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PROJECT MALARIA Turn to page 10 to check out what the Medical Interventions classes are doing to help victims of this malady

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HAIDERER Senior Ashley Haiderer has a very unique and festive collection: Turn to page 12 so learn more!

Senior Chelsea Waxler is striving for tolerance and equality in her senior project. Check out page 11 to see how she did this

ON THE COVER Senior Ashley Haiderer “I have a select few that I really love more than others. There’s one that I got myself in Michigan. It’s in white uniform with a crown, he’s got a Christmas tree coming out of its crown, and he’s got red boots on, and lots of glitter throughout its uniform.” photo by Keely Collier

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Resist the urge to sit back and float through life; that very attitude led to a gruesome death recently

APOCA-WHAT?

Senior Roth Lovins investigates the theory of the apocalypse rumored to occur today

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FISCAL CLIFF

The deadline is Dec. 31; if we haven’t reached a compromise by then, we’ll fall off! But what is the fiscal cliff? Turn to page 6 to find out! 07

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Turn to page 7 for information on everything from the Dolly Madison strike to student employment here

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? RECOVERING FROM A LOSS

Sophomore Elizabeth McCartey will be celebrating her first Christmas without a crucial member of her family; turn to page 14 to learn more

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HOBBIT REVIEW

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BOWLING

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Junior Andy Carr took a break from copy editing to visit the movie theater.

GAME ON, BULL DOGS Turn to pages 16-17 to learn about our school’s bowling team! 18

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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

EMPLOYMENT

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SPORTS SNAPSHOT

Introducing this new feature of the sports section: The Triangle will now be featuring our best action shot of the month on a page of its own, with runners-up on the website!

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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

THE GIFT OF GIVING

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Don’t worry; we’re not getting up on a soapbox this issue. But recent events have drawn attention to a fact that cannot be ignored: humans lean towards selfishness and complacency

e live in a self-centered world. We occupy our own thoughts and most of the time cannot be bothered to put ourselves in an inconvenient situation for someone else’s benefit. Think that’s a bit harsh? Ask the mourning daughter of Ki-Suck Han, who was killed by a New York subway after being pushed onto the tracks Dec. 3. Han could have been saved; over 30 seconds separated his fall from the arrival of the train. Yet none of the bystanders on the crowded platform lifted a finger to help. Why? In psychology this phenomenon is known as the bystander effect. We experience a diminished sense of responsibility in situations where a large audience is present. Why should I help? The public recoiled in horror and outrage at the picture that made the front page of the New York Post, another ethically questionable decision. Yet how many of those people could know with certainty that they wouldn’t have done the same thing, standing silently to the side as Han met his death? Although the bystander effect is something that affects all of us, it can be compensated for. If we are aware of this problem, we can make a conscious effort not to succumb to the urge. With that in mind, our challenge to you this holiday season is to defy the bystander effect in as many ways as you can: Help out someone less fortunate than you. Defend that kid in your second period that always gets picked on. Help the flustered teacher pick up her papers that scattered in the hallway.

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If you’re good at math, tutor someone. If you’re an amazing artist, draw or paint something and give it away. If you’re funny, brighten someone’s day by bringing a smile to his or face. If you’re a good listener, be there for someone when they need you. If you are crafty, make something clever for the recipient. If you have a way with words, write a letter for them, or a poem. This doesn’t necessarily involve going out of your way to be charitable, or becoming a hero by saving a damsel in distress. This can be executed through something we would be doing anyway; through Christmas gift-giving. We are often faced with the dilemma of what to give someone for Christmas. When nothing quaint and personal comes to mind, we stick with the traditional candle or gift card. If you can honestly think of nothing to get someone, doesn’t that prove that you don’t know them that well? Why not go for the intangible gift; one that only you can offer? Everyone has some special trait- gift, ability, talent, trait, you name it- that could be beneficial to others if utilized the right way. And as they say, it’s not a gift until you give it away. Try being the gift, if you will, this holiday season. If you are musically talented, teach someone how to sing or play an instrument, or treat them to a personal concert. There are countless things one can do that would be appreciated much more than a Hallmark card or a $5 gift card.

The Triangle is YOUR forum. So go ahead, tell us what YOU want to read about. What would YOU like to see in the next issue? Letters to the Editor can be submitted to Room 1505.


CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

The tragedy in Newport was a shock. But let’s not take away the wrong message here; it’s not our safety we need to be worrying about, let’s attack the root of the problem

Ramya Vijayagopal

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ewtown, CT. Sandy Hook Elementary School. Dozens of innocent children lost their lives when 20-year-old Ryan Lanza shot 26 people (as of 12 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.) 20 of those victims were children between the grades of kindergarten and fourth grade. The shooting occurred at 9:30 a.m. and Lanza himself was killed, although it was uncertain at the time if he committed suicide or was shot. He used hundreds of rounds of ammunition and even had some left over. Police cars swarmed the school, state troopers escorting trembling children to safety outside. Shock and outrage echoed throughout

