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New documentary tells stories of post-tragedy recovery

lauren elder This Wednesday April 20, 2011, marks the 12th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School, a tragedy that continues to have an impact on the community to this day, especially to those who lost loved ones. The new documentary “13 Families” depicts the lives of the families of the 13 victims in the aftermath of the tragedy. The film centers on the aftermath of the tragedy and the healing process that those who lost their loved ones that day have been growing through ever since. The documentary follows the families of the victims, who all participated in and supported the making of the documentary. “13 Families” tells the stories of how they have tried to rebuild their lives. Producers LuKanic and Nicole Corbin have personal connections to the film and the Columbine community. LuKanic lived in Lakewood and graduated from Bear Creek High School. While currently working in Los Angeles, he still has maintains ties to the community. “My best friend has a son who’s a senior at Columbine this year, and his two other sons also graduated from the school,” LuKanic said. Corbin, on the other hand, has family here in Littleton, who, at the time of the shootings, were living in the neighborhood across from

the school. After previously working on a story about Columbine for a news network, both producers had the opportunity to make contact with some of the families of the victims, sparking an interest in their stories. When asked about his inspiration for making the film, LuKanic said, “It seemed to us that the focus of Columbine had been primarily on the two killers, but we were fascinated by the families of the murder victims. They’ve all taken such different journeys to rebuild their lives. We wanted to tell their stories.” The makers of the film have taken measures so members of the Columbine community have access to the film. “Families of the Columbine victims live in the community, and we think other people who live there truly care about them,” LuKanic said. “They want to know where they are today. Are they okay?” The film made its debut on April 18 at the Denver Film Center, and it will be beginning a month-long run of screenings at all Elvis Cinema locations beginning today, Tuesday, April 19.

editor-in-chief: abbey borchers news editor: heidi roberts opinion editor: emily partida sports editor: trevor ogborn culture editor: jenni robinson champion writer and editor extraordinaire: lauren elder photography editor: daniel bernal-rubiano

“We really hope that Columbine students, parents, faculty and others in the community go and see it, particularly since a portion of the proceeds will go to the Columbine Memorial Fund,” Corbin said. Comments?

Feasting for famine Banquet aims to raise awareness for world hunger

daniel bernal and abbey borchers More than 100 students attended Columbine’s first-ever World Hunger Banquet on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons. Promised free dinner from Outback Steakhouse and Chipotle, students were in for a surprise when they realized that only some of their peers would be eating a nice meal that night. The banquet was a simulation of how the world’s three basic social classes are affected by (or not affected by) hunger on an everyday basis. The event was sponsored by Chipotle, Outback Steakhouse, STAAYH, and English teacher Mr. Webb. Before going into the banquet, students had to pay the


admission price of one canned food item, though many students brought more. Before entering, students also received a colored program indicating what section they would sit in. A blue program allowed students to go to the “upper class” section where they would receive a gourmet meal from Outback Steakhouse. Students in the rich section represented the 15 percent of the world’s population who can always afford to eat and who can often afford to eat a nice dinner out. Students who received a yellow program sat in the “middle class” section. This was meant to represent the 35 percent of the population who consistently have access to basic food supplies.

Students in the middle class were served at a buffet, where they got a tortilla, beans, and some “pico de gallo,” all from Chipotle. Those who received a white program had to sit on the floor and eat only a small meal of rice. These students represented the 50 percent of the world’s population who chronically suffer from hunger. “It made me realize how bad so many people [have it] in this world when I had to try to share a plate of rice with so many people,” Senior Jennifer Petersen said. “I kinda had to dive for a plate, but I ended up being just fine.” While students ate their meals, they listened to Doyle Robinson, the founder of Sox Place (a drop-in center for homeless youth

in Denver), speak about how world hunger does not just affect people around the world, but also in our own city. Although some were left mad after being promised a free dinner and getting only a meal of rice, Robinson’s speech opened many students’ minds to the state of world hunger and how judging without reason leads people to make poor choices. Rebels came in numbers surpassing 100 students, overwhelming the actual attendance expectations and donating huge amounts of canned food. At the end of the night, all of the food was donated to Sox Place. Comments? or

staff writers: autumn hargrove regan long grace reader celeste renn ian scena danielle sheehan jordyn voegele adviser: mr. friesen

policy The Courier is the official student newspaper of Columbine High School. Expression made by students in The Courier is not an expression of Jefferson County Public School’s Board policy, and the school district and its employees are immune from any civil or criminal action based on any expression made or published by students.

on the cover Before the April 11 game against Valor Christian, Mr. Woytek walks off the field after accepting a commemorative jersey from the baseball team in honor of his retirement. photo by daniel bernal

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the buzz

Making the cut District budget reductions have huge impact

Jeffco Schools for the upcoming 2011-12 school year. Colorado as a whole has to cut its budget. One of the One of the most memorable experiences from elemen- ways they have chosen to deal with the state deficit is tary school is Outdoor Lab. Living by the mountains, cutting school spending. “The state and district have done a remarkable all sixth graders in Jefferson County Public Schools job keeping these tough times away from teachers get to participate in this week-long experience. For many students, it is their first time being and classrooms,” Earth Science Teacher Mrs. Mosier away from home. While they are there, they get to said. “Unfortunately, there is nowhere else left to trim sleep in bunks with friends and eat meals family style, the budget.” According to the “Columbine Courier,” schools all the while receiving education about astrology, gethroughout Jeffco face the cutting of 212 jobs and ology and ecology. implementing teacher pay cuts, furlough days, larger It is a milestone in Jeffco students’ lives. Despite the two Lab schools’ desperate attempts class sizes and higher fees for things like transportato privately fund themselves, they face closure with the tion and athletics, among other measures. With teacher salaries already low, the new budnew budget cuts being placed in the upcoming school year. According to the “Columbine Courier,” cutting get cuts will result in a three percent decrease by being forced the program to participate would save in the furlough the district days. Furlough $900,000 days are when a year as it the school diseliminates trict shuts fully 20 teaching down for the jobs withday with no staff in the lab payment. schools. “The Columproposed budbine students get cuts will also will feel take away crua loss when cial instructional Outdoor Lab time which may schools shut negatively affect their doors. student achieveHigh school Principal DeAngelis symbolically cuts money in his office. Jeffco faces huge cuts, as $40 million is has been proposed to ment,” AP U.S. volunteers be eliminated from the upcoming school year’s budget. photo by daniel bernal History Teacher become the leaders at the lab to help teach the young participants. Mr. Santaniello said. There will be six furlough days in Mr. Lentini, counselor at Columbine in charge of the the 2011-12 school year. Supplies used in classrooms will be the next high-school leaders from Columbine, said, “The overwhelming majority of high-school leaders for Outdoor things to be cut. There is only so much each course Lab come back from their week raving about how can offer at school. Further cuts will also lead to growth in class size. The cuts being made means amazing the experience was.” “[The program’s proposed closure],” Lentini con- fewer teachers, which means more students to each tinued, “will affect approximately 50 students yearly teacher. Furthermore, next year there is a significant and will be a loss for those who would have applied to be leaders.” Closing Outdoor Lab would mean stop- chance that the current $125 fee for participation in ping high-school students the experience a second a sport will rise. Also, the plan suggests fees for riding time from a different perspective, often just as memo- the bus, a luxury that has always been free to help students who have no other means of transportation. rable as the first time they were there. Although no decision has to be made until June, “I think it is very important for [students] to go because its a different learning experience and it the threats of these cuts are very frightening to all inteaches kids in a way that cant be replicated,” Senior volved. A good number of teachers refuse to talk pubJen Peterson said. ”They will miss out on more than licly about these issues, showing just how real these threats are. Although the specifics to these cuts may just the scholastic side of Outdoor Lab.” “Outdoor Lab is actively involved with indepen- shift, the fact that things will be cut from the school dent fundraising to stay open for next year and be- are bound to happen. Spanish Teacher Mrs. Domroese hopes “that yond,” Lentini said. Most fingers remain crossed that this once in a lifetime experience is allowed to con- something good will come from having to push our limits as to what we can do with what is available to tinue on. Outdoor Lab is not the only thing being threat- us.” ened to be cut in the upcoming year. Close to $40 Comments? million in budget reductions have been proposed for

