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New comp lit class offered to seniors



Football takes “Go, Fight, Win� too literally



Ballard welcomes Dr. Barbara Casey



Students prepare for Is He Dead?



Is He Dead? Opening night @ Earl Kelly Performing arts center. Curtin call 7:30 pm. Runs until Oct 22.



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826 Seattle college essay workshop @ BHS library. noon- 5pm


Robyn @ Paramount. 8pm Crystal Castles @ Showbox Sodo @ 8pm

Volleyball vs. Newport @ BHS. 7 pm



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Professional development day. Two hour early release for students




Skrillex, 12th Planet, Two Fresh, Nadastrom @ Showbox Sodo. 7pm. 16+

Cross country meet @ Lincoln. 2:30 pm Volleyball vs. Issaquah @ Issaquah. 7pm.


Death Cab for Cutie: The Head and the Heart @ Key Arena. 7pm




Boys tennis vs. Garfield @Garfield. 3:45pm Football vs. Garfield @ Memorial. 5:30pm Girls soccer vs. Newport @ NWAC. 7:30pm

Professional development day. No school for students




Lord of the Rings in Concert:The Fellowship of the Rings @ Key Arena. 7:30pm





rofessional development day. Two hour early release for students



Volleyball vs. Roosevelt @ Roosevelt. 7 pm. Girls Soccer vs. Bothell @ Bothell. 7:30 pm.



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The Dirty Heads, Gym Class Heroes @ Showbox Sodo. 7 pm.




Mac Miller, People Under the Stairs, Casey Veggies @ Showbox Sodo. 7pm.

Vetran’s Day Holiday. No Football vs. Bothell @ Pop school Keeney. 7 pm.

Football vs. Bothell @ Pop Keeney. 7 pm.


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Don’t worry, they’re on your side


ave you ever found yourself wondering how you will survive this place? High school is a time filled with obstacles and challenges. Roadblocks can take the form of anything from traffic to a club meeting. In the midst of the chaos that we live through every day, change is the only constant; our friends, class preferences, and interests are constantly changing. High school is quite often a place of self-discovery, though we become confused and stuck in our attempts to figure out who we want to be and who we really are. For many of us, the process of maturing through high school is scar. Not only do we have to work to distinguish ourselves as individuals, but we’re also thrust into full social, academic, and athletic calendars. We’re feeling overwhelmed and overburdened, stressed and alone. With the changed start times that came with the new school year, we question whether the changes that are supposed to be beneficial are actually hindering our achievement rather than helping us. However, despite our natural tendency as teenagers to blame others for our struggles, when we take a step back we realize that the school, our parents, and the other guid-

ing figures in our lives are trying their best to shape us into compassionate, cooperative, and successful young adults. Our parents and guardians don’t want to be at war with us. Their nagging, their restrictions, and their unreasonable expectations are reflections of their attempts to make us the people they want us to be. In fact, we should be grateful that they have stayed with us through the bewildering and irregular adventure that is high school. When we feel isolated in our jam-packed schedules and our dramatic lives, we should look up to our parents and guardians and realize that they are there, ready to lead us through our frustrations. No matter how annoying and controlling they may be, we should listen to their advice about high school. After all, they’ve lived through it. Regardless of the controversial decisions, rules, and policies of teachers, administrators, and the school board, the reality is that they are all working their hardest to make school as positive and functional of an environment as possible. They fund our textbooks, classrooms, and teachers. They provide money for students that can’t afford field trips, food, and supplies. They make a point to help failing students

succeed by donating their time to after-school tutoring and before-school tutorial time. When it came to the new start times, they made the best out of the decision that the school board agreed upon. Even though yellow school buses were eliminated, Orca cards allow students to take Metro buses, ferries, the light rail, and other forms of transportation for free. What’s more, yellow buses were taken away to save money, which in turn funds more urgent and effective matters to help students directly. All things considered, it’s normal to feel pitted against the people that construct and restrict your high school life. Still, it’s important to try to empathize with these figures and realize that they’ve been through your exasperation. Faced with the daunting challenge of solving the problems of countless students at once, they make the best choices they can. Yes, we’ve had to lose fifteen precious minutes of sleep every day this year. But isn’t fifteen minutes a reasonable sacrifice for all the support we get from our leaders?

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School District Utilizes Teach for America Seattle Foundation provides funds the obligatory finances. On November “Seattle Public Schools 17th, reached out to individuals Editor-in-Chief 2010 the who had been supportive of Seattle School Board voted TFA in the past to request yes to Teach for America in assistance in funding the Seattle Schools after several district-match portion of the controversial speeches were contract,” Wippel said. made in attempt to sway the The Seattle Foundation is board members. not only supporting TFA in Teach For America is a non- the Seattle school district but profit organization employing is also supporting neighboring recent college graduates to districts. teach in low-income areas “The Seattle Foundation across the country. After 5 made a 3-year, $250,000 grant weeks of training they teach commitment to support Teach for two years then are able to for America’s expansion into continue teaching or travel at least three Puget Sound down a new career path. area school districts,” Caroline Unlike Maillard of the 20-25 the Seattle TFA teachers Foundation said. predicted to Roughly be hired by $80,000 to the district $85,000 will for the be put into use 2011-2012 each year where school year, TFA sees fit. In the School addition to this Board as of grant the Seattle August 2011 Foundation will has officially be submitting all approved just money from their five. Kendra donors who also Abernathy, wish to support aroline aillard Desiree TFA. The sum eattle oundation from donors is Robinette, Katie approximately Schmidt, Kenneth Maldonado $95,000. and Kelly Sutton are those The Seattle Foundation currently approved. stated they support TFA Three of the afore because education is very mentioned teachers, important to them. Robinette, Sutton and “Having a strong teacher Maldonado have degrees in in every classroom is key Education. to reducing the growing Aki Kurose Middle School, achievement gap between Washington Middle School low-income students and and South Shore K-8th will be their more affluent peers,” the only schools housing any Maillard said. “The Seattle TFA Teachers for this school Foundation believes that year. programs like TFA help keep However, positions within the new-teacher pipeline full the district remain open. of exceptional, motivated “TFA candiates are eligible individuals committed to to apply during the open working in our highest-need hiring process, as they have schools.” been throughout,” Teresa However, even with TFA Wippel of Seattle Public teachers being hired within Schools said. “Seattle Public the district, msny continue to Schools does not specifically argue against TFA. hire TFA candidates to fill Language Arts department teaching positions; TFA head, Joe Kelly stated in a candidates are considered as letter to school board member, part of the overall candidate Michael Debell, “If we are pool.” serious about upping the ante Every TFA teacher comes rigor-wise in all our district with a $4,000 fee charged by schools, then we need to hire Teach for America to cover men and women who are the cost of training. Funds for appropriatey trained.” staff salaries, infrastructure Kelly auditioned for TFA (office space/computers) and placement in 1991. He was outreach are also necessary. offered a position in McAllen, The Seattle Texas, but declined. Foundation will be providing

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A senior talks to counselor Tom Kramer about her options for college. (Haley Blavka)

Student Counselor Conferences

Seniors get one-on-one time with their counselors Catie Perry Staff Reporter The beginning of the year finds seniors in a variety of predicaments. Some students are already filling out applications, while others are wondering what a CommonApp is. Others are unsure if they even want to go to college next year. To make the process of planning for the future easier, Ballard has started student conferences, a mandatory meeting between every senior and their counselor. Each meeting will be about 30 minutes long and they will happen during the next few weeks. Every senior should go to his or her counselor’s office and schedule a meeting on the sheet posted on each counselor’s door. The meetings can be whenever is most convenient for the student. The primary goal of these meetings is to “review each student’s graduation requirements, and make sure they’re going to meet those,” Counselor Tom Kramer said. Students need to have a plan in case it’s necessary to make up something like a class, community service or anything else. Counselors will use the conferences

to check in and make sure every senior is on the right track to graduate in June. The other major reason behind these meetings is to see what the student’s plans are after high school and if they are taking the steps to get there. Many seniors are considering four-year college, two-year college, community college or entering the work force and Mr. Kramer hopes these meetings will make an impact and help students come up with a plan that they can follow through on. He says he’s already had kids come in with completed college applications, while other students haven’t even started looking into schools. The counselors want to see “where [students] are in the process,” said Kramer. It’s important to meet with students now since most applications are due within the next few months, even though deciding future plans may be a yearlong process, Kramer said. In the past, the counseling office has sent home check lists to seniors and made inclass presentations, but they felt more needed to be done. These meetings will be a more formal and personalized contact

with each student. The counselors are prioritizing the students that aren’t necessarily asking for help. “There are always some students that fly under the radar, that are less inclined to see us . . . in the clawssroom it’s easy to sit back and take in the information but then maybe not take the next step,” Kramer said. Kramer thinks that one-on-one attention will make a difference and result in students going home and taking action, instead of just procrastinating. Kramer is the counselor who originally came up with this idea. He remembers conferences like these at his high school. As a senior, he had an idea about the future, but he didn’t really have a plan. Talking to his counselor prompted him to start the process of looking into colleges and taking the initiative to start applications. “What you’re going to do after high school is a daunting thing,” Kramer says, “ . . .hopefully [these meetings] will reduce some of the stress, some of the anxiety. You’re never gonna get rid of all of it, but we want all the seniors to know that the school is here to support them.”

