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[JACK TISDALL] THE NONSENSICAL GREEN MOVEMENT [CHRIS POPE] THE CURE FOR SENIORITIS

APRIL 2010

Attention students: Open your bags. Unlock your cars. Close your mouths. Forget your freedoms; school’s in session. If you’re a student in a public school, you’re not as free as you might think. Check some of your liberties at the door.

The The Reflections American Eternal of Small Business: Philanthropist: Light: SLIPPING AWAY

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BY RACHEL CHESNO + SIOBAN DHARMODY We, as citizens of the United States, are guaranteed

specific personal freedoms by the Bill of Rights. But these liberties aren’t as definite within the walls of a public school. PAGE 29 COMMUNITY

SLIPPING AWAY THE ETERNAL PHILANTHROPIST BY BRENDAN LORTIE Locally-owned businesses are finding it harder than ever to compete with

corporate chains. Why the mom and pop stores of an earlier generation are being left behind. PAGE 24 GLOBAL

BY NICK FERRERI + BRENDAN LORTIE He has built over 130 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan; he has written a New York Times best seller; he has won dozens of peace awards; he is Greg Mortenson... PAGE 35 THE WIRE

The Eternal Library Struggle PAGE 7 Teachers on Facebook PAGE 8 Lyme Disease Prevention PAGE 8 Required Vs. Choice Reading PAGE 10 A History of Class Gifts PAGE 11 All Day Err’y Day: Anne Twombly PAGE 13 Ready, Set, Dodgeball! PAGE 15 COMMENTARY

In Loving Memory of Christopher Daoust PAGE 17 Yay/Nay: Is the Internet a Safe Place? PAGE 18 Drawing Board: The Cure for Senioritis PAGE 19 The Nonsensical Green Movement PAGE 20 A Product of the 90’s PAGE 21 Unplugged: Life Without Technology PAGE 22


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The Talon is the Exeter High School student magazine. It is produced by students in the News Publications class and includes contributions from the immediate community including students and staff. It is an open forum for student expression and a voice for robust discussion of issues.

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WHY THE WALLS BETWEEN OUR SCHOOL AND THE OUTSIDE COMMUNIT Y ARE LIMITING EDUCATION

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ere at Exeter High School, it’s not uncommon to hear students draw a comparison between our high school and prison. Of course, to some extent, this is an unfair parallel as our school offers significantly better dining and there is no barbed wire around the perimeter. But there is certainly a validity in comparing the way these two establishments operate.  In the same way prisoners are confined to a prison, high school students are confined to a school. From 7:30 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon, students interact with two types of people: other students and school faculty. In a prison, the same limited interaction occurs as there are again only two types of people: other prisoners and guards. And although it makes sense to isolate prisoners within the walls of a prison, it makes little sense to confine high school students to interaction with only their peers and a handful of adults.  Students’ only link with the community comes from rare guest speakers or an even more atypical field trip (which a structured school day doesn’t lend itself to). As our school’s mission statement establishes, high school is a place where students are expected to mature into “engaged and successful adults.” How are students expected to mature as individuals in an environment almost en-

tirely comprised of other teenagers? Teenagers are not going through a “phase” when they are immature as high school students; they are simply acting in the way our education system encourages. Most students spend each day playing the “game” of school. They are not trying to mature, they are just trying to get by.  So why does this matter? Why is the divide between our school and the community of any importance? The answer is simple: because that divide is preventing students from getting the best possible education. It is preventing students from maturing as individuals and as community members. If students do not feel valued as capable community members, and only feel they will be after they have moved on from high school, what motivation do they have to mature anytime sooner?  When high school students talk about the “real world,” they talk about it as if it were nothing more than a destination reached after high school. The reason for this is because in its current state, high school offers a distinct contrast from what most of us know to be this “real world,” After all, there is no PowerSchool for parenting or half-credit for getting your taxes done late. In the real world, you don’t get summers off and no one cares what your GPA is. Those that are successful are mature and able to interact and communicate well with

others. With a less isolated learning environment, education would foster the potential of each student; it would help them develop into the successful adults the mission statement describes.  In this issue’s Drawing Board, Chris Pope suggests a way in which students would get outside the walls of the school and learn to interact and work with the adult world. This is exactly what education needs to provide students with. Given real responsibility, a stake in the community, students would mature as individuals and establish themselves as the creative, energetic, and talented citizens they are capable of being.  Students would have an authentic context to apply skills, instead of the contrived application found in so many classrooms. Education would have a distinct purpose reaching beyond a broad scope of topics. Students could explore their interests and gain insight into which field they might want to find a career in. Who knows, they might just grow up.

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RE: “THE END,” VOL. 1 ISSUE 3

“THE END OF THE WORLD IS SUCH AN ELUSIVE CONCEPT BECAUSE IN THE END, WE ARE ALL DOOMED, REGARDLESS OF WHAT PHENOMENON OCCURS.” Duncan MacArthur, ‘10 Our School’s Priorities Dear Editor, Most people think this school is involved in everything it provides for its students. The sad truth is, it’s not that way, and the theatre kids can tell you that. You always see multiple members of staff at basketball, soccer, and football games, but they seem to be scarce at plays and chorus concerts. There are a select few (staff members) that attend the plays/chorus concert regularly, and we thank you. I know that Exeter High is known for its sports teams but it’s also known for its theatre department.  Our teams work extremely hard to get to where they want, but so does theatre. Most people don’t know what it takes to put on a show. We work just as hard as the sports teams to put on a show people will remember. Our school gives more money to sports teams each year then to theatre.  I understand that sports teams need the money for equipment and uniforms, but theatre needs the same amount, if not more for set structures and costumes. Some costumes can cost up to $200 just to rent. We asked earlier this year for extra money to attend a chorus competition at Carnegie Hall. We were denied and are now not allowed/ able to go anywhere. EHS is such a nice school when it comes to activities it provides, I just wish it would be as supportive with all of them. BY HALEY ERDBRINK ‘12

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more out of the experience than I thought that ing into it from everywhere. Now I don’t know I would. From the first day that I ever came to what goes on in there at night, but as for dayrehearsal, everyone in the theater group was so time usage, there is nothing. Unless you count genuine, friendly and welcoming to me. some slightly different colored pebbles, that  Each one of the cast members had a confi- is. I mean, since there’s nothing going on in dence about them that I haven’t seen in other there, why not fill it with water? Maybe add people ever before. Everyone was so happy a couple manatees to spruce it up. And then and outgoing that it was hard not add a sandy beach setting on the to be laughing or smiling all the roof around the huge hole in our time when I was working with school. Feel free to approach me them, even if I was stressed at M A I L at any time, because I have an ensome points. B R E A K D OW N tire island resort planned out for  I agree with Haley Erdbrink the roof. Below find an analysis in saying that the theater group of the letters we’ve is the easiest group of people to BY MIKE UPCHURCH ‘11 received since issue three was published. get along with. They put so much work into every play that they do Bag the Beanies and they put their whole hearts into it. Dear Editor, 55% POSITIVE  Even though I wasn’t there everyday, the members of the I don’t understand why guys at 45% NEGATIVE cast and crew of Sweeney Todd EHS have this whole new fashion said hello to me in the hallways craze for the loose beanie hats or gave me a warm smile or a they wear all the time. Not only is hug. Everyone was so genuinely it disruptive to teachers and stuISSUE 3 FEEDBACK nice. So why do people judge the dents who are walking between 25% group of people who may be the classes, but these kids are breaknicest in school? The people who ing a school rule. Regardless of SCHOOL-RELATED don’t ever judge another person? whether you look ‘cool’ or not, 35% Even though the beginning of my people need to respect the school OUT-OF-SCHOOL senior year was extremely stressrules; I find it upsetting that stu25% ful, I want to thank everyone from dents feel they have the right to the cast of Sweeney Todd for cross this line in the hallways of OTHER making it worth while. EHS. Our actions as EHS stu15% dents are a good representation BY CHELSEA MONTGOMERY ‘10 of how we will be in our future, and if kids can’t follow simple guidelines, then No Man’s Land I do not know where our generation stands. I know that being in a public high school, I am Dear Editor, forced to deal with things like this on a daily basis, but disruptions of this degree are deAs many have noted, there is no use for the grading to our school’s image. Wake up Exeter middle courtyard area of the school. You know, High School. the part that is completely closed off from the school even though there are windows look- BY DUNCAN MACARTHUR ‘10


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50% of 400 million active Facebook users log in on any given day. Some of those might just be your teachers... see page 08

THE WIRE

192 people competed in last year’s annual dodgeball

tournament. This year’s tournament will follow the same format, with 32 teams of six people. see page 15

THE ENDLESS LIBRARY STRUGGLE

Why students are reluctant to obey the library’s standards of conduct BY JACK TISDALL

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ll is quiet in the sea of literature. “You’re out!” thunders across the library, disturbing hundreds of students who use the school’s media center each day.  Among the students, head librarian Mary Ingham has developed a reputation for being a strong disciplinarian. Seven periods a day, the library is rocked by verbal conflicts between her and disruptive students.. When provoked, Ms. Ingham banishes students from the library for two weeks or more.  “[The librarians’] are teaching students proper library courtesy by holding them to expectations that other libraries, like those at universities, will.” said Ms. Ingham.  But, upon observation, it is evident that students resist adapting to these rules. “The noise level is the biggest problem,” said library aid Ms. Morrisette.  General socializing is commonplace in the library and detracts from the working environment. “It is a constant harangue to make the library a good work place for everybody,” said Ms. Ingham.  Students take a risk when they talk in the library- the line dividing misconduct and acceptable discussion is thin and often disputed

by students.  “I had my right to go to the library revoked for a week because Ms. Ingham said I was talking,” said Allison Wilson, grade 11. “I argued with her because for once, I was actually discussing homework!”  But why are students reluctant to abide by the library’s repeatedly cited rules? There is a discrepancy between students’ conduct and the behavior expected by the librarians. Tired from waking up early and restless from sitting at a desk for hours, students see their time in study hall as a chance to release social and physical energy. However, they don’t want to do this in the café, a designated social area.  “It’s so much nicer in the library. And more private,” said Will Mooney, grade 11.  This fact doesn’t exempt bad behavior. “The library’s lovely! I understand why students want to come here to socialize,” said Ms. Ingham. “Unfortunately, it’s my responsibility to make the library a good working environment for everyone.”  For some, conflict in the library has stirred overture for a student lounge, an area with comfortable furniture where students could chat, snack and engage in their interests.

 According to Laura Steere, grade 11, “All the kids without work, seniors especially, come and disturb the library because they have no where else to go.” These students would unquestionably benefit emotionally and physically from a student lounge. A peaceful break from the strains of school would immediately improve students’ mood and enable them to better focus during class. The long run possibilities depend on the imagination of the student body.  “The plans for the school had originally included a student lounge, but this later fell through,” said Ms. Ingham. Such a hangout would ease the burden on the librarians to discipline poorly behaved students and maintain order in the library. The lounge would also breath air into students who sit bored everyday in study hall.  “Even the teachers have a lounge,” cried Colby Sostak, grade 11. “And they already have a classroom!”  Expect to hear more and more ruckus in the library as seniors’ workloads diminish in semester two. With few places to go in the school, their energy will shift to socializing and horseplay in the library.

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TEACHERS AND FACEBOOK

Foster’s on Facebook!

Why social networking may be an educational resource BY JACK TISDALL

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n Facebook, the group “Peter Foster Appreciation” has just under 500 members, alumni and high school students, who write messages to and about Mr. Foster on the open forum for hundreds of others to read.  “He helped me so much while running track and XC at Exeter!” posted alumnus Alex Rothchild on December 9. This comment has been “liked” by 4 other members, but is only one of hundreds of posts. Almost all comments are positive and either praise Mr. Foster’s methods or exclaim general appreciation. “P Fos doin’ work,” posted Will Halkovitch on December 9.  The group is an adulation to Mr. Foster and his helpful demeanor. “I worry that [the group] is perhaps making fun,” said Mr. Foster. “But it’s OK when a teacher is available to be the fool for the students. That’s access. It’s just good communication.”  Mr. Foster has found that Facebook can be an asset for keeping up with students he’s met. “When I taught international students, [Facebook] became a chat center- for academics and for socializing,” said Mr. Foster.  One interaction in particular revealed to Mr. Foster the awesome potential of Facebook. “One of my old students commented on a ‘status’ I had posted. He debated my status on a rather philosophical level- it was true engagement. I’m astonished how [Facebook] facilitates conversation.”  Mr. Foster isn’t the only teacher at EHS on Facebook.

 Social studies teachers Mr. Forbes and Mr. Batchelder each have profiles and frequently communicate with students through Facebook. “It’s one of the greatest tools for contact. Students constantly instant message me with questions about assignments,” says Mr. Forbes. Mr. Forbes pointed out the importance of weighing Facebook against other studentto-teacher communication sites, such as Homeworknow.com and Moodle.  “The kids are already on Facebook. It’s easier for [teachers] to go where students are, rather than forcing them to use a medium like Moodle that is completely foreign.” Mr. Forbes sees Facebook as an “excellent resource” and thinks it provides useful access to students.  Mr. Batchelder, too, sees Facebook as a potentially positive influence on schoolwork. “Facebook undoubtedly has an academic bend to it- it can be much more than just frivolous socializing.” Mr. Batchelder experienced this first hand when 11th grader Stu Posternak designed a pretend business for his economics project on Facebook.

