Protests have been going on at many UC campuses regarding the tuition rises planned for the next five years. Despite the protests, the UC Regents committee approved the plan in which there will be a 5% annual increase in tuition for UCs over the
next five years. This means that by the next school year, the tuition costs could rise to $12,804, not including room and board. Costs could be as high as $15,564 by the 2019-20 school year. The increase is supposed to help cover rising costs and to
expand the enrollment of California students.
To express their disapproval of the new tuition plans, students all over different UC campuses have been staging walkouts and campouts. On Monday November 24, students at various UC campuses walked out of their classes at noon to protest tuition
hikes. At UC Davis, students carried signs with slogans including, “Raise Hell, not fees,” and “Education is not a Debt Sentence.” Although spirited, the protests at UC campuses in Davis, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Santa Cruz are peaceful and the campus police have not had to get involved.
Like many other UC students, Katie Chapel--a first year student at UC Davis and graduate from CMHS--disagrees with the decision to increase tuition, stating, “Increasing the tuition is only harming the students because of the already crippling student debt. I think the protests are a great way of practicing political participation to have student voices heard.” Katie hasn’t participated in any protests herself but has seen and heard many of them.
Quinn Smith, a senior at CMHS, was debating on whether or not to go to UC Santa Cruz, but after hearing about the tuition rises, Quinn says, “The tuition increase definitely affects my decision on whether or not I want to attend UC Santa Cruz. If I
can’t afford to go there, then I don’t want to go there because I don’t want to be paying off student loans for the rest of my life.”
Although the annual increase of tuition is supposed to expand student enrollment, it may have the opposite effect. If students can no longer afford to go to a UC, then they will choose another college.
Written by Emma Chapel
“Why all this interest in the human body? The answer to this question seems quite clear to me. Your body is the only thing that you carry with you from the moment you are born until your very last breath.” – Dr. Roy Glover, Medical Director.
Most of the 9th grade Delta students recently took a trip to the Bodies Exhibit in Buena Park on Tuesday, November 18 and this is just one of the few quotes on the walls that seemed to capture many of the students’ attention. Spending a portion of the school day there, students saw what the inside of real bodies looked like.
Students were given specific guidelines upon arrival. Kathy, the Delta guide for the day, explained how the actual bodies weren’t in glass cases therefore students needed to take extra care. Also, there is a strict no photography rule but the Equestrian was lucky enough to get permission to take some photos.
The first part of the exhibit was the skeletal. A full human body skeleton stood like a statue in the middle of the room and glass display boxed were located on the perimeter of the room. In each box, there were different bones of the body with a short summary explaining their functions.
The muscular section of the exhibit was the next part of the tour, also showing the different functions of the muscles and how they all work together. There was no skeleton in this room but bodies with muscle in different positions. The only things that weren’t real on these bodies were the eyes.
The then went on to the nervous system, which consisted of the brain, nerves and then the circulatory system. Along with the various visual representations there were interesting, fun facts on the walls like, “There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body." The respiratory room contained the different organs used for respiration in the body like the lungs. Also, TVs were attached to the walls to give a more detailed and visual explanation and how things worked.Once we came to the digestive system, we finally saw all the different intestines andan even better look at them with a body that was cut in half from head to toe. The reproductive urinary room showed the reproductive and urinary system of both the female and male body. It explained how all parts of these systems areimportant and “essential for the continuation of species." The following room was about fetal development. Real fetuses were inside small, glass cases showing the different stages at different weeks. The fetuses on display all died of natural causes such as miscarriages.
Freshman Maria Martin says she learned that, “a baby when it’s only three week sold, it already has a heart!”
Written by Luna Chavez
Along with the new school year came new faces, including Mr. Peterson, the assistant principal. As the new assistant principal, he will be bringing his own knowledge, experiences, and philosophies to Costa Mesa High School, bringing in change as well.
Although what kind of changes remains to be unseen, his answers enlightened on their potential. With topics ranging from his history, personality, values, and philosophies, Mr. Peterson’s answers give a good outlook on who he is and what he believes in.
Mr. Peterson has not always worked in an office for his career; he also has experience in the classroom and the field. He taught economics to seniors for twelve years and coached for a girls’ soccer team and a wrestling team (so no challenging him to fights, or interpreting financial data for that matter). When asked whether or not he missed the classroom, he expressed nostalgia and explained that while he has worked for administration for eighteen years, he “still feel[s] like a teacher and a coach.” Not only does he have experience working in other fields of education, he also has experience working in the fields of rural schools, the cities of urban schools, and the neighborhoods of suburban schools.
