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Editors-in-Chief: Evelyn Crunden Patricia Howard Hannah Lewis Design Editor: Christine Laramy Photo Editor: Chris Evans Ad Manager: Lizzie Lynch Staff Writers:
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Chloe Banks Hayley Garcia Alex Robertson
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November 14, 2008
Student reflects on historic election Galen Herz Edition Staff After two years of waiting, Nov. 4 has passed. Barack Obama was declared President-elect of the United States after Ohio and Pennsylvania cast their votes in his favor, making it evident he had gained the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election and claim the presidency. At a rally in Grant Park (located in Obama’s home, Chicago), Obama thanked his sobbing supporters and embraced his wife on stage, their two children dancing excitedly in the background. His opponent,
John McCain, quickly gave a gracious concession speech in his home state of Arizona. “These are difficult times for our country. I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face,” McCain promised, before fading away from the glow of the cameras. To the west, 250,000 Obama supporters continued their victory parties, celebrating the new President with elation. Many other victory parties mimicked them all over the nation. In Austin, Democrats gathered at the Driskill Hotel, rejoicing over the Presidential election, even as they lamented Texas’ vote for McCain. Among the crowd were many African-Americans, who became emotional about Obama, the first black president ever to lead the American people. The night faded into morning as Obama promised the nation that a “change” would indeed be coming, signifying an end to the Bush Administration and the policies it implemented.
District debates unweighted honors classes Kalina Penecheva Edition Staff With seniors now applying to colleges and underclassmen trying to bump up their grades, there comes the question of being on the right track to getting ready for college-level classes. Texas Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes does not think so and has proposed a uniform GPA calculation effective across the state to the committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. “I don’t want to dumb down course work. I want to raise everyone to standards that would be developed for all students. A single rigorous standard must...lead to postsecondary success,” Paredes said before the board’s Participation and Success Committee. Under this proposal, Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) classes would continue to be weighted at a halfpoint instead of a whole point. “There is very little evidence that these classes lead to greater college success,” Paredes said. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and dual-enrollment courses would all continue to be weighted 1.0 on the 4.0 scale. In dual-enrollment classes, students will receive both college and highschool credit. “The honors weight would be dropped for fine arts (honors dance, band, etc.), unless they were AP (like music theory),” Principal Donna Houser said. Grades in fine arts classes would be a part of the average, but those courses would not count as much as academic courses. The number assigned to a grade — 4.0 for an A — is multiplied by the number of credits for each class. An art class would be one credit, while English and science would be four credits each. Dual-enrolled career and technology classes like accounting would continue to be weighted a whole point. “The weight on the electives would be horrible and discourage students from taking well-rounded classes. Students would skip the tougher class if it didn’t raise their averages,” Houser said. Those in favor of the proposal say the new rules would make it easier to compare students from AISD and other districts across the state, and level out college admissions in a state where the top 10 percent of students from each district are automatically admitted to the public university of their choice. The plan would also ensure students are taking rigorous courses and not coasting through high school. “Paredes comes from California where they do have a uniform GPA, but Texas universities didn’t ask for this [proposal to go into effect]. Under the proposal, a student’s GPA would be rounded to the third instead of the fourth place, which would be a real problem because students are always tied,” Houser said. “ A valedictorian four years ago was determined by that. There were about 520 students and it came down to the 55th and 54th students, .001 of each other.” A vote on the proposal was pushed back to the board’s Jan. 29 meeting, where implementation will be set by the attorney general and a decision will be reached to decide the effect on ninth graders entering school after May 1, 2009. “Parents are upset, hundreds have testified, including our AISD representative, the Texas School Alliance,” Houser said. “If we don’t go to block scheduling next year (which would give students four extra classes to elect) it will [greatly] limit the class of 2012,” Houser said. The board will accept public comment on the GPA plan through Nov. 27. Those wishing to submit comments should write to : Natalie Coffey, Senior Program Director of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711.
November 14, 2008
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The rise of alternative transport
Students and staff turn to Vespas, mopeds, and more in response to the current economic crisis Annariina Jouhikainen Edition Staff
Around the world’s large metropolis you will see thousands and thousands of scooters nestled in the midst of the congested traffic . They will sneak into the front rows in traffic lights, ride straight in front of the buildings and find parking space even in the busiest of spots. However, Texas is traditionally trucker’s country, where 16-year old schoolgirls will find it more appealing to drive large pickups, and scooters are a rare sight. Nevertheless, it seems that this European and Asian way of life is gradually creeping into America and, by extension, Anderson High. Two scooters are already regulars in the Anderson parking lot, one of them belonging to Duncan Mosely and the other to Dylan Vaughn. Vaughn, a junior, has had his red Vespa LX 150 for about three months and he absolutely loves it. “It has great ��������������������������������������������������������� gas mileage and I think driving it is really fun,��” Vaughn �������������������������� said. “I only live a mile from school, which makes it very convenient to drive my Vespa instead of a car.” Scooters end up placing a much smaller burden on your wallet than do cars. This is visible in purchase price and gas consumption, as well as in insurance fees, which are all remarkably lower than those for cars. “I paid about $4,000 for my Vespa,” Vaughn said, naming a price which is around a fourth the price of the cheapest cars, most of which can cost their owners thousands
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of dollars, sometimes exceeding upwards of $40,000. At a time when the economy is weighing heavily on the minds of many, a reduction in gas costs and in initial price can make an enormous difference. Each day, many students hurry to the parking lot after eighth period to race home and beat the daily traffic, before fellow classmates arrive to challenge them for the road. For Vaughn, with his Vespa, this problem is non-existent. He can simply drive past the lined up cars without disturbing anyone and scoot off home, far ahead of his peers and teachers. “Driving a Vespa to school takes no longer than driving a car, since the speed limits aren’t that high because I don’t need to get on highways on my way to school,” Vaughn said. “The maximum speed of my Vespa is 40-60 mph.” Duncan Mosely, also a junior, enjoys similar benefits with his moped, an alternative to a Vespa. As cost efficiency and a drive to “go green” continue to impact students everywhere, the presence of Vespas and other vehicles can only increase. Drivers everywhere may make the decision that their pocketbooks and consciences outweigh their need for the latest from Ford and Chevrolet. And, as they do, the face of modern transportation will find itself changing, as well.
November 14, 2008
Art by Disease of Addiction.
Patricia Howard Co-Editor-In-Chief Some were motivated by personal desire to overcome addiction, some by coaches’ requirements, some by concern for their children, and some by extra credit. Administrators, teachers, parents, students and other members of the community poured into the cafeteria to witness lucid, a town hall meeting on substance use, abuse and addiction Oct. 29. Anderson PTSA Alcohol and Drug Awareness Committee, in partnership with Disease of Addiction, an organization dedicated to preventing and treating substance abuse, presented lucid. The program began with a performance by Alpha Rev, an Indie rock group named one of the top eight bands to watch in 2008 by Austin Monthly. Then the audience viewed a moving video, which commemorated the short life of Travis Morford, a graduate of Westlake High
School, who died of an overdose last year at the age of 25. Connor Finnigan, Morford’s best friend, then spoke. Finnigan told of their experimentations with cocaine, heroin, LSD and Xanax. “We walked on the wild side together for a good portion of our youth,” Finnigan said. “It wasn’t until [Morford] left us that I realized he had a genuine disease – the disease of addiction.” lucid continued with segments of the informative HBO documentary “Addiction.” It explained that during adolescence, one’s impulse control is impaired and teenagers are, therefore, more vulnerable to drugs and their effects. Following the film, a panel discussion answered common questions and encouraged audience participation. Dr. Lori Holleran-Steiker, PhD., associate professor at the University of Texas School of Social Work, emphasized that though skeptics claim substance addiction should not be classified as a disease. It alters
lucid calls upon the community to help defeat the disease of addiction
PTSA program intends to decrease underage drinking and drug use through increased awareness chemicals in the brain, affects emotions, thoughts, and actions, and, therefore, is a disease. Over time, the drug becomes necessary for survival, as the body grows dependent. Recalling a Chinese proverb, “Person takes a drink, drink takes a drink, drink takes a person,” HolleranSteiker said. A study conducted by Forbes Magazine in August named Austin the number one hardest-drinking city in America, based on data that claims a shocking 20.6 percent of Austinites polled confess to binge drinking (five or more drinks on one occasion). “One out of 10 in this audience are an addict,” Holleran-Steiker said. “Seven out of 10 in this audience are using.” Such statistics are difficult to accept, yet necessary to realize in order to stop them from increasing. “Addiction kills the innocent and it kills innocence,” Finnigan said. “How many more kids in coffins do we need?”
Untraditional The Edition
November 14, 2008
Bowling club preparing for district competitions Arturo Frausto Edition Staff
Highland Lanes isn’t just a typical high school location for hanging out during the weekend, it is also where the Bowling Club practices for their upcoming meets and tournaments every Monday and Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m. “We watch videos, learn how to bowl [correctly] and practice our shots,” returning junior member Patricia Wheatley said.“We [participate in] tournaments against other schools [and] half of the practices are classroom taught.” Last year, Principal Donna Houser met with George Wall and Karen Miller to see if a Bowling Club could be started at Anderson High. “She sent out an e-mail [to see] if anyone would sponsor [the club],” college advisor Michelle Reynolds said. “I basically emailed her back and volunteered.” The new bowling coach this year is John Waliczek. He is a Silver-certified coach. He had to complete Level One and Bronze certification in order to teach advanced level training. Assistant coaches include Silvercertified Chris Ganem, Bronze-certified Harry Shivers and Bronze-certified Ann
Shivers. “He’s nice,” returning senior member Diamond Brown said of Waliczek. “He’s definitely working with each person. He cares for the team.” To join the Bowling Club, students must be academically eligible, according to the University Interscholastic League. The team needs three girls and one boy to fill the varsity team. The club is allowed to field a junior varsity boys’ and girls’ team, if numbers allow it. “I want to help young bowlers learn the sport and improve for those who already know it,” Shiers said. “Right now, we are working on approach, steps, arm swing and delivery.” The district coordinators haven’t finalized the 08-09 schedules, but district competitions run from November through February. Schools in Anderson’s district include McCallum, Stony Point, Georgetown and Vista Ridge. “Plenty of practice will do us [well],” returning sophomore member Scott Lindauer said. “It is a fun thing do to.” The club looks forward to the continuation of their growth, and a significant expansion in membership. Like many other sport-related clubs at Anderson, the Bowling Club hopes to be here for a long time to come.
