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January 25, 2010 Volume LVI, issue 4

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Reporter kristi lewis

he 2010 International Consumer Electronic Show was held Jan. 710 in Las Vegas where all of the newest and hottest electronics were showcased. This year at CES there were exhibitors and consumers from over 140 different countries. The most talked-about items include 3-D televisions, tablet PCs and smartphones. “I like going to see 3-D movies at the theater, I just don’t like have to pay the extra cost for the glasses,” Hannah Bell ’11 said. 3-D movies have been resurrected from the 1970s and have become a popular special effect for today’s movies. It is the goal of the television industry for 3-D to become available for the public to watch in the comfort of their own homes. Companies like Samsung and Toshiba have introduced televisions that will be able to convert regular TV shows into 3-D. Some networks are launching their own 3-D channels. ESPN is expected to go 3-D later this year and the 3-D Discovery channel is

coming in 2011. Although 3-D glasses will still be needed to view the programs, companies are making them much more

most cell phone carriers. Verizon is to support the new phone in spring 2010. The phone costs $529 unless combined with a

Apple iPhone. The Nexus One is being sold exclusively by Google which means it will be compatible with any network.

Photo Courtesy of Consumer Electronics Association This lighted underwater camera was one of the many new gadgets that were showcased at CES this year. attractive and advanced than the glasses at a movie theater. Google’s new phone, the Nexus One, is currently available for

two-year contract from T-Mobile which lowers the price to $179. The Nexus One is very similar to the Motorola Droid and the

The large touch screen and look of the phone is comparable to the iPhone, but unlike the iPhone, the Nexus One will be running

on the Android network which will make it noticeably faster. Along with touch screen phones, tablet PCs are being created by many companies as a touch screen portable computer. Apple was not a part of the CES, but there has been rumors of the iSlate which is Apple’s new tablet computer. Microsoft also introduced a new tablet PC but critics say if anything it lowered the bar for the Apple computer. Other companies brought their own signature items to the show. Monster Electronics introduced their new headphones Beats by Dr.Dre and Heartbeats by Lady Gaga which are made to improve sound quality especially for more upbeat music. Beats cost $230 and Heartbeats $120. Intel announced new technology to allow one to hook up a laptop to a television wirelessly allowing the television to be used as a monitor. Thousands of new electronics were released in the four-day show. Last year, sales had dropped for electronics, like many other industries, but retailers are hoping that with all the new technology for 2010, sales will make a turnaround for the best.

Sizemore at it again despite tax evasion trial reporter forrest smith

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or the second time since 1998, Bill Sizemore is running for governor, but this time, he may be doing so from a jail cell. Sizemore and his wife, Cindy, are both charged with three accounts of tax evasion. The Sizemores failed to file returns every year from 2006 to 2008. Sizemore pleaded not guilty to the charges, but if he is convicted, both he and his wife will face five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. This is not Bill Sizemore’s first trouble with the law either. In 2003, Sizemore openly admitted to tapping hundreds of thousands of dollars from a tax-exempt organization. “From the very beginning of ATRF’s existence, Mr. Sizemore used it to pass money to himself and his family from Mr. Parks and used ATRF’s bank accounts as his personal piggy bank,” Judge Janice R. Wilson said in her ruling on the subject of Sizemore’s larceny. In 2008, Sizemore was jailed

for contempt of court for the fourth time in a long-lasting battle with two teachers’ unions. Sizemore’s shaky past with the

Although Bill Sizemore has been charged with tax evasion, he has not withdrawn from the race. Sizemore’s campaign officials

doubtful that potential supporters are not unnerved by his legal issues. Despite harsh media attention, members of Sizemore’s campaign say that Sizemore is unfazed by the media attention. “He is accustomed to bad press, which is typically w h a t conservative activists receive in [Oregon]. He expects to be found not guilty and for that story to be published in the obituary Photo Courtesy of the Sizemore Campaign pages,” Governor candidate, Bill Sizemore, might be campaigning from inside a jail cell this election. claimed law is likely to be a likely factor have refused to speculate whether the Sizemore campaign. in the election, causing doubt from Sizemore’s charges might hinder Political cartoons of Sizemore voters and potential supporters. his campaign’s success, but it is have become very popular in recent

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years, portraying things from the severe media attention he has received to the continuous stream of measures he puts on the ballot. “Sizemore represents a growing number of Oregonians who are realizing that our current policies are bankrupting the state,” said a member of Sizemore’s campaign. Sizemore’s main campaign message is for less government demands on Oregonians. Sizemore claims to do the opposite of what current Democratic leadership is doing. “[Sizemore] would lower tax rates and loosen land use laws to make Oregon a more business friendly, job creating state,” said a representative of Sizemore’s campaign. This statement matches Sizemore’s claimed goals as a governor although they conflict with current bills and measures being voted on in the January ballot. Sizemore’s path to victory looks shaky, however, as the media and people have turned on him in recent years, and his past scares off many potential supporters.

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66 & 67 represent controversial ballot measures Reporter forrest smith

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n this year’s Jan. 26 ballot, measures 66 and 67 will offer higher taxes for big businesses making over $250,000 in Oregon revenues. Households making over $250,000 and filed individuals making over $125,000 would also see higher taxes. These measures would raise the corporate minimum tax from $10 to $150. Although it seems like a large increase, when the corporate minimum tax was set decades ago in 1931, $10 was worth 140 of today’s dollars. The extra taxing would provide extra funding for public services, such as education, health care, and public safety. Arguments in favor of measures 66 and 67 include keeping costs for seniors low, ensuring quality care for the public, and protecting working families, communities, local jobs, and the economy. The Voters’ Pamphlet argues that by providing funding for public services, more middle class men and women will be able to keep or find jobs in public services. “If measures 66 and 67 are passed fewer services and programs will be cut at the state level and also in education. People relying on schools and senior services won’t see any reduction on their services,”

