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CONSTRUCTION The high school’s only remaining hallway is now gone, and the lockers have been removed. The only way to get from the band room to the weight room is through the cafegymatorium or by going outside.

What’s Up? •Oct. 2 Homecoming •Oct. 14 End of 1st nine weeks •Oct. 14 Bonfire for Abilene football •Oct. 19 No school —Teacher Inservice •Oct. 20-24— FFA National Convention

Who Knew? •28 journalism students traveled to Kansas State for the annual KSPA fall conference Sept. 22. •Eligible juniors were inducted into the National Honors Society Sept. 27 at the annual NHS Induction Ceremony.

Junior Nick Paschal shakes hands with Principal Kevin Suther after being inducted into NHS. photo by Michelle Klekot

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Ground-breaking ceremony kicks off construction effort kurtis keating Editor

As the new school year is well underway, so is the construction of the three new schools. The construction began with a “Ground— breaking” event Aug. 20. “We had the ground-breaking event to ceremonially start the building process officially and to get the students, staff and community excited,” said Principal Kevin Suther. The Chapman High School dancers and cheerleaders got to attend all three ground-breaking events to showcase their school spirit and try to keep the kids excited throughout the entire event. “It was really boring because all they did was shovel,” said junior cheerleader Nick Paschal. “I did like seeing all the little kids get really excited for it though.” Now that the groundwork has been finished the workers have began to work on the foundations of the new schools. After the foundation is completed the next steps, will be to put the walls

up and roofing the school. There are high hopes that the construction can continue without any setbacks. “If everything goes well we are hoping to be able to start connecting the new building to the old one this summer,” Suther said. The goal for the new schools to be completed is December 2010, which means students and teachers will be able to use it for the second semester of next school year. “I hope the construction goes well so we can actually use the new school before we graduate, because I’m tired of going to school in the trailers,” said junior Paige Shumaker. If the construction goes well it would also make the class of 2011 the first class to graduate from the new high school. “I’m excited to see the new school,” said junior Chad Williams. “I think it would be cool to be the first class to graduate from it.”

Principal Kevin Suther speaks to the high school student body at the GroundBreaking ceremony Aug. 20. photo by Kurtis Keating.

School cracks down on homework habits tyler schultz Reporter

As if taking a zero on the work you don’t turn in isn’t bad enough, try not turning it in and taking a climb up the new Responsibility Ladder that was implemented this fall. The Responsibility Ladder was made to try and improve the communication between student, teacher, parent and office. It was also added to get NHS students and the new online homework Web site involved in tutoring sessions for students who are having homework difficulties. “I would say the experience of the administration and teachers is that the majority of students have problems in classes because of not turning in homework,” said Principal Kevin Suther, who first brought up the idea of the plan to teachers at the beginning of the year in-service. Some students disagree with the

new guidelines, saying it should be up to the students and parents to monitor their work. “I think its ridiculous. Students should be able to handle their own responsibilities, instead of having to be strapped down” said sophomore Trey Schultz The goal is for students who are having problems with homework to benefit from the program. After the third missed assignment, students will be assigned a tutor, or they can be assigned a personal plan after school on the Homework Kansas Web site. However, if the personal plans and the tutors aren’t helping and the students are still missing assignments, they will be placed in the Opportunity Room class for at least the next nine week grading period. “As far as a short term effect, the plan is working,” Suther said. “We won’t know the long-term effects until further analysis is done and all grades come out.”

Chapman All-School Reunion Chapman held an all-school alumni reunion Sept. 5. Look inside to see news and highlights on the day’s events and activities.

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RESPONSIBILITY LADDER STEPS FOR MISSED ASSIGNMENTS IN EACH CLASS STEP 1 Warning card

STEP 2 Conference with the student and an e-mail or a call to the parent STEP 3 Conference with the student, call to the parent, and a meeting with the counselor or administration to develop a personal plan which is signed and mailed. STEP 4 Conference with student, call to parents for a SIT meeting, and contact with the counselor; and an hour of tutoring required before or after school. STEP 5 Conference with the student, call to the parent, contact with the counselor, and student is required to take the Opportunities Room immediately if before the nine week period or the next semester if after the nine week period.

Dalton “Kansas Ranger”

Chapman’s own Dalton Cooper shares his skills and secrets as to what it takes to be a professional saddle bronc rider.