Bowlers meet every Monday and Thursday. Photo by Chloe Banks.
One table, one ball, two paddles, two players, one winner Arturo Frausto Edition Staff
Co- Presidents Jacob Juba and Austin Walker chill out before playing ping-pong. Photo by Chris Evans.
Junior Jacob Juba, co-president of Anderson’s new Ping-Pong Club, has high standards for what most consider a leisurely sport. “Practices are going to be intense,” Juba said. “We are going to have to break a sweat.” Juba and co-president Austin Walker are getting the club organized, and are on the lookout for ping-pong tables in order to practice for competitions later this year. Club members must bring their own paddle, but ping-pong balls will be provided. Its members have big plans for the club. “We’re going to sell T-shirts for a fund-raiser,” junior ping-pong adviser Raven Frazee said. Physics teacher Adam Holman has had 15 years of experience with ping-pong. He and Juli Zamora are club sponsors. Meetings are held in Room 103 every other Monday. Although ping-pong is not a widely-known sport, the club’s members are looking forward to improving their skills and bonding with other players. “The future of the Ping-Pong Club is looking good,” senior ping-pong adviser Noble Adams said. “I expect [the team] to have bonding, intense competitions and skill improvement.”
clubs take hold The Edition
November 14, 2008
A cheesy new club Chris Evans Photo Editor
Cheese Club--it is what we all have been waiting for. “Cheese Club is the best thing to happen to Anderson High School lunches since I don’t know what,” junior Philip Basset, who has never missed a meeting, said. Imagined, founded and led by senior Chris Evans, Cheese Club has become an instant hit. Cheese club is an epic conception that came about, due to a misunderstanding. “I misread the club pages in the yearbook. I thought the Chess Club was Cheese Club,” Evans said, “I’m sure that kind of thing happens all the time.” Senior Sarah Kolb savors the mac n’ cheese at a Cheese Club meeting. Though it is not something Photo by Chris Evans. he brags about, Evans’ misunderstanding has lead to the creation of this fun and original club. Surprisingly enough, it has been scientifically proven that Cheese Club has therapeutic qualities and has aided junior Kyle Barnes. “Cheese Club really put the rhythm back into my life,” Barnes said. Before Cheese Club, Barnes confessed that he ate lunch alone in a bathroom stall. Now, following the creation of Cheese Club, Barnes has prospered. “Kyle has quickly become one of the most influential and energetic Cheese Club members,” Evans said. But Cheese Club is not all smiles and giggles--there is a catch. The key aspect of Cheese Club is the cheese. It is strongly encouraged for all Cheese Club members to bring cheese. “It is a very communal club. We all rely on each other,” senior and vice president Kate Murray said. “It won’t work if people come looking for free handouts, and most of the time, they don’t. After the first few meetings, people are finally beginning to understand the sense of community created by Cheese Club.” The Club is sponsored by Joe Carcione, who thinks that “It is the club we have all been craving,” and is pleased by its progress. Meetings are held every Monday in Carcione’s room, room 231. Everyone is welcome, as long as they come bearing cheese. [Disclaimer : In addition to being the President of Cheese Club, Chris Evans is Photo Editor of the Edition. The opinions expressed here are his own, and do not reflect the views of the staff as a whole.]
Cheese Club members gather to share cheese and laughs. Photo by Chris Evans.
Cookateers hold first mentoring session Chloe Banks Edition Staff
Anderson’s newest club, Cookateers, kicked off the year with a promising first visit to Cook Elementary. Seniors Hannah Lewis and Lyndsey Resnik founded the club hoping to connect with elementary students that come from troubled homes, and structured the club similarly to the PALS program. The inspiration for forming the Cookateers Club came as a result of its founders not making the PALS program last year. “It’s not just about PALS,” senior club co-founder Lyndsey
them with homework or talk about problems the students are struggling with. The Cookateers met for the first time with their students Wednesday, October 22, and the outcome was positive. “The students seemed pretty excited and were very involved,” Cookateers sponsor Joe Carcione said. Mentors and students alike are enthusiastic about the new club. The children enjoy the time they spend with their partners. “[The kids] are extremely excited and it makes them feel special to know someone wants to come and spend time with them. It is a wonderful experience to see these students
Cook Elementary School students pose for the camera. Photo by Texas Tell.
Resnik said. “We wanted to help and Cook has more economically disadvantaged students. We’re going to help mentor these kids as best we can.” The Cookateers serve as role models and mentors to assigned elementary school students from kindergarten to second grade. They spend about 30 minutes, either before school or during lunch, every other Wednesday, visiting their mentees. Sometimes the Cookateers play games with the students, other times they help
feel that happy - it is certainly one of the highlights of their week!” Cook Elementary counselor Christie Greeley said. The Cookateers plan to continue to develop deeper relationships with their Cook students and look forward to a holiday celebration at the end of the semester. “I introduced myself, and [my partner] had this huge smile on her face,” Resnik said. “Our goal is to get to know [the kids] and have fun.”
November 14, 2008
District debates over scheduling of first semester finals for next year Hilary Parks Edition Staff
Starting in January 2007, parents, teachers, and other community members spend a full twelve months planning, organizing, and debating various issues regarding the school schedule that regulates students lives this school year. A calendar committee started tackling the issue of the 2009-2010 school year in January, 2008. PTSA President Julie Cowan explained perhaps the largest issue facing the committee. “The committee must follow several state mandates, including having a specific number of instructional days and not starting a school year before a certain day in August,” she said. While the number of instructional days generally created no problems, this late start day forces the Calendar Committee to consider crucial decisions to make the semesters as balanced as possible. As of right now, the two drafts of the calendar focus on one major difference.
“The major difference between the two calendars appears to be whether students will complete the first semester before the winter break or after the winter break [on January 14th],” Cowan said. “Obviously, this decision impacts when high school students will take first semester finals and the number of instructional days in each semester.” The Calendar Committee played with this issue and developed a number of calendar drafts they then passed on to the Campus Advisory Council. Teachers, parents and students make up each AISD School’s Campus Advisory Council (CAC), and they weigh in to the School Board about which calendar option they like the most. “Parents, students and teachers were asked for their opinions through the Anderson CAC and PTSA last month,” Cowan said. “I think that by now, though, our results have been tabulated and sent on to the district.” If students, teachers, or parents want to either learn more about this issue or input their opinion can do so by contacting the members of the AISD Board of Trustees through the AISD website before the final vote in December.
Speech and Debate members qualify for TFA tournament in May Brooke Novy Edition Staff
competing,” junior public speaking officer Haydn Forrest said. The varsity members’ hard work paid off the next weeekend at the Grapevine Classic Speech and Debate officers held a mock Tournament. Senior co-captain Sarah Kolb tournament the first weekend of school to and juniors Shaan Heng-Devan, Madeline familiarize the team with the tournament Vuong, Helen Benton and Forrest all setting. returned with trophies and plaques. “The Blue and Gold Tournament was “For us, it’s not about the trophies,” a great way to allow our Novice team Heng-Devan said. “Going to a tournament members the opportunity to practice prepared and doing your best is what we are about. Winning is just icing on the cake.” The team has attended a total of seven tournaments and is pleased with their progress. Seniors Kolb and Patrick Germain; juniors Forrest, Levitan, Benton, Lindsey Markham, Vuong,and HengDevan, and freshman Daniel Kane have all qualified for the elite Texas Forensic Association (TFA) tournament in May. The Speech and Debate team practices every day after school from 4:20 to 5:10. Uhler dedicates all of his spare time to coaching the students and making the team as strong and united as possible. “Everyone is doing a great job and really working hard,” he said. “I Debate students listen closely to sponsor Joseph Uhler. am proud to be their coach.” Photo by Chris Evans.
STUDENT POLL: Would you rather have first semester finals before or after winter break?
Religious courses added to curriculum New legislation in Texas allows Bible literature class to be taught in public schools, despite controversy Shawna Williams Edition Staff A new law has been passed that blurs the line between church and state. The Texas Attorney General has deemed Bible literature classes constitutional, allowing high schools to offer them as an elective. “If the state of Texas says we should be able to have this class then, we should have this class,” Spanish teacher Armida Aleman said. Some are concerned this class will violate the First Amendment, which guarantees American’s freedom of religion. “As long as the class remains an elective, I don’t think it would violate the first amendment,” junior Alec Mosier said. Others think that there should be a class offered that teaches the lessons learned in the Bible as well. “I truly believe that the morals of our nation and our youth have become laxed,” Spanish teacher Haydee Money said. “What’s so wrong with teaching
morals to our youth today?” To protect the rights of nonChristians, the only instruction required by the law is that it teaches the Bible’s impact on literature and history. “Since I’m Jewish, as long as they are not forcing their religion on me I think that the class is fine,” junior Daniel Bass said. Many teachers believe a Bible literature class would help students in other classes. “This class should be taught freshman year,” English teacher Donna White said. “There are many biblical references in literature, and this class would help students be able to pick them out more easily and to understand them.” At this point in time, there are no plans for a Bible literature class to be offered at Anderson. “There have been no proposals made by teachers who would want to teach this class,” Principal Donna Houser said. “You have to be careful with new innovative courses like this and make sure they’re interesting.”
