the Year award. From these “We looked at players all over through the youth system since then, Carolina, University of Virginia and
state winners, a national advisory the country,” said Bruce Weber, am- playing for the under-15s, 16s, 17s, Duke University were the five schools Paly athlete Teresa Noyola accepted the Gatorade National Girls’
board of sports writers and sports ex- bassador and historian of Gatorade. and now the U-20 team.” Noyola seriously considered. Eventu- Soccer Player of the Year award in a ceremony on Thursday.
perts from around the country selected “Usually it’s hard, but this time it was Noyola was the youngest per- ally, Noyola chose Stanford, which While growing up in Palo Alto, Albertin Montoya, Noyola’s
Noyola as the winner, according to a really easy. Not only is she the best son ever to play for the U.S. Soccer she plans to attend this fall. Noyola had always wanted to attend current coach on the MVLA Mercury
Gatorade press release. player, but also if academics didn’t Federation Under-20 Women’s Youth Noyola hopes to be a starter when Stanford. team, will also be coaching her at
She is the fourth girls’ soccer play a role, she’d still be the player. Not National team. She joined less then a she begins playing for Stanford this “From talking to current players Stanford next year.
player in California to be honored only because of her grades, but also month after her 17th birthday in 2007. fall but knows it will be hard work to and watching the team play, I expect “She inspires me to be a better
and is now a finalist for the Gatorade because of her volunteering [activi- Her teammates from the Paly Varsity earn her spot. to be challenged in all aspects of the coach and makes everyone around her
Female High School Athlete of the ties], character and leadership in the team were on hand to support Noyola “I am very impressed with how game,” Noyola said. “I know that better,” Montoya said. “Most athletes
Year award, which will be presented at community. She’s an amazing young during the award ceremony. the Stanford team is playing and how I will become part of a team that dream of being the best but don’t fully
a ceremony before the ESPY Awards woman. In 10 years, everyone in the “She’s a well-rounded player,” they’ve improved from just three works tirelessly for each other and is commit to that while Teresa has done
in July. country will know her name.” Paly team member sophomore Hana years ago,” Noyola said. “Coach Paul extremely motivated. I believe that my that. She has this amazing passion for
Past Players of the Year include This year, Noyola scored 18 goals Kajimura said. “She’s such a good Ratcliffe has taken the team to a dif- experience with college players on the life. [She] deserves all the recognition
professional basketball players Lisa and passed for seven assists in 16 leader and friendly person. She’s ferent level, and I am very excited to U-20 national team will help as I step [she] has gotten. You will be blown
Leslie and LeBron James and profes- games, ultimately leading the Varsity always willing to help out.” be joining the team this fall.” onto the college stage.” away.”

Administration approves Internet-based attendance system

By Alan Chen The new program, SASI-XP, works similarly to the “Regardless of the method of attendance, the atten-
News Editor current roll-taking method but eliminates the need for stu- dance sheets are legal documents that bind the school to
The Palo Alto High School administration recently dent volunteers. With the new program, volunteers would the well-being of the students,” Merritt said. “The new
decided to use paperless attendance beginning next year, no longer need to pick up roll sheets from classroom to method will allow for better data and allow the office to
allowing teachers to take roll electronically. classroom and walk them back to the office, where the know exactly where the students are.”
Rather than using traditional paper roll sheets, sheets would be scanned and then uploaded onto comput- Merritt predicted that by summer, Paly will have
teachers will mark absences and tardies directly on their ers. Instead, teachers would simply use their computers secure wireless Internet for the teachers and students, as
laptops, allowing for faster and more accurate attendance to mark someone tardy or absent on SASI-XP, allowing SASI-XP requires Internet access to connect to teachers’
reporting. for more precise and efficient attendance. computers,
The administration had discussed switching to paper- “With the old roll sheets, it would take almost an hour “We realized that this would be a very good opportunity
less attendance for some time, but only recently did Paly and a half to contact the teachers about an emergency to allow the students to have access to wireless Internet,”
acquire the necessary technology to implement something regarding one of their students,” Merritt said. “With the Merritt said. “The wireless for the students would be
of this caliber, Assistant Principal Chuck Merritt said. new program, we can alert teachers much quicker about parallel to the secure line that is dedicated to the staff for
“We had been working on a Teacher-Laptop program family emergencies or notices.” the attendance.”
that would raise money to allow every teacher to have a A major factor in the decision to switch to paperless Merritt said the new program will not be a large
computer,” Merritt said. “However, we could only afford attendance is the better communication between the office change, so teachers and staff should be able to adjust
one fourth of the number of computers needed. So instead, and teachers that such a system would facilitate. accordingly.
we planned a four-year cycle that would eventually supply The school is legally responsible for the students’ “The program allows you to somewhat personalize
Julia Benton/The Campanile computers for all of the teachers. Coincidentally, this year whereabouts, and if the roll is inaccurate or a student’s your attendance,” Merritt said. “You can even create an
The new attendance system is expected to increase is the fourth year, so now we can have all of the teachers location is unknown, the school would have to deal with online seating chart and mark who’s tardy that way. I look
communication between teachers and the office. use the online attendance program next year.” the repercussions, Merritt said. forward to seeing the effects of the program next year.”

McEvoy experiences difficult first year

Decisions at San Mateo High
Continued from A1
said. “I had no intention of canceling the re-
McEvoy and Bloom agreed that a big
problem was that two issues (late start and
“ A principal who doesn’t even care about
students’ opinions and feelings could work on
foreshadow McEvoy’s future

enactments.” blocking) were addressed at once. However, some things,” Abid added. ANALYSIS,
Continued from A1 year at San Mateo when a member fell, accord-
Bloom added that staff members were quick McEvoy said she expects student council population. In addition, San Mateo’s biggest ing to that year’s student body president.
Communication Problems to realize this problem once the situation students to be passionate and excited about challenge in recent years has been to better Dyckman said that McEvoy “didn’t regu-
After retracting her executive decision developed. what is going on in the school. academic performance. larly meet with student government. She may
on the bell schedules, McEvoy agreed com- “The History Department and staff were “I would have been surprised if I had One San Mateo student who interacted have come in once at the start of the year and
munication had been an issue. asking, ‘Why don’t we just focus on the received no reaction from the community,” with McEvoy during her first years there said once or twice later.”
“I don’t think it was clear to many students late start? We need to slow down,’” Bloom McEvoy said. the transition period was rocky. Instead, McEvoy would communicate
what we were going to do with the [survey said. “But it was like a train that couldn’t be Student Council agreed with McEvoy Many protested after San Mateo senior to student government through the Student
results],” McEvoy said. slowed. So we decided to stop the process — that a representative system would improve Salvatore Colhour was expelled in March 2001 Activities Director. When McEvoy did the
While many students believed that the we felt we had no choice — and that’s what communication. Instead of conventional face- for acting in a threatening manner toward a same at Paly, a frustrated Student Council
results would greatly impact the final decision, happened.” to-face dialogue, e-mail and Facebook are substitute teacher, though his classmates said asked for more meetings.
McEvoy said the survey was not a large fac- With the dilemma caused by the lack being considered as more effective means of they witnessed otherwise. When San Mateo moved from a six-period
tor because she did not view it as an accurate of a decision-making process, McEvoy is discussion. “Ever since we’ve had a new principal, to a seven-period bell schedule, Dyckman said
way to collect what all students thought. In considering creating one. things have gone downhill,” Colhour’s class- McEvoy “insisted we take a student vote. She
fact, McEvoy suggested that the main purpose “I have a set of criteria I think we need McEvoy’s problem resolution mate April Leonhardt told the San Mateo Daily wanted to get a vibe of students’ feelings.”
of the survey was to inform staff of student to think about [when deciding on a decision- McEvoy’s style of leadership did allow Journal that March. “They’re expelling kids “The student vote didn’t determine the
opinions before the staff vote. making process],” McEvoy said. “I plan to the school to quickly pass through a number of all the time. They’re trying to make a lot more final decision, but all students were very ap-
“You can argue with this a lot if you want talk to faculty members and to Ed Council.” controversial issues. She was the first to real- rules now that she’s here.” preciative of the fact that [the administration]
to, but in the end, the adults are going to make ize that the boys’ Varsity basketball team was McEvoy caused a stir again in May, when she did take into consideration what we were
the decision,” McEvoy said. ASB-McEvoy frustrations ineligible to compete in CCS due to a violation kept Burlingame High School thinking,” Dyckman said.
McEvoy did not give any guarantee that All year, McEvoy has emphasized that of a bylaw. The move was seen by most as an senior Robert Stephens from McEvoy acted in a simi-
student input would be taken into consider- she values student input. attempt to legitimize Paly sports. attending the San Mateo prom lar fashion when Paly was
ation. Instead, she asked, “Do I hope that the McEvoy has also implied that she doesn’t After The Viking published an article with his girlfriend, who at- deciding on a new bell sched-
people making the decisions would listen to consider Student Council, made up of elected in (Dec. 3), McEvoy immediately met with tended San Mateo. ule for the upcoming school
and weigh heavily the student vote? I would student officials, to be an effective way to Palo Alto Unified School District Superin- According to the San year. But students at Paly
hope that would be communicate with tendent Kevin Skelly, administrators and Mateo Journal, Stephen’s sus- protested as soon as McEvoy
the case.” “Still, if the ship runs aground, it students. sports coaches to discuss an appropriate plan pensions at Burlingame kept announced her decision.
McEvoy said doesn’t matter who was driving it. The “My goal is of action. McEvoy advocated combatting him from attending. Stephen, During the 2006-07
she does not view a captain’s still responsible.” that there will be hazing through “education, prevention and who had already rented a tux school year, McEvoy imple-
late start as an effec- a mechanism in consequences.” and skipped the Burlingame mented, without consulting
tive way to relieve place next fall,” Many athletes said there has been no prom to attend his girlfriend’s, students, a new dance policy
student stress. Eric Bloom, McEvoy said. “We evidence of McEvoy’s solution so far. even offered to take a school that required dance attendees
“When it comes Social Studies Instructional Supervisor need to have a rep- “No one ever talked to us about hazing official or police officer as a to have a 2.0 GPA. Her goal
to student sleep pat- and Ed Council Member resentative system this year,” senior swim team captain Lizzie chaperone. Both high schools was to motivate students aca-
terns, the majority for students.” Abbott said. “The last time we had a discus- are in the San Mateo Union Principal Jacqueline McEvoy demically. This can be paral-
of the responsibility Both ASB sion on hazing was two years ago.” High School District. leled to the fashion in which
lies with family,” McEvoy said. “Even if we President Mohammad Abid and Student Ac- McEvoy and Librarian Rachel Keller- Within a few years, reactions to these she created a new dance policy at Paly.
change [the start time] to 8:15 a.m., you’re tivities Officer Allye Mullins disagreed that man’s decision about the library vandalism was policies died down. However, San Mateo McEvoy removed the policy when stu-
not going to convince me that there’s not a McEvoy has made an effort to communicate similar to that on hazing. Instead of putting in student views still range from negative to dents approached her with a detailed, revised
large number of students who are just going with students. cameras, librarians will focus on education. indifferent to positive. version of the policy that focused on dances “as
to go to bed later.” “The students and I would appreciate “We’re sort of at a standstill with [re- “She was pretty easy-going,” San Mateo a reward for social behavior, not a punishment
being brought into the loop, especially when vamping security],” Kellerman said. “Putting Student Body President Jennifer Dyckman for academic behavior,” Dyckman said.
The Decision-Making Process issues directly affect students,” Mullins said. in cameras just doesn’t sit right. Education said. “She always had students in mind and But while Dyckman paints a favorable
While extensive, the discussions and sur- “It’s a courtesy that she come in and let kids outreach is really most important.” was supportive of student leadership.” portrait of McEvoy, senior Rachel Morowitz
veys about the bell schedule did not result in know what’s going on.” Dyckman has been involved in student described the principal as “terrible.”
change. McEvoy said this was due to the lack Mullins invited McEvoy to speak with The Future government for the past four years. “It wasn’t a pleasant experience,”
of a set school decision-making process. ASB a few weeks ago but has not received McEvoy is confident that her relationship “She never did anything that made us re- Morowitz said. “She was extremely conde-
“When the Stressed Out Students com- a response. Abid agreed that communication with the school community will only get better ally take notice,” senior Alana Lucas added. scending.”
mittee brought up the bell schedule, I relied with McEvoy has been difficult. as the years go on. “I don’t think anyone really felt particularly Staff members contacted by The Campa-
on Ed Council, but they developed the process “We were extremely disappointed that she “I have a lot of faith in teenagers and that strongly about any of her policies.” nile declined to comment on McEvoy’s tenure
while doing it,” McEvoy said. didn’t seek our opinions on anything,” Abid they’ll care about how they’re treated and will Student accounts suggest that McEvoy has at San Mateo High School.
Ed Council member Bloom looks at the said. “The fact that [ASB Secretary Kristen want to weigh in,” McEvoy said. “Some great not changed during the move; instead, student Perhaps if the hiring committee had been
situation differently. Witte] had to hunt her down frustrated a lot things are going on here. We like to celebrate reactions have been the only difference. better informed about McEvoy’s background
“Still, if the ship runs aground, it doesn’t ASB members.” good news and [for the future] I would like to Just as McEvoy held reservations about and reputation at her previous school, the
matter who was driving it,” Bloom said. “The Abid said McEvoy “even acknowledges figure out how we could carry that out to the re-enactments due to “safety concerns,” she school might have been better prepared for
captain’s still responsible.” that [she] doesn’t care what students think.” rest of the community.” also disbanded the cheerleading team her first the transition.
A4 June 2, 2008

Opinion The Campanile

Editorials Letters to the Editors

The opinion of The Campanile
good policy. The administration should only punish
Philosophy article drew
Administration should incorrect conclusion
those students who do not abide by the rules – not the
entire student body by breathalyzing each student who
enters a dance.
In regards to the 12 students caught drinking at
The following letter was written in response to

consider ASB input Gloria Yu’s article, published May 5, “Paly thinkers
express passion for philosophy.”
prom, it is not clear to me why they were not sent home
in a taxi and the bill sent to the parents, if the parents
were unwilling to pick them up. I don’t believe that the
entire student body should be distrusted and shamed by
In your May edition of the paper, in your philoso- having to pass a breathalyzer before entering a dance,
Consideration of all stakeholders’ input necessary phy article, the picture caption and parts of the story
inadvertently drew a conclusion about me that is both
simply because 12 students misbehaved.
School dances are a very important part of a high
before moving SAO from current location unfavorable and incorrect. school student’s experience. There should be more of
By saying that I “strongly identify with conservative them. It gives the students a safe environment to social-
political views,” you are lumping me into a category ize with their peers. I, as a parent, would rather know
The administration is currently considering mov- The administration should reform its decision making
that I do not fit — that of a dyed-in-the-wool religious- that my child is attending a school dance rather than
ing the Student Activities Office (SAO) from its current process to include the opinions of stakeholders, especially
right Republican. I can guarantee that I am far more attending a private party because there are no school
home adjacent to the main office to another location on concerning decisions that have a large-scale impact. The
to the left than anyone at Paly on many issues and do dances available. I would like to see Palo Alto High
campus in order to move the health office to a different current lack of communication and unwillingness to in-
not define myself as “conservative” or “liberal,” as I School increase the number of school dances they have
area to provide more space for the Academic Resource volve outside input is disrespectful and unhelpful towards
borrow from all areas of the political spectrum. and drop the proposed policy of breathalyzing students
Center. The staff of The Campanile believes this action is finding and making the best decision. The current format
True, I have conservative social views in general, entering a dance.
a symptom of the overall lack of communication with and is not conducive to an effective learning environment. In
but social views and political views are two vastly dif- —Rakefet Bitton, Paly parent
consideration of stakeholders by the administration in the fact, the administration should not only seek the input of
ferent things. Sticking to what I said in the interview,
decision making process at Palo Alto High School. stakeholders, but allow the thoughts of stakeholders some
some of it shows a conservative perspective but strong
A decision such as moving the location of the SAO weight or percentage of a vote in the final decision. The
governments and commitment to life are also very
affects and involves many people around campus. Specifi-
cally in this instance, it involves the Associated Student
stakeholders, often students and staff, far outweigh the
administration and generally feel effects of many deci-
leftist causes and do not indicate ‘strong identifica- Soccer athlete feature
Body (ASB), student activities director, auditor, nurse and sions more strongly than the administration. Of course
tion with the conservative political agenda’ (in itself a
generalization) at all.
requires greater depth
all students who use the resources found in the SAO and the administration is a necessary function of any school
Also, my religious affiliation is with the Evangelical
health office. Clearly, this matter has a huge impact on the and must be responsible for many decisions that happen
Lutheran Church in America, which is a liberal Prot- The following letter was written in response to
majority of the Paly community and must be considered on a daily basis; however, there is no reason to prevent
estant denomination that does not agree with me in all Kairen Wong’s article, published May 5, “Sophomore
carefully from all viewpoints to find the optimum solution stakeholders from having a say or a vote in the process.
things, so its relevance to the story is debatable. exceeds in soccer after battle with cancer.”
to better serve all those involved. Unfortunately, the ad- The staff of The Campanile ask that the administra-
I did like the story otherwise, however.
ministration has failed to seek input from any of the many tion carefully consider the issue and begin to involve the
–– Alex Gaya, senior I was dismayed after reading this story. The way
stakeholders involved in the decision and does not plan to important opinions and views of stakeholders in such
do so, according to Assistant Principal Jerry Berkson. campus decisions. The Campanile covered this story was appalling. The
story was not thoroughly researched and inadequate.
Breathalyzing policy is First, to allot less than 500 words to a story as
heartwarming and compelling as this is a travesty. This
disrespectful to students should be a feature story, not a quick news piece.

ASB should reconstitute The following letter was written in response to Alan
Chen’s article, published May 5, “McEvoy, Berkson
consider breathalyzing dance attendees and increasing
Second, the level of in-depth research and insight
was underwhelming, at best. There is only one inter-
viewed subject — John Anderton. What about how
his parents felt about their son having cancer? Or his

representative system punishment for students caught under the influence.”

