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Bulldog swimmers win big at district, state
the previous record set 15 years ago. Mortenson surpassed the boys state record set in 2002 with The Albuquerque High boys a quick time of 50.69. and girls Swimming and Diving “I think the two back-to-back Team defeated over 20 other backstroke state records Madison high schools at the recent New and Jake set were the two most Mexico State Swimming and impressive swims by any swimmer Diving Championships. Under on any team of any meet this year,” the direction of Coach Jimmy claims Coach Jimmy Phillips. Phillips, the boys’ team took a “Getting that state backstroke solid sixth place finish, while the record was my main goal since girls managed to clench a fifth the beginning of the year, and place finish. the most rewarding part of the Combined, the two teams had season for me,” Mortenson said. six top three finishing events. The He is planning to continue his Bulldogs were led by sophomore swimming career in college, but Madison Bridges and senior isn’t sure where he’s headed yet. Jake Mortenson, each dual-event As a 10th grader, Madison champions at the state meet. Bridges also has big dreams. “My one goal is to make it to Mortensen and Bridges each spend an average of 15 hours per the 2012 Olympics,” says Bridges, week in the pool perfecting their who trains twice a day, five times strokes. It’s no surprise that both a week, year round. “I’m always athletes took first place finishes in looking to get better and beat my the 200-meter individual medley previous time.” and 100-meter backstroke. Along with Madison’s two Not to mention they both set individual state titles, she was state records in the 100-meter also one-fourth of the 200-meter backstroke. Bridges made a time Freestyle Relay team that won first of 54.85 seconds, easily beating Swimmers, page 7
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Madison Bridges (10) broke the state girls’ backstroke record with a time of 54.85 seconds.
Career in journalism began here Evan Moulson
Former Record editor Harry Moskos speaks to the current staff.
Albuquerque High School
Mock trial teams take most awards of any school, move on to next round
Photo: Evan Moulson
Harry Moskos, the editor of the Record in 1954, paid a visit to the current newspaper staff last month. Mr. Moskos told the students about his experiences in the newspaper business, which have spanned more than five decades. Of his stories, there were two in particular that dealt with a reporter being harassed for reporting something a school administration didn’t like. During his tenure at Albuquerque High, Mr. Moskos wrote an article about the theft of the bulldog statue that now stands outside the Main Office. When asked by the Principal to reveal his sources, Moskos refused, following common journalistic practice. “They got really mad at me for that one,” Mr. Moskos told the
newspaper staff. In college at the University of New Mexico, Mr. Moskos worked for the Daily Lobo and the Albuquerque Tribune. One day he walked into the Student Union Building cafeteria and noticed “some cream pies sitting out on a table.” Moskos called his friend at the Health Department, and again had a story that the administration – this time of UNM – “didn’t like me for.” Outside of high school and college journalism, Mr. Moskos has been the editor of the Albuquerque Tribune, the El Paso Herald-Post, the Grants Daily Beacon, and most recently the Knoxville News-Sentinel. When he was 26, Mr. Moskos was appointed the bureau chief for the Associated Press in Honolulu, HI. He was the youngest bureau chief ever named by the AP. Moskos, page 5
A judge, jury, two panels of lawyers and a defendant; everything needed for a typical trial. But this is not a typical trial. This trial is an odd cross-breed of theater and law. Mock Trial is an activity where students take on roles as lawyers and witnesses to act out a trial. The AHS Mock Trial team is a relatively unknown club which holds their practices at the UNM law school. Up until this year there were relatively few students involved; usually only enough to make up two teams with about six students each. This year, however, the number rose to over twenty. At this years competition, held at the County Courthouse, there were three teams. The competition takes place over two days with each team competing four times. The teams don’t know which side (prosecution or defense) they will have to be, so they must be prepared for both. So as to create an atmosphere of anonymity, each team is assigned a code consisting of two letters. Unlike a real trial, the teams are not presenting their case to a jury; they are presenting their case to a panel of three attorneys who act as judges with one real judge presiding. Also unlike a real trial, the point of the trial is not to get a guilty or not guilty verdict. Instead, the teams are judged on their presentations, witness roles, etc. The teams with the highest scores in the regional competition go on to the state competition and those with the highest scores in the state competition go on to the national competition. However, for many members of the team, the competition is not what mock trial is all about. “The competition is really fun, but unlike other schools, we don’t Fictitious, page 11
New Mexico chants: “Everyone’s a Lobo, woof woof woof” Ryan Santillanes
The New Mexico Lobos basketball team has done a spectacular job this season, especially considering they were expected to have a fifth place finish in the Mountain West Conference in pre-season polls. As of March 1, 2010 the UNM Lobos are ranked 8th in the nation in the AP poll and ten in the USA Today Poll and have a 27-3 overall record and 13-2 record in the Mountain West, placing the men at the top of the conference Junior Michael Mora says “This UNM basketball team is going to go all the way this year and I’m going to be upset if they lose in the first two rounds”. Although the Lobos have been underestimated in the past, Coach Alford and his staff have managed to attract a few talented players from around the country. Past recruits include Darrington Hobson out of Las Vegas, Nevada, and next year we can expect a fresh talent out of Los Alamos, New Mexico6’11 Center Alex Kirk. The Lobos have only one senior, Roman Martinez, and two Juniors, Darrington Hobson and Dairese Gary. The Lobos have had some key
wins in defeating #25 California, #24 Texas Tech, #23 UNLV, #18 Texas A&M, and #11 BYU twice. “The Pit”, home of the Lobo Men’s Basketball team, has had six sellouts this season, regardless of the major renovations taking place. It is widely known to every college basketball fan that “The Pit” is one of the loudest arenas in the nation. The pit is currently undergoing construction and the sixty-three million dollar project is expected to be finished before the 2010-2011 season. The arena will be well-equipped with luxury boxes, concession stands, and two jumbotrons. This new landmark is going to be an asset to the community and to the university. New Mexico fans- get your dancing shoes on, because you are going to the national tournament at the end of the year. The Mountain West Conference championships begin on March 9th, 2010 and the Lobos are looking to redeem themselves from past seasons’ early round eliminations. We all have to give credit too Head Coach Steve Alford doing a really good job with this program. He coached at Iowa coaching the Hawkeyes for eight years. Although being at UNM head coach Steve Alford’s record is (70-24) he has done a very good job considering him only being in Albuquerque for three
seasons Junior Marcos Gonzales says “Steve Alford is the greatest thing that has happened to this University and Go Lobos”. In his second season as UNM’s head coach he received the Mountain West Conference coach of the year award. This year he is receiving votes for the coach of the year award for the NCAA. He is a very highly prestigious coach that needs to stay right here at UNM. The Lobos latest victory defeating the #11 BYU Cougars 83-81 at the Marriot Center in Provo, Utah gave the Lobos the number one seed in the Mountain West Conference. This was the biggest game in Mountain West Conference history was a thriller. The Cougars had not lost a game at the Marriot Center in twentyfour games and the Lobos had not lost too a ranked team this whole season. With a hostile crowd of 22,700 the biggest crowd ever for the Cougars they came up short with 35 seconds left A.J Hardeman put the lobos up 82-80 the Cougars had the ball with seconds left they gave the last shot too Noah Hartsock with two seconds left he put up a shot that was blocked by Darrington Hobson. The Lobos have now won two MWC regular season title and they are looking to play the Wyoming Cowboys or Air Force Falcons in the first round of the MWC championships.
