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www.chspylon.com Salina High School Central

Vol. 87, Iss. 5 January 28, 2011

February calendar Tuesday 1 3:00 One Acts auditions Wednesday 2 Groundhog Day 3:00 One Acts auditions Sunday 6 5:00 Superbowl XLV at Dallas Cowboys Stadium

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Sophomore Rakeen Allison dribbles past the defense.

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Fans cheer on the Bobcats and T-Wolves as they play on Saturday January 15.

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Wednesday 9 4:00 Parent-teacher conferences

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Thursday 10 No school, Umbrella Day 7:30 Parent-teacher conferences 12:00 Parent-teacher conferences 5:00 Parent-teacher conferences

New teams load the Parks and Recreation basketball roster

Friday 11 No school, White T-shirt Day Monday 14 Valentines Day

By Kaleigh Parker

Thursday 17 1:30 Making It Count for juniors in Auditorium

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Friday 18 2:45 Forensics tournament. Monday 21 President’s Day Thursday 24 7:00 One Acts Friday 25 7:00 One Acts Saturday 26 7:00 One Acts 9:00 Sadie’s Sunday 27 International Polar Bear Day Monday 28 Public Sleeping Day, Spring sports practices begin

Inside Purpose for piercings Page 3 Column: A generation of knock-offs /Page 9 Photo spread: Metals and woods / Pages 12

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Sophomore Tanner Montoy, junior Gunnar Sullivan, senior Stephen Furbeck, and sophomore Barkley Edison take a break on January 22.

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Seniors Laurel Michel and Uriel Gonzalez, on the T-Wolves Parks and Rec. team, wait to go into the game on Saturday January 15.

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Historic in-state rivalry renews itself tomorrow Feb. By Grant Martens Co-Sports Editor

A moment in time

Tomorrow is the 271st meeting between the Kansas State Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks. Here are some stats from the series: Č?7KHČ´UVWJDPHEHWZHHQWKH two schools was played in 1907. Č?.8OHDGVWKHVHULHV Č?6HULHVLVVHYHQWKPRVW

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How long will it take Christina Aguilera to sing the National Anthem? Over/Under: 1 min and 49 secs What color of Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach? Orange 5/1 Yellow 10/1 Red 8/1 Blue 9/1 Water 20/1 Purple 7/1 Steve C. Wilson / AP Photo Frank Franklin II / AP Photo

Staff picks

Clockwise from top: Mustang students give a new definition to the word “spirit.� Travis Berry shoots in for the takedown. Junior Ben Parks tries to gain the upper hand in his match of the dual versus South. Freshman Sam Allen is in control. Freshman McKenzie Morris pops a jumper from behind the arc. Senior Hashaun Norwood rises for a slam dunk attempt against Clay Center.

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In case you missed it Six Chiefs make the Pro Bowl roster: G Brian Waters, WR Dwayne Bowe, RB Jamaal Charles, QB Matt Cassel, FS Eric Berry, and LB Tamba Hali Boy’s basketball 7-4, looking to avenge SIT loss tonight vs. Andover; girls are 6-5, also in action tonight vs. the Trojans

Who will the MVP thank first? God 5/1 Family 13/1 Coach 9/1 Teamates 3/1 More points scored on Super Bowl Sunday? Dwight Howard and Paul Pierce OR Packers and Steelers With what song will the Black Eyed Peas lead-off the halftime show? The Time (Dirty Bit) 4/1 I Gotta Feeling 5/1 Boom Boom Pow 6/1 Imma Bee 11/1 Where is the Love? 20/1 Other 4/1


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Disappointing finishes in S.I.T.

Tom’s Two Minute Drill Tom Reed

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Championship streak ends for boys, girls finish second with lose to South By Dylan Grammer Staff Reporter

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Research shows students with more sleep, later start succeed more

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Brain at 8 a.m.

