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This sophomore has been to more concerts than most teenaged girls; check out page 14 to read more about this music fanatic’s adventures. She has traveled outside the country for concerts, and has kept in contact through social media and other methods with a member of a band!
ON THE COVER Sexual Assault photo illustration “The bottom line is this: If there are two conceding adults and one says “no” and the other forces or continues that is criminal battery, period.” Lieutenant Matt Myers photo illustration by Keely Collier and Erika Espinoza
MONTHS WITHOUT ENGLISH This summer, junior Kamal Maharjan and junior Katie Rawlings will be studying abroad. Turn to page 10 to learn more about the IU Honors Program and see where these students will be going.
THINK GREEN Earth Day is almost here! Do you recycle? See what the Environmental Club is doing to promote recycling and help the environment.
TEACHER’S ASSISTANTS Check out page 12 to learn more about these helpful students and for information about how to get involved!
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This horrible new statistic was a huge eye-opener. Things have to change. Now. 05
Senior Roth Lovins continues his threepart series with a list of pet peeves that really grind his gears. Check out his column on page six!
Check out page six to learn about spending on one of our generation’s most essential items: the cell phone!
EDITORIAL BOARD EXECUTIVE EDITORS
Andy Carr copy Keely Collier photography Erika Espinoza design Roth Lovins content Ramya Vijayagopal content SECTION EDITORS
Annie Day Newsworthy Sierra Lollar A Closer Look Neal Shaw Game On, Bull Dogs Amanda Wheeler What’s the Scoop? Emily Wilkerson Newsworthy
08-09 After Indiana was named second in the nation for sexual assault against women, The Triangle decided to take a look at the situation and to reveal where these statistics came from, in addition to what they mean for the future as far as prevention programs and legislation goes. Check out pages eight and nine to learn more.
WHAT’S THE SCOOP? 14
MEETING THE BAND
This music-loving sophomore has attended many a concert. Go to page 14 to learn more about her hobby!
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Junior Andy Carr took a break from copy editing to visit the movie theater.
GAME ON, BULL DOGS SPORTS DIGEST
16-17 Check out pages 16 and 17 for a quick recap of our various sports here.
Continung this new feature of the sports section: The Triangle is featuring our best action shot of the month on a page of its own, with runners-up on the website.
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
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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
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
We’ve discussed sexual assault, dating violence, and other topics over the past few years, but there is still a lot to talk about. It is absolutely crucial that we bring about a change in not only Indiana, but the world
nder normal circumstances, seeing your home state (especially a state like Indiana) ranked second in the nation for something would be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, when the criteria is for a criminal act, it’s an entirely different situation. That’s right. Indiana is right behind Wyoming when it comes to sexual assault against females. The national rate is 10.5% and our state’s rate is 17%. How did this happen? According to the Herald Times, researchers say that this statistic was nothing new, as surveys and data prove that the rate has remained consistent since the 1970s. If this is a recurring problem... well, why is it still a recurring problem? The article went on to tell how prevention programs are looking for inspiration from the policies of other states. They are also hoping for a legislative push to force implementation of a stricter prevention program. The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault (INCASA) is an organization working toward the elimination of sexual assault. But what is sexual assault? Princeton’s WordNet Search defines sexual assault as “a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat.” So a main component of sexual assault is a lack of explicit consent. Well, what counts as consent? In Indiana, the age of consent is 16. According to The Indiana Law Blog, Indiana law now states a person can have sex with someone under the age of consent as long as he or she is not more than four years older than the underage person and if the relationship was ongoing. According to Indiana State University, consent is not valid if the person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is mentally impaired, is underage, or has experienced the explicit or implied use of force, coercion, threats, and/or intimidation. Check out pages eight and nine for our news story about sexual assault and for more information.
Sat. March 2, a 17-year old girl in Clarksville, IN was sexually assaulted and then murdered by a 49-year-old man whom she knew. He was her neighbor’s boyfriend. The community was naturally outraged and horrified, but one question that inevitably comes to mind is why. Why does sexual assault happen? You would think that the immediate reaction of the majority of people would be that it is wrong and unacceptable. But surprising statistics tell a different story. According to wch.sa.gov.au, three research projects have gathered data that shows that about a third of the 1000 men surveyed in different parts of south Australia saw a situation where they felt it would be acceptable to “force” a woman to have sex. And yes, the word force was used in the question! The circumstances included having a sexual history with that person and having spent a lot of money on her. There are a variety of reasons that people are capable of seeing this as an acceptable behavior. One reason is the imbalance of power created in the relationship. It is a tragedy when people feel the need to resort to violence to feel in control. Some may still hold the archaic belief that when married the woman becomes the property of her husband and therefore he can force her to have sex whenever he wants. Although underreporting is a major issue in some parts of the world, no law in any country states that sexual assault or rape are legal. The last belief we will discuss is probably the most despicable one; that people who are raped or sexually assaulted were somehow responsible for the assault. Statements like “She was asking for it. Look what she was wearing!”, “Everyone knows doing ___ is unsafe” and “Maybe he shouldn’t have had so much to drink” are all examples of this sentiment and are all unfair and ridiculous. It seems people need a strong reminder of the phrase “No means no.” It’s overused, but very true. Our challenge to you is to make a conscious effort to help rid the world of sexual assault, one misconception at a time.
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 Editors should be submitted to Room 1505 by April 12.
