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Clypian South Salem High School - 1910 Church St. SE Salem, OR 97302 Friday November 17, 2017 - Volume LXIV, Issue III

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Table of Contents

2017-2018 Clypian Staff:


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3 2017Crystal Apple Award Winner: JoyAnna Forsythe

7 Trendy and Tasty Thanksgiving Foods 9 Salem-Keizer Mandatory Reporting Training Update

12 Letter of Intent Signings 14 Saxon Volleyball Gets 4th at State 16 Civil War Game ADVERTISE WITH US: (503) 399-5542

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2017 Crystal Apple Winner: JoyAnna Forsythe

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Chloe Elmore/Co-Feature Editor

From left to right: Olivia Wolf ‘18, Mrs. Forsythe, and Colin Powell ‘18. The two students helped nominate Mrs. Forsythe for the Photo courtesy of JoyAnna Forsythe Crystal Apple Awards.


n Nov. 2, the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation honored outstanding educators from the area at the 21st annual Crystal Apple Awards in the Elsinore Theater. Out of the 5,000 employees in the Salem-Keizer school district, 46 were nominated. Of these nominees, three were JoyAnna Forsythe, Bess Waxenfelter and Vivian Bartone from South Salem High School. Twelve educators were honored with the Crystal Apple award that night, one of which was Forsythe. She is an english teacher as well as coordinator and supervisor of the Link program at South. Link encourages connections between students of different grade levels and a greater sense of community throughout South. In a letter nominating Forsythe for the award, South Salem student Olivia Wolf ‘18 stated her reasoning for why Forsythe is worthy of being honored with the award. “I owe my love of philosophy and literature to you, I owe

you the utmost respect because you have never shown me less,” Wolf said. Forsythe has been noted for going above and beyond the requirements of being a teacher and taking the time to get to know her students. Through Link, she has been able to reach out and create more opportunities for herself and students to have a positive impact on each other and South’s community. “It is rare to find teachers that truly connect with students and express an interest in students outside of classwork at the high school level.” Derek Ettel ‘18 said. The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation has dedicated their time to finding teachers, such as Forsythe, that have a greater impact within their community so that they may be recognized for their excellence in education.

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$619.2 Millon School Bond Samantha Riesterer/Copy & News Editor

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The Salem-Keizer School Board has approved a $619.2 million bond to be placed on the May 2018 ballot to potentially fund the proposed Long-Range Facilities Plan for Salem-Keizer School District. The Long-Range Facilities Plan is aimed at meeting schools’ long term needs in areas such as capacity and building safety. For South, these changes would constitute the demolition of the building’s oldest section-currently Howard Street Charter School-and expansion to satisfy increasing enrollment and meet seismic safety standards. Under the current plan, South would gain twelve classrooms, two science labs, space for two career technical education [CTE] programs, one lab space, and a Special Education [SPED] LRC classroom. Already established spaces such as the Rose Theater, music rooms, and other general classrooms that would be demolished would also be replaced. Additional expansion and improvements would be made towards parking,

maintenance such as plumbing and flooring, security systems, and technology upgrades. Currently, the property tax levy rate is estimated to increase between $1.28 and $1.39 per thousand of assessed value in order to raise the nearly $620 million needed for the bond. In 2016, the cost of the drafted Long-Range Facilities Plan was nearly $766 million. After a Citizens Facilities Task Force reviewed the plan, concluding that a general obligation bond was the best means to fund the work, a survey was then used to determine the bond’s feasibility among Salem and Keizer residents. The results led to a revisement of the bond package in order to lower the cost and increase support. Revealed in May 2017, the smaller, revised bond package has not been finalized, and is still subject to change, but as the current bond package, is the basis for the package that will be on the ballot in 2018.

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Library Bond Passes

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Toni Trinh/Editor-in-Chief

On Nov. 7, there was an official voting of Library Improvements General Obligation Bond Measure 24-432 with a 63% approval in Marion County and 55% in Polk. Engineers and designers can now begin planning the layout of how Salem Library will look like and where the funds will be distributed. The Salem City Council has proposed a library bond of $18.6 million directed towards improving the Salem Public Library. The name of the bond is Measure 24-432. Some of the improvements that the bond includes are: improving the structure of the building so it will be able to withstand an earthquake, increasing the accessibility, and system improvements. More than 165,000 people go to the library and the library maintains 337,373 items in their collection. Roughly 1,600 people check out 3,700 library books and materials according to the internal statistics compiled by library staff. “We go there to study, hang out, and we need to feel safe while doing it.” Sandra Garcia Torres ‘18 said.

