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Volume 15 Issue 2




Palm Harbor University High School

1900 Omaha Street Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Since 1996

November 2010

N.O.P.E. strives to save lives Sarah Shellabarger

Know the facts

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Everyday 2500 teens in the United States try prescription drugs to get high for the first time. 60% of teens who have abused prescription painkillers did so before the age of 15 When asked about obtaining prescription narcotics, 52% of 12th graders said they were given the drugs or bought them from a friend or relative.


Combining alcohol with anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications can cause increased risk of overdose, increased feeling of depression, and suicide in adolescents.

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Abusing prescription drugs for the first time before age 16 leads to a greater risk of dependence later in life. More teens abuse prescription drugs than any other illicit drug except marijuana. Source:

Imagine losing a loved one or a friend due to a drug overdose. Would you be able to stand up in front of hundreds of students and convince them not to take the same path? Would you be able to keep your composure? During the N.O.P.E. (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) assemblies November 4th and 5th all grade levels witnessed numerous volunteers describe their experiences with losing a family member to drugs, in hopes of convincing students to live a drug-free lifestyle. “The assembly was really upsetting. I’ve always thought drugs were bad, but this made me realize even more how dangerous they are,” senior Morgan Carrube said. Through telling tales of teenagers’ lives cut short due to drugs and rolling out a body bag, the N.O.P.E. volunteers hoped to somehow get the message across to students that drugs are not just harmless fun, they’re deadly. These scare tactics

The new high Adriana Catalinotto K2 and Spice. We have all heard these names, but does anybody really know what these herbal incenses are made of? K2 showed up in European head shops in 2004, and in early 2009 sales skyrocketed. This led to sales in the U.S. and Canada. By early 2010, however, most European countries had banned K2, and students here are also doubting the wisdom of even experimenting with K2. This synthetic marijuana does not show

up in d r u g tests. The package claims contents are a mix of different herbs. Further tests were unable to detect most of the herbs the products listed. “I don’t believe people should use it because there is more dangerous chemicals put it in it to not show up in drug tests,” senior Mike Rodriguez said. Unlike marijuana, K2 has not been tested on humans. Most of the packaging depicts appealing names and psychedelic art to catch the person’s eye. In bold letters on the bottom of the package it says “not for human consumption.” Even though it is listed at smoke shops and gas


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stations as an herbal incense, people do smoke it because they claim it almost produces the same high as marijuana. Initial tests of Spice and similar products show no illegal ingredients, and nothing can explain the “high” they produce. “I don’t think people should smoke it, but if they do there are health risks but they’re insignificant,” junior Ben Riggleman said. Surprisingly, in Florida, anyone over the age of 18 can walk into a tobacco store and purchase this product for an average price of $15 per 3 grams. There are five different cannabinoids in this product. Cannabinoids can control mental and physical effects. Like Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, the synthetic cannabinoids receptors which are scattered throughout cells in the body. “I think it should be outlawed. It’s more dangerous than marijuana and I heard it causes brain damage,” junior Brad Roberts said. “I know that it is very dangerous.” Spice remains legal in some states, but it is still very unpredictable.


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Courtesy of Kim Barker

Kim Barker and Christen Tonry pose proudly with a new friend. The Tampa Bay area raised $4.3 million for this year’s event.

Walking for a cure Kaley Witeck The color pink has gained much more meaning in the past few years. Bumper stickers, apparel, food packages, and even recyclable bags at grocery stores all signify pink’s new meaning: breast cancer support. The month of October is National Breast Cancer month which means the disease is honored throughout those four weeks. There are many events and walks that take place to help raise money for research and community programs. The most popular and talked about fundraiser is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Susan G. Komen was a woman who was

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diagnosed with breast cancer and quickly began to die. Her sister, Nancy G. Brinker, promised her that she would do everything she could to put an end to this terrible illness. This movement began in 1982. The weekend of October 29-30, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk took place. It was mapped throughout the Clearwater Beach area and the city of St. Petersburg. In order to walk, one must raise $2,300. For each day, the participants walked approximately twenty miles in eight hours. Two PHU staff members, ESE teacher and Pink Ribbon Club



convinced many students of the dangers of drug use. “When they showed pictures of the boy after he died, it really scared me. I’ve never seen real pictures like that before. It left me speechless, Carrube said. “You’d think that hearing about people dying would change their views on drugs, but I think most people will continue to use them.” Parents and volunteers in Pinellas have really banded together to inform students about the many dangers of abusing drugs. Considering the fact that drug overdoses took the lives of two PHU students last year, everyone is doing what they can to ensure that no other young lives are cut short. “I hope this assembly will get students to recognize that what they’re doing is bad. How many people will have to tell them before they realize the dangers? You don’t think that it’ll happen to you or the people you know,” Carrube said.