he column “No More NASCAR” in volume 92, issue 6 of The Triangle is overly snide and largely based off misinformation and a lack of information about the event. I’d like to point out certain holes in his case and attempt to root out inaccuracies that appear so readily in the column. To begin, Roth rants about whether NASCAR is a sport for nearly half of the column. In looking for a definition to the word, (dictionary.com was particularly relevant), I realized that it didn’t matter! It appears that Roth is incredibly bothered by racing being considered a sport, which I found trivial. I admit, entertainment value is very subjective, however, I think that Roth should also embrace this point. He claims that we shouldn’t idolize professional racers, because so many people drive, and the pros only do it at a higher level. Couldn’t this be applied to all sports like track and field, or the sports he mentioned such as baseball and basketball? Unless Roth has an issue with professional sports in general, I found his logic flawed. On whether racing is exciting, I think that depends on the person. But Roth saying “I have a problem with seeing the entertainment value in NASCAR.” is hardly a reason to condemn the sport! There are many different channels of television. Also, Roth says that the most exciting part seems to be “if there is a wreck among drivers and whether or not they survive the crash.” Wrecks are certainly exciting, however claiming that even some of those who view racing want to see deadly crashes is very inaccurate and morbid; certainly that wasn’t what was being implied. Finally, there were several parts of his column that were wrong, or raised doubt to the strength of his case. He refers to “the driver (sitting) on his butt for hours on end,” but he failed to include Danica Patrick, who is a female driver in racing. He frustratingly claims that “the whole thing is one constant commercial with a few minutes of racing” before saying “to watch NASCAR would be one of the worst ways for me to spend a Sunday afternoon,” implying he has never seen a full race. Having seen a race on television several times, I can tell that the event is multiple hours long, and has a similar commercial structure to football. The difference is that while football stops and starts, NASCAR is constant action for the full time. I personally don’t like to watch NASCAR. I find it not very interesting. However, there are clearly people who enjoy racing, and as this article clearly was written without a grasp of the nature of the sport, I felt it necessary to present a counterpoint. Guesswork and conjecture shouldn’t be enough to form an opinion.
junior Gregory Haegele
The TSA has recently loosened up on their rules as far as what is allowed on an airplane. Read on to decide for yourself if allowing small knives and miniature baseball bats, among other things, on board is a good decision
hen I first heard about TSA bringing changes to what is permitted on an aircraft and that these changes included small knives and miniature baseball bats, I rolled my eyes and asked myself what the point was. I can’t take my eye make-up remover in my carry on, but I’m allowed to have a pocket knife that is still very capable of hurting someone? How does that make sense? (Yes, people, I realize that the existence of powerful explosives in liquid form make this a concern.) I read a CNN opinion piece about the issue and agreed with the author’s point against the decision because although “the TSA claims this policy will benefit passengers, citing the 850 pounds of banned goods that are surrendered at checkpoints each month,” passengers and flight attendants are still at risk if someone is wielding a knife. Just because “sharp objects can no longer bring down aircraft,” according to former TSA chief Kip Hawley, that doesn’t mean
that they don’t pose a threat at all. But when you think about it, the security at airports really has gotten ridiculous. I agree with author Tiffany Hawk that we need faster and easier checkpoints, but I ceased to concur with her other points after further research. According to tsa.gov: “The decision to permit certain items in carry-on luggage was made as part of TSA’s overall risk-based security approach and aligns TSA with International Civil Aviation Organization Standards and our European counterparts.” So this isn’t some crazy far-fetched decision. We are just coming down from the fear-induced hyper strictness of the post-9/11 era to match up with the rest of the world when it comes to restrictions and regulations. The phase was totally understandable and the decision was a thoughtful one, but we are at the point where we are capable of moving on. And I don’t think that’s anything to be afraid of.
INDIVIDUALS With all the people that we encounter every day, I took a look at the ones that bothered me the most and what it was that made them so unbearable Roth Lovins
elcome back to the second installment of my “Nothing Held Back” column series. In this series, I discuss some of the things that bother me about my surroundings. Whether it’s a group of individuals, an activity, or a place, I will discuss why I am bothered by them. For this column, I made a list of a few individuals that bothered me throughout my daily routine. The first group of people that I want to talk to are the individuals that throw their cigarette butts onto the ground. Not only have you just hurt yourself by smoking said cigarette, but you have also taken no consideration about the damages you could have towards the environment. I realize you are only concerned about satisfying yourself, but please stop and take the time to properly dispose of your cigarettes. Nobody likes an inconsiderate smoker. Next, I want to talk to those people who chew with their mouths open while they eat. It’s one thing to
have to see your food while you’re eating, but to have to hear it as well is something that makes me lose my appetite almost instantly. I find your lack of manners disgusting, so please stop smacking your lips before I smack you across the face. Lastly, I want to have a chat with those people who are unable to park their cars correctly and force me to find another spot on the other side of the lot. If you can’t park, drive or reverse it as it was intended to be used, then you probably shouldn’t be driving it in the first place. Also, once you get out of the car and notice that you have parked in two different spots, you probably should not walk away and act like it didn’t happen. If you can’t park it in the lot properly, then you probably shouldn’t be allowed to park in the lot in the first place. I know this column makes me seem like I am not a big fan of people, but in al reality, as long as you don’t get on my nerves, I don’t have a problem with you.
MOBILE PHONES With more than half of people in the United States having a cell phone, there has been a great increase in mobile spending. People spend more on phone bills than other maintenance bills or entertainment expenses. How much do you pay per month? Check out some of the differences between cell phone plans
HOW MUCH DO YOU SPEND PER MONTH ON
87% of American adults own a cell phone
2011: Americans spent about $1,226 per year on cellular devices.
Spending on phone services rose more than four percent in 2011.
BASIC INDIVIDUAL CELL PHONE PLANS
about $30 - $50 per month ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL CELL PHONE PLANS
about $50 - $80 per month UNLIMITED INDIVIDUAL CELL PHONE PLANS
about $50 - $200 per month FAMILY CELL PHONE PLANS
about $60 - $600 per month PREPAID
about $1 - $4 per day
2001: Americans spent about $210 per year on cellular devices.
45% of adults who are cell phone users use a smart phone.
$102 per month
$20 per month
COMPARING PLANS AND COSTS
500 anytime minutes plus 45 cents for each additional minute
$40 400 anytime minutes plus 45 cents for each additional minute
900 anytime 1000 anytime minutes, unlimited minutes plus 45 cents for each nights/weekends additional minute and calls
Unlimited talk package for $50 or with unlimited texting for $80
Unlimited calls with a two-year contract, plus a $36 advication fee
Three lines with 1500 minutes anytime calling
$100 Three lines with 1500 anytime minutes
10 cents per text $2 Daily Unlimited Plan offers plus $1 for each day that it is used unlimited texting and calling
source: www.forbes.com and www.money.cnn.com
HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY?
