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Talk about running? Physical Education teacher Debbie Riga has ran 22 races, one being the Race for the Cure. Go to page 16 to read how Mrs. Riga has overcome breast cancer. “(My shirt) was pink and all of us had this same logo on it and then mine had ‘Me’ on the back.”

ON THE COVER Sophomore Keirsten White sits at a table waiting for donations for her late friend Katie McBurnett. “If you donate tissue, it can save hundreds of lives.” photo by Hannah Brown


A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING Have you ever thought about organ donation? Sophomore Keirsten White would encourage you to become a donor. Turn to page 10 to read about a life, death, friendship and a cause.

EARLY BIRDS Turn to page 12 to learn about some seniors who have chosen to cut their high school experience short and jump into the future a year early. How? By graduating early, of course!

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Concerned individuals have uncovered information and data that reflect poorly on a popular education bill 05


Senior Roth Lovins continues his three-part series with his opinion about grinding. Check out his column on page five!




Check out page six to learn about spending at one of high school’s milestones which happens to be tomorrow: Prom!


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 Madi Slack Game On, Bull Dogs Amanda Wheeler What’s the Scoop? Emily Wilkerson Newsworthy



08-09 With the question of armed guards rising in prominence after numerous tragic events that sparked a debate over safety, The Triangle decided to take a more in-depth look into the issue of guns in schools and to examine how comfortable some members of our school would be with this development.





Freaking out about the big day tomorrow? Last-minute crisis? Have no fear, page 14 is here!


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


16-17 Check out pages 16 and 17 for everything that has anything to do with running!




Continuing 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 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



Recent bills’ changes in funding may not be as great as they sound. Data has been released that the provision doesn’t do as much good as promised. Is this bill taking from the poor and giving to the rich? Take a look

tate Senator Mike Delph has filed Senate Bill 189 to “reward academic excellence in Hoosier schools,” according to The proposal sounds like an excellent idea in the details provided on the website, but some data compiled by outside sources (such as Libby Cierzniak, who lobbies in the legislature on behalf of Indianapolis Public Schools) shows a darker side to the story. According to Delph, this bill would grant highperforming districts relief from “rigid requirements,” which would foster creativity and innovation in the classroom. “The goal is to create an academic environment where next generational techniques and training can inspire Hoosier students to learn even more,” Delph said of the bill. What’s ironic is that Delph hails from the Carmel district, which is one of the “high-performing districts” that the website named. According to the Education blog from IndyStar, Cierzniak created a spreadsheet to see how much each school district in Indiana would have gotten per pupil in performance rewards if the rule were in effect this year and matched it to the highest and lowest poverty schools to see who is benefitting. The results were astounding. The wealthiest district in the state, Zionsville, has about five percent of its student population on free or reduced lunch. The estimated reward would be $77 per pupil. On the other hand, Marion, which has 75 percent of its students on free or reduced lunch, would have a reward of zero dollars per pupil. Zero. Absolutely nothing! Extra performance funding sounds great when you ignore or gloss over the fact that the only ones being rewarded are the wealthy districts. The reality of the





situation is that instead of punishing the schools who already lack the resources and support to prosper, we need to help them. Denying funding to a school full of kids dependent upon that money makes about as much sense as giving additional funding to kids who don’t need it and won’t use it. We find it hard to understand how one can justify this move, but the bill has passed in the third readings of both the House and the Senate. Taking money away from students who need it and would actually put it to use is a travesty. East Chicago has 95 percent of its students on free or reduced lunch. Its reward would be five dollars per pupil. The thing about “high-performing” school districts is that they already obviously have some motivation to do well, and that motivation is obviously doing a good job. They don’t need additional rewards, especially not in this area. Let’s put that money where it belongs and work on improving all of our school districts, not just the ones that are already achieving great things. The data supplied by Cierzniak also stated that test scores are strongly driven by family wealth, a claim reiterated by an article in the New York Times with statistics from the College Board. Pushing your own personal agenda is quite common in politics, but we have to draw the line somewhere, and education sounds like a pretty good place. What this all boils down to is that when making decisions for the betterment of the students of Indiana, one has to take all factors into consideration. The people who created and supported this bill obviously either missed or ignored that memo. But the fight is never lost; we have to stand up for what is best for us. Will you?

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 May 10.

WHEN TRAGEDY STRIKES The Boston marathon bombing sent the nation reeling. But there is more to be taken from this tragedy than what one might think

Ramya Vijayagopal


onday April 16, tragedy struck Boston. Two brothers whose names are irrelevant set off two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. In the aftermath of this crisis, journalists like myself had a lot of tough decisions to make in a short amount of time. They had to consider the audience and meet its hunger for information while keeping the information provided as accurate as possible. I found that CNN in particular did a good job with emphasizing that they didn’t want to speculate and that things weren’t certain at that point, etc. On the other end, one Michelle Malkin of falsely accused ex-Brown student Sunil Tripathi of being a suspect and his name is still on that story. His body has since been found in Providence River. The cause of death is unknown.

