nov. 16 2012
STATEMENT Bull Dog State recap
NELSON FOOD TALK 08-09 ELECTIONS
A CLOSER LOOK
WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES What would you do if your house was struck by lightning? Senior Justin Knox would know... from experience!
MATTERS OF THE WEB Internet safety is undoubtedly important; so why did elementary schools stop having seminars about the topic?
BILLY NELSON 16
Check out this musical freshman. He is unique in that he was the only 8th grader with a solo in Amearican Pie last year. Turn to page 16 to find out more about him and his personality
ON THE COVER Senior Reid Wilson “I was thrilled and very honored by the award. It is extremely rewarding to see the result of years of hard work in both the State Championship and the Mental Attitude Award. My parents were with me to receive the award. They have always been very supportive.” photo by Keely Collier
MCKAYLA CAMPBELL How many Bull Dogs do YOU know who have taken down an alligator? We have someone in mind... Turn to page 12 to read about the adventures of sophomore McKayla Campbell
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SPEAK UP 04
When rules are stated but rarely enforced, is it fair to expect students to take them seriously?
A LOOK THROUGH HIS LENS...
Senior Roth Lovins reflects on his role as a photographer
When Thanksgiving rolls around, non-food-enthusiasts gear up and get excited as much as anyone else. Why? The Black Friday shopping extravaganza is imminent! 07
Missed out on Election Day? No problem! Turn to page 7 for a recap of the day’s events. (Hint: President Obama won)
08-09 ALL THINGS FOOD From obesity to vegetarianism to portion sizes over the years; turn to page 08-09 for this and more!
WHAT’S THE SCOOP? 18
Junior Andy Carr took a break from copy editing to visit the movie theater. Turn to page 18 to read his review on the new film, Wreck it Ralph
GAME ON, BULL DOGS 20
Turn to page 20 to learn about our Ultimate Frisbee team!
Turn to page 21 to learn about how the various winter sports are preparing for the upcoming season
22-23 STATE OF MIND Turn to page 22-23 for a recap of our athletic achievements at various state competitions
EDITORIAL BOARD EXECUTIVE EDITORS
Andy Carr copy Keely Collier photography Erika Espinoza design Roth Lovins content Ramya Vijayagopal content SECTION EDITORS
Annie Day Newsworthy Taylor Kirchner What’s the Scoop? Sierra Lollar A Closer Look Neal Shaw Game On, Bull Dogs Amanda Wheeler What’s the Scoop? Emily Wilkerson Newsworthy
Elizabeth Andrews Bente Bouthier Hannah Brown Braylynn Eads Jadea Graves Leah Hashagen Liz Keaton Adam LeClerc Meagan Olibo Madi Slack Dylan Thixton Iris Thompson Alex Ventura
ADVISER Kim Green
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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
ENFORCING THE RULES
Should a rule exist if it is going to be ignored? How important is consistency in enforcing the rules? Perhaps it’s time for some updating. Read on to learn about a prime example of this
ast Tuesday, you couldn’t walk through the school without hearing at least 25 political arguments in the days preceding and following the election. Earlier, we had political drama of our own with the elections for class presidency. Senior Sam Parker won the title of Senior Class President, but during the race he was not the center of gossip. Senior Jonathan Alessi was punished for buying and distributing campaign bracelets. His punishment? “I was asked to meet with the Student Council members, Mr. Green and Ms. Hamlin and they decided what to do about it. They took away 20 percent of my votes at that point, which was the Thursday before the election, which was the next Wednesday, so it wasn’t 20 percent of my total votes,” Alessi said. The main reason this incident received so much attention was that this wasn’t the first offense to occur, but the first time in a while that the rules had been so decisively enforced. “Other people were passing things out; that’s also in the rules, you shouldn’t be passing things out, and they had no repercussions for that. I don’t know how I feel about that. I found out after I had bought everything. The rules were put online after I bought everything. I didn’t think it was worth trying to contest it and I obviously had done something wrong and it was more wrong than anything anyone else had done. It bothered me a little but even if anyone else had gotten in trouble I should have gotten in more trouble.” Campaigning students have been passing out
stickers and the like for years. Yet though this is apparently against the rules, nothing has ever been done about it. Should a rule exist if it is going to be ignored? “I think the rules are necessary. They need to be there to make it fair for people of all socioeconomic statuses to campaign at the same level. It keeps the race less distracting during school if you don’t have people passing out things.” So how did this situation come about? “It just escalated. Somebody did something wrong and nobody said anything because it wasn’t really that wrong, and then it just got worse until finally I passed the line. I think if the rules aren’t going to be enforced, or if not all the teachers are going to enforce a rule, then it shouldn’t change from teacher to teacher. There should be consistency. I think rules are needed for the election. I don’t think the rules that they have right now are completely correct for this time. I think they may have been better for back in the day. They need to be updated. I think that’s going to happen this year. They are planning on updating the rules.” Your first period teacher may only allow bottled water in the classroom, while the next allows entire meals. Some teachers don’t allow students to listen to music while working and others do. And where did this no hat rule come from, anyway? Maybe he’s right, and it’s time we took a practical look at the existing rules and updated them. The ones that are needed must then be universally enforced, and the less crucial ones can be thrown out.
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FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS
What we all have to learn from a 14-year-old girl: Why, though the result seems impossible to attain, we must continue to fight for equality all over the world
ometimes it takes a near-tragedy to spark awareness of a situation. When I heard about the teenaged Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for fighting for her right to an education, I was dumbfounded. Here was a girl who was willingly and quite literally putting her life on the line for not only her rights, but those of girls everywhere. How many adolescents like that do you know? Malala Yousufzai is recovering in a hospital in Great Britain and though
her body has taken quite a hit, her spirit has only gotten stronger. Reading her poignant diary entries online got me thinking about our situation here in Columbus. In a place where freedom is as natural and given as the right to breathe, we take so much for granted. Malala is only 14 years old. She has been urging her fellow Pakistanis to stop the Taliban from depriving females from an education since she was 11. At that tender age, she worked with the BBC, publishing a blog in 2009 about her struggles to attend school. In January of 2009 the Taliban issued an edict forbidding any school from educating girls. She was shot in the head by the Taliban on Oct. 9, after which the Taliban issued an online statement that they would attack Malala again, should she survive. In a 2011 interview with CNN, Malala spoke of her reasons for protesting.
