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• Wauwatosa West High School • 11400 W Center Street, Wauwatosa WI • Volume 14, Issue 6
Toyota Taking Heat ECONOMY
Relay for Life Up for Another Year Annual event undergoes changes JENNIFER FLYNN g Staff Writer
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ZACK GARHART g Editor In Chief
In January of 2010, Toyota sent out a massive recall on various models that date from 2005-2010. The vehicles involved with the recall included models of the RAV4, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, Camry and Sequoia from 2005-2010. Customers claiming that loose floor mats caused jammed gas pedals demanded the first recall in January, as the company saw a second recall hit shortly after for reported sticking gas pedals. Senior Rachel Bekele, owner of a new Toyota van, found out how dangerous a disfunctional accelerator can be. “I was happy with Toyotas until my dad and sister got into an accident with our van that is a 2006 or 2007.
They were driving on the freeway and the accelerator stuck so they were slamming into the walls of the freeway and other cars,” Bekele said. Before the recall in January, Toyota held a paramount reputation as a company that produces cars that rarely have problems. Senior John Paul Trojan said that his family is loyal to the Toyota name. “My uncle bought three Avalons and none of them are problematic. The one that he gave me was made before 2005. Our other cars are having problems, but not the Toyota,” Trojan said. Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota, took over the company in 2005 as he implemented his own changes for the company. The former CEO, pledged to maintain a solid reputation
Tosa West Students Hit the Runway NAHS holds first fashion show KELSEY KENNEDY g Staff Writer
As Project Runway winner Christian Siriano would say, the first annual Tosa West Fashion Show is going to be “fierce”. Put in motion by Senior Laura Bavlnka, the show will take place on May 14th and will feature roughly fifteen student designers. Laura got the idea from friends whose schools have put on fashion shows in the past as well as from her own goals and observations. “I’m really interested in fashion. I want to study it in college. (Also) I noticed that a lot of young people coming in (to West) are into fashion,”
Laura said. Ms. Belich, an art teacher here at West who can recall designing and modeling for shows in college, has been aiding Laura in organizing the show. However, she says she trys to “just let the students run it (and) only step in when they really need it.” This is the first show Laura has ever organized or shown work in; she says that up to three of her own designs will be seen on the runway come May. Lauren Dumke, a fellow designer, said she plans to g Please see “FASHION SHOW” p.3
by fixing minor problems on the assembly line along the car building process. As the new president, Akio disregarded this course of action as he revoked his employee’s right to stop the assembly line over a minor fault. This opened the door for problems to surface within the building stages which is why the earliest year for recalled vehicles is 2005. Other car dealerships are noticing that this problem could have been avoided. “I think they’ve been side stepping it rather than facing it head on and say- ing ‘let’s fix this’,” Owner Jerry Holz of Holz Chevrolet said. “If you see a problem, face it in-
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stead of trying to cover it up. Our experience with GM has always been to face the problem.” Toyota not only faces a tarnished reputation, but they now have a significant amount of cars with depreciated value. “Their cars have gone down in drastic amounts of value, that’s another thing that happens when you don’t take care of something like this,” Chevy dealer Gary Schwind said. While the company’s ability to handle the situation will determine future of Toyota, Holz said that this sort of thing does happen. “No one is immune,” he said.
“It’s so much fun!” and “I can’t wait!” were just two of the things heard at the Key Club meeting when the subject of Relay for Life 2010 was addressed a couple of months ago. If you aren’t familiar with it already, Relay for Life is, according to its website, the “American Cancer Society’s signature activity”. It is an overnight relay held at local parks, schools, and fairgrounds that can last up to 24 hours, giving participants the opportunity to not only be with friends and other members of their community, but raise money to fight cancer. Over $1.5 million have been raised since it began in 1985. However, with the date of Relay for Life approaching in just over two months, some students aren’t looking forward to it as much as they had initially expected to, as several changes have been made to the event. While in the past Relay for Life was exclusive to West, this year it will be open to the community, meaning people from other schools, and even those who aren’t affiliated with a school, will be able to come. With this comes the change people seem to be complaining about the most - the need for a chaperon. The rule is each team must have an adult 25 years old or older. Of course, not everyone thinks this is the best idea. “I think it’s really cool that they’re getting the community involved,” says sophomore Samantha McNaughton, “but I don’t like that we have to have a chaperon because I think it will limit the number of kids who come.” But why are they making these changes? Mrs. Lauenstein, Key Club advisor, said West wasn’t plang Please see “RELAY” p.3
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westbook SOCIAL NETWORKING Wauwatosa West View My Profile
Facebook Updates ELLYN KIRTLEY g Staff Writer
As the internet becomes ever-more prevalent in today’s society, it sometimes becomes all too easy to forget that anonymity is scarce while on the web. In light of the recent Facebook incident involving Tosa West, this true lack of privacy is made glaringly apparent. Although most already know the details, few people realize the steps that were taken to track down the “Wauwatosa Bug”. According to Officer Braun, the resource officer at West, two separate students alerted police Sunday night on January 31st that there had been “racially derogatory comments directed at East and West” posted on Facebook. The matter was taken very seriously. Officer Braun, as well as Officer Griffin of Wauwatosa East High School and Officer Kutz, the resource officer for the middle, elementary and private schools, were contacted that night. On Monday morning, they met early to review the police reports. Officers already had a possible suspect in mind due to former incidents. While Braun and Griffin got to work speaking with students at both the high schools, Kutz began tracking down the Wauwatosa Bug from a technological approach. “All these companies [like Facebook] have security divisions. In most circumstances we would need to get a court order first unless there is an immediate threat to the safety of students and teachers,” said Officer Kutz. “Because an unknown person was making threats, we needed information sooner than a court order would have allowed us to.” Through the use of tools that are available to law enforcement, Kutz was able to get the IP address of the computer that created the Facebook account. An IP address is an identification number that is unique to each machine on the internet. Using this information, he was able to trace the computer that the Wauwatosa Bug’s profile was created to a residential computer in San Diego, California. The San Diego police were alerted, and because the incident spanned more than one state, the FBI became involved. Police paid a visit to the young man’s house Tuesday and confiscated the computer. This occurrence is a perfect example of how the internet gives people an artificial feeling of anonymity. As Officer Braun said, “People get a false sense of security hiding behind e-mail, texting, or Facebook. A lot of people think it’s okay to threaten someone by text or Facebook because they aren’t saying it right to [his or her] face.”
