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The decline in the economy directly affects students. PAGE 3




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Columbine Welcomes New Student From Iran New Student Ali Moeeni embraces a new life at Columbine, and America, as a whole

Freshman Ali Moeeni shows off his soccer jersey at practice. Moeeni made the Columbine JV soccer team following his recent immigration to the U.S. from Iran. photo courtesy of Ali Moeeni Sevan Strait

First day of high school. The building seems bigger than before. All the students have already been in for a few weeks–they know how to act. They’ve acclimated, and more importantly, they speak a foreign language. This was the situation placed upon Freshman Ali Moeeni. Ali is one of the newest members of our Columbine family, as well as of our country.

Moeeni is from Iran and upon being asked why his family came to the United States, Ali said, “I came here because I was approaching the age of the draft into the Iranian military, which is very, very dangerous.” Iran’s mandatory military enlistment policy forces males into service at the age of 18. “My only sibling is a brother, so it was even more crucial to come to the states for his safety as well,” Ali said.

Every night on the news, we hear more and more about the growing tension in the Middle East. Ali, more than escaping the draft, came to the states to establish a sense of security for his life. “I feel I am more secure in this country. In Iran there [are] a lot of drugs and there is always a worry for your life,” Ali said. “I feel like here, I can improve myself and that it is a much more secure country.” The United States is not

completely foreign to Ali’s family. “My mom was born in the United States, so she is the one that suggested we come,” Ali said. While this helps in communication, the Moeeni family does experience some discomfort being new to Denver–particularly in social aspects. “We came to Denver because we had some friends here,” Ali said. To elaborate, when asked about differences he has noticed between the U.S. and Iran, he said, “The main difference is that in Iran, we knew a lot of people, we were very comfortable and we had a lot of friends, as far as socializing and general life is concerned. Here we don’t have as many friends,” Ali said. Furthermore, language is somewhat of an issue for Ali and his family (with the exception of his mother). “My father doesn’t speak English,” Ali said. Not many students could imagine a scarier high school experience than the first day of freshman year. The fears of being judged by peers and not looking cool flood hearts. What about Ali? “I didn’t really start on the first day,” Ali said. “On my first day I felt uncomfortable. I didn’t know where I should

go, I didn’t know the language everyone was speaking, and I didn’t know anyone at the school. Very insecure as a whole.” One might imagine another discomfort would be the transition from a predominantly Muslim nation to an area heavily based in Christianity. On the contrary, Ali acknowledged Columbine’s hospitality and openness saying, “I don’t feel the cultural differences have affected me here.” Ali is very understanding and open to American and ideology and that of the Columbine area. With winter break quickly approaching, Christmas is a major topic of conversation which Ali is not accustomed to. When asked about which holidays he’ll celebrate, Ali said, “I will celebrate both [American and Iranian] holidays partially because my mother is from the United States. Actually, I’d like to learn the Christian side also, although I was born in a Islamic country. I am open to learning about Christianity and other religions. I have no reservations in that aspect.” So, everything aside, how is Ali coping with being thrown into a new school, in a new state, in a new country? “Ali is shy, but he has mo-

ments where he absolutely shines. He does great in class; on the rare occasion he can’t articulate what he’s trying to say in writing, he can verbally, which is always acceptable,” Geography teacher Mrs. Cooke said. Beyond success in school despite the language barrier, Ali has jumped right into the Columbine culture by joining the soccer team. “Ali was playing forward for Columbine’s JV team,” JV soccer coach Mr. Martin said. “[Ali] has shown a lot of courage and resilience. [Despite] not knowing the language and having trouble communicating, he always had a great attitude even if he maybe didn’t understand the directions or instructions. . . .I can’t imagine what it would be like jumping on a team not being able to speak the language.” “I hope to be fluent by next year and hopefully not have any problem communicating,” Ali said. Some students have already made an effort to get to know and welcome Ali to our school. “He’s really cool and we can kind of relate because of my Iranian background,” Senior Cyrus Allen said. comments?

Some Colleges Turn to Facebook at Admission Time Surveys show colleges are beginning to consider applicants’ online presence more in admissions decisions Celeste Renn

As students set their sites on colleges, transcripts may or may not be the only thing colleges use to determine acceptances. With the rise of social networking, Facebook in particular, a student’s online presence may be another source that colleges use to determine admission. According to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep, asking 359 universities in 2008, only 10 percent of admissions professionals looked at the background info on prospective students compared to the most recent survey where it 24 percent. According to college admissions, 80 percent of college admissions officers consider content in social media when recruiting students. This can include any form of electronic

use to view future students’ profiles. However, when contacted for this story, the University of Colorado administrative office told The Courier, “We do not look at Facebook profile pages when considering a student for admission, but we always encourage students to be smart about what they post on Facebook.” Although CU claims on-line profiles are not a part of its admission process, they do recommend prospective students take care in what they post. “It is public information and just because we do not use it for college admissions doesn't mean that others don't,” CU said. Thus, future students may want to think twice about what they are posting. Something that may be harmless, sarcastic postings and remarks could be taken in a negative light when viewed by col-

lege admission. Even though Facebook has not become the main source or the first source colleges turn to as they look at students, this does not stop some from thinking twice about what they post. This may be an issue legally and morally. This raises the question on whether it is fair to judge someone based on the content one posts on Facebook. “I never know what colleges might consider inappropriate,” Lauren Morell, senior, said. However, some students do not feel that colleges using technology is a concern. “My Facebook [information] represents the kind of person I am,” Alie Banning, senior, said, Columbine Counselor Mrs. Shafter shared her knowledge on colleges and their use of Facebook. “Depending on the size of the school and

the school, some look at it [Facebook] and some don’t, and you just have no way of really knowing,” Shafter said. “Smaller, usually private colleges will take a look at Facebook to get more of an idea of what the student is about.” Although Shafter does not know a specific situation where Facebook has been a deciding factor in college, she warns that “If you don’t want your grandma to see what’s on there then maybe you don’t want a college to be on there. Use your discretion.” “I don’t normally put things on my Facebook that could hurt my reputation towards colleges and just to be safe in general,” Senior Emma Pettibone said. comments?




Declining Economy Makes Students Reconsider Budgets Students and families learn how to adjust budgets through lunches, work, extracurricular activities Danielle Sheehan

The current recession has had a widespread effect on families throughout the country, and Columbine families are no exception. This year, one out of every five of Columbine’s 1,600 students are eligible for free and reduced price meals. Because of the constant decline of the economy, the numbers of families eligible have increased this year. “Last year, on October 31, 25,440 Jeffco students were eligible for free or reduced price meals. This year, on October 31, 26,986 students were eligible for free or reduced price meals,” Jefferson County’s Executive Director of Food Services Linda Stoll said. However, the enrollment rates went down this year according to the Jefferson County Enrollment Statistics and Rates. Last year Jeffco’s enrollment was 86,282 students and this year its down to 85,971. This means a higher percentage of families are eli-

gible. “An application may be filled out by families who think they might be eligible [for free and reduced price meals]. Eligibility is based on [the 2011] Federal Poverty Guidelines. Families with incomes at 185% of poverty level qualify for reduced price meals. Families with incomes at 130% of poverty level qualify for free meals,” Stoll said. According to the 2011 Federal Poverty Guidelines, the average family of four qualifies for free lunches if the family makes $30,173 and reduced lunches if the family makes $39,113 or less combined total annual salary. The numbers show that a lot of families are struggling, but Stoll said, “It is important to remember that it is very hard for families who have always been able to make it on their own to have to ask for help.” Although the economy is affecting families as a whole, the economy has an impact on students as individuals too.

Senior Krystal Klein prepares a meal at Qdoba. Like other high school students, she works to offset costs of being a teen. photo by Sevan Strait.

In an informal survey of 100 students about the economy, fourteen students admitted to having to work to help out their families. Senior Krystal Klein works at Qdoba to help out her family. “Pay is always limited and cost never is,” Klein said. “My mom’s salary was cut and she currently looking for another job, and my dad was put on night shifts and drives from Denver to Kansas

every night,” Senior Claysa Diamond said. “I pay for all my clothes and my extracurricular activities because I feel guilty asking them for money. [Also], we don’t go out to eat as often and our vacations are not as extravagant as they used to be.” “We don’t have as many things as we used to have,” Junior Paige Cassidy said. Even though students have to work to help their families,

getting these jobs are actually hard to come by. “I think the biggest issue for high school students with a struggling economy is the fact that the high unemployment rate is making the job market very competitive,” Economics teacher Mr. Savino said. “Those part-time jobs that high school students demand so much are becoming more scarce, and many of the people laid-off from their full-time jobs are taking the jobs that the students might, otherwise, qualify for.” With the economy the way it is, many students and families must learn ways to adjust to the on-going situation. “We cut back on excess spending and only spend on what we absolutely need,” Senior Jordan Vestal said. “[My family] can’t afford as much since my mom is unemployed. I [used to] be on Winter Guard and we went on trips, but this year I have to be on a Guard [team] that doesn’t go anywhere because I can’t

afford the other [team],” Senior Amanda Augustini said. “I have to cut back on what I do that costs money and when I get a job, I’ll be giving my mom part of my pay check or just paying for everything myself so she doesn’t have to.” “My best advice to students is to stay in school and get a good education while the job market is tough,” Mr. Savino said. “Having a college degree, or some type of postsecondary education is the best way to be competitive in the, current, job market.” “If you have any income,” Savino continued, “save some money while you are living at home. Whatever you do, do not get into debt. Do not use credit cards to pay for things you cannot afford.” “We'll all get through these difficult economic times, but it will require budgeting, and sacrificing some of the luxuries we've had in the past,” Savino said. comments?

