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Volume 60

Issue 2

21 October 2016


Addi Westpheling

Betsy Smith

Brandon Cullen

Claire McKinstry

Emily LaGrange

Gunnar Bosking

Jillian Gannon

Matthew Andersland

Rielle Jones-Teske

Sarah Altemeier


Billy Lemos

Seth Keppler Editor-in-Chief

Emily LaGrange

IN This Issue: Mission

News 4 5 6

Warrior Volunteers Flood Week Homecoming Clash

Opinions 7

8 9

Staff Editorial- Presidential Endorsement Quit Clowning Around Pro Third Party Column Pro-Clinton Column Trump 2K16 Column

Feature 10-12 Election Season Blues

Profiles 13

@straight_cheffin FBOM


From Africa to America


Artist of the Month: Elly Bordwell Emma Parker

Sports 16

Cheer Coach Resigns Student Section Stinks

17 Sophomores Fumble the Streak 18

The Playoff Picture In The Top Five

A&E Exhibition- Danny Brown 19 Atrocity Revolution Radio- Green Day

20 Fund the Flood

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Warrior Volunteers Emily LaGrange Editor-in-Chief The city of Cedar Rapids experienced, eight years later, yet another major flooding threat near its downtown areas that surround the city’s Cedar River. Citizens of all ages gathered in the city’s center to build temporary barriers-sandbags-- against the water to save some of the most important parts of the city-including Newbo, built after the Flood of 2008. Washington High School students took part in this civic duty by taking time out of their day and weekend to save the city they love. “It was good to see the community, young and old, working together for a common goal. It felt good to help out my city in a time of need,” said Chloe Hatfield, ’17, who volunteered at the downtown YMCA. Wash students had many ways of representing their love for Cedar Rapids. “Well, first I went out to Newbo on Friday, then I went to Hawkeye Downs for the rest of the weekend. I went by myself but I worked with so many different people,

from farmers to a police lieutenant, to a 12 year old who rode his bike down to Newbo just to help out. It was really awesome,” said Kahner Cleveland, ’17. The city, along with the efforts of its citizens, was able to keep the water away from destroying businesses and homes in the downtown area. “It was great to see the city come together during a time that had the potential to hurt many lives,” said Sophie Fox, ’18. Although a great accomplishment, some believe this is only a temporary solution. “I think we definitely need a permanent solution to flooding in CR. We spent 5-6 million dollars on sandbagging efforts this time around and we don’t have the funding to keep shelling out millions of dollars to another inevitable flood. It could happen next spring, it could happen 10 years from now, or it could happen hundreds of years from now. Another flood will happen, the issue is just when. We should have permanent protection put in place so the city is prepared for the next flood,” said

Cleveland. Some believe that more permanent solutions should be made for the citizens’ sake. “It seems like flooding is becoming more of an issue that could be related to global warming, so I think that it is very important to the city that we have permanent flood barriers in place. The people whose homes are being flooded may not have the financial stability to be repairing their home due to flooding every 10-15 years. I think the city should strongly consider more permanent flood protection,” said Fox. Others believe the impending threat of a flood should be reason enough to find a solution. “I think the city should work towards a more permanent solution because we never know when the next disaster will happen. I think it would be good to be prepared,” said Hatfield.

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Feet- the crest of the river. 10 feet above flood level Approximate amount of sandbags used Pounds- weight of sandbags

Million pounds- estimated amount of sand in total Tons of sand Amount of people who had to evacuate

Photo Courtesy of Kahner Cleveland



miles of floodwall to protect 1,400 buildings

News Editor

Sarah Altemeier

Julia Carlson Staff Reporter

Flood Week

As the Cedar Rapids community continuously prepared for the worst outcome of the flood within the downtown area, the decision of cancelling school for the district was also being prepared. The school district’s superintendent Dr. Brad Buck and his team had a decision to make, mainly associated with the issue of transportation. Approximately 7,000 of our 16,000+ students in the district are transported by school bus/District transportation each day. The amount of accommodations that would have to be created in order for all students to be safely transported to their schools each morning, was extensive. Last week, Dr. Buck and his team began conversations about perhaps staging a group of busses on the east side of the river for pickup. As they further investigated that idea, the team reviewed the impacts that the various bridge and road closures would have on the bus routes. “Approximately 100 of the 200 or so routes would have needed to be re-routed in some way, regardless of the initial location of the busses,” said Buck. Those changes in routes would impact pickup and drop-off times for many of students’ families. Beyond the student transportation issues are the staff transportation challenges. We have staff members who live all over the city and our surrounding communities. Being late to work in many non-school work environments is disruptive. In this situation, there would be students in our classrooms and cafeterias ready to experience school, which would be difficult to do without teachers and other faculty members. “I would say that in addition to the practical challenges that transportation presented, we were and are very much concerned about the direct impact of the flooding on families and our staff members and a concern for the people part of the decision-making process. That was also a prominent part of our discussions,” said Buck. Cancelling only the first three days of the week was, in Dr. Buck’s words, a ‘balancing act’.“We didn’t know exactly where the crest number would ultimately land, the impacts it would have on the city, and the ultimate effectiveness of the measures that

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Photo Courtesy of Kahner Cleveland

were taken by the city to minimize the flood impact,” he said. All of this is a lot of science and planning but there is some variability in the predicted crest, as was evidenced by the original predictions and what came to be the known crest height. “We also wanted our families to be able to make plans for child care. That said, we were pretty confident that things would be substantially disrupted at least through Wednesday.” By Tuesday, it became clear that the same challenges that had caused the schools to close for Monday-Wednesday were still going to be extremely likely for Thursday and Friday. “Again, we wanted our families to have time to plan, so we made the announcement on Tuesday regarding closures to include Thursday and Friday.” In all hopes of our community going forward, the district’s most positive outcome is the result of students, faculty and families lending hands to friends or strangers throughout the city. “I can’t say enough how proud I am of everyone as we came together to protect our city and also

our surrounding communities. It has been amazing to follow social media and to talk with people in person about the great stories of our students, staff, and families taking voluntary action to be a part of the solution here in Cedar Rapids.” As the school year moves forward, the work and memories of this difficult time go into our ongoing actions throughout the year and years to come. “My hope for the school district going forward is that we are able to be a partner in providing supports for students, families, and staff members with needs that they have following the flood,” said Buck. “I am also hopeful that we have a positive finish to the fall season, that we continue to move forward the equity conversation and actions in our classrooms and the community, and that we have a great school year.”



