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Voume 52 Issue II Deceber 14, 2011 6001 Cassia St. Boise, ID 83709

Boys varsity basketball begins season 4-1. Page 17

What the BEST program builds, it gives to campus. Page 5

Read about cover artist senior Patty Bowen and how she got into art. Page 3

““Muffin tops and thunder thighs are never attractive.” Page 177

Holiday Satire


The Borah Senator

December 14, 2011

I like you, what did you buy me?

X By Jacob Horton

Holiday Special

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We’ve never been much of a breed for skipping a celebration, especially one that has been such an influential part of American culture. Life, it seems, is all about the rewards we acquire for our hard work and dedication. Without the goods in life given to us, how could we advance as an economical society? I am, of course, referring to the holiday (shopping) season. As one with very little money, let me be the first to say that there is no such thing as happiness without material. You can’t be thankful for Christmas if you can’t say thank you to someone who’s given you a gift. From welfare to the Hills, everyone

Senator Staff

Editor in Chief: Kristin Bracewell Senior Associate Editor: Justin Kirkham Junior Associate Editor: Savannah Harrelson Art Editor: Rochelle Rathamone Photographers: Kristin Bracewell, Korey Combs, Madisen Gerber, Jamie Jones, Emilee Rivers Text Editors: Kristin Bracewell, Justin Kirkham, Savannah Harrelson Ad Manager: Kristin Bracewell /Assistant: Brittni Hanrahan Public Relations Manager: Ari Anchustegui Page Editors Front Cover: Kristin Bracewell Staff Page: Jacob Horton Artist Bio: Brittni Hanrahan News: Kristin Bracewell, Grace Gibney Opinion: Jamie Jones Life: Carlee Parsley, Zackery Thomas Spread: Justin Kirkham A&E: Justin Kirkham, Joe Czykoski Q&A: Kristin Bracewell, Brittni Hanrahan People: Savannah Harrelson Sports: Savannah Harrelson JV Sports: Brandie Cichy Photo Essay: Rochelle Rathamone Fun & Games: Ari Anchustegui Illustrators : Andrew Adams, Andrea Batten, Rochelle Rathamone Writers: Matthew Bergman, Mechelle Conner, Jaynee Nielsen Samantha Whittaker, Bradley Burgess, August Mckernan, Gustavo Sagrero Web Editor: Grace Gibney Assistant: Brittni Hanrahan Videographers: Zackery Thomas, Riley Tidmarsh Adviser: Michelle Harmon

knows that without wealth, you can’t be happy. If you compare a family struggling to put together a single gift for each other to that of a family that has too many gifts for the space they have, which would you think would be the happiest? Do you think the “99 percent” are happy people? Of course not, the only reason they’re protesting is because they want more jobs to buy more presents. If you think it’s to protest social and economic inequality you are very misled. Christmas is not a time to forget your worries and your financial burdens; it’s a time to escalate your stress level and your credit card debt to a dangerous caliber. “I don’t believe in signing up for credit.” Cristopher Allen Ingham. The only thing that you can do to make people happy and not resent you is to buy them gifts. The time spent with your family and friends is not the matter it’s how much you spend on them. You want your friends to look as if they have significant swag, cor-

rect? If so, you’d better buy them that letterman that doesn’t pertain to them whatsoever. As they say, “Marriage is a business contract.” No one is going to sign a contract to marry someone who has a really good credit score, however they will sign if you’re a bankrupt giver. Think about it, if you want to have kids and a house, first you start with your bad credit. It does not matter if you don’t spend any time with your family. As long as you buy them things, your relationships will be eternally strong. Happy Holidays!

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Artist Bio

December 14, 2011

Artist turns dreams into abstract drawings,


She loves Sonic the hedgehog

By Ari Anchustegui

“Everything is a self portrait.” Such wise words spoken by author Chuck Palahniuk influence Patricia “Patty” Bowen’s art a great deal. Bowen said her take on Palahniuk’s words are that “It’s sort of like everything anyone does or says, or draws for instance, can reflect yourself. And reflect on to other people as to who you are, and what kind of person you want to be” she added. “It’s almost like when a snail leaves behind a trail. You’re leaving behind everything you do and imprinting yourself.” Bowen, senior said she has been inventive since childhood and has been drawing ever since she can remember, “even before I was like ‘I wanna be an artist!’” she laughed. “I guess I’ve just always been artistic. My sister was into that too, so we would draw together when we were young.” Art isn’t the only activity to which she donates her time. She is also proficient in photography, knitting, animation, costume design, beading, guitar, and is a published poet. “I guess I’m sort of a jack of all trades.” Bowen first drew her inspiration from the blue animated hedgehog known as Sonic, but has shifted her focus toward Chuck Palahniuk, and Kurt Vonnegut books. She mostly draws while listening to music, “I love The XX and Modest Mouse,” she explained, “but I’m usually daydreaming. Most of my art comes from thoughts like, ‘Oh if only I could fly…’” Senior Crysania Skinner portrays her friend Bowen as abstract. “Everything about her is really different. It’s very interesting seeing her art because it mirrors everything going on in her head.” Art Teacher Jennifer Compton, said she believes Bowen’s challenge

will be finding what she’s most passionate about. “Whatever it is, it’s bound to be awesome,” explained Compton. “If it is art, great, but it’s whichever area she decides to sink her teeth into whether that be art or not.” Bowen said she hopes to aspire to her artistic goals in college, but is taking next year to work as an artist assistant in Seattle. “I’m really excited for that,” she exclaimed. “It’s for a family friend, and she’s getting pretty big right now. She’s kind of crazy, kind of an alcoholic,” chuckled Bowen, “but I think it’ll be okay.” She is enrolled in AP Studio Art, and has taken two painting courses in high school. She explained that her favorite types of media are Acrylic and Watercolor. Bowen’s most preferred piece of work is a recently completed self-portrait into which she scanned her face. “It was the exact scene from a dream I’d been having of my neighborhood being bombed and someone screaming in my face afterwards,” explained Bowen. “That’s probably one of my favorite pieces.” Compton said Bowen’s style is very delicate, as well as animated. “I think that is what separates Patty from others is that she’s got a lot of thinking, and intellect going into her art. It’s very interesting to talk to her about her work and see what’s going on inside of her head.” Bowen said, “I paint and draw because I get really bored, bored with the world in general. So, when I’m painting, I’m painting my hopes and dreams for the world, putting out what I wish the world were like, and hoping that people might somehow understand it.”

Senior Patricia Bowen shows her true personality while working on her newest work in AP Studio Art. She is interested in all forms of art ranging from pencil to photography

Photos by Korey Combs



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AVID classes see potential colleges

Students set sights on future options, explore Northwest campuses

By Jaynee Nielsen

Photo provided by Amy Everson, AVID Teacher

Borah’s AVID group explores the campus of Gonzaga College.

Recently, Borah AVID students took a three-day field trip to colleges around the area, with Amy Everson, 11th grade AVID teacher; Josh Ritchie, counselor; Pamela Atkins, 12th grade English teacher; and Kelly Fossceco, vice principal. Forty students toured University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho; Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.; Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho; and Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. AVID stands for advancement via individual determination, and students strive to do their best in school. The AVID program “helps [students] in high schools and gets them through college, not just in,” Everson said. The purpose of AVID and of the field trip is to help students think more about college and their options. To qualify, juniors and seniors who went on the trip had to have a 3.0 or better and sophomores had to have almost a 4.0. The trip opened many eyes to the options colleges offer. “The trip helped me figure out that I want to go to an honors college that offers my future major,” sophomore Abigail Cortez said. Cortez said she wants to eventually major in forensic science and chemistry, possibly at the University of Idaho. Senior Cristina Viveros said she liked the atmosphere of Gonzaga, a college she hadn’t considered much until now. “We all got to get to know each other a lot more,” Viveros said. AVID students and teachers advise students to keep an open mind, look at and visit colleges early, contact representatives, and research whether the college offers the major you want. Next Spring, AVID plans to visit Idaho State, University of Utah, Utah State College, Weber State University, and Westminster College. About 55 students will attend the trip.