sponsor Kim Barker and principal Christen Tonry participated in this emotional event. “This was my third year,” Barker said. “The 3-Day for the Cure is an amazing experience that I feel fortunate to be a part of.” The first day started out with an opening ceremony at Sand Key Park. As the end of the first twenty miles approached, the walkers were located in Indian Shores, just south of Belleair Beach. From there, they were bused to Walter Fuller Park in St. Petersburg where they set up camp. “Camp is an amazing experience as well. When we arrive the first day, we have to set up our pink tents and then have supper,” Barker said. “At camp each evening, they have a lot of activities to participate in, such as bingo and karaoke.” The second day of the walk is around Walter Fuller Park and the third day begins at the same site. The walkers finish their event with triumph at Spa Beach Park. It’s all about the inspiration. “Every time we see supporters on the route it gives us extra energy. It is amazing to see people there who have had cancer, or who may be dealing with cancer right now, who come out to cheer and support the walkers,” Barker said. “I choose to walk because I am able to and so that they can find a cure before I have to experience having a member of my family get this terrible disease.” The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure takes place every year. “I would recommend it for everyone. Start fundraising early and be creative! ” Barker said. For more information on how to sign up or tips, visit

Lady Canes’ volleyball loses to rival at regionals.

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November 2010

In the spirit of giving

Taylor Watson

The Interact Club collected non-perishable food items in boxes like these in participating teachers’ classrooms. Sloan Patterson clubs are holding drives and collecting ‘Tis the season to give. Thanks- donations for those in need. giving is right around the corner and “I think it’s great when we help people everywhere are not only be- others in need, especially during the ing thankful for what they have, but holidays,” senior Paige Michaels said. also, getting into the giving spirit and The Interact Club is sponsoring helping others. Across campus, school their annual holiday canned food drive,

which benefits the local food pantry, FEAST, located on Nebraska Avenue. The drive started on November 1 and the last day of collection was November 18. For the food drive, students brought canned and dry packaged foods to participating teachers. “The Interact members collected the food from the different teachers’ rooms and brought them to my classroom,” biology teacher and Interact Club sponsor Paula Gunn said. The donated cans are to be counted and the teacher whose classes collected the most will win a prize. The Red Cross Club is in a giving mood, as well. The Red Cross Club of PHUHS is holding a clothing drive to benefit unfortunate families. The clothing articles collected will be going to Red Cross relief funds. Unfortunately, not many donations have come in. The four empty donation boxes in the back of club sponsor and anatomy teacher Dr. Scott Applebaum’s room, 3-203 serve as evidence to this. “We have clothing boxes, but have not collected anything,” Applebaum said. “I know students are busy, but I’m afraid sometimes students have to be reminded to be charitable,” Applebaum said. Hopefully, the next Red Cross fundraiser, in December, will be more successful.

Students attend cultural fair

-SPIFFS did not disappoint Multicultural Committee once again Katelyn Josphik

“It was an intense culture fusion,” said junior Anna Crain. The Multicultural Committee took November 5 off of school to attend the 36th annual Folk Fair at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, to learn about some of the various cultures of the world. Each year, Vinoy Park hosts 25 different ethnic groups from around the world. Each ethic group is given a section of the park to set up a display, showing off the most interesting aspects of their particular ethnic group. Most displays included products made by the natives. These products were for sale to viewers at a great price.

“The best part about the field trip was the fact that I was able to barter for products. I was able to get two bracelets made in Peru for only five dollars,” said junior Alexis Clare. Most of the displays also offered a few tasty dishes popular in their culture. With the 25 ethnic groups represented at St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, viewers were able to try a large variety of foods. Students were able to indulge in kimchi and bulgogi from Korea and then walk ten yards and snack on some empanadas and frozen ice from Columbia. “My favorite ethnic group was Korea because I was born there, the na-

tives were friendly, and they even gave us extra food,” said junior Morgan Clare. The Multicultural Committee has attended SPIFFS many years in the past and have had great experiences there. The Multicultural Committee’s purpose is to make people more aware of the various culture and ethnic groups in the world, community, and in our school. SPIFFS was full of high energy and excitement. The members of the Multicultural Committee that were able to attend were psyched to learn about many of the different cultures and experience them in such a fun environment.

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The Keep-a-Breast Foundation manufactures the bracelets in hopes to raise awareness in young people about the dangers of breast cancer.

