Issue 8 Magazine Sport

Preston Decommmits from Cal

Preston Norris, senior at Las Lomas, originally committed to Cal Berkeley to run track and cross country but is now officially committed to Colorado State. He runs the 1600, 3200, and the 5k events. One of the main reasons Norris decommitted from Cal and committed to Colorado State was that “there was a change in the coaching; the coaches are retiring.” 

Tony Sandoval is retiring from being apart of the track and field crew after 37 years. Sandoval has coached multiple national champions and Olympians throughout his career at Cal. “It’s been an honor and pleasure to coach and mentor at the University of California, Berkeley,” Sandoval said. “I have proudly watched young athletes persevere through adversity to become fine men and women who graduate and begin successful careers. I’m thankful for the outstanding friendship and professionalism from some truly outstanding administrators, staff, and track & field assistant coaches, both as a head coach and as a fellow assistant.”

Brian Bedard, head coach at Colorado State is currently in his 31st season coaching. In beginning of the 2017-18 season, Colorado State’s men were ranked number 6 nationally, which was their best ranking in program history. They ended the season placing ninth in the USTFCCCA, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Bedard has been coaching at Colorado State since Fall of 1988. He was named Women’s Midwest Region Head Coach of the Year in 2013 by the USTFCCCA. In addition to the great coaching staff at Colorado State, the environment and facilities at CSU are amazing. CSU just finished the two year long process of updating and remodeling their track and field. Coach Bedard says, “This is the best facility in the region; there’s nothing like it in the area. It was a long, sometimes-frustrating process, but the finished product is great.”

Preston also considered that Colorado is more rural than Berkley. “Colorado has a lot more places to just be free on your own, more nature, and mountains. It’s really beautiful there and I guess Cal is more city [urban], so it’s just kind of preference.” 

Also, the altitude of 5,003 ft is great for training. When training at higher altitudes the body produces extra red blood cells, which then aids to giving more oxygen to the bodies muscles. So when racing and running at lower altitudes one will have more endurance and better oxygen flow. Norris is excited about this opportunity and despite the last minute swap, feels confident in his decision. Las Lomas will be losing an amazing athlete as Preston Norris goes off CSU but everyone is proud to see him go. 

Issue 8 Magazine Sport

Bittersweet End to Volleyball Season

The Knights’ boys’ volleyball team faced Northgate in the third Battle of the Creek on Tuesday, May 7. This game was the part of the NCS Division 2 Boys’ Volleyball Tournament. Las Lomas entered this game ranked as the fourth seed and Northgate ranked first. The Knights record prior to this game was 17-11,  off two strong playoff wins against Tennyson and Redwood. The Knights beat Tennyson 3-0 and also beat Redwood 3-0. The Northgate team entered the game with a 28-1 record, its one loss being to Acalanes.

The game started with high intensity–this was the third time of the season the two crosstown rivals faced each other. Because Northgate lead the season series 2-0, Las Lomas looked to get revenge. The game started without any team getting a clear lead. After the score was tied at 11, Northgate began to pull away. Las Lomas attempted to regroup by calling a timeout, but this proved unsuccessful when Northgate won the first game with a score of 25-16. The Knights entered the second game hopeful, but Northgate was soon able to get an 11-7 lead. Las Lomas rallied back to tie the score at 12. The score rallied back and forth but Northgate eventually won the second game with a score of 25-20. The 3rd game started with things looking gloom for the Knights, as they were down 2-0 and Northgate only needed one more to win. Northgate started strong with a 7-2 lead and grew on that lead to get a score of 16-8 and later 21-10. Northgate went on to win 25-12 and faced Campolindo in the NCS final.

Despite not advancing to the final the team was still very successful. “If you take a look in the division we played in, 5 out of 6 were top 100 in the state and Northgate was in the top 20. We had a great season; there was nothing to be ashamed of,” said coach Jim Changaris. Las Lomas ended the season with a 17-12 record and a 2-6 league record. The Knights season started with a nine-game win streak before losing too Bellarmine College Prep. The Knights will have seven players returning and four seniors, Ali Eshraghi, Geba Fernandez, Grant Holland and Nathan McCutchen, graduating. “I’m always excited to have new boys come to the team,” said Coach Changaris. The Knights have six juniors and one sophomore on their varsity roster this year and will look to them to lead the team next season.

