oct. 3, 2012
A CLOSER LOOK
ETHNIC EXPO With the annual Ethnic Expo just around the corner, students share their favorite parts of this cultural event. Check out which country is hosting this year
SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT? See what information the Curiosity is gathering and read about sophomore Radhika Paliwal
ELIZABETH PRICE Read about the life of sophomore Elizabeth Price
JOINING US Students and teachers join the Bull Dog nation
UPASANA CHAKRABORTY 12
Moving across town can bring big changes, from carpools being rearranged to having to record favorite TV shows so they are not missed. You think that’s hard? Try changing continents. Flip to page 12 to finish reading about junior Upasana Chckraborty
ON THE COVER Senior Lindsey Britt “I had trouble deciding on my senior project at first. The primary idea came from Tony London as a way of involving younger voters into the elections. He had the initial idea, but I came up with the idea of the booths and everything else.” photo by Keely Collier
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SPEAK UP 04
Consider the implications of the First Amendment. Freedom comes at a price, but is it worth it?
KEEPING TRACK OF TIME
Read Roth Lovins’s experience of keeping track of time for a week without wearing his watch
The isssue with how to pay for college is stressful and overwhelming for some students, check out the different ways seniors can afford these costs 07-09 GUN CONTROL With recent shooting incidents, gun control and the Second Amendment have become a controversial issue
10-11 PRESIDENTAIL ELECTIONS Read about senior Lindsey Britt’s senior project and the Young Democrats and Conservatives
WHAT’S THE SCOOP? 18
THE MESSAGES YOU SEND
The way you dress at school can send different mesages. Check out the various garments and what the deans have to say about the dress code
Teachers assign creative and a little more hands on projects to students
GAME ON, BULL DOGS
Check out the sporting events during the two weeks of Fall Break
Did you miss the Trike Race? It’s OK. Go to page 21 to relive the fun memories from this event
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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 PRICE OF FREEDOM
Our First Amendment grants us the freedom of expression. It may not be easy, but we must defend this freedom even when we don’t necessarily agree with what is being expressed
n light of the recent unrest over the controversial anti-Islam video and the backlash of attacks on US embassies in Egypt and Libya, we’d like to stress the fact that freedom and free speech cannot be a convenience in a true democracy. The First Amendment guarantees, among other things, the freedom of speech and expression. This is not conditional. If the United States Government had taken the video down, that would be classified as censorship. The administration did request that Google review the video to ensure it wasn’t breaking any policies. Google determined that the video did not and therefore would not be removed. Our government and Google had no right to take down that video, and they realized this. No matter what the content, doing so would be censorship and that would have invalidated everything we stand for as a country and as a democracy. It’s not easy; both the government and Google were under tremendous pressure from Libyan and Egyptian authorities to take action. It is difficult to stand up for the rights of people you don’t agree with. But the point is that you don’t have to agree with them! It all comes down to the golden rule: If you don’t like it, don’t look at it. If you’re browsing the Internet and find something particularly offensive, look at something else. It’s the Internet! There is no shortage of people who use the anonymity as an excuse to be uncharacteristically insensitive. Those who contribute content of any form have a responsibility to be accurate and factual in the information they spread. Of course, this does not always happen. That is why viewers also have a duty. They have the responsibility to view everything through a filter. They must consider the context of what they see. Is this information accurate? If it is offensive, will starting a racket do anything to better the situation? Will rioting make the original poster change his/her viewpoint?
The answer, of course, is no. We need to have the maturity to let things go. There will be many times in your life where something or someone offends you. The increasing availability of information and unfortunately the increasing ease of spreading misinformation has given these offensive “trolls” a much larger audience and much more material with which to spread hate. All you need to communicate with the world is internet access. With this power comes an increased responsibility. There are over seven billion people inhabiting this planet. We are not all the same. We follow different traditions, have different ideas about religion and speak different languages. We will never all be the same. We will never have widespread conformity. It’s simply impossible. Why, then, is the idea of coexisting so impossible for some people to comprehend? Tolerance is desperately needed, in every corner of the world. Though it is important to recognize that diversity is inevitable and to cherish it, the government cannot be in charge of making everyone “play nice.” That is a social responsibility. If the governments of the world try to keep everyone from being offended, they won’t have any time to do their own jobs. In a true democracy, the rights of the people must be protected. No matter how serious the situation, you can’t take away a person’s right to express themselves if they are doing so legally. According to the First Amendment Center, “We have developed law that sets specific criteria for the rare times we can be prosecuted and punished for what we say. Threats must pose real, imminent danger against a specific person to run afoul of the law.” So, yeah, it’s not easy. But from the start, America has been a true democracy. In order to retain that title, we’ll have to continue acting like one, no matter how hard it gets.
THE EVOLUTION OF ENTERTAINMENT
We’re trying to stop bullying; but we could be partially responsible. Is our media encouraging this harmful behavior?
believe one major indicator of society’s position on the moral compass is the entertainment of the era in question. Entertainment has changed dramatically in the past century, from “I love Lucy” to “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”; the latter got more views than the former President Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. This is pathetic. The public cares more about an infamous toddler than a major
political event during a Presidential election year. The main thing I find interesting is how our method of making fun of people as entertainment has evolved. In the era of Charlie Chaplin, the ‘20s, audiences roared at slapstick comedy: completely ridiculous incidents that would cause severe pain (think all of the baseball-bat-to-the-groin clips from “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”) As a population our focus has shifted away from slapstick comedy to something more subtle. In TLC’s relatively new show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” the director is not trying to show Alana’s family in a positive light. In fact, the situation is quite the opposite. Why make a show with the sole purpose of showing how backwards a group of people are? What satisfaction do we get by sitting at home and thinking “Look at them! I’m so glad I’m not like that.”? No one is blameless here. The main point is that although the vast majority of us do participate in
the finger-pointing and ridiculing, it’s scary that no one has spoken out about the ethical pitfalls of the direction our society is heading. It’s ridiculous for us to expect bullying to stop being a problem if our media is centered around making fun of people. My viewpoint is that this mistreatment of people is not human nature. Yes, they consented to participate. Does that make the show ethical? I think not. Did they truly understand the implications of what they’re getting into? Some people are willing to do anything to get their “15 minutes of fame,” even if the attention they receive is negative. I believe that censorship won’t change things; parenting will. If everyone fostered tolerance in their homes, then there would be no bullying, no intolerance. Can we as a race ever get there? I don’t know. But I do know that we can get much closer to that elusive median than we are right now.
