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Courage to Climb… Columbus Idol Live…Relay For Life… March of Dimes… Walk MS…Alzheimer’s Association…Make a Wish Foundation… Support Japan… Leukemia and Lymphoma Society…

Ameican Red Cross…Donner Swim Club,… American Cancer Society…Blankets for Babies…Love Chapel, Riley Child ren’s Hospital…Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter… Cystic Fibrosis Foundation… Susan G.

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Komen Foundation… Bartholomew Co. Humane Society… Pregnancy Care Center…Love Chap el… United Way…Loos e Change to Loosen Chains…Big Broth ersBig Sisters…Best Club, Buddies, Student Firemen’s Assembly Can Cheer Fund … Drive, Bull Dog San Souci…U nited Booster Way of Barth olomew County…Fou ndation for Youth…In diana Blood Cente r…Trick or Treat for UN ICEF… BCSC Found ation… Reading Bud dies …and more

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From community service to team fundraising, stude nts here raise tho usands of dollars for worth y causes read more on page s 16,18, and 19

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“This is my last full issue that I am fully in charge of. It will be weird to pass on my responsibilities to the new editors, but at the same time I’m excited for them. This year was a great year. Thank you, staffers!”

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Business Managers “Letters to the Offender II is epic, turn to page five. Do it now.”

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“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.” The First Amendment

From Our Angle In this issue we are laying out the possibilities of Columbus’s next mayor. It is important for students here to understand the process and to stay informed after the elections. Why? To be a contributing, informed member of society, you must constantly be up-to-date and understand what the heck is happening around this city, state, country and even the world. We’re not saying that you have to know the precise details of our national government, but it is essential to know the basics about what is happening.

Here are a few steps to stay on top of the political realm. 1. Talk to your parents and hear what they have to say. You might find that: A) You agree with them. Talking with them might strengthen your views and give you more of an insight into those ideas. Your parents are idiots? Or are they too smart for you? Who knows. Just ask, listen and learn.

Become more politically savvy (in three easy steps)

B) Your view of politics is on a completely different end of the spectrum than theirs. Yes, it might get annoying to constantly butt heads about politics, but hey, you will have some awesome dinner-time table talk. You can improve debating skills. What is it about the other side that makes your skin crawl? Find out details about the opposing side to better understand your own views. C) You have no idea what we are talking about here. Do you have an opinion? Do you care? Do you understand why you should care? Do you know where to look to form an opinion? See step number three. 2. Seek out candidates who share the same beliefs as you. Are you passionate about recycling? Clean energy alternatives? How about tax cuts? Or the more personal topics of abortion or abortion rights? Find a politician who is equally as passionate about the same topics as you are and run with them. Follow their campaign trail, vote for them (if eligible) and then keep following them

in office. And let them know how they’re doing while they serve. 3. “Like” a news medium on Facebook, “follow” one on Twitter or make one your Internet home page. If The Indianapolis Star is your Internet home page, you can glance over state-concerning headlines before you go to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube (or whatever you logged on the Internet to do). If you read over a headline that tickles your fancy, go ahead and click on the link. If Facebook was your destination after your home page, the first thing you will see is your news feed. If The New York Times consistently runs through your news feed, you are probably going to look at it. You can read international and national news headlines that you otherwise wouldn’t know about. You might be surprised at how much more informed you will be once you make these small changes. After all, your future depends on it.

The Candidates Take a look at who could be the two mayoral candidates to square off in November Republicans Greg Renner Mr. Renner worked at Renner Motors auto dealership for 27 ½ years. In 2006, he started his own sales training and consulting company, but remains part owner in Renner Motors. Mr. Renner’s focuses include attracting new companies while maintaining ones already here as well as opening communication with the public. Joe Richardson Mr. Richardson took his first job with Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department after graduating from Vincennes University and the Indiana

Law Enforcement Academy. Since then, he has achieved the rank of Lieutenant and currently serves as the public information officer for the Columbus Police Department. Mr. Richardson’s focuses include economic development, financial accountability and clarity within city government. Kristin Brown Ms. Brown attended Harvard University where she earned a master’s degree in business administration. Within the past year, she began exploring city finances. In addition, she did media work for Mitch Daniels’ gubernatorial campaign and presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. John McCain. Ms. Brown’s focuses include

repealing the monthly trash fee, putting the people first and making the city a magnet for good jobs. Mark White Mr. White, who lost to Mayor Fred Armstrong in the 2007 election, is passionate about creating more jobs in Columbus. His focuses include saving taxpayers’ money and slowing development down to one project at a time.

Democrats Nancy Ann Brown Ms. Brown served as mayor of Columbus from 1980 to 1983. In addition, she

took part in candidacies for Bartholomew County auditor and City Council. She retired from office manage for Bartholomew County Rural Electric Membership Corporation and now sells real estate. Her focuses include developing downtown to drive economic growth. Priscilla Scalf Ms. Scalf is currently serving her final year as Columbus City Council’s District 1 Representative. She also directs Eastside Community Center. Ms. Scalf’s focuses include finding incentives to attract businesses to Columbus.

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letter to the editor

Letters to the offender II People just won’t stop, will they? Well, read carefully, and if you recognize your behavior, adjust it In issue 3, I wrote a column called “Letters to the Offenders.” After doing so, I realized how effective it was, less people made Connor LeClerc out in the hallway, and I haven’t smelled cotton candy perfume since. So, I decided to convince more people. Enjoy. Dear Mr. or Ms. Much Too Energetic For 1st Period, Stop Talking. I may not have lots of energy right now, but if you don’t shut up, I might just bury myself alive. It’s apparent you binged 16 cups of espresso this morning whereas when I woke up I was dragging myself out of bed like a hung-over sloth. Please just let me sit in silence for a while and wake up. Dear Mr. or Ms. Uses Ridiculous Word Phrasing Just to Sound Smart, Hath thou a predicament? Silence thine embellished vocabulary. Speaketh as a proper individual might. (Translation: Dude, what’s your problem? Quit using big words. Talk like a normal person). Dear Ms. Spandex Instead of Pants, Listen, you’re sending the wrong message (I hope). If you want guys to notice you, start wearing something stylish instead of two sleeves of thin plastic that outline your...whatever. It’s weird, awkward and very misleading.

