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South Salem High School - 1910 Church St. SE Salem, OR 97302 Friday, December 18th, 2015 - Volume LXI, Issue IV

Festival of Lights Holiday Parade KARINA ORTIZ / Reporter

Jessica Olsen ‘17 and Abby Orton ‘17 holding up the banner for the Saxon Marching Band during the Festival of Lights on Dec. 12, 2015.


he Festival Of Lights Holiday Parade will be celebrating their 25th annual event this year, starting Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in Keizer, continuing on throughout the holiday season. The event is non-profit and any money received from the community or from sponsorships will be funded into the creation of the event and will support the Salem-Keizer high school annual scholarship program. “I have attended to the Festival Of Lights Holiday Parade, and it’s a great event to attend,” Rubi Rios ‘16 said. Originally when the parade began in 1990, it was named Salem Downtown Parade, but switched titles in 1991 to the Festival Of Lights Holiday Parade. In 1998 the logo switched from the lamp post developed in 1991, to the elf mascot with a ribbon tree. In 2000, the parade started in front of the State Capital, but switched the starting location in 2011 to Keizer due to the growth of a parade route. Over the years the attraction of the parade has grown. In 2011, over 45,000 people attended the parade, 72,000 in 2013, and 80,000 in 2014. Some of the Festival

Of Lights Holiday Parade sponsors are Salem Health, Silverton Health, Columbia Bank, Salem Electric, Centurylink, Fred Meyer, and B.C Towing. “I have actually never been to that specific parade, but it sounds like a good place to attend during the holidays,” Kimberly Ramirez ‘17 said. The parade will start off with a 5k Glow Run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A $25 fee is required in order to run, which will increase to $35 if the participant registers the day of the event. However. they may only register between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The run will start on River Rd at Columbia Bank. First place awards will be given out in three categories: women, men, and youth. All participants that enter in the run will receive a flashing santa hat. Every year the South Salem Marching Band marches during the parade, they will be performing Good King Wenceslas as this year’s song on Dec.12. “My overall experience at the parade was great, every year that South performs is a great experience,” Makenah Gentry ‘17 said. Another event occurs dur-

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ing the parade is After Glow. After Glow is an event where selected people showcase their entries at the Skyline Ford in Keizer, with a grand prize winner announced at the end of the event. The first After Glow grand prize entry prize and trophy began in 2014. Following the parade will be the Christmas Festival of Lights, held at the National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother, otherwise known as the Grotto, in Portland, Oregon. It is notoriously known as the “the largest choral festival in the world,” and will begin Friday Dec. 17, ending on Dec. 30. They will not, however, be open on Christmas. Every day the festivities will take place from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The festival is open to all, and is especially family friendly, featuring an outdoor petting zoo and puppet show, as well as over 100 indoor choir concerts for the holiday. General admission is $10, while children 3-12 will cost $5, seniors over 65 and military both $9, with free admission granted to all toddlers under the age of two.

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► Donald Trump’s poll numbers have not declined despite comments on the U.S. admitting Syr-

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► Oregon’s ski resorts are now open due to predicted 20 to 40 inches of snow.

► Chemeketa Community College has begun courses preparing students on how to respond to active shooters.

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Student Discount! The eiffel tower in Paris, France

Paris Attacks: One Month Later


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inority students are statistically more disadvantaged than those of caucasian descent. Graduation rates for minorities are often lower. At South Salem High School, 75 percent of Hispanic/Latino students graduate compared to the 89.8 percent of white graduates. The trend of caucasians being one of the top student groups to graduate is consistent throughout Sprague (86.1), West (89.0), North (78.5), McNary (86.1), and McKay (82.1). While graduation rates are not necessarily the direct outcome of the issue, it does correlate with the fact that many minorities do not pursue Advanced Placement [AP] or International Baccalaureate [IB] classes. The gap of minorities not taking more challenging courses is a statistic many school districts are attempting to narrow. The SalemKeizer School District has shown interest in this with a partnership to non-profit organization Equal Opportunity Schools. The EOS’ goal is to take students who feel unchallenged encourage them to move onto rigorous classes. The purpose of moving students into higher forms of their high school education is to increase the amount of high-end achievers and to better allow stu-

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dents with the capacity for such classes the opportunity to take them. “Typically in schools, there are segments of the student population who are not accessing advanced-level courses as commonly as other segments of the student population. The ramifications of this inequity extends beyond the high school level, as participation in rigorous high school courses is a predictor of college readiness and success. My hope is that the EOS initiative can help us identify and address any barriers that we may have at South High.” South Salem High School Principal Lara Tiffin said. Many students at South are aware of the benefits of being in IB classes. “College seems to be what’s more emphasized but it seems as though in the high school environment, IB provides the same amount of benefits as any other honors class or programs like AP,” said Aaron Satyanaryana ‘17 who is pursuing the IB diploma. “The reasons why you go to IB probably are your parents or the force of, what I like to say, ‘Asian exceptionalism.’ If I could I’d drop the diploma, but to be honest, IB level classes are where I fit in.” However, some students pick and choose certain classes instead of

fully challenging themselves despite knowing the positive outcomes. “There’s not any pressure to thrive in [a nonIB/AP] class, it’s just pass or fail,” Emily Zhu ‘16 said. The outlook of regular courses providing a more light experience in comparison to their advanced alternatives is one reason many choose not to take IB or AP. “Because course placement is tied to students’ futures, I feel strongly that we need to commit to providing equitable opportunities for students to participate in advanced-level courses, whether those are our honors courses at the freshman and sophomore levels or our IB courses at the junior and senior levels. That may mean that we need to work a little harder to educate and inform some students and parents who aren’t aware of the benefits of enrolling in an IB course. By encouraging more of our students to take IB classes and by improving our information delivery regarding IB, I hope many more students will take advantage of our rigorous coursework, if only for one class.” Tiffin said.

