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This fall, Edina is under construction. New buildings are under construction in the Southdale area. Renovations to Concord Elementary School were finished this summer, only a year after similar renovations were done to nearby South View Middle School. And according to an article in the Star Tribune, in 2012 more than one hundred houses in Edina were demolished and replaced with larger homes. Are all these projects connected? “No, not really,” said Bill Neuendorf, Edina’s Economic Development Manager. He went on to explain that the Southdale area and the 50th and France area construction projects are unrelated projects in areas that are important to the city in different ways. “[Residential rebuilds are] a...different monster,” said Neuendorf. Some Edina students have been having problems with the new construction projects, however. Two years ago, when new construction was going on at South View, a poll of students conducted by The South View Newspaper found that 96% either didn’t have classes near the construction or had a negative opinion of the construction. Only two of those polled had a positive view of the construction. However, according to South View Principal Dr. Beth Russell, the construction was

necessary. The student count had exceeded 1,300 and, therefore, the school had to be expanded. Concord needed construction over the summer for similar reasons. Road construction has also been common around Edina recently. According to the City of Edina website, road work was necessary in twelve areas this summer. Additionally, in an attempt to make the city more bicycle friendly, bike lanes have been installed in many major streets. Edina senior Jack Selcke said “[I] have to go to a bike lane...where I have to look out for extra people.” A few of the new projects seem less than moral to some EHS students. “The houses are too big for the families that will live there.” said sophomore Isabelle Warner regarding the recent house demolitions. She also called the new houses being constructed “monstrosities.” In fact, there have been so many complaints that the city has appointed a teardown official to deal with the complaints. Neuendorf, however, sees the teardowns and reconstruction as “the natural pattern of cities.” He added that the revenue from the teardowns were helpful to everyone, as it kept the tax burdens low for citizens. John Osler, staff writer

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Model UN Conference Coming to EHS Unlike adults, high school students still have fresh views with the program. It will focus on the rights of indigenous peoples, awards. “Kevin Lindsey is even going to be there as a guest few preconceived notions, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when an issue debated around the globe. Over two hundred people speaker which is really exciting!” expressed Edina Model UN’s the younger generation comes up with incredible solutions to from surrounding schools are expected to attend the conference, secretary general, senior, Sarah Nealon about the appearance global problems. “If we could literally take our students and many with hopes of passing resolutions, and some seeking of Minnesota’s Commissioner of Human Rights at the event. drop them into the United Nations, I think we’d solve a lot Students will take on the role of diplomats from asof problems,” explained Edina High School World History signed countwries, and through speeches, negotiations, and and Comparative Government teacher Ms. Elizabeth Nimmo conferences, they’ll create resolutions to solve a common During the 2010-2011 school year, Nimmo set out to problem. “It really opens your eyes to what is going on in all create a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, parts of the world,” said Nimmo, co-founder of Model UN known as Model UN. along with EHS World History teacher Nickie McKeever. With interest in international relations and world events Students become involved in understanding international rising among students, Model UN soon exploded from a events and uncover the variety of global issues the United small committee of about five determined students to an Nations deals with daily. Another bonus of the program are exciting ensemble of over 150 individuals, many filled with the diplomacy and public speaking skills that are learned,. creative ideas and interests for current affairs. The conference even has its own website where other So when the first Edina High School Model UN team schools can register for the event and take a look at the was formed, who would have thought that only three years background guide. People can visit the website at www. later, we’d already be hosting our own conference right here in the Hornet’s Nest? With the first Edina Model UN conference just around photo by Casey Robinson Completely student run, the leadership team worked the corner, extensive networking, creative resolutions, and together all summer to prepare the conference and has of course a good lunch, can all be expected when the date planned for it to be held on January 11 in Fick Auditorium. Top row left to right: Paul McClure, Bobby Martin, Alex Davis, David Porter, Andrew Brandt, Nick finally arrives. The conference will run all day from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Hauger Chiara Kohlmayr, staff writer Acting as conference advisors, Nimmo and McKeever Middle row left to right: Josie Thuma, Amy Hobday, Hannah Sommerville, Emily Ross, Amy Fang first decided to establish the Edina Model UN conference due Bottom Row left to right: Meghan Hurley, Sarah Nealon to a growing number of Minnesota schools participating in

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2012 Had Lowest Rate of Working High Schoolers According to the Huffington Post, the summer of 2012 had the highest rate of teen unemployment since World War II. With that, the future sounds bleak for high school students hoping for a job, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teen unemployment in July has decreased from 19.1% in 2010 to 16.3% more recently. Although the increase in teen unemployment started before the 2008 recession, much of the decline comes from a shift in the unskilled work force. “With the economy the way it is, few companies want to risk their money on someone without experience,” said Rainbow Foods Produce Clerk junior Ian Brown. Underemployment is a measure of how many people in the workforce are overly qualified for their job - for instance, a lawyer employed at a fast food restaurant. Underemployment rates are through the roof at about 14%. Many adults have had to take over the low skilled jobs that teens once took. As Brown pointed out, most companies would gladly take someone with experience over a student looking for a few extra bucks. With the economy beginning to emerge from the recession, the teen unemployment rate is like-

wise on the rebound. Unfortunately, a possible raising of the minimum wage could shoot teen unemployment back down. In the April issue of Zephyrus last year it was revealed that President Obama was considering raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.00. More recently, a union of fast food workers in New York has been pushing for a $15.00 minimum wage. The idea is that living on the current minimum wage is nearly impossible, but it could be bad news for American teens. With a pay rate that high, employers could move toward hiring fewer unskilled workers and making the inexperienced high school students take a back seat to people that have worked for years in the past. Still, this is all hypothetical, and the fact remains that the job market is getting better for teens. “Teenage employees have always been a very important part of our team, we don’t see that changing in the future,” said Human Resources Business Partner for Lund’s and Byerly’s Meredith Heerey, whose company’s employees are about 13% teenage. Matt Woolsey, culture editor