Homecoming Clash Kate McCartan Staff Reporter On Oct. 23, at 10:45 on the night of Washington High School’s Homecoming, 22 police cars and about 26 cops sped into the south parking lot of Wash, sirens and all. For those people in the parking lot at the time, confusion and terror raced through their minds, including that of Junior Emily Nelson. “I was really scared because no one knew what was happening and it must have been pretty bad for that many police cars to be at Wash at once. A lot of people were rushing out of the Jock Lot doors and no one could figure out what was happening” said Nelson. Nelson was one of numerous students in the parking lot at the time, and few could figure out why the police had showed up. This lead to many rumors being started and these various rumors spread to most everyone at the school.

“I heard a lot of stories. I heard that someone had a weapon such as a knife or a gun and Dr. Nyberg had to tackle them, and I also heard there was just a huge gang fight,” said Nelson. Surveyor sat down with Officer Thaddeus Paiser, who was present for the entire Homecoming dance, and at the scene of the incident, to clear up the rumors and find out what really happened. The first thing Paiser wanted to express was that the incident after Homecoming was not a fight. It was much more just mass chaos and he felt that students were at risk. “A non-wash student with a ticket to the dance left, and once you leave for the night, you are not allowed back inside, but she forgot her purse after she had left and wanted to go back and get it,” said Paiser. “She ignored the people enforcing the rules and this generated shouting and a volume increase.”

At the same time, there were two groups of students inside that were looking like they were going to get into a physical altercation. Paiser believes that the volume increase allowed for this group to start said altercation. “I didn’t see a physical fight. There may have been a push or too, but I decided to request for some help because there was so much commotion and no students were listening to the adults,” Paiser explained. I only requested two more units but with all the sound in the background of the radio, the other police in the city felt I was in greater danger than I was in. That is why 22 units showed up.”

Photo Courtesy of Kahner Cleveland



News Editor

Sarah Altemeier

Presidental Endorsement Staff Editorial

Since 1972 (as far back as our archives go), The Surveyor has steered clear of endorsing any political candidates when election season came around, but in light of this year’s utter trainwreck, we felt it necessary to throw in our two-cents. The election this year has not come down to two candidates who we can genuinely debate on matters of character and policy, but a decision between a rock and a hard place. The Surveyor unanimously feels that with this difficult decision, there is one candidate who stands out as clearly unfit to lead our country. Our editorial board has come to the conclusion that, as a newspaper, we choose to endorse Hillary Clinton -- sort of. Instead of arguing for why Clinton should be President we want to explain to you exactly why Trump should not. The utter hypocrisy surrounding the support for Trump’s campaign is astounding. The litany of bogus claims about his abilities, qualities, and policies has tricked many voters into genuinely believing he’s fit to be president and we want to set the story straight.

repertoire that don’t exactly sit well with us. In addition to this, the only legitimate claim his incredibly ‘business savvy’ mind has released to the public in regards to reducing the national debt is to ‘convince creditors to accept less’. Not necessarily a great idea when considering his views on foreign affairs.

He’s totally honest and steadfast on his policies. This is incredibly hard to believe considering NBC has cited him making distinct policy shifts 117 times which makes us all feel as if he’s just making this up as he goes along. Every time he opens his mouth, whatever comes to mind is exactly what tumbles out. One specific example of this is his “plan” for defeating ISIS. He started out with a ‘maybe send troops in’ followed by ‘bombing the oil fields and sending some troops in’ this then shifted to having our Regional allies send their troops in and stop buying oil from them if they don’t comply. His current plan is still completely unclear but will most definitely ‘use computers’. Nice.

He’s not an obscenely misogynistic monster. There’s no way to say this without knowing somewhere in your heart of hearts that you’re full of it. In light of recent statements that have been released from his own mouth we don’t even really think it’s necessary to argue this point but in case you haven’t read the news in recent weeks or then again ever, just take to the internet and search “Misogynistic Trump Quotes” and lo and behold, pages after pages of revolting comments. A favorite of ours is “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” because he couldn’t just make an offensive comment about a woman, it had to be an incestual one as well. Another terrific one, if you aren’t a fan of incest ‘jokes’, is a crack about sexual assault in the military in which he said “What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”. Yes, Donald, sexual assault should obviously been written-off as a consequence of cohabitation.

He’s a terrific business man. This claim is so ludicrously false it’s not even funny. Trump’s various companies have declared bankruptcy four different times over the years. Seriously, you can google this, it’s public knowledge that Trump supporters decide to either overlook or regard as a sign of ‘improvement’. If that isn’t concerning enough, he’s refused to declare his tax returns unlike almost every other political candidates over the years -- including Hillary-- which to those with a keen eye for fraudulent behavior, or really just anyone, would suggest some shady business dealings in Trump’s

7 out of 9 editors agree Jillian Gannon

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He supports equal opportunities for everyone! This is absolutely ridiculous. Trump has been incredibly open about his views on immigration, refugees, and undocumented laborers (finally, something he’s actually forthcoming about) but when he does speak on the topic, he’s unbelievably offensive and just downright false. A particular instance of his terrifying stance on immigration is one of his most famous policy claims of deporting all undocumented immigrants, building a wall (on Mexico’s dime), only later to switch and decide that his intention is to bring the “good ones” back. There’s no end to racial slurs that flow out of his mouth like the drool that slips out when he looks at his daughter, which brings us to our next point.

In short, we here at Surveyor can’t tell you who to vote for. That goes against all journalistic integrity, but we can, however, beg you to vote for anyone but Trump.

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Quit Clowning Around

Pro-Third Party

One of the most popular fears has become a reality. This past August, clown appearances have been occurring all over the country. It all started in Greenville, South Carolina when there were reports of clowns lurking in the woods. Now, due to its popularization on the internet and social media, clowns have been popping up more and more often. Andy O’Neill School districts have shut down due to Staff Reporter these clown appearances. An article by WQUAD8 talked about a woman from Cincinnati, Ohio who claimed she was attacked by a clown while she was smoking on her front porch. The clown threatened to kill her then threatened to attack the local school district. Although many of the alleged clown sighting videos were fake, some people have taken this trend to the next level. According to Fox8 News, three sixth grade girls from Eastlake, Ohio made an anonymous instagram account called @watch_outttttt and posted a picture with a caption claiming they will attack local schools. Police investigated and found who the three girls were running the account. They are currently being charged. Being a clown outside of these threats is a real career and profession. Real clowns are now being patronized because they are believed to be every other prankster from social media. A local news report interviewed a real clown named Jordan Jones. He says he “fears for his life,” knowing that a paranoid person could attack him out of fear. This has resulted in the creation of the “Clown Lives Matter” Facebook page. He hopes to bring awareness that not all clowns are bad and wishes that the pranksters will stop out of the real clowns safety. There are countless videos, new and old, all over the internet on these clown sightings. It is not confirmed whether or not these videos are real or fake. People either think these videos are either hilarious are absolutely terrifying. Ella Wolle ’18 claims that she “knew the videos were fake all along.” Anyone with coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) is now on high alert. Many have said they won’t go to a haunted house or cornfield anymore. But Michael Muhlena ’18 thinks that “people just like having something to freak out about.” With Halloween just around the corner, people have no idea what to expect. It is advised to call the police if a clown is spotted and to not go out and scare people in a clown costume.