District scores above average on ACT, SAT college entrance examinations By Joe Czykoski

For the first time in eight years, Boise School District students’ national average SAT/ACT test scores were at their highest levels, according to results from the 2011 American College Test (ACT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). For example, on the ACT, the average district student scored 22.9, Idaho student 21.7, and students in the nation 21.1. The highest ACT score is 36. Scores follow the same trend for SAT math and reading scores. On the SAT math scores, Boise students scored an average of 566 in 2011, Idaho 539, and the nation 514. On reading, the average scores in 2011 are 563 for BSD students, 542 for Idaho students, and 497 for the nation. “I think it’s cool that I live in the district that scored the highest,” said Bart Buskey II, a senior who took the tests. The Borah Career Center offered programs that helped students prepare for the tests, such as the ACT Crash Course Day. “It’s when kids can come in and do a full period of test prep,” said Career Center Counselor Kathy Lecertua. “It covers all four area of the test, and we do that once in the fall and once in the spring.”

Cartoon by Andrea Batten

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Students swap lives, stories By Ari Anchustegui

Although the term “Welcome to the Jungle” doesn’t sound all that welcoming in its own, our little jungle here at Borah is a regular, familiar place. Even so, not all schools are as heartwarming as ours. Imagine spending a day in an entirely unfamiliar environment. Eight Senior Link Leaders did just this. Seniors Chanse Ward, Konnor Moden, Megan Suitts, Jade Lowber, Alex Kunz, Toree Tuck, Courtney Flynn, and Tiffany Weaver switched places for an entire school day with eight Bishop Kelly students. The overseer of the process, school social worker Becky Woodland said, "The point was to experience a different school’s culture and climate. It’s important to know what happens outside the world of Borah." There was a meeting held for senior Link Leaders informing them of the opportunity. There, Link Leaders received a form that required a signature from each of their teachers. Woodland had hopes of having an even number of genders participate. "We picked good,

outstanding Borah citizens. They couldn't have any truancies or any of that," said Woodland. Once the students were picked, they were informed that on November tenth they would be temporarily swapping lives with Bishop Kelly students Noah Stuart, Amanda Scott, Jimmy Harrison, Katie Flashbart, Matt Walling, Marty Martinez, Lauren Markison, and Jillian Peterburg. Although some had known friends from elementary, or even sports, others knew no one at the visiting school. "Kids weren’t as welcoming as at Borah,” said Moden. “If you looked at somebody, they would think that you're weird." Bishop Kelly students agreed with this, describing that Bishop Kelly isn't as inviting, Flashbart said, " I was surprised at how accepting kids were to us new students. At BK, it would be a lot tougher." Most agreed naturally, that there were quite a few people that judged, people that whispered. "It was cool getting to see a different school because it was a private school, and I got to see the different ideas, and things that they learn there," said Ward. "It didn’t seem too different except the class schedule, and the overall setup of the school."

His swapper, Peterburg, contrasted Borah from Bishop Kelly due to the difference in morning announcements "We pray every morning, so that was really different," he said Walling described his physics class as a "body trembling, heart pumping experience. I watched Mrs. Gough eat peanut butter, from the jar." He also said that he found teachers, like Gough, very uplifting and involving, "The students were so enthusiastic and excited to learn!" Wednesday Nov. 30th, at lunch, swappers were introduced to those that they traded with. "It was quite interesting to see who I switched with, and it was nice to see what the other people at Borah had to say about her," explained Ward. When asked what advice they would give to students who are selected to participate in this activity, Ward encouraged students to take in every new environment possible. Flashbart seconded that by advising students to "be open to all types of people as well.” Each and every identity swapper agreed that it was a great experience that they enjoyed very much, but they would prefer to remain at their own schools in all its familiarity.

pieces of wood shaped as bones, painted yellow and labeled with a green title, such as “Best Legs,” “Best Hair,” “Class Clown,” and “She-Ra.” “It makes me feel good,” said senior Cory Kirby. “Right now, I’m sanding for a bench.” Teacher Neal Jareczek explained that the class has multiple projects in progress at the moment. “We’re working on study carols for Hillside Jr. High, cabinets for the math and science rooms here at Borah and also a giant game of Jenga for South Jr. High school,” he said.

He also expressed how excited they were to start on the class of 2011 project; it is going to be a portable iron bell that can be rung at sporting games, that hangs from a wooden stand. A graduated senior from last year created the design. “I think they are such a sweet group of people that make such a positive impact on Borah,” said senior Brooke Wimer, who within Student Council has worked with the group throughout her high school career. “They do so much around our high school.”

B.E.S.T kids keep school unique

By Jamie Jones

In a secret workshop on the back perimeter of campus lies a group of kids that contribute their time and energy into making Borah unique and one of a kind: the Better Employment Skills Train (BEST) students. The BEST students constructively use their time making everything from Lucky Dog Bones for the Lucky Dog Senior Assembly at the end of the year, to birdhouses and picnic tables for campus. The bones for the assembly are


Key Club raises $500 for UNICEF By Brandie Cichy

This past Halloween, Key Club went to subdivisions to collect money for UNICEF. “We raised somewhere between $450 and $500,” senior Jocelyn Schelske, president of Key Club said. The club, run by History Teacher Kylie Christensen, advertised for the event. The students dressed up in costumes, went to area subdivisions in teams, and asked for spare change to donate to UNICEF. “UNICEF is a global organization that helps rights of children everywhere,” Christensen said. The money collected by Key Club goes towards education, health-care, and other necessities children rely on adults to provide. Additionally, UNICEF uses donations to build schools and buy vaccines and supplies for shelters. Every year, UNICEF sends Key Club fundraising materials. This year, Key Club made door hangers and hung them on Boulder Creek and Charleston Place neighborhood doors to spread the word in the subdivisions in which the club planned to canvass. As for the club itself, both Christensen and Schelske agreed it is going great. “We have a great board; everyone is very driven,” Christensen responded. “Homecoming was the best yet. We got a lot of positive feedback from students and teachers who were there.” Schelske said, “Key Club is going excellent. We’ve expanded in numbers which is good. We’re involved in new projects which in my mind is a major improvement,” Key Club is hosting a pancake breakfast Jan. 28 to raise money for students in Kenya. Money raised will go towards school supplies for these students.



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December 14, 2011

Pro: Occupy Wall Street Movement has positive message for 99 percent By Riley Tidmarsh

We live in a world in which an extremely minute amount of the population has control of quite a lot. It’s such a small amount that approximately one in one hundred fall into this category. Sadly, this elite 1 percent has, over the years, succumbed to greed and corruption. Out of this avarice was born the Occupy Movement that has taken hold in numerous cities across the world, including New York, London, Los Angeles, and Boise. Honestly, this movement calls for seemingly acceptable actions. These nonviolent protesters are calling for things like social democracy, which should already be a staple of American and democratic policies worldwide.