Sonya Olsen-Hasek, a volunteer promoting 66 and 67, said. Many of the pamphlet’s entries are from small business owners, claiming that the measures will help them, not harm them as is claimed by many opposition ads. “Some people might lose their jobs, but not on the scale [opposition ads] claim.” Olsen-Hasek

tax rate would cost another 36,000 jobs in the same amount of time. “There aren’t many businesses that won’t feel the effect one way or another,” Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the opposition campaign said in an interview with the Satesman Journal. McCormick continued to say that many businesses already pay nearly one-

opposition debaters quote Obama after a short introduction reading: “Even President Obama knows it: ‘The last thing we want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession.’” Tax activists have reacted strongly to the proposal of measures 66 and 67, running many ads against the two measures, claiming that they will harm small businesses and cause massive increases in unemployment. In order to qualify for the ballot, 66 and 67 needed more than 55,000 signatures. Measures 66 and 67 reached roughly double that amount, an unusually high number for statewide measure. The public too seems to be caught up in the debate over the measures, not enough so, however, to spare extra time on the phone. Photos by Ricky Manley “Just from my calls... a third yes, a third no and a Measures 66 and 67 will be decided by voters in special election Jan. 26. third didn’t want to talk,” Olsen-Hasek said when replied to opposition ad claims. third of all personal income taxes asked how the measures seemed to Arguments in opposition are collected for the general fund, and be faring based on her phone calls. mainly that the measures will that lawmakers have the freedom The bills were signed last harm farmers and small business to decide to spend it on schools, year on July 20 by Governor owners, costing 70,000 Oregonians human services, and public safety. Ted Kulongoski, as a tax hike their jobs. In ten years, claims Although measures 66 and 67 that would raise taxes by $733 an opposition argument in the are mainly Democratic measures, million through the state, but pamphlet, the corporate minimum and the majority of the opposition only for businesses or individuals tax rate will cost between 22,000 are of the Republican party and making over $250,000. and 43,000 jobs, and the personal owners of large businesses,

Sophomore design wins awesome art contest news editor aleida fernandez

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alem Keizer Education’s major fundraiser, the Awesome 3000, ended its annual search for the 2010 featured student artist whose artwork would be displayed on this year’s Awesome 3000 t-shirt. Out of about the 30 applicants who submitted possible designs, South’s own Hilda Montiel-Gomez ‘12 was selected as the 2010 Awesome 3000 Art contest winner for her drawing; Jesse Butler ’10 was the runner-up. MontielGomez will receive a $100 cash prize as well as the honor of having 5000 children and volunteers who participate in the Awesome 3000 don her winning design of Geo, the green Awesome 3000 alligator mascot. In addition, MontielGomez’s award earned a $250 contribution to South’s art program. Although art had always been a passion of hers, Montiel-Gomez had never taken an art class prior to this year. Montiel-Gomez’s

graphics teacher, Ronda CouchEberz assigned all of her students to enter the Awesome 3000 Art contest which was Montiel-

whole life,” Montiel-Gomez said. “People have always liked my drawings. I drew a peacock last year which was shown in a

What started out as just another doodle, Montiel-Gomez’s drawing flowered into the winning design which features Geo wearing a flowing cape. Montiel-Gomez had never participated in the Awesome 3000 before, was inspired by previous T-shirt designs. “I was never into jogging, but I was into drawing,” Montiel-Gomez said. Winning the Awesome 3000 Art contest has inspired MontielGomez to enter more art contests in the future and she expects to enter the Awesome 3000 Art Photo by Alexis Logan contest again next year. When asked Hilda Montiel-Gomez ‘12 dons her winning design for the Awesome 3000 Art contest. if she expected to make art her Gomez’s first official art contest. Salem-Keizer newspaper but this future profession, she replied “I have been doodling my was my first official art contest.” with a smile, “Definitely.”

This is it. king of hearts is almost here! clypian staff

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outh’s annual King of Hearts Dance is almost here! On February 6, South’s most romantic dance will be held in South’s lower south commons from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year’s theme is a tribute to music’s fallen king the legend

Michael Jackson. Congratulations to the King of Hearts Court! Freshmen princes are Jeremiah James and Santiago Dieguez. Sophomore princes are Trung Phan and Colin Rojas. Junior princes are Gabe Raszka and Ian Ogami. Senior princes and prospective kings are Cameron French, Ethan Jones, and Peter Chamberlain. The King of Hearts assembly will be held Feb. 4.

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Haiti devastated by 7.0 earthquake copy editor taylor applegate

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t 16:53 local time on Jan. 12, Haiti, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, suffered a 7.0 earthquake. The International Red Cross estimates that about three million people were affected by the earthquake and its 33 or more aftershocks, some of which were more than 5.0 magnitude. By Jan. 18 over 70,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves. All hospitals, transportation and communication devices were destroyed by the earthquake. Government buildings were also destroyed or damaged, including the National Palace, although Haiti’s President René Préval and his wife are so far free of harm. Among the known casualties are Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, women’s rights activist Magalie Marcelin and musician Joubert Charles. The UN headquarters building in Port-au-Prince was destroyed, and a confirmed 47 UN members are missing or dead. At least 20 countries are providing supplies or financing to aid Haiti’s recovery. By Jan. 15, Doctors Without Borders reported that the two field hospitals they had managed to open were overflowing with trauma victims and emergency surgery patients and in need of medical supplies. On Jan. 17, looting broke out and Haitian police opened fire on the looters, killing at least one. Donations to the Red Cross and other organizations helping to rebuild Haiti have been flowing in at an unforeseen rate. With the ease of one-click donating and modern technology, donations can be made in mere seconds while the donator still feels the emergency’s urgency which can fade as Haiti falls from the headlines and so from public awareness. Even though Haiti’s disaster may disappear from the news, the survivors of the earthquake will still need assistance to stay alive and rebuild their lives, and Saxons are doing their part to help. “Saxons are really going to come together on this one and help Haiti,” Cheyenne Ruiz ‘11 said. According to Ruiz, student fundraising efforts are just starting but are gaining steam: French club will be holding benefit crepe sales, activities director Kathy August is making shirts to sell and Empowerment Club and Key Club will be making donations. Ruiz herself has jars set up in the Student Store during both lunches to which students can make donations to help the people in Haiti.


