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Better than the rest

Girls’ basketball improves to 11-1, regains #1 ranking in the state page 9

“It is a big deal to win a hometown tournament.” Geoff Andrews

Girls’ Basketball Coach

Vol. 88, Iss. 6 January 27, 2012

Inside

McDonalds undergoes major renovations Page 3

Salina Central High School

In the midst of

After failing to make AYP, positive changes are being made.

improvement

What is the biggest change you have seen over the last four years? “I have not seen as many people picking on each other in the hallway.”

Kayla Davis Senior

“I would say the biggest improvement is people actually showing up to Gilberto Martinez school.” Senior

Leggings become new fashion trend Page 4

Basketball continues success at SIT Page 9

Photo illustration by Trent Bigler / The Pylon

Jennifer Stoddard Senior

“The best improvement I have seen are the ones with the building construction.”

“The school improvement process plan focuses on increasing relationships between students and staff.” Shanna Rector Principal

ESSDACK steps in to assist teachers, administrators in meeting AYP ‘Oklahoma!’ hits the Central stage Page 10

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By Riley Miller Guest Reporter

A state appointed educational service center known as ESSDACK has been around our school and in the classrooms improving instruction. Their motives include helping schools with data and improving its staff. “Their role is not to judge. It’s to provide insight. They provide an outside eye in an organization,” principle Shanna

Weese joins staff By Tessa Yungeburg Guest Reporter

From P.E student teacher to full time science teacher, all

February 1 Boys’ swimming home meet at South February 18 Regional wrestling tournament

Rector said. While at the school, ESSDACK RɚFLDOVFRPHWRWKHFODVVHV to see exactly what goes on in the classroom and what could possibly be improved.” At the recent meeting to review the observations, teachers found out that there wasn’t much to improve. “The school improvement plan focuses on increasing relationships between students and staff. It also focuses on strategies to increase higher order thinking,” Rector said.

Some teachers have had to make adjustments while others keep the same. “After the meeting I personally didn’t need to change anything. I’ve always done the higher order thinking strategies,” French teacher Mrs. Denning said. ESSDACK also said that writing the objectives for the students to see could be a needed routine plan. Another struggle for the school is to meet AYP standards. AYP stands for Adequate Yearly

in one year. This is a situation that Damian Diaz’s replacement Andrew Weese is facing. Mr. Hoelting, a retired science teacher of 32 years, had been helping out Weese while he earned his substitute teaching

license. Now that Weese has his license, the classroom is all his. “I think Mr. Hoelting and I are very similiar in the way that we teach,” Weese said. “We are both very vocal and we both love to teach.”

February 4 National thank a mailman day February 20 Presidents Day

February 11 AVCTL boys’ swimming tournament February 29 5A Sub State for boys’ basketball

Progress and their purpose is to determine if schools, districts and the state have made any improvement in student testing. Each year the state sets a goal for math and reading that the school needs to meet. Last year the school fell short in math and reading, but met it in different standards. This year the goal for reading is 90.7 precent and in math it is 88.2 percent. “Every year the goal gets tougher and tougher to reach but we still need to try and reach them,” Rector explained.

Andrew Weese Science teacher

February 14 B-Ball vs South at Bi-Center Valentines Day February 29 Leap Day (It is a leap year)


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The renovations at the East Crawford McDonald’s have evoked curiosity from the people who pass by it.

Sporting a new look

East Crawford McDonald’s gets a makeover By Eric Luce

Entertainment Editor While the recent remodeling of McDonald’s has caught every one’s attention, students have not been greatly affected. The changes to the local franchise evoked curiosity

from those who drove by, but it seemed that very few people really knew what was happening. The irony behind this lack of public knowledge comes from the fact that this McDonald’s is located on the busiest intersection in Salina. While the remodeling is still

in progress, the largest effect it had on the store was the period which the lobby was closed. Matt Remp, the General Manager of McDonald’s on East Crawford, explained the many reasons for their remodel. “McDonald’s requires you to remodel your lobby every

