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New styles and slang take over/

“(Swag) means style, and stayin fresh to death 24/7.”

Sperrys, long socks, and slang words infiltrate through our high school walls/ Page 6 and 7

Diabllo McFarland Senior

Vol. 88, Iss. 2 October 12, 2011

Salina Central High School

Inside

Overall swag: the female wranglers / Page 2

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Math teacher Mrs. Deanna Cullins teaches her class. By Nathan Garlow Staff Reporter

Funny Money prepares to take stage/Page 5

May 11, 2011, this day may have been a perfectly normal day for most, but for math teacher Mrs. Cullins, it

was a day that would change her life. As she was driving down Crawford, a truck was t-boned which resulted in the truck ramming her car. Part of her ankle and foot were shattered. Surgeons

were able to piece her foot back together after much effort, but the bones got misaligned in the following months and Cullins has had many hospital visits since to get WKHSUREOHPȴ[HG “Initially when it happened, they put two metal plates on the sides of my foot. A hard splint down my shin. Then they casted it all up,” said Cullins. Cullins continued to go to the hospital SHULRGLFDOO\WRJHW[UD\V of her foot and before long the doctors realized that the bones were shifting from where the surgeons had placed them after the accident. Cullins was in a great

Math teacher,

Role model,

Survivor

deal of pain as well. “The main reason she was in pain was because there was no blood circulation in that area. Then there was a hole in that area, it was infected, and the bone was shattered,” said Mrs. Cullins’ husband, Larry Cullins. Up until this point

Cullins had received her treatment in Salina, but she decided to go to Omaha to see what they could do about her injury. Cullins was in Omaha for a two week period from early to midseptember to get three

See Cullins/ Page 4

Keepin’ it redneck A group of students have parked their trucks in the south parking lot and plan to ‘redneck it up’ By Trent Bigler

Soccer team takes league title/Page 8-9

Photo Spread: Singers gone wild/Page 12

19

days until

Halloween

74

days until

Christmas October Calendar

Editor-In-Chief

The trucks start up in a rumble that shakes the ground. As legs tremble from the monstrous noise, the strong VPHOORIH[KDXVWȴOOVWKHDLU For many of us city slickers this might sound repulsive, however, to a group of guys who drive the self proclaimed “redneck trucks,” nothing could be more H[FLWLQJ “My truck is the loudest out of them,” senior Joey Crowder said. “It is just like we are at a race when we rev our engines.” Crowder’s truck, a faded brown 1973 Ford Ranger F150, ZDVWKHȴUVWWUXFNWRSDUNLQWKH back of the south parking lot against the curb. “I started it because my truck doesn’t engage right away into drive,” Crowder said. “So I backed my truck in the back so it wouldn’t get in the way.” Crowder then convinced some of his other friends to join him; the “redneck trucks” KDGRɚFLDOO\EHFDPHDJURXS Joining Crowder was junior Tommy Blair with his 1985 GMC Sierra Classic, and freshman Dayton Will with his massive 1979 Chevrolet. “I like it back here because we can do our own thing,” Blair

October 14 Football vs South Girls tennis state October 27 Cranky coworkers day

said. Being independent is one of the key things that the group stands for. “We just do it because it’s us,” Crowder said. “We want our own little area where we don’t mess with people and people don’t mess with us.” The three trucks can be seen almost everyday in the back of the south parking lot backed

See Redneck/ Page 4

Rachel Hodges/ The Pylon

Students gather by Blair’s truck.

Trent Bigler / The Pylon

The three trucks lined up.

Rachel Hodges / The Pylon

Senior Joey Crowder (far left) stands around his truck with some of his redneck friends beside him.

October 16 National Feral Cat day October 28 Football at Hays

October 20/21 October 21 Parent/teacher conferences Football at Great Bend Reptile awareness day October 31 October 28-29 Halloween Volleyball state Cross Country state


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Student Life

10.12.11

Introducing overall swag Girls design silver overalls to wear at football games By MacKenzie Morris Student Life Editor

With a lack of “pepâ€? in our student sections from past years, the Wranglers Club was started to bring some life back to sporting events. Even though it was open to both genders, the Wrangler’s suit was not TXLWHČ´WWLQJIRUDJLUO%XWQRZ there is a new group helping take charge of the cheers and spirit of the student body at games; Overall Swag. This idea was started by junior Sammy Jordan when she saw another high school have a similar idea in Minnesota for their student section. “We needed something that would make the student section fun for girls, since guys are part of the wranglers,â€? Senior Maddy Shetlar said. The play on words for the name “Overall Swagâ€? has different meanings. Most

noticeable, is the fact that the group wears swagged out overalls to sporting events, like the football games. The other side of it is the fact that the swag this group brings to the