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Is IB worth the time, stress and effort? Millikan said. The motivation and reasons for entering IB has to be on target to make it through the stress and late hours of work. “I don’t know if IB Diploma is worth it, yet. I guess it depends on the person,” senior Ehssan Farji said. Students have to want the IB diploma to put forth the effort it takes to get it. “My parents’ influence was my motivation,” Kolb said,
also participate in 150 hours of creativity, service and Harlie Baitz action. Selective universities around the world welcome Edition Staff IB Diploma students and recognize the unique way they have been prepared for college. The American University At 5:30 a.m., your alarm clocks goes off. You wolf of Paris strongly endorses the IB Diploma program and down breakfast as quickly as possible. You study gives students 30 semester credits, six for each subject vigorously for yet another test until school starts. You test scored above 4. At Harvard University, students attend a class that whizzes by, nothing is consumed by who have received a 7 on at least three Higher Level the mind, all is completely lost. Somewhere the thought tests are qualified for advanced standing. Students are drifts through your able to graduate mind, “Is it worth with 24 hours of it?” college credit at International particular Texas Baccalaureate (IB) state universities, can cause emotional if they have Exams based on broad general understanding Exams based on specific content of courses with and physical stress met certain IB of concepts and fundamental themes. Questions objective questions and essays in your personal standards. emphasize essay writing. and social life. “If you are It is a huge time looking to go to Teachers are externally monitored and given All AP courses are successfully completed by an commitment, but a highly selective feedback audit conducted by the College Board some think it pays college, IB off in the end, if you shows you are Extended essay, Theory of Knowledge class, cre- No external requirements can handle it. willing to tackle “No matter where ativity, action and service requirements the highest and I go for college, I most rigorous know I’ll never be high school this stressed,” senior curriculum out there. It makes you stand out,” IB Sarah Kolb, an IB Diploma candidate said. “but I do appreciate the international perspective. I think coordinator Michelle Szabo said. “ If you are not The diploma program stretches students to their it’s cool how our projects are sent all over the world.” planning on going to a selective college, IB is good for limits, making them perform to the best of their ability. Despite the stress, there’s the coveted moment students who really want to push themselves.” Candidate Patrick Germain often finds himself studying when students walk across the graduation floor, the IB There are students who want to receive the IB into the late hours of the night. Diploma in their hand. They have been accepted to the diploma, but have no idea how to mange the stress and “Stress level is intense. I was up till 3 a.m. last night,” college of their choice and all their college dreams are workload. It is definitely possible to manage the stress he said. going to come true. and workload, and accomplish the diploma. Sleep deprivation is one of the main causes of lower “I wanted a challenge. And, yeah, it’s been worth it,” “You have to find a balance in your life. You have GPAs for students, according to the MLA Beacon. Germain said. to set deadlines. The most successful students are the Teenagers should get around nine hours of sleep a night. There are more than 600,000 IB students in 131 organized students,” Szabo said. Unfortunately, this rarely works out as planned. countries. Over a two-year course students have to
IB vs. AP
“I get on average about three to four hours of homework a night,” senior Diploma candidate Jenni
study six subject groups, complete an extended essay of 4,000 words, take a Theory of Knowledge course, and
Seniors in Cathryne McNamara’s 3rd Period IB Theory of Knowledge class study the psychological nature of emotion to better prepare for their final TOK essay and life in the real world. Photo by Christine Laramy
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Is the marching band time commitment out of control? “I did not want to do Marching Band this year [and therefore had to quit band altogether]. It took up too much time and was not fun. Now I have a lot more time and I can work [at a part-time job]. I realized that band is not going to affect me after high school.”
“Band is really satisfying and fun, actually. The time is worth it because everybody is trying to reach a goal.” -Junior Jordan Kohler
-Senior Ariel Anderson
“I like all the people we meet and the memories we make. Sometimes band takes up way too much time, but when we accomplish so much I realize it is worth it.”
“The band directors think about us [and our schedules]. When we do well at a Thursday game, they cancel the following Friday morning practice. Honestly, [Band] does not take up that much of my time. I do band because I enjoy it.”
-Senior Alex Colley
-Sophomore Nick Erck
“It is not work all the time; we get to hang out. I enjoy it in a really dorky way. Being a drum major, [the three of us] always came early before call time and stayed after cleaning up and such after each band event. Even though it was a greater commitment in terms of time and responsibility, I can confidently say that we enjoyed all of it.” -Senior Lauren Chung
“There are a lot of my friends I don’t get to hang out with or talk to much just because they are not in band. I could not take art all four years of high school [because of marching band]. Sadly, in high school, I think a lot of the musicality of playing is taken out of the music, where it all comes down to a purely competitive nature. Music should be about expression, not a rating. Overall, though, I could not imagine not being in band; it is just what I do.” Color guard and band during their halftime performance. Photo by Susan Howard.
Hilary Parks Edition Staff
Nearly every extracurricular activity in school possesses the desire to be the best. As a large school in a competitive state, Anderson’s reputation rests on the success or failure of its sports and arts programs. Dress the reasons up in any way, but every push in competition results in some way from this norm of
high school society. Band is no exception to this push. However, unlike many other sports and activities at Anderson or other high schools, band members hold the reputation of giving up every hour of their lives to the benefit of the band program. In previous years, band students chose between taking concert band, marching band, or a combination of both. However, a new rule set in place required
band students to take either all or none. During marching band season, members devote around 17 ½ hours during a normal week and 29 ½ hours with a Saturday contest. To already busy students with hours of homework and devotion to other interests, the sudden commitment requirement forced many students into a first semester of school of constant stress and rush.
-Senior Katie Malone
Headshots by Chris Evans
Is chivalry dead? The Edition
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Traditional manners slip away as teens of today forget common courtesy Callie Massey Edition Staff
The lessons have been professed by worldrenowned etiquette teacher and author Emily Post, and reinforced by our parents for as long as any of us can remember. Even the great purple dinosaur, Barney, sings songs about it every day. Despite all of this, people still say that out generation lacks the manners that seem so instilled in older generations. There is no denying the truth in this statement, especially when walking through the halls and noting a certain lack of “excuse me’s” or “thank you’s.” And it goes far more in depth than that. “Manners are basically about treating others as you would want to be treated,” Speech teacher Susan Kaiwi said. “We need a lot more of them to have a civil society. If people do not exercise proper manners and social skills, their success in life will be
limited.” Manners are defined as the ways of behaving, with reference to polite standards. This is a path that is obviously being veered away from today. But, nobody is blind to the new direction they have taken. “I believe the manners of this generation are more poor than they have been,” parent Janet Guinn said. “[Good manners] are important. Having good manners and treating people with respect will help you go further in life.” The German playright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was once quoted as saying “A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.” In short, Goethe is saying the way an individual treats others is the way that they will be perceived. Assuming he is correct, the perception of our generation might fall short, in comparison to those generations who came before us. “Our society has become so casual,” Kaiwi
said, “but treating others with courtesy and respect enables one to be more successful than those who don’t have manners.” However, casual can’t replace respectful. Teenagers and technology clearly aren’t the only things that hinder the manners of students. “It is not their fault, really,” Guinn said. “With both parents having to work to make ends meet, more single moms and weekend dads just trying to make their kids happy, [it] makes it really hard for manners to be taught and understood.” So in retrospect, the bad manners of our generation hinder us more than they help. In our fast-paced, have-it-done-yesterday society, it’s easy to ignore a few “please’s” and “thank you’s.” But, if we look at the bigger picture, we will see those are the things that will help us in the long run and will set an example for generations to come.
Then &Now From Old English to New Age.
THEN: “A little praise is not only merest justice, but is beyond the purse of no one” - Emily Post NOW: The amount of money you have doesn’t decide how people should treat you, or how you should treat others.
THEN: “The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones”- Wendell L. Willkie NOW: Be polite to everybody, even if they’re rude to you.
THEN: “Good manners have much to do with emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.”- Amy Vanderbilt NOW: To make good manners legit, you have to actually feel them, not just show them. Otherwise, nobody is going to buy it.
THEN: “Civility costs nothing and buys everything.” - Mary Wortley Montague NOW: You don’t have to give anything up to be nice to people and you’ll earn a lot from it.