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Egypt: The End of the Arab Spring? Unbeknownst to the global community, the October 2010 events in Tunisia that eventually led to a movement, known as the Arab Spring, would flare up across the Middle East. Impassioned citizens hungry for governmental reforms and the institution of more democratic ideals, rioted and in some cases began civil wars that spilled blood and influence across Middle Eastern borders. Egyptians took up protesting and pledged allegiance to the rebellion on January 25, 2011. Only three days after, the government somewhat successfully managed to cut off Internet throughout the country. An overwhelmingly negative response to president Hosni Mubarak’s action led to his appointing of a new cabinet as well as a vice president. Only a few weeks later, Mubarak announced his resignation as president of Egypt and handed the government over to Field Marshal Hussein Tantaw and his military. The first action of the military involved, in short, the dissolving of the government; this included the creation of a new Egyptian constitution (an idea endorsed by almost eighty percent of all Egyptians).

The year following revolved around an increasingly dangerous Tahir square; much blood was shed as differences in both politics and faith clashed head on. In May of 2012, after many attempts at reconciliation by both internal and external sources, the race for the next Egyptian president began. Muslim brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi ran against Ahmed Shafiq, formerly appointed prime minister by Mubarak. Brotherhood member Morsi emerged victorious in June of 2012, shortly after the death of former president Mubarak. Unfortunately, Morsi, like many leaders, threw away proposed democratic reforms in order to increase his own personal power and influence. This exhibition of a power hungry nature first manifested itself in his assertion of executive power in November of 2012. Only a month later, the proposed Constitution was passed, and soon after that demonstrations put on by those who did not approve of Morsi began. In July of 2013 Morsi’s short rule over Egypt came to a screeching halt when he was deposed after an ultimatum from the military coupled with violent pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrations that

resulted in over a hundred deaths. Independent Adly Mansour currently presides as the interim president over Egypt. It can be hard to believe that after such intense revolution and anarchy in such a short amount of time that the Arab Spring’s spotlight may be up in Egypt. A Reuter’s article published in August named Egypt as a “graveyard for Islamist ambitions for power.” In accordance with this idea of phasing out Islamist extremism and hunger for power in Egypt, on September 23, Egyptian authorities formally banned the Muslim Brotherhood. This banning did not come as a complete shock considering that thousands of members were both arrested and killed during the summer months due to their allegiance to the organization. While many believe that the banning of the Brotherhood will yield no results because, as one supporter stated, “it cannot be dissolved through governmental decisions…it has…survived far worse.” Others trust it to curb much of the underlying religious and political conflict within the Egyptian borders. The current state of the country under interim president Mansour presents an interesting politi-

cal situation for Egypt. Mansour has made it clear that he has a desire to fix the countrywide economic crises that were created under Mubarak and received no addressing under Morsi. Mansour has plans to instate reforms that work towards solving issues like “infrastructure, health, and education,” especially in Upper Egypt where he feels there has been particular “[marginalization] for too long.” Egypt is proving to be an important model to watch when speaking in terms of the Arab Spring. While the Arab Spring, when active, was an incredibly bloody time, the overthrowing of an antiquated regime was accomplished. Religious and political conflict did take place, but there was ultimately an end to the conflict. Egypt serves as an example for other countries undergoing the revolution: the road to reform is long and violent, but it ultimately leads to change that has great potential to benefit countries across the Middle East. Bess Pearson, opinion editor

Fred Richards in the Hole? Is Fred Richards Golf Course, the course where many of Edina High School’s golfers learned to play, making or losing money? The Edina City Council recently hired analyst Matt Fulton to provide an answer. His job is to “review the financial data and operational performance from 1998 to today for all of Edina’s golf facilities,” Mayor Jim Hovland told the Edina Sun Current. “The decision [to close Fred Richards] would not be made without extensive public input,” said Mayor Hovland. According to Manager of Fred Richards Mike Bertrand, “It’s a rumor that Fred Richards is going to be torn down. [The city is] simply investigating its financial profit as of now. If it is losing money, it will stay privately owned

and be repurposed as a park.” If you walk through Fred Richards Golf Course on an early Sunday morning with the sun creeping through the trees, you’ll see golfers enjoying a nice game or mastering their long putts on the practice green before their tee time. The course holds fond memories for many Edina golfers. It was the course on which they began their golfing career. The easy beginner holes helped them develop every aspect of their game. “Fred Richards was a great course to help you get into the game because you don’t want to start off at the big courses,” said sophomore Cole Harris, a regular golfer. Madeline Marker, staff writer

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Edina High School is host to several exchange students this year who are learning what life is like in the U.S. Zephyrus interviewed three of them. Name: Thomas Hartman Birthday: Jun. 14 Grade: Junior Originally From: Munich, Germany Activities involved in at EHS: Soccer Favorite part of Edina: The Edina stadium and school fans Spoken Languages: English, German, and a little bit of French Biggest difference from Germany: Amount of school work Weirdest Minnesotan moment: His host parents hid behind a car and took pictures of him asking his date out to Homecoming

Name: Louis Casterot Birthday: Aug. 29 Grade: Sophomore Originally From: France Activities involved in at EHS: Football (Rugby in the spring) Favorite part of Edina: Edina football stadium Spoken Languages: French, German, English Favorite Sport: Rugby (played for international team in France) First food eaten in Minnesota: Hamburger

Name: Elisa Lustermann Birthday: Aug. 21 Grade: Sophomore Originally From: Germany Activities involved in at EHS: Harry Potter Club Favorite part of Edina: Southdale Library Spoken Languages: German, English, French, Latin Biggest difference from Germany: School is MUCH bigger