America, especially over social media; of all the places to have a shooting, an elementary school? Seriously? Then, of course, came the worried whispers of parents and family members everywhere: are schools safe? Yes. Yes they are. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 there were 33 school-associated violent deaths in elementary and secondary schools in America. According to the FBI, in 2011, an estimated 14,612 persons were murdered in the United States, down from 15,241 in 2009. School killings are not very common (phew); that’s why they are so newsworthy. In reaction to this tragedy, the issue of gun control has come roaring back into the picture. Although I personally hope something is done, I know realistically that pointless arguments between high schoolers will do nothing to aid or harm the process. I’d just like to point out that no one requires hundreds of rounds of ammunition for self-defense. According to NBC San Diego, gun sales are up since the shooting. Really? Seriously? That’s going to help

everyone sleep more soundly at night; more guns. I find it hard to believe that the Sandy Hook shooting was the second one that WEEK, along with the mall shooting in Oregon. This is absolutely ridiculous. Forget gun control; we have to find a way to curb that impulse or desire to kill people, not just take away the instrument that helps carry it out. “Guns don’t kill people, people do.” Okay, fine, but what are we going to do about those people? We can’t just sit complacently by, wringing our hands. We have to do SOMETHING. Because no matter your political beliefs, no one here is suggesting that it is acceptable for innocent people to continue dying. The bottom line is that we all need a refresher of the things those kids were learning in class. Treat others the way you want to be treated, etc. If everyone followed this simple rule, no one would be left out. Loneliness wouldn’t be left to fester and turn into bitterness and then hate. And there we are again. It seems that most, if not all, of our problems and tragedies stem from intolerance. Let’s give civility a try, shall we?

DECIPHERING DOOMSDAY

With all this talk about the end of the world, is it really something we should be concerned about, or is it just another myth like the Y2K bug?

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f you are reading this, then that means that the world hasn’t ended and you are still noble enough to come to school and read The Triangle unlike others. That’s right, I’m going to talk about the end of the world this issue, so get ready, get set and prepare yourselves for my thoughts on the “end of the world” and the Mayan calendar. It’s something we’ve heard all too much. The end of the world is predicted to occur today. There are just a few details that haven’t been made clear to us in the case of this event. As a good journalist should do, I would like to propose some questions that I would like some answers to. “AT WHAT TIME will the world cease to exist?” “HOW will the world cease to exist?” “What are we to expect?” In my opinion, I think that Mayan calendar is to be treated just like the Gregorian calendar we use today – it repeats after its dates run out or expire.

Also, throughout our lifetimes alone, there have been numerous predictions as to when the world would end. Some examples include Jan 1, 2001 (1/1/1), June 6, 2006 (6/6/6), and recently May 21, 2011 (5/21/11), but obviously none of which came true. Speaking of which, who comes up with such ideas and what qualifies them to make such accusations about the stature of our planet? The Mayans, for example, lived in a time that wasn’t very advanced in the world of mathematics and sciences as we are today, so what did they base their theory off of? A few gods and some sort of ritual that their ancestors taught to them? Who knows? What we do know is that our planet has been in a decent state (don’t get me started about global warming) for over 4 billion years now, so what makes you think that one date is going to make all that end so suddenly? The idea should also be raised that when the Mayans made their calendar, they made it before the calendar we use today was even invented. In fact, the Mayans didn’t include the leap years the Julius Caesar invented, so that means that the world was set to end months ago. I do see how some of you think that it is a valid argument to say that a lot of bad events have occurred which make you believe that the world will end soon. However, the case is that (and as depressing as it may sound) the world is always full

of bad things that happen. There has just been a string of events that have been broadcasted recently that have caught everyone’s attention. I also feel that it is important to point out that movie producers and food producers ignored the myth when determining when to distribute their products. Therefore, not everyone believes in the end of the world. What do you think? I suppose that those of you who are here reading this do not believe in all that “mumbo-jumbo” and that is why you are here and reading this right now. Let’s just hope that you didn’t forget to buy Christmas gifts because you thought that the end of the world would happen before Christmas did. If so, have fun shopping at the last minute.

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Dec. 31 is the deadline for US lawmakers to compromise on a policy to reduce our substantial debt. Read on to learn more about the details of this infamous “Fiscal Cliff”

Why do we want to avoid it?

If Congress allows the tax provisions to expire at the end of 2012, these are some of

the impacts:

If we “go over the cliff,” the Bush tax cuts that were in effect will go away and taxes for everyone in America will increase substantially. In addition, the government will be forced to reduce the debt by taking money out of government spending, which is in essence taking money out of the US economy.

$500

billion in tax increases

710,000 fewer jobs

9% unemployment by 2013

1.8% lower wages

2.4% less investment

90% of you would see taxes rise

What does it really mean? The fiscal cliff is the term used to describe the end of 2012, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect.

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Close tax loopholes and increase taxes on those earning more than 250,000 a year

4 Combination of spending cuts and taxes Don’t increase taxes on those earning more than 250,000 per year, cut spending instead

Why is our national debt so large? The current situation was caused almost entirely by Bush tax cuts and two unfunded wars. sources: www.whitehouse.gov; www.bonds.about.com; www.nfib.com

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THEY SAID THAT >“There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have - for our children, for our families, for each other.” President Obama in Newtown speech

>“Naturally curious, children are likely to pick up strange objects, such as the infamous toy-like ‘butterfly’ mines that Soviet forces spread in Afghanistan.” 10 girls killed in East Afghanistan on Monday when landline exploded as they were collecting firewood cnn.com by Ramya Vijayagopal


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or junior Katie Rawlings, getting a job meant financial independence. “I got a job because I wanted to spend my own money and what I wanted. My parents would give me money for stuff but I wanted to spend my own money without asking.” For Rawlings, finding a job was not too challenging. She found her job through a friend. “I knew someone who worked at Four Seasons and she told me they were short on employees and that I should apply,” Rawlings said. “So I filled out an application and they liked me.” Four Seasons is a care retirement community for senior living on 25th Street in Columbus. It also has a common area for residents and their visitors. Near the common area is a dining room and a kitchen for employees to make dinner for residents and guests.