Occupy Protest Spreads to Downtown Denver The Occupy Denver movement has been going on for several months now, but what is it protesters want? Danielle Sheehan


Occupy Denver is a loosely organized campaign that has one main demand. These protestors demand that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over representatives in Washington. In other words, the big business has too much control of the country and people are not happy

What Students Think

Kenzie Burns, 9: “The protesters are trying to make a positive change, but instead they have cost the working class, they’re supposedly sticking up for, tax money they can’t afford.” Courtney Geisert, 10: “Sounds like an organization in Denver that helps people who are homeless, maybe? I’m not sure...” Cyrus Allen, 12: “It’s peoples’ way of sticking it to the man.” Griffen Larson, 9: “It’s a waste of time and it’s

about it. This movement originated in New York on Wall Street and continued throughout the country. Their goal is to occupy outside the state’s capital building until the government acts. That the rich are getting richer and the poor are becoming poorer is one of the main problems on which their campaign focuses.

wasting the police’s time. It’s just an excuse for people to fight and defy the police. Their stupidity keeps the police from being able to respond to real calls because they have to babysit protesters.” Tyler Stringer, 12: “It is an excuse for people to get all worked up over nothing. If they would spend as much time looking for jobs as they did protesting, they would figure out that there are jobs.” Ashley Horodyski, 12: “I feel for both sides.” comments?

Protestors make a stand during the Occupy Denver movement on a downtown street. Protestors have been making statements against the influence that money has over the government. photo by Trevor Ogborn.




Measuring Success


GPA and class rank may punish those who take extra classes Abbey Borchers

“In many ways, school is a game and you do have to play the system,” Senior Cameron Whiteside said. Whiteside knows what it takes to play the game–he is currently ranked number one in the senior class and poised to be valedictorian of the class of 2012. “All the rules are very up-front. If you’re going to raise your GPA, you need to take weighted classes if that’s what’s important to you because there is a reason that they’re weighted,” Whiteside said. Jefferson County’s current system of weighting grades and ranking students acts as an incentive for students to do well, but as they compete against one another, this system often does not accurately measure their relative success. Most classes are weighted on a four point scale, meaning that an A in the class is worth four points, a B is worth three points, a C is worth two points, and so on. However, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Honors classes are weighted on a five point scale, so an A is worth five points, a B four points, a C three points, etc. Grade point average is calculated by adding up how many points a student has accumulated and dividing by the number of classes that student has taken. Therefore, to have the highest grade point average, a student would need the highest

number of points and the lowest number of classes to divide by, which would leave them with the greatest average. As a result, students who take the minimum number of classes each semester will have a higher GPA than students who take more than the minimum number of classes, given that they receive the same grades in classes with the same weights. Senior Jenni Robinson has experienced this inconsistency with her GPA. Usually facing a full course schedule–having had off hours only two semesters throughout high school–as well as multiple AP classes, Robinson has been punished by the ranking system for taking more than the required number of classes. “As of right now, [my class rank] isn’t very good. I’m number 34. I dropped last year from the top 20 because I took too many [unweighted] classes,” Robinson said. As selected seniors were applying for the Boettcher Scholarship this fall, Robinson was again punished for taking too many classes. To qualify to apply for the scholarship, students had to be in the top five percent of their class and have a minimum ACT score of 27. Robinson was in the top sixth percent. “I was offended. I was like, cool, so I can score really high on the ACT and I can be involved in all these extracurriculars and do all this stuff and I still don’t qualify for the Boettcher because I took more

classes,” she said. “Boettcher weights really heavily on class rank and there are just a handful of scholarships that really look at rank, but Boettcher happens to be one of them,” Counselor Ms. Paternoster said. Paternoster explained that scholarships are part of the reason Jefferson County moved to weighting AP and honors classes. “I think someone somewhere along the line felt that perhaps kids were being disadvantaged scholarship-wise. Colleges would work with us around that if we didn’t have weighted grades. They understood that; in theory they were able to compare students with weighted grades and unweighted grades. I think scholarship organizations don’t offer that, they just look at the numbers,” Paternoster said. Whiteside, who made it to the second round of the Boettcher Scholarship contest, claims that this is the only reason the inconsistency of the ranking system is a problem: “because people are making comparisons.” “I think it’s interesting because in all these cases, you already have a 4.0 GPA, so that means if you call it throwing off your GPA, it’s still not really going to hurt you. If you’re throwing it off, you’re only throwing it off in comparison to somebody else,” Whiteside said. “So go from there and take what that means to yourself maybe in your own

How the math all adds up: Student 1 AP English Literature AP Human Geography AP Statistics AP Physics AP Chemistry Off hour Off hour Semester GPA: 5.0

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Student 2 AP English Literature AP Human Geography AP Statistics AP Chemistry AP Physics Sociology Concert Choir Semester GPA: 4.7

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Senior Cameron Whiteside works on Calculus homework. As candidate for valedictorian, Whiteside is aware of factors affecting class rank photo by Sevan Strait

context.” Whiteside also discussed his GPA in terms of his candidacy for valedictorian. “In a way, [being valedictorian] just means that you’re the best at school. You’re best at knowing which classes to take. I would like to think that it’s partly because I do work hard and all that stuff, and I’m sure that has something to do with it,” he said. “But you can play the game and get it without being everything.” Paternoster said she is

aware that the ranking system encourages a certain amount of “playing the game.” “It comes up from time to time, like a student or a parent might bring it to the counselor’s attention and say, ‘You need to look at this because my student is afraid to take classes that he might otherwise take because he wants to have the highest GPA.’ And personally I think that’s sad,” Paternoster said. comments?

FINAL EXEMPTIONS POLICY Students will no longer have the opportunity to be exempt from finals because of performance on CSAP. The new CSAP policy is that students who have earned an “Advanced” or shown growth in a section of the CSAP may be excused from one assignment or test, but not the final, in the class corresponding to that section. An “Advanced” score or growth on the Math and Science sections will excuse students from one assignment or test in math and science classes. Such results on both the Reading and Writing portions of the test will excuse students in History and English. To be eligible, students must have a C or better in the class in which they are seeking an exemption.




To Be Graded on Student Performance BRIEFS Teachers Signing of Senate Bill 191 into law last year means big changes in years to come continued

PAVER PROJECT PHASE II The second phase of the paver project started on November 12 and will end December 17. Pavers will be installed with the bricks from Phase I in the courtyard at the main entrance. Order forms are available in the main office or on the Columbine High School Academic Foundation website at FLIP DANCE Student Senate held a Flip Dance on Saturday, December 10. Over 400 students flipped a coin when they came in. If they landed on heads it was free, but if they landed on tails, they had to pay $10 to get in. The dance was casual, and students were encouraged not to bring dates. The dance featured Senior Austin Pawelka as student DJ, a first for a Columbine dance. FRESHMAN HOT COCOA STUDY NIGHT To get ready for finals Freshman Senate is holding a study night on Wednesday, December 14, for freshmen to get together in the commons and study for finals. Hot cocoa will be served and Freshman core teachers will be available to help with questions. RED ROBIN FUNDRAISING NIGHT On Tuesday, December 13, Student Senate is sponsoring a fundraising night at Red Robin. For every dinner, Red Robin will donate a portion of the profits to Student Senate.

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Come fall of 2013, students will not be the only ones expected to make good grades. Signed into law last May, Colorado Senate Bill 191 outlines a system by which teachers will be evaluated based on their students’ performance in the classroom. Instead of As, Bs, Cs, and Ds, teachers will receive ratings of “highly effective,” “effective,” “partially effective” or “ineffective.” This system will go into effect at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. The law stipulates that all new teachers or those still in their first three years of teaching will be put on probationary status and must receive “effective” ratings on three consecutive evaluations to be granted nonprobationary status. Once they are on nonprobationary status, teachers who receive two consecutive “ineffective” ratings will be put back on probationary status for a year. If their ratings do not improve after one year, those teachers will be fired. Jefferson County School Board member Lesley Dahlkemper supports the law. “Research tells us that excellent teachers and principals are the strongest predictors of student success,” Dahlkemper said. “It often is just one exceptional teacher who

makes a difference in a student’s life, and one ineffective teacher who can set a child back. . . . Soon an educator’s job will be based on effectiveness in the classroom–not years of service. ” This past March, the State Council for Educator Effectiveness decided how to define an effective teacher and an effective principal. There are six “Quality Standards” laid out by the council: teachers must demonstrate that they know the content of the course they are teaching, establish a learning environment, facilitate learning, reflect on their own performance, show leadership, and have student growth. Half of teachers’ evaluations will be based on classroom observations, and the other half will be based on students’ academic growth. CSAP scores will be a factor in measuring students’ growth, but they will not make or break a teacher. “Half of the evaluation is based on growth scores, not simply the score on a standardized test. Measuring the growth makes sense to me–a score on a test does not,” Jefferson County School Board member Jill Fellman said. “Although we have growth measures for contents like math–we do not for contents like music.” English teacher Mrs. Reed cited other poten-

tial problems with implementing the new system at Columbine. “On the one hand, it may encourage teachers to teach only to the state standardized tests, which do not include and in-depth study of literature, public speaking, or even true critical thinking,” Reed said. “On the other, it could cause conflict between teachers and administrators, because teachers may feel pressured to use curricula that they believe will cause students to test poorly.” Another concern the law raises is how the district will pay for the cost of implementing it. “This is a very real concern, not only for Jeffco Public Schools but school districts across Colorado,” Dahlkemper said. “It’s a question of priorities and making sure we allocate our resources to do the things that make the most difference for student achievement.” “The implementation of Senate Bill 191 in Jeffco is estimated to cost $4.8 million the first year,” Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said. “We currently have no funds budgeted for implementation. In addition, the state is currently planning to reduce funding for K-12 education by $200 to $300 million. So, expenses are increasing and budgets are decreasing.” comments? photo by Trevor Ogborn