Students working in IB Physics class.


ragedy struck Paris on Nov. 13 when nine terrorists attacked several restaurants, a soccer stadium, and the Bataclan Theatre. Attackers carrying AK-47s, as well as suicide bombers, took the lives of 130 people and injured hundreds more. On Nov. 18, a seven hour long police shootout was conducted in the suburbs of Paris at Saint-Denis, where the masterminds behind the attacks were said to have lived. Eight suspects were arrested during this operation, while three others were killed. ISIS was said to have claimed responsibility for the attacks, and released a video praising Paris’ attackers as well as threatening to carry out similar attacks in New York City. “I was horrified when I heard about the attacks because I have friends in Paris and I didn’t know if they were okay, and I was just so worried about the country,” Kendra Evans ‘18 said. Since the attacks, France’s once booming travel industry, as well as its hotels and restaurants have experienced decreased incomes as a result of the attacks. The city’s tourism industry had already taken a great hit in January when shootings had resulted in the deaths of 17 journalists, police officers, and grocery shop-

pers. The areas targeted in the most recent attacks were mostly vacated by young Parisians and tourists. Since the attacks, popular tourist attractions and busy streets have been left vacated. Must-see sights around Paris, like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum have been closed until further notice. Many travelers planning to visit the City of Lights have canceled their trips, fearing their lives could be at risk. People around the world have been reacting to the attacks with support for the French capital, including South students. On the day of the attacks, many students’ social media contained posts with the hashtag “#PrayforParis. Some students at South, like Collin Bell ‘18, hope to raise money for the families in France affected by the attacks. This money would go towards the family’s income, medical expenses, or any other repercussions of the attacks that they now face. “Last year, during the Charlie Hebdo attacks, we wanted to sell shirts but the adviser overseeing it took too much time, so people lost interest… This year we wanted to get a headstart and try to get people involved sooner so it wouldn’t be a fading issue,” Collin Bell ‘18 said.

“This year we wanted to get a head-start and try to get people involved sooner so it wouldn’t be a fading issue,” Collin Bell ‘18 said.

Oregon Preps For School Shootings



alem-Keizer was the first school district in Oregon to begin preparation for school shootings. It all started in 2000 when a McNary student, Erik Ayala ‘01, threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot his classmates. The Mid Valley Threat Assessment System [MVTAS] was then formed to try prevent the attack. They worked hands on with Ayala until he ended up shooting and killing two people outside of an underage nightclub in Portland called The Zone nine years later. Since then, MVTAS has been working to try to prevent violent acts from happening on school grounds. Any and all bomb threats as well as potential school shootings are called in. Bomb threats have become common at all high schools and even select middle schools, but each one is taken very seriously. Public shootings have also become exceedingly commonplace over the last year. President Barack

Obama stated that “somehow this has become routine” during a thirteen minute speech on the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College. The debate now is whether or not teachers should be able to carry guns on their person while on school grounds. “[Teachers] sound be allowed to carry guns at school. It’s for personal defense and the defense of students. While we’re here at school they’re our mom so to speak. They have to protect us. We are under their care,” Jose Guzman ‘17 said. Not all people feel that way. Some have problems with teachers carrying guns on school grounds, licenced or not. “Security guards should be the ones who are responsible. I know I would definitely feel more scared having them teach me knowing they have a gun in their room because any student could take the gun,” Rachel Sepul ‘16 said.


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Beauty Trends Evolving:

An Overview of Trends from the Twentieth Century SOPHIA LEE / Reporter


eauty trends throughout the decades of 1910 to 2015 have gone through all kinds of cycles. From natural, pastel toned powders, to bright and bold colors, these trends have taken on their own personalities, and have changed society as a whole. In the 1910s, mascara was just becoming more well known. TL Williams was the one to first introduce this product, and named it after his beloved sister, Mabel, now known as Maybelline. Makeup was a new thing to women, but they quickly adopted this new product, and fell in love with it. Throughout the 1920s, makeup was a common staple among modern American women. Since this was the era of the flappers, most women looked for daring, and empowering makeup styles. “The 1920s is probably my favorite because it was an era of rebelling against the trends before them, and

short hair,” Emma DenBeste ‘17 said. The biggest “must have” was the self-shaping lipstick. They used metal lip tracers, and tried to achieve the perfect lip. “The 1920s is my favorite decade because women were able to dress more freely, rather than the stricter clothing of its past.” Joanna Wattimena ‘18 said. The idea of “beauty” was having ivory pale skin, with rosy-red cheeks, and cupid-bowed lips. Throughout the 1990s, the nude lips and glitter eyeshadow were very popular. Thin eyebrows, once again, had become a very simple, yet alluring look in the 1990s. Women used makeup to give themselves the perfect “natural” look, and did not use as much color and boldness that the previous decade had. The 2000s had an array of new styles. Fake tans had become a new “in” thing, and many people strived to have

Photo taken by unknown New York photographer [Talbot].