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to courses from their homes, and more,” Jennifer Bauernschmidt, Jeffco director of online student learning, said. Online study is not just for students seeking to recover high school credits. As stated by Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy, “Students can elect to study full time and receive a high school diploma, go part time and continue classes at home or at another school, or take credit recovery classes to obtain additional credits.” “We have two enrollment options for all middle school or high school students in Jeffco,” Bauerschmidt said. “One, parttime, [where] students can take 1-3 online courses as part of their regular student schedule and take the remainder of their courses with their traditional home high schools.” Students opting for this option remain primarily enrolled in their local high school as they advantage of taking online courses. The second option, Bauernschmidt said, is full time enrollment: “Students can take all or most of their courses online, which makes their primary school of enrollment Jeffco Virtual Academy.” Most of the students at Columbine select the first option, “for credit recovery,” Stout said. Online classes were introduced into Jeffco last year, and since then they have been gaining popularity. “Last year online classes became available through Jeffco, but we’ve had online classes for years before through a program called BYU,”

Stout said. As a whole, Jeffco schools see on-line courses as a way to keep overall enrollment numbers. “We were losing hundreds of students to other online schools in other school districts because we did not have that option within Jeffco,” Bauernschmidt said. One concern about online education is that you lose the teacher interaction, but Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy is taught by “[Jeffco teachers] whom we train to be online teachers,” Bauernschmidt said. “Teachers maintain their online classes and use them for communicating with students,” Bauernschmidt continued, “embedding multi-media to offer a variety of strategies to support concepts, creating and leading threaded discussions or blogs, assigning work with wiki spaces within the online course for student contributions, and to offer their live sessions.” Each teacher has weekly live sessions to communicate and assist their students’ learning. Experiences at Columbine enforce the idea that it takes a certain student to have success in this learning format. “Online classes take a lot of discipline,” Stout said. “I especially don’t recommend them for students who think that it will be easier than a classroom. However, I do recommend online classes for students who are well disciplined and motivated to get their work done on the computer.” Comments? or

photo by daniel bernal

april 2011


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Band-aids for Bonfils

Semi-annual Blood drive a huge success, as students and staff donate record amounts grace reader

Junior Mitch Druhot gives blood at the Columbine Blood Drive on April 12 in the Columbine Library. With the lower age and new piercing rules, Columbine was able to give even more blood this spring. photo by daniel bernal

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On April 12 students were strolling the halls with colored tape and band-aids taped to the insides of their elbows. This is not because they suddenly became very clumsy, but because they were part of Columbine’s most recent blood drive. Columbine has been hosting the blood drive with Bonfils Blood Center since 2003, and every year since then Rebels have given more blood than any other high school in the state. During the 2008-09 school year, between two drives, over 190 blood donations were collected from Rebels–more donations than collected at any similarly-sized school in Colorado. According to the blood drive coordinator Mr. Hill, students donated 155 units during last Tuesday’s drive. Rebels have at least 50% more donors than the next leading school (Niwot High School). Some of the qualifications for being a blood donor are being in good health, being at least seventeen years of age (sixteen with parental consent) and not having a tattoo that is less than 12 months old. Anyone who has had anything pierced with an non-sterile needle is required to wait 12 months before donating blood. A new rule, however, has been added this year, allowing people with piercings to donate as long as the needle used was sterile or single-use. This will be beneficial to Columbine’s total amount of blood given because some weren’t able to donate last year due to having piercings. By having a recent tattoo or getting something pierced with a non-sterile needle, diseases such as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C could be passed.

Students participated in the blood drive for many reasons. “I do it because it is an easy way to help and I have plenty of it!” Junior Allison Harcarik said. Many students actually enjoy giving blood, whether it is because of the snacks and not having to be in class or the actual blood giving aspect. “It’s great to know that I’m saving lives, and free cookies certainly aren’t bad either,” Junior Kaylie Haynes said. “It’s very exciting because you see the enthusiasm that the kids have at that age,” William Lopez, running the blood drive for Bonfils, said. “And it’s very important that they start at such a young age, because as the older donors become ineligible to donate, you know somebody does eventually have to replace them. “To see so many kids willing to donate blood,” Lopez continued, “it’s very encouraging. One of the most exciting parts of it is hearing all of the stories of why the kids are drawn to donating blood,” Needles, blood and elastic gloves, however, often don’t sit well with weak-stomached students, and of course there are always the stories about students fainting while donating. “I hate needles, they are one of the only things I’m nervous about,” Junior Tanner Hudson said. This year, 47 people who had never donated blood were donors for the first time, and there were 83 students under the age of 17 who donated this year. Annually Bonfils Blood Center recognizes Columbine for their contribution to public blood supply. Comments?


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Right to reproductive care Why Congress needs to continue funding of Planned Parenthood

In an effort to cut the amount of spending by the federal government, The United lauren elder States House of Representatives has been examining several budget cut proposals. While these proposals seek to eliminate unnecessary spending, one bill was passed last month which could provide a major blow to women’s health. The House recently voted to cut all funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides a vast array of health care services including birth control, cancer screenings, HIV and STD testing, medical advice, public education, and counseling. Planned Parenthood’s network of health centers are a vital resource to the U.S. population. Last year alone, more than

five million adult and adolescent men and women worldwide were provided with sexual and reproductive health care, education and information from Planned Parenthood. It is estimated that one in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life. So why would members of Congress, specifically conservatives, advocate for the elimination of all federal funds for the organization? It all revolves around the opposition to the centers that offer abortions. The argument is that by providing funds to Planned Parenthood, the U.S. government is directly using taxpayer

money to aid the organization in performing abortions. While I believe that it is absolutely fair for the American taxpayers to refuse to fund a practice that is so controversial, I feel that the decision to completely cut funding for Planned Parenthood is a mistake. In reality, no federal funds can go towards abortion by law. This measure has been in place since the 1970s and there is no quantifiable evidence to suggest that funds given to Planned Parenthood are used for abortions or to support anything besides the multitude of other vital health services the clinics provide. When one breaks down the number of

Access to birth control and health care should be a right, not a privilege.

visits to the centers in the last year, 83 percent of visits to Planned Parenthood were to prevent unplanned pregnancies, while only 3 percent of visits were for abortion services. Because no funding goes towards abortion to begin with, whether or not you agree with the ethics of the procedure should be irrelevant. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of services that seek to prevent unplanned pregnancies through birth control and knowledge about reproductive health. In reality, those who strongly oppose abortion may inadvertently cause more abortions simply by attempting to bar funding for an organization whose primary goal is to provide assistance that allows women to plan their families. One can logically consee

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In-state college expenses tough to take

Isn’t it supposed to be cheaper to stay instate for college? Often, it’s not. danielle sheehan This problem comes from the Colorado Legislature giving up its power to control education prices. The lower state support is, the more tuition jumps. A law passed by the 2010 legislature allows college boards of trustees to raise tuition up to 9 percent a year for each of the next five years. This 9 percent adds about $600 to what you are already paying. State colleges raising tuition are starting to look more like private colleges. That means more students will graduate college with more loans and more debt. I’m not sure about you, but I want to be financially stable out of college, not in huge debt as I start my life. The problem here is that our economy calls for a higher education. A higher education means a higher paying job. However, this national standard is becoming harder and far more competitive.

College used to be more obtainable for a wider range of families, but with the 9 percent increase we are seeing, it will be harder to get a higher education because people will have a hard time paying for it. For example, with the rate of increase, the University of Northern Colorado will see an increase of 15 percent next year. Rival schools CSU and CU are likewise affected. If economic trends continue, tuition will keep going up. Yes, freshmen, it does affect you! If you choose a community college, those prices are increasing as well. This is all thanks to the lack of government aid. When the government chooses to cut money from all higher education, it means more money coming out of students’ pockets. Schools like the Community College of Denver, Arapahoe Community College and Red Rocks all will cost even more. My question is, if our country values higher education so much, then why is our state legislature looking to make it harder for people to acquire it?