Courtesy UNM Athletics
Courtesy UNM Athletics
National History Day regionals an historical success Brynna BanwarthKuhn Every year over half a million students nationwide participate in National History Day. NHD participants, from elementary students through high school, compete with each other in researching topics within a theme, which changes every year. It is kind of like science fair for history. Students research, then analyze the significance of their topic to history. They show off what they have learned through an individual research paper, group or individual display boards, group or individual performance, group or individual websites, or group or individual documentaries. The competition has four phases, beginning at the school level, and moving to local, regional, state, then national
competition. For the past three years Albuquerque High has had a strong presence in this competition, sending many students through to the state level and some as far as nationals. Mrs. Gardner’s AP World History classes participate every year. These kids were very enthusiastic about their work and put in many long hours on their projects. When asked if it was worth it, sophomore Gabriella Tafoya said, “Though we put in a lot of time, in the end I learned so many fascinating things, and our project was really cool. It really was a good experience.” This year’s theme was Innovation in History: Impact and Change.” Once again AHS had a strong showing, sending several teams to the regional competition at Menaul School. The teams were very successful and a number of teams placed in their category.
The winners included Erica McDowell, 1st place Senior Historical Paper, for her paper, “Radio”; Ludmila Malakhov, 1st place Senior Individual Performance, for her project “Pointe Shoe in Ballet”; Eduardo Esquivel and David Moya, 1st place Senior Group Exhibit, for their project, “Analog to Digital”; Emma Miller, 2d place Senior Individual Exhibit, for her project “Pencil”; Willow Hansen, Nicole Krawic, Maddy Bishop Van Horn, 2nd place Senior Group Exhibit, for their project, “Camera Obscura”; Anne Skelton, Madison Bridges, and Shade Hannum, 2nd place Senior Group Documentary, for their project “Plastic in Sports & Media”; Shenielle Wilson, Eva Crespin, 2nd place Senior Group Performance, for their project “Rap About Rap”; Tom Lauer and Lurie Williamson, 2nd place Senior Web Site, for their project “Wilson’s 14 Points; Claire Tritz, 2nd place Senior Historical
Paper, for her project “Penicillin”; Hayley Mauldin, 3rd place Senior Individual Exhibit for her project, “Marin Chronometer”; Mariah Montoya, Lily Dorato, Nora Sacket, and Kelley Rutter, 3rd Place Senior Group Exhibit, for their project, “Flush Toilet”; and Rhiannon Mauldin, 3rd place Senior Individual Documentary, “The Geneva Convention.” The winners are now gearing up for The State Competition which will take place April 23, 2010. Sophomore Nora Sackett, who placed in the group project category, said, “I enjoyed National History Day. It was a really great experience that gave me a chance to research a new and interesting topic. Kelley and I are excited to take our project to state.” AHS is very proud of this great showing and we wish all those who place the very best of luck at the next level of the competition!
Photo: Shade Hannum
Willow Hansen, Nicole Krawic, and Maddy Bishop Van Horn’s award-winning project on the innovation of the camera obscura.
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Bulldog wrestlers pin the competition to the floor Dinee Dorame
According to second year head coach Don Lopez, “the wrestling team had a bittersweet season.” They won, however, more than they lost. Their performance at the District Wrestling Tournament in Los Lunas on February 13th was sterling, with four individual championships, and a solid thirdplace team finish. Senior, DJ Lopez earned a first place finish in the 152 lb. division. Meanwhile freshmen D’yon Santiago and Sonny Barela clinched their first district titles in the 103 and 130 lb. divisions. The future looks bright for these two young Bulldog phenoms. Senior Jordan Santiago finished his wrestling career as one of the most decorated grapplers in school history. Jordan captured the third district title of his career in the 125 pound division. Although Jordan finished 3rd at State this year, he has two previous individual state championships as a freshman and sophomore. He continued the proud legacy of the Santiago family name in Bulldog Athletic history. At the New Mexico State Wrestling Championships held at the Santa Ana Star Center, Jordan Santiago, in the last match of his high school career, achieved a third place finish in a tough division, facing junior Matt Nunez of Rio Rancho. Jordan’s brother, Freshman D’yon Santiago, had his first state wrestling experience with a third place finish in the 103 lbs. division. Senior DJ Lopez finished ahead of the eleven AHS wrestlers who competed in the state meet with the second place title in his weight class. His twin brother, AJ Lopez, just missed a state medal with a fourth place finish in the 160 lbs. division. As a footnote, the Lopez brothers are also the sons of second year head coach, Don Lopez. Although the Bulldogs had a top ten finish as a team in the state tournament, their most outstanding moments came in regular season matches. “The most rewarding part of the year was defeating Cibola on our senior night at home,” commented Coach Lopez.
Photo: Johninna Ortega
Bulldog wrestling has a history of greatness spanning several decades of ccompetition.
Photo: Johninna Ortega
AHS wrestler Jordan Santiago pins a Cibola player to the mat at a recent competition in Albuquerque.