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PROBLEMS AT WEST
Getting The Story Straight Your editors sit down with Administration to talk about issues at West Ms. Luebke I think they’re (drugs are) a problem anywhere. I don’t
know if they’re a big problem, but they’re a problem. I think that what we experienced in the month of February was a lot in a small amount of time. Do I think they’re an issue? Yes. Alcohol is an issue, marijuana is an issue. The prescription drug thing is really troublesome because I think that sometimes young people operate under the illusion that because the drugs are prescribed that they are safe. They are only safe for certain people with. certain conditions in certain doses... .
March 19th at 2:15pm
Angela O’Brien What can you tell us about the month of February? March 19th at 2:17pm
Mr. Thusius Obviously there was a number of incidents in February that were
very concerning to us. I don’t know if a ton of things changed from January to February. I think there’s been some things that have been kind of going on under the surface of the school year. There seems to be tension between some groups of kids. Part of that might be the number of new kids coming in. With all these groups there’re different kids that play different roles, and I think some of the new kids challenge some of the things that are already established. I think because of that there were some conflicts. March 19th at 2:17pm
Zack Garhart Do you think that regulating hallways after school and enforc-
ing this has helped tone down the problem? March 19th at 2:20pm
Ms. Luebke I think so. Less of an atmosphere of tension. When you have a
situation like that with lot of events in a row, all of the sudden you walk in the building and you feel that tension in the air when you walk into the school and think, Ok, what is going to happen next? I think that having the successful assembly really helped clear the air. People handled that assembly very well. We had one Thursday and then Friday and then Monday, 3 assemblies in a row was unusual for us. I think that was a problem. Also I don’t think the students actually knew what the assembly was about neither did we, we didn’t have first-hand experience of the speaker. The behavior at the Green and Whites on the Friday was absolutely fine. I don’t think anyone thought it was coming. March 19th at 2:21pm
Angela O’Brien What do you want kids to know? What happened with the
drug situation? What substances were used? March 19th at 2:24pm
Ms. Luebke We don’t actually know. There were two students that were
under the influence of something. We don’t actually know what they were under the influence of. We wouldn’t have the right to that information. If the hospital were able to identify it, that wouldn’t be something that school officials had the right to know. March 19th at 2:24pm
Angela O’Brien Not even to conduct your own investigation? March 19th at 2:26pm
Ms. Luebke No. March 19th at 2:26pm
Officer Braun [The police] know what substances. One girl had a seizure,
the other boy we’re not sure of. He technically overdosed. Or I guess it depends on the way you look at the medical term, whether he technically overdosed or if he had an adverse reaction to the drug. Whichever way you look at it, something happened. We don’t know exactly what chemical substance they had in their system. We do know that on both of them we found prescription medications which were controlled substances that they did not have prescription for. March 19th at 2:26pm
Angela O’Brien Was the lockdown a response to the situations that were
happening the weeks before or was it a drill? March 19th at 2:29pm
Officer Braun We have to schedule those ahead of time because we have
to bring in dogs from all different areas and we have to prepare. We had it planned in late November. There was a concern that we didn’t want to bring the dogs to west and then have kids text other kids from East March 19th at 2:32pm
Zack Garhart Do you think that doing the searches on different days is
March 19th at 2:36pm
Officer Braun I don’t know if its more effective doing it on different days
or at both schools at the same time. After talking to different officers from different districts I’ve found that when the dogs come more often, it seems to really make a difference. Actually, Wauwatosa is getting their own K9 dog in May.
March 19th at 2:42pm
Angela O’Brien How far do the searches extend? As in the cars on the
street and the ones in the lot. I know that the law says if the car is in plain sight than you can search it. March 19th at 2:44pm
SOCIAL NETWORKING FORMSPRING Herschel Kissinger g Managing Editor
As we venture deeper into the age of Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook, more and more of our lives can be conducted across computer screens and via text message. Even the most personal conversations now occur not face to face, but from screen to screen. And now, with a new website, these personal revelations can be seen not just on one screen, but millions. Enter Formspring.me. Branching from a larger social networking site headquartered in Indianapolis, the site allows for internet users to anonymously pose questions to those brave enough to make an account. The limits for the topics are virtually non-existent; everything from political opinion to religion to sex life is fair game. And with the ease with which Formspring accounts can be linked to Facebook pages, the site has proved to be popular in the high school community. West is no exception. “I was drawn to Formspring because I liked the idea of answering questions that could give people an idea of who I am,” said junior Marley Danek, one of the first Tosa West students to create their own account. “People who many not know me very well…kind of have some idea of what I’m like, so they can’t instantly judge me.” Similarly, senior Cara Latour said, “I made a Formspring account to feed my curiosity,” and added that “I got a whole lot more questions and comments than I thought I would.” The interviewees’ range of questions spanned over a variety of topics, although some (friendship, philosophy, boyfriends and girlfriends) seemed especially prominent. Many questions certainly require a sacrifice to privacy to answer, which concerns critics. Junior Keith Brown said the site requires a sacrifice of privacy “to some degree but I’m interested to hear what people think of me.” Danek, while finding that other users sometimes answer questions that are too “up front,” pointed out that “[y]ou can choose to respond or not to.” However, critics are not only raising questions about the lack of privacy of answerers, but the extreme amount of privacy held by the askers. Most questions are posted anonymously, which allows askers to cyber-bully and post threats with relatively few repercussions. In fact, police are investigating a potential link between a Long Island teen’s suicide to the cyberbullying on her Formspring. While this case is certainly rare and extreme, it nonetheless presents the possibility of future damages caused by the site. Is making a Formspring account out of curiosity worth the risk of cyber-bullying? “I always get mean questions,” junior Erin Pfaff admitted, but said “[the questions] really don’t have any effect on me.” And while most of the Formspring users interviewed shared some scathing statements and questions that they had received, they also found that there was a relatively equal amount of positive statements. “I gotten quite a few [comments] that tell me they look up at the strength or individuality I have,” said Latour. “That’s always a self-esteem booster.” Despite outside criticism of the site, the majority of those interviewed maintained that it has been a positive influence over their life. Many of them shared the best questions they had ever received. Kaitlyn Gutter, a junior who recently made an account, said “How would you define trust?” was her favorite question. “What in your life has made you the most you are today?” was the favorite question of junior Keith Brown. Pfaff selected a more light-hearted question as her favorite: “Is mayonnaise an instrument?” “I’ve learned [from Formspring] that there are lots of different people, and you can never really know everything about a person,” said Danek. Latour shared a similar sentiment, and said, “I guess it’s helping me become more aware of myself.” The feelings about Formspring are mixed, but the site is getting attention nonetheless. And in the 21st century, what matters more to business than attention? The amount of attention that the site is getting from West students certainly indicates that this is a trend that is here to last. So if you have questions, ask away.
