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Friday, April 21, 2006 Volume XLXIII Issue No. 11

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New bill prevents carpooling Lawmakers seek to limit teen drivers to one passenger By Alice Liu staff writer

Mounds View’s carpool system could be jeopardized if the state legislature passes a bill that would limit teen drivers to one passenger. On March 13, Rep. Pete Nelson and Sen. Sean Nienow proposed a new bill to promote safer driving for teens. If this bill passes, teens with provisional licenses, one-year licenses given to 16- 18-year-old teens, would be prohibited from driving more than one passenger under 21, unless supervised by an adult family member. Also, teen drivers would be banned from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. Limiting the number of passengers teens can drive would amount to great frustration to those who are in carpools to get to school every morning or need a vehicle to drive home from after-school sports and other co-curricular activities. “Being able to drive is pretty important because you can go around with your friends, so it would be pretty lame if you can only drive one person,” said Jenny Ihbe, 10. “I would probably have to drive more because you wouldn’t be able to carpool with people, and the school would also have to hand out more permits. Many people wouldn’t be able to get permits and would have to find new ways to get to school. It would be a pain.” The competition for a parking permit is already high at Mounds View. If the number of passengers a teen is allowed to drive is limited, there will most likely be an increase in drivers. However, the school will not produce more permits. Paraprofessional Mike Spittler said, “It would be a first come, first serve basis. There’s a set number of parking spaces in the parking lot so is limited. I doubt that MV will build another parking lot, and don’t count on a ramp or underground parking.” “This is stupid because you wouldn’t be able to carpool in

photo by Katie Vogel

If the teen driving bill is passed, students will no longer be able to drive more than one passenger without supervision. groups, and it would cost a lot more because if you can’t carpool, then you’re spending more money on gas than you would need to,” said Ross Nelson, 11. “If [the bill] passes we would honor that and it would mean fewer people would have the opportunity to drive to school,” said Principal Julie Wikelius. “We’re limited to the number of parking spaces in the lot...and there isn’t room [to extend the parking lot.]” Lawmakers want more restrictions on teen driving because teen drivers have more accidents. Teen automobile accidents have not declined as the years progressed even with the many limitations already put in action, such as the cell phone ban. According to Rocky Mountain Insurance, 16 year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age, and statistics show that the 16-year old population alone will increase from 3.5 million to over 4 million by 2010. Some students agree with the bill. “Teens have less [driving] experience and if something does

happen, our reactions are less quick than an experienced driver,” said Ellie Perendy, 10. “They wouldn’t be making the bill if teen accident rates weren’t going up. To me it seems like teens today are driving more recklessly and getting into more accidents so lawmakers are actually making the bill to protect us,” said Belle Lin, 9. “I agree with what they’re doing because when I first started driving I could only drive one person and I realized that it helped a lot. When you drive only one person, you’re responsible for fewer lives…once you have your license, you don’t have your parents there shouting at you anymore, so you have to start making your own decisions,” said Julia Johnson, 10. Compared to the fully matured brains of adults, teens have a lot less experience behind the wheel than their elders, putting teens in further risk of accidents. Driving with more care and with fewer passengers would decrease distraction on the road and prevent multiple casualties. According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance website, 16- and 17-year-

old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger, and almost half of the crash deaths involving 16-year-old drivers in 2003 occurred when the beginning drivers were driving with teen passengers. In addition, the bill also bans teens from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. According to the National Safety Council, teens driving at night with passengers are four to five times more likely to crash than are teenagers driving alone during the day. “It makes sense and besides we have a curfew so we wouldn’t be out anyways. Also, it prevents people from falling asleep behind the wheel and it makes it safer for most drivers,” said Johnson. “Even if they made that law, people would still drive between midnight and 5 a.m. so it wouldn’t do anything. They can’t really enforce the bill because no one is actually going to check every single driver,” said Ihbe. This issue went to print before results of the bill were announced.

Equality group gains advertising rights

By Katie Rolbiecki staff writer

A new legal precedent was set this month when a U.S. District Court ruled in favor of a noncurricular student organization for advertisement rights within Maple Grove High School. A group of three senior girls belonging to the Straights and Gays for Equality (SAGE), which promotes acceptance of people with different sexual orientation, was granted permission by the U.S. District Judge Joan Erickson to display posters promoting a Day of Silence later in April. It is not clear whether this ruling will affect Mounds View’s policy on noncurricular groups. Maple Grove’s bulletin boards and PA system allow “curricular” activities to advertise broadly within the school. SAGE members were denied access because the organization was considered “noncurricu-

lar.” However, other activities such as cheerleading and synchronized swimming, which do not legally qualify as “curricular” activities, were given permission to advertise within the school. Wendy Loberg, Maple Grove Principal stated in the district’s testimony that even though there are no courses within the school, the administration still classifies cheerleading and synchronized swimming as curricular activities. Recognizing the two activities as curricular and failing to do the same with SAGE was discriminatory treatment established by the federal equal-access laws, according to Ericksen. The school also would not recognize a GLBT-Q group as curricular. Mounds View has a similar policy to Maple Grove in that in order to be granted permission to advertise, an activity or club must be cocurricular and sponsored by the

school. Mounds View also has a non-school sponsored advertisement board which grants access to certain groups such as Young Life, Bible Study, and Sierra Club, that are not directly tied with the school. “Such a group [as SAGE] would have access on the nonschool sponsored board,” Bob Madison, Mounds View Activities Director, said. A case such as the one involving SAGE can became a complex dilemma when a school district is dealing with the clashing issues of students wanting to advertise a controversial issue, which some students and parents might oppose, and the legal obligation to allow them to do so. “I think most staff would approve such a poster [like SAGE]. I am personally against it but I still think they should still be able to put up posters,” Kathryn Goodoien, 11 said.

It is a difficult task to censor posters and other advertisement in schools. What one student may support may deeply offend another. “If a student is offended about something on a non-school sponsored board, it is still a non-school sponsored board. It is difficult when groups use a school for advertising, but the rights of the students still need to be consistent,” said Madison. However, oftentimes parents and students are concerned that allowing controversial groups to place their posters within the school may cause disruption to a student’s learning. “I do not think they should be able to put up posters, it becomes sort of a battle between groups and makes things worse,” Tyler Graupmann, 12 said. The Osseo school district is reviewing the case, but the federal judge’s order will be upheld until further notice.

NEWS IN BRIEF On April 6, MV was placed under lockdown procedure from approximately 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This event began the previous night when an anonymous message was left on Principal Julie Wikelius’s voicemail, hinting at a safety hazard but providing no details. The next day, a backpack was found in the commons, drawing alarm after it stayed there for “an inordinate length of time,” as reported by Wikelius. School administration contacted Ramsey County Sheriff’s Dept., which in turn notified the St. Paul Police Dept. After the St. Paul law enforcement bomb squad deemed there was no risk to the students, the lockdown ended. Though the event was a disruption, Wikelius said, “I thought the [students’] response was very impressive; everyone was very cooperative and patient…in that sense, it was outstanding.”

By Michael Bonin staff writer

On Friday, April 7, the MV Speech team placed second in the section 4AA tournament. Out of 38 MV students participating, 23 made it to final rounds, and nine will be competing in the state tournament today. Congratulations to all those who participated. The ten who qualified for state are: Allie Benson, 11, Karly Bergmen, 10, Josh Bornstein, 11, Anna Brockway, 10, Alex Eldridge, 12, Nikhil Gupta, 11, Alicia Hillar, 10, Laura Linder-Scholer, 11, Kate Marolt, 12, and Emilie Wei, 11.

By Lauren Thornton staff writer


APRIL 21, 2006

EDITORIALS Teen gambling troubles Higher stakes at younger ages lead to dangerous consequences

By Kit Hale staff writer

Rejected prom themes

What’s that smell?

Harder, better, faster, stronger Remember the Alamo

Save a horse, ride a Mustang

An evening in Roseville

An evening with Kushal Get down with the sickness! I think it broke...

Dollar menu delights

Never Editor-in-Chief Hannah Goldberg Managing Editor Alex Eldridge News Emilie Wei Editorials Matt Hoffman Commentary Josh Bornstein Features Kendall Dole Adam Ruffner Spread Laura Regan Lauren Tjernlund Variety Katie Moret Reviews Will Haine Sports Sierra Krebsbach Dan Pastorius Gallery Alesha Durkot Business Manager Kaitlin Ostlie Photographers/Artists Katie Vogel Kit Hale Advisor Martha Rush Assistant Advisor David Weinberg Staff Ashley Aram, Lauren Bennett, Courtney Bona, Alex Bonemeyer, Michael Bonin, Percy Botchway, Anna Brockway, Nick Cairl, Makinzie Cole, Patrick Delahunt, Louise Dickson, Christina Florey, Kathleen Gormley, Mike Jones, Eddy Kwon, Alice Liu, Laura Linder-Scholer, Ben Messerly, Graham Odean, Katy Queensland, Elizabeth Roemer, Katie Rolbiecki, Rebecca Shaw, Graham Clark, Lauren Thornton, Megan Wang.