Brain at 7 a.m. By Grant Martens Co-Sports Editor

What if, from a single move by the school board, students would arrive at school on time more often, eat breakfast more regularly, get in fewer car crashes, be more alert in class, make fewer trips to the nurse and earn better grades? And, what if USD 305 had all means necessary to make such a change? Well, it’s possible.

Recent psychological studies show that by bumping school back from 7:35 to 8:15 a.m. or even 9:00 a.m. allows students to get much-needed sleep, sleep they are currently being deprived of. “I’m late to school probably 95 percent of the time,� senior Bradley Ethridge said. “Usually it’s the shower that does it; the warm water soothes me. It feels better than being at school.� Students have heard it over

“I’m late to school probably 95 percent of the time.� Bradley Ethridge Senior

and over: “8 to 10 hours... You need more sleep...� and on and on. However, due to a biological

of pushing the bell schedule back from 8:00 to 8:30, a Rhode Island high school presented shocking results. Students went to bed an average of 18 minutes earlier. Students gained an average of 45 minutes of sleep, increasing to 7 hours and 52 minutes. The number of students who said they “rarely or never got enough sleepâ€? was cut in half, as was the number RIČ´UVWSHULRGWDUGLHVDQG students reported reductions in

daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and depressed moods. If USD305 was to move the start time of school back, repeat offenders of the tardy policy say they would be on time more often. “I’m late to school everyday. My ideal school hours is 9:004:00, because there are no SDUWLHVDWDQG,ȇGGHČ´QLWHO\ be on time more often,â€? junior Darcie Labonte said.

Excessive homework stresses students out

High expectations from teachers, parents, and self may lead to school-related stress Stress survey The Pylon staff conducted a stress-based survey to evaluate the stress levels in the students at Central.

Are you stressed out? 50% said YES. 50% said NO. 260 students were surveyed.

Have you ever cheated because of stress? 54% said YES. 46% said NO. 252 students were surveyed.

By Stacie Burnett Co-Editor

There are many causes of school-related stress: homework, lack of time, tests. “One of the things that causes stress is expectations,� school psychologist Mrs. Higgins said. Often students have high expectations for themselves, from parents or teachers. “Sometimes parents put pressure on kids to get good grades to get into good schools,� English teacher Mrs. Benignus said. Freshman Kylie Mauch expressed that stress can come from confusion. “It feels like at times you’re expected to ‘get it’ so if I don’t, sometimes it’s hard to ask

questions,� Mauch said. Mauch also added that she does have teachers, such as Mrs. Cullins, who make her feel comfortable asking questions. Stress can bring complication to students’ lives including physical symptoms such as feeling sick, however symptoms may differ between people, Higgins said. “What is stress for one person might not be for another person,� Higgins said. English teacher Mrs. Bigler said stressed-out students can become unproductive if they get overwhelmed. “A lot of them have trouble focusing and getting things completed,� Bigler said.

“My daughter brought it to my attention years ago how many kids cheat on homework because they don’t have enough time to get it done.� Mrs. Benignus English Teacher

Benignus said she has heard of people cheating from stress. “My daughter brought it to my attention years ago how many kids cheat on homework

because they don’t have time to get it done,â€? Benignus said. “I hate to see kids feel so overwhelmed that they have to cheat.â€? To avoid stress after school from homework, Mauch tries to get most of her homework done during school. If she does get stressed, she will talk to her sister, Paige, for help with homework. Benignus suggested it may EHEHQHČ´FLDOIRUVWUHVVHG students to start saying “noâ€?, go to bed or take a break if they are so stressed they become unproductive, or communicate to teachers what issues they are having. She feels that syllabuses to prepare students of the

Stressed vs. Chill

Picking your own poison

Brain at 9 a.m.

shift during the adolescent years, a student’s body doesn’t get tired until 11 p.m. or even midnight, depending on the person. That’s right. The next time you fall asleep in Chemistry class, blame it on Mother Nature. Students are going to hit the sack when they are tired, and when school starts at 7:30, there’s no way kids can get enough sleep, according to researchers. After two months

Colleen Bradbury

expectations for the class may be able to help and she hopes technology and putting homework assignments online may help. “Teachers communicating is really good (to help stress levels) and could always improve,� Benignus said. Bigler suggested breaking work down into steps and putting things aside to be able to pull out one assignment at a time. Higgins agreed, breaking assignments down may help and also recommends taking a time out and walking for anxiety. “Physical activity is an across the board stress reliever,� Higgins said.