Also, they are protesting a reduction in corporate influence on politics, another belief that, sadly, isn’t accepted by governments across the world, including the United States. Corporations, which are part of that fabled 1 percent that I keep mentioning, have always had a say in politics. And why shouldn’t they? What is unfair about the corporation’s say in politics is how much say they have. These corporations act as though, despite the supposed equality in America, they deserve this say. Corporations influence government through Political Action Committees and Single Interest Groups, into which they have the money to throw. This, in effect, allows large corporations to have an unequal say in politics. And what does this do to our lowly

99 percent? Well, for one it greatly reduces the equality for the average person, who is without the assets to get through to our country’s leaders. It also makes us simply puppets for these large corporations.  This is exactly what the Occupy Movement is fighting against; the complete and utter lack of ability to get 99 percent of American’s fair say in the world, the discrimination found in the world’s economic and political system, and a system in which money can buy power and control. Personally, I find the lack of support for this movement (which simply calls for the practice of the fundamental American values of democracy and equality in the political realm) to be astounding. The Occupy Wall Street Move-

ment is truly proof that common Americans, the 99 percent, can indeed have a say in the world that has stacked the odds against them.

reason for the recent Occupy Movements. People are protesting the 1 percent of individuals who are considered the elites and standing up for the 99 percent who are struggling in the tough economic times. The concept of Occupy started correctly, stating that politics and business should not be intertwined. But then the protests began to involve organized unions and professional protesters. The message was lost, confused. Protesters have occupied parks, streets, bridges, etc. to argue for the 99 percent and shout for a reduction of corporate influence on politics. But what is going unnoticed or unsaid is that corporations have a combined tax rate of 39.2 percent in the United States, higher than in any other country, according to the web-

site, “The Guardian” and their coporate tax rates. These tax dollars pay for services hat everyday people (yes, including the struggling 99 percent-ers) can enjoy. Republican candidate Newt Gingrich illustrated this best in his recent debate on CNBC when he askd the simple question he believes Occupy people have not thought of. “Whose going to pay for the park you’re occupying if there’s no businesses making a profit?” It is a fundamental belief that capitalism in the United States of America is the best way forward because everyone has a chance. But the famous saying goes, “You can’t make a poor man rich, by making a rich man poor.” Everyone has the opportunity to make something of themselves, to be-

come a part of the 1 percent through hard work. To be rich does not mean one is evil. It means they worked to be that 1 percent. One should not be hated for being successful. Gingrich stated another wise understanding of this concept: everyone has an opportunity to be successful. “Henry Ford started as an Edison Electrician supervisor who went home at night and built his first car in the garage. Now was he in the 99 percent or the 1 percent? Bill Gates drops out of college to found Micosoft. Is he in the 1% or the 99%? Historically this is the richest country in the history of the world because corporations succeed in creating both profits and jobs.” Without these once 99 percent-ers, we would not have the technology we do now! So are we going to hate on these people for being rich?

Graphic by Andrea Batten

Con: Protestors of 1 percent should have gratitude not hate for wealthy Graphic by Andrea Batten

By Kristin Bracewell

America is changing. Fewer citizens are willing to accept responsibility for their actions, blame “the rich” and corporations for all that is wrong in their lives, and ultimately seek the government’s support. This is a basic


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Senator shout-outs:

How do you feel about Facebook?

Facebook shapes the cyber generations social lifestyle

Staff Editorial

So, let’s face it: Facebook has become a way of life. Our generation has one symbol to represent it, and that is technology, the Internet, social networking or pretty much a cyber world, whatever you’d like to call it. The 1980s had neon leotards and teased hair, the 1970s had bellbottoms and the 1960s had tie-dye, but what is this generation going to be remembered for? A cyber life, perhaps. How many “Likes” you have on Facebook determines how popular you are in the real world. A relationship isn’t officially over or even begun until it’s on the web and if you have a problem with a person, you de-friend and “Block” them instead of confront them in person. One of the funniest situations is when a person “Likes” a status or picture in the cyber world, then acts as a complete stranger in the real world. Come on guys, we’re friends on Facebook! Why’re you acting so weird in reality? A late night was once consumed with popcorn, movies, and prank calls with a phone that has a cord. Those things still exist; they haven’t gone out of style quite as fast as leisure suits

or disco. Social Networking tools, or websites like Myspace and Twitter have quickly become, for many, the only past time. The cyber life has even affected the working world. It’s isn’t uncommon for prospective employers, or even college administrative teams and scholarship committees, to background check someone through Facebook. Wake up, people! The dramas

Facebook consumes and amounts for so much wasted time. Why do we care about what our cousin’s girlfriend’s little sister is doing off in a sorority at the University of Idaho? Or whom you went to a Halloween party dressed as a cat with? Too much time and energy goes into creating albums titled Summer 2011. When will anyone look through 287 pictures of what you did last summer? And most importantly, who will care? Create a scrapbook to save pictures and besides, that’s what yearbooks are for. Facebook is good for only one thing: staying in touch with the people you can’t see in person every day. What happened to reading, writing letters and going to the movies? As Mr. Tom Anderson, co-founder of Myspace, posted as his status on September 20, 2011 at 1:04 P.M. near Los Angeles, Calif.: “Facebook has accomplished what I wanted to accomplish when I started MySpace--that ’everyone’ would be online, and ‘everything’ online would get more fun & useful because it’s social. To me, Facebook just keeps getting better & better.” Everyone and everything is online. And it’s now socially acceptable to be an electronic signal behind a computer screen.

“Facebook has accomplished what I wanted to accomplish when I started MySpace -- that ‘everyone’ would be online and ‘everything’ online would get more fun & useful because it’s social,” -- Tom Anderson, creator of Myspace that previously would have been as fleeting as your days in high school now have a permanent life on Facebook. Facebook directly reflects who you are. Whether or not you realize it, your private life is completely public on the web. Writing in a good ol’ diary isn’t appealing anymore, but ringing out feelings on Facebook is. If you’re able to say something private and raunchy to your 446 friends on Facebook, then you must also be willing to accept that the Dean of your future college just overheard your conversation.

“Facebook is pretty important, I have a profile and I think that Facebook plays a big part in our society. To some, Facebook is like a cell phone or iPod; teens feel very attached to Facebook. Personally, I am very attached to my phone and Facebook and I think that was the point of creating them. So that people would get attached.”

-Sarah Draze, sophomore

“It’s an interesting social network site, with lots of possible opportunities for friends and even relationships!”

-Raegyn Hawkins, junior

“Facebook? No, I don’t have one. I have a Myspace. But it’s all part of corporate greed.”

-Chris Ingham, senior

“Facebook is huge. I think people substitute Facebook for real life, which is sad! I am not on it because I think it blurs the line with students when it comes to exposing your private life, friending students and such.”

-Kate Thompson, teacher



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Clubs’ survival depends on consistent members By Zackery Thomas

Borah teachers and administration encourage every student to find an extra-curricular activity, and Borah has all sorts of clubs to meet students’ interests. However, some clubs aren’t active from year to year. This year is no exception. Some clubs exist because they are a tradition, others form from a passing passion. Clubs are active whenever a student has an idea for one and puts forth the work to organize it. Then there are clubs that die, or have a nasty trend of thinning out after certain events or graduating classes. When Business Professionals of America (BPA) lacked members, it combined with another club. “There really isn’t a BPA now,” said teacher Brad Baumberger. “We didn’t have enough members on our own so we got together with DECA to have enough people for a club and participate in competition.” Key Club is another club that ex-

periences spikes in its membership. “We always have so many people up until Homecoming,” said senior Jocelyn Schelske, Key club’s president. “We plan out the dance, then, once it is done, over half the members leave.” Schelske added, “I feel as though members want to be a part of something--which is great--only, when it comes to the greater good that involves work, they shy away.” Many clubs are made with a single purpose and manage to gain loyal members that work to keep the clubs active. Others, like ACE Club (Art Community and Ecology Club) have virtually disappeared from campus or survive by combining with another group, like BPA and DECA. Lastly there are clubs rumored to start but no one actually takes the steps in starting them. Many students find it difficult to join clubs due to conflicts with other club meetings.

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Photo from Kristin Bracewell’s Facebook page.

