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VOLUME 93, ISSUE 7

THE BALLARD

APRIL 11, 2011

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EVENTS CALENDAR NATALIE WHITE & MERON KASAHUN

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HSPE: Science

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Baseball v. Newport @Whitman 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis v. Woodinville @Woodinville 3:45 p.m.

Baseball v. Skyline @Skyline 3:45 p.m.

Fences @ Neumos

Softball v. Inglemoor @Lower Woodland 4 p.m.

Track v. Newport @ Bellevue 4 p.m.

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Boys Soccer v. Skyline @Skyline 7:30 p.m.

Softball v. Eastlake @Lower Woodland 4 p.m.

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Baseball v. Garfield Softball v. West @Whitman 3:45 p.m. Seattle @Riverview Playfield 3:30 p.m. Girls Tennis v. Issaquah @Tibbetts Park Tame Impala @ 3:45 p.m. Neumos

Boys Soccer v. Girls Tennis v. Juanita @BHS 3:30 p.m. Bothell @Lower Woodland 3:45 p.m. Baseball v. Issaquah @Issaquah 3:45 Softball v. Blanchet p.m. @Lower Woodland 4 p.m. Softball v. Garfield @Garfield 4 p.m. Boys Soccer v. Garfield @Memorial Foals @Showbox Stadium 7:30 p.m. Market Cut Copy @Showbox Sodo

Softball v. Bothell @Lower Woodland 4 p.m. Boys Soccer v. Inglemoor @Interbay 7:30 p.m.

Rise Against @ WaMu Theatre

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Baseball v. Inglemoor @Inglemoor 7 p.m.

Girls Tennis v. Roosevelt @Lower Woodland 3:45 p.m.

Baseball v. Roosevelt @Lower Woodland 3:30 p.m.

Track v. Mercer Island @Sammamish 4 p.m.

Baseball v. Bothell @Whitman 3:45 p.m.

Jazz Night/Swing Dance @Blue Ridge Community Clubhouse 6 p.m.

Softball v. Skyline @Lower Woodland 4 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Roosevelt @Nathan Hale 7:30 p.m.

Softball v. Redmond @Hartman Park 6 p.m.

Girls Tennis v. Skyline @Skyline 3:45 p.m.

Softball v. Newport @Lower Woodland 4 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Issaquah @BHS

The Head and the Heart @Showbox Market

Track Invitational @Lake Washington 9:30 a.m. Portugal the Man @Showbox Market

Counselor’s Corner Reminder for juniors: Now is the time to sign up for your ACT or SAT. The registration deadline for the June exams is May 6. Don’t delay! See your counselor if you need help. For all grades: Want to talk directly to college and career reps? Wondering about the application process and financial aid? Mark your calendars for the evening of Tuesday, May 3 -- BHS Career and College Fair! College and career reps are coming to Ballard High School to talk with Ballard students and parents about your post-high school plans. Don’t miss this great opportunity to start planning for your future! This is open to all grades, 9 – 12. Ages 15 – 19: Looking for a summer job or service learning and want to help the environment at the same time? Check out the Student Conservation Association! Community Crews are five-week paid crews for 15-19 year olds ($8.67 per hour) working five days/week in Seattle on park maintenance, invasive plant removal, and restoration projects. Mount Rainier Crews are 15-day service learning experiences for 15-19 year olds (80 service hours total) living and working on Mt. Rainier doing trail work and restoration projects. Registration deadline: April 15. For all grades, 9 – 12: Are you interested in renewable energy, business, health care, or engineering/manufacturing? Spend a week at Western, Gonzaga, Central, or Pacific Lutheran University studying one of these topics. It’s called Washington Business Week, but it’s not all about business. Registration deadline: May 1. For Juniors: Washington State University Summer Honors College: Would you like to get a good idea of what an honors program would be like at a major research university? Apply for the WSU Summer of Excellence. Interact with professors and WSU Honors College students. Application deadline: April 22. For Juniors: Interested in Business? Want to do something productive this summer? Apply for the Summer Business Institute at Seattle University: Stay in a dorm, attend workshops on business topics, visit corporate headquarters. Application deadline: April 30th. For all grades: CollegeWeek Live: visit virtual open houses throughout April and May at www.collegeweeklive. com *For more details on any of these items, visit the Counseling Office and look in “As Seen in the Talisman” folder!

UPCOMING AP EXAMS WEEK ONE:

WEEK TWO:

MAY 2 -CHEMISTRY -ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE -PSYCHOLOGY MAY 3 -COMPUTER SCIENCE -SPANISH LANGUAGE -ART HISTORY MAY 4 -CALCULUS AB -CALCULUS BC -CHINESE LANGUAGE/ CULTURE MAY 5 -ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE MAY 6 -GERMAN LANGUAGE -UNITED STATES HISTORY -EUROPEAN HISTORY

MAY 9 -BIOLOGY -MUSIC THEORY -PHYSICS MAY 10 -UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS -FRENCH LANGUAGE MAY 11 -ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION STATISTICS MAY 12 -MACROECONOMICS -WORLD HISTORY -MICROECONOMICS MAY 13 -HUMAN GEOGRAPHY -SPANISH LITERATURE


EDITORIAL NATALIE WHITE

BALLARD TALISMAN A Clash in Nutritional Values

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TALISMAN@BALLARDBEAVERS.ORG Mission statement The Ballard Talisman is an open public forum for student expression, and exists to give a student perspective on issues relating to the Ballard student body and community. Please send signed letters with author’s name, class or position (e.g. parent, student, teacher, etc.) to the editor at talisman@ballardbeavers.org Obituary policy If a student or a staff member passes away during the school year The Talisman will print a picture and extended caption (at the minimum). Some cases may warrant an article. Each current student or employee will receive an obituary including name, date of birth and a short biography. Coverage of former students and employees will be taken on a case-by-case basis. Advertising policy The Ballard Talisman reserves the right to refuse any advertisement deemed unacceptable for publication. The Talisman does not run illegal, libelous, or otherwise inappropriate advertisements. If you are interested in placing an ad, call (206)252-1000 and leave a message for Mr. Smith. Letters to the Editor Letters submitted must be signed. Though the author’s name, in some cases, may not have to be printed, the Talisman staff must know who sent the letter. There is a 500 word maximum. Anything longer may be submitted as a guest article, subject to being edited for length. Letter will appear on the editorial page. Editorials Unsigned editorials represent the majority view of the staff editorial board. Signed opinion pieces represent the views of the writer. Disclaimer The staff reserves the right to refuse to edit editorials and letters for libelous content, obscenity or material considered inappropriate for publication. “The Talisman staff is aware of sound journalistic practice found in the ‘Code of Ethics’ as part of the Society of Professional Journalists.”

TALISMAN STAFF Editor-in-Chief India Posner Managing Editor Natalie White Arts & Entertainment Editor Drew Powell Copy Editor Beni Ransom Features Editor Sydney Day Graphics Manager Meron Kasahun News Editor Jesse Taylor Opinions Editor Kate Clark Photo Editor Alexa Mock Sports Editor Scott Brownlee Webmaster Sam Jackson Reporters Anna Morton Stephanie Loo Izzie Gibson Penrose Tess Livesley-O’Neill Mariel Conklin Melinda Bunnage Alexandra Neitz Alex Johnston Scotland Schieber Staff Artists Nigel Sullivan Sydney Day Photographers Grace Shaw Lucy Williams Jake Losi Katie Kennedy Adviser Michael Smith

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ruits, vegetables, grains - those foods that donít sit too well with our taste-buds but always seem to worm their way into our parent’s lectures. Since the age of diapers and sandboxes we have been reminded of their nutritional value and their undeniable connection to our future big muscles and fast legs. However, once teenage rebellion and that new aura of independence settles in, those once seemingly vital reminders start to tamper off. That newfound independence isn’t just a bluff. Rather, teenagers truly do start broaching the line between adults and children. Choices are made that go beyond which T-shirt to wear, friends are made without parental approval and money no longer resides in the bottomless pockets of parents. That said, as teens begin establishing some separation they begin making some lifestyle decisions, one of which has to do with eating. While there are many elements to a healthy lifestyle they are all ultimately rooted in what we eat. By now it’s pretty clear that our eating habits stem from the amount of money we have and as teenagers that amount is normally just shy of broke. Rather than spending those three lonely bills on healthy food, teens normally put them towards a cheap meal at McDonalds, Taco Bell or any number of other fast food places. Fast food does more than just taste good, it is also rich in calories and packed with energy - all things that blooming adults need. A recent study at the University of Washington found that a typical 2,000-calorie diet would cost a mere $3.42 if junk food was the sole component while a day of healthy low-energy dense foods would amount to a startling $36.32. Given that the cost of healthy food is nearly 12 times

more than that of junk food on an average day, it’s easy to see why many teens would chose the latter. However, while junk food has come to dominate the diets of many teens, the majority of us still have parents who devote a corner of the dinner plate to fruits and veggies. The lunch menu at school also attempts to create a balanced diet with their salad and fruit options. Money isn’t the only consideration in a teen’s diet. That wave of independence also sends many teens into a new social spectrum; friends are made and style sets in and that drive we all feel to fit in extends to our diet. No matter how versed teens are on the importance of nutrition, odds are it won’t be a high priority on a night out with their friends. Instead of going to a high-end expensive restaurant or the healthy section of a grocery store they will likely drop in to a quick and inexpensive fast food place. While a clear trend of teens, the quick and efficient eating route often extends into the lives of countless American families. Burdened by work and the numerous other responsibilities, parents will often take their family out for dinner, and more often than not to an affordable and quick designation. Of the 10 percent of income the average American family spends on food, 40 percent goes towards eating out. With all the chaos in the average family’s life, especially with the bustling schedules of teenagers and demanding careers, eating out for cheap is becoming more of a common tendency. The recession isn’t helping matters either as cheap food is becoming more appealing and healthy less realistic. Whatever the reason, healthy food continues to stray from the diets of teens. And as a country that keeps racking up the obesity rate it may be a good thing to recall those warnings and reminders we received as kids as the future looms.      

Letter to the Editor

I have been teaching math for 35+ years, mostly here at Ballard High School. I have taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Pre-Calculus. I was the Ballard Math department chair for over ten years. So, I feel qualified and responsible to comment on the disaster that is just beginning to happen to the math department at our grand school and has been happening in our district subtly for the past few years. This is written out of concern for all of our students. We have a terrible math problem in this district and it’s going to get worse. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t care about students. Even people who disagree with what I am going to say have the student’s best interest at heart. We at Ballard do a fine job with our top math students. In the past 5+ years since Mr. Nutting and I have been working together we have a tremendous success ratio of students who pass the AP Calculus exam with 5’s and 4’s. I am concerned, however, for the students at the other end of spectrum. My concern is for the students who come to Ballard or any high school and are not prepared for the starting level of math (Algebra is the lowest level of math that we offer).