“Yes, I think Outdoor Lab should be in elementary schools because it was a very fun experience and is also a great opportunity for highschool students.” -Alexis Parr, 9

State colleges raising tuition are starting to look more like private colleges.




“Yes, because it is great for kids to experience the outdoors instead of being cooped up in a building. It’s more fun and interactive way for the kids to learn.” -Harmony Long, 10

Do you think that Outdoor Lab should be kept in schools?

“Outdoor Lab should be kept in elementary schools for the experience students enjoy. Students experience nature for, possibly, the first time in their life.” -Grant Woodley, 11

“I think it should be in schools because I had a lot of fun up there, and it would be depriving the kids of a oncein-a-lifetime experience” -Dylan Graf,12


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rebel yell

heard in the halls... “I could’ve sworn I saw Mr. De in Abercrombie the other day.” “I saw your clown shoes in your bathroom.” “Cheetos are like cheese puffs that got liposuction.” “He was talking to me while playing Xbox.” “Woah, that’s true love right there.” “I need to come to your house this weekend to give you back your sword.” “I think she likes you, dude.” “Ohh, that’s a problem.”

“No... she thinks I smell bad.”

“I’m not following you. I just wanted a drink of water.”

How’s your REBEL YELL? Want to comment on an important issue? Send your opinion to The Courier.

Letter Guidelines: Please limit your submission to 200 words. Letters may be edited for space and inaccuracies, and The Courier reserves the right not to publish any letter. Please submit to the Publications Room, Mr. Eric Friesen’s mailbox in the main office, or e-mail to

THE O-SHOCK REPORT COLUMBINE, IT’S ALMOST OVER! It always seems that the end of the year is the craziest time, but it is also the most fun! Don’t worry if you didn’t order a Day Without Hate (DWOH) shirt. We will be selling more that week and the day of (which is April 29th, just to refresh your memory). We will be having an assembly that day, so expect great and life changing things to happen! Relay for Life is in full swing, and if you would still like to make a team, we would love for you to come and talk to me, Mr. Webb or Mr. Ortiz. We will get you set up and ready to go! Remember our goal is $30,000, and we need all of your help to reach it! Now I haven’t done a shout out in a while, and this one goes to Mr. Friesen for putting all of us AP English seniors through heck and back with our casebook but forcing us to become better then we thought we could be. Juniors, take his class. Have a luscious day Columbine, and keep in classy. Olivia Leyshock

april 2011

Share the love! Being smart isn’t everything

All of my life, I have been told that I need to get good grades in school, get into a good college, get a good job, settle down, get emily partida married and have children, and live the rest of my life working and taking care of my family. This is what society expects of youth today; it’s the norm. If you don’t go to college, you’re considered a burn-out or a loser. If you have children out of wedlock, society pities you because you obviously can’t do anything with your life after kids. There is so much more to life than excelling in big business, making a lot of money, and owning a huge mansion with cars. Yet, sadly, this is what a lot of people want out of their lives, these material things. What will they matter when you are dead and thoroughly decomposed into the earth? They actually won’t matter (surprise!) because you’ll be dead and won’t care. Your material things won’t remember you because they don’t have brains or memory, because they’re inanimate objects. The only way you will be remembered is by the people you meet in your lifetime. Your legacy, so to speak, will live on through your actions, not your money. Anyone who has been remembered throughout history, positively or negatively, is known for his or her actions. Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Hitler, George Washington–all these people did amazing things with their lives and affected the lives of others. No one remembers who the richest man in the world was in the 20th century or who owned the biggest house in 2004. Money is not everything. Love is everything. I

don’t mean the “oh em gee I love you SOOO much baby boo” type love. I mean love of all your peers, love all of the human beings in this world. Because, really, that is what life comes down to: human beings. Every day, you pass people in the halls, glance at them, perhaps pass a quick unintentional judgement, and move on with your life. Every day, you get ticked off at the slow driver in front of you. Every day, you sit in class and learn, without bothering to even look at the person in the corner to whom you never speak. Every day, you wake up thinking only of you. Thinking only of ourselves is a part of who we are as human beings, but we can change that with a few simple actions on our own. When you pass people in the hall, take a moment to actually look at the faces of one or two people. Be understanding of the slow drivers in front of you, because they might have a lot more on their minds than you would think. Look at the kids in your classroom and maybe talk to some you don’t know well. It could potentially change their lives, and yours. I’m not saying you have to wake up every morning and act like Mother Theresa (or even P.Diddy). Heck, you don’t even have to wake up thinking of the poor and what you can do to help. But here’s the thing: if you go through every day of your life without giving a second thought to others–except whom you might go out to lunch with that day–then you are living a sad, sad life. Go out and help someone; volunteer in a shelter, pass out food to the homeless, do something! Simply love your fellow man. You may not be richer, but at least you did something of worth.

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clude that by allowing birth control to be readily available and affordable, the number of women who find themselves considering abortion will decrease. Access to birth control and health care should be a right, not a privilege, and Planned Parenthood provides care to thousands of uninsured Americans who otherwise could not afford birth control, cancer screenings and access to medical advice without the assistance of the clinics. Planned Parenthood also provides affordable and free services to teens who may not be able to talk with their parents or primary health care providers about sexual health or safe sex due

to fear of how such topics will be received. On top of these services, clinics frequently offer free walk in STD screenings to the public. By eliminating the funding to this organization, Congress is severely reducing the accessibility and affordability of the services they provide, potentially limiting women’s access to care, decreasing safe sex practices among adolescents, and increasing the spread of STD’s. The majority of the opposition to Planned Parenthood stems from the idea that their existence is immoral, but it is not the responsibility of conservative members of Congress to exercise their own often religiously based ideas of morality at the expense of people’s health and rights. The attack on Planned


Parenthood is not about budget cuts–if it was, than funding would be reduced and not eliminated. Planned Parenthood is being used as a political statement by groups who find openness about sexuality and a woman’s right to choose unacceptable. Whether one agrees with the legality of abortion or issues about sexuality or not, however, the continued funding of Planned Parenthood comes with benefits that members of both the pro life and pro choice community should be able to agree are beneficial to society. Don’t take away America’s access to reproductive health care and family planning. Comments?



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Weighing in on tough issues Seniors in Mr. Tonelli’s Sociology class recently had the opportunity to voice their opinions on controversial issues that affect the nation today. Students composed and recited speeches to their classmates on a diverse range of topics, from the war in Iraq, to

welfare reform How nice would it be to be paid indefinitely for not working? For your entire life you wouldn’t have to punch in a time clock in the name of hard labor; your pay would increase with each child you brought into this world, whether you cared for it well or not. More than 50 million Americans chose to live this way last year, and why wouldn’t they? The welfare system is easily abused and available to anyone with a limited income. Basically, if you’re a citizen of the United States and are out of work, you may draw upon several anti-poverty programs. Welfare, food stamps, Medicaid—all are available to you. That means the roof over your head and the food on your table is covered, and your mental and physical well-being are paid for. If you can prove you are out of the job with no fault to you, you may apply for unemployment insurance and claim on another cash payout. So, your disposable income is covered as well. We have come a long way from the

cicily carter inception of these programs during the Great Depression; there needs to be reform. The system is too easily abused and does not run practically in our society today. Let’s think about the real world: If you are a person in true need, you will get help from your community. If you abuse the generosity of others, you won’t get any assistance. Plain and simple. The government-run system is just the opposite. Recent history has shown us that even if you have been working your whole life and are suddenly laid off, the government won’t come to your aid until you lose everything. In fact they’ll help take it from you so they can give to others who may not deserve it. Clearly, my issue is with the abusers and the system that perpetuates abuse. These people work crummy jobs until that apathetic attitude gets them laid off or fired. What do they do? They apply for welfare or unemployment benefits. These able-bodied individuals are