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to hold Relay for Life again this year at first. However, they were approached by the Wauwatosa Relay for Life Committee about holding an event open to the entire community. The hope is that it will help younger people get involved. Another factor in the lack of enthusiasm from some students is the date. Whereas in the past it was held (I’ll find out when it was held last year), this year it’s taking place from Friday, June 4th to Saturday the 5th, which is the second-to-last week of school. Many students need this weekend to study for upcoming exams and finish any final work. With 88 participants, 28 teams, and $1,200 raised to date, it is already on its way to being a successful fundraising and social event. However, are these numbers smaller than they could be if the event was being opened to only students from West? (I’ve heard that they are but I’ll find out for sure and add that here) Of course, it’s still supporting a good cause, not to mention there is still time to sign up. So, will it be as much of a success as last year? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Officer Braun We can’t bring out a dog without probable cause or a search
warrant on private property. But if it is on school property and we are invited by the school district, then we can. If it is on the street we can not search it. We can have the dog walk around it and if the dog hits the car, we have probable cause to search the car. March 19th at 2:46pm
Angela O’Brien What about facebook pages? March 19th at 2:48pm
Ms. Luebke Here’s where it crosses the line, when what goes on facebook
has a direct relationship with what happens at school. Number one, i do go Marchsome 19th atof 2:16pm on facebook and read that stuff, or even sometimes people bring it to us. That usually happens if they are being threatened or someone is making obnoxious sexual references. When people say stuff on facebook, often times it tends to be things that they would never say if they had to look that person in the eye. If conflict on facebook translates to on school grounds, then the use of facebook, in my mind, is inappropriate. March 19th at 2:50pm
Lexi Utech What percentage of fights or conflicts would you say start on
March 19th at 2:54pm
Ms. Luebke Last year I would say it was around 60%, but this year, I’d say
almost all of it. Almost all of it, in my mind, does not start at West. I think that it’s becoming more of an issue. March 19th at 2:54pm
Mr. Thusius Two times already this week we had students in here about con-
flicts that started on facebook. March 19th at 2:55pm
Ms. Luebke See, you used to have to have a university account to even
join facebook when it started. Here’s the deal, technology is not going away. Some people need to be instructed on how to use it properly.
March 19th at 2:57pm
Zack Garhart Who would you say is to blame for the increasing use of
prescription drugs with teens? Is it the drug companies pushing the need for medications, the irresponsibility of parents by allowing access to the drugs, or just society in general for its approach on prescription drugs? March 19th at 3:00pm
Ms. Luebke I grew up in an era when prescription drugs were not hawked
on in commercials. I don’t know if it’s a belief in society, but rather the increase in availability of medicine that works for people. It certainly is a lot more public. I just know that it is advertised a whole lot more March 19th at 3:04pm
Officer Braun Kids have easy access, whether it’s parents or grandparents.
Taking a few here and there and then all of the sudden they have a whole bottle of mixed pills. I think the fact that they are so accessible is the problem. It’s easier to go in your medicine cabinent and get some pills than it is to find marijuana or other drugs. March 19th at 3:07pm
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focus on just one piece to put in the show. Lauren draws her inspiration from antique photographs, which she has been working with in AP Art Portfolio. She said that her favorite part of the design process was planning out the design itself, but that the hard part will be the actual sewing of her garment. “I’m a perfectionist,” said Lauren about why the sewing would take her so long. While most designers will probably prefer to sew or stitch their pieces together, others may come up with alternatives, since the rules on what your model is wearing are fairly loose, the main concern being that the garment fits and is not falling off of them. Along with the traditional sewing, designers may also opt to alter an existing piece of clothing, or create their design from alternative materials, like paper. This being her first show, of course Laura has several concerns. The most stressful part, she said was, “trying to keep the deadlines we set. (Another) big concern I have is how long the actual show will be since we don’t have too many designers.” Despite the questionable length of the show (most likely it will be under an hour long), Laura says that it should still turn out quite well. In addition to the show itself, which Laura and Ms. Belich (who along with Lauren Dumke and the Art National Honor Society has been helping Laura) say will be “like Project Runway in real life, but nobody gets eliminated,” there will also be a display of accessories and other artwork outside of the auditorium, concessions, and a reception after the show in which audience members will get to talk with designers and their models. Laura has big hopes for her first show, as well as big hopes for future ones. “We want it to get bigger and better every year,” Laura said. She also said that the show will hopefully be a way to somehow “unify the school through fashion.” Indeed, fashion and style have already united their followers the world over, and Tosa West is their next conquest.
THIRD QUARTER DOWNFALL Grades dip and threaten students’ GPAs
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STEPHANIE EBERLE g Staff Writer
As the year flies by and 3rd quarter comes around it can seem to slow to a shuffle. Days pass by and meld together. Third quarter is finishing up now and the year seems to be getting going again. After about two months of slow weeks people are excited it is coming to the end. We all know that this quarter in praticular didn’t have the best start, with the fights and other disruptions, but every third
quarter tends to be a bit different from the other quarters. Some people see no change from any other quarter except that we have almost no breaks, but others can see their grades and energy going down. People, teachers and students, all have different reasons on why they feel this way. Is there a cure for third quarter? When Mr. Mateske was asked if he noticed grades going down in 3rd quarter he said that he noticed
nothing in particular. When Sra. Patrias, a spanish teacher, was asked the same question she said, “Grades are always worse this time of year.” Mr. Norstrum, an english teacher, agrees and said, “People need to be refocused.” The excess energy and lack of focus appeare to contribute to the drop in grades for many students. A few reasons for the energy and focus problems may be that during third quarter the only time we have off is one early release day, the students are getting tired of school, and many students are sick this time of year. Ms. Marks from the attendance office said that the number of students out sick is baisicly the same. She also said, “Now people are out more for the flue, and it’s allergy season.” Many students also find that 3rd quarter is their toughest quarter. Leah Rogers said, “[My grades] do seem to go down a bit usually,” and a lot of students find themselves in the same situation. With half of the year behind them and summer on the horizen third quarter seems to just creep along. Danielle Ajekwu, a freshman, said, “The excitement is dying down… everyone is thinking about summer.” Erin Ritenour said, “I think it’s because a new semester is starting and we need to get used to it.” Marshall Thornton said, “It is because I get sick of school, and I know I don’t have another break
until spring break.” To some people the days blend together so much they don’t even bother to keep track of the date. Some students think that the people involed in the fights and other disruptions were just looking to break the monotony of this time of year. Can the lack of energy and grades going down be helped? Sra. Patrias is trying by creating her own March Madness or La Locura de Marzo. Each of her classes have a chance to earn a fiesta on the day before spring break if they keep a positive attitude and encourage others around them to do the same. This gives students a way to channle their extra energy into something positive. Students are just trying to think of things to look forward to in the coming weeks. If next year you find third quarter dragging you down try making some spiecial planns giving you and your friends something to look forward to. If you find your grades being pulled down too you can go in for extra help. If you ask for it almost any teacher is willing to give it. Causing a disruption is not a good way to break the repetiveness of the year and as we have seen by some of the new rules can make it worse. For each person, students and teachers, this time of year has an effect on them, and they each try to find their own cure for third quarter.