This is the 1st year Ballard has not offered a class or two below Algebra for students who are not prepared to take Algebra. We still have those students. Now we put them all into Algebra 1 classes and expect them to make it - or fail and repeat the same class the next year. It doesn’t work….Here is why: Students without the necessary preparation usually are not as skilled or motivated to do math; some learn math at a slower pace. When we put all of these unprepared students into regular Algebra classes they are doomed to fail. I have proof. Usually my failure rate in Integrated 1 or Algebra 1 classes is about 20 percent. (Nobody said math was ever easy.) Now with no Pre-Algebra classes I have over 40 percent failure in my Algebra class. This is directly attributable to having an additional 2030 percent of the students in Algebra who are unprepared for the rigors of Algebra. No amount of differentiation in the classroom can help these students “catch up” in one year. There is another affect I’m finding when the unprepared students in Algebra are in a class of prepared students. The prepared students suffer

in lack of content taught and in class disruptions from students who can’t do the work so they are distracting others. All the students-suffer… Those who are unprepared for Algebra learn little. Those who are prepared and in the correct math level do not get as much math due to the slower pace a greater percentage of the class needs. This is a “trickle up” syndrome. Each year students going to high level math classes, Geometry and Algebra II, will be less and less prepared. I’m bringing this to your attention because this is a school and district problem. School boards and administrations do listen to parents and students. I’ve written school board members and our new Superintendent Susan Enfield and discussed this with the Ballard executive committee PTSA. If you consider this a problem please write, call, or email our Ballard High School administration, the school board, and or the superintendant. Your voice, with others, can change a problem that, in my experienced view, is just beginning. Sincerely, William Bonney


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MELINDA BUNNAGE STAFF REPORTER The Seattle City Council voted in late march to authorize putting the newest Families and Education Levy, a seven-year levy conducted by the city, on the ballot for this November. The first Families and Education Levy was proposed in 1990 and has been passed every seven years since by Seattle voters. The 2011 levy aims to continue the primary goals of the three previous levies which have been to close the achievement gap, increase support for lower income families, and continue the funding for teen health centers and summer education programs. The last levy was $117 million, but after a revaluation of the school district’s needs by a team of 24 officials, it was proposed to double the levy to $231 million over the next seven years. If the Families and Education Levy is not doubled by the Seattle City Council, cuts in education and healthcare may be cut. But the proposal to double These healthcare cuts may include funding for Teen Health Centers./PHOTO BY KATIE KENNEDY the levy has spurred a vast amount of opposing opinions about the levy and its role in the Seattle School District’s financial management. Those who are against the levy question its ability to actually provide improvement for the students. They feel that this levy is no different from previous levies which have failed to prove an immense change in either of the measures that their proponents called for. “We are confident that this “A lot of the money is spent on schools, our team felt that if we ages should have access to these levy will fall in the same patterns central administration and wasted really wanted to make an impact resources. it has before because it is struc- on programs that don’t actually on Seattle Public School students, “[The levy] provides suppletured like the ones before; there help students and teachers,” Gup- if we really wanted to see change mentary support for students in is not basic change,” Paul Guppy py said. in closing the achievement gap, school…it provide things that the said. Although, Holly Ferguson, as then we really needed to put a big district cannot otherwise provide Guppy is the Vice President the School District’s director of push into these schools,” Fergu- because the state doesn’t fund of Rsesearch for the Washing- policy and government relations son said. them,” Ferguson said. ton Policy Center and has taken as well as one of 24 people who Previous levies have supported But the opposition still isn’t part in a variety of campaigning was on the team that first pro- such necessities as school nurses, convinced that the school district across Seattle encouraging voters posed the increase, feels that the family support workers, middle will be able to put the money into to stifle their support for the levy. levy is essential to education in and high school extended year the right places. After the emAccording to his research, only the district. programs, and the teen health bezzlement charges that led to 59 cents of every dollar in the dis“When we looked at the data clinics in major high schools. the dismissal of former superintrict’s budget is actually spent in and the level of need in the Seattle Ferguson feels that students of all tendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson, the classroom.

Families and Education Levy City council to vote upon doubling Levy vital to public programs

NEWS JESSE TAYLOR many still feel that they cannot trust the Seattle School District with their money. “The whole system is not effective. They will just keep spending money the way that they have for the last 50 years and there won’t be any change that would help the kids,” Guppy said. Supporters argue that the money from the Families and Education Levy will belong to the city and, therefore, ultimately it will be up to the city to decide how to use it best to the benefit of students. “It’s a city levy. The city runs it, the city puts it on the ballot and the city collects the taxes… I certainly appreciate people’s concern over what has been happening lately with the school district…but if the district is getting any money it is by a contract with the city, ” Ferguson said. According to the City Council, if the levy passes at $231 million rather than its previous $117 million, which means an annual tax increase of about $65 for an average household added to the current $60, Seattle residents are already paying for the current levy. “When taxes go up it really does hurt a lot of families…and it just increases the financial burden that the government puts on people,” Guppy said. Although, many others feel that it is a justified tax that has the potential to positively affect the standard of education for lower income families and their children, and, in the long run, it would improve7 the amount of students that continue past high school. “The ultimate goal [of this city levy] is to make sure that all students graduated from high school ready for college and careers,“ Ferguson said.

2011-2012 budgets finalized: Fate sealed for Read 180 SYDNEY DAY FEATURES EDITOR On March 21 the final budget for the next school year was decided and voted upon. Similar to last year, cuts had to be made, but in the end, the meeting concluded with almost all satisfied with the decisions discussed and made. One major topic of discussion at this year’s meetings was that three class periods were to be cut. This wasn’t whole classes but basically from where the cuts would be made, one class period out of a teacher’s whole five classes taught would be cut. Because of lower enrollment in some language arts and social studies classes, it was voted by the budget committee at the second meeting that two of the three class cuts would be made from those departments, one from each.

“It’s always hard to determine where cuts should be made,” teacher and Buliding Leadership Team member Joe Schmidt said. That was the general consensus of all who were present at the first two meetings. At the third meeting, principle Keven Wynkoop, as well as many teachers and voting committee members, discussed where the last cut should be made. On the possible chopping block were Proyecto Saber, the Science Department, P.E., the school nurse, Maritime Academy, and the Read 180 class. When these six groups were presented as possibles for the cutbacks, a discussion session was opened so that anyone in support of keeping each of these programs could speak in support about why they were vital and should not have cuts made to them. Ultimately what came from

the discussion (and a straw vote afterwards) was the plan to make the last cut from the Read 180 class. This brought a sigh of relief to all the other groups, especially P.E and Proyecto Saber. What, then, was discussed was the fact that there were actually going to be two cuts made from the Language Arts Department because Read 180 is considered an L.A. class. However, this issue will hopefully be resolved with the help of a grant. It could supply enough to keep the class that would have been cut in the L.A. Department.

At the end of the meeting, the BLT voted for the cuts to be made where they were and it seems that the meetings ended well. “When all was said and done, people were very gracious. Wynkoop did a masterful job at keeping the peace,” Joe Kelly said. This seemed to be very true, although it is never an easy thing to make cuts. “It’s never satisfying to have to cut people but from what we had to work with I think the process went very well,” Wynkoop said. He also noted that he felt that the meetings were very professional

“When all was said and done, people were very gracious. Wynkoop did a masterful job at keeping the peace,” -language arts teacher Joe Kelly

and that he was happy with the level of discussion that went on and how collegial the group was. With this upcoming year’s budget meeting concluding, soon it will be time to look on to the future of meetings. “I think it’s going to be worse again. Everyone who does longrange budget forecasting is saying that the state economy is going to get worse,” Wynkoop said. Since the state’s revenue almost entirely generates our school’s budget revenue, the future could end up looking quite bleak. However for now, with the cuts made and jobs saved, everyone seems to feel like things went well.


NEWS JESSE TAYLOR

BALLARD TALISMAN

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Safety Week encourages healthy behavior Five days of prevention and education JESSE TAYLOR NEWS EDITOR Last week ASB held a school-wide Safety Week in order to motivate students to be safe and to educate them about the way their actions affect themselves and those around them. Safety Week consisted of five themes, one for each day of the first full school week in April. These days consisted of “Texting and Driving,” “Safe Sex,” “Buckle Up,” “Drugs” and “Binge Drinking.” ASB was determined to enlighten the student body about safety after the instances of student alcohol consumption at this year’s winterball. “After winterball it was a great time to promote safe and fun behavior,” ASB President Jamie Thelen said. The idea of Safety Week was proposed before winterball, but they had not set a date until after. ASB has brought about safety awareness to students through various videos and posters around the halls with facts, statistics and pieces of advice, all relating to that day’s theme. Some posters did cause

controversy on Wednesday, which was themed “Safe Sex.” “Some of the staff members thought [the signs] were inappropriate and they made them feel uncomfortable,” Junior Inter-high Rep. Gustavo Gutierrez said. “But we didn’t use actual words; we used funny slogans.” However, not all signs were considered inappropriate. “I thought some of the signs were really informative,” junior Haley DeGarmo said. Another effort to keep students behaving appropriately and safely was a daily pledge in the downstairs hallway. Each day had a unique pledge and a marker taped to the sign. “Many people have been signing the pledges,” Gutierrez said. ASB hoped that if students promised to be safe, they would think more thoroughly about their actions before taking them. “I think we’re doing a pretty good job getting the message to the school,” Gutierrez said. “We are informing peo-

ple not only of the dangers of it, but also the consequences of their actions.” On Monday, Safety Week started with a video about texting while driving and the loss es it has caused. “The video made me feel worry, sadness and anxiety for my dad, who texts while driving,” sophomore Frances Steelquist said. On Friday, freshman Megan McCormick spoke at an

assembly about drinking and driving because last year her cousin, Kellen Jones was one of three Ballard alumni to be killed in a car crash a year ago. “My cousin’s accident was very influential to the community,” McCormick said. “People need to think about how their choices affect others.”

Japanese classes aid tsunami relief

Japanese classes were inspired by Joe Sensei to fundraise outside of school for the tragedies of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The tradition of 1,000 cranes started after a little girl got radiation sickness from the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during WWII. She thought that if she could make 1,000 cranes she would be able to make a wish that would come true. Her wish was to recover, but she wasn’t getting any better so people throughout

Japanese classes are fundraising outside of school to relieve victims of the tragedy in Japan. They also have been folding paper cranes in memoriam of those lost in the tragedy./GRACE SHAW

Japan sent her cranes to make her feel better. She died before her wish came true. To this day, people everywhere know of this tradition and send paper cranes to her memorial, where there are millions of cranes. But this is not the only reason people still make cranes. They also make them hoping the tragedies of WWII will not be revisited. People fold cranes to help people they know are suffering. “After the Tsunami, our classes decided to make

cranes to help, but it’s an outside of school project to fundraise for the people in Japan,” sophomore Katie Harrylock said. “We decided on cranes because it’s something that everyone in Japan knows and it also relates back to the story because some of it has to do with raditation poisoning,” sophomore Ticia Hackney said. In school they are making cranes too. This is an assignment and won’t fundraise. It is only for luck and hope for

Website makeover LUCY WILLIAMS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Fighting through folding

ALEX NEITZ STAFF REPORTER

ASB held a school-wide week of safety and awareness to encourage responsible behavior. On “Buckle Up” day, seat belts were hung from the balcony of the second-floor foyer./JESSE TAYLOR

Japan’s people. They will send these to Japan. “So far they have made over 2,000 cranes,” Japanese teacher Joe Sensei said. “I like the idea of making cranes to aid the Japanese because it isn’t just anything. It’s a tradition of Japanese people that will actually mean something to them,” Harrylock said. Outside of school, students are hosting bake sales and other fundraisers to raise money for the tragedies.

The Seattle School District is creating a new website with many new features for teachers, students and parents alike. While there is no due date for Ballard’s own website to be up and running, every school in the district has a site with a uniform template that connects back to the district’s main site. These new sites feature teacher “pages” that can either allow for a bio of the teacher or give them a space to explain the way they teach or about their classroom. Students will all have a master calendar in which every connection they have (teachers, ASB, sports team, etc.) can post the dates of events, tests or even homework due dates. “The new calendar will keep from bogging down parents with emails because they can sign up for a specific calendar, not just an email group for all activities,” Activity and Athletic Director Carrie Burr said. ASB finds this new feature of great use for posting sporting events or dances and fundraisers for all students to see. “The calendar will give me a place where I can publish all school activities that the entire school community: parents, teachers, students, can see,” Burr said. The new site will help the connection between teachers, students and sports coaches much better because there is one place everyone can go that they can share information. Coaches can post the times of tryouts or practices as well as notices for games. Teachers can give dates of quizzes and tests and post due dates for homework assignments. “The calendar will be golden,” librarian Debra Arthur said, “because there is no way to see everything that’s going on at Ballard with all the academics and sports and clubs, so it will be a good place for all the information to come together in an organized way.” One of the impressive new features of the website is the ability to upload and save files from any computer, and therefore access them on the site later from any computer, therefore making turning homework in easier. “Students can save files and it is completely web-based so students can access their information anywhere in the world,” Arthur said.


