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You fight, you’re out

Aloha ,Hawaii

By Jana Warren Though Tech has a reputation of being slowly progressive when it comes to disciplinary issues, changes are in the works. “He (Mr. Yarrell) wants Tech to get a good reputation out there because Tech sometimes doesn’t, because Tech isn’t a normal school, it is like a small college,” said Dean Terry Hoover. So is it the size of the campus or the campus itself that evokes the violence in the students? “There shouldn’t be any violence at Tech; it needs to stop, People always apologize when “If you fight on I tell them where this campus you I work and I ask them, why they will be an exare good kids,” Tech Titan.” i teacher Lucy said Pote. “Alternative - Principal placement is Lawrence Yarrell appropriate but for some cases I think it should be expulsion where they can’t go to school at all.” However some students believe that the administration needs to look in a different direction. “They need different ways to solve their problems, and sending students to alternative school doesn’t help; it doesn’t teach them a lesson and they are probably just going to come on campus anyway,” said junior Ruth Hernandez from the Career Technology Magnet. “ I mean the news comes here more when they hear about fighting and then that’s all people


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Teachers, students feel loss of SSR

Marching band to represent city’s veterans in Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary Parade

By Tiara Sherrell


hanks to donations and support from alumni and community groups, marching band students and their director Gary Doherty will be heading to Hawaii in early December. The marching band will be participating in the opening ceremonies and the memorial parade commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, in Honolulu. The Indianapolis Colts came to campus Nov. 2 with a $130,000 donation that put the band over the top. The

Titans take IPS title at Bands of America

goal was to raise $218,000 to send 75 band members. Tech’s band is one of eight invited bands participating in the parade from the U.S. mainland. “This is something I want to be a legacy. We are proud of our students, we are proud of our location and we are proud of our community,” said Princpal Lawrence Yarrell. “It shows the community believes in our students. We just have to say ‘Yes we can’.”

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The Tech Titan marching band was named the 2011 IPS Marching Band Class A Tournament Champion, taking top scores in Music, Marching, and Visual Effects at the Bands of America competition Nov. 9 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The band was successful in attaining the crown as the best band in IPS.

Photo illustration by Kamen Rose

By Princess Kimbrough After seven years of Silent Sustained Reading (SSR), Tech has dropped the program. “Letting SSR go was a terrible mistake because I think it helped students do better on the end of course assessment,” said Tobi-Wayne Elmore, Magnet teacher. “For reading last year we had higher reading scores than the rest of the district.” The transportation buses that deliver the SSR books to Tech's library couldn't fit the delivery in their schedule this year, which lead to the cancellation of SSR time. Media center director Mary Ann Laker believes SSR gave students the practice they needed to build reading skills and vocabulary. “When SSR was in place there was an opportunity for 50 hours of reading time, which is 50 hours more than the average student will read,” Laker said. “How can that not be a good thing,? Administration proposed extending class time in an attempt to fit SSR in, but Superintendent Dr Eugene White mandated a 50-minute class rule. “Dr. White mandated that all schools have 50-minute class periods, which pushed SSR out,” Laker said. Since SSR is out, 40-minute advisory periods are in. Advisory periods are Tuesdays, after second period and are designed for freshmen to get tutoring and advice from juniors and seniors in the KOM (Kickoff Mentors) program. Some teachers use advisory period as an extension of the class period before, while others turn it into an SSR period. “I have 3D art so I get to work on my art work a little longer. It’s nice, but I would like to read instead,” said senior Shelby Dalton. Most students would actually prefer to have SSR, which took place first thing in the morning. Some just like the joy of reading in class without any repercussions. Dalton said that she enjoyed having a designated time for reading, where she wouldn’t get yelled at for reading in class. “I don't think it adds more to the day to have advisory over SSR, so I think it’s better with SSR,” senior Christopher Wirt said. Laker said students who are serious about their reading should work in 30 minutes of reading time a day. “If you need a good book come see us,” Laker said.