Promotional photo of Tallulah Bankhead with the typical makeup look of the 1910s

Photo courtesy of Gabriel March.

A promotional photo of Gisele Bundchen with the typical makeup look of the 2010s

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Salvation Army:

Not Fighting for All Rights MIA LINDSEY / Reporter

An iconic red bucket to collect donations for the Salvation Army at the Salem Center Mall.

bronze skin. Aside from tans, frosted eyeshadow has also surfaced. It emphasized the eyes, and brought more attention to one’s face. The pencil-thin eyebrows had stayed, and lip gloss became known. In 2010, bright and cheery lips became popular again. Lipstick had many colors, and made lips appear fuller, and softer. This decade also had colorful and bold nail colors. Women leaned away from the sheer, neutral polish from the 2000s, and replaced it with a brighter, more colorful alternative. Also, in 2010, big, full braids were a very attractive style. It portrayed a natural, sophisticated look. Eyeshadow became colorful once again, and high buns were another popular hairstyle. *For the decades of 19301980, go to the Clypian website.


ith Christmas just around the corner, many red Salvation Army [SA] buckets have also been popping up around every corner. Although this charity has had an arguably vexed past, it seems controversy is popping up now more than ever for the SA. With the gay rights movement continuing to be a prominent change in American society, since the late 1900s to the present, this charity has made their stance clear. On its webpage, the charity claims that “the services of The Salvation Army are available to all who qualify, without regard to sexual orientation.” However, their actions speak louder than their words, as they have actively discriminated against people in the LGBTQ community in need. “It’s utterly ridiculous because they promote being the best way to help people and they go around ringing bells and say [donations are] for any person that needs it,” Sammi Goto ‘17 said. “[Being in the LGBT community] does not define whether or not someone is in need. If there are not advertising to be a religious

3D Printers

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Height of New School Technology?



D printers are the new thing of the future as they have the ability to print out three dimensional objects instead of the typical two dimensional pieces of paper. All that needs to be done to create the object is to take a 3D digital file which can be downloaded from the internet or created in Computer Aided Design [CAD]. Then the printer will do all the work. It breaks the file down into layers and then builds the object up slowly. Just like a normal everyday printer, materials are required to create said object. Instead of using ink, however, the 3D printer can be filled with plastic, metal, or any other tangible object that can be melted down and then fused into something else. 3D printers have been used to create all sorts of things. There really is no limit to what can be created with one. Scientists are already working on ways to print out organs so that those in need do not have to wait around for a donor, and several people at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also working on ways to print food. Those who engineered the 3D printers want them to be accessible to the everyday person. They

affiliated, they really can’t keep those prejudices.” In 2001, the group tried to get a resolution from the White House that would enable them to ignore any local non-discrimination laws protecting those in the LGBTQ community. In a 2001 interview with the New York Times, the group claimed that this resolution was needed so that they “did not have to ordain sexually active gay ministers, and did not have to provide medical benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.” Again in 2001, when the Bush administration would distribute over $24 billion in tax deductions and grants, the SA urged the White House to deny funding to any cities or states that included LGBTQ non-discrimination laws. Another big assault on LGBTQ civil rights was when, in 2004, the SA threatened to close all their soup kitchens in New York City in protest of the city’s new decision to require all vendors and charities doing business with the city to adhere to all civil rights laws. Recently, in May of 2014, the SA refused to provide their

A 3-D printer in use. range from about $200 to well over $4000. Joe Pomme, South’s Woods teacher, has already got his hands on one. It might not be long till all teachers start to have them in their classrooms, or maybe one in the library. “I think 3D printers will fuel students creativity more because they’ll get to see their creations come to life,” Kiara Straub ‘17 said. 3D printers open up a door of opportunities for creativity of school projects. All that would be needed is a general idea of how to work CAD. Students could create their own little 3D projects and then print them out to turn in. There is also a safety net that comes with using a 3D printer. Stories of student’s projects getting ruined right before turn in day are pretty common, but imagine a world where a project that had been created over weeks on end could just be reprinted after it was dropped and crushed to pieces. The future of school projects and even classroom life itself could be dependent on this new innovation. It is just a matter of time and money.

two-year housing program to a transwoman who had been forced to flee her home city after receiving death threats and dead animals on her doorstep. She was directly told she had been disqualified from the program due to the fact she had not yet had sex-reassignment surgery, though later the SA claimed to the newspapers and press that she had yet to join the program due to the waiting list. While all these acts continue, the group, although claiming to be a non-discriminatory charity, does take its religious beliefs to the extent of actively discriminating against and refusing services to members of the LGBTQ community in need. Although donations to the SA still can help cisgender, straight people, in need, many generous [donors] have instead decided to donate their money to other charities, such as Goodwill [helps the disabled and unemployed], Doctors Without Borders [provides medical and emergency relief], and Habitat for Humanity [relieves homelessness and builds housing], which do not discriminate against the LGBTQ community.


