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Flying through school

INK’N IT UP

Senior Daniel klinefelter obtains pilot’s licence after hours of studying, perserverance

Despite health risks students choose amatuer artists over professionals

Football team fights back After homecoming win football team focuses on motivation, strategy

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120 minute early outs Shorter early out days allow teachers more time to work and students more time for play BY MICHAEL ROBY OPINION EDITOR

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takes steps to adjust Working out the law School contract P.E. to fit state law BY TANNER BUCKLEY ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

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ontract P.E. was never available to all students who wanted to sign up for the class. Not because of grades, age or attendance, but because of the law. State law states that students may not take contract P.E. unless they have a waiver or have a full academic load of core classes and cannot fit P.E. in their schedule. Principal Doug Wheeler believes the laws on gym have changed for many reasons. “The state is getting pressure because we are under an “obesity epidemic, and physical education will help,” Wheeler said. Students around the school typically think the principal makes the calls, but that’s not always the case. “Common students don’t understand that schools are run by state laws and legislators, not us,” Wheeler said. With contract P.E. being scheduled illegally, the school has taken the next step to keep students out of the class. “Not liking your gym class isn’t a legitimate reason to be put into contract P.E. You have to have a full work load,” Wheeler said. Wheeler has had to deal with contract P.E. problems throughout the year and doesn’t want parents to

“I’d like to think students don’t take an advantage of the situation, but there’s a select few that did,”-gym teacher Carrie Harjes

worry. “We don’t want parents to think that their student is in a bad program,” Wheeler said. The gym program has made major changes this year, adding equipment and having more organized classes. “P.E. now has better equipment and longer class time. With block you get about 70 minutes of exercise,” Wheeler said. The school’s P.E. programs are responsible for keeping kids in shape and healthy, but can’t be blamed for students being overweight or unhealthy, Wheeler said. “While I think schools can’t shoulder blame, we do have the responsibility of making better lifestyles, and without P.E. training, you’re not getting everything the school is responsible for,” Wheeler said. Gym teacher Carrie Harjes has taught P.E. and taken part with DMPS for over 25 years. Harjes was for contract P.E. being available to everyone, but state law wouldn’t allow it. “Contract P.E., really helped students who didn’t fit the norm here,” Harjes said. Many students used contract P.E. to get out of school, or stay out of freshman gym classes. Harjes believes

this number has decreased recently. “I’d like to think students don’t take advantage of the situation, but there’s a select few that did,” Harjes said. Although students were accused of taking advantage of the class, the staff misconstrued laws with the state. Curriculum Coordinator of P.E., Joey Townsell believes that the school has one of the nicest facilities in the state. “Hoover has a great facility. Its outdoor facilities are some of the nicest in the city,” Townsell said. Townsell has been under a lot of pressure with the new laws, but thinks things have turned out fine. “There have been a lot of changes, and a lot of miscommunications, most likely because the Healthy Kids Act laws were misinterpreted,” Townsell said. Principal Wheeler plans to make changes to the gym schedule in upcoming years. “We’re considering bringing back freshman P.E., so that freshmen can take health for one semester and P.E. for the other,” Wheeler said

When the school has an early out teachers head for in service classes to develop new skills and learn a few things themselves. With 120 minute early outs, they are allowed more time to work and study together. Though the difference is just one half hour from last year, the change matters to teachers and staff. Principal Doug Wheeler is comfortable with the change. After all without a homeroom, half an hour divided among four classes isn’t much more than five or six minutes. Wheeler finds the extra half hour helpful to the teachers. “It’s only another half hour, but to the teachers and the staff, it feels like a long time,” Wheeler said. Algebra teacher Patty Cusmano also thinks the meetings are useful but sometimes finds it stressful to try and teach lessons with the limited amount of time. “It adds to the stress level, thinking ‘oh my gosh I have to do this and that,’” Cusmano said. Cusmano finds it difficult to keep up with the change in pace, but it still adds to the difficulty of properly teaching a class. “Time is quite a commodity we all wish we had more of, but it’s part of the job,” Cusmano said.

“It’s only another half hour, but to the teacers and staff it feels like a long time,” -principal Doug Wheeler

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There are 10 120 minute early outs for the school year. American schools average 180 days per school year at 1350 hours per year. Japanese schools do 240 school days, however, their days are shorter, with more breaks. Teacher planning blocks are nonnegotiable source: u.s. department of education

Health care debate ABOUT Obama has proposed a government run health care system which includes reducing tax deductions for the wealthy and many poeple are againest what he has proposed which has been called the health care debate.

