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An open forum for student expression NEWS....................Spanish Video: Students participate in national video competition pg. 06 OPINION................... Wall Street Occupation: Movement may lead to change pg. 08 FEATURES...................A Mountain House: Student, mother build country getaway pg. 11 ENTERTAINMENT..............406 Club: Local music scene gains momentum pg. 19 SPORTS...................Skiers to hit Slopes: Winter sports action rapidly approaching pg. 21

c.m. russell high school great falls, mont. nov. 10, 2011 vol. 47, issue 3



katie hodges

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Chasing Sanity

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So, I’m kind of a dork. This won’t come as a big surprise to my friends, my teachers, anyone who has talked to my friends, or even anyone who has read my columns. With that knowledge, it should not come as too much of a shock that I was pretty excited to register to vote after my 18th birthday. As I was sitting in the DMV fixing my driver’s license (long story), I attempted to register to vote there. The nice DMV lady turned into a mean DMV lady, telling me that it was too close to the election for city commission for me to register to vote. If I wanted to register, I would have to trek down to the city election off no doubt lugging countless birth certificates, pieces of mail, and my future first-born child. Who would have thought that being a member of a democracy would require this much work? Besides the difficulty in actually getting registered, I realized that if I wanted to make an informed decision if and when I voted (I still don’t know if I’ll get registered in time…) I would have to research the issues and the candidates. And that would require reading. More work. Why should I even go through all this trouble if my vote theoretically won’t count? What is the point? So, maybe being part of a working democracy does take some work. Maybe this isn’t a bad thing. Even if my vote doesn’t count, registering and researching makes me a more informed citizen. For our democracy to work, citizens need to be involved and interested. Even if that involves work.

Can’t hide their talent

Wranglers welcome new costumes, coach and two team members this season catty,” Green said. by ida andersen To keep up with new trends, the dance “Our mission as the CMR Wranglers is to work as a team to overcome challenges to fur- team purchases new uniforms every year. ther increase our love and desire to perform.” The money is earned by doing fundraisers Those are the first words in the description and through sponsors. The Wranglers have several outfits to of the CMR Wranglers on the school website. choose from when performing. Two dresses, Team captain Hannah Grooms agrees. a hip hop “I think we are outfit, a set of more than succescargo pants ful! Being able to and a sparwork together with kly top are a different personfew of them, alities and do the Grooms said things we all love The Mon- to dance! Being a tana High Wrangler is more School Asthan dancing at sociation halftime and havrecently ing school spirit,” passed a rule Grooms said. “It’s saying that being role models, high school leaders, and helping The Wranglers perform at the Sept. 2 football game against Glacier High School. Photo by Jake Settera. teams are not each other becomallowed to ing the best young include the color black in the uniforms anyladies we can be.” The Wranglers practices three times a more. This means that the Wranglers from week; from 6-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday now on will be seen dancing in green and gold only. plus 5 a.m. practice on Thursdays. In addition to new costumes and a new The structure of the practices are new this year. The first hour of practice consists of a coach, the team is also enriched with two physical demanding workout, then the sec- new team members this season after holding ond hour is spent concentrating on dancing tryouts in the beginning of October; Brianne Chibroski and Liza Mazharova. and technique. The girls only had a week of practicing Hard work and long hours of practice every week is necessary, as the team has to before their first performance on the pep ascome up with a new routine for every perfor- sembly before the cross-town game on Oct. 28. mance. “I learned the dance in a week because we The three captains of the dance team Hannah Grooms - Georgia Mae Morrison had to switch out the routine at the last minute,” and Christina Green are responsible for cho- Chibroski said. Thanks to the other girls on the team, Chireographing the dances and making sure that broski and Mazharova had several helpers to the rest of the team catches up. “Sometimes it’s really hard to get get them ready for their first performance. “The girls are so nice and friendly, and through,” Green said. The season goes throughout the whole they are always there to help,” Mazharova year. Starting in June, the girls perform for said. After the performance, the girls could halftime in football and basketball games and school activities such as pep rallies and as- breathe out in relief. “I am so glad I didn’t mess up,” Mazhasemblies. This year, the team was led by a new rova said. The Wranglers will be seen performing coach, Jeanne Meyers. The coach’s role in the team is to keep the girls organized and make at halftime in the first basketball game in December. sure they get the work done. “She makes sure the team doesn’t get all

Wranglers through the years The Wranglers has not always been the dance team we know them as. Also known as the drill team, they started really focusing on dancing about six years ago. We have done some digging in the yearbook archive and provided pictures of the drill team/dance team from the last five decades.

The Golden Spurs - the predecessors of the Wranglers pictured in the 1971 Russellog.





Key Club -- Key to the door of success Trick or Treat for Unicef by peyton fulbright

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, CMR Key Club did the annual Trick Or Treat so Kids Can Eat for Unicef. They went door to door asking for money, so Unicef can get Tetanus shots to kids in other countries who would die without proper treatment. $470 was collected. Plans are in place to donate extra, so a grand total donation will be $600.

Freshman Arieanna Sorenson, juinior Vicky Evans, and junior Shelby Gechena collecting money and approaching houses. Photos by Peyton Fulbright.

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Large school club helps on a national and local scale by peyton fulbright

Fifteen years ago, Mike Lathrop was asked to become the advisor for a club that would have to fold if an advisor could not be found. Little did he know, this club would become a focal point of his life. “I feel blessed to be involved in such a wonderful group of young people,” Lathrop said, who has advised Key Club for 15 years. For the last 15 years, Lathrop has been the advisor of CMR Key Club. Key Club is a club devoted to helping others. Inside the school, they organize teacher of the month, campus clean-ups, and fundraisers. In the community, they plan benefit dinners, clean parks, help other organizations, and decorate parks. On a national scale, they contribute to the March of Dimes, the MS Society, and other worldwide charities such as UNICEF. Basically, Key Club is –as the slogan states--“all about doing nice things for other people.” Of course, Key Club can’t function without good citizens volunteering. According to Lathrop, Key Club is in need of members. There are Sophomores Caitlin Engen, Megan Geary, and Claire Knox join junior Britney Gibbs at the Key “incredible needs” and “more requests than we Club meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Photo by Mike Lathrop. can fill,” he said. For those who want to make a difference on a national and people,” Darlington said. According to Darlington, the most enjoyable part is that local scale by helping out, Key Club is always accepting memyou get to go out with friends, while helping people. bers. For anyone who thought about joining, but couldn’t be“You’re not just stuck in desks,” he said. cause of athletics or other commitments, it’s not too late. Key But just in case someone needs a touch more incentive to Club accepts enrollment at any time. Even if later on in the year students won’t be able to par- join, then take it from Lathrop. “ Giving Is the greatest gift.” ticipate due to athletics, Lathrop says they can take the time off Sophomores and start coming again when they are done. Dustin Senger, To join, see Sarah Johnson, Lathrop in room and Cortney Cousins, juniors “I feel blessed to be in325 and talk to Jennifer Verzuh and Lathrop. The volved in such a wonderful Matthew Cardwell club meets every at the Nov. 1 group of young people.” meeting. Photo by Tuesday at 6 p.m. Mike Lathrop. And although at Mike Lathrop tendance of every meeting isn’t required, every bit of help can make a difference. But don’t just take it from Lathrop. Take it from those who are involved. Freshman Jared Darlington is already making a difference. “It looks good on a college application, and it’s good to help

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FCCLA travels to Lewistown for statewide meeting, elects new president

by stephanie mouser We are the family, career, and community leaders of America. We reach toward the future with high hopes, and give back to the world with volunteering and donating. This is what CMR’s FCCLA members learned when they traveled to Lewistown on November 1, for a statewide meeting. FCCLA, a new club at CMR this year was introduced to the other members of the state at the Lewistown meeting. The members were shown the various fundraisers that FCCLA participates in through activities and presentations. Two members from each school participated in electing a new president and other parliamentary members. “I liked judging people on why they think they could be good leaders,” said freshmen Melanie Locke one of the two members from CMR that sat in on the voting. Danielle Stark, the advisor of the club, said the club will be involved in

FCCLA members vote for new president at Lewistown meeting. Photo by Stephanie Mouser.

various projects. “This year it’s the Make-a-Wish foundation, and next year starting our own chapter service project,” Stark said. The chapter service project will be anything from collecting donations and volunteering to making CMR members from left to right Jocelyn Lauer, 11, Mikaila pillowcases for oth- Matt, 12, Melanie Locke, 9, and Jessa Thompson, 11, mngle ers, Stark said. in Lewistown during a break. Photo by Stephanie Mouser The members from around the state watched a presentation from the Montana Make-a-Wish advisor, and listened to one of the kids, with a fatal muscle syndrome, whose Make-aWish trip to Disneyworld came true. FCCLA’s goal is to raise $39,000 for Make-a-Wish this year. FCCLA deals with any classes that can be taken concerning family and consumer science. The students choose from courses varying from culinary arts to child development and even fashion construction. FCCLA is a great club for students going into any career in consumer

science department. It offers a great expanse of opportunities to students; such as going to nationals and being given a leadership opportunity for those interested in being vice president or even president of the club. “There’s a variety of experiences in consumer science. I think it would be beneficial to join to become a better leader,” Locke said.