“I have the right of education,” she said. “I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.” It is astounding that she has to fight for these rights, that women are still seen as inferior to the extent that they are denied an education or free speech. It is extremely unfortunate that the Taliban has the power to do this, to force people to suffer under this oppression. Although this oppression does not exist in our country, we must refrain from becoming too comfortable in our assurance of our perfection, especially considering the divide in political affairs and the unwillingness of many to compromise in these affairs. We all definitely have a ways to go. “I am Malala” shirts have risen as a sign of support. Let’s keep in mind that we are all Malala, in a sense. Perhaps that will help us get there faster.
PICTURE ME PERFECT
After all of the State championships and with the winter season beginning, student photographers are in for a fun year as a part of the Bull Dog Nation
his week, my column is all about me as a photographer for CNHS Media. For those of you who know me personally or have seen me around campus with my camera (my baby), you know how I feel about photography. For those of you who don’t, I hope the following column gives you a preview into the random, crazy mind that is me. I was riding the bus with the color guard as we headed up to Lucas Oil Stadium for the State band competition. I was among a few people that I was familiar with, but there were also some faces that I had never seen before. Amongst the chaos, there were those who kept to themselves in meditation, others tried to sleep for preparation and the rest merely talked with their neighbor about some of the most random topics. When we were only a few minutes from Lucas Oil, the command was given that everyone on the bus observes a moment of silence before we arrived at the event. The first few seconds seemed a bit awkward to
me, but I managed to keep with their tradition out of respect. It was during those few minutes that preceded the awkwardness that gave me time to think about what it was I was about to embark upon. Within my reflections and random train of thought, I realized that the State band competition was the fifth State championship event that I have attended as a photographer in the past year. I was in awe. Five! Not one, not two, but five in all! It’s one thing to experience the thrill of shooting a State championship event once, but to do it five times, well I just feel so thankful for the opportunities offered to me. To think that I started this entire journalism craze with a simple interest in writing (not photography. Then, after dabbling in photography at the beginning of my junior year, I received my camera at Christmas. After a few State championships, I then went on to become one of the head photographers for the yearbook which is something that dumbfounds me every time I think about it. Nevertheless, I believe that taking pictures at State events is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. It is obviously one thing for the team to be there with their school counting on them. It’s another thing for the fans that have been in the stands with the team through the whole season. But for a photographer, it is a whole other experience. Die-hard photographers, like myself, see some sort of composition, lighting, or rare opportunity that
would make for a terrific photo all around them. So, you can probably imagine what that would mean for me at a State event where said opportunities are all around. When I shoot events there’s a part of me that feels almost like I am a part of the team. Just as when they cheer for scoring a point, so too do I cheer for getting that jaw-dropping shot. Similarly, just like when they are upset for being behind a point, so too am I upset for missing what could have been a good picture. For me, it’s not whether the team wins or loses, although winning is a good feeling, but whether or not the photos that I capture are able to tell a story based on the expressions, actions, or overall intensity being portrayed in them. If a photographer can tell an entire story with just a photo and a caption to accompany it, then I believe that they are doing a job well done and they know what they are doing. I would consider myself one of those photographers simply because while I am shooting with the camera, I get goose bumps even before the photo shows up on my three inch screen. And to have that happen almost every time that I shoot at an event is a fantastic thing to do. Especially considering that I shoot around 200 photos per event and that I shoot multiple events in the school year, I can’t wait to see what develops out of this school year. Keep up the great work Bull Dogs! I look forward to taking pictures at many more state events this school year and representing Columbus North the best that I can. NOV. 16,
The chaotic shopping day, Black Friday, is just around the corner! Check out how much shoppers spent last year and what that money is equivalent to. Check out CNHSMEDIA.COM for all things Black Friday
THEY SAID THAT > “I don’t think people will be fighting over food in this city. It will be over the electrical outlet.” — Customer at a Manhattan Dunkin’ Donuts flooded with people
Black Friday expenses
billion Black Friday shoppers spent about 16 percent more last year than in 2010.
million shoppers in 2011
needing to charge their
In 2010, shoppers spent 16 percent less than what they did the following year.
million shoppers in 2010
What is $54.4 billion equivalent to? The Federal Debt, as of Nov. 1, was $16,275,750,729,000.
cellphones The Wall Street Journal
> “Stupid and selfish.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on people who
The money spent on Black Friday last year can pay up to .32% of the debt.
ation orders com
> “APOCALYPSE N.Y.”
In 2011, the average shopper spent about
In 2010, the average shopper spent about
$365.34 Online sales: Online sales went up last year compared to previous years
Thanksgiving Day Black Friday
sources: www.usgovernmentdebt.us; money.cnn.com
25% of shoppers were at stores by midnight last year.
9.5% of shoppers were at stores by midnight in 2010
2,371,899.33 With an average of all colllege institutions cost being $22,092, the money spent last year on Black Friday can cover about 2,371,899 fouryear careers.
The average American home is about $272,900. The $52.4 billion can buy up to 192012 homes. compiled by Erika Espinoza
— Front page headline on destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy New York Daily News
by Ramya Vijayagopal
Thursday, Nov. 1, students participated in a mock election. Students voted for the president, senator, governor and district congressional during their social studies classes
photo by Keely Collier
he nationwide mock election took place on Thursday, Nov. 1. High school students from across the country cast their votes in an online poll. Students voted for president, senator, governor and district congressional. The mock election is intended to educate students about democracy and the importance of voting. Throughout the day, social studies teachers brought each of their classes to the polls. “Social studies students were the only ones that took time out of class, but if a student was walking by and wanted to vote, they could,” resource supervisor June Wilson said. Voting took place all day in the resource center and a computer lab. “The voting process was very quick. It took less than five minutes,” Mrs. Wilson said. Results were expected to be revealed Friday, Nov. 2. However, they were postponed until Wednesday, Nov. 7 due to hurricane Sandy. Junior Courtney Imlay participated in the mock election during her third period AP US History class. “The mock election gave me a glimpse of what it is like when you vote, and that when I vote in 2016, I need to research the candidates in order to know who to vote for,” Imlay said. In addition to forming her own opinions, Imlay was also able to gain insight about the opinions of her peers. “I thought it was an interesting way to see what the student body’s thoughts were involving politics.”