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What’s Your HORROR-scope? Aquarius (Jan. 21- Feb. 19) Don’t be too sarcastic this month, for some opposing Leo may not get the joke. Save your witty jokes for family, because they are obligated to laugh regardless of your questionable sense of humor. Pisces (Feb. 20- Mar. 20) Don’t be too indecisive about your Halloween costume this yeargo with your gut and be true to yourself (Harry Potter or Teletubbies welcome). Aries (Mar. 21- Apr. 20) Don’t be too impulsive this month- a potential purchase at Target could change your life forever. Avoid the superstore at all costs. Taurus (Apr. 21- May 21) Your self-indulgent tendencies may soon get you into trouble, especially with all that Halloween candy. If you don’t want to gain twenty pounds, hit the gym. Gemini (May 22-Jun. 21) You might as well dress as a devil for Halloween because your devious ways may leave someone hurt. Control any urges to pull a “harmless” prank- leave it to the cast of “Punk’d.” Cancer (Jun. 22-Jul. 22) Beware of your oversensitivity this month, for a friend’s prank may send you over the edge. Set the tissues aside and save your tears for something more worthwhile (i.e., “The Notebook”). Leo (Jul. 23- Aug. 22) Set some extra bags of candy aside on the night of Oct. 31, for your overly generous ways may leave some kids leaving your doorstep with handfuls of sweets and those who come later with nothing but disappointment. Replace some of your exuberance with rationality and save yourself that frantic late night trip to the grocery store. Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 23) Yes, we all know the weather is chilly and you hate it; yes, we all know your best friend stole your costume idea and you’re so angry. But try to keep the fussing and complaining to a minimum this month or you may lose some friends. Libra (Sept. 24- Oct. 23) Watch out for your superficiality for the upcoming weeks- are all your buys really worthwhile? Instead of that designer toothbrush, perhaps just use your finger. Scorpio (Oct. 24- Nov. 22) Though Halloween is approaching, do not become that little green monster with jealousy of others’ costume choices. Be happy for your friends’ outfits- you could probably borrow it next year. Sagittarius (Nov. 23- Dec. 21) Dress as Nicolas Cage for Halloween, for your unemotional ways will shine through this month. Shed the casual scowl and focus on the cheer of the season. Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20) Your responsibility will come in handy this month, for with Halloween festivities fast approaching, less focus will be on schoolwork and more on what costumes to wear. Keep your priorities in line and make sure your to-do lists get attended to. Emily Kraft, staff writer

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, Super Spirit With only three home football games this year, school spirit might be expected to be at an all-time low. However, senior women have made sure that hasn’t been the case. Each year, senior women at Edina High School group together to form Football Superfans, complete with matching jerseys. Expected to go to as many games as they can, these girls elevate morale and energy, ensuring sufficient support for their Hornets. Dressed in a black jersey donned with sparkling green letters spelling out “Hornet Football,” these girls can be found pressed

against the front railings of the bleachers, planning the next cheer and shouting their favorite players’ names. Worn to school on game days, this apparel was designed by seniors Laura Baker and Hannah Scheerer, carrying out the tradition senior women have held for years. “Well, August came around, and no seniors had really stepped up to design them, so I decided to... do it,” said senior Laura Baker when asked of her leadership in the apparel project. “I thought it would be fun and I personally wanted the jerseys.

Hannah also stepped up, which was a big help.” Superfans are not just for football, even though the sport’s fans seem to be the most organized. “A Superfan,” said senior Natalie Rauchle, “is when you’re the self-designated fan of someone you’re secretly in love with.” Other sports, such as Badminton and Soccer have designated fans as well, making it to as many games or meets as possible to cheer on their schoolmates. “The best part is that you can support your Hornets and... get to know your school [better],” said Rauchle. Emily Kraft, staff writer

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For senior Emily Ross, this school year will be no easy walk in the park. With five challenging AP classes, cross country every day after school, and countless extracurriculars ranging from Model UN to volunteering at the American Swedish Institute, this senior isn’t cutting herself any slack. “I wanted to keep up the rigor from junior year because I’m applying to many competitive colleges and I want to show them that I’m very dedicated to academics,” said Ross when describing her reasoning for taking on such a challenging load. Ross is not alone. Senior Brandon Wright, who took four AP classes last year, has a current schedule of Human Anatomy, Multivariable Calculus, AP Physics, AP Economics, AP World Literature, and AP Psychology. When asked to compare the difficulty of his senior year to his previous school years at Edina, particularly the notorious junior year, Wright asserted that so far, this year is perhaps the most challenging of

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them all. “Both are always really hard. Although maybe the workload isn’t as bad, I’d say the whole package of senior year, with college applications and essays, is harder,” Wright concluded. So what gives? What happened to that comforting assumption that senior year is slide year? Ross offered up her opinion on the matter, suggesting that the phenomenon is largely connected to the college factor. “I don’t think it’s good [to senior slide] first semester because colleges will see your grades and it’s important to show them you care,” she explained. Whatever the case, it’s evident that the former presumption of senior year as slide year is quickly fading, and that suddenly slacking your last year of high school just doesn’t make sense. “My personal opinion is that it’s sort of irresponsible. I mean you can really waste away the credibility that you built up, and if you’re an athlete, you can easily get a scholarship taken away. It depends on what you’re shooting for, but it seems silly,” concluded Wright. Clare Ling, online editor in cheif

Walking the Halls With Dad Have you ever looked at Mr. Kile and thought “Hey! That theater kid who plays the little tuba looks like him!” or seen Erin Henderson and wondered if she’s of any relation to the great D.H.? I’ll let you in on a little secret: they are related! Zephyrus asked the teachers and their respective child what it’s like to share a house and school/place of business. Every. Single. Day: Question 1: Is it ever uncomfortable having your dad teach you?