Drama department to put on new set of improvisational plays

by lindsey buck

Death is not a common topic in school, but senior Marquis Archuleta spends a period each day giving eulogies, not for ordinary people, but for superheroes. “I like acting and I like CMR drama. I think this could really help me,” he said. Archuleta is preparing for the CMR drama’s newest event, an improvisational play. Actors in the play will be required to come up with their own lines on stage, with no prior preparation. However, according to Archuleta, instructor Chris Evans is using many techniques and games to help students Top Left: Sophomore Hannah Cubbage get into the swing of things. makes up sentences off the top of her One of these techniques is a game head in alphabetical order. called “superhero eulogy” in which the Top Right: Freshman Karlee Simonson prepares a story about a cold, winter night audience picks a superhero for the acin Russia, where three men are searching tor, and the actor must come up with for prom dates. a creative and funny eulogy about the Bottom Right: Senior Matt Hagler writes hero. comments and ideas about students as he According to Archuleta, improv is prepares to choose which students will act worth all of the hard work, as it proin the improv plays, vides a hilarious show for audience to not only watch, but to take part in. “Deny nothing. If someone says


something, go with it. Your imagination will grow,” Archuleta said. Chris Evans also finds the new improv plays to be creative and educational. “The most challenging part is that you never know what is going to happen. This gives the actors something plain fun to do,” Evans said. Evans plans to play many traditional “Whose Line Is It Anyways?” games in his shows, such as “scene in a hat.” Evans said that he is hopeful that the improv shows will occur every two weeks, and give actors and the audience a chance to “go crazy.” He also said that he has prepared this project in order for it to be a CMR tradition in the future. “I hope this is something that they continue to do 20 years down the line.”



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Speech, debate students present, prepare, practice for year of tournaments

Senior Matt Hagler practices his impromptu skills by preparing a speech in three minutes and presenting it (top). (Bottom) Head coach Alex Rosenleaf critisizes, encourages, and judges students on their speech skills. Photos by Lindsey Buck.

litical questions. Impromptu speeches allow by lindsey buck Fights spring up over any number of things students three minutes to write a speech in and and in any number of places, but fights for se- respond to a quote or cartoon given to them. nior John Thomas occur in a very different way: The longest of the three, legislative, gives five in room 310 after 3:15, inspired by his third 90-minute rounds for students to prepare and debate bills, just like an actual congress. grade teacher. According to Rosenleaf, being head coach “I enjoy the competition. It’s about who’s the best and who learns the best,” Thomas said. has its challenges. “I’ve been keeping track of everybody. I Thomas is beginning his first year as president of CMR’s speech and debate team. Since Thom- have to know what everyone is doing,” he said. As a student, there are also hard parts to the as has spent his four high school years on the team, he said he is prepared to lead the team club, and junior Maggie Hodges experiences these difficulties. this year. “I’ve done pieces on rape, HIV, and breast “I’ve really wanted to [be president] since cancer,” she said. freshman year,” Thomas said. Hodges said that although Speech and debate “It might seem daunting these speeches require intense features numerous to approach right, she competitions and acat first, but don’t give up. work enjoys them because they give tivities, according to You’re going to improve in the “freedom to be a different Thomas. He has been involved in many of some way.” -John Thomas person.” Like Thomas, Hodges has these, such as legisalso been part of the club all of lative debate, policy her high school years. debate, and extempt “My sister did it and I tried it. After that it speech. Thomas said that the club provides great opportunities, and that he strongly en- was like my second family,” she said. Hodges said that one of her favorite parts of being on courages students to join. “It might seem daunting at first, but don’t the team is travelling, and with speech and degive up. You’re going to improve in some way,” bate’s first tournament in Havre, Oct. 29, she has already had the opportunity to do so. he said. Hodges said that she intends to remain in Head coach Alex Rosenleaf has seen these changes in students many times, with over nine the club her senior year, and hopes that the curyears of speech and debate work behind his belt. rent 30 students in the club increases. “Don’t be intimidated. You know how to ex“I like seeing the kids improve. I like the ones press yourself.” I get to follow all four years,” Rosenleaf said. This year Rosenleaf coaches three particular areas: exempt speech, impromptu speech, and legislative debate. Extempt speech gives 30-minute rounds for students to answer po-

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“We were able to Working together as a class, Sara Buley’s 7-8, 9-10 Spanish realize how much it will class created a dynamic one minute video following the prompt affect us,” Harris said. “Language is My Future.” “Language really matters.” The whole project originated from a Vista Higher Learning video contest to win $1,000 for the school’s foreign language program. In entirety, with planning, shooting, and editing, the video took the class nearly two weeks to complete. Die Sproche ist meine Zukunft. Performing a French cafe scene, junior Haleigh “It was great getting away from book Harris, senior Nicole Thompson, and senior La lengua es mi futuro. work,” said senior Chantry Navarro. Meg Smith participate in the Vista Higher La langue est mon futur. Learning video contest for foreign language. In fact, most of the students enjoyed the Photo by Jake Settera. hands on learning much more than a generic Language is my future. classroom. “It was really cool to learn part of a new language,” said Haleigh Harris, a junior whom acted in the French dining scene of the video. However, the major consensus on the best part of the video was the ability to work as a class. “We got to do it all as a big group and really share ideas,” senior Nicole Thompson said. Buley was “very impressed with the ideas of the class when it came to ways of using language in the future.” In addition to working as a group, students were able to really consider how language will affect their future. Senior Lindsey Mosley said, “I didn’t realize how much we use language.” Most of the students were shocked at the depth of involvement language will have in their future. by meg smith One of the most difficult lighting situations was in With a zest for the technical aspect of video produc- Bill Will while shooting a scene about a UN meeting. tion, junior Cody Cleveland was the prime candidate to Even after the filminig, another week had to be put film the foreign language video. in to editing in order to get a polished finished video. “Filming is always fun,” Cleveland said. “Overall, it was a fun project.” However, as any filmer knows, no shoot goes off Students interested in watching the movie can go to Youwithout a hitch. Tube and search Vista Higher Learning Contest. “It was challenging to work with background noise and poor lighting.” by meg smith

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Kemph, Thomas in new by katlyn mckay

Janette Kemph may be only about 100 yards from her old desk, but her new position in the CMR Guidance Center offers her a new challenge. On Oct. 10, Kemph switched positions. She was a secretary in the main office, helping students and visitors at the desk right inside the office door, and is now in the Guidance Center, where “I get more students that come in and visit me,” Kemph said. In the Guidance Center, Kemph said she has noticed that she receives more college-bound students than she does in the administrative office, where “the work seems more general.” Kemph said she doesn’t seem to be having any problems in her new position. “It has been a very smooth transition,” she said. “I spent as much time as I could with Kathy Gilliland before she left to try and get advice.” This is Kemph’s second year at CMR. Kemph’s seat in the administrative office did not stay cold for long, however. Secretary Jennifer Thomas has filled that spot in well. Thomas has worked downtown at D.A. Davidson, and was once a supervisor at Big R before she made the switch to education. While Thomas is not used to working with education, she said, “I love working with kids and decided this (working at CMR) was a good choice.” She is still learning the ropes of the job and so far only works on “keeping the homework hotline up to date,” and writes passes for students. Something she said she enjoys at CMR are “the interactions between faculty and students. I’m not doing everything yet. I’m hoping my job gets easier.”

opinionvoice it

Dear Teacher, I only did it because I really wanted that trip to Dairy Queen. I’m the doctor working on your mother’s heart surgery, the technician fixing your electricity, and the teacher instructing your kindergartener. I’m holding a degree that belongs to Ed Dante. It all started when I copied this column from my neighbor, because he would obviously receive an A+, which is one chocolatecovered dipped ice cream cone, on my parents. I’m not usually an easily upset person, but an article I read in Mrs. McGraw’s English class was all it took. The author of this article, Ed Dante, writes about a business that he has taken part in for many years: writing papers for college students in exchange for money. Dante writes, “I’ve written casemanagement plans, reports on nursing ethics, and essays on why nurse practitioners are lighting the way to the future of medicine. I’ve even written pharmaceutical-treatment courses, for patients who I hope were hypothetical,” (The Shadow Scholar, 2). Dante goes on to explain that he has even written thesis papers for graduate students. I never thought of cheating as such a ridiculous and destructive problem before I read this article. It is not as easy to copy a simple “true or false on question no. 9” when you think about some fraud operating on your knee or putting your braces on. I want to believe that lawyers, doctors, teachers, and any other profession I meet actually earned their education. Think, please, before you act. There is this weird substitution for cheating that no one has heard of it seems, and it’s called working hard. Try it, and your world might be a little safer, with more doctors, teachers, and dentists who have earned their own chocolate-covered dip cones.


Montana schools impliment “Graduation Matters,” to discourage, decrease high school dropouts in community It’s rare to change lives with a piece of paper, when a law clearly gives you the choice to send your life on a downward spiral at age 16. Holly Johnson, a notorious English musician, once wrote, “I dropped out before I even dropped in.” With about 1,500 high school dropouts in our state a year, such is the case for many students in Montana. At a recent press conference about “Graduation Matters,” Montana’s new plan to decrease dropout rates, many members of the school board met to discuss opportunities and plans for this program. Emphasis is being put on businesses to offer discounts and positions for students with signed cards that state they President Gary Owen of United Way of Cascade will graduate, County brainstorms ideas to encourage students to as well as hang stay active in their schools. anti-bullying

signs in their workplaces. Although these plans do create some incentive for students to stay in school, the emphasis in schools themselves in crucial to students. A student can sign a card and get as many 10 percent discounted deals off of Burger King as they want; this does not change their life motives. According to recent statistics, more dropouts come from seniors in high school than any other grade. This clearly shows that some senior classrooms may need the focus and attention of “Graduation Matters.” Raising the dropout age, creating more school activities outside of school, and focusing on the rewards for individuals that graduate give students the incentives to stay in school and receive the grades needed for graduation. Creating more clubs, more sports teams that do not cut students, and more scholarships and financial aid for students who graduate are steps that need to be taken to stop the dropout problems. “Graduation Matters” is definitely off to a great start, with about 500 fewer dropouts than 2010. It has proven effective in other towns, and is implemented in about half of Montana’s schools. With more hard work and dedication, many students’ lives could be improved. School board member Mary Moe said, “We can reach every student, and every student deserves to be reached.”