THEN: “Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices” - Ralph Waldo Emerson NOW: Having good manners requires giving up little things that don’t matter. Drawing by Maddy Whitfirm
The truth about
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Lauren Burton Edition Staff A.D.D. Attention Deficit Disorder. It has affected millions of people, including Albert Einstein, Jim Carrey, John Lennon and Benjamin Franklin. A.D.D. is caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neural chemical that controls motivation, reward and impulse. When there is not enough in the brain, it causes a loss of focus and increases difficulty concentrating on certain tasks. Having A.D.D. is like having a plastic bag attached to the window of your car. It startles you; you can see it spinning and twisting in your peripheral vision, flapping and dancing in the wind. A.D.D. is quite different from A.D.H.D. I am not really hyper; I just have too many things going on inside my head at once. For instance, I can go from talking about tacos to shoes to T-shirts to traffic to shopping carts to pizza to the election and then somehow end up talking about tacos again. People sometimes have trouble keeping up with what I am saying. I even have trouble keeping up with myself. I have always been a fast talker, because my mind is so far ahead of what I am discussing with someone. I am not ignoring what you are saying, I promise. I have just moved on to another topic in the conversation. Another problem with A.D.D. is trying to keep yourself focused on things, such as schoolwork. The teacher may be explaining something to you, and you may be trying incredibly hard to understand, but your mind is someplace entirely different. You just cannot stop yourself, your mind shoots off on a path of its own. A typical test day for someone with A.D.D. goes somewhat like this:: The test hits your desk and you immediately begin working. You put your name on the upper right hand corner of the paper and look at problem one. The person next to you sneezes, you offer a quick bless you and go back to your Statistics problem. A loud grinding noise is coming from the back of the room. You spin around to see what it was; the girl in the third row had to sharpen her pencil. Shaking your head, you start the problem. There are fourteen people working at... Click. Click. Click. The teacher’s thick wooden heels snap on the tile floor in an uneven beat, due to the knee surgery she had in high school. I remembered reading something about uneven beats and how they disturb people. It was in a book about Chinese water torture; about how they held a person under a leaking faucet and just let it drip on them, each droplet hitting the victim right between the eyes at various times. This was supposed to drive the person mad, because the water hits a nerve right between your eyes that makes your eyebrows twitch. If the water fell in a steady rhythm, then you’d be able to shut your eyes at the exact moment and not have to deal with your brows. Drip. Drip. Click. Before you know it, the teacher’s hand is in your face, snatching the blank paper from you. She spins around and clicks to the front of the class, leaving you flabbergasted and now failing the class. Thankfully, there are ways to manage A.D.D. in the classroom. Keeping yourself organized is the key to success. Checklists, post-it notes and planners really help you stay on track. Taking tests and doing homework in a quiet environment will also improve your concentration. “Focusing on a teacher is hard, because I go into class expecting to learn all this information, but while I’m in class, I end up thinking about 20 different things at once and it begins to affect my grades,” sophomore Alex Robertson said. A possible solution to the loss of focus and motivation associated with A.D.D. is medicine. Much like caffeine, many A.D.D. medications increase the amount of dopamine in the brain, which can help boost concentration.
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Students defer post-graduate plans for Israel Despite threats of terrorism and an atmosphere of worry and tension, students still travel to ancient state Michael Weinstein Edition Staff While most of Anderson’s graduates are already studying hard in colleges across the country, five Anderson alumni have decided to take a year off before college and go to Israel for nine months. Young Judea’s Year Course Classic is a nine-month program for high school graduates, who want to live in Israel for a year before college. Many Anderson students have participated in the course, including Clara Spohn, Lauren Frager, and Jordan Platt, as well as Tom and Bar Bruhis. The course is designed to shape and enrich the lives of Jewish youth, both religiously and as people. Through volunteer work, study and travel, Year Course participants will have experiences that will further both their lives in the United States, as well as in their religion. “My older brother did the program and, more importantly, I needed a year to mature and help someone other then myself. I am volunteering four times a week here and it feels like I am making a difference where I am. I could be making a difference at a college but this just feels right for me,” 2008 graduate Clara Spohn said. Although the program is centered on Zionism (an international political movement
that supports the reestablishment of a homeland for the Jewish People in Palestine), Judaism is not a requirement. “I want to gain a good amount of college credit, become fluent in Hebrew and mature as a person. To paraphrase a good friend, I want to come home the man I will be for the rest of my life,” Jordan Platt said. The students participating spend three months in classes at the American Jewish University, where they will earn college credit, and the next three months doing community volunteer work, giving back to the state of Israel. After that, they will spend three months doing what they call the “Israeli Experience,” where they can see Israel as a tourist would. “Since September, I have been working on an ambulance in Kfar Saba. (We got to choose where to work, so I chose the ambulance),” 2008 graduate Frager said. “It’s a really tiny city with barely any English speakers. This part of the program is when they put us in small cities to completely immerse ourselves in the culture.” “Next, I’ll be living in Holon, volunteering with sick kids until March, and then Jerusalem taking classes until June,” she continued. “One really good thing the program does is [provide us with a] free Hebrew tutor [who] comes to our
apartments every week to teach us Hebrew for two hours. It’s definitely helped a lot,” Frager added. Although Israel is a popular place to live and visit, there is always the threat of terrorist attacks. Since its founding in 1948, Israel has been under attack from both Palestinians extremists and neighboring Arab nations. The most recent major conflict came in the summer of 2006, when former Anderson students Danny Gergen and Brian Solka were scheduled to stay for five weeks. Platt discussed what it was like to live in a country known for its military conflicts. “I recognize that I am in a country that has a red mark on it all over the world, and a lot of people (especially my family) are concerned for me and my friends,” he said. The risks weigh on Platt, as they do all visiting students. Still, students seem to feel safe in the country. A strong military presence helps maintain peace, and allows for activity. “It’s [easy] because of the people here. Yes, they live in an extremely unsafe environment, but they do not live in fear and that rubs off on you,” said Spohn. Hazards aside, these students are likely to choose Israel continuously in the years to come.
Jews gather around the Wailing Wall, the one landmark remaining from the enclosure that once surrounded Jerusalem . Photo by Michael Weinstein
The Roman Theater in northern Israel. Photo by Michael Weinstein
Facts About Israel
•The State of Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, as a safe haven for Jewish people across Europe, and it became the first Jewish country in the world. •Israel’s has three official languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English. •The climate in Israel is so similar to central Texas that the TIE (Texas Israel Exchange Program) was founded in 1985 to further agricultural methods in both states. •Israel is a long standing ally of the United States and is one of the few self-sustaining democracies in the Middle East, along with Turkey and Lebanon. •Every child must join the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) at the age of 18. Men serve for three years and women serve for 21 months. •Israel is home to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. •Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the site of the holiest Christian and Jewish monuments in the world, and the second most holy site to Muslims. •Israel is well known for its military technology and it sells billions of dollars worth of military equipment to other nations in the world. •The current prime minister of Israel is Ehud Olmert of the Kadima political party.
The Masada, which means “fortress” in Hebrew, overlooking the Dead Sea. Photo by Michael Weinstein
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The ‘secret’ lives of teachers
Samantha DeLine Kayla Hermes Edition Staff
You see them every day in the hallways and classrooms. But how much do you really know about your teachers? From unusual hobbies to their most memorable moments, teachers share their lives outside of the classroom. Diane Mulder Pre-AP Geometry
Who or what inspired you to teach? My eighth grade math teacher. When she taught algebra, it just clicked – like magic. Is there anything creative you do after school hours? Me and my husband remodel our home. We just finished the kitchen. How long have you worked on your house? We’ve been working on it for 29 years. So far we added a second story and managed to remodel every room in the house.
Photo manipulation donated by Cathryne McNamara.
Who or what inspired you to teach? It’s romantic being with juniors and seniors all day as they begin to more fully forge their own free lives away from their previously more determined places.
What do you do after school hours? My life revolves around my daughter, Tabatha, who is 8.
Junior English, IB Psychology, and Theory of Knowledge
Is there anything creative you do after school? In my free time, I like to grow one baby at a time in my stomach. Is there anything more creative than that? More conventionally, we’re always on the lookout for good music, like the late and slightly-reminiscent-ofprom-when-it-used-to-bein-the-gym The Decemberists concert at Southwestern University. I also enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Anything outdoorsy in particular? Barton Springs at night... my husband would like me to play frisbee golf, but I am not there in my life yet. We just bought a home; gardening the
passion vine may be in my future. What else do you do? I’m reading The Road right now, crying here and there, and wanting to write more. It’ll be the first full book my baby has heard. Is that a good or a bad thing? And how long have you taught? This is my ninth year, all at Anderson!
And how long have you taught? I’ve taught for 40 years.
Pre-AP English, Creative Writing, Speech
How long have you been playing guitar and what got you interested? When I was in fourth grade, a friend of mine named David had this little amplifier and distortion peddle at his house. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world and I started taking lessons. This all was when I was in south Florida. What did you do after lessons? I started playing guitar with Gloria
Bill Lampkin AP/IB Economics
How long have you been teaching? Twelve long, long years. What are your hobbies? Drinking, chasing women, and writing beatnik poetry. So does Mr. Carcione, but he’s kind of a hack
Estefan, from The Miami Sound Machine, before she got really famous. She would take me to gigs, mainly quincinetas, where she would sing in all Spanish. I thought it was cool. I got to see her when she was still a young, chubby singer. How do you think playing your guitar in class affects your students? I think anything you can bring into the classroom, whether art or music, that makes a connection with students, allows them to feel more comfortable and more open to learning.
and looks like a Medenite named Jebediah
Go on a crime spree across multiple states.
What did you do before teaching? I was a banker, I sold furniture, I worked as a custodian, I managed a fast food restaurant, I worked in a factory...
What is your most memorable moment teaching? Maybe 9/11. It was the first time I’d ever seen kids get really scared. I’ve never seen kids get scared before. Alternatively, my most memorable moment was when Mr. Powell left; making my least favorite moment the time when he came back.
If you were not teaching, what would you do?
Where do you draw the line between being a strict teacher and being a friend? I actually wasn’t strict enough my first few years of teaching. I guess I was too much of a friend. I wasn’t respected enough then… Not that I am now [laughs]. How do you earn the respect of your students? I think, when you’re a teacher, you have a kind of one-way relationship with students. I’m not going to put my emotional stuff on them, but I make sure they know I will listen to them and their concerns, and help them out.
Why do you teach? It gives me the opportunity to crush young hopes and dreams, and I have time to practice the black arts during the summer. Also, no one knows anything and someone should tell you something.
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Batman & Robin to your n
bi and Ro n a m t Ba Staff Edition
“What should I do when my dad asks me watch the turkey and I burn it?” Sophomore Dylan Kuykendall
Batman- First make sure you apologize to everyone, especially your dad. Then if y’all still have time, offer to help cook another main course. But if there is only an hour or so till dinner, put more side dishes in the oven. Try to make everyone forget there was a turkey. It everything falls through, you could have thanksgiving Hollywood style and go to the nearest Chinese restaurant. Robin- Dear Dylan, The safest way to keep from burning the turkey is not to cook the turkey. You should hand it off to another cook in your house. This way you can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving turkey and you can be relieved that Thanksgiving was not ruined on your account.
