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october 2012

Volume 53, Issue 2

K E E P I N G YO U C OV E R E D

BREEZEWAY B I S H O P K E L L E Y H I G H S C H O O L l 3 9 0 5 S O U T H H U D S O N A V E N U E l T U L S A , O K L A . 7 4 1 3 5 l B K B R E E Z E W AY. C O M

Fallinto Fall

A LOOK INTO UPCOMING AUTUMN ACTIVITIES

unofficial handbook

Keep calm, Carry on

Kelley students share the unofficial rules of school

Advice on how students should deal with too much stress

the legacy of XC The past, present and future of the seniors of Cross Country


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NEWS

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ROCK-A-BYE, COMET Six BK faculty members are expecting new additions to their families

BY MARY GRACE STEWART 12 parents. 6 families. 9 months. Stocking up on diapers for the with. Because Mrs. Junger is the only specific teacher for piano and arrival of new babies, several families in the BK community are exchoir, “it’s a hard balance with one child and I’m sure two will have pecting new additions to their families. Excited for the due date, our a whole new set of challenges,” she said. expecting teachers are already preparing for the day when their new The balance between childcare and teaching will be tough at children will be welcomed into our world. first, but the teachers giving birth are given maternity leave for For Mrs. Mandi Schooley, this will be her first child. eight weeks. Long term subsitutes are scheduled to take over dur“We are far more excited than we are nervous!” she said. ing their absence and have access to lesson plans to keep the class For Mrs. Amy Junger and Mrs. Maggie Gabel, both expecting in going. March, this will be baby number two in their families. When consider“For the first five months, either my wife will be home for maing potential baby names, “we really like family names with a history,” ternity leave, or I will be home for summer break. After that, we Gabel said. will likely use a combination of day care and help from the grandMrs. Schooley already has a name for both a boy and girl. mothers,” Bell said. “My husband and I have decided to be surprised on the gender, so Many of these teachers appreciate the support from the adminwe won’t know that answer until Baby Schooley makes his/her first istrators. appearance,” she said. “Mrs. McMasters has always been very supportive and helpful In addition to these expecting families, Coach Jade Allison and the when I have to miss for doctor appointments. She is a real blessing wife of Mr. Tyler Bell are expecting. Mr. Feilmeier and his wife are also for me,” Gabel said. expecting twins. The expecting mothers appreciate all the support along the Already busy with their current teaching responsibilities, a baby is pregnancy and are excited to bring another member to the BK going to unleash a whole different world of tasks and things to keep up community this upcoming year.

Election Apathy

How the election can affect young Americans and why they should become involved BY CHRIS WHELAN In 2008, only about three quarters of americans able to register to vote actually did. Out of all of them, about ninety percent voted. For the last presidential debate, only an estimated half of young americans voted. This lack of concern in political affairs can be explained as a lack of voices being heard. With the presidential debates dominating primetime media, the opportunity to become informed is there. However, a rising state of indifference is apparent among teenagers. Young voters may feel unaffected or unimportant in the election. This is a misconception. In today’s society, many young adults, primarily college students, should be focused on several of the controversial topics of the time. These topics include health care, economic opportunity and educational assistance. With an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent,

finding a high-paying job can be a bit of challenge. As seniors, it is important to be informed on fast growing fields of employment. Choosing which candidates will aide in these future endeavors is highly advantageous. Another very necessary topic to look into is health care. With the large focus on the Affordable Care Act, passed towards the end of President Obama’s term, the importance to understand how it’ll affect the population is greater than ever. It’s a matter that will inevitably affect every citizen at one point or another. One topic that will affect each and every student set to pursue a college education is student loans interest rates and tuition assistance. It is absolutly important for young voters to focus on topics that will affect them personally. So be informed, be registered and be heard because it is more important than it may seem.

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” - FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT


SENIOR students SHINE academically 14 seniors represent BK as National Merit Semi-Finalists BY ISABEL DOBRIN The National Merit Scholars Corporation, whose mission since 1955 has been “to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States,” offers scholarships based on academic achievement to high school students from all over the country. Taking the PSAT is the first step in being recognized. Over 1.5 million students will take the test and of those, 50,000 will score high enough to be recognized by the NMSC. Of those high scorers, 16,000 students will become Semi-Finalists; these students represent less than one percent of all graduating seniors in the country. This year, 17 students from BK’s graduating class were recognized by the NMSC. Seniors Aaron Alonso, Marie Anderson, Audra Brulc, Emma Copp, Stephen Duke, Katie Kientz, Matthew Marra, Autumn McBride, Madison Moseley, Kelsey Ritchie, Trevor Snapp and William Warner are Semi-Finalists. Former students Gabby Steinl and James Hillenbrand, who moved out of state, were also named Semi-Finalists. Additionally, Aaron Alonso, Audra Brulc and Madison Moseley are National Hispanic Scholars. “Bishop Kelley’s 14 Semi-Finalists represent the largest number of Semi-Finalists for Bishop Kelley in a single year. It also is more SemiFinalists than any other school in Oklahoma except for the Oklahoma School of Science and Math, a boarding school that recruits state-wide and begins junior year,” Ms. Judith

McMasters, Dean of Academics, said. These 14 students now begin the process of applying to be Finalists in the NMSC. “To qualify as a Finalist, a Semi-Finalist must complete a lengthy application including an essay and must confirm the PSAT scores with a comparable score on the SAT. Bishop Kelley must also submit information about the school and its curriculum and must endorse each candidate,” McMasters said. Students who become finalists are then nationally recognized and given a $2,500 Na-