Where can I buy one? The bracelets are available for $3.95 retail price at stores like Tilly’s, Zumiez and online at

“Evacuate the building” Christian Lemus

Although it was an early day, it wasn’t the usual time that school principal Christen Tonry made her announcements. “Whether or not you hear the fire alarm, it is time to evacuate the building. This is not a drill,” Tonry said. Pinellas County schools are required to have at least one fire drill that usually occurs at the start or end of each month. Although it was unannounced, both teachers and students were not taken off guard from accurately completing the fire evacuation procedures. “I had just collected my [testing] materials prior to the fire alarm sounding,” World History teacher Tom Stephan said. “Since this was not a class I had practiced emergency procedures with, I told them to go to the wall and stay together as a group and treat this as the real deal as you look for me holding up my folder. The group took it really well.” This all occurred during fifth period in Language Arts teacher Deborah Stieglitz’s room. Just like Stephan, Stieglitz was collecting PLAN testing materials with the rest of the 10th grade student body. She then turned on the air conditioning unit. It started to emit smoke and an odorous smell. Once it became profuse, she took matters into her own hands.

“I thought if I turned it off and opened the windows the smoke would go away, but it didn’t,” Stieglitz said. “I didn’t know if there was a fire, but it isn’t good to smell the smoke so I got everyone out. That’s when I knew there was an electrical fire. I asked the students to leave the room as I called the office.” Once an employee was sent out to assess the A/C unit, the fire alarm was activated. Only the portables heard the call to evacuate. The message was relayed back to the front office, prompting Tonry to announce via the PA system. The fire department geared up once they received the signal. Within the span of 10 minutes, two engines and a Pinellas County Sheriff patrol car were dispatched to the scene. “When we got the alert to move outside because there was an apparent fire in the portables, Mr. Burton didn’t decide to let this class go to waste,” junior Stephen Urchick said. “We decided to congregate amongst the wooded region in the back field and talked about the allegory of The Wizard of Oz to the reconstruction era.” Although the evacuation was shortlived, it was a valuable learning experience for Palm Harbor to praise as no one was injured and everyone remained calm while the EMS services swiftly assessed the situation.

-They can be found on the wrists of thousands of people around the world. No, not Silly Bandz. The “I ♥ Boobies” bracelets are the newest trend in breast cancer awareness.

Where do the bracelets come from?

Erica Jones

Students evacuated the school on Wednesday, November 10 due to a smoking air conditioning unit in a portable.

Where does my money go? Between 50-100% of the proceeds raised from the sales go to support Keep A Breast’s education and awareness programs, including our traveling education booth at art and music events.


November 2010



Palm Harbor University High School 1900 Omaha St. Palm Harbor, FL 34683 (727) 669-1131 Editor-in-Chief Deb Damone Staff Reporters Adriana Catalinotto Angela DiGregorio Kate Hardwick Katelyn Josephik Christian Lemus Jordan Lutz Sloan Patterson Barry Russell Nikki Sawyer Sarah Shellabarger Lauren Spiegel Alex Squitieri Kim Tabulov Tiffany Townsley Taylor Watson Kaley Witeck

Get money, be happy Sloan Patterson There is one thing in life that everyone searches for, the search for this is guaranteed to us as American citizens in our unalienable rights: the right to the pursuit of happiness. People everywhere try their entire lives to be happy. They search for a soul mate, a loving family, a fulfilling career. Let’s get real. The only thing in life that can make people truly happy is money. It’s simple; money gets people what they want. It makes them feel secure, confident, and powerful. Families with money are financially secure and able to splurge on things without worrying. If they need something, they can get it. Their life is easy and struggle-free. I’ve had enough of people romanticizing the idea of peace and happiness no matter where you are. That’s not true. Are homeless people that live on the side of the road just truly happy? Do they prance around parking lots singing songs of joy? No. Of course not. They’d love to get their hands on some money. It’s what makes the world

go ‘round. Without money, where would we be? Without the desire for money, there wouldn’t be any improvements in technology, health, science, or anything else for that matter. The world is powered by greed and fueled by the competition to get to the top. As for the things money can’t buy, well there aren’t any. The notion is absurd; it was created by people trying to assure others that they have morals. Money actually can buy anything. It can buy a huge pretentious mansion, a Lamborghini, a meat-lover’s pizza, or anything else that makes someone happy. So, happiness seekers, seek no more. All that people have to do is get money, acquire currency, make bank, count cash, it doesn’t matter how you say it, all that matters is that you get it. Get a job, be successful, make money and spend it how you like. Take these gems of advice with you as you lead your life, and consider yourself lucky that you were just handed the key to finding happiness. Money.