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LA offers film analysis class New comp-lit class provides potential college credit for seniors When high schoolers are Staff Reporter apathetic about taking AP classes but bored by regular classes, they often don’t have any other options. However, this year a new Language Arts class is available for seniors that doesn’t fit into either of these categories. The “Teachers and Texts” course, also named “Comp Lit 241,” is a semester-long college credited class coupled with a semester of regular L.A. and taught by L.A. teacher Tipton Blish. “The students will be enrolled UW students. If they choose to, they’ll get a grade. It’ll count for their GPA, and they’ll end up with 5 credits towards graduation,” Blish said. This format is new to the L.A. department but is already integrated into the World Languages and

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Science departments. College in the High Schools programs are available for such classes as Spanish, French, and Astronomy. The class was created as a joint decision between the L.A. department and college L.A. programs in the area. “We were approached by Gary Handwerk from University of Washington [who was] hoping to expand his program,” Blish said. “We welcome the change to up the stakes at Ballard for a different kind of college-level class at the high school.” Senior Jeanne Currie’s decision to take the course was largely based on its college-level content. “It’s interesting to have a class that’s not AP, but not regular. It’s still more challenging than a regular L.A. 12 class, but there’s no test hanging over you the whole

year,” Currie said. Indeed, the class has a


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Blish oversees his students as they work on a writing assignment. The class focases on a film curriculam.(Haley Blavka)

curriculum that doesn’t follow the framework of either AP or regular classes. Students will take trips to the University of Washington to work with classes there, and the chair of the SPU L.A. department is scheduled to lecture at BHS. Also, the class uses film as a medium to teach literature. Senior Hali Willis, who is enrolled in the class, looks forward to this element of the course. “We’re going to be studying movies, which I’m actually really excited for, not because we get to be lazy in class and watch movies, but because it’s kind of a new way of analyzing a piece of rhetoric,” Willis

students that applied to take it last spring. Although the first semester more or less follows the course outline of a regular L.A. 12 class, the students enrolled are already getting a sense of the classroom dynamic they’ll be a part of throughout the year. “It’s really fun so far. There are a lot of really cool people in it, a lot of really articulate people that have a lot of really interesting ideas,” Willis said. “I’m really excited to see what kinds of exchanges go down.” Blish also had an opinion as far as the class atmosphere so far. “It’s been great. Boisterous, but productive,” Blish said.


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Student store goes viral New online store gives everyone the chance to buy beaver gear

This year DECA launched an online A&E editor student store, replacing the student store formerly located in the activity center. The site, ballard is available to anyone in the Ballard community and beyond. It has hundreds of products: from T-shirts, to back packs, even baby clothes. “The cool thing about it is that everything is customizable,” Marketing teacher and DECA advisor Jill Zawatski said. “You can choose the item, the color, add on your own text or the Beaver logo.” Zawatski first heard about having an online student store two years ago at a marketing teachers meeting. Last year former students Scott Brownlee and Cody Hulsey came up with the idea, wrote up the business plan, did research, looked into what products they could sell, and ran different scenarios. “We felt like it would be a good idea to have a website where people could go to when they want BHS gear, “ Brownlee said. “We knew they already sold gear on the website but we knew an expanded inventory wouldn’t hurt.” “All I had to do was approve the project,” Zawatski said.

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They contacted Fieldhouse, a local company outside the district that specializes in selling spirit gear for schools. “We paid a nominal design fee to get our logo,” Zawatski said, and they had the site up and running in no time. One of the benefits of having an online store run by a separate company is that since the district has a policy that doesn’t allow debit or credit cards to be processed, “It allows people more payment plans, and products are shipped to your house,” Zawatski said. For every product sold, DECA gets a percentage of the proceeds. On top of that, they can sell a wider range of products that are in greater demand as opposed to ticket items such as candy and smoothies, like they were selling in the regular student store. “It allows us to focus on the big picture things instead of how many chips we have,” Zawatski said. As of right now DECA is in the beginning stages of an extensive promotion plan, which includes putting up banners on websites like, and The Ballard News Tribune. So far, according to Zawatski the online student store is already a success. The home page to the website of the student store. (Haley Blavka)

Junior Megan Black pictured with her charcoal drawing titled “Hello”. The class is structured to give the students much more independence than other AP classes. (Genevieve Barlow)

Taking art to the next level

AP Art class is offered to Ballard students

Genevieve Barlow Harkleroad’s room. Staff Reporter

SAT takers increase Record numbers of students take SAT The College Board, a mission-driven nonEditor-in-chief profit organization, announced that more seniors took the SAT last year than any other graduating class in history with nearly 1.65 million test takers. “In the class of 2011, we reached more students than ever before, despite the fact that the overall number of high school graduates in the class of 2011 was smaller than in the class of 2010,” Kathryn Steinberg, Executive Director of Communications of the College Board said. The College Board predicts that the number of students taking the standardized test will only continue to grow. “The number of students taking the SAT is increasing because more students than ever are considering college as a realistic path after high school,” Steinberg said. “This is due, in part, to increased efforts at the federal, state, and local levels.” Unfortunately, while the amount of SAT participation is rising

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the average score weakens; however, this can be logically explained. “Mean scores tend to decline slightly when the number of students taking an exam increases more students of varied academic backgrounds are represented in the test-taking pool,” Steinberg said. This is why the typical score is higher in states with less senior participants. “For instance, in North Dakota – where only 3 percent of students in the class of 2011 took the SAT, the mean scores were 586 in critical reading, 612 in math and 561 in writing,” Steinberg said. “However, in Maine – where 93 percent of students in the class of 2011 took the SAT – the mean scores were 469 in critical reading, 469 in math and 453 in writing.” Washington State’s SAT participation rate remains one of the highest with 57 percent of 2011’s eligible students taking the test and averaging a score of 520 per section.

This year art teachers have decided to offer an AP class in addition to it’s normal Art classes taught by art teacher Matt Harkleroad and photography teacher Gina O’Neill. In order for AP Art to be available to as many students as possible, it does not have a set class period but instead is taken like an honors option in whichever period the student has art. “ The class is more of an independent study with an advisor who gives you feed back and helps you with their criticism…it’s more challenging than a normal art class,” junior Megan Black said. To get feedback and share their work the AP Art students meet once a month in

They show the pieces they created in the past month since their last meeting, then give criticisms and ask questions. They then proceed to get the assignments for the next month and discuss things like composition and color, answering questions pertaining to the upcoming month’s assignment. Senior Hali Willis has chosen to focus on photography as her main medium, going beyond the normal photo class requirements and giving more select attention to each photo, making up in quality, precision and attention to detail what she lacks in quantity. Black has chosen not to focus on a specific medium of art but instead hone and advance her general art skills. She has done everything

ranging from a charcoal portrait of a homeless man to a nature inspired painting, and she soon begins work on a color scheme portrait. “It’s different from a normal art class because it takes me out of my comfort zone, I do things in this class that I might not normally in a regular art class,” Black said. AP Art is a surprisingly new addition to the College Board certified AP classes. It’s still in its beginning phases and not widely given in high school so each class differs greatly depending mostly on the teachers and what the majority of students want to focus on. Unlike usual AP classes, where the main goal is passing the test, the AP Art Exam is a portfolio of the student’s work.


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October 13, 2011 (Far left) Referees and coaches attempt to break up the late game brawl at Saturday’s Homecoming Game. (Top right) A referee signals that a player has been ejected as the fight clears. (Bottom right) Coach Joey Thom calms junior Matt Deehring as the teams return to the sidelines. (Evan Bunnage)

Ineligibowl Goes From Sweet to Sour Beavers’ Homecoming win spoiled by 4th quarter bench clearing brawl Go! Fight! Win! was never taken so literally as it was on Saturday’s homecoming game. On a cool, rainy night at Memorial Stadium, I observed a Beaver Nation that hasn’t Brad Baker been seen in quite some time. The Sports Editor excitement trickled through the packed grandstands. Ballard football led Garfield 14-0 at the half. Ballard’s band came out for their halftime performance and marched in the shape of “51” to honor Ballard’s only state championship team from 1951. The Beaver alumni

lined up across the sideline to a standing ovation of the packed BHS stands. In the 4th quarter, the Beavers marched down the field to their fourth touchdown of the night. With a lead of 26-0, Ballard went for a two-point conversion to go up by four touchdowns and four extra points. During the attempt, junior quarterback Johnny Verduin dropped back to pass. As he threw to his left, a Garfield defender knocked him to the ground. His wobbly pass fell incomplete but the attention quickly turned back to the pocket where Verduin was hit. The defender laid on top of Ballard’s QB and pushed his facemask to the ground. A teammate of Verduin saw this act and pushed

the defender away. A domino effect of pushing a shoving eventually got to the point where the benches of both team were cleared. Everyone in the stadium realized what was happening except for the Ballard band that played the fight song with pride (oh, the irony) as if everything was normal. Players running from each sideline were chased by their coaches who knew the penalties that follow cleared benches. A sea of purple and red submersed the 10 yard line as coaches and referees attempted to break it up. After 15 to 20 minutes of waiting for the game to continue, the referees conversed with both coaches as well as Principal Keven Wynkoop. The result: three players

suspended for Ballard and five for Garfield. The Beavers won the game 26-7 but many questions still remain. Why were the Beavers going for two points instead of kicking the extra point with nearly a four touchdown lead in the 4th quarter? Are there more suspensions to come when the administration reviews the incident with KingCo and the WIAA? Can the Beavers win a game without any controversy? Would you expect anything else in the Ineligibowl (named that due to both teams’ forfeit losses from playing ineligible players in the last two years)? And most importantly, what does the class of ’51 think about their team 60 years later?

Swedish Exchange Student Makes a big Impact Between the Pipes Jennie Ohlin reacts to living and playing soccer in America One of the main reasons junior Jennie Ohlin came to Staff Reporter the United States was to play soccer. Her arrival has “been funny, so far” in her own words. “I’ve had a little bad luck; I’ve been injured,” Ohlin said. She came to the States from Sweden and is living here with her mom’s friends from college for a year. As goalie for the girl’s varsity soccer team, she plays one of the most important positions on the field. Unfortunately, the goalkeeper has had to miss some games due to various injuries. Ohlin rolled her ankle at Camp Casey, a three-day team-bonding overnight camp the girls go to following try-outs, and had to go to physical therapy to get back to top form. Shortly after recovery, Ohlin lost her balance while heading a ball and fell to the ground. The impact of the fall on the back of her head gave her a concussion that kept her out for a few more games. After two weeks of watching on the sidelines, Ohlin played her first league game on September 27th. “I didn’t play very good,” she said. “I was like, really nervous, and I put a lot of pressure on myself. But we played again [two days later] and

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Junior Jennie Ohlin works with her coaches in practice in one of her various goalkeeping drills. (Maia Wiseman)

that was a much better game, so now it feels a lot better.” She said about the team’s draw against Garfield.

Aside from her injuries, Ohlin has really enjoyed her time at her new school. She practiced with the team during the summer. “It’s great to make friends with soccer players before school started,” she said. Summer practices helped her meet new people and eased the transition into Ballard. The team worked a lot on conditioning which was new for Ohlin. “[The practices] were harder than I was used to.” she said. Despite this change, she has a lot of fun and thinks it is a really good team to be a part of. “I’ve been on teams where people just don’t get along, but here I think it’s really good, good chemistry and team spirit.” As a goalie, Ohlin has to talk to her teammates a lot and give them directions. She knows English very well, but said it was hard to learn all of the terms that are used in soccer for the first few weeks. “Things like ‘step up, step to, drop back’.” With soccer being so fast paced and a bit confusing for players to keep track of their positions on the field, it’s the goalkeepers job to bark commands to her fellow teammates.

