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April 2014





LAST MONTH BIDLEMAN INDUCTED TO GRADUATES OF DISTINCTION “He was one of the most influential teachers I’ve had. He dropped you right into the work you were doing.”

- Max Taylor (12)


This month, Sam Bidleman was inducted into the “Graduates of Distinction” program at BHS. Bidleman was an English teacher, as well as teaching Journalism and Publications, for thirty-five years. He was so successful with these two clubs that at one time forty students were enrolled in Journalism. This massive popularity (compared to today’s staff of nine) contributed to the numerous awards won by the Red and White while he was its advisor. The dedication he directed towards teaching his students new things was outstanding, and all of his students loved him. “Quote from senior” Mr. Bidleman is now a writing instructor at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School and an instructor at Bloomsburg University.

Editor-in-Chief Maia Baker Design Editor Lyell Hintz Editor Miranda RusseLl Sub-Content Editor miranda russell Staff Tie Beaver Cameron Gregory Ann Shetler Emily Wawroski Logan Yartz Hannah Whiting Adviser Michael McGarry


Bloomsburg High School 1200 Railroad Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815 October 2012 The Red & White is the magazine serving the students, faculty and administration of the Bloomsburg High School community, written, designed and published by the Journalism I, I I and I I I classes. Views expressed in the Red & White represent those of the writer, not necessarily those of the high school. Unsigned commentary represents views of the Editorial Board. Find us on the web @ bloomsburg/bhs and on The Red & White is printed by the Press Enterprise, 3185 Lackawanna Avenue, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 Kathy Malkoskie, PE Customer Service Representative Letters Policy The Editorial Board welcomes all comments and letters. Please sign and send all letters to room 215. The Board does not condone abuse deviated from the subject matter directed at one or more individuals. PA School Code 22 Chapter 12.9 Students have the right to express themselves unless the expression interferes with the educational process, threatens serious harm, encourages unlawful activity, or interferes with individual rights. School officials may not censor material simply because it is critical of the school or its administrations The Red & White is a proud member of the Pennsylvania School Press Association.

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31 Prom

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Ann SHetler’s Birthday

Final Periods 2&3

Finals Period 4 & 5/6 6/7


PROM This year prom will be held at Kehr Union in

Bloomsburg University. The theme is “A Night on the Red Carpet.” Try to stay classy, Bloomsburg High School.







Snow days The number of snow days this year has forced the school district to make changes in our schedule in order for the seniors to graduate.

36.66% pEEPS


43.33% cADBURY eGGS



s the weather gets nicer its a fine indicator that Easter is upon us. Easter is a great time to appreciate the beautiful Spring colors, dying Easter Eggs, and spending time with family. Traditions vary from family to family with different holidays but many peoples traditions are the same for Easter. Henry GillespieHill, senior, when asked what him and his family traditions are says, “We dye eggs and hide them inside the house and then we get baskets filled with peeps and Cadbury eggs and Hershey’s kisses and reeses”. A lot of the times the traditions have been in the family since before the children are born. Henry says that his traditions have been in his family for at least 18 years. Holidays bring joy for many people but people’s favorite things about holidays change with every person. Beejay Bolinsky, senior says, “my favorite thing about Easter is the free food.” Whereas Henry, senior, says, “my

favorite thing is the candy and getting to see family.” As for traditions, some people stay home for the holiday then some people travel away to visit family like Henry is going to Texas this year to visit his sister. The Easter bunny originated in Germany, the Easter Bunny decided whether kids were good and obedient in the start of the season of Eastertide (Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday). In legend, the bunny carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children to reward them for being good a lot like Santa Claus. So how many people actually believe in the Easter Bunny and when asked would they admit that they believe? When asked, Beejay Bolinsky, senior says, “Yes I believe in the Easter Bunny”. Embrace the holiday and enjoy the nice weather, pretty colors and of course the delicious candy.



Division one



This year, BHS is pouring out Division One athletes. It takes dedication and hard work to make it that far.



he school year is almost over, and that means the 2014’s seniors are leaving Bloomsburg High School after a solid 4 years here. College is often the first step a high school graduate takes on the road to real life, although living on a college campus is very different from attending high school. As well as maintaining a schedule, there are new responsibilities: finding something to eat, doing your homework, and scrounging up some time to sleep. Time-management is essential, but students who play sports are limited to the amount spent by a non-sport student because of the “job-like” atmosphere that comes with seriously playing a sport. Senior Britni Phillips says, “I think playing a sport [in college] will help me athletically and academically. It’s going to be a

challenge. I seem to work better when I’m busy and being pushed. Being in a sport during college will help me with my time management. I will have mandatory study hall hours with my team which will boost me academically.” Phillips has recently signed with the University of Kent State, a track and field renown program, and plans to jump for the cougars. Colton Hock, committed to Stanford University, is another senior experiencing this athletic side of college life. When Hock decided to play baseball for the Cardinals, he took on the responsibilities of a Division One athlete. “Stanford has a great team of tutors for their athletes, making it easier to juggle the rigorous classroom material Stanford will challenge me with,” Hock says. “Managing athletics and academics will be tough.”

