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MARCH 18, 2014

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March 18, 2014

Staff Editorial SBAC foreshadows a standardized future


he wrath of yet another standardized test, with its razor-sharp no. 2 pencils and papercut inducing booklets, will soon hit juniors. At a yet unknown date, juniors may pilot the computerized Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC), a new test designed to reflect Washington state’s recently adopted Common Core standards. According to Academic Intervention Specialist and testing coordinator Sid Glass, the SBAC is going to be much more challenging because it is linked to the Common Core. While the old state standards measured basic proficiency, the Common Core is about college readiness. Starting next year the test will be taken by juniors because it includes the need for Algebra 2 skills, as well as reading and writing questions similar to exams like the SAT. From an ideological perspective, the SBAC is an emblem of a national gravitation toward standardization. Currently, 45 states have adopted the Common Core standards. For those who created the test (a point of concern in fact, being that there was more influence from the business community than there was teacher input), maintaining a national educational norm means testing: tests to test the prospective tests, temporary tests in place while past tests are phased out, and a barrage of new tests that are constantly improved and updated. One Ballard teacher commented that current high school students should feel lucky that they’re getting out now.

If this is the fast-approaching future of public education, despite the hopes of critics, then donating five hours is a charitable service for future students. The SBAC will be a graduation requirement by 2019; the testmakers should have sufficient data in order to form appropriate questions, and students are the ones who can provide that. For students who do not attend on the future designated days, class will be disrupted and instructional time will be gone. If the school has agreed to give information to the test creators, knowing that it will benefit future classes and give teachers an idea of the SBAC expectations, then students can make the ordeal easier by utilizing the allotted time. Knowing this, the incentive for the good deed — two El Camion tacos free of charge and five service learning hours — seems worth it. What makes the SBAC pilot okay is that there is a choice: to benefit future students who face a dark, bubbled-in future, and receive a reward for doing so, or to skip. The move to standardized testing as the primary — and perhaps eventually only — measure of academic proficiency means it should be on our radar. The fact that an SBAC field test even exists signals the influence of Common Core, and it seems painless for students to have a small yet important role in its formation.

Letter to the Editor Is It Time for Football to Go?

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I offer up four tenets to my question regarding the removal of football as a District sponsored event: it’s dangerous, it’s expensive, it perpetuates a false promise, and finally, there is an alternative. Let us first examine the danger to the players. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is the long-term damage due to the the primary insults of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The NFL recently settled out of court (for $765 million) a case brought by the NFL Players Association on behalf of professional players who were repeatedly injured in the game, agreeing to provide a pool of money to treat CTE in “retired” football players. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an alarming number of teenagers being treated for TBI in Emergency Rooms, about a third of them from football injuries (more than all other sports combined). Now, if professional players could win a lawsuit against the NFL, might not an injured student have a case against the District? Second, speaking of expenses, let’s examine the costs of high school football to the District. Do the players’ activity fees really cover the true and full burden on each school for association with this sport? I remind you, the words “sports” and “football” appear nowhere in the District’s core objectives. Third, let’s look at the realities of actual careers in football after high school. The New York Times published an analysis about five years ago showing that nationally (United States) there were at most 3,500 paid sports professional positions (all

sports), total. That’s all. Are we deluding high school students into thinking that they have even the remotest statistical chances of obtaining one of these slots? And if the players make the college teams, are we doing them any favors by looking the other way if they don’t do well in their classes? A recent CNN report that some colleges in the state of California have college football participant graduation rates as low as 44 percent is illustrative. There is an awful lot of money in football, both college and professional. Did you know that the highest paid public employees in 27 states (including Washington) are football coaches? When a team wins, the fans are exhorted to buy all new gear and to take their children out of school to attend a parade. As Tom Gauld said recently in the New York Times, “[I]t’s not just that the NFL is a negligent employer. It’s how our worship of the game has blinded us to its pathologies.” Fourth, there are alternatives to high school football. Obviously, we could remove involvement of all “contact” sports from the schools’ facilities or finances. I would recommend the European model, where sports are private club activities not associated with or sponsored by school districts. Involvement in sports in Europe is a family-dictated event done on the students’ own time, own money and own responsibility. What do you think? Ph.D. Dewey Moody Chemistry Teacher





was shocked… That’s not the Sports Editor Byron that I know at all.” senior football teammate Siddique Newkirk said. 17-year-old senior Byron White was arrested on March 1 and is being held for the February 23 murder of 54-year-old David Peterson in the Greenwood neighborhood. White transferred to Ballard High School from Cleveland High School this school year.“He was good [in class], always had his head down doing his work,” football teammate, Newkirk said. “Never disrupted class, always kept to himself.” White took four classes, third through sixth period and wasn’t involved in any school activities other than football. “He was pretty quiet in the classroom,” senior and football team captain Jack Deal said. “Sometimes he wasn’t there, but not a lot. He came to class pretty regularly. He was smart though, he kept his grades up.” On the night of the murder, a 911 call came from Peterson on his cell phone around 9 p.m. saying a man had demanded his cell phone but walked away after a short struggle. Peterson then told the 911 operator that the man had turned around and was coming back before the call suddenly went dead. By the time police arrived to the scene in the 8500 block of 1st Avenue NW, Peterson was already dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest with a 9mm shell casing found nearby. Witnesses had seen suspects fleeing the scene after Peterson was shot and provided descriptions to the police that were released to the public. Peterson had gone out for a walk after dinner, telling his wife Kimberly Peterson he would be back in about an hour. “He went out the back door and said, ‘I’ll be back in an hour.’ And he just didn’t come back home,” she said in a statement to King 5 news on February 27. White played on the varsity football team for the Beavers and was a first team all KingCo Crest selection as a linebacker. “He was a good teammate; he brought a lot of fire to the defense,” Newkirk said. According to MaxPreps, White finished the season with 19 tackles. “He was really energetic, always at practice. He was a captain of the team, whether it was announced or not,” Deal said. Police named White as the suspect shortly after police executed a search warrant of a house on 4th Avenue, just blocks away from the crime scene. This is allegedly where White fled after committing the murder. According to CBS News, a Seattle detec-

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tive wrote in court documents that White was “disappointed” the phone he had stolen from Peterson wasn’t a nicer model and “the man had seen his face, and he had to shoot him.” White was arrested at Sea-Tac airport on the morning of Saturday, March 1 as he tried to board a plane to Atlanta, Georgia after buying the ticket in his own

name. According KIRO TV, once arrested White admitted to police that he had killed Peterson. “I kind of didn’t believe it at first because that doesn’t sound like anything Byron would do,” Newkirk said. According to KIRO TV, Seattle homicide detective Cloyd Steiger said White’s mother, Yvette Watkins, helped police locate him at the airport Saturday morning as she was aware of his plans to go to Atlanta to live with his uncle. Once she learned the news he was wanted for murder she called the tip into police. Steiger said, in the same KIRO TV article, that Watkins was “an upstanding citizen and she can’t put up with it either.” In the following days, he was charged with first-degree murder, attempted second-degree robbery, and second-degree unlawful gun possession. If convicted, White faces up to 27-35 years in prison. Though White is still a minor, he will be charged as an adult under the state law that says 16 and 17-year-olds accused of serious violent crimes are automatically prosecuted as adults. White is currently being held on $2 million bail and was arraigned on March 17 where he, according to Seattle Times, plead not guilty to all charges against him. The investigation is still actively ongoing. The police have not been able to recover the victim’s cell phone or the suspect’s gun but believe that neither of them are needed to prosecute White for the crime. As a 17-yearold, it is not legal for White to carry a concealed handgun in the state. In response to this event, seniors Fredrik and Henrik Mansfield decided to show their support for both families by creating a piece of art for both the White family and the Peterson family. “This will be a gift that shows these families they are not alone in this process,” Fredrik Mansfield said. “We as Ballard High School students care about them in this rough time.” A different photograph was selected and framed for each family, and has students signatures on the back . “I did some research asking different people who knew Byron White and David Peterson about these individuals and what different characteristics about them, different things that are significant to them and these characteristics are going into the decision making process of which photos are appropriate for each family,” Fredrik Mansfield said. “His family didn’t do anything wrong and they are feeling a lot of pain. When bad things like this happen we have the opportunity to make something beautiful come out of it and to show that the community is holding together despite this and so I figured nobody else is going to do this so I should.”



not the Byron White I know at all.


New Brie s fs Administration announces no TOLO


ue to Winterball behavior, administration has decided against a spring TOLO dance. “In the end there were four students removed from the dance and approximately 20 bracelets cut, which far exceeded the agreed upon amount needed to earn a Spring dance,” Principal Keven Wynkoop said.