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“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” a tale of love, loss, and family in a concentration camp Pitpimon Sukpanyatham On the program to the play, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” by Celeste Raspanti are these stark words: “Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin and only about 100 were still alive when Terezin was liberated.” Terezin is a town in the northwestern region of the former Czechoslovakia. During WWII, the official secret police of Nazi Germany used Terezin as a ghetto for Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, Poles, and Dutch peoples. The majority of Jews were scholars, artists, and musicians. The camp from outside looked beautiful, with gardens and flowerbeds, as a part of a Nazi plot to deceive International Red Cross inspectors into believing that everyone was being treated humanely. But the truth is 33,000 out of 144,000 people who were sent there died because of terrible living conditions. About 88,000 people were sent to Auschwitz and other extermination camps. I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti, an American playwright who has special interest in Holocaust, mainly focuses on the children’s lives in Terezin and how they help each other in this gruesome place, without their families or loved ones. The play is based on Raja Englanderova’s life; a girl who was one of the 100 children who survived Terezin after it was liberated. Raja was separated from her father, mother, brother, and aunt when she was sent to a camp. First, she was deeply sad and depressed, but with help of her art teacher, Irena, who teaches children in the camp how to draw, paint, create poems and music, she learns to remember the good days and learn not to be afraid. There, Raja met Hanza, a boy who
was just like Raja when she first came to Terezin. Eventually they become very good friends. But yet again, both Irena and Hanza were called to Auschwitz and Raja is forced to learn how to live by herself, and how to keep her hope up. The play was held in the lecture hall of Albuquerque High School. Scenes of Raja’s old life when she still had her family and loved ones were shown. The middle of the Hall, was set up as the Terezin. Here all the suffering children were helping each other, and finding some happiness in their lives at this ghetto by creating art works, surrounded by the Nazi guards in the full uniform with guns, marching around. The play started off slowly with the children saying how bad the Terezin and their lives were. After the intermission the play picked up and become more intense and emotional. The Jewish customs shown in the play make it very interesting and worth seeing. There were also projected images of the Star of David and Nazi sign, and at the end of play, there was a slide show of the real art works created by children of Terezin during their time spent in the camp. The set, although decent could have had more too it such as the scene of house, where there was only a table with candles. The costumes were very realistic as worn and old clothes, reinforced by the make-up that makes the children looked dirty and poor. The play ended with Raja being set free and going home in Prague. However, everyone she loves and has been waiting for are still not coming back to her. Yet, she has learned and understood, that everyone is always with her, whenever she thinks of them. The Play ends with the senentecne: “I’m Raja, and I’m a Jew. I survived the Terezin, not afraid, and not alone.”
We are the record New Mexico’s oldest high school publication Managing Editor Evan Moulson
Dinee Dorame Nicole Krawic Irene Pallardy
Photo: Savannah Torres
“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” was directed by Marc Davidson. From left, Kay Keller, Katie Farmin, Willow Hansen, Andres Moreno, Henry Sterns, Dominic Perea.
Jacqueline Avina Brynna Banwarth-Kuhn Michelle Barreto Jess Bess Aleane Booker Erick Cabrera Cheyenne Candelaria Kevin Cervantes Eva Crespin Joe DeBonis Kyra Ellis-Moore Ellyse Gentry Shade Hannum Lena Kephart Nicole Krawic Dominique Martinez Lindsey Platero Halley Ramos Kiera Robinson Anthony Romero Adriana Rozzi Elena Salazar Mayra Sandoval Ryan Santillanes Anne Skelton Pitpimon Sukpanyatham Billy Trabaudo Leo Zoeckler
Josh Lopez-Binder René Loya
Art Advisors Anne Hayes Kate Eaves
Faculty Advisor Clara Speer
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Honza, played by Grey Blanco, and Raja, played by Katie Farmin.
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Normas sobre los Teléfonos Celulares
Battle of the Classes places attendance first and foremost Halley Ramos
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He was present, as one of only two journalists, at the return of the USS Pueblo, a ship captured by North Korea in the Korean War, in 1968. He also covered French nuclear testing in the South Pacific in the late 1960s. Mr. Moskos told the AHS newspaper class that journalism starts young: “I was printing my own newspaper in elementary school with carbon paper and a typewriter,” he said. Harry Moskos is living proof that journalism is a life-long passion.
Por Brynna BanwarthKuhn Traducción por Jaqueline Avila Cuando un teléfono celular se apaga en clase, no sólo distrae el dueño del celular, sino que también interrumpe la lectura y todos los estudiantes en el salón. La junta escolar de las escuelas públicas de Albuquerque ha decidido que es tiempo de terminar con los teléfonos celulares. Están proponiendo una nueva ley que diga donde y cuando los estudiantes pueden usar sus celulares. En este momento no hay una ley o norma que se haga cargo de el manejo del el celular en las escuelas publicas de Alburquerque. Cada escuela y cada profesor tienen maneras diferentes de lidiar con los celulares en sus salones. La falta de conciencia hace más difícil el poder controlar el uso de los celulares. “Creo que si hay un norma en todo el distrito escolar, será mas fácil para los maestros mantener el control en sus salones” dijo Holly Beiler. El distrito ha propuesto las siguientes normas: No utilizar los celulares durante el día escolar, excepto durante el almuerzo para los estudiantes de preparatoria. No utilizar los teléfonos los vestidores, en el baño o el la
clase de natación. No entrar a páginas de Internet que estén bloqueadas en las computadoras escolares, incluyendo Myspace y Facebook. No enviar fotos, correos electrónicos, mensajes con contenido sexual o violento. No usar ningún tipo de aparato electrónico para copiar. La junta dice que esta nueva regla sobre los teléfonos no es una prohibición a usarlos, pero es una manera de formalizar las reglas. Anticipan que el haber puesto estos límites ayudaran a tener menos distracciones y ayudara a poner fin a las redes sociales que son mal utilizadas. También esperan acabar con ‘sexting’ que es un problema muy serio. Esta nueva ley traerá pocos cambios a los alumnos de la preparatoria Albuquerque. La actual ley en la preparatoria Albuquerque que también prohíbe usar el celular durante el día escolar. Solamente se agregaran mas condiciones a la cláusula. Los teléfonos celulares no es son todo malos, siempre y cuando sepas como, cuando y donde usarlos. Muchos entrenadores los usan para recordarles a sus equipos cuando tienen práctica o hay algún otro tipo de evento al cual deben asistir. “Durante la temporada de fútbol nuestro entrenador nos manda mensajes todo el tiempo para avisarnos que la hora del entrenamiento a cambiado o que tenemos un partido”, comento Erin Ward. Muchos clubes usan los mensajes
de texto para recordar a los miembros de las juntas el la hora del almuerzo. Uno de los mayores inconvenientes de esta nueva norma viene de parte de los padres. A muchos de los padres les gusta estar en contacto con los estudiantes durante el día escolar, para saber que es lo que van ha hacer después de el día escolar. Pauline Esquivel madre de una estudiante comento: “Le mando mensajes a mi hija todo el tiempo, todo el tiempo esta muy ocupada y su horario cambia muy a menudo y me gusta saber como le va. Aunque solo espero a que ella conteste durante el tiempo permitido”. Aunque es cierto que, es cierto que la mayoría de distracciones vienen departe de los padres. “En mi opinión, este es un nuevo limite disgustara a muchos mas a los padres que a los estudiantes”. Comento la señora Rutar. “Noventa por ciento de las veces que un teléfono suena en la clase se trata de un padre tratándose de comunicar con su hijo” La junta se ha dado cuenta que no toda la culpa la tiene los estudiantes, que tiene celulares. Los teléfonos celulares son una parte compleja de la cultura de hoy y no van a desaparecer.Por esta razón se están tomando las sugerencias y comentarios de la comunidad. La nueva norma será finalizada y puesta en vigencia en el mes de Febrero.