BALLARD TALISMAN SEA votes down MAP Parking crackdown

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KATIE KENNEDY STAFF PHOOGRAPHER

On April 6 security guard, Craig Plummer issued 22 parking violations to students for parking in the staff lot and will be continuing to issue more. When Plummer issued tickets during the beginning of the school year, student parking violations tapered off. In January, after break, Plummer noticed that more students were now parking in the staff lot. “I understand that [students] have to park four blocks away and walk in the rain but what

[students] don’t realize that there are staff who come here that work during various times in the day. That spot may be open in the morning but two periods later it will be needed by staff,” Plummer said. Plummer, has access to DMV license plate data base. With the plate number, he is able to identify the student and issue a fine of $50 that must be paid in order to graduate. “It’s kind of a sucky job,” Plummer said. “I have to be the bad guy but it’s got be done. It’s a staff lot.”

Chocolate sales a sweet success STEPHANIE LOO STAFF REPORTER

The music department recently ended its chocolate sale fundraiser, which was held over the past six weeks from Valentine’s Day to April 1. In order to participate in the chocolate fundraiser, interested students would pay $60 for a box that contained caramel, almond, milk chocolate, and crispy chocolate bars. Each box sold would make $30 in profit, of which $25 would go into the student’s account and $5 to music boosters. Each bar sold for $1. These sales marked the third year of the chocolate fundraiser. Previously, the music department teamed up with See’s candy for the fundraiser. However, due to decreasing chocolate bar sizes and increases in prices, the department switched to the Old Fashion Candy Company this year. “We tell the students they are not to sell the candy during the school day on campus because that’s against district rules,” band

director Michael James said. While some students sold their chocolate by advertising them at family functions and church, other students used a different tactic. “I would ask people if they want chocolate, even people I don’t know, and if they say ‘no’ then I harass them with questions until they give in,” senior Heather Fryhle said. Even with sales restrictions, students were able to raise $34,000. Most of these funds will go towards the marching band’s trip to Disneyland and towards the Concert Choir’s and Orchestra’s trip to Vancouver over Memorial Day weekend. “Since [the fundraiser was with] a new company, we didn’t really have a goal and we didn’t know how well it would do. However, I think it’s been a success in all accounts. Those who sold it have been able to sell it easily, I think because of the price; it’s only a dollar and the candy’s good. It’s been a success for sure,” James said. The chocolate sale is one of several fundraisers that the music department does throughout the year. Other fundraisers include selling entertainment books, tickets to the music department’s annual spaghetti dinner, and coffee sales.

test loses teacher support

MELINDA BUNNAGE STAFF REPORTER

The Seattle Educators Association (SEA) has made a formal statement to the new superintendent that calls for the replacement of the MAP test. The representative assembly voted 80 to 20 for this resolution which was presented to the school board on March 16 by SEA Vice President Jonathan Knapp. “We believe teaching is a human activity grounded in the essential foundation of a strong personal relationship between teacher and student,” Knapp said in an excerpt from the speech. The resolution was proposed by one of Ballard’s own representative, Noam Gundle. “The test is not a good test. It doesn’t help students and definitely doesn’t help teachers,” Gundle said. The MAP test has been controversial since its introduction into the district. Though designed to give educators feedback, it tests according to a standardized curriculum and doesn’t accurately represent those teachers that choose to teach towards their students’ needs rather than a specific curriculum. The MAP test isn’t mandated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and is seen by many educators as an unnecessary stress. In addition, teachers felt

that there are enough standardized “This was a symbolic vote, tests circulating in the curriculum teachers expressing to the district such as HSPE, SAT, and PSAT. that they should spend money on Many of the representatives other things, it was us as a union also felt that the test was proposing our opinion,” Gundle introduced into the district under said. suspicious circumstances. It’s not just teachers who The previous superintendent, oppose this test; many parents are Maria Goodloe Johnson, was stepping in with their input as to on the board why this test is of directors an inappropriate for the MAP evaluation for “... teaching is a human schools. test, which is supported by activity grounded in the According the Northwest essential to the Seattle foundation Evaluation Education 2010 strong personal blog, parents Association. of J o h n s o n relationship between feel that the was one of test would be teacher and student,” the primary excessive.The -SEA VP, Jonathan MAP would be officials pushing for Knapp administered to its integration students K-12, into the school which parents system. find pointless “It was a conflict of interest for younger students (K-2) and from the start,” Gundle said. unnecessary for older ones as Johnson’s forced retirement it means a total of up to four has opened up the possibility of standardized tests per year for abandoning this expensive test students in 4th grade or above. and replacing it with another Parents also point out that the cheaper and more accurate test is inaccessible for English test set to benefit students and Language Learners, as well as teachers better and take less time limited for advanced students, away from direct learning in the leaving a narrow spectrum of classroom. students that the MAP test is able Although the SEA’s resolution to represent. was not an administrative decision, their vote will likely have some effect on the school district’s choice.

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7 APRIL 11, 2011

Joey Thomas hired as head football coach A new era of BHS football begins SCOTT BROWNLEE SPORTS EDITOR A new era of BHS football began on March 10, 2011 when Joey Thomas was officially hired as the head football coach. Athletic Director Carrie Burr released this statement regarding the hire: “We have gone through a very intense and lengthy process in finding the best coach for Ballard High School and the Community of Ballard. We believe that coach Joey Thomas is the one who can turn our program around in a positive environment, where the studentathletes are successful and have fun. We are very excited to welcome Coach Thomas and his staff to the Beaver Nation." Thomas spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at John F. Kennedy High School, his alma mater, but this marks his first turn as a head coach, which is something that Thomas says he always wanted to become. “I’ve always known that I wanted to be a coach. I’ve always had this image in my head of me having a program and building a dynasty,” Thomas said. Thomas brings a highly impressive football background with him to BHS. While at Kennedy, Thomas starred on both sides of the ball, playing both quarterback and defensive back, and was a two-time all-area and all-state selection as a cornerback. After graduating from Kennedy in 1999, Thomas accepted a football scholarship to play corner for the University of Washington. After red-shirting during his freshman year at UW, he transferred to Montana State University where would go on to have 122 career tackles and 11 interceptions before being drafted in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Thomas spent time in the NFL with the Packers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Oakland Raiders, and even spent a season playing for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League before deciding to walk away from the game on his own terms this past season due to injuries. Thomas is confident that his experience playing the game at its highest level will be highly beneficial to him as a coach and negate his lack of head coaching experience. “Me playing the game has prepared me so much as a coach. When I tell [a player] what to do I’m telling them

what I know from experience, from trial and error, from what I’ve seen on the field,” Thomas said. Thomas, who is succeeding previous head coach John Bowers who resigned following a third straight 1-8 season, knows he faces a difficult task in rebuilding this struggling football program but relishes the challenge. “I know that they haven’t done very well, that no- New head football coach Joey Thomas supervises sophomore Sam Leloo in the weight room during an offseason workout. Thomas, who was officially hired on March 10, boast an impressive football background./KATIE KENbody is believing NEDY in us or giving us a Considering the program has only three wins total in chance. I like that; the last three seasons combined, ups and downs are to be I embrace that. Not many people run to a challenge but expected during Thomas’ first year at the helm, but he I’m running into this one head-on,” Thomas said. feels that fans of the program should expect to see imNext season is still a long ways away, but Thomas is alprovements sooner rather than later. ready making an impact on the program by holding play“We have a long way to go and a lot of hard work ahead ers-only study hall in the library everyday after school. of us, but if we’re willing to put in that work, [people] will “I feel that education is key. I’m trying to get the guys be surprised by how good this team will be. We know the to see the bigger picture, that it’s not just about sports. I’m recipe for success, it’s just a matter of getting everybody in charge not just with making this a better football team, to commit to it,” Thomas said. but with making these guys better young men,” Thomas While he acknowledges that they won’t come to fruisaid. tion overnight, Thomas has lofty goals for where he evenJunior Jesse Scott, who was a key contributer on vartually wants to take this football program. sity this past season and is sure to be an integral part of “I want to build a dynasty. I’m not here to coach a counext year’s team, is ecstatic about Thomas’ hiring. ple years and that’s it, I want to be here and be good for a “He brings a lot of excitement to the team,” Scott said. “I think that a lot more people are going to be trying out long time.” this year.” Thomas also doesn’t anticipate a lack of players trying out to be a problem this season, which would be a welcome change from the past couple seasons when the team suffered from a shortage of bodies.

The ultimate path

Senior looks towards future in ultimate frisbee NATALIE WHITE MANAGING EDITOR When we think of life beyond high school the majority of us think of college. College, however, isn’t what awaits senior Savanna Ryan, who plans to pursue her passion for ultimate frisbee. Ryan’s love for the game began seven years ago in sixth grade when frisbees were far from her thoughts. “It wasn’t really my idea [to start playing] actually. My best friend’s dad had been playing for like 30 years and he wanted me to play and that’s pretty much how it started. At the time I had been playing softball,” Ryan said. After being encouraged to play, Ryan decided to give it a try and eventually let go of softball in order to focus on ultimate frisbee. With all the experience and training she had under her belt by the time high school rolled around, Ryan didn’t hesitate to bring her talent to ballard’s team. “We have two teams [at Ballard]; we have a co-ed team and a girls team.” Being an avid participant on both teams, Ryan gets plenty of playing time. Unlike soccer or football where virtually every player has a different job to do, ultimate

Senior Savanna Ryan leaps to snag a pass during an ultimate frisbee game. Ryan will be testing her skills against some of the best ultimate frisbee players in the world next year during the Wrold Championships./PHOTO COURTESY OF SAVANNA RYAN

frisbee involves only two types of players: handlers who are responsible for throwing the frisbee and the cutters who receive it and score. Ryan is a handler and therefore predominantly focuses on the throwing side of things.

While summer is typically a time for students to catch their breath, Ryan doesn’t lose a beat as the level of competition and commitment increases. “During the summer I play on Nationals. We have tryouts, just in the Seattle region, and then we go to

a tournament in Minnesota. Last year we won; we got gold. It’s my second year doing that. It’s really really fun.” Ryan’s success at the national level initially sparked her plans to play at college. “What I wanted to do was play for UW but they don’t give out scholarships for ultimate right now, probably because it’s not big enough yet.” Both the University of Washington and Western Washington University have expressed interest in her but without financial help, Ryan doesn’t want to take the college route. Having decided to take at least a year off from school, Ryan is planning to play for Worlds next year - a level that will allow her to take her skill to the next level and play against some of the world’s best ultimate players. Since Worlds is internationally based, Ryan will be traveling a lot to play against numerous teams throughout the world. Wherever it takes her, Ryan is pursuing the game that she loves and making a full commitment toward her goals.


