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can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em The Dart explores the competitive interaction between Rockhurst High School and St. Teresa’s Academy

Sophomore battles mitochondiral disease ›› pg. 15 | E-cigs gain popularity ›› pg. 18 | Local teens become ‘famous’ on social media ›› pg. 25

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5 // Administration implements new cell phone policies 5 // STA adjusts parking sticker rules 22 // Living on QuikTrip food alone 6 // Auditorium stage renovations 23 // Students should not let “seniority” address safety concerns ruin the sisterhood 23 // Future of church will brighten under new Pope Francis

star spotlight 7 // Marina Vianello


14 // STA dad manages rapper TechN9ne 15 // Freshman meets artist Ed Sheeran


20 // Entertainment eatery Standees & the movie “Prisoners”



24 // popular among teens


26 // Indigo Wild creates unique work environment 27 // STA mother opens salon


28 // Softball team hits the road

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BOYS VS. GIRLS // 16 cover design by JORDAN BERARDI cover photo by JULIA HAMMOND content photos by HANNAH BREDAR, ANNA LEACH and LIBBY HYDE


Editors-in-Chief Sara-Jessica Dilks & Natalie Fitts Adviser Eric Thomas

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Managing Editor Jordan Berardi News Copy Editor Lindsey Valdiviez Features Copy Editor Emma Willibey Opinion Copy Editor Sabrina Redlingshafer Sports Copy Editor Anna Bauman


Managing Editor Siobhan Miller Print Photo Editor Adrianna Ohmes Web Photo Editor Hannah Bredar Staff Photographers Jessie Culver, Maria Donnelly, Kelly Fletcher, Julia Hammond, Katie Hornbeck, Anna Kropf


Managing Editor Katie Parkinson Page Designers Jordan Berardi, Madeline Best, Cecilia Butler, Christina Elias, Sara-Jessica Dilks, Natalie Fitts, Cassie Florido, Mary Hilliard, Maddie Knopke, Katie Parkinson, Sabrina Redlingshafer, Emily Wemhoff, Emma Willibey Staff Writers Bridget Jones, Victoria Richardson, Jesse Walker-McGraw

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About a month ago, we decided we wanted to do a story about Rockhurst High School. As our male counterparts, they’re our friends, our family and a frequent topic of conversation. We were planning on spending a day shadowing and writing about the academic differences between Rockhurst and STA, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to change our focus. So we decided to research the social relationship between our two schools. If you attend either STA or Rockhurst, you probably know what we’re referring to when we say our schools are very closely connected. In our newspaper class, each staffer wrote down tangible examples that portray the relationship both positively and negatively. We ended up with some incredibly interesting responses. But we needed to find out if the same theories were present outside of

the newspaper room. So we gathered a group of STA girls and Rockhurst guys from all grades and social circles at Panera to get other perspectives on the relationship. Their views are featured in the cover story of this issue, in addition to the perspective of a Rockhurst graduate and current STA teacher Michael Sanem. The cover story also includes a column by a Dart staffer to give another perspective on the topic. We also asked two Rockhurst students to write columns portraying the relationship. However, they didn’t submit columns to the Dart. We believe that having their voice here would strengthen our coverage. As always, we’d love to hear feedback from you on the cover story and any other content in this issue on DartNewsOnline! —Sara-Jessica Dilks & Natalie Fitts co-editors-in-chief

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Eating chocolate for every meal. Adrianna Ohmes

Shaving my head, not wearing shoes and not wearing pants. Natalie Fitts

Singing out loud when you are bad at singing. Lindsey Valdiviez page designed by Natalie Fitts

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scared stiff | A wounded woman is helped to safety outside Westgate Mall Sept. 21, in Nairobi, Kenya. A gun battle inside the shopping center left several people dead after gunmen attacked one of the city’s most exclusive malls. photo courtesy of MCT CAMPUS

Aftermath of Westgate mall leaves citizens confused, wary Kenya is in turmoil over recent terrorist attacks, government investigation ensues by CHRISTINA ELIAS news editor

Gunmen from Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab launched an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya Sept. 21. Almost a month later, 23 people are still missing in the wake of the terrorist attack, Kenyan newspaper The Star reported Tuesday. According to the article, rescue operations ended two weeks ago. The number of missing people, reported by family members, dropped from 67 after being reunited with loved ones. Secretary general of the Kenya Red Cross Society Abbas Gullet said 10 victims are currently hospitalized. The attack left at least 200 injured and at least 67 dead by the time it ended Sept. 24. The militant group is a Somalia-based organization that has been linked to acts of terrorism in the past. The BBC reported they have “established from senior security sources that in the weeks leading up the siege, the Islamists hired a shop in the mall.

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This gave them access to service lifts, enabling them to stockpile weapons and ammunition.” The government’s response to the incident has been met with criticism and controversy. “Rumors, speculation, conspiracy theories, and a few facts have swirled around Nairobi, because the Kenyan government has provided so little information in the aftermath of the attack,” NBC News reported Oct. 11. “Or the government has provided information which conflicts with other sources.” According to NBC News, “Al Shabaab said the attack was meant to force Kenya to withdraw its troops from Somalia.” “If their desire is for Kenya to pull out of Somalia, my friends, all they need to do is what they should have done 20 years ago, which is put their house in order,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement to NBC News. “I want to be categorically clear: We will stay there until they bring order in their nation.” The National Post reported a week after the attack, that upon returning to the mall, “many people say they are on guard . . . it’s a nervous time in Nairobi.” H

Administration approves new cell phone rule

Students are allowed to use phones Hoecker said. “Cell phone use all day for five minutes during the school day would be a disaster.” by TORIE RICHARDSON staff writer

This year, students can use their cell phones during the five minutes between midday advisory and activity one. According to principal of student affairs Mary Anne Hoecker, this time was provided for students who might need to find a ride home on short notice. “[The new rule was established] as a response to parent request and student need,” Hoecker said. However, according to senior Mary Hart, this rule may not benefit all students. “I think [the rule] helps some people, but I know that my parents both work, so they’re not going to check their phones in that five minutes,” Hart said. Hoecker said that the rule will not be expanded to passing periods or during lunch/activity. “This is the best it’s going to get,”

According to Hoecker, it is also very important for teachers to enforce the rule. Students need to know that a teacher’s word “means something.” “I think it’s important for teachers to enforce all our rules, and this is no exception,” Hoecker said. “Education comes first. Paying attention in class comes first.” English teacher Carrie Jacquin is relatively strict with enforcing the rule, especially during advisory. “I think the biggest thing is that we [as teachers] all need to try to do a better job of enforcing,” Jacquin said. “I think we see this with uniform policy. I think we see it with phones. Students are going to try to get away with what they feel is comfortable. As teachers, we’re charged with enforcing the rule.” Depending on context, Hart can understand why teachers are strict with the rule, but thinks it is a bit annoying

when teachers restrict phone usage during a student’s free time. During class time, however, it is important that the rule be enforced. “In the context of teaching, I definitely respect teachers who crack down on students who are using their phones,” Hart said. The administration considered allowing students to contact parents during advisory time, but, according to Hoecker, “advisory is really intended to build rapport” among students. Hart has seen girls be so interested in using their phones that they ignore the rest of their advisory, but cell phone usage does not have to be all bad, according to Hart. If students were allowed to use cell phones during advisory, they could share content such as a funny picture or post on twitter with friends. “It’s only a problem if you make it a problem,” Hart said. “It’s only a problem if you choose to use your device to isolate yourself from others.” H

Parking sticker rules modified, enforced Students must mark cars with parking stickers issue by administration


The Dart asked 80 students who drive about their opinion on parking stickers.

by JESSE WALKER-MCGRAW staff writer

For more than eight years, STA girls parking in the student lot have been required to have parking stickers on their car windows. This year, the rule includes all student cars, regardless of how often they’re actually driven to school. Most students will park on campus at some point, according to the principle of student affairs Mary Ann Hoecker. According to administrative assistant Julia Berardi, the consequences of not having a sticker include being fined 10 dollars and receiving an SBR. Administrators may also have the car towed if deemed necessary. Students can visit Berardi in the M&A Building office at any point in the year, to get a parking sticker and register their car. They are required to fill out a form asking for their name, school year, the make of the car and the license plate number. “It takes about two minutes to get a sticker and takes about 10 seconds to put it on your car,” Hoecker said.

compiled by ADRIANNA OHMES

Do you have a parking sticker? photo by ADRIANNA OHMES

Each parking sticker’s specific number enables administration to notify students during the day if there is an issue involving their car, according to Berardi. “If you’re parked illegally, you have to move your car,” Hoecker said. Before this rule, the entire school would hear an announcement over the intercom. Now, the owner of the car can be paged in a less intrusive manner. This rule also allows the administration to verify all cars in the parking lots belong to students. According to junior Katie Hanson, many students do not like the parking sticker rule. However, she appreciates the stickers and thinks they are helpful. “[The parking lot is] meant for the students,” Hanson said. H

83% YES 17% NO

Do you think we should have stickers?

50% YES 45% NO 5% I DON’T CARE page designed by Christina Elias



New stage repairs address safety issue

pulling your weight | The new pulley system will help lower and raise the new stage curtains. photo by LAUREN LANGDON

hangin’ in there | Cory Glenn, left, and Justin Cave work on the stage in the M&A Building auditorium Sept. 26. photo by LAUREN LANGDON

The administration hired A to Z Theatrical to replace the pulley system on stage by KATIE PARKINSON managing editor of print

Since the beginning of school Aug. 15, A to Z Theatrical has been working on repairs for the stage in the M&A Building auditorium. According to drama teacher Shana Prentiss, all of the

curtains except for the front are being replaced. A new pulley system, which moves the curtains up and down, is also being installed. This will allow sets to be raised when not in use. “It isn’t necessary, but it’s very helpful because we don’t have a lot of backstage space,” Prentiss said. “But we do have a lot of fly space, so it will be incredibly helpful to

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able to use that.” According to STA president Nan Bone, the stage was on the school’s checklist of repairs to make, so they contacted A to Z Theatrical to come in and evaluate the situation. A to Z Theatrical then informed the school the pulley system was so old it could become a safety issue. The administration then went to the McGee family trust to ask for a grant, according to Bone. “They came out and did their own evaluation because they always like to do something that is student related in how it will affect St. Teresa’s,” Bone said. “They liked the project and thought it would make our theater productions even more special.”