200 anytime 400 anytime minutes and minutes plus 45 unlimited calling cents for each after 9 p.m. additional minute
$80 450 anytime minutes and unlimited messaging
900 anytime minutes and unlimited calls and texting
Unlimited data, messaging and calling
Unlimited calls, texts and Web
The Talk and Text Unlimited Family plan offers texting and data usage for three lines with 1400 a family plan anytime minutes $19 per month for unlimited service
25 cents per minute and 20 cents per text
Check out these students’ cell phone plans and monthly costs senior Cheyenne Ferguson phone: Android Vision from T-Mobile. plan: “It’s an individual plan. I have unlimited texting and calling.” cost: $50 a month freshman Matthew Klave phone: Pantech Link II from AT&T. plan:”Family plan; It’s a good plan. It’s a two-year deal and you pay for two years then you get an upgrade.” cost: $35 per month
compiled by Erika Espinoza
THEY SAID THAT >”The Above the Influence Mural Project is a weekend for teens to paint, hang out with peers, tailgate, bond with adult mentors and express creativity. The Project will be held on the weekend of May 17-19. and take place south of 17th Street across from Guitar City and one block north of the BCSC Admin building. We are looking for all kinds of people; those who are artsy and those who aren’t so artsy. The main goal is to engage all youth in Bartholomew County so that they can express themselves and pledge to think, act and live above the influence.” Prevention Strategy Assistant Harry Cooper said at a meeting for the Mural Project.
For students who want to learn more or provide their ideas, join the ‘Party Safe’ group on Facebook. by Roth Lovins
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hey are seldom seen, seldom heard. But they are there. Silenced by shame and frozen with fear, victims of sexual assault are all too often afraid to speak out. As a result, these crimes are hidden in the shadows and forgotten. Yet Social Media has become a platform for sexual assault vicims to regain their voices. Social Media has also increased awareness of sexual assault, following the proceedings of sexual assault cases such as the Steubenville rape case. Two high school football players were cast under a high-intensity spotlight of scrutiny after they were convicted of the rape of a 16-year-old girl at a party. They were sentenced one-to-two years in juvenile detention. Both boys were also forbidden from having contact with the victim until they are at least 21 years old and may have their names on a juvenile sex offender list for the rest of their lives, according to The Atlantic Wire. “People are becoming more comfortable in coming forward,” Public Relations Officer for the Columbus Indiana Police Department Lieutenant Matt Myers said. “I think that is a reason why the numbers here are so high.” Many of these victims have turned to Turning Point, one of the many centers in Indiana victims can go for support. “Almost 30 percent of our shelter clients reported during intake during a two year period that they had been sexually assaulted at some point,” the Outreach Director for Turning Point Domestic Violence Center Jessica Smith said. A study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 17 percent of Hoosier women are sexually assaulted each year. It is the second highest percentage in the country, behind Wyoming. Speculations vary as to why Indiana is ranked so highly in the nation. Some officials believe there are
simply more assaults in Indiana, while others think the high statistics have to do with a higher amount of reporting. They believe that support programs give victims the confidence to report the assaults. “People are becoming more comfortable in coming forward,” Lt Myers said. “I think that is a reason why the numbers here are so high.” It has been discovered that only 16 percent of rapes are reported to the authorities. This number is markedly higher than those in a study conducted in the 1980s, when only five percent of rapes were reported. Even so, approximately 97 percent of those accused of rape will not spend a single day in jail. “Often times the victim knows the suspect and they don’t come forward because of embarrassment,”
We take every report that we receive seriously. Lt. Myers said. In two out of three assaults, the victim knows the perpetrator. The legal definition of sexual assault varies by state, but sexual assault and domestic violence organizations consider any unwanted sexual activity to be sexual assault. “What people need to understand with sexual assault is that the bottom line is this: If there are two consenting adults and one says ‘no’ and the other continues, that is criminal battery, period,” Lt. Myers said. Legally, Indiana does not have a definition for consent, yet the age of consent for sex is 16. A study by the RAINN organization found that 44 percent of sexual assault victims are under age 18, meaning high school students are amongst the most at risk for being assaulted.
Indiana was named second in the nation for sexual assault. This alarming statistic has us questioning why this is and what we can do to change it photo illustrations by Keely Collier and Erika Espinoza
“We had, as of last year, 12 rapes reported in Columbus and seven in 2011,” Lt. Myers said. The numbers for rape have been steadily increasing. But is it because Indiana is unsafe or because Hoosier victims feel safer reporting the crime? “I think that not just in Indiana, but everywhere this (sexual assault) is a huge problem that needs to be addressed,” Ms. Smith said. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey in 2010, approximately one in five Hoosier women have experienced rape in their lifetime and 43.9 percent have experienced some sort of sexual battery other than rape. Sexual abuse often results in mental disorders including anxiety, depression, insomnia and PostTraumatic Stress Disorder. Approximately 30 percent of rape survivors contemplate suicide after being attacked. In Egypt, vigilantes are taking to the streets to try and stop sexual assault and harassment. A group called “Be A Man” patrols the streets of Cairo in yellow vests, carrying bottles of spray paint. They find, beat and spray permanent paint onto the alleged harassers. Some applaud the group, who take the place of negligent police, while others claim it is an unethical, lawless system. One survey found that one in five high school students have been forced to have sex. Only half reported the incident. Programs by centers like Turning Point hope to increase awareness and understanding of sexual assault, as well as what to do in an assault situation and how to avoid one. “(Students) should have a safety plan. They should challenge the norms that make this behavior acceptable,” Ms. Smith said. “It is not just about preventing someone from being a victim, it is about stopping people from being the perpetrator also.” by Bente Bouthier and Leah Hashagen
WHATYOUTHINK Some students shared their opinions about sexual assault and the effectiveness of existing efforts “I feel like we don’t do much about it (sexual assault). We just put them (offenders) in prison. And when they get out, they are just registered sex offenders. Some people get away with not even registering. And I just feel like we aren’t always aware.” sophomore Nick McGuire
freshman Brittney Spears
freshman Sarah Hayes
sophomore Oscar Ramirez
ocally, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services provides a bed for those displaced by domestic or sexual violence. Want to visit learn more cnhsmedia. com for an self defense informational soundslide tips?
