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NOVEMBER 18, 2013

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November 18, 2013

Staff Editorial

By Ian Gwin

It’s time to clean up our act


Cover design and photo by Evan Bunnage

ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young people account for 30 percent ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28 percent ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females. However, the ages 15-24 represent only 14 percent of the U.S. population. In 2010, about 2,700 teens in the United States aged 16–19 were killed from injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes. The statistics speak for themselves; teen drivers are more prone to accidents than their older counterparts. Whether lack of experience or simple carelessness is to blame, one thing is for sure: every time a teenager steps behind the wheel, they should take extra precaution. Here, our school officials recently revealed that they have been receiving numerous complaints from neighbors in regards to reckless student driving but also about litter. “Please be respectful of our neighbors and refrain from those behaviors,” the booming voice said over the loudspeaker static during morning announcements last week. While littering may not have the same immediate dangers as driving, it is disrespectful to leave your garbage in someone else’s yard. Something that is of slight inconvenience to you can make a huge difference in the lives of those around you.

Studies also show that teenage drivers are not only more likely to get in accidents but that they are more likely to litter than adults. According to the 2009 study Littering Behavior in America by, those aged 19 and younger are three times more likely to litter than any other age group. Adults aged 21-35 are three times more likely to litter than people over 50 and two times as likely as those 35-49. In a society in which teenagers already have a bad reputation: Does Ballard have no class? With our current careless habits, we are doing nothing but enforcing such statistics. As a student body, we represent this school. It is our responsibility to be considerate of those both immediately around us and within our community. Driving at unsafe speeds or in a reckless manner puts both the property of our school’s neighbors and the very lives of students in danger. Next time you decide to slam on the accelerator or throw your empty McDonald’s wrapper out the window, please stop and think about the impact you are having on those around you. How would you like to find someone else’s trash on your property? We as a student body need to take more responsibility for your actions. I mean, is it really too difficult to find a trash can?





erhaps in the distant future, archaeologists will recover the sites of our daily lives from detritus and rubble, and, reading the cryptic hieroglyphics, make some final say on the purpose, value, and meaning of graffiti. For now, however, tagging seems stuck between high art and total trash. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) defines the action as “vandalism without permission.” A recent article for Crosscut online by John D. Berry defines it as “high end logos…[or] murals” and “the annotation...of public space.” Neither is Ballard exempt: from its bathrooms to the main staircase, the schools’ halls and walls are subject to markers, paint, and pencil. This fall, a group of “freshmen” tagged the outside of the front door and the commons with “BHS 2017.” Ballard’s graffiti even extends to the private properties surrounding the area; a major problem for Ballard’s security specialists. “Nine out of 10 taggers are young high schoolers,” Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Security Specialist Greg Taufa’Asau said, who was assigned to the school last year. Taufa’Asau, who has experience with the large amounts of gang graffiti at south end schools, is carefully keeping tags on taggers with the help of the security team. “We record every graffiti…in [the] surrounding area businesses in the neighborhood within a mile,” he said. “We take a photo… and contact a department in the district in order to have it checked.” The photographs, which go into a database, serve as records to track and identify the taggers. Afterwards, a graffiti specialist from Staff Reporter


Student graffiti located on a garage in the alley just east of the football field. (Jason Michel)

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“‘ It’s not art. It’s meant to be destructive and illegal.’ ” the Seattle Public Utilities is called in to restore the school’s property to its original state. According to an article from the Seattle Times in 2010, Seattle Public Utilities spent about $1 million in 2009 for graffiti removal and its associated processes. “When we do talk to kids we will check them out and sometimes we can catch some,” Taufaasau said, who recently caught a group of taggers using the database, Seattle Police Department aid and reports from the community and other Seattle schools. “It takes a lot to clean up,” he said. “Sometimes people get careless.” “Here at Ballard [people make] identity graffiti,” Taufa’Asau said. “Trademark[s] for people to look at.” Taufa’Asau explains that much of the school’s graffiti is an additive process of students publicly reacting to tagging with tagging, etching immense dialogues on bathroom walls and mirrors. While tagging, according to Taufa’Asau, is a “sore eye for the community,” he is no stranger to graffiti’s public art persona. Years ago he worked for the parks graffiti club, a program that got tagging youth off the streets by requesting public space for murals. For Taufa’Asau, however, SPS has since then become “out of touch with taggers.” “Kids are brain dead,” security specialist Craig “Bear” Plummer said. “It does damage...things have to be replaced.” According to Plummer, high school graffiti comes in waves, but eventually, “everything is about funds.” Graffiti is a practice built out of secrecy and anonymity where taggers

speak only through their actions. “[Taggers] do it to leave their personal mark in visible places [and] risky situations,” an anonymous student involved in Seattle’s street culture said. It’s “for the rush you get walking away scot free...People try to connect graffiti with art. It’s not art. It’s meant to be destructive and illegal.” While many at Ballard may ignore or balk at the markings all over Ballard High and the neighborhood, it is still being written and being taken down. “Depending on what side you look on...graffiti plays negative and positive roles in Seattle’s culture,” the anonymous student said. “[It’s] a crime, and usually valueless, but it’s cool to look at except almost all of the graffiti at Ballard High.” But what do these messages mean? Gang or personal, tagging and graffiti is an act of writing linked with both “personal markings” and “risky situations.” According to Taufa’Asau, many taggers believe graffiti is part of a larger tagging culture akin to hip hop. That students are “out of touch” with the kind of community Taufa’Asau provided with his graffiti-club suggests that the school’s “identity” taggers may be looking for their “crew” through gangs or the very act of tagging itself. In this sense, who’s to say they aren’t alone? Establishing a personal “brand” or logo through identity tagging may just be the way for a media-minded student to find refuge in a group of 1,000 plus people. However, these actions cost money, and spelled right or not, Ballard’s graffiti keeps going up and continues to be taken down.



Administration revises game day slip structure

Emphasis placed on consequences for dishonesty and forgery


thletic director Carrie Burr has changed the design of the game day slip, after a recent case of student falsification. Additions include a section for teacher comments on the student’s quality of attendance and extended direct instructions for both students and teachers.

