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Vol. 89, Iss. 8 • Salina Central High School www.chspylon.com • March 28, 2013 Lindsey Wood / The Pylon

Senior Puppet Day photo story

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Getting on track collarbones

toned arms

From constant workouts to counting every calorie, the idea of a perfect body has become...

a crazy obsession Pages 4-5

flat stomach no muffin top

tan skin

thigh gap

What’s inside

Senior art showcases Following the annual tradition, senior art students are being given the opportunity to display their art in the Concourse.

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With the legalization of marijuana, $42 billion could be saved, and our economy could potentially be fixed...

So, would legalizing marijuana be a good call for the U.S. or not?

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Fine Arts Choral Festival begins countdown to contest

Editor-in-Chiefs Emily Wood and Sarah Gage editor@chspylon.com

Business Team Jorrie Dykes, Afton Miller, and Sara Ingrassia business@chspylon.com

Student Life MacKenzie Morris, Editor studentlife@chspylon.com

Opinion Sammy Jordan, Editor opinion@chspylon.com

Sports Sydney Dauer, Editor sports@chspylon.com

Fine Arts Hayley Hager, Editor arts@chspylon.com

Feature Emily Wood, Editor feature@chspylon.com

Web Brantley Straub, Editor webmaster@chspylon.com

Photography Maggie Vernon, Brianna Chora, TeeJay Johnson, Sydney Kossow, Lindsey Wood photography@chspylon.com

Videography Dakota Rowlison, Katie Kelemen video@chspylon.com

Copy Editor Anna McHenry

Cartoons Alexis Carabinis

Staff reporters: Chandler Burris, Bailey Driver, Austin Huynh, Genna Salstrom, and Beth Cash

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The Pylon wants to hear your opinion The Pylon gladly accepts contributions from guest writers on any subject. 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 the letter. Letters may be edited for clarity. The Pylon is the official student newspaper of Salina High School Central. It is produced entirely by students of the newspaper production class, daily on chsPylon. com and monthly in print.

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Mikala Jeffery sings at festival. By TeeJay Johnson The Pylon The Salina Choral Festival is a concert that allows singers from other schools to display what they are performing. Schools like Sacred Heart and Ell-Saline participate in the festival and allow students a different perspective of other Salina schools. “Its interesting to see what

other school are working on,” said sophomore Samantha Highsmith, “It really helps us see what we need to work on as a group.” As students prepare for contest they have thousands of thoughts flying through their head. “Stand straight,” “watch Holmquist,” deep breaths from diaphram,” “get louder here.” “Mr. Ken Hakokda, Vocal Director of Kansas Wesleyan and the Jazz singer who performed really helped us to pick up some key elements and techniques to use during our pieces” said Highsmith. “I love that they brought Jazz into the concert because it is now a dying genre that once made a huge impact on people during the times of segregation.” The pressure around contest time is intense. “You have to be able to be confident in your part, sing out, but not so loud that you stick out.” said Highsmith. “It’s harder than you might think.” “This trip is a great way for students to value our performances,” said vocal director Mr. Holmquist. “It

gives us a chance to see others traditions and literature.” Mr Holmquist has been the vocal diretor for 5 years and continues to make advances in the department. “As we gain experience in each choir it seems to

become easier to choose more challenging songs.” As contest is just around the corner, Holmquist says that he has never been more at ease during this time. “We are ready to win that one!” Holmquist said enthusiastically.

TeeJay Johnson / The Pylon Seniors Anna McHenry and Alyssa Moore and sophomore Candy Dao sing at the Salina Choir Festival.

Senior artists: this year’s finishing touches the art of spring By Hayley Hager The Pylon

Art teacher Mr. Cullins keeps the creative juices flowing by giving his students a bit of encouragement, thus brought along the art showcase in the concourse. Thanks to the display, students receive the attention that they have worked for. “About ten years ago there was no place to hang art around the school,” Cullins said, “So I hired a guy to build two showcases and received grants to build them. It was a technical process, but students are now able to show off their work.” During first semester, different student’s work is placed in the showcase, but second semester is when the seniors receive their 15 minutes of fame, earning a two week period of hanging their artwork in the concourse for the entire school to see.