Students meet former governor Cecil Andrus By Krisitn Bracewell

Several teachers and senior students, including myself, attended lunch downtown at an early November City Club of Boise forum to hear the former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus speak. The former governor shared stories about politics and family, and also answered questions from the audience. Though it might seem boring to sit and listen to an elderly man rattle on about his previous career, Andrus-who served more years as governor of Idaho than anyone else in the state’s history--was one of the few politicians whose speaking has interested me. Senior Tristan Stillings said the most memorable thing about Andrus was “his sense of humor.” It is true; he had everyone laughing right off the bat, reciting stories, for example, of how he broke his ankle when a dog knocked him over. The way he told stories brought an edge of sarcasm to his monologue. Bree Berlinguet said he took away a simple quote, a kind of moral. Andrus said. “Don’t be argumentative, but be candid about what you think.” Rachel De Voe asked Andrus what his opinion was on the “Luna Bill.” His response was similar to many who oppose the education bill: horrible. Plain as that. He did not go into detail; he simply said he did not agree. Someone during the Q/A period of the forum reminded Andrus that he

introduced Obama as the Democratic nominee in 2008 in Idaho, and was asked if he still stood behind Obama. Andrus said he did not think Obama was doing the best. He said he does not agree with him much anymore. Not only did Andrus discuss current events, but also he addressed the abortion bill he appealed while in office. The best thing he said was that he would consider himself pro life, though a Democrat, yet “we do not live in a perfect world.” If we did, he would have no problem passing a Pro Life bill, but there are those special cases where the mother’s life is in danger or people are raped, either by a stranger or through incest. He said these are the times when we should give the woman the right. Andrus shook all of the students’ hands. It was a true honor to be recognized by this former governor and be given the opportunity to share our gratitude for his time. Stillings and De Voe agreed that, meeting him was a real pleasure. De Voe said “Saying hi and introducing ourselves was cool!” Experiences like these do not come often, and it was well worth it to miss a little school to hear a great man share his story. Not many people can boast of being in the presence of a true, admirable politician, but we seven students have this memory to carry on forever. Through his dialogue, many now believe and see why Andrus is often referred to as “Idaho’s Greatest Governor”.

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Study hall grows into after-school hit By Carlee Parsley

It wasn’t until the start of the proWhen Lion’s Den start- gram this school ed in February 2010, it was year that students the brain-child of the junior who wanted to AVID class (now seniors), who stay at school and needed a leadership project study or work on for its BSU concurrent-credit. homework from 3 After the students had p.m. to 5 p.m. started arriving everything ready to go for in force.   the after-school study hall-English teacher Pam Atteacher volunteers for super- kins speculated that, the year vision and student volunteers before, students couldn’t get for tutoring--they watched past what she called the “tuand waited for their vision to toring aspect” of Lion’s Den.   take shape. Due to this misconception,

the new-found understanding that Lion’s Den isn’t just for tutoring, though there has been an increase in the need for specific-subject tutors. Glenda Jenkins, one of Borah’s three librarians, said that Lion’s Den has been great for attracting students into the library. “They get to see all the books we have on display, and we’re seeing more kids come in at break and at lunch than

ever,” said Jenkins. Atkins said, “All the credit for the success of [Lion’s Den] goes to the students.” “The new junior AVID class is in charge of the program now, but the seniors deserve some credit for thinking this unique program up,” Atkins added. The goal for Lion’s Den, according to Atkins, is to see it continue to grow, increasing the number of students who use the time to study, as well as the number of tutors.

vation and environmental responsibility. One example of this is such programs as a Children’s Giving Garden, where they work with kids showing them at an early age how to grow food, instilling values that would benefit them. Dryden said the best thing that comes out of this is that when the harvest comes around, the program donates the produce to the Women’s

and Children’s Alliance. The team also participates in the Idaho Green Expo, where they appeal to the community with the slogan “Healthy Body, Healthy Spirit, Healthy Mind.” The team also takes part in the Festival of Trees where they reuse a tree from the last year’s event and redecorate it with reusable materials, keeping in line with the “repurpose” motif.

The library is seeing 35 to 40 students Monday through Thursday Atkins said, AVID was seeing only handfuls of kids show up. This year, however, the library is seeing upwards of 35 to 40 students Monday through Thursday. Atkins attributes this wave of students to teachers pushing the use of the library and

Boise hospital builds green team programs By Gustavo Sagrero

The green revolution is making its way through society and has reached the healthcare system of Idaho. Leading the way, a local hospital’s green team is changing the manner it operates from the inside out. “Hospitals are one of the largest creators of waste,” said Nicole Dryden, Inventory Control Coordinator, Supply Chain Manager, and Leader of the Green Team at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Remembering when she first began her job, she said, “We have waste that is coming out of our ears.” Packages were wrapped once and then wrapped again; Styrofoam cups were abundant and most of what was used was sent to the trash, recyclable or not. So how did they start cleaning up their act? “We used to scavenge through the trash cans,” said Dryden, “because there was so much waste happening.”

From their humble beginnings of 40 employees showing up to the first meeting a few years ago, the Green Team now has five people who consistently make sure that conservation is taken into mind in hospital policy. Now with momentum, Dryden and the Green Team are running programs such as BYOC (bring your own cup), and have created a system in which meals at the hospital use less Styrofoam, for example. They are also reducing waste of hospital materials. “We have an FDA approved list of items to be reprocessed: blood pressure cups, oxygen sensors,” said Dryden. Once used, these hospital “utensils” are sent to a sterilization plant where they are repurposed and shipped back for reuse. Dryden also detailed how Sharps Containers go through a reprocessing phase, where they are resterilized and sent back to the hospital for reuse. These are the brightly

colored containers that hold the needles and scalpels, for example, not the actual sharp objects. IV bags have also been given a green touch; traditionally it was two bags that wrapped a solution of choice but the new VisIV have changed all that. These bags were not only chosen because of the economic and safety benefits, but also for their ability to reduce waste; what used to be double wrapped is now just one bag, and this is the case for most of the popular solutions of the company that supplies St. Al. In the end, the bags reduce 50 percent of the waste that the hospital would otherwise produce. Overall, the Green Team has a record that they have recycled 339,606 pounds of waste, 37 percent total, a great leap from 19 percent before the Green Team was formed. The team is not just a movement inside the walls of a hospital; it also has its ambitions on the outside to educate the community about conser-

Try These Green Tips - Try walking or riding your bike - Take the stairs. - Turn off your computer! - Print on both sides of paper. - Only print if you NEED to. - Shop second-hand. - Pack a lunch instead of eating out


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Holidays ‘Tis the season to dress for winter spur club activities By Ari Anchustegui

There comes a season to be jolly, and so comes a season to be layered. Oh yeah, they’re the same season! Weird! Ever see anyone around Borah looking pleasantly bundled up? Of course not, because we Lions have this terrible disease in which we dwell on summer, and attire that’s meant to be worn in ninety degree weather. Let me be the first to enlighten you, fellow students, to the changing of seasons. Look around you, if you don’t believe me. It is suddenly very cold and very wet. May I introduce you to the concept of winter. This happens every year, people! But do you see our school looking chic and cozy and snug? No. You see bedraggled, baggy sweatshirts, new-season wardrobes completely obliterated by old moldy cardigans, and kids moaning about how wet their feet get when they wear sandals in the rain. It is possible to look glorious in winter! I promise. Here are some tips to

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keep all you Lions (guys, too) looking warm and wonderful. Simple is the new black. Don’t get me wrong, layers are lovely! But it is possible to overdo it; add some volume by throwing on a cardigan and a jacket. Not five cardigans and a parka. Okay, tights. There ARE limits to these ladies, and you must follow them!