Check out some local efforts being taken to fight back against sexual assault that are open to those interested in joining “On April 18th, at Northside Middle School, during lunch time there will be an event to raise awareness and provide some information about Sexual Assault. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Domestic Violence Action Team (DVAT), is hosting this event. If students want to change the terrible numbers for Indiana, they have to get behind the issue. They can start by coming to the event and listening to some things they can do,” Outreach Director for Turning Point Jessica Smith said. One has been Five have molested by a been molested family member by an acquaintance
28 females surveyed
KNOW THEFACTS 42 males
Hotline: 1-800-221-6311 (toll free) Turning Point Volunteer Cordenator: 812-3795575 ext 107 Turning Point Donation: 379-9844
Nine have been molested by a friend
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“I know that we don’t hear about it, and there’s not very much awareness of it. Students aren’t very aware because it doesn’t happen to them.”
f you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, seek help. If you are in danger, call 911 or your local police department. To help heal from a sexual assault encounter, the first step is to confide in a trusted adult or talk about your situation with a professional. If you do not know if you have been assaulted or do not know who to contact, a crisis hot line is available for victims of assault. It does not appear on the caller’s phone statement and is completely confidential.
ecently, bullying has been getting a lot of attention by the media. And for a good reason: the effects of bullying on the victim are lasting and victims are more prone to experience depression and anxiety problems later on in life. Sexual harassment is a form of bullying. However, bullying is often used to describe what is against the school policy. Harassment may be used to describe what is against the law. Either way, Indiana has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying. Like in situations of bullying, if you see sexual harassment happening or suspect it, there are appropriate actions to take. Even though getting involved in the situation is uncomfortable, it is important to tell a counselor or teacher, or just talk to the victim and encourage them to speak out first.
A total of 70 students were surveyed about sexual assault. Check out the results here
“I think you could have better education to fix the problem; better information on what would happen if you did do something like that.”
f you are attacked, what can you do? If you fight back, you gain an 86 percent chance of avoiding rape and there is little risk of additional injury. But between the fear of being assaulted and the reality, self defence techniques and knowledge on how to spot risky behaviors are the best ways to project your safety. Scroll through basic self defence moves provided by Master Ko’s Martial Arts School and other ways to keep yourself safe on CNHSmedia.com.
senior Sarthak Neema
“We never really talk about any thing like that, so I don’t think that they (the school system) have done a very good job helping us protect ourselves.”
WHAT TO DO
“I think that we’re second because we don’t have enough programs to prevent that and I think that’s a solution we could use.”
Four have been molested by a family member
Ten have been molested by a friend
Two have been One has been molested by an molested by a stranger acquaintance
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A CLOSER LOOK
N WITHOUT A LIFE
Seven weeks of no English. IU grants students the chance of a lifetime. Kamal Maharjan and Katie Rawlings share their thoughts on the life-changing opportunity
ew rules are in effect as soon as the plane lands. Luckily, the experience of cultural immersion has already begun. “As soon as you step off the plane you are immersed,” said French teacher, Kathy HolcombLahee. Ms. Holcomb-Lahee is referencing the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages. Through the foreign language program thirty students are chosen to each of the four sites. Mexico, Spain, France, and Germany are the four countries students are choosing from, according to www.indiana.edu. Students are restricted from speaking any English the seven
weeks they are in their country. “They can’t take their English music,” said Holcomb-Lahee. No English period. Seven of our students have been excepted into to this years program, including Jonathan Alessi, Monica Gamez, Kaydee Akins, Katie Rawlings, Dane Fetterer, Kamal Maharjan and Lauren Tucker. To hear from senior Megan Peterson, a student who has already gone through the program and to learn how to apply, go to cnhsmedia.com. visit Want to learn more cnhsmedia. com for a about the soundslide IU Honors about it program?
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KATIE RAWLING TO
decided to apply for the IU Honors in Foreign Language program because my sophomore year I really started to like Spanish started thinking ‘Maybe I want to be a Spanish teacher!’ I decided I wanted to apply and My parents were kind of like ‘Ehh we don’t know if we really want you to do this,’ so I was like ‘Well fine, I’ll just sign myself up then.’ The hardest thing will be missing the summer before my senior year. But I talked to Senora Cheek about it a lot and she said ‘What are you going to miss in Columbus? The fair? a party? This is the opportunity of a lifetime.’ I’m really close with my family so not seeing the people that I love will be hard, but it’s worth it”
KAMAL MAHARJAN TO FRANCE
recognized it as an opportunity to kind of develop my linguistic skills but to also experience something of a worldly stage. The first (step) was back in eighth grade with French and from there I just kept going. I thought it would be really cool to kind of know the language that you are learning. I’m excited for the opportunity to be able to study abroad. We had Matt Thompson in the room who is making thousand paper origami cranes because he was just ‘I needed something to not think about it’. I’m sure it will be hard getting accustomed to it but I’m sure it will be harder getting accustomed back to the American culture afterward.”
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>”We don’t know of another air pollution strategy as effective to clean up the air.” Bill Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies on the Environmental Protection Agency releasing preliminary rules Friday to reduce the sulfur in
Ten cities. Ten new and exciting opportunities. Each of these four countries allow students to visit the sights of one or more cities
THEY SAID THAT
>”Our community is not a cookiecutter suburb; it’s unique. All those on the campaign want the same: We don’t want a multinational fast food outlet.” Australian campaigner Garry Muratore explained why his town of Tecoma does not want a McDonald’s to come to the town. McDonald’s is commonly referred to as “Maccas” in Australia.
by Ramya Vijayagopal
Earth Day, April 22, is slowly approaching. Recycling seems to be slowly declining. See what you can do to change this and help your community and environment
Check out the results of 100 students surveyed and what materials you can recycle at the Solid Waste District
hen it comes to students recycling, Environmental Club president senior Emily Resnik doesn’t see how it could be any simpler. “I don’t think people realize how easy it is,” Resnik said. There are recycling bins in each classroom as well as resource centers, offices, and the library amounting to over 150 blue recycling bins throughout the entire school. Still some students choose not to use them. The Environmental Club wants this to change and worked last year to clean up the community, according to Resnik. “We did clean-ups around town,” she said. “We also recycled here at school.” Resnik said the club plans to get the word out about the recycling and Environmental Club through BNN within the next few weeks. She also said the Environmental Club plans to get recycling bins in the classrooms that do not have them. While the club works on spreading the word and getting new ways of recycling, students here continue not to realize recycling bins are all around them. Head day custodian Mark Schoettmer noticed this. “I would love to see a student-led recycling program,” he said. “That would be an excellent thing to get started.” A student-led recycling program would eliminate the problem of the blue recycling bins’ contents being added to the trash because of no city
or school corporation recycling. “(School corporation recycling) would be great, but it costs money,” assistant principal John Green said. Mr. Green remembered a time when students would drive recyclable items from here to the recycling center. “If we could get a group of students and a staff member we could do that again,” he said. Although some students don’t recycle at school, one item is regularly recycled at school: cardboard. In fact, this is the only item recycled in the cafeteria, according to cafeteria manager Victoria Fields.