I’ve got nothin’

The Viewer is published by the student editors at: Mounds View High School 1900 Lake Valentine Road Arden Hills, Minnesota The Viewer is printed by: Crow Wing Press

When the World Series of Poker premiered a couple years ago, Mounds View students were quick to latch on to the fad of Texas Hold’Em. I remember Mrs. Johnson always telling kids in my biology class to put away the cards and the poker chips. Today, that fad has grown into a common hobby for MV students of all ages. Many students eagerly run off to the casino on their 18th birthday. Additionally, some students jump the gun on gambling by taking advantage of online poker sites, and gambling is now a major problem at Mounds View. Teen gambling is a problem simply because it’s illegal. Unless you are 18, you can’t legally gamble at all, certainly not in a casino, but also not at home or online. Teens often lack judgment skills and are more likely to take dangerous risks with their money than adults are. When kids start playing poker illegally during freshman year with friends, they are just setting themselves up for an addiction later in life… like by their senior year. The ease of playing poker has made the gambling problem manifest. The nearest place in the metro area to play Texas Hold’Em (Canterbury) is now under an hour’s drive away. Besides, online gambling sites like and have mushroomed recently by drawing new gamblers in with promotions such as giving players a free $50 when they create an account. It’s also very easy to use the gambling sites even if you’re under 18 by entering a parent’s or a friend’s ID information. Gambling is also quite antisocial. All you do when you play poker is sit at a table wearing sunglasses and communicate

non-verbally. (Unless you’re sitting at your computer in a dark room, in which case you aren’t communicating at all). On a good day, maybe you’ll actually say “check” instead of knocking on the table. One MV senior spent most of his spring break playing Hold’Em at Canterbury. Not during the day though, oh no. Instead, he was there from around 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Then, he’d go home, sleep until 2:00 or 3:00, get up, drive back to Canterbury, and do it all over again. With this lifestyle, you alien-

Poker. They see all the glitzy prizes for winning the jackpot – the cars, the beautiful women, etc.... What TV doesn’t show you is what happens when you lose all your money. TV doesn’t show you the despair and poverty that a gambling addiction can drag you into, nor does it show you the measures people take just to get another thousand dollars to gamble with. According to The Observer, one British college student used his student loan money, his rent money, and even $2,000 of his ex-girlfriend’s money just to gamble.

photo illustration by Katie Vogel

The increased popularity of Texas Hold’em has caused high school students to take gambling to an unhealthy level. ate yourself from any friends you may have (other than Jeff, the dealer at Table 5), not to mention the fact that you probably aren’t getting any healthier or smarter. So how did Mounds View get this way? I blame TV and the Internet. So many kids have watched the World Series of

He lost it all. “But what’s the big deal?” you say. “I win all the time! I never lose! Hell, I’m already up $500 and it’s only Tuesday!” Well… yes… but there’s a “but” in this matter. I acknowledge that Texas Hold’Em does involve skill – you have to know when to bet, how much to bet,

how to bluff, when to blah blah blah. But when it comes down to it, if you aren’t dealt good cards, you can’t win and you won’t win. I don’t care how skilled you are, if you’re dealt the worst possible cards each hand, you won’t win. But okay, every player has a bad day, right? Your luck will turn around tomorrow. But it doesn’t, you have another bad day, so you start to bet big to try to get back even quicker. But you lose again, and pretty soon, you’re down $1,000, then $5,000, then even more, and now you’re desperate. (This same scenario happened to one MV senior, only he ended up losing a rumored $25,000). What are you gonna do? Scott Stuart, 12, a frequent player at the Canterbury tables, said “I would think ‘oh shucks,’ go home to play a little online poker, then come back the next day to win it back.” While this may work for some people, other players would find themselves in trouble with a gambling addiction, serious debt, and in need of professional help. Gambling may be fun, just like any other game, but it can get out of hand, especially if you start too young. I don’t go around betting $20 on every game of Yahtzee I play. I’m wicked good at Yahtzee, but if I don’t roll good dice, there’s no chance for a high score. So don’t let Texas Hold’Em be what you think, eat, and dream. Perhaps try a more secure investment like stocks. Stocks, in the long run, have generally gone up, and they’re less risky than betting on cards. I you’re content with your high-risk, low-life lifestyle, that’s fine with me, but I guarantee that one day, maybe not tomorrow, or maybe not for 20 years, your winning streak will turn.

Domestic spying targets free speech

By Alex Bonemeyer staff writer

We’ve been told by the Bush administration that domestic spying in the United States is protecting us from terrorism, and that being able to spy without a court issued warrant is necessary. I used to be able to swallow this. After all, why would they want to investigate anyone but terrorists anyway? Surely they are only doing what is in our best interest. Recent events have shaken my trust in the government, however. Since September 11, 2001, the Pentagon, NSA, and FBI have collected vast amounts of transcripts of telephone and internet communications in the United States without court approval. It has now been revealed that there has been significant surveillance of peace groups and anti-war protestors, solely because of their stance against the war in Iraq. On March 14, the ACLU released new evidence of an FBI investigation into the Thomas Merton Center for Peace and

Justice because of their anti-war views. In an FBI memo pertaining to the group, it was noted that the Merton Center is “a leftwing organization advocating, among many political causes, pacifism.” “These documents are the first to show conclusively that

the rationale for FBI targeting is the group’s opposition to the war,” stated a report by the ACLU. It appears the group drew attention from the FBI for handing out anti-war pamphlets in downtown Pittsburgh. It is chilling to know that the government

illustration by Alex Eldridge

Domestic spying, intended to protect the country from terrorism, has instead allowed Bush to keep tabs on peace demonstrators and protesters.

is investigating innocent Americans, simply because of their political views. “All over the country we see the FBI monitoring and keeping files on Americans exercising their First Amendment rights to free expression,” said Mary Catherine Roper, a staff attorney with the ACLU. A procedure like this is extremely detrimental to free speech, making people fear what could happen if they participate in demonstrations or speak out against the government. I am not arguing the legality of spying on people without a court order. That will go to the Supreme Court soon enough. Senator Charles Schumer introduced a bill on March 29 that would speed lawsuits dealing with the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program to the Supreme Court. Rather, I am concerned about who the government is targeting. I always trusted the government to investigate whoever was necessary to protect the country, but investigating law-abiding peace activists is not how it should be done.

COMMENTARY The WWW: Weird World of Webcomics By Josh Bornstein

I opened up my daily copy of the Pioneer Press, ruffled through the many pages, and came across the Daily Life section, quickly flipping to the comics. I gazed upon the two full pages of various cartoons, and sighed. Newsprint cartoons these days are pretty amusing… for an eight-year-old. Now that we are teens and our senses of humor have matured, we fully realize how mediocre and unfunny most newspaper comics are. Marmaduke, Kathy, and Garfield are prime examples. Yet another comic about eating lasagna? Yawn. Dieting…again? Ack. So where can we turn to for alternate sources of the funnies? The answer is laughably simple: the internet. Since the mid-1990s, online comics, or “webcomics” as they are properly called, have been a somewhat minor part of the internet community, though their popularity and reputation have grown in recent years. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different webcomics across the world wide web. Many are centered on typical nerd-culture themes, such as fantasy, sci-fi, and video games. Some are autobiographical, retelling the cartoonist’s daily life stories, often with the truth stretched to humorous proportions. Others tell a more dramatic “comic noir” story. These examples, however, are only a miniscule slice of the webcomics pie. Webcartoonists can make their comic into just