I was appalled and dismayed to read about one

of the two new policies that Palo Alto High School
teammates, dealing with one of their own facing a life-
threatening situation? I also had a real problem with the
way the article was structured — it essentially went:
“NEWSFLASH: Kid had cancer, beat it, loves soccer.
administration is considering implementing for school The end.” John is an outstanding individual and soccer
Representative system during advisory would dances. player who had to overcome a ton in dealing with his
Breathalyzing each and every student that enters cancer. That was not really conveyed at all. In addition,
provide a broader coverage of student views a dance is extremely disrespectful to the students. This I do not think I have seen an individual with the same
policy exhibits the complete lack of trust in the students passion and fervor for soccer, ever. There was one time
Two years ago, the Associated Student Body aban- that the implementation of this convenient location will by the school administration. It is equivalent to requir- I dropped him off in the rain, and he sprinted, still in
doned the classroom representative system due to the lack promote higher student turnout as advisory is a mandatory ing students to prove that they are “innocent” of being his cleats, to his house in order to watch a Chelsea
of students who showed up to representative meetings. class. As well as being a place for teachers to aid students intoxicated before entering a dance. This requirement FC (his favorite team) game. The kid lives for soccer.
Since then, ASB has not had a formal student representation in the post-high school process, advisory should serve as a is opposite to that of the justice system the U.S. be- Again, not really conveyed in the article. My initial
system in which to gather direct student input. class where students can be informed of school-wide an- lieves in, that being that an individual is innocent until reaction was that The Campanile needed something
In the past two years, The Campanile has observed nouncements as well as voice their comments or concerns proven guilty. I am also concerned with the logistics to fill space and so at the last second added this story
that ASB’s primary means of gathering student’s opinions regarding school policies. of this policy. What will the administration do if there during production week. And, the headline “Sophomore
is through random Facebook groups. For example, only The Campanile advises that every student and teacher is a student attempting to enter the dance that is in fact exceeds in soccer…” did not make any sense. Exceeds?
approximately 237 members are in ASB’s Facebook group in an advisory class elect two representatives for their intoxicated? Will they simply refuse that student entry Don’t you mean excels?
“The Paly ASB Activities Update” and 144 members are class. The two representatives would attend any and all and require the student to leave the school grounds? If Frankly, I think it’s disgraceful. If you want to do a
in another of Paly ASB’s Facebook groups called “What classroom representative meetings held by ASB and report so, isn’t the school responsible for that student getting story, do it right — don’t make a half-a**ed job out of
can ASB do for you?”. If an estimated minority of Paly back to their respective advisory class. In order to sustain home safely and not attempting to drive themself? it. I can only hope that another publication will be able
students have a Facebook account, this is not an accurate the efficiency of the system, ASB should decide on an In regards to the second policy of punishing students to provide a quality, well-written and well-researched
representation of the student body. appropriate incentive to ensure a proficient attendance who are caught intoxicated at a dance with a 90-day article about John and his truly astonishing story.
While this is not ASB’s only outlet in gathering student from the classroom representatives. Incentives might suspension from all student activities, I think this is a —Ian Kelly, senior
input, still no standard method of communication exists include food incentives, graduation or class credits or
between ASB and the rest of the student body. Since the any other incentive ASB finds suitable. Similarly, elected
student body does not have a formal representation of representatives will collect the comments of students in
the direct student voice, The Campanile believes that
ASB should resurrect a new representative system so that
the past and report any observed pattern in opinions or
any other relevant information during ASB representa- The Campanile
students’ voices can officially be heard. tive meetings.
First, The Campanile wants to address the previous By offering this option for a classroom representa-
Editors in Chief
attendance problem by proposing that the reconstruction tion system, The Campanile intends that the final product Ayelet Bitton • Michael Hamada • Kevin Harvey
of the new representative system have a convenient loca- gain a wider coverage of student views for administrators Lindsay Yang • Gloria Yu • Kelly Zhou
tion. For this, The Campanile suggests advisory. We hope to assess. News Editor Opinion Editor Spotlight Editor Lifestyles Editor
Alan Chen Nolan Wong Christian Gallagher Yvonne Lin
Features Editors A&E Editors Sports Editors Photography Managers

Newsweek high school Annie Vought

Crystal Wang
Graphics Editors
Catherine Benson
Zach Harris
Advertising Manager
Becky Byler
Mira Parekh
Julia Benton
Elizabeth Petit
Business Managers

ranking system inaccurate

Julia Benton • Elizabeth Petit Anna Waldron DJ Hsueh • Cassie Wedemeyer
Staff Writers
Rebecca Allen Zal Dordi Peter Lee Austin Smith
Nanor Balabanian Rye Druzin Jillian Liu Amy Stringer
Rankings based on number of Advanced Henry Becker Alex Greene Josh Lo Sarah Stringer
Tyler Blake Chris Gonnerman Ryan McLeod Ryan Pfleiderer
Placement test-takers instead of performance Hannah Bystritsky Gabrielle Hadley Sara Reihani Mia Pond
In the May 26 edition of Newsweek, a list was pub- has an equity and excellence percentage of 60.4 percent, Auster Chen Sam Jones Tomer Schwartz Geng Wang
lished ranking the top 1,300 public high schools in the which is a higher value than a number of schools that Alan Chu Mikaela Kenrick Jonathan Shan Allison Whitson
United States. The study ranked the schools based on ranked in the top 50. Chris Clayton Danielle Kim Julia Shapiro Eliot Wilson
the ratio of the number of students at the schools who Students’ scores on the test do not affect the school’s Allison Coleman Erik Krasner-Karpen Kelley Shin Kairen Wong
took Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate rank, which only demonstrates that students can take the Alexi Dagan Laura Kurtz Pauline Slakey Deborah Zhang
or Cambridge tests divided by the number of graduating test — not necessarily that they can do well.
seniors in 2007. The higher the ratio, the higher the school This form of qualitative quantification discriminates Photographers
ranks on the list. against schools who cannot afford to offer a wide variety Allie Bollella • Michela Fossati-Bellani
Palo Alto High School is ranked number 335 on the of AP classes and students who cannot afford to take the Hannah McGovern • Stacy Levichev
list, lower than our ranking in previous years, such as 2005 test.
when Paly was ranked 330. It is the opinion of The Cam- The highest-ranked school on the list, BASIS Charter Adviser
panile that this ranking system is severely flawed and does in Tucson, Arizona, requires each student to take an AP Esther Wojcicki
not represent the authenticity of a school’s performance. test each year, and pays for him or her as well. However,
Thus, participation in such a survey is nonsensical. BASIS Charter’s equity and excellence percentage was
The survey ranks the school solely on the ratio of only 92 percent, which is significantly lower than schools Corrections: The May 5 article, “Student’s family The Campanile reserves the right to edit submis-
students who take an AP, IB or Cambridge test to total further down the list, such as 13th place school, Pacific fosters pet for nonprofit organization” was attributed to sions for length. Please note that The Campanile only
eligible students. It does not take the students’performances Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, California, which had an the wrong staff writer. Allison Coleman was the correct publishes signed letters.
on those tests into consideration. equity and excellence percentage of 100 percent. author. Advertisements: Ads with The Campanile are
The average score of the students’ performances for The Campanile feels that, because of the survey’s Letters to the Editors: E-mail all letters to edi- printed with signed contracts. For more information,
each school was listed on the survey in the form of an obvious inaccuracy in measuring the academic ability tors to theeds09@googlegroups.com. The Campanile contact the Campanile Business Manager by e-mail at
equity and excellence percentage. However, those averages of a school, Paly should boycott the Newsweek survey welcomes and prints letters to the editors on a space- campanile.ads@gmail.com.
do not affect the school’s place on Newsweek’s list. Paly in future years. available basis.
The Campanile Opinion June 2, 2008 • A5

Death penalty ineffective, expensive Bush seeks

four more years

Failure to deter crime, execution of innocent warrant abolishment of death penalty

By Chris Clayton One can thus readily and accu-
Senior Staff Writer rately infer that the death penalty does
The state of California constantly not deter individuals from committing
verifies its identity as progressive, capital offenses. This invalidates the
forward-thinking and liberal. Califor- argument that the death penalty deters
nia implements numerous progressive crime, thus invalidating the effective-
programs and policies, including ness of the death penalty. Chris Clayton
environmentally friendly programs Furthermore, death-penalty pro-
and a recent California Supreme Court ponents employ the argument that
and Jon Shan
decision, which declared previous leg- a state should not spend its money
islation defining marriage as the union imprisoning criminals who have WASHINGTON (TC) –– Presi-
between a man and a woman to be committed capital offenses. This dent George W. Bush announced his
unconstitutional. However, California argument, however, is founded upon decision to run as a third-party can-
still utilizes the death penalty as a form the incorrect assumption that the didate for a third term as president of
of punishment for capital crimes, thus process of execution generally costs the United States yesterday afternoon
failing to fulfill the aforementioned less than life imprisonment does. On at a Rose Garden press conference.
identity. the contrary the opposite is actually The announcement came shortly after
The death penalty is unhelpful true –– executions, on average, cost Senator Hillary Clinton’s interview
and logically impractical. The death more per person than does life im- with Fox News commentator Bill
penalty can lead to the execution prisonment. According to The costs O’Reilly, during which Sen. Clinton
of innocent persons, causes greater of processing murder cases in North told him she will continue running
state per person expenses than life Carolina, a 1993 study conducted by for the 2008 Democratic nomination,
imprisonment does (notwithstanding Philip J. Cook and Donna B. Slawson “even if it takes 100 years.”
the claims, to the contrary, of death- at Duke University, “The death penalty “Teddy Roosevelt was an hon-
penalty advocates) and proves to be costs North Carolina $2.16 million per orable Republican like myself,” Mr.
seemingly ineffective in deterring execution over the costs of a non-death Bush said in his announcement. “He
criminals from committing capital penalty murder case with a sentence also ran as a third-party candidate in
offenses. For these reasons, California of imprisonment for life.” Punishment 1912, and he did a heckuva job. He
should eliminate the death penalty. and the Death Penalty, by Robert even beat the incumbent president,
Moreover, morally, the death penalty M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosenbaum, and heck, they even named a toy bear
is unsound. confirmed these statistics, stating, after him...gee, I want a toy named
Death penalty advocates often “A 1991 study of the Texas criminal after me, as long as it’s not made
argue that the possibility of execution justice system estimated the cost of ap- from China.”
deters numerous potential criminals pealing capital murder at $2,316,655.” However, when asked by report-
from committing crimes. According Furthermore, it elaborated, stating www.amnestyusa.org ers why he compared his conserva-
to www.deathpenaltyinfo.org, of the that, “the cost of housing a prisoner Moreover, there exists the po- upon newfound evidence, as in the “An eye for an eye makes the tive positions to former President
21 states with murder rates larger than in a Texas maximum security prison tential danger of executing innocent case of Ruben Cantu. According to whole world blind,” asserted Mahatma Roosevelt’s progressive policies and
the national average of 5.7 persons per single cell for 40 years is estimated persons for crimes which they did not the Houston Chronicle article “Did Gandhi, referring to the notion of seek- failed campaign for a third term, Mr.
100,000 in 2006, only one, Michigan, at $750,000.” commit. Although the United States’ Texas execute an innocent man?” ing revenge upon one’s enemies. In Bush quickly withdrew his comments.
did not utilize the death penalty as a These statistics prove to be ap- justice system is founded upon such published in 2005, Cantu, who was reality, the death penalty is little more His desire to discuss other matters
form of punishment (these statistics proximately equivalent for the rest principles as reasonable doubt and fair executed in 1993, was innocent, ac- than a means of exacting retribution was further spurred by several hip-
are therefore not affected by a state’s of the country as well. According to trials, it is not infallible, and is subject cording to co-defendant David Garza, upon criminals for their offenses. The pie protesters, who had infiltrated
population). This statistic is down The Geography of Execution: The to occasional errors. According to the who “signed a sworn affidavit saying criminal justice system of the United the conference, jeering that Mr. Bush
from two death-penalty-prohibiting Capital Punishment Quagmire in New York Times article “Signs Grow he allowed his friend to be falsely ac- States should be founded upon rehabil- would be the first candidate in history
states in 1998, whereas, compared to America, “Florida calculated that each of Innocent People Being Executed, cused” in 2005. itation and, when necessary, isolation to “beat himself in the election.” They
the 20 death-penalty-permitting states execution...costs some $3.18 million. Judge Says,” published Aug. 12, 2003, Moreover, one of the chief wit- from society, in order to prevent crimi- were quickly escorted out by Secret
with murder rates above the national If incarceration is estimated to cost Judge Mark L. Wolf of the Federal nesses for the prosecution, eyewitness nals from further harming society. In Service agents.
average in 2006, only 18 death-penalty $17,000/year...life in prison [for] 40 District Court in Boston said, “In the Juan Moreno, revoked his earlier ac- the case of first-degree murderers, Following the interruption, Mr.
states had murder rates above the na- years would [cost] $680,000.” These past decade, substantial evidence has cusations that Cantu was responsible whom the state might execute, the Bush announced his abbreviated
tional average in 1998, notwithstand- statistics verify that incarceration, emerged to demonstrate that innocent for the shooting, claiming that he latter would obviously be the option, campaign slogan to be “Yes We Can,”
ing a nation-wide decrease in murder even for 60 years, would cost about individuals are sentenced to death, had originally made the statements and would be implemented with a a rip-off on an Obama video he found
rate by 0.5 persons per 100,000. $1 million for the state, whereas and...executed.” This statement is out of “fear of authorities and po- different motive than execution. The while “surfing the tubes of the inter-
Further- the process further corroborated by statistics. lice interest in idea behind nets.” At the conference, Alaska Sena-
more, the of execution According to “How Many Innocent Cantu.” These Although the United States’ justice execution, tor Ted Stevens loudly proclaimed,
murder rate These statistics verify that incar- costs approx- Inmates Are Executed?” published combined cir- is to permit “Finally, someone who understands
in death-pen- ceration, even for 60 years, would imately twice in 1997 in Human Rights Magazine, c u m s t a n c e s system is founded upon such princi- the victims’ my interweb lingo!” Bush’s actual
alty-permit- cost about $1 million for the state, as much. between 1993 and 1997,“17Death Row almost cer- ples as reasonable doubt and fair tri- families and slogan, according to a former aide,
ting states is whereas the process of execution Richard inmates in the nation [were] found tainly verify als, it is not infallible, and is subject the general was, “Yes we can –– use fear tactics
5.9 persons C. Dieter, Ex- innocent and freed.” Cantu’s inno- to occasional errors. populace to and Dick’s shotgun.”
per 100,000, costs approximately twice as much. ecutive Di- However, these individuals repre- cence. Thus, feel a sense Following Mr. Bush’s comments,
as opposed rector of the sent only some of the cases in which innocent indi- of justice in Republican nominee John McCain
to 4.22 for Death Penal- people have been wrongly sentenced to viduals can be, and are, unnecessarily the exacting of revenge, which is announced from his “Straight Talk
death-penalty-prohibiting states. This ty Information Center, testified before execution. In other cases, several men, executed. precisely the incorrect attitude with Express” campaign bus that he was
constitutes an approximate difference the Colorado House of Representa- who are now affirmatively believed If an individual who was sen- which one should approach exacting pleased to see “another Democrat
of 40 percent between the murder rates tives Judiciary Committee that “All of to be innocent, were executed, while tenced to life in prison is later found justice. Justice needs to be founded in in the race.” However, Connecticut
in death-penalty-permitting and death- [the studies of death penalty costs]... other executions are still questioned. to be innocent, that individual can the protection of the general populace, Senator Joe Lieberman quickly
penalty-prohibiting states across the concluded that the cost of the death According to www.deathpenaltyinfo. simply be released. However, for which execution furthers no more than leaned over to him and attempted to
nation. Thus, what one observes is a penalty amounts to a net expense.” org, eight individuals, convicted of someone who has been executed, this life imprisonment does. Executions correct him.
statistically significant discrepancy Thus, another principal argument of different crimes, who were executed is not an option. Therefore, to avoid have no place in the modern, civilized Many senior politicians expressed
between the murder rates in states death-penalty proponents is nullified after 1976 are now strongly believed the unjust killing of innocent people, world, and should be abandoned. concern that Mr. Bush’s re-election
allowing and states prohibiting the and the benefits of the death penalty to have been innocent, and there may the death penalty in California should Due to these reasons, California would violate the 22nd Amendment.
death penalty. seemingly diminish further. be more. These beliefs are based be abolished. should abolish the death penalty. In response to these concerns, Vice
President Richard Cheney simply

Proposed library bond imprudent, unnecessary

stared menacingly at the reporters
and said, “So?” He later clarified his
statement, saying, “I think you cannot
be blown off course by the fluctuations
$80 million bond measure will waste money on extravagant additions to city libraries in the public opinion polls or by that
outdated piece of paper.”
meeting and study rooms. Does a public library If the branch system were maintained, the Senior political analysts at-
truly require meeting rooms? Does the future library would be able to scan its collection to tempted to discern who would have
Mitchell Park library and community center make all books available digitally. the most negative effect on whom for
need a café, even if it does stand a slim chance In this way, the book collection would be this election: Reverend Wright on Mr.
of bringing in revenue? maintained for those who prefer the comfort of Obama; Mr. Bush on Mr. McCain; or
Libraries are repositories of information, physical tomes, people interested in research Mr. Bush on himself. Analysts tend to
not lounges for business transactions and food could find texts more easily and the library agree that Mr. Bush could contribute
service. The limited budget libraries receive would save the cost of building and maintaining the most to his campaign by not cam-
should go towards expanding content rather massive, useless branches. paigning for himself.
than catering to new If the Palo Alto Sen. Clinton took the opportunity
clientele. community truly has to release an updated version of her
Ironically, new Instead of expanding, the City Coun- an interest in keep- 3a.m. television ad, this time success-
clientele are precisely cil ought to consider consolidating the ing their libraries fully airing it at 3a.m. in the morning,
what libraries need inefficient branch system, reducing the useful and relevant, to the confusion of young teenagers
now that the Internet infrastructure needed in the libraries and indiscriminately and miserable bar drunks who were
has thrown the gaunt- throwing money still awake. The advertisement was
let to start the war of placing a greater emphasis on access to at the problem is narrated by Chelsea Clinton because
information sources. digital information. precisely the wrong Sen. Clinton’s campaign ran out of
However, libraries way to do it. funds for the deep throated voice.
www.city.palo-alto.ca.us still have much to S a d l y, t h a t “It is 3a.m., and the phone in the
This is one of the proposed designs for a new Palo Alto main library, which might offer: print media, resources not in the public seems to be all the community is able to advo- White House is ringing. Who would
be implemented if the City Council approves $80 million for library renovations. domain and free Internet access. cate in this matter. you rather have answer the phone: a
Free internet is essential to keeping physi- Despite the community’s history of offering closet Muslim, an old timer who’s life
By Ryan McLeod The Library Advisory Commission (LAC) cal libraries viable. By focusing on providing strong debate over any issue of public concern, insurance went bankrupt, or the same
Senior Staff Writer has been advocating the opposite; the $80 million access to digital content through the internet and recent informational meetings to discuss the ape-man we’ve had for the past eight
Rebuilding the Palo Alto library system bond proposed for the November ballot reflects online databases, libraries can remain useful to bond have suffered low attendance and a general years? Vote Clinton for President, and
is an exercise as futile as rearranging furniture the LAC’s ideas. This extravagant bond measure the public during the technologically oriented ambivalence towards the measure. have a real man in office.”
on the deck of the Titanic after it has sunk. would upgrade and remodel the downtown and 21st century. If Palo Altans truly care about the fate of Adding to Sen. Clinton’s list of
Yes, it seems like a good idea at the time. Yes, main libraries as well as fund construction for Furthermore, as information becomes their libraries, they must demand that the fu- supporters was actor Tim Allen. He
it will result in a product that is beneficial to a new 50,000 square foot Mitchell Park com- increasingly accessible through computer ture of libraries be taken into account, not just informed reporters that Sen. Clinton’s
the community. munity center and library. terminals, massive library complexes spread temporary concerns over safety and space. This refusal to drop out mirrored his own
And yet the matter will soon be a moot point, These renovations would improve the between multiple branches will become useless extravagant, overweighted measure should be phrase “never give up; never surren-
for as cramped, outdated and inefficient as the energy efficiency and compliance with build- and costly to maintain. altered if possible, and if not, it must be voted der.” When asked why he was applying
Palo Alto libraries are, the world is swiftly ap- ing codes instituted since the facilities were Rather than upgrading branches to full down this fall If Palo Alto is going to spend $80 phrases from a science fiction movie
proaching a time when such august institutions constructed over 50 years ago. The plans also service, communities would be best served if million to change the libraries, it should first to real life, Allen glanced mysteriously
are no longer needed. call for expansion to create meeting and study branches were downsized and focused primar- ensure that the money is allocated to appropri- from side to side, whispered, “yes...
Instead of expanding, the City Council rooms in the libraries. ily on providing access to digital content. The ate locations, so to ensure that libraries have a movie,” and fled the scene with his
should consider consolidating the inefficient Safety and efficiency are both valid reasons money saved by closing or reducing branches future in the community. arms flapping.
branch system, reducing the infrastructure for remodeling the library branches but the would help maintain a central book collection, Otherwise, Palo Alto libraries may soon Disclaimer: None of the events
needed in the libraries and placing a greater lion’s share of the bond appears destined for finally eliminating the irksome need to distribute be trading books for baristas and ceding shelf described or quotes given herein are
emphasis on access to digital information. unnecessary, so-called improvements such as books between branches. space to socialites. valid. They are all fabrications.
A6 • June 2, 2008 Opinion The Campanile

Budget cuts negatively affect local community

Santa Clara County’s education and mental health care budget cuts interfere with students’ lives
Other patients who will still see their This valuable program helps unnecessary reductions in funds, yet
regular therapists will have to share mentally ill convicts get housing, both are losing money.
those therapists with more patients as medicine and other services that are According to the agenda for the
the county is reducing its staff. meant to help them stay on track and Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara
This means fewer visits and less out of jail. The program was kept after County, it was proposed that Williams
personal attention for all patients. fierce public pressure. However, the Settlement funds be used instead to
For patients who suffer from close calls show what kind of valuable fund fuel cell construction.
major mental illnesses, these changes services could be next to go. Williams settlement funds origi-
are not just a minor inconvenience — Most of these former inmates nally came from the settlement of the
they sincerely scare them. were in jail due, at least in part, to Williams Case, in which nearly 100
These patients have come to rely their mental ill- students in San
on their counselors for support, and if nesses. Helping Mental health and educa- Francisco sued the
their personal counselor does not have them recover, re- tion are two programs state of California
time for them, it could significantly ceive medicine for proper educa-
impact their mental state. and obtain other
which cannot face any tion tools, such as
With the new budget cuts, all health-related ser- unnecessary reductions in books and expe-
that these patients will be guaranteed vices from PALS funds, yet both are losing rienced teachers.
is the ability to drop by and pick up are in everyone’s money. After the case, the
their medicines and the opportunity to best interest. California govern-
participate in optional group therapy Nancy Pena, ment notes Wil-
sessions. the director of the Mental Health liams schools, or under-performing
The patients are not required to Department of Santa Clara County, schools, which number in the thou-
go to these sessions, and without the agreed that cutting funds is always sands.
incentive of a personal, familiar doc- difficult, but still believes that it does Those schools receive special
tor, many patients may stop going as not answer the question: why is money funding until the state believes that
frequently as is needed for their health being cut from mental health care? they have reached a proficient level.
condition. What many people do not seem to However, in the recent budget
The budget cuts will also affect understand is that mental health is just report, Santa Clara County proposed
on-site crisis-intervention at local as vital as physical health. Although using Williams settlement money
low-income schools. This is another budget cuts are always difficult, the in order to fund the construction of
Hannah McGovern/The Campanile negative impact of the budget cuts question, “why is so much money be- fuel cells. Once again, this example
(Staged photo) A student consults a counselor in the office. Mental health care budget cuts will have because of the value of these services ing cut from something so important?” demonstrates a prioritizing problem
a negative impact on the community, including the removal of mental health centers in schools. to students who need mental health still must be asked. by the Santa Clara County.
help. It is especially important for While Kutras and others believe While fuel cells and other
By Laura Kurtz Santa Clara County Executive will no longer be privy to personalized students to have access to help with that it is necessary to cut funds from environmentally friendly forms of
Senior Staff Writer Peter Kutras initiated budget cuts of health care funding. today’s academics stress. mental health because of the budget energy are important, education is a
Mental health care and a decent $23 million as part of regular budget Patients not living in the hospi- It is even more unfortunate cuts across the board, in housing, land top priority.
education are possibly two of the most cuts. tal, also known as outpatients, will that the funding for these crisis in- use, environment and transportation Depriving poor students and
valuable services Santa Clara County However, it is troubling that $8 lose the counselors who knew their tervention programs is taken from committees, there are new positions schools of the one thing that is keep-
provides for its residents. million, more than a third of all bud- personal histories and needs and will low-income schools, where students opening for agricultural biologists. ing them afloat is not the answer to
Recently, Santa Clara County has get cuts, are expected to come out of be expected to use impersonal drop-in would need as much, if not more, Because funds are so stretched, ser- environmental problems.
taken actions that may have serious mental health care changes. mental health services instead. mental health treatment than students vices across the board should receive Santa Clara County should seri-
hurtful effects on its residents. By cut- Mental health care funds help Although the county finds this in high-income schools. less funding, but different amounts ously rethink its priorities. By cutting
ting funding for mental health care and those who would otherwise not be solution to be sufficient, it means that In order to follow budget cuts, of funds should be cut based on the funds from mental health care and
taking away from education funding, able to afford regular mental health doctors who know their patients’ per- the county almost eliminated the program’s importance. education, the county is depriving its
the budget cuts will end up hurting treatment. This loss of funds means sonal histories, illnesses and person- Providing Assistance with Linkage to Mental health and education are citizens of the two most important
poor and underachieving schools. that the 1,600 most stable outpatients alities will no longer be treating them. Services (PALS) program, as well. two programs which cannot face any services it provides.

