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The Bugle The student newspaper of Eureka High School

4525 Highway 109 Eureka, MO 63025 • • volume 76 • issue 4 • December 16, 2011

Counting blessings

Students and staff share what they are thankful 4-5

Oxygen is overrated

Practice makes perfect for the Lady

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Government cracks down on cyber piracy SOPA threatens to change Internet 2

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Your brain may never be the same. “I learned that the Internet actually rewires how our brains work,” Jordan Pack (9) said regarding his ALAR/P presentation about the Internet. “Our brains don’t have as much memory anymore because we always have the Internet with us, so our brain doesn’t think in terms of recalling information, but instead recalls ways to find the information.” The Stop Online Piracy Act, however, may not leave a student conducting research on the Internet with much information to find because of controversy over what intellectual property is. Intellectual property is defined as “the ownership of ideas and control over the tangible or virtual representation of those ideas.” How to maintain intellectual property ownership,however, is unclear in an increasingly technological world where virtually any information can be found on Google and a kid on an ipad can create an albulm in hours. Justin Bieber became a sensation overnight when he posted his rendition of other artist’s songs on YouTube. Congress’ answer to protecting ownership may be SOPA. “The bill is seeking to help stop people from illegally posting audio and video copyrighted material on the Internet,” Mr. Will Blaylock, director of instructional technology for Rockwood, said. Intellectual property theft in the United States has become a concern for legislators since it costs the American economy a reported $100 billion annually, according to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s email sent to those registered in support of the legislation.

“Proper intellectual property protections and incentives ensure that inventors develop products that benefit consumers,” Senator Blunt said in his email. “Without such incentives for innovators, we risk falling behind places like China and India.” These protections and incentives include the potential shutdown of any website that has any illegally-posted copyrighted material directly on the site or in links provided on the site. While SOPA seemingly has good intentions, the bill may have farther reaching implications than what meets the eye. A considerable amount of amateur artists looking to get their feet wet by interpreting other major musicians’ works would run into a brick wall since any song, other than an artist’s own original work, would not be allowed to be posted on a site such as YouTube or facebook. “My band typically plays covers and original punk music songs,” Evan Bachert (11) said. “Not being able to post videos on YouTube would hurt any band’s chance of getting discovered or getting new fans.” Part of the dispute lies in the fact that amateur bands could begin to make a profit off of another artist’s song that they do not have permission to record or perform. Money, as any young professional just beginning their career can imagine, doesn’t seem to be an immediate concern with amateur artists. “Right now I don’t really care about money. I just care about getting my name out there,” Jake Brosman (11) said. “When my band posts music online people can just sit down and listen to it. They don’t have to come to our concerts to know who we are, so it’s really an easier way to make people familiar with our music.”

What is intellectual property?

Dane Roper writer


Government cracks down on cyber piracy

According to SOPA, it’s not their music. The difference between the performance and the material being performed is at the heart of the issue and poses the question: has the nature of intellectual property changed in this digital age? In fact, it is possible that musicians receive more attention from their songs being interpreted and illegally posted on YouTube by amateur artists. “I enjoy doing acoustic covers of songs that have been previously recorded by artists,” Peter Plank (11) said. “I believe almost every single artist you meet would advocate covering and interpreting their music. It gains more popularity for the original artist’s song because people hear the cover and say, ‘I want to hear the original version of that song,’ and they would go listen to it.” Not only does SOPA have the potential to impact YouTube and social media, but the legislation carries weight in the intellectual world, as well. Serious questions about the way conducting research may be impacted have been brought to light. “It’s going to hinder anyone’s ability to research a topic on the Internet,” Mr. Blaylock said. “It could limit access to sites that could have legitimate information on them but they’re being blocked because they have some copyrighted material on them that is part of a court order.” The realization that research may take on a different face for students raises objections. “It would be harder to find reliable sources,” Morgan Lazar (10) said. “In a way it would limit your creativity because you wouldn’t be able to find as much information.” The way the law is written implies that a student trying to find information through a search engine such as Google would not receive any results in which illegallyposted copyrighted material is on the site. “Google comes in to play because they’re a search engine and part of the law says that search engines have to limit access to infringing sites,” Mr. Blaylock said. “So if you search for something that’s copyrighted, as I read it, they’re telling the search engines you can’t provide results that are of servers that have illegally-posted copyrighted material.” Not even being able to view the copyrighted material on sites other than the source raises even more problems for students. “The law would have a huge impact because I personally use Google a lot, and it would be very difficult to operate without it,” Pack said. “We would have to adapt to different ways of conducting research and gathering information.” While SOPA’s intent may be protection its reality could look a lot like censorship. Legislation may not be the realistic solution. The feasibility of enforcement is questionable. SOPA is currently being discussed on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Counting blessin Haley Albert (12)