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Occupying America


Protests may eventually pave way for changes by kaidin phelan

I have read that Kalle Lasn is the unofficial leader of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and he is convinced that no one is on his side. Well, I am. This movement is from the people and for the people, and Lasn and his supporters want to keep it that way. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” is what the first Amendment of the Bill of Rights states. The First Amendment basically says if the American people think the government is not doing a good job they can protest and try to get them to change. Our freedoms are being ignored and trampled on as the government continues to crack down on the Occupy Wall Street protests all over the country. These things might make the government seem bad, but the First Amendment guarantees that we have the freedom to peacefully protest -- without harming anyone or intruding upon others’ rights.

Many of the stories involving ar- tect the environment. rests and the use of tear gas were due These demands may seem good to police being attacked by the pro- at first, but the funding it will take testors. In some cases the police went to accomplish them is too much. too far or wrongly arrested some Erasing all debt could cripple our people. In that respect, both sides are economy even more. Setting aside at fault. $2 trillion for infrastructure is a good Occupy Wall Street doesn’t have thing, but it is too much money for a an “official” leader, but they have country that is almost $15 trillion in released a list of demands. These de- debt. mands aren’t actually an official docOverall, the demands could help ument. They our country, are more like but considerthe general ing our current opinion of the debt situation protestors. the demands T h e s e are unattaindemands inable. clude things I don’t such as free think the OWS college, letmovement ting workers will radically decide to be change anyr e p r e s e n t e d The Capitol building behind a tent city in thing and will by a union or D.C. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/ fizzle out in a not, outlaw- MCT. few months. I ing all credit do believe that report agencies, erasing debt for ev- it will pave the way for other protests eryone and everything, ending fos- that will actually change things. sil fuels and producing more green To start every grand journey one products, guaranteed living wage no step must be taken and the rest will matter the amount of income, racial follow. This is the first step in changand gender equality, complete open ing our country. border policy, and $2 trillion to fix the country’s infrastructure and pro-

Student Government 2011-2012

As the first quarter of our school year comes to a close I would just like to catch up with all of you, the students, the heart and soul of this school. As most of you know we have Morp coming up November 18. Our theme was decided to be twins. You will dress the same as your date. This way we will keep everyone’s creative juices flowing and not everyone will be dressed the same. I know that our junior class will help ensure that this will be one of our best Morps yet. As our fall sports come to a close, our winter sports start up. Remember to show your school spirit and show your support to all of our basketball teams,

wrestlers and swimmers by attending their games and showing the school across the river and everyone else that we have the best students in this state. Finally, we want to spearhead anti-bullying all over. Bullying is negatively affecting students everywhere and we want to make sure every person has the best experience they can have in their time at CMR. Remember that Bully Free Starts With Me. Let’s make this the best year yet!

Colton Carter Student Body President

Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York, dozens of personal tents are set up in Freedom Plaza during the Stop the Machine occupation of the space on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol Oct. 28 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT.


The Cascade County DUI Task Force is looking for some energetic, pro-active, caring students to start a “club” to address underage drinking and illegal substance use within Cascade County. We all know the need is great and NOW would be an opportune time to start making a difference in our community. The DUI Task Force, in collaboration with the Alliance for youth organization, could provide leadership and guidance if necessary and requested. We truly think that students know the best way to address these problems and ways to address prevention, hence the reason for this letter. If anyone is willing to step up or has questions, please call me at 727-1353. Al Recke, Coordinator Cascade County DUI Task Force

CMR Staff, Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Charelle Beatty and this is my second year as an Indian Education School to Home Facilitator at CMR High School. Since we have added new members to our CMR family of teachers and staff, I would like to send out a brief introduction of services provided by the Indian Education department. As the Indian Education School to Home Facilitator, my job is to foster and encourage programs and services, which meet the needs of our American Indian students. I will also strive to create an open line of communication amount our American Indian student, their families, our school and community. Some examples of the services provided by the Indian Education School to Home Facilitator include acting as a resource person for American Indian students cre-

ating opportunities for students to learn about American Indian culture academic advising, as well as conducting home visits. The above examples are not the only services provided as an Indian Education School to Home Facilitator. I will also advise Native American Club and social activities at CMR High School. Along with the above, my job is to monitor academic and attendance data to identify and coordinate services and referrals with the student, family, school personal and the community. My office is located at CMR High School, in the advisement center. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns. My direct phone number is 268-7518. Thank you for your time and I look forward to providing the assistance that you may require.

Charelle Beatty


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Grinding not issue; general generation gap to blame by caitlyn aakre I walk in with my friends. We’re excited. We’re pumped. Music’s thumping. Lights are off. Glow bracelets and necklaces are being distributed. You look to the front of the gym. And it’s happening! GRINDING. Many parents and adults who are reading this may not know what grinding is, but it’s a type of “dance” that involves… how do I say it? Grinding usually involves the almost violent rubbing of a girl’s back end into a boy’s front end in time with mostly techno songs. Many students are opposed to grinding, as well as faculty and parents. And I respect their right to not want to participate. But when it comes to high school dances, leave it alone. My argument against a zero-tolerance grinding dance policy involves my own nature in allowing people to do what they please as long as it doesn’t injure anybody else. If my classmates want to dance like that, let them do it. If it is outlawed where adults are supervising, it is certain that students will throw their own parties and it will happen there. Now I’m not saying all teenagers drink and do drugs, but it seems almost encouraging to some students when parents aren’t around. And last I checked, not many adults want kids doing that kind of stuff. Also, by stating a zero-tolerance now, when before, nothing was done to stop it, would just insist on the inac-

curate assumption that kids do what they’re told the first time. I went to the homecoming dance, and not once did I see one of the police officers, teachers, or associate principals come from upstairs and separate dancing couples. They watched (with horror, of course) but didn’t take action and use their power to do anything. And I’m a fan of the people who run this school, don’t get me wrong, I just believe that if they truly saw it as a problem, they should have asserted their power of at least slowing down the dance with a change of music or something. Which reminds me- the music at dances encourages grinding. The music being played at the dances is, like I mentioned before, mostly techno music, or remixes of songs made into techno songs. There isn’t really another way to dance to that music than to grind. Now I don’t want our dances to involve exclusively country songs or the such, but one every once in a while wouldn’t kill anybody, and if anybody made that big of a deal about one Lady Antebellum song- cool, they can leave. Slow songs are great for couples, too, and give a breather to those who are dancing too energetically on the dance floor. A few line dances, started by the DJ or student representatives, would be a great way to have some fun with our classmates in a non-suggestive way. Think about the Hoedown Throwdown from The Hannah Montana Movie. Yeah, I just referenced that.

Another point of view: Grinding is too much for many

should not have to visualize lustful by shayna leonard At CMR, students have given “get- actions made by teenagers. I, and sevting down on the dance floor” a whole eral other students I am sure, find ourselves uncomfortable at dances, when new connotation. The popular dance known as we should be having a good time. And honestly, here are the facts. “grinding” has become norm, and many students, staff, and parents When a girl is getting attention from have mixed feelings about the actions a guy, and also when a guy gets atstudents have been taking upon the tention from a girl, it makes them feel good. However, is this really the kind dance floor. Personally? I think it is just plain of attention you guys want from each gross. I honestly don’t care what you other? I know you all have more respect for yourall do in your selves than spare time outside “Personally, I think it that. of school, but in a (grinding) is just plain Also, anschool regulated other fact is: setting where gross.” there are so there are teachers Shayna Leonard many more and other peers, dances to dry humping is just not cool. Not only is it uncool, it’s choose from that are just as fun. Jitterbug, waltz, polka, cupid shuffle, and just plain weird. I don’t find the idea of some ran- the hokey pokey are all enjoyable and dom guy bumping his…ahem….on you still get the attention from your partner that you desire. my….ahem….very appropriate. I hope this fad moves on, because And I know for a fact that I am not the only one. There are several ac- I definitely would not want to see counts of students and student’s par- my brother or sister dancing like that in the future. Well, it seems we are ents commenting on the issue. Many of you may say, well it’s our stuck. The popular dance these days is right to dance how we want to, and “grinding” and for now it’s not going it is our right to freedom of expres- to change. But please remember, doing what’s sion. However, when you participate in these actions it is inflicting on the popular isn’t always right, and doing rights of others around you. Students what’s right isn’t always popular.

Dancing doesn’t hurt anybody and is a great form of exercise. I don’t see it as a problem as much as a cultural and generational gap between the ones dancing and the ones supervising. When my grandma was growing up, Elvis’s pelvic thrusts were unsightly and too sexual for people my great-grandparent’s age. Same concept with grinding. I, for one, do not participate in grinding. It’s a personal choice, and this is true for many of my classmates. I don’t think that by ending grinding that anybody will have any more fun at dances. I think that by involving the non-grinders in Just Dance games on the Wii at another end of the gym is a good idea, as well as maybe having dance-offs. Ending it cold turkey would just lose money for whoever sponsors the dance, and would overall end up ruining a lot of school unity, as dances are used as a way for the students to come together after a game or when we just need something to look forward to. Thinking that students will stop grinding is invalid and unrealistic. Seriously, parents and faculty, do you remember when you were our age? Did you follow the rules created by authority figures?

Here’s our alternative guide to getting down: Line Dance: joice and we all dance the same dance!

All the dancers on the dance floor re-

The Bounce: sure what else to do. Turns out, it’s completely

That awkward thing you do when you’re not


The Running Man: Exactly how it sounds. Run, man.

your hips and point to the ground and to the sky. A “Disco”: littleWiggle cheesy, but hey, you’re dancing!