Seniors recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation pose for their official BK photo. Former students Gabby Steinl and James Hillenbrand are not pictured. Photo by Betty O’Connor

tional Merit Scholarship. “The fact that National Merit Semi-Finalist is a well-known academic achievement makes it a point of pride for the students and for Bishop Kelley,” McMasters said. The other three seniors recognized by the NMSC, Lota Ezenwa, Alex Hinkle and Emily Nole, were named Commended Schol-

ars. These students are recognized for their achievement on the PSAT, but do not advance to compete for scholarships. The increased number of students qualifying for the NMSC’s program can not only be attributed to the students’ hard work, but the readiness the school prepared them with. “A reason Bishop Kelley has recently been successful . . . in generating semi finalists . . . is that we have emphasized the importance of the PSAT to our students,” McMasters said. “I also have to give credit to Ms. Schaunaman and Mrs. Abboud. They do an amazing job with PSAT prep classes in getting students ready to take this specific test.” As juniors, the Semi-Finalists had many opportunities to work with the school in preparation for the test. “I went to the study sessions Ms. Schaunaman had and learned the format of the test,” senior Marie Anderson, who plans on studying biochemistry in college, said. Stephen Duke, a senior who plans on studying neuroscience or chemistry next year, also took advantage of the prep class. “I went to the fall review session [which] was very helpful . . . if you can get into the minds of the test makers, you’ve won,” he said. The preparation last year did prove helpful as the NMSC results came not only for the students, but for the reputation of the school. “They are tangible evidence that our top students are among the finest students in the country. They help give credibility to the rigor of our academic program,” McMasters said.

{ HOMECOMING PREVIEW: Wild west week }

Monday Oct. 22

Find the spirit stick • Penny Wars in the cafeteria

Tuesday Oct. 23

• Commons Window Decorating contests during lunch

Wednesday Thursday Oct. 24

• Crazy Hair day

Oct. 25 • Super Hero Day • line dancing lessons • Bonfire & hot dog roast

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BY BAILEY CHAMBERS

Friday

Saturday

oct. 26

oct. 27

Red/White Day Pep Rally Western hero/villain class skit homecoming football game

• Homecoming dance at tulsa convention center


Fallinto Fall Sparky’s Graveyard Located on 91st St. between Harvard and Yale lies an ancient graveyard as old as Tulsa itself. According to local legend, the graveyard is haunted by a headless Indian who terrifies pedestrians. Locals have named this place Sparky’s Graveyard. Out of all the places visited for this story, this was the scariest. When circling the graveyard, bright lights could be seen flashing within it. I could not find the source of the lights as they were in different places every time I saw them. Did I actually go out to the tombs to investigate? Absolutely not. As far as the headless Indian goes, there were many oddly shaped tombstones which cast very human-like shadows. The creepy graveyard atmosphere and the sketchy school next door also added to the frightening experience. I cannot really say that this myth is busted since the flashing lights were very mysterious. I came to the conclusion that his name might be Sparky because of the bright sparks throughout the graveyard.

alleged ghost boy has also been said to chase and scream at locals asking for help. Unfortunately I found no ghost here either. That could be because I went at 10 p.m., but close enough. When I arrived here, the only boys I found were playing dodgeball with glass bottles and in modern clothing. If I was in this neighborhood between 2 and 4 a.m., I would be running screaming for help, too.

understand where the myths could come from.

haunted tulsa

E. Easton Place Between the hours of 2-4 a.m. in the morning in the fall, a boy has supposedly been seen running down the street barefoot, dressed in clothes from the 40’s. This

Mohawk Park Located on 56th St. and sheridan next to the Tulsa Zoo lies Mohawk Park. Rumor states that at night the “little people” come out and can be talking and moving around. Furthermore, there are reports of a “deer lady” who is half woman and half deer that walks on its hind legs and is approximately 8 feet tall. Out of all five places, it was by far the darkest. Even with my truck lights on, I could only see about 5 feet in front of me. Although I did not see a “deer lady,” there were at least 30 normal deer along the trail through the park. I was worried their 8 foot tall deer mother would appear at any time to shepherd her flock through the park. When I listened for the “little people,” I did hear things. These things are known to most people as animals. Due to the paranoid state of mind one gets from being there at that time of night, I

Mohawk Park Golf Course The Mohawk Park golf course is rumored also to have an old haunted bathroom facility. Lights can be seen coming from the bathroom even though there is no electricity in the building. Also, the air coming from it is supposedly always cold as if it has air conditioning. As I drove around the golf course, there were definitely lights coming from the bathroom. It was probably just someone camping out in that bathroom seeing that it was a rainy looking day. I would not attribute any of this rumor to being ghostrelated. Downtown Tulsa Train Tracks There is a rumor that four children died playing chicken with a train on the tracks. Legend has it that if one puts their car in park, the ghosts of the children will push your car off the tracks to safety leaving dirty handprints on one’s car. I put my car in park, which made no sense to me, but nothing happened. After a little while I tried putting my car in neutral to see if that would work. Immediately my car rolled off the tracks. Sadly there were no handprints on my car afterwards. There is a reason this is called a myth.

LOCAL HAUNTED HOUSES Hex House Located on the corner of 71st and Memorial right next to Incredible Pizza lies the Hex House. Deemed by themselves as the scariest haunted house in Tulsa, it has no movie or goofy Halloween props. The goal of Hex House is to submerge you in an alternate reality of horror. Nightmare Located by Gut’s Church, Nightmare is not meant to scare by imaginary means, but to show the horrors of real life and death situations. This is probably the least scary haunted house Tulsa has, so if you are squeamish then nightmare is a good place to start your haunted house adventures.