Page 3 10 years, and that’s why we did the inside. The drive-thru was remodeled in order to OHVVHQWKHWUDɚFLQIURQWRI the building and allow us to JHWPRUHWUDɚFWKURXJKWKH drive-thru without causing a dangerous situation out in the parking lot for families coming in,� Remp said. Remp also mentioned that while they did experience a decline in sales during the remodeling process, they’re hoping it’s going to pay for itself with additional customers being able to come through. McDonald’s stockholder and Economics teacher Tony Slothower is also enthusiastic about all their changes. “I like the new look of McDonald’s,� but was surprised to learn that although the sales volume at the East Crawford store is well above average, it currently trails behind two other Salina locations, according to Remp. Other students said that they could care less about the changes, “I don’t go there because I hate their food,� Senior Becky Garcia said. Senior Henry Sydow noticed that McDonald’s is very proud of their their new items. “I went in and asked if I could buy one of their new stools and they threatened to kick me out if I asked again.�

Taking care of tuition a little at a time By Sarah Gage Arts Editor

Applying for a scholarship is one thing; making sure you do it right is another. Scholarships aren’t something that can be done overnight. Resumes have to be prepared, transcripts have to be sent and information needs to be FROOHFWHG%XWRQFHWKHȴUVW

scholarship is applied for, the rest are fairly simple, only having to change parts in a resume or paper. Many large scholarships are offered for seniors, including the Dane Hanzen Scholarship and the Earl Bane Foundation scholarship. In order to get the Dane Hanzen, one has to have a GPA of a 3.5 or above and had to have scored a 21

or higher on the ACT. Students are then invited to take an exam that is similar to the ACT. A panel then decides on students to interview that took the test and scored well. In order to prepare a student for the interview, counselors and teachers do mock interviews with the qualifying students by running through possible questions.

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Student Life

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What do YOU think of

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Four girl students hang out in the cafeteria wearing the new fashion trend “yoga pants.� Yoga pants and leggings have become the regular wardrobe for high school girls.

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168 students were surveyed during lunch on Jan. 16th.

The new “controversial� trend Popular styles of Yoga pants; the fashion fab taking over girl’s wardrobes By Carson Jett Sports Editor

While walking through the hallways it is nearly impossible not to see Sperry’s, Nike socks, skinny jeans, Polo sweaters, and now, yoga pants. Recently yoga pants, or as some may call them, leggings, are being worn by almost all girls around with long sweaters, short tops, t-shirts and whatever HOVHWKH\PLJKWČ´QGLQWKHLU wardrobe. Easily enough, yoga pants are the new jeans. “They’re the best thing ever because it’s like you’re wearing pants, but you’re not,â€? junior Katie Kelemen said about yoga pants. But where did these incredibly comfy and tight pants come from and what are they actually for? As said in the title, yoga pants were made for women to wear during yoga because they allow stretch while exercising and are DQDOWHUQDWLYHWRWKHXQČľDWWHULQJ

sweat pants generally being worn. Many high schools around the world, like ones in Loveland, Ohio, are banning students from wearing yoga pants for the reason that they are “too clingy and revealing.� Although yoga pants are being watched more carefully and are causing some trouble, it is not stopping their popularity just yet.

“They’re the greatest invention next to the printing press. Gunnar Sullivan Senior

Kelemen and Norris both admitted to wearing these pants two to three times a week with t-shirts and UGG boots. Not only are girls so attracted to this new fad but guys seem to

enjoy them as well. “They’re the greatest invention next to the printing press,� senior Gunnar Sullivan said. Senior Kyle McQuaige also added they look nice, but mentioned that they may be looked at in the wrong way from some people. Although girls are freely wearing these yoga pants almost anywhere they go, there is still a level of discomfort that probably will never go away. Girls should also keep in mind their body types and the leggings they are wearing, because some even turn out to be see-through, causing even more problems. Yoga pants can cause controversy, but at this time it seems quite impossible to stop high school girls from wearing these incredibly comfortable and easy pants. Whether it be going to school, hanging out at home, or actually trying the art of yoga, yoga pants will be here for a while.