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Tosa West’s Rise to “Fame” How recent, news-worthy events have cast a new light on a once-favorable school SEAN MacGILLIS g Staff Writer
Historically, Tosa East has been looked upon as a worse school than Tosa West. East is known for having more drugs and a greater variety of problems. Lately, this has not been the case. During this school year Wauwatosa West has fallen below the standards of a basic learning institution. Currently, loitering and theft are making our school an unsafe environment. Theft has always been a problem, but this school year it is significantly worse. Our school may be ordinary during the day, but once 3 o’clock comes around, Tosa West becomes an entirely different environment. After school, it seems that many of the students loitering are the onescausing
problems. These students do not do anything constructive and just hang around causing problems such as loud disturbances or messes for the janitors. All the thefts and loitering have just had a counteractive effect on the school environment of Wauwatosa West. Theft and loitering are bad but the biggest problem facing Tosa West is the lack of respect teachers receive from students. Many teachers have said that the most common problem they deal with involves students refusing to learn or even respect them in the classroom. Respecting and listening seems to be a thing of the past. Many students talk back to their teachers and do not follow directions or listen. It makes
others wonder why they are even at school. The thing Tosa West is most famous for is fighting. Because of the persistent loitering every day, fights have become a common activity this year. The majority of the fights have been between underclassmen. Tosa West’s struggle with fights was clearly evident one day at an assembly about drug and alcohol abuse. Two underclassmen girls started attacking each other right in front of the speaker. Outraged, the speaker proceeded to lecture us on fighting in public. Unfortunately this has landed Tosa West in the news, which has then depicted a terrible image for Tosa West to the rest of the viewers by
solely showing the negatives of these altercations. For example, after a student overdosed on prescription drugs at school, the news interviewed a student asking them if Tosa West really is a school full of prescription drug sellers. The question, of course, is a pointless question that is obviously not true. This problem is partially because Tosa East appears to have a better public relations team than Tosa West, so they aren’t exposed for their problems as often. I think in order to solve a lot of these problems at Tosa West, some significant changes need to happen. The administration needs to provide more supervision and become more aggressive. While doing this, they should also construct new disciplinary rules
BlackBoard Does it solve communication problems or further the conflict? WAJ ALIg Staff Writer
For some time now, teachers have wanted a way to efficiently communicate with students outside of the classroom. Up until now, teachers have used email, Facebook, even texting as ways to reach them. The District has discouraged use of social networking sites as means of contacting students as they feel that they are unsafe and students may be at risk because there is no way to supervise the communication through these websites. They had previously failed to find a way of safe, supervised communication for students and teachers, but now they feel that Blackboard is the solution. With Blackboard, teachers can put up lesson plans, grades, and they can send emails to their students as well. Students may email their teachers, view
grades, create groups to contact other students, and make journals as an alternative way of contacting teachers. All this can be done under the supervision of the District. It sounds like it has everything they and the teachers have wanted. However, does it meet the needs of the student? Many students find it hard to navigate through the website. “It’s not teenager-friendly”, says sophomore Ali Finken. “There’s way too much stuffed onto one page.” Finken voices the concern of many students. On the page named “Wauwatosa” there are numerous tabs, most of them useless, such as Tools, Quick Tutorials Catalog, My Announcements and My classes, My Calendar, and Blackboard Release 9.0. Scrolling down the page allows us to see about seven more Blackboard version releases
and at the very bottom of the page we see My Tasks. There are various other applications, such as Wimba Pronto (an instant messenger) that students can only use after downloading the program to their computer and many do not wish to download unknown programs, even if it’s through a District-approved website. If it’s not student-friendly, students aren’t going to want to use it so teachers will once again have no way to contact their students. Andy Steinke says, “I can see the benefits, but not many students will take advantage.” Judging by the students’ responses, it sounds as if Blackboard will turn out to be the next Powerschool--another overcomplicated site that offers too much of what we don’t need, and nothing that we do need.
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Right Choice? Bad apples at
West ruining it for the rest
ANDY O’LEARY g Staff Writer
As everyone at West should know, our high school was recently visited by a professional motivational speaker by the name of Milton Creagh. Largely the result of protracted efforts by parents here and in Whitefish Bay to get him to come here to speak about our society’s various ailments, Creagh’s speech - termed “Ur Choice Ur Voice” - was somewhat rudely delayed by a fight that broke out in one corner of our school’s auditorium. In lieu of a traditional column attacking a certain issue or non-school related problem, I’ve decided to instead help call attention to an issue endemic to our school as of late: Violence and drug abuse. g Please see “RIGHT CHOICE” p. 5
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with tougher consequences for offending students. Now if the teachers do a solid job of supervising, there won’t be as many thefts or loitering. And when unruly students are caught, they will learn the new consequences such as lengthy in-school suspensions and will be less likely to be a repeat offender. Over this school year Wauwatosa West has gotten worse and worse and is falling apart as a school. Hopefully, with all the problems realized at Tosa West, drastic improvement will be made to make Tosa West a better place. Many schools have overcome these types of problems and I think it is possible for Tosa West to do it too.