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from y2k to iphones: the 2000s feature editor spice walker

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emember when only birds “tweeted,” and AIM was just a verb? The past decade has been filled with a myriad of advancements that have launched the world into a time that people used to only dream about. As years go on, people grow with the improvements, disasters and progressions that time brings. The new decade and millennium began with the great scare that all computers would crash as soon as 2000 came about, Y2K. This event also marked the beginning of dependency on computers and technology in general. Cell phones. Laptops. iPods. The popularity of the internet spread like wildfire as well, creating access to ultimately any website or source of information at the push of a button. Social networking websites were beginning to be widely used, from

Friendster to Myspace to Facebook to Twitter. Even parents and adults have caught on to the internet fad throughout the years. In 2001, a web-based encyclopedia that can be edited by internet users, Wikipedia, was created and still continues to act as a quick resource for information. “All the technological changes in the last decade have definately impacted society more than anything else, and they are the most memorable,” Claire Huntington ‘11 said. Movies, television and mass media have also grown to be part of people’s everyday life. Our generation has grown up gathering around watching favorites such as American Idol, Gossip Girl, Friends and The Office. The fixations on the lives of celebrities can be seen on magazine covers, television shows and the internet. Britney Spears came and went and came back again. In addition, celebrity couples were given nicknames: Brangelina, TomKat,

Speidi. Audiences of all ages have grown up with pirates, wizards, ogres, superheroes and vampires in movie theatres. Furthermore, n u m e r o u s unforgettable events have been etched into our minds and will never be forgotten. The tragic happenings of September 11, 2001; The largest natural disaster in the United States in 2005, the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina; the outbreak of H1N1. Politically, a controversial presidential election and ballot scandal occurred in 2000 between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Bush continued his presidency after beating John Kerry in

the 2004 election. In 2008, the slogan ‘Yes We Can’ echoed across the world when the first African American President, Barack Obama, was elected. Remember those Lance Armstrong bracelets? Pokemon?

Crocs? ‘She bangs’ with William Hung? All the little fads and events that have occurred over the past ten years help shape the world that we live in today. Only time will tell what the next decade will bring and have in store for us.

Movie review: avatar copy editor taylor applegate

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lmost two months after its premiere on Dec. 10, 2009, James Cameron’s Avatar is still the movie title on everyone’s lips. Cameron developed the idea for the film in 1994 but waited to begin filming, according to Cameron, until technology caught up with his imagination. According to the 1996 plans for the film, he would need at least six characters “who appear to be real but do not exist in the physical world.” Cameron began developing the language of the native people in Avatar with linguist Dr. Paul Frommer in 2005. The language contains over 1000 words. In Avatar’s three-hour running time, many issues are addressed, such as environmentalism, imperialism, spirituality, love and following one’s own heart. The plotline follows an ex-marine, Jake Sully, as he takes the place of his murdered brother on a scientific exploration to the planet Pandora.

Jake’s human body is paralyzed from the waist down, but the technology of the year 2154 allows Jake and the other scientists to transfer their consciousness to the blue, 12-foot bodies of Pandora’s natives, the spiritual and natureloving Na’vi. But what the scientists and the natives don’t know is that Jake is reporting back to another branch of human expansion on Pandora, the branch that wants to mine for natural resources, destroying the village of the natives. Of course, Jake sees the light in the end and becomes loyal to the Na’vi people. Of course, Jake understands the beauty of the forest and saves the day. Of course, Jake falls in love with the Na’vi chief’s daughter and they live happily ever after. But although the plot may be trite, the magic of Avatar is in Cameron’s rich and unique storytelling. Every leaf on every plant, every glowing fungus and charging panther-like T. rex-sized beast glows with imagination. The world Cameron created is groundbreaking in stunning visual effects as well as a sense of continuity: the viewer

is not simply being dropped in at one part of the story, the viewer has always been and always will be deeply involved in the feelings of the paralyzed ex-marine, the rich culture of the natives and the plight of peaceful scientists versus power-hungry expansionists. The creatures of Pandora, many of them pants-wettingly terrifying on a 3-D screen, roared with such unique ferocity I was shocked it took Cameron only 15 years to develop the movie. Aside from the gigantic beasts, what held me on the edge of my seat with my scarf wrapped around my eyes and my fists clenched in anxiety was the fear that one or both of the movie’s charismatic lovers, Jake and Neytiri, would come to the same end as the lovers in James Cameron’s other blockbuster of epic proportions, Titanic. Avatar grossed over $1 billion in the first three weeks and is currently the second-highest grossing film. If Cameron was looking to break records and make the highestgrossing film of all time, however, he wouldn’t have to rely on Avatar:

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outh students from left to right: Jonathan Brink ’12, Brandi Hammamoto ’10, Terrin Davis ’11, Amanda Nill ’10, Sabrina Lorentz – Wright ’11, Kiana Medina ’12 with teacher/chef Todd Wiewick and Food Network star Guy Fieri and his cutting crew. the highest-grossing film of all time is, in fact, James Cameron’s Titanic. In addition to Titanic and Avatar, Cameron also directed The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2:

Judgment Day (1991), and True Lies (1994). Besides directing films, Cameron is also a producer, editor and screenwriter. It is rumored that Cameron’s next two projects are to be sequels to Avatar.

all state: eugene is alive with sound of music reporter Samantha Grainger-Shuba

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tarting Jan. 15 and ending Jan. 17 was the All State Conference for musicians. The conference is a place where all of the best high school musicians from all over Oregon come together for a weekend to play music together. “It really gives students a chance to play with a higher level of expectations and a higher level of music with similar students,” Casey Nosiglia ’10 said. Students prepare for months just to be able to try out for All State. The applicants audition for the conference by sending in a tape of them playing or singing a certain piece. They are judged by a

panel and ranked along with other applicants. Applicants are judged on the tone quality, accuracy and musicality of their performance and the students who make it into the top rankings go to Eugene for a weekend, staying at Hilton Eugene Conference Center & Hotel. The students rehearse all weekend until their final concert. This concert is in the Hult Center for Performing Arts on that Sunday. “The people around you and the director pushed you to be more than good, to be great,” Katie Virden ’11 said. All State is an honor for high school musicians because during their rehearsal time the students are mentored by famous directors like Steven Zielke from Oregon State University. This opens doors for the musicians to their future

in college and beyond. Being a completely auditioned conference, All State provides a weekend for the top musicians in the state to be able to perform together. “It’s a great opportunity. Not only is it a great thing to put on your resume, but it’s very challenging music that tests the musician’s limits,” South’s choir director Carol Stenson said. The students from South who went to All State for choir were Glenna Unfred and Sam Utely for choir. Aleida Fernandez, Casey Nosiglia, and others represented South’s orchestra. For band, South sent Katie Virden. “All State teaches work ethic. Before we even get to the conference, we have to practice the assigned music on our own. No one is there to make us practice. We

also have really long rehearsals, so it helps us practice patience and self control,” Sam Utley, ’11 said.