“Well we’re wearing overalls and we have swag. Its pretty self explanatory.� Maddy Shetlar Senior

student section is over the top. “Well we’re wearing overalls and we have swag. It’s pretty self explanatory,â€? Shetlar said. Not just a pair of old overalls PDNHWKHRXWČ´W7KHRYHUDOOV are all spray painted silver, and

each member put their own creativity into theirs by adding fabric, ribbon, and jewels to the overalls. “Hats, bandanas, leggings, DQ\DFFHVVRULHVWKDWPDNHLWČľ\ can be worn,â€? Shetlar said. Many students noticed a change in our student section DWWKHČ´UVWKRPHIRRWEDOO game with having both the Wranglers and Overall Swag groups leading cheers and getting the others pumped up. “The groups make it more enjoyable for people in all different classes at games,â€? Shetlar said. These two groups have increased the volume of the crowd and have made it more exciting to be in the stands. “We bring spirit and are supplementary to the wranglers club,â€? added junior Sydney Dauer who is also a member of the Overall Swag.

Emily Wood / The Pylon

Members of Overall Swag show off their own “swag� on the bell.

Emily Wood / The Pylon

Jorrie Dykes/ The Pylon

The student section celebrates a touchdown by throwing confetti after the team scores a touchdown.

Outside the box Who is senior Max Wellbrock-Talley? By David Weiner Lead Reporter

His leg tapped rapidly as his body, wrapped in his grandfather’s old naval peacoat, splayed out over the stairs in a casual lounging state. “By the end of sophomore \HDU,Č´JXUHG,ZDVDVWUDLJKW up commi,â€? senior Max Wellbrock-Talley said. Sporting daily, during the colder months, a Soviet Russian fur hat, contrasting his U.S Naval coat, WellbrockTalley is truly one-of-a-kind. “Max is probably the most intelligent person I know, which is strange because he’s also a lunatic,â€? senior Derec Weis said. “but in a fun way.â€? “I remember making threats to Kris Lewis sophomore year that if he started pretending to be a conservative on Mrs. Hoff ’s

blog that I’d just become a communist,� Wellbrock-Talley said. Wellbrock-Talley now is the administrator for two large communist Facebook

“By the end of sophomore year, I figured I was a straight up commi.� Max Wellbrock- Talley Senior

JURXSVFRQVLVWLQJRIRYHUČ´YH thousand members from all across the world. Not only are his political views out of the norm, proposing that the government should model itself after the

socialized systems of Sweden and Denmark, he started a new trend of arm wrestling bouts after lunch, where he usually turns out as the victor. �He just slams my arm into the desk several times in order to demoralize me,� Weis said. Although demoralizing some competitors, one loss to senior Charles Hemstock still hangs over the lunchroom wrestling champion. “Charles doesn’t look it, but he is an arm-wrestling God,� Wellbrock-Talley said. After the fervent tapping of his leg stopped, the lounging teen shifted his weight, claiming that the tapping only occurs when sitting at certain angles. He leapt from the ground and clenched the overhang above the computer applications hallway and proceeded to do a series of pull-ups.

Members of Overall Swag beat down on the south cougar on the football field.


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Student Life

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A juggling act Students learn how to maintain school, job and social life By Brooke Wakefield Staff Reporter

Many students not only have to keep up in school, but they are also involved in school activities, they have a part time job, and they still make time for a social life. Sophomore Kaitlynn Holman learned how to organize her time to be involved in drama, work at least three nights a week and still keep her grades up in her classes. ČŠ,WU\DQGČ´QLVKP\ homework in the hour that I have before I have to be at work,â€? said Holman. Holman attends drama meetings after school from around 2:35 to 5 at least two days a week. She helps out with rounding up all the props for each production. “When I get out of practice, I rush home and change for work and then try to get to work at least by 5:30,â€? said Holman. Working, keeping your grades up and making time to

attend school events and hang out with friends is a hard task to

“It’s hard to get up in the morning and have enough energy to get to school on time...� Kaitlynn Holman Sophomore

accomplish. “Some nights I work until close and I don’t get home until around eleven at night. It’s hard to get up in the morning and have enough energy to get to school on time, let alone stay awake in class, � said Holman. Finding a time to complete homework, and earn a paycheck comes easier for some students. Junior Kiersten Suskey works at Dillons and is in the jazz band.