“We used to recycle the oil cans, but we no longer do that because we don’t have fryers,” Ms. Fields said. The cafeteria is a major location in the building that does not have a recycling bin. However, students can recycle in the parking lot where bins are located for all types of recyclables. This is where Resnik says the club takes bags of recyclable products. The blue recycling bins around school are for paper, but where can students put plastic? Resnik said the Environmental Club wants to start recycling plastic at school. Sophomore Logan Worton also sees this as a good idea. “If we recycle more, more products can be made from recycled materials,” he said. There are locations in the school for old cell phones as well as printer cartridges to be recycled. The building is also a site of an Abitibi Paper Retriever where different community members are able to recycle various paper items. Another option for recycling is the Columbus Recycling Center. It is located at 720 S Mapleton Street and is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 am to 3:30 pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 am to 6 pm. Heather Siesel, Education Coordinator for the Solid Waste District, said student recycling at the Recycling Center would be an environmental and behavioral effect on students and would be a great change. “I would definitely appreciate that. We are always looking to improve the numbers of recycling rates,” Siesel said. Resnik believes students may not be recycling because some teachers do not encourage it in the classrooms. Resnik would like to see this change and have more student participation in recycling. “I would love that. I think we could see a great change as a school.” by Elizabeth Andrews, Allison Coffey, Skylar Fleetwood and Blake Helton designed by Elizabeth Andrews and Erika Espinoza APRIL 5,
Select students here have the opportunity to become teachers assistants. Every student has different tasks and jobs to work on in their class senior Thomas Shoaf “I come in, and I do a lot of work on the potter’s wheel. When I’m done, I’ll help other students, mix clay or help Mr. Lahee with whatever he needs. I took all three ceramics classes. There weren’t enough students for a ceramics four, so he recommended I become his TA. (Ceramics) isn’t structured. I have the ability to do my own projects or help Mr. Lahee. It’s the best sides of a class and resource put together. (I enjoy) the ability to create my own class structure. I decide what I do each day.”
freshman Nicole Hart “On a normal day I stop by Mr. Campbell’s room to see if he needs me to do anything for him, and he usually has me run papers to the office or other teachers or make copies of papers for his classes. On days that he doesn’t need anything, I sit in the copy room at the end of the business hallway at a big desk and work on homework. First semester I was in Mr. Campbell’s class for CARSS and at the end of the semester he came up to me after class and asked if I would like to TA for him during my resource in the second semester. I have a lot more freedom because I don’t have to ask a teacher to use the restroom, and I don’t have to sit near distracting people. Also, it’s easier to concentrate on homework. I think I like that it keeps me busy during a resource where I would otherwise be sitting in a room doing nothing.”
junior Madison Monroe “I TA for Mrs. Culp. Usually she doesn’t have a lot for me to do, but when she does, it’s stuff like going to get copies made, getting stuff to students, hanging things up around the room and stuff like that. I became a TA because I had Mrs. Culp as a teacher last year for sophomore accelerated (English), and I really liked her. I started getting passes to come into her class at the beginning of the year because I didn’t want to sit in my resource, and she asked me if I just wanted to be a TA, and I said yes. Some benefits of being a TA are you get to know students that you probably wouldn’t interact with normally, because the class I TA for is sophomore accelerated English. I like being able to help Mrs. Culp out and also use the period as a resource time. I think my favorite part of being a TA is having her give my input on the things that they are doing in class because I did similar things last year with her.” by Emily Wilkerson designed by Keely Collier
Assistant Principal Susan Scott discusses the details of the process of becoming a teacher’s assistant. Although the job descriptions vary from case to case, several aspects exist that apply to all teacher’s assistants
rganizing papers, decorating classrooms and working the copy machine with ease. Teacher’s assistants have the opportunity to help their teachers and show leadership. Assistant Principal Susan Scott explains the basics. “Most teachers have one teacher assistant. There are some programs like the athletic office, or the music department, that have more than one,” Mrs. Scott said. The purpose of teacher’s assistants is quite clear; the purpose is to maintan positive relationships between teachers and students. “We’re trying to give kids the opportunity to give leadership to the school,” Mrs. Scott said. There are quite a few teacher’s assistants throughout North, all working in different areas of the school. Jobs range from office runners to assistants for individual teachers in a classroom setting. “If you’re a runner for the office, we have to trust you. You have to be able to know how to walk into classrooms well, without interrupting. We have students who are teacher’s assistants for individual teachers, based on relationships,” Mrs. Scott said. In addition to completing the application successfully and being qualified in that aspect, a teacher’s assistant must also have several personal characteristics that enable them to execute their duties successfully. These can include personality traits or
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behavior patterns. “You have to be fairly successful in class, you have to be a self-starter; self-supervised. Also, manage impulsivity; stay focused. Our staff really trusts our students to be helpers to us,” Mrs. Scott said. Although it is beneficial to the students to be able to utilize and hone their leadership abilities, the administration has shown appreciation for the efforts of teacher’s assistants and office runners, maintaining that the faculty is being greatly aided by these students. “Our students are so dependable. It shows how positive the relationship is in our school,” Mrs. Scott said. “The teacher gets a wonderful service, and the students have a wonderful relationship with adults in the building.” Health teacher and Senior Project coordinator, Lisa Cooley, discussed her relationship with her teacher’s assistant. “The main reason I have a TA is that I am constantly needing students for Senior Project purposes. They deliver messages, pick up students, and organize paperwork for evaluation. There is no way I could track down students who are only here for a half day by myself. In the fall, the teacher’s assistants help with proposals. In the spring they file and help with senior boards, or help deliver certificates. I can’t live without them; they are hard workers.”
Here are the do’s and dont’s of being a teachers assistant
1) Organize files 2) Decorate rooms
1) Grade papers or record grades 2) Work with materials tied to
3) Run teacher errands within
the school 4) Follow all school rules
4) Go off campus 5) Leave for other areas without a pass 6) Use position to avoid following
source: Application for Student Assistant
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MEETING THE BAND Almost everyone has a favorite song, musician or band. But this sophomore takes a love of music to a whole new level. Having traveled far and wide to see more concerts than most her age, sophomore Katie Kiel shares her experiences Kiel meets frontman Sam Miller from Paradise Fears July 23, 2012 outside of Mojoes Joliet, Illlinois.