Psycho Path Next to the crossroads of 49th E. Avenue and 106th Street N. lies the haunted forest of the Psycho Path. It starts off with thick fog surrounding you as you venture farther into the dark recesses of the forest. Monsters and ghosts lurk at every turn. There is no turning back in this haunted attraction, the only escape is to follow the Psycho Path. 13th Ward The largest haunted house in Jenks and Tulsa lies on the corner of S. Elm Street and W Main street with a total space of 40,000 square feet. The 13th Ward submerses the victim in what appears to be a rehabilitation facility where patients run wild and the experimental creations of the mad faculty seek revenge. “Haunted Tulsa” and “Local Haunted Houses” BY MATTHEW RADER


FRIGHTFUL

FLICKS Silent Hill

Release Date: Oct. 26 Heather Mason and her dad have been continually trying to outrun dangerous forces that have been haunting her her entire life. On her 18th birthday, she experiences horrible nightmares and her dad strangely disappears. She soon realizes that she is not the person she thought she was and feels as though she is trapped in a different world.

Sinister

Release Date: Oct. 12 A crime novelist finds a box of home videos. Without a thought, he begin to watch them. Little did he know that this action would soon lead to a series of nightmarish events for his family.

Frankenweenie

Release Date: Oct. 5 A boy named Victor and his best friend, Sparky, who is a dog. He dies and leaves Victor all alone without a best friend. Victor uses science to bring his beloved dog back to life. Surprisingly, he succeeds, but when Sparky escapes to the town, Victor soon realizes that he has created a dog that reaks havoc.

Toorscare not to to scare BY TODD FERNANDEZ Blood and guts. Screams and Terror. To the average person, these are things you would want to avoid every day, except for one day in the year: Halloween. So why do people like to get scared in the first place? What makes them want to have their wits scared out of them? Fear is an emotion caused by the brain. When there’s danger, the brain triggers your “fight or flight response.” This prepares you to fight for your life or run for it. When your brain triggers this reaction, your heart starts to beat faster, your mind starts to become on edge and you start to be afraid. “A lower brain region called the amygdala is activated when a harmful stimulus is detected. It’s a fast alert system that is connected to the fight or flight system in the body,” psychology teacher Jamie Alexander says. So why do people like the idea of being afraid? Some scientists assume it’s from the relief of getting through a trying time. Others say it’s because they are actually excited and not afraid. “People may enjoy being scared in the sense that they enjoy the stimulation of the fight or flight system activation followed

by the relief that comes from knowing that they are really safe. The chemical outpouring [of dopamine] that accompanies this process may feel good to some. However, to some the dopamine rush does not compensate for the anxiety feeling they felt earlier. That’s why some enjoy being scared and some don’t. It’s chemical,” said Alexander. “The scary movie is therefore the perfect compromise. It brings all the stimulation but none of the real threat.” So there is scientific reasoning to why people enjoy being scared. Thrill enthusiasts and scare junkies can credit their brains for their desire for fear. “It gets your adrenaline going,” says sophomore Colton Cameron who likes a good scare. “There’s always a thrill of not knowing what’s going to happen next.” Fellow scare-seeker Kathryn Tombridge also likes a good fright, as long as it is all in fun. “I enjoy being scared,” says Tombridge, “as long as I can laugh it off and know it’s not real.” So the next time your friend invites you to go to a haunted house, they’re not a freak, they’re scientifically different.

House at the End of the Street

Release Date: Sep. 21 Sarah, a recently divorced mother, is looking to start a new life. She and her daughter, Elissa, find a house they both love. Everything about it seems to be perfect. Soon after moving in, unexplained events begin to happen. It is then discovered that the boy, Ryan, who lives next door is the only survivor of an attack his sister had on their family. Sarah becomes even more uneasy when Elissa begins to date Ryan and she soon realizes that they are in more danger than they could have ever imagined. Centerspread Design BY MAX SANDERS


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BY KATIE CARUSO ver since the homeroom schedule has been implemented, many people have asked the question, “Is Homeroom helpful to classes or is it a waste of 15 minutes?” The Homeroom schedule began last year and takes place on Thursdays after second block instead of having SSR. The purpose of Homeroom is to avoid taking class time out of the school day to vote for class elections, collect Beans and Jeans money and practice safety drills. “I think running safety drills and having class meetings during this time is great because we no longer are taking up class time. I do not like taking kids out of class to meet with them, so Homeroom is perfect for that,” Br. Anthony said. Many teachers feel the same as Br. Anthony. They enjoy homeroom solely for the fact that they do not have to change their schedules to fit activities outside of the classroom. Although most teachers enjoy it, there are some who do not understand the reason for this 15 minutes. “I think it’s a waste of time. Add three minutes to second block every day and do whatever needs to be done during that time instead of the time allotted for yet another ‘special’ schedule,” said religion teacher Mrs. Jane Bender. Many students have not taken a liking to the Homeroom schedule. They feel as though more often than not they are sitting around not doing anything rather than being productive. They understand the point of Homeroom, but things such as voting for a class election or watching a video usually do not take more than five minutes.

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Are the 15 minutes of homeroom effective or is it just a waste of time?

“I don’t like homeroom. I find it unnecessary. It’s a glorified social time. The things we do, like voting, could just as easily be accomplished in a couple minutes out of second block,” senior Nick Lutke said. In addition to the extra down time, many people who have second and third lunch do not like Homeroom because it interferes their lunch schedule. “I hate it because my class is split into two so I lose my flow in the middle of class. When I come back from lunch, all my focus is lost,” senior Ellis Powell said. Although some students don’t enjoy this schedule, there are some that do enjoy it for the same reasons the teachers do. They feel it is a very productive use of the 15 minutes and is helpful. “I like it because it kind of gives students a break, but as far as what the administration wants to accomplish in homeroom, I think they need to get organized,” junior Ryan Quattrocchi said. With every change there is going to be negativity as well as positivity, but maybe all Homeroom needs is some revision. “I think our Homeroom schedule should be every day, but if there is nothing to do for homeroom that day then we can use it as SSR. I think it would make the whole concept more flexible plus it would eliminate one of our many schedules we have to keep track of,” religion teacher Mr. Daniel Bryan said. I understand the reason the Homeroom schedule was put in place, but most days Homeroom is used for sitting around and visiting with

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friends. Usually the only time it is productive is for the first five minutes. Collecting Beans and Jeans money does not take 15 minutes, and neither do most of the things Homeroom is used for. “I think that it should be understood that this time set aside for so many different activities is very important and that the reason we do Homeroom is because we want to have our full time in the classroom,” Mr. Bryan said. Homeroom is a great idea for not having to use class time for non-academic activities,it just needs some new adjustments. A great improvement to Homeroom, like Mr. Bryan said, would be to use the regular SSR time every day to get things done if needed. This way we could get rid of one of our schedules as well as keep Homeroom in place. This would make the 15 minutes more productive and students would be more positive about it.