“I have my AP Studio Art students choose their best and favorite 12 to 20 pieces of artwork to put into the showcases,” Cullins said, “At this point all of my seniors can see the end, but deadlines, expectations, and appreciation are what keeps them going.” AP Studio Art artists have earned their spot by taking and succeeding in art for the past four years here. Forming the student-teacher relationship with Cullins is one that most students learn from and take with them into their future. “It has been a fun but different experience taking art with Cullins all of high school,” senior Will Shadwick said, who has been a top art performer. “Obviously art is a great way to express yourself, and with the showcase in the concourse, it feels really good that people are able to recognize my artwork and all the things I’ve done.”

Concourse showcase schedule of senior artists

March 11 - 29 Joe McKenna April 1 - 12 Kate Martens April 15 - 26 Will Shadwick April 29 - May 9 Brandon Lytle The Salina Art Center, Teen Docent Program and Kansas Wesleyan University present:

An open art show in KWU’s ‘Sam’s Hall of Fine Arts’ from March 4 - April 5 Gallery hours: 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Monday through Friday


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Student Life

Hidden

Happy Hours

A list of happy hours that occur throughout the day at restaurants in Salina.

Bogeys

2-5 p.m. 8 p.m.-close

1/2 price drinks Buddy the Elf Bought by Riley Gates

The Goth

The Baby

The Gangster

Bought by Taylor Hanson

Bought by Dekeysha Cooper

Bought by Noah Grant

$1

$1

$5

$1

A puppet Palooza

Students buy seniors; dress them however they desire for a day By MacKenzie Morris The Pylon

Senior Decker Gates walks down the hallway as he towers over other students at 6’7’’. He’s not in his usual shorts and a t-shirt, but instead a Buddy the Elf Costume. This is far from the usual; and for many that’s what Senior Puppet Day is all about. After a one year hiatus the journalism department chose to put on a Senior Puppet Day as a fundraiser for the newspaper During the weeks leading up to the event underclassmen have

the opportunity to buy their favorite senior, and then make them talk and dress however they want for a day. “It was a fun day,” Gates said. “I put others in a good mood with my elf costume.” Gates was bought by his sister, sophomore Riley Gates. He was dressed as Buddy the Elf because his family will always refer to him as this character when they watch the movie, “Elf.” Others, like junior Justin Gaddy, bought their favorite senior as a chance to make

them into a completely opposite person. Gaddy bought senior Nathan Garlow and dressed him up as a thug. “The more I look at Nathan, the more I see him as a true thug,” said Gaddy. It took some getting use to, but Garlow has let the thug lifestyle grow on him. “I’ve never even owned a wife beater,” said Garlow. “But it was fun to be crazy for a day and make people laugh at what I looked like.” One of the most popular puppets was senior Rakeen

Allison, who was dressed as the character Radio from the movie “Radio” by fellow senior Zak Will for a total of $36. “People called me Radio during football season since they think I look like him,” said Allison. “People were cracking up all day.” Senior Puppet Day wasn’t just a success for the seniors and their buyers, but for the journalism program itself. It has doubled the amount of money brought in by the fundraiser from last year at a total of over $300.

Most

creative puppets

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Senior puppets meet in the middle of the hallway to take part in the Harlem Shake for the senior video.

1. Rakeen Allison as “Radio” 2. Eli Beery as a hotdog 3. Michelle Perales as a grandma 4. Suzy Weller as Flo 5. Jackson Mattek as Arabella

Taco John’s 2-4 p.m.

1/2 price Potato o’lays

Dairy Queen 2-4 p.m.

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Carlos O’ Kelly’s 4-6 p.m.

1/2 price Appetizers

Applebee’s 9-close weekdays 10-close weekends

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Sonic 2-4 p.m.