Senior schedules bring stressed, chill attitude

Favorite teacher survey

The Pylon staff conducted a survey for Central students to evaluate the characteristics of their teachers. Favorite Class

Best Style

Mr. Garber Journalism teacher

Mrs. Shaffer Science teacher

Best Hairstyle

Best Personality

Mr. Andrews History teacher

Mrs. Paradis English teacher

Best Smile

Best Teaching

Mrs. Bigler English teacher

Mrs. Cullins Math teacher


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Feature

Page 7

You snooze you...

M1 Art W2 Economics M3 Stacken’s Aid W4 AP Physics M5 English W6 Flex Schedule M7 Woods

M1 Band W2 AP Calculus M3 Human Anatomy and Physiology W4 AP Lit and Comp M5 Spanish W6 Enrichment M7 AP Economics

Research shows students with more sleep, later start succeed more

Will Putzier

Brain at 8 a.m.

Brain at 7 a.m. By Grant Martens Co-Sports Editor

What if, from a single move by the school board, students would arrive at school on time more often, eat breakfast more regularly, get in fewer car crashes, be more alert in class, make fewer trips to the nurse and earn better grades? And, what if USD 305 had all means necessary to make such a change? Well, it’s possible.

Recent psychological studies show that by bumping school back from 7:35 to 8:15 a.m. or even 9:00 a.m. allows students to get much-needed sleep, sleep they are currently being deprived of. “I’m late to school probably 95 percent of the time,� senior Bradley Ethridge said. “Usually it’s the shower that does it; the warm water soothes me. It feels better than being at school.� Students have heard it over

“I’m late to school probably 95 percent of the time.� Bradley Ethridge Senior

and over: “8 to 10 hours... You need more sleep...� and on and on. However, due to a biological

of pushing the bell schedule back from 8:00 to 8:30, a Rhode Island high school presented shocking results. Students went to bed an average of 18 minutes earlier. Students gained an average of 45 minutes of sleep, increasing to 7 hours and 52 minutes. The number of students who said they “rarely or never got enough sleepâ€? was cut in half, as was the number RIČ´UVWSHULRGWDUGLHVDQG students reported reductions in

daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and depressed moods. If USD305 was to move the start time of school back, repeat offenders of the tardy policy say they would be on time more often. “I’m late to school everyday. My ideal school hours is 9:004:00, because there are no SDUWLHVDWDQG,ȇGGHČ´QLWHO\ be on time more often,â€? junior Darcie Labonte said.

Excessive homework stresses students out

High expectations from teachers, parents, and self may lead to school-related stress Stress survey The Pylon staff conducted a stress-based survey to evaluate the stress levels in the students at Central.

Are you stressed out? 50% said YES. 50% said NO. 260 students were surveyed.

Have you ever cheated because of stress? 54% said YES. 46% said NO. 252 students were surveyed.

By Stacie Burnett Co-Editor

There are many causes of school-related stress: homework, lack of time, tests. “One of the things that causes stress is expectations,� school psychologist Mrs. Higgins said. Often students have high expectations for themselves, from parents or teachers. “Sometimes parents put pressure on kids to get good grades to get into good schools,� English teacher Mrs. Benignus said. Freshman Kylie Mauch expressed that stress can come from confusion. “It feels like at times you’re expected to ‘get it’ so if I don’t, sometimes it’s hard to ask

questions,� Mauch said. Mauch also added that she does have teachers, such as Mrs. Cullins, who make her feel comfortable asking questions. Stress can bring complication to students’ lives including physical symptoms such as feeling sick, however symptoms may differ between people, Higgins said. “What is stress for one person might not be for another person,� Higgins said. English teacher Mrs. Bigler said stressed-out students can become unproductive if they get overwhelmed. “A lot of them have trouble focusing and getting things completed,� Bigler said.