Business Manager Erica Jones Adviser Judy Cannaday We, The EYE staff of 2010-2011, will strive to provide our peers with accurate news pertaining to their daily lives. We promise to uphold the integrity of both ourselves and the reputation of our school. Our reporting will be fair and objective as to appeal to all interest levels in the student body. Through these goals, we will provide an entertaining outlet and a reliable source that all students may enjoy.

New website!

- The world is going through some tough times right now, but just because you’re a little short on cash, that doesn’t mean you can’t help those in need. “The season for giving”. Isn’t that what everyone says around this time of year? And yet, I haven’t seen much giving lately. Wouldn’t you think that in a state with close to 12% unemployment would be a little more compassionate? Guess not… I work at Publix, and every year each store puts donation boxes by the front doors where customers can buy and donate prepackaged bags with supplies to feed a family for a day. Last year, we had to empty the boxes almost daily. This year, I have yet to sell a single donation bag. Publix is even giving away a free reusable bag that says “Food for Sharing” on it. I think that it’s a little ridiculous that Publix feels that the only way to get donations is to bribe them with a bag that basically brags to the world that they were a little charitable. It’s not only Publix that has had a problem with donation collections. How many cans did you

I.D. badges, seriously? Nikki Sawyer

I.D. badges. The government uses them, people who work at stores and fast food restaurants use them, but now students have to wear these highly unfashionable things? It looks like I.D. badges are here to stay. When I heard this, let’s just say I wasn’t too thrilled. I get that there is a problem with non-PHU students making their way onto the campus, and I can see why we would need them, but why should we have to wear them all the time? This seems a little unnecessary to me and apparently to several other students. A Facebook event was created called “I.D. badges are for silly people” and had nearly 100 people “attending”, including myself. I’ve heard many of my peers voice their detest of the lanyards and how they’re not going to wear them, even though not wearing them is allegedly an infringement of the student dress code. However, once November 8 rolled around, the day wearing these I.D.s was officially being obligatory, I saw only freshman and maybe a few other people wearing them. I didn’t see

many teachers looking for them either. The teachers that did ask whether or not a student had an I.D. with them simply sent the students up to the office where they were forced to wear a sticker that said “Hello, my name is...”. I think these badges are kind of irritating and, as I mentioned before, highly unfashionable. I’d be more okay with them if we could just remove the navy and white lanyard and keep the I.D. badges in our pockets, wallets, purses or somewhere else. I mean, as long as we have them and present them when asked or needed to; I think we should be fine. I heard an opinion from a fellow student that the lanyards are substitutions for uniforms and that uniforms would be made mandatory for next school year. In my opinion, I’d rather wear a lanyard with a small form of I.D. on it than a whole uniform. So my recommendation to everyone is to keep your student I.D. badge and lanyard with you or on you at all times. Getting a referral for disobeying the dress code isn’t worth it. Just think, it could be a lot worse.

Sloan Patterson

Money can buy just about anything from a fun time to a new car or house. Basically, money makes a happy camper.

What happened to being generous during the holidays? Deb Damone

Kim Tabulov

Seniors Shannon Barrett, Shelby Barrett, Carly Wright, Jackie McFee and Melanie Cox express their feelings about the new I.D. badge policy.

see in your teachers’ rooms for the Interact Club’s annual canned food drive? I didn’t see any, at least not in any of my classes. And how about the Red Cross Club’s clothing drive? I didn’t even hear about it until just recently. And did you know that the administration is collecting for Toys for Tots? Neither did I. I understand that the lack of participation may be explained by the recession that we are currently experiencing, but if you think that you’re tight on cash, just think about the thousands of needy families in Florida counting pennies just to feed their children. Why is it so hard for people to be generous nowadays? You don’t have to give a thousand dollar donation to your favorite charity, just bring in a can or two for a food drive, some clothes you grew out of for a clothing drive, or a new toy for needy kids. Every donation makes a difference in someone’s life. Thankfully, you still have a

chance to be a little generous during this holiday season. The Toys for Tots collection will continue through December 3. Donations are to be collected in the community school office. Stop the laziness and give someone in need a reason to be thankful for.

Why you should help

The Tampa Bay area, unlike other parts of the country, is not yet recovering from the economic recession. These facts tell why it is important now more than ever to help those in need. Unemployment rate October 2009 11.5% September 2010 11.9% Tampa Bay ranks among the 10 worst metropolitan areas in rise in unemployment increase in foreclosures drop in housing prices

Cooking Corner -We found the perfect “after Turkey Day feast” recipe to satisfy your taste buds.