Philanthropic Projects Motivate Groups to Give Columbine participates in many acts of kindness Ian Scena

Columbine has a legacy of serving both the community and the world. Projects usually include activities like Emily’s Parade, canned food drives and blood drives. This semester, such philanthropic efforts have been a huge success. For example, this fall, Student Senate organized a letterwriting campaign in which students and teacher wrote letters to veterans. The goal was

to write at least 2,000 letters to American troops and to get it done in time for Senate to send the letters so that they would get there by Christmas. These letters are to be distributed equally amongst the soldiers. Senate also put on a lunch for all the veterans. “We just wanted to do it to show the military that we care and that we think about what they are doing for us,” Sophomore Senator Taylor Dugdale said. “We just [wanted] to

BALFOUR RETURNS JANUARY 5TH AND 6TH For seniors who did not order their cap and gown first semester, Balfour will be returning January 5th and 6th during both lunches in the commons. This is the last change to order a cap and gown before graduation, and also an opportunity for students to order their class rings and graduation announcements. Senior Brenna Hjelle signs up to donate blood. Students demonstrate a willingness to help the community by helping with the biannual blood drive. photo by Sevan Strait

thank them.” Senate also helped people in need this fall by partnering with Students Taking Action Against Youth Homelessness (STAAYH) to run the canned food drive that traditionally takes place along with the Powder Puff football game. “The food drive was a competition with Chatfield to see who could collect the most canned food items,” STAAYH Co-President Abbey Borchers, senior, said. “We won with 1,019 [items] against Chatfield’s 832. But the important thing is that our schools got to work together for a good cause.” The food collected went to the Jeffco Action Center, where people in need come to the pantry and shop for the food items that they need and get those items for free. However, one of the biggest activities that Columbine does, or more precisely Key Club does, is raising money for building a school in Vietnam. “We haven’t had a fundrais-

er [for the school in Vietnam] yet, but we are brainstorming for ideas,” Key Club member Sam Cook, senior, said. “Last year, a lot of the money we made came from donations from people in the community or parents of students from our school.” “It’s really cool that we were able to build the school because the kids that are going to the school didn’t have one before now, and are now getting an education,” Key Club sponsor Mr. Daniels said. While the main project that Key Club works on is the school in Vietnam, there are other service projects they do as well. These include shoveling snow for senior citizens, stuffing stockings for poor people or people in need, and blood drives. One of Key Clubs blood drives is coming up at a local church. In addition to some of the other blood drives that have been done, like the blood drive in the library back in October.

Science teacher Mr. Hill also organizes blood drives twice a year. The drive that took place on October 11 saw an all-time high number of students giving blood. The drive was equipped to handle 162 donors, but 187 students participated, setting a record for Columbine as well as exceeding the donor capacity. “The fact that we have 187 kids that are willing to try, that’s about 10 percent of our school. That number even gets better when you look at the kids who actually could because of the age requirements,” Hill said. “I think that’s phenomenal.” In total, the drive collected 144 units of blood. This is not all Columbine has to offer for the year. Next semester there will be activities such as Relay For Life, Day Without Hate and Rachel’s Challenge. While this semester was a success, there is much more to come. comments?



Marketing Increases Obesity Rates I blame marketing. In order to get consumers to buy super bad foods for our bodies, marketers must tweak their advertisements to lie to consumers about what is truly in their foods. I blame marketing for our nation becoming obese. According to recent research, obesity has been on the rise for the past thirty years, and not just in rich countries. At the last count, 68% of US adults were classified as overweight and 34% as obese, more than twice as many as 30 years ago. Today, 17% of US children are obese, three times as many as 30 years ago. The basic principles are simple: supply and demand. Businesses must make their product appealing and appetizing in order to make money, I get it. However, the companies are lying to us about what we are really consuming. Products say: no-fat, low fat, and my personal favorite, zero calories to draw us to their product. We think that if there is no fat in the food we eat we won’t get fatter, and the product is actually okay for us

to eat. That’s correct except eating a lot of sugar leads to a resetting of the appetite suppression mechanism in our blood stream and insulin response in our bodies and eventually can cause obesity and dia-

Over-processed, factorymade sugars and starches can hide under the scope of the category “carbohydrates” because that is what they are; thus marketers can get away with saying it is low in calories. betes. The truth is we all get confused by this kind of advertising. Sugars are a part of the carbohydrate food group and we all need carbohydrates for energy, but we need the right kinds of carbs. Over-pro-

cessed, factory-made sugars and starches can hide under the scope of the category “carbohydrates” because that is what they are; thus marketers can get away with saying it is low in calories. Marketers trick us to thinking we are drinking or eating something that has no calories in it. However, what we don’t realize is that in order for a drink or food to have no fat and no calories, the good taste comes from a lot of other content that we don’t look at. Sugars like glucose and fructose are two of the most common sugars on the ingredients list, but they work in different ways. The good pathway is glucose that leads to energy-storage, and fructose is the bad pathway that leads to fatty acids. Since marketers know about sugars making us fat, they strategically advertise to exclude this information from viewers so they that will buy their product. Unfortunately for us consumers, the marketers are not helping us be any healthier and causing us to increasingly get fat each year.

Television Can Impact Social Change Two girls are walking down the hall. They are holding hands. They stop in front of one of their lockers and share a brief kiss. A mother is waiting at the attendance office for her child to come out of class. She sees the entire exchange and are horrified, but when her kid comes out he doesn’t even look twice at the pair. This scenario may not apply to every parent or student, but it is an example of how our generation has become more unaffected by open displays of homosexuality. In our parents’ day, such displays were certainly not as common as they are now, as our parents were raised in a time when homosexuality was still considered a bit of a taboo subject and the gay rights movement was seen as an odd, radical grass roots movement. Today, however, homosexuality has become a much more accepted lifestyle, and the gay rights movement is making significant progress, securing the legalization of

gay marriage in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Washington D.C. Perhaps a significant contributing factor to this is that our generation, which includes young voters ages 18 to 24, has grown up in a world of pop culture that, generally, portrays homosexuality as a lifestyle that is just as valid as

kisses, and there was an entire episode dedicated to their “first time.” On “Modern Family,” Mitchell and Cameron are a gay couple featured in the show frequently, and the show “Pretty Little Liars” devotes a large amount of time to following one of the main character’s experiences with homosexuality. Gay characters are beginning to share the

accepting of homosexuality because it doesn’t seem as unique as it used to. The less unique something is, the more comfortable people feel with it. We have so much more exposure to the idea of same-sex couples than the generation before us had that we aren’t as surprised by it. Advancements in the civil rights movement and feminist

Television determines what each generation will grow up watching, and what they grow up watching has an enormous impact on how they view the world. a heterosexual lifestyle. Many popular TV shows including “Glee,” “Modern Family,” and “Pretty Little Liars” now include gay characters, but not just playing minor roles or appearing in a single episode with veiled allusions to their sexual orientation. Characters like Blaine and Kurt on “Glee” have shared several passionate on-screen

spotlight of popular TV shows, and their sexual tendencies are as openly addressed as those of heterosexual characters. However, when same-sex couples start making out on the screen our parents tend to shift uncomfortably, while we watch it not thinking twice as Blaine and Kurt break into a heart-stopping duet. Our generation is more

movement also progressed as people gained more exposure to the lives of black people and women through pop culture. This exposure was often presented through television, often on network comedies. Television created the exposure certain topics needed to shine a light on them. Shows like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “M*A*S*H*,”



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and “All in the Family” held mirrors up to society as America focused on topics such as women’s rights, war, and race relations. Now, one of the major social topics America is focusing on is gay rights, and TV is playing a big role in giving exposure to and progressing this movement. So while we may just think of television as a form of entertainment, it is also a significant instigator of social change. Television determines what each generation will grow up watching, and what they grow up watching has an enormous impact on how they view the world. Our generation has grown up with increased–and still increasing–exposure to homosexuality, so that when we see open displays of homosexuality in the real world– whether we are walking down the halls at school, wandering around downtown, or just hanging out with our own friends–it comes as much less of a shock or a spectacle for us than it might for our parents.

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Letters to the Editor “Peter Pan” Coverage Your article about “Peter Pan” was captivating but a lit-

Weak Out This Week Last month in your Out This Week section, I noticed you missed Florence and the Machine’s new album “Cer-


tle too brief. The cast has been working since September and nearly sold out all four shows. Please keep following the the-

atre program with close interest.

emonials.” I understand that you can’t list every album that comes out–missing one is acceptable. However, you succumbing to your lady impulses and includ-

ing Justin Bieber at the cost of a real artist is something that is, as a reader, hard to tolerate.