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Debate meet approaches Debate coach Sarah Hamilton is finding fresh faces in the activity. “I am excited for all the new people. There are a lot of freshmen and sophomore faces,” Hamilton said. The debate team has students participating on all levels. “We have about six students doing congress style debate, and three to four students doing individual style debate,” Hamilton said. The teams’ first meet is Oct. 16-17 at Indianola. “The team is looking good this year,” Hamilton said.

Conferences right around corner Conferences will be held Oct. 14-15. Vice principal Melvin Green Jr. feels it’s a good idea for parents to go. “It’s a good chance to number one, for your parents to meet the teachers and also to find out how their students are doing academically,” Green said. Green hopes to see an increase in attendance from parents at conferences this year. “Attendance hasn’t been as well as we would like to have it. We’d like to see an increase in participation from parents,” Green said. Green believes that students perform better when their parents come to conferences. “The more involved your parents are the better the student performs,” Green said.

Grad on school board

Alum Margaret Buckton was elected to the school board Sept. 9. She joins Connie Boesen, Patty Link, Teree CaldwellJohnson, Dick Murphy, Ginny Strong and Jeanette Woods on the board. The upcoming meeting will be Oct. 20. “It’s been an amazing first three weeks. We’ve hit the ground running. I’m impressed and overwhelmed by the support from the community,” Buckton said

GSA finalizing future plans

The GSA will be finalizing Tshirt designs and ordering them soon. GSA is also contemplating an afterschool fieldtrip Downtown to “The Center”(a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allied youth) in the future. “We hope to win the Iowa Pride Network award for the Best GayStraight Alliance in Iowa Award,” senior Stephen Boatwright said.

Winter musical rescheduled

Twelve Angry Jurors ended last Saturday and drama students are already gearing up for the winter production that was still to be announced at press time. The winter musical was going to be Little Shop of Horrors, but it has been rescheduled for April 29-30 and May 1. There will be a general Thespian meeting Tuesday Oct.13 for all general Thespians. See director Chelsea Cunningham or senior Edward Rodriguez if you are unable to attend.

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As his totaled 1989 Ford Crown Victoria LX sits vacantly in a junk yard, sophomore Kambron Paige anxiously awaits his fate after leading police on a high speed chase that ended with a crash into a light pole. Paige was driving the car in excess of 50 mph with four others after the student resource officer (SRO) at East chased them off campus, due to an alleged fight with an East student. “I knew I was going to jail anyways; I wanted to get away. The guys in the car were telling me to stop, but I wasn’t going to stop,” Paige said. After leading police through downtown, the chase abruptly ended with a crash in front of the Noodle Zoo restaurant. “I lost control after they (police) hit the back of my car,” Paige said. The light pole was a barrier between the car and a restaurant full of people on their lunch break. SRO Ned Chiodo was shocked when he first heard about the incident. “They made their own situation worse. The chase started over nothing. I was surprised nobody was killed or seriously injured the way he was driving,” Chiodo said. Paige is unsure of what he is charged with. But according to the Des Moines Register Paige is faced with charges including driving with a suspended license, eluding police and other traffic charges. Paige’s court date is set for the end of October. “Getting caught was the worst feeling. My parents were mad, but I

didn’t get into too much trouble with them because the police’s punishment will be enough,” Paige said. After looking back on that day, Paige regrets ever going to East to fight. He blames himself for all the events that took place. “If it wasn’t for me, or my car, we wouldn’t have gone to East in the first place. I would’ve felt real bad if someone in the car died,” Paige said. Chiodo believes that this is a classic example of why there are laws and police— so people don’t act like this. “All he (Paige) was told to do was to leave. He took off in a reckless manor. His choice dictates the situation. He needs to realize that he was in control of the situation; we react to it. I honestly hope he learns his lesson,” Chiodo said. Paige will have an arrest record until he is an adult and a public record for the rest of his life. “If he continues to mess up he will be put in place, not get more chances. Each time you have contact with law enforcement, the consequences get higher,” Chiodo said. Chiodo believes that anything Paige takes from this experience rests on his shoulders. “He just needs to take the information presented to him and internalize it. This rests with him and no one else,” Chiodo said. Paige believes that the chase and crash signal a turning point in his behavior. “I’m acting different. I could’ve died. I’m not going to act stupid no more,” Paige said.