BALLARD TALISMAN

8 APRIL 11, 2011

SPORTS SCOTT BROWNLEE

Concussion precautions bring ImPACT Safety tool gains recognition as spring sports start GRACE SHAW STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Junior Iris Orion takes part in the ImPACT concussion test online. Athletic trainer Loka Murphy is a big proponent of the test and many BHS sports teams have started using it./GRACE SHAW

An epidemic has recently been sweeping the nation, and this time it has nothing do with H1N1 or the latest disease-carrying insect. Incidents of youth concussions from athletic activity have become a frightening phenomenon, as research in the last few years has opened the public’s eye to the true dangers of head injuries. “There is an ongoing study being done [in the US] on brains of deceased football players to identify what kind

of damage is created in the brain from repetitive blows to the head,” Ballard High School’s Athletic Trainer, Loka Murphy said. “They are finding that as human beings our bodies weren’t really designed to use our heads as battering rams…” This increased awareness has led to many new regulations across the country, state, and now in the Seattle School District. With the beginning of the spring sports season, many students and coaches are reminded of the precautions that Ballard High School has taken in recent years. At the beginning of many sports seasons, athletes are required to take a baseline concussion test, called the ImPACT test. This test is a preemptive measure for students in sports that turn out more frequent concussion rates of their players. “[ImPACT] is an online computerized concussion tool for neurocognitive assessments of brain function following a concussion. A baseline is created for an athlete at the beginning of the season and if they were to sustain a concussion during the season, then they would retake the test once concussion symptoms have subsided,” Murphy said. This valuable resource was implemented through the Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Department at the Children’s Hospital. This program manages the athletic training program for the Seattle Public Schools. They also have athletic trainers at the other 10 Seattle public high schools that maintain the same program in their individual locations and administer the test. However, the ImPACT test costs the Children’s Hospital money, and because of obvious budget restrictions the baseline test is only available to some students. “An organization will sign up [for ImPACT] and then is charged every time that a test is launched,” said Murphy. This means that only certain sports are given free testing. These sports include football, soccer, basketball and

wrestling. This year, boys’ lacrosse also felt compelled to be on the same side and get their athletes tested. But, because lacrosse was not one of the designated sports, the team had to pay the school for their testing. When each athlete goes to take the test they are faced with three parts. At a computer, they must first go over general information specific to each student athlete. The first two parts of the test consist of this type of information. Then the third part is where the actual testing begins. “It’s a lot of memory stuff, I would say,” freshman Marissa Roe said. Sophomore athlete Clare Lunsford described the ImPACT test as having many elements. “They give you a list of shapes or numbers or letters or words…and you memorize them, then [the test] gives you a list and you have to pick the ones you saw,” Lunsford said. The ImPACT test is not exactly the type of thing a student wants to be doing in their free time. “This test is pretty challenging in that it requires quite a bit of concentration and focus, so most of the athletes that take it don’t find it to be very enjoyable,” Murphy said. The importance of the ImPACT test and other resources like it may not even be on the radar for many students, staff members, or parents, but a few people still feel the significance of this test in good and bad ways. “[The test] requires quite a bit of additional time on my end but there has been a few times in which it has been really helpful in the way a concussion was managed,” Murphy said. In the case of Roe, it will be a very significant tool. Having recently sustained a concussion from basketball, Roe now understands what the big deal is. Concussions are dangerous and are not to be taken lightly. “At first I might not have been [glad I took the ImPACT test], but in the end I was,” Roe said.

Taking the courts one backhand at a time New girls tennis coach serves up a positive spin STEPHANIE LOO STAFF REPORTER Feet pound against the court. Hips turn, arm back: a fluid low-to-high motion precedes a flash of yellow and a ‘pop’ that echoes far across the court. “There are very few things that feel as good as hitting a tennis ball right,” said the new BHS girls tennis coach, Gary Epstein. Epstein, who has been coaching on-and-off for the past 25 years, has mainly coached individuals through the Experimental College, a program in which pros can offer lessons to any interested students. However, this is his first time coaching an entire team. Epstein began playing tennis when he was 10 years old. His father taught him how to play, intermitted by a few pro lessons. Although Epstein took interest in other sports such as football and basketball, it became clear to him that “I wasn’t going to get to be [that] size.” Regardless of the reasons behind his initial introduction to tennis, Epstein’s love and dedication for the game shows in his commitment to coaching. Epstein, whose main occupation is an architect, has allotted a huge portion of his time to coaching tennis. “Between the practices and the other things you have to do – planning practices, meeting other people, going to booster meetings – there’s lots of stuff involved in being a

coach beyond time on the court,” he said. There are 47 girls playing tennis this year and only four courts, so finding space to play is difficult. The girls are broken up into three teams – Varsity, JVA and JVB – and practices last long past school hours. Epstein, with the help of several assistant coaches and volunteers, gives time to coaching all of them. Despite these challenges, Epstein has found his time with the team to be very positive. “The girls are great, just terrific. I think they’ve got great enthusiasm and interest and they’re just nice people and if you’re working with nice people, it’s a good experience,” Epstein said. When he’s not coaching after school, Epstein plays tennis before work, frequently as early as 6 a.m. He plays year-round, playing at the Lower Woodland courts and going to the Amy Lee indoor courts during the winter when weather does not permit outdoor play. “There’s a lot of people I know who are very fit who get their exercise going to fitness clubs and working on treadmills and stair-climbing machines…I have always been the type of person who has done much better when my exercise was disguised as a game. I’m not thinking, ‘Now my heart rate is up to this.’ I’m thinking, ‘There’s the ball. Go get it,’” Epstein said. For him, however, tennis is not just a way to stay

“If you’re having a good time then it’s a successful season and if you’re not having a good time, I don’t care if you win all of your matches, it’s not a successful season.” -new girls tennis coach Gary Epstein

New girls tennis coach Gary Epstein instructs his players during a practice. Epstein brings a positive energy to the team and always stresses having fun while you’re playing./KATIE KENNEDY

healthy, but most importantly a way to have fun. “I want to make sure that people don’t get so worried about the competition that they lose sight that this is supposed to be a good time,” Epstein said. “If you’re having a good time then it’s a successful season and if you’re not having a good time, I don’t care if you win all of your matches, it’s not a successful season.”


BALLARD TALISMAN

SPORTS SCOTT BROWNLEE

9 APRIL 11, 2011

A home run for the Kathy Goertzen Foundation Softball program holds home run derby for cancer research MERON KASAHUN GRAPHICS EDITOR When KOMO 4’s Kathi Goertzen underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor, many thought the noncancerous tumor was gone for good. However, in 2005, Goertzen had to go under the knife yet again. Since 2005, Goertzen has undergone several more surgeries, courageously fighting the tumor. Because of Goertzen’s strong establishment in the Seattle area (a long-time local news anchor), Goertzen and her family have been receiving a lot of support, especially from the softball program. Goertzen’s daughter, 15-yearold Andrea Jewett, attends Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS) but is a member of the varsity softball team at BHS. Seeking fundraising opportunities, the softball teams and their coach Kyle Gray agreed to coordinate a home run derby for the Kathi Goertzen Foundation called “Homers 4 Kathi.” The foundation provides support for the advancement of brain cancer research. The website, kathigoertzen.com, allows anyone to make a donation to the foundation and to the softball program. Wristbands are also sold with Goertzen’s inspiring words engraved onto each one: “Never Say You Can’t.” It started with a Facebook status. “So these wristbands say ‘never say you can’t’ and I saw on Andrea’s Facebook status one day before the softball season started that these wristbands were available if you donate to the Kathi Goertzen Foundation,” senior and captain of the varsity team, Jamie Thelen said. “I texted my coach and said, ‘hey, I think that the softball program should all get these wristbands [from the Kathi Goertzen Foundation] and we should wear them in support of Andrea.” From there, the idea of having a home run derby for Goertzen sprouted. The derby went a bit like this: each player was given 10 pitches to try and get a home run. The players would collect money for each home run they hit. Flat donations were accepted as well. On March 29 at Lower Woodland, adorned in wristbands

and shirts displaying the words “Never Say You Can’t,” the softball team hit over 90 home runs and raised upwards of $3,000 for the Kathi Goertzen Foundation, more than doubling their original goal. The total amount raised, however, (including individual donations from various websites) was over $6,000. “This really shows not only do we do stuff together but we support each other and this is really showing the new girls this year that we are a family. We support our teammates when they are down or they’re going through something hard,” Thelen added. Goertzen was able to attend the event with her family and support her daughter, who in turn BHS softball poses before their home run derby fundraiser for the Kathy Goertzen foundation. The team has rallied beind Goertzen and her daughter Andrea Jewett, who is a member the was supporting her. “The home run derby was re- varsity team./PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREA JEWETT ally just a fun way to support my mom,” Jewett said. “I was really she wrote in one of her posts: “Well, my nice dog Oliver glad she was able to be there to watch me. I got a lot of big went after a dog as I was getting in my girlfriend's car. He pledges from family and friends too, which meant a lot of pulled the retractable (I know) leash. It pulled me down people look up to and care about my mom.” on the ground. Jewett was glad she has such a close family of teamNow, I can't lift my arm and I have a torn rotator cuff! mates who support her. “I’m so grateful that I’ve ended At least it wasn't my head.” Another post: “Sometimes it up with such a tightly knit team and I know that I’ve made takes a tsunami to help you realize your problems are few! friends that I’ll keep forever,” Jewett said. Feeling good today.” Goertzen created a Facebook page where fans and In an interview with KIRO 7’s Ursula Reutin, Goertzen supporters can comment and read about her bravery and expressed her admiration for her BHS supporters. “It's a hopes. With just over 64,380 supporters, Goertzen is able battle. Every day is a struggle. But what the girls are epitoto connect with the greater Seattle community and post mizing is how I am. Never say you can't. You get up every short messages about her day, experiences and recovery. day, and you go, regardless of what's happening to you,” Many of her posts are filled with confidence and opti- Goertzen said. “It's not always easy, but you just can't give mism as she often comforts her fans, making light of her up.” situation and even throwing in a few jokes. For example,

The Ballard High School Foundation presents

The Brothers Four

Ballard Night at the Mariners!

50th Anniversary Concert

See the M’s vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 3 at 7:10 p.m.

Ballard High School Washington natives Mike McCoy, Karl Olsen, Mark Pearson, and Founding Member Bob Flick of Ballard High School are The Brothers Four, global pioneers in the “folk revival”movement and “America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World.” For tickets or more information, visit bhsfoundation.com/Brothers4. htm or contact rjlee@seattleschools.org or 206-252-0476. Proceeds benefit the Ballard High School music program.

The Sound of America Singing!

View Reserved Seats are $16 (normally $20) for all families, friends, alumni and supporters. Bring your friends for a night out to remember! To purchase tickets, contact Athletic Director Carrie Burr at cjburr@ seattleschools.org. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Ballard High School Foundation. The Ballard High School Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization with a mission to support the students, faculty and administration of Ballard High School and enrich the school’s programs and activities so that Ballard High School will be a world-class learning center for the benefit of the Seattle community. www.bhsfoundation.com


BALLARD TALISMAN

10 & 11 APRIL 11, 2011

You ar e what you eat What is your thought process when deciding what to eat?

Healthier Snacks JAKE LOSI PHOTOGRAPHER

Apples and Cheese - Calo-

rie count: 80 calories in one apple, 110 calories per slice of cheese. The best combination for this delightful snack is a honey crisp apple and medium sharp cheddar. It’s cheap, good, and easy to prepare. One bonus of this snack is that it can provide small portions for numerous people.

Jordan Sorensen, 12

“Whatever is easiest to make, because I can’t cook.”

Cami Pierson, 9

Fruit smoothies - Calorie count:

130 calories in one cup of soothing smoothie. Smoothies are especially delicious during summer and any other sunny days. It’s exciting to make your own combinations of fruit and blend it all up. Remember that fruit is seasonal, so choose fruits that are fresh locally. If you want to keep this drink healthy, don’t add any ice cream! Keep it cool and simple for maximum flavor. Some bonuses of this snack are that it’s easy to make and it always turns out as a delicious product. The basis of a good smoothie consists of two or three fruits with plenty of milk and ice.

“If I’m not craving it then I won’t eat it.”

Trail mix

- Calorie count: 635 calories in one cup. With multitudes of different combinations and no preparation needed, this snack is customizable to your personal preferences. Add more of what you like best! Chocolate, raisins, nuts or something else you really crave. Lots of good carbohydrates in the mix help supply a quick energy boost anytime of the day. One bonus of trail mix is that you can throw it in a bag and take it anywhere you go.