Teenagers Need to Take a Break from Technology you. Most of our parents walked to school, and they turned out all right. And costs for your dear I should have grown up in the 60s. Back then automobiles will add up, so you’re essentially if you had a TV you were awesome and every- spending money on looking cool, and polluting one still walked to school. People talked face- the world that you’re living in. Congratulations, to-face for almost every conversation, and they I want to be just like you. Speaking of looking cool, social networking had quaint little parties and knew their neighsites are really awesome (after all, the cool kids bors. So what happened? I don’t know if you’ve have them) . . . when you’re in middle school. noticed, but by simply observing the repetitive However, we’re in high school, not middle motions of students throughout the hallways, school. I’m sick and tired of hearing, “Oh don’t you can see that few greetings are exchanged worry, it’s Facebook Official” or “OMG did between acquaintances, and much less between you see Suzy’s status about Sally and how she’s strangers. I remember walking around Clement mad her because she kissed Bobby who is PatPark as a child and at least half of the people I ty’s boyfriend?” We don’t need to hear about all saw said hello or flashed a quick smile at me. of this– if Suzy has such an issue will Sally, she Now walking around Clement people hardly should tell Sally during a private conversation acknowledge my presence, much less offer a so that I don’t have to hear about it from the two friendly greeting. I may not be right, but I think students a table away from me when I’m tryour growing technological world may be to ing work on calculus in the library. I cannot tell you how many times I hear stuff like this, and blame. Within our lifetimes, cell phones have be- it’s terribly annoying. Just think about what it’s come immensely popular, and many people doing to you. If you’re one of those people who spends two hours a day on Faconsider them to be a necesor some other website, sity for typical suburban life. You might be happier cebook I think you should reconsider As a freshman, I was indiwithout your high- your actions. You’re probably rectly forced to purchase my first cellular device in order to tech cell phone, and posting a status every five minutes about how you just be included in the numerous maybe you can con- ate a turkey sandwich or how social events planned through cyberspace. centrate better if you Rise Against writes songs that your life. That’s great, Within a relatively short use more than your mirror but I would highly recommatter of time, I grew to hate foot on the gas pedal mend doing something more my phone to the point where I with your time. Not only are would turn it off for days at a to get to school. social networking sites ridicutime, which led me to wonder lous, but all those involved in why other teens valued their phones so much; who wants others to be able to them are losing their ability to communicate reach of them at any given second of the day? well through phone calls, emails, and English And texting conversations can drone on for classes. Yeah, these websites are impacting days. We’ve all had those discussions that con- your English classes, even if you think they’re sist mainly of the words “yeah,” “not much,” or not, they are. Last I checked, “lol” is not a val“good,” and if one person insists on keeping up id annotation, “don’t” has an apostrophe, and “dunno” or “wanna” cannot be found anywhere the conversation, it gets old. Just cut to chase. Now consider how you get around. Most in the English dictionary. If you were ever to of the time it’s by vehicle, correct? I won’t lie, communicate with your fancy networking lingo when I first passed my driving test, I was ec- to a future employer, your odds of getting hired static to be driving. But I live pretty close to the would greatly diminish. So get away from the school, so naturally I walk everyday, despite the computer; I know it’s addicting, but go for walk, fact that I have a car readily available for my figure out how to get to school without driving, use. However I don’t understand why students plan a party by calling (not texting) your peers, who live close to the school drive. I have wit- read a book, just do something somewhat pronessed, and know of several students that drive ductive. Take a look at your life right now, it’s pretty everyday regardless of the fact that they live less than three blocks from campus. I’m sure good with all of this awesome technology, right? you could all define “fossil fuel,” I’m sure ev- Well try to cut some of it out. Just try. Not only ery one of your definitions would include the will you value it more when it’s used again, but term “non-renewable,” and I’m sure you’ve you may actually find out that it’s nice to not heard that the exhaust coming from your pre- deal with it. You might be happier without your cious car is polluting our world, so why are you high-tech cell phone, and maybe you can condriving to school? Ride your bike, walk, skate- centrate better if you use more than your foot board. Stop. Driving. To. School. The exercise on the gas pedal to get to school. Technology’s from physically moving your legs is good for great, but take a break! Tracy Warneke

Senior Joey Mullen

Senior Cameron Whiteside


Big School Cover-up Ian Scena


the school that he tried so hard to build up. He has let down his school, his football Penn State. A well recognized school with a good football team, great academics and one of team, and all of his fans. However, I am in no way insinuating that the best college football coaches in history. Or Paterno is actually responsible for the acts perwas one of the greatest. For those who don’t know, Penn State was formed on those boys. I am saying he is responhome to the renowned coach Joe Paterno, who sible for not stopping it sooner. We all know, promotes programs that help children in abu- or at least should know, that the real criminal sive families or kids that have been abused. He in this situation is Jerry Sandusky. Any person that does that to small children, boys or girls, is was the face of Penn State. He is now seen, at least in my eyes, as a man seriously messed up in the head and a danger to that is both a hypocrite and a promoter of sexual society, especially if that person created a speabuse. And this isn’t just sexual abuse, this is cific foundation to help children that are victims of child abuse. sexual abuse of little 10-year-old Sandusky was doing the boys. very thing that the founWhat happened in the situIf a person is the dation he helped create is ation that got Paterno fired was face of anything, against. Sandusky should that the former defensive coordinator of the football team, Jerry whether it be some- spend the rest of his life in thrown into the genSandusky, was allegedly found thing as small as a prison, eral prison population, with by graduate assistant Mike McQueary in the locker room one town newspaper, or the guards telling everyone day sexually assaulting a young as big as a football there what he did, just in case they weren’t already boy. franchise, they are aware. According to reports, McIt is despicable that SanQueary immediately went and responsible for dusky will not admit to what called his father and told him the reporting things of he did. We are almost certain situation the father then called the inappropriate that he did it. I find it very Coach Paterno. Paterno didn’t improbable that all the kids dig into the situation at all. He nature of this. he raped that came forward just let it sit and didn’t talk to lied, and that the janitor who Sandusky about what had hapsaw him molesting a boy pened. Though he told his father about it, McQueary never reported what he saw lied, and that the graduate assistant that saw to the police, and he continued to work for the him molesting a boy in the locker room shower team. Paterno then said that he “was told that lied. How would all of those people come togeththey were horsing around naked in the shower and plan something like that? ers.” They wouldn’t. Sandusky is a horrible, awThis is completely ridiculous and infuriating beyond words. If a person is the face of ful monster, and I personally hope that he rots in anything, whether it be something as small as prison for the rest of his life, not only for raping a town newspaper, or as big as a football fran- ten year old little boys, but for destroying his chise, they are responsible for reporting things former school’s reputation. of the inappropriate nature of this. By not doing so, Paterno has just destroyed the reputation of comments?




What You Missed in Sociology . . . Sociology students gave speeches about controversial topics, and these were voted the best

Kaylie Haynes, 12 Topic: abortion Stance: pro-life What if I were to walk in right now, hand you a gun, and tell you that you could be 100% satisfied with your life; all you have to do is shoot some man you have never even met before. Would you do it? What if I said, “OK, you don’t even have to shoot him, all you have to do is drive the car so that I can shoot him?” Could you be that selfish? What if it was someone you know—one of your friends, someone in one of your classes, or one of those relatives you haven’t seen in years? Remember, if you did, you would have all the happiness in the world, everything you ever wanted. What if it was your own child? Could you do it? I would venture a guess and say that 99% of us would say no way. But that’s exactly what abortion is. If you were to go out and get an abortion, you’d be saying that you would be so miserable with parenting that you would literally kill your own child to avoid it. Now, I know there’s a lot of people out there who would say that the woman is not ac-

tually killing a child; she’s simply getting a procedure done. It’s nothing more than getting treated for a disease. Well, I could give you tons of scientific evidence that says that this life inside of her absolutely qualifies as a living human being. I could pinpoint all seven scientific criteria for life. I could run test after test on DNA samples until I isolate its genotype as a Homo Sapien. I could extrapolate from those first tiny cells strands of DNA that are unlike anyone else’s—even its mother’s. But I won’t waste your time. I know I wouldn’t change your mind anyway— you’d zone out as soon as I said the word “homeostasis.” This is because you know that abortion isn’t a matter of shocking statistics or absurd diseases. It’s not a matter of science. It’s a matter life and death. It’s a matter of justice: either abortion is just a routine surgery, or it’s murder. So I’ll let you be the judge: If Mozart’s mom had gone through with her plans and drowned him in salt solution moments before he was born, could she walk away from the “procedure” with absolute peace of mind knowing she was just getting a surgery done? If Tim Tebow’s mother had followed the advice of doctors and aborted him because he didn’t develop properly, could she say that she had done what was best for the child and for herself? Or

Brandon Miales, 12 Topic: censorship Stance: against I can almost guarantee that everyone in this room, excluding T, uses profanity here or there, or have used profanity once or twice or even more in the last day. I can also guarantee that everyone in this room has more than likely heard profanity out of from their parents’ mouths, friends’ mouths, and frequently echoing in the halls of this school almost daily. You drop a glass: “Shucks!” Your car breaks down: “Piece of crap!” Your girlfriend or boyfriend breaks up with you and decides to go on a date with your BFF: for women, “Forget

what if your mom had given birth to you as a stillborn child? Would she be rejoicing because she had escaped the difficulty of pregnancy and parenthood? They say that one in three babies is aborted. That means Johnny lives, Suzie lives, Louis is discarded. Dylan lives, Ben lives, Theresa is discarded. What if Louis was Louis Armstrong? What if Theresa was Mother Theresa? What if the next kid found the cure for cancer? What if the next kid was supposed to be sitting next to you in this classroom? What if one of those kids was you? Now I know my arguments aren’t really all that convincing. I didn’t actually do anything to scientifically prove my case; I just threw out a bunch of hypothetical situations. So I won’t force my opinions on you. You believe what you feel is right. As for me, when our government says that it’s perfectly legal for a mother to murder her child just to make her own life more convenient; when mothers decide they’d be so miserable with parenting they would literally destroy their own children just to avoid it; when fathers can drive the car to the appointment more concerned about what they’re having for lunch than what their child will never get to taste, I will not be silent. After all, one third of our generation will be silent forever.