“My daughter brought it to my attention years ago how many kids cheat on homework because they don’t have enough time to get it done.� Mrs. Benignus English Teacher

Benignus said she has heard of people cheating from stress. “My daughter brought it to my attention years ago how many kids cheat on homework

because they don’t have time to get it done,â€? Benignus said. “I hate to see kids feel so overwhelmed that they have to cheat.â€? To avoid stress after school from homework, Mauch tries to get most of her homework done during school. If she does get stressed, she will talk to her sister, Paige, for help with homework. Benignus suggested it may EHEHQHČ´FLDOIRUVWUHVVHG students to start saying “noâ€?, go to bed or take a break if they are so stressed they become unproductive, or communicate to teachers what issues they are having. She feels that syllabuses to prepare students of the

Stressed vs. Chill

Picking your own poison

Brain at 9 a.m.

shift during the adolescent years, a student’s body doesn’t get tired until 11 p.m. or even midnight, depending on the person. That’s right. The next time you fall asleep in Chemistry class, blame it on Mother Nature. Students are going to hit the sack when they are tired, and when school starts at 7:30, there’s no way kids can get enough sleep, according to researchers. After two months

Colleen Bradbury

expectations for the class may be able to help and she hopes technology and putting homework assignments online may help. “Teachers communicating is really good (to help stress levels) and could always improve,� Benignus said. Bigler suggested breaking work down into steps and putting things aside to be able to pull out one assignment at a time. Higgins agreed, breaking assignments down may help and also recommends taking a time out and walking for anxiety. “Physical activity is an across the board stress reliever,� Higgins said.

Senior schedules bring stressed, chill attitude

Favorite teacher survey

The Pylon staff conducted a survey for Central students to evaluate the characteristics of their teachers. Favorite Class

Best Style

Mr. Garber Journalism teacher

Mrs. Shaffer Science teacher

Best Hairstyle

Best Personality

Mr. Andrews History teacher

Mrs. Paradis English teacher

Best Smile

Best Teaching

Mrs. Bigler English teacher

Mrs. Cullins Math teacher


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Entertainment

Sham wows

Relay for Life

When: April 30 Where: Salina Stadium Why: Raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Sham wows are positive and negative words or phrases that describe the month. These were chosen by the Pylon staff for January. If you have a sham or wow for the February issue go to and leave a comment to submit your suggestion.

Talk to Kellen Smutz, Carolyn Exline or Kaleigh Parker if you are interested in participating.

Reality Check, Ink.

Connect the dots

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January sudoku

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Shams

Wows

-Muddy slush -Left on Roach -Dirty cars -Low gas tanks -Ugly snow boots -Yellow snow -Slow traffic -Power bands -Lost hamsters -Dead snails -7:35 a.m. -Rumored snow days

-Snuggies -Nazi Zombies -Long weekends -Hot pockets -Sweater vests -Mittens -Marshmallows -Fires -105% on AP calc quiz -Flex schedules -Roll tide -Speed bump gone

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Opinion

Page 9

Column—A generation of knock-offs Fleur Ecouter Sammy Jordan Staff Reporter

Seeing as it was the night before deadline, I decided to Č´QDOO\EHJLQEUDLQVWRUPLQJ ideas for this particular editorial. I sent out a tweet saying “I need editorial ideas. #whatmakesyoumadâ€? to all 35 of my followers on Twitter (thank you to the three that responded to my cry for help, except for