Now more than ever teens are looking for jobs to gain independence, money, and some responsibility. About 25 percent of teens in America today hold some kind of job Rawlings works as a waitress there. “I work at Four Season’s Nursing Home on the Healthcare side. I work in the kitchen,“ Rawlings said. “I’m basically a waiter. I take the orders from people who come here, and serve food.” This was Rawlings’ first job. She would help at her dad’s office sometimes. “I worked at my dad’s office, but I never had a real job. I never had a set schedule or boss.” Having a job has given Rawlings more than just an opportunity for extra money. “I think having a job taught me how the real world works,” Rawlings said. “I got a job when I started driving. It taught me mostly about responsibility and priorities.”

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Concessions Sophomore Michael Freed works at the AMC movie theatre. He wanted to get a job because he wanted to have extra money to spend, and it keeps him busy. He wanted to be financially supported all by himself, but that meant that he would not have any free time. “I have extra money to spend, and I don’t have to ask my parents for money, which is good.” It didn’t take Freed very long to get the job. “AMC was hiring and I applied online and got the job.” “I wanted a job that kept me busy”. Seeing that he doesn’t have any free time, this job did exactly what he wanted.

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eads turned in the cars that drove down North National Road to look at the people holding signs up in front of Dolly Madison Bakery. Some people honked to support the striking union workers. Others passed by, the situation too unfamiliar to them to know how to react. The strike began November 9 and went late into the month. Now, it is likely a favorite childhood treat will be made by a different manufacturer. It was the second time in eight years Hostess had gone bankrupt. The closing should not have been surprising. Still, the union workers lined outside Dolly Madison Bakery caused a lot of discussion here.

Kinsey Allen’s main motivation for getting a job was to save up for a car and like the others, to have extra money to spend. She works at Yo Mama’s. “I got really lucky because that was the of the first applications that I filled out,” Allen said. “It did take a while for the store to open but it wasn’t that bad.” Having a job was not a difficult adjustment for Allen. “I just have to plan better for things like hanging out with friends,” Allen said. When asked what she would do if she lost it she said, “I’m not sure, I think I’d wait a while before getting another.”

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Senior Chase Maynard works at the grocery store JayC in Edinburgh. “I scan groceries and help people take groceries to their car,” Maynard said. Getting the job and adjusting was not too difficult for Maynard. “It made my life better, because I have money to actually do stuff with friends now,” Maynard said. “I like my job, mostly because I like to talk to people. I am a big people person.” So getting the job and adjusting shouldn’t have been too difficult, and it didn’t take very long for Maynard. It took him about one month to find this job. He said if he lost his job he would try to find a new one.

Union workers for Dolly Madison Bakery began striking Nov. 10 against pay cuts eventually leading to the closing of Hostess Brands When the bakery closed, Columbus lost more than just Twinkies and Ding Dongs. Just in Columbus, 200 people lost their jobs. Over 18,500 people, 33 bakeries, and 565 distribution centers around America were affected by the closing. “We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said Gregory F. Rayburn, Chief Executive Officer of Hostess Brands, “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500 member work force and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

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Gangnam Style Beats Bieber

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“Gangnam Style” is currently the leader on YouTube for most watched video ever, with 806,283,84 views. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” used to hold the title with 803,847,584 views. Rapper Psy also holds the Guinness World Record for the most likes on a Youtube video, currently 5,373,234 likes.

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From the entertainment world to health, school news, and new technology releases- this year was not a quiet one. Check out our top 12 of 2012 and student reactions

“It is really catchy, and it is original work. (Gangnam Style) was not written by other people, like the Justin Bieber song was.” freshman Zac White

by Annie Day, Meagan Olibo, and Emily Wilkerson

Sandy Hook Massacre Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT suffered a grave loss Friday, Dec. 14 when 20-year-old Ryan Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults. “In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this,” President Obama said that night.

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iPhone 5 Release

Sept. 21 people around the world waited in lines, some up to 12 hours, just to get their hands on Apple’s newest iPhone. Apple sold over five million phones in the first three days, breaking the iPhone 4’s record by one million. The iPhone 5 features a bigger screen, faster processor, lighter weight, and 4G LTE wireless connections. “The main difference between the iPhone 5 and the old iPhone is that the screen is bigger and it is a lot faster for the internet. I think the release was really anticipated because it’s been a year since they released a phone.” sophomore Eddie Meyer

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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

A Fungal Meningitis outbreak killed 36 people throughout Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, New Hampshire, Texas, and Virginia. Contaminated vaccinations were injected into the spine, causing these deaths. Additionally, around 14,000 others received epidural steroids that were tainted.

WE CAN SURVIVE 2012 Follow the steps to see where your can will end up. These 5 steps complete the student assembly can drive 08

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from MCTCapmpus Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/ MCT

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Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast Oct. 24, devastating the East Coast. New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Connecticut, Virginia, and North Carolina all were affected, New York with the most deaths at 42. There were a total 142 deaths, and 4.7 million people were left without power throughout the 15 states hit.