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KEEP CALM AND LISTEN TO WAKULICH “To what goals are the efforts of your life leading you to?” This is the question he asked while I was in my own little world, thinking about my essay due the next day for AP Lit, the college application due in six weeks that I couldn’t remember the name of and what in the world I was going to wear for senior pictures. Last Sunday, Rev. Kerry Wakulich was in the middle of his homily at the Newman Center at TU, staring at the congregation, waiting for us to ponder this question while I sat awkwardly in the pew, waiting for him to continue. Instead, he stood in front of his audience, silent and staring. Clearly, he wanted us to think about this one. I put my mental to-do list away and thought about my own efforts; I thought

A Letter from the Editor

about my efforts as a daughter, as a student and even as an editor. What goals are the efforts of my life actually leading me to? After thinking for a few seconds, it wasn’t hard to come up with a few answers. Learning responsibility? Yes. Preparing for college? Absolutely. Creating this publication? For sure! I was satisfied with myself just then in the pew; my efforts were leading me to goals that were important to me and that I could attain. But it wasn’t until I read one of the stories in this issue, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” on page 11, about stress management, that I realized how overwhelmed I can be in trying to accomplish these goals. The fact that I was taking an inventory of my closet in the middle of Mass because I didn’t have the time to

do it elsewhere was a bit of a wake-up call. “Keep Calm and Carry On” made me realize that at the end of the day, the little things that I worry about don’t matter; it’s the things that will get me where I want to go in life that deserve my attention. While I still stress myself out from time to time, I know that my efforts today are what are leading me to the goals that will be my reality tomorrow, and the little things I encounter along the way aren’t worth ignoring a Wakulich homily for, let’s be honest. So readers, keep calm and carry on, and if you don’t know yet, ask yourself: To what goals are the efforts of your life leading YOU to? BY ISABEL DOBRIN

FOR THE SAKE OF LEADERSHIP BY STEVE DUKE, GUEST COLUMNIST I get it, leadership is a good thing. We should all strive to be leaders. But, honestly, what does it mean to be a leader in high school? And better yet, what should leadership mean in high school? At first glance, the answers to these questions seem fairly simple. Everyday we see student council officers, class board members, NHS officers, team captains, senior boys and girls of the month, retreat leaders, and officers from every other club and organization. These people make our school and its countless activities operate smoothly and efficiently. Maybe we even want to be these people, and why not? Here’s one reason: Some may not be leaders at all, depending on how you define leadership. Traditionally, leadership revolves around the ability to get people to follow. Most definitions of leadership require you to lead something, which makes sense, except when we realize that people can acquire leadership

positions just for the sake of leading, for the sake of having control, relevance, or the approval of peers. To put it simply, control for the sake of control is pointless. That’s why I subscribe to a slightly different interpretation of what it means to lead. In my mind, there is only one kind of leader. Anyone who does what’s right and follows their passion is a leader. Consider the life of one of the greatest leaders in recent history—Mother Teresa. When she began her mission, she simply wanted to care for needy people; she never sought power. All Mother Teresa wanted was to do the right thing, so she did. We should all want what Mother Teresa had—passion— even those of us who enjoy kicking puppies and don’t really care about the poor. The bottom line is, if you’re passionate about something, then just do it. Others will follow, or maybe they won’t. Either way you end up doing what you love. And if others do follow you, you’ll become a leader because of your passion rather than a misguided desire for recognition. Ultimately, the crux of leadership is passion, a desire to make the things you care

about better, and a willingness to make it happen even if others won’t follow you, because if you have those traits others will follow. In high school, a time when teenagers should try to discover what matters to them, the true leaders are those who genuinely pursue the things that are important to them. High school leadership means pursuing personal growth for the sake of personal growth, not leadership for the sake of leadership. The difference, in the end, is one of intention, and as students we have an obligation to check our motives, and do what really matters even if we do it alone. If you do, you’ll become a leader and make a difference for the right reasons. And if any of the great leaders throughout history are evidence, you’ll probably change a few lives, including your own. Steve Duke is a senior Brother Bernardine Scholar. He is also a member of the National Honors Society and a National Merit Semi Finalist.


UNWRITTEN KELLEy codes

NANDEZ TODD FER Y B Y R O T S NDERS Y MAX SA DESIGN B

- Purple notes and blue notes are your friends. Be thankful. - Boat shoes are in. - Senior Cafe is for seniors only. But really. - Do not do anything you would not do if Mr. Pratt were around. - Pick up your stinking trash. Especially in the commons. - Don’t stand in front of the lockers. Hallways are for walking not blocking. - Go on the retreats. You will end up going whether you like it or not.

Comfortable Sweatshirt Yoga Pants or Sweatpants Nike Training shoes Just an Average T-Shirt Pastel Flat Front Shorts Sperry’s with No Socks

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veryday we wear the same things because, inevitably, school uniform is required by our schoolhandbooks. But on Free dress days, most students continue to dress simliarly. It is almost as if they have agreed to an unofficial Bishop Kelley Handbook. The real handbook requires wearing a button down shirt, khaki pants, plaid or khaki skirt, and dress shoes. But the clothing of a free dress day also follows a streotypical code.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS at BK 1. Don’t stress yourself out. Plan your time accordingly to be effective. 2. Ask for help if you need it.