When walking through the hall you may notice the giant sign with the words: “Battle of the Classes”. However, many students may not realize that this sign is for a new attendance competition set up by Mr. Gonzales and the administration. “Battle of the Classes is set up to implement data walls. It will get people to look and analyze this data to improve student achievement,” says Mr. Gonzales. The reason for a sign on the wall is the hope that when students pass by they will be inspired to get to their class, so their grade can get ahead in the competition. “The goal for battle of the classes is to improve student attendance, by involving all the students in every grade”, says Mr. Gonzales. The sign for Battle of the Classes has each grade listed, and towards the end of the year it will have each month’s cumulative attendance listed. At the beginning of May, the overall number of each grade’s attendance will be divided by four (amount of months elapsed, January through April) to get the total semester percentage of student attendance by grade level. The class with the highest attendance will receive two rewards. The first reward is free Rudy’s barbecue. The second reward is a dunk tank that will be provided for students to get the chance to soak the administrators who participate. The administration is hoping that giving students a reward for their good attendance will motivate all students to go to class. Currently in fourth place are the freshman with 89.27%. Seniors hold the third place position with an attendance total of 91.5%. In second place are the Juniors with 96.07% who are neck and neck with sophomores, who have a winning average of 96.84% Because there is only one set of data so far for last month’s attendance, it is hard to tell if the program will be successful. However, by the end of the year, the administration is hoping that student attendance will increase. So, the best way to receive barbecue and a chance to dunk a faculty member is just to simply go to class every day!
Military to reverse policy, allow openly gay servicemembers
Photo: Cherie Thurlby, Dep’t of Defense
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has led the effort within the Defense Department to repeal DADT.
Irene Pallardy “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is the common name given to the policy currently in place regarding gays and lesbians serving in the military. There is a debate taking place in Congress now over whether or not to change or get rid of this policy. The history of gays being released from and discriminated against in the military spans most of America’s history. Committing homosexual acts, such as engaging in sex with a member of the same sex, has always been considered sufficient grounds for expulsion from the military. In World War II, recruiters began using psychiatric screening in order to eliminate their so called “medical” definition of homosexual persons. However, this process would be put aside during times of personnel shortages, when homosexuals would again be allowed to serve in the military. Once personnel shortages ended, homosexuals were once again barred from serving in the military. In the 1970s, a movement to bring about civil rights for gay and lesbian individuals arose, and people began to fight against the practice of denying gays and lesbians the right to serve in the military. In 1981 the Department of Defense created a new policy which stated that homosexuality was incompatible with military service. Over the course of the 1980s nearly 17,000 men and women were discharged from the military on the basis of their sexual orientations.
Many advocacy groups disliked the policy and wanted to change it, and in 1992 legislation to overturn the ban on gays in the military was introduced in Congress. President Bill Clinton took the stance on behalf of overturning the band, but was met with opposition from Congress, as well as much of the U.S. public. Clinton worked with Senator Sam Nunn to come up with compromise. The policy that resulted from this compromise was called the “Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue, don’t harass” policy. Since its installation, the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” regulation has been a topic of debate for many Americans. The murder of Pfc. Barry Winchell by Pvt. Calvin Glover in 1999, increased many people’s dislike of the policy. The prosecutors of the case argued that Glover had murdered Winchell because he was a homosexual. At this point, President Clinton and Vice President Gore declared that “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was a failure. During the 2000 presidential election, the topic of changing the policy was a major issue. Once again, the issue of whether or not to get rid of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is up for debate. President Barack Obama recently unveiled a plan that would attempt to make a repeal of the policy as smooth as possible. This plan would involve a commission studying the affect the repeal would likely have on the military for a full year, before implementing the repeal. However, the repeal
would not be simple. Many senators, mostly Republicans, believe the repeal of this policy would put strain on our troops that are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Senator John McCain of Arizona said at a meeting about the policy change on February 2, 2010, “‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ has been an imperfect but effective policy. And at this moment when we’re asking more of our military than at any time in recent memory, we should not repeal this law.” Patricia Gardner, who’s husband served as a Pilot in the Air Force during a time when allowing gays to serve in the military was a hot issue says “‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ serves as a protection for gays as well as for those who aren’t gay” by keeping their personal lives just that, personal. Gardner says “something designed as a protection is now being seen as a barrier.” Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke at the meeting on February 2nd about “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and about his belief that it should be repealed. “I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens,” said Mullen. AHS Senior Billy Trabaudo says, “‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ discourages enrollment in the military by Americans who love and honor their country on a daily basis.” The “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which has been in effect for 17 years, may soon be repealed.
Photo courtesy of the White House
Gen. McChrystal, left, said he has “no problem” with DADT reform.
Photo: Peter Gene, cc2007
Vassar College students protest Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in Times Square
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Swimmers take two golds, combined 5th, 6th at state Bridges, Mortensen break records in 200m backstroke
Photo: John Mauldin
Coach Jimmy Phillips gives a pep talk to the team at the district swim meet in January. The boys’ and girls’ teams finished 6th and 5th at state.
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place at the district swim meet in February and a third place finish at the state competition. The relay team included senior Audra Massey, junior Beth Wright, and freshman Felicia Zamora. On the boys’ side, an allsenior squad consisting of Brian Massey, Jourdan Beaumont, Jake Mortenson, and Simeon ColeFletcher captured the first place title at the district meet in the 400-meter Freestyle Relay. Brian Massey has had a rewarding season by earning individual championships in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly at the district meet. In the 13-team metro district, the Bulldogs had the highest combination finish of any team. Both boys’ and girls’ teams took a second place finish. Although the AHS swim team is graduating 12 boys and 6 girls, they still plan to pursue top finishes at district and state next season. “Next year will be a rebuilding one for the boys since they’re losing so many seniors,” says Coach Phillips about the upcoming 2010-2011 season. “But look for the girls to be top contenders in many events.” The Bulldogs Swim team has continued to impress many and receive statewide acclaim for their top finishes. Coach Phillips says, “Overall, it has been a great season.”