“I work around 20 hours DZHHNLWȇVSUHWW\GLÉšFXOWWR balance AP Lang, Chemistry, AP American history and still work long hours after school,â€? said 6XVNH\6XVNH\XVXDOO\Č´QGVWLPH to do homework before and right after school before she goes to work. “If I work on a Monday or D:HGQHVGD\,ȇOOČ´QLVKVRPH homework before school on Tuesday or Thursday. I go to school around 6:45 every day so I have plenty of time. On the other days, I have easier classes so I usually get assignments done quickly after or before school those days,â€? said Suskey. Even though Suskey has band practice during school, she still practices on her own out of school. “They say that your Junior year is the hardest, so I have to try and organize my time to make it the best,â€? said Suskey.

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Sophomore Kaitlynn Holman works the cash register at Bogey’s.

Q&A

Student whips

Q.

Junior Noah Grant:

Does your car have a nickname?

A.

Maroon 5. (Given by Buffy True)

Q. What do you listen to when you drive?

A. Q. A.

That crunk music.

What’s your least favorite thing about your car?

Rachel Hodges / The Pylon

Junior Noah Grant chills on top of his 1996 Honda Accord.

People like to write on it all the time. Goons like Barkley and Decker.

Q. How long do you plan on having it?

A.

Q.

I’m trying to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Sophomore Audrey Augustine:

Does your car have a nickname?

A. Q. Do you keep the inside of your car clean? A. Q. Have you wrecked your car before? A. Owen.

No, there are food wrappers everywhere!

Tori Happel / The Pylon

Sophomore Audrey Augustine shows off her 2004 Mini Cooper.

Scan to see it on your phone!

Once, I was backing up and someone hit the back of my car.


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News

10.12.11

New grading system will replace STI

Online grading system, Skyward, to take the place of older method By Nathan Garlow Staff Reporter

STI will be replaced by a new school administration system, Skyward, over the course of the next year. STI has been used by Central for PRUHWKDQČ´YH\HDUVEXWQH[W february there will be a partial switchover to Skyward and by the following august there will

be a complete transition to the new system. “The main reason we switched was that we will soon be the only district in the state to have it. STI also KDVGLɚFXOW\PDWFKLQJXS with state requirements so we couldn’t use it effectively,� said Assistant Superintendent Ken Kennedy. English teacher, Mrs.

Skyward’s features 1. Online interactive calendar 2. Graduation requirments 3. Career plan with classes 4. E-mail notifications to parents 5. Possible online enrollment

Paradis, is looking forward to the transition. “STI is tricky, it lacks userfriendliness.� said Paradis. Training will have to occur over the next year to teach faculty how to use the new system. “There is a lot of training in a short time frame, all levels of our organization will have to learn how to do

things differently, different language and terminology can EHGLÉšFXOWČ‹VDLG3ULQFLSDO Rector. Kennedy believes that people will use this program WRWKHLUEHQHČ´W “There are a lot of aspects that are superior to what we already have. There are many possibilities with the new system.â€?

Redneck/ Three old trucks park in the back of south lot Continued from page 1 up on the curb. Although they give off the redneck vibe, some of the car decorations have deeper meanings. The front of Crowder’s Ford displays a FRQIHGHUDWHȾDJOLFHQVHSODWH and the skull of a longhorn cow.

“I found the longhorn in Bennington,� Crowder said. “I like to think of my truck as a beast, so the longhorn is perfect on the front.� Crowder’s beast of a truck has a softer side though. “It’s nickname is goldilocks,� he said. “My dad and I call it that

because when you look at it in the sun it looks golden.� $OOWKHWUXFNVUXQMXVWȴQH and were great deals. Dayton Will’s Chevy was the most expensive at $1,500. Then he put a 6� lift kit on it to make it bigger for only $200. Blair’s GMC was only $1,200 dollars

with just a few inexpensive repairs to replace the battery and alternator. Crowder’s Ford, which is the loudest, was free. “I got it from my uncle,� Crowder said. “All I had to do was put a few parts in the engine and replace the left back tire and it was good.�

The redneck trucks have not gotten into much trouble yet. “Montoy has came and talked to us only one time because of the way we leave,� Crowder says. “There are quite a few black marks from peeling out.�

"The Redneck Trucks" Joey Crowder

1973 Gold Ford Ranger F-150 Free

Dayton Will

1979 Green Chevrolet $1,500

Tommy Blair

1985 Blue GMC Sierra $1,200 Rachel Hodges / The Pylon

Trent Bigler/The Pylon

Senior Joey Crowder leans on his truck with some friends as the skull of a longhorn is on the grill guard.

Senior Crowder in his truck.

Cullins/ Math teacher comes back Continued from page 1 surgeries done, one of which, lasted six hours. The surgeons attempted during this six hour SHULRGWRSHUIRUPDIUHHČľDS VXUJHU\DWČ´UVWZKHUHDVHFWLRQ of muscle would be taken from her inner thigh. The muscle did not take to her ankle though because there was no blood ČľRZVRWKHVXUJHRQVWKHQKDGWR SHUIRUPDUHYHUVHČľDSVXUJHU\ where part of her calf muscle was cut and folded down over the open wound on her ankle to cover the bone.