photo by Bridget Loeffelholz This year, Edina High School’s yearbook, Windigo, has added a new dynamic to its team. Ms. Schimmelpfinnig, in her first year teaching at Edina, has become the class’ new advisor. Having taught for nine years and advised yearbook staff for five, Schimmelpfinnig said, “I plan on making this the best Windigo year yet!” “I know she is a good teacher and I can already tell she is going to be a great advisor,” said Windigo’s layout editor, senior Meghan Hurley. Hurley is excited to work with Ms. Schimmelpfinnig, but with two years of experience can already tell that the editors are taking on more responsibilities this year. “We are able to learn from her and, at the same time, she is able to learn from us,” said Hurley. The switch from Monticello High School’s yearbook to Edina’s is a large change for an advisor. “Monticello’s yearbook was just a club and not a class, meeting after school Mondays and Wednesdays,” said Schimmelpfinnig. Windigo meets every day for almost a full hour and is able to produce a yearbook twice the size of Monticello’s. Ms. Schimmelpfinnig believes that the way the Windigo book looks and the way the staff is run are pretty on point the way they are. “The only change I’d like to see is a calmer environment,” said Schimmelpfinnig. The yearbook is studentrun, staffed by thirty five students and one advisor. “My role as advisor is to take questions from the editors and to make sure the final product is perfect,” said Schimmelpfinnig. Jack Hultstrand, print editor in cheif

Max Kile: “Well, there will be some times, in the morning, where we’ll get in a fight or something. And then it’ll be a little awkward in class, because we were fighting this morning, but now we have to get along with each other. But it’s only awkward at times like that.” Erin Henderson: “No, never!” Lucas Baron: “Not particularly. As many of you know, we speak German to one another, so its like he’s a different person when he speaks English. What is strange, however, is having other people that I’ve known for years have him as a teacher. It’s like, all of a sudden, everybody’s crawling all over me all, “Lucas, I love your dad omgwtfbbq he’s the greatest ever!”

Dr. Henderson with daughter Erin Henderson Question 2: We’ve all told our parents white lies about having our homework done. Do you have a harder time than the rest of us sneaking stuff like that over on your dad? M.K.: “He only really gets on my case for practicing [the euphonium], but he doesn’t bother me too much when it comes to other classes. So, I guess I don’t have it any worse than anyone else.” E.H.: “Yeah, sometimes other teachers will talk to him if I don’t get my homework done. He has a more direct connection than other parents would.” L.B.: “The man can smell lies, and also predict the weather through taste, but that’s a different story.” Question 3: Do you feel like you’re more up to date with the goings-on at EHS thanks to an extra set of eyes and ears in the school?

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M.K.:  “I definitely do know some of my dad’s opinions on some bandies and stuff like that. But I feel like, of all the teachers, my dad’s pretty out of the loop since he doesn’t teach a core class. He knows a lot about the music department, but he won’t know about any of the drama in the English department.” E.H.: “For sure. He talks about all of the teacher gossip at home.” L.B.: “No. He lives by the theory that a teacher controls everything within the four walls of his classroom but is blind and powerless against the unknowable vastness beyond.” To see how the fathers responded, head over to! Will Hagens, staff writer

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What’s the Rub on Fantasy Football? Many football enthusiasts take their love of the game to the next level with fantasy football. This has left many less football inclined people wondering, what is fantasy football? “It’s where people spend a lot of time on the computer trying to… get points,” said senior Bess Pearson when asked what fantasy football was. Put simply, fantasy football is a league of teams chosen by team owners in a draft. The draft begins with one person picking a player for their team until each person has made one pick. “My first round draft pick was Peyton Manning… I saw great potential in Peyton this year,” said senior Syver Johansen regarding his league’s draft. The process then goes in reverse. So the person who had the last pick in the first round gets the first pick in the second round, and the cycle continues for fifteen rounds, until the draft ends. After the draft happens and the season starts, teams match up head-to-head and players earn points for yards gained, touchdowns, and field goals. In most leagues, teams start one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex position (which can be one of the

above positions except the quarterback), one kicker, and one defense/special teams unit. In standard leagues, general scoring goes as follows: four points for a passing touchdown, one point for every twenty five yards thrown, six points for a rushing or receiving touchdown, one point for every ten yards rushing or receiving, and many other more complex point scoring systems involving kickers, defenses, and special teams. These leagues are a lot of fun as well as competitive with the “smack board,” where you can intimidate the competition and vote for what teams you think will win. “I play fantasy football just because it’s fun. Also, I love the competition of it. It gets pretty heated up as the season goes on,” commented Johansen. As the regular season draws to a close, the teams that make the playoffs battle it out for the art by oliva chen league championship and whatever prize may come along with victory whether it be bragging rights, cash, or even a trophy! “I win everything. I’ve won the past two or three years,” boasted Johansen when asked about the playoffs. Noah Chestler, staff writer

Sophomore AJ Nelson, senior Cullen Raasch, and junior Gunnar Melin all were afflicted with concussions, each in a different football game.

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Junior Andrew Gresham broke his collarbone in a soccer game.

Junior Tommy Olk suffered a broken heart while reading the twilight series. Senior Gabe Johnson developed a sprained pointer finger and knuckle as well as a sprained middle finger and knuckle from playing football.

Senior David Smith received a deep thigh contusion from soccer.

Senior Micah Osler contracted medial plica syndrome in his knee from Cross Country.

Sophomore Nolan Levoir tore both his meniscus and achilles tendon during twoa-day football practices.

Senior Conor Hussey and senior Lindsey Kemp both suffered stress fractures in their legs from cross country.

Junior Parker Mismash broke his ankle playing hockey.

Senior captain Mark Bryan’s football season was ended prematurely when he tore his achilles tendon during a summer scrimmage.

Senior Anne Dovolis suffered a broken toe from playing soccer.

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Pop Culture: Destroying Our Morals?