Perfect Pumpkin Squares Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 cup of vegetable oil 2 cups of sugar 1 can of solid pack pumpkin puree 2 cups of all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon of baking soda 2 teaspoons of baking powder 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. 2. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, sugar, and pumpkin puree until smooth. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture. 3. Spread evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool and cut finished product into squares. Visit to watch our new video feature, “Cake Corner."

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Valerie Jackson



“I was a hardcore nerd because I loved learning new things. I wasn’t into social things.”

“I went to Clearwater Central Catholic High School and I was popular. I always thought I was in that “crowd”, but I wanted to be friends with everyone.” “I used to go wakeboarding after school and hang out on my friend’s boat.”

“When I was in 10th grade, I was taking my geometry final and a cat jumped in the window and started laying on my feet.”

Josh1994-1998 Prillhart

“Baseball was my favorite activity because all I wanted to be was a major league baseball player, but I eventually found out I wasn’t good enough. I was on 3 varsity teams: swimming, soccer & baseball. “One day, we skipped school to go bridge jumping and a college coach came to see me at school, to make it worse, I cut my foot on a barnacle.

Mike Mullaney 1995-1999

“In 11th grade, I got suspended from school for locking a kid in a basketball cage and shooting arrows at him.” “I also got suspended for fighting at a hockey game. Some guy was cheap shooting my friend. He was kind of a little guy, so I felt I needed to protect him.”

Chad Guercia 1985-1989

Randy1969-1971 McGonegal

“My favorite activity in high school was soccer. The only reason I went to school was to play on the team and the reason I became a teacher was to coach high school soccer.”

“Dating my cheerleader girlfriend was my dominant activity, I guess I was popular enough for her. I played sports but they weren’t as fun.”

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Andrea Weaver 1985-1989

“I was in choir, speech, and debate but my biggest passion was drama. I was in every play my school did for 4 years running. Senior year, I was Mary Warren in The Crucible-and 20 years later, when my students read that book, I can still recite some of the lines.” “I loved being on stage as the center of attention. Gee, not much has changed.”

Melisa Hatem 1994-1997

“I did a lot of different activities including student council rep, cheerleading captain, homecoming court, fast-pitch pitcher for the softball team, newspaper, and school mascot my freshman year.” “I was pretty popular in the small town where I grew up. I was voted most spirited, very career oriented, and dated football players.”

Christen Tonry 1988-1992

“I would always tease my hair up and make my bangs big and poufy. I wasn’t in a particular social status, I pretty much got along with everyone.” “I played softball and in 1991, my team went to the state finals but lost.”

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Christopher Dahl 1985-1988

“I got out early because I was bored silly. I started to do things to “entertain” myself. Please don’t confuse these antics with anything academic or wholesome; assume the worst. Luckily, some teachers were not disgusted by my obnoxious sense of “humor” and they hurried my through the process of high school.”

Andrew Zollo 1990-1994

“My favorite activity (or the one I had the most fun with) was playing baseball. My favorite subject was obviously World History.” “Most kids think high school is all about rules and limitations. In reality, you have a lot of freedom. It’s the freedom I miss the most.”

6Entertainment Little Shop of Horrors Kim Tabulov Introducing the Broadway musical that intrigues its viewers with a comedic edge on the tragic plot that is known as the Little Shop of Horrors. Student directed by seniors Storm Ritter and Lauren Bone, Little Shop of Horrors is a production that sparks both laughter and tears. In a poor part of town, young Seymour Krelborn (freshmen, Tim Hart) works in a failing, rundown flower shop on Skid Row alongside Mr. Mushnik (senior, Evan Lutvak) where he comes across a strange, interesting plant that just happens to feed off human blood. The plant is named Audrey II inspired by Seymour’s romantic interest in his coworker Audrey Fulquard (senior, Shelby Heye) who is in a quickly terminated relationship with an abusive dentist (senior Ben Ford). Continually persuaded by this plant, and convinced that Audrey only loves him for his riches and fame, Seymour continues to feed the over-grown creature in hysterical but terrible ways. The intriguing musical ends with the realization that the alien plant is trying to take over the earth; and contrasting to typical stories, the mysterious things trying to conquer the world may prevail. “Little Shop [of Horrors] is a play with music, not just an ordinary musical, therefore it has a strong plot and characters which made it more exciting to direct since there was more background and motives to their actions. I was heavily inspired by animation for the design and building of the Audrey’s,” Ritter said. Since start of the year, Ritter and Bone have been putting in hours of effort on preparing, blocking, going through the script, designing the visuals and formatting the four versions of Audrey II. The plant begins in a small pot, and evolves into a 12-foot beast that takes 3 people for operation. “Designing and putting together

