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District aims to balance breakfast
2007 Levy Results
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, three fourths of the school districts in Minnesota who were seeking additional property tax dollars passed their levies. More specifically, according to the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA), 75 out of the 99 Minnesota school districts surveyed voted ‘yes’ that day. According to Principal Julie Wikelius, many factors go into the passing of a levy. “[Passing a levy] depends on the number of families with kids in school,” said Wikelius. “The majority of city schools’ voters don’t have school-aged kids and so levies might not apply to them. But [voters] can sometimes help the value of their homes if they live in a good school district. People consider that while voting.” According to Minnesota Public Radio, last year only 29 out of 69 districts passed their levies. However, in 2003, over 75 percent of school districts passed their levies. Although the Mounds View School District passed its levy in November of last year, many other school districts around MV were involved in levies this year. Schools districts like White Bear Lake, Osseo, and Stillwater all passed their levies in November. According to the White Bear Lake District website, their levy was passed with 10,057 votes in favor and 5,804 votes against.
By Sarah Wang
Mounds View’s annual Student Council food drive, held Nov. 5-9, weighed in at 11,689 pounds this year. For reaching its goal of 10,000 pounds, English teacher David Weinberg (above) and two other Student Council members dyed their hair green.
On Friday, Nov. 9, the MV football team played the Eastview Lightning in the State Quarterfinals at Griffin Stadium. The final score was 13-21 in favor of Eastview. After winning the Section 2 AAAAA tournament in October, the Mustangs became the fourth team in MV history to advance to State.
photos by David Derong
Mounds View’s new breakfast program, implemented fall of this school year, allows students to purchase morning breakfast through the school. The program is partially funded by the state and offers a wider variety of foods than the current Alacarte program. The breakfast program was put into effect to improve students’ nutrition by offering a complete breakfast. Also, this year, enough MV students qualified in the lowincome range that the school was able to provide a free or reduced cost breakfast. About seven percent of students have already applied for and received free or reduced meals. Qualified students receive breakfast at no charge. Students who do not qualify can purchase the same breakfast for $1.20 between 7:05 and 7:25 a.m. The total cost of the meal is realistically much higher, but prices were lowered due to assistance from state funding and the meal’s combination style. One of the breakfast combos available is a bagel sandwich, juice or fruit, and milk. Another combo is cereal with yogurt, juice or fruit, and milk. Twice a week, the school offers special options like French toast with sausages, bagels with cream cheese, caramel or cinnamon rolls, rolls with yogurt, omelets, and a ham and cheese egg bake, which is a casserole-like dish. “The menu was designed so that the foods would meet nutri-
photo by Debbie Li
A MV student purchases one of the various breakfast combos now offered by the school for purchase in the mornings. tional guidelines regarding the said Jenny Graham, 10. amounts of proteins, fruits, and Yet one of the factors workgrains offered. This program ing against MV’s breakfast proshould provide the opportunity gram is that it is relatively new, for students to get a good breakand therefore not widely known. fast,” said Principal Julie According to Cook Terry Wikelius. Pedersen, the Alacarte program Many students like the prois the more popular breakfast gram. choice right now. “I think the breakfast pro“The breakfast program is gram is a really good idea. fairly new, and not many people Before, I would just grab a snack know about it,” said Pederson, from the Alacarte program, but “We’re hoping that more people now I can eat a complete breakbecome aware of the breakfast fast,” said Nicole Tallarico, 10. program and start to purchase Nina Peterson, 10, said that from it.” after she started buying breakfast The intention of the new at school, she had “more energy” breakfast program is to encourand could “concentrate more in age students to eat healthy. class.” Head Cook Cathy Murphy However, not all find the new said, “Students should start their breakfast program necessary. day in a healthy and nutritional “I can get everything I need way. Nutrition services wanted for breakfast from the Alacarte all students to be able to have program. I don’t think many peo- breakfast.” ple eat a big breakfast anyway,”
By Christina Xia staff writer
LEVY continued on page 5
Unwelcome advertisements Energy Nightclub has continually placed flyers on Mounds View cars, something the administration does not condone. By Natalia Kruse staff writer
On Friday, Nov. 2, Energy Nightclub placed advertising cards on the windshields of students’ cars in the Mounds View parking lot. The cards gave information on a 16+ Thanksgiving “White Out” party and promoted two dollars off for those dressed in all-white clothing until 9 p.m. Energy Nightclub did not have permission to put the ads on the cars, and the school administration does not know how they got into the parking lot. Parking lot supervisor Michelle Dawson said she “…wasn’t aware of that happening.” Principal Julie Wikelius and
Associate Principal Mark Tateosian were also unaware Energy had advertised in the lot until after the school day had ended. Energy Nightclub has placed ads on MV cars before this incident without receiving direct permission from the school. “We have said no to Energy Nightclub in the past, along with other companies that have wanted to advertise,” said Wikelius. “We say no because the students don’t want the advertisement, and the cards create a mess.” According to Tateosian, Mounds View has never granted a company permission to advertise in the parking lot. “[The company] would have to have a pretty good argument to persuade us to allow them to advertise here,” said Tateosian. “I believe district policy would have to be checked before allowing a company to advertise.” Although Mounds View doesn’t give companies permission to advertise in the parking lot, they do allow advertisements on small triangular billboards in the football stadium and receive some revenue from the companies. “We try to avoid putting advertisements where kids are
forced to be, such as the classroom. Since students don’t have to be at the sporting events in the stadium, we allow advertisement there,” said Tateosian. Besides creating a mess, Mounds View does not allow companies to place ads on cars because the message on the ads may not coincide with the message MV wants to send to students. “It’s something we neither endorse nor want to happen. We say no to them because nightclubs are against the school’s message,” said Wikelius. Although Energy did not receive permission to advertise, it is not illegal for them to place the cards on the cars. Though the cards have only been placed on cars twice this year, if it begins to happen more frequently, the school may report it to the police as trespassing, which is illegal. “The cards are unnecessary and I don’t see any benefit for the school,” said Tateosian. Many students agree with the administration and questioned Energy’s ethical right to advertise its nightclub image in a school parking lot. “I think the images nightclubs have are inappropriate for
photo illustration by Debbie Li
Energy Nightclub placed ads on student cars in the MV parking lot on Friday, Nov. 2. The school did not give Energy permission to advertise, but it is not illegal for them to do so. a school’s parking lot to have,” said Taylor Warnes, 11. Maria Cocoran, 11, said,“If someone wanted to go to the club, the cards would help by providing the date, time, and what special activity is going on, but other than that, I think the cards are kind of pointless. They don’t make people go there.”
SAD m a n IES?
op T 10 Reasons to date an underclassman
10 8 6
Impress them with stories about Jae
Nostalgic about that ‘awkward’ phase
Creepy is just another word for mysterious
No one else is shorter than you
Mundane things like driving impress them
Good practice for when you’re way older
That warm comforting sensation of corrupting someone
See what the distrust of other parents is like
Always wanted to get closer to your younger sibling’s friends
Flee your reputation
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November 30, 2007
Turmoil hits Turkey: America’s ongoing Middle East dilemma By Sean Moore & Luke Hutchison staff writers
Bursts of AK-47 fire thundered along the Iraq-Turkey border late last October. But the fight was not between U.S. soldiers and Iraqi insurgents as normally is the case. Instead, it was between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish rebels of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). The rebels were in the midst of a cross-border raid, in which 12 Turkish soldiers were killed and eight were captured. This and other similar events occurring around the TurkeyIraq border are quite disconcerting for both Turks and Kurds alike, and the U.S. should take heed of the situation. If America does nothing to mend the growing rift between the two regions, or worse, actively aids Turkey to crush the Kurdish rebels, disastrous repercussions could abound. By no means should America condone the warfare the PKK is waging; they are on the State Department’s list of Terrorist Organizations for good reason. However, Turkish leaders, especially those in the military, refuse to acknowledge calls for an independent Kurdish nation, let alone respond to the current autonomous government currently leading the Kurdish region. This frustrating refusal to accept Kurdish independence in any form has been coupled with past attempts by Turkey to wipe Kurds from the planet. It is no doubt the motivation for the PKK’s actions. However, if the U.S. sides with Turkey on this matter, the
results could prove devastating to future U.S./Kurd relations, and through association, the Iraqi view of America. By supporting Turkey, the U.S. would effectively be condoning the oppression of Kurds, who have been vital in establishing and leading the new Iraqi government, and establishing and overhauling Iraqi infrastructure. If the U.S. acts against Kurds they will be losing their most influential ally in Iraq, and the cooperation of Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, who is a Kurd. The U.S. has worked for years to form these tenuous and volatile alliances, and a major misstep could easily undo this progress. The bridges to democracy in Iraq, carefully pieced together since the U.S. invasion, could quickly be burned, especially if the Turkish incursion escalates further. The results could prove catastrophic if this occurs: with Iraqis blaming the U.S. and Turkey for their woes, an all-out civil war could occur. Worse still, the Kurdish or Iraqi government, or both, may retaliate against Turkey and openly rebel against America. Furthermore, if Turkey is allowed to invade Iraq (and surely the 100,000 troops on the Turkey-Iraq border indicate that they plan to do so) the U.S. will most certainly need to intervene. If they do not, the world will bear witness to the most heinous attempt at ethnic cleansing of the century, which Turkish government and military has been attempting to accomplish since the country’s inception in 1923. The Turkish government has continually attempted to purge Kurds from the earth, most recently in the ‘90s, when the populations of over 4000 vil-
lages and towns were forcibly they are able to broker a ceaseremoved and their crops and fire, they are more likely to be homes burned. Though this hailed as peace-bringers attempt at genocide has been throughout the world, and a new overlooked in the past, failure to impetus will be given to the do so now would be similar to spread of democracy. If they do letting a child poke a beehive not, they will be in the middle with a stick. of a giant swarm of angry bees, It is understandable that the holding the stick that just swatU.S. would want to ted the hive. side with Turkey. The U.S. will undoubtedly Their hard-nosed have trouble navigating the stance and acceptance of choppy waters of this conflict. American foreign policy Yet if they assist the Kurdish has proved vital in the government and oppose U.S.’s war on terror. They Turkey diplomatically, they account for 70% of all U.S. air will no doubt minimize traffic into Iraq and are a vital repercussions from this pipeline for desperately needed already out-of-hand supplies in the country. In addiconflict. tion, their alliance with Israel has helped ease tensions between the Islamic and Israeli leaders. Thus, opposition to Turkish leaders in the form of military action would create an even greater destabilization throughout the Middle East. Nevertheless, the U.S. must oppose a Turkish incursion into Iraq, albeit diplomatically. This will give the U.S. a way to support the Kurdish cause while remaining allies with Turkey. And if Turkey considers these attempts at peace for any length of time, it will undoubtedly become more and more attractive to them. If they go through with their planned offensive, they will likely lose their bid to become a member of the European Union, with all its economic and political benefits. Likewise, if they are able instead to reach a peace deal with the Kurds, they will create photo courtesy of Ali Abbas of the a compelling argument to be European Pressphoto Association accepted into the EU. The U.S. could stand to gain A PKK fighter brandishes his weapon. from this conflict as well. If
Walking in a winter germderland By Karly Bergmann staff writer
I awake from my sterile slumber and take a long antibacterial shower, where I meticulously kill all 99 percent of the germs on me. I then prepare my breakfast and lunch using only plastic-sealed food products, but not before I wash my hands for at least three minutes with warm water and more antibacterial soap. And then, after all this work, I walk through the doors of Mounds View and can almost feel its germ-filled breath coat me with a new layer of grime. I enter a germa-phobe’s hell. One would think that mornings are the best time for someone like me, but haven’t you ever noticed how everyone’s cold is at its worst in the morning? I constantly have to worry about weaving, ducking, and bobbing through the hallways, trying to avoid sneeze-spray like Indiana Jones avoids booby traps, all while finding creative excuses for why I’m holding a dust mask up to my mouth and trying my hardest not to gag when people blow their nose. After braving the early morning hallways, I struggle through my classes. The school actually expects me to share photo by Debbie Li butt space with up to twentyfive other students. And I’m Karly Bergmann, 11, winces as she willing to bet the last student feels gum under her table.