First and foremost, they are in no way pants, neither are leggings, ever. Second, do us all a favor and don’t wear them with destroyed booty shorts; it’s gross. And if your tights are ripped may they rest in peace, don’t try to bring them back to life; LET THEM GO. Certain pattern tights are alright, others are questionable. If they resemble fishnets, they’re not in any way OK. Tights will look great when worn correctly with dresses and skirts, or even classy high waisted shorts. Alrighty boys, we know that your mop head keeps you warm, but quite frankly it looks uncleanly. Snip off the locks and warm up your head with hoodies under light jackets. Athletic wear is useless outside of the gym, and you are bound to freeze! This includes: basketball shorts, track shorts, spankies or “skankies,” and soffes. Studies have shown that those who wear sweats or athletic wear to class are most likely to fall behind, or asleep. Dress for success people!

Garden illuminates in cold weather By Justin Kirkham

Adorned with vivid strings of flower-shaped lights and ornamented with orbs of fluorescent colors, the Idaho Botanical Gardens is fully lit in the darkness of winter for its holiday event, Winter Garden Aglow. Comprised of iridescent bushes and trees, glowing train sets, and free hot cocoa, the aim of this event is not only to generate funds for the garden’s endeavors, but also to bring the community together. “It’s a gathering place,” explained Executive Director Julia Rundberg. During these cold winter months, she continued, the gardens bring together 50,000 different people. “It was purdy,” laughed senior Megan Wirtz-Gilb, “a wee bit cold, but I’m

a big wimp.” She found it particularly impressive that every piece of land was strung with lights and glowing. “There were parts that were blocked off, but still decorated,” Wirtz-Gilb added. Stringing so many lights and placing such abundant decorations takes a large amount of efPhoto by Korey Combs fort. “It takes six or eight Multicolored lights and decorations adorn all plants and people stringing lights full structures at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. time for weeks,” explained Rundberg. ‘What’s going to be different this time,’” With this group of workers and several said Rundberg. This year, it is a candy groups of volunteers, a grand total of cane tree with a series of red and white 10,000 hours are spent stringing lights. lights crawling up its trunk. Each year, the Botanical Gardens Skinner shrugged, “There’s free hot staff tries to add something unique to chocolate. As long as your feet aren’t the event. “People come wondering, dying, it is worth it.”

By Carlee Parsley

With winter break approaching, clubs at Borah are finishing up their holiday ventures, planning parties and service projects. Student Council and the BEST students wrapped up their annual holiday potluck, where they made gingerbread houses that they put on auction at the Holiday Bazaar in the library Dec. 2. Student Council also organized a food-and-backpack drive Dec. 5 to help families in need this holiday season. Joining in the holiday spirit is National Honor Society, who is sponsoring two families, bringing in food and gifts for those families as well as extra for any who needs it. The language clubs are also getting into the spirit. Many cultures have a different view of Christmas than the traditions here in the United States, so the language clubs created their own unique parties so they could stay true to the spirit of the holidays in their respective cultures. Latin Club is shortening the traditionally week-long Saturnalia celebration into one lunch period and bypassing the sacrificial portion of the Roman holiday, going straight to the feasting. “For Japan, Christmas is mostly for lovers. So we [Japanese Club] are just getting together at one of our leaders’ houses. We’re going to have a cosplay contest, eat festive food, and watch some romantic anime’s,” said senior Patty Bowen. Some clubs at Borah live for the hope of a white Christmas. Borah’s Snow Team has just begun to meet, getting ready for their powdery season and hoping the flurries fly. Happy Holidays, Borah!


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Council’s festival tree decorated, sold By Jamie Jones

This holiday season, Borah’s diversity was represented in a tangible way, different from the variations of traditions students celebrate over the holiday break: in a “Heart of Borah” tree. Joined as a dynamic duo, head librarian Jennifer Boyd and Student Council member Geoffrey Miller came up with an idea to have a tree at the Festival of Trees to represent the diversity Borah brings to the community. Miller, who is vice president of the junior class, agreed to take on the role but ended up doing more work than he ever imagined. “It was hard to see and envision it before we actually made it,” said Miller. “But I’m glad with the way it turned out.” The tree held an assortment of symbols to embody Borah: flags from countries to represent th ethnicities, bulbs with club names on them, bulbs with a mixture of green and yellow paint swirled within the inside, gold streamer to tie it all together, and a lion as the tree topper. Associated Student Body (ASB) Secretary and senior Konnor Moden explained that he had medium involvement in the project and his fellow student council member did a fantastic job. “It was a fun thing in general,” Moden said. “I hope people get involved when

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Junior Class Vice President Geoff Miller, headed the Borah festival of tree decoration committee in Student Council. With a combination of club ornaments and Bridge students’ national flags, the tree was purchased and donated back to Borah High.

they see it. I hope they see that it’s more than just going through the motion. It’s fun to be involved--I hope others jump on the bandwagon.” Sophomore representative Eric Garcia helped with the tree at school and also assisted in setting it up at the Centre on the Grove.

“He did a really good job,” he explained. “I like that it’s a Borah tree. It shows a lot about who we are at school and the things we do.” Overall, the tree was auctioned off for $550 and the money was then donated back to Borah. The tree now holds its spot in the

center meeting place, next to the trophy cases, Borah memorabilia and the student store for all students, facility and visitors to see. “I couldn’t do it without the whole student council. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible,” he commented.

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Group combines metal with Christmas By Savannah Harrelson

Combining violin, cello, electric guitar, piano, drums, and even a synthesizer, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) takes holiday music to a new level, turning classic Christmas tunes into heavy-rock anthems. Every year around November, the orchestra takes center stage at Boise’s Taco Bell Arena, this year showcasing two concerts Nov. 23. The crew, originally from New York, performs a heartfelt holiday story, with an underlying theme about family, and packs it with soulful ballads as well as hard rock anthems. The concert opens with a few hardcore tracks, and then goes right into the storytelling, with narrator Phillip Brandon explaining the tale that goes along with the lyrics, in a boisterous

but often lengthy speech. “I didn’t like the narrator too much”said junior Jessica Phelan After the Christmas story, the real excitement begins, with the lead singer yelling into the mic, “Are you ready?!” while the crowd cheers for more. The band ends the show with some of its most popular songs, taking the performance to higher ground, literally, as walkways lower from the ceiling and members from the band take a stroll above the crowd. This year was no disappointment for those who enjoy guitar from all ends of the spectrum, including acoustic melodies and hard-hitting, fist-pumping electric tunes. While the atmosphere from the crowd was very animated and lively during the more fast paced songs, one could see yawning in the stands dur-

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performed Nov. 23 at the Taco Bell Arena.

ing the slower numbers. The other element besides the music is the amount of lights and pyrotechnics. Every show is packed with lasers, spotlights, fireworks, and open flames. The main goal of the orchestra is to provide an entertaining show, ac-

cording to TSO’s website. Paul O’Neill, creator of the TransSiberian Orchestra, said on this website, “There’s no second-class seats at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show. I want people to walk out of our shows speechless and...still not believing what they have seen was possible.”

Music students revel Twilight series loses in winter holiday spirit its inherent sparkle By Samantha Whittaker

Prinzing said the amount of work caused “a lot of blood, sweat and The break begins just as the holi- tears,” and was needed to “perfect perfection. ” day music concerts end. Senior Ali Clapi“If we strive for “It’s the one concert where er said, “I really p e r f e c t i o n , I feel like we are doing it for want it to be memowe become the spirit of the season,” rable because it’s my last holiday concert better peo--choir director, at Borah.” ple,” said Heather Prinzing Borah orcheschoir teachtras also performed er Heather Prinzing. Perfection is what she ex- a holiday concert Dec. 13. Orchespected from her choir students Dec. tra students predicted a “wonderful 6 when they performed their annual performance,” said Kellina   Breakfeild.   She also said students devoted holiday concert. Prinzing said, “That (perfection) is “countless hours of practice both in and outside of class.” The program what music asks of us.” Students prepared  in and outside included “Sleigh Ride” and “Twelve of class,  including a three and a half Days of Christmas”. Orchestra member and senior hour after-school rehearsal. “It’s the one concert where I feel like we are Richard Peebly said he looked fordoing it for the spirit of the season,” ward to “sharing in the passion and holiday spirit.” said  Prinzing,

By Bradley Burgess

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” plays out like two different films. At first, “Breaking Dawn” feels like the film “Twihards” would line up to see. The wedding of Bella and Edward is played like it’s the event of the century, even though it’s over rather quickly. They ship off to their honeymoon, where they finally consummate their relationship--in slow motion set to overdramatic indie music. Then Bella gets pregnant and the film changes gears completely. The famous birth scene is straight out of a horror movie and it sheds more blood than Aron Ralston’s self-amputation in “127 Hours”. It’s quite off-putting and will most likely disgust teenagers to no end.

