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Vol. 94, Issue 5

Examining Race



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Upcoming Events March-

2-Link Crew carnival in the gym @ 6-9pm. 5- Spring spirit week begins. ASB election

Discussing Race Pages 10 & 11

Table of Contents



12 Celebrating Black History 4 Remembering Gary Smith by Melinda Bunnage

5 Jazz band to Ellington, NY by Caty Perry

6 Snow day repercussions by Ali Swenson

Month 13 A look back at Zestos by Ali Swenson

14 Tourist or true northwesterner? by Eva Esterbrook


packets out. 7- Early Release. Link Crew meeting @ 1pm. 8- Early Release. Link Crew t-shirt day.

DECA state conference. 9- Spring Spirit Assembly. DECA state conference. 10- DECA state conference. 13- HSPE Writing Exam. 14- HSPE Writing Exam. Election packets due. 15- HSPE Reading Exam. Musical: Bye Bye Birdie @ 7:30pm. 16- Musical: Bye Bye Birdie @ 7:30pm. 17- St. Patricks Day. Musical: Bye Bye Birdie @ 7:30pm. 21- Voter’s guide out. 22- Musical: Bye Bye Birdie @ 7:30pm. 23- Musical: Bye Bye Birdie @ 7:30pm. 24- Musical: Bye Bye Birdie @ 7:30pm. 27- Student Senate meeting. 30- Football hosted Coaches vs. Students basketball game 4-8pm


15 Fuel your caffeine addiction with

Ballard area’s best local coffee shops 16 Laugh at your NW self with Portlandia by Alex Johnston

17 Rampart falls short of potential by Drew Powell


18 The modern revolutionary by Sid Moulton

7 First year wrestler makes state by Catie Perry 8 Consistent atheletes undervalued by Deanna Myers

9 Nate Rauda: break out star by Deanna Myers

18 Basic rights for all by Alex Johnston

19 The contraception debate needs to end

by Izzie Gibson Penrose

Cover photos by Katie Kennedy Cover design by Kate Clark


MARCH 2, 2011 Mission Statement

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Opinions Editor Alex Johnston


e’ve all seen it, whether it’s stuck to the back of a brand new car gliding down 15th, or to a dusty single-speed bike weaving through Market Street: a black bumper sticker with white text proclaiming “FREE BALLARD.” While this may seem harmless--as it’s intended to be--it represents something worth talking about. Ballard takes pride in its quirks, so it’s not a surprise that people would jokingly embrace the idea of seceding from the rest of Seattle. Perhaps the thing Ballard is best known for is its Scandinavian heritage, and in this respect it is an anomaly. No other predominantly white neighborhood in Seattle overtly celebrates--with festivals, parades, holidays--being dominantly white. In that way, Ballard is more similar to the International District than it is to, say, Magnolia. Both neighborhoods, Ballard and the ID, celebrate their heritage, as they should, but Ballard’s celebrations are unique because of their whiteness. Celebrating being white is generally

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seen as something reserved for people sporting white pointy hoods. We don’t have a ‘White History Month’ because our country is also dominantly white, making every month a white history month. This kind of dilemma is also visible in our school. Some students might question the need for so much coverage of Black History Month and other celebrations of race, but the reality is that the things we choose to celebrate here on a regular basis like our sports teams, ASB or drama productions are all predominately white as well. There are many opinions as to why that is, from a lack of support for minority students to the fact that there are simply more white students here already. While this daily celebration might not be noticed by the majority of students, it’s there, and it needs to go both ways. All students, regardless of race, deserve the opportunity for celebration, and all students should see such diverse celebrations as opportunities. There needs to be genuine curiosity on both

sides, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as on Syttende Mai. If we squander these chances for awareness, we’re only limiting ourselves, we’re closing our minds and narrowing our fields of vision. That’s not to say we as a school and as a country haven’t been making progress. The fact that we are able to have these celebrations at all is a testament to that. In fact, in many ways racism has become more accepted. While horrific, 1960s-news-making violence is rare, today’s version is casual: a teacher’s lowered expectations here, an assumption there. It’s in a hallway joke, or a misguided comment, not to mention the judicial and political spheres. But although there is a black president in the White House, that progress doesn’t signify an end to intolerance, which is to say that racism has changed its clothes, but it hasn’t left the party.

Amelia Elizalde Dylan Spence

Ad Manager

Ali Swenson

Staff Reporters

Alec Scully Ali Swenson Catie Perry Dylan Spence Eva Esterbrook Genevieve Barlow Maia Wiseman Mikey Witkowski Nico Beland

Staff Artist

Sid Moulton

Staff Photographer Evan Bunnage


Michael Smith



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Remembering Gary Smith

Ballard community saddened at loss of beloved security guard Gary Lavone Smith

“Big G”

Melinda Bunnage and Genevieve Barlow News Editor and Staff Reporter

Over 600 people gathered together Monday, February 13th to honor the life of Gary Smith. With close to 100 students and staff members present at the memorial service, it was truly a time to remember Gary and the important role he played in countless people’s lives. Gary passed away from heart problems on Saturday, February 4th, at the age of 48. “Gary was easy to love,” longtime friend and security specialist Craig “Bear” Plummer said. “He and I had an immediate friendship; we met each other and it was like ‘I know you.’ We had a bond like brothers.” In his 25-year long career in the Seattle School District, Gary worked at schools all across the city. He

eventually came to Ballard under the title “security specialist,” though many students knew him better as “Big G.” He was the ‘Big G’ because he was a Giant man with a big smile. He was the ‘Big G’ because he was a Gentle man who gave great hugs…He was the ‘Big G’ for being Generous with a big heart that always put others first. Finally, he is the ‘Big G’ because he is in God’s care now and forever,” co-worker Soodjai Kutrakun said in his speech at the memorial. People who met Gary, students and staff members alike, could tell that he had a lot of love to give. “I will always remember how

much he cared for the kids at Ballard and how much he cared to create not only a physically safe environment, but a place where they felt safe emotionally and mentally as well,” librarian Deborah Arthur said. He touched the lives of hundreds of kids, often going above and beyond his job description. For many students, he filled a gap; as a friend, a mentor, a role model, a counselor, or even a father figure. “There are a couple of kids that wouldn’t have survived had Gary not stuck with them,” Bear said. Junior Jordan McColloch was one of many students who were close to Gary. The two were first introduced at a basketball game when McColloch was in eighth grade and their friendship continued to develop in his freshman year when Gary became his basketball coach. “I don’t think since I met him I went a day without talking to him for at least fifteen minutes,” McColloch said. “He was there for me through everything...he wasn’t shy to let you know, but he was always there.” Though Gary had an immeasurable impact on many people’s lives, those who were especially close to him know that Gary saw his job at the high school as a way to support his lifelong passion, music. Born to local rock ‘n’ roll musician Tony Smith, of the group “Tiny Tony and the Statics,” a love of music was ingrained in Gary from birth. Raised in Seattle, Gary had a taste of some of the musical opportunities that he would continue to look for into the next era of his life. From forming bands with neighborhood friends to buying funk records, Gary’s musical interests were a meaningful part of childhood. He became the bass guitar player for the Jazz Ensemble at Cleveland

High School, as well as a musical performer with the organization Young Life. Gary went on to play for various Northwest bands and music groups, including his own jazz/ hip-hip group “Inside Moves,” which he formed in 1993. He eventually became the bassist for the widely popular R & B band “Lady-A” in 1995, and played with them until his passing. “I don’t think people realized how passionate [Gary] was about his music. His dream was to go full-time with a big full-sized band. It would have been hard for him to leave this job but he wanted it so much, to be playing bass in a big band. He wanted that more than anything,” Bear said. Last year, Gary played bass at the Black History Month Assembly. It was one of the few times that the student body was introduced to Gary’s most cherished passion. Gary will always be known as a man of character and dignity. He was always honest with others, but he would also provide comfort when the truth was hard to take. He leaves behind much more than a memory through the people he touched and knew. “He was the nicest man in the world,” McColloch said. “If I could say one last thing to him, it would be: ‘I love you, man.’” Gary is survived by his mother, Wallie Hillcrist [Jack], his brothers, Darren and Mark Smith, and Sophia Raines, his best friend and mother of his children; Marquita Jones, Domonique Jones, Aleah Smith and Gary L. Smith, Jr.

Upper and lower left photos: Gary singing and playing bass with one of his bands during last year’s Black History Month Assembly. Upon ending their performance, the audience gave him a standing ovation. (Katie Kennedy) Upper and Lower Right: Students honor Gary Smith with a Candlelight Memorial (Ali Swenson)


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Jazz Band invited to prestigious festival in NYC The efforts of teacher and students has led Jazz band to national festival Catie Perry and Drew Powell Staff Reporter and A&E Editor “It is probably the most prestigious jazz festival in the country for high schools,” Band and Orchestra Director Michael James said of the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. This competition that has excited the music department is held by Jazz at Lincoln Center and takes place in New York City on May 4th, 5th and 6th. This year 111 schools applied and Ballard placed in the top 15, qualifying to perform at the festival. “The idea that we will be able to play in Lincoln Center is a dream come true,” Zisette said. “This is a huge achievement for our jazz band. It’s something to be really proud of because we’ve been working towards this for months.” This incredibly competitive program requires jazz bands to send in recordings of the band playing Duke Ellington songs and the schools are scored by a panel of judges. “Every year this organization sends out six songs performed by Duke Ellington because they want to promote his music in high schools. The songs are more challenging and more sophisticated than what most high school jazz bands usually do,” James said. Once in New York, the band will perform three songs live and be scored; bands can win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place and winners will receive money

for their school. It’s just such a huge honor even to go, that whether you win or not almost doesn’t matter,” James said. James said that to prepare he had the band listen to the music and brought in musicians from the community to coach them. Senior Ruby Fore has been in jazz band for four years, as well as Zisette, and she thinks the band has improved dramatically during the years she’s been here. “I came to Ballard knowing that we weren’t at the same level as Roosevelt and Garfield but we’ve all worked incredibly hard,” Fore said According to James, the jazz band almost got in last year. “We all knew we had to work a little bit harder and put more effort in this year and it paid off,” Zisette said. Because Ballard got in top 20 last year, the program paid for James to fly to New York for a jazz band director workshop last summer. “I think I’ve applied some of the skills I learned last summer to this year’s band and I think that’s part of the reason we’ve improved since then,” James said. “A way to support us and help us to get to New York is buying tickets for our upcoming performance at the Paramount.” As well as the Ellington festival, Ballard’s jazz band talent has been

Jazz Band members Ruby Fore, Will Radford, Karsten Newby, and Jospeh Palasz performing at the band’s Winter Concert prepared them for upcoming competitions and festivals (Evan Bunnage).

acknowledged with an invitation to perform at “Hot Java Cool Jazz,” a jazz event sponsored by Starbucks in which the top high school bands in the area perform at the Paramount Theater. Ballard was invited after submitting a CD and they will join Edmonds Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Garfield and Roosevelt on stage. “To be in this mix of schools is great,” James said. “All the other bands have great reputations and the publicity we will get will be great for the entire school.” The concert takes place March 30th and tickets are available from the Starbucks on Market or from any jazz band student. Both of these events are

raising Ballard’s reputation in the community. Senior Zach Metzger, who has also been in band for four years, thinks this really puts Ballard on the map. “For a long time Ballard had a reputation for having just a decent music program, and now we’re on the same level as Garfield and Roosevelt who are often considered the best. We’re not living in their shadows anymore, were right up there with them,” Metzger said. Everyone involved is grateful for the opportunity and worked hard to get here. “It’s really cool to get recognized for all our work and be considered one of the best 15 bands in the nations,” Metzger said.