didn’t use a sanitary toilet liner like I have the common courtesy to do. Even if my desk seat is clean, I inevitably spend countless hours washing off the first layer of my skin after touching a bacteria bomb of chewing gum strategically stuck under my desk. Worse still, larger class sizes mean I am surrounded by even more unclean people, some of whom don’t even shower three times a day! Some even offer me their pencils, after their sticky little fingers and spit-filled mouths have touched them. Now, I expect as much from the students, but some of the teachers are just as unsanitary. One of mine has the audacity to LICK HER FINGERS when passing out papers! Oh the horror! I am grateful for class time, though, for when I’m not in class, I’m in the bubbling pools of filth also known as the halls, where my fragile, formerly sterile self is forced into contact with the sweaty, greasy bodies of my peers. After just three minutes I can feel a slimy coat of disease and dirt begin to form on my exposed skin. And if I stop too long in one spot, it gets hard to tear my shoes from the super glue-like substance that coats the linoleum. I wish these situations were the worst of my troubles, but they don’t begin to compare to lunchtime. The second I am
herded into the cafeteria I start to hear the germs laugh at me, for they know there is no escaping them. If they don’t get me when I’m pushing through unclean people in the lunch lines, they get me with the plastic cutlery. That’s their favorite trick. They know I’m going to be eating my safe, sterile packed lunch, so they lurk in the school forks and napkins that countless other germ-ridden people have handled while picking a utensil. And if I happen to bring my own pre-packaged utensils from home, I have no choice but to come into contact with them at the lunch table. Even though my peers have respected my phobia and don’t sit near me anymore, I am still forced to touch the lunch tables. Though the school claims to sanitize them every hour, I have personally witnessed this “cleaning” and felt my soul die as they used a dirty mop to wipe where I am expected to eat. After a long day of tirelessly trying to avoid Mounds View’s bacteria traps my skin is slimier, I can feel the germs crawling in my hair, and my lungs are clogged with other people’s used air. The only thing that keeps me going is the promise of an antibacterial Lysol bath waiting for me when I get home.
NOVEMBER 30, 2007
Whose fault is it, anyway? Writers are in the wrong
By Kirstin Yanisch staff writer
On Monday, Nov. 5, the Writers’ Guild of America officially began their strike along both the East and West coasts. The Writers’ Guild represents almost all of the screenwriters of the television and motion pictures industries. They bargain with movie studios and television networks on both coasts to adjust the contracts of their members. This is the first time they have gone on strike since 1988, and their new goal is to take a piece of the profit from Internet viewings of shows they write for. However, while striking is a legitimate form of protest, for this group it is petty and unnecessary. For starters, according to a New York Times article, “The average working writer in Hollywood takes home about $200,000 a year.” Why then, are they employing the strike, a method used by the migrant farm workers of the 1960s, and airline or auto factory workers who have had a constant struggle maintaining decent conditions in the workplace? These groups were—and are—fighting for
better working conditions and a legitimate wage. Migrant farm workers in the 1960s, according to the Library of Congress website, were protesting their “ninety cents per hour plus ten cents for each basket of produce they picked” salary. Screenwriters on shows that run regularly have a constant and steady income. How can the Writers’ Guild even compare to the plight of these people by employing a strike maneuver? Furthermore, the expectation for residuals on their creative works is an expectation for special treatment over many other jobs. For example, inventors working for corporations, like 3M, create new and creative products every day, but do not get money for each time that product is used. Why should screenwriters be any different? Both create something new and creative that is used or watched by many people. The difference is that one has a practical use, while the other has only entertainment value. So which one should really be profiting? Going into the entertainment industry is a risk in itself. Most people involved in it live job to job, especial-
ly actors. Why then, is it the screenwriters with steady jobs, who are striking, asking for more money? The Writers’ Guild of America has become money hungry and is pushing to increase their already rea-
Producers pinch pennies
By Luke Hutchison staff writer
One Tree Hill, 24, The Colbert Report, Family Guy and almost every other show on a major network has been stopped or turned to re-runs. This is because the Writers’ Guild of America, the union of people who come up with the scripts for many favorite TV shows, has been on strike since early November. Without writers, the shows cannot be produced and as a result, no new shows will be made until a deal is struck. Some shows, like 24, had already finished a few episodes before the strike began, but no The not-so-stark difference between writers and producers. new episodes will be proart by Nate Grann duced. The presonable salaries and requestmiere of 24 that was originally ing special treatment. scheduled to air in January has now Because of this, their use of been pushed back to an undeterthe strike is unreasonable mined date. and ridiculous. Many people have been left behind by the fast-moving information age, including, until recently, many writers for prominent TV
shows. $4.6 billion in revenue is expected to come from the viewing and sale of TV shows on sites such as iTunes and YouTube in the next three years, but the writers will get none of it. The greedy Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers demands that the writers not receive any profit from the “new media” outlets, which forced the writers to strike. Even though the writers were the ones creating much of the content, they were not getting paid a dime just because what they had created was delivered in a new form. In addition to not allowing the writers to make any money from online content, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers only allowed the writers to make four cents on a $20 DVD sold by the studios. All the writers are asking for is a four cent increase on each DVD sold. To put this in perspective, the writers are asking for eight cents of a product that is worth 2000 cents. The writers just want two things. First, to get paid for their work even if it is viewed online. Second, to see an increase of just 4 cents for each DVD sold. But the real question remains: when will I get to watch Jack Bauer escape the ambush of the Chinese terrorists? The answer: thanks to the greedy, stubborn ways of the movie producers is not soon.
Teen Censorship: By Cassie Ahiers
Coming soon to a theater near you
Every year, millions of teenagers are denied their right to see movies due to a trivial factor: their age. Cinemas everywhere are cracking down on their policies and beginning to strictly check IDs. Theaters such as Carmike Cinemas and AMC Theaters are going above and beyond to enforce censorship for teens. “Every Friday and Saturday they hire a cop to check IDs at the door,” said Nickels Krause, 11, a former AMC employee. What happened to the good ol’ days of our parents, when sneaking into smutty films was a rite of passage and all part of growing up? It’s bad enough that our books, websites, and even our lunches are censored at school. Now that same censorship has expanded into the real world, and we can’t escape. All of our choices have been destroyed, and we can no longer be trusted to do simple activities. You can buy a ticket to an R-rated movie when you’re 17 but not 16. What magically happens in this short year that we haven’t been told about? Is this the year that I finally get the birds and the bees talk? Nothing spectacular has happened yet to me, and I’ll be 17 in less than a month.