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“I felt like I need to make this clear, not everyone understands that when you forge a document for athletics, you are suspended from athletic play for a whole calendar year,” Burr said. The district guidelines for the athletic game day slip system rule that “a student must attend all scheduled classes...exceptions may be granted

New additions to the design of the game day slip include a section for teacher comments on the student’s quality of attendance and an extended set of instructions for teachers and students. (Jason Michel)

by the principal.” Only the teacher who would appear on the report card is allowed to sign for their class, outside of these exceptions. “We had an incident where a student had four people sign [their] game day slip, and none of them were teachers. We have access to attendance records, so we knew they were absent, but not until the day after the game,” Burr said. The repercussions of forgery stand out more than anything else on the new game day slip, in bold, underlined and italicized text. Students were not the only ones asked to change their behavior. At a recent meeting, staff were told to only sign when they wanted to. “Teachers have often been signing for excused absences, even though they’re not allowed to,” Burr said. “We have a lot of new teachers this year and I don’t want them to feel pressured by having students who were absent saying, ‘Hey man, c’mon sign my game day slip.’ If they weren’t in class, don’t sign it.” The comments section also allows

for issues other than simply attendance to be voiced. If a student was late, disruptive, or anything else a teacher feels the coach needs to know, they can write it next to their signature. Senior volleyball player Luxie Bell Duffy thinks the game day slip system is necessary, but imperfect. “I think that game day slips are a good idea for students to put their priorities straight, because athletes are well known, especially at the varsity level, and they’re looked up to...So I think it’s important for them to set a good [academic] example,” Duffy said. “Though it’s kind of a burden to worry about having the game day slip and getting it signed and not losing it.” “I feel like they’re not thinking about the team and just thinking about themselves. It doesn’t even have to be a team sport. Let’s say you aren’t honest on a game day slip for cross-country and you qualify for state at that meet. Falsification takes that away,” Burr said.



November 18, 2013

Sideline Chatter

Swimming wildcarded to state

Chan three-peats going to state Senior Luisa Chan qualifies for state in swimming for the third time and breaks a school record in the process Marissa Roe Sports Editor


ight thousand meters a day (320 laps in the Ballard Pool). Two and a half to three hours a day, seven

days a week. Senior Luisa Chan’s dedication to swimming is unquestionable with the time and work she puts in with her club team. Chan is headed back to state for the third time in her three years of school swimming, participating in four events, the most in her career. From the KingCo finals to the Sea-King District II Meet finals, Chan dropped close to four seconds off her 100-meter breaststroke time, clocking in at 1:06.81 to set a new school record and finish third overall in the event. Chan had broken the school record in this event last year, but set it again this year. “It made me feel confident going into state,” Chan said. Also at the district meet, Chan swam the 100-meter butterfly in 59.50 finishing fourth and qualifying for state in this event for the first time. The 200-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter medley relay Chan swims anchor and the breaststroke leg for, respectively, were wildcarded into state. When not enough swimmers hit state-qualifying times in events to fill the heats at state (as well as districts), teams with the

Junior Tiara Adler was wildcarded to state in the 100-meter freestyle as well as the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay consisting of Adler, sophomore Claire Comiskey, and seniors Luisa Chan and Joy Jaeger. Events have swimmers wildcard when the prelims aren’t full with state-qualifying times to fill the heats. Chan swims butterfly during a meet with her club team Olympic Cascade. With the Beavers’ swim team this season, Chan is swimming four events at state and broke a school record. (Photo courtesy of Andy Chan)

next best times are “wildcarded” in. Chan first started club swimming when she was in just second grade, swimming with the local Salmon Bay Aquatics. “I like how I can just think about anything when swimming,” Chan said. Freshman year Chan went to state with two relay teams. Her 200-meter medley relay finished second overall at state and the 400-meter free relay got fifth. “There is a lot more pressure [at state] and it is really different because everyone there is fast,” Chan said. “State is people who do club swimming so they know what they are doing and it is a lot more pressure.” Chan didn’t swim with the Beavers her sophomore year and instead decided to focus on swimming with her club team Olympic Cascade on Mercer Island, but returned her junior year to qualify for state for the first time in an individual event. She swam a time of 1:10.34 in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke to finish 15th overall. With her club team this past year, Chan swam at a meet along with four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. At state on November 15 and 16, Chan has her eyes set on her highest individual finish at state. “I want to make top eight and make ‘A’ finals,” Chan said. On top of swimming, Chan manages to excel in school, taking multiple AP classes. “I think that swimming actually helps me schedule my time better, so I am more focused when I am doing homework,” Chan said. “Instead of putting things off all the time, I have to take initiative and do things.” For information on how Chan and the rest of the Beaver swim team did at state, visit our website at

Fall Sports Wrap-up

Ultimate loses in state semifinals

Ultimate Frisbee made it to the state semifinals for the boys fall league before losing to defending state champion, Northwest, 13-6. In the state quarterfinals the Beavers knocked off Lakeside 12-10.

Dance performs at UW halftime

The dance team performed at the fifth annual Cheer and Dance Day Halftime Show at Husky Stadium during UW’s November 9 game against Colorado. There were about 1,200 kids participating in the halftime show. They danced to three songs on the field, spelling out “Huskies” at one point and performing on field alongside the Husky marching band.

Football All-KingCo teams Seniors Byron White and Max Marshall were named to all-KingCo first team. Three Beavers, seniors Siddique Newkirk and Asher Clasen and junior Jacob Ta’ase, made second team all-KingCo. Seniors Darnell Akers, Elliot Brockl, Jack Deal, John DeGarmo and Ian Svasand were named honorable mentions as well as juniors Matthew Godinez and Brandon Scott and sophomore Fua Ta’ase.

A look back at fall season for the Beavers

Boys golf The boys golf team tallied one match victory this season, beating Garfield at Jackson Park. Seniors Sean Eriksen and Evan Lund, juniors Chase Jacobson and Calvin Rogers, sophomore Zach Ehrlich, and freshman Nicholas Peterson competed in the KingCo tournament. Jacobson was an honorable mention in KingCo this season based on his season average.