3. Keep track of assignments. It’s easy to forget what and when something is due.

4. Know the times of the various schedhules. Know when you get back from lunch so you can eat with no worry.

Unoffical Uniform


BKTV GOES LIVE BY ISABEL DOBRIN BKTV, a new broadcasting program run by faculty and students, broadcasts live BK events throughout the year. “We are a new line of communication both inside BK and from BK to the outside world,” Mr. Michael Blazek, Director of Bishop Kelley Comets TV, said. Blazek oversees broadcast production for sporting events, as well as academic, religious and social events that BKTV shows. “If you can’t attend an away game, BKTV will broadcast it. If you missed the pep rally, BKTV will have it archived on our website so you can see it. If you would like to know what is on Father O’Brien’s mind, watch our weekly “5 Minutes with Father” segment,” Blazek said. BK partnered with Gameview, the company who provided the hardware and software for the broadcasting process, to make production possible. To broadcast, BKTV uses two HD cameras that feed to an IMac to run a television production program that streams video live to the bishopkelleycomets.tv website. “We send a low resolution version to a video streaming website and we record a high resolution version to the Mac. The day after the sporting event, we upload the high resolution version and it replaces the low resolution version on the website,” Blazek said. Mr. Blazek is hoping to host at least 60 events online with the help of multiple activities to film and students to help in production. “Student activities provide the content that we film, whether it be a sporting event or a talent show, and students are involved in the production as producers and camera operators. Starting 2nd quarter, all positions at BKTV are volunteer; I could use the help of interested and excited people,” Blazek said. For students who want to get involved with BKTV, the Media Club was created this year to help students learn about broadcast production and give them hands on experience and training. “Students might film a Public Service Announcement on bullying, edit it and then have it shown on BKTV or uploaded to Youtube,” Blazek said. Blazek hopes that in the future BKTV will expand its content and production. “I would like to see BKTV broadcast more plays, musicals, concerts and the like. I would also like to see BK transition to Video Announcements that will be filmed in the BKTV studios and shown to the student body. I hope that will enable us to put out a quality product that people will like,” Blazek said.

If you would like to get involved with BKTV or Media Club, see Mr. Blazek in B-11.

Seniors Aaron Alonso and Sean Kane show off their Bro Pose. The duo developed their Bromance through running Cross Country together.

Bromance

BY MATT RADER

A bromance cannot be contained by words, but is a pact between bros that can hold through the toughest, best and stupidest of times. According to Kelley students, a bro is a guy you can do stupid stuff with, someone you fist bump all the time or just a bestie. Sophomores Logan Armstrong and George Youngwirth met at a “5th grade broscouts meeting” and have stuck together ever since. George and Logan’s bromance can be described as “legen... wait for it... dary.” Others such as seniors Aaron Alonso and Sean Kane met at “BSHU” also known as “Bro So Hard University.” Not only is bromance seen in real life, but in the media as well. A few movie examples include Shrek and Donkey, Harold and Kumar, Frodo and Sam and many more.When asked what movie described their broship, Aaron Alonso and Sean Kane chose the “Big Lebroski.” Besides movie characters there is an actual show called “Bromance.” In this show, the main character Brody tests the friendship qualities of nine bros to see which he should add to his celebrity entourage. Famous TV bromances can also be seen such as JD and Turk from “Scrubs” or Shawn and Gus from “Psych.” Some might compare a bromance to the friendships between girls, but would girls go jet skiing in Cabo, free climb the cliffs of Amarillo, or sneak into the movie Role Models together as the formerly mentioned bros have? Not a chance. Would girls have a bro battle cry such as “COLLEGE”? Definitely not. The level of bropower that holds the bromance together in the balance could not even be fully comprehended by the female gender. Furthermore, in a bromance, there must be appropriate bro nicknames. Bro names come in all sort of varieties and have existed since time began. Some examples through history would be Broah and the Ark, Brosideon king of the Brocean, Rocky Balbroah, Pope Bronedict, and many many more. Any name can be transformed into a bro name by simply adding bro or brah to it in any shape or form.True bros would not simply call each other names like Aaron or Sean but more worthy titles such as “Han Brolo and Chewbrahcca.” But a bro name does not have to have bro or brah in it, it can be any cool nickname shared between the two bros. Such names like “Clutch and Soldier” are used by juniors Justin Savage and Kevin Pynn. Overall, true bromances will continue to thrive in all cultures in every corner of the world and Bishop Kelley is no exception.


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manners Stay classy Bishop Kelley Saying please and thank you, holding doors, and keeping elbows off the table are all simple manners. Although simple, they are often forgotten. Here at Bishop Kelley, good manners are expected from everyone. We want to be known for having respectful students. So when in a hurry or having a bad day, just remember to keep your manners in mind and stay classy. BY KATIE CAURSO & BAILEY CHAMBERS

ladies

- Stand and sit with good posture You don’t want to look like the hunch back of notre dame. - Dress for respect, modest is hottest No one wants to see your undergarments. - Avoid bad language It makes you sound unintelligent and can be offensive. - Do not criticize others It makes you and the other person look bad. - Do not belch in public People find it rude and gross. - Make eye contact when talking to people This shows that you’re listening. - Take small bites No one wants to see your food. - Don’t text, facebook, or tweet at the dinner table It’s disrespectful and shows that you’d rather not be there. - Write a handwritten “thank you” note It shows you took the time to care and really are appreciative.