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Legalizing Marijuana Right A Lost Cause: Legislators Will Never Pass It LUKE SALAMONE g Staff Writer
Student Leadership is Needed - Now! An open call for students to take control KYLIE HOGREFE g Staff Writer
Not enough chiefs, too many Indians. That’s right. Today, Tosa West suffers from a lack of responsibility and leadership roles throughout the classes. The administration isn’t exactly scot-free either, although lately actions by associate principals Mrs. Crawford and Mr. Thusius meant to crack down on hall-wanderers have been helpful in creating obedient students. School, in all seriousness, is a place for learning, and don’t we all know it. But those who choose to hurt their own future by passing up on chances to mold it haven’t met much resistance. As of late, threats of detentions
haven’t appeared to have the same impact or scare factor. This is similar to the student response to fight consequences. If they’re not so bad, why not do it? So what’s next? Do we move to the zero-tolerance law? This strict, all-business, and guilty until proven innocent rule indicts even bystanders of fights, a rule that many oppose to. Then again, with 23 disorderly conducts total in the month of February— a new infamous record—maybe this is the way to go. When a Fox 6 truck is knocking down our doors for the wrong reasons, good news is not in store, and with every fist thrown, this new rule probably looks
In the revealing question of how full a glass is with water, an optimist is known for the opinion that the glass is “half full”; the pessimist for reporting that the glass is half empty. For realists like myself, the question is trivial and meaningless. The value of the question is indeed not scientific, but somewhat metaphysical. Realism, unmarred by optimistic or pessimistic doctrine, is our best forecast tool. Whether marijuana should be allowed if medicinal value can be gained from it seems to me to be obvious, but the case of all other persons is a matter of opinion. Medical marijuana is already legal in twelve states, and six states have decriminalized marijuana-related acts. California, an example of a very liberal state, demoted marijuana possession to a misdemeanor. The Drug Enforcement Administration considers the drug to have “a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision”. Interestingly enough, some of the same characteristics are seen in tobacco products. It is plausible that tobacco would not be legalized today under the DEA’s classification of marijuana.
There must be some significant difference between hops and cannabis products. On June 22, 2009, Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This bill was a step forward in some respects of tobacco regulation. For example, warning labels will now have to cover at least 50% of the front and rear of the package. This bill contains a damning caveat, however: the FDA will no longer have the authority to totally ban addictive nicotine. This stipulation was not an accident, but a preservation of Big Tobacco’s subjugation of their captive market. The difference between legal drugs like nicotine and marijuana is the presence of a powerful and opulent sustaining lobby. My prediction is that the federal government will not legalize marijuana anytime soon. The illegal drug trade is a $400 billion international industry, and the DEA seizes $1 billion in ‘black money’ annually. If marijuana suddenly became legal, this source or revenue would suddenly dry up. A high tax on marijuana use would be the inevitable fix to the monetary vacuum. In order to make non-medical marijuana legal in the US, the government will need a very good reason to overcome the conservative resistance to drug reform.
like a sweeter deal to the administration. The problem is, if only a small percentage of students are the ones causing problems, would enforcing this law be fair to the entire student body? It’s a tough call, and in times like these we should acknowledge and appreciate those who have to make these difficult decisions. But what is a sufficient fixer-upper for the occurrences recently, or even for future ones? Leadership is the answer, which we coincidently have a deficiency of. It is the nature of people to want to look to someone or something for guidance, and with a good example at the head of the student entity, improvements would be made behaviorally. For many, not enough confidence is what holds them back from stepping in to fill these positions. “I understand that it’s easy in a school of one thousand to say ‘I’m just one,’” English teacher Mr. Norstrem said, “but sooner or later that ‘one’ that stands out becomes two. Eventually it becomes four, and you have a group that people need to look to.” For others, the problem lies in their perspective. If a student
is more willing to cheer on a fight than get an adult to step in and stop it, then what I’m saying is pointless to them, and we are forever a stranded metal canoe on a lake in the middle of an electrical storm. Yes: a sitting duck in society, rebelling against maturity and forward motion. How can we improve if not everyone is onboard? The ethical train is about to leave, people. And all because of the reputation we’ve created for ourselves. Through leadership and determination, we can fix this. Now, the challenge class has been working on this issue. Word around the halls is that a new mentoring project will be underway the week after Spring break. Mr. Zietlow said the group is shooting for Friday the 16th of April. “They’re going to be working with specific homerooms,” he commented, “It’s more designed around building stronger relationships with different groups so that there’s a different level of trust that we don’t have currently in this building. The hope is that this program is something that we can use— not just weekly like it would
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Neither are a laughing matter, and I find it abhorrent and disgusting that our culture seems to be based around finding abuse of those things “cool”. It personally bothers me that our school appears to be slowly descending into this sort of behavior, and I wish I had the power to stem this tide that appears to be slowly becoming impassable. As the old adage goes: “Don’t let a few bad apples spoil the bunch.” Unfortunately, it appears we are doing just that; because of a spate of fights and other shameful behavior, the good students - a vast majority of which constitute the student body at West - are shamed into a self-defeating pattern of behavior, ashamed of their school and sometimes even afraid to go to it. Break the cycle. Don’t give into dangerous and deadly temptations doled out by those who would seek to damage our school’s sense of well-being, especially a screen name that starts with a “Wau” and ends with a “ug”. It really is your choice, and it really is your voice...and that goes out to students, teachers, parents, and members of the administration alike.
be for the rest of the semester—whether it’s now, next year, or five years from now.” Zietlow also mentioned that it’d be part of the responsibility students take when signing up for the class. Hopefully, this will encourage “Tosa West Trojans” to join in the future in order to build a sound foundation in interclass relationships. “One of the most important things about being an effective person in a leadership position is that you’re building relationships and people can trust you and that’s what we’re working on.” This program pairs upperclassmen with underclassmen for wisdom, guidance, and answers to any questions the underclassmen might have. I’d like to see this inspire teens to reach out and try and make change. After all, even though fingers are usually pointed at the administration, whose school is it? “It will take courage and it will take creativity,” Mr. Norstrem stated in one of his citizenship mini-lectures, “but it depends on [the students]. What are you going to do?”