PTSA to host annual auction fundraiser


he 22nd Annual Ballard Beaver Bash Auction will take place on Saturday, March 22 at the Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center.

Robotics competes at district competition


obotics qualified for regional competition after placing second at districts on March 14 and 15. They will compete at regionals in Portland on April 10, 11 and 12.

District cancels SBAC testing


uniors don’t have to take the SBAC test after the test creators, Smarter Balance, announced they were not yet prepared to administer the test.

Class sign up deadlines approach


pplications for special programs (Academy of Finance, Maritime, Biotech 10, and Digital Filmmaking) are due on March 18 for the 2014-2015 school year. Applications are available from the teachers, the Ballard website or at the Counseling Center. For more information visit

Sparking interest in Microsoft


IGNITE’s field trip to Microsoft campus works to increase interest in technology


s somewhere around 40 to 50 Staff Reporter girls file into the East Microsoft Campus main building, the buzz is one of excitement about a day away from school with friends, and about what they’re going to see. This is the Microsoft field trip IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now in Technology Evolution) holds every year for their club and any girls that want to sign up. IGNITE arranges these field trips in partnership with the software titan, a gracious host that rolls out the red carpet in the form of bright female guides. The first and only exhibit on the agenda is a walk-through of the Microsoft Envisioning Center. Here, the office, shopping space and home of the future reside in streamlined, minimalist designs. The office of the future boasts a huge computer screen with which to video conference, with 3D modeling and augmented reality capabilities. In another room, dubbed the “executive huddle space,” there’s an electronic blackboard complete with

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Girls of IGNITE at the Microsoft Campus for the annual tour, including a tour of the envisioning center and panel of female Microsoft professionals. (Renee Sailus)

virtual post-its. Within the office there’s an odd white cube room with minimalist seating to face a screen that takes up much of the wall, on which timelines and costs of projects can be inspected, video tours and manufacturers can be found, and it all edits and adjusts itself in real time.

The host, Anne, who works with the envisioning team, explains “The envisioning Center is like a concept car – everything we’re interacting with based on research Microsoft is doing. You can’t buy it in the store.” When the tour ends, the girls cross the campus into another building for lunch with another middle school’s IGNITE club, and a panel of four women, one of whom was a host, to talk about their high school and university educations, and their careers and their experiences working with technology. But what catches everyone’s attention are their backgrounds and motivations to join the tech industry. Vazjier Rosario, a service engineer, who was a teenage mother and wanted a better life for herself and children, the pursuit of which led her to join one of the best-paying and fastest-growing industries in Puerto Rico: technology. “My advice [is that] if you want something, then you go for it,” Rosario said. Cathi Rodgveller, the founder of IGNITE, stands up from the sidelines and contributes a rousing reminder to the girls sitting, enthused and inspired, in the room. “The greatest obstacle for women, often is confidence,” Rodgveller said. “Don’t take that as a dig at your self esteem,” Autumn Aubury, an analysis and reporting manager quickly interjects. “We [women] think we didn’t do as much as we should have or could have, and we’re so hard on ourselves.” A few girls unconsciously nod at this, making soft sounds of agreement. It strikes a chord for everyone; no one is left unaffected by the time the doors open and the IGNITE group climbs back on the bus. The IGNITE field trip will be remembered, and well-attended again next year.



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eciding what to cut in order to fit a budget A&E Editor has always been a hard choice, and having to do that when a school’s students and staff are at stake is an even harder choice. Since the beginning of March, differing groups of staff, parents, and student representatives have met in the library, deliberating at length the various cuts that need to be made, in relation to deficit reports by the Seattle Public Schools. None of the proposed cuts are final, however. The Seattle Education Association has released a statement urging teacher throughout the district to vote no on budget decisions, citing financial information from SPS financial statements that indicate the SPS, as a whole, have $30 million in savings. “It’s smart for districts to have some money in reserve, but its not so sustainable for them to have more money than they need to have in reserve. And, to be totally fair, they don’t know how much money they have in reserve,” Science teacher Noam Gundle said. The SPS has since issued a statement saying that those $30 million are left over each year for predetermined things such as staffing funds and grants. Despite this, many school staffs are still voting down budgets in their own respective schools. “So far, 85% of schools in the district have voted down their budgets, which is completely unprecedented,” Gundle said “I didn’t know how small our budget was before these meetings, I didn’t know how many cuts

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needed to be made every year, and after the first meeting, I was amazed at just how much was at stake,” junior and ASB Communications Director Lindsay Fasser said. Beginning with an approximate $140,000 deficit, the school has brought the deficit down to around $48,000 after a week of budget meetings through a series of usually unanimous votes from the voting members. This includes votes from the Parent- Teacher Association and ASB. Cuts in relation to staff positions are determined by Full Time Equivalent, or FTE. .2 FTE equates to teaching one class, so 1.2 FTE equates to teaching six classes. The most recent and student-related proposed cuts by the budget committee, at the time of this writing, are: a .2 FTE cut the academic intervention specialist, a .2 FTE cut from the Science department, as well as a .1 FTE cut for Physical Education and Art. The cuts to Physical Education and Art would have the potential to either combine classes

with low numbers, or eliminate prep periods. “Nobody liked these decisions. Nobody liked the prospect of any cuts. But that was ultimately the decision reached by the budget committee,” L.A. teacher Joe Kelly said. There had been talk of transforming the Maritime Academy into a skill center, which would have allowed students from all over the Seattle Public School district to come to the Maritime Academy. But, that was shifted onto the cuts proposed above.

(Left) Senior Brendan Wright and junior Maddie Davenport listen at the March 17 budget meeting in the John Stanford Library as student Maritime Academy representatives. ASB Communications Director, junior Lindsay Fasser, attended the meeting as the ASB representative. (Right) Principal Keven Wynkoop explains budget details to staff, students and community members. (Mikey Witkowski)



Unified Basketball takes state by storm

Black team wins state in program’s second year; Maya Pell wins gold in the individual skill competition


tudents filed out of the classroom and lined the halls clapping, cheering and high-fiving the Unified Basketball athletes as they ran through the halls, celebrating the black team’s state championship and Maya Pell’s gold medal in the individual skills competition. “The clap up was the coolest thing ever...I wanted to go again,” head coach and special education staff member Lorie Buob said. Senior Gibrain Schriter-Costa; sophomores Avary Lenz, Lauren Rodriguez and Edgar Pavon Barcelata; and freshmen Jolie Boget, Jathien Gregory, Sydney Janeway and Trenton Scott; were on the Unified Basketball’s black team that won state in Wenatchee on Sunday, March 2. According to the Special Olympics, the parent organization of Unified Sports, Unified Sports “combines individuals with (athletes) and without (partners) intellectual disabilities to play on sports teams together.” In Unified Basketball, there are three athletes and two partners on the court at all times. “The rules are the same as with all of basketball, the only difference is that

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during Special Olympic sponsored tournaments there is a 75 percent rule,” Buob said. “The partners as a group or the athletes as a group on the team can’t score more than 75 percent of the points.” If a team were to win a game, but they aren’t in compliance with this rule, they would have to forfeit the game. This season, Unified had enough students come out to field three different teams — black, red and white. At the start of the season the coaches — Buob, and assistant coaches Steve Hickenbottom and Dagmar Obert — decided to make the white team a beginning level team for those students who were new to the game of basketball. To advance on to state, the black team had to beat one of Ballard’s other teams, the red team. “They only beat the red team by two points and so honestly just looking at our state results, I feel pretty confident that really we had the two best teams in the state,” Buob said. The state basketball tournament was part of the Special Olympics’ Winter Games 2014 with athletes of all ages competing in several different sports, including skating, snowboarding and cross country skiing. In the first round of the tourna-

ment, the black team faced the Othello Dream Team and won 20-10. Next, it faced Edmonds Unified A, handily beating them 26-10 to advance to the finals. The tournament was double elimination so Edmonds team was dropped to the losers bracket but won to face the black team again in the finals. Black team ha nded Edmonds another loss, 26-13, to seal their state championship. The individual competition Pell won Sophomore Maya Pell, freshman Jathien Gregory and sophomore Lauren consisted of three Rodriguez go through the halls as students celebrate their successes at skill components: state. Pell won gold in the individual skills competition while Gregory and Rodriguez were on the black team that won the state tournament. Pell had to dribble down the court while (Jason Michel) This is only Ballard’s second year being watched for of having a Unified Basketball team ball dribbling skills; she had to pass and this spring will be the third seathe ball and hit a target; and shoot son of Unified Soccer. “I am hoping baskets from different marks on the that the visibility that we will get court. To qualify for state Pell also from winning the state championhad to win the regional competition. ship will encourage kids to come out “It was fun,” Pell said of her experiand play next year,” Buob said. ence at state.

