VOLUME 40, ISSUE 4
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010
BIG Collecting for a CAUSE RED machine
TWO Teams, TWO Brothers, TWO Titles: See Sports Page for more
NHS, Beta commit to hunt for goods
Nickel War kicks into gear Nov. 8
Mackenzie Morris News Editor
Morgan Carrico Ads Manager
Friday, Oct. 29 was the annual Trick—or—Treat for cans. Beta Club and National Honor Society (NHS) personally went door to door and collected non–perishable items for Thanksgiving meals. “We usually donate to the Pitino Shelter but some of the food we get will go the DCHS Christmas basket project this year that Key Club is in charge of, “ Ms. Angela Gunter, sponsor of NHS, said. It’s wasn’t just a boring routine—drive to houses, go door to door, collect cans and that’s it. There was actually fun involved and even prizes. “The students were given two lists. One was all the items for a Thanksgiving meal and the other list was made up of miscellaneous items,” Ms. Gunter said. “Students raced to see who could get as many items on both lists. The first three groups to get back got a prize and the group with the most miscellaneous items won a prize.” A lot of Beta Club and NHS members looked forward to the event this year. “It was fun to dress up and it was an easy way to get hours that weren’t difficult or boring,”said junior Emily Bickel, Beta Club and NHS member. All students got the opportunity to dress up in their Halloween costumes and were able to contribute to a good cause. Many memories came with parading around neighborhoods to strangers’ houses collecting cans. Both Bickel and senior Aaron Lytle have had interesting memories in the past for Trick—or—Treat for cans. “Last year we collected cans in the rain and one guy misunderstood and gave us empty beer cans instead of canned food,” Lytle said. Bickel recollects memories from her first year. “Freshman year for Beta Club, I knocked on a door and a vicious dog wasn’t happy about it so I left before the people answered,” Bickel said. Between the good, bad and funny memories, Beta Club and NHS anticipated more memories this year with the annual Trick —or—Treat for cans.
It’s in your jeans’ pockets. It’s in couch cushions, in all those purses forgotten to be cleaned out and that useless compartment in the car. Loose change is easy to come by, so go find it. Nov. 8—12, Student Council will be collecting DC’s coins for Nickel Wars. Posters can be seen around the halls and a video will be shown through the school to promote the event. The money collected will benefit many things, including Thanksgiving food baskets put together by NHS and other beneficial projects. “The money donated to Nickel Wars goes into a fund which is constantly being utilized by Student Services to provide students with their needs. It’s important because this enables all students to have an equal education,” said Randy Thorpe, Student Council and student body president. Senior Sean Southard, student body vice—president, spoke of the importance of Nickel Wars’ giving. “I think the better question is, why shouldn’t students donate? I think it is good for us, as student body, as teachers and staff, to help out, to unite in a common cause. It promotes unity and it helps out people who REALLY need it, people that a student may talk to everyday and not even know they need help,” Southard said. The date of Nickel Wars was changed to occur before Thanksgiving; in previous years collections were closer to Christmas. “We (Student Council) are doing it before Thanksgiving rather than Christmas because we do Nickel Wars in conjunction with food baskets made by NHS. Doing it before could maybe provide a family with enough for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Mr. Kris Kropp, a co—adviser of Student Council. “From my perspective, there are a lot more money collections at Christmas, so maybe kids won’t feel like it’s another fundraiser on top of others.” NICKEL WAR: Continued on Page 3
What was collected?
Girls win Sub Sectionals (Scott Nord)
Boys win District (Nancy Barnard)
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Boys upset OHS (Nancy Barnard)
Girls head to Final Four (Scott Nord)
Both teams advance to the FINAL FOUR. The girls play at Georgetown on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The boys play at Georgetown Thursday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m., (CST for both).
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
FCCLA encourages Halloween spirit children are donated by students. Members who Emily Ferguson make their rounds at the hospital are also able to Intern make things a little more entertaining for everyone Ever since childhood, the arrival of October involved. has meant only one thing–one glorious thing. “They are given the option to dress up if they Halloween. would like,” Ms. Walker said. The sweet anticipation of ghosts and ghouls, Being able to go to the hospital and hand chills and thrills, costumes and candies galore... it’s out candy to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able something savored by each and every child, almost to go trick-or-treating is enough to bring a smile to the as much as the chocolates that melt in their mouths. faces of both the patients and the students. Now imagine that delicious evening gone. “[The most gratifying part is getting to] see It’s a cruel reality for the children forced to spend Hal- our DC students get to help others. They are usually loween night in a hospital excited to get to do somebed because of circumthing different that helps They’re usually excited to get stances beyond their conout others,” Ms. Walker trol. said. to do something different that But the members According to FCCLA helps out others of the DC FCCLA (Family president, Maggie - Ms. Lisa Walker Career Community LeadGoldsberry, this small ers of America) refuse to act of kindness for those stand for this injustice. For less fortunate is its own the fifth year, the FCCLA will be bringing Halloween reward. to the child patients at the hospital, as well as those “The best part about it is getting the joy of there visiting. Club members go to the hospital and knowing that you brought a little bit of happiness to hand out candy to every child patient staying there on a child who has to spend their evening inside the Halloween. This way, if someone wouldn’t otherwise gloomy hospital instead of joining the Halloween fesbe capable of going trick-or-treating, they don’t have tivities,” Goldsberry said. to miss out on the goodies. The FCCLA trick-or-treating night will be held According to FCCLA Advisor Lisa Walker, after school at OMHS on the night of Thursday, Oct. all items included in the gift bags handed out to the 28.
164 Students voted:
U.S. Senator: Rand Paul (R): 106 (votes)
Jack Conway (D): 58 U.S. Representative: Brett Guthrie (R): 108 Ed Marksberry (D): 52
10 Teachers voted:
U.S. Senator: Rand Paul (R): 7
Jack Conway (D): 3 U.S. Representative: Brett Guthrie (R): 9 Ed Marksberry (D): 1 Election Day, Nov. 2
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SPOTLIGHT. Junior Elliot Talkington stands center stage, gazing out into the nearly empty theater before performing the play “Goodbye Howard.” Last week, the Drama Club participated in the International Thespian Conference at Western Kentucky University.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Let’s ‘Be the MAJORITY!’