RAISING AWARENESS: LYME DISEASE

How a local girl’s struggle has shed light on Lyme disease prevention BY DAVID CLAAR

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he Spring season is upon us, and along with the warm weather comes all of those unwanted insects. To be more specific, the ticks are appearing in scary numbers. They hide under blades of grass and on tree branches, waiting for a victim to brush by. They suck our blood then drop off. What we must worry about is not their sucking of our blood, but the diseases that they leave behind. Ticks can potentially be very dangerous and for a select 0

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few, they can ruin lives. My cousin Victoria can attest to this. She has suffered through the better part of the past four years because of one tiny tick.  What started off as mere stomach pains and a fever, quickly turned into symptoms that forced her to be bed ridden. My family and I watched helplessly as she deteriorated right in front of us. No one knew what was causing her to become so ill, until a small shriveled tick

 “It was by far the easiest option. I use Facebook everyday and I knew it would be easy to use for this project,” said Stu. “I know all the buttons.”  Other teachers have had bad experiences, however. Mr. Newman reports, “A friend had an incriminating pic on Facebook of me dressed for a college party. I immediately sent her an e-mail to take it off- before a student got hold of it.”  Social networking with students isn’t adopted by all teachers. Mr. Daly, substitute teacher, said, “I won’t go near it. It’s just another way for them to get to me.”  We are everyday coming closer to becoming a “digital society” driven by free information. Facebook catalyzes communication and has emerged as a powerful interest in the younger generations. Its interface is nearly universally familiar, with over 175 million people worldwide logging in each day. We must explore its role in facilitating communication between adults and students in all aspects of school: athletics, academics, and school spirit. was found behind her ear.  It wasn’t long before she lost her mobility; the illnesses that she contracted literally prevented her from moving her legs, and extremely limited her control over her arms and hands. Months of testing and frustration ensued; some doctors claimed that she was doing this just to miss school, while others made excuses like it was all in her head, simply because they couldn’t diagnose her. It wasn’t until her blood was sent to California where they do more extreme blood testing that Lyme disease was found.  My cousin had Lyme disease, and it was crippling her. At that point she had to be fed through a tube, and has lost all of her inde-


SING FOR THE MOMENT

Junior Gretchen Klempa and her passion for singing BY SIOBHAN DARMODY

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unior Gretchen Klempa is Exeter’s own idol. The 2010 winner of Exeter Idol has an astonishingly talented set of vocals, and she’s not afraid to use them.  Gretchen’s long history of singing started when she was in the elementary chorus at Lincoln Street School. Lincoln Street required all students to take chorus. Gretchen recalls the first time she realized she had potential was when a substitute teacher complimented her “Out of the blue, she told me I had a really nice voice,” said Gretchen.  Other influences that motivated Gretchen to continue singing included her family and the many chorus teachers she has had over the years. “They have always given me confidence in my singing,” said Gretchen of her family and teachers. “They’re the ones who have always been there for me.”  Gretchen’s love of music and chorus followed her through middle school and high school. Gretchen, who is very humble, said she sings “for the pure enjoyment of it.”  Her vocals can be explained as a low bluesy voice with strong similarities to the musical stylings of Brandi Carlile. Carlile’s song “Before it Breaks” is the proclaimed “most played” song on Gretchen’s iTunes library.  Gretchen’s involvement in music has evolved over the years from plays to her membership in the band SND (Sick Nasty Delicious) to her winning performance in Exeter Idol. SND is the first band that Gretchen has ever been a part of and she enjoys performing with her band mates, Mason White, Barrett Goeman, and Rimon Oz.  Her overall favorite personal performance

cilla Ahn, to Eric Hutchinson, The Shins, and Ingrid Michaleson. Michaelson is one of her favorite artists. “Her earlier stuff is what drew me in. Now she’s my main gal,” says Gretchen, after seeing Michaelson in concert earlier this year.  Even though mesmerizing vocals have brought her a lot of local success throughout

was Exeter Idol, due to the fact that it was a new experience and quite unique relative to what she has been a part of in the past. She was motivated to sign up for the contest by performances in previous years. “After seeing the show in earlier years, I decided to take a swing at it,” said Gretchen. Doing so was well worth her time.  Her idol performance included a personal rendition of the 90’s hit “Creep” by Radiohead and Junior Gretchen the more mainstream pop hit Klempa won Exeter Idol this past winter, “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks. “I a competition she try to find songs that portray my entered after being vocals,” said Gretchen. Her song inspired by choices so far have left an impact performers in on the audience. Gretchen will previous years. admit to being a frequent “last minute song switcher,” often resorting to an alternative option at the last possible second.  Although her nerves got a hold of her during her first performance, her second performance of the night made her feel at home on the stage. “I was really surprised and excited after I won,” said Gretchen.  Her musical tastes vary tremendously. Her favorite genres include acoustic, folk, and many different artists from the 90’s. “I like all sorts her musical career, Gretchen sings purely of music but the rap, hip-hop, and pop music for the joy of it. Friends and fans of Gretchen overplayed on the radio really isn’t my thing.” would be quick to tell you her future possibiliHer favorite artists range from Meiko and Pris- ties in music are endless.

pendence. Things improved however. The fol- was Victoria’s best chance at recovery. Then lowing summer was the highlight of the past fall came. It was believed that the Lyme had four years. She was in a wheelchair, but her been cleared from her system, and she was personality could being taken off the light up a city. She majority of the remVictoria was in a wheelchair, was talkative and edies she was on. but her personality could happy. After VicWe quickly realized light up a city. toria showed such that Lyme was still great improvement, present in her syswe were convinced that the worst was behind tem when her health plummeted once again. us; but the following fall season would prove to Before we knew it, Victoria had gone into a be very difficult. state of what seemed like a coma. She was un Victoria had been on numerous medica- able to communicate in any way and suffered tions, many of which were doing more harm from frequent muscle spasms. then good. Through a long learning process,  Things were looking very bleak, and all the my aunt found that using herbal remedies progress she had made had been lost virtually

over night. The winter dragged on, and she got to the point where we were afraid we might actually lose her. My aunt refused to give up, and though it was a long and painful road, Victoria began to improve once again.  We now are in the spring of her fourth year being sick; she has not regained her ability to talk yet, and still has limited mobility. But the muscle spasms are practically gone and most importantly, she’s regained her happiness. We continue to give support as we press onward towards her full recovery.  The spring is upon us and so are the ticks, so check thoroughly and often, because no one deserves to go through the pain that my cousin has. PHOTO BY SIOBHAN DARMODY

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BATTLE OF THE BOOKS: REQUIRED VS. CHOICE How education can benefit from both types of reading BY SIOBHAN DARMODY + RACHEL CHESNO

The Case for Required BY RACHEL CHESNO

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ost students groan at the thought of having to read, well, anything. Inside the classrooms of Exeter High School, and thousands of other high schools across the nation, debate ensues over whether required reading is really all that important. Most students agree that they enjoy books more when they get to choose out of a group of books selected by their teacher, but other students can appreciate all required reading has to offer.  Required reading provides students with benefits that teach them to comprehend reading outside of the classroom. “You never know what you’re going to fall in love with,” said Mrs. Wheeler-Smith, a strong advocate for required reading. Every teacher interviewed said they believed in the power of required reading, and strongly supported reading outside the classroom as well. Even if a student does not like the particular work he or she is reading, there is still an opportunity to learn from it. Students pick up different rhetorical strategies and the actual process of writing from different time periods, different countries of origin and different authors. Mrs. Wheeler-Smith also said that teachers are able to more extensively teach the stories he or she learned during their education and have been studying for years. The classics are called the classics for a reason, they are meant to be read by the masses, to be studied and looked into for meaning beyond the surface. A student may get through a story more easily if he or she enjoys the storyline because the book was slected by choice, but that does not mean he or she will learn the most from that novel.  Students across the school said many of their favorite books were books they were required to read. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ranked the top two personal favorite novels by students at EHS. These novels fall into the same lists of high school favorites across the nation alongside Of Mice and Men by John Steinback and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Senior Kelsea Brown says, “I tend to dislike the books I am required to read, but the ones I like really stand out., especially the ones senior year.” Other students agreed that the impact of the novels they appreciated outweighs the ones they didn’t. 0

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 Required reading is crucial in high school because it exposes students to works of literature they otherwise may never come in contact with. Teachers’ choices of their favorite books were similar to the students’ choices with The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. When students are required to read a specific piece of literature, they are required to look in-depth, required to focus on the little things, and required to learn as much as possible.

The Case for Choice BY SIOBHAN DARMODY

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n High school everything seems forced. From school, to the social scene, to athletics, many high school students feel as if they have an extensive amount of “potential” to live up to. Reading is an aspect of ones academic career that should be a break from forced guidelines in assignments and left up to a student’s own interpretation and their own interests.  Essay due Wednesday, math test on Thursday, and project due Friday. This type of schedule is fairly typical for the five day week of a high school student. Why can’t reading be used as a tool of interest for students? Reading should be a school assignment that applies to students individual interests. Students will not comprehend a reading and resort to spark notes if they feel as if the reading is dull. Although it would be difficult for educators to teach material within an Eng-

lish class if all students read different novels, there are alternate ways students can learn and read personal choice novels at the same time. Students could be “required” to read in a different sense. Students could be required to read books of certain styles or by authors that have a certain tone within their writing. This process would not only allow students to choose their own novels, this would also allow students to understand stylings and symbols within literature at the same time. Choice reading within the classroom also improves the independence and individuality of each and every student.  Miss. Argyros’s period 7 AP Language and Composition class was surveyed on its preference of either choice or required reading. The class consisted of eighteen students and fifteen out of the eighteen voted that they received more knowledge and enjoyment out of choice reading. These numbers show that even students at one of the highest levels of English are choosing choice over required. These students have been required to train themselves to read required books since their early years of elementary school. Their reading skills have been developed and it is time to allow these students to make an independent choice. Freshmen Parker Richards, who says he is a dedicated reader in his free time, says that he gains more knowledge, enjoyment, and personal skills when he is able to choose his own reading material. The majority of students find that choice allows independency and freedom within their personal life and academic life as well.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF:

CLASS GIFTS {EVERYTHING FROM TREES TO HAWKS} nated, but not the years they were donated.  Giving a gift to the school is not a required. “It is not something that is budgeted for. If the class has money left over they can either give a gift or use the left over money to host reunions,” said Mr. Kinton. So far most of the gifts that have been donated are currently at the old high school and are still being moved from one place to another, such as the sign that now stands out front of the school. It was donated by the class of 1999 and 2000, and was originally in front of the old high school. Some classes donated gifts that aren’t able to be moved from the old high school, such as white birch trees that were donated by the class of 1957. The gift each class gave varies greatly, from an old school mascot (the hawk outfit) donated by the class of 1993, to a Polaroid camera donated by the class of 1960.  Establishing a timeline for class gifts was an especially trying task, as the details for

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hroughout the four years a class spends at Exeter High School, it holds a series of fundraisers. The money raised goes towards graduation, prom, senior week and a number of other things. What most people don’t know is that excess funds go toward future class reunions and often a class to the school. By giving the school a gift, a class is able to leave a lasting mark on a school it spent its last four years in. However, this way of leaving a lasting impression has not worked as well as intended. Unless you were a part of the class and remember your class gift, there is no other way of knowing which class donated certain gifts. As for the classes that donated money and no physical gift toward the school, their donation has been lost in translation.  Mr. Kinton, a senior class advisor of more than 10 years, could recall the actual gifts do1958 Tape Recorder

1960 Polariod Camera

1977 Granite Benches (Old High School)

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each gift were not readily available by record. For almost a month the topic was researched and information was gathered from almost every teacher who graduated from Exeter. The majority of teachers could not remember what their class gave back to the school. With a lot of assistance from Mrs. Parks, the list of gifts was growing, but it was still quite short. As class advisors, presidents and vice presidents were contacted, all they could recollect was that they gave a gift; but they could not remember what the actual gift was.  The list will continue to grow as more classes graduate from EHS and hopefully more information regarding past gifts will be found as well. It is time the Exeter High School alumni are given credit for the hard work they have done and the contributions they have made to our school. It is up to the students, the community, and alumni to keep our school history alive and help remember what has been given to us.