Smarter than the Kniess only IPS senior named National average mortal Merit Semifinalist

By Ashley Ballard What does it take to be considered to be a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist? For starters, you should score well on your PSAT. However, after that: where do you go? What sort of person should you be and what kind of goals should you set for yourself? Grab your notebooks and your smart-caps because talking with the only IPS student to receive such an honor, we find out that it takes much more than book smarts. Tyler Kniess, a senior in the Magnet Academy, was the only National Merit Scholarship Finalist in IPS. He may seem smarter than the average mortal upon first glance, and maybe even a little intimidating. However, when he talks to you he seems like he is actually talking to you as a person. He feels that this award should not and will not change him and to everyone that has known him, he is the same Tyler that he has always been. He wants this recognition to push to excel, rather than consume his personality. Every day is a new day for him and he tries to start each and every day on a good note with some advice from the good book. “I actually read my Bible in the morning to get my daily dosage,” Tyler said when describing his typical routine for the day. He gets to school by 7:30 and starts his day out in AP Chemistry. From there he goes to various classes such as U.S. Government and AP Literature and Composition. However, last period is when the real fun starts, which is band and he stays there from 1:30 until 5 p.m. almost every evening. Tyler is


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Story and information compiled by Dominque Sims ABOUT JAG: “Giving young people the opportunity to transition from the classroom to the workforce after graduation.” This is the mission statement for the JAG program, better worded as an understatement. The true purpose of Jag is to expose students to the correct preparation for their future, whether this exposure is from hiring jobs, recruiting colleges, or just opportunities to contribute to their life after high school. The only possible obstacle about Tech’s JAG, is that students aren’t as aware of the course as they would be with other mainstream electives. At Tech, the class is directed by Loretta McCray, the only instructor. The program for Indiana is designed for junior and senior classes only, to enhance the focus on preparing upperclassmen for life after high school, such as knowing how to create a resume’, the basics of finance and budgeting, and assist in event planning. Community service and participation in the JAG Student Council are examples of maintained projects throughout the school year. Rewards often come through JAG in partnerships with Dream it, Do It Indiana Logistics and Goodwill, which give students chances to build their resume. In the past, students have benefitted by being offered jobs, receiving money for a class essay and waived college application fees.

171 students raise grades in Intersession

Wells said. Some students said they were frustrated with the structure of the intersession. “It was unorganized, the computers didn’t work, our teachers didn’t come; it was horrible,” sophomore Jade Love said. There were five enrichment programs that were sponsored by the district. These By Deanna Talley and Easzira Mason include AVID, Cosmetology, Yes I Can, In Arsenal Tech’s first intersession, Music Technology and Business Skills. participation numbers were lower than Another program was Build it, Keep it, that expected. According to midterm grades, was sponsored by IUPUI. about 912 students were supposed to “Enrichment was good. I learned how to attend intersession, but only 10-15 percent make a business plan resume and conduct of the student population actually showed a job interview; it was really beneficial,” up. A total of 171 students completed senior Lance Bates said. and improved their grades. The average Students learned how to build computers number of students who attended and were able to keep them when the remediation was about program was finished. There 150-200 students daily. were several other enrichment INTERSESSION However that number activities that were proposed and The numbers tell the tale: declined in the second approved, but they were canceled week. due to lack of participation. There students raised The two-week intersession were 100 students who attended their grades had 6 certified teachers enrichment sessions. and 14-15 staff members “The success of intersession attended enrichment monitoring students. for me was seeing motivated sessions “We certainly would have students who wanted to do what appreciated having more they had to do to improve their students licensed teachers to help grades,” White said. “My only attended daily struggling students,” said regret is that these students did certified teachers and Assistant Principal Reginald not have this type of motivation White. during the nine weeks.” staff members Administration also had to This first intersession was a worked deal with some technology learning experience for the problems. students and administration. The Alternate Learning “First, we must eliminate System (ALS) was a hit and miss. There the confusion about who is to attend seemed to be a few problems in math. intersession in the first place,” White said. “Anytime you are dependent on the “We had so many students who claimed smooth operation of technology, you are they did not know they had to attend. bound to have some glitches,” White said. Second, we need more certified teachers. Several students complained about These students truly enjoyed working onelate buses, waiting and starting late, but on-one with our experts, getting the help as intersession continued, technology they needed to understand and master the became less of an issue. material.” “Intersession was great opportunity to White said the schools in the district will get my grade up. Also I like how you got probably have more autonomy when it to work at your own pace and still enjoyed comes to determining the curriculum for yourself and your two weeks,” junior Joi the next intersession in March.

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Jefferson Awards cell phone drive benefits Julian Center By October Kniess Put your unused cell phones to good use by donating to victims of domestic violence Cell phones are a part of our daily lives, whether we use them to call our parents, friends or for emergencies. Imagine what it would be like or how you would feel if you were caught in domestic violence and you didn’t have a way to call 911. But don't worry, we can help. Do you have a unused cell phone at home? If so, donate it it today because it could help save someone’s life tomorrow. As a school, Tech is holding its third annual cell phone drive with the Jefferson Awards to benefit the Julian Center and people who undergo domestic violence. In the past two years, students at Tech High School donated about 150 cell phones. These phones are given to domestic violence victims who have taken temporary shelter at the Julian Center.