According to Bone, the renovations were supposed to be completed in mid—September; however the pulleys A to Z Theatrical had ordered didn’t come in on time, delaying the whole process. “It’s kind of like work on your home,” Bone said. “You wait, and then three weeks later, you’re still waiting.” According to Bone, the new deadline was Oct. 2 because of activities that required the use of the auditorium. However, once all the repairs are done, Bone thinks it will have been well worth it. “[Being able to fly sets] is going to be awesome,” senior Gabby Ferro said. “It’s a great use of the space that we already have, and I just think it’ll be very good.” H

The Dart compiled summaries of events happening around the world. compiled by GLORIA COWDIN

in the u.s.

The recent federal government shutdown continued last week, approaching its Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling after House politicians were unable to reach a compromise.

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in missouri

An alleged rape case in Maryville, Mo. has recently gained national attention and backlash for the support much of the town gave the alleged perpetrator. The alleged victim, 15-year-old Daisy Coleman, her family and the perpetrator have been the targets of negative social media scrutiny.

in kansas city

Kansas City Chiefs fans broke the record for loudest stadium at Arrowhead Stadium Oct. 13. The sound level reached 137.5 decibels during the Chiefs’ 24-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders, beating the previous record of 136.6 decibels at the Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field.

star spotlight


Senior Marina Vianello channels her creativity through the art of dance and musical theater. Here, she talks about her dance past, present and future. by NATALIE FITTS co-editor-in-chief

a full

art in other



“I’ve been on the yearbook staff for three years and the editor-in-chief for two. I love being able to help create a complete history book of a year at STA that students will always look back on.”

dancing in the


“I narrowed my [college] search to schools that have BFAs in dance, which is the best undergraduate degree you can get in dance. Along with that, I’m looking at schools that also offer business or international business so I can double major. I didn’t want to go to a conservatory where you can only do the performing arts.”

the dream


“I love ‘West Side Story’ because it’s super dance-y. All my favorite musicals are big dance shows.”

“We have school. Then we have rehearsal for the [STA] musical [“Urinetown”] everyday until 6 [p.m.] Then I have dance three times a week on top of that. And I have yearbook and college stuff and I have a job [at Topsy’s on the Plaza]...It’s not really too bad. I’m kind of used to it. And [they’re] all things that I enjoy doing.”

it’s in her


“[My mom and STA dance teacher Andrea Skowronek] is one of the artistic directors of City in Motion Dance Theater, which is a modern dance company.”

photo by ANNA KROPF pages designed by Christina Elias & Jordan Berardi


bits & pieces




Each issue, the Dart chooses the best instagrams from STA students. This month’s theme was laughter. compiled by SIOBHAN MILLER

Photo by junior Gretchen Dudley @gretchen_dudley

Pour it up | Sophomores Maggie Hodes, from left, Meg Thompson and Clare Kenney laugh while pouring a drink during an advisory party Sept. 24. The girls are members of the Rueschhoff advisory. photo by Maria Donnelly


HOT NOT? The latest trends and non-trends in pop culture today, as voted on by the Dart staff.





90s Edition




that’s what SHE SAID Here are the most relatable, humorous and original tweets from STA students, chosen by the Dart staff. Don’t forget to follow @dartnewsonline on Twitter.

compiled by LINDSEY VALDIVIEZ audball @AudreyC143

Saw mr whitney in a dress today i can finally check it off my bucket list Mattie O’Boyle @mattie_elyobo

Britney Spears

Christina Aguilera

3 Oct

Photo by junior Whitney Klump “#dartnewsonline I miss you @lissysouza” @whitneyjk

3 Oct

Can more people be active on twitter I’m trying not to do my homework here Molly Laird @MolsLaird

6 Oct

My biggest fear is sending friend requests sophia cuda @SophieCuda NSYNC

Backstreet Boys

7 Oct

kc is where it’s at #chiefs #LOUDESTSTADIUM Natalie Kilgore @nat_kil

14 Oct

counting down the days until homecoming season is over Libby Torres @libstorlife F.R.I.E.N.D.S

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

9 Oct

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they carry their netbook.

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Photo by senior Molly Corless @mollscorless



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fighting the infection | Nurse Pete, left, checks on the central line in sophomore Tricia Melland’s chest when he comes to her house Sept. 30. The skin around this tube needs to be frequently cleaned so as not to get an infection. photo by JULIA HAMMOND


Sophomore Tricia Melland suffers from Mitochondrial disease which causes severe illnesses and hospitalizations. Although there is no cure so far, Melland remains hopeful and waits for answers, relying on her family and her faith. by JORDAN BERARDI managing editor of copy


Everything has changed

The bright-eyed girl is sophomore girl stands at the end of a Tricia Melland. Melland suffers from a hallway staring at two wooden rare form of mitochondrial disease, or doors. She reaches to her side, “mito.” According to the United Mitochonand her hand meets a button. drial Disease Foundation, Mitochondria She presses down. The silence of the are present in every cell in the human hallway vanishes as the doors begin to body except for red blood cells and are open. The girl’s eyes are greeted with responsible for producing nearly all the bright colors and a reception area. She energy needed to sustain a person’s life. checks in, gets her photo taken for her Mitochondrial disease attacks mitochonvisitor pass and walks toward another set dria, shutting down whole systems of of wooden doors. She repeats the door the body. A person with this disease is procedure and walks wide-eyed through usually born with the genetic mutation, the doors a second time. Her eyes search but the mutation is dormant until it is the children’s intensive care unit for room triggered, either by surgery or a virus. 4423. She sees it, second room on the After the mutation is active, a small cold left. Through the sliding glass doors the or flu virus can greatly compromise the visitor sees a bright-eyed girl laying in diseased person’s life. a hospital bed, attached to tubes and For Melland, the trigger came at the machines of various purposes. age of seven when she had a fluid-filled

growth called a cyst in her wrist. Usually, cysts will die on their own, according to Melland. However, Melland said because the cyst was on her growth plate, a region of tissue that controls bone length and shape, surgery was necessary to remove it. According to Melland, doctors were unaware of the presence of the mitochondrial disease mutation in Melland and used an anesthetic called propofol, which, in those with the mutation, is highly dangerous and is liable to trigger the attacks on that person’s mitochondria. It was after Melland had propofol that her mutation became active. Following the surgery, Melland was often sick. Diagnoses were added to her medical history such as autonomic neuropathy, visceral hyperalgesia, reflux and exercise induced asthma, hematuria, myopathic pseudoobstruction and

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anemia, among others. At the time, the cause for these illnesses was unknown.

A different side of life

change out | Sophomore Tricia Melland replaces her total parenteral nutrition system, or TPN. Melland has not eaten food orally in three years. photo by JULIA HAMMOND

get together | Sophomore Tricia Melland’s family and friends pose in the seats at T-Bones stadium Sept. 14. Several STA girls walked around the stadium several times to show support for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. photo by KELLY GARDELLA

Doctors diagnosed Melland with mitochondrial disease when she was 13. For the Melland family, the diagnosis was a relief more than anything. “It’s almost a relief to have some sort of idea of what’s going on,” Patrick Melland, Tricia’s father, said. In January 2009 Tricia was hospitalized for nearly an entire semester because of a flu virus. In August 2010, she caught another virus which required her to be fed through the arteries, putting her in the hospital for almost seven months. During this time, Tricia was unable to eat because of her GI tract failure, and a tube was placed inside her nose which went down her throat and into her small intestine. According to Tricia, this tube nourished her with baby formula. This is how Tricia ate for about a year and a half until the tube was switched out with one that went directly into her small intestine. But Tricia got sick again in September 2012, and this time, the illness shut several more parts of her body down, making it impossible for the tube to work. She was then put on IV nutrition, Tricia’s current eating method, which feeds her through a central line in her chest. However, the line is dangerous. “[The central line] comes with life-threatening risks, but [Tricia] has to have it since she is not able to tolerate feeds through her jejunum” Wendy Melland, Tricia’s mother, said. A jejunum is a section


The Dart compiled a list of Tricia’s up’s and down’s with her disease. compiled by Jordan Berardi Source: Tricia Melland


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of the small intestine and is responsible for absorbing nutrients, according to Merriam-Webster. The line can never get wet and must be bandaged using highly anti-bacterial solutions and dressings each day. Connected to the central line is a 3-liter bag of fluid which is Tricia’s food intake. This nutrition system is called TPN, or total parenteral nutrition. Tricia is connected to the bag for 18 hours every day, leaving her six hours without the fluids. However, during those six hours, three of them are spent connected to a different set of IV fluids. Because of this, Tricia has not eaten orally in three years. “Everything social revolves around food, so I can’t just not sit down with people while they eat because I’ll miss out on so much,” Tricia said. Because mitochondrial disease affects the production of energy, Tricia said she is “tired all the time.” “Even though I’m tired, I can’t sleep because [mitochondrial disease] causes so many other issues,” Tricia said. “I have chronic nausea, so I’ll wake up probably two or three times during the night either from nausea or pain, because I have chronic pain too.” Because Tricia is unable to swallow medicine, pain medication is not an option. Instead, she has to accept the pain and “just deal with it.”