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Not So Fast!


Ocober 13, 2011

Beaver Football forced to forfeit 34-27 victory over Sammamish Brad Baker Sports Editor

A day before Registration & Physical Form… All no choice but to forfeit the game.” the Beavers requested information must be accu- It was not realized that the were preparrate & completed prior to allowing player’s paperwork was missing ing to open conference play against the student-athlete to turn out. NO until the first week of school, which Inglemoor, the rumor around school EXCEPTIONS!” caused the team to concede their told shocking news: The Seattle As it turns out, there was first win. The school is now workTimes had reported that Ballard’s no paperwork on file for one player. ing towards improving the current first game against system for checkSammamish went ing eligibility of an from their first win athlete before he/she of the season to a plays. forfeit loss due to Ballard is the participation not the only team of an ineligible to get hit with an player surroundunexpected foring a paperwork feit. Last fall, the mistake. Garfield Football The program recieved season-opening harsh penalties for overtime thriller playing multiple brought optimism ineligible athletes. and momentum for This caused their a team that was on football team be an 8 game losing banned from the streak dating back playoffs through to last season. the fall of 2011 as “1 [win] well as all Garfield and 2 [losses] is sports teams to be definitely differput on probation. ent,” Tony Meyer, The head coach as senior defensive well as the athletic lineman, said. “It’s Junior Dominic King gets stopped in his tracks against Inglemoor. His 255 director were forced yards of total offense against Sammamish were a major factor in the Beavers different for us to resign due to the win-turned-forfeit. (Evan Bunnage) because we never ineligible players [in previous years] competing against had a chance to be 2-1 or 2-0.” The Athletic Director Carrie Burr Sammamish (in fact, 2 of Sammavarsity team has accumulated a toputs the blame on herself for not mish’s 4 wins in the past two years tal of 4 wins during Meyer’s 4 years checking the roster Coach Thomas have been by way of forfeit). at Ballard. submitted with the roster of eligible The unfortunate news was As the Athletic Registraplayers from the main office. She followed by the Beavers’ fall to Ingtion Procedures for Seattle Public did not wish to give details on the lemoor 55-15. Schools strictly states, “The initial issue but instead published a state The Beavers now sit at 2-4 step in determining athletic eligiment saying, “An ineligible player with division foes Roosevelt and bility is the completion/submitting played in the first game. When we Bothell on the remaining schedule. the Seattle Public Schools Athletic learned that he had played, we had

Senior golfer takes unique course Michael Day is a humble and focused athlete Michael Day is not the Staff Reporter typical high school athlete. He is a golfer with no golfing idol. He does not watch professional golf. He does not aspire to play collegiate golf or coach it as an adult. But none of that seems to bother him. He just loves the game. “I’ve been playing golf for about twelve years now,” said Day, a senior captain of the varsity team. “My dad just started taking me to the range when he played. At first I didn’t like it. I thought it was boring.” But as he got older, Day became more interested in the sport. “[Golf] is kinda relaxing,” Day said. “You can just go golf. It’s all individual, even though we have a team. You’re in control of the game.” And Day is clearly in control of the game. He has competed in the district play-offs the past three years he has played. “I’ve made the playoffs every year and since the top six on each team make it, I’ll make them again

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this year,” Day sad. “But this year, I want to make it to state. I missed the cut by five or six strokes last year, so this year, state is a priority.” His teammates are behind him including junior captain Jordan Dale, who thinks he has a shot. “Michael is a very talented golfer,” Dale said. “When he’s practicing, he’s really focused. And at matches, he focuses hard on putting and chipping.” To become a successful golfer, Day does as most athletes do: train in the off-season. “I play in tournaments around the area throughout the year,” Day said. “Or I go to the driving range and play with my dad. I just practice a lot, like you do for any sport.” With so much talent, it seems only natural that Day would want to play collegiate golf. “I don’t really know if I want to play in college,” Day said. “I plan on joining the Marines after high school. College just didn’t seem like the right step and I might as well be doing something. The Marines

looked the best, so I chose them.” Even after he settles down, Day is unsure about his future with golf. “I don’t really know if I want to coach when I’m older,” Day said. “Golf is really hard to play, so I imagine it’s really hard to teach. So I’m not sure if I’ll coach yet.” As a player of what is known as the “gentleman’s game,” Day seems to fit that bill fairly well. “He’s a good teammate,” Dale said of Day. “He’s really supportive; he lifts you up. And he helps you play better. He’ll give us little hints and tips sometimes, but not too much. Overall, he’s a fun guy to be around.” In the true spirit of a gentleman, Day is modest about his successes. “I still don’t consider myself good,” Day said. “It takes a lot to be good, so I just have to keep working, which won’t be a problem.” A true athlete, Day just loves the game.

Catching up with senior XC superstar Alex Bowns Melinda Bunnage News Editor Q: What are your plans for running in college? A: Right now I’m looking at a few different colleges all in the Northwest and I’m looking at all of them to get a scholarship for running, and I’m hoping to be a D1 athlete. Q: Which colleges have you recieved offers from? A: Right now Portland, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, and UW. Q: Are you going to continue running as a career? A: I’m planning on running through college and then after that, no. I want to enjoy my college experience. Q: What is it like being one of the fastest and well know athletes at our school? A: Well it’s a fun thing. It’s a big honor to be one of the top Ballard athletes, and it’s a cool group to be in. As a freshmen my coach was always telling me that by senior year I would be one of the top guys in state and now here I am, senior year, and I won four out of my five races so far. It’s just really fun being dominant in my league. Q: Do you like track or cross country better? A: I like cross country a lot more. On the track you’re running in continuous circles, whereas on the cross-country course every course it totally different from the others, and they are all like, really cool, and there’s obstacles. It’s a lot more exciting. Q: Who’s helped you the most through this recruiting process? A: People that have helped me out the most, I would go with my parents because they have been supportive, and they have helped take me to different schools to tour. Q: When do you expect to make a decision on you’re committment? A: I assume as early as the end of cross-country season which is mid November. Q: What are you looking for in a school and what appeals to you about those schools? A: A solid cross-country team, and majors that I want to take. because I am there to go to college, not to just run, so I want to go to a school that will be able to do what I want as a carreer. Q: Have you ever ran a marathon? A: NO. I never want to run a marathon, and I really hope I don’t ever. It sounds horrible.


October 13, 2011

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The Fantastic Four

These four freshmen are ready to fill some big shoes for varsity soccer

(From right to left) Freshmen Bailey Travis, Francesca Martorano and Katie Gould improve their footwork and agility at practice. Isabelle Marquez was not practicing due her injured left foot. (Evan Bunnage)

The Beaver soccer team lost two superstars last year due Sports Editor to graduation. Cricket Harber and Jordan Travis are both attending Gonazaga University to play Division

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far away from the action, it’s the goalie who plays the role of coach for most of the game. Therefore communication is essential for success. The coaching staff has focused a lot on helping Ohlin’s with her transition to a new team and even a new game. “It’s really nice to have a coach that will just focus on improving your goalkeeping,” Ohlin said. “[In Sweden] they focus a lot more on strategies.” Ohlin’s experience has given her quite the contrast from back home. Though the rules of the game may be the same, there are many tactical differences she’s noticed. “The U.S. the game is more physical and is played harder. Here, the players pass the ball less and there is more solo playing, while more tactics and strategy are used in Sweden.” Another difference between Swedish soccer and American soccer is the Swedes play from April to around September. Although they play almost all year long similar to the select season in the U.S. During the winter, it’s too cold and snowy to play outside, so most Swedes play “futsal,” which is similar to indoor soccer here, with different rules than outdoor, a smaller field, and only five players.

one soccer. How does a team replace the loss of two seniors now playing D1 soccer? Meet freshmen Katie Gould, Isabelle Marquez, Francesca Martorano and Bailey Travis; the newest addition to the varsity team this year. It’s not every year you get a talented freshman that catches the coach’s eye at tryouts; so four is unheard of. “It’s not like ‘oh, there needs to be freshmen on the team because we don’t have enough talent,’ midfielder Marquez said. She scored goals in Ballard’s first two games against Blanchet (1-1 draw) and Stanwood (3-1 victory) but has been sidelined for a few weeks with an Making an ankle injury that forced her to wear a boot on her left foot. The four are all very Isabelle Marquez talented, confident, and excited Bailey Travis to do big things for the Beavers Francesca this year. They all agree that Martorano this team has the ability to at least make the KingCo 4A playTeam Totals offs. “I think overall, we’re a really strong team on and off the field,” Gould said, “We have a lot of strong friendships and we all really just get along.” Senior captain Cassie Winter can agree with the team’s chemistry. Gould looks up to her as a big sister on the team for soccer and anything else. “It’s definitely a different team dynamic having four freshman because that means there’s less experience,” Winter said, “but they definitely work hard and they do catch on quickly.” “[Since] there’s so many new players, a lot of the returning players have been kind of “sisters” just to be there to help them adjust,” she added. One big adjustment the four all agree to is a new coach which was hard at first. The freshmen

“Professional soccer is the biggest sport in Sweden,” Ohlin said. “Men’s soccer is really big.” She also said that they have a good women’s league but it’s not as popular. In Sweden, there are no high school sports, only club sports. They also have a different system instead of the Varsity/ Junior Varsity/JVC system that we use here. Therefore Ohlin finds other ways to show off her talents back home. “I play adult soccer at home,” Ohlin said. “For the most part, teams are divided by age, but if you’re good enough, adult soccer can be played by all ages.” Ohlin says her team in Sweden is both fun and competitive. She said higher leagues practice everyday, but her team doesn’t practice quite that often, they’re more relaxed and want to have fun. However it’s competitive; all her teammates really want to be there and want to win. She gets to stay in touch with some of her teammates via Skype. “I miss them a lot,” she said. “I talked to them; they had a team party because they came second in our league.” She may be new to the team, but Jennie Ohlin’s love of soccer and 110% effort makes her a great fit.

agree his style can be hard to adjust to. “I think he’s an overall good coach.” Mortarano said. “I just think girls sometimes get the wrong impression of him.” Bailey Travis has gotten the worst case from the coaching staff due to her older sister’s success. “At first, I really felt like [Coach] Val was giving me so much crap saying, ‘oh Jordan would have made that shot.” But Bailey has made a name for herself instead of being known as “Jordan’s younger sister”. “After a while, I made my own name,” she said. “She’s definitely more defenEarly Impact sive and I’m more attacking.” Goals Assists Travis’s stats can back up her attacking mentality. 2 0 Through October 7th, the at1 1 tacking midfielder has 1 goal and 1 assist. 0 1 The freshman have accounted for half the teams 8 3 goals and assists. The freshmen have accounted for 9 of BHS’ 18 points (2 points per goal, 1 point per assist), this year. This talented group has immediately made their mark on the team and can expect to carry the squad a long way. They’ve learned to accept their nickname, “The Fantastic Four”. Travis is The Invisible Woman, Gould is Mr. Fantastic, Marquez is the Human Torch and Martorano is The Thing. The four freshmen finish each other’s sentences, credit one another for their past accomplishments and even have their birthdays within 4 consecutive days. Expect to see these girls making big plays for 4 consecutive years.