Washington state awards BHS

School is recognized for closing the Achievement gap Melinda Bunnage News Editor Ballard High School will be one of 21 schools from the Seattle School District honored with a Washington Achievement Award on April 25th. Though this is the third year that the WAA has existed, this was the first time that BHS has been recognized.“We are very proud of our award-winning schools,” Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield said in a recent press release. “The Washington Achievement Award is highly selective and measures a school’s continuous improvement over the course of several years. I am particularly proud that Seattle’s number of award-winning schools increased to 21 this year, up from 13 schools recognized in 2010 and seven recognized in 2009.” BHS was recognized in two areas; first for overall excellence, and second for closing the achievement gap. “Personally they are the two categories that I would most want recognition for,” Wynkoop said. Both awards are focused primarily on student test scores. The Overall Excellence looks at how the school does as a whole while the recognition for Closing the Achievement gap compares test scores of minority

students to other students. Wynkoop thinks that the transition for 9th graders into high school has been smoother these past few years. Although the school has had to step back on their attempt to

just doing a great job of teaching effectively and teaching to those standards…,” Wynkoop said. “Our students are really armed with all the skills and areas of expertise and knowledge that they need to be successful.” Wynkoop was specifically proud of BHS’s success over the past years closing the achievement gap. This refers to the gap that usually exists between the test scores of Black students, Native American students and Hispanic A student proficiency table reflecting the racial breakdown of stustudents and the test dents that passed 20state standardized tests. The table compares the differences between BHS statistics and those of the distrct, scores of white and indicating the closing of the achievement gap betweem minorities Asian students. and majorities. (Information from “We were able to narrow [the shrink core class sizes for freshman acheivment gap] a little bit so all due to the districts shrinking budget, students are doing well…,” Wynkoop Wynkoop still looks to things like said. “It’s really exciting because I link crew and quality teachers as an think it is one of the hardest things example of these efforts to welcome for schools to do.” new students. Though BHS is known for having “I think that our teachers have a lack of minority students in the grown, [they are] getting better school, Wynkoop says that this had and better at looking at the state no effect on the school’s outcome of standards that are in place …and test scores. According to his statistics,

the percentage of the student body that are considered minorities, black students, Native American students, and hispanic students have alternated between 21.5% and 23% over the last seven years. This year, the percentage was still 23%, yet the scores still were an improvement. However, it may not be that simple. “There certainly could be some kind of impact around the number of ELL students. That is something we have seen drop over time,” Wynkoop said. “We are having fewer students that speak a second language in the school so that could have some impact.” Ultimately, these awards are acknowledgement for the efforts that have been made to change the systems in BHS for the better. “It really is just a recognition of the hardwork that our teachers and students and administrators and even parents that have put into the success of our students,” Wynkoop said. “It really reflects on everybody working hard together.”



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News Briefs

Adminstration awaits a decision on making up snow days Ali Swenson Ads Manager Since Seattle was hit with its January snowstorm, the Seattle Public School district has applied for a waiver to allow them to avoid making up the two snow days that have accumulated. After last year’s excessive number of snow days that forced the school to continue official school days for seniors after graduation, the district planned ahead. “This year for the district

calendar, it had already been decided before the year started that for the first snow day we’d make it up on January 27th. Three possible snow days after that would be made up at the end of the year,” principal Keven Wynkoop said. Consequently, when Seattle was hit with a week’s worth of snow in midJanuary, the plan was still intact. The day between semesters became a school day, finals were adjusted accordingly, and two make-up days were added in for all students at the end of the year.

However, recent develoments have opened up a possibility that the rest of the days won’t have to be made up. On January 19th, Governor Christine Gregoire declared a “state of emergency” in King County, a proclamation that called state agencies and the state government to reach out and help the county deal with the problems being caused by the snow.“Since that was declared... the school districts in the area can apply to not have to make up the snow days. Our district decided to do that because they estimate that it would be saving us around

$500,000 to not make those school days up,” Wynkoop said. pull quote For students, this waiver would mean that the last day of school would not be extended by two days. However, this decision is still up in the air.Regardless of whether or not the application goes through, there is enough buffer so three days of school can be made up before graduation. “Graduation would not be impacted,” Wynkoop said.

Despite temporary advisor, DECA members head to state Catie Perry Staff Reporter All year the members of DECA anticipate the state competition in early March. To qualify for state, DECA members must be one of the top seven places in their category. Your place is based on your written test score and your two role play scores,” senior Deme Xenos, president of DECA, said. The amount of preparation among members varies. “You can definitely go in and wing it and still score well,” Xenos said. “Before the competition, you are given your hypothetical situation and five points you will be judged on. I always study these and make detailed notes so I feel ready.” This will be Xenos’ second year going to State and while she’s not nervous, she says she’s anxious to be done with it. Victoria Shao, vice

president of operations, has the same feeling about competing. “I’m a little nervous to go to State but I went last year so it’s nice to know what to expect and I’m more prepared than last year,” Shao said. While the chance of qualifying is increased if you have competed before or taken the finance class before, not all of the qualifiers are veterans. “There are definitely people who are first-timers and have made it to state,” Xenos said. DECA has been disrupted this year since their advisor, Ms. Zawatski, recently had a baby and will be gone for this semester. “It’s been really difficult without Ms. Z,” Xenos said. “She is an organizational genius and is so likable that she works well with others and can get stuff done quickly.” Mr. Blazevic has taken

over for the semester with a lot of help from the eight student officers. “Our officer team is really great and that’s why we’ve been able to keep DECA going,” Xenos said.

25 students were awarded at the DECA Area 4 Competition, while 20 people qualified overall to compete at state (Photo coutesy of Deme Xenos).

GSA and Native Cultural Club movie blurs gender identity Mikey Witkowski Staff Reporter “This is a topic that’s not really covered, it’s an issue which needs to be talked about much more,” sophomore Devin Mack said. On February 7th, the Native Cultural Club and the Gay-Straight Alliance co-presented a movie called Two Spirits in the library. The movie is an hour-long documentary about the life of a Two-Spirit boy named Fred Martinez, and his death at the young age of sixteen. A Two-Spirit is, in Navajo culture, a person with both a masculine and feminine side. It

serves almost as a third gender role, but has a uniqueness in Native American culture. The movie itself lasted an hour, focusing on the struggles that Fred Martinez went through as he grew into embracing his culture and life, as well as the controversy surrounding his death. “It tackled both bigotry and sexuality, it really was the perfect mash-up for the Native American Club and the GSA,”pull quote Mack said. The event is one of the first that the Native American Club had taken place in, and members of both clubs attended, in addition to students who just came to watch

the movie. “We are hoping to spread the message that the NAA is for everyone, and we just want to spread awareness about Native American culture,” member senior John Lukey said. After the movie was over, the club members participated in a discussion regarding the implications of how Fred lost his life, and how the media handled his death. After the discussion, guest speaker Phoenix Benner came to provide more conversation. Benner is a Two-Spirit who had connections to those featured in the movie. Additionally, he discussed

how racial and sexual bigotry affected children, as well as it’s history and status in Washington. “If anything, this movie really addresses how bullying can go over the edge,” Benner said. He then went on on to talk more in-depth about the movie and the role that Two-Spirits play in Native Culture. “His visit made me think so much, and I think it was great for the students to see such a kind person,” NAA advisor Sooz Stahl said. “That’s what school is for, I think.”



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Underdog wrestler rises to top

Takes first at KingCo, fifth at Regionals, competes at state

Catie Perry Staff Reporter Despite only one full year of wrestling under his belt, senior Miles Smalls has had a more successful season than most four-year wrestlers achieve. Smalls won KingCo, placed fifth at regionals and competed at state this season. “I started wrestling because I really like mixed martial arts and I like competition too. Wrestling is one of the only sports in high school that can give you that competitive edge that I was looking for,” Smalls said. Smalls has an advantage due to his unique style. “I have really good takedown defense and very good defensive wrestling,” Smalls said. His unusual style enabled Smalls to achieve surprising wins this season. Due to his inexperience, Smalls was put in the last place seed at KingCo, which meant he wrestled someone in first place; Smalls won against all odds.

"I like the pressure; I use it to my advantage." Wrestler Miles Smalls, Junior

And his success doesn’t end there. The Regional wrestling tournament took place in Puyallup on February 11, and Smalls placed fifth, earning the opportunity to compete at state. These accomplishments are new for Smalls. “I’ve never really been the best at anything before and I feel like everyone is expecting me to do really well,” Smalls said. “But I like the pressure; I use it to my advantage and use it as motivation to win.” While preparing for state, Smalls was a little apprehensive but mostly excited. Although

Senior wrestler Miles Smalls attempts to pin his opponent at the regional wrestling competition. (Dylan Spence)

he didn’t place at state, Smalls said he still feels like he gave it his all. “Its hard to explain an experience like that, wrestling with all those people watching, it’s pretty energetic and pretty fun,” Smalls said. Smalls is thankful for the experience. “Going to state was a great way to end my wrestling season. Seeing all the other wrestlers, you know they work just as hard as you and I felt really fortunate to go,” Smalls said. Throughout the season, Smalls has been supported by his teammates and coach. “I probably wouldn’t be as good as I am if it weren’t for Matt Kelly,” Smalls said. “He’s

taught me a lot this year and wrestling someone who’s close to your skill-set really makes you a better wrestler. It’s great to have someone so talented push you.” Kelly, who placed third in KingCo, and qualified as an alternate for state, has been Small’s wrestling partner for the entire season. “We both have really different wrestling technique and we can capitalize off each others mistakes and that’s how we get better,” Kelly said. “Miles is a really good guy, he’s really fun to be around and he’s a really good teammate.”