The fact that I can drive myself to the theater should be enough proof that I can handle a little extra gore in my action flick. I am given the right to get behind the wheel of a car and risk the lives of myself and all the other drivers out there, but I don’t have the right to watch a movie about someone who gets in a crash. “I think it’s ridiculous that the theaters hire a cop now to check IDs, because the MPAA isn’t even the law,” said Krause. Not only that, but now with new rules being enforced at theaters, a 17-year-old can’t buy multiple tickets. Even they aren’t old enough to be trusted, helping to prove that teens, in an adult’s eyes, are all punks just waiting to rob somebody or get some bad ideas from an R-rated film. And yes, many teenagers want to be able to see movies like SuperBad or American Pie, but there are a lot of movies out there that expand our knowledge on things other than sex or drugs. “Rated R movies have taught me not to let snakes on a plane or negotiate with terrorists,” said Jack Basten, 11. Besides being entertaining, movies can be educational and open your eyes to controversial topics that you may not have known about before. Even history teachers play rated R movies
in class, with the permission of parents. Movies like The Patriot or Amistad can be just as, if not, more beneficial to a teenager as it can be for an adult. “In Million Dollar Baby, I learned about a different side of euthanasia than I had before,” said Lauryl Bergmann, 10. And aren’t theaters just hurting themselves by denying teenagers tickets? One way or another, the person is eventually going to see the movie, and that just leaves the cinemas short another $8. Plus, add the price it takes to pay another two ushers to stand guard at the entrances to block teens from entering, and theaters have lost a pretty penny. According to the MPAA, the age group of 12 to 21 year olds represents the largest share of total admissions, weighing in at 36 percent. That’s a total of over 40 million movie-goers that are being turned away. And all this for what? A little extra control over some hooligans? And if it has to be up to anyone, shouldn’t it be up to your parents to decide what you’re able to watch? Last time I checked, my parents know what’s best for me more than some theater executives. Let’s say you get the OK from your parents to go to a rated-R movie. The task of getting in still lies in front of you. You finally convince your par-
photo by Nate Grann
Cassie Ahiers, 11, is denied access to yet another R-rated movie. ents to drive all the way up to your birth certificate too. the theater to buy your ticket, Until the day comes when and as you’re getting your stub censorship for teens is demolripped, the usher stops you, say- ished in theaters, many students ing that you need to be accomwill just have to settle with panied by an adult into the watching Ratatouille. As for me, show. my remaining days as a 16 year And if the fact that mommy old will be spent sneaking into has to buy your ticket isn’t movies and learning about what embarrassing enough, they make goes on when you're finally 17. her hold your hand through the entire movie too. Soon they might not trust that this woman is even your mother, so you’d better start making copies of
November 30, 2007
Strawberry Meth scare surfaces in chain e-mail By John Liu staff writer
On Oct. 30, a chain e-mail was forwarded to at least 100 district staff and social workers, alerting them to a new substance called “Strawberry Quick,” a methamphetamine variant named for its pinkish color and strawberry flavoring. The e-mail claimed that this drug was being offered to children and that children were “…ingesting this thinking it is candy and being rushed off to the ER in dire condition.” The e-mail, which provoked concern among staff members, was most likely just another urban legend drawing on the age-old fear of children being harmed by drugs or food poisoning. When Paul Anderson, current Dean of students and former Mounds View drug counselor received the message, he dubbed it as a false alarm. “When I saw that e-mail a
while back, I questioned it. I just Immigration and Customs doubt the authenticity of the ethought, ‘Nah, this doesn't sound Enforcement. Also included was mail. right to me,’” he said. his office phone number and eHowever, when contacted, The e-mail was introduced mail address. With an apparently Special Agent Todd V. Coleman into the district system by a credible source as backup, it addressed the issue in a voice Valentine Hills social worker appeared to many staff members message, “... If you are calling who wanted to warn parents. that there was little reason to regarding the Crystal Meth The message included picinformation, that information tures of the “Strawberry is false and inaccurate. It was Quick” and a note indicatnot distributed or originated ing that it resembled pink with this office. Otherwise, pop-rocks, a popular candy leave a message.” amongst children. Anderson said the e-mail’s “I don’t normally open claims about marketing to those types of e-mail meschildren didn’t make sense. sages, but when I saw it, I “The people that are going was going to warn my midto choose to use [meth] do not dle-school-aged daughter,” have to be enticed into using it said Island Lake teacher because it’s a flavor of gum or Mary House. “I was imaginsomething that kids like. As ing that she would be soon as I read that [e-mail], I offered drugs at the thought ‘No, this is ridicuHalloween dance, not know lous.’ Because the bottom line what it was, and accept it.” is that you are smoking it, typAccording to the e-mail, The picture of the ‘Strawberry Quick’ from the ically, or you are injecting the originator of the message chain e-mail that reached at least 100 MV dis- it...so it doesn’t have anything is Special Agent Todd V. trict staff members. The e-mail warned parents to do with taste,” he said. Coleman from the U.S. However, Deputy Glen that children were mistaking the meth for Department of Homeland Pothen, Mounds View’s candy and ingesting it. Security and the U.S. resource officer, said strawber-
Tech Department: Exposed
ry-flavored meth does exist. But parents can be assured that “Strawberry Quick” is not intended for children, and is not a problem in this area as the email suggested. “Strawberry meth? It’s out there,” he said. “The [e-mail] I got came through official county sources, and what they were seeing is that...[drug dealers] were selling at the regular price they would give it the first time to get their potential client hooked on it, and then they wanted it, because they liked the flavor. And it tended to be a little higher quality, a little more ‘bang for the buck.’” Though Pothen has no reason to believe that Strawberry Quick has surfaced in the area, he said that a parent response to any drug situation should consist of communication and education. “It’s never too early to educate children, and parents themselves should stay educated as well,” he said.
Chairs of the future Exercise balls find place in classrooms By Marysa Meyer staff writer
photos by David Derong
The ‘mysterious’ Mounds View district technology department is based in the basement of Mounds View. A warning sign and finger scanner on doors leading into the depths of the department keep unauthorized persons out. Elementary), a series of reasoften an underrated field, as By Divya Gupta signment programs have been information technicians are in staff writer put in effect. the background of many envi“Unfortunately, there wasn’t ronments. Snuggerud, after Deep in the basement of attending the College of St. Mounds View resides a group of enough space at Mounds View to house a repair shop where Catherine’s in St. Paul, worked people so powerful they are more serious troubles could be at a company that sold computpractically invisible. Arriving handled, so that is still located ers and provided support for its well before our bells even go customers. She led it from its off, they spend their time behind off-site,” said Sue Wendt, the helpdesk supervisor. very beginnings, as a business locked doors, guarded by what Additionally, a memory with only typewriters, to a comare suspected to be fingerprint bank, which backs up all the pany with over 200 computers. scanners. Their true purpose is school district’s records and Another just as important often contested as students can information in case of emerpart of the tech department’s job only hear whispers and see the gency, is located elsewhere. This is to protect important district occasional shadow… memory bank’s location is information, such as student While the basement is inspiunknown to most. information and records. At ration for all sorts of rumors, The tech department’s priMounds View, providing support few students at Mounds View mary job is to maintain and fix means having access to almost actually know of the districtall the school’s information. wide technology department that problems in all of the district’s technology. When any staff While not necessarily part of is located there. The approximember is having trouble with a their job description, the tech mately 13 people who work piece of technology, they can department also has the power there are responsible for all discall the helpdesk in the baseto monitor a student, teacher, or trict computer, phone, school ment, and receive immediate staff member suspected of some record, attendance, grading, and assistance. If a problem is too offense. For example, they are intercom systems in addition to difficult to be solved via phone able to view all Internet histothe new Mounds View messagor Internet, technology staff can ry—no matter how well you ing service. Their ability to travel to various schools for think you’ve hidden your tracks. remotely access all the computadditional support. “Sometimes it’s like playing ers, printers, and copy machines “We move around a lot,” police,” said Snuggerud, “we in the district is often mistaken said Snuggerud. can look at anyone’s history and for magic. Generally, technicians are trace their every keystroke.” “If what we do became too With so many important much common knowledge, there required to spend three days at their desks, and the rest travelduties, the tech department is would be nothing secret. A little ing through the district mainsometimes under-appreciated. mystery is good,” said Diane taining networking, email, Most students don’t even know Snuggerud, an employee of the phone, and voicemail systems. it exists. tech department. “I like the variety,” she said, “What? We have a tech The department has only “there’s never a dull moment in department? I didn’t know that,” been located at Mounds View this job, and it allows you to see said Lauren Kelleher, 11. for the past three years. everything from a bird’s eye But it might just be better off Previously it could be found in view.” that way. As Snuggerud said, a various district offices, but Technology management is little mystery isn’t a bad thing. recently (as with Snail Lake
It seems as if exercise balls have been used for almost everything but exercising. For a toddler, they’re a giant bouncy ball. For a kid, they’re another way of knocking Mom’s glassware off the shelf. Now, exercise balls are replacing chairs in some elementary and middle schools across the nation. Saint Paul Academy and Summit School was one of the first schools in Minnesota to incorporate the balls into some of their classrooms. Students and parents have had positive reactions to the addition. “Even the school librarian has one!” said Cyndi OwensKurtz, mother of two SPA students. Teachers at Saint Paul Academy have actually noticed an improvement in their classes’ concentration, despite the widely held belief that the balls would only distract kids from their work. The ability to roll around and fidget during class helps rid students of their excess energy, making them more attentive to their instructors. Replacing of all of the chairs at Mounds View for exercise balls is not on the school’s agenda. However, some students and staff seem to like the idea. “It would be more comfortable than sitting in a chair,” said Andy Schwartz, 10. Charlotte Osborn, math teacher, often tells her students to sit up straight and “engage themselves” during class. She would love to have a classroom set of exercise balls to keep students alert for the 55 minutes they spend with her each day. “If you were on a ball, think! You’d be ready to learn!” Osborn said enthusiastically. “If I could just get one for my desk!” Despite these factors, there
are some people who are still tentative about bringing big, bright exercise balls into schools. “I would have to see it to believe it,” said Spanish teacher Katie Larson. “There would definitely be kids that would play with them and not take them seriously.” Shane Wehlage, 11, had a similar opinion. “I don’t think it would work to have them in classes because the kids would bounce on them instead of listen. Plus it would be hard to keep your balance, and you could fall off and get hurt,” he said. Falling off the ball is not the only thing people are worried about. Inappropriate conduct in the classroom is another issue. “I could see them causing distractions in the classroom, because some students are immature and would throw them at each other,” said science teacher Andrew Lentz. The exercise balls would also require some maintenance to remain effective. Mayo Clinic research said that only firmly inflated exercise balls engage core muscles enough to make the balls purposeful. Drawbacks aside, exchanging exercise balls for chairs does have its health benefits. According to the Star Tribune, researchers at the Mayo Clinic discovered that sitting on exercise balls instead of regular chairs cause students to have stronger cores and better postures. “It’s an interesting experiment,” said health assistant Jane Watson. “I think it’s too early to say [whether it will work out or not].” Even with this newfound research, most students and staff at Mounds View aren’t completely accepting of this new way of learning just yet. It looks as if exercise balls won’t be making their way from the gym to our school anytime soon.