KEEPING TRACK OF TIME
How do we manage our time? Are we using it wisely? What would happen if all the clocks froze at once?
he idea for my column this issue came up in a discussion in my English class. It was sometime around the third or fourth week of school that we mentioned the whole concept of time relative to ourselves. During the discussion, Mr. Weinheimer mentioned some of the semester projects his past comrades have attempted to show what they thought of time. Some of them included locking themselves in a wooden casket, which I thought was just another way of asking for trouble: normally when you go into a casket, you don’t come back out. Others, of course, were a bit less extreme, so I thought I might give one a try. So, my experiment was going to be simple. Three weeks ago, I told myself I was not going to wear my watch for the entire week. I told myself I could not look at the clock either, which became tricky when a teacher told me to watch the clock for an appointment time. Then, the week after, I would wear
my watch again. At the end of the two weeks I was able to make a conclusion about what I felt. Here is my conclusion: Normally, I have my watch on my wrist and I check periodically throughout the day for many reasons. I look at my watch to write the date at the top of all my papers and on all the sign-out sheets in the school. I would also glance at my watch to see how much longer one needed to endure the hardships of Bull Dog time. So, without my watch to help me out, the first week seemed to be one of the longest weeks of school I have ever endured in my life. Every class seemed to stretch on for hours and lunch seemed like it would never end (not that it was a bad thing). Every time I would glance at my bare wrist, it would take me just a few seconds to realize that there was no watch there. Only after staring at my veins for about three seconds did it register in my head what I was doing. So I would ask a neighbor what time it was, what day it was or I would sit there in silence and endure not knowing what time it really was in the world around me. Was it just that I didn’t know something as simple as the time of day that I felt secluded from society? Or was it the uncomfortable feeling it brought of not knowing how to pace myself in my work that made me hate missing my watch? The only way to find out was to take a look at the other side of the spectrum.
A week later, when I was able to dawn my watch, I felt a little less stupid every time I looked at my wrist and noticed that there was a time there instead of a bright purple vein. My watch brought back my feeling of belonging simply by knowing what time it was; I finally felt like everyone else at that point. With that, I made it through the second week with so much ease. Of course, that was also the week of Homecoming, so it all seemed to go by pretty fast regardless of whether or not I looked at my watch. Through the whole process however, I did notice something else that had changed about myself. On the first week of the experiment, I did not wear my wristbands with my watch because of the imbalance it made me feel; having so much on one arm and nothing on the other. The week after, I didn’t wear them either, but I hadn’t noticed until someone else had pointed it out to me. I had thought that it was just normal after some time not to wear them and now it HAS become normal. Regardless, I found the experiment to be very difficult as a student because the school days seems to be long enough already, so why would you try adding to that in the first place? Either way, I hope to try this experiment again during a break so that I can see if the feelings brought with it still arise or if that task will be much simpler to handle. I just hope the clock on my senior year doesn’t run out too soon. OCT. 3,
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what any man would probably do to a woman that’s been cheating on him.” Gregory S.
Scott’s testimony in the murder trial of his brother, who has admitted to killing his girlfriend and her daughter in a jealous rage (The Dallas Morning News, Thursday)
Harris wholly dismissed our entire case with a 15-word ruling sent from his iPhone.” — East Texas rancher Julia Crawford in response to the decision that gave the Keystone XL oil pipeline the right to cross her land (Longview News-Journal, Thursday)
by Ramya Vijayagopal
here’s always the generic prom picture; three girls standing back to back, their hands in the shape of hand guns in reference to “Charlie’s Angels.” In the movie “Date Night,” when a gun is turned on Steve Carell’s character, he says ”Oh! God no, he turned it sideways, kill shot! That’s a kill shot!” Everyone laughs at that part. This summer, before the Colorado shooting, a music video of Lil’ Wayne’s came out. It took place in a movie theater filled with skeletons. Some of his lyrics referred to semi-automatic weapons. Foster the People’s song, “Pumped Up Kicks,” refers to a mall shooting. Gun references are all around us in the media, in video games and pop culture. It’s unavoidable. Guns increasingly are becoming a norm in society. And that’s by law. It’s unusual for a movie not to have some reference to guns. But although the increased influence of guns in the media seems harmless, a less innocent development is that school shootings have also become more common.
FROM THE NUMBERS...
hen it comes to teenagers, the media is very influential. When something becomes more prominent in the media, it becomes more socially acceptable. According to police authority Matt Meyer, more people are carrying guns year by year. “I would say in the past three to four years we’ve seen more people carrying guns. (Among these) are criminals, such as drug dealers, who are carrying them for intimidation. They are not necessarily using them, just carrying them.” Although Mr. Meyer recognizes the amount of criminals carrying guns, he also acknowledges that they are not necessarily high school students. People of all ages are carrying guns, but some ages have more gun issues than others. “I would say we are seeing more 18 through 25 year-olds carrying and using guns. I wouldn’t say here in town, but nationally. Nationally, there are more gun-related deaths.” Although the national death rate for gun-related injuries is a point of concern, Mr. Meyer maintains that our town is relatively safe and not prone to incidents. Every town has its own issues, but for the most part, Columbus is on the up-and-up.
How safe are students?
We had three incidents with guns last year; yet Columbus is a relatively safe town when it comes to gun violence. How safe are we, truly?
“Columbus is ranked below average when it comes to assaults. For a community our size we are low in rape and assaults.” Students who carry guns need to take extra precautions. Mr. Meyer has advice for high school students who carry guns. “The number one thing I would remind young people is if you don’t have a gun permit, carrying one is a felony, especially if you’re under 18. You have to be 18 to have a gun permit. All it takes is one incident for something tragic to happen. If you need more information you can look at FBI crime statistics an Indiana crime code.” Schools are generally considered to be safe. Students come to school expecting to be protected. “I think schools across the nation are consistently one of the safest places students go,” BCSC Student Assistant Coordinator Larry Perkinson said. When it comes to students’ safety at school, Perkinson has advice. “The greatest thing any school in the nation can do is have the aft keep close relationships with the students. We are keeping close relationships with the students, staying open and close with the community, we try to make sure we have many numbers we can in emergencies, not just 911. We also ask our staff to be aware-just like students. If you notice something you don’t think is right, say something.” BCSC is a step ahead of a lot of other school corporations.The department of education also requires annual updates of safety, something that not every corporation does, according to Mr. Perkinson. “The High School Safety survey asked students nationally, ‘If you could go to any other high school in the nation, where would you go?’ And many students at North and East said they wouldn’t want to go anywhere else but their current school.”