New strength/conditioning coach takes his talents to BHS

Jeff Robinson, new strength and conditioning coach, works with athletes to improve their strength. (Alec Scully)

Alec Scully Staff Reporter One idea held by many about team and individual sports is that superior strength and endurance

will help win the game. Jeff Robinson, new strength and conditioning coach, is one of them. After being hired in January, he

hopes to develop stronger conditioning at Ballard. Robinson has been a strength and conditioning coach for all BHS

sports since last spring. “I volunteered here last spring and got the job in January. [Joey Thomas, head football coach] wanted a strength and conditioning coach, and assistant coach Terry Green mentioned my name,” Robinson said. Robinson went to Saxton high school in Spokane, where he participated in football, basketball, and baseball. He then attended the University of Idaho, where he made the All-Big Sky first team three times and was a two time conference defensive player of the year. He is a member of both the University of Idaho and Idaho Athletics Halls of Fame. Robinson played in the NFL for 15 years, starting his career in 1993 and retiring in 2008. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1993 draft by the Denver Broncos and also played with the St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks. In 2000, he won a super bowl with the Rams. With his professional football career over, Robinson now wants to teach students a strong conditioning program that helped make him a good athlete. “My goal at Ballard is to teach kids how to lift with good form to improve strength and balance. Hopefully, it can transfer to their play in sports, and the rest of their lives,” Robinson said.



Trainer’s adversaries Dylan Spence Copy Editor Every athlete knows they run the risk of getting injured by participating in their sport. Sports injuries can range from minor, affecting an athlete for only a few days or a week, to serious, sometimes affecting the athlete permanently. The Talisman asked athletic trainer Loka Murphy about the injuries he sees or treats. “This is a look at some of the common injuries that you might run into during a season, whether its fall, winter or spring-not to say that there aren’t other injuries that’ll come about during one of the sports seasons,” Murphy said.

Nosebleeds: Nosebleeds have a variety of causes, but in sports, they most commonly occur due to an impact to the nose, which ruptures a blood vessel inside the nose, causing the nose to bleed. Nosebleeds can be treated by pinching the soft part of the nose until bleeding stops. Iliotibial Band Syndrome:

This occurs when the IT band, a flat sheet of tissue along the outside of the thigh, tightens up due to running and jumping, which causes the band to pull on the kneecap, which causes the kneecap to stop gliding up and down the knee normally. This can cause pain when running. Runners or running athletes are the most common Proper stretching, icing, and using a foam roll to massage the thigh help with IBS.

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Athletic trainer Loka Murphy’s common injuries for high school athletes Concussions: These happen with any hard blows to the head, as well as whiplash to the head, or any movement that causes the brain to slam into the skull and incur damage. Concussions take a few weeks of rest to heal. They are common in contact sports such as football or wrestling, but can occur in any sport involving running or movement such as soccer. Abrasions: Abrasions are simply scrapes to the skin. An athlete can get abrasions through grass or turf-burns, sliding on a basketball court or being rubbed across a wrestling mat. Abrasions may sting, but are generally fairly superficial. Sprains: Sprains are a result of

ligaments, which are tissues that connect bones, being stretched beyond their normal capacity. Most of the time, a sprain patient will feel pain in the affected area, as well as difficulty using the affected limb. Fingers, ankles, and MCLs (medial collateral ligaments) are often affected by sprains.

ACL tears: The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) connects the femur (upper leg bone) to the tibia and fibula (lower leg bones). ACLs tear when an athlete lands hard on their leg, especially when the knee twists upon impact. Victims of this injury include sports involving running and jumping.

Patellofemoral Syndrome:

Patellofemoral Syndrome is related to Iliotibial Band Syndrome; it refers to the kneecap problems IBS causes--inhibition of normal kneecap movement about the knee. Because it is often caused by IBS, it is treated the same way as IBS. The two are linked and are caused by improper footwear or overworking the legs.

Lacerations: Lacerations are any breaks or cuts in the skin. Most commonly they are minor, but deeper lacerations can require stitches. Lacerations are seen across a wide variety of sports from a wide variety of causes.

Shin Splints: Shin splints are essentially pain in the front of the lower leg. They have a variety of causes which include hairline bone fractures, muscle problems, or, most commonly, Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. Shin splints most commonly affect runners, or athletes that do lots of running. Treatment includes icing, rest, and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin.

Time to stop undervaluing consistency in athletics Success in athletics, especially team sports, comes from consistency. It comes from being able to execute smart plays in any situation, whether it be playing baseball against a fifthDeanna Myers grade Little League team Sports Editor or the St. Louis Cardinals. Consistent athletes are essential to any team because they make few mistakes. This translates to many more points made for their team than given to the opponents. Take Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns. Over the past five seasons (including the current one), he has averaged about 15 points per game, while good players score around 12 points and Kobe Bryant, currently the top scorer in the NBA, brings in 29.3 points every game. Nash is actually in the lower half of this spectrum, but his role on the team is not to be the leading scorer. His job as point guard is to move the ball around the court and set up his teammates to score, a job he does remarkably well. In fact, Nash is currently the NBA leader in

assists, averaging 10 each game this season and around the same for the past eight seasons. His consistent, competitive style of play is one of the reasons the Suns came back from a 29-53 season in 2003 while Nash played for the Dallas Mavericks, to his return to the Suns and their NBA-best 62-20 season in 2004. Nash’s ability to make limited mistakes while still being aggressive and bringing in points for his team is what makes him one of the most valuable players in the NBA. Consistency is not just a matter of being a good athlete; a large part of it is being able to repeat success. To use basketball as an example again, the athlete who scores around 14 points and picks up three rebounds is far more beneficial to the team than someone who scores 25 points and has eight rebounds in one-third of the games and averages 10 points and one rebound the rest of the season. The consistent athlete is more useful because they can be relied upon in any situation to perform well, while the occasional superstar is precisely that: someone who has outstanding games from time to time but cannot perform well most of the time. In short, it is by far better to be

consistently good than sporadically excellent and mediocre the rest of the time. Sure, there are going to be a fair amount of wins that come out of mediocre players having outstanding games, but that is not what wins teams most games and championships. Successes like these come from players making smart plays and bringing in many more points than they give up. As humans we pay a lot of attention to stars, the athletes who get a lot of attention for making great plays. But many stars tend to make quite a few errors, many times more than they probably should. That’s not to say, though, that we should discount the effectiveness of stars who score a lot of points but also make a lot more errors. They are still great athletes and an important part of a team’s success. What we should do is pay more attention to the players who are consistently good but are overshadowed by stars. They too play an extremely important role in a team’s triumph. Last season, the Miami Heat had three of the biggest stars in the NBA on their roster: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Christ Bosh. They were predicted to be the absolute best team in the NBA and

win the championship, but lost it to the Dallas Mavericks 4-2. Their stars may be excellent basketball players, but the Heat learned firsthand that teams need consistent members, not just stars. Chemistry, one of the keys to winning, requires a mix of consistent athletes and stars. This season, the Heat added Shane Battier to their roster, a player famous for his consistenTstyle of play; rather than hog the ball, he allows his teammates to make the big plays. The Heat is already more successful this season than they were at this time last year, something that was definitely caused in part by Battier’s arrival. Having a highly consistent player on the court will only make the team more successful than last year. And after a crushing 4-2 loss in the NBA Championship that’s a result Miami fans are hoping for. So perhaps sports fans, athletes and coaches alike should give more recognition to the Nashes and Battiers on their teams. After all, a consistent athlete like them might make all the difference in turning a team’s success around, something everyone will appreciate. A true winwin.


MARCH 2, 2012

Beyond ‘breakout star’

Nate Rauda’s success comes from looking out for teammates


Time out

Sports news from the dam Deanna Myers Sports Editor

End-of-season standings for winter sports Boys basketball: The team finished in the 2nd round of playoffs and had a 10-12 record overall. Junior Seth Berger made the 2nd All-KingCo Team, while junior Johnny Verduin and senior Brad Baker both received honorable mentions. Boys swimming: Eight swimmers qualified for the state tournament. Senior Caleb Jaeger finished swam in the 100 yard breast stroke race and finished 16th in the 100 yard butterfly race. The 200 yard freestyle relay team, made up of freshman Andrew Stevens, sophomore Josh Pehrson, juniors Duncan Fowler and Kyle Garrity and seniors Philip Anderson, Alec Barrett-Wilsdon, John Hall and Jaeger, finished 8th overall. Girls basketball: The team’s overall record was 6-14. Sophomore Cailey Beckett made the 2nd All-KingCo Conference Team, while sophomores Beverly Verduin and Nancy MacGeorge received league honorable mentions. Gymnastics: At the KingCo Championships, the team finished 5th out of 11 teams, one spot away from a team bid to districts. There, senior Maria Volk qualified for the state competition in the vault and floor competitions. Sophomore Lauren Lee competed in the vault, bars and beam events and sophomore Laila Lee qualified for the bars and beam competitions. Wrestling: Senior Miles Smalls finished 5th at the Regional competition and qualified for the state tournament. Senior Matt Kelly finished 6th overall, as did senior Kaila Lafferty in the girls competition.

State cheer competition leaves many with mystery illness Junior Nate Rauda drives downcourt in a game against Bothell. (Evan Bunnage)

Deanna Myers Sports Editor For most high schoolers, junior year means stressing about the SAT, getting good grades and preparing to apply to colleges. But for Nate Rauda, junior year means something entirely different. For Rauda, his junior year is the one where he became what many are calling the “breakout star” of the boys basketball team. “I guess [breakout star] makes sense,” Rauda sheepishly said. “I’ve been a pretty solid guard for awhile, but this year I stepped it up.” In his first year playing varsity basketball, Rauda quickly found his role on the team. “As a team it’s important for us to attack the basket,” Rauda said. “My job on the court is to control the ball and set up my teammates. Give them scoring opportunities.” This is a job his former coach John Nygaard thinks Rauda does rather well. “He knows how to run the offense,” Nygaard, junior varsity boys basketball coach, said. “Nate’s good at directing the ball and helping teammates score.” Averaging 2.2 assists per game, the second-highest on the team, Rauda lives up to his self-given description of a pass-first point guard. “I have to take care of

the ball out there, make sure I’m putting my teammates in good position to score,” Rauda said. Rauda’s success out on the court this season came close to never happening. At the end of football season, he got injured and was forced to rest, hoping he would be healed by the time basketball try-outs came around. “I didn’t really get a chance to prepare for tryouts,” Rauda said. “In the time between football and basketball I just rested up. I played [basketball] in the spring and summer but nothing really between then and try-outs.” A basketball player since the age of four, Rauda attributes his success this year, both at try-outs and throughout the season, to his experience. “I’ve spent a long time playing, so I’m used to what I have to do,” Rauda said. “We keep it pretty simple, so all I’ve got to do is prepare.” Nygaard, who coached Rauda for two years, recognizes his will to win. “Nate is really hardworking and a truly unselfish player,” Nygaard said. “He doesn’t hog the ball; his focus is to make sure his teammates are in the right position to make the plays they need to.” Besides his abilities on the court, Rauda is able to be candid about the team’s

performance throughout the season. “This season [didn’t go] exactly as we had hoped, but we’ve pulled out of a slump and I know that we can play with a lot of the other teams going to state,” Rauda said. “We just have to play our game.” As someone who describes himself as “very competitive,” Rauda plans to keep doing what he needs to: get his teammates in good position to be successful.