“We knew going into the surgery it was going to be tough,â€? said Cullins. After a few days the doctors then performed a skin graft and placed her leg in an external DQNOHČ´[DWRUWRPDNHVXUHWKDW her ankle did not move. After a week-long recovery period Cullins found herself back at school. Mrs. Cullins was welcomed back warmly by junior Jackie Palomera and her friends who made her cupcakes. “She’s so sweet, she’s so loving, she’s incredible. And my favorite math teacher,â€? said

Palomera. The hospital visits did not stop when Cullins came back to school though. She has still had many appointments to make sure everything is staying in place. Cullins has multiple surgeries still to come. One of which will trade out her External Ankle Fixator for the Tayler Spacial Frame which she will wear for six to nine months. “I’ll be better someday, I know that, I just have to be positive about it,� said Cullins.

Rachel Hodges / The Pylon Math teacher Mrs. Cullins teaches at the front of the class with her foot propped on a pillow on her desk.

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Arts

10.12.11

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Cast prepares Funny Money By Sarah Gage Staff Reporter

October has rolled around, and it’s almost time for the performance of the second show of the year, Funny Money. This British farce revolves around accountant Henry Perkins, portrayed by junior Trent Brown. After accidentally swapping briefcases with an unknown man, he finds that it contains ÂŁ735,000 (over one million dollars). Henry “goes kind of crazyâ€? and dreams of big plans for his future. He intends on leaving his normal life, as soon as possible, to move Barcelona, Spain with his wife, Jean. Jean is an ordinary woman who wants her life to remain normal. She tries to convince Henry to return the money and stay home. Little do they know that the man whose briefcase they really were in possession of was in a criminal dealing. The couple and their friends, Betty and Vic Johnson, are trying to avoid getting hurt or into trouble because of the large amount of money that is now in their possession. The comedy is full of mixed identities, humor and unforeseeable events. Junior Suzy Weller nailed the part of Jean Perkins, the wife of lead character Henry

Perkins, in September. “She gets kind of crazy, which is easy for me,� Weller said. Having to focus on her character, blocking, and keeping her accent is a difficult task, but once Weller is in

“(My character) gets kind of crazy, which is easy for me.� Suzy Weller Junior

character “it all flows�. Alongside Weller, junior Eli Beery plays the Perkin’s friend Vic Johnson. “I like to think of him as someone who’s constantly confused about the situation,� Beery said. Vic has a quick temper and is interested in their safety, all the while desiring the money. Beery doesn’t have any trouble playing Vic. Quick humor seems to come naturally to him. Beery can also relate to his character in other ways. “I’m a nice guy but sometimes I don’t have a problem playing bitter characters,� Beery said.

He, also like Vic, is “not always the most patient�. His wife, Betty Johnson, played by senior Zoe Rea, finds herself acting like Henry in many ways. “She likes the excitement of it all,� Rea said. Like her friends, Betty was living a completely ordinary life until Henry found the briefcase. She likes the fact that she is involved with all of the excitement. The character comes as a little bit of a challenge to Rea. “She’s a different role than I’ve ever played,� Rea said. Her character is excited about the money in the briefcase, while most are just concerned about who it belongs to and what it was for. The cast has already started bonding pretty well and is continuing to do so. Don’t forget to come check out Funny Money in main stage in the auditorium on October 27, 28, and 29 at 7:00pm.

Rachel Hodges / The Pylon

Senior David Weiner and juniors Eli Beery and Trent Brown rehearse.

Rachel Hodges / The Pylon

Juniors Trent Brown and Suzy Weller argue.

Rachel Hodges / The Pylon

Junior Suzy Weller and senior Zoe Rea peer into a briefcase.

From floor length gowns to mini skirts How Halloween costumes transform from kindergarten to high school By Sarah Gage Staff Reporter

Sophomore Miranda Allen pulled on the leggings under her bumblebee costume. She, like many teenagers, dressed up for Halloween last year. The only difference between her costume and those of other girls, is it was modest. Costumes for teenage girls and adults usually include short VNLUWVČ´VKQHWVKHHOVDQGH[tremely low cut tops, which most girls don’t mind wearing. They go from being a Disney princess in elementary school to a ‘princess’ in high school. This ‘princess’ costume is totally different from what people have in mind when they think of a princess. Is it acceptable for a 4 year old girl to wear a skirt that barely covers her rear with Č´VKQHWVDQGKHHOV"3UREDEO\ not. So why is it for a high school VWXGHQW" “It could be cute but not slutty. Everyone wants to look good, but you can tone it down,â€? Allen said. To prove her point, Allen wore