Students are encouraged to bring cans of food to school

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from MCTCapmpus, Carolyn Cole/ Los Angeles Times

The class with the most cans collected wins breakfast and the teacher wins a free 30 minute massage

First period class

All cans collected are put under tha tree in the common area and counted

Christmas tree


Men’s Soccer Wins State

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The men’s soccer team won their first state title Oct. 27 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. The one and only goal was scored by senior Brad Shaw, which led to the defeat of Warsaw. The team’s record this year was 17-1-4.

“We had a fantastic team, we worked hard, and we got what we deserved. State champions.” senior Brad Shaw

from MCTCapmpus, Wally Skalij/ Los Angeles Times

Trayvon Martin

Fab Five Wins Gold

Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old high school student, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman claims he was beaten badly by Martin and shot in selfdefense. Despite Zimmerman’s statements, he was charged with second degree murder April 11.

U.S. Women’s gymnastics team made history in the London Olympics this year. Members Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, and Gabby Douglas all came home with the gold for the overall team all around. It was the team’s first Olympic title since 1996. They beat runner-up Russia by five points.

“I feel bad for Trayvon because I think he did nothing wrong.” sophomore Maddie Swaim

from MCTCapmpus, Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times

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Nov. 6, President Barack Obama was reelected for his second term in office. Obama won with 62,611,250 popular votes, winning the presidency over Republican candidate, Mitt Romney who had 59,134,475 popular votes. Obama also won 332 of the 538 electoral votes. “If you compare it to if Romney would have been elected, it definitely takes the country in a new direction. With from MCTCapmpus, Chris Walker/ Chicago Tribune

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Romney there still would have been changes, but later on. It impacted the country because there are states wanting to secede.” junior Sharon Wang

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DaVita Scam

For more profits, the medical company DaVita threw away half used bottles of medicine. By throwing away the bottles, patients would have to pay more. This plan could be one of the largest Medicare frauds in history.

Assembly members load up their cars and deliver the cans to Love Chapel and 150 local families

Transportation

from MCTCapmpus,David Enders

Love Chapel

“I thought the Fab five did awesome in the Olympics. It is only the second time in history the U.S. has won Gold.” junior Morgan Lane

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from MCTCapmpus, Rick Wood/ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Theater Shooting

12 people dead. 58 injured. James Holmes was responsible for this. During the showing of Dark Knight Rises July 20, Holmes opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Holmes now faces 152 charges.

North Korean Missile Launch

In the midst of a civil war, Syrian forces fired four short-range missiles at the rebel fighters. The missiles were Presidend Bashar al-Assad’s attemtp to defeat the rebels. The Syrian civil war has killed almost 40,000 people. The US has monitored the situation closely and has talked to other defense secretaries from the Middle East to come up with a plan to stop Syria from using chemical weapons on their own people.

The cans collected are taken to Love Chapel and donated to families for good use

We CAN survive. The theme generated from the supposed end of the world on Dec

21. This year’s goal

is 20,012 cans, 1 more can than last year’s goal of 20,011. NOV. 16,

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A CLOSER LOOK

THEY SAID THAT

PROJECT MALARIA

>“This is a

For a relatively inexpensive cost, children’s lives will be saved through the efforts of teens half a world away

world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t

Bringing their study of vaccinations to life, C4 Medical Interventions students, including senior Bailey Deckard, fundraise to buy treated mosquito nets for those most vulnerable -- poor children in orphanages in India where hundreds become infected from malaria-carrying mosquitos daily. Class members carry boxes for student donations and have raised $400 so far. They also plan to seek corporate donations.

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simple mosquite bite. Yet malairainfected mosquitos in India cause 600 children to acquire the deadly disease every night. The majority of those 600 kids will awaken from their orphanage beds the next morning with their lives changed forever. C4 health careers teacher Robin Allen’s Medical Interventions class is working to make a difference. The class has begun carrying boxes and asking for student donations. They sit outside the cafeteria, waiting for the few coins of pocket change that could save a child’s life halfway around the world. The money collected is given to the Central India Christian Mission, which provides bed nets for orphans. Junior Sam Heale is among those students raising money. “I just like that we’re fundraising to help prevent deaths from malaria,” Heale said. “Our goal is to raise $5,000.” Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that affects over 216 million people a year. A disease

HER STORY A Deadly Disease

Sophomore Madissen Pearson’s tour of South America consisted of swimming in the Amazon river, practicing Spanish, and a harrowing brush with malaria

common in tropical and subtropical countries like India, malaria serves as the cause of 655,000 deaths each year. Most victims are under the age of five. All the money raised goes to buying insecticide-treated bed nets. “The bed nets cover them while they sleep,” said Heale, “It keeps mosquitoes from biting them.” An average net is $5. Too much for central Indian orphanages, who can host hundreds of orphans with little funding. “Ten dollars can save four lives,” senior Redmond Gretsinger said. Mrs. Allen said she heard about Project Malaria through church mission trips. As soon as she explained the project to her Medical Interventions class, students in it decided they would do everything they could to help. The project has also spread to the Medical Interventions class at Columbus East.The total number of students involved is around 50, according to Mrs. Allen. And the students

aren’t just satisfied with collecting spare change at school, according to Heale. “We’ve sent letters out to companies,” he said. The project ties into class studies about vaccinations. Malaria is a disease caused by parasites. The parasites attack the red blood cells of the body. A case of malaria requires a hospital stay and a number of expensive medications that orphanages cannot afford. The inexpensive, insecticide-treated nets can save hundreds of lives. A study in western Kenya determined there is a 25 percent reduction rate in malaria-related deaths among children when a bed net is used. The Medical Interventions class has already raised $400 from student donations alone. That buys 40 bed nets. Eighty children saved.