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1/2 price Frostie’s

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sum Obsession for a

mer body

In depth By Bailey Driver The Pylon

A

s the weather warms up, sweat shirts and jeans will be stored away for next fall, leaving room for bare skin. From bikinis or swim trunks to sun dresses and tank tops, Americans will be conscious as to how they look now more than any other time of year. Multimedia produces pictures of “perfect” celebrities with “perfect” body shapes and structures, leaving women and men feeling self-conscious as they try to compare themselves to these airbrushed and edited pictures. Since World War I, the media has shown thinner and thinner bodies as the ideal for all women. “Other girls see themselves as fat and ugly compared to celebrities in multimedia;

they feel like they have to compete to look just like them,” said junior Paige Johnson. For some, this is the product of life threatening illnesses and eating disorders. Bulimia, anorexia, over eating then not eating at all, and repeated losing and gaining of weight are just some of the ways people cope with body image. While most don’t take it to that extreme, the awareness of body image affects everyone in some way. “I try to make sure I’m eating healthy by measuring out my food and adding calories into my fitness app to make sure I’m under my calorie goal,” said sophomore Riley Miller. One study shows that by the age of thirteen, 53 percent of American girls are unhappy with their body. By the age of seventeen, that number increases to 78

percent. All women and men want to be attractive to the opposite sex, or just look nice because it makes you feel good about yourself. “Guys like it when you wear that two piece,” said junior Eva Martinez. Whether you download nutrition apps on your phone, workout out on a daily basis, keep a food journal, count calories, or work with a personal trainer, everyone wants to be confident in their body. Even spending time in tanning beds (yes, even men), and waxing or shaving your body are all part of looking presentable and creating self worth. “I don’t know why girls are so worried about being skinny, boys like to hug teddy bears, not sticks,” said senior Chris Gonzalez.

As summer approaches, students do whatever it takes to look good

Creative ways to

Workout classes offered around Salina

get a summer body without

Waterwaking at Kenwood Cove 10 passes for $20 7-8 am Monday-Friday 8:15-9 pm Monday-Thursday

spending too much ca h

s

10 passes for $35 8:15- 9pm Monday-Thurdsday

Zumba at the YMCA

Group Kick (Kickboxing) at Genesis

$25 summer pass 5:35-6:35 pm Monday 5:30-6:30 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Being healthy and in-shape takes a lot of work. Here are some ideas of workouts that may make the proccess a little easier and more fun.

Training to survive a zombie apocalypse CrossFit training (i.e. “Dirty 30” or “Fran”) Warrior Training This training regiment attempts to put you in all of the positions you could find yourself in if you were to try to survive a zombie apocalypse. The workout focuses on cardio and trying to wear you out like you might feel when you are on the run.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Olive Garden

Baked Potato (270 cal.) Grilled chicken sandwich (360 cal.)

Herb-grilled salmon (510 cal.) Berries & Zabaione (220 cal.)

Subway

Taco Bell

McDonald’s

6 in. roasted chicken breast (330 cal.) Roast beef deli sandwich (223 cal.)

Crunch taco fresco style (150 cal.) Chicken Baja Gordita Fresco Style (230 cal.)

Snack size fruit & walnut salad (210 cal.) 4 piece chicken McNuggets (190 cal.)

Free apps that promote healthy lifestyles Lose It!

Calorie Counter This app is a calorie database that helps you keep a food journal and track your exercise. The app works to make recording food as simple as possible with a searchable food database of over 2 million foods.

Sydney Kossow / The Pylon

Seniors Kade True and Shannon Bradbury show off their summer bodies. They prepare for summer by working out, tanning, and eating healthy.

For more simple ideas, visit these Twitter sites: @runkeeper- Runners rejoice. This feed is chock full of training tips, articles, and updates on their popular running app. @luluemon- Tweets the latest about apparel and must-do fitness ventures. @massivehealth- Tweets with great infographics and data-driven approach to understanding what we can do to improve the overall health of the nation. @athleticfoodie- Get the deets on healthy living from Olympic swimmer Garrett Weber-Gale and his family. He tweets tips for going gluten-free, tasty recipes, and interesting news on fitness and nutrition.

Nike+ Running With Lose It!, you can set up a personal weight loss plan. After setting a goal weight, counting calories is made easy through a food journal. You can also find new meal options and share your favorites with friends and family.

This app tracks distance, pace, time and calories burned with GPS. It automatically uploads to nikeplus.com so you can see your runs, including your route and elevation. It also features motivation from some of Nike’s top athletes.

Health & fitness facts 1children in are3 physically active every day.

Less than

5%

More than

30

of adults participate in minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.