Issue 8 Magazine Sport

Offers Bombard Newell

by Hermela Desalegne

Junior Isaiah Newell has gotten many offers from different colleges around the country for playing varsity football at Las Lomas High School for three years (sophomore through senior year). He said that it was tough to narrow it down to four or five colleges because they were all great schools from the perspective of football and academics. He said he has gotten offers from mainly out-of-state schools: “Arizona State University, Colorado State University,  University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Nevada State University, and Boston College…schools I got offers from that are in in-state are San Diego State University, Fresno State University, and San Jose State University.” Newell found a way to narrow down about ten college offers to about four colleges. “I am really only considering Arizona State University, Colorado State University, University of Oregon, and San Diego State University because I like how they are a big school and I can actually see myself going to these schools.”  

Newell also stated, “When I visited these colleges I’m serious about, I could really see myself in their offensive line which is most important for me; plus, the academics at these schools are really good too.” Newell doesn’t really have a specific deadline or time limit where he needs to make a decision for when he commits to a college: “I basically can pick when I want to commit, but I am going to commit in August.” 

Ultimately, any college he picks will be excited and privileged to have a player like Newell representing their college.  Newell still has his senior year on the football team and  he will surely have an amazing and successful season. Las Lomas will definitely miss him and his energy out on the field when he graduates, but is excited to see where he ends up.

Issue 8 Magazine Sport

A-Record Breaking Season

On Tuesday, May 14th, the Knights entered the first round of the NCS playoffs. The Knights came into the playoffs after an amazing regular season going 21-3, an incredible improvement from their record from last season of 12-13. The Knights were led by Puget Sound commit Jack McCullar this season who has been averaging .458 and has 37 RBI´s and a .554 on-base percentage, and ended the season as DAL league champions with a 6-2 league record. The Knights also had 9 players receive all-league honors with Jack McCullar getting MVP, Zakai Avidor, Brad Barker, Aaron Winer, and Matt Hershey getting the 1st team and Brian Gregersen, Dylan Graham, Jake Kermoian and Aiden Pearce getting the 2nd team.

The Knights entered the playoffs as the 2nd seed and faced 15th seed Terra Linda in the first round of the playoffs. They started strong, scoring three runs in the first inning, while Terra Linda scored zero. The Knights scored 3 runs again in the second inning while Terra Linda scored zero again. Both teams went scoreless in the 3rd inning, but the Knights scored 5 runs in the 4th making the score 11-0. After Terra Linda didn´t score in the top of the 5th inning, the 10 run mercy rule was put into play. This was the first playoff win for Las Lomas in 13 years. The Knights then went on to face 10th seed, San Rafael. They previously played each other at the beginning of the season when Las Lomas won 2-0. This game proved to be a repeat of their first meeting as both of Las Lomas’s runs were scored early in the game and San Rafael was scoreless yet again; Las Lomas won 2-0. The Knights then faced their biggest challenge: Bishop O’Dowd, the 5th seed. This was set to be a competitive game from the start, since both teams had many talents and there was no clear favorite. Bishop O’Dowd was the first to score in the 3rd inning. Las Lomas then went on to score in the bottom of the 4th. After scoreless 5th and 6th innings for both teams, Bishop O’Dowd scored one run in the top of the 7th inning which was all they needed, as Las Lomas didn’t score in the bottom of the 7th. The final score was 2-1 and Bishop O’Dowd will go on to face Alhambra in the finals.

Although the Knights didn’t continue on in the playoffs, the Las Lomas community is proud to have seen them achieve so much this season. 

Issue 8 Magazine Opinions

K-Pop Taking Over the World?