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March 17, 2010 Dear Mrs. Luebke, Enclosed are selected graphs and data for crime at Wauwatosa West as investigated by the Wauwatosa Police Department. The data shown is ran alongside the three most recent school years. Please note that the data for the 2009/2010 school year is only as of March 17, 2010. I am happy to say that within the selected data, there has been an overall decrease in crime around the school when compared to previous years. The only exception would be narcotics, which saw an alarming increase and vandalism, which stayed rather constant. The number of narcotic offenses is what alarms me the most, as I’m sure you will agree. Although all crime is serious, I believe that narcotic-related offenses pose the most danger to our school and our environment, as they can cause harm both to those using them and those who come in contact with them. Last school year only saw three narcotics offenses. Students have been informed of the dangers of drugs and alcohol since they were in grade school, yet we continue to see drug problems in schools all across the nation. Perhaps parents should be more aware of the dangers of keeping unorganized medicine cabinets, that way they do not unknowingly provide their children with their own private pharmacy. On a somewhat happier note, I am happy to say that we have cut our number of theft incidents almost in half from the 2007/2008 school year. I believe that to be the result of our campaigning to students the past few years to lock up possessions and leave valuables at home. If we continue to do what we are doing, I think we can see this number drop even more by the time school ends next year. However, the biggest thing on my mind and I suppose the true purpose of this letter is not to report on crime itself - the graphs speak for themselves on that one - but to offer a solution that I hope you consider. I asked a few students who got caught stealing in the building if they stole things from their friends’ houses. They said, “No, of course not,” and I asked if they cared about their friends and their friends’ possessions and they naturally said yes. I was thinking, if we could get the students to care about the school as much as they care about their home or their friends’ home, we can see a decrease in crime altogether. Naturally, there will be anomalies, yes, but the solution, I feel, is in getting the students to become more engaged. Within the following pages are a more accurate feel for all the crime reported, not just the selected data I pulled up the graphs for. After all, if the school were limited to only four
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FEATURES “The Beatles are WEST SIDE STORIES amazing, and if I ever
“The Beatles are great – they’ve created their own culture and style of music”
have kids, the better love the Beatles too.”
“Elvis is dead – long live The Beatles!”
“I enjoy The Beatles when I’m… looking to be cheered up.”
ANNA PICARD & KATIE CZISNADIA g Staff Writer
Why are they important?
Through the years, The Beatles proved their musical genius, revolutionizing the music industry as we know it. They were among the first to use intricate harmonization, unique instruments, such as the sitar, and looping and backwards tracking, which is nearly essential to stand out in today’s music business. But most importantly, they took risks. They were not afraid to try new techniques or styles, even if they weren’t widely accepted at the time. These innovative ideas have since opened the doors to the major artists of the past and the present.
When were they popular? After appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, their popularity exploded. In fact, when it aired, that specific episode drew in over 73 million viewers, which made it the most watched TV show in history for its time. Also, story has it that not a single crime was committed in New York during the hour that The Beatles ruled American television. From that point on, Beatlemania surged across the world. Garage bands sprang up from coast to coast, eager to experience the fame that the group had encountered.
The Beatles at Tosa West
The majority of the teachers that were asked stated that they listen to their music. When asked to pick a favorite song (see the matching section), many of them couldn’t make up their mind. Mr. Oliver even said, “You can’t just hold me to one song, that’s not fair!” Students at West have differing opinions about The Beatles and their music. Though there are select students who dislike The Beatles’ style, the overwhelming feeling is that of appreciation.
How did The Beatles infulence popular music?
Not only rock and alternative artists, but musicians in the Hip Hop and R&B world acknowledge The Beatles’ genius. Rapper Lil’ Mama says that “[rappers] are definitely influenced by [The Beatles]; they ventured out into the Hip Hop world.”
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Give me some examples... Public Enemy, the largely successful Hip-Hop group, integrated The Beatles’ music into their own tracks such as “Psycho of Greed.” DJ Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley felt so strongly about the two genres that he created a smash-up album known as the Grey Album. It combines The Beatles’ White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album in 12 tracks of revamped songs. Featuring Jay-Z’s rapping with Beatles’ melodies in the background, it is essential for any music fan. The Grey Album breaks down the barriers in the feud between rock and rap fans.
“All You Need Is Love” “Blackbird” “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” “Do You Want To Know A Secret?” “Hey Jude”
talks with Melissa Green from the Chatting with a Millionaire Sarah band The Millionaires SARAH GALASZEWSKI g Staff Writer
Being different, standing out, and living life to the fullest are always good values to have, which is exactly what makes The Millionaires who they are today. The Millionaires are three girls, Melissa Green, Allison Green, and Dani Artaud, from California who are making a name for themselves in the highly catty music industry. Recently, I got the chance to talk to Melissa about touring, challenges the Millionaires have faced, and what its like to prove to people that being in the music business is not always a “man’s job.”
How was “the Millionaires” formed? It started off as my sister [Allison] and I having a Mac computer, and we were messing around on there trying to figure out the garage band stuff and at that time I had a MySpace, and after we made the first song [I Like Money] in an hour, we decided to post it in bulletins and it went really crazy. There were thousands of plays on this one crappy song we posted. So then the next day, Dani came over and we decided to make another song. After the first week, we were on MySpace Top Artists and that’s when producers got involved and everything.
What’s it like to be an all girl band, compared to the usual all guy band? I’ve dated guys in bands before, and so have the other girls, and we all understand the touring process, but it’s so much fun being in an all girl band because you’re girls in a guys world. So to us, where ever we go, it’s all guys. Like Warped Tour, it was all guys. We were the only all girl band. There were a couple of girl bands, like Lights and Meg&Dia, but on stage, they each have a band play with them which is all guys. To us, people are always like ‘oh you don’t play instruments’ or whatever, but we love it. We do what we want and it’s just a lot of fun.
Some of your songs are explicit. Do you ever feel your music is too explicit? When I hear from really young fans, or read comments from them when they really shouldn’t have a MySpace or Facebook, you’re kind of like “oh wow, their parents must think we’re Satan.” But to us, that’s the kind of music we make and what people expect from us. We’re trying to go mainstream so there might not be as much explicitness, but that’s our music. That’s what sets us apart from everyone else.
You’ve been tweeting about shooting a music video lately. Tell me about the process of making one. Our music video we just shot was for a song called “Stay the Night” and it’s a new single that is going to be released on our MySpace March 22nd. But, the process of making a music video is so fun. This time we actually had a budget from our label, because the other music videos we’ve done by ourselves. We got to do the wardrobe fitting, which was really cool, and there were make-up artists and there was choreographed dance this time. The whole thing came together really fast. The week before it was shot was just crammed with rehearsing, the wardrobe fittings, and getting the right guys to be in the music video. It was a really long day. We didn’t get there until 9 or 10 and we didn’t leave until 2am. It’s a really long process, but it’s really fun.