This drive is a school-wide effort and the goal is to have 100 or more phones donated by the end of this semester. Any phone can be donated with or without its charger to William Gadd’s Rm. 350 in Stuart Hall. “As a school, we can prevent domestic violence through education, by having people be aware of the laws against domestic violence and the impact it has on children and our society,” Gadd said.

Bring your used cell phones to Rm. 350 in Stuart Hall

Technicians to shine in Circle of Lights performance By Ashley Ballard For the 49th year, the Circle of Lights will be presenting its annual lighting of Monument Circle on Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving. Acts from all over the state will come to participate in one of Indianapolis’s most anticipated events. The evening features special events and decorations, which will all be televised an hour after the live entertainment starts. For 28 Tech students and two teachers, this was a chance that they could not pass up. The Technicians show choir was one of 12 finalists that made it into the final show for this year’s Circle of Lights celebration and the students could not be happier. “I’m just so excited about this special opportunity to promote IPS and our wonderful students,” said Gisele Dollinger, secretary for Tech’s Music department.

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Out of the line-up of for this year’s Technician show choir, the majority of the members are new which made learning the songs and dances required a seemingly difficult task. They practiced for two weeks to be ready for the first audition and soon it was time to show their stuff. The Tech kids got up to the front of the room and started one of their signature Christmas songs, “Yule be Rockin’’, there was a definite change of attitude from the judges and the audience. “Did you see how their faces lit up when you all started!” said Technicians director Cynthia Hartshorn, when the audition was over. Technicians were one of the six finalists

chosen for the Circle of Lights. Now the Technicians are working hard to finish learning their Christmas set for the final show for the Circle of Lights; it will only be a matter of time before all their work pays off. The program will air on RTV6 Nov. 24 and 25.

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hear about Tech is fighting. That’s why I believe people need to handle their business outside of school.” Hoover said these new actions are designed to make this a safe campus. “Mr. Yarrell really cares about students and he really cares about instruction and some people may think that he doesn’t because of how he does things, but we have a massive campus.” The zero-tolerance fighting rule was put into action for the student body. If a student decides to engage in a physical altercation with another student while on campus, they will not be suspended but rather expelled and sent to alternative placement. “If you fight on this campus, you will be an exTech Titan. We have permission to expel you with no exceptions,” Principal Lawrence Yarrell said. “If you fight, you will not be attending Tech at all for the 2011-12 school year.” Yarrell formed a Discipline Committee of administration and teachers that meets on Tuesdays to address these issues. Students questioned the new solution to fighting on campus. “It’s horrible; I think a lot of people just do stuff and others don’t,” said Alyssa Collins. “I think sending students to alternative placement for fighting isn’t right, because students have to use self defense and it’s not ruining Tech’s reputation; all schools have fights.” Discipline doesn’t just consist of violence and violence isn’t the only issue at Tech. Students have also been late to their classes and Yarrell informed them that tardiness was to stop immediately. “Understand we will create a safe environment and we are paying attention to the traffic on campus. You will be in class on time or suffer severe consequences,” Yarrell told students last week on the intercom. Dean Juan Gant said kids getting to class on time is the biggest disciplinary problem. “They don’t think its important until they get jobs and get fired for being tardy to work., then they say they won’t be tardy to work,” Gant said. “If you’re tardy now you’re going to be tardy later; you don’t just stop being tardy. Tardy is a habit, being in a habit of being tardy, you’re going to be tardy all the time.”


Continued from page 1 one of the Tech Band’s drum majors and watching him out on the field, his drive to want to help others was evident as he corrected the stances of the band members or the way his whole body seemed connected with the music as he directed from the back sideline. And aside from his position as a drum major, Tyler is also the president of the Arsenal Tech chapter of the National Honor Society. He organizes volunteer community service opportunities for the members. With whatever free time he gets, Tyler enjoys hanging out with friends, playing ultimate Frisbee on the weekends, and reading essays. “I may be smart, but I’m not just some loser who doesn’t like to hang out with anybody,” Kniess said. However, what is it that makes him so smart? He explained that it wasn’t a skill that he just learned, but was born with. He spent hours and hours studying and writing essays so that finally the day would come where he would be where he is now. He dreams of going to Yale University, but wherever he ends up, he wants to be awesome and have lots of fun while doing it. A boy rooted in God’s word, Tyler knows that He has a path for him as he says, “In Romans it says that all things work together for the good of those that are called to God’s purpose and what that means is that no matter what I do, God has a plan for me and I can’t do anything to mess that up.”