Should she have been more careful and factchecked? Most definitely. She wasn’t the only one by a long shot to speculate and jump the gun when it came to reporting. But we can’t only blame the journalists. After all, they are only trying to cater to our needs, the needs of the audience. As the audience, we are constantly demanding information, even if credible, validated info isn’t available yet. Catering to this has led to the creation of the “developing story”. These facts change all the time as new info is uncovered and it is frankly a horrible idea. When people hear something they consider to be the truth, it is very difficult to change their minds or outlooks. We need accurate information the first time. Facebook has been circulating the rumor of a Facebook page created days before the bombing and pointing to a government conspiracy. There are also other examples of speculation circulating. First of all, shame on you for being so gullible. A picture of a Facebook page? That is so easy for a troublemaker to Photoshop. The source of that rumor is unknown and therefore verification is next to impossible. You have no proof. Stop spreading the poison. Misinformation

breeds fear and hatred which leads to intolerance and more acts of terrorism and destruction. It’s a vicious cycle and when you click “share” on inflammatory pieces like that, you are causing another catastrophe, albeit indirectly. I wish that was an exaggeration. Secondly, where is your shame? This is not a time for speculation and turning on each other. This is a time for uniting as a nation and mourning those lost, caring for those wounded, and aiding each other through the healing process. Put away your pointing fingers. It is difficult to keep your cool when situations like this one occur. It is all too easy to lose your head and rush into things from a desperation to do something, to know something about the situation. But if we truly want to help, the best way to do that is by first figuring out what is actually going on. Without accurate information, actions with the best intentions could have horrible consequences. Of course, I think that the perpetrators should face the consequences of their actions. However, I don’t think that should be the main focus or the only step taken. In addition to handling each case as it comes along, we need to push for a universally more tolerant, open and peaceful mindset in every part of the world.

DON’T BE A DIRTY DANCER After attending Prom last year and taking pictures at Winter Formal this year, I took a look at the ‘dancing’ taking place at them

Roth Lovins


elcome back to the third 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 squeezed my way through the crowd as I tried to find out why we dance so provocatively at the Winter Formal and Prom. Okay, so I guess this is where I get lost on the topic. For events like the Winter Formal and Prom, everyone goes through all the trouble to ask that special someone to the dance in a “romantic” way, they get all dressed up, they get a group together, they go out to eat at fancy places and it makes the whole night seem like a very high-class event - that is,

until they get to the dance. Once they get to the dance, the bumping, grinding and twerking all begin and suddenly the magic and class that was once there is now gone in the flash of the strobe lights. Students are grinding on their dates and hardly talk to each other while they dance. What was the whole point of the night if you aren’t even going to talk to each other while you dance? Why did you spend all the time and money on the night only to have it go to waste as you “dance” the night away? For those of you who don’t know, grinding is where two people stand close together while not facing each other and they simply move their hips together to the beat of the music. Everyone who grinds groups into this massive tight crowd in the middle of the dance floor and the closer they are to the middle, the grosser the dancing and the people get. As a photographer and a student who has attended the events, it is truly appalling to watch the events from the outside looking in. For me, the whole situation seems awkward as groups, sometimes lines of people, all huddle together to “dance” to the music - to be specific, grind on each other. The way everyone moves just makes me uncomfortable and embarrassed as they all dance as if by a force of habit.

That’s another thing I want to know about, where did our generation learn to “dance” like that? I know it’s kind of gross to think about, but did we just learn that from our friends, or were there some influences from our parents? Also, what happened to other dances that used to be popular? Did they just die out, or did we stop learning them so that we could spend all of or time committing the act of grinding to memory? What would everyone do if there was no more grinding allowed at these dances? Would we find a way around the rules or would we try and learn new dances? In fact, at Andover High School, grinding was banned at their winter dance. Students mostly protested the administration, but later found out that they could hold their own dance. I’m not suggesting such an idea for North, but I would simply like to see much less grinding at the dances so that I can enjoy dancing with some friends without being grossed out by the actions of others around me. So I ask everyone, could we please keep the grinding to a minimum from now on? I mean think about it, if your parents or even your grandparents were to dance like that, would you still want to grind on your date? Instead of grinding, I would like to suggest that you do the “Macarena,” the “moonwalk,” the “Dougie” or even the “Hammertime”- just as long as you don’t grind.

MAY 3,



PROM COSTS Are you ready for prom? You have your dress, your tuxedo, your shoes and the perfect ride, but how long did it take you to plan everything? The real question is, how much did it cost you? 50 girls and 30 boys were surveyed, see how much they spent on prom preparations on average


> ”When I saw it, I felt really crappy. I didn’t understand what was so different about me and them.” Wilcox County High School senior Mareshia


The average family spends from $1,000 to $2,000 for this high school event


Rucker about the racially

national: school:


source USA Today Money


segregated proms held in her county each year. This year















$45 $31


junior Taylor Balser






Dress from: David’s Bridal Cost: $135 Shoes: $35 Money spent on Prom: $220 Worth it? “It’s worth it because you only get two times to go.”






$50 $20


$33 $8

junior Krishan Narsinghani Tux from: That Special Touch Cost: Rented for $140 Money spent on Prom: $200 Worth it? “It’s worth spending the

money because I get to have a great time with friends.”



The average girl going to tomorrow’s Prom will spend about $400 including manicure and pedicure.