The next “revolution” in video gaming has begun and its name is Kinect. Or, at least, that’s what Microsoft would have you believe of their take on motion controlled gaming. The Xbox 360 Kinect went live on November 4 and may signal the beginning of a hands-free gaming trend or even a permanent switch. The Xbox Kinect is a sensor bar that, when attached to the Xbox, senses movements without the need of a controller. And it can see everything in three dimensions with the help from an infrared projector and an infrared detector to pick up the contours of the environment giving it depth perception and thus 3D vision. The Kinect also sports facial and vocal recognition. Sounds like a lot of fancy technology, but is it worthy of its $150 price tag? “I’m not going to buy it; though it is an interesting concept it seems more like a move to get Wii owners to move to the Xbox,” freshman Andrew Colemin said. “I’d rather play Halo with a normal controller.” There are two problems that the Kinect faces, the first being the fact that games must be specifically developed to be used with the Kinect, so games like Halo: Reach couldn’t

How to kickoff your holiday season 1. Make a Holiday Playlist. “My technique is to start off around Halloween with Christmas remixes and then switch to the classics around Thanksgiving,” said Morris. 2. Decorate something. Be creative! Anything can be improve with a little garland and mistletoe! 4. Go caroling with friends. It may be cheesy but, American Idol or lousy karaoke singer, caroling is just fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously, goof off and have fun with your friends. 5. Change it up! Switch from frappuccinos and iced coffee to apple cider and cinnamon lattes. 6. Plan your holiday season. Map out the parties you will go to and the gifts you will buy for friends and family members. 7. Make a Christmas List! Be indulgent; visualize yourself in a picturesque winter landscape receiving everything on your list. 8. Shop ‘til you drop. Inaugurate the holiday season by finding amazing bargains on Black Friday. Get up early and you may be able to secure bragging rights for the rest of the year. 9. Remember, Holiday breaks are awesome. 1 week at Thanksgiving and then 2 in December. Ready or not, here comes Santa Claus.

Here comes Santa Claus Erica Jones

Kim Tabulov

Seniors Jeff Ting and Storm Ritter show off the Audrey II puppet that Ritter created for Little Shop of Horrors. Audrey II was the hardest thing ever. It was mostly experimenting with PVC pipes, cement, hot glue, sewing, paint, and love,” Ritter said. Sophomore Nicholas Hathaway plays the voice of Audrey II, doing so by singing into the microphone, while the crew moves the plant so the voice and the visual will be in sync. “Three people will be inside the plant operating Audrey 4, two on the top jaw, one on the bottom. The top jaw weighs about 50 to 60 pounds and it’s pretty difficult to lift fast enough during the songs, but we manage the beast,’’ Ford

said. There is even a little compartment for the people who get eaten to crawl through. Being directors of an entire musical, Ritter and Bone find directing their own peers an interesting task. ‘’Everyone is cooperative and we try not to over-step the boundaries of being friends and directors. The crew is fabulous and works through their challenges, everyone really fits their parts,” Bone said. Little Shop of Horrors is described to be “a show for everyone, with comedy, tragedy, romance, politics and music.” This StormyBone production includes a little bit of everything.

Xbox’s latest “revolution” Barry Russell

November 2010

be adapted for motion control with a single update, only a full scale rerelease would solve the problem. Second is how hard Microsoft is trying to grab the casual gaming audience, which in turn means more games that wouldn’t be surprising to see as a release on the Wii and less games like Halo and Fallout. However, the Kinect is built on some pretty substantial technology and the possibilities are pretty exciting. Now that your body is the controller, the idea of a fighting game is pretty cool where your character on screen will follow your

movements with near perfect precision. The same can be said for a role playing game where you actually jump around your living room battling monsters by swinging your arms around like your wielding a weapon (though you may look pretty funny). “It’s a nice idea as long as the games don’t use the motion control as their main feature like the Wii does,” junior Gustavo Barreira said. It’s clear that the Kinect has a lot of potential, but it all depends on how Microsoft decides to use it, be that casual or hardcore, or both.

The Xbox Kinect allows the gamer’s body to become their controller.

In Florida, snow is a rare phenomenon, but it seems that Palm Harbor may be the exception. Snow is appearing on house fronts throughout the area. Did I mention that it’s snow from a can? Christmas decorations have already made appearances and they’re here to stick out the year for holiday enthusiasts throughout Florida. Christmas in July was always intended as a hyperbole. Nowadays, in an age when Christmas is coming sooner and sooner, it seems as if it’s “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” as early as September. November 1 has become as monumental of a date as Christmas Day or the start of Hanukkah.