Never give up

In her freshman year at STA, Tricia was in and out of the hospital and was only able to attend two classes a day a few times a week. Tricia said this was hard on her social life because she was never able to

MAY 2011: Tricia finally receives a diagnosis

MARCH 2006: Anesthesia triggers Tricia’s disease

AUGUST 2010: Tricia goes on a feeding tube

AUGUST 2012: Tricia attends STA

SEPTEMBER 2012: Tricia uses a central line to eat

ease has caused a staggering see her friends. amount of difficulty in Tricia’s “I really didn’t have much life, she said it has benefited of a social life because I was her in some ways. either sleeping or at appoint“I definitely don’t want ments,” Tricia said. [mitochondrial disease] but I Wendy said that she sees the hardship in Tricia missing wouldn’t change that I have it,” Tricia said. “It’s made me out on time with her friends. stronger, and it has made me “[Tricia] should be out realize who my true friends having fun with her friends,” are. It has definitely straightWendy said. “But instead all ened out my priorities and her life consists of is school made me appreciate the little and doctors.” things.” But Tricia said this year Through her illness, Tricia has been better because she found her family to be a has been able to go full days dominant at school, priority. Her regardless older brothof how [Mitochondrial er, Bryan, exhausting disease] has a senior it is. definitely ... made at Rock“It’s the me appreciate the hurst High little things little things. School, you don’t — Tricia Melland, says he will really think sophomore miss “joking about missaround” ing that I with Tricia next year for one miss,” Tricia said. “Like, this reason: year is the first time I’ve ever “Because I love her,” Bryan gone to a pep rally, and I’m in Spirit Club, but I’ve never been said. to a meeting.” A true test of faith However, at the beginWendy also said strong ning of this year, Tricia was family values have played a admitted to the hospital for part in their strength. two weeks to undergo several “Strong families really pull tests and blood transfusions. together [in hardships] and “Being gone is just hard their faith will carry them because you’ve missed things forward,” Wendy said. that you don’t realize you’ve Faith is also pat of Tricia’s missed until your friends are life. FROG, or Fully Rely On talking about it,” Tricia said. God, is Tricia’s motto. “God has played really just Fragile future However, Tricia said she is a huge part [in my life],” Tricia said. “[Mitochondrial disease] optimistic when it comes to making it through her sopho- has tested my faith and it has ultimately made [my faith] more year without any more stronger.” major hospitalizations. The bright-eyed girl is not “I just can’t live in a bubble,” Tricia said. “[When I’m older] I defined by her disease, but want to be a doctor or a nurse by the strength and faith she harbors in fighting something and help kids like me.” Though mitochondrial dis- that keeps attacking. H

mitochondrial disease BY THE NUMBERS

The Dart compiled some fast facts about Tricia’s disease.

compiled by Lauren Langdon Source: United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

still smiling | Wendy Melland poses as she holds a photo of her daughter, Tricia, at the Energy for Life walk Sept. 14 at the T-Bones stadium. The photo of Tricia was brought because she was unable to attend the walk due to hospitalization. photo by KELLY GARDELLA

under pressure | Sophomore Tricia Melland, right, laughs with her nurse Doug Bischoff, RN Sept. 29. A nurse comes to Melland’s house every week to check on how she is doing. Melland has Mitochondrial Disease, affecting the mitochondria in each of her cells, which causes severe illnesses and chronic pain. photo by JULIA HAMMOND

Every 30 minutes, a baby is born who will develop a mitochondrial disease by age 10. Each year, 1,000 to 4,000 children are born with this disease. In around 75% of the cases, the patient is the only person with mitochondrial disease in their family. Mitochondria produces 90% of the energy the body needs to function. page designed by Katie Parkinson



Teenage e-cigarette use sparks heated debate High schoolers have started on the new cigarette trend

burning POPULARITY Why has the use of e-cigarettes taken off in recent years? The Dart compiled these statistics to help you decide. Percentage of high school students who smoked an e-cig that also smoked a regular cigarette



Percentage of high school students who have ever used an e-cig in 2012 smokeless smokes | Junior Fallon Mitchell uses an e-cigarette at Loose Park on Oct. 6. Mitchell believes e-cigs are healthier than regular cigarettes. photo by ANNA LEACH

Percentage of people who tried an e-cig that quit smoking within 3 months


by ANNA BAUMAN sports copy editor


Percentage of U.S. adults that have tried e-cigs in 2012

compiled by Anna Bauman source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention



will draw a younger crowd to e-cigarettes. Officials’ fears are not unjustified. ctress and model Jenny According to a recent study conductMcCarthy casually ed by the Center for Disease Control and positions a black, penPrevention (CDC), teenage use of e-ciglike device between her arettes doubled from 2011 to 2012. A fingers, her lips pursed National Youth Tobacco Survey showed around the gadget’s tip that in 2011, 4.7 percent of high school as she inhales deeply and gazes out into students had used an e-cigarette. In space with a look of content, her model 2012, that number jumped to 10 percent. face perfectly retouched. So why are e-cigarettes so popular This image, splashed across the front with teens? of the blueCig website, is one of many adThe Dart interviewed several STA vertisements for electronic cigarettes, or students to find out. According to these e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are devices that students, they use e-cigarettes whenever heat a liquid nicotine solution, sometimes their guy friends supply them, usually at enhanced with flavor, that is inhaled by or on the way to parties. the smoker and released as odorless “It’s just kind of something to do,” an water vapor. anonymous junior said. “Half the reason Health officials worry that celebrity [my friends and I] do it is to do cool tricks advertising and fun flavors such as piña with the smoke. colada, chocolate, mint and strawberry

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status of e-cigarettes, according to an who start with e-cigarettes may be condemned to struggling with a lifelong article published in The Kansas City Star. Currently, because e-cigs do not contain addiction to nicotine and conventional tobacco, the FDA does not regulate the cigarettes.” devices like it does other tobacco prodManufacturers tout e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to smoking. However, ucts. This means that within federal law it is legal for minors to purchase e-cigs, according to Discovery Health website, with the exception of several states that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have placed tighter restrictions on them, (FDA) and other health experts are including Kansas but not Missouri. concerned that e-cigarettes have not But e-cigarette policies may be about been adequately studied. The potential to change. In health hazards a letter sent in of inhaling Teens might just think that September, the large amounts because there is no cigarette Attorneys General of pure nicotine smoke coming out of [e-cigafrom 41 states have yet to be rettes], it’s better for [them]. urged the FDA to determined. install regulations “I’m sure — Amanda Johnson, counselor on the sale of there’s a little e-cigarettes by bit of harm in the end of this [e-cigs] just because they have nicotine in them,” the month, according to USA Today. “We ask that the FDA move quickly first junior said. “But none of [my friends] are addicted because we maybe [smoke to ensure that all tobacco products are e-cigs], maybe, once a week. It’s not like tested and regulated to ensure that companies to do not continue to sell we have separation anxiety.” Even if e-cigarettes do turn out to be or advertise to our nation’s youth,” their a healthier alternative to the nasty chem- letter stated. There is still much to be learned icals in regular cigarettes, who is to say about e-cigarettes, and until solid that teens will not turn to real smoking research is conducted on them, the FDA after trying e-cigarettes? “I think [e-cigs] could [lead to smoking plans to place stricter regulations on cigarettes] for some people, but I would them. “I think [e-cigs] should be illegal [for never smoke a cigarette,” the first junior minors],” the first junior said. “While me said. “I know people who do, though.” and my friends use them sparingly for The concern for the safety and recreation, they do have nicotine in them health of a young generation has led which is addictive.” H to a heated debate regarding the legal

with the smoke.” Personal guidance counselor Amanda Johnson, who has worked with STA students and bases her opinions on what she sees in STA student behavior, believes teens may view e-cigarettes as a “better alternative” to conventional smoking. “Teens might just think that because there is no cigarette smoke coming out of [e-cigarettes], it’s better for [them] or everyone around [them],” Johnson said. Junior Fallon Mitchell confirmed Johnson’s theory. “Well I don’t smoke [e-cigarettes] that often, but it’s better for you than smoking regular cigarettes,” Mitchell said. This is a common misconception among young people who are influenced by e-cigarette advertisements promoting a “smart alternative for a better life,” such as e-cig provider GreenSmartLiving. “I looked [e-cigarette smoking] up because I was obviously skeptical and [e-cigs] just [release] water vapor,” another anonymous junior said. “Knowing [an e-cigarette] doesn’t harm you in any way [means smoking one] is just for fun.” While e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance. Nicotine levels in e-cigarettes vary, but can be as high or higher than the amount of nicotine in conventional cigarettes. “The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling,” CDC director Tom Frieden said in a press release on CDC Online Newsroom. “Many teens

1. Junior Fallon Mitchell recently smoked an e-cigarette at Loose Park on Sept. 6. Mitchell occasionally uses e-cigs for fun. 2. A starter kit for an e-cigarette costs between $30 and $100. The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association estimates about four million Americans now use battery powered cigarettes. photos by ANNA LEACH



LIGHT IT UP How exactly do electronic cigarettes work? The Dart breaks down the process. compiled by Emily Wemhoff source: ABC News

e-cigarette has three main parts: a 2. 1. An rechargeable lithium battery, a vaporiza-

Before the user activates the device, he or she attaches a cartridge containing nicotine liquid to the vaporization chamber.


Consumers can buy cartridges containing added flavorings to the liquid. Options range frommint, to chocolate, coffee, apple, cherry and caramel.

tion chamber and a cartridge.

When you inhale through the mouthpiece, the vaporizer uses the battery’s power to turn chemicals in the cartridge into a mist that resembles cigarette smoke.