Tanner Corah, 12 Topic: abortion Stance: pro-choice I like cupcakes. When you make cupcakes you need a variety of ingredients like milk, flour, and eggs. And I’m pretty sure that most of you have cracked an egg before, whether it was for cupcakes or not, and I’m pretty sure none of you were struck with the horrible guilt of murdering a baby chicken. And honestly, you shouldn’t be. From looking at the blob of yellow yoke, it is pretty obvious that that baby chicken isn’t feeling much and is not really aware of what has happened to it. I understand that a human embryo is taken much more seriously than a chicken one, but the characteristics are very similar, and the main differences are physical. I mention this because one of the largest arguments against abortion is that it is murder because the unborn baby is a human life. But due to all the controversy, it is almost impossible to state when a human life begins: some say it begins at conception, some say it begins at birth, and many others vary in between. So let’s look at the key times during fetus

you, butthead” and for men, “Forget you, female dog!” The bottom line is, we all use words and even hand gestures to express our emotions toward one another or things that happen in our lives daily. Whether they’re curse words, or heck, even one of the examples I gave you, it’s all the same. At school dances they try and play edited music yet every kid still sings the edited parts as if it were still un-edited. Me singing N.W.A’s “FTP” or Trey Parker’s “America, HECK YEAH” doesn’t have the same effect of the actual song or in this case the actual titles and lyrics of the songs. And by replacing profanity with cover-up words (which essentially are the same thing) isn’t that only creating another form or way of saying the intentional curse words and widening the variety of these profanities? Yes, in the past most songs were able to be sung without

development. The earliest estimate as to when a baby can feel pain is not until about 8 weeks. According to the Center for Disease Control, over 62% of abortions were performed before this time. Another key time involves brain activity in the unborn child. Although brain activity begins very early, this is not associated to actual thinking. It is focused into developing the physical characteristics of the baby, like the arms and legs. They do not actually think about what they are doing or what can happen to them. There are people our age where it is questionable if any actually productive brain activity is occurring, so in a 13 week-old baby, which is when over 91% of abortions occur, there is little to none. But enough baby talk, the mother is just as big an issue. Besides the horrible consequences of situations like rape, contraceptives can fail, errors in judgment can be made, and simply not thinking things through can be causes for unwanted babies. Having a child drastically changes a woman’s life. They are extremely expensive and timeconsuming, and these women deserve a second chance to get their life on track and pursue their dreams. Also, most of these babies are going to be born in a poor, unwanted environment with a difficult life ahead of them. Studies have shown that

since the number of abortions started increasing in the early 70’s, crime rate in these areas have gone down in the years after. Overpopulation is another large problem, especially in already crowded areas. Over 829,000 abortions were reported in the United States alone in the Center for Disease Control’s most recent study, and even more would occur if it was legal. Many people in the United States are poor and hungry in the current economy, with few jobs to go around. Having abortion legal would help control the constantly rising population, open up jobs, and increase the standard of living for everybody. Also, each legal abortion can bring in up to $1,000 for our economy, even further helping it. Many women resort to illegal options of abortion when there is no alternative. Many of these are dangerous and result in the loss of the child and the mother. Women even have a greater risk of dying from giving birth than from a legal abortion. Along with all of this, doctors can use the fetuses for stem cell research, greatly increasing the ability to save disabled bodies and victims of incurable diseases. Women should be given the right to choose what to do with their own bodies, many of them simply make mistakes, and that’s why they put erasers on pencils right?

profanity and were able to be expressed efficiently, but profanity wasn’t new. Today you download songs on your iPhone and you can choose if you’d rather have the censored, edited version or the uncensored, unedited version of whatever song you download. I personally choose the unedited versions. But then you flip on your radio, or XM, or your Sirius satellite radio and you hear familiar songs that you have on your iPhone but that are censored. The only downfall is one version is the one you want and the other is the one you don’t. I think that if you do not want to hear uncensored music you shouldn’t listen it. Nobody is forcing you. And if it’s such a big deal then get off your “tush” and make your own “dword” songs. I’m not saying censoring is wrong, heavens no. But I am saying that music censorship is simply a waste of time and quite frankly very controlling.




Sevan Strait, 12 Topic: profiling Stance: against What do you think is wrong with my attire this morning? Am I having a bad hair day? Didn’t put make up on? No, you’re likely looking beyond the superficial and are a bit alarmed at my choice in jacket—those of you well-versed in the subject may also notice my attire resembles that of the infamous “Trenchcoat Mafia.” This brings me to what I’d like to discuss today: Profiling. I’ll start close to home. Why is my outfit today against Columbine High school dress code? This is due to two instances of profiling. The first occurred 13 years ago with the “Trenchcoat Mafia,” here in Columbine High School. Several of the boys in this clique were profiled as outsiders, and bullied relentlessly. At this point in Columbine history, if you saw a black trench coat you knew who you could get your lunch money from. The students dressed like I am today were just one example of archetypal outcasts from a mediocre 80’s or 90’s television show, and they tended to live their school lives in relative misery because of this. On April 20, 1999, the trench coat went from being a symbol of weakness and feebleness, to one of murder and intimidation. Two students shoot up a school 13 years ago and a particular article of clothing is banned today—a very efficient article of clothing, as I’ve found this morning. This ban, to me, is asinine. If the same event happened today, and the gunmen were wearing cargo shorts and a t-shirt instead of a trenchcoat, would I be out of a wardrobe? More serious is ethnic and racial profiling. Profiling someone using a static cultural factor in their life is unfair,

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more personal or individual scale than those previously addressed, however it is far more destructive. Everyone is guilty of it. You do it every day. And now I’m including myself, so I will be the first to admit: Have you ever looked at someone and literally thought to yourself, “something about that person just doesn’t agree with me—I don’t like him.” I have. How about the honest ability to tell who is in the anime club or other similar organizations, and automatically considering them a nerd? This type of profiling is bullying as far as I’m concerned. These kids we are able to profile as nerds sit alone at lunches, they generally have resentment toward their peers, and depression. Did you know that there is a member of our Columbine family—an underclassmen that sits alone every single day on the white couch in front of the publications and RNN rooms to escape the lunch room? Another girl was discovered this year eating her lunch in the bathroom to escape the torment of the commons. Why do we not associate ourselves with kids like this? Why do we make fun of them? To preserve what we in high school call popularity or being cool? What is one name you always hear from the tragedy at Columbine? Not the name of those that bullied Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who have been forgotten through the ages, but Rachel Scott. All of us, hopefully, attended the Rachel’s Challenge assemblies throughout the years and know that she will always be remembered as the one person who loved everyone—got along with all cliques alike. She is on-going proof that while profiling a certain type of person out of your life might make you cool in an immature, superficial high school world, the people who are remembered are those who truly believe in our Columbine family. That we are all equal and while you can profile someone as nerdy, as gay, as just plain socially awkward, you can also love them the same as anyone else.

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however it unfortunately goes on every day. The best example I have is a personal one—one I encounter every time I go to DIA with my Metsmom. My Metsmom is one absolutely horrifying old lady, yet hands down the most loving person I know. She speaks no English, and what little she can make out she insists on yelling at you. So, if you come visit my house you’ll encounter a slur of broken English and Armenian being yelled at you—it’s straight out of a Stephen King novel, I swear. However, all Metsmom wants is for you is to eat the food she just made and leave full. This rather lengthy interlude derives a point. How can this sweet old lady be considered a concern to the TSA? Simply because it requires lots of phlegm to pronounce her name? “Yaghsaber Khodadian? You’ll have to come with us please.” Every time my grandmother, and sometimes even my aunt, my mother and I go to the airport, Metsmom is pulled aside and privately screened. Now some people might defend profiling particularly in the case of airline travel, saying that aside from technical problems like that experienced by the passengers of United Airlines flight of 232, an overwhelming percentage of air travel based disaster tends to be a product of a terrorist attack from Middle Eastern attackers. So, if me and my family talking in Armenian on a plane makes us viewed as members of the Taliban, how would it be different to classify all sects of Christianity, including, but not limited to Protestants, Catholics, and Mormons as just as radical as members of the Westboro Baptist Church? (I mean, it’s all Christianity, right?) Essentially profiling anyone with a cross on their person as an ignorant, radical, racist, homophobic bigot. I think a lot of you would find this classification unfair; we do too. The last thing that needs to be addressed is profiling that occurs every day. It is on a far

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Seniors Justin Brown, Josh Croy, Dylan Baker and Cameron McDondle hold hands as they prepare to take the field in their final game together. The Rebels brought home the 5A state title on December 3, beating Lakewood 41-31. photo by Sevan Strait

Players. Teammates. Brothers. Champions. For the fifth time since 1999, the Columbine Rebels brought home the 5A State Football Championship on Saturday, December 3. Jordyn Voegele

On Saturday December 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, the Rebels faced the Lakewood Tigers in what would shape out to be one of their toughest and clos-