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Head start or he The debate over In favor

CON Dylan Spence Copy Editor Well, it’s happened again. Our start time has moved even earlier, and everybody from parents scrambling to get their children to school in time, to teachers trying to cram knowledge into the heads of students sleeping with their eyes open in the morning, to those sleep-deprived students themselves, are speaking out against it. “The sacrifice of getting up is not worth the gain of 15 minutes after school,” senior Micah Kearny said. “It’s insulting. This new start time, in my opinion, is the worst thing that’s happened to this school since the last time it happened.” Other students spoke about how valuable those extra minutes of sleep can be. The metro bus schedule and school times clash like a blazer and gym shorts, and many are unable to ride the bus to school because of this. Many kids said that they were having more and more trouble paying attention in class when sleep was limited. They noticed that morning tardies were more and more prevalent as well. As one might suspect, we students

aren’t the only ones fed up with district’s flip-flop on Ballard’s schedule that turns us to glassy-eyed drones with a bad case of sleep withdrawal. Among other teachers, Joseph Kelly, language arts department head, strongly opposes any move towards beginning the high school day early. Kelly wrote a strongly-written email to Brianna Dusseault, our head of high schools at the time upon hearing that Seattle Public Schools had proposed a change to the start time. He included three different articles citing studies that showed the educational benefits of later start times for high school students. “I knew it was kind of a lost cause because I know how much planning goes into having to get a school year together with busses and all that, but I thought it was at least worth a shot,” Kelly said. His main argument for later times is that he knows, between his own research and years of experience, that high schoolers need a good night’s sleep to perform well in school. “If we’re really delivering a high class education and upping the ante for all students, it seems a simple fix… have your students start later in the day. They’ll do

No opinion 21% better academically.” One of the reasons the school board has chosen to start us earlier is that it will reportedly save the district $4 million after school bus schedules are changed. However, this is, as Kelly said, a “straw man argument” for multiple reasons: the central one being that most Ballard students aren’t riding the yellow bus, and the 12 or so that do ride the shorter yellow school busses are in special education programs, and aren’t bound to the school bell schedule. The earlier start time also does not fit metro bus schedules. This means that new busses must be used, and more drivers must be paid for by the district to accommodate bus-riding students. “The idea that you’re going to save $4 million on the backs of tired teenagers is… completely absurd.” Kelly said. I couldn’t agree more.


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PRO Alec Scully Every year, Staff Reporter Ballard High School undergoes some form of change. Whether it is a new teacher, a new sound system or a recently created after-school club, the next year will always be slightly different from the last. This year, new start times are the major subject of controversy. The new time is 15 minutes earlier from last year’s 8:05 start time and 30 minutes earlier than the 8:20 start time in the 2008-2009 school year. The reason for an earlier start time was to give buses enough time to cover both middle and high schools over the entire city. One of the positive aspects for students of the new start time has been getting released earlier from school. This is an improvement from last year because it gives students who are not involved in sports more time to finish homework or socialize with friends.

“I really like the 7:50 a.m. start. It makes the school day seem shorter, and last year I was arriving at school around the same time,” -senior Cori Tomlinson “I love getting out at 2:20 p.m. it’s nice to have more time in the day after school,” -senior Maddie Young

“I love the new start time, what can I say? I’m an early bird. I also like getting out of school earlier with the new times,” said sophomore Austin Daffron. However, his opinion on the subject changed due to the start times effect on football practices. “It is horrible. Football practice starts and ends later than last year. Even when practice starts at 3:00 instead of the normal 4:30 time, that is no earlier from last seasons 3:00 start time. It is also harder to get all of my homework done because I am always tired after practice.” Daffron said. “Last year I would get home at 6:30 from practice. This year, it is closer to 8:00. I had more time to rest after getting back from school last year.” It could be said that an earlier starting time will help improve the study habits of students. Since students will not be able to sleep in as late this year, they must make more time at night to get enough sleep before school. This means they must put enough time into homework to go to sleep at a reasonable time. The new start time

demands that students put more focus into schoolwork. Unlike football players, participants of volleyball can benefit from an early start time because they start practice earlier and end practice half an hour earlier from last year. This could help the volleyball team because they can practice for the same amount of time, but have more study time for school after practice. The work days for teachers are effected as well from the new times. “I don’t like the new start times. I do not think that it benefits teenagers.” Said Biology teacher Ms. Vogel. “Studies show that learning comes easier to teenagers with a later start time, opposed to an earlier one. The start time effects my day because I have less time to prepare in the morning before school, so I must prep the night before.” Despite some of the hardships it creates for football players and teachers, the new start times are a smart change to the school because it gives students more time to study after school and meet new people.

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Test scores Foreshadow a bright future Ruby oves Fore-Ward in the competition for National Merit Scholar Ali Swenson

As high school juniors across Staff Reporter the nation breathe a sigh of relief and begin the long wait for scores after taking the PSAT on October 12 in hopes of qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship, BHS is home to our very own National Merit Scholarship semifinalist: senior Ruby Fore. This honor gives Fore the opportunity to potentially win a scholarship based on her extracurricular activities, her course load, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and of course, her PSAT test score. Fore took the PSAT last year and in the spring, she and several other students were mailed letters of commendation, recognizing scores at or above the 96th percentile of all students who took the test. Then, she waited to find out whether or not she would be chosen as a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship. She was skeptical as to whether or not she would make the cut. “Each state is allowed to have a certain number of scholarships, so the scores vary by state,” Fore said. “I knew I had a good score but I knew a lot of people were also commended students.” In Washington State, the score cutoff for this year of tests to be considered for the scholarship was 220 out of a possible 240 points. Fore’s score was the only score at Ballard that fit in that margin, and in mid-September, she was called to the counselor’s office to receive the good news. “I was really excited to get it,” Fore said. “It’s definitely an honor, so I will definitely put it on my college applications.” Principal Keven Wynkoop sees Fore as a stellar student whose PSAT scores are just the beginning of her potential. “We have so many awesome students, and I’m always pleasantly surprised when students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. But her being a National Merit Scholar doesn’t even represent the value she brings to this school,” Wynkoop said. “Teachers envision Ruby in the White

House, and riding her bike to get there.” While Fore’s activity at school might suggest that her scores were inevitable, she stresses that high scores on standardized tests can be very attainable for anybody. “I would definitely do a couple practice sections. And for the reading sections, I know I sound like an L.A. teacher, because L.A. teachers always say this, but it really makes a difference to read a book; read a couple books,” Fore said. “I have always been just a huge reader, and that really helped.” Fore also emphasizes the importance of staying healthy and wellrested towards high achievement. She reflects on her own experience getting ready for the test. After a stressful week, she still managed to prepare her body for the grueling two and a half hour exam. “Something about that week had gone really badly and I had a ton of stuff to do and I was really worried. But my mom was really nice and she made sure I got to bed on time and she made me breakfast in the morning and gave me a ride to school,” Fore said. She also drank lots of water. “I’m a big believer in that water helps your brain function. Whenever I take a math test, I always make sure to drink lots of water before!” Her success shows that the National Merit Scholarship and other standardized test triumphs are not out of reach for other students. “It’s something you may not know you could be able to do, but if you take the test seriously—don’t stress it, don’t take it too seriously— but really get your best game face on, I think you can do it,” Fore said.

A student prepares for the SAT by taking the PSAT in October. (Ali Swenson)

Senior Alec Barret-Wilsdon and science teacher Eric Muhs working on one of their projects. (Photo courtsey of Eric Muhs)

Who invented the electric car?

Eric Muhs and students explore electric and solar vehicles Science Teacher Copy Editor Eric Muhs is an enthusiastic host of many clubs such as chess and astronomy, but many students are unaware that he is also with students in the process of restoring and constructing what may one day be a solar powered car. Muhs acquired the electric car when he taught in California in the 90s; it was a sort of “rough draft” test car, built by a high powered team he met from Santa Cruz that would then build a more polished version for a big solar race in Australia. He brought the car up to Washington and has been working on it with students for the last two years. Senior Alec Barret-Wilsdon is a student that has been working on the project since it began. “We have two wheels in front and a wheel in back and that gives it better steering and better braking capacity... i t’s a twoseater. There’s space in the back for a copilot,” Barret-Wilsdon said. “We had a lot of problems getting it going at the beginning... it had been ten years since I had worked on it so I didn’t remember anything about the wiring and how it had to go,” Muhs said After “spinning their wheels” for some time, the group got some help through the father of one of Muhs’ former students. “He was really helpful. [He] got us in touch with a guy name Dave Cloud, who is really one of the world experts... so he came out and he basically had us running in about 15 minutes,” Muhs said. After that, the group was able to get some real work done. “We stripped out and replaced all the electronics, we’ve got a new control box, new wheels, we bled the brake lines, we’re running a new back brake line,” Barret Wilson said. Their progress didn’t end there. “We had the motor ser-

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viced because it wasn’t working properly, we added a radio and a full surround sound system, we have a horn, turn signals, lights, brake lights... It’s 9/10ths street legal, it just needs a licence plate,” Barret-Wilson said. They don’t plan on letting up; the group hopes to do work on the car’s body and possibly add a solar panel array. “We just made a connection at Sustainable Ballard and it seems like... Sunergy systems is going to help us to design. I’m picturing a flat rack that actually sits above the car, may be held up by three struts and is easily detachable,” Muhs said. “In many ways it’s a teambuilding exercise, it gives a lot of kids an opportunity to learn skills; mechanic’s skills, electric engineering, but at the same time we have an end goal,” Barret-Wilson said. “There’s one [race] in the south that we’re hoping to eventually get the car ready for.” “Another thing we want to do with the car is just do community events like yesterday at Sustainable Ballard. We took little kids for rides around the block.” Muhs humorously added, “And also ‘look at us, aren’t we cool, would you give us some money please so we can got to Texas an’ rip it up’,” Muhs said. The group is making major headway with their vehicle, but they would love more hands on the job. “We meet Saturday mornings. Whoever’s interested just talk to Mr. Eric Muhs,” [in room NW220] Barret-Wilson said.