Ms. Jennifer Higdon, staff developer, is doing something very positive for the school body called, “Be the Majority Campaign.” All students in the school got an e-mail with this information attached: Among local high school youth, 71% are alcohol free, 79% are tobacco free, 74% don’t get drunk, 89% don’t smoke pot, and 89% don’t use drugs. Rationale: It is important for our local youth to realize that the majority of teens are not using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Students may have the misunderstanding that “everybody is doing it,” especially if they run wifriends who are using substances. In the effort to change the per-
ceptions they hold and get the correct information to them, Community Solutions for Substance Abuse is currently running the Youth Social Norms Campaign called “Be The Majority!” which encourages students to be in the majority. The majority of young people are not using! Community Solutions for Substance Abuse will be here at DCHS on Friday, November 12 to host a competition to bolster the “Be the Majority” Campaign. To generate interest they are giving away some big bucks. 1st place overall- $200 2nd place overall- $100 3rd place overall- $50 4th place overall- $25 Students are invited to compete in four different areas:
NOV. 6 Sadie Hawkins Veterans Day Parade NOV. 15 AYL meeting in Cafeteria at 6 p.m. NOV. 17 Thanksgiving lunch being served
NOV. 19 Early Release Friday NOV. 20 Christmas Parade NOV. 21 Turkey Race at 2 p.m. NOV. 24—26 Thanksgiving Break
Academic Team rocks Pennyrile VARSITY QUICK RECALL: DCHS 24, Breckenridge Co. 2 DCHS 22, Muhlenberg Co. 9 JV QUICK RECALL: DCHS 23, Breckenridge Co. 13 DCHS 20, Muhlenberg Co. 19 INDIVIDUALS: Varsity Math: Evan Wettstain–
1st and Reghav Goyal–3rd Varsity Science: Logan Leathem–1st and John Tian–2nd JV Science: Kaye Kuphal–4th Varsity Social Studies: Austin Cook–1st and Adam Thies–6th JV Social Studies: Ella Shipp– 2nd JV Language Arts: Lydia Tinsley–1st JV Arts & Humanities: Maggie Triplett–2nd
Multimedia: Students produce and present a video or a commercial to their peers encouraging them to “Be the Majority.” Literary Arts: Students write and deliver a speech, a poem, a poetry slam, a rap, a dramatic monologue, a personal narrative, etc. to their peers encouraging them to “Be the Majority.” Visual/Graphic Arts: Students produce and present a painting, drawing, sculpture, a glogster, or other to their peers encouraging them to “Be the Majority.” Performing Arts: Students perform a song, dance, skit, or other in front of their peers encouraging them to “Be the Majority.” Entries will be judged on their “wow” factor. Judges are looking for some uber-cool, slammin’ presentations that will
astound peers in an epic moment of boom shakalaka, which forever changes perceptions and prevents nap mouth! All entries are to be delivered to Mrs. Jennifer Higdon, DCHS Staff Developer, by Tuesday November 9th at 3:15 p.m. Entries will be judged off campus by Community Solutions for Substance Abuse Board Members. Winners will be announced within a day or two after the deadline and will present their winning entries to their peers in the auditorium on Friday November 12th. Please see Mrs. Higdon in room 1681 for additional information. To learn more about the work of Community Solutions for Substance Abuse, visit their website at www.odcdrugfree.org or call Jane Lambert, Director, at (270) 993-4457.
NICKEL: Classes to compete for good cause, doughnuts continued from front page
Thorpe, who leads the planning of Nickel Wars, looks forward to the event. “I enjoy being able to see what goes into making this event happen, and the best part is gaining the appreciation for the service people in our school voluntarily give,” Thorpe said. Each day during Nickel Wars, Student Council members will collect the change from every first block class. The buckets are counted by DC’s First County High Trust. An edge of competition is added here. “The competition between the classes is the doughnuts. The first block class that donates the most money receives the doughnuts each day,” Mr. Kropp said. Thorpe finds the rivalry between classes beyond only the doughnuts. “In the past, many of the teachers themselves have gotten very involved and in many cases have offered their students ‘under-the-table’ perks and rewards to provide an incentive for students to bring money,” Thorpe said. However, there’s more to donating than the rewards attached. “Clearly, the feeling of knowing you’ve given something to someone with nothing. It makes you feel great...We have a responsibility to bless others as we have been blessed,” Mr. Kropp said.
Thorpe added to the idea. “Students should do their part and donate because it’s an opportunity for them to reach out to others in a time of need, and give up what might just be pocket change to them, but what might mean the world to someone else...the best part of Nickel Wars is when students actually contribute and take the competition seriously. It’s fun to see the tension between classes. What’s not fun is seeing nobody getting involved,” Thorpe said. Southard hopes to see the excellence of the tradition continued. “For me, being vice president and cochair of the committee, the best part I think for this year =is going to be passing the tradition of running things to the juniors,” Southard said. “Just as the last year’s executive council helped provide training for this year’s current council, I hope this year our executive council can help prepare the juniors and the rest of the council to take things over once we are gone.” DC, go on a coin hunt. Nickel Wars is more than another fundraiser to the school. “Nickel Wars is different from any other fundraiser because of the place where the money is headed...it is students helping other students. And the fact is, most everyone can afford to put his or her two cents in,” Southard said.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Kate and Molly
The trip was everything I expected it to be and more! I learned so much about Europe and other cultures along the way, while having a great time with Kate!
- Molly Millsap, freshman drawn by Alex Anderson
Fall break spent in Europe Alex Anderson People Editor
The usual fall break vacationing spot for citizens of Owensboro is a nice beach in Florida, or maybe a few hours to a good shopping outlet. How about traveling over 4,000 miles? Most Owensborians would consider this to be impossible. Well, consider freshman Kate Hornaday making the impossible, possible. Hornaday traveled to Amsterdam, Netherlands, but it doesn’t stop there. She also visited Paris, France, along the way. “I suggested to my parents that I bring a friend because being an only child gets old sometimes. You want to be with other people besides your parents all the time,” Hornaday said. Therefore, freshman Molly Millsap joined the Hornaday’s on their trip across the world. “When Kate asked me to go with her, I completely flipped out,” Millsap said. “I was so excited to have the opportunity to go to Europe! Plus a week with one of my BFF’s? Yeah, totally awesome.” On the Saturday morning after school had let out, they had left for Amsterdam. “The only major jet lag I experienced was when I got there,” Hornaday said. “Molly and I would be tired all day long and go to bed early but wake up at noon every day. We were really scrunched for time with sight seeing.” Both agree that the bike tour was their favorite part of the entire trip. “Almost everyone there is on a bike. It’s nice to not feel like a tourist all the time,” Hornaday said. She also loved meeting Nikkie Visser, her
landlord’s daughter. Hornaday’s family is considering inviting her to be an exchange student with them. Early Wednesday morning, they were on their way to Paris. Their daily routine consisted of waking up, eating breakfast in their apartment, sightseeing and, of course, shopping. “My dad wanted to go to this modern art museum. Oh gosh, it was so awful,” Hornaday said. “After about an hour, we decided to leave.” On a positive note, Hornaday will never forget when she had her portrait drawn at Mont Martre and having unforgettable memories with Millsap. “When we went to McDonald’s, we couldn’t figure out how to use the credit card,” Millsap said. “It took us about 10 minutes to realize that you didn’t leave it in the machine... We looked like stupid Americans!” “The trip had its ups and downs,” Hornaday said. “Really only because my hair straightener didn’t work, but other than that, it was great.” Millsap completely agrees. “The trip was everything I expected it to be and more! I learned so much about Europe and other cultures along the way, while having a great time with Kate,” Millsap said. “Overall, the trip was a really fun cultural experience. Who doesn’t want to spend a week in Europe with their best friend?” And for the question all girls would be dying to ask Hornaday and Millsap as soon as they returned: Did you all meet any cute French boys? “There were a couple of French cuties Kate and I had our eyes on, but we didn’t actually get to talk to them— just stare in awe and wink,” Millsap said. “Wow, we are nerds.”