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“What should my family do when my cousin has a football game on Thanksgiving and the family can’t get together?”
Junior Holland Finley
Batman- As much as people want to avoid relatives on Thanksgiving, family is what the holidays are all about, and it is a bummer not having them there. Perhaps y’all can schedule the dinner around his game or have dinner in the early afternoon or late that night. If the whole day won’t work, the family can have the dinner the day before or after, and on Thanksgiving Day y’all can all watch your cousin’s game. Robin- I know it is hard to be separated from your family during the holidays. The best way to combat this is to set up an impromptu shrine to your cousin or any missing family member. This way your family may not be with you in the physical sense, but they will be with you spiritually.
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It’s that time of year again: the time of giving and the time of family gatherings, bringing with them the typical family bickering. You are in luck, though, because Batman and Robin are here to the rescue with a couple of tips on how to keep your stress level to a minimum. “How do I deal with my cousins when they rearrange or steal things from my room?”
Senior Corey McMinn
Batman- Now, they should now better because they are guests in your house. Before you tattle on them, confront them personally ask them why they took something or re-arranged it. I’m sure there is a reasonable answer. But if they give a indecisive answer or totally ignore your question, tell your parents. They will know how to handle the matter without making it messy. Whatever you do, don’t make a big deal about it because they are family and you don’t want to pick a fight that might get out of control. Robin- Cousins are such a pain especially when you get kicked out of your room so they can sleep there. The only suggestion I have is for you is to suck it up. They are still family, no matter how annoying they are. Just ignore their antics and they will be gone before you know it.
“What do you do when your creepy uncle asks about your ‘lady friends’?” Freshman Harry Heckman
Batman- Well this is one question no one at this school will be able to avoid, the family always wants to know everything about your crushes and dates. Best way to deal with it is tell them everything they want to hear at once so they won’t continuously ask you about him or her. Robin- Dear Harry, In the event your creepy uncle is all up in your business about you and your lady friends, you should immediately change the subject. It is completely necessary to focus the conversation on your creepy uncle. Keep him talking about himself and he won’t think twice about asking you about you and your lady friends.
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Susan Howard Edition Staff
When the last bell rings, where do you go? What do you do? Anderson students participate in many different activities outside of school. The following students take part in uncommon sports, dedicating hours of hard work and determination. Sara Journeay Grade: 10 Activity: Competitive Gymnastics When do you practice? I practice everyday except for Sunday. It adds up to about 20 hours.
What events do you compete in? Bars, vault, beam and floor. What’s your favorite event? My favorite event is bars because you can do crazy flips and swing around!
How long have you been a gymnast? Since I was three years old. When do you compete? We compete from January to May, almost every weekend. What are your coaches like? Crazy. Some days they tell you everything you’re doing wrong, but some days they’re like your best friend. Where do you see yourself in five years regarding gymnastics? I won’t be doing gymnastics anymore because it’s so hard on your body. [Sara recently suffered a leg injury and is out for at least six weeks.] Photos by Sara Journeay.
Kristi Williams Grade: 12 Activity: Speed Skating What type of speed skating did you participate in? The speed skating is in-line, meaning its on wheels. How long did you skate? I skated for about five or six years, but it was mainly for fun. Why did you stop? I stopped because it takes a lot of your free time and I wanted to chill with my friends more on the weekends. When/where/how often did you practice? It was at Playland Skate center. The team practiced three to four times a week for about an hour, and then on Saturdays on the outdoor track for about three hours or so.
What were practices like? The practices were classes where the coach would train the skaters for competitions and to get stronger as a skater. You could also go skate at Playland during session hours, which are open for the public, and practice then, as well. What do speed skaters wear? Speed skaters get to wear this amazing spandex outfit. It’s pretty much a one-piece outfit that goes just above your knees. They’re also required to wear a helmet during practice and meets (competitions). How did you get involved with this? My friend and I started skating at Playland in the 2nd grade for fun and then, when we started to become friends with some of the kids on the speed team, we decided to try it out and ended up loving it. Photo by Kristi Williams.
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How did you get involved? I got involved after my friend invited me to one of the school’s performances at the McNeil PAC that was a fundraiser for 9/11. I enjoyed watching all the dances. Do you take classes? For me, Chinese dancing is just a hobby. I take classes once a week for an hour-and-a-half each week. There are many dance classes for each age group. I am a part of the Purity class and all of us in that class are in high school. Do you compete? At the Love of China School of Chinese Dance we don’t compete, we just perform. Since I have been a part of the program, I have performed at numerous cultural events around Austin and even as far as Corpus Christi. We get invited to many events and hold our own recitals annually. It is a non-profit organization and we donate the money we earn to the community.
Christina Teng Grade: 11 Activity: Chinese Dancing What is Chinese dancing? It’s traditional Chinese dance. I’m with the Love of China School of Chinese Dance. We learn traditional Chinese folk dance and do many dances involving different props, such as ribbons, fans, flags and other very strange, but traditional props. How long have you danced? I’ve been dancing for almost eight years, since I was in the fourth grade.
How can other students get involved? We are very welcoming to everyone and it is always exciting to have a new student. Chinese dancing is for everyone. You can log onto the website for more info: www.theloveofchina.com. What is your favorite aspect of this type of dance? I love Chinese dance because it is an exhilarating way for me to express myself and it presents a challenge. I love the gracefulness of dancing - even though something may look effortless, dancing requires muscle control, flexibility and attention to minute details. I feel that Chinese dancing is a wonderful way to connect with my culture, learn about it, preserve it, grow as a person and learn a new way of expression. I hope the people who watch our performances enjoy the dances, learn a little something about Chinese culture and walk away with a new appreciation for this uncommon dance style.
Delaney Disher Photo by Delaney Disher. Grade: 10 Activity: Horseback Riding What type of riding do you participate in? The kind of riding I do is called Hunters, which just means that I jump fences. How long have you practiced this? I’ve been riding for about seven years now, and I have my own horse that I’m training. How did you get involved with horseback? We got involved in horseback through some family friends that had been doing it for a while. What are competitions like? The competitions are a lot of fun! I usually have one every few weekends. There are a lot of people that go and they can get pretty busy. We have to wake up at four every morning to get to there on time, and sometimes don’t leave until nine at night, so it can be a pretty long day! Do you have any titles? I don’t have any titles, but I’m near the top of my age division. When/ how often do you practice? I go out to my barn about four or five times a week to ride my horse and help teach the little kids.
Photos by Christina Teng.
Anything else you’d like to share? Horseback is a really fun thing to do and it’s cool to be able to go out to my barn and forget about everything else. I’ve met so many people there! I’m really happy that I got involved with it.
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Austin Film Festival Film students’ review The Skyjacker Amy Wright Film Student
The Skyjacker is a film based on the infamous D.B. Cooper incident (a plane-jacking in 1971). Although the “slow paced thriller” description is accurate, the film fails to connect to the audience on an emotional level. The story isn’t new, but the take on it is. The added romance between the stewardess, Donna, and the skyjacker (Cooper) makes the film
interesting, but, somewhere between the script and the movie screen, that bonus entertainment is lost. The actors have no spark between them, making the budding romance seem a bit forced. Where the relationships and action falter, the cinematography soars. The beautiful shots of the scenery along the Columbia River are interesting and colorful. A landing scene near the end utilizes lighting and the black color of the water to create a sense of danger, which tops off the film beautifully.
Hannah Smith Film Student I always thought independent films were low-budget, small town flicks, only meaningful to their creators. However, after seeing The Skyjacker, I’ve been inspired to make my own films. I love that it is free from Hollywood perfection. Due to color correction, some shots are grainy and the audio quality varies from scene to scene. The low angles and dark lighting enforce the bleak atmosphere, resembling a Hitchcock masterpiece. Set in the 1970s, The Skyjacker follows the relationship between a man who hijacks a plane and the
Blair Robbins Film Student While the execution of The Skyjacker and the thought process behind it are well-meant, the film itself is forgettable. Many will find this due to a lack of familiarity with the original Hijacker, as well as a lack of fast-paced action presented in present-day films. The characters are slightly twodimensional and lose their relat-
stewardess who serves him. The film begins slowly with little dialogue. Actions such as calling the cockpit and lighting a cigarette are constantly repeated and keep the viewer longing for action and excitement. The film ends ambiguously. ability in their attempt to be relatable. The cinematography, however, is excellent and accurately conveys the message of the film. The music fails to match it, however, and seems out of place and unnecessary in most scenes. With a bigger budget, the filmmakers would have had potential to create a more successful release.
Oliver Stone’s take on President George W. Bush
Sam Chapman Edition Staff Oliver Stone’s W., the first movie ever made about a president still in office, isn’t going to tell you much you don’t already know. That said, if you’re looking for a feature-length parody, you’ve come to the wrong place: this is a straight-up biopic of George W. Bush, beginning with his frat days at Yale and culminating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. While a lot of it is fictionalized—young George’s tumultuous relationship with his father and family seems particularly script written—this is now the norm for Hollywood films faced with the task of mixing man and myth. Stone, already an experienced presidential biographer (JFK and Nixon), has said he set out to
answer the question of how Bush went from “an alcoholic bum to the most powerful man in the world.” The story of Bush’s pre-presidential life is told primarily in lengthy flashbacks that make up the most interesting part of the film. The viewer might find them self wishing that Stone had spent all of his time on them. The White House scenes, while they contain some entertaining back-and-forths between the seasoned actors playing W.’s advisers, are little more than dull retreads of historical events that remain fresh in most of our minds. Some seem downright unnecessary, such as the infamous pretzel incident or an argument over which nations to include in the “Axis of Evil”. Often, characters are made to play out scenes which seem predetermined, and Josh Brolin is even forced to parrot a few classic Bushisms which fall flat in a serious atmosphere. If W. set out to be an entertaining film, it accomplishes that task quite well. It is not boring throughout its entire length of nearly two hours. It won’t become the definitive source on the man, but its flaws—even the fact that some scenes are inexplicably scored with the theme from Robin Hood—are overshadowed by impeccable performances. Nobody, not even Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, is imitating a power player; they are all embodying their roles. Add this to a great script and you have a film which should be seen, even if it is not remembered for years to come.