Vegetarian diets beneficial to health an appropriately balanced vegetarian diet is recognized as being nutritionally sufficient and beneficial for one’s health by the American Dietetic Association. For most people, what is being consumed doesn’t phase them. Vegetarianism has been linked to treating and preventing chronic Cheeseburgers from a drive-thru are simply convenient, marshmal- disease, lowering blood cholesterol and pressure levels, and decreaslows are just something to put in s’mores, and gummy bears are noth- ing rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. ing but a chewy snack. However, to a person who is vegan, it isn’t Cancer-prevention benefits are related to the vegetables and herbs that simple. that vegetarians eat, which contain many cancer-protective chemicals According to a 2008 study by Vegetarian Times Magazine, there such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and isothiocyanates. Such compounds are 7.3 million adult vegetarians in the U.S., can stimulate the immune system and affect the which makes up 3.2 percent of the population. hormonal actions and metabolic pathways that Vegetarianism encompasses several subtypes A study from GoVeg.com are related to the development of cancer. including veganism, pescatarianism, pollotarianTofu, which is a significant protein source in shows that vegetarians live ism, ovo and lacto-vegetarianism, fruitarianism, a meat-free diet, contains isoflavins that hinder approximately six to ten tumor growth and bone loss, resulting in lower and combinations thereof. While an ovo-lacto vegetarian may be able to years longer than meat-eat- risks of cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. eat gummy bears and marshmallows, these foods In addition to these advantages, a study from are taboos for the strict vegans because they con- ers. GoVeg.com shows that vegetarians live aptain gelatin, an animal product. proximately six to ten years longer than meatAlthough these divisions of vegetarianism eaters. have different guidelines, each maintains a conscientious choice to While there are clearly many advantages to being vegetarian, the avoid most meat and animal products in one’s diet. diet certainly requires dedication and a heightened awareness of the Reasons for vegetarianism largely include religion or concern for contents of food that is being put in the body. animal and environmental welfare. Senior Dylan Miller was raised as Fortunately in Seattle “it’s easy to order vegetarian because there’s a vegetarian and refuses to support the practices and environmental lots of different options and if you need to substitute something in impact of the meat industry. the meal, [restaurants] are pretty accommodating,” junior Catie Perry Despite these many political and moral reasons for vegetarianism, said.

STEPHANIE LOO STAFF REPORTER

Local vs. Organic

“I really don’t have a thought process because I run so much it almost doesn’t matter. I just look out for trans fats and high sodium.”

Battle of environmentally friendly foods

Michael Montemayor, 9

count: 130 calories per serving of pita chips, 435 calories in one cup of hummus. This snack is addictive and really tasty. Make sure you have a good hydrating drink with the hummus and pita chips because of the salt. This requires no preparation but it is not very filling.

ing of chips, 377 calories in ¼ cup of guacamole, 50 calories in ½ cup of homemade pico de gallo. This snack will tingle your taste buds. Make sure your guacamole or pico de gallo is fresh and cold for maximum taste. Experiment and have some fun with making your own guacamole or pico de gallo. Remember, there is no preparation unless you are making your own dips.

Where’s the beef?

INDIA POSNER

Robert Carter, 11

Chips and hummus - Calorie

Tortilla chips with guacamole or pico de gallo - Calorie count: 130 calories per serv-

HEALTHY EATING

Izzie Gibson Penrose STAFF REPORTER

Going to grocery store these days, one is bombarded by signs that claim food is “pesticidefree,” “good for the planet” and “environmentally friendly.” In Seattle certainly buying the organic product over the pesticide and preservative filled alternative is nothing new, but now a new label is emerging: local. There are a few major differences between local and organic foods, but that does not mean one is better than the other. Take the process of buying apples as an example. If there are two sets of apples, one labeled “organic,” and the other grown in Washington, one might be torn between the two. According to treehugger.com, if every tillable

“I kind of just grab what to eat depending on how I feel.” Michael Howe, 11

“I just look for something to eat so it isn’t much of a thought process.”

acre in the world became exclusively organic, the world’s carbon emissions would be reduced by 40 percent. However, consider the consequence of flying organically grown California apples all the way to New York. The emissions put out by the transportation of organic food may outweigh the benefits. In contrast, local foods don’t need to be flown anywhere, and buying from local companies stimulates local economies. Since local foods are grown right in the community they are often fresher and less likely to be damaged than other foods. Rather than choose between buying local or organic, both should be encouraged.

Making the healthier choice while getting your money’s worth Milk

Chocolate

Bread

Cereal

2% Organic Valley 5 cents/oz

Dove Rich Dark 51 cents/oz

Sarah Lee Soft and Smoth Classic White $3.59/20 oz

Go Lean Kashi Crunch $3.39 per box

2% Darigold 2 cents/oz

Dove Smoth Milk Chocolate 49 cents/oz

Sara Lee Whole Wheat Bread $3.99/20oz

Fruit Loops $4.44 per box

Orange Juice Simply Orange Pulp Free Original 9 cents/oz Sunkist Orange 4 cents/oz

Snack Pirate’s Booty Veggie $5.29 a bag Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar $1.19 a bag


12 APRIL 11, 2011

BALLARD TALISMAN

FEATURES SYDNEY DAY

Students strut their stuff Three models make themselves known SYDNEY DAY FEATURES EDITOR Our school is full of many talented artists, actors, directors, painters, and the like, but one treasure some may not be aware of is that we also have an array of models around us. Seniors Katie Carr, Chloe LaBrash and Elle Debell are just a few of those gracing photos with their beauty. However it’s a difficult industry, and one filled with many interesting and odd experiences. “The first photographer I worked with told me to growl, and then he got really excited because the shots were coming out well and was like ‘I wish we had bubble gum so you could blow a bubble’ so that shoot was really fun,” Carr said. Both Carr and Debell were signed in the fall of last year to the Seattle Models Guide, where they got their start into the industry. LaBrash, however, was signed with TCM Models and Talent. “It was kind of scary because everyone’s in the waiting room and all the girls are sort of sizing each other up,” Carr said. This did not deter Carr from being noticed. An agent came out and gave Carr a good look, which gave her the vibe that she’d soon be accepted. LaBrash, unlike Carr, got her start at a younger age. “I modeled when I was a baby to about the time I started school, and just started up again this past year so it’s been a couple months now,” LaBrash said. It was easy for her to get back into the swing of things because of her past experience. Debell on the other hand had seen some of Carr’s work on Facebook and that’s when she decided to take the leap of faith into this difficult industry as well. “For a really long time everyone said ‘Oh your so skinny you should do modeling’ but when I turned 18, I was like well I can sign a contract so I just decided to go downtown one day and just go for it,” Debell said. Both Carr and Debell enjoy getting to get their makeup done and wearing the clothes but each has found some thing special they like about modeling. “I really like being apart of a bigger production,” Carr said. Debell enjoys getting to meet the people involved and the photographers. Carr also likes what sets her apart from other girls out there modeling. “I think I’m not very conventionallooking. I have an angular nose, big and forehead,” Carr said. Along with this she feels that looking different is key. “I think it’s good to be interesting-looking, especially in an industry where everyone looks the same.” When it comes to taking off in the modeling industry, Debell has some very astounding upcoming events. “I have a photo shoot coming up, but it’s a non-paid one just to build up my portfolio. But then I have two runway shows coming up and those are both my upcoming paid jobs,” Debell said. Along with those she hopes to hear back about a future cover spread with Oregon Bride Magazine. As for LaBrash’s experiences with photo shoots, she too has had some bizarre moments. “The first shoot I did, they were trying to make me laugh and it was really awkward

Top left: Senior Chloe Labrash poses for one of her photo shoots that she is using to build her portfolio as a model for TCM Models and Talent./Mike Chard Photography. 2. Top right: Senior Katie Carr wears feather fake lashes in a photo shoot that she also is using to build up her portfolio as she enters her seventh month with Seattle Models Guild./Darren Hendrix. Bottom: Senior Elle Debell poses provocatively as she too builds her portfolio for the same company as Katie Carr, Seattle Models Guild. All three girls have been doing several photo shoots and Debell has a runway show coming./Jhon Catano. While Debell and LaBrash plan to continue and stay in the modeling industry, even perhaps taking time off of college to do so, Carr plans to quit modeling after high school ends.

because they were taking a picture, it was just really weird to try and do,” LaBrash said. As senior year is wrapping up for the three models, whether or not to continue in the modeling industry is definitely something to think about. “I think it was just a trial to see what it was like, but I feel like if I wanted to continue doing it I’d have to put my all into it, and I’m not prepared to do that,” Carr

said. While Debell and LaBrash have a very opposite opinion. “Right now I’m trying to decide if I want to take a year off from college and do it, I’m thinking of just going to Los Angeles and trying my hand at it,” Debell said. While LaBrash is a little less sure of the future. “I think I’m going to try and continue it. I’ll probably try to make some money that

goes towards college over the summer or maybe take a year off,” LaBrash said. Either way these three girls are definitely making waves with their photos and modeling and show just another side of Ballard’s talented youth.


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Oh baby!

APRIL 11, 2011

Mrs. Hale announces pregnancy

SYDNEY DAY FEATURES EDITOR As many have already heard, Alicia Hale, our very beloved AP European History teacher, recently announced that she is pregnant. Following a string of teacher pregnancies, this is the one that has a lot of students talking. “We have a list in my classroom with a competition going for who can come up with the worst historical name for a baby,” Hale said. The winning class will be awarded with donuts. Though when asked if she would choose the winning name, Mrs. Hale was quick to respond. “No, definitely not,” Hale said. As for Hale herself, she is due on Sept. 3, which leaves next year’s class wondering just how long they will be without their European History teacher. “I’m probably only going to take off the first semester so that way I can come in January and prep them for the AP test,” Hale said. Hale plans to keep everything just as organized as it’s always been for her classes even in her absence. “Everything’s planned really well, day by day actually, so

I’m not worried,” Hale said. One thing many are probably wondering is whether or not Hale wants a Marie Antoinette or a Henry VIII. “I don’t mind I just think that as long as it’s healthy and has everything in place we’ll be happy,” Hale said. Hale isn’t too concerned with the sex of the baby. However, how strict she will be is a completely different discussion and she laughs to herself as she continues onto this topic. “My students think I’m going to be a strict mother and I think they’re probably right,” Hale said. Despite this, she feels lucky knowing her husband is very laid-back and believes he’ll be the nice parent while she stays the strict one. Besides student reactions, Hale has received a lot of congratulations from friends and parents as well. “I’ve had super awesome reactions from parents of students, and even former graduated students keep sending me emails. It’s been really sweet,” Hale said. Of course Hale’s family was even more excited to hear the news too. “My sister just had her son in January so my mom is getting two grandchildren in a year so she’s just over the moon, really excited,” Hale said. All in all Hale seems very happy as any expectant mother would. Of course, the biggest question still remains: will her child be taking AP Euro? “I’m pretty sure my husband won’t let our child take AP Euro,” Hale said with a laugh.

“We have a list in my classroom with a competition going for who can come up with the worst historical name for a baby.”- history teacher Alicia Hale

Mrs. Hale announced recently that she is pregnant and will be taking half of the year off for the next school year. She ponders what to name her child./SYDNEY DAY

Abroad during despair

Junior witnesses Japan’s struggle

KATE CLARK OPINIONS EDITOR Awakened by a middle-of-thenight phone call, he drowsily listened to his nervous father repeatedly ask if he was OK. Tired and confused by the horrified voice on the other line, he was completely unaware of the disaster his dad spoke of. After providing the worried caller reassurance, he was informed the country he had called home since September had just been through one of the worst earthquakes ever recorded. Little did junior Riley Hollobaugh know in those early hours of that morning, March 11, that the disasters that

day would be remembered as one of the worst in Japanese history. Hollobaugh is studying abroad in the 2010-2011 school year in Kagoshima City on the Island of Kyushu, South Japan. Fortunately, the city lacks any serious damage from the earthquake or the tsunami that followed. W i t h out seeing dramatic changes in the landscape around him, Hollobaugh has watched the media coverage radically transform over the last few weeks. “The biggest difference is the television program; they’re only news on the destruction,” Riley Hollobaugh said. He has been able to see first-hand the Japanese sup-

“The people I know here are not worried about the radiation affecting us. It’s perfectly safe here.” - Riley Hollobaugh

Riley Hollobaugh’s view from the home in which he’s staying in Japan. When the earthquake hit Japan, Hollobaugh was fortunate enough to not be near the area stricken with the worst disaster./PHOTO COURTESY OF RILEY HOLLOBAUGH

porting its people in need through this time of despair. “I have seen a lot of people out collecting money for North Japan.” The morale of the country through the tragedy has remained high. According to Hollobaugh, Japan has already begun its climb back to normal. “Japan is calm. The people are patient,” Hollobaugh said. “It’s the American news that has really been freaking out I think, especially about the nuclear plant.” The earthquake and tsunami

caused an explosion at the nuclear power plant Fukushima located in Okuma and Futaba, Japan. The explosion resulted in the release of high, dangerous radiation levels. “The people I know here are not worried about the radiation affecting us. It’s perfectly safe here.” Currently, Hollobaugh’s home is not close enough to the nuclear plant to be affected. So, while Kagoshima fully immerses itself back into regularity, Hollobaugh is able to continue

submerging himself into the Japanese culture. “[The culture is] really different than America’s. I’ve really had to adjust how I act and think to fit in,” Hollobaugh said. “Also, I’ve learned how to communicate and interact with people better.” Modifying himself to fit into the Japanese culture has changed many things about him. However, the true discovery of the extremity of his transformation will be amidst his arrival home to Seattle.