How to get to the top D BY ZACH ASHFORD

ivision One athletes aren’t made overnight. It takes time, effort, and determination to achieve the level of skill that Britni Phillips and Colton Hock have reached. Phillips says, “Track is my passion. I love it. It’s what I do to keep my mind off everything and relieve stress. I’ve wanted to take it to the next level since day one, freshman year. I couldn’t see myself not training to get better.” Hock adds, “Time-management has been my biggest key to successfully managing sports, athletics, and my life outside of school and baseball. I work out at 5 a.m. with a few of my other friends, doing my best to get my schoolwork done during school in order

to make time after baseball practice to hang out with my friends and family.” The biggest part of becoming a Division One athlete is marketing yourself to colleges or teams that show interest. A potential recruit has to be friendly and approachable as well as a stellar athlete. Hock says, “Networking was my biggest asset when pursuing a D1 college. Don’t be ashamed to call a coach, take visits, send out emails every night, and talk with others who have done it already. And always be a student of the game. Nobody will ever know it all.” There’s nothing to stop those who make up their minds to train and work hard towards the goal of someday having an offer to play for an Ivy League school.




Paid to Play

Since a decision at the University of Northwestern in Illinois, Division One student-athletes are now eligible to be paid. Why?


pOLL: will the union

the debate has taken an enormous stride. Though the University of Northwestern immediately appealed the National Labor Relation Board’s decision to allow “student-athletes” to form a union, the movement has inspired criticism towards the entire NCAA. Allowing students to form a union causes discrepancies in the policy of “amateurism,” meaning that student-athletes are amateurs and, according to guidelines, cannot receive payment for their services. Will the NCAA allow athletes to receive financial benefits? Only time will tell for the NCAA athletes. Schools are frantically trying to avoid the players’ unions. How will the players’ unions spread across the country, and how long until other Division One sports start forming players’ associations which become unions. What about the women playing sports for their schools? It can’t be only men receiving payment for their athletic prowess. Only time will tell.

50% NEITHER college 30% POSITIVELY football? 20% nEGATIVELY decision affect


he Players’ Association of the University of Northwestern, Illinois, recently voted to allow Division One football players to form a union, meaning that they hold jobs and will be paid. How did they arrive at the verdict? Kain Colter, quarterback at Northwestern, takes a stand, saying that players are treated more as “employees” than “studentathletes.” (The term student-athlete comes from the first executive director of the NCAA, Walter Byers.) Colter argued that the athletes are “treated differently than regular students; you stick to a strict regimen each day . . . during the season, I spend easily 40-50 hours a week on football related activity.” The NLRB Region Director, Peter Ohr, granted players at Northwestern the right to unionize after a vote on Wednesday, March 26. After many years of the controversial debate over whether college athletes should be paid,


sat feature



With the junior class preparing to take the SAT this fall, many students are questioning the importance of the test. BY HANNAH WHITING

he Scholastic Aptitude Test, commonly known as the SAT, is a nationally-recognised test that gives high school students in either sophomore, junior, or senior year the opportunity to better their chances of being accepted into the college of their choice. That being said, taking the SAT doesn’t guarantee getting into your first-choice school. Colleges and universities use the results of the SATs to make admission decisions depending on how well the student performed. The purpose of the test is to assess the student’s knowledge that has been acquired over the course of their schooling career and evaluate how well they can read, write, and solve mathematical sums. To succeed and get the required results for college certification, it isn’t just the results of this test that a pupil should rely on. College admissions offices also take into account school grades, which will give those in charge of student selection an indication of the work ethic, intelligence, and diligence of those applying. So is SAT testing really necessary, since a student’s grades play just as important a role as the tests and could overrule the results