this holiday season

Dean Sindel (11)

Ms. Ali Krinksi,





A torn ACL can end a player’s career. Haley found herself to be one of the 150,000 Americans facing an ACL injury each year, an injury accounting for an estimated half-billion dollars each year in health care costs, according to literature produced by The American Orthpaedic Society for Sports Medicine. This torn muscle results in four to six months of abandonment of any type of physical exercise. Recovering from a torn ACL is tough. Tearing the same muscle numerous times can make the battle even harder to win. Haley has pushed through the pain repeatedly. “I’ve torn my ACL three times now,” Haley said. “They’ve all been soccer related. I tore my right ACL, then left, then my left one again, which was five days before my team went to Nationals.” Going through such pain and major recovery over and over again can lead a player to quit sports all together. “First she has to go to physical therapy beforehand to prepare her leg for surgery,” Mrs. Dana Albert, Haley’s mom, said. “Then after the surgery she was homebound for a week on this machine that moved her leg, and she always had to keep ice on it. She had to deal with the pain and being stuck at home for that amount of time. She had exercises to do every hour. After that week she would go to physical therapy three times a week for the next four months. After physical therapy she had to get herself conditioned again to play.” The obstacles can keep a player off the field permanently. “I was upset the first time and by the third time I was devastated and I wanted to quit soccer,” Haley said. “I’ve been playing soccer since I was four or five, and I really want to play in college so I knew if I gave up I wouldn’t be able to play in college.” The experience gave Haley perspective. “My injuries have made me a lot more thankful,” Haley said. “It makes me never want to complain at practice anymore. When I see people around me complain at practice, it kind of makes me sad because I would give anything to just go out there and kick the ball around the way they are.” Haley knows when looking at others she doesn’t have it as bad as it sometimes may seem. “I’m just really thankful she fought through everything and is strong enough to move on and give the fight she’s given,” Mrs. Albert said. “I’m so thankful that Haley is such a strong person. She really appreciates the times she gets to play soccer and that she’s able to play college soccer.” Haley is more thankful than ever for the time she gets to play the sport she loves. “I will cherish every second I’m on the field a lot more,” Haley said. “I see other people at rehab that will never be able to play again or do anything like I’ve done. So I’m a lot more thankful of my ability to do stuff and how athletic I’ve been and that I’m able to go to college.” Haley has not let her injuries define her.