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themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination.” Jada Pinkett Smith in a Facebook post about daughter Willow’s new hairstyle.

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went to the Amazon (Columbia) for a field trip with International School of Columbus, and mosquitoes love me. No matter how much mosquito spray I put on, they always would eat me. I had the most bites. I had 50 on my legs and 20 on my arms and such. We had a hammock that had bed nets around it, and bunk beds with the nets. We had to sleep with the bed nets every night, except when we were in a hotel. There were no bed nets and the windows were open, but they gave us these bracelets that were mosquito repellents. After a week of being home from the trip, I ended up feeling feverish, and I was tired all the time. I was nauseated, had headaches, and it was terrible. I experienced that for only like, a day or two, though. When I got home I researched malaria, and I had five of nine of those symptoms. I had to take antibiotics for the first week before the trip and during the trip every day and for a month after I got back. But I stopped taking the antibiotics a week after I got back, which is probably why I got malaria. If I would have had the full disease develop, I would have been sick for two weeks. It was terrible, absolutely awful.” by Elizabeth Andrews and Leah Hashagen designed by Dylan Thixton

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>“I didn’t think anything of it.” NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo after a video of him giving his shoes to a homeless man went viral. HLN

by Ramya Vijayagopal


WHO?

Senior Chelsea Waxler

WHAT?

“This organization’s main goal is to eliminate the use of the ‘r’ word as a demeaning term for people with special needs.”

WHERE?

“I went to Northside and spoke to (History teacher Laurie) Martin’s class about eliminating the use of the ‘r’ word. I also decorated a bulletin board with information about my project. I went to numerous places in the community and put up flyers to gain community awareness.”

WHEN?

“My project took place throughout the months of September to December. I presented to Northside on the third of December. I asked the students if they would pledge online to show respect to people with special needs.”

WHY?

“Having a brother with special needs, I know how much it hurts when people say rude things. Also, it’s an outdated term that may offend people. I believe in full inclusion of people with special needs and they shouldn’t feel different because of their disability.”

HOW?

“I went on a pledge campaign and spoke to numerous classes. They then pledged online under my senior project name. (My mentor is) Nancy Conner, the BCSC Autism Coordinator. She had an amazing knowledge of people with special needs. She was also very willing to communicate with me. about my project.”

“SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE

WORD”

Many admirable services within the community are the direct effect of someone’s senior project. While some people do not take their senior projects seriously, others take a more progressive approach. For senior Chelsea Waxler, the latter is true. Her passion for her project was clearly leading her with her work. She took it upon herself to help move her community forward and “disable the label.” Catch a glimpse of what Waxler’s project was all about above by Sierra Lollar designed by Keely Collier DEC. 21, 2012

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FESTIVE PASSION Some people collect comic books, others collect beanie babies, check out what senior Ashley Haiderer collects

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t all started nine years ago. She saw it and fell in love with it. Its cheerful image and red and green details pulled her attention. She wanted it so bad, and she got it. She fell in love with that tall, thin wooden figure. While visiting Michigan with her mother and grandmother, senior Ashley Haiderer received her first collection piece, a Nutcracker. “Since I was a little kid I started collecting them. I didn’t dance ballet, but I saw the play in the movie form of the Nutcracker and I just really liked him,” Haiderer said. “I think that’s what started it, the look of them.” Throughout the year she keeps her three favorite Nutcrackers out in her room. As the holiday season approaches, Haiderer unpacks the rest and decorates her room with 25 different multi-colored Nutcrackers. She receives about two to three a year. Sometimes they are Christmas presents and sometimes she buys them for herself. “They overwhelm my room.” Her attraction to them began after watching the “Nutcracker” movie. “Like in the play, the Nutcracker came alive and protected (the princess), and when I was younger that was the coolest thing, your toy coming alive.” Bright. Cheery. Cute. Happy. That’s how her mother, Laura Haiderer, sees her daughter’s collection. Haiderer and her mother share a similar passion. “I have the Santa collection,” Mrs. Haiderer said. “I probably have about 20 Santas.” Even though Haiderer prefers the traditional, tall, skinny Nutcracker dolls, she has received three non-traditional ones. “I got another non-traditional one from my dad. It’s a sailor because he went to Maine and he brought me one, and that was the first one he has ever bought me.” Her boyfriend, Amos Baugher, added another one to her non-traditional collection. After 50 hours of work, three or four different pieces of wood and super glue, Baugher crafted an eightinch pine-tree green wooden Nutcracker doll for her Christmas present last year. “She always gets store-bought ones, so I wanted to make something special for her,” Baugher said. Neat. Cute. A little goofy. Cool. That’s how her boyfriend sees Haiderer’s collection.

