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  • Malena Bell / Editor-in-ChiEf

    Students egg each other on in dangerous shenanigans

    Girls tennis sucessful at

    HAAL Girls make it past 1st round

    Pg. 8 Pg. 5Pg. 6

    Administrationtries to stop

    Homecoming wars

    By Tim Wongnews editor

    By Lisa Carmackstaff writer

    Boy suspended after assault

    Student voters win two of three

    Vampires do it in the

    dead of night

    Administration cracks down on

    tardiesTeen read week vampire-themed Harsher punishments for truants

    After an historic election, Presi-dent-Elect Barack Obama won in a landslide victory, doctors kept their right to perform abortions for minors without notifying an adult with the rejection of Prop. 4, and Prop. 8 took away homo-sexual couples right to marry.

    The popular vote for presi-dent was divided almost evenly throughout the country, and California was just as divided on Prop. 8.

    The students at CVHS, how-ever, were much more unified when it came to their political views.

    In a recent school poll that asked students about the presi-dential race, Prop. 4 and Prop. 8, the results greatly favored the more liberal side of each issue.

    According to the poll, 76.5%

    (1859 students out of 2432) of the student body would have voted for Obama compared to 23.5% (573) for McCain. The results were closely mirrored for both propositions.

    For Prop. 4, 29% (698) of stu-dents said they would vote yes while 71% (1733) said no. The numbers on Prop. 8 were slightly closer though as 29.5 % (732) said they would have voted yes and 70.5 % (1743) for no.

    Student reaction from both sides agreed that Obamas elec-tion did not come as a surprise.

    Although I wasnt shocked, its not to say that I wasnt upset. I personally believe that McCain would have done a better job of leading the country, said senior Colin Corkery, who supported McCain. But Corkery quickly added. For the most part, I like Obama as a politician, but I strongly disagree with his po-litical viewsWith his charisma, upbeat personality and his abil-ity to emotionally move people, he may do a great job in uniting the country.

    Prop. 4 generated the same reaction.

    The outcome didnt come as a surprise to me. As passionate

    A CVHS junior boy has been suspended after reportedly as-saulting a staff member near the 900 hall on Oct. 16 during a fight with another student.

    The fight is said to have stemmed from a misunderstand-ing regarding the boys younger brother. The fight escalated un-til campus patroller Kelly Reyes stepped in to attempt to break it up.

    I tried to stand in front of [the other boy] to protect him, Reyes recounted in a police incident report. My main concern was the safety of the other kid, she confirmed later in person.

    Sheriff s Deputy Timothy Vales stated that when Reyes tried to intervene, the aggressor elbowed her in her side and then continued to beat up on the other student.

    Finally language teacher Jared Cavaness was able to apprehend the student by bear-hugging him until the administration arrived.

    Following the incident, Reyes went to the hospital to check on her injury, and she is pressing charges.

    The consequences for assault-ing a staff member are very seri-ous. Vales stressed that a likely punishment is juvenile hall.

    There is zero tolerance for as-sault against students and staff, stressed Reyes when asked about the incident.

    The student has been sus-pended from school, Vales said, and he faces expulsion as well as a court trial that will determine whether or not he will go to jail.

    When asked for an overall comment, Vales responded, If you assault a staff member at this school, you are going to jail: no ifs, ands, or buts.

    as some were about this proposi-tion, this is still California, said senior Armando Freitas.

    Senior Jaspreet Kur had this to add: I think it was a good thing it wasnt passed Sometimes parents and kids dont have the best understanding, and in families that are very strict, if the girl gets pregnant and the parents find out, she will be harshly punished, even if it was [because of] rape.

    On the issue of Prop. 8, which is being challenged by people throughout the state, the seem-ing agreement between students came to a sudden halt.

    I think kids in Castro Valley High School dont know much about marriage. I think that ho-mosexuals shouldnt be married, but they can be together. Its just that the Bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman, pointed out sophomore Jack Mooney.