Most kids look back on their childhood and remember playing outside, eating junk food, and playing with toys. But not Dean. When Dean started fourth grade he was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of cancer in the bone marrow that prevents the normal manufacture of red and white blood cells and platelets. Although it only took a few weeks to get rid of the cancer and go into remission, Dean still had to go through three long and painful years of chemotherapy. “What happened was he went into remission for the cancer,” Mrs. Lisa Sindel said. “There was no cancer in him after a couple weeks, but they weren’t sure at that point. So the actual chemotherapy was three years with different types of intensity and different types of drugs. The cancer went away from being in his body quickly, but they have to do chemotherapy for three years to make sure that it makes the cancer stay away.” For the Sindel family, finding out that Dean was diagnosed really hit straight to the heart. “When he was diagnosed with leukemia, it was very hard for our entire family. It was completely unexpected because he was always very healthy, very athletic and just a normal type of kid,” Mrs. Sindel said. “Going through the treatments was kind of like a roller coaster ride because we never quite knew how he was going to react to them or how sick he would be. It was the most difficult thing that our family has ever had to go through.” Such an eye-opening experience made the Sindel family realize the importance of family. Even though fighting cancer is an experience that no one would ever wish to have, Dean reflects on these difficult times and is grateful for everyone involved in his remission. “I’m thankful that I had good doctors to take care of me,” Dean said. “I’ve always been thankful for my parents and friends but definitely a lot more after all that happened. I’m just thankful that everything worked out and that I’m healthy now.” The Sindel family is thankful that Dean is back on his feet and as healthy as ever after those years of treatment. “After the procedure I was thankful that is was over and we didn’t have to deal with all the side effects of chemotherapy and that he could return to more of a normal, stable life,” Mrs. Sindel said. “I am thankful that he obviously made it through all of that and is looking forward to the future.” Already having gone through what no child should endure at such an early age, Dean recognizes the little things in life that make a real difference and are also things to be thankful for. “My appreciation for life has changed,” Dean said. “I try not to worry and sweat the little things and enjoy every day that I have. I think giving thanks is important because it helps bring out what’s good in your life and helps you keep going. Try to enjoy every day because you know there’s people who care about you.”

Overly-excited students hyped up friends isn’t a typical adult’s idea of Ms. Krinski enjoys the chaos. “I’m thankful for my job because I coach here,” Ms. Krinksi said. “I’ve here. It makes me feel better about m Ms. Krinksi values the attitudes of “It gives me an opportunity to really good outlook and are mostly p everyone is in really good moods, a change it. I feel like I’m making a di The students in Ms. Krinski’s classe goes throughout each day with a sm “I think Krinski enjoys working wit Anne Specht (10) said. “I think sh because it’s fun.” Before she starts class, Ms. Krinsk student, her way of getting to know level. She tries to make her classes a “Even though we still have to learn games,” Kayla Brandt (9) said. “ give us a work sheet and then we w to learn instead of just taking notes.” Those little tid-bits turn into sparks furthers her teaching career. “Every day I’m around really good weren’t, I probably wouldn’t be as h laugh about. Or just the silly things t She notices the small acts of kindn “I don’t think people understand o change my day from being not awesome,” Ms. Krinski said. “One k giving me a compliment really does inspire me to go on past horrible wo Ms. Krinski relates to her students Whether it’s a funny story of her day class did that amused her, Ms. Krins laughter resound throughout the clas “I think she’s a good teacher beca students,” Specht said. “She’s really anything really seriously.” Ms. Krinski understands that as ev take for granted the little things in lif “If you don’t look back and think it all for granted,” Ms. Krinski said. could lose someone I care about or don’t have those things anymore, my Ms. Krinski enjoys passing her min

“I try not to w don’t look back and think about what you have, you take it all for “I will cherish every second I’m on the field a lot more.”—Haley Albert

Nick Tollkuhn

• “And it just makes me appreciate my abilities and my gifts when I

Spanish teacher Nick Tollkuhn (12)

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I get to be around kids and I get to never felt like I’ve done a bad job myself.” others. be around people who have a positive,” Ms. Krinski said. “Here and if they aren’t, it’s really easy to ifference.” es notice her love of her job as she mile. th kids, and I think she likes it,” he really enjoys what she does

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brittany kastner writer

sylvia weiss writer

Danielle Kronmiller (11)