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1. Lt. Columbo
“Rumpled but lovable,” one of the most popular characters in television history (whose first name is never known) seems dim-witted and slow, but in fact solves a case by paying attention to tiny inconsistencies. His outward persona masks his sharp mind, which he uses to lull criminals into a false sense of security before hitting with “just one more thing”—the critical point in the case. Columbo, a regular character on the NBC Mystery Movie rotation, also popularized the “inverted detective” format in which the crime is committed at the beginning of the story.
2. Thomas Magnum
The Vietnam vet and owner of the most celebrated moustache ever to appear on screen also lives one of its most celebrated lifestyles: bumming around on Hawaiian beaches until he is called to solve a crime among circles of rich, famous and beautiful people, all the while driving a Ferrari which he gets to use for free. And did we mention the moustache?
3. Fox Mulder/Dana Scully The cases on The X-Files are somewhat beyond the realm of the ordinary, but that’s just the way this paranormal crime-solving team likes it: aliens, monsters, ghost, and government conspiracies—especially conspiracies—are all in a day’s work for them. Possibly the most popular detectives to ever cross into science fiction.
4. Gil Grissom
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6. Sonny Crockett/Ricardo Tubbs It’s cheating to do this, but some characters just have to be included as a pair. Crockett and Tubbs, on Miami Vice, mixed dark, gritty neo-noir with a style of glamour and elegance, and also with their personal demons—they even have their own underworld aliases. It’s impossible to make a list like this and not include one guy with a mob vendetta and another with a pet alligator.
7. Dale Cooper Twin Peaks is unlike any other cop show, and Dale Cooper is unlike any other detective. The cult serial revolves around the investigation of a single murder and incorporates numerous supernatural elements, embodied in the protagonist’s fascination with ancient mythology, his many strange personality quirks,and the unexplained end of his series in the middle of the plot.
8. Lenny Briscoe Anybody who has managed to become the most popular character in the massive Law & Order pantheon has to have some merit, and Lenny Briscoe makes a job-oriented detective believable and likable, despite his flaws. Briscoe is the epitome of the procedural cop and contributed to Law & Order’s longevity for over ten seasons.
9. Shawn Spencer Shawn Spencer of Psych represents the new generation of detectives. The childlike Spencer operates a psychic detective agency, even though he has no actual psychic ability or formal police training, and must rely only on his wits to solve difficult cases. Along with his sidekick Gus, Shawn proves crime-fighting is now in the hands of the people.
10. Joe Friday Dragnet’s Detective Sergeant Joe Friday was and is the father of the TV detective. Credited with coining the phrase “Just the facts, ma’am” (though he never actually said it on screen), Friday’s dour approach to crime-fighting set the conventions for almost every cop show that followed. Though Dragnet’s realism is in question, it’s rightly a cultural touchstone.
“Because the dead can’t speak for themselves,” Gil Grissom does it for them. The lead in the wildly popular CSI is both a cultured renaissance man and an expert on the darker things in life, using his knowledge of blood splatter, bruising and corpse analysis to solve gruesome murders.
5. Adrian Monk The star of Monk is one of the most popular detectives of recent years. Monk’s severe obsessive-compulsive disorder is a natural barrier to investigative work, as are his phobias of practically everything a cop needs to do, but he always manages to round up the case in a blackand-white sequence at the end (including one memorable episode where the mystery was solved in freestyle rap).
Photo by MovieCraft.com.
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The Twilight Phe Senior Adam Brook of Gateway Theater:
Answering questions on Twilight
How do you think Twilight will compare to other movies at the box office? This movie is going to make huge bucks, probably Number 1 at the box office, but that might depend on whether or not [the new] James Bond is good. I expect [it] to be number 1 that weekend, but Twilight close after that.
Are there any special events planned for the movie release? No special events other then a midnight release. How big of a crowd are you expecting? A large amount of people are going to see this movie, mostly
young to teenage girls. It would make a great date movie. Have you read the books? I have not read the books.
Everyone’s a critic:
Twilight gets mixed reviews
Sophomore Patrick Brinkman “I really liked it. I enjoyed the mythical creatures and the way it was written. It was an interesting story.” Sophomore Sarah Bilby “I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard that Bella drives you up the wall. My friend, Claire Afflerbach,. has read it and she said that Bella is really annoying.” Sophomore Michael Booth “Twilight sucks, not that I’ve read it.” Sophomore Kimia Dargai “Twilight is entertaining, no doubt, but the book contains nonessential detail and sloppy syntax. The problem with Twilight is the groupthink mentality that comes with it- that because many teenagers like it- everyone should.”
Junior Allie Levitan “The story just doesn’t appeal to me. It seems like it’d be a better movie than a book.” Junior Cub Root “Twilight is gay.” Junior Dylan Vaughn “Upon reading Twilight, a feeling spread through my innards that can only be described as blissful.” Teacher Joseph Uhler “Though I have not read much of the book, what I have read lacks the literary merit that I look for in pleasure reading.” Teacher Susan Davaney They are addictive. I lent the book to Coach Z and she read it in a day. They’re a guilty pleasure.
In case you’ve missed it:
Twilight series summary
Isabella Swan is a 17-year-old girl who moves from Phoenix, Ariz., to Forks, Wash., to allow her divorced mother to travel with her new boyfriend, Phil, a minor league baseball player. Although she attracts much attention at her new school (especially with the boys), Bella is drawn to Edward Cullen, who turns out to be a “vegetarian” vampire, drinking animal blood instead of the human kind. The two are pulled into a passionate romance, yet face violence and drama.
After a birthday accident, Edward and his family move away from Forks. As she falls into a deep depression, Bella spends more time with Jacob Black, from an Indian reservation. Their adventures together are wild and daring, wavering on the edge of danger and romance, especially when Bella discovers Jacob’s secret.
Vampire Victoria has created an army of newborn vampires to battle the Cullen family and kill Bella. The vampires and Jacob’s
pack of werewolves join forces in order to successfully defeat Victoria and her army. Meanwhile, Bella is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob.
Wedding bells ring when Bella and Edward finally tie the knot. During their honeymoon on a secluded island however, an unexpected pregnancy comes their way. Once again, Bella’s world is thrown into chaos, as she must strive to save someone she loves more than Edward.
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Catherine Hoang Edition Staff
A cult more terrifying than Harry Potter A student’s review
Megan Hodge Edition Staff
Twilight is a series of four fantasy and romance novels by Stephenie Meyer. They follow the adventures of Bella Swan, a teenager who moves to Forks, Wash. and finds her life turned upside-down when she falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. The success of this romance novel is eerily familiar, following the path of the Harry Potter series. As of August the Twilight books have sold over 55 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 20 languages. More Twilight books have been sold in the United States than American classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind and Charlotte’s Web. The simple writing style and poor syntax create books suited for elementary school students, except for the controversial subject matter (i.e. rape, abortion, violence). Meyer extends her sentences with unnecessary adjectives and adverbs. These 500 page books could have been fit to under 200 pages if she were more concise. These books serve as a crutch for girls with gaping holes that need to be filled, making them feel more alive with each page they turn. These girls have no life to speak of and are quickly sucked in to this cheesy, cookie-cutter layout of a romance novel. Based on what this series says about love and relationships, I fear for my gender’s future. I recently saw a bumper sticker that read: “Edward Cullen is for women what sex is to men: on our minds every seven seconds!” Edward Cullen, the psychotic vampire who courts Bella, abuses her, stalks her, breaks into her house, watches her as she sleeps and takes the engine out of her car to keep her from seeing another boy. He also has sex with Bella while she is unconscious and tries to coerce her into having an abortion. Bella covers the bruises Edward gives her and hides her injuries from her friends. Bella and Edward exemplify an unhealthy relationship.
After these books were released, Facebook was trashed by Twilight related groups and discussions. One group, called “Because I read Twilight I have unrealistic expectations in Men,” gives a list of requirements for future lovers. Unrealistic criteria include: “be able to stop oncoming traffic with only his fist, quote Romeo and Juliet to you, play piano and be able to read other people’s minds to let you know what is coming.” People may say this is crazy and that no girl would actually use this as a “Meyerfied” guide to love, but sifting through the group’s 30,292 comments was one from a 17-year-old girl. “After reading these books, I broke up with my boyfriend of three years,” she said. “It was hard, but I knew we were never meant to be when I found out he could not play the piano.” In the third book, Eclipse, another boy who likes Bella is introduced- Jacob. By the end of the book, he manipulates and threatens suicide because Bella refuses to love him. He tells her he has nothing to live for if she does not love him. Feeling guilty, Bella kisses him and realizes that she loves Jacob after all. The positive result of his threats encourages suicide as an action worthy of reward. The violent and horrifying instances of pedophilia and rape in the Twilight series are not to be fantasized, let alone crafted as components of an ideal relationship. The original release date for the Twilight movie was set at Dec. 12, but after a vacancy left by the nine-month delay of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, it was bumped 21 days ahead to Nov. 21. According to Twilight’s official web site, over 63 percent of all pre-order online tickets in the United States are for the Twilight movie. There is also a section on the movie’s web site that shows the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds before the Twilight movie is released.