Take your partner’s hands and turn around in a circle while separating and joining hands.

Some things to know:

> when a female and male are dancing, a male usually leads. > you don’t need a partner to dance, dances are about fun, and not only couples should be allowed to have fun. >nobody thinks you look weird, do what you want. by caitlyn aakre

kristi gange


Rustler Buddies Students, “littles” find their inner child


featrues editor

It’s supposed to be

“Petroleum jelly is the wrong kind for a sandwich.” Dan Cummins taught me this valuable life advice while I was indulging in one of life’s greatest inventions: stand-up comedy. If you are unfamiliar with standup comedy, let me explain it to you. It is basically clever people standing in front of an eager audience and telling zingers. I have recently discovered how obsessed I am with stand-up comedy ,and I believe it’s due to the fact that it’s the simplest form of comedy. It’s just people standing there and being funny. I give them props. But wait! There is something in existence that is equally or more impressive than stand-up. Improvisational comedy is the name of this magic. These people are ridiculously talented and on top of that, they are quick on their feet. Example: Whose Line Is It Anyway? This show was pure genius. Somehow, because we’re talking about this specific show, I’m not ashamed to say that I will be sitting on my couch, watching Wayne Brady shake his hips at an audience member while serenading them, and laugh out loud for a number of minutes by myself. When the show ends and I’ve realized what I’ve done, I accept the fact that I might be pathetic and enjoy the endorphins the have been released from the four straight minutes of laughing I just did. This is why I’m so sarcastic. Apparently I think that if I watch enough comedians, that I will turn into one. So if something I say is completely out of the blue and you find yourself questioning what our conversation was originally about, just nod your head and supply me with a fake laugh because to be honest, you’re my test audience. Thank you and good night.


Nov. 10, 2011 The Stampede

by meg smith

Coming out of college with a “fresh degree” and with hopes of becoming a “ski bum,” BBBS worker Issac Williams had no idea he would end up working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters community- based program. “It just kind of happened,” Williams said. And with people like Williams working for the program, it allows high school students like senior Beau Bridgeman to match up with “littles” from the elementary schools. There are about 75 big buddy/ little Building flowers and snowmen out of Playdough, Amie Kenczka and her little buddy share 30 minutes of play time. Photo by Meg Smith. buddy pairs in Great Falls. Bridgeman has been paired with two on ‘buddy days’,” Williams said. “They get so amped up to little buddies from West and Valleyview elementary schools. have their buddies come and see them.” “I think if there is a kid in need you have to step up,” And more than that, the high school students get excited Bridgeman said. about seeing their little buddies. Senior Garrett Lankford also has been matched up with a “It’s great having the satisfaction of being a bright spot in little buddy. the life of a little kid,” Bridgeman said. “When I was a little kid in school I always saw the big For Garrett Lankford it has been “very stress relieving to go buddies and thought it would be cool to have a ‘big friend’,” play for an hour [with his little buddy].” Lankford said. “You get to help a little kid and help them to be themselves.” Now Lankford is on his first year with the Rustler Buddies Because these big buddies have found the program to be program showing kids some “positive reinforcement.” such a strong experience, they want to invite everyone to help This is Williams’ favorite part of the day because then he out if they can. gets to “see the magic happen” between the big “There are plenty of kids who would love to have a big buddies and the little buddies. buddy,” Williams said. “Some kids only come to school

(left) Spending their play time battling in a card game of War, senior Rachel Solomon and her little enjoy their free time. Photo by Meg Smith. (right) Learning how to round to the hundreds place,senior Garrett Lankford and his little buddy take some time to work on homework. Photo by Meg Smith.


Nov. 10, 2011 The Stampede

Home away from home CMR freshman and his mother build mountain getaway

by deja lacey After three years of hard work in the Lewis & Clark Mountains, Quintin Wood has moved on from the home schooled crowd and has rejoined the public school society. Wood, his mother Dawn Dormady, built a place to call home in the Lewis & Clark County area. “The house measures up to about 21 feet tall, 16 feet wide, 24 feet long. The second part of the house is 12 feet tall, 16 feet wide, and 24 feet long,” Wood said. The house was constructed in March 2008 and was finished around Thanksgiving of 2008. Wood and his mother lived together for three years and now Wood is moving back to live with his dad. “He wanted to play sports and wanted to be given the opportunity to take certain classes. Plus, he just wanted to have some friends,” Dormady said. The transition from having animals like horses, goats, chickens, and sheep, to the city full of teenagers and buissy streets. The last time that Wood was in a public school was the spring of 2007. Wood didn’t expect the behavior of a public school student to be anything like his. “The thing about me is I’m not there for anybody. I’m just there to get my education and go. That’s not to say that there are no focused students at CMR. I just don’t know a lot of them,” he said. “I honestly expected to get my butt handed to me just because I was a country boy, but it seems that it’s a bit different,” Wood said. The students at CMR acted like he was an average Joe. “I’m just basically the outsider for right now, but it makes me feel better to see other guys dressed in the cowboy’s attire,” he said. Wood said he ate lunch by himself for the entire first week of school until a friend from the summer hung out with him. “We ate behind Ace Hardware store every day until it got cold. One time he was going to fling his shoe at somebody but instead of getting the person the shoe ended up onto of the hardware store,” Wood said. “I was very quiet, and on my first day I had received my first nickname. A student from my gym class was just like ‘I’m going to call you Mario’ and then this girl gave me the nickname cowboy. I actually like that one,” Wood said. The lack of peace and quiet is one of the downfalls of living in the city for Wood, along with the “horrible” scenery. Things like the refinery and the many casinos, take away the beauty of Montana, Wood said. Wood goes back up into the mountains every weekend to spend time with his mom and get the everyday country workout. During the time that he and his mother were working on the house, the day consisted of old fashioned family sweat and labor. For him, chores were unlimited. First its the cleaning out sheep bowls then the small droppings of the family chickens, after that he cuts a cord of wood.

After that, he pulls out the bales of hay which usually consist of up to 20-28 bails. Recently a wolf has been coming to pick off the chickens on his mother’s piece of land. One day, Dormady was going out to use her outhouse when she saw a bear standing 15 feet away. “I am very protective about my family so I’m a bit concerned about her being up there all alone, but mom’s a good shot, she’s got a big dog and a big gun,” he said. The house has many of the family’s own special touches, includeing the outhouse. “One of the best things about having an outhouse, you don’t have to flush and you don’t have to worry about getting yelled at for not putting the toilet seat down,” Wood said. Some of the more complicated parts of the house, such as the plumbing and electricity, were done by his mother, but Wood did the testing and applied plugs along with adding electrical fences around the horse corral. “I spent 3 years away from my father to live in the mountains with my mom, so part of my reasoning for wanting to go to public school was that I would be able to live with my dad,” Wood said. “Even though it’s got things I would change, “Great Falls isn’t that bad,” Wood said.

1. The outhouse on the far side of the house. The hole goes on for about 24 feet. 2. The family kitchen is only used when the winter time comes around. Other than that its used for holding the spices. 3. The other family kitchen. Right outside of the house where all of the real cooking takes place. 4. One of the 6 sheep grazing in the field right down the roud from the house. This little sheep is one of the youngest of the pac. 5. A surviving chicken climbs into a tree to check out that sean. Photos by Deja Lacey.






Business teacher recommends jobs for students -- but fewer take the advice by kendra hix

Nowadays, high school students are performing a circus act. Balancing homework is hard enough for some students, even those without extracurricular activities, but then a job is added in. Kelly Parsons, one of the four teachers in the Business Department, feels strongly about students having jobs in high school. But, there are fewer students with jobs than in previous years, just why that it Parsons and her department aren’t sure. “We think it’s because kids are either spread so thin because of activities after school or mommy and daddy don’t want them to,” Parsons said. “We are very pro job. It instills work ethic and self-motavation.” Kids who are more motivated understand the balance between a job and school, Parsons said, they also understand the value of a dollar. Parsons said that while kids should have jobs in high school, some just don’t have the time. Her own children are included in this

What’s goin’ on, CMR? Nov. 19 7:30p.m. to 10p.m. CMR Drama Nov. 20 CMR AA Choir-Bozeman 2p.m. GF Youth Orchestra Concert (Civic Center) Nov. 21 CMR and GFH AA Choir Festival Nov. 22 CMR and GFH AA Choir Festival All Day Science Olympiad State Competition 7:30p.m.-10p.m. Drama Production Nov. 23-27 No School Thanksgiving Break Dec. 2 and 3 CMR Debate at Carroll College Dec. 9 Speech and Debate at Missoula Dec. 10 Speech and Debate at Missoula Dec. 15 Stampede Distribution Dec. 19 7p.m. Russtones Holiday Concert Civic Center Dec. 20 6p.m. Holiday Concerts two and three Dec. 22-Jan.2 Christmas Break

Illustration by Corey Allen

group. She said, her daughter, KayDee Parsons, a sophomore, plays three sports and is in honors classes so she is much too busy. Her son, Kurtis Parsons, who graduated last year, played three sports as well, Parsons said.

For people spread thin with sports and academics she recommends a summer job, as she has done with both her kids. The average pay for teenagers is $8 per hour, Parsons said, which is just 65 cents above minimum wage. According to the Montana Department of Labor website,, teens under the age of 16 are not supposed to work more than 40 hours per week, but once they turn 16 they are able to work as much as they so choose. Some employers will take any help they can get, Parsons said, a good worker who does a good job for a few hours after school is better than a lousy worker with a bad attitude. Every employer is different, but most are just desperate for good help and want someone with a good attitude, Parsons said. To have and maintain a job students have to be on time and do what they are supposed to, she said.