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Myranda Clark Reporter

for the weather being cooler than normal. We don’t have to sweat like a pig anymore. for the Responsibility Ladder. Our parents watch over us enough. to Topeka Hayden for donating the money from two Notre Dame tickets that were sold on eBay. The tickets went for $780, and the money will be used for the school rebuilding project. for the ambulance visits to sports practices. We had three before any games started. for Germ-X. Use it, and don’t catch the swine flu.

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How do you feel about the new Responsibility Ladder?

I think it’s a good idea, but I don’t think it will be effective.

Brogan Britt, Senior

I don't like it, because I think that getting a zero on the assignment is enough punishment.

Chad Williams, Junior

I think it's a good thing. Any way we can help students keep up with their work can only be a positive.

Trevor Williams, History Teacher

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Students and staff are having a hard time trying to find a place to park, due to a decreasing number of spaces because of construction. Approximately 30 spaces have been lost since the June 11 tornado. photo by Kurtis Keating Sarah Poland Editor

Parking can be as stressful as any part of driving, especially for students at Chapman High School. As construction begins, the parking situation continues to worsen. The climax of all this stress is found in the northwest student parking lot. Construction on the new school has taken away previous parking areas, such as the teacher’s strip on the east side of the old building

northwest parking lot could soon become more than just confusion and some small fender benders if something is not done soon. This situation is already a big problem for students who drive to school everyday. Even in this period of transition the school must still provide safe parking, and right now our parking is borderline unsafe. In order to solve our parking problem, the northwest lot needs to be re-marked. Individual

spaces need to be more clear, and the direction of traffic-flow needs to be changed so cars can get out after school in one piece. Then it will be up to the students to take responsibility on parking and backing up their cars safely. Although there are many more important things to be done for CHS, simply re-marking the northwest parking lot is something that would be an immediate change for the better.

StuCo sets standard for other clubs Kurtis Keating Editor

The school year has just started, but Student Council hasn’t wasted any time by making an impact with new ideas and a new (old) sponsor. StuCo started the year off by giving the teachers a “Welcome Back” package featuring items such as candy and organizational items like rubber bands, paper clips, and a note pad. They also gave new students a similar gift to welcome them to the school. While it may not have been anything fancy, it did show that people care enough to try to help make them feel welcomed. StuCo also provided free sno-cones for everybody at a recent lunch and provided donuts for the entire school one morning. Although StuCo does have a new sponsor this year, as Cheri Tajchman is taking over for Trevor Williams, it’s a job that Tajchman is familiar with, as she

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and the strip on the southwest corner of the school’s lot. While the first area was taken away at the beginning of the previous school year, the Southwest strip was taken away just this year, which caused even more parking problems for students and teachers. With the loss of these two parking zones, many are forced to park in the northwest student lot, causing crowding and even the occasional fender bender. The problems with the

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was the sponsor for the 2007¬08 school year as well. This has helped because she already knew what to expect, and it made it an easy transition for her and the StuCo members. StuCo has been able to do all of these new activities while still continuing their traditional Freshman First Dance at the beginning of the school year, which helps make new students feel comfortable with the school. StuCo also sponsored the Freshmen Orientation Dance, which also featured a texting contest and a hula hoop contest with prizes for the winners. They even gave away free beach balls. StuCo has been very busy trying to help make the school year fun and unique for everyone. They’ve been doing a lot of extra work for the students and the staff this year that they didn’t have to do. We just hope everyone appreciates what they’re doing. Their hard work isn’t going unnoticed.

by staff members. Due to the limits of staff time and the fact that The Dickinsonian is produced by students, some events may not be covered as thoroughly as mature readers would like. National and international news will be part of the publication as related to CHS students. Opinions printed in The Dickinsonian do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the student body as a whole, nor of the staff, faculty or administration. Editorial topics will be chosen by the main editors. Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 words. Unsigned letters to the editor will not be accepted by the staff. The editorial staff withholds the right to publish letters and to edit letters as needed to prepare them for publication. The staff will not publish materials which are obscene, libelous or invasive of privacy of others. Community service projects will be sought and undertaken by the newspaper when possible. Staff members are journalism students. Students are encouraged to learn responsibility, cooperation, self-reliance and dependability in a supervised school situation.