That said, fangirls will no doubt squeal in delight when Jacob removes his shirt in the first five seconds of screen time (although he surprisingly manages to keep it on the rest of the film). The visuals that don’t involve C-Sections are quite beautiful and scenic. Men should be able to tolerate the film thanks to eye candy like Nikki Reed as vampire chick Rosalie, Ashley Greene as another vampire chick, and Julia Jones as Leah, the only werewolf who doesn’t take her shirt off. “Breaking Dawn” isn’t bad, or even terrible. It’s just not very focused. The fans will enjoy it no matter its flaws, but the average moviegoer will probably be turned off by its inconsistency. The “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” recieves 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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Musical proves royal sensitivity is key By Justin Kirkham

Winning a prince’s hand in marriage takes more than good looks and a bright personality. As seen in Borah theater’s latest production, “Once Upon a Mattress,” it takes a series of tests, ranging from weight lifting, history quizzes, rigorous spelling lists, and even an analysis of sensitivity, involving a small pea and a pile of thick mattresses. Each participant had his or her worries for the show. According to junior Kasey Edgar, a good portion of people end up “getting sick before the show.” She continued, “When you are sleep deprived, your immune system is down.” Edgar particularly enjoyed having a major part in the play. “I actually got to talk and sing,” she beamed. Senior Corissa Allen thought the performance was excellent. Grinning, she commented, “The scenes with Lucas and Angelica were really adorable.” But the play was not the work of singers and actors alone. “Oh gawd, the techies,” junior Hannah Grange exclaimed, “they put in so much work and never get a curtain call.” Senior Kelsey Weybright helped put up and take

down sets in between scenes. “I panic every time I have to bring things out or take it back,” she said, shuddering. According to the cast and crew, Directors Heather Prinzing and Heather Pirus put in the most effort for the performances. “Prinzing is a genius. A gene-yus,” Grange explained. “She morphed me into a beautiful butterfly. I was once a cocoon of talent, but she cracked me, like a mamma hen. She hatched me.”

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(Left) Wendy Nelson prepares Paxton Scarburgh for the upcoming performance. (Right) Actress Hanah Grange describes her role as Queen Aggravain in “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Bethesda gives players options Writer’s Corner: Taylor Cook

By Justin Kirkham

Infused with the blood of dragons, there is very little limit on what one can do in the snowy mountain passes of Skyrim. Players can incinerate enemies with streams of fire, or snipe them with arrows while sneaking in shadowed corners. Of course, there is always the option of charging in, taking heavy fire, and beating bandits with one of many bludgeoning weapons. Bethesda’s newest installment to the Elder Scrolls Series, Skyrim, opens with players tied up on a rickety wagon, waiting to be executed. All of that changes when a dragon enters the scene, spewing flames and interrupting the player’s impending death. As in most Bethesda games, players can do almost anything they please. They can kill livestock, murder villagers, or stick to the main quest line. The murderous path requires caution as killing anyone of value has game-changing consequences, as dead non-player characters never respawn, or come back to life. In addition, Skyrim offers players more flex-

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Bethesda’s next installment of the Elder Scrolls Series, Skyrim, offers multiple options for personalization.

ibility in their class creation. They can choose to specialize in any of the various talent trees, such as destruction or blacksmithing. This flexibility makes for a new experience every time a player begins a new save file. Newly introduced in Skyrim are Shouts, words of the dragons that, when unlocked, let players use special abilities, such as flinging enemies and lighting foes on fire. Overall, Skyrim offers players flexibility and options, resulting in a more personalized form of gameplay.

Junior Taylor Cook continually succeeds in entertaining his creative writing classmates with his witty dialogue. Armed with different voices for each character, Cook is able to solidify the events of Photo by Madisen Gerber his imagination.

“My favorite part about writing is the dialogue. It’s more fun to write a character who’s got an accent or is illiterate.”



“One of my family members gave me a book called ‘ Finding the Angel Within.’ It was about finding your self worth. I hated it cause it made me feel like they didn’t think that I was worth any thing. I read it anyway.” ~ Sophomore Katie Spjute

“I was givin a cat bed for my cat! Lame!”

~ Junior Zachary Miller

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“Not being with my family.”

~ Senior Rollin Goodman

“There was one year when, for Christmas, my aunt, who lived in Kansas, sent me a pair of super man pajamas (cap included) and mind you, I was in 7th grade, I was so embarrassed of them I re-wrapped them for my cousin who was a few years younger...”

~ Junior Paige Anderson

“A rock.”

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“All of the countless turtlenecks my grandma used to give me when I was a kid.” ~ Senior Sammie Rehn “ I got a box of fish flavored candy when I was seven, and being seven I didn’t read the box...I spent the rest of that day throwing up.”

~ Sophomore Sam Chelewski

~ Freshman Jacob Wymer

What was the worst holiday present you’ve ever received? “Nothing. Christmas is a time of family and fun. What you get from Christmas is a day of peace and care. Most people I know are greedy for Christmas except the greatest gift ever. (They) Don’t see the true meaning.”

~ Senior Taylor Rhodes “I asked for a car and got a hot wheels car.”

~ Junior Austin Applegate

“A marshmallow gun from my grandma two years ago. She forgot the marshmallows.” ~ Junior Daxton Williams

“I got the same remote controlled car by four different people.” ~ Junior Alex Outhenthapanya

“A bag of tennis balls, I don’t even play tennis!” ~ Sophomore Xara Todd

“A CD player. It was when iPod first came out and my brothers got iPods and I got a CD Player.”

~ Junior Miranda Madrid “My worst Christmas present was when I was really young and I wanted a Red Rider BB gun, but instead my aunt got me a big pink bunny suit and I had to wear it.”

~ Junior Destin Brown

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Teacher sends list of “good” to KTVB By Joe Czykoski

Upon hearing that he was going to be interviewed for a feature article, English teacher Rod Wray simply replied, “No comment. Those charges were dropped years ago.” But all joking aside, Wray has gathered some attention to himself over the past month about how he went up in arms against the local TV news station, KVTB. It all started one evening when Wray was watching one of the recent forums, the ED Sessions, sponsored by KTVB. According to KTVB’s website, the ED Sessions are

Borah. “I was surprised about learning some of the things that are going on [at Borah].” Wray learned, for example, Borah’s organic garden grows food for the school and supplies fresh food for many refugee and needy families; the Art Community and Ecology Club devoted 201 hours of volunteer time last year to Adopt a Highway, Festival of Trees, and Rake Up Boise, for example; and many more programs. Wray composed an email to the news station informing the station about these occurrences. Wray’s students agree that his actions were justifiable.