Since the bond has passed, Salem library will be able to improve both the building and the parking garage that will ensure continued use in the years to come. Scheduling for construction should begin in 2018 or 2019. “I think it’s a pretty good idea to spend this money in order to protect not only the books, but the people around. In order to be and feel safe in our environment especially a place where everyone constantly visits, it would be nice to know that we are protected from any earthquakes that may occur.” Olivia Dias Cruz ‘18 said. Some of the repairs include obtaining new security cameras, replacing library shelves that were designed in the 1950s, and new seismic updates. The bond measure will raise 12 cents for every $1,000 of property assessed value and property owners should be seeing the increase in the next tax bill. An average home that has a value of $200,000 would see $24 increase in their taxes.

Athletics Team’s Get New Homes Julian Contreras/Reporter


he Executive Board of the Oregon Schools Activities Association [OSAA] has reached a final decision on new placements of teams in the state. Teams will be moved up and down from the Great Valley Conference [GVC] in the 2018-2019 school year. The OSAA league changes are based not only on the size of the school, but also how many athletes the school attracts on average. Bend, Mountain View, and Summit High Schools are all moving up to the 6A GVC while North Salem High School is going down to the 5A Mid-Willamette Conference. North will be moved down to the Mid-Willamette Conference due to an inability to draw in enough student athletes to compete with other school’s sizes in the GVC. Bend schools will be moving up from the 5A Special District to the GVC, because enrollment rates have been going up the past years, therefore bringing in more student athletes. “We agree that the Bend schools are formidable opponents, however, travel presents safety concerns, impacts instructional time and at an estimated cost of $700,000 a year, simply isn’t in our budget. We are committed to working with

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the Bend-La Pine Schools to be creative in our scheduling to minimize impacts to our student-athletes and their families.” said Director of High School Education for Salem Keizer Schools, Larry Ramirez. The travel distance from Salem to Bend is roughly two to three hours, and will take away instructional time for teams. Students will have to leave school early more often in order to compete with Bend schools. For the past four years there have been multiple proposals to decide where to place Bend schools because of their increase in enrollment . “During the past four years the Bend schools have grown significantly in enrollment and no longer are a fit with 5A schools. At the 6A classification there were three main options for league placement for these schools as the committee saw it - Eugene-Medford, Salem-Keizer, and East Portland,” said Peter Weber, Executive Director of the OSAA Salem-Keizer was chosen for league placement because it had a shorter travel distance than Eugene-Medford or East Portland.



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Feature 7

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Trendy & Tasty Thankgiving Foods


Chloe Elmore/Co-Feature Editor

or those wanting to step outside the box on turkey day there are plenty of options other than the typical potatoes and pumpkin pie.

A good option for a quick and easy appetizer are pumpkin basil pinwheels. With only four ingredients, the pinwheels are a tasty addition to a Thanksgiving feast. PUMPKIN BASIL PINWHEELS Ingredients: 1 package of puff pastry dough (available vegan) 1/3 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1/4 cup basil leaves Instructions: Preheat oven 400 ° Roll out the puff pastry dough flat Mix pumpkin puree and salt Spread the puree on top of the puff pastry dough Add bits of basil on top Roll the dough into a tube Cut roll into circles and spread out on a cookie sheet Cook for 15-20 minutes in oven

This recipe is courtesy of Elephantastic Vegan.

A trendy twist on a Thanksgiving favorite is Pumpkin Pie in a mug! PUMPKIN PIE IN A MUG Ingredients: One full graham cracker 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree 1 egg 1 tablespoon of milk 2 tablespoons of brown sugar 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice A pinch of salt teaspoon vanilla Whipped cream Instructions: Whisk together puree, egg, milk, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until smooth Crush cookies into the bottom of a microwavable mug Pour puree mixture on top (in 1200 watt microwave) cook for 1.5-2 minutes, check frequently Let cool and serve with whipped cream. This recipe is courtesy of Bigger Bolder Baking.