I always try to... “Hold the door for poeple.” -Aaron Alonso, senior “Be polite to elders.” -Taylor Emery, sophomore

GentLEmen

- Open/hold doors for ladies It’s the gentleman thing to do. - Pull out their chair It’s respectful. - Do not use profanity Girls don’t like it and it’s disrespectful. - Dress appropriately for the occasion, no shorts and t-shirt It looks like you care. - Walk on the side of her closest to the street Shows you care about her safety. - Call her, don’t just text It means more. - Don’t slouch It shows that you are not fully attentive. - Avoid immature conversation topics It makes you sound childish. - Take hat off when praying or at a dinner table It’s respectful.

“Being respectful on the field during football games.” - Max Denny, junior

“Be appreciative. Say please and thank you.” -Jessie Butchee, senior

“Be a really nice driver. I like to let poeple go in front of me.” -Kendra Mackey, junior

“Set the silverware correctly at the dinner table.” -Chandler Fuller, junior

“Say ma’am or sir.” -Brady Little, senior

“Treat teachers with respect.” -Audra Brulc, senior “Never interrupt anyone.” -Grace Jabbour, freshman

“Put my napkin in my lap.” -Alex Abney, freshman

“Keep my elbows off the table.” -Jordan Snow, freshman


Kelley’s Quirky Classes

Unique classes that Bishop Kelley has to offer and how they can be important BY CHRIS WHELAN Throughout one’s highschool career, the repetition of traditional courses can inevitably become a monotonous struggle over four years. However, Bishop Kelley provides its students with many unique and nontraditional classes that can break the consistency of the more common classes. These electives range from Film and Society and various music fields, to more abstract classes such as Creative Writing and Psychology. Whether it’s art, acting, film or science, Bishop Kelley provides students with courses that may pique their unique interests. English, math, religion: these classes, quarter to semester long, are required in all four years to reach the graduation requirements at Kelley. But along with these traditional, standerdized courses, there are more unique classes in all fields of education. Not only do they teach students unique skills, but some of these classes provide ample amounts of opportunity to win awards and even achieve national recognition.

All Creative Writing, Newspaper and Yearbook courses have chances for students to apply for awards. Along with these, Fine Arts courses also offer similar opportunities. These entries can also help with college scholarships and recognition. Since the arrival of Ms. Bailey McBride, head of the journalism department, in 2011, Bishop Kelley has won more than one hundred awards in monthly and yearly entries. Her classes all provide unique, new experiences for her students. Classes like sociology and psychology are “brand new topics for most people” which makes it “new and more exciting for high school students,” psychology teacher Mrs. Alexander said. Other classes, such as acting and pottery, challenge students into developing skills which most have never touched on before. Along with developing skills, these classes can also give students a feel for a collegiate environment. With a wide variety of topics to choose from, students are able to pick and choose classes that they may be interesting to pursue in future endeavors.

Yearbook and Newspaper students work hard to meet their deadlines. Bishop Kelley will produce nine newspapers and one 300 page yearbook this year. “We’re just like a family,” said senior Breezeway writer Mary Grace Stewert, “we love helping eachother out.” Photo by Chris Whelan

Keep Calm and Carry On

Mrs. Debby Sparks Tips for Dealing with Stress 1. Mange your time wisely 2. Get organized 3. Create a good study environment 4. Know your learning style 5. Practice visualizations 6. Develop optimism 7. Get enough sleep 8. Learn study skills

Advice on how students should deal with too much stress

BY MARY GRACE STEWART Between meeting deadlines, maintaining a stress,” Psychology teacher, Mrs. Jamie Alexansocial life and other responsibilities, the stress der said. level of a teenager is high. Finding your niche as Procrastination is often a key component to a freshman and applying and choosing colleges the stress levels. Although not all students wait as a senior can be very intense. Stress affects the until the last minute to complete tasks, stuatmosphere of the classroom as well as the way a dents “will do an assignment when the stress of student prepares for class. not doing the assignment overtakes the stress “Once the student feels stressed about a of doing the assignment,” Mrs. Alexander said. particular task, he/she tends to emotionally Sometimes students underestimate the turn their brain off,” Spanish teacher Mrs. Maria impact of stress. Monhaut said. “Research shows that the daily hassles in life Every student has different ways of handling produce more stress than major life events,” stress. Mrs. Alexander said. “There are always going to be students who Although people think most stress is unstress more than others,” Mrs. Debby Sparks says healthy, stress also falls into the category of about the stress among students at BK. productive emotions or positive stress. This Stressing out about school may sometimes be creates a desire and “helps get projects and embarrassing for students. Not wanting to show tasks done, it helps clear the mind to accomthat they are worried about their school work, plish critical thinking,” Monhaut said. they act as if it has no affect on their emotional Through the hussle and bussle of high health. school, keep calm and always think positive! “Students work very hard to disguise their


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ENTERTAINMENT

Let’s hear it for the herds From livestock shows, mega-ride passes and anything deep fried or chocolate covered the Tulsa State Fair has been quite the cultural event for locals and travelers dating back to the 20th century. The fourth Thursday after Labor Day marks the start of the Tulsa State Fair and for the next 11 days, fair goers enjoy the activities that have long been part of this occasion. According to Oklahoma’s Historical Society, the first street fairs date back to the early 1990’s which were held in what we know today as downtown. In 1913, the International Dry Farm-

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Digging deeper into the history of the Tulsa State Fair BY BAILEY CHAMBERS

ing congress was held in Tulsa, “ which brought in agriculturists from all over North America, as well as Europe, South America, China, and the Middle East.” Stretching 16-acres wide between Lewis Avenue and Admiral Boulevard, the Kafir Corn Palace exposition grounds were built. By 1918 the “Tulsa Free Fair Association” was founded. By 1926 the fair had moved to the location where it is today, between Louisville and Yale, now stretching 240-acres. However, it wasn’t until 1935 that the

Tulsa “State Fair” was established. In 1949, the fair and spring livestock show combined adding yet another part today’s fair tradition. Continuing for a few years as the “Oklahoma’s Golden Anniversary Exposition,” the fair reached an attendance of approximately 600,000, an all-time high. Years following the “Tulsa State Fair” was one of the largest in the United States. According to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, “at the beginning of the twenty-first century it remained among the nation’s twelve largest.”