The average boy going to tomorrow’s Prom will spend about $446 including dinner and ride.

compiled by Erika Espinoza, Meagan Olibo and Alex Ventura THE TRIANGLE




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was the first ever unified prom in

>“He’s just a little nutty,” he said. “I don’t have a relationship with him.”

James Everett Dutschke, who is being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing. He is accused of sending letters containing ricin to President Obama and others. Dutschke was referring to Paul Kevin Curtis, a man who had previously been taken into custody under the same charges but said he had been framed. Dutschke used to work for Curtis’s brother and the two had a falling-out. CNN

by Ramya Vijayagopal

As a response to the tragedy of Newtown, Conn. Indiana legislators proposed that all schools should have armed officers or staff members of the school. However, this bill did not pass. See what North is doing to avoid potential gun disasters



photo illustration by Chris Strach/San Jose Mercury News/MCT photo illustration edited by Erika Espinoza

MAY 3,



photo from Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/MCT

A police officer keeps vigil as students are dropped off at the Newtown Middle School as classes resume in Newtown, Connecticut, Tuesday, December 18, 2012.



he walk down the hall to English class may not be the same. While nothing about the English class itself changes, the atmosphere in the hallway could potentially change drastically. The debate about armed guards in schools is a topic of much discussion throughout the nation, appearing in newspaper headlines and heard on prominent talk shows. The question remains, are hallways containing armed guards in our future? Is North going to be a part of this newly written bill? Will the presence of guards be mandatory? Math teacher Jason Perry shares his opinion on having armed guards in school. “I guess I wouldn’t feel any more safe. If someone wanted to do something bad, I don’t think the presence of one armed guard would stop them,” Perry said. Recently, a bill was put on the House floor. It suggested putting an armed guard or teacher in every school. However, the bill did not earn enough votes to pass. “I just don’t think that we as a society are ready to see that in our schools. We still want to see the good in people,” Perry said. “If I’m an elementary kid, seeing an armed guard might make me more scared. It would put doubt in people’s minds.” Just having a security measure of any kind in place would change the atmosphere in the hallways. The behavior of students would most certainly change. “It’s no different than a teacher standing in the hallways. If you watch, fights don’t happen in the hall where a teacher is present. If it keeps one kid from doing something dumb, it’s worth it. Do the pros outweigh the cons? I don’t think so,” Perry said. “Anyone as an authority figure being more visibly present would help.” Recently, a bill has been proposed suggesting a school protection officer is needed. Although the original bill failed, a stripped down version has been approved by a house Committee. The purpose of this refurbished bill is to encourage Indiana schools to hire such officers. Recently, the Columbus Police Department (CPD) has been taking extra initiative to ensure local schools’ safety. An officer patrols our school campus during A and C lunches. “The Columbus Police are developing an initiative to get into all the schools so they will have an established route

they would take through the building,” Assistant Principal John Green said. A police officer came by recently to visit Mr. Green, according to the administrator. Mr. Green helped him obtain a map of the building and to find good places to walk through. “He [the officer] would just be here to walk around during his shift, as a friendly presence,” Mr. Green said. Other measures that have been taken to increase the school’s safety recently are the schools safety committee that has been formed of which Mr. Green is a member. It contains about six school staff members. So far, they have numbered all school exits to help with communication in case of emergency and looked at emergency procedures. The project has also given the school a lot of security cameras in the new parking lot as well throughout the school. In addition, the chief of police, chief Maddox, and the central office here have been having discussions regarding the possibility of having a recourse officer here. The bill mentioned earlier in the article, if passed, would help the state find schools having recourse officers. A recourse officer is an officer assigned specifically to the school to act in emergencies and communicate with students about questions and concerns. Originally, the bill approved by the house Committee was calling for a school protection officer, not a recourse officer. A recourse officer is a trained law enforcement official, while a protection officer can be a teacher, principal, or other staff member. “When you have a recourse officer, the school corporation interviews possible candidates to make sure the officer assigned can work well with kids and that it is in their hearts to assist. It would be their responsibility so if there was something going on in the school, kids would feel comfortable talking to them about their questions or concerns,” Mr. Green said. Many larger Indiana suburban schools already have recourse officers. “Some bigger schools have their own police department within the school. Pike township, Perry township, Carmel, and other big schools like that have their own security departments,” Mr. Green said. “This won’t cost us anything. It’s just a part of their patrol route right now. Right now, if they get stacked with calls, that takes priority though. (CPD) visiting here is just a preventative measure.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Columbus Police Department’s Public Relations Officer Matt Myers gives input on school security

QUESTION Why do you think the armed guard bill was dropped?


“There was some concern over the possibility of people carrying handguns who aren’t law enforcement officers.”


Staff and students share their thoughts on school security



“Currently without armed guards I don’t walk into the building feeling unsafe. But if we add armed guards there would be a sense of more protection.” Resource Teacher Assistant Erin Miller

“It makes me feel more secure, but I’m possibly losing [freedom]. It would feel more like a prison. I would feel good because it’s not a bad idea to protect our kids.” junior Bryon Ripple

“I guess I wouldn’t feel any more safe. If someone wanted to do something bad, I don’t think the presence of one armed guard would stop them.” Math teacher Jason Perry

“I don’t think I would like it all that much because right now it feels safe. If there was one, it gives us the idea that it wouldn’t be. freshman Nina Bouthier

BY THE NUMBERS one millionhighschool

students in the U.S. take a weapon to school

Why does the Columbus Police Department want to increase its presence here?

at least once every 30 days

QUESTION Locally, what are the pros and cons of having increased CPD presence here?

