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Never Again


In Blacksburg, Virginia on April 16, 2007, 33 students and faculty were killed at Virginia Tech. February 14, 2008 in DeKlab, Illinois, six were killed and 21 injured at Northern Illinois University. June 5, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska, 2 were killed and 2 were injured at Millard South High School. In Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, 26 people were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school. June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, 2 were killed at UCLA. January 23, 2018 in Benton, Kentucky, two were killed and 17 injured  at Marshall County High School.. February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida, 17 were killed and 14 injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

According to Washington Post, since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, there have been more than 188 school shootings in the United States. More than 200 students have been killed, and at least 200 more have been injured. How many more lives are we expected to lose before we take action?

The United States is suffering from a gun-violence epidemic, one that has been spilling into schools. It was not enough when 26 people were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Or when 49 people died at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Or when 58 country music fans were shot and killed in Las Vegas, Nevada. So when is it enough?

The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis collected data on school violence around the world. Between 2000 and 2010, 57 incidents were recorded in 36 countries. Half of those incidents, approximately 28, occurred in the United States.  Certainly, the United States is not the only country struggling with school violence, but it is the only country with so many guns, and the only one where violence against students is almost routine.

The Florida massacre is now among the deadliest school shootings in US history, and has yet again sparked debate about US gun laws and control. Some survivors of the shooting attended a Gun show in Miami with the idea to further protect themselves, while others protested at a rally in Fort Lauderdale to promote stricter gun laws. During the protest, high school student Emma Gonzalez took the podium and attacked the US president and other politicians for accepting political donations from the National Rifle Association.

In response, the President and many other politicians have blamed the shooter’s mental health, avoiding the real problem: Gun Control. Many held signs that read “Never Again” to call out the US government to take action to prevent future violence. Here we find ourselves still not solving the problem at hand, because we’re too split on opinions about gun laws more than focused on the safety of others to actually accomplish anything.

With the prevailing outburst of gun control supporters every time there is a mass public shooting, they call for more background checks, claiming it would have made the Florida shooting avoidable, when in reality the flaws of this act would do no such thing. The checks have millions of “false positives,” resulting in weapons landing in the wrong hands. Many do not understand how quickly magazines can be changed or how easy they are to make.

All the while, gun control advocates ignore what their opponents suggest: abolishing gun-free zones. The mass shootings that occurred in Florida, such as the Orlando nightclub, the Fort Lauderdale Airport, and Majory Stoneman Douglas High School were places where guns are banned. According to Fox News, over 98 percent of mass shootings attacks since 1950 have been gun- free zones.

We can clearly see our country is at a loss of what to do, the continuation of the bickering between the two sides has proven not to solve anything, and lives will continue to be lost if we do not take action. Both sides, whether they support gun restrictions or not, are refusing the types of policies that could save lives based on their relentless opinions about gun laws. They are claiming that others “have blood on their hands,” when in reality it is them whose hands are stained, because they would rather fight to ‘be right’ rather than save innocent lives.

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Senioritis Plagues Titans’ Final Year


The idea of Senioritis has been put down as a universal myth among high school campuses. Senioritis the lack of motivation to do work and to blow off all school related responsibilities during one’s senior year. Many people doubt that Senioritis is a real thing, but it’s easy to say, it definitely exists.

“I had always heard about it during my underclassmen years and questioned if it were a real thing. About two weeks into the year I finally understood what Senioritis meant,” senior Reilly Catrambone said.

The lack of motivation and drive to complete school responsibilities is nothing to joke about. Students who have maintained high GPA’s throughout their four years are now complacent grades they would not have been earlier due to lesser drive to put in the work.

“It is clear that some students are ready to shut down. They just need to know that graduation is right around the corner so they need to pull through for just a bit longer,” said Pat Pillsbury, who teaches a Civics course soley for seniors.

“I know it’s my last year, but I just can’t wait to get out here,” senior Cooper Fowler said.

Although senior year is supposed to be the best year of one’s high school career, it is also the most anxious year for many seniors. Many can’t wait to graduate and attend the college of their choice.

For others, college may not be an option, but they are still excited to start the new chapter of their young adulthood and pave the way for the rest of their lives. Seniors can prevent the effects of Senioritis by not losing sight of the main goal, which is graduating high school. The rest of the lower classmen, juniors in particular, can learn from the previous students who let Senioritis get the best of them; they can avoid the consequences, which include falling behind in school, getting lazy, and blowing off school related responsibilities.