P.S. I wish the 80s would come back too. Now go get some pants. Dear Mr. or Ms. Obsessive Facebook Poker, Facebook pokes are like pennies: they’re crap and no one uses them. Dear Glee, If you have seen my Facebook posts, you are aware of my hate and malice for your show. If you try to cover one more sacred rock song or talk smack against one more artist who was smart enough to deny you access to their audible works of beauty, I will personally wage a war against you and your so called “Gleeks” so fierce that not even Charlie Sheen will be able to hallucinate something as dreadful as the aftermath of your downfall. Prepare yourself, Glee; it’s war. P.S. When I send you down into the abyss, tell Edward Cullen I said hello. Mr. or Ms. Did A Rain Dance as a Joke on April 4, 2011 What were you thinking? You think the Native Americans just danced around for kicks? There’s a reason they did that, BECAUSE THEY WANTED SOME FREAKING RAIN! Just do me a favor next time and do a Slim Jim dance. Dear Gluttonous Cafeteria Food Eater, Okay, I haven’t eaten in the cafeteria since sophomore year, but I know you’re still there. There is no reason to buy five chicken sandwiches, 15 things of mozzarella sticks, 20 vanilla milk cartons. And a side of beef. Save some for us, brotha. Sincerely, Your Persecutor, Connor LeClerc

To read Ramya Vijayagopal’s “Rejection, sensibility, and the dangers of over-sensitivity” column, go online to

Senior Ryan Heimlich sent a letter to The Triangle in response to Connor LeClerc’s column in the last issue

Dear Triangle, I found Connor LeClerc’s article entitled, “Finish the Fight” highly offensive, very insensitive and completely out-of-touch. Calling those who miss loved ones who have been sent overseas to war “politically inapt” and even going so far as to say that they are complaining and whiners is very, very out of line, especially coming from someone who obviously has never felt such pain. Feeling the greatest anguish of your life because your fiancé is 10,000 miles away is not whining or unpatriotic, it’s basic human emotion. Diminishing the agony of this is arrogant and disrespects wives, children and all Americans who wait at home for those they love. So until you, Mr. LeClerc, have to read every letter, phone call or doorbell-ringing you receive for fear of the news that you’ve been robbed of someone that can never be replaced, don’t throw stones at those whose reality is this. Also, saying that “[Middle Easterners] don’t know how to love like we [Americans] do “because they fight wars with one another” is just plain, oldfashion racial prejudice. Saying this is the same as

saying that Middle Easterners are less than human because they can’t love. But that’s just ordinary. dime-a-dozen racism, the kind you can hear any time you tune into Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. It’s the given reason why that baffles me. The reason that they fight wars! It’s absurd! Humans have been killing each other since the beginning of history. Some, no, actually ALL, of the greatest civilizations the world has ever seen were also the greatest war mongers and pillagers the world has ever seen. Civilization, man’s greatest institution, is born (as well as destroyed) by bloody, terrible and epic war. War is as human as it gets. It goes hand-in-hand with all that comprises humanity, love being one of those many things. So to say that those humans (The same as us!) in the Middle East don’t know how to love because they fight wars just doesn’t make sense. It would be wise for us to cure ourselves of our “common misconceptions” of Middle Easterners before we tell them to change the way they think of us, which, based on this article, may not be too far from the truth. I’m done. Sincerely, Ryan Heimlich

Hey, Bull Dogs! The Triangle is YOUR forum. If you have a statement to make, fire off a letter to the editor. Be sure to sign it and deliver it to room 177 by May 5 to appear in Issue 9.

Grinds My Gears Some things just really annoy us. Geordie Denholm takes a look at pesky problems around North “You know what really grinds my gears?” Talking during movies. There is a reason you have you have no clue what is happening. Now PLEASE be silent so you can at least catch the names of the characters still alive. Spilling on my Shirt. I do not know which is more obnoxious: the huge stain across my chest or everyone asking, “Hey what happened?”. Hating something without Trying. I think this speaks for itself. How can you decide you do not like something if you haven’t experienced it. I’m afraid of heights, but I would go skydiving because I’ve never tried it. Live for the moment not for regrets!


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Take a look into the upcoming events as well as a preview of Prom and one lucky lady who won the Prom night of her dreams courtesy of She magazine. Juniors and seniors will observe Operation Safe Prom in early May. Keep Japan on your mind with an update of the disastrous situation. And seniors, time to have your project signed off by your BDT teacher wanes. Presentations are April 20 & 21

April 8-10

North Drama Production “the crucible” The CNHS Theater Department is performing “The Crucible” By Arthur Miller. It is a compelling story of The Salem witch trials and the hate caused by teenagers in the community. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Issma District Concert

Tbbc’s Glow in the Dark Easter Egg hunt

Columbus North bands will host and compete in ISSMA Band and Orchestra Contest

Teens for the Betterment of Bartholomew County hosts FREE events for teens. Come to Mill Race Park at 8 p.m. and see how many eggs you can find.

May 5

Cinco de Mayo

This day recognizes the Mexican Army’s victory over the French invaders at the Battle of Puebla in 1862






If you have not asked your date, you better do it soon before someone else asks. It is time to dress up, look nice and sweat your face off dancing all night. For more Prom info, check out pages 7-9.

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A benefit concert for clinical research is the senior project of Emma Smith and Courtney Smith. The event will take place at The Crump at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Viewpoint Books or the bookstore here.


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Log yearbooks will be distributed May 25 right before the Class of 2011 leaves for good. 50 extra yearbooks were ordered and only 37 remain. Seniors' orders will be accepted today only and then the orders will be opened up to everyone else stating Monday until all extra yearbooks have been reserved. Please note: once these yearbooks are gone, there will be no extra yearbooks! Order your yearbook NOW! Bring money to room 177.

Courage to climb

8 Mother’s Day

Grab some flowers, look nice and get a reservation. Treat your mother right.

Columbus Idol Live

Location: CNHS Auditorium Time: Auditions: April 29, 6 - 9 p.m. Finale: April 30, 7 - 10 p.m. Purpose: Fundraiser for Daniel Altmiller Memorial Scholarship for Best Buddies

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American pie

The final issue of The Triangle, featuring a tribute to the Class of 2011 hits the hallways May 13. Be sure to get yours from any staff member.

Come rock out and enjoy the sounds of Rock n’ Roll history at the 26th anniversary concert of American Pie in Erne Auditorium.