A second chance Family

Second chances are hard to come by. Nick fought through major alcohol/drug addictions, almost losing his life to his dependency. “I had a really bad problem with fitting in in middle school,” Nick said. “I was bullied a lot. My friends didn’t treat me well. I felt like I didn’t fit in anywhere. Drinking helped me escape anything. I didn’t go out to parties. I didn’t drink socially. I drank by myself. I drank to fall asleep.” Nick almost sacrificed everything for the sake of his next drink. “I stopped drinking because I was affecting my family and my real friends,” Nick said. “I was losing relationships with friends and my girlfriend. I got caught in school and got suspended. I had to go to counseling. All of it just made me realize that I really had a big problem.” Nick went through two months of rehab and counseling. “It was a pivotal point that made him quit drinking,” Mrs. Tollkuhn, Nick’s mom, said. “It was when he got caught on the school bus with alcohol and he had to go to eight weeks of substance abuse training. A kid came in to talk to the group and a light came on in Nick. He really related to the kid talking. We went back and talked to the kid, and I think that was the turning point for Nick. He knew there are other kids like him out there, and he’s not alone.” He learned how to be confident with himself and finally developed better ways to cope with his problems. Nick spoke to students at Lafayette High School last month and EHS this month about his troubles with alcohol. “I pretty much just told them my life struggles about my drinking,” Nick said. “I actually got influenced to give these speeches by someone else who did the same thing. He was into cocaine and booze, just like me. He came to an intervention class that I was in. He gave his life story which inspired me. I realized if I gave a speech, some kid out there might do the same thing if he was in the shoes I was in.” Now alcohol-free, he feels the difference in his mentality. “I am so thankful that he was caught on the bus drinking because that started the whole process of him discovering who he really is and becoming the person that he is today,” Mrs. Tollkuhn said. “I am so thankful for that. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of my son. I truly believe he has a future helping other people.” Being sober has completely changed Nick’s life. He’s learned to like himself and live life without alcohol to make it through the tough times. “I feel like I’ve changed a lot,” Nick said. “I’m very tolerant with other people. I’ve learned how to deal with my stuff: both good and bad. I found a higher power. I have faith now. I treat people with respect. I have people to talk to when something bad happens.” Giving regular thanks is now a big part of Nick’s life. “I’m just really thankful that God gave me another chance,” Nick said.

Angry. Terrible. Stressed out. Words often used by teenagers to describe their families. But Danielle is especially thankful for her family. One of the most important things in Danielle’s life is her younger brother, Eric Kronmiller, who has Down Syndrome. One in every 691 babies is born with Down Syndrome, according to the National Down Syndrome Society’s website. The syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, causing problems with the body and brain’s development. “It just makes me appreciate my abilities and my gifts when I see him struggling with learning and social things,” Danielle said. Eric doesn’t let his disabilities limit him. He is involved in extracurricular activities and does well in school. “We try and make sure he’s in a lot of activities,” Mrs. Kronmiller said. “We try and make sure the teachers at school are giving him work that he can do but also strive to do his best.” Even though Eric has some disabilities he is thriving at LaSalle Springs Middle School. “Eric goes to regular general education classes for social studies, science, PE and FACs,” Mrs. Kronmiller said. “His work is just modified, so it’s a little bit easier for him. Then he goes into special education classes for language arts and math with other students that have disabilities. But he does very well at school.” Living with her brother, Danielle is more educated about children with disabilities. “I think it makes me really sensitive to other people and especially to people with disabilities,” Danielle said. “Whereas other people don’t have as much connection to them, I kind of feel for them and understand what the reality of it is.” The lack of exposure to people with disabilities may make them foreign to the general population. But for Danielle, Eric is just like anyone else. “You can really tell that people are more uncomfortable because they don’t necessarily understand him sometimes,” Danielle said. “Really what people should realize is that they are normal just like us. You can have a whole conversation with him.” The Kronmiller family is not unlike any other. “I think my parents are thankful for the fact that me and my brother are really good kids. We are a really happy family,” Danielle said. “We all cooperate and communicate.” The Kronmillers value the differences that define each family member and create their family. “I am thankful for Danielle’s compassion and kindness to everyone, she helps with some of the Down Syndrome events that we do, and she’s just a really good big sister to Eric,” Mrs. Kronmiller said. “And for Eric I am thankful that he is who he is. He’s a very fun child. He’s a very good kid. They both are. He’s just a pleasure to be around.”