Joeycat13... your tweet was PHDQ :KHQ,GLGQȇWČ´QGWKH responses to be satisfactory, I typed into google “good ideas for an editorial.â€? I found ideas over topics such as global warming, Obama, abortion and school dress codes‌ all ideas ZKLFK,Č´QGWREHFOLFKÂŤDQG overdone. My lack of ideas cannot be credited to my level of creativity but simply to my laziness. Even my own name, Fleur Ecouter, is a knock-off of Harry Potter’s ‘Fleur Delacour.â€? Our generation is a generation of knock-offs. Whether it

be because we are lazy, or just too scared to be little salmon DQGJRDJDLQVWWKHȾRZ:H wear polo because Lil’ Wayne does, shutter shades because Kanye does, and teased hair to try and be Ke$ha. We even copy previous generations. We wear keds, a product of the ȇVȾDQQHOVDSURGXFWRIWKH 70’s, and Fedoras, a product RIWKHȇV,IFORWKHVGHȴQHG us, we would all be the same people as our mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and I highly doubt anyone wants that. Our clothing choice should be that of our

own inspiration. True inspiration: an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavor‌ thank you Wikipedia. Meaning, that original ideas pop into our heads every day with no effort being put forth at all. These unnoticed ideas come into our brain, letting our most creative thoughts slip away without putting them into action. The trick is harnessing these thoughts and placing them into situations, art forms, and words that have purpose. This task is no easy process, and therefore, as lazy

people, we do not want to exert energy to achieve inspiration. People can make entire careers out of stealing other’s ideas and inspiration (cough, cough Tim Burton); remaking TV shows, songs, and movies, almost all of which can’t even be compared to the original. Although there are rare exceptions, such as the remake of True Grit (kudos to the directors, Ethan and Joel Coen. The remake was fan-freakin’tastic), the best ideas are those of complete inspiration of one’s own mind. In short, the best ideas, are your own ideas.

Letter to the editor: A molding youth By Courtney Train Senior

Engulfed with media, hormones, and fatty foods, Americans are changing values, morals, and beliefs. 7KHLQȾXHQFHRIWKHZRUOG around us is affecting our appearance, language, and action, creating a new generation of acceptance and reliDELOLW\6H[XDOFRQWHQWȾRRGV televisions, movies, magazines, music and more. As a nation, Americans face a craving for sex and rebellion. America’s youth is reaching new levels of puberty and curiosity during ages of innocence. The American moral standard of sexual activity is dropping to the point of a disease-ridden country as Americans become more sexu-

ally driven, losing values of purity and respect. We are entering an evolution of sexual standards. Teenagers are becoming more “developedâ€? and sexually craved due to the hormones and protein injected into the meat products we eat, along ZLWKWKHLQČľXHQFHRIIDVWIRRG (estrogen is stored in our fat—the more fat we have, the more estrogen our bodies produce.) Because girls are entering puberty and developing breasts at earlier ages than usual, they are looking more sexually attractive, making boys more sexually driven at younger ages. The media also takes part in this phenomenon. Movies and television—Jersey Shore (oops, did I just put that?)— show younger kids what is accept-

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able and how to look and act sexually mature with dress, language and actions.

“Never was I taught the moral aspect of waiting until marriage, and I know people will say schools are not allowed to teach that because it is a religious view, but it doesn’t even have to be about religion...� Movies are deteriorating the value of the word “virgin-

ity.â€? Anymore, “virginityâ€? holds such a negative connotation. I mean, how could it be cool to have respect for your own body? Because the value of the word “virginityâ€? has been abused, we should start encouraging “purity,â€? instead. Health classes fail to teach VWXGHQWVWKHVLJQLČ´FDQFHRI abstinence. The only thing I learned about the value of abstinence is it protects me from STDs and pregnancies! Never was I taught the moral aspect of waiting until marriage, and I know people will say schools are not allowed to teach that because it is a religious view, but it doesn’t have to be about religion; teach us that virginity is something that is our own and it is the most personal thing we can give to someone; teach us to have pride

Letter to the editor: Last lunch unfair By Samantha Lynn Curtiss Junior

Students, do you think it’s fair to have last lunch? Last lunch only takes away your opportunity to eat what everyone else is eating, in previous lunches. You miss out on the best things: corn dogs, soup, even hot dogs on buns (to replace the hotdog buns when they run out, lunch ladies put the hot dogs on hamburger buns.) Lunch is what everyone looks forward to during the day, and if it’s not there, then what can we look forward to besides getting out of school?