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hristmas sweaters were created in the late 1900s, but their ugly versions did not start to sprout up until the past few decades. Today, these “ugly” sweaters are considered hipster and chic. The Salvation Army, vintage stores, and Goodwill are benefiting from this new trend, but it also goes as far as being sold in fashion shops like H&M or highend retailers like Nordstrom. “Well certainly you can get Christmas sweaters anywhere… The commercialized christmas sweaters are more cutesy,” Hannah Myers ‘17 said. Ugly Christmas sweaters have been a prominent feature of the holiday seasons. Some people even have an ugly sweater themed party in which people of all ages can participate. Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show, even made a segment called “The 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters,” which features Fallon giving away a Christmas sweater to an audience member for 12 consecutive shows. “Some of them [Christmas sweaters] are really nice but some of them are really… too spontaneous

and they look kinda weird on people. Some people can pull them off and some other people can’t,” Melina Montiel ‘19 said. Since the trend has become a huge sensation, there is now a day dedicated to them called National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day [NUCSD]. Dec. 18 is NUCSD, and people proudly sport their ugly sweaters for an entire day, regardless of circumstances. NUCSD is partnered with Tipsy Elves, the Save the Children Organization, and their affiliating campaign, “Make the World Better With A Sweater.”. The campaign asks people to wear a holiday sweater and donate $5 to the organization. Tipsy Elves has a donation policy called “Sweaters 4 Sweaters,” which donates one new, warm hoodie to children in need for every sweater purchased. “Christmas sweaters are an awesome way to express yourself during the holiday season. I feel like the uglier the sweater the more enthusiastic you are about this holiday and I feel that enthusiasm is very important when you celebrate holidays,” Myers said.“

One of the many sweater stores like Nordstrom have started selling, due to the increased popularity of “ugly” Christmas sweaters.

Christmas Commercialization: Crisis? C MIA LINDSEY / Reporter

hristmas is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated holidays of the year in America. With the magical feeling of winter festivity and cheer throughout the air, for many people it is their favorite time of the year. Many companies seem to take advantage of their consumers’ excitement and anticipation for this holiday. “You can certainly get christmas sweaters anywhere… I feel overall [Christmas] is really commercialized

and Christmas comes way too early,” Hannah Myers ‘17, known for her extravagant festive ugly Christmas sweaters, said. Christmas has gone from spending quality time with loved ones, to spending as much money as one can on anyone and everyone they care about to show them they care. One big way companies try to milk as much money out of their consumers as possible around this time of the year is

Three Bucks, Two Bags, One Me:

Holidays on a Budget Photo by Miguel Anselmo.

This time of year can be spendy, but it doesn’t have to be.



hile the holidays can bring a sense of goodnatured cheer and delight amongst all its celebrators, they can also be quite exorbitant. As the costs of gifts, decorations, food, and other expenses begin to add up, it can become hard for people to truly experience the pleasures of the holiday season. To keep on a budget this holiday season, here are five moneysaving tips that will decrease excessive spending. Shopping on websites like RetailMeNot, Groupon, and LivingSocial provide discounts on all sorts of gifts and holiday necessities. Set up deal alerts with these websites to be made aware of the best opportunities to save money on items. Using these websites in combination with sales or events like Black Friday can significantly decrease the amount of money a shopper spends on their items. “I shop online because there

are better prices and better selection,” Chloe Morscheck ‘18 said. By figuring out how much one wants to spend on certain things, they will have an easier time deciding what they should buy and when. To set a budget, a person should make a list of things that they intend to purchase over the course of the holidays. Then, they should decide how much they wish to spend on each item, and pick a time that is appropriate for them to purchase these items. Selling old or broken electronics can provide holiday shoppers with an extra boost of cash to spend. Websites like Gazelle, NextWorth, and uSell will pay money for damaged or seemingly destroyed electronics. Old electronics can also be traded into places like Target, Walmart, or BestBuy in exchange for in-store gift cards. Used ink cartridges can even be tuned into stores like Staples, who offer up to $2 in rewards for each cartridge.

by having holiday sales. Sales and discounts for decorations can be seen in stores as early as August, and are most definitely most prominent, ironically, after Thanksgiving, a holiday devoted to giving thanks for what they have. In fact, there is almost an entire week after Thanksgiving devoted to “retail holidays.” These “retail holidays” include Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Green Tuesday, and Gray Thursday.

“You don’t really think about just how much tv and companies really take advantage of the holiday,” Jazmine Torres ‘17 said. Many people around this cheerful, happy time of the year, feel pressured to get something for everyone on their wish list. People feel worried that they will upset their loved ones if they do not get something for them. When it comes to kids especially, it seems people can not help but spend, spend, spend.