Boys tennis The boys tennis won three matches this season, beating Bothell, Woodinville and Roosevelt, to surpass their 2012 season win total of one match. Senior singles player Ben Thomson advanced to the second round of the KingCo playoffs before getting knocked out, along with the doubles pair of juniors Nick Fulcher and David Monlux. Senior singles Toby Dunkelberg and senior doubles Kiefer Dundas and Ethan Lindell also made it to KingCo playoffs but lost in the first round.

Football Football (2-7 overall, 1-4 in KingCo) finished fifth out of six in the KingCo Crown division. The Beavers knocked off Kennedy Catholic and Garfield in back-toback victories. Junior Jacob Ta’ase lead the team with 1192 passing yards, even though he missed the last two games with a broken collarbone. Other team leaders included: senior Max Marshall with 48 tackles, junior Shea Carroll with 279 rushing yards, and 374 receiving yards for senior Siddique Newkirk.

Girls soccer The Beavers girls soccer (5-9-2 overall, 2-7-2 in KingCo). Junior Emily Dunn led the team with 6 goals. In the season’s final game vs. Roosevelt, the girls dug themselves out of a 2-0 to win 4-3 in overtime with a goal by freshman Natasha Tennyson. Seniors Kiki Benirschke and Nancy MacGeorge and juniors Bailey Travis and Paloma Roberts Buceta were named KingCo honorable mentions. The team was awarded the KingCo Co-Sportsmanship Award.

Volleyball Volleyball (11-7 overall, 6-4 in KingCo) finished fourth overall in KingCo and advanced to the KingCo playoffs. In the double elimination tournament, the Beavers lost their game 3-1 against Bothell, rebounded to defeat Roosevelt 3-1, and then were knocked out with a 3-1 loss to Eastlake. Junior Sophie Bolz was named to KingCo first team, senior Kiana Wyld was on KingCo’s second team, and honorable mentions were senior Grace Taylor and Cari Brown.


Underclassmen bring fresh talent


Gems of runners Konugres and Smith qualify for cross country state


hile a majorEditor-in-Chief ity of the student body is deep in the thralls of summertime laziness, the cross country team is huffing and puffing around Greenlake, their foreheads slick with sweat. Five days a week, these dedicated athletes arrive by 5 p.m. to run. On top of that, three days a week the team wakes up at 6 a.m. for a morning run at Carkeek Park. They could be going to the beach, spending time with friends, or eating their way through the pantry, but they are pushing their bodies and minds around Greenlake. All this hard work paid off with high achievements for numerous runners. The cross country season went well with the addition of one remarkable runner, freshman James Konugres, to an already talented team. The girls team went to districts finishing in ninth place. The team consisted of senior Carolyn Birkenfeld; juniors Taylor Safford, Lauren Kangas, Adi Carlyle, Monica Cohen; sophomore Jamie Smith; and freshman Natalie Bruecher. At state, trailblazer underclassmen – freshman James Konugres and sophomore Jamie Smith – showed their worth with strong performances. Smith took 66th place with a time of 19:28.73. Konugres earned 67th place in the 4A race with a time of 16:27.9, which was the second best freshman time in the race. However, he still retains the best overall freshman time for the season of 16:02.9.

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James Konugres While many teams face the struggle of an old team, cross country was recently given a young jewel of an athlete, freshman James Konugres. He came out of the blue and blew the team away with his first

time of the season 17:12, for the five-kilometer race (3.1 miles). Konugres has gone on to prove himself as the fastest freshmen in Washington and in the top 20 fastest freshmen in the country, according to athletic. net, with his season best of 16:02.9. Konugres’ running career started at Whitman Middle School where he decided to do track for “fun because my friends were doing it.” But he has recently become more serious about the sport. “This year I started coming in the summer and I really liked running so I’ve just done it ever since,” Konugres said. He finished 14th overall with a time of 16:02.9 at KingCo, which is the highest finish among freshmen in 10 years. “I think I’m a good runner because I get up and think, ‘Do I want to just run for fun or do I want to really try hard and get really good?’” Konugres said. “So I just decided one day to just try and get as good as I can.” His eventual goal is to run in college, but in the meantime he wants to retain his top spot throughout his high school running career. “He just came into Ballard already fast and he’s just really made a statement this year,” junior and cross country captain Hanson Lee said. “He’s made it to state...not many freshman make it to state. He has a lot of maturity and he’s really taken it all in but not let them tear him apart.” Konugres displays a level of determination and maturity but has been

they’re saying what they’re going to do and then doing it,” Lee said. The early success can also add a lot of pressure. “It feels pretty good but I also know that a lot of people are going to be after me so I have to keep stepping it up,” Konugres said. “I just have to keep getting better.”

James Konugres (L) running in a meet against Garfield and Roosevelt at Lincoln Park. Jamie Smith (R) during a meet at Lower Woodland against Newport. (Photo art by Marissa Roe).

targeted by other schools as being cocky. “We’re trying not to get him too cocky, but it’s funny because you can’t really call someone cocky when

Jamie Smith Sophomore Jamie Smith has also proved her worth on the team by making it to state along with Konugres. Smith has put in the work, starting track in sixth grade at Salmon Bay Elementary and Middle School. She also participated in summer track all the way through eighth grade before starting cross country freshman year. During her freshman year, Smith got pneumonia midseason, causing her to miss the second half of the season. In track she qualified for KingCo in the 3200-meter and was an alternate on the 4x400 state championship team. Her talents were utilized at districts but not at state. Along with challenging Smith, cross country and track keep her in shape for basketball, making her a three sport athlete. She’s “always liked to play sports and be active.” Smith plans to run in college but her short-term goals are to improve her mile time and set a new record for the 3200-meter in track. “She’s just a great runner,” Lee said. “She knows what she’s doing.”




