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Trouble in Moscow

Sarah Strong

Learn the details of a recent airport bombing in the Russian city. See Nation/World, p. 3

Find out what the frequently fundraising club is all about. See In-Depth, p. 6-7.

Wauwatosa East High School

2011 IBA

Read more about this year’s IBA season. See Sports, p. 11.

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Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Volume 85 · Issue 5

Montessouri charter school set to open Heather O’Keefe

staff writer 

As the American education system continues to suffer and American students rank 25th in math compared to the rest of the world, districts are looking for creative alternatives to the regular means of teaching. The Wauwatosa School District has gives several education options to parents and students. The district currently offers two charter schools: Wauwatosa STEM and Tosa School of the Trades. According to Jason Zurawik, associate principal at Wauwatosa East High School and principal of the Trade School, a charter school is “a school that is different than the traditional setting.” Charter schools have proven to be very effective. This is especially evident at the Trade School, where students “last year had a 70 percent higher cumulative GPA that prior to coming [to the school],” according to Zurawik. The district continues “looking at innovative ways of teaching kids,” Zurawik said, and in fall 2011 will open Wauwatosa Montessori. Students attending Wauwatosa Montessori will experience a very different learning environment than that of the regular classroom. Dean Heus, who will be the main administrator at the school, reaffirms this idea. “Montessori school environments look and run a little differently compared to traditional classrooms,” Heus said. A crucial part of a Montessori education is an “emphasis on student choice and independent work in terms of how learning time is directed,” Heus said. Students and teachers work together to design a lesson plan appropriate for the child.

Lessons are related to practical and cultural life, the six senses, math and language. While fulfilling these requirements, students are able to pursue their interests and learn at their own pace. Kim Heyer, a Wauwatosa West High School parent whose three children all went to Montessori schools, explained that the Montessori classroom “invites them [children] to select their own work based on interests.” Montessori schools stress the importance of “following the child,” and “looking at each individual,” Heyer said. This does not mean that children at Montessori schools only learn independently. Students work in partners, small as well as large groups, and one on one with the teacher. Working in groups and partners lets students learn from each other, while also teaching social skills key to a child’s development. Another fundamental idea for Montessori education is that learning is hands-on. By using their senses to learn a new concept, students are able learn more successfully. For example, students learn the parts of speech using corresponding geometric figures, so students use something they are familiar with to teach themselves something new. Junior Maddie Packard attended Milwaukee Montessori.

Educating interested families, future Wauwatosa Montessouri School administrator Dean Heus (above) answers questions at an informational meeting on Monday Feb. 21. The new district charter school is set to open in the 2011-2012 school year. photo by Franki Ludwig 

“I got a jump start on different subjects,” Packard said. “When I started public school in first grade I was very well prepared and school was easier for me.” Even though Wauwatosa Montessori will teach students differently than Wauwatosa schools have taught students in the past, the district is well prepared. “The district has been researching and conducting preliminary planning…for the past 18 months,” Heus said. The district is quite certain that the school will be a success.

“A community survey showed that feedback was positive that there would be families interested in a Montessori option,” Heus said. Heus is also hopeful that because of Wauwatosa Montessori and the other charter schools currently in the district, parents will choose to send their children to the Wauwatosa School District. “I believe in the Montessori way of educating a child,” Heyer said. “It helped [my children] to become independent thinkers and develop a love of learning.”

School board approves plan, adds elementary Spanish Elise Walker

staff writer 

The Wauwatosa School Board made a controversial decision on Monday, Jan. 24 to implement foreign language classes in grade schools instead of employing fulltime librarians, also known as Library Media Specialists. The heavily debated plan entails the start of a Spanish language program for students in first through fifth grade and getting rid of full-time librarians to fund the new positions. The plan was approved by a 4-3 vote. The plan has a potentially positive impact on students. The advantages of starting a foreign language early in a students education are well-known. The district has relied on the findings of Dr. Ellen Bialystok, who is an expert on bilingualism in childhood. “Our research has shows that reading progress amongst all bilingual children is improved over monolingual children,” Bialystock said. Eisenhower Elementary School Prinicpal Kristin Bowers is “excited about providing students with the opportunity to learn a world language during elementary school.”

“Our challenge will be making the adjustment and providing library-based services for students.” Tom Seidl, Principal, Jefferson Elementary

replacing full-time librarians, trained in a variety of technology and research based skills, with teachers and aides. “Our challenge will be making the adjustment and providing library-based services for students,” Jefferson Elementary School Principal Tom Seidl said. Another concern is that teachers are already working long hours and may have to add to their workload by havBowers believes the district will serve its students well. ing to learn additional library and media skills. “As a district, we will work collectively to provide a School board member and East parent Phil Kroner top-notch program to our students,” Bowers said. voted against the plan. The addition of Spanish classes in elementary “Since the district’s primary focus is high reading schools is controversial because of the loss of the achievement, I did not support the...proposal because I library media specialists. The current plan calls for think the loss of full-time librarians would make our reading program less effective,” Kroner said. School board member Mary Jo Randall, voted in favor of the plan. “We are committed to making sure that our elementary students will still have access to the livotes cast on the decision brary,” Randall said. The plan will begin in the 2011-2012 school year.


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News Briefs Seniors nominated for state scholarship Seniors Erik Pintar, Kelly Wikoff and Kelley Annesley are nominated for the Wisconsin All State Scholars scholarship. 120 seniors from across the state are nominated. Nominated students can earn up to $1,500 towards tuition per year.

District schedules weather make-up day After cancelling school on Wednesday, Feb. 2, the Wauwatosa School District announced there will be an inclement weather make-up day on Monday, April 25. School was cancelled on Feb. 2 after a snowstorm left Wauwatosa covered in several inches of snow.

Art students honored in national competition Many Wauwatosa East High School art students have been recognized this year by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. This organization gives out the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Seniors Martina Ibanez and Chelsea Latham recieved Gold Keys for their photo portfolios. Other Gold Key recipients include seniors Shannon Rowbottom (portfolio), Anne Burnett (portfolio), Emily Helmers (drawing and portfolio), Jacob Mouradian (drawing), Nathan Spilde (drawing) and Sarah Spanjar (drawing), juniors Sara Armstrong (ceramics), Mu Dah (fashion) and Zora Martin (digital photo) and freshmen Lauren Franklin (drawing) and Anna Schreiber (drawing).