    On the other side of the issue, senior Jill Beytin had this to say, I am ashamed of California for taking a step back for civil rights. This is the only California amend-ment that took away rights from people. I wish the school results were the real results.

    A Piece of My Heartthrobs with emotion

    Students favor Obama,choose no on

    Props. 4, 8

    During Homecoming week, the cars and homes of Castro Valley residents were vandal-ized with eggs, pumpkins and dairy products. These neighbors often complained to the school, surprised that students would treat their own community in such a way. Most of the owners of damaged property didnt even have kids who go to CVHS.

    Some students involved were caught by police and ticketed for traffic violations. However, most students didnt get caught at all.

    The administration investigat-ed and found nine students who participated in the Homecoming vandalism. Principal Pete Alva-rez had an impassioned talk with them and decided that it would

    be unfair to punish only the nine for the actions of the 70 plus students involved. In the end, the nine students came up with their own punishment: to relay Principal Alvarezs message to the student body.

    I was extremely disappointed about the vandalism, said Alva-rez. Homecoming is not meant to be vandalism. Here we try to curtail this, but its difficult because it happens off campus. We want to eliminate vandal-ism as part of the Homecoming culture.

    Junior Ishac Odeh was grateful for the graciousness of Alvarez. I think we got off easy. I want to say thank you to the administra-tion, said Odeh.

    So who won what is now being called, The Homecom-ing Wars? No one knows, and frankly, the administration doesnt care.

    Those who were caught hope-fully learned their lesson, be-cause next year will be a different story. If we hear any dangerous night time activities [next year], we will be forced to stop Home-coming, bluntly stated Assistant Principal Sue Goldman.

    By Lindsay OdaBusiness Manager

    Sophiana Carrell (from left), Ashley Ison, Amanda Sylvia and Caitlin Lushington star in A Piece of my Heart. See page 8 for feature story.

  • By Sarah GilchrieseStaff Writer

    So not only did America demand

    change in this elec-tion, but this elec-tion also changed

    America.

    Spending more time may mean

    more cash to spend later

    Unsafe skating needs to be curbed at CVHS

    Editorial: Many skaters might say that

    skating is not a crime, but skating without a helmet on school prop-erty. We at The Olympian believe that fining skaters for skating on campus is an effective way to keep the campus safe.

    There are many skaters here at CVHS who skate in the senior parking lot at all times of the day. Skating in a parking lot is a very dangerous activity to do.

    First of all, we all agree that skat-ers are annoying and dangerous from both the drivers point of view and the pedestrians point of view. Who wants a skater zooming right by them while they are driving or walking?

    Skating in the senior parking lot also disrupts club events on weekends and after school. Many

    parents believe that a school is a very safe place, and we are sure that no parent wants their kid to get hurt at school.

    There are signs all over school campuses in Castro Valley that clearly state that skateboards and bikes are not to be used on campus during and after school hours.

    Some might argue that because parents of the skaters would be forced to pay the fine, because the skaters are just teenagers, the fine is unfair. However, it is very important to the school to keep a spotless reputation, records clear of injuries.

    Clearly, fining skaters for re-peatedly skating on school prop-erties is a must in order to keep the school as safe as possible. Schools are places to learn and are not skate parks.

    The Olympian is a publication of the Journalism Class, Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave., Castro Valley, CA 94546. 2008

    Editor-in-Chief...............................................................Malena BellCity Editor.......................................................................Irene LiangNews Editor......................................................................Tim WongOpinion Editor...............................................................Becky ChaoFeature Editor....................................................................Eva PoonSports Editor....................................................................Frank ChaoCopy Editors...................................................................Erin Mundy Joseph WanPhoto Editor..............................................................Howard WhangSystems Manager........................................................Malia GoulartBusiness Managers............................................................Isabel Chi Lindsay Oda

    Staff Writers: Lisa Carmack, Sophiana Carrell, Moises Fonseca, Sarah Gilchriese, Alexandra Gomes, Lawrence Ham, Alicia Harger, Brandon Lui, James Rose, Trevin Smith, Tracy Tope, Elizabeth Tran

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