The assistant principal also recalls his own time in high school very fondly. He revealed that he “loved high school because I wrestled, ran cross country, and I was the captain of the team, I ran track, I was in all the school musicals, I was in band.” Because of his fun experience in high school, he often encourages students to be involved as well, whether they choose the arts, academics, athletics, or all of the above. He also advises that the key to having a great time in high school is to be yourself, do what you want to do, and never follow the crowd simply because it’s easier. In his words, “the reason why I had so much fun was I didn’t get hung up on what people thought of me.”
According to Mr. Peterson, one aspect of education that is sometimes undervalued is the individuality of students. He believes that while CMHS does a great job acknowledging the accomplishments of the top students and accommodating the needs of more troubled students, students that fall near the middle of the spectrum do not always get the attention deserved. From his outlook, these students may have grades in the C range or not be in any clubs/extracurricular activities, but “it’s the quiet ones who you don’t see in the middle that may be the future leader of some big company.” He fully believes in the potential of all students being recognized.
When asked whether he was nervous about working in a new environment, he quickly denied any nervous feelings, saying the staff welcomed him warmly. He claims that “as a new administrator, coming in, [the staff has] been very welcoming towards us [Mr. Peterson and our other new administrators].” He describes the CMHS staff as “very close knit and very professional. They care so much about the school.” Mr. Peterson expressed a lot of enthusiasm about working in the NMUSD school district as his own children attended schools within the district. In his words, “98% of the kids in the country would love to be in this school district."
The middle school hallways were buzzing with excitement at the announcement of a new building entitled for middle school use only as our younger counterparts would finally have a place to call their own. When the plan was revealed, the question of who would be in charge of the new and improved Costa Mesa Middle School arose.
The answer arrived in the form of Mr. Guy Olguin, the new middle school principal. There has been some confusion upon the arrival of Mr. Olguin as high school students associate the surname with AP Government and AP United States History teacher Tracy Olguin.
To clear up confusion, Mr. Olguin is Mrs. Olguin's husband so this is no startling coincidence. Mr. Olguin previously worked as the middle school principal at CDM, but CMMS is excited to welcome him and see what he envisions for its future.
Back in the day, Mr. Olguin attended Estancia High School and took part in several sports and clubs; he was even homecoming prince his junior year. When in college, he coached at Estancia and worked as a math teacher for twelve years at Ensign. Eventually, he was asked if he would like to advance his career into administration, but he initially rejected the offer because of his preference for teaching. Upon being asked a second time, he decided to accept, but still needed the necessary credentials. To obtain the requirements, he returned to school to get his masters in administration. He says he had "no real plan as far as my career goes, I just kind of left the door open, sometimes I step through, sometimes not, but that's what got me here."
His primary vision for CMMS is his desire to establish a separate identity for the middle schoolers. He explains he is "looking forward to giving the kids a little sense of their own identity. To further the idea of having their own identity, Mr. Olguin decided a new mascot was needed to reaffirm the newfound independence of middle school students and so arose the "Costa Mesa Mavericks." A maverick is a young horse. The maverick symbolizes the middle school's association with the high school while simultaneously providing a distinct identity. He believes that the students coming in are all mustangs at heart, but the mustang is too heavily associated with the high school to accurately represent the middle school as well.
As we all waved goodbye to Dr. D’Agostino, a stir of unrest was left in the students as we exited the 2013-2014 school year. We walked into the new school year unsure of who the new Costa Mesa High School head principal would be. We’re pleased to share with you a little bit about the new administrator, Mr. Jacob Haley.
Mr. Haley vividly looks back on his high school years and smiles. He previously lived in Washington, where he attended high school. He shared that he was in many clubs and sports throughout his four years. In fact he was the quarterback of his football team. He believes that to make high school memorable, you have to fill it with things that you enjoy. After he graduated, Mr. Haley landed a job as a math teacher and football coach. He taught not from home in Saddleback Unified School District at Laguna Hills School and El Toro High School. Before landing a job at Mesa, Mr. Haley had moved back to Washington and was teaching at Bainbridge High. Upon learning about an opening at Costa Mesa High, Mr. Haley jumped at the idea and was officially hired in May of 2014.
Our new principal is full of ideas and hidden talents. He considers himself a “principal of the students” and wants to hear what the kids want. He’s very open-minded and optimistic about the upcoming year and is excited to learn about what he can do to help improve our campus. Mr. Haley feels very welcomed by the staff and is very excited to show the students, faculty, and parents what he has to bring to the table. A little something you might not know about him is that he can juggle fire. He didn’t make any promises, but keep your eyes open at the 2014-2015 talent show.
Written by Christine Tfaye, Collette Rhoads, and Hannah Burnett