Daffron caps off career with a trip to state An end to a long successful season


or the second time in 10 years, red and black was brought to the state wrestling meet in the Tacoma Dome. On February 21, senior Austin Daffron stepped into the ring representing the entire team of hot-blooded wrestlers in the state’s competition. Daffron competed in two matches, though lost both by decision. “It was just like every other match, but I felt burnt out from making weight during the match,” Daffron said. Wrestling competitors are put into classes based on their weight, and if a student’s weight shifts throughout the season, they will be reassigned classes. It can be to a wrestler’s advantage to either “cut” their weight down to a lower class or “bulk” their weight up to a higher class depending on how they want to wrestle. On the approach to state, Daffron was worried about not making his weight class. “I was wrestling 132 in the postseason, but I weighed 10 pounds over two days out [from state], so I was cutting deep right before state,” Daffron said. In the first round, Daffron lost to fellow senior Haftom Tafere of Todd Beamer High School, and dropped to the second bracket to fight Yelm High School’s sophomore Brian Rochester before being eliminated from the tournament. Wrestling since his freshman year, Daffron

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appreciates the visceral combat of wrestling above all else. “You’re making another person quit,” Daffron said. “You’re destroying them.” During his first season, Daffron did not win a single match. One of his coaches, Salmon Bay P.E. teacher and former BHS wrestling coach Domingo Gomez, “thought he had some Senior Austin Daffron prepares to start the match against an opponent from Interlake in the team’s fight” however. last home meet. Daffron won the match with a pin. Daffron qualified for state, only the second Beaver in the last 10 years. (Jason Michel) “Mr. G set goals for room,” senior wrestling teammate Jack Deal said. me. He was just like Deal thinks Austin did well to make it to state ‘who’s this dumb stubborn kid’ at first, but sophoconsidering the daunting odds against him. “He’s more year he really saw the fire in me,” Daffron said. “He said ‘you’re gonna make it to regionals,’ competing with guys who’ve been wrestling since and I didn’t think I was gonna make it. Then I did they were in elementary school. Considering where he was freshman year, he’s done amazand really surprised myself, and he said ‘now you ingly,” Deal said. gotta make it to state.’ He really saw the potenAlthough Daffron felt drained from dropping so tial in me.” much weight in such a short amount of time, he “Austin’s really driven. He pushes it real hard; “wouldn’t have done anything differently.” Being he’d wake up at five in the morning just to work in a state of discomfort gives him a sense of anger out and make weight. He pushes the people that he can channel into his wrestling. around him when he’s working out in the weight



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Sideline Chatter Dance team to state Dance team advanced from districts onto state in the dance category. They qualified with a score of 211 above the minimum qualifying score of 210 for the state competition March 28 at the Yakima Sundome. Senior Hannah Oliason finished second in the individual drill down competition to advance onto state. The girls also qualified to districts in the hip hop category, but fell just short of state with a score of 205.

All KingCo Basketball Team Selections Senior Nick Brown was named to the KingCo All Conference First Team while senior teammates Chase Deger and Darius George were named Honorable Mentions. From the girls team seniors Nancy MacGeorge and Beverly Verduin were named to the KingCo All Conference Second Teams. Senior Shelby Bailess and junior Tessa Sechler were named KingCo Honorable Mentions.

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Swimming makes a splash at state Boys finish 16th as a team, athletes finish top 10 in individual events


he Beavers’ swim team Sports Editor was busy at state on February 21 and 22 at the Federal Way Aquatic Center with six athletes participating in various swim and dive events. The team totaled 48 points to finish 16th in state, their highest placement in more than five years. Last year, both junior Andrew Stevens and sophomore Rory Carlson qualified for state with the 200 free relay, but this was the first time either qualified in an individual event. Carlson qualified in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle finishing sixth, with a time of 22.16, and eighth, with a time of 48.97, respectively. “It was very fun, it was a lot of hard work, but it was all worth it,” Carlson said. Stevens finished 12th in the 100-yard fly, clocking in at 54.08. “I didn’t swim my best times, but I just went out there to have fun with it,” Stevens said. On top of the workouts with Ballard Swim Team, Carlson and Stevens practice with Cascade Swim Club. Carlson gets up every morning before school for swim practice at Helene Madison Pool in North

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Gymnasts tumble to state Years of club training led to qualification for two athletes

Sophomore Clara Yardley mounts the beam during a home meet against Bothell, Issaquah and Woodenville. Yardley and freshman Liat Carlyle both qualified for the state competition. (Marissa Roe)


Seattle from 4:45 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. Stevens joins him in the morning about three to five days a week or heads off after Ballard High School swim practice to practice more with Cascade. “It’s one or the other, unless we didn’t have Ballard practice and then we did both,” Stevens said of their Cascade practices. At state, the eight fastest times posted in the prelims on Friday are slotted into the ‘A’ finals on Saturday, while the next eight fastest times are seeded into the ‘B’ finals. Points are awarded to teams depending on where swimmers place in the finals; first place finishers in a race receive 20 points while the last place finisher in the ‘B’ finals gets one point. Senior Josh Pehrson, who attends University Prep but swims for the Beavers since University Prep doesn’t have a swim team, finished 11th

rowing up and training together for their club team, which gave them an advantage in qualifying for the championship, sophomore Clara Yardley and freshman Liat Carlyle represented the gymnastics team at state on February 21. Yardley competed floor and beam, scoring a 9.325 and 8.9 out of 10.0, respectively. Out of 48 gymnasts, this translated to a tie for 11th place on floor and 14th on beam. Last year Yardley went to state with a broken wrist, making this meet more rewarding. “I still have wrist issues but I’m kind of used to it now,” Yardley said. “At state a few parents or adults saw me in the bathroom or anywhere that wasn’t the competition, ‘Oh, I’m so glad you don’t have a broken wrist this year,’ and so it was kind of funny for people being able to remember me as ‘cast girl.’… It was a lot nicer to be able to actually show what I could do.” As a freshman this was Carlyle’s first high school state experience, scoring an 8.75 which was 19th place on beam. Both athletes agree that it was their extramural coaching that propelled them to qualify and then fall in the upper half of the competition. “We could not have gone to state without our club gymnastics,” Yardley said. “High school gymnastics is fabulous because you can start out

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in the 100-yard breast, posting a time of 1:00.65. The 200 free relay team, starring Pehrson, senior Nate O’Leary, Stevens, and Carlson, clocked in at 1:32.98 in the B finals to finish 14th overall. “We have a lot of swimmers who swim not only for high school, they swim almost like select,” Carlson said. “They swim a lot more than the average person would.” Freshman Simon Duyungan amassed 321.20 points in the diving to finish 10th in the 1-meter diving finals. Duyungan was the only freshman to qualify for state in 4A. “I thought it was really fun, but it was nerve wracking,” Duyungan said. “It was a good experience for diving.” This season was Duyungan’s first experience diving, but he has been a competitive gymnast for eight years. Senior teammate Evan Arends finished 24th overall in the preliminary rounds of diving at the February 21 competition, but it wasn’t a high enough placing to advance into the finals. Freshman Simon Duyungan prepares to dive in the team’s home meet against Issaquah. (Jason Michel)

totally inexperienced and everything, but you can’t really start out as a high school gymnast and then make it to state, you have to have some kind of more intensive gymnastics background.” According to Carlyle, club practices meant a commitment of 20 hours per week. “It’s really stressful. … [High school gymnastics] is more laid-back compared to club, and it’s more just about people trying it and having fun.” This year Carlyle and Yardley quit their club team to focus on high school workload and, as Yardley hopes, try new things outside of the uncompromising daily schedule of school-gymhomework. “I don’t try to take it too seriously because it’s just something that I’ve done for awhile and it’s fun for me, and it’s nice to be able to look over and see all my friends,” Yardley said of the state meet. But the move to 3A next year could alter the typical attitude toward high school gymnastics and the norm of exclusively club-trained girls qualifying for selective competitions. “[3A] will make things a lot easier to qualify for state, so hopefully we can qualify as a whole team rather than only having two individuals,” junior districts competitor Laila Lee said. Regardless of the relative placidity of the high school team, Yardley sustains a steady bout of competition at state. “The gymnastics community is pretty close, everyone’s really nice to each other. … But we do want to beat them.”