Are you afraid of Donald Trump and what his harsh rhetoric could bring to the White House? Are you scared a Hillary Clinton Presidency would ruin the already slim integrity of the United States government? Lucky for you, there’s another option! In fact, there’s TWO more options! Yes, believe it or not there are two other Quinn Wilcox presidential candidates running that hardly Staff Reporter anybody talks about. The Libertarian nominee is Gov. Gary Johnson, and the Green party is represented by Jill Stein. Bernie supporters will feel a sense of Bernie in the Green party candidate Jill Stein. Everything the Green party does is done with the environment as the top priority. Jobs mean nothing to the Green party if those jobs hurt the well being of the environment. A more reasonable third party option is Gov. Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party. If you’re unfamiliar with the Libertarian party, you’re not alone. The Libertarian party represents the majority of Americans. If you think more like a Democrat on issues like gay marriage and abortion, but empathize with Republicans on the economy… You’re a Libertarian! When it comes to military issues and issues of immigration, Gary sounds just like Bernie. Johnson supports a non-interventionist idea when talking about military affairs. He says that blindly sending drone strikes into chaotic war zones like Syria probably isn’t a good idea. He also represents a viewpoint almost entirely opposite to Donald Trump’s on the issue of immigration. Having been the former governor of New Mexico for two terms, Gary knows that immigrants coming from Mexico aren’t bad people like the Trump campaign claims. He understands that the majority of them are hard working people who want a better life and he supports policies that will make it easier for people living here, and in Mexico, to become US citizen. Many of you are thinking right now that a vote for a third party candidate, is a vote for your (whichever major party candidate you oppose). If this idea was true, both parties would not be saying it. A third party vote doesn’t take away a vote from just one candidate. If I voted for Gary Johnson, that vote would not also be a vote for Donald Trump, it would be no different that if I were to not vote at all. At this point, voting for a third party candidate will at the very least stand up to the two party system we have in the United States. I can guarantee that the majority of you readers are not crazy about Trump and Hillary. Don’t settle for two candidates that only 9% percent of potential voters supported during the primaries. Instead of playing into this cycle of two parties, vote for somebody who reflects your beliefs and ethics.

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Pro-Clinton I could use this entire column to explain why Donald Trump is incredibly unqualified to be President, but I probably won’t Gunnar Bosking have enough room Copy and Web to list the reasons Sports Editor why. Instead, I will be talking about why Hillary Clinton is the best choice for the job. Hillary Clinton has spent her entire career breaking down barriers. After marrying Bill Clinton in 1975, she used her title as First Lady of Arkansas and later the United States to make a difference in the world. She led an unsuccessful, but hard-fought campaign to enact a new nationwide health care plan. She advocated for the rights of women and children, famously saying “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights” to a packed United Nations conference room

in 1995. After her husband’s term in the White house was up, she decided it was her turn to enter into the political world and was elected to the US Senate in 2000 as a democrat from New York. As a senator, she voted for the war in Afghanistan and later in Iraq (a vote she later said she regretted) and was an active leader in getting health care for the brave men and women who responded to the emergency call on 9/11 and were sickened as a result. As President Obama’s secretary of state, she negotiated peace deals with the Israelis and Palestinians as well as a plan with the Russian government to reduce the amount of nuclear weapons that each country carries. She has clearly had a long illustrious career. The toughest part about being President is the ability to represent the United States and our values in a global situation. Hillary is well-respected by other world leaders and would work well with them on global issues. She has a clear concise plan to defeat ISIS with a coalition of

other countries as well as Iraqi Kurdish tribal members, while Donald Trump’s “plan” consists of just “knocking the crap out of them.” Hillary supports the Paris Agreement, which details a world plan to shrink carbon emissions and combat climate change, while Trump calls climate change “a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to make U.S. business non-competitive.” That dangerous mentality shouldn’t be allowed near the White House. Yes, Hillary Clinton has made some mistakes, but she has apologized, and she is easily the most qualified person to have run for President in recent history. She has proven after these last 30 years that she’s a fighter who won’t back down and won’t take people’s excessive criticism. I hope that people read up on who is REALLY supposed to be leading our country through these difficult times and vote for the person who has been preparing to lead for her whole life.

Trump 2K16 While some people get lost in the mess of words people throw around when talking about Donald Trump, such as: Tyler McGuire racist, sexist, Staff Reporter bigot, homophobe, xenophobe, lizard monster, etc. Others choose to look past these buzzwords and actually listen to what the man has to say. Take his most recent controversy as what you will, all of the facts are still out on the matter, but I won’t defend anything he has said or done in that situation. I would instead like to focus on the policies he preaches. His closed borders, open immigration policy is outstanding. We want people to immigrate here, we

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have a great country with a lot to offer, but people have to come here legally. He also wants to put the interests of Americans first, which is a good thing.

“He is a huge supporter of the second amendment, but wants violent criminals who abuse this right prosecuted heavily.” His gun policy is very reasonable. He is a huge supporter of the second amendment, but wants violent criminals who abuse this right prosecuted heavily.

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People say Trump has no foreign policy, but he preaches about destroying radical Islamist terrorist groups, as well as end the nuclear deal with Iran. “Make America Safe Again, Make America Great Again.” Trump has said on numerous occasions. Abortion is a more controversial issue, but Trump also has a fairly modest stance on this issue as well. He believes that abortion is only acceptable when rape or incest has occurred, or when the life of the mother is in danger. He also believes that abortion shouldn’t be government funded. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for something that they don’t necessarily agree with. Trump isn’t the greatest individual there is, and I don’t agree with some of the personal statements he has made, but his policy is strong and I believe he can “Make America Great Again.”