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14 APRIL 11, 2011

FEATURES SYDNEY DAY

Letter for a sweater Senior Jamie Thelen shows off the new addition to Ballard’s catalogue of letterman’s apparel. Letterman’s sweaters add a new choice of attire for the athletic./ GRACE SHAW

New sweaters give choices

GRACE SHAW STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER In a triumphant effort, senior Jamie Thelen has reached a goal of hers that she has had for over a year now. It all began last year, when Thelen started admiring a letterman’s sweater that Ms. Anderson wore. “I saw Ms. Anderson [wearing her sweater] last year and I was like ‘Oh my god. That is so cool’,” Thelen said. Thelen wanted the letterman’s sweater to be an option not only for herself but for other BHS students. This year Thelen, still being drawn to these sweaters, started campaigning and asking around about how to get them at Ballard. First Thelen inquired with Louis Bremond, the guy who organizes the graduation caps and gowns and also does the class T-shirts. After Thelen repeatedly reminded Bremond about the sweaters it started to slip from the top of Thelen’s priority list. “It was put on hold for a while,” Thelen said. In a surprise orchestrated by multiple people including Ms. Burr and Bremond, Thelen was presented with her very own letterman’s sweater earlier this year. “All of the sudden I got called down to the office, [and Louis] has [a letterman’s sweater] made for me,” Thelen said.

The senior preferred the letterman’s sweater’s look to the much more traditional jacket. Thelen was the first of the student body to sport this trendy item, but she did not keep it to herself. Now, these sweaters are available to all students through National Achievers. “I am like the walking advertisement, I guess,” Thelen said. Thelen not only supports the sweaters for their look, but also because they give more people a chance to join in on the fun of lettering. “I know a lot of girls that letter, but they don’t necessarily want a leather jacket,” Thelen said. “You still get to show that you lettered but it’s a little more girl-appropriate.” Another appeal to the sweaters is the price. Before, students were paying upwards of $600 to get a letterman’s jacket. Now, someone who really does not feel compelled to invest that much money can opt for the much cheaper letterman’s sweater, which goes for $150. This item seems to be catching on, with many students putting in orders. At this point Thelen is just basking in her sweater glory. She says she now wears her letterman’s sweater around three times a month. “I don’t want to over-wear [my sweater], but I want people to know that I have it,” Thelen said.

Bookkeeping to botany Mrs. Carlson does it all SCOTLAND SCHEIBER STAFF REPORTER Every day, students file in and out of classrooms, encountering different teaching methods which are often consumed by constant busy work and following the curriculum. However, there’s one teacher who hasn’t let the ‘books way’ get the best of her. India Carlson, a prominent member of the Ballard Science Department and an avid world traveler, reaches students using a wealth of global influence and understanding. “Something about seeing a woman on the side of the road hauling rocks who is wearing jewelry and a beautiful sari made me realize that celebrating life through daily living makes the world a better place,” Carlson said. Since her early 20’s, Carlson has indulged herself in world culture.

After initially buying a one-way ticket to India, she spent a year exploring Southeast Asia on her own. “What did I learn? That would take a book to tell,” Carlson said. A book may not be such a stretch for Carlson, who holds degrees in both both English and Biology. She applies a new angle to teaching by granting students an opportunity to design many projects throughout the year. “I actually don’t think in terms of subject areas but more interest; I let students design projects themselves as much as possible,” Carlson said. Carlson’s diverse background and interactive approach encourages all students to find their learning niche and achieve success. “Also I know what it feels like to be the only person in the room who looks like you do. I think this helps me connect to students who feel like outsiders or otherwise marginalized and work to form connections with them,” Carlson said. Each year Carlson’s students have an opportunity to participate in the annual Seattle Garden Show held at the Qwest Field Convention Center. Participants plan and grow their own landscapes, or may work in a group of their peers. “The garden show gives a rare opportunity for students to design and build an actual garden that thousands of people will see. Students have to plan and execute all parts of the design. I think that student work benefits the show by showing the creativity and vision of the next generation of gardeners,“ Carlson said.

“Something about seeing a woman on the side of the road hauling rocks who is wearing jewelry and a beautiful sari made me realize that celebrating life through daily living makes the world a better place.”-science teacher India Carlson

Ms. Carlson works as the botany teacher and loves working in the garden. She has been helping students at the Seattle Garden Show for a long time./GRACE SHAW

PHOTO CREDIT NIGEL SULLIVAN

Tackling the interview

Students work to get jobs KATIE KENNEDY STAFF REPORTER

A typical profession for teens is that of a courtesy clerk at local supermarkets. Since applications are now submitted online, Matt Clasen, store director at the QFC on Holman Road, recommends one way to gain an edge over the competition: visiting the store and introducing yourself to manager or the store director. “It’s great to be able to put a face to a name,” Clasen said. This proactive approach can be key. Clasen said it is great when potential employees already have a food handler’s permit; to him it shows the applicant is responsible and excited about the job. Junior Andi Ellis, who is employed at the childcare center at Olympic Athletic Club, wishes she had a more proactive approach when it came to getting her job. “They took forever to get back to me and I didn’t really check in. If I hadn’t had a friend who worked there I might not have gotten the job,” Ellis said. Along with a proactive approach, the first impression for the interview can be important. “You don’t need a suit,” Clasen said, “but scraggly jeans and a sweatshirt from school are not a great first impression.” When Ellis interviewed for her job, she felt it was rather informal. Despite this she felt that it was important to highlight her accomplishments and strengths. “The more I said what I had done and achieved, the more confident [my current boss] was that I could do the job,” Ellis said. But most importantly, it helps to make sure that you are going to fit in with the job you are applying to. Clasen’s employees deal oneon-one with costumers. “We deal with the public,” Clasen said. “Someone needs fairly decent communication skills and I base [his/her hiring] on how they come across.” If you aren’t the friendliest type, perhaps a job in the service industry is not for you. There are many options out there. Ellis believes finding the right one is key. “It’s not fun to wake up early on Saturdays, go after school and give up time with friends for something you don’t like,” Ellis said.


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DREW POWELL

BALLARD TALISMAN

15 April 11, 2011

Ballard gets Inked

Student literary magazine underway wanted to volunteer and I had submitted work to it last year, so I thought I would do it,” Strandoo said. Every Wednesday after school from 2:45 to For about two or three weeks now you may 3:45 in Calderwood’s room in SW106, Ink has or may not have noticed the folders and boxes its weekly meeting, where the editors review sitting in every language arts classroom labeled artwork, organize future meetings, make sure “Ink.” These containers belong to Ink Magaannouncements get put in the daily bulletin, adzine, Ballard’s own literary magazine. vertise around the school and talk to the printSince its premiere issue in 2002, Ink Magaing company. zine has flourished in the school, providing “Once everything’s in, we’ll look at what we an outlet for students to share their drawings, have and decide what goes into the magazine,” paintings, photography, short stories and poetry Calderwood said. with the rest of the school. In order for a piece of art to make it in the For the last three years the magazine was admagazine, written pieces have to be under two vised by language arts teacher Sooz Sthal, but pages and school-appropriate. Photographs and since she is only a sub and not a full time teachdrawings have to be in black and white. “We er, she didn’t want to take on want good quality, finan extra task she couldn’t ished work,” Strandoo advise it this year. So, LA teacher Jeff Calderwood “I kind of wanted to do some- said. In another effort to stepped up to the plate. thing to help. Everybody in get more submissions “I kind of wanted to do the LA department is doing and raise more awaresomething to help.Everybody within the LA depart- something; I was the guy who ness, Ink held a threeday arts workshop or, ment is doing something; I wasn’t doing anything.” “Ink days”, on April 5, was the guy who wasn’t do-LA teacher Jeff Calderwood 6 and the 7 after school. ing anything.” The first day was a writDue to the change in ing workshop, the second advisers the magazine got was photography and the third was drawing and off to a late start but the staff is working hard painting. “It will invite students to work on and and still plans to come out on May 19. “We were real fortunate through the PTSA, getting get their art reviewed by us,” Strandoo said. a $700 budget,” Calderwood said. In addition So far the magazine has received around they hope to print some of the pages in color. 20 to 25 submissions and hopes to get more before This year, Ink has an entirely new staff as the April 15 deadline. “It’s a wonderful project well. Juniors Louise Strandoo, Daniel Roth, and has really blossomed into something,” CalderNigel Sullivan and Melinda Bunnage are the wood said. primary editors. “[Calderwood] asked his class if anyone

Drew Powell A&E Editor

Junior Louise Strandoo, one of the cheif editors for Ink magazine, reviews work submitted by students during the very first Ink day, held in language arts teacher Jeff Calderwood’s room./KATIE KENNEDY

So, you’re a cheap date?

Date nights without breaking the bank Katie Kennedy & Melinda Bunnage Staff reporters Crest Theater Location: 16505 5th Avenue Northeast Shoreline, WA 98155 Cost for one person: $3 (with food $7) If you’re in the mood for a cinematic experience, but not in the mood for a $12 movie and a $7 bag of skittles, try Crest Cinema Centre in Shoreline. Tickets are only $3 and you can stock up on treats beforehand at the 7-Elven, located directly across the street. With the ability to choose from a vast array of movies that have already left the mainstream theaters, Crest is the perfect place to catch up on the films you really wanted to see, but never had a chance.

Laser Show Location: 305 Harrison Street Seattle, WA 98109 Cost for one person: $5 with teen tix, visit http://www.seattlecenter. com/teentix/ for more info ($10.00 with food) Start the evening off at Seattle’s most popular burger chain, since Dick’s is always that start of a good evening. From the Queen Anne restaurant, you can take the #8 to the laser dome at Seattle center. There you can let your head bob to the beats of Daft Punk or be thrilled the King of Pop’s moves translated into laser lights. You may also choose to be taken back to the psychedelic sixties both visually and musically with Laser Beatles and Laser Pink Floyd. The visually stunning laser lights only enhance the musical experience of these and other landmark groups, and it is not a sight to miss.

Dodge Ball and Molly Moons Location: 917 E Pine St (between Broadway and Nagle Pl) Seattle, WA 98122 Cost for one person: 75 cents (with ice cream, $4.55) Kick off your Friday night by taking the #44, heading east from NW Market St and 15th Ave NW. Once your hipster radar begins to go crazy along Broadway E, hop off the bus. Spend some time exploring the various shops that reside in the area. When the going gets tough, head over to Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, where you can choose from a variety of quirky (Honey-Lavender) to more traditional flavors (Theo Chocolate). Cross the street to Cal Anderson Park for some serious people-watching. And when the clock strikes 7:30, head over to the tennis courts to watch or even join in during the weekly dodge ball matches.


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BALLARD TALISMAN

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DREW POWELL

New mixtape 8tracks offers a revival Tess Livesley O’neil Staff reporter

Despite having good weapons and combat, the new video game Crysis 2 fails to live up to its potential.