Grison steps into further responsibility

by kendra hix

Shelby Grison, a junior, is one of the many students struggling to find the stability between work and school. Grison works in the shoe department Herbergers and has since May. “I got a job so I could start saving money for college,” Grison said. Grison is going to the Art Institute of Design in New York after she graduates in 2013. She plans to go into fashion merchandise after she graduates college so she has started early with this job. If you’re going to go into fashion merchandise it’s good to know about how things are distributed and to whom, Grison said. Plus it will always be needed; people will never stop needing clothes. As most people with a job know, whether it’s in retail, like Grison or fast food, not everyone is nice. “People can be really mean,” Grison said. Because Grison is hoping to go into the fashion world when she finishes school she tends to look at others styles. “It bothers me when people wear just sweats and gym shorts,” Grison said. Grison wears what she thinks is cute. She loves 9 West shoes because they are very comfortable, Grison said, and

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fast facts • • •

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Great Falls accounts for 72.2% of Cascade County’s workforce Great Falls’ population as of 2011 is 59,390, which is a 4.82% growth 2000. Compared to the other 50 states Great Falls’ cost of living is 3% below the U. S average There are 11.5 students for every teacher in Great Falls The unemployment rate in Great Falls is 7.1% compared to the U.S average of 9.1% The average unemployment rate for Cascade County is 6.4% As of July 2011, in the U.S., 22.7 million 16 to 24 year-olds were employed. That’s 11.7% of the entire U. S. Labor Force.

Facts and statistics based on information found on the Bureau of Labor Services, Mt.Gov, and Sperlings Best Places websites.

when it comes to bags she loves Dooney and Bourke and Coach’s products. She likes things that look professional and are made of good quality, Grison said. Calvin Klein is one of her favorites. “I used to want to be a fashion designer but I can’t draw,” Grison said. After she decided she couldn’t be a fashion designer she moved on to fashion merchandise and took a class when she lived in Utah. The merchandise course peaked her interest, Grison said. Her job at Herbergers, the course she took in Utah and even some of the TV shows she watches, like Americas Next Top Model and Keeping up With the Kardashians, help her strive toward her goal of arriving into the fashion world. Grison has had many difficulShelby Grison, one of The Company’s managers, plans to ties finding a sense of balance when pursue a career in fashion merchanidise after graduation. it comes to her job and homework Photo by Kendra Hix. but she still remains focused on her having a job. goal of moving into the fashion industry. “There is always going to be someGrison is already moving forward and thing you don’t want to do,” Grison said. deciding on her future. She shared her “But you have to do it anyway.” thoughts and what she has learned from


Nov. 10, 2011 The Stampede

Delicious dining, new shopping comes to the Electric City W by ryan murphy ith the opening of Big Lots in the Holiday Village Mall, Olivia Moulton is simply boiling over with excitement. Even though she hasn’t been to the Great Falls location yet, she plans to visit soon. “My family is in love with Big Lots!,” Moulton said. “Whenever my family would take a road trip,


nce you begin talking to Pizza Baron Owner Jim Frey, it’s easy to tell that his business is his passion. Pizza Baron has been open for just over 6 months, and offers a wide variety of savory cuisine. Everything from specialty pizzas to calzones to strombolis, you can find it at Pizza Baron. According to Frey, the most popular items are the Traditional Stromboli, which is a rolled up pizza dough, stuffed with pepperoni, sausage, cheese and sauce baked until golden brown, and the Wild Bill BBQ pizza, topped with slow roasted pork, grilled onions, cheese and laden with a sweet and tangy barbeque sauce. Pizza Baron is located at 203 2nd Ave N. near the library downtown, delivers all day, and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can visit their website at

we’d have to go somewhere with a Big Lots.” Big Lots is a nationwide retailer, offering name brand goods from housewares to toys at closeout prices. Big Lots is in the old CVS drugstore location, and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


f a Subway sandwich shop were to have a love child with Enrique Iglesias, it’d be Café Rio. As soon you enter the new Mexican restaurant, it feels as if you are transported to a modest bistro south of the border. Everything from the Latin décor, to the savory smells wafting through the air, Café Rio exemplifies real Mexican cuisine. With tortillas made fresh daily and the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted, the new restaurant is sure to become a local hotspot. The café is like a Subway in the essence that you follow your food from beginning to completion, with the addition of every delicious topping. After getting your food and finding a table, Café Rio has an extensive drink bar, serving all kinds of soft drinks, teas, lemonades and limeades for you to choose from. If you wish, you can even add a shot or two of the proTop, new Big Lots location in Great Falls. vided syrups. Top Mid, the new Cafe Rio location near Café Rio is a superb dining opthe Holiday Village Mall. Center mid tion, and is bound for great sucand bottom, Pizza Baron in downtown. cess in Great Falls. Photos by Ryan Murphy.

All-State band players rock the house experience.” by caroline perkins It was his third year on French For band students, making it to all-state is an accomplishment they horn to play at all-state, and he said can be proud of. And freshman base that having the performance in a clarinetist Ashleigh Lehotsky feels gym instead of a theater -- like it’s an experience she won’t forget. the past years at all-state -- had its With 14 CMR students playing effect on the way people acted instruments ranging from trumpet and the way the music soundto tenor saxophone, they enjoyed ed. “It felt more like a school gathering together in Billings Oct. 19-21 with students from other performance,” Perkins said. Despite so much going Montana schools. “I was so nervous during the on during the time they were in Billauditions for chairing,” Lehotsky ings, the musicians still managed to have fun, and Lehotsky was a great said. “I was shaking afterwards.” Being her first year in all-state, example of that. “I did the worm!” Lehotsky said she felt the pressure of playing, but she still had the “Oh My Gosh” feeling of playing pieces of music such as “Exultate” by Samuel R. Hazo, or “Symphonies of Gaia” by Jayce John Ogren. Even though the all-state band only had two days to put everything together, the con- Percussionist Tanner Gliko participates in the AA All-State ductor and students Band Festival, Oct. 19-21. Photo by Caroline Perkins. managed it. “He had us write down quotes and keep it during the concert to try to remember them,” Lehotsky said. “Conductor Patrick Winters Ashleigh Lehotsky Logan Benjamin Larsen Blake tried to get across what he needed, Brian Perkins Bridger Scholten Sarah Carpenter but he also tried to motivate the kids Bryce Widhalm Olivia Moulton to do their best,” junior Brian Per- Ben Colwell Tanner Gliko kins said. “It wasn’t exactly the best Devony Smith Tim Blystone year for the band. Overall it’s a great Gavin Lawson Taylor Gold


16 Students, faculty give blood to give back Nov. 10, 2011 The Stampede

From home school to high school

Students share their experiences transitioning to public school by katie hodges

It wasn’t the ability to sleep in that attracted senior Bekka Russell to homeschooling. It was actually being able to work. “I kind of liked working at my own pace,” Russell said. Russell was homeschooled until eighth grade because a private school education was expensive, but her parents didn’t want her to go to public school. She joined the public education system in eighth grade because she knew that she would go to a public high school and wanted eighth grade “as a prep year.” Although Russell said that the transition from being homeschooled to public school was difficult because of “getting used to not working at my own pace.” However, Russell admitts that she “loved the social part of it.” Senior Nick Schulz also had a hard time acclimating to the structure of public school after being homeschooled. Schulz, who was homeschooled from

sixth through eighth grade, rejoined the public education system because “the social atmosphere in the homeschool community wasn’t to my satisfaction.” “I felt that the quality of education would be better at CMR,” Schulz said, adding that AP classes were harder while homeschooling. Although Schulz enjoyed the ability to have lee-way with deadlines that homeschooling provided, he felt that his transition to public school was not difficult. “The CMR staff and orientation did a good job,” Schulz said. “I really did not have a hard time transitioning.” Schulz added that no one gave him a hard time about being homeschooled because “almost no one knew.” “It wasn’t a topic that came up frequently,” Schulz said. Ultimately, Schulz is glad that he made the switch. “I’m extremely happy that I made the decision to re-enter public school.”

Make sure that the roasted turkey is the only thing not breathing this Thanksgiving.

Don’t drink underage -- and never drive impaired. Visit us on FaceBook! A message brought to you by the Cascade County DUI Task Force

by kristi gange

Vampires aren’t the only people that need blood. There are up to three people who could be saved for each person who gives blood. And every year CMR students step up and show the community that they are willing to help. This year 101 kids and staff presented their arms to donate 76 viable units of blood. However, 23 people were denied due to disqualification and deferrals. This was the first year that 16-year-olds were allowed to volunteer and it resulted in 40 new donators. The blood drive, which took place on Nov. 1, was the first drive of the year and the next one will be held on March 29. The faculty coordinator, Julie Graham, said someone in Montana needs blood every 27 minutes, and volunteers are always welcome. Giving blood for a good cause, senior Adam “It’s such a great habit to get into,” Cordeiro (top), biology teacher Tom Cubbage (middle left), senior Jordan Otis (middle right), and Graham said. “It’s one of the nicest ways senior Nicole Thompson (bottom) lend their arms to give back to the community.” to assist the Red Cross in their annual CMR blood drive. Photos by Jake Settera and Beth Britton.