Random Fact Minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.


february 25, 2011

Newest local Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted, results publicized Girard Gorelick

“In the old days, drug prevention and There is an undeniable ring to the new other risky behaviors mantra of Wauwatosa East High School. focused on highlighting “Raider Respect”—from directing students to risk and scaring people,” get to class on time or to “Pay for your food,” social worker for Wauas one poster proclaims, it encompasses just watosa Schools Sonja about every aspect of high school life. Nelson said. “AccordMost recently, Raider Respect has ap- ing to research, this does peared on the red signs posted above bub- not work. At all.” blers across the school. While the motto Nelson decided has been the target of some joking by some to see how the acstudents, the subject of these posters is no tual YRBS data from laughing matter. East compared with The scarlet posters contain the results of student perceptions the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey of their peers’ behav(YRBS), a survey taken at local, state, and ior. To do this, Nelnational levels to assess patterns of “health- son gave a survey risk behaviors” among adolescents. Questions to all Health and AP on the survey cover a variety of issues such Psychology classes as drinking and driving, sexual activity, vio- asking students to esStopping to read during a visit to Guidance, senior lence, self-image and depression. timate school-wide Brandon Erny (above) takes a look at a poster displaying “I don’t think the surveys are ben- participation in risky Youth Risk Behavior Study (YRBS) statistics. Signs throughout Wauwatosa East High School contain statistics from the latest eficial for students,” senior Zach Brown behaviors. local YRBS survey in 2010 as well as a 2009 YRBS survey. said. “People just laugh at the signs with Part of the survey photo by Franki Ludwig  statistics and turn them into a joke, which asked students to estidoesn’t help anyone.” mate the frequency of The numbers appearing on the red posters certain behaviors. When asked “What percent numbers are up, behavioral problems are down are taken from a survey done this past Octo- [of students] at East do you think refuse to and tardies are way down.” ber. 205 students at East, randomly selected drink and drive?” the most common answer In fact, according to Nelson, the latest from all grade levels, took part in the survey. was 31-40 percent. surveys show the student body as lower for “We’re trying to get information about Based on the 2010 survey, 97% of East every risk indicator than both the Wisconsin good things that our kids are doing,” Prin- students refuse to drink and drive. A ma- and national results. cipal Nick Hughes said. “If it’s 10 per- jority of students in the survey also over“While depression indicators are lower at cent of students report marijuana use,’ that estimated the amount of marijuana use at East, we still have 17 percent of students who means 90 percent don’t. So we sort of flip East by about three to four times and the experience multiple symptoms of depresthat information to look amount of dating sion,” Nelson added. at it from a different violence by up to 17 percent translates to as many as 200 perspective.” five or six times. students—a number that is hard to ignore. “We’re trying to get informaThis “social norm” “Negative news “[The YRBS data] has a lot of other informaapproach is a new way tion about the good things tends to take on a tion that [the school] can use to talk about things that schools and health that our kids are doing.” snowball effect,” Nel- like teen stress, anxiety and depression in high Nick Hughes, son said. “The truth school students,” Hughes said. “It’s affecting a lot departments are trying to help teenagers make Principal is that as an aggregate of kids, and I think…that, as a school, we need to safer decisions. our students’ ACT be proactive with that as well.” staff writer 

Marine Corps. Band visits Wauwatosa East Giving a concert, marine corps. concert band members perform in Wauwatosa East High School’s theater on Monday, Feb. 14. The concert was open to the public and was attended by East band students. The members of the band gave masterclasses to students following the concert. photo by Franki Ludwig 


february 25, 2011

Mubarak resigns Riots force President’s removal, social change Lorenza Zebell

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On Tuesday, Jan. 25 monumental political change began in Egypt. That day, thousands of enraged Egyptians flooded the streets and demanded change from their government. The revolution lasted 18 days, and is officially known as The January 25th Revolution. The unrest in Egypt was caused by anger with the country’s prevalent of poverty, hunger, unemployment and government corruption. The protestors were inspired by the recent successful revolution in Tunisia, which was caused by similar problems. Most of the protestors held one man responsible for all these problems, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Hosni Mubarak has been the President of Egypt for 30 years. Mubarak claims to be democratically elected but many labeled him a dictatorial and oppressive leader. “It seems like [Mubarak] has become drunk with power,” English teacher Kristin Cmeyla said. The 18 days of protests were the first Egypt had seen in over 40 years. The day they began, the government stepped in,

as it traditionally does not tolerate any response, the government cut off all form of protesting, peaceful or other- Internet and cell service in Egypt. wise. Known for their brutal oppression Finally, on Feb. 10 Mubarak of protestors, the Egyptian police forces announced his resignation and left used tear gas, batons and water cannon to the country. This means an end to put an end to the demonstrations. the protests and a new direction for Hundreds of Egypt as a nation. protesters were For now, the arrested and in- “Egypt’s biggest challenge Egyptian milijured as violence is designing an effective tary is in charge became common- framework for its gov- of the country place on the streets ernment—an effective, while new leadof cities such as legitimate constitution.” ership is sorted Cairo, Alexandria Ann Ward, out. One prosand Suez. pect for the Junior Wenie Social studies teacher country’s new Lado, a native of leader is MoCairo, believes hamed ElBarathe protests were enacted wrongly. dei, who led many of the protests. “The violence is simply never “ElBaradei seems to be very the answer,” Lado said. “The way well recieved,” social studies teacher they’re using it is only making the Ann Ward said. “Also, the Egypsituation worse.” tian Google executive is a possibility, In spite of the actions, protests con- which is interesting.” tinued. The government’s next move was The future of Egypt depends on to block Twitter and Facebook, which developing an efficient constitution. were being used to orchestrate the pro“Egypt’s biggest challenge is detests. This move backfired, as it infuri- signing an effective framework for ated citizens across Egypt. itsgovernment—an effective, legitiThe protestors persisted, stag- mate constitution.” Ward said. ing even larger protests on Feb. 4. In

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India and Pakistan announced they would resume peace talks that were previously halted after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

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A judge in Ecuador awarded 8.64 billion dollars to Ecuadorian residents of the Amazon who were suing Chevron for years of crude oil pollution.


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 A group of approximately 1,000 Thai “yellow shirt” protesters took to the streets to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Due to an exploding population of wild boars within Barcelona city limits, citizens have been permitted to hunt them with bows and arrows.

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Voice of Reason Zhengqi Fan

Speech has unrealistic goals Politicians aren’t always right—it’s a fact of life. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama is no exception. For those of us that saw the President’s 2011 State of the Union speech, we were witnesses to not only impossible promises, but also a desperate sales pitch to get reelected. The main focus of President Obama’s speech was domestic issues. He talked about America’s need to stop depending on biofuels and start relying on more “clean” resources such as “coal” and “natural gas” by taking the money being invested in oil and putting it into these projects. Obama also criticized the stricken economy and America’s ever-falling educational standards, stating that he’ll fix these problems by hiring more teachers, rebuilding infrastructure, streamlining the government, increasing exports, throwing a internet modem at every breathing thing and, of course, just by building some high-speed trains. There are some “...the President things Obama left needs to start out of the speech. with the small The President barely changes that he even mentioned the can accomplish war in the Middle in his term...”  East, which actually contributes a large portion of debt to our already high national total of 14 trillion this year according to economic analysts. He also forgot to announce that a decent number of people in Congress made their riches in fossil fuels, so passing a bill that drastically alters how we invest in energy is going to be a bit harder than he made it sound. President Obama seems to have made some statistical stumbles in his speech as well. Though Obama wants for America to be the first nation with a million electric cars on the road, experts are saying that such a feat will be impossible. As for Obama’s promise to double the United States’ exports by 2014, said rates have only increased by 3 percent since 2006. Nuclear and natural gas only account for 45 percent of our electric power, so unless Obama starts to crank out thousands of coal mines in the next 21 years America will not meet his third goal of getting 80 percent of its electricity from “clean” energy sources by 2035. It is worth mentioning that Obama’s goal of delivering high-speed internet to 98 percent of the population in the next 5 years might be possible, as the percentage of people with access to high-speed internet at home in the U.S. rocketed from 3 percent in 2009 to 66 percent in the past year. Also, Obama failed to take into account the number of people who lack the knowledge to utilize the high speed internet, which means not all 98 percent of America will be able to take advantage of his lofty technological goals. Basically, in order to accomplish any of these preposterous goals the U.S. would need to spend trillions more than it can spare in the coming years. While his introduction about the Tucson shooting and the need to unite as a nation was touching, President Obama needs to get it into his head that the drastic changes he proposed are impossible with the timeframe given. The president needs to start with the small changes that he can accomplish in his term while devising more detailed and thoughtout plans for the long-term issues. It will take time and it will be hard. We are hurting as a nation right now but jumping from the frying pan into the fire is not going to help.