It is no secret that Korean pop music has been circling around the globe for a while now. Fangirls and fanboys freak out when they hear the name “BTS” BTS, one of the biggest K-pop boy bands, has stolen everyone’s hearts and won many awards over the past two years. As BTS has stepped into the Western world, so has other boy and girl bands as well. BLACKPINK, Twice, GOT7, and EXO are also huge influencers in the world of K-pop. Let me give you a brief summary of these groups.

BLACKPINK is a girl group comprised of four members. They are popular for their  powerful singing concepts of love. Of course, they wouldn’t be K-idols without their charismatic personalities.. This girl group not only turns heads, but they are also breaking the mold of what it means to be a girl group with their kick-ass concepts.. 

BLACKPINK is coming to America,, and so is TWICE–a girl group with nine gorgeous members that is equally as talented as the other girl groups. They have sold the top three best selling albums in 2017. Their cute gestures, bubbly singing, and iconic music videos have their fans gushing in adoration. 

GOT7 and EXO are rapidly diffusing out to America as well in addition to being very popular in South Korea. EXO has sold over 1.1 million copies in just ten days. GOT7 has not hit the top charts as rapidly as EXO has, but they have released three albums and twenty singles. The members are to die for and to cry over, but their dance moves combined with their power vocals and good looks has everyone impressed and ready to jump into their fandom. All of these girl and boy groups are huge influencers that have huge armies of fans everywhere, but the question is, how are they influencing the world?

Only recently has Korean pop music made its way everywhere around the world. K-pop can be listened and enjoyed by everyone–not just Korean speakers.Unlike other Western pop singers, K-idols train for years to brush up and perfect their  dancing. K-pop idols have to learn complex dances while singing in live performances–truly something fans admire. It creates  an interesting contrast with Western pop stars, who don’t focus on choreography. This different music and faces might interest you, even if you typically don’t listen to anything but American pop. It might change your perspective on the music industry. 

As I mentioned before, these influencers are coming to America and performing, like Blackpink performing at Coachella and BTS performing at Billboard Music Awards, making them more well known to people that do not know much about K-pop. They might not be taking over everywhere just yet, but their music will eventually be known worldwide.

Issue 8 Magazine Opinions

It’s Worth a Shot

Ever since news of the first vaccine, smallpox, went public, there have been people who are skeptical of or completely against vaccination, especially when it comes to their children or themselves. The anti-vaccination view can be easily understood— it can be difficult to trust complete strangers to successfully concoct a substance that will be injected into your or a loved one’s body. Rumours such as vaccines infecting those vaccinated with the very illness that it was meant to fight or vaccines causing autism contribute to that fear as well. According to countless amounts of research and studies, vaccinations most likely do more benefit than damage.

In the late 20th century, a British doctor named Andrew Wakefield conducted an investigation on the relationship between autism and the MMR (the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine), which was published in The Lancet, a very prestigious medical journal. A few years later, Wakefield’s coworkers discovered that the data, used to convince the public of a correlation between the MMR and autism, was falsified. They swiftly removed their names from the research papers, and the staff of The Lancet retracted the article. Wakefield’s medical license was then nullified. He had committed fraud, hoping to benefit financially from the ‘successful’ investigation and from those who believed that the MMR caused autism in their children.

There have not been any findings of a correlation between the MMR and autism in any of the many, many studies that have been conducted. Wakefield’s falsified data, however, has fabricated an incorrect belief, a lingering rumour, that the MMR somehow gives people autism. While the beliefs and qualms of people who are against vaccination may seem harmless, they actually increase the risk of infection for the people around them as well as for themselves.

Herd immunity is the protection given to those in the group who are vulnerable to the infection—the people who either choose not to vaccinate or cannot due to variables such as age or pregnancy—by those who are immune to that infection. Since the immune cannot get the infection, they cannot spread it, so the chance that the vulnerable will get it is much less than it would be in a group with no immune— a much lesser chance than if no one was vaccinated.