Nov. 10, 2011 The Stampede

caitlyn aakre

I sunburn easily

entertainment editor

I don’t like reality TV. Okay. Except Big Brother. And occasionally a marathon of America’s Next Top Model. That’s it. But it seems whenever I turn on my TV, I can‘t escape the stuff. All I get is Jersey Shore, Real Housewives of wherever they deem appropriate for us to know what housewives are like. I don’t care to watch them. Sorry. I don’t like TV today. Of course I have my favorites. But a lot of my favorite shows were pre-2005. A few example are as follows. +Friends: 263 episodes of pure goodness. Best show in the history of TV, hands down. It gave the audience laughs, it made us go “aw” and it gave us hope for love with storylines involving Rachel and Ross, as well as Chandler and Monica. It had the perfect setting, New York City, and was overall a great show. I want a reunion. +M*A*S*H: such a great show. I’m not a fan of many old shows (this one started in 1972 and ended in 1983), but whenever I hear the theme song on the TV from my room, I run to the living room to see what mischief Hawkeye and his military medical staff get into. And although it wasn’t legitimately filmed with people in the Korean war, it has a historic purpose, a fact that alone makes it better than most shows being produced today. +Doogie Houser, M.D.: Neil Patrick Harris. ‘Nuff said. But really, his portrayal of a young doctor, who started practicing medicine at 14, is amazing for someone his age. I prefer NPH now, but watching him grow up is a fun time. His stupid friend Vinny causes a few cheap laughs, as well. The theme song is better than most today. +The Nanny: if you think my laugh is interesting, listen to Fran Drescher’s on this show. She portrays a nanny (surprise!) who works for a Broadway producer, Maxwell, and they “unexpectedly” fall in love. She teaches the family a lot, even though they expected her to be stupid, coming from Queens and all. So as you see, TV from before was MUCH BETTER.

entertainment Cutloose Footloose

1984 classic “Footloose” put back on screen, reinvented for modern audience

by greighsen adams

It’s bigger, it’s better, and it’s back. The 1984 classic Footloose has been recast, restored, and redone. Ren MacCormack moves to the small town of Bomont to live with his aunt and uncle after his mother dies. A few years before, students were at a party dancing, drinking and having a good time. On their way home from the party, five students get into a car crash. The city passes a law that it is illegal to dance and listen to music. While in Bomont, Ren learns sometimes the law needs to be defied and fought. The students of Bomont high want to have a senior prom so they fight to have one. Reverend Moore’s son was one kid that died in the crash so he so wants to badly make sure this could never happen to his own daughter, in order to do this, he shelters her and will not let her dance or listen Kenny Wormald plays Ren in “Footloose”. Ren’s first day of high to music. In the end, Ren and school. MCT friends receive their school prom. didn’t have a clue how to dance in the original. Also, Ren Though there are similari- MacCormack who is played by Kenny Wormland in the 2011 ties between the two films, version looks like Kevin Bacon in some aspects. Kenny Wormald plays Ren and Julithere are also quite a few difOne reason I like the new Footloose better is because evanne Hough plays Ariel in 2011 movie ferences. In the original Foot- erything is more up-to-date. The little twists they put into the “Footloose” MCT loose, Ariel goes from her new version makes it more interesting. Also, the dancing and friend’s car to her boyfriend Chuck’s car while both vehicles were moving down the road. In some scenes such as putting the “One thing I noticed in both movies is speakers into the cute convertible the 2011 version, Chuck is a racecar driver and Ariel grabs the black most of the new characters resembles yellow bug, which was in both movand white checkered flag, jumps ies, relates more to this day and age in some way the original cast.” through the window and the two and things that we would actually of them take a victory lap around do. the track. Just like the original, Ariel’s best friend, Rusty who One major scene stayed the same in both movies. When is played by Ziah Colon, freaks out and rushes out of the Ren gets pulled over and the officer took his license, the oftrack to her car. Another major difference between the old ficer flicks him under the chin with his license. version and the new one is instead of paying chicken with Of course, it wouldn’t be Footloose without all the epic tractors, Ren MacCormack and Chuck race around a track in dance scenes and kind of silly bar fight. Only one thing to do tricked out busses. now and that has got to be to go see this movie. And, as Ren One thing I noticed in both movies is most of the new says, “Let’s dance!” characters resembles in some way the original cast. Willard in the new Footloose, played by Miles Teller, resembles Chris Penn who played Willard, the klutzy friend of Ren who

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New album brings new success for Anthrax by peyton fulbright

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Any diehard Anthrax fan has been waiting for a new album since 2003, when “We’ve Come For You All” was released. Since then, the band has experienced a revolving door of singers. Due to that, the band rewrote their new album several times. From a fan’s point of view, anytime an album is rewritten, there is cause for concern. Lucky for fans, Anthrax did not disappoint. Many people consider” Worship Music” to be their finest album yet, and I agree. “Worship Music” has it all. Intense, riff driven thrash metal on songs like “Earth on Hell,” “Revolution Screams,” “Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t,” and “Judas Priest.” Simplistic yet heavy, groove driven metal like “The Devil You Know,” “The Constant,” and “Crawl.”


There is even, dare I say, epic songs such as “I’m Alive” and “In The End.” Contrary to what people expect, “Judas Priest” isn’t a song about the band Judas Priest, but rather a song about corrupt priests, with a title made a tribute to the metal greats. Guitarist Scott Ian even incorporated Judas Priest song titles into the lyrics. There is one annoying part to the album. The songs “Worship (Intro),” “Hymn 1,” and “Hymn 2,” aren’t actually songs. They are merely minute long intros to songs. They should just be included into the beginnings of the songs, but it’s not enough to tarnish a great album.

Muggle rejoices over launch of virtual Hogwarts

your wand and when you are sorted. A seven question quiz is When J.K. Rowling announced that she would be starting a taken that asks simple things like your eye color and preferences new project entitled Pottermore, the internet was a buzz with ex- and then a wand “picks” you. The best part of this is that there are citement. Rowling describes Pottermore as “a unique online Harry thousands of combinations and each wand wood, core, length, and Potter experience.” flexibility has an explanation. This really personalizes the experiThough it isn’t open to the public until the later part of the ence and sheds light on the mystery of wand-lore.  month, one million users were allowed in for early Beta Testing. Harry Potter fans have, for years, tried to sort themselves into The first thing that a user a Hogwarts House and have had signing into Pottermore will no official way to do so until now. notice is the stunning art direcJ.K. Rowling herself wrote the Sorttion. Sony worked hard to make ing Quiz that users take in Chapter it look both realistic and like a Eight. It is made of around twenty story book. Each scene is explorrandomized questions. Nobody able via zooming the screen in that I have spoken to has had exactand panning left or right slightly the same questions as I have. This ly. Collectable items are hidden is probably so people can’t just pick within them to make things a a house and look up its correspondlittle more interesting and new ing answers. Finally, authenitcation content about the series is hidhas been brought to the Harry Potden on the page. People new to ter fanbase! the Harry Potter series may be With very few flaws, which will confused as to what is going on, surely be solved before its opening as there is little explanation of to the public, it would be great for each scene but old fans will recpeople returning  to the series or to ognize places like Number Four those who are new and would like Privet Drive and the Gryffindor Senior Hannah Swant checks out her Pottermore statistics. One million users to use Pottermore as a sort of comwere allowed to test Pottermore. Photo by Caitlyn Aakre. Common Room. panion to the books. All in all, it is In addition to reliving precious moments of the storyline, us- wonderful to experience and offers a bit of magic into our Muggle ers can brew potions, receive a wand, be sorted into a House, and, lives.  eventually, take part in Wizard Duels. Sony promises that they will Tyler James, a former writer for the Stampede, lives in Oklahoma and be adding new features as more books are released. At present, you is an avid member of the RavenClaw house. can only play through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  The most interactive and exciting parts are when you receive by ryan murphy by tyler james, guest writer

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Use your imagination before Hollywood movie ruins it by greighsen adams

Judging a book by its cover: bad. Judging a movie by its cover, if you have read the book, be my guest. Having read the book, “Secret Circle”, that is now a television show, it is my opinion the book is much better than the show. Because the book is much more detailed than the show, it is more enjoyable to read. The characters in the books are up to my imagination to create. It is exciting trying to decipher each detail of a character and decide how I think they should look. The television show makes me see each character the way the director sees them. Not always do I agree with their “vision” for the characters. Having roughly the same opinion is junior, Petyr BottiAnderson. “I liked the book ‘Jane Eyre’ a lot better. The movie

skipped over a lot of small side plots and also the movie, you have to guess different things on your own,” BottiAnderson said. I like reading books then watching the movies and comparing the two. Usually, the book wins because it goes deeper into detail. Reading the book then watching the movie could possibly help make the book clearer or it might heighten the book. It just depends on whether the book was enjoyable or not. “I liked the book a lot better after I watched the movie,” Botti-Anderson said. Even though I have quite a few opinions of this subject, so does English teacher Tammy Petzold. “I haven’t read the book since college. I like the book

better,” Petzold said about the classic novel “Jane Eyre”. Petzold thinks producers can’t do the same in movies as someone can in a book, so they have to change things. “I enjoy them as separate pieces of work. The movie has to focus on the major conflict. It’s harder to see individual conflicts,” Petzold said.