To the left is the pumpkin basil pinwheels and to the right is the pumpkin pie in a mug.

Photos by Kaia Alexander

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Dia De Los Muertos Jade Raimondi/Reporter Day of the Dead, or Día de Los Muertos, is celebrated on November 2 every year. The holiday is of Mexican origin but is observed by many other cultures. A common misconception about the holiday is that it merely celebrates the dead with sugar skulls, parades and lots of vibrant colors but what many fail to see is that there is much more to the custom. The tradition is to honor those who have passed, to offer prayer for them, and to help support their spiritual journey. It’s a widespread focus on the gathering of family and friends to help commemorate all of those that they have lost. Many of the above named items and ideas are key factors in the celebration of the holiday, but many of the communities and cultures that observe the holiday also believe that the “souls of the departed return... to provide council or give advice to family and loved ones,” said Helen Tafoya, Clinical Counselor. On Nov 2, families will commonly visit their loved one’s gravesite to decorate and maintain the graves.Traditionally, singing, eating and storytelling occur at the gravesite, enhanc-

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ing the celebration and making it a joyous occasion. “In the United States or for those for whom visiting the gravesite is not viable, (often graveyards are closed during the evening hours),” says Tafoya, “the tradition has been adapted.” Places of worship and prayer will be set up in homes and events, largely organized by the community, will be available for all of those who participate in the observance of the day. People often glance over the sugar skull as a simple decoration for the holiday, but in reality they’re very important for the holiday. They are not masks, or meant to be decoration they are meant to represent the dead. Flowers, skulls, food are all staples of the holiday, and they all have significance. Many sugar skulls are painted with smiles to symbolize the happy spirits. Happy spirits are commonly believed to look over the families and present them with good luck and fortune. The lively events and manners in which the holiday is celebrated are colorful and vivid, making the holiday “a true celebration of life” according to Tafoya.

Preparing for the Holiday Season! Kaia Alexander/Co-Feature Editor

The holiday season is one of the most anticipated times of year. With all different traditions and cultures the holiday season is a time for spreading joy and celebration. For many the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving and lasts until January 1 when the New Year begins. Greyson Hanowell ‘20 begins his holiday celebration around November when his family and him begins to listen and sing along to christmas music. The day after thanksgiving they begin to put up decorations around the house, “My favorite part

of christmas is when my mom makes these really good green Christmas tree cookies!” Selbie Christensen ‘19 kicks off her holiday spirit by listening to christmas albums a week before Halloween. Her favorite song is “This Christmas” by Chris Brown. Christensen spends her holiday weekend watching “Christmas With the Kranks” while enjoying some of santa’s cookies. She loves to dress up in a santa hat and wear her favorite red and white striped elf socks.

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Opinion 9

Salem-Keizer Mandatory Reporting Salem-Keizer Mandatory Training Updated

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alem Keizer school district staff recently went through updated training on their requirements as mandatory reporters. While these laws are not new, a question was raised as to the requirements of a mandatory mandatory reporter in certain situations, so further clarification and updated training requirements. As mandatory reporters, Salem-Keizer School district must report any sexual activity between minors [unmarried people under the age of 18], whether they believe it was consensual or not. “Oregon law currently defines a child as an unmarried person under 18 years of age. “Abuse” includes (among other situations) non-consensual sexual contact. Any person is considered incapable of consenting to a sexual act if that person is under 18 years of age. There is no age defense in these reporting circumstances,” Walt Beglau, Marion County District Attorney said. Mandatory reporting does not only apply to their students, but also their own children. Many students and parents are uncomfortable with these new enforcements. From the perspective of students, many feel that these laws are a violation of their privacy and prevent them from feeling free to seek help or counsel when necessary. Some parents have also expressed concern over the new laws because it discourages their children from talking about certain topics with them, especially those who work for the district. “I feel like I’m not allowed to discuss anything with her if anything were to happen, because if I did, she would have to report me to DHS. If she doesn’t report me, she could poten-