Juniors Courtney Imlay, Jared Lovins, Devon Roese and Sophie Meyercord participate in the mock election Thursday, Nov. 1 in the resource center.
Total votes 117,172,564
The campaigns have ended, the votes have been cast and counted, the new president has spoken. Here is an overview of the 2012 presidential election
Obama 50% Romney 48% Other 2%
What They Say
Mock Election Results
District Congressional Messer 503 Bookout 419
Donnelly 562 Mourdock 398 Horning 121
Pence 564 Gregg 406 Boneham 107 by Annie Day
2012 presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talk about the results and future of the United States of America in their concession and victory speeches
“I believe in America. I believe in the people of America. And I ran for office because I’m concerned about America. This election is over, but our principles endure. I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to renewed greatness.” Governor Mitt Romney
“In this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.” President Barack Obama NOV. 16,
SERVING SIZES OVER TIME
FOOD TALK Teen obesity or being overweight in general is a topic that everyone has heard about at one time or another. Portion size and what we eat are factors that contribute to your weight
20 years ago, a cheeseburger had 333 calories. Now it has 590.
How do we burn the extra calories? By lifting weights for one hour and 30 minutes.
FCCLA promotes a healthy lifestyle to Fodrea CSA third graders
20 years ago a standard size serving of fries was 210 calories, now the amount of calories has risen to 610 calories.
“We want to provide the kids with skills in the kitchen instead of reaching for the pre-packaged things.” C4 FACS teacher Jenny Wallace
How do we burn the extra calories? By walking for one hour and 10 minutes.
“These children will be eager to let their parents know about smart choices they learned in school.” senior Greicy Patiño “Our main goal is to create a visual for promoting (healthy foods). We hope to culminate this activitty in January with a family night.” senior Jasmin Medoza
What’s too much? The school nurse shares her thoughts about how healthy North is. Students also open up about how often they think about what goes into their bodies, and FCCLA’s new project is teaching kids correct portion sizes and healthy foods to eat 08
eing a healthy weight is a big topic of discussion worldwide. Teen obesity is up and rising in the news. When it comes to actually thinking about what foods we put in our body, not everyone puts in the same amount of consideration. School nurse Sonya Harrison has thoughts on how healthy North is when it comes to eating habits. “In my opinion, I don’t think we are healthier than the average school. We are very close to a lot of fast food restaurants,” Harrison said. Freshman Sarah Phelps has her
favorite places she likes to eat out, like Steak and Shake or Texas Roadhouse, but she doesn’t like to branch out. “I don’t like trying new things, so I always get my favorite foods,” Phelps said. “I usually get chicken fingers and fries from Steak and Shake, and steak and applesauce from Texas Roadhouse.” Phelps normally thinks about what she has eaten, after eating it. “Once a day, maybe whenever I eat a lot of junk food like candy or ice cream all at once, I think about it,” Phelps said. Unlike Phelps, freshman Tony
Denson considers what he puts in his body quite often. “(I think about it) a few times a day. I work out a lot and try to eat protein and really try to stay in shape,” Denson said. Staying in shape is one thing Mrs. Harrison thinks is a key point to staying a healthy weight. “Exercise is very important. Nobody gets enough unless you’re in a sport. Most kids do not get nearly enough. That goes for adults too,” Harrison said. Junior Christian Fairbanks thinks about what he puts in his body
WHY BE VEGETARIAN? my religion...
Students here all have different reasons for being a vegetarian: religious reasons, simply for the health, or maybe because of watching a PETA video
How much of each food group is needed? Proteins:
DEFINITIONS VEGETARIANS Check out the different definitions of vegetarians: Flexitarian
A vegetarian who eats a meatless diet, including fish normally but not always.
Lacto-ovo-vegeratian (I’m a vegetarian) because of my religion. We can only eat chicken. Most people who only eat meat eat more than they should and eat less vegetables than they should.” freshman Sharknikha Saravan
“I’m a laco-ovo vegetarian. I don’t eat any kind of meat but dairy products and eggs. I was raised a vegetarian. They (my parents) wanted to be healthier. It’s really not hard to be a vegetarian since I’m so used to it. I have a well balanced diet.” junior Gabriela Peters
What about you?
What is your comfort level?
17 36 38
care what they eat
2 sometimes care what they eat
frequently. “At every meal, or whenever I have food in my hand,” Fairbanks said. “I try to eat as healthy as I can.” Mrs. Harrison has advice on how to become healthier. “Kids need to increase water intake. If they increase water intake, they could flush out bad substances faster,” Mrs. Harrison said. The school’s FCCLA, or Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, club is getting started on a new project, aimed toward elementary children to better the education of portion sizes and making healthy decisions. “We are participating with Fodrea’s third graders, we will visit for a couple hours,” senior
Feel great about their weight Feel pretty good about their weight Feel okay about their weight
Vegetables and fruits:
The amount of fruits and vegetables a person should eat daily is about the size of a tennis ball per serving.
about their weight
Greicy Patiño said. “We will (cover) kitchen safety, portion size, healthy snacks, and measuring techniques.” FCCLA member senior Jasmin Mendoza knows the club’s main goal for the project. “The project is meant to provide activities to teach the students about various topics associated with healthy eating,” Mendoza said. Patiño feels the project will help children make better choices. “They’ll also (the 3rd graders) be able to encourage their parents to eat healthier, So doing this project will definitely help children make better and smarter choices.” The project enforces the importance of eating healthy at a young age.
A vegetarian who does not consume any animal products. A type of vegetarian whose diet includes fish, but not other kinds of meat. “I don’t eat the meat of mammals, but I do eat some fish to get protein. I actually tried to stop eating fish, but my parents kind of forced me, (so that I get some) protein in my diet.” senior Emily Resnik
about their weight
eggs and drink milk- those are the only exceptions.” freshman Aditya Mantri
The amount of protein based foods a person should eat daily should be about the size of pack of cards per serving.