Election Season Blues After months of political campaign advertisements littering TV screens and debating over who the next President of the United States will be, the election season is finally coming to a close.

Graphic by Seth Keppler

In looking back on the whole fiasco, one may beg the question...




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Have the Presidential Candidates’ Attitudes in the Spotlight Had an Effect on Their Campaigns?

Emily LaGrange Editor-in-Chief

Debate Overviews The Presidential election season of 2016 is coming to a close as the American citizens wait in anticipation, others in quite wary anticipation, for the revealing of the next President of the United States. As election day approaches on Nov. 8, the Presidential candidates of the two major political parties debate for their spot in the government-- Donald Trump for the Republican Party and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party. The first debate took place Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, the second on Oct. 6 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and the third took place Oct. 19 at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. Views on Candidates There have been many negative opinions about how the candidates have acted during the debates and in the spotlight, being the next leader of the United States. “I think they’re very different than any debates I’ve seen throughout my lifetime. The level of animosity between the candidates, their willingness to interrupt one another has been really interesting and disappointing to see,” said Joel Decker, a social studies teacher at Washington High School. It’s evident that how the candidates act toward one another during the debates are often quite important in how the public perceives them. “Trump is aggressive and wants the focus to be on him-- like how he continuously interrupts Secretary Clinton-but when he’s asked questions, he just keeps repeating the same things. Clinton keeps her composure very well, and seems to have well thought-out answers,” said Isabel Hogg, ’18, a Clinton supporter. The efficiency of the debates has also been something of concern to the general American population. “I have no idea what a Trump Presidency or a Clinton Presidency is really going to look like. I don’t know if this is the media’s fault or voters’ fault, but

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no one is asking them questions that we need to know the answers to like ‘Under what circumstances will you send American forces into Syria?’. By the time one of them takes office, there will have been an empty seat on the Supreme Court for almost a year and no one knows if [Clinton] is going to stick with Obama’s chosen appointment or if she’s going to appoint someone completely new. So when people say they’re voting because of the Supreme Court, I don’t think it’s really clear what that decision involves,” said Warren Sprouse, a social studies teacher at Wash. Some found that how the candidates have acted during the debates is just as expected. “I think [the debates have] not been super surprising-- Trump saying obnoxious things and Hillary acting very scripted. The last debate was a slugfest about the candidate’s flaws, not about the issues. Don’t get me wrong, it was very important to talk about the video of Trump and the WikiLeaks e-mail of Hillary’s, but there was no substance and it was extremely disgraceful. I did find it extremely odd how each were walking around the stage,” said Peter Nassif, ’17, who supports neither candidate. Some believe that the most important issues are not being addressed appropriately. “It seems like it’s much more superficial answers, maybe, than ever before. There’s a lot less in-depth analyses of particular plans or things that the candidates would want to accomplish through policy-- much less policy talk than ever before,” Decker said. Some find that the media has played a major role in the election and debate process-- maybe too major. “I think that the American media in general is real horserace-y. They want to focus on how whatever topic they’re discussing affects the candidates in the polls. They’re not real interested in going in-depth on what specific policies the candidates favor and why they do that. I think that’s worse this


year because the campaign is so caustic, but I think that’s always a flaw in the way American media covers elections. They think people only want to know how Access Hollywood hurts Trump in the polls when really they probably should be talking about this is a view of women that is not unique to Donald Trump,”Sprouse said. But, some believe the next President and the issues discussed at the debates and beyond are mostly out of the hands of the candidates at this point. “There has been a lot of speculation surrounding both candidates that is covering up the important policy differences. They have both apologized for past actions and it’s all up to voters,” Hogg said. The Media’s Influence Perhaps it is the fault of the media that issues deemed as most important are not addressed at these debates. “[I think the candidates] have been represented fairly. I think there’s a lot of criticism of the Trump campaign that are harsh, but mostly accurate. I think that Trump’s complaints, especially, about the media going easier on Hillary are true. I think, for the most part, the media is in her camp or at least has made her seem more appealing as a candidate. But, a lot of that’s his fault. You have to cover some of the stuff he says,” Sprouse said. In some cases, it is evident that the media finds the coverage of the Presidential candidates more important the covering other important issues. “I also think that the nature of the campaign has made the media even more obsessed with that story and only that story. So the chances that you’re going to see news about anything besides the presidential campaign is pretty slim, despite the fact that there’s a massive refugee crisis, there’s a civil war in Syria, and there’s black people being killed by the police. I think the media has become so obsessed with this campaign, to the exclusion of almost everything else,”



Sprouse said. In comparison to other years, perhaps this year’s election season has been more focused on superficial issues rather than the issues that need to be addressed for an accurate representation of what either presidency would be like. “I think it’s worse this year [than in other years] because now all of these horrifying things are going on and all these other stories should be reported on, they’re too busy reporting on ‘What did Trump say today?’. The hostile and polarized nature of the campaign is just a shiny object that they can’t look away from,” Sprouse said. While some may find the candidate’s actions inappropriate, others see it as a problem of the party supporters. “Obviously the candidates were chosen by their parties to represent them so it’s been allowed to happen by certain groups of people-- enough people that those candidates are those parties’ candidates,” Decker said. The Ideal Candidate As respect is lost by some for this year’s Presidential candidates, many have thought about what their ideal candidate would focus on. “Leadership is a big deal, being able to accomplish what they set out to do and compromise-- in our system we are going to need to compromise in order to get things accomplished in our two-party system. The ability to be able to represent all Americans and try to create and implement effective policy is huge for a President,” said Decker. For others, a candidate with a better understanding of the modern world is of the utmost importance. “I think my ideal candidate would be a younger person (guy or girl… shouldn’t make a difference to anyone) because quite frankly older people, like the candidates now, as much as they try, cannot relate to young individuals, and they do not know about the age of technology which is becoming increasingly intertwined with government. I think that this candidate would also be calm and classy-- an individual that doesn’t have dirt on them, a respectful individual,” Nassif said. For some, the recognition that an ideal candidate is one that’s likely to not be represented in either political party is evident. “[My ideal candidate is] Bernie Sanders with a slightly more aggressive foreign policy. I caucused for Sanders, I think his views on wealth inequality are



true, I think his desire to make college more affordable is good, to fix some of the gross inequalities in the tax code. I would like to see a candidate who is a little less sidelines in foreign policy. So, I would like to have a candidate that can’t possibly exist in either party, but I would like to see a more assertive foreign policy and more extreme economic reform,” Sprouse said. Qualities seen as important by others may span beyond the United States. “Diplomacy is an important quality, issues [regarding] economic development and higher education or job training programs more accessible for the majority of people,” Hogg said. In the end, it’s the job of the voters to determine who the next President of the United States is and it’s the job of the candidates to make the best decisions for America as a whole. “On both sides, the animosity against the other is going to make whoever wins have a much more difficult job,” Decker said. If you or someone you know is 18 or older and are planning on voting, make sure to get out on Nov. 8 and make sure that all voices can be heard.