New girls tennis coach hired Chandler Lewis has been hired as the new girls tennis coach. Lewis is a member of the US High School Tennis Coach Association and is a coach of USTA Jr. Tennis Teams. He is the Head Coach of Golf at Ingraham High School and an assistant tennis coach. “Lewis’s experience... will greatly benefit our tennis program. I am excited to see Chandler build upon the foundation that former coach Gary Epstein started last year,” athletic director Carrie Burr said in a recent press release. Epstein resigned at the end of last season due to family obligations.

Varsity cheerleaders may have taken home second place at the state competition, but for many the weekend leaves sickening memories. So far, at least eight Ballard cheerleaders and several family members have suffered from a mystery illness many believe was caught at the competition. “It’s so strange because most of us felt pretty good Saturday and all day Sunday, but on Sunday night people started getting sick,” senior cheerleader Karly Gnoinsky said. “When my sister [sophomore cheerleader Summer Gnoinsky] started throwing up, I didn’t think much of it.” But when the cheerleaders arrived at school, they quickly realized a good part of their squad was not at school. As it turns out, they were all sick, with an illness many think was caught at the competition. Thus far, 19 of the 52 squads competing have reported cheerleaders and their family members falling ill. That number could grow, officials say, given that over 3,000 people attended the competition. Reported symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. After a brief investigation, state health officials determined the cause of this illness was the norovirus, a fast-acting stomach bug. The outbreak was likely caused by someone who was sick with the norovirus coming to the competition, said Suzanna Pate, spokeswoman for the Snohomish Health District.

Varsity cheerleaders at a boys varsity basketball game. They finished second in their state competition on February 4. (Evan Bunnage)

Starting the conversation...

10 Focus

1. How should we talk about race in school?


Examing Race On February 3rd students from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities packed the Drama Department’s Black Box (room NE224) to attend the Talisman-sponsored discussion on race within the school. Students opened up on topics such as their social life, educational experience, and self identities. The Talisman chose to examine the experience of minorities in Ballard because of our predominately white majority. According to OSPI school report card Ballard is 67% white compared to a district wide 42%. The Talisman then conducted follow up interviews with many vocal students from the seminar. We also met with teachers and administrators to assess the student concerns and view their perspective on race in the

3. Does the lack of diversity in the staff affect your school experience?

Jose Estrada, 11

Administrators: Principal Keven Wynkoop “Coming to Ballard I didn’t come as an administrator of color, I came as an administrator for Ballard, for the first time. Which is a really interesting perspective in looking at it because i always felt like i was recruited [ as an administrator of color] but not Ballard. Ballard you come, you’re here because you want to ensure that all kids are successful and all kids are engaged.”

3. I do think the [lack of diversity in the staff] impacts the experience of the students, but I don’t think its necessarily around the discussion of race. I think it prohibits minority students from having positive role models of adults of their same race. And I think there’s a lot of value that comes from that, just seeing and knowing people that have that connection.

White Hispanic Black Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/Alaskan Native

1. “I don’t think we should give a negative power towards it, instead of race it should be more about culture. Race makes it feel very distinct and segregated and more like something you see physically such as skin color, but culture people can be the same skin color but their culture is completely different.”

3. “It affects how you interact with people in Jhamante Jefferson, 12 your class, for instance math class everybody in the class has a graphing calculator and the majority of the class is white. A majority of the minorities I know don’t have the money to get graphing calculators. Not having the materials to learn is going to effect how much I can learn.”

Devin Mack, 10

Dr. Barbara Casey

Two or More Races

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2. Do you

think BHS does a good enough job addressing race in the school community?


March 2nd, 2012

1.”Race is a sensitive subject with people right now, and i think that we should be able to discuss race regularly in school, like other subjects.” Nelson Cooper, 12

2. “I think we should work to improve communication and understanding between students of different backgrounds. We need to stop stereotyping people of racial minority, but also need to stop stereotyping Caucasian students by other ethnicities. I saw a lot of white students that were very afraid they would offend another ethnic group in the seminar, and really, being racist against white people as a person of color is just taking a step backward.”

Kyle Martson, 10

1.“I think it’s obvious everyone’s gonna make racial jokes and stuff because they’re hilarious but I think having the seminarsisgoodjusttobringawareness totheissuebecauseIthinkalotofpeople just ignore it. They don’t wanna say anythingbecausetheydon’twannacome off looking racist or like ‘I hate white people’ type of thing.”



MARCH 2, 2012

Are you a genuine Northwesterner? Eva Esterbrook Staff Reporter

START HERE You get super excited when you hear the weather is going to hit sixty degrees.


You can easily admit the pro sports teams in Seattle suck.



You know that all it takes is 1/4 inch of snow for schools to be closed.


You’re confused by the sweatshirts that say The North West not The North Face.



You carry an umbrella with you everywhere you go.


NO You die a little inside when you have to throw compostable stuff in the trash.





YES You rock birkenstocks with socks.





Art by Sid Moulton


Your fridge and pantry are stocked with Trader Joe’s food.

Students take on the kitchen with zest Ballard Cooks is really heating up Maia Wiseman Staff Reporter Every Monday Ryan Miller strides through the halls of Ballard with vegetable laden arms. His destination is Room SW209, smack dab in between Mr. Stedman’s Science classroom and the Special Education classrooms. During the school day this room is used to teach Special Education students how to do everyday tasks such as washing dishes or making a bed. At 2:30 on Mondays the room is taken over by a gaggle of students and the excitement of cooking a good meal. “Ballard Cooks started at the very end of last year, and was the second program of its kind organized by Diana Vinh, a King County Public Health nurse who founded Community Kitchens Northwest to promote healthy eating,” Miller said. The first program began at The Seattle World School and the latest program has been implemented at Nathan Hale. Miller is a community kitchen leader with an organization called Community Kitchens Northwest. The program operates weekly kitchens at several schools around the Seattle area with produce provided by generous donors. Their

goal is to create food literacy and build the cooking confidence of Seattle’s youth. Millers partner in crime is Paula Kieko, who got involved with the program this year. “I’m really interested in changing the way that people eat because I think that in the last 20 years we have really not gone down the right path,” Kieko said. “We want to introduce people to healthy eating and make it fun.” A main goal of the club is teaching kids how to cook healthy dishes and curb the reliance on processed foods. Heart disease recently surpassed cancer as the leading cause of death in the United States and diet related illnesses are taking a large toll on the youth population. Childhood obesity is on the rise and a staggering 17 percent of children aged 2-19 in the U.S. are obese according to the Center for Disease Control. Knowing how to cook is the first step to ensuring healthy eating for Seattle youth. “I like cooking club because it is really casual and it’s really fun, because there are actual chefs there that are teaching us to be better at cooking,” sophomore Kathryn O’Brien said. “You hear about a lot

of new foods that you have never heard about before. It’s really fun because you get together with your friends and cook up some delicious food.” Community Kitchens Northwest partners with many other organizations such as Swedish Medical Center, OPERATION: Sack Lunch, Full Circle Farm, the Ballard Farmer’s Market, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and a lot of volunteer support to make this program possible. The fresh fruits and vegetables are donated by farms and Miller and Kieko buy odds and ends with money provided by Swedish Medical Center. Students come for a variety of reasons such as wanting to learn to cook, eating delicious free food or just to come and have fun cooking with friends. “It’s kind of stress reliever for me,” senior Jim Lin said. New students join each week and others come on a week-to-week basis. You don’t have to be a master chef to join. Everyone is welcome and many people come because they want to learn how to cook. “Well, like I didn’t know what to do in a kitchen at all before cooking

club,” sophomore Sara Timmons said. The food donated is usually vegetables so many of the dishes are vegetarian, but sometimes meat is provided as well. The club is mostly student driven and Miller focuses on what the students want to cook. Usually the group comes up with dishes they want to cook based on the food provided and then break into small groups or pairs to cook it. “It’s a free meal after school on a Monday. Monday is a hard day and its something to look forward to. It is always really fun to hang out with your friends and make food,” O’Brien said. “I really appreciate young people’s creativity and energy, and have been very impressed with their capacity to lead others. Which is important, that peer leadership part, because the cooking clubs aren’t supposed to be another class; they are really youth empowerment spaces where students are in charge,” Miller said. “ It’s not about us teaching you what we know as much as clearing a path in front of you so you can make your own journey toward becoming more comfortable cooking.”