Laughing as they enjoy their sno-cones, sophomore Addie Mayberry and junior Allie Day take a break from serving the treats as StuCo members. photo by Sarah Tajchman

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Coeditors-in-chief: Kurtis Keating and Sarah Poland


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Seniors get on-the-job training F.A.C.S. teacher Sonya Anders gives Advanced Foods and Nutrition students experience Kurtis Keating Editor

Working at Sonic may not sound like a dream job to everyone, but for seniors Brian Jackson and Josiah Steele, it’s an once-in-alifetime opportunity. The two students are enrolled in Advanced Foods and Nutrition, and to be in that class you have to have a job dealing with food distribution that incorporates onthe-job training and be on pay roll. “They took the required Foods and Nutrition class, and they are now in the Advanced Foods and Nutrition class,” said Family and Consumer Science teacher Sonya Anders. “I can put my students in an occupation for a job for anyone who wants to go into a certain career area.” Jackson and Steele have a wide variety of jobs they are asked to do on a daily basis. “We slice tomatoes, make onion rings, refill the ketch-up, pick up the grounds and help clean out the freezer,” Steele said.

Unified Studies teacher Brian Grossnickle said Jackson and Steele are gaining valuable work experience that will help them now as well as in the future. “Both of them are learning job skills they will use later on in life,” added Unified Studies teacher Amy Osborne. Jackson said he enjoys working at Sonic not only for the experience but also for the added perks. “I like working at Sonic because I like cleaning out the freezer, and we get a free drink when we’re working too,” Jackson said. Steele said he hopes to continue to work at Sonic and even make it his career. “I really like working at Sonic, because it’s my dream job,” Steele said. Although it’s early on in the process, Anders said she is pleased with the progress they are making. “I’m really excited for them. They’re doing a good job, and I’m really proud of them.”

I really like working at Sonic, because it’s my dream job. -Josiah Steele Senior

ABOVE: Seniors Brian Jackson and Josiah Steele share a laugh while ripping up boxes before taking them to the dumpster. LEFT: Steele picks cheese while working at his new job. The two work four days a week for one hour each day. photos by Kurtis Keating

Illness invades CHS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Matt Krinhop Senior

Activities: Football, Baseball, National Honor Society, Tri-M, FFA, SADD Favorite Class: “I like being a teachers aide, because it’s easy.” What does this award mean? “I don’t know what to say about being Student of the Month. It’s like wow! I see those cool kids on CHN, and now I am one.”

Activities: Tennis, Computer Club, Band Favorite Class: “My favorite class is Irish Ink. You get to design brochures, banners, flyers and invitations. It’s a lot of fun.” What does this award mean ? “It’s an honor to be Student of the Month, because the teachers noticed that I try to do well in school.”

Lacy Mann Junior

Megan Thurlow Reporter

It’s in the air. You can’t smell it, see it or touch it, but you can definitely feel it. Students and staff at Chapman High School have been battling sicknesses from day one of school, and it may only get worse. Body aches, fevers and sore throats are only a few symptoms attacking the students, but many of them cannot find the culprits. District Nurse Jill Schultz said being outside before, during and after school causes a lot of allergies, and being inside lets germs accumulate. Even with the attempts to prevent illness, many people have still ended up catching the bug. Overlooked sharing centers for bacteria are telephones, desktops, computer keyboards and door handles. Germs tend to congregate on surfaces humans touch the most. “The best thing anyone can do to avoid getting sick is to wash their hands,” Schultz said. With the media constantly publicizing the H1N1 virus, otherwise known as the Swine Flu, many students are more cautious when they get sick. “As far as the Swine Flu goes,” Schultz said, “we need to be

Freshman experiences H1N1 firsthand Symptoms of a runny nose, sore throat, fevers and bad headaches led freshman Alexandria Cunningham to soon realize she would be diagnosed with H1N1. Her brother was first confirmed with H1N1, then a day later her and her parents began getting symptoms which left them in the doctor’s office getting a medication Cunningham called “Tamiflu.” Family members were required to wear masks when leaving their house and they could not prepare any meals. They were to have someone sanitary cook meals so symptoms wouldn’t stay around longer within their household. Cunnigham was out of school for four days to avoid her from spreading the contagious symptoms.

careful and watch out for them.” At least 20 students were gone the first two weeks of school from illnesses, leaving the teachers stumped as well. “It just shocks me that it’s awfully early in the school year for kids to be going home sick,” said sophomore English teacher Collette Erickson. “It seems like they’re all having a hard time.” Not only do unhealthy students affect lesson plans and attendance records, classmates are suffering as well. Junior Sarah Tajchman said it has been difficult focusing while surrounded by sniffling or coughing students.