worry or sweat the little things.”—Dean Sindel • “If you r granted.”—Ms. Ali Krinksi • “I’m just really grateful that God gave me another chance.”—

I see him struggling with learning and social things.”—Danielle Kronmiller


d kids,” Ms. Krinski said. ”If I happy. I wouldn’t have things to that happen every day.” ness most people overlook.



Students and staff share what they are thankful for

Practice makes perfect for the Lady Aquacats


ryan mcbride

Chlorine is the breakfast of champions. This sentiment has carried the Lady Aquacats throughout their success, pushed them through even the most laboring practices and led them into victory. Seventeen years ago, Mrs. Sharon Wasson became the coach for the swimming teams at EHS. Ever since, the Aquacats have continued to succeed and grow together. In the past three years alone, the Lady Aquacats have • garnered two State titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle events • broken two State records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events Triumph like this, however, does not come without devotion and practice, practice that is nothing short of exhausting. In a typical day of practice, the Aquacats will spend up to three hours after school swimming set after set of long distances that they must complete within a given time frame. “Practices are rough,” Ellie Figueroa, breaststroke, said. “Wasson is really intense but we have a lot of fun with them, too. Wasson may pick on us a lot, but it’s always because she wants to push us to be at the top of our game. So our practices are very important to us.” But not just anybody has what it takes to commit themselves to the long hours of hard work during practice. It takes a person with a feverish enthusiasm to improve and have fun doing it. “These practices not only build up our endurance but also show that the team has a lot of heart and a lot of passion for what they do,” Figueroa said. “Why else would you be out there every day for three hours after school and one hour before school if you didn’t

ryan mcbride writer


Oxygen is overrated

Arms spread wide, Emily Muggleton, 200 individual medley, finishes the butterfly portion of her event, consisting of four different strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. “I swim in the 200 meter relay, 200 meter individual medley, 100 meter breaststroke and 200 meter freestyle relay,” Muggleton said. “I’ve been swimming for four years and the 200 meter individual medley is my favorite because you get to do four different strokes in one race. That’s good because if you ever get tired then the next stroke you do will use a completely different set of muscles in your body.” absolutely love it?” The demanding practices may seem too much to handle in the moment, but the outcome is irrefutable. “All of the hard work and the dedication that goes into our team along with Wasson pushing us to go to practice every single day have gotten us to where we are now,” Sara Jensen, breaststroke, said. “Perfect practice will make it permanent.” During the course of one practice the Lady Aquacats will go through several sets of constant swimming to prepare themselves for the ensuing season. “The team’s practices are really hard,” Maddie Melvin, 100/200 freestyle, said. “It’s usually swimming non-stop and trying to keep up your best effort all the way through it. A lot of times to prepare us for long distances, the team will do lungbusters where we swim the length of the pool without breathing and swimming 2,200 meters [22 laps back and forth] without stopping. Sometimes I feel like I want to die.” And it is with this practice that the Lady Aquacats hope not only to meet last year’s success but exceed it. “Our state team that was here last year is all still here,” Stephanie Mueller, 100 backstroke, said. “We didn’t have anyone graduate from last year so I’m hoping that will give us the chance to get even better this year. The team’s practices are a lot tougher this year. At the beginning of this season we started to do drills that we used last year at the end to prepare the team for state. The whole time it feels like your body is going to just give in but in the end the payoff was amazing, we won the Rockwood Quad meet and we qualified for state again this year.” Aside from the hours of hard work dedicated by the swimmers, the guidance provided by Coach Wasson and Ashley Bushnell, captain, are crucial to the