The percentage of people in the United States who have participated in vaccinations is currently greater than those who do not, so herd immunity is in effect; however, the fear of vaccines causing autism, etc. may be spreading quickly. If those who do not vaccinate become the majority, it puts people who cannot have certain vaccinations at risk. Such people are mostly pregnant women, children, the elderly, and those who do not have strong enough immune systems to handle them.

Just like most things, though, vaccines are not perfect, but that does not mean they are unsafe in general. Many different kinds have been made depending on what the disease — to be protected against — does to the body, but they all introduce the immune system to the threat of it, whether it’s through dead or weakened versions of the illness or strands of DNA (all called antigens) that teach the immune system of the enemy’s existence and how to fend it off. It’s due to these methods that the aforementioned people with weakened immune systems — either due to circumstances like cancer treatment or just generally having a weak immune system — are recommended to avoid being vaccinated. Depending on the type of vaccine, there is a risk of it infecting the person because their cells may not be strong enough to fight the antigens successfully. It’s up to those who can handle vaccines to protect them through herd immunity.

Issue 8 Magazine

Letters to the Page and Our Responses

In response to various controversies surrounding the May issue, and in our never-ending quest to better our publication and adhere to the highest, professional journalistic standards, the Page has formally re-established Letters to the Editor. Through this, we hope to resolve any issues surrounding the Page, improve our relationships with the community and our readers, and receive constructive criticism. The following are the letters to the Editor submitted for this issue:

Dear Page Staff: 

The early May issue? You can do better than that.  I know you can; I’ve seen you do it.

You took the easy way out by putting out a joke issue, and while I assume you had fun doing it, the content of most of the pieces was insensitive, not thought through and made a number of teachers sad and hurt.  We come to our careers each day with positive intent, ready to do the best teaching we can on that day, and to make Las Lomas a kind and positive place.  

Also, Page staffers are surely taught that a core tenet of being a journalist is to “do no harm,” and you know that your job, especially now, is a sacred one, so please put your awesome teen energy into creating something smarter that will make Las Lomas a better place. 

Thanks for being open to my feedback and not all of the articles were insensitive, btw.

Ms. Reeves-Hampton

PS How much did all those color copies cost?!”

Dear Page,

I feel like staff need to suck it up. No one can take a joke anymore. If no one can take little jokes in this world by the time they are adults, they will crumble in society. That’s what makes Las Lomas as depressing as it is. We have overly sensitive privileged people thinking they can complain every five seconds and talk about how they are hurt by some stupid comment. If you think someone calling you dumb or short or whatever is the worst of the worst, just wait. That’s what I think. All due respect: you shouldn’t even say sorry. Yes I understand “SCHOOL SHOULD BE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT.” Well, look around, Las Lomas staff: there are worse things than comments on The Page. There are bullying, people having addictions, unsafe home environments, racism, discrimination. Sorry that’s my take. Love you, Ms. Anders. You don’t deserve this hypocrisy. 

Ayah Salehi

I would like to put this out: a lot of good kids I know use vape, cigarettes, weed, and other stuff. And, the staff are trying to stop this. I never used any of these things, ever. Never have. Never will, but to put “don’t be uncuul, use a juul” is taking it a bit far, and who the heck authorized this?!?!?! And, I know that this is a joke, but I’m not laughing. This just makes me pity whoever authorized this because if you start smoking now, it will mess up the entire next generation of kids. And, I Don’t ever want to see that happen!!!

Patrick Perucho

We appreciate you reaching out and voicing your thoughts and feelings regarding our May spoof issue. This “joke” publication was apart of an annual tradition The Page created many years ago. It was in no way a last resort or us taking the easy way out. The purpose of the spoof issue is to make readers laugh through the use of satire. We recognize that there were several insensitive errors made that we regret including. However, there were also many articles that we are proud of and stand behind. We have learned from this entire situation and will make sure that future spoof issues are handled in a more sensitive manner. We realize that a portion of our readers were hurt by this publication. That being said, we have apologized for our missteps to all faculty and staff, as well as the board. We look forward to continuing creating quality publications and making Las Lomas a better place. 