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While many teenagers refuse to address the topic, pop music has become a huge issue for its listeners. Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMA’s only brings the issue to light. Many studies have shown that pop music carries very negative psychological effects. First, pop music emphasizes graphic violence. An example of this is Rihanna and Eminem’s music video, “Love the Way You Lie,” in the sense that the female character, played by Megan Fox, is willing to tolerate the male character’s, portrayed by Dominic Monaghan, abuse because she has so much love for him. Eminem sings, “If she ever tries to f****n’ leave again, I’ma tie her to the bed And set this house on fire.” The idea of this song is that the couple loves each other so much that they are willing to endure each other’s verbal abuse and violence. This glamorizes the idea of an abusive relationship and teaches teenagers that a healthy relationship is a mixture of violence and passion. After all, according to “Love The Way You Lie,” the woman “likes the way

What About Humanities?

Learning is the pursuit of fundamental truth. It sounds lofty-minded, but save straight vocational training, that’s the purpose of higher education, when you get down to it. Every teacher is trying to show students a unifying way that the world works. This, in itself, is not a problem. It becomes a problem when some methods of pursuit become somehow less valid. Last week, my little brother received a map of the math curriculum in Edina Public Schools. By tenth grade, it’s a tangled web of countless intersecting tracks sorted by the minutest difference in students’ mathematical aptitude. Meanwhile, all tenth graders are sorted into Pre-AP English 10, regardless of ability. There’s any number of factors at work in this: closing the achievement gap, meeting Common Core standards, and so forth. Honestly, though, at the center of all the educational buzzwords and theories is a problem that makes my education, and that of the many people like me, significantly more difficult: the recent nationawide emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs has left those of us whose interests lie in the humanities behind. Certainly, there’s good reason that an educator would want to emphasize STEM. People with these skills will, beyond a doubt, be paid more highly than my chosen brood, English majors. A knowledge of technology and engineering principles will serve those people who gravitate naturally towards those disciplines well in their future lives. What educators often forget, however, is that these are not the only people in school. There are plenty of people like me – people who create as easily as some discover, interpret as some integrate. We seek fundamental truth as much as STEM people. And yet we don’t have nearly the educational opportunities at Edina High School as those aforementioned folk.

The majority of my friends are, in fact, STEM people. They excel at the hard sciences and mathematics. And they receive ample opportunity for advancement in their chosen curriculum. Those whose mathematical reasoning is incredible can skip ahead in the curriculum and even take postcalculus courses at the high school. Those with scientific minds can take AP versions of any required class, not to mention countless electives. Meanwhile, in the English department, there is little opportunity for advancement beyond the standard track and, worse, no high-level postAP courses. Only three true history courses (at two skill levels each) are even offered at EHS. I know I’d be interested in a post-AP analytic literary theory course, and I’m certain others would. Likewise, I have no doubt that one-semester history courses that go beyond survey level – analogous to, say, The Physical Universe or Human Anatomy – would be popular. An IB curriculum, or even an IB-style one - with an increased focus on research papers and writing - would also help us balance STEM and the humanities. For these classes to exist, though, we need to overcome more than just budgetary concerns.We need to work to dispel the myth I have seen and felt that STEM is the only way of the future, and not just one of many paths to a happy and informed adulthood. The end purpose of high school education is to leave students fascinated, knowledgeable, and seeking fundamental truth. So why not help students down whatever path they choose to this end - be it STEM, the humanities, the arts, or anything else? We can do this. We’ve been helping students to create great lives for themselves for decades, and we still are. We just need to get the balance right. Micah Osler, copy editor

it hurts” as she sings the lyrics that her home is being set on fire. Perhaps more disturbingly, Rihanna danced on a pole and made out with other popular singer Britney Spears, in a performance of her song “S&M” at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Rihanna sings, “It’s your time to hurt me. If I’m bad tie me down, shut me up, gag and bound me, cause the pain is my pleasure.” The performance was directed towards a male audience as Britney first made out with Rihanna then bound and gagged her. The author of the blog “Strong Women, Strong Girls” wrote, “How does a sixteen year-old pop music fan make a distinction between violence as a permissive expression of sexuality and violence in a relationship as an exertion of control, dominance, and possessiveness? If we continue to create this confusing continuum of fun-excitement-passion-sexualitytension-hostility-explosiveness-violence, how can we expect teenagers, male or female, to make the right decisions about healthy relation-

ships?” This blog makes a great point. Teenagers are subconsciously influenced by the music they listen to and this distorts perceptions of how one views a “normal” sexual relationship. Furthermore, the sexual promiscuity involved with pop music makes females appear as sex objects and males as tools. According to the New York Times, 92% of pop songs make references to human genitalia. “The intense sexual aspects of pop music remove the intimacy and connection from any teenage relationship,” stated researcher Karen Brooks. The American Psychological Association, also, has linked intense exposure to popular music to unhealthy sexual development. With many studies indicating the negative subconscious aspects of popular music, we must all consider these findings whenever we start jamming out to what we think has a catchy beat. Miley Cyrus’ behavior is only part of the issue that we face today from what we are hearing constantly. Perry Bruder, news editor

No Room for the N-Word

It’s inevitable. The word is everywhere. Go on Twitter or YouTube and you’re bound to see it or hear it. Upon logging onto Facebook the other night, I noticed a friend from Edina High School was using it as a replacement for any other common word like “bro” or “friend.” But why is a word that is used so frequently these days so hard for us to talk about? If my introduction didn’t lead you to the word I’m writing about, it’s the n-word. This is one of those topics that most don’t want to go deep into because it’s so simple to offend others, but it’s time to get real. I was in third grade when I first heard about

photo by Bridgit Loeffelholz this word. Like most young people my age, it was an exciting time where you started to learn all of the swear words and their meanings. However, the n-word was different. I was taught that this one was off-limits, not to touch. But in the past few years, it’s been popping up in tweets, Facebook comments, and lunch table conversations. I can’t help but feel uncomfort-