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leggings and a long sleeve shirt with her costume, and it was still cute. Some people don’t think there is anything bad about wearing so called ‘attractive’ costumes. Senior Hannah Hadnot doesn’t dress up for Halloween, but believes that it’s not a big deal whether girls dress modestly or not for the holiday. “It’s just gross. You are just degrading yourself and have no self respect,â€? stated sophomore Addie Justus. She has dressed as Mulan for WKHSDVWČ´YH\HDUVDQGEHOLHYHV in more modest costumes. Many people have different views on the matter, and it is up to them to decide whether it’s alright. No one can change their thoughts of whether it is right or wrong to wear the costumes. 7KHRXWČ´WVWKDWGRFRPHZLWK short skirts or low cut tops can also be altered as Allen did with hers. Just by wearing leggings, a tank top, or t-shirt underneath can make all the difference. On the plus side, it will also be warmer on a chilly October evening to do so.

The evolution of Halloween costumes Princess costumes change as girls grow older

Eight year old princess

Eighteen year old princess David Weiner/ The Pylon


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Rockin’ Sperrys

10.12.11

Feature

& swaggin’ out

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What does

“swag�

mean to you?

“Cashin’ checks and breakin’ necks.�

Jackson Rolfs Senior

By MacKenzie Morris Student Life Editor

“Looking good, looking fresh.�

It is nearly impossible to go through a day at school where students don’t hear echoes and shouts of “BET!� “tough� “CHECK� and much more. How these words came about is still a mystery, but this way of communicating has completely changed the

Slang word and definition:

“swag�-appearance; how you present yourself “get banged on�- dominate “check�-this is said if you tell someone to do something and they do it “bet�- another way of saying “OK� “tough�- bad situation “baby dood�- name for a weak guy “you bad�- way of saying a girl looks good

Diego Rodriguez Freshman

Students pose for a shot of their similarity, crew cut Nike socks.

Trend blossoms Sports Editor

He is not worried about what shoes he should wear. He just puts on a pair and heads to the kitchen for breakfast. As he pours his Lucky Charms, he looks down at his feet and realizes it doesn’t matter what kind of shoes he has on, sophomore Noah Hadnot is wearing Nike socks. “Nike socks are swag,� Hadnot said who frequently wears Nike Crew Socks with his tennis shoes. “I think there popular because basketball players wear them and everyone wants to be a baller,� Hadnot said. This revolution has taken off in recent years, and exploded with the addition of

Nike Elite Crew socks, which come in more colors and have a stripe up the back. The cost of a three pack of Nike Crew Socks is $15.00 and the cost of one pair of Nike Elite Crew Socks is $12.00.

A breakdown on cost

Nike Regular crew socks $15 for 3 pack Nike crew elite socks $15 for 1 pair

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to slides. “I think Nike socks are worn with so many different types of shoes because they match everything and look really cool,� sophomore Madi Carlgren said whose favorite thing to wear Nike socks with is a pair of Nike running shorts. “I wear Nike socks because they are comfortable,� Calgren said. “I like wearing Nike socks with my football cleats,� Malik Veal said. “I wear Nike socks because they are in style.�

  

Presented by The Pylon, “Timeline slang words� is an overview of slang words from the past to the present. This list was compiled by http://en.wikipedia. org, http://xroads.virginia.edu, http://local.aaca.org, http:// www.citrus.k12.fl.us, http:// cougartown.com/slang, http:// www.inthe70s.com, http://www. host-party.com

1930’s: “choice bit of calicoâ€? - attractive ČŠHJJČľ\Č‹SRSXODU “powder puffâ€? - frivilous

1940’s: “G-Man� - special agents of government “hip� - cool “square� - don’t appreciate what’s popular

1950’s: “come on snake, let’s rattle!� - may I have the next dance? “smog in the noggin’� - lost memory; forgot “cruisin’ for a bruisin’� - looking for trouble

1960’s: “fuzz� - the police “hunk� - what a girl calls a good looking guy “bookin’� - going really fast, usually in a car

Kianna McElrath Junior

“Style, cool, popular.� Jaime Meraz Sophomore

“A boy that looks good and has nice clothes.� Imani Whitaker Junior

Are Nike socks too expensive?