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holiday Giving Back SULEMA MEDINA / Reporter


ften times Americans are so wrapped up in Christmas that they forget there are other winter celebrations that go on throughout the month of December. Among these celebrations is Christmas, but there are also holidays like Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Pancha Ganapati, and Kwanzaa. Each celebration is celebrated at different times and holds its own traditions. Hanukkah, a Jewish celebration, starts on Dec. 6 and goes on until Dec. 14. Also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, it is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The festival is observed by the kindling of candles in the nine-branched candelabrum, called a menorah. One additional candle is lit on each night of the holiday, along with the exchange of gifts, progressing to eight on the final night. These gifts can include books or games with “Hanukkah Gelt”, and are often given to children. Las Posadas is celebrated from Dec. 16 until the night of Dec. 24. They are some of the most popular festivals that are celebrated during December in Mexico and are done to remember the pilgrimage committed by Joseph and Mary, who were looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem. The procession that takes place during the festivals is formed by two people who carry the statues of Mary, Joseph, and an angel. People carry candles, sing litanies [prayers], and stand by the door of a house and ask for lodging. “Las posadas are a Catholic tradition where you divide the people half inside the house and half outside and they sing back and forth then towards the end of the verses they open the door and

they go in, eat and pray. It’s pretty fun,” Mayeli Polanco ‘18 said. Towards the end of the celebration, the doors are opened and the people are let inside. Punch is served, along with the food and goodies given to everyone. Finally, the kids get to break a piñata that contains candy and fruit. Pancha Ganapati is a modern Hindu festival that lasts for five days, from Dec. 21 to Dec. 25, and symbolizes the mending of all past mistakes and new beginnings. It honors Ganesha, one of the most worshiped Hindu deities. During each of five days of the festival, all family members focus on sadhana, a special spiritual practice. It is customary to create a shrine with a large statue or picture of Lord Ganesha in the main room, and decorate it with leaves, flowers, and hanging ornaments. Each day of the festival is associated with a different color and meaning behind it, such as Dec. 21 standing for golden yellow, love, and harmony among family members. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage in African-American culture. It is celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, eventually culminating in a feast and gift-giving on Dec. 31. There are seven candles, similar to those in a Jewish menorah, which signify the principles and represent the concepts of the holiday. The seven principles of Kwanzaa are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. In addition, there are five common sets of values that are central to the activities of the week: ingathering, reverence, commemoration, recommitment, and celebration. Families celebrating Kwanzaa decorate their households with objects of art.

Holiday Recipe:

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Sweet Potatoes W JULIANNA MILLER / Reporter

hen families sit down for a Christmas dinner, they have turkey or ham, among a lot of other recipes that family may make. If they want to try something different this Christmas, however, or any other holiday, this recipe is called grandma’s homemade sweet potatoes. INGREDIENTS: 1. Yams 2. Butter 3.Brown sugar 4. Cinnamon 5. Marshmallows Photo by Harley Amick.


Photo by Harley Amick.

Magic at the Mill T LIZZY PALMQUIST / Reporter

Mission Mill all lit up for the holiday extravaganza.

Portland Zoolights TONI TRINH / Reporter

Part of the opening sign at Portland Zoolights, and one of the first displays of the holiday lights.

Photo Courtesy to Williamette Heritage Center.

DIRECTIONS: 1. Peel 6 to 8 yams and cut in small cubes. Cover with water and cook at a low boil until tender. 2. Drain water. 3. Add about ¼ cup of butter and ½ cup of brown sugar and 3 tablespoons of cinnamon. Mash all of this together until well mixed. Transfer to oven into a safe dish and cover with aluminum foil, bake for ½ hour, add marshmallows on top, then bake until marshmallows are golden brown.

he Oregon Zoo in Portland is hosting their annual winter festival ZooLights, where attendees can walk around and see a display consisting of one and a half million lights. The festival started on Nov. 27 and will continue until Jan. 3, running from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ZooLights mainly consists of displays of life-size animal silhouettes that light up throughout the zoo, creating a luminous winter wonderland. “It was cool but it was so cold it was literally 23 degrees.” Cristina Rios ‘18 said. Some may say that strolling through the zoo when it is cold outside creates a romantic aura, ideal for couples, while others say it is a great event to spend time with friends and family. Either way, it is an event where people can spend time with their loved ones, and enjoy the scenery of the zoo.

he Magic at the Mill Holiday Lights Festival takes place at the Willamette Heritage Center, otherwise known as Mission Mill. Taking place from Dec.19 to Dec. 23, Magic at the Mill is an event that provides family-friendly activities that reflect the upcoming holiday season and are appropriate for all age groups. These include hands-on crafts, museum exhibits, and appearances by Santa Claus and his elves, as well as performances by local music groups occurring every night. Along with all these activities, Magic at the Mill also offers an elaborate light display that covers the entire grounds of the heritage center. “It’s just a great place and it’s a really fun festive event that’s very joyful,” Olivia Webster ‘17 said. This event also provides volunteer opportunities that are available to South students. Each year, South’s