tially lose her job,” said Kendra Evans ‘18. Salem-Keizer School District Director of Community Relations and Communications, Lillian Govus, feels that students can and should feel comfortable with talking to both their parents and teachers, even if the topic could be filed with DHS. “Just because there’s a report filed does not mean you can’t talk to [teachers]. It may be reported, but the DA [District Attorney] is not going to prosecute a positive relationship. They have no interest in that,” said Govis. “You can still talk to your parents, you can still talk to your teachers, you can still continue along that path.” Govis went on to say that the mandatory reporting laws should not stifle, but encourage communication between teachers and students. Students should still feel free to talk to their teachers, regardless of the possibility of a report being filed. For those who still wish to take action against mandatory reporting, it is best to go directly to the state, not the school board. Because the laws are put in place by the Oregon state and not the school district, sending complaints to the Salem-Keizer district will not make any difference. A petition was started by Kimberly Schott that will be sent towards to Paul Kyllo, a School Board Chairman, and has received 4192 signatures as of Nov. 9. The petition aims to draw attention to the recent training in order to communicate to students and parents the recent changes. Salem-Keizer School District announced the clarification in their newsletter, as well as in an email to parents.

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Opinion 11

The Philosphy of Elie Weisel’s Night, Dawn, and Day: A Book Review


MACKENZIE ROLF/Copy & Opinion Editor

ecently I have taken a large interest in the works of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, since the start of this year I have been pondering over The Night Trilogy. These books have been emotionally a hard read, which I have found myself night and day reading over passages. The first book in the trilogy is Night, the longest of the three, which reflects a time of pain and questioning in Mr. Wiesel’s life during the Holocaust. Day is different and takes place in a tortured mind of a young survivor, Elisha, a “terrorist” fighting blindly against the British in Palestine. The final book in the trilogy Dawn, my personal favorite, about a young man obsessed with death turning to protect himself from love. All these books hold a meaning deep within there words that slowly unfolds when you progress throughout these books. These books are faces that are hidden. A face that hides fear in order to move farther on, the face that hides pain in order to look brave, and finally the face that hides it’s love in order to not break it. Night is a book that is hard to read as you progress through the pages of Mr. Wiesel’s life in the Nazi death camp, Buna. From a curious boy with his religion as his center of his world, too a young man persevering through hell. Elie’s words captivated me I found myself reading over passages over and over trying to grasp what he went through. Night reflects the face that hides fear in order to move farther on. Through all the trials that Elie has been through he from losing family members to walking miles in the freezing winter, he has persevered broke every reality and moved on to writing books that received many prizes. Mr. Wiesel was a young man that brought himself through every trial he faced, in Night he describes all the went through and brought me to tears on multiple occasions. Night is Elie Wiesel’s personal work and I can hardly interpret it into my own words. “One day when I was able to get up, I decided to look at myself in the mirror on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.” Even though Night is a very hard book to read I suggest reading it to anyone. This book is an amazing read and opens up your mind to the world and Elie’s bravery. Bravery comes with a price though and this price can be seen in Day the second book in The Night Trilogy. The main character who was a Holocaust survivor, Elisha, is a terrorist in Palestine fighting the British who has taken a captive a fellow Jew, David ben Moshe. Elisha is faced with the task of executing John Dawson an english Captain, but Elisha is faced with internal demons that haunt him from his past. Elisha has the face that hides pain to be brave, he tries hard to push away all his thoughts and wear a mask around his friends to attempt to show bravery. While waiting till dawn to carry out the execution Elisha is visited by his master, mother, father, and

even his past self. All that come before him fight with him to think about his actions and how it will not only affect him, but them too. “I was beginning to understand. An act so absolute as that of killing involves not only the killer but, as well, those who have formed him. In murdering a man I was making them murderers.” Elisha faces John in the final pages in the book, the event unfolds as Elisha tries to fight off all the fear of his past and bring himself in to become a murderer. This book by far is the hardest to keep up with, as a short story it is very well illustrated and Elie’s words form the mind of Elisha. Elisha is a young man that any young reader can relate too, because of how he masks his true fear to try to be something he is not. “The tattered fragment of darkness had a face. Looking at it, I understood the reason for my fear. The face was my own.” This book’s words fogs your mind and even makes you questions your own being. Dawn shows the true face of fear, ourselves. There is more to fear than ourselves, but love something we all strive for. We end with the book Day, my personal favorite in the trilogy, which took me on route that I have seen no other writer taken me. Mr. Wiesel shows the mind of a man who tries avoids love to protect the one he loves. “‘I too,’ I lied. ‘I too need your love.’” The main character’s love interest is a woman named Kathleen, who loves him and stays by his side as he lays broken in a hospital bed from a car accident. The main character’s face hides love in order not to break it. He fears Kathleen’s love because he doesn’t want to lose her, and most importantly disappoint her. Day is told in multiple flashbacks and is hard to understand at first, but with every flashback you start to feel and understand the main character’s feelings. I recommend this book for anyone who takes a fine interest in romance. From fear, bravery, and love Elie Weisel takes head on basic human emotions in his own unique way. His works are an extraordinary read and makes a reader think as they turn through his pages.