November 18, 2013 Consequences

Double-edged sexism

“I think sexism goes both ways. It’s important to know that sexism affects guys, too,” Scott said. “There are many preconceived expectations that men are forced to deal with on a daily basis.” There are a fair amount of clubs that have uneven gender attendances because of these expectations. Theater director Shawn Riley makes an active effort to accommodate the imbalance of gender participation in order to create a more welcoming environment for men. “I would never pick the play Steel Magnolias because it’s just five women, and the guys would be like, ‘Well, what about us?’” Riley said. Even though there are more women in the theater department than men, he does his best to keep the balance. Even in choir, taking the lack of male attendance into consideration is vital. Men are not required to audition for choir, but girls are. This practice was put into place to ensure that there will be equal gender participation in an activity that might not be considered “macho.” Most sports, unlike clubs, are not co-ed and therefore act as a platform where differences in the treatment of genders are a little more obvious. For example, in boys lacrosse the players are required to buy upwards of $300 worth of protective gear for matches. The girls lacrosse team is only required to buy a pair of goggles- and, of course, their skirts. Girls are also not allowed to have physical contact. The cheerleading team has had a long standing duty of baking brownies for the football team. However, this is the first year of the tradition that the football team has reciprocated this obligation by giving the cheerleaders candy. “It was mostly because we rode them about it. We kept asking, and asking, and asking until they agreed,” senior cheerleader Taylor Kuenzi said. “It was really nice, though.”

Inside the classroom

One could say that girls and boys have grown to play vastly different roles in academics. There are certain stigmas surrounding academic performance in relation to gender, and some guys are aware of that. “If a guy and a girl are talking in class, nine times out of 10 the guy is the one who will get in trouble,” an anonymous male student said. “A lot of teachers just don’t trust guys and they think that girls work harder, which isn’t fair or true.” Principal Kevin Wynkoop agrees that the two genders are stereotyped. “There has kind of become an expectation of males to look like they’re not working hard at school. It’s okay to be smart, it’s okay to get good grades, as long as you don’t have to seem like you’re working hard for it,” Wynkoop said. However, Wynkoop doesn’t necessarily dismiss these gender differences either. “Girls are more outwardly emotional about things. I think that guys are more likely to keep things on the inside,” he said.

Spreading awareness “What we can do is try to promote more general knowledge about sexism. A lot of people assume there aren’t stereotypes when there really are,” Scott said. “If people figure out what they’re doing and what they’re participating in, more people will understand sexism and reject it.” Students start off believing that the opposite sex has cooties in kindergarten, and somewhere along the way, the lack of knowledge about gender equality perpetuates harmful consequences. Gender roles have existed for centuries. But as a generation so focused on change and moving forward, why does the school community continue to abide by these stigmas and boxes that genders have been forced into?

“I think sexism goes both ways. It’s important to know that sexism affects guys, too. There are many preconceived expectations that men are forced to deal with on a daily basis.” -Gwen Scott, 11

By Lauren Peterson


ebster’s dictionary defines sexism as, “prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.” Although this definition insinuates that sexism is often instigated by men towards women, sexism affects both genders, and if society continues to accept it, it only fuels larger, more detrimental views on gender roles. Junior Gwen Scott, Vice President of GSA, says that most of the teachers are very professional about the way they handle sexism. “I think the real problem is with the students who find themselves impressed by the media[’s behavior towards women]. I think that starts a lot of bullying and unfair treatment of females,” Scott said. One example of unfair treatment is found in the hallways themselves. The dress code for Seattle Public Schools reads that every student must take the responsibility to “dress appropriately for school in ways that will not cause safety or health problems, or disruptions.” While that might seem reasonable, since the dress code itself does not specify genders, the actual implementation of this rule is directed at females. According to Stephanie Waters, assistant/athletic secretary, girls definitely get in trouble most often for breaking the dress code. The intercom announcements during Halloween reminded ladies to dress appropriately for school, yet there was no reminder for the boys.

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Regardless of whether or not gender stereotypes are true, they certainly have a large impact on our school community, displayed in our daily lives through similar offhanded comments. One of those consequences, Scott says, is rape culture. “Rape culture is a main result of sexism,” Scott said. The idea behind rape culture is that rape is a part of our society and that there is nothing we can do to stop that, which causes women to live working around rape. Ninety seven percent of rapists will never see the inside of a jail cell, and as 60 percent of rapes are not reported to the police, it is clear that women fear speaking out about sexual assault. With 44 percent of sexual assault victims under the age of 18, high school students are not only at increased risk of assault, but also face a lack of justice if they choose to come forward. Women are constantly reminded to be aware of the dangers around them. Don’t walk alone late at night, don’t show too much skin, don’t ride the bus alone, etc. Instead of teaching men not to rape, society teaches women not to get raped. Rape culture desensitizes, normalizes, and trivializes rape to the point that, “I just got raped by that test,” is a common phrase, often heard in the halls.

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November 18, 2013

Are you ready for the real world? Attributes of a ‘college and career-ready’ student prove hard to define


ollege preparation is a constant cycle within high school. Every year it begins again with students of all grades, and every year the quest to find the right college, the right fit, and actual admittance returns with more urgency and fervor than the year before. As the value and importance of finding the right college seems to mount, stress does along with it, and some students seek out a “formula” for getting into their perfect first choice school. “I know students really want black and white answers. Like a formula. But colleges truly look at the whole person,” counselor Julie Chapman

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said. Both Chapman and college and career counselor Sue Higgins believe it’s a matter of the student as a whole, versus a test score. “When I’m looking at [whether a student is] either career or college ready, I’m looking not only at academics and test scores,” Higgins said. “I’m looking at the other things you learn in class. Teamwork, punctuality, accountability.” These attributes are commonly called “soft” skills, and can be just as vital as a students grades and test scores. “I think it’s having an inquisitive mind, being curious, being persistent, so that you can persevere through something that’s slightly challenging or something that you don’t understand,” Chapman said. “[It is] being independent, so that when you do run into issues you know where to go to get help, or to help yourself, and that’s true of either career or college.” Chapman believes that, depending on what kind of college a student will go to attend, “college ready” and “career ready” remain relatively separate. “People use the word ‘college’ meaning four year university, when ‘college’ also means two year community college, and technical college. In that case, ‘career and college ready’ mean actually the same thing, because in that case, they are the same,” Chapman said. But no surveyed students and teachers dif-