2008 Ceramic Flower Urns On Front Walkway

1999 & 2000 Granite Sign 2007 Granite Benches in Front of School & Painting

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If you have any more information about class gifts please e-mail Mrs. Parks at: sparks@sau16.org

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SPOTLIGHT: ALLY FOY On auditions, performing and theater BY PAIGE FERRERI

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he pulls into the parking lot and parks three spaces over from the entrance to the theater. While getting out, she does a mental check just to make sure everything is perfect: hair in place, teeth brushed, shoelaces tied, shirt tucked in. The list could go on, but she has already opened the door and stepped inside.  “The audition starts the moment you walk in and that’s because if someone sees you arguing with a parent or being annoying you won’t get casted,” said junior Ally Foy. “It’s all about attitude.” Auditions may seem stressful and boring for those who are not into theater, but for Ally they are actually fun.  In the past five years Ally has been in about twenty plays, which means that she has had at least twenty auditions. For each type of play there are different qualities that are more essential for certain parts, and this is why not every audition is the same. For a straight play, an actor or actress would have to perform a pre-

pared monologue or give a cold reading.  “Cold readings are my favorite. They’re when you’re given a part of the script to read and it’s expected that you don’t know it. But with a monologue you have to have it memorized before the audition which is really stressful,” she said. She also does auditions for musicals and dance-intensive plays in which she has to read lines, sing, and prove how fast she can pick up dance steps.  Although each audition may be different, it is still expected that she acts professionally from start to finish. “Even if you already know the director, you come in and say your name loud and clear,” said Ally.  She does her best while not letting her nerves get to her; she tries to be optimistic and relaxed. “Even when you mess up, if you have

COULD YOU BOTTLE SCHOOL WATER?

water from EHS as a source for the company, because of the purity.  When water is tested at EHS, the combined wells are tested together. A sample is then taken from the mixed tap and tested for the previously mentioned metals and gases. Records are kept as per New Hampshire state laws and the Safe Water Drinking Act. The results are published online and are available for public viewing on the NH Department of Environmental Services as well.  But just because water at EHS is pure, doesn’t mean that everyone else has clean, drinkable water at their fingertips. In January 2010, a team of investigators from WBZ-TV tested water from over fifteen sources at schools north and west of Boston, Massachusetts. Keeping in mind that the wells tested were public water sources, the results were astounding. Lead levels at some schools were twice the state standards; a bubbler at Braintree High School was shut down by Superintendant Peter Kurzberg after the investigative team showed him the results of the testing. The Massachusetts state standards for lead levels in schools are at .001mg/l. The bubbler in Braintree was .124 mg/l, a shock for the school which required immediate shut down.  Back in the halls of our school, there is no need for worry. The water that was most recently tested in November passed inspection.

Facilities Manager Ed Oddo thinks so BY KARINA FAULK

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ave you ever noticed there is no reddish-orange “ring” around the inside of the toilet bowls at our school? Interestingly enough, the absence of that “ring” is directly related to the water fountains and other water sources that are in the halls and on the walls of EHS.  Water is tested yearly, semiannually, and quarterly. The two wells that are just outside the school, Bedrock #1 and Bedrock #2, are tested for the presence of radon, lead, and arsenic. Since our school is on a private well-water system, the occurrence of lead is non-existent.  According to Mr. Oddo, Facilities Manager at EHS, the water that runs through the high school is pure enough to bottle and sell from the source. In fact, one of the industrial companies on Pine Road in Brentwood uses the 0

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great energy, it’s not as bad. The directors want to see how you learn under pressure.”  “In a way, auditions prepare you for the real world with job interviews because you learn to keep yourself composed and to act as if you know what to do,” said Ally. They teach people how to be professional and manage stress.  To Ally, theater is life and she loves being able to perform in the spotlight, whether it be in a play or an auditions. Auditions are the start to finding a perfect cast that will bond onstage and offstage. They are the opportunities to show what she can do and to prove she can be a part of the cast. “It’s like your own little private show,” says Ally.

TASTE TEST

Recently, a water testing survey was completed by a randomly selected group consisting of EHS faculty and students. Each person had four cups of water from various sources, including bottled water (two sources), well water (one source), EHS tap water (one source), and EHS bubbler water (one source). The results were mixed. The water that was the least desirable was Nestle’s Pure Life bottled water, with a general satisfaction level of average (3) to below average (1-2) in all groups tested. The second bottled water source, Aquafina, was rated higher than the first source but not as high as the EHS tap. Testers also noted this source as having a “weird” texture. The third source, the well water source, was noted as having a “good texture,” though ratings were varied. Most surveyors rated 4C, the EHS bubbler as the best tasting water, even though 4C and 4B, the EHS tap, were essentially from the same source .


ALL DAY ERR’Y DAY

Senior Anne Twombly’s love for running BY NICK FERRERI

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here are dozens of phenomenal athletes is hailing,” said Anne. “Indoor track has a speat Exeter. Some can bench press over cific flavor to it because we train at the cage, 250 pounds, some can make great plays or meets are at UNH, and the races feel shorter shots in a particular game, some can sprint because of the shorter track, but it is basically fast, some can jump high. But there are not a giant preseason for outdoor track. Outdoor many who can run a 5k in 18 minutes and 33 can be intense because of the track and the seconds (unofficially: 18:05). In fact, Anne long straight-aways and dog fight finishes, but Twombly is nearly the only girl in the school I really like the evolution of the seasons.” who has accomplished such a feat.  Though the overall level of tenacity var Anne has been running since before middle ies for each of her teams, all of the practices school, but only began to train intensely in share the same intensity and have about the high school. Middle school track was fun and low intensity (they often “Sophomore year, there used to wound up playing dodge ball), but as be weeks where I ate only spinach she entered high school her love for her cross country and track teams igand bread without butter.” nited her passion for running. ANNE TWOMBLY ‘10  “I started running because my dad is really into it, but I also like the feeling of going fast and feeling fast. I also like same workouts. “Two days a week I’ll do speed staying in shape, ” said Anne. “In high school, workouts, which is so important; three days I’ll I fell in love with my teams and can’t imagine run a moderate distance; one day I’ll race; and another year without them.” one day I’ll go on a long, long run, which is like  Anne is a three sport varsity athlete compet- seven or eight miles usually,” said Anne. ing in the 3000m and 1500m races for indoor  The training that a runner goes through is track, the 3200m and 1600m for outdoor track, extensive, but when written on paper the workand the 5k for cross country. outs seem far less significant than when actu “For track, I mainly run the 3200m and the ally running them. After all, several weeks in 3000m, that’s what I’m serious about, but I a row with a total of zero days off is substantial also run the 1500m to work on speed, and the in itself. 1600m for points,” said Anne, who performs  “Our coach works us hard in the beginning extremely well in her priority races. of the season to tire us before our races so  “Junior year I ran in the Footlocker tourna- that by the end of the year we will be used to ment and senior year I ran in the Nike Nation- it, won’t be tired, and will destroy,” said Anne. als,” she said. “They are like the unofficial-offi- “During the summer I do more mileage and cial national tournaments.” less speed to build a base for cross country.  Anne enjoys running in every season and Some days I will run 14 miles, but I’ll break it has no particular favorite to run in because up so I don’t destroy my muscles.” they are all unique and all have various pros  Good runners will often push their limits and cons. in pursuit of bettering their times, but accom “I like how intimate the cross country team plished runners are like sports cars: they canis, but the training is tough because it doesn’t not maximize their potential without consummatter what the weather is. We run even if it ing a premium fuel.

 “Sophomore year, there used to be weeks where I ate only spinach and bread without butter,” said Anne. “Now I still have flashes of ‘Oh, I don’t know if I should eat this,’ but my diet has gone downhill. My best runs are the ones after I eat meat, but you’re not supposed to have a big meal less than four hours before you run. You can still have little snacks up until two hours before, and water up until one hour, except a few sips to get rid of cottonmouth.”  Running is generally regarded as a phsyically demanding activity, but the psychological strain is almost just as immense.  “I’ve really evolved through high school. I used to get pumped for meets, but now I’ve gotten a lot more relaxed,” said Anne. “If a meet is after school I try not to think about it because I am inevitably going to become sick.”  Often times she will arrive to meets over three hours early and will lay down in the grass relaxing or doing homework to relieve stress. “Only about 40 minutes before the race I start to stretch, which is really important in cross country because of the cold weather, and I’ll do tons and tons of stretching,” said Anne. “I also believe traditional stretching, not dynamic stretching, has always been the best approach.”  Another point of mental pressure comes during the race, because when the mind wanders, results are usually subpar.  “A bad race is when I will be thinking about things,” said Anne. “In a good race, within the first three minutes I’m blank-minded. It’s like I’m in a white box. I pretend my mind is like a pane of glass and thoughts just bounce off. If you don’t think about everything that’s against you, you can do anything.”  This state of mind, where one has no thoughts, is much more difficult to achieve than it seems, and reaching it takes a considerable degree of mental toughness. Those who have difficulty with this resort to their iPods, which they use as a catalyst to help them focus.  “I understand when someone listens to their iPod if they are having a tough day and just wants to be in their own world and run alone,” said Anne. “But I talk to Kelsey [Smith] all the time when we run, so it’d be like an insult if one of us brought an iPod. It’s one of my pet peeves. I believe that when you’re part of a team, it’s precious to have someone to run with. Plus, there’s no iPods in meets, and I mean, you’ve got to practice how you play.”  Anne will be running at UNH on a scholarship next year; however, she does not plan to continue to run intensely after college.  “I love running for a team, but after college I want to get a job, get married, and have kids. I will probably only run in the PTO race once a year and maybe a few times a week to stay in shape.” PHOTO BY NICK FERRERI

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PAPER JAM

Recycling at our school isn’t as effective as you might think BY RACHEL CHESNO

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s the world turns, chaos ensues over the impact of humans on the planet. Whether it’s the natural turn of events, or global warming is truly caused by our actions as a society, the global population has been working to reverse any negative effects. Exeter High School has set aside bins to put the thousands of bottles and stacks of paper we use to a better use. However, what the students and faculty think is being recycled is, in reality, sometimes mixed with the normal trash and taken to the town dump.  Since the “go green” phenomenon began to sweep across the nation, it seems natural that our school would help the cause. We just worked out an extensive deal to allocate solar panels to lower our energy bills. EHS also

features motion sensor lighting to help save energy and decrease costs. The new building has become one of the greenest schools in New Hampshire. So why are over $10,000 worth of recyclables being thrown away every year?  Junior Dani Fregeau, a member of EHS’s Environmental Club, believes that “recycling is important because humans have such a negative effect on the world.”  However, if recyclable material isn’t correctly separated, recycling is 100% ineffective. Teachers who bring out their own recycling will sometimes mix it with trash because the recycling bins are full and they don’t know the proper protocol. Most other times, teachers, students or the janitorial staff will mix their products into bins, disregarding the labels.  When this mixed recycling is brought to recycling centers, it is thrown away because it is not properly sorted. Recycling centers do not have the time or the man power to go through and resort all of the products in their facility. Therefore, things heavily mixed will be given to a regular trash center. The school administration strongly negated all accusations that recycling was being disregarded, thus forcing me to go straight to the source. Unfortunately, the recycling center where EHS’ materials go was unable to recall if Exeter’s recycling was sorted properly or not, but one glance at the

barrels outside ready for pick up proves that the problem lies internally. Tuesday nights, all of the recycling bins are filled and placed outside ready for pick-up on Wednesday. This Tuesday, however, I personally went through each and every bin and found that Exeter High fails to properly sort its recycling. Inside classrooms, teachers and students place all the recycling into one bin, and then leave it to be sorted by others, but if the job keeps getting passed along, then how do we know it’s actually getting done? The barrels outside mix paper and plastic, even though they are all clearly labeled. Cardboard is put in with paper, even though there is an entire dumpster labeled solely for cardboard.  “It is our duty to throw away our trash in a responsible manner,” said Dani, who also states that recycling helps the nation maintain more viable land, instead of increasing the number of landfills. The students of EHS are easily influenced by what is going on within the building, and if recycling becomes an important issue to the faculty and administration, students will quickly follow and possibly even recycle at home.  There is an obvious fault somewhere within Exeter High School’s system of recycling. This needs to be quickly corrected because it not only gives us a bad reputation, but also hurts the environment. Because EHS is such a large facility, we contribute significant quantity of recyclable materials. Letting them go to waste is irresponsible and preventable. The duty of recycling needs to fall on all of our shoulders. Consistently and properly gathering and sorting materials will help our school actually be a “green” facility.

MORE THAN JUST FLAGS

A look the members of Exeter’s color guard squad BY AMANDA LASAPIO

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olly Klemarczyk went to a football game during 8th grade, and left with a new hobby. “At halftime, the color guard really stood out to me,” said Molly. “Since then I knew I wanted to be a part of it.” Molly, along with Heather Lindsay, are this year’s captains of the color guard.  “A lot of people don’t know what I’m talking about when I say ‘I’m in color guard’. I have to say something along the lines of ‘flag-twirler’ and then they get it,” said Molly. Although more than “flag-twirling” goes on during the season: embarrassing moments happen, friendships form and memories are made.  “One time we were outside during class on the football field and we were just tossing the 0

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flags around. We had to be sort of careful because all the rubber stoppers on the ends of our poles were ripped. I decided to try this really hard toss (a helicopter toss) that I had just recently gotten down and was beginning to get comfortable with. I ended up not tossing it high enough and all of a sudden the end of the flag came around and got me square in the mouth. Because my stopper wasn’t protecting the metal, the metal ripped all the skin off my bottom lip. It was pretty embarrassing and I had a fat lip for the next three days,” said Molly  Color guard brings more to the table than just injuries; it is a fun way to spend your time and it lets you be a part of a team. Molly and Heather are working toward making color

guard popular and well-known again.  Not too long ago, color guard had almost 15 members, but due to various issues with captains and leadership, the team fell apart. To make sure this doesn’t happen again Molly and Heather are giving everyone an input on creating routines and choreography and not just having one or two people direct and boss everyone around.  “We’re a great little team. We have no coach, so routines come right from us. I think that’s the coolest aspect of it,” said Molly.