Continued from page 1 This trip is a part of a larger organization to support music programs in Indianapolis schools, provided by a volunteer group, known as the Sheperd Tech Arts Resources Team (START) created by Music Crossroads and other organizations, and volunteers that is co-chaired by Tech parent and former Lieutenant Governor Kathy Davis, and Tech alum Tom King, President and CEO of the Indiana State Museum. “This whole thing really gives us a chance to connect back to the community,” said junior Charlie Gates. Superintendent Dr. Eugene White also made an appearance at the press conference. “Indianapolis Public Schools is a great school district and I think 90 percent of what we do every day are events that you don’t hear about,” White said. “You always hear about the 10 percent of the negative and I am so glad you are here to recognize the positive.” And band members are well aware of the positive. “It’s giving a whole bunch of kids a dream they would never get to experience and I’m glad they chose our band to donate money to,” said trombone player Benjamin Hernly.


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s upperclassmen we generally forget, or would like to forget, what it was like to be a freshman. So let’s recast those memories and spend the day with Stephanie Herrera and her viewpoint from the third floor of Treadwell Hall on the freshman floor. Summary of my freshman year so far: The classes are a lot harder, and it’s more strict. I still have fun on the campus because I have a lot of friends and I love to be social. The things that I would like to see changed at school are how strict they are and I would focus everything concerning students on education. Though, I do wish I had more freedom to interact with the other grade levels. The hallways are always packed and it’s hard to focus in crowded classes. I didn’t expect my freshman year to start off so boring, but it’s still fun. 2nd period art class: I didn’t choose this class; it was just in my schedule. I enjoy this class more for the social part, I have this class with very close friends of mine. I’m not a big fan of painting and arts, but the class is OK. Advisory Period: KOM: It didn’t go so well because our mentors didn’t show up until last minute and Mr. Jensen had to take over.

21st Century Scholars: meeting Nov. 17, 8:30-9 a.m. in Arsenal Rm. 7. Seniors must get affirmation in order to qualify to receive the money.

Must Do: Set your appointment for your senior conference with your counselor if you haven’t already

• Apply to colleges • When taking ACT apply for the plus writing

Dec. 1: Mandatory parent-senior meeting from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

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By Makaela Modlin


3rd period biology: Matter cycles and energy is our learning unit. I like this class, it’s fun and easy to understand. We use an interactive notebook to keep up with assignments and the class. 4/5 period Algebra: I like this class a lot. Algebra is easy for me to understand. Not everyone is engaged but it’s an easy-going class. I sit by people that actually work and don’t distract me. The teacher doesn’t explain the work that well, but I’m glad that I’m naturally good at math. 6/7 period World History: The most boring class in the world why? Because we hardly do anything but listen to the teacher talk. Every few weeks we do a project. The last one was on Buddha. We hardly get any homework and the only homework is from uncompleted class work. 9th period English: I love this class, we are very social. We do things out of the textbook, and Springboard. We haven’t had any projects. We just take certain stories and break them down into what we’re learning. 10th period Japanese: This is my favorite class. We learn a lot about Japan. I won’t be going on the trip in the spring to Japan, but I would love to. We don’t have projects but many worksheets to help us.

IVY TECH: Has a new accelerated 2-years-in-1 program called Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) • Free for seniors with free or reduced lunch • For seniors without free or reduced lunch it’s $100 per month • Meeting Dec. 7, 8:30-9 a.m. in Arsenal Rm. 7 The only requirement is that you are a stay-at-home student with a stable support system. Information compiled by Jana Warren



Theater of Inclusion focuses on seeing life through the lens

Nov. 16, 2011

A Closer Look

By Daiyawn Smith What is theater of inclusion? On the surface, Theater of inclusion is a six-week photography class that allowed me to hone my photography skills. I was one of the Tech students who had the opportunity to experience Theater of Inclusion through a six-week after school program sponsored by the Boner Community Center in September and October on Tech’s campus. CEO Rebecca Hutton worked with me (above, left) and other students. By taking pictures of the smaller things rather than the bigger things you learn to view the world in a whole new perspective. We put the learning into action in early October when we took photos of the 10th Street area and the mural being created for the upcoming Super Bowl as a part of the PETAL (Photographing Eastside Transformation and Legacy) Project. During the project, I learned about taking my time to

see the small things in every picture and to show details of that certain material or item that was captured. “Every picture that you take is a reflection of you and your emotions,” Theater of Inclusion founding creative director Dante Ventresca told us. I took the time to visualize what he was talking about and looked at the pictures I took and saw things in my photo that I didn’t see when I first took the picture. I never knew I could take such good pictures and every photo meant something different to me. No two pictures had the same meaning - each picture had its own mood and feeling. Also in this project I learned to be patient and take the time to get the right picture. I think we all found a part of ourselves we never knew we had. This project brought out my creative expression in the pictures and now I am going to use it in my daily life routine.