Student Center should be open during all class periods

By Chris Gonnerman down, enjoy the moment and socialize with If it were inevitable for administrators
Senior Staff Writer each other. or volunteers to watch over the students, it
As we approach the end of the year, it is Associated Student Body President Mo- would be much appreciated by the student
clear that the student center at Palo Alto High hammed Abid says that the student center is body to have the student center space open
School needs change. not open through out the day because of a for relaxation and recreation.
The student center has offered activities very simple reason. This would make the work that the school
such as air hockey, ping-pong and foosball, as “If the student center was open during had to do to get the games in the Student Center
well as couches and a television for students other periods, a staff member would have worth all of the effort.
since May of last year. to monitor what the students are doing at all The only game that has caused students
It was a great move on the school’s part times,” Abid said. “However, there is discus- to misbehave since the administration put
to bring in the games and activities, but the sion right now amongst the staff whether or the table games in the student center is air
amount of time that students are able to access not to open the student hockey and this only
the games should be extended. center more often dur- It was a great move on the occurred because cer-
Currently, students only have the op- ing the day.”
school’s part to bring in the games tain students would
portunity to play these games during brunch The fact that the steal parts of the air
and lunch. administration does and activities, but the usage and hockey table.
During this time, the Student Center is not think that students maintenance of the games can be According to
overcrowded, and it is difficult for all of the would be able to act enhanced. Abid, this will not be
students to enjoy the center’s accommoda- appropriately without a problem anymore
tions. adult supervision is because the adminis-
The breaks are also too short to fulfill the sending the student body the message that the tration is planning to take out the air hockey
maximum potential of the center. students are immature and problematic. table, since it is simply not self-sustainable
Even though the school has tried to give The question is: what could students in the way that ping-pong tables, couches,
students the opportunity to relax during the potentially be doing in the student center that foosball and televisions are.
day, more time should be allotted for students need adults to tell students to stop? An additional reason to keep the student
to use the student center. Anything that occurs in the student center center open during preparatory periods is to
With more time for student use, the that might be frowned upon by society would lessen the crowd in the Academic Resource
games and couches can effectively serve their be done outside of school purposely without Center and library with people who only want
original purpose. supervision anyway. an indoor area to socialize.
The student center should be open during On the contrary, if the administration Those people would be able to go to the
third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh periods for opened the student center during preparatory student center while the ARC and library
students that have preparatory periods during periods, they would be sending the student would be less noisy for students who want
those times, and it should also be open for an body the message that they trust the students to study during their preparatory periods.
hour after school. to act like thoughtful, intelligent and respon- The ARC staff and the librarians would also
Considering how much our school talks sible adults. greatly appreciate this because the noise level
about the stress that students are under and The vast majority of the school would would decrease.
the number of the school’s attempts to combat meet the expectation of behaving thought- Administrators may have to keep a close
it, the least the school could do is let students fully, making good decisions and using good eye on the students if they attempted to take
enjoy the games and couches in the student judgment without the watchful eye of an part in unacceptable activities but this only
Julia Benton/The Campanile
center throughout the day. adult supervisor. It is true that the school is asks for more work on the staff’s part but
Students at Paly desperately need more responsible for the well-being and safety of would ultimately be beneficial for the student Students should have access to the student center during all class periods to
time during the school year to relax, slow all students. body. fully be able to take advantage of the center’s games, activities and couches.

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A9 June 2, 2008

Sports The Campanile

Varsity softball suffers loss in CCS quarterfinals

After tying for division title, squad becomes first Paly softball team to qualify for CCS in 10 years
By DJ Hsueh by freshman Mariah Philips and sophomore
Business Manager Lauren Bucolo.
After making it to the Central Coast Sec- The team suffered a setback when short-
tion quarterfinals for the first time in more than stop Bucolo had to sit out after she became
a decade, the Varsity softball team ended its sick.
highly successful season with a 1-10 loss to Right fielder Philips moved in to play
number three seed Burlingame High School second base, and freshman second baseman
on May 17. Gracie Marshall moved into the shortstop
However, the team shares the El Camino position.
Division crown with Wilcox High School and The Vikings were not slowed by the
ended their regular season with an 11- 1 league change in the lineup and continued to lead the
record and a 19-8-1 overall record. game, entering the top of the seventh with a
The loss against Wilcox on May 1 ended 5-3 advantage. Branham fought hard to score
the Vikings’ 10-game winning streak against two runs and tied the score 5-5.
league opponents. “It was pretty disappointing for them to tie
The team rebounded well, defeating up the game because we had led for the entire
Saratoga High School to share the league game,” sophomore Kirsten Dauler said.
championship with Wilcox. However, the Vikings were far from ready
The last time the Vikings faced off against to give up.
Saratoga, they scraped out a 1-0 victory in extra Freshman Anna Gale hit a single to the
innings. However, in the more recent game, outfield in the second half of the seventh inning.
the Vikings won 4-2, even with the absence Dauler put down a bunt after fouling two off
of junior captain Allie Coleman. and moved Gale into scoring position. Gale
The Vikings then continued on to the CCS made it to third on a passed ball.
Division II playoffs. In the opening game, the Sophomore Ryan Flanagan stepped up to
sixth-seeded Vikings traveled to Salinas to the plate with two outs. After falling behind in
play against eleventh-seeded Branham High the count, she delivered the game winning hit
School on May 15. up the middle, ending the game 6-5.
In the top of the first, the Branham Bruins The team poured out of the dugout to
were able to score one run before the Vikings cheer and congratulate Flanagan after she Elizabeth Petit/The Campanile
managed to end the inning. rounded first base. The girls’ Varsity softball team prepares to take the field before their game against Burlingame High School. The team has
Paly responded with a triple from Cole- “Our game against Branham was one of
the most exciting we’ve played all season,”
been one of the best in Paly’s recent history, earning a co-league championship and advancing to the CCS quarterfinals.
man in bottom of the first inning to drive in
the first Viking runner. Coleman said. “Games like these are what and successfully keeping the Vikings from The team made it to CCS with an impres-
The team continued the rally, putting one
more run across the plate before the Bruins
make softball so exciting. We fought hard and
we showed so much heart to win the game.”
scoring for the majority of the game.
The Vikings got their first run of the game
sive 11-1 league record and now share the
SCVAL El Camino Division Championship
were able to make the third out, holding the The team then played number three during the fifth inning, but were unable to catch with Wilcox High School.
Viking batters to only two runs in the first seeded powerhouse Burlingame High School up to the Burlingame Panthers, ending the This year’s team was very young and has
inning. (18-10-1) in the CCS Division II quarterfinals game and their postseason in a 1-10 loss. no graduating seniors this year, so the Vikings v. Branham
The Vikings then scored three more on May 17. Although their season ended in a loss, can look forward to an even better season May 15, W 6-5
runs in the third inning. Great hitting helped Burlingame played a solid game, scoring Paly made it to the CCS quarterfinals, after next year where they have to potential to be v. Burlingame
the Viking offense, including a triple each once every inning for the first three innings having greatly improved this year. legitimate CCS title contenders. May 17, L 1-10

Badminton team remains positive despite poor finish

By Chris Gallagher In the end, however, a few match- Moon and his partner sophomore and a lack of concentration as reasons Hsu maintained her momentum performing my best,” Hsu said. “For
Spotlight Editor es decided Paly’s loss to Homestead. Helen Zhu played a very close match, for their losses. from the first match with a 17-5 romp every single match I played, I ran out
Palo Alto High School’s badmin- The teams’ scores were unbelievably but missed some key shots in the last “My opponent got tired and lazy over opponent Tiffany Jianto from of breath before my opponent did.
ton team started the year with the hope close, totalling 12-18. game of the match. and started slowing down the game,” Archbishop Mitty. Endurance is one of the key assets a
of improving team unity, friendship, This loss was difficult for the Many of the other matches were Yao said. “He let me win the second Unfortunately, despite her suc- player needs in badminton.”
individual performance and the win- Vikings after playing one of their best well-fought and close as well. game so that he could recover and cessful first day, her second day at Although Hsu performed well
loss record. matches of the season. “We definitely improved, but then beat me in the third.” CCS was not as fruitful as Hsu lost throughout the season, the team
The youth of the team and spirit One of the most surprising and they [Wilcox] switched their line up Although the season ended with her first match to Phoebe Lin from will look to improve in upcoming
of the players were enough to carry unfortunate losses was Hsu’s match and that seemed to hurt us,” Head disappointment, SCVALs and CCS Henry M. Gunn High School. seasons.
them through the lengthy season. against Homestead’s No.1 girls’ Coach Kara Prentice said. “Many of were just around the corner and many Hsu struggled at the outset of “We are going to be better next
The team members finished the singles player. the matches went into third games and team members had high hopes for the her second match of the day against season,” Hsu said. “The team is
season united in friendship and im- “At first I definitely let my guard we kind of gave up.” postseason. an opponent from Silvercreek High definitely going to improve over the
proved their individual games. down because I had beaten her be- Paly played Saratoga on May 8, Both Yao and Hsu managed to School. offseason.”
Junior Young Hsu in particular fore,” Hsu said. “We started playing and lost to the formidable team with stay alive in SCVALs up until the However, Hsu was able to escape Despite a long season and sev-
performed spectacularly in the Santa a marathon match and I got tired and a final score of 1-29. last day. Yao placed fifth in boys’ with a win from the match, avoiding eral difficult losses, the Varsity team
Clara Valley Athletic League Playoffs dizzy.” Although this score was worse singles and Hsu placed fourth in girls’ elimination from the tournament. nevertheless remains resilient and
(SCVAL) and Badminton Central After this dismally disappointing than the first time the teams played, singles. Day three of CCS, however, was optimistic for next year’s season to
Coast Section (CCS) Tournament, loss to Homestead, the team went on Paly fought out some very tough The first day of SCVALs took unsuccessful. Hsu faced Jianto of continue to strengthen its play.
placing fourth in finals for girls’ to strive for a Paly victory at Wilcox matches against their opponent. Hsu place in the blistering heat of Paly’s Archbishop Mitty for a second time
singles. High School on May 6. and senior Joanna Wu took on No. 1 gym, which had a great effect on the in the tournament.
Unfortunately, the team overall Although they were not victori- girls’ doubles against Saratoga and pace of play. Although Hsu beat Jianto ear- Badminton
wasn’t up to par in its league perfor- ous, the team played their best across lost their match. Although Yao was only one posi- lier during CCS, Hsu was unable to
mance this year, winning only one the board, finishing with another close “We lost the first game although tion away from making it to CCS, Hsu come away victorious and advance Scores
game overall to end the season with loss. The final score was 10-20. it was really close,” Hsu said. “We made it into the championship after further. v. Homestead
a record of 1-10. “I could have done better,” No. 1 were having a lot of fun, and it was two defaulted matches. Hsu believes stamina and energy
May 1, L 12-18
The team faced Homestead High Varsity mixed doubles junior Hansen kind of distracting.” Hsu, who made it to CCS, had an were key factors that prevented her
v. Wilcox
School on May 1, an expected victory Moon said. “They were pretty strong, The rest of the players felt easy first day, soundly beating her op- success.
May 6, L 10-20
due to their previous win against the well-rounded players, but I think that similarly about their matches, citing ponent from Oak Grove High School “Overall, I believe it was my
Mustangs earlier in the season. we could have won.” playing conditions, physical ailments 15-3 in her first match. stamina that really prevented me from

Athletes of the Year

Julius Teresa
Berezin Noyola
Cross Country Soccer
Track & Field
Julia Benton/The Campanile Stacy Levichev/The Campanile

Berezin, a UCLA-bound senior, has been a dominant presence on Noyola, heading to Stanford University next year, has ruled over
this year’s Varsity cross country and track teams. In the fall, he con- competitive girl’s soccer for several years. Noyola has been showered
sistently placed among the top five runners on Paly’s cross country with prestigious media awards, recently being named PARADE’s All-
squad. Berezin proved to be a valuable asset for the team in its Santa American High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second
Clara Valley Athletic League championship. After training through the straight year and the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the
winter, he became a mainstay for the SCVAL champion track team in Year. Last season the senior scored goals for both the Under-17 and
the 400- and 800-meter races. Berezin was the league champion in the Under-20 National Teams. This year with the Vikings, Noyola scored
800m and qualified for the State Championship Meet with his 1:55.9 18 goals and added seven assists while leading the team to the second
performance in the 800m Central Coast Section finals race. round of the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs.
A10 • June 2, 2008 Sports The Campanile

Strong season leads to state qualifications

By Mira Parekh Gaeta is also happy with her time, since
Sports Editor she felt that this race was different from her
Though the results for the Palo Alto Track previous ones because she felt more moti-
and Field season were mixed, with the boys vated.
ending the season undefeated and the girls “It really clicked with me that this race
ending the season with a 2-4 record, the team could be my last race in high school,” Gaeta
succeeded for most of the postseason, with said. “I’m really happy with [my] time; it’s a
some strong performances in league finals and personal record.”
in the Central Coast Section playoffs. Some of Paly’s best runners competed
The boys’ team did well in league finals, at Gilroy High School on May 17, aiming to
placing amongst the top runners in many qualify for the CCS finals and gain a berth in
events. the boys sprint team did not perform the state meet. Unfortunately, the boys were
too well, except in the 4x100 where they placed unable to qualify for finals, as both Williams
second and junior Paul Brown’s second place and Brown fell short of the qualifying mark.
finish in the 200-meter dash. Fortunately, the MacQuitty and Berezin however, were able to
team found more success in the mid-distance advance, qualifying for CCS in the two-mile
and long-distance events. and the 800-meter, respectively. Scott and
Sophomore Phillip MacQuitty ran the Powell continued to be a presence on the field
mile in 4:24 to come in second, while junior as Powell advanced in the high jump with an
Charlie Avis also had a strong performance in impressive 6’ 6” jump and Scott qualified in
the meet, coming in second in the two-mile both the long jump and triple jump.
with a time of 9:38. The boys 4 x 100 team, led by Williams,
Junior Ariel Arsac-Ellison had a strong Powell, Scott and Brown however was able
performance as well, coming in fourth place to qualify and make it to states.
in a tough 400-meter race. The girls’ team, whose 4x400 relay team
The team also did well in field events, as fell short of qualifying, found success with
senior Mike Scott came in first and second in Lattanzi in the 800-meter race, who easily
the triple jump and the long jump respectively, qualified for CCS finals.
and senior Dom Powell finished first in the The CCS finals, which determine which
high jump with a height of 6’3”. athletes go to the state meet, took place at
Although the girls struggled to place Gilroy High School on May 23. The finals
among the top in many events, senior standout went well for Paly, with almost everyone
Mia Lattanzi easily placed first in the 800 qualifying for state. Berezin was able to place
meter with a time of 2:15. fourth in the 800, giving him the opportunity
Both girls’ and boys’ teams went into the to advance. Both Scott and Powell were able
CCS trials ready for a strong showing after key to advance in both the long jump and the high
performances in the league finals. In order to jump, with Scott falling shy of qualifying for
advance to CCS, the individual or team had the triple jump.
to place in the top five in the race. Lattanzi once again dominated the track
The meet got off to a shaky start as the placing first in the 800 after a tough, close run
boys 4x100 team fell behind to Los Gatos and with opponent Justine Fredronic from Carl-
Henry M. Gunn High Schools but were able Julia Benton/The Campanile mont High School, giving Lattanzi a definite
to advance, placing third overall. Sophomore runner Phillip MacQuitty leads the competition in the boys’ two-mile at the CCS semifinals at Gilroy High spot in the state meet. After a long season,
However, sprinters Brown and freshman Billing thinks that the season has been very
School. MacQuitty made it to the CCS finals, but was unable to place among the top four to advance to the state meet.
Maurice Williams both had strong individual successful and is excited about this year’s
performances as each placed third in the 200 ter, with senior Julius Berezin placing fourth Aside from the mixed feelings about the ing in sixth place but achieving a personal sophomores.
meter and 100 meter, respectively. Sprint overall and receiving a CCS berth. track events, Paly saw most of its success record,with a height of 4’ 10.5”. “This group could be a few off-seasons
Coach Nick Van Der Berg was disappointed MacQuitty similarly placed fourth in in the field events, primarily due to Scott’s The girls’ team proved to have better luck of training away from being a force to be
with overall performances at the trial. the 3200 meter. MacQuitty had a stellar race, exceptional performances in the high jump, on the track with sophomore Emily Yeates, reckoned with at the state level,” Billing said.
“The team did not do what they were passing a opponent in the last 200 meters in a long jump and triple jump and senior Dennis who barely missed qualification in the 100- “It’s going to be a fun two years.”
supposed to,” Van Der Berg said. fight for fourth. Coach Jeff Billing was pleased Muaka’s third place finish in discus. meter, and junior Silvia Price who achieved a
According to Van Der Berg, the team made with MacQuitty’s race but acknowledges that Scott had a successful meet, coming first personal record in 300 meter hurdles.
costly mistakes, which cannot be repeated.
“We need to refocus,” Van Der Berg said.
there are areas to improve on.
“I think it was clear from the race that
in the high jump and triple jump and second
in the long jump.
The strongest individual performances
came from Lattanzi and senior Leah Gaeta.
Track & Field
“How far they will go depends on how well Phil is starting to round into form at the right Powell also had a notable performance in Lattanzi dominated the 800-meter race,
they focus.” time, and I also think it showed a little bit of the high jump as he placed third overall. coming in first with 2:14:68. Gaeta qualified State Qualifiers
Van Der Berg however, did commend what we have to work on,” Billing said. The girls’ team on the other hand struggled for CCS as well, placing fifth with 2:19:34.
Boys 4 x 100 relay
Brown and Williams for doing extremely well Billing feels confident about MacQuitty’s in the field events and was not able to place Gaeta, happy to qualify was satifisfied with
Mike Scott—long jump
in their indidvidual meets. potential for success. in neither jumps nor throws. her race overall.
Although the team lacked qualifying times Dom Powell—high jump
“I’m really looking forward to watching Despite this, junior Daniella Florant “I felt really good running this race,”
in the 400 and 1600-meter races, the runners him burn up the track during the next five to had a notable performance, barely missing Gaeta said. “I’ve only ran four 800s before, Julius Berezin—800-meter
proved to be more successful in the 800 me- six weeks,” Billing said. league qualification in the high jump by com- so to qualify is great.” Mia Lattanzi—800-meter