2016 Wash Presidential Poll A poll was put together by our staff with each possible presidential candidate represented and was given to four social studies classes throughout Wash. There were a total of 448 poll votes. The graphic below represents students’ opinions based on who they believe is the most qualified to be the next President of the United States.

The Results in Numbers 14% support Donald Trump 46% support Hillary Clinton 6% support Gary Johnson 1% support Jill Stein 33% are undecided

Graphic by Emily LaGrange


Emily LaGrange


Claire McKinstry Profiles Editor

The hallways of Washington High School hold all types of people, from aspiring Hollywood actors to D1bound football players, and everything in between. One talent that is often overlooked is cooking, but Anthony Leonard, ’18, is bringing it back into the mainstream. Leonard started cooking when he was in middle school, and he has been dedicated to it ever since. “I’ve loved food forever, but I started cooking mostly when I was 12 or 13--I got really into it, and that’s when I started getting all of my knives and stuff, the whole collection. My parents really supported it because they’re big foodies. Travelling got me into it--traveling to different places and learning different cultures,” said Leonard. Leonard’s biggest challenge as a cook is staying unique. “The hardest thing about cooking is keeping your creativity, not getting to the point of so much consistency that you’re losing creativity. As a chef, I really don’t want to lack creativity, so consistency is something that I kind of fear,” said Leonard. During his sophomore year, Leonard participated in a program that Wash offers called ProStart. Students learn about the ins and outs of the cooking industry, including information about

restaurant management and hospitality. Now, Leonard gets to put his skills to the test for his job at the CRCC. “I do anything from coming up with banquet ideas, to working on the line. I cook a bunch of stuff for banquets--a little bit of everything,” said Leonard. In the future, Leonard aspires to further improve his cooking skills in culinary school. “I want to go off to New York, to the Culinary Institute of America...that’s like my dream. Eventually, I want to own my own restaurant. When I’m there I want to study gastronomy and learn a lot about science and food, and try to make some cool [stuff] happen,” said Leonard. His restaurant won’t be one certain kind of food. Instead, the cuisine will have influences from all over the world. “[The food] would be super broad and super different. I am really interested in Japanese culture and Asian-style cuisine, so obviously I’d incorporate some of that into my restaurant someday,” said Leonard. Be on the lookout for Leonard in a few years when he becomes a worldrenowned chef in New York. Until then, Follow his Instagram @straight_cheffin for plenty of mouth-watering food pics, and to keep up with his progress as an aspiring chef.

Photos courtesy of Anthony Leonard

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Photo by Matthew Andersland

Attention all single girls who are cute and not crazy! Max Locher, ’20, is a very charming, kind hearted young man who is looking for a lady who fits that description-- and you might just be her. Should a person want to track down this charmer, they might first check in with the cross country or track team, as Locher is quite the speed demon. If you don’t have the time to try to catch his eye at a cross county practice, you could attempt to start up a conversation with Locher in the hall, with my two cents being to talk about either singing, or running, his two main hobbies. Locher prides himself on being a very well dressed and dapper individual, so if you like a very well put together man, Locher might be your guy. Locher prefers redheads and glasses, so that might gain you bonus points in the eyes of this goodlooking young man. Once you have located this devilishly handsome fellow, you probably will have already fallen in love with him. At this point you will be tasked with coming up with a date idea, so you can spend more time with Locher. His ideal date ideas would be watching movies, or going for a hike with a lovely lady. “I’m a loveable guy. If you just open up your heart, I’m here for you,” said Locher to try to further show just how lovable he is. At this point you probably are overwhelmed with excitement at the thought of meeting such a lad. I wish you luck in your quest, as Locher is quite a catch. The most important advice I have for you is, be cute and don’t be crazy.



From Africa to America Quinn Spivey Staff Reporter

Said Shamis

Said Shamis is a 17-year-old foreign exchange student from Zanzibar, Tanzania. After meeting with previous foreign exchange students from his country he wanted to share their experiences. He said he has always wanted to visit America and when he applied to be a foreign exchange student he was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to come. One of his favorite things about Wash so far has been parts of the building itself. “I felt like I was about to get lost when first walked in. The school is so much bigger than the school I’m from, and it has a lot of technology like smartboards and stuff that we don’t have back where I’m from,” Shamis explained. He also likes the students-- in his classes he has found many great people that he has made friends with.

Shamis looks to gain experience while he stays in America. Experience he has found in the way of differences in culture. The most drastic of these differences, he said, is the dressing style as people where he’s from are just starting to get westernized in their sense of style. Something baffling he has found is that people hold the door open for you when you’re going in and out of a door. He explained that this is not customary in his home country so when it happens it is an amazing experience. Shamis is looking forward to playing soccer in the fall and maintains a quite rigorous class workload that even consists of two AP classes. He wants to immerse himself as much as possible in the atmosphere of Wash.

Abdoulaye Diarra Abdoulaye Diarra is a 15-year-old foreign exchange student hailing from Bamako, Mali. Diarra’s purpose for coming here is all about discovery. Diarra wanted to become a foreign exchange student to learn more about the English language and American culture. “In Mali I was learning English, but here in America I am living English,” Diarra said. Diarra was especially intrigued in the food from here. In his perspective, America is one of the most powerful countries in the world and has some of the best education. It is a hot topic of conversation in other countries, such as in his country. He wanted to come here and make his own decisions about the country for himself first hand.



Not only did Diarra want to experience American culture, but he wanted to share his Malian culture with us. He feels that most people think that Africa is just a bunch of villages, but he wants people to know that it is much deeper and sophisticated than that. Diarra is trying to soak up as much as he can while he stays here. He is currently in Anime club and he wants to join more clubs to meet new people. He also plans to play soccer in the spring. So far he has experienced nothing but positivity here in the states. He said he feels so fortunate because he gets to come to the best school he has found in all of his travels: Wash.