Right en pointe

Ballerina Bryn Templeton dances with dedication Althea Billings


or sophomore Bryn Templeton, ballet is not just an after school activity, it’s a mentality. A member of the Arc School of Ballet Youth Dance Company, Templeton has been a committed ballerina for eight years. But that doesn’t mean she would consider herself “good.” “There are definitions of ‘good’ that change between the ballet world and the school world. Just being en pointe could constitute [that], yes, you’re a good dancer.” Templeton said. Templeton’s new part in the Arc Youth Dance Company means that performing is no longer just supplemental. Templeton is putting in an increasing number of hours, with three-hour practices five days a week. She fits in homework and friends where she can, and her dedication is immense. Why such dedication? The focus Templeton exhibits as soon as she Opinions Editor

gets on her toes is immediately apparent. “Most of what I love [about ballet] is the intention and the joy behind the movement.” Even though she’s been dancing for over half of her young life, Templeton feels as if she is just scratching the surface in terms of the magnanimous possibilities of the art form. “I know I feel confident with ballet, and doing that movement with my body,” Templeton said. “But I still have so far to go.” Templeton can recognize dedication when she sees it. “If you’ve ever seen a ballet, and seen the prima ballerina up there… you can see, behind her eyes, how much she loves it.” With the extensive practice and involvement ballet demands of her, one might think Templeton would be burned out. “I never really ever feel totally defeated… [With ballet], you can always see where its going,” Templeton said. “You work so hard, you put so much into it, you have bad days, but in the end, you love what you do.”

ferentiated between “career ready” and “college ready.” Language arts and maritime teacher John Foster said that “career ready” means having problem solving and people skills, creativity, drive, smarts; being prepared and eager. While Chapman believes that being ready for colleges and careers comes down to making a goal and a plan to achieve that goal, Director of College and Career Readiness Janet Blanford said, in an email, “college and career readiness is meeting or exceeding the entry level requirements for credit-bearing coursework at any post-secondary degree or certificate-granting institution.” “That’s a very narrow definition,” Chapman said. “That’s [a definition] that’s measurable, and that’s why it’s there, because the state can measure it, because they see your test scores when you go to community college, etc. But I wouldn’t agree that that is the full definition.” A “full” definition of what it means to be career and college ready differs from person to person, however. As a result, the definition can be quite difficult to give, which is perhaps why it’s so hard to find a formula for getting into college. “It would be so much easier for you all if there was a formula,” Chapman said. “But there isn’t.” Acceptance into colleges and careers isn’t as easy as a math equation, but that’s the point.


P.E. getting


Progressively Easier?

Seattle Schools physical education Standards show signs of regression, but teachers continue to push for student improvement


n 1985, a National School Population Fitness Survey Staff Reporter was taken. Nine years later, a nationwide sample was collected. In four years the Presidential Test was validated and Ballard High School joined an almost nationwide movement to standardized P.E. testing. The Presidential Fitness Standard tested students aged six to 17 in their ability to perform sit-ups, push-ups, sit-and-reach (a test of how far

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Sophomore Jordan Eng benchpressing during weight training class. While school district standards don’t stand up against the Presidential, teachers continue to encourage hard work in their personal fitness classes. (Jason Michel)

one can reach past their toes), short sprints, and a mile run. In 2009, Seattle Public Schools, including BHS, switched to a citywide standardization, that tests basically the same skills as the Presidential Standard, but at a lower level. Instead of a 6:06-6:26 mile run for males and a 7:59-8:23 mile run for females, males are now expected to run an 8:00-8:30 mile compared to a female 10:00-10:30. Push-up and sit-up standards also dropped about 70 percent and 25 percent, respectively. The new requirements would suggest that the switch had been made to decrease the difficulty of P.E. classes in Seattle. In fact, if a student’s graduation year is 2005 or later, chances are they had higher P.E. standards in elementary school than they do in high school.

But high school P.E. standards are just part of a national decrease in the importance of physical activity. According to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services in 2010, only 20 percent of the United States population can meet the physical standards for their age, and about one in three people are active daily. For P.E. teacher John Hyde, fitness standards aren’t the only thing that measures the success of a physical education program. “I just try to look at the bigger picture,” Hyde said. “We’ve added classes, updated our facilities and provided kids with a consistent means of exercise and exposure to a range of sports.” As America found itself in an obesity epidemic, much more publicity has been given to eating right rather than exercising daily. Recently, efforts to promote daily physical activity have been made by influential individuals such as Michelle Obama and programs such as the NFL’s Play 60 movement, which connects kids with NFL players in athletic and character building camps. “Not enough emphasis is put on how important exercise is,” Hyde said. “It’s important to know what to do and why you’re doing it.” The “why” is covered by a Health course that is a high school graduation requirement in Washington state. Of the United States’ unpromising physical health numbers, Hyde said: “The bottom line is that these things can be prevented. Not everyone is an athlete, but everyone needs exercise. It’s all about improvement.”


45 16 8:30 8.5”




35 56 sit-ups/min push-ups 7 44 10:00 mile run 6:08 9.5” sit-and-reach 6”


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By Mikey Witkowski

Reflektor Arcade Fire Bristling with indie rock instrumentation and unconventional sounds, Reflektor’s title track opens Arcade Fire’s fourth album accompanied by a disco drum beat, bongos, and ambling synths. The album makes extensive use of electronica to make songs like “Flashbulb Eyes” and “Here Comes The Night Time” seem like misplaced parts of art film soundtracks, somehow fit together to have a cohesive flow. Usage of vocal harmonies and multiple vocalists further contribute to this effect. The production is at times crystal clear, and other times lets the instruments meld together into a wash of near white noise. Arcade Fire has made a huge jump from The Suburbs.