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Pages of History Janitor turned observations of Vietnam War labor camp into startling memoir Meeting night with janiStaff Reporter tor Tri Huu Le. It’s difficult to see past his quick laugh and easy warmth to the man inside that few but his family truly know: the man with an incredible past, and a story to tell. Born in Vietnam a few years after World War II, Le was just six years old when the communist-controlled North Vietnam People’s Army and the US-backed forces of South Vietnam began fighting one of the bloodiest wars in modern history. When Le graduated from high school in 1968, he his male classmates were immediately drafted into the southern Vietnamese army. Le worked his way up the ranks to become a Lieutenant and, after graduating from the military academy, began to train academy students in all manners of weaponry, including AK-47s, tanks and cannons. The Vietnam War ended on April 27, 1975 with the fall of the city of Saigon, where Le was stationed. Northern Vietnamese Communist forces had taken over, and Le feared for his life. Many of his friends and neighbors who, like him, had worked for the previous government had gone into hiding to avoid abduction or murder. However, Le was surprised by the gentility of the communist officers: they promised safety if former southern Vietnamese military officers simply gave their contact information, ID

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cards and the nature of their involvement in the war. Hearing this, Le quickly registered with the officers and encouraged his neighbors in hiding to follow suit. After hundreds of former officers had given their information, they were taken to what the communists commanders referred to as “reeducation camps”. “We were educated on communist policy for one month” Le remembers, with crinkled eyes, looking back worlds away from his janitorial office, “it wasn’t about educating us.” In reality, Le was imprisoned in a forced labor camp. The tactics of the “cadre”, or those who ran the camps, struck Le as odd. “There were different parts [of the camp]. Some had barbed wire, and this is where we were beaten, we worked 12 hour days in the fields and there was little food. But sometimes there were no fences and no one watching, but we worked voluntarily. I looked around and wondered, why did we do this?” he said, leaning forward in his chair. He began to carefully observe the cadre and mentally noted what he saw. Tri found that the cadre spread rumors of impending release in the camps to escape attempts. These rumors were reinforced with extra food rations and half-truths. When the prisoners believed them, their food rations were dropped, but they continued to work hard in the fields. By playing on the prisoners’ survival instincts, the cadre were able to

control the camps without any instance of rebellion or escape. Le soon realized that the prisoners had performed exactly as the cadre had hoped they would back on the registration day in Saigon when rumors of safety

forget all he’d learned about the cadre from years of careful observation. “I had developed a total understanding of their tactics of control; it was a mixture of Chinese and Russian tactics that they used to control people in their revolutions,” said Le. “I had wasted so much time there for nothing. My family believed I had something to say, so I began to write it all down.” After one year of writing in Vietnam, Le emigrated to the United States. Soon, he met Ron Wambold who worked at the University of Washington. Wambold advised Le that he try to get his book published because few could write about the camps. After six months of translating the then-800 page book to English, Tri took it to Wambold who told him to cut 500 pages. “I understood this,” Le said laughing, “because an American movie is two hours and a Chinese movie is three days!” Black Heron Press Head Assistant Custodian Tri Hu’u Le wrote a memoir, published Prisoner of Prisoner of the Word, about his experiences as a pristhe Word: A Memoir of oner of war in Vietnam. The book can be checked out in the the Vietnam Reeducalibrary.(Photo art by Evan Bunnage) tion Camps on March brought scores of officers out of hid1, 2001. Le grinned, “My family and ing. I, we don’t talk about the war any Over five years later, Tri and more [and neither do] the Vietnamese the rest of the officers of his were repeople. The country is changed. We leased from the camp, but he couldn’t have washed our hands of the past.”

Stress reduction group returns

The teen health center’s Paul Barry returns to help students learn to stress less It’s no stretch to say that high Staff Reporter school students are stressed. School, homework, grades, friends, boyfriends or girlfriends, jobs, sports and not to mention a social life all put pressure on you. With so much pressure it’s hard for students to keep their cool. “Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, sleeping problems, depres-

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"In this class people learn a new way to be with themselves. You can learn how you can be in control of your life." Guidance Counselor Paul Barry sion, obesity and diabetes,” The Mayo Clinic website said. Chronic stress can really be detrimental to your health. “Our work over the past twenty-eight years has shown consistent, reliable, and reproducible demonstrations of major and clinically relevant reductions in medical

and psychological symptoms across a wide range of medical diagnoses, including many different chronic pain conditions,” said The University of Massachusetts Medical School website on mindfulness based stress reduction studies to reduce pain and other problems. “Learning techniques to cope with stress could help you later in life,” junior Joan Houser who participated in the workshop last year said. Paul Barry from the Teen Health Center and Diane Hetrick from Swedish Hospital on First Hill are here to help. For the next eight weeks you can expect a little help destressing in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Group. The first meeting on Monday October 3rd started at 2:30 in SW209. But students can still catch the next seven sessions, Barry and Hetrick are eager to teach anyone who wants to learn. Tech-

niques used in this workshop will include beginning yoga and many forms of meditation such as walking, breathing, and body scan meditation. Four of last year’s twelve students returned for another go. Sophomore Devin Mack even said that she still uses mediation she learned in the class to de-stress every single day.

“Mindfulness is being in the moment,” Mack said. As AP exams approached last year, Barry and Hetrick were urged by the students to prolong the session and meet the day before

the exam because all of the students said it would really help them destress before the test. The workshop was put into motion last year after Mr. Barry took a class taught by Hetrick at Swedish Hospital teaching the same techniques of Mindfulness Stress Reduction to adults. He wanted to bring it to Ballard but just needed a little help. Everything worked out perfectly because Hetrick really wanted to reach out to high school students. “Adolescents are more malleable,” Hetrick said. Both instructors want to stop the problem before it begins. “I get really stressed out about my AP World History homework and this helps me clear my mind. I’m eager to learn more about how to clear my mind,” sophomore Maura Donnelly said. “It definitely made my life more calm and I found that I could focus on my homework,” Houser said in reference to how shshe benefited from the workshop last year. “People are often nicer to other people than themselves,” Barry said. “In this class people learn a new way to be with themselves. You can learn how you can be in control of your life. “


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The doctor will see you now New administrator Dr. Barbara Casey is excited to engage with students Deanna Myers Everybody needs

someone to talk to. Staff Reporter New students in a big high school may find it particularly difficult, especially figuring out the complex social standards that allow new people to talk to each other. Incoming freshmen and transfer students face this problem. So does our new administrator, Dr. Barbara Casey. She wants students to talk to her. “I’m so excited to be back in a high school,” Casey said. “Being with a community of kids all under one roof, it has just been the best, most invigorating thing ever to be back...” Dr. Casey has been working in Seattle and Eastside school districts for years. Her most recent jobs before Ballard were not in the traditional high school settings. “I haven’t been in a composite high school in about three years now,” Casey said. “I was selected to work in systemic intervention; that is, a different way of looking at how we discipline students.” Casey believes that her experiences have prepared her well for her administration position at BHS.

“I always knew that I was going back lory said. to a school community while I worked Besides these new skills, “She at the district offices. And working at is very much a team player, always those places was such great preparahas a positive attitude and is very tion. It gives cheerful,” Guillory me a skill said. set that Casey exallows me plained that her to look at enthusiasm comes things in a from a love of reconstructeaching and being tive, sysin a school commutemic way, nity. “[In college] something it was between unique to medical school and bring to our being a high school administrascience teacher,” tive team.” she said. “What can I say? High “We [Kevin school science Wynkoop, teacher won out in James the end.” Slaide and “To me, a herself] are former teacher is so excited always a teacher to have her because even in Casey attending her first pep assembly. (Haley on our adadministration, we Blavka) ministrative teach,” said Casey. team. She has some specific skill sets Even though she chose teaching over that will be tremendously helpful,” pre-med, Casey did become a doctor, fellow administrator Elizabeth Guiljust not a medical one.

“I am a doctor of educational leadership,” said Casey. “I think all students can identify with the possibility of becoming a doctor. It just shows students that they do have the potential to become what they want to. I’ve used it on many occasions to show that. I’ve earned [the title of] ‘doctor.’” As for her experiences so far, Casey is highly complimentary. “The school community has just been so welcoming,” Casey said. “I’m always asking myself ‘what school event is coming up next?’ I’m loving just going to the games, engaging with the students and staff. It’s been so much fun.” Besides inspiring students through her work and success, Casey wants people to talk to her so she can help them. “I’m here for you,” she said. “It’s my job to be here for you. So come talk to me. I will do whatever I can to help you. I’m here enjoying you, so come enjoy me.” Students just need to talk to her.

#thatawkwardmoment when everyone you know Twitter Terms has a Twitter Students speak on the social networking site’s recent popularity A friend says

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A class is especial-

ly boring. It’s almost time for the big game, the big dance, the big party, the big concert. Everyone around you pulls out their phones. But they aren’t texting. They aren’t Facebooking. They’re tweeting. As a social networking site that gains about 300,000 new users per day, Twitter is definitely trending. To inform the few students that haven’t heard all about it from friends or the media, Twitter is a website that emerged in 2006 and has rapidly expanded ever since. Users send messages of up to 140 characters from their phones or computers to be received by their Twitter accounts as well as by a number of followers. A message can be about virtually anything: a complaint, a note to friends, a fleeting idea, or a mun-

dane moment in a day captured. Essentially, Twitter keeps a running record of thoughts

and exchanges comparable to Facebook wall posts. Why, then, do so many people who already have Facebook decide to join Twitter? “I updated my Facebook status too much. And I get to know

what is happening faster than Facebook,” sophomore Grace Taylor said. Other students join because of the persuasion of their peers. “Lauren Cloward begged me for months to join, and when I finally joined, I realized how fun it was,” senior Laura Jackson said. Jackson’s point of view is common; other students weren’t convinced that they would like Twitter until they experienced it for themselves. “I thought it was going to be really dumb until I got one. I was surprised by how entertaining it was to see what other people were doing and feeling,” senior Maya Voelk said. What’s more, with recent updates to Facebook that have generated a lot of negative opinions, some students are open in liking Twitter more than other social networking sites. Taylor put her preferences simply, “It goes Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook.” Senior Iris Orion feels that Twitter’s more basic layout is more appealing than Facebook’s constantly changing one. “Twitter’s simple, and Facebook can be confusing,” Orion said. Twitter’s growing popularity is undeniable, but along with its growth comes annoyance from some students. For some fans of Twitter, a flaw can be found in its increasing recognition and use among high schoolers.