Profiles Editor

Claire McKinstry

Araya Dunn Staff Reporter

Artist of the Month: Elly Bordwell

Artist of the month, Elly Bordwell, ‘17, is basically an art chameleon. Although she tends to do realism or line art, she likes switching up her style. She paints and draws in her sketch book or in the AP Studio art class that she is taking currently. She has previously taken Foundations of Art, Photography 1 and 2, and Drawing 1. Her preference is drawing rather than painting because she is very detail-oriented. Her favorite things to draw are mandalas and eyes. In most of Elly’s creations, it’s easy to notice that her favorite paint is watercolor and also that her favorite drawing tool is ink-based. Boardwell has been around/made art her entire life; she says that she was practically “raised off of art.” Her dad majored in Animation in college and is now a video game designer in Toronto. She is thinking about hopefully going to college in

Chicago or Kansas City to become a tattoo artist or to go to Kirkwood for business. Some artists that she draws inspiration from are Levi Van Velow, Jamie Shovlin, and Karina Elbantova.

Courtesy of Elly Bordwell

Emma Parker

Sarah Altemeier News Editor

nurses and doctors, a lot of which I wouldn’t have learned in school. It has inspired me to volunteer in the pediatric department at Mercy, and has led me to pursue my dream of being a nurse, which I wouldn’t have had if not for my illnesses,” said Parker. Emily Nelson, ‘18, met Parker in sixth grade at McKinley during show choir. She has grown up to become very close friends with Parker. “One thing about Emma that I think most people aren’t aware of is just the actual severity of her diseases. It’s hard to function normally when your digestive system is all out of whack, and your muscles and bones are constantly sore. I just think people don’t really know that about her! Or, I would say that most people don’t really know that she is just a really goofy person who loves listening to trap music while whipping around town in her mom-van,” said Nelson. Parker wanted to make sure to encourage everyone with spare time to volunteer at Mercy, “They always need help in their clinics.”

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Photo courtesy of The Mercy Touch Magazine

Many students find it hard to balance school, a social life, a few to numerous extra curricular activities, and getting an acceptable amount of sleep at night. Emma Parker, ’18, a junior at Washington High School attempts to tackle all of the above with the accompaniment of three chronic illnesses-- Crohn’s Disease, Arthritis, and Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO)-- and it’s not always easy. These diseases cause Parker to get really tired, nauseated, and fatigued. Her joints begin to become very painful and immobilized. She misses a lot of school and other activities which she is involved in including show choir, Madrigals, the school play, Amnesty, and speech team due to either being sick or having appointments/ procedures. Parker’s illnesses have taught her a lot about herself and have played a major role on the woman she has become and wants to become in the future. “I’ve learned that everything most definitely has a silver lining. I have learned so much from my

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Just like other artists, she knows that she has room for improvement. She admits that she struggles with drawing hands and portraits from different angles of the face. Once she figures out how to master these two things, you’ll start seeing more variety and probably even more complex ideas come from her. She says that she always has a “certain idea” of what she wants to do but it never can “translate right” onto paper. Although she may have weaknesses in certain areas, it never shows. Getting better and always striving to do something new is what true, great artists do, like Boardwell does everyday.



Cheer Coach Resigns

Maggie Rinas Staff Reporter

Theresa Sturges resigned as Washington High School’s head cheer coach on Thursday, Sept. 29. “Theresa quit because of all of the drama with the girls. One of the cheerleaders went to the athletic director and complained about the coach, and what she was doing wrong. Last year was perfectly fine but ever since the beginning of this season everything has changed,” said a sophomore Wash cheerleader. Cheerleaders’ names will not be specified in this article to protect their anonymity, as they are still cheering under the remaining coach. Sturges, however, felt that she was being more singled out as a coach just because she was disciplining cheerleaders to make them better. “I was told I was too aggressive, I was yelling at the kids

instead of constructing them, and I’m very passionate about the sport. There was never one person I singled out every time. It just happened to whoever I was directing,” Sturges said. Sturges felt that she wasn’t singling out individuals unfairly. “I coach how club cheer and gymnastics get coached. The [Activity Director] wanted me to redevelop my coaching skills after two years without any issues,” Sturges said. Both the current and former activity directors were unable to be reached for comment. However, Sturges said those complaints were not ultimately the reason for her resignation. “I decided it was time for me to leave. For one, the job didn’t pay enough for me to get ridiculed for my coaching techniques. Second, my daughter

has graduated and no longer does cheer,” Sturges said.

Photo by Rielle Jones-Teske

Student Section Stinks As the 2017 school year falls midway into Autumn, football season is deep into effect and Washington’s student body lines up at Kingston stadium; red, Bryan Gosch black, or spiritedout in anticipation Staff Reporter for kickoff. The atmosphere of the crowd at football games results in the overall experience an average student joining that crowd entails. You start off your career as a crowd-goer in the back as a freshman-- everything is new and you know none of the chants-but you’re there in the crowd, having fun. Eventually time ticks on, the next year rolls around and you’re a sophomore. You’re starting to get the jist of what it takes to be a real contributing member of



the student section, you know the chants and hopefully have gotten to know a lot more people who simply surrounded you last year. As junior year comes about you move up the social ladder and further into the student section now you are a part of that leading group of the high school crowd known as upperclassmen. When you make it to your senior year you’ve finally made it to the apex of the crowd; the front. There is an appetite for more hype games among the student body though, many students feel that this year’s crowd pales in comparison to previous years. “Games are better for me now that I’m a senior, but there’s not enough of us leading the crowd,” said Erin Browning. ‘17. “We’re just not as loud as before.” There are many contributing factors to such a predicament within our student section, many blame the seniors for not leading effectively, “At one point I heard people saying that half of the seniors were gone.”

This lack of leadership and ability to produce a hyped up student section has in turn caused an apathetic attitude towards games as a whole. “I don’t even go to games sometimes the crowd just stands there,” says Tim Courtright, ‘17. That being said there should be no blame on a particular class, rather all our student body suffers as a whole.“The energy is lower. Everyone just sits when we’re down.” says Kaiser Kedley-Bergman, ‘17. The crowd of students at football games is there to watch the football team and support them with thunderous applause and roaring cheers not blank stares and murmuring chatter. So when you’re at football games be the best crowd goer possible and be aware you’re there to support your school and your peers on the field. There aren’t many things that you can’t do at football games so don’t be afraid to branch out and have the greatest amount of fun you can!