Yes

           





  

   

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1920’s: “cash or check?â€? - do you kiss now or later ČŠRQWKHODPČ‹ČľHHLQJIURPSROLFH “bimboâ€? - tough guy

Rachel Norris Senior

“Don’t dress raggidy and match.�

Nike socks are worn with anything from Sperry’s to Birkenstock’s to tennis shoes

          

TIMELINEslangwords

“An overused saying describing way too many things that make me happy and angry when I hear them.�

Crew cut Nike socks used for casual and sport wear By Emily Wood

way teenagers interact with one another. 2QHRIWKHPRUHQHZDQGSRSXODUZRUGVWKDWČľRDWV throughout the school, sporting events, and everyday life is the word “swag.â€? To www.urbandictionary.com this word means appearance, style, or how he or she presents himself, EXWWKLVZRUGKDVGHYHORSHGDZLGHUDQJHRIGHČ´QLWLRQVWR high school students. “It means style, and stayin’ fresh to death 24/7,â€? senior Diabllo McFarland said. To senior Juan Espino it has a slightly different meaning. “If you’re cool, then you got swag... like me,â€? Espino said. According to McFarland and Espino, this new way of slang was started by senior Kyle McQuaige. Other types of phrases have been created from this new word, such as “bummy swagâ€? which according to senior Chris Jacobs means wearing sweats, shirts, and low key clothing but still looking IUHVK$OVRČŠEURNHVZDJČ‹ZKLFKZDVGHČ´QHGDVZHDULQJEURNHVKRHV XQPDWFKHGFORWKLQJDQGQRWKDYLQJDQRYHUDOOČŠČľ\Č‹DSSHDUDQFH This new era of slang has corrupted teenager’s every day word choice, and new creations of words and phrases are always occurring.

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Students

1980’s: “Don’t have a cow� - remain calm, don’t get excited “homeboy� - close friend “McFly� - somone has just done something stupid (origin from the movie “Back to the Future�)

1970’s: “far out� - cool “get down; boogie� - dance “chillaxin’� - resting somwhere, chilling with friends

1990’s: “as if!� - yeah right “crunk� - hyped up, excited “off the heasy’� - also known as off he hook, unbelievable


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Feature

10.12.11

Rockin’ Sperrys

10.12.11

Feature

& swaggin’ out

Page 7

What does

“swag�

mean to you?

“Cashin’ checks and breakin’ necks.�

Jackson Rolfs Senior

By MacKenzie Morris Student Life Editor

“Looking good, looking fresh.�

It is nearly impossible to go through a day at school where students don’t hear echoes and shouts of “BET!� “tough� “CHECK� and much more. How these words came about is still a mystery, but this way of communicating has completely changed the

Slang word and definition:

“swag�-appearance; how you present yourself “get banged on�- dominate “check�-this is said if you tell someone to do something and they do it “bet�- another way of saying “OK� “tough�- bad situation “baby dood�- name for a weak guy “you bad�- way of saying a girl looks good

Diego Rodriguez Freshman

Students pose for a shot of their similarity, crew cut Nike socks.

Trend blossoms Sports Editor

He is not worried about what shoes he should wear. He just puts on a pair and heads to the kitchen for breakfast. As he pours his Lucky Charms, he looks down at his feet and realizes it doesn’t matter what kind of shoes he has on, sophomore Noah Hadnot is wearing Nike socks. “Nike socks are swag,� Hadnot said who frequently wears Nike Crew Socks with his tennis shoes. “I think there popular because basketball players wear them and everyone wants to be a baller,� Hadnot said. This revolution has taken off in recent years, and exploded with the addition of

Nike Elite Crew socks, which come in more colors and have a stripe up the back. The cost of a three pack of Nike Crew Socks is $15.00 and the cost of one pair of Nike Elite Crew Socks is $12.00.

A breakdown on cost

Nike Regular crew socks $15 for 3 pack Nike crew elite socks $15 for 1 pair

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to slides. “I think Nike socks are worn with so many different types of shoes because they match everything and look really cool,� sophomore Madi Carlgren said whose favorite thing to wear Nike socks with is a pair of Nike running shorts. “I wear Nike socks because they are comfortable,� Calgren said. “I like wearing Nike socks with my football cleats,� Malik Veal said. “I wear Nike socks because they are in style.�

  

Presented by The Pylon, “Timeline slang words� is an overview of slang words from the past to the present. This list was compiled by http://en.wikipedia. org, http://xroads.virginia.edu, http://local.aaca.org, http:// www.citrus.k12.fl.us, http:// cougartown.com/slang, http:// www.inthe70s.com, http://www. host-party.com

1930’s: “choice bit of calicoâ€? - attractive ČŠHJJČľ\Č‹SRSXODU “powder puffâ€? - frivilous

1940’s: “G-Man� - special agents of government “hip� - cool “square� - don’t appreciate what’s popular

1950’s: “come on snake, let’s rattle!� - may I have the next dance? “smog in the noggin’� - lost memory; forgot “cruisin’ for a bruisin’� - looking for trouble