Junior team “Morning Glory” was a strong contender in last year’s tournament.

READY, SET, DODGEBALL!

a few senior heavy-squads, we feel quite confident entering into the tournament again this year,” said Daley. Nick Bosen shares this same confidence. “After making a successful A look at what it takes to be a contender in this year’s tournament run and losing in the semifinals despite some referee problems, we have high hopes for this BY CHRIS POPE year,” he said. he 2010 dodgeball tournament is fast exceptionally quick and are all premier soccer  However, one cannot overlook the fact approaching and one team is certainly players for the varsity team. And what about senior-dominated teams have won the previready for it. The all-junior team, Morning Nick Bosen? Well if you caught a hockey game ous two tournaments, a challenge Morning Glory*, consisting of Nolan Daley, Trent Roy, this year, you couldn’t ignore the thunder Nick Glory will have to overcome. Bosen believes Quinn Conner, James Petrucelli, Nick Bosen, Bosen laid on every opposing player who tried his team has the necessary skills to end such and Ryan Donlevie, are more than ready to to steal the puck from him. a streak. “The senior grade has some great dodge, dip, dive, duck, and dodge.  How about strategy? “Last year our strat- dodgeball players, but our team has depth,  They enter this year’s tournament a year egy was strictly run and gun,” said Daley. “We talent and heart: things the senior grade will older and more experienced than ever before. weren’t a fancy, showboating team, just one never have,” Bosen said. “Being a new team last year, we didn’t know that worked hard and threw even harder.”  One senior team who will be looking to what we were really working with,” said Nick  This year, Daley declined to comment on upset Morning Glory is The Rockets, consistBosen. “After a couple games, it was obvious his team’s strategy for purposes of maintain- ing of Andrew Grillo, Jeffrey Davies, Carson that we were a top contender for the champi- ing an element of surprise in the upcoming Cross, Zach Kelleher, Jason Monroe, and onship.” This year, rest assured Morning Glory tournament. Chris George, The Rockets are a powerhouse will be a top contender once again.  Secret or not, Morning Glory’s strategy this with confidence. “I think we have a good shot.  But what is it exactly that makes Morning year is one they hope is as good looking as We have experience and a Division I pitcher in Glory such a strong team? Well, let’s start their new attire. “The only problem we experi- Carson Cross,” Grillo said. with the pure ath Everyone atleticism each memtending this year’s Dodgeball is ninety percent mental, and only ten percent skill,” tournament should ber brings to the ANDREW GRILLO ‘10 table. Nolan Daley look forward to a is a three year varpotential late round sity goalie for the school’s hockey team, giving enced as a team last year was our mediocre jer- meeting between these two teams. Although him the necessary hand-eye coordination to seys. This year we will be experiencing none Morning Glory has the athleticism and conficatch any ball hurled his way. But along with of these types of dilemmas because we will all dence it takes to be a champion, The Rockets hockey, when the flowers begin to bloom in be in matching, balling attire,” said Daley. have seniority and a game plan. “Were going early spring, you can find Nolan tossing heat  As for Morning Glory’s expectations enter- to play head games with them. Dodgeball is from the mound. Trent Roy, Quinn Conner, ing the tournament, they are not hiding the ninety percent mental, and only ten percent Ryan Donlevie, and James Petrucelli are all confidence they have. “With an exception of skill,” said Grillo.

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3.29.10

COMMENTARY

Dust off the Nintendo 64, pop Now 4 in the stereo, and spend the day reliving the greatest decade in history: the nineties. Alex Lacasse, page 21

Man-made emissions are on the riseindividual Americans are simply too small to matter. “Think global, act local” won’t get the job done. Jack Tisdall, page 20

GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN CHRISTOPHER DAVID BURKE DAOUST 1994-2010 CONTRIBUTED BY SAM GRAHAM ‘13

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hris was always a loving person, always willing to help people and get them through anything going on in their lives, even if he never met them. He loved his family, friends and music more than anything else. He had a large group of extremely close friends, some from all the way back to third grade. He was always happiest when he was with them, whether it was at a party, a movie night, or just hanging out and talking. He was a people person.  Chris once said to me that music kept him going. I didn't really know exactly what he meant. How could music keep you going? I loved music, but back then, it felt like it was just something to listen to. But now I get what he meant. Songs have a way of saying exactly what we can’t put into words. Hearing lyrics to a song on the radio can make you feel like someone actually does understand you. Chris was creative and had talent. He could easily listen to a song and figure it out on the piano or guitar. His raps were a way of expressing everything he needed to. It let people into his mind and his life. He sometimes called it his way of story telling. No matter how much you knew about Chris, or how much you talked to him, he'll be missed. And he'll never be forgotten. It helps thinking about how much time you did have with him, rather than how much time you didn't.  Chris’ passing should remind us to love the ones we have now and to spend every minute

with them like it was the last. Some say “everything happens for a reason.” Sometimes we don’t know the reason, but there's still one behind everything that happens in life. I'm sure

none of us expected anything like this to happen at EHS. Now that it has, the only thing we can do is try to cope with it. We just have to figure out how to as the days go by. I don't look

into the future too much because it’s weird picturing more days without Chris here. I just take it one minute at a time. And sure, there will be those hours and hours that I cry, but what we all have to look forward to is the hours that we're laughing.  To those of you who were friends with Chris: hang in there. I've been told the emotional burden of this event will lessen over time. I want to believe this is true. I fantasize of the day when his absence is not a destructive force in my life. I pray my memories of him someday serve as inspiration and I feel peaceful when reminiscing about the time Chris and I shared.  To those of you who didn't know Chris: it’s still okay to cry. Even if you’ve never talked to him, you can still sympthasize. Whether you only spoke with Chris three times or you were good friends, he surely left a positive impression. As we all knew him differently, each of us will react in different ways.  There's no telling when we'll be crying or when we'll be laughing. There's no way for us to know when there will finally be more happy than sad moments in a day. We will all miss him, no matter how close we were with him. Chris Daoust was simply one of those people you could meet and love instantly. Since January 15th, EHS just hasn't felt the same. I hope that everyone continues being as strong as they are. I'm sure Chris is looking at us smiling, wherever he is. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM GRAHAM

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DO INTERNET PRIVACY SETTINGS ALLOW FOR COMPLETE SAFETY ON THE WEB?

THE INTERNET IS ADEQUATELY SAFE Millions of users, no problems BY RACHEL CHESNO

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ccording to an estimate of 2010, there are over 400 million users on Facebook. Twitter has gained well over 6 million members. Myspace, the pioneer of social networking sites, has approximately 200 million active members. As these online social networking sites begin to grow, the amount of private information being put online continues to grow with them.  Most teenagers know anything they put online can be accessed by random strangers, but many refuse to acknowledge the danger in this. Teenagers continue to put their personal information online without consequence, mainly because Internet sites have become extremely safe.

 Most teens interviewed stated that they use their privacy settings to the maximum. Only friends can see their pictures, and their page can only be accessed if a friend request is sent and accepted. While adults and different authorities constantly negate Myspace, Facebook has created a larger base by allowing individuals to protect their information; priding itself on letting you “share your information with anyone you want.” Facebook and Twitter allow their users to determine what level of privacy he or she requires, allowing teenagers to put up basically any information they want!  A lot of people focus on the negative effects of placing personal information online, but there are also many positives. Future employ-

ers and college admissions officers can access your page and see pictures of you helping out the needy, or having good, clean fun with your friends. These important people can only gain access to your page with your permission.  The important thing to remember is with the single click of a mouse, a complete stranger can gain access to your most personal thoughts and information. With caution and knowledge, however, and as long as the privacy settings are used properly, information online is completely safe. Myspace, Twitter, and Facebook, along with the thousands of other social networking sites that support this cultural globalization, have connected millions of people across the world, bringing them together.

THE WEB IS NOTHING BUT A MINEFIELD

Privacy settings are not adequate enough for total internet security BY BRENDAN LORTIE

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stores give shoppers the chance to check off a box that determines whether or not they want their information shared with other parties. Also, nearly every social networking site has its own privacy settings, which users can configure to fit their needs. The problem is these settings do not always work the way they are supposed to.  Time and time again, I have changed my Facebook privacy settings to hypothetically disallow the sharing of my information on search engines, and yet when I type my name into Yahoo, Google, or Bing, plenty of results from Facebook show up.  The issue is clear; no matter how many pri-

vacy settings you reconfigure, some piece of information always leaks out. Because these settings are never completely efficient in protecting user’s privacy, they should not be considered to be suitable safeguards.  Privacy settings must be unconditionally helpful and 100% effective to be of any use, but they aren’t; if you really want to remain anonymous on the Internet, never type your name into a text box.  The term Internet privacy is, in itself, an oxymoron. Don’t be fooled by the safety that website privacy settings advertise, either; if the information is personal, it shouldn’t be on the Internet in the first place.


DRAWING BOARD CHRIS POPE

EXIT: TO THE REAL WORLD

The perfect cure for senioritis

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econd semester of senior year is a waste and use it in a practical way. of time for most students and teachers.  One way the curriculum could allow seniors By mid-January, most students are finished ap- to do this is by forcing them to get involved plying to schools, and most schools are done in an internship. Although it would be nearly looking at the applicants’ transcripts seriously impossible to get four hundred or so students after mid terms are completed. Although by local internships, the option should be open the beginning of second semester only a hand- for those qualified and interested. To narrow ful of students have determined which school down the amount of students involved, the they will be attending, for the rest, it remains school should require students to have a 3.0 a waiting game. Senioritis kicks in, and usu- GPA through their first three years of high ally nothing positive comes about as a result. school, and force them to apply for a spot in That is why second semester of senior year is the spring of their junior year. The adminisofficially being brought back to the drawing tration or a selected group of teachers would board. choose the best qualified students if there were  As the snow melts, so does the seniors’ abil- too many applicants. By having the process ity to sit and focus in a classroom. In order in the spring of their junior year, it still allows to maximize the time for the stutime seniors are dents to sign up forced to be in for classes they Senioritis is an epidemic; school for, the want to take if freedom is the cure. curriculum must they are not acforce them to be cepted. active in one way or another. Although early If accepted, the selected students could use graduation is an option, it forces students to the tests guidance counselors make them take become distant from their peers, which most in order to find a field of work in which they don’t want to do. The curriculum must find a would be interested in interning. Students way to balance the idea of getting the students could find internships in their chosen field, outside the classroom, while at the same time and instead of attending environmental class allowing them to stay close with one another a few times a week, they could work on a loup until graduation day. It is time the students cal sustainable farm. If they are interested in take their education outside the classroom business, they could get an internship at a

local business. The days they are not interning could be used in the classroom to reflect on the internship and how their field of work impacts others. Students would earn grades based on their participation in the internship, reviews by the owner of the business the students are working for, and the reflections the students have. By forcing students to learn the responsibilities that come with the real world, their drive to earn a higher level of education would increase.  Another way the curriculum could allow senior students to get involved outside the classroom is by forcing them to participate in a certain number of community service hours. If students were given two out of the five days a week to do community service, instead of attending team sports and discrete math, they would learn a lot more than they would spending that time taking notes in a hot classroom. Students could either work for non-profit organizations, or even organize a benefit concert for a local or national organization. Forcing students to step outside their element is a skill that would help them greatly in the future.  Whether students are spending time interning or volunteering, the school and curriculum must find a more efficient way for seniors to spend their last semester as high school students. Senioritis is an epidemic; freedom is the cure. ILLUSTRATION BY CAITI MACGREGOR

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THE NONSENSICAL GREEN MOVEMENT