ANSWER “We are here to gather information and build a relationship with students. Hopefully kids will communicate and talk to us.”

public schools has an armed guard on campus


private schools


public schools

Locally, what are the pros and cons of having increased CPD presence here?

ANSWER “Potentially, we’d like to have an officer at North all the time. We’d like to have an officer assigned to work out of the school. The officer could hopefully gain the trust of the students. That way, if students know of something going on, they feel comfortable reporting it to him.”

52 percent

for schools to have armed guards 100,000 more officers need to be hired, according to President of International Association of Chiefs of Police Craig Steckler

Qualified applicants are already scarce.”

President of International Association of Chiefs of Police Craig Steckler

of students know of an accident where someone brought a weapon to school

sixty-two percent of public schools reported an incident of crime reported to police of students ages 12-18 reported that they had avoided a school activity because of fear of harm


thousand officers in 2009


students are threatened or injured with a weapon on school property once a year

1 out 3

ANSWER “We want to be more present to build a relationship with students. The officer would not be here looking for criminal activity but having one at the school could be a preventative measure towards inappropriate activity.”


of students said they would report a student who brought a gun to school

two school districts

Want to learn more about school security?

are going ahead with plans to hire armed guards even as other states have refused to due to expenses

visit cnhsmedia. com for more information

by Bente Bountier, Emily Wilkerson, and Ramya Vijayagopal designed by Erika Espinoza

sources: New York Times and MAY 3,




What would you do to save someone’s life? Run a mile? Do a fundraiser? What about donating your organs? Take a look at what it means to be an organ donor, as well as why it is considered an important cause to join and to fight for


photo by Hannah Brown On a personal mission to raise awareness for organ donation, sophomore Keirsten White sits with her donation jar, green ribbons and a card with information about Katie McBurnett (CN ‘10). McBurnett received a new heart after hers failed her freshman year at North. McBurnett, who attended Hanover College, passed away last September.



uesday Sept. 18, 2012, North graduate Katie McBurnett died. After five years of living life to the fullest with her donated heart, McBurnett lost a battle with herself when her new heart was rejected by her body. During the month of April, sophomore Keirsten White took the initiative to keep McBurnett’s memory alive. White sold suckers and green ribbons in order to raise awareness for organ donating. ”The goal is to buy ‘cough buddies’ for children in hospitals that need them. What they are is a stuffed animal, but it has a hard back and you press it against your chest and it helps from hurting when you cough. Riley Hospital gave Katie one in 2007, but they stopped giving them to kids,” McBurnett’s best friend Lindsey Thompson (CN ‘10) said. Having never met McBurnett, White still believes awareness is important. “I think it’s the right thing to do. I think it has changed me a lot; it made me a lot more grateful for what I have,” White said. Telling McBurnett’s story is the first step to show people what donating an organ can do. ”She had five more years with her family because of the person that donated their organs, their heart, and every second counts,” White said. One organ donor can change many lives as a result of recent developments in technology. Because of this development, most of the body can now be donated, from heart to the kidneys to the corneas. That means that up to eight people can have a new chance at life, just like McBurnett did. When someone is put on the waiting list for an organ, it can take years to receive the needed organ, and many don’t live to see the day they could have been saved. So why don’t more people register to be an organ donor? Matt Wadsworth from the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization has an explanation. “There are a lot of myths. Some people feel like if you go into an emergency room, you won’t be treated like everyone else if you’re an organ donor,” Mr. Wadsworth said. “They are still going to do everything they can do to save your life. Later is when they look to see if you’re an organ donor.” Organ donors have the ability to extend the life of another. In addition, the process is relatively simple, and a majority of high schoolers will be exposed to it. When a teen gets his license or permit, the official at the BMV asks whether or not he wants to be an organ donor. Mr. Wadsworth wants teens to understand the importance of saying “yes” to that question. “Katie’s donor was 17 when he passed,” Mr. Wadsworth said. “If he wouldn’t have had the conversation with his parents about organ donation, Katie would not have lived for as long as she had.” by Hannah Brown designed by Erika Espinoza

THEY SAID THAT > “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.” Jason Collins, NBA player, in a Sports Illustrated column disclosing his homosexuality. He is the first active openly gay male athlete in the four major American pro sports teams. CNN

> “My mum is a very determined person and she does her best not to let anything get in her way if she wants it.” Excerpt from a court statement of a teen girl in England whose adoptive mother forced her to selfinseminate so that the mother could have a fourth child. Names have not been disclosed.” CNN

by Ramya Vijayagopal

MAY 3,




The early bird gets the worm. So does the early graduate get the job? Graduating early is a great option for some students. It allows them to continue onto college or a career before their classmates