Vikings eliminated from CCS after disappointing first-round loss

By Zal Dordi to determine who was safe from relegation. gible for a CCS berth. Senior Will Goodspeed
Senior Staff Writer The losing team would face Cupertino High got the win for the Vikings with a solid pitching
The Palo Alto boy’s Varsity baseball team School to see which team would remain in the effort and a bases-loaded single in the eighth
ended their season May 15 with a demoral- De Anza division. inning to bring in the winning run for Paly.
izing 18-4 loss to the Leigh High School After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first The Vikings qualified for CCS and were
Mustangs. inning, the Vikings fell behind 5-6 after five seeded 14th in a field of 16. Their first game was
It was the first round of the Central Coast innings. Paly battled back with nine runs in against third-seeded Leigh High School.
Section Division II playoffs for the Vikings as the sixth inning to put the game out of reach The Vikings fell behind early and had
they passed through the league tournament, for the Titans. Senior Michael Martin got the no chance to recover, as Leigh brought 14
beating both Henry M. Gunn High School and win in relief for the boys, who made up for batters to the plate in the first inning, scor-
Milpitas High School in a best of three series. their five errors on defense with fourteen hits ing nine runs on ten hits. The Vikings were
After finishing the regular season with a four- off of the Gunn pitching staff. With the win able to muster four runs of their own, but the
game losing streak, the Vikings entered the over Gunn, the Vikings would advance to Mustangs doubled their first inning score to
Santa Clara Valley Athletic League playoffs play Milpitas High School for fifth place in beat the Vikings 18-4.The loss eliminated
before the commencement of CCS. the league standings. the Vikings from CCS contention, ending the
The first round began with the Vikings In the first game of the series, junior 2008 season.
facing cross-town rival Gunn with a three game Matthew Tracy pitched a gem for the Vikings, With several key players graduating this
series. The Vikings led early in the ball game, throwing a complete game two-hitter against year, the 2009 squad will have some big shoes
leading 3-0 before the Titans battled back to the Milpitas Trojans. While the Vikings to fill, but should still be able to compete in
win the game in the seventh inning on a bases managed only three hits of their own, they what will be a tough De Anza division.
loaded walk with a final score of 4-5. were able to plate three runs giving them a
Games two and three of the series were 3-0 victory.
all Vikings. In game two, the Vikings trailed
in the fifth 0-1 before tying and subsequently
Game two of the series belonged to the
Trojans, who got to starting pitcher junior Colin
taking the lead in the bottom half of the sixth Byrne early. Milpitas led 5-1 after three innings Scores
inning, securing the second of the three games and that was all they would need against the @ Milpitas High School
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Senior Michael Martin prepares to deliver a pitch. Martin helped the Vikings with three hits including a double and a triple. In game three, the winner would finish
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claim victory over cross-town rival Henry M. Gunn High School on Apr. 4. The rubber match was held the following day fifth place in the league standings and be eli-

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Paly climbers rock local indoor, outdoor venues

Rock climbing gains popularity among students, offering a challenging, satisfying experience
By Catherine Benson ing when she was ten years old, have ever been
A&E Editor seriously injured while rock climbing.
On the soccer field, basketball court and “Of course there’s always an element of
baseball diamond, players learn to rely on fear when you’re climbing, but generally it’s
their teammates –– but on the rock wall, rock pretty safe,” Shine said. “The only accident I
climbers must rely solely on themselves. ever experienced was when I did something
“Rock climbing is different than other I shouldn’t have.”
sports in the way that you only have to compete Although each climber acknowledges the
with other people if you want to,” freshman risks they are taking while rock climbing, all
Galen Jones said. “The only person you’re three find an adrenaline rush that comes with
competing against is yourself, to see if you the feeling of danger involved in climbing.
can get better and do the harder climbs.” “I would say that rock climbing is actu-
Jones, who was attracted to rock climb- ally pretty safe,” Nelson-Gal said. “It really
ing because of the sport’s emphasis on self- depends how careful you are. You really have
reliance, has been climbing for the past seven to pay attention to all your equipment, but
months. otherwise it’s definitely worth the risk.”
“Climbing is challenging, but fun in that Rock climbing can appear very intimidat-
it always leaves you feeling pretty good and ing to newcomers. However, Shine believes
accomplished,” freshman Tobey Nelson-Gal that someone of any skill level can easily
said. “If you like a rush, then climbing defi- adapt to the sport.
nitely builds up your adrenaline to the point “Anyone can climb,” Shine said. “You
where after you finish, you will want to return don’t have to have tons of muscle to be a good
to the wall in seconds.” climber. It’s all in the technique.”
Like Jones, Nelson-Gal was also intro- Similarly, Nelson-Gal agrees that virtually
duced to rock climbing when a friend invited anybody can try rock climbing, regardless of
him on a climb in Santa Cruz. He started rock physical size or body type.
climbing regularly the next month. “You go there and you see little five-
Although it is hard for both Nelson-Gal year-old kids climbing on really easy walls,”
and Jones to make time for rock climbing, their Nelson-Gal said. “If something seems too dif-
passion for the sport keeps them trying to find ficult, there are always easier routes to try.”
time for climbing in their busy schedules. Both Nelson-Gal and Jones took up rock
Furthermore, rock climbing has taught climbing fairly recently but look to make the
Jones about determination and persever- sport a permanent part of their lives.
ance. Rock climbing is a sport that can be tai-
“I’m motivated by the satisfaction I gain lored to an individual’s skill level, allowing
from finishing a particularly hard climb and the climbers to continue the sport for many years
embarrassment if I give up,” Jones said. Courtesy of Tobey Nelson-Gal because they can always find harder climbs and
Nelson-Gal is also motivated to push Freshman Tobey Nelson-Gal scales a bouldering wall at the indoor climbing gym Planet Granite in Sunnyvale. Several continue to improve on on their technique.
himself to finish harder climbs. “Of course I plan on continuing to rock
Paly students first started rock climbing in order to reduce stress, get a work out and gain a sense of accomplishment.
“What motivates me to the top is trying climb,” Nelson-Gal said. “It’s amazing. The
to get better,” Nelson-Gal said. “If you don’t both tend to spend more time rock climbing guys to finish the last pitch and I had to wait you,” Nelson-Gal said. “If you do something fun thing is that there is always something
complete something then you might get a little indoors due to the convenience. most of the way up the wall hanging off an wrong, people will give you helpful tips.” more to work towards. I’m at the point where
disappointed in yourself, but most of the time “Outdoor climbing is much more difficult, inch wide ledge.” Climbing is sometimes seen as a some- I can still improve myself greatly.”
it gets you to keep on trying until you finally mainly because nothing is clearly mapped out While climbing can be practiced as a what less competitive sport than team sports; Climbing has showed Shine how to push
complete it. So usually you’re motivated by for you,” Nelson-Gal said. “You have to be one-person sport, Nelson-Gal and Jones both however, climbers say that they compete with herself to the next level.
self-achievement.” smart on how you climb up, but indoor places agree that involving friends in climbs makes themselves to try to take their performance to “Rock climbing has definitely changed
Even though Nelson-Gal and Jones like Planet Granite are much easier to get to, the sport more interesting and worthwhile. the next level. my life,” Shine said. “In climbing there are
mainly rock climb as exercise, Jones finds so it’s also fun to train there.” “Climbing alone is usually less fun,” “I’m just trying to take it one step at a often dynamic moves in which you have to
that there are several other benefits from the Outdoor climbing, however, has proved to Nelson-Gal said. “When you have friends time,” Jones said. “Once I finish a harder lunge for the next hold. Usually those moves
sport. be memorable. Jones describes one of his most with you, you can make the best time out of climb than I’ve ever done before, I try to be look scary or hard, but if you go for it, those
“I think that climbing has been one of intense outdoor climbs as his most significant your experience.” consistently able to finish that level and then moves turn out to be a lot easier than you
my best stress relievers this year,” Jones said. climbing memory. Nelson-Gal never took formal climbing I’ll move on to a harder one.” thought.”
“Whenever I’m too stressed out, I can just go “My favorite climb would have to be when classes, but he cites the importance of having Despite the feeling of achievement Shine, like other rock climbers, has found
and climb where I can forget about everything I went to Lover’s Leap in Yosemite,” Jones other climbers watch him when he attempts Nelson-Gal and Jones gain from climbing, it is the sport very rewarding.
that’s going on.” said. “A couple of friends and I did a three a climb. often perceived as a fairly dangerous sport. “I guess rock climbing has really taught
Despite the fact that both Nelson-Gal and pitch climb up a 400 foot wall. My favorite “When you climb, there’s usually a group However, neither Jones, Nelson-Gal nor me to just go for things, even if they seem to
Jones climb both indoors and outdoors, they moment was when I was waiting for the other of people around you climbing on walls next to junior Ceanne Shine, who started rock climb- be impossible,” Shine said.


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Varsity swimming teams race to victory at leagues

After a long season of training, Palo Alto swimming and diving teams succeed at SCVAL finals
By Alexi Dagan Fotsch, Xiang, Lee and Jensen, also
Senior Staff Writer placed second.
The pressure was on for the Palo Similar to the league finals, the
Alto High School Varsity swimming diving team contributed significantly
and diving teams as they went into the to the team’s success. Although she
Santa Clara Valley Athletic League was unable to break her record from
finals on May 9. Both teams were the previous year, Fossati-Bellani
defending league champions, and the took first in the diving competition
boys, having just lost to Monta Vista with a score of 475.15. Greenwood
High School in a duel meet, needed to placed eighth with a score of 375.2
win the finals to uphold their record. and Palmon placed eleventh with a
Fortunately, after a season filled score of 341.25.
with determination and intensive The boys’ team also saw many
training, both teams came away with fast swims throughout the meet, and
victories. The girls won by 81.5 points, began with a fourth place finish by
and the boys won by a margin of 36 the 200 medley relay team, which
points. included Wenzlau, Wang, Higgins
“[Winning] leagues was exactly and Fortune.
what we wanted,” senior co-captain Higgins placed third in the 200
Lizzie Abbott said. “We came out, we freestyle with an All-American Con-
swam hard, we swam fast and no one sideration time of 1:41.99 and ninth
came close.” in the 100 backstroke with another
Senior co-captain Liv Jensen won All-American Consideration time of
the 50-yard freestyle with a league 52.25 seconds. Wenzlau also swam
record of 23.10 seconds and the the 100 backstroke, placing fifth
100-yard breaststroke with a time of with an All-American time of 52.24
1:06.41. The girls had another double seconds, as well as the 200 individual
win from senior co-captain Colleen medley, in which he placed ninth.
Fotsch, who won the 100-yard but- Fortune was successful in the freestyle
terfly with a time of 57.0 seconds and sprint events, taking tenth in the 50
the 100-yard backstroke with a time freestyle and tying for seventh in the
of 57.95 seconds. 100 freestyle.
Both Jensen and Fotsch were on “CCS was the fastest it has ever
the winning 400-yard freestyle relay, been this year,” Wang said.
which included freshmen Sabrina Lee Both the boys’ and girls’ team
and Kristina Xiang. Lee and Xiang captains are optimistic about the future
also pushed the Vikings to victory with of their respective teams.
a fourth place finish in the 100-yard Michela Fossati-Bellani/The Campanile “I’m sure that Tim [Wenzlau] and
freestyle and a fifth place finish in the Swimmers on the girls’ Varsity team dive off of the starting blocks during Central Coast Section finals at Stanford University. Mark [Higgins] will get even faster
200-yard individual medley. and will be able to carry the team next
The boys and girls teams’ hard work and determination paid off when they proved victorious in this season’s last tournament.
“We worked really hard this year,” Wang said.
season, and it paid off,” Abbott said. Although the boys’ team was breaststroke while Fortune finished behind Monta Vista High School and 22.39 seconds, as well as the 100 Abbott agrees with Wang and
“We won leagues for the sixth year not as dominant throughout the meet, second in both the 100 breaststroke Archbishop Mitty High School, and freestyle, in which she again set a thinks the season was successful.
in a row, which is really cool because they still managed to win their fourth and 50 freestyle with a new school the boys’ team placed fourth behind CCS record time of 49.03 seconds “We are graduating lots of people
not only is that the most consecutive consecutive league title. Junior Tim record time of 21.61 seconds. Wenzlau Bellarmine College Preparatory, Sara- in the preliminary meet on the previ- and many really talented swimmers,”
league titles for any Paly team, but it Wenzlau, senior co-captain Geng finished third in the 200 individual toga High School and Valley Christian ous day. Fotsch also won both of her Abbott said. “But all the effort we put
also means that the graduating seniors Wang, junior Mark Higgins and senior medley and second in 100 backstroke High School. events and set two CCS records in in really paid off in the end.”
have never lost a league meet.” Michael Fortune kicked off the meet while Higgins finished second in the “We wanted to win, and we had the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke,
The diving team also contributed with a win in the 200-yard medley 200 individual some amazing with times of 54.13 seconds and 53.96
to the girls’ success at SCVALS. relay with a time of 1:38.44. Without medley and
“We came out, we swam hard, swims,” Ab- seconds, respectively. Swimming
Senior Michela Fossati-Bellani, fresh- any other first place finishes, the boys’ third in the 100 bott said. “Liv Lee was the only other girl to
man Grace Greenwood, junior Noa team relied heavily on second and backstroke. we swam fast and no one came and Colleen move on to finals, placing 12th in Scores
Palmon and sophomore Daron Wil- third place finishes to garner enough The com- close.” were unbe- the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.38 SCVAL finals @ Lynbrook H.S.
lison placed first, third, sixth and tenth, points and win the meet. petition contin- lievable, and seconds. The girls also found success May 9
respectively, which gave the swim “Everyone really stepped up at ued for both VB 1st place
team a 56-point lead to build on.
Lizzie Abbott everyone who in their relays. The 200 medley relay,
leagues,” Wang said. “Lots of people teams at the swam and dove which included senior Nicole Westly, VG 1st place
“We knew that thanks to the div- moved up places from trials the day Central Coast senior co-captain really contrib- Xiang, Fotsch and Lee, placed sev- CCS finals @ Stanford
ers, we had a big lead going into the before, which allowed us to win the Section finals uted to our suc- enth. The 200 freestyle relay, which May 17
meet,” Abbott said. “But even so, we meet.” on May 17 at cess.” included Jensen, Abbott, junior Allie VB 4th place
didn’t take any chances and left it all Wang finished second in the 200- the Avery Aquatic Center at Stanford Jensen won the 50 freestyle, in Bollella and Lee placed second, and VG 3rd place
in the pool.” yard freestyle and third in the 100 University. The girls’team placed third which she set a new CCS record of the 400 freestyle relay, which included

Viking tennis team struggles with postseason losses

By Sam Jones “We did not want to go out like that,
Senior Staff Writer losing big in the quarterfinals,” senior co-
The Palo Alto High School Varsity boys’ captain David Plotkin said. “But that should
tennis team’s season came to an end in the Cen- not discredit what we’ve done this season.
tral Coast Section quarterfinals, concluding a It has been a great year, and this team has a
mixed season for the young Viking squad. whole lot of heart.”
The team finished its season with a 15-8 For two Vikings, the season was not
overall record (10-3 league). Heading into yet over. Plotkin and junior Dan Schwartz
the CCS team tournament, the Vikings were qualified for the CCS doubles tournament
optimistic about their fifth seeding and their after placing second in the Santa Clara Valley
chance to make a significant impact on the Athletic League individual playoffs.
postseason playoffs. The pair was able to secure an unseeded
“We had a good deal of confidence enter- bid in the CCS tournament through the merit
ing the tournament this year,” senior co-captain of their performances in the regular season and
Kushal Tantry said. “The entire team knew the SCVAL postseason. Plotkin and Schwartz
exactly what we were capable of doing, and we faced off against the No. 1 doubles team of
were pumped to face Archbishop Mitty
off against some of the High School in the
best teams in North-
“Placing second [in SCVALs] and opening round.
ern California.” developing into one of the best The Paly duo had
The postseason teams in CCS is nothing to feel a strong start, captur-
opener went exactly sorry about. This team has really ing the first set, 6-4.
as planned for the However, from that
Vikings, who played
grown and improved this season and point on, Mitty domi-
against Yerba Bue- it has been an awesome year.” nated the game.
na High School on Paly’s opponents
May 2. The Vikings Kushal Tantry controlled the pace
thrashed their oppo- of the next two sets,
nents, decimating the
senior co-captain defeating Plotkin and
opposing squad 7-0 Schwartz by scores of
and showcasing the 2-6 and 3-6. The loss
Paly team at its very best. The Vikings appeared was a disappointment for the pair, who had
strong coming off of their first tournament and high expectations for their performance in the
looked to use the performance as a confidence CCS individual tournament.
booster for later rounds. “Losing early was tough because Dan and
“We were hoping that the match against I knew that we could have taken that match,” Elizabeth Petit/The Campanile
Yerba Buena would be a momentum builder Plotkin said. “We had the upper hand after Junior Dan Schwartz warms up his serve while preparing for a league match. The Varsity boys’ team finished its
for the team,” Tantry said. “Especially consid- the first set, but we just couldn’t capitalize
season with mixed results but has gained invaluable knowledge to improve their game for the upcoming season.
ering that we were facing off against Menlo on that advantage. We simply did not bring
[School] the next round, one of the strongest our A-game.” This season has provided the young Viking Although the Vikings’ postseason appear- “This team has really grown and improved this
teams in CCS.” With the season now over for the Vi- squad with invaluable experience, improving ances were disappointing, the team has shown season, and it has been an awesome year.”
However, the defending CCS champion, kings, the team is already looking towards the team’s prospects for next season. significant improvement over the course of
Menlo School, stopped the Vikings dead in the future. “If there’s one thing the team can defi- the season.
their tracks in the quarterfinals on May 5. The squad will return with almost all of nitely take from this season, it’s experience,” “The whole team is playing at a much Tennis
The top three seeded singles players of Menlo its players, losing only senior captains Tantry Plotkin said. “The team has gotten much higher level than we were at the beginning
crushed their Palo Alto opponents, losing only and Plotkin. Although the loss of the senior stronger and deeper across the board through of this year,” Plotkin said. “It is definitely a
eight games collectively. leadership will hurt the team, the squad looks countless practices and all-important match testament to the hard work and dedication of Scores
“It was devastating, having our strongest to contend for next year’s SCVAL and CCS time.” all the guys.” CCS @Aptos
players just getting beaten handily,” Tantry titles. The only flaw the captains can find with Even though the season ended earlier than v. Yerba Buena
said. “The team is absolutely loaded with young next year’s team is that they will not be around they would have wished, the squad is proud of May 2, W 7-0
The doubles teams did not fare much talent,” Tantry said. “For the fifth seeded to see it. what it has accomplished this season. v. Menlo
better as they lost two of three matches, result- team in CCS to lose only two guys is pretty “The only regret that I have is that I won’t “Placing second [in SCVALs] and de- May 5, L 2-5
ing in a 2-5 loss for Palo Alto and effectively ridiculous, so the guys should be a dominant be part of the team next season, when the team veloping into one of the best teams in CCS
ending the team’s season. force in the section next season.” will just dominate,” Plotkin said. is nothing to feel sorry about,” Tantry said.
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Life styles Features • A&E Monday, June 2, 2008