Indiana has a higher death rate related to firearms than the national average. Take a look at how we stack up, and compare the statistics for various causes of death with those for gun-related injuries
Deaths due to firearms per 100,000 population in 2008
11.3 people 19.7 males 2.7 females 10.3 people 18.2 males 3.6 females Gun deaths in 2001 per 100,000 population in the U.S.
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What Conservatives are saying...
What Liberals are saying...
Geometry Teacher Roger Gemberling
junior Brian Federle
History teacher Trent Hillenburg
junior George Pearcy
Few know that this man is conservative as he doesn’t talk about politics unless asked. And ask we did!
Co-founder of CNYC, Federle has strong political views and isn’t afraid to share them
This teacher took a break in between classes to share his political views and opinion with us
Co-founder of CNYD and Vice Chair for Indiana High School Democrats, this junior is deeply involved in politics
Gun control is an overall bad idea. Our Founding Fathers clearly established the Second Amendment to give citizens the right to bear arms. In the case of the Dark Knight shooting, the man was illegally armed, had no carrying license or military affiliation of any kind, so gun laws on the books have no influence on this man. In the time it took police to respond, 12 were killed and 50 were wounded. If a citizen had legally been armed in the theater, the severity of the incident could have been dramatically reduced.”
Gun control laws have become more lax. For example, it has become much easier to get ahold of certain firearms in common places, like Walmart. There doesn’t seem to be much political will to speak about the issue when journalists bring it up. For example, when the governor of Arizona got shot, there was some brief controversy on gun control and Senator McCain expressed sympathy, but didn’t address the issue of gun control. With the polarized political climate I don’t see any sweeping changes in the next 20 years. If there would be any, which I doubt, it would be a ban of extended clips or a need for background checks which, unfortunately, probably won’t happen.”
In Indiana you have to take a hunter education course. We all have a choice. Some people make poor choices, from not getting to class on time to bringing a gun to school. Kids are influenced when you have games out there that allow them to experience virtual war or violence they get excited, but I don’t think they actually understand the reality of shooting a gun.
Gun control in this country is much too lax. Our right to bear arms is protected by the Constitution, but this was at a time when muskets were the cutting edge of weapons technology. There is no need to own assault weapons recreationally, and both clip size and ammunition limits should be regulated. (The recent shootings) have only reaffirmed my views. Americans should be able to feel safe in schools, public places and their own homes. Lax gun laws inhibit my right to safety, so this is very important to me. (The US Government should) limit clip size, limit the amount of ammunition that can be owned, prohibit sales of automatic weapons (with a few exceptions) and extensive psychological screenings prior to weapons purchase.”
This summer, newspaper headlines were filled with tragedy. Gun violence was unusually prevalant and almost common in the past few months,. Take a look at three shootings in particular that cast a somber shadow over our summer days Empire State Building
Dark Knight Rises
Aug. 24 a former apparel designer was killed after he shot and killed a co-worker. 58-year-old Jeffrey T. Johnson then got into a gun battle with two policemen. Nine bystanders were injured and there were two deaths. All victims were hit by police gunfire. Johnson was killed instantly by gunfire.
July 20 in Aurora, Colorado, a gunman walked into the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises”. He opened fire in Century Aurora 16 theater in the early morning. 12 were killed and 58 were injured. James Eagan Holmes, 24, was charged with 24 counts of murder.
Aug. 5 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, an unconfirmed gunman walked into a Sikh temple and opened fire. Six people were killed and three were injured. The gunman committed suicide.
Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT
Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT
compiled by Sierra Lollar, Ramya Vijayagopal, Bente Bouthier and Iris Thompson OCT. 3,
RED, WHITE & YOU
Although it is more than a month away, the election is still important to think about. No matter what political party you belong to, check out how you can get involved in this election photo by Roth Lovins
Senior Lindsey Britt organizes the pamphlets left out on her table at the Bartholomew County 4H Fair. Britt has worked hard to try and increase the number of registered voters in Bartholomew County through the use of her senior project.
alking down the booth at the Bartholomew County 4H fair one might expect to see adults eager to lure you over to explain to you about their new and upcoming business. Others might be looking for a certain booth where they know they will get free candy and other goodies. However, senior Lindsey Britt was one of the people in the booths, but Britt was running this one all by herself. As a part of her senior project, Britt worked a both that she would use to campaign for her senior project. “My senior project is a series of booths where people can register to vote in the upcoming election,” Britt said. Britt’s main goal is to increase the number of registered voters in Bartholomew County because of its recent fall. “Voter registration has been on a downward trend in Bartholomew County during the last five years, so the idea is that it needs to be raised,” Britt said. “Hopefully, my project can help with that statistic.” Along with her booth, Britt has also made informational tools that she hopes will convince people to register and a collection of confessionals from those who have registered to vote. “Along with the booths, I will be compiling a sheet that every person who registers with me fills out,” Britt said. I will then put all of these into a binder and make it like a testimonial; they all write why they think registering to vote is important. I hope that my informational pamphlets will be able to educate people on why voting is important.” To help in getting the word out, Britt chose a well-known individual that is very knowledgeable in the field as her mentor. “My mentor is Tony London,” Britt said. “He is currently running for county commissioner on the independent ticket, so he is very familiar with the current local political situation.” Britt, who was well involved with Mr. London through Student assembly, was able
to take Mr. London’s idea and make it something of her own accord. “The primary idea came from Tony London as a way of involving younger voters into the elections,” Britt said. “He had the initial idea, but I came up with the idea of the booths and everything else.” Government teacher Dan Marsh explains why students, regardless of their voting status, should be informed about both candidates ideas. “No matter what party you belong to, it’s important that you are involved in the politics on both sides,” Mr. Marsh said. “You need to be well informed and understand what each candidate has to offer because when you only listen to one candidate or party’s views, you are only getting half the story.” Britt wants people to know why registering to vote is, in itself, an important thing to do. “You don’t have to be 18 to register to vote,” Britt said, “you just have to be 18 by election day. You should still register to vote here even if you know that you will be living someplace else for college. This is because you’re supposed to request and absentee ballot which will be sent to you.” Along with the importance of registering to vote, Mr. marsh want everyone to know why the election is important to the younger generations. “This election is important because this is the last election in your high school careers and that means that when you elect an official, they will potentially be setting up part of your future for college and the taxes you pay,” Mr. Marsh said. “This election is also the first time that people of your generation will be able to voice their opinions by voting. It may not seem like it now, but it can be a factor years from now.” Britt agrees with Marsh. “Politics and representatives of the general population are always changing, so it is important that we contribute to society by showing up to the polls on voting day,” Britt said. by Roth Lovins
Need to Know For the 2012 Election The Polls will be open on
“If we want to take control of our future, we need to do it now,” junior Nickie Mitch said. Mitch, leader of the Young Democrats (YD), started the group in April 2010. “We have YD because it allows students to easily and effectively get involved in politics and government,” Mitch said. “By uniting, we create a much more powerful youth voice than if we were only speaking out alone.” Mitch believes the club is a part of the diversity at North. “I think that it is great to see students from diverse backgrounds and on all sides of issues realizing that it is important that we speak out and get involved,” Mitch said. Mitch has a goal in the message he wants to send to club members. “Rather than trying to indoctrinate our members, our goal is to equip them with the information necessary to form their own opinions and to become aware and active members of society.” Mitch said. Club sponsor Janet Van der Dussen shares her thoughts on the importance of the club. “It is important for young people to be involved in politics and to critically examine candidates running, so they have a better idea on who to vote for,” Mrs. Van der Dussen said. The upcoming presidential election, the only one in our high school career, gives YD a chance to grow. “Although this is the only election while in high school, it doesn’t change the structure of the organization a great deal since we were active in both 2010 and 2011 elections,” Mitch said. “This election, however, does provide additional excitement that we can capitalize off of to grow our organization.”