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february 25, 2011


Moscow bombing prompts changes

Attack claims lives, raises safety awareness throughout Russia

Sara Armstrong

staff writer 

On Jan. 25 at about 4:30 p.m. an explosion rocked Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, leaving 35 dead and at least 130 injured according to the Russian Health Ministry. Two of the victims were British travelers. Domodedovo Airport is the largest airport serving Moscow, and is approximately 25 miles southeast of the city center. The explosion occurred in the arrival hall of the airport, and has been attributed to a suicide bomber carrying 15 pounds of TNT explosives. “The arrival hall was a public area... to which people who are not passengers have free access,” Moscow Airport Press Secretary Yelena Galanova said to international reporters. “Retribution is inevitable,” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said to CNN reporters. “This was an abominable crime in both its senselessness and its cruelty.” Putin also offered government help to the families of the victims. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev promised that those responsible would be caught and punished. Medvedev said the level of terror threat in Russia to be higher than that of the United States. Medvedev also said there needs to be more Russian security checks in the style of those in the United States and Israel to avoid more turmoil.

Medvedev also stated that Russia will undergo internal security structure changes to prevent further attacks. Within hours of the bombing, Putin ordered elevated security at other airports in the area and other transportation hot spots, as well as putting the local police on high alert for bombs. Domodevo airport security forces, according to indepth reports from Russian police, is now seeking three suspects. Many false calls have been placed to Russian authorities by citizens claiming to be the suicide bomber. None have been officially recognized, and people calling to report themselves now have to pay for their calls. This is not the first time Russia has been subject to acts of terror— Since 2004 there have been six attacks of a similar nature, three at transport hubs or involving transport and one attack at Domodedevo Airport.

Nation of Interest

Tunisia Unhappy populaces all over the world are noticing the power of large citizen protests.

On Jan. 14 the President of Tunisia fled the country due to protests against what was viewed as a corrupt government.

Tunisia now stands on the precipice of change. Potential for the newlydirected country is high, and Tunisia may serve as an example to discontented populaces all over the world. Tunisia by Elise Walker 

The most recent of these attacks was perpetrated by two female suicide bombers who killed 40 people. “I guess I think people need to consider the bigger picture when they make momentous decisions like that,” freshman Anna Kaye said. “If they’re ending their own life because they think their life is unfair, think of how unfair it is to the families of [the victims].” Many students see a larger issue that may stem from the Domodedevo Airport bombing. “The bombs in the airport have really affected the security of Russia,” junior Mackenzie Davies said. “The global community has begun questioning whether Russia’s ability to hold major international events, including the 2014 Olympics, will be sufficient.” Moscow by Elise Walker 

Rail eases Chinese travel and space in regards to the world around them,” Zhang Shuguang, head of the transport bureau at the Ministry of RailIn early January the Chinese government ways said to CNN reporters. “Of course, unveiled a newly-created high-speed rail station the rails also provide unparalleled speed.” that links the cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan. Despite its benefits, the rail has its opponents. This new rail, while expensive, reduces the “The problem is that high-speed rail is ex664-mile commute time between the two cities pensive both to build and to operate,” Beijing from seven and a half hours to three. Jiaotong University Professor Zhao Jian said. The rail construction process cost the Chi- “Most importantly, they require high ticket nese government 1.1 trillion prices to break even.” Yuan, or 165 million dolA ticket for a highlars, 106 million of which end train ride is more “[The new railway] will expensive than most airwas spent this year. China has had prob- be changing people’s line tickets. The internet thinking community has coined lems in the past with traditional of time and space in a term, “bei gaosu”, weather conditions strandregards to the world ing people for days in train which roughly transstations. To combat this, around them.” lates to “being forced Zhang Shuguang, to take the high-speed the new rail station is built Railway official trains and accept their to exacting standards. Current high-speed high ticket prices.” lines travel at up to 350 Zhao Jian, a profeskilometers per hour, almost twice as fast as sor at Jiaotong University in Beijing points conventional rail. The new Chinese rail sys- out that high-speed rail is more three times tem is capable of reaching speeds of nearly as expensive as regular rail. 400 kilometers per hour. “The construction cost is too high,” Jian Proponents of the rail system laud the jobs said to international reporters. “The operaand the reduced commute time it will create. tion cost is too high. I don’t think Chinese “The environmental impact of the two cit- people can afford the price.” ies is heavily reduced with this rail system,” Despite having its drawbacks, the rail is World Bank Transport Coordinator John generally viewed as a progressive step for Scales said. “The rail allows for people to the Chinese government. transfer their commutes from costlier, more “[The new railway] is a promising step in the environmentally-damaging methods.” right direction,” Shuguang said. “It will not only China’s Ministry of Railways was eager help our planet but our people as well.” to point out to news agencies the benefits the Junior Alex Yang agreed. system will provide to adjacent towns, in“It will definitely reduce pollution,” cluding ease of travel and increased tourism. Yang said. “And the streets will be less “[The new railway] will be chang- crowded. In general it will help create a ing people’s traditional thinking of time cleaner and more efficient China.”

Luke Murphy

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february 25, 2011

Student optimistic for native country wenie lado I was born in Cairo, Egypt, a city in Northern Africa known for its famous pyramids and pharaohs. My parents were born in Sudan, and after they lived in Cairo for five years, my family moved to the United States. Whenever I tell someone that I was born in Egypt, they find it fascinating! But recently, when I tell someone that I was born in Egypt I get asked what I think about the issues that are going on there today. I do not mind answering them in the slightest. Within the last month, Egypt has been going through a drastic change in government. Hosni Mubarak was the President of Egypt for 30 years. It seemed completely out of the blue when Egyptian citizens started challenging Mubarak’s rule. Personally, I find it very ironic that Egypt was having problems with their government rule. In my family, issues within Sudan are far more important than issues in any other country in Africa. In the beginning of January, Sudan held an important vote for the separation of the country. In other words, Sudan would totally divide into two separate countries. Sudan has been going through years and years of war, and the vote

for separation was crucial in the ending of the war. Northern Sudan is mostly Muslim, and the Southern part is mostly Christian. These two groups clashed and it has caused a lot of problems. The outcome of this vote has made history. What used to just be Sudan is now North Sudan and The Republic of South Sudan. Since the Sudanese people had the power to separate their

“The way the protesters expressed their anger throughout the streets of Cairo actually damaged pure history.”  country, it might have given the Egyptians the thought of changing their government. The people of Egypt were not happy with Mubarak’s rule. They used their rights of freedom to petition, speech and assemble to run Mubarak out of office. In the early stages of the rioting, I had little faith that the protestors would succeed. The way the protestors expressed their anger throughout the streets of Cairo actually damaged pure history. When I heard that, it virtually broke my heart. To destroy my native country’s past over the rule of a President is not right. I am glad that Hosni Mubarak has officially stepped down. His stepping down, albeit by force, has brought some relief to the people of Egypt. Elections are going to be held within the next 6 months for a new President and other leaders for Egypt. Now, it is time for the Egyptians to start all over again. Deep down in my heart I hope that the people of Egypt find the right path in developing a stable government. The Power of Revolution by Max Smith 