The Last Ponder

Mia Pond
Very simply, let me summarize
the majority of my high school experi-
ence: I struggled through the majority
of my science classes, consumed the
college application process like free
collegiate pencils and got second
place for the “Stress case” senior poll.
This isn’t to suggest that I didn’t enjoy
high school or never had a period of
accomplishment or an enjoyable ride


in the “relaxi taxi.” I’m just trying
to be honest — just trying to be real
here. And for me, in particular, I was
not one of those students who made
Paly seem like something to breeze
or coast through (although I highly
doubt anyone has an incredibly easy
time during high school).
But I learned from this. In retro-
spect, I see that I have an better un- By Zach Harris tions gave them an opportunity to meet other While filming Girbauds, either Will or and sent out to friends. By the night of the
derstanding of myself and this school A&E Editor skaters from around the Bay Area. Ellmann would usually ride alongside the skat- premiere, a crowd of local skaters, family and
from my own mistakes, choices and John Hicks falls off of his board, noticeably “The video gave me the opportunity to meet ers, tilting the camera up to try and obtain the friends gathered to watch the video for the first
growth. Call me clueless (yes, Mrs. upset after missing a 50-50 grind on a cement a lot of new people,” John said. “I met skaters best possible shot of the trick being attempted. time at the local skateboard store. John and
Van Der Burg, I still remember that bench moved halfway from the sidewalk onto from around the area and people who I didn’t However, Will insists that even though the film Ellmann had approached the management of
comment), but I do feel like I have the street. As he walks back to try the same trick know skated. It was really fun and we would is a skateboarding video where skating does Core Board Shop about showing the video and
gained some clarity about the changes again, a biker speeds by, nearly hitting Hicks and still be skating and traveling to different spots, play a large role in the dynamic of the film, it the store was happy to oblige.
I went through and those that I con- leaving only expletives in his wake. John and his whether we were filming or not.” is also about the aesthetics and the making of “We went around looking for somewhere
tinue to experience. twin brother Will, who has been behind a cam- Most of the cinematography was done by an overall enjoyable product. Between shots to show it for the first time,” John said. “The
And so, I will confess my latest era filming the entire sequence, both exchange Ellmann and Will, who was injured during the of varials and krooked grinds there are scenes people at Core have always been really cool and
lesson learned: I had — I’m having their own mix of surprise and laughter before filming process and was therefore unable to that have nothing to do with skating that give they made it really easy for us. It was something
— an existential crisis. Insert snicker, John runs back to try and get the perfect shot. skate in the video. Will has taken film classes at the movie its own identity and humor. One of we really appreciated.”
laugh, or head nod here. We have all Girbauds 650 (pronounced jer-bohs 6-5-0), a Paly and hopes to pursue film further after high the skaters’ introductions involves an ice cream Filming has already started for a se-
been here, my friends. I can attribute skateboarding video made by the Hicks broth- school. Ellmann, a middle schooler, also hopes cone exchange for another skater kissing the quel to Gir-
my understanding of existentialism ers, who are Palo Alto to continue with film work in tops of his shoes. bauds. The
to my AP English class’s discussions High School juniors, high school and beyond. “The video is not just about the tricks,” Will sequel will
and, whether Mrs. Van Der Burg is Jane Lathrop Stanford “It was really fun filming said. “It’s about the way they look and how the contain full
right or not, I see that existentialism is Middle School eighth the video,” Will said. “It is scenes come together as a whole.” parts from
defined as one’s pursuit to craft their grader Connor Ellman fun finding the best angle and The film is backed by a soundtrack of the major-
own definition of meaning and con- and a host of other lo- making the trick look really mostly rock music put together by Ellmann ity of skaters
sciously live out such pursuits. Like cal skateboarders, is the good. Once you know how and other skaters. Ellmann also did a majority featured in
the plays we read, I, like Vladimir, first in what they hope to use a camera there is a lot of the editing work, making sure that the video
Mersault and Inez, began to ques- to be a long series of of cool stuff you can do. The was one cohesive product.
tion if there was “meaning” in my similar videos. video is not just about the “My favorite part about
college plans and what I had found “It was a really tricks — its about the way making Girbauds was
to be personally defining during high light-hearted project,” they look too.” taking all of the stuff
school. Looking back on my time John said. “No one we filmed and putting
at Paly, I now see that much of my took themselves too it together with music,”
anxiety and stress were the result of seriously and we just Ellmann said. “It’s crazy
such existential quandary — much went out and skated, how much better watching
of my stress was rooted in the worry it’s just what we enjoy skateboarding can be if the Girbauds, along with
that I wouldn’t get into the “right” doing.” music is good and the ed- scenes about 2007 Paly graduate Jun Yin
college, a hidden concern of what Named for the ur- iting works well. I also and current Paly sophomore Alex Taser.
people in this community would think ban- style jean company enjoyed finding songs for Two film students from University of
of my intellect and future. I defined and the local area code, the parts that I felt matched California at Santa Cruz will also
my identity through the external- Girbauds was filmed with a Sony VX-2100 Both of the the skater’s style.” help with filming this summer.
based, shallow nature of Palo Alto, camera with a Raynox Hicks brothers began skate- Due to the proximity “We’re really excited about the
the proximity of Stanford University, MX3000 fish eye boarding before high school between the skater being guys from Santa Cruz coming
the fear that I wouldn’t be “good lens. The Hicks and both plan to continue filmed and the person with the up to shoot with us,” Ellmann
enough” and feelings of insecurity brothers and after they graduate. John video camera, safety was al- said. “The next video will be much more
that this town induced. What I found Ellman filmed was especially con- ways a concern while shooting professional than the last one.”
meaning in was not what I personally the video in cerned with localizing Girbauds. Copies of Girbauds 650 can be ob-
wanted for myself — it was in Palo San Jose, Cu- skateboarding and “Filming can be a little scary some- tained from the Hicks brothers
Alto’s expectation of what I should pertino, Santa discouraging pop- times,” Will said. “I’m always scared that or Ellmann.
do during my present years of high Clara, Sunny- ular beliefs about a board will fly out and break the fish eye
school and with my future. vale, Palo Alto, the sub-culture made [lens] but so far we have been lucky.”
And so, here is my advice: con- Mountain View, popular by MTV and the Girbauds premiered at Core
sciously decide what is important to Redwood City, X-Games. Board Shop in San Carlos
you, question what you are passion- San Francisco, Los “‘Life of Ryan’ is in early May. An
ate about and find your meaning. Gatos and Menlo bulls--t!” John said. event was
Construct your future based on your Park. And while most “The majority of skate- made on Fa-
wants, needs and ambitions. Don’t of the skaters featured boarders worldwide are just out at cebook
let someone or something tell you in Girbauds are close local skate spots having fun. That’s the aspect
what you should expect from your- friends, the vari- we wanted to bring out with Girbauds — just
self, what you should do with your ous loca- a bunch of friends having fun and
time in high school and the time after skateboarding.
that. Ask yourself during the hectic
bustle of Paly if this — your schedule,
classes, work load and stress — is
what you want, what Paly wants for
you, or what you think you want for
yourself. Whatever this may be, if
you find meaning and consciously FEATURES FEATURES A&E
recognize it as being fulfilling, then
who is to judge you. Be more than
your peers and deviate from the norm;
be courageous enough to live pres-
Dress To Pa m p a s - t i c ?

ently and independently.
And yet, this is just my experi-
ence, my existential crisis. Yes, this
seems a bit cliché and I know that
this seems similar to past published
guidance of graduating seniors — it
On That Note...
is easier to write than actually put into
practice. I apologize if this comes off
as another piece of unrealistic, disen-
chanted, frustrating counsel; I know
that my insights can only attest to By Jillian Liu
my experiences and the person I am.
Hell, it’s your decision whether there
is any meaning in finding meaning. By Kelley Shin
But, I do say, without any question or
debate, that this is just high school.
This is just four years. And this is just
my pondering. By Hannah Bystritsky
B2 June 2, 2008

Features The Campanile

Paly students create, wear unique fashions

Separate and

Young designers make artistic, original clothing for personal enjoyment and use
By Hannah Bystritsky morning and looking good throughout “I don’t want to say I don’t like to
Senior Staff Writer the day — it’s a form of expression. apply labels to my clothes because I
Creating and assembling clothes “The reason I love fashion is do that anyways, but I honestly have
is a popular trend among many Palo because it’s a whole new medium of no idea what I would say about the
Alto High School students. expression,” Guerrero said. “I think things I wear.”
Chris Gallagher These young designers create the clothes I wear really do reflect Kanai wears clothing ranging
clothing lines to make a unique look my personality and are pretty much from secondhand stores to Jeremy
On the surface, the laning system for themselves. an extension of who I am. I guess I Scott, so budget is not the determining
at Paly seems like the ideal way for Through their own fashion, really love it [fashion] because it’s factor of her style, Kanai said.
competitive, bright students to receive students are able to express their so easy to convey a certain feeling or Unlike Kanai and Bhide, Guer-
a challenging learning experience. individuality and creativity to their emotion through what I wear.” rero chooses not to affiliate his style
Most people see Advanced Placement peers. Some young designers do not with any specific genre.
Physics, BC Calculus and AP English Paly junior Yuko Kanai enjoys use fashion as a way to reflect their Creating clothing to fall under a
and marvel at the intellect of students designing dresses and skirts from personality, but rather as a way to certain category can limit the freedom
who take these classes and appreci- scratch, using just fabric pieces and experiment with their identities. a designer has when creating a new
ate the grandeur of Palo Alto High a sewing machine. Instead of sticking to one specific and different style.
School’s AP and honors courses. But “I’m in the process of sewing a kind of style, junior Ashley Lamb “I try not to think about my style
what about those “underachievers” dress,” Kanai experiments as if it can be classified into a certain
who decide to take the lower lanes? said. “It was “I think the clothes I wear re- with differ- category,” Guerrero said. “While I
Don’t worry, it is all right to call them originally go- ally do reflect my personality. It’s ent genres of want to think that my style is unique,
that. They are used to being treated ing to be my fashion to find I try not to categorize myself because
like lesser human beings.
pretty much an extension of who I find it limits my creativity.”
prom dress but a unique way
The process of dividing students that proved I am.” to represent Guerrero feels that if he tries to
based on ability, achievement or needs to be much her individu- conform to a specific look, he would
is called “tracking” by definition, or harder of a Christian Guerrero ality. become hesitant to try new styles and
in a more general sense, “grouping.” task than I had “With fashions.
Tracking has become somewhat of
junior “I find it better just to stay away
expected [for fashion, I
a taboo method among educators, the amount of give myself from categorizing and just do what
criticized by many teachers for its time I had]. Instead, I’m going to show an identity,” Lamb said. “Sometimes feels right,” Guerrero said.
inherent educational inequities. it at the Model Citizen show when I I dress in a lot of darker colors. In Style and fashion give students
Although laning is not the same finish it. I’ll also be making a lot of that sense, my clothes represent my confidence and creativity, allowing
as tracking because it allows greater skirts not just for the show but for my personality. Other times, I also might them to create a different image.
room for mobility between various own self-enjoyment.” wear something conservative, which “The main thing that drew me into
levels, its negative byproducts bear While some students create their I’m totally not.” the world of fashion was my desire
a striking resemblance to those of its own style by making clothing from Lamb has struggled with her to look better,” Guerrero said. “It’s
predecessor. This system, that almost scratch, others alter clothes they identity for a long time, and uses undeniable that people judge each
every department at Paly has come to already own to give their clothes a her clothing as a way to understand other based on their appearances. I
embrace, has serious flaws in theory personal twist. herself, Lamb said. just want to look good for myself,
and in its practical applications. Junior Christian Guerrero uses In addition, there are many young and then I also I find that the better
Some believe that laning allows clothing he already owns to put in designers who label themselves as or dressed I am, the more energy I have
for an equally stimulating education his own flavor. categorize their style into a certain and the happier I am. It feels good to
for students of different learning “I know how to sew but what I particular genre of fashion. look good.”
abilities, but this is simply not true. mainly do is alter my clothing,” Guer- “There must be some label out Instead of buying clothes from a
The achievement gap propagated by rero said. “For example, if I wanted there with my name on it,” junior store, Kanai’s created look is her own
segregated education is so drastic as to to taper a button-down, I would just Monica Bhide said. “I suppose it could desired and original look, setting her
outweigh the difference between high do it myself.” be indie/prep, although indie is more apart from everyone else.
school graduates and dropouts, ac- Guerrero also performs smaller media, so I guess hipster/prep.” Her flamboyance, pride and
cording to studies performed by High projects. He is currently working on Categorizing designers’ clothing originality is clearly depicted by the
School and Beyond and the National a scarf from an old button down shirt to fit a specific style can be a challenge way she dresses and how she presents
Education Longitudinal Study. It has simply using the fabric and pieces. for some students. Narrowing the way herself.
been proven time and time again that “I usually check out thrift stores they dress down to a certain style “Designing is a fun and creative
“separate but equal” can never work to see if there are any good pieces I proves to be a difficult task. activity that’s more satisfying than
in society. can alter and mess around with just “I don’t know what I would call shopping,” Kanai said. “I’m extremely
Although it is rarely spoken of for fun, ” Guerrero said. my ‘style’ because the things that I picky with clothing, so I create and Julia Benton/The Campanile
in a politically correct conversation, For Guerrero, fashion is about find to be beautiful don’t usually fall design clothes the way I want them Junior Yuko Kanai, an independent designer, shows off her scarf
the truth is that a majority of lower more than just getting dressed in the under just one category,” Kanai said. to look.” and dress that she hand-made for a Humanities creative project.
lane classes are composed of ethnic
minorities. In Jeannie Oakes’s Keep-
ing Track (1985/2005), Oake states
Student volunteers prepare peers for emergency situations
that race and cultural background Despite these initial qualms, Matze feels There are many opportunities in the local
are huge determining factors when it confident about his experiences. community to get involved in this training, ac-
comes to tracking and laning. Paly’s “It feels empowering to teach my peers and cording to Matze.
faculty are aware of the problems with show them these important skills,” Matze said. “You’re not just involved with something
the laning system, but opponents of “The warm-hearted feeling that training gives you’re interested in,” Matze said. “You’re help-
the system are faced with resistance me is indescribable. I am helping other students ing your community and changing lives in the
from the community and effects of become empowered.” process.”
larger class sizes. Paly is no excep- Matze finds that teaching classes outside Varda said he became interested in becom-
tion to the increase in students taking school is also rewarding. ing certified as an EMT once he had participated
honors classes nationwide. Student “I feel like I’m helping so many [people],” in the Fire Explorers program.
enrollment in these classes has in- Matze said. “[Teaching] is not the most direct “I might be interested in getting certified as
creased drastically, almost removing method such as being there when someone needs an EMT because it would give me options for
all meaning from the name. CPR or First Aid, but I help others to do so [by jobs in college,” Varda said. “If you have training
Another serious flaw in the laning teaching them]. Every person who takes a class like that, you can work with sports teams and
system is that students in less intensive is one more person who will know what to do do EMT shifts in ambulances.”
classes receive low expectations from when an emergency comes along. The more Varda enjoys the Fire Explorers program’s
teachers, peers, college counselors and people that are trained, the more lives that will “winter academy,” which allows students to
family, “demotivating” any students be changed.” test their skills for four days in the Santa Cruz
to achieve their true potential. Paly senior Laurence Varda participates Mountains.
A major issue regarding de-laning in a Palo Alto Fire Department program, also “It was mainly just practicing things we
is that the process requires more work called Palo Alto Fire Explorers, and agrees that had already learned and doing various simula-
for teachers; it requires them to tailor the training is extremely helpful. tions like having people pretend they were ill
their lessons to students of varying “If you’re in a situation where someone’s or injured,” Varda said. “There are a few United
abilities and learning techniques. hurt, you can help,” Varda said. “Just the fact that States Marines there who take turns yelling at
High school teachers may just have we’ve constantly practiced dealing with injuries you and making you do pushups. They run into
to take a few lessons from elementary means that people who are trained are less likely our cabins in the middle of the night and yell at
school teachers. to freeze up in a real-life situation.” us to go for a run through the hills. It’s fun.”
Finally, laning is simply obso- Palo Alto Fire Explorers provides par- Matze has not only practiced EMT tech-
lete. Hundreds of schools across the ticipants with an niques, but also
nation have made the change to het- introduction to “This is possibly life-changing training that has been in two
erogeneous classrooms, realizing the emergency medi- situations that in-
implications of the laning system on cine and fire sci-
will have the ability to affect someone’s life, volved real-life
the educational environment and by Michela Fossati-Bellani/The Campanile ence. although it may not be your own. If [young medical emergen-
extension, society. Numerous educa- Junior Lucas Matze is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with “ A f r i e n d adults] don’t step up and take the lead, who cies.
tors cite the United States as one of the Red Cross. Matze trains student on the use of proper emergency procedures. told me about the will?” “In the first
the countries that relies most heavily program, and I situation, the stu-
on tracking and laning systems. By Miki Kenrick Matze enjoys being involved with emer- thought it would be dent fainted, and
One major argument in favor of Senior Staff Writer gency medical training and feels that he is helpful to know,” Lucas Matze in the second, a
laning is that it prepares students for As a Palo Alto High School graduation helping the community. Varda said. “It junior student had a sei-
the “real world,” where competition requirement, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation “I began EMT training in the fall of 2006,” is basically like zure,” Matze said.
is rampant and no one can afford to be (CPR) and First Aid training are required for Matze said. “Due to health concerns, I had to an American Red “In both cases,
slowed down by the “weakest link.” students to be prepared for emergency situa- leave the program, so instead of becoming an Cross course. There are meetings every other there was a combination of multiple responders
Although this may be true in the pro- tions. EMT, I stepped up my involvement with the Palo week for a few hours, and we are taught by including myself, the teachers of both classes,
fessional world, it is the responsibility Paly junior Lucas Matze, along with a few Alto Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. experienced program members, paramedics the school nurse, administrators and firefighters
of educators and other molders of the other Paly students, said that students who go In the fall of 2007, I officially became a Lay and firefighters.” from the Palo Alto Fire Department, which led
future to change this. Heterogeneous through the Emergency Medical Technicians Responder and First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Matze believes this information is important to a successful rescue.”
classes would give students oppor- (EMT) training eventually become prepared for Red Cross.” for people to know. Matze said that although he was prepared,
tunities and skills to interact with all for almost any emergency situation that they Matze co-taught First Aid and CPR classes “I think young adults should be informed he was nervous during the two incidences.
types of people, a necessity in the are faced with. at Paly during first semester of his junior year. about this type of training because we are the “I had never used my training for anything
real world. Why must the few be so “I teach First Aid, CPR and the use of an “I was very nervous the first time I co-taught future,” Matze said. “This is possibly life- that serious before,” Matze said. “But I had done
unfairly disadvantaged when, as one Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the the class at Paly,” Matze said. “I hadn’t much changing training that will have the ability to the training so thoroughly that I knew what to
of the best high schools in the nation, public so that they can become trained in how teaching prior to this. Being enrolled in Living affect someone’s life, although it may not be do by heart. For twenty minutes, I was unable
Paly should set an example to promote to save someone else’s life or even their own,” Skills this semester made me nervous because of your own. If [young adults] don’t step up and to get my legs to stop shaking because of the
equal knowledge for all? Matze said. the social pressures it might have caused.” take the lead, who will?” adrenaline rush.”
The Campanile Features June 2, 2008• B3

Bay to Breakers run draws eclectic crowd

Thousands of runners, walkers parade through San Francisco in the annual 7.46 mile marathon
By Crystal Wang 65,000 participants and over 100,000 around so that many people dress up “There were people holding signs
Features Editor spectators, according to the Bay to the same way. saying ‘Jesus loves you’or ‘Jesus saves
Teletubbies danced down the Breakers Web site. In 1986, the race “We missed the memo, but there you,’” Ganschow said. “Some people
street, pirates partied around their even set a Guiness Book World record were about 1,000 Paulie Bleakers this were complaining about the Olympic
hand-pulled ship float and unicorns with 110,000 participants. year from Juno,” Florant said. torch relay and had a mock set-up with
threw glitter on people who passed “I heard on the news that 60,000 Florant has walked the course people guarding a torch.”
by. people were there and only 33,000 had for the past two years, which usually Another tradition that the race
No, it’s not a Halloween parade. registered for the race ahead of time,” takes nine hours due to the number holds is the tortilla toss, in which
It’s the annual Bay to Breakers foot- Wheeler said. “About half were there of participants, but she said she has people fling tortillas into the air or at
race. just to party.” really enjoyed the atmosphere. each other.
The 7.46 mile race was initially The race is a celebration of hu- “Last year we didn’t really know “You get hit by a tortilla, pick it
created as one of many events to help man spirit and of San Francisco’s what to expect,” Florant said. “We got up and throw it back,” Ganschow said.
unify and uplift the morale of San audacity. on the train, smelled beer and saw a “It’s pretty crazy in the beginning of
Franciscans during reconstruction “It was really fun seeing all hairy man dressed in a bear costume the race.”
after the 1906 earthquake. of the crazy costumes and people with chaps that were not covering his Though the Bay to Breakers Web
Held on the third Sunday of every dancing around and tripping all over butt. That’s when we knew this walk site clearly specifies that the event will
May, the race has become a tradi- themselves,” Wheeler said. “The most would be interesting.” not tolerate alcohol or nudity, there
tion over the past 90 years. Runners, random thing I saw there were these With a group of 12 other people, are participants who do not follow
families and costumed participants guys wearing water bottle boxes as junior Zachary Ganschow, his father these rules.
jog, walk or dance through San skirts.” and his older brother, senior Jordan “There were a lot of people with
Francisco. Some of the same costumes reap- Ganschow, walked through San shopping carts filled with beer,”
There are three different zones: pear every year. Every year, a group Francisco as Star Wars characters. Wheeler said. “There were a few naked
the elite and seeded zone for runners, called the “spawning salmon” start Ganschow dressed up as a Biker men as well.”
the blue zone for walkers and finally from the finish and run “upstream” Scout. The alcohol at the event did not
the yellow zone, usually for over-sized through the participants to the start “It was very fun sharing our bode well for Florant since many
costumes and floats. line. costumes with other people,” Gan- brought alcohol with them during
The course begins on the Embar- People dressed up as various dif- schow said. the race.
cadero, passes through the Panhandle ferent items and characters including Scattered along the course route, “This year, beer and lube spilled
and Golden Gate Park and finishes at ketchup and mustard bottles, superhe- 16 bands provided music for the on my friends and me,” Florant said.
the Great Highway. roes and Marge and Lisa Simpson. participants. “It was quite disgusting.”
“I felt like everyone was there “There were about 15 men “Every band we passed along the Overall, the race is a light-heart-
to have a good time,” senior Kate dressed as sperm and one big egg,” way mentioned us,” Ganschow said. ed, “fun-thing-to-do” on a Sunday
Wheeler, who participated in the event sophomore Marissa Florant said. “Half of them tried to play the Star morning.
for the first time this year, said. “It was “Every 30 seconds, they would swarm Wars theme song.” “It was something that was defi-
pretty chaotic.” around the egg.” In the very beginning of the nitely worth it,” Ganschow said. “It Courtesy of Zachary Ganschow
The race has grown from only 200 Sometimes, specific costumes race, Ganschow saw many demon- has a very positive impact on a lot Junior Zachary Ganschow, senior Jordan Ganschow and their
participants the first year to more than are organized and the word is spread strations. of people.” father paraded through San Francisco as Star Wars characters.