Tuesday November from
51,305 Bartholomew County has
(as of Sept. 21)
registered voters CHECK THIS OUT
The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) has chapters all over the nation that are working to lower the voting age to . The group believes that by lowering the voting age, more individuals are more likely to vote in the future if they have prior experience in the field. It is also said that politicians will listen to the younger voters more if they vote at an earlier age because they will be the ones with the newest ideas and opinions of what is going on in their government. For more information on the campaign, visit youthrights.org.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
To find out which political party you belong to and how you can register to vote, check out cnhsmedia.com
Junior Monica Gamez is co-leader to a new club. Recently students formed a Young Conservatives (YC) club. Gamez understands the importance of the club. “It’s important to get the word out that this generation cares about politics,” Gamez said. Fellow club member junior Gregory Haegele shared why he thinks the club has meaning. “I think it’s important to have other people who believe what you believe in and socialize with them,” Haegele said. Social studies teacher and club sponsor Chad Russell gives input on why creating the club was important. “I think that it gives people an outlet for opinion and for speech, which is a good thing. It is good for (students) to be politically engaged, regardless which side of the aisle they are on,” Mr. Russell said. Gamez also recognizes why students in high school should care about politics. “You want to know what’s going on in your country,” Gamez said. “You also want the person running the country to have the same beliefs as you.” The point in starting the club sends a message to club members according to Gamez. “It is okay to state your beliefs here, you won’t be judged. The club was formed to help people understand the subject of being conservative,” Gamez said. Haegele also believes high school students should care about politics. “What happens in politics affects all aspects of life, so it is important to know about it.” Haegele said. YC and YD are major contributors to diversity here. “It will make North seem like we care about our future and it will open people up about their views,” Gamez said.
compiled by Roth Lovins and Emily Wilkerson OCT. 3,
A CLOSER LOOK
LANDING CURIOSITY Aug. 6, NASA launched the Curiosity rover, which successfully landed on Mars. Curiosity is gathering information quickly and leaving its mark on the red planet. See what students think and learn about an astronaut-to-be
THEY SAID THAT >“It should be over.”
Marina Buckley of Oceanside, N.Y., mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley Jr., a recent casualty in Afghanistan dallasnews.com/ opinion/sunday
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ASA has launched their latest Mars rover. This rover, dubbed Curiosity, successfully landed on the red planet after its 253 day journey. August 6, 2012, Curiosity reached Gale crater on Mars. Curiosity is the first Mars rover to be bigger than a golf cart, the first to have 10 science instruments, and the first to be able to take samples from inside martian rocks. Curiosity has forever revolutionized the way we will look at Mars. The rover is capable of taking 3D pictures and sending them back to Earth. The mission was put in place
Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am was the first artist to debut a song in space. The song was titled “Reach for the Stars,” which was dedicated to the NASA education program
Sophomore Radhika Paliwal sets herself apart from the crowd through her future career choice
“I think that it was kind of awkward and he probably had to pay a lot of money.” junior Sean Fishel
“I think it’s really exciting and an awesome way to promote their education program.” sophomore Katlyn Case
“Curiosity playing Will.i.am’s song on Mars is a super cool idea, but I think they could have picked a better song.” senior Sadie Allman
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to further discover Mars, in hopes of finding water or some type of life form. Not only is NASA making progress in their Mars Exploration program, but the space education program is benefitting as well. Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am. debuted his new single, “Reach for the Stars,” from Mars. When Curiosity landed, the song was beamed from the rover and sent nearly 60 million miles back to Earth. Schools all across the nation watched this event, encouraging students to learn about space.
The Triangle: Why do you want to be an astronaut? What inspired you to be an astronaut? Paliwal: I have always been interested in it. I felt like I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to be something normal like a doctor. I became interested when I was studying aeronautics in science class in fifth grade. The Triangle: How are you preparing yourself for this future career? Paliwal: Astronauts have to be really healthy and fit; they exercise a lot. Second semester of freshman year, I started eating better and tryied to be more healthy. The Triangle: What type of schooling do you need? Paliwal: Right now I am taking physics and chemistry. Next year, I will take Astronomy and Earth Space Science. I plan to go to Purdue because they have a really good aeronautical engineering program. The Triangle: Have you ever been to a space camp? Paliwal: Yes, I went two years ago. The camp was in Huntsville, Alabama. The Triangle: Who is your role model in the aerospace world? Paliwal: I like Neil Armstrong a lot, but I pretty much look up to all the astronauts.
time in our history, the CNHS Brain Game team won at the competition Wed. Sept. 16 at the studios of WTHR. The on-air team consisted of junior Nickie Mitch, sophomore David Rich, freshman Haley Mack and junior Tushar Chandra. These students defeated Scecina with a score of 26 to 7. The episode will air on Channel 13, WTHR Saturday Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
give a talk that mentions past finding of an implicit gender bias in hiring, inevitably a scientist will say that can’t happen in our labs because we are trained to be objective. I had hoped that they were right.” Microbiologist Jo Handelsman discussed gender bias in a Yale news release. Her view is that there may not be any way to be truly impartial when it comes to gender.