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Prom Exposed Behind the beauty of every Prom night lies the stress of finding the perfect dress, the responsibility of planning the event and the expectation of every student to make the right decisions. For the ultimate experience, check out this in-depth look on the next pages

Priceless Night

Prom is a formal dance that comes with many expenses. A contest in a local magazine helps pay for these luxuries for a student who entered the drawing. And the winner is… Senior Shelby Morris was at her job at the hospital when she received the text from her mother. She flipped open her phone to read the text message. The words on the screen did not make sense at first to Morris. “She texted me and said I might have won Prom-a-Rama,” Morris said. “I had no idea what it was.” Morris found out later when she got home what Prom-a-Rama entailed. “It’s a contest that The Republic features. There was a link on The Republic’s website and you had to put information about yourself,” Morris said. “It includes dinner, hair, make-up, a tanning package and money for my dress.” Penny Morris signed her daughter up without her knowing. “I was surprised she had signed me up, I figured she would have told me beforehand,” she said. This was not the first year Mrs. Morris put her daughter in the drawing for Prom-a-Rama. Mrs. Morris first heard about the contest the previous year. “I signed her (Morris) up last year, but she didn’t win,” Mrs. Morris said. “I glanced in the paper again this year and I thought I would give it another shot.” Mrs. Morris thought her daughter deserved this sort of thing to happen to her. “Shelby is always about other people. She rarely does things for herself,” Mrs. Morris said. “This is not something she would do on her own, so I signed her up. I never dreamed of it happening, but it happened the second year I signed her up. She deserves it.” When Morris got home from work that night, she was still uncertain if she won or not. “The lady in charge [Kelsey DeClue] called the night she found out and left a message on my home phone,” Morris said. “I called her back the next day and she told me I won.” “The message wasn’t clear if she won or not,” Mrs. Morris added. “She [DeClue] said to call back in regards of Prom-a-Rama. I didn’t know if

there were more questions for the selection process or what, I wasn’t sure. I had a clue, I was hoping it was that she won.” When Morris found out she won over the phone, her feelings were hard to hide. “Sometimes, when people tell you something on the phone, you try to sound excited but you really aren’t all that excited,” she said. “When the lady told me I had won, I was too excited this time.” This will be the first Prom for Morris. Both Morris and her mother are looking forward to Prom and what it includes. “I’m looking forward to the dress the most. I’m not a girly girl, so I like looking for the dress more so than trying it on,” Morris said. “I didn’t go last year so finding the dress this year makes it more special.” Mrs. Morris is also excited about the dress. “I’m looking forward to shopping for the dress the most. It’s exciting for me, nervous for Shelby,” she said. “She is always focused on playing ball, school and her job that she finally gets to do something out of her norm.” Any negatives? “The only thing Prom-a-Rama didn’t include was a date,” she said. “I’m a little nervous finding one, but I’m still going to go anyway. It’s my senior year, if I don’t get one, I don’t get one.” The night of Prom includes much more for Morris than just a date. “I have always wanted to go to Prom. I’m not a big dancer,” Morris said, “but I still think it will be fun. I’m going with a big group of friends and Abby Parra is coming back for a few days so I’m excited to see her.” Mrs. Morris is looking forward to seeing her daughter the night of Prom. “I’m so happy that she is going,” Mrs. Morris said. “I’m looking forward to how she looks, her attitude and the end results.” written by Vanessa Staublin


Need to know Here are a few guidelines to remember so you can make your Prom great Freshman Krisandra Creech looks through the dresses in Cinderella’s Closet to find a dress for Winter Formal. Social Studies teacher Steve Perry is the teacher who sponsors Cinderella’s Closet. This is the third year that Cinderella’s Closet will be providing dresses for students who would like to find a free, slightly used Prom dress.

photo by Keonna Durham

“Next week we are gong to organize all the dresses by size and maybe get rid of some that are out of style, because some of the dresses have been in my room for three or more years. Also, some of the dresses are virtually brand new,” Social Studies teacher Steve Perry said. “Seeing one girl’s face when they find the right dress in our selection makes it all worth while.”

Who is eligible to attend the Prom? 1. Any junior or senior enrolled at Columbus East or North High School that is in good standing is eligible to attend. (Must be at least a jr. at the beginning of the 10-11 school year). 2. A guest of a North or East junior or senior may attend if he or she meets the following requirements: -Is registered in the Deans Office prior to Prom. AND -Has reached at least junior or senior status in the high school he or she attends or has attended. AND -Must be younger than the age of 21 on May 1, 2010. AND -Must be in good standing.

What must I have to be admitted to the Prom? 1. A ticket. Tickets will be punched at the door. 2. An I.D. North and East students must present their school I.D.s at the door. Guests should present a picture I.D. and must be registered by date of ticket purchase.

behind the scenes Sophomore Lexi Cain talks about being on Prom Committee The Triangle: Why did you decide to join Prom Committee? Lexi Cain: I decided to join the committee because my friends were on it. I though it would be interesting to come up with the theme and colors for Prom. I like that kind of stuff. Triangle: What is your job on Prom Committee? Cain: We do everything together. The main duty is designing the theme. Triangle: Why do you think Prom Committee is so important? Cain: The main reason it is so important is because it is an honor not a lot get to be the person who come up with the theme. I am glad I joined. Triangle: Would you join again as a junior? Cain: I would like Prom to be a surprise but being on committee is fun with friends and coming up with the theme is fun. I think overall it was a good experience and I would recommend anyone to join. It is always a good time. It id definitely something I will remember from high school.

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photo by Mackenzie Goins

Sophomore Lexi Cain talks to English teacher Alison Williams about Prom Committe. Cain said that being on Prom Committee was fun and liked helping pick the theme. “It is the complete opposite from [last year’s] beach theme.” Cain said.

“It is really cool. I have been there for all the CSA firsts. This is just another one of those benchmarks in first years. I have been waiting to go to Prom since like kindergarten. I think it will be fun.” CSA Junior Amanda Knox

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deadly reminder It’s Prom night. You, your date, your best friend and her date are driving home. The driver has had a few beers and wrecks the car. Your best friend doesn’t make it. How would you feel? Operation Safe Prom presentation serves to keep you from finding out

In 2009, during Prom season (March 1 to May 31) 27,077 people between the ages of 15-20 years old were killed in a alcohol related car accident. These accidents occurred from 6 p.m. Friday through 5:59 p.m. Sunday.

photo from CNHS media archive

“Don’t be another statistic” stated a sign from the 2008 Operation Safe Prom. This year, juniors and seniors will come together this year to view Operation Safe Prom. Operation Safe Prom will simulate a car crash as a result of drunk driving on Prom night to show students the dangers of drunk driving.

Operation Safe Prom will be on the Thursday or Friday (May 5 or 6) before prom during third period in the bus lot. “It creates a significant impact, and if it can make one person think before they drink and drive that’s good,” assistant principal John Green said.


startling statistics

Every year the South Central Emergency Medical Service (EMS) incorporation sponsors the event known as Operation Safe Prom. The program was started in 1989 when the EMS saw a presentation of this at an EMS conference. The EMS though it was a good idea to raise awareness of drinking and driving to prevent tragedies from occurring during Prom night. Every other year the event flips between Columbus East High School and Columbus North High School. This year, Operation Safe Prom will be held at North May 6.

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Every someone dies in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident.

Columbus has never had a prom night tragedy and this is why the public service organizations of Columbus want to do Operation Safe Prom every prom season. “We have not had a prom night tragedy in Columbus and we want to keep it that way,” Lt. Trisler said. “Operation Safe Prom is a prevention rather than a reaction. We are fortunate to have

percent of people who died had a blood alcohol content of .00. 31% had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher

compiled by Hillary McCloskey, Vanessa Staublin. and Emma Smith

one in 10

On any given weekend, drivers on America’s roads has been drinking.