How America should address the environmental problems that threaten our planet

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egan Sullivan, president of the En- in emissions worldwide. To illustrate: driving vironmental Club, informed me that a hybrid car reduces automobile emissions by if the Earth’s average temperature rises six about a thousand pounds each year. On the degrees, we risk “destruction of human life other hand, China is completing construction through increased natural disasters as a re- of two new coal-burning factories each week, sult of some of the immediate effects of global amounting to millions of additional tons of warming, like rising sea levels.” That’s scary. carbon dioxide released. Man-made emissions Yet America shows no signs of cutting green- are on the rise- individual Americans are simhouse emissions and in addition, billions of ply too small to matter. “Think global, act lopeople from emerging countries will consume cal” won’t get the job done. more and more energy every year. Megan’s as-  America’s White House needs policy persertion will be tested. spective. Proposed taxes and regulation on  Some say “saving the environment” by re- energy consumption in America will reduce ducing emissions should be America’s top emissions worldwide by less than one-hunpriority. We as a society unwittingly contrib- dredth of a percent. The expense of such govute most of our greenhouse gases by doing ernment involvement will be endured nationwhat we consider “essential activities of daily ally, as U.S. industries lose ground to foreign living,” such as driving a car, eating a burger competitors with cheaper production. It is or throwing away trash. Unless the American pointless to bog down the economy’s output people are willing to accept a standard of liv- in the name of “reducing emissions.” Regulating like that of the 1850’s, slowing the growth ing and taxing energy usage is like using a teaof emissions in the future will be impossible. spoon to hold back the tide.  Many Americans believe decreasing the  Change in society’s energy habits will occur size of their carbon footonly when the cost of reprint, by driving a hybrid leasing emissions into the or taking shorter showers, atmosphere is greater than We must consider will be their contribution the benefit of using its enorder of magnitude to Mother Earth. However, ergy. In second and third such ordinary lifestyle adworld countries around the when attempting to justments are meaningless world, theories of doomslimit America’s gestures. Americans who day aren’t relevant to paremissions. “go green” reduce their ents with hungry children. personal emissions by an Don’t expect China, Mexaverage of 1.3 tons of CO2 per year, compared ico, Indonesia, or dozens of other emerging to 40 billion tons of CO2 worldwide in 2008, a countries to stop burning the coal that raises number that grows two percent annually. their standard of living.  We must consider order of magnitude  For us fat cats in America, we can afford the when attempting to limit America’s emissions. luxury of caring for the environment. Al Gore Changes in ordinary life habits, like leaving expressed the importance of changing our enthe lights on, make a microscopic difference ergy consumption, saying in An Inconvenient relative to the skyrocketing emissions from Truth, “global warming is... the biggest moral ever-growing electricity demand seen in de- challenge facing our civilization today.” Howveloping countries like China and India. The ever, Al Gore is far from a good role model. reduced emissions as a result of Americans While the average American household conusing “greener” technology is multiple orders sumes about 10,500 kWh each year, Gore deof magnitude smaller than the overall increase voured about 220,000 kWh in 2006. Gore’s 0

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carbon footprint is twenty times the national average. This fact has gone unnoticed by the media and politicians who reference his leadership in “standing up for the environment.”  For anybody who “cares about the environment,” actions speak a lot louder than words. Driving a car is one of the greatest factors contributing to global warming- the national average of carbon emissions released in one year by one car is 10,000 pounds. For plane travel, a round trip from New York to London adds 2,500 pounds of carbon dioxide. Normal house activity, such as heating and waste production, creates 9,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Even the production of the meat we eat accounts for 18 percent of global warming gases.  Slowing global warming is going to take much more effort and sacrifice than is realized. Our community’s recently constructed school is a sterling example of this lacking diligence. Instead of renovating the former high school conveniently placed in the heart of town, the new school was built in its relatively remote location. As a result, students and faculty are forced to drive much further everyday. Numerous families adjusted to their students’ transportation needs by buying them cars. Remember: cars release 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Exeter High has recently “gone green” by installing the largest collection of solar panels in the state, renewable energy that will power seven percent of the school’s energy use. This offsets about 57.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing just 11 cars from the road.  The truth is, contradictions like the school’s energy agenda and Al Gore’s carbon footprint are omnipresent when discussing global warming. Our society will continue to consume energy at increasing rates and worry about global warming only when Florida is underwater. Realistically, technological progress is our only hope for reducing emissions. Students as well as schools must invest resources into science courses to inspire the innovation that will solve our environmental problems.


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A PRODUCT OF THE 90’S

Why the decade was memorable and significant

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n another half-year I will be in college, ready to take the next step in becoming a fully functional, law-abiding citizen. I keep in mind that in the first decade of the new millennium, we saw many innovations, celebrations, and tragedies. We saved Iraq from Saddam (and are currently still searching for weapons of mass destruction). The Red Sox broke an 86 year curse and the Bruins still make me cry. Some things never change. We were taught how to handle, or not handle, dangerous reptiles and other creatures by the Crocodile Hunter. We were kept on the edge of our seats during the heat of the Anna Nicole Watch for 72 straight hours! We grew exponentially as a culture this past decade, but we are forgetting what launched all of this: the 90’s.  Sure, many among us view this time as mostly forgettable, but to me the 90’s were everything that was awesome about being human. I can remember those lazy summer nights and turning on Atlanta Braves baseball on TBS. I don’t really remember why, I just did and it was awesome.  To fully understand how awesome the 90’s were you must first realize the dire situation we were stuck in from the previous decade. I can imagine the average person woke up on January 1st of 1990 and finally shook off the hangover that was the 1980’s. Between Reaganomics, crack, mullets, bangs, hair metal and “Full House,” the 80’s were the most trying decade our culture has ever been through. So, our average 80’s dead beat put away that torn Def Leppard t-shirt and realized the George H. W. Bush tax hikes left him no money to buy his designer acid-washed jeans, and reality set in: there is so much more to life. He decided he was going to be the best he could be and there was no better time to do that than in the 1990’s. He set off to make millions in the .com craze, sip lattes at Starbucks, and best of all he realized, “hair metal sucks.”  With prosperity on the horizon came a glimmer of peace at the dawn of this new decade. On Christmas Day, 1991, the Soviet Union, aka the Evil Empire, crumbled under the ineptness of its own system. This launched new world order, and how many times has that happened in the last 100 years? Once or twice, maybe? America ascended to the globe’s sole power and better yet Bill Clinton was running that

sole power. From the bottom of my heart I cannot think of a better president to run the free world than Bill Clinton. People forget what Bill did as president, besides Monica. All joking aside his administration presided over once of the greatest periods of economic growth in our nation’s history. His administration was one of the few to actually run budget surpluses, and now the national debt is some12.8 trillion dollars…oops. Internationally the Clinton administration helped end two conflicts in the Balkans, negotiated peace in Northern Ireland, and recognized communist Vietnam. Now that is progress and maybe recognizing Vietnam was unpopular at the time, but at least our socks from American Eagle became a lot cheaper. Thank you Bill Clinton!  My favorite memory from the 90’s is by far the music. This decade actually changed music forever. In the last two generations there was at least one main group or individual that captivated the music scene and changed the world; going back to Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zepplin, and the list goes on. Then what did we have in the 90’s? Lifehouse? Smashmouth?, American HiFi? Sugar Ray?!  These were bands not even fit to shine the shoes of the music gods. But it did not matter in the least because the music was just great, even though you couldn’t explain one good reason why. You cannot not possibly listen to a Third Eye Blind song “Semi-Charmed Kind of Life” and not crack a smile and laugh to yourself; it just fits. Best of all, 90’s music can be directly credited to making the mullet fall out of style. Since this new wave of music drove hair metal from the charts, we could once again breathe the fresh air without worrying about getting a mouth full of hairspray.  When I think about the 90’s now, I cannot believe how amazingly mundane everything was, but at the same time, how we changed as people. We delivered the KO punch to communism, launched the interwebs, and recorded some amazing music. At the end of the day that isn’t bad for one decade. What did the 80’s give us? A giant defense deficit and Def Leppard playing on full-circle stages in full mullets? There’s no comparison. The 90’s marked the end of a war and so many other great things. I am a 90’s child and I am proud of it. ILLUSTRATION BY CHRIS ALLEN

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EXPERIMENT TORI PUTNAM

Life without technology for almost an entire month

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n the fast-paced world of today, what are we spending our time on? A study from the Kaiser Family Foundation was discussed in the January 21st issue of The New York Times and it found that teenagers “pack on an average of nearly 11 hours of media content into… seven and a half hours.” The media referred to includes texting, chatting on your cell-phone, surfing the web, watching TV, playing video games, and listening to music.  This is made possible by the massive amounts of multi-tasking that teenagers partake in, listening to music and surfing the web at the same time for example. Technology is being introduced to children so early that by the time they reach adolescence they are absolute experts. My own younger brother, who is three years old, has a Facebook so that he can play games such as CaféWorld, and he already knows his way around a computer better than his mother does. These activities have been so ingrained in our culture that most students would agree it’s absurd to go without any of them.  I took on a challenge. For three weeks starting January 31st, I distanced myself from technology and media as well as I could. No texting, so I deactivated my cell-phone and no music, so I boxed up my stereo and I-pod. No Facebook, no surfing the web, no TV, and no computer or video games were allowed. The experiment was meant to see how much free time I was left with and what I found myself doing instead. I was only allowed to use my landline phone for social communication and use my computer if it was necessary for school work. I kept a day-to-day log of what I was doing, how my friends and family were responding to the experiment, and how it was difficult to break the habits of sitting at the computer and checking my phone.  At first I was excited to see what I was going to be able to do with my free time. I made it a point to play cards and board games with my brother and sister and talk to my parents. Not being able to use technology was only an an-

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noyance; I was trying to break a habit.  I really was able to stay on task and was more efficient without media and technology distractions.  Throughout the entire three weeks I was able to read four books. Although I continued to find ways to procrastinate, alleviating the distractions of television and Facebook allowed me to get a lot more done. In one instance I had a massive amount of homework. I conceded I wouldn’t be able to finish and then surprised myself by finishing almost all of it before I sat down for dinner at six o’clock. I even picked up my guitar to see if I had the motivation to try and learn how to play it.  It started to get frustrating after the first week or so and I was looking for any way I could to cheat the experiment. Listening to the music my friends played in the car, telling my friend to text someone for me with their phone, and going online for schoolwork and staying on longer than strictly necessary.  The most frustrating piece was feeling disconnected from my friends. I was never able to get a hold of anyone to go out and do something. I was restricted to my landline phone, which my dad prevented me from frequently using. I couldn’t stay up late to text people or talk on the phone like I usually would have and I began to think the experiment was impossible.  At the end of the second week I was ready to choke and I was planning on it. I didn’t think it would be possible to survive a second weekend while doing the experiment. I was living the same situation of not being able to get in touch with people over and over and over again. The entire thing was adding to my stress and impeding on my day-to-day concentration. I even went so far as to say in my journal, “My vocabulary isn’t extensive enough to relay how frustrating this experiment is.” To my dismay, I was persuaded to finish the experiment. Beyond that point I was mainly impartial because I was too busy to really think about what I was being denied. It felt like I had

reached that point of no return when there isn’t any more emotion left. The experiment continued to cause issues but I didn’t really care anymore because I’d already been handling it for two weeks. Eventually I was barely aware I still was denying myself what used to be a necessity. If it was brought to my attention that their was a video online I wanted to watch or a friend had uploaded pictures that I wanted to see and I obviously couldn’t go online to view them, it reminded me of my annoyance that the experiment was still under way. But I started replacing certain habits with new ones, like pulling out my camera to take pictures for fun or writing just to write.  When I got home on a Saturday night my experiment was over and I went on my Facebook and watched a movie and did everything I’d been denied. After I went through everything that had piled up in my absence, I kept forgetting I could listen to music or use my phone. I continually forgot my phone wherever I set it down.  Before, I had the habit of constantly checking my favorite sites on the web, but that greatly changed. I now found myself sitting down for several activities I’d started because of the experiment, like playing solitaire with actual cards and playing my guitar.  Even though I did this experiment, it wasn’t very successful. It was frustrating to not know what was going on with my friends and mostly boring. There were positive aspects to the situation, like actually getting my homework done, talking with my family, and having time to play my guitar.  I’ve broken many of the habits I formed around my personal media consumption, but the lasting impact is questionable. Teenagers are too engulfed by technology and its culture for an experiment as short as this one to yield lasting results. My major findings centered on the idea that technology isn’t harmful if its used in moderation. I also learned it’s totally not worth it to go without my iPod for three weeks.


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Locally-owned businesses are finding it harder than ever to compete with corporate chains. Why the mom and pop stores of an earlier generation are being left behind.


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Slipping Away MY ORDER, A LARGE HALF-CHEESE, HALF-PEPPERONI PIZZA,

is on the counter before the bell on the door can even stop tinkling behind me. The manager, Paul Georgiadis, recognizes me as soon as I walk in. He spots my referee uniform (I’ve just come back from work) and we talk about Seacoast United for a while before I drop all of my change in the tip jar, say goodbye, and leave. This type of interaction, along with the outsdanding pizza, is what keeps me coming back to Pizza Academy every Friday, and what has kept me a loyal customer for the past few years. There are other reasons I decide to drive to Pizza Academy instead of delivering from Domino’s, but I mainly consider what BY BRENDAN LORTIE Paul Georgiadis calls the “three ‘G’s” PHOTOGRAPHS BY TORI PUTNAM of his business: “good prices, good food, and good service.” ¶ Good price, good product, and good service: they are the basis for operation of any small business as these three aspects are what customers typically value most. Only the strongest can survive, a particularly apparent truth in today’s struggling economy. Yet if most small companies offer all three of these standard values, why do so many of them fail? ¶ Small businesses go under for a number of reasons. In today’s volatile economic climate, failure to adapt to changes in the marketplace is deadly. Right now, consumers are not looking for luxuries. They are more likely to take consider the value of a product, perhaps comparing the cost of a new and used car or a book and a video game.