gay marriage Every day, millions of gay couples are denied their equal rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution. In 44 out of the 50 states in the union, marriage between two people of the same gender has been made illegal for reasons that are hypocritical, unjust and downright unconstitutional. Let’s take a look at the so-called “rationale” that anti-gay advocates use to justify the ban on same-gender marriage. The reasons most commonly used in support of GLBT oppression are that gay marriage is a matter of choice, is damaging to the children that come out of such families, and is in violation of common moral principles. First of all, the assumption that homosexuality is a choice is a belief that has no factual backing. Ask any GLBT on earth and they’ll tell you that they were born gay. Scientifically speaking, there are three chemicals in your brain that are responsible for feelings of attraction and love: dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Basically, when you see something your brain wants to mate with, these three chemicals are released and you feel attraction. You can’t voluntarily control the release of these chemicals— and what stimulates that release among different people is reliant almost entirely on genetics. This means that homosexuality really is something that you’re born with, and that’s a biological fact. It’s a truth that remains sadly and blindly unrealized by most of our country. And the claim that children adopted or born into gay families are “damaged” by having homosexual parents is absolutely unfounded. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association have all conducted studies that prove kids raised in gay families turn out just as healthy, normal and mentally sound as children raised in traditional, heterosexual families.


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the death penalty, and even the closure of Outdoor Lab. “The intention of the assignment was for students to learn to convey their personal positions on volatile social issues in an intelligent and articulate way,” Tonelli said. “I hope students really

taking money from those who pushed through the tough times and earned a degree and a good career. They are taking the American Dream from under our feet. We cannot stand for that any longer. We are the future of America. We can choose a better life. Open your eyes to this corruption and realize that the easiest way to rid it is not to fall for its temptation. It would be nice to be paid indefinitely for not working, but how could you take that payment at the cost of millions of honest, hard working individuals that are doing the best they can at achieving their American dream. How could you take that from under them? We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. This country was built on the broken backs of our ancestors, and we need to take pride in that. Don’t you dare take the easy way out. We cannot rely on the government any longer to pick us up and hope that we land back on our feet.

jade pertz Lastly, the vast majority of those against same-gender marriages state that a union between two people of the same sex is somehow wrong, or immoral–a perspective based solely in religious belief. This, in itself, is pure hypocrisy. Leviticus 18:22, the Bible verse used most in anti-gay arguments, is quoted thus: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” But what about the multitude of other practices banned in Leviticus? Like Leviticus 19:28, which disallows tattoos? Or Leviticus 19:19, which prohibits people from wearing clothes woven from two different kinds of material? Guess that polyester-cotton blend shirt you’re wearing right now is also a detestable sin. And Leviticus 11:6-8 forbids playing with the skin of a pig, but not a single elected official is campaigning to ban football. How can someone rightfully pick-and-choose which parts of the Bible to follow and which to ignore? You can’t pick out the gays as sinful and just leave the rest behind. It’s absolutely discriminatory and unfair. And, even if you ignore that fact, the Constitution separates the church and the state in America. No religious argument should ever be valid from a legal standpoint. It’s a violation of the very freedom America was founded upon: the freedom to practice whatever religion–or lack thereof–one wishes to practice. So, please, if you’re against same-sex marriage, take a minute to think about whether your reasons for being anti-gay are worth the pain they cause. The happiness of the estimated 30 million homosexuals in America depends on people like you–how you think, and how you vote. Take a moment and realize how much pain is caused by the government denying such a simple and necessary right. Ask yourself whether it’s worth it before you vote for anti-gay propositions or amendments. My future relies on you.

listened to their classmates so they can better understand other points of view, even when they disagreed.” Each of the three classes voted on which pieces should appear in the paper. The following were chosen as the standouts:

abortion I would like everyone imagine themselves all grown up; imagine yourself as a doctor, you have found the cure for cancer. Now imagine yourself as a scientist, you have found the way to stop global warming. Now imagine yourself back in your mommy’s tummy, you’ve been in there for two months. You are so happy, you want to be born already and be a doctor or a scientist. But wait, something is invading your territory, they are pulling you out, you cry and scream for help but no one can hear you. You are an abortion. Your life has past you by in seconds. Too young to have a child? No job? What can you offer a child? These are all excuses we use to hide the reality, to not have responsibilities. How can you be too young to have a child, but old enough to have sex? There was once a lady, she was catholic, she had three children and to make things worse her second one was handicapped, and as if that was not enough she was pregnant. She walked into church one day decided to ask her priest for permission to abort. She said, “Father, I have three children already, one is handicapped and we are poor. I can’t have this child.” The priest looked at her and asked, “Why don’t you kill your handicapped instead.” She looked at him confused and said, “But he is a living person and he can’t fight back.” “That’s exactly how abortion works,” said the priest. “You are killing someone who is alive and can’t fight back.” Life begins at conception and conception happens when two individuals decide to have sex. A human being is defined by a

caren leyva heartbeat. A doctor tells you that you are pregnant when he hears a second heart beat inside of you. Doesn’t that make the baby a human? You can’t kill someone simply because they are inside of you. In fact, when you commit an abortion you do not stop being a mom; you just pass on to being a mother of a dead child. You can’t know whether an unwanted baby is going to be happy or not. I know many young girls who have been pregnant and have thought of abortion, but when their baby was born the baby was the light of their eyes. Life begins at conception and so does motherhood. If you believe that the girl should have the choice to abort, then you must also agree that the baby should also have to choice to live. God gave that baby the opportunity to live, and you are taking it away when you commit abortion. There is no justification to abortion, and I truly believe that the majority of people who do it regret it. How is your next child going to feel when they find out you killed their brother or sister? I truly believe that killing your own blood can traumatize you forever– think about how you’re going to be feeling when you know you’ve killed your child. That is something no one would like to live with. There are many options for unwanted babies. There is adoption, and there are many people out there who can’t have children. I myself might be one of them. And now I will leave you with a question. Why is it alright to abort, killing a defenseless child, but it is sad to euthanize and kill a dog? Isn’t your life worth more than an animal’s?

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The ultimate difference Columbine’s Ultimate Frisbee Team: six years and running

regan long When people think about sports, they think about the primary sports: football, soccer, lacrosse, or baseball; they often don’t think about ultimate frisbee. According to, a website containing the rules and objects of the game, ultimate is an exciting, non-contact team sport that mixes the best features of sports like soccer, basketball, football and netball. There are no referees in the game of ultimate. Columbine’s Ultimate Frisbee team started about six years ago, and each year the younger members carry it on. The team of about thirty students practices just about every day, depending on weather. “My favorite part about frisbee is all the new friends I have made and being outside,” Senior Sam Perkins said. “I decided to play frisbee because I had played a little over the summer and I had so much fun that when I found out we had a team, I knew I had found my calling. I have learned so many things from our captains. Frisbee is different from any other Columbine sport due to the fact that it’s just so laidback and easy going.” According to, ultimate frisbee started in Maplewood, New Jersey. It all started at Columbia High School with the student council and school paper in the 60’s. Ultimate is played in 42 countries by 100,000 people worldwide, about half of them in the United States, and it became a medal sport in the 2001 World Games. Frisbee is a lot different from the other sports at Columbine. According to Junior Tyler Kakuchka, “Frisbee is very unique in that everyone has more sportsmanship than you see in other sports. The goal of playing is less of winning

Freshman Evan McCombs and Senior Nick Burnhardt play frisbee in Leawood Park along with the rest of the team. Columbine’s frisbee team practices almost daily at Leawood or Clement parks. photo by daniel bernal

and more on simply having fun, which makes it much more enjoyable to play than other sports.” Ultimate frisbee is an enjoyable alternative sport, which is why so many students have come to prefer it over other sports. One of the reasons that some find they like the game so because they can “have fun with no coach running down your throat,” Junior Cameron McWilliams said. “It’s not a strict sport: no tryouts, no referees, no playbooks,” Jordan Vestal, 11, said. “You get to play with other

people that love the sport, and call your own fouls. It’s just nice to be able to go out and play against other teams that enjoy playing the game and messing around at the same time.” For some, it may seem that frisbee isn’t as big of a sport as others, but every day players try to improve their skills to become their best, like any other team at Columbine. Comments?