Photos by Alexus Scott


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Song of the Month Beyonce’s Party Beyonce’s Party is the song of the month with the old school funk beat, bringing back classic dance and a groove of old school. The song is a club banger and a women’s anthem. The ladies love the song originally with Andre 3000 or the remix with J. Cole. If you haven’t heard it, go listen NOW.

Highest Rated TV Show of the Month

Graphic by Donneisha Squires

Braxton Family Values

By Corey Tibbs, Jr.

The show looks at the relationship between Toni, her mom, and her sisters along with the interpersonal relationships of each family member. After only four episodes, the new reality show about singer Toni Braxton, her sisters and their mom has been renewed for a second season. “Family Values” is on WE TV and promises even more more drama in the 10 episodes planned this year.


ere are my top five Titan picks in entertainment, from the small screen to the big screen, and all the way back to the radio. Do you want your opinion to be recognized on the entertainment page? Well, if so, contact me, Corey Tibbs Jr., any way you can and tell me what you think is HOT right now in entertainment. Follow me on twitter @CeeJay2Kold or my email address or my phone number which you have to see me personally for. Get your opinion out there on all the hot entertainment and Holla @ Ya BOIII.

Album of the Month: DJ Drama Third Power DJ Drama is known around the music industry for running the mixtape game, but his album Third Power went platinum in the third week. This album has a lot of hits, and collaborations with known artists such as Trey Songz, 2Chains, Fabulous, Roscoe Dash, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, and many more. Go get the album ASAP.

Movie of the Month Paranormal Activity 3 The Billboard record-breaking and award-nominee movie, “Paranormal Activity 3” is the best film that was released in October. This movie is scary and ready to make you jump out of your seat, so if you haven’t seen it, go see it NOW.

Video Game of the Month: Batman: Arkham City Batman: Arkham City is the game we have all been waiting for on xBox 360 and it is finally here. The game features a main plot and side missions that develop their own sub-plots. The main storyline revolves around Batman’s imprisonment in Arkham City. You’ve got to play this game.

Drake vs. Wayne Everyone has been talking about my most recent topic: Drake vs. Wayne. I personally took my time to go around campus and ask 200 students their opinions. There were a lot of arguments and it was a close call, but only one came out on top… DRAKE. Drake won by 23 votes and has the throne now. Drake is more talented overall than Wayne, and he is the No. 1 platinum selling artist in the United States with over 3 million Twitter followers, 7 grammy nominations, 7 BET

Awards, over 19 million Facebook likes, 750 million views on YouTube, 6 MTV award nomintions, a gold-selling album in the UK and was named “ The hottest MC in the game,“ by Rolling Stone. Drake is ranked the No. 5 highest paid hip hop artist of 2011 and this is all based off his FIRST album. He doesn’t rap about the ordinary, Drake’s songs are full of success, love, pain, goals, and accomplishments. His second album, “Take Care” came out Tuesday - go cop it.

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‘The United States has changed’ One Wiccan’s view of religious diversity By Ariel Thompson Honestly being a Wiccan doesn’t feel any different than when I used to be a Christian. The only difference is that when I say that I’m not a Christian, we get into conversations about what my faith is. There are so many misconceptions about my religion that I always have to explain why I converted. Sometimes, if they are more orthodox than others, the conversations can become really intense, especially when I quote Bible verses that they had never studied. I did a lot of research before I switched

religions. I wanted to have all the facts that fit into what makes most sense to me; it had to relate to me and how I viewed. In fact I even I thought about becoming an anthropologist, someone who studies cultures and ethnicities, including religion. The main reason why being a Wiccan doesn’t feel any different is because the United States has changed. People are more accepting of other people’s views and I find a lot of them interesting. People don’t treat me any different than before, even those with more orthodox viewpoints.