team’s success. Through all the grueling practices, the team is held together by leadership. “I approach each season with goals in mind,” Coach Wasson said. “I look at the talent that I have, I look at each individual and I ask myself how I can develop them so that they, too, can meet their personal goals. This year my goals are to win the Rockwood Quad, to bring a lot of hardware home from the Cape Invitational and for the girls to enjoy the sport.” With the help of Coach Wasson, the team has already accomplished their goal of winning the Rockwood Quad. “Coach Wasson is an amazing person,” Bushnell said. “She helps everyone. She cares about everyone. She leads us. She’s outgoing, strong and knows how to drive us to be the best that we can be and meet the goals that we set for ourselves.” Coach Wasson’s role extends far beyond that of a coach. She is able to form solid relationships with her swimmers. “Wasson is the best coach ever,” Mueller said. “She’ll never try and coach down to you. She’s so intelligent about swimming and what she does so she’s able to connect to all of her swimmers on a personal level. That way she’s doing more than just yelling at us.” All of this love and respect that the Lady Aquacats have for their coach is a two-way street, always reciprocated by Coach Wasson. “It’s very humbling knowing that all of the girls respect and look up to me in such a way,” Wasson said. “They’re great kids.” The auspicious omen of past successes points toward a bright future for the Lady Aquacats as long as they remain in their arduous practice schedule and always remember: chlorine is the breakfast of champions.

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publicity. Furthermore, monitoring every band’s posts would be nearly impossible. What it comes down to is that protecting intellectual property to this extent is impractical. Looking at this issue as if it is black and white is neglecting the truth of the matter. There are too many gray areas that come with intellectual property to consider it as though there is a clear-cut solution to the problem. If, for the past hundred years, the world fought the growth of globalization because of planes and cars, we would still be a world of strikingly separate countries. Similarly, pushing away the reality of what the Internet has made us won’t bring the desired results. Proponents of the SOPA law are fighting a reality in which unlimited information is always available. While no solution is easy, there are better ways than SOPA. Today, most people don’t even realize the things they do are wrong. If we spent more time and energy educating citizens on what is right and wrong, SOPA wouldn’t be necessary. Most people who record themselves singing someone’s song on YouTube don’t realize it’s illegal. We need some education and honesty. There is an ever-growing need to be flexible in this ever-changing world, and SOPA does not allow for the changing nature of intellectual property. Protecting intellectual property in every situation will never be practical with over 182 million websites on the Internet. However, we are capable of protecting the right to intellectual propery if we consciously teach what it is and how to respect each other’s intellectual property.

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It’s hard to hide from the truth when every phone has a camera. You could go to my facebook page right now and see who I hang out with, what I do in my spare time and what I am interested in. You could learn all of this without having to see me, talk to me or meet me. It is this sort of publicity that has made it nearly impossible to get away with doing something wrong. Shameless celebrities are caught with sex-tapes. Universities are humiliated by recruiting scandals, or worse. Every day people are humiliated because minor indignities are etched forever into cyberspace. In a recent news story, police officers at the University of California, Davis doused Occupy Wall Street protestors with pepper spray. The police officers brandished the mace cans with such a flourish that cyberspace erupted with outraged comments about police brutality. This issue was brought to the country’s attention by a YouTube video. Since the YouTube video has been posted, memes, cultural images placed into past works of art, of the officer have been compiling on the web. The officer has been Photoshopped spraying framers of the Constitution, Tim Tebow, and Tom Hanks’ character from “Forrest Gump”. A five-minute act will now live for eternity in infamy. In Eureka’s own media situation, a slew of student athletes were punished because of pictures containing alcohol that were posted on facebook. The concept of under-age drinking can’t be shocking to the adults of our community. After all, they were teenagers once, too. The primary obligation of The Bugle is to create a quality publication to inform its readers about events in the school and community and of issues of national or international importance which directly or indirectly affect the school population. The Bugle, while serving as a training ground for future journalists as part of the school curriculum, recognizes all rights and responsibilities under the First Amendment and strives to establish and maintain standards outlined by the Society of Professional Journalists. The Bugle is a public forum. Student editors apply professional standards and ethics for decision making as they take on the responsibility for content and production of the newspaper. While the student staff encourages constructive criticism of any part