Tearing it up, lacrosse style Junior Jenna Hofmann has been on varsity since freshman year autumn hargrove

During their game against Cheyenne Mountain, Junior Jenna Hoffman prepares to throw the lacrosse ball back into play following a save. Jenna is a key contributor as goalie for varisty girls lacrosse. photo courtesy of Rebelations


Ever since fourth grade, Junior Jenna Hofmann has been tearing up the lacrosse field. Hofmann still continues to do so as the Columbine varsity goalie. Hofmann said that she originally started playing lacrosse because it not only was getting really big around then, but also because her friend had started it so she had wanted to do it too. Then in sixth grade she decided to try out being a goalie because to her it had looked cool. Then her freshman year she was chosen to be on the varsity lacrosse team. The thing that she loves about being a goalie now for the varsity lacrosse team is being able to save the game by stopping shots. This team is “an older team” so they “are experienced and know what to expect.” It also can be said

that they have “more motivation” according to Hofmann which who believes that motivation and a team’s chemistry is a big factor in success. Two years ago they ended the season with being 16 and 1 and last year they were 17 and 1 and made it into the semi finals. “My favorite part of lacrosse is the team aspect and how it is different from other sports . . . winning is fun too!” Hofmann said. “The best part [of lacrosse] is winning and the worst part is getting hit with the ball really hard and losing too.” Having played lacrosse for so long, Hofmann has many favorite moments to look back on. “When they are pretty close games and I make a save in the end, those are pretty memorable. Also, when a girl hit me and got a red card, that was kind of memorable too,” see

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Hofmann said. The fact that Hofmann is on the varsity team makes her feel that she is held to high standards and also that she has to have a good attitude and work as hard as she can at practice. Although, Hofmann says that even though the team is so very motivated, they still have fun at all the practices because the girls are really funny. Hoffman thinks the team has done well in the past and that the varsity team plans to continue that tradition. When asked about what she thinks of this season so far, Hofmann said, “I think that we will do really well. We just have to keep working hard to achieve goals we set for ourselves.” “I think that it is very important because running down the field is not going to

win. It’s all about passing the ball and a team with chemistry is most likely to win,” Hofmann said when asked if team work is an important thing when it comes to a team’s success. When the girl’s varsity lacrosse team defeated Regis Jesuit High School on March 24, Hoffman was named MVP by Head Coach Mrs. Steiner. “Jenna is an amazing goalie,” Coach Steiner said. “She is quick; she intercepts passes, and gets ground balls. We are lucky to have such a great goalie.” So far the girl’s varsity lacrosse team has won four games and lost one out of the total of five games as of April 7.“This season we are looking to defend another league title and hopefully the state game,” Coach Steiner said. Comments?

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Woytek bids a fond farewell A look into the career of retiring Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Ed Woytek

Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” When it comes to impacting others’ lives, there are few other men who have touched as many than Columbine Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Ed Woytek. An incredibly important man to the Columbine community, Woytek has been an inspirational role model whose legacy will remain long after his retirement at the end of this school year, after 39 years in education and 11 years as a Rebel. heidi roberts A Colorado native, Woytek grew up in Northglenn. “I’ve lived in Colorado all my life,” Woytek said. The Colorado mountains were not the only thing which surrounded Woytek throughout his life, but teachers as well. “My dad was a teacher,” Woytek said. “I have a twin brother who was a teacher, my sister was a teacher (she’s a year younger than I am) and my younger brother who’s two years younger than I am is a teacher. My mom was a secretary and after twenty years became a teacher. So in our family we had five people who were teachers.” From the very beginning, Woytek had education in his blood. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and coach,” Woytek said. “I always knew that when I left high school and went to college, that was what I was going to do.” Before coming to Columbine in 2000, Woytek taught at Baker Junior High, starting in 1970, then moved on to work at Gunnison High School in 1978. “I taught business and I taught typing,” Woytek said. “I started administration in 1993.” Woytek’s role as athletic director is one he takes completely

to heart. He started baseball when was six years old, and he has coached both baseball and football throughout his career. During his career, he also branched out to reach other sports. “When I took over as athletic director at Gunnison I said to myself, ‘I’m going to support all of our programs, and I’m also going make sure I make every effort to support the women’s programs because I know that its not easy for the women to go through and to play their games and not have the support of the athletic department.’ So when I came from Gunnison to Columbine, I continued to keep that as my focus.” “That was going to be my biggest goal, to make sure that I supported all of our programs,” Woytek said. “Really supporting the women’s programs as well as the men’s.” During his tenure at Columbine, Woytek has lived up to his word, and he has been a steadfast supporter of athletics, both male and female programs. “Woytek was always there, at every single sporting event,” Senior Varsity Hockey Player Tyrus Shirley said. “Football, basketball, baseball and even hockey, he hardly ever failed to show. Even if he didn’t know all the rules in every sport,

he’s done more than his part in supporting Columbine’s athletes.” While his forte is athletics, Woytek has branched out to other parts of the school as well, and he is highly involved with the student body as a whole. Most recently, Woytek went with the instrumental music students on their trip to New York City over this year’s spring break. This trip was a positive and memorable trip for Woytek. “I will always continue to hold [chaperoning the New York band trip] as one of my biggest memories because I had an opportunity to get to know kids that I really don’t know that well,” Woytek said. “You know, the one thing that I’ve done, and a lot of people don’t know this, but when I came to Columbine and when I left Gunnison I knew every kid in the building. Well, 320 kids compared to 1,800. And I said to myself, from the day I started, ‘I’m going to meet five kids every day.’ And I can say that I pretty much have done that.” Many highlights for Woytek center around his interactions with others. “There, are so many [highlights],” Woytek said, “especially in the world of students, but just the warmth, support and feelings that this community has for everyone for each other.“ Also in terms of memories, Woytek said, ““I will most remember 5 state championships while I was here.” One connection stands as central for Woytek: “The opportunity to work with Mr. DeAngelis. I’ve worked with a lot of administrators, a lot of principals over my career, and it’s tremendous for me to know that I’m going to end my career working with what I think

In commemoration of his retirement, Mr. Woytek throws the opening Pitch on Monday, April 11, at the baseball game against Valor Christian. Later, Woytek smiles as he listens as the varsity cheers lead the crowd in a “Woytek” chant. photos by daniel bernal

is one of the finest human beings that I’ve ever met.” Clearly a people person, Woytek is very close with his family. “I have a wife named Ruth, and we’ll be married 38 years in June,” Woytek said. “I think it’s pretty neat. She’s not only my wife, she’s my best friend.” Mr. and Mrs. Woytek have three sons, three daughter-in-laws and five grandchildren, spread out from Houston to New Jersey. One of Woytek’s main goals after retiring is spending time with his family. “That’s one of the big priorities we have, to visit as much as I can with our grandkids and have an impact on their lives as much as we can in helping them, our sons and daughter-in-laws-, in raising their kids,” said Woytek. “So that’s my biggest priority, to do what we can to help our kids, just like my parents did and my wife’s parents did when they were growing up. I just want to have as much of an impact as I can on our grandkids so that they know who their grandparents are.” After retirement, Woytek plans to stay in Lakewood, although he has a goal he would like to accom-

plish during his retirement. “One of my goals is to go to every major league park. I have a wife that has interests like me, so out of the 28 parks, I have 11 to go. We will travel when we can and watch as many games as we can and go to all of the parks.” When Mr. Woytek leaves the school this spring, he will leave behind a legacy of kindness. His words of wisdom for those at the school: “To enjoy their lives, to enjoy each other, to treat each other with respect. To do the best they can, and to never regret what they do in their life. To make sure that they live life to the best that they possibly can do. And to make sure that when they get finished, that they are happy with what they’ve done.” Woytek leaves with no regrets: “I can tell you,” he said, “that I walk into school every day and I love it. I love to see the kids every day, I love to see the faculty every day, and [as for] the support that the teachers and the coaches have given me, I can’t thank them enough.” Comments?