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Switching to the rival side Sophomore Casey Rayas transfers from South at semester By MacKenzie Morris Student Life Editor

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Walking down the hallways sophomore Casey Rayas is JUHHWHGE\KLJKČ´YHVZDYHV DQGKHOORV:LWKKRZKHČ´WVLQ it seems like he has been going to Central throughout all of highschool; that’s not the case. Rayas decided to leave his old friends and school colors behind and transfer to the maroon and white side at semester. “I felt like this was a better choice for me as a person and for my future,â€? Rayas said. Making friends has been far

IURPDGLÉšFXOWWDVNIRU5D\DV Playing sports throughout his younger years, he had gotten to know many kids that would later end up going to Central. “Everyone is really chill and welcoming instead of being judgemental since I’m newâ€? Rayas said. “The teachers are also very nice and have been pretty helpful.â€? (YHQWKRXJKKLVČ´UVWZHHNV at a new school have been full of positive thoughts, one problem comes to mind for Rayas. Since he transferred in the middle of the year and during basketball season, he had to cut

his season short at South and can’t play until next year comes around. Rayas is usually found in the student section cheering on the boy’s and girl’s basketball teams though. “I’m excited to play basketball and football for Central next year,� Rayas said. Rayas has noticed one major difference between the two rival schools. At South, students will congregate during passing periods and talk. “Everyone here just walks to their next class instead of meeting together to talk,� Rayas added.


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Student Life

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Winter fashion

Top 5 Men’s Fashion: 1) Shades of grey 2) Stripes 3) Duffle coats 4) Skinny cargos 5) Mid-top boots

Senior

Barret Koch

By MacKenzie Morris Student Life Editor

Top 5 Women’s Fashion: 1) Snake print 2) High boots 3) Bows and scarves 4) Leather 5) Burgundy print

Hannah Hadnot Sophomore

Gold necklace $8 Forever 21

Light Blue V-neck $2 K-Mart

Leather jacket $30 Rue 21 Lace tank top $10 Forever 21

Buttondown Cardigan $50 (from Italy)

Skinny jeans $50 American Eagle

Flare jeans $20 Aeropostale

Tall riding boots $35 Target

TOMS shoes $60 TOMS

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Courtest of www.collegefashion.net and www.gw.com

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“To put God first, others seond, and me last.” Shea Myers Freshman

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Girls Enough with the over excitement.

Feature

The

01.27.12

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Practicing proper texting ettiquette could lead to better texting conversations Let’s try to have a longer conversation than this. “JC” is pointless.

If “hi” is all he replies with, then he probably doesn’t want to talk. Just sayin’.

Feature

Annoying text behaviors send mixed messages By Sammy Jordan Opinion Editor

Smiling down at their “folded hands,” faces glowing from the mysterious light emulating from their laps, it is obvious that students are silently “lol-ing” at a sweet or humorous text. Nobody just smiles at their pants. Those who are capable of making a day simply by wittily responding to a message are diamonds in the rough of our virtual world. Unfortunately, some are not as gifted at this talent of texting. Auto correct mishaps, the excessive use of smiley faces, and repeated duplicates are among the annoyances of virtual communications. “When people send me duplicates, it’s really annoying,” said freshman, Courtney Roberts. “Like, I didn’t text you for a reason,” explained sophomore, Korin Koch. On the other hand, there

are some texting partners that take light years to respond to a simple “what are you doing?” After an excruciatingly long wait, the reciprocate of

“When people send me duplicates, it’s really annoying.” Courtney Roberts Freshman

the “text” will feel a vibration thats brings the relief of knowing their question has been responded to. Pulling the phone out of their skinny jeans (usually a feat in itself ), the receiver will look at their phone only to see a black screen with no text message awaiting their excited little eyes. What is this strange phantom buzzing black magic? Other texting annoyances

are when people feel the need to replace words, phrases and numbers with other symbols in order to achieve a “ghetto” appeal. “People who type really really ghetto are extremely annoying. There “e” will be a “3” or their “i” will be “!,” said Roberts. However, these ghetto messages are usually preferred over one word responses such as “K.” Nobody wants to get potassium as a response to their previous heart felt message. Juxtaposed with these aloof texters, are those who feel IT’S NECESSARY TO PUT EVERYTHING IN CAPS BECAUSE THEY ARE SO EXCITED!!!! Calm your thumbs down. By avoiding these tragically unfortunate texting mishaps, you might be able to achieve a true “lol” instead of a “smh.”

Page 7

Evolution of cell phones Forget about those bag phones the cell phone craze really started in ‘98. And, we have chose a few of the more important ones below.

1998 Nokia 5110 The Nokia 5110 was one of the first phones to feature the game Snake.

2003 PalmOne

What is your best excuse for not replying?