November 30, 2007
Students draw the line at too much flirtation
Cheating in relationships: By Emily Storms staff writer
High school is the definition of drama. The hallways are constantly whispering with the latest gossip, rumors spreading faster than the common cold and stories changing beyond recognition. Often the cause of this drama is relationships. Even adults aren’t always faithful to their partners, so it is no surprise that teenagers in less committed relationships sometimes go astray. Some teens don’t consider cheating to be anything of consequence. Ben Nash, 9, said, “I don’t know why cheating is such a big deal.” Others agreed—but said it depends on the situation. Andrew Dinndorf, 12, thinks it depends on the specific relationship. “If it’s an ‘open’ relationship, then it’s definitely not as big of an issue at all,” he said. Many differ on what exactly qualifies as cheating. Tony Helm, 11, said, “There’s no way that flirting or holding hands can be considered as cheating.” Numerous teens agree with Helm’s point of view, especially
when they consider members of occur. Sam Madill, 11, said, “I think the opposite sex other than their Yacoub said, “Being more it’s hard to have physical cheatboyfriend or girlfriend to be very emotionally intimate [with], ing without also having emotiongood friends. trusting and appreciating someal cheating.” What some might regard as one else more than your partner Elizabeth Newton, 11, conflirting, others believe is simply is the worst kind of affair.” siders physical cheating to be far being friendly. This worse than emotional is part of what cheating. makes it so difficult “Physical cheating is eing emotionally more to distinguish acting on emotional between a good placheating, making it intimate [with], trusting, tonic friendship and more of a betrayal,” she emotional cheating. said. and appreciating someone Emotional cheating With the obvious is not easy to define damage that cheating else more than your partbecause few can agree can do to relationships, on what exactly it it is interesting to see ner is the worst kind of entails. It can mean how often it still occurs. that one’s emotional There are various reaaffair. needs aren’t being met sons that people in rela- Nadine Yacoub, 11 through the relationtionships feel compelled ship, so they have to to cheat. go elsewhere to feel “You might like two emotionally satisfied. Some Yet countless Mounds View people at once, and you wish don’t even consider emotional students think that physical you could combine the two, and cheating noteworthy at all. cheating is worse than anything then you end up dating two dif“What is emotional cheating? else a boyfriend or girlfriend ferent guys,” Keyona Sanchez, Lots of people have good friends could do to hurt you. 11, said. of the opposite sex that they conJennifer Hagerman, 12, said, Sometimes the reasons are fide in. That’s completely nor“Physical cheating is worse simpler than that. mal,” said Chris Kloeckner, 11. because it shows you’re not Mack Zukowski, 11, said, However, others consider committed to the relationship, “People cheat because they’re emotional involvement quite the and you don’t truly like the perbored with the relationship that betrayal. son you’re with.” they have.” Nadine Yacoub, 11, said that Others think that it’s difficult The media has also played a she thought emotional affairs to separate physical and emolarge role in creating the sowere much worse than any kind tional cheating, and their meancalled “player” image that guys of physical cheating that could ings are intertwined. feel pressured to follow. Movies
The most common forms of cheating at MV:
graphic by David Derong The Viewer polled 100 randomly selected male and female students from all grade levels. They were asked what they think is the most common form of cheating at MV. Of this group, 43 percent said that they believe it is verbal flirtation, 32 percent think it is physical flirtation, 16 percent think it is making out, and nine percent believe it is ‘hooking up, etc.’ LEVY continued from page 1 White Bear Lake’s levy will provide $11.7 million per year in funding for the next five years. The district website said, “Such funding will allow the district to maintain current programs
while accounting for rising costs and increasing state and federal mandates.” However, districts like Brooklyn Center, Elk River, and Robbinsdale did not pass their levies. As a result, they will face major setbacks like school closings and/or cuts in
programs. Despite the outcome of those levies, Wikelius was optimistic for districts like White Bear Lake and Stillwater who passed their levies, “I’m happy for the districts around us because they will not have to cut teachers or close buildings.”
and television shows often portray the coolest guys as being too good to settle for just one woman, and role models in the media are often exposed as cheating on their girlfriends or wives. Noteworthy figures such as Bill Clinton and Kobe Bryant have also been caught in highly publicized affairs. This has resulted in many teenage boys being afraid to commit since they don’t want to appear “whipped.” Some people see traces of this trend at Mounds View. Thomas Brossart, 10, said, “I personally don’t feel pressure to be a player, but I know people who do.” Madill agreed. “I see a lot of guys not content to be with one girl, needing to be a player. It’s probably not as big of a deal as at other schools, but it definitely is present at Mounds View,” he said. Regardless of the media pressure or other reasons people decide to cheat, it is widely agreed that cheating of any kind, is one of the worst crimes to commit in a relationship. Jack Basten, 11, said, “Next to murder, cheating is the fastest way to end a relationship.”
Pressure placed on teens to light up By Lauren Peake & Carolyn Paulet spread editor & staff writer
all art by Vicky Kelberer
Since the time we were old enough to know what tobacco is, we’ve been told it was bad. Our parents, teachers and mentors make sure the message is clear by early childhood: tobacco causes addiction and poor health along with bad looks and a funky smell. Yet each and every day, thousands of teens start smoking or chewing for their first time. Despite all the lectures and lessons, about one-fifth of all high school students smoke, according to the American Lung Association. Many are left wondering why kids still light up even if they know the consequences. “I mean, it doesn’t make sense,” said Danielle Taylor, 11. “We all know what it does but I still know so many people that smoke. I think it has a lot to do with the social setting of the person smoking.” Peer pressure has long been touted as one of the biggest reasons teens start to smoke. More than 80 percent of frequent high school smokers report that half or more of their closest friends also smoke, according to the 2005 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey. Being in a social environment where smoking is acceptable or even cool often makes kids feel more comfortable about tobacco use. “Cigarette ads don’t make me want to smoke… but seeing other people do it really makes me want to light up,” said Jeff Peterson, 12.
Geoff Gallop, 12, agreed. “I don’t think I’d smoke if I didn’t have friends that smoke.” Of course, having friends who smoke doesn’t determine whether or not a person will use tobacco, only that they may be more likely to. Many students choose not to smoke or chew despite having many close relationships with people who do. “I know a lot of people who smoke, and a lot who don’t,” said Solie Stegeman, 10. “I still won’t do it because I make my own decisions.” Peer pressure isn’t the only thing that makes teens feel it’s “safe” to smoke or chew. Tobacco ads play a large role in creating a cool image to go along with a harmful product. It is profitable for tobacco companies to aim some of these specifically at teens because in getting a young person hooked, they secure a long-term customer. A study conducted by a Massachusetts consumer advocate group (MASSPIRG) revealed that 90 percent of adult tobacco users started before they were 18. “The tobacco companies are just really subtle about it. When you drive in a car you see the ads on the billboards, when you go see a movie all the popular kids are smoking one brand of cigarette,” said Nasro Abshir, 11. Tobacco companies also use product placement to get cigarettes into the hands of celebrities. Actors and actresses have been lighting up on screens in theaters and our homes for decades, but recently groups like
Scene Smoking have brought more attention to the issue and made some students take notice. “Reality shows show people smoking all the time. When people see other people smoking, it makes them want to do it,” said Natalie Mellem, 9. Alex Jacobs, 12, sees tobacco in movies frequently. “In little kid movies, it’s always the ‘bad guy’ who’s got a cigarette. But as the ratings go up, more and more of the ‘good’ characters start to smoke, too. It’s pretty obvious that [tobacco companies] are targeting our age group,” he said. While the tobacco industry continues to hook new customers despite lawsuits, the public is fighting back. Now the influences against smoking are not just coming from personal acquaintances but also public service groups and the media. The Truth campaign is a Minnesota-based group that targets its messages directly to teens. Their WHUDAFXUP campaign has earned a lot of attention for its straightforward approach to taking on the tobacco industry. “I’ve seen their commercials and I’ve noticed that none of them are anti-smoking, just anti-tobacco company,” said Gallop. “I like that because it raises awareness about why kids are starting to smoke and the health effects, but it doesn’t make them feel so guilty about their habit that they feel like they need a cigarette.”
Tobacco use among students causes concern at MV By Brooke Roberts staff writer
George, 12, knows the health effects of smoking. He’s heard them from his teachers, his parents, his coaches, and can list them off from memory. “Lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis… Yes, I know the risks. But that doesn’t stop me from being addicted to cigarettes,” he said. According to the American Council for Drug Education, George is just one of 47 million Americans who smoke. As a teen, he represents the one-third of smokers who start in adolescence. The American Lung Association estimated in June 2007 that 28.4% of high school students in the U.S. use some form of tobacco. “To me, it seems the number of students who smoke or chew is rising all the time,” said George, whose name was changed to protect his identity. “Kids get to an age where their friends start trying it, and it doesn’t seem so scary anymore.” According to a recent survey conducted by the Viewer, 28 out of 120 MV students surveyed admitted to being a tobacco user. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 4,000 people ages 12 through 17 will start smoking in the U.S. today. As the number of student tobacco users continues to grow, major concerns about student health also take root at Mounds View. “Nothing good comes from smoking,” said health assistant Jane Watson. Ashley Pomeroy, 9, views tobacco use as detrimental to not only health but appearance as well. “It’s not attractive and it can destroy your life,” she said.