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laps around your block in a ninja costume. “Stealth is great for 10 Runyour health!” all day, and when you get hungry, eat a cube of cheese. 9 Eat nothing “I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.” Weight joke here. “Just two easy payments of $9.99 will get 8 InsertyouShake a lifetime of mockery from your friends!“ 7 Don’t smoke drugs. “That stuff will give you the munchies.” nothing but cranberry juice for three days. “This isn’t even 6 Drinkcranberry juice . . . it’s cranberry juice cocktail.” 5 Be Ian Scena. “He’s just so svelt and thin!” 4 Eat nothing but rock candy. “Hardcore food = Hardcore body.” Easter Bunny for one. “Maybe you’ll get protein powder instead in your Easter basket.” 3 Ask ofthechocolate hands with a model and hope her metabolism rubs off on you. 2 Shake“Because eating disorders have nothing to do with their figures.”

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Kizzle & Tizzle

What are you doing for Easter? T: My favorite thing is to watch my kids do an Easter egg hunt. I like to wake up early and hide all the eggs out in our back yard. But what is different about my “hunt” is that it gets super competitive because I only reward the kid who finds the most eggs. My other three children don’t get to eat that day and are forced to line up and get pelted by all the hard boiled eggs I made the night before. That’s why Easter is my favorite holiday!

What is your opinion of the Selena GomezJustin Bieber relationship? Will they last? K: Baby! Oh baby baby baby! I hope they last. I heart young love. T: Who cares! The more important question is if Elise Davis will stay with Gary Miller when she finds out he wants to move back to the Shire.

If you were going on a cross-country road trip, who would be your ideal travelling companions? T: Mr. Welsh would drive because he has the sweetest ride (what you kids call a “whip”) at the school. Mr. Dinwiddie would be in charge of directions because that guy could navigate his way through the Andromeda Galaxy. And of course, I would have to bring Mr. Roybal to be our muscle just in case anything went down.

What is one thing you want to do before the school year ends? K: Try tiger blood.

Who are your favorite celebrity couples? K: Kizzle & Tizzle! Did you see ‘em at prom? They shared a dessert at dinner! So cute! T: know a lot of people want more info on “Brangelina” but my favorite celebrity couple is Rae Rae Newberry and Christian Hoelskin. They are both cute and smart and kind, but they also work at competing ice cream dispensaries so it is only a matter of time before there is a brawl. My bet is that it will happen on a Sundae!

What was your favorite day of Spirit Week? What did you wear? K: Our favorite in the English Department is “Something in My Eye Day,” and you walk around feigning blurred vision.

What is the first thing you do when you get home from school? K: Intercept the unexcused absence voice mails

the sun all day and hope. “If sheer will power works for Charlie 1 Sit inSheen, it can work for you.”


Rebel Yell: Seniors! Only 37 more days until graduation . . . not that we’re counting or anything

Rebel Hell: That awkward moment when you think you’re getting an Outback steak, but are given a spoonful of rice

Columbine Salutes: Rebecca Black, for being the only human being that can makes us cringe at the mention of Friday

Quote of the month: “You can’t google Google! It creates a paradox!” - Senior Jacob Cornett

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. . . Rabbits cannot vomit . . . Serving ice cream on cherry pie was once illegal in Kansas . . . Apples are part of the rose family . . . Chinese Crested dogs can get acne . . .

New York, New York! Spring break is often a time where people enjoy the sun, experiencing warm weather and the dawning of a new season. For the students involved in the band and orchestra programs at Columbine, however, spring break was spent in a colder place up north–a place where music, art and culture all form together under the shade of tall buildings: New York City.


Grand Central Station A first stop was the famous Grand Central Station: a center where travel and commerce meet to form a constantly busy stop. After looking around the station, with its marble interior and spectacularly painted ceilings, students were guided to the restaurant in the station and ate their first true New York meal on the trip.

Naples 45 Pizzeria

Known as “The Actors’ Chapel,” St. Malachy’s Church is a place of worship located within the heart of New York City. Columbine students had the opportunity to perform in this church, both in front of their peers and in front of anyone in New York who wished to see the performance. The acoustics of the beautifully decorated Church emphasized the sounds of both the band and the orchestra.

Radio City Music Hall

Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Walking into Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, students were absorbed into the true music culture of the city. Students seated in the dimly lit club were able to see the gorgeous view of the city at night from the grand windows. It wasn’t the view or even the food which captured the students’ attention, but the jazz trio which performed and enchanted the ears and minds of all who listened.

Affectionately known as The Met, this museum is a work of art in itself. Students had the explored the building’s rich art, history and beauty found within its walls.

DAY THREE New York University

While in New York, instrumental music students didn’t just seek to tour out the city, but to improve their musicianship as well. That is why the clinics taught by New York University were so helpful. First, band and then orchestra played and were given tips on how to improve their music skills.

Ripley Grier Studios

Walking to Naples 45 Pizzeria, a person is greeted by an almost heavenly exterior. All dressed in white tablecloths and marble, the restaurant creates a relaxing atmosphere, contrasted by the business outside. The students enjoyed true New York pizza.

New York is very well-known for its incredible Broadway shows, and while the students were in the city, they had the opportunity to hear two Broadway stars talk about what it is like to be in one, write one and live the life of a true star.

Blue Man Group

Cucina and Company

The Blue Man Group is one of New York’s most famous acts. Their performances are powerfully unique. The performance featured incredible drumming and music in general, hilarious comedic scenes and overall amazing performance techniques.

Rockefeller Center was one of the main gathering places for the traveling students, and by day three, students were familiar enough with it that it was no problem finding the restaurant they would be eating at that night: Cucina and Company.


“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Central Park One of the most well-known areas of New York City, Central Park is a scenic, peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city: known as every New Yorker’s back yard. While they were here, students were able to view the John Lennon “Imagine” memorial mosaic, as well as walk through “Strawberry Fields.”


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St. Malachy’s Church

Departure was on March 23, a week before spring break officially started. Instruments in tow, the band and orchestra students packed to plane in DIA and flew to Newark Liberty International Airport to begin their trip.

Instrumental music programs travel to and perform in New York City

Music is clearly a priority for instrumental music students, so as part of the New York experience, band and orchestra students visited the Radio City Music Hall to see the place where some music legends have performed. On the tour, the students to see most of the building while being told about the rich history behind it.

Top of the Rock On the last night spent in the city, students saw the city as a whole on the top of the Rockefeller Center. Top of the Rock allows people to get on elevators and view the glowing lights of the city from way atop the building.

DAY FIVE Liberty State Park and Ellis Island

On their last day, students took a ferry to go to Liberty State Park to see the world-famous Statue of Liberty. While there, they climbed the tower to hear the interesting history behind the statue. Students also visited Ellis Island and were also able to be enriched in history there, and maybe even find some of their own personal family history.

Little Italy and Chinatown During the very last hour of their experience in New York City, the students explored Chinatown and Little Italy. While this time was given to students to do with as they chose, they were given the chance to be immersed in culture.

Some say that a person can’t experience New York until they have seen a Broadway show, so the band and orchestra students got the full experience and visited Al Hirschfeld Theatre to see the production “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The musical featured Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who set the entire tone of the play as upbeat and entertaining.