Hard Work Pays Off Senior Hussy Ellahi signs with semi-professional soccer team


he annoying, blaring sound of an alarm goes off at 5 a.m. Time to roll out of bed and go to school? For senior Hussy Ellahi, not yet. Every single day for the past four years, both weekdays and weekends, Ellahi gets up to train for soccer. He trains for two hours before school (one hour of long-distance running followed by one hour of dribbling), rain or shine. “I do a lot on my own,” Ellahi said. “Mostly everyone does an hour and a half of training two days a week, but I spend six or seven days a week training.” Ellahi also plays soccer after school, where he participates in his own team’s training, a school-related soccer practice, or an individual workout, depending on the day. “I’ve never seen anyone so dedicated to a sport in my life — his work ethic is incredible,” Ellahi’s teammate, senior Peter Hedlund said. “You can see by watching him play that he has put in the hours to perfecting his game.” All of his hard work has finally set him on his journey to accomplish his ultimate goal: to become a professional soccer player. Just recently, Ellahi signed with Inter United FC, a semi-professional soccer team based in Tukwila. “It’s unbelievable,” Ellahi said. “It’s very relieving to have spent that time and have it finally pay off.” Ellahi is planning on playing soccer for Ballard this year as well, but still needs to work it out within the parameters of his contract for his new team.

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In order to earn his spot on the semiprofessional team, Ellahi first had to apply online and get invited to attend a two-day tryout. He was among 420 applicants for the program, that came from all different backgrounds. “We had people coming from Thailand, Turkey, Ethiopia, everywhere,” he said. “Even people from here that come from different backgrounds, like myself.” The diversity of the program is where it gets its name, Inter United. Ellahi is Iranianborn, but he lived in Australia for 10 years, Canada for two years, and Iran for a year on and off before living in Ballard. He is also Muslim. On February 22 and 23, he proved his skills at the two-day tryout and was notified to sign a contract with the program, ensuring his spot on the team. Ellahi is the youngest player on the team by five years. Ellahi’s new team will travel all around the United States and even make trips to Dubai, Portugal and Jamaica. He can receive pay for playing, but it will make him ineligible for the NCAA if he decides that he wants to play soccer for a university instead. Ellahi understands that soccer is a team sport and that his team is essential to playing the game, but to become a professional soccer player, he has to want it the most out of the players on his team. “My whole team doesn’t want to go pro — I want to go pro, so I feel like I need to focus on myself right now,” he said. Throughout his entire soccer experience,

Senior Hussy Ellahi sends the ball up field in home game for the Beaver’s varsity team last season. Ellahi signed with Inter United FC, a semiprofessional soccer team out of Tukwila. (Photo courtesy of Alex Johnston)

there hasn’t been a specific person or coach who has guided him along his way. “A lot of people doubt you with sports,” he said. “A lot of people take it as a joke, or a childish ambition.” This doubt has driven him to prove everyone wrong. His ambitious spirit has taken it as a challenge, and it motivates him during his training. Outside of soccer, Ellahi maintains a 3.2 GPA, but at this time he does not plan on attending college in the fall. “Soccer is my school,” he said. “Everyone needs to spend time on their homework because they have to pass their tests, and they have to attend their classes required at school, and it’s the same for me — I have to run, I have to train, I have to eat right, and I can’t smoke,” he said. Ellahi puts it into perspective. While most students concentrate strictly on their classes in order to prepare them for their future, he is focused on becoming the best he can be on the soccer field. “Something most people don’t understand is that if you’re following a dream, you can still do other stuff,” Ellahi said. “You just have to know what your motive is in life and that it must prioritize all the other things.” Ellahi plans to try to make it onto a professional soccer team by the time he is in his mid twenties. For right now, all he can focus on is the present and working as hard as he can on his new team. “If I stick to my mentality of balancing school, soccer and my social life, I think I’ll be able to get there,” he said.



March 1

N I W r e v e T n A S E R H E C T r e A v E e n H S C INNER W by Maia

ithin that giddy first week of school, each teacher passes out a syllabus. This packet outlines their class, their expectations, their homework policy, their grade percentages and almost always includes an honesty policy. Students take this home to their parents, get signatures and sign it themselves before turning it in for the first points in the otherwise blank grade book. The honesty policy may vary in wording but the breakdown is this: don’t cheat or plagiarize. Students sign this, promising that they won’t cheat. But in a recent Talisman survey, 68 percent of students admitted to cheating while 20 percent admitted to cheating regularly. The current school-wide policy outlined in the student handbook defines honesty as doing your own work; crediting others’ words, pictures, facts or ideas; keeping your eyes on your own work; helping, not copying; and using electronic sources with integrity. The repercussions of cheating vary depending on which offense it is; the third offense results in the student being withdrawn with a failing grade from the class affected by the incident. Formal paperwork is also signed to indicate this is a third offense for the student and a parent conference is held. “I think kids in high school [cheat] a lot, because even little things like copying homework—where you don’t technically think it’s cheating and it really is cheating—happens a lot,” math teacher Holly Dreier said. “Or looking on someone’s paper or get-



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ting hints from someone.” According to the same Talisman poll, only 12 Despite the majority number of students who percent of students said that they’ve confessed to have confessed to cheating, only 16 percent of cheating. those who have cheated reported having been “Whenever I catch [cheating] it makes me just caught. This is likely due to the low weight of most sick because I know it’s rampant...There’s a sense assignments that students cheat on: one-answer that I get from a lot of people that there’s nothworksheets or math assignments. ing wrong with it, that it’s just what you do to get Junior Sofia Ghilarducci also admits she sees “a ahead,” history teacher Pamela Hering said. “Are lot of people sharing their answers or [saying] ‘Oh these the people that become our community leadlet me copy that.’” ers? Is this who we are today?” Dreier reported that Cheating comes from students not only copy an increasingly more others’ homework, but widespread attitude she has also heard of that grades are more instances of students important than hontaking others’ homeesty. In a world where work out of the bin and the SAT promises to writing their own name determine futures and on it and then turning it colleges are highly seback in. lective, it’s no surprise “Mainly it’s the lookthat it’s so rampant - PAMELA HERING, ing at different papers with students at all levHISTORY TEACHER during a test. . . I’ve els. had instances where According to math someone didn’t know. Sometimes as a teacher it’s teacher Joe Schmidt, “...students are motivated by hard to tell,” Dreier said. “Usually if you ask one grades as opposed to understanding or knowledge kid says ‘I’m sorry,’ you give them a zero on the or wisdom and when you’re motivated by grades, problem and move on.” the thing you care about is the grade and any For teachers, cheating is frustrating not only means to a good grade seems almost legitimate. because it shows that students don’t want to put That’s a flaw with our system.” effort into learning the subject but that it is “a Schmidt also acknowledges the struggle, howevfight” to call someone out on cheating, according er. “There’s really no excuse for cheating,” he said. to Dreier. “I think the cheating combined with the “But it’s so easy. . . You can either study really relying is probably what gets most kids in trouble,” ally hard and do well or cheat and get a good grade she said. and hardly do anything. It’s very tempting.”

“There’s a sense that I get from a lot of people that there’s nothing wrong with [cheating], that it’s just what you do to get ahead.”


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boys are more likely to cheat than girls Senior Jim Binuya has had some personal experience with cheating. When he was in his freshman year, he was caught sharing answers with another student. “They just called home and let my parents know,” Binuya said. “It’s something I regret now.” And cheating is on the rise. According to an Academic Cheating Fact Sheet from Stanford University, while about 20 percent of college students admitted to cheating in high school during the 1940’s, today between 75 and 98 percent of college students surveyed each year report having cheated in high school. Most students acknowledge the presence of cheating in school. “You know other people that do it, so you’re not going to snitch on them,” Binuya said. In fact, 77 percent of those polled in the Talisman survey reported they knew someone that has cheated. This aligns with the Stanford study of college students: “High school students are less likely than younger test takers to report cheaters, because it would be “tattling” or “ratting out a friend.”’ In the end cheaters won’t always benefit, even if they are not caught. “The people that cheated, I knew that they were cheating and they got good grades on the quizzes but they got a 1 on the AP exam,” Hering said. “I guess all that cheating didn’t prepare you for the AP test.” However, many students acknowledge that cheating is not beneficial intellectually, but it did help them pass a class. “In the long run, it’s not going to do very much for you,” Ghilarducci said. “I’d rather not cheat,” Binuya said. “It feels good to get a high score without cheating.”