Although there has not been record of a fatal accident on Prom night it does not mean that it can not happen, and this is why Operation Safe Prom can create such an impact. “The biggest impact is that students realize how much their actions can impact others and not just themselves,” Lt. Trisler said. Another reason Operation Safe Prom creates such an impact for students is because students’ peers are the actors in this tragic car accident scenario. Theater director John Johnson determines Columbus North’s actors for Operation Safe Prom. “I try to pick people who make an impact on the classes as a whole,” Mr. Johnson said.

Lieutenant Alan Trisler is the speaker for Operation Safe Prom this year and has been involved with this event from day one.

According to the US Department of Transportation over 22,000 people were killed in alcohol related crashed last year during Prom season. Here is a breakdown of underage drinking and drunk driving statistics.

students making the right choices.”

If there is anything Lt. Trisler would want students to know, he would especially want them to realize that drinking and driving accident may not only effect the students involved, but also all the people connected to those students. “Make sure you are not selfish in your choices,” Lt. Trisler said. “One decision can impact your friends and your family.” by Emma Smith


percent of high school students have driven under the influence. 18.15 percent of high school students have rode with a drunk driver

Out of 991 juniors and seniors in BCSC, 72 percent of them have consumed alcohol at some point in their life. Of those same juniors and seniors 40.5 percent of them admitted to having five alcoholic drinks in one sitting source U.S. Department of Transportation, First Eagle Insurance and 2009 IPRC data

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POLITICAL TIES Senior Jessica Richardson aids her father with his campaign to become mayor of Columbus

“It makes me happy to know there are other people in Columbus who have taken a great interest in their community,” he said. “It impresses me to know that they are committed to the well-being of Columbus and its residents.”

“Be aware of your decisions before you make them,” he said. “If you get to know who you are voting for, then you will have a better chance of communicating your ideas to the person you choose.”



Republican Democrat

Jessica, who will be working the polls on May 3, also believes it is important that students take time and vote for the candidate they want.



10 %

3% Undecided

“If you have an opinion on something or someone, you should express it,” Richardson said. “It is a good thing to share your voice with others.” compiled by Roth Lovins

105 seniors were surveyed about their political partie and choice of mayoral candidate. Below are the results. Undecided

Joe Richardson Greg Renner Kristen Brown


The most important thing Mr. Richardson wants people to know is that they should be aware of what is

Mr. Richardson also wants people of the community to think about who they will be voting..



On May 3, Mr. Richardson will be running against three other Republicans in the primary: Kristen Brown, Greg Renner and Mark White. The winner will face one of two Democrats running in the primary, Nancy Ann Brown and Priscilla Scalf, in the general election Nov. 8.

“People should take an interest in what goes on in their world, and their community,” Mr. Richardson said. “If they are aware, then they will be better able to express their opinions and become more involved in their community.”

Senior Jessica Richardson and her father, Joe Richardson, sit outside North. Mr. Richardson is a candidate for mayor of Columbus. Primaries will be held on May 3.


“Some of my friends talk about how their parents don’t get along with them very well because they don’t listen to each other,” she said. “My dad and I communicate well, and we both understand each other, putting us in a good relationship.”

photo by Sarah Barriger

going on in their community.


“As a part of my campaign, I plan on working on the economic development of the community by maintaining current jobs and providing new ones for those who need them,” Joe said. “I will also work on providing the community the safety and service they require to be safe, and find new ways of educating the community of the activities of the mayor’s office and the City Council.”

Richardson believes that she and her dad have a good relationship between them that some of her friends don’t have with their fathers.


The idea that Columbus was a special place was also the basis of Mr. Richardson’s decision to run for mayor. After working on the police force for 26 years and holding a seat on City Council for the past four years, he was able to notice the problems the community faced and how unique the Columbus community was.

“We have been campaigning together,” Mr. Richardson said. “We also eat together every night and catch up because it is an important concept to us that the family always supports each other, especially with Jessica going off to college soon.”


“We chose Columbus because it was like home to us,” Mr. Richardson said. “It was a special place where we could raise our family and find job opportunities for the both of us.”

Mr. Richardson said he also believes in taking time for the family. Whether it be going to their sporting events or simply sitting down for dinner together every night, the Richardson family makes it a priority to be together.


Joe Richardson, a Republican candidate, grew up in Columbus and was a 1983 Columbus North graduate. Mr. Richardson then went on to graduate from Vincennes University and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. When he and his wife Brenda graduated from college, they were contemplating where they would begin their new life together.

“My dad cares about and talks to the community,” Richardson said. “He listens to and cares about what people in the community think. He also respects the thoughts others have.”


“I was excited when I found out my dad was going to be running for mayor,” Jessica Richardson said. “I mean, it was just a cool thought of my dad being the mayor of Columbus. Not many people can say that about their dads.”

Richardson believes her father has a good chance of becoming mayor because of the positive qualities he possesses.


Knock. Knock. Knock.

A Columbus citizen walks to his front door and looks through the peep hole. On the other side he sees a smiling face, one belonging to senior Jessica Richardson. He opens the door to the teen who greets him and asks him how his day has been. The man replies with a one word answer and asks what he can do for her. She continues the conversation by talking about her father Joe Richardson’s campaign to become mayor of Columbus.

Mark White Nancy Ann Brown Priscilla Scalf

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a tragic disaster As the 8.9 magnitude earthquake tore up cities and devastated Japan’s eastern coast March 11, thousands were left homeless and fighting to keep their lives. Because of its massive strength, aftershock warnings were present in Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington State. Former North student Shunya Miyashiro, who moved back to Japan two weeks returning Home After making countless memories with friends, learning a new culture and adjusting to a new life since coming to America in April 2007, sophomore Shunya Miyashiro had grown accustomed to life here and did not want to leave it all behind. But he returned to his hometown of Kariya-Shi in Japan anyway. Since Miyashiro’s arrival back in Japan, he has not had to worry about any tsunami damage. However, after seeing the news coverage, he was astonished to see the reality of it.

ago, shares what it was like going back to his native country and his reactions to the natural disaster. Junior Nate Kaplan reminisces about finding out his family’s safe condition. Also, senior Justin Sublette, who was in Hawaii over Spring Break when the aftershock tsunami hit, recalls how his vacation took an unexpected twist.

source: The Washington Post

One of the friends Miyashiro made, junior Alex Kaiser, was impressed with how quickly Miyashiro made the lifestyle adjustment when he first arrived to Columbus. “Shunya adapted very well for not knowing any English at all [when he first arrived] and learned it well [during the time he was here],” Kaiser said. “He did a good job transitioning [to America].” Like Kaiser, sophomore Mason Engel was also close with Miyashiro. During his tenure in Columbus, Engel had come to respect his happiness, a quality that he will miss most about Miyashiro.