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All in the Tech-nique Freshman watched rap label Strange Music, MC Tech N9ne’s home, shoot from basement to Billboard by EMMA WILLIBEY features copy editor


run in the family | Freshman Mackenzie O’Guin, left, and her father Travis O’Guin pose for a picture at the Strange Music studio. Travis started the Strange Music label with rapper Aaron “Tech N9ne” Yates in 1999. photo compiled by GLORIA COWDIN

/ Draws a line between life / play it for me all the time.” And Tech N9ne,” demanded While Travis felt confident attention. in Yates’ distinctive taste, the “[Yates is] an artist who’s economic circumstances were kind of inside-out,” Travis grim. Travis said that not only said. “Everything that he goes did music sales plummet in through he puts into his music, 2000, but Yates “didn’t have whether he’s having trouble any sales history.” coping “We with his started mother’s the label illness or in one of [Tech N9ne is] always at whether the worst family get-togethers. he’s having down— Mackenzie O’Guin fun.” turns in freshman Comthe music bining business,” Travis’ Travis business knowledge with said. “At one point I was a little Yates’ creativity, the pair over $2,000,000 of my own formed a record label that now money into this [label]. It was hosts 11 hip-hop artists. When nerve-wracking in the beginTravis asked the “crazy-looking ning.” black guy with red spiked hair” Rather than discourage what he wished to name the Travis, the declining music label, Yates proposed “Strange scene forced Strange to adopt Music.” a DIY approach. According to “I’m really influenced by the Travis, the O’Guins created Doors’ music,” Yates said, cit- Tech N9ne advertisements in ing 1967 songs “Strange Days” record stores and distributed and “People are Strange” as CD samplers after Lil Wayne inspiration. “My uncles used to concerts. Meanwhile, Yates

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A toddler stands near a loudspeaker, fixated on Kansas City rapper Aaron “Tech N9ne” Yates. The child lounges in a tour bus behind Yates’ and deals his CDs from trucks during the artist’s mid-2000s ascent. Yates now claims stardom, as July record “Something Else” sold 58,324 copies within its first week. However, the STA student who observed Yates’ journey knows the man who explored Disneyland dressed as Mickey Mouse three years ago. “[Yates is] always at family get-togethers,” freshman Mackenzie O’Guin said. “He’s involved just like an uncle or someone like that would be.” Business rather than blood links O’Guin to the hip-hop star. In 1998, her father Travis encountered buzzed-about Yates when Travis invested in a hip-hop clothing line. “I knew some friends of mine were getting into the urban apparel business and needed some clothing,” Travis said. “This was back when lines like FUBU were big.” The company was seeking Kansas City celebrities as advertisers, so Yates became a model. Exposed to rap as a Kansas City Public Schools student, Travis admired Yates’ lyrics as he did those of Tupac Shakur or Run-D.M.C. Travis said that the vulnerability of songs like 2001’s “This Ring,” in which Yates admits, “This wedding band / And music

zigzagged between Columbia, Mo. and Lawrence, Kan. to gain recognition, Travis said. “[Yates] did a very first paid show at a place in Blue Springs, Missouri at a place called Simply Sicilian,” Travis said. “We also played a lot of clubs [and] did a show in the woods up in Cameron, Missouri.”

getting tech-nical | Rapper Aaron “Tech N9ne” Yates performs at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colo. Yates co-founded the record label Strange Music with freshman Mackenzie O’Guin’s father, Travis O’Guin. photo compiled by GLORIA COWDIN

Carabba’s and [Yates] heard standing,” Travis said. However, freshman Bailey [the waiters] sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ so he bought an entire Briscoe said that the O’Guins’ cake [for that family],” Macken- label did not impact her opinzie said. “[People] assume that ion of Mackenzie. [Strange artists are] gonna be “I thought [the O’Guins owning Strange] was cool,” Briscoe total thugs, but they do have their soft said. “I wasn’t side.” really fasciAcAt one point I was a cording nated.” little over $2,000,000 Acto Travis, of my own money cording hip-hop into [Strange Music]. stereoto Travis, Mackenzie types also — Travis O’Guin plague the has conStrange Music founder tributed to O’Guins. Strange’s Since marketing since childhood. As people cringe at Strange’s a teenager, Mackenzie’s views rap roster or peg the O’Guins as uppity moguls, Mackenzie steer the company in audiencasks Travis not to flaunt his es’ direction. After finishing rapper Krizz Kaliko’s “Scars” profession, Travis said. video, Travis played Mackenzie “Mackenzie has grown up in the Catholic school system, the clip to determine whether so every once in a while when its sentimentality worked. “I knew by the fact she people find out what I do for teared up [the video] was a a living, they have an opinion good idea,” Travis said. before they have an under-

Yates’ 200 shows each year proved vital, Travis said. Lack of financial backing forced Strange to co-fund Yates’ first two albums through businesses connected to labels like Interscope Records, but Yates released 2006’s “Everready: The Religion” independently. “After two [albums], [Strange’s founders] looked up and realized, ‘Oh wow, over the course of these two joint ventures, we’ve had 500,000 records [sold],” Travis said. “We got distribution through Fontana/Universal. That was in 2006, and now we’re the largest independent label that they distribute.” From the O’Guins’ basement to Los Angeles, Calif., the Travis and Yates’ families bonded to support Strange. According to Travis and Mackenzie, Yates’ kindness sustains the relationship. “One time we were at

However, Mackenzie prioritizes recording music over marketing. According to Travis, Mackenzie decided her career before she could speak. “[When Mackenzie was] two years [old], I heard almost like a bravado coming from the backseat,” Travis said. “I look[ed] at [Mackenzie’s sister] Monica and was like, ‘Is this your sister?’ [Monica]’s like, ‘Yeah, Dad, she does this all the time.” Since learning guitar and piano, Mackenzie has realized her passion. Mackenzie said that she hopes to complete an album drawing from alternative-pop artists like Lana Del Rey. Although Travis said that Mackenzie’s music appreciation is natural, Mackenzie credits her Strange-centered upbringing. “I definitely think my creativity levels have definitely grown through the company,” Mackenzie said. H


Freshman recalls the keep all the sets.” Q: “How would you explain anxiety of meeting celebrity the experience to someone crush Ed Sheeran by SAMANTHA SPENCE journalism student

Standing next to fiery-haired teen heartthrob Ed Sheeran, the BT Digital Music Awards’ 2011Breakthrough Artist of the Year, freshman Mackenzie O’Guin knew that she was one lucky girl. Because her parents own a record label, O’Guin was able to “run backstage” to “catch up” with Sheeran before a Taylor Swift concert. Q: “So where exactly are you in this photo?” A: “In the picture [Sheeran and I] are backstage at the Sprint Center in front of the dressing room where they

who has never been in the presence of a true star or celebrity like Ed Sheeran?” A: “It’s very surreal because you spend most of your hours blogging about someone and crying over their face and then you actually see them in real life. It’s almost dreamlike because you’re like ‘Oh my God you’re actually a real person.’ ... It’s kind of interesting because you know everything about them when it’s only the second time you’ve met them, and they know nothing about you.” [Laughs] Q: “How did you know what to say?” A: “I think the major prob-

the a team | Freshman Mackenzie O’Guin poses with singer Ed Sheeran before Taylor Swift’s Sprint Center concert. O’Guin said that her obsession with Sheeran is “kind of a problem.” photo submitted by Mackenzie O’Guin

lem there was that you only get so much time to express how you feel about this person, and then you spend all of it not talking because you don’t want to screw up.” Q: “What was running through your head as you guys talked?” A: “Well, I mostly just remember going through my head saying ‘Please don’t

look awkward.’ I couldn’t stop thinking about him during the rest of Taylor’s show; I mean this is the true love of my life we’re talking about here. [Laughs] Q: “So just how big of a fan are you of Ed Sheeran?” A: “Well, it’s kind of a problem. I don’t know how else to explain it.” H page designed by Emma Willibey


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TUG OF like brother,

Note: the individuals pictured in the photo illustration on the cover and on this page are models and are not in any way affiliated with the content of this article. s the only all-boys school and one of only two all-girls schools in Kansas City, Rockhurst High School and St. Teresa’s Academy have naturally been connected since their beginnings: through families, grade school friends, neighborhood proximity and extracurricular events. STA theology teacher Michael Sanem was aware of the schools’ close connection when he was a Rockhurst student


and dating his current wife, Megan Diamond, an STA alum. “I remember thinking STA was the female equivalent of Rockhurst,” Sanem said. “I didn’t know a lot about what happened at STA. We had our separate worlds.” However, Sanem acknowledges that the relationship between the two schools may have shifted since he was a student. “I don’t remember there being any rivalry [between STA and Rockhurst],” Sanem said. One example of the “rivalry” he has

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seen is Rockhurst students calling STA a daycare. “I never called STA a daycare,” Sanem said. “That didn’t happen. I respected [STA].” Last year, the Dart published an opinion piece called “I do not attend a daycare, thank you,” written by now-senior Maddie Knopke. The column was Knopke’s response to hearing Rockhurst students call STA a “daycare.” The responses came quickly. On DartNewsOnline, the column received over 20 comments from both

WAR like sister

The Dart explores the closely connected relationship between St. Teresa’s Academy and Rockhurst High School. by SARA-JESSICA DILKS and NATALIE FITTS co-editors-in-chief

photo illustration by LIBBY HYDE

Rockhurst and STA students and alumni. The origin of Rockhurst nicknaming STA a “daycare” is likely related to the difference in class structure and discipline between the two schools, according to Rockhurst senior Jack McHugh. “When I think of STA, it seems like there’s a lot more fun at school, more free time and there’s always something new going on that’s not [academically]-related,” McHugh said. STA literature teacher Katie Dolan believes that when STA girls talk about school with Rockhurst boys, they only

discuss the fun, non-academic aspects. “Sometimes when [the girls] tell stories like ‘I was in a free and blah blah blah,’ you also don’t mention that you’re sitting there working on your trig homework,” Dolan said. “[The Rockhurst boys] think you’re just sitting around, laughing with your teachers … They hear [those stories] and think that class doesn’t really exist.” Rockhurst senior Robby Healy, who has had three sisters graduate from STA, “grew up running around the campus” and knows several current teachers. He says that when Rockhurst students aim jokes

or insults at STA students, it is not meant to be offensive, but rather to display affection. “It’s the way of showing we like you,” Healy said. “Guys do it to each other too. On my hockey team, we hide the helmets [of the guys we like].” Rockhurst senior Connor Prochnow agreed, adding that the remarks from Rockhurst students should not be taken seriously. “We can make all the jokes we want, but very deep down we actually do continued on page 18 appreciate page designed by Sara-Jessica Dilks


one girl’s PERSPECTIVE by NATALIE FITTS | co-editor-in-chief

I was dreading going to the Rockhurst football game on a recent Friday night. I hadn’t gone to one in two years because they are a time for the girls to try to look cute, sit in the stands and wish for Rockhurst boys to talk to them and for the boys to cheer on their team, be unnecessarily shirtless and ignore the girls. But I had promised my friend I would go to watch the STA dance team perform at halftime so I had to suck it up and go one last time in my high school career. My friends and I arrived late and planned to leave early. As I sat in the stands, I counted down the minutes to when the dance team would perform so I could escape and go do something actually enjoyable. As dance team prepared to walk on the field, I was excited and relieved. But then it happened. “No one leave, guys. STA is about to perform,” a Rockhurst senior shouted to the entire student section. I wasn’t sure I had heard him correctly, but sure enough, every Rockhurst boy stayed put in order to support STA, which is something that up to that point, I thought they never did. Those two short sentences changed my perspective on Rockhurst boys completely. I realized I hated Rockhurst games because the guys stood over in the student section, cheering loudly, dressed in costume and prohibiting any outsiders from coming in and any insiders from going out. I judged everyone at Rockhurst based on what they acted like when they were together as a student section. They seemed cocky and annoying. But when I compared it to STA, I realized that if I were an outsider at an STA-Sion game, I would probably hate STA girls the same way. We have the same mentality they do in our student section—we cheer obnoxiously, go all out in theme and chant “boys gotta go” (when they actually do come to our games). The difference is that at STA, I’m an insider, but at Rockhurst, I’m an outsider. When you take STA girls out of the student section setting and mentality, we’re welcoming, friendly, funny, intelligent students. Based on my experiences, when you take Rockhurst boys out of that setting and mentality, they have the same qualities. They also support STA the way STA supports them, which they all displayed that Friday night. Rockhurst boys don’t need to change the way they act at their sporting events. Neither do STA girls. However, both student bodies could work on not judging each other based on one setting, like I had done for the past three years.