by Ramya Vijayagopal
‘GIFT FROM GOD’ Sophomore Elizabeth Price’s life changed forever when she received a package containing a doll. Read on to learn more about her priceless story
he plays on North’s soccer team. She’s lived in Columbus since she was five. She likes to cook and read. On the outside, she is just like you. But seemingly normal sophomore Elizabeth Price’s life could have been something completely different. Carol and Glyn Price, Price’s parents, lived in England and moved to the United States before making the decision to adopt Price from Haiti. They had already adopted her brother, Jonathon, now 30, from Africa, and had a biological son, Richard, now 28. “They started the process when I was 13 months old and it only took nine months to adopt me, which was a miracle because sometimes it can take years,” Price said. Her name was Dayana Lamour. Price still considers this a part of her name and an important part of her past. “We picked the name Elizabeth because it means ‘gift from God,’ and she really was,” Mrs. Price said. “I do not know if I would be alive today and I certainly wouldn’t have the opportunities I have. I would have to take care of my grandmother,” Price said about her adoption. You probably know your birthday. Price doesn’t know when she was born, just a time range, so she celebrates her birth on Feb. 28, even though that might not be when she was born. Price and her family visit Haiti often, to stay connected to Haitian culture, and also to visit her grandmother, who passed away over Spring Break 2012. “We took her simple gifts and loved her. We told her how grateful we were for her sacrifice, Elizabeth,” Mrs. Price said. Her adoptive parents sent Price a doll when she was very young and the adoption process wasn’t complete yet. “It came in a package, and hardly anyone got packages. I knew they cared about me and wanted to adopt me just from getting that simple gift,” Price said. At first, Mr. and Mrs. Price were afraid Elizabeth would have a hard time adjusting, but she fit right into their family. “It’s inexplicable, really, I never even think about that fact that she didn’t come from my body,” Carol Price said. “She’s just our daughter.” Sophomore Riley Perry, an old friend, shared similar feelings. “I knew she was adopted,” she said. “But it’s never been weird because I have known her all my life.” Price values her relationship with her parents. “I am grateful that my parents adopted me,” Price said. “They aren’t really my ‘adoptive parents’ anymore, they are my parents.” by Katie Spoon
With the Ethnic Expo coming up next week, there are students who are thinking about their ties overseas. Some have more recent memories than others. Check out one student’s story about her recent changes
oving across town can bring big changes, from carpools being rearranged to having to record favorite TV shows so they are not missed. You think that’s hard? Try changing continents. This was a reality for junior Upasana Chakraborty when her mother told her their family was moving from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Columbus, Indiana. Chakraborty’s family was originally from Calcutta, India and moved to Dubai in 2005 for her mother’s job at Cummins. From there she moved to Indiana for her mother’s job again. “I was in shock,” Chakraborty said. “My friends were all really sad, we were together for six years in school and they really want me to come back, but I can’t.” Among the many changes for Chakraborty, North was the first public school she had attended. “I was so shocked at so many kids in one school,” Chakraborty said. She has not been back to India nor Dubai to visit friends since. “I came here just last year so I’m not going back for the summer,” Chakraborty said. “I will go back next summer.” When it came to making new friends in Columbus, Chakraborty struggled but still managed. “I’ve made best friends. A few, though, not a lot,” Chakraborty said. Some of Chakraborty’s friends included sophomores Libby Cutler and Bailey Sipes. “We talk about her wedding plans, like how it’s going to be a week long,” Sipes said. Aside from affecting Chakraborty’s social life, the move changed her family life, too. “It has affected us a lot because my dad still hasn’t gotten a job yet,” Chakraborty said. “It’s still hard for my family, but we are adjusting.”
I was so shocked at so many kids in one school.
by Elizabeth Andrews and Bente Bouthier photo by Keely Collier
Food, music and shopping all in the same place. These things can only mean one thing… Ethnic Expo is back! Brazil is the host country for this year. Students share their favorite parts of this local tradition
October 12th and 13th 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday: •Celtica 5:30 p.m. •Ipanema 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: •Parade 11:00 a.m. •Minyos Dancers 12:30 •Children’s Activities 2:00-4:00 p.m. •Dance Street 4:15 p.m. •Chicago Samba 6:00 p.m. •Fireworks-8:00 p.m.
Information: BRAZIL The Federative Republic of Brazil Population: 184,184,000 Capital: Brasilia Language: Portuguese Currency: Real Motoo: “Ordem e Progresso” (Order and Progress) Largest City: Sao Paulo (10.9 million)
by Leah Hashagen and Iris Thompson
FIRST STREET STAGE
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COLUMBUS CITY HALL
Brazil … -Fifth largest country in area and population -Hosts a third of the world’s 500 species of monkey -Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics -Home to more than 1,000 bird species and 3,000 fish species -Has 13 cities with over a million residents sources: ww.cia.gov; www.nationalgeographic.com
Don’t miss Mr. Wayne Britton and the rest of Hudsucker Posse as they perform in City Hall Plaza at this time.