Waltz shares his love for hockey Ashley Roethemeier Entertainment Editor
“I head hunt, then number and then get them.” These thoughts stream through senior Taylor Waltz’s mind as he steps into the ice arena. Waltz, a top scorer for the Owensboro Rampage hockey team, originally played in Michigan which sparked his interest in this aggressive sport. “Hockey is really big up there (in Michigan). I guess that’s how I got started in it,” Waltz said. He has been playing hockey for 12 years of his life and plans to take it to the collegiate level within the next year. “I want to go to the University of Kentucky or somewhere out of state if I can get a scholarship for it (hockey),” Waltz said. To be ready for games it takes plenty of preparation to keep safe from the sharp blades under each player’s feet and the sharp hockey sticks used. Waltz starts with his Under Armor and moves to his shin guards which are then covered with tall socks and after that his skates. But this is only the beginning of his hockey wear. He then puts on pants with a pants shell on top. His legs are now protected. He dresses with shoulder pads and wrist guards, his jersey and a helmet. The last to be put on
is his gloves. Now he’s ready to be in beast mode. “Sometimes at the new facility here it gets really hot with all the equipment on, but it always depends on where we(the team) go if the temperature is freezing cold or not,” Waltz said. Owensboro Rampage is doing really well this year and recently competed in Louisville for the Shamrock tournament. The team placed 5 out of 10. The Owensboro Rampage team also has a travel team league with players that come from Bowling Green. For the season opener the team smashed the opponents, supposedly the best team in the league— St. Xavier High School, with a score of 8 to 4. The games can get really aggressive which is something Waltz looks forward to. Taking out the top players of the opposing team is one of his main goals. There are many incidents of tripping and getting cut by blades or hockey sticks and being cross checked (where a player takes the stick and smacks another player with it). “In my hockey career I’ve seen bukoos of fights,”Waltz said. Waltz knows what he’s doing and is accustomed to the hype of the games. He usually walks in pretty fearless. “I never get nervous, I just don’t,”Waltz said.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
NJROTC begins Band, soccer demonstrate dedication over break Christmas spirit Deron Millay Lifestyle Editor
Gearing up for the Christmas season, the DC NJROTC team will be fundraising along with attending the Apollo Invitational Drill Meet. The meet will consist of inspection of uniforms and squads, Unarmed Drills, Color Guard and Knock-Out Drills. This meet will be hosted at Apollo High School on Oct. 30. The admission for all competing teams will be canned goods and toy donations for Toys for Tots. First, second and third place trophies are at stake for the inspections and Color Guard exhibitions. Medals for first through tenth place are available for the Knock-Out Competitions. Also there is a trophy for the overall team champions. “The events are lots fun to have. We get to compete against other schools and raise funds for others, and just get a better sense of who we are,” junior Cole Wedding said. The actions and donations of the DC NJROTC team and others competing as well are greatly appreciated. Helping those less fortunate is a commendable and community enriching act.
Fall break. A special time for family, relaxation, sleeping in late and for junior Rebecca Volk (drum major) and Taylor Wingfield (striker for girls’ soccer team) —practice. Most of The Band of Pride practiced Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.—6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.— 12 p.m and all day Saturday. They spent the practices preparing for their competitions. The girls’ soccer team dedicated their time to practice every day over fall break with the exception of Oct 14, the day after the big game. However, with privilege comes responsibility, as consequences were made if one didn’t show up. “If somebody missed practice two days before a game, they didn’t get to play in the whole first half,” Wingfield said. “Also, if somebody missed a practice one day before a game, they didn’t get to
What’s something new you’ve learned while in America?
“I don’t know what it means, but I’ve seen some guys on the soccer field do it,” - André Araujo, junior
“The booty. It’s a funny dance, but I don’t like to do it,” - Amaury Lejay, junior
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Exchange students share opinion of DC
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play at all.” Wingfield said. What would possess one to devote their whole fall break to one activity? “Music is my thing. I also love all of the people. They’re like my family,” Volk said. The practices weren’t spent lightly though. “I mean there’s always stuff to work on. We mostly worked on what we are weak at, which is playing the ball at a quicker pace, transitions and shooting,” Wingfield said. The practices didn’t come as a surprise to both teams though. They were expected by both teams and they knew that they were important, or they wouldn’t be having them. “I think the practices definitely paid off,” Volk said. “Our performance was in a completely different league than before we practiced.” The practices also paid off for the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams. The boys’ and girls’ are the district champions and regional champions. This is the first time in DCHS history that both boys’ and girls’ received that honor.
Alex Anderson People Editor School—like it or not, almost everyone has been/is going through it. No matter the location or the number of students, education is always guaranteed. Sophomore Marina Kaminski and juniors André Araujo and Amaury Lejay are new to the ways of American schools. The students had three things in common which are different than what takes place at DC. First, their schools have no clubs. Second, teachers change, while students stay in the same classroom for the most part. Lastly, they are not allowed to choose the subjects they learn. Kaminski, a Brazilian exchange student, starts school in the beginning of March and ends around the end of November at Colégio Fera, in Brazil. There, classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at noon; each of the five classes is 50 minutes with snack break after the third class. Instead of walking around from class to class, the the students stay in the same room, while the teachers change. “The first day (at Daviess County) I was so tired because the classes were so long. I wasn’t used to it,” Kaminski said. “It will be weird when I go back (to Brazil). I prefer this schedule.” Araujo prefers to stay in one classroom. However, he noted that it is good to walk around from class to class and socialize. At da Cordeille, Lejay’s school in France, classes begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. His schedule consists of seven classes, with breaks in between every two classes. “We don’t have a spirit week because we don’t have school sports,” Lejay said. Lejay plans to join the tennis team this spring; he is also a member of Future Farmers of America and Future Business Leaders of America. “The people are very welcoming here,” Lejay said. “It’s a big difference between here and France. People aren’t welcoming to exchange students in France. Here, it’s a good thing. I like it.” Friends of Lejay’s want him to come back to Owensboro and visit, and maybe attend the University of Kentucky. “France is not as fun as it is here,” Lejay said. “Some things are better than France, but a lot of things are different.”
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Procrastination creates failing path Morgan Carrico Ads Editor
I gotta finish this story today, but I just don’t feel like it. I can’t just put it in the paper unfinished, so MAYBE I can squeeze it in after I finish my algebra homework for next block. Yeah, that works. (20 minutes later) Oh, man! I still have to write that story, and I have five more linear equations to solve. Procrastination obviously doesn’t get you anywhere. If I had finished my homework the night before instead of watching “Lie to Me,” I could have used all my spare time to make my story great. First off, procrastination makes you rush and feel stressed. Having to cram for a test, apply makeup in the car, send a text at a stop light or read Spark Notes before writing an essay creates anxiety to finish all you need to do. If you’re always procrastinating, you won’t feel well. Irritable and worried aren’t the greatest feelings around. In addition of feeling stressed, your friends see it, too. It isn’t that fun to be around someone always scrambling to do something two days late. Procrastinating turns into a cycle that can tar-
nish your reputation. Empty promises to “finish it later” and “do it tomorrow” are daily, repeated statements. Teachers, friends, parents: they all notice. Not only are you directly impacted by not doing what you were supposed to do, but you lose the trust of those adults and peers. When they need to trust someone to do something, they’ll pick someone else. Amazing opportunities could fly by because of putting it all off. Not feeling like doing something is definitely not a legitimate reason for setting stuff aside. Will you suddenly want to do something because an hour or two has passed? No. Go ahead and get it done, so while your friends are hitting up Smoothie King, you’re with them and not at home. Bad habits. Everyone has them, everyone hates them. Procrastination is a nasty one to have because it easily carries through to adulthood. Not doing homework turns into forgetting gas money to not taking notes during that professor’s seminar to not paying the bills or the mortgage. Life can easily get out of hand; why make it ten times harder by waiting to get tasks done later? If procrastination is your middle name, don’t fret. Changing bad habits isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely possible. There are several ways to get yourself to do what you need to do ASAP.
Turn off your phone. Yeah, I know, crazy. But is that one convo with a bestie worth not going to the game for not doing the laundry or failing that quiz? Seriously, you could talk at the game. Just power off the cell and put it in a room far away from where you are, so you won’t feel like retrieving it every five seconds. If it’s too quiet without the ping! of a text, switch on the radio. It’s not distracting like a TV but still produces background noise. Get organized. Use your agenda (by actually filling it out, not just as a hall pass) to write down assignments and their due dates, as well as non-school related activities. This way, you can see how you need to devote your time to all your tasks. In your spare time, make a list if what needs to get done that day. Do those first, instead of switching them out for easier projects. Reward yourself. Just because you don’t procrastinate doesn’t mean you have to be working 24/7. If you complete a goal that took a while, give yourself 15 minutes to chill and do whatever. Kick back and relax. It doesn’t matter what you do, just make sure you don’t procrastinate on getting back to work. Putting away the procrastination makes for a happier person. No worries, no extra work. Starting now. Stop reading this and go.