Likewise, businesses are looking to sell exactly what customers need. The co-owner of Convenient Grocer, Mark Scott, agrees. He says that while customers have not stopped buying his products altogether, “they have certainly downgraded,” and he has adapted accordingly.  As the market changes, businesses need to follow suit. A store that sells luxuries people cannot currently afford to buy will not do well for very long, if at all. Another current trend in American society is to be more environmentally conscious. This has caused businesses across the country to “go green” in order to appeal to more ecologically minded consumers. To do this, companies had to change their product lines to those that better advertised their green efforts.  Oftentimes, mom and pops attempt to expand too early and soon run out of money paying for newly-needed resources. Linda Simard, owner of Coventry Cottage in downtown Exeter, believes small businesses must keep it local. “Don’t try to be bigger than you are,” says Simard. Quite frequently, local companies will try to expand because they believe they have established a solid customer base, but they actually move too quickly and face the possibility of going bankrupt. Instead, owners should find a niche in the market and focus on improving and refining their products and services.  Mom and pops must take a variety of routes to develop inventories compatible with their type of business. For example, Mark Scott stopped selling certain wines that did not generate enough revenue. On the flip side, Scott asks his customers for any special product requests they might have, which also improves his customer relations. Small stores can localize their products as well, such as how George and Phillips sells Exeter apparel. People are always looking for something to display their local flair, so this is a good approach as well.  Besides keeping inventory under control, finances must be checked upon in order to ensure that everything is going to plan. This includes staying out of debt by not taking out loans and always keeping an adequate supply of money in reserve for extreme circumstances. And above all, says Linda Simard, “stick with what works. If you’re doing fine, why change anything?”  While large franchises and corporations often produce friction with local shops, it is entirely possible for these mom and pops to maintain a considerable force in the market. Many local firms try to compete against larger businesses in their area, which often results in failure because they begin to ignore the values they used to follow. In order to coexist with large corporations, some local businesses work together to keep each other alive instead of ineffectively competing against larger companies. A prime example of this is downtown Exeter. “[Downtown] Exeter is very unique,” says Linda Simard, “because it consists entirely of small businesses. All the stores work together.” When special events and festivals come around, the town’s shops offer products based on the particular event. They also sell goods complementary to those found in other shops in the area. By teaming up, the stores can survive.  Unfortunately, the main cause of small business failure is beyond the manager’s control. The reason that many mom and pop shops go out of business is due to the change in American consumer’s values. Right now, most buyers could care less about finding sociability or personality in a business. Instead, convenience and price seem to be the only factors that hold any impor-

tance to the majority of Americans, and it is unsettling to think that we may value product over person. As Americans, we want it and we want it now, and if we can’t get it now, then we’ll go somewhere else. It’s just a part of the fast-paced lifestyle typical in the United States. SMALL BUSINESS, BIG PERSONALITY The economy today doesn’t leave much room for new businesses. According to Bob Hall, manager of High Street Grocery, “There’s no way the mom and pops can succeed today.” Hall, whose grocery and convenience store has been around since 1957, believes that it is much harder for new businesses to start up and it’s also much harder for older, more established businesses like his own to survive in the current circumstances.  Upon entering High Street Grocery, after fiddling with the front door for a minute, I was skeptical of finding anything of quality. After all, the refrigerator doors are from the last century, the parking lot is cramped, and the paint (both exterior and interior) is peeling. However, once I had a chance to speak with Hall, I realized what he, along with many other small businesses, was going through. “We all suffer from the economy,” says Hall, “and that’s reflected in my store.” All of his spending has to revolve around the products; he has no more money to spend on renovating the building or its supplies. “One reason many small businesses are failing,” says Hall, “is because they can’t buy goods in bulk. It costs less [to buy in bulk], but they [small businesses] can’t sell all of it to turn a profit.” Regardless, the Grocery’s shelves are packed with quality foodstuffs, even if they are of a nostalgic scent; I actually found an old favorite of mine, Cowtails, which I have not seen since I was in elementary school. “See?” laughs Hall when he sees my pleasure, “we’ve got the good-ol’ stuff that no one else has.”  Hall’s store provides something that not many can offer: quality service. The man has an extremely friendly personality, which was exem-

“[Downtown] Exeter is very unique...because it consists entirely of small businesses. All the stores work together.” Linda Simard of Coventry Cottage

plified several times throughout my visit as he took the time to talk to all of the customers who walked through his door. An older man walked in and his three favorite newspapers were on the counter before he even reached it. Three young girls, who had spent almost five minutes on deciding what to buy, ran off with their snacks after paying


only five dollars, with Hall reaching into his own tip jar to pay for the remaining sixty-nine cents. Its things like these that are missing from the big businesses in today’s world. A little personality goes a long way in keeping the customers flowing, especially for a small business.

quality products and good service in order to keep a good reputation.  It is because small businesses are so dependant on their local community that they must make the customer their first priority. Georgiadis remembers something that a business teacher of his once told him: “Treat your customer like your first girlfriend, which, apparently, is like gold.” In order to follow through with this, businesses must listen to their customers, follow up on their complaints and suggestions, speak with them in a friendly yet professional manner, and work accordingly. It is great for employees to get into a conversation with the customer because it sets up a relationship with them, and if the friendliness continues, they may become loyal to the store. High Street Grocery used to sell coffee until “too many customers just sat around and talked all day,” laughed manager Bob Hall. Once these strong relationships with the customer have been forged, a mom and pop can get a leg-up in the business world. Before these reBusiness is booming at Pizza Academy as Manager Paul Georgiadis lationships can be and his employees work through the economic drought. started, the customers must first be attracted to the store. In order to do this, businesses HUMBLE BEGINNINGS must keep a clean shop with a friendly atmosphere. Cleanliness and attractiveness have a big impact on the customer’s impresThe majority of a small businesses’ success lies in the strength of sion. Very few people want to look at a dirty, run-down convenience their relationship with the customer. While it is accurate to say that store whose front door doesn’t even open properly, let alone go every business relies on the customer, it is the local companies into the place. Even if everything else inside the building is exwho truly take the needs of their clients to heart. “Customer relacellent, the exterior will repel customers if is not in good shape. tions is the most important thing in the small business world,” says After quality service comes quality product, the main reason for which Paul Georgiadis. “We put thought into everything in the store.” a customer visits a store. This is one area in which small businesses Small businesses have to start from scratch, which, according to Georexcel in comparison to large companies because they already have giadis, is being outgoing and receptive to the community. “If my family the customer in mind. Local business owners put a lot of effort into wasn’t friendly, we’d be just another pizza shop,” says Georgiadis, whose ensuring their products are of the highest quality for many reasons. business is booming despite the current economy. Because small busiAs is taught in nearly every economics class, competition between nesses that are just starting out are virtually unknown, owners must esbusinesses drives them to put out products that sell. Small companies tablish important relationships with the customer and the community offer goods superior to those of larger corporations because they must in order to get the word out. They must also follow through with high offer business excellence at every standard in order to be success-


is no argument here), it cuts all social ties between the consumer and ful, and if they don’t, they can go under a lot faster than corporations. the company, and that is why small businesses are failing. A small com Mom and pop stores also provide superior goods because they directly affect the community. Local business owners are members of the same community as their friends, family, and customers are, and so their business and professionalism factors in to how the public reacts to them. A man who opens up a quality hardware store in a small town that sells great products and who is professional and helpful is likely to become fairly popular in the community as well.  In contrast, big corporations care about money first, then the customer. This does not mean they don’t revolve around the customer (everything in business does), but managers and executives care more about satisfying their own checkbooks than they do about satisfying the needs of the customers who walk through their doors. This doesn’t mean that anyone who works at Walmart or McDonald’s is a faceless, impersonal robot, but they lack the motivation that drives the quality behind small businesses. Many employees who work for superstores do not see the direct effect their job has on the community and thus do not view Downtown Exeter is home to many small company personality and friendlibusinesses unique to the area. ness as important as small business employees consider them. AMERICAN VALUES It is not a stretch to say that small businesses put much more thought, effort, and work into their products than larger corporations do. Despite this, only about 44% of small firms survive their first four years, according to businessknowhow.com. The business environment today is radically different from years past, where almost every single store was locally operated and the threat of closing down was not a fear present in most owner’s minds. The explanation for why such a change in American business has occurred is because American’s values have changed as well.  In the past, most consumers would go to the stores whose owners they knew and respected, regardless of the prices of their products. This made businesses and their customers very friendly with each other. Good customer service was something that came with owning a business and finding amiability in a business was not difficult thing to accomplish.  Nowadays, however, it seems that we Americans have been getting lazy. Everything is now based around convenience, brand names, and price, and social interactions are becoming less and less common. Instead of driving a mile or two to visit a local bookstore, you could just order a book off the Internet. While this is certainly more convenient (there

pany’s success is based entirely on service they provide to the customer, and if the interaction between the two is removed, there is no business.  Small businesses are absolutely necessary in the economy. They create more jobs than their larger counterparts do and they provide service with a smile. They have survived for decades because they develop connections with their customers, but recently these connections have become less meaningful to society as a whole. Mom and pop stores are falling to corporate giants because the values of American consumers have changed. Being a friendly and personable storeowner is no longer as important as selling the latest products at the lowest prices with maximum convenience. The shift of values in the American business world from sociability to maximum convenience is somewhat telling of our morals; do we truly value product over person? Why is it that we ignore the companies who treasure their customers the most, the ones who put their hearts into their work purely to make a living, and instead buy from whoever sells a product at the lowest price? In such a fast-paced society, it is sad to think that we don’t even have time to talk to the person behind the counter.


FREEDOM’S Fine LINE BY RACHEL CHESNO & SIOBHAN DARMODY

United States Bill of Rights Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Amendment II. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Amendment III. No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. Amendment IV. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Amendment V. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. Amendment VI. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. Amendment VII In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. Amendment VIII. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Amendment IX. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.Amendment X. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

We, as citizens of the United States of America, are guaranteed specific personal freedoms by the Bill of Rights. But these liberties aren’t as definite 0 2 9 within the walls of a public school.


lucky to. There are over 1,700 students at Exeter High School, and each one of them is stripped of his or her constitutional rights the moment they step on school property.  While most students believe they carry their own rights, the school administration has placed restrictions upon every student to help maintain an “efficient, safe and secure environment,” says principal Victor Sokul. The safety of the school overrides the freedoms of students and for this reason, students are forced to abide by certain rules. And while some of these rules seem perfectly reasonable, there is undoubtedly certain others that oppress students’ individuality and freedom for an overall greater good. Over the years, students, lacking protection by the law, have faced a range of punishments and consequences for their actions in schools. However hard a student tries to prove a violation of Constitutional amendments, the school almost always prevails.  Since the beginning of time, there has been a struggle of power between educators and their pupils. Many students put on the mindset that teachers are out to get them, which, in fact, is most often not true. Teachers simply work to enforce the rules; even they must abide by their own set. Within a teacher’s job description they are required to act within the rules and make sure that every student feels secure inside their classroom. Inside a classroom, free speech can sometimes be denied, when comments can offend other members of the class or the teacher. Students around the school have the ability to use free speech (one of the most critical

first amendment rights that our country is known for) but with heavy restrictions. Even on this very magazine, every word is carefully calculated and measured to abide by the school’s rules and regulations. Every article idea is taken into consideration for the readers’ benefit. Inside the classroom, teachers can determine what is appropriate and inappropriate for their papers and class discussions, therefore setting more restrictions upon students’ rights to freedom of speech.  Teachers are also held accountable for the safety of students, but the inequality arises when teachers punish on different scales. If teachers find different types of misconduct to be more or less distracting, the punishments will differ drastically. Students have been kicked out of classrooms for profanity, sleeping and behavior deemed ‘inapropriate’. This inappropriate behavior however, is mostly just rebellion against the restrictions students are given. If a student is treated like a troublemaker or with disrespect by a teacher, he or she will often do the same in return. Students are willing to treat their authorities in the same manner they are treated. It is when teachers treat individual

students differently that conflict can arise. CENSORSHIP By means of censorship, adminstrators are able to deny students their rights to ensure a safe and secure environment. Students aren’t exposed to media coverage, certain parts of movies, and different internet sites because they are deemed “inappropriate.”  Inside the classroom, students are carefully watched for every word they speak and every sentence they write, and need to be careful to not cross boundaries. A student’s freedom of speech is directly impeded by the rules and regulations of Exeter High.  Beyond speech or writing, students are censored by the administration on their appearance. Most teenagers strive to be their own individual, but when boys and girls are forced to dress against their choice, everyone starts to blend together. Clothing that reveals too much skin, undergarments, chains, hats, and any article of clothing deemed “distracting to other students’ work” can’t be worn. Short shorts and skirts can get many girls in trouble, while hats and inappropriate t-shirts can get boys sent to the


changing stalls. While the dress code may not be strictly enforced, the lack of uniformity across faculty members is what grabs students. There are a select number of teachers known for nagging students’ appearances. However, censorship melds students together. Select cliques of students are singled out for how they dress. Specifically, those who wear chains, and change their appearance drastically are more likely to receive punishment for their individuality.  Censorship blurs the lines of individuality and forces all to blend together. When students all dress the same, they begin to look like sheep; herded through the halls. However, as much as students may feel they are being suppressed, the school does not want us to feel this way. Principal Sokul said, “Clothing is a statement of personal expression; students can wear what they want but they must meet standards.” Censoring how students dress can lead to rebellion; students can purposely push their boundaries more so within the system to prove themselves. Teenagers are all about being their own person and being in control when high school administration takes

that control away, students tend to push the limit. STUDENTS V. ADMINISTRATION The students of Exeter High School who tend to bend the rules spend a significant portion of their time with the administration. The administration acts as a system of adults who decide what is best for the “safety and security of a student’s education,” said principal Sokul. For every event that goes on inside the halls of EHS, the administration takes the credit and the blame. The administration is in charge of dealing with school issues such as approving planned events, making

“The student claimed that [the knife] was accidentally left in the backpack from a hunting trip the prior weekend, and as much as [the administration] wanted to believe him, the zero tolerance policy required us to reprimand him.” PRINCIPAL SOKUL


sure the building is secure and operating efficiently, and, unfortunately, providing punishments for those who break the rules.  Between students and the administration lays quite a bit of friction. Students tend to disagree with many of the rules and regulations that are put down. This is where the lack of rights for students really comes into focus. As over 100 students were interviewed, only four tried to fight the system and bring up their constitutional rights. All four students were shot down. Mr. Sokul said that “because of the actions of a few, the restrictions apply to all” meaning that no matter who you are or your record, the punishment precedent will still stand. The administration uses the justification of ‘probable cause’ and that they “can step in whenever the security of the students is questioned or hindered,” said principal Sokul. When asked if a student has ever brought up his or her rights in a conflict, Mr. Sokul stated, “Some students, as they grow, become more aware of their rights but don’t know how to use them; freshman usually only know the difference between right and wrong.” And this is where we have to look at the fact that the students who know their rights and the amendments of the constitution are most likely not going to be the ones getting in serious trouble. Of the fifteen teachers interviewed, every one agreed “students have the right to come to this building, to receive an education of substance and to be safe,” as Mrs. Wheeler-Smith says.