For more information on the Ethnic Expo, check out the official event website at ethnicexpo.org
“I like watching performances from people with different traditions and cultures.” junior Morgan Arnholt
“I very much so enjoy the variety of foods. It allows me to (delve) into the life of other cultures in a single bite.” freshman Cam Fathauer
Ethnic Expo Favorites We surveyed 80 people and asked them about their favorite part of the Ethnic Expo. Here are the results:
Clothing & Merchandise “I’ve been in the parade for three years now for German. I enjoy passing candy to people and walking with my German buddies.” senior Blaike Travis
“It is really interesting to see the products that are common for different cultures. It makes you think about how big and how diverse the world is.” senior Megan Peterson
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enior Maria Fernanda Rojas has come a long way. Literally. America was a enormous change for Fernanda, who came all the way from Mexico. It’s definitely a huge difference,” Fernanda said. “I like America much better.” Fernanda, who came here for her senior year after her whole life in Mexico, is planning on a short term here in the States. “I’m going back to Mexico after this year,” Rojas said. “I’m going to go to college there, because I can only stay here nine months.” Rojas has enjoyed the States so far, but there has also been some difficulty adjusting. “Leaving my family was hard,” Rojas said. “Also, learning to speak a different language was difficult. I’m staying with my uncle, he’s the only family I have in America.” Rojas has had some difficulties adjusting, but there is also a lot of
fun when it comes to being new in the States. “My favorite food is definitely still a taco,” Rojas said. “But it is so much different here. They make it different and it also tastes different. The tortilla is so hard to eat here. Back home, it is much softer.” Rojas also has an interest in taking on a challenging task. “English is definitely my favorite class,” Rojas said. “I like to learn more about the language.” Rojas has a high opinion of America. “The best thing about America is that here it’s so clean,” Rojas said. “It’s not like that in Mexico. Also, America has so much security.” Rojas thinks that there is a big difference between the States and Mexico. “When I’m in Mexico, the people there are always running,” Rojas said. “They are all too busy all the time for anyone. Here, people are
more relaxed. The traffic here is also different. There is always traffic in Mexico. There isn’t any here.” While people in Mexico are always busy, they are also always friendly, according to Rojas. “The people in Mexico are always nice and friendly,” Rojas said. “In Mexico, everyone always says hi with a hug.” Just like the States has its ups and downs, so does North. “North is way too big,” Rojas said. “My other school was very small. But you can also go outside, and eat lunch outside. Subway or Rivera Maya are my two favorite places to go at lunch.” Rojas has one thing she wants every reader to know. “The United States is beautiful,” Rojas said. “Don’t take it for granted.” by Neal Shaw
JOINING THE BULL DOG NATION
Teacher Amanda Godwin, sophomore Nick Albertson and senior Maria Rojas were welcomed to the Bull Dog family. See how they are adjusting and how their lives have changed
4 Family and Consumer Science teacher Amanda Godwin is one of the newest teachers to this school. She is said to be in a good mood most of the time. “My first thoughts when I arrived here were it’s super big and everyone is so friendly,” Mrs. Godwin said. This is her first school year teaching here and she plans on being here for a while. She is currently teaching Child Development, CARSS, and Beginning Nutrition.” I like Columbus and I like this school,” Mrs. Godwin said. So we will be seeing her around for a while. Mrs. Godwin enjoys the company of her fellow colleagues. “I love having a department with other teachers that teach the same subject,” Mrs.Godwin said. Mrs. Godwin was full of compliments for her students. “They are so friendly and funny.”
"I basically decided to transfer for my girlfriend."
“I have a feeling I’ll have a pretty good year and making new friends; (it) won’t be hard at all.” “My grades were slipping at East, so I plan to do well in all my classes this year the only class I think is somewhat hard is chemistry. My favorite classes are geometry and drawing and painting. I’m really into drawing; I draw on my free time.” by Alex Ventura
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PSYCHOLOGY OF CLOTHING One can usually tell a lot about a person by the way he or she dresses. But in a time where most people dress similarly as they follow fashion trends, how much can you truly determine from the first impression?
>”The court What I want to say:
“It is a part of me. It is the first thing I grab in the morning.” junior Jeremy Polly
What I want to say:
“That I am really into sports and they are my passion.” freshman Brendan Larrison
What I want to say:
“That I am really girly and I care a lot about what I look like. My boyfriend and family gave me the charms, so they are special to me.”
junior Whitley Montgomery
What I want to say:
“I kind of just wear what I want and I’ve grown up wearing country clothes.” junior Jaylin Craig
What I want to say:
“I like the way they look and they’re comfortable.” freshman Jakeb Reynolds
What I want to say:
“I want to give off that I am into fashion, I’m updated, and ahead of everyone when it comes to fashion.” senior Paige Simmons
What the expert says...
Dress code The Triangle: What do you think about the students that break the dress code? Dean Karrer: Good kids making bad choices and not wearing the appropriate attire for school. I think our philosophy is, and I think this is what needs to be emphasized: we are preparing kids for life outside of school. I think the real emphasis for any kind of appearance should be ‘How is this going to affect you after school?’ and ‘How is this going to affect you within your professional life? Can you wear this in a professional setting? Can you wear this on a college campus? Can you wear this into the workplace?’ I think thats where we have to start our philosophy as Deans. The Triangle: What are the disciplinary actions involved with breaking the dress code? Dean Karrer: Most often, we have good kids that come in and just have crossed the line a little bit with what we feel the dress code is so we ask them to change. Quite frankly, we have very few kids that go ‘no’ and are just completely disrespectful about it. In fact, in my four years here, I don’t remember a time that that’s happened. So the biggest disciplinary action, if you want to call it that, we modify their behavior. Let’s put them in something that’s more appropriate for school. The problem is they’re wearing something that’s not appropriate for school, the rational fix for that is, put them in something that is appropriate for school. We give them the option to wear (the ‘My Principal Made Me Wear This Shirt’) if you can’t have a parent come in. We have clothes here you can wear. But again, we don’t say you have to wear this. You have a parent bring in (appropriate school attire), or you can wear this.
Take a look at what a professional believes about the psychology and social influences involved with clothing we wear
eople dress for a variety of different reasons. It could be based off of thier mood, personality or whatever trend is considered “in.” Dr. Nancy Rhodes, an associate professor of Psychology at IUPUI, agrees. “I think people choose to dress the way they dress for a number of reasons. You can dress to boost your confidence, like when you’re going to a job interview,” Dr. Rhoades said. “Other times you dress to fit in with a social group. It just depends. Sometimes you dress to make yourself feel better, other times it’s for other people.” Despite the social influences, people can still learn about your
individual personality by the way you dress. “A lot of your teenage years are about learning who you are. A lot of that comes from social influence. This is often shown in schools,” Dr. Rhodes said. “The popular kids all dress one way, the jocks all dress the same way. It’s all a part of group identity and learning to express who you are.” When it comes to the cliques, Dr. Rhodes also thinks there is another aspect to how teens identify themselves. “Teenagers convince themselves that they’re not following the crowd, but I strongly believe that to a large extent; not always, but most of the time, they are influenced by what their peer group is wearing,” Dr. Rhoades said. compiled by Liz Keaton, Taylor Kirchner and Ramya Vijayagopal
THEY SAID THAT has a lack of trust in this defendant at this time”
U.S. Central District Chief Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal said in ragards to the arrest of the director behind Innocence of Muslims.
>”If fans are
expecting a Harry Potterlike book, they’re in for a shock”
The Hollywood Reporter said in regards to J.K. Rowling’s new book “The Vacancy”
and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws’” Lady GaGa said after posting a shocking photo explaining how outer beauty isn’t everything.