What is the most awkward text you have ever sent or recieved?

If he doesn’t reply, dont keep texting him. Chances are, he is busy.

Come on boys, we aren’t in middle school anymore.

01.27.12

Treo 600

The PalmOne Treo 600 combined a mobile phone with email, internet access and personal organizer.

2005 Motorola Razr V3

The Motorola Razr V3 was the thinnest mobile phone around and was also capable of taking pictures.

What is your most embarrassing story involving autocorrect?

2009 Blackberry

Curve 8900

Boys

The Blackberry Curve 8900 included a 3.2 megapixel camera, video camera, USB port and WiFi.

Try to keep the conversation going.

Texting apps

Here are a few of the newest and most popular texting applications for you to check out.

-

Voxer

“Walkie Talkie” app for smartphones. Sends audio, texts, photo and location messages instantly to one person or a group of people.

Text Now

A way to send free text messages from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

-

Heytell

Allows you to send “voice” text messages instantly to other contacts with the app. Used for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android.

Textfree Voice &VM

Send free texts and make free calls through this app with WiFi or your data plan. This is very popular for the iPod touch.

2011 iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S features Siri, iCloud, FaceTime and iOS 5 software.


Page 6

Girls Enough with the over excitement.

Feature

The

01.27.12

& \gflk of l]plaf_

\gk

Practicing proper texting ettiquette could lead to better texting conversations Let’s try to have a longer conversation than this. “JC” is pointless.

If “hi” is all he replies with, then he probably doesn’t want to talk. Just sayin’.

Feature

Annoying text behaviors send mixed messages By Sammy Jordan Opinion Editor

Smiling down at their “folded hands,” faces glowing from the mysterious light emulating from their laps, it is obvious that students are silently “lol-ing” at a sweet or humorous text. Nobody just smiles at their pants. Those who are capable of making a day simply by wittily responding to a message are diamonds in the rough of our virtual world. Unfortunately, some are not as gifted at this talent of texting. Auto correct mishaps, the excessive use of smiley faces, and repeated duplicates are among the annoyances of virtual communications. “When people send me duplicates, it’s really annoying,” said freshman, Courtney Roberts. “Like, I didn’t text you for a reason,” explained sophomore, Korin Koch. On the other hand, there

are some texting partners that take light years to respond to a simple “what are you doing?” After an excruciatingly long wait, the reciprocate of

“When people send me duplicates, it’s really annoying.” Courtney Roberts Freshman

the “text” will feel a vibration thats brings the relief of knowing their question has been responded to. Pulling the phone out of their skinny jeans (usually a feat in itself ), the receiver will look at their phone only to see a black screen with no text message awaiting their excited little eyes. What is this strange phantom buzzing black magic? Other texting annoyances

are when people feel the need to replace words, phrases and numbers with other symbols in order to achieve a “ghetto” appeal. “People who type really really ghetto are extremely annoying. There “e” will be a “3” or their “i” will be “!,” said Roberts. However, these ghetto messages are usually preferred over one word responses such as “K.” Nobody wants to get potassium as a response to their previous heart felt message. Juxtaposed with these aloof texters, are those who feel IT’S NECESSARY TO PUT EVERYTHING IN CAPS BECAUSE THEY ARE SO EXCITED!!!! Calm your thumbs down. By avoiding these tragically unfortunate texting mishaps, you might be able to achieve a true “lol” instead of a “smh.”

Page 7

Evolution of cell phones Forget about those bag phones the cell phone craze really started in ‘98. And, we have chose a few of the more important ones below.

1998 Nokia 5110 The Nokia 5110 was one of the first phones to feature the game Snake.

2003 PalmOne

What is your best excuse for not replying?

What is the most awkward text you have ever sent or recieved?

If he doesn’t reply, dont keep texting him. Chances are, he is busy.

Come on boys, we aren’t in middle school anymore.

01.27.12

Treo 600

The PalmOne Treo 600 combined a mobile phone with email, internet access and personal organizer.

2005 Motorola Razr V3

The Motorola Razr V3 was the thinnest mobile phone around and was also capable of taking pictures.

What is your most embarrassing story involving autocorrect?

2009 Blackberry

Curve 8900

Boys

The Blackberry Curve 8900 included a 3.2 megapixel camera, video camera, USB port and WiFi.