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Local music scene alive and well at northside club by corey allen

Many may think that Great Falls has a pretty dead and dry music scene. However the 406 club on Second Avenue north is working feverishly on kick-starting the heart of the music lovers across Great Falls. It means even more to CMR’s David Purdy and Jacob “Riddler” Riddle, whom are part of a band that plays at the 406. “We get tons of girls” Purdy and Riddler jok- ingly. Better Words for a Farewell is a band that started in October of 2009 as “Deth LaSophomore David Purdy shreds out a solo at the Battle of the Bands. Photo by Corey Allen bel”. Comprised of four CMR students; Junior David Purdy, Junior Sam Allison, ment of the shows.However many students really enjoy the shows at The 406 Club Junior Jacob Riddle and Junior Phillip Grimshaw all currently go to CMR. Jordan “It was a nice gathering” said Senior Kalyn Thomas, who went to the Reggie Watts Smith, the band’s vocalist also went to CMR before graduating last year. show awhile back at the 406. “The swag in the room was palpable”. Though the “The 406 club is providing a huge opportunity for students and musicians 406 Club is a bar, at the shows they do combat alcohol abuse by students. to put on great shows for the community.” Smith said. “I just wish more In fact, they mark you at the door before you can get in. people would come out to the shows.” Yet many parents and students are apprehensive about the 406 Club. SeIn October, the band played a charity battle of the bands that nior Jordan Kemp said that she isn’t allowed to go to the 406 Club because there the 406 club hosted to raise food for the Great Falls Food Bank. is still alcohol served. “She trusts me, but not the surroundings” The 406 Combined, the bands that played raised an estimated 1 7 5 5 Club is providing an opportunity to many students and bands in the pounds of food for the Food Bank. community to show their talents and be heard. The club often The 406 Club hosts many all ages shows, often for a holds the shows for charity, and to get in it is often a few dollars and charitable cause. a can of food for the food bank. “We need a lot more people” said guitarist and junior Riddle Support the dying Great Falls music scene, and come out to some of on how many people come out to the 406 club for shows. People the shows and give these bands a chance. aren’t supporting the music scene said Purdy Riddler and Better Words for a Farewell agree. Riddler went on to say that if more people were aware of the shows “Come out to the shows, we love our fans” that more people would go out and participate. If you do decide to experience any show at The 406 Club, “Bring extra pants” Riddler said boastfully. Another concern is the content and environ-

Art by Corey Allen

Electronic music explodes with sweet sounds by luke sisko At age 12 I found the upbeat sound of electro hooks blasting through my ears and I realized that my brain was sending me a huge signal. That’s when I knew electronic music was the answer for me. The sound of electronic music makes me put a smile on my face and it feels good to know that electronic music is good music to listen to period! No matter what the genre is (Techno, Electro House, or Dubstep), somebody is guaranteed to find one that fits their tastes in the electronic music field. Pink explained the essence of electronic music, saying “If God is the DJ, then life is the dance floor; love is the rhythm and you are the music.” I believe dance music today has evolved more than ever. There have been way more DJ’s that have composed their work with other major artists as well.Dance music will be more progressive and bigger in the years to come. I have seen electronic music progress more, but I want to see it progress even more than it has been the last 5 years.Although dance

music is real music, electronic artists may not be the best concert artists. They can put on a good rave though. The artists express the music and how they feel at the same time. I think electronic sounds could be mixed with instruments, giving artists more control in a live concert. I am sure with enough people you could do away with the turn-table and the computer completely. No matter what you prefer, electronic music is cutting edge. A good example is the CDJ 2000 Pioneer. It is a multi-media turntable that can play not only CDs but DVDs as well. The CDJ 2000 Pioneer gives the DJ way more to work with, and it’s the most popular piece of equipment that DJs are using today. Electronic artists have a connection with their instruments. I think about modular and analog synthesizers where you put your feelings into making the sound and playing the tune. It would be wrong to say that DJ’s don’t have connection with their turntables. It takes skill to make electronic music. A guitarist won’t be able to walk over to my synthesizer and start playing super

well, and I won’t be able to go over and pick up a guitar. It does take skill to learn analog/modular synths just as much as it does to learn any other instrument. More people need to listen to electronic music because they all are missing out on talented artists.Electronic music is an uplifting kind of music where you put all your attitudes towards the beats and melodies that go into your tracks. I have witnessed a lot of talented DJ’s through the years that have lived and breathed dance music on a daily basis. It’s hard to judge who is really No. 1.Deadmau5, Tiesto, or even Armin Van Buuren. They all are talented DJ/ Producers who make electronic music the way it is and sounds today. The amount of creativity they put into their music is way more evolving than any other kind of music. I respect all other genres of music, but I’m just saying electronic music in general produces more creative sounds, and I believe it produces and it brings in new fans to the sound of electronic music. Go to Google and search “Deadmau5”. You will fall in love with it.

If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would it be?

Will you be partaking in the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday festivities? What will you buy? If not, why?

If you could sponsor a Theme Thursday, what would it be?

Capri Sun or Koolaid Jammers? What flavor proves it? Do you prefer to wish at 11:11 or upon a star?

Cuisinart yes, electronics

a blender, I like to mix things up a bit. I might be, I never know until like two days before. I don’t plan ahead of what I’m going to buy.

a blender Yes. I will be buying the cheap DVD’s at WalMart.

Capri Sun


11:11, it only comes every century making it even more special.

Neither really, but if I do it would be on a shooting star, they only come around every once in a while; instead of twice a day.

Koolaid Jammers. Who drinks Capri Sun??






Mardi Mustache day, eat your Disney Day Gras heart out Kristi. Capri Sun all the way, Splash Cooler is the best













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Yes, Christmas presents for friends and family.



No media hype for me!

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So you’re not six feet seven inches tall, and your 40-yard dash seems more like a marathon. You get more gutter balls than one could imagine, and your hand-eye coordination leaves a lot to be desired. Chances are, you won’t be winning an Olympic gold medal or wearing any Super Bowl rings anytime soon. And that’s alright; we’re not all meant to be professional athletes or college stars. That’s the beauty of sports because we don’t have to be. Even if you’ll never be a regular on EPSN, there are opportunities every day to be active in sports. Try out for a spring sport or prepare for one in the fall next year. If the commitment of varsity or JV isn’t for you, take note that intramural basketball is just around the corner; believe me, there are no Lebron’s or Kobe’s in there. There are so many clubs at our school now that the possibilities are endless. Take a chance and try out Bowling or Fencing Club. Sign up for an out-of-school team, or take some classes to get down the basics so one day you can laugh as you dominate your friends. The best way to fully enjoy the world of sports is also the simplest. Call up a couple of buddies over the weekend, grab a Frisbee, and head out to the park; anything to get outside and have fun. If your family is looking for things to do, suggest throwing around a baseball in the backyard or heading over to a basketball court. The best part is you can play as hard or as carefree as you want. My dad and I tend to take even a game of HORSE seriously as if we are playing for our survival, yet the others in my house –most likely accepting their lack of skill – will have a great time, even if my sister yells “touchdown!” when she makes a basket. If you just decide to accept that you are not the sports type, then sit down, relax, and admire those who make it their passion. Support our school sports teams and guide them to a win from the bleachers, or watch a football game on TV with some family and friends. So keep your eyes on the ball at all times, form that little diamond with your hands, and make a spectacular catch; so what if no one is watching.


Shout for snow

Students get pumped for upcoming ski season

by keeli telleen

The temperature may be dropping, but excitement is building for the 2011-2012 ski season, and senior Gavin Weissman is ready to hit up Showdown. “I love the snow,” he said. “[Skiing] gives me something to do on the weekends.” In a state whose name comes from the word “mountain,” it should come as no surprise that Great Falls is home to avid skiers and snowboarders who frequently visit Showdown and other nearby ski areas. Many CMR skiers and boarders spend a lot of their time in the terrain park. Because most ski areas are only open for a limited number of months, serious skiers work on their skills yearround. To prepare for performance on snow, Weissman practices flipping on a trampoline. This season he hopes to perfect landing Rodeo (spinning, and flipping backwards) 540’s and Cork (that means inverted) 720’s. Nathan Peterson, who began skiing at age 5 and switched to

snowboarding at age 9, has another agenda. “I’m not really looking to progress my park ability,” he said, “but focusing more on the backcountry scene.” Cliffs may or may not be included. Sometimes style is as essential as skill when it comes to looking good on the mountain. A look at the younger generation of skiers and snowboarders reveals a plethora of bright colors and wild patterns standing out in contrast to the snow. Ski/ snowboard fashions and gear technology progress as fast as the sports themselves. Weissman says a new jacket and pants are his must haves for the season, while Peterson says, “goggles for me.” Music also carries a strong association with skiers/boarders. Some listen to it to get pumped up, while for others it just intensifies the experience. “It has more of a psychological effect to me,” Peterson by keeli telleen

The Quintessence of the

Tall Tee

said. “If I hear a good song in a ski movie, it’s on my playlist. It helps me think more about what is going on.” One way to get involved with the ski community at school is to check out the CMR Ski Club. They typically meet on Thursdays after school in Room 222. Don’t worry,

It’s opening day. You’ve got your brand new Oakleys, neon pants, skis are waxed, and Deadmau5 is blaring in your headphones. Basically, you look fresh to death and are ready to go. But wait a minute… Looking around you see shirts hanging out of everyone’s jackets and realize, gasp! Your tee isn’t tall enough. Don’t be that guy. Sure, you could run into the gear shop and see if they have any XXXXL’s left, but then you would have to strip down again and miss out on first tracks. Here’s what you do: 1. Make sure no one is looking. Find a friend to spot you. 2. Grab the bottom hem of your shirt and PULL. 3. Yank it over your knees, your boots if you can, and hold for 5-10 seconds. 4. Stand up and let that tee hang. There you go! Problem solved, and hopefully you can walk away with your steeze still intact. Now, nailing a switch double misty 1440 is all on you, bro.

snowboarders can come too. So while plenty of people will waste time complaining about the snow and the cold, there are those who will actually spend time enjoying tearing it up on the mountain. Peterson knows which side he is on. “I love being able to get outside and put everything else on my mind to the side for a few days.”