Trending Topic

A word, phrase, or topic that multiple Twitter users have posted about in a concentrated amount of time.


The act of taking a tweet posted by another user and sharing it with your followers. Retweets are always preceded by RT, followed by the original posters username.

Hashtag (#)

A symbol used to categorize tweets. Users can also click on a hashtag and see how many other users have mentioned it.


Use an @ symbol to reply to someone, or direct a message at them.


People who say stupid things on Twitter.

“I liked it because only my friends had it, and now it’s overcrowded,” junior Robbie Dunbar said. Other students choose to avoid Twitter despite their friends using it. “I personally don’t like Twitter. I find it very narcissistic. I don’t need to know what every person’s doing at every second of the day,” senior Monique Marquez said.


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Train Dreams:

More than meets the eye in Denis Johnsons western Novella What is Train Dreams? It’s a big, quiet, empty Staff Artist world. It’s a valley in the mountains, a forest of burnt trees, a route for the railroads and a town full of farmers and wagons with one theater and one automobile. It’s Robert Grainier alone in his cabin in the woods. He has no memory of his parents and he’s not sure when he was born. For years he takes jobs around the Idaho panhandle: railroad construction, logging, whatever he can find. He gets a wife and a daughter, then loses both. He lives in solitude, he goes into town when he needs to and he gets older and older. But still, what it’s all about isn’t quite clear. It’s so short it can be read in a few hours; it has so little plot development it’s nearly impossible to describe without dropping a spoiler. Train Dreams is a work of literature, not an action movie, and Denis Johnson operates in subtlety, not entertainment. Of course, subtlety, properly utilized, is just another form of entertainment— and in this respect it is very entertaining. After all, we’re reading about the American West in the twenties. We’re reading about a time and a place where everything was a bit different, where every illness is potentially deadly, where automobiles are still a novelty, where the woods are rumored to be home to half-human monsters, ready to open the mouth of hell under the feet of the townspeople. It’s different; it’s more mysterious. It’s an empty world. It’s lonely. It’s Grainier, more or less a hermit, not quite a recluse, a nineteenth-century relic in the dawn of a new era, living in his cabin, talking to himself, howling at the night with the wolves just because it’s become a habit. It’s a western. Even if it doesn’t give us any

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stagecoach robberies or highnoon showdowns, it’s still a western. It’s still full of vast, pressing emptiness and laborers and farmers hard at work in the “uncivilized” wilderness, all permeated with a vague sense of something yet undiscovered. It still moves fluidly from basic descriptions of landscapes to short, amusing dialogues between Grainier and his fellow frontierspeople, never lingering on a single scene for more than Denis Johnson (above) is the author of Train Dreams, a new western novella. a few pages. Part of it is its length. It’s a causes in Train Dreams; you’re more likely to be novella, barely longer than a short story. Part of it is Johnson’s writing—accessi- killed—by fires, trains, dynamite, falling trees, wolves or even just inexplicable dizziness. ble but layered, unadorned, like Cormac McCarthy Train Dreams is a novella that aspires to be nothwith more punctuation marks. ing more than a novella, which is good. What you’ll Part of it is his characters—their illiteracy, their get is more of a campfire story than an epic westreliance on religion to explain what they can’t ern saga, a story so short it’s nearly forgettable— understand, their fondness for brothels and liquor but not quite. and their all-around old-timey hyuckiness. It’s good. Not bad, and not great. It seems obsolete; it’s a world the twenty-first It’s interesting. Not thrilling, and not boring. century has all but lost contact with. You’ll be wondering what it’s all about, wonIt’s a world where a car can be stacked with a big dering what it is, trying to peel back the thematic pile of mattresses and other belongings, with two young boys and a puppy sitting on top, and have its layers, trying to work through Johnson’s shades of subtlety, letting your mind wander into empty height described not in feet or in yards but instead Rocky Mountain landscapes, feeling the bare, raw, as being “as high up as a man could reach with a understated emotion he pulls out in every page, hoe.” and as you think about it more and more, you’ll It’s a bygone age, far enough in the past that start to care less and less and you’ll think maybe wagons are still a common mode of transportation, close enough to the present that railroads and it doesn’t matter what it’s all about, what it is, because it’s been crafted so carefully as to make such highways and gas stations are increasingly easy to a simple story so rich and so readable. find. It’s something old, not quite gone, and someYou’ll still be left wondering: thing new, not quite secure. What is Train Dreams? It’s about change, and the past, and death—espeYou still won’t get an answer. cially death. It would be a luxury to die of natural

Trend Spotting: Spotify From PanAmelia Elizalde dora to 8-tracks Staff Reporter to Vevo to the 100-millionsong behemoth that is iTunes, the music industry is now almost exclusively digital. Sweden-based music streaming service Spotify has been making waves in Europe since 2008 and is now available in the United States. The initial hype in the music world has transformed Spotify into something of a cult phenomenon. Fans of the service expound its simplicity and value: Spotify is free to download on Mac and PCs and will automatically import your existing downloaded music collection to the system, be it from iTunes or any other mp3 service. Unlike iTunes, users can then search Spotify’s 15 million plus music database for any song, artist, or album and stream the entire thing, free of charge and without limitations for up to six months. “My mom’s friend started using it and she described it to me,” sophomore Miles Erickson said. “You get to play any song on there that you like for free, it just includes commercials [but] it’s worth it.” Spotify’s other features set the service apart from its more well-known competitors. Facebook and Twitter integration allow users to post and share songs they listen to in real time, allowing for easy discovery of new music. Also, a song queue makes seamless playlist creation easy without interrupting the song al-

ready playing. As a relatively young service, Spotify isn’t without it’s flaws. “I do like it better than iTunes [but you can’t listen to] the Beatles which kind of sucks.” said Erickson. “I wish there weren’t any commercials and I [also] wish they had some of the music that’s on iTunes too.” The Beatles aren’t available on the service because of an exclusive digital distribution agreement with iTunes. Another gripe users have are Spotify’s membership limitations. For members of the free service (Spotify Open), after six months of unlimited, full-song streaming, users can only stream a given song up to five times in a month, with a total streaming cap of 10 hours. For Spotify Unlimited at $5 per month, said restrictions and all ads disappear but users can only listen from their computers. For the $10 per month Premium membership, there are no restrictions, users can listen from mobile devices and even stream music while offline. Erickson believes Spotify’s pros outweigh its cons. “It’s great, the best thing about it is definitely the free music. I would recommend it to anyone who just wants to listen to music without buying it.” Erickson said. However, it remains to be seen if the young and feature-rich Spotify can transcend its cult status to become a major player in the digital music arena.


Favorite summer movies


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 came in number one in a student survey conducted by the Talisman asking what students favortie summer movie was. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes (below) came in second.


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Preparing for Is He Dead?

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Senior Olivia Summers as Madame Caron, Senior Ellie Newby as Marie Leroux, Junior Genevieve Barlow as Madame Bathilde and Senior Cybele Olson as Charlotte the french maid are pictured in the costumes hand made by Mr. Rileyfor the Fall Comedy Is He Dead? The play opens today and runs through the 22nd. Tickets on sale at lunch. (Hayley Blavka)

Film Talk

Hollywood Remakes: The safe bet You can always expect to see one type of film pop up these days at the movies : a remake of an older movie. Now, remakes aren’t a new thing. Multiple remakes show up every year, but in 2011 and in 2012 there seems to be an awful lot more of them either in production or set to be made. Drew Powell Here are some upcomA&E Editor ing remakes: a new version of the 1984 musical Footloose, a remake of John Carpenters 1982 film The Thing,”an American remake of the Swedish film (based on book) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,another version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. I could go on; there are dozens more, not including those that have already come out this year, such as a remake of the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Conan the Barbarian, and an update of Sam Pekinpah’s 1971 film Straw Dogs. When it comes to remakes there’s always one big question looming: why do them? Why remake a film that was perfectly good to begin with, or rather, why remake a film that wasn’t very good to begin with? The obvious answer is money. Hollywood consists of businesses after all, and remakes are a fairly easy and safe way to bring in the green. For example, producers can take an old cult favorite, such as “Conan the Barbarian,” remake it with a fresh cast and director, add some special effects and, they know it can attract the fan boys of the original movie, (who are curious to see a reboot), as well people who haven’t seen it and are in the mood for awesome action flick.

It doesn’t matter if they end up enjoying the movie or not; once you buy that ticket, your money goes straight into the pockets of the producers, and their job is done. Plus the people in the mood for an action flick ussually come away perfectly satisfied. Another (maybe less obvious) reason for remakes is technology. With the advancement of special effects, CGI, and 3D, remakes are a great way to show off how far we’ve come. Conan the Barbarian is a perfect example. Since the original was made in 1982, its effects look cheap and corny by today’s standards. The new Conan film is much more flashy and in your face, fully utilizing the state of the art CGI and 3D technology. Most of the time the promise of 3D alone is enough to attract the masses and their cash. Perhaps a more important reason for remakes has to do with the times we live in. Producers want to try and breathe new life into a movie, update it for the moviegoers of today who weren’t born or were too young to see the original. Most of the movies that are remade are outdated, not just technologically but also in ideal’s, such as race or gender roles. As a result, we see new things, like a female protagonist being made stronger and more independent, as opposed to being a helpless damsel in distress, or changing the race of a certain character. These changes, however, aren’t necessarily important changes over the original film. You can’t blame the original filmmaker for making the female character feeble; it’s simply just a reflection of the times. I don’t want to say that Hollywood running out of ideas, in fact, according to an article on by A. Bertocci, the problem is that Hollywood doesn’t want to use the new ideas

it has. The article goes on to say, “There are thousands of screenplays registered each year, begging for love and funding but [they] require a brand new investment on something risky.” If that’s true, then it’s a sad state of affairs. We know something’s wrong when Hollywood won’t take a chance on something new but go with an easier option instead. Some of the greatest movies like Jaws or The Godfather, were risks that paid off.