Still, many at MV don’t think tobacco users represent a large portion of the MV community. Activities Director Robert Madison said, “Smoking violations have been rare. I don’t think I’ve had even one in the six years I’ve been here.” Although few students publicly admit to smoking or chewing for fear of punishment, many voiced that tobacco use is a bad habit. “I think it’s disgusting and that there really are cooler ways to die,” said Courtney Werner, 12. “I think it’s stupid to get into smoking because you’ll have to live with the consequences for your whole life,” said Sarah Vetsch, 11. While MV students are aware of the risks of smoking, many believe that it’s a person’s right to choose what they put in their body. “I know a lot of people that smoke, but it doesn’t change the way I look at them as people. I don’t like to see my friends hurting themselves, but it’s not my choice,” said Derek Johnson, 12. Kevin Younghans, 12, was also accepting about tobacco use, “It’s someone’s personal choice to smoke. I don’t smoke cigarettes, but I enjoy a cigar every once and a while. It’s relaxing and a good way for all the guys to chill. From what I know, my parents don’t know yet, but they could. If they knew my mom might tell me to stop, but there wouldn’t be any consequences.” Other students judge tobacco users with harsher standards. “I think smoking is stupid because people know what they are doing to their body and know the risks. Smoking is like setting yourself up for cancer or other bad diseases,” said
Amanda Arlt, 9. Students who anonymously admitted to smoking usually cited stress as the reason for their habit. “I’ve smoked on occasion because it is relaxing, but I don’t want to make a habit out of it because I know the risks,” said Jane, 11, whose name has been changed. Jim, 12, whose name was also changed, said, “Smoking is relaxing and it’s nice to have when I get really stressed.” Though there is no concrete reason why teens start smoking, many people attribute it to media and peer pressure. “I started smoking because it was something fun to do with my friends, and it’s always exciting to break the rules,” said Lizzie, 12, whose name has been changed. “It wasn’t because of what I saw on TV or read in a magazine, I just did it because I wanted to.” Despite the allure of smoking, the majority of students at MV don’t smoke. Sports or other activities can play a large role in a student’s choice not to use tobacco. “If someone is in an activity and gets caught smoking it would be considered a chemical violation,” said Madison. “I don’t smoke because I am in swimming and if I smoked it would hurt my lungs and I wouldn’t be able to swim as fast,” said Tanya Baker, 9. Besides fear of punishment, students said they choose not so smoke for their health, their families, and their futures. Others find simpler reasons to remain tobacco free. “Gross teeth, bad breath, wrinkles…” said Kate Fifield, 12, “How exactly am I supposed to get a date with all that?”
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Coughin’ to a coffin By Vicky Kelberer spread editor
Katelyn, 12, who wished to remain anonymous, hasn’t been a tobacco user for very long. She smoked her first cigarette her freshman year and didn’t consider herself a smoker until about four months ago. Her habit is a pack a day, always the same kind: Marlboro 27s. Katelyn used to think the health effects of smoking were limited to the big scary diseases like lung cancer and emphysema. Now she knows that smoking has effects that become a part of daily life. “It burns every time I inhale now because I’m either developing a cough or I’m just getting over one,” she said. “It sounds so stupid that I still smoke, but it’s not something I’ve ever thought about quitting… that’s for the rest of your life and I don’t think I’m old enough for that.” It’s easy for most students to understand the long-term effects of smoking, yet it’s also easy to ignore them. Many teen smokers feel that because the problems associated with tobacco are also associated with old age, it’s hard to actually be scared of them.
“I don’t think about the fact that I might get sick in thirty years because I smoke,” said Sam, 12, who also wished to
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remain anonymous. “I realize I could get cancer and all that, but it’s too far away to think about…I’ll quit by then anyway.” What students like Katelyn and Sam don’t realize is that tobacco use also has many shortterm effects that can be very damaging to health and wellbeing. Use of either cigarettes or chew not only causes yellow
teeth, but also carries a highly increased risk of contracting several oral diseases like gingivitis. According to dentist Dr. Kathy Shroeder of the University of Iowa, “Smokers have higher plaque rates than nonsmokers. It has been suggested that smokers as a group have poorer oral hygiene habits and skills, make fewer visits to dentists, and have lesser overall health standards than nonsmokers.” Besides this mouthful of problems, smokers run the risk of developing bronchitis or asthma. Cigarettes coat the airways with tar and constrict blood vessels, making it harder to breathe and for the body to use oxygen efficiently. “I feel short of breath a lot and I’ve only been smoking for a year,” said Brian, 11, who wished to remain anonymous. “I have a smoker’s cough, too. Sometimes it’s so bad it wakes me up at night.” Chewers must be wary of receding gums and stained or sensitive teeth. Continuous abuse leads to abrasions, sores, or lumps along the gum line.
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“After I finish a dip, then my whole gum feels numb and tingly. The skin on both sides feels pretty torn up though,” said Chris, 11, who wished to remain anonymous. “Chewing is not only gross, but you can always tell when someone does it,” said Hayley Snider, 10. “They have yellow teeth and a lot of times they have chew stuck between them.” In reality, the most devastating effects of either of these habits are the life-changing diseases that go along with them. Countless friends and families lose loved ones to tobacco-related illness every day. But for those just starting to light up or chew, the gravest consequences of tobacco may seem too far off to think about. The fact that smoking or chewing changes everyday life even for young users helps deter many from starting. “Personally, I think it’s pretty dumb to see people smoking a cigarette and coughing between drags,” said Blake Fuechtmann, 12. “Clearly there’s a problem there.”
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November 30, 2007
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K O R C Longboarding By Nick Barkve staff writer
Few are familiar with surfing in Minnesota, even though it’s an everyday activity for those that live near the oceans. However, there is something pale and farmer-tanned Minnesota kids can do to be part of this culture: “ride the longboard!” Skateboarding and longboarding trace back to the 1970s, when they became popular in a place locally known as Dogtown, California, home to the Zephyr skateboard team. Members of the Zephyrs were long-haired kids, nicknamed the Z-Boys. The Z-Boys were early-morning surfers, riding their surfboards when the tide was still high, but they had the problem of lacking things to do in the afternoon. Since they didn’t get their limit of surfing in the morning, they created their own cheap skateboards and would ride them down hills using their surfing techniques. While gliding their hands across the pavement, they would flatten out and lean on the boards nearly parallel with the ground below. Although a skateboard and longboard are essentially just
boards with wheels, they are very different. For one thing, a longboard is longer, with a longer wheel base that allows a gradual turn at higher speeds. It has wheels similar to the size of rollerblade wheels and has trucks that are much more flexible than that of a skateboard. This makes going fast and sharp turns much easier to handle. Longboarders will often sway back and forth in a similar motion to snowboarding. By making cut after cut, it’s as close to a feeling of surfing as one can get on the inland waters and flatlands of the Midwest. Nate Hopkins, 12, moved to Minnesota as a freshman. He comes from San Diego, California—a community where skateboarding is very popular. Hopkins and his dad now share a longboard. “My dad used to skateboard growing up in Minnesota,” said Hopkins. “I had always heard stories from him, but not until after moving did I begin to realize how strong this culture is in the Midwest as well.” Longboards are found at nearly every skateshop. There are several ways one could get a longboard. Buying a board
photo illustration by Nate Grann
fully equipped is the easiest, yet usually most expensive method. It is also possible to buy every individual part separately for custom preference– or to just build your own board. Tyler Pihl, 12, has ambition to construct his own board like a true Z-Boy. Pihl lived in California for a year and has missed his surfing experiences. Coming back to Minnesota, he has the friends to longboard with, just not the money. This is why Pihl has built a press designed in a longboard shape. Longboards also have an artistic vibe to them: the board itself is an artistic space. It has turned into a craft for Pihl. After creating the boards themselves, he hopes for a few of his artistic friends to help him paint landscape designs on the bottom of his boards. “I hope for Louisa Nyman to grace my first board with her mad painting skills,” says Pihl. For those of you who would like to experience something similar to surfing, and feel like they’re missing out, do as the Z-Boys would do! Longboarding is fun and fairly easy to pick up and is always great to just cruise. Minnesota or California—it makes no difference.
S l a c k l i n i n g
By Nick Barkve staff writer
Slacklining, a relatively new and growing sport, is renown as the ultimate challenge of balancing. It can bring a circus to any park. Slacklining goes back to the ‘80s, when it was invented in California. Two rock climbers from Yosemite started walking across chains in parking lots. As time went on they would string their own lines from tree to tree. This sport entails simply walking from one side of the line to the other. As easy as it is to explain, however, it is very complicated to succeed at. Simple to set up, but complicated to master. The string is made of nylon webbing, which is similar to the fabric of a trampoline. The webbing is usually strung between two trees about 30-100 feet apart. To make things even more challenging, the string is one inch
in width. Many adjustments are made for different skill levels. The line’s tension can be increased or decreased and different kinds of webbing can be used to complete different feats. The basic nylon webs are flat, which makes it easier for one’s foot not to roll. In a new sport there is plenty of room for trick inventory. Basic tricks include standing, walking backwards, opposite turn around, and bounce walk. After mastering such tricks, one can attempt more intermediate ones. These include moonwalk, Buddha sit, mantle start, lying down, and surfing sideways. In surfing sideways, a slackliner must begin standing sideways on the line. They then push back and forth with their legs. The slackliner’s feet should be going back and forth a few feet, while their top half should be nearly stationary. Tricks like these are still
not even the end of it. Videos of tricks such as front flips and back flips are beginning to fill the internet. Will Sharpe, 12, enjoys discovering new activities. When he discovered slacklining he was intrigued. “When I find my point of balance it’s like nothing I could explain. But walking from one side to the other is complicated enough, so I’ve set realistic goals,” he said. Sharpe is not your average entrepreneur. You may have seen him scraping his head across tops of doorways. He stands at 6’7” and wears a size 15 shoe. But don’t let his size deceive you. His arms spread like wings of eagles for exquisite balance. “I finally found a sport in which my tye-dyed shirts could match,” said Sharpe.