8The redesigned CHanges SAT will be set into

of this exam? Many students don’t think that SATs are very important because they don’t accurately measure academic or intelligence level. Draven McFadden, 12, said, “In some respects, yes, [they are important], but in others no, because some people aren’t able to fully pass the test even if they are very skilled.” Major Hughes, 9, adds, “Not for people with talent because not everything requires certain base intelligence.” Tanner Ziller, 12, says frankly, “They take up a whole day and I have better things to be taking care of.” Many students, including Draven McFadden, believe that having to pay to take the test is a big “no-no” and if it were to be compulsory for all students to sit the test, then it should be free of charge to everyone. For those of you taking the exam soon, good luck, and here are Dominiquie Dennis’s words of wisdom: “Don’t take the SAT on the day of homecoming or prom. It’s a bad idea!”


place in the spring of 2016. There are eight key changes which the SAT has been redesigned to include: Relevant words in context Command of evidence

Essay analyzing a source

Focus on math that matters most Problems grounded in real world context Analysis in science and in history/ social studies Founding documents and great global conversation No penalty for wrong answers

The Guidance Office maintains a filing cabinet with college information and college application information.




the world on a plate What’s the best food in town?

Although otherwise we live in a humdrum town, Bloomsburg’s restaurants are exceptional.

Tim Heier (11) Ready Go Burrito’s “Famous Coney Burger”

Vincent Kuhar (11) Ready Go Burrito’s “Centralian” Burrito

Harmony Long (11) Ready Go Burrito’s “El Crunchero”

Nicole Albertson (11)


Fuji Sushi’s Eel Avocado Roll



t first glance, Bloomsburg, PA, is hardly prepossessing - just another little town on the way to faster, more exciting places. But if nothing else - and Bloomsburg is hardly a booming metropolis - it can still lay a claim to some of the best restaurants in the area. Seasons on Main and the Inn at Turkey Hill might compete with the swankiest Manhattan eateries, but for a casual meal instead of a silver-spoon dinner, you can stop in Ready Go Burrito, specializing in Mexican-style burritos, or La Fontana, one of four Italian restaurants. For the adventurous, Sakuntala offers authentic Bengali food, and Bloomn’ Thai is one of the few Thai restaurants in the state. Obviously, in a college town, most of the restaurants serve alcohol or have BYOB licenses, but the majority aren’t bars. Even the ones that pride themselves on their alcohol are also renowned for their food: both Marley’s and the Turkey Hill Brew Pub serve more than typical bar food, although what they do offer (wings, sandwiches, and beer) is up to a higher standard than an ordinary bar. Both brew their own beers, and both are conspicuous for not only their alcohol but for the food on their menus, whether perfectly cooked burgers or hearty dinner salads. Both Marley’s and the Brew Pub are located outside Bloomsburg’s immediate environs, but the restaurants within the town - most on or near Main Street -

are renowned in their own right. Sakuntala, on Iron Street, serves authentic Bengali food cooked by Mushtaq and Millie Elahi, and Bloomn’ Thai on East Street is the best, and only, Thai restaurant in Bloomsburg or the surrounding areas. If you’re looking for low-key Mexican food, Ready Go Burrito on Main Street offers a variety of burritos; close by, Brennan’s Big Chill serves handmade ice cream, and Fog and Flame brews artisanal coffees, including seasonally flavored lattes. “I think we have a nice mixture of cultures that gives people the chance to try all kinds of foods,” says Tim Heier, junior. “[But] a place like Bongo Cafe and Grill in Ocean City, New Jersey, would be awesome to have. It specializes in pancakes, which I love.” The middle of Pennsylvania isn’t exactly renowned for the sophistication or elegance of its culture; most aspects of life here evoke small-town America at its best, right down to the superbly ordinary Bloom Diner. But in Bloomsburg, the diversity and multitude of places to eat is out of the ordinary: Bloomn’ Thai, Oliran, Rose Marie’s, Ready Go, Brennan’s, and the many other local restaurants represent Asia, Europe, Mexico, and the Americas, and the more upscale eateries invoke a faster, more metropolitan world. Bloomsburg seems like a sleepy, slow-moving town, but despite the tranquility of small-town life, we do at least eat well.


La fontana Ready go burrito


La Fontana is one of four Italian restaurants in Bloomsburg. Directly next to the fountain, it serves a variety of pizza, lasagna, and other Italian foods.

You can order a burrito or choose your own ingredients (including rice, cheese several different kinds of meat, black beans, and RGB’s unique pico de gallo).

Fog and flame

Bloomsburg’s most popular coffee shop offers freshly brewed artisanal coffee as well as several fruit smoothies.

Rose Marie’s

Rose Marie’s specialties are their lasagna, stuffed sandwiches, and herb bread. Smaller and less busy than La Fontana, it’s one of the best restaurants in town.


All of Marley’s hamburgers are cooked perfectly and served with French fries and coleslaw.