“We don’t require a warrant for an administrator, with good judgment, to search or seize an object that will affect the safety or the students or the efficiency of the school.” PRINCIPAL SOKUL

SEARCH AND SEIZURE “Students are always surprised by search and seizure. We don’t require a warrant for an administrator, with good judgment, to search or seize an object that will affect the safety or the students or the efficiency of the school,” principal Sokul said. Search and seizure of students’ belongings has become the most controversial means of school administration to maintain order. Across the nation, students cry out for their right to privacy when faculty asks to search a bag, locker, car, or cell phone. Technically, a locker is part of school property, and therefore they need no reason whatsoever to search or seize anything inside. Backpacks and cars are where the friction starts to swell. Teenagers go running when anything of theirs is questioned, but Mr. Sokul said “If you are innocent, you have nothing to hide.” Which is perfectly reasonable, but it goes to the principle of the matter. ‘Probable cause’ is the key to all search and seizure cases but is one of the hardest words to define.  Because probable cause has thousands of definitions, it is easy to

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prove but also easy to argue. Probable cause directly goes against the fourth amendment, which states that it is “the right of the people to be secure in their persons ... against unreasonable search and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause...the persons or things be seized,” (U.S. Constitution). Search and seizure has most commonly brought to focus drug use, weapons and other illegal paraphernalia.  More and more students have been caught with drug usage on

schools grounds by the cameras. A major part of the student community was in shock over the use of the cameras inside Exeter High School, stating that money could be used for better proposals and that it was unnecessary. However, the police force has been able to spot truant students, students under the influence, and students participating in other illegal activities, like theft, or vandalism.  A few years ago, four students were suspended and player’s coded for their use of marijuana. The students were caught putting in eye drops in the same car. This gave school officials enough ‘probable cause’ to search their

BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION

VERNONIA V. ACTON

In 1954, the issue of separate but equal education for students of different color was in question. In the end, all public schools were forced to begin the process of desegregation. It was ruled unconstitutional for state laws to establish separate public schools for blacks and whites or to deny black children equal educational opportunities.

In 1995, drug use was a problem in Veronia, Oregon, and the school reacted by creating a policy of drug testing all student athletes. Parents believed this policy violated their son’s privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court felt the policy was constitutional and by voluntarily becoming an athlete, students gave up certain privacies.


“The effect of every law, rule or regulation either increases safety and decreases freedom, or does the opposite.” MR. FORBES

backpacks and the car they were in. Upon this, they found the illegal drugs and the students were punished to the precedent of the school.  Cars are the trickiest of subjects because students feel they can not be searched as they cannot be searched on the road. If a student was pulled over and an officer wished to search their car, they could first call their parents (the name the car is registered under) and they would be granted that right. However, if the administration sees the need to search a student’s car on school property, they are able to do so. The administration may wait for parental supervision but does not have to; they have the right to search a car on their property without warrant. For example, if a

student’s car broke down and he or she instead took their mom’s car to school, and there happened to be beer in the trunk, the school could search the car, and suspend that student for 10 days.  Because of a zero-tolerance policy, the administration must maintain consistency in punishments. This strips a student of a right they would normally have, even though the school states that the police force here at EHS works just the same as it does on the road. A student can be ticketed for speeding, running a stop sign or texting while driving, but when it comes to the safety of others within the school, all simi-

larities are forgotten.  Besides cars, cell phones are the most precious item to some teenagers throughout Exeter High School. Cell phones can be taken by a teacher or administrator if used during inappropriate times. Students tend to particularly protest how their privacy is invaded when a teacher has full access to their cell phone. Granted, it is directly stated in the student handbook and a commonly known rule that cell phones are not meant for class, the action of taking them away seems a bit much. Telling a student to put away their phone instead of taking it allows the student to feel more secure and hold on to their belongings.  A few weeks ago, a student was given an automatic 10-day suspension for having a ten inch hunting knife in his backpack on school grounds. Mr. Sokul said, “The student claimed that [the knife] was accidentally left in the backpack from a hunting trip the prior weekend, and as much as [the administration] wanted to believe him, the zero tolerance policy required us to reprimand him.”  Another major case of search and seizure seems to have been forgotten in last years “grinding” scandal at school dances. The major drug and alcohol use at school dances has been significantly cut down by the hour time slot students are given to get into the dance, and the new rule that students who leave cannot re-enter the dance. Students have gone to such measures to sneak in illegal substances for dances that the administration has confiscated plastic bottles duck-taped to students’ legs. The amount of material confiscated inside the office of any administrator is quite impressive. The ability of administrators to search and seize any sort of object they find offensive, such as nail clippers or pocket knives, threatens student’s privacy. YES RIGHTS, NO PRIVELEGES Student’s rights in public schools as written in the Consitution will be increasingly infringed upon as public officials push for complete security. This phenomenon is challenged by students who value their privacy and resist what is considered ill-willed scrutiny by staff members.  The Constitution declares that we have the freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press, and petition in the first amendment. The fourth amendment gives citizens the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizures without warrant. The safety of the students is a concern, of course, but their freedoms must also be taken into account. This tradeoff will continue to be debated by students and teachers, two groups with diverging values and agendas.

TINKER V. DES MOINES

GOSS V. LOPEZ

HAZELWOOD V. KUHLMEIER

In 1969, a principal decided to expell students for protesting the Vietnam War by wearing black armbands with peace signs. It was ruled that adminstrators would have to demonstrate constitutionally valid reasons for any specific regulation of speech in the classroom. It was determined that the students’ activities were not disruptive.

In February of 1971, a number of students were involved in a disturbance in the lunchroom. The Supreme Court handed down its decision, ruling that students facing suspension “must be given some kind of notice and afforded some kind of hearing” before they were to be deprived of their education.

The principal of Hazelwood East High School edited two articles in the school paper he deemed inappropriate. The student authors argued that this violated their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The Supreme Court disagreed, stating that administrators can edit materials to reflect school values.


The Eternal Philanthropist Greg Mortenson and his battle for a better world. by Nick Ferreri + Brendan Lortie


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is going to save the world whether you like it or not. He has built over 130 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan; he has written a New York Times best seller; he has won dozens of peace awards; he has come in conflict with the Taliban; he almost summitted the world’s second tallest mountain, K2; he used to be a nurse; and he is six foot four. He is Greg Mortenson. Though he is not the type of hero that flies around with superhuman strength and x-ray vision, he is the type that rides a run-down four wheel drive vehicle with superhuman determination and an idealistic vision. ¶ Mortenson was different right from the start. He spent the first 15 years of his life in northern Tanzania, Africa where his parents built a hospital for the indigenous people in hopes of creating jobs and providing healthcare for those in need. This unique setting provided Mortenson the basics for a life of humanitarianism. He never developed a prejudice towards any people and he enjoyed helping others. Once he returned to the U.S. and attended high school, Mortenson was beaten up several times because of his generosity towards blacks before becoming a popular and loved-by-all football player. After secondary school, he enrolled in the military to help pay for college where he would study medicine as an accolade to his sister who died of epilepsy. Though he felt passionate about his sister, his job as a nurse was no more than a mere side job to fund his true obsession: mountaineering. Mortenson would earn just enough cash to send himself off to the Himalayas, for example, but would in return leave him sleeping in his car while stateside. However, it was on his expedition down from the formidable K2 where his life of humanitarianism began.  Mortenson believes that education is vital in achieving true peace in the world. Before he stumbled into the tiny, now-famous mountain village of Korphe in Pakistan, the Middle East was an extremely illiterate and uneducated area. After many years of work, however, Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute (CAI) he founded have built over 130 schools, providing over 58,000 children with something that had never been available to most of them: an education.  This being said, the only way to build a school in a community is to first get permission from the village elders. He stressed that communication must be established with them because they hold the power, base, and integrity of society. “They want to be involved in decisions,” said Mortenson at his presentation in the Exeter High auditorium on March 6, 2010. Therefore, it is essential that Americans travel overseas to act as a middle man between the United States government and the Afghani people. “We can never solve poverty from a think-tank in Washington,” said Mortenson.

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Mortenson wrote the New York Times best seller “Three Cups of Tea” about his experiences in Pakistan.


Mortenson has allowed thousands of girls across Pakistan and Afghanistan to receive an education.

 He believes the amount of time and effort needed to resolve foreign entanglements at a micro level are immensely underestimated by the United Sates government and are not held at a high enough priority. “You can’t plug in democracy, you have to build democracy,” said Mortenson. “Education has to be our top national and international priority.”  The irony here is that while the United States government needs convincing of this, the Taliban, of all people, do not. “Since 2007, almost 2,000 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been destroyed by the Taliban,” said Mortenson. Moreover, about 90 percent of them were newly built schools for women. The Talibam fears educated women who will not let their sons enlist in the militia. It recognizes that mothers understand its malicious intentions, so it focuses its recruiting on the poor and uneducated children whose mothers are unaware of

the threat posed by the extremist group. Therefore, as the number of educated women raises, the size of the Taliban’s recruiting pool becomes smaller.  In a break from cultural normalcy, women now make up the majority of the school’ enrolments, as about 44,000 of the 58,000 children are female. Mortenson’s general ideology is if women are educated to at least a fifth grade level, infant mortality will decrease, population explosion will decrease, and basic qualities of life will increase. Mortenson made his intentions clear when he recalled an old African proverb at his recent appearance at Exeter High School: “Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.”  Mortenson also states that by providing an education for future Middle Eastern generations, the CAI is doing more than helping the communities there, they are empowering those communities. “Helping them is temporary. But empowering them allows them to help themselves,” said Mortenson in his speech. As the old Chinese saying goes, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” By providing children with an education, Mortenson is empowering Middle Eastern communities and giving them the tools to shape their own futures. Hopefully, these futures will include economic growth, civil prosperity, and, most importantly, widespread peace.  In fact, Mortenson’s story has made such a worldwide impact that Three Cups of Tea is now required reading for United State’s military personnel deploying to Af-

“Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.”


Mortenson recently visited with students from Exeter High School in the “Hall of Change.”

“There are enough pennies in the United States to double the national education budget for one year.”

ghanistan, and for good reason; with so much unjustified hatred emanating from the United States towards the Middle East, it can be easy to get carried away. The book provides much-needed insight on a region often misunderstood by the rest of the world. It also presents multiple examples of how peace and prosperity can be attained with education and empowerment, even in the harshest of places. Since its release in January 2007, Three Cups of Tea has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for 162 weeks in a row, and it is integrated into many high school and university English programs.  Besides just reading his books and listening to his personal accounts, students, teachers, and parents can go one step further in helping Mortenson’s cause by participating in his Pennies for Peace program. The program was founded in 1994 when students of a Wisconsin elementary school raised 62,345 pennies -$623.45- to help Mortenson build his first school, the Korphe School. Ever since, Pennies for Peace has been a nationally adopted program, with competitions being set up between classes and schools to see who can collect the most pennies.  “Many people underestimate the penny,” says Mortenson. Here in America, the penny is nearly worthless, but overseas, “pennies can move mountains.” In Pakistan, a penny can buy a pencil, and when it does buy a pencil, it has already contributed to eliminating illiteracy. It seems that schools are catching on to the idea, and Mortenson says “there are about 4,900 schools participating in the Pennies for Peace program right now.” And look under the proverbial couch cushions and check the piggy bank, because Mortenson also said “there are enough pennies in the United States

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to double the national education budget for one year.” Just thinking about that makes it blasphemous to a young Middle-Eastern child to even conceive throwing a penny into a well or using it to scratch off paint on a lottery ticket.  Not everyone can single-handedly make as much of an impact on a community as Greg Mortenson has in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, as shown prior to his arrival at Exeter High School, when lots of people make just a little bit of a difference, the impact is huge. In fact, Mortenson was seen teary eyed while walking through the Hall of Change that night.  Ms. Stillman, the mastermind behind the festivities that took place in the café before the show, organized groups of students, faculty, and organizations such as Invisible Children into carefully thought out locations so that the flow of human traffic was intended to pass each exhibit. People gathered into the Hall of Change to learn about land mines in Afghanistan and the ongoing conflicts in Tibet, as well as be sung to in Spanish, perform sun salutations in the yoga circle, or be dazzled by every one of the other displays.