Kiel meets Alex Rogers from the chicago based band She’s Alive at Mojoes venue in Joliet, Illinois in July of 2012.
THEY SAID THAT > ”I remember a lot of titles being put on me at the time, they called me the greatest reality TV villain of all time ... It didn’t define who I was. I was always bigger than my reality TV character.” Omarosa Manigault on how her life has changed as a result of her first appearance on The Apprentice. Manigault was fired on Monday’s episode of the Celebrity Apprentice.
photo by Betsy Kiel
John Gomez from The Summer Set and Kiel meet in Cleveland, Ohio in October of 2012.
Kiel saves all of her tickets from concerts. Many are signed by band members.
even states. 35 concerts. 40 band t-shirts. Sophomore Katie Kiel is a music fanatic. “My favorite part of concerts is when the headlining band first comes out and everyone is pushing and is excited,” Kiel said. “It is so much fun.” The type of music Kiel listens to is “Pop Punk.” “My favorite band is All Time Low,” Kiel said. “And my favorite song is Montrose by Man Overboard.” The last time Kiel went to a concert was March 9 in Michigan. “We went to see The Summer Set, We Are the In Crowd, and Paradise Fears,” Kiel said. Kiel’s twin sister, Betsy Kiel, has been to 35 concerts with her sister. “We have separated before (at shows) to see other people, but we have never gone to a show alone,” Betsy said. The farthest Kiel has been for a concert is Canada, seeing All Time Low. “I would describe myself as a traveler,” Kiel said. Kiel’s favorite band memory was in Memphis of 2011. “After the concert we were walking on Beale Street and it was around one in the morning,” Kiel said, “All of a sudden All Time Low yelled ‘There they are!’ at us. I was shocked that they remembered us.” Tickets for the concerts Kiel goes to are reasonably priced. “They are not really expensive,” Kiel said. “They are about $25 a ticket.”
photo by Betsy Kiel
Kiel’s bedroom wall consists of posters of bands, signed papers, and set lists.
Many of the bands, including All Time Low, Mayday Parade and We Are the In Crowd remember Kiel from seeing her so much. One band is especially close to Kiel. Alex Rogers is friends with Kiel. Rogers’ band She’s Alive was started January 2012 and is growing rapidly. “We first noticed Katie at our CD release show this past summer at Bottom Lounge in Chicago,” Rogers said. Kiel and Rogers communicate on a regular basis via Facebook, Twitter, and at shows. “We are open, honest and put ourselves out there as much as possible to make friends and create a family,” Rogers said. “We don’t hide like rock stars or try to stay mysterious.” Rogers and his band try to keep good track of people who attend shows often and who they have met. “The connection we are able to make with our fans is probably the most important thing to us,” Rogers said. “We try to make our shows and our music be completely for the fans because without them, we could not do what we do.” Rogers believes his band continues to grow faster every day because of incredible fans like Kiel. Music is a major part of Kiel’s life. “It helps me through difficult time and just makes me happy.” by Megan Olibo designed byAnnie Day
> “Like, we’re still humans, we still have feelings. She doesn’t care sometimes.”
Devin Velez about American Idol judge Nicki Minaj. Velez was ousted from the competition after a divided vote not to use the “save” option when it was revealed that the 18-year old had the least amount of votes.
> “Adele is beautiful and successful and has what, $100 million? Let’s face reality: she’s fat!” Comedian Joan Rivers defending her derogatory comments about the singer made during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. by Ramya Vijayagopal
Sam Raimi, director of both the “Evil Dead” and “Spider-Man” trilogies, takes us back to Oz in his CGI-fest prequel to the beloved family classic. How does it stack up to its legendary predecessor?
photo from Courtesy Disney/MCT
In Disney’s “Oz The Great and Powerful,” Oscar Diggs (James Franco) and the witch Theodora (Mila Kunis) travel the Yellow Brick Road on their way to The Emerald City.
magine “The Wizard of Oz” slathered with computer-generated graphics and combined with the “Chroncles of Narnia” films and a Disney Channel original movie, and you have Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful.” What you get is a charming film with lovable characters that is unfortunately underproduced and under-directed. “Oz the Great and Powerful” is engaging much of the time, funny a little bit of the time, and disappointing on occasion. Taking place years before Dorothy’s encounter with the tornado that transported her to the Land of Oz, “Oz the Great and Powerful” follows the adventures of Oscar Diggs (played humorously but unconvincingly by James Franco), an unsuccessful but egotistical traveling circus magician stopping for part of his tour in a black and white Kansas. The womanizing wannabe takes “Oz” as his stage name, and he puts on semi-impressive but ramshackle magic shows in his dilapidated tent. One day, while attempting to escape from a circus bodybuilder via hot air balloon after flirting with the man’s girlfriend, Oscar is swept away by a sudden and unexpected tornado. He is transported from black and white Kansas to a beautilful colorful world. Upon landing, he meets an enchanting woman named Theodora. She reveals herself to be a witch (a good witch, however), and informs Oz that he is the fabled great wizard who is expected to save the inhabitants of Oz from all their troubles. Reluctant at first, Oscar is quickly convinced when he sees the massive heaps of gold which will become his if he kills the evil witch who
holds the entire land in a state of fear. So Oscar sets off with the help of Finley the flying monkey to defeat the witch and claim his prize. There is something peculiar about “Oz the Great and Powerful”: it is hard to pinpoint what is wrong with it. It quickly becomes apparent that the film is greatly flawed, perhaps in acting, perhaps in direction or perhaps in production value. However, it feels wrong to point to a few key weaknesses as the reason for the film’s faults, as none of them are singlehandedly very much to blame. The most noticeable problem from the start is Oz itself. The completely virtually rendered world, while beautiful, feels far from real or lifelike. Interiors of buildings, being real (or at least partially real) sets, felt more engaging, but the large expanses of forests and mountains were quite unonvincing and alienating. “Oz” is dotted throughout with dry acting at certain brief moments. James Franco is quirky and stiff, which begs the question: is he trying to act that way for his part, or does Sam Raimi really not know when an actor isn’t getting it right? The answer is less obvious than one would think. Though Franco often plays eccentric characters, and this behavior at first seems natural, the character he’s playing in this case isn’t a particularly bizarre character. Charming and egotistical, yes, but bizarre or eccentric? Not quite. Certain moments in the film, like misplaced facial expressions or awkward smiles, occasionally remove the viewer from the story and emotions. Whether it is a result of a lack of talent