Dante Green (11)

“I’m going to Boston Conservatory VCI again. I’m also excited to perform a lot with Darling Run.”

Shannon Laubach(10)

“Going to diving camp at Indiana University & the warm weather.”

SUmmerwhat is in the air are you looking forward BY ANN SHETLER

As the weather gets nicer, the number of dress code violations increases, and summer’s long-awaited return is near. For seniors it's the last hurrah before college and for underclassmen, it's an escape from high school for a while. We asked BHS students what they are looking forward to most this summer.


Samuel Heier (11)

to most this summer?

“Seeing Backstreet Boys and Creedence Clearwater Revival... and wearing short-shorts.”

Noah Crawford (11)

“No sleep, more food, vacations, theme parks, and sitting around.”

Kevin Zabawa (12)


Kendra Schmit (11)

“I’m pumped to go to the Backstreet Boys concert in June with my peeps Same and Mercedes. Also can’t wait to go to Six Flags with my homegirl Ann. Road Trip!”



Alexis Long (10)

“Going to Europe in the hopes of running into One Direction.”

Jay Muller, leader of Re-Creation professional singing and dancing group, teaches the cast of “Grease” the dance for “Born to Hand Jive.”


Jordan Marolf (12)

“I am joining Re-Creation so I am looking forward to touring around America and having almost 330 events in singing in the next year!”

Shy-Anne Dewald (12) “Not being at BHS, and warm weather, and baseball season.”

Mark DeLucca (11)

“Playing with the nice geese at the beautiful town park.”

Austin Beyer (12)

“I am looking forward to spending time with my dear friends before we all go our separate ways in life. “




sacrificing Many more kids than you would expect give up a luxury for the forty-day holiday of Lent.

Dominique gave up desserts for Lent. She made a competition out of it with her sisters, Alex and Gabby Luxardo, sophomores. Alex was the first to lose: she ate a dessert only a few weeks into Lent. Dominique and Gabby lasted the longest, giving up only two weeks before the end. They ended up losing at the same time when they ate ice cream together.



ent is a period of fasting, primarily for Catholics, with the purpose of setting aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ’s suffering and sacrifice. However, many people who are not Catholics still give something up, to challenge themselves or test their dedication. Lent is often extremely difficult to participate in, and if you are able to make it the full 40 days, it is a pretty big accomplishment, especially if you give something up that you have every day of your life. Dominique Luxardo, sophomore, who gave up all deserts for Lent, says, “I wanted to see if I could actually do it, and I’m surprised that I actually could.” Dominique’s sisters, Alex and Gabby Luxardo, sophomores, are also doing this with her. “It’s nice because I can rub it in their face when I win. Watching other people eat desserts sucks though.” says Dominique. Brianna Benscoter, freshman, gave up fast food, but she wasn’t able to make it all the way until Easter without eating it. “I think it would be better to have someone giving up the same thing with me, because then it’s a competition for me to beat them,” Benscoter says. “I think the whole thing is dumb because no one gives up anything that really means something.” said Kyle Foust, 10. Since Foust doesn’t give up anything for Lent, he enjoys teasing the people that do. “I think it’s hilarious to offer something to someone that they gave up because I try to tempt them to have whatever it is that they gave up,” he explains.

Brianna gave up fast food for Lent. She has made it without eating any fast food so far.

What is lent? Liam Harmon (9)

“Something that you give up because Jesus sacrificed his life for us so we sacrifice something for him.”

Molly Williams (10) “That people can sacrifice things just like Jesus did.”


Molly gave up soda, iced tea, lemonade and sugary drinks.


Rachel mollette, language teacher “I know it’s annoying, but the trade-off is having graduation moved. I’m glad that we have that flexibility, actually.”

“It’s essential because we need 180 days of school. I don’t know what would happen if we don’t get all those days.”


“It’s great because we get to make up the days we missed without having to spend eight hours here.”

Nicole mccaffrey, 12

lilly rosado, 12 “It’s a good idea because we don’t have to make it up at the end of the year.”

Patric Conti, 12

Todd Davis, Science teacher “I think it’s very silly.”

Ronald grzybowski, social studies teacher “We should go extra time after school, extend the school day, rather than come in on a Saturday.”

What do you think about school on a saturday? 13

? feature



It’s hard to believe our teachers were once in our shoes, walking the halls of their high schools and facing some of the same challenges we do now. But what we really wanted to know was whether they ever did anything really crazy back in high school. Take a guess at which faculty member did what. (Answers on the back page . . . but they’re easy to guess.)