Kylia Blackstock and Vanessa Jamieson, Co-Editors-In-Chief

It is true that specific articles in Issue 7 were insensitive and harmful to the community. In several of our articles last issue, especially the piece on Senior Superlatives, we neglected our duty to the community and the spoof  proved harmful to some of our readers. As we consider ourselves servants of the community, we’ve taken criticisms such as yours into full consideration and entered into a period of reflection and reform. Accordingly, we’re proud to have apologized, on multiple occasions and to multiple individuals, for our behavior last issue. These formal apologies are available below:

 Lukas Carbone, Co-Online-Editor-in-Chief

     Dear Dr. Nickerson and Board:

We would like to apologize to anybody negatively affected by our recent May Issue of The Las Lomas Page. We offer our apologies for hurt we have caused our community. Our May issue was a huge mistake on what has otherwise been a successful set of publications. We are sorry.

The month of April spread our staff thin. We worked on a documentary film instead of the May Issue. It was a misstep to take on more than we could. We have  learned from our mistakes and promise to provide an appropriate and well executed publication in the future. We never had malintent.

We fully accept responsibility for our mistake and understand the negative effect that this issue had on our Las Lomas community. We take extreme pride in what we do and hope that in the future our work may prove to those we have hurt that this issue was a mistake and not the norm. We hope that what has happened recently will not leave a lasting stain on a program that we have worked so hard to make succeed.

      Our Sincerest Apologies,

      the Las Lomas Page Staff

Dear LLHS, 

I have spoken to a number of people yesterday about the spoof edition of The Page. Many are terribly hurt by the publication..

I wanted to reach out to all of you as your colleague and apologize for the hurtful superlative of issue. I dropped the ball as the advisor and though the writers followed industry protocols (got permissions, etc.) the section was mean and in bad taste. Frankly, I am ashamed of it.

I need to do a better job in discussing the nuance of satire with my staff. I promise to do better in the future. Once again, I am sorry.

      Liz Anders

Entertainment Issue 8 Magazine

Game of Thrones Review

Game of Thrones concluded with a season finale meeting expectations and offering excellent cinematography, but relying upon a weak foundation.

The episode begins with a Napoleon-esque Daenerys Targaryen – portrayed as one of the protagonists before turning evil with little to nobuildup or character development – addressing her army, claiming she would free the world no matter the cost. Later, another key protagonist, Jon Snow, stabs Daenerys, his former lover, in one of the few signs of character development – at last, Jon Snow chooses his duty to the people above either law or love. 

Symbolically, Drogon – one of Daenerys’s three terrorizing and terrific fire-breathing dragons, and the last one alive – angrily melts the iconic Iron Throne, the symbol of royal power; symbolism foreshadowing foreshadows decisions made by senior lords to transition the state they reside in from a hereditary monarchy to one elected by senior nobility, weakening but not destroying the “wheel” of feudal power destroying Game of Thrones’s peasants and proletarians.

Taken on its one, the story concludes on a bittersweet note. However, when considered in other episodes’ context, the series – which increasingly used the pernicious deus ex machina for emotional affect, as well as necessity – lacks a foundation of character development. Though some characters’ story arcs meet their logical conclusions – in particular, the strong-willed and wanderlust-stricken Arya Stark chooses to sail west, beginning an Age of Exploration – others’ arcs lack a genuine foundation. In addition to Daenerys Targaryen’s sudden turn to evil, which was met more with shock than with proper foreshadowing, the character arcs of Jon Snow and Brandon Stark lack real foundations for character development. The ultimate conclusion of Jon Snow’s character arc, for example, is neither the acceptance into the landed aristocracy he so desperately craves, nor the life of duty and service he largely embraces throughout the series, but rather a kind of ambiguous exile deep into a Northern wilderness lacking foundation and is rife with plot holes; in particular, he is forced into this exile by Daenerys Targaryen’s army, yet does not return to urban civilization once the army embarks upon a self-imposed exile.