“I saw the damage on TV like a whole town being destroyed, a child who lost both her parents and people living in a school gym,” Miyashiro said. “I still can’t believe it happened in Japan.”

“I will miss Shunya’s general happiness,” Engel said. “He would make everyone smile and was always happy. It was hard not to love him.”

Regardless of the devastation in his homeland, Miyashiro has not gotten back into a scheduled routine for a different reason.

Despite leaving behind the friends he made, Miyashiro has gradually become hopeful about renewing friendships with his friends back in Japan.

“I feel like I am going back to Columbus in a month, but that will not happen,” Miyashiro said. “I’m really mad at my dad who decided to come to America in the first place. I just loved the U.S. and the friends I made. “

“I was not happy to be back at first, but because of my friends here, I think I can actually enjoy this lifestyle again.”

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A scene of destruction left by tsunami in Kamaishi on March 13.

taking a vacation Starting his Spring Break two days in advance, senior Justin Sublette was ready for his vacation in Hawaii to begin. After a five hour layover in Dallas and multiple hour flights, Sublette had finally arrived in Honolulu from where he would get a rental car to his intended destination, Maui. While in the process of getting a rental car with his mom and brother, Sublette had received unexpected news that there was a tsunami that was likely to hit the western coast of Maui. “I was talking to a guy from Minnesota and he said that we were probably going to get evacuated soon,” Sublette said. “I was pretty surprised [hearing that] because I wasn’t expecting anything like this to happen.” After listening to the warning sirens, Sublette and his family were forced to evacuate to a higher point, approximately in the middle of the island near a strip mall.

Sublette’s girlfriend, junior Taylor Decker, who would later arrive in Maui, was perplexed with the news she was hearing as well. “The tsunami was the last thing I expected when I arrived in Hawaii,” Decker said. “I was worried when I was flying because I knew Justin was already there and didn’t know what was going on. All the locals were acting like it was no big deal.” After talking with other visitors and listening to warnings on the radio, the tsunami hit Friday at approximately three a.m. hawaiian time, but there was no serious damage in Maui. Regardless of the unplanned evacuation and confusion Sublette encountered over vacation, he plans on going back to Maui. “Overall, my week was fine was the tsunami had no impact on it,” Sublette said. “I definitely plan on going back [in the future].”

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Go to to read about how the natural disasters in Japan affected junior Nate Kaplan.

“Each one comes in, and they start in on their own (sections). So everything is started at just about the same time everyday,” Billups said. “It

The cafeteria employs 11 workers, with each coming into work anywhere from 6 to 10 a.m. First the three department heads, head salad Nyoka King, head baker Carol Heitman, and head cook Vicky Fiels (main entree)

Cafeteria Manager Eleanor Billups walks into her office. She and the ten other cafeteria ladies have until period 5A at 11:12 a.m. to cook their food, but it’s not just lunch. They first serve 126 breakfasts before school, the 326 plate lunches, 236 a la carte entrees and an additional 150 to 200 lunches for St. Bartholomew, and they do this every single school day.

The clock strikes 6 o’clock, and

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In addition to breakfast and lunch, the cafeteria also caters, bakes cakes for both in and out-ofschool events, prepares sack and box lunches, and even cooked for for a laptop luncheon for

“Cost is very important,” Billups said. “That we we can keep lunch costs down.”

Some foods are ordered by week, others by day. Bread for one week cost $205, milk for one day cost $335 and a week-long supply from Gordon’s cost $1100. The cafeteria is careful about finding the right price for its orders; It focuses on buying the best quality food while maintaining a reasonable price for students.

“We use local growers when the fruit is in season,” Billups said.

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“I think it will be easier for the students,” Billups said. “You won’t have the great big lines like you have (in the current cafeteria).

An common sentiment among cafeteria ladies is the excitement for the new cafeteria. As part of the construction, the new cafeteria will follow the style of a food court with separate areas for different types of food.

“Last time they had one we had a potato bar, we fixed all fo that for them. We’ll be talking to (the school) about maybe the senior picnic,” Billups said. “The last two years we haven’t been able to, but we always (cooked for) band camp.”

North teachers.

Have you ever stopped to think about what happens behind the cafeteria counter?

Head Salad Chef Nyoka King

The cafeteria receives food from companies like Prairie Farms Dairies, Klosterman Bakeries, Land o’ Lakes, Red Gold, Gordon’s and Troyer’s on a weekly or even daily basis. The school even buys from places like Bush’s Market for fresh produce and food.

“Each summer, lists are sent out, and different companies respond with what their prices would be, what their nutritional values are, and the director goes through and compares them all.”

takes 3 to 4 hours to prepare the meal, then we serve, and we have to clean up. Yet the preparation process starts long before the morning of that school day. Every year the school composes a list of foods the cafeteria needs to cook lunch for the whole school year and sends them to businesses who bid to supply the school.

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The cafeteria ladies preapre lunch for April 1. Each lunch takes approximately 55 total working hours to prepare.

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North cafeteria food is actually healthy, according to BCSC Director of Food Service Nancy Millspaugh. Lunches prepared by the cafeteria meet federal nutrition standards by providing students with one-third of the recommended daily allowance for protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium averaged over a week’s menu with age appropriate portions. Additionally, no more than 30 percent of calories can come from fat over the course

Contrary to student perception,

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All food is low fat, chips are now baked and the cafeteria no longer fries anything in response to the new BCSC wellness policy. However, the added nutrition may come at a price for students. The steps the cafeteria takes to prepare healthy lunches may translate into

Millspaugh thinks that students who were used to fried foods might miss them, but more are growing accustomed to the new healthier cooking styles.

“I think the palete is changing among students,” she said.

a less tasteful meal for students fond of less healthy foods, yet Millspaugh is not concerned.

The cafeteria features an extensive arrar of cooking equipment, like this rotary oven that can bake 18 long cookie pans at once. The new steamer cost $5,000 alone.

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Assistant Baker Cathy McDaniel • Worked for BCSC for 37 years at Lincoln, Central and North • McDaniel was also a stay-at-home mom, but started working after her kids started to go to school. She decided to come back to work after retirement. “I wasn’t ready to sit at home. Can you imagine that?” • “I don’t think they really realize how much of a volume of stuff that we make, because we do cook for two schools.”

Head Baker Carol Heitman • 13 years at North • Formerly a stay-at-home mom, Heitman came to work at the cafeteria after kids started to grow up. • “I like the kids. I have a lot of fun with them.”

of a week. However, the cafeteria often exceeds these standards and is even ahead of the game in school lunch nutrition, according to Millspaugh. North prepares healthier lunches than many other Indiana schools.