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or sisterhood from each school [STA girls],” Prochnow said. carrying over to extracurricular “We joke because we care. If we events, according to Connor. chose to not even talk or joke “At Rockhurst, there’s the [about STA] at all, that would whole brotherhood thing,” Connor mean we didn’t like you.” said. “You go through all this stuff Connor’s sister Sophia together with your bros…Kairos, Prochnow, an STA sophomore, getting JUGs [punishments provided an example of how the known as Justice Under God], relationship between STA and the teachers showing you Rockhurst occasionally factors [disappointment]. So there’s a into their relationship as siblings. sense of allegiance.” “Connor likes to point out the Just like the Rockhurst boys Rockhurst dive team is better do, some STA girls ensure than STA’s,” Sophia laughed. “I that the insults are simply don’t need that the night before a light-hearted. meet!” I think it’s harmless ... Sophomore Another Machella Dunlea, area where he acknowledges that whose boyfriend a gender [STA] is a hard school. is a Rockhurst inequity sophomore, said or rivalry — Machella Dunlea, sophomore that the remarks between are not malicious. Rockhurst “[My boyfriend] and STA has a lot of homework, and I appears is at out-of-school get a lot of mine done in frees,” events, according to Connor. At Dunlea said. “If I don’t have any Rockhurst dances, the Rockhurst homework sometimes he’ll make students have been known to fun of it. But I think it’s harmless. chant “Rock State!” at some point They all love to just joke around during the night. Similarly, STA about it...he acknowledges that students commonly switch the this is a hard school.” words of Miley Cyrus’ song “Party However, some people, in the USA” to “Party at STA” at including Sanem, view the rivalry dances or mixers. Both instances to be a relatively serious issue. He are examples of the brotherhood

live vote The Dart surveyed 90 STA students about how they view the relationship between STA and Rockhurst.

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Have you ever heard a Rockhurst student make a joke or insult about STA or STA students?

Have you ever heard an STA student make a joke or insult about Rockhurst or Rockhurst students?

91% YES

87% YES


13% NO


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1. say to that,” Sanem said. “[STA girls’ sees the STA-Rockhurst relationship as a “microcosm of gender inequity [in comeback should be] that this isn’t a daycare. I’m not a babysitter. You today’s society].” “It sounds like [the rivalry] is beyond aren’t babies. You aren’t children. Why do you not have any reply to that? Why the point of just ‘boys will be boys,’” would you allow stuff like that to be Sanem said. “It just seems so sexist. said?” For me, it’s disappointing that that’s McHugh points out that despite the going on because it’s certainly not conflicts and natural competition that the mission of the Jesuits to [foster] may occur between Rockhurst and young men who behave like that.” STA, the two schools’ connectedness Based on what he has seen, Sanem is beneficial overall for acknowledges all students. that it is not a It sounds like [the “The most positive one-sided issue rivalry] is beyond the thing about the and STA girls point of just ‘boys will relationship [between have the ability be boys.’ STA and Rockhurst] is to stop some the fact that there are of the negative — Michael Sanem, theology teacher two single-sex schools comments. that are closely “In my social connected, which makes adolescence concerns class, one girl brought up more normal for both parties since how she was on the phone with a both are [deprived of] the other Rockhurst boy and [he] called [STA] a gender,” McHugh said. H daycare and she didn’t know what to

Is the relationship between STA and Rockhurst more positive or negative?

Do you agree or disagree with this statement: “Generally, STA students pay more attention to Rockhurst students than vice-versa.”






Do you have any close friends who attend Rockhurst?

86% YES


1. STA sophomore, Carolyn Scheuler, left, watches the Rockhurst student section during Rockhurst’s home football game against Blue Springs South High School Sept. 27. 2. Brother and sister Max and Sydney Chmel play in their backyard, simulating the relationship between STA and Rockhurst High School. photos by LIBBY HYDE

that’s what they said The Dart compiled several tweets from both STA and Rockhurst students which reference the other school. compiled by MaryMichael Hough social media manager

Joe Cochran / @AyoRunnaJoe: “I hate when the team I want to win loses. #EurekaBlows good season STA. You guys were better looking.”

Mackenzie Ways / @MackenzieWays: “So you girls say sta isn’t a day care yet you have bouncy houses set up”

Ellie Porterfield / @ellie_port: “I love rockhurst guys #rocknation”


Kelli Strader / @Kelli_Strad: “Is it still socially acceptable to be a Rockhurst boy for Halloween...?”

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reviews New Prairie Village theater stands up to competition by Madeline Best page designer

Before entering Standee’s, located in Prairie Village, I wondered, what would make this movie theater different from any others? Standee’s, which presents itself as an “entertaining eatery” is a cross between a movie theater and an upscale-restaurant serving food ranging from gourmet appetizers to burgers. As I stood at the entrance of the theater, I was quickly welcomed by a concierge dressed in a suit who held a door open for me and then directed me to the box office, which had no line. To be fair, I was at the movie theater on a Tuesday afternoon, so maybe not the most popular time to go see a movie. After paying my reasonable ticket price of $6.50, I was told that Standee’s makes sure their customer’s don’t have to sit through as many commercials and trailers as other theaters do. This is important to remember if you are the type of person who arrives to movies just in the nick of time, because you might miss the beginning. Yet again, another door was held open for me as I entered the theater, which happened to be completely empty. The first thing I noticed about the theater was how small it was. The theater maybe held around eighty seats compared to bigger theaters like the Plaza Cinemark which can hold a few hundred people at a time. Much like the Ward Parkway AMC theater, the seats resemble something closer to a La-Z-Boy recliner rather than

your typical fold down seat. Although, the seats don’t actually recline like they do at Ward Parkway. Standee’s also offers small airplane-like tables attached to the sides of the seats.I think this is a nice addition to a movie theater seat because it gets rid of the problem of having to awkwardly balance your popcorn and candy in your lap while only having a cup holder. Because of space limitations, Standee’s only shows three movies at a time compared to other theater’s where your movie selection is closer to at least a dozen movies. I chose to go see “The Family,” starring Robert DeNiro. In the movie, the patriarch of the family is an ex Brooklyn mobster who must constantly move his family from place to place in order to avoid being found by his fellow mobsters after ratting them out. The family settles in a small village in France with the help of the FBI, although you can bet not all goes as planned. After the movie was over, I headed over to the restaurant, just feet away from the theater. As I sat down I was greeted by my server who gave me a menu with a long list of choices ranging from full entrees to small appetizers. I chose a basic hamburger, which was quite possibly even better than burgers at Blanc. The best thing about the meal by far was the french fries. They are unlike any other restaurants’ fries because they are almost paper thin and just so good.

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My meal ended up being around $10, which was an incredible deal considering the quality of food. If you are planning on eating at Standee’s, I would recommend bringing $10-$25 depending on what you decide to have. Overall, Standee’s offers a comfortable and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for a night out or a lazy afternoon. I plan on visiting Standee’s again soon. H

Standees Entertaing Eatery Prairie Village, Kansas FINAL JUDGMENT Food: Experience:

‘Prisoners’ an intense, dark, entertaining film

The film centers around father and recovering alcoholic Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) From the trailers, I thought and his mission to find his daughter and her friend after “Prisoners” would be a typical they go missing on Thankscrime thriller, featuring high giving. Detective Loki (Jake action and maybe with a few Gyllenhaal), assigned to the Oscar-worthy performances. Although it didn’t live up to my case, comes up with only one suspect who is quickly extremely high expectations, released. Keller then decides “Prisoners” was overall wellmade. It features an appealing to take matters into his own award-winning cast, with espe- hands and proceeds to kidnap the suspect (Paul Dano). cially good individual perfor“Prisoners” has mostly mances by Hugh Jackman and dark and depressing tones. Maria Bello. by Emily Wemhoff page editor


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The movie takes you on a wild rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from suspense to fear to hatred. There were lots of unexpected plot twists that no one could see coming. I think everyone walked out of the theater shocked and surprised. The one major downfall is the fact that it dragged about 25 minutes too long. Although the movie faltered and slowed toward the end, the bulk of the emotional and suspenseful storyline made up for it. If you are looking to ques-

tion your morality, then this is the movie for you. The film is relentless in asking “What would you do in Keller’s shoes?” “Prisoners” ultimately is compelling because of the realistic and raw portrayals and situations presented. As a viewer, after I got home I was scared that the kidnapping could happen to anyone around me. “Prisoners” is a movie that you will want to see again.H


editorial cartoon by MARY GRACE MASCHLER

STA, Rockhurst should meet in the middle The staff editorial reflects the views of the Dart editorial board. We’re just looking for his approval. We bother him. We pry and poke him. We call him names. We want him to look our way. If our big brother turns his head for one second, it’s our mission to get his eyes back on little sis. Sometimes he gets annoyed and ignores us. Other times we get into a big uproar. STA’s big brother is Rockhurst High School. Since Rockhurst was created, STA has had both a certain bond and also an agitated, competitive relationship with them. Over the years, we have been made fun of as well as reciprocated the mockery. We have defended STA’s schedule, with all its frees, and our great athletic teams for a long time. Rockhurst has defended their own challenging curriculum as well as their state-winning sports. Let’s just face it. We’ve been left out in the cold and we’ve left them out in the cold. But it’s gotten out of hand. Now is the time for both sides to end this immaturity and begin to compromise.