MARCH 2, 2012

Black history month celebration

Tuesday: NAACP Vice President Gerald Hankerson Amelia Elizalde Copy Editor

(Above, clockwise from top left: Kutt ‘N’ Up performs, The Total Experience Gospel Choir performs, Koach T dances, Gerald Hankerson speaks) (2nd row, clockwise from left: Gordon Macdougall, Sofia Yassen and Dina Anur speak, Professor Franchesska Berry embraces a student, Kutt ‘N’ Up and Hip Hop Club perform, Professor Franchesska Berry performs, Doctor Caprice Hollins giving a presentation, Professor Franchesska Berry and her sister speaking, Hip Hop Club and students from local middle schools perform, Pastor Patrinell Wright plays piano, Kut ‘N’ Up and Hip Hop Club perform) (Photos by Katie Kennedy and Amelia Elizade)

The first in a three-day series, Tuesday’s Black History Month assembly began on a high note as the multiracial Total Experience Gospel Choir led by Pastor Patrinell Wright roused students from their third period slump with an uplifting performance of “Lean On Me.” The song was a fitting choice as it echoed the ideals and foundations--tolerance, respect, cooperation, love and perseverance--of the civil rights movement both past and present. Seattle NAACP Vice President Gerald Hankerson expanded on these ideas through personal stories as well as thoughts about the racial climate of today, inside and outside of the classroom. However, students throughout the auditorium collectively leaned in as Hankerson began to share his experience as a young black man wrongfully convicted of murder at the age of 18. During his 22 years in prison, Hankerson began to observe his fellow inmates and noticed the large correlation between race, education and prison time. “They use [students’] fourth grade reading abilities to determine how many prison beds to buy,” Hankerson said, describing the evidence showing that children who do not read by third grade often fail to catch up and are more likely to drop out of school, take drugs, or go to prison. “Because it’s better to have the beds ready for people they expect to fail.” In a later interview, Hankerson noted the widening achievement gap between white students and students of color. “One of our biggest fears right now is the drop out rate, it’s almost double that of white students,” Hankerson said. Hankerson believes that gap is visible even when students stay in school. “...the reason [programs like] AP classes have more whites than blacks

is because [white students] are the ones that actually get more access to resources that enable them,” he said. In order to improve these statistics, Hankerson thinks the way students of color are educated needs to become “more culturally competent,” saying that many history textbooks leave out the achievements of minorities. “Now the kids who are growing up and going to school aren’t learning about them. For example, the cell phone was created by a black man...[the inclusion of these achievements is important] because without it we’re perceived as people who are not smart, people of color are always deemed as something negative,” Hankerson said, his voice rising. “What we’re trying to do is change the conversation to where people have to understand that all of us contributed to the creation of this country. We’re not asking for anything special other than to be recognized that we’re capable, because it’s important to us that kids of color understand that they’re very capable too.” Hankerson wants all students, regardless of their backgrounds, to understand the importance of getting an education, one in a setting that encourages openminded discussions of difficult topics like race. “Race is an issue that separated so many different barriers in this state, especially in a school, to where not talking about it allows the privileged to maintain control. For example at Ballard High, where over 1600 students go here with only a small percentage who are people of color,” he said. “People of color [think] they can’t dominate the conversation about race because some people fear talking about it and racial retaliation, but the conversation needs to become a part of the curriculum, I believe.”



MARCH 2, 2012

Wednesday: Professor Berry calls for passion Melinda Bunnage

News Editor “Babies,” guest speaker Franchesska Berry said, addressing the auditorium of teenagers who were present for Wednesday’s black history month assembly. As both a professor and a dancer, Berry spoke first and then demonstrated the spirituality in her theories with a traditional African dance. Berry has been dancing since she was four years old. Born in the 70s, she witnessed the trailing ends of the civil rights movement. However, Berry made it clear that these stories were not to be the focus of her speech. “I am not going to take time talking about those who have transitioned cause they have already transitioned. They have passed on,” Berry said. “…I want you to witness

live black history.” Beginning her speech with early memories, Berry described how her early passion developed into a career by the time she was 13 she was dancing on shows such as Soul Train. Berry built on these early successes in her education and became a certified professor, cultivating her own theories and connections between individuality and equality. Berry led the auditorium in an exercise illustrating her theories. “I want you to close your eyes and I want you to think of a chair,” Berry said. Berry directed students and staff alike in conjuring their own individual image of a chair, a technique Berry uses to help students

reflect on the diversity that exists beneath the skin. “The point is that you all understand the essence of chairs. Does that make one chair wrong? No, they are all just different versions of a chair,” Berry said. “The same thing with your values.” With some help from her many analogies, Berry’s speech introduced a range of concepts but ultimately, she encouraged students to do what makes them happy. “Find what you love in the world and do it forever. From the age of four I knew I would dance my entire life,” Berry said. “Please, find you passions, babies.” Wrapped in white linen cloth and barefoot, Berry drifted back on

the stage to perform her traditional dance. Berry’s other-worldly aura most likely left some of audience members in a powerful spiritual state Berry addresses Ballard as they lined students. (Melinda Bunnage) up at the edge of the stage at the end of her performance, waiting to talk to and touch the multitalented guest.

Thursday: Dance performances and Doctor Hollins engage students Ali Swenson

Ads Manager The third and final installment of Black Student cal middle school students joined the group in a Union’s three day Black History Month assembly routine that brought all the dancers together in an featured performances by local hip hop group Kutt eye-catching and energetic display. ‘N’ Up and by Ballard’s own hip hop group, as well Dr. Caprice Hollins commented thoughtfully on as a speech about racism and racial stereotypes by the dance crews. guest speaker Dr. Caprice Hollins. “It was awesome seeing Kutt ‘N’ Up on the stage Kutt ‘N’ Up, a dance company because those are our future engineers started in 2005 by Tyrone Crosby and and scientists and lawyers and doctors Dwayne Jackson, took the stage first, and teachers,” Hollins said. after a warm introduction by senior Hollins, professor of counseling psycholSaba Hadush. ogy and co-founder of Cultures Connect“The words ‘I can’t’ are not a part ing, an organization that helps people navof their vocabulary,” Hadush said, igate conversations about race, used her “Kutt ‘N’ Up is not just a team; they time as keynote speaker to push students octor aprice to think about race in their own lives. She are a family.” The idea of family is central to the gave examples of her youth to emphasize olllins mission that Kutt ‘N’ Up has worked the point that differences, racial or othertowards since its inception. Vowing to excel in all wise, should be appreciated. aspects of life and inspire others through dance, Hollins was born to a white mother and a black the Kutt ‘N’ Up family celebrates diversity and is father during the heart of the Civil Rights Movededicated to helping youth throughout the Seattle ment. With many siblings and step siblings, inarea to become successful in adulthood. cluding a brother who is gay, Hollins was raised in After an ‘80’s inspired dance medley by Kutt a home where her family members were often more ‘N’ Up, Ballard’s hip hop club students and lodifferent than alike. She describes it as a valuable

"We’re looking at life through a lens that’s our own lens." D C H

experience. “When we don’t notice racial differences, then we don’t understand what changes need to be made or how we might be struggling as a society or how everyone might not be treated equally, right? We’re looking at life through a lens that’s our own lens...we can’t create a socially just society unless we understand that everybody else’s experiences are not our own,” Hollins said. Hollins also presented data that proved that racism still exists in our world, whether we want to believe it or not. “Blacks are the ones that get pulled over the most, but the data actually shows that whites are actually the ones that have reason to be searched,” Hollins said. Hollins’ enduring message was that these issues need to be considered and discussed. She left the student audience with as many questions as explanations. “What’s going on inside you as I’m sharing this with you? Are you open to hearing it?”

A look back at Zesto’s Burger and Fish House Ballard staff and alumni reminisce about the landmark diner at its close Ali Swenson

Staff Reporter After 63 years of business, Zesto’s on the roof and arcade games and Burger and Fish House has officially jukeboxes inside, Zesto’s represented closed. The landmark Ballard diner the mid-20th century culture in is scheduled to be quickly replaced which it began. by a third location of the popular “It’s certainly been iconic in the restaurant chain RoRo neighborhood. It sort of BBQ & Grill. goes back to that ‘50’s Despite its recent sort of image,” teacher decline in business, Valerie Green said. there is no denying Zesto’s has also been that Zesto’s has been a convenient workplace a treasured part of the for many students over Ballard community the years. since its early years. “A lot of my buddies Owned for the bulk worked there and if of its time by Ballard you’d get to know the alumnus Charlie Patpeople that worked tok, Zesto’s was once there, the kids, every a place for students to now and then they’d meet, eat, and socialgive you a milkshake ize. Teacher and foror something for free,” mer student Jay Volk Volk said. reflects on his memory Arguably as deeply of Zesto’s when he was A Zesto’s ad from the 1965 ingrained in the Balin high school. lard community as Talisman (Talisman Archives) “We used to hang Norwegians and fish, out there after football Zesto’s was an archive of games. Everybody would meet up Ballard’s history as told by the many there and that was the place to go photos that hung on the restaurant’s and find out what was going on,” walls. Zesto’s was an avid sponsor of Volk said. Ballard’s sports teams and even of With a 1957 Chevy mounted the Talisman.

“I always liked the pictures and since my parents and my grandfather had gone to Ballard, I’d look at all the pictures and I thought they were neat,” principal Keven Wynkoop said. “I just always liked going there; I felt like it was a good part of Ballard and it’s definitely kind of the end of an era.” While Zesto’s retained its old-fashioned charm until its close, it did not manage to keep a strong customer base in its later years. Since it was cited with fifteen major health violations in 2007, students who visited the diner as a lunchtime destination were gradually replaced by students who loitered in the parking lot at break. (Ali Swenson) “Since

I’ve been at Ballard as a teacher, Zesto’s has become where the druggies hang out and that’s no good. It’s kind of become a nuisance,” Volk said. While students today might not remember meeting at Zesto’s after a big game, the burger joint is forever a part of the Ballard neighborhood.


MARCH 2, 2012

A&E 15

Coffee Shops of Seattle Cafe Besalu Drew Powell A&E Editor Address: 24th Avenue Northwest Hours: 7 am to 3:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday Price of a tall latte: $3.15 Wi fi: Yes

The outside of Café Besalu looks like your average small independent coffee shop. Walking in, however, is like walking into some kind of coffee shop/bakery paradise. The thick, hot smell of pastries in the air-the bustling and grinding of the coffee makers and the delightful sight of the owner making those pastries fresh by the minute, is pure nirvana. Café Besalu has an international flair; the name Besalu comes from a small town in Spain, the chef was trained in Switzerland, and the menu is very French. As far as coffee goes you can get all the usual drinks, from drip coffee to a mocha. For $3.15 you can get a not-too-sweet, not-too-bitter latte, served in the large, multicolored coffee mugs all the beverages are served in.

Java Bean Dylan Spence Copy Editor Address: 5819 24th Ave NW Hours: Monday through Friday 6 am to 8 pm. 7 am to 8 am Sunday Price of Tall Latte: $3.35 Wifi: Yes

Java Bean coffeehouse is a small, cozy coffee joint near the heart of Ballard. Though its gray and maroon building may not look like much, it is home to one of the most unique and pleasing places to sip a cup of joe. Possibly the best part about Java Bean is the atmosphere. Walking into the shop feels more like walking into a ski lodge on a mountaintop, for the walls are adorned with old-school wood skis, poles, snowshoes, and deer horns. The wood chairs and tables and soft, comfortable armchairs fit the mood as well, and all the lampshades are made of a material that could pass for animal skin. There’s even a “Winter Lodge” sign hanging above a window.