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Name: Kambron Paige Grade: Sophomore Incident: Paige started at East pursuing a fight with a student. Paige was chased off of school grounds where he led the police on a high speed chase downtown. Paige says that is where the police officer rear-ended him causing him to run into a pole in front of Noodle Zoo. Charges: Suspended license,eluding police and other traffic charges

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Flying through school �������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� BY PAYTON QUINN NEWS EDITOR

June 21 was the first solo flight for senior Daniel Klinefelter. Klinefelter had saved up for a year to go to the flying school in Kansas. He had saved $8,000 and was on his way toward his private pilot’s license. He moved in with his aunt in Kansas to pursue his dream.. “I had to save up money and take classes, which were ground school and flight lab,” Klinefelter said. “Ground school is more learning the basics of everything and how it works, how maps should be read and how to tell when weather is okay to fly in or not. Flight lab is flying the actual plane and learning different takeoffs and landings.” Klinefelter became interested in planes ever since he was able to visit his friend at the Des Moines Airport control tower and see how things work. “This was before 9/11, but I got to talk to the pilots and look at the radars to see how things work and how things get done,” Klinefelter said. Klinefelter attended Kansas state and began taking classes and flying. “Flying is stressful. When you first learn how to work things there is a lot to check and get a hang of, we had certain check lists we had to go through, such as talking to the tower and maintain challenges,” Klinefelter said. On top of being stressful the class involved outside studying as well as in class. It also came with tests he needed to pass in order to get his pilot’s license. “Every four hours I spent doing work at school; I spent eight hours outside of school working on studying,” Klinefelter said.

“ I had to go through third class inspection before I could get it, which is testing sight, if you’re color blind and medical history.” According to Klinefelter, learning how to fly a plane not only comes with stress but experiences and life lessons as well. “There was one time when we were landing the plane too fast, we had to push in the breaks hard and the right tire blew out, but technically it’s not considered an accident to them,” Klinefelter said. Klinefelter also said he gained a new love for mother nature. “When I was flying the wind amazed me,” Klinefelter said with a smile on his face. “ I learned to pay attention more and always be aware. Decision making was also another big one.” Klinefelter said. In addition to achieving a goal of his he had a supportive family and friends who supported his decision. It was something Klinefelter wanted to do so he had to reach for the goal by raising the money and taking the responsibility on himself. “My family was supportive and so were my friends, but it was my goal so I had to do stuff for it myself. I had some people give me crazy looks but I have my pilot’s license and I never gave up,” Klinefelter said. Klinefelter is proud of himself for accomplishing this goal and does think everyone should do what they dream of. Klinefelter’s dream landed him a Private Pilot’s license July 20. 2. “There were times I got frustrated and wanted to give up but I didn’t; I kept pushing through,” Klinefelter said. “Sometimes people and things get in the way of your dreams but just don’t give up.”

Senior Daniel Klinefelter stands proudly now that he has obtained his pilot’s license. Klinefelter spent hours a day studying to get his license. “There were �mes I got frustrated and wanted to give up but I didn’t. I kept pushing through,” Klinefelter said.

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Senior Alyssa Gourd hasn’t cleaned out her car’s trunk in a while and it shows! Only some of the objects within include…. -Two pom poms -A green wig -Her script from The Wiz -A jumbo pair of green and gold dice -A homemade replica of the Hoover Spirit Stick -The electronic game “Catchphrase” -A blanket -A pair of shoes spray painted gold -And more!

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Senior Dana Delafield has eight tattoos on both of his arms. Tattoos ranging from bible verses to nicknames and his grandma’s name are now permanently embedded into his skin. Delafield has specific meanings behind his tattoos. “The praying hands meant the most to me. It tells me that if I put my trust in God that he will make everything in life better,” Delafield said. None of Delafield’s tattoos were done by a professional, however he was not worried about the quality of his tattoos. “I saw all of the artist’s previous work, so I was not worried,” Delafield said. Delafield not only trusted this artist’s talent but sterilization risks were also not a factor to him. “He showed me all the needles and equipment,” Delafield said. Delafield has no regrets about his tattoos; he would simply just like to add to his nickname “Fresh” (left