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Senior Malissa Hofmeister gave Haiderer her most recent non-traditional collection piece. “It’s a vampire, normally I don’t go for that stuff, but because it’s from her, I’ll definitely keep it. It’s unique, definitely unique compared to my collection.” Haiderer said. Goofy. Cheerful. Happy. Ashely. That’s how her friend sees Haiderer’s collection. “Each of them is unique in their own way, even if they’re non-traditional.” Haiderer said. Having pieces splashed with glitter from head to toe, some court jesters, and the whole spectrum of colors and uniqueness is what comes to Haiderer’s mind when she thinks of her collection. Sure that her collection is part of her past because she grew up dancing and unsure if she will continue collecting

as

many Nutcrackers in the future, her collection makes up who she is. And as Mrs. Haiderer said, “She’s a happy person and she has a lot to offer.”

“They reflect my

personality, they

are unique. I don’t like dull colors, the bright colors reflect me.”


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WHAT’S THE SCOOP?

HOLIDAY

SPIRIT

For the first time, this sophomore will spend the holiday season without her father. Read on to see how she has managed to keep him present in family traditions

> ”It felt like playing God.” Erika Tabke, former judge of video contest that a fertility clinic in Nevada holds to award free IVF cycle to help struggling couples conceive. HLN

photo by Keely Collier

Christmas day will symbolize something different for sophomore Elizabeth McCarty. She and her family will release ballons with notes attached in honor of her father who died this Sept. “Without him, it’ll be different by far,” McCarty said.

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hen sophomore Elizabeth McCarty was seven, her life changed forever. Christmas Eve was usually the day she went to her dad’s house for Christmas. She would look forward to spending time with him, opening presents with him and baking cakes in his apartment. She would join her dad and sister in decorating their white Christmas tree. “I can still remember when he bought us a Wii, he would always buy us movies. I still remember eating pizza and ice cream on Christmas.” But this year is different. McCarty won’t be spending Christmas with her father. “Usually on Christmas Eve, my sister Rebekah and I’d go over to my dad’s house,” McCarty said. McCarty lost her father Sept. 16 to a

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assive heart attack earlier and kidney failure. He passed away at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. McCarty has had a hard time coping with the loss of her father. “I can put a Band-Aid on a cut, I can give her medicine for a headache, I can take her to the doctor for a broken arm, but this is a hurt a mommy can’t fix. This is a pain that a mommy can’t fix,” mother Lisa McMinds said. The family is starting new Christmas traditions in memory of their father, such as donating to charities. “They know that he would be happy that they were doing that. We’re helping somebody else because we’re not buying their daddy presents. As their mom, I hope that they do that for every Christmas here on out. No, he’s not here for you to buy him presents for but

you can still do something nice for someone else. They know he’s watching them, and they know he’s proud of them. I know I’d rather see my kids do something nice for somebody else than to do something nice for me. That means that we raised them right,” Mrs. McMinds said. The family has started a special tradition in his memory. “On Christmas morning, after we open our presents, we are going to blow up balloons and write a note on them to our father, then we are going to release the balloons up to him,” McCarty said. They will go through old photos and relive happy memories they had with their father. “I hope to get a tattoo of my father’s signature in memory of him someday.” by Elizabeth Keaton

> ”We try to have a good sense of humor about the whole blending thing.” Jill Erickson, 56. embraces the holiday “Chrismukkah,” celebrating a blend of Episcopalian and Jewish tradition. cnn.com

> “(Channing Tatum and Jenna Dawan Tatum)are pleased to announce that they are expecting the birth of their first child next year.” HLN

by Ramya Vijayagopal


junior Andy Carr reviews:

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Director Peter Jackson pulls us back into the world of the Lord of the Rings series with this charming prequel based around J.R.R. Tolkein’s first tale about Middle-earth

Andy Carr

photo credit: Martin Freeman, front, as Bilbo Baggins, James Nesbitt as Bofur, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, William Kircher as Bifur, and Jed Brophy as Nori in the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. (MCT)

Movie stats Director Peter Jackson Genre Fantasy, Adventure Production Studio New Line Cinema, Metro-GoldwynMayer Release Dec. 14, 2012 Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen Richard Armitage Hugo Weaving Cate Blanchett

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eter Jackson has done it once again. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a slightly more family-friendly adventure than the Lord of the Rings films, brings charm, wonder, and excitement in the most recent addition to the series of film adaptations based on the beloved books by J.R.R. Tolkein. Understand one concept: The Hobbit, in its initial publication, was written as a storybook and illustrated an expansive, detailed world into which children and families could escape. This must be kept in mind when the temptation arises to compare An Unexpected Journey to the Rings trilogy. The film is the same way: it is less violent, less dark and more humorous. The story spans the early segments of the book, following Mr. Bilbo Baggins, a homebody hobbit who is approached by an enigmatic wizard Gandalf the Grey and a band of 13 dwarves who yearn to reclaim their home and treasure inside the Lonely Mountain, stolen from them by the evil dragon Smaug. Jackson, who also wrote the exquisite screenplay, has done a fine job capturing the charm, wit, and wonder of the adventurers on their journey across Middle-earth. However, Hobbit fanboys beware: there are lots of story lines and scenes added in the movie, most likely for the sake of turning the book into three films. Most of them fit in just fine, although Azog the Defiler, a pale leader of a group of orcs, may easily be found annoying or generic to some viewers.