in Franco and all of his cast mates (I am doubtful), or a problem caused by the incompetence of Raimi as a director, I am not sure. One would think that a director of his caliber would be able to look at a take and realize it is unacceptable or insufficient. Regardless, these moments are brief and insignificant and do not detract largely from the enjoyability of the movie. While “Oz” has small problems abound, it also succeeds in some unexpected ways. Unlike many family-style adventure films, Raimi and his writers managed to created two cute CG supporting characters who neither annoyed nor distracted from the plot. Finley the monkey (Zach Braff) and China Girl (Joey King) are splendid additions to the set of vibrant characters. These virtual buddies assist Oscar on his adventures and the trio puts its heads together and come up with a brilliant plan for defeating the evil witch Evanora. What results from the trio’s work, with the help of the townspeople of Oz, is a wonderfully creative and exciting climax that harkens back to some key parts of the original 1939 film. This high point unfortunately wraps up in a rather cliché manner, but leaves us smiling and excited nonetheless. Despite spotty moments in acting of both body and speech, and a disconnecting CG backdrop, “Oz the Great and Powerful” charms and surprises just enough to make for an enjoyable - if flawed - prequel to the original classic. 72/100
GAME ON, BULL DOGS
CAPTURE THE MOMENT
With the end of one season and the beginning of another, we take a look at all the sports that have competed and that are starting up to see what they think of the season. Read on for all the information of the athletic teams here
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Sophomore Michael Behling jumps a hurdle April 2 at Bloomington South. The Bull Dogs fell short to the Panthers with a final score of 81-51.
efore the official start of the season, both the men’s and women’s track and field teams came out of the gate with several first and second place winners in both relay and individual races in the Bloomington South Indoor Invitational, Feb. 28. The first two official meets of the season were both cancelled due to weather. The season-opener, scheduled for March 12 at Jeffersonville, was cancelled along with their first home meet, scheduled for March 14 against Center Grove. So how has this delayed start to the season affected players like freshman Chase Millwood? “I’m happy because it gives us extra time to prepare because we started our season late due to weather problems,” Millwood said. “I’m looking forward to stomping Center Grove into the ground.” The next track and field event is the Cross Bones Relays tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Greensburg. The next home meet is Tuesday against Seymour at 5 p.m.
he gymnastics team received fourth place in the IHSAA state competition. Senior Chelsea Wieland had high hopes for the finals. “I wanted to medal at state,” Wieland said. “That would have to be top 3. As a team, I wanted at least top 4.” Wieland reflected back on a good season. “This year taught me a lot about being a leader,” Wieland said. “It’s kind of the senior’s job.” Wieland had a specific night in mind that stood out above all others. “It was the best meet of my life,” Wieland said. “I made all my routines and got a high score. It was nice having my friends recognize me.”
Senior Jesse Tompkins swings at a pitch from rival Franklin April 10, 2012. Tompkins is a member of the baseball team that will play against East Central tonight at 5:30 p.m.
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S photo by Roth Lovins Senior Chelsea Wieland prepares to execute a routine on the balance beam in the regional meet at Columbus East. The girls finished with a total of 107.325 points
enior Cody Clipp comes back for his final Bull Dog season, sharing his hope for the new season. “The thing I’m most looking forward to this season is spending time with my teammates and leading the team as a senior,” Clipp said. “Last year’s season was kind of bittersweet. We were good enough to go farther than sectionals. I hope our team to be successful and to come out on top.” Coach Trevor Baty feels good about the team. “We have five returning starters and we have one of the best pitchers in the state. We also have one of the top shortstops in the state and some very young talent that we’re excited about.”
THEY DID THAT photo by Roth Lovins
Holding the ball against an opposing player, junior Evan Henry looks for a teammate to pass the ball to at the regional game against Franklin Central. The Bull Dogs ended their season with a final score of 69-54.
en’s basketball ended up with a season total of 23-2 and were the Sectional Champions. It was the first time in our 4A class basketball history to win Sectionals. “This year we had a great group of players and coaches who got along extremely well,” said assistant coach Chad Swinney. “A lot of that can be accredited to our senior class and Coach Speer. This year’s senior class had really high expectations for themselves and they worked extremely hard all summer and all season to achieve those goals.” The last game of their season was at Franklin Central on March 9. The final score was 69-54. “Obviously, when a season comes to an end, there is always a feeling of sadness, but there is only one team in 4A basketball that gets to be happy at the end of the year,” said Coach Swinney. “For the players and coaches, we take a little time off, and we will get right back to work in a couple of weeks to try to take this program even further next year. We will continue to work harder than any other team in the state during the off-season.”
CNHS ‘12 graduate Emily Scheidt hits the ball against East April 23, 2012. This year’s softball team has been working hard for their season. The team’s next game will be tomorrow at 9 a.m. photo by Roth Lovins
he softball team is starting up their season this year. Last year they came close to state, winning their sectional before falling short to Franklin Central in the regionals. Coach Jerry Burton was optimistic going into the season. “I think we will be a pretty good team this year,” Coach Burton said. “We’ve lost four starters, and we’ve got four freshman.” The team has been prepping for the season since fall, to ensure they would be the best they could when the season came around. Coach Burton’s biggest concern for this season was for the upcoming conference. “We play a tough schedule,” Coach Burton said. “Our defense is going to have to be consistent. That’s probably my biggest concern.”
photo by Amelia Herrick
Senior Seth Burton skates around the ice rink at a match against Adams. The Icemen won the match with a final score of 5-2.
espite the failure to win a State championship, senior Seth Burton speaks positively of the Icemen. “Whenever I was sitting on the bench, I was still trying to get everybody excited and ready to go.” Their season ended on March 3, after a loss to Culver 2-1 and losing 4-3 to St. Joseph’s. Winning either of these games would have sent the Icemen on to State. “It was a great season and we just fell short. We’ll be back next year,” junior Andrew Schwartz said. Schwartz wishes the best for his friend and captain, lone senior Seth Burton. “Best of luck to our captain, Seth Burton, and his future career. It was fun playing with him.”
photo by Hannah Patton
Junior Christian Fairbanks swings his club at a home meet against Bloomington South and Brownstown April 2. The team will compete April 6 at the Hall of Fame Invitational at 10:30 a.m.
he men’s golf team has been state championship contenders for two years running. This year, they are determined to win. “This season I’m going to work a lot harder,” senior Ian Smith said. “I’m going to Eastern Kentucky this year, so I’m not stressed about finding a good college to play for.” Smith was expecting to compete and go at least as far into the tournament as the last two years, where they made the state tournament. “We’ve gone to state the last two years,” Smith said. We’re going to be ranked at least in the top five in the state this year, so we’re going for a state championship.”