>”It’s good to be back”
Referee Gene Steratore said after returning as a regular referee for the NFL.
comments for you will not be out of sympathy because of anything that you’ve dealt with, it’s going to be purely based on your voice, which I think is heavenly.” L.A. Reid said to the 540 pound contestant Freddie Combs on “The X Factor” Sept. 28.
by Roth Lovins
MORE HANDS-ON Take a look at some of the projects that students are involved in photo by Hannah Patton Mrs. Enneking inspects the water line of juniors Dylan Cowan(left) and Tyler Combs (right). Combs and Cowan were partners for the physics boat project and raced Sept. 27 and 28.
isa Enneking, a teacher of chemistry and physics, recently wrapped up a project: Boat-building in Physics class. “The students had five weeks to complete this,” Mrs. Enneking said. “Through the project, students learn about buoyancy.” Junior Tyler Combs, a student in Mrs. Enneking’s sixth period physics class, learned about managing time at home to finish the project on time. “We met two days and it took us a total of 8 hours,” Combs said. “That included snack breaks and food runs.” According to Mrs. Enneking, students tend to enjoy the project because of its hands-on manner. “Students enjoy the project unless they wait until the last minute,” Mrs. Enneking said. “They are usually nervous at first, but very few sink.” In the boat races that were held on Sept. 27 and 28, Combs managed to stay afloat even after changing the design several times.
eggie McLaurine, an Algebra teacher, does an annual project. “The project teaches students the habits of mind,” Mr. McLaurine said. Students in Mr. McLaurine’s class receive approximately six weeks to complete the project. Songs, plays, skits, videos, paintings, drawings, or models are all acceptable pieces. Andrew Rediker, a sophomore in Mr. McLaurine’s Algebra 2 class used another class to help get his project done. “I made a clay tile in ceramics and wrote persisting on it,” Rediker said. “Persisting is one of the habits of mind.” The project is hands on and requires creativity which was perfect for Rediker. “I have given out up to 40 points in extra credit for creativity,” Mr. McLaurine said. The project this year is due Oct. 5. “The sky is the limit.”
“We changed the design of our boat three or four times, but we finally managed to settle on something that both of us approved of,” Combs said. Along with that, Combs had quite the list of supplies that he used to make his boat. ““We used three 8’x5’ sheets of cardboard, boxes that Rural King donated to us, 10 rolls of duct tape, and thin black plastic,” Combs said. When Mrs. Enneking started teaching physics at North, the boat project had already been a tradition. Enneking hopes to keep the tradition going for as long as she can. “It is my favorite activity to teach,” Mrs. Enneking said. “It’s fun to see them get excited about their work.” by Meagan Olibo and Alex Ventura
familiar anatomy project in Nick Williams’s class will soon take off. “Students work in groups to create an outline of a body,” Mr. Williams said. Students use masking tape and crate paper to make the outlines. “Then, they must label the bones on the outline to help learn the anatomy,” Mr. Williams said. Students receive three to four class periods to complete their outlines. The best outlines are chosen by how accurate they are and are distributed to elementary school nurses. “I like teaching this,” Mr. Williams said. “It really teaches students valuable information about their bodies and how it works.” Junior Ethan Smith, a past student of Mr. William’s class shares why he thinks his project won last year. “I think ours won because Lexie (Cain) did a great job drawing and we had everything labeled and organized,” Smith said.
GAME ON, BULL DOGS
ALL PART OF THE PLAN
During the newly extended Fall Break, athletes will have to balance their sports and social lives
enior Shelby Slack, a student athletic trainer does not have the same plans for Fall Break as most students. While other students sleep late in the mornings and relax, she will be on the football field. “I have to be here almost every day during Fall Break,” Slack said. “Six days a week I have to assist the football team for water and first aid, but I don’t mind it. I love doing what I do. I love assisting the athletes as they are injured and trying to get better.” Three of the fall sports, football, soccer, and cross country will be involved in games, meets, and practices during the break, just like senior football player Thomas Shoaf. “Sure, it’s a disappointment, but it’s part of it,” said Shoaf. “We’re in the middle of
our season, and it’s the start of sectional time so I think we’re all okay with us being all on the field.” The soccer team is practicing every day as well, according to sophomore Juanita Ramos. “It helps me stay fit during the weeks that I’m going to be home,” Ramos said. The only team out of these three sports that has a different schedule is the cross country team. Freshman cross country runner Haley Duke expressed her feelings about the schedule on Fall Break. “Coach Weinheimer tries to get us time for break to spend with our family,” Duke said. “He mostly wants us to come to practice Wednesday and Thursday. We also have a meet at Culver, Regionals and maybe State - it depends on what we win. I feel like he’s just trying to do what’s best
for us.” Players knew from the beginning that they would be at sports events during break, so they planned accordingly. “My plans for break were to be here on the football field with my team,” Slack said. “I love doing this.” Even though sports will take up a lot of their time, football coach Tim Bless is making sure his players have time for other plans during the break. “We’re going to have practice in the afternoon like we usually do during the school week,” Bless said. “So they’ll have some time to be a kid, to sleep in a little bit, or if they want to go see a movie or something in the afternoon. I’ve had no complaints. I’m sure it’s disappointing to family and friends alike, but they knew what they were getting into.”
GAMES OVER FALL BREAK
There are six days over fall break that have a game, or a potential game. Keep up with the details of the games and show up to support the Bull Dogs
Cross County Sectionals vs Brown County
Sophomore Juanita Ramos
Football vs South Port (Home)
Regional Finals vs Jennings County
Freshman Haley Duke
Regionals vs Brown County
“It helps me stay fit during the weeks that I’m going to be home.”
Regional vs Jennings County
“I feel like (Coach Weinheimer) is just trying to do what’s best for us.”
Senior Thomas Shoaf “Sure, it’s a disappointment but it’s part of it. So, I think we are all okay with us being all on the field.”
Football Sectional TBA
Semi-State vs Brown County Soccer Semi-State & SemiState Champ
by Braylynn Eads and Madi Slack
THEY DID THAT >The women’s soccer team host their Sectional games on Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.. >The men’s soccer team hosts their sectional final Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.. >The Lady Bull Dogs will host a volleyball match against Southport Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.. >The Lady Bull Dogs will host their final home match against Seyour Oct. 11 at 5:30p.m.. >The final Varsity home football game will be held Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. against Southport. >The Sound of North will perform at the Bands of America at Lucas Oil Stadium Oct. 19 and 20.
by Roth Lovins
THE RIDE along for
After a long week of schoolwork, the Bull Dog nation spent two periods experiencing the annual homecoming trike race. This year’s trike race included a flash mob, “The Cha-Cha Slide”, a wheelbarrow race and many themed teams including The Avengers, Sugarplum Fairies, and Save a Horse; Ride a Trike
6 Senior Luke Lyvers is splashed with water before pedaling through the finish line. Lyvers was a member of The Avengers team
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Seniors Chelsea Weiland, Kaci Thompson, Molly Dana and Christina DeSanto from the team Save A Horse; Ride A Trike stand together before their heat begins. Junior Will Dorenbusch’s helmet slips down his head as he pedals around the last quarter of the track. Bull Dogs dance on the football field during a break to “The ChaCha Slide.”