n an attempt to make education more individualized, many schools in the US offer early graduation. “It is another choice that students can make. You can choose to graduate in six semesters, which would be at the end of junior year or after seven semesters, which would be half way through senior year,” Counselor LuAnn Davis said. “There is an application for the sixth semester graduate and the seventh semester graduate,” Mrs. Davis said. The application for 6th semester graduation (graduating at the end of junior year) needs to be turned in by April sophomore year. The application for seventh semester graduation needs to be turned in in April of junior year. However, early graduation is not for everyone. Some believe they are interested in early graduation, only to back out senior year. “I don’t think you opt for early graduation unless you have a definite idea for something to do when it’s over,” Mrs. Davis said. “Doing an early graduation is for students who already excel in high school,” said Kayla Ferrel, who graduated from North at the end of last semester. “You’ve got to know what you want.” “There are lots of different reasons students choose (early graduation). Some students are just anxious to get out of school and move on to college or to military,” Mrs Davis said. Some want to move on into a career, but need their high school diploma to get the job. “I wanted to get ahead,” Ferrel said. “I am going to attend IU for nursing.” Sophomore Akari Takeda plans to graduate a semester early, “I’m going to a college in Japan and our school year starts in April,” Takeda said. She decided to graduate early so she would not be a year behind the other students in Japan. “It’s not one type of student that does it, it’s all kinds of students with all kinds of ideas,” Mrs Davis said. Davis also said the early graduation can be a good option for young parents who need to get a full-time job to support their child. “I think students should know that the classes are a lot harder, but there are smaller classes, you can work on your own, and you have more one-on-one time with the teacher,” Ferrel said. Many students who graduated early take classes at a community college like IUPUC or Ivy Tech, then transfer the credits to a larger university the following year. “I want people to think carefully about how it’s going to be when everyone you’ve grown up with is still in high school and you’re somewhere else,” Mrs Davis said. In the past, summer school was a helpful option to get more credits earlier, but with state budget cuts, summer school is no longer offered. Online courses offer a way for those interesting in early graduation to gather more credits without a hectic schedule during the school year. Some must take two English classes, two math classes, or sacrifice electives. Some people worry that the work load of cramming four years of school into three is too difficult. “The good thing is that I can prepare enough for an entrance exam for college,” said Takeda. “The bad thing is that I will have a hard schedule to



photo by Keely Collier

Sophomore Akari Takeda sits outside the C4 doors in a graduation cap. Takeda is an early graduate that plans on graduating an entire semester earlier than the rest of her class.

complete all required credits.” One of the biggest surprise for early graduates is that they still must complete a senior project. “You have to complete your Senior Project in nine weeks,” Ferrel said. “Most people don’t realize that.” “I have to take career information and exploration so I can complete my senior project by December,” Takeda said. “I’m planning on going to college in Japan and learnng foreign languages.” Some students are applicable to receive a scholarship if they graduate early, and the ability to earn more college credits. Early graduation offers students a head start in their careers and in their lives. Mrs. Davis says this feat is doable. “It’s really not that hard of a thing to do, if that is something they’re interested in.” Want to learn more about visit cnhsmedia. graduating com for more by Leah Hashagen early? information designed by Keely Collier


MAY 3,



PROM WHAT TO DO IF... Worried that things won’t be as perfect as anticipated? Read on for input from students and staff members alike, and form Plans B-Z for the evening

... your date bailed 1 hour before prom? “I would cry and ask why.” junior Roarke Moody.

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“My date wouldn’t.” sophomore Jonathan Cox.


“Just make a comic about it.” The Triangle.


... your dress ripped right as you walked in to Prom?

“I would go home, fix it, and come back,” Olivia Brown, freshman. “I would call my mom,” freshman Shweta Gangal.

... someone spilled something on your dress during the dance?

... you got sick before prom?

“I wouldn’t even complain and just go along with it.” freshman Morgan Mullins.

“I would load up on medicine and stick it out.” junior Sean Fishel

“I would be bummed out, but I wouldn’t freak out.” junior Shara Jones.

“I would probably just tell my date I was really sorry, but I wouldn’t go.” sophomore Michael Freed.

“Go to the bathroom and dry it off.” The Triangle.

... your car broke down on your way to prom? “I would run.” freshman Hunter Liggett.

“I would walk.” freshman Nahshon Marshall.

“I would get a bicycle for two.” The Triangle.

... your date showed up in a convertible (assuming you had your hair done nicely)?


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“I would be disappointed and stressed but I would hold a blanket over me to protect my hair.” sophomore Nicole Cortez. “Go silent from shock and say ‘Please tell me you know how to drive one of these things.’” The Triangle.

Everyone knows what Prom is, but read on to learn about something you might not know: the history of prom!

romenade, more commonly known as prom, was originally named after the parading of guests at a party, which can be traced back to as early as the 19th century, when co-ed banquets were held for the graduating classs at American universities. With the growing teenage population, the age of people attending prom decreased gradually until it became

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> “Of course I get those comments about how I am too fat to model, how I am not model material, how I am an unattractive girl, how I am too tall, etc. I understand that I am not a size .008,” Ireland Baldwin in an open letter on her Tumblr. The 17-year old

“Stay off liquids and take some medicine.” The Triangle. “Just go anyways.” junior Alicia Tuttle.




“Get duct tape and fix it yourself,” The Triangle.


a dance for many high schools around the United States. By the 1940s, prom was held in many high schools as an annual event. In the 1950s, the post-war economy pushed for prom to take place in country clubs or hotels, reaffirming the event’s associations with glamour and elegance.

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daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger insists she is not seeking fame by association.