Fallen in the City of Angels A quick look at the upcoming Frank Darabont series Frank Darabont, creator of “The Walking Dead” as well as writer and director of several award-winning films such as “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” has a new show that is to be released on December 4 on TNT. In an email interview with one of the staff writers, Michael Sloane, the Talisman got an exclusive preview of the gritty crime drama, “Mob City.” Q: What is the premise of the show? A: Author and journalist John Buntin wrote a great book called “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City,” which “Mob City” is based on. The book is amazing and wide-ranging, but the heart of it is about the struggle, throughout the first half of the 20th century, between organized crime and the Los Angeles Police Department We focus this in a little further, by centering specifically on the post-WWII era, which saw the rise of both the future L.A.P.D. Chief William Parker, as well as Mickey Cohen, the colorful and undisputed king of the L.A. mobsters who came to power after the demise of Bugsy Siegel. Parker, Cohen and Siegel are portrayed in the show (by actors Neal McDonough, Jeremy Luke and Edward Burns, respectively), and they’re woven seamlessly into a tapestry that includes both real and fictional characters. In fact, the soul of the show is fictional police Detective Joe Teague, played by “Walking Dead” star Jon Bernthal. Q: What demographic is “Mob City” intended for? A: Anyone who loves great TV! I think our demo will encompass a wide range- -“Walk-

ing Dead” fans curious to see what Frank Darabont has up his sleeve next, as well as fans of the incredibly cool post-war era. I think we’ll be surprised to see that the people who tune in will cut a wide swath across the demographic range. At least, I think that’s what TNT would like to see. Q; The show was originally titled “Lost Angels,” why was it changed to “Mob City?” A: In fact, the show was originally titled “L.A. Noir” (after the book), but that collided with a similarly-named video game, so a change was in order. “Lost Angels” was the title under which we developed the show, but folks above my pay grade decided that “Mob City” was a better title for the show--and I agree wholeheartedly with the decision. Now, I can’t imagine calling it anything else. Q: Are there any plans for a second season? A: If enough people tune in, absolutely! There’s so much more to the overarching story, and we’ve only scratched the surface of the lives of the characters. We have tons of stories that we’re dying to tell, and additional seasons will give us the freedom to explore those characters and themes. But first, people need to watch Season One in sufficient numbers to justify a Season Two pickup. That’s the metric by which TV success is measured, and so we’re all gratified that TNT is gearing up a big push to get the show on people’s radar. I’ve seen ads on TV, and people have been telling me about the ads they’ve seen. In fact, today Jon Bernthal tweeted a photo someone sent him, showing his mug on a huge “Mob City” sign in Time Square.

Lightning Bolt Pearl Jam Pearl Jam’s newest album is definitely another Pearl Jam album. Coming out four years after 2009’s Backspacer, Lightning Bolt is a continuation of Pearl Jam’s stylings since the release of 2002’s Riot Act. Singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder performs the same way he has been in studio recordings for almost 11 years, and the rest of the band follows suit. Starting with the very classic rock “Getaway,” the album trundles away with a familiarity that is hard to ignore. All of the songs are very radio-friendly, with the production taking away much of the power and oomph that would come from riffs in song, and instead make the album seem like FM-lite fare.


The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Eminem The sequel to the acclaimed Marshall Mathers LP doesn’t match up to it’s successor. Offering a continuation of the storyline established in the previous album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 gives its audience an Eminem that has the talent, but not the content. Eminem’s writing still focuses on anger despite his age and family life. Numerous guests including Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna don’t make any notable contributions to album, or enhance the lyricism. Using homophobia from the 2000’s and getting close to “dad rap” at times, even a continuation of the story elements from the previous album can’t save this one from falling short despite the skill of all those working on it.



Ballard Bridge Cafe offers classic brunch done well


Worth navigating the irksome Ballard Blocks location Greta Rainbow


irst there’s the bad. Ballard Bridge Cafe is sandwiched between a grocery store and a parking lot; the sky, the architecture and the speeding cars a blur. By inhabiting hamburger joint The Counter’s old location, the restaurant adopts the burden of the oft-asked question, “Where exactly is that?” Then there’s the good. Entering the restaurant, which opened in mid-October, immediately lifts the Sunday morning gloom as waitresses bustle around the rustic decor, carrying coffee pots to young families. A diner bar is located on one side of the room, tightly packed tables on the other. The maple syrup pitchers’ permanent

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laden “Burning Bridge Scramble” is a reminder of the structure just one block over. “The Swedish pancakes are our signature thing here,” co-owner Christine Richardson said. She and partner David Brooks are both from Ballard, and their experience of working at a busy restaurant shows: the menu is eclectic, offering a classic savory or sweet breakfast assortment and sandwiches, burgers and fish for lunch. The food is satisfying, wholesome, and even decadent if ordering the doughy, cinnamon brown French The Ballard Bridge Cafe’s french toast slices are decadent and sweet, topped off with a crunchy, savory side of toast. Large breakfast plates should bacon. The Cafe’s Swedish pancakes and “Burning Bridge Scramble” are also of note. (Greta Rainbow) be covered in syrup and they should be overflowing with excess toast and teams and other groups to rent for bacon--the Ballard Bridge Cafe meets banquets, parties, and the like. It could Hours: Monday-Saturday 6:00 these expectations. work given the restaurant’s accommoa.m. to 3:00p.m. and Sunday, 7:00 It was unsurprising then, that Richdating space and more or less universal a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ardson cited substantiality as part of cuisine. Here’s to hoping they pitch the the restaurant’s mission: “Good-sized option of breakfast for dinner. portions with good prices. They’re big Location: 4609 14th Ave NW From the Swedish pancakes to the enough to split if people want.” With fulfilment of a community need, Ballard prices around $10 a plate, sharing sudBridge Cafe is a sound fit for this neighContact: (206) 258-3262 denly becomes more enticing. borhood. Splitting breakfast or lunch is exactly the practice one would expect to see at Ballard Bridge Cafe--for economic reasons or the ulterior motives of healthconscious L.A. Fitness members. There is a loose sense of community in its friendly and attentive staff (three different waitresses asked to refill one cup of coffee) and the multitude of families. It feels homier than Portage Bay Cafe’s cavernous space and rushed environment, which has an industrial, urban feel in contrast with Ballard Bridge Cafe’s image as an comfortable, local abode. “Community based” is Richardson’s description, explaining a unique idea for the restaurant: while open for breakfast and lunch, evenings will be reserved for sports