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March 18, 2014

Pretty in Ink

Art and literary magazine showcases student work

Are you a writer, poet, artist, or musician looking for a place Staff Reporter to publish your art or get your music heard? If your ears perked after hearing that, then you’re in luck: Ink magazine, the school’s annual art and literary magazine consisting entirely of student work, would like to hear from you. From 6 to 9 p.m. on May 3 of this year, students can actually see the magazine live at the event “Spilled Ink.” In association with the Ballard Branch Library, Ink magazine will be showing student art and photography, as well as feature performances by student musicians and spoken word performances. Copies of older issues of the magazine can probably be found in your L.A. teacher’s classroom. Its most recent issues, however, can be found online. “The thing we’ve done The most recent cover of the publication, this year is designed by Pierson. we’ve made an E-Book,” L.A. teacher Jeff Calderwood said. Calderwood is currently the magazine’s main

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adviser. “It’s turned out to be really successful. Before, we had to get it printed. Now we do it all ourselves.” Last year’s issue can be found online at The magazine features art, poetry and fiction, all submitted by students. Currently, Calderwood says, submissions are open for this year’s issue, which will be published online. “We talked about doing an actual printed magazine; we still might do that,” Calderwood said. Calderwood says he is excited for the forthcoming issue. In the past, however, it has been difficult to get submissions Cami Pierson from students. “At first it was really slow and I had to bother people [for submissions], but now we’re in a better flow,” senior Cami Pierson, Ink Editor-in-Chief said. Pierson helps Calderwood assemble and publish the magazine. “Hopefully [it will be published] pretty soon, it depends on the number of submissions we get.” According to Pierson, Ink was something in past years that the whole school was in on, but now she is Calderwood’s main student help. “I started doing it in sophomore year but worked on it more in junior year,” Pierson said. “Ink used to be a bigger thing, but then it dropped from everyone’s minds and now we’re trying to revive it.” Calderwood hopes that more students will

hear about the magazine through Spilled Ink, and is still looking for more students to perform spoken word at the event. “I hope kids will read their stories and poems,” Calderwood said. “I think that’ll be fun.” He is confident in the school’s artists and musicians, and says that he’s always been impressed by the skills of students. “The thing I enjoy most about [publishing Ink] is that you get the most fantastic art,” Calderwood said of the magazine. “There are many talented kids at school who don’t get a chance to show their art. This could be that avenue.” Calderwood is thankful for students like Pierson who have not only contributed to the magazine but who have played an important role in getting it published and around the school. He also credits Pierson for Ink’s switch to a digital format. “Cami did so much of the work,” Calderwood said. He hopes that interested students and underclassmen can help once she graduates. “We need some kids to take it up for next year.” Submissions can be shared personally with Pierson, Calderwood, or placed in marked boxes located in L.A. classrooms and around the school. Submissions can also be sent online to the email

Yoga club brings relaxation to community

Free yoga class offered every Thursday in room South 200

According to Yoga Journal, 16 million Americans practice yoga and spend $5.7 billion a year on gear. (Kathryn O’Brien)


even teachers sit on mats Editor-in-Chief on the floor in room South 200, crosslegged with their hands pressed together. At the front of the classroom sits Laurie Williams, Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, slowly giving instructions. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. This scene has unfolded every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. since October. It all started with a call to Teen Health Center Mental Health Specialist Chelsea Clark, when Williams asked if she could volunteer to instruct an afterschool class. “[Chelsea] said that she was thinking about starting it for students but I wanted to do it for teachers,” Williams said. The goal of the class “is relax-

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ation, for the teachers and part of relaxation is being able to move your body. It’s one way to relax and in the end feeling like you can let it go and so it’s mental, physical and emotional relaxation,” Williams said. The group has mostly been teachers so far but everyone is welcome. “If students want to come they are more than welcome to,” Williams said. “I know that people always feel kind of weird coming into a yoga class late but the whole point of this class is relax and you should be able to come and go. If you have to come late it’s OK.” According to The American Psychological Association’s 2007 “Stress in America” poll one-third of people in the U.S. report experiencing extreme levels of stress. Furthermore, teens report that their stress level during the school year far exceeds

what they believe to be healthy (5.8 versus 3.9 on a 10-point scale) and tops adults’ average reported stress levels (5.8 for teens versus 5.1 for adults). The class is completely free and Williams provides yoga mats, blocks and exercise bands. In contrast, a single drop-in yoga class at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga on Market Street costs $17. “I love anything physical. But there’s another side, a sort of mental side to exercise that I think yoga fulfills,” Williams said. “You can’t exclusively do yoga and forget the cardio. I think that yoga helps in all aspects of people’s lives and it’s a good mental organizer and that’s certainly what’s helped me.” Williams spends the time she is not teaching yoga as a dog portraitist.




Youth of the Year: Imani Bender Senior honored by Boys & Girls Club

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Enjoys crocheting, making and designing her own clothes, exercising and planting. Worked in book publishing prior to becoming a teacher. In her heyday, she enjoyed playing in her swing band, rock climbing and riding motorcycles. Lived in Southeast Asia, India, South Carolina, California and on Orcas Island.

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Studied economics and philosophy in college. Worked at Intel . Was inspired to teach after working with at-risk youth for a local non-profit community service group called MetroCenter. He likes hiking, traveling, reading, and has a passion for music, which he wrote about frequently when he was younger. He even made a music “fanzine.”

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Lived in Venezuela from when he was three years old until he was 10 and witnessed two revolutions during his time there. Went to a boarding high school in Beirut, Lebanon. Lived in southern Iran with his family. Got involved with the antiVietnam War protests happening at the UW and other colleges, but came close to getting drafted in 1970. Was part of his college rowing team.

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Lived in California, South Dakota, Iowa, and Barcelona. Taught English in Barcelona for four years. Was really occupied with snowboarding this season, but she also likes to sail, water ski, roller skate, watch movies of all kinds and absolutely loves to travel. Was a cheerleader for a year in college. Worked as a deckhand and bartender for Argosy Cruises and obtained her captain’s license. Compiled by Joe Jolley


enior Imani Bender is a Editor-in-Chief leader in the classroom, on the basketball court and at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club where she was recognized for her hard work. On February 11 at the King County event at the Washington Athletic Club sponsored by Microsoft, Bender was named King County Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club. She won the title along with a $2,000 education scholarship. Bender competed against about 30 students within her own club and then against 11 students in the King County competition. “I don’t know if it’s going to impact what I want to do but I think it’s definitely going to give me a lot of confidence with my public speaking, represent my club and give back to all those people who helped me get here,” Bender said. -Imani According to a press release, each nominee was judged on leadership qualities exhibited through service to the Club, community, and family; their respective essays; life goals; values and moral character; academic success; and poise and public speaking. Bender has been a member of the Ballard Boys & Girls Club for more than ten years and continued to come

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to volunteer after she was too old for the club. Through the club she became involved with the leadership organization Keystone “which explores leadership, career exploration and academic success,” Bender said. Keystone allows teenagers to participate in community service within the club itself and in the area. “The Boys & Girls Club saw potential within me even when I didn’t see it in myself...the Club gave me the power to take on a leadership role in my community, in my Club, and in my own life. Imani Bender Thus everything I am and everything I will ever be is rooted in the foundation that the Club gave me,” Bender said in a press release. Bender will Bender, 12 continue on to compete in the Washington State Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year competition on March 19. Bender is not sure if she will continue with the club after graduation but is planning on visiting. “There’s a lot of people there that I just like being around so ill probably come back. I’ll definitely come to visit my mentor,” she said.

“The Boys & Girls Club saw potential within me even when I didn’t see it in myself.”


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THE VANISHING CLUB Clubs battle to keep members & interest alive


“If clubs lack structure and effective leadership, they lose their purpose and they lose their members,” agreed senior TianQing Yen. GSA is not the only club feeling the crunch. “After Winter Break was when we really started noticing a drop in members,” senior Laura O’Bannon, captain of the debate team, said. “Every week we had announcements about debate. It seemed to work, and people would cycle through to check it out, but they rarely stayed.” But it’s not the drop in numbers that really concerns her. “Right now, we’re worried about carrying over next year because of the number of senior members.” O’Bannon said. She’s identified the problem of many clubs being started by juniors and seniors, who recruit from friends and acquainLa tances predominantly in their own year. When the founder (and often leader) leaves, so do the members, and the club collects dust until it’s forgotten completely. These clubs may have a chance, but if they need that which can’t be supplied by high school students, there’s no help, as the only clubs that receive ASB funds are cheerleading, the marching band, and the newspaper. Some clubs make the cut, and they perpetuate year after year. Other clubs that cater to a particular group in a particular year, sometimes don’t. Either way, they provide a place to gather and a subject to talk about that’s a shame to lose — be it as specific as the whistle club, or as far reaching as Model UN. rson Pete en ur

n the vast collection of records kept by Carrie Burr, Staff Reporter the activities coordinator and athletic director, in the last year somewhere near 11 applications were filed and approved to create new clubs, for varying purposes and reasons. Despite initial enthusiasm, many clubs last approximately two to three years, with few exceptions. Four years ago, posters for a Quidditch club were scattered all over the halls, and the excitement was infectious. Today, few remember it ever existed. Some clubs like Students Lives Always Matter (SLAM) are popular enough that their members never dip below 10 in number. Other clubs, like the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) or the debate team, can sometimes dwindle down to just a few in number over the course of the school year. There are several reasons for these developments: one of the most significant being a lack of a club president, advisor, or other kind of leader. In GSA, co-presidents and seniors Maddie LeClair and Becca Mussman are involved in the school musical Urinetown, and fulltime Running Start, respectively, and often can’t make it to meetings for long periods of time. Junior Gwen Scott, GSA’s vice president, tried to take charge during the power vacuum. “After our presidents left I had to find a purpose for the club, find a direction and make plans,” Scott said. “I elected David [Knoblauch] as vice-vice president. We tried to attract members with posters and pizza and movie nights, but it never really worked.”