80%

of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities,

and more than

80% of adolescents

do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.

Children now spend more than

7 1/2

hours a day in front of a screen (e.g. TV, video games, computer)

Data from 2009-2010 indicates that over 78 million U.S. adults and about

12.5 million (16.9%) children and adolescents are obese.

Since the 1970s, the number of fast food restaurants has more than

doubled.

from greatest.com

Summertime Girls

Boys

styles As the weather heats up and summer gets closer, it is time to break out the warm-weather clothes. Here are some ideas of the top fashions for summertime.

Wendy’s

Grilled Chicken - Drumstick (70 cal.) 3 Hot Wings (210 cal.)

-Keeping a food journal increases the liklyhood of eating healthy -Need a quick snack that works any time? Hard boiled eggs can be easily kept in the fridge -Despite what many think, skipping carbs is not ideal for someone who is working out -Skipping meals is unhealthy; balance your calorie intake all day -Get at least 20 minutes of sun per day for a healthy dose of Vitamin D -Eat raw foods as much as possible -Fat burning foods: grapefruit, watermelon, berries, hot peppers, celery, greek yogurt, eggs, fish, green tea, coffee, water, oatmeal -Drink more water if you have dry skin -For a new snack eat half of an avocado -Tempted? Instead of doughnuts ... Choose a whole grain cereal with low-fat milk or grab a light yogurt with a piece of fruit -Protein grocery list: chicken, turkey, trout, buffalo, navy beans -Stressed? Reach for a handful of almonds. They’re bursting with vitamin E, an antioxidant that bolsters the immune system -It’s better for your metabolism to eat a smaller meal every 3-5 hours instead of waiting so long between 3 big meals

For more ideas, follow @FITNESS on Twitter

Much like strong man competitions, people who work out through Warrior Training may include sledge hammer pulls, sled pushes, fireman carries, car pulls, tire flips and other strength based activities.

Probably one of the more popular training programs around and currently offered at the YMCA, CrossFit is all about being as strong as you can for as long as you during a selected amount of time.

Healthier restaurant options

Nutrition

-Do 100 sit-ups during your favorite TV show -Don’t do the same workout over and over again. Your body is remarkably quick to react to new stimuli. -Fast walk for 10-15 minutes -Most effective cardio: jump rope -It’s better cardio to walk for 2 minutes, sprint for 1 minute, then a brisk pace for 1 minute. Mix it up, keep your heart guessing. -Tone up and do cardio at the same time! Add 3-5 lbs weights and do a fast paced walk for 10-15 minutes. Two birds with one stone! -Balance on one foot during TV commercials -Plank for 30 seconds, 5 times

3 Day free passes 9am, 4:30pm Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:30 am Saturday

Off-the-wall, free-of-charge workouts

You have 49 days to work towards your summer body

Strength & Cardio

Aqua Zumba at Kenwood Cove

Wedges

High-waisted shorts

Rompers

Bright patterns

Birkenstocks

Plaid button-ups

Colored flat-fronts


4

5

March 28, 2013

sum Obsession for a

mer body

In depth By Bailey Driver The Pylon

A

s the weather warms up, sweat shirts and jeans will be stored away for next fall, leaving room for bare skin. From bikinis or swim trunks to sun dresses and tank tops, Americans will be conscious as to how they look now more than any other time of year. Multimedia produces pictures of “perfect” celebrities with “perfect” body shapes and structures, leaving women and men feeling self-conscious as they try to compare themselves to these airbrushed and edited pictures. Since World War I, the media has shown thinner and thinner bodies as the ideal for all women. “Other girls see themselves as fat and ugly compared to celebrities in multimedia;

they feel like they have to compete to look just like them,” said junior Paige Johnson. For some, this is the product of life threatening illnesses and eating disorders. Bulimia, anorexia, over eating then not eating at all, and repeated losing and gaining of weight are just some of the ways people cope with body image. While most don’t take it to that extreme, the awareness of body image affects everyone in some way. “I try to make sure I’m eating healthy by measuring out my food and adding calories into my fitness app to make sure I’m under my calorie goal,” said sophomore Riley Miller. One study shows that by the age of thirteen, 53 percent of American girls are unhappy with their body. By the age of seventeen, that number increases to 78

percent. All women and men want to be attractive to the opposite sex, or just look nice because it makes you feel good about yourself. “Guys like it when you wear that two piece,” said junior Eva Martinez. Whether you download nutrition apps on your phone, workout out on a daily basis, keep a food journal, count calories, or work with a personal trainer, everyone wants to be confident in their body. Even spending time in tanning beds (yes, even men), and waxing or shaving your body are all part of looking presentable and creating self worth. “I don’t know why girls are so worried about being skinny, boys like to hug teddy bears, not sticks,” said senior Chris Gonzalez.