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Tim Nash is an avid photographer who has completed Mr. Lee’s Intro to Photography class. His interest in photography stems from the ability to display objects in the abstract. The following compilation of photos was taken around the concept of light.

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Juniors show off school spirit while decorating the auditorium.

Mr. Sokul shows off his school pride by dressing up on Flannel Day.

Darth Vader stands menacingly in the red commons.

The Hawk says ‘hey’ to the crowd.


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Hot: Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorcese. Not: Remember Me, with the pasty-white Robert Pattinson.

David Claar, page 45 Shutter Island review

restaurant: Authentic Chinese-Japanese cuisine, right down the road BY SIOBHAN DARMODY The Orient Pearl’s strategic location to Exeter High School, fresh Chinese/Japanese cuisine, and open atmosphere make it an establishment which is worth a visit from any EHS student. The restaurant is well run, the staff is friendly, and most importantly, the food is some of the best Chinese/Japanese food on the Seacoast.  The Orient Pearl is located on 125 in Epping, about five miles away from EHS. The Orient Pearl focuses on serving mainly Asian bistro, which includes many varieties of Chinese and Japanese bistro along with a fabulous selection of sushi.  I visited this restaurant on a quiet, early Monday afternoon. When my group and I first walked in, we were one of three groups who were eating in the restaurant at the time. The restaurant was spacious and included a full sushi bar, buffet area, and various levels with seating. Overall, the experience was quite comfortable, with soothing music and great service.  The host seemed as if he was very happy to see us and sat us with great enthusiasm in a roomy booth by a window. Granted, the restaurant was not busy at the time, but still the waitress came over and took our drink orders promptly. As we looked over the large menu, my group and I decided to order the Pu

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Pu platter, General Gau’s chicken, and a side of pork fried rice.  The General Gaus chicken was served in generous portions. It was the perfect amount for four people. The chicken was the perfect temperature and was not too spicy. The presentation was also quite nice with various vegetable art creations bordering the dish. Considering the large amount of General Gaus chicken that was served, the dish’s cost was moderate at about $11.95. The pork fried rice also came on a large platter and was a good amount for four people. The rice platter cost $6.95. The Pu Pu platter was displayed on the menu as a good amount for two people, but overall the platter was more than enough for four. The platter included 4 crab ragoons, 2 egg rolls, 6 chicken fingers, boneless spare ribs, 2 beef teriyaki, 4 chicken wings, and 2 beef teriyaki. The platter was a good size and at a price of $16.95, it was affordable for the average restaurant-goer. The food was fresh and tasted great.  To top off the meal, we ordered a dessert of fried ice cream. This was the only aspect to the meal that I had a complaint about. The dessert seemed a bit rushed and the presentation was sloppy. The fried ice cream was unique to others that I have had and for the most part inferior to that of Margaritas. The restaurant’s menu variety is tremendous and has something fresh and new for everyone. The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff is very friendly and prompt, making the dining experience at the Orient Pearl a great one.

“Since 2008, Colorado’s 3OH!3 has ruled supreme in the genre of angry white men rap with the smash album Want.” Alex Lacasse, see below

Swan Songs Hollywood Undead BY ALEX LACASSE Since 2008, Colorado’s 3OH!3 has ruled supreme in the genre of angry white man rap with their smash album Want. However, with their new release Swan Songs, California’s Hollywood Undead has changed the landscape. The music is entertaining because when you listen through the album, you get the feeling that the members of the band do not take themselves very seriously. Their lyrics can be funny yet sometimes offensive and outlandish. With songs like “Everywhere I go,” “California,” and “No. 5” Hollywood Undead supplements angry rap with pop and rock riffs. The best song on the album is “Everywhere I go.” Even though the lyrics are crude, judgmental, and somewhat obscene, the song has rich sound and makes you laugh. Another great song is “Bottle and a Gun,” in which the band covers multiple genres of music. The chorus is whinny pop, and the verses are angry rap. If you are not a fan of whiny, angry, or poppy music, this is not your album. Hollywood Undead whines and complains throughout the whole album. In their defense, at least they made their music sound appealing, unlike other angry white man groups like Jedi Mind Tricks, whose songs are flatout terrible. Hollywood Undead offers something for everyone. Unlike most angry white man rapping, this album stays fresh and offers original and sensible insight into a range of social issues. I give Swan Songs two thumbs up with a big toothy grin.


The Crazies BY NATE DULLEA

Shutter Island BY DAVID CLAAR Not far off the coast of Massachusetts lies an island home to Ashecliffe Hospital, an institute for the mentally insane. After watching this film, you may find yourself questioning your own sanity.  The plot grabs viewers and takes them on a thrill ride. Just when you think you figured it out, the film turns you on your head. The workers and doctors at Aschecliffe have you fully convinced that the island is missing a patient, which is the reason that US Marshal Teddy Daniels (Dicaprio) finds himself there. The story he’s told and the evidence he’s given doesn’t add up. Teddy soon realizes that there is no missing patient, and that the doctors of the island want him there for other reasons. Trusting no one, Teddy finds himself on the run to avoid becoming Shutter Island’s next patient. There’s only one problem: he’s on an island.  The final scenes of the film are home to some of Dicaprio’s finest acting moments.

Baseball season starts in the small farming town of Ogden Marsh, Iowa and the Police Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) suddenly finds himself with his hands full of insane killers. When a virus contaminates the water supply, it begins to infect the town’s inhabitants and turn them into violent psychopaths and ultimately results in the death of the diseased.  The town soon becomes a no man’s land scarred by war and death. And on top of it all, a quarantine set up by the government imprisons the inhabitants and subjects them to brutal examinations. Dutton, his wife Judy (Radha Mitchell), the deputy, Russell Clank (Joe Anderson) and a high school student Becca Darling (Danielle Panabaker) are forced to fight for their lives against the paranoid military and mindless killers.  With zombie movies becoming somewhat standardized, this remake of a 1973 horror flick offers a new twist to the genre with something any zombie hunter would fear: smart zombies. No longer are protagonists hunted by the blood-thirsty, blundering zombies, but rather by smart, stealthy weapon-wielding psychos. This is made even more intense by the involvement of the military trying to eliminate every single one of the town’s inhabitants. It instills a powerful sense that the people are actually

Teddy begins the film as a man who clearly knows what he is out to do and is very determined. By the end, Dicaprio takes his acting skills to a whole new level as his character crumbles mentally. Dicaprio immerses himself in the role and goes through every emotion one could ever experience. He does it with realism and ease and is extremely effective in convincing the viewer of his own insanity.  The film is scary in its under lying moral: if someone is labeled insane, it doesn’t matter what they say or do, no one will believe or trust anything them. Being labeled insane is a scary diagnosis, and Teddy finds it’s one that is quite difficult to escape. Shutter Island injects a fear into you and does it with great effectiveness.  The film makes you feel as confused as its main character and within minutes, it ties together almost every lose end. But one aspect is left unanswered: how the story should be interpreted. The film makes full sense when interpreted in two completely different ways. Which way is correct may never be answered, but you dan decide for yourself by seeing this extraordinary film.

getting hunted by intelligent enemies rather then just fleeing from brainless strangers. The combination of enemies is an excellent twist that catches the main characters between people they know trying to kill them along with people they don’t know.  The major downside was that there weren’t enough zombies getting shot. Rather than fighting off hordes of zombies, you watch the survivors brush with death whenever they encounter a small group of infected. The heroes don’t even get to use any heavy weaponry either. And who doesn’t go to a zombie movie in hopes of seeing the bodies of countless undead pile up at the feet of four heroes wielding submachine guns, a chainsaw and a flamethrower? Also chain link fences that surround infected refugee camps seem to be incredibly structurally unsound.  Don’t be discouraged- there were several awesome explosions that brighten up your day. The story line was as fresh as you can make a zombie film and does a great job of leading you in one direction and surprising you with a different result. There was by no means an all-star cast, but regardless the acting was also done well too. This entire movie was a great addition to the “pandemic” type of movie and a good choice, as a scary movie, to see in theaters.

Scorsese’s latest film, Shutter Island, is noticeably different from his previous work.

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Go Gnoming

BY PAIGE FERRERI + AMANDA LOSAPIO

Have some extra time on your hands and a good sense of humor? Why not give gnoming a try. The only trick is to not get caught, and remain anonymous to your victims. Follow the step-by-step for the traditional approach.

1. Acquisition

Buy or find a gnome you already own. Then name it.

LIVE ACTION ROLE PLAY BY NATE DULLEA

Are you sick and tired of the real world? It sounds like you’re in need of a medieval atmosphere where people take things way too seriously. Here’s a quick write up of how to take your boring life and transform into an exciting journey of epic quests and cataclysmic clashes.

2. Gameplan

At nightfall, scout out the perfect doorstep to leave it on.

3. Execution

Dressed in all black, discreetly walk up to the door and place your gnome outside. Leave a brief letter explaining its presence and its name, perhaps even a story.

1. FIND FOREST

Locate yourself a wooded glen or majestic field to host your gathering.

2 . E S TA B L I S H H I S T O R Y

Develop some sort of background story so people can create characters.

4. Observation

Ring the doorbell and run. Within the next couple days or week, retrieve the gnome and move on to another house.

3 . G AT H E R F R I E N D S

Summon a group of friends and others that would be totally pumped to beat each other up with foam clubs.

When you’ve mastered traditional gnoming, move on to another approach. Find a neighbor with a garden gnome and a light-hearted attitude. Take the gnome around town for a day, placing it in strange locations and with various strangers. Then, assemble a scrapbook of these pictures and leave it on your neighbor’s doorstep. Then, simply observe the reaction. Note: if you’re neighbor has a good spirit, bring up the topic a couple days later.

PRANKS OF THE PAST

A FEW OF THE MOST EPIC PRANKS IN ALL OF HISTORY... BBC ran a fake special on spaghetti farmers and how spaghetti was grown on trees. People phoned in to find out where to get their own spaghetti plants. Taco Bell claimed that it was buying the Liberty Bell to help with national debt. It claimed it had plans to rename the landmark the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of Americans were outraged and denounced this alleged commercialization. Burger King advertised, on of a full page ad in USA Today, a left-handed Whopper that would allow for the condiments to spill out the right side. People actually requested the burger and others even specified that they wanted a normal, right-handed Whopper. 0

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4. GET CRAFTY

Make the items you need for the clash, like uniforms, foam weapons, shields and even potions if you’re feeling hardcore.

5. DETERMINE SCORING

Figure out some sort of system for scoring points or “slaying” people.

6. WHO ARE YOU?

Finalize your characters/classes/ skillz etc. for the upcoming heroic battle.

7. F I G H T !

Let the momentous mêlée begin!


The Wheel of Cool

T H E TA LO N ’ S G U I D E T O C U LT U R A L H I G H S A N D LO W S Alex Lacasse breaks down what’s cool and what’s not so cool in the media,

around the world, and even here at Exeter High School.

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TOYOTA I only put them closer to the core compared to Audi/Volkswagen because Toyota’s little brake problem does not exist in every car they made since they came to America. The same cannot be said for…

They need to stop lying to their customers. Do me and many other customers a favor and just change your logos to the ‘check engine light’.

GREG MORTENSON

T H E N O RT H FAC E

The man is building schools for impoverished children in Central Asia, and now he is giving advice to the United States military on how to relate to Afghans and Pakistanis to help win the war over their hearts and minds, and he came to our school!

It has become our unofficial school brand. Next time you walk down the hall, count how many North Face fleeces and/or backpacks you see.

SHAMROCK SHAKES

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We all were a little Irish this month. I can totally deal with the non-dairy wax that now lines my small intestine because it tastes so good. WHY ARE THEY NOT SOLD YEAR-ROUND? I may have to move to Ireland to fix that problem.

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COOL AVATA R Is it really still in theaters? You win James Cameron. Except at the Oscars.

FL ANNEL SHIRTS They are warm, stylish, timeless and comfortable. What’s not to like?

BA R AC K O BA M A EHS JAZZ BAND

Before the election, supporters thought Obama was the answer to all of America’s problems. People are now putting 1.20.13 stickers on their cars.

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Who thought it would be a good idea to put Mel Gibson in another movie? There was a reason why he was out of the limelight for the last five years or so. “I’m a guy with nothing to lose.” Well Mr. Gibson apparently you have a lot to lose, like any semblance of an acting career, marketability, and any shard of respect anyone still had for you.

D E F I N I T E LY C O O L : Breaking Bad

The AMC network has already captivated network programming with their largely successful show Mad Men, but Breaking Bad starring Bryan Cranston is not far behind. Who would have thought the dad from Malcom in the Middle would one day cook crystal meth? Breaking Bad will keep you on the edge of your seat from now until summer. Season two left us begging for more, and I would imagine that season three will give us more of the same.

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