The students who are not seniors are looking forward to applying for the conference again next year.


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staying safe on the slopes reporter Anna Sieber

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his time of year, it is important for people to remember to stay safe while out in the winter weather snowboarding, cross-country skiing, hiking, or any other winter activity. While participating in winter activities, it is important to follow basic safety guidelines.

Those who exercise in the snow should always use the buddy system and drink plenty of water. It is easy to become dehydrated while in the snow, and consuming extra water will keep a person in good shape. It is also easy to acquire a sunburn, as ultraviolet rays can reflect off of the snow and increase in strength. Therefore, it is particularly essential to wear good sunscreen. Taking a GPS tracking device is an option. These devices can aid a search team in finding a person if

the tool is working properly. The three basic layers of clothing to wear while outside in the cold are wicking, insulating and weather protection layers. The wicking layer is essentially long underwear; suggested fabrics are synthetic fibers, specifically polyester or silk. It should be worn snug, but not tight. The insulation layer is a middle layer to keep a person warm. The third, protection layers, is to shield against the elements; Photo by Matthew Manley it is meant to deter any wind and shield from water. This layer should be A truck in the mountains warns drivers to “Use Caution” while driving. waterproof yet breathable. A headband, hat or some sort of participating in physical winter are also trademarks of hypothermia. other headwear is vital in keeping activities such as skiing are If a person shows any of these warm, along with a neck gaiter carbohydrates, which provide signs, they should get themselves or a face mask on especially cold energy and internal heat. Meals warm by rubbing numb ligaments, days. Sunglasses or goggles shield that are easy to cook are key and moving around, or finding some eyes from harmful UV rays, and make the process much simpler. source of heat, and they should get can help clarify surroundings. Being out in the cold too long can out of the cold as soon as possible. Gloves or mittens are essential and cause frostbite or hypothermia. While out on a mountain, the best when waterproof and made Warning signs of these are paleness, golden rule is that a person can from a breathable fabric. Gloves numbness, loss of feeling in the always turn back and return to offer more dexterity, however extremities or stinging ligaments. camp if they run into trouble. mittens provide more warmth. Intense shivering, slurred speech It is better to be safe than sorry The best foods to eat while and unusual lack of coordination when dealing with Mother Nature.

let’s get spicey with aleida: sushi topia feature editor spice walker & news editor aleida fernandez

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ushi Topia, downtown’s new sushi bar, lies hidden between La Capitale and the Pita Pit on State Street. The casual yet sophisticated design of the restaurant gives off an appealing atmosphere. Sushi Topia is open later than most other restaurants downtown, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. While it needs better advertisement from the street, Sushi Topia brings a hip and modern edge to sushi in Salem with its seated bar by the conveyor belt lined with fresh dishes. To avoid the usual confusion of dish prices, all plates are cleverly color-coordinated in response to the dish’s price. At conventional restaurants, the patron is usually required to order food from the waiter or waitress but at Sushi Topia, ordering food is avoided be-

cause patrons are able to grab their dish fresh from the conveyor belt. Once finished with your meal, the waiters are easily able to calculate the cost of you meal based on the color of your plates. The standard prices of dishes range from $1.25 to $3.50, but during Sushi Topia’s ‘Happy Hour,’ Photo by Spice Walker from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., all dishes are $1.50. Sushi Topia possesses a hip atmosphere that sets it aside from other Salem restaurants. I decided to go of its closer location than the oth- not; she ordered the tuna, the fresh during Sushi Happy Hour along er sushi bar, Sushi Kyo on South water eel, and the halibut. Aleida with the Clypian News Editor, Alei- Commercial. Aleida was pleas- wished that there had been more da, because as a self-proclaimed antly surprised by the appealing plate options during the Happy sushi aficionado, Aleida prides her- atmosphere and the overall modern Hour but was happy with her selecself on knowing good sushi from take on the standard sushi bar. As tions overall. Aleida recommends the bad and was looking forward a non-vegetarian, Aleida was able being adventurous when eating at to trying out Sushi Topia because to order the fish plates that I could Sushi Topia because when the pric-

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es are so cheap it is a crime not to. According to Aleida, Sushi Topia is a good place for sushi lovers who may or may not be as adventurous when trying new food. It’s good that downtown finally has a young and modern restaurant because it was sorely needed. Being vegetarian, Spice chose spring rolls, egg sushi, sesami balls and green tea Mochi ice cream. The spring rolls were light and fresh, being a nice dish to begin the meal. The egg sushi was delicious as well. It had a touch of sweetness paired with the egg, nothing overwhelming though. The Sesami balls were good, but nothing special. The green tea Mochi ice cream, topped with a spot of whipped cream, was excellent. Some people have mixed feelings about the Japanese desert, but Sushi Topia’s Mochi is recommended. Overall, our experience at Sushi Topia was a fresh and delicious one. Sushi Topia easily sets itself apart from the mostly drab restaurants in Salem’s mostly drab downtown. photo editor anastasia smith

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ith a fresh start to a new year, there are many opportunities to try out new activities in Salem. A great thing to try would be the Grand Theatres series, A Grand Night For Singing. The Grand Theatre puts on musicals and invites the public in to sing along with their fellow actors. This month’s musical is My Fair Lady, and it is going to be playing on Jan. 29. They have already shown The Sound of Music, and White Christmas. The last two movies have been a hit for Salemites, with the theatre packed during both showings. The cost is $4 for children 16 and younger, and $8 for adults. You can hit up the thrift stores ahead of time, and come dressed in costume to have a fun time enjoying one of the world’s favorite musicals.