Violinist receives international award for excellence

By Jillian Liu asked by the San Francisco Conservatory of in the finals of the Menuhin Competition. The
Senior Staff Writer Music, where she takes her violin lessons, to adrenaline was rushing because of the competi-
The violin strings resonate clearly through play at the ground-breaking ceremony, which tion and also that was the second time I had
the air as 15-year old Palo Alto High School officially celebrated the Conservatory’s move ever played with an orchestra. Having fifty
sophomore Stella Chen slides her bow across to new facilities. people behind you for support is an amazing
the strings. Fifteen-year-old Chen has been “Competitions were much more frequent experience.”
playing the violin since she was six and a when I was younger because they were of a Chen’s music career began with the piano,
half years old, and she has grown rapidly to smaller scale,” Chen said. “Now, however, I which she stopped when she was 11 years old.
become a passionate, talented and competi- enter about one competition a year because Before she quit, she won first place in the
tive violinist. of the massive repertoire required and also Music Teachers’ Association of California’s
Recently, Chen competed in the Yehudi because of schoolwork. For the last compe- Northern California Chapter.
Menuhin International Competition for Young tition, I had to prepare about an hour and 45 Chen believes the knowledge she gained
Violinists In Cardiff, Wales. Playing in the minutes of music.” from playing piano influenced her violin
16-22 age group, Chen finished fourth; the Chen performed a song called “Tambou- career.
youngest prize winner in the competition’s rin Chinois,” composed by Fritz Kreisler, on “Playing the piano is really helpful, actu-
25 year history. “From the Top,” a program that features young ally, because I can play the accompaniment
“I was also the only girl and the only virtuosos, which aired on National Public part for the concertos and sonatas that I learn
American in the finals, so that was really Radio (NPR), KDFC 102.1 FM and KAZU on the violin,” Chen said.
exciting as well,” Chen said. 90.3 FM. Her program consisted of not only Chen practices violin every day for two
Not only has Chen excelled in this com- music but also an interview. to three hours and takes lessons at the San
petition, but she has also succeeded in other “The audience was great and very sup- Francisco Conservatory. On top of play-
areas of her violin career. portive,” Chen said. ing the violin, Chen has had to juggle her
Chen placed first at the Bronislaw Kaper She believes that her most memorable ex- academics along with Chinese dancing and
Awards for Young Artists, held annually by the periences of playing the violin are on stage. excels in both.
Los Angeles Philharmonic to encourage the “When I am on the stage, I forget ev- But even though violin has consumed so
development of young and gifted musicians. erything else, even my nervousness,” Chen much of her time, she enjoys every minute.
Courtesy of Stella Chen
Chen was awarded the opportunity to play at said. “I really enjoy playing my music. One “I love how expressive the sounds are,”
Sophomore Stella Chen received various awards for her musical excellence. She the John F. Kennedy Center for the Perform- highlight was playing the entire Tchaikovsky Chen said. “I can really explore many different
recently placed 4th in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition in May. ing Arts in Washington, D.C. She was also concerto with the Welsh National Orchestra aspects of the colors and tones [of music].”

Pakistani exchange student excels despite cultural divide

By Nanor Balabanian The selection process was my principal really wanted me Siddiqui’s first week of they find out where she comes Siddiqui feels that teachers are “True Islam is not what you
Senior Staff Writer not easy at all, Siddiqui said. to apply, so my parents finally school was not easy either, since from. more respected. see on TV,” Siddiqui said. “Islam
In her room, Palo Alto High Siddiqui had to first pass an agreed.” she had to face a completely “There are some people “The students here speak is all about freedom. We don’t
School junior Aqsa Siddiqui sits exam and then have an interview The exchange program new culture with many differ- who would never talk to me if frankly to their teacher while in force anyone to convert. Who-
on her bed with her light yellow from which only 57 students coordinator placed Siddiqui in ent religions and ethnicities, I said I’m from Pakistan, but Pakistan, students have more ever forcefully tries to convert
embodied hijab covering her were chosen from the whole a house in Palo Alto with people she said. others are concerned and ask respect towards their teachers,” others is not a true Muslim.”
head. The iPod earphones in her country. of Pakistani background so she However, Siddiqui was able about me,” Siddiqui said. Siddiqui said. Siddiqui will return to Paki-
ears stream music of a Pakistani Siddiqui, the highest scor- could adapt more easily. her best friend through the New Siddiqui’s favorite parts of With the media portraying stan in June with a remarkable
singer as she finishes her English ing student in her school, easily However, Siddiqui was Students Club at Paly. coming to Paly are the breadth Islam as a potential threat to the transcript and a Rachel Austen
homework. passed the exam but had dif- still scared to be alone for the “I was scared of coming to of courses offered and the help United States, Siddiqui hopes Award. Her experiences have
Siddiqui was sitting in her ficulty convincing her parents, first time. Paly,” Siddiqui said. “No one she always receives from her that her presence at Paly this been life changing, and she can-
classroom in Pakistan one day who were worried about her “The hardest part was here wears a hijab. At first I felt teachers. year has taught students new not wait to return home.
when the principal approached departure. coming here and leaving all my alone. In my photo class, no one On the other hand, Siddiqui perspectives about her country “I will miss Paly a lot,”
her and said she had been cho- “My mom said, ‘No, I won’t friends and family,” Siddiqui talked to me. I was scared to talk was surprised at how students and religion. Siddiqui said. “All the teachers
sen to apply to the Yes! Foreign allow you to go to America,’” said. “I stayed in the New York to anybody else.” treat their teachers, which is She wishes that people in were helpful. Whenever I go
Exchange program to go to a Siddiqui said. “She did not want airport for eight hours by myself. Siddiqui received mixed different from how teachers are the United States will under- see them, they are always happy
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E-mail-based network helps users exchange free goods

Nonprofit organization Freecycle organizes no-cost exchanges of recycled items in local communities
By Annie Vought posts with headlines including only easily upload pictures of what they
Features Editor “WANTED:” or “OFFERED:” fol- want to sell for potential buyers to
A Pillsbury Doughboy cookie lowed by the item desired or offered. observe. Hahn believes that the lack
jar, two Nokia cell phone chargers, The title of the post must be changed of photo hosting on Freecycle should
an HP Printer, a book case, an archaic appropriately to either “RECEIVED:” be addressed.
sewing machine, a freezer, a stove, a or “TAKEN:” once a transaction has “I am often curious about what
collection of 1940s postage stamps, been agreed upon between a pair of something [being offered on the site]
a Curious George lunch box and a Freecyclers. Most other rules are looks like,” Hahn said. “I don’t want
children’s fireman costume were put rather basic; for example, the Palo to have to go pick it up just to see it.
up for grabs last night. They were Alto page insists that all posted items I want a preview.”
all taken. And tomorrow, a similarly be kept “free, legal and appropriate Hahn also says he feels that
eclectic and similarly free variety of for all ages.” Freecycle should establish a system
products will be exchanged as well, Although for people who
through the innovative Web site sometimes users want to ensure
Freecycle.org. Freecycle is where choose to meet “People are often looking to their gifts are re-
social networking, environmentalism in a public area to donate things they don’t want, ceived by people
and bargain hunting collide, where pass off the gift, but don’t want to just give or groups who
users offer to give away all sorts of they occasionally truly need them.
items to willing recipients in their arrange for the
them over to random people.” “People are
community and where other users recipient to pick it often looking to
offer to take them. up, usually from Evan Hahn donate things
When Deron Beal founded The the giver’s front sophomore they don’t want,
Freecycle Network in 2003, it was a porch. but don’t want
small nonprofit organization that of- According to to just give them
fered free recycling services to local Paly sophomore over to random
businesses and job opportunities to Evan Hahn, who used Freecycle to people,” Hahn said. “It’d be nice for
the unemployed in his hometown, www.freecycle.org obtain several three-ring binders those people to [be able to] say ‘for
Tucson, Arizona. Beal, who was tired Freecycle is like Craig’s List, the popular online trading network, in that it allows for users to sell from another user in Palo Alto, the schools only,’ or something of that
of throwing away the many still- exchange involved absolutely no nature, and then for [Freecycle] to have
useful materials that he and his team
and trade over the Internet, but also organizes environmentalists to preserve renewable materials.
face-to-face contact between giver some kind of honor system.”
collected, instead looked for other members to benefit from the strength cording to its Web site, and inspiring of regionally-based Freecycle com- and recipient. Despite its Spartan structure,
nonprofit organizations that might of a larger community.” users to “change the world, one gift munities wherein users can trade “I e-mailed them and we had like Freecycle is well-organized and ef-
benefit from the items. Eventually, thousands of similar at a time,” by giving their possessions objects with other willing locals in three or four e-mails back,” Hahn ficient. Interested people are invited
He established a Yahoo! Groups online groups arose to organize the 5.1 to others rather than to the dump. The their areas. said. “And then they said, ‘Here’s my to join their community’s Freecycle
account to more efficiently manage million Freecyclers in cities across the organization also hopes to foster “a Each community — Palo Alto address — come pick it up.’ I biked group — even just to look around —
the growing number of Tucsonian globe, according to the Freecycle Web sense of generosity of spirit” in its has its own community, although over there and the binders were on and those who live in areas outside the
Freecyclers. He then affirmed a credo site. Despite Freecycle’s exponential users as they strengthen community many Palo Altans also choose to join the porch. I took them and I left. It realms of all 4,386 existing communi-
for the network; Freecycle’s mission increase in size over the past five years, ties and promote reuse. As all items other groups from cities around the was shady.” ties are encouraged to start their own
statement, according to its Web site, the organization remains nonprofit and are free, Freecyclers generally refer Bay Area — operates under its own In its current state, Freecycle’s local groups if they choose.
is “to build a worldwide gifting move- true to the values of its roots. to the items as “gifts” to perpetuate a Yahoo! Group, a platform much like Web site is simple. Users do not post For every new piece of trash
ment that reduces waste, saves pre- Freecycle exchanges have been generous and light-spirited mood. a forum but more e-mail-based. pictures of the items being offered posted in a Freecycle community, one
cious resources and eases the burden responsible for keeping over 300 tons The main Freecycle site acts as The Palo Alto community’s as they would on eBay.com, an auc- person will be able to make that item
on our landfills while enabling our of garbage out of landfills per day, ac- a sort of umbrella over thousands rules dictate that users may create tioning Web site that allows users to their treasure–for free.

Students connect to nature, develop friendships through hiking

By Julia Shapiro Fitzgerald’s interest in the outdoors has hiking. Chernikoff hikes because she enjoys “Nature always connects my thoughts bach said. “Climbing Half Dome was the
Senior Staff Writer encouraged him to visit a wide range of hiking the physical challenges of trekking through directly back to God,” Chernikoff said. biggest challenge for me. I did it with one of
Connecting with nature is a wonderful areas, from nearby Santa Cruz Mountains all the outdoors. She has also found that hiking is “Especially on my favorite hikes among the my friends and when we reached the very top
way to clear one’s mind of daily stress, relax the way to Monte Verde in Costa Rica. a productive way for her to release stress and redwoods, which seem to reach for Heaven. we took a nap.”
and take in the beauty of the outdoors. Hikers “I really enjoyed hiking in Costa Rica,” restlessness that build up during the day. I love to revel in the scenery around me and Junior Lucy McComas and her father
have the opportunity to experience all of these Fitzgerald said. “[Hiking] gave me such a good “When I hike I go back and forth between talk to the God who I believe painted it and often join Hohbach’s family on hikes, bringing
sensations, as well as the endless adventure feel for the wild- feeling very Zen and be- glories in it.” their families closer together as a result.
and enduring challenge of gallivanting across life. Hiking kind ing really excited about Chernikoff hopes to continue exploring “When you’re hiking you always get a lot
wilderness trails. of connects you
“When I hike I go back and forth the glorious nature her love for nature through future hikes in closer with the people you are doing it with,”
Freshman Connor Fitzgerald enjoys hik- with the Earth in between feeling very Zen and being re- around me,” Chernikoff Washington, Yosemite and possibly Iceland. Hohbach said.
ing because it allows him to better nurture his a way that can’t be ally excited about the glorious nature said. “I like to be super Junior Amanda Hohbach is also an avid Hohbach and McComas are still deciding
appreciation for nature. felt by just driving around me.” quiet so the lizards and hiker. In her many hiking experiences, she has where they should plan their next steep moun-
Fitzgerald’s interest in the outdoors was along and taking small mammals nearby bonded with friends and family members and tain climb together, but they both agree that
sparked by his first visit to Yosemite National pictures.” continue their interac- challenges herself to overcome obstacles. it will have to be more intense and a greater
Park as a Boy Scout in fifth grade. Since Throughout Alice Chernikoff tions and activities until Hohbach’s father encouraged her to start challenge than the last one.
then, conquering the trails has been one of his time hiking, junior I am close by.” experiencing the outdoors at a very young Fitzgerald also plans to continue pursuing
his favorite hobbies. Fitzgerald has Through the time age. Throughout high school Hohbach has his interest in hiking. He hopes to someday
“I hike because it is my way of getting built a stronger she has spent hiking the continued to go on hikes with her family and trek across the Rocky Mountains in Colorado
connected with the world I live in,” Fitzger- connection to nature and, as a result, become various trails in Foothill Park, the Santa Cruz friends. Hohbach has already mastered every and eventually scale the magnificent volcanoes
ald said. “It helps me become attached to the more actively concerned about environmental Mountains and Oregon, she has gained an trail in Foothill Park and has also visited trails of Chile.
environment and gives me encouragement to issues. enormous appreciation for the environment, around Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. “Exploring new places is such an amazing
be more conscientious about my expulsion of Junior Alice Chernikoff has also devel- as well as a spiritual connection to nature’s “Two of my favorite hikes were Half experience that everyone should be part of,”
greenhouse gases.” oped a deep appreciation for nature through beauty. Dome and Falling Angel in Yosemite,” Hoh- Fitzgerald said.
One journey’s end
is another’s

seniors meet their
graduation with varied reac-
tions. Yet as the things we have enjoyed
at Paly lose their luster, we begin to see a new
world of vibrant possibilities opening before our
eyes. Whether or not you are one of the 11 students

“Go confidently in the

planning to study across the street, the 42 percent
who have chosen to leave beautiful California or the

direction of your dreams.

seven who will continue their educations abroad next
year, it is certain that exciting futures await you. Thirty-
six percent of seniors are attempting to find a higher
Live the life you have education in private schools while 57 percent have
decided to stick with public education.
imagined.” We can learn from the good and the bad mo-
ments to come, and as Paly graduates, we
-Henry David Thoreau will make it through whatever happens.

Get ready to live your lives.
Shine on, wild ones. •

Senior Map Inside!

Congratulations, to Andrew Chen-Wagenthals:

to Peter Abrams: Vika!!

Congratulations Andrew! We are so proud!
Hooray Peter! Congratulations “It’s a beautiful day
from Mom, Dad, Mike, Teddy We are so very proud of you. Don’t let it get away”
and Tigger! -U2
All our love,
Mom, Dad and Alex
Mom, Dad, Grace, Ellie and Jem Hank

Little Kev,
We always tried to instill in you that
Congratulations Hillary Ford! Congratulations
You are on your way!
education was important. We would
like to tell you that anything you want ADAM!
in life you can have. Remember: “You
can’t get to the top without getting You make us very proud.
off your bottom”. Love,
Mom and Dad
All of our love, Love, Jessie and Sam
Mom, Dad & Armani Mom, Dad, Miranda & Nate Jake and Isabelle
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B8 • June 2, 2008 Senior Advertisements The Campanile
Lexi Gauthier
Congratulations Rob, Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
and good luck on the You’re off and away!
You can steer yourself
boardercross race any direction you choose.
circuit next year. And YOU are the gal who’ll
decide where to go.
You’re on your own. And you
know YOU can move mountains
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Dear Jeremy:
Lexi, you’re off to Great Places! We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished.
Today is your day! Just remember to always follow your passions, and that “no
Your mountain is waiting. mountain is too tall if your first step is belief.”
So...get on your way!
– Love, Mom Mom and Dad
Edited from Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the
Mom, Dad and Sam. Places You’ll Go” P.S. Thanks for leading the way. ~Tim

The Search

I went to find the pot

of gold Congratulations
That's waiting where
the rainbow ends
I searched and
searched and searched
And searched and
searched, and then-
There it was, deep in
the grass,
Under and old and
twisty bough.
It's mine, it's mine,
it's mine at last..... With love from Don’t tell anyone. I can’t bear to look.
What do I search for
La, la, la...I don’t want to hear it. Karen
Mom and Dad is graduating! Congratulations, dear;
We will always be there for you        -Shel Silverstein we’re very proud of you.
Mom, Dad & Michael
Love you!
Mom and Dad.