Herkimer Coffee Ali Swenson Staff Reporter Address: 7320 Greenwood Ave N. Hours: Mon to Fri 6am-6pm Sat to Sun 7am-6pm Price of a tall latte: $3.00 Wifi: Yes

A quietly bustling space that offers high quality fair trade coffee, Greenwood Avenue’s Herkimer Coffee has the potential to please the Seattle caffeine snob in all of us. The shop boasts an enormous roaster in the back room, and coffee aficionados can choose to participate in scheduled cupping sessions at the shop. These consist of sampling a variety of different brews that Herkimer sells. For the less adventurous, all the basic coffee and tea drinks are on the menu, including a not-too-sweet and delightfully savory mocha, complete with latte art. Herkimer also appeals to those less interested in the coffee than in the space itself. For those looking to relax or focus on work, the shop maintains a

The real standouts, though, are the delectable, mouth watering homemade pastries. The menu is fairly small but that makes the experience less stressful and lets you have more time for enjoying. The food ranges from traditional chocolate chip cookies, to French Apple Tarts, to the Quiche Lorraine and the savory Swiss and Ham cheese tarts. All of these treats are good for the most part, but surprisingly one of the best and most popular is the simple croissant with a small pack of fresh jam. Just one or two of these flaky, decadent, and warm croissants with a little bit of that jam will get you through your day. The place does fill up fast, and by about midday there’s usually a line that sometimes extends outside the shop, so the atmosphere can be chaotic but when that nice latte and fresh croissant comes into your view, you’ll forget all about it.

Grumpy D’s Melinda Bunnage News Editor 7001 15th Ave NW; Seattle, WA Hours Moday through Sunday 7 a.m to 6 a.m Price of tall latte: $3.07 Wifi? Yes

Maybe it’s the name, or the owner, retired railroad worker ‘Grumpy’ Dan, but Grumpy D’s personifies all characteristics of quirky Seattle coffee shop, proving itself to be yet another alternative to the classically archaic institutionalized cafe. However, while many of these independent shops tend to alienate potential customers with a pretentious atmosphere that may be too indie for the average northwesterner, Grumpy D’s maintains a humble if somewhat peculiar atmosphere. The bright yellow Java Bean serves great coffee too. They alinterior itself is enough ways use 100% organic, fair trade, shade grown to wake one up but when coffee. If you ask for foamed milk on your coffee, added to the artfully delicious coffee, the you’ll get it swirled into an artistic design resembling anything from a heart to a maple leaf. affordable goods from the Essential Bakery, and an Java Bean’s warm atmosphere, exceptional electric fireplace buried service, and excellent coffee, are enough to between two cozy arm make anyone want to curl up in one of their chairs, Grumpy D’s is the armchair and read the news.

perfect place to enjoy a rainy day. All of Grumpy D’s baristas contribute to the friendly atmosphere, despite what the shop’s seemingly evocative name may suggest. They are quick to serve their customers and even quicker to engage them in a conversation. Besides a loyal clientele, first timers are enticed to return with a punch card, where one can get a free drink after purchasing seven - ideal for students on a budget. Over the past few years, the shop has changed owners quite a few times, though many see it it is a vast improvement from the previous shop Café Keffa. Grumpy D’s honors a Seattlite’s standards of a quality coffee experience, and seems to have found its own neighborhood niche as a staple Ballard coffee shop.

Espresso Picolinos Coffee Shop Deanna Myers Sports Editor Address: 6415 32nd Ave NW Hours: Monday to Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Price of Tall Latte: $3.00 Wifi? Yes

When walking into Espresso Picolinos, the first thing you feel is the warmth. The well-heated coffee shop air defrosts you from the outside in, as do the friendly baristas who seem to genuinely care when calm atmosphere despite constant busi- they ask how you are. The cheerful café is painted a ness. Patrons can choose to sit at lit serene yellow and the dark wood tables and use the free Wi-Fi or take a tables and colorful coffee mugs window seat and observe the flurry of lining the back wall all help create foot traffic outside. Green walls, refurbished wooden and metal furniture, and a welcoming, homey feeling. Picolia laid-back playlist create a mood that’s nos feels like a neighborhood coffee shop, and that’s fitting considering trendy but still comfortable inside the that is exactly what it is. café. A stream of regulars from the With cool décor and a decidedly Seattle vibe, Herkimer Coffee is an unfussy Sunset Hill neighborhood begin hangout with a reliably tasty drink (and to trickle in at 6:30 a.m. when the several pastries) for any occasion.

coffee shop opens and the place is busy until closing time at 7:00 p.m. There are always customers, yet even when the line is long the place never quite feels busy. As far as food and drink go, Picolinos has good value and variety. A 12 ounce double shot latte is priced at $3.00. This is a bit more expensive than most chain coffee shops, but the coffee is worth it. Pastries, such as almond croissants and cinnamon rolls, are usually priced in the $2 to $3 range and taste freshly baked, even in the late afternoon. With its friendly, chill atmosphere, Espresso Picolinos is the ultimate neighborhood coffee shop. It’s exactly what Starbucks aspires to be, but without the cookie-cutter feel.


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A&E 16

Winter Town Stephen Emond delivers heartwarming cliches in quirky-teen story Sid Moulton Staff Artist


Coming-of-age comedy-dramas are a sort of chronic, recurrent illness in our society—the kind of thing which is neither preventable nor curable. Like a cold or the flu, you can try avoiding them, you can try fighting them, and you can try ignoring them, but you can’t pretend they’ve never happened and you can’t pretend they aren’t going to come back again and again. This is a genre which has been so thoroughly explored and re-explored and so completely narrowed down to the same predictable set of characters and themes that it would it take some real gut-busting originality to raise any one of its kind into the realm of notability. Unfortunately, Winter Town does not have that originality. Author/artist Stephen Emond can give us a story about two teenage friends who realize they’re in love and must figure out how to make their relationship work; he can embellish it with cute comics between chapters and nice illustrations throughout; he can give it a pretty winter-wonderland theme and an interesting duality by dividing its narrative between its two protagonists (Evan and Lucy); and he can so fully commit himself to all of these things as to actually see them through to completion. What he can’t do is shake off that invariable feeling of familiarity, that sense of, “haven’t I seen this before somewhere?” Winter Town advertises itself as “an indie movie in a book, perfect for the inner outcast and lovelorn nerd in all of us.” Regardless of how true this actually is, it’s safe to say that any reader who’s seen even one of the never-ending march of quirky indie-hipster movies over the past few years (the likes of Whip It, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, or anything featuring Michael Cera) will surely take notice of some of Winter Town’s more formulaic tactics. They might notice, for instance, that Evan and


Lucy are worried about their futures, stressed about school and relationships, and forced to realize they “have so much growing up to do.” They might notice the ease with which these characters—and, for that matter, their token gay best friends Tim and Marshall—can be described with any of these adjectives: quirky, offbeat, nerdy, socially-awkward, individualistic. They might notice that Evan is nice, non-confrontational, and a “big dork” (Michael Cera, anyone?) and that Lucy expresses her rebelliousness by decking herself out in quasi-gothic attire, complete with dyed hair, a nose-ring and a teenage-delinquent leather jacket. They might notice this and then they might roll their eyes when Evan earnestly describes Lucy as “just a complete individual.” Of course, Winter Town isn’t all bad. Some will enjoy its artwork, in which Winter Town is Stephen Emond’s middling young-adult tale of two cute Emond uses his webcomic experience to artsy teens in love. Readers can expect a quick, pleasant read without much substance or originality. bring us cartoon versions of Evan and Lucy embarking on a quest full of Scott uninspired bit of fluffy hipsterness. Pilgrim-style fights with magical monIt comes down to a matter of preference. sters. Are you naive enough to find novelty in the idea Some will be able to connect with Evan and of two friends finding out that they’re perfect for Lucy themselves, with their love of art, zombies, each other, or are you so cynical that mushy-gushy movie-marathons, and Aelysthia, the fantasy world love stories no longer stir up even the tiniest bit of they invented as children and which “grew sillier romantic empathy in your icy, bitter heart? and more bizarre with each passing year.” And whatever the answer to this question is, Some will even find the book romantic. Some just keep in mind that no matter how much a cold will be genuinely drawn in by it all—by the picor the flu (or an analogous coming-of-age comedytures and the snow and the imagination. drama) may be inconvenient or unpleasant, it’s For others, however, for those of us without still relatively harmless and always amounts to an emotional or optimistic sensibilities, for those of experience which, if not necessarily enjoyable, is us whom life has carved into misshapen, sarcastic, still an experience. For that reason, if nothing else, anti-romantic husks of human beings, Winter Town Winter Town is worth reading. will amount to nothing more than an overwrought,

You wouldn’t understand, it’s a pretty obscure show

Alex Johnston Opinions Editor


Due to modern advances in technology and an ever changing world full of wonders to look forward to, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the past. We run away from old trends and fads like they are a beast, hell-bent on ruining our image in everyone’s eyes forever. But there’s a place, much different from the world around us that we’ve gotten so used to changing over time, which abides by no standards or rules. A city that doesn’t care what you think of it-- committed to being strange. Portland. In Portland, it’s almost like civilization never advanced into the 21st century, and Portlandia , now in it’s second season is a sketch comedy show making fun of Portland the IFC hit show Portlandia, written and mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, plays a role in the starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, television show as the acting mayor’s assistant, aims to advertise this fact. Portlandia can be seen appearing in two different episodes in the first new every Friday on IFC, however I have yet to season, and one in the second thus far. find out which channel IFC is, and tend to watch Now those who’ve never been to Portland might the new episodes using OnDemand the following not get all the jokes designed to poke fun at Portnight. land’s local culture, however most sketches are Portlandia is the brainchild of an SNL comedian blunt and the stereotypes constructed in them are and an indie guitar player coming to terms with an clear early on. out of the ordinary place, taking all the stereotypes Such as the fact that everyone living in Portand quirks of the town, and wrapping it into a land is constantly trying to find enjoyment in more well-defined television sketch comedy series. obscure things than one another, or that fixed gear An interesting note on the cast is that the actual bikes are the greatest invention of all time and cof-

fee is the lifeblood of any literate individual. (That last one relates just as much to us in Seattle). So don’t worry about never visiting Portland, general characteristics of the majority of Portland’s population is diagrammed in the show, including several regular recurring characters, such as the owners of the “Women & Women First” bookstore. They happen to be uptight feminists who have such monotonous methods of dealing with everyday problems, that other characters tend to run away during a project. The character Brownstein plays also tends to interpret anything someone else says as a phallic symbol. Each episode follows a standard plot involving Armisen and Brownstein working towards a particular goal, with sketches used as transition points between plot points, usually as a scene change. The episodes are well written in the way that most sketches pertain to the episode’s plot as a whole. Even though Armisen and Brownstein are specifically pinpointing Portland as hipster capital of America, there are eerie similarities between speculations in Portlandia and the actual Pacific Northwest in its entirety, especially Seattle. Does that mean everything seen in Portlandia is a reflection of Seattle and its people? Absolutely not, we’re way better than Portland, in every way.