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Don’t Drink the Water! This year’s spring play brings comedy to the Iron Curtain era

jenni robinson As springtime rolls around, so does another Columbine tradition–the spring play. While the posters advertising the play may mislead some of us slower beings into believing we

cannot drink from the water fountains after sports practice, luckily this is not the case! This year, Columbine actors and actresses will be performing the play “Don’t Drink the Water.” “It is a comedy about a family of Ameri-

Senior Alex Miller practices during rehearsal in preparation for “Don’t Drink the Water,” this year’s spring play. The Woody Allen comedy will be performed on May 5, 6 and 7. photo by daniel bernal

Pizza perfection

Southside Pizzeria provides perfect taste and environment

celeste renn Southside Pizzeria, located at Wadsworth and Chatfield, opened the week after Thanksgiving of 2010. The owners, Chris and Mark, are brothers and Colorado natives. They decided to go into the pizza business because they both love pizza and also issues concerning their jobs. Neither of them have previously been in the restaurant business. They came up with the name Southside Pizzeria because they didn’t want to put a label as to what part of the southside style the pizza was. “Everybody has their own opinion of what New York-style pizza or what Chicago-style pizza is, but we wanted to make our own,” Chris said. A lot of study and process went into the creation of the new business. The owners studied the demographics of the area for about a year and a half and crafted their own pizza sauce. Also, they hired a chef

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long time!” Another leading actor in the play is the comedic Sophomore Leo Geoghegan, who plays the role of Axel Magee. “He’s a very complex character,” Geogehegan said. “He is filled with high hopes, in spite of a lot of failures. He is a loser, unorganized, clumsy and has a terribly dry sense of humor.” He frequently lets people down,” Geogehegan continued, “and often has no idea what’s going on around him . . . wait, what? This isn’t about me? Basically, we’re the same people.” The spring play productions are on May 5, 6 and 7 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday night). The actors are looking forward to showing the school what all of their hard work and dedication can lead to as the school year draws to a close. Mr. Columbine, Senior Donald Ford, has been a big part of theater since his freshman year. As for all the seniors in theater, this will be his last play here at Columbine. “I have been in the spring play every single year here at Columbine,” Ford said, “so it is a little bittersweet. I’m excited for new opportunities, but I’ll also miss all the wonderful people I’ve been able to meet.”

can tourists that ends up getting stuck in the American Embassy after the dad takes pictures in a forbidden area,” Mrs. Schwartz, the director of Columbine plays, explained. “The play is set in the 1960's in a country known as Vulgaria, behind the Iron Curtain. It is a tale of love, botched escape plans and ultimate triumph.” Because “Don’t Drink the Water” incorporates comedy into a historical setting, it would also be a lovely addition to Cold War and Iron Curtain knowledge. This not only teaches the audience about history while making them laugh, it can also be used to impress history teachers later! The actors can also relate to the unique characters in the play. “I really like my role as Walter Hollander,” Senior Vinny Sonderby said. “He is a fun character to portray and I have had a fun time with him. Walter and I are kind of similar, as we both are stubborn and a bit over the top. Also, acting with my wife (Junior) Lauren O’Brien has lead to a lot of fun rehearsals!” O’Brien scored one of the leading roles in “Don’t Drink the Water,” playing Marion Hollander. “It has been the best experience of my junior year!” O’Brien said. “I’ve surprised myself with what I can do, and I’ve met some friends that I will keep for a very

to help determine the recipe of the cheese and crust. As I walked in, the place was very busy and I could smell the aroma of the many pizzas being made, fresh to order. One of the owners immediately greeted us and sat us at a table. Our server, Kathleen, was very personable and assisted with suggestions. It was a quaint sit-down restaurant and constantly had families coming in to eat. We ordered their pita pizzas and the house salad for appetizers and a large halfpepperoni and half-sausage pizza. The pizza was delicious! The cheese seemed to slip off the pizza with every bite. When we felt full, we had to get in one last bite because the taste was just so good! Out of five stars I give it a five. This is definitely a place worth trying out. The service was good, and even better was the food. Nothing beats a full stomach! Comments?


“Don’t Drink the Water”

Cast List

Sister Drobney

Janelle Urban

Ambassador Magee

Joey Mullen

Ms. Kiroy

Alex Miller

Axel Magee

Leo Geoghegan

Marion Hollander

Lauren O’Brien

Walter Hollander

Vinny Sonderby

Susan Hollander

Brianna Keaney


Patrick Tidwell

Ms. Burns

Lauren Bezzant


Lauren Marsh

Sultan of Bashir

Donald Ford

Sultan’s Wife

Katrina Brinkman


Alfredo Valdez

Countess Bordoni

Emmy Brady


Randall Reid


Noah Duerst

Party guests/Angry Eastern Europeans

Erin Lemberger, Caleigh McGilchrist, Ryan Potter, Zach Lubline, Aaron Silco



culture shock

Haiti dances for Hope

One year after Columbine adopted a girl, Hope, Haitian dancers perform for students to give back.

reader On Tuesday, April 12, students piled into the gym to watch dancers from Haiti perform. The ten men in the show entertained with acting and traditional Haitian dance. Speaker Michail Geilenfeld walked out in front of the student body and shared with students that the performers had only seen hands pushing them away or pushing them down, so by applauding the dancers, students were using hands to encourage the performers. He also shared that the more energy the students exerted, the better the dancers and drummers would be. “It’s energizing to them,” Geilenfeld said. Didi, the youngest dancer in the academy, showed students what it would be like to be living on the streets of Haiti through dancing and acting. He walked in wearing tattered clothes and holding a shoe shining box and a bell. This portion of the show was allowing students to realize how fortunate they are to be living the way they are. The performers came to Columbine to not only share their culture but also to give back to the school. Columbine adopted a little girl named Hope from an orphanage in Haiti. “You (Columbine) have adopted Hope, and we’re all about giving back,” Geilenfeld said. The performers also came to show students how lucky they were to have an education and to be given the gift to go to school. “These guys (performers) couldn’t go to school, and you guys (Columbine stu-

dents) are blessed to have an education,” Geilenfeld said. The Haitian performers commented they were lucky to be able to travel to countries around the world and share with everyone their experiences. Asked why he wanted to dance for the company performer, Walnes Cangas said, “We like to go and share with people around the world about the culture. We use dance to tell the stories of our lives.” Asked why he spoke and organized the show for the performers, Michail Geilenfeld replied, “[I do it] to see a standing ovation, and to see the value of education.” The men’s path to Columbine was not an easy one. One cannot simply decide that he will dance for the academy. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Cangas has been dancing for 18 years of his life and has been dancing professionally for 11 years. He is also an instructor as well as a choreographer. Didi, who is ten years old, dances in his free time and has also written his own book. During the performance Didi signed and gave his book to a student in the audience. During the show, Didi came out in front of the students and showed them his impersonation of the late Michael Jackson by performing his song “Beat It.” Columbine gave him a huge round of applause as he came out dressed like Michael Jackson from head to toe and did the moon walk. At the end of the show the dancers and one drummer had a “freestyle” dance. Each dancer went to the middle of the circle

Haitian dancers perform at the assembly on Tuesday, April 12, in front of the Columbine family in hopes of sharing their culture while giving back to the school. The dancers brought awareness about the luck in having an education as they brought the interesting Haitian culture to the school. photo by daniel bernal

to show off their best moves. There were a large variety of dances performed; some were traditional to Haiti, but students also saw many amazing front hand springs, flips, and even the robot. Before the student body went back to class, Mr. DeAngelis added ten members to the Columbine family, giving them Columbine High School T-shirts and telling them they were welcome to the school at any

time. Outside tables were set up to sell $2 bracelets supporting Haiti. Students were so generous that the table ran out of bracelets and students started donating money to the buckets. “In one way to say it, we bring Haiti to you,” Cangas said. Comments?