The true heroes of the series, however, are and remain the anonymous masses whose lives are endlessly shed as pawns in elites’ personal disputes, both in the series and in real life. At the series’ end, their journey ends on an ultimately bittersweet note as well. Their anonymous lives and anonymous blood are largely-needlessly spilled throughout the series, and the elites face relatively little comeuppance – the feudal power structure remains entrenched at the the end of the series, though there is no reason to believe it could not be so – yet they are simultaneously saved from White Walkers’ existential oblivion, and there is hope the elective monarchy at the series’ end would offer popular peace, if not popular sovereignty.

Entertainment Issue 8 Magazine

Our Seniors’ Last Days

After twelve years of school, including four long years at Las Lomas, our class of 2019 has only weeks left in their last year of high school. These students are taking advantage of the little time they have left. On May 3rd, the school invited all the seniors to the senior picnic, where they got to hang out with their friends and spend time together before they graduate. Many seniors said that they enjoyed time with their friends, played games and had really good food. After Ball was Senior Ditch Day, and many people used it to their advantage to enjoy the day off and spend it with their friends before the school year is over. Allison Philipps planned to “go to the beach with my friends.” Of course, senior year is a handful it has its ups and downs. As Ella Lipelt, senior,  said, “It feels great to almost be done with my senior year so I am able to start fresh in college, but I feel I will also be sad because I have to leave my friends.”

With difficult problems like ‘senioritis,’ college applications and the senior projects, many students have gotten advice through the years on how to survive their senior year, and many have advice for the lowerclassmen. Sita Hoehner said, “Don’t start falling behind in senior year, especially towards the end. Think long and hard about college and don’t miss deadlines.” These students still managed to make the best out of their last year at Las Lomas even through all the work and time spent to finally be graduating. Ryan Bain said, “Don’t take your time for granted and try to enjoy every moment.” Senior year is said to be one of the best years of high school, and Chris Patino says that to nearly be done with senior year “is like the relief you feel after a sneeze, blessed.” Las Lomas brought these students four years of hard work and great memories to remember for the rest of their lives. Sydney Bramhall said one of the best parts of her senior years was when “my friend Olivia Lewis and I helped Ms. Wentner adopt a dog from ARF.” Many students are sad to see themselves and their friends go, but they can not wait to graduate and start fresh with college. High school is a crazy adventure and for the class of 2019, it is coming to an end. But even though it’s over, their memories here will last a lifetime. 

Entertainment Issue 8 Magazine

Freshman Myths Debunked

There are many rumors about high school that people hear when coming into freshman year. Some are stereotypical ideas portrayed in movies, such as: upperclassmen being mean to freshmen, getting milk poured on your head, classes being so much harder than middle school, and not having any fun. However, many freshman enjoy their first year in high school and realize that it is not as bad as it is made out to be.

When asked how her first year of high school went, Nina Statler, a freshman at Las Lomas, quickly replied, “I really liked my first year of high school a lot more than I thought I would…My favorite part of high school has been homecoming.” Kaetlyn Claus, also a freshman at Las Lomas, expressed a similar idea that everyone at Las Lomas is nice and welcoming and that her first year at Las Lomas has been fun. 

Throughout middle school, teachers give a lot of work in order to “prepare you for high school.” For some students this can be intimidating when they hear how hard high school classes will be compared to middle school. However, most of the time high school classes are more rigorous, but you will learn more. Katelyn Claus agreed with this and stated, “I feel like I’m learning a lot more. [Teachers] are giving us a lot more information, and I’m grasping the topics better.” 

Another great thing about high school is getting to meet new people and make new friends. With 7 classes a day, lunchtime, and extracurriculars, there are many opportunities to meet new people in high school. Dalton Bader, a freshman at Las Lomas, stated: “I’ve met new people that have come from other schools. [High school] has been fun so far and hopefully gets better.”

The transition from middle school to high school can be difficult, but Nina Statler, Katelyn Claus, and Dalton Bader agreed that there is nothing that they miss about middle school and that high school is better.

Overall, high school isn’t this terrible place where no one will like you, as some movies portray. High school can be a great experience if you get involved in activities such as sports, work hard in classes, and make an effort to meet new people!