Just like a big brother-little sister relationship, STA has a fascination with everything that happens at Rockhurst. We attend all of our big brother’s football games, wear all of his t-shirts and know everything about his new lunch program. But, on the opposite end, most of the time Rockhurst doesn’t really want to wear little sister’s shirts and could care less about coming to her activities.


5 of 7 editors voted in support of this editorial.


Yes, Rockhurst, we understand the brotherhood, how we need to stay out of your business, and how you want to support your own school rather than drive a few miles down the road to a silly girls’ basketball game. But the girls over here are feeling undervalued, underappreciated and ignored. There are countless STA ladies in the stands at

most of your games and the favor just doesn’t get returned. Both sides are going to be around for a long time. Some of us go to the same colleges or create lifelong friendships. We both live in this city, so there is no point in not creating a greater community, especially for single-sex schools in KC as a whole. We have been given the opportunity to make this unity happen, so let’s do it. Both STA and Rockhurst can do something to make this relationship better. We can be a better little sister. STA can keep our pride, but maybe work on stopping the defensive mentality. Rockhurst can be a better big brother. They can start coming to more of STA’s games and activities. All it boils down to is supporting each other. We can go to their football games on Friday nights and they can come to our volleyball games. We can attend their choir concerts and musicals and they can stop by ours. A good relationship is about compromise. H

right on How can the relationship between STA and Rockhurst improve? “[I think that both “I’m not too swift “I guess if the TARGET STA and Rockhurst] with the boys, but [Rockhurst] guys Each issue, the Dart asks three people their views on the main editorial.

could be more supportive of each other’s sports teams.”

senior Emma Kelley

stopped calling us a daycare, but other than that I don’t really see a conflict.”

junior Lauren Zastrow

I guess it would be cool to have a Rockhurst/STA retreat for each grade.”

sophomore Kat Mediavilla page designed by Sabrina Redlingshafer



Living on QuikTrip One girl, five days, one local QuikTrip and a challenge to maintain a strictly-QuikTrip diet diary

Sept. 23 by ADRIANNA OHMES print photo editor

After several conversations with my friends on whether a person could survive on QuikTrip alone and living in the KC-metro area for my entire life, I feel I’m adequately prepared to take this challenge at 17 years of age. If anything, this is pre-conditioning for college. So here I am, planning to live off of QuikTrip for the next week. That is correct, starting tomorrow morning I will only eat from QuikTrip until next Saturday. So, this week I’ll journal about my QuikTrip experiences: what I bought, people’s reactions, and how long it takes the workers to realize I’ve come in everyday. I only live 1.1 miles from a QuikTrip. I think that tells you how often I already go there.

breakfast: 20 oz cup Mighty Mocha cappuccino mixed with some French Vanilla lunch: turkey and swiss sandwich, and a bag of chips dinner: bottle of Coke, two pepper jack taquitos, and a chicken and swiss sandwich Day one of the challenge is over, and I’d say it went relatively well. I’ve decided that I like sleep and buying my breakfast and lunch the night before I need it sounds like a good plan, so tonight I bought my dinner as well as enough food for my first two meals tomorrow. I received a couple questionable looks while doing this. It was quite a bit to carry because QuikTrip doesn’t have conveniently placed baskets to help me hold my items. The cashier just kind of shook his head at me and chuckled at my arms full of food. I’ll take it. I probably looked a little odd considering everyone else in line was buying one fountain or bottled drink.

Sept. 24

breakfast: Zero Carb Rockstar lunch: a strawberry yogurt parfait, and puppy chow dinner: sausage, egg and cheese biscuit, rest of puppy chow The workers were all different today, but I got to eat some pretty good stuff. I liked the QT’s puppy chow quite a bit. I’ve also been craving breakfast foods and the magical refrigerated section of the QT has their breakfast sandwiches all day long

Sept. 25

breakfast: Special K protein bar in strawberry lunch: a chicken salad wrap dinner: chicken, bacon and cheese biscuit Before my evening trip yesterday, I found a Wally World card, which for the uneducated is a reloadable QuikTrip gift card, in my wallet. They were all new employees today, so the security cameras may be the only things that know I’ve been there everyday. That doesn’t change the fact that half of the customers around me always seem frustrated that I have so many items on me that a bag is needed to carry it all. Clearly they do not understand that I must obey this diet. H

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by ANNA LEACH managing editor of web

‘Seniority’ doesn’t excuse rude behavior to underclassmen

ing high school; early check seniors. By the fourth year of out, final exemption, Friday high school, the girls of that “Freshman, to the back.” dress-downs all applaud the particular class have simply “Gotta wait your time!” had more experiences, collec- senior class for all they’ve “Oh, I just cut in front anytively taken on more responsi- already done and overcome. ways. I’m a senior.” bility, even physically they look These privileges, however, are “Seniority!” different; seniors, by nature of also meant to encourage the The underclassman in senior class to how people question sighs a little; the lead the rest age, are just more daring rolls their eyes, of the student a little more desire to finally be a senior [The “seniority” body, show “grown up.” stronger than ever. Yes, the behavior] is not them what STA That, senior class is intimidating building up the girls can be. doesn’t (they ask us the specifics sisterhood They’re gifts of mean we are of exactly which ones are gratitude, not inherently the most scary). Yes, as an permission to superior to underclassman, I’m younger. the rest of the students in the act above everyone else. Doesn’t mean I’m any less The side comments, taking school; that we are somehow hungry. Doesn’t mean I don’t such large portions at Thanksworth and automatically want a good seat for the pep giving there’s not enough to deserve the most. Though it rally. Doesn’t mean you rungo around—this behavior is might seem so. With every ning over me, on the merit of excuse of “seniority” to get per- no extreme form of hazing; your age alone, makes me like sonal gratification, the senior we’re not taping our freshman you any more. class adds on to the distance to the flag pole or anything. But it’s “tradition.” Plus, in already created between them But it’s not building up the 3, 2, 1 year, that’ll be me. So, in sisterhood, the bond between and the younger grades. The the end, it won’t matter. every STA girl, either. Seniors, school takes it into its own There’s no question if you could have never been hands to acknowledge the freshman are different from ostracized by a former senior, accomplishment of surviv-

would you have felt better about approaching them? Asking them questions? Letting them help you out? Or were you too intimidated, like I was for some time. Luckily, seniors do not in fact despise all underclassman. For the most part, we want to be used as resources. We want to lead; at the last class meeting of the year last spring, the Class of 2014 decided they most important thing for us was to make underclassman feel included. So, soon-to-be-seniors, forgive us if we slip up a little; or better yet, remind us when we’re getting a little too high on the power trip and college applications. And Class of 2014? Let’s all take only one quesadilla in the Los Tules line advisory party this time, in honor of the hunger you felt when someone else in a time not-so-far-away left us with an empty plate. H

Pope Francis to give church major facelift the Church needs in this time of controversy and turmoil. In light of a recent interview with Pope Francis, There has by LIBBY HYDE multimedia web editor been much conflict within and It has always been a tradi- outside the church on whether tion for the Pope to say mass or not Pope Francis’s views on Holy Thursday in St. Peter’s and teachings should be celebrated or questioned. basilica. Breaking the stereoIn the very extensive type and the norm for a Pope, interview, Pope Francis wisely Francis decided to say mass in a Roman juvenile detention assessed that the Catholic Church has recently been center. Furthermore, comobsessed with controversial pletely unheard, he washed issues such as abortion, conthe feet of a female Muslim traception and gay marriage convict. while putting less emphasis With a vision of love and service instead of judgement, on more important issues such as helping the poor and Pope Francis is exactly what taking care of those in need.

“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.” Francis said. “The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.” Pope Francis is exactly what the Catholic Church needs right now. In a time of great movement for rights concerning gay marriage and women’s issues, the Church has experienced losses of followers due to the Church’s strict teachings on these issues. Pope Francis, a man

who is bringing the focus back to loving and serving those in need, is a very attractive front to put up to the world to attract new Catholics. This teaching of serving the poor also more closely follows the teachings of the gospel. Though this interview does not change church doctrine or teaching, but it has changed the tone of the Church and immediately makes the teachings of the church seem more inviting and attractive. He isn’t worrying about small issues, rather, he is worried about working toward the greater good. H

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ASK & ANSWER (at your own risk)

by GLORIA COWDIN | blogs editor

Although some teenagers use for entertainment, some use the site as a weapon by KATHERINE GREEN standing features editor


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crolling through her Twitter timeline, senior Rachel Saunders noticed links in tweets from her friends on her timeline, which led to the website After seeing her friends had made accounts for the new social media website, Saunders decided to create her own account.