We surveyed 104 students about how they feel about their body image. Here is what they said:
care what they eat
“(I am a vegetarian) for both health and animal rights. One day it just hit me, I was eating animals and it was gross. Some people function better on meat in their diets, but some feel better on a plant-based diet. I do.” freshman Sophia Janic
A vegetarian whose diet includes dairy products, like: eggs, vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. “I can only eat
The amount of dairy products such as cheese should about the size of a box of matches per serving.
A vegetarian whose diet includes poultry, but no other meat.
A vegetarian whose diet includes eggs, but no meat or other dairy products. source: vegetarian.about.com
Do you want to if your weight is on the “normal” side? Check out the BMI clculator!
The amount of grains per serving should be about the size of a softball. compiled by Erika Espinoza, Hannah Brown, Emily Wilkerson and Leah Hashagen NOV. 16,
Bring Your Own Device
ring your own device is a term that is new to North students. Bring your own device (BYOD) is a new initiative that allows students to bring their own electronic devices to school. Students will be able to connect to wireless throughout the school. Assistant principal John Green says the current status of BYOD isn’t where he would like it to be, but is expecting it to be up and running by January. However, wireless connection is now avaliable to everyone. The main reason for bringing your own device is simple. “The goal is for students get out of the parking lot and immediately... there is a wireless network no matter where you are in the building,” Mr. Green said. Similar to a cell phone plan, North will have wireless. At North the Wi-Fi will be able to be accessed free. “It allows high speed connection. A lot of students have plans that cost them money with data limitations,” Mr. Green said. BYOD applies to tablets, phones, laptops, or anything that’s wireless. “It allows the student to have their own personal equipment as an option,” Mr. Green said. Along with bringing your own device, there is
The technology level at North is stepping up. Students and staff will now be able to connect anywhere in the school to wireless connection, using their own device
going to be a program called Stoneware that every student will have an account on. “There is some neat software thats coming. Every student will have it, it’s a platform environment, that’s a virtual desktop. It doesn’t matter if you have a smart phone, a tablet, a Mac, or a Windows-based machine,” Mr. Green said. Stoneware has features that every student will be able to use. “Once you log in, you will be able to get to your email, Naviance, P drive; everything will just be there,” Mr. Green said. Along with every student having a Stoneware, student will also have a google docs. When it gets closer to January, the advertising for BYOD will be in full swing. “We will have posters, and encourage a staff to use it,” Mr. Green said. The benefits of bringing your own device could lead to new ways of learning in the classroom, like group work. “If you have a group of 30 kids and they are bringing technology in, we will be able to incorporate that in the classroom,” Mr. Green said.
Step-by-step The technology level at North is stepping up. Students and staff will now be able to connect anywhere in the school to wireless connection, using their own device
one When connecting to Wi-Fi, select the network labeled “stu-byod.” This is the BYOD network specified for students.
two Apple products may warn you that the network is not verified. Disregard this warning and click accept to continue and join the network.
What do you think? Students consider the idea of bringing their own device to school. Everyone will now have the freedom to connect wirelessly anywhere “It would be a good idea, you wouldn’t have to write it down and your hand wouldn’t hurt. Like in class you have to carry so many notebooks, so that would be good to just take notes on your device.” freshman Lenny Cuatzo
“It’s more destructive than anything. If you get bored in class there wouldn’t be anything else to do.” freshman Tony Denson “I think it’s a good idea because we are so familiar with our own devices because it’s easier than using the laptops here because they are slow. It would be good for north because it’s faster and more efficient.” junior Shannah Hercamp
three The network is passwordprotected. To access the network, log in with your student log in (example: 14wilkersone) and your student ID as your password.
compiled by Emily Wilkerson and Erika Espinoza
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A CLOSER LOOK
LIVING ON THE WILD SIDE
Find out more about sophomore McKayla Campbell’s unique hobby
rom June to August, most girls spend their days on a beach relaxing. Sophomore McKayla Campbell spent her days in the swamps of Georgia. It was hunting season. “I have been hunting alligators since I was five and a half years old,” Campbell said. “The biggest one I have caught was 12 and a half feet long.” The average size for an adult female alligator is 8.2 feet, and the average size for a male is 11.2 feet, according to nationalzoo. si.edu. Hunting alligators can be very dangerous, but Campbell did not hunt alone. She hunted with her father, a hunter with 30 years of experience. Campbell and her father are very close. While hunting, Campbell and her father had a few frightening experiences. “One time my dad fell out of the boat,” Campbell said. “He was okay though.” In another incident, Campbell shot an alligator and the bullet ricocheted and hit her face. “It hurt but it wasn’t serious,” Campbell said. After the alligators have been killed, Campbell and her father had two choices. “We could take them in and get paid by every foot of alligator,” Campbell said. “Or we could just eat it.” About a year ago, Campbell moved to Indiana from Georgia because of her dad’s job. “The move to Indiana has been a good opportunity for the entire family,” Mr. Campbell said. Despite the long move, Campbell is enjoying her new life. “I like it here,” Campbell said. “It’s different, but I didn’t grow up here.” Campbell’s favorite class at school is AP European History with Mr. Trent Hillenburg. “She participates and volunteers a lot,” Mr. Hillenburg said. “She gives her personal insight.” Being in a new school, town and state, Campbell’s hobby of hunting was not hindered. “I hunt here,” Campbell said. “I hunt deer, turkey and mostly anything.” Indiana is Campbell’s new home but her heart is still in Georgia. “I definitely want to go back, but I’m not sure when.” by Meagan Olibo
THEY SAID THAT > “You tried to
create for all of us a world as dark and evil as your own. But remember it always: You failed.”
Mark E. Kelly at Jared L. Loughner’s sentencing of seven consecutive terms of life in prison for his shooting in Tuscon.