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School Shooting Awareness Saves Lives

NYIAH MOORE / Staff Writer

School shootings are no longer a surprise. They are becoming more common as the years go by. The trouble is that they are potentially preventable but there is no action being done to stop them.

School shootings are not a joking matter, they need to be taken more seriously, and something needs to be done to actually help put them to an end. If more and more school shootings and/or threats continue, shouldn’t there be a plan of action for more security on campus, drills that are more viable and well thought out, or other precautions like limiting the access to particular weapons?

The first step would be reporting a threat to authorities if it is heard, read, or shown; do not blow off a threat and don’t be afraid to speak out concerns for the safety of others. It is time to stop joking and start speaking up and being serious in situations such as this. The City of Poway, for instance, is now using a 24-hour hotline for students, parents, teachers and community members to report potential threats to schools in Poway. Messages left on the toll-free hotline will be monitored by the Poway Sheriff’s Station.

The recent school shooting in Florida, for example, had many chances to be prevented. There were many indications that Nikolas Cruz was a potential school shooter: he told people online that he is going to be a school shooter, he messaged classmates with death threats, his parents reported that he had “put a gun to others’ heads in past”, and the authorities visited his home 39 times–two of which were FBI tips. Yet Nikolas Cruz got onto campus, putting his reign of terror into action.

It has been suggested to supply and arm the school staff with weapons in case of severe emergencies like school shootings. To prevent a school shooting, or a student having a gun on campus for malicious reasons, our president Donald Trump wants to put more guns on campus. If one does not feel safe with a single student roaming around the campus with the gun, how would one feel more comfortable with a gun in the same classroom as them that their teacher, or anyone potentially, could access?

If guns are the problem, involving more guns will not solve anything. Kids are already afraid enough of going to school at this time due to the risk and fear of school shootings. They will only be more fearful and stressed to come to school if they know that there are weapons on campus. Students may not come to school at all if that were to happen.

Having more security on campus is a better solution than putting more guns on campus. Strengthening gun control laws would be an even greater solution at this point. Again, simply paying attention to the signs of a threat and making others aware of it would be completely beneficial. In addition, if a student is exhibiting such signs, without hesitation they should be expelled because they are violating the safety of everyone at the school.

Our society needs to start looking out for other, not provoking each other as Rancho Bernardo high school students demonstrated through their own threat to shoot up the school shortly after the Florida shooting. The lives of others is a serious matter and it needs to be taught that lashing out violently and threats can no longer be tolerated if we want to stop this epidemic of back to back school shootings and back to back deaths of innocent lives.

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Dismissed: The Drama You Don’t Want to Miss


A student who has gotten perfect grades his whole life and his English teacher gives him a B+ on his paper, he starts to go through a psychotic spiral. The movie is Dismissed and it came to Netflix on October 8.

Dylan Sprouse, brother of the Riverdale star, Cole Sprouse, stars as Lucas Ward. He is the perfect person for this role. He plays the psycho role astonishingly. The interesting thing about Dismissed is that Lucas is so organized and clean, yet when he starts to spiral, his tendencies change and he becomes less meticulous.

Lucas is truly one of the creepiest characters. He can seem so sweet and sympathetic, but truly he is only in it for himself. He manipulates everyone in his life to do what he wants them to. His father is a defense attorney and seems to be afraid of what Lucas is capable of. Lucas had other teachers at previous schools that have also been the victim of Lucas’ torture.

The whole cast of this movie is so awesome, they all worked together really well and the movie comes together because of the cast. They all worked really hard on this project, especially Dylan Sprouse and Kent Osborne, who played Mr. Butler, the English teacher that Lucas begins to torture after he gives him a B+. They all were very strong actors and did justice to this movie.

The movie is so amazing, it was so suspenseful, it keeps people on the edge of their seat the whole time. It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen next. The fact that it’s on Netflix makes the movie even better because it’s so easily accessible.

Dismissed brings forth a realization that psychopaths aren’t so easy to notice. Lucas seems so normal even though he is a murderous sociopath. It makes the viewer paranoid. This movie was such a creepy and dark psychological thriller.

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Golden Globes 2018


75th Annual Golden Globes Awards aired on January 7. These award shows are very prestigious and many amazing people have won. This year there were a couple of really outstanding things that happened. Yet there were some huge mistakes.

During the show, so many men and women wore black outfits to show their support for victims of sexual assault. It was truly astonishing to see all these stars coming together to fight against sexual assault in the entertainment industry and beyond that. The fact that these people wanted to show their support in such a bold way is incredible.