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or ceramics teacher Scott Cachopo, teaching isn’t just a job, it’s part of who he is. “It wasn’t my original choice,” Cachopo said. He started college at California State University, Chico in 1977 as a political science major. He quickly found that this was not the path he wished to travel on. “I basically hated it. I chose it because a friend was doing it.” After a semester of political science, Cachopo realized he had to change majors or quit school. Upon his academic advisor’s suggestion, he began studying graphic design. He excelled in this area, and with his degree in hand worked, in a wide range of design fields in San Francisco for 10 years after he graduated. At the same time he was coaching youth sports. “I always knew I liked teaching. Even when I learned guitar, I preferred teaching people how to play to practicing.” Cachopo struggled to find time to get his educator’s degree between getting married and having two children, but in 1997 he accomplished his goal. He taught high school ceramics for the next four years in Pacifica, California before deciding to move to the Pacific Northwest. “I make my class a class that I would want to take,” he said. “I try to structure it like a college Ceramics teacher Scott Cachopo course and create an trims a pot on the potter’s wheel. environment where (Jason Michel) students are allowed to make mistakes.” Cachopo’s teaching style is one that students attest to having affected them positively. His lessons are often paired with music from another era and a slew of “or whatevers.” “While maintaining a relaxed and peaceful environment, Mr. Cachopo has no trouble teaching you what you need to know,” senior Ben Thomson said. Cachopo also appreciates different cultures of the world. He integrates lessons about the importance and significance of cultural art by choice, as it is not part of the required ceramics curriculum Cachopo is in his ninth year here, and calls it his home until he retires. “The relationships I establish with my students are a huge part of why I teach. I’m still in contact with some from years ago who have families and become teachers.” Until recently, he also coached sports closer to home at Lynnwood High School for three years. In his free time, Cachopo plays bass and has been in classic rock and blues groups his whole life. He is also a self-proclaimed foodie: “When I traveled to Europe, all I wanted to do was eat,” Cachopo said. “I didn’t care about seeing the Eiffel Tower or whatever.” Staff Reporter


Anatomy lends a watereddown lesson in empowerment


Teen romance abandons archetype for empowered vibe Althea Billings

in the conventional “damsel-in-distress” role, one that is dangerous and outdated. Gender equality has been on the rise since suffrage was gained, and its time readers had a heroine to match. Dom Baylor, unfortunately, is not that heroine. Dom is supposed to be this intelligent female, crusading on her own path to pleasure and happiness, but instead we find her angsty and perpetually slipping back into her gender’s conventional role. Its hard to fully trash or fully praise Anatomy. Its a step in the right direction-the direction of empowerment, but not far enough to not be bogged down with clichees and the feeling of an alternate rhetoric. For someone more used to and inspired by more modern heroines, Anatomy is a bit of a let down. It’s got all the trimmings of feminine empowerment, with none of the kick. But for traditional romance saps the mild departure may be less indulgence and more intrigue. Readers today deserve a female lead who is strong and independent, reflecting the decades of progress that have been made. Women are in the workplace and can go to college and own property, believe it or not. Enough is enough when it comes to complacent female characters On the empowerment scale, Anatomy is closer to Nicholas Sparks than to the Hunger Games, but it will surely interest conventional romance novel junkies who need the message of independent choices and a tenacious female lead character.


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Though the cover sports a nude, red-haired Barbie doll, Anatomy of a Single Girl is not quite the cardboard cut-out romance that the title and cover would suggest. Author Daria Snadowsky’s 2013 sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, is easily devoured, semi-modish, and simultaneously indulgent. The story follows Dominique Baylor as she returns home from her first year of college for the summer, aiming to spend it with her parents and best friend, while also interning at the local hospital. At the hospital, she meets Guy, her love, but mostly lust-interest for the majority of the novel. Dom is a girl who enjoys a lifestyle made possible by women’s liberation movements (she’s a premedical student) but also harbors somewhat archaic expectations of sex and relationships. By all provided accounts, Guy has “perfect rebound” written all over him, but Dom gets (obnoxiously) hung up on the fact that he doesn’t want kids or married life in his future. Anatomy follows her journey away from those, as she enters into a “friends-with-benefits” relationship with Guy. We discover alongside Dom that relationships aren’t nearly so black and white. They’re messy and confusing. Dom goes through a sexual awakening of sorts, which is all fine and good, but is presented in a cliched way; she becomes a bit of a junkie and hurts other personal relationships. Dom is supposed to become empowered, but comes off as preachy. In the end she finds that in a relationship she wants passion, friendship, and love, each cheesily represented by a different man in her life. Personification is okay, but in this case is stated awkwardly, just like the extended plug for STD screening in the form of a telephone conversation. It’s a stride away from the conventional romance novel archetype, and a notably more empowered one, but it is still hallmarked by clunkiness and cliches including but not limited to: “I wonder how many more penises I’ll have inside me in my lifetime.” Romance novels these days, whether the cover depicts some poetic scenery or two windblown pirates on the deck of a lusty pirate ship, more often than not put the female Opinions Editor

knights on horses.

Where is it in school? Above the bottom of the building’s

middle stairs.

Who painted it and why? Windsor Utley (1920- April 8th,

1980) painted it in 1972. The picture was a gift to the school from Josephine Utley and the Foster and White Gallery. Utley was not born in the Northwest, even though for much of his life was associated with the “Northwest School” of painting. A classically trained flautist, Utley travelled widely, teaching, painting, and opening galleries all over the West Coast. The source material for Parade most likely came from Utley’s trips to Italy during the 50’s, where he immersed himself in the themes of the Italian renaissance artists Signorelli and Brueghel.

Did you know? Our art collection is the Orre N. Nobles, Bal-

lard’s influential art director who worked at the school in the 40’s. The Nobles collection is the school’s hidden treasure, with over 60 pieces from the likes of Jacob Lawrence, Richard Gilkey, and Dave Chihuly! As you spend your day walking from class to class, be sure and look out for the pieces that hang along our walls.

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March 18, 2014

a great sense of humor and musicality, UrinetownUrine a pretty nice place here With comes out as number one

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Most of the rebels in Urinetown posing together after finishing “What is Urinetown?” The song opens the second act of the musical. (Jason Michel)

Urinetown is all about reading in between the lines. Sometimes it’s like reading Ulysses by the light of an oil lamp, sometimes it’s like having a copy of The Cat in the Hat shoved down your throat. Bursting at the seams with fourth-wall breaking jokes, exaggerated character stereotypes and other various jokes, Urinetown is a satirical comedy that throws a lot of things at the audience at once. As the lights go out signifying the start of the musical, a warden (junior Robert Hendren) leads a group of prisoners into the “Urinetown Jail,” or the pit for the orchestra. Soon after, a flood of street urchins walk through the aisles and beg the audience for money, eventually all laying on the ground as another police officer, Lockstock (senior Daniel Lorigan) comes out to give the audience background on the setting of the musical.