> “I have always
believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.” President Obama in his acceptance speech
> “I so wish that
photos for The Triangle
I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader, and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.” Romney in his concession speech abcnews.com
Campbell with a turkey that she killed in her early years of hunting
In Georgia, Campbell hunted alligators, including the ones pictured above
Leaning against a tree, Campbell prepares to start the hunt
by Ramya Vijayagopal
SHELL-SHOCKED When lightning strikes miles away, nothing is thought of it. It’s almost something that is wanted to be seen; stormwatching is a common pastime. But what if that same lightning struck your house? What would you think of it then?
cared of lightning? Imagine your house being struck by it. In 2003 this was a reality for senior Justin Knox. “I just remember sitting in the basement watching TV,” Knox said. “The lights went out, I heard a loud bang, and the whole house shook.” Knox was in fourth grade at the time. Being only ten, he could not comprehend what was going on. “I couldn’t really believe what was happening,” Knox said. “I ran upstairs and my parents said they thought we got struck by lightning.” Knox and his family went outside in the pouring rain and saw the bottom corner of their house was pitch black. The lightning hit a gas line and a fire began in the basement while smoke traveled throughout the house, leaving everything in its path black. “I had to go to a friend’s house as a distraction while my parents called the fire department,” Knox said. “When they got there, smoke was pouring out the windows. I watched out the window at my friend’s house as the firemen broke out all the windows, because there was too much smoke, then bring over the hose when they finally found the fire.
“The next few hours seemed to last for days, but eventually they came out and talked to my parents,” Knox said. The walls that were formerly painted white were now terribly smoke-damaged. “It was as if someone painted the walls black,” Knox’s father Michael said. “The smell was undescribable,” Knox said. “Worst summer of my life,” said Knox’s mother Tricia. “I would have never imagined something like that to have happened to my family.” “We spent the night at my grandma’s, because the house was not in sleeping condition, then had to move into an apartment for six months while our house was fixed,” Knox said. “I was terrified we would have to move away. “Almost everything in the basement was ruined; either melted, smoke damaged, or water damaged, because of how much water they used to put the fire out. There were two inches of water on the floor in the basement and anything not in a safe in our basement was destroyed.” The house was restored and looked good as new. “But if you looked closely enough at the spot where the lightning struck, you could still see black scorch marks from where it hit the house and something that cost my family to lose all of our possessions, but luckily not our lives.”
“The lights went out, I heard a loud bang, and the whole house shook.”
by Elizabeth Andrews
NOV. 16, 2012
As social media grows in popularity, several students cross the line between their First Amendment rights and the crime of libel without realizing it
by Sierra Lollar, Madi Slack, and Braylynn Eads
he current generation can use the Internet for almost anything. Homework, shopping and social networking are popular Internet activities among teens. On the Internet, one can find so many ways to get his or her opinion out into the world. Facebook statuses, tweets, Instagram photos and Tumblr posts are just a few. Although students have a lot of freedom on the Internet, how can they make sure that what they are saying will not get them in trouble with the school? Although this seems unlikely, 10 students from Granite City High School in Illinois learned the hard way that the improbable can occur. One student from the school sexually objectified a teacher in a tweet. He was suspended, as well as anyone who retweeted or favorited the tweet. More locally, students from North were suspended for five days after creating an account in a teacher’s name. They posted inappropriate tweets, pretending to be the teacher. In the age of the Internet, freedom and power seem easy to come by. One might post anything they want online, thinking there will be no retributions to pay. So how far is too far? Read on to find out what you can and cannot say on the Internet.
What is the difference between free speech and libel? Free speech is defined by dictionary.com as “the right of people to express their opinions publicly without government interference.” However, free speech has laws against libel. Libel is defined as “defamation in writing or print.” This means that if one uses his or her Internet power to attack the reputation of another person, they are committing a crime and can be punished. For example, saying you dislike a teacher on Facebook would be protected under First Amendment rights because it is your opinion. However, tweeting that a teacher stole a television set from Wal-Mart would be considered libel, as it is likely to have a negative effect on their professional life. Libel and slander, contrary to what most people believe, are actually not the same thing. Slander is making a false or malicious statement orally about someone and does not have much to do with the internet. Libel is if you would put slander in writing, like posting it on a social media site.
What rights do the First Amendment protect? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...” The First Amendment is the basic right in the United States to give your opinion freely without fear of punishment. This, however, does not hold true when it comes to libel or slander. The First Amendment does not protect a statement about someone that is unproven but could hurt their reputation. If what is said could hurt someone’s reputation but is a proven fact then it is protected. It also protects anything said or written as an opinion instead of fact. Some people think these laws only apply to something that is widely seen, like a newspaper or television show. This is far from the truth. First Amendment rights apply to the Internet and so do the laws of libel and slander. Posting it on a social media account or other Internet site is just as unlawful and can lead to big trouble for the owner of the account.
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When teens see others being bullies...
What do teens post on social networking sites?
Places they typically go Their cell phone number Videos of themselves Videos of friends School name/location City they live in Photographs of themsleves Real age
Teens often include the following information on social networking sites
Find out what our age group does most on social networking sites
See others join the harrassment
See others defending the victim
See others telling the offender to stop
See other people ingoring it
Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying. 38% of online girls report being bullied, compared with 26% of online boys.
Victims that will not inform an adult Kids bullied online
“Hyper-networking” teens (those who spend more than three hours per school day on online social networks) are 110% more likely to be a victim of cyberbullying, compared to those who don’t spend as much time on social networks.
How do you protect yourself from unknowingly libeling? It is sometimes hard to determine what is libel and what is free speech. So how do you know if what you are posting will get you in trouble or not? Just make sure to double check a few aspects of the status before putting it out there for people to see. First, make sure there are no names in the status. It is very difficult to prove libel if there is no name involved. Second, make sure it is not obviously about someone. For instance, posting “My second period English teacher with gray hair that wore a sweater today stole a TV from Walmart,” might not mention a name but it would be very obvious to deduce who it is so it would be libel. Try not to mention specifics like “my second period English teacher,” “with gray hair,” or “wore a sweater today.” Next, privatize the social media account so anyone that you do not want to see the account will not see it. If they can not see the account, it is less likely to get in trouble for libel. Lastly, just use common sense when posting. If what is said is not a proven fact but could hurt someone’s reputation, do not post it. If you would not say it to the person’s face, do not post it. If it has inappropriate language, do not post it. Checking statuses for these few things before posting could help a lot of people stay out of trouble for something they did not even know they were doing.