Newer generation’s Public Displays of Affection sicken students in the hallways manners fall rapidly
Embry Luallen Editor-in-Chief Romeo, oh Romeo. Where for art thou Romeo? Is the romance being sucked out of relationships? The reason this question is even written on this page is because of the excessive amounts of disgusting Public Display of Affection, known as PDA in the teenage world, infesting the halls. In Shakespeare’s timeless classic Romeo and Juliet, being secretive was one of the most romantic things about it, but in today’s high school it seems that baring all is the most popular thing to do even though it will scar some people forever. Images of acne-ridden teens hugging and tonguing all over DC will forever be etched
in the minds of innocent bystanders. The offensive couple may think they’re the most attractive thing since Fabio, but trust me, a lot of other people don’t think the same. So don’t embarrass yourself. The worst is when the PDA is occurring during class time. Kids are not forced to go to school by law to watch a couple play footsie and hug all over each other for 50 minutes during English. Also, don’t get mad when a teacher issues a DM for it. It’s totally necessary, because they won’t stop unless someone tells them to. If they really are like Romeo and Juliet, maybe PDA at school isn’t the best decision; getting
caught gets a letter home, and how will mommy and daddy feel then? Scandalous. Rule of Thumb: If you don’t want to see your grandma doing it, don’t do it. Pretty simple, right? We should pay teachers that are married and employed at the same school to stand around and hug on each other so that students will be completely grossed out and not want to PDA it up. Or if that isn’t an option, someone should create a presentation about cold sores. One look at those things and no one will be kissing in the hallways, which will ultimately make the overall high school experience gain a little less than 70 awesome points.
Alex Anderson People Editor 1950: “Excuse me sir, may I interrupt for a short moment to say something?” 2010: “Dude, shut up and let me talk.” Kids these days. It varies from 13-year-old fathers to burping in class. Nowadays, it seems like kids are more disrespectful than ever, and it seems to only keep getting worse. Not a day goes by that a teen isn’t heard yelling at an adult or a status isn’t seen on Facebook that’s negatively directed towards someone. Most of this is to be blamed on the media. Kids want to be like what they watch because, of course, it seems cool. Therefore, they think they need to act grown to be respected and/ or get what they want. Teens think that if they are smart to their
parents, it shows that they’re independent and can stand up for themselves. No one seems to ever say “please” and “thank you” these days. If a friend or family member completes an out-of-thisworld favor, teens seem to assume they were going to have someone do it for them anyway. It’s nice to hear a “thanks” every now and then. (Especially for the elders!) Have you ever thought of what the elderly think of us? I am certain there are few compliments. Maybe this is just a stage. Maybe teens will learn to grow up— in a good way. I sure hope so. What’s next? Kids with tattoos? Hopefully not, but who knows with the way things are going with this generation.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Separation of church, state challenged in classroom
t e - William Meloney e Intern , How appropriate is it for Bibles to f be handed out at the school doors? Does e s it cross the line for a student to pray in
school? Why is it that teachers are not alFor the longest of church and state’ has been used, but exactly how cone stitutional is that statement?
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Technically that phrase does not show up in a , the U.S. Constitution at all. It was actually taken out of context from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the - Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. The issue was . that the people of Danbury were unsatisfied because f the religious rights they had were technically granted d as favors. Jefferson went on to say as a broad statement u that Congress and Executive branch can neither ena courage nor discourage the establishment of religion; g saying there is ‘a wall of separation of church and state.’ This has been misconstrued to mean that there can be no religion within facilities sponsored by the government. These conclusions are wrong, however. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment sheds light on the concern. The clause states that Congress shall make no
laws respecting the establishment of religion. The Free Exercise Clause states that Congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This means that there can’t be laws passed to somehow make money off of religious establishments, and vice versa. These two clauses combined form the theoretical, but oh so real, wall of separation between church and state. This country was founded on the grounds of religious freedom; it is a constitutional right to be able to follow religions and to be free from them. The Establishment Clause prohibits teachers praying aloud in class but it does not prohibit them from being religious in general. The Clause does not prohibit a student from praying before they eat their food or sharing their religion with another student. There is beauty in the flip side of the clause as well. The religious freedoms granted to America also grant the people freedom from religion. If you don’t want to accept the ideas or commands of a certain religion, under the Constitution you are not obliged to follow. The school board can allow the Gideon church to stand at the doors and hand out Bibles, but under no circumstance are you made to accept the Bi-
ble or their beliefs. The hypothetical wall between church and state is an idea used to describe freedoms granted by the First Amendment of the Constitution. It allows for an unbiased symbiotic relationship between those of faith and the government. Granted there are still issues like the court case involving the Westboro Baptist Church picketing soldier’s funerals with borderline offensive material, or issues of whether the biblical Ten Commandments should or shouldn’t be displayed in certain places. Overall though, the constitutional rights of American citizens can be upheld by the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause.
Random acts of kindness matter Mackenzie Morris News Editor
Wake up. First thing radiating through the ears are parents yelling because of a bad grade on a test. On top of that, just got in a fight with the best friend and nothing is going good. All that is needed is a little boost to keep positive throughout the rest of the day. Suddenly, someone in the hallway smiles at you. Next, someone is giving you a compliment on your hair. See how everything can transform in the blink of an eye? Little acts of kindness here and there can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Some may not think that a little smile can change someone’s whole perspective, but it can. It gives them hope that someone does care and not everything in their life is going wrong. Some of the 1,700 students here at Daviess County have serious problems going on in their personal lives.
It can be a wide range of things such as: watching parents go through a divorce, breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, being made fun of, a family member having cancer, bombing a test or a dog has just passed away. If there is someone out there that has been the one making fun of someone or giving them a hard time, give them a heads up. Let them know that they have no idea what that person is going through at home, and that they need to lay off. Say, for example, in class there is a person that is always mean and doesn’t care about his/her schoolwork. Their attitude might be coming from what’s is happening to them at home. So don’t judge them right off the bat. Before judging someone, making fun of them or ignoring them, make sure to think about what they might be going through in their personal lives or in other situations. Remember, one smile to a person can make one big difference in their life.
Staff: Embry Luallen, Andrea Howard, Deron Millay, Sydney Settle, Kaely Halloway, Emmalee Ryan, Ashley Roethemeier, Alex Anderson, Mackenzie Morris and Morgan Carrico. Interns: Emily Ferguson, William Meloney and Brittany Greeson. Cartoonist: Dakota Montgomery The Big Red Machine is a bi-weekly independent newspaper produced by the journalism students of Daviess County High School. The opinions expressed in the BRM do not necessarily reflect the views of the administration or the Daviess County Board of Education.