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Airport increases security, stress Clypian reporter samantha grainger-shuba

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On Dec. 25 2009, a suicide bomber attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines airplane headed to Detroit. This scare has caused changes to be made to airport security procedures. While going through security, passengers may be subjected to a trip through the full-body scanner. This machine takes a picture of the person’s naked body. These are only available for use in the top ten major airports in the U.S. at the present time but the number is subject to change as the need arises in other airports. Airport operators must pat passengers down in the boarding area before they get on the plane after security. They have to concentrate on the upper legs and torso area during this patdown. They go through your entire carry-on luggage looking for liquids or powders with syringes. Once on the plane, passengers are not allowed to have access to any carry-on luggage in the final hour before the flight touches down. They are also not allowed to use the restroom or have anything in their lap an hour before the flight lands. My first inclination at the idea of these changes was to commit to the opinion that airports have no right to invade our privacy

in such a way and deny us our right to comfort on airplane flights. But, it is not that simple. The fact of the matter is that in this instance, regular tax-paying citizens of the U.S. are getting the short end of the stick and here is why: Beginning on 9/11, President George W. Bush began the war on terror. This involved a huge reorganization of the federal government and the formation of the Homeland Security Act, the Department of Homeland Security and o t h e r agencies. Who pays for this? Ta x p a y e r s . According to an article from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, in 2002 alone, $21 billion were spent on homeland security. The article also stated that spending increased 161 percent by 2006, ending in an overall spending of $55 billion. That is two percent of the United States’ entire federal budget focused on the security of our nation and home, and we citizens have to pay for it. I’m sure citizens would be less bitter about paying, if the measures taken were effective.

According to CNN, the event with the Christmas Day Bomber, Umar Adbulmutallab, was not unknown to the authorities. Apparently, Abdulmutallab’s father told the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria and various other agencies of his son’s plan to bomb the plane three months before the actual attempted bombing. This information was then passed to the National CounterTerrorism Center, where it

was then deemed “not specific enough” to stop Abdulmutallab from getting on a plane. This was one big government s l i p - u p . We pay a certain amount of money every April 15 to fund these agencies that are supposed to be for our own protection, but when little government mistakes, like the Umar Abdulmullatab incident, turn into big government mistakes, the American people pay twice. Not only do we have to

pay more taxes, we have to pay in loss of luxury and personal rights. “Passengers flying from international locations to U.S. destinations may notice additional security measures in place. These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same thing everywhere,” the Transportation Security Administration said on their website. This isn’t just the holiday season, now it is all the time. There is personal and carry-on security at the usual checkpoint, luggage check security, airport gate security, and airplane security. All that can be said is that frustration, indignation, and flat out protestations are going to be in order because of the public’s disapproval. No one is going to be happy about these changes. No one. Not the airports, not the government, not the airlines, and most certainly not the people. The myriad of anti-terrorism agencies and programs takes our money, makes a mistake in the follow-through, and then makes us pay. This time, though, it’s not only with money, but with time, comfort, personal space invasion, and security measures on and off planes. We pay twice, through the nose both times. And all of this could have been avoided if a simple group of people had done the job we yearly pay them to do.

Should medicare Driving laws: cover abortion? where to draw Decades old controversy over the line hyde amendment continues Ads manager Kendra Moe

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ver 16 million American women receive basic health insurance and longterm coverage through Medicaid. They are both old and young, married and single, and of all sorts of races and occupations; the one thing they have in common is that they live below the poverty level. Since the Hyde Amendment, abortion is only covered under certain circumstances of rape, incest or the physical life endangerment of the woman. Abortion is a private matter women and their bodies. Reasons why women abort include the ideas that a child could interfere with education, work, or marital issues, along with the emotional state of the child’s potential providers. A fetus is alive; but sperm and eggs are too. Henry Hyde, republican from Illinois, passed the Hyde Amendment to the Annual Labor/ Health and Human Services Appropriations bill in 1976, three years after Roe v. Wade decriminalized abortion in the United States. By prolonging their abortions-for the inability to pay- women will be forced to carry out their pregnancies and either give their child up for adoption- which causes severe emotional trauma-or wait until

second trimester when costs and health risks are much higher. Women who cannot afford abortions may also be forced into the self-induced procedure, or obtaining illegal, unsafe abortions. First trimester abortions cause no physical harm to the patient and there is no risk of harm to the reproductive system in case they wish to have children in the future. The National Cancer Institute declared in 2003 that induced abortion is not associated with an increase in the breast cancer risk among women. Many argue that abortion is a moral issue, and may also argue that teenagers use this as an excuse to have unprotected sex, but 60 percent of women who have abortions are married or already have at least one child. Three quarters of abortions are excused because of the parents’ inability to afford raising the child. Women already living under the poverty level cannot afford the quarter of a million dollars it requires to raise a child until the that child reaches the age of 17. Teenage mothers are prone to substance abuse, dropping out of school and relying on welfare. and school dropouts lose and potential they may have had for being able to afford raising children. If a woman’s’ regular health care can be covered by medicare then abortion prodecures should as well.

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any states have already raised or are considering raising the minimum age for driving from 16 to 17 or 18. Most states like Oregon currently require candidates for driver licenses so be over age 16. Moving age up to 17 would be understandable, because studies show that a higher percentage of driving accidents happen to teen driver especially those who are 16 years of age, but increasing the age to 18 would be too far because it would mean forcing teens to learn to drive after many of them have left home. This would mean that many youths would have driving teachers close to the same age as them, who will likely fail to make the same impression on students regarding the necessity of safety compared to the impression that parents might make. Teen drivers are statistically shown to be involved in more crashes than other demographics. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the amount of fatal or injury crashes is 3.7 times higher for 16-year-olds than the average for all ages, with 61.4 per 1,000 drivers compared to 16.8 per 1,000. This number drops to 47.4 per 1,000 for drivers age 17, suggesting that increasing the

required age for driver licenses would decrease the number of fatal or injury crashes. The question which could nullify that conclusion is whether the higher rate of involvement in crashes is because the drivers are younger or because they are inexperienced. If it is indeed because they are younger, then changing the age to 17 would increase the safety of the roads. If it is because the drivers are inexperienced then moving the age up a year will only move the statistics up a year. The higher numbers will fall into the category that holds the inexperienced first year drivers, regardless of the age. The other main concern with raising the driving age is changing the environment in which new drivers will learn. Many teens move out of their homes by age 18, whether it be to enter college or to get a job or simply to strike out on one’s own. Because of this, if the driving age was raised to 18 or higher, many new drivers would be learning to drive in a new and foreign place. This will decrease the safety because it is more difficult to drive safely in an area that is completely unknown. Also, the instructors of many young drivers are currently their parents. Parents have a unique ability, sometimes shared with other authority figures like teachers, to inspire proper behavior, inexperienced teachers fail to command the respect needed for safety.