Nothing. So what’s the solution for us poor last-lunch students? Do we let the students in last lunch still suffer? No. Let kids leave school during last lunch? No. Instead, administrators not sell kids more than one hot lunch at all. If they didn’t sell more hot lunches, then last lunch would have the opportunity to have the hot lunches that everyone gets. Let the students with bigger appetites buy the leftover meals that we last-lunch-students always get stuck with. This will make it fair for everyone.

in our virginity, showing that we have a personal goal to restrain those hormones until we marry, because the reward of waiting could be the greatest gift we may ever receive. We are teenagers—horny, confused, curious and engaging—give us guidance! I come from a line of teenage pregnancies; my family was never taught these values, and it wasn’t until recently that I embraced them. Kids, listen, if you think you’re in love then prove your commitment and make an agreement to wait until you’re done with school and married, because trust me—it’s so fun waiting for that exciting honeymoon night! And for those immature who try to “get some� every Saturday, no one thinks you’re cool.

What are you most looking forward to this year? “Graduation.� Dakota Barleen Senior

“Summer vacation.� Becky Garcia Junior

The Pylon wants to hear your opinion!

Email your letters, preferably limited to 500 words, to editor@chspylon. com. Submissions must contain a full name for inclusion, and we will contact you to confirm that you are the author of your letter. Letters may be edited for clarity.

“Getting away from school� Brittney Brouillard Sophomore

“Hanging with friends.� Oceanda Hall Freshman


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News

01.28.11

Cell-tower construction begins By Tom Reed

Co-Sports Editor $VVRRQDVWKHFDOHQGDU WXUQHGWR'HFHPEHU7RP0F*LOton’s construction crew set to work immediately. 7KHČ´UVWRIWKHPRQWKPDUNHG WKHČ´UVWGD\RIFRQVWUXFWLRQWR build a cell tower. “It’s a Verizon cell-tower that provides service to the core area of Salina,â€? USD 305 Director of Building Operations Ken Kennedy said. The Verizon Wireless corporation received a lease to construct WKHWRZHUWR86'ȇVVSHFLČ´cations on the Salina Stadium premises. ČŠ&RQVWUXFWLRQRQWKHVWDGLXP is a district matter more than a &HQWUDORU6RXWKPDWWHUČ‹3ULQFLpal Stan Vaughn said. The tower will be built in

place of one of the light towers in the stadium. “In the future, we could have three more buildings built like that serve as buildings for the

“The towers could be the basis for a facelift of Salina Stadium in the future.� Ken Kennedy

USD 305 Director of Building Operations Stang Shop or concessions,� Kennedy said. The stadium lights will now be placed on the tower rather than on the light pole that pre-

ceded the tower. “The towers could be the basis for a facelift of Salina Stadium in the future,â€? Kennedy said. &RQVWUXFWLRQKDVJRQH smoothly and is projected to be completed before spring sports competition begins. “We didn’t want construction to be going on during the fall season and we told them they KDGWREHČ´QLVKHGEHIRUHVSULQJ sports,â€? Kennedy said. The cell phone tower is similar to the one that was recently completed at Salina South. ČŠ$OWKRXJKWKHWRZHULVRQD SUDFWLFHČ´HOGWKDWLVQRWXVHG for competition, it was placed VRWKDWLI6RXWKȇVSUDFWLFHČ´HOG would be renovated into a stadium to host competitions, we would not need to construct a light pole in that spot,â€? Kennedy said.