Drew’s Ratings of movies currently in Theaters Real Steel:


The Ides of March: B What’s Your Number?: C

Tucker and Dale vs Evil: Moneyball:




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Opeth grasps its roots with their new album


Mike Witkowski

Odd future“killing” the live show

Staff Reporter

Odd Future fans nail left brain as he prepares to leap into the crowd. (Alex Johnston)

“If you have weed I will Opinions Editor take it from you and I will smoke it in front of you, just to piss you off,” a Showbox staff member told the unruly crowd of a line. By 7 p.m., an hour before doors opened, the line had already gone down the street, turned the corner of 1st and Pike, ran all the way down 2nd and Pike, and snaked around the corner. The process of getting inside the Showbox was complete with bag checks and thorough pat-downs, bordering on sexual molestation, but obviously the audience had outsmarted the Showbox staff because the venue absolutely reeked of dope. The first thing most people did when they got inside was to rush to the floor and attempt to secure their spot close to the stage. The crowd was a hearty mix of skinny hipsters and burly fellows displaying their shoulder tattoos and expressing their love of the cannabis plant on their shirts. The smoke machines on the stage started gushing out thick white clouds to accompany the cloud of smoke the Odd Future fans were expelling from their lungs into the air. The DJ Syd tha Kyd walked onto the stage, barely visible, and as the first reassurance that the band was backstage, the crowd exploded with excitement. They were absolutely exuberant and could not wait a moment longer for the show to start. The crowd burst into “mosh mode”, pushing and shoving everyone around them. Syd started by playing pre-recorded music of Waka Flocka, segwaying into some Skrillex, which she used to transition into the main attraction: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. OFWGKTA, shortened to Odd Future, is an alternative rap collective from Los Angeles comprised of Lead Rapper Tyler the Creator, as well as Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Frank Ocean, Left Brain, Syd tha Kyd, Matt Martian, Jasper Dolphin and Taco. In addition to releasing solo albums and two joint-effort

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Odd Future albums, many of the Odd Future members have joined together to form smaller groups inside the collective including Mellowhype (Hodgy Beats and Left Brain), Jet Age of Tomorrow or Super 3 (Matt Martian and Hal Williams), and Earlwolf (Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler). Even though Odd Future has been around for a few years now, they’ve managed to keep a low-key, mostly hipster fan base. However, recent popularity has sprung Odd Future from the underground rap world since Tyler the Creator won Best New Artist of the Year at the 2011 Video Music Awards for his song “Yonkers”. One amazing feature of Odd Future is the youth in the collective. Tyler started producing music when he was still in high school (and is currently only 20 years old) after doing a nationwide tour. When Odd Future took the stage, the crowd went ballistic. I was pushed back and forth through the crowd, barely stable on my own feet; it was a kind of energy I had never felt before. It seemed like these people would have killed a man just to touch Tyler. The space to move was absolutely minuscule, so the crowd moved for you. Crowd surfing was very evident as people were tossed around like rag dolls, neither them nor the crowd caring where they landed. One aspect of the concert many anticipated were Tyler’s famous nose dives into the crowd; you couldn’t count the number of times Left Brain and Tyler dove into the crowd and surfed across the crowd. Contrary to other people, Tyler was like a frog on a lily pad, gently transported across the crowd on a turbulent wave of music goers’ hands. They had thought of everything and even the lighting was altered with every song to match the mood. The songs had started as intense and hardcore and then tapered off into their more “gentle” songs in the middle to match the audience’s energy level, when they were almost too tired to stand. But they ended with a bang: The crowd, realizing that the end was near, went crazy. Hands flailing in the air, bodies wriggling in between each other, each person trying to get closer to the stage than their neighbor, people just wanted more. Odd Future’s stage presence made the show. They definitely deserve their newfound fame.


Two hooded, horned figures sit underground, red roots extending from between them to coalesce and form a lone beautiful tree as the residents of a burning city reach towards its branches. This is the cover of Opeth’s new album, Heritage, which represents the realization of ideas which were present on 2008’s also great WaterIn their new album Heritage, Opeth grows out of their Death Metal roots and into something new shed. The album (and it’s art work) once again in a rising pattern, shows Opeth growand then quiets down once ing out of their death metal again. Martin Mendez on bass roots into something new while still sounding unique, featuring and Wiberg pave the way into a a smoother and different sound very retro sounding ghost-note filled drum and bass exchange, with great singing on Mikael wherein the band allows AkerAkerfeldt’s part. feldt to show of his vocals once Heritage is Opeth’s again before Fredrik Akes10th album, and it phases out the heavier elements of Opeth’s son fires off a short but sweet guitar solo, once again bringing music for a proggier, jazzier up a jazzy style. sound. There are still the regu The next track, “I Feel lar amazing riffs that Opeth creates, but this time they don’t the Dark”, starts out as a very tight acoustic number before have the heavily distorted and taking on a dark sound thanks crunchy sound that was prevato keys and Akerfeldt whisperlent on all of their past albums (except for the soft Damnation). ing the line “I’ll make you wish you’d died,” before a completely The songs themselves feature a much larger focus on acoustic oppressive and ominous keyboard line comes in, followed guitar and keyboards. by one of the more heavy guitar “Heritage” is keyboardist Per Wiberg’s swan song with moments on the album. While most of the album isn’t heavy Opeth, and his final perforor particularly like Opeth’s mance with them is wonderful. other material, it still has a The new keyboardist, Joakim very dark and mysterious edge Svalberg only wrote parts for to it. The song ends as it began, the first song on Heritage, and tight and syncopated acoustic only plays in that song. guitar with Akerfeldt’s voice The first track on the lilting over the sound. album, sharing it’s name, is “Famine” is a heavy a pleasant and solemn twosong, accented by tribal drums minute long piano piece which in the beginning and some has a great melody and almost creepy sampled voices before sounds classical. It serves as sparse flute playing soars over the new keyboardist’s play. the guitar riff. Folklore is one This segways into one of the many great tracks, “The Devil’s of the album’s strongest songs and is filled with awesome Orchard”. It begins with all parts inspired by Swedish folk, the band members participatbut the end of the song builds ing in a start/stop affair with up into an amazing and griptechnical and jazzy playing by ping finale. Martin Axenrot on drums and Heritage shows that Opeth more atmospheric Per Wiberg is forging their own path in on keys. Then comes an infectheir long career and will put tious guitar harmony which opens out in Akerfeldt’s greatly out what they think is interesting and engaging. And so far, improved vocals. Opeth hasn’t given a reason His singing on this album is for anybody to dramatic and expressive, and worry. enhanced by Per Wiberg’s use of mellotron and keys. After about three minutes the action winds down, only to pick up

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Take a Break

What “The Lazy Song” really means for all of us Bruno Mars lounging in the arms of several monkey-masked friends (Youtube. com)

Today Bruno Mars doesn’t feel like doing anything; he just wants to lie in his bed. He doesn’t feel like picking up the phone, so leave a message at the tone. Because Sid Moulton today he swears Staff Artist he’s not doing anything. Let’s talk about “The Lazy Song.” This ode to the art of doing nothing was first released eight months ago, and currently occupies a precarious position on pop culture’s ever-changing “what’s hot” list. It would be easy to dismiss the song’s incumbent popularity as the result of the same social trends that keep audiences tuning in to Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, but there’s something uniquely troubling about this song—and the response it has received—that warrants deeper analysis. “The Lazy Song,” written by Mars, K’naan, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine, presents us with a young adult, possibly a teenager, who is singing his heart out about the various ways he plans not to accomplish anything anytime soon, all set to lighthearted strums on a ukulele, repeated background whistling, and an easy reggae-style beat. The most obvious criticism one could make of this song would be centered on its apparent promotion of laziness. Indeed, many people see its popularity as an example of a negative social trend in American culture. However, the real problem here lies not with the song itself, or even with the fact that it celebrates laziness, but rather with very opposite; the problem is simply that our society would reject such a song in the first place—that we see hard work as more virtuous than laziness. As a narrative, “The Lazy Song” can be divided into two main categories: first, the positives—everything that Mars says he wants to do—and, second, the negatives—everything he doesn’t want to do. In the first category, Mars tells us he wants to lie in bed, “kick [his] feet up, then stare at the fan,” put his hand in his pants, wear a Snuggie, watch MTV, “do some P90X/Meet a really nice girl, have some really nice sex” and (of course) “strut

around in [his] birthday suit.” In the second category, Mars declares that he won’t “comb [his] hair/‘Cause [he] ain’t going anywhere,” tells us he doesn’t plan to get a college degree right now and repeatedly reminds us that he doesn’t feel like answering the phone. There are two things we should notice when analyzing these lists. First, in the list of positives there are numerous references to “lazy” or unfashionable pop culture: Snuggies, which are rarely mentioned without being ridiculed; MTV, nowadays associated with Jerry Springer and other masterworks of daytime television; and the P90X videos, part of the fitness craze which is now ten years old and very, very tired. These are things we’re familiar with as examples of our own laziness—guilty pleasures—and we often make fun of ourselves by using them as examples. So, although the song celebrates laziness, it is still clearly doing what many of us would do: it’s making fun of itself. Second, the list of negatives is composed entirely of examples of social pressure—pressure to groom oneself, to go to college, to talk to someone on the phone. By the same token, the list of positives is full of examples of escaping social pressure and putting yourself before others: relaxing, exercising, having sex, which is in this case, as in most cases, more about one’s own pleasure than anyone else’s. “The Lazy Song” defines laziness not in the traditional sense— as sloth, inactivity—but rather as introversion or selfishness. Our society generally sees laziness being counterproductive, self-centered and antisocial. But why is that? Why do we assume it’s bad to be lazy? For the answer to that, we have to look deeper into the song. “The Lazy Song” is about two groups: Americans and young people. And what young Americans must deal with on a daily basis is constant social pressure. American culture is dominated by the belief that anyone can find happiness if one works very hard all one’s life. This is the capitalist creed which made our economy the largest in the world, which guarantees that a self-help book will be an instant bestseller in the US, which compels many to desperately seek out alternative get-rich-quick