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he curtains have closed on the first decade in the twenty-first century. In the past few years, there have been a handful of topics that have seemed nearly unavoidable. The war on terror, the economy, the surge in techno-communication, immigration, and gay marriage. Since the Civil Rights movement, there has been a clearer focus on giving all sorts of Americans equal rightsexcept for Homosexual seeking legitimate, legal marriage to their partners. The U.S. Federal Government does not recognize same-sex marriage as valid in accordance with the defense of Marriage Act, passed in September of 1996. This act rules that marriages between two people of the same gender do not have to be regarded as legitimate in any state, and that the only genuine marriages are those between one man and one woman. A drunken, regrettable, less-than-24-hour marriage in a shady Las Vegas church is perfectly acceptable, as long as it’s between one man and one woman. There is no equality in that. However, five states and one Native American tribe have refused this act and acknowledge gay marriage. Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire

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and Vermont are all states that set the stage for a witch hunt are currently performing and of gays. Homosexuals convicted recognizing gay marriages as of having sexual relations would lawful. The Coquille Indian Tribe be facing a minimum of life in in Oregon also recognizes and prison. There would be possible performs same-sex marriages. execution of anyone HIV-positive, New York recognizes these and a death penalty for those who marriages from other states have homosexual relations with but does not perform them. a minor or have homosexual Possibly the biggest events relations on more than one in the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual- occasion. No promotion of Transgender community in recent homosexuality would be allowed, years revolved around California which means bans on HIV and passing Proposition 8, or as it AIDS prevention organizations. is sometimes known, Prop 8. Hatred is faced by homosexuals California legalized gay marriage around the world, even in America. on June 16, 2008. Prop 8 ended How can we call ourselves the this allowance Nov 5, 2008, and lad of free, when two women are California’s laws are now in not free to be married? How can agreement with the Defense of we call ourselves the home of Marriage Act. Prop 8 crushed the brave, when our government the small amount of equality isn’t brave enough to allow two that was momentarily relished men the same rights as a man by California’s and a woman? gay community Our eyes are five months closed, America. of hope, gone. How can we call Open them. The Although there inequality faced has been little ourselves the day after day is a progress in the cruel and unusual American Gay lad of free, when punishment no one Rights movement, should expect their some could say two women brother of sister to that American face. Equal rights h o m o s e x u a l s are not free are not something should consider that should be themselves lucky. to be married? denied to anyone. Civil Union’s Sexual orientation between two should be the last people of the same gender are thing determining the legitimacy widely recognized, and unlike of our love. No matter what sexual many countries across the world orientation a person is, there is there is no death penalty for the desire for equality. Whether homosexual relations. A they are gay rights or Civil bill proposed in Uganda would Rights, there should be equality.

with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable…” Homosexuality, when mentioned later, in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), ame-sex marriage seems to is listed among such sins as idolatry, be an ever-increasing topic adultery, and prostitution, among for heated discussion among others. From a religious standpoint, American youth today. Should it this is enough to say that it is wrong, be allowed? Why can’t we marry and therefore entering into a samewhomever we want? These seem to sex marriage is religiously unlawful. be some of the questions that people Bringing this issue into a wider are asking concerning this matter. scope of things, however, though, With the two opposing sides, and complicates things. Though I truly all the ways to argue each, can one and firmly believe that same-sex actually be right or wrong? I think so. marriage, and same-sex relationships Same-sex marriage, or rather, same- are wrong, I also believe that laws sex relationships should not prohibit at all, are not these things. It homosexuality, is a moral issue; something to be pursued. for many, is a a Biblical issue. Why? Because People should be moral issue, able to choose it goes against the relations because of the whether or not for which men Bible’s warnings they want to go and women against the God against it. were intended. of the Bible. God H o w e v e r , gives us free will to should the law make this choice, prohibit it? No. Again, one might and He is much bigger than the ask Why? The answer: Free will. lawmakers of the United States. Why Homosexuality, for many, is a should they change what has already moral issue, because of the Bible’s been given to us by God? Especially warnings against it. We are told, in America, Land of the Free. throughout the New and Old Overall, being a Christian in Testaments, that homosexuality is a generation of increasing and an indecent concept. In Leviticus advancing liberal ideas can get (18:22), God himself says, “Do tricky, but I think it is clear what is not lie with a man as one lies with right and what is wrong. In the case a woman; that is detestable.” This of same-sex marriage, for me, there is is from a passage in which God is no question that it is wrong. It should telling Moses of unlawful sexual not be done, but it also should not relations, that are not meant to be be outlawed by people much smaller had. Later on, also in Leviticus and more insignificant than the God (20:13a), God says, “If a man lies who gave us the free will to choose. guest writer cassie meuret

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s Americans we tend to put our garbage out of sight and out of mind. We pollute the earth so much even when we’re recycling and composting. We buy things brand new and in a few months they break, do you know why that is? It’s because the companies are not building things as well as they used to because they know that their customers will keep coming back and spending more money buying new appliances. Granted, things haven’t always been like this, if you have a toaster from the 1950’s its probably still working. My family used my great grandmother’s toaster almost my whole life until it broke last year. Imagine if our stuff lasted that long, we wouldn’t have to buy anything new. Sadly that’s not the case. Even if our stuff did last longer, humans have a thing for buying new things, it makes us happy. So we must be conscious of what we’re consuming our we’ll just keep going. Last month, I went and saw the movie Garbage, The Revolution Starts at Home at the Salem

Progressive Film Series. The showed me how much garbage we produce per year. In the movie a family of five was asked to save their garbage, compost, and recycling for three months. By the end of the movie their whole garage was filled to the top with garbage. Another great part of the film was how it showed where their electricity was coming from and how it created waste, how their running water created waste, and how almost everything we use makes the world more polluted. Society today makes us use so much more stuff then humans have ever used before. Throughout history humans have only used what grew locally. They didn’t have to worry about the waste they created because almost everything was biodegradable.