Sports Editor

Brandon Cullen

Sophomores Fumble The Streak Kate McCartan Staff Reporter Sept. 7, 2012 just seemed like a regular game day for the sophomore football team then at Washington High School. They went into their third game of the season with a 1-1 record, after beating Cedar Rapids Kennedy two weeks prior, and losing to Iowa City West one week prior. On that day, they took on Cedar Falls and won with a 22-7 lead, improving their record to 2-1. As expected, the players and coaches were very pleased, as anyone would be after a win. What they didn’t know, and frankly couldn’t have known, is that that win had just commenced a four year winning streak that the sophomore teams for years to come would retain. The streak persisted from that day in 2012 all the way to Aug. 26, 2016, the first game of the 2016 season, when the current sophomore team beat Prairie 24-20. The next week, however, they played Kennedy. The team experienced a shock as they fell 0-34 to the local rival, taking not only the first loss for their season, but the first defeat for the sophomore team in four years. Worry struck the players as they felt they disappointed their coach, Jason Wood, who has coached for the entire winning streak. “When we went to practice the day after the Kennedy game, everyone was very sad,” said Caleb Velasquez, ’19. “No one was really talking and I think that’s because we all felt bad for Coach Wood.” For Wood, the streak was always a fun thing, but it was never at the top of his priority list. Although he was sad to see the streak come to an end, he cared more about the kids and the fact that they felt like a they had disappointed him. “Every game is a new game. Every play is a new play. The only thing that matters to me is how the kids feel after the most recent game so when we lost it was about how the kids felt and not the streak. For me personally it hurt to see it end but I have a job to do no matter what the outcome,” Wood said.

Brandon Cullen

Sports Editor

“We pride ourselves on developing young men first. Winning is a byproduct of that...” He expressed that this loss is not the end of the world and should not be treated as such and that in order to get the sophomore team back into positive mind sets, they must be surrounded with positivity as opposed to negativity. “We pride ourselves on developing young men first. Winning is a byproduct of that. If a kid works hard in school, on the field, and understands how important developing as a man is and the process needed to develop then the rest takes care of itself,” said Wood. The sophomore team has accumulated multiple wins since their early-season loss to Kennedy. As the season just about comes to a close, the possibility of starting another streak wanders in the team’s mind, after consecutive end of season wins.

Winter Sports First Day Practices MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016 Bowling Girls Basketball Swimming

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016 Boys Basketball Wrestling

Remember, you must be signed up in the Activities Office with Mrs. Carter to be able to participate on the first day of practice.

Photo by Rielle Jones-Teske



The Playoff Picture Brandon Cullen Sports Editor It’s a Friday night, the lights are shining, the teams storm out onto the field, the sounds of the student sections chanting to one another echo throughout the stadium. There’s nothing like high school football on Friday nights and tonight* is a huge game for the Washington Warriors as they take on the undefeated Waterloo West football team in a critical away game to clinch a spot in the playoffs. So far this season the Warriors are 7-1, with their only loss coming to Cedar Falls. “(The season has) gone pretty well with the exception of the Cedar Falls game,” said Paul James the head coach for the football team. To be able to get the home field advantage the Warriors have to beat Waterloo West by six or more points.The game against West is for the district title and a must win.

Seth Kepler Media Editor

The team prepares for the upcoming game like how they prepare for any other game, they go through preparations, watch the films of the opposing team to see what their favorite plays are to run and what they do on certain downs. For quarterback Drew Dostal, ’17, his goal is to continue getting better every day and make improvements into the playoffs. Dostal believes that their chances of making it to the playoffs are good and the game against Waterloo West will be tough. Lineman Gerry Alt, ’17, has high hopes to make it to the dome and his number one goal is to win the state championship. Alt’s goal is working on his condition and working with his teammates to stay on the same page. Tonight’s game is a huge one for the Warriors, it is a must win and the team hopes to win by more than six points so

that they can play the first game in the playoffs at home and on the road to the dome. *Assuming The Surveyor arrived by the end of the school day on Friday, Oct. 21 from UPS.

Photo by Rielle Jones-Teske

In The Top Five This year’s Men’s State Golf this year was held at Tournament Club of Iowa, a course in Polk City. Going into the tournament with 12 other teams, Cedar Rapids Washington was ranked #3 of all of them. Having some of the best golfers in the state, Cedar Rapids Washington easily made qualifiers. Facing tough competition at state, the Warriors competed against teams like Linn-Mar, West Des Moines Dowling, West Des Moines Valley, and Ottumwa. In order to get to state there are four districts that each team is assigned to and three teams advance from the 14 teams that are in each district. State itself is a two day golfing tournament where the low four scores from each team both days are added up and the lowest score wins. The competing varsity golfers for Washington were Frank Lindwall ’17, Niko Varvaris ’17, Spencer Henningsen ’17, Alex

Slattery ’18, Connor Neighbors ’19, and Ben Skogman ’19. The top three golfers for Wash were Frank Lindwall, who shot a overall 71, Alex Slattery who shot a 75, and Connor Neighbors who also shot a 75. The combined scores of the whole team totaled to 307. The team’s score of 307 placed them fifth in the state. While the placement is still very good, varsity golfer Connor Neighbors feels like the team could have done better. Dowling Catholic won state with a total score of 297, Linn Mar came in a close second place with 298. Valley came in third with 302, Ottumwa in fourth with 305, and Wash in fifth place with 307. As for next year the team has high hopes to “Do everything we did last year successfully, plus win state.” said Neighbors.

Photo by Scott McWherter



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Album Reviews

Atrocity Exhibition On Sept. 27, Danny Brown returned with the release of his first album in three years. The project, titled “Atrocity Exhibition”, seamlessly blends traditional hip-hop and experimental post-punk sounds. Both instrumentally and lyrically, the album draws obvious influence from past rock bands such as Joy Division. The first song, “Downward Spiral”, immediately displays Brown’s emotional and psychological state of frailty. On this track, Brown speaks out on his struggles with drug abuse and loneliness over an off putting instrumental produced by Paul White. Track two, “Tell Me What I Don’t Know”, has Brown discussing the death of one of his friends and referencing a situation in which he was stuck in court. The track features an excellent instrumental with

Danny Brown

wide synths and varied drums orchestrated by Paul White. The fourth record, “Really Doe”, features verses from Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt and is a definite high point on the album. The track’s varying flows layer perfectly on top of the haunting instrumental created by Black Milk. The sixth track, “Ain’t it Funny”, has Brown detailing his substance abuse and constant confrontations with the devil. The instrumental on this track is just pure insanity, featuring abrasive horns and aggressive yet simplistic drums produced by Paul White. Track nine, “Pneumonia”, has Brown explaining his drug addiction and relationship issues over a disturbing, percussive instrumental produced by Evian Christ.