As summer approaches, students do whatever it takes to look good

Creative ways to

Workout classes offered around Salina

get a summer body without

Waterwaking at Kenwood Cove 10 passes for $20 7-8 am Monday-Friday 8:15-9 pm Monday-Thursday

spending too much ca h

s

10 passes for $35 8:15- 9pm Monday-Thurdsday

Zumba at the YMCA

Group Kick (Kickboxing) at Genesis

$25 summer pass 5:35-6:35 pm Monday 5:30-6:30 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Being healthy and in-shape takes a lot of work. Here are some ideas of workouts that may make the proccess a little easier and more fun.

Training to survive a zombie apocalypse CrossFit training (i.e. “Dirty 30” or “Fran”) Warrior Training This training regiment attempts to put you in all of the positions you could find yourself in if you were to try to survive a zombie apocalypse. The workout focuses on cardio and trying to wear you out like you might feel when you are on the run.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Olive Garden

Baked Potato (270 cal.) Grilled chicken sandwich (360 cal.)

Herb-grilled salmon (510 cal.) Berries & Zabaione (220 cal.)

Subway

Taco Bell

McDonald’s

6 in. roasted chicken breast (330 cal.) Roast beef deli sandwich (223 cal.)

Crunch taco fresco style (150 cal.) Chicken Baja Gordita Fresco Style (230 cal.)

Snack size fruit & walnut salad (210 cal.) 4 piece chicken McNuggets (190 cal.)

Free apps that promote healthy lifestyles Lose It!

Calorie Counter This app is a calorie database that helps you keep a food journal and track your exercise. The app works to make recording food as simple as possible with a searchable food database of over 2 million foods.

Sydney Kossow / The Pylon

Seniors Kade True and Shannon Bradbury show off their summer bodies. They prepare for summer by working out, tanning, and eating healthy.

For more simple ideas, visit these Twitter sites: @runkeeper- Runners rejoice. This feed is chock full of training tips, articles, and updates on their popular running app. @luluemon- Tweets the latest about apparel and must-do fitness ventures. @massivehealth- Tweets with great infographics and data-driven approach to understanding what we can do to improve the overall health of the nation. @athleticfoodie- Get the deets on healthy living from Olympic swimmer Garrett Weber-Gale and his family. He tweets tips for going gluten-free, tasty recipes, and interesting news on fitness and nutrition.

Nike+ Running With Lose It!, you can set up a personal weight loss plan. After setting a goal weight, counting calories is made easy through a food journal. You can also find new meal options and share your favorites with friends and family.

This app tracks distance, pace, time and calories burned with GPS. It automatically uploads to nikeplus.com so you can see your runs, including your route and elevation. It also features motivation from some of Nike’s top athletes.

Health & fitness facts 1children in are3 physically active every day.

Less than

5%

More than

30

of adults participate in minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.

80%

of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities,

and more than

80% of adolescents

do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.

Children now spend more than

7 1/2

hours a day in front of a screen (e.g. TV, video games, computer)

Data from 2009-2010 indicates that over 78 million U.S. adults and about

12.5 million (16.9%) children and adolescents are obese.

Since the 1970s, the number of fast food restaurants has more than

doubled.

from greatest.com

Summertime Girls

Boys

styles As the weather heats up and summer gets closer, it is time to break out the warm-weather clothes. Here are some ideas of the top fashions for summertime.

Wendy’s

Grilled Chicken - Drumstick (70 cal.) 3 Hot Wings (210 cal.)