Try to keep the conversation going.

Texting apps

Here are a few of the newest and most popular texting applications for you to check out.

-

Voxer

“Walkie Talkie” app for smartphones. Sends audio, texts, photo and location messages instantly to one person or a group of people.

Text Now

A way to send free text messages from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

-

Heytell

Allows you to send “voice” text messages instantly to other contacts with the app. Used for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android.

Textfree Voice &VM

Send free texts and make free calls through this app with WiFi or your data plan. This is very popular for the iPod touch.

2011 iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S features Siri, iCloud, FaceTime and iOS 5 software.


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Sports

01.27.12

Gaining confidence

Wrestling wins first tournament in 19 years By Nathan Garlow

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Qualifying early

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After their victory against Smoky Valley the boy’s basketball team takes a picture with their third place plaque and medals.

Boys b-ball finishes 3rd in S.I.T. 2012 All-Tournament Team Kyle McQuaige Senior

Mark Vaughn Junior


01.27.12

Sports

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By the

numbers

S.I.T.

CHAMPIONS

a quick look at numbers and stats from the winter sports season

555 the girls’ basketball team national ranking.

1

the number of tournaments the wrestling team has won in 19 years.

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Top: the girls’ basketball team recieves their championship plaque and medals. Bottom: during their first round victory over Concordia, Coach Andrews talks with the team during a timeout.

Girls’ basketball wins first tourney in 22 years By Hayley Hager Reporter

A much needed spark. That was what head girl’s basketball coach Geoff Andrews was looking for while down three points in Saturday’s SIT tournament. He found that spark in freshman Bailey Driver. “There is a lot of pressure being a freshman and I feel like I had a big role to play,” Driver said, but without that effecting her game, she came in and scored the three points the girls’ basketball team needed to tie

Athletes in the mix Erin Harvey Girls Basketball Max Kuhn Boys Basketball Tyler Lindzy Wrestling Mitchell Arpin Swimming & Diving Allie Nowlin Girls Basketball

the game. “This win was an exciting step in our program and it was a big deal to win a hometown tournament,” Coach Andrews said. The last time the Lady Stangs won a tournament was 22 years ago, but despite the young age of the players, the SIT was in the hands of the core of the team, sophomore starters MacKenzie Morris, Emily Wood and Shaelyn Martin. “I don’t think about being the only senior starter. All the younger sophomores are leaders too so it doesn’t effect how we play on

On the Spot

the court,” lone senior starter Maddy Shetlar said. With their victory the girl’s returned to their number one 5A state ranking. “We went into the game thinking like champions, so I had to play like a champion,” Bailey Driver said. As SIT champions the girl’s have accomplished one of several team goals which includes a trip to the 5A state tournament in Topeka. “The girls are really happy but they know there are bigger tournaments to win,” Coach Andrews said.

Craziest thing I ever ate

Least favorite animal

I’d never date someone who

“Frog legs”

“Naked mole rat or cougar”

“Is younger or shorter than me”

“Play-Doh” “Hotdog with nacho cheese” “Shampoo” “Chicken heart”

“Jayhawk” “Rat” “Jayhawk” “Snakes”

“Has hair spiked like mine” “Hates on other people” “Is a huge pushover” “Does drugs”

the approximate height of the varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams combined.

6

the number of boy swimmers who have qualified for state this year.

53%

the field goal percentage that junior Mark Vaughn is shooting this year.

the number of points that senior Kyle McQuaige is averaging this season.

15.3 *For more basketball stats visit www.maxreps.com


Arts

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Oscar

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Taking center stage

The Oscars are coming up, so the Pylon staff decided to share their predictions on who is going to win. BEST PICTURE “War Horse” BEST ACTOR Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar” BEST ACTRESS Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

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During a riot of the men, senior Kiefer Lawson, as an entrapped peddler, sings about the injustice done to him.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR George Clooney, “The Ides of March”

Drama department hopes to fill every seat with challenging, popular musical “Oklahoma!”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Jessica Chastain, “The Help” BEST DIRECTOR Steven Spielberg, "War Horse”

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Photos by Rachel Hodges / The Pylon (above): The cast collects to sing and dance about experiences in Kansas City. (middle): Senior Carolyn Exline poses for the finale as Ado Annie. (right): Junior Jackson Mattek and senior Zoe Rea get close to share an intimate moment.

