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Archive for December, 2008

Holiday overview

By MORGAN ROMEY
Student contributor

As the students of Poly look forward to our long-awaited Winter Break, images of Santa and Rudolph may be the first things that pop into many of our heads.  But, of course, Winter Break is a time for celebrating many holidays, as well as a time to just relax and hang out with friends.  Some Poly students have highlighted the lack of stress and getting more sleep as what they are looking forward to most this holiday season.   Many others are vacationing to beaches or mountains and visiting their relatives’ homes. (more…)

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By KEVIN JIANG
Assistant opinion editor

David Gregory was announced on December 7 as the new moderator for vaunted television program “Meet the Press,” one of the most influential and respected political TV shows in the past decade.  Yet, strangely enough, an event of such magnitude to the political realm failed to make an impact at all on the generation that will be responsible for American democracy for decades to come: up and coming voters. (more…)

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By KATIE MILLER
News editor

On Thursday, December 11, the Upper School Forensics class, led by teacher Patty Ulmer, visited the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The Los Angeles Coroners office covers an expansive area of Southern California, ranging from Lancaster to San Bernardino and down to Riverside.
Upon arrival, the class met several important people who work at the office.  Eucen Fu, Ulmer’s liaison and toxicologist at the office, detailed his experiences, in particular blood processing involving what he called “decadent drugs,” such as alcohol, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and others.  (more…)

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AFS holds “A Night in Beijing”

By JUSTIN WORLAND
News editor

Poly’s American Field Studies (AFS) chapter held its annual fundraiser at the home of Julie Winters and Alan Goedde in Pasadena. (more…)

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By JUSTIN WORLAND
News editor

On December 1, Olympic silver medal winner Peter Hudnut and UCLA clinical instructor John K. Su addressed members of the Poly community in Gosney. Athletic Director Steve Beerman and the Athletic Department organized the event also sponsored by the Panther Club. (more…)

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Thank you, Ms. Marion

By STEPHEN WU
Opinion editor

I am so utterly relieved and grateful that Ms. Marion took the time out to pen a response to the latest column regarding Proposition 8.  This is a divisive issue, no doubt, and one that tests the fabric of society and the basic nature of human relationships. (more…)

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By LAURA MARION
Faculty contributor

I met my wife in 1993. (more…)

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Poly students have been participating in a variety of service activities on the Upper School campus during the holiday season.

By KATE HAMILTON
Assistant news editor

Walking around the Poly campus, it is evident that the holidays are upon us.  Lights adorn the senior room, the juniors have a decorated Christmas tree and a table with stockings, puff-paint and glitter is set up in the office of Laurianne Williams, Director of Student Activities, so that students can make and send holiday decorations to Hillsides Home for Children.  Hillsides is one of many organizations with which students work in the winter months, when family is traditionally emphasized. Many Hillsides children do not have a family or home, and their parents cannot afford food, let alone presents. (more…)

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After last year’s disappointing season, the varsity boys soccer team begin its season in mediocre fashion. The true test begins after winter break when the Panthers commence league play.

By JASON LEUNG
Assistant sports editor

Every winter, the invasion of orange tracksuits on Poly’s campus signals the arrival of soccer season. These “pumpkin suits” are worn as reminders to the rest of the students that on these specific days, Poly boys soccer team will be taking the pitch against an opponent. (more…)

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This girls water polo team has thus far seen more success than any squad from previous years. They now hope to continue their streak through league play and into CIF.

By JORDAN SMITH
Sports editor

Despite the disappointing conclusion of the varsity boys water polo season, the wait before Poly’s aquatic facility would once again resonate with the exultant cheers of Panther fans was short. For the first time in Poly athletic history, the girls varsity water polo team has opened their season with a 3-0 record. A solid group of senior leaders and other veteran players has contributed to the beginning of what so far looks to be a thrilling and hopefully successful run for the squad. Currently 4-0, the Lady Panthers have set a dominant pre-season tone as they ride the momentum of their victory against Westridge further into League competition. (more…)

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