Photo: John Mauldin
Senior Jake Mortensen took individual gold in the 100m IM and 200m back.
Photo: John Mauldin
Coach Phillips: “Overall, it has been a great season.”
Photo: John Mauldin
Senior Simeon Cole-Fletcher was on the 1st place freestyle relay team.
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Sophomore Madison Bridges took gold in the 100m IM and 200m back.
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Wolfman has bark, but no bite Shade Hannum Wolfman, which opened Friday the 12th, is the newest monster flick to come out of universal pictures. Directed by Joe Johnston The Wolfman out in theaters now is a remake of the original 1941 Wolfman, which was directed and produced by George Waggner. The Wolfman’s problems actually began with production. The 2010 remake was originally supposed to be produced by award winning director Mark Romanek. However Romanek dropped out soon weeks before shooting because of “creative differences”. It’s obvious the film suffered as a result. Since it was only the second day showing the theater was fairly packed. Filled with mostly couple’s people were chatting excitedly before the movie. I entered the theater with high expectations. Afterseeing the previews during the super bowl I was thoroughly excited. Unfortunately Wolfman did
not live up to my expectations, and I left feeling, confused at first, then disappointed. Wolfman is set in the 1891 English countryside. The plot deals mainly with Lawrence Talbot (portrayed effectively by Benicio Del Toro). Lawrence comes back to his childhood home (a large estate on the English countryside) to help investigate his brothers brutal murder, and make amends with his estranged father Sir Thomas Talbot (Anthony Hopkins). Lawrence becomes romantically involved with Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt). During his stay at “Talbot Hall” as the estate is called Lawrence finds out some chilling facts about his family and himself. The movie moved quickly into the gore, wasting no time on introductions. The whole movie is strewn with trailing tendrils of guts, and plenty of blood. But, the action moved so quickly that you weren’t left to dwell on the horror making it less chill inspiring. My favorite part of the movie
was the setting. The movie was shot beautifully, and I thought a perfect setting for a werewolf movie, just maybe not this werewolf movie. Overall the acting was decent and Benicio Del Toro plays a good tortured soul. However the story line was overly simple. Without a good decent story line the copious amounts of gore just made the movie look cheesy and a little stupid. I was disappointed to see characters that started out strong and mysterious and intriguing left undeveloped. Most characters even lesser ones had the base to become interesting, and add some serious plot twists, but very few did, and I felt like so much more could have been done. The movie also left me feeling confused. I felt like there was some symbolism I should understand but, I wasn’t given the background for it. Lots of ends were also left untied, maybe in the hopes for a sequel, a sequel that I won’t be attending.
A movie poster for “Wolfman”
“No preguntes, no digas” Por Irene Pallardy Traduccion por Elena Salazar “No preguntes, no digas” es el nombre común dado a la política actualmente en relación con los gays y lesbianas para servir en el ejército. Hay un debate que esta tomando lugar en el Congreso ahora sobre si cambiar, no cambiar o deshacerse de esta política. La historia de los gays y la liberacion de la discriminación en el servicio militar ha abarcado casi toda nuestra historia. Cometer actos homosexuales, tales como tener relaciones sexuales con un miembro del mismo sexo, siempre ha sido considerado un motivo suficiente para la expulsión del servicio militar. En la Segunda Guerra Mundial, se comenzó a utilizar para los reclutadores una evaluación psiquiátrica a fin de eliminar a las personas con la definición “medica” homosexual. Sin embargo, este proceso sería solo durante los tiempos de escasez de personal, cuando los homosexuales otra vez se les permitiera servir en el ejército. Terminando la escasez de personal, los homosexuales serian una vez mas prohibidos a servir en el ejército. En la década de 1970, un movimiento para lograr dar derechos civiles a los gays y lesbianas se levantó, y la gente comenzó a luchar contra la práctica de negar a los gays y lesbianas el derecho a servir en el
ejército. En 1981, el Departamento de Defensa creó una nueva política que se afirma que la homosexualidad era incompartible con el servicio militar. En el transcurso de la década de 1980 cerca de 17.000
la política y quería cambiarla, y en 1992 la legislacion para anular la prohibición de homosexuales en el ejército se introdujo en el Congreso. El Presidente Bill Clinton apoyó la postura en favor de
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Vassar students ban together with organizers from Soulforce to take a stand against the Military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center in Times Square. hombres y mujeres fueron despedidos del servicio militar basandose en su orientación sexual. Mucha gente no le gustaba
revertir la banda, pero después de haber sido encontrado con la oposición del Congreso, así como gran parte del público de EE.UU., Bill Clinton trabajó con
el senador Sam Nunn para llegar a un compromiso. La política que resultó de este compromiso fue llamada “No preguntes, no digas, no persigas, no acoses.” Desde su instalación, “No preguntes, no digas” la regulación ha sido un debate para muchos estadounidenses. El asesinato del soldado Barry Winchell por el soldado Calvin Glover en 1999, aumento la versión de muchas personas en la política. Los fiscales del caso argumentaron que Glover había asesinado a Winchell porque era un homosexual. En este punto, el Presidente Clinton y el Vice President Gore declararon que “No preguntes, no digas” está aún en debate. El Presidente Obama recientemente dio a conocer un plan que tratará de hacer una derogación de la política. Este plan implicaba una comisión: estudiando el efecto de la derogación probablemente la comision tendría un año completo en el servicio militar, antes de la aplicación de la derogación. Todavía se tiene que determinar si la revocación requerirá de 60 votos, o en virtud de determinadas normas con el voto de sólo una mayoría simple en el Senado. Sin embargo, la derogación no sería simple. Muchos senadores, en su mayoría republicanos, creen que la derogación de esta política, ejercería una presión sobre nuestras tropas que están actualmente sirviendo en Irak y Afganistán.