Ballard Bridge Cafe’s breakfast menu is on the pricey side, but the stand-by classics are big enough to split. (Greta Rainbow)

table fixture is familiar and comforting, as is the menu of pancakes, eggs and potatoes. It’s typical breakfast fare done well, with an emphasis on the “Ballard” part of the moniker. The sweet and texturally thin Swedish pancakes, accompanied by lingonberry jam and whipped cream, are a nod to the neighborhood’s Nordic roots, and the spicy, hot pepper-

New breakfast and lunch spot, Ballard Bridge Cafe, is located behind Trader Joe’s in the Ballard Blocks complex. Finding the restaurant is definitely worth the trip. (Greta Rainbow)

November 18, 2013

Giving students fairer fare:

dents who live within their school assignment boundaries but more than 2.5 miles from their high school receive ORCA cards from the school district free of charge. Ballard High School and North Seattle, Seattle Central, and Shoreline Community Colleges are 3.6, 6.6 and 5.4 miles apart, respectively, and yet, for BHS Running Start students that travel that distance daily, the original ORCA card traveling distance qualifications for high school students does not apply. While some might argue that by choosing to attend college courses, students are taking responsibility for their own education and should likewise take responsibility for their own transportation costs, those college classes are still taken through the public high school program, and high school transportation policies should apply as other student policies do. As Running Start is run through Ian Gwin


espite the fact that Running Start is a high school-based program, students in the program do not Kathryn O’Brien recieve the same Features Editor transportation benefits as their fellow peers. Running Start is a Washingtonbased program that allows juniors and seniors in public high schools to take college courses at Washington community colleges to receive high school and college credit simultaneously. The school district covers a certain number of credits, depending on the number of high school classes a student is also taking. Today, Running Start students who do not meet their high school’s ORCA bus card eligibility requirements are forced to find and pay their own way to and from the college, regardless of the distance they travel. Seattle public high school stu-

Violence, a hit with kids:


Why Running Start students should receive ORCA cards

oday, a 14 year old boy killed dozens of people. They were not real people. They were virtual, pixelated, mindless polygons in a videogame. Their deaths mean nothing to the hundreds of Eli Goldberg thousands of teenagers going on Staff Reporter relentless virtual killing sprees for the reward of a high score. Everyday, youth in our society are exposed to horrific violence in the media and video games. What does this do to their concept of ethics? Have our youth become desensitized? This has been a concern since the dawn of television. According to the American Psychological Association, multiple reports written by esteemed psychologists and the Surgeon General identify the possible effects of seeing violence on TV and in video games. Their findings specifically indicate that, “children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others” and “may be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways towards others.” This research is considered to be more or less conclusive.

the public high school system, it would make sense for the school district to stay consistent in its traveling distance eligibility requirements for ORCA cards. For instance, Running Start students who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program at their high school pay reduced fees at North Seattle Community College (NSCC) and can borrow the available textbooks that they need for their college classes at no cost to them. Similarly, since Seattle Public School students that have to travel more than 2.5 miles to get to their high schools receive ORCA cards, the district should administer ORCA cards to Running Start students that have to likewise travel more than 2.5 miles to get to and from the college. Student success depends on accessibility of education facilities. Clearly the school district has already acknowledged this or they would not have the 2.5-mile rule put in place for regular high school students. It’s not that all Running Start students should receive ORCA cards. Running Start students whose community colleges are less than 2.5 miles from their high school, such as students at Garfield High School and Seattle Central Community College, should not receive ORCA cards as they arew currently within that

traveling distance. But the logical solution to the current inconsistency problem is only to ask the Seattle Public School District (SPSD) to extend their 2.5 minimum distance requirement to their Running Start students. In the new five-year SPSD Strategic Plan announced in July, 2013, one of the district’s five-year goals is to “Improve Systems Districtwide to Support Academic Outcomes and Meet Students’ Needs” (Seattle Public Schools, 3). Running Start is a program created by Washington schools to encourage students to strive to reach high goals. Making it easier for Running Start students to succeed in their classes by making transportation easier and more affordable, thereby meeting students’ financial needs, would certainly be one way for the school district to achieve this goal. Taking community college courses for free is a big financial help to students (and their parents). Helping students cover the cost of transportation would aid in encouraging students to take advantage of this great academic opportunity and not spend up to $2.50 in daily bus fare while doing so.

“Student success depends on accessibility of education facilities.”

Parents worry about desensitizing today’s youth

Conversely, many would argue that violence in media and games has little to no effect on youth, including the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011, the court struck down a California law that sought to regulate the sale and rental of video games in the Brown v. Entertainment Merchant Assn. case. In the written opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia stated, “Psychological studies purporting to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove that such exposure causes minors to act aggressively.” The Supreme Court nullified the law because they recognize that a proven way for parents to determine what’s appropriate for their children already exists. The Entertainment Software Rating Board, an independent rating system, assigns age-based ratings to games with over 30 detailed content descriptors. The Motion Picture Association of America provides a similar

system for movies, as does the Federal Communications Commission for television. With these systems available, there isn’t a reason parents and guardians can’t filter their children’s media choices within the bounds of common sense. This means that they have the power to maintain their child’s innocence. With this power being put to use by the modern mother and father, it’s much more difficult for our youth to become desensitized. If a child develops without any boundaries regarding the level of violence in the media they absorb or the videogames they engage in, it becomes difficult to instill positive social ethics. At a young age, children are still learning to process the world they live in. If they spend long periods of time in an unfiltered virtual world, their learning will be inhibited and corrupted by it. Our youth have not become desensitized, but it is still our responsibility to make sure that it doesn’t happen. Lauren Peterson





Yes We Care: An overview of the Affordable Care Act







n the 21st century, we have, fortunately, emerged from the emotional dark ages. Nowadays, we have less Romeo and Juliet situations on our hands than ever, given that Althea Billings extreme emotional repression is no longer in fashion. Opinions Editor What does love mean anyway? Plenty of amourous crooners have pursued the answer, and their conclusions are all but definite. The ancient Greeks had four different words for love, each expressing a different sentiment -- eros, philia, storge and agape. Eros meant romantic and passionate love; philia referred to brotherly love; storge to “natural” affection, like that felt between a parent and a child; and the ASB-championed agape, which referred to a more unconditional love in a spiritual sense. Love means something different for each of us. Love represents different sentiments in regard to different things. You love your mother, you love sandwiches. Expressing these truths is healthy, and should be encouraged, but the word “love” still maintains a certain weight that seriously limits the extent to which it can be thrown around. You don’t “love” me. I met you two weeks

“Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions.”