staff writer

comic by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins

Penny Arcade (, a comic by Mike “Gabe” Krahulik and Jerry “Tycho” Holkins, is one of the oldest, most revered webcomics. The comic is a social and cultural commentary, but their main topic is video games. they tend to have a relatively about anything they want to. readers. Still other authors will slack schedule of updates, the That’s one of the great features exploit their artistic freedom to most common being Mondayof the internet: There are virtual- the fullest. A webcomic’s level Wednesday-Friday. This allows ly no limitations. It’s also the of appropriateness can be anycartoonists to have more time to main reason why webcomics are where from an average episode superior to newsprint comics. of The Cosby Show, to Sex in the tinker with their strips, thus giving them the potential to boost One of the biggest flaws of City, to South Park. comics in the newspapers is that Additionally, most newsprint the quality of their work, rather than have a strip that has almost they are subject to the same cen- cartoonists face the challenge of creating a comic for a schedule a factory-produced feel to it. sorship that controls the rest of of six regular daily strips and I’m not saying that every sinmainstream media. Webcomics, one Sunday strip, week after gle comic exposed to the internet on the other hand, are restricted week. (Exceptions to this rule, is a masterpiece. Comics like only by the author’s own volilike Opus, don’t face the same Penny Arcade (pennytion. This means that themes and Mac Hall such as language, drugs, sex, and level of pressure since they only make Sunday comics.) But very ( show consistently violence don’t have to be supfew webcartoonists make comics good quality, but if you happen pressed. to surf around one of those webThis isn’t to say that all web- their full-time job, and even then, some of those people don’t sites that provide free webspace comics are chock-full of Sin always feel obligated to update for users, like Geocities, you’ll City-esque raw content. Many their strips daily. find many sites with comics authors make an effort to censor Since webcomics are usually drawn by amateur cartoonists, themselves, in order to make seen as more of a hobby or a seemingly with their gluteus their comic more accessible to side project for most cartoonists, maximii. But like any other younger or more conservative piece of art or entertainment, you can’t judge a book by its cover. White Ninja Comics (, for example, looks like it has been drawn by a third-grader, but many people praise its quirky humor. Webcomics aren’t perfect, but their quality generally exceeds that of newsprint comics. So give up that Daily Life section of the newspaper to your parents, and get online. You’ll find the word “funnies” more sense in the realm comic by Matt Milligan makes of webcomics. Lost and Found ( is about a private eye and his dog taking a bite out of animal crime.

Kit Hale says, ‘Leggo that Eggo’ staff writer

As self-proclaimed waffle connoisseur of Mounds View High School, I would be ever mindful of my duty to accurately provide information to the Mounds View student body regarding the quality of frozen waffles. However, I cannot even begin to offer my advice regarding the five primary frozen waffle brands without giving credit to the great Erik Radio (class of 2005). As many of you may remember, Mr. Radio can be accredited with lofting the waffle to the top of the breakfast food royalty a few years ago after he fabulously proved how waffles are better than pancakes. Since it has already been proven that the waffle is the superior of the breakfast breads, I now proceed to analyze the

Procrastinators, don’t wait up By Lauren Bennett

commentary editor

By Kit Hale


APRIL 21, 2006

five primary brands of frozen waffles: Eggo, Kashi, Krusteaz, Pillsbury, and Lifestream, according to their appearance, taste, and texture. 1) Eggo. Perhaps the most famed of all of the frozen waffles, Eggo is widely popular for the variety of flavors and all around quality. The appearance of the Eggo, however, is very disappointing. After opening a package of Buttermilk Eggos, I was horrified to find that the Eggo has an appearance and texture somewhat like cardboard, both before and after toasting. The taste was also disappointing. I was unable to cook the Eggo fully even after setting my toaster oven to the highest setting. 2) Kashi. Although lesser known among the teenage population, Kashi waffles provide the waffle fan with a low fat option. With an appearance much more enticing than that of

the Eggo, I was expecting an equally satisfactory taste. After toasting though, I was disappointed to find the Kashi waffle to be highly lacking in flavor, most likely because of the lowfatness. It was as if the waffle was a package of air surrounded by a chain of carbohydrates. 3) Krusteaz. A moderately well known waffle with a softer texture than Eggo, Krusteaz most likely has not had the success of Eggo because the name "Krusteaz" implies the waffle itself is "crusty." However, upon opening a package, I found the Krusteaz waffle to be soft and delicious both before and after toasting. The pre- and post-cooked appearance quickly downplays the waffle's misnomer. I was unable to find any hints of "crust" on the waffle, providing the breakfaster with a waffle that is delicious all the way to the last bite. 4) Pillsbury. Another strong

waffle candidate that competes with Krusteaz for my highest review, Pillsbury frozen waffles are a bit paler in appearance. A quick two minutes in the toaster quickly fixes this problem though. The taste of the Pillsbury waffle is suggestive of how the Pillsbury Dough Boy would taste: doughy. There's plenty of waffle in this waffle, so you will definitely get your money's worth. 5) Lifestream. I have not actually sampled this waffle, but it is available on Simon Delivers and looks very promising. I hope I have been able to provide the waffle eating population of Mounds View with strong reviews of several frozen waffle options. And for all of you pancake vigilantes out there, shame, shame... have shame! Your futile pancake shall never defeat the all-powerful waffle.

I was sitting in awe at the batting cage where I work, watching teenagers come in. It was then that I understood what millions of teens get criticized about every day. The spring baseball/softball season was about to start, and youth leagues around the area were going to hold tryouts. What people did to prepare is go to the batting cage. “Is it busy?” someone would ask, and I wanted to reply, “Um, yeah it’s busy. It’s two weeks before tryouts, of course it’s busy.” The thing that really makes me laugh is that even after I told them that they would have to wait, they came back and wanted a refund. It’s your fault, not mine. As if people don’t understand that waiting until the last minute doesn’t work. Why on earth should those that procrastinate have to wait in line? It’s so unfair. People who get things done ahead of time are ready for the “due date,” but the rest of them aren’t. Now why is that fair? I’ll tell you why…because it is fair. When people do things in advance, before they need to be done, they get rewarded. The cliché ‘good things come to those who wait’ no longer applies. I’m not saying that I’ve never procrastinated, as everyone has at some point. But when it comes to a big project, not only is it a relief to have it done, it often turns out that you are more prepared. Plus getting something done before the deadline allows you to make corrections instead of making yourself look like a complete fool. Rushing and cramming it all in the night before it’s due is a common practice. You keep putting it off until the last possible second, until you realize, oh snap, I’m supposed to have this done by tomorrow! Been there, done that. But now time is officially up, the hourglass has run out. No more last minutes, or midnight extensions. As students, we have a possible six assignments due each day, sometimes more. And in extra-curriculars, sports, friends, and jobs…there is so much to take care of. As we get older we should learn how to budget our time and meet deadlines before they arrive. This wonderful process ensures that we have time to make what we do perfectly (or nearly perfectly). Adults set this example for us. They are—or should be— organized, have schedules, and know when things need to be done. But I see all of these parents coming in with their kids saying they hadn’t realized that the season was coming. Sorry to say it, but your 10-year-old child is not going to know either. Get on the ball! Stop putting it off, and gain some responsibility. It’s not a bad thing to occasionally let things go, but stop making excuses. If something is forgotten, don’t act like it’s okay, because it’s not. Start realizing that doing things the night before isn’t better.


APRIL 21, 2006


Privileged space parks at MV By Katie Rolbiecki staff writer

The first bell has already rung, and the temperatures outside have dipped so low that students are shivering all through first period as they recover from walking inside from the parking lot. On their way in, students stare enviously at the closest parking space. One lucky carpool will make it to class on time, without frostbite, after being awarded Privileged Parking. Arranged by Student Council and the administration, 18 permit numbers are randomly drawn, giving them the closest parking spot for one week. “I did the drawing with student council member Brian Stephenson, to make sure the drawing was random,” said Mike Spittler, paraprofessional. When permits are assigned at the beginning of each semester, they are organized into groups based on seniority. Each group is close in size so a group of juniors would have the same chance of getting Privileged Parking as a group of seniors would. “There is already a list for the rest of the year. We are trying to call down students or put it in the announcements to notify the carpools who get Privileged Parking usually the Friday before,” said Spittler. While some hoping for Privileged Parking wish to escape the frigid cold in the winter, others like the opportunity to park on the staff-side of the lot to save time. “I got to school at 7:29 and I still made it to class on time,” said Jon Jensen, 11, who recently had Privileged Parking. The feeling that Privileged Parking is a large advantage, however, is not necessarily felt by all students school-wide. Donny Matuska, 11, said, “I think it is a good idea but it is exaggerated. It’s only 30 seconds closer to school.” During first semester, not every week had a carpool assigned to the spot due to the lack of notification to the winners. “I probably parked there for a little over two months, and I never got in trouble...the school wasn’t organized in actually designating a ‘Privileged Mustang’ so I wasn’t really taking anyone’s spot,” Ben Kuban, 12, said. Misinformation about the availability of the spot caused some confusion between staff and students. “We were never officially given the spot, but since no one was assigned to it, we were told by the parking lot attendant that it was ok to park there. Other students did it too, so it was like a fight to see who could get it first,” Ali Sayre, 11 said. Due to the lack of coordination first semester, students who parked in the spot without permission were usually given a verbal warning. Before the start of second semester, a second drawing occurred and the school hopes to announce winners to keep the spot filled every week.