El senador John Mc Cain de Arizona, dijo en una reunión sobre el cambio de política el 2 de febrero de 2010. “No preguntes, no digas” ha sido una política imperfecta, pero eficaz. Y en este momento no hay que derogar esta ley ya que se estan ocupando para el servicio militar. Patricia Gardner, quien su marido sirvió como piloto en la Fuerza Aérea en el tiempo en que permitian a los homosexuales servir en las fuerzas armadas fue un tema candente dice “no preguntes, no digas” sirve como protección para los gays, así como para los que no son gays por mantener su vida personal, sólo eso, personal. Gardner dice que “algo diseñado como una protección está visto como una barrera.” Almirante Mike Mullen, jefe mayor del estado dijo en la reunión “No preguntes no digas” y sobre su creencia de si debe de ser derogado. “No puedo dejar de ser perturbado por el hecho de que contamos con una política que obliga a los hombres jóvenes y las mujeres a mentir sobre lo que son, a fin de defender a sus ciudadanos”, dijo Mullen. En la preparatoria de Albuquerque, Senior Billy Trabaudo dice, “No preguntes, no digas” desalienta la inscripción en el ejército por los americanos que aman y honran a su país en una base diaria “. El “no preguntes, no digas”, que ha estado en efecto durante 17 años, pronto podría ser derogada.
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College letters and senioritis season are upon us Lindsay Platero Ah, sweet March. This is about the time most seniors will be receiving their college acceptance letters, while all juniors, sophomores, and freshmen enjoy their time gossiping at lunch and roaming the halls, knowing that they have a significant amount of time left to do so. As graduation nears, seniors gather in Mrs. Hudgeon’s and Mrs. Migliore’s rooms, aimlessly talking about the stresses of scholarship deadlines, meeting criteria, and wondering when they’ll have their recommendation letters in hand. Applying to and getting into college is a stressful process. Although none of us has yet torn our hair out, it could happen. One piece of advice: try to steer clear of seniors walking toward the counselors’ office. Yes, the ones with oddly determined expressions on their faces as if they are trying not to swallow their tongues. Seniors spend a lot of time with counselors. There are, of course, some seniors sitting in the back of the classroom, rolling their eyes like they don’t care. Odds are they really don’t care. These seniors would probably not be good people to work with on a group project, as they are probably
suffering from the ailment referred to as Senioritis. According to Urban Dictionary, Senioritis is defined as “A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an overexcessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation.” It is unclear how graduation is a cure for behavior that can actually prevent graduation. Graduation is a wonderful concept for most seniors, especially now that many of them are receiving acceptance letters from colleges and universities. College is all about preparation. Any determined college-bound student has most if not all of their applications in by Christmas break, yet they were expected to balance all of that stress with the stress of high school finals. Seniors have one major thought on their minds: May needs to come quick. [This article would have been longer, but this senior is currently suffering from acute senioritised.]
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Many seniors are waiting with baited breath for their college acceptance letters.
Sexting: A new trend in teenage drama Aleane Booker What happened to the time when if someone liked a boy or girl, they simply would tell them? Or even pass a note? These days romance has become, well, less romantic with a new high-tech twist on note-passing called. ‘sexting.’ Sexting is the new craze in teenage flirting. It involves people sending nude or semi-nude photos from cell phone to cell phone. While the texts and photos are usually meant for just one person’s boyfriend or girlfriend, forwarding functions on phones sometimes means the photos and texts are being sent to many other people. Does sexting pose a real threat? Concerned parents and teachers say it’s incredibly dangerous, putting kids at risk of
harm, if not embarassment. Laws have been unable to keep up with technological growth and development. Therefore, sexting offenders, people who forward photos without permission, are charged under current laws. According to a New York state website. “If a person is convicted under the current law and if they manage to be released from prison, they may have to register as a sex offender,” There are other risks with sexting. Pictures or messages could be posted to the web or passed to others and permanently spread around on the World Wide Web. This could haunt a person for the rest of his or her life. Statistically 22% of teen girls and 18% of teen boys surveyed by the New York site have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves. 37% of girls and 40% of boys have
sent or posted sexually suggestive messages. When asked if they have ever sexted anyone, an anonymous AHS student replied “Yes, probably more then 5 times with more then one person.” If anyone is going to sext there are simple things they can do to protect themselves. Not sending sexually explicit images or messages to someone they just met is the best way to be protected. Do not think technology is fool-proof. “The worst mistake you could make is putting your pictures in a “private album” on Facebook or MySpace. Trust me, that’s not private,” says Lizandra Olivas. Sexting is risky and can have long-term negative consequences. Anyone contemplating it should consider the risk to privacy down the road.
Sexting is becoming common among US teenagers
Career and Elective fair shows students their options Nicole Krawic This year’s elective/career fair turned out to be a hit among numerous students and teachers. With many booths, students were kept busy while looking at opportunities for their futures. Ian McNeal was impressed, saying, “I’ve seen many different things we can do at AHS.” The gym was filled with booths including displays for the Science Club, NM Tech, Law class, Bilingual, Modern and Classical language, culinary arts, PE, Sports Medicine, JROTC, the Fine Arts Academy, Ceramics, Gifted electives, Drafting and Architecture, Woodshop, UNM Health, and CEC. Travis Hessman a representative from NM Tech was proud to say he “got a lot of people interested in Upward Bound” a program that helps students get on the right track to attending college. Keeping students entertained was one of the main priorities and many of the booths had performances throughout the day. The Fine Arts Academy had music performed by the Orchestra. The Culinary Arts department passed out cake, a definite favorite of many students. There were Folklorico dancers, as well as mariachi musicians. Each booth had people there to tell you about their career or elective idea. Some booths were
even handing things out. The Bilingual booth gave out stickers and representatives from NM Tech handed out pencils. The fair didn’t just showcase careers and electives, but also each academy at Albuquerque High. Senior Billy Trabaudo gave out fliers and spoke to students passionately about the Fine Arts academy. He commented on the fair saying “Its really neat allowing students to see their options instead of just looking in a catalog.” The career/elective fair gave students a chance to see first hand what each program or elective offered. Being able to ask questions about individual programs is what the made the career/elective fair important to students. Freshman Kier Monaghan said of the fair “its awesome!” Though many people already had ideas of what they wanted to do, the career fair was a big help to some. Some students had negative responses to the fair like Mary Hagemann who said, “I already know what I’m going to do.” People looking at booths seemed to be interested although some wandered about the gym for much of their time there. One sophmore wasn’t fond of the fair simply sayng “I don’t like it.” Even though it generated both negative and postive feedback, this years career/elective fair was a hit among most and helped students see what AHS has to offer.