McDonald’s chicken nuggets (fried) 310 cal, 20 g fat, 15 g protein, 680 mg sodium BCSC chicken nuggets (fried, made from chicken breast) 267 calories, 12 g fat, 17 g protein, 552 sodium

Wendy’s chicken patty (fried) 430 cal, 16 g fat, 750 mg sodium BCSC chicken patty (baked) 240 cal, 14 g fat, 313 mg sodium

Subway 6” cold cut combo 360 cal, 21 g fat, 4 g fiber, 1680 mg sodium BCSC sub sandwich 350 cal, 8 g fat, 5 g fiber, 1076 mg sodium

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• 12 years at North • “I love doing my job. I take pride in what I do.” • King started in the food industry at age 14 at her family’s restaurant, The Heartsville House Restaurant. She worked there for 32 years her family lost the building to highway construction. • “We tried to feed (students) healthy, and that’s sometime hard to disguise.” • green beans and corn

• fries, mashed potatoes and gravy

• cheeseburgers (120 a day)

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“I pack my lunch because I don’t like cafeteria food. I think the health of the cafeteria food is decent. Some stuff is healthy and some stuff is not. I have never tried the cafeteria food because it looks bad.” freshman Ben Davis

“Bosco sticks are my favorite cafeteria food. I eat them every day. I don’t think the cafeteria food is very healthy, but some healthy choices are applesauce, fresh fruit and salad. I have never considered packing my lunch because I don’t have time in the morning.” freshman Madison Woodard

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Juniors Will Cutsinger and Carlos Ramirez have unique stories to share. Both involve a connection to music, Cutsinger marches to it and Ramirez entertains with it. Both have strong relationships that help define them. Be sure to check their stories out.

All About Will

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I have lived in California, Florida and Indiana.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist despite the fact that I’m pretty clumsy and have no artistic talent. (I will spend half an hour perfecting a stick figure!)


I’m pretty sure I have the worst luck ever. I step on more sharp objects and spill more stuff on me than anyone I know.

A Strong Relationship 4 Junior Will Cutsinger and sophomore Karina Lugo share their feelings for each other and the relationship they have been in for almost three years Relationships. Some kids take them seriously and stay with one person, and some kids have many throughout high school. For Junior Will Cutsinger, his relationship is taken seriously. Cutsinger has had a girlfriend since he has been in high school. “Karina Lugo is my girlfriend, and it will be three years on April 25,” Cutsinger said. As soon as they met, Cutsinger automatically felt that there was a connection. “My best friend kept inviting me to FFY in middle school, so I finally went and that is where I met her. Within the first few hours of knowing her, I tackled her!” Cutsinger said.

Cutsinger, however, was not the only one who noticed the special connection. “The first thing I said was, ‘Look at His Hair!’” Sophomore Karina Lugo said. “I was obsessed with boys who had long hair and his hair was perfect. Plus he made me laugh, A LOT!” Not many people find a person they meet so young, and stay with for a long period of time. Cutsinger makes Lugo feel special, and their relationship is strong, and only growing. “There’s a lot of variety in the things he says every day. “Lugo said. “No matter how I feel, he can always make me smile.” compiled by Lindsay Hladik

I drive a PT Cruiser with flames on the hood. Since I have been driving it, I have noticed a lot more Cruisers with flames. It’s probably a coincidence, though.


I am the only male in Color Guard. It’s kind of a living nightmare for someone like me. I kind of like being out of the spotlight, but for some unimaginable reason the first year I joined our coach made me start the show. The upside, though, is that there are no lines for the bathrooms at the competitions!

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Going with the flow One music lover shares how he discovered his passion for the beats Junior Carlos Ramirez arrives at school and instantaneously heads to Room 163, the band room. Ramirez has many talents and skills, such as writing and running, but he truly finds his passion in only one thing: music. “When he was three years old, he started to be interested in the drums,” Ramirez’s father Carlos Ramirez said. “His first toy was a Buzz Lightyear drum set.” Ramirez has been playing the drums for almost eight years and continues to exercise his knowledge as part of the drum line in the marching band, Sound of North, since his freshman year. His drumming abilities inspire him to invest more time into beats and tunes. “I’m very relaxed with music,” Ramirez said. “I’m open-minded about finding new things within music.” Ramirez also creates his own music using the keyboard. His parents support him by giving him his space and their opinions about his music. “He dedicates a lot of his time to music,” Ramirez’s mother Gabriela Ramirez said. “It’s his passion, but also a distraction and hobby.”

guitar and a drum set. “My sister did not use the keyboard very often once I decided to go and try different sounds. I was amazed with it and stuck to it,” Ramirez said, “Also, my brother got guitar lessons, but focused on soccer, so I took his guitar and messed around with it. I was the only one who stuck with music.” As he grew up, his talent became more noticeable; band director Keith Burton agrees. “He is very talented; a definite lover of music,” Mr. Burton said. “Carlos is a great percussionist. Every time I see him he’s either playing the keyboard, writing music or practicing it.” He loves playing the piano and making up his music as he plays. “I don’t think before I play,” Ramirez said, “I go with the flow.” His mastery of the piano, keyboard, guitar and drums make a big part of his lifestyle. “Music is my everything. It’s somewhere I can go and reflect on my thoughts if I’m sad or happy,” Ramirez said. “It’s my own little world.”

Ramirez’s parents encourage him and his siblings to be involved in extracurricular activities, like music or sports. They provided them with instruments, such as a keyboard, a

Carlos’ Favorite Songs Martin Solveig - “Hello” Edward Maya -“Stereo Love” BT - “Simply Being Loved”

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Ramirez practices playing the keyboard in the band room. “I’ll just play in the piano and mess around and have fun with it,” he said.

Button Beats Ramirez’s passion and talent

for music inspire him to DJ.

“I enjoy being able to work with music in a different way,” Ramirez said. His drumming skills come in handy when DJing. “Since I can hear the beat that’s happening on a song, it makes it easier to mix with another song,” Ramirez said, “so the mix is fluent, there are no gaps and the transitions are very smooth.”

Another angle of Ramirez’s talents -- DJing

Ramirez’s initial push towards DJing came from watching a video of DJ Tiesto on Youtube when he was 13 years old. He has DJed at social gatherings in barns, hotels, school events, middle school dances and even at a Cummins picnic. Before he DJs, he selects his music. Ramirez usually looks up the most popular songs playing on the radio. “I kind of get an idea on songs when I listen to the top ten,” Ramirez said. “When I’m DJing, I usually start with a song I know

everyone would like, and depending how the crowd is, I go from there.” Ramirez sees DJing as part of his future, but he plans to slowly work his way up. According to Ramirez, most DJs invest money on expensive equipment, but do not know how to mix it. DJing is something Ramirez not only enjoys doing, but is experienced and skillet at. “I like to push buttons,” Ramirez said. “I just love DJing; it’s like a sense of control.”

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Students are in leadership positions all throughout school. Sophomore Jackie Shao plays an active part in Key Club and bringing awareness to different charities. The softball team raised enough money to buy new helmets and put extra savings in their account. NHS plans on having more breakfast mornings to benefit the club.