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way teenagers interact with one another. 2QHRIWKHPRUHQHZDQGSRSXODUZRUGVWKDWČľRDWV throughout the school, sporting events, and everyday life is the word “swag.â€? To www.urbandictionary.com this word means appearance, style, or how he or she presents himself, EXWWKLVZRUGKDVGHYHORSHGDZLGHUDQJHRIGHČ´QLWLRQVWR high school students. “It means style, and stayin’ fresh to death 24/7,â€? senior Diabllo McFarland said. To senior Juan Espino it has a slightly different meaning. “If you’re cool, then you got swag... like me,â€? Espino said. According to McFarland and Espino, this new way of slang was started by senior Kyle McQuaige. Other types of phrases have been created from this new word, such as “bummy swagâ€? which according to senior Chris Jacobs means wearing sweats, shirts, and low key clothing but still looking IUHVK$OVRČŠEURNHVZDJČ‹ZKLFKZDVGHČ´QHGDVZHDULQJEURNHVKRHV XQPDWFKHGFORWKLQJDQGQRWKDYLQJDQRYHUDOOČŠČľ\Č‹DSSHDUDQFH This new era of slang has corrupted teenager’s every day word choice, and new creations of words and phrases are always occurring.

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Sports

10.12.11

Bringing home a title Soccer team wins AVCTL league championship for first time since ‘08 By David Weiner Lead Reporter

”When we beat Newton we had league clinched,” senior Joseph Platten said. “And with our incredible record, we should be able to coast through regionals.” Only dropping one game to McPherson in the entire varsity season, our boys soccer team is in the midst of one of their best seasons in years. With playmakers in the junior class, such as Jesse Lennon, Tanner Montoy, Ryan Emme and Damion Cooper and seniors such as Juan Espino and Platten this years team is full of returning talent. “We basically returned 9 or 10 starters from last season,” Platten said. Cooper attributes this seasons winning streak to well established “chemistry” formed amongst the starters who’ve played together now for around two to three years. Summer workouts and team building activities also were key in making this years team so strong, according to Copper, but there is no room to get complacent. “It can sometimes be scary playing teams that you’ve

beat before because they’ve got that hunger for revenge,” Cooper said. “We’ve got to take care of business, one game at a time.”

“We’ve got to take care of business, one game at a time.” Damion Cooper Junior

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Junior Damion Cooper chases down the ball.

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Senior Juan Espino dribbles the ball up the feild during a game at Salina Staduim.

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The soccer team lines up at midfield prior to a game as the starting lineups get introduced.

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Junior Jesse Lennon looks to pass the ball to a teammate during the South game.

A part of the team Fall sports managers add to success of teams By Emily Wood Sports Editor

Courtesy of Julie Wood

Volleyball manager, Sydnee Dimick, takes stats on the bench during the Mustangs’ victory over the South Cougars and Hutch Salthawks recently. Dimick also makes sure there is plenty of water for all of the players during games.

As soon as school ends, sophomore Rachel Bevans drops off her backpack and KHDGVRXWWRWKHȴHOG6KHȴOOV up water and gets everything organized. Then she makes sure there are balls and cones set up for practice. She is a soccer manager. “I wanted to be a manager so I could learn more about the sport,” Bevans said, who is a soccer manager along with junior Marcela Diaz. At games, the girls keep stats and make sure the team has both water and Gatorade at hand. “I like being able to cheer on the team and helping them out as much as I can,” Bevans said. Managers play a huge role in how well things run

at both practices and games. Other managers for fall sports include sophomore Sydnee Dimick for volleyball and sophomore Jason Rhoden for football.

“I like being able to hang out with everybody and help out as much as possible.” Sydnee Dimick Sophomore

“I run the clock, pick up balls, and help set up the nets,” Dimick said. Dimick is a manager for WKHȴUVWWLPHWKLV\HDUDQG decided be a manager so she

could be a part of the program and be around her friends. “I like being able to hang out with everybody and help out as much as possible,” Dimick said. “I get water in practice and at games I get pumped and excited with the team,” Rhoden said. Rhoden’s favorite part about being a manager is “being there to help out and being a part of something.” 7KHSOD\HUVGHȴQLWHO\IHHO the effects of having managers around to help out. “It is important to have managers to make sure we don’t have to do all the work that we don’t necessarily want to do,” volleyball player Hailey 0D\ȴHOGVDLG “Managers make practice go by much smoother,” football player J.W. Maldaner said.