Wanna see the show? Oklahoma can be seen on stage tonight, Friday, Jan. 27 and tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28.

Cost is $6 for students and $7 adults


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Opinion

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&

Kudos Call Outs

From Another Perspective

The following are situations in which our students and faculty deserve praise for a job well done or to be callled out for dropping the ball.

Kudos:

David Weiner/ reporter

“Reality� shows shouldn’t change our lives Hayley Hager Staff Reporter

Orange skin and tight cheetah print dresses aren’t fashionable. Along with the list of things that stick out of the ordinary, having an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 16 and thirty women competing for one man’s “love� on national television aren’t reality at all. I know all of you already know what I am talking about; the popular reality shows Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, and The Bachelor. In reality, Jersey Shore gives us nothing but examples of what not to be. The main focuses of the show are “The Situation�; the biggest tool to ever exist on the planet, “Meatball Problems�; a list of activities the unique Snooki and Deena cannot easily achieve in their even more unique Guidette lives, and “Rahn� and Sam’s more than unhealthy and dysfunctional relationship. Now we may be young and dumb, but we are all smart enough

to know that those aren’t the kinds of things to be when we are adults in the real world. Because this is reality TV, we understand it’s made for our own entertainment. Teen Mom has also been a huge hit on MTV. I’m not saying Teen Mom sends us a harmfulmessage like Jersey

other forever by proposals and marriage thinking that that is the answer to their happiness. Even more so than following dreams and getting married, we have seen messed up family relationships that no child should endure. Again, this is reality TV, but we know to never let something so serious invade

Staff vote: Do reality shows greatly effect your everyday life?

YES: 4 6KRUHEXW,GHȴQLWHO\WKLQN it sends us a deceiving one. The show glamorizes the idea of having a child while in high school, and though I have no experience, I don’t think having a child right now would be that easy. On Teen Mom. we have seen multiple couples commit to each

NO: 11 into our personal lives. I have a lot of respect for the teen moms we interact with everyday, but the ones put in the spot light on MTV are not necessarily moms to look up to. Now if there is serious entertainment created by Reality TV, I think it would be from The Bachelor/The

Bachelorette. People sign up to be on national television to “fall in loveâ€? with someone they have never met. They are competing for this “loveâ€? against 25 other men or women. To me, this is just embarrassing and honestly pretty pathetic. Love isn’t the easiest thing to accomplish but is going on a set-up national television show UHDOO\JRLQJWRKHOS\RXČ´QGWKH man of your dreams? I’m going to say no, that’s not the case, you just look like a crazy person. I can admit that even though the shows are quite preposterous, they completely IXOČ´OOWKHLUSXUSRVHWRHQWHUWDLQ Jersey Shore is probably one of the best things to ever happen to my life and I will forever look forward to “Jersdayâ€?. I will always have a spot in my heart for how cute Maci, Ryan, and Bentley are on the original 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. Reality television can get crazy, EXWLWGHČ´QLWHO\DGGVDOLWWOH excitement to everyone’s weeks.

Versus-Romney for G.O.P. or G.O.N.E. Dalton Willey Guest Reporter Tradition and excellence are the foundations of the Republican Party, with intent to restore the United States back to the prosperous nation it once was. Mitt Romney will have my vote. Now before you yell at me for jumping on the Romney bandwagon; As a candidate he is by far the best choice out of any of GOP nominees with a strong economic background and by far one of the soundest foreign policies. Most recently the Romney storm has swept through Iowa and New Hampshire earning a win in both these states; soon enough Romney will win South Carolina and sky rocket to the top of most republican’s minds. What’s actually important is Romney’s chances against Obama. In a head to head between Romney and Obama CNN reports that Romney would win the presidential election by 2% of the vote. Now naysayers of the Romney machine (Max Wellbrock-Talley) like to point out that Romney would cut Social Services and