> “It makes me look younger and feel strong. When I first started, I thought, ‘I’ll never be good at this. This is a nightmare!’ But now it’s like brushing my teeth, I just do it.” Actress Gwyneth Paltrow to People magazine on her secret to staying

Susan Ford (daughter of President Gerald Ford) held her high school prom at the White House.

Two South Dakota boys became one of the first same-sex couples to attend prom.

A Principal in Alabama was sued in 1994 for threatening to cancel prom if interracial couples attended.

A Mississippi school district decided to cancel their prom instead of allowing a same-sex couple to attend.

fit. The mother of two was named the world’s most beautiful woman for 2013.

designed by Keely Collier by Elizabeth Andrews and Iris Thompson



by Ramya Vijayagopal

“L.A. Confidential” director Brian Helgeland steps up to the plate to tell a rendition of the story of Jackie Robinson, one of baseball’s most famous faces of all time and a symbol for the mid20th century civil rights movement

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Harrison Ford, left, as Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman (right) as Jackie Robinson are seen in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures drama “42,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (D. Stevens/Warner Bros/MCT)


o many, Jackie Robinson and his jersey number, 42, represent much more than a legend of the American pastime. Robinson’s achievements as a symbol for racial equality were just as prolific - if not more so - than his achievements in the game of baseball. Brian Helgeland’s film displays, in full dramatic glory, Robinson’s tests, trials and triumphs during the beginning years of his career as a professional baseball player. “42” brings an enjoyable and energetic, even if formulaic and hackneyed, approach to the heroic story of Robinson’s role in dissolving the segregation in the major leagues. “42” spans only three years, but this period is likely the most pivotal of Robinson’s life. Beginning in 1946, during the time Robinson (portrayed by Chadwick Boseman) spent on the Kansas City Monarchs, a team in the Negro Leagues of baseball. Meanwhile, the professional Brooklyn Dodgers’ rough and tough yet benevolent owner Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) is searching for a black player to bring into the pros. After sifting through various stand-out players in the Negro Leagues, Rickey settles on Robinson, whom he deems worthy, not on account of his being aggressive and vigorously defiant to racism, but for having “the

guts not to fight back.” It is this point at which we encounter the magic of the film. Harrison Ford’s Branch Rickey nearly steals the show right from the start with his low, gruff voice and his lovable, rock-solid foundation in his beliefs and high standard of morals. However, the film’s one dynamic more powerful than Rickey himself is the interaction and chemistry between Ford’s Rickey and Boseman’s Robinson. Rickey plays the role of Robinson’s mentor and guardian, and the two have some masterful dialogue. Rickey’s ability to keep Robinson in check as he fights his inner desire to lash out against his white attackers is a wonder to behold. If this film is remembered for anything, it ought to be for the life Ford and Boseman have breathed into this retelling of Robinson’s and Rickey’s relationship. “42” is plenty triumphant in and of itself, from Robinson’s making a pro team to his ultimate success in the fight against racism in professional sports, but sometimes the film suffers from its continuous push for a sense of hope and victory. There is not a very strong sense of struggle or dismay, with the exception of a scene or two. The movie becomes bogged down with its

typical sports movie conventions and plot structure. Jackie Robinson’s story deserves better with regard to storytelling and configuration. Too many of the scenes and plot devices have already been seen in every mediocre-to-pretty good sports or civil rights movie to date. Brian Helgeland’s direction is sufficient; sometimes it lacks, and other times it excels, but never does it leave the viewer severely disappointed. Parents should be cautious, however, of the somewhat deceptive PG-13 rating. The movies says the “’n’word” approximately 47 times (yes, I kept track; I had a hunch they would say it 42 times), 36 of which come from a single character in a single scene. One would assume the PG-13 rating was allowed on account of the controversial word’s historical context. “42” is an engaging, heart-warming sports movie and civil rights history lesson that makes little attempt to avoid the clichés and conventions that plague the two genres which it inhabits. If you are a baseball fan, particularly want to see it or want to feel good, you will enjoy it; if you’re looking for something new and revolutionary, keep looking.

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You don’t have to be on a team to enjoy it. It can support a cause, be a colorful mess or even in the face of tragedy, unify. Read on to get tips from the pros on the sport of running. And guess what? There’s even an app for that




ll the survivors will have pink numbers and pink shirts, so you’ll be able to see them very easily as you’re walking or jogging. People appreciate you running for them but when you have a pink number on, people will tap you on the shoulder and say ‘Way to go,’ ‘Keep at it’ and things like that. It’s a very emotional 3.2 miles.” PE Individual teacher Deborah Riga regularly walks through the halls, and at times, she might have just blended in. But there is something that makes her stand out, even in a crowd of thousands at Race for the Cure April 20. Mrs. Riga is a breast cancer survivor. “When you’re in this crowd, it’s just thousands and thousands of people and people will know I’ve had that experience of running for both sides,” Riga said. “My grandmother died of breast cancer, and that was before big runs were happening. She always said she was going to come back as a butterfly so all the shirts have a butterfly in on the name.” So why does Mrs.Riga participate? “I’m a jogger, not a runner, so I’m way, way at the back but just to know that I can do it and I can finish -- that’s something.”