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Sophomore Jackie Shao walks into the classroom with a smile and confidence. She grasps a bucket that jingles with the sound of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies bouncing around inside of it. “Anyone want to donate to the March of Dimes?” she asks. “I have to collect money, set up fundraisers, recruit volunteers for the walk and organize the Key Club members at the walk, “ Shao said. North’s Key Club advisor, social studies teacher Elizabeth Arthur explained Key Club’s role. “We always march every year. As Key Club, we’ve been recognized for earning so much money for March of Dimes,” Mrs. Arthur said. Although Shao easily accessed the March of Dimes through Key Club, this was not the first encounter she had with the fundraiser.

“I participated in the walk a few years ago with my family, and I really enjoyed it, and Key Club is always in charge of organizing a group, so I wanted to help,” Shao said. First founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, the March of Dimes was designed to save the American youth from polio and has since helped the mortality rate of infants. Shao supported the cause and knew her help made a difference to the fund. “The March of Dimes brings awareness to people throughout the town. It is a great way to give support to babies in need while also doing physical activity,” Shao said. “The little contribution you can do goes a long way in helping the babies and developing our community.” The march will be held May 1 at 12 p.m. at IUPUC. compiled by Kyla Ball and Morgan Proffitt

senior Robert Plattner

junior Terrance Wheeler

sophomore Hannah Ballard

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Started by Elissa J. Levy in 2002 after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Our walk will be held at City Hall Saturday, May 14.



Started in 1989 to enhance the care and support of people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and related illnesses, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event for the association. The local walk is at Donner Park Oct. 1. Relay For Life

“I think they benefit the community by helping the less fortunate among us find their footing.”

“They help by providing the less-fortunate with the things more fortunate people take for granted.”

“The most “I think charities enjoyable thing are a great about donating thing that allows is the feeling of people to realize knowing that all of those in your donation is need.” going to make someone’s life a little bit better.”

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Sophomore Jackie Shao holds a donation box for March of Dimes.

Began in 1986 by Dr. Gordy Klatt, who wanted a way to raise money for awareness and funding to the American Cancer Society. It is now held in 19 countries including the U.S. Columbus’s relay takes place at Mill Race on Saturday, June 4.


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Funding success

Sports find money through the Athletic Department, Booster Club, fund-raisers and the community

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Revenue rates

Caramel popcorn sales raised money for the softball team to purchase new helmets “Softball does not receive as much money as other sports. Softball is

not very popular and not many girls play,” junior Emily Scheidt said. “We seem to get by without receiving a lot of money, but we could use some new equipment we can’t afford to buy.”

The athletic department earns money to cover the athletic needs through ticket sales and sports passes. When the North vs. East rival game is at home, the revenue totals rise significantly. The 2010 fall sports season brought in $82,536 due to the North vs. East football. This game brought $27,315 causing the revenue total from the 2009 fall season, $59,588, to be raised by about $23,000.

The softball team, just like most athletic teams, holds fundraisers to pay for the expenses that are not covered by the school. These extra expenses are “wants instead of needs,” according the Athletic Director Jeff Hester.

Women’s Basketball: $8,035

“The number of student athletes in a sport does not affect the amount of money given to that sport. At the end of each year, the coaches let me know what equipment is needed for the following year’s season,” Mr. Hester said. “The athletic department covers the needs of each sport.” Once the essential needs are met, the team will raise money through their own through fundraisers. “We had a fundraiser in order to buy matching helmets,” Scheidt said. “We did a caramel popcorn fundraiser that got done a few weeks ago. We raised about $800, which is enough for everyone to get a new helmet.” The money earned through fundraising is placed in each team’s own bookstore account.

Boys Basketball: $22,080

Football: $43,035

Volleyballl: $5,215

Men’s Soccer: $4,735

“Each team has an account in the bookstore that can be used in whichever way they would like,” Mr. Hester said. “It can be used for food before or after games, spirit clothing, extra equipment, etc.” Softball used their money to buy new helmets so that the team would match. However, this is not the only thing that the team has desired. “Almost every year we could use a new bat because every player uses the best bat we have, and by the end of the season it gets dented,” Scheidt said. “We also are always running low on softballs, and our tees are falling apart.” Situations with equipment is where the Booster Club becomes a necessity. “Coaches can submit requests to the Booster Club to help cover costs,” Mr. Hester said. “They help every team. They help pay for uniforms and score boards and funded the weight room. The Booster Club has almost never said no to a request.” compiled by Becca Brougher


Women’s Soccer: $4,636

Swimming and Diving: $4,220

Wrestling: $2,484

Gymnastics: $500

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Breakfast Club

The National Honor Society held a fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation, provided music and food for students.

Make A Wish Foundation The Make a Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 in Phoenix, Ariz. Since its founding, it has granted 148,000 wishes nationwide. Below is the procedure in granting wishes.

Junior Hiroki Kato and fellow band members rocked out on March 28th to help National Honor Society raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. NHS plans on having more Cafe fundraisers where the band will play. photo by Rob Young

Junior Carlos Ramirez turned up the volume on his synthesizer and moved his fingers with the beat of the band, flooding Senior Circle with sound. Ramirez, along with other students, was a member of the band that played the morning of Tuesday, March 28 at the NHS Cafe while National Honor Society members sold breakfast items to students. "It was a great experience and an amazing way to start the morning," Ramirez said. The National Honor Society held their first NHS Cafe fundraiser to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. Another member of the band, senior Macall Twaddle, played her acoustic guitar. "We didn't really play songs, " Twaddle said. "We just improvised as a group." Students were drawn to the event by the sounds of the band. "We were loud," Twaddle said, "so the noise definitely drew a lot of people's attention."

Ramirez received compliments about the band. "[The students] really seemed to like it," Ramirez said. Senior Tim Hofmeister, an NHS member who worked selling breakfast items, also enjoyed the event. "I thought [the NHS Cafe] was a cool idea," Hofmeister said. "It is a different idea than the typical run-of-the-mill fundraisers. The music added a whole other element to it." NHS members sold doughnuts, muffins, hot drinks and bottles of water to students. "We raised a good amount of money with only little expense," Hofmeister said. "I think that some students enjoyed a breakfast that they might not normally have." Vice President of NHS Thomas Kieffer was also present at the Cafe.




medical eligibility In order to receive a wish, the child must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition which is determined by the treating physician.

"I bought muffins and kind of supervised the operation," Kieffer said. "It was great to see everyone gathering around the musicians to hear [them]. [The band] really brought people in." NHS Leadership would like to host The NHS Cafe on a regular basis.


"Today [March 28] was kind of our trial run, but we will start doing it more often," Kieffer said. "We are thinking about every two weeks, but it may go to once a week."