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A&E 17

Gritty character study doesn’t live up to potential Drew Powell A&E Editor

Rampart is a movie that has so much going for it that you wish it was better. The director, Oren Moverman (The Messenger) has assembled a number of parts that would seem ideal in making a good, old-fashioned crime noir picture. To start with, it takes place in L.A., which as we know is a Mecca of the crime genre. It’s not the sparkling, postcard side of L.A. but instead the rough, seedy underbelly. Bobby Bukowski’s gritty, sometimes saturated cinematography brings out the danger and hostility in the tough neighborhoods where most of the movie takes place. Furthermore it takes place in the midst of the fallout of the Rampart Scandal, a corruption scandal that plagued the LAPD in the late 1990’s. And to top it all off, at the center of the film is one of those cops, Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson in one of his best film roles), who is a total enigma. On one level he’s like Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry; racist, intimidating, has his own rulebook for delivering police justice but is also cool and collected. Then at other times he’s utterly sleazy: He drinks and smokes, and goes to a tavern every night and picks up a different girl. But then he has two daughters, to whom he has been a terrible father and wants to atone for all his


past mistakes. All of that should add up to a compelling film, but it doesn’t. Visually the movie is strong. The atmosphere and the texture of the picture is just right, and Moverman stages some grotesquely nightmarish sequences, like when Dave goes to an underground sex club one night, complete with flashing red In Rampart Woody Harrelson plays a dirty LA cop trying to atone for his past sins. and blue lights. No, the problem lies in the as a black lawyer is on his case about puts on his uniform and badge and script, which is unfortunate bea recent crime he’s supposedly cover- does things according to his sense cause it’s co-written by Moverman ing up. of what’s right and wrong. Numerand famous crime fiction writer But they don’t find a way to conous times he insists he only kills the James Ellroy (who wrote L.A Confinect them, or at the very least bring people who deserve it, like perverts dential). There isn’t exactly a plot, them to a conclusion. I’m not saying and no-good street thugs. per se, it’s a character study about all the loose ends need to be tied up Harrelson is able to play all the Dave, following him down a dark but most are left out there hanging. different dimensions perfectly. He path of no return. He’s in basically The Ice Cube character is particularcan be the cool, confident “honest” every scene so all the other events ly interesting because he adds racial police officer Dave as well as the (as well as the other characters) tension, and one of the main probpathetic and remorseful Dave. He gravitate around him and not a lot lems that have always troubled the neither overacts nor underacts, and happens. LAPD is racism. However, the movie when he’s in tense and violent situaEllroy and Moverman introduce barely does anything with it. So it tions he can be ice cold. a lot of intriguing plot points and meanders, following Dave from one Speaking of violence, another side stories: Dave gets paranoid that point to another until it eventually weakness of the film is that it needed he’s being watched and set up by the cuts off without any real conclusions. more of a dramatic punch. Toward department, thinking that they are All of this is such a shame to the beginning a random vehicle hits going to dump all their dirty laundry report because the character of Dave Dave’s squad car, he gets out only from the Scandal on him since he has is very interesting and seeing him to chase the other driver down and a bad record. One of the women Dave wrestle with his different morals is nearly beat him to death. Frankly, hooks up with, Catherine (Anne the most fascinating quality about it needed more of that, more abrupt Heche), is a Femme Fatale lawyer him. On one hand he doesn’t seem and shocking violence like the kind for criminals suing the department. to care about anything, he’s in the Drive had. Just to get us on the edge Dave has a crooked friend played middle of all these hearings for all of our seat because, while Dave may by Ned Beatty, who lets him in on his past and current crimes but he’s walk down those Los Angeles streets illegal activities he can partake in to not worried, like he has nothing to with ease, the rest of the movie just get some extra money. And Ice Cube live for. At the same time he still sort of sits there.

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A few things to remember for the modern revolutionary It’s about progress, not protest 73 BC-71 BC:

A slave rebellion led by Spartacus is put down by the Roman Republic. Many other such rebellions take place under Rome, but slavery is never abolished.


A major but unsuccessful peasant rebellion takes place in England. Many other such peasant rebellions took place in late medieval Europe, but serfdom only disappeared gradually.


In 1789, riots overwhelm the absolutist government of France. In 1792, a republic is declared. In 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte seizes power. In 1815, a coalition of European powers finally defeats Napoleon and reestablishes the French monarchy.


Revolutions sweep across Europe. Attempts to unify Germany and Italy are quickly put down, although a revolution in France results in the creation of a new republic under Louis-Napoleon. Four years later, LouisNapoleon becomes emperor.


A widespread rebellion in India against the rule of the British East India Company fails and results in the establishment of direct rule by the British Empire. Indian independence is not established until 1947.


The French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War results in the declaration of the French Third Republic, the creation of the German Empire, and the final unification of Italy.

It’s been an interesting year. To summarize: in December 2010, Tunisian street-vendor Mohamed Sid Moulton Bouazizi sets Staff Artist himself on fire and triggers a wave of protests which soon escalates into revolution and spreads across the Arab world, resulting in the overthrow of three governments (Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya), promises of increased democracy from conservative regimes, and a widespread spirit of hope and progress optimistically labeled as the “Arab Spring.” In which quickly devolved into ings result in only temporary other countries, the movement a fanatical, guillotine-happy success, their subsequent inspires even more protests (inrepublic, only to be overthrown failures prove to be just as cluding the Indignados moveby the dictatorship of Napoleon temporary. Despite this, there ment in Spain, the so-called Bonaparte, who was in turn unis still an important reason “Chilean Winter,” and the done by a return to absolutism why we should remember these Occupy Wall Street movement) under Louis XVIII. A hundred failures. as people around the world see years later, Russia experienced The problem is that so a chance for real change. the same kind of convulsion much of this widespread, In the final months of 2011, when Vladimir Lenin’s attempt blindly optimistic fervor has this spirit of popular uprising to turn an oppressive Tsarist nothing to do with any of the reaches a fever pitch. Yemeni regime into a socialist repubprinciples—equality, democactivist Tawakel Karman is lic failed; with Lenin’s death, racy, justice—which its adherawarded a Nobel Peace Prize; Russia ended up trading the ents claim to be fighting for. Time Magazine names “the authoritarianism of the Tsars Romanticizing the significance Protestor” as its Person of for that of Stalin and his sucof 2011’s protests indicates a the Year; the protests are the cessors. thought process which is less top story in every newspaper Of course, just because focused on the advancement and on every news station; these revolutions failed doesn’t of such noble qualities than on all around is a mood of hope, mean they were pointless; hissimply experiencing the basic of action, of standing up and tory wouldn’t move much at all excitement we feel from being fighting back; and as the year if it weren’t for people having involved in a big, important ends, we look back proudly on revolt. 2011 as a year of protests, When we hear calls ...history wouldn’t move of revolution—a 1968 or a to action, when we join a 1989 for the new generamuch at all if it weren’t for crowd, when we chant a tion. people having the courage slogan, when we hear the It’s downright intoxicatmegaphones and think of ing. to kick-start it themselves. the danger we’re And that’s the problem. possibly attracting— Somewhere in the midst the courage to kick-start it the police and the mace and of all this optimism, which has themselves. the riot shields and the smoke not faded even with the end of All these failures really grenades—we feel excited. It’s 2011, we need to take a step prove is that history is more powerful, contagious, electric. back and think realistically— a process of evolution than of Many of us are naturally specifically, we need to keep revolution. drawn to this kind of thing, and in mind that 2011 may not be So, although no peasants it serves as good fuel for powerremembered as the historyor slaves ever found any iming a revolution, but it genershaking year we’ve made it out mediate success in their rebelates a kind of shortsightedness to be. If we were to look closely lions, Europe and the South which hurts that revolution’s at the popular uprisings of did eventually rid themselves chances of succeeding. That’s the past, we would notice two of serfdom and slavery, with why we have to make sure that things: firstly, they’re very comthe former being abolished one we’re not fighting back for the mon; and secondly, they never country at a time over a few same reason a toddler talks result in anything more than centuries and the latter being back to a parent, that we’re temporary success. downgraded to second-class not more interested in satisfyFor example: citizenship from the time of the ing some instinctive caveman In medieval Europe, the Civil War until the time of the emotions than in effecting real, short, degrading life of a peasCivil Rights Movement in the lasting change. ant made popular revolts into a 1960s. Ideally, the purpose of regular event, as easily sparked Likewise, France eventualsociety is to improve the human as they were crushed. In the ly found its way to a semblance experience through progress; same way, slave revolts often of true, stable republicanism, by focusing on the mere act of occurred in the antebellum but not until 1870, after eightyprotest and thus failing to raise American South, usually endone years of revolutions, regime ourselves above basic urges, we ing with a violent suppression changes, wars, and coup d’états. can only hope to push society by white militias. Russia is currently a long way in the opposite direction. If Even the more famous from the equality Lenin tried we want 2011 to live up to its uprisings in history have had to establish, but—thanks to the revolutionary hype, if we want a tendency to fall flat on their fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 it to bring the change which so faces. and the establishment of repremany previous uprisings could The French Revolution sentative government—it has only scratch at, then we should saw an insurrection against taken steps in that direction. keep that in mind. absolutism create a brief period Thus, although uprisof constitutional monarchy


In 1917, a republican revolution overthrows Russia’s tsarist government. Eight months later, the republic is overthrown by socialist Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin. Civil unrest sweeps Russia and its territories for six years. After Lenin’s death in 1924, Joseph Stalin takes control of the new Soviet Union and gradually establishes a totalitarian dictatorship.


The civil rights movement manages to overturn the South’s Jim Crow laws with the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. However, racism remains a serious problem in the United States.


In France, students and workers petition the government for reform. In Czechoslovakia, a period of reform known as the Prague Spring is put down by a Soviet invasion and a subsequent return to communist authoritarianism. In the United States, an antiwar protest during the Democratic National Convention is both escalated and suppressed by the police and National Guard


The Perestroika and Glasnost reforms in the Soviet Union finally erupt into spontaneous upheaval; within a few years, the entire Eastern Bloc is replaced with republican governments. In Russia, corruption and authoritarianism remain widespread.