So much of what we use can be reused, one example is food scraps. You can start a compost at home with leftover food scraps, coffee grounds, newspaper, egg shells, almost anything that will break down and in a while have some beautiful soil to plant in. By doing

that you’re saving yourself money on soil, and the packaging that it comes in. If you plant a garden then you’re saving fuel, money, and packaging. But if you don’t

have the room to do that, recycling is the one of the easiest ways to help reduce your waste. We live in an area where we can just separate our papers, plastics, glass, and cans and put them in containers which the city will take away to recycle. Oregon was the first state to instate a bottle law, letting people return their beer and soda cans or bottles for five cents each. Sadly we were slow on getting a water bottle return, but now we have that as well. Speaking of bottled water, let us consider it for a moment. What is the point of having bottled water in a country where our tap water is clean? Yes, I can see the advantage when you’re on the go, but why not just use a reusable water bottle? I went to

Mexico a couple years of ago, and there you have to drink bottled water if you want to drink water at all. Here we are spoiled enough to choose between tap or bottled water, lets not abuse that right. Bottled water is an awful thing, and Americans are addicted to it. Some bottled water companies pump their water from Africa, and then ship it over to the United States. That alone uses lots of fuel and plastic, but what it does to the people of Africa is even worse. When we have clean, running water in our own homes, and countries in Africa don’t, why should we be the ones taking it away from them? The solution to the garbage is simple, stop using so much. It takes a few small life changes and you can help change the world. As we grow up, more and more things will be presented to our generation. We must learn from the mistakes of generations before us. Our generation will already be cleaning up the mess our parents left us, lets not add more to that pile. Let us be that generation, the one who stopped the problem before it was too late. We cannot be the ones who let it slip, because we had too much on our plate.


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he South swim season started on Nov. 9, 2009. Since then, the team has experienced great success. Their first meet was less than a month later on Dec. 1. They have competed in five swim meets so far this year and stand 5-0 for both the girls’ and boys’ teams. “So far we are doing great. The goal for the team is to compete for the league title again and they are working very hard towards that goal. We have a very strong core of seniors that are leading the team by example,” Eric Richey, head coach of the swim team, said. The team consists of 63 members, both boys and girls. With so many swimmers, everyone must focus and work hard in order to achieve their goals for the season, which culminates in the district meet. “At practice, you have to be thinking about what you want for times at districts,”

Marie Miner ’10 said. Miner is a senior who swims the 200 Free and the 100 free at meets. Miner, along with

Brown ‘10 and Jennifer Konick ‘10 hold two school records at South for the 200 Medley and the 100 Free relays.

multiple school records. “For relays, it’s really exciting. We broke the record at districts. Eric [Richey] was screaming

We hadn’t even realized what had happened. It’s like we’re a part of history,” Konick said. The JV district swim meet will be on Jan. 30 and the Varsity district swim meet will be held on Feb. 12 and 13. “We’d love to win districts and go to state. I’d personally love to break an individual school record,” Konick said. To qualify for state, a swimmer needs to either individually win their event or make a qualifying time at the district meet. The team is hopeful that Courtesy of Dan Mills they will send a few Nate Mills ‘10 stretches and spots his dive before the start of his swim race. swimmers to the OSAA state fellow swimmers Amanda Konick shares her and everyone was swim meet that takes Zarazoga ‘10, Gayleen thoughts on holding jumping up and down. place Feb. 19 and 20.

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Sports Clyps: Upcoming games for the Saxons Jan. 26 Girls’ Basketball vs. Sprague @ 7:00 Jan. 29 Girls’ Basketball vs. McNary @ 5:30 Boys’ Basketball vs. McNary @ 7:00 Feb. 6 Wrestling @ Sheldon Tournament Feb. 9 Boys’ Basketball vs. Redmond @ 7:00 Feb. 13 Varsity Swimming Districts

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he new girls’ lacrosse program has gotten a team together and is starting to work out and practice for their games coming up in March. Girls’ lacrosse is new this year and is a club sport which means it is not an official school team. There are 12 members on the team. “Lacrosse is soccer, only in the air and played with sticks. Boys would argue that it is soccer combined with football because they get to hit each other with hard metal sticks, but girls are only allowed so much contact,” lacrosse player, Jane Tanabe ’11 said. Girl’s lacrosse is very different from boys’ because of the amount of physical contact allowed and the equipment used. The game itself is the same, the purpose being to get the lacrosse ball into the opposing team’s net. The South team has one goalkeeper, five attackers and six defenders. Last year, Alexandra Morgan ’10 and Tanabe proposed a girls’ lacrosse team to Dave Johnson, the athletic director, and this year they are finalizing everything and putting the team together. West has had a team for five years and now with our team, they’re the only two teams in the school district.

“I like that it is a different sport that people aren’t so familiar with. It’s all about team work, you can’t play the game alone,” Morgan said. The players on the lacrosse team all vary in their skill with lacrosse. For some players this is their first year and for others their third. Though the team lacks experience, the girls are focused and ready to train to make this a successful season. “I’m looking forward to watching the players progress from beginning and intermediate skill levels to operating as a cohesive team,” coach Jasmine Henry said. Henry is a Willamette student who has been playing lacrosse since 2002. She has been an assistant coach to a team in Washington and has been refereeing games over the past few years. Henry is excited to start coaching and is hoping to make South Salem a strong girls’ lacrosse team. Meanwhile, the boys’ lacrosse team has been active for several years. Boys’ lacrosse is also a club sport, but South still does have its own team, which competes with other lacrosse teams in the Valley. The boys’ team has enjjoyed some success, making the playoffs in 2009. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams have begun light practicing during the winter, but will begin official competition in the early spring.