-Keeping a food journal increases the liklyhood of eating healthy -Need a quick snack that works any time? Hard boiled eggs can be easily kept in the fridge -Despite what many think, skipping carbs is not ideal for someone who is working out -Skipping meals is unhealthy; balance your calorie intake all day -Get at least 20 minutes of sun per day for a healthy dose of Vitamin D -Eat raw foods as much as possible -Fat burning foods: grapefruit, watermelon, berries, hot peppers, celery, greek yogurt, eggs, fish, green tea, coffee, water, oatmeal -Drink more water if you have dry skin -For a new snack eat half of an avocado -Tempted? Instead of doughnuts ... Choose a whole grain cereal with low-fat milk or grab a light yogurt with a piece of fruit -Protein grocery list: chicken, turkey, trout, buffalo, navy beans -Stressed? Reach for a handful of almonds. They’re bursting with vitamin E, an antioxidant that bolsters the immune system -It’s better for your metabolism to eat a smaller meal every 3-5 hours instead of waiting so long between 3 big meals

For more ideas, follow @FITNESS on Twitter

Much like strong man competitions, people who work out through Warrior Training may include sledge hammer pulls, sled pushes, fireman carries, car pulls, tire flips and other strength based activities.

Probably one of the more popular training programs around and currently offered at the YMCA, CrossFit is all about being as strong as you can for as long as you during a selected amount of time.

Healthier restaurant options

Nutrition

-Do 100 sit-ups during your favorite TV show -Don’t do the same workout over and over again. Your body is remarkably quick to react to new stimuli. -Fast walk for 10-15 minutes -Most effective cardio: jump rope -It’s better cardio to walk for 2 minutes, sprint for 1 minute, then a brisk pace for 1 minute. Mix it up, keep your heart guessing. -Tone up and do cardio at the same time! Add 3-5 lbs weights and do a fast paced walk for 10-15 minutes. Two birds with one stone! -Balance on one foot during TV commercials -Plank for 30 seconds, 5 times

3 Day free passes 9am, 4:30pm Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:30 am Saturday

Off-the-wall, free-of-charge workouts

You have 49 days to work towards your summer body

Strength & Cardio

Aqua Zumba at Kenwood Cove

Wedges

High-waisted shorts

Rompers

Bright patterns

Birkenstocks

Plaid button-ups

Colored flat-fronts


6

March 28, 2013

Editorials & Opinion

Kudos Staff editorial: silly solution to student safety & Call outs By Hayley Hager The Pylon

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

Kudos:

-Seven more weeks of school, baby. WE CAN DO THIS. -Bogey’s happy hour... $1.02 limeades. -THE JONAS BROTHERS ARE BACK TOGETHER. -Daniel Lorentz’s short stories. You go, Shrew! -Crispito day on Tuesday. That was a nice suprise. -50 cent for making 60 million off of vitamin water. Who even drinks that? -’Ride Wit Me’ by Nelly. It’s quite the jam. -And most importantly... Justin Timberlake is making a comeback. Thatta boy, JT.

Call outs: -Locked doors. I had to make my first run around the building. Ain’t nobody got time for that. -What is this weather. For real, we’ve called you out in the past 4 issues. It’s time to get your act together, mother nature. -Soooo many brackets are ruined. This is truly March Madness. -Jorts (jean shorts). -The people who went on vacation to beautiful tropical places and are tan gods and goddesses. -Garber and Gooch’s facial hair. Shave that dirty stache. -Lakewood outlawed yoga pants...AND SKINNY JEANS. -Miley Cyrus. Home girl is going down the wrong road.

It all started when we weren’t trusted enough to escort ourselves from the cafeteria to our classroom destination after lunch without the arrival of a teacher taking the lead, and now we can’t even get outside of school without being locked out. This decision may have been made with only good intentions, but I’ve heard more complaints than appraisal about the new “safety” regulation. With only nine weeks of school left, is this new system even necessary? Say the doors are being locked for the sole purpose of an intruder attack... Why was this not taken into effect clear back in August rather

Staff Vote: Was locking the door a good solution?

than March? Yeah, a murderer may have escaped the Saline County jail less than two months ago, but the last place he is going to go is the nearest high school. We are so close to the end of the school year and the devastation of previous school shootings has made a lasting impact on the entire country, the last thing on anyone’s mind is performing another Columbinelike situation. The bigger issue with this new procedure is for students who leave for appointments, especially the South students who have classes here and the students here who have classes at South. Most of the students arrive to the opposite school up to 15 minutes early. Sure, the West doors will be open, but

12 NO 2 YES

not every student is going to be able to park there. There is talk of extending the parking lot as soon as summer starts, but why even start this new rule if you don’t have the facilities to make it function effectively?