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he tardy bell rings and Miss Hagley gets up from her seat at her desk and hands out papers across the front of the room and says, “pass the paper back.” Everyone digs their head in their book to look at the last proposition. Finally the papers are all out and Miss. Hagley says, “Books Closed.” There is a closing and pushing aside of geometry and general search for pens and ink wells. Finally, the room becomes quiet as Miss Hagley is writing out this or that question and all over the room you can see one or the other various pupils staring blankly at his neighbor as through it was the fifteenth problem on page hundred and eleven. The propositions are well under way when a late pupil to Mr. Mills’ algebra class bangs the hall door behind him and saunters noisily across the room banging the second door behind him. The class then settles down after the disturbance. “X minus two equals what, Helen?” is heard from Mr. Anderson’s algebra class in the next room. Then Mr. Anderson goes on with the explanation of the day’s work. How can that test be worked with all that noise?

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By Tiara Sherrell This was the first time Indianapolis Public Schools had intersession and it was OK, although there were things that could have been better. I do like that during the lunch periods we didn’t have to use our lunch cards. That was one less thing we had to worry about carrying to school. It saved time in the lunch lines; you could just grab and go. Another cool thing about intersession was that the rules as far as asking to go to the bathroom or getting a drink of water were not as strict as usual. We could bring our lunches into the classrooms to eat, when usually if you have food outside of the cafeteria during regular school days, you would be written up. The programs they provided for us were excellent. I was in the “Build It, Keep It” program, a program that offers you the chance to build your own computer, take tests over computer parts, software, and programs, then at the end of the two-week intersession you take a test and if you pass; the computer is yours. I think that is a real steal, because the test was easy if you did the practice test and paid attention. Everyone in the class passed the first time, except for one. Also during intersession, the uniform policy was not enforced as much as it normally would have been. As long as you weren’t out of control, you were fine. Some students came in jeans and T-shirts and were not sent home. Yes, intersession could have been better, but for the first one, it was a pretty good experience.

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By McKeith Pearson Intersession, a seemingly promising opportunity for students who have failed, was really an unorganized, nonbeneficial, waste of two weeks. I had the pleasure of enrolling in the “Build It, Keep It” program, and this program took place the same time intersession was going on. The first day all the buses came 30 minutes late, leaving the unfortunate students, early on their first break, freezing in the October morning. Once we were at the school, we were told report to the cafeteria. Inside the cafeteria was a wave of yelling and aggravated teachers and students. I was given nothing but a piece of paper, so I had no idea where I was supposed to go. After the first day, I asked sophomore, James Sherrell, “How was intersession?” He replied by telling me, “It was horrible. I had to sit down and do work on a computer and the teachers that were there could not even help me on problems.” To most staff at Tech, this response may seem normal, but students who were not told about how intersession works were shocked and angry. I understand that intersession helps a student pass with a “C”, but how is doing unaided work on a computer going to help a student for the next grading period? Intersession seemed like a great idea to get students back on track and offer interesting programs; it was just, in my opinion, executed poorly. Perhaps with a little more planning and more information offered to both staff and students, intersession could be the success it was meant to be.

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Nov. 16, 2011


Banquet honors athletes’ efforts on and off the field

Familiar face represents city

By Dajuan Venerable Tech senior Anika Sykes was among the first people chosen to represent Indianapolis to Super Bowl visitors. She is currently featured on the 2012 Super Bowl website, Q: How did you make it to be one of the faces of the Super Bowl? A: I made it through Team Legacy training and ran in the Mini Marathon and it partners with the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Athletes recognized Nov. 10 at the Fall Sports Banquet included: (clockwise from bottom left) trainers Felicia Brown, Shilia Giles, Vivian Bell, Alexandria Vaden; D’Juan Bennett and Veronica Stewart; football players Deyonte Mitchell, Regis Wilson, Shomari Stewart, Brandon Brown, Marcus Saloane; Jerome Campbell, Brianna Metzinger, volleyball and Maria Rojas, trainer; Ginny Sanchez and Kathlene Hubbard, soccer; girls; soccer coach Troy Hammon, Athletic Director Keith Burke and Principal Lawrence Yarrell welcome those attending the event; cross country coaches Tim Jones and Coach Kristopher Burger talk about the team’s accomplishments this season.

Q: How does it feel to be a part of the faces of the Super Bowl? A: It feels OK and I feel kind of special, I guess. Q: Do you consider this to be a honor, to be the first and only Arsenal Tech student to be one of the faces of the Super Bowl? A: Yes it is an honor because I’m showing the city that IPS has hard workers and we deserve our hard-earned recognition. Q: What college do you want to attend? A: I want to attend Indiana University (Bloomington) and DePaul University. Q: Are you a football fan? A: Yes, but not a big fan, I just like watching the Colts.