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Editor’s Corner

Language proposal provokes concern On the surface, providing a Spanish program in the Wauwatosa elementary schools seems to be a good idea, as one looks deeper into the proposal, there are many things that should maggie elliot promote skepticism. First, starting a language early will inevitably affect the middle school curriculum. It will have to be decided whether or not students will be able to continue their language in sixth grade or if they will have to wait until seventh grade, as they currently do. The proposal also neglected to consider the children who enter the Wauwatosa school system after first grade. These kids would have to be placed in a different Spanish class than their peers based on their current knowledge of Spanish. This would separate them from their classmates for the rest of their educational careers, or until they choose to study a different language in middle school This poses another problem. If all elementary students are taught Spanish it is not likely that many of them would switch to any of the other foreign languages offered in the Wauwatosa school system when offered the opportunity in seventh grade. Although Spanish is a very useful language to learn, there are benefits to learning the other languages that are offered. Unfortunately, these language opportunities are often overlooked and the student base in these classes is already significantly smaller than the Spanish program. Starting kids early in Spanish will diminish the popularity of these important programs and limit student choice. A solution to this problem is to offer all languages in elementary school. This brings us yet another point. The budget is admittedly tight in our school district. We do not have the money to begin this expensive program. The current solution is to replace Library Media Specialists with the Spanish teachers. Many students cherish their elementary school librarians. Librarians directly affect students’ lives and education. It seems that whenever the school board needs to make ends meet or get money for a new proposal, the first group of people they cut is educators. It is hard to believe that there aren’t some administrative positions that could be cut instead. Because money is tight and resources are limited, our school system should not invest in a program that will have so many negative consequences.

History Month requires further appreciation Americans seem to talk more about Valentine’s Day, candy, and flowers instead of the many contributions of a whole race. There should be more Black History Month appreciation in every school because it is essential to learn about the many AfricanAmerican contributions. During February it would be beneficial to learn some aspects of Black History, and the importance of acknowledging and celebrateing it. East should recognize Black History Month because all students can benefit from learning about African-American history, no matter their race.

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Max Smith 

influential figures for African Americans: President Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday was on Feb. 12, and Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist movement leader whose birthday was on Feb. 14. In 1976, it was decided that the celebration would be extended to the whole month of February. Usually in classes this month here at Wauwacourtney clark and fadumo hassan tosa East High School, teachers talk about President Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or read a When one thinks of the month of February, Valenpoem by Maya Angelou. tine’s Day is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But it is very important not to forget other inMost people don’t think of it as Black History Month fluential African Americans, like Dr. Daniel Hale but it is important to remember African-American con- Williams, an African American physician who made tributions to American society. history by performing the first sucFebruary is Black History cessful open heart surgery. Month because of a man called Another African-American “Americans seem to talk Dr. Carter G. Woodson who, in more about Valentine’s who should be well known is Dr. 1926, started a week for African Day, candy, and flowers in- Patricia E. Bath, who designed the American history. Cataract Laserphaco Probe to help stead of the many contribu- remove cataracts, which affect milHe has been recognized tions of a whole race.”  as the father of Black History lions around the world. Month and was the second Classes should be taught about African-American to receive a African American contributions to Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1912. American society. It seems like many students here The celebration of Black History Week occurred at East are only reminded of Black History month by during the week that contained the birthdays of two the commercials on TV.


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Sarah Strong In-Depth

february 25, 2011

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School, community support East student Kelley Annesley

edtiro-in-chief 

Sophomore Sarah Pease was diagnosed with cancer earlier this school year. As soon as Sarah made her diagnosis public, an outpouring of support began. This support has persisted and is mostly provided through the organization Sarah Strong, the group which has raised funds and awareness for childhood leukemia as well as Pease’s individual struggle got its name from Pease herself. “We decided on calling the group ‘Sarah Strong’ because we all know how badly she wants to go to West Point and join the army,” sophomore Libby HallangerBernstein said. Sarah Strong has become a very visible presence at Wauwatosa East High School, holding bake sales weekly as well as selling t-shirts and orange bracelets every day at lunch.

“They both say Sarah Strong and are Sarah’s favorite she’s entering her junior year,” sophomore Gilly McBride colors,” senior Lauren Brown said. said. “All the money we raise is going to either Sarah’s famPease keeps in contact with friends and the East com- ily or to Children’s Hospital.” munity in general through her blog on CarNot only those close to Pease are helping out with ing Bridge is an organization that helps those in the hospital fundraising. Through everything from basketball players set up a blog to keep others informed on their health. wearing Sarah Strong t-shirts as warm ups to the outpour“It has been great for her worried friends who want ing of support from all grade levels, it is clear to East stuto know how she is doing,” dents that the majority of the senior Emily Helmers said. student body has been sup“Anyone can write Sarah a “It is encouraging to see everyone porting Sarah Strong. message on her site to let her “It’s cool how everyone is banding together for a cause.” know that she is still part of the participating in Sarah Strong, Emily Helmers, even people who don’t know East community. It’s encourag‘11  her very well,” freshman Katie ing to see everyone banding together for a cause.” Potter said. Senior Portia Turner appreSeniors Cassie Osinsciates the Caring Bridge site. ki, Matt Schmidt, Emily Rehberger, Hanna John“It is nice to have information straight from the source, son and Karen Koeble plan to have their Commuso there are no rumors or miscommunications,” Turner said. nity Service Project (CSP) for Honors Challenge Sarah Strong has been extremely successful so far. Seminar benefit Sarah Strong. The so-called “fun “So far we’ve raised almost $3,000 run,” a run-walk to be according to [Elaina] Meier, and the held in Wauwatosa, will goal is to raise $25,000 by the time take place in May.

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Leukemia details clarify East student’s condition Lexi Williamson

LeMaistre of Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital said to marrow. org reporters. Flashy posters line the hallways of Wauwatosa East High School There are eight subtypes of AML ranging from M0 to M7, which change supporting the “Sarah Strong” campaign. The campaign was specifically how the patient will respond to treatment. Response also depends on how formed for sophomore Sarah Pease who was diagnosed with Acute My- far the cancer has spread, which would be tested for with chest x-rays as elogenous Leukemia (AML) in Decemwell as abdomen ultrasounds, in orber and since then the school has been der to check the tissues of the body plastered with purple and orange. “I can’t imagine how hard [cancer treatment] as well as the areas around the brain “I heard leukemia is where your bone must be, with side effects and everything.” and spinal cord for cancer. marrow starts creating abnormal blood Treatment options vary accordNate Spilde, cells,” senior Adria Magnarini said. ing to the risk factors in the patient, ‘11  which include age and type of leukeAML is a quickly developing blood and bone marrow cancer. mia. Treatment plans often include Normally the bone marchemotherapy (drugs that destroy row creates “blast” cells that will later develop into cancer cells or stop them from continuing growth) and bone marrow or cord functioning white blood cells but in AML, the cells transplants, which are used as a long-term treatment when chemotherapy cannot develop and fight infection. The bone alone is unlikely to provide long-term remission. marrow quickly “Chemotherapy sounds like a grueling process. I can’t imagine how releases these cells hard it must be, with side effects and everything,” senior Nate Spilde said. and eventually they The introduction to chemotherapy is difficult and usually lasts about a push out the red and week with a three week recovery period. In most cases the cancer is sent white blood cells as into remission with the introduction chemotherapy. well as platelets the body “Two drugs are used [in chemotherapy] but they may be substituted needs to function. with other drugs or in some cases all-trans retinoic acid,” Froedert Hospital “AML is the Head Pharmacist Catherine Howly said. most common In most cases the cancer is sent into remission with the introductype of ‘acute’ leuke- tion chemotherapy. If there are additional leukemia cells left in the mia but is usually only body this could cause a relapse so additional consolidation chemopresent in adult males therapy (the second phase of chemotherapy) or a transplant may be around the age of 65, needed to conclude the treatment. with less than 10% “Transplants may have serious complications but are usually the best of AML cases being choice for a long-term remission of the patient,” Dr. Paul Shaughnessy of children,” Dr. C. F. the Texas Transplant Institute said to reporters. staff writer 