I understand where administration is coming from with the idea of keeping the students safe, but two months isn’t going to be enough time to prove the positive impact of the locked doors.

Brianna Chora/The Pylon

Junior, Josh Martinez gets locked out of the south doors.

Senator Rand makes a constitutional stand By Sammy Jordan The Pylon Last month, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky stood on the senate floor to filibuster the nomination of Obama’s pick to lead the CIA, John O. Brennan. The senate floor looked like a scene from “Mr. Smith goes to Washington,” while the Kentucky Senator stood for almost 13 hours, chattering over topics ranging from unmanned weaponry to Shakespeare while chewing on a power bar for energy. In order to keep the floor, a senator must remain standing on the floor without taking any breaks, though questions are allowed from other senators to give the filibustering senator a speaking break. Fellow conservatives stood nearby in encouragement such as Marco Rubio of Florida, who entertained the floor with comments about Wiz Khalifa, Jay-Z and “The Godfather.” But Rand was not standing to call attention to these popular

rappers or legendary movies. Rand was not standing on the left or right side. Rand was not standing to obtain personal political attention. Rand was not even standing to question Brennan’s qualifications. Rand

“I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes...’” Rand Paul U.S. Senator

was standing on policy and standing for the defense of the constitution. Under the leadership of John. O. Brennan, it is probable, if not inevitable, that the CIA’s policies would reflect the Obama administration’s “mandate to carry out extrajudicial killings of American citizens overseas that are indistinguishable from assassinations, and, especially, the administration’s recent

terrifying expansion of that policy to include the option of putting to death Americans in the United States without trial, proper legal process, or meaningful oversight,” as reported by Kevin Williamson of the National Review. Essentially what this means is that the U.S. would bypass and abandon the right to trial. Rand’s opposition is trying to cloud the Senator’s argument with ominous terminology to disguise the actual issue, leading the public to believe that the senator was against all usage of drones. The actual issue does not involve the protesting of Drones, the real issue is simply constitutional. Rand began his filibuster by saying; “I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded...that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without

Terminology box Filibuster: the use of irregular or obstructive tactics by a member of a legislative

Drone: an aircraft without a human

Extra-judicial: punishment by the state or some other official authority without the permission of a court or legal authority first being found to be guilty by a court.” Paul’s stand for the constitution was refreshing. Though it is likely that Brennan’s nomination went through, the senator’s stand surved it’s purpose of preserving the constitution and putting a check on the president’s executive authority. Over the course of the president’s final term, I expect we will bee sing an increase in abuse of executive authority.

Economic benifits to legalization of marijuana

Obama administration is wasting our money By Genna Salstrom The Pylon

Obama is smoking away millions of tax payer dollars by incarcerating pot smokers.

You don’t have to be a Democrat or a stoner to support the legalization of marijuana. Since the U.S. could potentially save billions of dollars a year on prohibition enforcement costs, prisons and tax revenue, economists are beginning to support the idea as well. Washington, one of the first states to make marijuana legal for recreational use, stands to gain five hundred million dollars annually in tax revenue. Not only would the legalization of marijuana bring the government a new, much needed, source of revenue, it would also help to cut down on the significant problem of prison overcrowding. The United States has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. To put that

into perspective, Britain has 153 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. The government spends forty-five thousand dollars per prisoner annually, so when there are over one and a half million inmates, enforcing the law becomes extremely expensive. Releasing half of the nonviolent offenders would free up nearly seventeen billion dollars annually, since they account for more than half of the United States’ prison population, while having very little effect on crime rates. Illegal marijuana is a thirty-six billion dollar a year industry in the United States. This means that, with taxes, legal marijuana could be a forty-five to one hundred billion dollar a year industry. Tax payers currently pay almost forty-two billion dollars annually to fund the enforcement of marijuana

prohibition, so if it were legal, those tax payers would be free to spend that money elsewhere, boosting the economy even further. If the rest of the country would forget about the stigma that marijuana has come to have, we could potentially fix our economy. To address those who have concerns about the effects of smoking marijuana, I say this. You don’t have to smoke weed to be fat, lazy and unmotivated. Marijuana has no addictive chemicals, though it can be psychologically addicting to some users. Doctors prescribe forms of marijuana to patients to treat pain caused by cancer, AIDS and glaucoma as well as to eating disorder sufferers to help them gain weight. It is also one of the only drugs where an overdose is physically impossible.