able when I hear a friend or acquaintance use it as a regular term in their vocabulary. We live in a world where cultural boundaries are everywhere. The use of the n-word is just one of them. When an African American person uses it, in my opinion it’s culturally acceptable. Maybe I’m wrong, but I feel like different cultures have different boundaries. I can never help but wonder why a white person would feel the need to say the n-word. It’s not like it will make you feel better by saying it. In fact, for most it would only make you feel worse. This summer, celebrity chef Paula Deen was chastised by the general public for her use of the n-word. Deen’s actions were far worse, but I still wonder why the people I hear at my lunch table using the n-word don’t even receive half the punishment she enduring. Maybe it’s fun for some people to say it. Maybe it releases some kind of adrenaline. I don’t know the answer, but I know if I ever said it I would be upset with myself. I also know if anyone called me the n-word in place of a word such as “bro,” I would be immensely bothered. The n-word has no place in my vocabulary because there isn’t a reason for it to be there. I can’t think of any relevant context where the n-word is necessary. If you ever feel the urge to use this word, I recommend taking a look at a dictionary. That way you can prove your point without sounding completely uneducated. Drew Davis, news editor

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October 11, 2013

Volume 34 Issue 1


Where is the Real Downtown Edina?

Within the crosshairs of Crosstown and Highway 100, a tale of two cities has been spun. In one corner (specifically, the northeast one), we have the 50th and France area, a quaint town which offers a wide variety of eats and unique shops in a condensed space. For someone trying to find a real downtown though, a place where tales of the city intertwine with tales of their life, it is only a short trip down France Avenue to find Edina’s real downtown, Southdale. When I say Southdale, I mean not only America’s original indoor shopping mall, but also its sophisticated younger brother the Galleria, its wet and wild cousin at Centennial Lakes, and everything stretching down France Avenue just short of Interstate 494. When we tell a story, it’s made up of what happened to us. 50th and France definitely has the backdrop for a nice story, but once you get into the details, you realize that all you can say is that you walked past a few shops that have enough items to fill a house, as long as the house is that of your rich uncle who has nothing better to do than buy fancy paper or high end cookwear.

The true mark of a weekend warrior is when they can give a review of a movie and the latest Callaway driver, complain about how bad they are at mini-golf, comment on how old they feel after having gone to the public pool, and laugh over how they always have to stop at Creative Kidstuff when they are in the Galleria, all while talking about what they did Saturday afternoon. How can we deny that a place is our downtown when the stories we tell of it are so connected to our own personalities? The origin of the word downtown comes from New York. Back when Manhattan was moving from Dutch to English control, everything was set up on the southern tip of the island. As the Apple got bigger, the only place to go was north, but the southern tip remained the epicenter of what New York has become today. The downtown became the symbol of business, while the expansion became known as uptown. Granted, the 50 th and France area is a great spot for small business, but that in no way makes it a business center. Southdale is becoming bigger and better every day, bring-

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The Importance of Five Minutes

As the school year begins, as usual we lose the sense of security we developed over the long summer break. But this year, it’s more than all of a sudden having to wake up at a time you might not prefer and having to spend time learning. This year that certain

advertisements slapped on the pages of Teen Vogue and Seventeen are enough for them to strip down. Something seems wrong with this picture, doesn’t it? So what are some of the “biggest small trends” that beg EHS students to bare too much? Crop tops that showcase the midriff (and rarely in a flattering manner), highwaisted shorts that show too much leg plus some, bodycon dresses that leave nothing to the imagination, and t-shirts that bare enough cleavage to let one act as a stunt double for a Victoria’s Secret campaign. The burning question in my mind is, who killed classy? When did Miley Cyrus and Kate Upton replace Jackie-O and Audrey Hepburn? When did crewnecks become Vnecks and knee-length skirts shrink to new heights? Come on, we all know it’s not the washing machine’s fault. Sure, we can blame all we want on the media, but in reality, playing “who stole the cookie from the cookie jar” is child’s play and I think we’re all old enough to claim responsibility for our actions (or lack thereof). Employing a dress code that encourages modesty as opposed to over-exposure would be a wise choice for administration, students, and Edina High School’s reputation as a whole. So let’s lengthen those skirts, button up those shirts, and put our best foot forward. time you might not prefer to be awake at also happens to be roughly five minutes earlier than last year. What a cruel world we live in here in Edina. The first week of school, these five minutes might simply have been another meaningless rule forced on you by The Man. When will it end? Am I right!? Maybe it was obviously put there to make you personally late. I bet that’s it. They’re out to get you, and only you. Or maybe not. There are new laws in Minnesota that force high schools to keep their students in school for a certain amount of hours. Oh, the horror! This means they might have to keep us a little longer than usual. So basically this means there are two options; shorten the breaks or have us come

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It’s the annoyance we knew so well as children, yet we slowly forget as we grow older and put up with useless irritations: The clothing tag. It really makes no sense at all. One might say it carries important information. Oh, I see, because even though the company could print letters five inches tall on the front, it’s apparently too much work to print half inch tall letters on the inside. Sewing a new piece of fabric in there is obviously easier. Plus the tag makes any piece of clothing extremely uncomfortable. I can’t help but feel this is a bad move by the shirt-manufacturers. It seems this can’t save them significant money, and at the same time it really vexes their consumers. Others may say it allows for consumers to understand which way the shirt is supposed to go on. The thing is, if it’s really that difficult for you to figure out which way you’re supposed to put your shirt on, I honestly don’t think it matters. Either your shirt is so bland and poorly made there isn’t a difference between the front and the back whatsoever, you go through life looking for constant short-cuts that compromise your future, or you’re honestly stupid enough that you have to look at the tag to figure out which way the shirt goes on. I’m not even going to deal with the last one. And as for the first one, there’s really no reason to buy clothes that don’t give you any clues as to how they’re to be worn besides an intolerable polyester clothing tag. And as for the second one, sacrificing a day, maybe even a lifetime of comfort just to save half a second every time you put on a t-shirt isn’t worth it. I would even argue that it’s faster to see where the pattern on the shirt is, or how the shoulders are stitched. This may seem insignificant, but a shirt here, a shirt there, a sacrifice here, a sacrifice there, and next thing you know, you’re on the streets. Jackson Van Dyke, opinion editor