The next generation needs Internet education
Social networking, surfing the web, homework, games- no matter what it is for, we use the Internet every day. We have grown up using it and have been given an Madi Slack illusion of safety. That’s all it is -an illusion. The web is a dangerous place. The next generation needs to be educated about these dangers but isn’t. Without being informed about how to stay safe, these young people are defenseless against becoming a victim of an Internet crime. There are predators online just like in life. If we are repulsed at the idea of leaving these children uninformed about offline predators, then why are we completely okay with leaving them unaware of online predators? The only way to keep them safe is to teach them how to be safe online. People think the worst that can happen to a child online is being cyber bullied. This is far from the truth. There are Internet scams, identity theft, pedophiles, hackers and even cyber stalkers, among plenty of other online predators. Leaving children vulnerable to these criminals is as bad as leaving them vulnerable to rapists, murderers, stalkers and drug dealers. The only way to help stop the epidemic of online crime is to educate the next generation about the Internet. Growing up with it has desensitized them to its dangers and the only way to open their eyes back up so they can protect themselves is by educating them.
Hear this student’s story of getting in trouble for what she posted and what she does differently now
“I got in trouble last year for posting something about a teacher on Facebook. One of my friends was mad that day so she pulled it up on her phone and took it to the deans and showed them. I got called down to the deans’ office and and they had my Facebook page pulled up on their computer. I felt really bad because the teacher I wrote about was in there. My punishment was OSS for five days. I posted it during school so I also got my phone taken away. I wish I would have not mentioned any names in my status but now I’m very careful about what I put on Facebook.”
Find out how these students stay out of trouble and a professional’s opinion on the Internet
Predicting the long term consequences of our actions and having good judgment in our decisions are crucial human skills. They are cognitive (thinking) abilities that develop and mature slowly, and we often learn through our mistakes. The problem is that mistakes made using Internet technology can be permanent. Once a comment or a photo is posted, it can follow and affect the individual in a negative way literally all their lives. Younger individuals may not understand or appreciate the permanent consequences of sending or posting comments or photos using Internet technology. In addition, young people are less educated about how to discriminate accurate information from the overabundance of misinformation that fills the Internet. The younger an individual, the more likely they are to need good supervision as they learn to make positive and mature decisions about how and when to use the Internet. counselor Dr. Susan Shanklin
“I try not to mention any names in the status or make it really obvious that it’s about someone.” freshman Taylor Reynolds
“To keep out of trouble, I private my Facebook and keep names out of statuses.” junior Paige Shelton
photos by Keely Collier
Billy Nelson, freshman Describe yourself in five words. Fun, fun, fun, and like two more funs. What’s your favorite class? Choir. What’s your biggest fear? Probably Slender Man. I’m being completely serious.
What’s your favorite color? Blue. Who are your two best friends? Shelby Bricker and probably my sister too.
What’s your favorite cereal? Sometimes I like Froot Loops and sometimes I like Cinnamon Life.
Tell me something no one knows about you. I only have one and a half lungs.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would get rid of my braces and all this metal stuff in my mouth ‘cause it sucks. by Liz Keaton
Freshman Billy Nelson performs in last years’ American Pie by singing “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5. Nelson was the first ever eighth grader that has performed in American Pie. photo by Roth Lovins
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Junior Andy Carr reviews:
Director Rich Moore and Disney Animation Studios pull out all the stops to bring the best film they’ve made in years, possibly ever
photo credit: In “Wreck-It Ralph,” Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, in the video game world of Hero’s Duty. (Courtesy of Disney/MCT
Movie stats Genre: Animation/ Family/Comedy
Director: Rich Moore
Starring: John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix Jane Lynch as Sgt. Calhoun Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz
Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Release: Friday Nov. 2, 2012
Rating: PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence
Opening Weekend: $49.04 million. This set the record for the most successful opening weekend for a Disney Animation Studios film
he most intriguing thing about “Wreck-It Ralph” is its ability to tell an engaging, funny, touching story without any sort of originality to speak of in its actual plot line. Without spoiling much, I think its safe to say that the story is your typical tale -true to Disney’s form- with a charming selfnarration by the main character to kick off the film, followed by the introduction of the conflict, the meeting of supporting characters, another conflict, a positively-charged incline toward a sudden negative twist in events, followed by a climactic battle in which the good guys win. Nothing about the plot is original or even creative. It is the amazing choice setting, a world of video game characters outside their games, brilliant use of references, and well-developed characterization of Ralph and his pal Vanellope that make this film so beautiful and enchanting. While it may fall in line with every other Disney Animation Studios film in plot, it surpasses many, if not all, in originality and creativity of setting, atmosphere and characters. The film opens with our not-so hero, Ralph, or fully named Wreck-It Ralph, the villain for the fictional arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr. (which comes across as a clever blend of Donkey Kong and Rampage). He is spilling his emotional guts to some of his fellow baddies in Bad-Anon, a support group for video game villains, about how he is growing weary of his duty as a “bad guy.” Despite the others’s attempts to comfort and reassure him that he is a necessary evil, Ralph leaves the meeting unfazed, certain that he is useless and unappreciated. After returning to his game and accidentally ruining a game-wide party celebrating the 30th anniversary of Fix-It Felix Jr., he sets out to prove all his fellow game characters wrong, fully convinced that he can be a good guy and win a medal -a milestone only good guys can achieve- to prove it. Upon abandoning his game, Ralph jumps across different games trying to get a medal and meets the lovable but crafty Vanellope von Schweetz, an eccentric and seemingly out-of-place character in the game Sugar Rush, a Mario Kart-style racing game with the theme of