“November 1 means that it is officially not too early to start listening to Christmas music,” senior Michelle Morris said. “Once you get past Halloween, Christmas is almost here.” For some, like sophomore Adam Marston, as soon as the Halloween decorations come down, it is time for Santa, the reindeer, and not to mention, snow-in-a-can to make their debut. This does not have to be limited to decorating house decorations. In fact, Marston adorns his golf cart. “What good is a golf cart if you can’t make it look cool?” Marston said. “Around Christmas we string lights up on it. It means it’s almost time for winter break.”


November 2010

I’ve got the power Christian Lemus

Bryn Allen

The Lady Canes’ suffered an upset against Plant High School at regionals on November 9.

Upset at regionals Barry Russell

On Tuesday, November 9, the Lady Canes went up against Tampa Plant in their second game of the playoffs. They had won the first game against Bloomingdale, but this one would prove much more difficult. “Tampa Plant has beaten us in our last 3 meetings” said Coach Kuk, “and the playoffs are single elimination.” In order to advance to the state final 4 the girls would have needed to win two more games. Unfortunately, Tampa Plant

continued their streak and beat the Lady Canes 25 to 18 in the first game, 25 to 12 in the second, and 27 to 25 in the third. Fortunately, the girls didn’t seem to take it too hard. “We didn’t really feel much pressure and because of that the loss wasn’t so bad,” said senior Carrieshea Showalter. “To prepare we practiced as usual, but we also watched videos of Plant’s games to learn their strengths and weaknesses,” said Showalter, “We all played hard and believed we could win, but un-

fortunately we didn’t end up on top at the end of it.” “Any time we got a point or dug a hitter or got a block, hill, or ace was exciting and a highlight for us during the match. We certainly made Plant work for every point they got, especially in the third game,” said Showalter. So even though they did play hard and gave Plant a run for their money, this loss brings the girls’ state championship hopes and season to an end.

The band plays. The crowd cheers. And when it’s all said and done, the critics are left with their opinions about the performance. But this band that just played has no music, yet it speaks for itself. “Nicole Naclerio had me hold it during the Clearwater Central Catholic game. I heard of it from classmates and even my teacher looked it up. A lot of guys on the soccer team use it. I believe in it,” junior midfielder Paige Lombard said. The Power Balance Band has been a popular product amongst athletes, providing endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. It comes in a variety of colors and it’s sleek design contains new technology founded only three years ago by two brothers. The bands utilize a hologram designed to optimize natural flows of the body. Several pro athletes have been seen using them, from NBA All-Star Kevin Durant to the late surfboarder Andy Irons. Junior varsity soccer midfielder L.J Kim frequently wears the band. “My friend said that it helps with balance. If you want to stay balanced you should buy it,” Kim said. Although he believes in the

band, Durant only uses it as a fashion statement. The tests that are performed with it by company spokespersons on videos and labs are just as popular with those who try it out in kiosks. Although it may seem like a ligament product, selling in retail stores for $30 and backed by a team of pro athletes, it has received heavy criticism. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse conducted a double blind study on 20 subjects to test for athletic benefits obtained by wearing the band vs. a 30 cent placebo with four tests in no order. The results offer no results to show any athletic benefit from the Power Band. The main reason for the data can be contributed to “the order effect”. In videos found, the distributor and subject are knowingly are aware that no band is used on the first trial. When the test is redone after the body was already warmed up, the Power Band is introduced. The company has come out with a response to the study, stating that their bands “have lived and thrived in the ultimate testing environment: the real world.” Even if it may not scientifically provide any benefit, its holograms shine a spotlight on the spirit of athletes.

Christian Lemus

Sophomore Nicole Naclerio wears the Power Band during varsity soccer games to improve her skills on the field.



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Injuries sideline PHU athletes Christian Lemus

They didn’t train their bodies for this. Being sidelined by a sports injury is not a thought that athletes like to think about when preparing for their sport. “It was a scramble. I went out and tried to cut back in but they grabbed me and threw me down. It’s hard not to play,” junior football quarterback Billy Pavlock said. It was a key game for the Hurricane football team. Win, and they snap a three game losing streak by beating the visiting Countryside Cougars at home to keep a district championship in reach. The only thing to snap that night was Pavlock’s throwing hand. Since then, second-string sophomore quarterback Tyler Ruth had the responsibility of leading the team until he strained his MCL and now has limited playing time. Senior Cane linebacker Nick Orgera had his playing time cut short against the Falcons of Dunedin with a concussion and wrist injury. They are not the only ones left subjects to pain and punishment. Junior lineman Manoli Boutzoukas suffered a mild concussion after taking a hit during Clearwater High School’s homecoming game.