Although Zoolights is a popular event, it can be misleading when it is called Zoolights, because there are no real animals presented at night. The only animals that are present are the lights shaped as them spreading out throughout the entire zoo.“I was expecting animals in their habitats full of lights and there was going to be a little light show, no it was literally animals. Made. Of. Lights.” Rios said. Tickets can be purchased in advance online and printed at home, or they can be bought at the counter. The cost is $14.95 for adults ages 12-64, $12.95 for seniors ages 65 and up, and $9.95 for youth ages 3-11. Daytime visitors may stay for the ZooLights in the evening, but there is no re-entry into the zoo after 4 p.m., as Zoolight tickets only permit entry to visitors after 4 p.m. Key Club sends volunteers to work in various positions at the festival. Some of these jobs include supervising the craft stations, or serving as one of Santa’s elves, among other projects. Students who are not in Key Club that wish to volunteer at Magic at the Mill can either join or receive information from Key Club on how to volunteer. “Last year I was a patrol person. I had to walk the campus grounds while it was raining to look for any children that were lost. Luckily I didn’t find any children that were lost, but it was still a fun job,” Brandon Miller ‘16 said. The event goes on from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m, costing $6 for adults and $4 for children, while children ages three and under are free. More information about the event can be found on the Willamette Heritage Center’s website and Facebook page.


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Get Frecked TONI TRINH / Reporter


South Salem High School student, Stephanie Magee ‘16, and her natural freckles.

eople used to bully or make fun of people with freckles, causing some to go as far as attempt to hide these beauty marks from the world. Now it has become a new trend for women without freckles to draw fake ones onto their faces. When supermodel Kendall Jenner shared an Instagram photo of herself with fake, drawn on freckles, the beauty world went wild over it. This fashion trend has been in the spring/summer 2015 runways of Adam Selman, Oscar de la Renta, and Preen according to the blog Byrdie. Many people believe that freckles make one seem younger, and thus try to imitate the

look with makeup. Freckles slowly became the most popular feature on the person over the past few years; Charlotte Tilbury added freckles to models’ faces for the Rachel Zoe’s Spring 2012 fashion show, and Gucci Westman applied fake freckles to models’ noses for the Lisa Perry’s Fall presentation in 2013. According to an article from Women’s Health called “Are Freckles the Next Big Beauty Trend?” “Freckles can be a sign of youth—they bring a real-life quality to the skin,” Gucci Westman said. Remi Brixton created a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a faux freckle kit, called “Freck Yourself.” The Los

Angeles-based company created a stencil and formula method to create semi-permanent freckles, and plans on raising $210,000 for the first round of production. According to Kickstarter, the kit includes 72 self-adhesive stencils and a rollerball of formula that is similar in formulation to sunless tanner. The patterns look natural and a one time application last two days, but users who apply Freck Yourself every morning can create realistic results for four to six weeks. The Freck Yourself campaign is also planning on launching a Freck Spray that will allow people to freely apply freckles on their shoulders, arms, and almost everywhere on the body.

New Year’s Resolutions


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ith every new year is a chance to start fresh and reinvent one’s character. A popular custom in the west, the idea of resolutions is a tradition that dates back to several ancient practices. The Babylonians used this time to ensure that they return items and pay taxes for the new year. The Greeks made promises to Janus, the god of January. Other cultures played it off as part of political theater by reaffirming loyalties, as done by some early governments and medieval knights. Today, resolutions are made with more personal goals in mind, but the spirit of making them still continues. “My new year’s resolution is to drink a lot more water.” - Rachel Scheuermann ‘16

because they’re in the past; leave them where they are!” - Ethan Elmore ‘19 “To not have a mental breakdown every night.” Braeden Dieker ‘19. “I will become the embodiment of nietzsche philosophy and become an Übermensch. It basically means being the best possible person you can throughout several disciplines.” - Alex Knorr ‘17 “My new year’s resolution is to calm down.” - Julianne Younger ‘17 “My new year’s resolution is to finish a chapstick. Finish the whole dang thing!” - Jessica Olsen ‘17

“To be adorable.” - Julia Miller ‘16

“Never have less than ten babes.” - Aaron Stahr ‘16

“Mine is to not let past problems get a hold of you, or affect you,

“Get good grades.” - Leah Borden ‘18


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Advancements in Technology JACOB ANGELO / Reporter

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An piece of technology, discarded to make way for a newer model.

oday, one can see many new gizmos and pieces of technology, and have no idea how it is made, or what it is even used for. Why is the American society advancing so rapidly? It is because people use technology to make newer technology. This is called compounding, and has been in effect for tens of thousands of years. Even the earliest migrants that walked the plains of this earth had tools and methods to survive, most basic and necessary to survival. Humans began to settle down in certain areas, which is when the advancements really started

to show. With some of the first signs of farming, 11,500 years ago, societies were able to live more comfortably, thus giving people more free time. When people are free of obligations, they have more time to express the creativity and ingenuity that humans are famous for, eventually giving way to today’s devices. People of today are familiar with what is around, but what could the future hold? Technology is only advancing faster and faster as new things come out that help with its development. One of the most anticipated pieces of technology is the ad-



vancement in carbon devices. These items can supply an unbelievable amount of power to all sorts of applications, from storage on a computer, to batteries, to some of the strongest materials on earth; carbon nanotubes. “Nanotubes have the potential to greatly impact our society,” Sean-Michael Riesterer ‘17 said. “With them, we can make great strides in technological advancements.” Another anticipated field of technology is renewable energy. Right now, most of the energy used comes from fossil fuels. These types of fuels are dirty and limited, but cheap to use. Because of their cost effectiveness, there have not yet been great strides made to fix the pollution problems. Clean, renewable technologies are able to provide electricity to wherever it is needed. As this tech becomes more available and developed, it will be cheaper to use.That is the problem with clean energy at the moment; there is very little profit. If this technology was more widespread and cheaper to produce, one would see it everywhere. *For the rest of this story, checkout the Clypian website.