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Make up is slowly becoming a basic necessity for almost every girl by high school. It’s worn almost everyday to cover up blemishes and to highlight a person’s natural features. The key to make up is being able to wear enough to bring out natural features, like cheeks and eye color. This skill comes with practice and knowledge on how to select the right colors for skin complexion and eye color. Wearing the wrong color of foundation, or wearing too much foundation, can result in unattractive make up lines where the make up stops and actual skin color begins. Another big no of make up is heavy, dark eye make up. There are some cases where it’s more than acceptable to wear darker eye make up, like homecoming and prom. However, wearing too much can make the eyes look raccoon-like and tacky. The best way to figure out what foundation colors work best for the skin is to sample several. Usually it’s fairly easy to tell what color works best, it’s all based on skin pigmentation. Have a tan? Use a tan foundation, and so on. Just be sure to change foundations between the seasons of summer and winter. Everyone loses a little color from summer to winter and continuing to wear tan foundation after that happens will result in those terrible make up lines. Also, the best foundations available are typically powder foundations or tinted moisturizers. They cover blemishes while preventing breakouts. Eye make up is also very simple. One of the absolute best make up buys is the large compact full of various shades of eye shadow. The variety of shades in the compact will more than assist in discovering what shades work best. A good eye shadow will compliment the eyes and make them pop. Mascara is basic and as long as too much eye liner isn’t worn, all is well there. Lips are also basic. Simple glosses add a finished look after other make up is applied. Lipsticks get just a little trickier. There are some colors that just don’t work, unless it’s a special occasion. Red, for example, is a color to stay away from on a daily basis. Red is only to be used at certain times, and sadly only works for some people. Red is a harder color to pull off, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work out for you. Bronzer (a tinted powder not to be substituted for foundation) adds a nice glow on the face. It should be applied sparingly and should not be applied all over the face. It is recommended by make up artists to be lightly swept across the T-Zone (forehead and nose) and the cheeks. Blush is meant to highlight the cheeks and again create a pleasant glow on the cheeks. The best way to apply blush is to smile and brush it onto the apples of the cheeks. If it is a special occasion and dark eye make up is acceptable, along with red lipstick, there are some guidelines that still must be followed. The eye make up can not be more over powering than everything else (the rest of the face, outfit and ac-
cessories). It’s advisable to experiment with exactly how you want the eyes to look before officially applying the make up. Lack of practice can result in it looking overpowering. Avoid black eye shadows and settle for greys, dark blues, etc based on the color of the outfit. Instead of applying lots of eyeliner for the night, try adding an extra coat of mascara. It will bring out the look desired without getting too ridiculous. There is much more detail where make up is conS o me cerned. These simple facts cover some of the many asp i e r c i n gs pects of the art of make up. can enhance For more tips, the best people to go to are the human feaactually the people in the mall whose job it is to tures and incite a tell shoppers about make up shades and etc. sense of beauty, while The stylists at the Clinique are at Macy’s some can just cause an oband areas similar to that in other malls scene amount of staring. are there to give advice about Simple piercings, such as make up. the one hole in each ear, was the All in all, be wary beginning of this stage, but no, that’s about the amounts of not enough. make up applied to The sensation of piercings have the face and what gone from one hole in the ear to two, then three shades are beand finally too many to count. ing applied. There are so many different parts of the body that have been found to be piercable. The ear can be pierced in the lobe, the cartilage and the tragus. On the face there is the monroe, snake bites, anywhere on the lips, dimples, chin, eyebrows and tongue. All of these piercings have become a growing trend. Some elders look upon them as trashy, but some of the younger society can see beauty in them. It’s some peoples way to get noticed and to stand out and have something different. “I wear gauges and keep getting them bigger because I like to be different,” junior Houston Roberts said. Gauges range in sizes from a 00, the largest, to a 16, the smallest. The holes become huge sagging circles that are easy to see straight through. After a hole is made so big it eventually will not grow back. Most people gauge ears themselves because it is a slow process of stretching the hole with plastic pieces that are receivable from stores like Hot Topic. This is a safe proced u r e as opposed to people trying to pierce body parts on their own. Piercing yourself requires caution and is something that can cause serious negative effects if not done properly. That’s why it takes a professional license to be able to do it. There are many consequences that could occur from home piercings, such as damaging the nerve and rendering the surrounding tissues. There is also a risk of formation of hard knots of scar tissues, known as keloids. So it’s really important to be careful with sterilizing tools and knowing what to do before and after. Piercings can be seen from many different points of view. To some it’s just an expression of body art. Be open to others.
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Everything is a form of expression, from your clothes, to your make-up and even... your hair? Body art is defined as anything that is attached to your body for self expression. Everything from the way you style it, cut it and color it is a form of expression. Need some help or ideas? We’re here to help. Getting hair colored. Want to cut the cost of a coloring job at a salon? Do it at home, but make sure it doesn’t end up horribly wrong. Here are a couple of tips: •Don’t go more than two shades lighter or darker. •If you want a dramatic change, get your hair professionally done. •Don’t go by the picture on the box. •Pictures on hair color boxes can be deceiving. •You’re better off going by the color swatches on the box and the descriptions. •Always test a few strands of hair first. Too many people skip this step, end up with a color they despise and end up going to a salon to fix the damage. •Once the color is in, it’s harder to change. •Wash hair a day before you color, not the day of and do not wash until a full 24 hours after to make sure the color stays. When getting it done professionally there is less to worry about. They will know which color will be best with your skin tone and facial features just tell them whether you want it lighter or darker. Also, make sure you know whether you want temporary, semi-permanent or permanent hair color. Don’t know the difference? Temporary won’t last very long and will wash out within a couple of months, if not sooner. Semi-permanent is made for darkening or adding depth to the hair, not for lightening. Permanent is better for: healthy, natural hair and lightly texturized hair. Permanent will last the longest and will often have to be re-colored or will have to be grown out. Keeping it looking good. Maintaining your hair color is the hardest thing to do once you’ve colored it the perfect color. Make sure to buy shampoo and conditioner that is for color maintenance, other shampoos will strip the color off of it. Also, if you have curly hair that is often dry, try a deep conditioner. Getting it cut. Indie is a new popular genre of hair style that’s being inspired by the London neo-punk scene. Some of the most popular cuts for guys and gals are the crop cut and the bob. Swooped bangs, close cut back and sloppy styling is the new thing for those sporting the newest in UrbanOutfitters. Want something a little more attention getting another popular style is the “emo” cut and color. Big bright colors, choppy, razored cuts long or short with full bangs is very in-style for some crowds. Some of the drastic coloring jobs are Coon Tails, Star Bursts and Cheetah Print. Coon Tails are just what they sound like, strips of a different color than the main one. A Star Burst is almost a tie-dye effect, color starting and covering the crown, a different level with a different color and then the final color is the tips and bangs. Cheetah print is exactly like it sounds, coloring hair blonde then using a stencil to color in cheetah spots. Natural cuts are also very in. Just letting your hair do what it wants with some quick fixes such as dry conditioners and mousse is walking around town. Short bobs are only sometimes in style but long flowing hair always is. Want a classic look? Go all natural... with your hair.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Andrea Howard Editorial Editor Walk in to a dark, sunless room, take a seat and turn to the burly, tattoo covered male behind the counter. “What would you like?” he asks. When the words tattoo parlor are heard, this is what crosses the mind of most people, correct? Before even getting a tattoo there are many different things one should take into account, because if not preformed properly, it can have severe side effects. First, when checking out different tattoo places around town, ask the artist in charge if he or she has an autoclave sterilizer. Now the question what is that and why should they have one? Well, an autoclave sterilizer is in basically a pressure cooker mainly used in the medical field for the sterilization medical instruments. These new sterile needles must always be removed from an autoclave bag in front of you so you know for a fact there has been no cross-contamination from the time that the bag was opened until they are used on you. There are two main types, steam and chemical. Steam ones are usually the only ones accepted in the tattoo field. Some non-professional tattoo artist may try to convince you that a kitchen pressure cooker made for canning food is acceptable, but they definitely are not. These types to not reach the needed 246 degrees needed to kill all blood borne pathogens. Next, the artist needs to be wearing gloves. Also, these gloves need to be the correct size, not too big or too small. If they are, there is a chance that the artist could poke a hole in or tear them. Only a hole the size of a pin is needed for cross-contamination to exist. One of the most important things that should be asked to the tattoo artist is if he or she has been vaccinated against Hepatitis. Why? Vaccination is becoming more important as disease and infection are spreading more rapidly every day, and unsafe tattooing quickly becoming the culprit guilty of creating the necessity for tattoo artists to be vaccinated against Hepatitis for their own protection and for the protection of their future clients. Never just take someone’s word for it though. If they said they have had this vaccination ask them if there is any proof i.e. doctor’s records. One surefire sign of telling that they are lying if the claim they do not remember. A Hepatitis vaccination consist of three shots over a four month period, not something one is likely to just let slip their mind. In this day and age, it is advisable that everyone is vaccinated against this disease. It wouldn’t hurt to make sure that you are vaccinated before you receive a new tattoo. Also ointment, ink, water and other items should not be returned to a universal container after it has been removed for use on a client. This just means that anything the tattoo artist uses on you should be thrown away afterward. Unused inks should not be returned to the original container, it is contaminated with blood, and should be tossed out. The artist should be using these tiny little cups called “ink caps” to put just enough ink in for your tattoo, and whatever is left should be thrown away. The same goes for the water and ointments. All of these precautions should also be taken into effect when getting a piercing. Also remember, until the age of 18, a parents signature is needed to get a tattoo or piercing. So it is probably a safe bet that if a tattoo/piercing parlor will preform on minors without parental consent that it is a pretty sketchy place to begin with.