>The baseball team will host a game against East Central tonight at 5:30 p.m. >The women’s tennis team will face off against East April 8 at 4:30 p.m. here. >The softball team will play against Seymour April 9 at 5 p.m. >The track and field team will host a match against Seymour April 9 at 5 p.m. >The softball team will face off against East April 15 at 5 p.m. at East. >The track and field team will face off against East April 18 at 5 p.m. here. >The men’s golf team will compete against Seymour April 23 at 4:45 p.m. at Harrison Lake Country Club. by Roth Lovins
by Neal Shaw and Madi Slack APRIL 5, 2013
the issue’s best shot
Junior Cody Taylor
Taylor swims the 100-yard breaststroke, placing first with a school record of 55.25. The men’s swim team finished the day, placing sixth at the IHSAA State Finals.
When? Feb. 23
Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI
“I’m really proud of how I did individually and how we did as a team,” Taylor said. “We got the same place as last year, but we swam much quicker this year. The biggest thing we’ve been trying to bring back to North is a tradition of excellence. I feel like this year, with our times and places, we finally did that.”
The “tradition of excellence” Taylor refers to is shown by the most recent string of State championship titles from 1998-2000. Overall, we have had 10 men’s swimming State championships, with the first happening in 1959. Our first championship after the name change from Columbus High School to North occurred in 1985. photo by Roth Lovins
BOOSTERS Gordon and Rayette Andrews Kirsten and Oliver Bouthier Debby Brown Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Collier Michael and Sonja Collier Tom and Nancy Crandall Tom and Patty Dunham Nathan and Anna Eaton Ella Elwood David and Cindy Force Martin and Mary Ellen Grossman Montie Jines Ingrid Miller Terry and Birthe Moe McCabe Orthodontics McDermott Orthodontics Adrian and Dorothy Pratt Carroll and Faye Ridpath Patricia Schmidt Sherry and Bob Schmidt Nancy Thompson ... and 25 Friends APRIL 5,
The FATES of OUR WORLD
Junior Adam LeClerc lists off some of the possible fates of our planet for Earth Day
arth Day. Few actually celebrate it; I mean, come on, when was the last time you decorated the Earth Day Tree? Still, the message the day tries to get across is an important one. So, in honor of Earth Day, I shall delve into the possible futures of our little planet according to movies. “Planet of the Apes”: Due to our mistreatment of our primate cousins and a little help from nuclear war and plague (depends on what film you watch, the film from 1968 or the one from 2011), we are reduced to an animallike state and forced to live in the wild while the planet is run by a race of intelligent, civilized apes with guns who hunt us for sport. “WALL.E”: Earth is covered in trash, in fact it has been for 700 years now. Humanity has fled to the stars and are cruising in a luxury space cruiser called The Axiom. The cleanup is left in the hands of clean-up robots called WALL.Es. Sadly, they have all broken down, except one. This lone WALL.E unit goes on a rip-roaring adventure through space to deliver the first plant that has grown in hundreds of years to The Axiom. “Independence Day”: Earth is invaded by a hyperadvanced alien race that has come to take all our resources. They soon level our greatest cities and begin to smash the armies of Earth’s various nations one by one. All seems lost
until Will Smith and the amazing power of the American Spirit smashes the alien forces. “The Road”: Everyone is going to die. “I am Legend”: Once again, it’s up to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to save the entire planet. This film takes place in the fantastical time of 2012, and humanity has just found the cure for cancer but SURPRISE! The cure turns everyone into fast-moving vampire-zombie things! It’s up to the lone survivor scientist Robert Neville (Will Smith) to find the cure before time runs out. “I, Robot”: In this film starring Will Smi- okay that’s it. How many times is this guy exactly going to save the world? Why don’t we just throw this guy at every problem our nation, no, our planet encounters. Anyway…the movie takes place in the not so distant future and robots are now a common part of everyday life. But, of course, something goes wrong, and all the robots try to enslave the human race because their logic tells them that without us being enslaved we are all going to destroy each other. But you guessed it, Will Smith saves the day as he ALWAYS does. There you have it. If you take anything away from this, I suspect it was as long as Will Smith is around, apparently all of us will be, too; the man is a knight in shining armor for humanity.
SUNKISSED Many guys and gals took trips to the beach over Spring Break. The majority of them came back with a “bit” of a tan by Adam LeClerc and Andy Carr
HEARD IN THE HALL
Take a break and laugh at these random parts of conversations that were heard in the last week before Spring Break!
“That’s all a book is- pictures going through your head.” “I’m always in need of cups and liquids.” “It’s a forbidden love.” “All aboard the man train! Choo-choo!” “I don’t have electricity, we live in a wigwam.” “He’s a gold digger trying to steal your money.” “Where’s Waldo from?” “Did you just say that was so un-Presbyterian? No, I said it’s 11:52.” “No, sir. That is rude.” “How am I supposed to play a game when I can’t even pronounce it?”
THIS ISSUE’S WEIRDEST NEWS What: Christine England, 43, and husband Keith Green, 47, decided to get married after being engaged for 10 years. Where and When: Barnstaple, Devon March 7, 2013 Why: England said that she wanted a party and a “big fancy dress.” How: They dressed up as Shrek
Here’s this issue’s weirdest news: A very untraditional wedding
and Princess Fiona and had their three children from previous marriages at their ceremony. Fact: ”We’re not crazy Shrek fans. We like the films and found them quite funny- it’s just we decided to go dressed as them to my fancy dress 40th birthday bash and then that bash became our wedding,” England said. source:www.mirror.co.uk