schemes, which has made the basic formula—go to college, get a well-paying job and retire—so ubiquitous among the middle class and which makes our society hostile to a song which seems to promote laziness. As young Americans, we are especially prone to this pressure because, as we’re constantly reminded, these are the years which will define the rest of our lives. It comes from all sides: from our parents, pushing us to go to college; from our teachers, giving us larger and larger workloads; even from our friends, who often seem unable to talk about anything other than work, work, work. This is the pressure that makes us stay up late doing homework, that makes us cram our schedules with volunteer hours, that tells us to become those good, hardworking, cashearning Americans and that would have us criticize a song for celebrating laziness. So if we do anything outside the social norm, if we aren’t hardworking, if we’re antisocial, if we, say, surf YouTube for hours on end, we only allow ourselves to do so if we acknowledge it as a vice and make fun of ourselves for it. “Oh my God, you guys, I was so lazy.” Why do we do this? Why do we make fun of what we love? Why do our guilty pleasures have to make us feel, well, guilty? What’s troubling about the culture that produced this song is that it’s a culture mired in a quiet desperation, constantly seeking opportunities to relax, hiding its real desires, calling them guilty pleasures, yearning for some quiet, aching for a break. What’s troubling is this: young Americans need some metime. But, fortunately, the solution is fairly easy. Just do it. Relax. Take a break. We are human beings and we are naturally given to idleness. Social norms may call it a sin but in our hearts we know there’s something basic and beautiful about sitting and doing nothing. So sometimes it’s okay if you ignore your friends and sit on your butt. Sometimes it’s okay if you don’t answer the phone or comb your hair and if you wear a Snuggie and watch MTV. Sometimes it’s okay if you’re selfish. Sometimes it’s okay if you’re lazy.

October 13, 2011

Cheerleaders and their top lockers Pointless, fair, or don’t care?

Locker assignments are something every student has to deal with. A prime locker location can make or break a school year, and can determine whether or not students will be lugging their textbooks to every class, or if they will have time to stop at a locker and unload. One group of Izzie Gibson Penrose Ballard students Features Editor is lucky enough to not have to worry about where they will spend their passing periods and breaks. As well as whether or not bending over and accidentally flashing a passer-by, a major concern to the skirt-wearing population, will be a problem. The cheerleaders at Ballard have excellent locker locations, right by the Commons. The question on Ballard students’ lips is: why the special lockers? The recent locker controversy is baffling to senior Soley Olafsson. “I don’t understand why people are causing drama. It’s been a thing for like, ten years,” she explained. The idea is that cheerleaders don’t have access to the locker room, so they store their equipment in lockers close to the Commons for quick access before practice. “If they want to be considered a sport, they shouldn’t get privileges that other sports don’t,” senior Monique Marquez said. Marquez is, of course, referring to the long debated idea that cheerleading is a sport just like football, baseball, or any of the other teams that are given access to locker rooms and the lockers there. “We don’t get to use the locker rooms, we don’t have sports privileges,” senior Katie Kurtz said. “It’s frustrating because we’re not doing it to be annoying,” Olafsson said. “That’s just the way it is.” The source of annoyance for many students is the fact that cheerleaders are all given top lockers. “It’s not a big deal, it’s just like ‘aw re-

“If they want to be considered a sport, they shouldn’t get privileges that other sports don’t,” -senior Monique Marquez

ally? I’m stuck under all these cheerleaders?’” an anonymous senior said. While only a small portion of the student body has lockers directly underneath the cheerleaders, others are frustrated because many seniors with names later in the alphabet have to apply to be given lockers. “They get established lockers when some of the senior class don’t even have them. Not cool,” senior Annie Allen said. Adding insult to injury, many of the unassigned senior lockers are in obscure or inconvienient places, meaning the students who have them don’t want to use them. It’s often easier to just double up and share with a friend. Regardless of the annoyance some students may feel, a large majority of the student population are surprisingly unaffected by the locker drama. “I couldn’t care less,” senior Tony Meyer said.

October 13, 2011


Pencil Skirts vs. Tube Skirts There’s a difference! Everyone’s eyebrows rise at just how short they are. How tight they are. How they are everywhere. They are like something straight out of Jersey Maia Wiseman Shore. And just about Staff Reporter everyone has been calling them “pencil skirts.” No. No. No. First of all, pencil skirts bring to mind Mad Men, the 60’s and the sexy librarian look; perfectly coiffed, classy women with long polished fingernails and cherry red lips. Pencil skirts were worn by housewives and secretaries that wanted to show off what they had but still kept it classy. That’s not what’s happening today in the hallways. Pencil skirts include a lot more fabric. “I totally thought they were called pencil skirts,” sophomore

Sara Timmons said. “That’s what everyone calls them.” Pencil skirts are traditionally made out of woven fabric, woven fabric doesn’t stretch. The skirt has to be tailored and is very narrow. There’s usually a little slit in the bottom of the back of the skirt to allow for a little more leg room, pretty much so you don’t fall over while walking. This skirt is long by 2011 standards, it goes all the way to the knee. Nowadays skirts almost never cover a ladie s knee, unless they are over the age of 60 or highly fashionable. A high waist with a zipper is a key element of the pencil skirt and usually a classy blouse is tucked into the top of the skirt. Tube skirts, the skirt that just about every Ballard girl has in her closet at this point are just a tube of stretchy fabric. These skirts are often made out of cotton or synthetic jersey fabric that stretches and shows off pretty much everything.

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Tube skirts are usually paired with a flowy shirt to contrast with the tightness of the skirt and a pair of flats or boots. “What I see at Ballard are girls wearing mini tube skirts, while a pencil skirt is a tailored, fitted skirt,” said Beki Wilson, parent and fashion designer. Urban Outfitters simply calls this style of skirt a “miniskirt.” Nordstrom’s refers to them as “banded skirts.” Macy’s goes for “bodycon mini”. Forever 21 names them “fitted skirt” or “knit bodycon skirt.” Nowhere is there any mention of pencil skirts. It’s important to differentiate between tube skirts and pencils skirts because it’s really just uncool. You wouldn’t call an apple an orange. There’s nothing wrong with tube skirts, students just need to call them the correct name because we aren’t in a 1960’s office. Ladies, please learn your fashion terminology. A tube skirt not a pencil skirt. (Haley Blavka)

Apple products; a must? How much do we depend on Apple products?

Everybody and large knows of Apple’s scale busiamazing products, ness exand if they don’t ecutives have they’ve probably this kind of been watching money to too much Seinfeld shell out for a and think it’s still new phone on the ‘90s, and, in an annual bathat case, I ask sis, but that’s those of you to because their Alex Johnston humbly return to jobs depend your show. on having the Opinions Editor We’re not most up-totalking about date technolfruit here; we’re talking about the ogy. But let’s most technologically advanced comthink about pany in the world and how their this for a Just one Apple product isn’t enough for some people, who desire to own products are running most of our moment: everything Apple releases. (Evan Bunnage) lives. how imporand iPhone 4 the updates that stand People don’t just blindly desire to tant are any of these new iPhone 4G out the most are: own Apple products because everyfeatures to a teenager? Seriously. The iPhone 4 features a new one else has them; they’re so sought Think about it. For $300. after because of their vast usefulness. application called Facetime which Let’s also remember that almost allows iPhones to chat with other Apple products are truly versatile any Apple product will last several and provide solutions for any problem Macbooks, iPhones and iPads, except years if handled properly and carefulinstead of an avatar or instant mesor issue that virtually any person in ly. My iPod nano 3G lasted four years saging screen, you can see each other the world could have. That is, if you and still worked with as little damage through the products’ cameras. With have the funds to purchase one. as the menu button requiring a bit “I’m addicted to my iPhone, but it this came a two mega pixel increase on the iPhone 4G’s camera from the really sucks paying my own [phone] iPhone 3Gs’ three pixels, bringing it bill because 3G’s expensive,” junior up to a total of five pixels. Mia Caron said. The iPhone 4 introduced a more Apple products are among the advanced battery which provided most expensive “necessities” available the new phone with an average of on the world market right now, and two extra hours of life using any for some people they truly are necesgiven feature; but unfortunately this sities for daily life to go accordingly. doesn’t seem like too big of a deal “My life is 40,000 times better. when either phone can last around I use [my iPhone] for everything,” 300 hours in offline mode. Caron said. All of these “fantastically lifeEvery year Apple releases an changing” features are provided updated version of each of their main to you at the “mere” cost of $299. products, iPhone, iTouch, iPods, and Compared to the 3GS’ comparatively iPads, calling it a new “generation.” miniscule cost of only $49, the iPhone more force when I sold it. It’s totally But how much of a difference does 4 could quite possibly cost an arm each generation have from the previpossible to keep an Apple product and a leg for some customers. ous one? such as an iPod for many years and Now some people such as CEOs When comparing the iPhone 3GS still sell it for a good sum when you

Compared to the 3GS’ comparatively miniscule cost of only $49, the iPhone 4 could quite possibly cost an arm and a leg for some customers.

get bored of it; provided you haven’t been using it as an air hockey puck for its short life. Many attribute Apple’s success to its CEO Steve Jobs, which probably isn’t too far off considering the company was doing poorly until Jobs stepped in--for the second time--as the CEO in 1997. Ever since then Jobs has sculpted Apple into the powerhouse it is today, with nearly every American household owning at least one Apple product. However, on October 5, 2011 Steve Job’s death was announced to the public. For years Jobs had battled pancreatic cancer and in January he announced that he would be stepping down as CEO from Apple because he felt he wouldn’t be able to perform his duties and meet the company’s expectations of him. How is this going to affect Apple’s sales and updates? Well let’s think about this: Apple is still going to be the top dog for several years now, considering every cellular phone company’s aspirations include trying to include the iPhone in their services, and with this step up Apple could, hypothetically, not introduce a single update for two more years and still be ahead of any other technology competition. Now that’s assuming they don’t make any changes. Chances are Apple’s software team will be working extra hard to pick up any slack caused by Job’s stepping down and will have an iPhone 5 for us by Thanksgiving and they’ll be “back on track” by Christmas with another line of Macbooks, iPods and iPads. Because at this point, is it really Jobs that’s causing us to buy Apple products, or is it the fact that they’re the most innovative products around that’s stealing our attention, (and our wallets)?


October 13, 2011

The Talisman is listening...



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“ I have great eyesight; I can see in the dark!”

Yeah when girls come over I like to get my skull out and do the whole Hamlet thing”

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