The best thing about the future is

Shaun Gao that it comes one day at a time . . .
Congratulations! We’re
so proud of you! The
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the great joy you’ve Good luck at Wake Forest!
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Studies indicate cell phones pose cancer risk

By Alex Greene
FCC guidelines
Senior Staff Writer
While many teens have heard rumors of
a link between cell phones and brain cancer,
3.3 billion ignored, teens unaware
The number of cell phone users
few accept scientific studies or warnings about
worldwide, according to Informa Cell phone use may of increased risk
potential dangers as signals of a true threat.
Most teens are inadvertently misusing
Although scientific opinion is varied on increase risks of
the subject and cellular phone companies insist
that their phones are completely safe for use,
63% developing:
their phones in potentially harmful ways. The
FCC mandates guidelines for cell phone use in
Percentage of teens aged 12-17 the United States, which are published in all
many researchers believe that further studies who own a cell phone • Salivary gland tumors
cell phone manuals and on the FCC Web site.
are needed to fully assess this potential risk. • Brain cancer All cell phones are tested for their SAR levels
Research studies have found that mobile • Low sperm count
phones increase the risks of brain cancers,
salivary gland tumors and behavioral disor-
370% • Poor sperm quality
with the back of the phone at a distance of ap-
proximately ¾ inches (sometimes slightly more
ders, decrease sperm counts and cause other
Increase in the risk of developing • Behavioral dis- or less depending on the model of phone) from
adverse health effects.
a brain tumor after 2000 hours orders
the body. According to the FCC, “to comply
In the United States, approximately 256 of cell phone use according to a with FCC RF exposure requirements, [the
study by the Swedish Institute of phone’s] minimum separation distance … must
million people, or 84 percent of the popula-
Working Life be maintained between the user’s body and the
tion, use cell phones, according to the Cellular
back of the phone, including the antenna.”
Telephones and Internet Association (CTIA).
However, the vast majority of teen cell
Although the CTIA and FCC (Federal Com-
munications Commission) have upheld the 10 years phone users carries their phones in their pockets
within millimeters of the skin.
safety of the devices, a number of studies have Minimum amount of time a Each teenager interviewed was unaware
suggested an elevated risk of adverse health cancer takes to develop after that these guidelines even existed.
effects in relation to cell phone use.
exposure to a carcinogen Cell phones with “I didn’t hear about them,” junior Grace
“We are moving to the direction that
there is a problem,” said Henry Lai, a research the least potentially Park said. “I just threw the manual in the
professor at the University of Washington harmful SAR ratings: If the phone is pressed against the head
who specializes in the biological effects of 1. LG KG800 or thigh (closer than ¾ of an inch) the risks
electromagnetic fields.
2. Motorola Razr V3x may increase.
Cellular phones emit non-ionizing
3. Nokia 9300 “[If the phone was held closer to one’s
radiation (also called radio frequency (RF)
body] more energy would be absorbed by
or electromagnetic radiation) measured in 4. Nokia N90 the tissue, e.g., the brain,” said Henry Lai, a
specific absorption rates (SAR). The only 5. Samsung Sync SGH-G800 University of Washington research professor.
proven harmful effect of non-ionizing radia-
“The energy absorbed is inversely related to
tion is the heating of bodily tissue, which is
the distance from the phone.”
only significantly at SAR levels greater than
When asked if ignoring the guidelines
in cell phones. to remember that population of teen cell phone how] people use wireless phones, so we don’t
could result in any kind of increased risk, an
Researchers in Israel found that those cell phone use is in- users. Sixty-three percent of teens know with certainty what the results of such
FCC employee, who asked not to be identi-
who use a phone on one side of the head for creasing and we do not between the ages of 12-17 own a cell studies mean for human health.”
fied, responded by saying that it is not known
several hours a day or cell phone subscrib- have enough information phone according to the Pew Internet & The allegations that deem most studies
what would happen as the phones are tested
ers living in rural areas are 50 percent more on the risk among long-term American Life Project. of RF to be fallacious are “not true,” Lai said.
how they are meant to be used: with a certain
likely to develop a salivary gland tumor on heavy users.” Additionally, a 2005 study in Madrid “A large number of studies involved ‘acute’
separation distance from the body. If more RF is
the phone-use side of the head. Leading the In 2006, the Swedish Institute for Work- found that 38 percent of teens show some exposure, i.e., one-time exposure at short
absorbed by the tissue, as a result of the phone’s
research was Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, a physician ing Life published a report in the International degree of addiction to their phones. A 2007 duration, i.e., less than two to three hours.
close proximity to the skin, the risks could be
and epidemiologist at the Chaim Sheba Medi- Archives of Occupational and Environmental Disney “Cell and Tell” survey found that one For example, most of my studies involved 45
increased. The FCC refused to be quoted.
cal Center and lecturer at the Tel Aviv Univer- Health that found risks of developing malig- third of cell phone users aged 10-17 would minutes to two hours of exposure.”
—Alex Greene
sity who published the study’s findings in the nant brain tumors to be 370 percent higher rather give up radio, video games or a trip to While Verizon attempts to discredit
Senior Staff Writer
American Journal of Epidemiology. While in users with more than 2000 hours of total the mall than their phones. Almost 25 percent studies that found risks, they fail to provide
a 50 percent increase talk time. said they would give up their MP3 player and credible studies to support the safety of cell
in the instance of sali- “The research depends on who is Although some about 20 percent would give up television. phones. According to the VX3200 manual, University of
vary gland cancer is funding it. If you look at studies studies have found a Many teens, after being informed of the the “three large epidemiological studies”
nominal considering funded by cell phone companies, they link between cancer possible risks, said that they would not take mentioned “investigated any possible associa- Washington researcher
that the cancer is very find no effect. Studies that are pub- and cell phone use, precautionary steps to limit RF exposure. tion between the use of wireless phones and
rare (salivary gland
licly funded tend to find effects.”
many have not found “I don’t really care about cell phones primary brain cancer, glioma, meningioma, challenged by cellular
cancer represents 0.24 such a connection. A emitting radiation to my brain,” Palo Alto or acoustic neuroma, tumors of the brain or
percent of all can- study by Christoffer High School junior Amin Ronaghi said. “I salivary gland, leukemia or other cancers.” industry
cers diagnosed in the Professor Henry Lai Johansen of the Dan- won’t stop using my phone because we have to While all of the studies found no increase In 1995 professor Henry Lai and Uni-
United Kingdom), an University of Washington ish Cancer Society either keep going with technology or become in risks, according to the manual, “none ... can versity of Washington colleague Narendra
increased risk of one found no increase social outcasts.” answer questions about long term exposures, Singh published a study they had conducted
type of cancer indicates in salivary cancer, Others are willing to take steps to mini- since the average period of phone use in these that found increased brain damage in rats after
that increased risks of other cancers might brain cancers, or leukemia after ten years mize their risk. studies was around three years.” exposing them to two hours of RF at levels
also be possible. of use. While the study monitored 400,095 “I will take precautions,” junior Sarah As cancers can take ten years to develop deemed safe by government regulations.
“Salivary gland tumors are indeed rare,” cell phone users, the study ended in 1995 Nordman said. “I don’t understand why some- and are therefore long-term effects, none of Their findings show a 30 percent increase
Sadetzki said. “However, the important ques- and without a rate of cancer incidence being one wouldn’t take precautions? When you these studies could have accurately accessed in single-strand breaks of the DNA in brain
tion is whether non-ionizing [RF] radiation evaluated since. cross the street, you look both ways.” the risks associated with RF. cells. According to Lai, the funding that he re-
[from cellular phones] is associated with an Joe Farren, director of public affairs at Many teens dismiss warnings about mo- “There is always a risk [with RF],” said ceived from the Wireless Technology Research
increased risk of tumors. If so, the clinical CTIA, was contacted but did not return calls bile phones, believing the phones would not Frank Barness, a professor of electrical engi- (WTR), a group endowed with $25 million
implications should be taken into consider- or e-mails. be as popular if they were truly unsafe. neering at the University of Colorado at Boul- dollars from the CTIA to study the possible
ation when deciding about the use of this Many past studies have only examined “I don’t worry about the radiation be- der. “You’ve got a ten year or so latency. You effects of RF, came with added conditions.
widespread technology.” short-term cell phone use, which can only be cause I think [phones] could do a study for “One difference [between the industry
Studies have also shown other effects. used to evaluate short-term effects. wouldn’t be allowed “I can give you people who say 20 years and it could funded research and] government grant agree-
“There are five studies that show DNA “We need more information regarding into the market [if there is no risk and others who think be the 21st year where ments is that we couldn’t publish or present
damage and sperm damage,” Lai said. “There chronic long-term exposure,” Lai said. “For phones were unsafe],”
we should ban cell phones.” the results show up. the data without agreement from WTR [with
are also some studies that have indicated example, people who live close to a cell phone Ronaghi said. We do not know the the WTR’s funding],” Lai said.
learning deficits.” tower are subjected to long-term exposure, While this would effects of long-term Lai and Singh wrote a letter to Microwave
A recent study published on www.micro- i.e., several hours a day for months and years. presumably be true, Professor Frank Barnes exposures on the bi- News, detailing their treatment by the WTR.
wavenews.com, a news Web site that follows If effects are cumulative, as suggested by my the industry has tried to University of Colorado ology. I can give you The head of the WTR, Dr. George Carlo, sent
developments on the effects of RF, found that studies, there is certainly a cause for concern. influence many of the people who say there a letter to the then president of the university,
mothers who use their phones two to three The cumulative concept is, for example, three studies to their favor. is no risk and others calling Lai and Singh’s letter libelous, threat-
times per day during pregnancy have children minutes at a time for ten times is equivalent “The research depends on who is funding who think we should ban cell phones.” ening legal action and suggesting that the two
who are 80 percent more likely to develop to a continuous 30 minute exposure.” it,” Lai said. “If you look at studies funded Barnes, Sadetzki and Lai agree that while researchers be fired from the project. Carlo
behavioral disorders such as hyperactivity. If RF effects are cumulative, those who by cell phone companies, they find no effect. cellular technology is here to stay, one should stopped working for the CTIA in the late 1990s
In addition to these health effects, studies only use their phones for short periods of time Studies that are publicly funded tend to find take certain, simple precautionary steps. and now advocates safe cell phone use through
have also suggested increased risks of brain may face repercussions years from now. Hav- effects. About 50 percent of studies find effects “There are some very simple and non- his Web site www.safewirelessinitiative.org.
cancers. ing used cell phones from a younger age, teens and 50 percent do not find effects.” expensive measures [to reduce one’s expo- Carlo could not be reached for comment. When
“Risk of certain brain cancers tends to may face a greater risk than adults. The cell phone industry still dismisses sure],” Sadetzki said. “The idea is simple: put asked if he uses a cell phone, Lai responded,
increase after ten years of cell phone use,” “There has been no study on health effect studies that show adverse effects as flawed. the cell phone away from your body and use “No, I have no need for it.”
Lai said. of cell phone use on teenage users,” Lai said. According the Verizon Wireless user guide hands-free devices, headsets and microphones. —Alex Greene
Studies relating to the development of “We don’t know whether cell phone radiation for the VX3200 phone, “The research done Special attention should be paid to children Senior Staff Writer
cancers should be done over ten years, as has more detrimental effects on younger than thus far has produced conflicting results, and who are generally known to be a sensitive
cancers can take ten years or more to develop older users. Some effects of microwaves [RF] many studies have suffered from flaws in their population for cancer development. ” For more information and to determine a
after exposure to a carcinogen. are cumulative. Thus, when one starts using research methods. Many of the studies that While the risks are still relatively un- phone’s SAR rating, find the unabridged ver-
“It takes years to assess and quantify an cell phone at younger age, health effects, if showed increased tumor development used known, one of the largest studies to date, the sion of this article online as well as informative
association between a risk factor and disease,” they occur, will appear at younger age.” animals that [were] genetically engineered Interphone study, being conducted in eleven links on the subject at:
Sadetzki said. “This period is specifically long Much of the increase in cell phone ... [or] exposed the animals to RF for up to countries, will be released in July and should
regarding carcinogenic effects. You also have subscribers comes from the burgeoning 22 hours per day. [Conditions different from provide a better picture of the true risks. http://voice.paly.net/view_story.php?id=6855

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Comfort Foods Who shakes it best: milkshakes that pass the test
By Ryan Pfleiderer goes for $5.29 and the large is a hefty $6.79.
Senior Staff Writer Although Baskin Robbins may be “your neigh-
It’s a well-known fact: milkshakes are borhood ice cream store,” do not let it become
delicious. So who offers the best milkshakes? your neighborhood milkshake spot.
For many Palo Alto residents, Palo Alto
Creamery is the place to go for frozen desserts. Jeffrey’s Hamburgers
However, other places around Palo Alto, such The ultimate diner experience is at Jef-
as Foster’s Freeze, Jeffrey’s Hamburgers, Cold frey’s Hamburgers, and the best part of the
Stone Creamery and Baskin Robbins offer experience is the milkshakes. While it only
Alan Chu affordable milkshakes that are almost on par offers three flavors (chocolate, vanilla and
with those of the Palo Alto Creamery. strawberry), all of the shakes are thick, creamy
and delicious. Just like Palo Alto Creamery,
I’ll stop beating around the bush. I love Palo Alto Creamery Jeffrey’s serves its shakes in classic diner
comfort foods. There, I said it. I mean, just The smell of freshly prepared French glasses along with the metal cup the shakes
look at all my other columns — I’ve written fries combined with the sound of a classic are blended in. For only $3.59, Jeffrey’s serves
about cookies, pies, cakes, desserts and other milkshake mixer hard at work blending up the some of the best milkshakes in the Palo Alto
goodies. If you didn’t see a pattern by now, perfect combination of fresh ice cream and rich area. The chocolate shake is thick and full of
then you’re hopeless. milk is part of the essence of the Creamery. flavor, and surpasses Palo Alto Creamery’s
What is comfort food? It is a food that A Palo Alto Creamery milkshake ($5.95) can chocolate shake.
meets a number of specific requirements. The be enjoyed while seated at the counter or in Although somewhat far down on El
first and highly important condition is acces- a booth and the friendly staff is immediately Camino Real for some Palo Alto residents,
sibility. Comfort good must be easy for me to ready to take an order. Jeffrey’s Hamburgers is a great place to en-
make and easier for me to shove in my mouth. The Creamery offers dozens of milk- joy a milkshake, and the best way to enjoy
Take brownies: tiny, easy to hold, no utensils shake choices, with flavors like Peppermint a milkshake at Jeffrey’s is with one of their
Elizabeth Petit/The Campanile
needed and more importantly, delicious. and Mint Oreo Cookie being two of the best. juicy burgers ($4.89), or perhaps an order of
Thick, creamy milkshakes from the Palo Alto Creamery (above) are available in a
Even if a food clears the accessibility The Palo Alto Creamery is unique because garlic fries ($1.99).
hurdle, it must pass another crucial obstacle: multitude of flavors, and garnered the highest rating of restaurants reviewed.
it offers only one size for its milkshakes,
nostalgia. If the smell doesn’t bring back but one milkshake is more than enough for as many milkshake options as the Palo Alto making it not as thick as a milkshake should Palo Alto Creamery
memories of a simpler time, it cannot be con- two people. The milkshakes at the Creamery Creamery does, the shakes at Foster’s Freeze be. Also, the addition of mix-ins can have an 566 Emerson St., Palo Alto
sidered comfort food. That would be similar require a spoon, as they are extra thick and are thick and smooth and the consistency of affect on the texture of the milkshake, as bits Milkshakes $5.95
to calling the Sahara Desert a wet tropical creamy. In other words, they are the perfect their milkshakes is even better than that of and pieces of mix-ins are sucked through the (650) 323-3131
forest: it is just a big, fat lie. The taste must consistency for a milkshake. The best part of Palo Alto Creamery’s. straw, interrupting a generally smooth milk-
also bring back those inaccurate memories a milkshake at the Creamery is the first sip, The best milkshakes at Foster’s Freeze shake. Nevertheless, Cold Stone Creamery is
of a perfect time. For example, the aroma when the rich flavor of the ice cream hits the are chocolate and strawberry. The addition in a great location and is not too busy around
of freshly baked chocolate cookies: it brings taste buds and immediately fills the mouth of malt makes their milkshakes even tastier. lunchtime, and the prices of the milkshakes Foster’s Freeze
back memories of my innocent childhood of with pure ecstasy. Even with long lines, the service is speedy are reasonable. 580 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park
8-bit heroes and bulky little blocks of plastic The Creamery offers the best flavor com- and the milkshakes are well worth the wait. Milkshakes $3.00-5.00
called Legos. I would like to say those were binations with over a dozen different flavors For better portions and more affordable milk- Baskin Robbins (650) 322-0054
my childhood memories, but in reality I never of locally-made ice cream to choose from as shakes, Foster’s Freeze is the perfect place. The home of “31 flavors” is also the home
actually played with the original Legos or well as add-ins ranging from fresh banana to Although Foster’s Freeze is a little out of the of overpriced milkshakes. With the choice of
old-school 8-bit game consoles. malt. The Creamery still reigns supreme as the way for most Palo Alto residents, the quality eight different milkshake flavors, including the
Comfort food must also be delicious and best place to enjoy a milkshake in Palo Alto; of the milkshakes it offers is definitely worth infamous Heath Shake (with 200 percent of Cold Stone Creamery
addictive. This seems obvious, but consider with the unbeatable combination of bold fla- the drive. the daily value of saturated fat), the consensus 9 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
the brussel sprout: one whiff of that pungent vors, perfect consistency and texture and high is that Baskin Robbins should just stick to Milkshakes $4.59-5.39
vegetable brings back childhood memories quality ingredients, a Creamery milkshake Cold Stone Creamery serving scoops of ice cream. (650) 323-2102
of dumping them into the garbage behind my should not be passed up. Try one with a grilled Located in Town and Country Village, The Mint Chocolate Chip Shake looks
parents’ backs. Brussel sprouts were also easily hamburger ($8.75) or a grilled cheese ($6.75) Cold Stone Creamery offers friendly service promising, but after a single sip, all hopes
accessible; they were everywhere during din- on sourdough bread for the ultimate Palo Alto and convenience, but their milkshakes are of the perfect milkshake quickly fade. The
ner time, but that did not make them comfort Creamery dining experience. unable to match its extremely convenient milkshake is not really a milkshake; it is too Baskin Robbins
food. If no one wants to eat the food, then it location. liquidy to be labeled as such. The worst part 2615 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
cannot really be comforting on any level. Foster’s Freeze Whether it is a featured milkshake combi- is the imbalance of ice cream and milk, as the Milkshakes $4.29-6.79
Leading the short list of best comfort foods Foster’s Freeze in Menlo Park is known nation or an original creation, Cold Stone uses milk overpowers the flavor of the mint and (650) 327-1636
is ice cream. There are possibly hundreds, if for their fresh soft-serve ice cream, but in ad- fresh ingredients and offers dozens of mix-ins chocolate. The chocolate chips are closer to
not thousands, of flavors out there but only dition to their popular chocolate-dipped cones to add flavor and texture to any milkshake. But being pieces of ice than chocolate, which is
about ten good ones (which ten flavors is and sundaes, their milkshakes are some of sometimes the addition of mix-ins can detract a major disappointment.
entirely up to you). It is accessible because the best in the area. Foster’s Freeze is not the from the original flavor of the ice cream and Not all of the milkshakes at Baskin Jeffrey’s Hamburgers
only a face and passable accuracy skills are typical restaurant. Virtually unchanged since can negatively affect the overall taste. Robbins are horrible; the Strawberry Shake 888 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
needed to launch yourself face-first into a 1950, California’s first fast food chain offers Some of the most popular milkshake is creamy and flavorful, but there is still an Milkshakes $3.59
cold, soothing ice cream carton. Ice cream is only outside seating, and orders are placed at combinations at Cold Stone include the Crème overpowering taste of milk. If a milkshake is a
nostalgic, at least in my case. Nothing says (650) 322-1959
one of the walk-up windows. It offers three de Menthe and the Cookies N’ Cream. Each must-have, avoid Baskin Robbins. The prices
innocence like the brain freeze of a first grader. different sizes for their milkshakes, ranging in milkshake is quickly prepared in a blender, of the milkshakes do not correspond with the
Ice cream is always there where you need it, price from $3-$5. Although it does not offer which affects the consistency of the drink, quality, as the small is $4.29, the medium
in the freezer, waiting for someone to come
and eat the memories it contains.
Then there are brownies. I never knew
geometry tasted so good; just eating rectangles
Prince Caspian lacks magic of first film in Narnia Series
of chocolate goodness has converted me. The most disappointing part of Prince Caspian is how
Brownies are delicious enough to transcend dull and uninspiring the heroes are. They never stop behaving
the nostalgia requirement; I don’t have a like actors and start behaving like characters. Barnes plays
specific memory with them because they the Prince absolutely tone-deaf, with only the most shallow
were everpresent, almost like brussel sprouts, insight into his motivations. His plucky, soulful performance
but not quite. However, if the food can be in Stardust shows that he’s capable of much better.
described as decadent, then it is automatically The Pevensies perform even worse. In many scenes, the
a comfort food. camera twists awkwardly to fit all four of them on screen, but
Of course what is a list if it didn’t have a they never have anything interesting to say or do. William
few misnomers? I’m talking about pasta. Yes Moseley as Peter and Anna Popplewell as Susan seem more
this breaks the mold of desserts equal comfort, concerned with looking pretty and advancing their careers
but that doesn’t change the fact that this is a than with playing their roles. Skandar Keynes as Edmund
comfort food. and Georgie Henley as Lucy give a watered-down repeat of
I mean, you cannot be sad when eating their performances in the last film.
pasta, it’s just not right. That tangy tomato The villains, for their part, while not pleasant people,
sauce combined with a mountain of herbs and have nothing particularly scary about them. The Telmarines
spices, not to mention the meat and cheese and brandish crossbows and march in step, but they seem too
the actual pasta. It’s just like a hoe-down in inept to be a credible threat. Because Adamson gave them
your mouth. Combined with bread and then a conquistador theme, the Telmarines all talk in fake Latin
life turns peachy keen. Who cares about bad accents, which was a terrible decision. The accents are so
grades when your mouth is having the time hilarious that they puncture any dramatic tension the film
of its life line-dancing with tomato sauce and manages to build up.
meatballs? Castellitto, often the only person on screen who even
Coincidentally, pasta’s counterpart, seems to enjoy his role, gives a snarling performance worthy
lasagna is a comfort food too. I don’t know of the evil dean in a frat-house comedy, but not of a cold-
what it is about Italian food, but a lot of their Pictures courtesy of latimes.com, movies.nytimes.com, ve3d.ign.com hearted dictator.
stereotypical foods are comforting. If only Prince Caspian is the second installment in The Chronicles of Narnia series. Exaggerated action sequences and Moments of comic relief pepper Prince Caspian, but
the word delicious was enough to describe lack of character development make Prince Caspian a failed attempt to recreate the magic of the first film. they induce wincing as often as laughter. The humor relies on
it. I practically have to make up a new word a destructive form of self-parody, on the film failing to take
for this rich and succulent dish. By Erik Krasner-Karpen Director Andrew Adamson, in a style that feels exactly its message and its characters seriously. Peter Dinklage (The
But I don’t, all I need is a simile. It is like Senior Staff Writer like a second-rate Peter Jackson, shoots scene after scene of Station Agent) is reliably funny as the surly dwarf Trumpkin,
a soft warm bed of tastiness. Meat wrapped In its new installment, Prince Caspian, Narnia has elaborate action without Lewis’s sense of the importance of that bringing genuine wit to otherwise cloying scenes. Eddie Iz-
around by blankets of pasta and cheese. If grown darker, more action-packed and much more boring. action. Most of the fighting in Prince Caspian feels completely zard (“The Riches”), whose work is normally hilarious, fails
your taste buds ever get tired of this delicious The first Narnia film was a hokey pile of special effects, gratuitous. For example, whenever two good characters meet to click as the talking mouse Reepicheep. The filmmakers
meal, then find yourself a new tongue, yours but the occasional glimmer of C.S. Lewis’s magic shone for the first time, they get into a sword fight before introducing seem to think talking animals are intrinsically funny and do
is defective. through the children’s-movie cliches. Prince Caspian themselves. Presumably, this is to show how dark and action- not need any funny lines to support them.
Then there is pudding. It is neither a liquid kept the hokeyness and the special effects, but did away packed the world of Narnia has become, but most people have Overall, Prince Caspian is a failed attempt to inflate a
nor a solid. It is a lot like oobleck, but tastier with almost everything that worked well in the first film, at least heard of talking. If there were some sense of style in straightforward parable into a summer action blockbuster.
and more filling. It comes in a selection of including character development and sentences longer than the action, of course all could be forgiven, but Prince Caspian The more professional and expensive a scene looks, the less
flavors, from delicious to even more delicious. three words. offers little other than fantasy hack and slash. it belongs in a story whose cheesiness is its essence. There
You can’t go wrong with pudding. I mean, if The action takes place in Narnia, centuries after the Prince Caspian retains Lewis’s simplistic characterizations are many worse movies in theatres this summer, but perhaps
it is endorsed by Bill Cosby, then it’s alright events of the first film. The Telmarines, a race of dour, bearded of good and evil, but ignores Lewis’s sense of the courage it none that feel quite as hollow.
by me. Just look at one of those old advertise- men, have taken over Narnia and driven its magical residents takes to do good and the temptations of being evil. Aslan and
ments. How can you be sad with a spoonful into hiding. Miraz (Sergio Castellitto), who has usurped the the White Witch appear briefly, making a bigger impression Prince Caspian
of sweet deliciousness? You can’t, unless you throne, wants to exterminate the Narnians once and for all. with their cool visual effects than with the ham-handed morality
lost your taste buds in a freak accident, but His only hitch is Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), a brooding, behind them. The CGI department outdid itself on both, render- Cast: Ben Barnes, William Moseley, Anna
then you have bigger problems. long-haired hero (this is the extent of his characterization) ing every hair on Aslan’s body and elaborate patterns of icicles Popplewell, Skander Keynes, Georgie
Well, that’s it, the best of the best. Sure who is the rightful king of the Telmarines. On the run from around the Witch. Liam Neeson as the lion and Tilda Swinton Henley
there are more, but that’s like trying to count Miraz, Caspian accidentally summons the Pevensie children, as the witch give the best performances of the film. But they Runtime: 2 hrs. 24 mins.
how many times Superman saves Lois Lane. back to Narnia. Together, Caspian and the Pevensies lead do not pose much of a moral dilemma — who wouldn’t choose Ratings: PG
It is a nigh impossible task. an insurrection against Miraz. the noble lion over the creepy witch?
The Campanile A&E June 2, 2008 • B11