“[Sports related injuries] definitely affects being a student and an athlete. You’re not going to be focused when it comes time for homework and tests,” Boutzoukas said. “As far as the athletic part goes, you’re not going to be able to play to the best of your ability.” According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control (CDC), injuries associated with participation in sports and recreational activities account for 21% of all traumatic brain injuries among young people in the United States. This became strikingly apparent around this season. The Hurricanes’ rivalry season opener with Tarpon Springs quickly became less intensive after sophomore Sponger linebacker Hermany Smith was transported out of the field on a Bayflite after suffering a concussion. It wasn’t the only game to involve the use of a medical helicopter. Seminole linebacker Austin Bruni received a ride as a precautionary measure when he complained of a stiff back after tackling a PHU player. The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports have also published findings in volleyball injuries as well, accounting

for the ankle as the joint with 15% to 60% of acute sprains. This statistic was true for senior Chelsea King, spraining her ankle coming down with from a block with her teammate during a game against St. Petersburg High School. She ended up seeing her teammates play on for two weeks from the bench. Although funding has been cut to keep ambulances at football games, a sight taken for granted by many and used by few last year, many common measure can be taken to prevent injuries. Half of injuries that occur are preventable. Once they do occur, it is important to accurately diagnose and treat the injury. If left untreated, the body will not develop well. “It’s always good to get a second opinion,” junior lineman Tommy Hart. “The second doctor I went to noticed that there was still cartilage floating around in my knee and without the surgery I wouldn’t have been able to play to this day.” It takes hard work and dedication to build an athlete to excel in a sport, but it only takes one play to feel the pain of losing the ability of playing.

Christian Lemus

Senior Christian Saltarin, a member of the varsity football team, elevates his injured knee with a chair in class.

Boys swimming team is 2nd in state State Qualifiers who swam in Orlando on Saturday, November 13 Boys Ryan McRae – 2nd in 100 free, 6th in 100 back David Morgan – 3rd in 100 breast and 5th in 200 Individual Medley Zach Perrotti – 6th in 100 butterfly and 10th in 100 back Taylor Uselis – 7th in 500 free Jason Williams – 3rd in 50 free and 4th in 100 free Courtesy of Sara Tavoularis

The girls varsity soccer team gathers in a quick huddle before the game for some fun and inspirational words.

Girls soccer off to a rocky start Kate Hardwick Is the Lady Canes soccer team looking at another state championship? With three strong wins to start out the season sources say the girls are well on their way. Although the team lost eight strong players last year they have gained eleven strong attributes. The girls played Berkley Prep in preseason finishing them off with a 6-1 win and then their rivals East Lake with a 2-0 victory. A new freshman, Katie Im, stood out in particular scoring 3 goals in the two games. She gives us the scoop on how she feels about the team this season, that being her first year. “It was a goal of mine to make the Palm Harbor varsity soccer team as a freshman and I’m very happy I accomplished it. Everyone is very outgoing and welcoming which makes it a fun team to be a part of, I felt like I proved myself as new freshman when I scored in the preseason games and it was relieving,” Im said. The girls recently had their first

season game against Dunedin and once again pulled through with a safe, 5-0 win. Unfortunately there next game against Clearwater Central Catholic ended in close 2-1 loss for the canes but they plan to redeem themselves in their upcoming game against East Lake. Junior captain, Paige Lombard has a positive and confident outlook on the team this year as well. “We have a lot of young girls this season but we still play together well and are considered a strong team, I know if we work hard and play to the best of our abilities there are high hopes of being as successful as the past two years. It looks as though again our hardest competition will be Seminole but I have strong confidence that we can beat them,” said Lombard. From the looks of it, the girls are ready for another promising season and look to come out on top of their game. Come out and watch your Lady Canes as they strive for their third state championship in a row.

200 Medley Relay was 4th – McRae, Morgan, Perrotti, Williams 200 Free Relay was 3rd – McRae, Perrotti, Morgan, Williams

David Morgan

Girls Rachael Freeman – 20th in 200 IM and 100 Breast Kelli Swanson – 17th in 100 Back Sarah Freeman – 18th in 50 free Emily Bloxam – 20th in 50 free Chloe Hubbard – 21st in 100 Back Caite Tarr – 16th in diving 200 Free Relay was 6th – Freeman, Megan Kovac, Kendall McIntosh, Bloxam 400 Free Relay was 9th – Freeman, Hubbard, Abbey King, Bloxam The girls team moved up from 27th place last year to 17th.

Laura Bemis

The EYE newspaper Nov 2010  

The student newspaper of Palm Harbor University High School