“When you’re sick, all you can think about is the way you feel,” Tajchman said. “Every little noise gets to you, and it gets very distracting.” Schoolwork isn’t the only aspect of students troubles. Practice participation and athlete quality reach extremely low levels when players aren’t feeling well. If an athlete goes home, they aren’t allowed to participate in the next event, but if they decide to stay and practice the rest of the team may get sick, too. “Practices can’t run smoothly when players aren’t 100 percent,” Tajchman said.


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Bringing back old me Labor “Day” of love

Pacesetter Connie Stillwagon hands out spirit beads to Chapman High School alumni who were enjoying the good weather during the All-School reunion. photo by Kurtis Keating Elizabeth Forsyth Reporter

Why would 750 people come back to their alma mater over Labor Day weekend? Some say it was because “we love Chapman.” The first ever Chapman High School All-School Reunion was held Sept. 5 at the football field and District Gym. The event was a vision of Annette (Shotsy) Gabrick, a 1970 graduate of Chapman High School, after last year’s tornado. Gabrick returned to Chapman following the tornado but could only offer comforting words due to an injured foot. It was after seeing the destruction the tornado left behind that she decided an all-school reunion would be a great way to bring the alumni back. “I was devastated after the storm,” Gabrick said. “Since I couldn’t do anything, I had the idea of a reunion. Then I thought, ‘why not an All-School Reunion.’” Planning the event started taking place immediately. Gabrick contacted a group called the “Pacesetters,” who consisted of more than 20 people of all ages that either graduated from Chapman or were activity in the community. With the Pacesetters and volunteers that according to Gabrick “came out of the woodwork,” the planning went full speed ahead. High school secretary Terry Miller was in charge of recording the registration information the alumni sent back. “I had to record the information

as the registrations came in, which was 750 people,” Miller said. “It’s taken many, many hours.” The vision was for this to be a big event, but Gabrick said she didn’t realize just how big it had become. “I did (imagine it to be this big) in my heart, mind and soul, but seeing it on paper made me freak,” Gabrick said. The event started at noon on Saturday with registration and ended at 9:00 p.m. with a fireworks show. One of the extra special events of the day was when former long-time choir teacher Don Miller conducted the alumni in the school song. “I was really excited about Don Miller being there to direct us on one song,” Gabrick said. “It was a joy to a lot of people.” The event officially had more than 900 people attend with spouses, children and friends included. Some people even suggested that a second all-school reunion should be held again next year. “All the guests who came really had a good time and thoroughly enjoyed it,” said former high school secretary Imogene Caughron. Gabrick said she had a vision of reuniting alumni of Chapman, and she thought that goal was achieved. “I wanted to do something for my hometown,” Gabrick said. “I wanted to bring love and energy back into the town that will never be the same. I am who I am today because of the teachers, and because we love Chapman.”

Let the good times r o l l

Chapman High School Alumni from ages 18 to 92 spent a day together on Sept. 5, at the high school’s first ever All School-Reunion. The alumni had some time to catch up during the numerous events that were held throughout the day.

12-4 p.m. Mix and Mingle: visit with classmates

4-6 p.m. FFA Barbecue

6:30 p.m. All Alumni Photo


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Chapman High School’s all-school reunion offered a chance for all CHS alumni to meet and reminisce

Speak Out

What did you do to help at the All-School Reunion? Rick Hall— Janitor My job was to maintain the grounds and buildings. I was very excited about it.

7 p.m. School Song Tony Frieze Speaks 1935 Time Capsule Opened

7:30 p.m. Drawing for Fund-raiser (profits went towards school rebuilding effort) Musical Number (directed by Don Miller) 8 p.m. Mixed Ensembles Choir Songs (for anyone who wanted to participate) Separate Talent Segment All-Alumni Band Performance

9 p.m. Fireworks Show At Football Stadium

Terry Miller— Secretary My role was to record the registrations and keep track of the lunch and T-shirt sales. I think it was very successful since it is the first time we’ve done something like this. Wendy Sundahl— Art Teacher My role was to help T-Works make the Tshirts for the reunion. I think the reunion was a cool idea for everyone instead of just one graduating class, and it provided a morale boost. Karl Janke— FFA Member I helped set up the barbeque, I also served and helped clean up afterwards. I think it was pretty awesome.

Tony Frieze— Superintendent I think we have the best alumni, and I couldn’t wait to see old acquaintances as well as make new ones. Tara Lindahl— FFA Sponsor We provided the evening meal. It was a great chance to reconnect and raise money for the schools.