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High school sports injuries soar due to overtraining and improper nutrition Anna Gitter Edition Staff
Tendonitis, ACL and meniscus tears, shin splints, ankle sprains, hamstring strains, groin pulls, runner’s knee, back strains, torn rotator cuffs, finger fractures; the list goes on and on. Sports injuries among athletes, especially high school athletes, continue to increase due to overusing muscles and ignoring the early symptoms of temporary or sometimes permanent injuries. With the physical demands each sports require, athletes now face the dilemma of deciding when the pain is great enough to be sidelined. With football ending its season, several players have experienced injuries, due to the risks associated with contact sports. “We have had a lot of sprains and muscle strains, and contusions, or more commonly
known as bruises,” Athletic trainer Laura Pokluda, ATC, LAT said. “But we have had injuries from baseball and its off season, and from cross country and volleyball.” Most athletic injuries are due to the elements within sports such as running and contact. “With running, like in soccer, you run and then plant your leg, and that can lead to an ACL tear,” Ann Newstead PT, MS said. “Weight lifting too much weight or too frequently can lead to injuries also.” With more intense practices and games in contact sports, concussions have increased, but remain overlooked by many. “Concussions or minor head injuries disrupt an athlete’s thinking and balance,” Newstead said. “This even occurs with heading a ball in soccer.” Several factors besides athletic competitions contribute to the increase in sports injuries.
“Overtraining is the primary cause. If you increase your intensity or workout time more than five percent per week, you risk injury,” Newstead said. “Appropriate warm ups and cool downs are necessary. You can’t just roll out of bed. Teens also face the challenges of less sleep and poor nutrition, therefore, harming their bodies.” When first injured, athletes are instructed to follow a crucial treatment method, in order to shorten the healing time. “We follow RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) for lower and upper body injuries,” Pokluda said. “Later on, you work on your range of motion and equal it to the strength of your other side.” In a world controlled by the media, girls fall under the influence to appear as most celebrities do, leading to a greater risk of injury. “I think there is more of a
stigma to look skinny for girls, in which they don’t consume an adequate amount of calories or the right kind of calories,” Newstead said. “If girls also don’t have good nutrition when younger, they won’t be as strong when they are teens.” Another problem is that after surgery, athletes should theoretically come back once they are healed, but for many, they return to their sport too early. “Athletes should come back better, but other factors contribute when it comes to surgery,” Newstead said. “Whether the athlete starts playing too early, or not strengthening both limbs can cause the injury to return when the athlete is young or even when they are 80 to 90 years old.”
sometimes under the influence of their coach. “Some coaches push athletes too far, making them do too much for their strength or skill level,” Newstead said. “They can also not provide enough time for the athletes to rest.” While sports remain a significant part of most students’ lives, athletes must remember to exercise and have fun under appropriate conditions. “Everyone has different body types and high school athletes must exercise differently than collegiate athletes,” Newstead said. “Also, sports need to be made fun. That way today’s students will exercise for their entire life.”
Athletes, however, continue to play sports to the point of injury,
Emily Neinast Grade: 12 Injury: ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tear What caused the injury? “The first time the injury occurred, I was playing indoor soccer, and the second time the injury occurred, it was due to overuse and the buildup of injuries overtime.” When did the injury occur? “While I was playing soccer. The second time I tore my ACL, I thought I had just torn the cartilage in my knee.” What pain did the injury cause? “The first time it happened, I heard a pop and fell to the ground and my knee swelled up. I couldn’t walk for four days because of the pain.” Senior Emily Neinast shares the scar from surgery on her ACL Photo by Chris Evans
What rehabilitation did the injury require?
“I tore my ACL in January of 2004 and October of 2006. I had two surgeries, one for each tear, and had physical therapy three times a week for nine months after both surgeries.”
What limitations did you have after surgery? “Well, I didn’t have that many limitations. The second time I had surgery, I started playing soccer that weekend because I had a state tournament.” What goals do you have now that you are in recovery? “ I don’t want to tear my ACL again.” Do you have any advice to give fellow athletes? “Right after you have ACL injuries, make sure you start stretching right away and complete your physical therapy exercises.”
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Miya Kodama Grade: 11 Injury: Shin Splints
What caused the injury? “My physical therapist told me that one of my legs is stronger than my other leg since my hips are unbalanced. But when I started running, I began to have pain, leading to shin splints.” When did the injury occur? “After the first week of cross country last year, I felt the pain. I had never really ran everyday and after having been in pain for a couple days, I knew something was wrong.” What pain did the injury cause? “My shins would hurt when there was impact; they were very sensitive. When I would sit or drive, my shins would feel like they were being pinched.”
What rehabilitation did you need? “I had to equal the strength of my legs and their flexibility. After exercising, even now, I have to ice my shins and stretch my calves. I also have to wear foot orthotics, inserts in my shoes that allow normal foot movement.” What goals do you have now that you have recovered? “I want to run better and improve my times.” Do you have any advice to give to fellow athletes? “No matter how fit you are, get your legs and feet checked before intense exercise. Everyone has a problem; very few people have symmetrical bodies. Also, buy a good pair of running shoes every 500 miles you run.”
Miya Kodana maintains a steady pace when running in a cross country meet. Photo Donated by Cross Country.
Will Stratton Grade: 12 Injury: Spondylosthesis (fractured L5 vertabrae) What is the injury? “The bone that keeps the pedicle in line breaks, leading to unstable situations, such as having vertebrae disks slip out.” What caused the injury? “I was working hard, playing baseball, and I overworked my back, not allowing enough time for rest.” When did the injury occur? “The team was doing wind sprints and I when pushed off to run, I took two steps and fell. I knew something had happened.” What pain did the injury cause? “The pain felt as if I had been stuck with a knife
in the back and then the pain radiated to my hamstring and midback.” What rehabilitation did you require? “I had to wear a brace for eight weeks in the middle of sophomore year, and then the injury reoccurred and I had to wear a brace for another eight weeks at the beginning of junior year.” What goals do you have now that you have recovered? “I can’t consistently play sports right now, but I want to. I also just want to be healthy.” Do you have any advice to give fellow athletes? “There is the point where you can over train. Work hard, but allow time to recover. You can sometimes do more harm than good.”
Will Stratton models his brace. Photo by Christine Laramy.
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As fall athletics come to a close, many teams get ready for winter, spring season
Lacrosse boys play hard in hopes of having a successful season. Photo donated by Anderson Lacrosse.
Boys’ lacrosse hopes for more recognition this year Catherine Hoang Edition Staff
With only one month left until January, the boys’ lacrosse team is getting ready with pre-season practices. “Our regular season does not start until January, but we have assorted tournaments that we participate in all over Texas,” sophomore Hunter Neale said. The team has two upcoming tournaments, including the Austin Round Robin Tournament, Nov. 23, and a tournament at UT, Dec. 6-7. Even with the many competitions and games, lacrosse is still not a widely recognized sport.
“Our goals this year are to become a better team, make lacrosse a UIL sport and to win, of course,” Neale said. “I think that lacrosse needs to come out and become a more well-known sport.” Although their annual Mangia Bowl is always well-attended, Neale hopes to see more Anderson students cheering on the sidelines this season. “We have given lacrosse some notoriety by having a Mangia Bowl where McCallum and Anderson hold a rivalry game,” Neale said. As senior Clark Kimball prepares for his final season, he is confident the lacrosse team will continue their strong record. “Come to our pre-season game,” Kimball said. “It should be a great kick off to our winning season.”
Golf focuses on fitness Kayla Hermes Edition Staff Both the boys’ and girls’ golf teams have just come back from an intense tournament, where each team played a total of three games. According to coach Adam Holman, the boys need work on physical strength, while girls need practice in basic fundamentals. “The [golf ] team seems to train harder this year,” Holman said. “I’ve been having the teams do yoga training during practice.” The girls-team played in a tournament last week and the boys have theirs this weekend. In golf tournaments, five players are chosen off a team to participate. The team member with the highest score is the representative of the team, where the player’s score is compared to others. All in all, for tournaments, approximately 20 schools compete. Holman thinks the boys’ team excels in motivating each other and have strong team communication, while the girls’ main strength lies in their athleticism and strong competitive skills. “We’re really focused on fitness this year.,” Holman said. “The players motivate and push each other forward.”
Golf students practice their skills and work on their teamwork. Photo by Alexa Hansford.
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Meet James Rico Ruiz
Brooke Novy Edition Staff The Edition: How long have you been cheering? James Rico Ruiz: I’ve been cheering for 10 years. TE: Why did you decide to become a cheerleader? JRR: I was a gymnast before and I had a bad knee injury, so cheer was my second choice (less impact on my knee and still I get to use my tumbling). TE: What made you decide to become a cheerleader? JRR: My grandma was a cheerleader. My aunt was a cheerleader And my mom was a dancer, it just came naturally. TE: Do you mind being the only male cheerleader on the squad? JRR: It’s perfectly fine, I don’t mind it at all. TE: Do people ever cause your grief for being a cheerleader? JRR: Just the people who don’t know what it’s about and the athletic ability it takes. TE: What is your favorite part about cheering? JRR: I like getting the crowd involved
and I also like to cheer our sport teams to victory. TE: What is your favorite part about being a cheerleader for Anderson? JRR: People are really funny to watch and I love the crowd’s reaction after I tumble. TE: Why do you go to Houston? JRR: I cheer in Houston because it is ranked very high for cheer gyms in Texas. TE: How often do you go to Houston? JRR: I go to Houston every Sunday. It is also good because I can see my girlfriend. TE: Do you plan on continuing cheering in college? JRR: I plan to go to the University of Houston for a year or two and do college cheer there, then transfer out and go to NYU to pursue a career in acting. TE: If you like acting why not try out for any of the school plays? Are you involved in any acting companies outside of school? JRR: I haven’t tried out for any this year because of my schedule, but last year, when I went to McCallum High School, I was in two plays. I’m not involved in any acting companies right now, but I do take voice lessons. TE: What are your “credentials?” JRR: Well, my team is ranked Junior Coed World Champion and I am ranked fourth out of the world’s best male cheerleaders.