Advantage plans and Medicare providers. This will reduce the deficit by $109 billion over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it will help the middle class and poor by offering financial assistance and giving 44 million Americans who are uninsured a chance for economic stability. This system of reform is historical because it is a turning point in reforming the health insurance industry, where businessmen juggle their profits with someone’s future, in such a way that shows respect and offers real help for the Americans who need it.


Love, a Trivial Pursuit:

consumers. The higher costs of health insurance policies will not hurt many people because the ACA expands Medicaid. Medicaid already pays for health insurance for families making less than just above the poverty line, the ACA will give tax credits to families making less than four times the poverty line to help pay off some of the costs of health insurance. People who have financial issues will benefit from tax credits, which will keep their cost of insurance down. This will make it easier for lower-middle class families to get insurance will bring more financial stability to those families because health insurance mitigates the cost of medical bills. So far, not all insurance companies have set their standards to that of the ACA, and by 2014 these health insurance plans will have to be shut down, with many exceptions. Consumers who want to keep their old health care plan will have their coverage grandfathered in if they bought their current plans before the ACA was passed in Congress, so most people will not be affected. To prevent itself from increasing the debt, the bill also adds new taxes on health care industries and makes spending cuts on Medicare


discrimination will be well-regulated to protect people with health problems from being overcharged for health insurance. CBS Online explained that the point of the mandate is to discourage people from waiting to buy health insurance to pay for their injuries only when they get injured. Because denying coverage for preexisting conditions will be illegal, health providers will need this protection to avoid being scammed into bankruptcy. The new regulations for insurance companies will also include the essential health benefits, a set of standards that all health insurance plans are required to cover. According to HealthCare. gov, health insurance providers will cover: ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance abuse disorder services, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services and materials, laboratory services, preventative/wellness services, and pediatric services. And that’s just the minimum. These new requirements do raise some concern. Health insurance providers will have to increase coverage and it will will cost more for

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After all the use and abuse, our terminology is outdated ago. You’re great. But that being said, I don’t love you. Sorry. Love encompasses so many meanings that the Greek way of thinking--with a number of terms encompassing the differing meanings--becomes increasingly attractive. The fact that we don’t have the proper words to describe aspects of something as prevalent as love is called a “lexi-

Lauren Peterson


ost people don’t understand the details about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Anthony Farrell Obamacare, other Staff Reporter than the fact that President Obama endorses it, the House of Representatives temporarily shut down the federal government over it and the signup website for the ACA had problems with functionality a few weeks ago. Those who listen closely to the news may also understand that the ACA will mandate all citizens to own health insurance and it will set higher standards for regulating health insurance companies. According to a Washington Post article, by 2014 Americans must have health insurance or pay a yearly fine of $95 or one percent of their income, whichever is larger. This is one of the most controversial pieces of the ACA. The good news is that insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny coverage for preexisting conditions. Insurance companies will only be allowed to “discriminate based on age (limited to 3 - 1 ratio), by premium rating area, family composition and tobacco use (limited to 1.5 - 1 ratio).” In other words, insurance-based

cal gap” in our language. A lexical gap is a term for when there isn’t a term for something, for example, the feeling you get when you are about to sneeze, or the opposite of a virgin. Lexical gaps are more common than you might think. Anyone who takes a foreign language knows the approximation that exists in translation. Maybe we use the word inadequately because of how a person makes us feel-- safer or smarter or less insecure. But it’s hard to argue that these fall into the same category as family or your nonplatonic pals. Love is an attachment, and attachments can be advantageous for our survival, both in a literal and a sane sense. Love is a hard sentiment to articulate--we each feel individual emotions and love is deeply ingrained in our brains. My challenge is this: we, as slang-users, have already bridged a lexical gap with slang in regards to the difference between lust and love. Why can’t the same be done with love? Love, in regards to brotherly love or familial love, should not be trivialized when all that needs to be expressed is affection. “I appreciate you” or “I’m glad we met” or even a simple “I like you,” more adequately express sentiments in which “love” is used in a trivial way.


November 18, 2013

Carmen Miranda By Liana Seglins Day of the Dead display honors artist


By Kellen Reeder


With the recent passing of the ACA, students and families signed up for affordable health care insurance through the Teen Health Center (THC). A meeting was held Nov 13.

Not-so-lazy Sunday

Submit a hard copy of your art to SW122 or send it to ballardtally@ along with name and grade and it could be included in our next issue!

By Joe Jolley

A large, bustling crowd, a constant stream of friendly chatter, the notes of various musicians drifting across the street, the scent of fresh food and baked goods wafting through the air: this is a typical scene at the weekly Ballard Farmers Market.

Seeing the light with Halldor Laxness’ ‘World Light’ By Ian Gwin World Light (translated by Magnus Magnusson, University of Wisconsin Press, 1969) is one of the best books I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I jumped for joy, I squirmed in anguish, and I closed its covers yesterday feeling better than I had in a long time.

The (Other) Social Network: Tuenti

By Dillon Zizza

Since its founding in 2004, Facebook has been hugely popular, passing one trillion pageviews per month in 2011 and showing no signs of slowing in its growth. Ask anyone around school if they have a Facebook account, and the chances are good that the answer will be “yes.”

“Thor: The Dark World’ pleases and entertains


By Megan Biar

The students and staff of Proyecto Saber have created a Day of the Dead display including studentmade sugar skulls, traditional art and decorations. The display is a tribute to Mexican illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada, whose work inspired much of the Day of the Dead art.

Affordable Care Act in the Teen Health Center


By Renee Sailus

A movie needs more than an interesting premise or special effects to truly capture an audience, so it should be no surprise crowd-pleasing Thor: The Dark World has both, and much more.

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Talisman November 2013