Opening Days and Distance

• Showdown- Dec. 9, 67 mi away • Teton Pass- Dec. 10, 78 mi away • Great Divide- Nov. 23, 85 mi away • Bridger Bowl- Dec. 9, 164 mi away • Big Sky- Nov. 24, 225 mi away • Moonlight Basin- Dec. 10, 227 mi away • Whitefish/Big Mountain Dec. 3, 229 mi

Athletes prepare to transition from autumn to winter sports

Volleyball girls’ optimism endures

CMR vollyball varsity girls Kelsey Smith,Carly Gysler,Jenni Peer, celebrate a well played point. Photo by Jake Settera.

practice it’s not that hard to switch,” he said. by whisper harris Once basketball begins on Nov. 21st Robbins School is tough. But playing multiple sports during the school year is even tougher. Every said she will switch her focus. “I really have to focus more on breathing, year, CMR student athletes face this reality. There are students at CMR who play two or three sports running up and down the court,” she said. Grinde, who also plays basketball, says it, back to back, with only a week or two break comes with a different mindset. “Basketball is between each sport. CMR senior Katelyn Robbins and sophomore more cardio, because I am going up and down James Grinde know the feeling of a full schedule. the court, that’s really the only thing that changes Robbins is about to start her fourth year on the when I switch from football to basketball,” he basketball team, where she is a forward. She has said. A knee injury kept Robbins off the court last also been a member of the volleyball team for four season and she said her focus is going to be on her years, where she is a middle blocker. knee placement; she now has to land in a perfect And in the spring she squat as to not reinjure dons a softball uniform and her knee. plays various positions, “...I don’t like not beIn softball she plays including third base, short ing busy. I love going more on her own, she is stop and second base. the only person at her Grinde plays both football sport to sport. I just like spot. In basketball it’s and basketball. a mental thing, players Students know the to be busy.” have to know who their pressure of finding time to - Katelyn Robbins guarding, guard them all do everything they need to while trying to score. whether they have a job, Grinde says that it’s not hard to change sports, participate in a club, or play sports. “Practice is only two hours long. It’s not that “The teams are made up of mostly the same kids hard to find time between that and homework,” and most of the coaches coach both sports,” he said. Grinde said. Taking on many things can be overwhelming Managing time is a key aspect of being able to go sport to sport, and Robbins has established her but Robbins said she actually enjoys being busy. “I don’t like not being busy. I love going sport own way of managing time. “I have an open seventh. I don’t go home. to sport. I just like to be busy.” she said. Robbins admits that her coaches help her train I stay at school and do my homework before and transition between her three sports. practice,” Robbins said. “I would just like to say thanks to my Not only is it hard to find time when switching sports, but one’s training changes for each sport coaches,” Robbins said. “They really have to train you to be mentally focused and get you physically as well, she added. In volleyball, Robbins said plays are in sudden focused, too.” bursts of energy, and she is, “more focused on lateral speed and vertical jumping.” For Grinde, the major thing that helps him transition is going to practice. “As long as I go to

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(Above) Senior Katelyn Robbins, No. 17, goes for the ball during the 2011 volleyball season. Photo by Kelsey Smith. (Left) Getting ready to spike the ball over the net at a Sept. 9 tournament, senior Carly Geysler goes for the point. Photo by Jake Settera.

Varsity keeps positive attitude, strong mind, tough skin through hard season by mandi monroe

This year the CMR girls varsity volleyball team has sought to keep a positive attitude and showcase what good role models look like, no matter the circumstance. “I’m quiet and shy,” said Jordan Otis, senior and captain of the girls varsity, “But I try and lead by example and always try to give my best effort.” Through a tough season with 4-24, the team has done what they can to keep each other motivated, keep improving and stay optimistic. “We focus on the good rather than the bad,” senior and varsity captain Carly Gysler said. “We wanted to turn the program around, how the seniors treat everyone else. Our team’s chemistry has been a lot better than the previous years, “Otis said. “The group of seniors set the example, they will work hard regardless,” Coach Kelly Lindseth said.


“Because we have played together since 7th grade, we know each other really well and can take each others criticism” said right side hitter, Kelsey Smith. The team mates support each other but are also competitors. “We compete with each other; its friendly competition, “Otis said. Despite the record, the athletes have worked hard. “It’s been hard work, working on improving and we have improved a lot,” Gysler said. “There have definitely been some points where we were all frustrated, but we have really good captains, keeping everything as positive as can be, “Smith said. The varsity girls display their positive energy and ideas with hope for their team’s future by encouraging one another, solid tenacity and striving to be leaders the younger girls want to follow.


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Sophomore Joe Michelotti demonstrates his lifelong passion for hunting private land that’s owned by family and by zach pottratz When sophomore Joe Michelotti was friends.” Michelotti hasn’t had a chance to go 12 years old, the only thing on his mind was where he was going to put the antlers “trophy hunting” yet, but he does have an of his first deer. Michelotti has been hunt- animal that he is proud to say is his best. “My best deer would have to be my ing ever since he was legal age. “The very first animal I ever got was first deer, the 4x2 mule deer, but I’m hoping to get bigger ones.” a 4x2 mule deer buck. It Most hunters have had was shot with my 270 their animals mounted by Remington, and my dad a taxidermist. Taxidermy took me,” Michelotti said. is the many methods of His favorite part of huntmaking a life-like threeing is the chase. dimensional representa“It’s fun to stalk the tion of an animal. animals; it’s really fun “My grandpa mountwalking in the outdoors. ed my first deer with a I also like the shooting European mount,” he and the satisfaction that said. A European mount you know that the aniis where the skull and mal is yours,” Michelotti the horns are placed on a said. His favorite animals wood plaque. to hunt are elk, antelope, “If I could pick any deer, and birds. one animal to hunt for Michelotti has been Joe Michelottie’s first deer in a Euroon many hunting trips pean mount mounted by his grandpa. the rest of my life,” he said, “it would be elk, throughout his life, but Photo courtesy of Joe Michelotti. I’ve never hunted elk, his most recent was with and I think I would like the challenge and his friend Griff Malloy. “We went pheasant hunting. We each the experience from it.” He said. All in all, some people hunt for work, got three, which is the limit. We haven’t and some people hunt for food, but with gotten any deer…yet,” he said. Michelotti has many favorite hunting Michelotti, it’s all about the fun of the destinations. “For elk I go to Raynesford, chase and the satisfaction of seeing the and for deer and the other stuff, we go to horns on his wall.

Joe Michelotti at age 12 posing with his first deer, a 4x2 mule deer buck. Michelotti hasn’t gotten any bucks yet this year, but he hopes to get one soon. Photo courtesy of Joe Michelotti.

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CMR soccer, cross country come to a close by jennifer verzuh “This is like the best team I’ve ever played on,” CMR senior and co-captain of the CMR girls varsity soccer team, Alyssa Malisani, said of her experience in soccer this season. The girls recently took fifth place at the state championships in Helena. Seniors Alison Zimmerman and Lexi Peyette, who are both planning to continue playing soccer at Carroll College, earned All-State, and junior Tess Sandefur received Honorable mention in All-State. McKenzie Webber and Malisani got All-Conference. “I think we’re all pretty much strong players,” Malisani said. “I think that was Senior Becca Russell competes at really relevant in our last couple of games Anaconda Hills on Sept. 16. Photo where everyone really worked together. I’ve by Jake Settera. seen our team mold into a group that has a

lot of heart.” CMR boys did not place at state. Rustler cross country also earned a few honors at state, despite wanting more girls on the team. The Rustlers cross country coach Doug Darko said he cannot believe the season has already come and gone. “Seems like we just got started,” he said. “The kids did a great a great job at the city meet. We won both team titles.” Girls also received 10th place at state with boys taking 11th and sophomore Shay LaVallie taking All-State. Darko said he is proud of his team and the improvements he saw over the season. “Pretty much each race their times improved,” he said. “One of the big goals (for CMR soccer players scrimmage on Aug. 25 at Siebel Soccer Park. next year) is to get some more girls out.” Photo by Beth Britton


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Dreaming of a green and gold cross-town Rustlers finish season 5-5, win 21-7 against rival Bison by alecks leavey Written on the eyeblack of Jack Johnson’s players were the words “We Believe.” With a 4-5 record and a desperately needed victory for a playoff berth, the Rustlers battled Great Falls High on Oct. 28 in their annual cross-town finale. When the game clock hit zero and the score 21-7, the green and gold knew they had more than a shot in the postseason. “I think we can go all the way,” senior receiver Colton Carter said. “We are on our high of the season and riding on momentum.” Carter considered the win over the rival Bison to be the biggest of the season, and added that the chance in the playoffs and the crosstown triumph were both “equally

important” to him. And as more than 4,500 fans waited anxiously to see which team would take home the spoils, the players knew that this game would stick with them for the rest of their lives. “It was the last cross-town of my life,” Carter said. “There was a lot of pressure.” Eight days later CMR traveled to Helena to clash against the Bengals in the first round of the postseason. It was the first trip after the regular season for the team since their ’09 championship year. Carter made an impact in that game with five catches for 82 yards; including a 33-yard touchdown from senior receiver Brian Durocher on a trick play with 8:43 remaining in the

game. An 8-yard touchdown run from junior running back Hunter Thomsen concluded the scoring for the match, but early first quarter mishaps had buried the Rustlers too deep. Although CMR’s run in the playoffs fell short after the 27-14 loss, a resounding sense of pride was evident in the locker room after the game. Players and coaches congratulated and thanked each other for the entire 2011 season. The CMR Rustler football team finished their regular season with a 5-5 record and a two-game win streak that pushed them into the postseason. “I’m going to remember all my teammates and all the games,” Carter said. “I had a great last year.”

Dominant Left: Forming a tunnel for their starters, the Rustlers anticipate their game against Big Sky on Sept. 23. Top Right: Prepared to snap the ball, CMR’s offensive live brace themselves for the play against the Bison on Oct. 28. Middle Right: The Rustlers go all out during their pre-game warmups against Great Falls High on Oct. 28. Bottom Right:The offensive starters circle around the goal post before their names are called on Sept. 23. Bottom Left: Junior right tackle Dylan Mahoney loosens up with his pregame ritual against Big Sky on Sept. 23. Photos by Jake Settera.


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