arm). “I would like to make it look less empty,” Delafield said. Junior Amanda Mount has also been tattooed by an amateur artist. Like Delafield, Mount was not worried about her health risks. “He opened and cleaned everything right in front of me,” Mount said. Mount’s tattoo is on her left wrist. It reads “La Belle Vita” which means “The beautiful life”. “It is to remind me that my life is beautiful,” Mount said. Mount did not feel comfortable getting her tattoo done unprofessionally. “It was scary,” Mount said. Professional Tattoo artist Paul Nycz at Iron Heart Tattoo and Piercing studios has been getting tattooed since he was eighteen. Nycz is educated on the health risks of getting tattoos. “In general, there’s always risk of infection. We try to keep it minimal by sterilization,” Nycz said. “Most people don’t even know about correct sterilization.” Nycz is completely against people getting tattoos from amateur artists. “It’s stupid, our putting yourself at risk for a hepatitis out break, its a horrible idea in general,” Nycz said.

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Since skin is broken when a person gets ta�ooed, some basic health risks are inherent. As soon as the skin is broken the area being ta�ooed is basically an open wound un�l it has healed.

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- Infec�on - Herpes simplex virus - Tetanus and staph - Fungal infec�ons

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Acne: the who, what, when, where why and how Causes Acne can affect anyone and happens when pours become clogged. Each pore is an opening to a follicle which contains hair and an oil gland. The blockage is called a plug. It may be white or black, which leads to the terms whitehead and blackhead. Acne is common on the face and shoulders. In serious cases it will be all over the body.

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Two weeks ago the football team beat the North Polar Bears 33-12. The motivation for homecoming was to win, after losing every game last year. Mitch Elbert is the head coach of the football team and teaches American literature. “We approach every game we play,” Elbert said. In practice before the game, the team worked on live game situations. They also made it more competitive between the offense and defense. “We executed better and took care of the ball. We also came back in the second half and did better,” Elbert said. Elbert also said that what they did wrong was that they had too many turnovers and they needed to be more consistent. Senior Josh Johnson is the wide receiver. Johnson had four touchdowns, three receiving, two interceptions (one for a 94 yard touchdown) and 282 total yards, 188 receiving. “I had a different mind set. I didn’t want to lose every game my senior year,” Johnson said. Junior Nathan Brown pats teammate senior Josh Johnson on the back at the His biggest motivation for the game homecoming game against North. Hoover won 33-12. Johnson scored four touchdowns ���� ������ ����� was that he wanted to prove the people and had two intercep�ons. who said they were going to lose wrong. Elbert. Before their win Sept. 25, they get frustrated. “The biggest play of the game was a had lost 13 in a row. “The kids will stay positive and win one handed catch “It’s not easy to go “It’s not easy to go out and or lose continue to strive to do things that got them play when you know the odds the right way in the future,” Elbert said. going. Then the out and play when defense got an you know the odds are are against you, and have fellow interception which against you, and have classmates say that you suck,” Check out more turned the game fellow classmates say Elbert said. Elbert’s best motivation around for them,” that you suck.” homecoming pics at technique is to be positive and Johnson said. hooverchallenger.com -coach Mitch Elbert make a bad situation into a The football workable one. He tries his best not to team has now won three games under

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Anderson has been swimming since first grade. She swam for the Northwest Marlins for a few years then switched to Central Iowa Aqua�cs. She has been on the swim team all four years of high school.

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Accomplishments Anderson went to state her sophomore and junior year on the 200 and 400 freestyle relay. The relays placed in the top 16 her sophomore year. She has been voted, by the rest of the team, as the Workhorse Award winner for all three years, recognizing her hard work and dedica�on at prac�ce. ���������� ������� �������

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Football team confident against Lincoln The football team is expecting to win their game against Lincoln tonight. “Playing as a team and winning any game is a goal. Winning against North for the homecoming game was a big deal,” junior Ben Markey said. The football team plays the Roosevelt Roughriders Oct. 16 at Roosevelt. “We wanna beat Roosevelt and exploit their weaknesses. Winning and playing as a team is a lot better,” Markey said.

Swim team takes on haunted house, church As districts and state approach the swim team will take a weekend off to go to a haunted house Oct. 24. The following day, the girls will reunite to go to a senior’s church for breakfast and services. Senior Emily Dungan’s church will be the host. “It’s kind of cool how we all get together. It’s kind of a bonding event. I like that it’s something that we have done for about 35 years,” head coach Anita Leveke said.