Lunch lockdown possible By Lauren Thornton staff writer

Imagine a ghost town: the halls of Mounds View deserted, no noise, and no motion except the hall monitors pacing. This atmosphere could transpire every day between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with three seven-minute intervals of activity, if the administration implements a ‘closed lunch’ policy next year. Closed lunches would mean, as Principal Julie Wikelius said, “Once you’re in, you’re in.” The half hour students receive for lunch each day is a time when friends can eat quickly, then get away from the noise and crowd of the lunchroom to talk in smaller groups. Students often congregate in areas of the school such as the commons or the notorious senior wall outside the lunchroom. However, students also end up in various hallways throughout the school where classes are being taught. “The problem has been the frustration of the teachers in areas where students congregate. Most students are respectful, but there are just enough students that are continuing to be noisy,” said Wikelius. “It is a problem students probably don’t look at,” said math teacher Charlotte Osborne. “I close my door, but it’s still noisy.” Some students are upset because it would be losing the 30 minutes of freedom students receive each day. Vanessa Dunn, 10, said, “It is already bad enough we only have half an hour.” The two main reasons for a closed lunch, according to Wikelius, are garbage left in the halls from lunches, and noise disrupting classes where students are learning. Although the disruption

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The possibility of closed lunches is an attempt to cut down on disruptions and noise in the hallways during class time, which would force students to stay in the lunchroom during their designated half hour lunch time. doesn’t last long, it is noticeable. worth trying,” said Laurie to relax and have fun with their Lauren Cole, 11, said “It [the Koopmeiners, a special educafriends. noise] happens during math tion paraprofessional. Dan Aamodt, 11, said, “I’d class, but it usually doesn’t disWhile the half hour designat- throw a fit. Where am I suprupt the class for long.” ed for free time may be seen as posed to play hack? There is no Wikelius said the school is disruptive, the time can be proother option but open lunch.” looking at many options, from ductive for many students. No changes would be made leaving lunch as it is, to having Students may use lunchtime to until next year. Unless the closed lunches, to other possibil- talk to teachers, study, go to the administration receives an alterities. library, or other things they nate option, or students stop The school tried to solve the don’t have time to do during making noise and leaving trash, problem by assigning an entire passing time after they are done closed lunches could be in MV’s hallway to the same lunch. This eating. future. was thought to keep noise in the With a closed lunch policy, Although it may seem like same hallway and to have all these students would not be able students are the only ones whose classes in session at the same to complete these tasks during autonomy would be taken away, time. However, it did not stop school, and have to stay after. Osborne said, “We don’t want kids from gathering in other Damla Ertch, 10, said, “I any more rules around here hallways, making classes that probably just wouldn’t go to either.” were still going on frustrated lunch.” with the disruptions. Some students would be “It [a closed lunch] might be upset because they use their time

Roseville sex scandal investigated

By Liz Roemer staff writer

Police are investigating allegations from a female student at Roseville Area High School that another student, a now 16-yearold male, videotaped her performing a sexual act, and then used the tape to blackmail her to continue having sex with him and his friends. According to the Star Tribune, the incident occurred at the male student’s Roseville home in March 2005, and the girl confided in her counselor March 7, also stating the boy “threatened her last month to show the videotape to others if she did not give him money to buy gasoline for his car.” Police searched the boy’s house on March 13 and confiscated videotapes, a camera, and a computer. “There are lots of tapes to view,” said Officer Sithyvon Chau, Roseville’s liaison, to “It’s time-consuming, I don’t know what other victims are out there.” Although the allegations are appalling, students at Roseville Area High School are not shocked. “I’m surprised someone would stoop that low, but it’s not

a shock that it happened at Roseville,” said Roseville student Jodie Banner, 11. “We’ve had our share of incidents” Students at Mounds View behold the incident with feelings of disgust and sympathy. “It’s awful that someone could be so immature and be so willing to use and hurt someone just for sexual benefits,” said Sarah Sederburg, 11. “It’s also a little creepy it happened so close to Mounds View.” Many students agree the incident occurring at a nearby school is unnerving. This also raises the question of whether something similar could happen at MV. “I for sure think that this could happen here,” said Grace Geer, 11. “With all the cliques at MV, it would be easy to get away with that kind of risky behavior.” A close friend of Geer knew the perpetrator, who allegedly tried to persuade her to go to a hotel room with him. The MV student refused. “It was definitely scary that this could happen to someone I know,” Geer said. Although this could happen at any high school, a parallel incident has never ensued at Mounds View.

Mounds View administration would presumably handle this situation like Roseville Police and school officials, who are continuing the investigation for the next two weeks, as they deliberate how to admonish the behavior. Because the incident took place off school grounds, however, the school might be unable

to deliver a punishment, which would most likely be a suspension or expulsion, according to Star Tribune. However, many agree that the alleged blackmailer should receive a harsh consequence. “The student responsible should be sent to jail or be punished to the fullest extent,” said Patrick Malone, 9

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APRIL 21, 2006

Math team strives for state

By Anna Brockway staff writer

Among us is a mastermind. He walks quickly and doesn't talk much. He is known for his accomplishments above all else. He is a member of a small, tight knit group of individuals that has gained momentous, unheralded successes throughout the years – the Mounds View Math Team. "I started getting interested in math when I was about eight years old," said Shui Hu, 10. Hu came to MV from Irondale at the beginning of this school year and quickly became a valuable asset to the math team. He is ranked in the top 50 math students nationwide, and is tied for first place in Minnesota. Although he has been ranked first in various categories since the eighth grade, this year Hu has excelled and has been a consistent force for the team. Andrew Larkin, 10, said, "Shui finishes solving problems before I finish reading them." Hu’s level of excellence has been shadowed by many of his teammates. Stephanie Cheng, 12, team co-captain, is tied for second in state, Matthias Chan, 12, is tied for third, and Jae Chang, 10, is tied for fourth. These individual efforts have synergized to make one of the most formidable math teams ever assembled at MV. And that’s not any easy feat to accomplish. The Math Team has taken first place in the district every year since 1993 and took first place at state in '95 and '00. The

squad has been garnering success slowly as the season progresses. "The Math Team's accomplishments are phenomenal; their reputation makes me proud to be a Mounds View student," said Mike Carroll, 10.

at the last meet. "If we can work individually, it's not hard to come together as a team," said Cheng. At each meet the team participates in four events. Each member does two, and everyone participates in a team event

The problems come from Algebra, Geometry, and PreCalculus but are "just a little more in-depth," said Chang. Individual success is key for these 'mathletes.' "It was hard at the beginning, [but a] pleasant surprise to

photo by Kit Hale

Vanck Zhu, 11, and Jae Chang, 10, work in the background alongside Math Team co-captains Patrick Miles, 12, and Stephanie Cheng, 12, who are solving in the foreground. Although the team has had considerable individual success, practices like these have helped those individuals form an extremely cohesive group. MV won four out of their five meets this season, with four members having perfect scores

where individuals' scores are added to make up the final score, said Hari Narayanan, 9.

have worked hard and ended up here," said Cheng, who began the year with unexpectedly low

scores, but has risen to the challenge for the last meets of the season. This sort of perseverance has aided the math team all year long. "We know how to work with each other, and see who's good at what," said Chang. "[We're] here to do math and have a really good time," said Dan Butler, Math Team coach. It's true; even with the seriousness of the subject matter, the math team members still find a way to relax and have fun. "We go to a college for one meet – we take a test for an hour or two, and just play around with Ping-Pong the rest of the time," said Chang. Stemming from a kind of reverence towards the Math Team, the activity has attracted a dedicated following despite its relatively low profile. It's a "very deep team supported by 30 students who don't compete for the team," said Butler. In fact, calling from the Caribbean while on a recent vacation, the first thing Eric Garcia, 12, non-member, said was, "Did you hear how the Math Team did at their tournament?" This year's State Tournament, cancelled because of a snow day on March 13, was rescheduled for Monday, April 17 at Spring Lake Park High School. After the lead up to the long-awaited day, in both the participants' and spectators' eyes, the following seems almost inevitable. "We're going to win state," said Butler.