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Sports

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Making a change

Two seniors decide to play soccer despite never having played before By Brooke Wakefield Staff Reporter

In the past, if one ever were to attend a cross country meet one would spot senior William Reid leading the team across WKHȴQLVKOLQHRULI\RXVWRRG in the stands under the friday night lights, one would see senior Brenton Hilbig running GRZQWKHȴHOG This year, the two friends made a deal that they were going to quit their usual sport and try out for the soccer team. Reid and Hilbig were both varsity players, Hilbig was the starting running back on the football team this year and Reid was one of the cross

“I never quit football; but after two seasons, I had had enough.” Brenton Hilbig Senior

countries top runners. Hilbig has had many injuries playing

football. “I had a knee injury my sophomore year which was reinjured my junior year, and I didn’t want to risk it being injured again this year,” Hilbig said Hilbig has a potential Navy ROTC scholarship at KU and didn’t want to risk losing it by injuring his knee again. After all his injuries from playing football, he lost love for the sport. “ I have had several injuries from a sport that I didn’t even want to play in college, it seemed like a stupid idea when it could jeopardize my scholarship as well. I stopped liking football all together. When you don’t like something you can quit, or put up with it for as long as you can. I never quit football; but after two seasons, I had had enough,” said Hilbig. When tryouts for soccer came, they tried out together and got put on the J.V team. “Our varsity is so strong, that it left strong athletes like Will and I on the junior varsity team,” said Hilbig. Hilbig and Reid are play starring roles on the J.V team, the J.V team is 10-1 and still playing strong.

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Senior Brenton Hilbig dribbles the ball past an opponent in a Junior Varisty game at Central. He decided to give up football and try soccer this year.

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A winning culture

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What is a winning culture? It is years of high expectations, fan support, interest in younger kids, hard work ethic, and closing out games. A winning culture is something that isn’t easily created or easily destroyed. Winning culture is success and hard work every single day. It is expecting to win. There are a lot of teams with a winning culture. Take, for example, the Pittsburg Steelers. They have a rich tradition of winning, day in and day out and that is proven with the number of trophies they have. Another example is the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball. They set the record for most wins in a row last season. Obviously to get 89 wins in a row is not realistic for most teams, but they have a winning culture. They have created a high expectation from each and every person involved in the program. Here at Central, girls soccer, football, boys basketball, boys and girls tennis, and others have a winning culture. They have invested in the youth, created fan support, and expect to win. That is success. Year after year, they are successful and make a run for the title. Losing cultures can also exist. In the past, girls basketball, volleyball, softball, amongst others have not had tradition. Losing becomes less VLJQLȴFDQWDQGDOPRVWJHWVWRD point where it doesn’t matter. But that culture is changing. Volleyball has more than doubled the amount of wins from last year and gone on a winning streak longer than any in most of Central history. Girls basketball has deeply invested in youth creating an excitement and interest in the program. The golf team is winning tournaments. Boy’s soccer is ranked. The culture is changing. They are expecting to win. They are working hard every single day to become better and to change the culture and sustain that culture. Fan support has skyrocketed. The overall winning culture of Central has never been better. It a great time to be a Mustang. Lets keep it going in all sports.


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Entertainment

10.12.11

acebook users embrace new changes Facebook users have recently had to deal with another major redesign. The change isn’t really a surprise, because as anyone on Facebook will notice, it changes all the time. “Nothing has improved,â€? senior Lexi Beedy said. “It just keeps changing.â€? Students have noticed how the popular social-networking website changes its look on a regular basis to attempt a different style or offer new features. With each redesign most users KDWHLWDWČ´UVWDQGMXVWZKHQ they get used to everything, it changes again. 7KHČ´UVWFKDQJHWKDWFDQEH noticed on Facebook is the redesign of the newsfeed. Facebook

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has gotten rid of the “Recent Posts� option and replaced it with a “smarter� homepage that sorts posts to display only those that it thinks will interest the user. Minor information such as comments, new friend relationships, and other information has been moved to a “ticker� that displays above the chat sidebar.

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feed, but now can be a distraction to users, as it updates in real time. These changes are making Facebook look more like Twitter. Will this redesign cause Facebook to lose users, or gain more? Senior Cassie Claybaugh already admits “I hate Facebook, I’d rather be on Twitter.� It’s very unlikely that Facebook will lose users due to this change, as most users are used to the pattern, even when new changes pose a

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Photo Story

10.12.11

All play

no work

Despite learning songs and perfecting their technique, Choraliers relaxes and rallies all of the schools together to play games in the courtyard during lunch at the Kansas Weslyan Fall Music Festival.

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Senior Brittan Smith attempts to break the line in a game of Red Rover.

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During a game to bring students together, senior Alexa Sharp and junior Joe McKenna show their moves as they dance by the crowd.

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Rachel Hodges/The Pylon

Sophomore Shekhinah Jones ‘rides that pony’ during a game in the courtyard. While learning a dance that Kansas Wesleyan was teaching, sophomore Afton Miller and others Bernie.


October 2011