Volleyball girls focus on teamwork Volleyball plays Lincoln tonight and the team is expecting to win and have good teamwork. Junior Hannah Bixby said the team has improved a lot. “We had a meeting earlier because we weren’t playing like a team and had too many issues. After the meeting, we worked out a lot and are much better,” Bixby said.

Cross country looks forward to conference

The cross country team is confident for their upcoming conference meet. Senior Haris Kovacevic expects both the boys and girls teams to qualify for state. “We were second in conference last year and looking at first this year. We also do really well at the small scale meets,” Kovacevic said.

Game dates

Varsity Football Oct.9-@ Lincoln Oct. 16 @ Drake Stadium vs. Roosevelt Oct. 23 @ Hoover (Senior Night) vs. Ottumwa Swimming Oct. 19-@ Roosevelt Oct. 22- Conference @Lincoln Volleyball Oct. 10- Dowling Tournament Oct. 13 @ Ottumwa Oct. 20- @ Roosevelt Oct. 26- Regional Quarterfinal (Location TBA) Oct. 29- Regional Semifinal (Location TBA) Golf Oct. 9 &10 STATE (Location TBA)

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-Album Viva La Vida was nominated for a grammy for album of the year

Viva La Vida won a grammy for song of the year -Viva

- Coldplay’s career includes multiple sold out tours, multi-platinum selling records, and more radio play than any rock band this decade.

- Singer Chris Martin announced that the band may call it quits by the end of 2009

-Jay-Z’s new album The Blue Print 3 was released Sept. 11, and has been praised by critics since it’s release

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-Jay-Z is 39 years old and still going strong 30 million albums later

In July, Coldplay broke digital album sales by a long show with their most recent album Viva La Vida.

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Bonner Springs, Kansas packed nearly 20,000 people into the Sandstone Amphitheater to see a line up of great 90’s and new rock. Indie band Taking Back Sunday,was greeted pleasantly by the early comers as they opened their set with What’s it Feel Like to be a Ghost? T aking Back Sunday’s set was Taking short, but had many teenage rockers turned on after playing hits such as Make Damn Sure, and Liar. Weezer had nearly everybody rushing the to stage after they played the opening riff to Hash Pipe, Weezer arrived on the scene in the early 90’s and has grown a fan base world wide with the young and the old. The general admission section got dangerously over packed mid set as Weezer tore into Say it Ain’t So, off of there infamous Blue Album.” Singer Rivers Cuomo announced that the band would be releasing a new album this year. This was followed by them playing there new single, “(If you’re wondering if i want you to) I want you to.” Weezer caught the attention of many fans and played the tightest set of all the bands and stealing the show. Blink 182’s stage featured many video screens, and typical punk rock

type equipment including old school Fender amps and guitars. Blink 182 may not play the cleanest-cut shows, but they are easily the top rock entertainers of there generation. Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus joked around on stage during and after each song in there set, as if they were still 20 years old. Blink played most of their singles released off their last ake Off Your Pants and two albums T Take t, and Blink 182. Jacket, Blink also showed some appreciation to the longtime fans by playing obscure tunes. (Carousel, Dammit,) Many bands of the ‘90s and today lack the stage presence that fans payed to see in concert 30 years ago, yet all three bands that played on this bill proved that there is still style and entertainment value in rock music today.

Overall Ratings Taking Back SundaySunday 7/10 -Short set, tons of energy

Weezer- 10/10-Played the hits and obscure tunes

Blink 182- 9/10 Brought biggest crowd to Booner Springs since Jack Johnson in 2007, great stage presence

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BY MICHAEL ROBY OPINION EDITOR

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art of being in high school is getting a license and being able to drive to school. The part students don’t always hear about is the way other people will treat their car. Some other careless students will door ding, put food and drinks on the car, scratch it and sometimes even run into the car and never report it. At the end of the day when students go to leave school they will be responsible for taking time to report the accident or vandalism done to their car. Some students may pay for their car repairs and some students’ parents may. Either