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ANGELA O’BRIEN g Editor-in-Chief
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John Meute was only forty four when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “I had been in pain for quite some time,” says Muete, now 45, “a tumor had collapsed the main bile duct of my pancreas”. Obese for much of his life, Muete was the classic victim of this deadly disease. Studies by the American Cancer Society show excess body fat can increase risk of pancreatic cancer as much as 33%. Smoking is also a proven risk factor, nearly doubling the likelihood of tumor occurrence. Now, a new study might add a new cancer cause to this list: soda. The study, by the University of Minnesota, found that people who drink more than two sodas a week increase their risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%. Following 60,524 Singaporean men and women, the study began in 1993 and lasted 14 years. Out of all the participants, only 140 developed pancreatic cancer. 30 people in this group drank two or more sodas a week. No link was found between pancreatic cancer and juice consumption. Many dietary experts warned against jumping to conclusions from this study. “We generally go through many studies to establish a cause-and-effect relationship,” cautioned Kara Sonntag, a registered dietitian at Froedert medical center. “This study stands alone”. The American Beverage Association also dissented, rejecting the findings as unsupported and unfounded in an official statement. “The fact remains that soft drinks do not cause cancer, nor do any authoritative bodies, such as NCI (National Cancer Institute), name soft drinks as a risk factor for pancreatic cancer,” the statement read. “You can be a healthy person and enjoy soft drinks.”
Compass helps you find your way
Studies show carbonated drinks may cause cancer
Consuming large quantities of sugary drinks and foods can damage the pancreas, leading to diabetes and other diseases. Muete knows the evils of sugar only too well. “Sugar is the enemy. I was always a sugar guy, and that really hurt my body. The scary thing is, I still have a sugar problemit’s so addictive”. The pancreas isn’t the only thing affected by sugar, however. It is also the cause of one of the leading problems in the U.S. today--obesity. Over 34% of the U.S. population is obese. “It’s an epidemic, really,” said Sonntag. “More people fall victim every day”. Though there might not be a clear link between soda and pancreatic cancer, there is definitely a link between soda and obesity. A UCLA study found that adults who drank a soda a day were 27% more likely to be obese. “It’s pretty obvious that soda isn’t good for you,” says Sonntag. Obesity can lead to gout, sleep apnea, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. Leading a healthy, soda-free lifestyle can lower the risk of all these diseases. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to quit. Soda is everywhere, and easily accessible to teens, the people who generally care the least about their health. A West ninth-grader, Austin Jones, personified the problem: “I brought a dollar for soda today-what am I supposed to do?” he said. Soda is what teens know and love--what they have grown up drinking. It isn’t easy to change, though there are some alternatives to sugary soft drinks. Chad Mateske, a social studies teacher at West, offered his own solution when confronted with the study. “I guess I should start drinking Crystal Lite,” he replied.
“Attention, attention, Wauwatosa West Trojans. The time is now 2:15 and teachers are making their way to their meetings.” The voice echoing over the PA system is loud and informative. “All students need to be in a supervised activity, the library, or the cafeteria. Any other students should be making their way off school property at this time.” The small circle of students in the lower level of the school glances up interestedly and waits for the announcement to finish before continuing their conversation. “The following passage is from the book of the Philippians, “says Hannah Barbeau, a junior. “I’m going to read it twice. Listen first and then think about ways we can draw encouragement from this passage.” The small group of students is part of the Tosa West Compass Bible Study Group. Founded by Barbeau, the group hopes to provide guidance to high school students who want God’s help in making their way through high school. “I had the idea for the study group last spring,” Barbeau said. “It was all really exciting planning it out, but it never really kicked off the ground. Then Ryan Soderberg asked if I would like to be the student leader for the group. I went to Mrs. Luebke to get her permission and received her full support. The process was actually quite simple and I was blessed that God made things fall into place perfectly.” The first thing that comes to anyone’s mind however, is, “Is this even legal?” After all, Tosa West is a public school and it is well-known that the Constitution prohibits any intermingling between church (the bible study group) and state (public
schooling). “According to the case Board of Education of West Side Community School v. Mergens, the Supreme Court ruled that Christian bible study in a public school was constitutional,” Barbeau said. “As long as Compass is student-led, it is perfectly legal.” Compass is a group where students can feel free to express themselves as they seek guidance from God. Students talk about their future goals – everything from skydiving to attending World Cup soccer matches – as well as the difficulties they are facing in their lives. They consult each other and pray to God for help and advice. “I don’t think it’s important what I want people to get out of Compass, but more importantly, what God wants to teach us,” Barbeau said. “My hope is that people will come to understand that the bible doesn’t have to be boring or something that is simply read at church, but something that applies to our lives right now.” However, as a well-attended extracurricular activity, Compass has no intentions of slowing down. They are already getting ready to plan various service projects that would affect both the school and community and are happy to serve God in any way that they can. “As high school student we have all asked ourselves the questions of who we are and where we should be going,” Barbeau said. “God answers: Just be my child. God promises life and life to the fullest as well as gives us purpose and direction in life. With so much pain and confusion in high school, I feel that many are looking for the right direction.”
BREANNA SUBOTICH West Side Stories g
FAST FACTS ABOUT PANCREATIC CANCER
TOSA WEST STUDENTS gather together after school to share stories and experiences with their faith
. Number of patients who live past the five year survival mark: 5% . Projected number of cases in the United States, 2007: 37,170
. Projected number of deaths: 33,370 . Rank of pancreatic cancer as a cause of cancer death in the U.S. : 4 . Number of new drugs approved for pancreatic cancer since 1990: 2
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Swimmers at State
JIMMY KRALJ g Staff Writer
As the Tosa Hurricanes season comes to an end, the swimmers and divers exit the pool with a collection of new medals and records. The team sent six swimmers to state: Adam Lefevre and Will Utech from West, and Ethan Heinrich, Peter Hovel, Lance Mielke, and Jake Shackelford from East. Diver Shawn Roll from West also competed at state. Mielke placed 6th in the 100yard backstroke, earning him All-State Honors. Additionally, the team broke four school records as well as a conference relay record, placed second
in their sectional meet and placed 22nd at the state meet in Madison. Manager Monica Wojnowiak said the state meet “really showed how strong our team has grown and what the swimmers were capable of doing.” Senior and four-year Hurricane Will Utech said he “felt an overwhelming sense of pride being able to represent the Tosa schools with the best turn out we have had at the state meet in a very long time.” Diver Shawn Roll said it was “an awesome feeling and a huge honor to compete with the best in the state.” Wojnowiak said this extremely successful season was be-
Tosa Hurricanes finish with their last season with Coach Weigel
cause the team grew much closer than previous seasons. Utech noted that this year’s swimmers where the closest he had ever seen in his 4 years of swimming at Tosa West. Weigel agreed, and said “the team really gelled and fed off each other and pushed each other to get better. It was very unique and the positive attitude was contagious.” Roll said seeing the way everyone came together as a team was awesome. While the season was marked with victory, it ended bittersweetly: Coach Weigel announced his plans to retire at the celebratory end-of-season banquet. “It is
hard to leave something you love, but my family comes first,” said Weigel, who had been thinking about this decision over the past four years. Weigel said he was missing things his son was doing that were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Wojnowiak said he “put all of his time and effort into building the team to what it was and he really did amazing things for the guys this season. He will definitely be missed next year.” Utech was glad that he was able to spend all his four years with Weigel. Weigel said he is going to miss coaching and the day-to-day interactions with
the athletes, and seeing the improvements each swimmer makes. Wojnowiak said that next season is going to be quite a change, but could open doors to the team with a new coach, and style of coaching. Utech hopes the team will continue to improve and get faster. Weigel says he will be back next year to catch up with the team and see how everyone is doing. Wojnowiak said, “next year I look forward to another successful season with some more substantial time drops and state qualifiers. Everyone keep an eye out for the Hurricanes because here they come!”