When walking up the staircase at Edina High School, being blinded by the incredible amount of bare skin of the individual mere steps ahead of you is no rarity. It is no secret that EHS does not enforce its dress code. On any given warm day (or cold day for those bold enough to brave the chill of fall and winter), you can expect to see girls in Daisy Dukes, crop tops, and plunging V-necks. This lack of a dress code has allowed the student body to look less like high school students and more like extras in a Robin Thicke music video. Sure, there are many who would probably faint at the notion of employing a dress code that would call people to cover-up their fastfading tans (try teenage boys with enough testosterone to wrap around the globe three times over), but the reality of it all is that individuals who adhere to the idea that “less is more” are just plain wrong. In classrooms, we as students are taught about the exploitation of women and children around the globe, yet we choose to exploit ourselves with the clothes we wear (or opt not to wear). The harsh reality of humans being the third-most trafficked commodity in the world is not enough to get students to cover up, yet the lazy American Apparel

ing in new business like CherryBerry and Smashburger, and coming soon, there will be not just one but two, count ‘em, two Starbucks! The Southdale area has also continued to expand architecturally. Who could forget the construction of the Westin hotel? It may not look huge, but it’s the only thing in Edina (and for that matter, the only thing in most of the suburbs) that you can see from downtown Minneapolis. Now the real estate continues to expand with another high-rise going up across the street. It’s good to see that Lund’s is expanding by moving across the street over at good ole 50th and France, but imagine where Edina will be in a few years with the new construction at Southdale! In Edina we are lucky to have two landmarks of business that we can choose between. The idea of a downtown still strikes me as a place that becomes part of your soul, and 50th and France has failed miserably to produce any spark in me, while Southdale continues to shine as a place I will never forget. Matt Woolsey, culture editor

Remember that modest is always hottest and in order to be treated like a lady, you ought to act like one. You stay classy, Edina – I mean it. Bess Pearson, opinion editor

in five minutes earlier. Personally, I would rather have minimal change to my morning schedule than have weeks taken off of my breaks. Plus, this is surprisingly efficient. At most, this new rule has caused you a tardy or two. But let’s be honest, that’s really your fault, and you probably would have been late anyways. And, over the whole school year, these five minutes a day will rack up to quite a lot of time - enough to really make a difference in a technical sense in that we can satisfy laws (which is always a good thing), and in a practical sense, in that we can get some more learning in. That is kind of the reason we’re here. Jackson Van Dyke, opinion editor

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Expect BIG Things From Little Pete’s New is exciting. New breakfast places around Edina are even more exciting. Little Pete’s Bakery and Café has filled the void left by Seven Stars Coffee House (R.I.P.) at 7015 Amundson Ave. It opens at 5:30 a.m. every day of the week and is open until 3 p.m. every day except Sunday, when hours are pushed to 1:00 p.m.

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Food there includes fresh baked donuts and pastries, hot breakfast sandwiches, several lunch options, and great coffee that’s much cheaper than your average coffeehouse. They have three options, strong, regular, or decaf, and you can purchase a ninety-six oz. cup for $11.99. Ongoing specials include one dollar coffee on Mondays (to make your Monday a bit brighter perhaps?) and fifty cent bakery items between 1-3 p.m. For breakfast, there are the usual combinations: bacon, ham, or sausage with egg and cheese on fresh baked croissants. For lunch, there are turkey, ham, and roast beef sandwiches, chef and garden salads, and soup. The only downside: there aren’t any sandwich options for vegetarians. However, the donuts were fantastic, especially the apple fritter. Mmm, mmm, good. When I walked in, I was greeted, and as the woman before me ordered, the man behind the counter was making small talk and cracking jokes. His name is Joel Bensen and he is one of the business partners at Little Pete’s. He said they’ve had good turnout so far. “People have come in to have business lunches, they sit at the round table.” He already knows some of the regular customers by name. The café is hoping to expand and serve hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch once they’ve been in business for a while longer. The only roadblock right now is getting a grill and a fan installed. Little Pete’s got its name from the owner Ron Jafar’s son who has autism. His diagnosis led to their involvement with autism foundations and awareness groups. There is a short history of the café on the wall above the coffee station where you can add in the fixin’s. Read it. If you’re looking for a hang-out with yummy food and a relaxed atmosphere, seriously head on over to Little Pete’s. Sarah Aydinalp, in-depth editor