Chic, artistic Brazilian barbeque at Pampas

By Kelley Shin tive. The fish, pan-roasted with potato
Senior Staff Writer gratin, passion fruit and crispy beet, is
For a unique and exotic dining cooked to perfection. It is flaky, tender
experience, try Pampas Brazilian and bursting with flavor. The passion
Steakhouse, an upscale churrascaria fruit provides the sauce with a taste
that serves truly authentic Brazilian comparable to mango and drenches
barbecue. Churrascarias are Brazil- the bottom of the halibut, giving
ian steakhouses that specially cook the dish an extra punch of flavor. A
meats on skewers on a churrasco grill, vibrant purple color, the crispy beets
emphasizing the authentic Brazilian compliment the light orange of the
flavor. sauce, making the dish an eye-catching
Located on Alma Street between creation.
University Avenue and Hamilton Even on an overly full stomach,
Avenue, the outside of the restaurant dessert is a necessity and impossible to
is bare except for a simple sign, and resist. The blueberry-acai crisp ($9.00)
can be easily overlooked. Although is an exceptional choice, served fresh
the steakhouse’s brick walls, brown from the oven with a hearty scoop of
pillars and green-and brown-colored vanilla bean ice cream. It is served in
furniture give the restaurant an earthy a generous portion and is big enough
vibe, the restaurant’s design is very to share between two people.
modern. For those in search of an authentic
The waiters patiently explain the Brazilian churrascaria, Pampas is the
menu’s selections as the exotic dishes ideal restaurant, with its wide variety
may be unfamiliar and new to many. of high-quality meats prepared with
After ordering, a dish of three sample endless flavor.
starters is promptly served in place of Pampas is a meat lover’s dream.
the traditional bread basket. Elizabeth Petit/The Campanile Despite the pricey menu, this Brazilian
The three samples consist of pan steakhouse offers customers a truly
Pampas serves a wide range of Brazilian foods, focusing on the traditional churrasco style of barbeque, in a convenient downtown
con queso, fried banana and fried exotic dining experience.
yucca. The pan con queso are lightly
location between University Avenue and Hamilton Avenue. The chefs prepare elaborate dishes with definite artistic flair and spice.
browned balls of bread filled with cooked in the traditional churrasco One of the meat selections is The thick outer layer of the chicken but the flavor of the bacon overpowers
cheese in the middle. These bread barbeque style. Fraldinha, a skirt steak that is mari- contains most of the spicy flavors. the taste of the turkey. Pampas
balls are scrumptiously light, fluffy, The price may seem intimidating nated with an onion-herb sauce. The Other Rodizio options include The 40 dollars not only includes
and the addition of gooey, melted at first. However, customers are given skirt steak is deliciously juicy and the Linguica (Brazilian pork sausage), an unlimited quantity of meats, but a Location: 529 Alma St.,
cheese in the center makes it a deli- the opportunity to sample selections has a surprisingly sweet taste from Peru (turkey breast), Cordeiro (leg buffet-style side bar as well. Palo Alto
cious appetizer. from the side bar and an unlimited the onions in the sauce. of lamb) and many more. The Peru At the self-serve side bar, custom- Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 5 p.m.-11
Being a churrascaria, Pampas quantity of 11 different meats, includ- The Rodizio offers chicken as consists of turkey breast wrapped with ers can help themselves to unlimited p.m., Sun: 5 p.m.-10
offers the traditional Rodizio style ing sirloin, pork tenderloin, chicken, well as steak. The Frango, chicken smoked bacon and the turkey, neither servings of salad, cheeses and more. p.m.
of service ($40.00), which allows sausage, ham and many other op- marinated in a white wine and herb too tough nor too soft, is cooked well. For a different taste, the Alaskan Prices: $10-$44
customers to sample an array of meats tions. sauce, is a simple yet tasty choice. The bacon is an interesting addition, Halibut ($28.00) is the perfect alterna-

The Visitor delivers heartfelt message with solid plot

By Amy Stringer motions of his lackluster existence. He teaches only one belongings, Walter has a change of heart and allows them of his job and his life, Walter begins to open himself up
Senior Staff Writer class — the same class he has taught for 20 years — in to stay in his two-bedroom apartment. to the strangers who fall into his life, while the post-9/11
Upon exiting a showing of The Visitor, one might order to supposedly leave time to work on his newest book. While Zainab remains suspicious of Walter, Tarek world is closing itself off from immigrants. In other
ask who, in fact, the title refers to. Could it be the two As a fan of classical music, but not musically inclined begins to bond with his new roommate. He introduces words, he begins listening to the beat of a different drum.
interlopers, Tarek from Syria and Zainab from Senegal, himself, Walter attempts piano lessons, which is possibly Walter to an unexplored, foreign world by teaching him The message of this incredibly well done movie, illustrates
crashing in Professor Walter Vale’s rarely used New York an attempt to remain connected to his wife, who is a clas- how to play the djembe, a traditional African drum. that in a world full of unpredictable, volatile occurrences,
apartment? Or is it Walter himself, visiting from Con- sical pianist. However, he does poorly, going through five The pain and suffering in this story come in many the incessant comfort of a beating drum plays on.
necticut? Or could it instead refer to the millions of people different teachers.  forms, bringing in the characters of friends and relatives
living in America today who were and still are visitors in Walter’s monotonous routine is disturbed when who otherwise might seem unaffected. What makes this The Visitor
some form or another? he is forced to go to New York City for a confer- movie so moving is the idea that perfect strangers, meeting
The Visitor could refer to any of these characters or all of ence. He plans on staying at his small apartment, by mere chance, can produce life-changing, life-lasting Cast: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman
them at the same time, which is what contributes to the film’s which he once shared with his now-deceased wife. relationships. Runtime: 108 min.
heart-warming and simultaneously heart-breaking story. Upon his arrival, he discovers two “visitors,” Tarek (Haaz Perhaps the most intriguing idea in the movie is Wal- Directors: Thomas McCarthy
Richard Jenkins plays Walter Vale, an economics profes- Sleiman), and Zainab (Danai Gurira). However, after see- ter’s surprising character transformation. Previously living Rating: PG-13
sor at Connecticut College who simply goes through the ing the two wait on the street surrounded by all of their as a recluse and going through the perfunctory motions

B12 • June 2, 2008 The Campanile

Red Mango soft-serves pleasure in

South Korean chain makes its way into Palo Alto, provides healthy delicacies
jolt as some might expect. It surprisingly
gives a tinge of sweetness and all customers
should be encouraged to order the swirl —
original and green tea swirled into one cup
of creamy goodness. Yogurt is available
in three sizes ranging from small (4 oz.
at $2.95 for original) to medium (8 oz. at
$3.95 for original) to large (12 oz. at $6.45
for original).
Red Mango offers a large variety of
healthy and specialty toppings to satisfy
any customer’s craving. First, there are
the numerous fruit toppings, which include
blueberries, blackberries, raspberries,
strawberries, mango, apple, honeydew,
watermelon, mandarin oranges and pine-
apple. Of course, the fruit is chilled, juicy,
plump and delectably fresh.
Then, there are the dry and specialty
toppings. These include cereals such as
Captain Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity This edition featuring
Pebbles and Bear Naked Granola, as well
as coconut flakes, graham crackers, sliced Wes Duplantier
almonds, Ghirardelli dark chocolate mini with The Campanile’s own
chips and mini mochi balls, which are
gummy Japanese rice cakes. Customers Sara Reihani
can choose to have one topping for a dollar
extra, two toppings for $1.25 extra, three
toppings for $1.50 extra or additional top- The Campanile: Tell us about Lynnie Bee.
pings each at a dollar extra. WD: Lynnie Bee is everything you could want in a girl-
Elizabeth Petit/The Campanile Besides frozen yogurt, Red Mango also friend. Really, I’m serious. Anybody who allows you
With over a dozen toppings to choose from, Red Mango’s fresh frozen yogurt can be easily transformed into an offers other items that relate to its healthy to call them “Lynnie Bee” implicitly trusts you. That’s
innovative dessert. An original yogurt with mangoes and strawberries ($4.20) is creamy and distinctly flavorful. theme. Such items include Izze sparkling uber important. Plus, she’s hot.
fruit juice drinks, which are fortified with TC: What’s Lynnie’s real name and why do you call
By Anna Waldron the news and weather and entertains them is much more organized and efficient than vitamins, Penta oxygenated water and her Lynnie Bee?
Senior Staff Writer with a variety of trivia questions. the ordering process at Fraiche. Atune granola bars, which also contain WD: It’s really Lynette. I just chose it because I found
Watch out Fraiche, there is a new Although the wait for yogurt is short, Red Mango offers two flavors of frozen pro-biotics. an animal that rhymes with Lynnie.
frozen yogurt shop in town. The South customers won’t mind a delay in this fun yogurt; original and green tea. The green Customers can also choose to have TC: What does she call you?
Korean Red Mango chain has made its and exuberant ambiance. The interesting tea flavor costs one dollar more than the their yogurt and toppings blended into
WD: She calls me Wessy Pooh Bear.
way up the California coast to the heart of artwork on the walls always provides original. Both yogurts meet the National a smoothie. Red Mango has a ‘Blender’
TC: That doesn’t rhyme at all.
downtown Palo Alto after debuting in the something to look at. Instead of having Yogurt Association Criteria for Live and menu, but customers can also create their
WD: I know. I don’t know where it came from.
in Los Angeles last July. Although Fraiche Red Mango insignia posters, the prints are Active Yogurt, which is United States own concoction out of their choice of yogurt
and Red Mango both serve healthy frozen on canvases. Nutrition facts, Red Mango Department of Agriculture-certified. The and three toppings. Blenders come in two TC: What are your summer plans?
treats with pro-biotics, which are live and background information and a tantalizing only difference between the flavors is that sizes, regular (16 oz. at $4.95) or large (24 WD: I’m going to see if I can get another job, but that’s
active cultures which facilitate digestion, snapshot of the company’s swirly yogurt all the green tea yogurt has Matcha (green tea) oz. at $5.95). probably not going to happen. NPR says that there are
the two companies cannot be compared. appear on brightly colored canvases. powder in it — otherwise, their ingredients At Red Mango, customers are guar- going to be less jobs available this summer than any
Red Mango outshines Fraiche with its airy The eatery creates a pleasing and airy and nutrition facts are identical. anteed an enjoyable and delicious experi- other summer in the history of mankind.
atmosphere, superior yogurt flavor and environment for customers to indulge in The big difference that truly separates ence. The pleasant, clean and spacious TC: Where are you going to college next year?
friendly customer service. their sweet treat with its high ceilings and Red Mango from Fraiche is the flavor of environment could not be more perfect for WD: I’m going to college in the middle of Missouri.
According to Red Mango’s Web site, numerous fans to keep the temperature cool the yogurt. Red Mango’s original flavor is indulging in a healthy and ‘chic’ dessert. Get over it, people, it’s not as bad as you think. All you
one of its goals is to provide customers from the yogurt machines, which tend to very pure and less tart than Fraiche’s plain The only trouble customers will have is people who think you’re going to Washington Univer-
with “healthy and delicious delicacies overheat. flavor. The texture is much more velvety and deciding which toppings to choose to adorn sity in St. Louis, you’re going to the same state I am.
in a comfortable, stylish and progressive Inside, customers can choose to eat at smooth and has a very creamy taste, which their sweet and milky treat. Let me tell you: they call it “Mizzourah,” and they eat
atmosphere.” The Palo Alto store success- one of the square white tables with ultra- is unexpected for nonfat frozen yogurt. lots of red meat. And when you go down the interstate,
fully satisfies this goal. modern red chairs or they can sit on chic Red Mango uses sucrose, a non-calorie + you’ll see the same set of two stores repeating over and
Walking through the glass doors, cus- mini bar stools at the bar and enjoy the sweetener like Splenda, instead of sugar, Red Mango over and over again. One’s a Steak’n’Shake, and one’s
tomers are greeted with loud and upbeat view of University Avenue. so the sweetness from the milk truly shines
Location: 429 University Ave. a duck-hunting place. We saw a billboard of a duck
techno music which contains a slightly Ordering a cup of frozen yogurt is through. The flavor is delicate, natural and
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-12 getting shot.
jazzy feel. similar to ordering a cup of coffee at Star- pleasing. Even if a customer is not a fan of
a.m., Fri.-Sat., 11 TC: Why did you choose the University of Missouri?
The place has a fast-paced vibe and is bucks. Customers wait in line, give their green tea or is hesitant because of its pale,
a.m.-12:30 a.m, Sun., 11 WD: I thought it was the best journalism school... and it
completely modern from its futuristic tables order and purchase other goods located near sage green color, they must at least order has a 78 percent acceptance rate.
and chairs to the flat-screen TV above the the register, and then wait for their name to a sample. The Matcha powder does not a.m.-11 p.m.
Prices: $3.00-$6.00 TC: What kind of journalism are you interested in?
serving station, which informs customers of be called to pick up their treat. This system add any pungency or produce a caffeine
WD: Breaking news. That’s all anybody really cares
about. People read investigative stories, but they don’t
care beyond the first paragraph.
TC: Do you want to do a humor column like Dave
WD: How’d you know? He’s my favorite fricking
person of all time! I just didn’t think I could say so
because... well, he makes booger and squirrel jokes.
TC: You started at Paly during junior year?
WD: My first experience in Palo Alto was Mr. Bungar-
den telling me all about the A.P.U.S. History summer
reading. He actually bought the books for me and came
to my house to tell me what to read. It was awesome.
Mr. Bungarden is therefore the god of all teachers. He
could have easily let me fail. Thank you, Mr. Bungar-
TC: Shout-outs to any other teachers?
Class of 2008 WD: I’m gonna give a shout-out to P-Kandy, because
anyone willing to go by that name in class deserves a
Julia Benton shout-out.
TC: Was it hard for you to move from Tracy to Palo
What was your favorite Paly moment? Alto?
Anne Frank reenactments. Watching WD: Yeah. People in Tracy are a lot chiller. Mainly
Mr. Kandell sing and dance every day because they’re about 40 miles from the nearest univer-
during class. Taking the last APUSH sity, and Paly is about 40 feet.
quiz. Meeting my best friend. Kushal TC: Junior year is a hard time to start somewhere
spontaneously combusting during AP new.
English. Freshman year when I saw WD: Yeah, but it was pretty alright. The first few
the streakers in the quad for the first months here, I was wondering if this was the right place
time. Woj. Hanging out with Becca to be because it just seemed like I should be anywhere
during first period APES. Riding in else in the world. Anywhere but here. Preferably Ha-
the cart with Mary. Pearl tea runs. My waii. But I got over it and started the National Honors
first Cheese House sandwich. Spirit Society at Paly. I actually started it on Facebook.
week. Going to States for basketball. TC: What does the NHS do?
Rahul Ramakrishnan. Mr. Blackburn WD: It’s like the California Scholarship Federation, but
being brutally honest about his trip to we do stuff. I’m actually a CSF life member, so I guess
Italy. Paly winning CCS in football. I’m kind of a traitor. I got my tassel the other day. It’s
Walking onto campus for the first kind of mangled.
time. TC: Why did it get mangled?
WD: My backpack is like... there’s a scene in Star
Wars, where Princess Leia and Chewbacca and all them
are caught in like, a trash compactor. And that’s what
my backpack is like. It’s the world’s trash compactor.
Everything I put in there gets destroyed. Anything ad-
vertised as kid-proof or durability-tested should spend
ten days in my backpack.
TC: Did Lynnie Bee set a date for your wedding?
WD: Yeah, the date’s 11/12/13. It’s either going to be
on a giant cliff overlooking a beach sunset or at a court-
house in Missouri. We have a song, too, although that’s
none of my doing.
TC: What song?
WD: “You and Me” by Lifehouse. I’ll admit it. I’m
deep. I’m whipped. I’m in a relationship. I’m married...
on Facebook.
TC: Last words for Paly?
WD: Calliope rocks.