Weighted grades are still in the balance

By Michael Bonin staff writer

The weighted grades policy adopted last fall promised—or threatened—to affect the 400 AP students out of the total 1930 students currently at MV. The policy mandates that grades of a C- or higher in AP classes be given a heavier weight; that is, their value is multiplied by 1.25 before being factored into GPA. With the academic year drawing to a close, different opinions and concerns are emerging. “I love weighted grades,” said Crystal Dyer, 11. “[For] the harder classes that kids take, students get more points and more satisfaction.” Students like Dyer found the policy met its goal of rewarding the GPAs of students who take more difficult classes. However, not all agree such an incentive is necessary. “The name ‘AP’ is a reward right there,” said math teacher Matthew Henderson. The disagreement dates back to when the issue was still in deliberation. As counselor Scott Wiens described, a committee comprised of teachers, staff, parents, and students was formed to aid the School Board in the decision. “The committee recommendation was split,” said Wiens. “The parents and students wanted weighted grades; the teachers did not.” Ultimately, the School Board passed weighted grades Nov. 30, 2004 by a 4-3 vote. Students today are not as consistent with the students on the panel. Out of 50 non-AP and 80 AP students surveyed, 60 percent of non-AP students approved of

the way weighted grades is implemented at MV, while only 41 percent of AP students approved their performance. “Weighted grades are the biggest waste of everything ever!” said Pouya Hemmati, 11. “Teachers take away cushion points to make classes harder, but colleges unweight them, so you’re doubly screwed.” Henderson responded that any changes in the difficulty of courses were minor. “There was one teacher who changed the grading scale to create discussion, but then changed it back,” he said. “But making the course harder? No.” However, Hemmati is correct in believing some of the cushion has been removed. Henderson said he had removed “quarter option exams,” tests that could be taken to replace a poor test score a student might have received. “If you’re going to get your grade helped out by weighted grades,” said Henderson, “why should I help you out?” Compounding upon this factor is the commonly overlooked 1.25 multiplier. At the Dec. 14, 2004 School Board meeting, School Board member Bob Helgeson pointed out, “If we use the multiplier, then the student who has the A in the AP class has a greater advantage.” If a student receives an A in an AP class, that grade will be increased from a 12.0 to a 15.0; however, a student who receives a C will only have their grade raised from a 6.0 to a 7.5. Also, Hemmati’s complaint reveals the dual nature of weighted grades. According to the School Board document Weighted Grades Implementation

Options, one reason for waiting until fall of last year to affect the policy was to allow “time to test technology to insure [sic] a smooth transition to dual reporting.” Thus, both unweighted and weighted GPA appear on a student’s transcript. As a result, some fear the efficacy of weighted grades is undermined. “Colleges are not looking at weighted grades enough,” said Alina Oltean, 12. “And people are not getting into [a college] where they should.” Another complaint, common among AP students who disapproved of the way weighted grades is being executed, was that the grade boost should not be limited to AP classes. “I think Accelerated Chemistry should be [weighted] because it’s the hardest class [in MV],” said Dyer. Other students have expressed that honors, accelerated, and CIS classes should also receive weighting. Accelerated Chemistry teacher Graham Wright proposed a solution. “The answer is not to weight grades,” he said. “The answer is to unweight grades.” Under Wright’s policy, the grading system would involve giving a lower letter grade to students taking regular level classes rather than assign a higher grade to students in advanced classes. “But nobody wants to

do that,” he said. “Nobody wants an A in Honors College Writing Lab to be a C in College Writing Lab —that sets students up for failure.” Teachers like Wright have reported that they wish to see weighted grades removed; despite such opposition, it does not seem the policy is in any danger of repeal. “I think we need to live with the policy we have now and see how it plays out,” said Wiens. One thing is certain: among dual transcripts, college admissions, and changes to classes, weighted grades will affect not just the 400 AP students, but all 1930.

Prom Movies Through the Years

“Carrie” 1976

If scary is your thing, this is a good one. Carrie has been teased most of her high school career. After getting asked to the prom by a hot, popular guy, the other students decided to play a trick on her. Little did they know, Carrie is an evil force to be reckoned with, and no one will forget the revenge she takes on those that ruined her

“Prom Night” 1980

Winston Connelly wakes up in the middle of the night in an alley with no idea of how he got there. Nor does he know where he is or why he is wearing a beat-up tuxedo. Through a series of flashbacks, he remembers that he was sidetracked on his way to the prom the night before.

Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as a high school hottie who makes a bet with a fellow classmate that he can turn geeky Rachel Leigh Cook into a Prom Queen. Problems arise when hot shot Prinze falls in love with the transformed Cook.

“Prom Queen” 2004

Sex, Drugs, and ... P

By Lauren Bennett staff writer

“The Night Before”

Parents and teachers try to make prom fun — and also as safe as possible without ruining the evening for the students. But while prom is meant to be the high point of an upperclassmen’s year, some don’t turn out that way. Drugs, alcohol, and sex are huge problems that have swept the prom scene. Some schools around the nation have decided to cancel prom due to these issues, and each year more and more parents are complaining, and wondering how this could go on. “It’s a focal point for high school,” said Paul Anderson, MV counselor, “ but [prom] rarely meets expectations.” And this seems to be the motivation behind having an ‘after-prom prom.’ Every year 55 percent of fatal car crashes occur after prom due to driving under the influence. Adding negatively to this dark statistic is the fact that many parents seem to turn their backs on underage drinking. “Parents sometimes allow or even sponsor the alcohol, using the excuse that the kids might not be driving,” said Anderson. According to Michael Coty, student council advisor, Mounds view has never had many problems directly correlated with alcohol and drugs at prom. “A big problem at prom? No. A problem


“American Pie” 1999

A little girl is accidentally killed playing a game with other kids in an old deserted schoolhouse. The kids swear to silence, but someone saw them do it. Six years later, the same kids are anticipating the senior prom and the night of their life. However, the one who saw their deed has chosen prom night to seek revenge.

At a high-school party, four friends find that losing their collective virginity isn't as easy as they had thought. But they still believe that they need to do so before college. They enter a pact to try to be the first to "score." And of course, the senior prom is their last best chance.

“She’s All That” 1999

In a small working-class town in Quebec, Canada, Marc Hall is a popular student at a conservative Catholic High School, and he also happens to be gay. When Marc decides to take his boyfriend to the prom, he discovers that he has a huge battle on his hands.

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By Katie Rolbiecki

Mounds View’s prom is a royal flush

staff writer

It’s prom season, which means it should be time to vote for the Prom King and Queen. Juniors and seniors should be restless to hear those famous words, “And your 2006 Prom King and Queen are…” In their heads, they imagine the crowns, the royalty dance, and then suddenly the crushing realization that Mounds View does not elect prom royalty and perhaps never will. “If we go way back, I think there may be a possibility that Mounds View might have had a Prom King and Queen,” said student council advisor Mike Coty. But when Coty first arrived at Mounds View in 1971, there was no prom royalty election, and Mounds View has continued the tradition of not having a Prom King and Queen. “When I took over, there wasn’t even a Grand March. Parents wanted one and we brought it back,” Coty said. Prom planning is a complicated process, and student and parent input are always taken into consideration. Yet bringing back prom royalty is “very rarely brought up,”

Coty said. One reason could be that students don’t realize it’s missing. “I didn’t know we didn’t have a Prom King and Queen. I thought we did,” Keith Janski, 11, said. Since Mounds View has not had a King or Queen in decades, the tradition has seemed to lose some of its importance to students. “It wouldn’t be a big deal to me- I guess I wouldn’t really care. It’s just a title,” Julie Garretson, 10 said. Some smaller schools in greater Minnesota still have Prom King and Queens. “Those schools tend to be smaller communities and have more involvement. I personally feel that having a King and Queen is outdated, and I don’t see a need for them any longer,” said Coty. Mounds View already elects royalty twice a year, for Homecoming and SnoDaze. Homecoming royalty consists of an onlyseniors court, giving the graduating class something to look forward to. “For Homecoming, it’s a week long celebration and it is build around the King and Queen- prom isn’t. I see it as very different,” Coty said.

The honor of receiving the crown at prom is often depicted as being every girl’s high school dream. Often seen in movies, royalty can sometimes bring about some ugly quarrels between girls as they fight for the crown. Coty says this does really happen. “There have been nasty things connected to [prom royalty]. One year, a mom who’s daughter lost went up to the mom who’s daughter had won saying, ‘you’re daughter didn’t really win, the polls were fixed,’” Coty said. However, Coty said cattiness between students has not been a reason for not bringing back prom royalty. The main issue is that class officers have never brought up the issue of King and Queen. But some students feel that prom royalty is an important custom in one’s high school career and should be brought back. “If they have Homecoming and Snodaze royalty, they should have a Prom King and Queen. It’s once of the biggest dances and something you look forward to at the end of high school,” said Laura Goebel, 9.