Following a drought that lasted for 20 years, a tax on public bathroom use enacted by a private company ended the drought, but also brought extreme poverty to the masses. Public bathrooms became “amenities,” requiring a fee in order to be used. Lockstock is aided in explaining all of this information by Little Sally (junior Camaira Metz), who acts as a foil for the audience as Lockstock expounds on the nature of musicals themselves, remarking to Sally that the reason that the situation in the play hasn’t been aided by hydraulics or similar technology is that plays tend to focus on one big thing because the audience tends to like it better, and that a singular focus also makes a musical easier to write. After that, the audience is introduced to Bobby Strong (senior Miles Erickson), the assistant custodian at Public Amenity #9, one of the

Putting up his character Caldwell B. Cladwell’s usual snooty demeanor, junior Collin Bunch plays the antagonist dictator of Urinetown. His evil also requires him to have a picture of himself. (Jason Michel)

poorest public bathrooms around. Through a series of musical numbers reminiscent of Les Mis, Bobby eventually starts a revolt against the Urine Good Company, and it’s head, Caldwell B. Cladwell (junior Collin Bunch). Urinetown’s various facets of humor can come across as an assault at times, with absurd names like the Urine Good Company, Caldwell, as well as Officers Lockstock and Barrel (sophomore Jonny Cechony), but the deliveries of the actors portraying the characters make the humor quite effective. Whether it be Cladwell’s merciless capitalist viewpoints and odd comments about rabbit massacre, or Hope Cladwell (senior Kianna Louisor) and Bobby Strong’s speeches about following your heart, the students’ performances come of as genuine and knowingly satirical. The comedic parts are accentuated by the strong orchestra and musical numbers. Tracks like “Don’t Be The Bunny” and “Cop Song” are filled with cynical and oftentimes hilarious lyrics, such as “A little bunny in the meadow / is nibbling grass without a care / he’s so delightful as he hops for you / say say Hi bunny and he stops for you / you pull your trigger and he stops for you!” The delivery of these lines is spot on, with Bunch mixing in just the right amount of overexaggerated evil and classical refinement for “Don’t Be The Bunny” with Cechony and Lorigan being irreverent enough so that their listing of pee-criminals they have caught comes off as hilarious. Elsewhere, there is a wide variety in the type of songs. “I See A River”

is a full on gospel tune, and songs like “Privilege to Pee” and “Follow Your Heart” are very similar to Les Mis tunes. Visually, the musical is reminiscent of the theatre’s previous production Cabaret. There is heavy use of red and purple stage lighting, giving various settings of the play airs of industrial evil or raggedy rebelliousness. The lights also accentuate the detailed set design, which features shanties, scaffolds which appear to built from wood and pipe, and even pieces of Roman architecture for the interior of the UGC building.

Senior Kianna Louisor prances across the stage as the naive and childlike archetype of good: Hope Cladwell. (Jason Michel)

The choreography also helps quite a bit. One of the most unique moments in the musical is the cast’s performance of “Cop Song,” which is conducted in almost complete darkness, except for what is lit up by flashlights held up by the performers. Many of the musical numbers offer a unique mix of dancing styles implemented by choreographer Eia Waltzer. Urinetown’s combination of visual strength, musical diversity, and comedic prowess make it yet another outstanding piece from the Performing Arts Program.




Looking to buy a smartphone in 2014? Here are some of the best

Two years ago the Samsung Galaxy S3 was the most powerful smartphone in the world, and it is still a very capable device. Better yet, it is available on nearly any carrier and often comes free with a new or renewed contact. The hardware has aged significantly, but it is still more than capable of running everything Android has to offer, and will be receiving an update to the latest version of software. The entire Galaxy S line also holds the distinction of having the most cases and other accessories of any non-iPhone device, which is quite nice in comparison to devices with only one or two case options.

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Sony’s Xperia line is not often seen in the United States, but that is likely to change in the coming months. The recently announced Xperia Z2 is Sony’s new flagship device, and unlike the original Xperia Z, it generally exceeds Samsung’s offerings. The device offers a physical feel similar to that of the iPhone with a glass backing and metal body. It looks essentially identical to the Xperia Z, but that is hardly a bad thing as the original was very nice overall. Specs wise it is the most powerful of the currently announced next generation devices, beating out the Galaxy S5 on battery life, screen quality, and amount of memory, while coming very close to even on sheer processing power.


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Unlike the Windows Phones and Androids of the world, determining the absolute best iPhone is really quite easy. Simply purchase the latest model. At the time of this writing the most recent iPhone is the iPhone 5S, so that is plain and simple the one any prospective buyers should choose. The iPhone 5S is the fastest iPhone yet, and it will receive updates for longer than any other model aside from the iPhone 5C. All four major carriers have it, so as long as the extra cost is not a concern, there is truly no reason not to get the 5S.

The budget section of the iPhone line is a little less straightforward. Traditionally Apple has sold the three most recent iPhone models simultaneously, with the oldest being the cheapest and the newest being the most expensive. However, Apple has split the iPhone line into two branches with the latest models. The top-end iPhone 5S is what the iPhone has been historically, and the cheaper iPhone 5C represents a lower-priced alternative. In comparison to the worlds of Android or Windows Phone even the 5C is a bit expensive at around $100 with a new contract on most carriers, so for the truly budget-conscious the iPhone 4S would be the best choice. While the 4S is several models out of date at this point, it can usually be obtained for free with a new or renewed contract, and it still runs the latest software.

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The Nokia Lumia 925 is the newer edition of the Lumia 920, and just generally the best Windows Phone that is available on more than one carrier. Extremely durable, long-lasting battery, smooth operation and generally high build quality, the Lumia 925 is truly a great phone. It is constructed out of plastic along with the rest of Nokia’s line, but it is far from feeling cheap. Nokia is very dominant in the Windows Phone market, and with Microsoft’s coming acquisition of the company it will soon become an even greater presence. This means that there really aren’t any Windows Phone devices that can compare with Nokia’s offerings.

The Nokia Lumia 520 was a fairly revolutionary device when it came out last April. Unlike nearly every other phone available in the United States at the time, it was both an inexpensive and a reasonably powerful piece of technology. Unlike it’s similarly priced and aged Android counterparts, the Lumia 520 can actually handle the latest apps while providing a pleasant user experience. Nowadays the likes of the Moto G, and the Galaxy Light can give an equally pleasant Android experience for cheap, but the Lumia 520 is still less expensive and is truly the only option for the more frugal Windows Phone fans.



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March 18, 2014

What in the world is Bitcoin? A basic guide to the mysterious online currency

time that specially designed computer systems have been developed solely for mining bitcoins. Once your bitcoins are earned, they are stored in a virtual wallet, and are available for use at your discretion. You can trade them with other people, spend them on the Joe Jolley growing number of businesses Staff Reporter that accept them or exchange them for conventional cash. more sense. All of these transactions Bitcoin is, in fact, the world’s largest indepenare recorded in a public redent online currency. It exists solely on computcord called the block chain ers, is not controlled or backed by any govern– more or less, a chain of ment and, as of late, is extremely valuable. all the bitcoin blocks ever Created in 2009 by a person (or persons) under mined and subsequently the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the currency spent. This record can be has slowly increased in value since then, until a viewed by anyone by visiting massive spike late last year. In December 2013 the block chain website, and makes the one bitcoin was worth a staggering $1,151. history of transactions easily accessible. But before digging deeper into the economSo what are the advantages of Bitcoin? Why ics of Bitcoin, let’s look at the basics of how they spend your time trying to unlock these elusive, work. intangible bits of code instead of Bitcoins are earned earning cold, hard cash? by “miners” who run the For one, Bitcoin is purportedly free Bitcoin software much more stable than conventionon their computer. This al currencies. Since bitcoins become software decodes blocks harder and harder to mine over of 25 bitcoins and, once time, the rate at which new bitcoins fully decoded, gives them to the miner. enter the marketplace is slowly decreasing. This This might sound like easy money, but the is intended to prevent rapid inflation and instabilmore you mine, the harder it is for your computer ity in the currency’s value. to uncover new coins. The difficulty with which Bitcoins also provide a certain degree of conveyour computer must work to mine new blocks of nience that regular money doesn’t. They can be bitcoin is automatically controlled by the Bitcoin used around the world, there are very low transnetwork in order to regulate the money supply action fees (compared to those levied on regular and prevent inflation. credit card transactions), and they can be conMining eventually becomes so intensive over verted into a wide variety of traditional currencies – be that dollars, euros, pounds, etc. – as well as MARKET VALUE OF BITCOIN (USD) bought at special 1200 Bitcoin ATMs. For those interested in protecting 1000 their identity from the powers that be, using bitcoins also 800 provides a level of anonymity. Bitcoin transactions can 600 only be traced to the virtual wallet they came from, not to the user 400 themselves. Unfortunately for those hoping 200 to take full advantage of this cryptic currency, the world of Bitcoin 0 is not all virtual sunshine and rainbows. Bitcoin has many appeal-