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After last year’s Race for the Cure in Indianapolis, PE teacher Deborah Riga holds her grandson. Even the youngest member of Mrs. Riga’s family got into the event. All three of her grandchildren and even her “granddog” wore a shirt with “Mawger,” their name for her, on the back. Mrs. Riga’s pink bandana covered her head as her hair was growing back from chemo.



Men’s and women’s cross country head coach and distance track coach Rick Weinheimer offers seven tips to start you running 1. Start at a distance that is right for you. Walk for a minute, every so often, if needed. 2. Run a little every day. It will take about three weeks to make running a habit. 3. Concentrate on your own improvement. Don’t compare yourself to others. 4. Twice a week, run a shorter distance, but a faster pace. 5. Understand that there will be occasional soreness. 6. Embrace the challenge and feel proud of yourself. 7. Reward yourself for making your weekly goal.



A woman looks over the memorial on Boylston Street April 22, in memory of the victims from the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston, Massachusetts. (Nancy Lane/Boston Herald/MCT)

he 117th annual Boston Marathon -- what comes to mind? Forever, it will be the images of the two explosions that rocked the famous race and the world April 15. “I had a bunch of questions going through my mind and I wasn’t sure if it was real,” junior Krishan Narsinghani said. In fact, people won’t remember the winners, Lelisa Desisa Benti for the men and Rita Jeptoo for the women, or the times they finished in. They’ll remember the bomb that went off just 1 hour, 59 minutes, 22 seconds after Benti crossed the finish line. Senior Jason Parlow sums up what people are thinking across the nation. “It’s never good to bomb stuff.”

Fast facts: 3 dead • 183 wounded • 2 more undetonated bombs found • pressure cooker bomb w/ nails, BBs and ball bearings for max damage • brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in a firefight with police, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who is in federal custody, were captured through social media images and security footage




rack and field season is winding down, with Sectional approaching fast. It has been an unusually short season, with the cold weather cancelling three meets. Women’s Sectional is May 14 at Franklin, and the men’s Sectional is here May 16. Sophomore Justin Huser summed up quite simply what it is he likes the best about the track team. “Running.”

>The baseball team will host a game against Greenwood tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

5 STAY RUNNING Certified Athletic Trainer Robyn Coffer offers 5 tips to stay physically healthy while running 1. Use a proper warm up to get the blood pumping. 2. Stretch major muscle groups to eliminate tightness. 3. Know/understand your body. 4. After a great workout, cool down- stretch/ice. 5. Use workouts designed for the specific athlete’s needs.

On the mound vs. Fishers April 4, senior Daniel Ayres prepares to deliver. The team lost to the Tigers 7-4 in their season opener.The left-hander who throws a 90 m.p.h. fastball has committed to play for Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

>The baseball team will host another game against Perry Meridian on May 7 at 5 p.m.

photo by Sydney Patberg

6 USEFUL APPS Every running app out there might seem the same, but two vary from what’s normal and really stand out “MapMyRun” GPS running app tracks the running data but also keeps record of the user’s nutritional information and calculates how much water the person will need. “Zombies, Run!” makes a workout into a game. While the user is running, he/she is listening to a story of the zombie apocalypse, running from zombies for interval training, and gathering supplies for their camp.



olor in Motion 5K run is the fastest growing 5K in the world. Participants are showered with powdery paint as they run, walk or jog. Partial proceeds from each event are donated to a local charity. Junior Ali Bowman saw an ad for it on Facebook and decided to try it out last summer. “Because I run cross country and track for North, I just thought it would be fun to try something else, so I got some friends together to do it with me.” compiled by Madi Slack designed by Annie Day



ith seven underclassmen and eight upperclassmen, the varsity baseball team may have to experience growing pains, especially after losing six starters from a 24-3 team to graduation. Not so, according to sophomore Cody Burton, who rotates between catcher and third base positions. “We are a pretty young team, and the more experience we get, the better we will be,” Burton said. “Our underclassmen have really stepped it up this year, and we hope to continue to improve.” Currently 6-5, after two losses to Pike 3-1 and no. 4-ranked Greensburg 18-6 last Saturday, the team looks to upperclassmen for leadership, including pitching ace senior Daniel Ayers, who has been scouted by both colleges and the pros. Burton appreciates what Ayers brings to the team. “Daniel has been pitching outstanding, and every game he has given us the opportunity to win, but we haven’t always pulled through for him,” Burton said. “He leads us by cheering us on and giving us friendly criticism when we make mistakes.” Senior Nick Wingate has a similar view on Ayers and what he brings to the team. “Daniel is a great competitor and a great athlete,” Wingate said. “He is one of the best pitchers in Indiana and has a big future.” Ayers acknowledges the contribution of his teammates to his own success. “On a personal level, I’m happy with my pitching performances. I am right where I wanted to be this year,” Ayers said. “I could say endless things about how proud I am to be a part of this team.” Ayers reflects on the underclassmen who will be leading the team when he is gone. “A lot of underclassmen have stepped up to fill huge roles. My teammates are a great group of young men, and I have no doubt in my mind that they will succeed when my fellow seniors and I graduate.” by Sierra Lollar

>The track and field team hold a meet against Franklin on May 8 at 5 p.m. >The women’s tennis team will face off againt Greenwood on May 9 at 4:30 p.m. >The softball team will play aginst Southport on May 9 at 5 p.m. >The softball team will host another game against Jennings County on May 14 at 5 p.m. >The golf team will hosta meet against Providence East at Harrison Lake Country Club on May 23 at 4 p.m. by Roth Lovins

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the issue’s best shot

SKATING Who? junior Megan Pan

What? Pan spins, twirling a ribbon through the air, as she skates through her solo program dress rehearsal for “Columbus Has Talent.” She was one of many soloists selected for the Lincoln Center Figure Skating Club’s annual show. Music for the performances ranged from recent hit movies, such as “Skyfall” and “Pitch Perfect”, to classics such as “Memoirs of a Geisha”, chosen from Cirque de Soleil.