FAIR FOOD favorites fried kool-aid

Donut burger

Corn Dog

KELLEY COMIC *le me walking to the senior lot

Cheese On-A-Stick

Philly Cheese STeak sandwich

fried Snickers BY CHRIS WHELAN

annnnd reality

feeling like a baus

Potato spirals with cheese

*le me walking to the nurses office..

breaking my stride...

...hehehe...


Guthrie Green: Better Than Most

The new concert venue provides a unique environment to enjoy music, exercise, and movies BY BEN HERNDON ired of the same old concert areas? Guthrie Green venue offers something different than the BOK Center, the Brady Theatre and the Convention Center. Named in part for the green technology and actor Woody Guthrie, Guthrie Green is the newest concert venue in Tulsa, located in the Brady Arts District at 111 East Brady Street. The venue occupies a full park between Brady and Cameron Streets and Boston and Cincinnati Avenues. One of the things that sets Guthrie Green apart from the other concert halls is that it runs on green technology. Every power source benefits not only the customers but the environment as well. All of the lighting is LED which reduces the overall site demand for electricity. Another green feature is that water runoff at the park is diverted to bioswales, which help irrigate the area and prevent flooding. This helps irrigate the area and cleanses the water before it enters the sewer. The last green component of Guthrie Green is the way they deal with energy demands. The solar panels on the roof of the Dock pavilion contribute to keeping energy demands low. Also, Guthrie Green offers more than just music festivals. Multiple times a week, the area hosts a boot camp sponsored by the downtown YMCA. If people are looking for a new place to work out, Guthrie Green is the place. They also offer yoga classes once a week sponsored by Lululemon. Between yoga and YMCA classes, people could venture to Guthrie Green five or six days out of the week to get in shape. Two more unique things offered by Guthrie Green are movies and

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markets. Guthrie Green shows movies once a week to those looking for an escape from the same old movie theatre. The last sunday of each month, the area offers a Sunday market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market goers experience a new atmosphere compared to the regular farmer’s market. The music aspect of Guthrie Green occurs every Saturday and Sunday night featuring local, independent artists. Each event will highlight a local charity and others from the local arts community in an effort to raise awareness of other services and talent in the spirit of enriching the Tulsa community.

Opening night at Guthrie Green was a hustle and bustle of activity. It features local bands and a plethora of entertainment. Photo courtesy of Brady Arts District.

The PIE HOLE Hole in the wall pizzeria for the highschool palate

Photo by Matt Rader

BY MATT RADER n 15th St. between Harvard and Lewis is one of the many gyro, goat cheese, and much more. treasures of Tulsa. The Pie Hole is a little restaurant with All that we tried was incredible and could easily take first place a lot of attitude. over other pizzerias around Tulsa. Each slice has a crispy but As you walk in there are concert fliers for local bands delicious crust ,which I could just eat plain, a sweet tomato sauce all over the doors. Inside there are all sort of little decorations, and gooey cheese. Each bite was “absolutely divine” says junior robots, a picture of the pope, pinup posters and all sorts of little Scott Love and left us wanting more. So if you want an affordable collectibles. In addition, there are every form of hot sauce imagslice of heaven, Pie Hole is the place for you. inable on a shelf for use on whatever you desire. After you get by all of that, there is a huge menu where you can order an entire pie or just a large slice for $2.25 with whatever you could possibly want on it. I got a slice of pepperoni and meatball, and canadian bacon and pineapple, which were both equally delicious. Others got the cheese or just plain pepperoni or sausage. For the more adventurous though, there was salami,

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Pie Hole Hours 12-3 p.m. 6-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday


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Eight teams go head to head in an intense tournament to see which team is the best BY BEN HERNDON Girls. Competition. Football. What do all of these have in common? Powderpuff. Powderpuff is basically flag football for girls. It has been offered by Bishop Kelley to all classes for a number of years and is widely enjoyed by every girl who participates in it. Two teams, red and white, from each grade square off against each other until one of them is crowned champion. Eight teams had intense games against each other and on Oct. 3rd, there was only one team left standing. During those two weeks, the players exhibited cooperation, dedication, and willingness to win. They were also very dedicated in attending every practice and playing their hearts out during each game. The players aggression and fierceness on the field proved that they were not going down without a fight. “Our players played their hearts out,” a coach of the senior white team, Michael Duke, said. Prior to the Powderpuff tournament, the only class competition was between the juniors and seniors in their parking lot debate and the Penny Wars. Now the class competition has shifted from only juniors and seniors to every class. In a way, Powderpuff can help relieve the everyday stress of high school by scoring a touchdown or taking someone’s flag. The class competition intensified over those two weeks because everyone wanted to win. “It was really exciting playing with all the girls,” senior Krysta Bussey said. “It was fun and competitive.” One of the coaches of the senior red team, Andrew Wood, classified the competition on the field as “fairly intense.” The final Powderpuff game featured the two senior teams. On

Photo by Jessie Schooley Part of the senior white team, senior Darienne Chapman jumps out of the way of the senior Erin McIntosh. Champman was the quarterback in the final game.