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Prom’s prominent history

By Laura Linder-Scholer staff writer

Prom is a long-standing tradition that plays a vital role in American popular culture. A teenage rite of passage and a crucial social event, prom is associated with numerous defining high school attributes: friends, money, music, appearance and romance. High school students spend months in advance selecting dresses and tuxedos, renting limousines and choosing the best formal restaurant. The night is spent dancing on a crowded dance floor beneath glaring lights and booming speakers, and somewhere behind the glitz and the glam of preparing for this highly anticipated night, the true meaning behind the dance has been lost. Prom originated as a “coming forth” ceremony for adolescent girls transitioning into adult society. It has evolved into an excuse to dress up, a reason to spend money and a celebration of the independence high school embodies. The history of prom in the United States can be traced back to the beginning of the 18th century, but it did not gain popularity in the form that we know it until the early 1930s. As early as 1748, historians documented “dancing assemblies” among European settlers as a way to introduce their adolescent daughters to the eligible young men in the community. Girls dressed up in their Sunday best and would attend the evening gathering with the entire family, taking part in rigid social interactions with other families. These dancing assemblies acted as the forerunner to the European Debutante Ball, popularized in England and adapted by American society. “Debutante” is the French

word for “female beginner,” and the dances served as a sort of coming of age ceremony for young women aged 16-18 entering the ‘market’ for marriage. As societal views on marriage and class-status evolved, the concept of the dances followed in suit. They became less about finding a potential spouse, and more about gracefully entering the community as a young adult. While the prom no longer acts as a key role in the matrimonial process, it continues to be a way of presenting the 16-18 year old adolescent. According to Amy L. Best in Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture, “The prom was another class-linked celebration of maturity, a sort of coming-out party sanctioned by parents and characterized by youth shedding cultural and sub cultural apparel for “adult” tuxedos and evening gowns, dancing to a traditional orchestra, and in theory and outward appearance, sublimating sexuality in romance.” In 1935 Parent’s Magazine wrote of prom that, “Young people have to learn gracious manners and social good taste just as they have to learn anything else, and well-managed school dances provide excellent opportunities for practice.” Today, the heavy emphasis on “gracious manners and social good taste” has been overwhelmed by the negative hype around controlling drugs, alcohol, sex and overall inappropriate behavior during and after the dance. The refined class that prom once represented has been tainted by cultural indiscretion. This doesn’t have to be the case. This year, prom will be a chance to enjoy an evening with a date, prove your social independence and look your best doing it.

Stuck at prom scholarship Would you ever dare to wear an outfit to prom made entirely out of duct tape? How about for the chance to win a $3,000 scholarship? For the sixth year running, the Duck Brand duct tape manufacturers are holding a lighthearted contest challenging high school students to construct and accessorize their entire prom ensemble using duct tape. Participating couples are judged on the workmanship, originality, accessories, quantity of duct tape used, and use of col-

ors. Entries are judged by a panel of acclaimed “duct tape gurus,” rewarding the first place couple with a $3,000 college scholarship each, and $3,000 going to the high school hosting the winning couple’s prom. Second place winners receive $2,000 scholarships each, and the third place couple receives $1,000 each toward the college of their choice. Further contest details, photographs of previous winners and more information can be found at

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APRIL 21, 2006


Potbelly pleases MV bellies Maplewood Mall location provides great atmosphere and delicious subs

By Christina Florey staff writer

You used to have to drive out to the shops at Arbor Lakes to enjoy a sub from Potbelly Sandwich Works, but as of last summer, you can eat one in the Maplewood Mall. Potbelly is attached to the mall, next to Applebee’s, and has been a very successful addition. Once inside, a customer can pick out a sandwich from the 11 signature choices, customize it, follow the line to the register, and order a delicious shake and a homemade cookie. Then, find a comfortable

photo by Christina Florey

The newest Potbelly Sandwich Works is located in the Maplewood Mall.

booth and proceed to eat your meal while listening to some live music. One of the best parts of the Potbelly experience is that you get a sit-down taste, without the wait. Potbelly was founded in 1977 as an antique store. These origins cause the décor and overall atmosphere to be truly unique. The place is decorated with black and white photos, antiques, real wooden tables and chairs. Lauren Duffert, Potbelly employee, said, “It looks like a real kitchen, and is warm and inviting.” Today there are Potbellies in 10 states, with six locations in the Twin Cities area. Potbelly has brick ovens for toasting their 11 signature sandwiches that are served hot. The turkey, vegetarian, smoked ham, tuna salad and meatball are some of the favorites. All of their meats and cheeses are sliced in the restaurant, and the food is prepared right in front of you. In addition to their standard sandwiches, you have nine different condiments to choose from, including mayo, mustard, hot peppers, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, olive oil, and Italian seasoning. Luke Ross, 11, said, “The roast beef is delicious and the grilling was a nice touch.”

photos by Christina Florey

The antique atmosphere of Potbelly provides diners with a original experience and scrumptious sandwiches. As well as acclaimed sandafternoons. Mishka Kalan, 12, said, “I wiches, Potbelly has delicious Katy Cox, 12, said, “The had a really good turkey sanddesserts including sugar and oat- food was awesome, and there wich, and the atmosphere was meal chocolate chip cookies. was someone singing and playoriginal and fun.” Lemonades and fresh whipped ing guitar really well when I ate The Potbelly in Maplewood chocolate milk are offered too. there.” is the closest location to find the Potbelly serves real, old fashAlthough it hasn’t achieved restaurant with no wait, excelioned ice cream shakes and the Mustang notoriety, like lent taste, and an original, fun malts, yogurt fruit smoothies, Panino’s, people who have expe- atmosphere. Potbelly is a deliand homemade desserts. rience it have loved it. It is a cious new restaurant, with the Ross agreed, “I had the most great change of pace for those old-fashioned basics of great amazing chocolate shake there!” who are stuck in the food and fun. Adding to the original Shoreview/North Oaks food patatmosphere is live music a few terns of Panino’s, Subway, and days a week, including Friday Wendy’s.

REVIEWS Yang and Kaniess: An exciting new exhibit at the Minne apolis Institute of Art shows two modern artis ts at their very best. By Megan Wang staff writer

A 30 by 30 foot room can only say so much about an artist. The onlooker is given a brief exhibit of the artist’s capabilities and style and can duly form a judgment from the self-selected works. Daniel Kaniess and Yang Yang have risked these assessments in the Cargill Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. To the right of the compartmental gallery, Yang has created a bountiful abstraction of delightfully obese people and bizarrely mystic oxen. His acrylic paintings range from witty depictions of hordes precariously riding unicycles to charmingly corpulent individuals resting in quiet wooden rooms. There’s even a sculpture of such people lying in various positions, protecting the fire-colored entity beneath. Each work is distinct in its use of color, space, and position, but they share the almost humorously ambiguous characters that Yang conceived and developed so well. Their absurdity is challenging, creative, and thought provoking. Yang’s partition is rightly named after its most epic piece, “The 3rd Megaton.” Masses of fire, faces and Chinese characters spill across the larger part of the exhibit, covering only a portion of a gigantic scroll. It brings together ideas of heaven and hell and the spectacle that either creates in the mass human mind. The room is hardly large enough to contain Yang’s unique and compelling style. Kaniess, is another story. The works consist of old LPs and pieces of discarded billboard covered with splotches of paint and scribbled on with magic marker. “Vent” is an old vinyl LP, partly concealed by brushes of blue and mangled by meandering scrawls. It’s an obvious allusion to modern graffiti, but the winding spirals hardly pay