AHS students desiring answers ‘Ask Rico’ themselves! AHS: How do you keep your hair so perfect? JRR: It is a natural gift I was given. AHS: Why don’t you have pom-poms? JRR: Male cheerleaders don’t use them. AHS: Have you formed any special bonds with the girls on the squad? JRR: Yes I have. I love everyone on the team and it’s fun seeing them early in the morning. AHS: How do you get your jumps so high? JRR: I have intense leg muscles because I run two miles every morning. AHS: What’s up with the two finger gun? JRR: The two finger gun is just a symbol. I guess it’s my own sign. I’ve been doing it for years AHS: Why don’t you use a megaphone? JRR: I just don’t have one to use; maybe next year. AHS: How do you style your hair in the morning?
JRR: Some days, I will straighten it and other days I’ll just brush it and blow dry it when I get out of the shower. Oh, and I get up at six every day! AHS: Do you wake up at six just to do your hair? JRR: Yeah, sometimes; others, just to eat or do homework. AHS: Why do you go by Rico? JRR: Rico is my middle name. AHS: On out-of-town trips, do you room by yourself? JRR: For out-of-town trips, I usually go with a friend or family member. AHS: Do you like it when the band cheers specifically for you? JRR: Yes I do. It’s always good to get cheered for. AHS: Do you get dizzy after doing so many flips? JRR: I don’t after doing twisting flips, but I do get a tad dizzy after doing a lot of flip flops. AHS: What’s the worst injury you have ever gotten? JRR: I have a misaligned vertebrae in my spine, so I get sharp pains when I do intense workouts. One day, when I’m done with cheer, I have to get surgery.
Who to watch for on
Name: Cameron Gravelle Grade: Junior Position: Guard “I make it rain.”
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Name: Andre Wheeler Grade: Junior Position: Guard “Barack Obama would be proud.”
Name: Chris Todd Grade: Senior Position: Guard “Mmmm... Jiggly”
Name: Ryan Rust Grade: Senior Position: Point Guard “This team completes my heart.”
varsity basketball The Edition
Name: Markell Townsend Grade: Junior Position: Small Forward “That’s what’s up.”
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Name: Jackson Kiely Grade: Sophomore Position:Guard “Awwready.”
Name: Chris Gluckman Grade: Junior Position: Center “I whole-heartedly agree with everything they say.”
Name: I.J. Poole Grade: Sophomore Position: Point Guard “Raindance”
Photo by Patricia Howard.
Interviews by Michael Weinstein.
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This fall’s new film releases From a trip to Madagascar to a christmas celebration to a long anticipated vampire romance, this fall’s line-up has it all. Sam Chapman Edition Staff
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa—One of fall’s few animated offerings is the sequel to 2005’s Madagascar, which featured Ben Stiller’s lion, Chris Rock’s zebra, David Schwimmer’s giraffe and Jada Pinkett Smith’s hippo cruelly transplanted from the Central Park Zoo to the African island nation of the title. In part two, they obtain a plane to return home, but end up crashing in Africa, where Alex the lion reunites with his family. Like in the previous installment, the real stars will be the penguins.
Role Models—A comedy in the Apatow tradition, starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as the world’s worst role models. Danny and Wheeler, who according to the trailer respectively “hate anything” and “love everything,” are forced to choose between jail and community service after crashing their giant energy drink prop into school property. That community service entails 150 hours mentoring two hopeless cases, Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, trapped forever in his McLovin persona) and Ronnie (newcomer Bobb’e J. Thompson). All four children will be forced to grow up.
Soul Men—Bernie Mac’s last film role is attracting less attention than Heath Ledger’s but puts him in a why-didn’t-they-do-it-sooner team with Samuel L. Jackson. The two play Louis ( Jackson) and Floyd (Mac) a popular singing duo who haven’t spoken in 20 years. When their group leader ( John Legend) dies, the Soul Men are forced to reunite for a tribute concert at the Apollo Theater—but can they put their grudges behind them? (Yes.) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas—A darker offering adapted from a book by John Boyne with an original perspective on a common subject: the Holocaust. Asa Butterfield plays Bruno, an 8-year-old boy whose father, a Nazi commandant, moves his family to Auschwitz. To Bruno, it’s just your average move, and he’s angry about it--until he makes friends with a Jewish boy on the other side of the fence.
Quantum of Solace—The latest 007 outing and the second to star Daniel Craig as James Bond, takes the franchise further from its roots; featuring political coups in lieu of doomsday devices and explosive action instead of wacky displays of gadgetry. Picking up an hour after the end of Casino Royale, Bond learns of Quantum, a shadowy organization which had a hand in the death of Vesper Lynd. Also starring Olga Kurylenko as the Bond Girl and Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene, the Evil Industrialist.
The Road—Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic vision introduced him to the mainstream, won him a Pulitzer, and was so successful that Hollywood calling was inevitable. Viggo Mortenson plays the unnamed Man, with Kodi Smit McPhee as his son. They walk through a land, probably America, destroyed by an unknown disaster, and contend with cannibals, thieves, the man’s worsening illness and encroaching insanity. Promises to silence anybody who said it couldn’t be filmed. Bolt—The season’s other fully-animated extravaganza, starring the still-acting John Travolta as the voice of a dog who is the star of a popular TV show in which he protects his master, Penny (Miley Cyrus) with genetically-enhanced superpowers. However, one day after filming a scene in which Penny is captured, Bolt is accidentally shipped from Hollywood to New York and embarks on a cross-country adventure, using his fictional superpowers to “rescue” her with the help of a cynical cat and a dorky hamster. Not going to stretch the
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limits of animation, but should be fun, nonetheless. Nothing Like the Holidays—Remember when Christmas was in December? This decidedly early holiday offering chronicles three Puerto Rican brothers ( John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez and Alfred Molina) who return to their family home for the season. The dysfunctional family gets in each others’ faces, wacky hijinks ensue, and everybody learns a valuable lesson. Don’t go in expecting to be amazed. The Soloist—If some movies can be described as “Oscar bait” this one is more like throwing dynamite into the water and blasting the Oscars out. The suddenlyall-over-the-place Robert Downey Jr. plays Steve Lopez, a journalist who writes an article on Jamie Foxx’s schizophrenic street violinist and helps him reach his full potential. Based on a true story written by Lopez himself, and directed by Atonement’s Joe Wright, this promises to be a big player, come February, 22. Twilight—In case anybody in the visible universe has not heard of this, see the spread on pages 22-23. Australia—The new release from Baz Luhrmann, the director famous for loading the screen with so many visuals you can barely tell what’s going on, is a historical epic/romance/western/war/adventure/ whatever else he could squeeze in, set, amazingly, in Australia before and during the WWII Japanese bombing of Darwin. Starring Nicole Kidman as an aristocrat who inherits control of an immense ranch and Hugh Jackman as a ranch-hand who helps her drive 2,000 cattle out of harm’s way.
Four Christmases—Because families who enjoy each other’s company just aren’t funny, we are instead given Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon as a couple of habitual holiday-skippers who agree to spend Christmas with their families. The catch is that both sets of parents have divorced and remarried, which aside from making plenty of room for an ensemble cast, means that they have to put up with four different families on the big day. Perfect for making us dread the season before it even starts. Transporter 3—All obligatory “was there a Transporter 2” jokes aside, that guy who looks kind of like Bruce Willis—sorry, Jason Statham—is back as Frank Martin, a professional transporter who delivers “packages” and asks no questions. This time, he has been rigged with an electronic bracelet that will explode if he steps more than 75 feet from his car; this promises to turn the entire movie into a two-hour car chase (not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that). transporter3film.com Frost/Nixon--Ron Howard’s new feature is based on the play of the same name and the same cast: stage veteran Frank Langella as the recently ousted president Richard Nixon and Michael Sheen as British talk-show host David Frost, who conducted a series of interviews with Nixon after his resignation due to the Watergate scandal. Frost eventually finds himself playing the role of prosecutor to an America hungry for closure. Punisher: War Zone--The sequel to 2004’s The Punisher finds violent vigilante Frank Castle pitted against Jigsaw, a disfigured mob boss with no relation to the villain of the Saw movies. The Punisher is a lesser-known non-super superhero in the vein of Batman or Iron Man, and when pitted against both the police and the mob, could produce results either amazing or awful.
February 12, 2009
February 12, 2009
Check out the new Edition music blog at Andersonmusicjunkie.blogspot.com for interviews, videos and information on new upcoming bands. This month’s band is Spiral Beach, from Anaheim, Cali. who played in the movie “Charlie Bartlett.”
November 14, 2008
Juniors Thomas Lowery (rabbi) and Shelby Kiser (Pebbles) attempt to stay in character at a Halloween party. Photo by Erin McCray.
Sophomore Liz Cook poses as a safari explorer before the football game Halloween night. Photo by Lauren Flores.
2008 Seniors Noble Adams and Alison Deathe contrast costumes as Peter Pan and G.I. Jane. Photo by Alison Deathe.
Sophomores Sydney Hayes and Mackenzie Perry bring back the Roaring 20s as flappers. Photo by Sydney Hayes.