Brooke Wakefield / The Pylon

Construction began on the Verizon Wireless cell-tower in the first of December and should be done before spring sports begin.

Basketball / New players to Parks and Rec. basketball New Year’s Continued from page 1

league are in it just to have fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to win,â&#x20AC;? senior Logan Shetlar said. Shetlar plays on the Thunder, decked out in turquoise shirts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to take it seriously, but sometimes it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. We take it seriously until weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up by a substantial amount.â&#x20AC;? Beedy claims to be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;beginner,â&#x20AC;? while the rest of her team is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not so bad.â&#x20AC;? Shetlar has been playing basketball his whole life, ever since KHFRXOGČ´UVWSOD\DWWKH<0&$ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really positive,â&#x20AC;? Shetlar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy dribbling up and down the court, especially with some fresh kicks on.â&#x20AC;? With nothing better to do on Saturday mornings, Shetlar and his friends decided to form a team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a blast to play basketball with your buddies, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to not have to worry about the time and effort that goes into playing school basketball,â&#x20AC;? Shetlar said.

resolutions

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plus, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not good enough to play school basketball.â&#x20AC;? 6HQLRU/DXUHO0LFKHOLVDOVR playing Parks â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rec basketball this year, on a team with the T-Wolves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played for the school previous years, but I decided it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really P\WKLQJČ&#x2039;0LFKHOVDLGČ&#x160;,VWLOOHQMR\ playing basketball, so I wanted to play somewhere that I could have fun, and it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter.â&#x20AC;? The T-Wolves, however, other WKDQ0LFKHOLVDWHDPRIDOOER\V â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of different being the only girl playing with and against guys. It can get kind of rough, so I MXVWEDFNRIIVRPHWLPHVČ&#x2039;0LFKHO said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The guys on my team are really good about including me, and I feel like part of the team.â&#x20AC;? Like the Thunder, most of the T-Wolves have played basketball in the past, whether for school or just for fun. Č&#x160;:HGRLWJDQJVWDVW\OHČ&#x2039;0LFKHO said.

Did you follow through with your goal? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, I try to read a little every day.â&#x20AC;? Alisha Walters Sophomore

â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on the road there.â&#x20AC;? Ethan Toman

Remaining Parks and Rec. game days

Junior

January 29, February 5, February 12, February 19 â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, because I got real hungry.â&#x20AC;?

Games at: 9, 10 and ll a.m., 12 and 1 p.m. All games are played at the KSU-Salina Recreation Center 2320 Centennial Road

Casey Leister / The Pylon

Junior Taylor Bradley shoots a lay up during a Parks and Rec. game on January 22.

Dylan Huff Senior

â&#x20AC;&#x153;No.â&#x20AC;? (She STILL hates it) Kristina Morris Senior

â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Yes, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going] pretty well, actually.â&#x20AC;? Aleni Zavesky Senior

Go to to see their goals


1.28.11

Arts

Page 11

Show times January 28 and January 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets Adults: $6 Students $5 Senior Citizens $5

Nontraditional title Theater department hopes title, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urinetown,â&#x20AC;? will not lead audiences away By David Weiner Staff Reporter

Rachel Norris / The Pylon

Seniors Kelsey Hauserman and Jaicee Wilson star in the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urinetown,â&#x20AC;? showing tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