article. Comments on Gallagher’s insulting her weight and looks contributed to the cyber-bullying of Gallagher, according to the article. The Huffington Post stated Gallagher supposedly warned her cyber-bullies she was going to commit suicide within 24 hours prior to doing it. According to ABC News, has reportedly been involved with five other suicides due to the insulting comments and cyber-bullying taking place. Since the website is now associated with these deaths of young teens,’s Launched in June 2010, was founders said they are beginning to build introduced as a site for anyone to create a stronger monitoring system for the site. accounts and have others comment or “We are committed to ensuring that ask questions anonymously. This year, our site is a safe environment,” the Ask. STA girls have taken to the website as a new trend, according to sophomore Mag- fm company said in an open letter in an article in the Mirror. gie Hodes. However, “We have implesince the site does Just know that bad things mented various not monitor the might be said, and that measures over anonymous comthose [bullies] are pathetthe past month to ments, ic because they’re using continue to improve users with the link an anonymous way to say our user safety.” to a user’s page can [insults] to you. With many of leave any comment — Rachel Saunders, senior the comments left they want. on this website “Ask and answer. being provocative Find out what people want to know about and mean, STA students say that you!” is’s slogan. However, after Saunders had a friend causes drama. “I think [ is] something bullies end up in tears due to the website’s would use,” sophomore Meg Sweeny, uncensored comments, she said the who does not have an account, said. website is only fun when the questions Unlike other social media sites such are “good questions,” such as funny as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, Ask. comments, random questions, getting-tofm’s anonymous aspect allows bullies to know-you questions and the occasional insult others without having their identicompliment. ties revealed. “I guess [ users should] just “I think if criticism or things that kind of be careful,” Saunders said. “Just people say really hurt you hard enough, know that bad things might be said, and that those [bullies] are pathetic because I don’t think you should consider getting an,” junior Lily O’Neill, who is withthey’re using an anonymous way to say out an account, said. “I think the people [insults] to you.” that are [bullying through] are just After polling 28 STA students coninsecure and have nothing better to do sisting of eight freshmen, seven sophthan [insult] to other people.” omores, six juniors and seven seniors, Although the website is the source of only six students, who were freshmen, cyber-bullying and hurt feelings, students said they liked, while the other 22 at STA such as sophomore McKenzie students said they did not. Three of the Burns continue to get accounts. students who like said they “can figure things out about people” and “stalk However, after only a few days, Burns deleted her account. them” on “I don’t know. I just really didn’t get on Even within this past year, Erin Gal[],” Burns said about deleting her lagher, a 13-year-old girl from Ireland, account. “I just had too many questions committed suicide, mentioning that she and I thought it was really dumb.” was cyber-bullied on in her suiWhen it comes to, “ask and cide note, according to a Huffington Post answer” at your own risk. H

STA’S STORIES ON ASK.FM STA students comment on their various experiences with compiled by KATHERINE GREEN standing features editor “The questions would be ‘Will you do X explicit thing for me?’ and ‘Are you going to the Olympics?’ The weirdest thing someone asked me was if I was attracted to my cousin, who is in fact a girl.” - Andie Round, sophomore

“[On], there were a lot of inappropriate questions and mean things about my friends. I didn’t read them all because there were too many.” -McKenzie Burns, sophomore

“The weirdest question I’ve ever gotten asked [is] if I put peanut butter on my stomach before I went to bed and then had it for breakfast in the morning.” - Allie McInerney, sophomore

“It’s an interesting way to pass time, but people can take advantage of the anonymous questions and cause problems.” - Rachel Saunders, senior

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spa day | Freshman Gwen Doran receives a facial Sept. 29 from cosmetologist Lisa Hart. Hart opened her salon, Simply Glow, July 17. photo by KATIE HORNBECK

a simply glowing business

STA mother of freshman Annie Hart and senior Mary Hart recently opened “Simply Glow” salon in the Waldo area by SABRINA REDLINGSHAFER opinion copy editor

Located just walking distance from the Waldo shops sits a quaint house on a corner, home to Lisa Hart’s salon, Simply Glow, LLC. Lisa Hart, mother of freshman Annie and senior Mary Hart, owns “a local Waldo-area business established to serve the beauty needs of Kansas City, Missouri,” according to the Facebook page. Lisa moved into the building owned by STA alumna Lori Underwood this past July. Lisa’s interest in skin care got her started in the field and motivated her to open her own business. “I’ve always had an interest in skincare and beauty,” Lisa said. “I find the power of touch and making people feel and look their best very rewarding.” Lisa received her license at


the Dermal Institute in Iowa in 1983. Lisa continued to work in Iowa before getting a job on two different cruise lines doing beauty therapy. Then she married, moved to California and continued training at the Dermal Institute in Los Angeles. “From there, I got a job with Lancôme which allowed me to train in New York and then work in Los Angeles,” Lisa said. “While in Los Angeles, I was one of twelve estheticienne in the world trained for Christian Dior.” Lisa later moved to Kansas City in 1988 and after a couple years, was able to open the Lancôme institute in Overland Park. However, Lisa decided to leave to take care of her kids. “Through the years, I have dreamed of getting back to

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beauty therapy. Simply Glow, or the idea of starting my own spa, has been in the back of my head since I left Lancôme,” Lisa said. Lisa feels the purpose of her business is to cater to people’s skin-care needs. In May, Lisa found space available in a converted house that has a hair salon, “Studio Lo.” located upstairs, run by Moore Underwood. “The location is very convenient and the space is just what I was looking for,” Lisa said. Lisa’s primary market is teens who attend area high schools and their mothers. Her services include different variations of facials and waxing. The pricing on her services can range from a $15 brow wax to a $60 basic onehour facial. However, Lisa aims to

attract STA students by offering them 10 percent off her services. “I want to emphasize brow waxing because it is something a lot of girls are interested in and it makes a huge difference,” Lisa said. Lisa chose to use Skinscript, a “chirally correct” skin care line that leaves skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. “It is all natural, with a fruit and vegetable-based, anti-aging, enzymes that clear up skin,” Lisa said. Lisa says she aims to meet between four and eight people each day, but has yet to be very busy. “I’m extremely excited to see my vision finally put into action,” Lisa said. So as you leave the building located at 200 74th Terrace in Kansas City, Mo. you will find yourself, simply, glowing. H


Voth’s business grew from the stand at a farmer’s market to a business with by MARY HILLIARD a store and product page designer plant. “When Indigo From outside the old brick factory buildWild bought [it’s ing, you can already smell the fragrances. You walk in and see shelves everywhere, current building, the place] had been piled high with boxes and merchandise. empty for years and In the center, there is a long table where was decrepit and four people sit tying bows, joking and covered in graffiti,” laughing. You listen to the loud seventies music in this room, but catch some of the social media director heavy metal blaring from the soap-making Annie Kremers said. “We rehabbed the department across the building. Walking going wild | Senior Katie Holt, left, laughs at a joke her sister, alumna building from top to Emily Holt, made while working at the Indigo Wild Soap Factory. through the aisles you feel the small bars Emily was cleaning out a box that had previously held fresh bars of and heavy bricks of soap, try out the lotion bottom and gave it Zum soap. photo by LINDSEY VALDIVIEZ and sniff the candles. You feel the sense of new life.” and nourishing for dry skin...the person who According to community and overall good vibes. Since 1996, beauty supplier Indigo Wild Kremers, Voth likes to work hard and have called in seemed convinced that we killed fun. Her energy trickles down into employ- dragons and used their blood for soap.” has been delivering a range of all-natural According to Torres, it is Indigo Wild’s ees’ mindsets. products, the most prominent being the “I think she realized the secret to a good environment and the people that make the Zum Bar, a bar of soap made with goat’s business is making your employees happy company unique. milk, essential oils, soy wax and other, “Everyone’s really cool and fun-loving too,” STA senior Libby Torres said. to use the company’s word, “jujulicious” but also dedicated to working hard and Almost two years ago, Torres started ingredients. The Zum Bar, along with other working at the Indigo Wild factory. Accord- getting our product out there,” Torres said. products such as Zum Kiss lip balm and According to Kremers, Indigo Wild is ing to Torres, she mostly labels soap and Zum Rub lotion, has been featured in different from other companies because packages orders. She “loves” her job and many magazines and is carried in stores the employees eat lunch together every said that something funny always seems nationwide. day. The diverse workers make for interestto happen when she’s working. How did this organic soap company ing conversation and “everyone is nice to “A customer called in and asked if our from Kansas City expand on a nationwide Dragon’s Blood soap had actual blood in it,” everyone.” scale? “It’s impossible to have a bad day here,” Indigo Wild started when founder Emily Torres said. “’Dragon’s blood’ is just a fancy name for a tree resin that’s very moisturizing Kremers said. H Voth quit her corporate job to make soap.

Indigo Wild creates all-natural bath and body products along with a unique working environment

Zum Bar Best Sellers

Frankincense and Myrrh

Sea Salt


by MARY HILLIARD page designer

Indigo Wild’s bar soap, better known as Zum Bars, come in various colors and scents. Here’s a look at their most popular products explained by the company’s website. Source:

“For all who enjoy rich, earthy smells— think freshly potted plants, autumn leaves and mud baths.”

“Natural sea salts exude moisturizing, forcing dry skin to walk the plank. Stimulates new cell growth and a crush of moisture.”

“This day dream believer transports you to another time and place. Robust, deep, powdery and overflowing with body.” page designed by Madeline Best



ATHLETE of the

traveling on the road again

ISSUE compiled by HANNAH BREDAR web photo editor

Holding a career record of 20 double base hits, junior Ally Drummond advances the softball season with confidence. After her strong performance against St. Pius X High School Sept. 18, Drummond increases her records every game. Junior teammate Allison Bresette says that during the Pius Drummond game, Drummond was very confident. “When [the team] got to the Pius field [Drummond] said, ‘I have a feeling someone is going to hit one out today,’ and it ended up being her,” Bresette said. “Each at bat got better for her.” Drummond had five hits, seven runs batted in, one home run and ran a total of 11 bases in the game against Pius according to stats recorded by coach Ty Abney. According to Drummond, softball is not just a physical game. It is also mentally challenging. “[Because it is] such a mental game, it’s hard to stay in [the game] all seven innings that you play,” Drummond said. “Mentally, you have to be in it every single play.” “I like playing with Ally because she always keeps us focused in the dugout and we can always count on her to come through with a hit,” Bresette said. H

batter up | Drummond comes up to bat against Lee’s Summit North. The Stars lost 4-2. photo by LIBBY HYDE


1. STA’s JV and varsity softball team walks into Tiffany Hills Park’s entrance to play St. Pius X High School. The two van’s that transported the girls left STA at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 18. 2. Senior Laura Dobens eats her first Cosmic Brownie while the rest of the girls in van watch her. photos by ADRIANNA OHMES