Not only East students are supporting Pease—the community is also a playing a part in Sarah Strong. “We received a lot of donations from local businesses for the silent auction, from places like…Simma’s,” sophomore Tessa Cristan said. “A lot of local businesses are participating. We went around and gave them a letter…explaining the situation and told them about the silent auction.” As for the future of Sarah Strong, the students in charge don’t know exactly what their plans are. “We don’t have any specific ideas for this summer just yet but we are going to continue fundraising,” Hallanger-Bernstein said.

Sarah Pease

An estimated 259,889 people in the United States are living with, or in remission from, Leukemia.

Leukemia affects males and females of all ages. The most common type of leukemia in adults is acute myelogenous Leukemia, with an estimated 12,330 new cases in 2010. Information provided by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

editor-at-large 

Leukemia sucks. There’s really no other good way to put it. I’m constantly nauseaous, I have no energy and any visitors I have must be totally healthy.All day long I sit in my hospital room, with nurses running in and out the whole time. At night my IVs love to beep and it takes the nurses forever to come stop them. Sitting in my room one day early in my treatment I was staring into space when a horrifying thought occured to me. I realized that I missed being at school. Being an average teenager, I never thought I would think such horrible thoughts. Then I thought about what school consists of. School isn’t just hours of boring classes, it’s the most social place we know. It’s where we get caught up on the latest gossip and where we ridicule what others are wearing. So now that I’m not at school, my new home is the HOT unit at Children’s Hospital. At first, I thought the HOT unit was the worse place in the world to be. Then I started having breathing problems, so I was transferred to the ICU. The ICU is this awful, awful place with puke colored walls and way too many machines for one room. I stayed in the awful ICU for six days, during which I had to wear a breathing mask at night. It was always dark and I never moved from my bed. I was able to go back to my room in the HOT unit on Christmas Day and I was thrilled. I had no idea that there was something worse than the HOT unit, but I had found it and beaten it. So now we have, in order from worst to best, the ICU, the HOT unit and school. On a list like that I would be begging to go to school. From the looks of things I should be able to come back to school by September. I’m looking forward to all the gossiping and ridiculing soon enough.



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february 25, 2011

staff editorial

Responsibilities of student press must be recognized, respected Competition breeds a better product. Communities benefit greatly from being a two-newspaper market: according to a 2004 Newspaper Research Journal article, “competition [allows the inclusion of] different types of stories covered by the separate editorial staffs, different emphasis given to stories of similar topics, different approaches to those stories and the existence of varying ideologies and topics on the editorial page.” The article goes on to assert “Such competition is vital to maintain democratic government.” Having two newspapers in the same area keeps both institutions honest and keeps them at their best. All students, especially those involved in the student press, have a responsibility to their teachers, administrators and their fellow students to act appropriately and be respectful. Though underground press can be beneficial to a school environment, it must be founded on respect for the responsibility the organization has as a member of the press, whether schoolsponsored or not. To be effective, the underground press must have a knowledgeable, informed staff committed to providing real journalism (or responsible satire) to the community. The student press, both schoolsponsored and so-called “underground” institutions (those who are not officially recognized or supported by the school) have an important role at any school. They have the power to effect great change, inform and bring previously ignored happenings to light. A wise uncle once said “With great power comes great responsibility.” Though the original context is far from a student press organization, the idea applies. A press organization bases their worth on credibility. Credibility is won through professionalism and respect for the community as well as respect for the gravity of the work the organization is doing. Part of building a credible organization is story choice. Underground newspapers have the unique ability to cover events that a school-sponsored organization cannot and in ways that a school-sponsored organization cannot. This is a very important facet of any school community— even in a newspaper whose main goal is to entertain, they must stay away from outright fabrications about specific people. The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is

an organization that helps student media organizations figure out what their rights are under the law. SPLC advises that “writers of underground newspapers must be careful not to damage people’s reputations needlessly. The size of a newspaper’s audience or the informality of the publication’s appearance or tone do not insulate students from potential legal liability for libel.” The SPLC also explains the definition of libel as “any published communication that falsely harms a person’s reputation.” Though under the law “statements that no reasonable person would believe,” cannot be punished, there is a fine line between what one underground journalist believes is ridiculous and what another high school student believes to be realistic. The journalist must consider that the tone he intends is not always how a story is read—a harmless comment he may believe will be perceived as a lie by his readers may not be seen that way by some and thus needlessly tarnish the reputation of a person or political figure (however deserving one may think the figure is). Furthermore, a tasteful jab grounded in reality will always be more effective than a grandiose lie. Satire is a powerful tool and has a history of revealing truth in a way serious reporting cannot. From Jonathan Swift and his “Modest Proposal” to John

Stewart, Stephen Colbert and “The Onion,” which broadens the definition of obscene it is clear that sometimes the best way to speech to lewd speech in its 1968 Ginsberg draw attention to a problem is to make v. New York decision. In simple terms, light of it. The strength of all of these the Ginsberg decision allows courts to famous satirists is their grounding in reality, deem speech directed at minors (such as extremely clever, professional presentation high school students) as obscene more and their insight into the ridiculous aspects easily than when it is presented to adults. of the news. The Ginsberg Without these decision says that “...Students taking on the if the publication is attributes, their satire would not burden of publishing a offensive to adults, have the impact newspaper, underground or without educational it has and will not, must consider moral and value and appeals continue to have on to the “prurient, society and politics. ethical responsibilities”  shameful or morbid As a member interest of minors,” of the student press, it can be legally every organization must be educated on deemed obscene. what actions are protected under the law Several examples come to mind: say, a and what actions are not protected under picture of an unnecessarily exposed woman the law. There is nothing that degrades the in a publication or stories about marijuana perceived intelligence of every member use and its application in streaking at a of the student press in future deliberations nationally televised event. In the latter with administration than a meeting in example, the SPLC guidelines about what which one journalist cites irrelevant any publication should avoid include Supreme Court decisions in an attempt to “incit[ing] illegal conduct,” by “providing a avoid punishment. how-to lesson on such topics…” To clarify, lewd speech is not protected Additionally, copyright laws cannot under the first amendment as it pertains to be ignored by any publication, no matter if the student press. The Supreme Court set a they are school-sponsored or not. Presenting broad precedent photos that were not taken by staff members without credit to the original source is never an acceptable practice for any media source. Beyond just legal implications, students taking on the burden of publishing a newspaper, underground or otherwise, must consider moral and ethical responsibilities. The actions any student media organization takes, especially in terms of defending their rights to administrators, will continue to affect future student media members and these consequences must be considered before students haphazardly enter the media without consideration of their obligations. This is part of the professionalism a student press organization must have in order to be respected. Professionalism also encompasses the respect that must exist between press organizations. Any relationship built on respect and not unnecessary animosity can Whip This by Max Smith  be mutually beneficial as well as beneficial to the community those newspapers serve.