Burns said. “We played as brothers. We were much more afraid of letting our brothers down than anyone we could face on the field.” The seniors on this year’s team have been playing football together for almost 10

play after the Bear Creek game in October when he suffered a broken elbow. “The most rewarding thing for me is that all these guys that have played together for so long and they were able to end it together,” Coach Tonelli said. The coaching staff could not be more proud of what their team accomplished this season. “[This team was] committed and they were very talented and played hard,” Coach Lowry said. “The bottom line is they got better every single week and all through out the playoffs and we won the state championship.” Lowry just finished his 18th season as head coach. He has now brought home five

state championships, which ties Columbine with Mullen for the most in the state. “He brings out the best in everyone and he brings out the competitive nature in a good way. We buy into his program,” Burns said. This year’s senior football players are the only ones out of the 52 other teams that can say they won their final high school football game. Not only that but they went completely undefeated, which has not happened since 2002. When the Rebels won the title in 2006 they had only faced one loss, ironically in their first season game to Lakewood High School. But this year hundreds of fans shivered while watching the 2011 Rebels beat the Lake-

Football players battle it out against the Lakewood Tigers. The final score was 41-31. photo by Sevan Strait

est games of their perfect season. But in the end Columbine brought home the trophy, winning the state game 41-31. “This team was special because rather than playing as individuals we played as a team,” Senior lineman Nick

years and truly do think of each other as brothers. “We have been talking about state for a long time now and we finally did it,” Senior lineman Josh Croy said. Croy had seven sacks at the beginning of the season, but didn’t

Senior boys celebrate their football spirit by displaying body paint for their team. The weather on game day was below zero. photo by Sevan Strait

wood tigers. The temperature reached as low as 18 degrees during the game but this did not stop eight senior boys from

as over half of the student body and their families were in attendance. “I know this is an experi-

Seniors Dylan Baker (right) and Tre Willingham celebrate the win. The football players created excited chaos with their strong win. photo by Sevan Strait

painting their chests and going shirtless to the game. “Being that this was our final football game of course it was worth it! We wanted to do something crazy that would truly signify Rebel pride. Watching us beat Lakewood removed some of the sting brought on from the weather,” Senior Ben Grote said. Grote wore the letter L on his chest to help spell out “Go Rebels.” It was truly a school event

ence that I will remember for the rest of my life–the sheer pride of being a Columbine Rebel,” Senior Brenna Hjelle said. Wednesday December 7, students and parents showed up again to watch the team bring home the state trophy during a school assembly. “What makes us special is when we come together. And continued on page 12




High School Sports Face Gender Gaps Gender causes some athletes to play elsewhere outside of the high school sports community Jordyn Voegele

You have played hockey your entire life. You sleep, breathe, and play the sport eight times a week. There is a good chance that you will get a full ride to play in college. Yet your school will never see you play and will never know of your talents. Why? Because you are a girl and Columbine only has a male hockey team. There are many more athletes at Columbine High School than the school realizes, but the school doesn’t offer them a place to play. Besides the sports like rugby, equestrian, or skiing that the school does not offer to anyone, certain sports are offered for only girls or only boys. “I don't think the school favors one or the other. I just think the school is a little narrow in its classification of boys’ sports versus girls’ sports. It shouldn't be so black and white,” Junior Mitch Clough said. Clough has played volleyball since elementary school, but because the school only offers the program for females, he has no place to play in high school. According to Title IX of the Educational Amendments, "No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid." Since Title IX was passed in 1972, there has been a call for equality in gender rights in all areas of education, including high school sports. “[Title IX affects Columbine sports because] you have to have equity amongst numbers and amongst funding. Those are really the two factors and how it affects it,” Athletic Director Mr. Christy said. Out of the sixteen sports Columbine offers, there are three that are offered for only boys, including football, wrestling, and hockey, and two offered for only girls, volleyball and gymnastics. “If a female version of the sport is not offered, then [girls] can go out for the male sport,” Christy said. However, a female version of a sport is usually created because the male version is much more physical, so the female version is made to protect girls from getting hurt. “In women’s hockey you aren’t allowed to body check like in men’s, but it’s still a physical game. I actually think that women’s hockey actually requires more skill since its less physical,” Se-

nior girls hockey player Jenna Hofmann said. “Since the game is so physical I think it would be difficult to play [on a men’s team] since I’m pretty small.” Women’s sports are usually less physical and held to a more “lady-like” standard. For example, the Olympics will admit women’s boxing to the games in London next summer, but they will be required to wear skirts to make the sport more feminine, much like in women’s lacrosse. Senior Allison Harcarik broke the gender barrier and joined the boy’s wrestling team and competed with them for both her sophomore and junior year. “It [was] extremely challenging because it’s very hard to relate to anyone, but it [was] also extremely rewarding,” Harcarik said. When two versions of the sport are offered, rules are usually altered to protect the girls. So when girls join boy teams their safety comes into question. But to be fair the rules are not allowed to change for them. “The second I decided to join wrestling I promised myself, the coaches, and the team I would not alter the game just for me. That’s not fair at all and that’s not even what I want. I wanted to work as hard as them and in the wrestling room, mentally, I’m one of the guys,” Harcarik said. But while high school girls hold the right to break these gender barriers and join the boys’ teams, boys are not given the same privilege. If a women’s sport is offered without the male equivalent, boys are not allowed to go out for that sport. “That’s just the rule. So it kind of works out for girls but not for boys,” Christy said. This makes it hard for any male volleyball players or gymnasts to find places to play. “Playing a mostly-girls sport does have its advantages. It gets you a lot more attention from girls than you'd normally get. Disadvantages [are] girls love their drama. It's really annoying. Also, it makes it really hard to find places to play,” Clough said. But even if both genders were allowed to mix in with each other there would still be major barriers that need to be broken. “There are huge differences between how guys interact with each other and how girls do,” Clough said. “I don’t think that people outside the sport would accept me for it. Everyone just considers it a girl’s sport and never understand why I play it.” For the school to be able to offer a new sport, whether it is already offered for the opposite gender or not, is an extensive

Enhancing Performance Athletes turn to using energy supplements to help in athletic events Grace Reader

Like in life, athletics often drive people to go to new extremes and do things to enhance their performance. “In the drive for perfection, their best simply isn’t their best,” Counselor Mr. Stout said. In high schools everywhere students strive to perfect their athletic skills, and sometimes this leads to the use of enhancement products.

Bystanders may see young athletes, in preparation for a competition, ingesting sports gels. In cross country, for example, these sports gels supposedly give one quick energy in order to make the runners’ performance better and faster during a meet. “I used one of those sports gels for the first time at one race this season and ran my fastest time all season, and I felt great!” Junior Gaby Agus-

tin, a varsity cross country runner, said. “I’ve had mixed results with sports gels,” varsity cross country runner Zaq McDaniels, junior, said. “They’re gross to eat for sure, but they can give you energy. Especially for me on the mile, sports beans or gels help a lot.” Gatorade has recently come out with the G-Series line, products marketed as performance enhancing. One

of their products is what they call the “before.” Advertised as giving an extra boost of energy to perform at a higher standard, students can be seen using these gels before races, games, and competitions. Gatorade’s G-Series products contains a blend of carbohydrates and B vitamins and are supposed to help the body sustain energy over a long period of time. Although not illegal, sports jelly beans, gels, and special protein powders are often used to make an athlete play better and safely gain muscles or energy. These are neither ille-

Senior Jenna Hofmann and Junior Mitch Clough display their chosen sports. Because of gender barriers, these athletes do not play at Columbine. photo by Sevan Strait

process. “[The school] has to do a survey to see if there is interest, and another piece of that is there has to be competition in the area. . . . It has to be proven that it could sustain itself. It’s a pretty extensive process for that,” Christy said. But when the high school doesn’t give athletes a place to play they have to go elsewhere and often find a club to play at. When they do this it often interferes with school. “[My club] go to out of state tournaments about four to five times a year so I usually miss a couple days for each tournament. I’ve also missed a lot of social things from school such as football games and dances,” Hofmann said. In contrast, if the student plays for the high school, conflicts with school are always excused by the school in addition to being highly supported by them. The sport can only be created with enough interest and enough money to sustain it, which makes it difficult to add a new sport. As a result there are many gender gaps within high school sports. But are breaking more often now. Nearly five times as girls are wrestling with boys as they did a decade ago. “[Wrestling with the boys] is also extremely rewarding. It also showed other people they can do whatever they want no matter what gender, race, religion, etc. you are,” Harcarik said. comments?

gal nor discouraged for high school students usage, therefore the students at Columbine do tend to use them. What people may not know is that supplements tend not to work any better than a Snickers bar or a spoonful of jelly. The Stone Research Foundation found that there are only 2 supplements in sports gels that actually affect exercise: caffeine and creatine, which gives energy and builds muscle. “They seem like a highly unnecessary thing, but I think that they do give you some sort of energy or mental assistance,” cross country run-

ner Maddy Smith, sophomore, said. “Plus they do taste quite good before a race.” According to, this year the top-rated protein powders were Myotin, Syntha, MuscleTech Nitro Tech Pro Series, Zero Carb Isopure, and Optimum 100% Casein Protein. Myotin, the top protein powder, is known for being the only protein with 6 muscle enhancing proteins: Whey Protein Isolate, Hydrolysate and concentrate, Micellar Casein, Colostrum, and LGlutamine. comments?