the red team was Kaela Little, Katie Sprouse, Lauren Wolcott, Abby Cunningham, Erin McIntosh, MariCaroline Davis, Bailey Haydock, Kirstie Wilburn, Mikell Cozad and Kelsey Ritchie. The coaches of the red team were Andrew Wood, Scott Ritchie, Andy Litzinger, Alex Malati and Will Murphy. On the white team was Robin St. John, Allie Diaz, Shelby Wood, Kaitlin Rempe, Madeline Godfrey, Krysta Bussey, Chandler Clarke, Claire Collins, Katie Caruso, Madi Schulz, Katie Mullins and Darienne Chapman. The coaches of the white team were Todd Fernandez, Michael Duke, Jacob Shelton, Matthew Cyr and Zach Washington. In the final Powderpuff game, the competition was fierce. The tension could be felt in the air and everyone’s hearts were pounding with anticipation. So much was riding on this game that the players had to give it their all. Forty-five minutes later, the champion emerged from the gridiron. The senior red team dominated the senior white team by multiple touchdowns. It was clear that weeks of hard work and training had paid off. Even though the red team won, the white team maintained their composure. “We fought a glorious battle,” Shelton said. “But were defeated by the Polo wearing preppy team.” At the end of the day, after all of the competition and fierceness of the games, the girls can be proud that they took part in the legendary football tournament that is known as Powderpuff.

"Our players played their hearts out." - SENIOR COACH MICHAEL DUKE

Photo by Rachel Kosir Senior Katie Caruso runs from the competition in the final Powderpuff game. The final game featured senior red and white teams. “The adrenaline and competitiveness made me run a lot faster,” Caruso said.


The LEgacy Of Cross Country The past, present and future of the seniors of cross country

BY BEN HERNDON he legacy of the cross country runners of the 2013 class is one that shant soon be forgotten. “The seniors have been amazing this year,” assistant boys cross country coach Tyler Bell said. “It is the most talented group of runners I have been around, but the thing that impresses me the most is their character and work ethic.” The senior runners are one of the fastest classes to run through Kelley. When looking at the legacy the senior runners are leaving behind, all of them say their legacy is one of inspiration and unity. “The legacy that I hope to leave behind for future runners is that no matter what you can always come together as a team and accomplish anything you put your mind to,” senior Sarah Bonk said. The unity aspect of their legacy involves everyone coming together as one team, not four separate classes. The seniors take some of the younger runners under their wing and teach them “how to trust [their] teammates as brothers,” senior Sean Kane said, which shows how team oreiented the seniors are to their proteges. Something else that unites the team is competition. “There is a lot of competition with one another which helps to make the team even deeper,” girls cross country coach Terry Stupp said. Both cross country teams have two races left in their season: Regionals at Oral Roberts University on Oct. 20, and State. The coaches believe their runners will do very well in the upcoming races. “Our expectations are first to win the Metro Lakes Conference meet on Oct. 9th,” Stupp said. “It is four years since Kelley won conference and it is time.” The coaches have high expectations for the race and higher expectations for the runners. “Because we return our top five runners from a 3rd Place team last year, we are likely to be one of the favorites for the State Championship this year,” Bell said. On top of the coaches expectations lie pride for their runners. “Coaching this team has been an incredible experience,” Bell said. “We are very lucky to work with such an excellent group of young men.” Coach Stupp classifies his experiences with the girls team as “a lot of fun.” Both coaches agree that the seniors actions on and off the course have been easy to take pride in. “I am really lucky to coach this senior class,” Bell said. “And I am very proud of them both on and off the course.” The success of the cross country teams thus far has been fantastic, but not an easy task. “Since we are in 6A we compete against some really big schools like Broken Arrow and Union,” senior Madeline Godfrey said. The switch from 5A to 6A in 2011 proved difficult to say the least. While in 5A, the teams made it to State and placed very high. After the switch, the fastest boys at Bishop Kelley got third place at State.

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“We have a great shot at taking [State] this year,” senior Aaron Alonso said. “We just have to stay focused and run well.” Aside from the obvious benefits of cross country, staying in shape and winning races, the seniors have made lifelong friends and had unforgettable experiences together. Cross country is “something I will always love and cherish about high school,” Kane said. Along with the friendships and memories, the seniors have created the term “college.” College is not only a frequently used phrase among the cross country runners, but it is a way of life. The runners, especially the boys, live to the beat of college. Kane created the term and it caught on instantly. Experiencing almost four years of cross country is a huge accomplishment and something to take pride in, it is not just some humdrum activity day in and day out. Senior Michael Duke relates his experience as one similar to college. “College has been synonymous with the cross country team and our experiences over the last four years,” Duke said. The runners have accomplished some incredible things over the past four years. The accomplishments range from just being a part of the team, to “finishing every race no matter what discomfort [they] feel,” Bonk said. No matter what each person accomplished individually, as a team, they have come together, shared memories and left their mark at Bishop Kelley as one of the fastest teams ever.

Photo by Madeline Godfrey

Photo by Rachel Kosir

The top left photo features senior Sarah Bonk running to the finish. She is shown running at the BK invitational at Oral Roberts University. The top right photo shows seniors Michael Duke and Sean Kane running at their Sept 15th race. Both Duke and Kane placed in the top 10 in this race.


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The cheer squad goes into a huddle ritual before the halftime show at the Noble game. “It’s the traditional huddle we do before every halftime show,” junior Chandler Fuller said. It’s significant to the cheerleaders because no one knows what it.

Senior Madi Maddox serves the ball during Bishop Kelley’s senior night. They won in straight sets against Broken Arrow, ranked eighth in the state.

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At the Collinsville game, Senior Seana Stoia, Soluting the camera, Juniort Josh Savage runs ahead of the hits a bullet to right field. “This year in softpack at the ORU Meet. “I was ball we ended up with a winning record which feeling pain. I’m ready for what makes me excited because I am leaving the program in better shape than when I started the rest of the season will bring,” Savage said. playing,” Stoia said. Madeline Godfrey Chris Whelan

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