One of the mistakes made during the show was in the best motion picture musical or comedy category, the nominees were Lady Bird, I, Tonya, The Disaster Artist, Get Out and The Greatest Showman. Most of those motion pictures seem to fit into that category, all except one, Get Out. That movie is neither a comedy nor a musical. Get Out is a movie about a couple who go to meet the girlfriend’s parents and throughout the trip he realizes and sees things that lead him to assume that the family is deeply disturbed. The movie is categorized as a mystery/thriller. Director, Jordan Peele, was quite upset that the Golden Globes called it a comedy.

Regarding the Best Television Series- Drama category the show that won, compared the the other shows that were nominees, caused uproar within the fan base of many shows such as, Game of Thrones and Stranger Things. The show that won the award for that category was The Handmaid’s Tale. Many people upset by this choice because shows like Stranger Things and Game of Thrones have higher ratings. Stranger Things has a 9/10 rating according to Rotten Tomatoes, Game of Thrones has a 9.5/10 whereas The Handmaid’s Tale has a 8.6/10. The winner of this category was disappointing for many.

The 2018 Golden Globes had some really strong aspects to it. There were also some poorly thought out and underdeveloped aspects to it. All in all, the categories should have been worked on and thought through more. The best moment of the night was when all the men and women came together to show their support for victims of sexual assault by wearing black outfits.

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2018 Lacrosse preview

Lacrosse preview Ryan fitzgerald

For the last 4 years, Poway has been on top of Lacrosse. With CIF championships in both 2015 and 2016, Poway was the first team to win back to back championships in San Diego. Poway was expected to win CIF in 2017 as well, but an unexpected loss against La Costa Canyon in semifinals killed the team’s hopes for another CIF championship. The team is better than ever this year.

“We are looking forward to a great season this year. We are reading to take the ship from Torrey all over again,” senior captain Chase Crawford said.

After the 2017 season, the program lost a few heavy hitters including Own Springit and Nick Beason. No doubt these players played a massive role in the past, but everyone who is still in the program is willing to step up and play better than the team has played in the past.

The team has a very challenging schedule, including from Maryland, and Los Angeles. But the three teams that matter the most are Cathedral Catholic, La Costa Canyon, and the most notorious, Torrey Pines. If you know anything about Poway Lacrosse, you know the extreme rivalry between the Titans and the Falcons.

“The rivalry with Torrey Pines will never end. It’s been growing since my freshmen year, and I can’t see the tensions ever lowering between us. They are coming after our heads this year, but we are looking to retake the spot as top dog. It’s going to be a battle to say the least,” said senior captain Kienan Morrissey.

The Titans started off their season with a 11-7 win against Carlsbad on Friday March, 2.

“We played alright, but we can certainly do better in the future. We need to work on a little bit of everything to be the best the rest of this year,” junior captain Eli Butler said.


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This Really is the Greatest Show

KEIRA BARRY / Associate Editor

“Ladies and Gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for.” Lights. Music. Action. So begins 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman, a box-office hit that, since its premiere on December 8, 2017, has generated $345.4 million and captivated the hearts of viewers across the nation.

Of course, the first thing people will want to rave about in Greatest Showman is the soundtrack, and justifiably so– the soundtrack is incredible. From the can’t-give-up attitude of “A Million Dreams,” to the heart-wrenching “Rewrite the Stars,” and from the unapologetic anthem that is “This is Me,” to the flashy show tune “This is the Greatest Show,” every song in this movie is a masterpiece in its own right.

In addition, The Greatest Showman featured several dance numbers, which were well-choreographed and well-executed. They’re flashy, they’re captivating, and they make you want to stand up and dance in the middle of the theater.

The cast is easily as incredible as the music. Headlined by names like Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, and Rebecca Ferguson, its star-studded cast is enough of a reason to go see it, even if musicals aren’t usually your thing.

But just as the circus has problems and cracks behind the scenes, Greatest Showman could have been better. I would have liked it to be longer. The film felt rushed, and both the plot and characters developed too fast for my liking. With a little more time, the movie could’ve easily shown us a little more of the rising action rather than speeding from introduction to climax.

Even if it was a little fast, the storyline was quite moving. Seriously, it’s been a long time since a film moved me to tears. Greatest Showman’s messages about accepting others, being yourself, and choosing your own destiny are powerful and unmissable (even better that it’s based on the true story of P.T. Barnum’s circus).