With this first of three installments based on The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson satisfies the legacy his previous Rings films have left in visual scope and beauty. Everything looks fantastic, including (but not limited to) the costumes, sets, panoramic shots of mountains, cliffs and plains, diverse collection of bizarre creatures and epic, exciting battles between the different races inhabiting Middle-earth. The outstanding visual achievement, however, is not the abundant amount of computer-generated special effects (which, for the first time in the series, can sometimes unfortunately take away from one’s engagement in the film), but rather the impeccable use of prosthetics and makeup in transforming 13 normally sized, fully grown men into short and chunky, goofy-looking but hardbitten, adventure-loving dwarves. In comparing photos of the actors in reality to those of the actors in costume, it is astonishing how much their appearance is altered without the use of digital effects. Howard Shore brings a beautiful, sweeping musical score to the film. Each piece accentuates the mood of the moments and events at hand. This should not come as a surprise, as he gave us the score for the first three Rings soundtracks, all of which have been nominated for various music and film soundtrack awards. Among all these triumphs in the film,

An Unexpected Journey does have its flaws. There are moments in the film which feel a bit video game-like due to the extensive use of computer-generated effects (CG). While these effects are indeed very detailed and well-fleshed-out, it is hard to avoid feelings of detachment when everything you see on screen is so clearly fake. What makes it more irritating to a viewer who has seen the previous three Rings films films is that there are things in The Hobbit that were accomplished perfectly in Rings without the use of computer effects, like orcs, battle scenes... even the flames in a fireplace and on a torch. Another nit-pick is in the odd and seemingly timid approach to violence. Why include such ghastly, disgusting creatures and grisly fight scenes if you are so blatantly going to avoid the display of blood and gore? After three violent (but most certainly not excessive) films that seemed perfectly fine with showing blood when need be, I am lost as to the motivation for leaving out blood and guts altogether in The Hobbit. I mean, it may have been a children’s story, but the book has depictions of bloody violence, and this is in fact a PG-13 movie. The filmmakers shouldn’t have felt such a dire need to avoid it. Unfortunately, it resulted in a lack of believability in the combat in the film. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows well in the footsteps of its predecessors, and caters a brilliant telling of a fantastical journey, or at least the beginning of one, but falls short in some technical areas that may be picked up and detested by a watchful eye. I eagerly await the next installment, The Desolation of Smaug, which hits American theaters next December, and look forward to seeing what more can be done with this trilogy. 83/100 DEC. 21,

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GAME ON, BULL DOGS

STRIKING AN INTEREST The bowling club shares its proudest moments, its most frustrating predicaments, and its biggest hopes for the future.

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unior Cody Froedge picks the heavy ball up from the rack. As he walks to the lane, he thinks of all his teammates. He thinks of how he’s not here for himself, but for the team. He thinks of how to make sure he can give 110 percent. He thinks of how he has to hit the mark, how he has to throw it right. Froedge, who has now been bowling for 10 years, has taken his skills and put them to use here on the school team. “You’ve got to get into it,” Froedge said. “People say that it’s boring, but I guarantee once they start they will get pretty into it.” For Froedge, the best part of bowling is the crowd. “North goes crazy when you strike,” Froedge said. “That’s the coolest part about it.” Freshman Jon Hiday, another bowler on the team here, also had positive thoughts about being on the bowling team. “Bowling is something I really enjoy doing,” Hiday said. “It’s a great way to do a school sport.” Jacob Rose, a senior and captain on the team, felt confident in his team and himself this season. “I’m feeling pretty comfortable this season,” Rose said. “I’ve been bowling for a while now, so that’s why I’m at home with it. You just focus on what you usually do in practice.” Hiday also felt good about the upcoming postseason. “I think I see us winning state this year,” Hiday said. Assistant coach Roger Gemberling, who has coached middle school and high school, has a different aspect of enjoying bowling. “I enjoy the teaching part the most,” Mr. Gemberling said. “Sharing the knowledge I have. Then when they execute something we’ve been working on like a spare combination, that’s always fun. If I had to give myself a title, it would be teaching coach.” Froedge has one thing he would like all students here to know about bowling. “Bowling is a sport,” Froedge said. “Just like football, basketball, or soccer.” Mr. Gemberling had a similar opinion about bowling. “We have a bowling club here at north, not a team, because of 2 reasons,” Mr. Gemberling said. “One, you can’t compete on Sunday, and bowling does. Two, you can’t win money in an ISHAA sport, but in bowling, you can actually win money that you can access in college. I think it is a sport, because it has not only a physical part to it, but also a mental and team part.” Mr. Gemberling also wanted students at north to know something else about the game. “The game of bowling is so much more than just throwing a ball,” Mr. Gemberling said. “There’s a mental side to it, there really is. Like how to throw spares and set your feet.” While the team’s aspect of a successful team is mainly focused on winning state, Mr. Gemberling’s view is different. “I just want kids to have a better knowledge of the game,” Mr. Gemberling said. “I hope kids learn more about the mental side of bowling. I want to get kids excited about it. I want to help kids move forward to become better bowlers and better people.” by Neal Shaw

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BOWLING BASICS

THEY DID THAT

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>The gymnastics team will host their first meet Jan. 7 at 7p.m. here. >The women’s basketball team will face off against East Central Jan. 8 at 6p.m. here. >The gymnastics team will host a match against East Jan. 9 at 7p.m.. >The wrestling team will hit the mats against Columbus East at Columbus East Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

each worth one point

Maximum bowling ball weight

photo by Morgan Donnelly

Front Row: Katie Gemberling, Laura Hole, Jon Erfmeier, Cody Froedge, Assistant Coach Roger Gemberling Back Row: Head Coach Danny Cowan, Andrew Herold, Brandon Duncan, Jacob Rose

TEAM TOTALS 10 BOYS 2 GIRLS Katie Gemberling Laura Hole

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Weekly practice on Tuesdays

Q AND A WITH

SENIOR BRANDON DUNCAN

photo by Roth Lovins

Senior Brandon Duncan practices bowling Dec. 4 at the Columbus Bowling Center. Duncan is an active member of the bowling team here.