junk food. They band together reluctantly to try to get Vanellope a bid in a qualifying race, which determines who gets to be the nine playable characters the next day when the arcade opens. The attempt is made difficult, however, by the fact that Vanellope is a criminal in her game, for reasons I shan’t spoil for moviegoers. Together, the two uncover a much deeper plot against Vanellope, and the duo must fight to come through, even when their relationship is tested. “Wreck-It Ralph” harbors a beautiful palette of colors, from the eerie, brooding dark blues, grays, and fluorescent greens of the sci-fi shooter Hero’s Duty to the popping, captivating rainbow that is Sugar Rush. The animations of the characters, particularly the choppy, 8-bit movement style of the citizens of the Fix-It Felix, Jr. game are lovable and nostalgic. Everything about the visual style of “Wreck-It Ralph” is simultaneously charming from the standpoint of a family film and wonderfully reminiscent of the video game genre. The soundtrack of “Wreck-It Ralph” is phenomenal. Skrillex and Owl City -neither of whom I particularly care for in most settingsbring forth their best, each with one respective track (“Bug Hunt” and “When Can I See You Again?”), along with Rihanna’s very fitting “Shut Up and Drive” and AKB48’s “Sugar Rush” theme song. Even apart from the pop contributions to the soundtrack, the rest of the score, composed masterfully by Henry Jackman, brings together all aspects of gaming, from the upbeat, joyous beeps and boops of classic arcade games to the riveting, colossal rock sounds and orchestral triumphs of modern games. If you are a huge fan of video games, you will fall in love with it. If you were raised on arcade games, you will greatly appreciate the abundance of references and tributes. If you have never taken any interest in gaming, or have never even wrapped your fingers around a controller, you will miss every hilarious reference this movie makes, and you may still heartily enjoy it. Never has there been a movie before “Wreck-It Ralph” that succeeds as a film for all audiences, while still paying homage so thoroughly and faithfully to one specific interest. I recommend it to everyone who needs to release a little bit of their inner child. In these times, we could all use a little of that. 85/100 by Andy Carr
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FLYING HIGH The winter winter that we welcomed last year, ultimate frisbee, is kicking into high gear this year, with more regular members and a new coach. Read on to learn more about the Columbus Condors, who are going to be partaking in a competition this January
orth’s inventory of winter activities from which to choose is expanding. In addition to basketball, swimming, diving, gymnastics and wrestling, there is now indoor ultimate frisbee. The club, the Columbus Condors, was started by senior Dallin Hinckley as part of his senior project. “It officially started last year,” Hinckley said. “We’re actually starting to get things going this year though.” The ultimate frisbee team has weekly practices where they meet every Tuesday at Noblitt Park. During the Tuesday practices, most of the time is spent scrimmaging. “Usually we have about 12 to 15 kids show up,” Hinckley said. “Over the winter we might have less.” Fellow team member junior Jason Cox started playing frisbee with his church when he was about 12 but didn’t start playing consistently until last spring when the club started. “Most of the people that come have played enough to accurately throw and catch short passes,” Cox said. “But other than that, there is a wide range of skill levels.” Ultimate frisbee’s rules are most similar to those of football or soccer. The game, however, is more fastpaced and involves a disc. “A lot of the people have played before but not competitively,” Hinckley said, The group is working on better communication while playing and mastering the different types of throws. Jon Fisher has been coaching the team since midSeptember. He has coached ultimate frisbee before and played in college. “I’ve been helping with improving throwing skills and knowledge of the rules and strategy of the game,” Mr. Fisher said. The club plans to compete in the Indiana Ultimate Frisbee Association’s High School Indoor Championship Tournament Jan. 26 at the ‘Gathering Place’ in Greenwood. They also hope to participate in Indiana Ultimate Association’s indoor league on Wednesday evenings in January and February. However, they are still recruiting players for the project. “My goal for the team this winter is to make sure that all the players gain enough knowledge and skill so that they can have fun and be proud of their performance in the tournament Jan. 26,” Mr. Fisher said. Cox has similar aspirations for himself and the team. “I’d really just like to win a few games this winter in the indoor league,” Cox said. “Winning consistently would be great, but I have no idea how our team matches up with other schools, so we’ll just have to practice and hope for the best.”
THEY DID THAT >The women’s basketball team will host Franklin Central tonight at 6 p.m. >The swimming and diving team will face off against Jennings County on Nov. 19 at 5:30 in the Charles “Chick” Newell Natatorium. >The Bull Dogs will hit the mats as they take on Franklin at 7 in Gym 1. > The Bull Frogs will make a splash as they host a match against Columbus East Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. > The men’s basketball team will host a game against East Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. >The basketball team will also host a game against East Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
by Bente Bouthier
by Roth Lovins
WINTER GAME FACE As winter draws near fall sports come to a close. New and old faces return for the new 2012 winter season. Gymnastics, wrestling and other sports prepare their new teams for a brand new year 1 CNHS graduate Kevin Brinegar glides down the pool at
the men’s State meet last year. “We lost a couple of good people from last year, but the upcoming class and the remaining team is only growing stronger. We are going to try to do better than what we we did last year, (where) we got third in the state,” junior John Rupp said. 2 CNHS graduate Myra Retrum makes her way down the lane at the women’s State meet last year. “For me, I really want to get to State. We’ve all been working really hard and we just want to do our personal best at meets,” junior Mackenzie said. 3 Practicing her routine for the uneven bars, junior Nikki Smith perfects her skills at practice on Nov. 1 in the gymnastic’s training room. 4 Junior Evan Henry heads for the basket at a game against Pike last year. “We are definitely looking to win Conference. We feel we can compete with the best teams in the state and then just making a deep postseason run. That’s probably what our team goals are,” Henry said. 5 Sophomore Ali Patberg dribbles down the court at a sectional game against East last season. “We had to kind of adjust to our roles and our team, but as each game went on, we improved and obviously we did well. Now we have that experience under our belt,” Patberg said.
photos by Roth Lovins The Speaker triplets took time out of their Nov. 13 practice to pose for a picture.