The theater departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musicals vary greatly from year to year; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working,â&#x20AC;? a musical about people and their jobs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beast,â&#x20AC;? the famous Disney story about love, and now â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urinetown,â&#x20AC;? a musical about paying to pee. As the years go by, the department has more than proven that they can take on any theatrical challenge that comes their way. 2É&#x161; FHU/RFNVWRFNČ&#x160;%XWQRWK ing can kill a show like to much exposition.â&#x20AC;? /LWWOH6DOO\Č&#x160;+RZDERXW subject matter? Or a bad title even? That could kill a show pretty good.â&#x20AC;? /LNHKHUFKDUDFWHU/LWWOH 6DOO\SOD\HGE\MXQLRU&DUR lyn Exline, shares the same concern that the title might lead people to not come see the show before they get the chance to learn what the show is really about. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urinetown,â&#x20AC;? the story is QDUUDWHGE\2É&#x161; FHU/RFNVWRFN DODZHQIRUFHPHQWRÉ&#x161; FHU who repeatedly makes fun of the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title and works for

the wealthy business owner &ODGZHOO7KHSRRUJHWSRRUHU while the rich maintain their ZHDOWKDQG&ODGZHOOJHWV richer by purchasing all of the water rights of the city during a time of extreme drought. The basic premise of the show is to reveal the large gap between economic classes in an

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to create a believable, unbelievable character.â&#x20AC;? Jackson Mattek Sophomore

LVRODWHGDUHD&KDUJLQJPRQH\ to use the restroom and punishing anyone who empties their bladders anywhere else besides in the designated amenities. &DOGZHOO%&ODGZHOOSOD\HG by sophomore Jackson Mattek, holds the authoritative power as the antagonist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to add my own humor and personality to put my character over the top,â&#x20AC;?

Mattek said. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to create a believable, unbelievable character.â&#x20AC;? The only worry theater direcWRU&KDG1XOLNKDVDERXWČ&#x160;8UL netownâ&#x20AC;? is its title and the way people might react to the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;urineâ&#x20AC;? and the opening talk about pee throughout the show. 1XOLNIHHOVWKDWSHRSOHPLJKWEH mislead by the title and assume that the show will be gross and inappropriate, when in all actuality, the show is a humorous VDWLUHWKDWLVČ´OOHGZLWKOLYHO\ music and subtle hints spoofLQJRWKHUPXVLFDOVVXFKDVČ&#x160;/HV Miserables.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could do the same shows every year, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t FKDOOHQJHWKHVWXGHQWV1XOLN said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping people will see the show in spite of the WLWOHČ&#x2039;1XOLNVDLG 1XOLNKDVEHHQDSDUWRIWKH theater department for the past ten years and never picks a play or musical if he feels he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the acting talent to pull it off. The actors have been working diligently during their long hours of rehearsal and are coming together to put on a spectacular performance.

A moment with the stars... What do you think of the title? Not the characteristic of the nature of the show, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny.

How many productions have you been involved in? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve helped out in some way for almost every production, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only been in 5 (all musicals).

How many productions have you been involved in? Eight Rachel Norris / The Pylon

Tyler Walker Senior

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite part of this musical? The slow-mo Act One Finale Why should people come to Urinetown? The music is great. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny and never boring!

Rachel Norris / The Pylon

Kelsey Hauserman Senior

What do you think of the title? I think it is very fitting for the humor of the show.

Stephen Lamer / The Pylon

What your favorite part of this musical? Spending time with everyone and seeing all the time and effort we put into this finally coming together Why should people come to Urinetown? Why shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a laugh and support their school and classmates on top of it.

Stephen Lamer / The Pylon


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Usefull skills are learned in woods and metal shop.

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1. Junior Kayla Davis uses a plasma cutter to slice through metal. 2. Freshman Matt Rowe grinds down a sheet of metal. 3. Senior Trevor Cole uses a hammer to shape the metal as he forges. 4. Senior Michael Hoffart uses a circular saw to cut a plank of wood. 5. Junior Henry Sydow and senior Richard Baker look on as Mr. Meagher shows them how to properly cut the wood. 6. Senior Matt Olson carefully measures his table top. 7. Senior Jacob Lemaster welds two pieces of metal together. 8. Junior Joe Platten uses a table saw to cut his plank of wood to the proper size. 9. Sophomore Shane Ramesy-Washburn uses the circular saw to cut a piece of wood.


January 2011