Finding the true wish Volunteers from the Make a Wish Foundation are sent to learn the child's wish. These volunteers connect with the children to help them explore their imaginations, so they are able to have the best experience possible.

Kieffer considers the breakfast a success. "I think the great thing is that people are being exposed to live music," Kieffer said. "I think [the NHS Cafe] helps start people's day in a positive way." compiled by Caitlin Wilson

Any child between the ages of two and a half and 18 who have not already received a wish from another wish-granting organization is eligible for a wish. Medical professionals, parents and children themselves may make referrals.


creating joy Wish granters create an unforgettable experience for the child.

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Read why Americans should watch more world news instead of celebrity news. Check out what to watch on TV this week. See if you’re interested in connecting to Hulu. Look at where your favorite celebrity ranks on the insanity scale. Scan the box office to plan your next ticket purchase and see new music releases to check out your next CD purchase. Also, find out what your fellow Bull Dogs would do if they had only eight minutes to live.

pay attention Lately America has been paying more attention to celebrity slip-ups than world news Everyone’s head was down. I think the gleaming droplet on the desk next to me was the saliva coming from the sleeping Jenny Dieckmann girl’s mouth. As my class watches a movie that is very important to American History, I can see that absolutely nobody cares. Is this really where the United States is going? Everyone falls asleep when something important pertaining to the fate of our great nation comes on TV, but our eyes are glued to the screen when we hear Lindsay Lohan is going back to jail. There is so much happening around the world today, and no one cares. Japan has been demolished by a huge tsunami, Libya is going through a devastating war and Wisconsin teacher’s won’t go back to school. These are all important issues that need attention from America. Instead of paying attention to the important news, people are paying attention to what Charlie Sheen is going to say next and how weird the Olson twins are. Why do we pay attention to such negative news? I feel bad for some of the celebrities that are getting exploited like this. Who cares if Miley Cyrus got caught at a party last night and who cares if Rebecca Black loves Fridays? Nobody should. America needs to look at the big picture. There are people losing

their loved ones to natural disasters and wars. However, we can’t stand to watch it because we think it is boring and that no one cares. Everyone should care because it affects all of us in some way. I think that America needs to get their act together and pay a lot more attention to the fate of America and not random celebrity news that has gotten barfed all over the television. The only reason most of the celebrities are celebrities is that they have done something stupid or out of this world to get famous. Think about it, the only reason that Kate Gosselin and the Octamom are famous is they have an overpopulation of screaming babies in their houses. Even when someone famous does something completely amazing, nobody knows. I saw a documentary the other day called “Invisible Children.” It was about children in Uganda getting abducted from their homes to be soldiers. It was the most inspiring story I had ever heard. However, their was something that one of the men living in Uganda said that spoke to me. He said that when something big happens to America, people are devastated, but when abductions happen in Uganda nobody knows. That is the point of this story. Everyone in America pays more attention to celebrity news than world news. The children wouldn’t be invisible if America would pay attention.

5 Things to Watch this week Here are some TV shows that everyone should watch

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Secret Life of an American Teenager


ABC Family 8 p.m./7 c. Amy is a mother trying to raise her son, John, with the support of her family and John’s father, Ricky.

Don’t Forget the Lyrics


MyTV 9 p.m./8 c.

Random audience members compete against each other by trying not to forget the lyrics to different music from various genres.

American Idol


FOX 8 p.m./7 c. Very diverse singers battle to be the next American idol.



MTV 8 p.m./7 c. Dance crews compete for the title of America’s Best Dance Crew.

Shark Tank

Hulu Review

Hulu is the next generation of TV/movie watching.

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Hulu is an online video service that offers clips, movies and even full length TV shows and movies with around three to four 30 second commercial breaks during the show. Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from over 260 content companies (including FOX, NBC, ABC, MTV Networks, Comedy Central, Warner Brothers and many more) Hulu Plus is a $7.99 monthly service that connects to PCs, Roku, Internet-connected TVs, smart phones and tablets.

can add shows to my subscription, and I can have a new show que, so instead of reDean’s View: “Icording my shows, I can watch them anytime on my Ipod Touch, computer or Roku.”


ABC 8 p.m./7 c. Five multi-millionaires invest in upcoming ideas, products and companies.

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Celebrity Crazy Count Lately celebrities have been getting a lot of negative attention regarding their insanity

Charlie Sheen Winning! Except for his new show Violent Torpedo of Failure.



Ghadafi People have been confusing what Moammar Ghadafi says with what Charlie Sheen says.

my8minutes In the movie “Source Code,” Jake Gyllenhaal has eight minutes to save a Chicago commuter train from a bomb. If you had eight minutes to live, how would you spend it? “I would get in my car and go as fast as I could, and have the best car chase ever.” junior Kendra Stillinger

It’s Ke$ha, does she need an explanation?

Chris Brown Who would beat Rihanna?

Lindsay Lohan Huh?


LAdy gaga She incubated for three days and hatched at the Grammys. Need we say more?

Toddlers in tiaras’ mothers Four year olds should not look like 20 year olds.

Elijah, Ameriah, Joshua, Aidan, Calyssa, Caleb, Noah, A FEW Brittany Spears Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Josiah, Maka. SCREWS Any more? LOOSE She used to be crazy, but now she is getting her act together.

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8 - Arthur (PG-13) Hanna (PG-13) Soul Surfer (PG) 12 - Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What 15 - Scream 4 22 - Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) 26 - Bowling for Soup: Fishin’ for Woos 29 - Prom (PG) 3 - Beasie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 Colbie Cailat - All of You 6 - Jumping the Broom (NYR) Thor (NYR) 10 - The Cars - Move Like This

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“I’d down as many tacos as I could in eight minutes” freshmen Adam LeClerc

“I would do something that would get me remembered forever like climb a tall building.” sophomore Joseph Gedeon

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Junior Ramsey Martin moved from Virginia over the summer. With him, he brought his love of dance

SWEET FEET If you find something you love, stick to it. I love to dance. That’s why any and every opportunity, I try to do as much as possible. The school I went to offered dance. It wasn’t the type of dance I was expecting but it made me want to pursue ballet, jazz, and modern.Next year I’m going to find a dance studio. Hopefully it (dance) will open doors to take me new places.

HARD HEADED “With me, if everyone acts shy, I know I’m not going to be. I’ll go out on a limb let people know that I’m here. I’m not going to be the kid nobody knows. I was well known at my last school, and I’m going to be well known at this school.”

“If me dancing isn’t meant to be, I’m going to make it meant to be.”

HELPING HANDS “I want to be able to be proud of myself. And to start my own hiphop (dance) class in Columbus. As people say, “the youth is our future” and if I can affect one kid, dance will live on. My goal is, before I die, to just affect as many people as possible. I’ll be 80-90 years old, still poppin’, still lockin’. You can’t get old if you do what you love.”

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