the cardinal news editor-in-chief Kelley Annesley staff writers Sara Armstrong Alex Brannan Courtney Clark Zhengqi Fan Peter Garofalo Girard Gorelick Fadumo Hassan Wenie Lado Luke Murphy Heather O’Keefe Vince Prange Elise Walker Alayah Walls Lexie Williamson

in-depth editor Annie Burnett

opinions editor Hanna Johnson

feature editor Martina Ibanez

photographers PJ Johnson

editor-at-large Sarah Pease

artists Elise Walker

printer American Litho

editorial interns Nick Hill Timmy O’Brien

professional organizations Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Kettle Moraine Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association, Quill and Scroll, Student Press Law Center

adviser Elaina Meier assistant adviser Megan Sampson

nation/world editor Lee Murphy

sports editor Jack Lockhart

graphics editor Max Smith


JEA/NSPA Best of Show Sixth Place Fall 2009; JEA/NSPA Best of Show Special Edition Sixth Place & Best of Show Eighth Place Spring 2008, Best of Show Seventh Place Fall 2007; KEMPA - First Place 2007 CSPA Silver Medalist 2007, Gold Medalist 2003-6; KEMPA All-Kempa 2004-5; NSPA First Place, 2009; NSPA All-American 2003, 2005; Quill and Scroll George H. Gallup Award 2001-2006; WEAC School Bell Award 2004; WNA Second Place General Excellence 2010, First Place General Excellence 2005-7

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editorial statement The Cardinal News is an open forum for questioning, expressing opinions, reporting facts and exchanging ideas concerning the student body and the world in which they live. The Cardinal News recognizes that the students of Wauwatosa East High School are diverse in their viewpoints and lifestyles. Therefore, a wide range of topics will be explored and many viewpoints presented whenever possible. We recognize and will work under the freedoms granted by the First Amendment. Editorials express the perspectives of a majority of the editors. Signed opinions and letters to the editor express the views of the writer. Letters to the editor must be signed when submitted. The Cardinal News reserves the right to edit letters for length and grammatical errors. Letters to the editor for the next issue are due by March 14. All content decisions are determined solely by the editorial board. Copies of the complete Cardinal News editorial policy are available in room 262A at Wauwatosa East.

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Store offers unique perspective, opportunities Martina Ibanez and Lorenza Zebell feature and copy editors 

Most people are familiar with local boutiques that stock clothing from community-based designers that overprice their pieces. U-Turn boutique, with its unique variety and sales techniques, is different. Located on North and 69th, the store offers affordable clothing and accessories for men and women that range from 10 to 100 dollars. The shop’s owners take 30 to 40 percent off normal retail prices to create attractive deals. When the shop opened in May of 2009, the owners of the Wauwatosa boutique Jessica Brittingham and Deb Kruse wanted to incorporate their passion for environmental awareness. The owners get their secondhand clothing from over 800 consignors who sell their clothing at U-Turn. If the clothing is not sold after a period of time, it is returned to the consignor. Anyone can become a potential consignor. The owners of U-Turn accept stylish and current clothing and reward consignors with 40 percent of the profit from the sale of the item.

U-Turn carries trendy clothing “I like that it’s a small venue for from popular high-end designers such people who like secondhand stores,” as Dooney and Bourke, True Religion junior Elisa Shapson said. “Also it and Steve Madden. supports local artists because of the The store also offers jewelry and ac- jewelry and handmade clothes.” cessories made by local artists such as The store’s website,, Love of Beads and has another The Distinguished unique feaBag Lady. The “[Jewelry] pieces are made ture. When the pieces are made with recycled items that are store receives with recycled items repurposed for sustainable a particularly that are repurposed intriguing item for sustainable and and wearable pieces.”  from a consignwearable pieces. or the owners For example, old post it on the jewelry, dominoes site under a secand Scrabble games pieces are taken apart tion called “What’s In.” The site also and reassembled into chic new jewelry. includes posts about the store’s sales. “Our belief in recycling and reusing In addition to the store’s website, goes beyond consignment,” Britting- U-Turn also has a Facebook, Twitham said. “With the exception of a few ter and e-mailing list, all for shoppers mannequin stands part of our computer who want to be the first to know about system and metal poles suspended on new inventory. chains from the ceiling, everything from U-Turn also has very competent, hangers and paint to lighting fixtures and friendly staff members who are always displays are all used products.” willing to help customers. This blend of bohemian charm has Affordable, stylish, and recyclable, proven to be highly appealing to custom- U-Turn is the perfect place to shop loers all over the Wauwatosa area. cally for unique items.

Displaying their wide variety of merchandise, U-turn Consignment Boutique offers customers stylish and affordable second hand clothing and shoes. Locally made jewelry is also for sale. photos by Martina Ibanez 

Sleep deprivation provides new outlook Revelations from me to you Annie Burnett

Koalas sleep 21 hours a day–I read it on a Snapple cap. As of late, I have not wanted anything more than to be a Snapple cap koala. On several days within this past month I’ve spent almost 21 hours drawing, definitely not sleeping. The requirements for art schools (that I have waited until the last minute to complete) have trampled my sleeping schedule, leaving me giggly and boohoo-y.

Sleep deprivation simply makes This really stresses me out. I me cry and laugh. Suddenly I’m really need those hormones. I blame like a menstrual schizophrenic. You college applications, AP classes and the never know what expensive lunch you’re going room prices. Just to get! I would “Sleep deprivation simply last week I stayed personally like to makes me cry and laugh. up 48 hours make a shout-out Suddenly I’m like a finishing college to my mom–I’m applications menstrual schizophrenic." sorry about the before looming last couple of deadlines. weeks, Cathy. I am doing According to the American Sleep an obnoxious amount of applications– Disorders Association, the average all to art schools that annoyingly have teenager needs at least 9.5 hours of more amounts of requirements than sleep per night. This is apparently the average university. crucial to growth and sexual maturation But then we’ve got those AP because those hormones are mainly classes on top of that. Then again, I’m released during sleep. not too worried about that anymore.

Perhaps I’m coming down with a bad case of senior-itis! Those lunch room prices are really what get to me. Spending a solid two dollars on lightly filled fruit cup keeps me up all night. Even filling up the whole Styrofoam plate (I hate the Styrofoam) and paying up 2.25 dollars drives me to insomnia. I suppose I could get up early and pack a lunch if this upsets me so. But wait! Let’s not forget! I’m not getting those crucial hormones for growth and stuff... The average teen is barely getting seven hours of sleep per night according to the American Sleep Disorders Association. Now that’s really something to giggle and cry about.