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Ms. Tuoni tells students about different lanuguages they can take at AHS
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Gema Perez and Jasmine Varela encourage students to join Ballet Folklorico
Practica de juicio en AHS Por Lena Kephart Traducción por Elena Salazar
Un juez, jurado, dos grupos de abogados y el acusado, todo lo necesario para un típico juicio. Este juicio es sólo una representación de teatro y ley. La práctica de juicio es una actividad donde los estudiantes toman el papel de los abogados y los testigos en un acto de prueba. El equipo “Práctica de Juicio” de la preparatoria Albuquerque es relativamente un club desconocido que tiene sus prácticas en la escuela de ley de la Universidad de Nuevo México. Eran pocos los estudiantes que se relacionaron
con el equipo, de hecho sólo lo suficiente para hacer dos equipos con seis personas cada uno. Este año, sin embargo, el número aumentó a más de veinte. En éste año la competencia llevada a cabo en la corte del Condado había tres equipos. La competencia toma lugar durante dos días cada equipo compite cuatro veces. Los equipos no saben de qué lado (la acusación o la defensa) tendrán que estar, por lo que se les asigna un código de dos letras. A diferencia de un juicio real, los equipos no presentan su caso ante un jurado, presentan su caso ante un panel de tres abogados que actúan como jueces con un verdadero juez que preside. También a diferencia de un juicio real, el punto del juicio no es obtener un veredicto de culpabilidad. Los equipos con las puntuaciones más altas en la
competencia regional van a la competencia estatal y los equipos con la puntuación más alta en la competencia estatal van a la competencia nacional. Sin embargo, para muchos miembros del equipo, la competencia de práctica de juicio no es todo. “La competencia es muy divertida, a diferencia de otras escuelas no nos preocupamos mucho por ganar tanto como aprender y la divertirnos, “dice Katie Finley. Esta es su última participación en el año con el equipo, fue su última experiencia en la práctica de juicio. Mirando hacia atrás en esto ella dice, “la Practica de Juicio ha sido una experiencia muy buena para mí. He aprendido mucho sobre pensar crítica y rápidamente. He hecho amigos y he hablado con mucha gente que probablemente nunca hubiera conocido. “Maya Key-
Towne, apenas esta comenzando su carrera de Practica de Juicio en la Preparatoria de Albuquerque. En su primer año, ha aprendido mucho en las prácticas. “Estas prácticas han mejorado mi vocabulario y habilidades de pensamiento “, ella dice, “es difícil, frustrante y da miedo pero en general es muy divertido “. En la competencia, la preparatoria Albuquerque obtuvo once premios, más que cualquier otra escuela en la competencia. Irene Pallardy y Sara Glass obtuvieron un premio como el más destacado abogado, Sage Sarason, Shane Williams y Emily Wilder obtuvieron un premio de Honor, Bella Pori un premio de Testigo excepcional y Shade Hannum, Sage Sarason, Luc Moulson, Haley Maudin y Chelsea Otterness también obtuvieron la Mención de Honor.
Este año, uno de los tres equipos, el “equipo verde llegó a la competencia estatal.” En este equipo son Erin Mauldin y Sara Glass del grado doce, Shaneille Wilson, del grado diez y estudiantes del grado nueve Lucent Moulton, Sage Sarason y Chelsea Otterness. Ellos estarán compitiendo en Albuquerque el 19 y 20 de marzo. Esta es la segunda vez que los equipos de la preparatoria Albuquerque han llegado a la competencia estatal, la última vez fue en el 2008. “Estamos muy emocionados” dice a Sarah Glass, “tenemos un equipo muy joven, pero estoy segura de que juntos podemos hacerlo bien”.
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Let nature take a shot at the flu this season Brynna Banwarth-Kuhn The season’s change, from winter to spring, brings hay fever, colds and the flu that can hit you hard. Many people run to their doctors for vaccines or to the pharmacy for over-thecounter cold and flu remedies. Though some of these remedies work, many contain chemical ingredients that have negative side effects. This year, when a cold or flu hits, instead of running for the chemicals try your local natural food store and pick up some herbal remedies. They can work just as well and are better for your body. Chinese Medicine Doctor, Susan Tredway at La Montanita Co-op says that there are three categories of herbal remedies. Superficial remedies begin to work the moment you take them. These are best to take if you feel like you are getting sick. Medium range remedies are short range preventatives. They take about two to three weeks to begin to work, but they last much longer. Very deep remedies act as preventatives, like a flu shot, but must be taken for about one to two months to be absorbed into your body’s cellular structure and then continued daily. Remedies requiring longterm commitment have the greatest healing and preventative effects, according to Tredway. If you are not already sick and you want to work on boosting your immune system to help your body fight off illness there are some homeopathics just for that use. Reiki, Shitake and Maitake mushrooms have been used for hundreds of years in Chinese Medicine. They have cleansing properties and help boost the immune system. They come in capsules or liquid. Kombucha, a tea made from fermenting mushroom, has become very popular recently. Homeopathic mushrooms fall into the category
of a very deep remedy. Taken daily, over time, they make your immune system strong so you are better able to fight incoming infections or viruses. To prevent or treat a cold or upper respiratory congestion,
of tiny, white sugar pellets that should be taken at the first signs of cold or flu. Oscillococcinum works to stop the virus before it intensifies. It is most effective if it is taken before the virus has had time to strengthen. There have
are low in zinc and vitamin C. Zinc lozenges, a homeopathic turned pharmaceutical, can be taken in order to raise zinc back to a normal and healthy level. Emergen-C is a product that contains 1000mg of vitamin C
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The Swine Flu virus has become a common flu this past year there is an herbal product called, Umka, a traditional Zulu remedy made from African geraniums. It works both as a medium range and a superficial remedy. It is very effective in preventing a cold, and is helpful if you are already coughing and congested. It can be found with other overthe-counter remedies and is very popular in Europe. Oscillococcinum, Oscillo for short, is a homeopathic remedy
been clinical studies and years of use in France to support its effectiveness. Oscillo and Umka have been advertised on TV, and can now be found in many conventional pharmacies. If you find yourself already sick and are looking for relief and a faster healing process, there are many homeopathic remedies for that as well. Colds are notoriously hard to heal. Studies have found that people with colds
along with vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes to help boost your energy and metabolism. It is a great source of vitamin C for fighting colds, but it is also a sugar free, chemical free, preservative free, food coloring free alternative to well known sports drinks. The herbs Echinacea and Goldenseal have also been shown to help cut the length of colds. They can be found in lozenges or homeopathic tinctures but most commonly
they are a tea that enjoys a long history as a traditional American home remedy. Echinacea and Goldenseal grace the shelves in both conventional and ‘natural foods’ grocery stores and pharmacies. If a chest cold has set up residence it is important to break up the mucus. Besides Umka, there is the Osha root, an anti-viral and very powerful expectorant. Osha is a root native to the southwest that grows and must be harvested in the wild which makes it exceedingly rare. It is usually used in combination with other homeopathics. If the flu has got you down, there are a few remedies you can take. Gelsemium helps to lessen aches and pains. Vitamin-C is effective in fighting the flu. Another “medicine” is fever. Fever is not an illness, but a part of your body’s defense against infection. Most bacteria and viruses that cause infections do well at the body’s normal temperature (98.6 F) and a slight fever can make it harder for them to survive. Fever also activates your body’s immune system. It is important to let your body work its own natural medicine magic without letting the fever get too high. Sleep and diet play key factors in helping to prevent illness or to cut one short. To keep your immune system strong it is important to drink lots of water and get enough sleep. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can help fight what ails you without the chemicals and pharmaceuticals of other over the counter products. Most natural remedies have been around a long time and have a history of use, but like modern medicines, herbal and natural remedies need to be used as directed. If you still have questions, you can always ask someone who knows about vitamins and herbs at an organic or natural food store.