THREE HEADS... ARE BETTER THAN ONE
RRRING! The school bell rings and classes are released. Juniors Evan, Cody and William Speaker all head in the same direction; to wrestling practice. “If you know the three of us, we are not very large in stature. So it allows me to excel at a lower size, a smaller size,” Evan said. All three brothers participate on the wrestling team here at North. “We all just decided to. We have done it for a quite a bit. We started wrestling in first grade,” Cody said. The brothers share a bond that is unmatchable to that of their teammates. “It’s great because, I can always practice with them, and I think it’s cool that I can have brothers that hold the same interest in this sport as I do.They are my teammates as well as my sparring partners. They push me to become a better wrestler,” Cody said. The brothers may be in the same sport, but they all have different goals and ways to prepare for their matches. “I just get in the zone and kind of listen to music too. I like to jump rope or do something like that,” Evan said. “I usually just focus on my next match by thinking about what moves I’m going to do or I listen to music,” Cody said. Evan has goals for his season and the team that differ from his brothers. “Come state tournament season I hope to make it to qualify to Semi-State. I guess that’s really what that is for everyone else, to get farther in the State competition,” Evan said. Through all the hardships of practice, matches, and having family amongst them, the brothers continue to compete in the sport they love. “I plan to advance to Semi-State and farther if possible,” Cody said. “I love it, it’s a great sport, and I’ve made a lot of friends while competing in it.”
by Iris Thompson
2 NOV. 16,
MAKING A “STATE”MENT
This year, four of our teams went to State. Men’s soccer won State for the first time this year. The Sound of North placed eighth. Men’s cross country placed sixth, and women’s cross country placed third. The windows of the cafeteria were covered with paint as we collectively wished our athletes luck at their respective competitions. They later paraded through the halls in a triumphant hurrah as the school took time to celebrate its achievements. 22
TOTAL STATE WINS
Men’s Soccer 1 Men’s Golf 1 Men’s Cross Country 5 Men’s Gymnastics 13 Men’s Swimming 10 Women’s Cross Country 1 Women’s Gymnastics 2 Women’s Swimming 1
PRINCIPAL DAVID CLARK
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We are the third high school in the state of Indiana as far as number of state titles won. It’s pretty impressive if you think about it. We go in to every season expecting a championship. We want nothing less than the best. Never be satisfied for less than your best.
There’s a line in the movie ‘Cool Runnings’, ‘If you’re not enough without the medal, you’ll never be enough with the medal.’ That sums up how I feel about our sports.
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Junior Grayson Harney poses wth her flag during the Sound of Northâ€™s performance at State. Students march at Lucas Oil Statium for the Band State. Theband placed 8th out of 10 in the state. Senior Reid Wilson was awarded the C. Eugene Cato Mental Attitude award. In addition, North received a $1000 scholarship. Junior Mackenzie Caldwell runs at the Cross CountryState meet. Principal David Clark shows off all of his state rings.
photos by Keely Collier, Amelia Herrick and Roth Lovins NOV. 16,
THE HOBBIT: YOU SHOULD BE PUMPED
Junior Adam LeClerc lists off a few reasons why the upcoming Hobbit films should get you excited
ec. 14, there will be a remarkable event that may be the greatest to happen so far in the 21st century, and perhaps beyond. This day, which will change the course of human history forever, is the day The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases in theaters. If you are not excited by this, then you have something dreadfully wrong with your warped mind or you have no idea what The Hobbit is. The film is the first in an upcoming trilogy based on a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit takes place around 60 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings and follows the story of Bilbo Baggins, who is whisked away by Gandalf the wizard on an adventure with a band of dwarves to reclaim their home that has been taken by the fire-breathing dragon Smaug. Now, with that out of the way, I can proceed to force my opinion upon you and tell you some reasons why you should be excited for the Hobbit trilogy.
that these indeed will be great films. Returning with him are stars from the LOTR films such as Ian Mckellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum, and Hugo Weaving as Elrond, to name a few.
Peter Jackson is returning- Jackson, who directed all three of the previous LOTR films, is returning to direct the three films. With his record of good movies, it can be ensured
48 frames per second- The average film is shot at 24 frames per-second, however The Hobbit is not your average film! This film is being shot at a staggering 48 frames per second.
13 dwarves- As stated, there is a band of dwarves looking to reclaim their mountain kingdom from the dragon Smaug. There are 13, to be exact, but they need one more member to act as a burglar and steal the treasure (and to be the 14th member so they don't have an unlucky number.) That burglar is mild-mannered Bilbo. What makes these dwarves great is that, in the film, they are all going to be stand-alone characters with great personalities and skills. Some will be comical miners and simple folk, others will be warriors and nobles. It's the ramshackle feeling of the team that will make it great. Orlando Bloom- Yes ladies, he is back. That is all.
Test audiences have had mixed opinions, but the positive ones state that it looks like the back of the theater has been ripped off and you are looking into Middle Earth. Beorn- No, not our beloved Bajorn Gaylord, but a 9-foot-tall man who can transform into a massive black bear. Beorn enjoys long walks in the woods, tending to his bee hives, breeding ponies, and attacking armies of goblins by himself. Smaug the dragon- The main villain of The Hobbit is a titanic dragon who lives in the middle of a mountain formerly owned by dwarves, whom he wiped out all by himself. He is the size of a city block, or perhaps larger, breaths fire, has an underbelly covered in gold and gems, which makes him nigh-invincible and when he takes flight, hurricane-like conditions ensue. There you have it! If this list of splendidness did not excite you, then you must have not read it all or simply don't enjoy getting excited, in which case you should have not read this at all. No matter your situation, I expect to see you opening day of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
BARACK OBALDA Being the president of the United States can be quite stressful by Andy Carr and Adam LeClerc
HEARD IN THE HALL Yes, they are back! Check out the top 10 quotes that were in the halls Tuesday, Nov. 6, Election Day
“No pledge on election day, I guess.”
“If Romney’s elected, I’m leaving.” “I could be the next woman president.”
“It’s the day of the year I can talk politics all I want.” “I’m frightened, where’s the pledge?” “He’s probably voting.”
“Teachers can’t talk about who they vote for.”
“Time for Parrot-Your-Parents’-Vote Day” “Barack Hussein Obama. I’ll say it again. Hussein Obama.” “(Name), are you sitting on someone?” “No,” “Good Boy.”
“She’s all up in my grill, man!”
Here’s this issue’s weirdest news from THIS ISSUE’S WEIRDEST NEWS around the world that you may not have caught What? Mel Angst glued 250,00 pennies down and used them as tile in her tattoo gallery and coffee shop. Where and when? Gatfield, Pennsylvania on Nov. 5 Why? She said it was cheaper
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to glue the money down than to buy tile. How? She picked up the pennies at a local bank and traded tattoos for manpower. Fact: It took about 300 hours and more than three weeks. source: www.livescience.com