Imogene Caughron— Former CHS Secretary I was a member of the pacesetters, so I helped with registrations, and I helped get the word out as well as attended the meetings. I think it was an enthusiastic endeavor and was enjoyed by all attendees. Matt Weller— Journalism Teacher I took the picture of the entire group in the district gym. It was challenging, because you are taking a picture of hundreds of people at one time.


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The number of girls out for tennis this year, which is the most head coach Cheri Tajchman has had since she started coaching.

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The completion percentage of junior quarterback Chad Williams, as he completed 12 of his 15 passes to help the Irish beat Concordia 21-12 Sept. 18.

What’s Up? •Oct. 2 Football vs. Clay Center •Oct. 5 NCKL Tennis @ Clay Center •Oct. 8 Volleyball @ Marysville •Oct 8 Cross Country Chapman Invitational •Oct. 9 Football @ Marysville •Oct. 15 Senior Night Volleyball vs. Wamego

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Gym makes progress Sarah Poland Editor

The cafegymatorium will soon have one less title in its name. That’s because with construction underway, the high school gym will be completed soon if all goes as planned. Construction of the gym is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of second semester. The new version of the gym will look similar to the old one but will be improved. “The structure is going to be much stronger,” Suther said. “There will be a steel shell in the foundation of the gym. It will also be more insulated than it was before.” Along with a stronger foundation, the gym will have completely new floors, goals, bleachers and scoreboards. “Nothing was able to be saved except the original exterior limestone and shell of the building, so everything inside will have to be completely replaced,” Suther said. Another addition to the gym will be a door on the southwest

A construction crew works on the siding and roof at the high school gym. The gym is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the second semester. photo by Sarah Poland side where there is currently an open hole in the wall. The door was added in order to keep up with fire codes that had changed after the gym was originally built and provide an opening for construction vehicles.

As the completion date nears, progress has seemed slow at times to students and teachers who walk by it each day. “We have had some setbacks,” Suther said. “One of those was that the concrete floor which they

thought they would be able to use had to be torn out because of some water leaks and tunnels that caused weakness.” The construction team worked on ripping out the concrete floor. After that was completed, they began working on the ceiling and walls, which they needed to do before they can start on inside details like the wood floors. With a new gym in sight, many are looking forward to the expansion. P.E. teacher and head volleyball coach Nicole Howard said it will be nice to have more space that is not constantly interrupted and to have no chairs and tables outlining the walls. Weightlifting students are looking forward to more light-hearted advantages. “Weights will be more fun, because we will be able to have more game days,” said junior Nick Paschal. Look for assemblies, P.E. classes and sporting events to be moved to the gym around the beginning of second semester, which means goodbye cafegymatorium.

Coaching carousel continues at CHS Kurtis Keating Editor

•Oct. 16 Football vs. Abilene

Athlete of the Month Boys’ Basketball Who’s Out: Assistant Coach Derek Berns Who’s In: Trevor Williams

WILL MCLAUGHLIN

Baseball Who’s Out: Head Coach Mark Mayberry Who’s In: Assistant Coach Matt Dalke (former assistant Kyle Cook also became head coach)

Volleyball Who’s Out: Head Coach Lindsey Begnoch Who’s In: Assistant Coach Carla Thomas (former assistant Nicole Howard became head coach)

Football Who’s Out: Assistant Coaches Mark Mayberry, Josh Schlesener, and Steve Schuler Who’s In: Andre Favors and Jim Aguirre

STATS McLaughlin has finished first out of all the CHS boys runners at every meet he competed in this season. COACH ZUMBRUNN “Will has came out with a positive attitude this year, and he has been working harder this season. He medaled at the Abilene meet. He is also the number one varsity boys runner right now.”

Girls’ Basketball Who’s Out: Assistant Coach Kyle Cook Who’s In: Hannah Thayer

Track Who’s Out: Assistant Coach Trevor Williams Who’s In: Andre Favors

Dance Who’s Out: Sponsor Amanda McKeeman Who’s In: Jill Schultz


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don’t even know what the sport is. Saddle bronc riding is riding a bucking horse. The goal is to ride the horse for eight seconds. If you do that you get points, and the rider with the highest score wins. My Dad got me started my freshman year in 2006. He used to do it, and that got me started.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SADDLE BRONC RIDING

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To have a success, you have to first believe you can do it. I got first at State in Topeka in June, and the top four at State qualified for Nationals. Then I got 10th in Nationals in Farmington, New Mexico in July. Since the beginning of July, I’ve been on 47 head and bucked off of only two. In a two-year period, my dad was on 147 head and only bucked off nine times.