They Want Their MTV Today, if you were to flip the channel to MTV, the probability that you will stumble upon some version of teenagers having babies, using despicable grammar, and panning for gold is very high. It’s hard to find actual “music” on MTV shows. Maybe a good soundtrack here and there, but no raw and real music videos. However, MTV, or “Music Television” has not always been this way. In fact, it used to be a channel entirely devoted to music. Curious to know how things were “back in the day,” Zephyrus asked teachers what their favorite MTV music video from their teenage years was, and they responded in a variety of ways. Some chose videos purely for their shock factor, and others for their catchy beats and advanced choreography. For both Mr. Sanger and Mr. Buckley, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” came immediately to mind. The “Thriller” video opens with a statement by Jackson telling the viewer that, “due to [his] strong personal convictions, [he] wish[ed] to stress that [the] film in no way endorses a belief in the occult.” The video lasts thirteen minutes and was MTV’s first world premiere video. The video tells a story in which Jackson turns into a werecat. Later in the video, when walking through a graveyard with his girlfriend, zombies rise out of the ground and Jackson transforms into a zombie as well. Mr. Sanger remembered “Thriller” as being nothing short of frightening. “It freaked me out!” Sanger remarked. “[It was] the scariest thing I had seen up to that point in my life.” Mr. Buckley carries a different first impression of the video, “I loved the dancing and zombies,” he said. “Of course, I tried dancing like that and was a miserable failure.” For Mrs. Raskin, Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time,” came to mind when she thought about her favorite MTV music video from her teenage years. “I was a high school sophomore when it came out,” Raskin remarked. “She was just making her debut and it was a big deal at that time.” “Baby One More Time,” opens with an innocent Britney Spears wearing platform shoes and fluffy, pink hair scrunchies with her school uniform. The video continues with Spears donning a more form-fitting version of the uniform and a whole lot of synchronized dancing in the school hallways. Refreshingly enough, because the video was pre-Britney’s-shaved head, “[Spears] was young and fresh and not yet corrupted by fame,” Raskin noted. “Plus, I was a dancer in high school and wanted to get all of those sweet dance moves down to a T.” Perhaps we can do ourselves all a favor and turn off Teen Mom (what are we on now, anyway? Teen Mom 11?), get on YouTube, and channel our inner eighties/nineties kid with blasts from the past and appreciate what MTV used to really be about. Hey, just because it isn’t Thursday doesn’t mean you can’t pull a throwback. Bess Pearson, opinion editor


October Lineup Oct. 13 Sophomores Lexie Michel and Gina Rorman have announced the release of a new video on their YouTube channel. Expect something new every Sunday. (http://www. Oct. 16-20 The Edina High School Marching Band heads out to Branson, Missouri for its Marching Band Tour. Oct. 19 Senior Frank Hartman will be releasing a new single on his SoundCloud. (http:// Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m. EHS Band Concert at Fick Auditorium. Oct. 28-29 at 7:00 p.m. EHS Fall Choral Concert at Fick. Nov. 2 at 6:00 p.m. EHS Varsity Band Concert at Fick. Nov. 7-9 and 14-16 at 7:00 p.m. Matinee Nov. 16 at 1:00 p.m. The EHS Thespians present “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Edina Performing Arts Center. Have an upcoming concert, performance, or new song coming out? Shoot us an e-mail at to be featured in next month’s issue.


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October 11, 2013

Volume 34 Issue 1


The Evolution of Miley Cyrus

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At the beginning of Miley Cyrus’ teen years, she landed her breakout role in the Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana” in 2006. Famous for her blonde wig and the show’s catchy theme song, Miley’s show instantly became popular. “Miley was cute and fun but just like all other humans, she was going to grow up,” said junior Andrew Brann. On the show, “Smiley Miley” was the perfect angel and daddy’s little girl. Who knew that it wouldn’t last for long?

Miley Cyrus began transforming into a more edgy person around early 2013. Her fans had a lot to say, but her raunchy outfits and spunky pixie haircut said it all. “I think her new style is different than what everyone’s used to and that is why there are so many controversial opinions on it…I think she’s being bold and still beautiful,” said junior Sofia Stevenin. At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley showed up clad in a skimpy plastic two piece, alien-knot hairstyle, and a foam finger. As a VMA nominee for Best Pop Video, Miley paraded on stage with “Blurred Lines” artist Robin Thicke. She then presented her new favorite dance obsession, “twerking”, all while sticking her tongue out at the crowd. Miley sure broke Billy Ray’s “Achey Breaky Heart” that night. Yikes!

Miley Cyrus’ video for her new single “Wrecking Ball” has received an incredible amount of feedback, most of it bad. Throughout the majority of the video, Miley is swinging around on a giant black wrecking ball wearing nothing but a pair of combat boots. Her song and video are rumored to be about her ex-fiance, Liam Hemsworth, and all of the heartbreak he has caused her, but no one is entirely sure. “She can try to be punk or whatever she wants, but it has just turned trashy,” said junior Sia Tortorelis. Mia Hilali, staff writer

Book v. Film: The Great Debate When filmmakers create movies based on books, reviewers tend to compare the movie to the book. In the end, book lovers tend to judge the movie version of a beloved book harshly. One of the most popular book series right now is releasing a second movie this fall: “Catching Fire.” The “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins was beloved by its fans and naturally came out with its first movie on Mar. 23, 2012. People lined up hours before its premiere. However, how has this highly anticipated movie compared to the book? Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games” was an incredibly profitable movie. The film made about $150 million on ticket sales in its first week alone. It also won many awards, including the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Movie and Favorite Movie Actress. The movie received positive reviews from both critics and audiences. Many Edina High School students agreed. “I thought the movie was pretty good,” said senior Krista Opp. Most Edina viewers thought the movie did very well and loved the three main actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Book enthusiasts sometimes thought differently. “I think the book was better,” said senior Rachael Retteratch. “I always like the books better,” agreed junior Madison Johnson. A movie can only be so long be-

fore the audience starts to lose interest. To save time, filmmakers often change the plot, which unnerves book fans. “I would change how [Katniss] got her Mockingjay pin,” said Johnson. The film’s writers decided to disregard the original way Katniss got her pin and decided it was better if she bought it herself. Some books, though, stand up to the film treatment. The first ones to come to mind to some EHS studends are the “Harry Potter” movies. “I love Harry Potter. They were like the best movies ever!” said sophmore Sarah Stefanik. J.K. Rowling’s books are some of the most famous works of modern fiction. It wasn’t a surprise that soon after “The Sorcerer’s Stone” premiered, fans demanded more from the amazing series. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was also very true to the books’ nature, and received very good reviews. There are more movies than “Catching Fire” that book lovers are looking forward to. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth is a very popular dystopian novel at the moment. Its movie, starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, is due to come out on Mar. 21, 2014. “I’ve been waiting for the movie ever since I finished the book,” said sophmore Sophie Cannon. “I hope they don’t ruin the characters or ruin the plot because that would suck.” Farhia Osman, staff writer

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