APRIL 21, 2006

3121 cooks charts on debut

By Nick Cairl staff writer

Recently, Prince decided to step out of his tribute to the moxie of street art. It’s not to purple mansion in his velsay that the paintings wouldn’t make a great cell phone background or wall cover- vet purple suit, smell the purple roses (genetically ing for a teenage bedroom – they look altered for Prince) and intriguing enough from a distance. The reclaim his rightful title: location of the art is perhaps its greatest Professor of Pop. fault, beside Yang’s authentic creations The Minnesota and below thousand-year-old statues from native's most recent ancient China. album 3121, released on Kaniess calls to abstract expressionist March 20, may get him pioneers like Jackson Pollock, but back to where he was attempts a modern spin that is confused some 20 years ago. and somewhat presumptuous. A more modern side The Institute of Arts houses thousands of Prince is revealed on of other works, spanning ancient cultures the title track “3121”, from all over the world to modern Minneapolis artists. The Cargill Gallery is where, over a funk-heavy only a tiny portion of what the facility has beat, Prince warps his voice into a mellifluosto offer. Even so, the contrasting artists’ ness that properly preworks are worth taking a look at. Entrance is free of charge on Sundays, cedes the melodious masproviding a convenient cultural experience terpiece that follows. This for a lazy day. The exhibit will be running modern side of Prince is even more apparent in the through July 23 album's popular single "Black Sweat." The track is heavy and has a groove Prince’s top 100 debut in 1979 started a long string of hit to it that's most likely (and miss) facades that will go down in pop history. going to be hitting dance Within "Te Amo Although the album floors around the nation Corazón" and "Get On spreads over various genin no time. The Boat,” an unexpected res, Prince hasn't necesThese two tracks give funk track, the accompasarily changed. Tracks the listener a false impres- nying band isn't just sam"Fury" and "Lolita" sound sion of a somewhat prepled under Prince's lyrics as if they could have dictable pop album. The but chimes in with a 16 come right out of his album’s diversity carries bar improv session. This 1984 film and album it. Prince wades through style is seldom heard in Purple Rain. various genres, giving pop albums. While combining 3121 the feeling of Beck Although most tracks aspects of diverse genres as a modern mainstream show promise, not all are with a signature pop pop record. admirable. "Satisfied," a sound, Prince offers a 3121's diversity is distinctly R&B influenced unique album to the mainclear in "Te Amo track is almost embarrass- stream that has already Corazón," a full-blown ing with over-the-top and won back a lot of his prebossa-nova ballad that has cheesy lyrics. Prince simvious fans; but he might the classic latin sound of ply takes the "smooth need to head to his purple a bossa-nova but a clear 3/20/06 AMS-02_5x7_20k_L6.qxd Page R&B" 1:23 soundPMa step too1 recording studio to win modern R&B influence. far. the rest back.

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Tennis goes for third straight title By Christina Florey staff writer

If MV’s boys tennis team claims an AA State title this spring for the third consecutive year, it will be the first team to have done so since 1956. The team has 45 consecutive wins, holding the highest record at Mounds View. With eight returning letter winners, the team is optimistic about a repeat. “What will help us most is they know what it takes to be successful, and are willing to put in the necessary effort to achieve success again,” said coach Mike Cartwright. “We all want it really bad, so we’re going to work really hard,” Arya Vayghan, 11, said. Although the team only lost three seniors in the line-up, they are going to have to adapt to the loss of great leadership. To make up for this, the team will have to rely on their relationships with each other. Tyler Rice, 11 said, “Most of

us have played together for two years, so we’re pretty bonded.” The new captains have high standards to live up to. Last year’s team capped off the season with a record of 22-0. Tri-captain Scott Martin, 12, said, “We have a lot of new talent coming in, and combined with our returning players, I think we’ll be at an advantage.” The team’s biggest competitors are Rochester Mayo, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Benilde-St. Margaret. The team is also fortunate to be gaining the talent of Wyatt McCoy, 7. His older brother, Brody McCoy, was captain in 2004, leading the team to its first State title. Wyatt is currently ranked number one in the USTA Northern Section Junior 14’s rankings and fourth in 16’s. Despite his young age, he is expected to take one of the top singles spots in the lineup. Vayghn said, “Right now we are struggling with depth, and with Wyatt coming in that will

really help us.” Because of their excellent record and the number of young players in the program, the team will continue to develop a dynasty in the upcoming years. Rice said, “Most of our JV could play on Varsity at other schools.” The last time MV lost a match was in first round of State consolation in 2003. The team will face pressure that comes with remaining undefeated for yet another season. They plan to continue to improve every week at both singles and doubles. As far as key players go, Cartwright wants everyone to have a victorious season. “A point is a point; we have a team mentality, and don’t focus on individuals,” said Cartwright. The team currently holds a record of 3-0. Their next match is away at Edina on April 25 at 4 p.m.

photo by Kit Hale

Arya Vayghan, 11, hits a forehand during a recent practice. Vayghan placed fourth in the AA State singles tournament last spring.

Winter Casci and Syverud All-Conference athletes receive Triple A award

By Ben Messerly staff writer

Mounds View High School is filled with success stories, but the number of students that excel simultaneously in academics, fine arts, and athletics are few. Hadley Syverud, 12, and Tony Casci, 12, stand out from the rest. It’s one thing to play an instrument, it’s another to maintain a good GPA, and it is yet another thing to be the captain of a sports team. These two Mounds View students do all three. For all of their achievements within MV, Syverud and Casci were recognized statewide with the Minnesota State High School League’s Triple “A” Award. The award, established in 1988, rewards high school seniors for their achievements in the classroom, the arts, and athletics. Both Syverud and Casci had to maintain a 3.0 GPA or better and participate in both a MSHSL athletic and fine arts activity. Triple “A” award winners are chosen by MSHSL officials after consideration of an essay submitted by the participants as well as their achievements in all three of the Triple “A” categories. And there couldn’t be any better representatives for Mounds View. Both have been members of the Symphonic Winds Band (the highest level of band at MV) for three years — the longest time anyone can be a part of it. Both have played instrumental roles in the symphonic band, Casci on trumpet and Syverud as a first chair on saxophone. The list of Syverud’s accomplishments is endless: a member of the varsity tennis team since eighth grade, first doubles player for two years, and five-time letter winner. The girls team has gone to the State tournament in three of the last four years, and

Syverud has lead the team as captain for two. Christine Long, 12, teammate and doubles partner said, “She strove to be a good leader, and she picked me up when I was down on my game.” She has also competed individually in State and reached the quarterfinals both her junior and senior year. “I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am. I feel fulfilled leading a team, and I’ve had a lot of fun too,” said Syverud. Activities Director Bob Madison, said, “She works hard. She’s humble and unassuming. You may never have met her if you hadn’t played tennis with her.” Casci has his own success story. He leads all year round as a captain of hockey, of track, and a two-year captain of cross country. “He tries his hardest, no matter what he does,” said Jessica Balzer, 12. “He’s emotionally attached

to the track. He puts everything he’s got into whatever he’s doing,” said teammate Nate Wegmann, 12. Tony’s diligence and hard work were also honored with the Hobey Baker High School Character Award. The Hobey Baker Foundation recognizes 160 high school hockey players across the state for their character, commitment, teamwork, persistence, selflessness, academic excellence, and sportsmanship. Ross Fleming, cross country and track coach said, “Tony is one of the finest, pure leaders I’ve seen in the time that I’ve been here.” “You feel honored [being a three-sport captain.] Picking up the pucks after practice, being the last one into the locker room… it’s not a chore for me. Its something that I chose to do, something that I want to do, something that I’m comfortable with,” said Casci.

Boys basketball

Boys swim and dive

Maurice Turner

Roman Becicka

Girls basketball

Daniel Cremons

Anne Kuduk

Ted Gelderman

Nordic skiing

Tom Gimm

Carolyn Holmes

Alex Gomez

Eric Thompson

Anton Safonov

Alpine skiing

Peter Stacy

Kelsey Baran

Calvin Wessels

Audra Kirch

Dahren Yen

Harry Merickel


Neal Peterson

Shelley Johnson

Lauren Thornton

Andrea Beebe

Christopher Wise

Lauren Anderson

Boys Hockey

Jackie Palermo

Kolby Dahl


Girls Hockey

Andrew Janssen

Jenna Johnson

All-Conference honorable mention

photo by Kit Hale

Hadley Syverud, 12, and Tony Casci, 12, were awarded the Triple A award for excellence in academics, arts, and athletics.

Boys basketball

Boys swim and dive

Markus Bright

Joseph Carlson

Brent Haglund

Cody Jackson

Girls basketball

Brendan Leahy

Jennifer Holmberg

Zach Nachtsheim

Meghan Odom

Tim Verseput

Becky Rowe

Boys hockey

Alpine skiing

Joe Johnson

Tom Schneider

Chris Kopelke


Girls hockey

Connor Finn

Samantha Howard

Graydon Finn

Erin Marvin

James Guy

Jessie Thompson

Matthew Piersak Antonio Stone

SPORTS 11 APRIL 21, 2006

Previous success suggests a promising season The class of ‘06 enters the spring with high hopes for their last season together By Patrick Delahunt staff writer

photo by Kit Hale

Sam Weber, 12, pitches during the April 10 game against White Bear at Kohler Meadows. Mounds View won 7-6 due to a sixth inning rally. The team will be counting on its pitching staff to lead them through the difficult SEC.