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Swimming: New Year, Fresh Start


Paul Lomax ‘17 during last years swimming season.

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ast year, South’s wrestling team had some struggles keeping up with other schools in the Greater Valley Conference. Although South has been having difficulties with newer wrestlers and coaches, there is a general belief that South’s wrestling squad will improve greatly in the district rankings. “In the last few years, the team hasn’t been very good,” Jackson Baker ‘17 said. “That’s just because we have been get-

ting a lot of new kids and there are only a few key players who know mostly what they’re doing. But, this year, we’ve been really working on improving our muscle memory and teaching the newer players.” South’s next scheduled wrestling meet will be today, Dec. 18, at the Glencoe invitational. Key wrestlers to look out for are Vincent Villareal ‘16, Edwin Montes ‘16, and Tanner Stones ‘16.

A Saxon wrestler during last years season.

Photo by Harley Amick.

Photo by Chloe Curtis.


New Season Improvements


he swim season started with a big victory on Dec. 3rd against McKay and then with a second victory on the 10th against sprague. With the first two meets a success, both the boys and girls are confident going into a new year. “We won big against McKay, and I’m super excited for the rest of the season and I think our team is going to have a really good chance at districts this year. Last year was interesting because we had three new

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teams in our league, but we are definitely prepared for that now with one year under our belt. ” Alison Gebhardt ‘18 said. The addition of three teams to the greater valley conference league has the South swim team rethinking their lineups. “Last year we didn’t come as prepared as we should have with the new teams that were added to our league, this year we will definitely come in with a stronger lineup.” Max Garcia ‘17 said. West Albany, McMinnville, and Forest Grove are the newest addition to the league. “We didn’t know what to expect for McMinnville and we

really underestimated them, so we didn’t come in with as strong of a line up as we should of,” Amanda Kelvin ‘18 said. “I’m pretty excited for this season, I like to swim, and I like the friendships you make throughout the season. I think overall we’ll have a good season and I’m very confident on how my team will do this year.” Garcia said. “We have a lot of new swimmers this year, lots of freshmen that are very strong,” Cole Roseborough ‘17 said. “It should be a good season.” In addition to the freshmen coming to swim, there are a lot of club swimmers. With all the new swimmers, the team is fairly confident about their upcoming season. “This year I think we’ll be more prepared,” Kelvin said.

College Playoff Predictions Iowa State at a game during the 2015 season.


lemson has been the frontrunner for the number one seed out of all teams this year. They are undefeated and most likely will finish undefeated while other teams are fighting for the last three spots in the college rankings . Much like Clemson, Iowa

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is undefeated but was not, however, expected to stay unbeaten throughout the last two weeks. The final rankings took place Dec. 6 after the last of the other college games. Clemson will remain in the first seed throughout the playoffs. With Iowa’s loss against

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Michigan State, they are the new team to take Iowa’s spot, but still leave Clemson as the frontrunner. Clemson’s success could be due to Deshaun Watson, who has thrown over 3000 yards and over 25 touchdowns. Watson has had a quarterback rating of 161.9 but has thrown over 10 interceptions.Their running back Wayne Gallman has over 1000 yards and has averaged over five yards a carry. His longest run was 66 yards and has scored 9 touchdowns. Clemson’s first game in the playoffs will be against Oklahoma on Dec. 31, while

NFL Playoffs Predictions


his year, the NFL playoff race is very hard to predict. Teams have been going in and out of the race by either losing their games, or by other teams winning. One of the biggest surprises has been the NFC north. The Minnesota Vikings have won sole possession of the division with their six wins, and the losses from the Green Bay Packers. The first round of the playoffs will take place Jan. 10. Some divisions are very easy to predict how the remainder of the season will play out, but others not so much. The NFC east is the most questionable division to guess the outcome of. The New York Giants have had a season of missed

opportunities, such as in week 11 when the Giants had a chance to have a two game lead in the NFC east. their late game surge was not enough to put away the Washington Redskins, however, who now sit atop the division. Currently, he Redskins are in prime position to take the east since the Giants lost against the New York Jets on Dec. 6. Other divisions such as the AFC east, NFC west, and the AFC west have clear frontrunners to win their divisions. The AFC east’s frontrunner are the New England Patriots. The Patriots, started the season 10-0 but fell to the Denver Broncos [30-24], and the Philadelphia Eagles [35-28]. The NFC west has two teams that will most

likely make the playoffs; the Arizona Cardinals and The Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals have won a majority of their games, henceforth the reason they have a record of 10-2. With a late season surge by Seattle, fans believe they will get a wildcard spot in the playoffs. “I'm feeling confident in getting the top wild card spot because the Cardinals have too big of a lead in the division, but our defense and offense are finally getting things together after a slow start to the season,” Matthew Brindle ‘18 said. The Denver Broncos have had a chokehold on the division for the past few weeks. Denver has started off the season

Michigan State plays Alabama on the same day. Some college football fans already see a clear winner. “Clemson has been dominant all year and will continue to be dominate in the playoffs,”Lucas Hildahl ‘18 said. Oklahoma’s quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown 35 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Mayfield has also had a passer rating of 178.9 which is exceeding a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Oklahoma is gonna this type of play from Mayfield in order to take on a Clemson defense who is ranked 23 in the nation. This year’s playoffs will a lot of people watching to see this exciting ending.