Track 12, “When It Rain”, has Brown discussing how his life has spiraled out of control. On this track, Brown makes several clever metaphors while quickly flowing over another energized beat produced by Paul White. The album’s final track, “Hell For It”, illustrates that Brown still has some sense of positivity, despite his abundant issues. Brown flows about how he wants to carry out his legacy over another offbeat, experimental Paul White beat. In the end, Danny Brown has created a challenging and ambitious album that ultimately succeeds at captivating his listeners. Though it requires several listens, “Atrocity Exhibition” is an innovative project that certainly warrants your time and money.

Becca Turnis Staff Reporter

Revolution Radio When it was announced that Green Day would be coming out with their twelfth studio album, (their first in four years,) fans were expecting them to come out with a bang. The band took that a bit too literally. The lead single from their album “Revolution Radio”, “Bang Bang” is a fast rocker that explores the culture of violence in america, and is in every way quintessentially Green Day. The message of its lyrics and the rhythm of drummer Tre Cool’s instrumentals instantly bring me back to the band’s 2004 smash, “American Idiot”. It definitely did its job of pumping fans up for the rest of the album. The rest of the track list is equally impressive. Fast rockers like the title track, “Say Goodbye”, “Bouncing Off the Walls”, and “Too Dumb to Die” show

Addi Westpheling

A&E Editor

Green Day

off the skills of bassist Mike Dirnt and singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. “Say Goodbye” has a guitar solo that is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time. “Outlaws”, “Troubled Times” and “Still Breathing” slow down on the sound but make up for it with their heavy lyrics about the fear of growing up, the police brutality epidemic, and Armstrong’s personal struggle with addiction. “Youngblood” is a sweet love letter to Armstong’s wife with a super catchy hook and some unexpected lyric pairings. “Forever Now” is a nice closer with a tieback to the opener “Somewhere Now”. “Ordinary World” is a nice acoustic ballad that feels kind of like a bonus track tacked on to the end. It serves as a nice reminder that everything will be all right in the end.

Armstrong’s lyrics touch on some very heavy topics. Littered across the album are direct or indirect references to the mass shootings at Sandy Hook and Pulse, the Flint, Michigan water crisis, Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump, 9/11, ongoing police brutality and Armstong’s personal struggles with alcohol addiction and the death of his father. There are a few moments of levity but overall this is a very deep album. With that said, I truly do love this album. Armstrong, Dirnt, and Cool are masters of their craft. Pair their musical gifts with armstrong’s beautifully tragic lyrics and it is one of the best rock albums of the year.



Claire McKinstry Profiles Editor

Fund the Flood

Although the 2016 flood didn’t cause an immense amount of water damage, the financial repercussions of the downtown businesses were still immense. Businesses lost at least a week of income, and if the citizens of Cedar Rapids don’t help, downtown could be on a downward spiral. These five businesses are just a few of the many that need our business and support, especially in this crucial time.

Theater Cedar Rapids TCR sent out a statement encouraging people to go see their shows, especially in this time of need. The community theater had to cancel a week of shows, and is suffering the cost. Go support TCR in the upcoming months, whether it’s to see Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” or simply to attend one of their smaller events.

NewBo Probably one of the most obvious places, the vendors at NewBo had to close for weeks, and they now need all the help they can get. If you want a cupcake, are in the mood for the best smoothie in town, or want to liven up your space with some succulents, NewBo is here for you.

Raygun This unique shop made it’s Cedar Rapids debut in April, and is still bustling with customers on most weekends. If you find yourself in need of a witty t-shirt or a “Beat the Other Team” sticker for any upcoming Wash games, RayGun has your back. Plus, the proceeds from their new flood-related merch go to helping downtown.

Next Page Books This independent bookstore is located in the NewBo district, and its small size has nothing on its immense collection and variety of books. When you’re in the mood for an environment warmer and more intimate than Barnes & Noble, consider visiting Next Page Books.

Brewhemia This wonderful coffee shop had just moved to a new location when news of the flood hit. They’re back in business, and their inviting new space has been thriving with customers since the move--it’s definitely worth a visit and a cup of joe. Photos by Claire McKinstry



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Addi Westpheling

Marching Band Season Quinn Wilcox Staff Reporter Marching band has just concluded a very successful and exciting season with Valley marching band competition on Oct. 8 in Des Moines where they took home fifth place of the 18 teams that competed. They were the highest placed band from the Metro area at Valley The other major competition of the season was Linn-Mar’s marching band competition on Sept. 24 where the warrior band placed first. These two impressive rankings clearly reflect the success the warrior band exuded throughout this season. The marching band meets during the summer to attend band camp at Camp IoDis-E-Ca. The band stays for three days and two nights to practice their drills and start to learn the music for their show.

First year band major Jackie Ripoll 18’ says “Band camp is a great way to get to know the other members of the band and the people in your section”. Ripoll looks forward to being the head drums major next year when senior Maggie Wright graduates. The band’s show was a three movement show of David Bowie songs that honored the late artists. “It was a very good show, go David Bowie!” Ripoll said in regard to the warrior band’s show. Creating a show of this caliber doesn’t happen without practice. Band practices are notorious for their long hours of marching and drills. If you’re in the pit you’re fortunately immune to the sore legs the undoubtedly accompany those

long hard hours. Every Monday night for three hours the band marches at Kingston stadium in preparation for home football games and competitions. You’ll also find the band at Kingston on Saturday’s from ten in the morning to six in the afternoon. Directors Jim Miller and Joel Nagel should be very proud of the work the warrior band put in this year. The familiar sound of the drum line nearing your first hour class, and the cheers for Krump Squad as they run over to the student section are things that we hold dear at Washington. A marching band that harbors BOTH our homecoming King and Queen certainly says a lot about the kind of people marching band produces as well.

Photos by Mariah Abraham

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The Surveyor staff would like to thank Dr. Ralph Plagman for everything he has done for this school. He will be missed.

October/November Activities

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Nov 11-Musical- “Grease” Nov 12-Musical- “Grease” Nov 17-All-State Music @ ISU Nov 18-All-State Music @ ISU Nov 19-All-State Music @ ISU Nov 23- NO SCHOOL Nov 24- NO SCHOOL Nov 25- NO SCHOOL

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