Bowling is the number one high school sport in America since

2009

39 300 292

There are boards of wood in a bowling lane. A perfect score is

total number of bowling balls used by the team

10 Matches played highest score (held by 12 Practices Katie Gemberling) (to date)

>The men’s basketball team will face off against Mooresville here Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. >Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving will swim against Oldenburg in the “Chuck Newell Natatorium” Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.

Take a look at some information about the bowling team

pounds

but a score of

points,

points is the rarest score to get. Sources: www.msu.edu, webpages. shepherd.edu

The Triangle: Why do think you are a leader on this team? Duncan: “Probably because they like when I’m first bowler. That’s when you’re first in the lineup.” The Triangle: What is the most challenging aspect of bowling for you? Duncan: “Definitely trying to find the perfect place to bowl and get a strike.” The Triangle: What got you started in bowling? Duncan: “I just have always liked bowling. I got asked to bowl on a team, and I’ve been doing it for seven years now. We’ve never gotten beaten by another team in my high school career. I have nine trophies.” The Triangle: What is your favorite memory on the bowling team? Duncan: “Just talking to my friends while we wait for our turn to bowl.” The Triangle: What do you hope to get out of this season? Duncan: “Good and high scores.” The Triangle: Do you view bowling as just a club or a sport? Duncan: “Both. We bowl in different groups, in four groups, so it’s different than a regular team.” The Triangle: If there was one thing you could say to every student here, what would you say? Duncan: “I would just tell my friends to join the team. As we always say, the more the better.” DEC. 21,

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WRESTLING Who?

Junior Luke Teague

What?

Teague pins down his opponent, a Jennings County wrestler, winning the match.

When?

7 p.m. December 11

Where?

Here (Gym 2)

Why?

“It’s just the thrill of being on the mat and it’s just you and another guy and all the pressure’s on you to win,” Teague said.

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MY END-OF- THEWORLD “THANK YOU” LETTER As the end approaches, I list off my final words of thanks. Enjoy

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nd is nigh folks. By the end of today every last one of us will apparently be destroyed by some cataclysmic event predicted by the Mayans. Despite this sad fact, I have much to be thankful for. So with the clock ticking, let me dive into my final thank-you's to humanity and our school. I thank the creator of bacon, wherever his earthly remains may be nestled, if it is atop a mountain in China or a valley in Germany. I thank the creators of the film 2012 which in fact way made in 2009, it was a horrible film but it will prepare us for the coming cataclysm. I thank John Cusack in advance, for I know

that he will attempt to save the planet as he did in the film. I thank Peter Jackson for being able to pump out at least one part of The Hobbit movie trilogy, I can die a happier man due to this film. I thank all my splendid teachers as well as everyone's favorite extraterrestrial teacher Mr. Britton, whom will escape the coming doom of this planet in his space cruiser hidden in the hills near Bloomington. I thank Richard Roundtree for cleaning up the streets as John Shaft in the 1971 film Shaft. If you have not seen Shaft, you may have a few more hours to go rent it before

DEC. 22, 2012 People will be in for a big surprise when they find that the world didn’t end on Dec. 21, 2012

the end. I thank yet another great actor, Nicolas Cage, for all the laughs. I thank the deodorant company Old Spice for keeping all us men smelling splendid and provoking the riding of horses backwards. I thank Drake Maddix for being the single greatest American I know to this day. I can always count on him to defend freedom and liberty. I thank this very news magazine The Triangle, for dealing with these completely and utterly bizarre columns I sneak in here. I, of course, cannot give thanks to every single grand achievement that humanity has accomplished due to limited amount of roomon this back page. But if I would give any advice for you to deal with the impending doom of our entire race it would be don't panic…and do make sure you rent Shaft. Adam LeClerc signing off.

HEARD IN THE HALL Check out the top 10 random quotes that were heard Dec. 4 “I’m worth two million dollars. According to Humanforsale.com” “Apparently I’ve spelled it wrong my whole life.” “At least The Hobbit comes out before the world ends.” “I didn’t choose the thug life, the thug life chose me.” “Why can’t you walk like a boy?” “Oxygen is not a disease?” “I’m a teacher I don’t go to class, they come to me” “Did you just say you were an ameba?- “No, I said look at the grim reaper” “How old is this room? Not even one year old.” “Your lips are huge.” by Jadea Graves

It’s a golden THIS ISSUE’S WEIRDEST NEWS Christmas in Disney for Tokyo.

What? $4.2 milion for a Chrismas tree Where and when? Tokyo, Japan; Nov. 22

“Well, Phil, I guess we oughta start cleaning all this up.” by Andy Carr and Adam LeClerc

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Why? It is a pure gold revolving “tree” covered in Disney characters.

How? Each tree-like ornament is made of 88 pounds of pure gold. Fact: It is nearly eight feet tall and three feet in diameter. They used pure gold and had an expert craftsman from each Disney character by hand. source: worldnews.nbcnews.com

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