photo illustration by David Derong
C I G B N L M I By Wes Kocur & Sam Toninato staff writers
Rock climbing, an extreme sport that requires exceptional strength, coordination, and determination, is also an incredibly dangerous sport. If one single rope breaks, the climber may fall to his or her death. Yet, if done properly, rock climbing can be an exhilarating experience for intrepid would-be mountaineers. “[Rock climbing] is really physically challenging,” said Elliot Young, 9, an avid rock climber. “But it is just one of the most fun sports around.” There are several places to rock climb in Minnesota, both outdoors, and indoors. Many state parks allow people to climb on cliffs and boulders within the park. Interstate Park, on the St. Croix River, for example, lets climbers scale its cliffs and bluffs. Aric Aamodt, 11, who has been climbing since he was young, said, “Climbing outside is a much more exciting experience than indoor climbing… It’s a great feeling to be tied to a rope 100 feet in the air, with only rocks and the river below you.” Outdoor climbing is significantly more dangerous than indoor climbing. One must deal with the elements and natural hazards of the cliff. Ropes can snap loose if they are improperly placed, and deceivingly safe handholds can crumble into dust. Indoor Climbing gyms are a safe alternative to outdoor climbing. There are several gyms around Minnesota, including Midwest mountaineering, and REI Pinnacle. However, the closest and largest climbing gym is Vertical Endeavors. Founded in 1992 in St. Paul, Vertical Endeavors has provided people with a safe and friendly place to explore the world of rock climbing. Vertical Endeavors is a sprawling two story rock climbing gym, with a wide variety of difficulties and equipment, making it perfect for
mountaineers of all ages. Upon entering Vertical Endeavors, one is immediately overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place. VE has over 18,000 square feet of climbing space. There is a wide range of courses, starting with simple beginner climbs. These climbs are fairly easy to complete, but are still fun without being too strenuous. On the other end of the spectrum, there are some courses that are incredibly difficult. One aweinspiring course wrapped around the ceiling and down into the basement. Karly Bergmann, 11, a regular rock climber, said, “I really like climbing at Vertical Endeavors… because you don’t have to anchor your own ropes, and they have electric belayers, which are really convenient.” Vertical Endeavors also has an extensive bouldering cavern on the second floor. Bouldering is a separate type of rock climbing where the climber makes their way across the rock horizontally, instead of vertically. While bouldering may seem simple, it is actually very challenging, and requires great concentration and upper body strength. Some of the walls on the bouldering cave are pitched at 60 degrees, requiring the climber to practically cling to the ceiling. “They have great bouldering caves, which are good for building up your arm strength, and working on your reach,” said Bergmann. Vertical Endeavors is a great place to go for both serious climbers, and people who want to learn something about the sport. Rock climbing is a great way to stay in shape and have fun at the same time. Whether it is at Vertical Endeavors, or the bluffs at Taylors Falls, rock climbing has something to offer to everyone. “I love the rush it gives, it’s like a puzzle high up in the air,” said Aamodt.
photo illustration by Debbie Li
Kayiita Johnson, 12, scales the rocks at McCullough Park.
November 30, 2007
Dylan remains elusive in I’m Not There
By Andrew Larkin editorials editor
Poet. Snob. Born-again. Legendary musician Bob Dylan has been all of these things and countless more over decades of fame, and it is precisely that plurality a new biopic about him attempts to describe. Todd Haynes' I'm Not There has already been widely acclaimed for its innovative use of six different actors, including an African-American boy and a woman, to portray Dylan. Chopping periods of the musician's life into distinct storylines and intertwining them with a disregard for their chronology, it maintains a Gonzo-style allegiance to the feel of different periods of the man's life rather than the facts of them. This intertwining of different stages of Dylan's life allows the film to demonstrate what caused him to change without being formulaic. For instance, rather than showing him start to play folk music, then chronologically detailing his disenchantment with the style and his switch to electric, the film juxtaposes the origins of both styles, gaining a more comprehensive understanding of his motives, and giving the audience the capacity to value both stages of his life. Yet part of the unpredictability maintained by the film has to
do with its inability to focus. Frequent shifts to different stages in Dylan's life, each of which seem to proceed independently of one another, prevent the audience from becoming invested in any one particular Dylan. It isn't until about 45 minutes into the film that the exposition of all the different Dylan characters can really be understood, and because of this slow development, no Dylan has truly gained the audience's sympathy. The characters, for a long time, seem unrelated. Because of this, the different storylines are forced into competition. At first, there is nothing in the film unifying the different actors as one person, and so the audience can very easily pick
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and choose which Dylan they like. This robs from the overall strength of the film. Heath Ledger's storyline, for instance, deals primarily with Dylan's marriage and divorce—a story so uniform among celebrities that it feels out of place amidst what is, for the most part, a vibrantly original film. Because Ledger's storyline is so typical, he becomes an unbearable presence onscreen. How he portrays Dylan becomes irrelevant, because the aspects of Dylan that his storyline deals with are boring. This then prevents the film from being able to work towards cohesiveness. We don't want to see the aspects of Ledger's Dylan merge with the aspects of any other Dylan to form one
American Gangster stays slick
By Brandon Osero staff writer
The screams of a man echo through the fall night as Frank Lucas pours gasoline on him. Begging for his life, he continues to yell, but Lucas ignores him and lights a match. He ignites him; the flames grow higher into the evening sky. For good measure, Lucas pulls out a gun and shoots him, silencing his yelps of pain. Only the echoes of the gunshots and the crackling of the fire can be heard in the darkness. American Gangster opens with this disturbing and extremely powerful scene; the actions of Lucas contribute a strong first impression. The movie as a whole is a strong character study that is intriguing, entertaining and well directed. The film is based on the true story of Frank Lucas, an African American man who made millions of dollars trafficking heroin in New York City during the 1970s. After the violent opening, the story begins with Lucas (Denzel Washington) attending the funeral of his mentor Bumpy, the local crime boss of Harlem. After his death, Harlem fell to the control of pimps and drug lords. An ambitious man, Lucas travels to Bangkok to buy pure heroin in order to control the market back in New York. Fighting against Lucas is Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), one of the few honest detectives in the city. As Lucas’ empire grows, Roberts gets closer to nabbing him as his greed spins out of control, leading to the climax where Roberts meets Lucas for the first time and arrests him. The plot itself is filled with typical stock characters. The drug lord that goes from being poor to being rich, straight back to poor; the cop whose work is his life; and the crooked detectives that will do anything to get their cut of the profits are all present in the film. However, American Gangster manages to take these typical onenote characters and create realistic people.
The characterization of Frank Lucas is the strongest and most important because he is the focus of the film. Instead of being treated as just a cold-hearted man, he is developed as a compassionate man that cares about family. Also, the script treats Lucas as an entrepreneur selling the finest product for the cheapest price rather than a simple drug dealer. This kind of warped reality is refreshing to watch compared to the typical mobster characters that have been seen in similar films (Casino, Goodfellas, The Godfather). The bizarre reality of Lucas is developed with fabulous charisma by Denzel Washington’s performance. From beginning of the film to the end, he sells his character so that you can care about him even though he isn’t a good guy. His acting, overall, is wonderful and it wouldn’t be a surprise of he is given an Oscar nod for this role. A lot of credit should also go to the director, Ridley Scott. He brings over 40 years of experience directing well-known films such as Alien, Black Hawk Down, and Gladiator. Bringing style and substance to the film, Scott uses many symbolic images throughout the movie to compare the Vietnam War to drug trafficking during the late ’60s and early ’70s. Clips of the war are shown in different sections of the film, with each one representing the increasing power and devastation of Lucas’ drug empire. As well, it brings interesting insight on how chaos tends to brew more chaos. American Gangster is a film that is old-school, but doesn’t look towards action to deliver its punches. The movie is long at almost three hours; however, it takes its time to develop the characters and the story, and doesn’t push the plot just for the sake of ending the film. With its outstanding performances, intelligent script, and superb directing, it is definitely a contender for Oscar nominations.
9 / 10
complete human being, because we just don't care about Ledger's Dylan at all. Cate Blanchett, on the other hand, shows Dylan immediately after his transition into electric music, and his consequential rejection by his former folk crowd. She demonstrates his simultaneous fury and vulnerability, his overwhelming bitterness at being idolized as a protestor while the issues he spoke of went ignored, in one of the film's most comprehensive explorations of one aspect of Dylan. In this extraordinary segment, Blanchett creates a character that is irreconcilable with other Dylans, completely unique and distinct. So when the film tries to force her storyline to progress into that of Richard Gere's—and out of black-andwhite—it loses cohesion. Richard Gere, though still apparently Bob Dylan, portrays a completely different character, and follows a storyline completely independent of Cate Blanchett's. The film becomes seven independent short films, all of which happen to be about musicians and have been jumbled together accidentally. The competition between the stories proceeds to thoroughly weaken the film in a way that destroys both its attempts to unify itself into
one cohesive piece, and weakens the strong statements that it has. Many different elements of it do truly have legitimately interesting things to say about Dylan, and do a good job of saying them, but its overall lack of cohesion prevents them from resonating as they should. The film also confuses itself, neglecting adequate explorations of certain elements it brings up. The segments about Dylan's conversion to Christianity feel obligatory, as though the director felt he had to mention them but never really wanted to. Placed in with a storyline obnoxiously treated as a documentary, it exemplifies the elements of the film that should have simply been cut. It raises questions as to why the film bothered to cover Dylan's entire life, when everything it says about Dylan's childhood is metaphorical and long-winded, and it treats its own coverage of major stages of Dylan's later life with apathy. Perhaps, had it chosen to only deal with the aspects of Dylan's life that the script really seems interested in—most notably, the period Blanchett explores—it would have managed to hold itself together.
6.5 / 10
I-Doser doesn’t measure up
By Emily Nelson staff writer
Technology today is capable of simulating nearly everything involved in human life, including sounds, visions, and human intelligence. But is it possible to simulate emotion or the effects of a drug? I-doser.com claims it is possible and that it has achieved this simulation with the creation of binaural brainwave doses. Each “dose” sends binaural beats (sounds recorded on two separate channels) through your headphones, synchronizing your brainwaves, and is designed to give the user the effects of the emotion, drug, or experience indicated by the title. I-doser.com sells said “doses,” commonly called “audio-drugs,” with names ranging from “calm” to “cocaine.” A dose ranges from 20 to 45 minutes in length. Trial doses entitled “content,” “alcohol,” and “calm” are free while others cost around $20 for a CD of four. These other doses are designed to simulate the effects of drugs including marijuana, ecstasy, and LSD. As audiodrugs are intended to simulate the effects of real illegal drugs, this raises the question of how the school will respond to students’ use of this technology. Paul Anderson, current Dean of students and former Mounds View drug counselor said, “I don’t think it’s possible, so I don’t think audiodrugs present a danger.” According to I-doser.com, people fall into one of three categories: susceptible to binaural beats, originally unsusceptible to binaural beats, and immune to binaural beats.