Additionally, the film relies heavily on CGI. I understand Hollywood is struggling, and that budget and safety could pose issues, but could they not have used a real circus?

Overall, even if musicals aren’t really your thing, this one is different. It can join the ranks of Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen as far as I’m concerned. Whether the audience is a performer or a spectator, born into wealth or born into hard work, an outcast or a social butterfly, Greatest Showman speaks to that one person we all are: a dreamer.

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Snap sucks

STEVEN FERRY / Staff Writer

Snapchat is a popular communication app used by many people. It makes texting people very easy by taking a quick easy picture and adding text, making texting more fun and interactive. Users could also post pictures to their story which lets all their friends’ access it.

The previous version of the app loaded snapchats chronologically and dedicated a whole page to other friends stories.

Their newest update combines stories and snapchats into one page, making it extremely busy and hard to know what is happening. “I can barely talk to friends without snapchat moving them to the bottom of my friends list.” Sophomore Jack Lomau said. They also removed the chronological order that snapchats loaded in, it now loads old snapchats at the top, making it difficult to hold a conversation with people. These changes are strongly disliked by users and many feel that the update was very unnecessary.

Snapchat has gotten lots of negative feedback on the App Store and other media websites, Kylie Jenner even said on Twitter.

“Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.”

This tweet made Snapchat’s stock value drop 1.3 Billion dollars. Their rating on the App Store has also dropped from 3.3 to 2 stars. Snapchat even confirmed they would undo this new update on Feb. 20th and they lied and did not undo the update.

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Teachers deserve more respect

YANPEI WANG / Staff Writer

Students should give teachers more respect. Some students should be more aware that teachers are human too, and not everyone can agree with the same thoughts. Since teachers are the most recognizable people at school, more students should have more respect for them. For example, some students can be rude by talking back to a teacher or be rebellious by not doing what the teacher told them to do.

There is not a lot for a teacher can do to discipline a student. For example, students may be defiant, and teachers almost have no way to have authority over them other than give them detention or a referral/call home.

Also, teachers have it hard enough, they are stuck planning tests and new assignments on their breaks, while students can fun and be happy. Teachers deserve more respect because they can help students with their future and  assist them to their learning.

Teachers create a better learning environment and give up a lot for the students. Some teachers don’t get all the respect they deserve and rebellious students can give teachers an even harder time they already have. Also, many parents can quickly accuse teachers for failing their child. Parents usually look at teachers for not teaching correctly for giving a failing grade to their children.

Everyone should give teachers the respect they deserve. They create a great pathway for students to follow to provide a better time to come and work hard to provide the best learning experience for you and try give you the best future. Teachers really appreciate respect from loving and caring students.

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Lackluster Super Bowl

HANNAH WILLIAMS / Editor-in-Chief

Super Bowl LII was an intense game for many, and after a head-to-head game with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, the Eagles took home the win. As exciting as that is, the Super Bowl would not be complete without the iconic commercials and astounding halftime performances. This year, Justin Timberlake took the stage, becoming the first musician with three Super Bowl halftime performances.
As Timberlake stepped to the stage, he rolled through his songs “Cry Me a River” and “SexyBack,” and nothing really sparked his performance besides his Prince tribute, since Prince is the King of Minnesota. He did not have any special guests come out, even though that is normally a big feature of the show, and the stage design was not as interesting as expected. Although, expectations were pretty high seeing as Lady Gaga came down from the rafters last show.
“Timberlake’s performance was lacking. He barely sang, and when he did it was subpar at best. He had killer dance moves, but I was just so distracted by his absolutely hideous outfit. Beyoncé could have done better,” junior Hannah Dawson said.
Of course the Super Bowl wouldn’t be as entertaining without its iconic commercials, but this year even the advertisements were lacking and only a few stood out.
Star Wars fans got their first teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, giving fans the initial glimpse at the upcoming Han Solo anthology movie. The film will feature Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo and Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian.
Pepsi put out a political commercial this year, delivering a blast from the past and aiming to bridge the generational gap between its consumers. It features several generations of Pepsi, including previous commercials with Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears, and Michael Jackson.
Many Titans expressed their feelings towards the political commercials. “They were extremely political, and I was overwhelmed. The ones that tried to be funny weren’t, and the serious ones were a hit and a miss. I’ve honestly seen better, and I was very disappointed with the adverts this year,” junior Pamyla Absher said.
All in all, the few good commercials made up for Timberlake’s lacking performance, and perhaps next year they’ll pick up the pace.

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