“I think it’s cool because it shows that he cares about what goes on here instead of [the students] being another paycheck,” said Kyle Spirk, a senior in Wray’s zero hour class. A month after he sent his email, the school received a phone call from KTVB informing the staff that a news story about Borah was being planned. “It made me happy that we got some positive press,” Wray said through the smile on his face. “When people hear that I’m a teacher, I always have to hear their terrible teacher stories.”

inexplicably “Probably speak English.” only 1 or 2 Ring’s napercent of ustion is entitled ers make their a Meritocratic own language,” Hegemony, the explained Ring, “Meritocratic” “depending on meaning the how much efbest possible fort they put leaders are into it.” The chosen, and language of “Hegemony” Tavan was premeaning one dominately person rules at formulated in a given time. Ring’s head, Photo by Jamie Jones The Tavan are although, he an alien race added, it is Junior Malachi Ring wrties his own language that he created for his nation on the website Nation States with a basepartly based on English, Spanish, and Greek. Some roleplayers favor Na- eight number system and Making this language has en- tion States for its “sheer pop- unique customs, such as leavcompassed almost two years ulation” and “general quality ing infants in the forest to be of writing,” explained Ring. faced with extreme natural of Ring’s time. Using an actual language selection. Nation States is a roleWith so much time inplaying, or collaborative story “gives the species and nation writing, website. Users set up further authenticity,” Ring vested in this website, both countries and interact with commented. “If you can ac- junior John Regnier and Ring other users or just deal with tually say something in the get more than entertainment political decisions and dilem- language, it is more concrete from the website. “It’s like mas within their own nation. and realistic than having them putting your imagination on a

piece of paper to show people,” said Regnier. This junior spends most lunch hours posting on Nation States for his country. “People say, if I had my world, I would make my trees out of candy,” explained Regnier. “But then the bell rings and you have to leave,” he joked, shrugging his shoulders. Senior Derrick Anderson said enjoys the power he gains when logging on. “It makes you feel kind of tough,” he explained. “You are a single character directing a larger mass that can dismiss or make decisions on issues.” Ring expressed that he doesn’t see himself ever getting bored of Nation States. He hopes to some day use his language backgrounds to become a linguist and participate in translating and teaching languages.

a series of national speakers followed up by interactive forums. “They had a panel of education experts, or so they said,” said Wray, sitting comfortably behind his desk, “and they had a session on education.” As the show progressed, Wray said he became unsatisfied. “They kept talking about how schools should be.” He said one expert wished that high schools would require students to take certain classes plus selected classes of their choice, depending on their interests. “I was screaming at the television, ‘that’s what high school is!’”

As he pondered why these experts did not know such things, Wray came to the conclusion that the source of the problem was that schools are not the best marketers. “We’re too busy doing our jobs and teaching to market all the amazing things that happen in our schools.” While some people would stay angry and gloat, Wray took action. “I decided to channel this energy into something productive.” Wray sent an email to some of his colleagues at Borah informing them of the situation. He asked if they could reply by telling him about some of the activities at

Student creates new language, fictional world By Justin Kirkham

Deep within the Realm of Unrestricted Science lies a nation of overwhelming economic power. Populated by fictitious creatures adorned with striking mandibles and powerful poison, the Meritocratic Hegemony of the Tavan Race is one of the most intricate countries on Despite their presence on a predominately English-speaking roleplaying website, the only language that escapes the citizens’ mouths is Tavan. Over the past seven years, junior Malachi Ring has spent thousands of hours compiling the language of Tavan, the nation in which it is spoken, and creatures that inhabit the country. He created his country specifically for the Nation States website, and has been regularly roleplaying as its head for two years.



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Girls bball overhauls:

Starting a fresh season with restored motivation By Savannah Harrelson

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Dakoda Lowber jump starts the game against Kuna on Nov. 11.

Bouncing back from winning only one game last season, the girls basketball team hopes to improve stats this year as well as build confidence. The team’s 1-20 record last season was a wake-up call. Sophomore Kayla Haley, a second year varsity player, explained, “We have more motivation this season because of our history of losing.” Although their record, 2-7, shows minor improvement, the team continues to develop as the season progresses. “The girls want to be better,” said math teacher and head coach Alyson Pincock. “I only expect the season to

Boys cherish height, skill, set goal of winning state By Matt Bergman

The team is shooting for an undefeated season that has only just begun. The varsity boys basketball team expects great things to come for the rest of the season. Coach Cary Cada said, “Cody Spjute and Zach Cada performed pretty well during the summer.” “Having that strong nucleus back, I am confident that we will have a fairly strong season,” explained Cada. “We have a good size squad this year with Brock at 6ft. 8in. and Ben at 6ft. 6in.” Brock Holubetz and Ben Tucakovic are seniors. “We have four return-

ing letterman this season as well: Ben Tucakovic, (senior) Braden Corpus, (sophomore) Isaiah Wright, and Brock Holubetz,” Cada said, “I expect us to finish in the top four this season.” “I was really looking forward to our season opener at home against Kuna,” Tucakovic said. “My major goal is to win state.” Holubetz said, “I am really looking forward to when we play Centennial and when we face Capital for the Griffin Cup on Senior Night,” senior Brock Holubetz. Brock added that he is looking forward to those games in particular because they are usually two of the most difficult games of

the entire season. Holubetz also said his major goal for the team is to at least make it to state, but he said that he would love it if they could win the state championship. “We need to try to be more focused and to come together as a team better.” According to Holubetz and Tucakovic, some improvements are needed. “We are a lot more experienced this year; we know from last year what we need to do, and we need to just take it one game at a time,” concluded Tucakovic. He said the team has the tools necessary to win the state championship.

get better and better.” Confidence and consistency remain one of the teams weaknesses. The girls lack a winning mentality, which plans to work on this season, according to Pincock Although morale is down, the team posseses crucial strengths. “The girls have a good attitude, are hard workers, and are really determined,” said Pincock. Senior Ashley Harrison said the team is “fast” and has “a lot of good shooters.” The close relationship between teammates also seems to be a key this season. “Our chemistry is a strength,” Haley added. “We’re all friends on and off the court.”

Harrison said.“We have a good group and we work better together.” Another strong point are the senior leaders, such as Harrison and Emily Dennis. “They are the backbone, and our season will depend on this,” said Pincock. To help the team improve, Pincock said she will focus on basic elements of the team. “She’s a lot harder on us this year because she knows we can do better,” said Haley. The teams goal is to make it to the state tournament in February, and Pincock supports this. “I tell them it’s their team, and I’m only there to help them achieve what they want,” she said.

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Statistics Teens face bad diet, obesity Girls Basketball

vs. Kuna - Loss 42-50 vs. Columbia - Win 45-32 vs. Eagle - Loss 28-58 vs. Timberline - Loss 24-45 vs. Rocky Mountain - Loss 51-67 vs. Boise - Win 58-45 vs. Vallivue - Loss 49-52 vs. Capital - Loss 32-64 vs. Mountain View - Loss 20-46 Upcoming Games: Dec. 14 vs. Meridian Dec. 16 at Centennial Dec. 22 vs. Eagle

Boys Basketball

vs. Kuna - Win 64-41 vs. Bishop Kelly - Win 60-48 vs. Mountain View - Loss 51-52 vs. Vallivue - Win 46-36 Upcoming Games: Dec. 15 at Eagle Dec. 17 at Centennial Dec. 20 vs. Boise

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Ben Tucakovic takes a shot against Bishop Kelly on Dec. 5.

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al suspects. “Soda is the biggest,” said Thomas. “With fast food, When it comes to lookthere is no waiting and it tastes ing good, let’s be real: mufgood. Some students choose to fin tops and thunder thighs skip meals rather than wait in are never attractive. the long lunch lines.” The majority of news Numerous health risks are broadcasts highlight teen tied to obesity, but eating disobesity as a growing health orders and fad diets are never risk. Obesity is portrayed as the answer to a healthy body a rampant disease in which weight and image. teens have no control over “Anorexia and bulimia their physical stamina for Photo by Madisen Gerber the kinds of food that are be- Senior Emily Dennis benches in the weight room. Physical edu- are serious conditions,” said Thomas. ing consumed. cation is imperative in bodily health, and is also required as a “If a student is struggling According to Borah’s credit to graduate, as well as elective credit for extra PE classes. with an eating disorder then school nurse, Barb Thomas, these health habits are being reflected the way we eat: move less, consume they should consult their physician right away. Instead of fake diets, just not just on Borah’s campus, but across more.” the state of Idaho. “Idaho goes with Among Idahoan teens, 15 to eat smaller portions.” As for some healthy solutions, try the national trend that obesity is on 19 percent are obese, according to the rise,” said Thomas. Thomas. The villains turn innocent on some of these 10 tips and start see“Our environment is reflected in youth into couch potatoes are the usu- ing some positive results.