Countdown: 81 days

As the Super Bowl approaches with 81 days remaining, organizers have released some information about the SUPER BOWL VILLAGE. The area will include two stages, a larger stage for main stream bands, a smaller stage for local bands and local artists. The Host Committee booked more than 80 BANDS to perform in the 10-days leading to the big game. Other features will include a ZIP LINE RIDE that is 80 feet in the air and covers 650 feet over Downtown, first used in the Vancouver Olympics. TAILGATE TOWN will feature tailgate competitions and football turf offering interactive game playing. The Super Bowl Village will lead to the front door of the NFL EXPERIENCE in the Indiana Convention Center, connecting Georgia Street to Conseco Fieldhouse, a key downtown entertainment area. The Super Bowl Village will be free and open from Jan. 27 through Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 5. Information compiled by Devonta Washington

Photos by Alexus Scott

Fall sports finish season with sense of accomplishment

The fall sports season came to an end with both triumphs and disappointments. Tech’s first round sectional football win against Lawrence North tops the list of triumphs. During this game, Damon Graham ran for133 yards on 15 carries and Dajuan Venerable caught 2 passes for 162 yards. These two players combined for over 250 yards of Tech’s offense. For the season, Tech’s leading rusher was Damon Graham who had 1,298 yards on 129 carries with an average of 10 yards per carry. Tech’s leading tackler was Russtin Trotter with 61 tackles during 9 games. He also had 2 sacks on the season 18 assist tackles. The sack leader was Jonathon Jelks with 5 on the season during 9 games. He also had 28 tackles. The Lady Titan volleyball team

lost in the first round of sectionals to the eventual champions Roncalli Rebels 25-8,25-7,25-4. The Lady Titans were led by seniors Ariel Hunt, Jaymi Bolden, Maria Rios and Alicia Malone. The Lady Titan Soccer team lost in the first round of sectionals to the eventual champions Warren Central 9-0 in hardfought effort led by senior Brittney Vazquez. The boys soccer teams lost to Manual in the first round of sectionals. Cross Country runners featured seniors Jerome Campbell who placed 38th out of 67 runners and Jazzmin Williams who placed 50th out of 59 runners. Campbell and Williams were also number one in IPSAC.

Information compiled by Anton Jones, Alex Winfield and Donald Mosley



Nov. 16, 2011

The state of sports in Indy . . . What do you think?

New coaches set tone for teams Keller juggles responsibilities of coach and assistant AD

DERRICK JACKSON: “I feel like the NBA lockout is a joke. They’re only having it because of the NFL lockout. Secondly, both parties are being petty about the situation. The owners want to split it 50/50 and the players want it 51/49. It really doesn’t matter, they’re all millionaires so why does 1 percent matter? End the lockout and start the season.”

The 2011-12 edition of Lady Titan basketball, under the direction of new coach and assistant athletic director Stephanie Keller, started off with two tough losses. Keller shared her plans and goals for the season. Q: What is your outlook on the upcoming season? A: I think it’s going to be a really good season. The girls are working h ard and they seem to be really dedicated. Q: What is your background in basketball? A: I’ve been in IPS for the last 17 years. I was in middle school for the first five then I coached at Arlington for 11 years and I was a PE teacher. Q: Why did you choose to come to Tech?

A: I was offered the Tech job after I resigned from Arlington; it was a chance to use my bachelor’s degree in sports administration and I was still able to coach. I have a lot of good help and I just try to be really organized and proactive Q: Did you play basketball in high school? A: Yes, I played in a small school in Ohio then I came here and played at Ball State for four years. Q: What are some of the things you will not tolerate? A: Missing practice and just bad attitudes in general Q: Who are your key players? Myrisha Colston, Jazzmin Willims Jamicha Jackson, Korehya McClay, Zakavia Reed, Ashley Yatemen, Tia Clark and LaShawnna Avery.

MYRISHA COLSTON was selected as Player of the Week for Nov. 13: 4/6 from 3pt line, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. UPCOMING GAMES: Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. at Warren Central; Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. at home vs. Lawrence North; Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. @ Howe; Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. at home vs. Beech Grove

Delaney takes on ‘Titanic’ challenge By Vivian Bell With new head coach Jason Delaney, the Tech Titans Boys Basketball is more than ready to take over. “This is a dream job, there’s a ton of talent here. We’re the only 4A team left in IPS, so that challenge is fun to me,” Delaney said. He has what the team calls Basketball 101, where the sport is actually a class after school and they have homework. After all you can’t call yourself a basketball player if you don’t know the game right? According to the head coach, in order to make this team, “You must be a student athlete and be coach-

TREY LYLES: “They need to end it so they can start playing. I want to watch basketball, not football all the time. I don’t like football that much. The Eagles are going to win it all this year. They’re already getting paid, so why does it matter? Mike Vick is the best QB this year.”

able. We’re not only looking for guys who have talent, but also have character and are willing to work hard, not for just tryouts but all year long.” Returning players include: senior captain Jerome Campbell, Derrick Jackson, Robert Evans, Ed Darden and LaMonte Crain. Juniors are Leo Williams and Jacob VanFossan. Sophomores include Jeremie Tyler, Trey Lyles, Josh Whitfield, Nick Scruggs and Mike Jones, who came from Northwest. The first game is at home against Manual Nov. 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. for JV and varsity at 7:30 p.m.