Those who are originally unsusceptible can become susceptible through multiple uses of I-doser’s products. Those who are immune to binaural beats cannot feel the effects of I-doser’s products. A dose is not music, but rather a mechanical buzzing along with intermittent beats beneath the elemental hum. At first the noise seems annoying, but after several minutes the listener becomes accustomed to it. Although the “calm” dose does not immediately render the user absolutely tranquil, the soft humming does result in a sleepy, dreamlike sensation. The rhythmic hum may have similar calming effects to those of white noise.
tle more effect than “calm.” Perhaps I am “immune to binaural beats,” which is why I did not become intoxicated by listening to the alcohol dose; however, I am more inclined to think that I-doser is simply another gimmick. After testing I-doser’s product, I am not convinced of its effectiveness. For some, audio-drugs may have the same effect as a placebo; users may convince themselves that they are feeling what they are told to feel. For others, they may have no effect at all. For those who have short attention spans, I-doser.com will most likely be a disappointment. To achieve the desired effects, the doses require patience and a significant investment of time…which most people do not have. If you do take the time to try one of the free doses to see if you are among the “susceptible,” and find that you are not, then you haven’t wasted any money; if you are, then sit back and enjoy the effects, but stick with the doses that provide legally permitted results.
4.5 / 10
“Alcohol” is similar to “calm.” Using essentially the same sounds as “calm,” the “alcohol” dose lasts more than twice as long, but has lit-
illustration by Nate Grann
November 30, 2007
sporting events to see in
saturday 1 Viewettes:
monday 3 Viewettes:
Home 7 p.m.
4 Girls Hockey v. Cretin: Super Rink 7 p.m.
wednesday 5 Gymnastics: @ Hastings 6:30 p.m.
Home 7:30 p.m.
v. White Bear Lake: Home 7:30 p.m.
@ Forest Lake 7 p.m.
18 Girls Hockey v.
Woodbury: Super Rink 7:30 p.m.
7 vB.oSyps rBinagskLeatkbeall Park: Home 7:30 p.m.
Home 7:30 p.m.
13 Boys Basketball
11 Girls Basketball
thursday 6 CWrreetsintl:ing v.
14 Girls Basketb all v. Roseville: Home 7:30 p.m.
Boys Swim & Dive: Home 6 p.m. Girls Hockey v. Champlin Park Super Rink 7:30 p.m.
20 Girls Basketball
@ Apple Valley Boys Hockey SV Ice Arena 7:30 p.m.
21 Wrestling v.
White Bear: Home 7:30 p.m. Alpine Ski Team: Wild Invite @ Wild Mountain
v. Anoka: Home 7:30 p.m. Girls Hockey v. Woodbury: Super Rink 7:30 p.m.
Viewettes: @ Eastview 10 a.m.
15 Boys Hockey v. Roseville: SV Ice Arena 3:15 p.m.
22 Boys Hockey v.
Johnson: SV Ice Arena 7:30 p.m. Girls Hockey v. Anoka: Super Rink 7:30 p.m.
Information compiled by Kristen Vanderburg and Alex Hoffman Hockey photo by Chelsy Mateer, other photos courtesy of Will Sharpe, Kaila Dayton, and Jackie Palermo
G i r l s H o c k e y : Centennial Tournament B o y s B a s k e t b a l l : Bethel Tournament G i r l s B a s k e t b a l l : Hill Murray Tournament Games run 27,28,29. Times TBA
No sporting events scheduled on Sundays or New Year’s Eve.
Winter Sports Preview
Boys Swim and Dive
By Sean Moore
As the weather outside is getting colder, the girls’ basketball team is heating up. The girls, coming off of a disappointing early loss to Wayzata in sections last year, are eager to build around a core of returning players and new additions. Captains Christine Muller, 12, Anna Nordby, 12, and Paige Simonson, 11, join Kelsey Flaherty, 11, and Megan Lauck, 10, as the only returning varsity players. “Though [the seniors last year] were our main point scorers, we have new players who are stepping up to the challenge,” said Simonson. This year’s seniors are trying to instill
By Alex Hoffman staff writer
The Viewettes were very pleased with getting second place in state for their jazz performance last year. But this winter, the danceline has made some changes that they are confident will help them bring home the gold this time around. The Mustang danceline has a prestigious reputation in Minnesota. The Viewettes have placed in the state competition for the last nine consecutive years. “We have just gotten really lucky with all the great dancers coming in from different studios,” said Ellie Wood, 11. This year’s captains Kelsey Theisen, 12, Natalie Evanson, 12, Kerry Rutherford, 12, and Laura Rusnacko, 12, have new ideas for their kick lines routine. The jazz team was very successful last season, taking second to Wayzata in state. They plan to keep the base of their routine the same since it worked out so well, but want to make a few small
a hard work ethic in the younger players and help them make the jump into varsity basketball. The captains also push the rest of the team, along with themselves, to become better at basketball, as individuals and a team as a whole. “I try to get them pumped up before games and give them advice and feedback about how they are playing,” said Simonson. Currently the team has humble aspirations of a winning record and a high seed in sections. And with the Nov. 27 season opener versus Wayzata and Dec. 11 home opener versus White Bear Lake fast approaching, the girls are eager to start the season.
changes to fit the new members. “The girls are very motivated, and there is a lot of positive energy at practices,” said Theisen. Last year’s practices were heavily based on repetition. The danceline would do their routines again and again until they were satisfied with the performance. This year the girls are planning to turn their focus onto technique and conditioning. “We want to break down the dances step by step so nobody misses anything,” said Rutherford. The captains believe this will be a more successful approach to learning the dances, and they’re expecting better results with the new method. The high level of dedication and fresh talent could make the difference between first and second. Their first competition is Dec. 1 at Apple Valley High School, and they will be working from there all the way up to the state competition on Feb. 15 at the Xcel Energy Center.
By Kiersten Jackson
After placing third in True Team State and second overall in state last year, the boys’ swim and dive team has much to live up to this coming season to match last year’s high standards. Diver Tom Gimm, 12, and swimmer Andrew Dinndorf, 12, are the current captains for the boys’ swim and dive team. Both have been on the team for at least four years. “We had a strong team last year and will again this year,” Gimm said. Many newer divers and swimmers have stepped up to take over the empty positions.
By Dan Heaney staff writer
After experiencing one of the most successful seasons in school history, finishing fourth in state as a team, this year’s wrestling team is looking for similar success as the new season approaches. Although no individuals placed in the state tournament last year, the wrestlers had plenty to be proud of. John Thompson, 11, felt that the loyalty and confidence the team displayed in one another was crucial. “We had some of our best wrestlers ever all together on one team. The experience of going to state with a group of people that you are that close to is awesome,” said Thompson. This year’s captains, Matt Piersak, 12, and Andrew Balzer, 12, hope to lead the team towards similar results. “My expectations for this year would be to make a return trip to the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament again as a team, and to place just as well if not better than last year,” said Piersak. A repeat could be difficult to achieve,
“There are really good sophomores and freshmen on the team,” said Gimm. This season, the swim and dive team has received a new section, which will be another challenge for team. “The section has a lot of teams we have never swum against. It is hard to mach up against teams that we don’t know what they are capable of,” said Dinndorf. Because of the strong leadership and support, the team gets along really well. Dinndorf added, “…we have good chemistry, and everyone gets along.” Gimm is looking forward for the team to do “…really well, reach the State Championship and have a fun year.”
though, as the team lost one of the most decorated wrestlers in school history. Last year, Andrew Janssen became the all-time winningest wrestler with 154 victories. And one of the other captains, Graydon Finn, tied with Janssen for most wins in a season at 36. Even though the graduation of key players last year has made a great impact on the team, MV wrestling will look to its large junior class this year. “We will need this junior class to fill in some of those big shoes that were left by last year’s seniors if we want to accomplish our goals for this season,” said Piersak. Other wrestlers such as C.J. Reim, 11, focus more on the team than on their individual numbers. “I was injured most of the year but the success came in watching my team go to state,” he said. This is the mental motivation Reim believes can increase the team’s chances. From last year’s experience at state, the team has learned what it takes to make it there. photo illustrations by Nate Grann
November 30, 2007
S t e e l e - i n g t h e s p o t l i g h t Solving the myth of Michael Steele makes big plans for his final year at MV
By Maddy Stephens staff writer
Zealous screaming escapes from his green painted face, and an excited fist clenches as the winning touchdown is made. Michael Steele, 12, has always considered himself a sports-a-holic. But this fall, Steele has raised the stakes and made the jump from fan to super fan. “Michael has so much school spirit…I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Kevin Teeling, 12. Steele’s goal for his final year in high school is to attend as many sporting events from as many teams as possible, even those which traditionally have less attendance. Steele has been to cross country meets, tennis matches, soccer games, plans on attending dance competitions, and even proposes that he would not turn his nose up to competitions in the world of academia. “If someone asked me to come, I probably would. I’ve heard our math team is going to be really good this year, so that could be fun,” said Steele. By supporting less popular events, Steele hopes to close the gap between athletics of high and low recognition. “I hoped that some of the athletes from less popular sports would feel more important because they had spectators come to watch,” said Steele. “When I saw Mike Steele at my cross country meet, I felt
much more valued. Mike was my mentor, so it was especially great to see him at the race,” said Sadie Vahle, 9. Most of the student body is unanimous on the vote that Steele has shown remarkable school spirit. “Think about how busy you would be if you tried to go to all of Mounds View’s sports. It’s admirable that he’s trying at all,” said Kiley Wolff, 12. “I think it’s important to show support for all the MV
teams. While I like to watch some sports more than others, it’s not because those sports are more important,” said Steele. “At football games he is the guy I like to go to in order to start cheers in the the crowd,” said the newly caped MV mascot “Super Fan” Greg Johnson, 12. “Supporting our classmates is something that brings us all together as a school and community,” said Johnson, in support of Steele. In an effort to demonstrate living with gusto, Steele pops up at tennis matches with his face entirely green, screams with a raspy voice at football games, and jumps up and down with enthusiasm at soccer games. “Though I have some late nights due to the combination of schoolwork and games, in the end I’m just happy I made it to the game. And more importantly, if people decided to go to more games because of my story, that would be fantastic,” said Steele. “Seeing Michael’s dedication inspires me to go to more games. Though I’ve never had much school spirit, it seems like he’s really connecting kids,” said Makini Allwood, 12.
photo by David Derong Michael Steele, 12, shows off his pride at both sporting and academic events dressed in full Mounds View spirit attire.