Lodden Steps Back on Court Previous girl’s basketball coach returns for the new season Jordyn Voegele

Happy. That is how five senior girl basketball players described their feelings when learning that long time Columbine coach Jeff Lodden would be returning to the Columbine courts. “It means the world to me to come back to Columbine. My first 10 years of coaching were here at Columbine, so I grew up as a coach here, and

this just feels like home,” Lodden said. Lodden was forced to retire from the Columbine program in 2009. At the time he was the JV coach under former teacher and head coach Jim Bartock. For the next two seasons the program was under coach Sam Murillo. But at the end of last season Columbine decided to part ways with coach Murillo and hire Lodden back. “His heart is with Colum-

Girls basketball head coach Jeff Lodden looks on as a Rebel basketball player defends against the Littleton Lions. Lodden is the new head coach, returning after 2 years. photo by Sevan Strait

bine. So the fact that he gets to come back and coach as the head coach, I think that’s pretty special for not just Coach Lodden but everybody,” Mr. Welsh said. Welsh served under Bartock as the assistant Level III coach. With the return of Lodden, Welsh gets to re-enter the program as the new JV coach. There are only five senior girls remaining on the team that were there when Lodden left and stayed through last season. All of them are thrilled to have Lodden returning to coach their senior season. “He has a mature personality and cares about the girls, and he is optimistic about the upcoming season,” Senior Megan Osborne said. Columbine is often seen as a big family and Lodden hopes to bring that philosophy to his team this season. “Our team motto is ‘One Team–One Vision,’ which means that we aren’t 30 players on 3 teams, we are 30 players on one team. We all represent Columbine High School, and that’s most important,” Lodden said. comments?


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there is nothing Columbine can’t do when we come together on the stage and on the field,” Principal DeAngelis said. After announcing the winning team, watching the cheers and poms perform and shaving coach Lowry’s head, the state championship banner was revealed and the seniors handed over the trophy to Mr. DeAngelis who presented it with the sound of the infamous “We Are Columbine’’ chant in the background. Next year the team will face a challenge as they lose almost 30 seniors and face the pressure to defend their state title. “Next year we have some big spots to fill, so we are going to work [hard] and see what happens,” Junior quarterback Michael Burns said. But the coaching staff is still confident that they will be able to have consecutive successful seasons. “I’m impressed with these kids we have coming up. They’re going to have the same bond as the kids we had this year so it doesn’t surprise me if we’re not back in the mix again,” Coach Thomas said.

Senior Cameron McDondle jogs off the field following his fourth-quarter score. McDondle carried the ball 18 times for 188 yards. photo by Sevan Strait

The 2011 season is one that will be hard to forget. “There’s no guys I’d rather do it with and its been one of the greatest experiences of my

life to just put in all the hard work and reap the rewards,” Senior Nick Burns said. comments?

2011 RECORD 9/2 Thomas Jefferson 9/8 Rocky Mountain 9/15 Douglas County 9/22 Poudre 9/30 Chatfield 10/7 Heritage 10/14 Arapahoe 10/20 Bear Creek 10/28 Mullen 11/6 Fort Collins 11/11 Fairview 11/19 Highlands Ranch 11/26 Grandview 12/3 Lakewood

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How do you prepare before a game? Before a game I make sure to eat plenty of carbs, drink tons of water and stretch. It’s nothing really special On a scale of 1-10 how good is the team this year? I can’t really put a number to it but we are very hopeful for this season and plan to improve upon past seasons.

How long have you been playing basketball? Is it your primary sport? I’ve been playing basketball practically since i could walk but I didn’t join a league until third grade. It also has been my primary sport since then. What’s special about the team this year? This year our team is special since most of us seniors have been playing together since sixth grade so we are an especially close knit team both on and off the court. How far do you think the team will go this year in the playoffs? I can’t quite say exactly how far our team will go in the playoffs this year but I do believe that we will surprise many of the other teams with our abilities.


How do you prepare before a game? I just eat a spicy Italian from Subway and listen to music. On a scale of 1-10 how good is the team this year? I think we will be a 10 by the end of the year if we work hard. How long have you been playing basketball? Is it your primary sport? I’ve been playing basketball since I was 7. Its my main sport.

What’s special about the team this year? We are all coming together and have a lot of weapons inside and outside. We don’t care who scores so no one is selfish. How far do you think the team will go this year in the playoffs? I think we can go as far as we want to. It all depends on how much work and how we get better every day. comments? photos by Sevan Strait






Sagittarius November 22- December 21

Celebrities we’d love to have as teachers... 10. Ryan Reynolds- “I would totally start paying attention in class... just not to the material.” 9. Megan Fox- “I would totally start paying attention in class...just not to the material.” 8. Leonardo DiCaprio- “He’s the only person who can make The Great Gatsby interesting.” 7. Emma Watson- “She can ‘alohamora’ our minds!” 6. Snooki- “We wouldn’t have to read books in English anymore!”

Monthly Prediction: Top o’ the morning (or afternoon) to you, Sagittarius. This is the time of year where all the different astrology signs can come together and celebrate–the state championships! And the various winter holidays, of course. But in all your excitement over Columbine winning the state championship, you drove home from the game much too fast, thus hitting a small bump in the road. It went unnoticed by you. Unfortunately, that bump was Mr. Welsh’s prized cat, and now he is out to get you. Avoid his room at all costs–he frequently brings dangerous ancient weapons to school.

Where You’ll Be in 10 Years: This time in ten years,

you will be happily married with nine children. Your youngest, Lance, will have just discovered the heap of presents hidden in the closet and thus will realize Santa is actually Mommy and Daddy. He was just a mere boy of six, and you ruined his childhood. Congratulations!



5. Daniel Radcliffe- “He can teach us how to succeed in school without really trying.”

3. Lady Gaga- “She would distract the administration from our dress code violations.” 2. Morgan Freeman- “I would actually listen to his beautiful voice.”

Kizzle and Tizzle

4. Jim Sturgess- “He could teach us to cheat so well we’d never have to study for a test again.”

And the number one celebrity we’d love to have as a teacher 1. Robert Pattinson- “We’d get all sunny days off!”

Rebel Yell: State champs! Rebel Hell: Finals . . . plus no final exemptions.

Columbine Salutes: Alec Baldwin for being too addicted to “Words with Friends” to be a model citizen.

Mysteries of the Universe: Why does Coach Lowry still have hair after having his head shaved?

Cinema Secrets: Why does the same man narrate every movie trailer?

Does your name mean anything? T: Most people don’t know this, but Tom actually means “dances with buffalo” in Sioux. Believe it or not, there were a lot of chiefs named Tom. K: Kiki means a name for a child, but worn awkwardly by a large brown man. Did you participate in Black Friday shopping? T: No joke. I went to Wal-Mart at 10:00 p.m. Had to park 3 miles away and walk. Almost got hit by a truck crossing the street. Got my ankle smashed in by an angry lady who drove her shopping cart into my leg because I wasn’t moving fast enough for her. Didn’t want to wait 45 minutes in line to check out so I left without a single present. Talk about the nightmare before Christmas! K: Oh yeah! We hit the Oak Park Mall at midnight and then cruised Target. We were home cuddling material objects by 3:30 a.m. How did you find out that Santa isn’t real? T: What are you talking about? K: Lucas gave me “the talk” when he was in 3rd grade. That was rough. What is something shorter than Kim Kardashian’s marriage? T: Rick Anderson’s temper and Cyrus Allen’s career as an anchorman. What is the worst food combination you’ve ever had? K: Taco meat dipped in milk. Don’t ask. What book do you think should be made into a movie? T: I’m not sure, but I do know that the movie “Tommy Boy” should be made into a book. Can you say Pulitzer Prize? K: “The Great Gatsby for Dummies.” What are you most looking forward to next semester? K: Senioritis




Musicians Take It to the Next Level Excelling musicians take their talents to college and beyond in the upcoming years to come Naito’s success will be taking him towards a longer path of excellence next year, when he attends the prestigious Pennsylvania State University. “I will be going to Penn State,” Naito said. “I am undecided about a major, but I plan to minor in music performance on trombone,” Naito said. “I also plan to audition for the Penn State Blue Band (marching band) as well as for one of their jazz bands. I also hope to be a part of Penn State’s trombone studio. However, over breaks and during college I plan to continue taking lessons.” Senior Blake Naito plays the marching baritone at the Parade of Lights. Naito is a highly talented musician who will continue with As made clear from his his musical career in the future. photo by Sevan Strait dedication to practice, Naito is passionate about the instruments he is capable of playing and the music he plays with them. Heidi Roberts However, when asked to pick a particular piece of music as a He walked into the empty room, looking more confident than favorite, Naito could not do it. “I enjoy playing all types of music the rest of them. He sat, he played, he left, just like the rest of equally because type has its own characteristics that make each them. But unlike the rest of them, he went back, with a different type and each piece enjoyable to play,” he said. While he makes fancy sounds with his extensive knowledge instrument in hand. Senior Blake Naito didn’t have to audition for wind symphony at Columbine High School twice, but he did, of the performance of music, Naito’s philosophy goes back to the basics. “In terms of performance, I think the most important just to get the practice at auditioning. Naito is one of the most high-achieving musicians at Colum- thing is to simply learn to play music and be musical instead of bine, and auditioning is a huge part of his lifestyle. In fact, there just simply reading notes on a page, though those are certainly are a variety of talented musicians at Columbine who plan to take crucial guidelines in performing a lot of music,” he said. While Naito’s skills are of the highest quality that Columbine their musical talents to college and beyond. Naito is involved in a variety of musical groups, which builds has seen these past four years, the talent does not just belong to up his impressive musical talent. “Throughout the time I have him. Senior Brandon Vela has definite plans for continuing his played a musical instrument, I have performed with many groups, music career past high school in order to use his talents to teach including the All County Concert Band, All County Jazz Band, others. He will be attending the University of Northern Colorado All State Band, CU Honor Band, the International Trombone next year and will major in Music Education K-12. Vela has wanted to pursue this career for two years now. “Just Festival, and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts Boot Camp as well as their Jazz Arts Camp in Westcliffe,” Naito said. since sophomore year, I found out the program has a lot of good Maybe give people an idea of how prestigious some of these are people in it, and it’s just something I really enjoy doing,” Vela In addition to just attending these prestigious enrichment pro- said. While Vela currently plays tuba in Columbine’s concert band, grams, Naito has won lots of awards having to do with them, such as the Mile High Jazz Festival Special Citation for Outstanding his exceptional talent lies in the string bass. He hopes to continue Musicianship in eleventh grade, and has lettered in Music the his passion for this instrument into the future. “I plan on as a side job, past three years. I want to teach bass, maybe The talent didn’t come private lessons, and maybe out of thin air. “In elementary perform on it too,” he said. school when the music teachVela has high ambiers offered the possibility of tion to become well-rounded being in band or orchestra, tryin music. When asked which ing out an instrument seemed instruments he would like to like something I would really learn to play, he responded, like to try,” Naito explained. “All of the instruments in the “After trying the euphonium, world!” I instantly knew that I really His dream job in the fuwanted to continue playing it.” ture of music would be teachAs well as euphonium, Naito ing students around the age of plays other brass instruments students at Columbine. “I’d such as baritone and trom- Band instructor Mr. O’Neill guides the band along the streets of downtown for Parade of Lights. The band had a very successful parade this year. photo by Sevan Strait prefer to teach high school or bone.