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Why aren’t “gay rights” just basic rights?

scrap the whole Bill of Rights, because honestly if every man, woman, child, and anyone in between aren’t treated equally, what’s the point of “equal rights” anyway? People claim that marriage is a sanctified institution, yet people are legally allowed to marry each other immediately after having met each other in the glorious city of Las Vegas. You don’t even have to be sober to get married. You can be binge drinking up until the service, and it’s still looked at as a beautiful ceremony by God. All these Jesus freaks that pick and choose passages out of the Bible to follow really irritate me. They’ll believe in Leviticus 18:22 that labels homosexuality as an “abomination,” yet completely leave out and even condemn Leviticus 25:44-46, which states that, “… you may purchase male and female slaves from among the nations around you.” I don’t believe in either of these verses, but it does seem a tad hypocritical to me that somebody would split their faith between different verses of the book of God’s teachings. If you believe in God and choose to follow His teachings, you can’t skip Sunday mass every other week to watch the game because you went to confession. The sooner deeply religious politicians and “activists” learn that, not only do you need to follow the entire Bible if you choose to follow it at all, but also to believe in a separation of church and state (sort of what democracy was founded on) the sooner we can have an equal society. It’s sort of like believing in the theory of gravity, but not that the Earth is round.

Another reason to hate the American people Washington state governor Christine Gregoire recently signed a bill that would make gay marriage Alex Johnston legal in Opinions Editor Washington to be effective June 7. Ironically, This occurred the same day that Rick Santorum was speaking with Republican voters in Olympia. Gay rights advocates in Washington have something to celebrate and look forward to June 7, while their assailants try to gather 120,577 voter signatures to pass Referendum 73 which would put the law on hold, awaiting the outcome of a November vote. At this point, Washington has passed so many legislative bills and measures that gay partners have every right as a heterosexual married couple, but without the right to marry. What are opponents still doing challenging gay marriage? Their arguments are akin to civil liberties for women in the dark ages. What’s next, required dowries for marriage? Deny wives’ required marital consent? How about we

The Big Hairy Beast of the NW

Alex Johnston Opinions Editor For years I’ve looked at the Sasquatch music festival lineup with a box of Kleenex close at hand to wipe my face of anguish. An entire box. Ever since my freshman year, I’ve longed to visit the pearly white gates of Sasquatch and see 50 amazing bands in a four day weekend of enraptured ecstasy. But alas, not only does Sasquatch cost an arm and a leg (a whopping $280 for the presale!) the tickets sell out within HOURS of going on the market. Honestly, who can blame the consumers.

Every year the lineup gets better and better, until it’s practically teasing me, with things like, “Here Alex, come see your favorites, we’ve got Beirut, Bon Iver, and Starslinger all headlining for you!” Why, thank you Sasquatch, for ruining my chances of a happy, fulfilled life. Did I forget to mention John C. Reilly apparently has a band, and that band happens to be playing at Sasquatch? Well, it’s true. If you saw him play the drums with Will Ferrell in Step Brothers you probably didn’t expect that he was actually playing those drums. He was, and he’s even better at the guitar. Which he also plays. In his band. Because I’m so nice, for those of you who haven’t seen the lineup yet, I’ll mention a few


Stay out of my uterus End the debate on a woman’s right to use contraception “Mom, do men have uteruses?” “Nope, and it’s been a bone of contention for thousands of years.” That’s not just a conversational anecdote my mom tells at dinner parties to embarrass me. It’s also a pretty accuIzzie Gibson Penrose rate description of a major issue. Features Editor Men don’t have uteri (what I used to refer to as uteruses). If a man chooses to have sex he won’t end up, in the immortal words of Ellen Page in Juno, “wearing the evidence under [his] sweater.” Women on the other hand are fully capable of becoming pregnant. Duh Izzie, we all took the graduation requirement health class. We know women get pregnant. So what? It’s the circle of life. So what happens if someone wants to have sex without pregnancy? If you’re a man, you go for it. If you’re female you go purchase a contraceptive. Contraceptives and abortions are so commonplace, that according to Rachel Maddow, 98% of sexually active women use contraceptives. Giving women a choice between having a child or not should be a non-issue. So why are we still talking about it? The Affordable Care Act, an act passed in 2010 that is designed to lower costs and ensure health care for all Americans, contained a mandate for all employers to cover birth control for their female employees. The church fought back, declaring forcing churches and other religious institutions to provide birth control violates religious freedom. Rather than drag out a battle right before election season, the Obama administration altered the law, stating that women employed by religious institutions can get birth control directly from their insurance providers. That should have satisfied the controlhungry protesters, but it wasn’t enough. In mid-February Republican presidential

notable musicians playing this year, just so all of you with some extra cash can find something to do, and so the rest of you can suffer as I have. Headlining is Jack White of the White Stripes, Beck, The Shins, Pretty Lights and Girl Talk. If that wasn’t enough, The Roots, Feist, and Santigold will be there for all you pop and hip hop indulgers. Nero’s going to be there too for those who like the wobble. Some fabulous locals to make the cut include Blitzen Trapper, and Seattle’s own Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, Sol, Grynch, and Hey Marseilles. Our local musicians tend to make quite an impression on the NW festival. I hate you Sasquatch, I would hold up a convenience store clerk with a family of eight to go to you. I guess I’ll just have to go to Bumbershoot. That’s always perfect right?

hopeful Rick Santorum declared “It’s not about contraception. It's about economic liberty. It's about freedom of speech. It's about freedom of religion. It's about government control of your lives.” It is about contraception, Rick Santorum. No amount of grandstanding and declaring that Obama is fighting a war against religion can make this about anything more than contraception. He is right about one thing. This is about “the government control of your lives”. It’s a fight between those who believe women should be in control of their own lives, and those in the government who feel women need to be subdued and controlled. Specifically men. On February 16th a hearing on contraception and religious freedom was held on Capitol Hill. Surely a diverse group of women, the only people truly affected by the need for contraceptives, was called on to discuss this hotbutton issue. But no, since it is apparently the 1900s again, a table full of men sat down. And when a women with a friend who lost an ovary because her university didn’t cover contraceptives tried to testify she was turned away. According to Representative Darrel Issa, the man in charge of the hearing, she was not “appropriate or qualified” to participate. I might be confused. Did I lose the ability to vote and own property? Will I have to marry someone who can offer a sizable dowry to my father? What’s that you say? It’s 2012, and women can vote and own property and marry anyone they want? In that case, a table full of men sitting down to talk about a woman’s right to have access to abortions and birth control is ludicrous. In fact, the idea that anyone who will never have to decide if they want to carry a tiny person inside them before delivering that child can control every woman’s right to control her life is ludicrous. This is not about freedom of speech or religious freedom. This is about contraception.

Rants Awkward and cute becoming one thing has been a pet peeve of mine for a while now. I put a large portion of the blame on Zooey Izzie Gibson Penrose DeFeatures Editor schanel, who was tailor made since the day she was born, with her two Os in her name, to be the definition of quirky. She has her own show, where she plays the adorkable Jess. That is not a word.

There’s even a show called Awkward, about a girl who breaks her arm or something and has to be in high school. Breaking bones is so awkward. Or it’s just a thing that some people who play intense sports or fall off jungle gyms or are forced to bear crawl during a game of capture the flag do. Most of us have awkward stages. But wearing glasses and singing to yourself doesn’t make you awkward, especially if you’re really beautiful like good old Dechanel is. It makes you annoying. Awkdorkable. I can make up words too.

You can never have too many compliments. But receiving them in person can be so uncomfortable. There are always those horrible moments when you have to quickly come up with a way to compliment someone back, even though their hair just looks average today, and you don’t like their skirt that much. Even a “you’re too cute!” comment on a Facebook profile picture often merits an obligatory “no way, YOU are too cute!” in

reply. So what’s the best way to get a self-esteem boost? By reading the bathroom graffiti of course. Anonymous people telling me to smile because my life isn’t a waste are awesome, and I love them. Girls who like to pump up other girls while they go to the bathroom; I encourage you to continue doing it. It’s the best cure for that God awful lighting that makes every day feel like early Monday morning.


THE BEAVER TAIL “Mr. Blish, do you have any black leggings?.” “Do you want an operation? I’ve got a rusty knife.”

“If someone ever sent me a can that said ‘you are hot’, I would crush it “Squares are the worst kind of shape. A square killed my father” into their head “Nothing can float his boat anymore because I sank it.” until they died”

“I had a really big muffin today. UGH I have a really big muffin EVERYDAY.”

“I say the tall guy always wins”

“If you cut open her head there wouldn’t be a brain, there would be a hamster”

“Literally you could make a rug out of his chest hair” kid

“What if you named your Chair....or Table?”

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“Thank you captain in





“My physical today was INSANE“ sight”




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REALLY?!? with The Talisman • Really, Girl Scouts? Just as I get used to you being around you’re going to leave me for the next eleven months? You’re worse than the ice cream man! • Really, guys? You’re wearing cargo shorts? I know for girls its ‘legs bare don’t care’ but for guys its like ‘legs bare, what’s in your pockets? Nothing? Idiot’ . • Really, you put money down on your March Madness bracket? How long did that take you to copy off ESPN? Well, I guess there’s nothing better to do in March. • Really, you pinch me because I’m not wearing green? How about I punch you because you care about St. Patrick’s Day. • Really, you gave up homework for lent? Cool, you’re really cool. • Really, you keep track of how many days in a row it’s rained? But really, how many days has it been? • Really, March? You exist? Why.


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• Seattle sports stadium in the works. Unrobbed. • Spring Fling! Hopefully, the administration has learned we look better with the lights off. • Upcoming HSPE days, have fun sophomores! XOXO, the rest of the school. Scramble. Sorry, teachers, that I keep playing it in your class, but it’s more intellectually stimulating than your lecture. Marriage for everyone! Ro-Ro’s. I haven’t tried it out yet but at least it doesn’t have rats and fifty million health violations. YOLO. Cats remain unimpressed.

NOT • Temple Run. You’re still playing? Seriously, you’re going to get carpal tunnel. • If April showers bring May showers, what do May showers bring? June showers. • Bellevue joining the campaign for a stadium. What would their mascot even be? The Bellevue yachts, the Bellevue soccer moms.... the Bellevue Lexuses? • Spotify because I don’t want everyone on Facebook to know I listened to the whole Kelly Clarkson album. • Stocking up on hot chocolate and wool socks, it’s March but let’s be honest, we aren’t even halfway to spring. • Rejection letters, at least we can burn them to keep us warm through this March weather. That makes it better, right?

Vol. 94, Issue 5  

Ballard High's School's newspaper

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