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february 25, 2011

Student musician makes name for self, dreams big Peter Garofalo

graphic by Martina Ibanez 

staff writer 

About a year ago, the tracks of a new artist could have come across one’s news feed for the first time. Every one could see it contained great potential. This potential belonged to a rap/R&B sophomore, Ryan Yahn, better known by his MC name: Yahners 3000. Yahners 3000 has produced a number of singles over the last year, sampling Lloyd, Wiz Khalifa and Justin Beiber to name a few. “He is a legend, everyone knows him,” sophomore Ian Cline said. There is an abundance of topics covered in Yahners’ songs. They are about love or “sending out a message to his haters” or to “go hard or go ham.” The tone of Y3K’s (as he’s sometimes called) tracks vary from song to song, with “Lay It Down” having a mellow mood, and “Get Big” having a more driving quality. Yahn’s most recent track is entitled “Star of the Show.” It samples the original Wiz Khalifa song with the same title. “Star of the Show” deals with Y3K’s most recent infatuation, who remains nameless but initials are given. This most recent Yahners song mirrors another Y3K original, “Medicine” because both are aimed towards special females. Tracks released by Yahners 3000 via Facebook include “Lay It Down,” “Medicine,” “Get Big” and

the inspirational “Coming Home” (featuring Wauwatosa East High School sophomore Garnell Murray). After listening to Yahners 3000 for about a year, each song gets progressively and gradually more pleasing. Y3K has always created respectable music that can be listened to in any downtime. “Yahners is what I like to call contemporary hip hop with the swag of a mountain lion,” junior Tommy Rorabeck said. “His beats are dope, his lyrics are frosty and he raps with so much articulation it make me dance.” Yahners 3000’s music has become widespread. One reason for his surprising success lies in the world wide web. Yahners 3000 publicizes all of his tracks through the very popular social networking site, Facebook. Facebook is a place where many high school students can see what other kids have to say. This is a prime spot for Yahners 3000 to release tracks to increase his popularity. It is definitely not hard to find the new Y3K track with free access to it whenever one has an internet connection and can log onto Facebook. Along with his soothing music, this is another reason for Yahners’ success. Yahners 3000 has an impressive repertoire, based on what the internet has to offer thus far. There is a substantial amount of potential that Yahners 3000 hasn’t achieved yet. In the near future, Yahn hopes to step up from recording music on his dining room laptop to recording in a studio. “My cousin has a friend in Rockford who has a studio, so I want to go up there and record some music,” Yahn said. There is much to be seen in the future of this young, aspiring musician. Many hope and expect that new material will be heard from Y3K, and based on his success thus far, there is much more to come.

“Y3K has always created respectable music that can be listened to in any downtime.” 

Remake brings faithfulness, enjoyment “The Rite” proves dull, predictable Alex Brannan

staff writer 

In “True Grit,” the Coen Brothers’ adaptation of Charles Portis’ western novel of the same name, fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires aging United States Marshall “Rooster” Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to aide in the capture of her father’s killer. This killer, named Tom Cheney (Josh Brolin), is also on the lam from Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon). The three set out on a dangerous journey, in which their “grit” is tested. The movie, which was previously snubbed for Golden Globe nominations, was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including best picture. It goes without saying that this movie has a lot backing it, including A-list directors and a star-studded cast.

This can sometimes, lead to more disappointment than the average movie without such actors. To its credit, the film follows Portis’ plot more than the original film adaptation (made in 1969, starring John Wayne in an Oscar winning role) but somewhere in this tale of redemption, substance was lacking. The acting moseyed along with little complaint, but with a cast such as this (Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, et. al) more was expected. This being said, Hailee Steinfeld, who played the vengeance-seeking daughter of a murdered man, stole the show. It is a true testament to a new actress to be able to hold her own amongst these A-listers and even turn out the most real performance in the cast. Aside from this, the movie does not bring anything new and original to the screen in standard Coen Brothers’ fashion. But it does hold true to the original book to create an enjoyable film that is worth at least one viewing, if not more.

used with permission of Paramount Pictures 

Nick Hill

editorial intern 

With the recent influx of exorcism films to the American movie scene, “The Rite” is not much different than the rest. The story starts out with Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donughue), a young soon-tobe priest who grew up embalming corpses with his father. Near the end of his education Kovak realizes that he might not be cut out for the job of a priest after all and resigns from the college. One of his teachers protests and as a last request, asks Kovak to travel to Rome to meet an exorcist. Kovak eventually agrees to the trip and meets Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins). He is then invited to witness an exorcism performed by Lucas. At first, Kovak is reluctant to believe that the patient was really possessed by a demon but after witnessing several more exorcisms, Kovak realizes that they are in fact real possessions. Later, someone close to Kovak becomes possessed and he must perform an exorcism himself. Overall, much of the movie is very slow and drags on without much excitement. used with permission of New Line Cinema 

Also, some of the acting is not up to par, and even the exorcism scenes seem stale. One highlight is Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins plays the part of a humorous priest rather well and saves this film from being a total disaster. In the end, the film is not really worth seeing, especially since it is not much different from any other exorcist movie. Combined with mediocre acting and a dull, drawn out plot, this film deserves a “poor” rating.

“Combined with mediocre acting and a dull, drawn out plot, this film deserves a ‘poor’ rating.” 

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february 25, 2011

IBA provides opportunities Vince Prange

staff writer 

Anyone who has ever stepped into the small gym on a Wednesday afternoon knows of the phenomenon called the Wauwatosa East High School Intramural Basketball Association. The Intramural Basketball Association (IBA) is designed to cure students with various kinds of basketball fever. These students have the unique opportunity to participate in an organized basketball league with other quality players, or simply an opportunity to have fun. The club has intertwined itself into the very fabric of East culture, and has provided a unique extracurricular experience for over 150 students and 26 teams of all athletic backgrounds and comptetititve interests. To allow for such a wide assortment of basketball ability three separate leagues have been established (highly competitive, competititive and just for fun). It is not an uncommon sight to see a high flying slam dunk in Blocking a shot, student supervisor Robby Dubinski (right) plays in an Intramural Basketball Association (IBA) game against a “highly competitive” contest, while just one court over junior Zach Adams (left). IBA provides the opportunity for stuthe competitiors in “just for fun” attempt (and usually dents at different skill levels to compete after school. photo by PJ Johnson  fail) to imitate the impossible style moves of their favorite NBA players. The “just for fun” and “competitive” leagues take a faculty team to get there. But some teams are not nearly more casual approach to the game, while “highly com- talented enough to compete with the faculty. petitive” squads play for keeps. Many of the athletes in “Our team would lose by at least 100 points,” “Run“highly competitive” have an extensive basketball expe- ners” member senior Hanna Johnson said. rience, and an innate athletic ability. There are two faculty teams. “Faculty Red,” who “If certain people in the IBA put their minds to it, plays respectable basketball in the “competitive league”, they could make varsity,” East varsity basketball player and the notorious “Faculty Black,” which is a perennial Vince Cupertino said. powerhouse in the “highly competitive” league. Inside of the general IBA society, certain subcultures Faculty Black’s team members are mostly former have developed. While a small minority of the players varsity basketball players (frequently with impressive bring the “win or die” mentality of resumes), who perform accordingly. head basketball coach Tim ArndorMost of the boys’ basketball fer to games, most show up just to “If certain people in the coaches here at East are currently on have fun. IBA put their minds to it, the faculty roster. The rest of the ros“The 11th sense appreciates a win,” ter is made up of normal teachers that they could make varsity.” are there to prove they have talents junior Tracy Johnson said. “But our Vince Cupertino, outside the realm of teaching. main goal is to have a good time.” '12  These casual basketball afficio“I don’t think Faculty [Black] has nados create clever names, and many lost more than one game a year since have their own team uniforms printed. I started playing,” IBA legend and “The great thing about IBA is that you can add your league commissioner Robby Dubinski. own style to your jerseys,” “Tender Touch” guard Sam That was seven years ago. For almost two East generaIngrilli said. tions, faculty has maintained a relationship of men against Another important component of the IBA culture is boys when they face off against the students. the sector of players who bring a certain level of intensity Although most players in the IBA are not Varsity madown from East’s Basketball Program. terial, basketball fever is still running rampant through “I like IBA,” former JV player John Deisinger said. the halls of East. “It is all basketball [and] no coaches.” Whether the participant is a low post player, outside IBA provides a place to play for kids who wish to shooter, or an individual who probably should not be on a continue their careers, or merely a place to shoot hoops basketball court, IBA offers fun and competitive options with their friends. for all players. As the season heats up, only one thing is The ultimate goal for any highly competitive power- certain: on any given Wednesday, students and teachers alike house is to reach the championship, and preferably beat a will have a great time shooting hoops in the small gym.