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ing benefits in theory, but in practice the currency has a multitude of problems and drawbacks. First off, the claim that Bitcoin is more stable than regular money because of the automated regulation has proven to be mostly false. The U.S. dollar exchange rate for bitcoins followed a tumultuous path. Although staying close to worthless through the early part of its existence, the past two years have seen huge fluctuations. Enormous spikes in value have been followed by precipitous crashes all in the period of months, showing the currency to actually be highly volatile instead of stable and predictable. The security of Bitcoin has also been called into question by recent events. Even though transactions between users require confirmation by two unique electronic keys on either end, it is still possible to steal the virtual coins. This threat to security was showcased by the recent theft of $477 million worth of bitcoins from the currency exchange MtGox in February. This theft in turn led to customers of the exchange to panic, causing the price of Bitcoin to plummet to around $500 apiece. That is still a lot, but far less than the $1,151 exchange rate the currency had achieved just months earlier. Even the usability of Bitcoin varies drastically. It varies from all too convenient, being used as one of the chief currencies on the recently shut down online black market, Silk Road, to completely illegal in countries such as China. Even though Bitcoin is attempting to be a universal currency, its practicality varies depending on where you live and if the businesses you are interested in buying from will actually accept it. Even with the high value of Bitcoin there is still a very limited market in which it is usable. Some of the largest businesses to accept it are eBay, PayPal and Zynga, but other than that the only places you’ll be able to spend your hardearned coins directly are small, obscure companies, many of which seem to specialize in dealing with Bitcoins. There’s no shopping from Walmart, BestBuy or iTunes here, at least not yet. In the end, the only reliable trait of Bitcoin is its unpredictability. With its exchange rate performing a sort of economic bungee jump, its global legality in question and predictions for its eventual value ranging from $0 to $40,000 a coin, it seems only time will tell if Bitcoin can become a viable currency. For now, the best course of action seems to be to wait and see, and avoid putting all of your eggs in Bitcoin’s digital basket. Simon Gibson-Penrose


o what’s the deal with Bitcoin? No, that isn’t the start to some horrible stand up comedy routine, it’s an honest question. What is it, and why does it seem to be in the news so much recently? With a good deal of research and more than a little confusion, the mysterious virtual currency begins to make a bit


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n 2013, President Obama signed a new directive to strengthen our work to advance gender equality worldwide. When Kendall Collins asked about genBack Page Editor der equality in America, he said that we still had a “long way to go.” Six years prior to this statement, when Obama was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, he posed in his U.S. Senate office with photographer Terry Richardson. At the time, Richardson was nominated at the Cannes International Advertising Festival. He was working with companies such as Marc Jacobs, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Overall, 2007 was a good year for him. However, 2010 proved to be less smooth when a woman made the choice to open up about her personal interactions with Richardson. Model Jamie Peck, 19 at the time of her photoshoot with Richardson, wrote an article explaining her thoughts on and experience with him. “This man has built his business/pleasure empire on breaking the cardinal rule of asking a young girl you don’t know to come over to your house and hang out naked,” Peck said. Peck explained that Richardson asked her to call him “Uncle Terry,” randomly took off his clothes, and suggested that she should touch him sexually. Her payment for the shoot was supposed to be a signed print. Peck never returned to Richardson’s studio to pick it up. In response to these comments, Richardson focused on how they affected him personally in a post on his blog. “I just want to take a moment to say I’m really hurt by the recent and false allegations of insensitivity and misconduct,” he wrote. Unfortunately, the creepiness of Terry Richardson continues beyond Peck’s statements. When asked to give advice on how to break into modeling, Richardson told Hint Mag, “It’s not who you know, it’s who you blow. I don’t have a hole in my jeans

for nothing.” President Obama agreed to be photographed intimately by this man, with chummy photos of the two of them side by side, smiling cheekily at the camera. The real tragedy is that once word was out about the way Richardson handled his female models, there was so little backlash that the photos from Obama’s session are still in use today. It is not Obama’s fault for getting his picture taken seven years ago by a man he did not know would later be revealed to be perverted and unprofessional. It is not his fault that those photographs are still popular today. It is the media’s fault for continuing to use these photos as though they do not promote the turning of a blind eye to the sexual exploitation of women in the name of “talent.” Sadly, Richardson is not the only male celebrity who has gotten away with unsettling acts solely based on the fact that their perpetrators are viewed as vital to the industries in which they are established. Woody Allen, a highly-regarded director, screenwriter, and actor, faced accusations of sexual molestation of his daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1994. The case was deemed inconclusive and was dropped. Innocent until proven guilty is a statement most people can agree with, and it applies to Allen as well. But in 2009, when director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland after fleeing the United States to avoid charges of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl (which he plead guilty to), Allen released a statement which raised many eyebrows. “Enough is enough. It happened many years ago,” Allen said. “[Polanski] has suffered. He’s an artist. He’s a nice person.” Similar to the Obama-Richardson photos still being in circulation, Allen’s quote is the very definition of using talent as an excuse for one’s actions. At the time of the quote, Polanski had not served a day in jail. When discussing rape, the assaulter’s artistic abilities should not be of importance. What matters is that it happened and there is no true

“If these men were in any other profession, any less succesful, they would be treated differently when these accusations were presented.”


‘Artists’ shouldn’t get a free pass way to make right of it, but extraditing the rapist and having him serve the time he evaded seems like a logical place to start. In addition to supporting the freedom of a convicted rapist, Allen was found in possession of nude photographs of his girlfriend’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, and admitted to have been having an affair with her while dating her mother. “I don’t have money or publicists or limos or fancy apartments in Manhattan. All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there,” Farrow said in her press release in response to Allen’s denial that he molested her. No charges have been filed against Allen, but whether or not he is innocent is not the point. What is truly damaging about this situation is that instead of supporting the woman who spoke out about her experience, or at the very least staying neutral, Hollywood swelled in defense of Allen. Stephen King said via twitter that Farrow’s story was “palpable bitch.” When attention was brought to his statement, he said he “probably used the wrong word.” Yeah, probably. Those who make the decision to speak about the turmoil they have faced are already presented with a challenge, but when their oppressors are established figures in society and their names are placed on pedestals, that challenge becomes even harder, and those men use that to their advantage. The threat of legally pursuing an immensely wealthy man with a reputation of talent and success in the media is daunting, an instant scare tactic that often causes women to retreat in fear of the road ahead of them. The women in these situations are instantaneously put on the defense. They are expected to prove their accusations happened rather than requiring the men to prove that they didn’t happen, and by doing this, it is almost routine that every woman who opens up about her experiences will be doubted. In a way, they are the defendants in the courtroom. If these men were in any other profession, any less successful, they would be treated differently when these accusations were presented. If they were office workers, or blue collar workers, the word talent would not be uttered when discuss-

ing the allegations that they sexually assaulted, molested, or harassed someone. But because these are the men who walk red carpets and are trailed by paparazzi, their profession is somehow used as a shield or a point of rebuttal. There is a common argument that calls upon the world to separate the art from the artist, that asks people to focus on the film, song, or book rather than the person who made it. But if we exalt the work of someone who has harmed others, aren’t we in a way condoning society’s blatant ignorance, and at the same time perpetuating rape culture? Sexual harassment is an issue in our nation. Sexualizing women,

belittling women, ignoring women. The fact of the matter is that if we continue to allow successful men in the media to get away with these things, to promote their work despite of the connotations they bring, we cannot expect the treatment toward women to change anytime soon. Photo Art Evan Bunnage


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Everyday Music on 10th avenue is a great place to get a wide variety of music. They sell used and new CD’s from as low as $2.50. They’ve got a super friendly staff and are always available to give suggestions on what to listen to.

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Scarecrow Video on Roosevelt Way NE has 120,000 videos for you to pick from. If you’re looking for an obscure film, this is definitely the place to check, but they’ve got more mainstream films, too. Photo by Eric Hustad


Diva Espresso has locations all around Seattle and is very popular for their latte art. The shops are on the smaller side and provide a nice atmosphere to sit and work on homework or catch up with friends. Photo by INeedCoffee


Dick’s Drive-In is a staple in Seattle with five locations. It’s the first place us locals take visiting family members because, to be honest, you just can’t beat those fries. Photo

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HOT Spring is coming, which means warmer NOT All this standardHOT Spring sports are ofweather, prom dresses, and getting closer to ized testing. ‘Nuff said. the last day of school... Hang in there. It’s not ficially in full swing! It’s alor that far away! ways fun to see the teams NOT practicing and hear about Golden Tate signing with the the upcoming games. HOT Getting Detroit Lions is a pretty tough blow Speaking of those games, for the Hawks and Seattleites. longer days be sure to come out and Just remember to stay positive thanks to Dayrepresent your school as about next season, 12th man. light Savings “What if you used nuclear much as possible. Time. fusion and fused a cat and a dog to make a dat?” NOT Losing an “If Britney can get through HOT Who wasn’t watching the Oscars? Ellen did hour of sleep “You could go crazy! 2007, I can go take this test.” thanks to Daya great job hosting, though no one expected Get a piercing! Go to light Savings anything less from her. From breaking twitter Canada!” “There’s a lot of things you can’t do. Time... to having the most envied pizza party in hisCan you read?” tory, it was a great show and next year can’t come fast enough. “I’ve never been out of the “I like broccoli more than I country.” like indoor practice.” “Dude, you went to Hawaii last summer...” “Oh yeah!”

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Talisman March 18, 2014  

The student newspaper of Ballard High School

Talisman March 18, 2014  

The student newspaper of Ballard High School