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SPORTS WEST SIDE STORIES
ATHLETICS Zack Garhart g Editor-in-Chief
2010 SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW
SOFTBALL--Chelsey Jaworowicz GIRLS SOCCER--Jackie Glaser Captains:we do not have captains yet, we played our first game today
Jessica Allenmang, Eva Popp, Jackie Glaser
What are you doing as a team leader to help your team?
What are you doing as a senior leader to help your team out?how long have you played?
A: Just try
and keep players motivated. Stay positive. M o r e varsity experie n c e . Try and encourae the kids instead of just criticism. Lead the cooldowns after practice and games
Talk to other players a b o u t what is going on and help them to know where to go in situations for a game, give them tips for their stance or throwing or whatever. i have played for 4 years
Does holding the experience and leadership position on the team carry any significance?
A: Expected to be a leader help other
players out, be focused and dedicated to teamwork and getting better both as an individual and as a team.
Q: What does the team need to do to do well this season?
Work on being confident in our abilities and not give up
What’s that ultimate goal that the team has set?
Do our best to win games and gain experience, get better, learn from mistakes and have fun in the process
What sort of success will you be building on from last season? How does your position as a senior leader effect that?
Don’t know for sure about this question we were regional champs maybe farther, im not sure, (we have a lot of new players or players that are playing new positions because of the larger number of people that we lost last year we have 6 returning varsity out of 11 players)
Are there any young players that are standing out so far?
Our season has just started and we haven’t had much time outside on the field, but we have three underclassmen on varsity: Martha Schuster, Anna Radske, Tori.. something
PHOTOS g EMILY HOFFMANN & SHAWN ROLL
GIRLS TRACK--Laura Bavlnka Captains: Laura Bavlinka, Grace Shelstad, Cassie Frank and Ashley Ballinger
Q: What are you doing as a leader to help your team?
A: Encouraging the runners.
Demonstrating hard work and setting an example.
It’s a nice honor to have your teammates think of you in that way that they think you need them.
Q: What does the
team need to do in order to step up and reach the ultimate goal?
We have a lot of talent in seniors and younger kids. good start there. in order to improve we need to keep practicing intense and keep getting everyone better. increase our level of play. “Ultimate goal” With P, we usually have 3 goals. To have the best team in conference, Tosa, and make it to the state tournament. Past few years, we’ve been pretty successful in the first two. Want to keep those up. Goal for all sports is to make a good run in the tournament and improve as the season goes on
What success from last season are you looking to build on from last season?
We won conference, beat Tosa East. I think from last year we’ve gotten more experience in the varsity games, especially with the seniors. The experience, varsity game play. Lost 4 seniors from last year.
What are you doing as a leader to help the team?
I’m working hard and trying to encourage people to push themselves. I do what I can to help my team mates and coaches along the way.
A: It makes
me proud to
say that I’m a captain of the Tosa West girls track team because of our high success.
Q: What does the team need to do in order to step up and reach the ultimate goal?-What is the Ultimate goal? A:
Well everyone has their own individual goals. Our team goal is to take first in conference relays and outdoor conference. They’re both at South Milwaukee. May 18th is Outdoor. Relays are on May 4th. It’d be really nice to see more girls go to state though. It’s likely that some people will make it to state, judging by their season
How does being captain make you feel? I love being a captain. Although on our team, everyone is a leader because they step up to fill the role that they need to. You don’t need a captain status to do your job and step up. But I love the leadership position. Regardless of my position, I would be doing what I am right now.
What does the team need to do in order to step up and reach the ultimate goal?
A: Stay focused.
We have to use the speed and talent that we have. We have a lot of guys that could do really good this year, we just have to use what we got.
What is that ultimate goal?
The same goal as every year, Triple crown. A triple crown is earned by taking first in indoor conference, outdoor and relays. Aside from that, we’re working to win regionals and sectionals. We’d also like to send as many guys to state as possible. We’re pushing for individual success.
What sort of success are you looking to build on from this season and last season to reach your goal?
We just won indoor on March 29th at Carthridge College. We’ve had a lot of really good success in the past few seasons. A few people performed really well a n d the rest of t h e team followed.
A bunch of talented underclassmen, even the juniors. A lot of them show a bunch of potential. A couple of freshmen. A few sophomores. All of them have decent skills, good to have them a part of the team.
it make you feel?
Any young upcomers?
Captains: Mark Wesson, Tim O’Brien, Kevin Gorman
Q: How does
Q: How does being a team captain make you feel?
BOYS TRACK--Mark Wesson
Any young runners showing potential? There’s actually a few good underclassmen that are doing well so far. One of them that comes to mind is Jillian Ditscheit.
Q: What success rom last season are you looking to build on from last season?
A: Well we won indoors on March 31st. Last year we won indoor conference too, which helped too. We’re trying to build and work for the triple crown. There’s a few individual guys that have their goals set on state: Tim O’Brien and Kevin Gorman in the Open 400 meter. Dylan Crafton in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Keith Brown in the 110 high hurdles Q:
Any young runners showing poten-
A: The lower classmen is showing a lot of potential. It hurt us last year to have such a young team, but this year it’s really going to help. We’re returning roughly 90% of the team, and they ran on varsity last year. A freshmen, Micky Morgan, is running sprints and he’s showing potential. We have good numbers overall in our freshmen and sophomores.
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