To the seniors on the MV baseball team, this isn’t just any baseball season. It’s the culmination of something special that this group has been building for three years. As 15-year-olds in the summer of 2003, seven current seniors — Tory Herman, Blake Searles, Adam Weber, Matt Hoffman, Sam Weber, David Norgard, and Bjorn Anderson – played together on a team that won a State and Regional Championship to advance to the Babe Ruth World Series in Williston, North Dakota. There, they got a chance to compete against some of the nation’s best. The success they experienced that summer led them to believe that there was a lot more this group could accomplish on the diamond together. “In the Babe Ruth years we built a strong bond and strong chemistry,” said Herman. “We’ve been anticipating this year ever since.” Playing against such stiff competition in the past has also given some players a sense that they have a distinct edge this season. “We played against some of the top teams in the country and held our own, so I’m pretty sure we can play with any high school team in Minnesota,” said Searles. As you might expect, the team has set some lofty goals for the upcoming season. “Win conference and go to State,” said Norgard. The team is going to have to hone in on its strengths and tal-

Ultimate frisbee spins into MV By Louise Dickson staff writer

Popper. Hammer. These words do not correspond with typical sports in any way, but to the Ultimate Frisbee player, these words are fundamental elements of their game. A popper is a thrower position, and a hammer is an upsidedown throw. Ultimate Frisbee was born at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, in 1968. Joel Silver, a member of his school’s student council and newspaper developed the sport as a gag and something to do on school nights. The students adapted the rules of “Frisbee Football” into what today is the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. Mounds View’s Ultimate team was formed three years ago. Ultimate is not recognized as an official sport by Mounds View, but that doesn’t dampen the players’ spirits. The team has been very successful in past years, and, just like every other sports team, hopes to go to the State tournament this year. Only four senior players were lost last

year, and the team is excited for a more successful season this spring. “We had a record number of 47 people come out for the team this year, so we’re looking forward to a solid season,” said Kate Marolt, 12. Ultimate Frisbee is played on a football field, and has some similarities to football. The frisbee is passed down the field to the end zone with the goal of scoring a touchdown, which is worth one point. Players wear jerseys and football cleats, but no other protection. The first team to 15 wins; the only catch is that there are no breaks in play, and a substitution can only be made after a touchdown is scored. So players can be throwing, chasing and catching the disc for 20 minutes before they get a break. Players agree that the sport requires endurance and hard work above anything else. The team practices twice a week, and has games on Thursdays. All home games are at Chippewa Middle School. “Sadly, we don’t have many fans, just a few parents, and a few friends. We have a cookout

after every game, and anyone is welcome to join,” said co-captain Alex Edinger, 12. Key retuning players include Brian Houle, 12, Ted Johnson, 12, Nate Peterson, 12, Alex Gomez, 11, Mitch Zukowski, 11, and Janet Belland, 11. Some promising young stars include Charlie Whitmore, 9, and Nick Gilbert, 10. Gilbert said, “I carry it [my Frisbee] with me everywhere; sometimes I spin it on my finger, other times I throw it to people.” The team hopes that their constant dedication and obsession with the sport of frisbee will propel them into the State tournament once again. The State tournament is going to be held June 3 in Naple Plains, a town near Hibbing, Minnesota. The team currently holds a record of 4-0. Their next game is away at Blake on April 27 at 6 p.m.

ents to achieve such goals. “We have one of the best and deepest pitching staffs in the state,” said Norgard. That pitching staff includes senior tri-captains Adam Weber, Searles, and Herman, who were all recognized as All-conference honorable mention players last season as juniors. They will be accompanied in the rotation by seniors Sam Weber, Norgard, Jordan Moberg and juniors Seth Rosin and Brandon Porten. Adam Weber, Sam Weber, and Rosin are all capable of overpowering batters with their fastball. While three-fourths of the team is made up of seniors, the few juniors on the roster have also been very successful in the past. Rosin, Porten, Eric Anderson, and Brian Marshik won a State and Regional Championship in 2003 that earned them a spot in the 14year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Boston. They followed that up with another State Championship the following summer. The four of them are looking to make an impact in their first season playing varsity baseball. “I hope to get a lot of innings pitched this year and take some pressure off the senior class,” said Rosin. “Seth and I have thrown many innings in the past and are ready to step it up when needed,” said Porten. The Mustangs are ranked 18th in class AAA in the preseason by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association. The team is going to be pushed continuously throughout the season by other

highly-ranked teams that fill their schedule. Cretin-Derham Hall, who is joining the Suburban East Conference this season, is ranked 2nd in AAA. Seven of the fifteen teams in MV’s section are ranked among the top 18 teams in AAA. The other ranked teams in the section are Champlin Park (4), Coon Rapids (8), White Bear Lake (10), Hill-Murray (11), Centennial (13), and Tartan(17). One of the main goals this season will be to establish a new identity from last year’s team. The 2005 team finished with a respectable 11-9 record but suffered a devastating 2 to 1 loss to Spring Lake Park in the first round of Sections. When asked about the 2005 season, Herman said, “There were a few seniors that really gave it their all, but after that the effort and commitment dropped off big time in the senior class.” Considering how close and dedicated this group is, it doesn’t seem likely that any of those problems will plague them this year. “I think we have really good team chemistry. Most of us have been playing together since we were 12 or 13 years old,” said third baseman Bjorn Anderson. “It’s exciting that we’re finally seniors together and hopefully we can have a good season.” Some players are already predicting that it will be not just a good season, but a great one. “We’re looking forward to winning a State Championship,” said Moberg and Sam Weber. With as much talent and experience this group has, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to believe they can’t.

12 GALLERY APRIL 21, 2006

By Ryan McGrath staff writer

The One campaign is a charity coalition seeking to increase the United States’ contribution to fighting AIDS and other global problems by an additional one percent of the federal budget. Possibly the biggest celebrity-backed charity since Sean Combs’ lengthy and disappointing “VOTE OR DIE” crusade, the ONE campaign boasts allstars such as Bono and George Clooney. The campaign was started by a host of organizations including: Bread for the World, CARE, DATA, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Plan USA, Save the Children US, World Concern, and World

Vision, and works closely with the National Basketball Association, Rock the Vote, and the Millennium Campaign. ONE is also supported financially by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which has given over $100 million dollars to charity to date. ( The U.S. already contributes millions of dollars each year towards development assistance. However the ONE campaign seeks to garner more funds each year for their organization. According to ONE’s website ( the budget reallocation would dedicate .35 percent of our national wealth to development assistance. This would be a good step towards the goal of .7 percent by 2015 outlined by the United Nations Millennium Conference.

The principal goals of the ONE campaign are for the United States to take a much larger role in fighting AIDS and extreme poverty. These are monumental goals, and can only be reached with massive public support, which is hard for any one organization to find. ONE has already lived long enough to see some of its goals accomplished, however, such as 100 percent debt cancellation to some of the worlds poorest nations, which occurred at last summer’s G8 summit in Scotland. Progress so far is slow, but changing world opinion “one vote at a time” is anything but an easy task. If you are interested in becoming involved in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty or simply seeing George Clooney in a bracelet, log on to

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- Damien Chevaillier,11

Doesnt 50% of our budget go to Direct T.V.? -Alex Gomez,11

Get The One Involved Declaration 1. Sign the declaration ONE asks people to take a moment and register online to show their support for a global effort against AIDS and extreme poverty. 2. E-mail a friend - Simply to spread the word, ONE asks each person who signs up to email a friend, asking him or her to join up as well. Kind of like well-intentioned spam. 3. Wear the wristband ONE wristbands help raise awareness about the campaign, and plus, “You’ve seen them in the pages of People and US Weekly on your favorite stars, get your band now!” 4. Get local - ONE has contact information for people who would like to volunteer in any state around the country. 5. Host a banner - To raise awareness, ONE is looking for web sites to host banners displaying their advertisements.

"WE BELIEVE that in the best American tradition of helping others help themselves, now is the time to join with other countries in a historic pact for compassion and justice to help the poorest people of the world overcome AIDS and extreme poverty. WE RECOGNIZE that a pact including such measures as fair trade, debt relief, fighting corruption and directing additional resources for basic needs - education, health, clean water, food, and care for orphans - would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the poorest countries, at a cost equal to just one percent more of the US budget. WE COMMIT ourselves - one person, one voice, one vote at a time - to make a better, safer world for all." -The One Declaration (

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