For the softball team, traveling to away do, and I guess we kind of just forgot games is both business and pleasure she was there.” by KATIE PARKINSON managing editor of print

At 2:45 p.m., two vans begin to pull out of the STA parking lot behind the Goppert Center. Inside, there is loud chatter as 20 softball players settle themselves, their backpacks, netbooks and softball bags into the tight, cramped area. All of a sudden someone draws attention to the rear windows and everyone looks back, eyes wide, mouths open before uncontrollable laughter replaces the shock. Shouts of, “It’s Haley,” and “Oh my gosh! We forgot Haley,” ring out. “Usually at practice she’ll come out a little bit late,” sophomore Sophia Cusumano said. “She’s at the trainer a lot [because] she has exercises she has to

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“I didn’t think it was funny then, but looking back on it makes me laugh,” junior Haley Sikorkman said. The laughter doesn’t die out until Sirokman has clambered into the least crowded van, and they’re ready to leave STA again. Crisis averted. Within a few minutes the team has settled down. Cusumano takes a Snapchat, freshman Martina Florido works on homework and sophomore Liz Countee enjoys a snack. These are routine activities for the softball players, who squeeze into these vans for all their away games—about half of their total games. By the time the vans pull up at Tiffany Hills Park for the JV and varsity games

against St. Pius X High School at 3:15 p.m., talk has slowed, the bus has cooled down and a few people are taking naps against the windows. Everyone is awakened, however, with the prospect of actually getting out of the vans. “It takes four years!” Cusumano said. After the girls struggle to find their backpacks and netbooks, pick up their bags and fight their way from the back row of seats through the narrow walkway, ducking to avoid the low ceiling, the vans are finally emptied. For the varsity team, who plays before JV, it’s all business. As they hang their bags on the dugout fence and change into cleats, coach Ty Abney yells, “Hustle up, let’s go!” and then the girls are warming up by the field. Meanwhile, the JV team finds a spot in the shade on some side bleachers attempting to work on homework or just chat with each other, since they don’t have to warm up for their game until around 5:30 p.m. However, for all the work and time it takes to be on the road, only parents and family usually come to cheer on their Stars. Among teammates though, there is no lack of support. According to Countee, the team usually does a cheer. “We do the ‘Stars!’ thing,” freshman Jackie Adams said. “We don’t pray though,” Countee said. “And we don’t cry unless we’ve had a Watershed moment.” “A what?” Sly interrupts. “What’s that?” “You know, like a really emotional

moment or turning point,” Countee replies. “Oh, I thought you were talking about if one of us broke into, like a…” Sly laughs, trailing off at the end. “That’s Watergate,” Cusumano replied, causing the JV team to burst into laughter. It’s moments like these that makes being on the road possible. Around 5:30 p.m. it’s the JV team’s turn to warm up, and the laughter and small talk subsides in favor of focusing and concentrating on practice throws and catches. Shortly after, the varsity team walks off the field, red-faced but grinning, having won 19-0. “I’m feeling pretty good after a big win like that,” junior Ally Drummond said. “It’s pretty fun beating a team that much.” Following the varsity team’s footsteps, the JV team also wins their game 15-2. By this time the sun is setting, and almost everyone has split ways, opting to ride home with their parents rather than back to STA in the vans. The remaining girl, sophomore Paige Suholaski, easily slips into the front seat of the first van. Outside it’s dark, and the only interaction taking place is a conversation between sophomore Suholaski and Abney. Around 9 p.m. the van pulls up to the practically silent STA campus, officially ending the softball team’s six-hour journey. That is until next time–when the whole loud, crowded, sometimes chaotic, sometimes fun process will begin again as the softball team hits the road. H

roles on the team

Although the softball players form a tight-knit team, they hold their own individual places Laura Dobens: the delightful one Erin Farmer: the mom Paige Suholaski: the second mother Jackie Adams: the sassy one Marie Sarson: the control freak Sophia Cusumano: the injured one Grace Sly: the forever JV player Haley Sirokman: the one people forget about Martina Florido: the short one Elaina Bailey: the one with no softball savvy Cassie Florido: the water girl

Megan Klinginsmith: the bunter Rachel Allard: the awkward one Maddie Watts: the one everyone likes to give a hard time to (in a good way) Grace Bullington: the leader Liz Countee: the lizard Sydney Hunter: the competitive one Grace Bullington: the leader Kara Sarson: the favorite Sarson Allison Bresette: the Ashley Mary Gibson: the obnoxious one Ally Drummond: the home run hitter

STAR SCORES compiled by CASSIE FLORIDO page designer

Volleyball (14-6) defeats O’hara 2-0 defeats Lee’s Summit North 2-0 defeats Blue Springs South 2-1 defeats Cor Jesu Academy 2-0 defeats Blue Springs 2-0 loses to Francis Howell 2-0 defeats Cor Jesu Academy 2-1 loses to St. James Academy 2-0 loses to St. James Academy 2-0 defeats Ozark 2-1 defeats Fayette 2-0

Softball (12-10) defeats St. Pius X 19-0 defeats O’hara 15-0 loses to Benton 3-2 defeats William Chrisman 6-3 defeats Lafayette 3-1 defeats Sion 15-14 loses to Lee’s Summit North 4-2 loses to Bishop LeBlond 9-2 defeats Schuyler County 5-0 defeats Ruskin 15-0 loses to Raymore-Peculiar 6-1

Tennis (6-5) defeats Central 7-2 defeats St. James Academy 8-1 loses to Sion 7-2 loses to Lee’s Summit North 9-0 defeats Park Hill 6-1 loses to Park Hill South 5-0

Cross Country Varsity finishes first place at Hazelwood Invitational Varsity finishes fifth at Rim Rock Invitational Varsity finishes fourth at KC Metro Championships Varsity finishes sixth at Kearney Invitational

Golf finishes fourth at Districts

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Can’t stop,

Junior Ann Campbell breaks two 7-year-old STA records in cross-country invitationals

won’t stop

by KATHERINE GREEN standing features editor

The STA cross country team took fourth place at the KC Metro Cross Country Championships Oct. 5 at the Raymore-Peculiar course






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1. Senior Molly Laird, from left, sophomore MaryMichael Hough, sophomore Emily Laird, junior Lauren Zastrow and senior Michelle Dierks walk back from the finish line after the varsity girls race. 2. Junior Ann Campbell waits for the time chip to be removed from her shoe after the race. Campbell finished first in the race. 3. Seniors Cecilia Butler, left, and Heather Cigas hug before the KC

Ten seconds. That is all it took for junior Ann Campbell to beat a record that was set seven years ago. Running at Raymore-Peculiar High School for the Kansas City Metro Cross Country Championships Oct. Campbell 5, Campbell set an STA record as she claimed the title of KC cross country champion. STA alumna Elizabeth Keaveny set the 5-kilometer race record for 18 minutes 53 seconds in 2006. Campbell broke this record with a time of 18 minutes and 43 seconds. Campbell also broke the school record for the 4-kilometer distance with a record time of 15 minutes and 13 seconds at the Rim Rock Invitational in Lawrence, Kans. According to Campbell, she knew she broke the record when she finished the race. “When I crossed the finish line I knew I broke the record because they had a timer up right by the finish line,” Campbell said. “I was happy that I not only set a personal record but the school record too.” H

Metro Cross Country Championships Oct. 5. This year is both Butler and Cigas’ fourth and last year on cross country. 4. Sophomore Mary Hilliard cheers on her teammates as they near the finish line. 5. Senior Heather Cigas, from left, junior Lauren Zastrow, junior Caroline Angles and senior Michelle Dierks reach the one mile mark in the KC Metro Cross Country Championships. photos by HANNAH BREDAR

last look


avoid awkward conversations We’ve all had it happen to us, you call to a friend across the hall but are ignored or maybe you hear a “Sup?” but confused as how to respond next. Check out this guide to STA hallway etiquette by ADRIANNA OHMES, print photo editor and MARIA DONNELLY, staff photographer

e a crazed fan How to not look lik t your friend’s while trying to ge attention: the opposite Your friend is on . You’re both side of the hallway e class and going to the sam with her. Yell you want to walk at could be her name? Well, th esn’t hear you. awkward if she do pep in your Instead, put a little with her. step and catch up

hile in a rush: lty’s greeting w cu fa d at in between an f af free time to ch d to the st ve on a sp ha re ho to w rs ow H ead of having embe me time. Inst ose faculty m sa th an e th th ss n pa ve l te ha al of t e e W Mor n don’ their question. em is, we ofte bl er ro a sw P s. en an d th se d an as an cl lite quick answer ersation, be po . Give them a en full blown conv be ve u’ yo king how eciated. not, they’re as they’ll feel appr d an ,” ng ki as “thanks for

How to avoid awkward eye contact: Most of the time we sta re off while walking down the hall. Sometim es we just so happen to let our eyes settle on someone we had no intention of staring at. If that person happens to notice that you’re lax-ja w staring at them, give them a quick smile or say hi. Who knows, yo ur kindness might make their day.

How to resp ond to the “S up?”: There’s alw ays that ac quaintance “Sup?” Do y who passes ou continue you with a walking wit answer? Re h a smile or spond with give an actu a one-word question ba al answer and ck around o then turn th n them: “Go you care bu e o d , you?” This t are also ru shows that shing to yo ur next clas s. pages designed by Cassie Florido & Maddie Knopke


in the

What you missed:

Dance team performs at Rockhurst

The behind-the scenes of this performance is revealed in a news story, along with a recap of the event.

Gallery: Auction kick-off This gallery summarizes the 2013 auction skit in which teachers performed a “Downton Abbey�-themed as incentive to sell raffle tickets.

New Blogs:

Coming Soon: The story behind senior portraits

A photo gallery and video examine the process behind the tradition from the prepping to the photographing.


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Visit the new blogs as well as new blog postings now up on DNO!

School Liason // Jabs True Life // Current Events Short Stack // Stars Say Buried Life

Gallery: Teresian dance

Make sure to check out the upcoming Teresian dance gallery next that will be posted next week.

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The Dart: Vol 73 Issue 2  

The Dart is the official student news source of St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City, Missouri.

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