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Cheerleaders, and band and choir members perform a flash mob to a melody of Michael Jackson songs. After being crowned Homecoming king, senior Reid Wilson smiles at the crowd of people in the stands and on the sidelines. Students of all grades grab partners and race from the 45 yard line to the goal line and back in the wheelbarrow race.
photos by Hannah Brown, Keely Collier and Roth Lovins
BACK IN ACTION Junior cross country runner Kaden Eaton comes back from five weeks of recovering from an injury. See how he looks forward to making the most out of the rest of his season photos by Roth Lovins
Junior Kaden Eaton sits on the steps outside of the athletic office. Eaton, who was the men’s cross country number one runner before a injury to his hip, is determined to show his younger teammates that an injury like his doesn’t have to end or ruin a season.
he number one runner on the defending state champions men’s cross country team is back. Junior Kaden Eaton has already set high goals for himself. Yet, Eaton is looking past himself to focus on the goals of the team. “My main goal is not to get back to the number one spot,” Eaton said. “I’m going to concentrate on the team and do what I can to improve as an individual and improve the team.” Eaton is proud of the way the team has performed without him. “The team has done great this year so far,” Eaton said. “Everyone is doing everything they can possibly do, and it has definitely paid off.” “I want to run a 15:45 5K or faster,” Eaton said. “As for the team, we want to place as high as possible in state. We have a shot at winning it all.” Eaton, recently coming back from a hip injury, not only has high goals for competition, but also internally. “Personally, I want to set an example for the younger guys,” Eaton said. “I want to show them that an injury doesn’t have to take away their season.” Eaton was satisfied with his first race back.
“My first race back was amazing,” Eaton said. “Based on being out for 5 weeks, I was happy. I’m planning to improve.” Eaton had a few struggles with not running for the time that he sat out. “The pool and riding the bike can get pretty monotonous,” Eaton said. “Not running with the team every day was tough.” Eaton didn’t like having to sit out the daily routine of running with the team. “It feels great to be running with all the guys,” Eaton said. “I missed running with them every day. It was pretty hard to not be with them.” Eaton, despite the difficulty of sitting out, kept his thoughts positive. “I think you can take the good out of anything,” Eaton said. “I think it made me mentally tougher. I also can now swim for 70 minutes. When I’m running, I think of how I can swim for that length and it helps me with running. It makes me feel like I can do more.” Previously the number one runner before his injury, Eaton still views himself as a leader on the team. “More than anything I try to lead by a good example,” Eaton said. “I use every day to get better.” by Neal Shaw
Get to know
Name: Kaden Christopher Eaton Grade: Junior Height: 5’ 10” Weight: 135 lbs. Extracurriculars: Cross Country, Youth Group at The Ridge Fastest mile time: 4:33 min. Total miles ran in a single week: 64
Total meets ran since recovery: Two. “I ran on the Junior Varsity team on my first meet back, then on the second meet, I ran on the Varsity team.” Interesting Fact: “I have an extra rib.”
here are movies out there that are so horrifically awful that they end up being great. Not “great” in terms of a well-made film, but great because they are a blast to laugh at. All the horrible flaws and bad writing make it a treasure. So I have decided to dig these treasures out of the musty attic of cinema failure and share my thoughts about them to you. So let us dive into the best worst movies ever.
Megashark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
Junior Adam LeClerc reviews horrible movies that are fun to laugh at
SURVEY SAYS 127 students were asked “If a turtle loses its shell, is it...?”
Now, this gem was released straight to DVD and very well may be the worst movie of the bunch that I am reviewing. This epic tale follows the adventure of a young marine biologist who, while in the arctic, witnesses a frozen megalodon (enormous extinct species of shark) and a giant octopus break out of their icy tombs and proceed to wreak havoc on the world. The shark, soon after his escape from the ice, takes out a 747 commercial airliner cruising at about 7,000 feet. It was after this scene that I realized that this film was something special. Throughout the film, the monsters continue to terrify the world, but the thing that is truly terrifying about this film is the acting. A dried-up husk of road kill has more acting talent than
all of these actors combined. The cringeworthy dialogue mixed with the horrible acting makes this one a must see for bad movie fans, but remember: you have been warned.
Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance (2011) Nicolas Cage. Love him or hate him, you have to admit he has been in some great films, and some truly horrendous films. This is one of the latter. It continues the adventures of Johnny Blaze the Ghost Rider (Cage) and his continuing clashes with the evil forces of Hell. Cage, who occasionally sells me quite solidly on his acting, does not do so in this film. Johnny Blaze is susceptible to bouts of random rage and primal screaming which strip the film of any sense of legitimacy. These loud outbursts happen in about every single scene. This of course is not the only flaw of the movie; there are countless others, including cheesy effects, bizarre story lines and anti-climactic fight scenes. But even despite these flaws, I was strangely glad that I had watched it when I exited the theater. I had laughed more at this film than I do at many comedies. And for this reason I say it’s a great movie; a horribly-made movie, but a great one
Batman and Robin (1997) Earlier I stated that Megashark vs. Giant Octopus may be the worst movie of the bunch I am reviewing. I spoke too soon. Batman and Robin takes the cake. As I watched this movie I had a strong urge to gouge out my eyes. But along with this urge, I had bouts of loud laughter at the fact that every single scene was worse than the one before it. The movie itself is pretty basic; it follows the adventure of Batman (George Clooney) and Robin (Chris O’Donnell) as they fight the super villain Mr. Freeze. Freeze, who is played by Arnold Schwarzeneggar, speaks only in puns, and when I say “only,” I mean “only.” Every single line he spits out has some reference to ice, cold temperatures or snow. There is horrible dialogue all around, but as you can guess, Freeze comes out on top by default due to the fact he is played by Arnold and he always brings on the cheese. On top of terrible dialogue, all the sets look like they are from a toy commercial, and that prevents you from getting any connection with the story. This movie was so bad it killed any interest in making a Batman movie for a span of eight years, ending with the release of Batman Begins.
New Mars rover Curiosity was recently launched to Mars. It bears strange resemblance to a familiar Disney character
by Andy Carr and Adam LeClerc