Reagan reaches team milestone Sarah Nilsen

staff writer 

140 pound Wauwatosa East High School wrestler senior Ryan Reagan has accumulated 100 wins in his four year varsity career. The 100th win came after beating his South Milwaukee opponent at the Tom Jansen Invite, hosted by the Wauwatosa wrestling team. Reagan topped off the day with a pin, putting him at 101 wins. Only three other Wauwatosa wrestlers in the history of the program have reached 100 wins. Reagan finished the monumental tournament going 4-0 and is currently 26-7 on the season. This record has earned Reagan an honorable mention in the state rankings. Reagan has been wrestling since sixth grade and will be the first to admit that he would not have gotten to 100 wins without some help, especially from teammates and coaches. “Seeing some of my older teammates... achieve this milestone point made me want to achieve it that much more,” Reagan said. Reagan went on to compliment the team’s work ethic. “As a team we work hard every day and give it our all, each one of us deserves every win we get, this is the best set of guys I have ever called teammates,” Reagan said. The whole wrestling program is proud of Reagan’s acomplishment. “Reagan is a great kid to have on the team and he is a great wrestler to look up to, junior Eric Ehlert said. Reagan not only has all the personalities it takes to be a leader [such as] dedication, pride, and drive but he also implants those around him with those qualities.” Reagan still has many matches left in his season and is confident about not only how he will perform individually but how the team will fare as well. Recently the East/Wauwatosa West High School co-op wrestling team took ninth place out of 17 teams at the Sauk Prairie Invitational and fifteenth place at the Stech Invite. Top finishers included Reagan and fellow senior Aaron Sobieszczyk. Juniors Riley O’Conor, Michael Meade and Brian Condon also placed well. Reagan and company are hoping to continue with their winning ways throughout the post season. At press time the varsity team was preparing for their individual sectional competition on Saturday, Feb. 19.

On Wisconsin Pep Talk alayah walls

It goes without saying that the highlight of the last few weeks for Wisconsin sports was the Green Bay Packers rightfully claiming that huge, shiny Lombardi trophy on Sunday, Feb. 6. That same week on Saturday, Feb. 12 the Wisconsin Badgers mens basketball team upset the undefeated and number one ranked Ohio State mens basketball team. There was something special about that week, because the Wauwatosa East High School girls varsity basketball team even managed to squeeze in a conference win over West Allis Hale High School on Friday. One game winning streak!

The Milwaukee Bucks did not seem But with the help of Aaron Rodgers, the to catch the “winning” bug, losing to Packers were able to push through. the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Aaron Rodgers, my personal The Marquette Golden Eagles failed favorite Packer (mostly because of his to get the memo as well, losing to relationship with Gossip Girl star and Georgetown on Saturday, Feb. 12. Menomonee Falls native Jessica Szohr) In case you did not watch the had an exceptional game. Super Bowl (you should be ashamed of The Packers QB threw 304 yards, yourself,) it ended including a 29-yard in a (31-25) Packer touchdown pass victory over the “When the game came to to Jordy Nelson Pittsburgh Steelers. a conclusion, all Wiscon- and two more The green and touchdown passes gold held onto the sinites had a reason to to Greg Jennings, lead for the whole be proud of their state, which easily earned game. But when for once in their lives." him the MVP award. Donald Driver, O v e r a l l the Packers’ No.1 though, the actual receiver went down in the first half, game was way more entertaining than fans started to get nervous. Not even the commercials, which were weak this Driver’s gorgeous, sparkling smile year. This rarely happens for me. And could wipe away the concerned looks when the game came to a conclusion, all on the viewers’ faces. Wisconsinites had a reason to be proud Pittsburgh slowly ate away at the lead of their state, for once in their lives. and managed to bring it down to a six Just when the week couldn’t get point difference in the fourth quarter. any better, the Badgers, ranked 14th at

the time, beat the Ohio State Buckeyes, ranked 1st in the country. This was only the second time in school history that the basketball team has knocked off a top ranked team. The Buckeyes were undefeated going into the game, and had a 15-point lead over the Badgers with about 13 minutes left in the second half. Then came six foot one inch Jordan Taylor, a junior at Madison. He scored 21 of his 27 points for the game in those last 13 minutes. The Badgers went on to win the game (71-67) and moved up the rankings to number 10 in the country. The Buckeyes fell to number three in the country. Jordan Taylor was honored with the Big Ten Conference Player of the week after his clutch performance versus Ohio State. This proved to be a very special week not only for Jordan Taylor and the Badgers, or Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers but everyone living in Wisconsin, or at least all the sports fans.


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february 25, 2011

Tosa swims strong at State

Timmy O’Brien

editorial intern 

After a season that did not catch the eye of many students at Wauwatosa East High School the Tosa boys’ swim team gave an impressive performance Saturday, Jan. 12. Tosa took second at the Nicolet sectional. The team finished second to Marquette University High School, losing by 49 points. Tosa scored 360 points and Marquette had 409. “We have never had this many state qualifiers... in the history of the team,” senior Ethan Heinrich said. Heinrich qualified for state in the 50m and 100m freestyle with times of 22.66 seconds and 49.76 seconds.

Jacob Shackelford ‘11

“We [were] really confident about our races and [had] a good mental edge.”

Other individuals to qualify were juThe second relay group was nior Caleb Hernday in the Individual “Nobody really saw our the 400m freestyle relay of HeinMedley, with a time of 2:07.05. Senior season turning out so well rich, Hernday, Shackelford and Jake Shackelford was the other indi- in the beginning.” junior Peter Hovel. vidual to qualify; he advanced in the “Our coach was very proud Ethan Heinrich , 200m and 500m freestyle. His 200m of us,” Heinrich said. “Nobody '11  time was 1:50.12, and his 500m time really saw our season turning was 4:58.84. out so well in the beginning.” Tosa advanced two relay groups one The team sent a total of of which was the 200m freestyle relay which consisted of five swimmers to the State competition. Heinrich, Shackelford, Hernday and Wauwatosa West High “[At sectionals] they proved to me that they believed School senior Adam Lefvere. in themselves,” Head Coach Heidi Goetsch said.

Ethan Heinrich ‘11

“I [wanted] to do as well as I could and just go out there and have fun.”

Caleb Hernday ‘12

“I just wanted to stay confident: it’s all about confidence.”

Peter Hovel ‘12

“I [wanted] to place in the top 16... and score some points for our team.”

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Participating in the state competition, five members of the Tosa swim team fight hard for victory. Four of the five are Wauwatosa East High School students, seniors Ethan Heinrich (not pictured), Jacob Shackelford (left) and juniors Caleb Hernday (not pictured) and Peter Hovel (above left). The fifth qualifying member of the team was Adam Lefevre, a Wauwatosa West High School senior. In total, Tosa swimmers participated in two relays and four individual events. used with permission of the Cardinal Pennant 

graphics & layout by Kelley Annesley & Jack Lockhart 

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