Battle of the fro-yo

Yogurtland encounters a worthy opponent in new fro-yo franchise Peachwave

emily partida First it was Yogurtland. Kids from all walks of life flocked to the frozen yogurt establishment on Dry Creek and University to spend thirty cents an ounce on a tasty treat. With ten different flavors to choose from, with a ton of different toppings, who wouldn’t go there? If you hadn’t been to Yogurtland, you were out of the loop! The service is super friendly there–you can always strike up a conversation with the cashiers or the people refilling the toppings. Most of the people working there are high school kids, some even from Columbine, so you really feel like you


know what situation when you open the doors of Yogurtland and take your first thrilling step inside. If you don’t know what flavors you want, no big deal. Yogurtland provides little sample cups for you to go through and try whatever flavors you want, and then you can decide. Basically, Yogurtland is the best thing ever. That is the general consensus of most of the high school world and the families of high schoolers. Now, however, there is a new frozen yogurt place to rival Yogurtland–a little place called Peachwave. Located in Highlands Ranch off Lucent Boulevard. Peachwave has the exact same concept as

Yogurtland. It’s a self-serve yogurt place, with about ten different flavors, and different toppings to put on the yogurt. At thirty-six cents an ounce, it is actually a little more expensive than Yogurtland. Peachwave is also a smaller establishment, too. It doesn’t have as many employees and is farther away than Yogurtland. Despite all these downsides, Peachwave is infinitely better tasting than Yogurtland. Don’t get me wrong, Yogurtland is really good, but Peachwave is better. There’s just something about it that is different than Yogurtland. The frozen yogurt is creamier, but it does not melt as fast as Yogurtland’s, so it gives you more time

to eat it. The flavors at Peachwave are better in general. Granted, there’s no Red Velvet Cupcake, but there is a normal Cupcake, as well as guava, Cheesecake, Pineapple, and others (surprisingly, there’s no Peach flavor!). The atmosphere within Peachwave is better as well. When you walk into Yogurtland, you enter into a sea of teenagers and parents with screaming children who are bent on spreading as much yogurt to as many clean surfaces as they possibly can. At Peachwave, it’s quiet enough to be peaceful, but loud enough were your conversation won’t be overheard if you go there with the intent on whispering secrets in the middle of the night.

Since the place is so small, it gives it more of a homey feel, while still incorporating modern items into the chairs, lights, colors and buffet table for the toppings. Lucky for us at Columbine, a new frozen yogurt establishment has opened up right off of Bowles, right next to Honey Baked Ham. I have yet to try it, but it is very appealing to the eye and looks rather promising. Frozen yogurt is frozen yogurt, and it’s delicious no matter where you go, but next time you are craving Yogurtland, head the opposite direction and try Peachwave instead; you won’t be disappointed. Comments?

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the buzz

All you need is love Day Without Hate spreads the love across school district

people learn about it and respect it the more the day will matter and have an impact.” Student senators have been meeting every day as well School shootings have affected communities across the naas once or twice a week outside school with everyone in the tion, perhaps none more so than Columbine. When students district involved with DWOH to make sure this day is sucreflect on the past few years and recall such tragedies, some cessful. want to take a stand. To this in, and in order to spread peace, “There are people in Senate working [intensively] to students created a Day Without Hate. make sure this goes on without a hitch,” Leyshock said. “All Day Without Hate (DWOH) is a one-day event, held this of the little things you see that day were all planned by year on Friday, April 29, aimed at ending hatred and your senators, so give ‘em a pat on the back and thank discrimination within schools. It is a response to the them because they have spent countless hours worktragedies at Columbine High School in 1999 and Viring on this day.” ginia Tech 2007. This day is in remembrance of those The senators’ work does not go unnoticed–many students who were lost in these shootings. More imstudents love participating in this day. “I’m all for Day portantly it is a statement that students today refuse Without Hate,” Sophomore Kyle LaFonte said. “It’s a to live with fear in our school. good day to have the entire student body come togethStudent Body President Senior Olivia Leyshock er and find similar ground where everyone can relate explained how DWOH started specifically at Columto each other.“ bine. “Student Senate attends a ‘County Council,’” LeyTo keep the peace going all day long, a Day Withshock said, “which is a meeting of all Jefferson County out Hate Rally will be held at Jeffco Stadium at 6:00 student councils [where they] come together to share p.m. on that Friday. ideas and plan district-wide events. Representatives “The DWOH committee felt that [last year’s] DWOH from Standley Lake [High School] came to the meetjust came to an abrupt end at the end of the school day, ing and pitched this idea of a Day Without Hate that and we wanted something to bring everyone together they had created at their school and had been a huge Senior Becky Donnelly and Junior Brooke Mercer hug in the Columbine hallways. This year’s A Day Without Hate is to celebrate this amazing accomplishment of have no success.” April 29, 2011, as students across the district engage in a series of peace-promoting events. photo by daniel bernal hate in our schools for one day,” Leyshock said. “We thought Columbine had to be a part of some“There will be speakers and bands at this event,” thing like this, so we took it and ran with it,” Leyshock Leyshock continued, “and it’s aimed more as a celebration spectacular and life changing.” said. In order to get the whole school involved, the T-shirts of what we have come together and accomplished rather Since this 2009 meeting, the event has grown districtwide, with every school in Jefferson County participating in will be passed out to everyone a few days before April 29. then a look at why we hold this event and the horrible acts an effort to help their students become more respectful and These T-shirts are white to symbolize peace and sport quota- of violence that have happened.” Certainly, the intent is that feelings generated on a Day tolerant. Beyond Jefferson County, DWOH is “spreading like tion from Eleanor Roosevelt intended, according to Lacy, to highlight the purpose of the event: “It isn’t enough to talk Without Hate resonate beyond the assembly, rally and April wildfire across the nation,” Leyshock said. Students can be a part of this event by buying a Day about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to 29. “I think every day should be Day Without Hate!” Spanish teacher Ms. Barnhill said. Without Hate T-shirt and attending the assembly on April believe in it. One must work at it.” “The shirts are different [from last year], and the feel29. Comments? “We are having a variety of speakers this year who have ing of the day is always different,” Leyshock said. “The more

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meaningful things to say that will impact everyone,” Sophomore Senator Shannon Lacy said. The speakers try to move the students and teachers to end hatred throughout the school. “This year’s goal is to show the growth that Columbine has experienced.” Leyshock said. “I don’t know what could possibly top the emotional performance of Rachel’s Challenge last year, but just know that what we will have will be

News in Brief Talent Show Tryouts

Stretch for Excellence

The Springs Talent show tryouts will be held in the auditorium from 2:45-6:00 p.m. tonight. The auditions look for fun talented students who can put on an entertaining show. Sign-ups for tryout times are on the auditorium doors.

Students who have been recommended by their teachers will be recognized at this ceremony on the morning of Thursday April 28. Students are honored for academic performance and for stretching themselves to reach their potential. Students are encouraged to dress up and have their parents come watch for them to accept the award.

ACT All juniors will be required to take the ACT on the morning of Wednesday, April 27. Students are encouraged to eat a good breakfast and get a good night’s sleep, and they need to report to the school by 8:00 a.m. with number two pencils, appropriate calculators and without cell phones or iPods.

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No School April 20 Columbine is the only school in Jeffco that will have Wednesday, April 20 off in respect of the 12th anniversary of the tragedy. At 11:20 a.m. the victims’ names will be read, followed by a moment of silence.


Online classes and enrollment an option for some students

heidi roberts and trevor ogborn Facebook isn’t the only new popular website drawing the attention of Columbine students. This year, an increasing number of students are looking at a new website: Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy. Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy is exactly what its name suggests: an online education system which is available to students who wish to complete classes online rather than in a classroom. “Students choose online classes for credit recovery, in most cases,” Counselor Mr. Stout said. “But sometimes students take them if they are struggling in classes, if they have friends at school [in them, or if] they need a different avenue to learn in.” According to Jeffco’s 21st Century Vir-

tual Academy website, “The courses provide a variety of different interactive exercises, videos, reading assignments, tests, and classroom discussions.” The site claims online courses provide a different learning environment for students, while still providing them with the knowledge they would gain in a regular classroom setting. The virtual curriculum is aligned with state standards in order to fulfill this. “Jeffco was looking into ways online education could support improvement with graduation and drop-out rates, serving students who are accelerated and needed to take higher level courses that may not be offered at their schools, home bound students who could benefit from having access see

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