Girls more prone to concussions By Sarah Wang staff writer
Boys aren’t the only ones getting hit on the field anymore. Girls are also suiting up and playing hard... maybe a bit too hard. According to recent scientific studies published in the Journal of Athletic Training (JAT), concussions are on the rise, and girls may be at a greater risk for suffering concussions than boys. Girls may also take longer to recover from concussions. Concussions are generally caused by a blow to the head that causes the brain to slam against the inner wall of the skull. Most are caused in contact sports. Concussions could cause nerve fibers to tear, resulting in headaches, faintness, dizziness, loss of consciousness, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Most people envision victims of concussions as males. “I think guys probably get more concussions, since they’re more violent and competitive when it comes to playing sports,” said Kara McClement, 10.
Despite general belief, girls are actually more likely to suffer a concussion. According to headinjury expert Dr. Robert Cantu, females have less developed necks than males. The JAT’s study showed that in high school soccer, girls sustained this type of head trauma 68 percent more often than boys did. In high school basketball, female concussion rates were almost three times higher. Females also consistently took longer for their symptoms to resolve and to return to play. “I always try to be careful when I’m playing soccer because I could get serious injuries, especially when I’m trying to head the ball. Last year someone on my soccer team got a concussion and she could not play for two months. After that, our coach told us to be really careful,” said Kira Oliver, 10. If a player returns to competition too soon and suffers another concussion, called “Second Impact Syndrome,” then she is at major risk for fatal brain injuries. Generally speaking, most people don’t realize that female athletes sustain concussions at an equal or even higher rate as
males. “Most people think that since girls don’t play sports like football, where they’re knocking each other down, we won’t get serious injuries like concussions. But on our soccer team, we play just as aggressively as the guys,” said Marit Sundberg, 10. Some fear that even trained medical professionals may overlook the symptoms of concussions in patients because of the athlete’s sex. “When I hit my head snowboarding and went to the doctor, he didn’t even think to check for a concussion until my parents suggested it. It turned out I did have a concussion. That was really scary knowing that he almost misdiagnosed me and my concussion wouldn’t have been treated,” said Tina Gutzman, 10. To protect young athletes from serious head injuries, researchers suggest instructive programs, better protective equipment and stricter enforcement of rules. Athletes should be careful when playing sports and more aware of the dangers of concussions.
the Senior Stable By Ross Peterson staff writer
A proud group of seniors can always be found at Mounds View sports games yelling chants, rallying the fans, adding their own opinions to the referee’s questionable calls, and quietly reading newspapers when the visiting team comes onto the court, shielding their eyes from seeing such disgust come into their territory. These seniors make up the Senior Stable. But the mystery behind this group of noisy fans concerns the leaders, and how they are elected. The Senior Stable can be found at all of the Mounds View home basketball games cheering on the Mustangs, and significantly contributing to most of the noise. These individuals turn the gymnasium into a metal concert, and perhaps make the games more entertaining to watch. The crowd ambience seems to have an effect on the game as well. “I really felt like the Senior Stable took away the other teams’ energy,” said Justin Harding, 11, who played varsity basketball last year. “The louder the Stable was, the harder we played.” The captains of the Senior Stable lead the other members and the rest of the crowd. They use a dry-erase marker and whiteboard for starting chants, hand out copies of the Viewer or other newspapers in bulk, and join in on a pregame team rally, which helps get the players pumped up.
But they don’t try out, and there’s no official election. Most students have no idea how they get the job. Alex Bonemeyer, Mounds View 2007 graduate and one of last year’s captains, explained how the Senior Stable captains are selected. “A few weeks before the basketball season started, I was talked to by Mr. Madison. It was very straightforward and pretty informal,” he said. “Basically me and a couple others were handpicked by Mr. Madison. That was the ‘Election Process.’ We never really had meetings or anything, but I talked with the other captains thinking up new cheers and made suggestions to the cheerleaders timeto-time.” On Thursday, Nov. 15, Activities Director Bob Madison nominated Greg Johnson, 12, and Andrew Gallagher, 12, as Senior Stable Captains for the ‘07’08 basketball season. “We were told to promote both boys’ and girls’ basketball, and represent Mounds View in a positive way,” said Gallagher. With Johnson being “Super Fan” and Gallagher as the school’s Flag Boy, students believe the selected Senior Stable captains were a good choice. Willis Tebben, 11, said, “They’re both great leaders who can do a lot for MV, [They both] set the tone right.”
Four Mounds View studentathletes sign letters of intent
photo by Debbie Li On Tuesday, Nov. 20, four Mounds View student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play for their respective colleges. Starting from the left, Roman Becicka, 12, signed with Duquesne University for swimming. Elizabeth Lim, 12, signed with University of California- Davis for their gymnastics team. Andrew Madsen, 12, signed with Long Island University- C.W. Post to play lacrosse. Pete Stacy, 12, signed with the University of Arizona for swim and dive.
November 30, 2007
Leggo my legos! By Shaked Peleg staff writer
In February of this year, teams from all over the state will come together to compete in the High School Robotics Tournament at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. This tournament is also known as Lego League. The competition offers students an opportunity to “...learn about basic prophoto by Nate Grann gramming, engineering, and A house built of legos. have fun with friends at the same time,” said member Louisa Savereide, 11. Teams are judged in four “I enjoy programming, categories. One of these cateespecially when it’s really difgories is the number of given ficult,” said Saiyd. tasks their robot can complete Last year, Saiyd won a on a 4’ by 8’ table in two and a $500 scholarship for his work half minutes. They are also mentoring teams. judged on the quality and Sophia Ehlen, 9, has been innovation of the design and in Lego League since fifth programming of their robots, a grade. Ehlen is the oldest parresearch project in which ticipant in an all-girl team at teams propose a solution for a Chippewa Middle School, problem related to that year’s called the Shebots. theme, and teamwork. Teams The team competes in a are judged during the presenta- different competition for tion of their research and grades 4-9, sponsored by throughout the rest of the day. FIRST (For Inspiration and Many MV students are not Recognition of Science and aware that there is a school Technology) and the Lego Lego League participating in Company. Last year the these competitions. Shebots placed in the top ten The Microchicks team, at the FIRST Lego League which includes Amy Whillock, state tournament. 11, Martha Clark, 11, Abby Ehlen enjoys “…being on a Taylor, 11, and Camille de team and having a close group Meireles, 11, won last year’s of friends” and currently plans research challenge. on participating in the high Adventium Labs, a local school competition next year. research company, offered Despite the success these students mentorship achieved by these students, services to further their ideas. many people at Mounds View The students have met with have never heard of Lego Adventium Labs throughout League. the year to discuss publishing Clark said, “Maybe [people their ideas and also worked don’t know about it] because with them this summer on a it’s not school sponsored. We project testing robotics for can’t advertise.” NASA. The Mounds View stuWhillock said, “The school dents on the Microchicks also is missing out on having its presented their research at an name associated with us. international Nanotechnology We’re doing something really conference in Santa Clara, cool.” California last year. The Microchicks may not Mounds View students par- have the numbers of many ticipate with teams from other school sponsored activities but schools as well. Zubair Saiyd, these few Mounds View stu12, is on a team with seven dents continue to achieve great students from Al-Amal success and learn important Muslim High School. skills, all by playing with He has been involved in Legos. other Lego competitions and has mentored teams for six years.
MV CLUBS YOU NEVER KNEW
EXISTED... INTERACTING WITH THE COMMUNITY By Sophia Har
ing new friends,” said Alisha Cora, a member of the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary and Interact’s staff writer current advisor. In 2006, Interact members, called “Interactors,” For MV students who have a heart for helping others, there’s Interact, a group committed to help- held a benefit dinner for an orphanage in India that needed rebuilding. Their goal was $1000; they ing the community. The group meets every raised over $2700. Wednesday morning at 6:50 a.m. in the Career Because Interact is not school-sponsored, many Center; breakfast included. students were unaware of this success. “It is an organization where we can organize “Sometimes it’s difficult because I can’t get the volunteering,” said Chris Kloeckner, 11. “I joined word out to people. We can’t put posters up around because I felt like it’s an easy way to give back to the school or be the community on the morning and help others.” announcements, Interact was so a lot of it has to founded in 1962 be by word of by Rotary mouth. But we International, an have found ways organization of to spread the word service clubs for with flyers, business profesemails, T-shirts, sionals. Interact and buttons,” said Club offers high President Allison school students Jones, 11. around the world Along with an opportunity to serving others develop leadercomes a sense of ship skills, personal achievedemonstrate ment and insight. respect to others, Jones shared, and promote “I like the feeling helpfulness and you get when goodwill. Three years photo by Debbie Li you’re doing something bigger ago, in an effort Interact meets every Wednesday for their morning meeting. than yourself. It to partner with gives you a realization of how good your life is. Mounds View, the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Yes, times are hard, but it lets you know there’s Club decided to launch and sponsor Interact Club always someone worse off than you. It’s a lot of at MV. fun to volunteer and do something for those in “The program gives young people an opportuneed.” nity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meet-
anime club at mv A new club has been formed at MV this year, specifically for students who enjoy watching, discussing, and drawing this Japanese cartoon style. Meetings are Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school in rm. 226, Amanda Ketchum’s room.
illustration by Kayiita Johnson