Crysis 2 dissapoints

Sequel to award-winner falls short of mark Alex Johnston Staff reporter Crysis 2, sequel to an amazing ground-breaking FPS shooter, was one of the most anticipated games of the year. Unfortunately, like all things it wasn’t without its imperfections. The sequel has a scatterbrained plot that was obvious from the get-go; the main character thinks he has a friend in all the mess of the story, he follows his every word and command (because that’s what people have to do in a video game), and then half way through the game this “friend” double-crosses him. Thrust into the game for the first time five hours into the campaign, the plotline was obvious to me instantly. Crysis 2 isn’t a free-roam at all like the original game either. There was no running off and messing around; it’s strictly missions. The player is placed in a city and is told to fix the problem and given step-by-step instructions on how this should be accomplished, almost as if Crytek (the company that brought us this fine game) thought they were making a game for brain-dead chimps. This is one of the many problems brought on by consolization. Consolization is when a great game is brought down from computers only to the con-

sole systems, such as PS3, Xbox 360, and god forbid - the Wii. The games are dumbed down for the masses, not to mention the graphics, intuitive controls and creative missions. However, one thing that was not brought down during consolization for Crysis 2 was its graphics. Crysis stood tall in this division, just as the original had won Gamespot’s Best Technical Graphics of 2007 award. In the original Crysis, the player was given a power suit with four premade abilities they could switch through. In Crysis 2, instead of using this simple concept, the player instead gets one power suit with several different slots to set abilities to as they advance through the game. The pros are that for console gaming it’s a lot easier not to have to switch through a user interface to select a different suit and it grants the user new creative choices they were not given in the first game. The cons, however, are that now everything the player does drains the player’s energy, which is basically a health bar that recharges over time. Hand-in-hand with the subject of suit abilities is the power to use stealth. In Crysis 2 you can cloak yourself and become “invisible”. The player can’t

really turn invisible like the first game, but he can kind of hide himself from enemies, unless of course he gets close to them. And by close I mean, within 20 feet of an enemy, whether the player is moving or not, they will begin to shoot at him. Some good things about Crysis 2 are the guns and enemies. The guns seem to be more alien, creative and dare I say, spacey, than the first and are fun to shoot with, and include a gauss that has amazing weapon graphics and actually moves as if ready to shoot. The attention to detail in this game is remarkable. The enemies are a strange bunch. In the first half of the game all there is to fight is a bunch of army men, but later in the game, strange aliens in shiny armor show up and lend a challenge to the game as they shoot and melee, providing a new layer to the combat of the game. Crysis 2 isn’t the worst game when thought of as its own game, but in comparison to the original it fails to meet the bar and looks like a shoddily made rip-off. Many people would be best to rent or stick with the first Crysis.

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A mix you receive from someone else is always better than the ones you make for yourself, no matter how much time you spend on it. Hearing a mix made by someone else is always unexpected and exciting, and keeps you interested. However, the days of mixtapes are long over, and these days it’s rare to get a homemade and well thought out mix from someone, and it’s even rarer to listen to it all the way through. But recently, the beloved mixtape has come out from the shadows to reappear in the spotlight. The website 8tracks.com was founded in 2006, with the simple mission of sharing music in a modern way. Just like on similar websites, you make a profile, which allows you to listen to other user’s mixtapes or upload your own. Uploading a mix is easy; songs and pre-made playlists on iTunes directly link to the site. Just give your mix a catchy title and eye-catching picture to go with it. But the best part about 8tracks is not making mixes, it’s hearing them. Literally any genre, mood or theme is available on this site, so there is truly something for everyone. Or, if you can’t make up your mind about what you feel like listening to, just peruse the “new today”, “hot this week” or “popular his month” categories on the home page. Unlike Pandora, a more popular music sharing site, 8tracks allows you to hone in on music that appeals to you in every genre. Pandora just spits out songs of one type of music that a computer thinks you’ll like based on one selection. And since real people are making these mixes and can literally put any song on a mix, chances are the majority of the songs you hear will be completely new. Although it seems as if 8tracks could just be a disorganized mass of music that you could endlessly browse and abuse, there are some restrictions. All mixes must be at least eight tracks long and cannot contain more than two songs from the same album. This is to prevent the uploading of singles and full albums. But most effectively, 8tracks had the rule that you may not skip more than two songs per mix, so that the essence of the mix is maintained. So, whether you’re always on the hunt for new music or are too lazy to, or if you just love to show off your tirelessly created mixes, 8tracks.com may be the place for you.

Sweet and savory crepes galore

Hip brunch spot opens in Ballard

Beni Ransom COpy Editor

The recently opened Ridgeback Cafe is a popular new spot serving brunch and dinner. They offer a variety of sweet and savory crepes./BENI RANSOM

The Ridgeback Café, a new restaurant in Ballard serving brunch and dinner, has enjoyed instant success since its opening on Feb. 26 this year. This is evidenced by the steamy windows and huge crowds the restaurant attracts on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The room is spacious and inviting despite the fact that it is often overheated and packed with bodies on weekends. The large amount of wall space in the room also allows the restaurant to feature a changing art display. Both savory egg crepes with meats, veggies and hot sauce and sweet crepes with nutella, fruit and whipped cream are served. The café also has a selection of waffles, salads and sandwiches available for brunch and a more extensive dinner menu. Each dish is made fresh before your eyes in the restaurant’s open kitchen, but service takes a long time because the restaurant only has

one crepe pan. The restaurant’s savory crepes are probably what made the café such a hit. It is very difficult to achieve the texture and flavor of these eggy crepes in a home kitchen, which makes them well worth the wait. For fans of nutella, the traditional sweet crepes are also great and absolutely loaded with delicious chocolate-hazelnut spread. The waffles are spongy and perfectly cooked and are topped with unconventional flavors like brie, basil, bacon and even fried eggs. This café has just the right feel, right down to the teacups, water jugs and bathrooms. A meal there also typically costs less than $10 a person. It is important to call in for reservations for those who like to eat during the weekend in the morning because it will definitely save at least a half hour of time. Overall, the atmosphere is comfortable, the food is excellent, and the restaurant is worth returning to again and again.

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BALLARD TALISMAN

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DREW POWELL

17 APRIL 11, 2011

Cabaret recaptures a troubled past Drama department goes outside the box NaTALIE WHITE MANaging EDITOR “Life is a cabaret, old chum.” A theme that remains constant through all the unpredictability of the outside world, proving that there is always fun to be had inside the club’s doors. This year the Drama Department takes a few steps outside the norm and finds its groove in their production of the Broadway hit Cabaret. Kicking things off in 1930s Berlin is the Master of Ceremonies (Patrick Knoblauch), who quickly assumes his duties of welcoming the audience to the infamous Kit Kat Club before turning his attention to the long line of promiscuous girls. English singer and regular at the club, Sally Bowles (Eliza Palasz), leads the pack each night as she aspires to her dream of becoming an actress. Her late-night rendezvouses with various sleazy admirers takes a turn when she encounters American writer Clifford Bradshaw (Eric Hendricks), who visits Berlin in hopes of jump-starting his novel. Having been advised by Ernst Ludwig (Gino Hanson) whom he befriended while traveling, Cliff soon moves into the cheap rooms of Fraulien Schnieder (Marley Niland), where Sally wastes no time moving right in. Sally’s self-conceit and short attention span contrasts sharply with Cliff’s soft-spoken,

Senior Patrick Knoblauch shows off his pizazz as the Master of Ceremonies while surrounded by a slew of Kit Kat girls./Photo courtesy of DAVID HOFFMAN

modest nature and yet somehow the two fall into a romance that neither one of them anticipated. The plot thickens as the Nazis gain momentum, a fact that even the Kit Kat Club can’t escape from. As the political changes leak into the sanctity of the club, Sally and Cliff teeter on the edge at the news of her pregnancy while Fraulien Schnieder and her love-interest Herr Schultz (Ryan Glascock) are conflicted by their Jewish heritage. When life becomes too serious, the Master of Ceremonies and his slew of girls step in to offer some comedic relief and sexual humor. Upon discovering Ernst Ludwig’s ties with the Nazis and that many of their dealings went toward such a pursuit, Cliff’s mounting discomfort with the political change reaches a climax. This is a reality they all must realize and deal with in their own way. The heart of the talent behind the production came across loud and clear in the actors’ renditions of the various hits, which included, “Money, Money”, “So What”, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”, “If You Could See Her” and of course “Cabaret.” From Palasz’s range to Niland’s subtle yet powerful voice, the cast really hit all the right notes. Pulling off a ‘30s vibe is no

Palasz concludes her performance as the seductress Sally Bowles, shown here sinking back into the security of the club with freshman Carston Newby on left and freshman Kianna Louisor to her right./Photo courtesy of DAVID HOFFMAN Reviews are granted a letter rating by reviewers: A: Great B: Good C: Fair D:Poor

easy feat but the set somehow seemed to capture it. The brick arches, cheesy tables, historic phones and the red lighting all helped to authenticate the sleazy atmosphere of the club. The on-stage orchestra made the production feel even more live and energetic. While a dominant factor, the set wasn’t all that brought the musical to life. The costumes presented a whole other show; from the rather skimpy outfits of the dancers (which erred on the side of PG-13 and had some parents shaking their heads) to the ratted hair of the servers, the flashy ear-

activity. The quality of a performance is clear when the audience can’t take their eyes off the stage. Such was the case whenever Knoblauch, whose dramatic expressions and French accent elicited numerous giggles from the audience, entered the scene. His energetic spirit carried the production and served as the perfect mediator between scenes. Palasz’s performance was equally notable as the self-centered, flaky seductress, Sally Bowles. Her talent was especially apparent in her solos, which left the audience thoroughly trans-

“With each scene came a different look and a different level of activity.” rings and long evening gloves. With each scene came a different look and a different level of activity. Most often the leads were not the only ones in the room. Rather, many extras were in the background softly talking or dancing while a key song or conversation took place. This not only added some visual appeal but it perfectly illustrated the nature of a club bustling with

fixed. While he didn’t have an ample amount of time onstage, Hanson made every minute count in his portrayal of the German gentleman whose allegiance shifts to the rising Nazis. The Kit Kat girls were nothing to sneeze at either. Each of them brought their own energy and style to the set, which greatly added to the lively nature of the

production. Memorizing lines and lyrics wasn’t the end of the actor’s responsibilities as mastering German and French accents were also on the to-do list; a task that each actor took head-on. Drama teacher Shawn Riley, made some curious directorial choices. Particularly notable was the inclusion of a giant swastika flag which hung throughout the intermission. The size of the symbol made it difficult to ignore and had many people squirming in their seats or turning the opposite direction. Since an intermission is typically characterized by relaxing chatter, it was a bit disconcerting to have such a powerful symbol so directly displayed. Whether the decision to keep it there was to make the audience uncomfortable and realize the impact of the Nazi uprise or just to keep us connected to the story, the choice was no doubt an interesting one. The Drama Department really rose to the challenge this year, managing to capture the relationship between the club and the resonating political tension. Cabaret reminds us never to take life too seriously.


18 APRIL 11, 2011

BALLARD TALISMAN

OPINIONS KATE CLARK

Action in Libya: Involvement or pacifism?

BENI RANSOM COPY EDITOR

On Feb. 26, President Obama signed an executive order to block trade between the US and Libya. On March 9, the US government stationed naval forces on Libyan coasts and on March 17 the UN Security Council Approved a no-fly zone over Libya. It has become clear that not only the US, but France, the UK and Canada all seek to become invested in the Libyan crisis due to the inhumanity and corruption of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s regime. All of these nations have backed the UN’s no-fly zone and some have sent naval and air forces to Libya. It is clear that this issue is in the best interests of the United States, not because the US feels the necessity to spread its beautiful, perfect ideologies and cultures across the world, but because the severe measures of Qadhafi’s regime have led to the killing and torturing thousands of innocent civilians. However, after the mild measures that the US has made at this point, news networks and US citizens were getting worried. Some skepticism started emerging about the degree to which the US should be involved. Is the US really in the position to help Libyan revolutionaries if our recession cuts at our nation so deeply, a significant death toll would emerge in a Libyan conflict, and our military resources might not even be enough to give Libya an unambiguous change to democratic leadership?