Photo courtesy to Armando L. Sanchez.

JOSE MENDEZ / Reporter 10-2 and almost clinched a playoff spot. Then quite aways north are the NFC north teams. Minnesota has started off the year 8-4 and nearly claimed a playoff spot as well, but they will have to face the Carolina Panthers and the Seahawks. “I think the Vikings will make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. But not past that,” Lucas Hildahl ‘18 said. “The Vikings are a good team, not a great team. They can't compete with teams like Seattle and Carolina.” With super bowl being played on Feb 6 every fan is hoping their team will make. But only time will tell if the teams have what it takes to reach it.

Packer’s player Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tackles Bear’s player Matt Forte during the second half on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015


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Athlete Spotlight

Reece Lindgren: Competitive Fisher JULIANNA MILLER / Reporter


nknown to many people, fishing can be classified as a sport. There are some regulations to follow: 1. At least one team member should be 18 or older or have a signed liability release from a parent or guardian. 2. They have to have a boat and insurance carried with them at all times. 3. All boats must meet the coast guard and state regulations. 4. Fish should be caught in a legal sporting manner. 5. International snagging of fish is not allowed. “You get to weigh in a five fish limit and the team with the most weight wins. But your fish also can't be dead otherwise your weight is heavily penalized,” Reese Lindgren ‘18 said. Lindgren, started fishing competitively Reece Lindgren ‘18, a competitive fisher, with at the age of three and continues to do so two fish he has caught. today. Photo courtesy to Reece Lindgren. “My inspiration to start fishing would have your elements if you to be my grandpa. He started taking me out know how to catch them, but if you don't fishing when I was really young,” Lindgren catch them then it's your fault.” said. “It's a great passion of mine and I don't According to him, there are a lot of perks know what I would do without it,” Lindgren about fishing , but one thing he enjoys, is said. “I tried other sports and stuff but this being in nature because “you get to control one really sticks.”

Gabe Matthews ‘16 driving to the basket against Franklin High School on Dec. 4. The Saxons won the game 63-52.

Girls Basketball

Photo by Miguel Anselmo

Defense of State Championship Begins


asketball here at South is highly anticipated by many people. With large crowds, and lots of recognition since the girls’ championship win last year, it has become a rather popular sport. “I believe that South has a good chance at making it to state this year, but it will be much harder,” Danielle Harley ‘17 said. “All the eyes are on us. Every team will try their best to beat the State Champions.”

JACOB ANGELO / Reporter South’s varsity girls team is expected to make it far this season, still being undefeated going into their fourth game against Corvallis High School. With 24 games scheduled this season, the team is going to be very busy, travelling all over the greatervalley district. “The girls varsity basketball team has nine full players on it, and so far just one swing player,” Harley said. “I am really looking forward to this

season. So far, our team is looking really good. We are best at running out our transition.” “The team is hungry for another championship,” Ms. Griffis, the assistant girls basketball coach said. On Friday, Dec. 11, the girls varsity basketball team won against Sprague 58-28. The next game will be an away game against McKay tonight at 5:45.

Boys Basketball New 2015 Season


he boy’s varsity basketball team has been preparing for the upcoming season the past few weeks, and now they can determine if they are ready for a new season. The first game of the season was against South Eugene on Wednesday, Dec 2. The roster lists key players such as Gabe Matthews ‘16, Joe Carey ‘16 and Khalid Thomas ‘17. The team will play 25 games this season, with the last game occuring on Feb. 23 against West Albany. Coach Tyler Allen is ready for the season and is ex-

JOSE MENDEZ / Reporter cited to get back to work. “This season should be very exciting with a realistic chance to get our third consecutive league title and state tournament appearance,” Coach Tyler Allen said. “We are a very different team from last year though. We lost a lot of senior leadership from last season and very young players to fill those shoes. Our biggest goal this season is that we are able to come together as one unit. That was one of the strengths of last couple seasons. Players were able to put their own

agendas aside and play as one team with one goal.” Last season the team only got to the quarterfinals before they lost to South Eugene. Varsity was able to get a win by beating South Eugene 57-50. Since then, South has won another two games, beating Franklin 6352, and Sheldon 47-39. The Saxons have started off on a streak and they are hoping to continue it, but they will need some sort of leadership to shine out of their new players.

Evina Westbrook ‘17 preparing to shoot a free throw last week, on Dec. 8, during a 60-50 win at home against Corvallis.

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