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Which do YOU prefer? “Taco Bell, because you can get a chicken flatbread sandwich, cheesy fiesta potatoes and a small drink all for $3!” —Leslie Burch, junior Sydney Settle Sports Editor
If it’s a fast food Mexican night on Highway 54, you are in luck. With the building of Taco Bell underway, two fast food Mexican eateries are located within a quarter mile of each other off Highway 54— Taco Bell and Salsarita’s.
The main customer drawer, however, is the hours Taco Bell offers. Most all Taco Bells are open later than any other fast food restaurant. Some stay open until 4 a.m. on weekends. Currently, only two Taco Bells are located in Owensboro— one is on Frederica and the other on Parrish Avenue. Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina. Fresh is the key word in the name. All the taco, quesadilla and burrito shells are made fresh daily. Salsarita’s is known as the Subway of Mexican cuisine. A customer walks in, picks their entree, and then walks through the line filling their shell with chicken, beef, cheese, lettuce and many other ingredients. A f terward, a customer can decide whether or not to make it a meal. A meal consists of an entree, chips and a drink. The quality of food at Salsarita’s is on the opposite end of the spectrum from Taco Bell. The quality is rated very high, but the customer does pay for it. The downfall of Salsarita’s compared to Taco Bell for most teenagers is the prices. A meal at Salsarita’s is over $5 where as a meal at Taco Bell is a mere $2. Although pricey, the customer will get satisfaction from the higher food quality at Salsarita’s. Salsarita’s is open until 9 p.m. on every day except Sunday, when it is opened until 8 p.m. Taco Bell and Salsarita’s are both extremely popular among high school students. If still unsure of which to choose, try Salsarita’s for lunch and Taco Bell for a late-night snack.
“Salsarita’s, because it’s good” —Lexus Lambert, junior
“I’ve never ate at Salsarita’s, but Taco Bell is less complicated” —Tyler Mills, senior
A l though both restaurants a r e labeled as serving Mexican-style food, the restaurants are in no way similar. Taco Bell. Quesadillas, burritos, salads, nachos and of course, tacos are all on the menu. If in a hurry, all of these items are served in a matter of minutes. Any person can run in, order, pick from the wide selection of drink choices and be on their way in a jiffy. Taco Bell also offers a drive-thru service. If working with a tight budget, Taco Bell is the way to go. An 89 cent, 99 cent and $2 menu are all offered. The 89 and 99 cent menus consist of only individual items, and the $2 menu is a Meal Deal menu, meaning the customer gets their taco or burrito plus chips and a drink. However, the quality of the food at Taco Bell is not rated the highest, hence the low prices. However, if on a tight budget and not picky, Taco Bell will suit well.
“Taco Bell, because it tastes better” —Elizabeth Fulkerson, freshman
“Salsarita’s because it’s favorable” —Mr. Barry Neville
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Highway 54 offers competition to Frederica Street businesses Andrea Howard Editorial Editor Rural county turned busy highway, Hwy 54 is starting to become one of the busiest streets in the Greater Owensboro. Over (roughly) the past 10 years, Hwy 54 has started booming businesses. It has now started to rival Frederica Street as one of the most populated streets. It is becoming a prime spot due to the populated suburban neighborhoods that are popping up all around the 54 region, like The Heartlands, Brookhill and Lake Forest, which continues to grow. “One of the main reasons that I prefer 54 to Frederica, is because it is so much closer to my house,” senior Kalynne McFadden said. Just because people are starting to pre-
fer it to Frederica does not mean that is has everything that Frederica does. “Something that I wish 54 had that Frederica does have though is a Chick-fil-A,” senior Morgan Cornell said. But it does have some redeeming qualities that some think are a necessity. “It has a Huck’s, and Huck’s is the place to be,” Cornell said. There is one thing some might find that would be a very good addition to not just 54, (though that’s where it would be located), but to the whole city of Owensboro. “I think they need to get an outlet mall,” junior Ramhe Mourad said. For now though, the city of Owensboro will just have a to take what 54 gives them and get ready for what is to come for the booming street.
It has a Huck’s and Huck’s is the place to be - Morgan Cornell, senior
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(Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) who encounter a bit of a problem when they get a flat tire in the rain. They find themselves at transsexual Translyvania native Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Tim Curry) castle. It turns out that Dr. Frank-N-Furter is hosting an Annual Transylvanian Convention and is also working to create the “perfect man” and Brad and Janet are welcome to stay. The question is, will they really want to stay? “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” isn’t for everybody. A viewer must go in watching this with a sense of humor and a very open mind. “Rocky Horror” will ALWAYS be a classic for many reasons. One, it offers very catchy songs and dance moves. You will catch yourself doing the Time Warp at the next
Y GOES TO A L L I M “It’s just a jump to the left. Then, a step to the right. Put your hands on your hips. You bring your knees in tight. It’s the pelvic thrust that really drive them insane. Let’s do the Time Warp again!” These simple instructions to perform the dance “Time Warp” come from the classic musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It’s Rocky’s 35th anniversary this year, so this is a tribute to Rocky Horror. For those who aren’t acquainted with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, it’s about a couple, Brad Majors
Emily Ferguson Intern Maybe it’s the magic of a bippity-boppity-boo, or maybe it’s the secret lure of true love’s first kiss. Maybe it’s the adventure and heart-pounding danger of ferocious dragons and evil stepmothers, or the heartfelt laughter that’s sure to accompany a cat in a pair of boots or a dude in green tights. Who can say what still draws teens to their childhood Disney movies long after they’ve “grown up?” According to sophomore Alexa Fuqua, it’s partly the rejuvenating effects of innocent entertainment. “You feel like a little kid again,” Fuqua said. “All the magical stuff—it’s so cool, and the whole true love thing.” Fuqua said that, even
school dance. After watching this film, one should already be rushing to their computer to download these hits. However, the MUST HAVES of this film are Time Warp (obviously), Sweet Transvestite, Toucha Toucha Toucha Me, There’s A Light (Over the Frankenstein Place), Dammit Janet and Science Fiction/ Double Fiction. Also, “Rocky Horror” has seriously the best cast EVER. No character could’ve been played by any other actor. Tim Curry delivers an amazing performance as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. He delivers EVERY line so flawlessly. Sarandon also does a wonderful job playing Janet. Overall, the cast is extraordinary. The first half of the film moves very quickly and is humorous, while the second half, kind of is a downer and loses some “brownie points.” However, it’s the incredible characters that Richard O’ Brein created that makes this movie. Don’t shiver in antici........pation, watch “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and join in on the Time Warp with the whole cast.