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way students end up spending money on into account. something the victim is not responsible This year the school charged ten dollars for for. When students register their car with students to park in hopes of getting security the school they get a sheet of paper that cameras to insure this doesn’t happen on a states rules and regular basis. Any disrespect to regulations to someone’s property is ridiculous. The Challenger staff follow. Since the No one likes to have their stuff school doesn’t messed with. voted 7-0 have lots of Cars are not cheap and most for this editorial parking lot damages cost quite a bit to get security cameras especially if the car is That students should be repaired, the damage new and gets rear ended. They are more respec�ul of one done to the car going to get mad not only because will be their another in the parking lots their new car was damaged responsibility. but because they have to spend The person that their time reporting and fixing did it will get away with it and they will be something they didn’t do. the only one to know about it unless the If everyone stopped and took an extra student happens to go check everyone’s car second to be a more careful driver and not for the paint that rubbed off on their car. speed or race out or in the parking lot some of Damaging another student’s car in any these problems would be resolved. Don’t put way should not be taken lightly. If it was empty food bags or drink cup on someone’s an accident the person that did it should car. That’s why the school has put trash cans go report the incident and take care of it outside for students to put trash in. Take that through insurance companies. Respect plays extra second to make sure being respectful to a huge part in this. Being the victim would other people’s cars because no one wants to be be upsetting but feelings should be taken in that situation.

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Video games affect different people in different ways I’ve been playing video games since I was three years old. I quickly made a name for myself around my house by beating what were some of the hardest games of the time at young ages. I’ve always heard video games have negative effects on kids by introducing them to so much violence, but I never took any of it into consideration. Several weeks ago I was playing “Simpsons Hit and Run,” a parody of the Grand Theft Auto series featuring Simpsons characters, to entertain some younger cousins of mine. The game was a lighter substitute; people who were run over just fell down as opposed to dying and most of the missions involved just wrecking up other driver’s cars. Still, I noticed and was rather perturbed by the fact that the kids giggled and laughed the most whenever I ran someone down or made a huge wreck of something. I grew up on Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time, a “Rated E for Everyone” game. Looking back on it now, the game shouldn’t have ever gotten by that easily. Between the rotating haunted scythes, violent sword fights and an ending involving stabbing the final boss square between the eyes in a bloody display, the game should have taken a much harder hit from the ratings company than it did. Back in elementary school I can remember

having an unhealthy obsession with video games, particularly the Zelda series. I was a Woodlawn student with a heavy interest in swords, and all I knew were swords killed. Generally killed the forces of darkness, yes, but I learned they killed. And learning that they were used to beat up the bad guys made that attitude okay. That’s the kind of effect gaming without some education or control will get you. However, it’s not like I’ve ever killed anyone with a sword or any sort of weapon. And kids learn about humor from cartoons and comics, which can also be very violent, but even then, it’s just in human nature to enjoy other people’s misfortunes. There’s not much that’s particularly worse than what we all see every day, and plenty of kids who watched shows like Tom and Jerry turn out just fine. Children should be monitored, it’s true, but the kind of effect the game will have on the person is different for everyone. Some kids can be easily influenced by what they see and do in video games, but some kids know the difference between what you can and can’t do and what is right and wrong. If video games are put into context by parents or other family members, they can be enjoyed without causing any serious damage.

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10 FB Roosevelt No classes (H) Indianola Conferences 4-8 Conferences debate 12:15-8 9/V FB @ Wicked at the Civic No classes Roosevelt Center at 7:30

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Senior Emily Dungan

The Challenger

Dungan was chosen to receive a $200 scholarship at the Na�onal Council for Youth Leadership conference earlier in the fall. Dungan had to submit an applica�on, get teacher recommenda�ons, write an essay and be interviewed for the scholarship.

3 places to go Linn’s Supermarket is located at 3805 Sixth Ave. This scary advent ure is one of the oldest a�rac�ons in the and has even been named one city of Des Moines’ best haunted hou . The focus here is on crea�ve scases res, not gore. All ages can be admi�ed. Call (515)-282-6318 for informa �on.

The Challenger received the interna�onal George H. Gallup Award Oct. 5 for the 2008-2009 school year. The evaluator of the paper wrote “It’s a solid paper, and the students and administra�on at the school should be very proud of the quality of the Challenger....your strengths definitely outnumber the weaker areas.

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Business teacher Judith Renoux

Renoux has been teaching at the school for 15 years and currently serves as one of three business teachers. Renoux’s interest for business took launch while she a�end AIB college of business. “Another thing I like (about teaching) is that for the most part kids really like to take computer classes...it’s an elec�ve course,” Renoux said.

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