These students are not the first to participate in under-age drinking, nor will they be the last. It’s not as if these issues did not exist prior to the Internet. It is simply that they are more public. Our generation is facing a new challenge: navigating technology. Social networking sites have facilitated a generation that documents our every move and thought. With adolescents constantly expressing themselves and their activities, broadcasting bad deeds has become seemingly acceptable. This is one of the biggest misconceptions a teenager can have. The police officer from UC Davis is a shining example that our actions, whether they are legal, illegal or unethical, can be immortalized forever through the Internet. All it takes is the click of a camera or the beeping of a video recorder to flush a person’s reputation down the drain. Privacy in moments of bad judgment is a relic of the past. We have to think about what we are doing, who could find out about it and which websites it could be posted on. This paranoia is an unfortunate truth of a technological age. In order to navigate the World Wide Web, we have to be smart enough to know when to stop posting about our lives and, instead, start living them. If our behavior is in the public, it must be decent enough to be seen by all of our peers and employers. Either we adapt to the changes in media and its effect on our lives, or there will be too many scandals to count, all with video or photo proof to back them up.

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Traveling used to require a long walk, a horse drawn buggy or a ship. Now, with the invention of cars and planes, moving around the world is as easy as purchasing a ticket or turning a key. As transportation changed, society adapted to accommodate a more global society. With the Internet becoming more and more a part of our lives, we will have to adapt to the changes it brings. The new SOPA law has good intentions—to protect intellectual property. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines this as “property (as an idea, invention, or process) that derives from the mind or intellect” and in the United States, such work is protected under copyright. This means every time someone commits online piracy or uses someone else’s work claiming it as their own, they are breaking the law. That’s why plagiarism is such a big deal—it violates an individual’s intellectual property rights. Still, SOPA has its flaws. Adapting to changing times is what the Internet has taught us to do. Endless amounts of information sit at our fingertips allowing us to shop, work and have social interactions on our computer screen. Just as transportation has changed the world into a global society, the Internet makes us reconsider if protecting intellectual property to the point of shutting down websites is really the most proactive choice. Take for instance a high school band who plays other big time bands’ music and then posts it on YouTube or facebook. These websites are then potentially liable for a copyright violation. However, for a professional band, fans covering their music could be great

Bad behavior is no longer a private matter

hannah wischmeier editor-in-chief

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Intellectual property is not black and white

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The quest for the perfect hot cocoa

Staff member Casey Walker searches for the flawless hot chocolate casey walker writer

Bread Co.


Mobil On the Run



The Saint Louis Bread Company is a well-run, drink-making machine. After ordered, the drink took about two minutes to arrive. The inside of the cup contains an extremely thick layer of whipped cream and a perfectly-drizzled chocolate squiggle making it equalivant to a Jackson Pollock splatter painting. Even though the cup is aesthetically appetizing, it’s thick two-inch layer of whipped cream makes it overwhelmingly frothy and mutes the chocolate taste.

Starbucks in the Wildwood Town Center is a great place for a quiet sip of cocoa. The size of a tall hot chocolate at Starbucks is reasonably smaller than that of Bread Co and others. The hot chocolate took about a minute to be delivered. The atmosphere inside of Starbucks makes it the perfect holiday drink getaway. The cup has a tiny whipped cream layer but no chocolate syrup. Starbucks really focuses on the chocolate, making that cocoa taste a bit too strong.