maybe middle school because Intro to Music is really key,” Vela said. Whether his music knowledge extends to all the instruments, teaching all students from ages six to 18, he plans to stay local. Vela elaborated on the topic of where his future would taking him by responding with “either living in a mountain town in Colorado teaching music, or in Littleton because it’s a pretty strong community with cool kids to work with.” The prime example at Columbine for a person who took their music career to the next level would be Mr. O’Neill, Columbine’s music teacher. Surprisingly, his path correlates directly with the path that Vela wants to take–he attended University of Northern Colorado for music education (and later got his Masters at the University of Southern Oregon), was inspired to take music during his sophomore year of high school, and had the ambition to learn all the instruments he could–and did it. When talking about his particular knack with instruments, O’Neill said, “I play all of them, some better than others. My

Senior Brandon Vela and Junior Sara Philibotte lead the band students through the school for the pep rally. Vela will be continuing his musicianship at UNC in the Music Education program. photo by Sevan Strait

main instruments are trombone, trumpet, and French horn.” Although it wasn’t just the passion for instruments and music playing that got O’Neill into the music program. When asked why he chose music in college, he said “It was pretty much the group experience I had [in band], the friends I made, the music I performed.” However, it was a tough spot to land at Columbine. O’Neill elaborated on the difficulty of getting a job as a music teacher in a high school by saying, “There is only one band teacher in a school, as opposed to 20 English teachers, so it’s fighting for one spot.” Not only is the music department competitive when it comes to jobs, but it can also be very competitive to actually keep a program in the school. While O’Neill does not think that losing the music program will be a risk for Columbine High School, he does recognize that it is a risk in lower grade levels. When there is a risk for losing the music program for young beginners, there does run a risk of having lower numbers in higher grades where the opportunity is more abundant. comments?




If You Give a Kid a Cupcake. . .

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He will not only enjoy it, but go back for more–Cakes Amoure delivers Trevor Ogborn

Food is a major aspect of culture, and specialized food shops continue to spring up throughout the country as food trends change. It used to be that a coffee house was unheard of because there was not enough of a following. Nobody thought a shop selling coffee as its main product could stay afloat, but now we see a Starbucks on nearly every corner. Frozen yogurt has been the latest example of a food trend blowing up, which could be seen as multiple frozen yogurt shops popped up in the Littleton area, from Nella’s, to Zinga, to Yogurtland. Next in line? Perhaps cupcakes. There are numerous cupcake venues in the Littleton and Denver area. You can stop in to enjoy cupcakes at Gigi’s Cupcakes, Cakes Amoure, C’est Chic Cupcakes & Cakes, Kate’s Cupcakes, Mullberries, or Cake Crumbs and The Denver Cupcake Truck. We talked to Connie Schneider, one of the owners of Cakes Amoure, to learn a bit about cupcake culture.

“I would say that [Cupcakes] have been a fad now for four years now, sweeping down from the East where Sex and the City made the idea famous,” Schneider said. Sex and the City, a popular television-show-turned-

“We see people come through here from anywhere between 5 to 65 years old. It’s one of those things that appeal to any range in age,” said Schneider. Why? “Because cupcakes fix everything. Who doesn’t want a cupcake?”

Cupcakes sit behind glass, waiting to be devoured. Cakes Amoure has a unique lineup of cupcakes and wonderful custom cakes. photos by Trevor Ogborn

movie, features two of its characters making frequent stops at Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes, which Schneider credits with the expansion of the shops. Even though the origins of this pop-culture fad are rooted with a comedicdrama that seems directed at certain age group, cupcakes are certainly indiscriminately enjoyed by people of all ages.

But where cupcakes are age indiscriminate, gender does seem to make a difference. Cupcake shops are generally geared toward women, especially in their decor. Shops are usually prettied up with pink paint and polkadots. I also discovered that there is no manly way to order “that chocolate one with white frosted swirls.” Schneider sug-

gests that the gender paradigm is historically based. “Cupcakes are predominantly feminine, I think, because historically baking has been a job done by women. It goes back to that mom-athome-baking mindset,” said Schneider. But as Schneider said, “Who doesn’t like a cupcake?” Gender definitely didn’t stop me from enjoying my cupcake from Cakes Amoure! Now, there is usually one major difference between cupcake shops: some sell only cupcakes (Gigi’s Cupcakes or Kate’s Cupcakes for example) and others do cupcakes and custom cakes. (Mulberries, Cake Crumbs, or Cakes Amoure). “Our income is roughly 60% from custom cakes, 40% from cupcakes,” Schneider said. At Cakes Amoure, they bake around 400 cupcakes a day. They offer “about 20 different flavours at a given time. We cycle through different line-ups of flavors based on the time of year,” Schneider said. comments?

Rocking Denver’s Parade of Lights Parade of Lights is a memorable experience for band students on their last march of this year’s season Grace Reader

The Columbine marching band performed for the last time this year at the Parade of Lights in Downtown Denver. On both December 2 and 3, the Columbine band marched along downtown streets to the delight of the crowd. This event is notoriously the band’s last hurrah for the year. Despite freezing temperatures, students in marching band and color guard showed up wearing their Christmas lights and played for the array of admiring bystanders downtown. “It was freezing,” Johnny Peraro, sophomore, said. In order to prepare the participants had two practices as

well as a dress rehearsal. Even though the temperature ranged from 20 to 25 degrees, students spent their Friday and Saturday nights dressed up in blue and white Christmas lights representing Columbine.

The parade was so cold, in fact, that students instruments began to literally freeze themselves. “It was so cold that my valves froze!” Freshman Chloe Roberts said. “My mouthpiece

Junior Harmony Long and Freshman Kendahl Lambert play flutes and piccolo in the Parade of Lights. Temperatures were so low during the parade that many instruments froze. photo by Sevan Strait

was so cold I could barely play my instrument. But overall, it was so worth the cold. It was such a fun day and a great experience.” Band members had to dash to the parade after playing in the 5A State Championship Football Game, where Rebel football was victorious. This year the band made it to state in band after placing 17th in league as well as scoring their highest score of the season in their Grand Junction performance. “I had a good time this year and I hope next year will be even better. Without the seniors this season would not have happened,” Peraro said. comments?

Google is more than a search engine site; it’s a form of entertainment. Google is famous for its constantly changing “Google Doodles” which transform the Google logo into a picture which honors some holiday, famous person, or event in history. Whether it’s celebrating Mark Twain’s 176th birthday or the Fourth of July, Google is sure to put a smile on users’ faces. For more curious Googlers, there are several keyboard commands and search keywords which can make Google do some unexpected things. Here are a few we’ve discovered: Trevor Ogborn Google Gravity:

Recursion: chromeexperiments/google_ gravity/



Type “Tilt” or “Askew” in Google search bar. Try not to compensate with your head!



Google’s search bar. Google will ask, “do you mean: recursion” spelled identically. Word nerds will enjoy this one. Mentalplex:




You have slain the

mentalplex.” Simply follow


instructions and see the magic

In a Google Spreadsheet, hit “Shift+F12.” You have slain the dragon.

happen! (It takes information

“Do a Barrel Roll”:

Type “Do a Barrel Roll” into Google’s search bar. . . Just do it. Nessie!:

In iGoogle’s beach theme, at 3:14 am the Loch Ness Monster appears in the water for 60 seconds. At that time, you can also see the northern lights in google’s Seasonal Scape theme, UFO’s descend on the City Scape theme, and fox ghosts appear in the Tea House theme. Search in Fudd-ese? You can change the language of

from your last couple searches to find out what you want to search.) Google Pacman:

Bored? Go to “ com/pacman” to play Pacman around Google’s logo. Flight Simulator:

Step 1: Download Google Earth Step 2: Go to “Tools” Step 3: Click “Flight Simulator” Step 4: Enjoy your flight around Google Earth Spam:

Hungry? Open your spam fold-

Google into Klingon, Pig Latin,

er in Gmail and look where the

and even Elmer Fudd!

ads normally are. You’ll see one of many wholesome spam

“Ninja!”: In Google Reader, press “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right” on your arrow keys. The search bar will now read “Ninja!” and a ninja is supposed to appear, though he must be pretty hard to find. . .


Ascii Art:

try them in Google Chrome!

Search “Ascii Art” to see the Google logo change into Ascii style

They’ll make your day.

42: Ask Google, “What is the meaning of life?” It will offer the answer 42 for your query. If some of these doesn’t work,




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