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of Intent Signings

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am excited to be committed to Portland State University, the coaching staff just felt like family, and whenever I come to games, it just felt like home.

-Alex Sanchez ‘18 Sanchez signed to Portland State University on Nov. 14


oncordia is such a great combination athletically and academically for me, I could not be more excited to be a Cav.

-Chloe Elmore ‘18. Elmore signed with Concordia on Nov. 13


am very excited to extend my education and softball career at the University of Montana. I love everything about it, all the player, coaches, and the campus, enveryone was very welcoming. I could not imagine myself going anywhere else. Maygen McGrath ‘18. McGrath signed to University of Montana on Nov. 10

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recently signed to play golf for Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls. I plan to major in renewable energy engineering, and I am considering adding a second major of environmental or electrical engineering with a minor in business. I really enjoy practicing and playing with the team and coaches. I am really excited to continue my golf career in college with the support of my friends, family, and teachers. -Ashley Zhu ‘18

Zhu signed with Oregon Institue of Technology on Nov. 15.


Ashley Zhu getting ready to tee off at the Santiam Golf Course last spring.

igning with St. Mary’s College has been a motivation for the past year and I could not be more excited to official;u start this journey!”

-Selbie Christensen ‘18 Christensen signed with St. Mary’s College on Nov. 16

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14 Sports

November 17

Saxon Volleyball Takes 4th at State

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November 17

World Series CHANDLER WALKER/Co-Sports Editor


he Houston Astros have won the world series for the first time ever after winning the series 4-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros have beaten the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and now the Los Angeles Dodgers to get to this point. The Astros had one of the best records in the MLB during the regular season being only one of three teams to win over 100 games and it includes the team they beat in the World Series the Los Angeles Dodgers who had the best record in the MLB. In their existence, the Astros have never won a World Series until this season. The Astros will add their first pennant in their history. This World Series is considered to be one of the best due to games such as game 5 where there were a total of 7 home runs in that game alone out of the 22 overall home runs hit in the World Series which is another World Series record.

Saxon Fall Sports Wrap-Up Chandler Walker/Co-Sports Editor

The Saxons fall season is officially done with as the Saxons had another successful fall sports season as all of the teams made the Playoffs as well as some other accomplishments along the way. The Saxons total record for the season was 65-37-5 and a win percentage of 66%. The Saxons also had award winners such as the Volleyball team that took 4th place in the OSAA State Tournament and also Anna Chau who got 12th place in the OSAA State Championships and got 2nd in the GVC. “It a really proud moment for us and we were able to overcome some obstacles and get through some struggles were were having both physically and mentally,” said Bridgette O’Connor ‘18. The Saxons hope to continue this success through the winter season that starts in a few short weeks.

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Civil War Game


Lucas Hildahl and Chandler Walker/Sports Editors

he Civil War football game is a tradition between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon that has been going on for 123 years since its first game was played in 1894 where the Oregon State Beavers were victorious. Oregon state was the victor of last seasons civil war, ending the Duck’s 8 year winning streak. University of Oregon has won 63 out of the 123 games played against the beavers, whereas the Beavers have only won 47 times. The teams have tied 14 times as well. This season, the Beavers are sitting at a 1 and 10 record with their only

win against Portland State whereas the Ducks are currently 4 and 4 with wins this season against Southern Utah, Nebraska, Wyoming, California, and Utah. With only a week left before the game, both teams are trying to prepare for this final matchup of this season. The game against the Ducks and Beavers will be played Saturday, Nov. 25 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR to see if the Beavers can keep the streak alive or if the Ducks can regain their dominance. Photo courtesy of Steve Fenk

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