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care so much about winning as much as learning and having fun,” says Katie Finley. As a senior on the team, this was her last mock trial experience. Looking back on it she says, “Mock trials has been a really good experience for me. I’ve learned a lot about thinking critically and quickly. I’ve made friends and talked to a lot of people that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.” Maya Key-Towne, a Freshman, is just starting her mock trial career at Albuquerque High. In just her first year, she
has learned a lot from mock trial. “Mock trials has improved my vocabulary and thinking-on-myfeet skills,” she says, “it’s hard, frustrating and scary sometimes but overall it is really fun.” At the competition, Albuquerque High got eleven awards, the most out of any of the competing schools. Irene Pallardy and Sarah Glass got the Outstanding Attorney award and Sage Sarason, Shane Wilder and Emily Williams got the Honorable Mention. Bella Pori got the Outstanding Witness award and Shade Hannum, Sage Sarason, Luc Moulson, Haley Mauldin and Chelsea Otterness got the
Honorable Mention. This year, one of the three teams, the “green team” made it to the state competition. On this team are seniors Erin Mauldin and Sarah Glass, Sophomore Shaneille Wilson and Freshmen Luc Moulson, Sage Sarason and Chelsea Otterness. They will be competing in Albuquerque on March 19th and 20th. This is only the second time one of the Albuquerque High teams has moved on to state, the last time being in 2008. “We’re really excited,” says senior Sarah Glass, “we have a really young team but I’m sure we can pull it together and do well.”
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One mock trial team: Rhiannon Mauldin, Bella Pori, Harrison Simons, Zoe Fink, Emily Williams, Shane Wilder, Shavone O’Neill, and sponsor Jeff Huggins
The truth about St. Patrick’s Day Ellyse Gentry As Saint Patrick’s Day approaches, the first thing that comes to mind is the color green. Stores fill with festive green merchandise and people scramble in their closets to find at least an inkling of green to wear. Other things that possibly come to mind are the tiny, mischievous leprechauns and the trademark Shamrock. In spite of all this, this Irish holiday is more than just pinching someone who is not wearing green and going out for a drink. It is a holiday that has been celebrated for over a thousand years. To understand the meaning and history behind Saint Patrick’s Day, it is important to have some understanding of Saint Patrick himself. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland who is believed to have died on March 17th, which is why St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on this date. He was born in Britain but taken prisoner at the age of sixteen by Irish raiders. While in captivity for six years, he became a devout Christian. After escaping at last, he became a minister and established monasteries across the country. At this point, he had become familiar enough with the Irish language and culture that he was able to incorporate it into his lessons of Christianity. For this reason, he became largely appreciated and beloved by the Irish people. However, there is much confusion about the true life of Saint Patrick
due to most information about him being twisted or embellished. One thing that can be made sure of is that he changed the overall views and opinions of the Irish, and thus made a huge impact. The fact that Saint Patrick was such an important figure in Ireland’s history is what makes Saint Patrick’s day a significant holiday to traditional Irish families. In a nutshell, it is for them a religious feast day and an anniversary of his death. Despite the slightly morbid intonation of the latter, it is really just one big, joyous celebration. In Ireland, it is custom to attend church in the morning and save the celebrations for the afternoon. They engage in dancing, drinking, and feasting on traditional Irish meals such as cabbage and bacon. Additionally, there is a St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin every year where people parade down the street wearing green and playing music. Most are usually wearing green ribbons and shamrocks (three leaf clovers). Here in America, Saint Patrick's Day has been celebrated since it came to the country in 1737. There is the common tradition of wearing green of course, but without all of the religious and historical aspects. Generally, an average American will wake up on Saint Patrick’s Day morning, throw on something green, and go to school and/or work in the hopes that they will find some unlucky person who did not get the green-memo to
pinch. For the most part, they will hardly acknowledge the holiday, especially if they have no Irish background, which is understandable. For young children, this day is focused almost solely on the idea of the leprechaun. A leprechaun is a mischievous elf in Irish folklore who supposedly reveals hidden treasure if captured. Often times, many American families will play up the role of the leprechaun to their children. On the night before Saint Patrick’s Day, the children are told that the leprechauns are going to pay their home a visit. The parents will then play harmless pranks in the household, like rearranging furniture or dying the toilet water green. Then they will blame it on the leprechauns, as they are known for their mischief. Sometimes they will follow this by telling the children that there are hidden gold coins around the house (plastic or chocolate) and have them search. This is one of the few things Americans do to make this holiday fun for the family. Also in America, there are traditions such as dyeing the Chicago River green, which has been done since 1962. Saint Patrick’s Day, like most holidays, is seen as an opportunity for big businesses to make a profit off of worthless merchandise. For the diehard Saint Patrick’s fans, it is much more than that. Therefore, this year on Wednesday, March 17th, celebrate with a new understanding of this overlooked holiday.
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The Chicago River is dyed green every year, a tradition of over 40 years
Almaguer mural closes full circle
You may have heard the “siren” at lunch. That is Arturo. And maybe you have seen one of his distinctive “self portraits” on whiteboards in unattended classrooms. That is also Arturo. Soon Senior Arturo Almaguer will be making a more permanent impression on Albuquerque High in a mural he will be creating on one of the few remaining blank walls around school. A single, stern warning, “No Hats in the Building During the School Day” is all that graces the broad expanse of wall above the counseling office. After Spring Break, however, that will all change. The idea for the mural was actually a joke at first between Almaguer and Vice Principal Antonio Gonzales. Later the idea started looking better and better.