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1. Substitute water for sugary, caffeinated drinks. You know how many calories water has? Zip. So instead of drinking calorie-packed drinks like soda and coffee, try bringing a water bottle to class instead. 2. Eat smaller portions. Instead of eating a mammothsized serving, cut back and save some grub for another meal. If everyone cut 100 calories per day for a year, 72 million Americans would no longer be obese, according to Thomas. 3. Eat slower. As good as it tastes, eating your meal slower gives your tummy more time to realize when it’s full. Plus, it’s easier on your digestive system and makes you look less like the Cookie Monster.

4. Make time for being active. People often use their schedules as an excuse for not being more active. Thomas recommended 30 minutes a day of exercise for five days a week is a healthy amount of exercise for the average teen. 5. Eat a variety of foods every meal. Eating a huge steak with gravy and potatoes is not exactly an easy meal on your stomach or your body weight. Include an appropriate serving from each of the main food groups (grains, veggies, fruits, meats, dairy, and fats) and feel good while looking stellar. 6. Join a school sport. Borah offers a variety of sports: football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and golf to name a few. By joining a team, you are instantly guaranteed a great way to get fit, along with the possibility of making lifelong friends and being committed to a team. 7. Exercise with friends. This is one case where peer pressure has positive results. You will be more committed to exercise if you have a friend that will help keep you

accountable for sticking with your workout. Grab a friend and go for a run or bust out some yoga. 8. Find a substitute for unhealthy snacks. As good as doughnuts taste, they probably aren’t a good thing to be eating every day for a snack. Instead, alternate your regular snack with something healthier, like an apple (keeps the doctor away, remember?) or a protein bar. 9. Wake up to some sit ups and push ups. As awful as it sounds, you will start seeing some long-lasting results: it wakes you up, builds your biceps and abs, and gets your body ready for the day. Start with doing as many sit ups and push ups as you can, and increase the amount as you go. 10. Sleep. The recommended average number of hours of sleep is eight hours each night. Getting more sleep helps your body function at peak performance while keeping you from falling asleep in classes. Teachers appreciate well-rested students that stay awake in class.


JV Sports

The Borah Senator

December 14, 2011

Cheer coach hopes to inspire her team “Without the ability to rely and trust people you interact with,life would be very complicated.” --Shayla Ritchie, j.v. cheer coach

Photos by Korey Combs

The team pracitces stunts (left). The new junior varsity cheer team consists of (from top left to right) Meah Tran, Amanda Haylett, Medina Susak, Hallie Hylton, Austin Amaro, Amber Cook, Naomi Lam, Jordan Cook, Yea Nelson, Ari Anchustegui, Kristy Fitzgerald, Hanah Jasper, Ashellina Benson, Shayla Ritchie, and Vanessa Padilla. (center). Their coach is Shayla Ritchie (right). By Brandie Cichy

“Cheerleading teaches the importance of teamwork. Without the ability to rely and trust people you interact with, life would be very complicated,” said Shayla Ritchie, new junior varsity cheerleading coach. Ritchie said cheerleading has helped her with coaching and life. “Cheerleading also offers the opportunity to form life-long friendships with your teammates,” she said. “The memories that I have made in this sport have changed my life and I will never forget them.” She has a history in cheerleading. Ritchie moved to Boise to attend BSU a year and a half ago from Idaho Falls where she grew up. As a child, she was a competitive gymnast for seven years before becoming a cheerleader in junior high. She cheered for two years in junior high and three years in high school. She has traveled for cheerleading and competed in two national cheerleading championships where she placed twice.

With all of this experience, this is her first year coaching a cheer squad. “She’s a nice lady. I want to learn whatever she knows,” Meah Tran, sophmore, commented. “So far we’ve learned new stunts and tips on being a good cheerleader.” Ritchie said she hopes her team will find a passion for cheerleading and love the sport as much if not more than she does. She said she would like to teach them to set their goals high and dedicate themselves to reaching those goals; understand the importance of team spirit and share the excitement of being a lion with fans as well as other athletes; and form their own memories and friendships that will last for years beyond graduation. “She wants us to be the best we can be. She takes the time to make us better, but doesn’t push it or overdo it,” said Ashellina Benson, junior. “We’re learning a new competition routine, new stunts and tumbling skills. She’s taught us not to give it half effort and to be the best we can be.”

The Borah Senator

Photo Essay

December 14, 2011


Students volunteer to help community Photos and text by Korey Combs

During the season of giving and thanks students have been using their time helping the community. Many clubs have been contributing to projects that help families and residents of Boise during this cold time of year. ROTC contributed to the community by participating in Rake Up Boise Dec. 3. The group spent the morning at the Christian Retirement Center on 36th Street raking up the area for residents. Key Club recently spent its time and money putting together Thanksgiving baskets to keep the less fortunate from having to go through the holiday without a traditional turkey dinner and holiday presents. Members took time out of their busy high school schedules to go shopping for materials. They assembled the baskets after school during the time that they could have spent working on homework or other engagements. The pictured Thanksgiving basket included a turkey, baster, turkey pan, stuffing, potatoes, sparkling cider, gravy, and rolls. They are also making a few baskets for Christmas.

Photos and text by Korey Combs

“I think it’s great! My mom thinks it should be required for ROTC because it helps the students learn to help out the community.” -Sophomore Fayth Gaipl

“I think Adopt A Family is amazing and shows the heart of what Key Club is all about, helping people--first in our community, and then going global.” - Senior Jocelyn Schelske

“I think it’s a good thing. It teaches the members that we as a community stand together.” - Senior Keith Tipton

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20 Aries-

Second chances will soon become available to you. The Eclipse is highlighting fresh potential. Do not hesitate to take advantage of this. Recognize the change coming upon you and adjust to a more positive vision.


You are craving too much security. Embrace the present and those around you; it is time to get past situations that are hindering you to move on.


New relationships are abound, now is a good time to rekindle the old ones. Partnerships in your life are guaranteed to intensify.


If you are becoming unorganized, it is time for that to come to an end. Revolve yourself around your morals and obligations. This month will no doubt be busy for you tread well and you’ll be ultimately relieved.

The Borah Senator December 14, 2011 Sagittarius-

By Ari Anchustegui


Now more than ever, your life needs balance. Give away your concentration in equal portions. December is the perfect month to have fun, and be frivolous; but do not lose hold of your morals.


Typically, you prefer things predictable and planned; if you’re feeling otherwise, remain calm. It’s important to let the unexpected take its toll. Don’t be afraid to let opposing view points broaden your perspective.


Do what you feel is right, rather than what your friends are persuading you to do. It’s your life and it’s time for you to take the reigns. Follow your best judgment.


You have an important decision to make. Trust new initiatives. You can’t rely on anybody right now except for yourself.

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You are content now more than ever. If you are questioning whether your current positioning is right for you, take a step back and remember the true source of your happiness.


Don’t let your negativity get you down in the dumps. If you’re unhappy, it is your own fault. Right now you have full ability to change your outlook.


If it seems your life is taking a slant, invest in your creative side and highlight your self expressiveness rather than holding a grudge over careless matters.


If you are expected to take the lead, show your initiative. Try not to become overwhelmed as you are re-adjusting to the new roles. Those around you are trusted upon you greatly in this time.

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December 2011 Issue of The Borah Senator

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