UPCOMING GAMES: Nov. 17, at Pike, JV at 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 23 vs. Manual at home; freshmen at 4:30 p.m.; JV at 6:30; Varsity Nov. 26, 9 p.m. vs. Chicago Orr Academy at Genesis Center in Gary, Lakeshore Classic

Hull brings national experience to coaching Tech’s wrestlers

KENNETH BEATTY: “The NBA lockout is pointless. It shows that it’s all about the money and not just the game. Back in the day, they just cared about playing, now it’s about the contracts and endorsements. Love the game and not the money.”

JAYLIN SUGGS: “They just need to accept the money they’re already getting so they can start the season. In a couple of weeks hopefully they’ll start the season. Some games are better than no games. The NFL is having a good season this year. The Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl this year.”

By Amber Jeon Nicholas Hull is not only the new wrestling coach at Tech, but he was also named a coach for Indiana’s National Team. Coach Hull started wrestling because he was able to fight without getting in trouble. He has been wrestling since middle school for about 20 years now. Hull was a three-time state qualifier and state champion in high school. He graduated ranked in third in the country, a high school All-American, FILA Cadet World Team alternate, was ranked 7th in world (Greco Roman) at one time, a collegiate All-American and national champion, and was recently awarded the

UPCOMING MEETS: JV Nov. 16, 6 p.m. vs. Roncalli at home; Varsity Nov. 19 vs. Lawrence Central, 6 p.m. at home; JV Nov. 19, 9 a.m. vs. Charleston at home; JV Nov. 22, 4:30 vs. Cathedral at home; Cteam Nov. 26 Turkey Dual at Cascade.


Information compiled by Ed Darden





All Sectional forward in 1930 College: Butler University,1934 graduate Inducted into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 1974. Baird also played varsity baseball. A three-year stand-out at Butler, he led the Bulldogs in scoring twice. He was a Helms All-American in 1934. He coached at Broad Ripple High School for 17 years. His best season there was 1945 when a 27-2 season ended with a championship game loss to Evansville Bosse. As a professional player, he set league scoring records with the Indianapolis Kautskys, where he played for 10 years.

He was the captain of the football and track teams. Graduated from Tech in 1940 Served three years during WWII Graduated from Butler in 1947 Coached football at Tech from 1949-1964 During his span they won 10 city and/or North Central Conference titles and the 1957 undefeated season. He coached eight All-State linemen. He was inducted into the IPSAC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, the Arsenal Tech Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Butler University Hall of Fame in1994. The Titan Football Field was dedicated to him in 2009.

Started on the football, basketball and track teams at Arsenal Tech First team All-American defensive back in 1999 with Indiana State 4-time letter winner from 1996-1999 at Indiana State University Finished college career with 191 tackles and 10 interceptions. He set school records for most blocked kicks in a career with 5, most blocked kicks in season with 3 and highest punt return average with 13.5 yards. Entered the AFL in 2001 with the now-defunct Indiana Firebirds; signed with the Chicago Rush in 2003 and was a key part of the team winning the Arena Bowl in 2006. Named Ironman of the year and first-team AllArena in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

BAIRD JOSH WHITFIELD: “I feel that’s bad because people look up to the players. It affects me because I like seeing the players play and now I can’t because of the money situation. And the Colts suck. It’s not as exciting as it used to be. They don’t have their best quarterback, so it’s hard to win a game.”

Indiana Coach of the Year. For that honor, he will be flown out to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to be certified by the U.S. Olympic staff. “We are looking to not only bring another state title back to Tech but turn this program into one of the best in the country,” Hull said. “The first thing we need to do in order to accomplish this is begin influencing the culture here at Tech this first year.” With returning wrestlers and new transfers, Hull is optimistic about this season. “We have some returning guys and transfers that will definitely make some noise this year, but the best is yet to come.”

Information compiled by Donald Mosley



The Cannon- November 2011  

The November 2011 issue of the ATHS Cannon.

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