When? April 25

Where? Hamilton Center Ice Arena

Why? “I like skating to my own music and having my own program and costume. I enjoy dancing and skating in the ice show every year. I thought it went really well, and the audiences were very supportive.”

How? Costume Seamstress Judy Secrest has been the seamstress for the club since 1986. According to Secrest, the Center has been putting on the Ice Show for at least 29 years. That’s 87 performances total. photo by Keely Collier



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 MAY 3,


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MARVEL PHASE 2 Junior Adam LeClerc peers into the depths of the next wave of Marvel Studios films


arvel, the new king of superhero movies, intends to crank out some epic and explosive new films in the coming years. Masses of old and new fans have seen the previous films such as “The Avengers,” “Thor”

and “Captain America,” all of which you have most likely seen - unless, of course, you live in a damp tree trunk in the swamp like our favorite ogre Shrek. So, to those swampdwellers and those others uninformed, I will delve into some of the upcoming Marvel films. “Iron Man 3”: We all saw this one coming. Tony Stark’s Iron Man is without a doubt the fan favorite in the past years, so it would make sense he gets his next movie before the other superheroes. In this next installment in the “Iron Man” franchise, which comes out today, Tony Stark dabbles with some new technology for his robotic suits; in fact, he has built about 40 awesome and diverse suits since the time of “The Avengers.” On top of it all, he finally seems to be planning on settling down with the love of his life Pepper Potts. What could possibly go wrong? Well, a terrorist from Asia, the Mandarin, who has powerful alien rings and an army of super-human soldiers at his disposal, wants Tony Stark dead, for whatever reason. After being humiliated or threatened by the Mandarin, Tony goes on a mission to utterly destroy his newfound enemy. “Thor: The Dark World”: The God of Thunder, Thor, has just cosmically humiliated his brother Loki in “The Avengers” with his new buddies. Now, it’s back home to Asgard for Thor and Loki, but it seems that, of course, more evil is brewing! After Thor’s homecoming, the forces of good come under siege by legions of dark elves! No, not Buddy the elf, or Legolas, but bloodthirsty, freakishly deformed elves led by their foul leader Malekith.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”: Steve Rogers, Captain America: a man lost in time. After being thawed out of the ice near the North Pole, he aided the Avengers with their alien-filled battle and was forced to adjust the the problems that plague modern society. But what happens when his old WWII buddy Bucky Barnes apparently comes back from the dead as a cyborg killing machine? Heck if I know; why are you asking me? We only know so much about these movies. However, the general premise seems to be taken from the comic books. In the comics, poor Bucky was rescued and resuscitated back to health by the Russians, who then brainwashed him into believing Captain America killed him. Bucky was then trained as an assassin (complete with superhuman bionic arm) and sent on missions over in America. “Guardians of the Galaxy”: You have more than likely never heard of them; they aren’t exactly as well known as the Avengers, possibly due to how bizarre they are. They are the Guardians of the Galaxy, a ragtag team of misfits from all corners of the Milky Way! They are led by an Earthling Air Force pilot by the name of Peter Quill. He dons the name Star Lord to lead a team of his alien comrades Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Yondu. The two strangest members of the team are Groot, a giant tree-man who can only say “I AM GROOT!” and Rocket Racoon, an actual raccoon with a cockney accent and an insane obsession with firearms. Together, this strange team will take on evil and seek to guard the galaxy!

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES Though we can’t be certain of the validity of North Korea’s threats, the nation’s history of attempts have made it hard to take too seriously

by Andy Carr and Adam LeClerc


Need a break? Read these hilarious conversations heard throughout the halls a week before Prom

“Everybody at the school flushes the toilet at the same time and this is what happens.” “You have no time to be teenagers.” “Jump!” “This isn’t a Disney movie!” “ I just love chocolate bunnies.” “Kind of looks like a bird - a BBIIRRDD!” “Shrek is love, Shrek is life.” “It’s worth a Google.” “Will you go to prom with me?” “Hahaha. No.” “You have a lot of grey hair.” “Do you have food? No, do you?”




Check out this issue’s weirdest news: A very untraditional attack

What: A 31-year-old woman reported to police that home invaders squirted her with barbecue sauce Where and When: San Francisco’s Bayview District, April 10 Why: Three men she did not know were in her apartment. They fled, but while doing so, one

grabbed a “bottle of barbecue sauce and poured it on the victim,” the newspaper reported. How: The robber got startled by the homeowner, picked up a bottle of BBQ sauce, and poured it on her. Fact: No arrests had been made as of Monday.

compiled by Jadea Graves

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