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though she’s 15 years old and a sophomore in high school, she’s watched a Disney movie within the past two months. Even more recently have sophomores Joanie King and Amber Bryant viewed one of their favorite animated films. King said she watched a Disney movie in the past month and Bryant even more recently. “Last weekend, actually—me and my brother,” she said. According to King, one of the things that makes Disney so lovable for her is the music that accompanies the animations. For Bryant, it’s the “fairy-tale story” that’s always sure to turn up. However, there is something that every teen has to notice if he or she decides to pull out one of those old VHS tapes on a rainy Satur-
day afternoon. While a cat wearing a pair of boots and a big hat with a feather is sure to generate a few laughs, teens start to discover that Disney included a few sly allusions for the parents. “Innuendos,” King said. “Those are the best part.” And boy, are there a lot of those. Consider “Toy Story.” Remember Little Bo Peep? She’s not just a sweet little girl who thinks only of her sheep. When talking to Woody in the beginning of the movie, Bo Peep slides in a wink and whispers, “I can get somebody else to watch the sheep tonight.” Kids wonder why parents laugh at odd times. For an even more obvious example, think back to the ever-charming “The Beauty and the Beast.” That French
rogue, Lumière the candlestick, was forever chasing after the blushing Babette, the giggling feather duster. She was giggling for a reason. Even the younger viewers probably caught onto the open flirtation between those two. “It’s like, oh my gosh,” Fuqua said. “Why would they put stuff like that in a kid’s movie?” Perhaps it was for their own entertainment, or maybe it was a blessing thrown in for the parents forced to watch “The Little Mermaid” 27 times in a single week. Or maybe it was just that the makers of Disney realized that not all kids necessarily “grow up.” But when they do, Disney made sure to incorporate some things that will keep the whole family laughing, no matter the age.
Follow simple directions to unleash free access; jailbreaking increases William Meloney Intern To jailbreak or not to jailbreak? That is the question. Jailbreak sounds like such a criminal term usually associated with felonies and theft, but try to grasp the intentions of it before jumping to conclusions. Jailbreaking, in the electronic sense, is simply removing the shackles of normal programming to enable use of custom made or modified software—aka you can put non Apple-approved applications and software on your iDevice. Don’t be fooled, jailbreaking isn’t some sort of magic trick only computer nerds and super geniuses can do, even the simplest of people can accomplish this with a little research and patience. When the iPhone or iPod touch are jailbroken there are lots of useful add-ons that make the device more practical to use. SBSettings is an add-on that drops down from the top of the screen, from there Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even the screen rotation can be controlled with simple on/ off switches. Another useful nonApple approved piece of software is Ultrasn0w. Ultrasn0w activates, unlocks and disables the data plan enforced by AT&T so the phone can be used without incurring monthly charges. More apps, found in the underground app store called Cydia, allow the user to create custom apps, icons, ringtones, backgrounds, lock screens, boot-up logos and a whole host of
other things. The term “jailbreak” is usually associated with Apple products; however, it is not limited to the iPhone and iPod touch devices. Jailbreak can refer to any type of custom or modified software being run on an electric device. One of the biggest controversies with the iPhone is belief that jailbreaking is illegal with punishment from law enforcement if caught due to copyright infringement, but that is not the case. It is perfectly lawful to modify the software on the iPhone. Jailbreaking will void an iPhone’s warranty, but doing a full restore will erase all evidence of jailbreak data on the phone, and Apple is none-thewiser. There are many methods of jailbreaking, and a good amount of software to do it. Some of the most reliable softwares are Blackra1n, Redsn0w and www. jailbreakme.com, a web site that jailbreaks straight on your phone, and Limera1n: a jailbreak built especially for the iPhone 4. Once jailbroken, there is a plethora of possibilities available for the iPhone. Some things are not as morally sound as others. There is software that can illegally download and redistribute merchandise from the Apple app store, and theft of any of that software is punishable by law enforcement. So when jailbroken, be discreet and make responsible decisions. Jailbreaking is only illegal if you make it that way.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Kaeble There was a light over on Fox Tuesday of last week. Coming back from a week long break, the new episode of “Glee” finally aired. What was so special about this episode than any other? The “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” that’s what. In honor of it’s 35th Anniversary, the writers of “Glee” dedicated a whole episode to the wonderfully freaky Rocky Horror. This episode of “Glee” will go down in my record book as the best episode aired. The best songs were chosen, the moves were choreographed flawlessly and Sue, as always, had an alterior motive. Plus, what could have possibly been better than John Stamos singing “Hot Patootie?” And Mr. Shu...well the people who saw it know! Speaking of Stamos, I was more than thrilled to find out that he was singing in this episode! I’ve had the CD for a few weeks now and hearing him sing brought me back to my “Full House” days, where he played Uncle Jesse. Stamos’ character (Dr. Carl Howell, MD) decided to audition for the part of the motorcycle loving, leather-wearing Eddie (his appearance as Eddie also reminded me of Uncle Jesse). He did an absolutely AMAZING job, and against Shu’s wishes, was cast. One of the scenes I was looking forward to the most was the “Toucha Toucha Touch Me” scene. In the movie, a promiscuous Janet becomes a temptress to Rocky. Since this is still, more or less, a family show...I was very curious to see how they would handle it. Instead of the scene being between Janet and Rocky, it was between Shu and Emma. It was a very....well though out
scene, and that is the best way I can put it. One thing that I was very disappointed with was how they handled the transvestite ordeal. Mercedes did the best she could playing Franknfurter , but that role was just no meant for a woman to play. What makes him so unique and freaky is that he is an actual tranny. Though it would have been controversial, a guy really should have played the role. It wouldn’t be the first time that they’ve had to tackle controversy and it won’t be the last, especially when Kurt will get a boyfriend. Also, I do not agree with the lyric change in the song “Sweet Transvestite” either. The original lyric is “I’m just a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania,” not “sensational Transylvania.” They saved the best for last with the final dance being “Time Warp.” I won’t give away the details of how it ends, but I will say that it could not have ended with a better Rocky Horror song. “Time Warp” is just a fun, get up and dance kind of song. This episode, while being my favorite, is not the episode to watch if you haven’t watched “Glee” before. This isn’t to say that everyone whose new to the show will hate it, but those who are new and without an open mind will. Rocky Horror is still Rocky Horror, no matter who does it. There is no way to take the freaky out of Rocky Horror, it wouldn’t be the same. Rocky Horror is continuing to find ways to fit itself in with the newer generations, making it truly unforgettable. It will continue to spread its catchy tunes and sketchy clothes for years to come. This episode was a fantastic tribute to the latter .
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district and region CHAMPionS! Boys’, girls’ soccer advance to FINAL FOUR Embry Luallen Editor-in-Chief Two titles, two brothers, two teams making it to the Final Four—one school. DC’s Panthers and Lady Panthers soccer teams have advanced to the state tournament. The girls’ took on Murray High School last Wednesday topping them 3-0 and are playing today at Georgetown against Lexington Christian at 7 p.m. Owensboro time. The boys went up against Greenwood last Thursday going into overtime after a goal in the last 33 seconds of the second half. After 30 minutes of overtime the boys went to penalty kicks going to the 9th kicker. The Panthers won 2-1. They will be playing Central Hardin at Georgetown tomorrow at 5 p.m. Although the boys’ team didn’t start off with the best of seasons plus ending it with a four-game losing streak, the post season has turned out to be beyond amazing. “If someone had asked me at the beginning of the season if we were going to make it this far, honestly I would’ve said no; but as the season has progressed into the post season I’ve begun believing in the team more and more,” said senior Ryan Brewer, team captain. This post season has been a roller coaster for the boys after defeating the previously undefeated Owensboro team in district. “I felt great after the Owensboro game. I didn’t expect us to come out on top but we played tough and pulled through, surprising everyone. When we work for it, we get it,” said senior Sam Shipp, team captain. The regular season wasn’t too much to boast about but something changed in the boys’ attitude, because ever since, they’ve been blowing away the competition. “We started off the season slow but we got closer and started playing better, after everyone healed up an got over their injuries we just came together and didn’t give up at games and pushing ourselves at practice. Hard work and determination are what has gotten us this far,” sophomore Lucas Wiman said. Even though the players are the perfect image of tough and determined, they’re all soft and cuddly underneath, according to their assistant coach. “After the Henderson game was the happiest I’ve ever seen this kid [Ryan Brewer]. It was the first time I’d ever seen him smile. He tries to act all hard but underneath he’s a big teddy bear,” assistant coach Michael Fitzmaurice said. No matter what these teammates stick together.