On March 29, Obama eloquently answered the skeptics. Obama stated that political and financial pressures as opposed to military pressures should be used in order to force Qadhafi out of power. He essentially agreed with the skeptics (who emerged on both sides of the party line) by saying that yes, indeed, it would be far too costly to go at war at Libya, and yes, “to be blunt,” Obama said, “we’ve gone down that road in Iraq.” Qadhafi’s reign clearly warrants a response from the US and UN on a financial and political level, but it doesn’t warrant what would be a simply unaffordable war on the part of the US. The US’s involvement would take countless American and Libyan lives and would very likely cause more issues than it would solve. It will be interesting to see how critics respond to Obama’s recent speech, but it seems extremely difficult to argue for any alternative that our president hasn’t already endorsed at this point. The US’s involvement would take countless American and Libyan lives and would very likely cause more issues than it would solve.

“The US’s involvement would take countless American and Libyan lives and would very likely cause more issues than it would solve.”

AP exam worries

Does Ballard want us to go to college? KATIE KENNEDY STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

ALEX JOHNSTON STAFF REPORTER Many of us feel the pressure to add those two extra letters onto our class registration, but is it really worth it to take an advanced placement, or AP class? Teachers tell us that AP classes will help us get college credit, and in turn save us lots of money: thanks guys! But when we’re finally in that AP class after summer homework that eats up a good week and a half, we’re told the only way to get that highly sought-after college credit is by taking an excruciating exam in spring. On top of this, many colleges set guidelines and make people go above and beyond by requiring a point above passing for credit, such as University of Washington, and some don’t even accept certain exams as credit. Did I mention each exam costs $89 to take? Yes, AP students have to pay to spend three hours in a hot gymnasium with 200 other students and a large group of elderly overseers. For 8 ½ months, AP students have to study twice as fast as and 10 times harder than regular students to keep up in their class (or classes in most cases). This is all fine and dandy since they signed up for a more challenging curriculum, but what doesn’t help is AP teachers seem to overlook the fact that their students have five other classes, with each giving out homework as well, so they tend to hand out homework like it grows on trees! To top off all this insanity there are

President Obama’s recent speech on March 29 declared that the United States should limit their involvement in Libya to strictly political (and not military) actions./flickr.com/NDUaudiovisual

some people that are taking AP classes and NOT signing up for the AP exam. They must be nuts! Spending an entire year in a fast paced, difficult, time consuming learning environment for nothing? The reason, many have revealed, is they don’t feel their teachers are competent at teaching to the AP guidelines. “I don’t feel that my classes have prepared me for [AP exams] and I don’t want my parents to waste money on something I’m not going to pass,” junior William Westgaard said. Westgaard is taking two AP classes and doesn’t plan on taking either exam. Many have found sound logic in it. They feel unprepared and instead of cramming for a test they don’t feel ready for, they focus their studies on other realms and get a sturdy grade in the AP class to show to colleges instead. Whether or not you take an AP class is up to you (hopefully), as is taking the AP exam. People shouldn’t feel compelled to take the AP exam if they don’t feel comfortable with it. Just because they’re in the class doesn’t mean they have to torture themselves.

In my experience at Ballard, the problems that have bothered me the most are issues regarding our school culture which affect both the adminstration and the students. College. Seniors are waiting for acceptance letters, juniors are taking their SAT’s, and sophomores and freshmen can see it on the horizon. Not to mention a graduate with a college master’s degree will earn an average of 1.3 million dollars more in a lifetime than one with only a high school diploma. According to the district, only 60 percent of students that leave Ballard are prepared for college. Counselers Thomas Kramer and Julie Chapman agree that there is some conflict with how these numbers were calculated. Still, Ballard is behind Garfield, Nathan Hale, Roosevelt, West Seattle, and Franklin in college prepardedess. The percentage of students prepared for college is determined by the number of credits required to graduate. Despite these numbers, Ballard does have a high graduation rate, higher than Roosevelt, West Seattle and Franklin., and equal with Garfield and Hale. It’s great that we have an 88 percent graduation rate, but it doesn’t really mean anything when only 60 percent of students are actually prepared for college. It’s understandable that not all students will attend four-year college. There are many pathways for success, from two-year college and vocational school to graduate school. The counselors want everyone to succeed. “We encourage everyone to aim to the highest level, then if you meet in the middle or even below that - well, you’ll be better prepared for anything else,” Kramer

said. Yet, Ballard only requires 20 credits to graduate, Franklin requires 21 credits and Hale requires 23.5. At Ballard you can essentialy fail 8 classes and still graduate. At Hale you can only fail one. “We are basically saying senior year is a joke because you already have all of your credits,” language arts teacher Tipton Blish said. By requring only 20 credits we are creating a culture at our school that tells us that we don’t have to try or work hard to finish high school. If we can fail eight classes and still graduate with our class, Ballard is sending out into the world a mass of unprepared and slacker graduates. “I feel like [at Ballard] you have to go out of your way to prepare yourself for college,” Maddie Soukup, who is headed to Drew University in the fall, said. Soukup has always known she would attend college after high school. But what about those kids on the borderline, the ones that if they were pushed into a rigourus environment, would rise to the challenge? “I think there are many kids who wouldn’t do it themselves but would benefit if they were put in an enviorment that pushed them to succeed and rise to a certain level,” Blish said. It’s about creating a culture that tells students that the school will get them prepared for a four-year college. Where the school can get us excited about learning and getting ready for a future. Where even students who may not have thought they were capable of attending college would be able to see it as a real possibility and feel comfortable that they could get there. If graduates were to choose a different path, that would be fine. We could at least be relieved to have sent out a generation of students who we know are prepared for college. If one wants success, one can succeed at any level, from vocational school to aiming for their doctorate.


BALLARD TALISMAN

OPINIONS KATE CLARK

I’m sticking with the union IZZIE GIBSON PENROSE STAFF REPORTER Getting a job is hard enough in this economy, but getting a job that offers a living wage, health insurance, and other benefits seems to be nearly impossible. When workers are underpaid and under appreciated, that’s when unions step in. Joining a union means one is no longer alone in their work place. Instead they are part of a larger group that offers them a sense of solidarity and protection from the people they work under. Obviously the union system is not perfect, no system is. However Wisconsin’s solution: to take away collective bargaining from the state employees union, is simply unacceptable. Collective bargaining, according to language arts department head Joe Kelly, is exactly what it sounds like. It allow employees and union representatives to

sit down together and bargain over wages, benefits, and other issues. “Unions came into existence because corporations were squeezing every dime out of everybody,” Kelly said. Without collective bargaining and unions workers would be left right back where they were 100 years ago, with their employers holding all the cards. So why would anyone want to take away rights from the state employees? Well, according to Wisconsin, taking away collective bargaining rights is purely a monetary issue. “Collective bargaining has come under fire because of the economy,” Kelly said, and it’s true getting rid of collective bargaining would save the state some money. “They need a scapegoat, [and they’ve chosen] public sector unions,” Kelly explained. Principal Keven Wynkoop also weighed in on the reasoning behind Wisconsin’s controversial decision. “In this down economy the federal state and local economy are looking for solutions,” he said. Kelly’s scapegoat and Wynkoop’s solution seem to involve the same things, and none of it is good for the workers of Wisconsin. Regardless of the actual bill, the sneak tactics surrounding it, including the assembly Democrats absenteeism from the vote, to the fact that a Wisconsin judge, Maryann Sumi put a stay on the bill that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker seems to have completely ignored make Wisconsin’s

government seem like a joke. Finally, at Judge Sumi’s third order, Walker has agreed to keep the bill. When the issue of collective bargaining was removed from the Budget Repair Bill and voted on, 14 democrats were absent from the capitol building. The vote was also conducted without 24-hours notice, so no protesters could come and express their

19 APRIL 11, 2011 outrage. It’s difficult to sound informed when saying this, but are you kidding me? Secret votes and back door deals are not how American politics are supposed to work. Obviously not all government leaders s h a r e my outrage, because O h i o is following in Wisconsin’s footsteps by taking away power from the unions and there’s no doubt in my mind that other states will soon join the anti-union parade. Yes, state employees get their wages from taxes, and that’s a point of frustration for many people, but roads, public education and libraries are also paid for by tax dollars. All the things paid for by taxes are paid that way because things like roads and state employees are essential to the functioning of the state. Collective bargaining and the entity of the union are both so important, and people need to understand that. The way the Wisconsin government is treating this situation makes the entire issue seem like a joke, but in reality it’s very serious. The sooner people accept that the better.

The US lacks an official language STEPHANIE LOO STAFF REPORTER It’s the kind of question that would make Jeff Foxworthy run his fingers over his mustache and gesture with his stack of note cards to the Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? game screen. While most contestants would answer that English is the official language of the US since it is spoken ‘well or very well’ by 96 percent of the population according to the US Census Bureau, the truth is that it’s a trick question: there is no official language. Once suggested by John Adams in 1780, the topic of creating an official language is hardly original. English is the de facto national language of the country, but is not the official language on a federal level. That kind of trivia isn’t taught in history class. Even amongst the many cultures, ethnicities, and tongues that make up the melting pot of America, I find that establishing English, or even just any one language, as the official language of the entirety of the US is

essential to the successful future of the nation and its citizens. Being a descendant of Chinese immigrants myself, I am sensitive to the plight of overcoming the language barrier. Neither of my grandparents spoke a word of English when they arrived in the US, nor could many of my aunts and uncles. Their lives in the US depended on learning the common language and interacting with the greater American population. M a k i n g English the official language of the US would ultimately certify the e x i s t i n g precedence as official on the federal level, simplify the system of government, and promote unity as citizens. There are currently 30 states including California, Virginia, and nearby Idaho that have established English as the official language on a state-level. The test for US citizenship also requires people to

have at least a basic understanding of English, with few exceptions. With the support of over half of the country and with English already involved in such significant matters, the movement towards a standard language on the federal level seems rather reasonable. “Everyone speaks English and you have to know English in order to survive here since everything is in English like all of the signs,” senior M o m o k o Osuga, whose first language was Japanese, said. Other than o ff i c i a l i z i n g the de facto, encouraging everyone to speak English would reduce the inability to read laws and acts that are written in English anyway. Since the federal government would not have to make multiple prints or accommodate for hundreds of languages, having one official language would also be more financially sound.

“Opponents of an official language on the federal level argue that an official language would go against the spirit of the US.”

Establishing English as the official language of the US on a federal level would help to unify the country as a whole by promoting equal citizenship. Presently, those who cannot speak English are exempt from being on a jury, essentially creating two sets of citizens – English speakers and nonEnglish speakers – with different rights and privileges. Creating commonalities in communication across cultural boundaries would additionally reduce isolated ethnic enclaves. Besides, America is not much of a melting pot if all ethnic groups remain unmixed. Opponents of an official language on the federal level argue that an official language would go against the spirit of the US, which was founded by immigrants. They also argue that it would hinder diversity by discouraging immigrants from coming to the US and by discouraging their native tongues. However, those who oppose an official language fail to recognize that America is a social experiment whose culture and necessity evolve over time. In the late 1700s during the founding of the US, an official language was not as essential as it is today because the population was smaller and communication

less interconnected. Since then, the population has exploded while technology and demand requires communication on a grander scale, making one official language simply more effective. The assertion that diversity would be reduced with an official language also does not take into account the many reasons that immigrants come to the US, including job opportunities and the freedoms for a new life. Immigration is not hinged upon language since many immigrants, such as my own relatives, choose to come despite not speaking English. Furthermore, setting an official language would not make everyone learn English overnight, nor would it delete alternative languages. The proposed official language would not and should not deny the existence of transitional periods, remove English-learning courses, or discourage different cultural tongues, but merely encourage the use of a language that the majority of the US population can understand. As Winston Churchill once said, “The gift of a common tongue is a priceless inheritance.”


BALLARD TALISMAN

20 APRIL 11, 2011

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