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March 28, 2013

Athletes & Sports

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numbers a quick look at numbers and stats about the spring sports season

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Junior Malik Veal and Seniors Austin Palmateer and Will Oaks work on their stance for the blocks during a practice early in the season.

Familiar faces join track team By Emily Wood The Pylon Tightly lacing their cleats and walking out into the stadium as they mentally prepare for competition is a familiar situation for junior Malik Veal and seniors Will Oaks and Austin Palmateer. They do it every Friday night during the fall, but this year they get an additional season to go through that routine. It may be a slightly different scene, but as they step out on the track before the race and get in the starting blocks, they know that they are working for more than just a medal or points- they are working to become a better athlete overall. “I feel the trend is for those multiple sport athletes as they are being recruited many are asked, ‘What events do you do in track?’ So it is natural that they would want to up their worth by getting out for track,” head track coach Rick O’Neill explained. “They also see it gives them a chance to compete through the spring as well as it gives them to a chance to get in good shape for several months.” Oaks has signed to continue his football career at Butler County Community College,

while Veal will have one more year to play and then potentially further his career, on the turf, in college. “I decided to go out for track for recruiting purposes,” Veal said. “K-State told me that it ups your chances of recruitment if you do an extra activity.” By participating in track, the athletes are able to work on speed and explosiveness for next fall. They are also able to bring qualities to the team that they have learned through football; qualities like toughness and a strong work ethic. “It gives us more depth in all events and gives us more leadership from some of the athletes that have been leaders in other sports,” O’Neill said. Last year, the boys team took major strides forward as a team and only graduated two seniors. On the girl’s side, they look to build on a top four finish last year at state. All the new faces, young and older, will play a major role in improving this season. “In any sport, added depth and talent helps.  Track is no exception; in fact, it’s perhaps even more relevant.  With the

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different skills needed in various events (throwing, jumping, sprinting, vaulting, distance), any athlete can find his strength, and work at becoming stronger in that particular area.  Thus, the more “bodies,” the more points individuals can contribute to the team.  It’s a win for both,” head-assistant track coach Karen Abker said. With the completion of the track at Salina Stadium last year, home track meets were finally able to be held at ‘home’ instead of in Lindsborg at Bethany College’s stadium. The ability to race and compete in the stadium in front of family and friends may also be a reason for the influx of athletes. “Our track athletes finally—after years of running on another track—get to showcase their hard work and talents at home in front of their peers,” Abker said. “Last year, for the first time in many years, our kids got to show Salina how much fun it is to run at Salina Stadium.  Coaches and athletes from around the state say they love coming here because it’s a beautiful location, a well-run meet, and it is one of their favorite venues for showcasing some of the best talent in the state.”

Athletes in the mix

I’m addicted to...

Favorite head accessory

Trenton Earley Baseball

“Soft chocolate chip cookies”

“Fitted 59 fifty’s”

Zach Hampton Boys’ tennis

“Winning”

“Nothin’ but a phresh cut”

Taylor Knopp Softball

“Nike”

“Nike headbands”

“The beautiful game of golf”

“Sombrero snapback”

Zach Martin Boys’ golf

Most used emoji

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average number of spikes on a track cleat

386

the common number of dimples on a golf ball

6

the number of state qualifiers returning to the girls’ swim team

2808 the square feet that a doubles tennis team must cover on the court

36

the number of goals the girls’ soccer team scored last year

4:06.22

the time the girl’s 4x4 relay ran last year at the state meet

12

the number of wins the baseball team had last season

4

the number of freshmen that will be on the starting varsity softball squad


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