“I’m glad to be a part of this team. I like the winning tradition of Daviess County; it feels like all the hard work is paying off and we’ve come together and gotten closer,” junior Jordan Ratliff said. Without a doubt the boys have earned above the fold every day in the Messenger Inquirer but they are not alone. As always the Lady Panthers were print right alongside the guys, reaching the Final Four again this year. “I am so, so, so very excited to be going to Final Four again, and I am so proud of the team this year. We have a really good chance of making it all the way this year. I hope that all of our extra time this year will pay off and that we win,” senior Emily Hurt said. Eleven seniors graduated from the roster last year and with only five this year it hasn’t been as tough as they thought. “It’s awesome. We lost so many seniors last year, and some people weren’t sure if we’d be as good this year. But a lot of last year’s underclassmen have stepped up and made huge contributions. I think it’s even more exciting this year, because we’re a lot more confident,” said senior Paige Kramer, team captain. The girls have gotten closer through all the practices and games and even hanging out on weekends. “We’re really close. Everyone does things together on the weekend which helps us even more in games. I can honestly say that every time I step on the field, I know that all 10 of the other girls on the field have my back and I’ve got theirs,” Kramer said. When asked what she hoped was different this year, all she wanted was confidence. “I want us to go in knowing that we can win. Last year, we kind of thought it would take a miracle or a lot of luck for us to beat Notre Dame, but we’ve got a good enough team this year to win if things work out,” Kramer said. Her achievements on the field are great, but she doesn’t show it; all she shows is her pride for the team as a whole. “I’m proud of myself, but definitely a lot more proud of the team. I’ve had good games, but it seems like in every game, a different person will step up. There’s so many talented players, and I can always step on the field knowing that everyone will give it everything they’ve got,” Kramer said. No matter what team is the staring team across the field, the Panthers know their teammates have their backs and are ready to win just as much as they are. The Panthers are ready to continue the winning tradition—taking their hunger for success to the Final Four.
SPORTS up2date GIRLS’ SOCCER: Nov. 3- FINAL FOUR @ Georgetown
BOYS’ SOCCER: Nov. 4- FINAL FOUR @ Georgetown
FOOTBALL: Nov. 5- 1st Round of Playoffs @ TBA
CROSS COUNTRY: Nov. 6- Region 1 Meet @ Yellow Creek Park
BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Nov. 16- Scrimmage vs. FranklinSimpson @ F-S
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Nov. 16- Scrimmage vs. Madisonville @ Home
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
B’ball team welcomes Girls’, boys’ new season, players XC begin Red Emmalee Ryan Entertainment Editor
As the end of football season approaches, it is time to trade in footballs for basketballs and field goals for three pointers. On Monday, Oct. 18, basketball tryouts started, signaling the season is right around the corner. In the past years, DC basketball has been close to the top and worked hard to represent the school. The players who tried out for the team had been going to open gym since the beginning of school to get ready for tryouts and the season ahead. Some of the boys also played basketball during the summer to keep their skills fresh. “We ran a lot and worked on drills in open gym and in the summer,” senior Eric Farley said. During tryouts, the guys put those drills into play to show Coach Caleb Smith they deserve to be on the
team. The people who tried out knows Coach Smith wanted them to all show effort and have basic knowledge and skill for the game. There are 12 to 15 guys on the varsity team. The players know who their major opponents will be this year and how they plan to defeat them. “Our two hardest opponents will probably be Owensboro and Muhlenburg. We will be able to beat them with our defense and rebounding,” senior John Allen said. Every team strives to make it far in tournament, and the basketball team believes they can do just that. Their expectations are set high and they plan to achieve their goals. With the success, hard work and determination of the team in the previous years, the team has big footsteps to fill. “We expect to go as far as the teams in the past and be just as good as them,” junior Paul Wilkerson said.
Swim team embraces new asst. coach Sydney Settle Sports Editor
As the new swimming season splashes in, so does a new assistant coach. Head Coach Kate Abney, who started coaching DC last year, hired Sam Hann to assist her this season. Coach Hann is a senior at Kentucky Wesleyan College, and a former swimmer for Russelville High School where he swam for seven years. He also coached a summer recreational league in Russellville, Ky., post high school graduation. Coach Abney decided to hire Coach Hann after the leaving of former assistant coach Ms. Kristi Mehringer, who moved to Nashville. The team currently has around 45 swimmers, and seems to be growing weekly according to Coach Abney. “Sam (Hann) has a great personality,” Coach Abney said. “He will be an asset to our team, and has a great
deal of enthusiasm for high school swimming.” The swimmers’ opinion toward Coach Hann prove Coach Abney true. “He pushes you hard, but he is funny,” sophomore Maggie Abney said. Senior Dawsie Shelton agrees. “He is a hardworking coach and pushes us to our limits,” Shelton said. “He has a good sense of humor.” Coach Abney’s and Hann’s coaching philosophy coincide well. The two both stress good technique and endurance swimming during practice. Coach Abney continues to plan and run the team’s practices for the most part, but Coach Hann plans his own practices on occasion. The team’s first meet will be on Nov. 16th in Bowling Green, Ky., at Greenwood High School. The Western Kentucky Relays will be held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the HealthPark in Owensboro.
Line Training Emily Ferguson Intern That’s it. The end. The goal. The final destination. The finish line. The Red Line. For the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams, the Red Line Training series is preparation for the end: regional and state meets. The last four Mondays prior to state are spent on a training regimen designed to push runners farther than they’ve ever gone before, breaking records and boosting confidence. “It’s the most intense work we do all year,” said boys’s cross country coach Tony Rowe. Red Line Training involves four weeks of rigorous training that follows this schedule: Week one, two miles running full out, followed by a 15 minute rest, then one mile, followed by a three-minute rest, and then one more mile. Week two involves three miles full out, followed by and 15 minute rest, then another mile. Week three, the runners go two miles again, with a 15 minute break, followed by a one mile run. The final week, the week of the state meet, entails one mile, a three-minute rest, and one last mile. In his book, “Trails, Trials, and Triumphs,” Coach Rowe describes Red Line and its benefits. “We do RLT on the roads, in race shoes,
over courses that are meticulously measured for accuracy. The idea is to run [at a] much faster pace (especially in the one and two mile segments) than races. Most of our athletes will run personal best times over these distances during RLT, and it has a definite impact on their confidence at this critical time of the season,” Rowe said. When asked his opinion of Red Line Training, senior Evan Ehrenheim agreed that it was the hardest workout of the year. However, the fact that runners go all-out, resulting in new personal bests for many of them, is a definite plus for a runner’s self-esteem. “It boosts everybody’s confidence,” Ehrenheim said. “But you feel pretty sick after.” Despite the toll it takes on a runner’s body, senior Madolyn Smith said that she likes Red Line Training. “It really prepares us for regionals and state coming up,” Smith said. Even without the extra training, both DC cross country teams have had a great season thus far. Both Ehrenheim and Smith said that they’re prepared for the upcoming competitions. “We’re definitely ready,” Smith said. The regional meet will be held on Nov. 6 at Yellow Creek park. The boys’ race will begin at 2 p.m. and the girls at 2:45.
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