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fter being known as the “Jail Blazers” for the past few years the Portland Trail Blazers have developed a new and talented team. The Blazers ended a six year drought by reaching the playoffs last year, but fell to the Houston Rockets in the first round. Now with the playoff experience from the 2008-2009 season the Blazers look to make a stronger run at the NBA championship. At the start of the 2009-2010 season the Blazers have encountered some key injuries in their roster that they have had to overcome. Small forward Nicholas Batum played one game for the Blazers in the start of the season and then decided to have surgery to repair his shoulder. He is expected to return on Jan. 25 against the New Orleans Hornets after being out for close to three months. The Blazers also lost small forward Travis Outlaw who fractured his foot Nov.14 against the Charlotte Bobcats and is expected to have an eight-week recovery period. From there the injures only got worse as shooter Rudy Fernandez was sidelined with back injuries and only returned recently in a win over the Orlando Magic on Jan.15. Two-time All-Star Brandon

Roy has also been on and off the court the last month with shoulder and hamstring injuries. The biggest hit the Blazers took this season was the loss of both centers in the same month. Greg Oden, number one pick in the 2007 draft and starting center for the Blazers, suffered a fracture in his left patella Dec.5 in a game against the Houston Rockets and is most likely out for the season. Oden was off to his best season averaging eleven points and over eight rebounds per game. “I’m obviously disappointed having worked so hard to get to where I was,” Oden said in a statement released by the Blazers, “This is a setback, but I’ll be back. It’s in God’s hands now.” On Dec.22 the team’s backup center Joel Przybilla, who did not miss a game all last year, ruptured

his knee in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks and is most likely out for the season. Forwards Juwan Howard and Jeff Pendergraph have been moved to the center position to take over for Oden and Przybilla. Together they average ten points and over eight rebounds per game and with their good post and down low defense they’re becoming a good addition to the short-handed Blazer team. Even with these injuries the Blazers have managed to be a consistent team and remain in second place in the Northwest Division behind the Denver Nuggets. Although many Blazer fans had their doubts about reaching the playoffs this year, the team still looks to make a run at a high seed in the postseason when the injured players return later this season.


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Saxon basketball teams look to make shot at conference championships three pointers made in a game (8) which he set last year and is the top returning scorer. The guys do have a young team but they also have a lot of strengths on their team. “We got all kinds of different strengths. We got good shooters and post players we got a great point guard and great defenders but our main strengths are the shooters and post guys,” Jackson said. With nine games left, the guys are looking for a strong fought season as they take on undefeated ninth ranked McKay at South on Jan. 22. If the Saxons were to win this game it would put them at number reporter one in the conference and show that Travis Samuels they are a team to be reckon with. “If we beat McKay it would be he Saxon boys’ and girls’ a big achievement for us but I don’t basketball teams have both think we have to be scared of them improved or anything greatly from last because that’s season and both “I think we will do not going have goals to make it to help us to the playoffs. Both well in the playoffs, win,” Conor teams have started Goodwin, off the season 2-1 in it’s just going to take s h o o t i n g league play and are guard for the both in second place us coming together Saxons said. in the conference. On the Photo by Travis Samuels The boys’ team this as a team to do girls’ is a year is young with strong senior Saxon girls’ varsity basketball players huddle around coach McWilliams to hear his critique during practice. only two returning good” class with an seniors on the team, 8-5 overall and we get up and down the floor times according to McWilliams. the top three in the conference Pedro Castaneda -Tia Marshall record. Like really quick and we have a strong The girls have also showed much and do well in the playoffs. and Devont’e the boys the defense and some good shooters,” improvement from last season and “I think we will do well in the Jackson. Jackson, girls have a lot head coach Nick McWilliams said. will continue to try to improve as the playoffs, its just going to take who transferred of strengths Because the girls don’t have season progresses. But with their us coming together as a team from McKay his sophomore year, on their team. good height on their team they dominant senior class and athletic to do good,” senior basketball holds the Saxon record for most “We are a quick and physical team have to be a scrappy team at ability the girls hope to finish in player Tia Williams ‘10 said.

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Saxon fencers take advantage of unique opportunities In épée, a person’s whole body is fair game, including the head. Like foil, épée touches must be made with only the tip, and both he fencing team at South disciplines require the fencers generally practices once to stop after each touch is made, a week, at five o clock in whether on a valid target area or the Parrish Middle School gym. not. The last discipline is saber, Every week South faces off against an incredibly fast-paced whack other local schools that make fest that’s a hand-me-down from up the fencing league of Salem. the days of cavalrymen slashing There are eight people total away on horseback. The fencing on the Saxon fencing team, but saber is heavier and has a large, because a competitive fencing team curved hand guard. The target area is just made up of four people, the is anything from the waist up. But Saxon fencing team has split up two big differences make saber the into 2 teams; the Saxon Red team most frenetic of the disciplines. and the Saxon Blue team. So far First, the edge of the saber can be in this fencing season, used as well there has only been as the point, one meet, between the “Some people so slashes are Saxon Red team and valid hits; and the Saxon Blue team. say it’s like chess a second, the The blue team emerged bout does not as the winners. thousand miles an stop after an The team off-target hit, so participates in one of hour,” -Noah Kittleson the opponents three types of fencing; will whack and foil fencing. The first is slash at each foil, the lightest and most flexible other until a legal hit is registered. of the fencing weapons. In foil The rules of foil fencing fencing, the only valid target is the are: Both opponents have a foil opponent’s trunk. The arms, legs, (sword), and they try to stab a and head are no good, and only person in the target area, which hits with the foil’s tip are counted. is the torso. Striking an opponent Foil fencing is a modernized form in the arms, legs, or head does of what was, traditionally, sword- not count for a point. Opponents fighting practice. In Épée fencing, start at opposite ends of a strip. A players use a heavier, more rigid director then says when to start. version of the foil, with a triangular After a person has been hit, the blade and a larger, “bowl-shaped” director judges on whether the hit blade guard (to protect the hand). is valid and counts for a point or Reporter Marcela Harden

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not. In order for a strike to count, there must be a visible point bend to represent puncture in the armor. This means that the foil cannot just simply slide across the opponent for a point to count. The first person to earn five points against their opponent is declared the winner. “I like how strategic it is. A lot

Fencing schedule 2010 schedule for our fencing teams! Feb. 3 South A vs. Sprague South B vs. Homeschool Feb. 10 South B vs. Homeschool Feb. 17 South A vs. West South B vs. North & Homeschool Feb. 24 South A vs. Homeschool South B vs. Blanchett Mar. 3 South A vs. Homeschool

of sports are more physical than strategic, But fencing is the other way around. Some people say it’s like chess a thousand miles an hour,” captain of South’s fencing team Noah Kittleson ’10 said.

Before team tournaments, individuals on the team go against each other one on one, and winners advance to round after round. Individuals earn points. This year’s fencing season ends March 20.

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