increase military spending, unfortunately, unlike Mr. Talley Max Welbrock-Talley would have you believe, these Guest Reporter are good things. Romney’s cuts in social The Republican Party has services would only be cuts to traditionally stood for big increase the private sectors defense, free markets, family involvement in areas such as values, and a weak federal Social security and economic government. In reality, this aid; essentially what we would platform is nothing more than have is social services programs sugar-coating a presidency of that are run by the private little to no change. enterprise which Let’s take has normally a look at a run much more According to CNN reports, Republican HɚFLHQWO\WKDQ in a head to head, Romney presidency, the government VSHFLȴFDOO\ would win the presidential Romney has. Increasing election against Obama by (since nobody defense spending else has 2% of the Vote. is a strategy that much of a I for one strongly chance of the advocate. Joseph nomination). Nye Harvard professor states A Romney Administration has that for the United States to already promised substantial remain a strong contender in reduction of expense in social international politics we need to services (that’d be taking away have a strong military from welfare and the like), So, when it comes down to as well as increasing military the next election, put Romney expense threatening Iran with on that ballot or the future of invasion (after two wars and our nation could very well end around 6,000 American soldiers’ up in the hands of a man who lives lost), and serious tax cuts couldn’t get the job done in four for the upper class (crippling our years, and there’s no reason to DELOLW\WRSD\RIIRXUGHȴFLW  WKLQNKHȇOOȴ[LWLQDQRWKHUIRXU Under Romney, we can expect to see our national

GHȴFLWLQFUHDVHE\VHYHUDO trillion dollars to nations like the People’s Republic of China, with nearly no tax revenue to pay it off. We can expect to see the corporations we have UHJXODWHGIRUVRYHU\ORQJȴQDOO\ be freed up as they were in the 1920s, when the stock market crash of a capitalist economic bubble bursting caused the Great Depression, with unemployment above 25 per cent and bread lines in the streets, or, more recently, in 2007 with the collapse of the housing bubble in the stock market, causing the Great Recession. Finally, we can expect to see the stripping of our individual liberties as Romney moves to protect the policy beliefs of corporate elites and Republican establishment, by cracking down on single mothers by taking away the ability to abort a fetus, FXWWLQJEHQHȴWVIRUGRPHVWLF partnership, and by destroying the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, We all know that the Democrats have done a poor job so far, but we can see that the Republicans will do no better; our only hope is the one we’ve counted out for far too long: third party candidates.

-Shoups friendly demeanor. -Funny Money scoring major laughs at thespian conference. -Martin Luther King Jr. day off. -Mrs. Paradis. -First Forensics meet in Oak Park, Missouri. -Two Latin credits in one semester. “Mate, Magistra Ramsey.â€? -Wrestling team winning. -School is more than half way over...Holler! -Teachers who are lax on the phone policy. -The bro blog. -Swimming State 4XDOLČ´HUV -Hayley Hager on the pylon staff. -Mr. Atwell’s twinkly eyes.

Call outs: 7UDÉšFQHDU3ODQNȇV RÉšFH7KHFOXPSVRI humans are like plaque in an artery. This school is likely to have a heart attack. -Having Umbridge as our Princal. -Walking from lunch to class like kindergardeners, escorted by teachers. Where are our colorful rings to hold on to? -Reading philosophy in Ap Lang. “The moral goodness can not be contemplated by wa wa wa wa waaaah...â€? -Teachers who let me sleep in their classes. -Flex Schedule. -Slothower breaking stuff with his destructive nature. -The monotony of School lunches. “Lets try and make school seem a little bit more like a prison, shall we?â€? $[HČľRRGLQJP\ upturned nostrills as I walk throught the hallways. -Why do you get a boyfriend and why am I single? -Dance Parties at Indian Rock. -Procrastination in getting a Sadie’s date. Seriously, where did all the boys go?


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During rehearsal for “Oklahoma!”, seniors Alexa Sharp and Joe McKenna take a break for a good laugh.

From the

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During class, Mrs. Russin laughs at senior Aden Olson as he plays with another student’s scarf.

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Music director, Mr. Holmquist, directs the choir in the auditorium.

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Junior Susanna Weller cheers at the basketball during the Imperial March chant and dance.

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While it was (finally) snowing, staffers from The Pylon jumped in the snow.

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Senior Kyle McQuaige goes in for a lay-up past a Campus Colt opponent.

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At the concert, sophomore Luke Stoss plays a solo on the piano.

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After Mr. Goodwin’s dry ice experiment, junior Erik Norris blows bubbles in the ice.

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