1. What is your most memorable moment from High School? During lunch there was a break up and the girl dumped her slushie on the boy’s head. And she said, “I gave you the best year of my life.” 2. Did you ever participate in a senior prank? What was it? No, there were no senior pranks. 3. Did you do anything stupid while you were in High School? My friends and I lived in a tiny village newlin of about 10 houses, so we created a “gang”(“Newlin Gang”), We recruited other kids to be a part of the gang. We used to toilet paper the road shut. The local cop would never chase us, but used the spotlight to scare us. The cop would leave and come back. Did a lot of “Halloween” pranks all year round. Antagonized the local cop A LOT. 4. Do you have any advice for the seniors for next year? (About senior pranks, or goofing off in general) Don’t get caught. I am not bailing you out of jail. 5. If given the opportunity to go back and participate in a senior prank, would you? What would you do? I don’t know that I would because my parents would kill me if I got caught. If I did, I’d put three pigs in the school and number them 1, 2, 4 so people would be looking for the pig with the number 3 on it, even though there was never one to begin with. 6. Do you think seniors should participate in senior pranks? Why? I don’t know if it’s worth getting in trouble for.



1. What is your most memorable moment from High School? Either cheering at Friday night football games or participating in the school plays. 2. Did you ever participate in a senior prank? What was it? Never participated in a senior prank, but we used to prank each other. Some friends and I took magazines, newspapers, pamphlets and anything else we could find and stuck them to our friend’s car. 3. Did you do anything stupid while you were in High School? No. “If you have regrets it doesn’t make you who you are today.” 4. Do you have any advice for the seniors for next year? Don’t wish their last year of high school away. Take a ton of pictures participate in pep rallies, go to football games. Live it up, there is no going back. “Live your dreams but dream realistically when choosing a career.” 5. If given the opportunity to go back and participate in a senior prank, would you? What would you do? No because I wouldn’t want to get in trouble. 6. Do you think seniors should participate in senior pranks? Why? As long as they’re appropriate, keep it PG, and if they aren’t harming anyone they aren’t necessarily a bad thing. If in the end people laugh and no one was hurt, they’re fine.



1. What is your most memorable moment from High School? Senior year, went to the District final four for basketball. It was a goal/dream of mine to play in the Giant Center in Hershey for at least one game. 2. Did you ever participate in a senior prank? What was it? No. 3. Did you do anything stupid while you were in High School? I skipped school once. I may have gone out with a lady friend. 4. Do you have any advice for the seniors for next year? Come in with a positive attitude. Don’t think that you’re already done. Don’t buy into senioritis, but experience what you can. It’s your last year. 5. If given the opportunity to go back and participate in a senior prank, would you? What would you do? No. Put goldfish in the toilet. 6. Do you think seniors should participate in senior pranks? Why? No, because if you get in trouble you leave high school on a bad note. Don’t mess up your reputation.



1. What is your most memorable moment from High School? Being thrown out the first floor window. 2. Did you ever participate in a senior prank? What was it? No 3. Did you do anything stupid while you were in High School? I drank one time. Seriously only one time, and I regretted it the next morning. 4. Do you have any advice for the seniors for next year? Work hard but enjoy your senior year 5. If given the opportunity to go back and participate in a senior prank, would you? What would you do? No, but I might do the 3 greased pigs numbered 1, 2, 4 so people are looking for the pig numbered 3, even though there wasn’t one. 6. Do you think seniors should participate in senior pranks? No, because it’s tough to stay within the boundaries of what’s funny versus what causes harm. It’s easier just to avoid it.

Senior Bucket List: top ten e asked some of the seniors about goals or things on their W bucketlist that they accomplished when the got to high school. Here are the top ten answers.

1. “Pants Mr. Bressi.” - Brandon Conrad 2. “Graduate.” - Austin Beyer 3. “See if I can get my permit for the third time.” - Kurtis Minster 4. “Successfully fall up a flight of stairs at school.” - Vanessa Michael 5. “Drop out the day of graduation and work at BK for the rest of my life.” - Robert Snyder 6. “Have a food fight.” - Maria Zumbo 7. “Have a flash mob during lunch.” - Carly Smakulski 8. “Try not to get hit by any more a******* in the parking lot.” - Lauren McGinty 9. “Ditch Class.” - Mallory Fry 10. “Get rid of the nasty zit on my forehead.” - Sierra Cleaver


Answers from pages 14-15 Keeping the 80’s alive with the perm. #girlsjustwant2havefun


Mrs. Dinko lays in the grass #Hayyy

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Even in high school, Mr. O’Shea was fierce and resisted peer pressure. #differentshoes


Cope posing for the ladies. #867-5309

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