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There’s a lot of good to come if you don’t get bucked off. I enjoy doing it. I got a full-ride scholarship, I get paid to do it, I meet new people, and it’s a good adrenaline rush.

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I have big plans in store for my future. I have a full-ride scholarship to Fort Scott Community College. My ultimate goal is to make National Finals Rodeo (NFR). I also want to be in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association. (PRCA)

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Finding a place and time to practice is more difficult than you think. I practice three or four times a month. It’s hard to practice around here because not many people have bucking horses. To ride saddle bronc takes a lot of skill and practice.

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The competitions are all over. I compete every weekend in different places. I go all over the Midwest to places like Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

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The numbeR of competitions is outrageous. I’ve been in a lot of competitions. It’s a high cost to participate, but if you win you get paid a lot, too. The most I’ve made in a competition so far is $2,000.

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‘The Hangover’ lives up to expectations A new movie that was released this past summer was “The Hangover.” This movie was one of the best comedies that has come around in a long time. If nothing else, it will keep you laughing out of your seats the entire time. Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms star in the movie, which is based on a group of educated men who get themselves into many adventures that they don’t remember the next day. All four pack up and head to their hotel without a clue of what is about to happen to them. The crew heads out to go gamble at their hotel, and hilarious antics ensue. During one scene they end up at former boxer Mike Tyson’s

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house intoxicated and steal his tiger. They also take a Chinese man hostage in the trunk of their Mercedes. One of the actors in the movie even gets married to a stripper and loses a tooth during the experience. After waking up after this bender, they find the hotel room is destroyed. They eventually find a baby in the elevator and link the baby to a stripper, which is how they find out about the marriage. Once they realize the groom is missing, they try annul the marriage and give the baby back to the stripper while the groom is missing the entire time. All of these are the small details inside the larger story line. This movie shows the risks

you can take while being under the influence of alcohol. Having a good time is different from not remembering what happened the night of your bachelor party. With all the different scenes the movie projects, I would hope people would be more aware of what could happen when they drink. Finding a baby, missing a tooth and waking up with a Siberian tiger may seem a bit over the top, but it does show that bad things can happen to you when you are intoxicated. As more and more movies are being released, they seem to just be repeats of older movies, but “The Hangover” is an original, funny movie that qualifies for an instant classic title in my book.

Mariah McAntee Reporter

With more than 30 new students at Chapman High School this year, there are all kinds of new faces roaming the sidewalks. Do you think you could guess who this one is?

1. I am a junior.

2. I came from Alaska but was born in Missouri. 3. I play soccer and love to read. 4. I live in the outskirts of Chapman.

5. I have dirty blonde hair and blue eyes. Answer: Junior Jenna Brenner

Allie Day Reporter


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Returning sponsor Cheri Tajchman makes sure club sets goals high Kurtis Keating Editor

While some clubs have just started to decide their yearly goals and plans, that is not the case for Student Council, as they have hit the ground running from the first day of school. The club has already hosted Freshman First Orientation Day before the first day of school. They also sponsored the annual Freshman Orientation Dance. The club isn’t just focusing on freshmen though. StuCo also gave teachers and new students a “Welcome Back” gift package at the beginning of the year to help make them feel welcome. Members have also came up with some new ideas this year to help make the school year fun and unique. They handed out free sno-cones during lunch to students and staff. They also handed out free doughnuts to all the students and teachers one day in September to start the day off right. One daily change is that StuCo now reads the morning announcements over the intercom. All of this is a way to make sure students feel welcomed. “I think we helped the freshmen become more comfortable with the school this year, and we have good senior and junior leadership to get things done the right way,” said senior Austin Abeldt. “There’s a lot of new ideas and activities coming up as well.”

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1. Senior Austin Abeldt

and sophomore Bailey Hurford pour ice into a Sno-Cone maker. StuCo members handed out the free dessert to students during lunch. photo by Sarah Tajchman

2. Senior Gaij Powell hands out a doughnut to freshman Alex Cunningham before school. photo by Sarah Poland

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pool, StuCo members Julian Morgan, Stephania Nelson, Nick Paschal and Alex Jones play chicken during StuCo’s beginning-of-the-year Ice Cream Social. photo by Sarah Tajchman

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4. Freshman Diana Abbott

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