Even though Mobil is just a quick stop gas station, the taste of the hot chocolate is superb. Mobil includes a self-serve machine, so there’s no wait. But the machine is a little messy. Once the button is pushed for the hot cocoa, it comes spewing out: fast. The hot beverage spilled everywhere so it required a little clean up. Even though the drink isn’t sugar-coated in whipped cream and chocolate syrup, it doesn’t need to be. It manifests itself in the perfect mid-tone of chocolate delight.

Looking at Mcdonald’s menu it’s confusing whether they offer hot chocolate but with all of their holiday drink specials, it is inferred that hot cocoa is offered. The cocoa took about 5 minutes to arrive. Once opened, it had a thin layer of whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle in the shape of a “M”. It’s like making hot chocolate as a kid. And too much hot water is mixed into the cup, ridding it of the cocoa taste. McDonald’s hot chocolate was just hot water with a hint of chocolate.

The Saint Louis Bread Company atmosphere offers a perfect coffeehouse feel for a trip out for a hot cocoa, but, it’s ridiculous amount of milky whipped cream makes the taste unequal and hides the vital chocolate taste that all hot chocolate should include.

Starbucks is a picturesque setting for a holiday drink. The classic holiday music fills Starbuck’s small cubby with a winter ecstasy of sorts. It’s great for a connoisseur of fine chocolate but not for someone in search of a perfectly balanced cocoa taste.

The even taste of Mobil’s hot cocoa gives it the taste which reminds one of homemade hot cocoa from a little packet being made in a cold kitchen. Even though the taste was enjoyable, the spewing drink dispenser took away a couple points for Mobil.

The McDonald’s was definately the worst of the five. Despite the sophisticated look of the drink, it just tasted like extremely hot water. The price is also very high for what it was. McDonald’s is not the most ideal place for hot cocoa.

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Quik Trip Quik Trip being a gas station is very similar to Mobil in the respect that it is self-serve. The hot cocoa dispensers at Quik Trip are the starship enterprise of gas station hot drink apparatuses.The taste is absolutely perfect because of the balance between the flavors. Even though Quik Trip isn’t decked out in holiday decorations and isn’t blasting Billie Holiday’s Christmas favorites,The hot cocoa had the best taste for the best price. Quik Trip is the number one spot for delectable hot chocolate. Quick Trip’s delivery was quick and clean. It even included a sign that recommended to only fill the cup up three fourths of the way to avoid over filling, unlike Mobil. Because of it’s cleanliness and price, Quik Trip takes the cake.

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Staff picks of the month Just Dance 3 With a great mix of new songs and older classics, there are songs that everyone will enjoy. Unlike Just Dance 2, some songs have four dancers, which interact more. Songs like “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz have four players, with each having a short dance solo throughout the game. Other songs, such as “Think” by Aretha Franklin put a fun dance twist on old classics. There are other extras as well: the ability to unlock new mixes when a certain amount of points are achieved. However, the great features from the originals are still there.

“The Muppets Movie” Although it might seem like a kid’s movie, everyone is sure to love this funny and entertaining film. As the Muppets work to buy back their beloved studio, they sing and dance to songs such as “Life’s a Happy Song” and “Mahna Mahna.” This heartwarming tale depicts the reunion of the Muppets, their attempts to earn enough money to buy the studio and the evil attempts to foil their plans. With celebrity guest, the hilarious Jack Black, and well-known actors Amy Adams, Kermit, and Miss Piggy, the Muppets movie is sure to make everyone smile.

maddie sanden writer

(out of five possible stars)

Hunter Hayes The 20-year-old country artist wowed radio listeners with his debut single “Storm Warning,” and the rest of his album doesn’t disappoint either. With a voice reminiscent of Gary LeVox from Rascal Flatts, Hayes has amazing vocal talent which he shows off in his songs “All You Ever” and “Rainy Season.” The majority of his songs show off his young, boy bandish side as he rocks his guitar to “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me” and “More Than I Should.” Hayes is a rising country-pop star who is sure to rock the charts alongside the likes of Keith Urban and Scotty McCreery.

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